While the local news stations scare the hell out of many western New Yorkers with their Armageddon weather reports the recent football games on the tube have kept me entertained. The wildcard games were a thing of beauty as the Colts rallied from a 28 point deficit, the Saints beat the odds and the Eagles, the Chargers surprised the Bengals and the 49’ers edged the Pack in a classic. What could beat a weekend of football action like that? How about a BSC Championship game for the ages!

The contest between Auburn and Florida St. made for great action, drama and an exciting finish. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston orchestrated a final drive and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left, and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn, 34-31. The final Bowl Championship Series game went out with a bang, with one of the best title games in its 16-year history. And the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year winning streak in college football’s biggest game was snapped by the Atlantic Coast Conference school that played in the first three BCS title games but hadn’t been back since.

Winston, who took the reins of the Florida State offense this season from the graduating EJ Manuel rebounded from a poor first half and etched his name in the history books with a strong second half. Winston was especially sharp on the final drive and looked like a seasoned veteran.

Despite the concern over the alarming rate of concussions and injuries in the sport, football lived up to its billing as America’s past time the first weekend of 2014. Television ratings were at an all-time high and the divisional NFL match-ups for this coming weekend offer yet more excitement.

Thank God my wife surprised me with a new big flat-screen this Christmas because I know what I’ll be doing this weekend and it’s not shoveling snow.


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