Monday, December 7, 2009

MMA: Monday Morning Address, 12/7/09

1) What the Raiders are doing these days is nuts. 27-24 over the Steelers in Pittsburgh?! Absolutely bonkers. Bruce Gradkowski (20/33, 308 yards, 3 TDs) is doing a better Brett Favre imitation than I've seen anyone do in a long time - did you see the 23-yard wounded duck he threw to Louis Murphy to set up the winning touchdown? Steelers corner Ike Taylor needs some serious pine time. 'Atta boy, Bruce!

2) I cannot believe UNC lost to Calipari's 'Cats. I'm gonna be sick.  What a bad week for the ACC - Duke can't get past Wisconsin (granted, the Badgers are good at home, but c'mon, this is Duke we're talking about here) the Heels lose a stinker in Lexington and the Terps turn it over 19 times in a 9-point loss to No. 3 Villanova that was otherwise a decent game. Yuck.

3) We should all feel awful for TCU and Boise State, but worse for Cincinnati.  They pulled off a furious comeback to win the Big East crown over Pitt and what did they gain? A non-championship bowl berth against Tim Tebow and the Gators in Florida after Alabama made Tebow cry on national television.  That game will be a blow-out however it turns out: either Tebow gets mad like he did after the loss to Ole Miss last year, or he throws in the towel to keep himself healthy and his draft stock high. I'm not a betting man, but I'd put my money on Tebow to come out and dominate.

4) Anquan Boldin proved once again last night why he's the most devastating No. 2 receiver in the league. He's got an easy job playing second fiddle to Larry Fitzgerald, but I can see why he want's out of Arizona - he's got all the skills every NFL coach from Oakland to Tampa Bay is dying to have.

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