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Championships or Bust

After last years amazing run to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers came out hot out of the gates this year. They had a bad bad second half of the season but still ended up with the 2 seed in the East. They host the Sabres when the playoffs start this Wednesday. I think I speak for all of Philadelphia when I say that it’s time for the Flyers to win a Stanley Cup. Last year was the closest they have come in my entire lifetime. They’ve got the team to do it, led by the offense. Stanley Cup or bust.

I still don’t care at all about the Sixers. I do like Doug Collins but I will not root for the Sixers again until Andre Iguodala is gone. I hope they get swept in the playoffs.

After a rough first season, the Philadelphia Union are off to a hot start with 3 wins in 4 games. 9 points puts them at the top of the Eastern Conference. The biggest move the Union made was bringing in goalie Faryd Mondragon. Mondragon is an experienced goalie from Colombia who is a million times better than Chris Seitz was last year. Mondragon has the defense organized, calm, and no longer making that one stupid pass out of the back each game that ends up in a game-changing goal. The defense has looked great so far this year only giving up 1 goal in 360 minutes.

After watching last nights 1-0 win at home against the New York Red Bulls, honestly, I am kind of worried about the offense. The midfield got dominated. The Union had pretty much no possession the entire game. But hey, they took advantage of the one real chance they got when Danny Mwanga intercepted a poor pass out of the back from Tim Ream and dished it off to Roger Torres who put it away for the winning goal. Sebastian Le Toux looked terrible last night, and hasn’t gotten it going quite like last year yet this year. Carlos Ruiz could never get it going either. Between Mwanga, Le Toux, Ruiz and Torres they should turn it around and have no problem getting the goal or two each game that they’ll need to at least secure a tie.

I really think that the Union are going to make a run this year at a championship. Defense wins championships and I think that the Mondragon-led defense of the Union are one of the best in the MLS.

To everyone who doubted the Phillies before this year: Shutup. In the first week or so of the season the Phils have already opened up a 2 game lead on the 2nd place Marlins. I’d say 7-2 is a decent start and to have a run differential of +26 just makes their record even more impressive. Hamels was absolutely lights out today. Two negatives this weekend though. Cliff Lee had no command on Friday night. I’ve never seen him throw so many pitches right over the middle of the plate. And Ryan Howard did not look good at all. I think he was 1-10 for the series. The positives were pretty much everything else, Chooch came up huge off the bench on Saturday, Oswalt had a good start, Hamels was even better. A shutout to close the series out was a great way to end the series. I’m just going to say it right here, right now: World Series or Bust.

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Phillies Biggest Loss: Not Werth

It’s opening day today for the Phillies. The buzz around the team is ridiculously high right now and for good reason. The addition of Cliff Lee to the rotation was slightly unexpected but absolutely amazing. With all of the positive energy around the team I thought I’d be a big old jerk and write about the Phillies biggest loss this offseason.

No, I’m not talking about that prick Jayson Werth. I’ll be the first to say that I loved him the last couple years but I have absolutely no respect for a player who gives up any chance of winning just for money. The Phillies got Cliff Lee not because they gave him the most money, but because he wanted to be here and he knew he has a great chance to win here. That’s not the point of this article though.

Let me take you back to a moment completely unrelated to the Phillies. 2004 ALCS Red Sox down in the series 3-0 and in the game 4-3 in the 9th to the Yankees.  Kevin Millar draws a walk from Mariano Rivera. Dave Roberts comes in to pinch run. Rivera throws over 3 times and then Roberts steals the first pitch Rivera throws. Bill Mueller knocks him in, Bo Sox end up winning in 12 innings, come back win the ALCS and then the World Series. That one stolen base was enormous. It took the 2004 Boston Red Sox team from being the team who got swept by the Yankees in the playoffs to the team who ended the 2nd longest World Series drought at the time. This is where I bring it back to the Phillies…

People tend to think 1st base coaches could just be any old Joe Schmo, and sometimes they are right. It is hard to be a 1st base coach who has a serious impact on the team, but if its negative it’s a killer and if it’s a positive impact it can change games, series, and really whole seasons. The last 4 seasons, the Phillies led the league in stolen base percentage every single year, including the 2007 season where they were successful on a major league record 87.9%(138-157) of their stolen base attempts.

Losing Davey Lopes as a 1st base coach is going to be the biggest loss of the offseason for the Phillies. Who is going to replace Lopes? Sam Perlozzo. Last years 3rd base coach is making the move over to 1st. It is going to be interesting to see how he does. If the Phillies can still steal bases extremely effectively, then it will prove to be a really unimportant loss, but if say out of 157 attempts (just like the 2007 season), the Phillies are only successful say 120 times, that is 18 less outs available to get hits and the Phillies just wont have runners in scoring position quite as much, which could be really bad.

Phillies prediction: 162-0

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NFL Players: Modern-day Slaves?

According to one NFL player, Adrian Peterson, arguably the best running back in the league, the NFL is treating their players like slaves.

“It’s modern-day slavery, you know?” Peterson said. “People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money.”

You know what modern day slavery is? Modern-day slavery is a rebel group showing up at your mud, and stick, and straw hut nowhere near a modern city, and forcing your parents to either give you away to them or face death. Then even when the parents are killed they take the children anyway and force them to fight for their cause. Childhood, as we in America know it, being taken away from kids to fight in a war that they have no chance of benefiting from; that is modern-day slavery, Adrian.

Modern-day slavery is being drugged in a club in Europe, and waking up the next day and meeting the man who is now your boss, and who is going to sell you to men for sex everyday. That is modern-day slavery.

Modern-day slavery is working in a sweatshop or in a field all day for maybe 2 to 3 dollars, if you’re lucky, without Sundays off, without playing the game you supposedly love, without fans cheering you on, or a multi-million dollar shoe deal. That is modern-day slavery, Adrian.

I am not a slave, never have been and with any luck will never be one. I am also not African American and to my knowledge, I am not a descendant of any slaves. All of that said, I am offended by this comment.

Peterson makes $10.72 million a year in salary from the Minnesota Vikings. That is $10.720,00.00 every single year for playing football. And he just compared his work to slavery. A very good yearly salary for a normal American citizen is $100,000. With $100K you are in the upper middle class, your kids might go to private school, and they’re definitely going to college, but apparently making $10,720,000.00 per year is comparable to slavery.

You know why people “kind of laugh at that,” Adrian? Because that is (pardon my language) the biggest fucking joke I have ever heard in my entire life. To make a comment that stupid is appalling. I am not even going to bother explaining on here how bad slavery was in the United States because anyone reading this probably has an understanding of it. That is because you learn it in I think 4th grade? Are you that stupid Adrian? Or are you just an ignorant asshole? You are exactly why some people hate todays athletes. You make a comment like this and think nothing of it. Maybe instead of bitching, Adrian, you should go out in the World and see what REAL modern-day slavery is like. Maybe then you’d realize how stupid you sound.

Bronco

Welcome back to the blog. Should be more to come in the coming days, I know you all missed us greatly.

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Week Two

So, we’re 2 games into the Auburn football season, and Auburn is looking pretty solid. 2-0, with wins against Arkansas State, and Mississippi State.

The Arkansas State game was a joke, the offense probably could have scored on any lay of their choice. The Mississippi State game was a very good game. Both teams have high-powered offenses, but their defenses dominated. Not quite as much as the 2008 game, which finished in an Auburn win 3-2, but only 7 total points were scored in the 2nd half. This was surprising for just about everyone to watch, but I think it has something to do with the short week. Both teams only had about 4 days to prepare an offensive gameplan, and I personally think that an offense benefits more from a regular week, or a bye week than the defense. In this 17-14 win for Auburn, the defense came up big, especially down the stretch. The only thing that worries me about this team is that the secondary still is not playing well at all. Yeah, they only gave up 14 points, but how many drops did Mississippi State receivers have? And how many open receivers did the quarterbacks miss? A lot. I’m also expecting more out of middle linebacker Josh Bynes. Through 2 games, he hasn’t had many tackles, and hasn’t even been in on many plays.

Mario Fannin and Lee Ziemba were both injured last night. A running back injury typically would worry someone, but if it gets Michael Dyer more touches, its probably for the better. I originally though Ziemba would be a big loss, but Brandon Mosley came in last night and didn’t miss a beat.

What am I doing tomorrow? I’ll tell you what I’m not doing, instead, and that is anything. Great matchups all day starting with South Carolina vs. Georgia at noon eastern straight through the State at Bama game at 7:00 PM.

22 Georgia at 24 South Carolina

South Carolina is going to win this game. Georgia freshman quarterback has his first road test here, and doesn’t have star receiver A.J. Green. After a slow start in the opener, the Cocks got it going to a nice victory over Southern Miss.

17 Florida State at 10 Oklahoma

Right now, everyone is all over Florida State because they beat Samford 59-6. Since when does that even matter? Oklahoma didn’t look good, I’m thinking because they were looking ahead. Oklahoma is out to prove something tomorrow. They win.

Michigan at Notre Dame

I love that these two teams are both unranked. Both of these teams actually started out with real opponents last week, UCONN and Purdue respectively. ESPN is all over Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. I hate to say it, but, I think the Irish are going to win. Only because they’re at home.

12 The U at 2 Ohio State

The U’s defense is not good enough to stop Terrelle Pryor. Expect a big game out of him. Jacory Harris is really just an inferior Terrelle Pryor, and Ohio States defense is better. And its at the Horsehoe. Ohio State wins by about 14.

18 State at 1 Alabama

Let it be known that you would be hard-pressed to find 2 college football teams that I like less than these. They may even be my 2 least favorite, I’ve never formed a list. That being said, I will never root for Alabama. I’m taking State just out of spite. War Damn Eagle.

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Highlight of the Week

One person ESPN is barely talking about after Saturday who had possibly the best game of them all, is Auburn QB Cam Newton. First start ever at Auburn, 171 rush yards 2 td. 9-14 186 yards 3 td. I think he might be the best dual-threat QB in the nation. This highlight film all from Saturday sums it up

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The Year of the Tiger

We’re in the last week before the kickoff of another great year of college football, and I know exactly what you’re thinking, how’s Auburn going to do?

Surprise, surprise, I’m thinking exactly the same thing. Auburn has been called by ESPN analysts the preseason most underrated team in the country. Two analysts even mentioned Auburn in the SEC Championship against Florida, and possibly eventually playing for a national title.  I’m fairly certain Kirk Herbstreit would be gay with the entire Auburn Football Team if he had the option.

In my completely 100% biased opinion, I’d have to say if Auburn doesn’t win the national title, this would be my reaction, “Honestly Diane, I’m surprised.” Nah, just kidding, but here is my prediction for the year.

9-4-10 vs. Arkansas State.

Although I do expect Cam Newton to run into some first game jitters against a team that played a very good Iowa team really tough last year, I’m going to say Auburn gets the win this Saturday in Jordan-Hare.

9-9-10 at Mississippi State

This should be a much tougher game than last year. Not only are the tigers on the road in Starkville, but Dan Mullen and the Mississippi athletic department organized probably the gayest/dumbest promotion ever for this game: A Maroon out. I kid you not, that is what they’re calling it. The whole idea of ____-outs only works with whiteouts and blackouts, you can’t just insert any color in there. Moreover, (I don’t know if that’s used right but it sounds right and I have never had a decent opportunity to use that word before) I just hate whiteouts because of the debacle that was the Prep whiteout vs. the rival La Salle whiteout in the cheering sections of the 2008 PCL Championship. Anyways, Auburn wins this game.

9-18-10 vs. Clemson

At least we came up with a better name for our blue out, Mississippi State. This is True Blue day at Jordan-Hare. We got a classic Tigers vs. Tigers matchup here and both schools primary color is orange. I hate it when people ask me if I go to Clemson and I’m sure they hate it when people ask if they go to Auburn. Clemson QB Kyle Parker, although he prevailed in the regionals of the CWS in Auburn, will not come out on top again. This is the big non-conference test for Auburn, and like last year against WVU, expect Jordan-Hare to be rockin through any tropical storms that may come through and eventually see an Auburn victory.

9-25-10 vs. South Carolina

This game is going to be a big FUCK YOU to Marcus Lattimore who turned Auburn down for South Carolina last year on signing day. If I hear any Carolina fans call South Carolina USC, I will punch them right in the face. The real USC is Southern Cal, obviously. Auburn wins, big.

10-2-10 vs. Louisiana Monroe

If your last name is not Mulhern and you honestly can say you know Louisiana Monroe’s mascot, you win a million dollars. Not really, but I’ll shake your hand. Shouldn’t be much of a game, Auburn wins big time.

10-9-10 at Kentucky

This was easily the most depressing game last year at Jordan-Hare, and the worst sporting event ever to be at. Kentucky won on a late TD 21-14. The game sucked, and it was cold. Kentucky, will surprise people this year, but ultimately the loss of 4 starting offensive lineman is going to kill them against a deep front 7 of Auburn this year, who is apparently going to blitz more. Auburn wins in a tight game.

10-16-10 vs. Arkansas

Ryan Mallett is really really good. But, so is Cam Newton. I don’t think the Arkansas defense is good enough to keep the Auburn offense out of the end zone. This is going to be a really great game. At Arkansas, I’d take them. At Auburn, I’d take Auburn. If it’s anything like last year, this should be a fun game to watch. I’d say if College Game Day comes to Auburn this is one of the three games that it is most likely to.

10-23-10 vs. LSU

I can’t believe I’m not going to be at this game. Last year, Auburn got absolutely embarrassed at LSU. It was the ugliest game of the year by far. Another classic Tigers vs. Tigers matchup, this is another potential College Game Day game. I swear if I miss Game Day Dorothy will hear about it. I think what this game comes down to is the coolness of the “mascots,” but I’m not referring to the actual mascots I’m referring to Nova vs. Mike the Tiger. Okay, Nova is a gay name, and I have no idea why the War Eagle(the 7th War Eagle in Auburn history) is named it, but why the hell would you name a tiger Mike? Tigers aren’t your average animal with a name, so why would you name it something as plain as Mike? LSU’s offense is as plain as the name Mike in this game, and 87,451 Auburn fans help the real Tigers to victory.

10-30-10 at Ole Miss

The Rebels, could you think of a more confederate name, just found out that their starting quarterback is ineligible for the year. Serves them right; I don’t like how right after Oregon coach Chip Kelly dismissed Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt jumped right on him and got him on the roster. I’m glad the NCAA won’t let him play this year, and I’m really glad they waited until right now to tell him. Auburn gets the Mississippi sweep.

11-6-10 vs. Chattanooga

Even alumnus Terrell Owens couldn’t save the Mocs in this homecoming game. Seriously, he’s past his prime and they really suck. Auburn wins big.

11-13-10 vs. Georgia

The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. This video is why Georgia will never be good at any sport ever again. No school this gay will win anything remotely manly.

11-26-10 at Alabama

I hate Alabama. Last year’s Iron Bowl was one of the best games of the year, and unfortunately saw Alabama score a late touchdown to beat an Auburn team who had been winning since the 4th play from scrimmage.  This isn’t just a game. And, quite frankly, it has nothing to do with who the better team is that year. Both sides have ruined the others national title hopes, both teams have blown big leads to lose this game(Google Punt Bama Punt), and both teams are going to be very good this year. Alabama has won the past 2 years, and leads the series 40-33. Before 2008, Auburn had won 6 straight Iron Bowls. Auburn returns to glory in Bryant Denny. I said it, Auburn beats Alabama in the Iron Bowl to go to the SEC Championship.

On top of my Auburn expertise that I will provide you with weekly, I will also preview the weeks big games. So, for week 1 here we go:

15 Pitt at Utah. I’m taking Pitt in this game because Dion Lewis is the best running back in the nation that barely anyone heard of last year despite being third in the nation in rushing.

Villanova vs. Temple at Lincoln Financial Field. Call me crazy, but, this is my game of the week. After Nova toppled Temple last year, Temple went on to win 9 in a row and make their first bowl game since I was born. Temple has a pretty good running back in Bernard Pierce(He’s not half as good as Temple thinks but he’s good), but, Nova is led by former Prep QB Chris Whitney. Villanova won the midget national championship last year, that is the College Football Championship Series (FCS). I’m going with Temple in this one. There’s really no reason why, but at least they play in the big boy division of college football.

Youngstown State at 19 State. No need to include the Penn, everyone knows who State is. I’m taking the Penguins in this one. Not really, I just wanted to share that their mascot is the Penguins.

Purdue is going to win at ND, and UCONN is going to win at Michigan.

24 Oregon state at 6 TCU. It’s not actually at TCU, it’s being played at a neutral site. That neutral site is still in Texas, so it might as well be a home game for the Horned Frogs. This should be a good game, I’m taking J-Quizz and the Beavers, though, in Texas.

21 LSU vs. 18 UNC. This might be the first time ever UNC is ranked higher than LSU. I really have no idea. This is being played in Atlanta, which is a true neutral site game. Supposedly, UNC has a top-5 defense in the country. Unfortunately for the Heels, they’re missing some guys because they cheated. SEC over ACC. Mike the Tiger rejoices.

War Eagle,

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Highlight of the Week

This kid I seriously think almost gets killed. This hit is crazy, and so much better because it is against former host of “Two-A-Days” Hoover High School.

Stay tuned for a college football preview this week
Love,
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