Welcome home, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard! Good luck to those down south.
From da AP:
DENVER (AP) - Mike Shanahan has been fired as Denver Broncos coach after the team lost a three-game lead with three games to go in the AFC West.
Shanahan, 56, coached the Broncos since 1995, the second-longest tenure for a coach with one NFL team behind Tennessee's Jeff Fisher. He coached the Broncos to consecutive Super Bowl victories in 1998 and 1999 and compiled a record of 146-89 with the team.
This season, the Broncos had an 8-5 record but lost their final three, including a 52-21 defeat Sunday night in San Diego that gave the Chargers the division title.
He also was dismissed as director of football operations.
OK, slightly more deserving than Mangini, but still surprised me. And so both coaches from Super Bowl XXXII ride off into the sunset (still hate you, Terrell Davis.)
I hate this idea. I hate taking away the byes for the #1 and #2 seeds. I hate having 8-8 teams be more in the playoff mix (and that's as a fan of the 2008 Patriots, who were 11-5 and ended up the first team out of the playoffs.)