The Sports Section

by Tony on January 2, 2013

Happy New Year! We have started into some BCS Bowls this week, so let’s take a look at some of them so far and what we have coming up. First, we had Northwestern winning their first bowl game since 1949 over the SEC’s Mississippi, 34-20 in the Gator Bowl. South Carolina came back and bested Michigan in the Outback Bowl, 33-28. Stanford handled Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, 20-14. Boise State beat Washington 28-26 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Georgia Tech drilled USC in the Sun Bowl, 21-7. LSU lost to Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl 25-24 in a real barn-burner despite never leading them during the game (the winning kick came after the clock showed :00), and Florida State beat Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl, 31-10. We’ll be back to the Orange Bowl next week for the National Championship Game. Georgia won over Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl, and we only have a couple of great ones left this season. Friday night we’ll have Texas A&M vs Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and of course, next Monday is the Title Game between Alabama and Notre Dame. The SEC hasn’t been as dominant so far as they have been in recent years, but the last game of the season will show us if they continue to rule the roost in the BCS. I’ll sure be watching!

This week in the NFL, we had a couple of more playoff eliminations, and a lot of coaching changes. 7 head coaches were fired, and some are already hunting new jobs. Andy Reid and the Arizona Cardinals will meet today and discuss a position. Mike Holmgren said he is ready to return if anyone is interested, Gruden said he will meet with teams and Sean Payton is expected to get a record contract with whoever he signs with (He has said he intends to re-sign with the Saints). So far along with the Eagles and Cardinals, the Chargers, The Browns, The Chiefs, The Bears and Buffalo have also kicked their coaches out the door. I am not sure which in more shocking, that Lovie Smith is fired from Chicago or that Rex Ryan is not fired from the Jets. In addition, Carolina, Jacksonville, the Jets, the Chargers, the Browns and the Cardinals have all fired their GM. We will see who ends up where, but I expect a lot of things to be shaken up after this coming off-season!

On to the playoffs now, we have the Patriots and 49ers with a first-round bye, Atlanta and Denver clinching homefield, leaving the Bengals, Colts, Vikings, Seahawks, Texans, Ravens, Packers and Redskins fighting for their shot. For the Wild Card Weekend, we will see Cincinatti at Houston, Minnesota at Green Bay, Indianapolis at Baltimore, and Seattle at Washington. The winners of the first two games will play against each other the following Saturday, and the winners of the last two will play on that Sunday. This is what we’ve been waiting for all season long, the magic of the playoffs is about to start happening!

We’ll see you next week,
-Tony

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