Week 3 Predictions

Here are some quick predictions of each game this week.

Bills 27, Chargers 13: EJ continues solid play and defense gets important turnover to break open game.

Bengals 28, Titans 9: Too much on the road for the Titans.

Ravens 23, Browns 21: Ravens kick late FG

Lions 34, Packers 28: Megatron early and often.

Colts 24, Jaguars 17: Colts too much offense to lose this one.

Patriots 26, Raiders 13: Thaaaa Rayyyyderrrss….lose again.  Bucs and Raiders are clearly worst teams in NFL.

Saints 38, Vikings 6: I see this one getting really ugly.

Giants 17, Texans 13: Giants find a late score to win finally.

Eagles 34, Redskins 21: Skins keep it close through 3, then the better team takes over.

Cowboys 23, Rams 10: Cowboys have way better QB…usually that matters a lot.  Even if it is Romo…

49ers 27, Cardinals 17: I could see Cardinals winning if Palmer plays and plays well…49ers bounce back.

Dolphins 21, Chiefs 20: Late score too much for the Chefs.

Seahawks 34, Broncos 27:  I could see this getting ugly too but I think Broncos play well.

Panthers 18, Steelers 12: Has the makings for a fg shootout…

Bears 24, Jets 14: Bears upset Jets on road.

Breaking: Bet Update now includes new punishment

(UnAssociated Press) Fredericksburg, VA – A unfriendly wager between two college friends has turned into a nightmare for a local Fredericksburg man.

Fredericksburg resident Duane Smellian, bet with longtime friend Nick Conninger on this past weekends Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals game.  Smellian was required to eat a bag of regular size pretzels if the Falcons lost the game.  Smellian rebuffed the bet earlier this week when witness to the bet, Wilhem Floss, handed down further punishment.

If Smellian fails to complete his end of the bet within the two week window, he will now receive one Mitch Cupcheck and be required to turn over his Facebook Username and Password for one day.  Keep it here for story updates.

Week 1 and 2 thoughts: Fantasy Football, Falcons and more

The first two weeks of the NFL regular season end tonight with a primetime matchup of the Eagles and Colts.  It’s been a rough last 7 days for the NFL with the Ray Rice Video, Adrian Peterson’s photo leak of Child Abuse, and a few other domestic abuse cases to round out the week.  My love for the NFL hasn’t wavered, although I am tired of the bad news and the constant over coverage of cases that have yet to hit the final stages of the court room.

After Two weeks, Here are my thoughts on each team:

  • Buffalo Bills: Solid Defense, steady play from EJ Manuel have them off to hot start.  Need to win 2 out of the next 3 to continue momentum.
  • Miami Dolphins: Injuries at Linebacker and now RB have reason to believe this may be a tough few weeks for the Phins.
  • New England Patriots: I need to see a few more weeks on whether its the same old Patriots or just the old Patriots.  I’m not high on their offensive weapons outside of Gronk but when you have Belicheat and Brady…pencil em in for 11 wins.
  • New York Jets: I’m a fan of them keeping Rex Ryan for as long as possible.  Everyone always says he has a great defensive mind (same with his brother) but I continue to see teams score high on the Jets (and Saints).  The bungled timeout and a shaky Geno = 1-1.  I’d expect that trend to continue as their offense is very average.
  • Baltimore Ravens: Steve Smith adds toughness where their Front office lacks it.  This team could be solid but I’d tend to believe they go 7-9 this year with the Bengals giving them two L’s and probably splitting with Browns and Steelers.
  • Cincinnati Bengals:  Injuries at WR and an average arm strength can’t keep them down (Sanu clearly has best arm on team).  Good defense, Good RB and Ginger has played really well…easily going to win the division.
  • Cleveland Browns: Surprised they are 1-1.  Could really care less about this team.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Lack a consistent running game either by design or lack of faith in O-Line.  Don’t get the Todd Haley coordinator move still and Big Ben has a lot of up and down games the last few years.
  • Houston Texans: May be 2-0 but haven’t played great competition.  Redskins should have beat them week 1 but had too many mental lapses in the Red Zone.
  • Indianapolis Colts: Cream of the Division, I don’t care their record through the first few weeks, will win this division simply because of Luck.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Stink
  • Tennessee Titans: New Coach, inconsistent at qb for the past few years continues.
  • Denver Broncos: Offense looks really good at times, i’m holding out judgement to see how Welker and Von Miller look later in the year. They’re beatable though…at least slightly more than last year.
  • Kansas City Chefs: 0-2, have a decent shot of picking up some wins but I could see a bad year with injuries and average QB play at times
  • Oakland Raiders: They may go winless.  Not a Carr fan.
  • San Diego Chargers: Biggest threat to Broncos by far this year but they lack something on offense to me.
  • Dallas Cowboys: Dez Bryant may be best WR in NFL.  Shame he’s on this team.
  • New York Giants: By far one of the worst teams i’ve seen so far.  Tough to watch on offense, they have little talent outside of Eli and Cruz…
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Not a fan of their WR’s but McCoy, Sproles and Ertz are as good as any in the division.
  • Washington Redskins: No RG3 and the Cousins lovers rejoice.  Let’s see what they think after the Eagles game this coming week.
  • Chicago Bears: Cutler can be really good, he can also be really bad at times.  If he plays well they will a lot of games.
  • Detroit Lions: Typical Lions letdown game…ton of talent on offense, they  need to score more.
  • Green Bay Packers: Rodgers is good, defense is bad.  He better ice that arm this year…he will need it.
  • Minnesota Vikings: Pats whooped the Vikings like Peterson did….nevermind.  Let’s hope Peterson helps them this week because they need him bad.
  • Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan is over hyped after last year and that continued with week 1’s result.  Not saying he’s bad but he gets more hype than he deserves.
  • Carolina Panthers: Defense is very good.  Cam solid in his return, they could win this division again…which I don’t think has ever happened since the NFC South was formed. (Back to Back winners)
  • New Orleans Saints: I think the preseason has carried over for this team. No Drew Brees all preseason but he hasn’t been their biggest issue.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Same ol same ol.  See Raiders.
  • Arizona Cardinals: 2-0, more a result of the schedule and luck vs the chargers.  Lets see if it continues.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Kap needs to play better. looked bad in the 2nd half…
  • Seattle Seahawks: Road game vs solid team means they could lose any week.  Not panicking if I’m them though.
  • St. Louis Rams: Lucky they played the Bucs…they had no business winning with their QB situation.

 

Syracuse Basketball and their biggest issue: Ball Handling

Syracuse Men’s Basketball is in a bit of a slump and after watching last night’s game at Marquette, it’s pretty obvious what causes most of their issues…Ball Handling.

Michael Carter Williams and Brandon Triche can impress with their ability to run the floor and get to the hoop.  The very next minute they get caught in the air and turn it over.  When you have a lead, you need to value each possession and at least get good looks at the basket.

If Syracuse wants to get by Louisville this Sunday, they’ll need to be a bit more consistent with their ball handling and their passing.

Reaction to All Star Weekend. Over hyped and over hated.

Do you ever get tired of every sports event being so debated?  Why can’t we simply just enjoy the event for what it is?  Why does everything always have to be “improved” or “removed”?

I may sound like an old man but I can’t stand that everyone has an opinion on every topic and that they either over hype or over hate it.  I don’t think the All Star weekend was great nor do I think it was bad.  It was somewhere in the middle and was actually as entertaining as I thought it would be.  If you go into everything expecting to be on the edge of your seat, you’re gonna be highly disappointed more times than not.

I’m not going to be the one to call for the Slam Dunk Competition to change, or force the stars to enter.   Would it be nice? Sure.  I do expect the NBA to try and come up with some new competitions or try and entice more stars to enter.  What would be really nice is to see a 2 on 2 or 3 on 3 competition on Friday or Saturday with the Rising Stars.  Who wouldn’t like watching a little make it take it and first to 11 wins?

Just my thoughts….

We’re not dead. Really. I’m telling the truth.

I know it’s been quite a few months (if not over a year) since our last post.  I guess it’s pretty typical to see a blog go dormant for quite a bit of time or even see the site shut down.  Our lives change, we grow or lose family members, change jobs, travel, get stuck on other side projects, etc.

We still drink.  We still Love Sports.  We still have opinions.

I’ve started working on a new simpler site with less overhead that should allow me to quickly voice my opinion.  I still tweet from @idrinksport so if you want to follow me, do so.  Feel Free to drop me a line.

NBA lockout, Tebow, Seasonal Beers, and more

The NBA cancelling the first two weeks, and likely more, only effects the people who count on money from those Home Games in NBA Cities.  In terms of my interest, I’ll mainly miss the commentary of the TNT Studio Analysts more than the games themselves.  I personally believe the NBA should lower the amount of Regular Season games to strengthen their product.  The NBA has a bad stigma of the first three quarters of a Regular Season Game being meaningless with most players going at about 75% speed.  If games mean more, your product strengthens and the revenue should rise.  Just my thoughts.

 

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NFL Week 2 Chat

We’re covering the games live today….

Vacation Drinking and the NFL Lockout

Almost any online sports site is reporting that the NFL Lockout is nearing it’s end and we’ll have a full NFL season this year.  Although that’s good news, did anyone really think they wouldn’t get it done?  It’s also not surprising that the NFL will most likely be back in time to stick it to Fans for that first week of preseason games…nothing like paying Full price for watching mostly non NFL players with a week of practice.

 

Recently returning from a vacation in the Outer Banks, I’ve never been more impressed with my liver.  A few beers that I had on tap while down there…

Blue Point Toasted Lager – Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking and the special lager yeast we use produces an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish.
http://www.bluepointbrewing.com/bpbc/microbrews/toasted-lager/

 

Corolla Gold from Weeping Radish – Corolla Gold (Munich Helles) is a golden-hued, medium-bodied, German lager style beer with a slightly sweet, malty profile. Our cases contain 12-22oz bottles.
http://www.weepingradish.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63

Summer 2011 Update

Well, It’s probably pretty obvious that we haven’t been posting often.  Other projects, both personal and work related have ate up much of my time over the last several months.  We’ve been posting beers to our Beer Hunt and I still post to the twitter account often though. @idrinksport

 

As football starts getting closer, we’ll get back into blogging a bit more and obviously tweeting a ton more.

 

I’m currently developing a Hub for the 757 area.  My goal is to allow people both familiar and unfamiliar with the Hampton Roads, VA area be able to quickly find Events, News and more.  (757hotspot.com)

 

Cheers!