The first quarter of the 2014 NFL season is over, which means it’s time for me to debut my top 10 rankings. As I said in the past, it is too damn early – and frankly stupid – for ANY sports website to have a power rankings list so early in the season where we don’t know where all the teams will trend. To me, it’s better to have a rankings list when actual games have been played, and what better time to judge than after the first four games of the season.
So with that said, here is my first of my top ten rankings of NFL teams. The top team may shock most of y’all…
This is not going to be a long loquacious rant. This is going to be a short and sweet tribute to one of my favorite baseball players of all time.
There are naysayers that are quick to point out that Jeter was not statistically a great player. I’ll count the ways for them:
- Batting average: .310
- Hits: 3,465
- Home runs: 260
- RBI: 1,311
Aside from the batting average and number of hits accumulated, a lot of critics like to paint Jeter’s power numbers as statistically pedestrian at best. Don’t believe me? Check out what ESPN’s Keith Olbermann had to say about Jeter.
To Olbermann – and other critics – here are the stats that I would like to present:
- 14× All-Star (1998–2002, 2004, 2006–2012, 2014)
- 5× World Series champion (1996, 1998–2000, 2009)
- World Series MVP (2000)
- AL Rookie of the Year (1996)
- 5× Gold Glove Award (2004–2006, 2009–2010)
- 5× Silver Slugger Award (2006–2009, 2012)
- 2× AL Hank Aaron Award (2006, 2009)
- Roberto Clemente Award (2009)
- New York Yankees captain (2003–2014)
Oh and to top it all off, anytime a player gets cheers by fans of his arch-rival is a sign that he is indeed an icon. Watching the Boston Red Sox crowd at Fenway Park not only stand and applaud him after the last hit of his career, they chanted his name!
However, there is something to be said about exuding some class. Jeter is class personified. His picture should show up in Webster’s definition of the word. Not only would Jeter be on that Mt. Rushmore of baseball players, I think he is among the classiest athletes of all time.
Major League Baseball, Yankee fans, and sports fans will miss Derek Jeter. I already do.
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys. This is a chance to see if the Cowboys are for real. Let’s be honest about something: Dallas’ wins have come against cream-puffs. Meanwhile the Saints had to endure a road game against the hated Falcons in Week 1, followed by a hostile Cleveland crowd in Week 2. Remember how Dallas fared against a good team (though an underachieving one) in the 49ers? The same thing will happen against New Orleans. Drew Brees has to be licking his chops at the prospect of going against that porous defense. Saints 30, Cowboys 23.
Revenge Game of the Week:
Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens. Ya think former Panther Steve Smith Sr. (still trying to get used to calling him “Sr”) had this game circled for a while? I’m looking for the Panthers to get curb-stomped by Baltimore’s D. If the hobbled Cam Newton starts at QB for Carolina, I will pray for his safety. Ravens 23, Panthers 13.
Redskins over Giants
Bears over Packers
Texans over Bills
Colts over Titans
Jets over Lions
Steelers over Buccaneers
Dolphins over Raiders (London Bridge will fall the hell down thanks to this gem)
Chargers over Jaguars
Falcons over Vikings
49ers over Eagles
Patriots over Chiefs
Last week’s record: 10-6 (Slightly better than last week, but still…)
2014 record to date: 26-22 (Hail to mediocrity!)
As I celebrate my birthday a day late, I want to thank you all for the continued support of my blog.
That is all…
He gave a press conference yesterday in response to an ESPN investigative report into the team’s handling of Ray Rice’s domestic abuse case. Not only did Bisciotti say that a significant amount of the information in the story was “manufactured” from accounts provided by Ray Rice’s peeps, he believed that Rice’s camp is attempting to “build a case for reinstatement.”
The ESPN report in question was from “Outside the Lines” which reported Friday that Bisciotti, Ravens president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome tried to persuade NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to be lenient with Rice following the former Raven’s February arrest.
According to the report, Ravens coach John Harbaugh urged team officials to cut Rice immediately after a first TMZ video, which showed Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator, was released in February. The report also indicated Harbaugh went to Newsome in March and asked him to release the three Ravens, including Rice, who were arrested in the offseason.
Bisciotti defended the integrity of his organization during his presser. Newsome and Harbaugh issued rebuttals to the “Outside the Lines” report.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to believe the “Outside the Lines” report, specifically ESPN’s Don Van Natta who helped author the report. The texts between Bisciotti and Rice are there for public consumption. Bisciotti supported Rice when the first video came out, and the proof is there that he urged NFL commissioner/warden/playa hater Roger Goodell to exercise some leniency on Rice.
So what we have here is Bisciotti has gone from supporting Rice to essentially throwing him under the bus.
I think Bisciotti should be embarrassed for his role in the Rice fiasco.
I find it hard to believe that the Ravens organization DID NOT know what was on that video. And even if the organization didn’t know, it should have. Bisciotti and co. simply wanted the whole thing to go away, and cared too much about the bottom line to do the right thing.
Sure Bisciotti did more than Goodell in addressing the situation, but he still should have done more.
I am already on record stating that Goodell should lose his job over his bungling of the Rice domestic abuse case from the beginning. In a perfect world, both Goodell and Bisciotti would be ousted for their roles in how the Rice investigation was handled.
Too bad the owner can’t fire himself.
The Florida State quarterback has been suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after he was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday, which is the latest incident in which his off-field behavior has created problems for the team. The obscene sexual phrase in question was “fuck her right in the pussy!”.
Those who are social media-savvy know that phrase has been used in countless videos. Here’s a compilation of sorts that will get the blood flowing:
Yeah, that’s not juvenile right?
I have one question: what in the hell is up with Winston?
First of all, he was involved with the alleged sexual assault case last year. Then he decided to steal some crab legs from a grocery store, while claiming not knowing how those crab legs ended up in his pockets. And now this.
Let’s get one thing clear: this kid doesn’t get it. I mean sure, most college kids have done stupid shit at least once on or off campus. Hell Lord knows I’ve done more than my share of stupid shit.
However, with Winston it is different because he is held to a higher standard. He is the starting quarterback on the defending national champion Seminoles. He is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. He is also a potential top overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft!
Winston had been suspended for the first half of the big ACC showdown against Clemson this weekend. I think that’s a rather light punishment considering what all he has gotten away with.
Even with this “punishment”, it’s not as if Florida State officials have done much to curb his questionable behavior. Whenever Winston ran afoul of the law in the past, FSU officials essentially shrugged their shoulders and waved it off as Jameis being Jameis.
After Winston was caught taking the crab legs and crawfish without paying, he was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service and was suspended from playing in a three-game baseball series against Minnesota. But FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher didn’t discipline him for the incident.
One of these days Winston’s time will run out and he will be “Law and Order”ed somewhere on Rikers Island. Besides, doesn’t he realize he is costing himself potential $$$ in his NFL future? He needs to act like he has some sense fast, quick, and in a hurry.
The sad part is that history has shown that Winston STILL will not get it. Maybe an intervention (or exorcism) would help?
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks. Super Bowl rematch – it does not get any better than that. Seattle looks a little less invincible in their loss to the Chargers last week. That said, I still think Seattle is the best team in the NFL. And I know that Denver brought in some veterans to augment their roster, and is looking pretty good themselves. However, until the Broncos get their heart back from last Super Bowl’s curb-stomping at the hands of the Seahawks, there is no way I am picking against Seattle at home. It will be a good one though… Seahawks 27, Broncos 17.
Browns over Ravens. It’s hard for me to say this as a Steelers fan, but I like what is going on in Cleveland. Though I must say if it were up to me, I’d have the earth swallow up both teams, but anyway…
Falcons over Buccaneers
Bills over Chargers (Are the Bills for real? We will find out by the end of this game…)
Cowboys over Rams
Redskins over Eagles (Desean Jackson will get his revenge)
Giants over Texans (don’t trust the Texans just yet…)
Saints over Vikings
Bengals over Titans
Packers over Lions
Colts over Jaguars
Patriots over Raiders
49ers over Cardinals (something tells me the Niners are pissed from blowing Monday night’s game)
Dolphins over Chiefs
Steelers over Panthers
Bears over Jets
Last week’s record: 8-8 (What in the hell is going on with my picking skills?)
2014 record to date: 16-16 (Mediocrity at its best…)