Sunday, January 26, 2014

Broncos Vs. Seahawks Super Bowl Prediction

For once the Super Bowl pairs the two best teams from the regular season. While it was expected for the Denver Broncos to be here, the Seattle Seahawks have finally passed the likes of the 49ers and the Saints to reach the big game again. There are two obvious things to look at in this match up. First it is the match up of the best offense in the game against the best defense. You also have drop back quarterback versus mobile improviser. And just to make things interesting there is a possibility of snow!

So who will have the offensive advantage? Peyton Manning may be the best quarterback of all-time and he has a very talented group of receivers on his team. On the other side, the Seahawks defense, their defensive backfield in particular, seem to be up to any and all challenges. While Manning might be able to see the field and make good decisions, the pure athleticism and awareness the Seahawks have may give them a good shot to shutdown the Broncos. The key for Denver will be getting a running game going. This is one area where the 49ers lacked, and Manning will not run for as many yards as Colin Kaepernick.

On to the quarterbacks. Russell Wilson has already exceeded expectations as an NFL player. Having seen his game in college I will say that he looked like someone who had a great college career, but maybe wasn't the type that transferred into a pro one. Even though he has kind of let the defense lead the team during the playoffs, he has still shown he can make big play after big play by staying alive in the pocket. That being said, there is only one Peyton Manning. To win the quarterback battle Wilson will need to play his game and not get caught up in the moment and make a mistake. I think he should use his legs to get first downs and leave it all out on the field.

So whats the weather gonna be? There has been speculation that there will be snow since this Super Bowl was announced. As we get close to the game it looks like there will be snow in some sort of form. It does not look like it will be a blizzard though. I think in a game like this the weather will not make a difference. Both teams will be focused on winning a championship. If there is an edge, I would say the Broncos would have it. They play and practice in the Rocky Mountains!

Prediction. Denver Broncos 31 - Seattle Seahawks 17. 5 inches of snow...

Update: Well it does not look like its going to snow. I still like the points on this one.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Does Tanaka Bring The Yankees Back?

So, the New York Yankees have once again won the battle of throwing money at a foreign player. Masahiro Tanaka was going to probably end up in New York no matter what though. When an ace knows he's and ace he will pick the place that will best show off his skills. His 24-0 record last year is almost mythical now, and I'm sure Yankee fans are already talking world series. I'm a little more bullish on the Yankees after this signing, but there are 4 other people that pitch between Tanaka. This team is also very old and does not have much speed. I think what this signing does is appease the fans and gives the team a big off season win.

Don't get me wrong, I will be watching this guys first few starts and if he has 24-0 stuff over here I will be watching him every time he steps on the mound. It may be tough to go undefeated without Mariano Rivera though.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

There Are Pitchers Left On The Hot Stove

It's surprising to me that there are so many good pitchers left as we approach spring training. The first thing that you hear from most GM's is that they would like to pick up a good starting pitcher in the off-season. Well, there are plenty of good ones left. Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo and Matt Garza top out the list of quality starters that are available. Any one of those arms could be key to a team making a playoff run, so it's even more surprising that a team like the Red Sox or Yankees have not snagged one of them yet. Looking at each of these guys they are also pretty reliable as well. My thought is that they maybe holding out for the best bid and teams are not biting. It;s hard to imagine that these guys will be free agents much longer. We will see how long each pitcher lasts on the market. Sometimes it's just a waiting game.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 Hall Of Fame Vote

Tomorrow the baseball writers of america will release the voting for the hall of fame and this could be a big class. Early indicators are pointing to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas making it. Mike Piazza may come up just short as polling has showed him around 72% (75% is needed). I think that the top three a shoe in's and that Piazza will be left out due to some allegations swirling around his career. The hall might just want to make sure that a 100% clean class makes it in this year and I don't blame them. For more info on the unavailing event tomorrow check out the link below. Tell me what you think will happen.