By Keith Allison (Flickr)
I have had a rough past few sports weekend. The Orioles have really been my only saving grace as Liverpool, Virginia Tech, and the 49ers have been inconsistent to poor in their past few performances leaving me to begin my work weeks with even more animosity and rage than usual. So here’s what I’m looking forward to:
West Bromwich @ Liverpool: Liverpool are struggling lately. Settling for a point last weekend against Merseyside rival Everton, losing to Basel Wednesday in Champions League and with only 6 points this season, the Reds need 3 points from this matchup.
Virginia Tech @ UNC: Dear Brewer… please don’t throw more than one interception. The fall from the excitement peak that was the Ohio St. game has been long and rough. I want to believe the Hokies can challenge for the ACC although I know they’re far from it.
Tons of other ranked matchups including a handful of SEC matchups that should make for great television and solidify how bad I am at College Pick Em.
Orioles @ Tigers: Up 2-0 after a huge comeback in game two the O’s are yet again pulling me through my other teams’ mediocre performances
Kansas City @ San Francisco: Big matchup as the Chiefs are coming off of mollywhopping New England all over the field. Alex Smith returns and I’ve never been more excited for him to throw interceptions.
More football and baseball postseason games and quality EPL matchups as well.
What are you excited for this weekend?
I’m starting a trend in my football picks. It started last year in a college bowl pickem I do with a group of buddies and is rolling into this season’s college pick em’s each week as well as my NFL picks. Of my 5 incorrect picks last week 4 of them were laughably wrong where teams seam to be outscored by 3 or more touchdowns. I guess the motto is if I’m gonna fail… go down in a blaze of incompetent glory:
Thursday Night: Minnesota @ Green Bay (Packers-7.5). Relax right?
Cleveland @ Tennesse (Browns +2.5): I feel like I’ve set the Titans up to now win this game by 50.
Atlanta @ New York Giants (Giants -3.5): I mean the definition of inconsistency game. If this pick backfires my fantasy team wins by a landslide.
Arizona @ Denver (Broncos -7.5): At some point Peyton will cover the spread right?
New York Jets @ San Diego (Chargers -6): I wish I cared more about this game
Cincinatti @ New England (Bengals -1.5): I swear this game actually had New England favored at the beginning of the week. I’m taking the Bengals. I texted a buddy of mine the line early in the week and told him I wanted to bet my house that I don’t even own on it. His one word response: Ackbar (Star Wars reference for the fact that this is a trap and it will be fixed). I refuse to believe it.
It’s a Trap!
I realize I will probably be in the minority with this opinion but as I sit here and watch the end of a game that kicked off 3 hours and 22 minutes ago, I can’t take it anymore…. this sport takes too long.
I love football I really do, I watch every Saturday and Sunday and usually pick up some of the games on Monday and Thursday. An NFL or college football game has 15 minute quarters which equates to an hour of game time yet takes an average of two hours to complete! It is insane how often the clock stops in this game. Soccer games are 90 minutes in game time and between a 15 minute halftime usually take around two hours to complete. There is no reason a sport with a clock that is 30 minutes shorter in game length should take an extra 60-80 minutes on average to complete.
You don’t have to reduce the amount of football on television (nor do I think you ever will). Just reduce how frequently the game clock stops. Stop having so many commercial time outs and only let the clock stop inside maybe the last 5 minutes of each quarter. Might reduce the amount of hits given or received and maybe even reduce injuries.
Again I realize this will fall on deaf (or no) ears but please, please, reduce the length of these games.
“Kirk Cousins 2014” by Keith Allison
Ok much better week 3. 4-2 again to make it 8-10 overall. Lets see if we can get this back over .500:
Thursday Night Game: New York @ Washington (Washington -3.5). In a conference game I could care less about.
Miami @ Oakland (Raiders +4.5): East Coast traveling to the West Coast.. maybe some jet lag.
Tennessee @ Indianapolis (Colts -7.5): Still feel “Luck”y
Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh (Steelers -7.5): I feel like this is where I’m going to get punished in believing in the Steelers but the Buccaneers are really bad.
Atlanta @ Minnesota (Falcons -3.5): Hopefully Matt Ryan can take their home performance against the Bucs on the road this week.
New Orleans @ Dallas ( Saints -3.5): Both defenses are bad and I’ll take Drew Brees over Tony Romo.
“Blitz Seattle Seahawks Mascot” by Philip Robertson from New York, NY, USA
Holy 0-6 week. I’m like Hank Goldberg from ESPN… terrible picks but still going. On to Week 3
Thursday night game. Tampa Bay @ Atlanta- Matt Ryan I believe in you at home (Falcons -6.5)
Kansas City @ Miami: (Dolphins -4.5): Please keep throwing picks Alex Smith
Pittsburgh @ Carolina: (Panthers -3.5): This line is concerning that it is so low but I don’t believe in the Steelers after last week.
Tennessee @ Cincinatti: (Bengals -7.5): Big spreads scare me but Bengals D is legit.
Denver @ Seattle: (Seahawks -4.5): Super Bowl Rematch but I still think Seattle at home for less than 6 is a gift.
Upset of the week: Oakland @ New England: I’ll take the Raiders to cover at +14.5
For the love of everything holy I can’t go 0fer again!
“Roger Goodell Afghanistan (crop)” by derivative work: Kelly
Watching, talking about, or listening to the NFL is not fun anymore. I never thought I would say this about a sport but I am legitimately worn out with the National Football League after the past 4 weeks. Here are my reasons why:
A) The League has a black eye that won’t heal. Adrian Peterson beat his kid, Rice KO’d his wife, two players are currently still playing who have been arrested for domestic assault charges. Before that it was Donte Stallworth being charged with DUI Manslaughter. That’s right, a guy in the NFL killed somebody and you want to be pissed because a kid got spanked too hard. Be angry but try not to have short term memory anymore about who the NFL lets into their league. (He was suspended a year and then reinstated…. only served 30 days in jail so I’m not sure why the public is surprised that Ray Rice isn’t in jail.) There will always be idiots in the league doing dumb stuff and the media will focus on it.
B) The NFL is talked about too much. Once the season has ended we get to spend 4 months hearing about the NFL draft. It is a league where there are only 16 games and I have to hear about it for 10 months out of the year.
C) The Super Bowl champion doesn’t feel like the best team. I hate the way the NFL playoffs work. You play 16 regular season games including your division opponents twice. So you realistically play 13 different teams out of 32. Then you could possibly see those same opponents in the playoffs until you reach the Super Bowl. So realistically you could become champion of a league where you play less than 45% of the opponents. (Yes college football is worse, shut up I don’t care about that right now.)
D) This one is where I’m throwing logic out the window a bit but bear with me. The hypocrisy of the rules baffles me. I saw a Ravens defensive player flagged for a personal foul, roughing the passer penalty for tackling Ben Roethlisberger. He was flagged supposedly for lowering the crown of his helmet into his chest as he successfully wrapped him up and brought him to the ground. In the same game a player was launched off of his feet as he was blindsided on a kick off return while he pursued the returner and there was no flag because as the rules are written, no foul was committed. This is asinine. Either let the sport be violent or get flags. Grabbing a guy’s jersey is a penalty, flipping a runner who has jumped and spearing him out of the air is not.
I’m a 49ers fan and I’ve had a lot to cheer about in my team’s success. But I’m finding now that on my long commute to work I am actually dreading how much garbage I’m going to have to listen to on any Sports Radio broadcast regarding moronic players, bad officiating, a stupid commissioner who seems to have no checks on his power, and mediocre teams being mediocre. The only thing I’m enjoying so far in this season is that I started 1-0 in my fantasy leagues but I’m currently being mollywhopped in both leagues this week. Dear NFL… please stop sucking. Hugs and Kisses. Loope.
4-2 to start the season. Surprises and disappointments from Week 1, lets see who can rebound who might continue the slide:
Thursday Night Game: Pittsburgh @ Baltimore: Steelers come into Baltimore and just make things worse for Ravens Nation (Steelers -2.5)
New Orleans @ Cleveland: I like the Saints to rebound from their loss in Atlanta. More offense and better defense (Saints -6.5)
Indianapolis @ Philadelphia: I don’t believe in Nick Foles, and I’m going to ride Andrew Luck for another week. (Colts -3)
Tampa Bay @ St. Louis: St. Louis is going to struggle this year. I don’t love this pick with St. Louis being at home but taking a chance (Bucs -5.5)
Upset of the Week: Arizona @ New York: The Giants are not good, but West Coast team having the 1:00 kickoff on the East Coast on short preparation… I’ll take the G-Men (Giants +3.5)
Tennassee @ Dallas: Two Words: Tony Romo (Titans -3.5)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Mr. “Beats by Ray” Rice are BFF’s. Big F%$!ing Fools. Don’t worry Ray… you are going through what could end up being the worst time of your life. Your public image is tarnished and ruined, your reputation stained, and your employment status questionable at best. If only somebody would stand up for you and maybe say that its all going to be alright.
Whats that?? Can it be? Your knight in shining, bruised knuckled armor is here! Coming to the rescue and defending the now “Floyd Mayweather of elevator dewomanizing” is Mr. Floyd Mayweather himself. Mayweather who is 37-0 in the ring, and 0-1 in the courtroom over a domestic violence case. If you don’t know Mayweather spent two months in a Las Vegas Jail for pleading guilty (still claiming innocence) for domestic violence. He could have faced 34 years for the felony counts.
Mayweather stated that Rice’s two game ban by the NFL shouldn’t have been changed because of the video. “I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”
The fallacies involved in the statements above that try to justify his argument make my head hurt I honest to god feel like I was just punched in the head (charges will be pending for stupidity Mayweather). A) We aren’t talking about other peoples’ households we are talking about Mr. Rice. and B) This was caught on video.
The NFL should have done a better job with their initial investigation, although you’ll never convince me they didn’t see the tape. How they have handled this situation is poor but the consequences are not. Rice should be gone and never heard from again for his actions. I just hope that the sport fans’ short term memory lasts a little longer with him than Mayweather seeing as how he is now fighting on pay-per-view, set to make millions.
So Ray… don’t worry. Your BFF Floyd is with you. The fact that your left hook is both your best and worst attribute as a human make me sick.
By Keith Allison
UPDATE: I posted this about 15 minutes before news broke about Rice being suspended from the team. I agree that I think the more severe punishment is what Ray Rice deserved all along. However I think another pressing issue is how much did Goodell know or see before the original 2 game suspension. Media coverage and majority opinion seems to believe he had access to all of the evidence before the original suspension. If this comes out as true you will have many people calling for Goodell’s head to be right next to Rice’s.
This story just went from bad to worse… a lot worse.
Video footage of Ray Rice going Mike Tyson on his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator was finally released for the public to see. It’s bad. Rice doesn’t get hit by linebackers as hard as he punched Palmer in that elevator and now everybody gets to see it.
Rice was of course suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for 2 games which was widely criticized as too soft of a punishment. That punishment will almost certainly come under fire again as now the general public gets to witness the deplorable actions of Rice punching Palmer and dragging her from the elevator.
The problem for the NFL is that there is no way for this to end well. On one hand if it is found out that they had access to this footage before everyone else and still made the decision to suspend Rice for two games then Goodell will face hell fire and brimstone from just about everybody in the world. His immediate policy change to 6 games will be forgotten and the only thing that people will care about is that the NFL knew it was this bad and still acted the way they did.
On the other hand can the NFL or the Baltimore Ravens now come back and punish Ray Rice more than they already did? My only issue with that is this: You knew it was that bad, everyone knew it was that bad. Palmer didn’t get on the elevator unconscious so while it was left to the imagination it is naive of anybody to think that what happened was possibly not too awful. My issue isn’t that his punishment isn’t deserved (whatever it turns out to finally be), it is that you waited and now are reacting instead of dealing with what you knew was an issue all along. To me it is kind of like punishing somebody for committing a crime, changing the punishment for the crime, and then wanting to go back and change the guilty party’s sentence.
If a team wants to remove itself from associating itself with an employee based on that employee’s actions then there is probably a lot of legal mumbo jumbo that goes into that, none of which I know. I certainly wouldn’t fault the Ravens for parting ways with Rice and think it would be PR suicide for anybody to pick him up.
In the end it won’t matter. The old policy that may or may not have forced Goodell’s immediate consequence is gone with a new one in place. This is just a black eye for everybody involved that will take a while to recover. (No pun intended)
By Mark Susina (Mark 2400)
Packers @ Seahaws: The Super Bowl Champs open their season taking on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. I like Seattle at home to cover the 5.5 point spread (Seattle -5.5)
Jaquars @ Eagles: Chip Kelly, Nick Foles, Shady McCoy and Cheese steak… whats not to like? (Philly -10.5)
Raiders @ Jets: I wish I cared more about this game to say something positive about it. (Jets -5.5)
Titans @ Chiefs: I assume Alex Smith will continue his streak of not taking chances just enough to let the Chiefs start off with a solid win. (Chiefs -3.5)
Monday Night Game: Giants @ Lions: “Megatron’s Johnson”, ” Stafford Infection”, “Suh Girls, One Cup”… so many quality names how do you not pick the Lions at home? (Lions -5.5)
Upset of the Week: Part of me wants to pick the Cowboys but I hate the Cowboys and picking against my 49ers gives me the shakes (of course so do brownies for breakfast)… so I’ll take the Colts at +7.5… maybe I’ll get Luck..y. (I’m so sorry for that pun… apology to follow unless I’m right)