Meaningless Weekend Predictions

A smarter person would never make predictions on sporting events, I on the other hand…

Game #1:

Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos:

My Prediction – Baltimore: 13 Denver: 28

Predictably I think Denver is the better team, as I’m sure most people with a pulse that watch football do. Nationally, we all got to watch Joe Flacco several times this season, and there was a stretch (specifically in the late Regular Season) where he was incredibly inconsistent. I think a Denver Defense stymies him, and Peyton does what Peyton does. … Here’s a more shocking prediction from me. If Ray Lewis records +13 tackles again this week, I predict he pulls the ole’ Brett Farve and doesn’t retire. If Baltimore can penetrate a tough Broncos line and get a few good shots on Peyton, I wonder how he’ll respond.

 

Game #2:

Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers:

I got Three Variables to this prediction:

If Justin Smith doesn’t play:

Green Bay: 34  San Francisco: 27

If Justin Smith plays less than 20 snaps:

Green Bay: 27  San Francisco: 24

If Justin Smith plays a majority of the game:

Green Bay: 20  San Francisco: 29

Yes I do believe Justin Smith is that good. And a weak Green Bay Offensive Line (ask Giants fans about that O-Line), without Justin Smith playing can spread itself out and focus on Mr. Aldon Smith (Justin’s cousin). I like Green Bay, and the full head of steam they have right now going into the playoffs. If they can survive this one, I think they’ll make it all the way to the Super Bowl.

 

Game #3:

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons

My Prediction – Seattle: 23  Atlanta: 27

The casual fan might cringe at the matchup, but this is the most intriguing game of the weekend. Atlanta has to win this game. HAS TO WIN THIS GAME. This is their season to win one stinkin’ playoff game. Similar to how Peyton Manning struck out all those years to get a playoff win, Matt Ryan is following in those steps. They had the best regular season of any team in football, and this is the year where they AT BARE MINIUM have to take home one playoff-win (Can I drive that point home a little more?). Seattle has been tremendous all year and if they do win, they will dominate the ground game on offense and keep the ball out of Atlanta’s dynamic offense’s hand. I think it should be expected for Atlanta to load 8 in the box and make Russell Wilson beat them through the air. I think it’ll be close, possibly come down to the last drive. Can go either way. But think Atlanta should be able to scratch this one out.

Game #4:

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

My Prediction – Houston: 27  New England: 31

I’m the only person I know who thinks this will be close. Yes I understand that New England pulled their pants down and deuced on the early season run the Texans had a month + ago. But to think Houston is going to walk into “The Razor” and not learn from those mistakes, to me, is highly unlikely. There is no denying Houston’s talent at certain positions. They can run, They can pass rush. The game plan for Houston HAS to be to try to control the possession clock. Keep the ball out of Brady’s hands and hope to keep the score low. With that being said, I think it’ll become a second half shoot out, and Brady won’t lose in that. The play I keep thinking about was how close Bengals QB, Andy Dalton was to hitting AJ Green in the end zone in last weeks matchup vs. The Texans to win the game. Tom Brady won’t miss that opportunity. I like the Texans to keep it close for 2 1/2 quarters and then the Patriots to loosen the hinges and kick the door in.

 

So there is my meaningless predictions. Chances are I’ll be 1-3 and make an ass out of myself. Everyone have a safe and enjoyable weekend. I’ll be spending mine in Miami… Poor me.

 

Hall of Famer delves into reality TV

FROM THE Associated Press

DALLAS — The first time Michael Irvin watched “American Idol,” he loved the concept of giving undiscovered singers the chance to become stars. Now Irvin is doing the same for NFL wannabes.

The Hall of Fame receiver is launching a reality TV show in which 12 “football neophytes” will compete for an impressive grand prize: a spot on the Dallas Cowboys‘ training camp roster.

“I don’t know if you can walk upon any group of guys that wouldn’t say they dreamed of playing in the NFL when they were playing in their front yard,” Irvin told The Associated Press on Thursday. “So we’re going to take a group of guys from their front yard, dwindle them to one and give that guy the opportunity of a lifetime.”

The Cowboys confirmed that one of their 80 roster spots will go to the show’s winner. The NFL did not immediately return a call.

The show, which doesn’t yet have a title, will air this spring on Spike. It is being produced by the same company that’s behind “The Biggest Loser” and many other reality TV hits.

Contestants are still being selected. They likely will need a football background — just not too much. They also must be the right age, size and condition to handle an NFL training camp. The Cowboys open camp in late July in San Antonio.

“We want someone who will have a real opportunity to make the team,” Irvin said. He also indicated the better the backstory, the better an applicant’s chance of making the show.

“You could’ve played college ball and had to give up for some reason,” he said. “You know how many stories are out there of players who for some reason or another had to walk away from the game. … We want to find those guys.”

Irvin will be the host and he expects to have guest appearances from friends like Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Judges will include Jones and former players and coaches.

The show will pit six receivers and six defensive backs. As for how they will compete, all Irvin would say is: “Tune in and watch. It’ll be groundbreaking in so many ways.”

The winner’s biggest payoff will be the fulfillment of playing for the Cowboys. While the rookie minimum is about $300,000, that’s only if he makes the team. The salary in training camp is closer to $1,000 a week for an undrafted rookie.

Irvin said this is about far more than money. It’s the chance to catch passes from Tony Romo or to line up opposite Terrell Owens.

“What young man do you know that’s not going to read [about this show], then head straight to the gym and say, ‘I’m going to get ready’? ” Irvin said. “That’s how this will inspire people.”

Considering the Cowboys are coming off a disappointing season filled with all sorts of turmoil, adding a player more likely to be profiled in “People” than “Sports Illustrated” seems risky. It could be perceived as just another sideshow, like the cameras from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” that tracked the team in training camp last year.

Yet Irvin, who hosts a local radio show that spends a lot of time analyzing the Cowboys, dismissed that notion.

“I don’t see how you can make this a negative for the Dallas Cowboys,” Irvin said. “We all talk of doing good things for the community, for people, giving people opportunities. Jerry has stepped up and said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’ ”
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

What If This Is As Good As It Gets?

The defining sports moment in 2008 happened within the first few weeks of the year, at Super Bowl XLII.

If your a Giants fan, it will never be as great as it was on February 3rd, 2008.

It will never be that big. It will never be against 18-0 team. It will never be between two cities who’s sports fans hate each other so much they immediately judge one another upon hearing they are from that region. It will never be against the prototype of how to run an NFL franchise. Never again will it be against a franchise that has done almost nothing wrong in the past seven years. It will never be on the biggest stage in American sports. It will never be against the NFL version of Michael Jordan, Tom Brady. It will never be a game that close and there will never be a play like this one…

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If you were given all the ingredients to rekindle this moment in your backyard, you couldn’t do it. It wouldn’t work. It couldn’t happen because it was too unbelievable, too perfect, too storybook.

In this fairy tale moment, too much would need to go wrong and too much would need to go right for this play to happen again. The Offensive line would have to blow their blocking scheme, the quarterback would need to be on the brink of having his jersey torn from his back, that same quarterback would need just a hair too much athletic ability to beat out the rush, the ball would have to overthrow into coverage just right, the wide receiver would need to be able to leap at the perfect time and then he would need the instincts to clutch that ball against his helmet as he fell straight on to his back, and into the arms of one of the most feared Safeties in the NFL. Too much would have to go wrong and too much would have to go right to make that moment happen again.

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For weeks after the victory, Giants fans, sports fans, and radio/television personalities struggled to come up with a name for this play. Sublime laced arguments were strung across New York City- What can you call this play? was Manning the one who made the play happen? Was Tyree the one who made this happen? Can it at all be summed up in a few words?

The roundabout argument and the difficulties in giving this play a name were as worn down as the argument of what came first the chicken or the egg? But it stood as an example of why this play was the defining sports moment in 2008.

Maybe, further on down the road- years from now- you will remember where you were when Feder and Nadal tested each others will at the center court in Wimbledon. Maybe you will remember were you were when the Celtics came back from 24 in Game Four (Although my guess is a ton of us were in bed, asleep since it was near midnight on a Tuesday). Maybe you will remember where you were when Michael Phelps won any of his 8 gold medals. Maybe you will remember the moment you realized the Tampa Bay Rays were not that team you kicked around from foul pole to foul pole in past years. But there’s no “maybe” about this, as a sports fan you will remember this play, where you were, and the feelings in that room the minute that Tyree landed with a ball stuck to his head in Super Bowl XLII.
So, New York Giants fans, take it from a guy who’s never seen his team in a Super Bowl. That moment was as good as it will ever get- so enjoy it and never forget it. February 3rd, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona was the day that every sports fan waits for his entire life, and rarely ever gets.