The covers of the slapdash tribute magazines for Muhammad Ali at the supermarket checkout counters all depicted him as a young man. That’s to be expected: It’s a lot more savory to recall Ali as the beautiful dynamo who conquered Sonny Liston than as the aged sentinel humbled by his own hubris.
Programming note: I realize there was no Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Afternoon AfterÃ¢â‚¬Â this week. The reason is simple: I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see any games except for some of the Thursday night Dolphins win over the Panthers, and even that was in a bar, so I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get as much out of it as usual. Especially considering the Patriots-Saints Monday Night game, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be back in business this week.
Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday, to say the least. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a big eater (though, you know, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have some turkey and stuffing) and donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t generally prefer pies. I just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even get it. The only thing we seem to be celebrating in earnest is gluttony; nobodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sitting there with their gravy-soaked meat discussing the pilgrims or whatever.
Though I know football, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not really my thing. But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give it a shot. Here are a few observations I have from watching some games this weekend.
- I think the Jets are for real, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tough to truly commit to them. In the past, every time they won a huge game and it seemed like they were going to take that leap to the upper echelon of the NFL, they lost their next game in crushing fashion and it was back to square one. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rare you find a franchise as snakebit as they have been, at least since NamathÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s knees went. But the defense truly does look legit, Mark Sanchez looks like the quarterback theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been waiting for perhaps since Namath Ã¢â‚¬â€œ i.e. a star, albeit one not asked to carry the mail just yet Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and you have to be impressed that not only did they say they were going to beat the Patriots, they went out and did it. Challenging the Patriots is like calling out Floyd Mayweather Ã¢â‚¬â€œ usually not a good idea. But they pulled it off. Their next three games are home against the Titans, at the Saints and at the Dolphins Ã¢â‚¬â€œ two explosive offenses and a divisional rival. If they go 2-1 in those games, things may be different.