I did a blog a long while ago on the coolest logos in all of sports. This time, I'm going to focus on the coolest logos in college. Some of these are glitzy logos while others look like iconic figures in American pop culture. Some logos are just plain cool. Check out some of these logos.
The NFL season is two weeks in and we have nine teams that are 0-2 to start off. Which of these teams have the best shot at rebounding from their funk and making the playoffs?
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are the only active NFL team to never have an 0-3 start. They have a good shot at avoiding this and their schedule isn't that bad sans road games at Pittsburgh and Arizona. That home game against Seattle could be tough, though. Indianapolis Colts: Frank Gore has started off slowly, running for 88 yards on 23 carries. Andrew Luck has five interceptions compared to three touchdowns. Luckily, they play in a weak division along with games against the NFC South. Houston Texans: The Texans also have games against division foes and the NFC South. Like the Colts, they need to get their offense figured out. New York Giants: The Giants would've been 2-0, only they blew leads late into games against both the Cowboys and the Falcons. The Giants need to learn how to close games out or else this will be a long season for Tom Coughlin and company. They play in the weak NFC East, which should help. Philadelphia Eagles: Sam Bradford's stats after two games consist of this: 66.3% comp. passes, 560 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. DeMarco Murray's stats? 21 carries for 11 yards. Looks like Murray misses that offensive line for Dallas. Detroit Lions: The Lions' schedule doesn't get any easier in the next three games. They have to face the Broncos at home, the Seahawks on the road and the Cardinals at home. Chicago Bears: The only potential cupcake the Bears get in the next four games is a home date against the Raiders. They also have home dates against San Francisco and Washington later in the season. Their schedule is still pretty difficult, though. New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees has been banged up this season. But that hasn't been the problem: Their defense has allowed 57 points, 4th-most in the NFC. They do play against three weak divisions: Their own NFC South, the AFC South and the NFC East. Seattle Seahawks: They just got Kam Chancellor back and they have six winnable games coming up. In fact, their schedule lets up with home games against Cleveland, St. Louis and San Francisco after their next six games.
The Mets are in first place in the NL East, mainly because of the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes. But there is one Mets pitcher who has captured the hearts of many and that's Bartolo Colon. The 42-year old has a record of 14-12 this season along with an ERA of 4.15. He also has a WHIP of 1.24 and 131 strikeouts this season. His career numbers are decent as well. He has a lifetime ERA of 3.97, a win-loss record of 218-153, a career WHIP of 1.30, and 2,232 career strikeouts. Here are some reasons to love Big Sexy.
I apologize for not doing the picks last week. It was the start of the NFL season and I just wrapped up my NFL preview. Anyways, here are the picks for this week:
Broncos over Chiefs: Peyton Manning has won eight straight matchups against Kansas City and it won't change tonight. Peyton might've not been up to snuff last week against Baltimore, but the Denver defense should do just enough to ensure victory.
Texans over Panthers: First, Kelvin Benjamin is lost for the season with a left ACL injury. Now, Luke Kuechly might be out for this game with concussion problems. Ryan Mallett and Arian Foster better have decent games if Kuechly's out.
Steelers over 49ers: Even without Martavis Bryant or Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh should have a fairly good time against San Francisco.
Cowboys over Eagles: DeMarco Murray really missed having a quality offensive line opening holes for him last week. He ran the ball eight times on nine carries against the Falcons. Can Tony Romo ride a wave of momentum that he had from Sunday's 4th quarter comeback against the Giants?
Packers over Seahawks: Aaron Rodgers reunited with his old buddy James Jones last week, connecting with him for two touchdowns. This'll be a tough game for the Seahawks without Kam Chancellor, who's still holding out for a contract.
Colts over Jets: Indy will face another stingy defense, only this one won't be as stingy as the Bills were last week.
We wrap up our NFL preview with the biggest questions regarding the AFC West. This division features two teams that could be moving to Hollywood by the end of this season. Anyways, here we go!
Denver Broncos: Is the window of opportunity for the Broncos closing? Peyton Manning might be giving his last hurrah this season. If he's truly done, his stats certainly don't show deterioration. He had a rating of 101.5 while throwing for 4,727 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. But he hasn't been the sole reason (Aside from Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders) for why Denver was great last season. Denver ranked third in total defense, allowing 4,883 yards. They also allowed 36.5% of third downs to be converted, fifth lowest in the NFL. Kansas City Chiefs:Can the receivers step up? The Chiefs lost long-time receiver Dwayne Bowe to Cleveland. However, the Chiefs brought in Jeremy Maclin (85 receptions, 1,310 yards, ten touchdowns) to help boost the receiving corps. Maclin becomes reunited with head coach Andy Reid, who was his head coach in Philadelphia. Kansas City's also hoping that receivers like De'anthony Thomas and Albert Wilson can have bigger roles on the team. Oakland Raiders: Can Amari Cooper avoid becoming another Raiders receiving bust? The Oakland Raiders haven't been well known for having the best receivers, nor have they been known for franchise quarterbacks. From JaMarcus Russell to Darrius Heyward-Bey, it seems that they've had a hard time finding a receiver or a quarterback with staying power. Good players like Carson Palmer and Zach Miller have bailed for other teams. Oakland's hoping that Amari Cooper and Derek Carr can become the next great QB-WR duo before what could be their last season in the Bay Area. San Diego Chargers: How much of a difference will Melvin Gordon make? Oakland's not the only AFC team that could potentially be headed to Hollywood. Both Oakland and San Diego are working on possibly sharing a stadium in Carson, California if they can't get new stadiums built in their respective cities. Anyways, the Chargers got a good draft pick (at least on paper) in Melvin Gordon. Gordon ran the ball 631 times for 4,915 yards and 45 touchdowns in his collegiate career with Wisconsin. One thing that the Chargers do need to work on is their discipline; San Diego was the fourth-most penalized team in the NFL on defense with 1,067 penalty yards.
We are close to wrapping up our NFL Preview (Only the AFC West left after this)! We take a look at the AFC South, a division featuring the best defensive player in the NFL and one of the most revamped offenses in the NFL.
Houston Texans: Can the Texans survive on defense alone? Houston has one of the better defenses in the NFL, anchored by superhuman J.J. Watt (78 tackles, four forced fumbles, 20.5 sacks). Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (47 tackles) will help bolster the defensive line and Houston will benefit from a healthy Jadeveon Clowney who contributes. However, the Texans have lost their best offensive weapon for over a decade in Andre Johnson. Their only means of offensive will be Arian Foster (260 carries, 1,246 yards, eight touchdowns). Otherwise, they should just throw to Watt when they're in the red zone. Indianapolis Colts: Can they avenge last year's AFC Championship loss? As many people know, the Colts were blown out by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. What happened during that game was noteworthy. As you should know, there was reports of Tom Brady deflating footballs to his liking before the game. The Colts found out and filed a complaint. They also added Andre Johnson and Frank Gore to their offense, helping Andrew Luck (3rd in passing yards at 4,761 yards) immensely. Frank Gore should help the rushing attack: Indy was 22nd in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,612 yards and tied for first in rushing fumbles with ten. Jacksonville Jaguars: Are the Jaguars moving in the right direction? There are some people that say that the Jaguars are trying to emulate what the Seahawks are doing defensively, scheme and all. With players like defensive end Andre Branch (18 tackles, two forced fumbles, 3.0 sacks), corner Dwayne Gratz (55 combined tackles, two forced fumbles, one interception), and veteran presence Paul Posluzny, this team could become the next Legion of Boom. The Jaguars also added Julius Thomas to help bolster the offense. Granted, this team won't likely be good this year. But they could be competitive in the next few years. Tennessee Titans: How should Ken Whisenhunt utilize Marcus Mariota? The big question surrounding the Titans' camp concerns Marcus Mariota. How should he be used by head coach Ken Whisenhunt? Should Whisenhunt let him run around? Should Whisenhunt try and morph him into a prolific passer? What Whisenhunt does with Mariota will determine what Mariota's legacy will be in Tennessee. Anyways, this won't be a good year the Titans. At least they got their franchise quarterback... For now.
We take a look at a division that surprised a lot of people last season in the AFC North. This division featured an air-tight race that went down to the wire. Once again, it's a division that could be up for grabs.
Baltimore Ravens: Is Baltimore a sleeper pick to get to the Super Bowl? The Ravens have fairly impressive players on both sides of the ball. On offense, they have a running back who broke out last season in Justin Forsett (235 carries, 1,266 yards, eight touchdowns) and a veteran going into his last season in Steve Smith (1,065 yards, six touchdowns). Defensively, they have a sack master in Elvis Dumervil, who had 17.5 sacks last season. Their defense also allowed 1,412 yards last season, 4th-fewest in the NFL, and had the 2nd-most sacks in the NFL with 49. If Baltimore is to be a potential Super Bowl candidate, they need to fix their secondary up quite a bit. Cleveland Browns: Will these new acquisitions make a difference? This offseason was a busy one for the Browns. Now, they didn't acquire any big names through free agency or through trade. However, they added players like receivers Brian Hartline, Terrelle Pryor, and Dwayne Bowe to help with Johnny Manziel. They also added Randy Starks (28 tackles, 4.5 sacks) from Miami to boost a defense that was not only the worst at stopping the run (2,265 yards), but also was 27th in sacks (31). Cleveland also had a good give/take ratio at +6. Cincinnati Bengals: Can Andy Dalton win a playoff game? Quarterback Andy Dalton seems to be haunted by the task of trying to win a playoff game; he is 0-3 for his career in the playoffs. Dalton wasn't exactly solid during the regular season, either. He threw for 3,398 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. His 19 touchdowns were 14 down from the previous season, which might indicate that he's having problems. This is considering that Cincinnati has a fairly solid 1-2 receiver combo in A.J. Green (1,041 yards, six touchdowns) and Mohammed Sanu (790 yards, five touchdowns). Pittsburgh Steelers: Can the Steelers survive while Martavis Bryant and Le'Veon Bell are gone? Two key players for the Steelers are out due to suspension to start the season. One of them is Martavis Bryant (549 yards from 28 receptions, eight touchdowns in just his rookie season), who was suspended by the NFL four games for violating its NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The other player gone is Le'Veon Bell (290 carries, 1,361 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 83 receptions, 854 receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns), who's been suspended two games by the NFL for the same thing. The Steelers still have Antonio Brown (129 receptions, 1,698 yards, 13 touchdowns), who's emerging as one of the best receivers in the NFL. But Pittsburgh's first four games consist of road contests against New England and St. Louis and home games against San Francisco and Baltimore. It'll be interesting to see how Pittsburgh handles this stretch, although a 3-1 stretch isn't out of the imagination.
Now that we've finished covering the NFC, we're moving on to the AFC. We start off with the AFC East, a division that has potential to be one of the toughest. Here we go!
Buffalo Bills: Could this be the year? The Buffalo Bills currently have the longest playoff drought in the NFL, having missed the playoffs since 1999. However, this season shows a lot of promise. A new head coach (Rex Ryan), a new running back (LeSean McCoy), and a defense (4th in the NFL in total defense) led by Mario Williams (14.5 sacks last season) all give the Bills hope in making the postseason. It isn't just Mario Williams that is so good on the defense; the Bills' secondary held opponents to the third-lowest yards-per-game in the NFL at 205.8 yards a game. Miami Dolphins: Can Ryan Tannehill get some help? The Miami Dolphins have high hopes for their quarterback Ryan Tannehill. They've already given him a new contract worth $96 million and are hoping he's the next Dan Marino (Maybe he can do Marino one better and win a Super Bowl).The Dolphins already have a loaded defense (Especially one that could stop the run) with Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line. The Dolphins were 17th in the NFL in receiving yards, so they went out and got Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills to boost their receiving corps. New England Patriots: With Brady's suspension lifted, now what? Now that Tom Brady's a free man, expect there to be hell to pay in the NFL. The defending Super Bowl champs now have their top quarterback returning and avert having to go to Jimmy Garoppolo; Garoppolo has had a subpar preseason so far. However, their secondary has been weakened with Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis both gone. New York Jets: How will the post-Rex Ryan era go? Darrelle Revis is coming back to the Jets and he's bolstering a defense that is already good; the Jets ranked 6th in total defense last season with 5,235 yards allowed. The Jets mainly got good defense from stopping the run; the secondary was 14th in total yards allowed in the NFL. The only problem will be the lack of offense that will keep the defense on the field for too long. With Geno Smith being hurt, that only makes things worse.
We wrap up our coverage of the NFC with the biggest questions surrounding the NFC West. This division has the potential to be one of the toughest again with the back-to-back NFC champion Seahawks, the playoff team known as the Cardinals, and the under-the-radar Rams.
Arizona Cardinals:Can this team be a legitimate threat in the NFC? Many Cardinals fans will tell you that if it weren't for Carson Palmer getting hurt, then the Cardinals would've not only won the NFC West, but would've had home field advantage throughout the playoffs. I, for one, agree with that. Palmer had a rate of 95.6 along with 1,626 yards, 11 TD, and three INT before missing the rest of last season. Plenty of good targets to go around as well, although Larry Fitzgerald hasn't had a 1,000 receiving yard season for three years. San Francisco 49ers: How far will the 49ers fall from grace this year? Let's just say that San Francisco's offseason was an eventful one, albeit one that they'd like to forget. They lost a myriad of players on defense, Chris Borland retired before he even had an NFL career, Jim Harbaugh left San Fran to become a Michigan Man once again, and Aldon Smith and Ray McDonald were done away with due to legal issues. New head coach Jim Tomsula has a tall order of restoring the 49ers to what they were in previous years. Seattle Seahawks:Can the reigning NFC champs make it three in a row in the NFC? The Seahawks were only a yard away from becoming back-to-back Super Bowl champions and they've already upgraded their targets for Russell Wilson by acquiring Jimmy Graham from the Saints. Once again, they boasted the NFL's top defense and look to do it again this year. They also hope to resolve the Kam Chancellor situation soon before it gets too dicey. St. Louis Rams: Will this be their last season in St. Louis? The Rams made an eye-opening trade this offseason by swapping quarterbacks with the Eagles. They also added RB Todd Gurley through the draft and Nick Fairley (Career 98 tackles, four forced fumbles, and 13.5 sacks in four seasons with the Lions) to bolster the defensive line. But the real drama is whether or not the Rams will be staying in St. Louis. Owner Stan Kroenke has been working on potentially bringing the Rams back to Los Angeles for possibly next season.