NFL's best week: Tebow, Eli & please, no LSU-Bama Game of the Century II

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The game of the day however was the rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and The New England Patriots. The Pats, who have supplanted Dallas as "America's Team" (and that ain't a compliment) and who are on national television every Sunday, seemed to have pulled out another classic comeback under the sport's leading icon, Tom Brady, who threw for a (seemingly) winning touchdown pass with just over a minute left.


But the much maligned Eli Manning then heroically brought the Giants back to win in the waning seconds, similar to his exploits in that Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona nearly four years ago that prevented New England from going 19-0.


The Giants next weekend travel cross country to San Francisco, in what I am deeming the Game of the Year, against the 8-1 49ers, who are winning every week, yet haven't convinced some skeptics that they're still for real. San Francisco's scheduled is filled with a lot of cupcakes the rest of the season (such as the other teams in their division), so New York next week, Baltimore on Thanksgiving night, and Pittsburgh in late December will be the biggest indications if the Niners are poised to challenge the NFC and the NFL's best, the Green Bay Packers, who in a day long drizzle took another one in San Diego yesterday.


And how about college football? In the impossibly hyped up "Game of the Century," Alabama and L.S.U. played a not very exciting game that involved a lot of field goals - some of them that were actually made. The Tigers beat 'Bama 9-6, in OT.


Some Alabama partisans (such as the boorish Joe Scarborough) are hoping that if Oklahoma State and Stanford lose in their remaining three games of the college season (those teams are ranked 2,3 respectively in front of Alabama), their team will get the chance at a rematch in the BCS championship on January 10.


Can we pray that that doesn't happen?


Alabama/LSU wasn't close to being the game of the season, much less the decade, or century. TCU-Baylor on Labor Day weekend and Stanford-USC last weekend were both better all around games. Stanford plays Oregon next week in what will be a highly anticipated matchup.

Tim Tebow
  • Tim Tebow

With the World Series history and the possibility of an NBA season never happening at all, America's favorite sport, football, took total center stage on both the collegiate and professional fronts this weekend.

In the NFL, with the Tampa Bay Bucs mired in mediocrity (although a .500 season wouldn't be bad, depending on your expectations of this extremely young and untested team playing a harder schedule than a year ago), football fans in Tampa (and not just Florida Gator grads) seem to have opted to now become fans of the Denver Broncos, because of their new starting quarterback, the Chosen One, Tim Tebow.

In Oakland yesterday, the Broncos were 8 1/2 point underdogs, but ended up stunning the Raiders, 31-17. And though his passing statistics weren't anything to write to Gainesville about, it was his running ability that made the difference - a running style that critics said he would never be able to pull off in the professional ranks where the players hit harder. In fact, some Raider defenders didn't seem up to the task of corralling Tebow (then again, the Raiders couldn't stop any Bronco running, as they got 298 yards on the ground, the most for them in over a decade), and the former Heisman Trophy winner brought home a second road victory in a row for the Denver fans.

For the second straight weekend, CBS affiliate WTSP in St. Petersburg chose to air a Bronco on local television in Tampa Bay (if it's between them and Miami, definitely a good choice). At the sports bar I attended last night, fans who were preoccupied with other games came alive when Tebow would run successfully for first downs, much less score touchdowns.

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