I don’t really have much of a mood on the Dallas Cowboys, so I don’t know why I delight in their blowing a 23-point second half lead at home yesterday. Perhaps it’s the arrogance of a group that would refer to itself as ‘America’s team’—maybe it’s an overly intrusive owner who just can’t quite admit that he really wants to be a coach more than he does an owner. Could it be the constant hype of a team that never—ever—seems to live up to it? I guess I do have a mood on the Dallas Cowboys.
Why not the Chiefs?
In a week when the Broncos, Patriots and Bengals all lost why shouldn’t Chiefs fans be feeling good about their chances? Denver would still appear to have an inside track but, generally, the AFC favorite is subject to some debate. It’s interesting that the Chiefs are becoming a more offensive unit at a time when they’re having problems stopping people. It’ll be really interesting to see how they finish against a Colts team that’s pretty one dimensional (passing), then the Chargers offense that’s diverse but inconsistent. I know it gets harped on but that’s only because there’s truth in it—the Chiefs 11 wins have come against teams that collectively are 52 games under 500, their three losses are to teams that are 16 games over even.
Dez being Dez?
At what point does a guy and his antics become a distraction, or worse, a deterrent? Dez Bryant, who had a monster game in Dallas’ meltdown against the Packers, left the bench for the locker room with about a minute and a half left yesterday. He later admitted that what he did was wrong, but that he did it to hide his tears. Hmmm. I guess I have to accept the description of Bryant as a great team guy by his coaches and some teammates, even if his actions seem to indicate otherwise. He’s certainly a talent and that’s probably where everyone gets their patience with him.
Wichita State continues to hang around the fringe of the top 10 in the Associated Press Poll; ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has them as a three seed in his latest bracketology. When you look at RPI’s the Shockers are right around 12—supposedly they’ve played a top 60 schedule to this point, which is good, but not as good as 15 others in the top 20. However, the Shockers have made the most of the good teams they have played as, in the top 35, only Wisconsin has more wins (6) against teams in the top 100 than WSU. Wichita State has four such wins as do Ohio State and Pittsburgh.
Bill Self primarily went six deep last weekend against New Mexico, force feeding Nadir Tharpe at the point guard, while Frank Mason only played six minutes. The ‘Hawks scored 80 in a great second half pull away of New Mexico, but It appeared that Self wanted to keep his best defenders on the floor as much as possible. Defense has always been at the core of his coaching philosophy and the 80-63 effort against the Lobos was their best of the season.