Monday, August 1, 2011

WR Randy Moss Retires

Randy Moss, one of the best receivers in NFL history, is retiring after 13 seasons.

Moss caught 954 passes for 14,858 yards and is second only to Jerry Rice with 153 touchdowns.

And the Tennessee Titans didn't throw him the damn ball last season. Jeff Fisher, that's why you're unemployed.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Q&A With Pop Singer Alex Reid

Alex Reid is an up-and-coming pop singer living in Los Angeles just "Chillin...writin songs in a bra and blue jeans." She took the time to answer a few questions for the PM readers. Check it out.

How did you get started?
My mom recognized my love for music and singing since I was tiny... around 4 years old, and took me to my first audition for the show "Oliver" at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Kansas. I booked the role and went on to do 22 performances at the age of 5. I have been addicted to entertaining ever since.

Whom or what influenced you?
Music, both singing and writing, has always been an instinctive passion. I memorized every song in all of the disney movies I saw, and wrote my first song at age 6. I could only credit my family for embedding in me the belief that I am capable of achieving all of my dreams.

Whose career path would you like to follow?
A lot of artists have an admirable career path, but I have to say that Beyonce has really done it right. Her growth has always seemed natural, innovative, and inspired. The magnitude of her success speaks for it's self.

I hope to be my fans' best friend, and positively impact peoples' lives.

Watching my parents watching me perform at an epic venue, like Madison Square Garden.

Actually selling albums during an era in which albums struggle to sell, especially on new artists.

Genre? Electropop?
I like to leave it as pop. It's melodic, honest, feel good music with commercial appeal.

My favorite song on your myspace page is definitely "This Mess." What types of positive feedback have you gotten from your music?
Thank you ;) That's one of my favorites too! I am so blessed to receive messages from fans everyday via twitter, facebook, youtube, and myspace expressing their love of my songs. I try my very hardest to respond to each and every one of them because since I write everything I sing, a compliment like that goes SO MUCH further into my heart than I can even explain. It's like having someone tell you, "I get you. I feel you."

The drums in your song "Aggressive" sound similar to "Mickey." Is that attitude something you bring to the table? What else sets you apart from other singers?
"Hey Mickey" is amazing to me... I love the whole vibe of Tony Basil and that record. I like to capture that fun, energetic, quirky vibe in my music for sure.

You are the CEO of FuzzyBug Music. Where did the name come from?
My brother nicknamed me Fuzzy, and my dad nicknamed me bug :)

Do you write your own songs?
Yes, I do write all of my music. That's actually the aspect of my art that I take the most pride in, because I want my fans to know the real me, and have something true to relate to. Also, it keeps me accountable for what messages I am putting out there.

Who have you worked with in the studio?
J.R Rotem, Alex Da Kid, Scott Storch, Cutfather, Guy Chambers, and countless other incredibly talented people.

Doing much recording?
Yes... I'm always making new music. I write everyday, and then record the best ideas.

Live shows?
I've been starting to do a lot more shows lately. For a long time, I was pretty much locked in the studio creating, but now that the album is in a good place and almost ready, I'm turning a lot of my focus over to growing my fan base.

Social Media is essential for any artist trying to launch a career, especially facebook, twitter and YouTube. How much time do you dedicate to that aspect and how important do you think it is for you to succeed?
I believe that social media is absolutely imperative in being successful in my field. There is no success as a pop artist without visibility, and EVERYONE is on the internet. I dedicate many hours each day to boosting my online presence. And I love sites like facebook and twitter because they give me a voice, and let me share my thoughts and opinions with a massive audience.

Unfortunately, I am just a little technologically challenged lol... computer stuff doesn't come that naturally to me!! I even get made fun of by other writers for still writing my songs with a pencil in a notebook as opposed to typing them on my laptop! And that's just basic! It takes me a LONG time to edit a video and upload it to youtube, but I'm getting better! :))

Ambitions beyond music?
It would be amazing to have some sort of TV presence, like a talk show. I'm a really opinionated person, and would love to have a forum to discuss issues that I find to be important.

Involved in any other entertainment/art/business?
I model, and act. I'm also currently working on designs for a clothing line... that's something I'm very excited about!

Anything else you would like your fans to know?
I want all of my girls to know that there are no boundaries and no labels in the world we create for ourselves. You can be everything beautiful at once. I also want them to know how appreciative I am of their love and support, and that I truly wish for all of their dreams to come true.

Find out more about her by checking out her songs/social media pages.
twitter: @thealexreid
YouTube: AlexReidTV

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jeter Becomes First Yankee to Reach 3,000 Hits

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter entered Saturday's game against Tampa Bay with 2,998 hits. He left with five more, including the game-winning single in the eighth inning.

And of the course the five-time World Series champ had to enter Club 3000 with a home run off Rays pitcher David Price (VU).

This is just another accolade to add to one of the best players in MLB history. The face of the historic NY franchise since 1996 has also earned: Rookie of the Year, 12 All-Star selections, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Slugger Awards and the 2000 World Series MVP.

Plus, he has also nailed such fine celebrities as Mariah Carey, the Jessicas (Alba and Biel) and Minka Kelly. He's a legend.

Jeter will easily go down as one of the best athletes of his generation. And he deserves every bit of praise he will get.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Yao Ming Retires From NBA

Yao Ming, one of the most talented centers in NBA history, retired after only eight seasons, four of which were shortened due to injury.

The 8-time All Star averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Houston Rockets and shot over 50% from the field.

Yao's lasting impact will not just be for his time on the court. He helped expand the globalization of the game. The sport of basketball was popular overseas well before he came to the US, but he took it to a new level. And he added the country with the largest population on the planet to the game's increasing global audience.

His career ended prematurely, but his significance should not be forgotten.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Novak Djokovic Shows Why He Deserves No. 1 Ranking

Novak Djokovic defeated top-seeded Rafael Nadal in four sets to take home his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon and third overall. On Monday, he will take over the top spot in the ATP world rankings, the first time it hasn't been Nadal or Federer since Andy Roddick in early 2004.

Djokovic is 48-1 with eight titles this season. His only loss was to 3rd-ranked Roger Federer in the semifinals of the French Open.

Though it was only the first time he's defeated Nadal in a major tournament, his 5-0 record (all in finals) against him in 2011 is especially impressive because he's done it on multiple surfaces, including grass today (Novak's first win on grass) and twice on clay, Rafa's forte.

Federer was on top for several years and has won 16 Grand Slam titles. Nadal was on top for the last few years and won 10.

If Djokovic stays healthy, he could easily hold the top spot for a significant amount of time because no one is playing at his level of skill, speed and consistency right now. His total is at three right now, but that number will definitely grow.

The question is, how many and how quickly? I think he'll be at 7 or more by the end of 2013. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

South Carolina Repeats As NCAA Champion

"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character." -John Wooden.

The South Carolina Gamecocks won their second consecutive national title in baseball Tuesday night, besting the Florida Gators 5-2.

The win marked two NCAA records--16 straight wins in NCAA Tournament play and 11 straight in the College World Series.

They definitely received lucky breaks along the way, with Virginia and Florida making game-changing throwing errors that led to winning runs. But great teams put themselves in those situations. And when you have amazing defensive plays, coming from second baseman Scott Wingo (CWS Most Outstanding Player) or left fielder Jake Williams gunning Florida's Cody Dent down at the plate to extend the game, that's what wins championships. Playmakers doing the job in pressure-filled situations.

Winning in baseball is a mindset. Florida had many chances (leaving 17 runners on base in the final two games) but they didn't capitalize. The Gamecocks did.

And when you have a pitching staff that allows only 10 runs (not all earned) in five games, you're always in the game. That's what led to the title last year. And that's what got them back this year.

Yet another tale of SEC dominance in collegiate sports.

Terrell Owens: Not Done Yet

Wide Receiver Terrell Owens had surgery to repair a torn ACL this offseason. TO is now 37 years old and many analysts/writers have been speculating on a possible retirement.

But I don't think that's going to happen.

TO is not one of those stars whose going to hang up his cleats on anyone else's terms. He may have zero impact, but he's not leaving until he absolutely can't play any longer.

This is the same athlete who came back from a fractured fibula and sprained ankle in December only to start in the Super Bowl weeks later while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. His performance: 9 receptions for 122 yards. MVP caliber if his team had been on the winning side. The Eagles fell to the New England Patriots by three.

TO is older now, so it obviously won't be as easy to come back. But he will. The six-time Pro Bowl selection is second in NFL history receiving yards and third in touchdowns. Plus, he had 72 catches for 983 yards just last season while playing in Cincinnati.

I don't know who he'll play for in 2011 or how productive he will be, but we haven't seen the last of TO in the League.

Get your popcorn ready. It's gonna be a show.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Movie Review: Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are incredibly good looking.

That is the extent of the pros of this movie.

Like myself, I'm sure most of you are unfamiliar with this particular comic book superhero. His mission is to win the battle of the power of will (green) versus the power of evil (yellow). Try to contain your laughter.

The negatives: writing, acting, direction. Basically the entire film-making process.

If you enjoy pointless action flicks, then I imagine you will like this. If not, don't even bother. Pathetic.

Grade: D

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rory McIroy Dominates US Open: Don't Call It a Comeback

Rory McIlroy had a four-stroke lead going into the final round of The Masters in April and still held the lead at the start of the back nine. Then, everything fell apart. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland shot a final round 80 and ended up finishing 10 strokes behind.

For most it would take years to recover from that kind of collapse, if ever. McIlroy showed that talent prevails. This weekend, he erased all doubt of whether or not it would affect his play. He set 36-hole and 54-hole course records and carried an even bigger lead into the final round at eight strokes. He completed the wire-to-wire win by that amount, earning his first Major title at -16.

He didn't fold this time. Shot after shot was spot on, and he never took his foot off the pedal.

I wasn't sure how he was going to come back. I thought his confidence would have dissipated. And I couldn't be happier to be proven wrong (Especially after seeing the picture of home downing a bottle of Jager).

Golf's next true superstar is here. And with Tiger Woods on the decline, the sport desperately needs him.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dirk Nowitzki Took His Talents To South Beach, Left As MVP

The Dallas Mavericks blew a 2-0 series lead to the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals, something that has haunted the team's seven-foot superstar ever since.

Five years later, an even more formidable Miami Heat team stood in his way, with two of the three best basketball players on the planet in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

And he outplayed them both.

Miami was the better team in the first five games of the series. The reason Dallas was able to hang on was pure toughness in the 4th quarter, with Dirk averaging more than 10 points per game in the final period. And after starting 1 for 12 from the field in Game 6, he depleted whatever fight the Heat had left by hitting his impossible shots down the stretch.

Charles Barkley and countless other NBA analysts have called Nowitzki "unguardable." But the term didn't really resonate until this postseason. He led the Mavericks to a 16-5 record against the Blazers, Lakers, Thunder and Heat. Let that number sink in for a second. 16-5.

Even with all the stars on the court Sunday night, there was no question who the best player was in the playoffs: Dirk Nowitzki.

Now that he adds an NBA championship and Finals MVP to a regular season MVP and 11-straight 50-win seasons, where does that put him on the list of all-time greats? Jeff Van Gundy proclaimed Dirk one of the 10 best even before Dallas won the conference title.

Doesn't sound so crazy now, does it?

Also, congratulations to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the best in professional sports and one of my favorite public figures.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Movie Review: The Hangover Part II

I delayed posting my thoughts on one of the summer's most anticipated sequels because I didn't want to alter anyone's mindset going in.

Two years ago, I strutted out of the theater with ICEE in hand after seeing one of the funniest movies ever made. I didn't expect this one to top or even equal the first, but it didn't even come close.

The film's producers rushed this in order to take advantage of the hype created in 2009. Mission accomplished. It's made over $338 million worldwide just 2 weeks after its release. That's an amazing total for a comedy that takes place in Thailand with few action sequences and no superheroes.

But this was a pathetic attempt on the filmmaking front. The same premise was used, almost bit by bit, and it just wasn't that funny. What made the first one so classic was all the great one-liners throughout. Each line hit. The comedy never stopped, especially after repeating many of those lines to this day. In Part II, there is about 25% of the humor the first one had, and that's a generous estimate.

I can't blame the actors. The failure of this movie comes mostly from the writing. Completely uninspired. But Zach Galifianakis delivered as always. The couple lines I really laughed at obviously came from him. Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms weren't great, but that's because of the garbage material they were given.

Because of Galifianakis and an awesome monkey, I will not give this the grade it probably deserves. But it isn't one the worst comedies I've ever seen, it just should have been so much better.

Grade: C-

Check out the first one on Blu-ray:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton steps Down

It's about time the UT AD stepped down.

Hamilton wasn't all bad. He raised a lot of money for the school and upgraded the sports facilities.

However, he basically embarrassed one of the winningest Division-I football coaches, Phillip Fulmer, the way he forced him out to make way for...Lane Kiffin, his fatal flaw.

Plus, he led the department while all of the men's basketball infractions took place. Even if he wasn't aware, it's his job to know what's going on.

Add that to another failed baseball coach and very little success from the major men's sports, and he should be gone.

Good riddance.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NBA Finals Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

"I'm going to take my talents to South Beach." -LeBron James

The Decision was announced last July, and King James followed through. Now he has the Miami Heat in position to win its first NBA championship since 2006.

El Heat is 8-0 at home this postseason and have only dropped one game each series, eliminating defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics and the top-seeded Chicago Bulls along the way.

But most people expected this to happen, including myself. After LeBron and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, I predicted they would win four out of the next five titles. Long way to go but a promising start.

The real surprise in the playoffs has been the Dallas Mavericks, winning 10 out of its last 11 and sweeping the two-time-defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

The reason: Dirk Nowitzki

Everyone knew he was a great player, but his team's regular season success never translated to championships. His best chance was blown after taking a 2-0 lead against Miami in 2006.

Dirk has been unstoppable. The Heat don't really have anyone to guard him. The Mavs' biggest question mark is who else is going to step up. Miami is the best defensive team they will have faced.

Plus, the Oklahoma City Thunder had Dallas against the ropes three times in the Western Finals and just couldn't close. The Heat aren't known for winning close games, but they have the talent to prevent them.

And when you have the best athlete on the planet, things just seem to fall in place. The Big 3 will begin its dynasty now.

Heat over Mavericks in 6 games

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Barcelona Dominates Man U in Champions League Final

Barcelona FC is the best football club on the planet. They proved it again with a 3-1 result over Manchester United to claim the side's second UEFA Champions League title in the last three years.

Pedro got the scoring underway in the 27th minute with a clinical near-post finish.

After Rooney's equalizer seven minutes later, Barca continued to control possession. They went into halftime with 67%.

The second half was owned by the Spanish club from start to finish. It began with World Player of the Year Lio Messi's goal against a lax Man U defense in the 54th minute. David Villa bent one into the corner 15 minutes later to stretch out the lead.

Man U never regained composure. Besides a couple late chances, the EPL champions didn't really threaten in the final 45. The English side was the aggressor early on but let Barca settle in without putting them into an early hole. Spain's La Liga champs created chances at will for essentially the entire second half.

With another first-class demonstration of being superior to all other clubs, it makes me wonder where they would rank on the all-time list. I've never seen a better side. It's basically Spain's World Cup championship team plus the world's best player. Best club team ever? I think so.

Happy Trails to Man U GK Edwin van der Sar who played his final club match at Wembley Stadium today.

And good to see D Carles Puyol take the pitch in the final minutes. The Spanish national team captain is regular Barca starter in the back four but sat out because of injury.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Movie Review: Bridesmaids: Hold On For One More Day

Hollywood is dominated by men. So it's refreshing to see a female-driven R-rated comedy, featuring sexual jokes and gross-out gigs written and performed by women (Though directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow).

Mainly one woman. Kristen Wiig.

Most people are at least somewhat familiar with her work on Saturday Night Live. But her face time on the big screen has been limited to small parts in movies like Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Adventureland.

This movie was her chance to take the lead. And she delivered. Not just on screen, either. She also co-wrote the script, which has been in the works since 2006.

Along with her newly acquired star power and its opening weekend success, I definitely expect to see more from the same ilk.

The main criticism I have is that its not consistently funny. There are long, drawn out scenes that produce few laughs. It made me feel like I was watching a stand-up comic bomb in front of a live audience a couple times.

I'm definitely not claiming this to be the pinnacle of what female comedies can be, but a new path has been paved. And I'm looking forward to what's next.

Plus, it prominently features the song "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips (With all 3 members looking far better than they did 20 years ago). No further elaboration needed. That's just a great song.

Grade: B-

Monday, May 16, 2011

NBA Exec Rick Welts, Former 'Nova Star Will Sheridan Come Out

Rick Welts, CEO and president of the Phoenix Suns, is the first executive in one of the major sports in the U.S. to openly admit he's gay.

Will Sheridan, a starting forward for the Villanova Wildcats during most of his four-year career (2003-07), revealed the same thing in an article with Dana O'Neil.

I take it as another baby step toward progress in our somewhat stagnant country.

A little more than a year ago, Welsh rugby star came out of the closet and was fully supported by his teammates and fans alike.

However just a few weeks ago, Sean Avery of the NHL's New york Rangers simply stated he was for gay rights and was blasted by his agency, players and a large portion of the hockey community in general.

I stand behind the decisions of Welts and Sheridan. But you never know how the public is going to react. The big question is how will the rest of America take it?

Gay rights are the biggest civil rights movement in the nation today, and one that is long overdue. With Don't Ask, Don't Tell repealed, the legalization of gay marriage is the next step.

The majority of Americans support this. However, the mindset of those in power is far from it, including the president.

It's just another prejudice born by a concept they don't understand. It's not a choice. It's something these people were born with. And they've proven to be upstanding citizens with a positive impact in the sports world.

And sports is one of the last areas to be accepting of this lifestyle, especially on the men's side. So I commend these two brave men for being comfortable and confident in who they are as people.

The sooner more people come out, the sooner our society will move forward. And that is a necessary change to truly be the city on a hill we claim to be.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

OKC Thunder Is a New NBA Powerhouse

In Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Oklahoma City Thunder halted the stellar postseason run by the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

How? A group of young superstars that will be running the show for the next several years.

Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer for the last two seasons, dropped 39 and Russell Westbrook got the first Game 7 triple-double since Scottie Pippen in 1992. Sixth man James Harden scored 17 off the bench (Bench player in name only), including four three-pointers.


I am. Especially since Durant/Westbrook are 22 years old and Harden is 21.

I don't know if and when they will win an NBA title, but this is a team set up perfectly for a good run over the next few seasons.

OKC gave the LA Lakers their toughest series in the Western Conference last season, and now they are four wins away from the NBA Finals.

The Thunder will be the underdog against the Dallas Mavericks. If they advance, they will play the same role against either the Bulls or the Heat

But with this trio playing so well, who's to say they won't overcome that and win it all in 2011?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Movie Review: Thor

The summer blockbusters are finally starting to roll in. Thor is the first one to drag me to the theater. And it wasn't bad.

Probably the biggest downside is the fact that Thor is one of the lamest superheroes I've ever come across. Generic villains. Very few interesting characters.

The best part is casting for the lead role. Chris Hemsworth has little acting experience, but he plays the egotistical meathead/wise heir to the throne to perfection.

Also, the breathtaking visuals of his realm and the others rival any other films of its kind. The grand architecture and color schemes made a would-be-average blockbuster slightly better.

Two things that could have been improved were the mediocre writing and direction. There were some witty lines, but most of the dialogue was unoriginal. Plus, the director did nothing to help this. Kenneth Branagh is known for his work on Shakespearean films which are character-driven. He didn't concentrate on developing the individuals. And the writers and director both failed to show character progression of each from the beginning to the end. Thor changed from mighty warrior to sensitive Man of the House on a dime.

Natalie Portman, who was last seen in her Oscar-winning role in Black Swan, wasn't given much to work with.

With all that said, I still enjoyed it. It wasn't great, nor did I expect it to be. But there are many worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon.

The blockbuster season's off to a decent start.

Grade: B

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Michael Scott Says Goodbye to The Office

Steve Carell's last episode of "The Office" aired Thursday night and the TV world is now without one of its brightest stars.

On his last day, he attempts to say goodbye to each co-worker individually, leading to emotional scenes with Jim and Pam at the end. It definitely seemed like genuine feelings that have formed on and off the screen throughout the show's run.

In the classic Michael Scott persona, his last line (which goes unheard because he removes the microphone pack) is a "That's what she said" line. Brilliant way to go out.

I'm sure we'll see plenty more of Carell on the big screen, but fans of the show will no doubt long to see him grace the offices of Dunder-Mifflin/Sabre with his presence at some point in the future.

What were your thoughts on his final episode?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Preview

Anyone who drafts Blaine Gabbert or Ryan Mallett should be fired.

The Tennessee Titans should draft Nick Fairley.

That's all I got. For those actually watching, enjoy. I'll be watching the NBA/NHL playoff games.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Top 5 Childhood Movies

I got a request yesterday to blog about what my favorite movies were when I was younger.

Honorable Mention: Little Giants

"Here they come! Here they come! Danny's in the Go-Kart."

I definitely watched this underdog story many times while growing up. And I'm now friends with Spike and Ice Box on facebook. Look up Sam Horrigan and Shawna Waldron if you wish to do the same.

5. Heavyweights

"All you need is Mother Earth, Father Sky, and your dear old Uncle Tony."

This comedy about kids at fat camp was co-written by Judd Apatow, the writer/director of recent hits such "Knocked Up" and "Funny People." This is also the movie that inspired the first half of my blog title. Remember to Perkisize 5 days a week.

4. The Sandlot

"Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong."

As a baseball player, obviously I flocked to this one. I considered Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez a legend and had a huge crush on Wendy Peffercorn. Plus, it's hard not to enjoy watching a loner slowly become part of the group. One of my high school classmate's even watched it in slow motion. But don't waste your time on that.

3. D2: The Mighty Ducks

"We're Team USA, and we're going all the way."

Gordon Bombay and the Ducks joined up with some of the finest talent from around the US to take on the world in the Junior Goodwill Games. Full of knucklepucks, Bash Brothers and an explanation of the differences between Iceland and Greenland, D2 is by far the best of the trilogy.

"Let's go shake their hands."

2. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Macaulay Culkin delivers another brilliant performance in this sequel, probably after consuming some of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Harry and Marv should have learned their lesson the first time, but they got owned again. Richie Rich made even bigger idiots of Tim Curry and Rob Schneider, and I enjoyed every minute. This is also the first movie I remember seeing in theaters.

1. 3 Ninjas

"First, we feast. Then, we felony."
"Rocky loves Emily! Rocky loves Emily!"
"We don't wanna hurt you. We just wanna KIDNAP you!!!"

There are so many great lines in this tale about 3 kids who help defeat a big-time weapons dealer. It still hasn't gotten old. The concept is absolutely ridiculous, but that makes it even better. And I can't wait for Halloween so I can dress as Rocky along with my friends who will be Colt and Tum Tum.

Those are my Top 5. What are yours?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Katy Perry is the Biggest Pop Star on the Planet

Katy Perry's single "E.T." is currently sitting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the third consecutive week, making it the fourth track off her album Teenage Dream to reach the top spot.

Teenage Dream is only the ninth album to accomplish that feat. And whether you like her music or not, you have to admit it's impressive. In a music industry where very few can replicate success, she took it to a new level with this album.

KP was nominated for four Grammys this year, including Album of the Year. Her electropop album has already sold 1.3 million copies in the US alone and topped the charts in eight other countries.

The first three singles to peak at No. 1 were "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," and "Firework."

Perry married British comedian Russell Brand in October and things could not look much brighter for this California Gurl.

I'm a fan. And happy to admit it.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

2011 NBA Playoff Predictions

Eastern Conference

Opening Round

(1) Chicago Bulls over (8) Indiana Pacers

(2) Miami Heat over (7) Philadelphia 76ers

(3) Boston Celtics over (6) New York Knicks

(4) Orlando Magic over (5) Atlanta Hawks

Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls over (4) Orlando Magic

(2) Miami Heat over (3) Boston Celtics

Conference Finals

(2) Miami Heat over (1) Chicago Bulls

The top two teams in the East have very little playoff experience. El Heat have two of the five best players in the world in LeBron and D-Wade. I've picked them to win it all from the beginning. Derrick Rose is without a doubt the MVP of the League this year. I don't think he will be enough. Miami has the most to prove. And they will.

Western Conference

Opening Round

(1) San Antonio Spurs over (8) Memphis Grizzlies

(2) Los Angeles Lakers over New Orleans Hornets

(6) Portland Trail Blazers over (3) Dallas Mavericks

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder over (5) Denver Nuggets

Conference Semifinals

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder over (1) San Antonio Spurs

(2) Los Angeles Lakers over (6) Portland Trail Blazers

Conference Finals

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder over (2) Los Angeles Lakers

People called me crazy when I said I would draft Kevin Durant over Greg Oden in 2007. Durant is NBA's leading scorer and the injury-prone Oden has had zero impact. The Thunder gave the Lakers its toughest test a year ago. I expect them to get over the hump this time.

NBA Finals

(2) Miami Heat over (4) Oklahoma City Thunder

LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet. This is his time to prove it in the playoffs. He has the world's worst marketing team, but that won't matter if he adds a championship to his resume. This is the year.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Manny Ramirez Retires

Tampa outfielder/designated hitter Manny Ramirez has officially retired from Major League Baseball.

The 12-time All Star tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during Spring Training, his second violate of the League's policy. Instead of accepting the 100-game suspension, Manny chose retirement.

Ramirez, 38, was one of baseball's elite hitters as recently as two seasons ago. He served a 50-game suspension while playing for the Dodgers in 2009. His 555 home runs rank 14th in MLB history.
Ramirez also owns the records for most postseason home runs and RBIs, with 29 and 78 respectively.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

2011 Final Four Predictions: Cats and Dogs...And Rams

VCU vs. Butler

VCU is a nice story, but who can choose against Butler? Their back-to-back Final Four appearances is an amazing accomplishment for an elite program in a mid-major conference. VCU has gotten this far playing overrated teams, including top-seeded Kansas. Butler has found a way to grind out each game, the same way they made the title game last year. With Matt Howard inside and clutch guard Shelvin Mack, the Bulldogs are going to have another chance at the championship.

Kentucky vs. UConn

UConn has the best player in the tournament in Kemba Walker, but their other options are limited. Alex Oriakhi needs a huge game against Josh Harrellson and Jeremy Lamb has to hit some outside shots to keep the lanes open for Walker. However, this is a far different Kentucky team than the one that lost to the Huskies by 17 in November. Kentucky has too many offensive options and just knocked out two of the favorites last weekend in Ohio state and North Carolina. Can Deandre Liggins contain Walker? I think so. The Wildcats march on.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

MLB Opening Day : World Series Predictions

Opening Day is an American institution. As always, I put forth my thoughts on the upcoming season.

AL East:

The Boston Red Sox signed Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. No one else added players of that calibur. I think Gonzalez will put up MVP numbers with the short fence in right field at Fenway.

AL Central:

I'm taking the Minnesota Twins. Justin Morneau is back in the starting lineup Friday. Joe Mauer is always in the running for the batting title, and they have a strong bullpen.

AL West:

The Texas Rangers were the surprise team last season. They won't surprise anyone now, but they are in a weak division. So that should ease the pain of losing Cliff Lee.

Wild Card:

The New York Yankees have several gaps, including aging stars and few reliable starters. I'm still not going to pick against them, though.

NL East:

The Phillies have put together the best starting rotation in the history of baseball. They do need Chase Utley back, and that might not happen before the All Star break.

NL Central:

The Reds put together a strong season last year. The Brewers and Cubs have improved, while the Cardinals lost their best pitcher to an elbow injury. It doesn't hurt that my favorite player, Scott Rolen, is the starting third baseman.

NL West:

The Giants won the Series last fall. But they barely made the playoffs. I think the Colorado Rockies are going to take over the division, with Troy Tulowitzki named MVP.

Wild Card:

The Atlanta Braves will certainly challenge for the NL East. I think a Wild Card spot is much more likely because the Phillies' rotation is too strong.

World Series Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies over the Boston Red Sox.

Who do you think will win?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Elite Eight: Saturday

(8) Butler vs. (2) Florida

Butler forward Matt Howard and injured center Andrew Smith will have to play huge against the front line of the Gators. It would be dumb to say Butler has no chance, but they are once again out-matched.

(5) Arizona vs. (3) Connecticut

UConn has no one to stop Derrick Williams. But they key match-up is Arizona guard MoMo Jones versus Kemba Walker. Walker has been stellar in the last month of the season, and that's why he is a national player of the year finalist. But who is going to step up to supplement his play?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tonight's Sweet Sixteen Preview

I was 3-1 yesterday, with Duke being my only loss. And since it was a blowout and they were my national champion pick, I'll consider it two losses.

(11) Marquette vs. (2) North Carolina

The Tar Heels have been one of the best few teams in the last couple months. They have the size and athleticism to beat anyone. Marquette has to shoot well from the outside to contend.

(12) Richmond vs. (1) Kansas

Kansas is way better.

(4) Kentucky vs. (1) Ohio State

As a Kentucky fan, I would love to see this "upset" here. But I've said Ohio State is the best team in the country for months. Kentucky needs a huge game from Josh Harrelson and Eloy Vargas against Jared Sullinger in the post.

(11) Virginia Commonwealth vs. (10) Florida State

This game is a toss-up. VCU is the better story as one of the last four teams selected. But Florida State is the best defensive team in the nation. They'll prove it again tonight.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sweet Sixteen Preview

(3) Connecticut vs. (2) San Diego State

San Diego State should not have beaten an average Temple squad. Kemba Walker is one of the best players in the nation and led the Huskies to the Big East tournament title. I'm taking UConn.

(3) Brigham Young vs. (2) Florida

BYU has no one to match up with Florida's size with Macklin, Tyus and Young. No one. The only chance the Cougars have is to hit 60% from three-point range. With Jimmer, that's always a possibility. Gators advance.

(5) Arizona vs. (1) Duke

Duke is 10-0 with Kyrie Irving on the floor, but that's not the reason Duke is going to win. That would be Nolan Smith. Smith led the ACC in points and was second in assists after switching positions to point guard. He's still the most underrated player in the nation.

(8) Butler vs. (4) Wisconsin

I will not pick against Butler. Especially against Wisconsin. The Badgers are the better team. They're a great free-throw and three-point shooting team and play great defense. They're the smarter pick. But I'm taking Butler.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton Should Be Fired

Bruce Pearl is out at UT, ending the most successful six-year span the men's basketball program has ever experienced. Pearl led the Vols to a 145-61 (65-31 SEC) record including an Elite Eight and two Sweet Sixteen appearances.

But with impending NCAA violations, Pearl is playing the part of the scapegoat. The person at fault is actually Mike Hamilton.

Hamilton has done little to police the athletic program and was responsible for the hiring of Lane Kiffin. We all saw how that worked out.

Pearl made mistakes, for which he is now paying, but he single-handedly made UT men's basketball relevant.

And now he's gone. And Hamilton should be following.

I know most agree with me.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Round of 32 Predictions: Day Two

Almost straight chalk today. Record: 28-12

(7) Washington vs. (2) North Carolina
(8) Michigan vs. (1) Duke
(8) George Mason vs. (1) Ohio State
(5) Arizona vs. (4) Texas
(11) Virginia Commonwealth vs. (3) Purdue
(11) Marquette vs. (3) Syracuse
(9) Illinois vs. (1) Kansas
(10) Florida State vs. (2) Notre Dame

Saturday, March 19, 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament: Round of 32 Predictions

I'm 23-9 through the first two rounds. Gotta do better than that today.

(4) Kentucky vs. (5) West Virginia
(7) UCLA vs. (2) Florida
(13) Morehead State vs. (12) Richmond
(7) Temple vs. (2) San Diego State
(8) Butler vs. (1) Pittsburgh
(11) Gonzaga vs. (3) Brigham Young
(5) Kansas State vs. (4) Wisconsin
(6) Cincinnati vs. (3) Connecticut

Friday, March 18, 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament: Friday Picks/Upsets

I was 12-4 yesterday and enjoyed watching UK and Gonzaga advance. Hoping to do even better today.

Winners in Bold Italics

(13) Oakland vs. (4) Texas
(9) Tennessee vs. (8) Michigan
(15) Akron vs. (2) Notre Dame
(9) Villanova vs. (8) George Mason
(12) Memphis vs. (5) Arizona
(16) Hampton vs. (1) Duke
(10) Florida State vs. (7) Texas A&M
(16) UT-San Antonio vs. (1) Ohio State
(16) Boston University vs. (1) Kansas
(15) Long Island vs. (2) North Carolina
(14) St. Peter's vs. (3) Purdue
(11) Marquette vs. (6) Xavier
(9) Illinois vs. (8) UNLV
(10) Georgia vs. (7) Washington
(11) Virginia Commonwealth vs. (6) Georgetown
(14) Indiana State vs. (3) Syracuse

I don't see as many upsets today. Can't wait to be proven wrong.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament Update: Thursday Games

Butler defeated Old dominion on a buzzer beater by Matt Howard.

Morehead State knocked off fourth-seeded Louisville with a 3-pointer by Demonte Harper.

Temple beat Penn State on a last-second shot in the lane by Juan Fernandez, merely 15 seconds after Taylor Battle hit the game-tying three.

Kentucky barely held on against Princeton on Brandon Knight's first field goal with 2 seconds left.

More updates to come.

2011 NCAA Tournament: Thursday Picks/Upsets

I'll be making my picks each day of the tournament. This could definitely get ugly.

Winners in Bold Italics

(12) Clemson vs. (5) West Virginia
(9) Old Dominion vs. (8) Butler
(13) Morehead State vs. (4) Louisville
(10) Penn State vs. (7) Temple
(13) Princeton vs. (4) Kentucky
16) North Carolina-Asheville vs. (1) Pittsburgh
(12) Richmond vs. (5) Vanderbilt
(15) Northern Colorado vs. (2) San Diego State
(15) UC Santa Barbara vs. (2) Florida
(14) Wofford vs. (3) Brigham Young
(14) Bucknell vs. (3) Connecticut
(13) Belmont vs. (4) Wisconsin
(10) Michigan State vs. (7) UCLA
(11) Gonzaga vs. (6) St. John's
(11) Missouri vs. (6) Cincinnati
(12) Utah State vs. (5) Kansas State

Record: 0-0
I'll be keeping tally for how well/poorly I'm doing.

Upsets? I have Penn State, Belmont, Michigan State, Gonzaga and Mizzou winning. Five double-digit seeds advancing on Day One? It could happen.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament Formerly Known as Round One

These are the Thursday match-ups I think could be the most entertaining.

Richmond vs. Vanderbilt

President Obama is taking the Spiders. As a guy that used to have season tickets to Vanderbilt, I'm hoping that doesn't happen. But Richmond is the most under-seeded team in the tournament. The Spiders won the Atlantic-10 tournament and beat Purdue earlier this season. I thought they should get an 8- or 9-seed. Tough draw for Vanderbilt. But if John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor perform like they should, the Commodores will march on.

UC Santa Barbara vs. Florida

If Richmond is the most under-seeded team, Florida is most definitely the most over-seeded team. They won the regular season title in a mediocre SEC, and got blown out by Kentucky twice at the end of the season. Jim Rome called for this upset. I want to know if he was right.

Belmont vs. Wisconsin

A great shooting team vs. a team that scored 33 points in its last game. The Bruins should have knocked off Duke a few years ago. I imagine this is one of the most popular upset picks this March and with good reason.

Gonzaga vs. St John's

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have made their name as a double-digit seed advancing deep in the NCAA tournament. This isn't their best squad, but it has a favorable draw. The insertion of NBA legend John Stockton's son David has re-energized a team that was going nowhere. And now center Robert Sacre and forward Elias Harris are peaking. They face a Red Storm team with an injured star in DJ Kennedy. Here's to hoping the Zags pull off the upset.

What games are you wanting to see?

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 NCAA Women's Final Four Picks

All four No. 1 seed to the Final Four.

UConn over Baylor in the title game. Maya Moore named MOP.

Would love to be proved wrong. Going for the Lady Vols.

Trailer for Everyone Loves You When You're Dead by Neil Strauss

Neil Strauss, the six-time NY Times bestselling author and Rolling Stone contributing editor, will release his next book on Tuesday, March 15th.

Strauss proves once again how Game not only affects relationships but improves social skills to help each area of life. In "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead" he shows how building rapport is essential to getting the best celebrity interviews, including those with Britney Spears, Trent Reznor, Johnny Cash and Lady Gaga.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament Final Four/Upset Picks: First Glance


Ohio State over UNC

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned this as my pick for the national championship game. I'll settle for a regional final.

Upset Pick: Xavier over Syracuse

Not a huge upset, but great shooting can beat the zone.


Duke over UConn

Nolan Smith v. Kemba Walker. I may change my mind and take Walker. But I don't want to overreact to a Big East tourney title.

Upset Pick: Mizzou over Cincinnati

The Tigers have many flaws but their style would be a difficult first-round match-up for anyone.


Purdue over Kansas

Kansas is playing the best basketball right now. They were last year also when they lost to Northern Iowa. I called that, and I'm calling this. I've had Kansas going deep in the NCAA tournament too many times.

Upset Pick: Florida State over Notre Dame.

Ben Hansbrough struggles when more athletic people guard him. That's what the Seminoles can do.


Kansas State over Florida

The Wildcats turned it on in March last year and they have a clutch guard in Jacob Pullen. I think they will knock off Pitt in the Sweet Sixteen.

Upset Pick:

I'm from Nashville, so I'm taking Belmont over Wisconsin. The Badgers can't score. And the Bruins should have beaten Duke a few seasons ago.

National Championship: Duke over Purdue

These are my first thoughts. I will fill out a complete bracket later tonight and post a screen shot.

What are your thoughts?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Everyone Loves You When You're Dead

Neil Strauss, the six-time NY Times bestselling author and Rolling Stone contributing editor, will release his next book on Tuesday, March 15th.

Strauss proves once again how Game not only affects relationships but improves social skills to help each area of life. In "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead" he shows how building rapport is essential to getting the best celebrity interviews, including those with Britney Spears, Trent Reznor, Johnny Cash and Lady Gaga.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Charlie Sheen Is Winning

Charlie Sheen, the highest paid actor ($800k per episode) on TV's highest rated comedy, has been fired.

CBS cut ties with the "Two and a Half Men" star and plan to take the show in a different direction. My guess: off the air

They don't have a show without Sheen. There are only two reasons people watch: the guys live in a Malibu beach house and watching Charlie make fun of his brother.

The drama has been lingering for months about Sheen's wild behavior, which reportedly did not affect life on set. And now that his profile has risen to elite status, e.g. the fastest to gain one million Twitter followers, they fire him. CBS is the most watched network on TV for a reason--by making better decisions than this.

I expect many offers to fly Sheen's way. Maybe another turn as tiger blood-filled Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the Major League series.

If not, he'll continue to live it up with booze, drugs and porn stars.

Either way, he wins.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscar Predictions

The 83rd Academy Awards will take place tonight at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, hosted by Best Actor nominee James Franco and former Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway. As always, here are my predictions.

Winners in Bold Italics

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

* Javier Bardem – Biutiful as Uxbal
* Jeff Bridges – True Grit as Rooster Cogburn
* Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network as Mark Zuckerberg
* Colin Firth – The King's Speech as King George VI
* James Franco – 127 Hours as Aron Ralston

Colin Firth has won every major award leading up to tonight and been receiving Oscar Buzz since well before the film's release.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

* Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right as Nic
* Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole as Becca Corbett
* Jennifer Lawrence – Winter's Bone as Ree Dolly
* Natalie Portman – Black Swan as Nina Sayers
* Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine as Cindy

Natalie Portman endured months of preparation to encapsulate the psychotic/sexual role as the White and the Black Swan.

Best Supporting Actor:

* Christian Bale – The Fighter as Dicky Eklund
* John Hawkes – Winter's Bone as Teardrop
* Jeremy Renner – The Town as James "Jem" Coughlin
* Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right as Paul
* Geoffrey Rush – The King's Speech as Lionel Logue

I've heard rumors about a clean sweep for The King's Speech tonight, pointing to a win by Geoffrey Rush. But I will lose a lot of respect for the Academy if Christian Bale doesn't win this. After seeing The Fighter, I left the theater convinced he was the best actor on the planet.

Best Supporting Actress:

* Amy Adams – The Fighter as Charlene Fleming
* Helena Bonham Carter – The King's Speech as Queen Elizabeth
* Melissa Leo – The Fighter as Alice Ward
* Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit as Mattie Ross
* Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom as Janine "Smurf" Cody

Not the strongest category this year.

Best Original Screenplay:

* Another Year – Mike Leigh
* The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson
* Inception – Christopher Nolan
* The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
* The King's Speech – David Seidler

I am predicting based upon who I think will win, not necessarily who should win. Christopher Nolan should win. He won't.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

* 127 Hours – Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
* The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
* Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich
* True Grit – Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
* Winter's Bone – Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Lock-- Best screenplay of the decade.

Best Original Score:

* 127 Hours – A.R. Rahman
* How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
* Inception – Hans Zimmer
* The King's Speech – Alexandre Desplat
* The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

I just included this category to give a shout out to Trent Reznor.

Best Animated Feature:

* How to Train Your Dragon – Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
* The Illusionist – Sylvain Chomet
* Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich


Best Director:

* Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
* Ethan Coen and Joel Coen – True Grit
* David Fincher – The Social Network
* Tom Hooper – The King's Speech
* David O. Russell – The Fighter

Fincher could follow Ang Lee from 2005 with a Best Director win, only to lose out on Best Picture. The big question mark from this category is the absence of Christopher Nolan, who I think is the best filmmaker in Hollywood. Just another slap in the face to a guy the Academy sees as a comic book director.

Best Picture:

* 127 Hours – Danny Boyle and Christian Colson
* Black Swan – Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, and Brian Oliver
* The Fighter – David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Mark Wahlberg
* Inception – Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
* The Kids Are All Right – Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, and Celine Rattray
* The King's Speech – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin
* The Social Network – Dana Brunetti, Ce├ín Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and
Scott Rudin
* Toy Story 3 – Darla K. Anderson
* True Grit – Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and Scott Rudin
* Winter's Bone – Alix Madigan and Anne Rosellini

The King's Speech will win. The Social Network was the best picture. Rarely do you see a well-written, well-directed, well-acted, well-scored movie that transcends the topic material. Not only was it about the creation of the world's most popular social networking site but also the relationships it created and destroyed. The film is at times depressing, funny, inspirational but above all highly entertaining. And I can guarantee many who saw it drove home that night thinking about how to become the next Mark Zuckerberg and create the next big thing.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cardinals' Ace May Be Out For Season

Last season's National League Cy Young Award runner-up Adam Wainwright injured a ligament in his right elbow and appears headed for Tommy John surgery, which would keep him out at least a year.

Wainwright has been sent back to St. Louis for tests.

What are the Cardinals' chances without him?


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Grammy Predictions: F**k You

Tonight is Grammy night. This will be my second time predicting the general field categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

I was 2 for 4 last year so hoping to do better this time around.

Album of the Year

-The Suburbs performed by Arcade Fire
-Recovery performed by Eminem
-Need You Now performed by Lady Antebellum
-The Fame Monster performed by Lady Gaga
-Teenage Dream performed by Katy Perry

Eminem is the clear frontrunner. The Arcade Fire don't have enough commercial appeal, though they are deserving. Lady Antebellum only had one huge crossover hit with the title track. Gaga's EP does not consist of her best work. I see Katy Perry as the dark horse. She's probably the least talented in the category but is the only one to have three No. 1 singles in the Billboard Hot 100.

Eminem got snubbed for the Marshall Mathers LP a decade ago. He has the critical/commercial success and the staying power to take home the night's top prize.

Song of the Year

-Ray LaMontagne for "Beg Steal or Borrow" performed by Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs
-Cee Lo Green, Phillip Lawrence, and Bruno Mars for "Fuck You" performed by Cee Lo Green
-Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for "The House That Built Me" performed by Miranda Lambert
-Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman, and Marshall Mathers for "Love the Way You Lie" performed by Eminem featuring Rihanna
-Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott for "Need You Now" performed by Lady Antebellum

Lady A's single which I think should be renamed "Booty Call" will win. The song is much deeper than that, though. Plus, they couldn't have been nicer when I met worked their acoustic show at The Cannery Ballroom last June. I would love to hear the presenter to announce "Fuck You" as the song of the year. Sadly, this won't happen.

Record of the Year

-Nothin' on You by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
-Love The Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
-F**k You by Cee Lo Green
-Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
-Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

As with the previous category, I think the two likely candidates are "Need You Now" and "Love the Way You Lie." I think the hip-hop voters will split between the three nominees in that genre.

Best New Artist

-Justin Bieber
-Florence and the Machine
-Mumford & Sons
-Esperanza Spalding

I still don't understand why MGMT didn't win this award last year. Drake has this in the bag., which is weird since his career blew up almost two years ago. Bieber got nominated for the same reasons the Jonas Bros did in 2009: younger viewers. The other acts are probably more talented, but they don't have a chance. Listen to "Over" by Drake and you should understand why.

Those are my picks. What do you think?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Predictions: You Know What It Is

Like I said in my last playoff post, the Steelers have been my Super Bowl pick from the beginning. I don't see any reason to change.

Aaron Rodgers has been playing unbelievably well, but it's been against defenses that don't come close to Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and the rest of the Pittsburgh D.

The Packers will definitely get pressure on Big Ben, especially with Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson. But who hasn't? Roethlisberger is the toughest QB in the League and has championship experience. He's a winner.

I think Green Bay will make enough plays to keep the score close, but the Steelers are the better team.

So when tonight's game ends in the Jerry Dome, the scoreboard will once again show why they Steelers are the best organization in pro sports with their 7th Super Bowl victory.

Steelers 24, Packers 20


Friday, January 28, 2011

Who Will Coach The Titans Next?

The Tennessee Titans and coach Jeff Fisher parted ways Thursday, leaving the team without a head coach and a quarterback.

I've already said who I want to play QB: Donovan McNabb.

But who would be the best fit for the head coaching position?

Bill Cowher.

The former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers would not require a change of philosophy. Great Defense. Run the ball. The same formula the team has used the past several years, especially since Steve McNair's exit.

He's a proven winner and would be my pick to turn the franchise back into a perennial contender.

Who do you choose to replace Fisher?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Championship Weekend Picks

Even though I don't have a dog in the fight, I'm going for the Bears and Jets. However, before the season started my Super Bowl prediction was Steelers over Packers. No reason to change now.

Packers 21, Bears 17

Steelers 24, Jets 14

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Golden Globe Lock: Christian Bale

The Best Supporting Actor category has been the easiest to predict the last few years: Javier Bardem for No Country For Old Men, Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds.

This year will be no different. Christian Bale is what makes The Fighter one of 2010's best movies. Bale plays Dicky Eklund, the brother of Mark Wahlberg's character. Because of Dicky's drug addiction, he had to drastically alter his appearance, which he seems to have no problem doing (Watch The Machinist). His scenes are intense, and his Boston accent/mannerisms are spot on.

He steals the movie from Wahlberg. And the more I watch him, the more I think he's the best actor on the planet right now.

Golden Globe Lock: Best Drama

Best Picture of 2010 goes to...

The Social Network.

It was the best written, best directed and had the best ensemble cast of any film this past year. And the score was performed by Trent Reznor.

So what if the facts or beginnings of the founding of Facebook were skewed. It's Hollywood. And that turned it into a fascinating story about this generation's most popular creation.

The only other film that has even an outside chance is The King's Speech, but it's not going to win.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sunday's Divisional Round

I'm 4-0 so far this postseason. Too crunched for time to pick the first two games, which I would have split. I didn't have the Seahawks knocking off the Saints. So let's just say I'm 5-1.

Seattle @ Chicago

Of course you can't count out the Seahawks after essentially winning consecutive playoff games (Week 17 against the Rams clinched the division). But now they're on the road. They did beat the Bears at Soldier Field in Week 6, but I have more confidence in Chicago's defense than I do in Matt Hasselbeck. If Cutler doesn't fuck it up, which is always a possibility. Definitely going for Seattle, though.

Bears 31, Seahawks 17

New York @ New England

Rex Ryan is my favorite coach in sports. The Patriots are one of my least favorite teams in sports. But Mark Sanchez isn't that good, especially in cold weather. I think they'll keep it a lot closer than 45-3, but New England's tight ends will have a huge game and pull it out in the second half.

Patriots 28, Jets 21

Friday, January 14, 2011

Saturday's Divisional Round

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is the better team. Better run defense. I give Troy Polamalu a slight edge over Ed Reed at safety. It's in Pittsburgh. And most importantly they have a better QB. This match-up is always a toss-up, but I give the advantage to the Steelers. But I wouldn't be surprised to see it go the other way.

Steelers 16, Ravens 13

Green Bay @ Atlanta

Clay Matthews is going to be all over Matty Ice's ass tomorrow. And Aaron Rodgers is an elite QB. If the Packers can contain Michael Turner and Roddy White, which I expect, they will avenge their three-point loss in November.

Packers 24, Falcons 20

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Who The Titans Should Sign

The Tennessee Titans have made two good moves so far. They kept coach Jeff Fisher and got rid of Vince Young. Young won a lot of games as starting QB (30-17). But how many of those games did the team win because of him? Not nearly that many. His maturity level was never proven and showed he couldn't handle adversity. Peace out.

1. Quarterback is the most important position in sports. There's only one guy available that's been one of the five best at the position in the last decade: Donovan McNabb. His time in Washington is over. Bring him to Nashville to work with emerging superstar WR Kenny Britt. The Titans still have the best RB in the NFL, Chris Johnson. Adding a legitimate QB to the mix with championship experience instantly improves a stagnant offense.

2. The Titans went 13-3 in the 2008 season. No one could run the ball against the defense. Our defensive ends performed well above their skill level. And three of the four starters in the secondary went to the Pro Bowl. In the following two seasons, the defense hasn't been able to get off the field. The difference came from losing one player: Albert Haynesworth. He was never happy playing in Mike Shanahan's 3-4 defense in Washington and wants to come back where he started his career. And the Titans need him. His wide frame plugs up the running lanes inside and must be double-teamed. That gives the ends one-on-ones, so they can get consistent pressure. And that hides the inability of Cortland Finnegan and Chris Hope to cover anyone with talent.

Those two moves would put a team that was 5-2 earlier this season in position to dethrone the Colts as the AFC South's best team. Make it happen, Reinfeldt.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

NFL Wild Card Sunday

I'm glad I didn't post predictions before yesterday's shocking results. But here goes for today's match-ups

Baltimore @ Kansas City

The Chiefs have had an incredible turnaround. And they have a great home field advantage at Arrowhead. They have the best rushing attack in the League with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. They have a quarterback that hasn't turned the ball over much this season. And they have my favorite player in safety Eric Berry. On paper, the Chiefs have the advantage.

But am I picking against Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense? Not a chance.

Ravens 20, Chiefs 17

Green Bay @ Philadelphia

Michael Vick has been the best story of the season. He's back from serving jail time and is far superior to where he was with the Falcons. He's regained his speed and improved his passing accuracy. Plus, the Eagles have the offensive weapons with McCoy in the backfield and the DeSean Jackson/Jeremy Maclin combo on the outside. I'm just not sure their defense can stop Aaron Rodgers. And I think Clay Matthews has a big game for the Packers D and helps contain Vick. I'm taking Green Bay by a field goal.

Packers 27, Eagles 24