Admittedly, I haven't been giving the NBA the attention it deserves this season, so this could totally not be the shot of the year, but with my knowledge of the 2018-19 NBA campaign, it is.
I mean, it's D-Wade in his last year. coming up with a classic prime years D-Wade moment. That's gotta take the cake up to now. The power of nostalgia baby. It's delicate, but potent. S/o Don Draper.
Now that the NFL is over and it's post all-star break, I'm trying to dive back in to basketball, but when you are busy trying to reach these kids it def doesn't help.
TBH C's being the biggest disappointment in the association definitely doesn't either; but hey, ratings are down like 30% so I know it's not just me. Plus the Red Sox and Pats won it all. I'm going to be okay. Guess we can deal with a little reality that not every team wins a championship (although despite how poorly they've played I still feel like they can figure it out)
But with a moment like this I am BACK.
Hol-e-yyyyyy shit Father Prime!!! ( I guess people are calling him Father Prime now?... I fuck with it)
What a sequence!!!
That is such a classic good-ole fashion holy shit highlight. I mean what else can you say? One-footer-fade-away-bank-shot-buzzer-beater-3 after basically getting blocked/losing it ... I still can't really tell.
I did not watch a second of that game so I have no idea how that game-flow went...but it does not matter. Game winner against the two-time defending champs what else do I really need to know?
For D- Wade to hit that shot, against that team, in those uniforms. (The Miami vice look heat jerseys are no exaggeration 839 times better than their normal unis) What an awesome final season moment for guy like Dwyane Wade, who team who's probably not going to the playoffs. I mean might as well call it a career after that.
I must've watched that shot on IG five times before I had to go show my roommate that clip. It was that incredible. Like in person. No tagging or DMs. I got my should be in bed already (thank God for a 2 hour delay at school tomorrow) ass up and showed another human being my phone and for a brief moment we connected.
Wow the power of sports.
Since Robert Kraft bought the New England Patriots in 1994 they've sold out every single pre, regular, and post season game they've hosted. Robert Kraft saved the New England Patriots and football in the New England market. The Patriots have won 6 Super Bowls, 10 AFC Championships and made the playoffs 20 times since the 1994 season. There is a serious argument to be made that Kraft is the greatest owner in North American sports between his success on the field, and philanthropy off it.
Today, Robert Kraft's name was one of 25 on a list of men who were charged with "soliciting a prostitute" at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida.
To quote the late Christopher Wallace
Naturally given his status and the fact that this is a sex related story it's going to get all the news, but like honestly what are we even doing here? An actor that nobody had ever heard of a week ago faked a fucking hate crime to start a race war and line his pockets but we're talking about a 77 year old widower (allegedly) getting his crank yanked? This is what's wrong with our country. Priorities, guys!
What is worse? Stirring the already bubbling race-relations pot or stimulating the economy in Florida? I'll let you decide.
I know the internet high horse crowd will talk about the horrors of sex/human trafficking and guess what...you'll get no debate from me, those are horrible things that should be stopped. I am firmly anti human trafficking, partly because I don't fully understand it.
BUT can we use our brains for a second? Jussie Smollett literally lied about getting fucking lynched in 2019 and we're worrying about Bob Kraft's old dick? GTFO. How has this overtaken the headlines?
The last thing we should be doing is trying to besmirch the great Kraft name. Especially in times like these. Oh so he's friends with Donald Trump because they're both billionaires so what? Like you've never been friends with someone who deep down you know is kind of a dick? Robert Kraft has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to a variety of causes. Responsible for wings of hospitals. You can go look at his wikipedia page yourself. Before a game against the Steelers this last season he went to the Pittsburgh Synagogue to pay his respects. He's also teamed up Jay Z, Meek and the owner of 76ers to help get people out of jail who deserve it.
RKK is a great man.
Great man get horny too.
So he may have gotten jerked off (maybe more!) by some Asian chicks. Guess what? so has your dad. There's a biggggg difference between going to massage parlor and being "in" on a sex tracking ring. I feel like the idiots wearing their "I hate the Patriots" blinders can't differentiate those things.
Just because you get jerked off (allegedly) at a massage parlor doesn't mean you're pro-human trafficking or willingly partaking in it. Does that mean anybody with an iPhone is pro child labor? Or someone who bought a wedding ring before Blood Diamond came out is directly responsible for the amputation of South African hands?
If the rumors are true and there was human trafficking going on at this parlor that's horrible, and needs to stop immediately. But unless before she starts stroking the conversation leads to how she's being held here against her will what are you really supposed to do in that situation? Nobody is thinking right with a hard on, always remember that.
Plus it's probably the biggest open secret in our society that you can get sex stuff at an Asian massage parlor. Everybody on earth knows that. Whenever someone says "Happy Ending" you know exactly what they're talking about, and sadly it's not ice cream.
At the end of the day who fucking cares? I am too busy to worry about the dick of another man. Prostitution is in that same ballpark as weed and sports gambling where people just fucking want it, and eventually it'll be regulated. Who cares what people do as long as it doesn't hurt others? And I know you can just say well sex trafficking hurts but how are you supposed to know? I don't think every Asian massage parlor that has a secret menu only does it because of sex trafficking. I'm sure plenty just like the extra walkin-around money. How are you supposed to be able to tell the difference? I'm sure the salons look awfully alike.
This is just the attempt to try to make the Patriot dynasty crumble that will ultimately lead to another Super Bowl win. I honestly love it because Belichick and Brady have both been dragged through the mud for "crimes" that everybody else in the league was doing/are not really crimes. It's only right that Bob Kraft join the "people only care about this issue because they're sick of losing to us" Triumvirate. Would CNN be talking about Bill Bidwell if this happened to him? Do you even know who Bill Bidwell is?
Just don't be a sheep and let stories like this that don't matter take light off ones that do.
Mom in Hot Water For Going Around College Campus With Photos of Her Son Asking Girls If They Want To Date Him
Police want to identify a woman they say is badgering college women to date her single son.
The Baltimore Sun reports that a woman in her mid-50s has been visiting the campus of Towson University in Maryland pestering female students. The mom reportedly approaches her victims, shows them a photo of her eligible son and asks if they are interested in dating him.
Police say the mom entered two on-campus buildings on three separate dates to play Cupid. The Towson Police Department shared an email with Yahoo Lifestyle from Chief Charles Herring that alerts the community to the mother’s actions.
“The Towson University Police Department is investigating three related incidents occurring in the Cook Library and Center for the Arts buildings on February 6 and 7,” read the email. “Students have reported being approached by an older female who attempted to show them a picture on her cellphone and ask if they were interested in dating her son. The subject of interest is described as a female, appearing to be in her 50s, with glasses, wearing blue jeans and a striped long-sleeve shirt with red trim along the bottom, a multicolored scarf, brown shoes and carrying a dark-colored coat.”
Herring concludes: “This incident advisory is being provided in order to make the TU Community aware of an incident on campus that may cause concern. This advisory is intended to heighten awareness and inform the community of incidents that may impact their safety and security.”
A police spokesperson tells Yahoo Lifestyle that, for now, the mother is not suspected of committing a crime; they just want her to stop. So might her son.
We might want to pump the breaks with calling these girls "victims". Ted Bundy had victims. Harvey Weinstein had victims. 6ix9ine has fucking victims. If getting annoyed in public by an Asian person who doesn't understand personal space and social norms is a crime, then it looks like every person I've ever met is due for a nice settlement check. Like have you been to any mall ever? Get out of here with that victim shit. There is one victim and one victim only in this story, and that victim is of course this lady's poor son.
I cannot express how badly I feel for this kid. This is every son's worst nightmare....their God damn mom showing up to their campus asking girls if they're interested in dating. I cringe just thinking about it. Really hoping we don't see a Seppuku headline follow up story. Hey lady, it's 2019, nobody in college is looking for dating. At least they shouldn't be. They want emotionless sex with as many people as possible. There are a million apps, the last thing your son needs is your help. If guys like me can get laid on their phone then literally anybody alive can do it. Do your son a favor and pay for a month of Hinge if you're really so concerned. No need to make the fact your son is alone national news.
As for getting the police involved, I can't lie it makes me laugh, like this lady was so annoying that the authorities had to be called. That alone is hilarious. Part of me can't help but laugh, but at the same time if you tattle on this lady and you aren't her son you can kick rocks. Freedom of speech, ever heard of it? Probably not, considering they're in college. but honestly aren't there bigger issues to worry about on campus than a weirdo Asian lady being a weirdo Asian lady? How about worrying about sexual assault or hazing before you go after the lady in the library showing strangers her son's facebook default photo?
If this kid didn't get laid off of this story then Seppuku is officially on the table. How much help do you need?
Song: Trip the Mains
Artist: Methyl Ethel
It's an absolute shame it's taken me this long to address the Patriots SIXTH Super Bowl win. Finally, in my busy schedule of searching for lesson plans to "borrow" online I have finally found the time to talk about the game.
With the over/under set at 55.5 I don't think too many people were expecting the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, but that's exactly what we got in Super Bowl LIII. 13-3 final score with the only touchdown of the game coming on a Sony Michel 2 yard run with 7 minutes left in the 4th. It was not 2018 football. A true defensive struggle. A battle in the trenches if you will. Like Harvard-Yale amirite? The Patriots tied the record for fewest points allowed in the Super Bowl and also set the record for fewest points scored by a winning team further emphasizing the fact that football is a TEAM game.
The idiotic trolls of the world like Max Kellerman and Rob Parker will try to say the fact that Tom Brady didn't throw a touchdown in this game tarnishes the win and his legacy. That take is just the cherry on the top of their "I'm a moron" sundae. Although his postseason TD to INT ratio was 2:3 Brady had the 3rd highest competition percentage AND passing yard total of any postseason of his career in 2018-19. No cliff yet. Tom for sure didn't have a classic "Tom Brady game", but this idea that he's not still the best QB in the league (and all time) is laughable. With their logic if you throw for 80 yards on a drive but your team scores on a rushing TD you don't matter. Oh okay bro.
You do have to give the Rams D credit for making 12 look mortal though.
After his first pass (which was tipped) of the game was intercepted Tommy went 21/34 for 262 yards. Considering how well the Rams defense played I'd say that's pretty impressive. Did we forget he's 41 years old?? Give the guy some credit. Brady threw for 262 yards when he basically only had two guys to throw to. 16 of his 21 completions were to Jules or Gronk. James White was completely taken out of the equation thanks to the Rams' game plan which led to more Burkhead. Hogan's target was a pick, Patterson is a gadget guy. It's not like Tom played like Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 50. Peyton unable to throw the ball 15 yards in the air and put no legitimate scoring drives together. Dudes still got it.
Sony Michel has been an absolute animal these playoffs. Arguably the great rookie running back postseason ever. 336 yards (112 yards/game) and 6 TD.
That man is why Tom Brady can play another 2+ years.
The Pats were moving the ball with some success and that's what was the most frustrating part of the game. I don't understand how people could say it was boring, I guuuuess if you had no legitimate rooting interests a 13-3 game could be "boring" but I was on the edge of my seat all night. a 3-0 lead is by far my least favorite lead in football now. SoOoOo stressful. No margin for error. It was like a pitchers duel. I think it's just the ADD generation who can't enjoy the nuance of sports. It doesn't have to be a pinball shoot out to be a great game, and honestly after last year's Super Bowl it was refreshing to see some defense.
The Patriots drove into Ram territory on their first four drives of the game, and five times in total in the 1st half. They only had three points to show for it. Had they lost that would've given me nightmares for years. It had that like the 2012 AFC Championship Game vibe to it. The Patriots lost that game 28-13 and had like 7 drives where they got into Raven territory and didn't score. Gotta finish drives to win in the playoffs. Really in any other game too.
So screw you if you said it was boring, cause I was fucking terrified, man! It was an "ugly" win but that ring will still shine. It was only ugly if you don't like defense. The Pats were able to drive the ball with decent success, yet they had essentially nothing to show for it. â Very similar to the start of Super Bowl LII. Against an offense as explosive as the Rams who scored 527 points this season, it still felt like even though the Pats made Jared Goff look like he who really is (a fake good QB)... at any play the Rams could've taken the lead. Their offense was like my poops after chipotle...explosive. It's a ticking time bomb. Had they connected on a deep ball, or let Todd Gurley break a big run I really don't know if the Pats would've won. It was 3-3 going into the 4th! I feel like it could've been a really deflating moment considering how the game had been going to that point. Like we need to give the Rams defense more credit for keeping an offense who punted on 8 straight drives within 24 points...forget 3. They were incredible. It was like baseball game where your team has 9 hits but only 1 run. All it takes a bloop and blast to take the lead. Yards and hits don't matter if you can't score.
This game may have not had a lot of touchdowns but there were a ton of a great special teams plays! Matthew Slater making his daddy's team pay.
I'll be the first to admit I have doubted this defense...really for the last 2 years, they played out of their mind. It felt like the Rams had 3rd and million a bunch. So many TFLs. Danny Shelton making the first play I can remember this season! They balled TF out. Kyle Van Noy is a beast. He had like a break-dance sack it was nuts. The secondary is low key one of the best in the NFL. But game ball has to go to the front 7 as a whole. They had to have been the most impressive of the bunch. I've been one of the biggest bashers of that unit. A bunch of dudes who are 72's in madden. They shut me up by having statistically one of the best team performances in Super Bowl History. They held Todd Gurley (who definitely wasn't at 100%) to 35 yards. The team that scored the 2nd most points in the league (527) was held to a single field goal. And a long one at that!
Jason McCourty's pass break-up on Brandin Cooks which at the time looked like easy untouched touchdown was the biggest play of the game in my eyes. This could've woken up the Rams offense.
I can't front it was extra sweet to see him drop that pass after the fuck ups he had for us last year in the super bowl....like you're Brandin Cooks..wiggle an inch and you'll be able to get the first down. Don't need to go MJ from the free throw line.
The Rams would score their only points of the game on that drive. It had to have felt like a disappoint on that sideline to have to settle for a 53 yard FG after it looked like they had an easy TD. What a play by McCourty to close in and get contact to break up the ball. His story coming from the 0-16 Browns to make that play and win a Super Bowl with his twin brother could end up a Disney movie someday.
Eventually, the Patriots finished a drive that was equally balanced in rushing and passing highlights. Gronk had two huge catches including a classic peak-Gronk diving catch to set up Sony for the game-winner.
Probably Brady's best throw of the game, as well. Classic Brady put it right where only Gronk could get it. If that ends up being the final catch of his career it's basically the best non-Gronk spike scenario.
After seeing this during mic'd up I think it is more probable than not that this is Gronk's last game. :(
Sounded more like an awkward goodbye by two guys who have gotten a little sick of each other, but deep have a mutual respect and maybe even a little love for each other.
There's a parallel between the way the Pats have won their last two Super Bowls. Each fixing their fatal mistake that cost them the year. In 2015 the Patriots lost the AFC championship game when they couldn't convert on a 2 point conversion to tie the game. In 2016 during the Patriots 25 point comeback in Super Bowl LI they had to convert on two do or die 2 point conversions to tie the game. Last year Tom Brady threw for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns but the defense did him no favors, giving up points on 8 of 10 Eagle drives allowing 41 points. The front 7 didn't touch Foles once. This year Brady threw for half as many yards and the defense forced 8 straight punts. 38 fewer points allowed from the Super Bowl last year and the front 7 dominated the line of scrimmage. I say front 7 but at times it's like 5-6 because of all the db's lol. The point is the defense won them the Super Bowl and picked up an offense who had a rough day.
I'll admit that I gave up hope for a brief moment after Josh Gordon got suspended. Call me Sam Smith cause I know I'm not the only one. But they got hot and found their identity. Pound the rock. They bought into the underdog thing. Sure on paper that may seem a little ridiculous considering the resume this franchise has the last few decades, but this team had it's doubter. They were completely written off by the "experts". Funny how it worked out. Of all Super Bowl wins this path to the Lombardi may be one of the most impressive. Beat the two best teams in the AFC (record wise) in the Chargers and the Chiefs. After going 3-5 on the road in the regular season the Pats had their biggest road win at Arrowhead to go to the Super Bowl. Then in the Super Bowl they beat 13-3 Los Angeles Rams. The Patriots have officially gone San Fran Giants of the first half of the 2010's. Every even year. 2014, 2016, 2018 Super Bowl Champs. #StillHere indeed.
âFather of the year.
Think about how much the U.S. has changed since 2001.
The internet has taken over every aspect of our lives; people are walking around with super computers the size of an index card in their pocket that can play any song ever recorded AND can even access everything about a total stranger (if you're savvy enough). We've had a black AND an orange President. Gay people can get married. Weed is basically legal, and people are buying record players again. America and the world as a whole are completely different from life in 2001.
Really one of the only consistent thing that has happened over that time period is the New England Patriots success under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
In a league designed for long-term success to be unsustainable the Patriots have done the impossible. I've been reading different versions of that sentence for like 8 years. That's how long this ride has been going on. People were saying it was over in early 2010 after the Patriots lost their first home playoff game since 1978 to the Ravens.
Since week 3 of the 2001 season (with the exception of the 2008 season when Brady was hurt and the first 4 games in 2016) it's been Brady and Belichick leading the New England Patriots. They won Super Bowl 36 when I was in 4th grade. Now I'm 27 years old teaching my own students who weren't even alive when Vinatieri drilled a 48 yarder right down the middle to beat the greatest show on turf. In 2019 things have gone full circle. 17 years later to the day, the Patriots will be playing the Rams in the Super Bowl.
You could've gotten a DUI and killed someone the night of Super Bowl 36 and gotten out of jail already if you had good enough lawyers. That's how long this run has lasted. You could do a 15 year bid and still catch the end.
Or how about the Rams? They've had no less than 47 QBs and have literally uprooted and gone back to California.
Since 2001 the Pats have won 5 championships (with a chance for 6 on Sunday) and been to 9 Super Bowls. The next closest organizations are the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers; each has been to three Super Bowls in that same time frame. Quick math that's 1/3 as many. So many franchises have had championship "windows" open, and close during this time period while the Patriots have had two separate dynasties under Brady and Belichick.
As a Patriot fan I feel like because of the last five years we've sort of forgot the 10 previous.
From 2005 to 2013 the Patriots won zero Super Bowls. I know in the grand scheme of things that isn't that long and no fan base is gonna cry over the Patriots not winning, but I can vividly remember the days where I worried I got all my best football too early in life. Back when I didn't truly understand the importance and appreciate it. I mean I was a 4th grader just getting into football.
There's 12 teams who have never even won a single Super Bowl and fan bases looking for their first playoff win in decades. So I completely get crying about 10 years between Super Bowl wins may seem ridiculous, but then again I'm a Patriots fan and it's my birthright to win....
During those "lean" years the Patriots were still among the elites in the NFL. It wasn't like they sucked and weren't winning. Quite the opposite tbh. They were consistently in the hunt for a Lombardi Trophy. They even made it back to the Super Bowl two more times, but were unable to seal the deal.
It really looked like there was a chance the Tom Brady Patriots would never win it all again. After the Kansas City game in 2014 I was crushed. I thought it was over. They had lost two straight AFC title games and couldn't protect Brady at all. I remember watching that game at Rhody Joe's just shocked that the run was really coming to an end. It felt like this team would never win a championship again. After getting so close, so many times it just seemed like the end was near. And I mean it would've made sense. Tom Brady was what 37 at the time? That's an age where it's ends. There's no shame in that.
Somehow we went from the end of the dynasty, to a completely new one. Since week 4 of the 2014 season the Patriots have been in 4 of the last 5 Super Bowls, with a chance to win a 3rd on Sunday. Think about that. The Pats have been in the last three Super Bowls. The Jets haven't been to a Super Bowl since a man walked on the moon.
I know there's gonna be people who said they never lost the faith, but I did and that's what makes these last five years so special. In a way they weren't supposed to happen. The dynasty could've ended that night in KC and nobody would've batted an eye. Now in five seasons since this been arguably the best five year run of the dynasty. The Patriots are a win away from being tied for the most Super Bowls win in the history of the NFL. Pretty impressive considering they started 0 for the first 35.
In short, I haven't written in a while and it shows. The Pats are back in the Super Bowl and have a great chance to win, I'm nervous, I'm excited, I'm happy I've gotten to witness this run of success. It'll never happen again, at this point everything is just icing. Appreciate these next couple of days, because they for sure could be the end, and if they are, what a fucking run it's been.
Let's just avoid talking about the whole there's only three football games left this season thing and instead focus our energy on how great (on paper) the match ups are today, okay?
In the wild card round the road team won 3 of 4 games. Last week things went a little more chalk, as the home team won every divisional round game.
That set up a conference championship Sunday featuring rematches of two of this regular season's most exciting games. Rams @ Saints and Patriots @ Chiefs. We've got two legend QBs trying to hold off the up and coming young guys who are looking to show the league it's their time now. I think a serious argument can be made that these teams also have the four best coaches in the NFL.
In the AFC we have the two-time defending AFC champion New England Patriots heading to Arrowhead to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Pats bested the Chiefs 43-40 in an absolute back and forth track meet in week 6. At the time that game was on TV2 as my main focus was on Game 2 of the ALCS. (S/O JBJ)
With Kareem Hunt and Josh Gordon both out of the picture both teams are a lot different, while still dangerous offensively. From what I'm told the L.A. Rams - Saints game earlier this year was great, but I was too busy throwing up on my closed toilet seat to really remember that one. Â¯\_(ã)_/Â¯
We all know how much I love game narratives and would look what we've got here. The home teams are 10-0 in conference championship games since the 2013 season. Five straight seasons where the higher seed has moved on. Idk....to me, as a guy who loves to bet the opposite color when you see it's been red or black 5+ spins in a row I just don't think that trend is going to continue. Allow me to explain.
NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints (-3.5)
Fox 3:05 PM
Everybody wants to talk about the Dome. The Saints are different in the dome! Guys, Drew Brees and Sean Payton have never lost a home playoff game. It's reaaally hard to win in New Orleans.
I mean, who cares that they've been together since 2006 and only have hosted 6 home playoff games?
This is the franchise's first trip to the NFC title game since the 2009 season. Which to me is somewhat hard to believe, but then again, let's not forget the Saints went 7-9 three years in a row. It's been the breakout performances of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas that have somewhat saved the legacies of Drew Brees and Sean Payton imo.
The Saints are still obviously a great team with a ton of talent. They went 13-3, just like the Rams. I don't need to go position by position with these teams...there's a reason they're still playing. But, the Saints to me, seem like a team who has already peaked. They haven't been playing their best football the last month or so, but to their credit, they're still here. HOWEVAA if Alshon Jeffery actually had the best hands in the league, they probably wouldn't be. Drew Brees has not been the same QB he was before the Cowboys game and the loss of Sheldon Rankins for the Saints could be a real big issues considering how strong the Rams running game looked last week against a good defense in Dallas.
Despite all that I think this is gonna be a fucking awesome game, and one the Saints for sure could win. They're still the Saints...at home. You know the Superdome is gonna be wild. We have two great coaches who love to take chances. I still don't understand wtf McVay was trying to do last week going for it on 4th and 1 on the goal line when a FG makes it a two score game but it was exciting AF. I'm sure Sean Payton will have something up his tight fitting sleeves. We very well may find ourselves in a trick-play dick measuring contest, which I'm all in for. I wouldn't be shocked to see Taysom Hill doing some shit we've never seen before, like playing 3 snaps in a row. Both teams have two good running backs. I said in the preseason CJ Anderson would score 10 touchdowns this year and he's been doing everything he can as of late to make my take look more intelligent. Drew Brees is Drew Brees enough said. Jared Goff, while still young and raw at times, has the potential to be one of the upper-level QBs of the next decade. Both teams have above average field goal kickers.
I just like the Rams roster better than the Saints and really think the Saints are sort of a mirage. I know the Saints are at home and beat them by 10 earlier this year, but as I said earlier I don't think this Saints team is that same as they were that time of the year when they won 10 straight games. Under Sean McVay the Rams are 13-3 on the road the last two seasons, so clearly they can play anywhere. Give me this Rams D line to keep the Saints rushing attack in check. I love what Gurley and CJ Anderson have been doing together. This game should be a blast to watch with many lead changes, I just all week have thought the the Rams find a way to win on the road and am sticking with it.
AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-3)
CBS 6:40 PM
This season the Kansas City Chiefs have one the most entertaining offenses I've ever seen. I couldn't have been more wrong on Patrick Mahomes. I thought he has bust written all over him, then he throws 50 touchdowns. Hand up on that one. Tyreek Hill is probably the most dynamic player in the league. Anytime he touches the ball it could be a house call. They are an annoying ass Golden State Warrior fake sport, just chuck it up offense, but to their credit it works.
Meanwhile the Patriots have been the tail of two teams this season. At home they're 9-0 averaging I'm pretty sure like 33 points a game. The road has been a different story for the Pats as they're just 3-5 with only one impressive road win (week 7 against the Bears). At 11-5 they had their worst regular season of the decade, but for the 8th straight season find themselves playing in the AFC Championship game. Of course I have to put on my Patriots hat and talk about that. EIGHT STRAIGHT AFC Championship games. That's just a stupid stat. That's high school and college. That's a long fucking time. Two Presidential terms. No down years, no slip ups. This team has been within shouting distance of a Super Bowl ring every year for 8 straight years. We will never see a run like this again in the NFL. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the greatest to ever do it together and sure they've lost their fair share of games in the playoffs, but they also have a chip on their shoulder. Sure they had it surgically put there, but it's there. They're playing this no respect card. They know people are saying they can't win on the road. Look I'm scared of what Tyreek Hill can do in this game, I'm worried Patrick Mahomes is gonna be dead to rights, then escape a sack and flick the ball downfield left handed for 60 yards. All that could very well happen.
But at the end of the day it's the New England Patriots with the best coach and QB ever against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs.. who until last week did nothing but lose home playoff games for the last quarter century. I may end up being wrong but I feel a lot more confident riding with Bill and Tom than buying in on Andy Reid and his freakshow QB who drinks hunts ketchup.
Patriots can run the ball and dictate the way this game is played. The Chiefs defense has a few guys, but overall as a unit does not scare me. Is Eric Berry healthy? I can never keep track. Chris Jones can ruin an offensive line, but this is a solid and complete team. I'm dying with my guys, the season starts today. I'm done writing, idk how, but the Patriots win this game and all is right in the world. I don't think Gronk is going to be silent again. If this is his last game in New England I expect him to ball out. I'm going with history, I'm going with the goats, I'm going with my heart and I'm going to be completely broken if I'm wrong.
I went 0-4 picking winners last week.
(3-1 ATS though on the blog)
Only thing I got right was that I said it was going to be a wild weekend, which it was. Road teams went 3-1 straight up. Both 6 seeds moved on. The only thing that wasn't a surprise is that Cody Parkey missed a field to end the Bears season. It all began with the Texans going back to being the fraud organization like I said they were YEARS ago.
I really need to bring back the fraud list.
I deserve everything I got for betting on them to win.
That game completely changed my outlook on DeShaun Watson going forward. You wanna talk about chums? Hey dude, maybe don't signal for the first down when you're down 90 points at home in the playoffs and the Colts are letting you run the ball and waste time.
The Seahawks lost their kicker and had to go for two late, which totally impacted the spread, not to mention their play calling knowing on every drive a field goal was simply not an option. Lamar Jackson turned back into a pumpkin, but in his defense I think the play calling did him no favors. Run, run, pass every series gets more predictable than the Guy meets girl, guy and girl have something good, guy fucks up, and eventually wins back girl plot line in every romantic comedy ever made. If he didn't' wait until the 4th quarter to start completing passes I think the Ravens could've actually pulled it off. The Chargers were not impressive at all IMO. I think they just benefited from playing a rookie QB for the 2nd time in three weeks to prepare for him. Granted the Ravens defense is one of the best in the NFL, but what the Chargers accomplished offensively last week does not impress me. Settling for field goals (especially with their kicker) is not going to end well in the playoffs.
As for the games this week, coming off an 0-4 on the blog winner wise I need to do better. Even if what really matters is the spread for our sake ;) Let's take a look at the games that make up the unofficial best football weekend of the year.
(6) Indianapolis Colts vs (1) Kansas City Chiefs -5.5
4:35 pm Saturday NBC
It's hard to judge the Colts after beating the fraud ass Texans, but they have to be the most surprising story of the season.
From Josh McDaniels leaving them at the alter, to 1-5 after 6 games, now they're in the divisional round.
Nobody on earth saw this coming. Maybe Jim Irsay when he was tripping on expired pills? But that's it.
They've gone 1-0 like 10 of the last 11 weeks. Andrew Luck is looking like he did pre-2015 and all of a sudden this team has a great offensive line, and solid defense. Not to mention the greatest kicker in NFL history. The Colts are that team nobody wants to play. They are scary AF. Marlon Mack is going to destroy the Chiefs front 7.
The Chiefs offense has been remarkable this season. They average just a tick over 35 points a game and are the first team in five years (2013 Broncos) who can say that. Patrick Mahomes threw 50 touchdowns and used both arms. Neato! Travis Kelce had the all-time single season TE receiving yardage record for about 15 minutes, and they won 12 games for the 2nd time in 3 years. It was another great regular season in KC.
That being said, I am never picking the Chiefs in the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs are 1-11 in the playoffs since 1993, yes you read that correctly 1-11 with that one win coming in 2015 against the Houston fucking Texans and Brian Hoyer. So essentially this organization hasn't won a real playoff game since 1993.
Here is a list of years the Kansas City Chiefs have made the playoffs since 1993:
Now here is a list of every year the Chiefs lost their first home playoff game.
The two years that weren't included (1994 and 2013) they still lost their first game, they just were on the road.
"BuT doZo tHoSe tEaMs diDn't HavE paTricK mAhoMes"
Dude, I don't give a fuck. HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO SAY I'M A NARRATIVE GUY!!? The narrative is and always will be until they prove otherwise that the Chiefs just don't "do" winning in the playoffs. Maybe it's because in football they call it year the season started season instead of when it starts and ends. Like it's just the 2018 season even though these games are played in 2019. Maybe the Chiefs over the years didn't wanna confuse people by winning during the year that wasn't mentioned in the season? Their bodies and brains can't compute that they're playing a 2018 game in 2019. Of course I'm talking about years past but just using that year for my example. Idk bro. But did you know Andy Reid has lost his last four home playoff games when favored?
Have you seen this Chiefs defense?
I have and they're fucking horrible.
The Chiefs have lost home playoff games in a litany of different ways during this run with like 47 different quarterbacks. They've missed kicks, they haven't gotten teams off the field, they've had holdings take game tying 2 point conversions off the board, they've blown 28 point leads (granted that was on the road), and they've had QB throw touchdowns to themselves against them. So yeah, even with Patrick Mahomes I still don't believe in this organization. Which sucks too because I like the Chiefs. I'm a big fan of the old AFL and their story.
Without Kareem Hunt this offense is not nearly as scary and with an average at best kicker and defense who does nothing well I'm going with history and my brain. The Colts are a much more balanced team than the Chiefs. They finished 5th in points for and 10th in points allowed. People say Arrowhead is one of the toughest places to play in the league even though every single team that goes into Arrowhead leaves with a playoff win. Until the Chiefs prove me wrong I am riding this wave. As a Patriot fan I'd rather go into KC than get the Colts at home. And the Patriots own the Colts historically, especially Andrew Luck, that's how much I don't trust the Chiefs.
Taking the Colts +5.5 is for sure the smart play. If you have the balls to go straight up ML, more power to you.
(4) Dallas Cowboys vs (2) Los Angeles Rams -7.5
8:15 PM FOX
To me the Rams are basically the Chiefs with worse uniforms. Fantastic offense with no defense whatsoever.
At least for the Rams they're getting their star running back...back. Todd Gurley is expected to play.
They do get to play at "home" but given their lack of support and the Cowboys following it's expected to be close to 50-50 Rams-Cowboys fans at the Coliseum.
I think 7.5 is a huge number for this game. As I write this I'm still not that confident in picking either team to win, but I think this game is really close. Both teams love to run the ball which should shorten the game and favors the Cowboys if they can keep the Rams off the field. I wouldn't be completed shocked to see the Rams cover since the Cowboys are a much worse team on the road (3-5), but given the fact this game is going to be played outside... in Los Angeles... in front of a ton of Cowboy fans I don't think that really matters too much.
Imo the Rams need this game much more, obviously both teams want to win in the playoffs, but the Cowboys are the Cowboys. Nobody is gonna be surprised if they lose. They won their home playoff game and stole the division in a year where they started 3-5. This year was a success for the Cowboys. Dak and Garrett already earned their contract extensions.
The Rams on the other hand lost their home game as a division winner last year with a prolific offense. This year they got a bye and were even better offensively, averaging 3 points a game more than 2017. Everybody loves to blow Sean McVay as this hot, smart, innovative, new style of offensive minded playing genius head coach, but if the Rams lose their first playoff game again I feel like the heat is gonna be turned up in L.A. He'd he 0-2 at home in the playoffs. Not great! I still really don't love Jared Goff as a passer either. I don't trust him in crunch time. Just looking at the guy's face tells me all I need to know. That dude just doesn't look like a Super Bowl winner.
I think what plays to the Rams favor however is they are the more desperate team for all the reasons I just said, not to mention all the guys they added this off season. They are in a win now mode while Goff and Gurley are still on rookie deals. It will be a major disappoint for this franchise if they can't move on this week. The pressure could cause them to buckle, and Dak is statistically one of the best 4th quarter QB's ever, but the Cowboys have been disappointing their fans for last 20 years which is why gun to my head I think the Rams eek this game out. I think it's going to be one of the most fun games of the entire weekend, and like the Colts-Chiefs game I do love the underdog to cover.
(5) Los Angeles Chargers vs (2) New England Patriots -4
1:05 pm Sunday CBS
The Chargers are better than the Patriots in pretty much every category except head coach and quarterback. If you were to list out the top 30 players in this game, like 22 of them would be Chargers. The Chargers have been basically playing on the road every game for the last 2 years and with the Patriots clearly not the same team they've been the last few years everything seems to be in play for a Chargers upset. They're not scared to come into Foxboro.
I'm not gonna lie, I've lost faith at times in this Patriot team. So inconsistent. Lack of play makers. I am really pissed off at how they built this team for what is likely one of Tom Brady's final playoff runs. Fucking load up! Instead they had a mini-fire sale. They had to rely on Josh Gordon this year because they didn't address their WR depth properly this off-season. Can't blame a junkie for being a junkie (completely have changed my take from my blog about him earlier)
I have been talking about betting against the Patriots in the divisional round for deep because I don't have a ton of faith in the way they've looked the last few weeks. Emotional hedge baby!
That is exactly why I love the Patriots to win this game.
I still think they're a long shot to win the Super Bowl, but at this point you never know? It's still Brady and Belichick, even if we can for see the end is closer than it may appear. Somewhat surprisingly despite the lack of stars defensively this unit is sound. 7th in points allowed. I like Phil Rivers a lot as a QB and he's #1 on my non-Patriots I wanna see win the Super Bowl list, but I think given the weather and the fact that the Chargers have to travel back to the east coast is huge for the Patriots. Plus he's 1-7 career against the Pats with the 1 win coming against Matt Cassel in 2008.
If it snows I love the Patriots chances even more. Have the Chargers ever won a game in the snow? Serious question. Chargers being +4 is very interesting to me since they can lose by 3 and still cover, but I have this feeling the Patriots win with relative ease. It makes zero sense and I'm aware of that, but everybody seems to be ready to write the dynasty off and say it's over. Whenever that happens the Patriots seem to show why they are still the Patriots. Even with how poorly Gronk has played as of late I don't think you can write him off. If at 5 on Sunday Gronk has 7 catches for 110 and 2 touchdowns I won't be surprised. I just don't see him going out this shell of himself that he's been all year.
The last thing I'll say about this game is that the Colts-Chiefs outcome will impact this game, if the Chiefs lose and the Patriots players know despite never admitting it to the media that if they win they get the AFCCG at home I love the Pats chances even more.
(6) Philadelphia Eagles vs. (1) New Orleans Saints
4:40 PM Sunday FOX
Defending champs against the Super Bowl favorite. Sean Payton has been game planning for this game since last year, that has to give a slight edge to the Saints.
Nick Foles Cinderella story just doesn't seem to end. After knocking off the bears 16-15 last week everybody is talking about that BDN mojo. Can he really lead the Eagles back to the Super Bowl? Part of me wants to see that just because of the terror it will cause in Philly. I would love to see them actually do the impossible and trade Carson Wentz just to see how people would react. It's nuts. The Eagles finally win a Super Bowl and they don't want that quarterback.
I love the Saints roster, and the fact that Sean Payton pulled the ultimate football guy move this week by bringing in the Lombardi trophy on a stack of $250,000 telling them if they want this to win 3 fuckin games it's really hard to pick against the Saints this week.
The only question I think is do they cover or not? At around 8.5 depending where you get it that gives you a lot of wiggle room as an Eagles backer, but I feel like the magic has to run out eventually. I'm not gonna touch this game but if I was I'd think taking the points is the move even though I'm about to predict a 10 point Saints win. I am so excited to watch this game and see how wild the Superdome is. I would love to see Taysom Hill find the endzone. I think Drew Brees need another Super Bowl ring to truly cement his legacy as an all-time great and he knows that.