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WTHWWT – Week 7 (Nathan)

I’m baaaack!!! After a fun filled weekend of sneaking in and out of a dorm, spending 3 months pay on my girlfriend, and scaring her five different times with the same clown mask (she is deathly afraid of clowns),  it’s back to reality and back to writing about those teams that disappointed me once again. The only reason these teams were picked was because Ray and I are trying to mix things up a little bit and to add some excitement for your viewing pleasure.

San Diego Padres vs. Buffalo Bills

Once again, the “Padres” disappointed me. I expected them to go into Buffalo and give them some sort of challenge. Buffalo coming off a bye week was well rested, and once again Trent Edwards was healthy. LaDanian Tomlinson needs to pick up his game or this team is going no where. San Diego should have given Buffalo a little more of a challenge, despite the fact they were probably looking forward to their long flight over the pond to play next week against New Orleans Saints, which leads me to my next disappointment

New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

Reggie Bush injured plus a dominant performance by Carolina’s Defense adds up to a blowout in Carolina. Like San Diego, the Saints were probably looking forward to the meancing trip across the pond to England for next week’s matchup. Reggie Bush (knee injury) will not travel with the team to England, meanwhile he will be visiting Dr. James Andrews for another look at his injured knee. I do not know about everyone else, but I have never heard a positive story come out of Dr. Andrews’ office. Could Reggie Bush’s season be over? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins

One simple phrase can sum up this game: Baltimore is here to play and they are not going away anytime this season. Joe Flacco is their starting quarterback for the rest of the season, and he has rightfully earned that starting spot. He has led his team to a great season, and Sunday was no different. Miami’s shaky defense floundered in a game where they had a chance, but could not withstand the Baltimore offense (Yes, that was a truthful statement). It’s good to see Baltimore back in action.

New York Jets vs Oakland Raiders

Congrats to the Raiders. They actually won a game. Yes, they needed extra time to win, but its still a 1 in the win column, which is a lot better than a 0 (Cincinnati and Detroit). Brett Favre threw an amazing block that started a Jets rally late in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 57 yard FG to clinch the game for the home-standing Raiders. Win number 1 for new Raiders coach Tom Cable. Hopefully, there is more to come.

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October 20, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 7 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 10-4 (58-30)
Ray: 7-7 (47-41)

Games Nathan Ray
SD @ BUF CHARGERS BILLS
NO @ CAR SAINTS PANTHERS
MIN @ CHI BEARS VIKINGS
PIT @ CIN STEELERS STEELERS
TEN @ KC TITANS TITANS
BAL @ MIA DOLPHINS RAVENS
SF @ NYG GIANTS GIANTS
DAL @ STL COWBOYS COWBOYS
DET @ HOU
IND @ GB PACK PACK
NYJ @ OAK JETS RAIDERS
CLE @ WAS SKINS SKINS
SEA @ TB BUCS BUCS
DEN @ NE PATS PATS

October 18, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTHWWT – Week 6 (Ray)

A slew of last minute victories sprinkled the NFL landscape this week, and of course a majority of them go the opposite way I picked. Let’s get it on!

Houston 29 Miami 28

Miami could have stole this one but decided that a loss would be the perfect way to end a day in Houston. The Dolphins rushing attack was decent, and Pennington performed quite well, but it still was not enough to take out the Texans. Some fans wanted Sage Rosenfels to be the starter after last week’s performance but Matt Schaub proved why he is QB1, leading the team down the field for the game winning touchdown (which he ran in). The Texans defense held and got the W. So, now Miami joins the ranks of the enigmas, playing great one week and losing a head-scratcher the next.

Tampa Bay 27 Carolina 3

Talk about laying a gigantic egg, Carolina. Way to not show up at all. A total of 40 yards rushing is all the Panthers could garner the whole game. The passing retreat (attack would be an injustice) led by Jake Delhomme was garbage, due to 3 INT. The Bucs need to choose a starting quarterback. This week it was Jeff Garcia who played the whole game and not Brian Griese. Pick one! It looked as though Carolina would become an NFC power but noooope! Once again, we’re left with questions. No team is that great in the NFL. Should be interesting as time goes on.

Indianapolis 31 Baltimore 3

Kudos to me for picking two teams that only managed 3 points in their games. I am truly honored to have such a despicable record grace the pages of this blog. First off, it is about time the Colts won a game at home. Took way too long. Both teams rushing dropped a deuce and stunk it up. Peyton Manning looked like he should have the first 5 weeks. Joe Flacco looked like he should have the first 5 weeks, a rookie. Flacco got intercepted-o three times and did not throw any touchdowns (obviously as the score of 3 tells you). The Ravens need to pick one RB and not use Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, AND Le’Ron McClain. McGahee should be the starter and finisher. You don’t pay him the big bucks to ride pine and let rookies play instead of him.

St. Louis 19 Washington 17

This is probably the happiest I have been after getting a pick wrong. I told everyone the Redskins were average and this proved it. They can beat Dallas and Philly all they want, but if you cannot defeat a WINLESS team, there is a huge problem. Everybody can now jump off the ‘Skins bandwagon. Sure, they put up good stats but they didn’t get the most important thing – the win. You can tell me all day Clinton Portis had 129 yds rushing and 2 TD! That’s fine for me for my fantasy team with Portis on it but it did not help your team at all win now did it? HA. Calm your nerves now Washington fans. Welcome back to Earth.

Jacksonville 24 Denver 17

Fairly even game here so not really any people I can go off on, unfortunately. I really thought Denver could be a great team, but now they are really sucking it. No spectacular stats here, just a hard fought Jaguars victory. Although, the Broncos need to get better on rush defense and not allow Jones-Drew 125 yards and 2 TD (but it helps my fantasy team! If you are keeping tabs I have Portis and Jones-Drew). Denver needs some consistency in their life and not flip-floppyness like John Kerry.

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 6 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 9-5 (48-26)
Ray: 8-6 (40-34)

Games Nathan Ray
CIN @ NYJ JETS JETS
MIA @ HOU DOLPHINS DOLPHINS
CHI @ ATL FALCONS FALCONS
DET @ MIN VIKINGS VIKINGS
CAR @ TB BUCS PANTHERS
BAL @ IND COLTS RAVENS
OAK @ NO SAINTS SAINTS
STL @ WAS RAMS SKINS
JAX @ DEN JAGS BRONCOS
GB @ SEA PACK PACK
DAL @ ARI COWBOYS COWBOYS
PHI @ SF EAGLES EAGLES
NE @ SD PATS CHARGERS
NYG @ CLE GIANTS GIANTS

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTHWWT – Week 5 (Nathan)

So, in a week where the MLB saw the Cubs and Angels get eliminated from the playoffs, and the NHL started another season, with two games over in Europe, there was another week full of upsets and surprises in the NFL. The stock market continues to hit rock bottom and the presidential candidates continue to tour the country in hopes of people’s votes. Wachovia was bought out by Wells Fargo, and the University of Michigan got blown out of the water by the Fighting Illini and Juice Williams. As society continues to go downhill, the thoughts of where this world will be one year from today is just scary and unpredictable. But when times turn rough, you can always count on these blogs to cheer you up.

Atlanta vs Green BayAaron Rodgers vs Matt Ryan. Both very young inexperienced, starting quarterbacks and Lambeau Field on the first weekend of October, it does not get any better than this. People were unsure of how Rodgers would play because of his shoulder injury, but in an attempt to beat Brett Favre’s record setting streak of continuous starts, Rodger suited up and played. In the end, Matt Ryan was the quarterback who was leaving the field as a winner. This is the third week in a row that I have had to write about the Packers which is not a good thing. Hopefully they get the team back on track on their way to Seattle to visit former head coach Mike Holmgren.

San Diego vs Miami – So as I should have done when picking my picks for the week, the Chargers will now be known as the Padres. Hopefully this will give them a reason to start winning… Miami once again surprised the league with another upset victory. The Miami Dolphins are the team that everyone is going to overlook this season. Expect the Dolphins to finish at least .500 this season. They are that good. Or that average. However you want to look at it.

Buffalo vs Arizona – If any Buffalo Bills fans thought that JP Losman was a good quarterback hopefully this week proved something to you. The only good thing JP is good for is riding the bench and maybe giving the plays to the quarterback. On his first drive, JP lost a fumble and the Cardinals subsequently scored on the following drive. Hopefully, Trent Edwards can heal up over the bye week and come back in two weeks and start at quarterback. Concussions are so unpredictable so I’m sure we won’t find out until next week whether he can play or not.

Pittsburgh vs Jacksonville – Once again, the Jaguars let me down. Their lack of a running game has imploded my fantasy teams all season long and until they find a decent tandem in the backfield, it’s going to be a long season for the Jags.  Jones-Drew and Taylor must pick it up for Jacksonville’s success. The Steelers are going to have another dominant year in their division and will end up making the playoffs once again.

So, as this will be my last blog before the NHL Season officially starts on Thursday, let me finish this by saying Go Wings… HEY HEY HOCKEYTOWN!

– Nathan

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Baseball, Football, Hockey | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Execution Day II; WTHWWT – Week 5 (Ray)

This NFL season is turning out to be one of the weirdest I have ever seen. Teams keep blowing their 4th quarter leads, there is a new injury every week, and the teams that do win do not deserve to. Let me get started.

Tennessee 13 Baltimore 10

The Titans are the weakest 5-0 team I have seen in my life. They are not that good and are way overrated. Kerry Collins is nothing special and neither is their running game. Their defense is good but there is no way they should be 5-0 right now. The Ravens should have won this game, hands down. They let it slip away from them, when they had the Titans where they wanted them. I see the Titans as an average .500 team still, despite their record.

Atlanta 27 Green Bay 24

I hate Matt Ryan. Let me get that statement out of the way first. The Packers defense has reverted back to the old days of letting people score all over them. Al Harris’ injury has been big and Charles Woodson has not been 100% either. The Pack must get Ryan Grant more involved. As soon as they get behind, it is all put on Aaron Rodgers. Stick with Ryan Grant. It works when he gets the ball. The Packers are still 2-0 in the NFC North, which is important, but if they cannot beat teams like Tampa and Atlanta, I am going to have to start picking against them.

Indianapolis 31 Houston 27

I had this game picked! Sage Rosenfels decided he wanted to blow a 17 point lead with 5 freakin’ minutes left. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. Houston has got to learn how to seal a deal. I realize they are winless but come on, every team needs to have some sort of victory escape plan. The Colts have cemented the fact that they are average. This win proves nothing about them, besides that they are terrible. Peyton looks mediocre, as does Addai. They better pick it up if they want to even MAKE the playoffs.

Washington 23 Philadelphia 17

I am not ready to concede that Washington is a good team. I just can’t seem to fit them in with the elite teams in the NFL (there really aren’t any though). The defense is pretty good, but nothing spectacular. Clinton Portis is a solid back, but can be fairly inconsistent. Jason Campbell is improving but when the big game comes around in December and January, I think he will crack. Get on me all you want Skins fans, your team is not as good as you think. It is all one, big mirage.

New England 30 San Francisco 21

This was a last minute change for me.  Woe is me for picking against Bill Bellicheck after a bye week, but what the hell?  I thought the 49ers could take advantage of being at home and they didn’t play poorly, they just turned the ball over too much – 3 INT.  The Patriots had the ball for almost 40 minutes, and that is why they won.  J.T. O’Sullivan is definitely a competent quarterback, but it is becoming clear to me that teams these days do not care as much about the run anymore.  Frank Gore only had 12 carries.  Frank is a very, very good back.  The Big Dawg’s gotta eat.  Give him the ball more San Francisco!

Minnesota 30 New Orleans 27

OK, evidentally I have some sort of NFC North curse where whoever I pick does the opposite.  The Saints deserved this win and they blew it.  Martin Gramatica blew it.  Fire him right now.  He is garbage beyond belief.  Sign Morten Anderson.  Gramatica sucks.  Reggie Bush had two punt return touchdowns and Brees had over 300+ yards passing.  The defense played well.  But the Saints decide to take so many penalties and have turnovers galore.  Adrian Peterson was invisible.  This is all on Gramatica.  The NFL’s worst kicker.

October 5, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 5 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 8-5 (39-21)
Ray: 7-6 (32-28)

Games Nathan Ray
TEN @ BAL TITANS RAVENS
KC @ CAR PANTHERS PANTHERS
CHI @ DET BEARS BEARS
ATL @ GB PACK PACK
IND @ HOU COLTS
SD @ MIA CHARGERS DOLPHINS
SEA @ NYG GIANTS GIANTS
WAS @ PHI SKINS EAGLES
TB @ DEN BRONCOS BRONCOS
BUF @ ARI BILLS
CIN @ DAL COWBOYS COWBOYS
NE @ SF PATS
PIT @ JAX JAGS STEELERS
MIN @ NO SAINTS SAINTS

October 3, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment