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28 Years NFL Juxtaposition Continues As I Must

December 19, 2016

While as cited in the previous post, the two teams currently leading and very likely to be their conference’s top seeds won yesterday in contrast to losses on the exact date (Dallas, the almost certain NFC top seed) or in the case of very likely AFC top seed New England, one day from it, those teams lost games 28 years earlier that had no playoff implications.

Yesterday the Oakland Raiders, whose (10-3) record is pro football’s third best and the New York Giants tied with K.C., which incidentally suffered a seemingly big loss as 5 point favorites vs Tennessee (Ryan Succop’s 51 yard, last play field goal won it for the (8-6) Titans), for the fourth best mark (the Pie “took it down on Giants’ titles in ’07 and ’11) each had big wins yesterday reversing the results of games in which losses (in the Giants case, the loss and one by SF vs the L.A. Rams) ended their seasons, sans a playoffs appearance exactly 28 years earlier.

In 1988, I got one more chance, winning big, figuring the last day puzzle. soon I would “tailspin” not as one who owed but one who bet too much and all the negative energy and results inherent in such behavior.

That day, with long time New York Giants broadcaster Marty Glickman, then a Jets’ broadcaster getting a little too excited, as the Jets were spoilers and out of the ‘offs hunt, the Jets with Al Toon’s touchdown catch the key play, defeated the Giants. An upset win by the Rams at S.F. got the Rams in and put the Giants out of the ‘offs. I believe SF was playing for the one seed but fell. However they were the “2” and won it all, eventually defeating the Bengals in the Supe.

Cincy QB, Norman “Boomer” Esiason, a good one, was not, in his biggest game, failing to direct even one touchdown drive, in a (20-16) loss.

It was winner take all in the AFC West when Seattle, then in the AFC not NFC West, which they won again 3 days less than exactly 28 years later beating the L.A.Rams last Thursday, visited the Oakland Raiders in a game pumped into this/N.Y. market.

I “loved” Sea in that tilt and said so amidst my depression on the previous night cable show.

Sea won then, Oak took S.D. yesterday and clinched its first ‘offs spot since 2002, ending the second longest making the NFL ‘offs drought behind Buffalo.

This, to me is amazing at least interesting juxtaposition. I try to keep involved but it passed me, a train I never got on.

 

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