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NFL’s Pro Bowl has Officially Jumped the Shark

When I heard that the NFL decided to move the Pro Bowl to the Sunday before the Super Bowl, I thought to myself, “Wow that’s a pretty good idea.  An all-star game leading up to the game instead of afterwards.  You just keep getting smarter and smarter NFL.”  Now that the Pro Bowl is this weekend and the Super Bowl matchup is all set, I now think, “I’d rather have this irrelevant game after the Super Bowl.”

With the Saints and Colts set to face off in the Super Bowl, that means there has to be a total of 12 players to replace the players of those teams in the Pro Bowl.  Which is ridiculous.  Also, lets look at the AFC’s Quarterbacks.  Originally it was Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Phillip Rivers getting voted in.  Well, Manning can’t play now because of the Super Bowl and both Brady and Rivers aren’t going to the Pro Bowl because of injury.  So that means they need to get a whole new Quarterback depth chart, so they go to the 4th, 5th, and 6th voted QBs and so on… to pick from.  4th was Ben Roethlisberger who declined  the invite due to injury, 5th was Matt Schaub who will play, 6th was Carson Palmer who won’t play due to injury also, 7th was the Titans’ Vince Young, who played a total of 10 games this year, will play and so will  the Jags’ David Garrard.  So instead of Manning, Brady, and Rivers, the AFC will have to put Schaub, Young, and Garrard under center.  Talk about an All-Star caliber Quarterback crew.

The NFL should not be have an all-star type game.   No one wants to play in it and no one really wants to watch it, unless you’re a fan of no defensive games.  The only reason players go is just for the pay-day bonus.  So get rid of this worthless game NFL and just recognize the players who are pro-bowlers and then just pay them.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can We Admit Peyton Manning is the Best QB Right Now or Maybe Ever?!?!?!

Colts' QB Peyton Manning leads his Colts over the Jets to get to their 2nd Super Bowl since 2007

Sorry for not getting my picks and preview of the NFL Conference Championship  games.  I picked the Colts and Vikings.

I didn’t see much of the Jets/Colts game because I was working, but I am able to watch games since we have TVs all over the place.  I as I was watching the game I think I realized how great Peyton Manning really is.  The guy is a machine.  He looks like he is a head coach with a helmet on with him calling audibles and directing traffic.  Not to mention he has turned two no name wide receivers, Pierre  Garcon and Austin Collie, into really good wide receivers.  I stood there in awe watching Peyton carve up a Jets defense, who is really really really good, as they threw everything including the kitchen sink at him.

Whether Manning and the Colts beat or lose to the Saints in 13 days and even if Manning doesn’t win another Super Bowl, he has to be the greatest NFL Quarterback in my lifetime, if not.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brock Lesnar to return to UFC this summer

After wondering if he will ever fight again, UFC’s Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar said that he will return to the octogon this summer.  Lesnar hasn’t fought since July at UFC 100 when he defeated Frank Mir for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship belt.  Since then

UFC's Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is set to make his return to the Octogon

, Lesnar has been hospitalized  in Minnesota with an intestinal disorder which put a hole in his stomach and caused him to lose 40 pounds.  On ESPN’s SportsCenter UFC president Dana White and Lesnar had an interview announcing Lesnar’s return.  Lesnar said, “Everyone must be pissing themselves with this news.”  Even though Lesnar’s return date is not written in stone, it is rumored his first fight back will be at UFC 114 against the winner of the Frank Mir/Shane Carwin fight which is set for UFC 111.  The winner of that match will be the Interim Heavyweight Champion and then will face Lesnar for the out right Heavyweight Championship.

So welcome back Brock, you have been missed by UFC fans.  I’m sure everyone can’t wait until UFC 114 where I’m sure you will knock out Mir or Carwin and then maybe tell us what you may do with your wife afterwards and give the crowd the one finger salute like at UFC 100.

January 22, 2010 Posted by | UFC | , , , , | 1 Comment

NFL Playoffs: The Division Round

I admit that last week even though I didn’t post it I went 0-4 on Wild Card Weekend.  So hopefully I can turn this around.

AFC Games

Ravens @ Colts:  This game could go either way.  There are three keys to this game: 1) Will the Ravens come out like they did vs the Patriots last week, getting tons of pressure on Tom Brady and having the big 82 rushing yard TD from Ray Rice on the first play of the game.  2) The Ravens offense has to show up.  They could have beat the Colts earlier in the year, but they scored ZERO TDs and made five field goals.  3) After their rest, can the Colts offense get back on track early in the game?  If they don’t get in a groove early, the Ravens can squeak this one out. MY PICK: I’m going to say Ravens win this in a close one by getting pressure on Peyton Manning like they did Tom Brady.  Plus, I like the Ravens on the road.

Jets @ Chargers:  This game will be the most lopsided game of the week.  Even though the Jets have the #1 defense in the league, they have no one to cover Antonio Gates.  I also don’t like having a rookie Quarterback in Mark Sánchez going to San Diego against a team that thinks this is their year.  MY PICK: San Diego in a blow out.

NFC Games

Cardinals vs Saints:  This game is expected to be a shootout and very well should be.  Two very good offenses who like to throw the ball will mean a lot of points will be scored.  The Saints are limping into the playoffs finishing the season losing three straight, while the Cards are coming off the highest score game in NFL Playoff history.  MY PICK:  I’m picking the Cards in this game.  The Cards seems like they are still being disrespected after going to the Super Bowl last year and it seems they want to prove they are not a one trick pony.  Plus, you should never pick against Kurt Warner in a shootout type game.

Cowboys vs Vikings: This is probably the most anticipated game of the week with the Cowboys rolling into a building where the Vikings have not lost all year.  This game can go either way.  Both teams have balanced offenses and both defenses get pressure on the opposing quarterback, so it seems like whoever will win this game will either win the turnover battle or have the better special teams.  MY PICK: Vikings just edge out the Cowboys playing in front of their home crowd with Percy Harvin being the X-factor for the Vikes.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hockey At It’s Best

A lot of people like hockey, but most people only watch hockey for the fights.  I’ve seen quite a few crazy fights when I have gone the AHL’s Hershey Bears’ games, but I have certainly not seen anything like this.  A few days ago in Russia’s KHL a bench clearing brawl took place and it just became a chaotic scene.  One notable player that I know of was involved was is #68 on in white, Jaromir Jagr who we all know from his playing days with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.  One thing I like to point out are the goalies who are just chatting away while everyone else goes at it.  ENJOY!

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Hockey | , , , | 2 Comments

Should Steroid Users Be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

After yesterday’s admission by former slugger Mark McGwire finally admitting he did use steroids throughout the 1990’s, there has been much discussion now whether any steroid user should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Whether your name is Sammy Sosa, McGwire, Barry Bonds, Andy Pettite, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmerio, and the list that goes on and on and on of speculated “roiders” should they be in the Hall?

In my opinion, yes these guys should be and here is why.  Even though all these steroid users have cheated the game they should be in the Hall of Fame because the Hall of Fame is like a big living story book of the game of baseball.  Any person inducted into the Hall of Fame or artifact in the museum is told in the story of baseball.  If you don’t put any of those names in the Hall it’s like this chapter of book is erased and the book is incomplete.  The “steroid era” is something that can not be ignored in baseball, in fact is huge part of how the game is played today than it was in the mid 1900s.  I say you need to put these guys in the Hall of Fame, but on their plaque it says something about admitted or alledged steroid user.

This is a pretty heated debate so I would appreciate it if everyone could leave a comment about what they think, if you agree with me and if we can get a pretty good discussion going.

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Baseball | , , , , | 1 Comment