Tuesday, November 29, 2011
In the meantime, who says no?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Why do you hate USC? I'm sure I've asked you this before, but I can't recall the answer.
Speaking of USC, I'm shocked they don't have a good basketball team every year. If I'm a 5 star recruit and probably a one-and-done guy (sans NBA lockout), why not spend my one year in LA instead of Storrs, CT? Why not spend a season in Miami instead of Durham, NC? You'll still be heavily scouted, you can be The Guy at a school instead of just another guy at a bigger school and you get to spend winter in LA/Miami. Am I missing something?
A little analysis on the Thursday games, before the weekly picks.
Ndamukong Suh is a creep.
Houston over Jacksonville- I'm not sure why, but I can see Leinart delivering for the Texans. Not in a "Schaub or Leinart decision next year" but in a "Setting himself up for a decent payday this offseason after proving he can be an effective game manager" type of way. Also, the Jaguars suck.
NY Jets over Buffalo- Hate that Fred Jackson injury. He's already 30 and a broken leg doesn't bode well for a running back. Jets win this one easily.
Cincinnati over Cleveland- AJ Green is back and we need a win to keep our slim playoff hopes alive.
Atlanta over Minnesota- Toby Gerhart is looking to pick up the slack for white running backs. The first time Gerhart is stopped behind the line, Travis Jervey will pop champagne like Mercury Morris and the '72 Dolphins.
Arizona over St. Louis- I think Jake "The Snake" Plummer is getting the start of Arizona this week. I could be wrong.
Carolina over Indianapolis- Cam Newton's Superman celebration is surprisingly fun to break out at inappropriate moments.
Tampa Bay over Tennessee- Only because Hasselbeck is playing. Jake Locker looked great last week, albeit in garbage time. He looked Tebow-esque in his ability to extend a play with his legs and then hit a guy right in the numbers/overthrow him by 5 yards.
Oakland over Chicago- A little sad to see Cutler go down because they were really hitting their stride. Rest assured, there should still be plenty of passes up for grabs with Hanie/Palmer suiting up.
Seattle over Washington- Whatever.
Denver over San Diego- I want to pick SD, but have no reason to. Tebow's legend grows.
Philadelphia over NE- I don't know why, but I see Vince Young going crazy here. Like "good numbers, limiting mistakes, extending plays" crazy. Not "throwing your gear into the crowd after a loss, wandering the streets with a gun while your family fears for your well-being" crazy.
Pittsburgh over Kansas City- Orton or Palko? Palko or Orton? You talk about a quarterback controversy. I would NOT want to be in Todd Haley's shoes!
New Orleans over NY Giants- I can see Brees having more than a couple of turnovers with that NY pass rush in his face, but they still get the win.
Rejoice! The NBA is back!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I'm having a tough time coming to grips with some information I just found out. I only have myself to blame because I should have seen the warning signs: My old man is a bandwagon fan. I should have done the math, but I never saw it coming. He was always a Magic Johnson fan. During the MLB playoffs, he adopted the Rangers as "his team" during the Tigers series. After the Game 6 debacle in the World Series, he didn't bother watching Game 7. During the Stanford-Oregon game last week, he mentioned that he likes Stanford's head coach...but he's always liked Oregon thereby covering his ass either way. I've never heard him mention Oregon in ANY way, shape or form in my life. Not the state, not the team. Tonight he mentioned he was waiting to watch "his Ducks" play USC. He then started watching a movie after USC jumped to a 14-0 lead. I should have known something was up when he adopted Atlanta teams after moving to Georgia. Mind you, that this was in the midst of the Braves NL East dominance and the Falcons during Vick's heyday. He never mentioned the Hawks... presumably because they sucked. I feel dirty.
Maybe some picks will take my mind off this foolishness.
Green Bay over Tampa Bay- I enjoyed that write-up of Rodgers incompletions. Are you ready to admit that at this very moment, Rodgers is playing better than Favre ever has? As long as Randall Cobb is a Packer, I'll always keep an eye on them. But I could never adopt them, as they just won a championship and that would turn me into my father. I still have an eye on the Eagles just to figure out how in the hell they keep losing they way they do. Truth be told, if I had to pick a random team to start following, it would be...
Detroit over Carolina- These Carolina Panthers. I love watching Cam that much. They are obviously having some struggles with closing out games and that defense is abysmal, but they have some pieces. I still think they aren't using Stewart/Williams right, and that less of Cam will prove to be more of Cam in his rookie year, but he is great to watch. They'll lose here though in a game Detroit needs to stay relevant in the NFC North.Jacksonville over Cleveland- I don't care.
Oakland over Minnesota- I don't know why, but I feel like this could be a good game. I like what I see from Christian Ponder and I wouldn't be surprised to see Minny eek out a win.
Miami over Buffalo- Reggie Bush has looked great these past two or three weeks. I gained a new respect for Bush after reading this 5 year old article. I can only hope that one day I have a son that gets the illegal perks that Bush got in his time at USC.
Dallas over Washington- I watch Rex Grossman and can't help but think that this man still beat out Donovan McNabb for a job.
Cincinnati over Baltimore- Only because we have historically played well against Baltimore. Maybe Carson took the good vibes against the Ravens with him out west. Last weeks loss was brutal. Leon Hall is out for the year. I feared the absolute worst after that awkward landing AJ Green had after a phenomenal catch. Carlos Dunlap is still questionable because of a hamstring he pulled on the last play in the Tennessee game. Still, this is Joe Flacco we're talking about and Ray Lewis is still questionable for the game. Our O-line kept Dalton clean last week, and I'm hoping they can do the same this week.
San Francisco over Arizona- Haven't these teams already played each other like three times this season?
Seattle over St. Lous- OK, seriously. Haven't THESE teams already played each other like four times this season?
Tennessee over Atlanta- Chris Johnson has picked up a little steam lately and I think Atlanta is still dejected from the way they lost in OT against the Saints.
Chicago over San Diego- I'm not even sure how San Diego rights the ship. They go as Rivers goes and he has not been himself this year.
Philadelphia over NY Giants- I seem to remember another record breaking, mobile college QB that became a first round draft pick, and started to defy football logic by winning games despite an unorthodox style and lackluster numbers.
New England over Kansas City- I was hoping this one was in KC, because they usually play hard at home. No such luck. I'll watch this game, but I won't like it.
I've been watching a lot of Matt Barkley lately, and I've been very impressed. It seems like Luck has been anointed #1 pick/Future HoF, but are we so sure about that? He did not look good against Oregon, and he has a habit of hanging receivers out to dry. The loss at Oregon may have spared him some criticism in the long run, because I don't think a matchup with LSU and their secondary would do him any favors. I've got my eye on Barkley.
Is it time to admit that LSU might be even better than we think? This season they beat #3 Oregon, #25 Mississippi State, #16 West Virginia, #17 Florida and #20 Auburn all by at least 13 points. They then beat #2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They still have #6 Arkansas and #14 Georgia in the SEC Championship game before the BCS Championship, assuming all goes well. I believe that it will, because I'm not sure who beats them.
I hear that Urban Meyer has been linked to the Ohio State and Penn State jobs. At first thought, the PSU job seems untouchable with the scandal that is going on. However, there are thousands people defending a man that turned a blind eye to molestation. If you could win there and get that team through this scandal, you'd be a god in Happy Valley. Hell, with the way the Gators have looked this season, Meyer might be able to step back in at Gainesville.
I didn't watch the Pacquiao-Marquez match, but I wish I had. By all accounts, Marquez gave Pacquiao more than he could handle. I keep hearing about how this was a brilliant ploy by Pacqiao to dupe Floyd into thinking he could beat Manny. There is no need. He can beat Manny. I only wish that we could settle this once and for all.
I finally listened to that Wale` and really enjoyed it. Then again, I said that about his first album and now I never listen to it anymore, but I don't think that will be the case with Ambition. The growth in his lyrics is evident, but I think production is what makes the difference. If nothing else, Rick Ross has the best ear for beats in the game and has no problem sharing it with his team. MMG has had some outstanding production in the last year or two. I'm really looking forward to Ross' next project God Forgives, I Don't. Ross isn't the rapper that Wale` is, but I think he has helped him tremendously in terms of crafting songs.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
However, I'm a really big fan of the new Rihanna album, although I doubt you would be. I like her more than you do.
Also, I'm really excited for the new Roots album coming out next month. Their last album wasn't great, but I have high hopes for this one.
I'll just give a couple quick thoughts on the Penn State thing.
Firing Paterno is the least they could have done.
Sandusky should be shot.
How does McQueary see Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower and not stop it? In that situation, the very least you can do it say something like, "What are you doing?" What he should have done was just walk in and start throwing punches.
And one more college football thought.
How much fun was that Oregon/Stanford game last night? I loved it. When that Ducks offense is clicking, they're a lot of fun to watch.
Philadelphia over Arizona
I would like to say that this game won't be close, but the Eagles haven't been great. Still, they have a good offense, and the Cardinals have a terrible defense. Lots of points in this one.
I'll have to comb the archives for our predictions. I know I predicted decent years for Alex Smith and Tavaris Jackson. I can't remember what I said about Kolb, although I think it was something like, "He won't be bad, but he won't be great, either."
Carolina over Tennessee
Agreed. I think Cam Newton is an idiot. But I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him play.
Houston over Tampa Bay
The Texans running game is ridiculous. It's fantastic that they have been able to keep winning even though they're missing their best WR. For a team that has traditionally relied on their passing game, I like seeing this change. Also, kudos to Wade Phillips for helping to turn that defense around. Their transformation has been amazing. But he should never be a head coach again.
Miami over Washington
I'll take Moore over whoever the Redskins are throwing out today.
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
The Colts defense has looked awful recently...but the Jags have been terrible on offense. This could be a supremely ugly game.
Denver over Kansas City
Like you, I'm excited to see how the option will work. I love that they've made this change. Play to Tebow's strengths, and see what they can do with it. Should be fun to watch.
Buffalo over Dallas
This seems like one of those "Romo makes a terrible mistake late in the game" type of games. It's been a couple of weeks since we've seen one of those.
New Orleans over Atlanta
Like you, I don't trust either of these teams. But I trust the Saints offense more than I trust the Falcons offense.
St. Louis over Cleveland
Cincinnati over Pittsburgh
Letdown game for the Steelers. And the Bengals have been looking good. Some stout defense by the Bengals, and a couple of turnovers will be the difference.
Baltimore over Seattle
Because even a letdown game should be good enough to beat the Seahawks.
San Francisco over New York Giants
Without a running game, the Giants will be forced to rely heavily on Eli. The 49ers will be able to get pressure, and they'll force Eli into a couple turnovers.
Chicago over Detroit
Cutler will, once again, be forced into eluding pressure all day. But Forte will have a monster game, and Cutler will make just enough plays to win. Stafford throws a couple picks.
New York Jets over New England
The Patriots haven't looked great, and the Jets seem to be clicking. New England loses their third straight, and the entire city of Boston cries.
Green Bay over Minnesota
I'm with you. There will at least a couple Ponder picks in this game.
The Packers defense has been pretty scary this year. They've been giving up a ton of yards, and quite a few points. Still, it's hard to argue with being #1 in the league in turnovers forced.
Green Bay over Minnesota
Friday, November 11, 2011
Loved Take Care. I'm on my third listen and it's getting better each time around. It reminded me of a soundtrack with the way everything seemed to flow so well. I could do without the title track with Rihanna, but even that isn't terrible. He sings more on this album, but it works with the flow of the album. When he does decide to rap, his progression/improvement is noticeable. "Lord Knows" and "The Real Her" and probably two of my favorite songs off of this album, and maybe from 2011. I think Drake is a fascinating character, for lack of a better word. He's obviously very talented, but I think his candidness is refreshing. Sure, it lends way to quotes like this one from a recent interview:
On receiving nude pictures:Well....alright, Drake. Didn't see that one coming. I also think his honesty helps in his music. In his first album, the theme seemed to be his difficulty transitioning to fame. On this album, it's more like, "Ok. I'm a full full fledged star. Now what?" He willingly admits his insecurity by calling an old ex to complain about her current boyfriend or admitting he checks womens phones while they are in the bathroom. Soft? You betcha. But I'll be damned if I don't enjoy listening to it.
If you send them without me asking, it’s like, You’ve done this before. But I’m away a lot. If there’s a woman I’m into, I might want to get a picture from her to handle business myself, as opposed to doing something I might regret.
I'm amazed there are people defending Joe Paterno in this trial. I won't spend much time on this, as it's been/being discussed ad nauseum, but kudos to Penn State. I thought they would give in and let Paterno go out on his own terms. Not the case. They rightfully fired him, and a couple of others. I'm not quite sure what the rioting on campus was about. The man knew about criminal acts (one of the most heinous crimes at that) and did not get this information to the police. Period. Add in the fact that most of the rioters weren't alive for PSU's last championship, and that 60 years on the sidelines doesn't outweigh him overlooking this scandal. This was a no brainer.
Falcons over Saints- Atlanta appears to be hitting its stride at the right time. I'm still not quite sold on them, but I'm not sold on New Orleans either. Falcons win at home.
Bengals over Steelers- First real test for Dalton & crew. I'm a little worried about Mike Wallace against our secondary, but I feel confident in our ability to stop Mendenhall and get to Big Ben enough to make things uncomfortable. Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth have had nice years at tackles, but this will be the test. If they can keep Dalton upright, I think he makes enough plays to win a low scoring game.
Browns over Rams- I have nothing to say about this game. Former Browns coach Eric Mangini has been doing some analyst work on ESPN...and he's terrific. Granted, it's not hard to look competent next to Herm Edwards, but I've been pleasantly surprised by Mangini's work.
Cowboys over Bills- Cowboys are good at home. Bills ain't too good at home. Stevie Johnson is quietly having a nice season. I miss the Woodson/Little/Burton/Johnson/Tamme era at UK.
Jaguars over Colts- Don't care.
Broncos over Chiefs- Could be a surprisingly decent game. I love Denver bringing the option to the NFL. I'm interested to see how long this works.
Dolphins over Redskins- Matt Moore looked dynamite last week. This Dolphins fans have showed some fight lately. The Redskins have not.
Eagles over Cardinals- I love the analysts saying that Kevin Kolb has vengeance on his mind. He should have "not sucking" on his mind. Which one of use predicted dynamite numbers for Kolb this season? I'm almost certain it was you.
Texans over Buccaneers- Matt Schaub has been reduced to a game manager with Foster/Tate ripping and running. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I don't think it's a coincidence that Schaub has thrown more than 30 passes this season three times and the Texans are 0-3 in those games.
Panthers over Titans- The Texans are playing exactly the way I thought the Panthers would, and vice versa. Need a good laugh? Watch any interview with Cam Newton. I'm not sure he knows his basic shapes and colors, but man can he sling it.
Seahawks over Ravens- Game after a huge win + Seattle crowd= Four interceptions for Flacco.
Lions over Bears- Just counting the days until the Thanksgiving showdown between Detroit and Green Bay.
Giants over 49ers- I saw that Ahmad Bradshaw has a broken foot but was only recently listed as being out for this game. Wait, what? Broken foot? There was doubt he might play? Nonetheless, this should be a good game. The winner likely gets the #2 seed in the NFC.
Patriots over Jets- Nice Sunday night game. Jets undefeated at home. Patriots coming off two straight losses. A stinker by Sanchez makes sure there won't be three in a row.
Green Bay over Minnesota- I'm guessing Christian Ponder hasn't learned his lesson and Charles Woodson comes away with at least two picks.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The World Series ended a little over a week ago, and I too miss baseball. I wouldn't miss it as much if I was able to watch more hockey during the week. But, right now, it's college football on Saturday, NFL on Sunday and Monday (although the past few Monday games haven't been great) and then...nuthin'. What do you mean I can't watch sports every day of the week? This is ridiculous.
Actually, my favorite part of Rubber came a little before that, when he's eating and telling the story about his brother getting stuck between a couple rocks.
I watched Captain America last night. I enjoyed it. It wasn't amazing, but it was pretty entertaining throughout. Really, my only hope was that it would be better than Thor, and it met that criteria. I'm pretty excited for The Avengers movie next summer.
To the picks!
Kansas City over Miami
Surprisingly, the Chiefs don't look like a terrible team anymore. However, the Dolphins still do.
I know the Ravens haven't looked great recently (by that I mean Flacco hasn't looked great), but I can see Ray Rice having another big game and carrying the offense.
Philadelphia over Chicago
If the Eagles can continue to play like they did against the Cowboys, how do you beat them?
We're hours away from what should be an outstanding game with LSU traveling to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama. It goes without saying that whoever wins this game will probably win the National Championship. I think LSU wins this game by mixing and matching their QBs, and getting a few big plays from Rueben Randle/Tyrann Mathieu. I'll go with LSU 24, Alabama 20.
I miss the NBA badly. College hoops is on the horizon which should help, but I need NBA ball in my life.
I reckon it's Pick Time.
Bills over Jets- Bills haven't lost at home. Jets haven't won on the road. That Buffalo crowd is great and they haven't seen the Bills in Buffalo in over a month. Freddy Jackson runs wild here and three Sanchez interceptions seal the deal for Buffalo.
Cowboys over Seahawks- I think the Seahawks uniforms cause their games to appear more boring then they actually are. Romo and the Boys win big here.
Colts over Falcons- Just seems right. And might I add, shame on the Colts fans spotted wearing personalized "Luck #12" jerseys. Now I'm hoping the Colts don't get the #1 pick/Luck just so these fans have wasted $300 on a jersey they can never wear again.
Chiefs over Dolphins- The Chiefs might actually be a decent team. Game #1- Loss to the Bills, a legit team. Also, they lose Eric Berry for the season killing defensive morale. Game 2- Loss to the Lions, a legit team. They lose Jamaal Charles for the season killing offensive morale. Game 3- Loss to the Chargers, which they just avenged. They still have two games against Denver, one against Oakland and they keep their winning streak going with a victory over the Dolphins.
Saints over Bucs- I'll take the Saints here but I don't feel good about it. Drew Brees has had at least 20 combined interceptions/fumbles in four of the 9 full seasons he has started. He's also had three more years of at least 18. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing. Just thought it was interesting.
49ers over Redskins- San Fran appears to be headed for 13-3. After this laugher, they still have Arizona twice, St. Louis twice and one against Seattle. And I'm still upset we lost to them.
Texans over Browns- Peyton Hillis is writing the book on ways to piss off your team during a contract year. At least get paid before your numbers go to hell. Word to Chris Johnson.
Bengals over Titans- With Cincy's luck, this will be the week Chris Johnson goes for 233 yards. Our schedule goes downhill after this one, so a win here would be big.
Broncos over Raiders- Palmer! Tebow! I would say the defensive backfield of each team is licking their lips, but it'd be for naught. Some of the passes thrown in this game will be so overthrown, there won't be a chance for an interception. I'm strangely looking forward to this one.
Patriots over Giants- The Patriots will beat the Giants here. Some NFL analyst will claim it is revenge for the Super Bowl loss. That claim will be wildly inaccurate.
Cardinals over Rams- Larry Fitzgerald's custom gloves are pretty sweet.
Packers over Chargers- This could get out of hand in a hurry, but I'm hoping for a decent game. Either way Rodgers continues his evisceration of the defenses this season.
Steelers over Ravens- I wouldn't be surprised to see the Steelers win this one comfortably. They are on a roll and that Ravens offense has looked dreadful at times recently.
Eagles over Bears- I'm just happy to have what appears to be a solid set of night games this week. Eagles keep on trucking.