16 Team NCAA Football Tournament…if the season ended today

What if the NCAA got so greedy that they expanded their playoff to a 16 team bracket. A lot is bound to happen before the season ends, but lets see where teams would seed at this point.

Region 1

  1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Oregon
  4. NC State

Bama gets the #1 overall seed, and get the most favorable draw. NC State gets the last at large bid, because they’re still undefeated. They should look at this as a victory, just making the tournament. Oregon and Michigan would be must watch game and would draw huge first round ratings, the Big House would be rocking for this one.

Winner: Bama

Region 2

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Central Florida
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma

You could said this is the region of death, any of these teams could win. Lets not forget UCF beat SEC power Auburn last year, this would be a huge proving ground for them. Notre Dame deserves a #1 spot but an Oklahoma match up isn’t favorable, you’re likely looking at your first upset, buutttt Oklahoma just fired their d-coordinator. Who knows how they will react to a good Notre Dame offense. The wild card is Georgia, other than the slip up to LSU they have been dominate.

Winner: Georgia

Region 3

  1. Clemson
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Washington

Another region that anyone can win, but the 2,3,4 teams all have one thing in common, which one will show up. Since the Maryland game, it looks like Texas is back, but will that team show up again? Florida looked bad and doomed after the Kentucky lose, but then handled LSU. Washington was a dark horse final 4 team, but couldn’t close out Oregon. Clemson plays NC St next week, so maybe this should have waited until then, but this team is clicking on all cylinders….except they slipped hard against Syracuse. Clemson has had some cupcake games recently, sometimes the team with the most momentum wins in these situations.

Winner: Texas

Region 4

  1. Ohio St.
  2. LSU
  3. West Virginia
  4. Kentucky

Kentucky…yes and they deserve it, they have wins against 2 ranked teams and their lone lose was to #17 Texas A&M. West Virginia is an interesting one, if you look at last week then this LSU game isn’t going to be close, but other than that its believable they could win this region. I think LSU and Ohio St, easily walk threw their first games, but what happens when they meet? It just looks like Ohio St. is too good on offense.

Winner: Ohio St.

 

The Final 4 would be its own animal, but its hard to not think Alabama is the favorite right now.

 

 

 

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Should Anyone Pay Machado?

Is Manny Machado worth all the money he wants? After his recent actions and comments, it doesn’t seem worth paying him 300 million dollars. The guy hasn’t even got paid yet and hes acting like hes earned every penny of that. A player getting that much money should be stetting the tone on the field and off, then this guy goes and says he doesn’t like to hustle and steps on a first baseman’s ankle. There have been some very hot takes on this issue. The play resulted in an easy ground ball, anyone that’s played baseball for any period of time knows how easy it is to peel off the base. Especially when its an easy out, if the play was close and he was hustling down first then got tripped up, it’s a whole different story. This, flat out, isn’t a guy you build your team around.

Dodger’s fans shouldn’t have to defend this guy either, he’s not homegrown and barely been with the team. It’s ok, admit he’s a jerk, he won’t even be playing on your team next year.

Week 6 Power Rankings

32. Oakland Raiders (30)  31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

30. San Francisco 49ers (32)

ALL THESE TEAMS ARE BULKED TOGETHER. This isn’t the best draft to have a top pick, but none of these team need a QB, which is weird. These will be the teams who we’re talking about come draft time, until then, here’s to seeing if they can spoil anyone’s playoff hopes with an upset. I’ll give it to San Fran they pushed Green Bay to the brink. nfl-oakland-raiders-london-credit-marcus-marsden-3.jpg

29. New York Giants (27)

Odell isn’t happy, but he’s playing with a potential hall of fame QB. I get that he hasn’t been great, but keep it in the locker room. This team has real issues and it doesn’t look like Ben McAdoo was the issue.

28. Indianapolis Colts (28)

Luck did throw four touchdown passes in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, but it was otherwise a game to forget. Luck completed 23 of 43 passes for 301 yards and wasn’t sacked, but he threw three interceptions. This has been a forgettable season in Indy, they stay in games but can’t win, its a vicious cycle.

27. Buffalo Bills (26)

The Bill’s just aren’t good, they’ve somehow squeaked out 2 wins this year, so there’s that. Nathan Peterman poked his head into the game this week with an injury to Allen, he promptly reminded everyone why he was benched in the first place. If Allen is out for an extended period of time, it looks like Buffalo is already preparing another quarterback (Derek Anderson). At this point, another quarterback won’t help. Plus, why don’t they just cut Kelvin Benjamin, guys a cancer, he’s proved it everywhere hes gone.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18)

Throw a pass against these guys, I bet you complete it. Winston played very well and the offense seems to be clicking with him back. The defense is just so bad, it doesn’t look good in Tampa.

25. Atlanta Falcons (29)

There’s not much to say about Atlanta, they won in a shootout against an equally bad defense. This doesn’t seem like a turning point game, just a game they were lucky to win. Injuries have plagued this season, now with Freeman out, it just gets worse.

24. Denver Broncos (22)

For the second time in a month, the Broncos gave an undefeated team all it could handle. For the second time in a month, Denver came up short. And now, the Broncos have dropped four in a row after winning their first two. This team is falling apart and fans are calling for Keenum’s head.

23. Detroit Lions (21)

Detroit’s next two games (at Miami, vs. Seattle) appear winnable, and no one’s running away with the NFC North as of yet. It’s possible this team could insert itself into the thick of the division race heading into a big two-week road trip to Minnesota and Chicago.

22. Cleveland Browns (15)

There’s a lot of promise in Cleveland, but this week proved that Rome wasn’t built in a day. There’s tons of upside on this team, but we have to be real that they need time. At least Believeland has something to believe in.

21. New York Jets (23)

The Jets may be contenders sooner than expected, this year doesn’t look to be it, but the amount of points they are putting up looks very promising. Who knows, depending on how everyone else plays this team could be sitting at 9 wins and a wild card, its not the craziest thing that’s ever happened.

20. Tennessee Titans (14)

The Titans had a bye week….oh nevermind. They just didn’t score any points. This team is impossible to figure out. Are they good or not?! Its very weird that they sit tied for first, but that’s how divisions work out.  This team could somehow squeak into the playoffs, just because everyone else is also bad.

19. Houston Texans (25)

Well last week I said the Texans would end up in first place, it happened way before I thought it would. The rest of the division is struggling and the Texans have rattled off 3 straight wins. Things are working great for a team that seemed dead in the water a few weeks ago.

18. Seattle Seahawks (20)

I said it a while ago, the Seahawks know how to figure things out, I just didn’t think this was the year they would do it. They quietly are becoming a threat. One week after a crushing two-point home loss to the Rams, the Seahawks took out their frustrations over that game on a hapless Oakland Raiders squad.

17. Dallas Cowboys (24)

Where did this Cowboys team come from! I wrote them call and considered them dead. They squashed Bortles, which isn’t hard, but them torched…and i mean torched, the “leagues best defense”.  Dak and Zeke looked unstoppable, then Beasley didn’t look half bad either. If these guys keep this up, watch out, especially as Philly struggles.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (17)

The Eagles aren’t perfect—the running game and pass defense remain areas of concern. This year’s squad, at the moment at least, probably isn’t as good as the Eagles team that won Super Bowl LII. But while the Redskins are all over the place, we’re not sure which Cowboys team we will get and the G-Men are just a mess, the Eagles are getting better by the week.

15. Carolina Panthers (7)

Lose the turnover battle, lose the war. This can be an elite NFL team, but 3-0 in turnovers and you’re looking at a loss. They’re looking at a wildcard, so they better figure things out quick. With all the talent on this team, there’s a good chance they will.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8)

2 weeks in a row…2..they have zero offense and the defense has been exposed. KC wasn’t a surprise, but Dallas doing what they did, should be a huge wake up call. You have to score points, but you also have to stop people. This team is in danger of letting things spiral out of control. They’re lucky to be in the division they are, that’s the only plus.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (16)

One more big win, this team is back in the top 10. They are trending in the right direction, if they can stay drama free, the north is theirs. When Conner is hot, this team is among the leagues top 5. So many questions surround this team, so it makes it hard to push them up the list.

12. Green Bay Packers (13)

The team has a Week 7 bye, followed by a murderous two-game road-trip. At Los Angeles Rams. At New England Patriots. They better utilize this week, because the defense looked rough against a trash 49ers team. Rodgers can win any game he is in, that’s the biggest advantage for Green Bay.

11. Miami Dolphins (19)

I backed off on these guys, then Tannehill gets hurt. Season over…maybe not. Brock Osweiler was fantastic and he carved up an elite Bears defense. This could really be a turning point for this team. They continue to stick around the top. The wildcard is realistic for these guys, hell even maybe the division.

10. Chicago Bears (4)

Yea they lost to the team behind them, but the 2 loses have been close. They are still a very solid team who can compete with anyone in the league. The defense had a let down, this is the first one of the season, no reason to panic. The Bears have the Patriots, after that game we can really evaluate this team.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (5)

For the ninth time in their last 10 meetings and sixth straight time, the Steelers emerged victorious. At 4-2, the Bengals are still in first place. But with a trip to Kansas City looming next week and the Saints coming to town a few weeks from now, their days atop the division may be numbered.

8. Washington Redskins (11)

I will say this again, I don’t think they are a top 10 team on paper, but their wins the Panther and Packers are very impressive. They can very much win the division as well, which pushes them back into the top 10. Plus when AP is on, this team looks real good, he obviously the key to the success.

7. Minnesota Vikings (10)

The Vikings just don’t seem to be fully figuring it out, but they’re good enough to win games. If this team fully clicks and stops turning the ball over, they will return to the Super Bowl contenders they should be.

6. Baltimore Ravens (9)

The defense looked stellar, but next week they get New Orleans. Ray Lewis got his rocks off to this one. That will be a true test, but for now this team continues to win games they should. The Ravens have a knack for this type of thing, then all of a sudden…they’re in the playoffs.

5. San Diego Chargers (12)

The only 2 loses were to two of the leagues best teams, these guys are trending up. They may even catch the Chiefs, its crazy but it could happen. Some teams take a few weeks to start clicking and that seems to be San Diego. They deserve to be top 5 and should be considered a Super Bowl threat. We’ve heard this before but for now we need to take them seriously.

4. New Orleans Saints (6)

The Saints had a bye week, but moved up. This is because other teams have been exposed and dropped, you know what you get with the Saints. An average to below average defense and an elite top 5 offense. There’s a trend with some of these top teams, the defense isn’t great but the offenses of the Saints, Pats and Chiefs are so next level it makes you forget about the other side of the ball.

3. New England Patriots (3)

Brady being Brady, Mahomes and the Chiefs gave him everything they could handle. Both team have defensive issues, but who doesn’t like an old fashioned shootout? The match-up with a better defense (Chicago) should be interesting, but good offenses vs good defenses have gone in the favor of offense more often than not this year.

2. KC Chiefs (2)

Yes, they lost to the Pats, but their other wins are much more impressive than the Patriots, so no reason to move them out of the 2 spot. They gave Brady all they could handle, teams have to lose to learn. This very well could become that learning moment, but damn the defense has to figure something out.

1. LA Rams (1)

After six weeks, the Los Angeles Rams are the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFL. This marks the ninth time the Rams have won their first six games in a season. Believe it or not, according to the Fox telecast of the game, no franchise has done it more. Without a doubt this is the leagues best team, but after 2 straight close games, it looks like the Rams first loss has to be around the corner. The thing about the NFL is that any team can win, so the Rams have to stay focused.

How is Nathan Peterman an NFL QB?

Peterman completed six of 12 pass attempts for 61 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Texans. He came in for an injured Josh Allen on Sunday and did exactly what we expected. A career 3 td’s and 9 ints, how is this guys till employed? Apparently Derek Anderson is “learning the play book,” but is that any better? Landry Jones, Jay Cutler, Anderson and most notably Colin Kaepernick were all available. Anderson has the most connection to the offense, but it doesn’t look like anyone can turn this team around. People have been very vocal about this issue. The Bills are wasting one of the leagues best defenses, its so unfortunate, but the way the NFL goes.

Either way Peterman isn’t working out, if he hasn’t had many games then he flat out shouldn’t be on the field. If this is the excuse then he shouldn’t be playing, he should be sitting behind a veteran learning, just like most quarterbacks who don’t have experience.

Which NFL team has the most drama?

A few weeks into the season, some of these teams are one housewife away from a Bravo show. Actually lets be real, some of these teams are already Bravo shows. I’m going to rank the top 5.

5. New England Patriots

“If I’m going to do something at this point, it’s going to be because I enjoy it. The last couple years, a lot of parts about football weren’t enjoyable when they should have been,” Brady said in an epilogue of the “Tom vs. Time.” The drama surrounding the Pats at the beginning of this year was the talk of the NFL. Tom Brady’s personal trainer was banned from the Patriot’s locker room and obviously made Brady angry. Retirement rumors, and the Patriots early struggles really spurned the “Patriots are done” talks, but it seems they have started to figure things out.

4. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas legend Troy Aikman, says Dak Prescott needs to do more, “So, that limits them in some of the things that they’re able to do within their play-action, within their run game to that side, and then as it relates to Dak, yes, he needs to be more accurate with the football.” Says Aikman. Aikman is a god in Dallas, so him criticizing the Cowboys is sure to stir up drama. Then Jason Garrett punts on the 40 in over time and Houston beats them. Rumors of his firing are all over the place and can you really blame fans? Then there’s the big one, Dez Bryant, who’s not with the team anymore but continues to bash the organization. He has kept the Cowboys in the news and not in a good way.

3. Seattle Seahawks

At the beginning of the year Earl Thomas posted a lengthy statement on social media, saying he wants “certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career,”  Thomas is entering the final year of his current deal signed before the 2014 season. He is scheduled to make $8.5 million in base salary in 2018. Forward to Earl suffering a season ending leg injury, that doesn’t sit well in the locker room. A once dominate Legion of Boom, no longer exist. Kam Chancellor retired, Richard Sherman got shipped out of town, and Earl Thomas is flipping off the sideline. Is anyone in control in Seattle? Players from a former Super Bowl champion team are dropping like flys, this isn’t a good thing, you don’t see that happening with other teams.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

One of their best players isn’t even showing up! That’s a pretty big deal. Then the league’s best wide receiver said the team should trade him, after fan criticism. People are calling for Mike Tomlin’s head, and the team has been up and down. The key here, if the Steelers keep losing then this drama will continue, but if they figure things out and win…this all goes away, for now. Le’Veon Bell not playing really hurts this team, but if he plays or they trade him could settle this drama very quickly. For now, the Steelers are in turmoil, but they are still a solid team.

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1. New York Giants

Where do you begin with the Giants? The offensive line sucks, OBJ is a living temper tantrum, and Eli doesn’t seem to remember he’s an NFL quarterback. At least Saquon Barkley looks like a stud, but if the Giants dont build an offensive line in the next few years then he will be completely wasted. OBJ got paid, but was it too much to pay other player and make this team better? Will they have to spend a first round pick on a QB and wait for lineman to fall in their laps? The difference between this team and the Steelers is that winning heals wounds, but the Giants aren’t winning. This is only going to get worse.

Top 10 Free Agents for MLB Off-Season

We look at the 2018-2019  upcoming free agents, other players may earn more than guys in the top 10, but these guys look to be the most intriguing.

10. D.J. LeMahieu

LeMahieu is one of the most underrated players in baseball, but why? Well, its obvious, he plays in Colorado and still doesn’t have insane power numbers. Although he does have what teams want, he plays great defense and hits for average. He’s looking easily at an 8 figure deal and should be eager to prove his worth outside of Colorado.

Interested Teams: Detroit, Chicago Cubs, Colorado

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 9. Eduardo Escobar

After being traded from Minnestoa to Arizona, Escobar really showed how much he could shine. He had a career year and is a solid utility player, he’s 29 and should have a reasonable contract so that a lower market contender can take a run at him. There’s tons of upside here and Escobar could prove to be a huge steal for whoever locks him up.

Interested Teams: Arizona, Colorado, Pittsburgh

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8. Yasmani Grandal

He’s no Salvador Perez, Buster Posey, or Yadi Molina, but hes the next best thing. Since none of those guys are going anywhere, Grandal should demand a lot of attention. The veteran is a strong defender who consistently rates well as a pitch-framer, and he has posted an OPS+ of 100 or better in each of his seven seasons.

Interested teams: Seattle, LA, Washington, Boston

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7. Nelson Cruz

Cruz and the Mariners have had about as fruitful a partnership as anyone could have imagined. He’s put up a .923 OPS and cranked 155 home runs. Cruz can still serve as a middle-of-the-order bat for a contender, which means a multiyear deal isn’t out of the question. He will get paid because teams love dingers.

Interested Teams: Seattle, Texas, Oakland

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6. Michael Brantley

Brantley bounced back huge from an injury season and will likely re-sign with his current team (Cleveland Indians). Money is a crazy thing though, he could easily be tempted away by another team. He delivered a .307/.361/.469 slash line while continuing to display elite contact skills. Other than Harper, Brantley is the best outfield free agent available, so the teams that Harper spurns, will want to throw a lot of money his way.

Interested Teams: Cleveland, New York Yankees, Seattle, San Francisco

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5. Dallas Keuchel

Dallas is the 2nd best starting pitcher available this off season, so he will likely wait for Corbin to sign. The guy won a Cy Young in 2015, while he hasn’t lived up to that season, he’s still good. He will demand a good amount of cash, but he’s on the wrong side of 30. A 3-4 year deal is reasonable.

Interested Teams: Houston, Washington, New York Yankees, LA Dodgers, Seattle

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4. Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel is in line for a big pay day, because closers have been cleaning up. He won’t get Chapman money, because he has seen a slight decline. Major League baseball is a wild place, don’t be surprised to see him get way more than Chapman, teams get desperate. He’s a 7 time all star, teams wont forget that.

Interested Teams: Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland

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3. Patrick Corbin

He’s slated to be the top starter on the market, as he’ll be 29 and coming off an All-Star season that’s currently highlighted by a 3.31 ERA and 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings.  Corbin being younger than Darvish was when he signed, the southpaw could see his offers creep toward $150 million.

Interested Teams: Houston, Washington, New York Yankees, LA Dodgers, Seattle, Arizona

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2. Manny Machado

Obviously, Machado is one of the 2 big prizes of this group. At midseason, it looked like he might be in position to surpass Bryce Harper as the top-earning free agent in this class, though a superb second half from Harper and Machado’s return to earth offensively after the All-Star break have substantially reduced the chances of that happening. Make no mistake, though, Machado will get a massive deal that very well could be in excess of seven years if he so desires.

Interested Teams: New York Yankees, Philadelphia, San Diego, LA Dodgers

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1. Bryce Harper

Harper still looms as the prize of this free-agent class, and the only questions are how much money and how many years he’ll get. Will he become baseball’s first $400 million player, as so many have predicted for years? It seems less likely than ever considering his horrid first-half slump and defensive regression, but it’s still within the realm of possibilities, especially if a team like the Phillies or Giants is really desperate to vault itself back into World Series contention next season.

Interested Teams: San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York Yankees, St. Louis, Washington,  Chicago Cubs

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Dustin Poirier is out of UFC 230 due to injury

It’s a wonder if the UFC knew about this and made the Derrick Lewis/DC fight because of it. Derrick Lewis mentioned he didn’t think he deserved a title fight, so why would the UFC make it? Well it seems like they knew they needed a main event.

On the subject of his opponent, Nate Diaz, what will his next move be? It’s not smart business for Diaz to take a replacement fight, he’s in the realm of  big fights, some people even thought Poirier wasn’t big enough. You know what? Screw it, give Diaz the Khabib fight, you can bash it all you want but you know you’re going to watch it.

Also lets be real, this card is fine, because it still has its main event. DC and the Black Beast is going to be fun and fun is just what the UFC needs right now. The Black Beast may not be the super hero the UFC deserves right now, but its the one they need.