January 2012


As readers of this space know, I have no love for Tom Brady or the New England Patriots. I have seen them beat my Pittsburgh Steelers on too many occasions. However, there can be no doubt that the best performance turned in last week was that of Tom Terrific, as he had his way with the Denver Broncos’ defense. Brady completed 26 of 34 passes for 363 yards and a whopping 6 touchdowns, 5 in the first half as the Pats buried Tim Tebow and the Broncos, 45-10. The Broncos failed to contain Rob Gronkowski, who was the beneficiary of 3 of Brady’s TD strikes while the other tight end, Aaron Hernandez, also caught a touchdown.

The Patriots move on to face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. The Ravens are unlikely to allow the New England tight ends to roam around in the secondary unmolested and everyone knows now that jamming Wes Welker at the line of scrimmage disrupts the delicate timing of the Patriot attack. However, Baltimore is unlikely to be able to muster enough offense to keep up with the Pats. It will take a big game by Joe Flacco and Ray Rice to topple the AFC top seed.

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Click on the image to see the Windbreakers Christmas performance, December 15, 2011.

Setlist:

Bobcaygeon
All Along The Watchtower
Viva La Vida
Merry Christmas Baby
Snoopy’s Christmas
Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home
Get Back
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Who Do You Love
Johnny B. Goode
Jumpin’ Jack Flash

The band members:

Mati Sauks: Vocals
Paul-Emile Element: Guitar
Paul McRae: Guitar
Rob Milicevic: Percussion

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

When the high scoring Detroit Lions and the unstoppable New Orleans Saints met on the fast track of the Superdome on Wilcard Weekend, offensive fireworks were expected. After a closely played first half, however, the Lions led the Saints by the pedestrian score of 14-10.

New Orleans came out of the locker room on fire and, in 6 second half possessions, scored 5 touchdowns in a row, followed by a kneel down to end the game. As usual, the offensive flashpoint for the Saints was Drew Brees, who connected on 33 of 44 passes for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brees was so effective in this contest moving the ball that the Saints’ punter never stepped on the field. It must also be mentioned that the Saints’ offensive line played a great game and gave Brees a clean pocket from which to find his receivers downfield.

The Saints won going away, 45-28 and now will travel to San Francisco to face the 49′ers. A key to this game will be the field conditions — if Candlestick is soft and soggy, it might mitigate the ability of the Saints’ receivers to run their crisp patterns and get separation from the defensive backs.

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Bowl Day isn’t what it used to be, what with the major bowls opting to broadcast without competition on the week nights following the big football feast, but Monday proved to be an exciting time for pigskin lovers as both the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl later that night, went down to the wire.

The Rose matched up the PAC-12 champion Oregon Ducks, the most exciting offense in college football, against the Big-10 champs (whose conference name, with the addition of a 12th team, has become increasingly ridiculous), the Wisconsin Badgers. From the opening drives, it was obvious that Oregon was going to have a tough time stopping Wisconsin, with their enormous, home-grown, cheese-eating lineman able to push around the Ducks defensive front. Opening holes for Montee Ball and Co. and with efficient passing from Russel Wilson, the Badgers took a 7-0 lead. And no one can stop the Ducks, as they roared down the field and scored, with LaMichael James plowing in from the 1 yard line. It basically continued like this into the fourth quarter, when the Ducks’ Lavasier Tuinei hauled in an 11-yard pass from Darron Thomas to put Oregon in front 42-38. Amazingly, the Ducks managed to hold Wisconsin scoreless for the entire quarter and tacked on a field goal to make the final 45-38. Wisconsin was driving for the tying TD when time ran out.

Oregon’s offense was sparked by diminutive De’Anthony Thomas, who scored on a Rose Bowl record 91-yard run at the end of the first quarter and followed those pyrotechnics up with a 64-yard scoring jaunt in the third. Thomas, who is 5’9″ and 160lbs, showed tremendous speed in outrunning the entire Wisconsin defense on both occasions. In addition, he caught 4 passes for 34 yards.

Pencils on Strathmore 80lb sketch

Inks on Strathmore 300 bristol