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Everything That Glitters Isn’t Gold

The news has finally been released and Urban Meyer finally quit denying what we all knew was true. Meyer is now officially the new head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He will be taking over as soon as the bowl game ends, with current interim coach Luke Fickell being retained on the staff as an assistant. All in Buckeye Land are rejoicing that an Ohio-born coach and former Ohio State assistant is coming home. Plenty believe that with the hire Meyer, success will follow. All but me, of course. I don’t necessarily think that Meyer is the end all be all for the Ohio State football team. In fact, I will go as far as saying that returning home isn’t always the best thing.

I know plenty people think that I’m absolutely crazy for what I think about Meyer going to coach Ohio State, but I have a few points that I think will further address my point. Urban Meyer has been a successful coach everywhere he has been, but his most successful coaching stint was at Florida. Urban won two National Titles there. Although some slighted him for the first title because most of the players he won with were former coach Ron Zook’s players, the fact remains he won two titles. And with Meyer winning two titles and the success he had at Florida, plenty expect the same at Ohio State. But what plenty are forgetting is the talent level and where it came from.

If you look at the roster of Florida’s teams, Meyer had a cupboard full of outstanding players. For those that know college football, they know that Florida, along with Texas and California, are hotbeds for football talent. He’s now headed to the Midwest, where their honestly isn’t the same type of talent as in Florida. I don’t expect Meyer to be able to recruit the athletes he had at Florida. And for the spread offense system he runs, Meyer needs speed. He has a good young QB in Braxton Miller at Ohio State to run his system, but does he have the other parts? Can he fine the quick, athletic lineman like he had at Florida? Can he find as many speed merchants up North as he did down South? I think he will have a hard time finding those players and that could frustrate him and slow down his offense, which is built on speed.

Another thing that I heard when hearing of Meyer returning to coach was about his supposed balance he’s found. Meyer said he has found a balance between coaching and family. I hear Urban Meyer when he said that, in fact I remember when he left coaching due to his health and family, but for him to tell us that he can balance coaching and family is hard for me to believe. I think its easy to say something, but its gonna be harder for him to follow through on what he’s talking. Let’s say he struggles at Ohio State to start off. Does Urban continue to follow the newfound balance he has or does he revert to his old form of grinding himself to the brink of exhaustion? I think he goes back to the latter form. And if he does, I wonder if his health can withstand that again. And more importantly, can he bare putting in those hours again at the expense of his family?

In the end, I think Meyer will have some success at Ohio State, but do I think he will rise to the same success he had at Florida? No. I think the lack of the elite talents will bring him down to earth and the fact that he’s trying to bring the spread offense to Ohio State screams Rich Rodriguez all over again in my opinion. To be honest, he has some circle pieces there that he will try to fit in a square hole. Eventually he will get some recruits in at Ohio State. But Urban will not bring the successes that he had at Florida to Ohio State. He will be out after four years at best, in my opinion.

Ballers And Wankstas Of The Week- Week 12

All the players came to the player’s ball. Unfortunately, some didn’t make it in the ball and were left standing outside. Here are the Ballers and Wankstas of the Week!

Ballers Of The Week

Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets (17/35, 180 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Sanchez came out and made the throws needed to pump some energy into his team. I think he needs to build upon this next week. Hopefully the Jets won’t ask him to throw this much again though. This could be fool’s gold. But I have to give Sanchez props for his great play this game though.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans (21 carries, 190 yards)
Johnson didn’t have that extra gear, but he was hitting holes and hitting them hard as he penetrated the Bucs defense. The next challenge will be to see if Johnson and his offensive line can keep the momentum going into next weekend in Buffalo.

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals (27 carries, 228 yards, 1 TD)
Everyone hope aboard the Wells train. Beanie was moving like a powerful locomotive with deadly power and speed as he ran through the Rams defense. Imagine if Beanie ran this well and his line blocked this well all the time. Now that’s a scary thought.

New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees and the boys came out and went to work on the Giants. They sliced, diced and basically dismantled the Giants. They had over 500 yards of offense, including 4 80+ yard drives that ended in TDs.

Wankstas Of The Week

Tyler Palko, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (18/28, 167 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT)
Shane Falco would be a better option at QB instead of Palko at this point. Palko made some inexplicable throws. In fact, some of his throws were into double and triple coverage. Maybe Palko should have taken the time as a backup to learn how to read defenses instead of just standing there.

Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid
I don’t know if Andy Reid gets it. His most important player is LaSean McCoy. When he gets 25+ touches, the Eagles win. When he doesn’t, they lose. My question for Reid is why wouldn’t you get your most important player touches? He is the key to you winning. Well, he may not be making the calls in Philly too much longer because of his inconsistent play-calling.

New York Giants Defense
The Giants defense didn’t show ant effort, didn’t show any sense of urgency and basically had a lackluster effort against the Saints. You would have expected more from them, especially since their playoff future is fading away.

These are the Ballers and Wankstas of the Week. If you have any ballers or Wankstas that you would like to add, feel free to drop a comment!


The Everyday Mailbag- 11/29/11

Time after time, week after week, incredible game after incredible game. The passion and excitement of sports flows everyday of the week. And with the passion and excitement come exciting and great questions. Without further adieu, here are the questions the Sports World wants to know!

Q: What are the Raiders chances of making it to the playoffs?
-Lyndelle M., Clarksville, TN

A: Their chances to make the playoffs hinge on their chances to win the division. If they don’t win the division, they won’t make the playoffs and those chances aren’t looking good with the Broncos making a push with Tebow.

Q: Who’s your favorite for the Heisman?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: My favorite for the Heisman is Trent Richardson. The guy has been Ram tough all year and ran over and through almost all defenses this year. Robert Griffin III is close on his heels though.

Q: ‎​What team will suffer most from the lockout?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: ‎​The Nuggets. They have Wilson Chandler and Kenyon Martin stuck in China and have to find replacements as well as they can’t make a run at JR Smith because he’s locked in a deal over there too.

Q: As of right now you do you have in NBA Finals?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I think that if the teams were as they stand right now, I would say it would be the Heat and the Lakers. But with free agency, trades and those things out there, a lot of things can change just that quick. I think that December 9th to the beginning of the season will go a long way to saying who’s the best team to make a run.

Q: When will Tim Tebow finally lose?
-Sam, Highland Park, IL
A: I think that December 11 vs Chicago will be the next time that Tebow loses.

Q: Even though Sanchez won yesterday he is average at best. Will the jets be looking for a QB next year?
-Lee L., Chicago, IL

A: I think that Sanchez had a winning game yesterday. At this point in his career, I believe he should be further along, so I think next year is the make or break year for him as the New York Jets starting QB. And yes, they will be looking around for QBs in the off-season.

Q: Who is the better game managing QB, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers?
-Robert R., Chicago, I’ll

A: I would go with Aaron Rodgers. But that’s like splitting hairs. You can’t go wrong with either QB. In my opinion though, I just feel that Rodgers is better at this point right now. He’s a little more careful with the ball than Brees at this point.

Thanks for all the questions! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!


Two NFL Quarterbacks, One Big Result

The Tim Tebow legend is growing. He’s winning games, albeit ugly, but he is showing that he can win at the big-time level. In the same sense, Eagles QB Vince Young has won some games despite not having the greatest statistics. Both have one thing in common that no one talks about: the clutch gene. These guys could be setting football back 30 years and then, in the fourth quarter, they become stars. Both these guys are different, but in a sense, they are the same.

The funny thing about both of these players is they both receive their share of criticism and praise, but there are a lot of people that like one and not the other. This is also confusing to me because both essentially just win football games. I was listening to Skip Bayless on ESPN’s First Take and those that have heard him know he loves VY and Tebow. He likes both because they just win games. He doesn’t care about the style, the way they throw a pass or run an offense. He just cares about wins. Now don’t get me wrong, some of what Skip says is outlandish, but in this instance, he’s right.

In this day and age when wins and loses are the difference between getting fired and getting paid, these two guys are lightning rods and they win. But what I want to know is the reason for why some people love Tebow and not Vince Young and vice versa. I think, quite honestly, it lies in more than just their abilities. Vince has been perceived as a guy that never worked hard and relied on his athletic ability. To some fans, that rubbed them the wrong way. To some fans, they blamed Jeff Fisher for not allowing Vince to be Vince. Those who love Tebow believe he’s basically the role model that most think athletes should be. Those that hate him feel he’s a terrible QB, a waste of a draft pick and he pushes religion at them.

In my opinion, if you like one guy, you should like the other. Take all the imperfections of their games out of it. All of that stuff is just cosmetic. The essence of what these guys do is play football and get the job done. If you’re one of the people who likes one and doesn’t like the other, examine why you like one and not the other and then ask yourself if that makes any sense.


NFL Thursday Showcase: Thanksgiving Special

We all have a lot to be thankful for. For some its family. For some, its friends. For some, its the fact that they were able to wake up today. And for some, Thanksgiving football is what most are thankful for. Without any further, here are my breakdowns for the NFL’s Thursday Thanksgiving specials!

Green Bay vs Detroit
The Packers travel to the Lion’s Den to take on the Detroit Lions. The Pack have been almost invincible this year behind the firepower of their offense. Well, this week, QB Aaron Rodgers and the boys face the front four of the Lions, led by DT Ndamakong Suh. In order to slow the Lion’s front four down, the Pack must run the ball well. That means James Starks(if he plays) or Ryan Grant will have to run with conviction and punish the Lions where their weakest: in the run game. Once the run game is established, expect Rodgers to hit his plethora of WRs all over the field.

The Lions found a running game last week with newly signed Kevin Smith. But the thing is, they were playing against the Panthers, who have been pretty bad against the run. The challenge this week will be if the Lions can run this week. In their spread formations, they must attack the gaps in the Pack’s defense, especially when the Pack is spread across the field when the Lions go to 3 or 4 WRs. If the Lions aren’t able to run, then Lions QB Matt Stafford has to carry the offense, and that won’t work with the likes of CB Charles Woodson, OLB Clay Matthews and crew on the other side. I think the crowd and the atmosphere will be electric in this game, but the Packers will prevail because of their unbelievable offense and some huge key stops. The 1972 Dolphins keep the champagne on ice for another week.
Prediction: Green Bay 31, Detroit 27

Miami vs Dallas 
The upstart Dolphins head to the Big D to take on a Cowboys team sitting in first place in the NFC East. The Dolphins have got solid play out of veteran QB Matt Moore. Moore must continue to play well this week because the pressure of the Cowboys defense will be after him. The Dolphins must continue to find creative ways to get the ball in the hands of RB Reggie Bush. He has really picked it up the last few weeks and can be extremely dangerous with the ball. I expect the Dolphins offensive line to have a few problems trying to keep Cowboys OLB Demarcus Ware out of the backfield. He will make some plays, but as long as the Dolphins can keep him under control, that increases the Dolphin’s chances to leave Dallas a winner.

The Cowboys have had tremendous play out of QB Tony Romo. He’s been hitting receivers in stride and making plays by keeping scrambling outside the pocket. Romo will have another great game if the Dolphins don’t put any pressure on him. Expect the Dolphins to have their secondary tested because they have been the weak link of this defense. Miami will keep this game close for a minute, but expect Dallas to eventually overwhelm the Dolphins.
Prediction: Dallas 31, Miami 17

San Francisco vs  Baltimore
The 49ers head east to take on the Baltimore Ravens. This game should be PHYSICAL! Leading the 49ers into town is QB Alex Smith. Sure, the running game has been outstanding so far, but eventually teams will stack the box against Frank Gore and the San Francisco Gold Rush. Smith must make some plays in the passing game in order to loosen up the Ravens’ D. If that can happen, the 49ers will have some lanes created due to Raven defenders backing out of the box. Also, it should be interesting to see if LB Ray Lewis plays. If he plays, his energy alone will take the Ravens to the next level.

QB Joe Flacco has been very inconsistent. Some of the inconsistencies are because of the lack of commitment to the run game. Well, this week doesn’t get any easier. The 49ers will play physical, smart defense against the Ravens and will be stingy against the run. If this is the case, expect the Ravens to at least attempt to run the ball some. That will put the Ravens outside the realm of predictability. If the Ravens aren’t able to run the football to at least make the 49ers respect that threat, then Flacco will be running for his life behind his offensive line. Expect a tight, physical, intense game. And in that type of game, the toughest team wins. And the toughest team is the 49ers. Expect them to impose their will on the Ravens as the game goes on.
Prediction: San Francisco 23, Baltimore 17

Thanks to all who have read my blog for today. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


Ballers And Wankstas Of The Week- Week 11

Week 11 just passed us by in the NFL. And with every week, some players played and some played bombed. And some players just did some dumb things. Without further adieu, here are the Ballers and Wankstas of the Week!

Ballers Of The Week

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys (23/37, 292 yards, 3 TDs)
Romo had a good game vs the Redskins. He made some risky throws, but he placed those throws where only his teammate can catch it. Romo has now had 2 good games in a row. It will be interesting to see if he can handle prosperity when he faces the Dolphins on Thanksgiving.

Kevin Smith, RB, Detroit Lions (16 carries, 140 yards, 2 TDs)
Smith was excellent for the Lions. He ran with conviction and purpose. If he’s able to give the Lions a running game, that makes the Lions that more dangerous offensively.

Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons (21 carries, 100 yards, 1 TD)
Turner punished the Titans everytime he ran the ball Sunday. The lasting image I have of this game is Turner running down the sideline, squaring up Titans safety Michael Griffin and running him flat over. And Turner repeated that a bunch Sunday. When he’s running the ball like that, the Falcons are very tough to beat.

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers (7 receptions, 120 yards)
Could this be the emergence of Crabtree as a lead receiver? Well, it was the Cardinals, but he did show up and played well. It should be interesting to see if he can build on this performance vs the Ravens.

Wankstas Of The Week

Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have gone from everyone’s surprise to everyone’s demise. They seem to have forgotten their offense the last few weeks and their defense as well. And to top it all off, they even got a punt blocked for a TD. Buffalo, you’ve got to do better!

Tyler Palko, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (25/38, 0 TDs, 3 INTs)
Welcome to the Big Leagues Palko! Well, I’m sure this wasn’t the welcome he wanted. The Pats didn’t show any mercy against Palko. The best thing he can do is forget this game even happened.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson made some big plays vs the Giants, but he made a bonehead play as well. After a huge gain on a pass from QB Vince Young, Jackson flipped the ball to Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and then proceeded to taunt the Giants sideline. Well, that showboating coast the Eagles not only some penalty yards, but that big gain as well. Great job DeSean!

St. Louis Rams
The nightmare that is the St. Louis Rams season continued this week with a sound whooping at home against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams made Tavoris Jackson look like something most think he can’t be: an NFL QB. A season where so much was expected has gone right down the tubes.

These are my Ballers and Wankstas of the week. If you feel someone else should be added to the Baller or Wanksta list, feel free to drop a comment.

The Everyday Mailbag-11/22/11

Leaves change color. Seasons change. But the Everyday Mailbag stays the same. Let’s see what the Sports World wants to know!!!!

Q: Does Bears QB Jay Cutler’s injury open up a Wild Card spot for an NFC East squad or will the Bears still make the playoffs?
-Drew N, Washington DC

A: To be honest, it possibly could. Before the season, I had two teams going to the playoffs from the NFC East. I will say that the Bears schedule isn’t terribly difficult going down the stretch, but without Cutler, things get tougher for Matt Forte and that whole offense. I still think they make the playoffs though.

Q: Should Vince Young start rest of the year over Michael Vick?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that its just one start and that’s an overreaction to Vince’s one start. Now I’m not doubting that Vince is a winner. He is. His record says so. If Vince was to start a string of games and wins, then I think there would be a QB controversy there. But with the money Vick is making and the fact that its just been one start tells me that Vick is the starter still in Philly.

Q: Can the Eagles make a late run at the NFC East title?
-Aaron J., Washington, DC

A: No. When they lost the game vs the Cardinals, there went their NFC East Title chances. The Eagles need to focus on winning two games in a row and getting themselves right first. The race is between the Cowboys and the Giants, not the Eagles.

Q: Will Norv Turner get fired before the end of the season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: Is water wet? I think its closing time for Norv in San Diego.

Q: What’s the next move for the Bears?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: The next move for the Bears is to scour the waiver wire or the classifieds for a veteran backup QB. Caleb Hanie will be the starter. There’s no doubt about that. Former Ravens QB Marc Bulger could be a possible pickup. He has played in Martz’s system before and it wouldn’t take him long to catch on because of that familiarity.

Q: If Arkansas beats LSU, who plays for the BCS Championship?
-David D., Murfreesboro, TN

A: I think Arkansas would definitely be in the picture for the title. Now for the contender, I think it would be Alabama.

Q: Will the Eagles or Steelers make the playoffs this year? I’ve seen the Ravens schedule, they’re definitely going.
-Shatal J., Orlando, FL

A: I think the Steelers will definitely make the playoffs. As far as the Eagles, they have dug themselves a hole they cannot get out of.

Thanks for all the questions and remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!!


NFL Thursday Night Showcase: New York Jets vs Denver Broncos

You hear that! That’s the exuberant roar of NFL fans happy that the NFL week is about to start. This week brings the downtrodden New York Jets vs a Broncos team that is on the rise. Last week, Rex Ryan built up the Jets/Patriots game as Ali vs Frazier. Well, this week he needs to view this game as maybe a George Foreman return to glory. The Jets must come out swinging this week. And by coming out swinging, I mean they must pull their best punches. Enough of the boxing talk. The Jets must run the ball and run the ball effectively. Contrary to the belief of the Jets at times, they are a running team first. This means that RB Shonn Greene must get busy on the ground. RB Ladanlian Tomlinson may not play, so Greene will get plenty of opportunities. If Greene gets going, look for QB Mark Sanchez to be able to use a little bit of play action and the quick passing game to penetrate the Bronco defense. The Denver defense has been susceptible to runs, passes and pretty much anything that offenses have wanted to do to them. I look for the Jets to try and take advantage of them everytime they can.

Tim Tebow may be unconventional, but he has got it done. The Broncos have been 3-1 under Tebow’s leadership offensively and have put themselves back in the conversation for the AFC West title talk. Ok. I went a little too far with that. Well, at least they are winning and gaining ground on the rest of the division. This game will be a huge challenge for the Broncos offense due to the fact that they have been using an option-style offense and limiting the passes of Tebow. This style of play is exactly what the Jet defense wants to see. They are a physical team that likes to punish people. For the Broncos to have any chance, they must use some quick passes and also have some success in the running game. Also, the Broncos may be without RBs Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee, which means more is on Tebow and RB Lance Ball. The one thing I’m sure about in regards to to the Jets defense vs the Broncos offense is that WR Eric Decker may be introduced to Revis Island this week and that will not be a fun adventure for him.

Expect this game to be physical. The difference will be that the Jets have more weapons offensively and defensively than the Broncos have. I think the Jets get back on the winning track this week and take out some frustration on the Broncos.

Prediction: NY Jets 27, Denver 13

The Everyday Man’s College Football Prediction- Week 10

Thursday is here and that means one thing: College Football is back upon us! Without further adieu, here are my select college football games for the weekend!

(10) Virginia Tech vs (21) Georgia Tech
The Hokies travel to the ATL to take on the Yellow Jackets of Gergia Tech. The Hokies are led by RB David Wilson and QB Logan Thomas. Expect the Hokies to attack the Yellow Jackets on the ground all game long with Wilson and Thomas. If the Jackets can stifle the Hokies on the ground, they have a huge chance to win this game. If not, the Yellow Jackets could be in trouble.

QB Tevin Washington must get on track this game. He has stumbled the last few games and opposing defenses have taken advantage of him. Washington must limit the turnovers and take advantages of the opportunities that the Hokie defense will give him. The thing about this game is the Hokies don’t give you a lot of opportunities. And that’s where Virginia Tech and their team will take advantage. Expect Virginia Tech to stop the run and run right at Georgia Tech.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 27, Georgia Tech 23

West Virginia vs (23) Cincinnati
The Mountaineers head to the Queen City to take on the Bearcats. The Moutaineers must get QB Geno Smith going this game. If he gets cooking, watch out Bearcats. But Cincy always has a pretty good defense and they are on a roll. It should be interesting to see which takes over on the field when these two units are on the field.

QB Zak Calleros has been every bit the senior leader for the Bearcats. He has ran and passed the Bearcats back from the relative unknown. They face a West Virginia defense that has taken a step back this year. Expect Calleros to continue the roll he is on. And expect the Mountaineers defense to be sucking wind all game long.
Prediction: Cincinnati 38, West Virginia 24

Wake Forest vs (9) Clemson
The Demon Deacons head to Death Valley to take on the Tigers, who will be looking to continue impressing and winning their game. Expect Wake Forest to come out and air the ball out. For Clemson, they must make things difficult for Wake. The more difficult they make it, the more mistakes Wake Forest will make.

For Clemson, its about one guy and one guy alone: QB Tahj Boyd. He is the key to everything they do. Yes, they have an ultra-talented freshman WR, but Boyd if the most important person on this team and that’s a fact. Expect him to slice and dice the Demon Deacon defense on their way to a big win in Death Valley.
Prediction: Clemson 41, Wake Forest 24

Florida vs South Carolina
The Gators head to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks. Expect offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to try and ease QB John Brantley into the game if he plays. Brantley must lean on the running game some this game to keep pressure off of Brantley. The problem with that is the behemoths that South Carolina has up front.

For South Carolina offensively, expect them to used the running-back by-committee approach to help QB Connor Shaw get comfortable. The battle in the trenches should be one to watch because of the outstanding players that Florida has on their defensive line against the big guys from Columbia. In the end, I don’t think Florida has enough offense to get it done.
Prediction: South Carolina 24, Florida 17

(20) Auburn vs (20) Georgia
The Tigers head to Athens to take on a red-hot Georgia team. QB Clint Mosely has been learning on the job during his time as a starter for the Tigers. Expect Georgia and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to try to confuse Mosely and make him uncomfortable as well. RB Michael Dyer could ease some of the pressure off of Mosely if he’s able to run the ball well.

This Georgia team has seemed to rally around coach Mark Richt and has saved his job. Expect them to come out and run right at Auburn with Isaiah Crowell (if he plays) and use the play action pass with QB Aaron Murray. The Bulldogs have plenty of offensive weapons, so expect them to spread the ball around and eventually wear down an undermanned Auburn team.
Prediction: Georgia 34, Auburn 20

(7) Oregon vs (4) Stanford
This is the rematch most in PAC-12 land have been looking forward to all year. The Ducks are led by QB Darren Thomas. He has been a little off this year for some reason, but expect him to be more focused for this game. Also expect the running game and the tempo of the game to be key to who wins this game. Another person to keep an eye on is RB/WR DeAnthony Thomas. He’s their Swiss Army knife on offense and he will be all over the field.

The Cardinals are led by one make: QB Andrew Luck. Luck has been so lucky with some of the things he has done on the field this year, but he has been excellent this season still. Expect Luck and the boys to run and pass action pass the Ducks into submission. Also expect the TE’s to be big as well. In the end, Stanford will win this game because they will slow the tempo down and grind it out. And that’s something Oregon cannot do.
Prediction 31, Oregon 27

(2) Oklahoma State vs Texas Tech
The Cowboys head to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Red Raider as the try to find some answers. The Cowboys offense is extremely explosive with the likes of WR Justin Blackmon running down the sideline. If I’m Texas Tech, I make QB Brandon Weeden throw to someone else when he needs the big play. Shutting down these two studs in Blackmon and Weeden will be very difficult.

Texas Tech hasn’t got it together this year. They have been up and they have been down. Well, I expected them to be down worst that they have in a while and it happened. Will all the offense for the Cowboys, the Red Raider offense must show up and produce. If not, this game could really ugly really soon.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 27

(19) Nebraska vs (12) Penn State
First off, before I talk about this game. I want everyone who reads this to take a moment of silence for the kids who were taken advantage of by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. Now, for the game. I don’t think there’s anyway these kids can stay focused. The Nittany Lions may be lifeless out there playing without their leader on the field. I expect Nebraska to come out and run right at Penn State.

I’m going to stop previewing this game right here. I feel sorry for the football players of Penn State that are caught up in this mess as well.
Prediction: Hopefully a good game for the Nittany Lion football players

(16) Texas vs Missouri
The Longhorn head to Columbia for the last time in conference. The Longhorns will come out and play well, especially with all the young talent that they have. Expect Missouri to try and put pressure on the running game to make the young Texas QBs have to make throws to win the game. The big question will be can the young QBs come through.

For Missouri, expect them to run and pass at this Texas defense. Now the question for them is can they be consistent? Can’t they put enough pressure to make the Texas defense have to search for answers to solve them? The answers to those questions are no. Expect the Texas defense to rise up and for Texas to give the Missouri Tigers a parting gift.
Prediction: Texas 38, Missouri 14

(3) Alabama vs Mississippi State
The Crimson Tide took a tough loss to a great LSU team last weekend and look to rebound in Starksville against an undermanned Bulldog team. Expect RB Trent Richardson to get back on track against the Bulldog defense. It won’t be easy, but he will release his fury on them. And when he does, expect the Bulldogs to crowd the line of scrimmage. And that’s when QB AJ McCarron will have to take advantage of single-coverage on his receivers. Will the Mississippi State defensive backs be up for the challenge?

Mississippi State has been struggling this year offensively. And after this game, expect their numbers to look even worse. Expect the Crimson Tide to tighten the screws even more and squeeze the life out of this offense. RB Vick Ballard, it could be a hard week for you man. The cold tub awaits you after this game.
Prediction: Alabama 30, Mississippi State 13

These are my predictions for this weekend in college football. Let the games begin and the healing begin at Penn State.

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Ballers And Wankstas Of The Week-Week 9

Players played. Ballers balled and some players just flat-out left it all at home. Here are the Ballers and Wankstas of Week 9 in the NFL!

Ballers Of The Week

RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans (19 carries, 124 yards, 1 TD)
Foster came out and handled business. It seemed at first this year that he was going to struggle with a hamstring injury, but what a difference a few weeks make! He’s back to torching defenses again as usual. And this is dangerous. Just ask the Browns how dangerous he was this past weekend.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (20/39, 250 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
The game was in the balance. The Giants were down and most had counted them out. Then Manning went to work. No, not Peyton, but Eli. Eli was clutch and came through when his team needed him most. I guess he has Brady’s number.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers (5 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD)
Nelson is just one of a plethora of talented Packers receiver. He gives Aaron Rodgers yet another weapon to punish teams with. Good luck stopping all their weapons.

Patrick Peterson, CB/WR, Arizona Cardinals
Peterson has been electrifying returning punts this year, but this one takes the cake. In overtime, Peterson took a punt 99 yards for the game-winning TD. Peterson is truly a special return guy. Now he has to get his defensive back swagger back and stop getting penalized so much.

Wankstas Of The Week

Phillip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers (26/46, 385 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs)
Rivers has been good. Rivers has been bad. And most recently, he’s been ugly. Against the Packers, he threw two pick-6’s and he also threw the game-sealing interception to Green Bay’s Charlie Peprah. He’s just been off this year. All I know if he better get it together if the Chargers want to make the playoffs this year.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills (15/31, 191 yards, TD, 2 INTs)
Fitzpatrick came back down to Earth this week as the Jets took him out of his game. For the Bills’ sake, they better hope this performance is a blip on the screen because they just opened up the pocket book to sign Fitzgerald long-term.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (2 receptions, 16 yards)
Action Jackson was missing in action Monday. He also gave up a fumble on a punt return as well. He needs to come out of the haze and be special again. His team needs him.

Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs didn’t show up this week. So for all NFL fans, here is where they were. They were getting ready for the Wankstas list this week. Wake up Chiefs. It was football time Sunday and you didn’t even show up. C’mon man!

These are my Ballers and Wankstas of the Week! If you have any players or teams you would like to add to either list, feel free to drop a comment.


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