Archive for December, 2012

Weekly NFL Picks: Week 16

Posted: December 22, 2012 by ccouncil127 in NFL, Weekly NFL Pics

Lebron was the victor last week after a Monday night tiebreaker between him and Sherilyn. Here are how things ended up last week:

Lebron 6/ Sherilyn 6/ Yannick 5/ Renard 5/ Marissa 5/ Carmen 4/ Richan 4/  Dara 3

This brings the overall standings to:

Carmen- 59

Yannick- 57

Dara- 56

Renard- 54

Lebron- 53

Sherilyn- 50

Marissa- 48

Richan- 39

Here are the games that Lebron picked for us this week:

BUF v MIA SD v NYJ CIN v PIT STL v TB MIN v HOU NYG v BAL SF v SEA
Carmen MIA SD PIT STL HOU NYG SEA
Marissa MIA SD PIT STL HOU NYG SEA
Dara MIA SD PIT STL HOU NYG SF
Lebron MIA NYJ CIN TB HOU BAL SF
Renard MIA SD PIT TB HOU NYG SF
Yannick MIA SD CIN TB HOU NYG SF
Richan MIA SD PIT TB HOU NYG SF
Sherilyn MIA SD PIT TB HOU NYG SF

Happy Picking and Happy Holidays to all!

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Beast Of The East Are Back

Posted: December 19, 2012 by LBC in NFL
The NFC Beast!!!!!!

The NFC Beast!!!!!!

 

 

I been gone for a minute but I’m back! #NoBodyCaresTho so I will just say a few things and I’m out. As we come to the end of the 2012 regular season it is met with a bittersweet feeling. This one feels a little different with two games left the NFC East is dead locked with three teams at 8-6 (Redskins, Cowboys, Giants). There was a time when you could not argue the NFC East as the toughest division in football. For awhile instead of NFC Beast this division looked more like the NFC Least. The  Beast are back and the world will be watching.

Each team in the east has had their ups and downs this season. The Skins started off slow, the Cowboys have been the Cowboys, and the Giants are consistently inconsistent. Last week the Skins were outside of the playoffs, but now the Skins are on an amazing winning streak which has led them to the top of the division. This Sunday they face some team from Philly (not really sure who they are). The Skins will beat this unknown team as RG3 is predicted to suit up. The is showing no signs of slowing down. Opposing defenses have a lot to think about when planning for this team. I see them at 9-6 going into their week 17 showdown with the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys are also 8-6 heading into Sunday. Cowboys are on a win streak of themselves with their last loss being against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. The Cowboys are winning close games they usually find away to lose. Other players are making huge plays taking a load off of Romo. The defense is doing enough to not lose the games. The Cowboys are not a team you would want to face right now if you are desperate for a win. The biggest impact on their recent win streak is Dez Bryant realizing he can’t be stopped. With over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns (tied for 3rd in the league)  this season he is becoming one of the most dominant in the league. Cowboys week 16 match-up is at home against a Saints team who just put up 41 points. Tough game for the Boys.

The Giants specialize in looking terrible all season then getting hot at the last-minute making a run at the SuperBowl. Unfortunately, this year they may come up a little short as they do not hold their destiny in their own hands. Trailing the aforementioned Redskins and Cowboys they need some help from both of these teams who are showing no signs of slowing down. They have a very tough game this Sunday against a Ravens team who is also desperate for a win.

No matter the circumstances the world will always watch an NFC East game. There is so much hate between all of these fans it makes for great TV. Now with these 3 teams showing bright futures the rest of the NFL should be very afraid. The Beast of the East are back!

Weekly NFL Picks: Week 15

Posted: December 15, 2012 by ccouncil127 in NFL, Weekly NFL Pics

I am very excited for this Sunday’s games. Yannick won last week and decided that we would pick 8 games this week and up the ante. Here are how things ended up last week:

Yannick 5/ Carmen 4/ Dara 4/ Lebron 4/ Richan 4/ Sherilyn 4/ Renard 3/ Marissa 2

This brings the overall standings to:

Carmen- 55

Dara- 53

Yannick- 52

Renard- 49

Lebron- 47

Sherilyn- 44

Marissa- 43

Richan- 35

Here are the games that Yannick picked for us this week:

NYG v ATL GB v CHI MIN v STL DEN v BAL IND v HOU CAR v SD PIT v DAL SF v NE
Carmen NYG GB STL DEN HOU CAR PIT NE
Marissa ATL GB MIN BAL IND CAR PIT SF
Dara NYG GB STL DEN IND CAR PIT NE
Lebron ATL GB MIN DEN HOU SD DAL NE
Renard NYG GB MIN DEN HOU SD PIT SF
Yannick ATL GB STL BAL HOU CAR DAL NE
Richan NYG CHI STL DEN HOU CAR PIT SF
Sherilyn ATL CHI MIN DEN HOU CAR PIT SF

Happy Picking All!

Football Friday: Not Enough Screens

Posted: December 14, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in Must See TV, NFL

DMCFS10_TV-Wall-Revolving-Seats_s4x3_leadI don’t know if you’ve looked at the NFL Schedule this weekend, but it is absolutely a gold mine of games.  6 games have winning teams going head-to-head, all with playoff implications.  10 games contain serious playoff implications.  Other games, like Tampa vs New Orleans, are just going to be fun games to watch.  It’s a football lovers dream!

This segways into the story this week that the NFL is looking to expand the playoffs.  The number that has been floated is 14 or 16.  John Clayton said that expansion is inevitable.  I say it will be another inevitable failure by Roger Goodell.  The playoffs in the NFL is an exclusive club.  It is VIP.  The VIP experience in nightclubs has been ruined because anybody with $40 seemingly can get in there.  So with the NFL, it seems that anyone that hovers at .500 can get in the playoffs.  That waters down the whole experience for teams and fans.  Just ask the NBA and NHL.

But you say, wouldn’t an expanded playoffs mean that more teams and more fan bases have a chance to make it?  For example, the Carolina-San Diego (which on its own is a great game) would have playoff implications.  But that means that the Chargers terrible early season means nothing because they can back into the playoffs.  Look at the Redskins.  They have won 4 in a row.  If you told the Skins that they would accomplish that at 3-6, they would have thought they would be in the playoffs, if not leading the division because the teams they are chasing have such hard schedules.  But going into their crucial game at Cleveland, the Skins are still outside the playoffs, because teams like the Seahawks and Giants have also been playing at a playoff like level.  That is forcing the Redskins to choose to play an injured RGIII because every game is critical.  Suppose if there were 8 teams that could make  the playoffs?  Kirk Cousins would be doing the read option on Sunday.

How can Roger forget what made the NFL the greatest organization in the world.  Every single product they offer their customers (regular season games) are so valuable.  A win or a loss is devastating.  A week two last second loss to the Rams can affect your standings in week 16.  No other sport has that.  No other sports can have a week where there is not enough screens for all of the awesome games that are on at the same time.  Why mess with something that isn’t broken?  We’ll get more screens NFL.  Just make sure the games we turn on to watch are worth the while.  Song of the weekend and games of the weekend after the jump.

Saturday, December 15

EARLY AFTERNOON: New Mexico Bowl (1pm, ESPN)/CBB 1 Indiana vs Butler (2pm, CBS)/East Carolina vs 21 North Carolina (12pm, ESPNU)

LATE AFTERNOON: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (4:30pm, ESPN)/Purdue vs 22 Notre Dame (4:30pm, ESPN2)/6 Louisville vs Memphis (2:30pm,

NIGHT: CBB West Virginia vs 3 Michigan (8pm, ESPN)/5 Florida vs 8 Arizona (10pm, ESPN)/Kansas State vs 14 Gonzaga (9pm, ESPN2)

Sunday, December 16

EARLY AFTERNOON: Denver vs Baltimore/New York Giants vs Atlanta/Green Bay vs Chicago

LATE AFTERNOON: Pittsburgh vs Dallas/Carolina vs San Diego/ Seattle vs Buffalo

Opportunity Costs

Posted: December 13, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in Just Turrible, NBA
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Washington Wizards v Houston RocketsBy now, if you are one of the few Wizards fans that haven’t blown their head off, you may have heard about the trade that wasn’t.  As reported by the Washington Post, the Wizards were offered James Harden just for Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton.  The reason the trade was nixed was because Ted Leonsis, the owner, refused to give Harden a max deal which is around 5 years/$80 million.  Now all of these rumors could very well just be hype.  There were rumors of Harden coming to Washington during the draft.  Other teams were also in the mix like the Pacers and Warriors.  And in reality, the package that the Rockets offered the Thunder was better than the Wizards’ so who knows if the Thunder would have signed off on it.  But hear me out on this.

It’s rare that you see what the price would be to make a trade.  For example, remember when there were Gilbert Arenas for Kobe Bryant rumors during the Smush Parker years out west.  At the time, many Wizards did not want to make that trade because they felt Arenas was ascending and Kobe was descending in superstardom.  Looking back now, if the Lakers had really offered that trade, if they even picked up the phone just to kick some ideas, every Wizards fan would jump on it!  That’s called opportunity cost.  What is the price of the next best alternative.  So going back to this Harden trade, to be fair, most fans in October (including myself) would say that Leonsis was right that Harden was not worth the max, especially coming off the Finals.  Also, Beal was suppose to be the next Ray Allen and a lot of people in the organization loved him. But today?  I would throw in Stadium Night Club, mumbo sauce, and some Nike Boots, anything to get Harden on this team.  That’s what makes this news hurt, if it is true.  Because opportunities like this don’t come around.  And opportunities like this cost.

Who knows who leaked this information.  It may be a disgruntled Ernie Grunfeld, who has loved Harden for a long time.  He may have had the trade with the ink drying, and just needed the owner to sign off.  And the owner would not pay for the opportunity.  So this hurts because this goes into what I have been saying for a long time now; what’s the plan?  How can you extend the Arenas shackles with the trade for bums like Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, but not be willing to put out for one of the best shooting guards, if not one of the top 10 best scorers in the league?  And he is only 24! 

I know Leonsis has valued building through the draft.  He did it with the Caps; that team has yet to make it past the second round of the playoffs.  So he is trying it with the NBA.  Doesn’t work my brother.  This is a star driven league.  It is a league where you need at least one max guy; it used to be two until Dallas won in 2011.  But you have to spend money to win championships, unless you get lucky.  And with Grunfeld, you can’t get lucky because you don’t put yourself in a position to get lucky when you draft Jan Vesely with the 6th pick.  And don’t say you can’t get lucky with picks 6-15.  The Golden State Warriors are the eternal late lottery picks.  They are wrecking the league this year!  With Harrison Barnes (7th; Wizards picked Beal #3), Draymond Green (35; Wizards – Satornasky -32!), Klay Thompson (11th; Wizards Vesley 6), and Steph Curry (7th; Wizards traded the 5th pick for Mike Miller and Randy Foye), the Warriors stuck with an actual plan, got knuckleheads (Monta Ellis) off the team and got a coach to build them up.  That’s why they are having early success this season.  However with the Wizards news, we are reminded that the front office are throwing stuff at the wall hoping it would stick.  We’re shedding contracts one minute, we’re trying to lure big ticket stars.  We’re going for youth, we need solid vets.  But what is the true plan to win?  What are the Wizards, especially the owner, really want for this team?

That’s what makes this frustrating as a fan.  Did I expect Harden on this team? Not really.  Did I expect Beal to be better than he has been? Yes.  Am I worried about John Wall? Absolutely.  Do I believe that the front office can do what it takes to put a consistent winner on the floor? I don’t know.  Because great opportunities in the NBA cost; they cost an arm and a leg.  And the Wizards, so far in this new ownership group, have proven they are not willing to put forth the money (and time and energy) needed to acquire it.

Weekly NFL Picks: Week 14

Posted: December 9, 2012 by ccouncil127 in NFL, Weekly NFL Pics

Here we are at week 14. I won last week thanks to the Steelers proving the masses wrong in their second matchup with the Ravens. Anyway here are how things ended up last week:

Carmen 5/ Dara 4/ Renard 4/ Lebron 4/ Yannick 4/ Marissa 3/ Sherilyn 3/ Richan 2

This brings the overall standings t0:

Carmen- 51

Dara- 49

Yannick- 47

Renard- 46

Lebron- 43

Sherilyn- 40

Marissa- 39

Richan- 31

Here are the games that I chose for this week…

  DAL v CIN BAL v WAS KC v CLE NO v NYG MIA v SF CHI v MIN
Carmen CIN WAS CLE NYG SF CHI
Marissa CIN BAL KC NO SF MIN
Dara DAL BAL CLE NYG SF CHI
Lebron DAL BAL CLE NO SF MIN
Renard CIN BAL CLE NYG SF CHI
Yannick DAL WAS CLE NYG SF CHI
Richan CIN WAS CLE NYG SF CHI
Sherilyn CIN WAS CLE NYG SF CHI

Happy Picking All!

Football Friday: AP = All Power

Posted: December 8, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in College Basketball, College Football, Must See TV, NFL

grant_g_adrian-peterson_mb_576What else is there to say about Adrian Peterson?  Call him Terminator.  Robocop.  6 Million Dollar Man.  It probably does not equate to what this guy is doing this season.  A little less than a year go, on Christmas Eve no less, on a terrible field in Landover, Maryland, just 20 minutes from my house, #28 was laying on the ground, with his career seemingly in his hand.  A torn left ACL along with MCL damage doomed his season, and threatened the next, and even his career.  However, he wouldn’t let doctors dictate the terms of his recovery.  He rehabbed relentlessly, some of which we watched on ESPN.  But nobody thought he would see the field until the 2013 season, or late into the 2012 season. 

Little did we know that AP lives by rules that are not same as the rest of mankind.

AP was back on the field for the first week of the 2012 season.  And he wasn’t a decoy, oh no he quickly became the workhorse.  Now through 12 games, he is closing in on a 2,000 yard season.  Let me say that again; less than a year after major damage to his left knee, AP is closing in on 2,000 yards, which is a historic season for running backs, especially in a league that downplays the running game.  AP needs 554 yards in 4 games to crack the mark; while he is only averaging a measly 120.5 yds/gm, he has averaged 157.8 yds over the last 6.  Did you see how he carved the Packers up last week?  And that was with 8 in the box to stop him!

This week the Bears take their shots at AP.  I doubt they can slow down the potential MVP and Comeback Player of the Year; hopefully they can keep him off the field with a sizable lead.  Whatever the case, it is truly a marvel to watch Adrian Peterson, one of the last true athletes in the mold of Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, and Hershel Walker.   Guys that would run over you and take names.  After watching you on that horrible field in Landover last year, I know not take you or anyone that will come after you for granted again.  All hail Adrian Peterson!  Song of the week (thanks @Esteban_Matriz) and games of the weekend after the bump.

Saturday, December 8

EARLY AFTERNOON – CBB Arkansas vs 3 Michigan (12pm, CBS)/LBSU vs 7 Ohio State (12pm, BTN)/Towson vs 15 Georgetown (12pm, MASN)

LATE AFTERNOON – Armyvs Navy (3pm, CBS)/CBB Temple vs 2 Duke (3:15pm, ESPN)/UCLA vs Texas (5:15pm, ESPN)

NIGHT – Heisman Trophy Presentation (8pm, ESPN)/CBB 8 Arizona vs Clemson (8pm, ESPN2)/13 Illinois vs 10 Gonzaga (10pm, ESPN2)

Sunday, December 9

EARLY AFTERNOON – Baltimore vs Washington/Chicago vs Minnesota/Dallas vs Cincinnati

LATE AFTERNOON – New Orleans vs New York Giants/Miami vs San Francisco/Arizona vs Seattle