Steeler receiver Antonio Brown preened and primped pompously into his iPhone for 18 misguided minutes after Pittsburgh beat Kansas City to advance to the AFC championship game against those bellicose Belichick boys up Boston way.
It was in violation of league rules that Brown did what he did (live streaming from the locker room on Facebook). Moreover, it was grossly in violation of mature behavior as well. Inviting teammates to join in, they pranced prettily for the thousands of fools watching them, Brown constantly reminded us. If you are so inclined to view this travesty of overpaid narcissists acting like a cadre of clown jesters, check it out on You Tube. It will remain a dagger in the hearts of Kansas City fans forever. Down eight and ninety yards away late, quarterback Alex Smith went the distance, bringing KC within two with a score. Going for the deuce and the tie, an offensive lineman was called for holding on the successful catch. Here’s my bitch. Forever, it has been said a ref could call holding in the line on every play. This was one of those. Too close to call, don’t call it. Not with the season on the line.
Years ago, people laughed when Joe Willie Namath guaranteed that his New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III even though the New Yorkers were 35 point underdogs. Namath made good his boast and he has never let the world forget it.
Fast forward fifty years and when Packer receiver Jared Cook, fleeing across the field to the far sideline like a frightened fox fleeing a forest fire, fingered an Aaron Rodgers fireball but a feather off the sideline, setting up a game winning field goal. Four and six eight weeks ago, Rodgers has run the table just as he said he would and is now but a stop in Atlanta away from the Super Bowl.
In the great college championship game between Alabama and Clemson, the Tigers stabbed the Elephant in the heart when, with but :01 left, Deshaun Watsun hit Hunter Renfrow for a score. That was cutting it pretty close. But the dye had been cast much earlier. In the second half, Alabama failed to convert on third down thirteen of fifteen times so strong was the Clemson defense. No sooner had the ‘Bama defense sat down but three plays later they were back on the field again. They were pooped and ready to pop in front of the Clemson crusade deep in the fourth quarter. But had the Crimson Tide converted just one more of those third down tries, Clemson never would have ended up with the time to score with :01 left.
Which brings us to the Lane Kiffin fiasco. All season long the offensive coordinator who drove Alabama to 13-0, he ups and takes the head job at Florida Atlantic University the week before the big game. Saban says “see ya” and brings in Steve Sarkisian from Southern California to call the plays. 13 of 15 wrong calls later, goodbye title. Heavens to Bear Bryant!