Saturday, December 20, 2014
By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)
Now that Rajon Rondo is gone, I must tell you I have no clue as to who is currently wearing a Celtics uniform.
I should be horribly embarrassed, but I am not. I could be way off base, but I don’t think I'm alone. Funny how some players you get attached to and like immediately, and then there is a guy like Rondo. It's weird how that happens, but it does.
In this season of giving, let's consider the Rondo deal as a gift. Kinda like when Theo went to the Cubs, which now prompts me to say the deal he did for Lester will blow up in his face. It will not be the gift he thought it was. Kinda like Eric Gagne.
One of the worst trades in recent memory pulled off by the Sox, and it was engineered by Theo.
Friday, December 19, 2014
|Thanks to the College Football Playoff and a few new bowls, we've got 39 games to pick this year.|
It's the second year of our (hopefully) annual Bowl Pick'em challenge and, like a Charmander growing into a promising Charmeleon, then eventually a Charizard, we're evolving from last year.
Gone is Yahoo, because, seriously, Yahoo fantasy sports are the worst now. We have begrudgingly switched to ESPN, but the rules are the same: Make a pick for every bowl game and rank that pick based on how confident you are in it being true.
This year we've also added correspondent and college football guru Andy Dougherty to the party, and each of us has a slightly different methodology. Well, except for Joe's wife Caity, she's still picking with her gut.
(Note: You can view our picks through screen-captures of the ESPN league that we set up. You won't be able to see anything from the thumbnails but you can click to enlarge.)
(Other Note: There was some confusion as to which way the confidence points went. Is 1 at the top of the page your most confident pick, or is 39 your most confident pick and worth 39 points? After reading the rules, we're pretty sure it is the latter, but all of us except Jeremy did the former... Oh well.)
|It's been a down year for the Falcons and NFC South as a whole, but a win in New Orleans this week would lock up a season sweep of the Saints and, likely, a home playoff game for Atlanta.|
Atlanta at New Orleans. Baltimore at Houston. Kansas City at Pittsburgh. Indianapolis at Dallas. Seattle at Arizona. Denver at Cincinnati
All six of those games hold a tremendous amount of importance regarding either playoff berths or playoff seedings. The winner of the first will almost certainly win the NFC South. The loser of the second game will almost certainly miss the playoffs (and if the loser is Houston, they will). The loser of the third receives a shotgun-sized hole to their playoff hopes. The loser of the fourth almost certainly loses out on the No. 3 seed in their conference. The winner of the fifth will take the NFC West and a first-round bye along with it. And the winner of the sixth will set themselves up nicely for a first-round bye in the AFC bracket.
Let's not mess around. Let's get straight to the picks. Also because I'm 20-9-3 over the last two weeks and can see Joe in my sights.
Last Week: 7-7-2
Home Dogs, Last Week: 1-4
Home Dogs, Season: 29-36-1
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
|If you earn bowl eligibility in the MAC, you can either head to Detroit... Or here.|
We are about to achieve maximum football this weekend, as college bowl season kicks off to complement the final two weeks of the NFL season, as well as playoffs at both the pro and college levels.
The only days we won't have a bowl game between Saturday and January 4th will be December 21st, December 25th and December 28th, simply because college football can't mess with the NFL of Jesus.
But before bowl season even starts, we can pick out some clear winners and losers based on where teams are headed (ie, TCU and Baylor; losers. Ohio State; winner), so here are your Pre-Bowl Season Winners and Losers.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
|No running back in the state has gained more yards the last two years than Auburn's Mark Wright.|
We've already broken down the best teams in Central Mass with our postseason Power Rankings, but now we honor those individual players who excelled in the Heart of the Commonwealth.
Here are your 2014 Central Massachusetts High School Football SuiteStars and Award Winners.
1. Koby Schofer, Jr. Northbridge
2. Drew Jean-Guillaume, Sr. Shepherd Hill
3. Connor Bassett, Jr. Littleton
Schofer and Bassett each led their teams to Gillette as run/pass threats, while Jean-Guillaume did most of his work on the ground in Shepherd Hill's Double Wing. All three of these guys were the main reason their team advanced deep into the playoffs, and each powered an offense that scored over 32 points per game.