The Wild Card weekend narrowed the playoffs to eight teams.
The Indianapolis Colts walked all over the Houston Texans to win, 21-7.
Seattle played in Dallas…and that home field advantage translated to a 2-point lead.
The Cowboys (7-1 in the second half of the regular season) put up a field goal on their first possession only to lose the lead when the Seahawks scored back-to-back FG’s.
Dallas went ahead on a touchdown but the Hawks started the second half with a TD and a 2-point conversion.
The Cowboys regained the lead at the start of the fourth quarter, and never let it go.
Seattle closed the gap but ran out of time. Final score, 22-24.
The Los Angeles Chargers kept their kicker busy (5-field goals) in a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
The Chicago Bears 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles might have hinged on a ridiculous call (and rule) that was not mitigated by common sense.
Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller caught a pass, took four-steps and had the ball dislodged as he fell to the ground.
The ref whistled the play dead, incorrectly declaring it an incomplete pass.
Upon review it was evident it was a catch, but there was no “clear recovery.” There was no recovery because the ref blew the whistle. Catch-22.
The play therefore remained (incorrectly…and knowingly) an incomplete pass.
The Los Angeles Rams host the Cowboys this Saturday.
Coming off their bye the Rams will be rested and ready. Hopefully playing at home will also give them a boost to help neutralize any momentum the Cowboys may be riding.
The Rams are the odds-on favorite using any metrics.
However, ESPN’s Football Power Index has them at 35.7 percent (behind the Saints and the Chiefs) for their chances of making it to the Super Bowl.
The smallest blip on boxing’s radar may have gone unnoticed by all but the most stalwart of fans.
Yet this tiny tale (please forgive the switcheroo of homophones) may be wagging a much bigger dog.
Floyd Mayweather fought a three-round “exhibition match” in Japan on New Year’s Eve for $9 million.
It was low-key, and the PPV event was not offered in North America.
First billed as a “no rules” kickboxing bout, Floyd backed out and renegotiated a regulation-boxing match, with no judges or scoring of any kind.
YouTube is generally thick with promotional buildups, but I had to wade five-pages deep on that platform before finding an actual advertisement for the event…and it was in Japanese.
What an embarrassment.
The opponent was 20-year old, undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
This kid is so light complected, he’s looking at “pale” in the rearview mirror.
Skinny, with zero muscle mass and a tuft of bleached white hair, he looked like a Q-tip.
In a bout that was suspect from the beginning Floyd knocked the kid down with a punch that didn’t even land.
Nasukawa returned to the canvas two more times before his corner threw in the towel. Over in two-minutes.
The fight is available on YouTube, but don’t waste your time.
If you’re a guy on YouTube your time would be better spent watching Taya Christian videos, or the Three Stooges’ “Punch Drunks” (youtube.com/watch?v=rCHoYYuO_Cc) where the fighting is much more believable.
If you’re a woman on YouTube, you’ve already found something more intelligent to view.
Why did Mayweather fight?
He’s whined on social media about paying the IRS $26 million in 2015. Bemoaning his money matters he asked, “What else could they possibly want?”
Mayweather made about a quarter of a billion dollars just for his 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao.
$26 million in taxes on the rounded sum of $250 million is less than 12 percent.
Mayweather’s bracket should pay between 27 percent and 33 percent or around $60 million.
So, “What else could the IRS possibly want?”
The other $34 million.
God Bless and enjoy the playoffs.
Mark Felicetti will enjoy every half-time equally. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.