You can blame him? Obama loves football - maybe more than Debate

Anyone who watched the NFL playoffs wild card this weekend knows that this year's contenders for the title of Super Bowl is the real deal, so much so that at least one of the presidential candidates participating in the discussions New Hampshire was difficult to hide the fact he would rather have been watching football discussing foreign policy.

Asked by the moderator of the debate, expert du jour Charlie Gibson of ABC, on
their response to the Republican debate earlier in the evening, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) said she had been paying more attention to the NFC competition between Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. (Obama is a Bears fan.)

Obama must have been wishing he had been in the committee debate, because the one who programmed the democratic debate that Democrats put at a serious disadvantage: the event occurred after the Republican debate, right in the middle of the most exciting game of the week - the battle of AFC between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

I could feel the pain of Obama: I was sitting in a room full of addicts football and politics have to change wildly between the debate and the game, trying to capture the strengths of each. (She quickly discovered that the candidates were standard-issue jet rhetoric to agree on when to hit the remote.)

At least one newly minted fan in our living room crowd swooning over Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, while another commented on the butt shots provided by the network cameras. Everything that comes into play, I say.

When the choice is between listening to a laborious Arizona Gov. Bill Richardson Hillary Clinton or a strong caustic and seeing pieces of eye candy collide against each other in the name of the almighty pig, politics is a tough sell.

That's why we're talking football here. Specifically, the first round of the playoffs in the tournament, which featured a black star combination of current and next generation two outstanding quarterback, a runner who has assumed a leadership role in the main pack and defense one on a mission.

Running On Time

The player who makes the biggest news at this time may be David Garrard, quarterback stylish, well spoken and persistent Jacksonville Jaguars. Garrard performance Saturday night was inconsistent - the Jaguars took a lead of 18 points before rebounding - but the way they claimed was so outstanding that his counterpart on the losing side, Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers actually hung around while Garrard completed a post-match interview in the field to congratulate him.

The final score, 31-29 in favor of the Jaguars "was the result of a competitive advantage see-saw between the two teams: The best play of the game was 32 yards from Garrard on fourth down conversion late in the game with the Jaguars losing by one point.

I was actually wondering if Garrard intended to run, because the element of surprise was what Jacksonville needed. And it turns out that's what Garrard did, hesitating only a moment to throw the Steelers' defense before heading to the nearest available opening and running downfield.

Field goal kicker Josh Scobee sealed the deal, and that was all she wrote. My home team, the New England Patriots, are now facing what could be its biggest challenge facing the crew determined to Jacksonville next weekend.

The passion of the silent soldier

In San Diego Charger LaDanian Tomlinson took runner moral issue
into their own hands earlier this season when he called a team meeting without a coach Norv Turner.

What happened in that locker room, which we have seen the Chargers because it is the collective heart of a team whose main objective is to restore itself as a force in the field. LT & Co. made clear in their 17-6 victory over a struggling team the Tennessee Titans led by quarterback Vince Young Sunday.

Young, still recovering from injury, failed to show the fans his true potential. Let's hope his recovery is complete, the next season for the Titans may be all it can be.

When a loss gives birth to a winner

Second level of the NFC teams, the defense seems to be the name of the game this year - and New York Giants continued their post-makeover Patriots as a team whose defense is so good it makes your offense are well.

Of course, the cliché is that offense sells tickets and defense wins games. What the Giants defense did was take ground game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ", a tactic that you can be sure to apply to his next opponent, the Dallas Cowboys and the team ground the gun not-so-secret, Marion Barber. The 24-14 final score was the product of an effort all-around team.

In fact, I think the Giants 38-35 New England loss in the last regular season game was a "good loss" a confidence builder for Eli Manning and the offense comes largely as a result of the foundation laid by Michael Strahan and his colleagues on the other side of the ball.

Giants' game against the Bucs defensivalos was even more impressive in the defense of New York, was playing with a number of "spare parts" - in place of injured starters. If there is anything the Patriots have shown their teammates in the league, is that a team is really made up of 53 players - that is, all men must be ready to play as a starter when called.

The Giants may have learned the most valuable lessons that the loss of the Patriots, a game that seems to have been a character building experience of Manning and a measure of the quality of the Giants D.

The Giants have seen since that exciting game in the Meadowlands between two different visions of red, white and blue is a changed team. This Giants team is fully capable of driving himself to the Super Bowl if the Cowboys underestimate where these giants come and where they think they are going.


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