Saturday, February 28, 2009

Favre, Reality TV, College Football Predictions - Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Biggest Winner
Josh Childress, G/F, Olympiakos Basketball Club, Greece. This happened a little bit ago, but I applaud young Mr. Childress for his elephant garlic sized balls. Atlanta tried to screw him by offering him way below what his market value is because he was a restricted free agent, so he moons them and jets to Greece to collect coin. Good for him. Plus, he has an out after each year of the deal so he can come back to the NBA whenever he wants. And if he doesn’t want to, he can continue to play ball in Greece and get puh-ade. I think his anti-xenophobia is wonderful and he’s a good ambassador for the U.S. when this country needs one. Josh, you’re a winner.

Biggest Loser
Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers. I think this guy is one hell of a player. He seems to come up big in games and puts up huge numbers, even though he’s a short dude. But come on, man. You can’t punch a teammate in the face and break his nose. Especially not a starter and especially not on a sucker punch, which is how it sounds like it went down. That’s weak, man. You’re a loser, Steve.

Just a quick note here, who knows how this stupid thing plays out, but if the Packers really don’t want Favre to play for anyone else and Favre won’t retire, if I’m Mike McCarthy, the Packers’ coach, I think I have Favre peel off the red jersey in practice and announce to the team, “Guys, we’re going to go live today…”

Reality TV in the Not-Too-Distant Future
I’ve said this before, but I’ll reiterate it here, I do not like reality TV. I’ve only seen bits and pieces here and there, but what I have seen makes me want to leave the room right away, which is what ends up happening. I am very lucky to be married to a woman who shares my disdain for such programming. Now, I have watched those fix-up-your-house types of shows because I like house stuff and I have watched Cesar Milan’s “The Dog Whisperer” to see if I can get tips and stuff, but the other dreck (American Idol, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Real World, etc. I simply cannot deal with). I bear no ill will toward folks that do like those shows, as I’m sure they don’t share my love for watching football. Anyway, if I don’t like it, I don’t like it, that doesn’t mean that I’m hatin’.

The point of this preamble is that I do think that in 5 years we will have a reality TV show where people actually die, like in “Running Man” (which is such an awesome movie by the way). I think that they will begin with prisoners and then move on from there. Running parallel to that I think we’re going to have a reality porn type of show that will be mainstream as well. Our society is in great hands.

What I’ll Be Watching At the Olympics
As stated, I love the Olympics and am very excited about watching swimming, track & field, and hoops. Actually, I’m not “excited” to watch hoops, but I am interested. I simply love watching swimming and track & field though, the amount of freakin’ time and effort that goes in to preparing for such short bursts of energy is crazy. Plus there are so many events that will be decided by hundredths of seconds… it’s insane. These people have titanium nerves and crazy desire. I applaud them. There is a chance that I’ll tear up, too (like when Gene Hackman says, “I love you guys… TEAM!”). Which is a bonus.

As an aside, here are scenes in movies that have made me cry that I can remember off of the top of my head:
  • The scene I mentioned above in Hoosiers
  • The Green Mile: When Hanks’s character asks John Coffe if he wants him to set him free because he’s not meant to be killed.
  • Field of Dreams: when Costner’s character asks his dad if he “want[s] to have a catch?.”
  • Hoop Dreams: When Arthur and William go away to college and are hugging their moms.
  • Top Gun: When Goose died (hey, I was 12.)
  • Return of the Jedi: When Yoda died
  • Million Dollar Baby: when he tells her what her name means.

There are many, many, many others, but that’s all I could come up with right now. Am I a sap? Without question.

College Football Predictions

Top Heisman Candidates

  1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma: He’s my pick to win it (which does NOT bode well for UW, but hey, there is no way they’re winning that game, right?), especially since Tebow won it as a sophomore last year and Bradford is a sophomore this year. Also, he put up silly numbers last year and hasn’t gotten enough pub. He will this year because they’ve got a good team that is going to run the table (until the championship game).
  2. Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State: I think he’ll be the runner up this year if he stays healthy. You know he’ll get plenty of media coverage and you also know that OSU is going to run away with the Big 10 title this year. However, I don’t think that they’ll make it to the title game because even if they go undefeated, I think Georgia and Oklahoma will also and OSU will be left in the cold because of the championship games that the SEC and Big 12 have. I know it’s a bold prediction that Georgia will finish undefeated, but I do like their team and while they are playing ASU in Tempe, I think they are going to demolish them.
  3. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida: Great player, but he won’t come near the numbers that he put up last year because of the concerted effort to have him run less. Also, he won’t be called on to run as much because they’ve got some RBs waiting to take the ball. That and he won last year and you know that they won’t give it to him this year out of spite… well, that and others will have better years. I think he’ll finish 3rd.
  4. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia: He’s a talented dude who has a ridiculously good team that he’ll lead to the national title. He’s going to have good stats and won’t throw many picks or take many sacks because he’s going to have a great running game. Plus they have an awesome defense that is going to put him on the field a lot. He finishes 4th.
  5. Jeremy Maclin, WR/Returner (sometimes RB), Missouri: this guy is remarkable and will be an awesome NFL player. WRs never win this thing, and the only chance he has is to get the ball a ton. He’s got to have several (3) returns for TDs and maybe gets some carries in the backfield for TDs and his team has to do very well; I still don’t see him getting the ball enough. When I watched the Kansas v. Missouri game last year I was floored by this guy’s talent. He really stands out. I predict that he’ll be a top 10 pick in the draft whenever he decides to come out.
  6. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri: perfect QB for the system that they run, but losing to Oklahoma will hurt him as will playing on the same team as a fellow contender will hurt him.
  7. Joe McKnight, RB, USC: Foolishly good player who won’t get enough carries to get the job done, but he’ll be mentioned a lot.
  8. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC: I have no idea what kind of skills he’s got, but he’s playing for a good team, but he’s got inexperienced WRs (and an enigma in Patrick Turner) that won’t allow him to shine, plus he’s a 1st year starter… could be trouble, but he’ll be mentioned.
  9. Juice Williams, QB, Illinois: He’s going to miss Rashad Mendenhall, but I think he’s going to put up decent numbers on a good team.
  10. Rudy Carpenter, QB, ASU: He’ll probably throw for a ton of yards, but ASU gets no respect and the loss to Georgia will hurt him early (and I think he gets the piss knocked out of him in that game).
  11. Percy Harvin, WR/RB, Florida: Crazy talented dude who won’t get enough touches to warrant the award, but he’ll be fun to watch. He’s insect quick.
  12. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia: He may move up quite a bit depending on how many carries he gets, but I think Georgia is going to beat the hell out of people this year so his numbers may reflect that. Plus I think his QB will take all the pub.

National Champion

  • Georgia over Oklahoma

Other BCS Teams

  • Florida (SEC)
  • USC (Pac 10)
  • Ohio St. (Big 10)
  • Clemson (ACC)
  • Rutgers (Big East)
  • Missouri (Big 12)

No “BCS Buster” this year despite the fawning over Fresno St. and BYU, especially after what happened to a weak sister Hawaii team last year, and despite what Boise State did two years ago.

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