What a game today against the Chargers! Ok, maybe it wasn’t that pretty of a game but it went to overtime and in the wee minutes of the extra period, Tim Tebow, the prophet, marches his followers down the field and puts his team in a position to win it with a field goal… and they do. I’m not hear to talk about the Xs and Os of the game. I’m here to say one thing: Tell John Elway and John Fox to get off the bandwagon. I’ve never, ever, in any sport, seen 2 guys high up in an organization VERBALLY and PUBLICLY throw one of their own under the bus week after week. Everyone has said that Tebow couldn’t make it as a starter in the league; how it was a mistake that the Broncos drafted him; how it was a mistake to bench Kyle Orton and then even release him. Well folks, here’s a slice of crow’s pie. Tebow is 5-1 in his last 6 starts and has put his team in a position to win the AFC West. The San Diego Chargers are out. The Kansas City Chiefs are out. If the Broncos defense led by Von Miller, Champ Bailey and Elvis Dummerville can continue doing what they do, this fairytale ride might not end as soon as you think. Next up for the Broncos, the struggling Vikings in Minnesota.
Christmas came a day late for me this year. The Charger’s loss to the Bengals coupled with the Chiefs win against the Titans gave teh Chiefs the AFC West title and the Chargers, a one-way ticket to the no-man’s land. There’s nothing more that I love to see than the Charger’s demise. For the past 2 weeks, every NFL analyst has picked the Chargers to make their typical late season push into the playoffs eventhough they were in 2nd place in the division. Well suck it! The only reason the Chargers beat the Chiefs (and when I say beat, I mean BEAT) was because the Chiefs didn’t have their quarterback Matt Cassell. Now he’s back and hasn’t missed a beat. Dwayne Bowe is playing like the stud he is and Jamaal Charles is shining. Can someone start the Matt Cassell for MVP chant? As for the Chargers, looks like another clutch interception by Philip Rivers. How you lose to the Bengals without T.O. is a shock to me. Carson Palmer played like his senior year at USC again. I’m guessing that Norv Turner won’t be there when next season starts. If he is, you can expect another disappointing season in 2011. Kudos to head coach Todd Haley, coach of the year for turning this 5 win team around. How about Charlie Weiss? After getting kicked out of Notre Dame, he’s re-establishing himself as an NFL genius. As for this Chiefs’ fan, it’s off to the post-season, and man does Matt Cassell beat Elvis Grbac and/or Steve Bono.
And the award for “Most Overrated Team of the Season goes to…” And the award for “Earliest Exit” goes to? When is Jerry Jones going to pull the trigger and fire head coach Wade Phillips? When you have so many penalties and turnovers, one has to wonder if the players are being kept in check? The Cowboys schedule only gets worst. I think it’s time they throw in the towel (although it seems like they have already). Don’t get me wrong, they’re not mathematically elimated but there are some coaches out there that are born losers. I’m sure Wade is a good guy but I’m talking about his coaching skills. Look at what Norv Turner has done and is doing in San Diego. NADA! Another one of those underachieving teams, as the Chargers lost to rookie Sam Bradford and the Rams. Both Chargers and Cowboys have been Superbowl contenders for years but their window is closing FAST! I know Jerry Jones is against firing head coaches in mid-season but if he has any hopes of hosting the Superbowl this year, he needs to make an exception and let Wade go. Until then, they can kiss the playoffs goodbye.
With the NFL season about to start, it’s time to pick my Superbowl favorites. But first we have to differentiate from the pretenders I’m not going to analyze every team but there are some out there that people need to get over. The NY Jets for example are one. Having been a USC fan for ever, I can tell you New Yorkers that the Mark Sanchez you saw last year isn’t going to get better. They got hot and lucky at the end of the season and made a respectable run in the playoffs. But if you want my opinion, they won’t even make the playoffs this year. The Vikings are another team that will end up with a disappointing season. Even if Brett Farve comes back, there’s no way he’s gonna play better than he did last year. Assuming he doesn’t get too banged up in the regular season, I have a feeling that the Vikes aren’t going to be that offensive juggernaut they were in 2009. Everyone’s picking the Cowboys to go all the way this year. Clearly they haven’t realized that their #1 WR Roy Williams is an overrated diva. Marion Barber has taken a beating over the years and it showed last year. Their quarterback Tony Romo is a B+ at best and their coach, Wade Phillips is a joke. As for the rest: the Falcons and Ravens(not there yet), Chargers and Patriots (window closing fast), and the Steelers (too many off-field issues).
I hate to be THAT guy, but I love the Colts and the Saints to repeat. Hear me out. The only thing both teams have done over the offseason is get healthier. All the offensive weapons are there. Each team has the best quarterback in their respective conferences. Both teams play in the dirty South where they’ll be able to rack up some easy wins and gain home field throughout the playoffs. I do have one sleeper pick, the Green Bay Packers. I have to acknowledge my mancrush on QB Aaron Rogers. He’s quickly become one of the smartest and accurate passers in the game. The key to winning in this league is a stud at the helm. A solid defense is huge, but look at the last few Superbowl winners: all quarterbacks at the top of their respective games.
NFL season is right around the corner and for those of you who gamble on football spreads, there’s no better time. Aside from Monday Night Football, the games are all on Sunday giving you all week to research and prep for your “locks.” While there are thousands of online gambling sites, one of my favorites is PointSpread.com. They even have preseason spreads just in case you can’t wait till the regular season kicks off in September. Are you ready for the football?!?!?
The 1-15 season for the Dolphins just ended. Enter Bill Parcells. Exit Dolphins’ head coach Cam Cameron, a.k.a. the goat. Everyone threw this guy under the bus, saying he was the reason that teh DOlphins lost 13 in a row. Not the injury plagued roster, not the talentless and emotionless players left on the field. And most definitely not the front office. Everybody forgot what this guy did before he came to Miami. Offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers (when they were good). Remember when Ladanian Tomlinson broke the single season TD record? Cam Cameron for you. Let me tell you something… quality coaches ALWAYS bounce back. And off to Baltimore went Cam. What’s he doing there…mmmmmmm…..guiding the Ravens to a probably playoff appearance, molding rookie Joe Flacco into one of the best quarterbacks today. Remember the Ravens’ defense. Well, let me introduce you to the Ravens’ offense. The same offense that has scored over 20 points in 9 of 13 games this year. I’m done stroking Cam. He deserves it. Look at the aftermath in San Diego since he’s left. Miami…they’re playing out of there asses.
That’s all there is to it. When this team first started gelling a few years ago, I was all for them. Ladanian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Marty Schottenheimer. But for some reason, throughout the years, my love and passion for this team has turned it disgust. As soon as they fired Marty, blaming him for a horrible playoff loss after multiple players mishaps, this team went from heroes to zeroes. A bunch of overrated, underachieving pre-madonnas. They talk shit (Rivers) and expect everyone to bow down to them when they haven’t proven NADA. The only guys that was ever respected on this team was Lorenzo Neal, who is no longer with the team. They don’t back each other up when the going gets tough (L.T.). Well, guess what, they lost at home today to the Indianapolis Colts. This was a MUST-WIN game for them. They”re 2 games behind the Broncos, who just got waxed by the Oakland Raiders. The AFC West is a freakin’ joke. 3/4 teams are WELL under .500 and the division leading Broncos are whopping 6-5. With that said, whoever comes out of this division is a guaranteed first round and out. I’m not sure what I’d rather see, the Bots not making the playoffs or the Bolts getting waxed in the first round. I’m thinking the former. Thanks for coming Chargers. Here’s a prediction for the rest of the league: Norv’s gonna hang for this.
2 LOCKS so far this season and twice I got ’em right. You gotta stick with what’s hot, and right now ONTHEBUZZER is sizzling. Alright, enough bragging. My pick for Week 4 of the NFL season comes from the San Diego Chargers -7 at the Oakland Raiders game. If anyone watched what the Chargers did last Monday night to the Packers, you’ll know that this is money in the bank. The Raiders suck, period. They don’t even know who’s gonna be their coach. On the othe hand, if you’ve seen Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers (and I hate to admit it), he’s been playing at whole different level. The Charger defense is finally coming around. A divisional game, they (the Chargers) don’t have a choice. It’s just a matter of whether they’re gonna blow them out early or late. I’d put my money on early but let’s not get carried away. Chargers -7. Enjoy the $$$.
Football season is underway and it’s time for us regular folks to make some money. After running through this weekend’s NFL and NCAA football games, I’m ready to let you in on my “LOCK” of the week: the San Diego Chargers at the Denver Broncos. It’s a pick ’em. After the way the Broncos torched the Raiders last week (I know, it’s the Raiders), I’m beginning to believe the Jay Cutler hype. This guy is turning out to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league. We all know about that Mile-High mystique. Denver’s not the easiest place to play in. Plus, don’t think that the Broncos forgot what happened the last time these two teams met when Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers began trash tralking at the end of a meaningless win over the Broncos. As for the Chargers, they struggled against Carolina last week. LB Shawne Merriman is officially out for the rest of the season. Plus, the Chargers are notoriously slow starters. Frankly, I’m not sold on Rivers. It’s payback time for the Broncos and hopefully payday for all you who like to dabble in the art of sports betting. Well folks, there you have it. Put the house on it or just put a $20 spot on it, it’s your call. You can thank me on Monday. And remember, I accept tips…
NY Giants at Green Bay Packers -7: The Giants’ bubble will burst this weekend. No way will Eli repeat last week’s performance, especially on the frozen tundra. Ryan Grant’s first playoff game jitters are outta the way, Brett Farve’s destined to go to the Superbowl and take down the Pats. This is a no-brainer.
San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots -14: Don’t get fooled by the big spread. The Chargers are hurting in the RB, QB, and most every other position. The Pats are gonna spank L.T. and his crew for talking smack after last season’s playoff loss. Major ass-whoopin’ coming up.
To quote Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction, “let’s not suck each other’s d#@!s yet.” Before everyone hails Norv Turner as the godsend, the best post-season football coach out there, STOP. Think. Who put the San Diego Chargers together? Who pieced together all the talent, the plays and the schemes. Some like to call him the biggest choke artist in NFL history, I like to call him the most underrated, Marty Schottenheimer. Schotty was given the pink slip last year after the Chargers failed fell apart in a divisional playoff game against New England. Rather than rightfully blaming the players, management decided to blame the coach. Surprise, surprise. Exit Marty, enter Norv who basically tried to drive the ship himself until he realized that all you have to do is hand the ball off to possibly the greatest running back ever. Add in the easiest playoff opponent in the Titans, and you have a recipe for success. So take a monment before you throw Marty under the bus, and give credit where it’s due.