Even the Great Ones Couldn't Save Their Teams on Sunday
Sunday... a great day of sports action with all the pigskin blowouts and nailbiters, a classic seventh game in the ALCS.
There were even a couple of contests on the ice to boot.
Two of the best in their respective sports—labels given to them by the media, not by me—couldn't deliver.
I'll admit it, I don't like either one of them. I wouldn't call either of them "the best", but I'm not going to start yet another one of those long arguments with you readers out there. Let's just say I was pretty pumped after the Jets-Raiders game ended, but we'll get to that in a bit...
There are those in who call the Vancouver Canucks' Roberto Luongo the best goalie in hockey.
On Sunday in Chicago, he was only second best to Cristobal Huet.
The Canucks are a tough team to figure out. Are they the outfit that blasted the Calgary Flames on opening night, or the one that managed only 10 shots in Washington just four nights later?
Chances are, they're somewhere in the middle. Thus, they need a goaltender who can be their stopper, one who is going to be the difference-maker to steal victories away from the opposition.
Besides, Luongo is their captain. He's the best, after all.
It didn't happen at the United Center on Sunday.
Chicago's Patrick Sharp had two goals and an assist, while Patrick Kane added a goal and two helpers, and the Blackhawks skated past the Canucks 4-2.
The win was new head coach Joel Quenneville's first with Chicago.
Brent Seabrook also tallied for the Blackhawks.
Not a banner game for Luongo, who finished with 22 saves. The Canucks captain couldn't be faulted for one of the Sharp goals, which was a pass that deflected off Vancouver blueliner Mattias Ohlund's stick and past Luongo.
Huet, on the other hand, was solid with 28 saves in the Hawks goal, picking up his first win of the season.
The Canucks, now on a two-game losing streak, next play the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Tuesday. They'll need their captain to come up big then.
In Oakland, Brett Favre threw two interceptions and couldn't lead the New York Jets to the winning score despite having three possessions in overtime, as the Raiders won 16-13 in NFL action.
It was easily Favre's worst game of the season, as he finished with a paltry 47.8 QB rating, going 21-for-38 for 197 yards.
New Oakland coach Tom Cable called a late timeout which negated Jets kicker Jay Feely's missed field goal with three seconds left.
On his second attempt, Feely made good on the 52-yarder, sending the contest into extra time.
It looked like another sad ending for the Raiders, as Favre had led the Jets at their own 5-yard line with just 1:24 left and no timeouts with New York down 13-10.
Two long passes later (31, 18) put the ball at the Oakland 34, before Feely was given his shot to tie the game.
Of course, knowing the media, they'll no doubt marvel at Favre's latest comeback in guiding the Jets on that final drive in regulation.
"Ohhh, that's classic Favre, on their own 5 with no timeouts left... Yeah Favre!" the Favre lovers would argue.
They'll overlook the fact that their hero was brutal and only led the Jets to two first downs on their three possessions in OT.
But for me, it was great to see Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski nailing that 57-yarder to end the game and make Favre a loser on Sunday.
All in all, a great day of sports action...
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