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Super Bowl Preview

Posted: January 31, 2014 by rebels89 in Uncategorized

Ok, I’m back. After writing an article called “Why we love the NFL” back in September for this esteemed blog, I have been on hiatus. I am back to give a Super Bowl preview.

Before doing so, I want to draw attention to what I wrote back in September. “However, I am going Broncos – Seahawks for the Super Bowl.” Then I predicted, “Broncos edge Seahawks in a Snow Bowl Super Bowl 17-14.” I predicted the Super Bowl participants! I might have predicted the weather forecast, too.

Now after that showing you all what a good prognosticator I am, I am going to break this down for you. As noted before, I am a lifelong Broncos fan and watched every one of their games.

Bronco offense vs. Seattle defense

Mano a Mano, Big on Big, Good on Good. This is what everyone is waiting to see. The number one offense in the NFL versus the number one defense in the NFL. The Denver offense is not just the number one offense in the NFL this season, but the number one scoring offense in NFL history scoring over 600 points (38 per game). The Broncos had five different players with 10 plus TD’s this year. That is staggering.

The Seattle defense is led by their Legion of Boom (AKA LOB) secondary. They have length, aggressiveness, and the bravado to tell you about it. Their front seven are no slouches either. They led the League in multiple defensive statistics including giving up only 14 points per game. They play tons of man to man defense which can disrupt precision passing games. They are also stout against the run.

The Broncos are going to attack an opponent’s weak spots. Seattle does not have a lot of weaknesses. However, I think Denver is going to throw a lot to Demaryius Thomas. He will line up on his customary left side opposite of Byron Maxwell. Manning will stay away from Decker who will be lined up against the loquacious Richard Sherman. I also look for Knowshon Moreno to have a big game especially catching passes out of the backfield. Tight end Julius Thomas could be a wild card especially on some deep routes.

One thing has been overlooked. The Seattle defense has played exactly one top ten scoring offense the entire season. That was the Colts who were number ten. We all know how that game ended. The only top flight QB that they have faced was Brees (I don’t include Kaepernick). Both games were in Seattle and for some reason the Saints did not run a no huddle fast break offense. Also, New Orleans offense relies on TE’s and RB’s and their WR’s are below average.

Bronco offense vs. Seattle defense

The Bronco defense has really come around the last four or five games of the season. They have virtually shut down their first two playoff opponents in the first three quarters. They have been stout against the run all year only allowing one 100 yard rusher (Ryan Matthews of SD). This is impressive as they have lost multiple starters to the IR including stud Von Miller.

The Seattle offense is led by Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch. He may not want to talk much but he is a bad man. Even causing Seattle fans to create a small earthquake with his amazing run against the Saints a few years ago. Russell Wilson has been struggling as of late. However, he is always good for a few big plays where he scrambles around.

The Seattle receivers are average at best which is why it was absolutely hilarious that Sherman would call Michael Crabtree “mediocre”. Crabtree would be the best receiver on Seattle (sans the injured Percy Harvin). Harvin coming back could be a big shot in the arm if he is healthy. I could see the Seahawks utilizing some read option early in the game.

The Seattle line is good at tackle but can be leaky up the middle. That could be bad news for Seattle as Terrance Knighton (AKA Pot Roast) has been playing off the charts not only stopping the run but getting a big sack against Brady in the AFC Championship. Champ Bailey is fighting Father Time but came up big against the Patriots. Shaun Phillips led the team in sacks and could get a few more this weekend.

Special Teams / Coaching

Both teams have really solid kicking games. Matt Prater broke the NFL record for longest field goals this year. However, the game is at sea level and Prater is been battling the flu. Denver’s coverage units have been below average and Seattle will have an advantage if Prater cannot kick the ball out of the endzone.

I see the coaching matchup as even. Carroll has done a good job of coaching up his players. Wilson, Sherman, Lynch et. al were either low draft picks or cast offs from other teams. Fox will never get credit as long as Manning it there. Denver was devastated with key injuries, including losing three O line starters to the IR plus lost a starting corner, DL and Von Miller. Plus, Fox himself keeled over with a heart problem on a golf course in Charlotte.

Carroll may be a good coach, but he is the ultimate weasel. He left USC right before they got put on probation for his running an outlaw program. Now since he has been at Seattle, they have had six players test positive for PED’s including Richard Sherman. Sherman got lucky that his test was thrown out on a technicality. Maybe Sherman should have told Erin Andrews that he was the best drug cheat in the NFL.

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Intangibles

The weather looks like it is going to be in the 40’s at kickoff and the 20’s by the end of the game. It also looks like light winds. This favors Denver. Also, the game is not in Seattle where the ‘Hawks take their D to another level. Seattle plays good, not great, outside of their venue. The officiating is going to be key. If the refs allow a lot of contact like they have in the playoffs, that obviously favors Seattle. However, one thing overlooked is that the Broncos receivers, except Welker, are big. Finally, today is the beginning of Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Horse!

Prediction

If the Seahawks get several takeaways they could spring the upset. However, I am going to stay with my original prediction of Broncos 17-14, but scoring TD’s in the redzone could produce a double digit Bronco win.

Go Horse!!!!!

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Big Blue Nation is an angry ugly bunch today

Posted: January 29, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

It is days like today that give passionate fan bases like the Kentucky fan base a bad name. All day long on call in shows and message boards the bottom 10% will become the unsilent minority.
Last night twitter was on fire and this mother of three caught my eye.

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So classy.

I have already heard one Grandmother call in and say how they should just play the white kids.

If you know one of these people or run across one today do us all a favor and give them a quick throat punch.

Last night something happened at LSU that almost every rational fan must face at some time during a season.  The fact that their favorite team does not have what it takes to win a title.  It does not mean that the season is lost or there are not fun games ahead but in your heart you realize this team you love is not going to hang that banner.  

In my case that happened last night while I watched my beloved Kentucky Wildcats get out worked and out played for 40 minutes.  As I wrote earlier in the year this team does not have a leader but I thought they were finding one.  That obviously was not the case.  Your leader does not have to be the best player on the team but it has to be a player that is good enough to log quality minutes. It can not be a walk on from Nicholasville, KY.

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Looks like I am not the only one to come to this conclusion last night.  Here is Cal’s comments following the game.

 

Can this team turn it around?  Yes

Can this team make a run in March?  Yes

Can this team win title #9?  Not a chance in hell

Very cool to see Paul George last night on the Jimmy Kimmel show last night.  Hopefully Kimmel reminded Paul to start playing defense again after the taping.

 

 

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I think Kentucky would be a shoe in for the Final Four if Julius would sing 911 is a Joke to fire up the team before games.

I like to party so I like my Jesus to party

Posted: January 26, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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Not sure if you saw this yesterday and since there is no reason to watch Purdue basketball you probably didn’t.

The Boilermakers wore this Tuxedo t-shirts during warm ups yesterday when the Badgers of Wisconsin came to West Lafayette.

I have scoured the internet to find out the reason why but have not found much.  One conclusion was most Purdue students didn’t get invited to their Senior prom so My Man Mitch is trying to give them something from their adolescence lost.

Hopefully they handle it better than Donna Martin did.

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If Mitch is ever going to get back into politics the last thing he needs is a protest like this.

 

The other school of thought is Cal and Ricky Bobby were supposed to be in the locker room to lead the team in prayer and they just wanted to make them feel welcome.

 

Either way I commend the Purdue basketball team for trying to distract us from one of the worst things in college sports.  Girls with batons.

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Saturday morning notes from the arctic circle

Posted: January 25, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Should I start to be worried?  When I woke this morning and took a look the back window this is what I saw.

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Probably should wait a bit before letting the pug out.

Last nights Pacer game is probably filed under the while you were sleeping tab.  I really have mixed emotions about this one.  At first glance you see that the Blue & Gold pulled off a overtime win in the middle of a west coast road trip and think a win is a win, especially on a trip like this one.  The other side of it is the Pacers, a team that prides themselves on defense has not played any D for about a week.  This is also coming against teams in the Suns and Kings and are not a full strength.  The Kings did all that damage last night without their best player, Demarcus Cousins.  But as I said first a win is a win and in the grind of January basketball they all count the same.  Kinda helped also when you are getting calls like this one.

Pacers fans sure can’t argue that they don’t get calls on that play.  Kinda reminds me of this dagger from LJ.

 

College basketball is inching closer to March and if you listened to the latest podcast then you know that Nick D and I laid out the list of teams that we feel have what it takes to potentially win a title this year.

Arizona, Syracuse, Michigan St., Kansas, Florida, and Kentucky

If you missed the podcast, and we know who you are, here it is.

You can also subscribe here on iTunes.

 

Yesterday, I tweeted out the following question.

Is there anything more worthless than the Pro Bowl?  Well, the answer is yes and I have found it.

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The Indy Eleven professional soccer team wants state assistance to help it build an 18,500-seat, multi-purpose stadium in downtown Indianapolis with a projected construction cost of $87 million.

Yep, you heard that right.  A team that has never played a game wants the city to assist in building a $87 million stadium.  If this gets any traction at all then I quit.  What is next?  Are the Fever going to want the Pacers to subsidize their existence.  Oh wait.

Well stay warm out there and if you are looking for something to do this weekend there is always a great high school basketball game not far away.  Easily the best value in all of sports.