Highlights at Football's Midway Point

    Sunday marks the midway point for the NFL. Well, at least kind of, as with the bye week there is no real midway point. This is as close as it gets, so it is time to weigh in the surprises and disappointments of the season.

    The Rams look like Coroebus, sprinting past all contenders while scoring more prolifically than any team in history; but will they fall dead at the finish like Pheidippides, the originator of the marathon, yelling with their last breath?

    No.

    The Rams will continue their march to a second straight Super Bowl, and although they will not do it undefeated — no team with a defense like that could — their offense will carry them through.

    Then there is Narcicuss, wait, I mean Terrell Owens, dancing on the Cowboys star. People bemoaned the loss of respect in the game when someone would do that, desecrate the most holy of holies, the home team’s logo.

    Hey, if it was anyone else I would agree that Davis was out of line; but Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, the leftover remnants of that coifed wannabe dandy, Jimmy Johnson? Do it again and again Davis and let the whole world revel in that team’s ineptitude.

    Ricky Williams, “”arise from the dead my son and be worth the Saints draft of 1999,”” said the Saints pundits. Four straight 100-yard rushing games and a 30-yard touchdown pass later, Williams is proving he is no Ryan Leaf.

    Leaf, by the way, just decided he was not going to play this week nor next week, either. The thing is, the guy did not tell his coach first, but instead went first to the media. It’s like every spoiled brat with a silver spoon stuck up his butt got rolled up into Leaf and sent to Chargers for the express purpose of making the people of San Diego suffer. Leaf is Midas but instead of gold, everything he touches turns to horse manure. Dump him, pronto.

    Every great defense has a name, the Steel Curtain for instance, so instead of calling Warren Sapp and the rest of the Bucs’ defense by their given names we should just rename them Sapp’s Sackers, or wait, here is a better one, They Who Get no Support From Their Offense.

    They give it their all and are the best defensive unit that has been around in a long time. However, when you are on the field for 36 minutes, like they were against the Lions, you cannot keep points off the board. The Bucs’ offense needs to give these guys some support.

    What about the new reigning fat man of the NFL, Sebastion Janikowski. That guy’s paunch is bigger than Fatty Arbuckles at his worst, and taking him in the first round is starting to look like a mistake for the Raiders as he only made six of his first 11 field goals. However, he has picked it up, making his final two kicks last week, both 40-yarders, including the game winner.

    The Raiders neighbors across the bay, the once dynastic 49ers, are now looking oh-so-bombastic, but take hope Niners fans because as some of us like to say, every loss is a ‘Vick’tory. Now, if only the Chargers and Bengals would start winning.

    Here is a question: Why don’t the Bills start Doug Flutie? The guy is a winner, he won at Boston College, he won in the Canadian Football League, and he won with the Bills. He took them to the playoffs last year where Rob Johnson started and lost the game, albeit, on a trick play, but he still lost.

    When Johnson got hurt last week, Flutie brought the Bills back to win. Flutie is the Rudy of the NFL, but he is better than Rudy because the guy deserves to start — he’s earned it.

    And finally, my super bowl prediction: The Rams will defeat the Dolphins in a laugher, 40-2. You gotta give the Dolphins’ defense something.

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