Seems like we are watching NFL referees instead of NFL players

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It took two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks to stop the favorite at home winners in the NFL playoffs – Aaron Rodgers and Big Ben Roethlisberger. It wasn’t easy and both games left this bettor scratching his head with the little hair he has left from watching the NFL.

I’m wondering if I am the only one seeing this crap. You just can’t make this stuff up.

The officiating was so outrageous, especially in the Seahawks game, with many helmet to helmet hits by the Falcons and numerous holding non-calls on them. It just makes you wonder.

Some of the decisions by the coaches make me believe my brother Tom, who is an expert crossword puzzle player, would do much better than the zebras if he could find time between the keno machines to make it to a game. Just to get his take on the zebras, he says the biggest problem is the game is way too fast for these old refs. They can’t keep up.

Maybe or maybe not.

One call that just got me was when the Steelers had first and goal on the 5 with Le’Veon Bell in the backfield. So why pass the ball on first down? Well, they did and it got intercepted. Maybe Ben Roethlisberger made that decision. Don’t know, but both games on Sunday were good viewing if you had the right sides.

And by the way I am not alone, I just received an email from a reader B’sho from the Motor City:

“Can’t figure out why Dallas on 3rd and 2, throws a pass at the end of the game with 35 seconds left instead of running the football with their big bad line and their great running back… WHY?”

If they run it, you eat more clock and leave Rodgers no time to beat you.

“They did the same thing on the opening drive, 3rd and 2 for a first down. Instead of playing their game of smashmouth football with your supposedly best offensive line in football and best running back, you throw an incomplete pass and settle for a field goal. That’s dumb play calling, stupid football. Play to your strengths, stick with what got you to this game Jason Garrett. We had a chance to maybe get a big play in OT and still cover!”

She goes on to say, “Am I the only dumbo who brings this up? Troy Aikman, Joe Buck or any of the other brain trust announcers sure didn’t think that this was an important aspect with the outcome of the game. The Zebras are also like ruining the game. It’s getting to be a hard product to watch being that the game doesn’t seem about the players anymore; the refs think they are the ones everyone tunes in to see.”

She finishes off by saying, “Thank God for horse racing.”

I am not alone, thank goodness.

We have the two conference championship games this Sunday so let’s take a short look.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Packers +4 at Falcons (60): Did you happen to look in the eyes of Rodgers in his last two games? Totally focused, intense, motivated, on a mission. These two teams played in Atlanta on Oct. 30 with the Falcons getting the win by one point, 33-32 as a +3 point dog, so why are they -4?

This is not the same Packers team they met back in October and if Jordy Nelson is back we think it’s the Pack back in the Super Bowl.

Atlanta’s 36-20 victory over the Seahawks was really deceiving. We will surely be on the take end here. PACKERS

Steelers +6 at Patriots (51.5): These two met back on Oct. 23 in Pittsburgh and the Pats were a -7.5 point favorite. They won 27-16 albeit against a hurting Steeler team, but the Pats at home less than a TD with Mr. Hoodie vs. Mike “I have no idea what I’m doing” Tomlin! And by the way, the Pats beat the Steelers last year on this field by 7 and back in 2013 by 24. Lay the 6 and just go to the bank with the best quarterback and head coach on the face of the planet at home in a situation like this. PATRIOTS

Last week: 1-4 (ouch!)

Playoff record: 3-6

A Thursday gift

If you love college hoops, like me, we think we have one for Thursday play. James Madison travels to play rival Bill & Mary and Parry’s Power Guide in GT has W&M around a -8.5 point favorite. This looks like a real good dog play. W&M has the better record at 8-8 but JMU has the superior conference record of 4-2.

Jimmy Madison started the season very slow under first year head coach Louis Rowe but now have won four of their last five games. It’s a take if able to get 7 or more.

In closing… My dog Dino barked at me when I was watching the Packers game yelling at the TV. In his own tone he said, have fun, it’s for entertainment purposes only. You just never know when you are walking around lucky and do not even know it. He got some fresh turkey for his bark.

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