Week 2 is almost finished(still have Monday night to go) and I want to make a few observations about my teams.
The Redskins are my favorite and have been for forty-five years. They looked horrrible in the Thursday night game against their division rival Giants that kicked off the season. I saw the tail end of their second game against the Saints(since the advent of the Carolina Panthers the only Redskin games we see are different times or channels) after the Panthers game was finished. They made a nice comeback to win, making me feel a little better about the season.
I’ve became a Panther fan as well. They have made two fourth quarter comebacks this year to be 2-0. And that’s without their best player, Steve Smith, suspended two games for a practice field incident. Delhomme seems to be one of those quarterbacks that specializes in fourth quarter TD passes. He was tied with Tom Brady for the most(33) since 2003 and he missed most of last season. Since Brady is out for the year, Jake should resume the lead soon.
The third team I have a fondness for is the New York Jets. Since the Namath led team won the third Superbowl in 1969, they’ve really stayed in the dumps. Everytime they showed promise, they would fall on their faces. It’s been a long haul for their fans.
Now they have super Favre quarterbacking(I’ve even heard some wags refer to them as the New York Bretts) the team and I’m torn. he’s a great QB, mind you, and I’m happy in that respect. But I’ve set back and watched the battle between the Packers and him.
He plays the innocent victim too much. He would have you believe it’s all the Packers doing and none of his. His memory is selective. He’s been waffling on the retirement issue for the last few years, being especially egregious this pasr off-season. If I follow everything I’ve heard right, he retired, then wanted to come back in March, then backed out again when the Packers were making arrangements to announce it, then comes up in June ready to play and, I believe, really thought the team would welcome him back with open arms.
One can’t make me believe he really wanted to play for the Jets. They are not going anywhere. New England has already demonstrated that, despite the loss of Brady, they are not going to fall on their face. The Bills are 2-0 as well. That seems to leave the “Bretts” a third place finish at best(they should be able to stay ahead of the hapless Dolphins).
I think Favre’s ego, when he announced that he”wanted” to play, wouldn’t let him take that buyout to stay retired.
The Packers are 2-0 without Favre and the Jets 1-1 with him, really lucky to have that one win. He’s keeping that gunslinger image intact with that pass that won them that first game.
One other thought on yesterday’s games. The stupid call in the Denver-San Diego game. Near the end, Denver was driving for a TD they needed to tie the game. The Denver QB, Cutler, started to pass and fumbled the ball as he drew back his arm, with the Chargers recovering. Game over, right?
The official ruled it an incomplete pass and blew the whistle: play dead. Since it was in the final two minutes, they went to the officials’ review. Later, he said, right there on TV that it should have been ruled a fumble, then proceeded to give the ball back to Denver, who scored a TD, went for the two point conversion, and won the game.
What was the purpose of even going to the officials’ review if the call couldn’t be overturned because of the blown whistle? Stupid, stupid. I don’t think it was deliberate as some are already speculating.
San Diego was just plain robbed and that official ought to be ashamed of that call. From what I understand, he’s a veteran and that call was the kind of thing you might expect from a rookie official.