NFL Season Predictions


Do you think the Green Bay Packers win the NFC North?

My prediction for the winner of the NFC North is the Green Bay Packers. Despite their defense letting up an average of 27 points per game, there offense led by superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers put up sensational numbers as they carried their team to the first round of the 2012-2013 divisional playoff round.

I believe the Packers will win that division because the teams around them in the north are week. The Lions have some great players here and there but their defense is to big of a problem. The reason why the Packers won the division last year with a struggling defense is because there offense could carry the load and score tons of points. The Lions' offense is not as potent as the Packers' and therefore they are clearly not cut out as division champs. The Vikings have the best running back in the NFL and a solid wide receiver, but their quarterback Christian Ponder cannot lead a team to a playoff run. I like Ponder, but this will be his second year in the league and I think he is one of those quarterbacks that takes time to develop into a big threat. The Chicago Bears are the biggest threat to another division title for the Packers. Chicago has a fantastic, mean, goal-line stopping defense which is what every team needs. The only concern is their quarterback, Jay Cuter. Cutler is a great player when on his hot streak, when he isn't so hot, he reminds me a lot of Mark Sanchez because of the amount of turnovers he manufactures. He can't beat out Aaron Rodgers and it certainly does not help to loose your 8 time pro bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Did you know that the Green Bay Packers won their first title or (Super Bowl) in 1929.

The Packers can always be dangerous in the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers always keeps his team in the game. That is why I choose the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC North

NFL Season Predictions


Washington Redskins celebrate after clinching the NFC East for the first time in 14 years

Do the Washington Redskins win the NFC East? 

The NFL had a big offseason. To many scandals and headlines and not enough football talk. That is why I am going to predict the winners of each division from each conference and my super bowl winner. Each conference will be broken down by one post at a time.

My winner for the NFC East is the Washington Redskins. The Redskins had a great year last year finishing with a record of 10 wins and 6 losses. It was their first division title in since 1999 (14 years.) When they drafted RGIII in the 2012-2013 draft, I knew that was the right pick because they were in desperate need of a solid quarterback and a leader. A big surprise last year was their running back Alfred Morris. In his first year in the league he finished second in total rushing yards and second in touchdowns scored for his position. They had lost a key component of their defense last year by the name of Brian Orakpo to a torn pectoral. Orakpo is healthy now and is looking to have a big comeback. Another injury which has been discussed plenty over the offseason is RGII tearing his ACL and MCL in the NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Griffin underwent successful knee surgery this offseason and is already on the practice field. Coach Shanahan and the Redskins front office are going to be very cautious with Robert as they made a statement a few weeks ago stating that Robert will not play in any pre-season games.

They need to have a good year in order to win because the other teams around them have made key pickups such as Chip Kelly joining the Eagles, and the Cowboys changing there play calling privileges.

Did you know that the Washington Redskins were originally called the Boston Braves in 1932? Then from 1933 to 1937 they were called the Boston Redskins and then in 1937 they became the Washington Redskins.

I'm really looking forward to the NFC East battle this year. There are no standout teams in the division and you are pretty much guaranteed a close race to the finish line.

Dufner Captures First Major


Sunday capped a historic weekend for Jason Dufner. At age 36, Dufner finally captured a victory of a major. Down by one stroke heading into Sunday, Dufner shot a 68 (-2) to reach -10 for the tournament. Jim Furyk shot a 71 which put him at -8 for the tournament which was good enough for runner up.

Dufner's prize is $1,445,000 for winning the PGA championship. This is his first major and his third win on the PGA Tour. Congrats Jason!

2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft


There are a lot of headlines in the 2013 NFL season. The quarterback battle in New York, can Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning have as good years as they did last year, and how will New England play without all of their passing threats.

Fantasy football is my favorite fantasy sport. I have been playing fantasy football for five years and have won it all twice. I am going to provide you a mock draft of the top 10 players I would take (in order,) sleepers and busts for this year.

1. Adrian Peterson (RB) Vikings

Peterson tore his ACL in the 2011-2012 season and many people thought he would never be the same. Turns out that last year he had a better year then any year of his career. He was the leading rusher and finished third in touchdowns for his positions. He never disappoints.

2. Arian Foster (RB) Texans

Foster finished sixth in rushing yards and had the most touchdowns at his position. Houston has a very balanced offense with a solid quarterback in Matt Schaub and they love to give the ball to Foster in the red zone.

3. Alfred Morris (RB) Redskins

Alfred surprised many fantasy owners last year in his first year in the league. Morris finished second in total rushing yards and second in touchdowns for his position. Clearly the numbers say it all;  he is a top five pick and expect him to get a lot more touches this year now that RGIII is coming off a major knee injury. The Redskins are going to be very cautious with their play calling in the beginning of the year.

4. Jamaal Charles (RB) Chiefs

Jamaal Charles is flat out an outstanding running back. The only question mark I have with him is his health. In the past three years he has not been very healthy suffering concussions and serious knee injuries. Now that Andy Reid and Alex Smith are in Kansas City, I think Charles will have an outstanding year and have higher totals then any of his previous years in the league.

5. Doug Martin (RB) Buccaneers  

He is referred to as the "muscle hamster." Standing at 5 feet 9 inches and 215 pounds, Martin is a truck. He can turn on the jets when running to the outside and burn the secondary, when he runs up the middle he runs through linebackers like they are not even there. He can only improve on his rookie year and is going to be a great factor this year.

6. Marshawn Lynch (RB) Seahawks

Ever since Lynch went to Seattle he became a totally different player. He had a lot of quiet years in Buffalo but always caught my eye when I watched him play. Now he is on a team with a solid young quarterback and a fantastic defense. Everything around him is there and all he needs to do is perform, which he has been doing. Last year he finished third in total rushing yards and fifth in touchdowns for his position. I believe his numbers will go up so he is definitely a top 10 pick.

7. Calvin Johnson Jr. (WR) Lions

Megatron. That is his nickname because of his freakish size and talent. Last year he broke Jerry Rice's record for most receiving yards in a single season. He never disappoints fantasy owners as he is clearly the number one wide receiver in the league. I don't know if his numbers will spike up from last year's phenomenal performance but his numbers will be great as always.

8. LeSean McCoy (RB) Eagles

I like McCoy, he is a solid player if healthy. He has been battling concussions that last two years and right now the Eagles are a mess. The reason why I think he is top 10 worthy is because of the offense new coach Chip Kelly has put in. McCoy will get a lot of touches through the backfield and the wildcat so expect him to have better numbers this year then last year.

9. Peyton Manning (QB) Broncos

Peyton came off of major neck surgery last year and put up outstanding numbers. Finishing sixth in passing yards and third in passing touchdowns, he is always a fantasy factor. I strongly believe his numbers will be unreal this year with the addition of Wes Welker. Welker loves to line up in the slot and I can see those two having a lot of yards and touchdowns between them.

10. C.J. Spiller (RB) Bills

Spiller was a very good running back at Clemson and has been a very streaky performer in the NFL. Spiller got off to a great start last year but suffered a couple injuries which really slowed him down. He has sky high potential but he needs to remain healthy. No doubt in my mind that if he is available this late in the first round you should take him.

            Sleepers                                                                      

  • Chris Ivory (RB) Jets                          
  • Tavon Austin (WR) Rams
  • Trent Richardon (RB) Browns
  • Andrew Luck (QB) Colts
  • Tony Gonzalez (TE) Falcons

          Busts

  • Tom Brady (QB) Patriots
  • Benjarvus Green Ellis (RB) Bengals
  • Hakeem Nicks (WR) Giants
  • Dez Bryant (WR) Cowboys
  • Jimmy Graham (TE) Saints

Is there anyone that you feel has been left out in my top ten mock draft?

Dufner With A "Historic" Lead


Dufner is eager for that first major victory

Jason Dufner almost had it. He missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole which would have made him the first golfer to shoot a 62 in any major. Even though he did not shoot a 62, he took a surging lead at the PGA Championship.

Dufner started out the day 2 under par. Today's round was a round that he will never forget as he shot 7 under par and passed names like Adam Scott and Jim Furyk, and shifted to the top of the leader board. Dufner and Scott made every cut this year in all four of the major tournaments.

Dufner is currently ranked 21 in the world golf rankings and is referred to as a "big money player" because he has been in contention in each major over the past two years. Dufner has only two wins on the PGA tour in his three year career on the tour.

In my opinion, Jason Dufner is a very under rated golfer. He always mingles around in the top 20 in each event he plays in. He plays great in the majors and played fantastic in last years Ryder Cup. I really hope he wins this tournament, he is one of my favorite golfers and deserves this win.


Do you think Jason Dufner can maintain his lead and win the 2013 PGA championship?

Rios Heading To Texas


Alex says he is excited and thrilled to play for a playoff contender

Early Friday news had been made that Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has been traded to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later.

The White Sox will send $1 million dollars to the Rangers toward Rios' remaining salary. The Rangers put a waver claim on Rios and he successfully passed through waivers and was claimed by Texas. Rangers manager Ron Washington said he does not expect Rios to start on Friday and expects him to make his season debut for them on Saturday.


Does Alex Rios fill the role of the suspended Nelson Cruz?

Back And A Lot To Talk About


It has been a rough two weeks for A-Rod
Hey everyone, sorry I have been a while since my last blog. I recently had surgery on my right wrist. Anyways, there is a lot unfolding in the sports world in the past couple week.

As most of you probably know, Alex Rodriguez has been suspended 211 games which will go into effect on Thursday August 8th. Alex has appealed the suspension and can play until the grievance process is ruled by an arbitrator. Alex has been suspended by the MLB for violating the league's drug policy. The league released a statement on Monday claiming Rodriguez used PED's which stand for performance enhancing drugs. Rodriguez would have been suspended 100 games due to the collective bargaining agreement which states if a player gets busted once for violating the league's drug policy he receives a 50 game suspension. If busted twice, he receives a 100 game ban. If busted three times, a life time ban will be given to the player prohibiting him from stepping back onto the baseball diamond. The reason why Alex Rodriguez was banned more then 100 games is because he refused to cooperate with the MLB originally during their investigation and he interfered with the investigation.
Alex quoted in his news conference that he is "thrilled and humbled to get back to the game he loves."I know that he wants to get back onto the field, but do the Yankees want him back on the field? Many people, including A-Rod believe that the Yankees are doing everything they can to keep A-Rod off the field. Part of the reason why is because the longer they keep him off the field, the less of his gigantic salary they have to pay. While A-Rod is suspended through the 2014 season, he is suspended without pay.

My question is, Do you think Alex Rodriguez will ever play another game in pinstripes after the 2014 season?

Chicago Gets Game 5


Patrick Kane was a huge contribution in the Blackhawks Game 5 effort by netting two goals

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks was another close one. Game 4 of the series was won by Chicago with a score of 6-5 that ended in overtime on a game winner by Brent Seabrook.

Tonight, the two teams met in a battle for soul possession and the outright lead of the back and fourth series. Chicago got one goal in the first period and the another in the second which were both scored by forward Patrick Kane. Then 3 minutes and 40 seconds into the third period, Boston defensemen and captain Zdeno Chara zipped a goal past Corey Crawford to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Blackhawks kept the score the same for the rest of the game so Boston had no other choice but to pull their goalie that way they could have an extra skater on the ice. With an empty net, Dave Bolland slid the puck in from the red line and Chicago went on to win 3-1 and take a 3-2 series lead.

Game 6 will be hosted in Boston at 8:00pm on NBC. Can the Blackhawks finish the job and win the Stanley Cup or can the Bruins fight back and force another game in Chicago?


Who wins Game 6 and why?

Will The Deal Get Done?


Doc Rivers head coach of the Boston Celtics

Over the past few weeks, trade talks between the Los Angles Clippers and the Boston Celtics have intensified. Last month the Clippers fired their head coach Vinny Del Negro after finishing the season with 56 wins and 26 loses but got bounced by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs.

In the trade talks with the Celtics, the Clippers were trying to acquire Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett and were willing to give up guard Eric Bledsoe and a few future first round draft picks. Rivers is currently the head coach of Boston with an all time coaching record of 587 wins and 473 losses for regular season games. His all time post season coaching record is 64 wins and 57 losses. Clearly Doc Rivers is a great coach and if I worked for the front office of any franchise in the NBA, he would be on my radar for the coaching job. Kevin Garnett is a first ballot hall of famer. Standing at 6' 11" at age 37, he is still a dominant force in the league. Garnett played with the Minnesota Timberwolves in his early years and is now a member of the Boston Celtics. Averaging 19.1 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game, Garnett is averaging an amazing double -double for his career! Eric Bledsoe is a 3 year player out of Kentucky University and has proved in many games that he is a future star in the leauge. He only played 19 minutes per game last season but averaged 6 points.

The problem occurring with the trade is that the Los Angles Clippers feel that the Celtics are asking for to much. The Clippers do not want to give up two first round picks because they feel they are very important for their future.


Do you think the Clippers and Celtics can pull off a deal and if so, why?

Stanley Cup


Boston scores a goal on Chicagos goalie Corey Crawford

Who do you think wins the Stanley Cup and why?

I think the Bruins will win in six games because they have a high powered offense and they have the better net minder.