Uh, at any rate…
1. New England Patriots
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Denver Broncos
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Detroit Lions
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Indianapolis Colts
10. Cincinnati Bengals
Come at me with your hate, you muthafuckers…
Second, let’s get our NFL weekly preview on – shall we?
Game of the Week
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas is riding high off a big road win in Chicago last Thursday night. I think the memory of that humiliating curb-stomping Philly laid on Dallas on Turkey Day will motivate the Cowboys to play better. Hell, they couldn’t play any worse. Meanwhile, Eagles QB Mark Sanchez had come back to earth a bit since then, and he will be the wild-card in this matchup. I think the Eagles are pissed off at their performance against Seattle, and I believe Philly will be motivated to and will sweep Dallas in a close one.
This is going to be for all the marbles in the NFC East. That alone should make an already intense rivalry even more insane. Eagles 27, Cowboys 24.
The “Gouge Your Eyeballs” Game of the Week
Jets at Titans. Do I really have a reason to say why this game is such a waste of time? Fans at this game should either gouge out their eyeballs or suffocate themselves in paper bags.
Ass-Whupping of the Week
Ravens over Jaguars. Given what’s at stake for Baltimore and how bad Jacksonville is, I’d be shocked if the Ravens are not up by 20 at halftime…
Thursday Night’s Game
Rams over Cardinals (no, really…)
Falcons over Steelers (still not convinced my boys will get up against a sub-.500 team)
Giants over Redskins
Patriots over Dolphins
Chiefs over Raiders
Colts over Texans
Packers over Bills
Panthers over Buccaneers
Bengals over Browns
Broncos over Chargers
Lions over Vikings
Seahawks over 49ers (San Fran is a sinking ship)
Bears over Saints (the joke’s on ESPN, and I love it…)
Last week’s record: 10-6 (Not bad, but oh well…)
2014 record to date: 121-73-1 (I’m still chillin’…)
Players are arguing. Carmelo Anthony wants to fight Tim Hardaway, Jr. Hardaway wants to fight Anthony. Everyone wants to fight Anthony. No one (seemingly) respects head coach Derek Fisher.
The players want to abandon the triangle offense that new team president Phil Jackson and Fisher have have spent significant time attempting to install. Never mind the fact that Jackson won a total of 11 titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers running the triangle — an offensive system which is based on post play, passing (got that ‘Melo?), and off-ball movement.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 New York Knicks.
My Knicks have evolved into such a fucking joke. I mean, ‘Melo and the gang is trying to go away from an offensive system that has become famous because it was the system that helped players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant win six and five championships, respectively.
Why do players on a team that had missed the playoffs last season want to dismiss a proven offensive philosophy? It’s the same reason why such friction has led to a 4-19 record, the worst start in Knicks history.
Again, because the Knicks are a fucking joke.
Looks like the only way to fix this mess is to do two things. Either someone needs to goad Jackson into coaching this wretched team, or get rid of everyone – including ‘Melo.
In re-signing with the Knicks (and filming that “look-at-me” documentary where he basically admitted he should have signed with the Chicago Bulls) ‘Melo proved what many had opined for a long time: he is not a winner – not even close. And as long as my Knicks make his ass the centerpiece of the team, the long it will take for them to return to the promised land.
That said, as the saying goes “in every cloud there is a silver lining” – or is it the other way around? Anyway, most of those terrible-ass contracts will be come off the books. No Amare Stoudamire, and hopefully no JR Smith. Even though Smith has an option to exercise at the end of the season (he knows he won’t get his high salary anywhere else, so he may exercise it), the Knicks’ brass should eat the contract and get rid of him.
Bring in superstars who are proven winners next season such as Marc Gasol and maybe Kevin Durant, and we may be onto something. ‘Melo needs to play with such stars to show him what it means to be a winner. And I really think that would be the likely scenario.
Until then, me and other Knicks fans will have to suffer through the misery that is the 2014-2015 season. Damn.
Go ahead and send your hate. To quote the late, great Bernie Mac: “I ain’t scared of you motherfuckers…”
Drum roll please…
1) Green Bay Packers
2) New England Patriots
3) Seattle Seahawks
4) Denver Broncos
5) Arizona Cardinals
6) Philadelphia Eagles
7) Dallas Cowboys
8) Indianapolis Colts
9) Detroit Lions
10) Pittsburgh Steelers
Why is the lone unbeaten team among the Power Five conferences – and in all of college football – not ranked #1? Why did it keep putting one-loss teams in front of said undefeated team? Even worse, why put TCU in front of Florida State???
However, upon seeing the last CFP rankings I have to say something – and I can’t believe I am about to type this.
The committee got it right.
First of all, I will not debate the merits of Alabama and Oregon. Yes they did sustain one loss each, but let’s not kid ourselves. Those are the best two teams in college football – period.
So let’s turn to the following teams: Florida State, Ohio State, TCU, and Baylor. The committee would have been stuck on stupid if it had left the undefeated defending national champion Seminoles out of the playoffs. Sure, FSU had been shitted on despite their perfect record all season long. I mean if it wasn’t them not maintaining “game control” (whatever the fuck that means), it was being clowned for their schedule (despite playing the most Power 5 conference teams in the country). However 13-0 is 13-0, and FSU was not going to be denied.
As for Ohio State, any time a team curb-stomps what I thought was a good team for the Big Ten championship with its THIRD-STRING QB, it is more than deserving. 59-0 over Wisconsin? No question with the Buckeyes’ selection either.
Which brings us to TCU and Baylor. Look, both squads had AMAZING seasons. Both finished 11-1 and are co-champions of the Big 12. Herein lies the problem: the “co-champions” part. The committee was not going to be picking ANY co-champion.
I could go on and say that Baylor needs to schedule better out-of-conference opponents. I could also say that TCU should not choked against Baylor in the final quarter earlier this season.
The fact of the matter is the committee has punished the Big 12 for not having a conference championship game. I thought the Big-12 was trying to get off easy and back-door its way into the playoff by not doing so.
Here is some unsolicited advice: grab two more teams (Cincinnati and BYU) and have a conference championship game like everyone else. Oh, and schedule better too…
I would personally like to wish my fraternity brothers from the greatest fraternity in the world, Alpha Phi Alpha, a Happy Founders Day. Feeling thankful for the fraternity’s seven founders (jewels) Henry A. Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert H. Ogle, Vertner Woodson Tandy, and Eugene Kinckle Jones.
Time for me to help in keeping that Alpha light high and burning brightly.
New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers. I would have placed the Steelers-Bengals game here if Pittsburgh didn’t wet the bed against New Orleans (at home!). At any rate, this game has HUGE playoff implications in the AFC. A win by either team would entrench it in the driver’s seat not only in the AFC, but in their respective divisions. I do love the Chargers in this one. In winning last week’s game in Baltimore, San Diego showed everyone (including Denver in the AFC West) that it is not to be fucked with. I expect pretty boy Tom Brady and the Patriots to learn the same lesson in another tough, close road loss. Chargers 27, Patriots 24.
“Your Ass Needs a New Hobby” Game of the Week
Jets at Vikings. Do I REALLY need a reason for picking this game? Vikings over Jets.
Cowboys over Bears
Bengals over Steelers (maybe Pittsburgh will show up since this Cincy is a team over .500…)
Rams over Redskins
Titans over Giants
Saints over Panthers
Dolphins over Ravens (no Ngata = mad news for Ravens’ D)
Colts over Browns
Lions over Buccaneers
Texans over Jaguars
Broncos over Bills
Cardinals over Chiefs
Seahawks over Eagles
49ers over Raiders
Packers over Falcons
Last week’s record: 9-7 (Man, talk about wetting the bed…)
2014 record to date: 111-67-1 (I’m still rollin’…)