MLS Playoffs 2018 Semifinals

Well, playing at home wasn’t the best in the knockout round where only NYCFC advanced at home, all the other visitors came and won some in heart breaking fashion, DC United and Columbus went to Penalties to decide the game, other not so much as LAFC is out thanks to an own goal and Portland advanced over Dallas.

As for this upcoming round which begins on Sunday in the lower seed home followed by a game at the higher seeds home the following Sunday or Thursday in the case of Seattle. In the East, Columbus Crew host New York Red Bulls and NYCFC host Atlanta United. I really hope that it doesn’t end up with the two teams from New York meeting in the Conference Finals. I think that everyone should have a soft sport for the Crew one of the original teams with the threat of them moving to Austin is the team didn’t get funding for a new Stadium remember it was only last year when it was all #SavetheCrew. If I had to pick Columbus and NYCFC make it out of this round. In the West Real Salt Lake host Sporting KC and the Portland Timbers host Seattle Sounders. I’m hoping that Sporting KC and the Timbers make it to the Finals. Although the Sounders seems more likely to advance as they have been the most dominate team in the League since they joined and they have made it to the MLS Cup Finals the past two years.

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2018 World Series

Sure it is a day late but the World Series has begun. The Boston Red Sox are facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is the second World Series meeting between these two teams last meeting in 1916 when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn and known as the Robins. The Red Sox won that in Five games. This year the two teams have minority managers Dave Roberts was born in Japan, to an African American father and Japanese mother, and Alex Cora is from Puerto Rico. Interestingly enough both managers played for both teams during their playing days.

The Red Sox are up game so far and it looks like it could be a quick series with the Red Sox winning. It would be unique since they would have both the 1918 and 2018 titles then hopefully it won’t be another 90 some years before they win another one.

NBA Season begins 2018-19

Well, it is that time once again for the final sport season to begin. The biggest change from last season is that LeBron James has brought his talents to LA and joined the Lakers. This is a bit strange since it seems like he won’t be making it to the finals for the first time in awhile since to get it to the Finals they will have to get past the Golden State Warriors in the West. Over in the East the field is open to just about anyone. If you want to put money on any team go with the Warriors.

West: It looks like the Warriors are the team to beat and they hope to close out playing in Oakland with a Championship, they are moving across the Bay to San Francisco next season. The Lakers will be better, making it to the playoffs, but not going that far. As for the rest of the West it seems like several other teams that made the playoffs last year will be making it back.

East: Cleveland is going to fail to make the playoffs since the team without LeBron isn’t that great. Many have thought that Toronto will be the one to take over but only time will tell. The rest of the East that made the playoffs last year seem likely to make it again but with over half the teams making it to the playoffs this is a rather easy prediction.

Baseball Playoffs 2018

After a long regular season a whole extra game was added as there were two tiebreakers necessary to determine the NL Central and West winners. It is once again time for playoff baseball.  Looking back at those predictions I made at the beginning of the season I did great in the American League but miss two in the National League, although the Cubs did make it to the playoffs. Atlanta is the biggest surprise of the team with the emergence of Ronald Acuna Jr. and all those other young kids showed up to play. In the National League we’ve got some exciting games starting with the wild card between the Cubs and Rockies this game is today, this is the second time for both teams in this game, the winner of this game will get to play the Brew Crew as they beat the Cubs on Monday. The other game is the Braves against the Dodgers. The winner of these two game will meet in the NLCS.

Over in the American League we start with the Wild card with the Yankees facing off with the Oakland Athletics this is the third appearance in the Wild Card for the Yankees and the second for that A’s. The home team has won this game the past two years so it is looking like we might have another Yankees-Red Sox Series. In the other game we have the Astros facing the Indians. These two winner will meet up in the ALCS.

Time for some predictions

in the National League I am hoping that either the Brewers or Rockies make it out as neither has won the World Series yet and it would be awesome if the Brewers could make it and follow the Houston Astros in winning both AL and NL Pennants. In the American League it would be great to see the Athletics or Indians win for the first time in forever. Although, there is the ever so unlikely chance of an Indians/Braves World Series that would be great for those who want to complain about the Native American Mascot/name. Sure I’m going to be changing these as get to the Division series.

2018 NFL season begins

It is back to football for the professionals as the NFL kicks off tonight. Who will the Patriots face in the AFC championship game and what team will make it in the NFC? These are my vague predictions for this upcoming year as I’ve sort of given up on the NFL sure I’ll turn on the games on Sunday but there is no real parity in the league sure they all share money but I doubt the Browns are going to be going to make the playoffs this year.

Predictions:

AFC East: Patriots will win the division for the tenth time in a row, Tom Brady has just said that he wants to play until he is 45 so he can become the oldest NFC quarterback. Bills and Jets have real young QBs in Peterman and Darnold. The Dolphins

AFC North: It is still a three team division Steelers/Ravens/Bengals with the Browns in the cellar. All three could make the Playoffs

AFC South: Hopefully, the Texans can stay healthy it’s theirs to loose and could the Jaguars actually do good two years in a row. The Titans and Colts have new head coaches so who can tell what will happen with them.

AFC West: So I highly doubt that the Chiefs will repeat as champions as they have Pat Mahomes and Chad Henne at QB. The Raiders have an old new coach as Jon Gruden returns after over a decade and they hope to recapture what Gruden did last time.  The Broncos picked up Case Keenum, who lead Minnesota almost to the Super Bowl, and might have a chance and the Chargers still play in LA for some reason.

NFC East: It won’t be the Eagles as no team has repeated as division winner since 2005, so it could be any team, although I doubt that the Giants with a new head coach and still Eli Manning as QB will win, it could be The Cowboys or Redskins.

NFC North: The Vikings with Kirk Cousins might have a chance to repeat as division winner but that could become something different as the Bears signed Khalil Mack and the Packers still have Aaron Rogers. However the Bears and Lions have new head coaches so it looks like it’s between the Packers and Vikings again.

NFC South: New Orleans or Carolina I guess will win it, or perhaps Atlanta might make a run for it. Tampa will be looking at who to draft at the top of next years draft.

NFC West: This is by the eye test the most competitive division in the NFC with Seattle, the Rams, 49ers seem to all have good teams,

Playoff picks:

AFC: New England, Pittsburgh, Houston, Denver with Baltimore and Cincinnati as the wild cards
NFC: Dallas, Green Bay, New Orleans, LA Rams with Minnesota or San Francisco and Seattle as the wild cards

2018 College Football season begins

The NCAA college football season officially begins today, sure there were four games played in “week zero” last Saturday.  This week zero is pretty dumb just start off everyone this weekend and get the NFL back to the Sunday of Labor day weekend. Let’s see who Alabama will be playing in the National Championship game again, will it be Clemson again or someone else. The season really kicks off with four match-ups between ranked teams and five neutral site games it will be a big next five days.

Predictions for the Power Five Conferences:

The SEC seems like a two horse race with Alabama and Georgia likely to meet again in the Championship game

The Big 10 seems to be once again dominated by the East, will Michigan, Michigan State or Penn State do anything to stop Ohio State or will the scandal with Meyer run into the season.  They will face Wisconsin in the Conference Championship game.

The Big 12 once again will be Oklahoma’s to lose. Many have pointed to the Oklahoma West Virginia game in November as a possible preview to the Championship.

The Pac !2 seems a bit more difficult to put a finger on as there are five new Head Coaches I’m not sure where it could go. The major site are saying it will be Washington or Stanford playing USC but will Chop Kelly pick up in UCLA where he left off with Oregon?

The ACC is the four horse race with Clemson and Florida State slugging it out in the Atlantic while Miami and Virginia Tech will spar in the Coastal. Tech and FSU are the big game on Monday night and has the most weight for either team.

 

2018 NHL Stanley Cup conference finals

Well two big surprises first off the Vegas Golden Knights are in the finals following in the steps of the St. Louis Blues who made it all the way to the Stanley Cup way back in the 67-68 season. The other to a lesser degree is the fact that the two teams from the last years Stanley Cup are both out. There is another big thing as there could be a team taking home the Stanley Cup for the first time as three of the four teams left haven’t won yet. The only team that’s won is the Tampa Bay Lightning back in 2004. The Conference finals begin tonight in Tampa Bay as the Capitals take on the Lightning.

On to the predictions:
In the Western Conference we have the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets. This will be the first time that they will be meeting in the Playoffs, during the season Vegas took two of the three games. It seems like the Golden Knights have the best shot but who really knows as both the Jets and Knights could win it.

In the Eastern Conference we have the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals. This is the third time they are meeting in the playoffs and Tampa Bay has won both of them. Tampa last was here in 2016 losing to the Penguins in seven games. Washington last was here in 1998 when they beat the Sabers on their way to the only Stanley Cup final.  For both series  you could just flip a coin to decide.

Although it seems like it might end up with Marc-Andre Fleury hoisting the Cup yet again. This season there have been some crazy surprises so anyone could be hoisting it. Of both games I don’t care who wins in the West but  I’d really like it if the Capitals can make it back Stanley Cup Final and actually win a game this time around.

2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

It’s that time of year again, the NHL season is over and the playoffs have begun. For the most of the series it has gone to the second round. We’ve got some big surprises and some of the usual suspects.

We start in the West with the big surprise the Vegas hockey team, the Golden Knights, have done the impossible, well really not that impossible thanks to the Expansion Draft. The Vegas Golden Knights swept the LA Kings in the first round and are playing the other team that swept in the first round the San Jose Sharks. On the other side we have another first time playoff winner in the new Winnipeg Jets and they are playing the Nashville Predators. The Predators made it to the Western Conference finals last year this will be a tough road for the Jets. I think that Nashville will be making it back to the Finals. As for the Golden Knights and Sharks it could go either way but it seems like Vegas has a team that consists of people with some playoff experience so the Golden Knights might have an edge.

In the East we’ve got rematches this will be the third time in a row that the Capitals and Penguins will meet in the second round. It seems like a broken record as this will be the 11th time that they will play each other in the playoffs. The Capitals haven’t do much against them in the playoffs winning only once way back in 1994, they split the season series. I am pretty sure it will be going 7 games, with several going to OT perhaps even shootouts. The other match up will be the Lightning from Tampa Bay will be playing either Boston or Toronto, their final game is tonight. Tampa did well against Toronto this year but not so great against Boston so who knows.

On to the predictions. Nashville and Vegas in the West. In the East either Boston or Tampa along with I’m going to go with the Capitals just for the sheer hope that they can finally break through and beat the Penguins

 

Baseball Season begins

Sure, I’m a day late but my Nationals had their game in Cincinnati pushed back to Friday so I forgot to do this yesterday. We’ve got six new Managers and five of them do not have any experience managing, it will be an interesting year for all involved.

First off predictions it seems like most of the teams from last year will be making it back again.
AL East- Yankees and Red Sox
AL Central- Indians
AL West- Astros

NL East- Nationals
NL Central- Cubs
NL West- Dodgers

Maybes: Twins or Angels as the other AL Wild Card.  As for the NL Wild Cards not really sure some are positing that the Phillies are back other say the Mets have a team or the D-back and Cardinals

Second: Shohei Ohtani will be one of the biggest stories of the season, Ohtani was a dual threat in Japan for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters pitching and hitting. This past winter he made the move to the MLB and the LA Angels where he will be pitching and playing as designated hitter. Ohtani will be pitching on Sunday and there have been discussion of how he will be used.

It is also the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena.

90th Academy Awards Predictions

Alright, on Sunday the 90th Oscar Ceremony will take place in LA so here are my predictions although it seems that there are so many front runners having won the other awards this year.

Best Picture:  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Garry Oldman as Churchill in Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell as Officer Jason Dixon in Three Billboards
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards
Best Animated (Disney/Pixar) Film: It’s Coco this year.
Best Score: Alexandre Desplat for Shape of Water

As for the tougher ones
Best Song: Hope it’s that song from Coco
Best Foreign Language film: This is one of those shots in the dark The Insult? from Lebanon
Best Documentary: Another shot in the dark Faces Places

Those technical awards and short film awards well those are categories that most people don’t really care about so