Defying the Odds
I was fortunate enough to attend the AFC Wildcard game yesterday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos and it ranked right up there with one of the best games I had ever attended. You will hear a lot of people talk about luck and maybe even that the game was a fluke, but I can tell you personally that there was a magic in the stadium that was second to none. Whether you are in denial or not, Tim Tebow is getting better as a quarterback and that was evident yesterday as he torched the Steelers for 316 yards. The difference I saw was in the play calling. Finally, the Broncos let him loose and let him throw the ball when they defense did not expect it and Tebow proved he could deliver.
For all that John Elway has done for the Broncos franchise on the field, he will be shunned by the city and the fans for life if he gets rid of Tebow. Whether Elway likes it or not, Tebow's performance yesterday cemented him as the starting quarterback in Denver for years to come. Sure it may not be the prettiest thing you will ever see, but the guy just wins. Every single analyst on television yesterday said the Broncos had no chance against the #1 pass defense and look at what happened. I'm not saying they will go into Foxboro and win this weekend, but the Patriots defense is not even close to as good as Pittsburghs and the Broncos put up 29 points on them. We should all have learned by now to stop doubting Tebow and enjoy the ride the Broncos take viewers on every week.
On Saturday, the biggest showdown of the night in high school hoops was in the 4A ranks and Bishop Kelly made a statement. They put up 71 on Middleton and have cemented themselves as the favorite to win the 4A SIC.
In 5A action, Centennial knocked off Timberline behind strong performances between Landon Kissinger and Daryl Robertson. Centennial can beat anyone on a given night, but the consistency is still lacking. For Timberline, it seems they might just be a middle of the road team with their best win of the season coming against Boise High by one. Speaking of Boise High, that wake-up call against Meridian was exactly what they needed. The Braves beat Centennial on Thursday and followed it up with a win at Eagle on Saturday. The Mustangs have dropped two in a row and are looking for answers as they take on Meridian tomorrow night.
The Vallivue Falcons finally got the monkey off their back and ended a long losing streak with a win over Meridian on Saturday. Jacob Betancourt paced the Falcon offense and their defense stepped up just two nights after surrendering 71 points to Mountain View.
The Mountain View Mavericks and the Borah Lions both won on Saturday to set up a big time showdown tomorrow night in the 5A SIC. Both squads are sitting at 8-1 in conference play and the winner of tomorrow nights game will be in sole possession of first place at the halfway point in the season. You can hear that game on 630 The Fan starting at 7:30.