An addendum to yesterday's football thoughts: I had no delusions that the Steelers would be able to go into Tampa and win, especially with the Bucs striving for home-field advantage. Well, was I ever wrong...the bone-jarring, drive-snuffing defense turned out to be Pittsburgh's, as they were able to make the ten points the offense scored stand up, and add a touchdown of their own to boot. And it is always a pleasure to see a trash-talker like Warren Sapp (a player I actually like, although I wish he'd tone it down a bit) get beat.
John Madden summed up the meaning to the Bucs of losing last night's game best. Al Michaels noted that by losing, instead of having a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs, they would instead have to play a first-round game at home and then have to go on the road to either Green Bay or Philadelphia, and then to the other of those two locations the next week. Madden replied, "If they go to one of those places in the second round, they won't get to the other one the week after."
And now, of course, both of my Super Bowl picks have won their divisions. [Voice of the Emperor]Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen....[resume normal voice]