countdown to new year's day
insult to injury, yesterday's jets-colts game was even worse--ending with all the indy starters on the bench because they've already clinched everything worth clinching and then some, and the supremely un-deserving jets being allowed to come from behind and ostensibly eliminate from playoff contention a slew of other teams who quite clearly deserve better, but there you have the current state of the nfl. now, mind you, i shouldn't be complaining so much since i never even bothered to watch it, so at least they don't owe me any time back, but i have to say it's getting supremely ridiculous when teams' fortunes are decided not even by the zebras on their own field, (giving fans at least an opportunity to watch the laundry thrown that determines whether their teams win or lose), but, rather, by the scheduling algorithm back at the league offices almost a full year prior. (in case you find this kind of thing entertaining, you're quite in luck, since the jets play the fully-clinched bengals next week, and you'll very likely be able to enjoy the killing of the playoff hopes of yet more cities by the end of things by watching the right team at the right place at the right time all over again, though don't tune in if you're actually hoping to watch actual football, because, you know, they don't really bother to play that any more, because it's a big collection of 300 pound moot points, but, there i go, digressing again...)
by way of contrast, yesterday evening's bruins-panthers game produced a quite satisfyingly and entertaining come-from-behind 2-1 result, while the almost-last-place maple leafs put a 4-3 capital L on the stanley-cup-defending, almost-first-place pittsburgh penguins over at the igloo, by withstanding three game-tying goals along the way to do it. ahhhhhhh.
we've seen professional football coaches instruct their teams to let the other team score in order to somehow try to make the game "better" for them, and we've seen professional football players kneel down at the 2 yard line rather than score in a bookend counterpoint for the same reason. i have to ask you--what kind of a sport is it when "competition" leads to nonsense like that? it's almost as bad as 500 time-outs turning basketball into an interminable tableau of much the same thing. foul? not foul? are you serious? is that somehow supposed to be sport???
give me hockey, any time, any day of the week, and especially on new year's day at fenway park. i truly cannot wait.