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TEM’s Ballers And Wankstas Of The Week- Week 12

The drama in the NFL continued this week as new stars emerged, heated battles took place and some players talked better than they played. Without further adieu, here are the Ballers and Wankstas of Week 12 in the NFL.

Ballers Of The Week

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots ( 21/27, 341 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs )
Brady showed once again why he is an elite quarterback in this league. He sliced and diced the Detroit secondary all day. I bet Detroit CB Alphonso Smith is still having nightmares about Tom Brady.

Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns ( 26 carries, 131 yards, 3 TDs )
Hillis shows more and more every week that he can be an every-down back in this league. He bludgeons opposing tacklers with his bruising style and he basically carries the Browns’ offense. I bet Denver Broncos fans are sick that he isn’t there to help their woeful running game.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ( 13 receptions, 170 yards, 3 TDs)
Bowe has become the go-to guy in Kansas City. He is starting to routinely beat defensive backs and he is giving the Chiefs the passing threat they need to offset their running game.

Jets Defense
The Jets defense came out and played one heck of a game. They only allowed the Bengals to have 163 yards of total offense while sacking Bengals QB Carson Palmer 3 times and picking him off 2 times.

Wankstas Of The Week

Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills ( 7 receptions, 68 yards, 0 TDs )
Stevie scored all over the Bengals last week and debuted his homemade “Why So Serious?” Shirt under his pads. Well, I would seriously hope that he gets serious about catching the ball after his performance on this past Sunday. He dropped 6 passes, including the potential game-winning pass that hit him right in his hands. His next shirt needs to say ” I’m A Joke”.

Terrell Owens, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ( 3 receptions, 17 yards, 0 TDs )
Terrell Owens had a bad game against Jets CB Darelle Revis. But, he isn’t on this list just for that. He makes the list because all week he had talked about how Revis was average as a corner in the NFL. Well, Owens got to see just how good Revis was as he blanketed him all over the field. Message to Terrell Owens: Don’t talk about it! Be about it.

Derek Anderson, QB, Arizona Cardinals ( 16/35, 195 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT )
Anderson may as well have stayed home last night because his performance was awful. He stared down his reads more than a drunk man who sees a pretty girl at the bar. And to top it all off, he laughs on the sideline about it with one of his offensive lineman. I don’t think anyone can tell me that Anderson’s performance is better than what Matt Leinhart would have given this team.

Titans Offense
Can someone help me find the Titans offense? It wasn’t present Sunday and I wonder if it will be this week against the Jaguars. The Titans only had 162 yards of total offense and Chris Johnson only had 5 yards rushing on 7 attempts. In what world does Chris Johnson only get 7 attempts? The whole offense needs to look themselves in the mirror.

These are my Ballers and Wankstas for the Week. If you feel someone was missed on the list, feel free to leave a comment.

The Everyday Mailbag-11/30/10

Q: Is Bud Adams really interested in winning,sometimes I wonder. We develop players then don’t resign them when their contract is up?

James R., Nashville, TN

A: Bud Adams is interested in what all owners are interested in: making money. Every owner wants to create the illusion that they are doing everything to win. Some owners may be doing everything to win, but not Bud Adams. He routinely never spends to get the players needed. He just spends to keep butts in the seats at the stadium. Its all about making money. And in regards to signing players back, he never has and never will unless that get signed back at a cheap rate.

Q: Is it pressure or bad attitude making black NLF stars act a donkey? VY, Moss and Ochocinco have all caught headlines for their bad behavior do they need a time out like a two year old, or should we keep it moving and ignore the bad?

Iyshia H., Nashville, TN

A: Like all NFL players, these guys are risk-reward players and I don’t think its the attitudes. I think that they have been allowed to think their way of acting is correct for so long that they are set in their ways of thinking. As long as the reward outweighs the risk, these players will still continue to be employed.

Q: Is it time for Jeff to leave the Titans? I think so.

Moreen S., Nashville, TN

A: No. He develops talent. Exactly the coach Bud needs because Bud doesn’t like to pay players. If he leaves, the franchise will take a nosedive for a few years.

Q: Do you support this TCU addition to the Big East? How do you think they will match up against teams like Syracuse, UCONN, Louisville, etc?

Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I support the move. In 2012, they go into a conference where they can enter and easily compete in football for a BCS berth every year. Now in regards to sports like basketball, they will get annihilated in the Big East. The other good thing is that they will now be introduced to another part of the football world and they now will get paid every year in the millions just because they are a member of that conference. TCU will also get more big-time recruits as a result of this move.

Q:‎​ Who do you think will win the Oregon vs. Auburn matchup ???

James R., Nashville, TN

A: Provided that this happens, this game will come down to which team makes the most stops. Both of these teams do not play great defense. I would expect a high-scoring game and I will take Auburn for two reasons: 1) Cam Newton has proved to be unstoppable and 2) the SEC competition has prepared Auburn more than the Pac-10 has prepared Oregon.

Division Of Mediocrity

The San Francisco 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football tonight. It should be a highly competitive game because both teams could be 1 game out of first place with a win. There’s only one problem with this statement and this thought. Both of these teams could be 6-10 to finish the season and end up finishing 2nd to a division winner with 7 wins. I believe that this would be the first time in recent NFL history that a team with a below .500 record made the playoffs.

With Seattle’s home loss to Kansas City, the NFC West sealed its fate as the most mediocre division in football history. Mediocre is putting it nicely. This division is bad.

Let me give you a few examples of how bad this division is. The combined win/loss record of all the teams in the West is 16-26. Another example would be that a rookie QB( Sam Bradford ) on a bad team(St. Louis Rams ) is quite possibly the best QB in the division by a long shot.

Due to this terrible football being played in the West, I think the NFL should make some special circumstances. A winning record should be a requirement to make the playoffs. The NFL should not let a team get into the playoffs with 7 wins while teams like Green Bay or Tampa Bay could possibly not make the playoffs with 10 wins.

I want all of you to watch the game tonight. After you watch the game, think about if you would like to see either of these teams in the playoffs over a team like Green Bay or Tampa Bay or even the New York Giants.

Team Chemistry vs. Star Power

I still hear the words running through my head. LeBron James made his decision to join D Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami this year. Everyone just decided to hand the championship to the Heat this year. Well, maybe they jumped the gun. The Heat have struggle to a 8-7 start and look like they are lost on how to play together.

The Heat are an example of the debate of star power vs. team chemistry. There’s always a big debate about how much talent can carry you. Well, after looking at recent examples, talent is losing this battle by a considerable margin.

Talent is a good thing. I’m not saying it isn’t. But with talent, you also have to have camaraderie. The 2003-2004 Lakers acquired PF Karl Malone and PG Gary Payton. Everyone thought they would be the greatest team in the league and they would win the championship easily. Well, no one told the Detroit Pistons that the Lakers were the best team. The Pistons were obviously less talented than the Lakers, but they had the one thing the Lakers didn’t have: team chemistry. The Pistons knew each other inside and out and they trusted in each other defensively and offensively. They went into the NBA Finals and shut down the star-laden Lakers and claimed the title.

Another example of team chemistry being better than star power is the Cincinnati Bengals vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When the Bengals acquired Terrell Owens this year, everyone started penciling them in to win the AFC North and to be the AFC representative in the Super Bowl. Well, 11 games in, and the Bengals are not even a lock to finish 8-8. The supposed unguardable combination of T.O. and Chad Ochocinco has turned into one big disaster. And what I think is the puzzling parts of this team is that they have had trouble scoring all year. If you look at the Bengals as compared to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they are starkly different. This team doesn’t have a ton of talent compared to the Bengals, but they play together and they have team chemistry. You probably couldn’t name three players on their team, but you cannot deny that the Bucs are one of the best teams in the NFL, yet they have no stars.

The next time I see some big-name talent decide to combine together, we are going to hear about that team being the favorite and they are going to dominate. Well, time and time again, sports has proved to us that team chemistry and camaraderie go further than star power. What is a group of stars if they can’t work together to make a team better?

Be Thankful

I know everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving meals and sharing time with family. While you’re eating the candied yams and turkey and dressing, be thankful for everyday of health. You never now when that could be taken from you.

Mike Heimerdinger of the Tennessee Titans was enjoying coaching the Titans and living out his dreams. He was the architect of a Top 10 offense and most importantly, he was coaching with his friend Jeff Fisher. Then, all of a sudden, he receives word that he has to stop coaching. No, he didn’t get fired. His doctor informed him that he had cancer.

Mike Heimerdinger now has to go through chemotherapy and will not be able to coach the team for the rest of the year. QBs coach Dowell Loggain and Offensive Line coach Mike Munchak will divide Offensive Coordinating duties while Heimerdinger undergoes treatment.

We as a nation not only need to be thankful on Thanksgiving, but thankful for every day of life. So many times we take things for granted. But, let this story be a wake up call to all of you reading this. Live everyday to the fullest and seize every moment. Value your families. Let them know you love them. If you have an issue with a friend of family member, iron it out. Live for today. You never know when the moment you’re in will be the last moment you have on Earth.

TEM’s NFL Football Predictions-Week 12

The NFL enters the final stretch with a bunch of teams in the mix for playoff spots. This weekend should go a long way in clearing up the picture for both divisions. Without any further adieu, here are the NFL predictions for Week 12 in the NFL.

New England vs. Detroit
New England travels to Motown to take on the hapless Detroit Lions. QB Tom Brady is listed as questionable on the injury report, but he should play. And with Brady playing, that means trouble for the Lions’ secondary. Brady will continue to put pressure on opponents secondaries with his TEs and WRs. The excellence of Brady in the passing game should open up some running lanes for RBs Benjarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead. QB Shaun Hill gets another start for the Lions and this game, he must use the best weapon on the field, WR Calvin Johnson. No one on the Patriots’ team can cover him. If Johnson can cause problems in the Patriots’ secondary, the Lions will have a chance to run the ball and also use their talented TEs. This game will be good for a little while, but as the game goes on, the Patriots will exude their dominance.
Prediction: New England 31, Detroit 17

New Orleans vs. Dallas
The Saints travel to Cowboy Stadium to take on a surging Dallas Cowboy team. QB Drew Brees seemed to find his touch last week and he must continue his hot hand against a pretty weak secondary of the Cowboys. Also, Reggie Bush may return this year as well. If he is in the game, even more holes will be created in the Cowboy defense. This game will be a huge test for the Cowboys. They must continue to rally behind QB Jon Kitna and they must also continue to run the football. Now the issue with the Cowboys is what will happen when the Saints fight them back. I expect the Cowboys to not respond when they get hit in the mouth.
Prediction: New Orleans 27, Dallas 17

Cincinnati vs. New York Jets
The Bengals head to Gotham to take on the Jets this Thanksgiving. The Bengals looked like they had started getting it together until the Bills decided they had enough and steam-rolled the Bengals the rest of the game. WRs Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco will have a tough time getting open against the combinations of CB Antonio Cromartie and CB Darrelle Revis. With this being said, expect the Bengals to try and run the ball more with RB Cedric Benson and look for QB Carson Palmer to look for TE Jermaine Gresham more. QB Mark Sanchez has been the cardiac kid the last few weeks. He and WR Santonio Holmes must get help from RBs Shon Green and LaDanlian Tomlinson if the Jets want to handle business comfortably. With that being said, I expect the Jets to once again wait to the last minute to decide to play.
Prediction: NY Jets 24, Cincinnati 21

Green Bay vs. Atlanta
Green Bay takes their aerial attack to the Atlanta Dome to take on the Falcons in a big NFC showdown. QB Aaron Rodgers looked like he found his stride last week through the air and this week he must continue to light it up through the air. If the Packers aren’t successful through the air, then they could have a long day because the Packer running game isn’t that strong and they are facing a stingy Falcon run defense. QB Matt Ryan must continue to get great blocking from his line and great running from RB Michael Turner. If the running game isn’t effective, then WR Roddy White must be. The Falcons must also pick up where OLB Clay Matthews is at all times. He is a beast and in Dom Caper’s defense, he is the linchpin to the chaos that the Packers can create.
Prediction: Green Bay 31, Atlanta

Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo
Pittsburgh makes a trip to Orchard Park to take on a suddenly hot Buffalo Bills team. QB ben Roethlisburger must continue to value the football and select the right times for the big play and the correct play. RB Rashard Mendenhall must also continue to adjust to his role in the offense since the return of Big Ben. For the Bills, they must ride the arm of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, the legs of RB Fred Jackson and the rest of this high-powered Bills’ offense. The Bills, however, are facing a great defense in the Steelers’ defense, so it could be a long day for the Bills.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 26, Buffalo 16

Carolina vs. Cleveland
Carolina travels to the Dawg Pound to take on the upstart Cleveland Browns. Whoever starts at QB for the Panthers will have to attack the Browns’ secondary. The more the Panthers attack them, the more the running game will open up for them. QB Colt McCoy has been nursing an injury all week, so if he starts, expect him to not run around as much. That should be a problem for him because he will be handing the ball off to the battery ram that is Peyton Hillis. By the end of the game, the Panthers’ defense will be tired of seeing number 40 running their way.
Prediction: Cleveland 24, Carolina 16

Jacksonville vs. New York Giants
The Jaguars head to New York to take on the suddenly-cold Giants. RB Maurice Jones-Drew and QB David Garrard have spearheaded the resurgence of the Jaguar offense and this game will test how far they have come. They must pick up the Giants’ blitzes and pass rush in order to succeed. QB Eli Manning will be joined by RB Brandon Jacobs in the backfield this game. Jacobs will be getting his first start this year in the wake of RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s fumbling issues. The Giants must get back to running the football this week and use the passing game secondarily because of the injuries to WRs Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks. This should be a smash-mouth football game.
Prediction: New York Giants 27, Jacksonville 21

Minnesota vs. Washington
The Vikings travel to Our Nation’s Capital to take on the Redskins. The Vikings are starting a new regime under interim head coach Leslie Frazier and he has decided to start QB Brett Farve again this week. Brett should find some holes in the Redskins defense, but ultimately, if the Viking running game doesn’t get going, there could be serious issues for the Vikings in DC. QB donovan McNabb wasn’t spectacular last week, but he was effective on 3rd downs. This week he should be able to relax a little more and have more time to hit his targets as the Vikings take yet another loss.
Prediction: Washington 30, Minnesota 20

Tennessee vs, Houston
Tennessee travels to H-Town to take on the struggling Texans. QB Rusty Smith will be making his first start for an injured Vince Young. He must get help from the running game. RB Chris Johnson has to be special. If Johnson is effective on the ground, then Smith should have a whole lot easier passes to complete, especially against the Texans’ secondary. QB Matt Schuab must come out and be aggressive when given his opportunities. TEs Owen Daniels or Joel Dreissen should be effective against the Titans’ defense, but just when you count the Titans out, that’s when they come out resilient and strong.
Prediction: Tennessee 23, Houston 20

Miami vs. Oakland
Miami travel to the Dark Hole to take on the Raiders. QB Chad Henne may play this game and WR Brandon Marshall may too, but the key to the Miami team is the running game. It seems like last game they didn’t run the ball enough and didn’t score any points. This week, they will get down to business and run the ball more against Oakland. That way whoever is at QB won’t have to feel like they are carrying the team. QB Jason Campbell should get the start this week. This team must get back to the run and the deep passing game, which means that RB Darren McFadden must rebound from last week and WR Jacoby Ford and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey must be factors in the game. I think the return home should help carry the Raiders.
Prediction: Oakland 31, Miami 20

Kansas City vs. Seattle
Kansas City travels to the Great Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks. QB Matt Cassel and WR Dwayne Bowe have been tearing apart opposing secondaries and I don’t expect that to stop this week. With the running game of the Chiefs, the safeties have to be near the line of scrimmage, giving Bowe more single coverage. QB Matt Hasselbeck must continue to lead this Seahawk team through the doldrums and into success. But the Seahawks can’t just throw the ball to win. They must get some production out of RB Marshawn Lynch. If they don’t, then it could be a long day in the Northwest for Seattle.
Prediction: Kansas City 34, Seattle 23

Philadelphia vs. Chicago
The Eagles travel to Soldier Field to take on the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears. QB Michael Vick had the blueprint laid out by the Giants on how to stop him. The bad thing is that it didn’t really work as well as the Giants thought because they lost. Vick must continue to keep his eyes downfield so that the Eagles can make big plays. Also, LaSean McCoy must continue to make plays in the running and passing game. QB Jay Cutler has to value the football this week and make defenses pay for trying to bring extra picture. Expect a lot of audibles to be called at the line and for Cutler to take a lot of shots this week. In the end, the Eagles have Vick and the Bears do not.
Prediction: 34, Chicago 24

St. Louis vs. Denver
St. Louis heads to the Mile High City to take on a passhappy Denver team. The Rams must get back to running the ball to help QB Sam Bradford settle in. If RB Stephen Jackson Gets going, then Bradford will have easier throws to make. QB Kyle Orton had a disappointing performance against the Chargers Monday and he will be looking to atone for that loss Sunday. The bad thing is the Broncos can’t run the ball, so the Rams will need to continue to make the Broncos one-dimensional.
Prediction: St. Louis 27, Denver 24

Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore
Tampa Bay heads to Baltimore to take on a swarming defense led by Ray Lewis. QB Josh Freeman and company put on a dominating performance last week vs. the 49ers and he must come out strong this week as well. Freeman also must continue to have RBs LaGarrette Blount and Cadillac Williams gash defenses with their different running styles. QB Joe Flacco must continue his hot streak this week against the Buccaneers and also RB Ray Rice must gash the league’s 31st ranked run defense.
Prediction: Baltimore 27, Tampa Bay 20

San Diego vs. Indianapolis
The Chargers travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts and Peyton Manning. QB Phillip Rivers has done more with less this year. He hasn’t had his full cast of receivers all year. He will get WR Vincent Jackson back this week and that should help, but if the Chargers don’t get DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis blocked, there will be no time for Rivers to get any passes off. QB Peyton Manning will be looking to atone for last week. Look for Peyton to spread the ball around against the Chargers and will his team to the finish line with a victory.
Prediction: Indianapolis 31, San Diego 27

San Francisco vs. Arizona
The 49ers travel to Arizona to take on a slumping Cardinal team. QB Troy Smith must get the offense of the 9ers back on track. Last week, they were shut out for the first time in a long time. RB Frank Gore must also get back on track and be the dominating force that he can be. The Cardinals don’t have an identity on offense. They can start to form one by running the football and then looking for WR Larry Fitzgerald. This game depends on who establishes their will first and the 49ers should be the more aggressive team.
Prediction: San Francisco 27, Arizona 21

These are my predictions for the week. If you would like to challenge my picks, feel free to put them up against mine.

TEM’s College Football Predictions-Rivalry Week

This weekend is a special weekend in college football. Pretty much every team is taking on their rival. And rivalries tend to produce the best football games. Without further adieu, here are the predictions for Rivalry Week 2010.

Texas A & M vs. Texas
Texas A & M comes off a great win against Nebraska and travels to take on a disappointing Texas team. The Aggies like to play a balanced style of offense with QB Ryan Tannehill and RB Cyrus Gray. Both of these guys have been key figures in the Aggies’ 5 game win streak. Gray should be really effective because the Texas defense has issues stopping the run. Texas got some confidence playing against Florida Atlantic and they will need to carry that into this game. QB Garrett Gilbert and RB Cody Johnson must play big in this game. If they don’t show up, then Texas will be going home after this game and will not be playing in a bowl game this year. I think history will be made and its not going to be good history for Texas.
Prediction: Texas A & M 38, Texas 27

Auburn vs. Alabama
The Iron Bowl takes on extra significance this year. Auburn is playing to keep their national title chances alive amidst the drama going on with QB Cam Newton. Newton must stay focused on the game and not the other issues going on. If he comes out and plays well, the Alabama defense may be in trouble. Alabama must come out and run the football against the Auburn defense. If the Auburn isn’t able to stop the running of RBs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, then Newton will have limited possessions to put points on the board. I look for this game to be a physical battle until the end. WR Julio Jones will be the difference as Alabama knocks off their hated rival.
Prediction: Alabama 27, Auburn 23

Michigan vs. Ohio State
Michigan travels to the Horseshoe to take on Ohio State in one of college football’s most storied rivalries. QB Denard Robinson is everything to the Wolverine offense. He must protect the football, make smart decisions and make the big plays for Michigan on offense. If he doesn’t play big, Michigan has no chance. QB Tyrelle Pryor has made the big plays when they count for the Buckeyes. This game, he should be able to make any play he wants because the Wolverine defense can’t stop anyone.
Prediction: Ohio State 31, Michigan 20

LSU vs. Arkansas
LSU travels to Arkansas to take on Ryan Mallette and the Hogs. QB Jordan Jefferson must continue to make progress this week. If he isn’t effective, the Hogs will key on RB Stevan Ridley and the Tiger running game and that wouldn’t be good for LSU. QB Ryan Mallette had some struggles last week against the Mississippi State defense. This week, he must make smart decisions and use his running game. If Mallette is able to do that, LSU will be flying back to Baton Rouge with a loss.
Prediction: Arkansas 27, LSU 24

Florida vs. Florida State
Florida travels to Tallahassee to take on an improving Seminole team. Florida has been winning using three QBs and running the football. They still haven’t figured out their identity on offense and I don’t look for them to figure it out this week against a Seminole defense that can be tough at times. The only thing that is true for the Florida offense is that RB Jeff Demps has to play well. If he doesn’t, then the Gators could get buried. Seminole QB Christian Ponder will be playing his last game at home, so I expect him to come out with some fire and take it to the Gators.
Prediction: Florida State 24, Florida 13

South Carolina vs. Clemson
These two hated rivals square off in Death Valley this year. QB Stephen Garcia got some good practice in last week’s game so he should be ready to go. Garcia should be able to hit WR Alshon Jeffrey plenty of times during this game, but the key to this team is RB Marcus Lattimore. He must run the ball well against Clemson. Clemson QB Kyle Parker and RB Jamie Harper are the Tiger’s offense. These two must produce if Clemson has any chance of winning. In the end, South Carolina just has too much talent.
Prediction: South Carolina 23, Clemson 17

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
This year’s version of Bedlam is in Stillwater. The Cowboys have been flying high all season on the strength of their offense. For them to win this game, RB Kendall Hunter and WR Justin Blackmon have to produce for the Cowboys to keep up with the Sooners. The Sooners have QB Levi Jones, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Ryan Broyles to carry them, as well as some other weapons on offense. Oklahoma State hasn’t been very good on defense all year and this game will show just how bad they are.
Prediction: Oklahoma 45, Oklahoma State 37

Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
The Bulldogs travel to Oxford to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in the Egg Bowl. Mississippi State QB Chris Relf and crew must be effective running the football. If they aren’t, then Relf will be forced to pass and the Bulldogs cannot win that way. QB Jeremiah Masoli will be looking to go out on a good note this weekend. He must make good decisions and also get help from RB Brandon Bolden. If Masoli gets some help, this game will be close. Even if this game is close, the Bulldogs should win this game because of their toughness.
Prediction: Mississippi State 24, Ole Miss 21

Kentucky vs. Tennessee
Kentucky travels to Neyland Stadium to take on a UT team trying to get bowl eligible. QB Mike Hartline has played well this year and he must continue to facilitate the Wilcat’s offense and get the ball to his playmakers, WR Randall Cobb and RB Derek Locke. The UT defense must be sure tacklers on Saturday and complete the game in order to win. QB Tyler Bray took a step back last week against Vandy. He must go back to the guy who performed at a high level three games in a row for the Vols to win this game. Bray must also get help from RB Tauren Poole. With the crowd and the energy in the stadium Saturday, Tennessee wins this game.
Prediction: Tennessee 27, Kentucky 21

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia
Georgia takes on an underachieving Yellow Jacket squad between the hedges. The Yellow Jackets have been inconsistent this year but when a rivalry comes around, expect them to be fired up. I expect a big dose of RB Anthony Allen this game. He must be effective for them to win this game. For Georgia, it simple: execute on offense and defense and get the ball to AJ Greene. If the Bulldogs come out and handle their business, then they should win pretty easily.
Prediction: Georgia 33, Georgia Tech 17

These are my predictions for Rivalry Week in college football. Put your picks up against mine if you think you up for the challenge.

TEM’s Ballers And Wankstas Of The Week- Week 11

This week had all the makings of a good movie. A little drama with the Titans, a good comeback with the Bills and great story plot with the continued success of QB Michael Vick. But just like any good movie, there are some good parts and bad parts. Without further adieu, here are the Ballers and Wankstas of the week.

Ballers Of The Week

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers ( 22/31, 301 yards, 4 TDs, O INTs )
Rodgers performed surgery on the Vikings secondary and sent head coach Brad Childress packing in the process. If I was a coach that’s on the hot seat, I wouldn’t want to face the Packers. They are 2 for 2 in getting coaches on the hot seat fired.

LeSaean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ( 14 carries, 111 yards, 1 TD )

McCoy delivered in the clutch for his team and helped the Eagles prove that they can make the plays in close games when they need to. This team gets scarier by the week.

Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills ( 8 receptions, 137 yards, 3 TDs)

Steve Johnson is a big reason that the Bills have started to show some explosiveness on offense. There may be some reason for hope there after all.

Chicago Defense

The Chicago defense dominated the Dolphins on Thursday night. They only gave up 187 totals yards of offense and had 3 sacks. Another statistic that shows how much they dominated the game is that they held the Dolphins to 1-11 on 3rd down conversions.

Wankstas Of The Week

Brett Farve, QB, Minnesota Vikings (17/38, 208 yards, 1 INT)

Brett Farve looks older and older everytime that I see him on TV. I guess he should not have decided to take his Geritol and come back because it didn’t work this year. Also, isn’t it funny that the team he led for years just swung the ax on the Vikings season?

Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers (12 carries, 23 yards, 0 TDs )

You would have thought Frank Gore would have ran all over the 31st-ranked run defense this week. Well, we all were wrong. The 49ers got blasted by the Buccaneers and Al Gore may as well have been running the ball, because the 9ers couldn’t get anything right.

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders ( 10 carries, 14 yards, 0 TDs)

I know McFadden went against the Steel Curtain, but he is the heart of the offense. I guess he still has a little more growing to do.

Cincinnati Bengals

This Bengals were up 28-7 against the lowly Bills when they just unraveled. They fell apart faster than a cheap suit. The only thing saving head coach Marvin Lewis is they don’t see the Packers on their schedule the rest of the season.

These are my Ballers and Wankstas of the week. If you feel someone should be added to list, feel free to leave a comment.

Interview With Cortland Finnegan-11/22/10

Yesterday, I took the time to go where Cortland Finnegan does his radio show, The Embassy Suites in Cool Springs. I asked him could I ask him a couple questions for my blog. He agreed. Here is the short interview I had with him and the questions I asked! 

Mike: How did you get started playing football?

Cortland: My mom. She introduced me to football when I was growing up. 

Mike: What would you say is your greatest strengths? weaknesses?

Cortland: Strengths: Passion for the game. I like to express that on the field. As far as my weaknesses, I can always get better in my technique. There’s always something to get better on. 

Mike: Who are your favorite teammates?

Cortland: Michael Griffin and Stephen Tulloch. They are good friends of mine. They’re good friends and good guys off the field. 

Mike: What/Who do you think inspired you to be who you are today?

Cortland: My mom inspired me to be who I am. Believing in her and what she stood for. Christ has really blessed me. 

Mike: Do you consider yourself a role model?

Cortland: Absolutely. Anyone in professional sports is role model whether you like it or not because when you are in the public eye, it makes you a role model. 

Mike: What do you think the Titans need to improve on to make the playoffs defensively? Offensively?

Cortland: As a defense, we need to improve on third down execution and also all the little things that make defenses great. I can’t speak on the offense because I don’t play offense. 

Mike: Who do you think is the toughest player in the league?

Cortland: I think Ray Lewis is the toughest player in the league. He was my role model. 

Mike: How is Randy Moss as a teammate?

Cortland: Randy is a great fit for our team. He gives a lot of advice to the receivers. Just an overall good guy. 

Mike: How did going to a small school like Samford benefit you compared to large programs?

Cortland: When I got to Samford, I was raw technique wise. I took my time there and worked on my craft more and I just took what I learned in college and translated it to the pros. 

Much thanks to Cortland Finnegan for taking time out to answer a few questions. Finnegan is an professional on and off the field. It’s a pleasure to have him represent our team and our city.

The Everyday Mailbag-11/23/10

This is my new segment called The Everyday Mailbag here’s how it works.
You send you e-mails to me( I read and respond and the best questions make the blog. Now that I’ve explained how it goes, here are my top questions for this week’s mailbag.

Q: Should sideline demeanor be a determining factor for a head coach’s job security, or is it inconsequential?

Nic R., Lenexa, KS

A: I think that sideline demeanor doesn’t really affect job security. It actually has to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Some cases deserve some kind of discipline or termination, but most do not. Some coaches aren’t really understood when they are on the sidelines. As long as their players understand them, that’s what matters.

Q: ‎​The new Helmet to Helmet rule in the NFL is in effect for the sole purpose of protection,but why now considering how long the NFL has been in existence? And What about incidental contact?

James R., Nashville, TN

A: The reason for the new rule is because of the rising rate of concussions in the NFL. The helmet-to-helmet rule doesn’t come into play for receivers who have the ball and make a football move , nor does it come into effect for running backs. The rule is more in effect for defenseless receivers and of course for the quarterbacks.

As far as for incidental contact, the NFL has made the statement that incidental or not, players will be punished for these actions.

Q: So what do u think about the NBA lockout? R they being greedy or r the complaints and requests valid?

Iyisha H., Murfreesboro, TN

I think that the NBA owners are being greedy. The owners can’t be hurting that bad if they giving out big contracts to third or fourth tier players( Milwaukee Bucks F Drew Gooden, Toronto Raptors C Amir Johnson). I think that the owners are just trying to lessen the control and the pot that the players see and keep more for themselves.

Q: Which team would be a good fit for Kevin Kolb should the Eagles resign Michael Vick?

Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: There’s three choices for that question. The obvious choice would be the Vikings because the Vikings don’t believe in Tavaris Jackson and Brett will retire after this year. The other two choices are San Francisco and Arizona. Neither team has a QB that they believe in and want to invest in for the future and both teams will have money free to bring in a QB next off-season. But in all actuality, I don’t think Kolb is leaving Philly.

Q: In contrast from last year, which NFL team has been the most improved?

Ryan J.,Henning, TN

A: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the most improved team in the league this year and no one saw this coming. And the most impressive thing is this team is 7-3 and they are still young and have room for improvement.

To all my participants(those who did and didn’t make it on the blog), thanks for the participation and I look forward to more questions next week.

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