Happy New Year!

With a new year comes a new website. http://www.boxscorebanter.com will serve as our home from now on.

2008 is only a week old, but I’ve got some initial thoughts about what might transpire in the coming weeks and months….

The Titans stink. If the Chargers had played a team with a competent quarterback, a starting RB under 350 pounds and some college football level wide receivers they would have gotten destroyed. But Norv made the right adjustments and San Diego now gets to lose to Indianapolis.

Jacksonville gets to go to New England. Fun. The funny thing is that Jacksonville (located in Florida for those geniuses out there) might be a better cold weather team than New England (located in well, New England, in the northeast, a place where it snows a lot more than in Florida for the rest of the geniuses out there). We’ll see what the weather calls for but I don’t see the Patriots losing with two weeks to prepare. Brady is the best quarterback of all time, Moss would be one of the best receivers of all-time if he wasn’t one of the biggest idiots of all time (I wouldn’t be surprised if he was dumb enough to leave NE), and yes, Belichick is the best coach of all-time. I’m not even gonna comment anymore on the Patriots because I’m sick of hearing all the jealous fans sippin’ their hatorade on the Patriots. They are the best of all time, deal with it.

Shaun Suisham blew that game for Washington. It changed the whole momentum of the game and when you’re a team on the road in the toughest environment in the NFL, you can’t afford to miss those kicks in the fourth quarter. Seattle now has to go on the road. Please Matt please don’t say anything stupid if you win the coin toss.

The Giants took care of business. They actually look like they have a real shot against Dallas. But NEVER trust the Giants. NEVER. As soon as you think Eli has his head together, he’ll throw 4 interceptions. And I said this in the second meeting, and I’ll say it again; the G-men do not match up well with the Cowboys. Romo is a scrambling QB, nobody can mark Witten and not even three of their cornerbacks at the same time can keep up with TO on one ankle.

With that said, I don’t see all four teams that had a bye this week moving on to Championship Weekend. All four teams, including the Pats, have question marks. Forget running up the score because down the stretch they played close game after close game. Although, that might help them run the table…

Bowl Games stunk. I think the BCS expanding a couple games was stupid. You had some mediocre teams playing against great teams and that makes for bad television. But after watching some games this year, I think it would be best for College Football to create a four team playoff. They need to create a playoff system even if it is as small as four teams. 8 teams wouldn’t work. First of all, believe it or not they need to allot some time for these kids to study. Therefore, playing playoff games in December can’t happen. I would be pretty upset if these kids were playing football while I study for finals. Second, if they had an eight team playoff they would need three weeks. One game per week. When would those three weeks fit in? Third, what about the other bowl games? You can’t deny these smaller schools bowl games. Venues? Where would you play all of these games when the pro season is also going on? To me, a playoff system with 8 teams isn’t feasible. Six might be a push, but four should definitely be put in. I’m tired of it being in question which team is the best. This year, USC or LSU? I’ve thought LSU from the start of the season, but I want to see it played out on the field…

I watched the UNC Clemson basketball game today at Clemson. UNC will NOT win a championship. People keep telling me that the Suns won’t win a championship because they don’t play any defense. Well, UNC won’t win because they do not play any defense. Also, Clemson is going to be a threat. Right now Lunardi has them projected as a 5 seed and they are really good. They got the bigs inside, the guard play, and the defense. They will be a tough out any day on any court, but especially at Littlejohn Coliseum. Just ask the Tar Heels…

The Celtics are for real. They will win at least 60 games and they might push 70. Their role players are coming around. Tony Allen is getting healthy, Big (Overweight) Baby is gonna get better next to KG, and Rajon Rondo is exactly what they need out of a point guard. He’s not a score first point guard that plays great defense. They will win the Eastern Conference and should be able to push a team in the West to 6 games…

Those are my initial thoughts. Starting on January 14th, the blog will be updated daily so look out for that. From the Banter Crew, hope everyone had a great holidays and a happy new year! The 2008 Banter will be better than ever. As JJ would say, be good everybody



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