Just Sports…

Today I’m writing about Major League Baseball – the best and the worst, I look at Monday Night Football, Romo and Cassel, the surprises in the NFL and a lot more – so take a break from politics and catch some sports! Continue reading

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday and my weekly column called “Caught My Eye” where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.  I also offer some commentary about each – often with a little sarcasm mixed in.

Today is the first day of Fall (that’s Autumn for my more cultured readers) which means winter is not too far behind – but it’s still Friday so smile!

Today is a special “Caught My Eye” because I talk about last night’s Republican Presidential debate in Florida. I also have some birthday wishes, some news about the satellite, football, a possible new TV show, I take a peek inside my political inbox, I write about chicken or fish, plus meeting with Montana’s Max.  There’s a bunch more, so read on… Continue reading

2011 NFL Predictions: The National Football Conference

Last season the NFC’s Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl and put away the “Favre curse” once and for all.  So, the Packers get to start the regular season on Thursday, September 8 (8:30 Eastern) by hosting the New Orleans Saints.  Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon 5 will help “kick off” the season (at 7:30 Eastern).  It’s on NBC.

This just in:  President Obama will give a speech that night, too.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the Miami Heat of the NFL.  There will be much love and much hate for the Eagles this season, but one thing for sure is that Michael Vick is loving his second $100 million contract of this lifetime.  There are questions about him staying healthy, but just about every NFL team will see a drop-off in their offense if their starting QB goes down.

So I’ve read the stories, checked the schedules, read what the teams and the fans are saying and here are my predictions for the National Football Conference for the 2011 season. Remember – your team is undefeated right now! Continue reading

Boogers, Back-Ups, and Knees

Like most people I watched the NFC and the AFC Championship games on Sunday. I actually picked the winners (the Packers and the Steelers) but missed getting in “the pizza” on Papa John’s football contest because I had the Steelers winning 17-13 and they won 24-19.

A couple of interesting things happened during the games that were commented about on Twitter: Booger-gate and Cutler’s knee. Continue reading

The NFC North

Today, I take a look at the NFC North!

The NFC North is home to the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings:

The Vikings are probably the most talked about team this off-season due to the Favre watch. With or without Favre, the Vikings will win the NFC North once again. They can win more games and go further into the playoffs with Favre, though. They fell one step short last year, losing to the Saints (in overtime) which was one of the best NFC Championship games of all times.

Adrian Peterson needs to hold on to the ball better this year. The defense, led by Jared Allen, will again tough this year. Look for the Vikes to roll into the playoffs at 13-3.

Green Bay Packers:

Face it Packer fans, the Vikings are where you want to be and you would still like to have the Favre problem because he whipped your team twice last year.

The Pack will need to improve their defense as the taste of giving up 51 points to the Cardinals in the playoffs last year still linger, but not as much as seeing their former QB have his best season ever – for a rival.

The Packers will finish the season at 11-5 and make the playoffs.  The Packers will suffer the “Favre Curse” which means they will never do better than the team that Favre plays for until he retires.  Pay backs are…

Chicago Bears:

Da Bears are still not there yet, but with their first three picks of the 2010 draft being defense, you know where the weakness is. Look for the Bears to finish at .500 this year (8-8).

Detroit Lions:

The last time the Lions finished above .500 was in 2000 (9-7). 2010 will add another year to that record. They did pick up defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for their defense which will help some. Suh missed the first four days of training camp, so he will be playing catch-up throughout training camp. Look for the Lions to come in at 5-11 this year, an improvement from 2009, but not enough to satisfy the Lions fans, who have suffered way too long.