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Wild wildcard Weekend

Posted: January 9, 2011 in NFL, playoffs

Stank-0 will not go over each game (that’s why you watch the games).

Jeff Tuttle/Associated Press

First of all, the Chiefs unfortunately laid an egg the last two weeks (including the wild card game). The defense started out just fine but because the offense couldn’t move the ball, the defense was on the field for 41 minutes.  The Chiefs’ O did not help the defense with 5 turnovers.  In the offseason, Jamaal Charles needs to holla at Purple Jesus about how he resolved his fumbling problems.

The Ravens just slowly wore them down.  Stank-0 also wonders whether Charlie Weis’ head was on going to become a college offensive coordinator versus figuring out how to score on the Raven’s defense.

The Chiefs put a lid on the outside deep routes, but Flacco either scrambled or hit underneath (Todd Heap had 10 catches and over 100 yards both Ravens postseason records).

Kirby Lee/NFL

The shocker of the weekend was obviously the out-of-this-world play of Hasslebeck.  Stank-0 wouldn’t have picked the Seahawks at all.  The Saints’ corners kept biting on pump fakes and got torched for it.  Stank-0 will say this though, the Saints did not have the full complement of backs.  Reggie is a gadget back not a between-the-tackle runner but they were shorthanded in the backfield.

Marshawn Lynch aka Beast Mode probably had the play of the wildcard games with that 74 yard run capped off by a chokeslam stiff arm from hell.

You have to believe that the Seahawks staff looked at probably 500+ hours of tapes on the Saints.  They seemed to scheme offensively very well. (i.e. the pump fakes on the outside corners)  Honestly, they took down Goliath no other team will be as tough an outing.

Defense played a crucial role in the Jets @ Colts and Packers @ Eagles.  The losing team’s defense couldn’t stop the running game.  Peyton didn’t have an exceptional game, just a Peyton-like game.  He also wasn’t able to integrate Reggie Wayne, who was blanketed by Revis.  Wayne had 1 catch for 1 yard.  Non factor status.

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

The Jets offensive line just powered over the faster smaller Colts’ defensive line, especially in the 2nd half.  They got back to running the ball and quit trying to playin cute.

Rob Carr/Associated Press

The Eagles stayed in striking distance for most of the game but the defense had difficulty in stopping the run.   The point difference was the two field goals missed.  Throw in a dinged up DeSean Jackson and you have a recipe for a tough outing.  Vick had a chance to be a hero but his last throw (possibly as an Eagle) was inside and not too high when it needed to be outside and higher.

The Packers seemed to have schemed very well to stop Vick for the most part.  The defense seemed to bring delayed pressure and mixed up coverages and schemes to keep the Eagles offense off-balance.

Yankees done for?

Posted: October 21, 2010 in MLB, playoffs

We know stand on the brink, sports fans.  The Yankees stared down elimination and lived to die another day.  The Rangers’ bags were packed but they didn’t expect the Yankees to reserve airfare down to the Lone Star State.

The men in pin stripes did what they were supposed to do, send it back to TX.  It’s not looking good for the Evil Empire and here’s why.  If they manage to force a Game 7 (still very much possible), they will have to contend with a certain Cliff Lee again.  He’s been unhittable in the ALCS, and probably earned a phone call from the New York Yankees in the off-season looking to procure his services.  Him shutting down the Yankees has probably pushed his asking price into the stratosphere.

Stank-0 is starting to believe in the Rangers.  They have nothing to lose.  Everyone (including yours truly) believed they were merely a road bump to the Yankees returning to the World Series. 

Is anyone else perplexed that A.J. Burnett got the nod?  What about his body of work this season led anyone to believe that he could handle the pressure of the playoffs? Mr. Burnett, you just might have lost your spot.  The Yankees would have stood a better chance if Ed had gone out on the mound.

Stank-0 is worried but not willing to bet against the Yankees just yet.  All that money can buy a championship, ya’ll musta forgot.

Pitching duel

Posted: October 14, 2010 in MLB, playoffs

[Writer’s note: Totally slipped my mind that this was post #500. Where has the time gone?! Hopefully you continue with me for another 500 posts. Enjoy!]

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With the Giants advancing to the NLCS, they will face the battle-tested Phillies.  Stank-0 has already documented Doc’s first postseason venture.  If you didn’t see the game, you missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  It was masterful. 

Well hold on to your hats sports fans.  On Saturday, Doc will face off against none other than Lincecum! There’s really nothing more that needs to be said.  Stank-0 is doubtful that Doc will repeat his initial brilliance.  That would be unheard of and they would have to test Halladay for performance-enhancers on the spot. 

Stank-0 expects this to be a very entertaining albeit short NLCS and ALCS.  The Yankees and Phillies are seemingly on a collision course to meet in the World Series…again.  We all win! 

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On to the next one!

Posted: February 8, 2010 in NFL, playoffs

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Football is over!  Ponder that.  While NOLA dances the night and next couple days away, let’s do the post mortems. 

  • This Super Bowl just didn’t have that “it” factor.  Some of you think Stank-0 is too harsh, but how many of these playoff games will we be referencing in 5 years?  It felt like a really good regular season game.  If Stank-0 was forced to pick a game from the playoffs it would be GB @ AZ
  • In Stank-0’s mind, the bar for the Super Bowl was set by the Giants vs. Patriots.  Last year’s game, though, was very very good.
  • Coach Caldwell doesn’t seem devastated by the loss.  He seems motivated to get back. 
  • Not sure a 100% Freeney would have been able to get more pressure on Brees. 
  • Does this win signify that Brees is in Manning-Brady company or elevate him up there? Stank-0 has some thoughts on that.  
  • Which if any Saints free agents leave to get a payday?
  • Was the INT on Manning or Wayne or just a good defensive play? 
  • Can we put out an APB for Reggie Bush’s Super Bowl performance?  
  • Stank-0 feels like Manning vs. Brady is over.  Manning is the best QB on the planet. 
  • Stank-0 will say this again.  Don’t let the CBA expire and not get a new agreement.  If you want to see what happens to a league when you stop playing, look at the NBA and NHL.    
  • Not that it is an air-it-out league will we ever seen effective ground games in the Super Bowl again?

Draft is coming.  See what Stank-0 and the team can cook up for a live blog. 

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NFL playoffs 2009: post mortems

Posted: January 25, 2010 in NFL, playoffs

The NFL playoffs overall haven’t been very compelling.  Yesterday gave us the equivalent of one good game. 

The Jets were in the AFC Championship for about a half, then after some halftime adjustments it was all Colts.

Some thoughts on that game and both teams going forward.

The Jets were looking like world beaters there for a second.  Colts looked like they were waiting for a knockout blow that never came.

Stank-0 thinks Brady vs. Manning is over.  The winner is Manning.  Think on it.  It used to be give Brady some good receivers and he’ll be better than Manning.  Brady has some top notch talent.  Manning has Wayne, Clark, and some young guys that he’s worked into the system.
Look at it another way, if Clark goes down the Colts don’t.  Hell, yesterday Wayne & Clark had 5-7 grabs between them.  The leading receiver was Garcon; 11 for 151 and some TDs. 
Not sure if Sanchez can take the Roethlisberger route to being a good QB.  Their line isn’t young so they can’t be run heavy for more than 2 years.  The young boy knows how to play fake though. 
Revis locked up Wayne and it didn’t matter one bit. 
Coach Caldwell is so cool that if they give him a Gatorade bath he won’t even get wet.  He looks like he is conducting a business meeting rather than running a NFL team. 
Photo by Joe Robbins/
Manning was precise but one drive was a perfect example.  He lofted a ball just past a defender into a receiver’s hands.  He did one step slants, outs, and a perfect TD pass to the back pylon. 
He was audibling and gesturing and the play clock usually showed 10 or better. 
The Saints didn’t win the game the Vikings lost it.  As Stank-0 said on Twitter. 
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

AD, time to talk to Tiki, bruh!

Peterson fumbled waaay too much for such a big game.  Honestly though, that’s his only flaw.  Guarantee he works on that in the off-season. 
That loss has to hurt.  Favre went through all this to lose at the exact same point he did in Green Bay. 
The game was dramatic but not well played.  That game should have never gone to OT.  If the Saints do not capitalize on turnovers against the Colts, that game will not last until OT either. 

Reggie Bush didn’t make any positive big plays. 

Unbelieveable that the Saints had never been to the Super Bowl.  Nawlins is probably still partyin now. 

Also wonder if Governor Jindal went to the game or stayed home so as not to be Jinx Jindal.

Going in the the big game, you feel like it’s the Saints time but that don’t mean a thing. 

NFL playoffs 2009

Posted: January 19, 2010 in NFL, playoffs, sports opinion
Stank-0 has to say that the playoffs have been supremely DISAPPOINTING this season. 

Honey, the Ravens are up 24-0 in the 1st.  Let’s go read a book.

Out of 8 games, exactly 2 have been exciting.  That is 25%, which is failing in most elementary, middle, high, colleges, university, HBCUs, grad, medical, and law schools in this country. 

The rest of the games were utter beatdowns.  Commissioner, you have to tweak the playoffs to make them more fun to watch.  Bad games are costly, to the networks that lose fans, to advertisers not getting to show their products to as many people as possible, to fans who get sub-par games, and to the NFL. 

At this point, week 17 as a whole, has been more exciting than the playoffs up to this point.  Stank-0’s gut feeling is that neither conference championship game will be remotely competitive.  Stank-0 is HOPING that at least one is.

Right now the only hope is that the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl provide enough excitement so the playoffs can break even. 

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Wildcard Weekend

Posted: January 11, 2010 in New England Patriots, NFL, playoffs
There’s so much to talk about regarding these past four games.  Stank-0 will try to make this quick.  Overall, this mirrors last year’s wild card slate, many blow outs and one good game.  With the exception of the Packers @ Cardinals, all the games were highlighted by a heavy running attack. 

Gang Green prevails! 

If you had told Stank-0 that the J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS would mollywhop the Bengals…Stank-0 would have been listening.  If you had then said that Carson Palmer would look like a rook, Stank-0 would have still been listening.  If you had then said that Sanchez would throw less than 30 times and they would win handily, Stank-0 would have told you to stop talkin because that’s non-sense.  That’s exactly what happened. 

Let’s clear the air.  Palmer doesn’t have much playoff experience.  His last playoff game ended with a major knee injury.  He hasn’t been in the playoffs very often.  Those high throws?  Jitters. 

Stank-0 was slow to believe in Revis Island, but that jawn is tighter than Alcatraz.  He has locked up some elite receivers.  Revis for Secretary of Homeland Security! 

The Jets have a great back in Shonn Greene (Iowa Hawkeye).  That boy got some good yards on the ground.  The Bengals were missing some key pieces on D, namely Gaithers and the rookie LB from USC.  The misdirection is gonna wreak havoc on some teams.  Sanchez also sells the playaction very very well. 

How big is Houshmanzadeh’s free agent move to Seattle now?  Coupled with the untimely death of Chris Henry, the only receiver in stripes that scares defenses was Ocho Cinco.  That left Caldwell and Coles to take up the slack. 

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Three times! 

The Eagles will need to re-tool in the off-season.  They need to rebuild for the sole purpose of beating the Cowboys.  Dem Cowboys play havoc on the defensive front.  That is the strength of their team.  They have aging LBs and a suspect defensive secondary, but neither unit has to be world beaters when they can create pressure with four. 

The Cowboys seemed to have turned back to the run.  They have a great running back committee, why not?  Jones or Barber could start in about 95% of the NFL. 

Andy Reid is too in love with the pass, and that plays into the Boys’ plans.  They can get consistent pressure so if you pass it’s not working out in your favor.  Unfortunately, Bryant Westbrook may have reached the end of his usefulness.  He missed 8 games, the Eagles’ record: 7-1.  At this point, you can’t say that Westbrook is that much better than McCoy.  You just can’t.  Now to give him some longevity, use him more like Marshall Faulk/Kevin Faulk, a receiving back.  If the Eagles won’t run, then at least screen pass it’s about the same thang. 

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

In your own house

Jason Whitlock captured this game perfectly.

Ray Ray (Avon), Reed (Stringer), Rice (Bodie), Suggs (Wee-Bey) all making plays early. Order being restored on Baltimore corners!

That encapsulates that game perfectly.  Not to toot my own horn, but uh….toot! toot!  Stank-0 said:

The Patriots are a pass happy team now, understandably with Randy Moss and his sidekick, Welker.  The balance is missing.

The Patriots are so enamored with Welker underneath and Moss deep…it’s unskewed the balance to the point that the loss of Welker last week already had people doubting they could win this game.  The Ravens already believed they lost a game to the Patriots they should have won earlier this season. 

That Ravens’ running attack is surrious:  Rice, McClain, and McGahee.  To hang 24 points on the Patriots in the 1st Q in Foxboro is unimaginable.  Now in all fairness, Brady and Moss looked injured.  Brady has had some rib injuries and Moss had something, probably a hammy, ankle, or something in that area.  He didn’t have that breakaway speed he’s known for. 

Also not challenging that fumble?  According to the announcers, the big boards in the stadium did not show the replay the viewing audience saw of the Patriots player NOT maintaining possession while falling out of bounds.  That is odd it wasn’t shown.  Even so, someone up in the box should have told Harbaugh to challenge that play.

Where’s the D?

Stank-0 did not watch the entire game, but did see the end.  It looked like this was goin to be yet another blowout, but the Packers refocused and crawled back into the game.  Stank-0 watched the Packers, down 7 to the Cardinals with less than 2 mins in the 4th Q, tie the game.  Rodgers is truly one of the best QBs in football.  His only problem is he likes to try to keep plays alive and that gives defensive players who overran the play time to come back and get him. 

The way that game ended has to leave a sour taste in everyone in Cheeseland’s mouths.  That just hurts, especially considering that 87% of the time the team that wins the coin flip in OT wins the game. 

On the flipside, Kurt Warner missed 4 passes and had 5 TDs.  That. Is. Not. A. Typo.  We are truly watching a HOFer at the age of 38 who is only getting better.  The commentators said that Warner owns 3 of the best yardage records in Super Bowl history. 

Chew on this.  The Cardinals were this explosive, dangerous, etc. and Anquan Boldin aka Q was NOT playing.  He’ll be back next week.  Warner, Fitz, Q, Breaston, Hightower, and Wells, now that’s an offensive unit.

Stank-0 will refrain from giving previews because they will be everywhere.  A good place to start reading is here.  Can almost bet they will have something written about the upcoming games.  Question, dear readers.  What’s the best game of the next round?  Stank-0 is gonna say Bal @ Indy, with AZ @ NO as a very close second.  Is it next Sunday yet?

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We enjoyed the ride!

Posted: May 30, 2009 in NBA, playoffs, sports opinion
The Nuggets’ magical ride is over.  The Lakers mercilessly ended their season in game 6.  Let’s be honest with ourselves no one expected the Nuggets to get this far back when they dealt AI for Smooth.  Stank-0 knew they would play better but not this well. 

Let’s focus on the positives from this season.  The Nuggets got to see what a steady point guard does to a team.  Melo made a huge stride towards being one of those guys in the NBA, up there with Kobe, the King, and Flash.  Speakin of which, will we refer to him as Melo or give him some nickname?  Stank-0 thinks of such things so you (the reader(s)) don’t have to.  The Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since the 90s.  Thats an accomplishment.  Melo was on his way to being T-Mac Jr., the 2nd round virgin

Now for next season, the Nuggets need to do a few things.  1. Karl needs to get his coaching game up.  Those in-bound plays were atrocious.  M0yo and Stank-0 covered this. 

M0yo: they coulda put a strangle hold on the game.

  George Karl needs to make better inbound plays.
  that “stack” shit is so rec league.
 Stank-0: yeah
he does
  his inbound plays are bad
 i think this highlights that karl has hit his coaching ceiling
 M0yo: He’s no Larry Brown, that’s for sure.
 Stank-0: well larry is larry
 M0yo: those inbound plays should probably be stolen once every 500 times
 not twice in 3 games
  by the same player
  in crucial spots.

Second, the Nuggets need to draft a point guard, and this draft has plenty of point guards making themselves available.  Stank-0 realizes they draft near the bottom of the 1st round, but a steal can be had around there.  As far as point guards go, Smooth is gettin up in age.  JR Smith and Anthony Carter are not the answer at point guard.  Deal Carter for another big (a 3 would be ideal).  Next, work on deals for Smith and the other relevant free agents to be. 

The way the West is looking right now, the Nuggets need to build to contend with the Lakers.  The Spurs are in the downward slope, they beat the Mavs and Hornets already, the Blazers are too young right now, the Rockets’ window is closing as we speak, and the Jazz really don’t have the personnel to score with the Nuggets.  Right now is the Nuggets’ window of opportunity.  They are young enough to contend for about 4-5 years.  Unfortunately, it’s a very tenuous situation.  If you are not progressing you are being left behind.  If the Nuggets braintrust make the right moves, they are set.  If not…well you all remember what those Nuggets looked like. 

NBA’s Final Four

Posted: May 14, 2009 in NBA, playoffs

Let’s call a spade and spade and look at the Conference Finals.

In the West, it will be the Nuggets and…the Lakers. That will be quite a conference series. I will leave it to others to either handicap the finals or give different projections.

In the East, it will be Cleveland and Boston. Lock it up. This series won’t last long. Cleveland in 4 or 5. MVP James is a meast. The KG-less Celtics are just a bump in the round for the Cavs on their way to the Finals.

Thoughts? Am I right, wrong, delusional?

Well Mr. King James has won the MVP award, and his Cavs are 8-0 in the playoffs….. Will they get to the finals? All signs point to yes, but honestly they really haven’t been tested.

In my heart of hearts I hope the Cavs make it. Now as for who they play, I am a Nuggests fan, so I hope Denver gets there. Now who will I want to win, I dont know. It was sorta like the Superbowl match up. If Pittsburgh won, I was happy. If Arizona won I was happy Fitzgerald and The EDGE got rings. In this matchup I absolutely want Melo to get a Ring. I am a Melo fan, back to his days as a prep at Towson Catholic and then at Oak Hill. Now if LeBron wins I wont be heartbroken, I will be happy for his team.

Now with all that said, we know Nike and the rest of the NBA (WORLD) wants a Lakers v Cavs finals.

Peep the video…

Now tell me who wins if there is a Lakers v Cavs finals? Nike!!!!! When else has there been a matchup in the finals with arguably the two biggest names in a sport facing off, AND they wear the same brand of shoes???? Jordan v Magic = Nope, Nike v Converse / Magic. Bird v Magic, Well yes they both wore converse weapons, but back then Converse was the only player.