Monday, September 26, 2011

Is This The Worst Call In College Football History?

So if it goes outside the uprights, they still get a point?
Debating the worst officiating calls of all-time is a great discussion had often by passionate sports fans, especially when their team is on the short end.  I am in no way a Toledo Rockets fan, but they got absolutely hosed in their game against Syracuse on Saturday.

In the books, it looks like a hard-fought, 33-30 overtime loss to the Orange, but in reality, it may be the greatest heist in the history of college sports.  In case you missed it, watch the video below:
At the time, Syracuse had just gone ahead 29-27 and were wrongly awarded the extra point when it clearly missed wide left, as you can obviously see in the picture and video here.  If called properly, the last second field goal by Toledo would've given them a 30-29 win, instead of a 30-all tie and eventual overtime loss.

What separates this as one of the all-time egregious calls is the fact that it is NOT a judgment call!  It's either good or no good.  How could a college referee, STANDING DIRECTLY UNDER THE UPRIGHT, miss such an obvious call?  This isn't like, for example, the Ohio State/Miami 2002 national championship game, that was extended by a very debatable pass interference call.  Good/No Good is not a judgment call like holding or pass interference.

What's even worse is the fact that they had to BOOTH REVIEW AN EXTRA POINT!  And they STILL got it wrong!  It's hard to screw that up in real-time, but to not get it right in slow-motion?  Conspiracy theorists unite!

When I think of the most egregious officiating decisions, two come to mind, one from college football:
The "5th Down" Game helped Colorado share a national championship with Georgia Tech in 1990.  The other one comes from the MLB Playoffs a few years back, when Phil Cuzzi called this Joe Mauer RBI double foul, even though it lands fair by six inches.  These types of calls make me so mad, because there is no judgment to be made.  It's cut and dry.  If the ball lands inside the line it's fair.  You get four downs to get a first down or score.  If the ball goes outside the uprights, you don't get a point.

Toledo has asked that Syracuse vacate the win, but in the end, all they will get is a half-hearted apology that holds no weight at all.  The only circumstance different in this game is the fact that they could use replay, did, and some how STILL managed to miss the call!  That's why I think this is the worst call ever.  Do you know of another terrible call that could beat this one?  If so, let me know!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Is It Time To Hit The Panic Button Braves Fans? YES!

Braves Fans have a lot to worry about!
I thought about writing a column about the Braves yesterday, and it was going to be about how the Braves would still make the playoffs and that fans shouldn't worry about the lead they've almost squandered to the Cardinals.  After watching last night's game, my outlook has changed.

I realize there are 162 games in a season and I often caution baseball fans on not making too much about one game (check out my Red Sox column from April), but last night's final out collapse against the Marlins has me wondering if the Braves will even make it to October.  When you're up 5-4 with 2 outs and no one on in the bottom of the 9th, with one of the best pitchers in baseball on the mound, you expect to win 100% of the time.  When Chipper Jones loses a chopper in the lights (really?) and ex-Brave Omar Infante hits a walk-off homer, it might be time to pack it up and take it to the house.

Even if the Braves do hold on and make the playoffs, is there any confidence that they can advance?  Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson are still on the DL.  Derek Lowe sucks so bad that Braves fans wish he was ON the DL.  Brian McCann is hitting .167 since coming off the disabled list.  Freddie Freeman is in a funk.  The bullpen is taxed.  None of the rookies brought up to replace the injured starting pitchers have made a strong impact.  These are all valid concerns regarding the Braves chances.

The bottom line is this season looks an awful lot like last year's.  The Braves limped in to the playoffs, couldn't score runs and were sent packing in four games.  If the Braves draw Milwaukee in the first round, this may be the case again.  I don't think even the most optimistic Braves fans could say the team on the field now can beat the Brewers or Phillies in a series.  The only way the Braves advance to the NLCS is if they can draw Arizona in the first round.  The Diamondbacks are young and inexperienced in October, something the Braves could exploit.

Let me say this: I am one of those optimistic Braves fans.  I do think the Braves will make the playoffs, but I'm realistic at the same time.  I don't see them advancing unless some key pieces get healthy and other right the ship in time for the postseason.

I'm BAAACK! And Here's The Rest Of My Way Too Late Preseason Top 25


Alright, so if you don't know already, I am a football coach myself and I've had a really busy start to the season. I dropped off at #13 as I released my preseason Top 25, so here's the rest of it, if you care:

#12 Nebraska
#11 Notre Dame
#10 Texas A&M
#9 Georgia
#8 Florida State
#7 LSU
#6 Oregon
#5 Boise St.
#4 Virginia Tech
#3 Wisconsin
#2 Oklahoma
#1 Alabama

I know that just about everyone else picked an Oklahoma/Alabama championship game, but there's a reason for that:  those are the two best teams in the country.  I still think Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are the darkhorse favorites to sneak in the title game if the Tide or Sooners stumble.

I'm disappointed that I drank the Kool-Aid on Notre Dame, as I usually don't buy the national hype they undeservedly get each year.  I got caught up in the second year of Brian Kelly, thinking this could be the year the Irish step forward and rejoin the national spotlight.  I guess I was wrong.

I'm sure I'll get the most grief for my #9 Georgia pick, put let me say this: they have played their two toughest games already and could be favored in the last 9.  Remember Virginia Tech last year?  They lost to Boise and FCS James Madison before running the table and winning the ACC Championship.  Chances are it won't happen for Georgia, but don't say it can't.

What do you make of the first 3 weeks of the college football season?  I promise I'll be on here more, dropping powerful knowledge about college football and the NFL.  You can buy that hype!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wishful Thinking



How Sweet it Would Be!







"Most Hated!"



I wrote about "Pretty Boy" Floyd "Money" Mayweather" in the Silent Science Part I, and I also covered the "Vicious" Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto fight. Mayweather attended the Ortiz vs. Berto fight and I made the comment that I bet Mayweather is jealous because he could never deliver a fight as exciting as that one. Well, Mayweather must have been thinking along the same lines, because now he is fighting Ortiz. Mayweather even admitted watching that fight is what got him so excited, it made him want to come out of retirement and fight again.

So, to make an exciting welterweight championship fight Mayweather had to find an exciting opponent, Ortiz. The fight will take place on Pay-per-view on September 17th Saturday night. Most average sports' fans will not even get to see the fight, no matter how good it is(which is another problem with boxing I have wrote about in the past).










I wish Ortiz could beat Mayweather I think that would make this fight legendary and help the sport, but I do not see it happening. Mayweather is 41-0 and is just too good. That is why Mayweather is bad for the sport of boxing. Floyd Mayweather is loud mouth, fast talking jerk who acts like spoiled brat most of the time. The problem is Mayweather can back it up. In most experts' opinions Mayweather is the most talented fighter in the sport with a work ethic to match.

Some would say, what is the problem, fast talking, talented, hard working fighter sounds like Muhammad Ali. Ali is considered the greatest sport figure in history by some, but the comparisons end there with Ali and Mayweather. When Ali was fighting he was filling up arenas with fans to see him fight. Mayweather is lucky to put few thousand butts in the seats at an Indian Casino unless he fights a big name. Boxing is just not what it was at one time and Mayweather is just plain boring. Great fighters who are good and boring are one of boxing's' biggest problems.

I would love to see Ortiz holding all the belts at the end of the fight. I just don't think it will happen. It is wishful thinking for me to think Ortiz can beat the older but quicker Mayweather. Ortiz, who is 24 years old, is the younger, stronger, and a southpaw. Mayweather who is now 34 years old has had trouble with stronger fighters in the past, as well as southpaws. Still, the cliche is speed kills and it true most of the time. Plus, Mayweather is very ring smart and has always been able to figure out his opponents before the fight is over.

I think Mayweather will land some quick punches and then run and hide the entire fight. Ortiz will never be able to hit him and if Ortiz takes some chances and tries to land some good shots he may end up on the canvas. Ortiz is easy to hit and has been known to good down in past fights. Even in the Berto fight Ortiz went down and that was his defining victory. My guess is that Mayweather will take few chances himself. It will be up to Ortiz to make it a good fight, but that may result Ortiz opening himself up to Mayweather's hand speed. So, anyway you slice it seems to spell bad news for Ortiz and most likely boxing fans as well.

Victor Ortiz is great underdog story. Ortiz is likeable and has some star qualities He is what boxing is all about. Ortiz came from nothing, he was an orphan for most of this childhood, after his parents abandoned him. Ortiz punishes his opponents and absorbs punishment in the process. Ortiz is a fight fans dream come true. Most sport's fans would likely respond favorably to a champion like Ortiz. Ortiz would be great for boxing, but I just don't see him winning. Well, at least as a boxing fan I can hope that Ortiz can land that one big shot and shock the world(Mayweather has never been down). Mayweather will most likely win and that is good for him and bad for boxing.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

AFC Preview and Predictions!!!

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It seems that it could be the San Diego Chargers' year to win the AFC. The loss of Darren Sproles is a big one, but that is why the New Orleans Saints will win the Super Bowl. The Chargers will get to the Super Bowl and Sproles will be a big reason why the Saints will be victorious!
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The Man who has it all!
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AFC EAST
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-3)
1st
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, that is really all anyone needs to say, and those two have earned that kind of respect. No one will be able to slow down the Pats offense this year. Brady should throw 40 TDs this season and has a good chance to win the MVP. So, the Pats' offense will win them a lot of games. They may win a game in the playoffs, but I don't see them getting back to the Super Bowl this year. The New England defense just had too many holes and that will come back to haunt them in the playoffs.
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NEW YORK JETS (11-5)
2nd (Wild Card)
The Jets have been consistently good ever since Rex Ryan came to the Big Apple. The Jets' defense is without question top three in the NFL. The question marks are on offense. It is common knowledge that Mark Sanchez has yet to make the leap into the elite quarterback club. Yet, the Jets have hidden Sanchez's slow development with defense and running the football. The Jets' offense line may be pretty good, but the Jets' backs are fair, at best. LaDainian Tomlinson is old and Shonn Greene is serviceable. The question is can Greene carry the load and protect Sanchez? Too many problems to win it all this year, the Jets will be the wild card and go to the playoffs, but how long will Jets' fans be patient with the Pretty Boy Mark Sanchez?
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Buffalo Bills (6-10)
3rd
The Bills will be better than they were last year. The Bills will be improved and win two more games than last year. The Bills drafted DT Marcell Dareus with the 3rd pick. A Defensive Tackle like Dareus could really make a difference on that side of ball, just look at what Ndamukong Suh has done for Detroit. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a smart young quarterback and he has some pretty nice young pieces around him. Buffalo will be better, but the playoffs will have to wait till next year.
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Miami Dolphins (6-10)
4th
The Dolphins will be mediocre this year. The Dolphins have some really good offensive weapons and they added Reggie Bush this off season. Bush is overrated, but he will help the Dolphins run the ball. Still, the Dolphins will not be good enough to overcome a really difficult schedule and an extremely tough division.
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The Texans ready to beat down the competition!
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AFC SOUTH
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Houston Texans (11-5)
1st
This is the Texans year, finally! This team has been pretty good for the last few years, but young as well. This is the year the Texans are mature and loaded. The Texans have superstars on both sides of the ball. Hiring Wade Phillips to be the defensive coordinator was a great move. Phillips was not a good head coach, but he is a very good D coordinator and the Texans will be better because of him. Mario Williams will struggle in the 3-4 defense, but the the rest of the D unit should be improved because of the change. The Texans have no weaknesses on offense. They should overpower everyone in their weak division. The Texans will make the playoffs this year, but a deep run is doubtful because of their lack of playoff experience. Still, anything can happen, but most likely a Super Sunday is not in the cards this year.
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Tennessee Titans (8-8)
2nd
Matt Hasselbeck is Seahawks' loss and the Titans' gain. Tennessee can always run the ball and play defense. Chris Johnson is the most exciting home run threat in the game. The addition of Hasselbeck will give them solid veteran leadership at the quarterback position. Still, Hasselbeck, Johnson, etc. will not be enough to get them over 500. So, the Titans win with Hasselbeck, but Titans gain will not be as glaring as the Seahawks' loss.
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Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
3rd
The Jags like the Titans can always play defense and run the ball. Maurice Jones-Drew is a beast and will have another good season. Jones-Drew may suffer from not having a consistent passing act. With the departure of David Garrard, Blaine Gabbert will be handed the keys. Gabbert maybe good one day, but likely not this year. With coaching change rumors circulating, the Jags are a team in transition and that means the whole team is most likely looking towards the future.
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Indianapolis Colts (3-13)
4th
No Manning, big problems!
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Man we are Getting Old
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AFC NORTH
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Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
1st
Joe Flacco should step up to become a top 10 quarterback this year. Flacco has some nice weapons at his disposal; Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, etc.. These guys should help Flacco to run a pretty good offense, but don't expect the Ravens to put 35.0 points on the board every game. The Ravens' defense is their strength, yet they are getting older. The Ravens' defense will be good this year, but their age will keep them from the being the dominant defense that people have to come to expect. The Ravens' age will most likely come into play at the end of the long grueling season. Still, the Ravens are going to be very good on both sides of the ball and that should help them both in the regular season and the playoffs. The Ravens should reach the the AFC conference championship game. The Super Bowl is possible, but in the end the San Diego Super Chargers offense is too much and the Ravens go home one game early this year.
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Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
2nd (Wild Card)
The Steelers have enough to make the playoffs again. The Steelers' offense may struggle this year. Big Ben Roethlisberger doesn't have a whole lot of weapons around him. The Steelers should be able to put up enough points to be in every game. The defense is the strength of the team. The linebacking core of the Steelers is the best in the NFL, and they have the best playmaking safety, Troy Polamalu. Pittsburgh will not get back to the Super Bowl, but they will make the playoffs again.
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Cleveland Browns (9-7)
3rd
The Browns are no longer the laughing stock of the NFL. They have improved their team on both sides of the ball, through the draft and free agency. This year the Browns take the step up to become one of the respectable teams of the NFL. The Browns will have to wait until next year to make the playoffs. Browns' fans should be encouraged with their young team's improvement. The AFC North is a tough division and the Browns will not be able to knock off the big boys this year, but the future is bright for the Browns. The Browns have the best young nucleus in the AFC North.
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Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
4th
The Bengals are young and rebuilding. The Bengals management may keep them from ever really being an elite team. The Bengals have an easy schedule and have some nice young players. That should be enough to win 5 or 6 games.
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AFC WEST
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San Diego Chargers (11-5)
1st
Everyone has asked when will Phillip River take the next big step and get to the big game. This may be the year. Rivers is an elite quarterback and with no truly complete teams in the AFC Rivers and his high powered offense should overwhelm most teams that they face. San Diego also has a really good defense. So, the Chargers get to the Super Bowl, but in the end lose to the Saints, who have the best offense in football. The story plays out that Darren Sproles will be difference in the big game.
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Oakland Raiders (8-8)
2nd
Most people do not like the Raiders. Whether it is the fans or the wacky Al Davis, the Raiders have been a joke for the last few years. This year the Raiders have enough to be respectable, and a good young foundation to build on.
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Kansas City Chiefs (6-10)
3rd
The Chiefs will not improve on their record from last year. The Chiefs take a step back, even though they have some nice building blocks for the future. The Chiefs have a tough schedule that will force them to step back and fix a few areas before they can be a 10 win team again.
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Denver Broncos (5-11)
4th
The Broncos are a franchise in turmoil. With coaching changes and bad personnel moves made by the former coach, the Broncos are in need of a fix. John Elway will have to get his hands around the situations(like the Tebow dilemma) for the Broncos to become a good team again. Still, the Broncos have enough players to win 5 games, but Elway and the rest of management better get control of things or this team could be sub par for a long time.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NFL Preview, NFC

"TO BE THE MAN, YOU GOT TO BEAT THE MAN!"
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The NFC is a very competitive conference. Three of the four divisions in the NFC are really good. There are only a few NFC teams that are great, but almost all the teams are pretty good. The middle teams and bottom teams in the NFC are better than middle and bottom of the AFC. Everyone is picking the Green Bay Packers to repeat. That is such a safe pick. A NFC team will win the Super Bowl this year, but it will be the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS!!!
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NFC SOUTH
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New Orleans Saints
1st(2011 Super Bowl Champions)
The New Orleans Saints have what it takes to go all the way. The NFC South is one of the best divisions in football, and even if the Saints don't win their division they still may go to the Super Bowl this year. There are about 10-15 really good quarterbacks in the National Football League, but Drew Bree is one of the four QBs who stands head and shoulders above the rest. Brees(like the other three, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers) could play on any team in the NFL and make them a winning franchise. Brees always has nice targets to throw to, but this year the Saints have added two great running backs to take the pressure off the passing game. New addition, Mark Ingram, is a power running back with good speed, who functions like a bowling ball and the multipurpose Darren Sproles(genius pick up) is pure speed. The Saint's Jimmy Graham(he is still learning the game) should be much improved from last year and could be another dynamic weapon for the Saints offense. Graham is the latest in the former basketball player who converted to tight end, and with his 6-7 260 lbs. frame and ability, he should be as good as the other notable tight ends who transitioned before him. The Saint's defense will be good as well. Their front four is their strength. It is one of the best D lines in the NFC. Their line backing core is headed up by premier backer Jonathan Vilma. The Saints front 7 will be put to good use, as Defensive coordinator Greg Williams loves to blitz. William's style and the Saints personnel should spell trouble for QBs around the league. There is good chance that Green Bay will see the Saints in the NFC Conference Finals(a rematch from opening week). To pick the Packers is an easy pick to make and Rodgers will definitely get back to the Super Bowl one day, but this is the Saints' year and they will be in the big game again!
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Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
2nd(Wild Card)
Matt Ryan is good and so are the Falcons, but the Falcons will not have as good a record as they did last year. Ryan has been compared to Peyton Manning(Matt has a long ways to go to be Manning good), and like Manning it may take a few seasons for Ryan to get the monkey off the Falcons' back and get to the Super Bowl.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)
3rd
The Buccaneers will not be able to duplicate their record from last year, as well. Tampa Bay will not be able to sneak up on people this year and they play in a very good division. Josh Freedom seems to have what it takes to play in the NFL, but he will have to be better this year and will be asked to do more. Still, the Buccaneers will be respectable, but not a playoff team yet.
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Carolina Panthers (3-13)
4th
Once again it is the same old story that half of the NFL has to hear, quarterback problems. Cam Newton has shown no signs of being able to play quarterback, but even if Cam develops into a good QB, it will not be this year. Newton will start this year, at least a few games, and his growing pains will be on display for everyone to see. Even with the Panther QB situation so up in the air, that is not the Panthers' biggest problems. The Panthers' run defense is horrible, and unless that is fixed the Panthers have no shot to be a competitive team. If the Panthers don't fix their two glaring holes, they will not win a game in the NFC South Division. The Panthers do have some pretty good players and they will improve as a team from last year's two win season, but they will only get one more win. At least the Panthers will not be worst team in the NFC. Most likely the Seahawks will get that title.

Is there a new sheriff in town?
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NFC North
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Green Bay Packers (13-3)
1st
Green Bay won the Super Bowl last year. It would be easy to pick them to win it all again this year, and maybe that is the smart pick. The Packers have the best overall team in the NFL. They are the best top to bottom and with that said in a quarterback league, they have the best football player in NFL playing QB. Aaron Rodgers should win the MVP this year, yet it is almost impossible to repeat in the NFL. Another thing that may keep the Packers from repeating is that they seem to be overconfident and love to talk about repeating. Most teams that repeat don't talk so much, you will never hear the Brady bunch talking like that. Still, Green Bay will have a great season and will most likely get back to the NFC conference championship game.
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Detroit Lions (10-6)
2nd(Wild Card)
Picking the Lions to make the playoffs this year is a sexy pick. The Lions will be a wild card team this year, but this is still a risky pick. The Lions are still young and inexperienced, and have a long history of losing to overcome. Still, the Lions have Ndamukong Suh who is a King Kong on defense. Suh makes the entire defensive team better, the same way Aaron Rodgers makes everyone better on offense. Matthew Stafford has looked awesome in the preseason and if he can stay healthy this year the sky is limit. Suh has help on defense and Stafford has help on offense(Calvin Johnson), so the Lions should be able to help themselves to a playoff birth. Still, the Lions don't have an easy road. The NFC North is one of the best divisions in the NFL.
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Chicago Bears (9-7)
3rd
The Bears will have a good season, but not good enough to make the playoffs. The Bears play in a really good division that has improved from last year. The Bears' defense will be good this year, but they are a year older. The offense will have to completely rely on the ground attack. Jay Cutler is a good quarterback, but he has yet to prove that he can be elite. The question will be,"Can Culter make his receivers better and if not the Bears will be old and one dimensional?"
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Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
4th
The Vikings have a good team on both sides of the ball. They could be better than 7-9, but only if they get some really good play at the QB position. The Vikings have some great impact players, but QB is the glaring hole. Donovan McNabb doesn't too have much left in the tank and he is not getting younger any time soon. Plus, this is a tough division in which the Vikings will be matched up against some really good teams with good young quarterbacks. Vikings' QB problems will keep them from being able to hang with the big boys in this great division.
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Ready to be Elite?
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NFC NORTH
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St. Louis Rams (9-7)
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The Rams will not be a really good team, but they will be good enough to win the worst division in football. The Rams QB Sam Bradford should be improved this year, building on a pretty solid rookie season. Plus, the Rams can run the ball and have some nice young defensive players who should be better this year as well. This spells playoffs for the Rams. Don't worry if the Rams start out slow. The first half of their schedule is tough, but the second half is easier. The Rams will come on strong the second half of the season, plus they have a weak division that should help the Rams get some wins. Rams' fans should not get too excited though, they will have to wait a few years for a deep playoff run.

Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

2nd

Kevin Kolb should give the Cardinals some stability at Quarterback, but there are too many questions Kolb will have to answer before the Cardinals make the playoffs.

San Francisco 49ers (6-10)

3rd

Jim Harbaugh seems to have the makings of a good NFL head coach. The 49ers have a nice running game and some really good defensive pieces, but like many NFL teams they have too many questions at QB to be really good this year.

Seattle Seahawks (3-13)

4th

The worst team in the worst division, you can draw your own conclusions. Peter Carol is a smart guy, but he can't play quarterback.

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Jerry's Boy's are BACK!!!
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NFC EAST
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Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
1st
America's team, either you love them or you hate them. No matter how you feel, with the return of Tony Romo to distribute the ball to some lethal offensive weapons, the Cowboys will make the playoffs. This is Dez Bryant's second year and he could have a break out superstar kind of season, now that Romo is back. Dallas also has some nice defensive pieces like DeMarcus Ware and some new additions who could make an impact like linebacker Bruce Carter. Rob Ryan is the onw who is moving around these talented defensive pieces and he plans to be aggressive, which means the Dallas D should much improved from last year. QBs in the NFC East(Vick, Manning, Beck or Grossman) may be running for their lives. Romo has been highly criticized in the past, but he is in the top half of the league as a quarterback and with an ultra talented cast around him, it may not mean Super Bowl, but it does spell playoffs. "How 'bout them Cowboys?!"
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Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
2nd
Michael Vick has lots of weapons around him, but not a lot of protection. With Vick's style of play he could easily get hurt this year. Vick only played 11 games last season. Things could really fall apart for the Eagles this year, but most likely they will win some, but no playoffs. Besides the offensive problems Philly may have, their defense is a huge question mark. It seems the Eagles will not be able to stop the run and that is bad news in the NFL.
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New York Giants (8-8)
3rd
The Giants have a good quarterback and a great pass rush, so they will have a respectable season. The losses the Giants have suffered from injuries and free agency will take their toll.
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Washington Redskins (7-9)
4th
The Redskins will be better this year, but the NFC East is a pretty solid division, so the Skins will finish a close 4th this year. The Skins are well coached and have some stars on defense, but the offense problems will keep the Redskins from getting over the hump.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

John Wall Part II and videos of others at the NC Pro Am!

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UNC's John Henson with the pretty post move. Washington Wizard's point guard John Wall took a lot of shots and missed most of them. Wall hogged the ball all night. Wall never took advantage of his teammate John Henson's height advantage inside. Henson was 4 inches taller than anyone on court and a whole lot longer than the other players. Yet, this was one of the few post passes that ever went inside to Henson.

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NC Central star Dominique Sutton flying right by John Wall for the layup. Sutton outplayed John Wall all game. Sutton stepped up and played big all tournament. Sutton should have a huge season this year, and help Central make their leap in Division I this year. Dominique Sutton was named co-MVP along with NBA veteran Rasheed Wallace. Considering the big names who were at the NC Pro Am, Sutton really showed he was a big time player.

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Dominique Sutton's great play continues. He blocks the shot with ferocity. Sutton played the entire Pro Am with this kind of intensity and effort.

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John Wall did not play well the entire game. Wall must of thought since he was a big time NBA name that Sutton and team would roll over for him. Sutton was not impressed by this former #1 NBA overall pick. P.J. Hairston snatches down the board and throws down the two-hand power jam!

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John Wall tries to steal the ball and pleads his case to the refs. Wall was unfocused all game.

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UNC's P.J. Hairston with the strong move to the cup. Hairston looks like he can immediately help the Tar Heels with their title run this year.

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P.J. Hariston throwing the alley-opp to John Wall for the ridiculous jam!

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Dominique Sutton steals the ball from John Wall and then leads the break which leads to the bucket.

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John Wall with the incredible spin move in the lane. Wall can't finish, but it brings the crowd to its feet as you can see.

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John Wall knocking down the the jump, as he tries to take his team on his back.

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John Wall puts the 3 ball in every one's eye and let's everybody know about it!

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Wall did lots of this stuff all night.

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John Wall gets into a heated argument with Jerry Stackhouse in the huddle. I wonder if Jerry was telling Wall to get inside to John Henson and stop hogging the ball.

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John Wall trying to lead a late game rally. It did not work out for Wall's team this night. They lost.

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John Wall gets rejected and the crowd stands up in front of the camera again.

Monday, September 5, 2011

SO STRANGE, SO SAD

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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN?
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I was talking to a NC State fan recently and he was telling me that State would not even miss Russell Wilson this season. I told him "you are crazy." Wilson looked awesome in his Wisconsin debut and Mike Glennon looked very fair. Glennon is NC State's 6-6 240 lbs. QB and has all the skills to be really good one day. I love a prototypical pocket passer like Glennon, but what I told that State fan next is very interesting in retrospect. I said," Glennon may be good, but he is not going to be better than Bryn Renner(UNC QB)."
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Well, Renner looked awesome Saturday. I thought Renner would be good this year, because he almost put UNC Senior T.J. Yates on the bench last year. Why is this so impressive? One reason is that Renner was just a freshman then and another reason is T.J. Yates is playing well in the NFL this year. Well, Renner was not only good on Saturday, he was unbelievable. Renner had arguably the most impressive QB performance of the weekend. Now no one is comparing Renner to Andrew Luck yet. UNC was beating up on James Madison to be fair, but James Madison did beat Virginia Tech last year. Renner's statistics in his first start were incredible. Renner was 22-23(96%), 277 passing yards, 2 TDs in the air and another on the ground. UNC looked really good in all facets of the game. Quinton Coples looked unstoppable on defense. Coples looked like the National Defensive Player of Year candidate that he is.
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North Carolina would have won 10 games last year minimum(if it wasn't for the suspensions), and "what could have been," still stings Tarheels' fans today. Then to add injury to insult, right when the sun seems to be peaking through the clouds and turning the sky Carolina blue, UNC chancellor fires Butch Davis a week before the season starts. The sad thing is that UNC could have been really good this year, and maybe they still will be, but Butch had the Tarheels ready to break through and contend for an ACC Championship every year. UNC has the best college basketball program in the nation and UNC fans were ready to have a football program to match. So was the University who just added seats to the stadium, including brand new luxury boxes.
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Here is the weird thing, sources close to Davis say, "he never saw it coming." So, with all the rumors swirling, it would make sense that there was bad blood on both sides(Davis' side and the University's). Yet, with all the verbal jabbing that has gone on between both parties, Butch Davis was at the game Saturday. A source who I spoke to personally, sat in the the one of new luxury boxes right near the box Davis was in. The source even rode in the elevators with Davis on Saturday. With everything that has happened, why and how was Davis at the stadium, and so publicly visible. All the events that have transpired with Davis and the UNC football program have have been strange, to say the least, but to UNC football fans, the whole situation is so sad!