Monday, January 08, 2007

Notes on the NFL Playoffs

There were a couple of obscure but interesting moments in the NFL playoffs last weekend that you might have missed.

The first was Seattle's defensive backfield. Here's an excerpt from an article over at the CBC:
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - Not long ago, Pete Hunter was working in Dallas-area mortgage office. John Howell was guiding hunts for elk and other game in the Great Plains. Rich Gardner was working out four times a week at a gym in Nashville.

Then the phone rang for each of them. Now Hunter, Howell and Gardner will suit up for Seattle in Saturday's NFC wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.

All three signed with the Seahawks in the last week, since starting cornerbacks Marcus Trufant (high ankle sprain) and Kelly Herndon (broken ankle) both got hurt.

ALL THREE of those guys signed during the six days between the last regular season game and the wildcard playoff. It's an incredible story, and even more incredible that the defense played well enough for Seattle to win the game.

Oh, and here's one more crazy tidbit: the last team Pete Hunter played for was the Cowboys. He still lives in Dallas and can see their practice facility from his front door.

The other moment was in the Eagles-Giants game when Jared Lorenzen came in to run quarterback sneaks. That's two-hundred-and-eighty pound Jared Lorenzen.

He is a quarterback, believe it or not. And you might not know that he was a badass in college when he played for the University of Kentucky. Over 10,000 yards passing in his career. His junior season, he threw 24 TD's and only 5 interceptions. You can read more on his college career here.

In other news, the college "national championship" game is tonight, which I might care about if it hadn't been over seven weeks since Ohio State played its last game. Seriously, is there anything in sports more pathetic and screwed up than the "Bowl Championship Series?" I'll watch the game, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it, but it's impossible for me to take it seriously in its current format.

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