My buddies Proof and Woodsterman have watched their 49ers eliminate themselves from the playoff picture and the 5-8-1 Carolina Panthers have played so horribly this season that their chances of going to the playoffs is statistically weak despite their two-game winning streak.
The 6-8 Saints are sitting pretty right now. If they beat the 5-9 Falcons it’s over for Carolina. If the Saints lose and the Panthers win there’s still a chance to make it to the playoffs, but that’s a pretty tall order.
The Browns will start their snot-nosed brat at QB and I had seriously given thought to buying a ticket on the visitor’s side of Bank of America Stadium (there were still seats available behind the Browns’ bench) expressly for the purpose of berating Manziel. I decided instead to yell at the TV from the comfort of Casa de Curmudgeon at the little twerp. I hope the fans who are sitting near the Browns’ bench give him hell. After all, in the game where little Johnny was totally dominated in their 30-0 loss to Cincinnati, the Bengals players mocked him with his own obnoxious “money sign” after mercilessly sacking him and picking off his passes.
The latest reports from the Panthers organization is that Cam Newton will start for the Panthers. I don’t like that decision. I’ve pushed playing back-up QB Derek Anderson for a long time now. He ably demonstrated he can lead the Panthers to victory. Anderson deserves to start against the team that cut him after the 2009 season and because Newton did nothing during most of the season to help his team have a winning season.
And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, here’s a picture of a bevy of Top Cat beauties.