PTI , it was a weekend, of highs and lows . More lows , than highs , I believe!

PTI , it was a weekend, of highs and lows . More lows , than highs , I believe !

Well just like LeBron James , I decided to take my talents elsewhere , in this case , North to visit the state of North Carolina over the weekend . A number of work colleagues and myself traveled up to Tobacco Road , Blue Devils’ country to take in the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the renowned Duke Blue Devils , coach by four-time NCAA championship winning head coach Mike Krzyzewski . These two titans with the ACC this season , have been on the path of a vengeful rematch , ever since Jim Larrinaga’s players took the Blue Devils behind the woodshed and comprehensively gave them an a$s whooping in mid-January , that not until Saturday afternoon, were the hosts be able to exact some sort of revenge at Cameron Indoor Arena , in Charlotte , North Carolina .

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Cameron Indoor Arena is a venue filled with heralded history , as well-being home to one of the most well-respected programs in collegiate athletics’ history . And make no bones about it , the success achieved in men’s basketball is primarily down to the program’s now legendary coach, Mike Krzyzewski and his astonishing achievements as a basketball coach.

If there is one thing that we should now be accustomed to, it is that you can never take Mike Krzyzewski team lightly. And where, there w ere many simply looking to “write off the Blue Devils’ season . It was abundantly clear, that the ACC and in particular the season was not yet lost for this team . The players on Krzyzewski’s roster sought to make a statement, that would be seen and heard across the collegiate basketball landscape , as a reminder of what to expect during the upcoming NCAA Basketball Tournament . And the hero of the hour , in this game on Saturday , just happened to be Ryan Kelly , whose single-handed display took on epic proportions and was described by the Blue Devils’ coach as one of the five best performances ever , by a player that he has coached under his tutelage . High praise indeed , coming from a coach of Mike Krzyzewski’s esteem , and when you consider the players coached by Krzyzewski during his tenure with this program, you have to realize how special Kelly’s achievements were on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Kelly scored 36 points on 10 of ten fourteen , shooting, hitting seven threes from beyond the arc , as well as , pulling down seven rebounds , and leading all scorers in Duke’s 79-76 victory over the Miami Hurricanes. With both programs also ranked in the top ten of the NCAA rankings and with both having ambitions with regard to the regular season ACC championship crown . This game most definitely went along way letting us know what we should expect once the NCAA Tournament gets underway . I certainly expect both of these ACC programs to be in “ the thick of things “ , the farther along we get into the tournament !

“ Pretense “ and “ pretenders “ do go , hand in hand , as how else would you expect to now hear the bells within Madison Square Garden a faux cathedral to mediocrity , go exceedingly silent quiet ? The cacophony of noise extolling the virtues of the New York Knicks (35-21) were soundly silenced on Sunday afternoon. Mike Woodson’s team played host to their heated conference rivals the Miami Heat (43-14) . In what should have been a game emphasizing the best of what the Easter Conference had to offer . The Knicks simply threw up the white flag of surrender and must now realize that in a seven game series , they will not be remotely in the same area code when it comes to competitive play, especially if they are matched up against the Heat at any stage of this postseason .

LeBron James and his teammates simply overwhelmed the Knicks with an exhibition of teamwork , whereas their opponents were simply struggling for solutions as to how best to stop the league’s best player and one of its most potent offensive weapons . I have always maintained during the regular season , you can put up all the damn points you want on the scoreboard , but if you can’t play a lick of frigging defense , then you are definitely not going to progress deep into the NBA postseason.

Undoubtedly, the front office of the New York Knicks saw this team in its current guise , had ambitions not only to challenge the Miami Heat , but to also lay down the gauntlet to the rest of the aspirants within the Eastern Conference as well as the NBA as a whole. And while I have been impressed with the Knicks in large part , primarily because of the play of Carmelo Anthony . I simply believe that there are still far too many flaws on this team , that GM Glen Grunwald has failed to address ! It would appear that the organization is intent on spending money and acquiring free agents as a way of attaining success , rather than by appearance alone , seeking to nurture talent organically. Having dropped from the second seed to the third seed within the conference , does not aid the franchise , given their recent form of the New York Knicks in their endeavor for the season .

Well , the Baltimore Ravens have their man , having signed quarterback , Joe Flacco in what is now said to be the “ highest salaried contract “ in NFL history. The deal in question , is a six-year $ 120 million compensation package , that makes the player , the highest paid in the NFL as well as the highest paid quarterback in league history. Far be it for me, to suggest, that the player is overrated or overpaid , as I feel that the league , long ago failed to eschew financial accountability , much less intelligence , being shown by Commissioner Roger Goodell , or the league hierarchy , team owners and the front office executives ! Flacco for his part , simply lived up to his team’s and that of John Harbaugh’s expectations , as the Ravens triumphed over the San Francisco Giants in Superbowl 47 (SB47/XLVII).

With the off-season now in full swing and teams seeking to offload impending free agents and players thought to be superfluous to their needs . The player personnel version of “ Black Monday “ has begun , with some notable players having been discarded by their respective franchises . And nowhere was this more evident than with the Atlanta Falcons and their summarily discarding amongst others , running back , Michael Turner , Dunta Robinson and perennial Pro-Bowl defensive player , John Abrahams . The team’s failings this postseason , I believe are a reflection not only of their poor play but also , a clear lack of leadership , and the very fact that quarterback , Matt Ryan , appears to be a “lamb being led to the slaughter” , once the postseason comes around. He’s great during the regular season , yet for some reason any type of postseason foray becomes his “ Achilles’ Heel” .

The fact that head coach, Mike Smith in conjunction with Team President , Rich McKay GM, Thomas Dimitroff have sought to make these wholesale changes , is a clear sign of dissatisfaction as well as the fact that they now believe that they have gone as far as was ultimately possible with the players that they have jettisoned . While the players taken from their most recent drafts have proven to be productive , quite obviously , many of the team’s seasoned veterans simply did not meet expectations. As to where the Falcons now go from here , it remains to be seen, but it becoming abundantly clear that Matt Ryan should he fail this upcoming season to lead this franchise deep into a postseason run. The questions will be raised concerning his abilities and the fact that this first round 2008 NFL Draft pick could very well be viewed as something of a “ considerable bust” . Your thoughts on this , and anything else you believe to be relevant as it relates to the Atlanta Falcons , this past season ?

The fact that head coach, Mike Smith in conjunction with Team President , Rich McKay GM, Thomas Dimitroff have sought to make these wholesale changes , is a clear sign of dissatisfaction as well as the fact that they now believe that they have gone as far as was ultimately possible with the players that they have jettisoned . While the players taken from their most recent drafts have proven to be productive , quite obviously , many of the team’s seasoned veterans simply did not meet expectations. As to where the Falcons now go from here , it remains to be seen, but it becoming abundantly clear that Matt Ryan should he fail this upcoming season to lead this franchise deep into a postseason run. The questions will be raised concerning his abilities and the fact that this first round 2008 NFL Draft pick could very well be viewed as something of a “ considerable bust” . Your thoughts on this , and anything else you believe to be relevant as it relates to the Atlanta Falcons , this past season ?

The NFL Combine while it lasted , was something of a drab display and granted , there are no real players of standout talent . There is this continued belief that teams will be able to pick up “ a diamond in the rough” .Yet , from what many of us have witnessed and the NFL analysts have suggested , there has not been one overpowering performance that has simply blown everyone away. This weekend , Lauren Silberman , sought to make history as the first female to be part of the NFL Draft participants , as part of a combine , by trying out as a kicker . The fact that the tryouts in question , were held at Florham Park , New Jersey , home of the New York Jets’ practice facility , should tell you all you need to know . Gimmick or not , only the Jets as a franchise , would be prepared to subject themselves and Silberman to such ridicule . And the former soccer star with the University of Wisconsin (Badgers) , while trying her best , her two attempted kicks went for a combined 32 yards . Silberman, in her later interviews after her unsuccessful tryouts suggested that the quadriceps injury that she suffered some weeks earlier , restricted her full range of motion and complete movement . My thoughts on this all , there’s a place for Lauren Silberman , within the Lingerie Football League , but most definitely , not in the NFL !

Spring Training may well be here, and the standings as they currently are , within the Citrus and Grapefruit Leagues , do not really give enough of an indicator , as what to expect , once the regular MLB regular season schedule gets underway. Besides , isn’t there an idiotic international competition, that will somehow , interfere with the preparations of the teams? The quadrennial event known as the World Baseball Classic , is now once again within our midst and the group play will commence on the 2nd March , 2013 . The television coverage for the Classic, will be provided jointly by ABC/ESPN , in its entirety. The fact that team USA since the competition’s inception has never had a great showing , indicates one of two things , (1) ____ the top US born players , simply have no interest in a competition where they will not be richly rewarded and (2) ____ this competition devised by the MLB hierarchy and IBAF , baseball’s international governing body simply knows that the sport can gain no traction while it remains under suspicion because Bud Selig has failed miserably to rein in the actions of the ” drug cheats” within the game ,here on the continent of North America .

Team USA manager Joe Torre will be looking to stave off the team’s bad showing in the WBC . Since its inception the organization has failed to make a deep run , whereby it has qualified for the championship game , itself . The current makeup of the roster while extremely talented , it doesn’t create the impression that this is any way the best or most competitive team that could be fielded for what is said to be most prestigious international team tournament , beyond the IBAF World Cup. The team is drawn in Group D in a four team group, which consists of Canada , Italy , Mexico and the USA , itself . They will be based in Phoenix , playing their initial group games at Chase Field , in Phoenix , Arizona , home to the Arizona Diamondbacks . The sixteen team tournament , with its first round of group staged games should make for an enthralling event, as the scenarios begin to play themselves out .

As I alluded to earlier the Team USA roster , while being talented , it is by no means a team that offers the fans the best of the talent available , for what I believe to be a truly competitive team ! The pitching staff led by R A Dickey , also consists of Derek Holland , Mitchell Boggs, Tim Collins , Ross Detwiler and Gio Gonzalez , amongst others . In terms of offense , the lead will be provided by Mark Teixeira, Giancarlo Stanton , Brandon Phillips , Adam Jones , Ryan Braun , David Wright and Ben Zobrist . A real threat to anyone , when you consider the strengths of the other participants as the two-time reigning champions , Japan , Cuba , China , Chinese Taipei and the Dominican Republic .

And the game of baseball faces an uphill battle as it seeks to have the sport reinstated as part of the Summer Olympics . The mere fact that Selig is now pressing Ricardo Farrari , President of IBAF to merge their efforts with ISF (International Softball Federation) , the governing body for the women’s softball as they present a joint bid to have both sports reinstated , spells out for me clearly how low on the “pecking order” both sports have now become on the international sports’ scene. So much so, that IOC President , Jacques Rogge and the fellow members of the IOC Executive Committee have indicated that both sports, were they to be reinstated , the earliest proposed return would not take place until the 2020 Summer Games . Do however , bear in mind that a decision has not yet been made , as to which country and city will be the host for the games in question . Those with a vested interest in hosting the quadrennial event , are the cities of Istanbul , Turkey , Tokyo , Japan , Madrid , Spain , Doha , Qatar, and Baku in Azerbaijan. I am sure that there will be enough intrigue and the atypical connivance of bribery and corruption , that will go along with the bidding process in question ! Not unlike the asinine antics, we have come to expect from the MLB team owners and the league hierarchy , itself .

Inasmuch, as I am looking forward to baseball’s season of ridiculous intent , of luring the fans , in with they believe will be an exciting year . Let’s get one thing straight , the game will still be engulfed by those who have , and those who do not ! The fact that the New York Yankees this year , will have a payroll exceeding $200 million , once again sets us up for a season , where even the Bronx Bombers will be hard pressed to outdo the Los Angeles Dodgers for print space and within the television media , as Magic Johnson and his latest bauble , with their $215 million payroll will try to outdo their AL counterpart , both on and off the field of play. Personally , I am beginning to wonder whether or not the Oakland Athletics and their rather menial payroll of $60 million will be able to reproduce the form , and excitement witnessed last season , at home and away from the O Coliseum and still be competitive enough to compete at the highest echelons of the game ! And dependent upon who you may ask the AL West might either get exceedingly tougher or softer , with the addition of last season’s worst baseball franchise , the Houston Astros (55-107), as they now become the latest member of the American League (AL). Make of it what , you will , but I am sure that the sweetheart deal and sweetener offered ($65 million) to Astros’ owner Jim Crane , will ease the burden and pain of another insufferable season !

Speaking of insufferable seasons, how much longer will the fans of the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates have to endure the years of ignominy in terms of their poor showing from year to year ? Several years ago a patron of this, claiming to be a knowledgeable individual and an employee of a well-known NL Central franchise made the claim , that the Royals were a ball-club on the rise and would be a serious contender in 2011 and 2012. Well, here we are, in 2013 , and the franchise is no better than a .500 team and that is even with the aspiring talent that is made to make up the roster. Personally , I do not believe that the Kansas City Royals’ owner , David Glass , has the slightest interest in seeing the franchise be a competitive concern within baseball. If that were the case, then surely with the resources at Glass’ disposal , in terms of his wealth , then he would have made a concerted effort to change the mindset of this entire organization . Instead , year in and year out , the Royals are the backwaters’ organization relying on the largess of the league hierarchy and the continued asinine tax sharing revenue scheme. Bud Selig believes this exercise has been to the benefit of the small market teams around the league , but in reality , nothing could be further from the truth.

I’ll say this for Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting , he really does know how to blow smoke up people’s ass. Having purchased the franchise from McClatchy family , the Pirates have yet acquire a winning season , during his tenure, as the owner of this ball-club. The lone star, on this Pirates’ team , and the organization’s best player , is their All Star center-fielder, Andrew McCutchen . Granted, Nutting has made an effort to raise and then pare down the Pirates’ payroll repeatedly over the years , dependent upon the ball-club’s degree of success. GM Neal Huntington , has worked in conjunction with the team owner and coaching staff to draft prudently to meet the team’s needs over the last few years (2009,2010,2011 and 2012). With the departure of the Houston Astros , it will be interesting to see if the Pirates can avoid being the bottom feeder within the NL Central this season .

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Over this past weekend, which sporting event to your mind, provided you with the most interest ? Also, do you believe that there will come a time when a female can compete, at any level, within the NFL ? Your thoughts on this, and anything else you believe to be pertinent to the subject matter . Thanks as always for the continued support of this site, as it is gratefully appreciated !

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(1) Duke’s Ryan Kelly (34) drives to the basket as Miami’s Shane Larkin (0) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 2, 2013. Duke won 79-76 . AP Photo/Gerry Broome ….

(2) Miami’s Kenny Kadji (35) dunks over Duke defender Ryan Kelly during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 2, 2013. AP Photo/Gerry Broome …

(3) Mason Plumlee (5) looks to make a pass during the against Miami Hurricanes at Cameron Indoor Arena , Charlotte , North Carolina on Saturday 2nd March , 2013 . Duke would go on to defeat Miami 79-76. Miami Sun Sentinel / Jorge Vargas ….

(4) Duke fans celebrate after the team’s triumph over their ACC rivals the Miami Hurricanes in a conference match-up between these two teams with NCAA championship aspirations. Before, however , there still remains the conference title as well the championship to be decided . @ copyrighted material …….. all rights reserved .

(5) NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 3: LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat shoots in a game against the New York Knicks on March 3, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Heat would go on to defeat the Knicks 99-93 , and then on Monday night , they would gain their fifteenth consecutive victory by outlasting the Minnesota Timberwolves in a lopsided 97-81 triumph . Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images ….

(6) Further emphasizing that the Knicks can’t defend “worth a damn ” . Lebron James goes in , unchallenged for an uncontested dunk against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images ..

(7) Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco walks up to a microphone before speaking at a news conference at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Monday, March 4, 2013. Flacco agreed to a contract that will make him the highest paid quarterback in NFL history after leading the Ravens to a Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky …

(8) FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2012 file photo, Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) sits on the bench before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. The Falcons have released Turner, defensive end John Abraham and corner-back Dunta Robinson The moves were announced Friday, March 1, 2013, by a team that came up just short of the Super Bowl. AP Photo/Bob Leverone …..

(9) From left to right , Atlanta Falcons’ team President , Rich McKay , GM Thomas Dimitroff and team owner , Arthur Blank are seen in the executive sky-box suites at Falcons’ home game . McKay and Dimitroff have made the decision to revamp the team’s roster by cutting several players as part of an off-season purge and “salary cap easing” , as they prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft and the possible signing of free agents this off-season . AP Photo / Marcus Richards ….

(10) Lauren Silberman talks to officials after taking two attempts during kicker tryouts at an NFL football regional combine workout, Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the New York Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, N.J. AP Photo/Mel Evans

(11) Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen runs off the field in the rain before a baseball spring training exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall ….

(12) Andruw Jones 25 and Jonathan Balentina (29) of Netherlands celebrate with team-mates after 4-1 victory against Australia during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group B match between Australia and the Netherlands at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium on March 5, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan. ….

(13) Joe Torre will manage Team USA in the World Baseball Classic . Torre is hoping to lead the team to international success in a competition that the country has yet to win since its inception in 2006 . AP/REUTERS/ Martin Jacobs …..

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31 thoughts on “PTI , it was a weekend, of highs and lows . More lows , than highs , I believe!”

  1. Well an enjoyable trip up to Tobacco Road , where I was able to witness the Blue Devils take down the Miami Hurricanes . This all sets up nicely with regard to the ACC conference title and then who will get the measure of possibly getting a high seeding for the NCAA Tournament .

    The Miami Heat have now won fifteen straight and there doesn’t seem to be anyone within the Eastern Conference even remotely in the same goddamn area code in terms of enthusiasm or commitment to play . Yet there were boneheads within this forum suggesting that the New York Knicks were primed and ready .

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    Jenna knows what does her body good , doesn’t she ? Not unlike the Knicks .

    The Knicks are a team without a body of work and can’t play a frigging lick of defense . So for the defenders out there of the Knicks , please explain to me how that organization can now turn things around , while dropping down the conference seedings (standings) in the past few weeks , faster than it takes porn star Jenna Jameson to disrobe for a group sex scene ?

    “If I miss at least I can use one of two excuses ……… I’ve a UTI (urinary tract infection) or my quadriceps still hurts ” ! Lauren Silberman

    Lauren Silberman has my condolences but if she’s raising her legs for anything then it had better be for some sort of sexual act , because as a potential kicker in the NFL , she is not that good . In fact her two attempts were an absolute embarrassment (19 and 13 yards respectively) , and with the excuse of a quadriceps injury , which I doubt ! Who in their goddamn mind attempts that with that type of an injury where it normally takes at least two to three weeks to recuperate from ? Only the Jets as an organization would be dumb enough to allow that sort of travesty ! Albeit that Silberman parted with her $275-00 fee for the privilege of completely embarrassing herself .

    “If they can’t find a job , then they can always come and work at the nearest Home Depot ” Arthur Blank , far right , owner of the Falcons and co-founder of Home Depot . (From left to right , Rich McKay , Thomas Dimitroff and Arthur Blank)

    Cap hit or ” no cap hit ” , the Falcons may well have blundered with the players who they have now let go , especially in the case of someone like Turner who remains productive in spite of being injured last season . Tom Dimitroff and Rich McKay , I believe have erred with these decisions in the players cut !

    $120 million ? At this point , Brady , Brees , Rodgers and Peyton Manning must be having a good chuckle , while at the same time begrudgingly admiring Flacco and his new-found fame and salary .

    The World Baseball Classic ? There’s nothing classic about the entire competition at all ! And Team USA may well be lucky to even make it beyond that quarter finals , as on paper , the makeup of that roster is not particularly good to begin with !

    Is he a “cheat” or simply misunderstood ?

    Ryan Braun

    I hope that there’s mandatory testing , being as Ryan Braun “Roid” is part of the makeup of Team USA !

    “Trust me when I tell you , it pains me to see the Pirates lose in such a way while I can still continue to make money ” ! Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting

    ” Both the front office and I , strive for ways to put the best possible product on the field , and in no way is that a reflection of me being allegedly a ‘cheap ba$stard’ “ . Royals’ owner David Glass , former CFO of Wal-Mart Inc

    Over and under on the Pirates and Royals winning 65-75 games apiece , this upcoming season when adjudged in terms of their respective records in 2012 , 2011 , 2010, 2009 and 2008 ?

    Kansas City Royals year by year results and postseason history . Royals’ payroll for 2013

    Pittsburgh Pirates year by year results and postseason history . Pirates’ payroll for 2013

    Anythings glaringly wrong with the lack of success concerning both the Pirates and Royals ?

    MLB team payrolls for 2013 ………… Dodgers have the highest payroll at $213 million with the Oakland Athletics with the lowest at approximately $60 million . For the first time in MLB history the total Opening Day Salaries for all 30 teams will top $ 3 billion ($ 3,000,000,000) . Teams with a payroll above $150 million will automatically be surcharged with the league’s asinine “luxury tax” , which is prorated .

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  2. Duke is a crazy place but a fun one to watch college hoops. Silberman is just the start of the lefts concerted effort to change the game. The NFL is the new social lab for the Libs and the Left to change our Culture. The Knicks have improved but they still won’t make it to the NBA finals. Rich McKay is John McKay’s son. John McKay of USC fame and the Tamap Bay Bucs. He took the Bucs to NFC Title game in three years. 1970.

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    1. bobby gee

      Not only was Cameron Indoor Arena crazy , but the Duke fans are as passionate about the team , but also the alumni of the program and are just as crazy and vociferous as the fans . It was great to be there in attendance and be part of that game-day environment as a fan and to be a part of the audience at the venue .

      Rich McKay was the primary architect of the Bucs’ Superbowl winning team along with the former head coach Tony Dungy . To hell , with Jon Gruden and what he was alleged to have done . The guy couldn’t spot or develop talent , and this continued and asinine misnomer , that he was the guiding force behind the resurrection of Rich Gannon’s career is the biggest joke of all !

      The Bucs have regressed as a team , because their rookies of the past four years simply haven’t met expectations , while at the same time Josh Freeman , has proven to be the biggest disappointment of them all , with his poor play over the last two seasons .

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  3. The Angels spent a lot of money last year only to have finished second to the Athletics in the West. This year they’ve spent even more and I’m not sure that they’ll do any better than second again.
    The Blue Jays look like the team to beat in the East, but I’m not giving up on the Rays. They’ve shored up their defense and they should be a better hitting squad than last year.
    Good luck to the Braves this season. Cheers!

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  4. You seem to always have a lot to say in your posts, Al. I’m looking forward to the NFL season. Denver’s Von Miller guaranteed a Super Bowl win next year for the Broncos. Comments??

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    1. Skip/ food4thesoul93

      Well, I like to keep my pieces informative , and this article was meant to cover several sporting subjects . Which I believe it does , and should pique the interests of the patrons !

      “Don’t hate the player , hate the game , ’cause I’m that good ! Next , season I’ll win NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the Broncos , will win the Superbowl . You can count on that , bro ” ! Vonn Miller

      Look, Vonn Miller can guarantee as much as he wants , whenever , he wants . The fact of the matter is , the Broncos’ failed last season , when the fans were expecting so much more from Peyton and the rest of the team . Alas, it wasn’t to be .

      Denver Broncos’ news .

      Broncos’ 2013 schedule

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      1. If they do win it all, they should save some in the gas tank for the playoffs. I know teams want to “peak” at season’s end, but the won like their last 10-11 games.

        If they do take it all in 2013-14, maybe they do so with an 11-5 record. That’s more than enough to win their lousy division, and maybe give them some extra rest for the playoffs!

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        1. Skip /food4thesoul93

          I’ve no doubt that the Broncos will repeat as AFC West champions during the 2013-14 season ! The division , beyond the Broncos is extremely mediocre , and personally , I can’t see the Chiefs or Chargers , mounting a serious enough challenge to that John Fox coached team !

          The Raiders are in complete disarray , and their anally retentive fans continue to live in the past , rather than looking towards the future ! Never-mind the fact that GM Reggie McKenzie and team owner , Mark Davis couldn’t spot talent , if it came up and bit them on the a$s !

          Raiders’ draft picks for the last eight years . And team payroll , salary by the year and cap hit .

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          1. And I think Andy Reid will need a couple of years in KC to make them relevant. As for S.D. I personally don’t think Rivers will play any better for McCoy than he did for Turner.

            That’s because Rivers is not as good as people say. So much talent around him, an improved defense, and still a “below average” result.

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            1. Skip

              Absolutely nothing about Norv Turner in his final two seasons with the San Deigo Chargers could be seen as endearing . He and his coaching staff were simply clueless in how best to make this Chargers’ team effective within AFC West as well as the NFL as a whole .

              Rivers for his part , did his best , but I get the feeling the quarterback essentially became disheartened because the team and coach had become so ineffective and completely out of touch with what was said to be happening within their midst .

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          If Lauren Silberman does or is afforded a second tryout as a kicker , I’d prefer to see her flash us her breasts , rather than seeing her attempt a field goal kick ! Just my opinion mind you, and mine alone !


          “Perhaps next time , I can show the scouts my breasts , rather than attempt a field goal kick ” !
          Lauren Silberman , former standout soccer player with the Wisconsin Badgers

          Lucy Pinder

          I’m the kind of guy who loves a good piece of tits and @ss !

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            1. Skip

              She’d (Silberman) certainly make things more entertaining , than they currently are , at present . What the hell is it , with Rand Paul and his buffoonery ? A filibuster to do with drones flying overhead and spying on US citizens ? . In case Paul hadn’t noticed , there are cameras in major cities around the country already watching us , never mind what the NSA continually does on a daily basis monitoring phone conversations of citizens across the country . Paul is an idiot , just like his out of touch dimwitted father Ron Paul !

              Dumb and dumber ! Rand & Ron Paul .

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  5. Sounds like a great trip, man. Who knew you’d get to see the game of the year.

    Perhaps you should tell Kelly and Coach K that you’re their good luck charm. That kid went OFF in your presence.

    Maybe they’ll spot you some tourney tickets to keep his hot streak alive.

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    1. Chris Humpherys (@SportsChump)

      I’m saving all of that good luck , you speak of , for the Atlanta Braves and the San Antonio Spurs ! Especially , in the case of the Spurs , with the loss of Tony Parker , for the next four or five weeks . That’s a tough thing to swallow , as he has been the team’s most productive player all season long , as well as being a bonafide candidate for League MVP , far more so than either Chris Paul or Carmelo Anthony ! We know that this season the MVP title is LeBron’s to lose, but the idiots who adjudicate the process (NBA writers ) , do tend to get it wrong , once in a while , especially , the year that Karl Malone , won it . over Michael Jordan !

      Duke have played themselves into contention , not just within the ACC , but also where they can be considered to be one of the the teams possibly deserving of a # 1 regional ranking for the NCAA Tournament .

      Tophatal ……………..

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  6. I don’t think Matt Ryan will ever be viewed as a “considerable” bust. The Falcons have made the playoffs four of the past five years, and have never had a losing season with Ryan at QB. Ryan has 56 wins in his first five seasons in the NFL. Now, admittedly there are times when Ryan’s play leaves something to be desired, but I still believe he’s one of the top QB’s in the NFL.

    As for the Falcons release of John Abraham, Michael Turner, and Dunta Robinson, I don’t have a problem with it. Those players were well compensated during their runs with the Falcons, and Abraham and Turner’s time was coming to an end at some point. High priced older players are always replaced by cheaper younger ones. As harsh as that may seem, it’s good business in the NFL, and the players understand this.

    Thomas Dimitroff came from the Patriots, so I know you are used to seeing good players get cut, and traded, for the sake of not over spending. The Patriots cut high priced veterans all the time, and yet they keep on rolling. I think the Falcons will too.

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    1. Maurice Barksdale

      I am well aware of Thomas Dimitroff’s background , but , where I have an issue with the Atlanta Falcons , is the fact that although Matt Ryan has the best regular season winning percentage of any NFL quarterback over the past five years . The real issue is that he has been unable to get the job done in the postseason , where it matters most for the Falcons . Is that down the quarterback , or primarily the coaching staff headed by Mike Smith , or more so down to Ryan’s teammates and their lackluster performances ?

      The decision to cut the players in question , I believe has more to do with cap space , rather than their so called being unproductive . Today’s NFL , has now become a “do or die league ” .

      Falcons’ draft history and their Pro Bowlers

      In terms of the Patriots , for me, until they address the flaws in their secondary , they will continue to have problems in the postseason against teams that can run and pass against them !

      Alan aka Tophatal

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      1. One thing you need to understand about the Falcons is that it is one of the losingest franchises in NFL history. Not until the Mike Smith era, did the franchise ever have back to back winning seasons in it’s history.

        So knowing that fact, I can understand why it’s taking a little longer to get the franchise completely over the hump to being a Super Bowl winner, considering it’s history of losing.

        And even though the Falcons have done a lot to get to where they are, they still have a long way to go. So they have to look to the future, and that means getting younger and better at several positions.

        They have their QB in place, and other good young players like Julio Jones and Sean Weatherspoon, but they still need more to build around that nucleus. And holding on to and ver paying aging veterans is not the way to do it.

        It took Peyton Manning eight years to win a Super Bowl with the Colts. And many said similiar things then about Manning and the Colts that you are saying about Ryan and the Falcons.

        But somtimes it just takes a given franchise longer to get over the hump. Just because they haven’t done it yet, doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen at some point.

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        1. Maurice Barksdale

          The Falcons had their chance under the Vick years , and we know his dumb ass flushed that opportunity away ! And then you also had a woeful bunch of head coaches calling the shots , for a number of years !

          And with regard to the Colts , it wasn’t until Dungy arrived , we saw real changes , because the team wasn’t disciplined , once he molded them into perennial contenders and things turned around fairly quickly .

          Tophatal ………………..

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          1. I agree about Tonty Dungy and the Colts, but Mike Smith has proven that he is a good head coach, and he’s one of the reasons the Falcons have become a consistent winner.

            Now the franchise needs to take a hard look at what they need to do to get to win the Super Bowl, and I think that’s what they are doing.

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            1. Maurice Barksdale

              Agreed on both counts !

              The Falcons are now heading in the right direction with Smith at the helm as the head coach , with his coaching staff assisting him as best they can . What’s needed , are players to complement the skillset of Matt Ryan , as well bolstering their defense .

              In the case of the Colts , with Pagano returning to be the head coach , after his health issues . I can only see room for improvement for the team , as they look to become the best franchise in the AFC South . At this moment in time , I believe that the Texans have regressed to the point, where you now have to begin to question the mental toughness of the team and also whether not Schaub is simply a very good regular season quarterback . It is now abundantly clear that after his tenure in the NFL , his biggest obstacle remains a good performance in the postseason .

              Tophatal ……………..

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              1. The Texans could stand adding some play makers in the passing game for Schaub. Andre Johnson isn’t the player he used to be, and I’m sure several in the Texans front office are regretting ever letting Jacoby Jones go, considering what he did for the Ravens.

                However, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Texans draft a QB in the third round or so to develop and give Schaub some competition.

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                  1. No, but Schaub certainly helped them get to the post season, as the team was 7-3 at the time of his injury. So I think it’s safe to say the Texans would have been a playoff team even if Schaub hadn’t been injured.

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                    1. Maurice Barksdale

                      Yates in 2011 , was the difference and if you remember prior to his injury Schaub had been struggling . Nothing is ever assured .

                      I personally view the Texans as a very good regular season team and not much more than than that ! And this season , I feel that they will have a tough time overcoming what should be a very good Colts’ team ! .

                      Colts vs Texans in head to head games over the last five seasons .

                      The window of opportunity is now closing for the Texans and Gary Kubiak to get the job done of winning a Superbowl

                      Tophatal ………………..

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