First, I'd just like to say welcome to anyone who will actually read this blog. I have to say, this is the first time that I have actually blogged anything. I've tried Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace and eventually gave up on them. Expect more of the same here. Blogging kind of makes me think of forced procrastination. You make a blog, that you are supposed to update, yet for some reason or another, you don't necessarily find any significant value in the blog itself. You end up going on unwarranted tangents (much like you are seeing right now), then eventually you just stop posting all together.
I myself go through phases on CBS Sports where I stop posting. I mean let's be honest here. Most of you post from work. Well, I don't. I only post from home. I haven't used my BlackBerry or your girlfriends iPhone to post, not once. I haven't used a work computer to post, not once. I don't really see the point. It's all recreational. Besides, I don't get paid to post on this site, and I never will, but I do get paid to work at my job. So it only makes sense that I wouldn't post at work.
Word of the Day: Quarterback
A lot of fuss has been made over the past few weeks over the quarterbacks still left standing in the NFL playoffs. And really, the only one who hasn't had enough of a beating is Mark Sanchez. Think about it. Ben Roethlisberger has broken his nose, been face-punched by Richard Seymour, and has been sacked enough this season to justify a decision like not standing.
Jay Cutler's offensive line might as well have sat on the sidelines on more than one occasion. He got sacked so many times early in the season that I thought they would bury him, right there, in Soldier Field.
Aaron Rodgers has been concussed already this season. Yet, he could be faking it. I thought concussions were supposed to make you fuzzy for an extended amount of time. Guess not. Either that or the Falcons cornerbacks just had bricks on their feet trying to cover Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and James Jones.
But seriously, the word of the day is quarterback for one reason. They won't be as relevant as you think this week. These teams are mainly here because of their defense. Yes, they are all talented in their own right, but are you really buying Mark Sanchez as a playoff QB if he is taking snaps in Arizona? You see my point, I'm sure. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning might be standing here today this week if they had the ability to make defenses not pressure them the entire game.
I mean, in all honesty, who are you gonna take? Brady or Sanchez? Well, give Brady Sanchez's defense and Brady probably has double the production. Then again, this is all irrelevant, because that scenario will never happen. Like Brady would ever play on a team where someone thinks he is an asshole. Antonio Cromartie ruined that trade possibility.
Speaking of which, when Brady was asked about what he thought of Cromartie's comments, he responded simply with "I've never even met the guy." The interviewer replied with sharp wit by saying, "That sounds like how Cromartie is with his kids." Trying to trap Brady doesn't work. The elusive QB simply chuckled heartily.
Movie of the Day: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
No, seriously, check this out. I was skeptical, for a few reasons. One, I'm not much into video games like I used to be, and I knew going in that this movie had a video game feel. 2. Other than Superbad, most comedies centering around teens and love and getting laid generally end up being pretty horrible. Unless of course, there is an evil killer on the loose. In which case, you know you are going to see some breasts and blood.
But this movie is pretty damn cool. It was created by Universal, who I pretty much trust in all things. Instead of the normal Universal music you are accustomed to before the movie begins, we get a Mario Bros. sounding version. I immediately was locked in, and it was all uphill after that. Not to mention, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (the love interest) is pretty hot for a chick who changes her hair color almost every scene.
The movie itself just has a flashiness to it. And I'm not talking Brett Favre flashiness. It moves fast, and keeps you tuned in with the quick scenes and flashy fight sequences in the movie. It is actually 1 hour and 59 minutes long, but when it's over, you won't know it was that long. Well, unless you own a watch, but you get the drift.
Check it out. It's worth a rental. I give this movie 4 Balls out of 5 possible Balls.
NFL Picks for the Week
I won't post these in accordance with me trying to cover the spread, as I normally do that on the main boards, and I feel like it will generate more views that way if anyone wants to go crazy with my stupid generalizations and predictions. I credit NFL - Solomon for this idea though, because he actually commended my weekly pick em' and gave me the idea to put them on a blog if I ever actually did start one.
Anyway, this week you'll see two re-matches again. The Steelers will host the Jets and the Bears will host the Packers for the right to try and put a Lombardi Trophy in their office. As I've said before, I feel like these four teams are brought here by one common factor: defense. And if you don't agree with me, well I don't really care. So here we go.
NY Jets v. Pittsburgh Steelers
Both teams have great defenses, and the first time they met was at Heinz Field and the Jets pulled off the victory 22-17. One key factor though: there was no Troy Polamalu. I'm sure Rex Ryan knows this and he must help execute a game plan to keep Troy and his flowing Samoan hair out of his way if he hopes to reach the Super Bowl. In the last meeting, the Jets were actually able to generate a decent running game. Doing that again is absolutely important. The Steelers give up less than 65 yards a game rushing, which is remarkable, and easily led the league. In fact, it is one of the best marks in the history of the NFL for the course of a season. But the Jets have two capable running backs in LaDainian Tomlinson, who has shown shades of his former self, and a downhill runner in Shonn Greene. If they can sustain a fair amount of rushing yards, they will make Mark Sanchez's job a lot easier. If not, they could be doomed.
When you look at Pittsburgh, you have to look at the play of QB Ben Roethlisberger. Rape allegations aside, this guy is a gamer. He has the mobility of Steve McNair, and the play-making ability of (insert random play making QB here). The fact is, he comes up with big plays when it matters most. Because of their lack of success running the ball, the Steelers will have to look to make some big throws in this one. I don't foresee a good day for whoever Darrelle Revis is covering, and it should be Mike Wallace. The Jets need to take away the down-field threat that Wallace possesses and take their chances with Hines Ward, Emmanuel Sanders, and Heath Miller. The problem is, with Justin Leonard out at the safety position, I see a big game from Heath Miller as I don't think any LB or S on their roster will be able to contain him.
When it comes down to it, I see a dominating performance from the Steelers defense leading to maybe a handful of FGs and one TD for the Jets offense. The Jets are definitely going to be around for a while, but the playoffs are usually where the Steelers shine.
Steelers 23 Jets 16
Green Bay Packers v. Chicago Bears
Another game, another defensive struggle in the works. Aaron Rodgers has looked unhuman in his first three career playoff games. He has single handedly proven why the Packers are a force to be reckoned with. His performance against the Falcons was MVP worthy, but keep in mind, this game is going to be played in the elements, not the confinements of astro-turf and an air conditioned dome. That is going to make it a little more difficult.
The key to me is how Jay Cutler performs. He burned the Seahawks last week to the tune of 2 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs but this Packers defense is not the Seahawks. Clay Matthews poses a major problem to a patchwork offensive line. Mike Tice was able to get the offensive line playing better after the mid-way point of the season, which attributed to Cutler looking a lot better as the season progressed. If Cutler plays smart football, I like the Bears to actually pull off the win. They are underdogs at home, and that has got to give them some form of motivation, considering they are the 2 seed, they are at home, and they are expected to get beaten.
When it's all said and done, I foresee a good day for Cutler and the Bears offense, and enough stops by the defense for the Bears to shock the world, and take out the flavor of the week.
Bears 20 Packers 17
So there you have it. I've blogged. Maybe I will write another one sometime. Maybe I won't. But hey, enjoy your football this week, check out the movie I said to, and most importantly, be safe.
A Blog with Balls: First Entry
Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:15 am