Even so, I think most of America walked away from Wild Card weekend thinking "what did I just watch?" The Chiefs/Texans game was a boring blow-out. The Steelers/Bengals game, while a win for our side, was an awful, freezing, drizzly, slugfest with cheap shots, dirty plays, and disgusting fans as trash was thrown at injured players and coaches got into shouting matches with players on the field and off. Both teams did their absolute best to lose the game, and the final outcome was ultimately decided after a thirty yard penalty was awarded against the team from the Queen's City. I saw a tweet online last night which sums it well: "When people see footage of football decades from now, they'll probably think 'who ever thought this was a good idea!?'"
This afternoon was not much better. I'm currently watching the Vikings play the Seahawks (about halfway through with an exciting 3-0 score) in ZERO DEGREE weather with -20 degree wind chills. The players, fans, and coaches all look absolutely miserable as no one seems able to get sort of decent plays off. Football seems to be bordering on torture for everyone involved so far this weekend.
But hey, I can't complain too much I suppose. I'm still watching. I'm still hoping the Steelers continue their season as long as possible. I'm not calling for a boycott, nor am I burning my merchandise. I am, however, taking a step back to think..."what did I just watch?" For some reason, Roman Gladiators and professional boxing don't seem so strange anymore.