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2014 Week 9 NFL Preview

NFLGame of the Week

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots.  Peyton Manning.  Tom Brady.  Bill Bellicheat.  Any game where those three men are on the same field has “epic battle” written all over it.  A Pats win would assume New England the title of “biggest bad-ass” in the AFC.  The Broncos, though, are looking way too strong.  In addition to Peyton being Peyton (during the regular season, that is), the Broncos’ D is a helluva lot more nastier this season.  As long as “Da Gronk” does not have a big game for the Pats, I see Denver winning this Manning-Brady clash in Foxborough.  Broncos 20, Patriots 17.

“Really Dude?” Game  of the Week

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings.  I know the Redskins had a big win last Monday night over those damn Cowboys, but last I checked, they are still under .500 and in dead fucking last in the NFC East.  As for the Vikings not only suck – they swallow.  Anyone who is caught watching ANY game pitting sub-.500 teams should have the hell beaten out of them.  Only because I have to: Redskins over Vikings.

Ass-Whupping of the Week

Seahawks over Raiders.  This shit has “curb-stomping” written all over it…

Thursday’s Game

Saints over Panthers

Sunday’s Games

Cardinals over Cowboys
Eagles over Texans
Chiefs over Jets
Bengals over Jaguars
Chargers over Dolphins
49ers over Rams
Ravens over Steelers (I have a funny feeling the Ravens will piss over my Steelers’ parade Sunday night…)

Monday’s Game

Colts over Giants

Last week’s record: 12-3 (Ooh, I almost had it!)
2014 record to date: 79-44-1 (What’s up now BITCHES??!!!!!!)

2014-2015 NBA Season Preview: Who Will Win it All?

254px-NBA_Logo.svg_The 2014-2015 NBA regular season is going to start in less than four hours.  I.  Cannot.  Wait.

While the previous NBA rants were detailed conference previews, this rant is just a summation for who I think will make the playoffs and win it all.  With LeBron James going back to Cleveland and Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose looking to stay healthy to lead their teams, the East may be as wide-open as it has ever been.

As for the West, it will be fascinating to see if the San Antonio Spurs could hold off the Los Angeles Clippers.

So, without further ado…

Eastern Conference

Playoff Standings:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Charlotte Hornets
  5. Miami Heat
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Washington Wizards
  8. New York Knicks

Division Winners

Atlantic:  Raptors

Central:  Cavaliers

Southeast:  Hornets

Eastern Conference winner:  Cleveland Cavaliers

Western Conference

Playoff Standings:

  1. Los Angeles Clippers
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Golden State Warriors
  5. Houston Rockets
  6. Dallas Mavericks
  7. Portland Trailblazers
  8. Memphis Grizzlies

Division Winners

Southwest:  Spurs

Northwest:  Thunder

Pacific:  Clippers

Western Conference winner:  Los Angeles Clippers

2014-2015 NBA Champion:  Los Angeles Clippers

 

2014-2015 NBA Season Preview: Western Conference

254px-NBA_Logo.svg_This is Part II of my 2014-2015 NBA Preview.

I previewed the Eastern Conference yesterday.  Today I will preview the better, more competitive Western Conference.  Will the San Antonio continue its dominance in the West?  Will the Clippers and Thunder get over the hump?  Only time will tell.

In the meantime, shall we go?

Southwest Division

  1. San Antonio Spurs
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Dallas Mavericks
  4. Memphis Grizzlies
  5. New Orleans Pelicans

Analysis:  The Spurs are a model of consistency.  They are the defending champs – in historical curb-stomping fashion I might – and I do not see those guys slowing down.  I mean sure Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker are older stars, but as long as Gregg Popovich is still coaching those guys these Spurs will not go the way of the dodo.  The Rockets and Grizzlies are next in line to assume the division throne, but still have to get over that proverbial hump.  Though both are immensely talented and well-coached, Houston can’t defend worth a damn, and the Grizz can’t even score on their own wives.  The Mavs are coached by one of the best in the business in Rick Carlisle.  Dirk Nowitzki is still a star in this league.  And I think Tyson Chandler will be playing with a chip on his shoulder, mainly to dispel reports that he didn’t quit on the Knicks last season.  However, the team old and is playing in the toughest division in the NBA.  If Dallas played in the Atlantic Division, it could easily win it.  New Orleans may be a last-place team in this division, but that doesn’t mean they suck.  The Pelicans are much-improved from last season and may knock on the door of a playoff spot thanks to Anthony Davis leading the way from the paint.

Northwest Division

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. Portland Trailblazers
  3. Denver Nuggets
  4. Utah Jazz
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Analysis:  I think the Thunder should run away with this division, even though they will be without the services of Kevin Durant due to injury for the first portion of the season.  PG Russell Westbrook is more than capable of carrying the mantle for OKC.  As a matter of fact, the rest of the division is frankly not good enough to challenge OKC – even when it is less than 100%.  Portland is still green – good, but green.  Denver, while scrappy and tough, is not nearly as talented as OKC.  Meanwhile, Utah and Minnesota flat out suck.  While both teams have good young players, I will pray for the head coaches for both teams (especially the Wolves’ Flip Saunders).

Pacific Division

  1. Los Angeles Clippers
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Phoenix Suns
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Sacramento Kings

Analysis:  This should be an entertaining division to watch, particularly between the Clippers and Warriors.  Both teams hate each other, and their playoff series last season was beyond epic.  I think the Clippers have a shot to unseat the Spurs if Blake Griffin develops a jump shot.  I also believe the Warriors need to be a bit tougher down in the post to become more of a threat in the West.  Like Portland, the Suns are good – but green.  The sad part was that even though the Suns won 48 games, it did not make the playoffs.  Phoenix would have been at least a third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs last season.  The Lakers are a shell of their former selves, and that does not sit well with Kobe Bryant.  As for the Kings, nothing much to say here.  They are still young, still employ DeMarcus Cousins, and still suck.

2014-2015 NBA Season Preview: Eastern Conference

254px-NBA_Logo.svg_The 2014-2015 NBA season is almost here!

Lots of storylines are abound this season.  Will LeBron James’ return to Cleveland be a successful homecoming?  Will Derrick Rose stay healthy this season?  Ditto for Dwyane Wade?  Will the Oklahoma City Thunder remain in the thick of things while Kevin Durant rehabs his injured foot?  Will Kobe Bryant be the Black Mamba of old (no pun intended)?

All in all, this should be one memorable season in the National Basketball Association (and it’s good to have the Hornets back in Charlotte).

Today I will preview the Eastern Conference, tomorrow the much more competitive Western Conference.  So without further ado…

Atlantic Division

  1. Toronto Raptors
  2. New York Knicks
  3. Brooklyn Nets
  4. Boston Celtics
  5. Philadelphia 76ers

Analysis:  Toronto is by far the class of this division.  Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, and Amir Johnson and Co. are back after leading their Raptors to a 48-win season.  After having a taste of the postseason in last year’s playoffs, I expect the Raptors to be improved – and hungrier.  My Knicks will be much-improved under the tuteledge of first-time coach Derek Fisher, a protege of Head of Basketball Ops Phil Jackson.  The Triangle Offense worked for Michael Jordan and later Kobe Bryant.  I expect it to do wonders for Carmelo Anthony.  The rest of the division are trending down a bit.  Brooklyn is a mess, from the top down.  Shaky front office + overrated, overpriced roster = bad news.  Boston and Philly are still young, and both these once-proud franchises will be getting their ass kicked again.

Central Division

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Indiana Pacers
  4. Milwaukee Bucks
  5. Detroit Pistons

Analysis:  This should be one fun division race to watch. A lot of people think that the Cavs and Bulls will rule this division, but I think that the Pacers will have a say on how this division will be settled – with or without Paul George.  Indiana is a well-coached team that was unfortunately doomed by poor chemistry.  I think Lance Stephenson got a bad rap, as he and David West by far were the heart and soul of the team.  The Pacers need better point guard play, and George Hill is not a damn point guard.  As for the Cavs and Bulls, we are looking at the two best teams in the East.  The new “Big Three” in James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving makes the Cavs the team to beat in the Central and the East.  However, if Rose could stay healthy the majority of the season, Chicago will have a lot to say about that.  As for the Bucks and Pistons, why bother showing up?  Both sucked last year, and both will stink up the joint again this season.

Southeast Division

  1. Charlotte Hornets
  2. Miami Heat
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Atlanta Hawks
  5. Orlando Magic

Analysis: In what may be a surprising – and frankly, head-scratching – pick, I think the Hornets are going to win the Southeast division. Hear me out on this. I liked the acquisition of Stephenson – A LOT. As I mentioned earlier, I thought he was one of two players who showed the most heart for the Pacers last season. His feistiness on both ends of the floor will be infectious on an up-and-coming team in Charlotte. The Hornets already have studs in Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, and have a good coach in Steve Clifford. And one more thing about the Hornets, it feels good for me to see the nickname back in Charlotte. The vibe and energy has picked up around the Queen City, something I have not seen since growing up in the state. One could make the case for the Heat and Wizards for winning this division. If both teams are relatively healthy, they could win over 50 games. However, Wizards sharpshooter Bradley Beal will not play the first few games of the season. And I do not trust Wade’s health. The Hawks are a playoff contender with a healthy Al Horford. They already have studs in Jeff Teague (go Demon Deacons!) and Paul Milsap. As the case with Miami and Washington, it’s just a matter of Atlanta staying healthy. As for Orlando, not only does that team sucks – it SWALLOWS.  Nothing more needs to be said…

2014 NFL Week 8 Power Rankings

NFLHere it is ladies and gents: my top 10 NFL teams heading into Week 8…

  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Arizona Cardinals
  4. Baltimore Ravens
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Philadelphia Eagles
  7. Indianapolis Colts
  8. Green Bay Packers
  9. San Diego Chargers
  10. Detroit Lions

Hammer away you sons of bitches!

2014 NFL Week 8 Preview

NFLGame of the Week

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos.  It should go without saying that the AFC West is shaping up to be a two-horse race.  San Diego played Denver tough last season, and is looking to get a HUGE leg up on the Broncos.  The problem is I do not see many teams beating Peyton Manning at home (unless it is the playoffs – HEY-OOO!), and the Chargers is not going to be one of those teams.  Besides, one has to wonder where San Diego is at mentally after they dropped last week’s game to the Chiefs at home.  Broncos 27, Chargers 20.

“Your Ass Needs a New Hobby” Game of the Week

Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Even if you are a fan of both of these God-awful teams, why even watch?  Oh yeah, gotta pick a “winner” for this snooze-fest…  Vikings over Bucs.

Sunday’s Games

Lions over Falcons
Chiefs over Rams
Texans over Titans
Seahawks over Panthers
Bengals over Ravens
Dolphins over Jaguars
Patriots over Bears
Bills over Jets
Cardinals over Eagles
Browns over Raiders
Colts over Steelers
Packers over Saints

Monday’s Game

Cowboys over Redskins

Last week’s record: 11-4 (Consistency – I love it!)
2014 record to date: 67-41-1 (Getting in the groove…)

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.

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