Thursday, September 29, 2022

1975: NFL75 Update (Week 2)

I have these superfun matchbooks, thanks to Matthew. Here they are, arranged in the standings headed into Week 2 of NFL75 ...



Also, here's a little quiz that I thought we all might have a little fun with ...

28 Sep 1975, Sun The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah) Newspapers.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

KHSAA Update

Here are the top 20 high school football teams in Kentucky, according to MaxPreps:

1.  Lou. St. Xavier:  4-1
2.  Lex. Douglass:  6-0
3.  Lou. Trinity:  3-3
4.  Lou. Manual:  6-0
5.  Boyle Co:  6-0
6.  Cov. Catholic:  5-1
7.  Lou. Male:  3-2
8.  Christian Academy -- Louisville:  6-0
9.  Corbin:  5-0
10.  Lou. Ballard:  5-1

Here are rankings for the top eight teams west of Bowling Green and Owensboro:

17.  Mayfield:  6-0
18.  Henderson Co:  4-1
29.  Union Co:  6-0
38.  Pad. Tilghman:  2-3
60.  Hopkinsville:  2-4
67.  Madisonville-N. Hopkins:  4-2
70.  Trigg Co:  6-0
73.  Graves Co:  3-3

NFL Week 4

Still going with Dan Hanzus's power rankings on NFL.com.  Here is the top 10:

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

Washington (the future St. Louis) is now down to number 30.

We have a great schedule this week.  You should really watch as much NFL as possible this weekend, before the byes start.  On paper, the Thursday night game between the Dolphins and Cincinnati should be great.  But given that it's a Thursday night game, and that the Dolphins were just battered by Buffalo, it's hard to believe that game will be played at a high level of quality.  So the Game of the Week is probably the Sunday Night game between the number-5 Chiefs and the number-8 Buccaneers, assuming that Kansas City can figure out how to move the ball against Tampa Bay better than they did in the Super Bowl a few years ago.  There will also be a fantastic game in Baltimore between the Ravens and the Bills, in what will likely be the most violent regular season game all year.  So you've got three top ten games, at three different times.  What more can you want?

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.  2001 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.  2006 AFC Championship:  Indianapolis 38, New England 34 (Jan. 21, 2007)
24.  2017 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