NFL — Haves and Have-Nots
“On any given Sunday …” the promotion arm of the National Football League used to trumpet. Pro football has become so popular the NFL put away the trumpet — heck, they probably sold it. Sure — on any given Sunday — or Monday or Thursday — a favorite can fall to a heavy underdog. Indeed, many weeks there are one or more significant upsets.
In recent years, though, there is less and less parity between NFL teams. Recall New England’s undefeated regular season in 2007 and Detroit’s winless season last year — both firsts for the league since the 16-game schedule started in 1978.
Well, the trend toward less parity is accelerating, alarmingly so, this season.
Exhibit A is this past Sunday when there were six — count ’em, six — games with winning margins of four or more touchdowns!
- New England (5-2) 35, Tampa Bay (0-7) 7
- Green Bay (4-2) 31, Cleveland (1-6) 3
- San Diego (3-3) 37, Kansas City (1-6) 7
- Indianapolis (6-0) 42, St. Louis (0-7) 6
- NY Jets (4-3) 38, Oakland (2-5) 0
- Cincinnati (5-2) 45, Chicago (3-3) 10
Ouch — times six! A rout, a smearing, a burial, a rollover, a demolition, and a drubbing! These scores resemble early season college football — when top-ranked teams host cupcake opponents, yielding pay days for the visitors sufficient to fund their athletic programs for entire seasons.
I’d say now on any given NFL Sunday — or Monday or Thursday — there is a pretty good chance your crappy team will get blown out by my playoff-contending team.