It wasn't Vince Young or Kerry Collins who led the Titans into the playoffs. It was Jim Sorgi and he plays for the Colts! So much for that whole integrity thing that pundits were raving about with the NFL after the Giants in a meaningless game actually showed up and challenged the Patriots with history on the line. And those Patriots who could've put it on cruise control, but wanted this 16-0 record as a signature stamp on their ever expanding dyNEsty.
The Colts and to a lesser extent the Cowboys however? Nah, couldn't be bothered, couldn't lift a finger when it came to upholding the integrity of the league. Now you want to tell me that Cleveland and Minnesota should've taken care of business last week, fair enough. But I can't stand this holier than art thou praise these NFL teams get for playing the full 17 weeks to the max, when it is the only sport where a team can effectively end a game just by taking a knee and sitting on it for the last two minutes or so!
Yes there were some legit injuries such as Marvin Harrison and T.O. and the Redskins probably could've beaten the Cowboys straight up whereas the Titans who could barely get by the Jets, would've been creamed by the Colts.
From the Cowboys perspective, when you're down 27-3 in the 4th quarter and have 4th and goal, at least act like you're trying and go for it! I mean Denver showed up in a meaningless game to play hard and beat Minnesota, why not Dallas? And mind you I was hoping the Redskins as a feel good story would get in after all of the adversity they have faced this season.
I will admit bias in wanting Cleveland to make the playoffs because at least they have some interesting offensive weapons, whereas Tennessee is just a dreck of a team. The Colts though owed something to Romeo Crennel and the Browns, they owed them to take a shot. I mean come on Tony Dungy, help a brother out will ya!
But seriously I wonder if the Colts laying down had something to do with Crennel being a former defensive coordinator for the rival Patriots, the fact that they were playing nice for their AFC South division brethern Titans or that they just do this every single year in week 17. And the answer is that the Colts do this every single year week 17. The Colts even spurned their own opportunity to go 16-0 a few years back and like the Eagles of recent years they have gotten burned in taking this approach. Sure they were calling time-outs late in the 4th quarter to stop the clock, to give the impression that they were at least trying. That is until they marched Jim Sorgi right back out there. How I ask does Jim Sorgi still have a job in the NFL, seriously?
I mean I get it from an Indy and Dallas perspective, they've locked everything up and if they have players who are seriously injured then like any other game obviously they're going to sit. However if the Giants and Pats can play hard in a meaningless game for the integrity of the sport, so can you.
And if I'm the Browns I say to the Colts, Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning, the next time we play you, playing Jim Sorgi won't be a choice, but a necessity!