Who is really the Greatest Of All Time in terms of NFL quarterbacks. The conventional wisdom is with Tom Brady, but on the field Monday night in Tampa, all the on-the-field evidence was with Drew Brees.
The New Orleans quarterback led the Saints to a 38-3 rout of the Buccaneers, rolling up a 31-0 halftime lead and coasting to the finish. Brees passed for 282 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 26 of 32 passes and was not intercepted.
By contrast, Brady went 22 for 39 for 209 yards, but threw three interceptions. In Brady’s defense, he was under assault all night and was sacked three times.
The victory was the Saints – or Brees’ – second win over the Buccs – or Brady – this season, and elevated New Orleans into first place in the NFC East with a 6-2 record, a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay at 6-3.
Sure, Tom’s Super Bowl ring collection dwarfs that of Drew’s, but there’s a lot to be said for who finishes best, and right now the fella from Nawlins is looking pretty strong.
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College football almost didn’t make it to the field this year, but it did. Several games have been postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but of all the games that might never have been the biggest disappointment would have been Saturday’s contest between top-ranked Clemson and fourth-ranked Notre Dame.
If you didn’t watch the telecast, you missed one for the ages. The Fighting Irish won 47-40 in double overtime in a thriller that went back and forth. It dropped Clemson from the top spot in rankings and elevated their foes.
Ian Book, who has been inconsistent at QB for the Irish, had his best game for the fellas from South Bend, passing for 310 yards and running for 64 more. He threw for one TD.
It was a bit of a heart-breaker for the Tigers, but with Clemson at 7-1 and ND at 7-0, don’t be surprised to see those two schools again in the playoffs.
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SOCIALLY INCORRECT: If there was off-key aspect of the Clemson-Notre Dame game, it was the behavior of the fans. They sat together in clusters and mobbed the field after the stunning win.
The university is now announcing it will crack down on students who violate coronavirus protocols, but that may be too late. It would be ironic if the most super game of the college football season ended up becoming a super-spreader of COVID-19 infection.
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PREP-ARING: As the numbers climb for coronavirus not just across the nation, but in Orange County as well, the fate of high school sports is still unclear.
But – until further notice – the football season is slated to start in late December or early January. Here are the announced opening games for selected teams (games, dates, places, etc. are still tentative):
- Garden Grove: Thursday, Jan, 7 hosting Artesia
- Pacifica: Saturday, Jan. 9 at Linfield Christian
- Huntington Beach: Thursday, Jan. 7 at Western/Anaheim
- Edison: Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Santa Margarita
- Fountain Valley: Friday, Jan. 8 at Jordan/Long Beach
- La Quinta: Thursday, Jan. 7 at Westminster
- Rancho Alamitos: Friday, Jan. 8 at Savanna
- Santiago: Friday, Jan. 8 vs. Costa Mesa
- Los Amigos: Friday, Jan. 8 vs. Ocean View
- Orange: Thursday, Jan. 7 vs. Norte Vista
- Bolsa Grande: Friday, Jan. 8 vs. Beckman
- Marina: Friday, Jan. 15 at Scripps Ranch/San Diego
- Magnolia: Thursday, Jan. 31 at Ocean View.
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