Upset Beats Man O’ War! And Pacquiao… And Atlanta… And…


In Front of the Odds Board- It was a day of upsets in the NFL.  Some of them were mild.

The Rams and Cowboys winning in Buffalo and Cincinnati respectively?  Not major surprises, but I would’ve guessed the other way.

Pittsburgh blowing it at home against San Diego?  The Eagles somehow dispensing with the Bucs?  Washington besting Baltimore in the Battle of the Beltways?  The Vikes outlasting Da Bears?  Those are bigger.  Not huge, but each and every one of them worthy of the word.

And the Panthers beating the Falcons?  By ten?

Wow.  Only drunken North Carolinians (I’m related to a bunch) had the money line on that one.

I should call Cousin Mike, see if he had some action.

And when you put all of it together, what you get is one of the most topsy turvy weeks in the NFL in a long time.  I dare say, if there were any King of the Hill pools still running, they’re all over now, Baby Blue.

So what are we to make of it all?

Any given Sunday, bla bla bla.  But more than that is this:

Wrong version of Chasing Tail

2012 is clearly one of those NFL seasons when parity is in play.  There really aren’t any dominant teams out there.  Not of the sort that you look at and wonder: Gosh, who the hell’s gonna beat them?

There are certainly some top contenders: San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston lead the pack.  And don’t be surprised if one of them takes the whole enchilada in the end.

But really, it’s anyone’s game this year.  So if you’re team’s still in the playoff hunt, then you’re dream is alive.

Christ, even the Jets could still do something this year.

Well, maybe not the Jets, but you get the picture . . .

RingsideBut this weekend the biggest upset of all, by far, came in the ring.

In case you missed it, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the 6th round of their fourth fight yesterday.  And when we say “knocked out,” we mean precisely that.

A thunderous right hand from Marquez left Pacquiao motionless on the canvass with just one second left in the round.  The ref didn’t even bother counting him out.

Yup. This Just happened.

K – O

Pacquiao is of course one of the very best welterweights of all time.  But this loss most likely signals either the end of his career, or the beginning of a sad, final phase in which he continues to fight but is never the same.  Hopefully it’s the former.

But this fight also gives us pause to think about what might have been.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: The Fight that Never Happened.

They were two of the best fighters in the world at their peaks, and their contrasting styles are the thing of legend.  The ferocious, relentless puncher versus the defensive wizard.

It was supposed to happen but it never did because boxing has no real governing body.  Instead, it’s awash in an alphabet soup of meaningless and virtually powerless organizations that do nothing other than hand out tin star belts.

WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO: Put ‘em together and all you get… WTF.

Pacquiao and Maywether have two different promoters who don’t get along, and none of these pathetic sanctioning bodies could force the issue.  So the fight of the young century never materialized.

Instead, they dodged each other (to be fair, Mayweather did more of the dodging) and kept fighting mostly inferior opponents, all the while collecting enormous paychecks.

Sh!t, Pacquiao even developed a second career as congressman in the Philippines while he was boxing, and still no fight with Mayweather.  And now it will almost assuredly never happen.  That’s something to get upset about.

And the greedy pieces of filth who are currently running boxing into the ground wonder why MMA is blowing by them in popularity.  Fa sham, doc.

Grote2DMax gets filthy tomorrow.

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  • Cussing D’Amato

    Manny Pac blew it by not fighting Mayweather and Rex Ryan blew it fir another year by not pulling Sanchez. How bad is Tebow?!

    • Junoir Blaber

      Mayweather is the one running from Pac-man.

      • Meet The Matts

        Speaking of Pac-Man… Was the Adam Jones returning kicks for the Bungles the infamous Pac-Man?

  • DannyBax

    Who is Upest? And how about those Panthers!

  • Cam_James

    RAMS RAMS RAMS!!!!! Playoff bound baby. winning out over the vikings bucs and seahawks is going to be a breeze. Fitzpatrick needs to start getting his resume together. His harvard education isnt worth much on the football field.

    • Junoir Blaber

      You guys can’t even beat the Jets!!

    • Meet The Matts

      Brutal loss for those poor bast@rds that root for Da Bills… buffalobilly84: Come down of the Peace Bridge! It’s just not worth jumping into the Niagara River!

    • Meet The Matts

      Just think of the jack Fitzpatrick will make on Wall Street. Harvard degree. NFL on his resume. He won’t have to start in the mail room… But how come nobody is talking about the New York Football Giants hanging 52 on the Aints???

  • Cookies Corner

    So i’m not sure what kind of upbringing Pacquaio had… but what does this likely ‘end’ to his career mean in terms of the over/under on the downward spiral he takes that most fighters of major fame seem to?

  • Sam’s-A-Fan

    Nothing about Man O’ War! I was getting psyched for some horse talk. “Place it on Lucky Dan.”

    • Meet The Matts

      Man O’War?! How about the Jets winning with Mark Sanchez?!

    • Grote2Dmax

      I said place it on Lucky Dan. That horse is going to finish in second.

  • Junoir Blaber

    Say waht you will about that MMA Dana guy, but when the fans want to see two guys fight, he makes sure they fight. Boxing is a joke, thank god I didn’t pay to watch it.

    • Cam_James

      benson henderson was on a tear the other night. Also GSP’s new mentee is unbelievable.

      • Junoir Blaber

        GSP’s seems to be a great trainer. I love Benson Henderson’s name wish he was the third or better yet the fourth.

        • Cam_James

          i like the tenth. Benson Henderson X. or just Bennie X. now that is a ring name

  • Meet The Matts

    Manny Pacquiao will be the next Jackie Chan. And Mark Sanchez will be his sidekick. He’ll be that taller Chris Rock guy that makes $20,000,000.00 for each of the three movies he’s ever made…

  • Diff

    Pacquiao got knocked the f*ck out!!! He looked like Glass Joe on Saturday night.

    Sanchez didn’t look terrible yesterday. He wasn’t great but I’m sure Jets fans will take what they can get at this point.

    • WestCoastCraig

      if he was fighting Bald Bull he’d have known to throw two lefts and then dodge to the right.

      • Cheesy Bruin

        Glass Joe is who Pacquiao fell down like.

      • Cookies Corner

        ‘Body Blow. Body Blow. Put him away!’

      • AngryWard

        Kid quick could have taken either of those guys.

        • Cheesy Bruin

          Kid Quick was the Thomas Hearns look-a-like, correct?

  • AngryWard

    I have one statement and one question. First, the Falcons are a paper tiger and will most likely make another quick exit from the playoffs. Second, whatever happened to Don King? Is he still alive? That crook coulda made Pacquiao and Mayweather fight multiple times.

  • buffalobilly84

    I have been a Bills fan for a long, long time and I’ve seen a lot of bad losses but yesterday was just ridiculous. Thanks for your sympathy though, matts.

  • Cheesy Bruin

    The Falcons and Ravens are mirror images–posers to be precise! Both were tooth and nail to beat…the Cowboys. So how good are they really?

  • WestCoastCraig

    I bet now that neither of them are on top and the paychecks will start to get smaller, that fight happens.

  • Aging Bull

    Was Pac out before he hit the canvas?

  • Johnny Rox

    Hats off to Juan Marquez for knocking out a great fighter!
    Hats off to Manny Pacquiao for taking a tough fight, AND actually attempting to knock Marquez out!

    Floyd Mayweather was/is/and always will be a coward and a punk! I’ve seen his fights MANY TIMES, but I’ve yet to EVER see him fight! He runs, jabs, then runs some more! This is about as exciting as watching grass grow! The sport of boxing somehow rewards this! He avoided Manny Pacquiao because he knew there was a good chance he would get caught! Because Pacquiao isn’t afraid to risk it all for his sport! NO REWARD WITHOUT RISK!

    MMA has long surpassed boxing, and isn’t about to look back. It’s a shame, because I really did love the sport of boxing back when MEN Boxed! As for this kid Benson Herderson, he’s amazing to watch! I enjoyed the fight very much, until he chose to disrespect BJ Penn (a legend in the young sport!) by show-boating in the last few minutes of the fight. I’ll chalk this up to being young and cocky! BJ Penn went up in weight class to fight a young up and comer. That takes tremendous courage, hats off to him!

    Watching the Jets is VERY painful! Doesn’t really matter who’s QBing, or who they’re playing!
    Nuff said!


    • vinny from brooklyn

      watching the jets is like watching pelfrey pitch.

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