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As Halloween looms...

Kyle Riviere
Weekly Citizen Sports Editor Kyle Riviere

If you haven't realized it by now, Halloween is less than a week away. All the carved pumpkins, skeleton decorations hanging on doors and the dominance of "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween" movies on AMC should have been a dead givaway.

So, with Oct. 31 and all of those horror classics fresh on my mind, it got me thinking a lot about moments in sports of the last year that were downright scary. It also drew a few similarities that were amazingly spooky.

It got me thinking about the sports world being taken over by "Tebow Mania." Every week, there was intense analysis before and after the games all centered around Tim Tebow.

What would he do? Is he really a quarterback? Can he be a starter in the league? Those were the questions asked repeatedly all day, every day.

Every morning, ESPN personality Skip Bayless was on "First Take" pounding the table with his fist and praising Tebow with enough rhetoric and hyperbole that he could easily be mistaken for Tebow's dad.

And with Tebow now with the Jets as a backup, people still can't stop talking about him. All of the media hysteria reminds me of the horror classic "Scanners." With every Tebow story that piles up, my head feels like it's on the verge of exploding.

I felt similar during the replacement ref debacle on Monday Night Football when they robbed the Packers of a win. They ruled that Seahawks receiver Golden Tate caught a touchdown as time expired when it was obvious the Packers' M.D. Jennings picked the ball off.

After seeing such a horrendous call, my head starting spinning like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist."

And in college football, this year's West Virginia vs. Baylor game turned out to be a offensive bloodbath. The two teams combined for 133 points and 1,507 yards. Geno Smith alone threw for a ludicrous 656 yards and eight touchdowns.

I think the film of that game will become like the infamous cursed videotape in the 2002 movie "The Ring." Defensive coordinators will refuse to watch it; the horror and carnage of it will be too much to bear.

I thought about "An American Werewolf in London." That's the story of a young American lad that goes to London, turns into a lycanthrope and terrorizes the city.

It kind of reminds me of how American Michael Phelps went there for the Summer Olympics and took over the city and the competition. He won four more gold medals--giving him the most ever by any Olympic athlete with 18.

I think of a plethora of classic horror movies when thinking about the Giants team that won the Super Bowl earlier this year.

First, I think of "Return of the Living Dead." That's what the Giants' championship dreams were at one point of the season: dead. They were 6-6 and pretty fresh off of a 49-24 beatdown handed to them by the Saints.

But, just like their 2007 Super Bowl year , they rose from the grave--winning three of their next four. And in the playoffs, they rolled the Falcons, beat the 15-1 Packers in Lambeau, beat the 13-3 49ers in San Fran' and beat the Tom Brady-led Patriots in the Super Bowl.

And head coach Tom Coughlin keeps reminding me of Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. Every time you think he's done, he just keeps coming back.

For my last case of sports and horror movie parallels, I go to a horrifying and heinous scene that took place on the night of Jan. 9: the BCS Championship Game.

After a season for the ages, LSU came out flat, unprepared and uninspired. As a result, the all-time great regular season they had became all for naught as they were embarrassed by Alabama 21-0.

Watching the offense only cross mid-field once, get five first downs and only gain 92 total yards truly made me feel like I was in "Saw." That's because the sight of that offensive output made me want to cut off my own foot in a loud scream of pain. I don't think I was the only one.

Either way, keep watching those sports and horror classics, and have a great, safe Halloween.