Let's first start with the second one: Green Bay vs. Carolina on Sunday afternoon. It was a case of Aaron Rodgers being on his game, the defensive front making plays and the Lambeau crowd taking the Panthers completely out of the game. The game was over as soon as Jordy Nelson beat Roman Harper for the 59-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. Carolina stood no chance of coming back. Five touchdowns by five different Green Bay players. I even fell asleep for a bit in the third quarter. The Packers took care of business, and it was relatively drama free.
|How good was James Starks on Sunday? (photo/Racine Journal Times)|
The first game I watched start to finish was the Notre Dame vs Florida State game on Saturday night. I'm a huge ND football fan, so it was a game I had not only been anticipating all week, but all season as well. A chance to knock off the defending champs on the road doesn't come around too often. The Fighting Irish played extremely well, and had the ball in their hands with a chance to win the game with the clock winding down. High. Drama. I was as tense as I've been in a long time (well, probably since the Packers beat the Dolphins last week, but who's keeping track, anyways) and I even had a brief moment of exuberance! before it was wrenched away from my leaping heart. (Right or wrong, HOW DO YOU CALL THAT PENALTY THERE. Jeeze.) As the 4th and goal pass from the 18 fluttered into the FSU defender's arms, I went silent. No yelling, no groaning in discontent. It was crushing. All I did was make a stiff whiskey drink and watch the Food Network. Ugh. I spent a good deal of Sunday and this morning reading about the game and the last call and the game winning play that wasn't, and it's no less crushing than it was a day-and-a-half ago. So this is me venting. Grrrrr.
|The game winning touchdown that wasn't. (photo/RedEye Chicago)|