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

 

2019 NHL Playoffs begin

It started yesterday with half of the games starting and continues today with the others.

In the East we begin in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning, winners of the Presidents’ Trophy taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay won all three games during the season, but winning the Presidents’ Trophy isn’t the best indicator of success in the playoffs as in the past decade only 1 team has managed to win both, the Blackhawks in the lockout in 2012-13 season.  In the next game out of the Atlantic it is the Boston Bruins playing the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston took three of the four games during the season, and this is a rematch from last year when the Bruins advanced in seven games, however Toronto has won eight of the previous 15 playoff match ups. Over in the Metropolitan Division we’ve got the Washington Capitals playing the Carolina Hurricanes. Washington took all four games during the season. In the other game we have the New York Islanders facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They split the games during the season. This is the fifth playoff meeting between the two teams with New York winning three of the past four, they last met in 2013 where the Penguins won.

In the West we begin with the Central Division with the Nashville Predators facing the Dallas Stars. Nashville won three of the five games during the season. The other pair is the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues. The Jets and Blues tied overall during the season 99 points with the Jets winning three of the four games during the season. Out in the Pacific Division we have the Calgary Flames matched up against the Colorado Avalanche. During the regular season the Flames won all three games they played. The other series is San Jose Sharks facing the Las Vegas Knights, this is a rematch from last year where the Knights won in six games. They split the regular season meetings.

It is pretty cool that five of the match ups are for the first time in the playoffs. A lot of people are saying that the Lighting are the team to beat in the East while in the West it could just be about anyone.

First round predictions: Tampa Bay wins and will play Toronto in the second round while the Capitals will take on their old Coach and the NY Islanders. Over in the West Nashville will be playing the Jets and Calgary will see the Sharks in the next round.

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.

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.

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