Beating the Spread ...
With the first pick in the 2007 WBC
Sports boardgames live at WBC ...
The tournament got underway Wednesday afternoon with 33 coaches
in the AFC heat vying for a spot in the Super Bowl using last
season's charts. Notable upsets were both Houston teams (Doug
Porterfield & Barry Shoults) winning over the favored Jets
and Ravens, Jeff Finkledey's Bengals winning in OT, and newcomers
Daniel Long, Jacob Hebner, and Mark Love all advancing. Round
2 ended with all three still alive, along with five other coaches.
The bubble burst in Round 3, with Bill O'Neal hanging on with
his Dolphins, 30-27 over Jacob's Broncos, Chad Gormly's Chargers
spanking Daniel's Dolphins 37-11, and the Flawd duo advancing,
Harry 27-18 with his Patriots over Mark's Colts, and defending
champ Devin with his Chargers, 22-14 over Finkledey's Bengals.
Since Harry bid the highest with his Patriots, he played Chad's
Chargers in one quarter final while Devin played Bill O'Neal
in the other. Devin took care of business 42-33, and Harry hung
on with a couple of late turnovers to defeat Chad 24-14. The
AFC Championship game was all it was supposed to be, with the
Chargers jumping out to a 14-0 lead via an 85 yard run by Tomlinson.
But as the Chargers were driving for yet another score, the
Patriots woke up and got a turnover, converted it to a TD, and
added a late FG, narrowing the halttime gap to 14-10. The Chargers
scored first in the 3rd to push their lead to 21-10, but the
Patriots closed the gap to 21-17 with a little over seven minutes
left. The Chargers were just too tough with Tomlinson, using
up valuable clock time and kicking a FG to end both the Patriots
and Harry's hopes, 24-17.
The NFC round was moved to Friday afternoon from our normal
Saturday timeslot, which brought some new faces into the tournament,
but did cause some regulars to miss it this year. We will review
that for next year. There were 26 players in the NFC heat, and
notable first round games saw Harry Flawd and his Bears be dismissed
by Alex Bove's Lions, 37-24; Daniel Long, Jacob Hebner, and Mark
Love picking up where they left off in the AFC, with each winning
their first round games, and a thrilling 31-28 win by John Welage
with his Eagles. Round 2 saw John Shaheen, Mike Destro, Alex
Bove, Scott Nerney, Jordan Flawd, and Welage advance. Destro
eliminated Welage, 27-20 and Jordan defeated Alex Bove's Falcons,
in what may have been Michael Vick's last game, 24-7 to set the
Championship game up between Destro's Cardinals vs Jordan Flawd's
Falcons. Mike got off to a hot start, 14-0, but Jordan pecked
away and closed the gap. But a kickoff return TD early in the
2nd half relieved the pressure and Mike coasted 37-23, setting
up a rematch of last year's Super Bowl with Devin.
The Super Bowl was a heartbreaking affair. Taking the huge
24 point spread to begin the game, he tacked on ten more points
to push out to a seemingly insurmountable 34-14 halftime lead.
But I guess that is why coaches always say there are 60 minutes
in a game, and it's not over until tits over. The Chargers returned
a kickoff for a TD to cut the lead to 34-21, then picked off
Matt Leinart and LT scored to make it 34-28. Could it possibly
happen? The Chargers got a turnover, and drove to score another
TD in the 3rd quarter, and took the lead 35-34. The 4th quarter
saw three or four chances for Destro's Cardinals, but the stingy
Charger D held on for an improbable 35-34 victory, and Devin's
third straight Paydirt title, and fourth overall