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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Did you all watch the Ohio State win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl? Lozo? We sure enjoyed it. There were 16 OSU fans assembled at Casa Magnolia for the game and a grand time was had by all (despite some homemade chili that may or may not have had eight times the amount of chili powder it should have). Although Ohio State continued its fine tradition of never completely dominating and putting a team away, the Buckeyes ended their season with an impressive 34-20 win over Notre Dame.

We eventually started referring to the game as the National Enquirer Bowl, because the announcers could not stop talking about Laura Quinn, the sister of the Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, who also happens to be the girlfriend of OSU linebacker A.J. Hawk. OSU sacked Brady Quinn six times, which led me to believe Hawk probably taunted him with lines like "Hey man, I've seen your sister naked." That's got to be distracting while you're trying to run an offense.

And yes, a former OSU running back may have had a momentarily lapse of reason over the weekend as related to a misunderstanding regarding when it is and is not okay to show a handgun to someone in an alley. He's not the smartest boy.

I meant to discuss this earlier but took a short blogging holiday so I'll address it now. I'm certainly no fan of the Michigan Wolverines but if I were, I would have been screaming high holy murder about their loss to Nebraska in last week's Alamo Bowl. They got screwed by the officials repeatedly and still almost won the game on an unbelievable final play.

Moving on to the NFL, it was the season finale for the Jets, Browns and Packers, since it's been clear since early October that none of them would be making the playoffs (the Browns were 2-2 after week five but lost seven of their next nine games). For just the second time all season, all three teams were victorious. They were collectively winless, which does include the three weeks each had a bye, NINE times.

A few thoughts on their efforts during the 2005 season:

The Jets, 4-12. During the summer, while trying to schedule a trip to Brazil, I took special care to plan around the NFL playoffs in anticipation of the Jets making a run. What a waste of effort that was. Losing two quarterbacks within seven plays is no way to be successful.

Curtis Martin, possibly done. Wayne Chrebet, definitely done. Vinny, clearly done. Herm, gone? It should be an interesting off-season. But we'll be there next year, ready to tailgate.

The Browns, 6-10. Heading into the season, if you had told me this team would post the best record of the three, I'd have taken away your beer. And your car keys. They had some good wins, and some awful losses. But overall, there was improvement and Romeo seems to have the team heading in a better direction.

The Packers, 4-12. Four consecutive losses to start the season. Eight losses by a touchdown or less. No TD passes for Favre in December. Favre interceptions: 29. Sherman fired a day after the season ended. Say it with me, not good times.

Was this the last time Brett Favre will be seen at Lambeau? Sunday's win over Seattle certainly seemed like it might be his last game. Who knows, and I'm not ready to discuss it yet. As Scarlett O'Hara famously said: "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow."


  • At 1/03/2006 4:30 PM, Blogger Joependleton said…

    The whole game I was wondering if Hawk makes her wear a No. 10 ND jersey while he's giving it to her to get him pumped up.

  • At 1/04/2006 10:46 AM, Blogger jersey girl said…

    Yes, some of the comments at Casa Magnolia got a little saucier whenever the children left the room.


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