Let’s start in Indy. The Pacers are still leading the NBA and have a 1.5 game lead over the floppers from south beach. Thank you to the Knicks for beating them last night. The Pacers have so far split the season series with Miami after blowing a nice third quarter lead at Miami a few weeks ago. Of course referee Joey Crawford needs to get his eyes checked (see below). As most of you are probably aware, especially if you read Brian’s post on Monday, the Colts rallied for the 2nd biggest comeback in NFL playoff history to beat the Chiefs. Now they just have to beat New England. I saw and interesting graphic on ESPN the other night: every time the Colts and Patriots have played in the playoffs, the winner has gone on to win the super bowl. If there’s one thing I hate more than losing to the Astros, it’s watching the Patriots win another super bowl (still not as bad as watching Miami win a championship). Well, the Colts have their work cut out for them tomorrow and lucky for us the Patriots are without Gronkowski and their defense is pretty banged up. However, it’s still Tom Brady in Foxborough in January and the Chiefs embarrassed our defense for most of the game last week so we’re going to have to bring our best game. Let’s go Blue.
The Baseball Hall of Fame as three new members: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. I wasn’t sold on Thomas and I thought Biggio deserved to get in (he missed it by 0.2%) but Maddux and Glavine definitely. The most interesting/ridiculous outcome from this year’s hall of fame selection was that Maddux didn’t receive a unanimous vote. The ridiculousness of the HOF vote was further illustrated when Dan Le Batard, a writer for the Miami Herald and ESPN, allowed Deadspin readers to submit their votes for the HOF and he would fill out his ballot accordingly. He did this because he felt his vote was worthless because he didn’t know which players used PEDs and which didn’t. He then submitted an image of his ballot to Deadspin so that Deadspin could make a mockery of the process (their initial goal). The Baseball Writers Association of America (the head of the HOF voting process) has since stripped Le Batard of his voting privileges and Le Batard has said that he regrets his decision but all in all his ballot wasn’t the worst ballot of this year’s vote. While I disagree with the Barry Bonds selection, come on people he used PEDs it’s obvious, Le Batards ballot was better than the one voter who only voted for one player in objection to the PED era or one who only voted for three saying “that oughta be enough.” In my opinion the voting process needs to be looked at and retooled because it’s a joke.
Finally, an inmate in Pennsylvania, a Steelers fan, has filed an emergency injunction to stop the NFL to have the San Diego Chargers removed from the playoffs…oh and $25,000 in damages. The man claims that Kansas City should have been able to re-kick Ryan Succop’s missed 41 yard field goal attempt at the end of the game against San Diego because the Chargers lined up in an illegal formation (see picture). He claims that the officials botched the call that led to overtime and eventually a Chargers victory. The Chargers win allowed San Diego to make the playoffs and kept the Steelers out. The man wants Succop to try the field goal again or to have the Steelers and Chargers play at a neutral site to see who should play the Broncos tomorrow. Never mind the fact that the Chargers beat the Bengals last weekend. The man also makes no mention of the Bengals in the injunction. Who dey? No one important I guess.
Alright, I’m off to try to get my car working before football and hockey. Have a great rest of the weekend everyone. As always thanks for reading, you all are the best!