What a great Sunday of NFL Football. I wasn’t able to preview it on Friday because like most of the country, Dallas was dealing their own ice storm, leaving my house powerless for most of the day and randomly all the way through Saturday night. But luckily for myself, my house was with steady power all of yesterday so I was able to catch all the action. What stood out to me the most was that all of the teams dealing with crazy weather conditions (particularly the Lions-Eagles) almost none of them created a bad game. Sure, the Lions in Philly had a stagnant start but once the players got used to the situation, it created an exciting game. The Vikings and Ravens game came down to some ridiculous final minutes, as did the Dolphins in Pittsburgh where the Steelers were the length of Antonio Brown’s toes from winning the game. In fact the only game that wasn’t great in bad weather was the absolute dominance that Chiefs had over the Redskins in the nation’s capital. Who did it best in the worst of conditions? Well that title has to go to LeSean McCoy (pictured above on the right) who set a Eagles’ franchise high for rushing yards in game, notching 217 yds a TD as well. Watching McCoy do his Barry Sanders impression on 6 inches of snow was impressive and as a Cowboys fan, it actually scares me a bit. The Eagles have officially taken the “hottest team in the conference” title from the Panthers. Do I want to a see a “SnowBowl” every weekend? Not at all. Despite it being very entertaining, it feels like the conditions would get old halfway through the second week. There was still plenty of sloppy play and weird scenario’s because of the conditions. It was also a weekend of unfortunate injuries to some key players around the league. It’s impossible to say whether or not the weather had the majority factor in deciding this but we hope for a quick recover for Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski, Tyrann Mathieu and all other players suffering injuries yesterday.
Stock UP: with a bit of help from officials, Tom Brady still being the most clutch QB in the league; now that Peterson is out, LeSean McCoy’s chances of being the best RB in the league; Matt Prater’s right leg breaking records; despite the Ravens winning, Cincinnatti’s chances or winning their division; the Packers somehow still in the play to win the NFC North; the Jets’ offense, back to their zig-zag ways; Kansas City defense and specials teams against a bad team; Arizona’s defense; anything have to do with the 49ers victory over the Seahawks.
Stock DOWN: the Colts first half and losing effort while winning their bad division; anyone doubting Peyton Manning’s abilities in cold weather; the Redskins organization as a whole, in particular their fans at yesterday’s game; Minnesota’s offense now that Peterson is out; the offensive weapons on the Patriots now that Gronk is out; Matt Stafford’s hands in cold weather; the Rams offense on the road or against a solid defense; Atlanta’s tanking technique when they’re in the driver’s seat; the Panthers hot streak.
It feels like forever since the Cowboys (-1) last played but at last, they’re in Chicago to take on the Bears. The Bears have lost two straight and will once again be without Cutler. Chicago needs this win if they hope to stay in contention in the NFC North, a division that is now surprisingly bad. The Cowboys have won two games in row and need a victory tonight to stay in the driver’s seat for the NFC East lead and a shot for a wild card spot. It’s going to be a classic cold game at Soldier Field and I expect it to be close. Cowboys get the narrow victory over the Bears.
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“It is being reported that the deceased dog will appear in [the episode] ‘Christmas Guy’, which would air on December 15.”[EW]
SPOILER: If you don’t know (or care) which major character from Family Guy was killed off in this season’s most shocking episode, then stop reading right now. There: you’ve been warned.
As for the rest of you, here’s some news that’s not entirely unexpected: the killed-off Brian the Dog looks like he’s about to come back to life on Fox’s top animated show. According to Entertainment Weekly:
“[T]he beloved talking canine who met his demise in the Nov. 24 episode will pop back up on the animated Fox comedy in the Dec. 15 installment.”
So, there you have it. Brian’s coming back – and not in a flash back, it looks like. Guess the world can only lose so many alcoholic-liberal-atheist-baby-tormenting dogs before someone decides we’ve all had enough.
Who could have predicted this? Portland’s combo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard with some pieces around them is enough to contend for a playoff position, even in one of the toughest western conferences NBA fans have seen in a long time. Just check out the standings: only three teams in the west are below .500 but one of them is Minnesota, only 1 game under. Quick shout out to Utah and Sacramento for not shying away from the tanking sweepstakes this season. But we’re talking about the other side of the standing. Right now Portland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City city lead the conference, all with 3 losses each but Portland and SA have the slight edge with two more wins than OKC. The first couple of weeks Portland seemed a bit like one of those lucky teams, getting their difficult games when it’s in a favorable situation due to injuries or other factors. As the days went on and the sample size grew, Portland kept chugging out their wins and a month’s worth of games proved that their hot start wasn’t a fluke at all. I’m actually still finding it hard to believe that two of Porland’s three losses have come at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. Yes, the Suns are performing much better than most have predicted but they’re not even a playoff team in the western conference. Portland’s losses have been somewhat forgotten because they have had some big statement wins. The last of which came against Indiana just a couple of days ago. How is Portland doing so well? Like I stated previously, it starts with Aldridge and Lillard, who seem to compliment each other so well on offense. Feeding off of each other for a great 1-2 punch. I like how fearless Lillard is and if Aldridge keeps shooting this well from outside, watch out. Let’s not forget about the rest of the cast because Wesley Matthew’s hot shooting (.546 from the field, .510 from 3) has been critical. Nicholas Batum has also been solid while Robin Lopez was a sneaky-good signing this summer. Their defense still has plenty of questions but right now it’s doing enough. Tonight’s game against the Thunder should be a good test for both teams. I’m just upset that this game isn’t being broadcast nationally.
What else is going on around the NBA? I’d just like to say that as well as Paul George has been playing, there’s no reason for anyone to start making claims that he’s on LeBron’s level and should be seriously considered for MVP. Don’t get me wrong, I love George’s game and I think he’s proven that he’s a top 3 forward in the league. Carmelo Anthony has been booted out of contention. But is Paul George a better MVP candidate than even Kevin Durant? Durant has been the consensus #2 for a couple of years now so for George to be on LeBron’s level, he first has to have passed Durant. I don’t feel that he has but so far this season, it’s definitely a real debate. George defense and his team’s record give him the upper hand but if were my team, i’d rather have Kevin Durant. Meanwhile LeBron is just chugging along, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field (60!) while he leads Miami through the drone of the regular season. Can both Indiana and Miami break the record for most wins in a regular season? Just take a look at the eastern conference. Only three teams above .500 with the Celtics, who are supposed to be in rebuilding mode, are in the top half the of the conference. That’s partly due to the NBA terrible division leader position rules. Out west the battle for the 4-8 seeds gets better everyday but each of those teams seem to have a glaring problem. The Clippers and Rockets have chemistry issues, the Nuggest don’t seem to have a “best player” consistently, my Mavericks are inconsistent on offense and the Warriors have lost some of their key players to injuries. Right now those are the remaining playoff teams in the west and I don’t see any of those making a real run to challenge Portland, San Antonio or OKC for a spot in the Finals come summertime.
By the way, why is TNT showing the Knicks at Nets game on Thursday night? I know this was all scheduled before the season started but couldn’t the NBA flex it two weeks ago when we knew these teams weren’t going to get better anytime soon? Maybe Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart all have court side seats for the game and i’m not aware. Either way, i’d rather be watching the Clippers in Memphis during that time slot. Same goes for Friday night when ESPN is showing the Nuggets in Boston. Let’s flex that to the Warriors in Houston and go about our day.
Going into last night’s game everyone knew one thing: the Seattle Seahawks are a good team but when they’re at home, they’re an elite team. Probably the best in the entire league. It’s impossible to tell because they don’t go up against the Patriots or Broncos this season but at least we know they’re on top of the NFC without a shred out doubt. While completely dominating the Saints last night, Seattle also clinched a spot in the postseason during their most impressive win of the season. The final score was 34-7 and that was very indicative of how the game played out. From start to finish the Seahawks were doing what they wanted on offense and defense. If Seattle’s secondary was supposed to be depleted, no one told them and the Saints weren’t able to take advantage of it. Drew Brees started the game with a 3 and out, followed by a fumble that was returned for a TD by the home team. The Saints managed to score in the 2nd quarter but it took a nearly perfect drive to do so. Things continued to favor Seattle when the ball was switched to them on offense, led by an MVP-like performance from Russell Wilson. Normally the tough Seahawks running game leads the way but it’s the only thing the Saints defense was able to control, limiting Marshawn Lynch to only 45 yards. No matter. Wilson was picking up the slack left and right, looking every bit like a veteran QB who just saw this as any other regular season game. Once Seattle scored another TD just before the second half was over, the game felt all but over from that point on. So where does this leave these two teams heading forward?
The Saints are still on top of their division due to tie breakers but now they’re really feeling the heat from Carolina, making their game this week that much bigger. New Orleans also goes up against the Panthers two weeks after that so that could very well decide not only the second seed in the NFC but also the 5th seed in the playoffs. Or could the 49ers even sneak in and take the 5th seed? San Francisco is beginning to look really solid once again, getting healthier as the weeks go by. But their next opponent is Seattle, a team that only needs one more win to clinch the NFC West and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. There’s very little chance of Seattle losing three of their last four to allow another team to slip into first so every other team in the NFC better get used to the idea that the road to the Super Bowl is going through Seattle. Could the Niners make things a little interesting with a win on Sunday? Yes but after that it’s out of their hands. Then there are the East and North divisions. Right now the Cowboys and Lions lead their respective divisions but the Eagles and Bears are right on their heels. Hey, what do you know, those teams play each other this weekend. The Lions are in Philadelphia on Sunday and the Cowboys are in Chicago on Monday. Both divisions could very well come down to the final game of the season but we’ll learn plenty from the results of those two games. It’s time for the homestretch people.
Damn, the Ariel Meredith takes the top prize for her twerking video! Apparently she got a lot of hate for posting a video, but as most of you know, haters will be haters! The supermodel writers, “Y’all know I’m a sweet southern girl at heart. So I was shocked & surprised by all the flak I got from posting this moment of fun. But you only live once people!! So YES, this just got reposted!! #eatyourheartout #twerktastic Love my @lulifama swimsuits!!”
The whole “keep Austin weird” reached a new peak over the weekend at the Austin Wizard World Comic Con. Austin is usually known for being the capital of the state of Texas and being ”The live music capital of the word” but became the fan and comic convention center for the first time ever. As the saying goes a picture is worth more than a thousand words, here you have them… too bad our awesome photographer Gabbo and his camera couldn’t make it.
“This is John Connor, if you are listening to this, you are the resistance.”
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