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NFL 2013 Preview

I don’t know what it is, but that odd-shaped inflatable ball sure does get a lot of people fired up (myself included). Although the game is changing in the name of safety, the core of this gladiatorial sport sill remains. For how much longer? That will be up to Roger Goodell.

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It’s sad that in today’s game, the first thing people ask when there is a violent collision is “Was it legal? Oh he might have launched himself…suspend him for 18 games, press criminal charges, make his mama scold him for playing rough, and make sure the other guy isn’t a mashed potato.” Football is a very dangerous game, especially the higher the level. Players get bigger, stronger, and faster. I am all for taking unnecessary and cheap shots out of the game. But after seeing a hit in the pre-season game (see picture below), the game is on a slippery slope. The hit below was deemed illegal because he did use his shoulder. Well, does anyone actually realize how difficult it is to make a tackle on someone in the open field in the NFL? I just know it’s beyond difficult. But here is a rookie who made no attempt to do anything dirty, and more than likely had the intent to hit this man with his shoulder. But because it isn’t a tackling dummy standing still, his target point was constantly changing and happen to catch him with the helmet first. This wasn’t even called a penalty on the field because it looked like a clean hit and nobody outside of the NFL front office seemed to disagree with that. It’s a shame the extreme disadvantage the defense is at in the game today, but here is the undeniable fact:

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You will still watch. I’m still going to watch. And the NFL knows it. Outside of just putting them in flags, the NFL can do whatever it wants and we the American consumer of this booming business will watch every Sunday, Monday, and sometimes Thursdays and Saturdays now. It is because we will watch that allows me to write a preview on the upcoming season. Same approach applies here as did with the College football preview. Each team gets 140 characters. I will break down each division with the teams in no particular order. Starting with the AFC:

AFC East
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Patriots: Bill Belichick, Darth Vader, & the Sith Lord must have the same tailor, Brady is still REALLY good so don’t count them out, even w/o any TEs

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Bills: Gave Harvard man $50 million, cut him, draft a QB in 1st round next year & sign new QB, both get hurt, sign Matt Leinhert, lose lots of games

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Jets: BUTT FUMBLE + Rex Ryan + No QB + No RBs + No WRs + No TEs + No accountability = No fans, No TDs, and No chance at the playoffs

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(Yes that says “unforgotten” on the bottom of that man’s stomach)

Dolphins: Mike Wallace took his talents to South Beach, probably won’t all click in 1st season, see a soph slump for QB, will be a tough out all year

AFC West

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Chargers: “Where is LT? We still have to watch Rivers take snaps? I don’t even know how to get to the stadium.” Lots of losses for the bolts this year

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Raiders: I mean, seriously…it’s the Raiders, if you can’t make fun of them, you shouldn’t be reading this. Run DMC needs to stay healthy big time

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Chiefs: Yes, that’s a real stat from last year, they were that bad. Andy Reid should help them, but Alex Smith will find a way to mess it all up

The Denver Broncos vs Baltimore Ravens AFC Divisional playoff game.

Broncos: One of the favorites in the AFC, but the picture reminds everyone how it’s possible for a WR to get behind the defense in “prevent” coverage

AFC North

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Bengals: A.J. Green is insanely good. Dalton is pretty good, playoff team past two years. Can they get out of the 1st round this year? Es posible

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Browns: Trent Richardson is an absolute monster, but I don’t trust Weeden at all. And after all, it’s still the Browns, nobody can trust them

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Ravens: Wacco Flacco got paid, but the ravens pulled a Miami Marlins and got rid of everybody. Might make the playoffs but who is there to throw to?

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Steelers: Their offense is going to be pretty bad, but the defense has the ability to always make any game winnable, expect another .500 season

AFC South

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Colts: Andrew Luck has got to be the nerdiest, uncool, beastly, goofy-looking, talented QB the NFL has ever seen

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Texans: These guys are really good, and I can’t stand this fan base. But there is no denying how great Watt is on and off the field

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Jaguars: What’s worse? Blaine Gabbert, The Head Coach, Jags attendance, or the new helmets? No matter the answer, it doesn’t equal more than 2 wins

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Titians: This team should run the traditional power option with Jake Locker and Chris Johnson b/c lord knows Locker can’t throw downfield

NFC South

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Panthers: If you don’t know who Luke Kuechly is, you should. Might be the best player on this team over Cam. Still will be lucky to play .500 football

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Saints: All Drew Brees does is throw TD’s and all the defense does is give up TD’s. Defense just has to be decent and Saints will win 10 games

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Bucs: Somebody want to explain to me what the hell a “Muscle Hamster” is. I know it doesn’t exactly strike fear into me, much less NFL defenses

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Falcons: If the Falcons don’t get, at min, to the NFC championship game this year, is it time to start comparing Matty Ice to Tony Romo? Hope not

NFC North

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Bears: Jay Cutler might be able to throw a football farther than Elway threw a Vortex, but couldn’t lead Haggard Middle School’s football team

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Vikings: Bucket list item: see AP run live. For as good he is, that’s as bad as Ponder is. AP and D can still carry them to the 8-10 wins

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Packers: Aaron Rodgers is really, really good and the packers still don’t have an answer for the running game. In other news, the pope is catholic

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Lions: Megatron also is someone I need to see play live. There will be yards and point abound, but it’s still the Lions. 6-7 wins is what to expect

NFC West

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Cardinals: Am I the only one who thinks that an old, broken down Carson palmer is a marginal QB upgrade at best for this team? Poor, poor Larry Fitz

San Francisco 49ers v St. Louis Rams

Rams: I can’t root for Sam Bradford, but can’t deny his skill. That defense is pretty solid as well. Could be the NFL sleeper team this year

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Seahawks: If hipsters root for a football team, it’s this one. I really like Wilson though, and can’t argue with the best home field adv in the NFL

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49er’s: Shame Crabtree went & got hurt again. Will be interesting to see Kaepernick’s 2nd year. By far the best team in the NFC, possibly entire NFL

NFC East

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Eagles: The Eagles will score some points, Mike Vick will get hurt and miss time, Eagle fans will be pissed, but will give the NFC fits all season

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Giants: Can’t ever tell what this team will do before the halfway point, so all I will say is I hate Eli Manning and Victor Cruz

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Redskins: Shanahan better figure out how to protect his best player. Healthy RGIII probably = division title, no RGII = last in the division

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Cowboys: An “uncomfortable offseason” = Romo got lots of $, didn’t fix the o-line, Garret is still Jerry’s puppet. Ugh, gonna be another roller coaster ride in Big D. But I’ll be there for every second of it I possibly can as I’m sure all NFL fans will be for their respective teams. I know everyone is tired of stupid off-season drama story lines for both the NFL and College football. Let’s get the football season started!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2013 PREVIEW!

It’s interesting that I look at the huge gap in between posts. Last post was coming of the end of the football season, and my first one after it deals with the start of the new season! Got to be some sort of coincidence right?? Who knows? Moving right along, we will start by my own personal take on the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Honestly, preseason polls are nothing more than a good arguing point for college football fans because it’s all based solely on last year’s results and guessing what will happen this year. I mean USC was ranked #1 last year, and finished unranked. Plus, the AP poll is just the media, so what makes their voice so much more important than say, mine! I follow the game plenty, so how come I can’t give a vote for what teams I think will be good this year? I know, it’s their J-O-B, but how many of them REALLY actually watched more than just the prime-time games and slurped the Kool-Aid that other media outlets were producing?

With that being said, to kick this season off, I’m going to look at the AP Top 25 with my own spin on it. To limit the length of the post, each team will get the twitter treatment and have a limit of 140 characters. With that, we are off!

Alabama
1. Alabama- Killed a tree, Saban is a football robot from the future, and it will take two losses in the regular season to stop a possible 3-peat
Ohio State

2. Ohio State- Braxton Miller Heisman front-runner, Urban Meyer still misses Tebow, best team in a weak Big 10, would be only 5th best team in SEC
Oregon

3. Oregon- A high-octane fashion show that I can’t look away from, great chance to win Pac-12 and get more people to wear highlighter colors
Stanford

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4. Stanford- The nerds have been hitting the weight room big time in Palo Alto, would not be a shocker if they won a second straight Rose Bowl
Georgia

5. Georgia- If they lose to Clemson to start the year, people will be calling for Mark Richt to be fired, he will win 10 games, and life will move on.
South Carolina

6. South Carolina- “Welp, Clowney is fast, but my team is slightly overrated so hopefully he knocks ole boy’s helmet off again and Connor Shaw doesn’t suck”
Texas A&M

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7. Texas A&M- Manziel get suspended for the season so A&M can win 5 games, then nobody outside of college station has to hear about y’all ever again
Clemson

8. Clemson- Dabo! Sammy! Tajh! Offense everywhere! This the year the orange and purple meet those lofty expectations? Not buying it till I see it (see billboard for reminder of last BCS bowl season)
Louisville

9. Louisville- They have a serious NFL prospect at QB. This team has no business in the top 10, see losses to 5-loss Syracuse & 7-loss UCONN at home in 2012
Florida

10. Florida- Probably deserved Alabama’s spot in the title game last year, if you listen closely, you can still hear Muschamp yelling on the sidelines
Florida State

11. Florida State- Have one of the greatest intro’s in college football, but the Seminole chop gets as annoying as Boomer Sooner. Should win the ACC this year
LSU

12. LSU- Coach eats grass, and their “off” year in 2012 were losses to #1, 8, & 10 in 2013 polls by a combined 13 points. The tigers will be good
Oklahoma State

13. Oklahoma State- HE’S A MAN! HE’S 45 NOW! COME AFTER THE REST OF THE BIG 12! And they will, lots of points in a wide open conference for the Cowboys
Notre Dame

14. Notre Dame-No more fake girlfriends, outside of possible questions at QB, Touchdown Jesus should be pretty happy with the 2013 season
Texas Longhorns

15. Texas-No love for a team with 19 starters back. I guess I’m not the only who doesn’t trusts David Ash & a D that couldn’t tackle anyone last year
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16. Oklahoma-Blake Bell sucks, Boomer Sooner sucks, that Sooner Schooner sucks, Norman sucks, Stoops sucks, and that is 100% unbiased, just fact
Michigan

17. Michigan-Not even sure if the best team in their own state, just find a way to beat Ohio State and it’s a good year for the Maize and Blue
Nebraska

18. Nebraska-11 wins last year, but all anyone remembers is getting 70 hung on them by a 5-loss team that didn’t belong in the conference title game
Boise State

19. Boise State-Join a big boy conference, then maybe everyone will take you seriously. In the meantime, shut up and color your blue turf
TCU

20. TCU-That new statue out front is terrifying, just like their defense will be, now lets see if Casey Pachall can put the bottle down
UCLA

21. UCLA-The ultimate sleeper team in the Pac-12, they finally are going to be able to make the Battle for LA relevant nationally again

22. Northwestern (Football history is so poor and lacks rivals that I couldn’t find any “funny” thing to put up for them. Lame!)-This team will make life difficult for everyone in the conference, wouldn’t surprise me if they win 10 games this year
Wisconsin

23. Wisconsin-This team has no business being in the top 25. Looked really bad at points last year, oh and had 5 losses!
USC

24. USC-How does Lane Kiffin have a job? What has he done EVER to show he is actually knows how to coach or recruit? The answer is nothing
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25. Oregon State-Wishes they were Oregon, try dropping Nike so you don’t play 2nd fiddle to the CEO’s Alma matter. Have no idea how they will do this year

And of course my Alma matter:
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Texas Tech-We could win 5 games; we could win 9 games. Nothing would surprise me. But we WILL be fun to watch this year! Welcome back Kliff! Wreck Em!

The season is within reach! Almost there! You can do it! The NFL will get a similar preview soon as well!