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Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:03 am
 

Bears-Packers Rivarly to Another Level

I was in trouble. I was trying to figure out what to do for a blog entry, then the thought hit me. I literally lived in the middle of one of the most historic rivalries in the NFL for a couple years. I lived on the Wisconsin/Illinois border for a few years. There is nothing quite like it, except maybe if you live on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. I don’t know. That might be something to try. The point is, I’ve seen everything there is to see from the Packers-Bears rivarly. Us Packer fans would go over to Bears fans houses occasionally to trash talk and vice versa. It still pisses off my Bear-fan relatives when I wear my cheesehead to their house. So yeah, Im pretty jaded in that area.

There isn’t quite a rivarly like the Bears-Packers. Yes one could say the Ravens-Steelers in funner to watch. But the Bears-Packers rivarly has a unique history to it. Both teams first seasons were in the early 1920’s, the Packers being in 1921, the Bears being in 1920. The teams winning percentages over time are only 20 points off, yet this year is the first year since 2001, and only the fourth year ever that both the Packers and the Bears are in the playoffs. This week will be the first time since 1941 that the Packers and Bears have played each-other in the playoff game. The last time this happened, the Bears won and went on to beat the Giants for the championship. 

All the Packer fans that are okay with the Bears, I find this to be baloney. I believe it is a second duty for us Packer fans to root against the Bears with all are heart. That’s what makes a rivarly a rivarly.

Oh and my prediction for the game. Well you guys guessed right if you assumed that I picked the Packers to win. As for the score, I think it will be Packers 31 Bears -----

.......Stupid c-nsor button is j-mmed again! -h well, g-ess we’-l h-ve to se- h-w muc- th- Be-rs sc-re. G-odni-t!

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:17 am
 

Couple Things I Noticed This NFL Week...

1. You can bash Don Capers all you want, and he did make some questionable calls over the course of the game, but holding the Eagles to 16 points is nothing short of spectacular. A lot of people (myself included) thought that for the Packers to win, this was going to have to be a shootout, but that's not what happened. Our defense contained arguably the best passing game in the NFC, and one of the better rushers in the NFC. Granted, there were injuries to Jackson and Vick, and Akers missed two field goals, but the point is, our defense made a statement tonight.

2. Matt Hasselbeck has been the ultimate Saints killer this season. A great game in the regular season and a awsome game in the postseason, helps the Seahawks to an upset (and cost a lot of people money). The thing is, Matt Hasselbeck has finally found something he can enjoy over the last 4 years. Statistically demolishing the Saints.

3. I think we have our future RB in James Starks. I know it was only one game, but watching this guy run is like looking at your lawn right after you've mowed it. It's satisfying. This guy hits holes hard, when there isn't a hole, he creates one, and when he gets tackled, he almost always falls forward. I really don't think Jackson is the answer. Starks as the regular runningback with Kuhn as the fullback. Maybe trade Grant for something, or Jackson.

4. Injuries have limited the Jets from achieving the spectacular defense they had last year, but they came up clutch in the playoffs against Peyton Manning. BTW, another loss for Manning in the playoffs. I know there have been injuries, but it's gotta be dissapointing to not get past the wild-card round when most seasons, you don't even play a game that week.

Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:00 am
 

Rookie Grades

After careful consideration, I've decided to asses all of the legit rookies, grade style. Each rookie starts with 60 points, and they win or lose points depending on their performance, and their importance to their team.

Quarterbacks

Sam Bradford: 60% completion percentage (+5). More than 15 TD's (+5). More TD's than interceptions (+2). 3000 plus yards (+5). Team in playoff contention (+10). More passing TD's than games started (+5). Overall Outlook: Bradford couldn't lead his team to the playoffs, but he still had a fantastic season, and he put up good numbers. Overall Grade: A-

Jimmy Clausen: 50% completion percentage (+2). 1-5 TD's (+2). More interceptions than TD's (-2). 1000 plus yards (+2). Overall Outlook: Clausen stats were among the worse, which is understandable considering the talent around him, but he still had a crappy season. Overall Grade: D

Tim Tebow: 500 yards or more (+1). More TD's than interceptions (+2). 5 plus rushing TD's (+5). 50% completion percentage (+2). More passing TD's than games started (+5). Overall Outlook: Tebow didn't have a spectacular season, but considering people thought he was going to be a complete disaster, he was all right. Worth consideration. Overall Grade: B

Runningbacks

Ryan Matthews: 500 plus rushing yards (+2). 5 plus rushing TD's (+5). More than a 4.0 yards per carry average (+5). Team in playoff contention (+10). Overall Outlook: Matthews got injured a lot but he had a pretty good season and San Diego was in playoff contention all along. Overall Grade: B

Jahvid Best: More than 1000 yards from scrimmage (+5). 5 plus TD’s from scrimmage (+5).  Less than two fumbles (+10). Outlook: Detroit was never in contention, but Best had a good season, being both a rushing threat, and a receiving threat. Overall Grade: B

Wide Receivers

Dez Bryant: 1000 plus all-purpose yards (+2). 2 punt return TD’s (+10). 500 plus receiving yards (+2). 5 plus receiving TD’s (+2). Over 10 yards per punt return (+5). Outlook: This guy could be the next Devin Hester with more receiving skill. Definately a player to look forward too. Overall Grade: B

Dmaryius Thomas: 500 plus all-purpose yards (+1). 2 receiving TD’s (+1). 250 plus receiving yards (+1). Outlook: Probably something to look forward to in the future but was pretty much nothing this year. Overall Grade: D

Mike Williams: 65 receptions (+5). 900 plus receiving yards (+5). 10 plus receiving TD’s (+5). Team in playoff contention (+10). Outlook: Williams was by far the best performing rookie receiver this year. You never know, but we could have the making of a HOF on our hands. Overall Grade: B

Jordan Shipley: 600 plus receiving yards (+3). 3 receiving TD’s (+2). Outlook: Shipley’s rookie year could’ve gone worse. But it also could’ve gone better. This guy will end up being a great receiver over time. Overall Grade: D

Tight Ends (numbers enhanced)

Jordan Shipley: 50 plus receptions (+5). 400 plus receiving yards (+5). 4 receiving TD’s (+5). Outlook: Shipley didn’t do bad for a TE and he established himself as a receiving threat for the future. Overall Grade: C

Rob Gronkowski: 40 plus receptions (+4). 500 plus receiving yards (+5). 10 receiving TD’s (+10). Team in playoffs (+15). Outlook: New England’s TE’s were literally the key in making their passing offense super dangerous, and getting them to the playoffs. Overall Grade: A

Aaron Hernandez: 40 plus receptions (+4). 500 plus receiving yards (+5). 6 receiving TD’s (+6). Team in playoffs (+15). Outlook: Hernandez didn’t put up as many TD’s as Gronkowski but he still had a great season. Overall Grade: A-

Defense

Eric Berry: 4 interceptions (+5). Interception returned for a TD (+10). One forced fumble (+1). 70 plus tackles (+5). Team made the playoffs (+15). Outlook: I was high on this guy coming out of the draft, and my point’s been proven by his play. Truly a terrific rookie season. Overall Grade: A

Earl Thomas: 5 interceptions (+5). 60 plus tackles (+5). One forced fumble (+1). Team in the playoffs (+15). Outlook: Thomas is another DB who had a great season. Granted he played in a divsion with bad QB’s, but he did really well. Overall Grade: B

Joe Haden: 1 sack (+1). 6 interceptions (+5). 1 forced fumble (+1). 50 plus tackles (+5). Outlook: Haden definately didn’t have a bad season. This guy should become one of the premier DB’s in the NFL. Overall Grade: C

Ndamakong Suh: 10 sacks (+10). One interception (+1). One forced fumble (+1). Fumble recovery for TD (+10). 40 plus tackles (+5). Outlook: Suh was a beast on the line, and he kept the Lions close in games. Overall Grade: B


Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Rose Bowl Advantages and Outlook

Quarterbacks: Wisconsin: Scott Tolzein is one of the most efficient passers in college football (+5). Less than twenty touchdowns (-1). 

Overall: 54

TCU: Andy Dalton is one of the best passers in the west (+5). Finished 9th in Heisman voting (+2). More than 25 TD’s with less than 10 Int’s (+5)

Overall: 62     Advantage: TCU

Running Backs: Wisconsin: Has three backs with over 900 yards from scrimmage (+8). 44 TD’s combined between the Running Backs (+8). Best running core in Big Ten (+5).

Overall: 71

TCU: 23 TD’s combined between RB’s (+4). One 1,000 yard rusher (+1). Three running backs with more than 500 yards from scrimmage (+5). 

Overall: 60     Advantage: Wisconsin

Receivers: Wisconsin: Not one receiver with 1000 yards (-2). 6 receivers with 100 receiving yards (+1). 4 receivers with 20 catches at least (+2). 

Overall: 51

TCU: No receiver with 1000 yards (-2). Three receivers with 400 yards at least (+2). One receiver with 50 catches (+1). One receiver with 10 TD’s (+2).

Overall: 53     Advantage: TCU

Defense: Wisconsin: 10 plus interceptions (+2). One fumble recovery for TD (+1). Less than 5 fumble recoveries (-2).

Overall: 51

TCU: Top-ranked defense (+10). 10 plus interceptions (+2). Held opponents to 10 or less points 8 times (+8). Less than 5 fumble recoveries (-2).

Overall: 68     Advantage: TCU

Special Teams: Wisconsin: One kick return for TD (+2). Two returners with 25 yards per kick return or more (+1). Punt returner averages more than 10 yards per punt return (+1).

Overall: 54

TCU: 3 returners with 28 yards per kickoff or more (+2). Punt returner averages more than 10 yards per punt return (+1).

Overall: 53     Advantage: Wisconsin

Other Factors     Wisconsin: Plays in Big Ten (+2). Outscores opponents by more than 20 points (+2). 2nd Rose Bowl in 5 years (+1).

Overall: 55

TCU: Plays in Mountain West (-2). Outscores opponents by more than 30 points (+3). Undefeated (+1)

Overall: 52     Advantage: Wisconsin

Overall Advantage: TCU (+14)

Posted on: December 30, 2010 10:13 pm
 

Refs Make Bogus Call.... Isn't This College FB?

As someone who didn't even watch the game until now, and someone who isn't a fan of either team, I must say that was crappy.

In the final minutes of the game, K-state scored. When the player got into the end-zone, he did a salute to the stands. Just a little salute right? He's not showing anyone up, he's just happy that he scored, and gave his team a chance to win right? right?

Apparently not to the referee.

Immediatly after the salute, the ref flagged him for unsportsmanlike conduct. There is nothing unsportsmanlike about a salute. If you call a military salute unsportsmanlike, you might as well call the military unsportsmanlike.

What made it even worse is what the ref said to the kid as he threw the flag. "Bad choice kid". Bad choice?! So doing what many other college players do after they score is a bad choice? Bad choice my foot. Besides, instead of being the bossy "hero", maybe the ref could've left that up to the coach to talk to his player about the salute.

What I really don't get is, if pro players, who play for a living, and are trying harder than anyone else, can spike the ball, and do all this crazy stuff and get away with it, why can't college players? They deserve to have a little fun.

But apparently now, the game has to be as serious as a adventure, drama movie. No fun zone. Yes these students should be learning good lessons, but when you make a bogus call like that, it makes me wonder.

Is any college player in it for the fun of the game anymore? And more importantly, is any of the refs.

Because there should've never been a call like that.

 

Posted on: December 25, 2010 9:16 pm
 

Dear University of Hawaii Football Team...

Dear University of Hawaii Football team,

I don't want to take away from it being the holidays, because this should be a time of joy, and a time of fun. However, your performance last night in the Hawaii bowl was anything but joyful to watch, or fun to watch. For god sakes, it's your home field. The field where you upset Navada. The field where you beat Idaho by 35 points. If that was your best game at Aloha Stadium, then I shiver to see what the final outcome would be if we played at Tulsa, or even a nuetral site. I hope all of you, from Moniz to the sixth string WR realize how bad you played.

  1. The crappy punt. I notice you made up for that with two punts of 50 plus yards, but seriously, and 8-yard punt. Maybe that kind of thing happens in Pop Warner, but this is college football, and that was embarassing!
  2. Interceptions, interceptions, interceptions. I cannot believe it. There is absolutely no way that should've happened. We're talking about the number 1 passing offense in the country, against literally, the second-to-worst pass defense in the nation. And the super fantastic result is....six picks? Including two returned for TD's? That is unnaceptable for a team like Hawaii
  3. A combination of things. On one of the pick-sixes, the Hawaii offensive line just stood around not even attempting to tackle the guy. Finally, on the punt return where Kealoha Pilares got hurt, I was scratching my head wondering why Pilares didn't call for a fair catch, or just let the ball go. Those type of avoidable injuries cannot happen.
Im sure most of you on the team realize this, but this year's Hawaii Bowl probably means more than any other Hawaii Bowl for Hawaii in a while. We had a national ranking. That Hawaii Bowl wasn't just for fun you know. That was our chance to prove what the WAC, and Hawaii is about. By losing that game, getting blown out I should say, you've made Boise State look smart, and you've fed the posters that despise the WAC because of schedule. The WAC is slowing becoming done, thanks to that. I hope you realize that.

Sincerly,

PackersRule86

Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Early Madden Cover Candidates

I know it isn't even post-season yet, but I thought I'd throw out a couple names that I think would make good atheletes on the Madden 12 cover.

Top Candidates

Michael Vick: I don't know if there's a rule saying you can only be on the Madden cover once, but if there's not, this is the guy who deserves to get on the cover. I mean, this is a guy who missed a couple games, and still has 3300 total yards, with 28 total TD's and only 5 interceptions. He had a really long streak going without throwing a pick. This guy has put up college type numbers, and he arguably had the best game ever for a QB. If the Eagles win the Super Bowl, its mostly because of him.

Arian Foster: This guy could be the next LaDanian Tomlinson. Almost 1900 total yards this year. He has a really good chance for 2000 total yards if he stays healthy. He also has 15 total TD's. At first, it looked like Houston had all it needed to make a serious playoff run. Unfortunately, the defense has been amazingly horrible this year. But that doesn't deprive Foster of his accomplishments. What really stands out to me is his 4.9 yards per carry. That's what I call consistent! This guy will be a top RB for years to come.

Darren McFadden: While McFadden hasn't put up as astronomical numbers as Foster, it looks like this guy has finally figured out the NFL. Somewhere, JaMarcus Russell has to be sitting in the fetal position, sucking his thumb. McFadden currently has around 1600 yards total, including 1100 yards rushing. Along with that, he has double-digit TD's. He has been a key part in making Oaklands offense respectable.

Wild-Card Candidates

Dwayne Bowe: While Bowe hasn't done much in the yardage or catch category, he has scored 14 times! If he does really really well over the last couple weeks, there's a small chance he could get 20 TD's. That enough is amazing. Kansas City is most likely going to the playoffs. If they make a deep playoff run, they have Matt Cassel and Bowe to thank.

Ndamakong Suh: I know he's only a rookie, but the stuff he has done for the Lions to make their run defense better is amazing. He has double-digit sacks, and even when he doesn't get a sack, he is always in there, putting pressure on the QB. Suh arguably had the biggest role in making the Lions defense adequete.

Devin Hester: Yes he hasn't done much this year receiving wise, but he showed against the Vikings that he still has it, returning wise. He now holds the record for return TD's. That alone puts him on this list because a single accomplishment like that, will occasionally go a long way.

I know it's way to early to predict what will happen in the playoffs, and that could really change the Madden cover candidates. But for now, I thought I'd throw a few names out there. Next time: will the candidates for Madden voting stay the same? Will Cam Newton have karma? stay tuned....

....I know Cam Newton isn't of the subject, you don't have to rub it in!!!

Goodbye, and Peace Out.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 20, 2010 2:10 pm
 

BCS Bowl Game Predictions

There's the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and of course, the National Championship. So which teams will prevail. Find out below!

Rose Bowl: No.5 Wisconsin vs No.3 TCU

Well this game looks like it's going to be a good one, all the tickets are already sold out! TCU is just the fifth team outside the Pac-10 or Big 10 to play in the Rose Bowl. I think Wisconsin will win but it's going to be close. Wisconsin has the best three-headed rushing attack in college football, and even with TCU's high-ranked defense (inflated due to conference), I don't think they'll to stop them, especially with Scott Tolzein getting better and better. If Wisconsin can stop TCU on special teams, they will win the game. Final Score: Wisconsin 31  TCU 27

Fiesta Bowl: No.7 Oklahoma vs UConn

I am sitting here wondering why an unranked team is playing in a BCS bowl, but I guess UConn did win the Big East so I gotta do this anyways. Anyhow, I think Oklahoma is going to put a beating on UConn. No Sam Bradford? No problem. Oklahoma's scored at least 23 points in every game, had 11 30-point or more games, 6 40-point or more games and 2 50-point or more games. Eight receivers have caught eight or more passes. That's too much for any defense to handle, much less UConn's. Final Score: Oklahoma 55  UConn 17

Orange Bowl: No.13 Virginia Tech vs No.4 Stanford

A lot of people had counted Virginia Tech out after losing to Boise State and James Madison in back to back weeks. But then Tyrod Taylor and the Hokies won 11 straight to get to their 4th Orange Bowl in the past 15 years. Both teams are very similar. Tyrod Taylor, the Hokies QB, is the ACC player of the year, while lots of people have Andrew Luck going first in the draft next year. Both teams boast very good defenses, however the Hokies defense is worst than the Cardinals. That's where I think the game will be won. Andrew Luck will be able to exploit Virginia Tech's defense. Final Score: Stanford 24 Virginia Tech 20

Sugar Bowl: No.6 Ohio State vs No.8 Arkansas

Arkansas has a knack for beating ranked teams, but I don't think they'll be able to stop Tyrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes. Arkansas has a great QB of their own in Ryan Mallet, but I think the Razorbacks defense will have a harder time with Pryor, than the Ohio State defense will have with Mallet. Ohio State wins, but it's close. Final Score: Ohio State 21  Arkansas 20

BCS National Championship Game: No.1 Auburn vs No.2 Oregon

The tale of two players, Auburn's Cam Newton, and Oregon's LaMichael James. Both teams are undefeated, and they post a moderately strong defense. However, I think Newton does more damage to the Ducks defense at QB than James does to Auburn's defense at RB. As long as their's no referee screwups, or special teams disaster's, Auburn wins. Final Score: Auburn 38  Oregon 34

For this next one, it isn't a BCS bowl. It isn't even a major non-BCS bowl. But I live in Hawaii so I thought I'd do a predicition of the game anyways.

Hawaii Bowl: No.24 Hawaii vs Tulsa

Hawaii comes in boasting a very strong offense. One of the best in college football. I think the Run-and-Shoot will be too much for Tulsa to keep up with. Hawaii wins in a very high-scoring, exciting game. Final Score: Hawaii 52  Tulsa 42

Well, those are my bowl predictions. If you have any questions or comments post them below. And please, keep it clean.

Hey! No mud in the house!........

Goodbye

Category: NCAAF
 
 
 
 
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