I’ve got a bee in my bonnet for this week’s #WednesdayShuffle!
I have seriously been stewing on this for days now!
So I don’t know if you know this about me or not, but I’m a really big sports fan. My favorite sports to follow are baseball and football and in that order. I come from a hugely competitive and often annoying sports family and even graced my presence on the volleyball and basketball courts in high school. Don’t let me scare you with that, my opinions far outweigh any talent than I ever had in those areas.
But let’s talk about the NFL and the NFC and AFC Championship games last weekend!
If you didn’t watch the AFC and NFC championships on Sunday, then you’re probably good. Or maybe if your team won, then you’re delighted. But along with the two really great nail-biting games between four fantastic teams, came a major bullshit ‘no call’, and what the hell is with this overtime nonsense?
The New Orleans Saints played the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC championship with the Rams coming out on top in overtime 26-23. There was a huge pass interference ‘no call’ in the fourth quarter where both teams were tied 20-20 and 1:49 left in the game that should have taken place against the Rams taking away the opportunity for the Saints to get a first down at the 13 yard line and most likely the winning touchdown.
Not only did the league office call to apologize about the botched ‘no call’, but the NFL’s vice president of officiating admitted to the Saints that ‘we messed up’ and there were actually a total of two missed penalties on the play – interference and also a helmet-to-helmet penalty as well. Of course, the ‘no call’ left the two teams tied and then the Rams scored in overtime winning the game.
If that wasn’t bad enough, in the following AFC championship with the Kansas City Chiefs versus the New England Patriots, again the game went into overtime tied 31-31. Do you know what decides who gets the ball first? A coin toss. The problem? Each team receives at least one possession unless the first team with the ball scores a touchdown or records a safety. The Patriots won the toss and the game 37-31, and the Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes never even touched the ball in the overtime! They didn’t get a single opportunity, and it came down to who won the freaking coin toss!
Yes, both of my team picks for the championship lost this weekend, and I’m not trying to be a sore loser. I’m also not trying to take away from the two fantastic teams now going to the Super Bowl either. Although, doesn’t Tom Brady have enough going his way with abundant rings to adorn both hands and Gisele Bündchen to snuggle up with at night? Retire already! BUT how can these plays not be reviewable and WTF is up with the overtime rules? Everything these teams work for the whole season and the freaking opportunity to play in Super Bowl is on the line here!
One more thing to note… I don’t have a dog in the hunt. My Dallas Cowboys lost in the first round of the playoffs, and I can honestly say they didn’t belong there this year and haven’t for a long time really. What’s it been, like 20 years???
Why am I ranting about football? Let’s talk books!
I recently finished Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen earlier in the week, and loved it! If you are a fan of sports romance, this is now available and certainly one that you won’t want to miss, and my review will be up on the blog tomorrow!
I’m currently reading ReWined: The Complete Series by Kim Karr. This is a combination of the three previously released volumes over the last two months, and the complete series will release on January 28th! I always enjoy Karr’s passionate, angsty, and suspenseful stories, and I’m really enjoying this one so far as well!
While I’m reading and writing, I’m also enjoying the groovy beat of Gooey by the English Indie rock group, the Glass Animals. Have you listened to them before???
That’s all I’ve got for this week. Thanks for stopping by!
Are you a sports fan yourself? It’s probably one of the reasons why I love sports romances like I do!
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