NFL #MusicMonday: Bombs Away and the Pursuit of Perfection
This week, we're back to our regularly scheduled programming on #MusicMonday; no themes or individual artists, though I must say it was a lot of fun delving deep into whatever the chosen segment was for that week.
If you enjoyed any of the articles -- Bruce Springsteen was my personal favorite -- don't fret, because I am not yet done with the themes.
I might even throw a real curve ball and include classical music or instrumental bands, who knows!? Stay tuned.
As for this week, there were really only a few big story lines to emerge or come to a conclusion which will force this article to dig deeper for material than normal.
Let's press play.
Big Apple Blues
Eli Manning and the Giants look as if they're in cruise control about four weeks too early. Yesterday's game against the Bengals had the look and feel of a team that had already clinched a playoff spot and is just hoping not to get anyone important injured.
The Jets are in a complete free-fall: the once vaunted defense looks pedestrian without Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez has been truly terrible in this recent stretch of bad games and Rex Ryan thinks everything is still a joke. It is a joke! Skip Bayless has been waiting all year for this collapse.
"The thrill is gone
It's gone away from me
The thrill is gone baby
The thrill is gone away from me
Although, I'll still live on
But so lonely I'll be"
I don't want to brag about my psychic abilities but I did predict the Cowboys would win and Nick Foles would become the Eagles' new quarterback. I didn't foresee an injury being the cause of this change but don't be shocked for one second when Michael Vick isn't starting their next game, healthy or not.
However, until the offensive line learns how to block, Nick Foles will have to adopt a similar tactic as Vick: run for your life!
"I fake it so real I am beyond fake
And someday you will ache like I ache
And someday you will ache like I ache"
1972 is Safe
Once again, the 1972 Dolphins remain the league's only unbeaten team. I also predicted this win -- I don't have much else to brag about this week so deal with it -- because of two factors.
The first, the Saints desperately needed a win to get themselves fully back in the wild card chase. The second, going undefeated is almost no importance anymore, unless your Bill Belichick. What does it matter if you finish 16-0 vs. 15-1 or 13-3?
Were the Giants' two recent Super Bowl victories somehow less substantial because they had less than perfect records? The football season is a war of attrition, most coaches, and players for that matter, are happy to get through the 16-game schedule healthy when they finally make it to the playoffs.
Besides, no team wants Mercury Morris sarcastically battle rapping them because they only went 14-2 and won the Super Bowl.
"You can knock at any door,
But wherever you go, you know they've been there before
Well winners can lose and things can get strained
But whatever you change, you know the dogs remain."