What You Need To Know to #Win #TNF + #CollegeFootball (11-19-15)

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1. Tenneseein’ Is Believin:

Colorblind viewers may not be the only ones unable to watch “Thursday Night Football” this week.

For the second week in a row, the NFL will force two of its teams to wear monochromatic uniforms as part of the league’s “color rush” initiative. This time, the matchup shouldn’t infuriate the colorblind. The Tennessee Titans dress up in a Smurf-like all-blue getup to take on the sepia-themed Jacksonville Jaguars.

Despite their 2-7 record, the Titans stand only two games out of the lead in the AFC South. While a second-half resurgence may seem unlikely, starting quarterback Marcus Mariota could help push the team into the conversation. Mariota has exceeded most of the external expectations for his rookie year, completing over 65 percent of his passes and averaging 8 yards per attempt. He also has a favorable 13:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The quarterback still exhibits occasional discomfort in the pocket, but his transition from Oregon’s spread system has gone better than anyone could have reasonably expected.

  • Guys to watch on #DraftKings for Tonight’s game, according to DC*3PO
    • Blake Bortles $5,900 – 17.9 – 46.3%
    • Marcus Mariota $5,300 – 17.9 – 9.7%
    • Allen Robinson $7,000 – 16.4 – 41.4%
    • Delanie Walker $4,800 – 14.5 – 65.8%
    • Allen Hurns $5,800 – 11.9 – 41.4%

2. Knights of Yarrr:

7:30p EST ESPN – ECU @ UCF

East Carolina‘s postseason dreams hang from a loose limb with two games to play, but the Pirates look to have quite a favorable matchup at a good time. Needing to win both games to break even for the season and clinch bowl eligibility, East Carolina must do so on the road Thursday night against a struggling UCF.

Struggling may be putting UCF’s status a bit too kindly, as the Knights have been a mess from start to finish this season. But can the Knights pull it all together just once and pick up their first win of the season, knocking ECU out of bowl consideration? Former Conference USA rivals will continue their series for the second time as members of the American Athletic Conference.……(continue reading)


3. Sioux-Flayed:

The University of North Dakota has been engaged in a search for a new nickname for the past year, after they decided to end a decade-long battle with the NCAA and at least one Native American tribe and give up their Fighting Sioux nickname. They solicited suggestions online and received thousands, many of them hilariously vulgar and subsequently rejected.  In September the quite serious nickname committee whittled the list down to five finalists: Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders, and Sundogs. A trademark troll also tried to hijack the process, to no avail…….(continue reading)


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4. The Dwight Stuff

Remember when the Rockets were 7 games away from a title?  Remember how they “overcame” all those injuries and post-traumatically-stressed the Clippers?  It was a fun run that should never have happenned – feasting on hustle and belief leaves you malnurished.

But this year, it already feels like last year’s post-season was forever ago.  Ty Lawson still seems drunk as he sleepwalks thru games, Harden is shooting 37% and averaging almost as many turnovers as assists…nothing about any of this is new or a surprise.  The surprise is the team, the players, the city all expected more than they are getting and according to my sources, these are the facts:  Houston Stinks.

Throw in a little players’ only drama that leads to Kevin Mchale’s firing and you begin to wonder a few things.  Things like, James Harden will never be the man that leads any team to any victory, and more importantly, Dwight Howard is Charmin.  How does a man of championship pedigree like Kevin McHale become the fall guy?  This is beyond McHale, this IS about the players.  The guys on this team are professionals, at least paid as such, maybe not by attitude or desire.  That’s because they don’t care about winning basketball games – they care more about Kardashian’s and shoe contracts, etc…  Coaches at this level can not+do not coach desire – that’s the players’ responsibility.  The defending champs, the Warriors are undefeated without their coach and seem hungrier to win more than last year.  So what’s Houston’s excuse?  A bearded ball-hog and a big man who pretends to be Superman, but when the going gets tough, he’s more Clark Kent, without the potential.  At least, that’s my opinion, I could be wrong.

 

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What You Need To Know for #TNF and Other Stuff

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1. A Dolphin’s Tale?

Maybe the only thing to worry about – besides your lineup – is if Tom Brady takes a cheap shot.  The NFL Media and the Tennessee coaching staff went nuts on the low hit on Mariota, and it’s not inconceivable that Man Campbell hasn’t already ordered the “Code Red”!  Any team that Ndamukong $uh is on – you must keep a weathered eye…


2. When the Mountaineers Come Calling

7:30p EST FS1 – WV @ TCU
Trevone Boykin begins his push for the Heisman tonight.  Sure they haven’t played anyone yet and yeah, they get three opponents next month that are all in the top 14 currently – but the kid is fun to watch.  So in front of a primetime audience on the “FS1” at 7:30p EST check out the #2 guy in total offense and #5 in passing offense – because the only way this guy has a shot is to be undefeated.


3. #23 and Climbing

5:00p EST ESPN – UNC @ Pitt
Also tonight is the other college football game on that other network that sounds like mental telepathy from a sorority girl when she wears her Uggs to tight.  5p ESt on ESPN, UNC visits Heinz Field to take on a surprisingly good Panthers team from Pitt.  Nice job so far from new coach Pat Narduzzi who’s teams’ only loss is to Iowa.  Lots of coach speak will determine the outcome, such as: Special Teams will be important and who wins the turnover battle so should come out ahead as long as they score more points than the other guy.


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4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down…0-2

Johnny Cueto tossed a complete-game two-hitter for the Royals as they defeated the Mets, 7-1, in Game Two of the World Series. Two weeks ago, Cueto pitched Kansas City into the ALCS by defeating the Astros in Game Five of the ALDS, allowing only two hits in eight innings. The only other pitchers who have had more than one postseason outing in their careers of eight or more innings in which they allowed no more than two hits are Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.


 

5. Few Games In – C’Mon Man!

Are The Rockets Doomed – Is Ricky Rubio already an All-Star PG – Is New Orleans turr-able – Is Jahlil Okafor the next one – and finally, is this the Knicks’ time?!  All these overreactions and more…

Source: Biggest overreactions to first batch of NBA games


6. Vlade-dadi We Like To Parde

It has been…an interesting time for the Kings. No one knows what the hell is going on (including those inside of the organization!). For a quick recap:

Last Season: The Kings rushed out to lead the Pacific Division, home of the NBA champion Warriors, before the floor fell out from underneath the team. Star center DeMarcus Cousins was diagnosed with viral meningitis and was sidelined for more than a month. The Kings faltered without him, and their record fell to 11-13. And then the Kings’ Chernobyl of a season began to crumble when owner Vivek Ranadive fired head coach Mike Malone, who was not only a favorite of the players, but had Sacramento ready to play. Mike Malone was fired after only 24 games, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the move created a sense of contempt among Kings players, especially Cousins who loved Malone and his system. The Kings then later fired interim head coach Tyrone Corbin, and hired George Karl to coach the team after the All Star Break.

Source: House of Cards: The Kings, Jokers and Chaos in Sacramento


7. The Kobe Bryant Experience

Kobe Bryant, who is older than hell, crankier than hell, and shackled to a misshapen Lakers team, looked better than he has in years tonight as his Lakers fell to the Timberwolves at home 112-111. This game was stuffed full of cool shit: the two teams’ tribute to the recently passed Flip Saunders; Nick Young hitting a half-court leaner to end the first quarter; the debuts of Karl-Anthony Towns, Julius Randle (his 14 minutes last season don’t count), and D’Angelo Russell; Kevin Garnett yapping at people; and Ricky Rubio dropping 28 points and 14 assists. But most of all, there was Kobe.

Source: Old Man Kobe And The Young Lakers Are Fun As Hell 

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Playin’ in the DiRT

It’s Time To Give /r/NBA The Respect It Deserves

It’s Playoff Basketball – and before we break down the West – because who cares about the East – how ’bout a shout out, too possibly the greatest division in the history of the NBA – The Great Southwest!  All 5 teams in the Southwest division made the playoffs, and all above .500.  Sure the 2006 Central division sent 5 teams to the playoffs but 2 were at .500 and one was below – making this years Southwest division the greatest of all time – Congrats to: Houston, Memphis, San Antonio, Dallas and New Orleans.

So, who will make it out of the first round? Let’s plug some numbers into the DiRT Canon Supa-Computa and see.

  • Anthony Davis just had a crash-course in what playoff basketball is like when they needed a win, and got one against a motivated Spurs team that did not want to fall to the #6 seed.  For the Warriors it means gearing up to play meaningful basketball again – like a cat playing with a ball of yarn, that now has to remember to go back out and kill a bird.  New Orleans does not have enough around “The Brow” to upset the Warriors, and if G-State takes care of the ball, this is over in 5 – 6 tops.
  • Solid MVP candidate Harden has not done so well in his last three playoff, shooting below 40%.  These teams do not like each other and only .5 separates them in point differential, Rockets with the edge.  The danger for the Rockets is if Dallas can extend the series, the longer this goes, the higher the probability the Mavericks win.  I really want to see Harden v Curry, and the Supa-Computa agrees with Rockets in 5.
  • How do you ever pick against the Spurs – the inevitable sunset seems to last forever, and thankfully so, because this series will be awesome.  Both teams that would be threats to Golden State, play each other and too beat each other up – opening that possible door to a finals berth.  Sure, Paul and Jordan have been playing really well lately, and this is the reward they get – the champs.  It doesn’t seem fair, but if the Clippers were ever gonna prove they belong – this is the time to earn it – knock-out the champ.  I’m not picking against the Spurs, but the Supa-Computa is, Clippers in 7.
  • This series could be summed up as – which team gets out alive, and who gets put out of their misery.  It’s a M*A*S*H* unit for both teams.  It’s so bad, that one of them asked if Beckwith could still play the point.  Memphis seems to be the healthier team and Portland went 0-4 against the Grizz.  Home court will be the advantage, and either team will be a 2nd round sacrifice – and it’s Bear season – Memphis wins.

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Robinson Cano

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For $240 million dollars, you’d think Robinson Cano could afford to pay attention, and no one will argue that the Mariners are paying him for his base-running skills – but C’Mon Man!  It was the second out of the inning that would have given the Mariners bases loaded – hindsight is 20/20 they say and who knows if that would have made the difference in the Dodgers winning 5-2.  But Seriously!


 Speaking of boneheads…


What is it about, watered-down-over-priced beer, and cozy seats in the outfield, that brings two men together in a warm embrace.  If your plan is to unleash your inner-hockey-goon, then you gotta do a better job of bringing it, than that.  Plus, A(f)Rod hit his 656th HomeRun last night – it’s gonna be so much fun…the Yankees, contractually have to pay A-Rod $6m when he gets to 660 – but they have refused to do so…BOOM goes the Dynamite!


 #COMEBACKHAWKS

This is the Stanley Cup Playoffs and most of you may not care, but what you missed was some good ‘Ockey – as they say up north, eh.  The Blackhawks were down 0-3 and came back to tie the game – extend it for two more periods of free ‘ockey, to win it, 4-3.  Now the question for the ‘Hawks is, do you start the goalie that was playing in the minors most of the year – who replaced Crawford after giving up 3 so quick – another start?  Marinate on that and watch the blue-line-esque blast of Duncan Keith, to win the game:


No right-minded ‘ockey fan wants to see a team from Nashville win anything, eh?


There are only 4 MLB games tonight – so it’s a crap shoot to play – but if you’re gonna, stick with the TB/TOR game.  Here is how Vegas breaks it all down:

PHI

WAS -133 O/U 6.5


 

TB

TOR -113 O/U 8


 

MIA

NYM -114 O/U 7


 

AZ

SF -164 O/U 6.5

I believe that PHI, TB, MIA and AZ will all win.