Alabama looks great BUT....

What is Alabama's best win so far this season?  The college football base has come out stating that the Tide are the best team in college football.  But who have they beat so far?  

Is their best win over a 2-2 Michigan team in a neutral field?  Michigan just got beat by Notre Dame, struggled with Air Force and beat UMass.  

Or is it over Arkansas?  Arkansas has been the disappointment of the year losing to UL-Monroe and Rutgers and sitting at 1-3.  

The Tide outside of Michigan and Arkansas has gone 2-0 in the Sunbelt Conference with easy wins over Western Kentucky and FAU, so really what is their best win?

Is Florida State more impressive right now than 'Bama?


Iowa HS FB Picks – Week 3

Last week Dowling knocked around Valley and took over the top spot, and 4A games dominate the top ones this week, especially in the Des Moines area.  This week newly minted #1 Dowling takes on #2 Ankeny and Valley heads to SE Polk. 

On the season I’m 18-12, hoping to add more W’s this week.

Ankeny at Dowling
Vallye at SE Polk
Johnston at Urbandale
SC Heelan at SC West
SC Heelan
Western Dubuque at West Delaware
West Delaware
Spirit Lake at Forest City
Forest City
Saint Ansgar at Osage
Saint Ansgar
Panora at CB St Albert
Iowa City Regina at West Branch
IC Regina
Woodbury Central at Akron-Westfield
Hinton at  West Lyon
West Lyon

The Big Game 6er!

1. Iowa struggled to get by NIU this past weekend, Iowa State rumbled past Tulsa to set up a 1-0 matchup in Iowa City for the ‘new’ CyHawk trophy.  Iowa hasn’t lost to ISU in Kinnick since 2002, and some feel that Iowa State maybe the more talented team going into the game Saturday.  What happens?  Who wins?
Matt – I really don’t have a feel, ISU played better the first game of the year.  ISU I think is the most talented team and I like their LBs as the best unit on the field.  I think though that this mirrors last year’s game.  Iowa had the more impressive first game last year, ISU struggled.  ISU pulled off the win at home.  I could see that happening this year, flip-flopped.  I’m thinking somewhere Iowa pulls a play out and eecks out a win in the 4th and the defense this year stops Steele Jantz and the Hawks can run out the clock with a W.   Hawks 24-Clones 23
Wendt – Iowa-27 Iowa State-13
Painter – Iowa has way more talent but is transitioning.  I think Iowa's passing game will greatly improve (Vandenberg is a million times better at Kinnick.  The game will either end with ISU winning by a few points or Iowa winning by double-digits.
Blake – I've gone back and forth.  On the surface, it seems like ISU should win.  However Iowa is so successful at home, and in home openers, and I think it took a while to realize how good NIU played, that now I'm favoring Iowa a little.  Still wouldn't bet on this game either way
BSox – I don’t think I’m going too far out there to say I think Iowa will win, but I do believe that it will be a close game. I think if Iowa would have had better luck in the red zone this weekend, there would be a different feeling going into the game. So away we go again. We’ll see what happens this year.
Majors – With every fiber of my being I am willing the Hawks to a win. I am just not sure, though. We seemed to be in neutral all game, and NIU's front 7 just manhandled us it seemed. Go Hawkeyes!!!
Zach – Iowa did struggle last week to Northern Illinois, and I can't wait for tomorrow to come around so the talk can stop for at least three hours. Anyway, Iowa State looked too impressive to lay an egg on Saturday. Jantz shouldn't have many problems, but Iowa hangs around in this game. ISU 28, Iowa 24

2. Week 1 of the college season is in the books…Penn State got beat by Ohio, Alabama rolled Michigan, Boise State couldn’t pull off the upset in East Lansing and UNI almost pulled a shocker in Madison.  What are your week 1 impressions?
Matt – Alabama has as good of a defense as some NFL teams.  I think if they can get any offensive production, mark them down for the title game.  No other SEC team impressed me.  USC looked good and I liked Michigan State and Va Tech.  Baylor also trying to not miss a step without RG3.
Wendt – Alabama was very impressive and Denard Robinson is still a glass quarterback and will never amount to anything in the NFL (he better not be a Heisman finalist either) Nebraska looked good apparently (I didn't watch but just heard) Ohio is actually a better team than most people were giving them credit. USC is legit
Painter – Same as every year, there was a lot of sloppiness all over, especially on the teams that have new coaches/coordinators.  It's also very difficult to replace players at the college level.  The good teams were making their presence felt
Blake – Alabama and USC are really good.  Everything is is still open for discussion
BSox – I think its too early to really get into real deep impressions. We know the SEC is tough, big ten is down, big 12 barely plays D, and Oregon will have great uniforms all season. That’s what we know.  By the way, I do like oregon’s uniforms. I don’t care if it is a huge money makers just for nike, I think they are sweet. Love the helmets.
Majors – Helloooo Alabama! They looked ready to go, which is typical Saban when he has time to prepare. I think it will still be a great season, and there are more twists & turns ahead.
Zach – Penn State's marketing department better get to work on how to market their basketball season right now, Ohio might be the "Boise" of the nation this season, Mike Leach now realizes what kind of buzzsaw he's run into, and oh yeah, the SEC is still going to be the best conference by December.

Ok, NFL time, the season starts on Wednesday with the Giants and Cowboys.  Who you got?

3.  Who wins the NFC?  Any darkhorse contenders?
Matt – I’m going with the Packers here.  I think the Bears could cause some trouble (if healthy) and the Giants and Niners are still there.
Wendt – Green Bay (keep an eye on Seattle)
Painter – Green Bay will be really strong again (hopefully the defense improves) and Detroit should push them in the division.  Carolina and Atlanta will be strong too but the Packers will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl.
Blake – I think the 49ers have a real chance, along with the Bears and Packers
BSox – Safe bet is the packers. But its weird to think Chicago or detriot could be up there too. Dang that division is loaded. Dark house would proly be the giants…I mean come one they have to be right?
Majors – I think the Packers win the NFC. Watch the Seahwaks though, I like Russell Wilson, and that D could be nasty.
Zach – Rematch of last year and for my sake, it better not be the same outcome. Don't sleep on the Seahawks as long as T.O. stays low with his mouth

4.  Who wins the AFC?  Any darkhorse contenders?
Matt – Going with defense.  The Ravens.  I like Houston to be a dark horse.
Wendt – New England (keep an eye on Houston)
Painter – You can never bet against New England but Baltimore may be in line to take over.
Blake – Patriots again, but I could see the Ravens or Broncos getting there too
BSox – If its true and the pats are a good bet, steelers are usually there, and the ravens….the ravens need to get it done soon, or they will be too old. Dark horse here isn’t really a dark horse, but Denver will be fun to watch, they were already a playoff team, and I cant see how they’d take a step back with an upgrade at QB
Majors – I want to say the Texans, but losing Demeco Ryans & Mario Williams hurts. I still think they are a tough out, though. Darkhorse? Well, if Run DMC can stay on the field & Carson can throw to the correct team, the Raiders could pull some surprises. They do have a TON of 1 ET games, which is a death sentence for West Coast teams.
Zach – Houston vs. New England. Yes, Houston. They have to have SOMETHING to cheer for. Winner: Those damn Pats. In terms of darkhorses, look out for Kansas City

5.  Who wins the the Super Bowl and MVP?
MattRavens win.  Ray Rice MVP…Ed Reed and Ray Lewis retire as champs
Wendt – New England with Tom Brady as MVP
Painter – I really want Green Bay to win it but I don't know if they'll be able to get past Baltimore in the Super Bowl.
Blake – I'll take the Patriots.  They've been so close the last few years, and I can't see Brady and Belichek going out without one more
BSox – Really?
Majors – I am going with the Packers, but watch the Ravens, they could have 1 final run in them.  MVP is Rodgers.
Zach – Pats beat the 49ers. Sigh

6. Michael Clark Duncan passed away this past weekend, what’s your favorite MCD movie?
Matt – He’ll be remembered most for the Green Mile but he was a pretty good Kingpin in Daredevil
Wendt – The Green Mile with honorable mention to Daredevil
Painter – I thought he was great in Armageddon and Green Mile
Blake – Green Mile.  Not even close. 
BSox – I’m gonna go with Armageddon, simply because I always laugh at him on the motorcycle, and yelling “COME GET PAPA BEAR!”
Majors – Any of them, he was awesome. I liked watching him & the Rock together, real life best friends that carried over to the screen. Will be surely missed.
Zach – The dude appeared in everything it seemed like, so if I may, I'll claim three. His role in "Married With Children" as a bouncer, his voiceovers in "Family Guy" and his role in "The Whole Nine Yards" were the funniest for me, but playing John Coffey was definitely his signature role


Big Ten Picks – Week 2

The Big Ten had a nice win last week with Michigan State knocking off Boise State, then had a thud with Michigan getting rolled by the Crimson Tide in Dallas.  Penn State also had a dose of reality with Ohio knocking them off.  The conference went 10-2 for the opening week.  Week 2 offers a couple rivalries, a couple Big Ten teams heading out west to face off vs the Pac-12 and a few other interesting games. 

Game of the Week

The Hawks and Clones both pulled off wins over sub-BCS FBS teams in Northern Illinois and Tulsa.  Two teams that should be conference champions or at the very least contending late in the year.  Iowa had a struggle in Chicago and won on a touchdown in the final minutes in Chicago and ISU pulled off a defensive stop and tacked on more points to put the Hurricane away.  Iowa State hasn’t won in Iowa City since 2002, but pulled off the upset last year in OT behind Steele Jantz.  Can they repeat that magic?

The Games, The Picks
Purdue at Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Michigan State at Central Michigan
Michigan State
Michigan State
Michigan State
New Hampshire at Minnesota
Nebraska at UCLA
Vanderbilt at Northwestern
Illinois at Arizona State
Arizona State
Arizona State
Arizona State
Indiana at Massachusetts
Wisconsin at Oregon State
Iowa State at Iowa
Central Florida at Ohio State
Ohio State
Ohio State
Ohio State
Air Force at Michigan
Penn State at Virginia

Jimmy John’s Big Ten Challenge Standings
Chad: 11-1
Matt: 11-1
Kyle: 10-2


2012 Summer Movie Awards

It’s been a summer of box office blockbusters and also some box office duds.  I started out with a list of 10 movies I wanted to try to see, one of those movies got its release date moved to March (GI Joe) and I’ve been able to so far see 6 summer movies, pretty tame for my summer movie viewing record.  So let’s get it going with my 2012 Summer Movie Awards.  The movies viewed so far American Reunion, The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman, The Dark Knight Rises, Total Recall, The Bourne Legacy and Battleship.

The Avengers

Robert Downey Jr : IronMan : The Avengers
Tom Hiddleston : Loki : The Avengers

Emma Stone : Gwenn Stacey : The Amazing Spiderman

Thor talking to the crew on the Shield hellicarrier and talking about Loki then ending it with "He's Adopted"
--Honorable Mention--
-Iron Man and Loki in Stark Tower talking about who Loki all pissed off and stating, "We have a Hulk"
-Hulk smashing Loki through Stark Tower.  Loki proclaiming to him "I am a God" and then Hulk just smashing the hell out of him
-Peter Parker and Gwenn Stacey in the hallway at high school with Peter trying to ask her out
-The final sequence in The Dark Knight Rises
-Drunk Jim’s Dad at Stifler’s Party

Iron Man vs Captain America vs Thor : The Avengers
Batman vs Bane (second fight) : The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises
- Now I loved the movie, ranked it 8/10, but it didn't leave me feeling full.  Some of it felt choppy, unlike the Dark Knight.  I also really want to see the Riddler in the world Nolan built.  So please don't get me wrong, really enjoyed it but didn't leave me feel complete.

Avengers 2 / Iron Man 3 / Thor 2 / Captain America 2

Expendables 2


Big Ten Awards - Week 1

The Big Ten week started with an OT win in Vegas and ended with a thud in Dallas.  In between was a start of the new era in Penn State, some close scares and a statement in East Lansing.

TEAM OF THE WEEK:  Michigan State -- Sparty had the most impressive won over the best opponent in Week 1.  Michigan State hosted Boise State, known for week 1 upsets.  Down 13-10 Michigan State put its faith in Le'Veon Bell and he ran them into the endzone.  The MSU defense then held off the Broncos to move to 1-0.

GAME OF THE WEEK:  Michigan State vs Boise State -- For reasons mentioned above.  The Broncos the last few years have knocked off Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia.  That was all with Kellen Moore and NFL talent playing.  This Bronco team couldn't start pull it off for the BCS Buster.

HELMET STICKER - Taylor Martinez - QB - Nebraska -- The Husker QB tossed 5 tds and 354 yards in the Huskers win over Southern Miss.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK -- Devin Smith's 1 handed grab vs Miami (Oh).  This maybe the catch of the year!

Big Ten Jimmy John's Challenge Standings
Chad: 11-1
Matt: 11-1
Kyle: 10-2