From the drawers of the Top Secret Fyles:
Five NFL games on Sunday were played in the snow, on ice and/or in wintry conditions, and that brought back fond memories when I was a youth. About 10 of us (maybe we were in the seventh or eighth grade) played snow football on a given day after school in Rochester.
It was two hours of touchdowns, fumbles, interceptions, broken dreams and very wet clothes. It didnt matter it was a blast.
Fast forward about 3 1/2 decades later, and Sundays NFL games were also a blast in front of the television set.
There were five TDs in the final 125 seconds of the Vikings-Ravens game that Baltimore won on Joe Flaccos TD pass with four seconds left.
The craziest game was in Philadelphia between the Lions and the Eagles. At game time, snow was falling about an inch per hour, making traction difficult. Most of the game was played in heavy snow, and only the yard lines, at intervals of five, were cleared on the field.
The snow didnt bother Eagles back LeSean McCoy, who galloped for a team-record 217 yards and two long TD runs in the Eagles 34-20 win.
Before McCoy, the best individual performance in the snow, played mostly in blizzard-like conditions, was by Tom Brady on Dec. 12, 2010. The Patriots QB threw two TD passes and 369 yards in a 36-7 victory over the Bears at Chicagos Soldier Field.
The Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2, 2014 the big events first Northeast outdoor title game.
n The New York Knicks are a disaster. A season away from winning the NBAs Atlantic Division title, the last-place, 5-14 team is in disarray, thanks to a disjointed offense and sub-par defense, especially without injured Tyson Chandler. The Knicks are 4-11 without him.
The long-range Knicks are predicated on 3-point shooting, and last season, they set league records in field goals made and attempted beyond the arc.
In Sundays 41-point debacle to the Celtics, Boston made 14 3-pointers to N.Y.s six, and most telling, the Knicks were crushed on the boards, 57-35.
Though Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace and Jason Kidd werent big scorers, their leadership is missed in this dreadful season.
Richie Richs Top 10 in College Football: 1. Florida State; 2. Auburn; 3. Alabama; 4. Stanford; 5. Michigan State; 6. Ohio State; 7. Baylor; 8. Missouri; 9. South Carolina; 10. Oregon.
Richie Richs Top 10 in NFL: 1. Seahawks; 2. Broncos; 3. 49ers; 4. Saints; 5. Patriots; 6. Panthers; 7. Bengals; 8. Chiefs; 9. Eagles; 10. Cowboys.
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