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Wrestlemania 27 predictions!!!

Its time…ITS TIME!!! Its Wrestlemania 27 prediction time. I’m going to be honest with you, i’m not overly excited for this particular Wrestlemania, seeing as I will probably predict every single match correctly. But i guess that just speaks to the repetitiveness and staleness of the current product…but that is another post in and of itself… wel, without further ado, THE PREDICTIONS!!!!

The Corre vs. Big Show, Kane, Santino and Kozlov…

giving the fact that the WWE has all but lost interest in the Corre being a dominant force, I’m going with Big Show, Kane Santino and Kozlov.

Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan…

Sheamus wins what will probably be one of the better matches.

Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki vs. Dolph Ziggler and Laycool….

Obviously the publicity for this match only really matters if Snooki’s team wins, so that who wins.

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes…

Again, going on the staleness of the product, Rey wins…then goes on vacation…

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk…

Orton wins…but I feel like this could be the second or third best match of the night.

Jerry Lawler vs. Micheal Cole….

Do i even have to say it….Lawler wins…easily…Cole and Jack Swagger both eat a Stunner from Stone Cold Steve Austin…

Triple H vs. The Undertaker…

Taker won’t lose at Wrestlemania…Taker wins…

The Miz vs. John Cena…

Cena won’t lose at Wrestlemania…to the Miz…

and finally…

Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio….

Del Rio is the new “chosen one” so he wins…

Thanks for checking out the predictions…and I promise if I am wrong, I will post an apology to everyone who believed me, but I’m pretty certain I won’t have to do that.

Is John Cena Bad for Business?

In 140 characters or less, yes and no. He’s great for business as far as marketability and merchandising. He is the Hulk Hogan of this generation, ( if you don’t believe me, go check out the late 80’s/early 90’s…) which is a blessing for WWE, but is hindering the growth and evolution of the company in general. Is John Cena actually bad for business, or are the decision makers the real problem? Now I’m not going to pretend to know the first thing about actual business principles or ideas, but I do know that repetition, predictability, and general idiocy is probably not the best things for business. So to answer my own question, no John Cena is not bad for business, the writers, bookers, Vince McMahon, and anybody else who has anything to do with the viewed product, they are the ones to blame.  Repetition has become the bane of wrestling fans.  If you need an example of WWE repeating themselves, look at the tentative main event for Wrestlemania, it once again features John Cena. If this isn’t enough of an example, look at who has main evented most of, if not all the pay per views this past year. If you guessed John Cena or Randy Orton, pat yourself on the back. I don’t know if its WWE not having any faith in the younger guys not being established enough to focus a main event around, or if its just a simple lack of creativity, but if they quit focusing on a handful of guys to “carry” the company and actually let some of the up and comers have a shot, they would more than likely have new stars for fans to cheer for or boo, instead of the handful WWE has allowed them to for the last few years. If you need an example of WWE being predictable, just watch last nights Elimination Chamber ppv, and get back to me when you’re finished. Done? Ok, now you understand. WWE needs to curb the predictability, as that would make for a more enjoyable viewing experience. A simple example I have is this…when you watch an NFL game, you don’t always know the outcome, and sometimes even who you think will win doesn’t. It is unpredictable because it is real. I understand WWE is a scripted entertainment show, but there are ways to cut down on the predictability of the content.   My comment about general idiocy is mainly directed at the writers and bookers,  who choose to put certain things on TV and ppvs, that are simply idiotic. For example, if you didn’t catch a recent episode of Smackdown on SyFy, Kofi Kingsotn, the intercontinental champion, has been fueding with Alberto Del Rio. I understand the WWE has and will continue to push Del Rio to Pluto, but why have it be at the expense of your intercontinental champion? Does anybody else remember when the I.C title meant something, or did I just imagine that part of history? Also, WWE has so much faith and time behind Del Rio, that they jumped him straight to main event, sort of like what they did with Sheamus, and what happened to that? Oh yeah, now he’s jobbing out to Mark Henry, but remember, Sheamus is a two time world champion, and the reigning King of the Ring. Idiotic writing and booking to say the least. WWE can right the ship if they just take a huge step back and look at what they’re doing, and who’s doing it. Push more stars, limit the few main eventers to a more marquee matchup feel, and fire whoever keeps booking Randy Orton and John Cena into Main Events. Or they can just keep on keeping on, and wait around for viable competition that will actually make them have to evolve, but I don’t see any competition coming from anybody anytime soon.

 

 

The Oscars!! (and why i hate award shows)

The Oscars are just around the corner, so you know what that means…four hours of E! entertainment’s coverage of what people are wearing!! But seriously, The Grammys have just passed, the Golden Globes are but a distant memory, now we must trudge through these last few miles, until once again the Oscars are in the rear view mirror of 2011. If you couldn’t figure it out, I hate award shows.

I hate award shows mostly because they are tired, shallow, boring, and honestly narcissistic. If you were to be given an award at your job, 9 times out of 10 you actually earned it. You were given employee of the month honors for doing an exemplary job at whatever it is that you do. But if you were nominated for a Golden Globe for example, you wouldn’t have to be exemplary, or even better  at what you do than anyone else, you just have to be more popular, which doesn’t in any way make you better. And speaking of the Golden Globes, what a fucking joke those nominations were. Johnny Depp nominated twice for best actor in a comedic performance? REALLY? I saw the Tourist, the only thing funny about it was how bad it was, but both Depp and Angelina Jolie were nominated for it. Ridiculous. I would honestly like to know who nominates these movies and actors, and what credentials they have to be making the selections. I mean come on, Red was nominated for best Comedy as was the Kids are Alright, yet both were hardly funny. If you use the same thought process that these so called “experts” used to make their selections, then The Expendables should have been nominated for best Comedy because it contained a few one liners.

I’m not a delusional fan/sore loser/conspiracy theorist, I understand my favorites aren’t always going to win, or be nominated. I’m honestly just happy they haven’t been canceled yet. I want to believe  that movies or actors or television shows win because they are simply better than all others nominated, but sadly, I can’t. It almost feels as though the winners are chosen to fulfill an agenda, or for social or political reasons. For example, Glee has won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy two years in a row, but hasn’t won an Emmy, which is a TV only awards show. Personally, I feel like the Emmys got it right last year, Modern Family is simply hilarious.

Agendas and conspiracies aside, I am intrigued to see who wins the Oscars this year. Granted, I haven’t seen every movie nominated for best picture, but I plan on seeing most of them before the actual ceremony. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my personal favorites who weren’t nominated. The Town was a fantastic movie, considering the fact it was directed by Daredevil himself, Ben Affleck. Jeremy Renner did receive a best supporting actor nod, but I really feel like this movie deserved a nomination. Also, Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds. That movie was absolutely phenomenal. Ryan Reynolds gave the performance of his career, literally carrying the entire movie, as he was the only character present. I have yet to see 127 hours, but it’s hard for me to see how it could be any better than Buried. Enough with the snubs, lets get to the predictions! ( because I’m so good at predicting!) Best actress is Natalie Portman, eve though I haven’t seen Black Swan, she is my frontrunner. Best actor is probably going to be Colin Firth, seeing as he won the Golden Globe and the SAG award, although I haven’t seen the King’s Speech either. Best supporting actress is Melissa Leo, although I would prefer it to be Amy Adams. Best supporting actor, same movie. Christian Bale, he was terrific in the Fighter. Best animated feature goes to Toy Story 3, because it’s the only one nominated for best picture, makes perfect sense. And finally, the Oscar for best picture goes to….The Social Network…right now. I may revise it after I see Black Swan, True Grit, and 127 hours, but for now it’s the best picture I’ve seen from those nominated.

Give me your thoughts and opinions on whose going to win, and your thoughts on award shows in general in the comments section, I will respond to any and all comments, both positive and negative.

Super Bowl predictions!! (and alot more)

Today is the day before “The Big Game”, so I thought it’s only fitting I write this post today. This will not be one of my typical posts about football, this is more a celebration of the 2010-2011 season, followed closely by my “Big Game” predictions.

I would first like to celebrate the amazing turnaround the Dallas Cowboys had after firing Wade Phillips. It is astounding how much better an offensive unit can play once you fire the Defensive Coordinator. Just imagine how good they’re going to be once they have a full season under the new head coach/same offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and how well Tony Romo is going to play once he watches game film and sees, well, even John Kitna can do Romo’s job pretty well. It’s always super bowl or bust in the big D, and I for one believe they should change that moniker to, lets say Bust or Super Bowl, there’s a lot less pressure that way.

Speaking of Teddy Bear Phillips, he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, who I believe were ranked just below atrocious this season. Can he fix the defense? Honestly it can’t be much worse so I’d have to say yes. But I’m going to offer some outside the box thinking on this one…Draft or acquire a big time wide receiver, say 1B to Andre Johnson, move Kevin Walter to the slot ala Wes Welker, and always have Arian Foster in the backfield, just make the offense as unstoppable as possible, that way defense only has to hold opposing teams to say…27 points or so.

Now that I’m done talking Texas teams, I want to discuss the end of year awards that were handed out recently. I’m ok with Tom Brady winning offensive player of the year, if this means he won’t be the MVP. If he is the MVP, well I’m sorry, but I call bullshit. MVP stands for most valuable player, so it should go to the player who meant the most  to his team, and as New England proved the year Brady went down, he’s not really the most valuable player on that team. Unlike most people, I don’t buy into the bullshit the NFL and other sports broadcasting companies shovel out. As was proven a few yeas ago, the system in New England is more valuable than the players running it. Easy example, Brady gets hurt, Matt Casselll steps in, and the Patriots go 10-6, barely missing the playoffs. The last few years, Brady has been there, and they lost in the super bowl, then they lost two straight playoff games. Score one for me. On the other hand, without Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles wouldn’t of had a shot this season, especially since Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion so quick into the season. I would have preferred Clay Mathews to have won defensive player of the year, but as usual, the NFL darlings got their wish with Troy Polamalu. Now I’m not taking anything away from Troy, he’s one helluva player, but Clay Mathews meant way more to that defense than Troy did this season. Coach of the year is a joke, sorry Bill. It’s hard for me to vote for a guy who got bounced in their first playoff game, at home, against a divisional rival…But the shining light for awards came in the form of the Rookie of the year awards. Both well deserved, I can totally agree with both.

That brings us to the grand finale, the Super Bowl, featuring the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Obviously if you saw my previous Super Bowl quick post, you know I’m rooting for the Packers, and that is because I despise the Steelers. My dislike, and some would say hatred, for the Steelers comes from many different avenues, the main ones being, they Bitch and Moan and Cry too much. James Harrison break the rules, which were already set, no rules were changed, nothing was added, the NFL decided to actually start enforcing the rules, and James Harrison bitches and whines about it. Dude, I’m sorry, but there are tons of defensive players who play harder than you, and are quite better than you, not getting flagged or fined for illegal hits. And why is that Mr. Harrison? It’s because they play the game hard, not dirty, while you play the game dirty, simple as that. Hines Ward, who has been voted by other players as the dirtiest player in the game, comes out and complains of an 18 game regular season, Hey Hines, aren’t there 4 preseason games? You probably play about a full game and a half in preseason, so what the fuck are you complaining about? If you weren’t too busy blindsiding dudes, you would know if there are two more regular season games, that means two more regular season game checks, more games more money…simple as that. Oh yeah I almost forgot about “Big Ben”, that son of a bitch. I find it quite funny how a guy can go from being accused of rape, to being suspended for “personal conduct violations” to playing in the Super Bowl. It may be just me, but what better way for the NFL to clean up “Big Ben” and his horrible image, than to have him win the Super Bowl? And don’t give me that “ NFL is not rigged” shit, if it’s not, explain to me how only three teams have represented the AFC  since 2003, yet every year since the 1997-1998 season, it has been a different NFC team?(by different I mean no back to back, a few teams have gone to multiple Super Bowls in that time frame.) Lets get back on topic here, Fuck “Big Ben”. Yeah that’s it. All I’m going to say about this is, People are still angry and upset with the NFL for allowing Michael Vick to play Football, but everybody has forgiven Rottenburger for “being accused” of raping two women, admitting to at least having  relations with one.  At least Vick actually served his time, “Big Ben” was suspended yes, but in my opinion, he should have sat out the entire season, I guarantee that would have made him focus on his job, and appreciated all the things he was given.

And as for the game, Green bay 35 Pittsburgh 31, in Overtime. Pittsburgh kicks a field goal, new OT rules Green Bay gets the ball, scores a touchdown.

If you have any comments or complaints with this post, please feel free to comment, I will respond to any comments, thoughts or opinions.

Super Bowl Set!

The Super Bowl has been set. Green Bay and Pittsburgh won their respective championship games, so they are on their way to Dallas. Congratulations to Green Bay, for being the first 6 seed to make the Super Bowl, and congrats to the N.F.L. for making sure the Super Bowl will be a story of redemption, instead of a game between two well deserved underdogs. If you can’t tell by that last statement, I am not now nor have i ever been a Steelers fan, and i am definitely not a Rottenburger fan. I’m going to go more in depth with a deeper prediction later on in the week, so for now i will go ahead and state publicly Packers 35, Steelers 31….in Overtime…

Remember Me??

I’M BACK!!!! I’m not going to try to explain my extended hiatus in too much detail, all I’m really going to say is I got extremely burnt out on trying to justify my football predictions, not to mention the ridiculous state of professional wrestling from the past few months or so. I have decided that I am going to drop any filters I may have had on myself, and just start writing my honest opinions and thoughts toward certain subjects. But that can all start next week, this post is all about celebrating the greatness that I didn’t cover, and looking forward into this new year.

I would like to talk for a minute about the greatest thing that has happened to television in a very long time, and no, I’m not talking about Oprah’s ego-trip network. I’m talking about The Walking Dead. If you would have told me this time last year that a zombie apocalypse survival horror television show was coming, I probably would have laughed in your face, and said that it would never work. And boy would I have been wrong. The Walking Dead is now the measuring stick to which I will judge any new show. If I can’t say “Wow, that hooked me like The Walking Dead did.” then I probably won’t be tuning in for episode two.

Boy was I wrong about my NFL picks this year! I honestly hope no one took my advice to Vegas, because you’d probably would have had to take out a second mortgage on your house to pay the bookies. I still haven’t given up hope that I can still pick a winner, so here it is…..Philadelphia and Kansas City all the way!!! And before you say WTF!! Just let me say this, I picked a few of the favorites during the season ( I’m looking at you Dallas) and they’re now picking in the top ten in the draft…

The DC Universe Online beta was released a few weeks ago, so that also distracted me for awhile. You’re going to hear more about this later on today from my gracious and very knowledgeable co-writer in crime, who stepped up and took control of this here blog when I decided to take my hiatus. Where was I? Oh yeah, DCUO…I have never played an MMO, and I have little experience with the RPG genre of video games, but I felt like this game was extremely approachable, even for people with minimal experience, as my co-writer will touch on a bit more in his beta review. Also, the graphics were decent enough for me, and the create a character was quite deep, although it could have had more costume selections, but for the beta I was happy with the selection. I did find it frustrating at times, but I attribute that more to the lack of any shred of patience I have, especially when it comes to gaming. Overall, I found it to be quite enjoyable, both to play and to watch.

This concludes my happy fun time for all post about good things, next time you see me, it’s no more Mr. Kind- of- nice- at -times- guy. The gloves are coming off and going in the closet, I’m going to go bare knuckle on the things that I didn’t like during my hiatus, and there was a lot.

My most hated athletes, and why i hate them.(part 2)

Let’s start backwards from ten. Number Ten is NBA commissioner David Stern. One simple reason, and this might sound like a conspiracy theory or what have you, but since he has taken over as commissioner, only seven teams have won the championship, and only sixteen different teams have even made the finals in that time. Meanwhile, in that same time frame, sixteen different NFL teams have won the Super Bowl, and even more have won the World series in baseball. The same amount of different teams to play in an NBA finals series have won the Super Bowl. This is simply unbelievable to me.

Number nine is Bill Beliecheck, and no I didn’t google how to spell it, so it’s probably wrong. Why Bill we’ll call him? He knowingly cheated by videotaping opposing teams walkthroughs. That is obviously a major infraction, and the penalty should have been harsh and swift. But wait.. All they had to do was pay a fine, and lose a first round draft pick, which they got back through a trade. So you’re telling me they knowingly violated league rules and basically the only form of punishment levied were fines? That seems completely fair.(sarcasm implied) I guess it all worked out in the end though, because if you recall, this was the season they went undefeated to the Super Bowl, and lost. Cheaters really never do prosper huh?

Number eight is Peyton Manning, simply because he is the best quarterback in the NFL, and he is in the division with the Houston Texans. I will retract my hatred as soon as he retires.

Number Seven is Ben Rothlisburger…I assume that’s close. This is one of those where the off the field stuff does come into play. If I were given the opportunity to play quarterback in the NFL, you better believe I would make the most of the opportunity, not try my hardest to throw it away. Mr. Rothlisburger to me has tried his best to never play football again, from the motorcycle accident to the numerous sexual assault allegations, I just feel like he couldn’t care less about the NFL or the Steelers, all he cares about is the fame he has received from being in the NFL.

Which brings me to number six…NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. This pick to me was pretty simple, and he would have made the top five, but there are more important people ahead of this guy. And I believe that is the problem with this guy, he came out guns a blazing, suspending people, fining people, changing rules, adding rules, blah blah, blah. But the one thing he forgot to do was stay consistent, and that’s where I have the problem. Adam “Pacman” Jones was suspended by the NFL for violating Roger Goodell’s newly implanted rules. He was suspended an entire season for being questioned and detained by the police. He was never charged with any crimes, he served zero days in jail, and to my knowledge all the charges against him were dropped. He was subsequently suspended the remainder of the following year after about six games with the Dallas Cowboys for an incident that led to no criminal charges. He then played a year in the CFL because no NFL team would sign him, until this season when the Cincinnati  Bengals picked him up. Sound familiar? It should. Ben Rothlisburger had a very similar situation occur with him this offseason, but was only suspended four games. This to me is a perfect model of inconsistency, and honestly don’t get me started on that whole Patriots videotaping scandal, which I hopefully made very clear where I stand on that. The point I’m trying to make is, be fair. Rothlisburger was, in my eyes, given a pass because who he is, and Pacman Jones was screwed to be an example.

Number five is the BCS. When did College Football become a beauty pageant? I do not agree with the methods in which the “Best teams in the Land” are selected,  I do not agree with the idiotic system they have in place to determine these “best teams” and I certainly do not agree that one team deserves to play more than another because of a “stronger schedule”. I will use this year as an example. Alabama is ranked number one, and I will say it’s well deserved. They won the BCS championship last year, so that makes sense. Ohio State is ranked number two, because the people who poll are hoping they don’t screw up and lose. Boise State is number three, while TCU is number four or five, depending on which poll you look at. To me, this is a cop out to appease the people who say Boise State and TCU belong, and also for the detractors who believe they don’t. Let me throw out a scenario for you, if Boise and TCU both go undefeated, and Alabama and Ohio State lose two, who plays for the BCS title? If you guessed Alabama and Ohio State, you’re probably right. These non-conference will never get the respect they deserve without a playoff system, and I whole heartedly believe whoever decides who plays for the championship is scared to death to put Boise or TCU in the national title game, because what would happen to their perfect little world if by some miracle they won? College football is in desperate need of a playoff system, that way the teams decide who are the best, instead of random computer polls and other people’s opinions.

Number four will receive its very own post next time I do a special post, so I’m not going to touch on this one too much. Referees and Umpires. Be on the look out for that one, its going to be a good one.

Number three is Tom Brady. “Why him? He’s the best quarterback EVER!! He’s so handsome and wonderful and perfect.” “He’s the Golden Boy of the NFL, when he points, flags get thrown.” you say. I say, he is nothing more than an average quarterback who got a lucky break..(Sorry Drew Bledsoe.) He took said lucky break and ran with it, propelling him to superstardom and fame and fortune. But he’s still an average quarterback who will get flustered and make mistakes, just look at last year’s playoffs. But every year it’s the return of the Patriots, the sports media says, because he won three Super Bowls, the last one being five years ago. He’s no Elway, he’s no Marino, and he’s certainly no Peyton Manning.

Number two is Alex Rodriguez. I couldn’t care less about his off the field crap, the one thing I do care about is the steroids. And after admitting to using steroids, what happened to A-rod? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. He wasn’t chastised in the media, he wasn’t blackballed by major league baseball, he wasn’t fined or suspended or anything of the sort. So apparently all you have to do to be forgiven for cheating in baseball is to apologize? I call bullshit. Good for him he apologized, I don’t give a shit, he cheated, plain and simple. Asterisks don’t make up for a career of lies, and every home run and rbi and any other various awards or records he gained while cheating are tainted. I understand that most of baseball history is tainted now because of the steroid era, but no other player is getting the acknowledgement for tainted achievements as this guy. Just watch coverage of his six hundredth home run, the sports media acted like nothing ever happened, like we’re all supposed to forget about it. Why? Because he apologized? Not this guy.

And this brings me to number one. No surprise here, it’s Kobe Bryant. I will keep this short, because I don’t feel like he deserves much time. He won three championships with Shaq at the helm, he doesn’t win another one until the Lakers bring in Pau Gasol. He now has five, and he is eying a sixth or seventh, that way he would have more than Michael Jordan. I don’t care if he wins five more rings, He’ll never be better than Jordan, even though in his egotistical self centered mind, he probably thinks he already is. Don’t get me wrong, he is one of the greatest players to play the game, but he will never be the greatest. Period.

That wraps up this special Wednesday post. I will have my weekly NFL predictions post up this Friday. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The most hated athletes, and why i don’t hate them (part 1)

A recently released article about the most hated players in sports was brought to my attention. As I can’t find the actual list, I guess I have to go off the select names released. Although I don’t really agree with all the names released, I almost felt obligated to release my personal, opinionated, comprehensive list of professional athletes that I personally dislike the most. I will also touch on a couple of the athletes named on the most hated list, why they are on there, and why I don’t believe they should be. I will obviously start at the top of that list, which is Michael Vick.

Michael Vick was voted by whoever took the poll as the most hated athlete, this choice to me is honestly ridiculous. The man served his time in prison, therefore to me he is forgiven for the crimes he committed. “How can you even remotely begin to say such a ridiculous thing?” you ask. Simple. He was convicted of his crimes, he served most if not all of his prison term if I’m not mistaken, and to me that is really all society should ask of him, because we as a society ask for a lot less from “normal” criminals. I understand that he should be held to a higher standard or some crap like that, but I also think that is utter nonsense. Because he gets paid millions he should be held to higher standards than normal everyday people? Absolutely not, he should be held to the same standards you would want for yourself. So look at his situation, replace him with you, and then tell me he still deserves to be punished for the crimes he committed. it’s a little harder to do now when its you we’re talking about huh?

Another name on this list that I personally feel was sort of a ridiculous pick was Lebron James. Ok, if you live in Cleveland, I understand. Also, if you hated the way he handled “the Decision” I can also understand that, but to be honest, there isn’t much left to hate. Don’t get me wrong, the decision special was one of the biggest ego trip moves I have ever seen in the sports world, but on that same breath, we were all “witnesses” to “the decision”. Also, the decision show was just as much ESPN’s fault as it was Lebron’s. They could have just as easily said no, but that would have been a terrible business move on their part, so I guess you can’t fault them there. I mean I get it, you don’t like Lebron, well you used to when he played for Cleveland, but know he is a talent less egomaniacal grown up child who can’t win a championship on his own, you hate him with all your soul. One question, name me ONE basketball player who has ever won a CHAMPIONSHIP on his own? Give up? Here’s the answer: ZERO. Basketball is not golf or tennis, it is a TEAM sport, and people are mad Lebron went to Miami to form a better team, either that or they are simply mad because they didn’t think to do it themselves…I’m looking at you Charles Barkley.

Which brings me to my final ridiculous pick from the list, Tiger Woods. WHAT?? HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU SAY THAT!! You screamed. Because I’m talking about Tiger Woods the athlete, you hate Tiger Woods the person. Aren’t they the same thing? Absolutely not, especially in the sports world. Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game, but he is also one the sleaziest human beings alive. “Well you’re not making any sense, people don’t hate him for his golfing thingy, they hate him for cheating on his wife a billion times!” You said. That is EXACTLY the point I’m trying to make, the three athletes I listed are among the most hated, but what they are hated for has absolutely nothing to do with their athletic lives, but all to do with their personal lives. As a sports fan, the players I choose to hate has everything to do with on the field/court/racetrack etc. and little to nothing to do with off the field issues. Don’t get me wrong, off the field issues do come into play a little bit in my most hated, but not exactly the way you would think.

NFL Weekly Weekend Review!! (week 3..plus a little extra)

Whew! What a wild weekend in the NFL! By wild I do mean slightly out of the norm events that will have the media “buzzing” until next week. Nothing really to surprising this week for me, but I do want to touch on a couple “hot button” issues. But I will get to that after the weekly weekend roundup…I think I’ve finally found a name for these!

Cowboys Texans started out strong, but did fade kind of quickly once we got to halftime. The hilarious referee issue was probably the highlight of the second half for me. What? Not the Cowboys finally living up to all the hype they seem to generate every single season? Nope. Not the Texans sputtering on offense and defense to look like the team everyone naturally expects from them? Nope. The Texans have a very winnable schedule going into their bye week in week six. The Cowboys had to win this game, and they did, but the gauntlet of their schedule is coming up, and they will certainly have to play this hard or harder to get victories.

The Saints Falcons game didn’t surprise me. A division game against the reigning Super Bowl champs is motivation enough to play your asses off.

Like I previously stated, I believe the Giants are over hyped this year. They pretty much proved it to me yesterday against the Titans. A truck full of yards, and only ten points? They’ll be a tough team to beat, but they won’t accomplish too many preseason goals if they continue to play like they have been.

Buffalo versus New England was a wee bit surprising. Surprising in the sense the Patriots couldn’t blow them out.

The Vikings Win!! Cash it in baby we’re going to the Super Bowl!! Who’d we beat? The Lions? Crap…. Sorry Minnesota, until you beat a worthy opponent, I still believe your average at best.

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs. 3-0! Could it be we are seeing the resurrection of the Chiefs? Potentially, but they will have to keep it up.

Also, a congratulation goes out to  Michael Vick. 2-0 as a starter and has the Eagles leading the division. I will touch more on this particular subject Wednesday, so be on the lookout for that.

Indy won again…not surprising at all considering who we’re talking about. Denver had there moments to close the gap, but they just couldn’t seem to convert when they needed to.

The Jets beat the Dolphins. For such a dominating defense they sure have given up quite a bit of points, except for the Monday night game. At least for them, they are finally living up to all the hype they gave themselves and seemingly everybody else in the universe.

There is one football related issue I would like to discuss briefly. That would be the arrest of Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards for DWI.

I think it is disgusting and reprehensible to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Accidents happen when not inebriated, so why would you add to the chances? I’m talking about everybody here, not just professional athletes or Hollywood celebrities or the TMZ celebrities. Please don’t give me that nonsense about “I drive better when I’m drunk.” If you believe in your idiotic selfish mind you drive better drunk than sober, you shouldn’t be driving at all. All it takes is one tragedy to completely change your perspective and outlook on the matter, trust me. As for all these famous because we make them famous people, you would rather risk your life and the lives of innocent people then take a cab or a limo service home? If you answered yes to that question, seek professional help as quickly as possible. Before I get off the soapbox I would just like to add this… taxi’s, limos and car services don’t cost nearly as much  as the alcohol or drugs your buying, and the cost is certainly less than that of an innocent life being taken away for your ignorance and stupidity.

Whew. Now that I got that off my chest I think I’m going to go ahead and wrap this up. I’ll be back with a special Wednesday post, so check that out. And as always, I will be back Friday for the NFL week 4 preview party!

NFL Week 3 preview!!!

This is shaping up to be an interesting week in the NFL world. A lot of questions should be answered, contenders and pretenders will be exposed, and the burning question in my mind…what sort of obscure rule or exploit will be brought to light this week. Two weeks in a row, a rule or rule exploit has come under fire, so if the trend holds, we’ll get another “controversy” coming from the good book of NFL rules and comedy sketches. I’ll try to touch on as many of the games as I can, some obviously more detailed than others.

Big game for me this week is, no surprise here, the Texans hosting the Cowboys. Obviously the Cowboys need this more than the Texans, as I believe the Texans have a bit of a light schedule coming up. The Cowboys on the other hand, depending on the outcome of this Sundays “Texas Sized Showdown”, appear to almost be running a gauntlet. The Cowboys need it more, so they will play all out, which might lead to mistakes, Texans win 35 to 28. Sorry Cowboys, to me it looks like the blame train will be leaving the station come Monday morning.

Minnesota versus Detroit to me is the most important game of the season, so far, for the Vikings. If they lose and go down 0-3, and the Packers or Bears win Monday night, it will be almost impossible to come back from that hole. That being said, I’m taking the Lions 24 to 21, last second field goal.

Speaking of Green Bay and Chicago, this reads to me as a wild west shootout. The Packers have looked good so far, but not as explosive as last year. The Bears however have looked very explosive, which leads me to believe this will be a very high scoring game. Packers 49 Chicago 42. Defense will return next week at its regularly scheduled time.

San Francisco in Kansas City will be an old school beat em up. San Fran wins 13 to 10.

Baltimore needs a bounce back from last week, and who better than the Browns. Ravens 17 Browns 14.

New England will probably try their best to embarrass and humiliate Buffalo. Lack of sportsmanship 56 Buffalo 10.

Atlanta and New Orleans has the potential to be a phenomenal game. New Orleans 30 Atlanta 27.

Tennessee versus the Giants will be a game about redemption. Redemption for Vince Young, who was body slammed and benched last week. And for Eli Manning, who discovered the hard way Peyton won’t let go of number one Manning in the NFL, or the family barbecue for that matter.

Steelers versus Bucs: this is one of the handful of games that I was referring to when I said contenders or pretenders.  Regretfully I say the Steelers win 21 to 20.

Philadelphia versus Jacksonville. Michael Vick is the starter this week, and rightfully so. Honestly, Kevin Kolb shouldn’t be starting until next year in my opinion. Rebuild the franchise a bit more, through drafting and what have you. Hand him the keys to the car after you get done tricking it out…or repairing it, whichever sounds less offensive. Oh yeah I almost forgot, Eagles 27 Jaguars 14.

That’s it for this week, I’ll be back on Monday with my weekly weekend in review. Since I don’t really partake in College football, I will get that special Wednesday post finished this weekend, I half heartedly promise.