First, a belated Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope your holiday was joyful and calm and ... wev. On to the important stuff.
Face it, most of my predictions for this season in the NFL were just poo. Branden Marshall and Adrian Peterson did tear up some teams and show themselves among the elite of the league. That's one right, to many very wrong. Jacksonville blew. Indy did not win the AFC south, but only because of one helluva performance from Tennessee. The Giants look, for all the world as a team that can repeat as Super Bowl champs, contrary to anything I said earlier. (Wouldn't it be great to see a Manning v. Manning SB?) Most of my other predictions were so much blah, blah. Favre did bring the Jets down, and Green Bay *did* regret not having him, but probably not much. Houston punched some folks in the mouth, but Cleveland and Detroit, well ...
No, the one prediction I made with absolute certainty was made at Jack's place about 5 weeks ago. I predicted that the AFC West would send an 8-8 team to the play-offs and that team wouldn't be my beloved Denver Broncos. Congratulations to the San Diego Chargers, and may Norv Turner have a good conciliation speech for you when the Manning machine rolls over your asses next weekend.
One final note: can somebody please explain to me the reasoning for firing Eric Mangini less than 24 hours after Brett Favre threw the Jet's chances into the toilet, and paved his way into retirement with , what, 13 interceptions on the day? (Okay, so it was 3, but still, that wasn't Mangini's fault, nor was Favre's eratic play all season. Blame Taunenbaum if you must, but Mangini is a good coach; and I predict he will get a job somewhere and make the Jets rue the day they fired him.)