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10
Jan
10

Sports Digest 1/10/2010

So…., I haven’t posted since Tuesday, blame “The Lovely Bones” and my hectic work week.  Anyway, a lot has happened over the past five days. I’ll try to condense it and make it as concise as possible!

NFL– well it seems like my playoff predictions are going as well as my BCS predictions. So from now I’ll pick the opposite of what my gut says. There has also been some shake-ups in the NFL since my last post

  • Pete Carroll- Bombshell! I’m really surprised, not so much that the Seahawks offered Carroll a job but that he accepted it. I have always viewed Pete Carroll as a college football coach.  While Carroll had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator. His track record of NFL coaching has been pretty awful. He has been head coach of the Jets and Patriots. The Jets team went 6-10 and he was fired after one year.  His three seasons with New England earned him one AFC East title and two wild card losses.  So, with this spotty track record, I’m not exactly sure WHY Carroll thinks after ten years of success at USC, Carroll thinks he can all of a sudden coach the NFL. As everyone will agree, coaching college football is really different from coaching the NFL. Carroll is on a list of many coaches that are GREAT in the collegiate setting only (Spurrier, Saban, etc.) Who knows, maybe even JoePa would not be a good NFL coach (thank god he’s never tried) but the difference is, once these collegiate coache have little success they usually stay out of the big leagues. Carroll hasn’t seemed to learn this lesson. So I’ll be very interested to see how he does, but I don’t expect much success from him
  • Shanahan to the Redskins-I like it. I think he got the short end of the stick with Denver and I always thought he was a pretty good coach. What he needs to do though, is go into D.C. , clean house and kick some ass.  The Redskins coaching job has seemed like the black hole of the NFL . I haven’t seen a Redskins team playing with purpose for over a decade.  The second most valuable franchise in the NFL (valued at 1.5 BILLION) , you know, the one that broke the Lions 18-game loss streak, needs to get its shit together and put forth a solid season effort. Hell, I think everyone would be impressed if they could finish 9-7. Shanahan might be just be the person to do it.
  • Dallas Cowboys—First off. Thank you Cowboys for knocking those Eagles out of the playoffs. I can breathe easier knowing that no Pennsylvania team will win the Superbowl this year. That being said, I can’t figure out how Dallas has managed to embarrass the Eagles all season long. I still don’t believe the Cowboys are THAT good…I just think the Eagles played THAT bad…two weeks in a row. As we all know, McNabb is one of the top 5 choke artists of all time, so it’s not a surprise that he did, but it is uncharacteristic how early in the playoffs he decided to suck this year. Big win for Wade Phillips and Tony Romo…it buys them some more time and credibility (Phillips is the time, Romo is the credibility) The Cowboys-Vikings match-up should prove to be awesome.
  • Jets-looking pretty good boys. I don’t think you’re winning the Superbowl, but you’ll put together a pretty nice run. Sanchez played well. Not fantastic but well. ZERO turnovers. Way to go, kid. On another note, can we all finally agree that Carson Palmer sucks? I’ve been saying it since he was drafted. He’s a mediocre QB that can lead his team to the playoffs every few years and lose in the wild card round. OchoCinco was CONTAINED and CRYING. Like a girl. Seriously, he was crying like most girls (myself included) do at the end of The Notebook. Grow a pair, Chad. Seriously. Oh and maybe you think about devoting a little less time to your unnecessary off the field antics and larger than life persona and focus on being a better receiver.
  • HOW ABOUT JOE THEISMAN AND JOE GIBBS NEVER DO COMMENTARY AGAIN. HEARING ABOUT THE PUNTER STORY AND THE TIMES WHEN THE JOES WERE RELEVANT PUT ME IN A CATATONIC STATE. Seriously, I ended up shutting off the game because they sucked so much. NBC FAIL.
  • Jim Leavitt fired as USF Coach…WOW.

College Basketball

Purdue and Duke lost…which sets things up pretty nicely for my Orangemen who play USF at noon today and handily beat Memphis on Thursday. With only three unbeatens left in the league (Kansas, Texas and Kentucky) this season is shaping up to offer some exciting key matchups throughout the winter. Sidenote: Marquette University WILL play spoiler at some point this season. They are playing well and their luck will eventually change and they’ll be on the winning side of the 3-point difference in the game.

WTA

Justine Hennin-Hardenne, who at one time was the most dominant female tennis player, retired from her match yesterday citing a knee injuring in the second set. This was her first tournament since she came out of retirement. Bummer, since she probably won’t be a go for the Australian Open. I’ll go into some more AO insight as the day approaches

Winter Olympics

Ok. I’m pumped. Sure, I prefer summer Olympics (really WHO DOESN’T) but over the years, my fondness has grown for the winter olympics as well.  And no, not for the figure skating. I’m really pumped to see all sorts of winter sports that I could only DREAM about doing, including giant slalom, hockey, bobsled and of course speed skating. (Shout out to Apolo Anton Ohno…I’ve had a crush on him since I was 16…some things never die ;))

So that’s it for now and I will be more diligent with my postings J What are your thoughts on coaching carousel? Are you surprised by the jets or the cowboys? What are your predictions for today’s games? Talk to me people

–Sam

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05
Jan
10

PLAYOFFS?! You’re talking about Playoffs?!

That quote, ladies and gentleman, will be Jim Mora’s legacy. Hilarious to think he was discussing the Indianapolis Colts who would go on to be one of the most dominant teams in the NFL over the course of the decade. It’s NFL Playoff time which, in my opinion, is no better time of year. (Except Week 1 of the NFL…cause you still have a long way to go before it ends, but you’re out of the pre-season flag football stage) Before I go into too much depth, I would like to say that I’m really not happy about seeing three games this weekend that we saw yesterday. I don’t care if half the teams weren’t trying. Variety is the spice of life and having three of four match-ups be so fresh in the fans (and viewers!) minds isn’t a good thing. So, without further ado, here are my playoff predictions. Let’s just hope the chips fall better than my BCS bowl predictions!

NY Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals  4:30pm Saturday (NBC)

The Bengals should have just forfeited last night. With Pittsburgh not riding on that game, there really was no reason for them to play. They were guaranteed a home wild card match up vs the Jets if they lost. The Texans if they won. I think the Bengals made the right “choice,” seeing how Matt Schaub and those Texans seem to come out of NOWHERE. My pick for this game is the Bengals. Not that I think they’re that good…I’m not saying they aren’t….I mean they just swept the AFC North, but because the New York Jets are so spotty. Mark Sanchez has had a shaky-at-best rookie season. The NYJ/New Orleans game? HIDEOUS. And the sole responsibility for that game lies on Sanchez’ shoulders. I’m not saying he won’t mature into a decent QB, everyone needs time to develop (well except for Jemarcus Russell..he will always be awful) but he isn’t good enough to win a playoff game. He is no Joe Namath. I think that, although they dominated last night in a game that didn’t matter to the Bengals, the Jets will come up short on Saturday. Don’t get me wrong, Palmer isn’t throwing up great numbers, but I see the momentum swinging with the Bengals on this won. (although my fingers will be crossed waiting for them to LOSE.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys 8pm-Saturday (NBC)

One thing is for certain. This is a nasty rivalry. One where I come down on the Cowboys’ side due to my blind hatred of the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, my misery is going to last me another week because I see those dirty birds from filth-adelphia taking this one. They were EMBARRASSED yesterday. Flat out embarrassed. Shut out. And if nothing but osmosis has occurred from me being around Eagles broadcasts for 12 years, I know that Philly won’t take that lying down. They.are.the.better.team. (BARF!) DeSean Jackson is awesome. McNabb is playing his style of football and they have been a solid team all year. I don’t care that Dallas is “getting hot.” Getting hot? By beating the Redskins? or Losing to the Giants? Or losing to the Chargers? Just because they won the NFC East doesn’t mean they deserve that title. There’s also the Tony Romo factor. Romo is 4-7 combined in December and January and has a 1-2 playoff record. I think he tends to choke on big games and, although he has Dallas completion records, passing yard records and touchdown records, I’ve never been hugely impressed by him. I don’t see him as much of a leader and nothing’s going to make him one…not even a jumbo-tron the size of Alaska. Now, don’t get me wrong, McNabb is a choke artist himself (three consecutive NFC Championship games and a Superbowl…and an NFC championship last year) but he will be solid in the Wild Card. These teams will, no doubt, benefit from having this be the third time that they’ve played each other, but Dallas won in such a fashion yesterday that they are due to be comfortable and overlook the Eagles. Which is a big mistake. I think the Eagles are up when they run into the Vikings or Saints, but no the Cowboys. Thus extending my NFL misery another week.

Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots 1pm (CBS)

Three words: WOW.WES.WELKER. Tearing your MCL/ACL in Week 17 when the game on the line didn’t really matter? A game that your team ending up losing? YIKES. I really feel bad for you. I saw you crying on the sideline. It made my normally-when-regarding-the-partriots-icy heart melt a little. For the Patriots in general. That sucks. Welker is a BEAST and a huge part of the offense. He has  123 catches, for over 1300 yards while missing the first two games of the season and most of Sunday’s game. His injury, is eerily similar to Tom Brady’s. Serious injury and always a shame when it happens to someone with so much talent. To make up for this, Tom Brady is just going to have to go back to utilizing Randy Moss. I wouldn’t say Moss has had a quiet season by any means, with 83 catches, 13 touchdowns, 1264 yards and a little over 15yds per reception, these are ALL improvements from last year. However, I think that Randy Moss can be contained. (Crazy when you look at the stats I know!) With Welker, you have two really solid wide receivers. Brady can go to either and you HAVE to cover both on EVERY play or you’re going to get burned. Now all the attention is on Moss and I think the Ravens’ defense will find a way to contain him. Not immobilize him, but contain him. What I like about the Patriots isn’t much, but they are a TEAM. A team that wins together AND loses together. In Belichick’s jag 4th and 2 on their own 28 fiasco, the players stayed united. “We are a professional football team, we should have been able to make that play. I trust our coach.” Says Brady (or some variation) There are a lot of players, and teams, who would have PUBLICLY questioned their coach. (Although I’m sure they did privately) The Pats are 1-5 on the road, but that won’t come into play until next week…unless…..

The Ravens will give the Patriots a run for their money, and I would never bet against Ray Lewis, but the Ravens are spotty. I’m not impressed by their trouncing of the Raider because…it’s the Raiders. (Still more than Pitt could do!) John Harbaugh is a great coach, but I just don’t think that Flacco and the offense can match up to the Pats. However, Welker is out and Willis McGahee is running so well, you would have no IDEA his kneecap shattered in a televised BCS title game in the early 2000s. (in my opinion, still the GROSSEST injury of ALL TIME) So this is my upset special folks. I’m taking the Ravens.

Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals 4:4opm (Fox)

Meh. This is my Meh game. I could really care less about these two teams but I think they will be pretty evenly matched. On Green Bay’s side you have Aaron ‘over 4,000 passing yards’ Rodgers and Ryan ‘over 1,200 rushing yards’ Grant. In Arizona’s corner you’ve got Kurt ‘over 3,000 passing yards’ Warner and Larry ‘I avoided the Madden Curse with 97 caught passes’ Fitzgerald. They are pretty evenly matched folks. The 33-7 score of yesterday is insignificant since all starters for Arizona were pulled in the 2nd quarter. I think Green Bay is going to take this one though because the NFC West is pretty friggin weak. Weaker than the NFC North (imagine that!) But, I think Green Bay will take it because of Charles Woodson. With 9 interceptions this season, he is tied for first in the NFL. He has been playing EXCELLENT all season and Kurt Warner cannot afford to make any mistakes. Also, I think it’s time that Aaron Rodgers develops into the player he’s going to be…and that starts on Sunday. He was always in Favre’s shadow and now, two years into his own (after 3 or 4 on the bench?!) he finally needs to become the player he’s meant to be. This is his chance to show that he’s an Eli Manning instead of a Tony Romo. Regular season matters, for sure, but YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WIN PLAYOFF GAMES and this is Rodgers’ shot. Center stage, welcome to the big leagues Aaron. I think you’re going to do great, and I hope for your sake you do 🙂

What are your thoughts? Who’s YOUR upset special? What game are you most excited to see?!

Talk to me people! 🙂

–Sam




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