There was so much good in the NFL this weekend, that I had eliminate the bad altogether. I did, however, save enough room for the ugly. Can you guess who that is?

The Good
Last second win!
Now, I know what you are thinking. How can a last second win be a good thing? The Kansas City Chiefs provided the answer. With only 5 seconds left on the clock, no timeouts, the ball sitting on the one foot line and trailing the Oakland Raiders by 3, coach Dick Vermeil did the unthinkable.

The book says you are supposed to kick the field goal and go to overtime and win it there. So much for the book! The Chiefs lined up, handed the ball off to a leaping Larry Johnson and TOUCHDOWN! the game is over. The Chiefs stunned the Raiders and the football world by going for it, and it paid off. There are the folks who say “What if he got stopped and they lost the game.” So, what if I were the President of the United States. Bah on your “What if!”

The Good Part II
LT is the man.
LaDainian Tomlinson became the first Charger to score 4 touchdowns in a game since Chuck Muncie did it back in 1981 against the Denver Broncos. LT had 107 yards rushing and 3 rushing TDs and 46 yards receiving and 1 TD reception. Clearly there is nobody better than Tomlinson in the NFL.

My prediction here is this, if Tomlinson can stay healthy he has the strength and speed to catch leading rusher Emmitt Smith.

The Good Part III
The perfect 8-0 Indianapolis Colts
No more Manning can’t beat the Patriots talk. No more Manning can’t win the big game talk, and certainly no more Colts can’t win in Foxboro talk. The Colts went into New England and put a good ole fashion beat down on the Patriots.

They sure look like the team to beat in the NFL. In the 40-21 beating of the Patriots, not only did the offense look solid, the defense came up big again, holding the Patriots offense to just 34 yards rushing and most of the 254 passing yards they allowed came late when the Patriots had to pass to try to catch up. This was my pick to win the Super Bowl and midway through the season, it is hard not to stick with them as the favorite to win it all.

The Ugly
He-who-must-not-be-named does it again.
All you have to do is go back to August 16th, 2005 when NFL Rants and Raves banned this guy from the show. Back then we said the following:

“Enough is Enough! That’s right, I have reached the limit and the buck stops here.:
“…there is no one person who is above their team and above the game.”

Well, OK we did talk about him, but we did not mention his name. And now that he is gone for the season, for sure we will not have to talk about him again this year.

Just in case you do not know what I am talking about here, the Philadelphia Eagles, who did not learn from my rant back in August, finally said enough is enough and suspended he-who-must-not-be-named for conduct detrimental to the team. All this because he is a selfish jerk who thinks he is above the game, above his team and above the other 52 players he plays with. The Eagles only have themselves to blame for this fiasco!

Let me take you back to August 29th, 2005 when I posted the following rant:

“….It appears that he-who-must-not-be-named got excused from a charity carnival event because of a groin injury. Yeah, right – this after he caught 5 passes for 131 yards and 1 TD against the Bengals just last night. The Eagle organization should be ashamed of itself for allowing this. Bad karma.”

Insert all the clichés you want here, “What goes around, comes around.” “You reap what you sow.” “You get what you give.” I could go on and on here, but I will not be the one to say I told you so, oh wait a minute, I just did.

It is refreshing to think that for the second half of this season, I will not have to talk about he-who-must-not-be-named, and he-who-must-not-be-name who was not being named will not longer be named this year!