Posted on: February 1, 2010 12:52 pm
 

Thoughts on the Blazers

What a season so far.  It's almost comical to see all the injuries to this team.  What started out as a year of what might be has turned into a year of what next.  It's good to see Nick Batuum and Rudy Fernandez back, but these guys are not what the team needs to turn it around.  We are almost halfway through the season and the Portland Trail Blazers are currently in 7th place in the west.  I really believe the right move is to get all the young players the most playing time you can and play out the season.  If something fantastic comes along in a trade, take it.  I believe the problem is too much talent on this roster.  It's true the season has been killed by injuries, but Nate is still trying to find the right starting combination.  When it comes to the blazers talent, they need to start thinking quality not quantity.  A few decent guys for a really good guy would work well here.  

As for trying to make a run at the playoffs, why?  So you get matched up against the Lakers or the Nuggets and get swept in teh first round?  Why not play out the string, get a lottery pick and come back next year bigger and badder than ever.  Instead of the year of what might be, this year could become a year of what should be next season.

One more thing...If Brandon Roy is allowed to play in the All Star game, somebody should lose their job at One Center Court..... He is already missing games due to injuries, why not let him rest more during the all star break?

Ok, OK  this has turned into a complaining rant....which is what I don't want.  

Until we meet again!  
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 29, 2010 2:51 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Super Bowl

Ok, lets talk Super Bowl......
Since I don't "have a dog in this race" I will tell you I think the Colts will win this game comfortably and here's why:
1) The Saints first opponent was the Cardinals.  Arizona proved the week before that my church could put together a team and score against them.  2 playoff games and almost 100 pts scored?  EEKS!  The Colts have a pretty good defense.  In two playoff games, the colts have given up  20 points.

2) When the Saints played a quality opponent, it took 5 Viking turnovers for the Saints to win at home.  Kind of amazing to think with less than 2 minutes in the 4th quarter the Vikings were (a) on the road, (b) had 4 turnovers, & (c) were about 10 yards away from kicking a game winning field goal. The Colts are one of the most disciplined teams in the league.  If they had 2 turnovers I would be very surprised.  They are really like the Niners in the 80's and the Cowboys in the 90's.  You can't stop everything they throw at you and everything is done with precision.

3) After the NFC title game, the Saints players were partying as if they had already won a championship.  I understand they have not been there before, but I have to think the Saints have a little bit of a "Happy to be here" attitude.  You couldn't even get a full smile from Peyton Manning as he lifted the AFC trophy.  There was no partying, nothing more than a feeling of "Who's next?"

Overall, I believe this will be a fun game to watch, but I believe the Colts are the better prepared and more talented team.  

Brad's prediction.......Colts 35  Saints 21
 

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 28, 2010 12:45 pm
 

It's been a while....

It's been a while since I have put anything on here, so I figured I should get back to it.
As I said in my Bio, I am a huge Niner fan.  This last season was bitter/sweet.  I remember telling my Nephew in September, "I would be happy with 8-8" and I am, don't get me wrong. But then all the what if's come into play....  What if they don't let one get away in Seattle, what if Favre's pass isn't complete in week 4, what if they don't get down by 21 in Houston adn Green Bay and maybe win one of those instead of lose by 3.  Sure 8-8 is better than 7-9 like last year, but if you take away the fumble by Gore on the last drive in Seattle and the last second pass by Favre in Minnesota, the Niners go from 8-8 to 10-6 and are in the playoffs.  Two plays made the difference in an entire season. TWO!!! 

Looking ahead to next season, I am nothing but excited.  It looks like Kurt Warner will retire, so you would have to knock the Cardinals down a rung, There is no reason to think Pete Carroll won't fall on his face again in the NFL, and the Rams are where the Niners were 4 years ago.  I truly believe San Francisco has to be the favorite to win the division.  Now if Favre retires as well, that takes another team out of the playoffs.  Sorry Tavaras Jackson is just not the man.  But the main thing to look forward to is continuity in San Fran.  They are not switching offensive cordinators AGAIN, so perhaps young Mr Smith can actually work on what he already knows instead of starting over again.  This should be a great year!


Until we meet again.....
Brad
Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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