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As Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey concluded their press conferences in Dallas and New York, I couldn’t help but get caught up with the football buzz after seeing the two pugilists donning Cowboys jerseys and surrounded by the lovely Cowboys cheerleaders.
If there is any comparison that could be made regarding Pacquiao and Clottey’s match-up to football, it would be this Sunday’s AFC championship match-up between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets.
This will be a contest between a quick and high-octane offense and a tough and rugged defense. Pacquiao would be the Colts and Clottey would be the Jets. The comparisons don’t end there.
Just like the Jets, Clottey is the unlikely opponent. They are both coming to enemy territory looking to shock the world and pull off an upset. Both are formidable and tough and have flown under the radar with it’s low profile approach and blue-collar workmanlike effectiveness.
As far as the Colts and Manny Pacquiao are concerned, the Colts have speed on both sides of the ball. Dwight Freeney and his cast of undersized defensive linemen are regarded as the most explosive and fastest defense in the NFL. And not much really needs to be said about the Colts dynamic offense. Reggie Wayne is perhaps the most underrated wide receiver in the business. Then you got rookie Austin Collie who has stepped up in the absence of Anthony Gonzales and Pierre Garcon who might very well be one of the fastest receivers today.
When you got these two teams and fighters together, just like that once significant receiver from Dallas said, “better get your popcorns ready!”
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, right, pushes off New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis after a catch in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
In the spirit of playful competitive banter, our New York Boxing Examiner Michael Marley and I had a little smack talk going regarding who will win between the teams that represent the cities we represent.
Here’s what Marley had to say:
Before he met me, Dennis Guillermo thought a football coach was something you ride in, a motor vehicle of some sort. He thinks Joe Willie Namath was a jockey who rode in the Kentucky Derby. He doesn’t even know that NFL balls are made out of pigskin and I don’t mean the flesh of Tila Tequila.
But DSource is a loyal Colts rooter. He conveniently overlooks how Indy stole the franchise under the cover of darkness from Baltimore. He won’t admit that as good as he is, Peyton Manning is no Johnny Unitas.
My team, the Patriots? They are playing Sunday, they are playing golf. So I will back the green and white, the former New York Titans who were spawned in the fabulous AFL just like the Boston Patriots were. It’s not often I back a Big Apple team but I say Rex Ryan and his crew beat Indy, 24-17, and Coach Rex then cuts his daily calorie intake down to 12,000 calories per day
What does DSauce say?
The only derby Pinoys like me and Manny go to, we call “sabong”, and the only thing I really cared about coming from Kentucky is “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali.
In terms of “The Greatest” on the field at the moment, how can anyone bet against Peyton Manning? The first ever 4-time MVP. He’s breaking records, you might as well call him Peyton Manny! Just like Manny P. has been defying logic in boxing, P Money #18 is playing defenses like he’s on Madden. It simply ain’t fair.
I know the Bostonian in the White Gorilla is the true reason he has to go against the Colts. After all, we did give the Patriots a nice come-from-behind spanking the day after Pacquiao gave Cotto a whooping. I got nothing but respect for Johnny U and the Baltimore Colts. I live in the present though, and the last thing I want to do is challenge Marley on any topic involving history. After all, I wasn’t even being conceived to be ‘conceived’ when he was already a long-time journalist.
Marley got it right with me and the Colts though. I used to work at the RCA dome for Colts games and watched pretty much every single Colts game either live or on TV in this century. But I do have a good knowledge of my football as well. Followed the NFL since Jerome Bettis was tearing it up for the LA Rams. But is it really that hard to see that the Jets have no chance except for Peyton Manning going down with an injury early, to come in Indy with their mediocre at best offense and win?
The Jets got D though, but how long can their offense stay on the field to help their defense stay fresh? I see a competitive first half but the Jets will fade in the second. PMoney will make it rain on em’ Jets en-route to a wide margin victory.
Prediction: Colts A lot, Jets not so much. (35-14)
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Dennis “D Source” Guillermo is a freelance sportswriter. You can contact him through e-mail at [email protected] (Artwork by: Art Garcia)
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