Jeff Harvey

The big trade to send James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets took place this past week.

I see disappointment ahead for the Nets because they gutted their defense to bring in Harden. I remain skeptical that Kyrie Irving is in his right mind. He’s missed seven games and counting.

If it hadn’t been for the Harden news, the big deal would have been Urban Meyer getting hired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaquars. He’s had health issues and his Ohio State tenure ended in controversy over retaining an assistant coach with domestic violence charges hanging over his head.

As for his on-field results, he’ll have to adapt his approach to the NFL to be a successful coach. He will have to draft well, too.

If losing Harden wasn’t enough, the city of Houston has a disgruntled superstar quarterback in De’Shawn Watson to deal with, possibly quite literally deal with as in deal away. If they have to deal him , they have a big contract to work out.

Speaking of football, the AFC Championship Game is now set, although not without its share of drama, as the home teams both won.

Kansas City had Patrick Mahomes leave the game due to a concussion, but the defense rallied for a 22-17 victory.

As for the Buffalo-Baltimore game, the Bills won 17-3. The game saw Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson suffer a concussion.

The NFC will play its Championship Game in Green Bay after the Packers defeated the Rams 32-18. Aaron Rodgers scored the first rushing touchdown by a Green Bay quarterback in a playoff game since Bart Starr in 1967.

The final playoff team will be the Tamoa Bay Buccaneers who broke through to the 30-20 win over the Saints. They’ll give the Packers a good challenge

I used to predict games by the number of points scored by the teams in the previous week. If Mahomes is healthy, Kansas City will score more than 22 points, although it will be a close game.

I’m going with the home teams to win and set up a rematch of Super Bowl I

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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