I hope you had a great weekend before Christmas. I know the shopping outlets were pretty busy. Fortunately I avoided most of all that. We had a little party Friday night with the student staff of my radio station. We played games, ate food, had a lot of fun and got to know each other better. I really believe having the opportunity to connect in ways beyond the office is a great way to build a strong-nit group and make the atmosphere of the job a positive one. I know that’s taking place where I work. And if you get the chance, check out the game of Things. It’s a blast.
All in all, it was a restful weekend. I got to spend some time with my wife and do some stuff outside. Last weekend it was something like 40 degrees outside. Yesterday it was something like 80. I guess that’s just Texas, since the rest of the country is in a blizzard or something. We watched Groundhog Day yesterday. My wife hadn’t seen that one before and I had forgotten all the great one-liners in it. That’s my favorite Bill Murray movie.
I got to watch just a wee bit of football yesterday, just enough to see the Texans get their butts handed to them by the Titans. That was a sad performance. At the start of the season, I had picked them to go to the playoffs. Obviously that’s a pipedream now. They have the pieces to be great, I just don’t know what the hold up is. Some suspect that it’s head coach Kubiak. I don’t know. It’s predicted that he’ll be canned at the end of the season. I just wonder if all the people who praised Matt Schaub as the QB David Carr should have been are eating crow. Schaub is good no doubt. But most of his talent is just putting up good stats. He’s obviously not the leader that puts his team in position to win games, or does what’s needed to come through when it counts, thus 5 losses in a row this year. This was the year to win 9 or 10 games, which would guarantee a playoff berth with both Indy and Jacksonville struggling. But not so.
The only other game I saw was the second half of the Packers and the Patriots. I admit utter shock when I turned the game on to find Green Bay ahead by 4 points and the fact that a backup QB with no experience had put up 3 TDs against the NE defense. That was a shock. And I was a bit miffed too. How can Matt Flynn put up 3 TDs and Jay Cutler (who has gobs more experience and playing time) not do the same? I see a Kevin Kolb here, a guy who’s been the backup for a long time and takes advantage of opportunity. That’s what makes a great #2 QB. Like my Friday post stated, life is about opportunity and those who ride the #2 or #3 spot at QB and are basically earning a living on the bench so they can put on paper that they have x-number of years in the league to get another contract somewhere are not people to keep on your team, because when opportunity knocks for them, they’re probably going to let themselves and the team down (ex. Todd Collins, Tavarus Jackson, Alex Smith). But there are guys like Kolb and Flynn who answer opportunity’s knock and that opportunity comes back again. Kolb got a solid contract and future after his few starts last season in place of McNabb. I think that Flynn could get that opportunity following this season in places in desperate need of a QB like Arizona, San Francisco, Miami, or Cincinnatti. We’ll have to wait and see.
Tom Brady is amazing. I’m not much of a Patriots fan, but I admit that this is one guy I wouldn’t want to ever match up against and probably wouldn’t bet on someone matching up against him. He just has this 6th sense on the field and does stuff that even elite QBs can’t. That last drive that led to the winning TD wasn’t incredible, but it was impressive. And how about the rookie Tully Banta-Cain from Montana State that sacked Flynn on the second to last play. That sealed the game. I’d never even heard of a Montana State school. That was a Rudy moment and I’m glad he took that opportunity. Life is what you make it. Opportunity comes to us all and the future depends on how that opportunity is met. In just one game, opportunity will multiply itself for several individuals and be subtracted from several others.