First of all, let me say happy birthday to the greatest of all time, Muhammed Ali who was born 75 years ago today. Recently someone disagreed with me about Ali being "The Greatest" based on his win/loss record. I assumed that everyone knew that his in ring record isn't what made him the greatest, that it was his charisma and his boldness and having the guts to speak on and stand up for his convictions. He was also a hall of fame trash talker. In his honor everyone shout Ali! Ali! Ali!
I could do a report on The Greatest but I already did one over on Fox go look it up if you want. Instead, the subject of this report is the NFL playoffs. We're down to four teams and Las Vegas is down a ton of money according to reports because of the underdogs Green Bay upsetting Dallas and Pittsburgh upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs. I don't consider these upsets, I mean Green Bay and Pittsburgh have won Superbowls within the last ten years.
I am actually going to defend the Dallas Cowboys and not because my wife is a fan but because they're young. The Cowboys were led by a rookie QB Dak Prescott and a rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott and came back in the game against Green Bay to tie it but made the mistake of leaving time on the clock for Aaron Rodgers who proceeded to drive down the field and the Packers won it with a field goal. The Playoffs show us every year, veterans do well...if you've been there recently you have a huge edge...well except the NY Giants, I mean what the hell happened there?
That made the Dallas loss ever tougher for my wife because the Cowboys couldn't beat the Giants this year and when the Giants lost Dallas had a clear path or so we thought but like I said, experience counts and the Cowboys had very little.
Another former champ, the Seattle Seahawks are now saying that Richard Sherman played the last half of the season with an MCL injury that was undisclosed. At first I thought Sherman was trying to make an excuse of why he got torched all afternoon by the Atlanta Falcons' WR Julio Jones but Seattle head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the injury.
Not putting the injury on the Seahawks injury report is a violation of the NFL's policies and when the NY Jets failed to disclose an injury that former QB Brett Farve had sustained, they were fined $125,000 by the league. Carroll said, "Honestly, I didn't realize we hadn't revealed it. I don't even remember what game it was...it was somewhere in the middle I don't know. I feel like I screwed that up with not telling you that because that happened, but he was OK."
Um...what are you talking about Pete? What do you mean you didn't realize you didn't reveal it? You do know you're the head coach right? Trust me these guys know everything in that locker room because they're jobs are on the line. Then he says that Sherman was "OK" when clearly he wasn't. Maybe that's why Sherman was draped all over Julio Jones in the first meeting with Atlanta this year when it was blatantly pass interference but what do you do when you can't keep up with someone you're supposed to cover, you cheat errr I mean "tackle him" as Sherman explained.
That Seattle defense is a shell of its former self and it is not fair to put the blame all on one player because it was a team effort. I think the Jimmy Graham trade with New Orleans for veteran center Max Unger was the beginning of the end for that Seahawks defense.