REAR ENTRIES: Less Is Still More
December 14, 2012 at 12:44am by Scott • 12 Comments »
16-TEAM PLAYOFFS: It seems that some of the local Tampa media trolls have finally started agreeing with me on some of the various football controversies lately I have to believe that, because the only other explanation for why I find myself nodding (and not because I’m falling asleep) while reading some of their articles is that I’m the one agreeing with them, and seppuku looks like it hurts a lot so I don’t need that to be true. The latest is Gary Shelton, who takes the position that 12 teams in the NFL playoffs is plenty.
I’m not saying that the playoffs are like holidays, but in a perfect world, they would come with their own reindeer.
Did I mention he makes his point in the dumbest way possible?
Most fans seem to agree that too many teams make the NHL and NBA playoffs. Most seem to believe there are too many bowl games. Some baseball purists howled when an extra wild-card team was added a year ago. When college football finally agreed on a playoff system, it was careful to set the number at four teams. Anything more would have devalued the regular season.
If half of a league makes the playoffs, how exclusive can they be? Plus, and I mean this sincerely, by the time the Super Bowl is over, I’m pretty glad football is done. I enjoy the offseason, too. I enjoy the combine and the draft prep and the the draft and the free agency period and the minicamps. Because my team is generally not in the Super Bowl and I’m ready for every team to be 0-0 again and for my team to have a shot again. And the longer they drag it out, the more I have to see Tom Brady and no one wants that.
BENNETT WANTS TO GO TO THE PRO BOWL: News flash! Michael Bennett thinks he should go to the Pro Bowl, which gives him something in common with about 90% of the league. They all think they should go to the Pro Bowl. But somehow, Bennett is getting more attention for it.
When Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett sacked Eagles quarterback Nick Foles for the second time Sunday, he sprang up off the ground and broke into a hula dance.
“I was definitely being direct, trying to send a message, with that dance,” Bennett said, “because I know that, statistically at least, I’m right there with any other defensive end.”
I’ve seen this done before after sacks and touchdowns by different players for years. It’s not a big deal. So why is it being reported everywhere?
Bennett will have a hard time making the Pro Bowl. He may do it as an alternate and get to go when someone drops out, but that would be it. He doesn’t have the name recognition yet, and that’s more important than skill for the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl has turned into a joke anyway. They used to do skills competitions but those have gone away. Most of the television coverage I see of the Pro Bowl is of Rich Eisen doing softball interviews and mugging for the camera more than Bill Cosby on meth. Man, Eisen used to be the best on TV. I guess you can take the man off ESPN, but you can’t take the ESPN out of the man. Anyway, the Pro Bowl itself is a ridiculous display of not-give-a-shit on the field. Sean Taylor is the only thing that made it cool in the last ten years.
Just take the family to Hawaii in the offseason, Mike. You’ll have a better time and won’t degrade yourself for the camera when you feel obligated to laugh at one of Eisen’s pop culture foibles. Get it? Because he’s a silly little Jewish nerd interviewing a great big athlete. Oh the absurdity!
Those went kind of long, so just two today. But you still get a full length clicky.