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Monday Cannon Fodder: what a sports weekend

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Chorley v Derby County - FA Cup Third Round Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

This past weekend was, for my money, one of the best ones we will have all year. It was up there with the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, and with COVID-19, who knows what that is going to look like this season. I supposed with the Olympics this summer we could wind up with a great stretch of days too, but again, COVID.

Anyway, this weekend. You had a slew of great FA Cup matches. Everton needed extra time to edge bottom of the Championship Rotherham. National league side Chorley beat Wayne Rooney’s COVID-decimated Derby County. League One Blackpool edged out West Brom on penalties. League Two Crawley Town beat a heavily-rotated Leeds United.

You had six NFL playoff games, four of which were really compelling. I could have done without the Saints-Bears blowout, but as someone who casually cheers for the Saints, I was fine with it. The Browns-Steelers game last night was also take it or leave it. The Browns getting their first playoff win in decades in their first playoff appearance in decades was cool, and it’s always fun to see a whole mess of points scored, but the final score makes the game seem closer than it actually was.

If you get the chance, you should really tune into the Warriors. Steph Curry is back to his can’t miss from anywhere, raining down threes form. It’s particularly fun to watch because a number of folks in the basketball media had been speculating that maybe he was cooked as a player. It would seem that he took offense to that and is on a mission to prove them all wrong.

Today, we’ve got Stockport vs. West Ham in the FA Cup. We’ve also got the College Football Championship - Ohio State vs. Alabama. Man, I love sports.