A few things caught my eye today.
First of all, I was watching the Giants-Saints game, and there was a play where the Saints caused an Eli fumble and recovered. When the Saints player with the ball hit the ground, the ball came out. The interesting thing to me about this play was that even though the ruling was that the Saints player was down by contact, the play was allowed to continue and no whistle was blown until the Giants recovered the loose ball in the endzone. The head official who had the call? Ed Hochuli. Once bitten, twice shy.
The New England Patriots were up 45-0 at the half, and the halftime line was Pats-2.5, meaning that they were expected to add to their lead. Of course they did, with Tom Brady coming out in the second half for one more touchdown drive before he was taken out and the game ended 59-0. The line is difficult to set with such a big lead not only because of the third-fourth string players you expect to be playing, but also because of the different conditions. For example, you could easily expect that New England might kick field goals in the first half of the third quarter, but Tennessee will pretty much be going for it on every 4th down in Patriot territory.
The concensus number on the Philly at Oakland game reached almost 80% for Philly, meaning that almost 80% of the bets for the game were bet on Philly. Usually they say that when the public is over 70% on one team is when one should be careful. Of course I was an idiot and followed the crowd into a miserable, miserable, Philly loss. One of the stories going in was that McNabb was going to pull JaMarcus Russell aside before the game and give him some advice on dealing with booing fans and other pressures. Guess he probably should have waited until after the game.