Native American naming Controversy Part 13

Well, it’s been a while since any big news has come around about this but the shoe has finally dropped. The Washington Redskins are going to be doing a thorough review of the team’s name. It took a bunch of corporations threatening to boycott including FedEx, Nike and Pepsico. to get Danny Snyder to even think about reviewing the name. Even though if he wants to move back into DC, which is one of his hope, and to get a new stadium built at the RFK site he has been told for ages to change the name. I’ve felt that if Danny is all about making money why hasn’t he change the name and sold tons of new merchandise. Many have postured that this means a name change is coming, some even saying by the time football season begins in August/September, that’s only about a month and a half way, but reverting to the spear logo is an easy change. This is a great step but it is only a step in the long journey. However the new name could possibly just be bringing back the old name Braves from when the team was in Boston or they could lean into the Native American concept by taking a name of a tribe like the Anacostans or Patawomecks rebranding with that as a name to “honor” the heritage of the area. Others online have suggested Red Tails to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, then there is Hogs honoring the team’s stellar offensive line from the 80s-90s, Warriors, Senators, Monuments, ‘Skins and Pigskins.

The other big news is that The Cleveland Indians are reviewing their name as well. Here’s hoping the Cleveland Spiders live again. There hasn’t been anything from the Braves, Chiefs or Blackhawks about them thinking about changing their names. Sure the Atlanta Braves still have the Tomahawk chop, but they say that their limiting it so that’s great. The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t done a thing really but besides the tomahawk chop the name is only tangentially related to Native Americans, and the Chicago Blackhawks are a hockey team and Americans just don’t care about hockey that much

NFL Season begins

It’s the 100th season of the NFL and boy are they missing out on a huge idea that they could have done. Way way back in 1994 the NFL was in the 75th season and everyone team had a throwback uniform and wore it at some time during the season. I haven’t heard of anything other than the giant NFL 100 logo that is going to be everywhere this season. Over on Uni Watch, Paul Lukas thinks it might be due to the NFL rule about wearing one helmet for the season.

The season begins with the oldest rivalry in the league the Decatur/Chicago Staleys/Bears playing the Green Bay Packers. It dates back to 1921 when the Packers join the league. Unfortunately, the Bears do not play the Chicago/St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals who also joined the league 100 years ago. Over the season there will be 16 games to honor landmark events. I am sure there will be some other remembrances throughout the season of the special events that have made the league what it is today.

On to predictions. Will the Patriots be in the Super Bowl again or can some other team get there in the AFC?

AFC East: New England has a pretty easy path to the playoffs and Tom Brady retires
AFC North: It’s been Steelers/Ravens for years but lots are on the Browns bandwagon
AFC South: With Luck out of Indy it’s pretty open Houston or Jacksonville maybe?
AFC West: Kansas City has won the past three years maybe Joe Flacco and the Broncos

Pats/Steeler/Ravens/Colts/Texans/Jags/Chiefs/Denver

NFC East: Dallas won last year but no teams has repeated since the early 2000s so Philly
NFC North: Not expecting great things here maybe the Lions, Vikings, Bears or Packers?
NFC South: Saints or Panthers
NFC West: Seattle for sure and I expect to see the Rams fail to repeat as NFC Champs.

Eagles/Cowboys/Saints/Panthers/Seahawks/Rams/Lions/Vikes/Bears/Pack

 

Super Bowl Prediction

It’s that time of year again. The Patriots are back in the Super Bowl for a record time and this time it’s a rematch of Super Bowl 36 when ‘The Greatest Show on Turf” lost by a field goal. It was the Super Bowl after September 11 and I’ve always thought that it ended with the Patriots winning with the Red/White/Blue color scheme was planned by the NFL. It was the Patriots first Super Bowl win and they gone on to win a couple more since. If we were going by post season experience it would be stupid to pick against New England as a majority of the team was in the Super Bowl last year where as the Rams have stunk as of late.

Prediction while it would be cool if it was like 20-17 mirroring the first game but I expect a high scoring game with the Patriots coming up a yard short at the end, and the Rams winning. Sure this would hurt all those in St. Louis yet again with the Rams having moved out so recently.

AFC/NFC Championship Sunday

Today we’ve reached the penultimate week of Professional Football season until the Alliance of American Football kicks off on February 9th. It begins with the NFC and the Rams facing the Saints in New Orleans while in the AFC the Patriots travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.  Now both of these games are rematches from earlier in the season, in the NFC the Saints hosted back in November and won by 10, in the AFC the Chiefs traveled to New England back in October and lost by 3. It seems like the NFL might be hoping for another rematch in the Super Bowl with the Chiefs and Rams who combined for 105 point back in the middle of November. I’m sure that most of the nation would like to see Brady and Belichick not make it to the Super Bowl for their ninth time. They have struggled on the road this season and on the road in the Championship game as well. It would be great if Kansas City could get back to the Super Bowl after almost a half century.

Predictions: Saints and Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl.

NFL Playoffs: Divisional

Well the past weekend was rough for the home teams with only Dallas coming out on top. However this weekend the home teams have a better edge since they’ve had a bye week, though others argue that playing and having the “hot” hand gives you the advantage.  This weekend there is only one rematch from the season.

Today we have the Chiefs hosting the Colts, now Kansas City has struggled against the Colts in the Playoffs having lost every time they have played. Now I’d love to see the Colts win but it would be nice to see Andy Reid actually get back to the Championship Round but in the AFC and I really hope that he can win a Super Bowl before he retires.  The other game is the Rams hosting the Cowboys, here’s hoping LA wins.

On Sunday it’s time for the Patriots to take the field where they host the Chargers, this it a match up of the old guns with Brady and Rivers having played for quite a long time. As I said earlier it would be great if Tom Brady and New England weren’t in the Championship game or Super Bowl for once. The other game is the only rematch of the season when the Saints host the Eagles. The last time Philly traveled to New Orleans it was an ugly game and hopefully it won’t be as one sided this time around.

Predictions: Chief, Rams Chargers, Saints.

NFL Playoffs Wild Card games

Today, is the beginning of Wild Card Weekend in the NFL and sure we have some games to watch but do they really matter. Today we have games in Texas, The Texans host the Colts and The Cowboys host the Seahawks. Houston and Indy will be matching up for the third time this season they split both game with the host team losing both games.  While Dallas is looking the right their poor performance in Seattle from earlier in the season.

On Sunday we’ve got The Ravens hosting the Chargers and The Bears playing host to the Eagles. Baltimore and LA faced off in week 16 so they should be familiar with what each other will be doing, While in Chicago this will be the first meeting this year with Philly.

Predictions: It would be wonderful to see the Colts win and then eventually play the Patriots but that would be the Championship game and I doubt that would happen with Luck getting the best of Tom Brady, but since the game is in Houston and it’s been awhile since the Colts were last in the Playoffs I think the Texans will advance.  Over in Dallas they will lose to the Seahawks once again. The Chicago defense will be dominate as it was early in the season and the Eagles will struggle. In Baltimore age will win out as Phillip Rivers will lead the Chargers over the Ravens and Lamar Jackson.

Super Bowl LII Prediction

This weekend we’ve got the big game Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. This is the first game in Minnesota since 1992 and the second overall. It is in the new stadium. Super Bowl LII is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX which was won by the Patriots, as of recent games which were rematches the winner of the previous game has won again. The Patriots are playing in their tenth Super Bowl over all and eighth since the turn of the century (to many for most fans besides those in NE) if they win they will tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins with six. For the Eagles this is their third time at the Super Bowl and they haven’t won yet, although they have won three NFL Championships the last was in 1960. History has stacked the odds against the Eagles this year but they have somehow gotten to the Super Bowl with a backup QB in Nick Foles yet they are facing Tom Brady and New England who have been here many times before. On to the prediction, while I am sure that New England will win somehow, it would be fun to see a new team win but many online are opining for a third option that it ends in a tie or that a meteorite comes and hits the stadium killing both teams involved.

NFL Playoffs 2017 (Championship)

On Sunday we have the Championship games for the AFC and NFC. It starts on CBS at 3 eastern time in New England where Tom Brady and company are going to try and win another Championship (10) this is their seventh consecutive time in the AFC Championship game. New England is playing at home and they will face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are looking to win their first. Everyone has to be thinking that the Patriots are going to win given that, but maybe Jacksonville can eek out a win. These teams met in the first week of the Preseason and Jacksonville won but who really knows.  After this game is over on FOX the NFC Championship will begin at 6:40 or so eastern time in Philly where the Eagles will face off against the Vikings. Both of which have made it to the Super Bowl in the past but have not won The Big Game yet. It has been 40 some years since the Vikings have won the NFC Championship game while it been only a dozen years for the Eagles. As for predictions I would love it if the Vikings win on Sunday and become the first team to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium. Minnesota also had one of the strongest defenses all season and we all know that Defense wins Championships. As for that other game It would be amazing if Jacksonville could win but I think we all know that New England will be winning number 10 and going to yet another Super Bowl.

NFL 2017 Playoffs (Divisional)

This weekend everybody is in the pool as the “bye week” is over and everyone is playing. On Saturday we start with NBC offering up the Atlanta Falcons in Philly playing the Eagles, and later in the evening on CBS the Tennessee Titans  are in New England facing the Patriots. These games seem pretty cut and dry with Atlanta and New England winning. On Sunday, we have some interesting games. We have rematches of game from earlier this season, we start in Pittsburgh on CBS where the Jacksonville Jaguars will try and do what they did a decade ago and beat the Steelers at Pittsburgh twice in the same season. Later in the afternoon on FOX in Minnesota the Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints. The Saints hope to avenge a week one loss. If I had to pick these games I think that it will not go like it did during the regular season so I’m pulling for the Steelers and Saints.

NFL Season begins

Today the professional football season begins with New England facing off against Kansas City. Miami and Tampa Bay will have a bye week because of Irma heading towards Florida.

So New England will most likely go on and make the playoffs based on the previous several seasons as they try to win their ninth straight AFC East title.In the AFC North it will most likely end up between Pittsburgh, Baltimore or Cincinnati. The AFC South will be Houston with a slim chance for Indy. The AFC West is the biggest toss up for me right now It won’t be the new LA team for sure but Oakland, Kansas City and Denver might also be in the mix. So that’s 9 playoff teams for the AFC

NFC East will be won by some other team this year as no team has repeated as winner since 2004 perhaps the NY Giants will rise to the top this year, but it could be anyone but it should be anyone but Dallas. NFC North it seems like Green Bay is the safe choice but Minnesota and Detroit could have big seasons. NFC South has been the strongest division in the NFC producing the past two NFC Champions but both failed to win the Big Game will it be Atlanta or Carolina again or could Tampa Bay and New Orleans come up big. NFC West has been the Seattle show for the past couple of years but Arizona could have a shot as well.  So that would make 12 NFC teams. I’m good at this picking thing.

As for the professional prognosticators have these as the winners  AFC East: Patriots; AFC North: Pittsburgh; AFC South: Tennessee; AFC West: Oakland; NFC East: NY Giants; NFC North: Green Bay; NFC South: Atlanta; and in the NFC West: Seattle. For the Wild Cards it looks like Cincinnati and Kansas City in the AFC while in the NFC they have Dallas and four possible 9 win teams (Washington, Philly, Carolina and Tampa) that could claim the other spot. So they have the right number for the AFC but nine teams from the NFC.