Sunday, September 25, 2022

The NFL in the 21st Century

Between 2001 and 2022, the NFL played 22 different seasons of football -- as many as it played, say, from 1971 to 1992.  What are the best games of the 21st century?  Pro Football Reference picked the NFL's top 100 games in history last year, and here are their picks for the top 10 games in this century, along with where they ranked in the overall top 100:

5.  Super Bowl XLII:  New York Giants 17, New England 14 (Feb. 3, 2008)
8.  Super Bowl XLIX:  New England 28, Seattle 24 (Feb. 1, 2015)
9.  Super Bowl LI:  New England 34, Atlanta 28 (OT) (Feb. 5, 2017)
12.  Super Bowl XLIII:  Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23 (Feb. 1, 2009)
14.  Super Bowl LII:  Philadelphia 41, New England 33 (Feb. 4, 2018)
15.  AFC Divisional Playoffs:  New England 16, Oakland 13 (Jan. 19, 2002)
20.  Super Bowl XXXVI:  New England 20, St. Louis Rams 17 (Feb. 3, 2002)
21.  AFC Championship:  Indianapolis 38, New England 34 (Jan. 21, 2007)
24.  NFC Divisional Playoffs:  Minnesota 29, New Orleans 24 (Jan. 14, 2018)
30.  Super Bowl XLVII:  Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31 (Feb. 3, 2013)

This list came out last year, so it didn't include the 2021-22 playoffs.  I would certainly put last year's Kansas City/Buffalo game on the list -- I thought it was the best game I'd seen since the Chargers/Dolphins playoff game back on January 2, 1982.  They had that Chargers/Dolphins game as number 4, on their list, but above the Super Bowl where the Giants ended New England's perfect season.  I would fit the Kansas City/Buffalo game in between those two.  In other words, for me it was the best game of the 21st Century.  There were a lot of good playoff games last year, but I think that's the only one that would make the top ten.

I think that from now on, I'm going to try to think of sports more in 21st century terms.  There's so much nostalgia in the sports world now that we aren't giving enough credit to what's happening in front of us.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

NCAA Week 4

Here's the current AP top 10:

1.  Georgia:  3-0
2.  Alabama:  3-0
3.  Ohio St:  3-0
4.  Michigan:  3-0
5.  Clemson:  3-0
6.  Oklahoma:  3-0
7.  So. California:  3-0
T8.  Kentucky:  3-0
T8.  Oklahoma St.:  3-0
10.  Arkansas:  3-0

Thursday, September 22, 2022

NFL Week 3

I've waited for weeks for the AP to start releasing its new Pro32 polls for the NFL.  But apparently they aren't going to do that, and they aren't going to explain why they quit having the poll.  So I need to move on.  I will be using the NFL power rankings by Dan Hanzus, who write for  Here is the top 10:

1.  Buffalo:  2-0
2.  Kansas City:  2-0
3.  Philadelphia:  2-0
4.  Tampa Bay:  2-0
5.  Green Bay:  1-1
6.  Los Angeles:  1-1
7.  San Diego:  1-1
8.  Miami:  2-0
9.  San Francisco:  1-1
10.  Baltimore:  1-1

Washington is ranked number 27.

The Game of the Week is in Miami, where the number-8 Dolphins host the number-1 Bills at noon Central on Sunday.  The Bills have looked like the 1985 Bears so far, so the Dolphins may be the best team to take them on.  The 3:25 P.M. game on FOX is number-5 Green Bay at number-4 Tampa Bay.  Those are the only games featuring two teams in the Top 10.

1975: What's On TV Tonight?

22 Sep 1975, Mon The Miami News (Miami, Florida)

Here were the games that we got yesterday 1975.

Everybody gets the same game tonight, of course.

Apologies to William and Doug, but I'll be flipping over to Channel 3 after Rhoda and Phyllis on Channel 12.

Mostly, though, I'll be using that hour to get my football cards in order for kickoff.

Here are the previous and future 1975 reports.