NFL Football Playoffs

This weekend is a big weekend for football fans. Some of the big matchups include Denver versus Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks against Atlanta Falcons. there are so many story lines here that it is must see television. As a New York Giants fan I can only wish that they were still in it, but the interest is still there. I am not going to root for another team, but I will definitely follow the games to see Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis and Aaron Rogers.

No matter which team you support, if you are a football fan you have to keep watching. My only issue with some sports analysts is the praise they are heaping on Denver. If they claim that Tim Tebow was not a good quarterback and he took them to the playoffs and won a game, that means Peyton Manning has to do at least one better. He has to win a series and possible make it to the super bowl. Anything less will be a failure.

Ray Lewis says this is his last ride. Whenever the Raven’s season end he walks away from the game. As a result it will be interesting to see how things will go with them. Flacco is not on the level of Peyton Manning, so I expect the Ravens season to end in Denver.

Atlanta Falcons played well all season and they are a young team. They have a great quarterback who has a good command of the game and so they should put up a good fight against the Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks are the sleeper team this season. They piqued at the right time and they should make it to the Super Bowl. My prediction is Seattle Seahawks versus Greenbay Packers for the Super bowl. Tom Brady has not won anything since the cheating scandal. Eli Manning beat him fair and square last year. The New England Patriots need to regroup and come back.

Well, there you have it. Please feel free to comment. Check back on Monday to talk about the results.

NFL Lockout Is Over


Ready For Some Football

Hello world, NFL Football is back

The owners and players finally agree that it is better to have something to share than to have nothing at all. Finally, it makes sense to them that 50% of nothing is nothing. That means it is a good thing to have revenue to share, so don’t be foolhardy and throw away the goose that keeps laying the golden egg. Take for example what most people would have thought was a great NBA season, only to hear that more than half of the 28 NBA teams are losing money. The NBA is as popular as ever, yet majority of the teams are not even breaking even. That goes to show that the NFL has a good thing going on.

tomorrow starts the frenzy of free trade signing and workouts. It is going to be great for the fans. Who is keeping who and who is going where? Teams like the Jets with nearly a third of their roster to be signed or traded have the work cut out for them. Let’s get ready for tomorrow. Thanks NFL owners and players. We love you. Enjoy the frenzy.

Tiki Barber Cuts Again

Barber Shop 2

Hello world,

Tiki Barber is on the lose again, hold your head. After four years of trying to make it as a sportscaster and not having the kind of impact he thought he would have, Tiki is returning to the NFL. Well, we can only wish him luck.

At the peak of his career Barber decided to walk away from football, supposedly at the top of his game. It was rumored that he did not like the coach. The irony of the situation is that as soon as he leaves, the NY Giants win the Super Bowl. The same coach and the same quarterback whom he said could not win, won the superbowl without him. He still does not have a ring. I don’t know about other people, but I certainly was not impressed with his analysis of the games nor his interviewing skills. I think he is a better football player than he is a broadcaster or sportscaster. Hopefully for Tiki, “Barber Shop 2” will be much better and he will find a team willing to put up with him.

The NY Giants have already indicated that even though they still hold the rights to his services, as soon as they can release him they will do so. That is such a contrast to what they are saying about Plaxico Burress. Maybe Tiki will go and play with his brother in Tampa. Comebacks are never easy- not in life nor in sports. Already, in less than 24hrs of his announcement, Tiki is in a lot of conversations. The thing about making a comeback is that it is all up to you.

You know better than anyone else what you are capable of. As long as you are prepared for the doubters and naysayers, then go ahead and announce your comeback. Life is about making not just one or two, but several comebacks.

Good luck, Tiki.

NFL Labor Talks -Hard Or Easy Labor?

NFL – No Fumble

Hello world,

Millions of people from all over the world tuned in on February 6 to watch the Superbowl. Many were just casual fans. They don’t know much about the rules of the game, but they like football, they want to see the new commercials and they want to see whoever the big star is who will perform at half time. Then there are the ardent football fans who for 16 weeks were glued to their televisions watching their team play. Imagine the heart-break if there is no football next season.

It seems to me, that based on the news out of Washington, National Football League (NFL) players have agreed to an extension of the CBA. They would be myopic that the if they did not realize the magnitude and far-reaching impact football has not just on America, but on the world. They should be glad to share billions among themselves when the rest of society is scraping for a few hundreds.

Now, it is not as simple as that, but the point is NFL football is making money for everybody except those who watch it. If they cannot recognize the value of the product and the people who play the sport and allow a strike, they would have no one to blame but themselves. It is very heartening therefore, to learn that the players and all concerned have agreed to a seven-day extension of the Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA). No fumbles, please. Try and work it out.


NFL Football Playoffs 2011

This is a big weekend for NFL playoffs football. Two games on Saturday and two on Sunday. On Saturday we are picking the Jets to beat the Colts, and the New Orleans Saints to beat the Seahawks. On Sunday we are picking the Chiefs to beat the Ravens and the Packers to beat the Eagles.

Alright, let’s break them down. Now bear in mind I am no expert, I am just using common sense and the information I gathered while watching the games all season. Of course, we don’t know for sure, so that’s why the games played by the Monday morning quarterbacks and the experts are different from the games played on Sundays, and in the case of the playoffs, Saturday and Sunday.

Why will the Saints beat the Seahawks? Let me say, I understand that they are just a shell of their super bowl run last year, but they have a great quarterback. History is not on their side because most time the last Super bowl winner does not even make the playoffs the following year. Having said that, they have been to the Promised Land and while they will not get back there this year, they will do enough to beat the Seahawks who really have not beaten anyone significant. Drew Brees is going to have an air show and they will win 28 to 13.

The Colts against the Jets is more than Peyton against Sanchez. Peyton Manning is great, but he is fading. Peyton is very calculated, cautious, and experienced while Sanchez is inexperienced and hasty at times. He is also dealing with the shoulder injury. Nonetheless, he is the new kid on the block and he does not have as much at stake as Peyton, so he can afford to relax and play loose. Then he has several weapons who can run and catch and power their way to the end zone. I think the Jets know what time it is and they are awake and they believe when nobody else does. That’s how you win in a game of football and in the game of life.

The Ravens are good but have gotten to the playoffs because the other teams they played abandoned their game plan. The Chiefs will be the underdogs, but their methodical ways of playing the game and reading the defense will give them the victory.

The Packers against Eagles is one playoff game I will watch with mixed feelings. As a NY Giants fan, if they had just beaten these two teams when they had the opportunity, New York would be building the floats for another parade. Nonetheless, it’s no use crying over spilt milk. I think the NY Giants created the blueprint for the Green Bay Packers to beat the Eagles. It is safe to say that the marriage of Vick and the Eagles’ fan base is all but over. There ought to be an investigation into their win over the Giants. Packers over the Eagles 33 to 7.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the NFL playoffs which begin this weekend. By the way, is your team still playing or they are just like you- watching from home or a sports bar.

Have a great weekend football fans.