Posted on: February 8, 2008 11:39 am

Crossing the line

I don't get it.

I have my favorite teams, but I've never felt the need to do harm or deride somebody simply because they have an allegiance dissimilar to mine.

Last night at the Illinois game, Illini fans were shouting all types of derogatory remarks toward Indiana's Eric Gordon, all because he reneged on his commitment to the school.

Toward the end of the 2OT game, some unruly fans began throwing things. A cup of water struck his mother. So sad.


Umm, he's a teenageer people. He changed his mind. Get over it. Simply ridiculous that  that much vitriol would be directed toward the kid. Would the Illini be better with Gordon? Sure, but in the big scheme of things what difference does it really make. Whether your team wins or loses shouldn't alter your life.

I've been a diehard Dolphins fan for more than 20 years. None of those seasons have ended in a championship. But I've seen the rival Bills go to four straight Super Bowls and the hated Pats go to five Super Bowls, winning thrice. Strangely enough, even when the Pats won their first Super Bowl, my life went on the next day. I rooted for the Giants in this past Super Bowl as if they were the Dolphins themselves. I wanted the Dolphins to remain alone in NFL lore as the lone unbeaten team. The Giants won and I was happy. Good for me.

And if the Pats had won? I'd have shrugged my shoulders and gone about business as usual, just as I did after Giants won, just a bit happier.

I'm still hoping that one day one of my cruddy teams will win a championship. Obviously winning feels better than losing. But you know what? It's not going to change my life one bit. I'll be extra happy for a day or two and then life's trials and tribulations will set in again. I'll have bragging rights among my friends, perhaps I'll even get a shirt that says champion on it -- but that's about the extent of it.

A few year's back, I went to a Cubs-Marlins game at Dolphins Stadium. Some jerk started throwing peanut shells at me and my wife -- and why? Because I had the gall to where a Cubs jersey to the game. Really? I wasn't doing anything in particular to draw attention to myself, cheering when the Cubs managed to do something good in the game. Isn't that what a fan is supposed to do. But this jerk had to go ahead and ruin things.

So here's a little advice. It's a GAME. It's ENTERTAINMENT. There's nothing that's going to happen in any game that's personally going to change your life. Just sit back and try to enjoy. Certainly try to get into the spirit of the game, but don't be so angry about every little thing. 

To paraphrase the wise and all-knowing Yoda:

“Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”


Posted on: February 1, 2008 11:43 am

Go G-men!

As promised, here are the Super Bowl XLII predictions from the CBSSports.com production team.

Booms: Pats 59, Giants 21 – Randy Moss
EB: Giants 31, Pats 28 – Michael Strahan
JDD: Pats 34, Giants 24 – Tom Brady
RD: Pats 31, Giants 28 – Laurence Maroney
AG: Pats 35, Giants 17 – Tom Brady & Randy Moss
RL: Giants 35, Pats 31 – Eli Manning
BR: Giants 42, Pats 3 – Jeff Feagles
MB: Pats 31, Giants 14 – Wes Welker
And finally, yours truly
DLS: Giants 41, Pats 0 – Ahmad Bradshaw

As you can see, we have a few Patriots haters in the group. Three of the four people who picked the Giants are Dolphins fans, including me, so aside from being division rivals, we have the 1972 perfect season to think of.

So yes, those Giants picks are a bit biased, but we can hope can't we?

Yes, it's true, I don't really believe the Giants will win 41-0, it's more like my wish pick. If I had to make a really for real honest pick, say somebody gave me a million dollars and told me I had to make a bet on one team and I could only keep the money if I won the bet, the pick would be the Pats. It's the smart bet.

But I think the Giants have a chance, at least that's what I keep telling myself. The first key is getting pressure on Brady, plain and simple. Throughout history, the only proven way to beat a great QB is with pressure. You can't let him pick you apart like Jacksonville did. What a horrible game plan that was. Fortunately putting pressure on the QB is something at which the Giants excel.

In their Week 17 meeting the Giants had only 1 sack.  If they can't improve the pass rush Sunday, probably will need at least 4 sacks, then they're toast.

And offensively, I gotta believe they have to run the ball. I know Eli has been playing mistake free, but you can't count on him alone. I'd like to see somwhere in the range of 120 yards rushing.

Enjoy the Giants' victory everyone.

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