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SUPER BOWL XLIV PREVIEW

I’m actually not going to do a preview.  For the past 2 week we have heard from all like 1000 guys on ESPN, FOX Sports, or any other sports channel breaking down the big game in every single possible way.  I’ve actually been trying my best to stay away from ESPN because I’m getting so tired of it.

This is how I think it will play out:  Colts get ahead early as the Saints have first quarter jitters and Drew Brees throws a INT on the Saints second possession.  Second Quarter the Saints get in rhythm  and have a feel for the game and the atmosphere, but Peyton Manning is too much to handle as the teams head into the locker rooms. Colts up 27-17.

Then The Who performs and all little kids watching asks their mommies and daddies “Who are The Who?”  Then their mommies and daddies have to ask their mommies and daddies “Who are The Who?”  I just hope we don’t see any of The Who do a sliding crotch shot into a camera like Bruce Springstein did last year.

Teams come back out on the field for the second half for one of the most offensive explosive games in Super Bowl history.  The Saints will make it close, but Manning will lead the Colts to their 2nd Championship in four years.  Colts win 44-38.

I just wish I could hang out with this dog throughout the entire game tonight:

February 7, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

NFL Week 14 Picks

Kurt Warner and his Arizona Cardinals have a chance to clinch the NFC West against the 49ers on Monday Night Football

It’s Week 14 of the NFL season and with the season winding down there are some pretty key games that will help shape the playoff picture in both the AFC and NFC.

Week 14 got off to a crazy start as the Browns somehow upset the Steelers and I would’ve picked a reeling 6-6 Steelers team in a must win situation.  So it’s a good feeling to start off the week 0-1

Saints @ Falcons-With both Falcons QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner questionable for the game, I have to give the game to the Saints as they continue to find ways to win and remain undefeated.

Packers @ Bears- A big rivalry game so throw out the records.  With the way the Packers defense is playing and with Bears QB Jay Cutler prone to interceptions, I go with the Packers and continue their playoff push.

Broncos @ Colts-  The Broncos have gotten hot of late outscoring their last two opponents 70-19, but they are at Indianapolis where the Colts have won their last 12 games.  With home field advantage and Peyton Manning behind center, the Colts remain undefeated.

Bills @ Chiefs- With the way Jamaal Charles has been running the ball for the Chiefs as of late and how bad the Bills run defense is, I have to go with the Chiefs

Bengals @ Vikings- This game should be a must watch for anyone.  With the Vikings Adrian Peterson struggling as of late, having to see the Bengals vicious run defense is not the best thing for AP.  Also, last Sunday night I think the Cardinals showed a big weakness in the Vikings secondary.  I predict Carson Palmer has a big day for the Bengals throwing the ball.  Bengals win this game in a close game.

Panthers @ Patriots-  Patriots try to rebound from back-to-back losses and haven’t lost three games in a row in seven years.  Plus, they are undefeated at home and playing the Panthers, so the Pats get back on track.

Jets @ Buccaneers- Jets will dominate the young offense of the Buccaneers and Thomas Jones should have a big game for the Jets running game.  Jets win easily.

Dolphins @ Jaguars- The Jags have some how won five straight games at home and have the final Wild Card spot as of now, but into Jacksonville come the Dolphins who believe they are better than their 6-6 record and trying to get that final Wild Card spot as well.I have to go with the Dolphins in this game with Chad Henne improving each game at QB adds another element along with the wildcat to the Dolphins offense.

Lions @ Ravens-  The Ravens should be highly encouraged with the Steelers now out of the playoff picture and it’s always more encouraging when the you see the Lions as your next opponent.   Ravens win in a blow out.

Seahawks @ Texans- Both teams are having disappointing seasons at 5-7 and both teams are streaking.  Seahawks are on a two game win streak, while the Texans have lost their last four games.  I expect the Texans to win this game as the Seahawks have a weak secondary, but gotta keep an eye on if Matt Schaub’s non-throwing shoulder is okay after he separated it last week.

Rams @ Titans- The Titans had their five game win streak snapped last week by the Colt, but should start another winning streak as the Rams come to Tennessee.

Redskins @ Raiders- Both teams are coming off opposite emotions from last weeks game.  The ‘skins have to be feeling down after they were literally stripped of a W last week and tried to end the Saints undefeated season.  While the Raiders have to be ecstatic after last weeks win in Pittsburgh.  With Bruce Gradkowski under center for the Raiders, I’m picking them over the Redskins.

Chargers @ Cowboys-  The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.  The Cowboys are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Giants after just giving up two big plays.  Also, it’s December which mean it’s bad news for the Cowboys.  Until the Cowboys win a game in December I will pick against them.  Chargers win in a close and entertaining game.

Eagles @ Giants-  You never know what may happen when these two teams get together.  The Eagles are beat up on both sides of the football.  While the Giants just came off a win against the Cowboys that wasn’t that impressive.  I’m going to go with the Eagles in a very physical game.

Cardinals @ 49ers-  This has to seem familiar to the Cardinals. Just like last year they are really getting no respect and should be after their dismantling of the Vikings last week.  I say the Cardinals win big and clinch the NFC West.

December 12, 2009 Posted by | NHL | , , , , , | Leave a comment