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New England Patriots Dynasty (1998 - 2011)

January 16th, 2011 (08:00 pm)

January 16, 2011 will mark the day that the party ended for the New England Patriots dynasty.  For close to 13 years, this team has been in continuous contention for the Super Bowl.  Today, they couldn't beat an inferior team in their own backyard.  The NFL is a copycat league, a league with parity, a salary cap, and it's a league where nothing lasts forever.  This is the second time in a row that Brady couldn't win the game that he should have one and both teams that did it to him were New York teams.  I don't know how hungry Brady is anymore, especially after the taunting he took from Jets players and coaches all week....he just couldn't respond and I never saw any fire in him. Maybe it's time for him to call it a career, while he is on top.  He has 3 Super Bowls, a few MVP titles.....he can still walk.......maybe he should consider it quits.  Don't be like Brett Favre looking for the fountain of youth and hurting your image in the process.   The formula is becoming pretty obvious now in how to beat Brady........blitz him and don't give him any time to throw.  That's nothing new, but he can't adjust to it like he could in the past. 

You can't blame Brady solely for this loss, but who else would you blame? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. 

NFL Playoff Predictions for the Weekend

January 15th, 2011 (03:43 pm)

This is one of the best weekends of the year for NFL fans.  There are a lot of intriguing matchups this weekend, that are filled with contreversy, drama and every other ingredient necessary to make it a fun weekend.  However, the season will end for four teams this weekend.

In the most obvious outcome of the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks cinderella story will come to an end.  Let's face it, this team is 7-9 coming into the postseason, and they played out of their minds last week.  New Orleans was missing their two best running backs and their defence was not as good as Chicago's this year.  The Saints had a -6 turnover ration this year, compared to plus 17 in their Super Bowl year.  Chicago will not allow the Seattle running backs to shred them this week, even if Marshawn Lynch goes into Beast mode.  Seattle ranked in the bottom half in every offensive and defensive category, so reality will hit hard hard for Pete Carroll and his boys.  Given the fact that the game will be in Chicago, with very cold weather expected, Seattle will not be able to establish the run against a strong Chicago defensive line.  Prediction....Chicago 27 Seattle 10.

Here's my scary prediction, but I think that the Ravens will beat the Steelers.  Traditionally, these teams always have close matchups in both the regular season and post season, but this Ravens team is hungry to finally beat the Steelers in the postseason.  The Steelers are not the same, ever since they almost lost to the lowly Buffalo Bills.  Their secondary is not healthy and the Ravens will blitz Roethlisberger all day.  If the Ravens can establish a strong run game with Ray Rice and throw some screens early in the game, I can see Flacco throwing deep bombs to Boldin as the game goes on.  I think the Ravens can do it, and the score will be Ravens 24, Steelers 20

In the most intriguing game of the playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers.  As much as I like Atlanta's offence and think that they will be a great football team in the future, they will not win today.  In the NFL, you have to pay your dues by losing a couple of games in the playoffs.  Matt Ryan proved this year that when he faces prime time opponents (like New Orleans a month ago in Atlanta's house), he can't win the big one.  The playoff pressure will get to him.  If Atlanta cannot establish a rushing game early with Michael Turner, this game will be over very quickly.  Green Bay's secondary is one of the best in the league and they will double Roddy White in most schemes.  What will Ryan do when they take away his weapons.  He will panic and it will be the beginning of the end.  Aaron Rodgers is making his mark now and he will continue to be hot.  Green Bay 34, Atlanta 27

Finally, the New England Patriots will finally put an end to the Jets season.  This one is not even worth writing, because it will not be close at all.  Tom Brady loves the cold, the Patriots are all fired up about playing in Foxborough and proving that Rex Ryan is not as good as he thinks he is.  Prediction.....New England 28 New York Jets 10

Enjoy the games everyone and let the best teams win!

The most overrated baseball player of all time

January 14th, 2011 (03:18 pm)

I just read an article in the Toronto Star today, where Vernon Wells said that he is an overpaid athlete.  I am really not sure whether he just figured that out or if he thought Jays fans did not notice.  Vernon Wells is paid $18 million dollars a year, when other players with similar statistics are paid in the $7-10 million dollar range.  Don't get me wrong, I am a capitalist at heart, and if someone (that someone being the self-proclaimed genius named J.P.  Ricciardi) wants to pay you that much, I would take it as well.  What I have a problem with, is Vernon Wells comments in the Star:

"I think the most important thing about getting contracts like this is you get to go out and do so many different things in the community.

"You get to go out and impact lives. The way I feel about it, I was blessed with that contract to go out and do things. Everybody would say I'm not worth the money and I would totally agree that I'm not worth that contract, but I don't think there is anybody ... but I know what I can do with that contract will far outdo what that contract's worth."

The burning comment that I have is...what things is Vernon Wells doing?  The Toronto Blue Jays are not paying him $18 million dollars to be the next Mother Theresa....but he is being made millions of dollars to perform on the baseball field, improve on his pathetic .273 batting average from last year and help this team make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.   Only two other franchises have not made it to the post-season during that stretch:  Kansas City and Pittsburgh. I don't care what charity work Vernon Wells does....and if he really wants to be charitable, give some of that money to the poor in this city.  The other question that I have for Vernon Wells is......how are you going to bring in $126 million in value....is it by being aloof and only showing your face at Raptors games in the offseason.  He doesn't have an outgoing personality, so you won't be able to sell newspapers.  I never see him in the community, and what has he been doing with charitable work while he collected his first 54 million......NOTHING. 

Here's hoping that some other owner will save this Toronto Blue Jays franchise from the anchor that is Vernon Wells contract.  Who would be dumb enough to pay $18 million for an "average" player....almost forgot...THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS. 


This weekend's Jets-Patriots game

January 13th, 2011 (11:08 am)

Let's get one thing out of the way.......right away.  I can't stand Tom Brady and his quest to look like Justin Bieber.  Grow up man....you're 33 years old, you have a supermodel wife and you get $19 million a year to play quarterback for an NFL dynasty.  No matter what I think of this guy's fashion taste, he is the best quarterback in the NFL....arguably the best of all time.

When I was a child, there was a WWF segment every Saturday called Pipers Pit, where Roddy Piper pretty much fawned over the wrestlers he liked (aka the heels) and humilated the ones that he hated (the good guys).  In one particular segment, the late Andre the Giant attacked Piper on the set.  After the attack was over, Piper screamed to the camera "You are going to learn one thing.......you don't throw rocks at a guy with a machine gun".  And the Jets are the ones throwing the rocks at Brady, who has so many weapons around him.  This game will be a blowout, because the Jets have given Brady the additional motivation he needs to not only beat the Jets, but humiliate them. 

These teams split their 2 games this year, with the Jets winning in New York and the Pats in Foxborough.  However, the Jets beat New England 28-14, but in their last meeting at Foxborough, the Jets lost 45-3.  This prompted Rex Ryan to bury the game ball on the practice field, as a way to rid the demons of that loss forever.    You only beat a team 45-3 if you are superior to them or if the opponent never cared.  I think that it was the first reason.  The Pats offence ranked #1 this year, while the Jets were ranked 13th in the NFL.  Mark Sanchez is young, makes way to many mistakes and is not even in the same class as Brady.  Think about how many weapons Brady has in case the Jets want to put Revis on someone...a questionably healthy Revis.  It doesn't matter who Revis covers, because Brady can pass it to Welker, Gronkowski, Krumpler, anyone in their backfield with screens, Brandon Tate, Deion Branch.......the list goes on and on and on.  Brady will spread out that offence, and the Jets will make dumb mistakes.  My thinking is that Brady will pick on Cromartie all game, because of his comments this week. 

The Jets were able to beat the great Peyton Manning last week, because I honestly believe that Manning is injured, and he never had his usual short yard targets in Dallas Clark and Austin Collie.  However, given that the Jets will be playing at Foxborough, and the fact that Brady might arguably be having his best season ever, the Jets will fall victim to Brady and Co.  Even though past performance is not always indicative of future performance, Brady is 34-4 in games where the temperature is below freezing...which is what meterologists are calling for in New England on the weekend.  

Say what you want about the Jets, but these guys at least make the game fun with their trash talking, but they will quickly learn that "You don't rocks at a guy with a machine gun". 

The current state of the Toronto Maple Leafs

January 13th, 2011 (02:21 am)

In 1989, the Toronto Maple Leafs made one of the dumbest trades ever in acquiring Tom Kurvers from the New Jersey Devils, for a 1st round draft pick.  That first rounder turned out to be Scott Niedermayer........one of the best defenceman of all time.  History repeated itself in 2009, when Brian Burke acquired Phil Kessel for 2 first rounders.  One of those is Tyler Seguin, and we will find out who the second one will be in the 2011 draft.  I think that Phil Kessel is an above average player, but what was Burke thinking when he thought this guy would be the next Mats Sundin.  Phil Kessel has had a history of health problems (testicular cancer for one) and he has never made anyone around him better.  He benefitted from having Marc Savard as a linemate in Boston.........who is this decades version of Adam Oates.   Now, Burke is pretty much in a catch 22.  He can't get the pieces he needs to support Kessel, because of the salary cap, and he can't dump all of the malcontents he just gave fat contracts to like Komisarek, Beauchemin and Phaneuf in order to create cap space.  It would pretty much be an admission that he screwed up and then the leash from the board would be tightened.  MLSE (in reality the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund) hates paying someone millions to play for the Marlies.  Someone definitely will be losing their job or already has for the Jeff Finger contract.  I guess that would be Cliff Fletcher.  The point that I was trying to make is that this team has been garbage for 44 years, so what's the difference if it was for another 5 more years.  It's better to start from scratch and build it right.  Stop getting the spare parts that make little to no difference in order to appease the sports writers.  No matter what you put on the ice, Leaf fans will always come out to games, because they are suckers.  They are like Chicago Cubs fans....they love a "loser". 

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