Monday, April 30, 2007

Spring Brings out the Best In Walkers Rants

Geared up and ready to go. NBA Playoffs, NASCAR records falling, MLB, MLS, NHL, NFL Draft, you name it it’s all happening right now, and I got it all on lock down. Cause that’s how we role at Walker’s Rants. All sports some BS all the time. So that being said lets get it started and see what trouble we can stir up this week. Walker’s Rants it’s a go.

This was the most interesting NFL draft to watch in years….

While flipping through the channels on Sunday I saw that the Stanley Cup Playoffs were going on… huh who knew?

Its spring and the weather is great out right now. Do yourself a favor get outside enjoy the sun and get a tan…

Steve Nash MVP…

Brady Quinn freefalling in the draft was one of the most entertaining things I’ve seen in years. So what? call me sadistic…

Sean Singletary please come back to UVA for one more year. We need you…

NASCAR fans are passionate, not eloquent. It happens. They never asked to be brought into the light…

How bout them those not so Baby Bulls? They may not be the most dominate team in the NBA but they are a force to be reckoned with…

Belmont Shore Rugby is poised to win another RSL title…

Kobe, once again proving that 1 man does not make a team…

Congrats Duke LAX way to bounce back from a disaster last year to take the ACC Championship…

The Rockies triple play on Sunday was not that impressive, hate to be the one to break it to ya…

I don’t know why, but Randy Moss to New England is not going to be the love fest that everyone is making it out to be…

Congrats Washington Redskins for still having no clue what the hell the NFL draft is…

The Dallas Mavericks are in trouble. I keep seeing images of Dikembe Mutombo holding a ball on the floor with tears of joy on his face…

Joe Torre is not the Yankee’s biggest problem…

Cleveland is not as good as they look, they are playing a horrible Washington Wizards team…

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Walkers Rants is For the Kids

Took a week off, but there’s no need to worry. I’m no going to leave yall hanging like that. Because Walker’s Rants are for children, and yes that includes all of you reading this here on the Chair. That being said lets jump right into it, Walkers Rants Lets Go.

The NBA Playoffs have begun. Now the NBA is worth watching…

Oden and Durant are headed to the NBA… Don’t you dare be proud and brag that you called that one a mile away… We all did…

Spring Football… I love it…

Tim Duncan keep laughing all the way to the NBA Finals and another championship…

Barry Bonds will break the homerun record sooner than you think, and he is a lock for the Hall of Fame…

The NFL Draft is a week away… I have a terrible feeling the Raiders are getting ready to do something stupid…

I’m already sick of Yanks and Sox…

I’m already in full A-Rod hate mode…

Watch out for those Baby Bulls… They aren’t so young any more…

Shaq won’t foul out of flops again you can count on that…

I still can’t believe someone gave Manny a mic, and a backstage pass to anything credible… Good work Manny….

If the Nationals are losing 120 this year, the Phillies might lose 135…

The Wizards may have the most disappointing season in the NBA this year. From first in the East to a first round sweep…

I got a bad feeling about this Brady Quinn, not sure you want bank your franchise hopes on him…

Spring Rugby season is almost over… get out to your local club and catch a game, teams are fighting for their playoff lives. If you need to find a local club contact me I got your hookup…

Lou Holtz was the honorary coach for the Green and White game… gotta wonder how into that whole SC gig he really was…

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech, and those affected by the tragedy that took place there on Monday. Now that the heart break is over, may we all work together and take steps to heal the damage that was cause by a senseless act of violence. I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and comments, and thank all the Virginia schools for showing the world that we can put aside our petty rivalries and bond together as brothers and sisters. When one of us hurts, we all do. Right now we are all Hokies.

Top 10 Groundbreaking Moments in Sporting History


Sports provide all of us with numerous moments that stand out in our minds as special memories. Every fan of has at least one moment where they can recall exactly where they were, and what they were doing when the magic took place.

This list is designed to go beyond those special moments that each of us have personally. This list represents the most ground breaking moments in sports history. These are those moments that without them, sports, and the way we view them today would not be possible. The following Ten Moments are the ones we can look back at, and tip our hats in amazement and/or gratitude for what was accomplished.

10: MLB Goes to Capital Hill Again…: March 17, 2005 Bud Selig, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and Raphael Palmaro made a trip to Capital Hill to testify before Congress on the issue of steroids in baseball. What took place that day was simple, two futures Hall of Famers lost their bids to Cooperstown, a sport was tarnished forever, and since that day any impressive athletic performance in any arena is immediately questioned under the cloud of steroids.

9: Texas Western Wins 1966 Men’s Basketball Championship: Texas Western stepped walked into the NCAA Championship with five black players starting the game, the first all black team to start a national championship game. On the other side of the ball stood the University of Kentucky and Adolph Rupp the standard for collegiate basketball, and old school southern values. Over the course of the game Texas Western not only won a national championship, they changed the face of college basketball forever.

8: Hank Aaron passes Babe Ruth and Becomes the Homerun King: In April of 1974 Hank Aaron did the unthinkable, he hit his 715th career homerun putting him ahead of the Sultan of Swing Babe Ruth. The race to past Ruth was intense for several reasons. After hitting 713 in September of 1973, Aaron had to go through the following off season with the burden of Babe Ruth on his shoulders. Aaron received death threats and hate mail all winter. It was such a heated topic that a black man could pass Babe Ruth that the commissioner was not even present. Aaron would retire with 755 career homeruns a mark that is still the most revered record in sports today.

7: Curt Flood Takes MLB to Court: Despite being an outstanding player, Curt Flood is best known for his run ins in the court room. Following the 1969 baseball season, Curt Flood refused to accept a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. What followed was Flood v. Kuhn, a case that would be heard by the U.S. Supreme court. Although he lost the case, Curt Flood stood up to the owners. Players are not property of the team, and have the ability to control themselves and what they want to do with their career. Because of Curt Flood, free agency was created in baseball, and similar concepts would follow in due time with the other major sports.

6: 1972 USA Men refuse their Silver Medals: The 1972 Olympic Games are remembered for a variety of reasons. However, on the field of play nothing was as crazy as the Gold medal game between Super Powers U.S.A and the Soviet Union. The United States had never lost a basketball game in Olympic play. In the Soviets they found an opponent who wanted nothing more than to see them dethroned. It was a tight game throughout, and with 40 seconds left, the Doug Collins of the U.S.A. hit two free throws to put the Americans up by one. This was followed by a stop by the American team. What followed was a medley. The Soviets argued they had called a timeout before time expired; the refs granted them the timeout and placed sometime back on the clock. With a second chance, the Soviet Union was again unsuccessful at converting a bucket. However, a ref again claimed a clock malfunction, and had time put back on the clock. While the Americans were still in disbelief the ball was in bounded and the Soviets scored with no time. Even a protest could not help the American squad. After taking a vote the team decided to refuse their medals as a protest. To this day the silver medals are still locked away in Munich Germany.

5: Joe Louis Defeats the Jewel of Germany’s Athletic Program: The year was 1938, World War I was in the past, but the buildup to World War II was well on the well. In New York City, the rematch of the century was about to take place. German heavyweight Max Scheming was being touted as the pride of Germany and a poster boy for Hitler’s Nazi party and their ideal athlete. Two years earlier he had defeated black American boxer Joe Lewis in 12 rounds. Now he was back to do it once again and prove the power of the German nation. Scheming was knocked out in 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Once again Hitler’s plans to showcase his perfect race were foiled by a black man. Lewis and Scheming would go on to become great friends after the professional careers ended.

4: Muhammad Ali Refused Draft for the Vietnam War: In 1966 Muhammad Ali was entering the peak of his career; the Vietnam War was also entering its most intense years. Like many celebrities including former boxing champion Joe Louis, the United States Army wanted Ali to serve and travel to Vietnam and fight in showcase bouts to raise troop morale. Ali refused to go citing he was a conscientious objector because of his religious views. In return Ali was stripped of his passport and his heavyweight title. For the next four years he would be tied up in legal litigation and unable to fight and earn a living. He caught loads of criticism for his actions and became public enemy number one to many. However, he also gave a public name, a face and an identity to a generation who objected to the war.

3: Jessie Owens Wins Gold in Berlin Olympics: In 1936 Hitler and his Nazi party had taken full control of Germany and were spreading their propaganda throughout Europe. The 1936 Olympics were a chance for him to showcase the superiority of German race to the entire world. Hitler mocked the Americans for allowing Jessie Owens to even be on the team. Jessie Owens went on to win four gold medals as Hitler sat in the stands and watched. Owens won over the German fans with his heroic performance. He also proved that athletic ability and talent sees no color.

2: Magic Johnson Announces He is HIV Positive: In 1991 Magic Johnson was one of the most recognizable men in the world, this was also the year that he told everyone he had tested HIV positive. The AIDS epidemic had already begun in America but it was Magic Johnson who brought it to the forefront of the American conscience. Before his announcement HIV was a disease that was limited to the back allies of America littered with drug users. Magic Johnson made the average citizen realize that typical healthy straight people were in danger of catching HIV if they did not take the proper protective steps. Magic Johnson’s announcement did more for the improvement of AIDS awareness than any concert or any television special could have. While the AIDS epidemic may not be over in the United States, there is no question that due to Magic’s involvement and his ability to be the ultimate ambassador, has helped to generate funding for research, and raised awareness.

1) Jackie Robinson Breaks MLB’s Color Barrier: It is fitting and maybe even my subconscious at work that I would compose this list just hours after MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson weekend and the 60th anniversary of his breaking of the color line. In 1947 when Jackie Robinson stepped on the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers he struck the most public non-political/political blow to American culture and the United States Government. Many fail to realize that Robinsons dawning a MLB uniform came seven years before Brown vs. The Board of Education. In the United States, Separate was still equal. When Jackie Robinson stepped on the field for the Dodgers, he proved he could run as fast, hit as well, and work at the same level as any person out there, no matter what their color or their creed. However, Robinson’s greatest accomplishment never took place on the field. He should always be remembered and thanked for the way he handled the situation. It takes a special man to cross the color line; a person who not only has extraordinary physical talent, but phenomenal personality and fortitude to withstand the firestorm that is his life. Thank you Jackie.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Walkers Rants Daytona/Las Vegas Style.. yeah Im That Good

It’s Sunday, winter has most of the East Coast on lockdown, the NBA players are balling out in Las Vegas, and the real Boys of Summer are bout to get things started down in Daytona. The sports calendar is filling up, and Walkers Rants got you covered for whatever you need, so let’s get to the big show.

The Virginia Cavaliers are in the middle of their best basketball season in recent memory. Now the bench mark will be any type of post season success…

Watch out for the Georgetown Hoyas, They have a massive front line and they are gelling at the right time…

Cheating is NASCAR, get over it, and get ready to race baby. Expect big things from Tony Stewart this year.
He won’t be denied two years in a row…

Dwight Howard was robbed in the Dunk Contest. Putting that sticker on the backboard was money…

The Phoenix Suns will go s far as Steve Nash will take them, better get him some rest going down the stretch so he can handle the playoff run…

Pitchers and Catchers reported this past week who’s excited? Oh wait that’s right, we are still 4 months away from it even being close to meaning a thing…

What the hell were the Chargers thinking about? Are they seriously trying to sabotage the most talented team in football?

Mike Jordan equals worse Slam Dunk Judge EVER…

The Florida Gators are still the best team in College basketball despite the lost to Vandy. Now if they can stay focused long enough to get them through March…

There will be a NBA team in Las Vegas within the next 3 years…

Scottie Pippen to make a comeback? That’s it I’m going to the combine next week, look for me to sign for 4 years 30 mil with the Skins…

Wade Phillips wasn’t such a bad hire now was he Charger fans?

Charles Barkley kicked that old mans ass. Well done Sir Charles….

Super 14 Season is underway down under. It’s a great time to be a rugby fan Six Nations, Super 14, and the RSL is less than a month away…

With Olie out for three weeks, the Caps are done for the year. Now its time for them to open that wallet up and bring in big time defensemen during the off season.

Tim Hardaway; Thank You, for giving me the funniest sound bite I have heard in years, too bad your probably too stupid to even realize what you said…

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Walkers Rants, Post Football

Football season is over, and wont be back for a while. But that doesn’t mean that Walker’s rants are shutting down, we don’t have an off season here. All year long.

The Pro-Bowl was last night… If a Tree falls in the Woods and no one is really there does anyone care?

Sean Taylor, who goes head hunting during an All-Star game? Really….

The Wizards miss Antwan Jamison more than realized….

Bud Selig Man Up and get a pair…

Wade Phillips was the best possible hire for the Cowboys. He was the biggest fish in a very small pond…

The Combine is right around the corner (Feb 24) that’s right I get excited for that…

The Pussy Cat Dolls doing the NBA theme for ABC, I’m okay with that…

The Eastern Conference in the NBA will get real interesting post All Star game, watch it…

When you look at the New York Rangers first line, its amazing the team struggles the way it does…

Maybe just maybe Lebron is not all we thought he was… Sometimes the most talented doesn’t equal the best…

Even if USC loses their recruit at Tailback, that was still a sick recruiting class. ..

If Duke ends up in the NIT, will the world come to an end?

How sad is it that Mike Tyson is still the most notable heavyweight fighter out there?
All star weekend in Las Vegas… yeah someone from the NBA is getting arrested…

Good luck to the USA 7’s team as they play in the international 7’s tourney this week…

Congrats Peyton Manning, so glad you got that monkey off your back. Now if only those damn Patriot fans would shut up too…

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Man Up Bud Selig

Stop being such a damn coward, yes YOU Bud Selig, stop hiding and dodging the problem that you have created.
At a Fox Sports and News conference yesterday afternoon in San Francisco California, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was selected to be the keynote speaker. Of course Bud used this opportunity to tout his own accomplishments since becoming the head man in Americas former past time, proclaiming “we are living in the Golden Age of Baseball.” Bud praised himself for bringing the wild card and inter-league play to the majors. He praised himself for expanding the league. All of which the majority of people praises the sometimes aloof commissioner for bring to the sport.
However, fittingly enough being in San Francisco, it did not take long before the commentary soon turned to that 800 pound gorilla in the corner, steroids and Barry Bonds. Selig was proud for the new drug test that MLB has implemented, and is convinced that they will save baseball from itself.
However, there is one other loaming problem for Bud Selig to face that is quickly approaching. Barry Bonds is 22 homeruns away from breaking the all time homerun record. The odds are he will break Hank Aarons all time record sometime this season. When asked if Commissioner Selig would attend the game and ceremony where Bonds breaks the homerun record, Selig in typical lackadaisical fashion said, he would have to see if his schedule permits. Translation, “I want to avoid this if I can, and hopefully if I’m hiding people will forget my role in this.”
That’s right Bud, run, hide and ignore, because that has worked so well for you and your sport in the past. You ran and hid after the strike season of 94, and lucked out because of the efforts of men like Cal Ripken who brought life back to baseball. When the homeruns began to fly out the park in 1998, and the mysterious pills began to show in players lockers, you ignored it, and reveled in the resurgence of the long ball, posing for pictures with Sosa and friends.
Now it has all come home. For the last three years there has been a cloud over the sport of baseball, and with Bonds quickly approaching the homerun record the perfect storm is brewing, and rather than take it head on, make a stand and finally put to bed all this controversy over baseball, Selig is doing what he does best. He is running and hiding hoping it will all blow over just like it did in 1998.
Did Barry Bonds cheat? Probably. Did he do what others admitted to doing and countless others have yet to own up to doing during that same time? Yes he did. Is pretending that Barry Bonds and his new record don’t exist going to fix anything? Hell No.
I know that Bonds passing Aaron will create a tainted record. It’s not right, it’s not fair, but it is what it is. This is what happens when you ignore a problem; it doesn’t go away it just gets bigger. Now its time to man up and face the problem.
Bud Selig has made his bed and now he needs to lie in it. I am sick of his back peddling and flaying trying to avoid and dodge any and everything of substance. During his tenure Selig has transformed America’s past time from a once magical sport to a side show, with congressional hearings, and drug raids and God knows what else. Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's record is an opportunity for Bud Selig to stand up, set the record straight on steroids and testing and create a watershed moment for Major League Baseball. Instead Selig is once again sitting back and allowing the moment to pass, as his sport once again flounders under his watch.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Super Bowl Recap:The Colts Did Exactly What They Needed To

Well as everyone knows Super Bowl XLI was last night, and the Indianapolis Colts emerged victorious over the Chicago Bears. Peyton Manning got rid of that monkey on back, and Tony Dungy broke through to new ground that is good enough to make all of us smile.

Currently every major media outlet, especially those in Chi-Town, are blasting Rex Grossman for his performance in the Super Bowl. It does not take an expert to know that Grossman played one of the ugliest games in Super Bowl history, just think somewhere out there, even Neil O’Donnell is feeling sorry for this kid. Rex helped dig his team into a hole, after losing his footing and the ball on consecutive plays. He came out in the second half and the Bears were down, Benson was out hurt, and Sexy Rexy had a flash back to his Gator days and though he could do it all. That’s when the picks started to fly and before the Bears knew what happened they were out of the game.

Peyton Manning on the other hand became a game manager. He threw for 280 yards 1 TD 1 pick, nothing special, but a solid day. Many criticized him for the performance he put on, because it is not what we expect from the elder Manning, but it was exactly what the Colts needed. It was exactly what the Colts needed throughout this years playoffs, just go out and takes care of business. Nothing fancy, nothing crazy just pound away at the opposition with that dual headed rushing attack.

Despite what many say, the Colts played a solid game on Sunday. The Bears played an extremely deep Cover 2 defense, with the safeties sitting between17 and 25 yards deep. That means there was no way Peyton to stick the ball deep downfield. He made two attempts at that; the first ended up with an interception at the end of the first drive. The second attempted ended in Marvin Harrison getting pelted in during the third quarter.

What this means is Manning had to use his check down passes. He looked to Rhodes and Addai out of the backfield on swing and hitch routes. The corners gave big cushions to Indianapolis wideouts, and so Harrison and Wayne took the underneath routes and just went down the field 8 yards at a time.

This along with a powerful rushing attack from the Indy backs allowed the Colts to control the ball, and pick up first downs. The Colts dominated the line of scrimmage; the mighty Bears defense was worn down from chasing Colts all over the field. Whenever Peyton needed a first down he was able to get it. This was even more important than him tossing the long TD’s or racking up the crazy yardage.

The Colts were not pretty in their approach but they did exactly what they needed to when they needed, and that’s exactly what it takes to win a big game.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Walkers Rants...Yup at it Again

Super Bowl Sunday is here, and I can’t wait. Nothing gets me more excited than the hype before a big game. I’m ready to suit it up one more time and step out onto that field and show that I still have a few plays left in me. Anyways, the one thing that is better than the hype before a big game is Walker’s Rants, so lets get it started right now.

The Cavaliers have won six in a row in the ACC. I smell the beginning of something special…

$$@#* Duke, the cheated Clemson out of a game last week, and they tried to cheat the Hoos out of a game this Thursday…

This Durant kid down in Texas is something special. 34 and 23 is insane for any player, especially a freshmen….

The NHL is live and well, don’t believe me? Go out and see a game at your local arena and tell me its not a good time…

Favre is coming back for another season…Yup I’m happy….

Michael Irvin in the Hall of Fame Great…

Art Monk screwed again not cool….

Thank God there’s no Super Bowl shuffle this year…

Devin Hester will make a big play in the Super Bowl, but Adam Vinatieri is the special teamer I want on my team…

Shaq threw a huge Super Bowl party this week, and caught a hit and run criminal, chalk him up for best week ever….

Rugby season is right around the corner, that’s right get excited….

Colts will win and win big….

Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith, two great men, and they deserve everything that comes their way…

Dallas Cowboys… sadly falling into the same trap that the Washington Redskins are living in right now…

Don’t sleep on the ACC for basketball this season. It may not have the powerhouses, but the middle of the pack teams will make your team cry come Tourney time…

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Real Reason The Super Bowl Is Special

The Super Bowl is a little over a week away, and football fans the world over are getting ramped up for the biggest sporting event America has to offer. Sadly the one of the biggest stories of these years Super Bowl is being driven into the ground by the four letter network and as a result an important moment in American history is being tossed to the side because people are simply bored with the whole concept. On February 4th at Super Bowl XLI both teams competing will be led onto the field by black head coaches, a first in NFL history. This is a fact that cannot be overlooked even if the four letter network destroys it.

As a black male I have to say that Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy coaching in the Super Bowl is a huge deal not just for me but for blacks across the United States and here's why. For the majority of blacks, Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith making it to the Super Bowl is about breaking boundaries, that’s why it is so important.

We are less than a generation removed from legal segregation in this country. Many of us, including people my age (23) have been told, “you should play WR instead of QB you'll do better there”. “You better be good in sports if you want to be able to make it to college because that’s the only way”.

Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith are breaking a boundary that has been a glass ceiling for years. It gives hope to us, and shows people that you don’t have to be straight cash and be an athlete to be successful you can win with your mind.

Many people are complaining that the media is killing this topic, claiming that it is sad that they are exploiting these men for their race. The only thing that is sad about the media making a big deal over this is the fact that it took so long to get to this point. It is 2007 and this is the first time that a black man has ever made it to the Super Bowl as a coach yet the league is 75% minority. But then again you have to think back 35 years ago it was unthinkable that a black man could coach a team. 40 years ago it was common site to see an all white team and never even blink and even laugh at the thought of black player stepping on the field.

Because of that, Tony Dungy, and Lovie Smith are a big deal and should be celebrated. It is fitting that in Black History Month, two black men will be able to step into the spotlight and we as black can look to them and are proud of what they accomplished.

Tiger Has No Rival.. Period

Tiger Woods entered his first PGA tournament of 2007 this past week which means the real PGA season is finally gearing up, since everyone knows if Tiger is not there, then the tournament does not count. The big story in this weekends Buick Invitational is not Tiger Woods making his return to the links, but the emergence of a young gun talent Brant Snedeker who is dominating the scoreboard going into the weekend. Of course with a new young talent the horrible comparison always comes out.

All individual sports need rivalries to help make the game great. Nicholas had Player and the shadows of Palmer looming over him. Tennis is chalked full of rivalries from McEnroe Conner, and Sampras Gassy. Since Tiger Woods hit the spotlight the media has been searching for a rivalry for him to compete in. Every year they seem to add another name the ”Big Three” expanding it to about 30 now. Every year Tiger slays the rivalry beast goes uncontested through the season.

This year the 26 year old Snedeker is getting the early billing as the next rival to Mr. Woods. I say just STOP IT. Yes Snedeker is playing well through the first two days of his fist big PGA Tournament. Let’s not crown him just yet. Last I check a tournament makes for a long four day weekend, and the PGA season is even longer, especially with the edition of the NASCAR style chase for the Fed Ex Cup.

Brant Snedeker appears to be a talented player. He is looking to make his name on the PGA Tour. He would love to win this weekend’s tournament and have it be the springboard to a long and successful career. However even if he fails to hoist the trophy on Sunday establishing himself on tour and setting the foundation to a long and successful career can be more important. Snedeker cannot allow the media to force him into something he is not ready for or he will crumble under the pressure and will lose everything

Tiger Woods is at a point in his career when his legend allows him to intimidate players and apply pressure to them, causing them to crack and break even when Tiger is playing poorly. This is a skill that Tiger perfected last season as he compiled one of his best seasons in his already storied career. Give him the chance and he will do it again.

Brant Snedeker if you don’t want to be another disaster story or another Sergio Garcia, then ignore all this rivalry hype and just go out and play golf.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The NFC is Terrible

The 2006 NFL Playoffs begin Saturday, and whoever emerges from the AFC Championship Game will win the Super Bowl. The NFC is horrible. Whoever represents the NFC will be the lesser of six evils. Even the so call powerhouses of the NFC have struggled entering the Playoffs.

The Chicago Bears have the best record in the NFC. They also are the most suspect team in the conference. Rex Grossman was pulled in last week’s game. This means the Bears have two weeks to settle a QB controversy. A contending team needs a serviceable QB to be a serious threat. Neither of the Bears QB’s are this. Too bad Brian Griese will not be the answer Bears fans are looking for.

Sean Peyton completed the turnaround of the century, transforming the Saints into a playoff team. N.O. has a talented offense that can strike from any position. Their defense is young and hungry. Or they were hungry. After a fantastic start, the Saints became complacent towards the end of the season stinking it up three of the last four weeks of the season. It will be interesting to see if they can shake off the haze and make a push for the Super Bowl.

The New York Giants quite on Tom Coughlin. Despite that, somehow the Giants stumbled their way into the playoffs and will play division foe Philadelphia. Even a win probably wont save Coughlin’s job, so don’t be surprised if Shockey and company start pack for South Beach early if they get down quick.

Jeff Garcia is the real life Rocky story for the Eagles. He put the team, the city, and his career on his shoulders and willed them into the playoffs. Garcia’s determination will be good enough to get the Eagles past the pitiful Giants. That’s as far as they will go, unlike the movies this Rocky story will not have a happy ending. The little man that could only has so much in the tank.

The Seattle Seahawks have not played an impressive game since last years NFC Championship; don’t look for that to change anytime soon. I’m not sure what it is about this team, but they just don’t have it. They played in a bad division, and failed to impress against the sub par competition. They have no standout wins to their credit. Don’t be surprised when they make an early exit.

The Cowboys backed into the playoffs losing three of their last four, including two consecutive losses. Parcells isn’t happy, and that means no one else in Big D is happy. Defense is the name of the game for the Cowboys. They can’t stop anyone. If Roy Williams can learn to cover a J.V. wideout, then the Cowboys still have enough offensive talent to contend with anyone in the NFC.

None of these teams are stellar, and none of them could beat Baltimore or San Diego. That being said, someone has to win the conference. Look for that to be New Orleans if they can shake their complacency hangover, maybe an outside shot for the Cowboys if they can revive that defense that was so stout at the beginning of the season.