Friday, November 17, 2017

Four Pats ruled out - Friday's Patriots/Raiders injury report

The Patriots will be without two starting offensive lineman Sunday in Mexico City against the Raiders. Both Marcus Cannon and David Andrews have been ruled out.

Here's Friday's full injury report.

Patriots

OUT
OL David Andrews (illness)
OL Marcus Cannon (ankle)
ST Matthew Slater (hamstring)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DL Malcom Brown (ankle)
DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

Raiders

DOUBTFUL
CB David Amerson (foot)

QUESTIONABLE
G Gabe Jackson (ankle)
LB Cory James (knee)
OL Marshall Newhouse (hip/quad)
FB/RB Jamize Olawale (hamstring)

WWE Survivor Series Predictions


It's Survivor Series time in Houston this weekend. The #UnderSeige storyline for Raw vs. Smackdown comes to a head. I wish the men's elimination match would've been conducted in War Games, but that's left for Saturday night and NXT!

* WWE Cruiserweight Championship Kickoff Show Match: Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto
Who cares, right! Enzo cheats his way to retain the Championship.
Winner: Enzo Amore

* The New Day vs. The Shield
Should be a decent match if given the time. The road to make Roman Reigns strong for Wrestlemania continues. Plus, there should be some insane bumps here too. So, it's The Shield going over here (Raw 1-0).
Winner: The Shield

* Sheamus & Cesaro vs. The Usos
Battle of Tag Team Champs here. Really impressed at what both teams have done the past few months. The Usos take one for Smackdown (1-1).
Winner: The Usos

* Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte Flair
This could be really good as the Women's Champions face-off. No chance they let the buzz of Charlotte Flair just winning the title get doused. The Queen over The Goddess! WOOOOO! (Smackdown 2-1).
Winner: Charlotte Flair

* The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
Intercontinental Champ vs. US Champion. The social media aspect of this "feud" has been great with both guys raising the game. The Miz is at the top level of talent right now in WWE. Heavy involvement from The Miztourage. (2-2)
Winner: The Miz

* Survivor Series Elimination Match: Alicia Fox (Captain), Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Asuka and Bayley vs. Becky Lynch (Captain), Carmella, Tamina Snuka, Naomi and TBA
I expect Paige to be the TBA for Smackdown. If not Paige, then Natalya. Asuka will be protected in this one to not get pinned, so expect countout or DQ there. Banner night for the Smackdown women continues with Becky Lynch the star. (Smackdown 3-2).
Winner: Smackdown

* Survivor Series Elimination Match: Kurt Angle (Captain), Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe & Triple H vs. Shane McMahon (Captain), Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode and John Cena
Really like the Raw team, just hope it doesn't develop into an Angle/Triple H love fest. Ideally, it would be great for the storyline if Jason Jordan costs Raw the win and Triple H and Stephanie McMahon bury Angle Monday night on Raw. But then again, the thought of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn screwing Smackdown over to let Raw win sounds more delicious. (3-3)
Winner: Raw

* Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles
Match of the night if they do it right! Universal Champion vs. WWE Champion. Raw needs to win the night for obvious reasons. So, Lesnar in a squeaker after a good 15-20 minutes. (Raw wins the night 4-3)
Winner: Brock Lesnar

Friday Thoughts - Brown's breakout night, Jones vs. Kraft, Red Sox first move

Let's crank it up for a windy and chilly Friday here in the Northeast.

* - Kudos to Jaylen Brown and the Celtics. Brown energized Boston to a comeback win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors, 92-88 Thursday night. What makes his 22 point, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals performance even more inspiring is that he did it with the heavy heart of learning his best friend, Trevin Steede, had passed away the night before. Clearly, Brown was the best player on the court as the Celtics fought back twice from a 17-point deficit to win their 14th straight game. Well done. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Steede and Brown families.

* - As for the game, no one would've given the Celtics any chance of winning if you told them they would shoot 32% for the game and be down by 17 twice. None! Defense, energy and heart. That's what kept them in enough to grind it out late.

* - Damn. Charles Barkley was really down on the Celtics during last night's halftime spot on TNT. Said they couldn't beat Cleveland, Toronto or Washington. Yikes!
* - Do yourself a favor and give this ESPN Outside the Lines piece on the Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell feud. Another outstanding piece of journalism by Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham. Gotta love Jones calling Bob Kraft a p*ssy in this quote to Goodell - "If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p---y compared to what I'm going to do."

* - While some of the sportsradio jocks think it's Giancarlo Stanton or bust this offseason for the Red Sox, me thinks otherwise. It seems the Red Sox don't have the appetite for giving up a ton AND spending $300 million on the NL MVP. Time will tell, but it looks like a few B type additions might be heading to Boston. I hope I'm wrong.

* - Patriots vs. Raiders in Mexico City. What could go wrong! Can we please stop these International Games. They are unnecessary!

* - Me thinks it might be time for a slip up for the Eagles and Saints this weekend. Just saying. All of our NFL Week 11 picks are here!

* - It's Survivor Series weekend in Houston for the WWE. Love that War Games is coming back as part of NXT Takeover. But, wouldn't it have made more sense to have War Games be the Team RAW vs. Team Smackdown elimination match? It would've been the coup de grace on the #UnderSiege storyline.

* - Yes, I'm now rooting for utter chaos in the College Football Playoffs. Would love to see Georgia avenge the Auburn loss in the SEC Championship game to get them there. And yes, that would mean Auburn beating Alabama next Saturday.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday's Patriots/Raiders Injury Report - Andrews sick

Just one change for each team Thursday for the Patriots and Raiders injury report. For New England, center David Andrews missed practice due to illness. For Oakland, tackle Marshall Newhouse missed practice after being limited on Wednesday.

Patriots

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C David Andrews (illness) 
OL Marcus Cannon (ankle)
ST Matthew Slater (hamstring)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DL Alan Branch (neck)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DL Malcom Brown (ankle)
DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

Raiders

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB David Amerson (foot)
T Marshall Newhouse (hip/quad)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Gabe Jackson (ankle)
LB Cory James (knee)
FB/RB Jamize Olawale (hamstring)

NFL Picks - Week 11

Byes:  Colts, Jets, Panthers, 49ers

Titans at Steelers (Thursday 8:25pm)
This could be a throwback to the old Oilers/Steelers games in terms of physicality. Expect the Steelers to be more focused than the lackluster performance in Indy four days ago.
Winner: Steelers

Bucs at Dolphins (Sunday 1pm)
This was supposed to be the season opener for both teams, but Hurricane Irma had other ideas. The way both teams are playing, we all wish they would've played it 10 weeks ago.
Winner: Dolphins

Lions at Bears (Sunday 1pm)
The Lions appear to be getting things going as they get ready for Thanksgiving. Two wins in four days (here and vs. Vikings) could go a long way in winning the NFC North. As for the Bears, the offensive struggles continue.
Winner: Lions

Jaguars at Browns (Sunday 1pm)
Signs that Jacksonville is getting better: they won a game they should've lost Sunday vs. the Chargers and with RB Leonard Fournette not doing much. The search for win #1 continues in Cleveland. Don't expect it here.
Winner: Jaguars

Ravens at Packers (Sunday 1pm)
Before the season, this would be a matchup of two high tier playoff teams. Now, just a pair of teams trying to hold on to playoff hopes.
Winner: Packers

Cardinals at Texans (Sunday 1pm)
How do you think Colin Kaepernick feels about this one - Drew Stanton vs. Tom Savage.
Friday update: It'll be Blaine Gabbert vs. Tom Savage. Yeah!
Winner: Texans

Rams at Vikings (Sunday 1pm)
Could be the game of the day as the league's top offense goes against one of the stingiest defenses. The maturation of the Rams and QB Jared Goff will be on showcase here in battle of 7-2 teams.
Winner: Vikings

Redskins at Saints (Sunday 1pm)
Who would've thought the Saints would be the hottest team in the NFL with a top rated defense and running the ball (6 rushing TDs in Buffalo last Sunday). Perfect place for a trap.
Winner: Redskins

Chiefs at Giants (Sunday 1pm)
An Andy Reid team coming off a bye against a 1-8 team. Yikes!
Winner: Chiefs

Bills at Chargers (Sunday 4:05pm)
Welcome to your first start QB Nathan Peterman. Guess the Bills want to start on the 2018 season.
Winner: Chargers

Bengals at Broncos (Sunday 4:25pm)
Perfect spot for the Broncos to get healthy.
Winner: Broncos

Patriots vs. Raiders in Mexico City (Sunday 4:25pm)
First off, can we do away with these International Games? Wouldn't this be a great atmosphere in the Black Hole in Oakland? Tough stretch for the Patriots continue as they have the second of their 5 of 6 on the road. For Oakland, it's a must win to keep playoff hopes alive. Expect a lot of offensive fireworks.
Winner: Patriots

Eagles at Cowboys (Sunday 8:30pm)
Perfect spot for the Eagles to bury the Cowboys' NFC East Title and possible playoff hopes. It's all on QB Dak Prescott and that offensive line for the Boys. Something tells me they have just enough for the upset to stay alive.
Winner: Cowboys

Falcons at Seahawks (Monday 8:30pm)
No Richard Sherman (achilles) for the Hawks which could mean the offense gets opened for Seattle, who now can't lean on the vaunted defense. No Devonta Freeman (concussion) for the Hawks.
Winner: Seahawks

Lorelai and Abbie's NFL Week 11 Picks

Congrats to Abbie! She went a perfect 6-0 last week! Can her sister get revenge this week? Let's see.


Lorelai: 
Titans over Steelers
Patriots over Raiders
Dolphins over Bucs
Chiefs over Giants
Cowboys over Eagles
Falcons over Seahawks

Abbie: 
Titans over Steelers
Patriots over Raiders
Dolphins over Bucs
Chiefs over Giants
Eagles over Cowboys
Seahawks over Falcons

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday Patriots/Raiders Injury Report

The Patriots did get Malcom Brown and Eric Rowe back at practice Wednesday, but Martellus Bennett adds a hamstring issue to his injuries.  It looks like Marcus Cannon, Matthew Slater and Chris Hogan are back in Foxboro as the team practices out in Colorado Springs this week after Sunday night's win in Denver. All three, it appears, will have another game off.

Here's the first injury report of the week as the Raiders and Pats get ready to rumble in Mexico City Sunday.

Patriots

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OL Marcus Cannon (ankle)
ST Matthew Slater (hamstring)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DL Alan Branch (neck)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DL Malcom Brown (ankle)
DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

Raiders

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB David Amerson (foot)
T Donald Penn (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Gabe Jackson (ankle)
LB Cory James (knee)
T Marshall Newhouse (hip/quad)
FB/RB Jamize Olawale (hamstring)

28 years ago today - Flair vs. Funk "I Quit"

Simply a classic! Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk in an "I Quit" match from the Clash of Champions on this date in 1989! Enjoy.



Video courtesy of WCW/WWE/TBS/You Tube

Well done Kyrie Irving

Not only are the Boston Celtics winning on the basketball court, 13 in a row heading into Thursday night's matchup with the World Champion Golden State Warriors, but they're doing it off the court as well.

Witness this scene by Kyrie Irving after Tuesday night's win in Brooklyn.
Video courtesy of NBA/Twitter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Survivor Series - The Shield debuts in 2012

Remember this? The Shield debuts at the Survivor Series in 2012 to interrupt the WWE Championship match between CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback.



Now, five years later, The Shield reunites to take on The New Day this Sunday at Survivor Series in Houston.

Video courtesy of All Around WWE/You Tube/WWE

If NFL Playoffs started today.....

AFC
1. Steelers 7-2
2. Patriots 7-2
3. Chiefs 6-3
4. Titans 6-3
5. Jaguars 6-3
6. Bills 6-3


NFC
1. Eagles 8-1
2. Vikings 7-2
3. Saints 7-2
4. Rams 7-2
5. Panthers 7-3
6. Seahawks 6-3

Sunday, November 12, 2017

College Football Playoff - Our Top 4

After a wild day in which #1 Georgia lost to Auburn, #2 Alabama had to rally late to beat Mississippi State and #3 Notre Dame got routed at Miami, here's what we think the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings might look like this week.

1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. Clemson
4. Miami

Just on the outside looking in should be Wisconsin and Auburn. Yes Auburn has two losses, but with its win over Georgia, the Tigers could run the table to beat Alabama and Georgia again in the SEC Championship to make the playoff. I think the Committee sets them up nicely for that here with a #6 or #7 ranking.

Georgia is still alive should then win out and beat Alabama/Auburn in the SEC Championship game. As for Notre Dame, a likely bid to the Cotton Bowl is the best they can do.