Every time I say “oh, hey, this thing they did on RAW was great and enjoyable and entertaining and they should do it more” they do the opposite the next week. So that’s neat.
Each week every article, media outlet, and experts think we have finally figured out what to expect and who will win. Then West Virginia decides to stomp Baylor, Kansas State beats who I thought would be the National Champions on the road and many other twisty turvy storylines that excites and befuddle most college football fans.
I for one am usually not yet strangely surprised by the revealing of this week’s AP rankings. If Baylor wins and holds the number 4 spot then does TCU move back into the top 8 rather than rising a whole whooping two spots in the rankings? Is the SEC really miles ahead of the Big XII or is it just media perception? Continue reading
It’s week 8 and things are starting to take shape in the SEC. There is still a lot of football to be played but I think we are starting to get a feel for where each team stands. Here is how I rank them for week 8. Continue reading
Week 7 gave us more upsets and a new number one team in the nation in the Mississippi State Bulldogs. What should we expect from week 8? Lets take a look. Continue reading
We are a week into the 2014-2015 NHL regular season and already some weird things have happened. But also some not so weird things. We’ll take a look at some things that have surprised us and things that have not quite surprised us so far. Let’s go!
5 Things that have surprised us
1) Thrashings of really good teams. On the second night of the season, Pittsburgh absolutely throttled Anaheim. Let’s not act like “Oh, it’s still Pittsburgh” or that Anaheim is a bad team or something. Anaheim may very well win the west this year, possibly even the Presidents Trophy. Sure, good teams get hammered sometimes. But so early into the season, this was a bit of a statement and caught a lot of people off guard. Fast forward to this past monday night: Montreal is off to a fast 3-0 start, eeking out some wins only to run into the buzz saw that is Tampa Bay to the tune of a 7-1 defeat. Tampa is already a good team and they’re about to get highly touted prospect Jonathan Drouin back in the line-up. Sometimes life isn’t fair, guys.
2) King Henrik? After winning game one, the Rangers have dropped three straight and by an embarrassing amount to at least one embarrassing team. They got rocked by a Columbus team who is missing half it’s lineup 5-2 only to turn around and get absolutely shelled 6-3 by Toronto and the Islanders. Guys. TORONTO beat someone 6-3. Lundquist was pulled from the Toronto game. He’s been anything but Vezina quality. The season is still very very young but this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
3) The Bruins stumbled out of the gate a bit. After an opening night win over lowly Philadelphia, they dropped three straight. On the second of a back to back on the first two nights of the season, the Bs were out-skated and out-worked by Detroit, blasted by Washington and then had Colorado score a goal with only seconds left in the game to send them into last nights game with Detroit desperately needing a win. They got it in the form of a shootout win but the Bruins have a lot of work to do in this young season to get to where they need/want to be and it starts with Tuuka Rask who has just not been good.
4) Struggling Dallas? Dallas stumbled out of the gate a bit going 0-1-1 in their first two games. Opening night was a good central division tilt with Chicago, another team with silly amounts of firepower and they got a point going to overtime. Respectable. Lots of new faces in the room so there will be an adjustment period, but in the Central Division, there won’t be a lot of time to adjust. I fully expect the Stars to get it right and challenge for a top three spot in the Central.
5) The Islanders are 4-0 and lead the Metro? What sort of weird, post-apocalyptic, lawless wasteland is this? We knew the Islanders would be good this year, but….what? Wait. You know what? Nevermind. Two of their wins came against Carolina before they murdered a depleted Rangers team. They did somehow manage to pull off a shootout victory over the Sharks so that is legitimately weird. Better enjoy the rest of October with games against Toronto, Winnipeg and Colorado left. November is going to be ROUGH.
5 Things that aren’t surprising at all
1) Florida’s home opener attendance. In one of the least shocking bits of news ever, Florida was only able to bring in around 7,000 fans. That’s slightly les than 1/3 capacity. In case you were wondering, the BLUE JACKETS managed to bring in more for their scrimmage. But apparently the Panthers are safe from relocation. This just means that more revenue will be sent their way to help them keep the lights on. What a shame. A team in Miami seemed like SUCH a good idea.
2) There’s already been panic in Toronto. And no, I’m not talking about them picking up a player named Panik off of waivers. Although, how fitting. Toronto lost its first two games against good teams before thrashing the Rangers (everyone’s done that, though) and beating Colorado in overtime. So we still aren’t quite sure what team the Maple Leafs are. It’s probably a safe bet that they’ll miss the playoffs and at some time in the next 3 weeks they’ll be wanting Carlyle gone. Classic Toronto.
3) Me Gusta(v)! Gustav Nyquist has picked up right where he left off at the end of last season. Nyquist ripped off 28 goals in just 57 games. He’s picked up where he left scoring three goals in Detroit’s first three games. Furthermore, he’s just the 30th player in NHL history to score 35 goals in their first 100 NHL games and the first Red Wing to do so since Slava Koslov did it with 37 goals in his first 100 games. It’s not surprising. The kid has been dominant at every level he’s played at. At the best hockey level in the world, he doesn’t look out of place.
4) Avalanche regress! Close your eyes, Denver, it’s not pretty at all. Making several off season changes to improve upon last years run to the playoffs, Denver didn’t disappoint anyone expecting them to return to the mean this year. Getting absolutely trampled by Minnesota, shutout in back to back games against them, sends a bit of a wake up call. It worked, they beat Boston 2-1 but apparently they fell back asleep, losing to Toronto and Ottawa. Oh man, Denver. I think most knew that last season was a bit of a fluke but WOOF! Proving us right in all the wrong ways, Denver. Good thing the Broncos are amazing.
5) Ducks’ offense. I told you guys that the Ducks would score a billion goals this year. I wasn’t kidding. In four games, they have 16 goals. For you math geniuses out there, that’s 4 goals a game. Not exactly sustainable….or is it? They have a lot of talent spread throughout the lineup, the only real question is experience in goal. But that has nothing to do with their offense. Even in their lone loss to Pittsburgh they scored 4 goals. If you like goals, you should watch the Ducks. Just don’t become a fan of theirs. They’ll let you down always.
The matchup is set for the 2014 World Series. After sweeping the Orioles in the ALCS, the Kansas City Royals are back in the fall classic for the first time since 1985. From the National League, the San Francisco Giants continue their every other year pattern of making it to, and maybe winning the World Series. Let’s take a look at how each team got here and what to expect after the first pitch is thrown Tuesday night. Continue reading
Saturday morning cartoons are cancelled in favor of College Gameday.
Breakfast and wondering if we’ll see our tailgating “Popaw” on tv.
Rummaging for maroon and white clothes…OH NO! One of the kids has a baseball shirt, but not a football shirt. His younger brother looks at him with sympathy. Add that to our last minute Wal-Mart list.
The texting has begun.
Text from an Ole Miss friend. Nice moment. We’re not playing each other, I text a “Happy Gameday” back and we chit chat briefly.
Trouble. Whoops, friends now know I invited an Auburn fan over for the game. Eeeks. An old family friend, he’s in from out of town, I reason. Understandable, they shake their heads, but unfortunate. Continue reading
Bringing in a towering man as a wrestler has worked out time and time again in pro-wrestling. It’s almost a given that they will be over with fans. For example, look at the success that big men like Andre the Giant, Big Show, Kevin Nash, Sid Vicious, and the Undertaker have all experienced in their careers. Pretty impressive. However, there is a right way and wrong way to go about it. Giant Gonzalez was one of those big men who debuted in the WWE, and was handled the wrong way, making him yet another miss for pro-wrestling in the 90’s. Continue reading
The 2018 AdvoCare Cowboys Classic will feature Louisiana State University against the University of Miami at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Today’s announcement of the matchup continues a college football tradition of bringing two top college programs to AT&T Stadium on Labor Day weekend to kick off the college football season.
The 10th annual AdvoCare Cowboys Classic will be the 13th meeting between these two schools, and the first regular season match-up since the 1988 season. In the most recent contest, the two programs met in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2005 where LSU won 40-3. The Tigers lead the all-time series 9-3.
This will be the fourth AT&T Stadium appearance for LSU who is 3-0 in the building, having appeared in two previous AdvoCare Cowboys Classic games – a 40-27 victory over Oregon in 2011 and a 37-27 win over Texas Christian in 2013 – and in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic where they defeated Texas A&M 41-24 to cap off the 2010 season. This will mark the Hurricanes first visit to AT&T Stadium.
The game will mark the 10th contest in the AdvoCare Cowboys Classic series. Each matchup has featured nationally ranked teams with Brigham Young University upsetting the University of Oklahoma 14-13 in the inaugural game in 2009, TCU knocking off Oregon State 30-21 in 2010, LSU defeating Oregon 40-27 in 2011, Alabama downing Michigan 41-14 in 2012, LSU beating TCU 37-27 victory in 2013 and Florida State downing Oklahoma State 37-31 in 2014.
Future games in the series include Alabama matching up against Wisconsin in the 2015, and the Crimson Tide returning the following year in 2016 this time to face Southern California. In 2017 Florida will take on Michigan.
Information on ticket sales and kickoff time will be announced at a later date.
AdvoCare Cowboys Classic Results
Sept. 5, 2009: Univ. of Oklahoma 14 vs. BYU 13 Attendance 75,437
Sept. 4, 2010: TCU 30 vs. Oregon State University 21 Attendance: 46,138
Sept. 3, 2011: Louisiana State University 40 vs. Univ. of Oregon 27 Attendance: 87,711
Sept. 1, 2012: Univ. of Alabama 41 vs. Univ. of Michigan 14 Attendance 90,413
Aug. 31, 2013: LSU 37 vs. Texas Christian University 27 Attendance: 80,230
Aug. 30, 2014: Florida State University 37 vs. Oklahoma St. 31 Attendance: 61,521
Sept. 5, 2015 University of Alabama vs. Univ. of Wisconsin
Sept. 3, 2016 University of Alabama vs. Univ. of Southern California
Sept. 2, 2017 University of Florida vs. Univ. of Michigan
Sept. 1, 2018 Louisiana State University vs. Univ. of Miami
Last week, we looked at the Eastern Conference teams who made the playoffs last year and reviewed some of the major changes they’ve seen. In that preview, we come to the conclusion that teams such as Atlanta and Brooklyn could see themselves drop out of the Playoff talk, even as teams like Toronto and Charlotte snag high Eastern Conference seeds. It seems crazy, but it could happen.
This week, we’re looking at the Eastern Conference teams that failed to make the Playoffs last season, trying to figure out which ones have the best chance of making it in this time around. Will the Knicks have anything going for them? And what can we actually expect from everybody’s new favorite team, Cleveland? Let’s take a look.
New York Knicks
Last season saw the Knicks fail to reach the Playoffs even with what seemed to be a solid starting roster. Yet even the pure talent found in players like Carmelo, Amar’e, J.R., and Iman wasn’t enough to balance out the lack of sanity found in the same players. They have replaced defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler with more offensive-minded Jason Smith, and brought in the always productive Jose Calderon to replace the always fluctuating Ray Felton. There is clearly a difference in mentality with the Knicks that you would have to think has something to do with Phil Jackson’s presence. The young Knick talent, such as Tim Hardaway Jr., Cleanthony Early, and Shane Larkin need to take more responsibility this year to bring stability off the bench. Stability will be the key for the Knicks, and if the Zen Master works his signature style, they have a decent chance of getting there. The Knicks this season will be hit-or-miss for sure, since the core of their talent is still such a volatile bunch, but their Playoff chances are solid. Not guaranteed, but solid. Continue reading