Princeton Times


December 12, 2012

Jeff's Sports Corner: WVU moves into post-season; quarterback controversies plague pro teams

PRINCETON — I forgot to include the NBA Western Conference playoffs in last week’s column. I see the Clippers, Lakers, Spurs, Grizzlies, Rockets, Thunder, Nuggets and Timberwolves making the playoffs, with the Clippers, Thunder, Spurs and Grizzlies as the top four seeds. I see the Thunder and Spurs in the Western Conference finals with the Spurs winning 4-3. The Miami Heat will beat the Spurs 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.


There was a tragic situation in Kansas City, where Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher killed his girlfriend, then himself, Saturday. The second part of the tragedy occurred in sight of Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. The couple leaves behind a 2-month-old daughter.


Well, WVU improved to 7-5 on the season with their victory over Kansas. Now, their post-season bowl fate has to be determined.

A good sign for WVU is that the offense is back to form and the defense is playing better. If Alston and Buie can match their passing game counterparts, Syracuse could have a rough time in the Pinstripe Bowl.


I’ve written in the past that quarterback controversies affect teams negatively. Right now, there are two teams, the San Francisco 49ers, and the New York Jets, currently engaged in such controversies. The former has won so far, but their last game was a loss in overtime to the Rams, while the latter has been a season-long mess.

The 49ers saga was caused as the result of a concussion suffered by Alex Smith, which cleared the way for Colin Kaepernick, who, admittedly, has performed well. I just have a qualm with a quarterback losing his job to a concussion, especially with the NFL’s new emphasis on not rushing players back onto the field after concussions.

The Jets’ controversy, however, started with the Tim Tebow trade, after giving Mark Sanchez an extension. Sanchez has had his problems as a quarterback, but he was far from the biggest problem with the team. I’m not blaming Tebow for this, but the Jets’ decision-makers brought it on themselves. Now, Greg McMutry is also in the picture.


The rookie quarterbacks continue to fare well with Andrew Luck leading the Colts to a record win for rookie quarterbacks drafted first overall (eight), Robert Griffin III continuing his exciting play and Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks to a 7-5 record.

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