Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This Week's Picks

            It's time for this week's picks!! It seems that I'm steadily improving, shown by my 5-3 doing last week. Here's hoping I can continue to bank on my improving success with the picks!!

  • Bengals over Dolphins
  • Jaguars over Colts
  • Ravens over Raiders
  • Seahawks over Jets
  • Steelers over Chiefs
  • Vikings over Giants
            Bonus picks include:

  • Stanford over Washington
  • Michigan over Wisconsin
  • Louisville over Clemson

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week Four College Football Winners and Losers

            Although there hasn't been a big shake-up in the college football landscape compared to previous weeks, this week has been known for one other thing: redemption. Teams whose playoff hopes were hanging by the wayside suddenly discovered newfound hopes for the postseason. Here's who won week four and who lost it.

Winner: Wisconsin: The Badgers came into this week looking a little limp. They barely escaped Georgia State the week before and were facing a daunting schedule ahead. #11 Wisconsin responded by throttling #8 Michigan State by the score of 30-6. The Badgers picked off Tyler O'Conner three times and recovered a fumble for a touchdown, putting up a defensive performance that'll send a message to the committee. Wisconsin could be a serious contender if they do well against Michigan and Ohio State.
Winner: Tennessee: Speaking of redeeming themselves, the Volunteers got a big win themselves. In spite of close calls against Appalachian State and Ohio in previous games, #14 Tennessee rallied from a 21-3 halftime deficit to beat rival Florida 38-28. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak against the #19 Gators and stamped a quality win on Tennessee's resume. Coupled with Georgia's loss to Ole Miss, Tennessee now has a fairly firm grasp on the SEC East.
Winner: Florida State: After getting embarrassed by Louisville the previous week, the Seminoles didn't want to look flat this week. They certainly didn't as they handled South Florida by a score of 55-35. Dalvin Cook had a big running day, rushing for 267 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Included in those rushes was a 75-yard run. In fact, all Florida State rushers recorded a touchdown in this game. Jacques Patrick had 124 rushing yards of his own on 20 carries and ran for a touchdown.
Loser: Les Miles: Do Michigan fans remember the days before Harbaugh, when Les Miles was rumored to be in the running for the head coach job at Michigan? Boy, did the Maize and Blue dodge a bullet. Another underwhelming performance in a season of high expectations has cost Les Miles his job at LSU. There will be plenty of schools that will want Miles as their head football coach. However, Miles has led this squad to yet another whimper of a season as the Tigers try and compete in the tough SEC West division.
Loser: Notre Dame: Losing to Duke has Brian Kelly calling open-season on all starting jobs for the Fighting Irish. A 1-3 start has led to Notre Dame canning their defensive coordinator and has raised questions about whether Notre Dame is overrated. Being out of the playoff mix, the Fighting Irish can only hope to salvage a spot in a bowl game.
Loser: Georgia: Kirby Smart's squad looked terrible against Ole Miss, confirming suspicions of underwhelming play. A 45-14 shellacking exposed the Bulldogs as a fraudulent team, leaving Georgia looking up against an upbeat Tennessee squad in the SEC East. Fortunately for Georgia, they didn't completely fall out of the rankings.

Other Winners: Next week's Stanford/Washington match-up, Amba Etta-Tawo, Lamar Jackson (again), Texas A&M
Other Losers: USC (again), LSU for not getting a game-winning touchdown off in time, Florida's 2nd-half performance against Tennessee, Northern Illinois

My Playoff Four:

  1. Alabama
  2. Louisville
  3. Ohio State
  4. Houston

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Big Ticket Item

            Recently, Kevin Garnett announced his retirement from the NBA. His announcement marked the end of a prolific era that featured stars like Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Garnett wasn't your typical NBA big man; he wanted his height to be listed as 6'11" mainly because he didn't want to be defined as just being an NBA big (someone who protects the rim and rebounds).
            A 1995 McDonald's All-American from Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Garnett was a big question mark when he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves. How would he do in the NBA straight out of high school? The answer was, well, every NBA fan should know this one. Garnett was the NBA MVP in 2004, an NBA champion in 2008 (with the Big 3 of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in Boston), a 15-time NBA All-Star, the 2003 NBA All-Star Game MVP, a four-time member of the All-NBA First Team, a nine-time member of the All-NBA First Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. That's just scratching the surface regarding Garnett's NBA accomplishments.
            Garnett finished his NBA career with 26,071 points (17.8 ppg), 14,662 rebounds (10 rpg), and 5,445 assists (3.7 apg). He turned the Timberwolves from an NBA laughingstock into a perennial NBA playoff team. Here's a homage to some of Garnett's finest moments throughout his NBA career.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This Week's Picks

            Here's another edition of the picks!! We went 4-4 last week, which isn't bad. However, we stand to do better. I did a coin flip on some of these picks, so some of these are randomized. Here we go!!

  • Patriots over Texans (Coin-flip); gut feeling says Texans over Patriots
  • Packers over Lions
  • Steelers over Eagles
  • Panthers over Vikings
  • Cardinals over Bills
  • Broncos over Bengals
  • Cowboys over Bears
  • Falcons over Saints

Monday, September 19, 2016

College Football Week Three Winners and Losers

            This week was a big week for the top ranked teams. All top three teams had tough games against ranked opponents. One of them squeaked by, another got embarrassed by their opponent, and the other had little difficulty beating theirs. Here's who won the third week of the college football season.

Winner: North Dakota State: The Bison upset #13 Iowa on a game-winning 37-yard field goal as time expired. King Frazier had 16 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown as the 13-time FCS champions got their sixth straight win against an FBS opponent. The Bison held the defending Big Ten West Champs to 231 total yards while running for 239 team rushing yards. NDSU even got some love in the AP poll, receiving 74 points in the latest poll.
Winner: Lamar Jackson's Heisman Hopes: The star quarterback at Louisville needed a statement game against #2 Florida State to be seriously considered in the Heisman race. Jackson responded in a big way, running for 146 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries. He also went 13-20 while throwing for 216 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Jackson's play this season has suddenly propelled the Cardinals into playoff talks.
Winner: Clemson: After back-to-back close calls to start the season, Deshaun Watson and #5 Clemson needed to come out strong in their next game (even against an FCS opponent). Clemson responded in a big way, routing South Carolina State by a score of 59-0. Watson only threw three incomplete passes and Ray-Ray McCloud had a couple touchdown catches. Clemson was up 45-0 at halftime, a deficit so big that both sides agreed to shorten the second half to 12 minutes. Another benefit from this game: the Tigers got to rest most of their starters in the second half, giving them a little more time to prep for a Thursday night game at Georgia Tech. FSU's loss to Louisville also opened an opportunity for the Tigers in the ACC.
Loser: The Big 12's Postseason Hopes: The Big 12's dark horse, #11 Texas, lost on a controversial play to California, 50-43. Before that, #14 Oklahoma got wrecked by #3 Ohio State in Norman by a score of 45-24. #21 Baylor won big against Rice, which is nice. However, Baylor's schedule is weak enough that the Bears will need an undefeated run to be strongly considered for a playoff spot. Kind of the same thing for TCU, except the Horned Frogs already have a loss on their record (41-38 to Arkansas last week). As for Oklahoma State? They got screwed on a botched call a week ago. The Big 12's early misfortune and ineptitude have opened the door to a Pac-12 team (Washington or Stanford) or Houston possibly getting into the playoff.
Loser: Wisconsin: It seems like that big first week win at Lambeau over LSU was a mirage. The Badgers barely survived against Georgia State by a score of 23-17. Wisconsin allowed 269 passing yards to the Panthers while gaining 213 passing yards of their own. Now the Badgers' next three games will be against Top-Ten ranked teams with two of those games being on the road.
Loser: Oregon's Two-Point Conversion Attempts Against Nebraska: #22 Oregon did something completely unusual to the game of football: try for the two-point conversion on EVERY touchdown. They outgained Nebraska in total yards (482-428) and didn't turn the ball over unlike the Cornhuskers. The reason for why they lost? Those two-point conversions. The Ducks went 1-5 on two-point conversions in a 35-32 loss at Nebraska. Maybe the Ducks should start recruiting a kicker or actually trying the extra point?

Other Winners: Western Michigan against the state of Illinois, the Michigan State Spartans, Christian McCaffrey, and the Ohio State Buckeyes' young players.
Other Losers: Florida State's dignity, the Georgia Bulldogs, Chad Kelly, and USC/Notre Dame's playoff hopes.

My Playoff Teams:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Louisville
  4. Houston

Friday, September 16, 2016

Kitty Time!!!

            Kittens and Friday: They make for a lovely combination. Here are some cat GIFs to brighten your day!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Let's Do Better With Our Picks!!

            So last week, we didn't do so well with our picks. We went a paltry 3-5 with a couple games that were down to the wire. Anyways, let's hope for more luck this week!!

  • Jets over Bills
  • Steelers over Bengals
  • Patriots over Dolphins
  • Chiefs over Texans
  • Lions over Titans
  • Broncos over Colts
  • Packers over Vikings
  • Bears over Eagles