The Week That Was
A weekly review of the past week in sports and maybe not sports. Everyone else has a weekly list or 8 so why not us?
(Editor’s note: Since Wally is ignoring his responsibilities, or perhaps tending to them, the BigSnakeMan is pinch-hitting on TWTW.)
1. The Green Bay Packers climbed back into playoff relevance; winning their second & third consecutive games respectively against the 49ers & Lions. Coach Mac seems to have figured out that a return to the short passing game can help mask his O-line woes; the return of TE Finley didn’t hurt either. But the special teams still suck. (And boy, does that Tampa loss loom big now)
2. Packers lose Al Harris and Aaron Kampman with season-ending knee injuries. Both were hurt in the win over San Francisco and, given their relative circumstances, may have played their last game for Green Bay. Harris loss really hurts as it means we’ll likely see more of PocketDoppler “favorite” Jarrett Bush. Let’s hope new arrivals Josh Bell and Trevor Ford can get up to speed quickly.
3. Green Bay’s D now ranks second in NFL in yards allowed/game behind only the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sure, the Packers have fattened up on some weak competition but still, that’s pretty impressive compared to where they were last year.
4. Charles Woodson: Defensive Player of the Year(?) On the season, Chuckie has 2 quarterback sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 7 INTs including 2 returned for TDs and, for good measure, one magnificent Heisman pose Thursday at Detroit. (Sounds like the 12 Days of Woodson) If there’s a player doing more for his team than Woodson, it’s escaped my notice. Best Packer free agent signing since Reggie.
5. The Milwaukee Bucks: Not Ready for Prime Time Players. The Bucks blow a rare opportunity at gaining some respect nationally by getting blown out at Oklahoma City on ESPN. Bucks+Redd-Bogut=Return to ‘also-ran’ status.
6. Badger basketball team takes 2 of 3 in Hawaii, defeating Arizona and Maryland while getting dusted by Gonzaga in between. Still hard to get a read on how good they are but, as usual, seem to be better than most expect. Typical Bo.
7. While the Badgers were in Hawaii, the Marquette basketball team scored two solid wins in Florida over Xavier and Michigan. Despite some key player losses to graduation and injury, the Golden Eagles are doing better than expected. Hmmm, seems to be a theme.
8. Golfer Tiger Woods ran his Escalade into a fire hydrant and a tree at 2:30 a.m. Friday. Police say the accident was not alcohol-related but that charges are pending. Does that make sense? Well, it is Florida; maybe Tiger’s taken up “smoking”.
9. NBA star Allen Iverson retires/unretires? Can it really be considered retirement when no one wants you? Seriously, Allen, if you can’t get a look from the Knicks, you need to get a clue and go away.
10. BCS contenders Alabama and Texas narrowly dodged bullets from in-state rivals Auburn and A&M. That could’ve sent the college football national championship race into a tailspin. I’m sure the networks just salivate at the prospect of a Cincinnati/Boise St. title game.
Hope everyone had a wonder-full Thanksgiving.