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Steelers Blew The Ravens Game

This longtime Pittsburgh Steelers fan is seething.  SO seething.

As I watched my beloved Steelers blow a 20-7 lead in a loss to the hated Baltimore Ravens, I expressions went from joy, sadness to pure anger.  The anger comes from blown opportunity after blown opportunity.

Lets us count the ways…

First of all, let’s start with that sorry excuse of a kicker.

Josh Scobee, aka “Scobee Scrubee Scoobie Doo” (thank you very much Stephen A. Smith), went 2-4 on field goal attempts.  His misses were the last two field goal attempts in regulation, 49 and 41 yards (!!!) respectively, could have put the game away for the Steelers.  Instead, those misses allowed the Ravens to stick around and send the game into overtime with a 52-yard field goal of its own as time expired.  After that, the coaches had no confidence in Scobee and as a result went for it twice on 4th and short in Baltimore territory.  And speaking of which…

The second person I will blame is head coach Mike Tomlin.

While I can’t blame Tomlin for Scobee’s kicking woes, I will blame him for two baffling 4th and short calls in overtime.  Tomlin, aka Omar Epps, somehow forgot that he employs one of the best running backs in football: Le’Veon Bell.

Let’s start from the top, shall we?

On the first 4th down in overtime, the Steelers had two yards to reach a first down.  But instead of giving the ball to Bell, who rushed for over 120 yards last night, Tomlin allowed offensive coordinator Todd Haley (I really hate his ass) to call QB Michael Vick’s number and sent him on a QB keeper sweep.  Unfortunately, the Ravens sniffed that shit out from a mile away and stuffed the play.

The second 4th down play call was the most heartbreaking and perhaps made me the angriest.  It was a 4th and one from Baltimore’s 33 yard line.  The aforementioned Scobee was sucking so bad, no one blamed Tomlin for keeping his sorry ass on the sideline.  That was perhaps the smartest move Tomlin made all night.

One would think that a smart guy like Tomlin would learn from his first mistake and give the ball to Bell.  Not only did Omar Epps refuse to put the ball in Bell’s hands, he allowed Haley to call a pass play – a PASS PLAY! – to stud WR Antonio Brown.  The problem was Vick overthrew the brother.

And we all knew what happened after that.  Baltimore drove into field goal range, made the field goal, game over.

Tomlin and the crew are going to be kicking themselves going forward.  This was a game that could have put the Steelers in the driver’s seat and all but buried the Ravens.

Instead, losing to the Ravens did three things.  It gave Baltimore much-needed life and.  Second, it handed Pittsburgh a home division loss that placed it behind the 8-ball.  And lastly, it widened the gap (at the moment) between the Steelers and the Bengals, who are 3-0 and rolling.

Tomlin needs to take one look at himself in the mirror and own this one (which to his credit, he reportedly has done).  His Steelers blew that game thanks to him (and that sorry-ass kicker).

2015 NFL Week 4 Preview

NFLGame of the Week

Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos.  This is my featured game only to see how big of a fraud Minnesota will make itself out to be in that game.  Keep in mind this is the same Vikings team that lost to the sorry-ass 49ers Week 1 on Monday Night Football.  And while they have a good win over the Chargers last Sunday at home, I think reality smacks Minnesota in the face in Denver.

And while the Broncos have not been lighting it up offensively as much this season, their defense has stepped up in a big way.  Denver’s D will shut down stud RB Adrian Peterson, which would spell doom to QB Teddy Bridgewater.  And keep one thing in mind boys and girls: Denver still employs Peyton Manning at QB.  ‘Nuff said…  Broncos 27, Vikings 17.

Ass-Whupping of the Week

Packers over 49ers.  Has anyone seen how QB Aaron Rodgers has been ballin’ out?  Has anyone seen how bad the Niners been sucking?  This should be over by halftime.

Thursday’s Game

Ravens over Steelers (this hurts my heart to type this, but the “no Big Ben” Steelers have the Ravens licking their chops…)

Sunday’s Games

Jets over Dolphins (I think Miami will fire Philbin and leave his ass in England)
Colts over Jaguars
Bills over Giants
Panthers over Buccaneers
Eagles over Redskins
Raiders over Bears
Falcons over Texans
Bengals over Chiefs
Chargers over Browns
Cardinals over Rams
Cowboys over Saints (the “Battle of the ‘Turrible’ Backup QBs” will invade Sunday Night Football…)

Monday’s Game

Seahawks over Lions

Record last week: 12-4 (Much better.  MUCH better…)
Year to date: 31-17 (My ass is on the A-train now…)

2015 NFL Week 3 Musings

NFLBig Ben’s injury is a devastating blow.

It was a bittersweet Sunday afternoon for me and Steelers fans everywhere.  Bump that, it was a MISERABLE Sunday afternoon for us.  Four to six weeks without our starting QB.  Now we have to rely on our backup Michael Vick to get the job done the next six weeks.  I mean it could be a helluva lot worse – Pittsburgh would have been stuck with the immortal Landry Jones.  But let’s face it, Vick is no Big Ben.

For now, it’s “in Vick we trust” for Steeler Nation.  But with the Ravens coming to town Thursday night and a daunting schedule ahead of the Steelers while Big Ben is out (Ravens, at Chargers, Cardinals, at Chiefs, Bengals, and believe or not the Raiders), this is such a devasting blow.  Damn…

The AFC South is the worst division in the NFL.

Here is what y’all need to know about this sorry-ass division.  Every team is 1-2.  The division favorite Colts do not look good at all.  If it weren’t for the Titans choking that lead away in the fourth quarter, Indy would be starting the season at 0-3.  In the AFC South.  If the division “winner” wins more than nine games at season’s end, I’d be shocked.

The Falcons are for real.

I loved the moxie the Falcons showed against the Cowboys in Dallas.  Sure the Cowboys played without WR Dez Bryant and QB Tony Romo, but a road win is a road win.  Atlanta would have blown that game a year ago.

Kudos for new head coach Dan Quinn and his staff.  It’s a new day in Atlanta.

Joe Philbin should not have a job.

There is no way the Dolphins should be 1-2.  First, there was the embarrassing loss to the lowly Jaguars.  And I could understand losing to the division rival Bills, but not in such a lackluster effort – and a home opener no less!

I said before the season that the Dolphins first few games of the schedule were so easy, anything less than a 5-1 start would be disappointing.  Now they are 1-2 with an angry Jets team coming to town.

Coach Philbin’s ass should have been fired two years ago.  His team’s underwhelming performance underscores that point…

2015 NFL Week 3 Preview

NFLGame of the Week

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys.  This is intriguing to me for a variety of reasons.  For one, it gives me a chance to assess if the Falcons are for real or not.  They have looked good the first two weeks of the season.  The offense has been on-point and that defense has looked aggressive under new head coach Dan Quinn.  But they will be going against a high-profile opponent in Dallas, so a win here would make Atlanta legit.

As for the Cowboys, talk about a walking M.A.S.H. unit.  Stud WR Dez Bryant got hurt in Week 1, then QB Tony Romo injured his shoulder last weekend, and now the reliable TE Jason Witten may not play with injuries of his own.  I don’t think the Cowboys have the manpower to beat the Falcons at home this weekend, especially not with backup QB Brandon Weeden slinging the rock.

That said, if the Cowboys do manage to pull this one out, I will be drinking the “Jerral Blue Juice”.  But they won’t…  Falcons 24, Cowboys 17.

The “Which Team Is for Real” Bowl

Browns over Raiders.  Both teams had good wins last week.  Both young QBs had great games last weekend.  Now we will see which team can stay hot in this match-up.

Thursday Night’s Game

Redskins over Giants

Sunday’s Games

Colts over Titans (must-win game for the Colts right here)
Bengals over Ravens (ditto for the Ravens)
Patriots over Jaguars
Panthers over Saints
Jets over Eagles (Chip Kelly, your ass is on the clock)
Texans over Buccaneers
Chargers over Vikings
Steelers over Rams
Cardinals over 49ers
Bills over Dolphins
Seahawks over Bears
Broncos over Lions

Monday’s Game

Packers over Chiefs

Record last week: 8-8 (damn, talk about mediocre…)
Year to date: 19-13 (Meh, it’s still early – so whatever…)

2015 NFL Week 2 Musings

NFLWeek 2 was one weird-ass weekend.

Teams in Jacksonville, Oakland, Washington and Cleveland all won on the same weekend.  That wasn’t a typo folks.  The Jaguars, Raiders, Redskins and Browns all won in Week 2.  We may be on the verge of an NFL Armageddon.

I will say this: all those teams are ballin’.  It’s good to those teams competing, and even better to see those fans given something to cheer about.  Yes, I know it’s early, but I still think it’s cool to see.

The Steelers offense is SCARY good.

I must admit, watching my Steelers hang 43 points and amass 453 yards on my brother’s San Francisco 49ers (sorry Chris).  Nothing against the Niners, but it was good to see Pittsburgh move the ball so well and actually finish drives, unlike in Week 1 at New England (screw you Todd Haley!!!).  To me, the scariest part was the Steelers’ offensive explosion was without Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant.  I am looking forward to seeing Pittsburgh’s offense at full strength after Week 4.

One more thing to note: Pittsburgh’s D was MUCH better.  Sure, it gave up 409 yards (most of it during garbage time), but it was a big improvement over last week.  All it has to do is remain at least average and the Steelers will win over 11 games.

The Patriots look unstoppable.

New England went into Buffalo and hung 40 points on Rex Ryan and the Bills.  After all the shit that Rex and his boys talked.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I call “man’s game”.

Tom Brady threw for 466 yards with three TD passes without an interception.  Gronk went Gronk (seven receptions for 113 yards and a TD), and Julian Edelman did his thing (11 catches for 97 yards and two TDs) and talked shit back to the Bills secondary.

I think the Bills are a good squad and will get better as the season goes on.  And with the improvement of the Jets (more on them later), this is still the Patriots’ division.

It was WAAAAY too early to opine on Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

Last week Mariota and his Titans lit up Winston and the Bucs.  Mariota was anointed a future Hall of Famer and Winston was declared a bust.  This past week Mariota got spanked in Cleveland, and Winston led the Bucs to a big division win in New Orleans.

Memo to “experts” and fans: shut the fuck up and stop jumping to conclusions.  They only played two games people.


The Colts are not as good as I thought they’d be.

And to think I’d pick those clowns to rep the AFC in the Super Bowl.  Yeah I know, it’s still early.  But man, Indy looks pretty damn awful.  First it got curb-stomped in Buffalo in Week 1.  Last night it got spanked by the Jets at home.

QB Andrew Luck is looking like “Andrew Luck with the out of control beard” so far.  He has thrown five interceptions in two games, and had a lost fumble last night.  And even if he doesn’t have much help offensively, he still needs to step it up.  Look at what Cam Newton is doing for the Panthers as a one-man show himself!

At least the Colts can hang their hats on something: they play in the God-awful AFC South.

Meanwhile, how about those New York Jets?  2-0 and looking serviceable on offense, and of course dominant on defense.  How about that?  I cannot wait for them to hook up with New England this season.


ACC Faces Big Weekend

Boz7c-KIIAA0D7nThe Atlantic Coast Conference has some important games this weekend.  Those games will not only determine the playoff viability of the conference (more on that later), but also determine how strong the ACC is compared against a certain conference.  And we’re not talking about the big brother Southeastern Conference.

Enter the Big Ten.

The ACC-Big Ten challenge has arrived three months early in football season.  Look at the slate of ACC-B1G match-ups this weekend:

  • Northwestern-Duke
  • Illinois-UNC
  • Nebraska-Miami
  • Pitt-Iowa
  • Virginia Tech-Purdue

Notice that both leagues teams come their respective conferences’ weaker divisions (ACC’s Coastal and B1G’s West).  While that may be merely coincidental, those match-ups will determine how good the ACC’s depth is.  If the ACC wins all those games, it would be considered the better and deeper conference (Ohio State and Michigan State notwithstanding).

In the world of perception of power in college sports, this would give the ACC a boost in strength of competition from the College Football Playoff committee which would bode well at season’s end.

Speaking of the playoff, there are three games that will go a long way in determining the conference’s playoff prospects.

  • Clemson-Louisville
  • Florida State-Boston College
  • Georgia Tech-Notre Dame

I included the first two match-ups because they feature the ACC’s best two teams having tough contests on the road.  Clemson is regarded by many as being THE best team in the league, and while Louisville may be down, Papa John’s Stadium is still a tough place to play.  It’s a Thursday prime-time game, and a desperate Louisville team will do anything to avoid being 0-3.

I am worried about Florida State this week.  Boston College, while playing cupcakes in its first two games, looks hella tough.  I don’t care the level of competition, it is hard to beat someone 76-0 as the Eagles did to Howard.  BC historically gives FSU fits anyway, and the Seminoles haven’t looked but so great in last week’s game vs. South Florida.

If either Clemson of FSU goes down, it would be a huge blow to both team’s playoff chances.

Having said that, Georgia Tech has the most to gain this weekend.  I know that Notre Dame is a walking M.A.S.H. unit right now, but if the Yellow Jackets beat the Irish in South Bend, Tech would become the stronger playoff candidate out of the ACC.

After all, the Irish are still the glamour boys of college football.  And any team who beats them will have its chance in the limelight.

Just look at Tech’s schedule for a minute.  If the Jackets win at Duke, vs. FSU, at Clemson, vs. Virginia Tech, at Miami and vs. Georgia would make the CFP committee salivate.  Hell, even a loss would still keep the Jackets in the conversation.  Just as long as they beat Notre Dame.

Imagine Georgia Tech beating Notre Dame, the ACC’s other two best teams starting 3-0, and the ACC getting the best of the B1G.  The ACC would have earned its place in the sun and then some…

2015 NFL Week 2 Preview

NFLGame of the Week

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills.  Bill Bellicheat vs. Rex Ryan.  Tom Brady vs. Ryan.  Always good to see those cats matching wit on the field.  And it’s even more so when both teams are flying high and the smack talk is flowing.  Never mind that the smack talk has been one-sided.

The Bills are clearly feeling themselves after dominating their Week 1 game vs. the Colts.  Bills safety Aaron Williams didn’t hold back his feelings about the Patriots when he said, “I don’t like New England, so yeah it’s definitely personal for me.”  Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus says, “Don’t nobody likes the Patriots. Let’s just be honest about it now. Put it out there.”  And to cap it off, Ryan claimed he didn’t know Patriots RB Dion Lewis’ name!

The Patriots’ response?  Bellicheat said his guys will keep the Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd “as loud as [the Patriots] allow it to be.”  Damn, I can’t wait.

As for the game itself, it will be a doozy.  However, until otherwise proven, the Patriots are head and shoulders over the rest of the improved AFC East.  I’ll be tuning in tho…  Patriots 20, Bills 17.

Thursday’s Game

Chiefs over Broncos

Sunday’s Games

Steelers over 49ers (gotta bounce back boys…)
Panthers over Texans
Saints over Buccaneers
Lions over Vikings
Cardinals over Bears
Bengals over Chargers
Browns over Titans
Falcons over Giants
Rams over Redskins
Dolphins over Jaguars
Ravens over Raiders (brand new coach, same ‘ol shit in Oakland)
Eagles over Cowboys
Packers over Seahawks

Monday’s Game

Colts over Jets

Record last week: 11-5 (not bad; so far, so good…)


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