HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I hope everyone had as great a New Years as I did. My Giants stuck it to the Redskins and clawed their way into the playoffs, the Knicks are finally playing better and starting to find an identity, and the Jets plowed over hapless Oakland to lock up a playoff spot. Hell, even the Rutgers' football team waxed Kansas State in the Texas Bowl to finally earn some respect in the waning weeks of the '06 season for a sure top 15 pre-season ranking next season. That means the first weekend in January gives me 4 football playoff games to watch (All of the wild card games), 2 to care about(Big Blue/Gang Green) , and 1 (Big Blue) to live and die by. How great is it that 2 of the four games this weekend are real division rivalries setting up a weekend of FANTASTIC football!!! I don't have to sit in a corner and down obscence amounts of alcohol to endure a Knicks game, for now at least, and the Super Bowl, March Madness, and the NBA Playoffs are all still waiting in the wings for my personal enjoyment. I am only saddened by the first piece of sports news of 2007. Darrent Williams
As we as sports fans, conoisseurs, and fanatics prepare ourselves for a January full of great sports action, even if your team didn't do well, I'd like to take the time to convey the shock that I'm sure many of us felt when we learned of Darrent Williams' murder. There are times when we get so wrapped up in playoffs scenarios, stats, scores, lineups, and player salaries that we forget that the world is a lot bigger than the one we look at through ESPN. We've lost a quite a few athletes this year but the reason I chose to write my first ever blog is because I belive his passing is being overlooked. Outside of Colorado it's being swept aside, in my opinion, because happened to come at an inconvenient time for the NFL. The playoffs start next week and the League wouldn't dare allow the passing of a non-star like Williams to steal its spotlight. If Brett Favre were to die as Williams did, the NFL's world would come to a screeching halt and the playoffs would be postponed at least a week. Do I honestly expect that to happen for Darrent? Or course not. But at least have the decency to acknowledge his death properly. It is too often that the level of importance of an athletes passing is directly proportional to how good he was on the field. The only site that even has his passing as the lead story, besides the Rocky Mountain News, is MSNBC. Not ESPN, not Fox Sports, and not CNNSI. You're telling me that sports news agencies think an NFL player's sudden and violent death isn't as important as Jim Mora and Dennis Green no longer being able to add to their personal fortunes? That's disgusting.
I'm not asking us to dwell on this one piece of sad news for the rest of the week, or even the rest of the day, but I wish once in a while, some of the sports media could pull their heads out of the replay box and realize the world is a lot bigger than X's and O's, even if we don't treat it that way sometimes.