Next to last comment. I am sticking to my original prediction.
From the infamous Wrestleline SS interview:
DTD: If you were to make changes in WCW, if you were in charge and not Ric Flair, what would they be?
SS: I'd get rid of all the old guys, and push the talent that has waited to get the push. The things they are doing, it's back in the 1980s. It's just bad, man. Flair doesn't even deserve to be on the show. You've got to get rid of all the old guys. Like what Vince did, they started pushing guys. Nobody knew who The Rock was 2 years ago. He made The Rock. Now The Rock just did Saturday Night Live. You've got to start with the young talent, talent people can relate to. Who are we trying to relate to if we've got a 50 year old man out there? Are we trying to relate, so a 50 year people and above will go out and buy a f*cking little toy? That ain't gonna happen. It's a f*cking joke.
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I REALLY want the Raiders to lose via a controversial call blown. Because you saw how much the fans and players whined when they lost via a controversial call called correctly last year :)
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The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.
Bucs 17, Iggles 14 Not quite the defensive struggle that's being predicted, but both teams will abuse each other for our pleasure.
Titans 30 Raiders 24 David Dunn--erm, Steve McNair will tear up an Oakland defense that somehow, people are forgetting isn't THAT great. Offensive game? Well, yeah, but see what I said about the NFC game.
I don't think Tennessee matches up player to player with Oakland, and I don't even like Oakland. Then again, I don't like Tennessee either... I think Oakland will score once early, and the Titans will be playing catch-up all game long, but they won't be able to make it back.
Philly 24 Tampa 10
Again, Tampa, to me, just doesn't have the personel to make it this deep into the playoffs. There's a reason they've self destructed every other year against Philly, and that's because there just isn't enough there past the bluster to defeat a really good team this late in the year.
Oakland 21 Philly 14
I'll give the edge to Oakland, not because they're better and not because they're a "vetran team", but I don't think Philly has what it takes to win a Super Bowl this year. Probably next year or the year after, but I don't think they'll win this year.
RAW Satire 1/14 Buffy 7.1 gets a 8.887 More and More good stuff this season...
Every team I've rooted for in this year's playoffs has gone down in flames. So I'm rooting for the Titans and Eagles
AFC: The Titans are banged up, especially on offense (Dyson, George, McNair) McNair's injury is really a nonfactor, though, because he hasn't played healthy all season. The Raiders defense may not be outstanding, but if you let them focus in on just stopping only one or two people, they'll look like a million Bucs (pun intended - sorry). Hopefully Eddie George isn't a receiving back, because it makes me cringe to think about a guy one week removed from a concussion running through Romo's sights...If the rest of the Titans offense can step it up (or if George is really ready to go), they can keep this game going right down to the wire. But the Raiders offense just has a ton of weapons. They've got Rice, they've got Tim Brown, and the other two (Porter and ?) have really stepped it up in the last few weeks. The line has given Gannon more than enough time to go through all of his progressions, Garner's been getting pretty good blocking, and they can eat up the clock when they need to. Janikowski always scares me though - he'll get a horrible angle from 40+ yards and knock it through like it's cake, then flub a 30 yard down-the-middle shot.
Titans 24 Raiders 13
NFC: With everything going against the Bucs (cold weather, the Vet as dusk approaches, playing the Eagles, it's a playoff road game), they shouldn't stand a chance. They're absolutely screwed if Brad Johnson goes down again, because Shawn King and Rob Johnson haven't done a thing for the offense. The Bucs offense has shown at times that they can put up points, and this needs to be one of those times. The Eagles defense is big and quick. Alstott's going to have his work cut out for him. Bobby Taylor's still playing CB/SS for the Eagles, I think? If so, him vs Keyshawn is going to be an interesting matchup - at least for jibberjabbering. And speaking of jibberjabber, it's put up or shut up time, Warren. McNabb didn't look all that rusty last week, but they didn't play the best defense in the NFL either. McNabb will be hassled, rushed, and put on the ground for most of this game. The Eagles aren't exactly hurting for offensive options, though. McNabb's had another week to work on his timing with the receivers. The Bucs best hope is for the offense to have a bunch of long, clock-eating drives so the defense can rest. Everyone not in green is safer when McNabb isn't on the field.
Eagles 21 Bucs 12
Here's hoping for an "0-fer" playoff picks record.
Isn't your other argument that USF always chokes games away and therefore shouldn't be ranked so high? You can't have it both ways. EDIT: I also remember people thinking Boise State MIGHT beat Oklahoma. How did that one turn out?