Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend........
13) Tim Tebow was 3-16 passing in the first three quarters against Bears Sunday; after that, he was 18-24, rallying Denver from a 10-0 deficit in the last 3:00 to beat Chicago in OT, providing FOX with more great TV ratings. Why does he play so much better late in the game?
12) Wouldn't be surprised if Cincinnati-Xavier rivalry took a year or two off after Saturday's brawl-filled debacle; either that, or put the game in the arena downtown instead of the on-campus gyms. Game has to be a huge moneymaker, so its hard to put it on ice, but can't have stuff going on that went on Saturday. Would also be nice if players showed some maturity.
11) Its too bad for the Atlantic 14, which had a big weekend, as Temple beat Villanova, Xavier won their game, St Joe's beat Creighton and Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus won his 500th career game, but no one noticed after what could have turned into a much uglier incident than it was.
10) How about the Houston Texans, who led for only 4:59 at Cincinnati Sunday, but scored winning TD with 0:02 left and clinched first division title when the Saints won at Tennessee? Wade Phillips turned a porous defense into a team strength. Do they have an award for the best assistant coach in the NFL? Phillips would get it this season.
9) Indiana's dramatic win over Kentucky was great theater Saturday, but they've got to provide better security for the visiting team. Very lucky no one got hurt with so many students rushing the floor.
8) Minnesota was -6 in turnovers and still had the ball on the 1-yard line to win on the last play in Detroit; Vikings ran ball for 269 yards but lost. Two of Detroit's four TDs were scored by the defense. Still puzzled as to how the officials missed the facemask penalty on the last play, but the Lions got a big break and a much-needed win. Thank goodness.
7) Wisconsin soph Ben Brust was 7-7 behind the arc Saturday as he led the Badgers to a 62-51 win over a good UNLV team in Madison. Not too often anyone goes 7-7 from the foul line, much less behind the arc.
6) 49ers' loss in Arizona puts them in a tie with New Orleans for the #2 seed in the NFC, but Niners have one less conference loss right now, so they own the tie-breaker. 49ers play Pittsburgh next Monday night, and close with division rivals Seattle/St Louis.
5) ACC is down to #5 conference in college hoop so far this season, little unusual. Mountain West passed the Pac-12 this week, too, moving into the #6 spot. Down year for the Pac-12, except Arizona/Washington.
4) Football is an emotional game; its amazing there aren't more blowups on the sidelines between players/coaches like the one between Patriots' offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien and Tom Brady Sunday. Problem for the Patriots is that there is ton of pressure on the offense to score because their defense isn't very good. I mean, they already had 34 points when the big blowup happened. 34 points should be enough to win.
3) Villanova is just 5-4 and is going to struggle to make NCAA tourney in March; Wildcats lost 78-67 to Temple Saturday. They're just not good.
2) Favorites are 6-9 vs spread this week; home teams are 8-7, the over is 8-6-1. Six teams scored defensive TD's; all of them won except Buffalo, which also gave one up to the Chargers.
1) My friend the Armadillo clued me in that while the Alabama-LSU bowl game is a pick 'em, other seven SEC bowl teams are all favored to win their games. Not much doubt which college league is best.
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