• STEENSON DESERVING OF KCAC HONOR — I made a call to Josh Schroeder, McPherson College Sports Information Director, on Monday morning.
"Did you nominate Travis Steenson for KCAC Defensive Player of the Week?" I quizzed.
The answer was affirmative.
I witnessed one of the great defensive efforts in my 41 years of sports writing on Saturday when Steenson, a McPherson High graduate, was in on 24 tackles, 7 of them being solos. I was just sure the KCAC would not give Steenson the award because it's been its general practice not to choose a player from a losing team, which is mindless to me. If a player is as good as Steenson was on Saturday, you can't penalize him because his team lost — by a scant two points against a highly favored opponent in Friends.
For once, the KCAC agreed. Steenson was named on Monday the Defensive Player of the Week. For good measure, the conference also chose another player from a losing team for the offensive award as Bethel's Jaylen Sykes went for 330 yards rushing and five touchdowns against Sterling in a 70-56 loss.
Steenson has been doing this all year. He's still No. 2 in the country in tackles and has been in double digits every single game.
I was doing the radio broadcast with Voice of the Bulldogs Matt Cole and I was keeping track of the defensive side. I would say over and over to Matt during the broadcast, "guess who made that tackle?"
And he'd reply "Steenson."
Steenson is a lock for first-team KCAC defensive honors and if the Bulldogs can win a few more games, he might be KCAC Defensive Player of the Year. If that would happen, some type of All-America honors would probably come his way.
• SUPER BOWL COWBOYS? — It’s been a long time since the Dallas Cowboys were actually relevant.
Sure, there were a few playoff appearances sprinkled in there, but nothing like the days of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and the playmaker, Michael Irvin.
The Cowboys are off to a 5-1 start heading into their bye week. Only the Minnesota Vikings have a better record in the NFC and there’s still a lot of suspicion to their legitimacy.
The Cowboys have an out-of-this-world rookie quarterback in Dak Prescott, who simply never makes a bad decision. He’s amazingly cool under pressure and has incredible accuracy as evidenced by his one lone interception. He’s augmented by rookie Ezekiel Elliott, who after a couple of struggling games to open the season has exploded to the point he’s unstoppable. Both rookies operate behind arguably the best offensive line in football.
The Cowboys’ defense has picked it up as well as it harassed Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers into another miserable game on Sunday.
With Green Bay down and the rest of the NFC mediocre at best, this could be the year the Cowboys are back in the Super Bowl. The NFL needs for the Cowboys to be good, just like the NBA needs for the Lakers and Celtics to be good as well as the New York Yankees being good in baseball. They are the flagship programs of year’s gone by and still relate to the fans.
In the AFC, it still looks like New England as the team to beat since Denver is having quarterback issues. With Big Ben injured for Pittsburgh, the Steelers are going to fall back.
• TIME TO BENCH RODGERS? — Speaking of the struggling Aaron Rodgers, he’s my Fantasy Football quarterback and the guy is killing me.
He was my first pick and I thought he was going to revert to his past form and that his late-season struggles last year were an aberration.
No such luck. Right now he’s near the bottom of quarterbacks and the Packers are 3-2 only because of their running game and run defense.
Green Bay is home on Thursday to take on Chicago, one of the NFL’s worst team. If Rodgers can’t raise his level on a nationally televised night game at Lambeau Field, it’s probably time to take a look at my backup, Matthew Stafford of Detroit. All he did Sunday was throw for four touchdowns, while Rodgers stunk up the field.