Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Welcome to the Future
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your beers. Sorry, I was just being humorous. I find myself apologizing quite a bit here on TPLIYP, and I will follow up the previous one with another apology for my lack of posts recently. It's been a rough week and a half or so as I transition from bum life to grad school life, but now I am coming at you live from 1375 (Chapel Street, New Haven, CT). This weekend, I watched in horror as arguably the two most successful teams of the 2000s got welcomed to the new decade by getting blown the fuck out in the first round of the playoffs. Something tells me the new decade will not be so kind to good old BB and Andy Reid.
Entering my 4th decade of existence, it is beginning to dawn on me how old I am getting simply by watching sports. The heroes of our childhood; Dan Majerle, Lenny Dykstra, Rick Mirer and Ron Hextall, all retired and most likely dead. The dominant teams; San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Sonics, Atlanta Braves, and Minnesota North Stars, all terrible, defunct or gay. A lot has happened since we were starry eyed children. I think we have learned that nothing lasts forever.
Think about it; especially in sports, nothing can sustain itself forever. Even the best dynasties all go through down periods. An entire decade is a long time to sustain success, and I think that the Patriots and Eagles will have trouble keeping it going. New decade, new challenges.
The Patriots appear to be losing their one time infallibility. The magic grey sweatshirt clearly didn't work for BB this past weekend, and Wunderkind Tom Brady clearly is not what he used to be. This does not bode well for the Pats. TB12 and BB are everything to that franchise. Similarly, Dandy Andy and Donovan McNabb don't appear to have what it takes in Philadelphia anymore. Even with a host of playmaking threats around him, Donovan couldn't do anything against Dallas for the third time this season on Saturday night. Though they are still in the playoffs, I reckon the same thing will happen to the Colts soon as well. When Peyton Manning decides he is done, the Colts are done. These three teams have been the 3 teams of this decade, but their run is coming to an end.
As soon as the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2010 it seemed that the carriage of the Patriots and Eagles, two franchises that became winners after dismal periods in the 1990s, turned back into a pumpkin. They are both 0-2 on the young decade and it seems that their best years might be behind them. We can hope for the best, but should fear the worst. In the new decade, look for guys like Kevin Durant, Chad Henne, Tim Lincecum and Rick Nash to be the torchbearers of successful teams. Blood on the streets in the town of New Haven.
NFL Playoff Predictions:
New Orleans 31, Arizona 28
Indy 27, "Balmer" 13
Dallas 31, Minnesota 10
San Diego 21, NYJ 14