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Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 3:37 pm
 

2011 NFL Preview

The NFL season kicks off tonight with the previos two Super Bowl champs (Green Bay & New Orleans) meeting on the Frozen Tundra. The last Super Bowl champ to lose it's opening game the following season was the 1999 Denver Broncos. Smart $$$ is on the Packers tonight and for much of the season. Now, without further ado, here are some NFL picks that could win you some over/under cash or could leave you homeless. Indulge at your own risk.

 

AFC EAST

1. NEW ENGLAND                12-4

2. NY Jets                             10-6*

3. BUFFALO                             8-8

4. MIAMI                                   5-11

 

AFC NORTH

1. BALTIMORE                   11-5

2. PITTSBURGH                 10-6*

3. CLEVELAND                    8-8

4. CINCINNATI                   3-13

 

AFC SOUTH

1. HOUSTON                       11-5

2. INDIANAPOLIS                 6-10

3. TENNESSEE                      6-10

4. JACKSONVILLE                 3-13

 

AFC WEST

1. SAN DIEGO                    12-4

2. OAKLAND                       10-6

3. KANSAS CITY                  8-8

4. DENVER                          5-11

 

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NFC EAST

1. PHILADELPHIA              10-6

2. DALLAS                        10-6*

3. NY Giants                    9-7

4. WASHINGTON                6-10

 

NFC NORTH

1. GREEN BAY                    12-4

2. DETROIT                       9-7

3. CHICAGO                      8-8

4. MINNESOTA                   6-10

 

NFC SOUTH

1. NEW ORLEANS             11-5

2. ATLANTA                     10-6*

3. TAMPA BAY                  7-9

4. CAROLINA                   4-12

 

NFC WEST

1. ST. LOUIS                    10-6

2. ARIZONA                      8-8

3. SEATTLE                        7-9

4. SAN FRANCISCO             2-14

 

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 AFC PLAYOFFS

(4) BALTIMORE OVER (5) PITTSBURGH

(6) NY JETS OVER (3) HOUSTON

 

(1) NEW ENGLAND OVER (6) NY JETS

(4) BALTIMORE OVER (2) SAN DIEGO

 

(4) BALTIMORE OVER (1) NEW ENGLAND

 

NFC PLAYOFFS

(3) PHILADELPHIA OVER (6) DALLAS

(5) ATLANTA OVER (4) ST. LOUIS

 

(1) GREEN BAY OVER (5) ATLANTA

(3) PHILADELPHIA OVER (2) NEW ORLEANS

 

(3) PHILADELPHIA OVER (1) GREEN BAY

 

SUPER BOWL XLVI: BALTIMORE OVER PHILADELPHIA, 27-24 (OT)

 

*For the 3<sup>rd</sup> straight year I’m predicting the first ever OT Super Bowl. It has to happen one of these years, right? (Hey, I am on a 1-year pick-the-NFL-champ streak here, so give me some credit!) In a year where chalk leads people to a Green Bay-New England showdown, there are too many changes and too much flux in the league to get all chalky. I don’t love the Eagles, but I think a great defense will help an offense a lot. When Michael Vick runs that offense and, the most unsung player in the league – LeSean McCoy – as his wingman, there isn’t a need for that much more help. Baltimore has been close in recent years, but the hurdle is none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Baltimore can get past Pittsburgh, the rest of the playoffs and the Super Bowl will feel like a cakewalk. That’s what I’m predicting will happen this year. Baltimore edges the Steelers early in the playoffs and rides that momentum all the way to the title. Cleveland will love Art Modell even more come February.

UPDATE: With the Colts' Peyton Manning likely missing a few months if not being put on IR, the Colts will have an awful season. I find 6 wins very generous, but the division is so terrible that 6-10 seems to fit. 

Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:11 pm
 

2011 NCAA Football Preview

2011 NCAA Football Preview

1. Alabama

2. Boise State

3. Stanford

4. Oklahoma

5. Oregon

6. Virginia Tech

7. Nebraska

8. Wisconsin

9. South Carolina

10. Notre Dame

11. Ohio State

12. Florida State

13. LSU

14. TCU

15. Iowa

16. Texas A&M

17. Miami

18. West Virginia

19. Arizona State

20. Oklahoma State

21. Arkansas

22. Michigan State

23. Houston

24. Nevada

25. Georgia

 

BCS BOWLS:

BCS National Championship: Alabama vs. Boise State

Rose Bowl: Nebraska vs. Stanford

Sugar Bowl: South Carolina vs. Oregon

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin

Fiesta Bowl: West Virginia vs. Oklahoma

 
*All one has to do is look at Alabma's team when healthy last year. That small sample size would show early-season dominance and a mauling of then 11-1 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. With 16 players returning (9 on that vaunted defense), a BCS bowl is in the bag and the BCS is only an undefeated season away. 

Conference Championships:

SEC: Alabama over South Carolina

Big 10: Nebraska over Wisconsin

Pac-12: Stanford over Arizona State

ACC: Virginia Tech over Florida State

Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:24 am
 

MLB Preview 2011

AL EAST
1. Boston 99-63
2. Tampa Bay 92-70*
3. NY Yankees 91-71
4. Baltimore 78-84
5. Toronto 76-86

AL CENTRAL
1. Detroit 89-73
2. Minnesota 87-75
3. Chicago 85-77
4. Kansas City 71-91
5. Cleveland 68-94

AL WEST
1. Oakland 85-77
2. LA Angels 83-79
3. Texas 81-81
4. Seattle 70-92

NL EAST
1. Philadelphia 101-61
2. Atlanta 93-69*
3. Florida 88-74
4. NY Mets 79-83
5. Washington 70-92

NL Central
1. Cincinnati 91-71
2. Milwaukee 90-72
3. St. Louis 84-78
4. Chicago 81-81
5. Houston 70-92
6. Pittsburgh 68-94

NL West
1. San Francisco 92-70
2. Colorado 88-74
3. San Diego 82-80
4. LA Dodgers 77-85
5. Arizona 66-96

PLAYOFFS:
AL WILDCARD -- Boston over Oakland (3 games); Tampa Bay over Detroit (4 games)
ALCS -- Boston over Tampa Bay (7 games)

NL WILDCARD -- Philadelphia over Cincinnati (3 games); Atlanta over San Francisco (5 games)
NLCS -- Philadelphia over Atlanta (5 games)

WORLD SERIES: Philadelphia over Boston (6 games)

*Pitching, pitching, pitching. I don't care if Boston added C-Craw and A-Gone, the pitching is Lester, Beckett and.... u get the point. Halladay and Lee are just awesome, making Hamels and Oswalt the league's best 3/4 pitchers. The offense isn't too shabby either.
Category: MLB
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:59 pm
 

2010-11 NCAA Football Preview

Without further ado, here is my NCAA Football Preview for the 2010-11 season. While most other experts jump on the Alabama bandwagon predicting a repeat, I'll go a different route and look to a team that, like it or not, continuously gets batter and better and should run the table -- the Ohio State Buckeyes.

I see just two teams running the table this year and those teams will square off for the championship on January 10 (Yeah, for whatever reason, we should expect to see the title game played after the Super Bowl in a few years at this rate of pushing the game further and further back!!!).

Anyway, here is my Top 25 (how I see the regular season ending) as well as my BCS Bowl Predictions. Enjoy!

2010-11 College Football Preview

1. Ohio State

2. Boise State

3. Nebraska

4. Alabama

5. Oregon

6. Wisconsin

7. Virginia Tech

8. Georgia

9. Texas

10. Oklahoma

11. TCU

12. Miami (Fla.)

13. Pittsburgh

14. Florida

15. Notre Dame

16. Iowa

17. Florida State

18. Utah

19. Arizona

20. USC

21. North Carolina

22. LSU

23. Oregon State

24. Penn State

25. Michigan State

 

BOWL PREDICTIONS

BCS Title Game: Ohio State vs. Boise State

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Pittsburgh

Fiesta Bowl: Nebraska vs. Georgia

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Texas

 

 

Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 12:46 pm
 

2010 NFL Preview

It's the eve of the 2010 NFL season. Gazing into my crystal ball -- which can be screwy at times but typically doesn't venture too far from reality -- I see a thrilling season from start to finish.
Here are my predictions for the upcoming season:

AFC East

NY Jets (11-5)

New England Patriots (11-5)*

Miami Dolphins (7-9)

Buffalo Bills (2-14)

 

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)

Cleveland Browns (4-12)

 

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts (12-4)

Houston Texans (11-5)*

Tennessee Titans (8-8)

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)

 

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)

San Diego Chargers (9-7)

Oakland Raiders (6-10)

Denver Broncos (5-11)

 

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

NY Giants (10-6)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

Washington Redskins (7-9)

 

NFC North

Green Bay Packers (13-3)

Minnesota Vikings (10-6)*

Chicago Bears (6-10)

Detroit Lions (6-10)

 

NFC South

New Orleans Saints (12-4)

Atlanta Falcons (11-5)*

Carolina Panthers (8-8)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)

 

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers (11-5)

Seattle Seahawks (5-11)

Arizona Cardinals (4-12)

St. Louis Rams (2-14)

 

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AFC PLAYOFFS

5. Houston over 4. Kansas City

3. NY Jets over 6. New England

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1. Indianapolis over 5. Houston

2. Baltimore over 3. NY Jets

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Indianapolis over Baltimore

 

 

NFC PLAYOFFS

5. Atlanta over 4. San Francisco

3. Dallas over 6. Minnesota

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1. Green Bay over 5. Atlanta

2. New Orleans over 3. Dallas

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Green Bay over New Orleans

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SUPER BOWL

GREEN BAY 31, INDIANAPOLIS 28

*In the title game, both Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning go toe-to-toe for 60 minutes. Each QB tops 300 yards and tosses 4 TDs. The difference in the game is Mason Crosby's 48-yard FG as time expires.

 
 
 
 
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