Monday, January 16, 2012
The best defence is a good defence (and other Monday morning musings)
The hackneyed football expression about the best defence being a good offence was exposed again yesterday at Lambeau Field, where Green Bay's NFL-leading offence was smothered by a resolute New York Giants defence, while the Packers' league-worst D got lit up by Eli Manning. The Giants sacked Aaron Rodgers four times, forced four fumbles - one of which was inexplicably overruled despite conclusive video replay evidence - and executed a masterful defensive game plan that disrupted Rodgers' rhythm all day long. High-powered offensive football is fun to watch, but it's still a game of fundamentals, and the best defence is still a good defence...New Orleans and San Francisco provided by far the most riveting finish of the NFL weekend. With four minutes left in Saturday's game, I was sure the Saints were going to win. Then I was sure the 49ers would win. Then I was sure the Saints were going to win. Then the 49ers won...Unlike most social media, there's actually some redeeming value to Twitter. If you're fussy about who you follow, it can be a steady source of hilarious one-liners, and increasingly, it's become a platform for breaking news. Unfortunately, Twitter isn't restricted to professional journalists, so agenda-driven claptrap sometimes slips through the cracks and becomes mainstream news. The allegation that PK Subban of the Canadiens deliberately spit at the Rangers' Mike del Zotto last night at the Bell Center was a Twitter creation, and continues to have legs even though the evidence is shaky at best, and both del Zotto and Subban said after the game that it's news to them. In the internet age more than ever, people aren't letting facts get in the way of a good story...Hockey Night in Canada dingbat Cassie Campbell is the heir apparent to Bob Cole as English Canada's Saturday night court jester. Prior to Saturday's Senators-Canadiens game at the Bell Center, Campbell informed a national television audience that Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson would be playing in his "forty-oneth" game of the season. She also referred to Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth as "Cunningworth" and called CBC colleague Elliotte Friedman "Eric." In Campbell's defence, it was only her eleventy-twoth broadcast.