A Weekend Without Football

Is still a weekend and a donut with no hole is a danish.

what a strange scheduling quirk this past weekend.  Neither Michigan, UConn nor the Giants had a game.  Really bizarre.  It’s almost as the people who make the schedule got together and planned it this way.  How did they know that I needed the two days to get some stuff done.

I found out that I have these two other people who live in my house.  Apparently they are called “family” and you are supposed to “spend time with them.”  This is a fairly common practice and one I am foreign too.  We actually went out together for dinner on Friday and shopping on Saturday.  I seriously can’t remember the last time we did that.  I’m sure Nikki and Avery liked it too.  I least I think they did.

Sunday was nice.  With no Giants game to take me away from my other duties, I was able to get some much-needed yard work done, with the help of the parents of course(they have a lawn mower, I do not.)  One strange tidbit though, my neighbor had a very strange request for me: powerwash my house before SHE puts her house on the market on Saturday.  Now, I’m not sure how a lack of mildew on my house will help her sell her house any quicker but she seems to think so.   Yeah, I can see a buyer falling in love with her house, willing to pay full price and then taking a glimpse at ours’ and back out because we have a little mildew on our siding.  I played along though and told her it was on the list of things to do and I’d try to get to it.  Of course, having a job that requires me to wake up at 2am, get home at 1pm, leave for soccer practice at 2, sometimes not getting home till after it’s dark, makes it kinda hard to sneak in powerwashing a house.  Also the fact I don’t own a powerwasher to powerwash said house also throws a kink into things.  With that being said, she said she may be able to power a washer from a friend of hers and I could then use that.  See, this is why I try to avoid my neighbors.

Anyway, the yard work got done, some new bushes were planted and the Halloween decorations were hung.  The night was capped off by a rousing discussion about the “occupy movement,” (don’t get me started, it lasted almost an hour and we all came to the conclusion that the country is in a steep downward spiral). 

I’d say overall, it was a pretty good weekend.  I’m hoping to get another one of those in again.  How’s March sound?


2011 NFL Season: My Picks

How great is it that the NFL season is upon us.  Honestly, how many of you thought this would not happen this year?  I always had a doubt in my mind that it would never open on time but thankfully the game has returned.  Last night wasn’t a bad way to get things kicked off huh?  I think the Packers and Saints may be OK this year.  Usually, I try to get this post in before the 1st game, but yesterday I had just enough time to breathe a little so it gets put off a day.  Deal with it alright!

Here are last years picks and god damn how bout that. i nailed the Super Bowl winners.  The rest, eh not so great.  Without further ado, let’s get to it:

AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6, Baltimore Ravens 10-6, Cleveland Browns 7-9, Cincinnati Bengals 3-13 (they are going to be realllllly bad!)

AFC East: New England Patriots 14-2(ok I get it, they’re good…), NY Jets 11-5, Buffalo Bills 6-10, Miami Dolphins 5-11.

AFC South: Houston Texans 11-5, Indianapolis 11-5 w/Payton; 5-11 w/o Payton, Tennessee Titans 9-7, Jacksonville (soon to be L.A.) Jags 2-14.

AFC West: San Diego Chargers 12-4, Kansas City Chiefs 8-8, Oakland Raiders 6-10, Denver Broncos 6-10.

AFC Wildcards: NY Jets and either Indy w/Payton or Baltimore.

AFC Championship: San Diego over New England.

NFC North: Green Bay Packers 13-3, Detroit Lions 9-7, Chicago Bears 7-9, Minnesota Vikings 6-10

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles 12-4, Dallas Cowboys 10-6, NY Giants 7-9(this may be generous…), Washington Redskins 6-10

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons 13-3(I love the ATL this year and it has nothing to do with me having Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones in fantasy football 😉 ), New Orleans 11-5, Tampa Bay Bucs 10-6, Carolina Panthers 1-15 (with the #1 pick do they draft Luck even w/ Cam Newton……. regrets, they’ll have a few)

NFC West: St. Louis Rams 8-8, Arizona Cardinals 8-8, Seattle Seahawks 6-10, San Francisco 49er’s 6-10.

NFC Wildcards: Dallas and New Orleans.

NFC Championship: Atlanta over Green Bay.

Super Bowl XLVI: Atlanta over San Diego.

Lets remember that these picks are for entertainment purposes only.  If yo udo happen to use this information for any monetary gain than I am entitled to 20% of your earnings. 

Enjoy opening weekend and the rest of the season!

Fraying of the Vest

It all started the minute that Terrelle Pryor said he was going to Ohio St.  That was the beginning of the end of Jim Tressel’s coaching reign.

Two other schools were in heavy on Pryor, now Michigan and Penn St. can sit back and breathe a sigh of relief that he

See Ya Sucka!!!

chose Columbus. 

This whole mess has left me feeling very happy.  It couldn’t have happened to a better school.  Now, I am a tad biased but the school got what was coming to them.  They have made a habit of recruiting guys with questionable backgrounds and now it has caught up with them.  Of course that sort of thing happens all over the college football landscape, even at the great University of Michigan but the fact that it is Ohio St and thee sweater vest wearing coach makes it that much sweeter.

To recap, some of Tressel’s players traded good for tattoo’s, which under NCAA rules is a no-no.  Tressel knew about the transgressions and sat on it for months.  He could have cleared it all up by reporting it ASAP.  That way he would still have a job and his kids would not have been gives such a harsh penalty( suspended 5 games next season).  Instead the Vest thought he was bigger and better than the rules and tried to sweep it under the carpet.  Well, now he gets his comeuppance.  Not only did it happen this past year, but it has been happening regularly since 2002 and it involves 28 players.  OUCH!!!!

Now, he has resigned and there are rumors that Pryor will not be eligible this season because he has other violations (he has had 6 different cars in three years, all registered to car dealerships in Columbus) and the once proud program is in disarray. 

Now I know that this will only be a setback.  This is too strong of a university and program that this will only slow them down.  What this does do though is open the door wide open for Michigan to regain its rightful place atop the Big Ten.  They are in a prime spot with a new coach and a new outlook.  They have the returning talent to compete right away and as a fan I am already fired up for the season to start. 

Do I feel bad for the OSU fans out there, absolutely not.  You thought that Tressel was the second coming when all he turned out to be was a lying, cheating SOB.  He just takes his place in line behind al the other bad rep coaches at that school.  Cooper couldn’t beat Michigan and Hayes just beat his players. 

Way to make the state and school proud guys.

As always, Hail to the Victors and Go Blue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Super Bowl XLV

So way back in September I wrote my 2010 football preview entry.  As you can see, it wasn’t that to far off.  If you read the article, you’ll have a pretty good idea where I am going with this.

I fully expect this to be one of the better Super Bowls we’ve seen over the past quarter century.  The Pack and the Steelers are more similar than one might think.  Great QB’s, outstanding LB’s, weak O-lines, good young coaches and deep, rich traditions.

I am a firm believer in riding the hot team that peaked at the right time like my 2008 G-men.  The Packers overcame a boat load of injuries( 16 guys on season-ending IR) and Aaron Rodgers has proven he is one of the true elite QB’s in the game.  Green Bay has discovered a little running game that has made the air attack that much more dangerous.  The only thing that has stopped the passing game is the Green Bay wideouts who have a knack of dropping passes at the wrong time.  If the Steelers have a weakness on D, it is their secondary, especially the corners.  I don’t see a low scoring affair.

The Steelers have just done what everyone expects them to do.  Run run run, let the defense establish their dominance than lean on Big Ben to make the big play when needed.  That formula has worked for two Super Bowl wins the past seven years.  Fans may think it’s boring, but winning never gets boring, no matter how it comes about trust me.   A lot has been made about the Steelers running game and their stout defense but I think their RB is just average and their secondary is prone to the spread passing attack of teams.  It’ll be tough to run on Green Bay’s front seven so the Steelers will have to rely on the right arm of Roethlisberger.  He’ll get them close, but not close enough.

Green Bay 33  Pittsburgh 27.

Enjoy the game!!!

Humpday Convo: Who do you root for?

I know this has been a bit hit-and-miss the past few weeks so thanks for sticking around.  This weeks question is asked of me at leat once a week so I figured, why not turn this into a topic, so without further ado:

What teams do you root for and why?

I get this question all the time about Michigan.  When I first started getting into sports, like any young kid I started to root for the teams that were on TV a lot or were good.  Since Connecticut didn’t have a huge college program during the 80’s, I started to root for the team I saw on TV all the time: Michigan.  They seemed to always be on as a national game plus the uniforms were and are simply the best.  So that little innocent act turned into a lifelong obsession that my wife and daughter now have to put up with. 

The other teams make much more sense.  The Red Sox because, well, I have a soul.  The Giants because the Patsies were awful ( and LT and Simms were my favorite players) when I got into sports and the fact they bent CT over in the 90’s.  It also pisses me off that the organization claims all of New England.  Not this guy you don’t.  The only redeeming factor that team has is their Michigan-trained QB.  The Celtics because of Bird, that easy.  I was (am) a Whalers fan but I slowly started to lose interest in the organization when it was obvious that they were just awful.  During the winters I would fall asleep listening to WFAN as I went to sleep and the NY Rangers seemed to be always on so, by a matter os osmosis, I became a Blue Shirt fan.  Of course I root for the two major UConn teams and I don’t think I really need a reason for that right?

So that’s it.  My sports team history.

Your turn.

Welcome to Big Time Football UConn

This is what happens when you are succesful.  Others want your services.  What Edsall did is no different than what any other person would do.  He worked hard at his original job, succeeded and was rewarded with a bigger opportunity.  He didn’t abandon his players or his school.  He didn’t stab the state in the back.  He simply did what he thought was better for him, why is that so bad?  He spent 12 very good years here.  He was able to accomplish what many only dreamed of.  The UConn football family should thanks Edsall for his time here and wish him luck in College Park.

Now, Maryland the program isn’t necessarily a huge step up like Notre Dame would have been.  It is a more established program.  He took UConn as far as he could take it.  This Maryland job is another stepping stone for him.  If he can improve the program, win a few ACC titles then you’ll see Edsall at a big time school soon.  That’s what he is looking at.  The ACC is a better conference and gives him a better chance in his career.

Look at this as a great opportunity for UConn.  They can go on a national search for their next coach.  They don’t need to settle for some no-names with state ties like the Hartford Courant suggested this morning.  (How can the biggest paper in the state be so poor in their choices: Mark Whipple Ken O’Keefe and Norries Wilson.  Yeah, who the hell are these guys is right.)  I think the school needs to shoot for the stars (sorry for the lame cliché.)  If Rich Rodriguez gets let go by Michigan, he should be choice #1.  Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach could be an option, albeit a risky one.  I think the most likely scenario is that the next coach currently resides in the MAC or Conference USA.  I really like the Tulsa coach Todd Graham.  He’s had a great three-year run and may be looking for a BCS conference job.  Another possible route is a big-time offensive or defensive coordinator from a major program like a Penn State. 

Really the possibilities are endless.  Like I said this should be a time to celebrate.  The program has a chance to build off a very good season and try to improve under a new coach in the years to come.  If the administration plays their cards right, we could be looking at the dawning of a great era of Connecticut football.  If they botch this though, the program will be set back many years.

Just do it right.

Meltdown in the Meadowlands

Honestly, who the hell saw that coming?  Up 24-3 and 31-10 with 6:30 left and this team can’t close the deal.  What a debacle and embarrassment.  I think it made it even worse that Coughlin completely undressed his punter after the return.  Did he mess up, sure.  Where was the punt coverage though?  If they stayed disciplined and help their lanes the return would not have happened.  Hell, if the defense stayed disciplined in the 4th quarter there would have been no comeback.  To many times they let Vick break containment.  When he does that he becomes the most dangerous man in football. 

That was one of the worst football losses I have lived through(nothing compares to game 7 ALCS in 2003).  A Super Bowl team does not give that game away.  Now they’ll need some help to get into the tourney.  The Giants really need a Bears win tonight.  The division is out of reach at this point.  The GMen had a chance to pretty much lock it all up but now they have to go on the road against Green Bay and Washington, not an easy road.   If Da Bears do win, it pretty much eliminates The Pack from the playoffs.  These three teams are so intertwined in this play-off push and that’s not even figuring New Orleans into the mix. 

If it was a perfect world, the Bears win tonight and clinch the #3 seed.  The Giants win on Sunday against Green Bay to pretty much lock up the #6 seed meaning they get to play Chicago in round 1.  Not a bad match-up which would line up a possible re-match with the Eagles. 

Hmmmm, now that I think about it, maybe this loss wasn’t so bad after all.

Nope, nevermind.  It still sucks losing to those bastard dog-killers from Philly!!!!!!