Fanview: January 4, 2021

Kavorka!

“Everything is habit forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.”—Wilt Chamberlain

Kick it!

I always feel more confident about a Rams defense going into the post-season than I do about a Rams offense. This goes back to my childhood. There was Jack Youngblood, Fred Dryer, and a defense you could count on.

Now there’s Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, John Johnson III, and a defense you can count on.

So they have a shot against the Seahawks next Saturday…But–for everyone excited about John Wolford–remember there’s film on him now. Plus, he’s going to Seattle to play a team coached by Pete Carroll.

The Dallas Cowboys did not make the playoffs. That makes for an excellent start to 2021.

Dolphins fans: Any more thoughts on Tua Tagovailoa?

Things we know: Adam Gase was fired by the New York Jets. Doug Marrone has been fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Anthony Lynn has been fired by the Chargers. Vic Fangio should be canned by the Denver Broncos.

What we knew Saturday night: The quarterback in Philadelphia next year is going to be either Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts…We knew it wasn’t going to be Nate Sudfeld. 

The Eagles threw that game away against Washington last night when HC Doug Pederson pulled Hurts at the end of three for Sudfeld. 

When the contest started, I was both a Washington and Pederson fan…When it ended, I was still a Washington fan.

As Of Right Now (& Subject to Change):
New Orleans over Chicago—Saints in a romp. 
Seattle over the Rams—I don’t know what to expect at QB for the Rams.
Tampa Bay over Washington—Pass rush gives D.C. a chance.
Buffalo over Indianapolis—Bills easily over Colts.
Baltimore over Tennessee—Ravens/Jackson must win.
Cleveland over Pittsburgh—Browns much more hungry.

College Football:
I was bored,…and unenthused. Alabama in the finals is like “Fast & Furious 8.” It’s the same movie, the same story, and a yawning festival.

Pretty sure Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was thrilled with the play of Ohio State’s Justin Fields…Because it’s his ticket out of the Big Apple.

NBA:
The Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns. That is a huge win for the Clippers, a confirmation that they are better than last year’s squad, and that Paul George has shaken whatever plagued him in The Bubble.

Then again…nothing matters for the Clippers or George but the playoffs.

After falling behind by 31 and rallying, I expect the Suns to be better by mid-season. This is still a good to potentially great team.

Finally, did someone say Steph Curry’s best days were behind him?

Boston at Detroit: Celtics—win.
Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin are still playing basketball with the Detroit Pistons…I have to admit, both fell entirely off my radar. 

Where was the Pistons Jerami Grant when playing with Denver in The Bubble over the summer?

I’d like more consistency from the Celtics, they should be better, but Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are a great watch.

Washington at Brooklyn: Wizards—win.
Nets are talented but sloppy. They don’t play any defense and are terrible at cleaning the glass. The next dynasty, the next super-team—Brooklyn—is currently 3-4.

The Wizards showed a lot of speed and got plenty of shots in the paint. What I don’t understand is why or who encourages Russell Westbrook to shoot so much.

Give me Bradley Beal anytime.

Sacramento at Houston: Rockets—win. (Jan. 2)
James Harden out with an ankle injury…The last time I saw John Wall, he was a teenage rookie in Washington. Saturday night, he was an old man making his case for comeback player of the year.

Why does Harden want out of Houston again?

Toronto at New Orleans: Pelicans—win. (Jan. 2)
Like the Raptors starting backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry, I don’t think much of their frontcourt.

Am I the only one that thinks Lonzo Ball is just a guy in the NBA? Not a bad guy, but just a guy?

NBA Games Seen: 19
Bucks:4
Heat:3 
Suns:3 
Pelicans:3 
Celtics:3
Nets:3 
Lakers:2
Clippers:2
Mavericks:2
Warriors:2 
Nuggets:1
Grizzlies:1
76ers:1
Magic:1
Jazz:1
Trail Blazers:1
Rockets:1
Kings:1
Raptors:1
Pistons:1
Wizards:1

The Dude abides…
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Romans 15:5

Joe T. is the author of “Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel” … “Temple City & The Company of The Ages” … “The Dead Bug Tales” … “The Dark Norm” & “FaithViews for Storm Riders”…all five available through Amazon.com.

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