The NFL playoffs are starting up in a couple of hours. They are selling story lines like the inspirational Redskins or the rejuvinated Brett Favre, but who are they trying to fool. Everyone is just playing for second place.
Is there anyone who really believes the Patriots won't win the Super Bowl?
Say the Redskins pull off an upset today against the Seahawks in Seattle. They can jump up and down and rejoice in the fact that they are one step closer for the opportunity to lose the Super Bowl.
It is like a golfer on the PGA tour shooting a great round on Saturday only to look up and see that Tiger is two shots ahead of him, or a tennis player rallying past a tough opponent playing the tennis of his life only to realize he has to play Roger Federer the next day.
In Baseball, we had the wonderful story of the underdog Colorado Rockies rolling through the national league only to get swept by the overpowering Red Sox in the World Series.
What is happeining to our sports? Where is the drama? The rivalries? Where are the challengers? It seems that all we have is a sports world full of Goliaths.
The NFL tried to create parity to avoid such domination by one team, yet domination we have.
The good side of all this is that when somebody beats Tiger Woods or Roger Federer, rare as it may be, we know they had to play incredibly well to do so. They had to earn it. It was not a fluke.
Having one standard of excellence can be a good thing because everyone knows what or who they have to beat. If the inspired Redskins or the indomitable Favre can somehow roll to a championship, we know they have earned it with the best football in the world, not a lucky fumble, an overtime coin flip, or a bad call by a ref.
Watch closely on the games today because these are the David's that are fighting for their shot at one of the greatest Goliaths the NFL has ever seen.