Season's greetings my friends! Everyone here at Capece Sports wishes every one of you a happy and prosperous holiday season. You gotta love this time of year when the NFL, NBA, NHL, Horse Racing and college football bowls are all in full swing. Stay tuned for all Capece Sports bowl picks. Our analysts currently are working overtime to ensure you will get the best insight and advantage this bowl season. This being Christmas time, it is also time for Ol' Santa Zeke to check his list of who has been naughty and who has been nice. Topping the list of who has been naughty is, who else, Tiger Woods. Who would've ever thought Tiger had a wild side! I'm glad Capece Sports doesn't do a lot of golf handicapping because the sport is in for a long down period if Tiger decides to avoid the spotlight, and therefore the tour, for an extended period of time. Next on the naughty list is Charlie Weiss and Notre Dame. It wasn't that long ago that the prognosticators were predicting an undefeated season for the Golden Domers. What a difference twelve weeks makes! Also on the list are the Florida Gators. Florida was the odds on favorite to repeat as national champions. I think it just shows how much Percy Harvin meant to this team.
At the top of the nice list is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton is looking more and more like the NFL MVP and he has his team in position for an undefeated season. Same for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. You must admit, in the preseason there was not much talk of the Saints being title contenders. Who is the better quarterback today, between Peyton and Drew, can fuel a lot of debate. Also on the nice list are the New York Yankees. Congrats to them on number twenty-seven. Sure their payroll is huge, but a huge payroll does not guarantee a championship. Gotta give credit where credit is due.
And speaking of giving credit where credit is due, let's talk about Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. In recent seasons Florida State has floundered and Bowden has taken a lot of criticism. But as he enters his final game on New Year's day, let's not forget what a great coach he has been. The younger folks probably don't remember Bobby B. when he was known as the Road Warrior and the Riverboat Gambler. Bobby took his teams on the road as huge underdogs to play the top teams of the day so Florida State could pick up a paycheck. Those top teams would not reciprocate with games in Tallahassee but that did not stop Bowden. Back then college football was a game of "three yards and a cloud of dust." But Bowden, who does not get enough credit for this, emphasized the forward pass and defeated the likes of Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma on the road by going over the top and pulling out all the stops. Pro football noticed and the West Coast offense followed. Bowden also was criticized for relying too much on trick plays but it was what he had to do get Florida State where he wanted them--on top. And the on-top lasted for 14 seasons of top five finishes, two national championships, and an NCAA anointed "dynasty." Coach Bowden has earned his place next to the greats in college football history. Thanks for everything Coach, you will be missed.
Happy Holidays everyone and remember, keep it real, stay within your limits and have a prosperous holiday season with Capece Sports.
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