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2014 World Series Preview

mlbThe two participants in the 2014 World Series are wild card teams.  Both of those teams did not win over 90 games in the regular season – the first time it has happened in World Series history.  One of those teams made its first appearance in the playoffs in almost 30 years.

In short, this past season has been “bizarro world” in major league baseball.

And this should make for one interesting preview.  Speaking of which…

San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals.  Here we go again: it’s experience vs. youthful exuberance.  The Giants are playing in their third World Series in five years.  Let me say that again: the Giants are playing in their THIRD WORLD SERIES IN FIVE YEARS.  Giants manager Bruce Bochy has to be considered the best manager in baseball.  If he does deliver San Francisco its third World Series title of the decade, no one would dispute his standing.

On the other hand, the Royals keep surprising the hell out of me.  Looking back at the start of the post-season, I could easily say that Kansas City has no business advancing deep into the post-season – let alone the World Series.  The Royals hitting does not scare most pundits, and their starting pitching does not give many to pause.  Hell two of the teams they beat to get to this point (the Angels and Orioles) were far better teams on paper.

But the Royals have one thing that is totally immeasurable: heart.

Kansas City swept both Los Angeles and Baltimore, two of the best teams in all of baseball.  And sure the Royals have a speedy team that is deadly on the base pads, as well as arguably the best bullpen in baseball.  However, there was little doubt that toughness play a big role in the Royals reaching the World Series without even losing a game.

I’ve made the mistake of not picking the Royals in the AL Divisional and Championship Series, but I will not make the same mistake for the World Series.  Call it destiny, call it selling one’s soul to the devil, but I do not see the Giants derailing the Royals a World Series title.  Kansas City’s bullpen is way to strong to overcome, and it should put the finishing touches on what has been a magical season.

Royals in 6.

2014 NFL Week 7 Preview

NFLGame of the Week

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos.  This is going to be one helluva game.  One of the league’s best defenses against one of the best offenses.  Patrick Willis vs. Peyton Manning.  Jim Harbaugh vs. John Fox.  Need I say more?  Well, I would except it’s midnight and I REALLY need to take my crusty ass to bed.  One more thing: Mile High will prove to be the Niners’ undoing.  Broncos 27, 49ers 24.

“Your Ass Needs a Hobby” Game of the Week

Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins.  Do I REALLY have to pick a winner here?  Should I really give a damn?  Oh what the hell…  Redskins over Titans.

Thursday’s Game

Patriots over Jets

Sunday’s Games

Ravens over Falcons
Seahawks over Lambs
Browns over Jaguars
Colts over Bengals
Bills over Vi-Queens
Bears over Dolphins
Lions over Saints
Packers over Panthers
Chargers over Chiefs
Cardinals over Raiders
Cowboys over Giants

Monday’s Game

Steelers over Texans

Last week’s record: 11-3-1 (Getting the good ‘ol mojo back!)
2014 record to date: 56-37-1 (Still chopping that wood…)

2014 NFL Week 6 Preview

NFLGame of the Week

Dallas Cowboys over Seattle Seahawks.  Are the Cowboys for real?  We’ll find out after this game as it will mark the first time Dallas will face one of the best teams in the league.  If the Cowboys win, God bless my Twitter and Facebook timelines.  Thankfully for me I don’t think it’s going to end that way.  Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” will take away Dez Bryant and the passing game, and its front seven should neutralize DeMarco Murray and the running game.  This leads us to Tony Romo.  Asking him to win a game against Seattle’s ferocious defense on the road will be too tall of a task for Dallas.  It should be a good one though…  Seahawks 27, Cowboys 20.

Snore-fest of the Week

Titans over Jaguars.  Whoever is excited about this game either has a bad gambling habit or is in dire need of prayer – or maybe both…

Thursday Night’s Game

Colts over Texans

Sunday’s Games

Ravens over Buccaneers
Broncos over Jets
Lions over Vikings
Patriots over Bills
Bengals over Panthers
Steelers over Browns
Packers over Dolphins
Chargers over Raiders
Falcons over Bears
Cardinals over Redskins (gonna be tough sledding for Washington)
Eagles over Giants

Monday’s Game

49ers over Rams

Last week’s record: 13-2 (MUCH better, much fucking better!)
2014 record to date: 45-31 (Now THAT’S more like it…)

2014 MLB Playoff Preview: ALCS and NLCS

mlbThe championship series is here, and needless to say there were some surprises.

First of all, I should have known better but the St. Louis Cardinals, aka “Team Cockroach”, got me AGAIN.  The Cardinals simply out-played, out-hustled, and more importantly out-managed the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Speaking of the latter, manager Don Mattingly almost single-handedly lost Game 1 when he left Clayton Kershaw on there too long.

Secondly, the two best teams in baseball were unceremoniously bounced out of the playoffs.  The Washington Nationals were out-toughed by the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near El Segundo were swept – SWEPT – by the young and inexperienced Kansas City Royals.

All of that makes for an old-school “Final Four” in Major League Baseball’s championship round.  Let’s go…

American League

Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals.  It’s nice to see the Royals competing for the AL pennant again.  Shades of George Brett and the 1980s are back and are likely here to stay.  However, the Orioles are simply better.  As long as Baltimore keeps Kansas City off the base pads where it could do some major damage with its running game, it will advance to the World Series.  Don’t forget that the Orioles can mash a helluva lot better than the Royals as well.  Orioles in 6.

National League

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants.  Old-school matchup on all levels here in terms of style and personnel.  Both teams are grinders that look to wear opposing teams down.  This should be a classic, competitive series.  That said, I’m not going to pick against the Cardinals again.  Cardinals in 7.

2014 NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

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With the parity that exists in the NFL, it brings some good/bad news to my weekly power rankings.

Good news: there is a lot of variability with this list, which makes this season more exciting.  The bad news: there is a certain team out of Texas that is creeping up towards my top three. I can’t let that shit happen.

Uh, anyway…

  1. Seattle Seahawks
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. San Diego Chargers
  4. Dallas Cowboys (Oh Lawd…)
  5. Philadelphia Eagles
  6. New England Patriots
  7. Cincinnati Bengals
  8. Arizona Cardinals
  9. San Francisco 49ers
  10. Green Bay Packers

Something tells me this top ten list will be shaken up a bit after next week’s games.  Stay tuned…

A VERY Late 2014 MLB Playoff Preview: ALDS and NLDS

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Yeah I know I’m late as hell with this Major League Baseball playoff series, so sue me.  I’m a slacker and dammit I’m proud of it.

That said, I love the fact that the American League Divisional Series are matchups featuring experience (Tigers and Angels) vs. youth (Orioles and Royals).  And how cool is it to see the Royals back in the postseason?

On the other hand, all of the playoff participants in the National League Divisional Series are experienced.  In short, this should be one October to remember.

Oh and by the way, I know the ALCS started last night – and I am STILL sticking with my picks.  So without further ado…

American League

Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers.  This is the first of two classic “youth vs. experience” matchups in the ALDS.  The Orioles are a young team that has been on a tear for most of the regular season, roaring past the Toronto Blue Jays and my beloved New York Yankees around the All-Star break and remaining in cruise control the rest of the way.  They are the favorites to advance to the World Series – maybe a “Beltway Series” with the Nationals (more on them later).

The Tigers on the other hand are old faithful.  Sure they didn’t completely “wow” us this season despite the talent they have.  Sure, Justin Verlander underachieved a bit.  Sure David Price struggled a bit when he was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays.  Sure, Miguel Cabrera is probably not in the best shape.  But man are those boys seasoned, especially come playoff time.

It is normally a good idea to go with experience over youth – except in this case because, well, the Orioles are just better.  Orioles in 5.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Near El Segundo vs. Kansas City Royals.  Just as with the Orioles-Tigers series, this series is youth vs. experience.  Hell in Royals haven’t tasted the postseason since I was a little kid in the mid 1980s.  I for one am excited over the Royals making their first postseason appearance in almost 30 years.  Unfortunately for the Royals, the Angels are a juggernaut who will run roughshod over the Royals.

The Royals are a good, feel-good story that will not be around for us to digest for long.  Angels in 4.

National League

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants.  This is an interesting matchup.  Will the Nationals’ pitching staff propel them past the veteran wild-card Giants?  Washington has the best pitching staff statistically in baseball with a 3.04 ERA.  The Nats are hot right now, and have been since the All-Star break.  Between ace Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, and Doug Fister (and maybe Tanner Roark ot of the bullpen), I do not see San Francisco’s bats getting over Washington’s pitching.  Nationals in 4. 

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals.  Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke vs. “Team Cockroach”.  The Dodgers are much better on paper than the Cardinals, but that didn’t stop the Cardinals from beating them last postseason.  The Cardinals are hard to figure.  They are not among the most talented teams on paper, yet those cats keep winning – hence the name “Team Cockroach”.  Again, the Dodgers are better than the Cardinals.  Yasiel Puig and Co. should be able to do work on St. Louis.  But until I see St. Louis underachieve in a playoff series, I will not pick against them.

Oh what the hell, I’ll pick against St. Louis (and I’ll probably get burned AGAIN).  Dodgers in 5.

2014 NFL Week 5 Preview

NFLGame of the Week

Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys.  I wanted to go outside of the box and focus on the “Battle of Texas”.  Both teams are 3-1 and are considered early surprises in the first quarter of the 2014 regular season.  I plan to use this game to see which team is truly “for real”.  Both teams have feasted on what was generally considered poor competition, though the Cowboys did notch an impressive win over the New Orleans Saints last week.  While the Texans defense is above-average and led by the stud himself J.J. Watt, I’m going to give the edge to the Cowboys because their offense is hellafied.  Tony Romo is doing a good limiting his turnovers (for the most part), Dez Bryant is a stud at wide receiver, and coach Jason Garrett is FINALLY leaning on DeMarco Murray and the running game.

This will be an interestingly competitive contest, but I do not see a Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense outscoring Romo and Co. in Dallas.  Cowboys 27, Texans 17.

Ass Whupping of the Week

Seahawks over Redskins.  What appeared to be a marquee Monday Night Football match-up may turn out to be an utter clunker.  A strong Seattle team coupled with a Washington team that has been bumbling as of late has “epic curb-stomping” written all over it.

Thursday’s Game

Packers over Vikings

Sunday’s Games

Panthers over Bears
Browns over Titans
Eagles over Rams
Giants over Falcons
Saints over Buccaneers
Lions over Bills
Colts over Ravens
Steelers over Jaguars (if my Steelers blow this one, they can kiss this season goodbye)
Broncos over Cardinals
49ers over Chiefs
Chargers over Jets
Bengals over Patriots

Last week’s record: 6-7 (Goddamn I suck!)
2014 record to date: 32-29 (Mediocrity fits my ass to a tee…)

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