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Championship Sunday

January 25, 2010 - John Mehno

What would be better on a big football Sunday than one of those buckets of hot wings that Giant Eagle always has on Sunday?

Except there don't seem to be any.

"Do you have any buckets of wings?"

"The Steelers aren't playing today."

Oh. And, by the way, I knew the Steelers weren't playing.

Despite that inauspicious start, it was a good day of televised sports. Caught most of the Penguins-Flyers game. Then Jets-Colts went the way I expected it would. Peyton Manning took some time to figure out the Jets, then beat them. Jets were a nice underdog story, but the Colts are the here and now, and my pick in the Super Bowl.

Then we got almost four hours of the Brett Favre soap opera. Now do you understand why most quarterbacks finish before they're 40? It looked like he aged 20 years just during the game. His wife didn't appear to be very happy. So if he retires, what do the Vikings do? They need a quarterback. If he comes back, what do the Vikings do? It's clear he wears down as the season goes on, but if they hold him out of some games, they might not make the playoffs.

I cringed every time someone in the postgame interviews suggested that, just like New Orleans, the Saints had overcome adversity. More than 1,800 people died in Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Property losses were estimated at $100 billion. LIves were forever changed. People lost everything they had. Families were relocated to places they'd never been before. There are probably people who stress out every time rain lasts all day. Meanwhile, the Saints had seasons where they went 7-9 and 8-8. Don't ever compare sports-related problems to real life issues.

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