Day 9

It’s Day 9 of the no fast food experiment, and honestly, aside from covering games and being hungry at 11:30 p.m., it hasn’t been too bad.

I miss spicy chicken sandwiches from Wendy’s and cheesy double beef burritos from Taco Bell the most.

Anyway, let’s run through the news items, shall we?

NFL

OK, show of hands. Who had the Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game, let alone hosting it?

The temptation is to take what we know (a 48-20 beat down on Thanksgiving night) and predict the Eagles will simply thrash them again.

But I like Steve Czaban’s take. The Cards are drunk and playing with house money.

And that makes them dangerous.

I’m also looking forward to another Steelers/Ravens slug fest. It should be a great defensive battle.

Is it too much to hope that the Ravens and Cardinals play in the Super Bowl? I just want to see ESPN spend two weeks breaking that game down.

MLB

Had an interesting discussion with my buddy, David Allen, recently on his sadness as a Braves fan on John Smoltz leaving after more than two decades to play for the Red Sox.

We were bantering back and forth about loyalty (on his side) and the fact that being a pro athlete is nothing more than a job (my side).

Then Bob Dalton settled it with this:

“Loyalty is a two-way street.”

Braves fans who are angry should send an e-mail to GM Frank Wren, who wouldn’t sign the 40-something hurler coming off shoulder surgery to a guaranteed contract.

I don’t know that I blame him if you look at it from a bloodless point of view. But the man is an icon.

Chipper Jones said it well.

“If you’re going to take a chance on somebody, it would be John Smoltz.”

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