Thursday, September 9, 2010

NFL Predictions

Well, today is the first day of the NFL and I'm going to make my predictions for how the year goes. I will start off in the NFC East and work my way down. At the end there will be a Super Bowl winner. We will see if I am right at the end of the year. The abbreviations next to some names mean: w = wildcard spot; x = division winner; y = division winner + bye week; z = division winner + homefield advantage throughout.

NFC East

x - 1. Dallas Cowboys 10-6
2. Philadelphia Eagles 9-7
3. New York Giants 9-7
4. Washington Redskins 7-9

NFC North

z - 1. Chicago Bears 12-4
w - 2. Green Bay Packers 11-5
3. Minnesota Vikings 7-9
4. Detroit Lions 5-11

NFC West

x - 1. San Francisco 49ers 9-7
2. Seattle Seahawks 8-8
3. Arizona Cardinals 6-10
4. St. Louis Rams 3-13

NFC South

y - 1. New Orleans Saints 11-5
w - 2. Atlanta Falcons 9-7
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9
4. Carolina Panthers 4-12


AFC East

z - 1. New England Patriots 12-4
2. Miami Dolphins 10-6
3. New York Jets 7-9
4. Buffalo Bills 3-13

AFC North

x - 1. Baltimore Ravens 11-5
w - 2. Cincinnati Bengals 11-5
3. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8
4. Cleveland Browns 4-12

AFC West

x - 1. Oakland Raiders 10-6
2. San Diego Chargers 7-9
3. Kansas City Chiefs 6-10
4. Denver Broncos 4-12

AFC South

y - 1. Houston Texans 12-4
w - 2. Indianapolis Colts 11-5
3. Tennessee Titans 7-9
4. Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10


AFC Wildcard Round:

Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts - Colts 31 - 17
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Bengals 24-21

NFC Wildcard Round:

Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys - Atlanta Falcons 21-20
Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers - Green Bay Packers 34 - 17

AFC Divisional Round:

New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts - Colts 28-27
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans - Bengals 27-24

NFC Divisional Round:

Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints - Packers 27-20
Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons - Bears 21-17

AFC Conference Championship

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Bengals 31-27

NFC Conference Championship
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears - Bears 24-23

Super Bowl Championship

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears - Bears 37-17

There you have it, the Chicago Bears are my Super Bowl pick. As to how confident I am in the Bears, 100%. How confident I am in the Bengals, less than 1%. I had them getting beat in multiple rounds of the playoffs as I did this (at one point they didn't even make the playoffs).

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nothing to do with Sports but Funny

I know this has nothing to do with sports, but o man, you have to watch this. I won't give anything away.

Top Chef Power Rankings

Top Chef Power Rankings

We are down to the final 4 as the cheftestants move on to Singapore. I do have to say, this season of Top Chef has had the best prizes thanks to Hilton being the major sponsor. They are getting trips all over the place, and probably have the coolest final location to date. I think it will be a very interesting last two shows.

Last week Tiffany just missed the cut. I was personally surprised she was sent home as this was her first time with a bottom dish. The judges always claim the decisions are made on a round by round basis, but we know that is crap. The one question I have left is, will the other cheftestants be brought to Singapore to help. I say yes, but I won’t do a breakdown of who could help the most until next week. On to the power rankings

1. Angelo Sosa

How did he jump all the way back to 1st your asking. No, it isn’t because he won last week, even though that helps, it’s because I think he has the best chance to win. As the season went on, you could tell Angelo was starting to get tired and stressed and it showed. Taking the break from Washington DC to Singapore should give him the time off he needs to win this competition. The other reason I think he is going to win is because the location of the finals. All season long Angelo has used Asian influences on his food. Now they are in Asia where he will have all the ingredients he needs at his fingertips.

2. Ed Cotton

Ed was my sleeper pick in the beginning of the season, and remains so now. I think he might be the most well rounded chef this season, with the ability to go a bunch of different ways. His problem that could cost him the title is when he tries to do too much or doesn’t get focused. When he is running around the kitchen frantically trying to finish his dish is when he makes mistakes. If he can avoid this situation, he has the ability to win it all.

3. Kelly Liken

Kelly could win this competition but I don’t have as much faith in her as the two above her. She has been a very consistent performer, but hasn’t been finishing on top as Ed or Angelo. I think she will make a good run for the title, but ultimately fall short.

4. Kevin Sbarga

I am glad to see Kevin has made the finals. He started off a little up and down, but has always stuck with what he likes for cooking. Kevin could win the competition, but I am worried that something he likes, the judges won’t and that they’ll send him packing back to the States.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

NCAA Football Preview: Coaches Poll 1-9

So I debated about commenting on the pre-season coaches poll. As most of you know, I think pre-season polls are dumb, especially since they are used as a starting point to determine the national champion. However, I decided these 25 teams are the teams with the most storylines this year, so commenting on each team and not their rankings is acceptable

The third of three parts

Part 1: 15-25

Part 2: 14-10

Part 3: 9-1

9 Nebraska

Nebraska’s defense was one of the top units last year and was the main reason Nebraska played so well. They lost star D-Lineman Suh, but still return a very talented defense. The offense should be better this season, because it really can’t get any worse. Nebraska is looking to win the Big XII North and the Big XII in their last year in the league. The Texas game is the game circled on their schedule as they look to avenge the 1 second loss in the Big XII title game last year. I think Nebraska will lose 1 or 2 games this year, win the Big XII north, but ultimately lose in the Big XII Title Game.

8. Oklahoma

As I have mentioned before, Oklahoma is Phil Steele’s pick to win the National Championship. Their biggest weakness last year was O-Line is now a year older with more expierence. DemarcoMurray looks to have a break out year while
Landry Jones looks to build on his performance last year. Oklahoma needs to win the Red River Rivalry to advance to the Big XII title game. They have a big nonconference game in week 2 against the high powered offense of Florida State. I think Oklahoma will lose 1 game this year, but when the Texas game so it will advance to the Big XII Title Game where they will beat Nebraska

7. TCU

Gary Patterson should have another good team this year. In the past two years TCU has finished #6 (2009) and #7 (2008) in both AP and Coach’s pole. TCU’s defense should be just as good as last year which will lead them to a lot of victories. They have two tough non conference opponents in Oregon State week 1 (Cowboys Stadium) (which was a win) and Baylor week 3. They do get BYU at home this year, but have go to Utah in a game that could decide Mountain West Championship which I think they will win.

6. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is one of the many teams I could see winning the ACC. They have an awesome running game and a very experienced Quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. The defense is a little young and inexperienced but still talented enough to win. Last night’s tough lost to Boise State could cost them a shot at the National Title, but I still think every game on their schedule is winnable for them and predict them to win most.

5. Boise State

Boise State was one of two teams to finish last year undefeated. Boise is returning more starters than any other D-1 school, 21 of 22 with the only non returner being Kyle Wilson who went #29 overall in this year’s draft. Kellen Morre will lead a powerful Broncos attack and is actually my choice to win the Heisman trophy. Just like last year, Boise’s biggest game of the year is early in the season where they beat Virginia Tech in FedEx Field. Boise State looks like it only has one more road block between itself and an undefeated season coming when Oregon State comes to the Smurf Turf. If they get past that, then the debate will rage on about should they become the first non AQ to go to the National Championship game.

4. Texas

Maybe I’m crazy, but I think Texas is too high at number 4. I think Garrett Gilbert will be a good, if not great quarterback, but just because he played in the national title game last year doesn’t mean he won’t be making 1st year mistakes. Colt McCoy is a heck of a person to replace. I think a top 10 ranking is worthy, but not top 5. I do like how the team is stacked with Texas talent (all but 3 of the top 2 lines on the depth chart are from Texas) but will have to win the Red River Rivalry game if they want to win the South which I do not see happening.

3. Florida

John Brantley has the toughest job in college football this year. Replace Tim Tebow. The Gators faithful loved Tebow and it’s no surprise why, 2 National Championships (even though he was more along for the ride for the first one) 1 Heisman, 3 Heisman Finalist, 1 undefeated season, 2 undefeated regular season and a Sugar Bowl win. Not only will Brantley have to follow that performance, he will have to do it with a team that has lost a ton of talent. The team is still full of 5 star recruits, but lost a majority of its dominant defense. I see this Florida team winning the SEC east, but finishing the year with 2 losses. Still a good season, but not as good as three of the past 4.

2. Ohio State

THE Ohio State University is ranked highly again, and I’m sure a lot of people in the south really don’t want to see them play for another National Title. This OSU team has no one left from their back to back title game losses and shouldn’t be faulted by those teams. Pryor showed off his skill set in the Rose Bowl last year and is expected to make a run for the Heisman if Senator Tressell allows him to use all his abilities. Ohio State has 1 big out of conference game against THE U at home, but their two toughest Big Ten games will be on the road. I picked Ohio State to win the National Championship and I am sticking with it. I could see this team losing a game along the way and still making it in.

1. Alabama

Alabama is replacing a lot of talent on their defense, but their offense should be clicking. All last year I heard about how the backup running back Trent Richardson is actually better then reigning Heisman trophy winner Ingram. The QB Mcelroy has never lost a game in college or varsity high school football. Saying all that, I see Alabama losing 1 or 2 games this year because of how much turnover is on their D. Saban is known for his defense, so the unit could surprise and play good right away. If that’s the case, lookout cause, they will be tough to beat.

New Ole Miss Rebels Mascot

I know Fodor will love this