So with the NFL regular season well and truly over, with the Championship Games coming up on Sunday night, I thought it’d be a good idea to give out some awards for certain things that happened over the season. With much talk over who’s going to be the league MVP & rookie of the year, among others, here’s a look at other moments which have made us laugh, cry and gasp over this crazy season.
Funniest Moment - Mark Sanchez’s butt fumble vs Patriots
Without doubt the funniest moment for me in the regular season, and as a Giants fan I found it even funnier. With the Jets already down by 14-0 at home to the Patriots, Sanchez whilst trying to make a play runs straight into guard Brandon Moore and fumbles the ball, gifting the Patriots yet another touchdown, in what was a complete blowout on Thanksgiving. This season was yet another forgetful one for Sanchez, who continues to disappoint after such a promising start to his NFL career in the first 2 seasons, reaching 2 consecutive AFC Championship Games. But the butt fumble will undoubtedly go down as the funniest moment of the season for me.
A shambles. That’s all that can be said about Chelsea’s performance on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge. Here was a big opportunity with the game in hand they had to open up a gap over rivals Tottenham & Arsenal, in the race for 3rd place with Arsenal at home to come on Sunday. And what did they do? They blew it. In quite typical Chelsea fashion, not just under Benitez, but in general, whenever an opportunity arises to pull away from the pack, they bottle it.
In a game that was devoid of passion, intensity and fighting spirit, it’s a game that’ll be remembered for all the wrong reasons by Chelsea fans, and one that Saints fans will treasure if they do indeed get relegated at the end of the season. The days of Stamford Bridge being a fortress are well and truly over, and that’s been the case at home. Nowadays, when Chelsea play away they look so comfortable and confident on the ball, it’s like watching 2 completely different teams. If people ask me what positives there are to take from the game, I can give you none.
The 13th of January 2013 may well go down as the day when tackling is finished in football. Yesterday in the match between Arsenal and Manchester City, we saw Vincent Kompany make a perfectly timed challenge on Jack Wilshere, winning the ball with what many people would call a perfectly timed tackle. But there was one man in the ground who disagreed, and his name was referee Mike Dean. Within 5 seconds Dean had whipped out his red card for the second time in the game and dismissed the Manchester City captain.
I sat watching my television shocked at how that decision could be made. Replays only confirmed that the challenge was perfectly timed, and there was no evidence of any wrongdoing on Kompany’s part. In the FA’s rules when it comes to tackles, it states that for a foul to be deemed worthy of a red card, the challenge has to be out of the players control (therefore both feet leaving the ground) and late on the player being challenged. If that was either one of those, then I do fear for the future of football.
As the regular season ended for 20 teams (24 after the wildcard rounds), the questions about off-season trades, and what deals will be made in free agency start to come up. We saw how quickly teams wanted to act after poor showings in the season, with 7 head coaches losing their job, with many of these firings not surprising at all.
But one question that many fans from teams such as the Jaguars, Chiefs & Cardinals, will be wondering is whether their side will be drafting a QB in the draft in April. Other teams such as the Eagles, Titans & noticeably the Jets, have all suffered from the lack of a star QB this season. The Jets, or more importantly Rex Ryan, want to remain with Sanchez it seems and so it looks like a lost cause to suggest the idea that they may well bring in another QB, with Tebow seemingly not the answer either.
After 3 wins out of 3 during the festive season, Chelsea were going into their last game of the festive season hoping to make it 4 wins out of 4. Let me rephrase that. Chelsea were expecting 4 wins out of 4. QPR are the worst side in the league having won only 1 game all season before last night, and many had already tipped them to go down. But Chelsea fans knew that yesterday could have been a potential banana skin. I mean, it was QPR’s cup final last night, and they put out the strongest side they could in order to try and contain Chelsea and hopefully steal a result from a set piece. That’s exactly what they did.
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