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Sports Whimper In the New Year

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Things this weekend was just downright ugly. With NFL teams playing half-assed, USC’s self-flagellation and Pau Gasol going down with another hamstring injury for the Lakers, this weekend was just one long comedown from the high of the New Year.

Those NFL games were perhaps the most unwatchable exhibitions seen in a long time. While some teams simply rested their starters after the first quarter, other teams fearing fan and media backlash experienced by the Colts last week left their starters in but used the most vanilla plays in their playbooks. Look at these scores:

  • Bills defeat Colts 30-7
  • Vikings defeat Giants 44-7
  • Cowboys defeat Eagles 24-0
  • Chiefs defeat Broncos 44-24
  • Packers defeat Cardinals 33-7
  • Jets defeat Bengals 37-0

With the exception of the Colts-Bills game these games had playoff implications whether it be seeding or actual entry into the postseason. And this is what we are treated to?