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Monday, January 16, 2006

Making plays and taking blame

So who made the Play of the Weekend in the NFL playoff games?

▪▪ Was it the Patriots' Ben Watson? He came out of nowhere to tackle Denver's Champ Bailey after intercepting Tom Brady and running it back 100 yards (an amazing play in itself). It looked like he ran off the bench to make the tackle. And he almost forced a turnover on the play, too! Every NFL coach should show a tape of that play before training camp next season.

▪▪ Was it Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger? With the Colts' Nick Harper on his way to a possible touchdown after picking up Jerome Bettis's goal-line fumble, Roethlisberger desperately reached back and lunged for Harper's feet, tripping him at the 40-yard line. A quarterback saving the game for his team with a tackle?

▪▪ Am I underselling Carolina's Steve Smith? How about the play in which he ripped the ball away for Chicago's Charles Tillman, resulting in a 46-yard gain? Or that sweet deke on Mike Brown to score Carolina's first touchdown? (Actually, I was most impressed by Mike Minter's touchdown-preventing tackles at the goal line.)

♦ Did Peyton Manning affirm his status as one of the NFL's all-time babies by taking a shot at his offensive lineman for not picking up the Steelers' blitzes? "I'm trying to be a good teammate here," he said. "Let's just say we had some protection problems."

Let's just say you're an @$$hole for saying that, Peyton. It's never your fault, is it? Never mind that the referees bailed you out by ruling Troy Palomalu's interception as an incomplete pass. (What the $#@% did the replay officials see on that play?)

Unfortunately, that "can't win the big game" reputation will stick for yet another season. Peyton now has more time to bug stock boys to sign loaves of bread for his little brother and beg the buffet staff for their aprons.

♦ As a new member of the Manly Beard club, I was going to write about the long-haired-and-bearded look that's now the new black for NFL quarterbacks. But Kevin Antcliff already did it so well, with an excellent point-by-point comparison of the hirsute quarterbacks in Sunday's AFC championship game. (But how do we explain the success of Seattle's nearly hairless Matt Hasselbeck?)

(Photo by Matt Freed/ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


  • At January 16, 2006 11:16 AM, Anonymous ripi$money said…

    It was obviously Roethlisberger. It was almost certain the Colts were going all the way with that one. I don't think it was a great tackle, but it was an important play none the less. The Steelers must get to Detroit, and the Bus must end his career with a win in his hometown.

  • At January 16, 2006 3:04 PM, Blogger Sam said…

    Ben Watson. Because he injected some hope and pride into a dark, dark place.

    C'mon, 9 out of 10 guys give up on that play. Watson kept on coming. That's something.

  • At January 16, 2006 3:08 PM, Blogger the sports dude said…

    I have to agree with both the other commentators here and say either of the "Bens" get my vote. Ben Watson, when they showed the blimp shot of that play, that was an amazing run man... by a freakin' TE?!?! And Ben R., the Bus better be giving that man a nice gift this weekend, a Rolex, a sports car, something along those lines.

    Although my Pats lost I am still happy because the Steelers are my second love.

    I enjoy Peyton in those commercials, but ever since his Tennessee days and his whining about losing the Heisman to Woodson (who deserved it 100% more than him!) I have never liked him as a QB.

    Oh, and as far as the beard goes, mine reminded me of Jake Plummer's on Saturday night, so let's just say the sports dude trimmed his first thing Sunday morning. Yeah, it was a little to out of control this winter, but the beard is back to a nice, neat stubble and should be fully wooly again in a few weeks.

  • At January 16, 2006 3:55 PM, Blogger twins15 said…

    Ha, how about Todd Sauerbrun? A punter causing a fumble should make automattically make any type of nominations list. :D

  • At January 17, 2006 2:06 PM, Anonymous benny said…

    The play of the weekend was the Big Ben tackle. Saved their season and saved the NFL's asses. If the Colts win that game because of the horribly missed INT.

    Read somewhere that Big Ben had more tackles than Brian Urlacher.

    At least Champ gave Ben Watson credit on that play. Ben ran his ass off.

  • At January 18, 2006 11:09 AM, Blogger Cutthroat Pirates said…

    Roethlisberger hands down. The Colts were predicted to win the game and the Steelers came out and destroyed the Colts, but all it took was one play and the Colts would have won. Ben made the saving tackle, which is why his team won in the end.


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