And today is a day where I introduce a new feature on a whim. Welcome to “Quick Hits” or as it should be called, “I was too lazy to update over the weekend, too much stuff happened, too much is going on, and I’m not sure what to write about.” I thought that title would be a little long so I decided on “Quick Hits.” We’ll see how this goes. So without further adieu…
1. What did we learn this week about the NFL?: The basic lesson we should have all learned is that home field advantage is becoming less and less important. This weekend there were four playoff games, the road teams won three of the four. Thanks to the new more spacious state of the art stadiums home field advantage is disappearing. One only has to look at what has transpired over the past few seasons. The only time home field matters is when it’s an old school dome (New Orleans, Atlanta, Minnesota) is engineered to hold sound in (Seattle) or conditions can go beyond arctic (Green Bay, Chicago, New England, and maybe Pittsburgh). More often than not we’re seeing road playoff teams have success. This weekend should be interesting with Baltimore, Seattle, Green Bay, and New York traveling to four of the locations I mentioned above. Stay tuned.
2. The Cavs Suck: Ok, so this isn’t any kind of new revelation, but things just got worst. Anderson Varejao is done for the year with a torn tendon in his right foot. Not only have the Cavs lost their starting center, but with it they lost their most valuable trade chip. Thanks to Varejao’s injury we can look forward to a steady diet of J.J. Hickson and Ryan Hollins at center the rest of the season. Thankfully in his first start at center this season Hickson poured in 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Looks like he’s had a bit of an attitude adjustment. Manny Harris has also been a revelation as of late. After putting in 16 versus the Warriors on Friday, Harris put in a career high 27 and 11 last night. It’ll be fun to see just how good he can be.
3. Antawn Jamison on his way out of town?: Jamison has been one of the few bright spots for the Cavaliers recently. He’s been able to stay on the floor and as a result has become a scoring machine. If he can keep this going and increase his value past the all-star break I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cavs move him to a contender desperate to make a move. It hasn’t been talked about at all, but with Caron Butler out the rest of the season with a torn knee tendon the Mavericks will need a scorer. Jamison has been in Dallas before where he won the sixth man of the year award so there appears to be a good fit. It will just come down to where the Mavs stand in the West shuffle after the break and how desperate they are to make a move and what pieces they have to give back in exchange. If not Dallas then perhaps in a three way deal in order to help a contender and free up cap space for the Cavs and a second team. Regardless, I don’t see Jamison ending the year as a Cavalier.
4. Rizzo Shaved his head for charity: On Friday morning’s edition of the Really Big Show, Rizz shaved his head for charity and in the process raised somewhere around $11,000 for Littlest Heroes. It was a noble move for a great cause. Of course, the crew made a point to video tape the head shaving and after watching the video last night all I can say is “WOW!” Apparently the rumors that were swirling for years about Rizzo wearing a hair piece were true. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal to shave off all your hair when you don’t have any to begin with. I was looking at old photos and videos trying to figure out if I was seeing things. Sure enough at the end of the video he declares “I’m done with TV and after 14 years of wearing hair I’m done! I’m going low maintenance!” So I guess that settles that. RIP Rizzo’s rug. Check out the video below.
5. Pat Shurmur is in the lead in the clubhouse: Coming out of the weekend it appears that St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the top candidate for the vacant Browns head coaching job. Apparently he impresses Holmgren and Heckert and it is believed they like the work he has done in the past with Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, and Sam Bradford. Throw in the fact he plans to run the same west coast offense he learned under Andy Reid, the same offense Holmgren taught Reid, and it would appear this is a match made in heaven. Of course there are still more interviews to be made. With Philadelphia eliminated, expect Marty Mornhinweg to be in any day for an interview. They still have to interview Perry Fewal, and they’ve already interviewed Mike Mularkey. Let’s see who else turns up in Berea.
6. College football finally comes to an end: The wait is finally over. Auburn and Oregon finally square off tonight in the “National Championship Game.” One of these two teams will be crowned the best in the country despite the fact that TCU is also undefeated. So in the grand scheme of things does this game really matter? No, not at all. Tonight’s game will simply serve as a battle of corporate marketing as the Nike Day Glow Yellow Oregon Ducks try to beat the We Must Protect This House Under Armour Clad Auburn Tigers in the Tostitos National Title Game presented by Random Company X on ESPN and it’s ABC family of Disney broadcasting. You get the idea. You might say I’m a bit turned off by the whole thing. Will I watch it? Probably and only because I do think it’ll be a good game. My prediction: Oregon 34 – Auburn 31.