Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thanks O's!!!

Now that I've had some time to cool off and put that series with the Yankees behind me I can post this. I can't stand the Yankees and that organization. Some would say well that's because of their history and their dominance. I disagree. You see I hate the Steelers but there is some sincere respect for the team and their organization. As for the Evil Empire I don't respect a team that has a payroll two to three times that of most teams in the league, and shame on MLB for not leveling the playing field. With that payroll and talent you should win.
Enough of my rant. I'm proud of the boys of Bmore! After finishing 69-93 nobody gave them a chance to make it this far. For good reasons to. I mean who goes from 69 wins to 93 in one season especially when you've had 14 losing seasons? Well now you can say the 2012 Orioles that's who. What was the difference you ask. Well how about a bunch of guys that were cast offs. Guys that were released and had down seasons and traded. Guys from the likes of Omar Quintanilla, Jim Thome, Nate Mclouth, Jason Hammel, and Joe Saunders. Throw them in with a bunch of young guys in the rotation and 20 year old third basemen and some key leaders in Jones, Markakis, and Hardy and it turned into a winning recipe. Not sure what happened to the bats but if they didn't cool off when they did we could be talking about a team set for the big stage. I can't complain though. After waiting and agonizing for 14 years this team was fun to watch and sparked that fire in all of Bmore. 2012 O's we're proud of you and thank you for this season. It was a blast, but you're not done. Keep building, keep scrapping, and let's get ready for 2013. This wasn't our year but I think we sent a message to the AL East. The Birds are back and we are no longer taking a back seat to anyone anymore!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Week 6 NFL Picks

Last week was another down the toilet. If you want to see my disasterous picks go here. Man this season has been a little crazy. Only thing keeping me from breaking down is how the Ravens are positioning themselves in the division. Last week for the black birds was rough. They didn't look good at all on defense, but Charles is going to make a lot of defenses look that way.

Alright let's gets some good picks this week and turn the around.

Pittsburgh @ Tennessee
I'll excuse this game if the Titans can pull it off, but Steelers win

Oakland @ Atlanta
The Falcons are flying high. They continue to soar this week.

Cincy @ Cleveland
Division game at home for the Browns, and they are 0-5 this season. They have to snap that losing streak. I'm going with a Cleveland upset.

St Louis @ Miami
I don't like picking dome teams when playing outdoors. Calling for rain this weekend. I'm going Miami.

Indy @ NY Jets
I love seeing the Jets lose, and I think Indy has things figured out and riding high after beating the Packers.

Detroit @ Philthy
Hate to pick 'em but Eagles win.

Kansas City @ Tampa Bay
I don't want to pick KC on the road, but the numbers comparision has me leaning that way.What the heck KC

Dallas @ Baltimore
Baltimore has put up 30 points past 2 meetings. With this new offense I don't see why they can't again. Baltimore wins

Buffalo @ Arizona
I don't know why I always want to lean toward Buffalo in these picks. Not this time. Arizona

New England @ Seattle
Seattle at home against a big competitor. You know what that means. That mean Seattle is going to upset. Can't do it. New England wins

NY Giants @ San Fran
Going with San Fran here

Minnesota @ Washington
Questionable starting QB in Washington has me leaning to the Vikings.

Green Bay @ Houston
What is up with GB? Houston wins

Denver @ San Diego
I think the records will even out this week. Denver wins.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Week 5 NFL Picks

Alright so apparently I was so unhappy with previous weeks picks I wanted to redo them. I labeled last weeks picks Week 3 Picks. Oh well. Anyway last week was my best week of the season as I went 12-3 last week. Want to see last weeks picks click here. That brings my standings after the first quarter of the season to 35-28. Not the best start but over .500.

Let's take a look at week 5.

Arizona @ St Louis
How can you not pick against the hotter team in this matchup? Arizon wins 21-17

Miami @ Cincy
Cincy is 3-1 going up against the 1-3 Dolphins. Not impressed with the quality of the teams Cincy has beat but they should take this game at home.

Green Bay @ Indy
Not much to say here. Going GB!

Baltimore @ KC
Could be a high scoring affair. Baltimore is giving up yards and KC has some stand out offensive players. Cassel however has thrown 7 picks in 4 games. Baltimore will force some turnovers in the second half.

Cleveland @ NY Giants
G-men are the better team and take this game at home.

Philly @ Pittsburgh
I can't stand either of these teams. That said I still have to pick one. Philly is the team you hate to pick because of the way they've been winning as of late. I'm going with the more hated Steelers.

Atlanta @ Washington
Here's another team I can't stand, the Falcons. I'm picking with my heart a little here because I want to see Atlanta get whooped.

Seattle @ Carolina
Seattle is pretty shaky on the road. Carolina wins.

Chicago @ Jacksonville
Bears have the better team.

Tennessee @ Minnesota
Minn knocked off SF and Detroit in the past 2 weeks. The titans should be a breeze.

Denver @ New England
Tough, tough game. Patriots can be beaten. I'm going with Denver coming into NE and knocking off the Pats

Buffalo @ San Fran
San Fran. That's all

San Diego @ New Orleans
Oh how the Saints, keep losing games, oh how the Saints keep losing games. San Diego should have their number and the Saints keep losing games!

Houston @ NY Jets
The Jets are hurting. Literally! Houston wins

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Week 3 NFL Picks

WOW is all I can say after last weeks games! Last week I went a pitiful 6-10. I'm blaming it on the replacement refs. Just kidding. However the games with these refs are terrible. I'm not blaming them personally though because they are way out of their league and really have no business being out there. All I can say is shame on the NFl for putting that product out on the field! Anyway if you want to see my disaster picks from last week just click here.
All I can say is week 4 has to be better than week 3, so let's get at it.

Cleveland @ Baltimore
A short week for both teams, but Baltimore gets to stay home. It's tough for any team to come in here and beat the Ravens ad Harbaugh is a perfect 8-0 against the Browns. I don't think that will change and the Ravens move onto a 3-1 record.
Carolina @ Atlanta
The last 4 times these two teams met the Falcons won all 4 and scored 31 points each game. Atlanta sitting at 3-0 should stay perfect but I can see the Panthers sneaking one out here.
New England @ Buffalo
Buffalo's Spiller is running and Fitzpatrick has double the amount of TD's than Brady. I think with the way they lost last week NE should rebound here.
Minnesota @ Detroit
Detroit seems the obvious choice here, but they lost in SF and then again last week in OT to Tenn. Minnesota however beat Jacksonville in OT in week 1 and lost by 3 to Indy then go on and beat SF last week. I may be the only one but I'm going with the Viking upset here.
Tennessee @ Houston
Tennessee won in OT against the Lions when they realy shouldn't have. Going into Houston who is 3-0 is going to be tought and the Titans don't have it in them to win this week.
San Diego @ Kansas City
Looking at just stats alone KC is throwing the ball and running the ball a lot more than SD. KC is loud and the way they're offense is going I think they can hang with SD. The question is can KC's defense hold SD's offense and keep them from running up the score? Offense is fun to watch but defense wins championships (in most cases) SD wins.
San Fran @ NY Jets
Two 2-1 teams bumping heads and the Jets are witout Revis. The Jets are averaging under 100 yds rushing a game while SF is allowing under 100yds on the ground. NY is going to have to go to air and I'm not big on Sanchez. SF wins.
Seattle @ St Louis
Seattle had no business winning last week. I don't like this game from a pick'em stand point. Either one can easily come away this week with a W. I'm going to go with the team playing better defense right now and that's Seattle.
Miami @ Arizona
Oh Arizona how I curse at you! I have picked against you numerous times so far and you have burned me! Looking at the numbers you put up you shouldn't be 3-0. I am telling you now I am not picking you to win this week! I mean come on your QB is only averaging 143 yards passing a game. Your running back has 76 yards which is 25 yards a game average and he has no TD's. Really you beat the Patriots in NE and held Philly to 6 points? Alright you know what I don't know how you did it but there must be something bigger work in your favor and who am I to say you have no chance. I don't know why I'm doing this but Arizona wins.
Oakland @ Denver
I think Denver gets back in the win column this week. Thank you Raiders for kncoking off Pittsburgh last week, but I think you're coming up short this week.
Cincy @ Jacksonville
Cincy has the better balance and potent offense. Cincy wins.
New Orleans @ Green Bay
Man NO has had a rough startand it's no easier this week! Green Bay coming off what they went through in Seattle is going to battle to stay out of falling to 1-3. They are home and beat up on the battered Saints.
Washington @ Tampa Bay
I like what Griffin III is doing in DC. I refuse to call him RG3 or R2D2 or whatever. The Skins are putting up some points and had 2 tough loses of late but should get a win here.
NY Giants @ Philly
The Eagles drive me nuts. Barely beat Cleveland, and should have lost to the Ravens, and then go and get slapped around by the Cardinals. Since their fans like to boo at everything I hope they boo them all the way to another loss this week. G-men win.
Chicago @ Dallas
Should be a good game. Going with Dallas with a slight edge.

There you have it. I'm hoping this week turns out better than last week!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Week 3 NFL Picks

Last week was terrible! Terrible for my Ravens, and terrible in picks. Last week I went 8-8 and you can see those picks here. I'm hoping to bounce back this week. I'm just going to highlight the teams I'm picking to win this week without any game comments. My wife and I are renewing our vows this weekend in celebration of 10 years of marriage. So we've been busy. I know I said it before but I will be writing more once this weekend is over.

NY Giants @ Carolina
St Louis @ Chicago
Buffalo @ Cleveland
Tampa Bay @ Dallas
Jacksonville @ Indy
NY Jets @ Miami
San Fran @ Minnesota
Kansas City @ New Orleans
Detroit @ Tennessee
Cincy @ Washington
Philly @ Arizona
Atlanta @ San Diego
Houston @ Denver
Pittsburgh @ Oakland
New England @ Baltimore
Green Bay @ Seattle

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Week 2 NFL Picks

Alright week 1 is in the books and I have started out the season with a 9-7 record. If you want to see last weeks picks check them out here. I wasn't happy with some of them, but some were hard to judge week 1.

Alright you ready for this week's picks? Let's dive in!!!
Chicago @ Green Bay
You hate to pick against Rodgers and the Packers, but I'm giving the edge to the Bears. GB may be able to pass but they don't have the ability to be more balanced and run the ball.

Kansas City @ Buffalo
Let's see, maybe a tie game? I don't like either of these teams right now. Buffalo let me down big time last week. I thought maybe they could pull off a close game and they got bombed. KC comes into Ralph Wilson and wins 21-17

New Orleans @ Carolina
I look for the Saints to bounce back against the Panthers this week. 35-20

Cleveland @ Cincy
The Browns almost knocked off the Eagles in week 1 and the Bengals were knocked around by the Ravens. Cincy isn't going to let the low man in the division beat them at home. Bengal take out some frustration and beat the Browns

Minnesota @ Indy
Not a big fan of the Vikings and think Indy has enough going for them to win this game. Luck gets his first win week 2

Houston @ Jacksonville
Houston is riding a 3 game win streak against the Jags last year and continue that win streak this week. Houston should win easy.

Oakland @ Miami
Everything is telling me to pick the Raiders, but for some reason I just can't. I'm going with my gut and saying Miami wins this one at home.

Arizona @ New England
Short and sweet Patriots win

Tampa Bay @ NY Giants
I'm picking the G-men to win again. They better not let me down this week.

Baltimore @ Philly
I love the new offensive look the Ravens are running. Defense needs to get some pressure on the QB but last week once we got the lead they tightened up. I can't believe we are early underdogs to the Eagles but whatever. Ravens contain Vick like they have in the past and the Ravens win!

Dallas @ Seattle
Seattle a tough place to go play because their stadium is loud. However the last time the Seahawks beat the Cowboys was back in 2007 in Seattle. Dallas should win this game.

Washington @ St Louis
Washington looked good against the Saints. I think they can carry that over and play well against the Ram's. Griffin III has given that team a boost in the offense and the Redskins win.

NY Jets @ Pittsburgh
I can tell you what I would love to see happen, but I think I'm going pick the Steeler's at home. I'm just not sold on Sanchez being a starting QB.

Tennessee @ San Diego
Looking back to 2004 and SD is 6-0 against the Titans. San Diego wins at home this week.

Detroit @ San Fran
All everyone is talking about is the handshake from last year. This is another match up where if you look back to 2001 the 49ers are 6-0 against the Lions. This isn't the same Lions of the early 2000's but I still think SF wins at home. Coming off a huge win against the Packers I don't see them losing this one.

Denver @ Atlanta
This matchup is a good one and tough to pick when there isn't much history between the two. Atlanta coming off a win in KC and Denver off a big win against the Steelers. I'm going with Denver.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sad Day For The Ravens Family

This morning Baltimore awoke to the news that Art Modell had passed. I know the view on Mr Modell is mixed. Especially those living in Cleveland. He's even been compared to Irsay in the way the moved his team. Let me first say that Art was nothing like Irsay. Art tried and did what he could to keep his team in Cleveland and there was no cooperation. Irsay was a drunkard that had no intention on staying no matter what was offered to him and like a coward shipped the team out in the middle of the night. Another difference was the class move by Mr Modell to allow Cleveland to keep their history and team color's and name. For that I say "Thank you Art!" Man would I hate to be the Baltimore Brown's. Indy is sporting our name and took our history with them, all while pushing all the Baltimore greats like Unitas and Mackey aside and not wanting to have anything to do with them until recently when they wanted to make money off them with license plate sales. Let's not focus on this one dicision Mr Modell made, and let's look at all of the other's that has helped mold this league into what it is today.
Mr Modell was a supporter of expansion of NFL teams and growing the league, and was part of the merger of the AFL and NFL back in 1970. Was a part of creating preseason football bringing in more revenue for the league and also revenue-sharing plans which leveled the playing field for all teams in the league. In 1970 he offered his team the Browns to play the Jets on Monday night. Which was the first Monday football game and was the start of the Prime Time game it is today. Beyond his contributions to the league and bringing football back to Baltimore Art and his wife were always even in Cleveland big on helping the community and doing their part to help those in need.
A few years ago I was lucky even to be given the chance to help with the camera crew down on the field. That season was also the last in which Art was the majority owner and his two sons John and David were in their roles with the team. I wasn't able to meet Art himself but did meet John and David and if they were anything like their father I'm sure he was a great person, as the two of them came across to be. I also had a front row view of Mr Modell on stage after we won the Super Bowl and after the parade was over and they gathered on stage Mr Modell did his best Ray Lewis dance. It wasn't quite the same but he gave it his all. Mr. Modell may you rest in peace! From all of us fans here in Baltimore, for bringing us our Ravens we say to you...