I for one am celebrating that Week 11 has came and gone. Not because this weekend was filled with a number of close and exciting games, though that certainly was part of it. No, I'm excited because I won't have to hear about what every single person in America, and by America I mean ESPN and their growing monopoly on sports media, thinks about Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on 4th and 2.
Has there ever been a more analyzed play in the history of sports? Usually if there's a great play in sports it's not as much analyzed as it is appreciated for its quality. Maybe on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday everybody is talking about it, but after that it kind of fades to the domain of youtube for any further reflection.
Not this one though. Granted it was unprecedented and on a nationally televised game and two of God's gifts to earth, Tom Brady's Patriots and Peyton Manning's Colts were involved, but why were we still talking about this on Saturday. It was a cool topic of conversation for 2 days, but when I came home from work on Wednesday, threw on SportsCenter and it was still the lead item it was just ridiculous.
I'm angry about this, because there was far more interesting news that didn't get enough press. For example, do you think athletes getting treated with horse placenta would be interesting? Well that's exactly what happened last week.Robin van Persie of Arsenal, a football club in the English Premier League, along with five other players travelled to Belgrade, Serbia to receive treatment on various ailments by being massaged with horse placenta. The best part of this story is that the physiotherapist, Mariana Kovacevic, has worked with other players before who suffered from chronic knee problems that claim after this treatment they have not experienced any further complications.
I can imagine treatment like that becoming popular for athletes worldwide if it truly does work. Maybe they were worried that it wouldn't draw much interest considering the general lack of interest in soccer. Well, they could have at least spent a little time on this beauty of a halftime report by Dan Marino.
By the way has anybody else noticed that Marino always just seems angry and that CBS' NFL Sunday crew doesn't really seem to like each other? I guess it would be hard for me to restrain myself from cursing if I had to work with a guy that tried to draw a parallel between me and Peyton Manning for his inability to win a Super Bowl earlier in his career and then he did and now is pretty much better than I ever was.
I'm really psyched that we won't have to hear whether Belichick was right to go for it or not anymore. Maybe now, we can concentrate some real news, like Jimmy Clausen getting punched in the face by a disgruntled Notre Dame fan outside of a bar.