A New Season Brings Hope and Uncertainty

15 09 2009

By Brendan Tyman

The National Football League’s season is underway and all thirty two teams are still in contention.

Now I will provide you with my predictions for the upcoming season.

NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP): New Orleans Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees

NFL Offensive Player of the Year: Minnesota Vikings Running Back, Adrian Peterson

NFL Defensive Player of the Year: Dallas Cowboys Outside Linebacker, DeMarcus Ware

NFL Rookie Offensive Player of the Year: New York Jets Quarterback, Mark Sanchez

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: Carolina Panthers Defensive End, Everette Brown

American Football Conference (AFC) Division and Wild Card Winners

AFC East – New England Patriots – Just too much firepower and most clutch Quarterback is back on the field

AFC North – Pittsburgh Steelers – If defending champs remain healthy, they will continue to go a long way

AFC South – Indianapolis Colts – It is their time to recapture their magic

AFC West – San Diego Chargers – Window is closing on LaDanian Tomlinson and Shawne Merriman

AFC Wild Cards – Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans

AFC Wild Card Playoffs

Baltimore over San Diego – Joe Flacco outduels Phillip Rivers and Rivers continues to mouth off to Ray Lewis

Indinapolis defeats Titans – Vinatieri hits a field goal in overtime and causes Jeff Fisher to propose a rule similar to college about overtime

AFC Divisional Playoffs

Indianapolis eliminates Pittsburgh – Many key players out for Pittsburgh and Peyton takes advantage

Pats beat Baltimore – Brady to Moss is a combination that Ed Reed cannot even stop

AFC Championship Game

New England defeats Colts – Belichick cooks up a new defense with new players for Manning

National Football Conference (NFC) Division and Wild Card Winners

NFC East – Dallas Cowboys – Terrell who?

NFC North – Green Bay Packers – Easy schedule and continued emergence of Aaron Rodgers leads the Cheeseheads to forget about another quarterback in the division

NFC South – Atlanta Falcons – Explosive offense along with a solid defense puts Atlanta at the head of the division

NFC West – Seattle Seahawks – As long as their key players stay on the field, they can be a dangerous team

NFC Wild Cards – Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings

NFC Wild Card

Atlanta defeats Vikings – QB driven league and Matty Ice comes through for the Dirty Birds

Seahawks beat Philadelphia – 12th man hurts McNabb and Vick as they continue to feud in the locker room

NFC Divisional Playoffs

Dallas over Falcons – Romo finally comes through in the clutch

Seattle eliminates Green Bay – Packer fans can take solace in Brett Favre being out of the postseason

NFC Championship Game

Dallas over Seattle – A punt hits the board and Jim Mora protests to the Competition Committee in the offseason. How bout ’em Cowboys!

Super Bowl

New England over Cowboys – Brady cements his legacy with 4 rings and Belichick proves he can win with unproven players on defense

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Exciting Weekend

27 04 2009
A fan holds up a broom as the Boston Red Sox swept a three game series against the New York Yankees last night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A fan holds up a broom as the Boston Red Sox swept a three game series against the New York Yankees last night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Brendan Tyman

This past weekened provided several highlights and the only downside for Boston sports fans was the 121-118 loss suffered by the Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series versus the pesky Chicago Bulls.

The image that will stand out the most is not the NFL Draft or the last second treys knocked down by Ray Allen and Ben Gordon to send the contest into another frame for their respective teams, but Jacoby Ellsbury stealing home with 15-year veteran Andy Pettite on the mound.

Things could not get better as Boston has become the center of the sports universe. Many analysts declared the New England Patriots as having one of the best drafts and being set for 2010 with 3 second round selections. The Boston Red Sox just swept the New York Yankees and the 9-game homestand. The Boston Bruins finally got revenge on the Montreal Canadiens and are currently relaxing while their future opponent is battling. The Boston Celtics are the defending champions and looking to repeat as world champions. Two Boston College players were just chosen on the first day of the Draft (B.J. Raji was the first defensive tackle taken by the Green Bay Packers and Ron Brace was taken by the Pats).

If you are a Boston sports fan, you can be thankful for living in this glorious renaissance in sports history. Enjoy weekends like this past one because they do not come along very often.





Broncos Looking to ‘Cut’ a Deal to Trade Star QB

1 04 2009

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As was predicted some time ago on The Democratic Fanatic, the Denver Broncos have been unable to pacify their star quarterback Jay Cutler.  They are looking to trade the QB and his six-year, $48 million contract.

Cutler has been unhappy since his name came up in trade talks when former Patriot QB Matt Cassel was available.

The young star felt unappreciated by the team after hearing the rumors and became increasingly annoyed by coach Josh McDaniels’ handling of the situation thereafter.

It’s early to say what the price will be for Cutler on the trade market, but it seems likely that he will be dealt.

“Jay is never going to play for that team again,” a source told ESPN.com. “It is a trust issue. He could never trust McDaniels again. It’s over.”





Joey Galloway Signs with Patriots for 2009

15 03 2009
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By Jim Chandley

The terms of the deal are undisclosed at this point, but Joey Galloway has agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots.

Galloway played an injury shortened season with Tampa Bay in 2008.  Before his injury, he had three consecutive seasons with 50+ catches, 1,000+ yards and 6 or more TD’s.





2 NFL Players Still Missing

3 03 2009

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Marquis Cooper (top) and Corey Smith(bottom) were looking forward to the upcoming season.

By: Brendan Tyman

The first wave of free agency has passed, but during the weekend a tragic story occurred. Corey Smith, a free agent defensive lineman and Marquis Cooper, a linebacker who is currently on the Oakland Raiders roster, have been missing since Saturday.

The 21-foot boat they were riding in overturned off the Florida Gulf Coast . There were two other passengers on board, William Bleakley and Nick Schuyler.These men put on their life vests and they swam under the boat. Apparently, they stayed together for awhile until somehow the players were separated.

According to reports, the water temperature is in the mid- to upper 60s. Hypothermia can happen after a day and a half in64-degree water.

Schuyler was found yesterday clinging to the capsized boat. He was dehydrated and had hypothermia symptoms, but he has been upgraded to fair condition when taken to the hospital.

This news comes about two years after New England Patriots defensive lineman, Marquise Hill, was found dead after his boat flipped over on Lake Pontchartrain. Hill was 24 years of age at the time of his untimely death.

Smith played for the Lions last year and Cooper was just 26 years old

While the families are hoping for a recovery, the Coast Guard is not as optomistic.





Peppers For Sale?

2 03 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

With the earth shattering event over the weekend (the Patriots trading Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs), New England now has salary cap room and resources to make a big move. One name mentioned is Julius Peppers.

Peppers is an athletic freak. He is 6’7 and 270 pounds with a 4.68 40. After the Carolina Panthers were ousted in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Peppers has stated that he wants to play for a 3-4 defense.

Bill Belichick has coached a 3-4 defense for a very long time. Columnists are reporting that Belichick could utilize Peppers like he did with Lawerence Taylor (perhaps the most dominant defensive player of all time).

The Pats will have to give up multiple picks and perhaps a proved commodity on their roster. They have three 2nd round picks and they just freed up $18 million in cap space.

It is not known if the Patriots will acquire Peppers, but these next 6 weeks leading up to the draft have just become more intriguing.





Pats trade Cassel and Vrabel to Chiefs

28 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

The Patriots have sent quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for the 34th pick in the upcoming draft in April.

With this move, New England has freed up $18 million in cap space and they have 3 selections in the 2nd round in April and they have more money to resign players like Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour, whose contracts are expiring after next season.

Cassel spent 3 years on the bench until Tom Brady went down with a season-ending knee injury in the opening game against of all teams, the Chiefs. He went on to prove that he was more than a capable backup as he threw for 3474 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Also, he led the Pats to an 11-5 record.

The Patriots could not afford to keep Cassel as a backup because he would have cost $14.6 million, which is the same amount of money they are paying Brady.

Meanwhile Vrabel has been known for his versatilty as he played both inside and outside linebacker as well as lining up in the goal line offense to catch a few touchdowns, including in Super Bowl XXXVIII. He is coming off a down year with 87 tackles and just 4 sacks.