Tell me what you know about the National Football League. Go ahead. Here’s a sampling of some absolutely true statements:
The Arizona Cardinals have the same win-loss record (6-4) as the San Francisco 49ers.
The Oakland Raiders, at 4-6, are very much in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Matt McGloin played quarterback for the Raiders this week.
The Atlanta Falcons might be the worst team in the NFL…wait…
Oh hey, Jacksonville. Phew. At least we can still count on you guys to make sense.
Now some questions.
1. Was it pass interference?
In reference, of course, to last play of Carolina’s thrilling victory over the New England Patriots Monday night.
I love this controversy. Not because I think the arguments are all that interesting, but because of the demonstrations. In this case, demonstration = man hug.
Luke Koechly face-guarded and bear-hugged Rob Gronkowski on the play where he may or may not have committed pass interference. To provide analysis of that play, the men in suits on ESPN hugged each other, over and over again. Sometimes they didn’t let go.
Normally I don’t like it when a controversial call overshadows the more substantive events of the game in question, but if it means more instances of Trent Dilfer hugging Ray Lewis, I’m for it.
2. How good are the Carolina Panthers?
With that defense and a poised and professional Cam Newton, they might be really good. If they are, then their level of play finally matches their ridiculous swagger. I’m looking at you, Cam.
You too, Steve Smith.
3. Why does that USC coach look familiar?
As a Denver Broncos fan, I have been keeping track of the developments with the soon-to-be-vacant USC head coaching gig because Jack Del Rio is presumed to be a top candidate. I kept hearing the name Ed Orgeron and that he used to coach Ole Miss. I thought to myself, “Dang, that sounds familiar. Where do I know him from?”
Then I remembered.
I know that Michael Oher, the subject of The Blind Side, was unhappy with how he was portrayed in the film. I’m sure he wasn’t the only one; the guy who played Ed Orgeron was a serious goofball, am I right?
What’s that? He played himself?
Well, at least he can take comfort in the fact that Lou Holtz also appeared in the movie, guaranteeing that the title of “least flattering portrayal by actor playing himself” was already spoken for.