Dolphins vs. Bills
You know the Dolphins aren’t winning in anything below 65 degrees.
Saints vs. Panthers
That’s two games in a row now that Drew Brees has thrown multiple interception games.
Vikings vs. Bengals
I don’t know about the Bengals. They played terrible last week and just hung 42 points.
Broncos vs. Texans
Congrats Peyton Manning.
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Coach of the Year – Is it Joe Philbin? The Dolphins started off 3-0 and then it looked like the pallbearers were taking their playoff hopes to the grave after the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito situation. Not sure how the hell they found life, but whatever they’re doing, Joe Philbin will get the credit if they make the playoffs.
On the road again – The Saints are on the road this weekend. You know what that means right? Right? Just think, if the Saints lose, they could be possibly not even make the playoffs. I’m calling the upset in Carolina, too.
Resurgence of Matt Cassel – What is going on here? He’s been balling without Adrian Peterson. He put up 48 points last week on the Eagles. I don’t understand this guy. He flamed out in Kansas City. He couldn’t beat out Christian Ponder. They signed Josh Freeman off the street. They played only Cassell because they had to, and he’s flourshing right now.
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The college bowl season kicks off tomorrow. Here are my top bowl games ranked 1-35. Enjoy.
1. Vizio BCS National Championship, Jan. 6 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET): No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn (12-1)
I’d still would have like to have seen FSU play Bama in this one. I’m still not sold on Auburn. I wonder who Bobby and Terry Bowden will be rooting for in this game? This will be FSU’s first real test, Clemson doesn’t count. Auburn hasn’t faced athletes like this yet though.
2. Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET): No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 12 Clemson (10-2)
Stars all over the field. Braxton, Tahj, Sammy and more. I hope and pray this game lives up to its ranking.
3. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio, Jan. 1 (ESPN, 5 p.m. ET): No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) vs. No. 5 Stanford (11-2)
Identical twins wearing different uniforms. Old school college football is back.
Here are my quick cuts and jukes from this weekend’s football action.
Chargers vs. Broncos
Okay Keenan Allen. I see you.
Redskins vs. Falcons
Kirk Cousins balled flat out. Great to see RGIII on the sidelines genuinely involved in the game. Even better not to see RGIII giving a press conference after the game.
Browns vs. Bears
The Browns have the pieces. They really do. They just need a good coach.
Texans vs. Colts
I didn’t watch a lick of this game. The highlights looked boring too. Do the Texans even care anymore?
Bills vs. Jaguars
EJ Manuel has been looking good since he’s been healthy.
Patriots vs. Dolphins
If Brady had Gronk the Pats win. Hard throwing to midgets in Edelman and Amendola in the red zone. Nice to meet you Michael Thomas, welcome to the NFL. Becoming relevant in the NFL is the easy part, staying relevant is the hard part.
Jamaal Charles threatened Gale Sayers’ single-game TD mark and is Kirk Cousins threatening RGIII’s starting spot?
1. It was just a one-game sampling against a mediocre pass defense, but Kirk Cousins was very impressive on Sunday. The questions is, where should he be setting up shop when the 2014 season kicks off?
JAMES CARR: Kirk Cousins might have looked good, but Washington still lost to Atlanta, the first team eliminated from playoff contention in 2013. The Falcons got hurt early in the season and mentally checked a few games ago. Sure, they’re still pros and still have jobs to do, but no quarterback could possibly look impressive enough against a squad like this year’s Falcons to justify a starting job the following year, especially not enough to overcome what RG3 did in his entire rookie season. Frankly, I’m tired of talking about the ‘Skins. We stopped talking about the Falcons weeks ago, and for good reason. With their latest L, Washington now has a worse record than the Dirty Birds. If the only interesting thing left to talk about with this team is 2014, it can wait until 2014.
RICHARD BOADU: Kirk Cousins is setting up shop for the Redskins once again. RGIII isn’t durable and you need a good backup at all times. Keeping Cousins another season does risk his trade value dropping, but it’s the best move to make in the long run.
DJ DUNSON: James, you’re just mad ‘cause the best pro franchise in Atlanta is moving out of the city. Rich, you’re biased because you went to Oklahoma, so I won’t stand for this RGIII slander to continue. If anything, Kirk Cousins is Mike Shanahan’s Willie Beamon. He’s going wherever Mike Shanahan is next season. The ‘Skins are all in on RGIII for Week 1 next season. They’ve got to get him some help via the draft though by shipping off Cousins before the rest of the NFL picks up on his flaws. It’s hard out here for the Redskins and Falcons, but at least we’re not fans of that team from Valley Ranch.
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The College Football Awards were handed out last night, but the College Football rewards are coming very soon. There are 35 bowl games this year and each game gives each team special gifts. That means 70 teams will be getting bowl gifts for all of their hard work this season. Check out the gifts each bowl game is giving out.
Wait, before you start reading. You’re going to see “gift suite” a lot. What is it? It’s a room set up for players to mozy on around and look at different gift options to choose from. Options are always good. Okay, let’s read.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Washington State vs. Colorado State
Sat., Dec. 21, 2 p.m. (ESPN); Albuquerque, N.M.
Gift suite, portable mobile device charger, 8 GB USB; Oakley Breadbox sunglasses; cap, Oakley Fine Knit beanie; Oakley Flak Pack XL backpack; Gildan stadium blanket
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State vs. USC
Sat., Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m. (ABC); Las Vegas
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3; beanie, cap; Oakley Flak Pack XL backpack; football, Zappos gift card
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Buffalo vs. San Diego State
Sat., Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN); Boise, Idaho
Gift suite; Port Authority winter coat, Tiger Woods Nike Golf beanie, Scott winter ski gloves; iPack backpack; Big Game football
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Tulane vs. LA-Lafayette
Sat., Dec. 21, 9 p.m. (ESPN); New Orleans
Gift suite; Fossil watch
1. Mike Shanahan is lying. Partially. He is sitting RGIII down for his health, but let’s be real. If RGIII was balling there’d be so sitting him down. He’s playing like flame broiled cellulite ass cheeks right now. Shanahan knows he’s going to be fired, but the competitor in him wants to go 3-0 before the door hits him. He feels like he can do that with Kirk Cousins.
2. Right now, I don’t know who’s a better player, Kirk Cousins or RGIII.Read more
A lot has been going on since the Longhorns lost to Baylor last Saturday. Is Mack Brown leaving? Is Nick Saban taking his place. Will Anchor Man 2 be as good as the original?
1. Okay, no brainer here, Mack Brown is done. Mack gone, Mack gone, Mack gone.
2. I don’t think Nick Saban is going to take the Texas job though. I praying to the football gods of the Western World that Saban turns down Texas and that the Longhorns put their nuts on the table and mozy on down to College Station and make Kevin Sumlin an offer he can’t turn down. So what he just signed an extension, that doesn’t mean he can’t leave. Can you imagine….Kevin Sumlin leaves A&M to coach Texas. Oh…the headlines.Read more
When we look back at the 2013 NFL season a few things will be said. The first thing that comes to mind will be the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito ordeal. We may talk about why in the blue fuck did the league decide to have the Super Bowl in middle of a New York City winter. One thing that will definitely be talked about is the rise of the ACL injuries.Read more
Here are my quick cuts and jukes from this weekend’s past football action.
Louisville vs. Cincy
Bruh, did you see that last td pass Teddy Bridgewater threw off his back foot? Shit!
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois
Okay, Jordan Lynch had a bad game. So what, he wasn’t going to win the Heisman anyway and they weren’t going to a BCS game after last year’s BCS loss.
Florida State vs. Duke
Yeah. I was the one idiot to think Duke would cover the +29 spread.
Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Last Saturday, we were all Spartans. Michigan State’s defense is that deal. Best defense not in the SEC. Yo, I want to play for Mike Dantonio.
Mizzou vs. Auburn
Check this video out after they beat Michigan
59 – 42 in the SEC championship? Yeah, things done changed…things done changed. Easily the best game all weekend. I still think Alabama is a better team. I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t care.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
They call it Bedlam for a reason. Blake Bell, you’ve showed us you can throw the ball, just be consistent with it now brother. Proud Sooner alum right here. #BOOMER.
Stanford vs. Arizona State
The Sun Devils getting spanked by 24 at the Pitchfork? Naw bruh, did not see that coming. ASU is hard to beat on the road. I thought they would come out on top with an upset.
Texas vs. Baylor
Mack gone. Mack gone. Mack gone. What the hell kind of world are we living in. Who the hell would have thought six years ago that Baylor and Stanford would be conference champions. This year, Baylor beat Oklahoma and Texas. Stanford beat Oregon. Vanderbilt beat Tennessee. What is this college football world coming too?
UCF vs. SMU
If June Jones has a healthy Garrett Gilbert, he pulls off this upset.
Utah State vs. Fresno State
Didn’t watch nan bit of this game. Was at the bar drinking with friends. How’d Derek Carr play?
Texans vs. Jaguars
Hell no I didn’t watch this terrible football game.
Vikings vs. Ravens
Best last 2 minutes of a football game ever! What…five touchdowns in 2:05 minutes.
Bengals vs. Colts
Forget the Andrew Luck vs. Andy Dalton narrative. Luck has to carry his team on his back without Uncle Reggie Wayne’s help. Andy just has a better team around him. Let’s talk about Da’Rick Rogers’ coming out party. The former UT WR who had the sense of an untrained pit bull got off yesterday. He was targeted 9 times, caught 6 balls for 100+ yards with two touchdowns. The Bengals secondary is good too people. America loves a good comeback story, let’s hope this is the beginning of Rogers’.
Falcons vs. Bengals
I have no clue what’s going on in Atlanta. None whatsoever.
Browns vs. Patriots
ACL injuries are at 41 this year. Add Gronk that list, and thank the new NFL rules for that also.
Raiders vs Jets
The Jets put up 37 points? Impressive.
Lions vs. Eagles
Lions play in a dome. Eagles play in this weather. No brainer that the Eagles won.
Steelers vs. Dolphins
Where was Mike Tomlin to keep Antonio Brown in bounds.
Bills vs. Bucs
Greg Schiano just might be saving his job.
Chiefs vs. Redskins
Andy Reid has always had Mike Shanahan’s number. I bet you Kirk Cousins starts before the season is over.
Titans vs. Broncos
When your best player is putting stuff like this on Instagram about the weather before the game starts….you knew the Titans didn’t have a chance.
Rams vs. Cardinals
No, not Honey Badger’s ACL…..shit man.
Giants vs. Chargers
Two years in a row and the G-Men aren’t going to the playoffs.
Seahawks vs. 49ers
Best rivalry in football today.
Panthers vs. Saints
Simple logic. Saints get drilled on the road in Seattle six days prior. Saints return home. The Saints could have played the ’85 Bears and still won this game big.