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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Goodbye Mr. Perfect


High Hopes Fulfilled

 

It takes a lot for me to come out and write a post anymore, considering how awful/stupid I feel for actually thinking the Eagles might be good this year.  But one thing that will bring the Rick Reilly “Homecoming” emotions out of me is another team signing a guy like Brad Lidge.  The Phil’s decided that 1 year 1 million dollars was just too much to bring back, in my opinion, one of the most important Philadelphia athletes in the last 30 years.  Overstatement?  Maybe, but I doubt it.

Brad Lidge threw the pitch that lifted 100 seasons of frustration, torment, anger, helplessness off the city of Philadelphia, and started an era of Phillies baseball that has been unprecedented.  Lidge was 48 for 48 that season in save opportunities.  The only game that he lost?  The All-Star Game in which the American League won thus ensuring them home field in the World Series.  The irony of that is, that if he would have won that game for the National League, the Phils would have celebrated their championship in Tampa Bay instead of South Philly on that cold fall night.  So Lidge’s only hiccup that year paved the way for one of the craziest parties Philly has ever thrown.  I still get choked up thinking about that night and how perfect it was.  Harry Kalas, the legendary Phillies announcer, had never gotten to call the last out of the World Series.  That night allowed him to put the icing on the cake of a Hall of Fame career before he tragically passed away the following year.  It was a story book ending to fairy tale year that I will never forget.  I still have that picture of him dropping to his knees looking into the sky hanging in my office, and undoubtedly it will never move.  So thanks Brad, for the good times, and the bad.  Because without both, we would never be able to appreciate how great 2008 really was.

Let’s Go Out There Like a Bunch of Crazed Dogs and Have Some Fun


I’m likin TimmyP’s pick for the later game.  Too much pass rush.  Too much Eli.  Need a little motivation?  This clip of Lawrence Taylor should get the job done.  Let’s go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs and have some fun.

NFL Picks: Conference Championships


I’m on vacation no time to write anything!!!

Last Week
Straight up: 4-0
Spread: 4-0

Baltimore (+7) New England

Tom Brady is too good. He will win it late on a pass to Gronkowski. Patriots 28 Ravens 24

NY Giants (+2) San Francisco

San Francisco lit up the terrible Saints defense, they won’t have the same success against a strong Giants defense. Expect a lot of ugliness due to the rain, but I’ll take Eli over Alex Smith. Giants 20 49ers 16 

NFL Picks: Divisional Round


Last Week: 2-2

Sooooooooo here’s all you need to know from the first round of the playoffs………the Falcons suck, the Texans-Bengals game was the most boring game I’ve ever seen (until the National Championship game of course), the Saints enjoy scoring as many points as possible and the most important thing, Tim Tebow is in fact Jesus Christ himself.

New Orleans (-3.5) San Francisco

When the lines first came out this week I looked at this one said haha Saints and moved on. Then I started to look into it a little bit more.  A lot of things point to the 49ers in this one. They play good defense, manage games well, and most importantly get to play the Saints at home. If this game was in New Orleans the Saints would be 8, maybe 9 point favorites. Take the Saints out of the SuperDome, I mean Mercedes-Benz Superdome or whatever the hell they are calling it and they are a very, very different team. The Saints went 5-3 on the road this year including loses to the Rams and Bucs, two of the worst teams in the league. The 49ers meanwhile went 7-1 at home losing only a heartbreaker to the Cowboys all the way back in week 2.

I doubt anyone read all that (I know we have been out of college a while so I wouldn’t expect anyone to be able to read more than 2 sentences anymore) but I’ve kind of managed to talk myself into the Niners. The Saints are realllllllllly good but on the road they scare me. Sure Alex Smith is playing QB and sure they have a rookie head coach, but I think their defense will step up and control the pass happy Saints.

I meant to somehow incorporate this picture...It's just too good.

49ers 23 Saints 20

Rest of my picks after the jump

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Special Edition Wild Card NFL Playoff Picks


I only have to pick four games??!?!?!? That’s candy. What makes the playoffs even better is that I don’t need to write something for stupid games like the Rams-Seahawks.

Sadly, my favorite team to make fun of isn’t in the playoffs. What happened NY Jets?!?!?!?!? I thought this was the year that it allllll was going to click. Not so much. Granted, my Dolphins sucked. I get it. Haha make fun of Tim. But honestly not too many people were on the Dolphins Super Bowl bandwagon to begin with, me included.

The Jets were different. Going into this season a lottttttta people I know talked a lotttttttt of shit about how great the Jets were going to be this season. I just don’t get why they did….Let’s recap this team:

This man is your head coach:

Wait no, that’s a Star Wars character.

Oh, there’s sexy Rexy. He’s really good at talking shit, and then not backing it up.

As I said ALL SEASON. THIS MAN IS YOUR QUARTERBACK:

And this is your “star” wide receiver who quit on your team midway through their most important game of the season.

Oh Jets fans. I love how miserable you all must feel right now. Your team has successfully reached complete implosion level. Congrats!

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The 2012 Florida Marlins: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb


Before this offseason, I was all but set to abandon my beloved Florida Marlins (from now on referred to as The Fish.) Another season of inexplicable mediocrity, untimely injuries, and WTF managing (I love me some Jack McKeon, but WTF) mixed with the complete identity change to the fabulously flamboyant Miami Marlins was more than enough to send me to the curb. Add in the fact that I am generally disintrested in baseball (NEEDS MOAR STEROIDS) and things were looking bleak for the following season, and I was all but ready to hand in my sabbatical papers. Then, almost over night, the Fish had me hooked.

Official baseball team of TomorrowLand

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It’s Time To Do Away With The Winter Classic


Yup, you read that right. I, daftpuck, lover of all things hockey and to a lesser extent, Canadian, have officially moved past the Winter Classic and would like to see the NHL scrap the idea for a least a season or two. The Winter Classic does a lot of things right and the NHL and Gary Bettman should be commended for all the work they’ve done to promote the game and reach a new audience. Unfortunately, everything that is good about the Winter Classic ends once the puck drops. Yes, the game puts the league back in the spotlight, with HBO’s 24/7 (which is amazing and there is no reason that that show cannot continue using some other gimmick as it’s central conflict) allowing fans to see their teams like never before and NBC’s complete overhaul of the Versus network that took place on the day of the Winter Classic. All the hype is fantastic, and you will surely read a few articles today proclaiming success for the NHL, in terms of ratings and advertisers and shares and what have yous. What you won’t read is that the game was fucking boring.

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NFL Picks: Week 17


I somehow managed to make picks for every week this season. And unless I put up a bagel this week I’ll be well over .500 for the year. Pretty damn impressive. I’m so incredibly hungover right now that there is no chance I can write more then 200 words. Here they are, the week 17 picks.

Last Week
Straight up: 12-4
Spread: 10-6

Season
Straight up: 162-78
Spread:  121-109-10

Bills 21 (+10) Patriots 28

Titans 20 (-1) Texans 13

Jaguars 17 (-3) Indianapolis 10

Vikings 23 (-2.5) Bears 16

Eagles 35 (-8) Redskins 20

Jets 21 (+3) Dolphins 14

Panthers 27 (+7) Saints 28

49ers 19 (-11) Rams 7

Lions 34 (-6) Packers 20

Raiders 30 (-3) Chargers 19

Chiefs 20 (+3) Broncos 17

Seahawks 23 (+3) Cardinals 20

Falcons 30 (-10) Bucs 10

Steelers 27 (-7) Browns 13

Ravens 27 (-2.5) Bengals 20

NY Giants 21 (-3) Dallas

 

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