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Saturday, January 6, 2018

PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

The NFL playoffs begin today.  This promises to be a fun playoff season. Let's take a look at the matchups and give our predictions.

The first game is the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans.  Both teams have had great Seasons but I am taking the Chiefs and this one. It will be a very competitive game to the end but Kansas City will move on to the next round.

The late game on Saturday is Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams.  The Rams have had a magical season and are the heavy favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. But the Falcons come in at a quiet 10-6 and their offense has been clicking lately. I have the Falcons winning by a touchdown in this one.

These are my picks for today's NFL Wild Card round. Tomorrow I will have the predictions for the other two Wild card games.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CARSON PALMER CALLS IT QUITS

Yesterday the Arizona Cardinals were informed they would have to replace Bruce Arians because he has decide to retire.

Today the retirement bug bit again.  This time it was quarterback Carson Palmer.   The veteran QB who missed most of the season with injury announced in a letter to fans.

The Cardinals were most likely going to draft a quarterback in this years draft anyway but the announcement still hurts the team.

They will go into next season with a new coach and QB.  Now the big question is will Larry Fitzgerald follow this pattern and decide to retire?

Monday, January 1, 2018

ARIANS RETIRES AS WINNINGEST CARDINALS COACH

Yesterday the Arizona Cardinals knocked the Seattle Seahawks out of the playoffs with a 26-24 victory in Seattle.

The win was huge for the Cardinals. It is always nice beating you're division rival, and nicer when you end their season.

The win gave the Cardinals an 8-8 record.  Not the season they wanted, but with all the injuries this season it is nice to say its not a losing season.

Just one day after the big win another big story hit.  Bruce Arians has decided to retire after 5 seasons with the team.  Arians leaves as the winningest coach in Cardinals history with 50 wins.

The retirement isn't a huge surprise.  Arians was hospitalized twice during last season and his health maybe a major factor to the decision.

Arians had double digit wins in his first 3 seasons in Arizona.  He only had 1 losing season.  Arians took the team to the playoffs twice.

Now the Arizona Cardinals must replace Arians, and they better do it fast if they want Larry Fitzgerald to come back next year.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TIDBIT TUESDAY

If you know anything about hockey you know the name Wayne Gretzky.

Gretzky played 21 season in the NHL with 4 different teams, most notably the Los Angeles Kings.  Gretzky holds numerous records and is considered by many as greatest player on ice.

Did you know on this day in 1981 the great Wayne Gretzky made history.  He be came the quickest player to reach 50 goals.  He did it in just 39 games.  He was just the third player to do so.  He also accomplished the goal 11 games sooner than his counterparts.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

ASU BEATS #2 KANSAS

When the ASU men's basketball team took the court today in Kansas many people thought they have already overachieved.  Some even thought they were overrated.

The Sun Devils opened many eyes in college basketball with a stunning upset of #2 ranked Kansas on their home court.

ASU won 95-85 behind Tra Holder's 29 points.  The Sun Devils are ranked 16 in the nation and the win improves their record to 9-0 on the season.  The most impressive part is putting 95 points up against a national powerhouse like Kansas in their own backyard.

Coach Bobby Hurley has his team believing and now so should the rest of college basketball.


Friday, December 8, 2017

SUNS LOSE 1ST GAME WITHOUT BOOKER

The Phoenix Suns played their 1st game without star guard Devin Booker yesterday.  It was a 109-99 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Despite being competitive through 3 quarters it was evident they need Booker back on the court soon.  Booker is out with a thigh injury and could miss as many as 10 games.

The Suns are in need of another scorer besides Booker and with him out it shows how valuable to the team he is.

The Suns are likely not a playoff team, but if he misses more than 15 games they definitely won't make the playoffs.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ASU HIRES HERM EDWARDS....BUT WHY?

Earlier this week Arizona State filled their coaching vacancy with a questionable hire.  They hired ESPN analyst and former Chiefs and Jets head coach Herm Edwards.  Edwards also has coaching experience at the college level.  The problem is he has coached in college since 1989.

Many people are questioning the hire for that reason.  Others point to his record as a head coach, 56-78, including 2-14 in his last coaching stint with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The big question is why was Herm Edwards hired as ASU's next football coach.  If we have the true answer to that question maybe we can be more at ease with the hire.

Most will tell you he was hired because he is Athletic Director Ray Anderson's friend.  Some will say it's because he is a good motivator and thus he will be a good recruiter.

In my opinion he was hired because he is the right man for the job.

At first I thought the hire was a bad move.  Bring a mediocre at best NFL coach that hasn't coached in nearly 10 years to a college program that has consistently underachieved?  It can't be successful  or can it?

ASU came in to this season knowing it could be coach Todd Graham's last if they did not improve.  ASU was 5-7 a year ago and ended the season with an embarrassing loss to in state rival Arizona.  This year they finished 7-5 and not only did they avenge the loss to Arizona but they also qualified for a bowl game.

The Sun Devils do not to change much to compete in the PAC 12 next season.  They need help with recruiting and I think that's where Herm Edwards will excel.  He has coached in several high school all star games over the past few years and while it isn't much it's enough to give him the edge he needs.

Edwards will also keep the previous offensive and defensive coordinators.  This is a big advantage for Edwards because based on what Ray Anderson and Edwards said at the introduction press conference they will model the team after an NFL franchise.  The assistant's will coach the team and Edwards will serve as the face of the program.

One thing is for sure the hiring of Coach Edwards has made ASU the talk of college football.  He will coach for 3 years at most keeping them as average as they have been and then the program will be handed over to Offensive coordinator Billy Napier.






Friday, September 15, 2017

THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEPTEMBER 15 RESULTS

The scores are in.  South lost their first game of the season and Brophy lost number 5 on the season.  Here's the rest of the scores.

North 35, Carl Hayden 6
Central 33, South 19
Desert Vista 17, Brophy 14
Fairfax 41, Maryvale 0
Hamilton 59, Chavez 12
Camelback 33, Alhambra 27


Thursday, September 14, 2017

THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: September15

It was a tough week for me last week.  I went 1-6 with my picks.  Here is this weeks schedule.  My picks in caps.

DESERT VISTA @ Brophy (at Phoenix College)
Cesar Chavez @ HAMILTON
ALHAMBRA @ Camelback
SOUTH @ Central
BETTY FAIRFAX @ Maryvale
NORTH @ Carl Hayden

Sunday, September 10, 2017

PREVIEWING THE 2017 CARDINALS SEASON

Football is finally here in the NFL.  Every team has high expectation for this season.  The Arizona Cardinals are one of those teams.

The Cardinals have lowered their expectations due to last seasons disappointment.  The team is loaded with experience and plans to make a playoff run but how realistic is that goal?

The Cardinals key to a playoff season is simple. The offensive line must protect Carson Palmer.  They have a lot of players that you can say needs to have a good season buy bottom line is the Cardinals go the way Palmer plays.

If the Cardinals stay healthy I can see them winning 10 games.  I can also see them only winning 7 or 8 games if they don't get off to a good start early in the season.

To me the key is week 1 in Detroit.  On paper a winnable game but you are playing the highest paid QB in the league who has something to prove.  The defense looks lost at times especially without Carlos Dansby on the field.

I think the Cardinals will contend for the playoffs but they are nowhere near the 13 win team from a few years ago.