Saturday, November 28, 2009

Six Picks for Sunday - Week Twelve

We're back with another edition of the Six Picks for Sunday. As you know, these are determined by the six games with the closest spreads, although the games will be predicted straight up. Feel free to post your own picks in the comments section, and I'll keep you updated with the results throughout the season.

For the up-to-date results and standings, click here.

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans - Colts
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills - Dolphins
Arizona Cardinals @ Tennessee Titans - Titans
Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams - Seahawks
Carolina Panthers @ New York Jets - Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Francisco 49ers - Jaguars

It's never a smart bet to go against the Colts, so I won't... Give me the Dolphins on the road. Ricky Williams is having one of the best years of his career and the Bills are, well, the Bills... This one's a tough one, but I'll take the hot Titans at home... The Seahawks aren't any good but the Rams are even worse... I'll take the Jets to bounce back at home... Jags on the road, although I could see the Niners sneaking out with a win.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

NFL Power Rankings: Week 12 edition

Apologies for posting these a bit late. Here's wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours while you enjoy turkey and the Power Rankings.

The Top Tier keeps shrinking, mostly because elite teams continue to lose to teams they shouldn't and in disappointing fashion.

1. Saints (10-0) [1]
2. Colts (10-0) [2]
3. Vikings (9-1) [3]
4. Patriots (7-3) [5]
5. Cardinals (7-3) [7]
6. Chargers (7-3) [8]
7. Bengals (7-3) [4]
8. Cowboys (7-3) [9]

9. Steelers (6-4) [6]
10. Eagles (6-4) [14]
11. Giants (6-4) [15]
12. Jaguars (6-4) [16]
13. Broncos (6-4) [10]
14. Dolphins (5-5) [17]
15. Packers (6-4) [18]
16. Falcons (5-5) [11]
17. Ravens (5-5) [12]
18. Texans (5-5) [13]
19. Titans (4-6) [22]

20. 49ers (4-6) [19]
21. Panthers (4-6) [20]
22. Bears (4-6) [21]
23. Chiefs (3-7) [27]
24. Raiders (3-7) [28]
25. Jets (4-6) [23]
26. Bills (3-7) [24]
27. Seahawks (3-7) [25]
28. Redskins (3-7) [26]
29. Lions (2-8) [31]
30. Buccaneers (1-9) [29]
31. Rams (1-9) [30]
32. Browns (1-9) [32]

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Six Picks for Sunday - Week Eleven results

It was a good week for all of the Six Picks for Sunday competitors but The Rooster went 6-0 this week. I finally bounced back with a 5-1 performance and Stu pulled up the rear, albeit with a very good 4-2 showing. Here are the pick-by-pick results:

Tony's Picks

The Rooster's Picks

Stuart's Picks

And now for the current overall standings:

Stuart (42-18)
The Rooster (36-24)
Tony (27-33)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Six Picks for Sunday - Week Eleven

We're back with another edition of the Six Picks for Sunday. As you know, these are determined by the six games with the closest spreads, although the games will be predicted straight up. Feel free to post your own picks in the comments section, and I'll keep you updated with the results throughout the season.

For the up-to-date results and standings, click here.

Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions - Lions
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens - Colts
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants - Giants
San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers - Packers
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos - Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears - Bears

Take what I'm writing here with a grain of salt because, as you can see from the results, I'm having a horrible year... I'll take the Lions, simply because they are the home team, in this battle of awful teams... While many see this as a letdown game for the Colts, I like them over the Ravens in Baltimore... The Giants can't lose five straight, can they? Michael Turner won't play for the Falcons, so I'll say the Giants take this one... The 49ers picked off Jay Cutler five times and still only won 10-6, so I don't think they'll beat the Packers, even if they sack Aaron Rodgers ten times... The Broncos are in a real slide and with Kyle Orton likely out, the red-hot Chargers take this one in Denver... I think Jay Cutler bounces back and the Bears take care of the Eagles at Soldier Field.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Why signing Allen Iverson is the worst move the Knicks could make

The New York Knicks, one of the most pathetic franchises in recent professional sports, are about to sign Allen Iverson, according to multiple reports. Yes, the same Allen Iverson who left the Memphis Grizzlies after playing one game with the team because he thinks he should be a starter.

Let's not forget that the Knicks are a putrid 2-9, even though they did win in come-from-behind fashion in Indiana last night and have a matchup with the winless Nets on Saturday. So what better way to improve a team made up of overpaid underperformers and wide-eyed youngsters than to bring in Allen Iverson, the King of the Ballhogs?

All I've heard is how AI will score 40+ in coach Mike D'Antoni's system. While this may be true it will be at the cost of the development of Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Toney Douglas. As a bad team looking ahead to the "Summer of 2010," the Knicks should only be concerned about the future.

Sure, winning a few games now would ensure that the Jazz don't get the number one overall pick, since Isiah Thomas traded it away in one of his many idiotic deals. But what does it really matter? Why not just toss out all your youngsters and let them learn by doing?

If Iverson is signed, he won't be a part of the post-2010 plan. Nor will Al Harrington, Larry Hughes, Chris Duhon or anyone else that Donnie Walsh will be able to let free or trade. So what, then, is the point of bringing Iverson in now, to the detriment of everyone but Iverson?

I'm not discrediting Iverson's talent. The guy can play, no doubt. But he needs the ball all the time, needs everything to be done his way, and will almost certainly cause problems wherever he goes, a la Terrell Owens. Knowing all of that, why even bother with the guy when your team has zero chance of winning anything this season?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NFL Power Rankings: Week 11 edition

1. Saints (9-0) [1]
2. Colts (9-0) [2]
3. Vikings (8-1) [3]
4. Bengals (7-2) [7]
5. Patriots (6-3) [4]
6. Steelers (6-3) [5]
7. Cardinals (6-3) [9]
8. Chargers (6-3) [11]
9. Cowboys (6-3) [6]
10. Broncos (6-3) [8]

I thought about sliding the Colts up to the number one spot after that great comeback win against the Patriots but I can't discount what the Saints have been doing... The Bengals leap up to number four after a nice (if boring) win against the Steelers. Cincinnati is in the driver's seat for the AFC North crown... The Chargers crack the Top Tier for the first time in a while and have a huge matchup against the Broncos next week.

11. Falcons (5-4) [10]
12. Ravens (5-4) [14]
13. Texans (5-4) [13]
14. Eagles (5-4) [12]
15. Giants (5-4) [15]
16. Jaguars (5-4) [16]
17. Dolphins (4-5) [17]
18. Packers (5-4) [19]
19. 49ers (4-5) [20]
20. Panthers (4-5) [21]
21. Bears (4-5) [18]
22. Titans (3-6) [25]

The Falcons and Giants will battle this coming week in a matchup that could be make-or-break for both teams. Each is 5-4, each has struggled lately... A big win for the Jaguars as they came from behind and beat the Jets after a smart play by Maurice Jones-Drew, who knelt at the one yard line to preserve the clock and seal the deal... Jay Cutler, a few short months ago thought of as the future of the Bears, now looks like the December '08 Brett Favre. Maybe for Chicago that could turn out to be a good thing next season... The Titans continue to roll after replacing Kerry Collins with Vince Young at starting quarterback. It helps that Chris Johnson is having an incredible season.

23. Jets (4-5) [22]
24. Bills (3-6) [23]
25. Seahawks (3-6) [24]
26. Redskins (3-6) [30]
27. Chiefs (2-7) [28]
28. Raiders (2-7) [26]
29. Buccaneers (1-8) [27]
30. Rams (1-8) [29]
31. Lions (1-8) [31]
32. Browns (1-8) [32]

The Jets have gone from Kings of New York with a tough guy coach full of bravado to a huge disappointment behind their crybaby coach Rex Ryan. Not that we should have expected more out of a rookie quarterback but once the New York media dubbed him Mark "Sanchise," the expectations grew way beyond what they should have been... The Bills are truly awful and Terrell Owens is in the running for Least Valuable Player, along with Michael Vick.

Six Picks for Sunday - Week Ten results

It was more of the same during Week Ten, which means another putrid performance by yours truly. Let's take a look at the results.

Tony's Picks

The Rooster's Picks

Stuart's Picks

Both Stuart and The Rooster went 3-3 while I was a disgusting, despicable, disheartening 1-5. Perhaps, like the Tennessee Titans, I can make a nice run here after an awful start. Probably not. Let's look at the full results from the year.

Stuart (38-16)
The Rooster (30-24)
Tony (22-32)

Video: Ric Flair "bloodies" Hulk Hogan at Australian press conference

Hulk Hogan is embarking on his newest Hulkamania tour, which takes place in Australia. The tour features several other wrestling has-beens, but the main event pits "The Hulkster" against Ric Flair. Tuesday night the two squared off at a press event to promote the fight. Watch as the two old, old, old dogs exchange words and then Flair gives Hogan the weakest looking slap.

Apparently many in the Australian media thought this was real. I can't hide my love for professional wrestling but we all know it's set up. If that wasn't enough, that slap couldn't have busted open a tomato.

This match will be all sorts of bad when the two actually get it on. Hogan was one of the worst wrestlers in terms of ring work when he was in his prime so just imagine how bad he'll be at the age he is and against another geriatric in "The Nature Boy."

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Video: Brandon Jennings scores 55 points on the Warriors

Coming into this year's NBA Draft, Brandon Jennings was the guy everyone was scared of. You may remember him as the high school kid that went to Italy to play instead of college because his test scores weren't high enough. His numbers overseas left a little to be desired and many pundits didn't think he would amount to anything in the pros.

It's early, surely, but Jennings is doing his best to prove them wrong. Last night the Bucks rookie went off for 55 points against Golden State. Clearly on this night the Warriors did not come out to play. (See... see what I did there?)

Take a look at the highlights below.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Six Picks for Sunday - Week Ten

After what we'll call a "bye week," we're back with another edition of the Six Picks for Sunday. As you know, these are determined by the six games with the closest spreads, although the games will be predicted straight up. Feel free to post your own picks in the comments section, and I'll keep you updated with the results throughout the season.

For the up-to-date results and standings, click here.

Denver Broncos @ Washington Redskins - Broncos
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers - Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders - Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles @ San Diego Chargers - Chargers
Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers - Cowboys
New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts - Patriots

The Redskins are about as bad as a two-win team can be. While the Broncos are coming off two straight losses, they were to very good teams. And the Redskins certainly are not a very good team... The Falcons seem to be getting in a groove and while the Panthers are playing better than they were earlier in the year, they still have a long way to go... The last time the Chiefs and Raiders met, Oakland squeaked out a 13-10 victory in Kansas City. This time the teams battle in the bay, so I'll take the Raiders... The Chargers are on fire right and coming off a huge last minute win at Giants Stadium. The Eagles are coming off a tough loss and have a lot of question marks surrounding their team. I'll take the Bolts in San Diego... The Packers just aren't very good. While Aaron Rodgers is doing his part, the rest of the team isn't helping. After losing to the winless Bucs, Green Bay should be fired up but the Cowboys are hitting their annual "make everyone think we're really good" stretch and should win at Lambeau... While the Colts are undefeated and at home, I'll take the Pats. New England's offense is finally gelling and Tom Brady seems to have shaken off all the rust from missing a year. Add in the fact that the Colts are banged up on defense and that's a recipe for Indianapolis' first loss of 2009.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NFL Power Rankings: Week 10 edition

1. Saints (8-0) [1]
2. Colts (8-0) [2]
3. Vikings (7-1) [3]
4. Patriots (6-2) [5]
5. Steelers (5-2) [6]
6. Cowboys (6-2) [7]
7. Bengals (6-2) [8]
8. Broncos (6-2) [4]
9. Cardinals (5-3) [12]
10. Falcons (5-3) [13]
11. Chargers (5-3) [15]

Not a lot of change at the top, other than the Broncos falling a bit. As much as I'd like to jump off their bandwagon, they did lose to the defending Super Bowl champions. Denver plays Washington this weekend, which should help them straighten everything out... The Cowboys are starting to hit a stride and that's bad news for the rest of the NFC East... The Bengals just might be for real and have a huge contest against Pittsburgh coming up in Week 10.

12. Eagles (5-3) [9]
13. Texans (5-4) [11]
14. Ravens (4-4) [10]
15. Giants (5-4) [14]
16. Jaguars (4-4) [21]
17. Dolphins (3-5) [16]
18. Bears (4-4) [17]
19. Packers (4-4) [18]
20. 49ers (3-5) [19]

I wanted to drop the Giants, Bears and Packers down the ladder more, but there is really nowhere for them to go. That's how bad the bottom tier is... The G-Men are in an absolute freefall, having lost four straight... The Ravens just aren't the team they were last year and their defense is starting to show its age... Not to take anything away from the Bucs but the Packers just can't lose to them, especially in those ugly throwback uniforms. Then again, Green Bay has one of the worst offensive lines in the game.

21. Panthers (3-5) [20]
22. Jets (4-4) [22]
23. Bills (3-5) [23]
24. Seahawks (3-5) [24]
25. Titans (2-6) [27]
26. Raiders (2-6) [25]
27. Buccaneers (1-7) [32]
28. Chiefs (1-7) [26]
29. Rams (1-7) [28]
30. Redskins (2-6) [29]
31. Lions (1-7) [30]
32. Browns (1-7) [31]

What can I really say here? Tampa Bay moves up five spots with their win and for just showing signs of life.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hey, where were the Six Picks for Sunday this week?

I have to be honest with you. I totally forgot about it.

I moved into a new apartment this weekend and, in the midst of that frenzy, the weekly Six Picks for Sunday competition completely slipped my mind. Don't worry, I'm sure Stu would have gone 6-0 and I would have gone 1-5, with The Rooster somewhere in between.

We'll be back next week with the contest and I apologize if any of you were on the edge of your seat waiting. Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

NFL Power Rankings: Week 9 edition

The Saints and Colts remained undefeated and kept hold of their top spots in the NFL Power Rankings.

1. Saints (7-0) [1]
2. Colts (7-0) [2]
3. Vikings (7-1) [4]
4. Broncos (6-1) [3]
5. Patriots (5-2) [5]
6. Steelers (5-2) [6]
7. Cowboys (5-2) [7]
8. Bengals (5-2) [9]
9. Eagles (5-2) [12]
10. Ravens (4-3) [13]
11. Texans (5-3) [15]

The Texans are the most noticeable change, sliding into the Top Tier after going two games over .500 for the first time in their history... The Ravens knocked off the undefeated Broncos to move up three spots.

12. Cardinals (4-3) [8]
13. Falcons (4-3) [10]
14. Giants (5-3) [11]
15. Chargers (4-3) [16]
16. Dolphins (3-4) [18]
17. Bears (4-3) [20]
18. Packers (4-3) [14]
19. 49ers (3-4) [17]
20. Panthers (3-4) [24]
21. Jaguars (3-4) [19]
22. Jets (4-4) [21]
23. Bills (3-5) [22]

The Falcons and Giants continue to slide after both started the year high in the Power Rankings... I thought long and hard about putting the Jags, Jets and Bills in the Bottom Tier but I don't know if I'm ready to commit to that yet.

24. Seahawks (2-5) [23]
25. Raiders (2-6) [25]
26. Chiefs (1-6) [26]
27. Titans (1-6) [30]
28. Rams (1-7) [31]
29. Redskins (2-5) [29]
30. Lions (1-6) [27]
31. Browns (1-7) [28]
32. Buccaneers (0-7) [32]

The New York Yankees are World Champions for the 27th time

I've been very slow on the blogging lately, but you know I had to drop in for this one. The Yankees took Game 6 tonight and captured their 27th World Series title.

I'll be back tomorrow with more thoughts on the World Series victory and my weekly NFL Power Rankings, but until then I leave you with this celebratory photo.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Six Picks for Sunday - Week Eight results

Let's just say this wasn't my week when it came to predicting games. In fact, it hasn't been my season. Let's take a look at this week's results.

Tony's Picks

Stuart's Picks

The Rooster's Picks

Not surprisingly, Stu went 4-2 and again won the week. The Rooster was right there with a 3-3 performance and then... me. A pathetic 1-5 week to keep me firmly locked in the basement. Here are the overall standings.

Stuart (35-13)
The Rooster (27-21)
Tony (21-27)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Video: Manu Ginobili is the new Batman

So I'm sure you've seen this by now since it's been all over the interwebs, but I'm just getting around to some blogging and I had to post it. A bat got inside the AT&T Center during the Spurs-Kings game on Saturday night. Manu Ginobili was able to swat down the bat. Best part, he didn't even do that stupid Christian Bale voice!

I'm surprised no "bat rights" groups have come out of the woodwork after this one. Then again, it's only been a few days.