Ranking the Weekend's Events
So all these people, including Bog pseudo-friend Michael Rosenberg, are already asking whether Colts-Pats was the best game ever. My response is this: would I really have been switching to the technically-troubled Comcast SportsNet so frequently, in a vain hope that I'd be able to watch a regular season hoops game between Maryland and Virginia Tech, if the best NFL playoff game ever was showing at the same time? And if it were the best game, shouldn't CBS have been running a little ticker telling us that, so I would have stopped flipping to ESPNews for updates on the Maryland score? Anyhow, here are my rankings of the best sporting events ever, with "ever" being limited to things I happened to watch or listen to over the past two days.
1) Colts-Pats. I guess, just because everyone else loved it so much. My favorite part, and I suspect the favorite part of many viewers, was the way Belichick kept "clutch[ing] the collar of his gray sweat shirt," as the AP put it. More like, "maniacally yanking down the front of his gray sweat shirt, in an effort to appear completely deranged and also to show viewers the top of his chest." Very, very odd behavior. My second favorite part was when Jim Nantz, I believe, told all the Peyton doubters how wrong we were. Of course, he waited until the game was over to tell us that. Bold move, Jim. My third favorite part was wondering whether Bill Simmons will write 7,000 columns on the Tom Brady face.
2) ODU-VCU. Here was an Atlantic 11 matchup I was actually able to see, and it was great fun. VCU's Eric Maynor is a player. VCu is real decent. I got a message from a Poll voter during the game wondering whether ODU Coach Blaine Taylor looks a bit like Saddam Hussein's brother. We eventually agreed that Blaine Taylor looks more like Blaine Taylor. VCU won. I wouldn't be surprised if the Rams get a first-place vote or two in today's poll.
3) Mason-Northeastern. I watched only brief snippets, during which Mason was outscored by something like nine points. Which means the Patriots outscored Northeastern by something like 34 points when I wasn't watching. Also, I think the gold unis are horrid. Just an utter mistake. I much prefer the Wizards' new gold-and-blacks. Also, Will Thomas doesn't really miss. I think he's shooting like 85 percent from the field.
4) Wiz-Celtics. How many times will the margin be within one point, the shot clock be turned off, and the ball be in Gilbert's hands at the top of the key? I mean, that scenario has happened in like four out of the past seven home games. Crazy. If he hit that shot at the end of regulation Saturday night, I would have recommended he immediately retire. Wouldn't possibly get any better than that. The miss was odd, and deflating, and the win in overtime didn't entirely make up for that. Both Unsilent Majority and Big Daddy Drew were at the game.
5) Maryland-Va. Tech. Was I the only one whose TV alternated between "unstable signal" or "no signal," in little green type, throughout nearly the entire second half? It was maddening. Local No. 1 vs. Local No. 2, and I couldn't watch. Here's hoping Local Poll voters Adam Kilgore and Patrick Stevens made it home safely. And I can't help but wonder how far Local No. 2 Maryland will fall after consecutive Atlantic 11 losses. Personally, I have them at No. 6 in the area. Ouch.
Also, go here to watch Seth Greenberg being interviewed while working out.
6) Bears-Saints. I missed the first quarter due to a baby shower in my honor. A colleague wrote me a nice message about this confluence of events, in which he made less-than-flattering and completely unprintable remarks concerning portions of my anatomy. Very progressive.
7) GW-Charlotte. I listened on the radio. Did anyone else notice that the feed went out for something like five crucial minutes late in the second half? I mean, that's two big local hoops games I was robbed from enjoying, within a span of two days, due to technical difficulties. Eventually the dulcet-throated Byron Kerr came back on the air, although it sounded like he was calling the game into his cell phone. While the feed was out, we got to hear about 43 consecutive Washington Post radio promos. Because there's always more to the story.
8) West Virginia-Villanova women. I don't know why I watched so much of this game, but I did. Great second half for West Virginia. Big win. In fact, I found this more enjoyable than...
9) Cincinnati-West Virginia men. Except for the part where Mick Cronin went berserk. That was cool.
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