Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Week 8 Recap!

Vick Ballard spins upside down for the dramatic win. (Getty Images)

So the Atlanta Falcons are STILL undefeated. They are doing a fantastic job this season. They beat Michael Vick and his Eagles 30-17. At this point, everyone is really starting to question Vick's worth as he's not performing well...even while playing on a $100 million contract.

Jay Cutler and his Chicago Bears beat the Carolina Panthers this weekend, 23-22. Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler are playing at a very high level these days.

New England mopped the floor with the St. Louis Rams in London's Wembly Stadium. Tom Brady alone threw for four touchdown passes helping his team beat the Rams 45-7.

The Miami Dolphins beat the NY Jets. The Dolphins looked to their backup quarterback, Matt Moore after starter Ryan Tannehill injured his left knee and quad muscle. This was a bit of an upset and had the Jets crowd chanting for Tim Tebow during the game. That can't be fun to hear if you're Mark Sanchez!

Andrew Luck and his Indianapolis Colts won again. This time by a last minute play in overtime, beating the Tennessee Titans 19-13. The winning play made by RB Vick Ballard (see picture) played out in dramatic fashion--he crossed the goal line upside down with his head almost hitting the pylon for a touchdown. It was cool, he kinda spun through the air and barely reached the ball over the line.

The NY Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys 29-24 at home. It's funny, ever since the Cowboys got the great new stadium four years ago, they've never won there against the Giants! Tony Romo threw 4 interceptions. Ouch.

On Sunday night, Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos crushed Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints, 34-14.

And last night during Monday Night Football, we switched back and forth between watching Superstorm Sandy on the Weather Channel and watching the 49ers dominate the Arizona Cardinals 24-3. San Francisco's "stingy defense" only allowed 3 pts by the Cards and Randy Moss caught his first touchdown as a 49er.

I hope all of you on the East Coast today are safe and sound! Until next time...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

What to Watch, Week 8

Happy Saturday, all! It's a spectacular fall day here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I just put the final finishing touches on our Halloween decorations and the little one is down for her nap so I thought I'd give you a heads up of the games to watch this weekend. Have a great day!

*(Well, it WAS a great Saturday...until I forgot to hit the "post" button when I left the room yesterday. It is now Sunday. Carry on.)

Morning Games:
 Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers: This is a good game even though neither team has a winning record. The Steelers defense isn’t the powerhouse that it used to be so it will be interesting to see what Redskins quarterback RG3 can do. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisburger is always entertaining to watch and I think there should be some good highlights from both teams. 
Players to watch: 
Redskins: quarterback (QB) RG3 and running back (RB) Alfred Morris        
Steelers:QB Ben Roethlisburger and wide receiver (WR) Mike Wallace

 Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles: The Falcons are still undefeated and playing at a very high level. Michael Vick and his Eagles continue to disappoint fans but perhaps letting go of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo (the guy who bosses around the defense) will be the spark to ignite what should be a very high powered offense and defense. This could be a very exciting game…..the Falcons have been forcing a lot of turnovers on defense and Vick leads the league in turnovers so it should be interesting if nothing else. 
Players to watch: 
Eagles: QB Michael Vick, WR Jeremy Maclin and Desean Jackson, RB LeSean “Shady” McCoy.    
Falcons: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White, tight end (TE) Tony Gonzalez

New England Patriots vs St Louis Rams: The reason I'm highlighting this game is because it is being played across the pond in England. The NFL has been in talks recently about having a permanent team in the UK one of these days…..I’m not sure if it will happen but the NFL is having at least one game per season in the UK. I think the Patriots should run away with this one but the Rams have been playing decent. 
Players to watch: 
Patriots: QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, TE Rob Gronkowski      
Rams: QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson

Afternoon Games:
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs: Both of these teams have losing records and aren’t playing up to their potential. With that being said, each team has one of the top running backs in the game with Raiders' Darren McFadden and Chiefs Jammal Charles. Also, AFC West division games are always very hard fought (much like NFC East games). The Chiefs and Raiders have a long standing mutual hatred for each other and it should show with several fights on the field. Who doesn't love a good fight?Heh, heh.
Players to watch: 
Raiders: QB Carson Palmer, RB Darren McFadden    
Chiefs: QB Brady Quinn (who displaced starting QB Matt Cassel) and RB Jammal Charles

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: These two teams opened the season against each other and Dallas won that matchup. The Giants hope to go into Dallas and get a win to continue their dominance over the NFC east division. Again, all NFC east matchups are going to be hard fought games and I expect to see some fighting and inappropriate language on the field. Again, who doesn't like a little rowdiness on a Sunday morning? Dallas starting RB DeMarco Murray is out for the game which hurts Dallas in the running game department so look for Tony Romo (Jessica Simpson's ex) to be throwing the ball to WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin (one of the many athletes that Kim Kardashian has dated).  
Players to watch: 
Giants: QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz               
Cowboys: QB Tony Romo, WRs Miles Austin, WR Dez Bryant

Night Game:
New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos: Remember back to the Super Bowl when Payton Manning was on the Colts and he lost to Drew Brees and his Saints……I’m pretty sure Payton will never forget that game. Well he’s on a new team but still playing at a very high level. The Saints have taken awhile to get going but now are playing well and I expect this to be a high scoring game with two of the best QBs facing off. 
Players to watch: 
Broncos: QB Payton Manning            
Saints: QB Drew Brees

Monday Night Game:
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have been a surprise this year, winning their first 4 games of the season. They now have lost 3 in a row and look to bounce back. Unfortunately they will have a very tough time against the 49ers who, aside from losses to the NY Giants and Minnesota Vikings, have been playing some phenomenal football this season. This should be a good primetime game but I think the 49ers defense may be too much for the Cardinals abysmal offensive line (I heard the other day that it was the worst offensive line in football, maybe that’s why they have already lost 2 RBs for the season due to injury). 
Players to watch:
49ers: RB Frank Gore          
Cards:WR Larry Fitzgerald

And there you have it! Until next time...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Week 7 Recap!

Quick shout out to the San Francisco Giants!! They play their first game of the World Series today. Congrats, guys...Go Giants!

And now to recap week 7:

The Houston Texans dominated the Baltimore Ravens, 43-13. The Ravens were missing star player, Ray Lewis, who was out with a torn triceps. A few other injuries are plaguing this team as well. Texans Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes and running back Arian Foster ran for two scores.

The Dallas Cowboys won a close game over the Carolina Panthers, 19-14. Dan Bailey kicked four field goals, helping the Cowboys beat Cam Newton and his Panthers. This helped break a two-game losing streak, making their record 3-3.

Eli Manning and his NY Giants beat RGIII and his Redskins this week, 27-23.

It's splitsville for these two
In the Battle of the Hot QBs, Patriot's Tom Brady beat out Jet's Mark Sanchez in a 29-26 win. This was a great game that went into overtime. More importantly, Mark Sanchez got dumped by his girlfriend of a few months, Eva Longoria. Maybe it was because he lost?

During the Monday night game, Jay Cutler returned to the game after bruising his ribs and the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 13-7. He got pretty banged up by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. (Good luck pronouncing that one-it kind of rhymes with 'donkeykong sue') Apparently Suh is among the least liked players in the NFL according to a recent survey done for Forbes magazine. This makes sense considering he was suspended by the league last season for stomping on a GB Packers lineman in front of all of America on Thanksgiving Day. Seems like a lovely fellow.

Have a great rest of the week, everyone. Until next time....

Sunday, October 21, 2012

What to Watch Week 7

Happy Sunday morning, everyone! Here is a quick overview of what to watch today.
Mark and Tom give you their best Zoolander pose...

Morning games:
The Baltimore Ravens take on the Houston Texans in a great matchup. Both teams are 5-1 and are exciting teams to watch with high-powered offenses. On the Ravens, watch for running back Ray Rice and on the Texans, look for running back Arian Foster. They should be power players today.

Watch Tony Romo and his Dallas Cowboys go up against Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers. Both teams have losing records at this point but also have exciting, high-powered offenses.

In an NFC East division battle, the Washington Redskins battle the NY Giants. These games always tend to be hard fought battles and the fact that RGIII and Eli Manning are the respective quarterbacks doesn't hurt either.

Afternoon game:
On the East coast today we have the *Battle of the Hot QBs* as Mark Sanchez and his NY Jets take on Tom Brady and his New England Patriots. Staring at cute boys is always fun. Another interesting tidbit is that Jets coach Rex Ryan hates the Patriots coach, Bill Belichick. Should be interesting!

Night game:
This AFC North matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals centers around Bengals young quarterback Andy Dalton and Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger. You can also watch one of the best wide receivers around (the Supermodels, remember?) in AJ Green on the Bengals. Also, watch for wide receiver Mike Wallace on the Steelers.

Monday Night Football:
This should be a great game. The Detroit Lions, with QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson (also known as "Megatron") take on the Chicago Bears, led by QB Jay Cutler and WR Brandon Marshall. Of course, we all know that Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari just welcomed a baby boy a few weeks ago. Looking good, girl!

That's it for now! Stay tuned for our Tuesday recap!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Week 6 recap!

Hi all. I know I'm a little late this week. Isn't it crazy how the closer it gets to the end of the year, the more stuff we seem to have to cram into our daily routine? Yeesh. So just to let you know, the Monday morning recaps were feeling a little bit rushed to me and they obviously didn't include the Monday night game. I went ahead and took a little poll on my facebook page and most people ended up wanting the recap on Tuesday mornings so that's how I'll do things from now on. (PS-if you haven't liked us on Facebook, please feel free to show your support!)

So what happened during week six? Let's discuss:

Ray Lewis says, "oooh, my triceps hurts!"
You should be noticing by now that everyone is sporting pink uniform accessories in honor of October being breast cancer awareness month.

Over on the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker and team captain Ray Lewis injured his right triceps muscle and it is questionable whether he will return quickly. The Ravens did manage to beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-29.

Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill and his Miami Dolphins won another game against the St. Louis Rams, making the team's record 3-3.

The Detroit Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Eagles QB Michael Vick is leading the league in turnovers. This is very bad. Especially when you recently signed a contract for $100 million.

The Cleveland Browns finally won their first game of the season vs. the Cincinnati Bengals 34-24. Good job, guys. Their record is now 1-5.

Mark Sanchez and his NY Jets crushed Andrew Luck's Indianapolis Colts on Sunday 35-9, even though Sanchez only passed for 82 yards. This is apparently a very bad thing. At least they got the win!

The Atlanta Falcons beat the Oakland Raiders with a last-minute field goal keeping them undefeated after the first six weeks of the season. It was a devastating loss for the Raiders.

The Seattle Seahawks defeated Tom Brady and his New England Patriots by one point. I'm not liking the Seahawks more and more. They seem like a really sore losing team and a team who will rub it in your face if they win. I found out that their head coach is former USC coach Pete Carroll. No wonder! I went to UCLA and the whole USC student body always seemed like poor sports. Nice to see he's continuing the tradition.

And that's our recap, stay tuned for what to watch for week 7!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cornerbacks. The WR's arch rival.

Don't underestimate Kate! 

Ok, so now you've almost got a grasp of the entire team. For our purposes tonight, I'll ask you to remember back to the Wide Recievers (aka the 'Supermodels.') on the offense. Our QB (Goldenboy) can chuck the ball way down field to the WR, who is usually very tall, slender, has a big, outgoing personality and isn't very likely to get his hands dirty--hence the 'Supermodel' moniker.

However, on the defense, there are these other fellows. They are watching the Supermodels like a hawk. And these fellows are maybe not as tall or as outspoken as a wide receiver. But these guys want that ball that the WR is trying to catch. They want it bad. It's not even that they usually think they could intercept it and run it back for a touchdown. They'd be happy just to knock it out of your hands and make you look like a dipsh*t. They are the arch rivals. Also known as the 'secondary,' or the second line of defense behind the linemen (paparazzi) and the linebackers (super stalkers). If the QB is throwing (passing) the ball, these guys are the ones trying to make SURE the WRs don't catch that ball. They want to scream 'Neener neener boo boo' at the opposing team and maybe trip them so that they can't shine. They aren't quite good enough to be a wide receiver, but they can sure mess them up. We've all run into these people, haven't we? They are the thunder-stealers. The Burger King to your McDonald's. The Kate Moss to your Naomi Campbell.

(I mean, Naomi, Christy and Claudia reigned supreme until this tiny British gal pops into the scene and steals their thunder. There's no way she could keep up on the runway but she took a damn good picture. I know, I know. Kate Moss isn't the BEST example because she basically became a supermodel, I get it. But I think you see what I mean, right?)

Basically, the cornerbacks are there to make sure the wide receiver doesn't catch the ball. And that's that.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Brush up on the Supermodels! (WR)

Good morning everyone! Please brush up on the Wide Reciever position from my previous posts because tomorrow we are going to learn about the Cornerbacks! In order to understand the Cornerbacks, you need to understand the Wide Receiver so let's get crackin! Stay tuned for tomorrow!

Wide Recievers: The Supermodels

"Supermodel"-drawn by yours truly
Hello my lovelies,
Today we are going to learn about the WIDE RECEIVERS, otherwise known as the "Supermodels." They actually have categorical names like the "Split Ends," (wait, guys think about them too? Shocking!) "Flankers," and "Slot" receivers. These names, however, do not matter to you in the least bit. Isn't that fantastic? To you, they are all simply wide receivers (WRs). Let's refresh our memories on where they reside on the field, shall we?They are the dudes way out on the ends. When the ball is snapped to the QB, we once again focus on his options. Remember that he has the option of either passing it to the running backs (Whitney and Kevin) as they run by, or he can try to stall as these wide receiving "supermodels" of the offense gallop past the defense and try to find an open spot on the field so he can chuck it to one of them as hard as he can. They, in turn, will (hopefully) "receive," or catch, the ball from him. Hence the difference between running backs and wide receivers--they have similar job descriptions but mostly, the running backs get the ballpassed to them and run with it while the wide receivers run down field first and then catch the ball. See diagram below:
Meet your wide receivers. These are the guys with no dirt on their uniforms. They are the ones you see running full speed while looking backwards over their shoulders while reaching out (sometimes with only one hand) to catch the ball--all while trying to keep two feet in bounds at all times. They are usually tall, on the thin side, super fast and graceful. Almost like a Gazelle.....or, shall we say, a "Giselle." So, in other words, Tom Brady is in fact passing the ball down field to his wife Giselle. Who woulda thought?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Morning Recap- Week 5

On top of the world waiting for the Blue Angels to start!
Good morning, everyone! We had a fabulous weekend here in the Bay Area. On Saturday we got to watch the Blue Angels perform over San Francisco with the America's Cup boats racing on the water from this amazing penthouse apartment. On Sunday we got to see the 49ers crush the

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fun Facts Friday!

Blue Angels during Fleet Week!!
Happy Friday to everyone! I've got a super fun/busy weekend coming up. Two of my fave girls from UCLA are coming to visit (Wooo Mariah and Dahlia--love you girls!) and we'll be going to see the fabulous Blue Angels fly over San Francisco with the America's Cup boats cruising around the bay. Now that's my idea of a "sporting event." Of course, as we recover on Sunday, we'll be watching football!  Here are a few fun facts to get you through the weekend. Test your sports fan's knowledge and stay tuned for What to Watch-Week 5. Coming soon!

1) There is only one city in the entire country who's sports teams all have the same team colors.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Morning Recap- Week 4

Good morning, everyone. Let's review what happened this weekend.

Well, first things first, our own SF 49ers clobbered the NY Jets, 34-0. Yep, that's right. Mark Sanchez and his Jets failed to score even a single point. Sorry guys! But we're celebrating over here...

At the (almost) end of week four, three teams remain undefeated: The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans. Our little Ryan Tannehill and his Dolphins almost won, but the Cardinals came back to win it in overtime.

RGIII and his Washington Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-22 in a last minute comeback.

Tom Brady and his Patriots pulled off a monster win against the Buffalo Bills 52-28. Remember that the Patriots were in danger of losing three games in a row...for the first time in 10 years!

During the night game, the Eagles eked out a win over the NY Giants (19-17) after the Giant's field goal kicker missed the kick. Apparently the Eagles became the first team in NFL history to win their first three games by two points or less. Great question to ask a guy is if you think the Eagles (and maybe even the Cardinals) are a fluke this year or if they really are that good.

Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders 37-6.

The GB Packers beat the New Orleans Saints 28-27. Remember that both teams needed this win badly. However, the Saints lost and now their record is an awful 0-4.

And there you have it! Stay tuned for tonights game, the Chicago Bears vs. the Dallas Cowboys at 8:30pm ET.

Until next time!

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