NHL Season Power Rankings

I’m breaking down this first ranking into 3 categories. 1-16 are expected playoffs (obviously), 17-25 are all teams that have the potential to sneak into a playoff spot, 26-31 have no chance, they are the bottom feeders. As we know hockey is a crazy sport and any of these teams can become this years Golden Knights.

31. Ottawa Senators

This team is the definition of dumpster fire, seriously check the dictionary…i’ll wait. See, told ya! I feel bad for the players there, cause its obvious that management doesn’t care, this really seems like a ploy to move the team.

30. Detroit Redwings

Can they just hire Yzerman now? They have to start getting some of these big contracts off the books and rebuild, believe it or not, theyre still the oldest team in the league. That’s not exactly how you rebuild a team, if Yzerman can come back home and rebuild this team, he’ll be a hall of fame player and GM.

29. New York Islanders

They lost a pretty key player and couldn’t replace him, new coach Barry Trotz must have seen something with this group when he came here. He has ways of making an average d-core good, but is there any offensive fire power beyond Barzal, Bailey and Lee?

28. Carolina Hurricanes

This is one of the best young defense cores the league has to offer, but can a goalie step up? They also have to be looking forward to some of the young forwards they have as well, but the depth just isn’t there.

27. Chicago Blackhawks

These guys are paying WAY to much money to a small number of players. The biggest issue is that Chicago used to be the masters of finding good bargain guys and drafting well. That hasn’t happened in a few years and they just keep sliding back. Is it time to rebuild, because the defense isn’t getting any younger, in fact its falling apart quicker than anyone could have imagined.

26. Montreal Canadiens

I didn’t put these guys 31st because of Carey Price, but even he may not be able to help this train-wreck. The key is if Shea Weber comes back healthy, because if so, hes dominate. There’s definitely a chance the locker room rallies and plays well despite management, but that doesn’t happen often.

25. Vancouver Canucks

This group is top heavy and their defense isnt very good. The Sedins are gone, its time for this team to find a new idenity, Brock Boeser may be just the guy to do that.

24. New York Rangers

This is the first time in a long time, that you look up and down the Rangers roster and wonder who the hell these kids are. They still have Hank in net so that will add wins to their total, just by him stealing some games. The matter is what direction will this rebuild take?

23. Buffalo Sabres

It seemed to be a complete dismantling in Buffalo, but then turned into a potential playoff team. Jack Eichel needs to breakout into full super star mode and this team will cruise into the playoffs. Rasmus has been widely hyped and a huge campaign from him would boost everyone’s play. Which Rasmus am I talking about? Dahlin is the most obvious answer as the #1 pick, but I meant Ristolainen. Dahlin needs someone else on the blue line to step up and take some of the pressure off him, the 2 Rasmus’s both look to have huge seasons.

22. Edmonton Oilers

They have one of the best players in hockey, top 2 with Crosby, but the holes in this line up are huge. Can Cam Talbot hold the work load? Can the defense stop anyone? We know how good McDavid can be, but when will he become a true leader and elevate this team to where they need to be.?

21. Arizona Coyotes

This team could make the playoffs or finish dead last, such a mystery here. The potential is there, but have they put it together yet? Raanta showed signs of brilliance last season, and a good campaign from him could put this team over the top. The Alex Galchenyuk trade showed that Arizona is attempted to put together a winner now sooner than later. They are a team on the cusp, but how far away is the breakout?

20. Colorado Avalanche

They really surprised everyone last year, and they have some young stud pieces but it doesn’t seem like Sakic has put together the full package yet. Give it a couple years and this could be a cup worthy team similar to how Winnipeg and Tampa have been built.

19. New Jersey Devils

Taylor Hall’s back must really hurt, he won the MVP and carried his team to the playoffs. Nico Hischier needs to continue his break out, his progress is key to this teams success. The health and status of their goaltending is also key, Cory Schneider returning will be huge for this team. Kincaid did fine last year, but a healthy Schneider adds 10+ wins to this teams record.

18. Minnesota Wild

This team is deep, but they have no huge breakouts stars. Staal needs to keep up the huge numbers, because no one else on the team will. This team is built to win, that just hasn’t translated to the playoffs.

17. Dallas Stars

Valeri Nichushkin returning from Russia was bigger than any other free agent signing they could have made, but they also feel short on Karlsson and Tavares. This team wants to win now, so its interesting to see if they continue to try and land a big star.

16. Vegas Golden Knights

They didn’t dwell on their miracle season, instead they made the moves to actually win the cup. Big additons could actually make this team better than last years, but now that teams have seen more of this group as a team, they wont win as many games. That doesn’t mean they can’t get back to the cup or win a lot of games.

15. Anaheim Ducks

They have a stellar D and a great goalie, but those forwards are getting old. Can they make another run before its too late? A youth movement has to be on its way, but for now its still the Perry and Getzlaf show.

14. Calgary Flames

This team made some moves, Real Deal type moves. James Neal joins, Johnny Hockey aka Johnny Ham-n-Cheese, plus Sean Monahan and Matt Thachuk give this team some real offensive threats. The defense is arguably top 5 in the league, so if Mike Smith has a big year this team is more than just a playoff team, they’re a contender.

13. Florida Panthers

Sleep on this team…I dare you. Barkov is the truth and he has pretty good company around him. The make or break is Bobby Lou, hes aging, but one more good run could really put this team over. Luongo doesn’t seem like the guy that will play past his time, so Florida needs to take advantage while they still have time.

12. Columbus Blue Jackets

They have a top 3 goalie, and once Seth Jones gets back they have a top notch d-core. Its just a matter if they can finally put it together and make an epic run, similar to the Jets last season. They desperately have to get past the first round.

11. Philadelphia Flyers

Gritty may push this team to the cup.

Claude Giroux and company have all the fire power to do some damage in the playoffs. The key here will be goaltending, its weak right now, but is Carter Hart really the answer now? He’s young and a huge prospect, but unlike Matt Murray in Pittsburgh, he doesn’t have a Marc Andre as a safety net. If the Flyers score tons of goals but can’t stop anything then Carter may get the call up.

10. Boston Bruins

Boston exceeded exceptions last year with standout young studs, but will there be a sophomore slump? Even with a slight slump this is still a good team, everything rest on Tukka though. He plays almost every game, so if he gets off to a rough start, the Bruins fall with him.

9. Toronto Maple Leafs

They are going for it, signing Tavares makes them a fancy Cup pick, but lets not forget the defense isn’t that good. Its middle of the league at best, but that doesn’t mean they win a lot. The key is that defense usually gets exposed in the playoffs.

8. LA Kings

This team is all in, they need to win now. Its only a matter of time before this turns into a Blackhawks situation, with all the absurd contracts. This team has a core of players who have won multiple Stanley Cups, no reason to believe they can’t do it again.

7. St. Louis Blues

If any teams made all the right moves, its the Blues. They need to improve their power play, the acquisitions they made should do just that. If Jake Allen takes the strides he needs to become a top goaltender then there may be no stopping this team.

6. San Jose Sharks

This team did nothing in the off season to improve, they wont have the best defense in the league either. Seriously though the addition of Karlsson puts the San Jose vets on notice, this is the best chance they’ve had to win in a long time. Hopefully some of these guys find the fountain of youth, like Thornton and Pavelski.

5. Washington Capitals

There’s a chance the Caps can repeat, but it’s way more of a possibility that they don’t. They did everything they could to resign everyone, but now for the first time ever, the target is on their back. This team will be good, but can they repeat, its the story that will haunt them all year.

4. Winnipeg Jets

This team has to believe its Stanley Cup or bust, they did everything but reach that point last year. Yes, they lost 4-1 to Vegas but every game was close and they never seemed to get completely out played. If they play with something to prove then they could end up with the best record in the league, but never leave out the option that they blame everyone but themselves for failing to make it all the way last year.

3. Nashville Predators

This team has to feel forgot about, everyone wants the new shiny toy (Vegas, Winnipeg), but the West still belongs to Smashville. They have just as good a defense as San Jose, maybe the best goalie in the league, and great top line forwards. This is the team to beat in the West, but they have to win a cup to make people remember how good they are.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins

Falling short of the cup, after back-to-back, might actually benefit the Penguins. They got some rest, Matt Murray needed it, the whole team probably needed it. They have a Stanley Cup worthy team, just because 1 year has passed doesn’t mean we should forget how good these guys are. It seems like Sidney Crosby enjoys reminding people that this is his league until he retires, why should this year be any different.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

A model of depth, the Lightning boast the best top-nine forward combinations in the league. They’re coming off three deep playoff runs in the past four springs, so perhaps this is the season it all comes together. This is the most complete team the NHL has to offer this year, but the NHL proves time and time again that a super team doesn’t guarantee a championship.

 

 

Way to Early NHL Playoff Predictions

Lets take a look at the predicted 2018-2019 playoff teams. I wont go round for round…yet, just looking at who will slip in where.

Eastern

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

WC2. Columbus Bluejackets

The Jackets were the wild card last year and project around that this year. Can Bob get it done in the playoffs? Tampa is a power house and their window for the cup is closing, this is the time for them to step up. Plus I truly think this years team is better than last.

2. Toronto Maple Leafs

3. Boston Bruins

The Leafs are going to win a lot of regular season games, but if they meet a team like Boston in the first round then their defense will get exposed. I truly believe the Leafs won’t make it far in the playoffs, Boston has just to team to ride out the offense and crush the Leafs in the end.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins

WC1. Florida Panther

I think Florida gets in the playoffs this year, their roster is starting to mature, and they have more depth than a team like New Jersey. The biggest question for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray, can he rebound from a shaky season and playoffs? If he plays to his potential the Penguins are cup favorites again. Pittsburgh is a dynasty with Crosby and one more cup would more than solidify that.

2. Philadelphia Flyers

3. Washington Capitals

Hot take, but the Capitals will suffer a slight hangover from their cup win, this team is more than talented enough for the playoffs, but teams usually have a layover after cups wins. If its not this round then seeing their rival Penguins in the next round, they will get a wake up call. Plus the Flyers have Gritty now, I don’t know how I didn’t put them first for that reason.

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Western

1. Nashville Predators

WC2. Calgary Flames

The Flames are going to surprise people this year, they have an underrated froward group and very solid toward the top of the league d-core. The problem will be that Nashville is 1A-1B with San Jose in best defense, and their forwards compliment that very well. The Flames should look at making the playoffs as a win, because they are going to run into a buzzsaw no matter who’s first in either division.

2. Winnipeg Jets

3. St. Louis Blues

The Jets are an absolute wagon this year, but the Blues have made the moves to be right there with them. This match up is the reason I didn’t do a full playoff preview, either one of these team is good enough to take the #1 seed from Nashville.

1. San Jose Sharks

WC1. Vegas Golden Knights

The Knights are good enough to make the playoffs again, but their record won’t be as good. This team made some solid moves, time will tell how those pieces fit in. The Sharks on the other hand are tending up, a veteran team that now has 2 of the leagues top 3 defensemen. The window is closing for a few guys on this team, so they are going to hunker down and grind teams away. The Sharks wont likely sweep anyone, but they will psychically break teams down.  The problem will be when they play who ever comes out of the central, because they will be able to do it right back.

2. LA Kings

3. Anaheim Ducks

The Kings are just solid front to back, they have legit stars in every area. Its all about balance for LA and that bods well in the playoffs. The Ducks have an aging forward crew who knows when to step up, but the key to their success is the defense, they have arguably a top 5…at least top 10 crew on the blue line and a good goalie. Both these teams are built for long runs in the playoffs.

Week 3 Power Rankings

The NFL is a wild world, any team can win on any given Sunday. This week was just more proof of that. It was a huge wake up call for some of the leagues Super Bowl favorites. (Last Weeks Rankings)

32. Las Vegas  Oakland Raiders (28)

Gruden isnt made for this day and ages NFL. This team is absolutely lifeless, that’s what happens when you rip out someones heart (Mack). This team just isn’t any good, they might steal a win or 2 this year, but lets not get too crazy.

31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

Rosen looks to be the starter moving forward, thats the most positive thing that could happen. The Cards are bottom feeders, they could have won that game against Chicago, but thats how bad they really are.

30. Houston Texans (27)

Seriously, this team was supposed to be good, right? This could have been a turning point win for Houston, but instead lost to an average Giants team. This is the best of the no-win teams, but that still means they suck.

29. Detroit Lions (30)

Really didn’t see this coming, but the Lions beat the Patriots. They are going to have to do way more than this win to prove me wrong. String together more wins and we’ll see them move up the list.

28. Dallas Cowboys (18)

Dak just isn’t that good, I’m saying it here, he wont be a starting qb in this league within the next couple years. His short comings were masked by a top offensive line, now that line is banged up, Dak is exposed. I bumped this team up last week for their gritty win, but they got knocked back down a peg losing to Seattle.

27. Seattle Seahawks (26)

The Seahawks lost a spot in the rankings but won? Yea because they beat the Cowboys, who are a dumpster fire. If the Seahawks would have lost they would have been right there with the Cardinals and Raiders, but for now they’ve stopped the bleeding. One win against a worse team means nothing right now.

26. New York Jets (25)

Sam Darnold has turnover issues, that was a criticism during the draft, that problem has not been fixed. Cleveland is just a better team (yea, i said it) so losing here shouldn’t have been a surprise. Darnold needs to work on the turnovers and the Jets could easily end up in the 8-8 range, but he continues this trend they may only win 3 games.

25. Buffalo Bills (32)

THEY WON! No thanks to Nathan Peterman being trash, Josh Allen really stepped up here. The Bills took a large jump because they clicked on all cylinders and beat a very good team. What a difference a week can make. They thought they were playing in Wisconsin, but they actually play the team from Wisconsin next week. Green Bay will show us real quick if this weeks win was a fluke.

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24. Indianapolis Colts (22)

Andrew Luck just isn’t all there, they could so easily be 3-0, but instead they are a mess. The offense can even get over 300 yards, but the defense is holding opponents to a respectable amount of points each game the last 2 games, so that’s a positive if Luck can figure it out.

23. New York Giants (29)

The Giants finally won, shouldn’t have but they did. Barkley showed off his brilliance and Eli had his best game. The offensive line is trash, so the next 4 weeks against 2017 playoff teams should be real interesting to watch.

22. San Francisco 49ers (19)

The Chiefs blew up the 9ers, they attempted a comeback in the 2nd half, but it was too much. They look to have lost Jimmy G for the year, because he wasn’t smart enough to go out of bounds. It doesn’t look good for these guys, wouldn’t be surprised if they went out and got a qb just to salvage the season since its still early. Is it worth it though, with the way the defense is playing? Maybe go after Fitz-Magic, once Jameis is back, doubtful but it sounds fun.

21. Atlanta Falcons (12)

The Falcons are in real trouble, injuries have made this defense one of the leagues worst. Matt Ryan and Julio will win them games, but as this week proved, its not always going to be enough.

20. Los Angeles Chargers (15)

The best thing the Chargers can look forward to, is that their schedule softens up a bit. They have already played the leagues best 2 team in 3 weeks, but remember when everyone said the Chargers were supposed to be that good too? I remember and I wont forget. I judge this team harder just for that reason.

19. Tennessee Titans (21)

How did this team win? Wow. Give this team some credit, they are grinding out wins without Mariota. If Mariota comes back firing then this team can make the playoffs, but the defense also has to keep up this pace. Things are very shaky in Nashville, after 3 weeks there’s no telling where this team will end up, its in their hands.

18. New England Patriots (6)

Is New England actually not that good? I’m not buying that yet, but they’re getting dropped big in the rankings until they figure it out. We can’t just have the Pats in the top 10 because of the past. New England host the undefeated Dolphins next week, a lot of questions will be answered.

17. Cleveland Browns (24)

I purposely put Cleveland right ahead of New England, they do have a better record, so back off. Mayfield’s debut was the thing of legends, so making him the starter is a no-brainer. He was extremely efficient and made all the right reads, and remember the Browns could easily be 3-0 right now. This team can be dangerous if they get the winning mindset, I think Baker brings that.

16. Denver Broncos (11)

The luck ran out Sunday in Baltimore. Partly, Sunday’s 13-point loss was the fault of quarterback Case Keenum, who threw a devastating interception late. It was Keenum’s fifth pick of the year, and he’s thrown at least one in all three games. But it wasn’t Keenum’s fault the Broncos committed 13 penalties that cost Denver 120 yards. Keenum doesn’t look like the answer at quarterback, but ill hold my tongue until we get later in the season.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (16)

Pittsburgh tried to give this game away, but barely held on. Big Ben put on a passing clinic and James Conner made plays when he had to. The NFL’s most penalized team piled up 13 more for 155 yards. A defense that has struggled late in games did so again. And kicker Chris Boswell missed multiple kicks for the second time in three games—including an extra point. The fact that Boswell is one of the best kickers in the league and is struggling like he is, just makes you think that things aren’t right with that entire team. Time will tell.

14. Minnesota Vikings (2)

This team bought too much into their own hype, so I’m putting them in their place, until they become the team they’re supposed to be. It was a disaster. It was embarrassing. And it raised a whole bunch of questions about just how good these Vikings really are. The Bills could have woke a beast or they could have exposed a fraud.

13. New Orleans Saints (17)

This is team is solid, Brees and company help make up for a bad defense, but im not sold on them being top 10 yet. The defense is so bad, they can lose to any team at any time.

12. Green Bay Packers (8)

Rodgers is banged up and obviously still in pain, its surprising they’re even letting him play. Luckily, the schedule over the next few weeks is sof, a home date with Buffalo, a trip to Detroit and a visit from the 49ers. After that comes the bye and then a trip to L.A. to play the big bad Rams. They will need that bye week, but have to survive until then.

11. Cincinnati Bengals  (7)

Sunday marked the first of four games in five weeks for the Bengals against playoff teams from last year. The first test of just how good these Bengals are. A.J. Green’s injury is the real key here, they have a tough stretch, so missing him will be huge. The Bengals are off to a good start, they lost to a good Carolina team, but Dalton can’t throw 4 interceptions. If that trend continues, mixed with Green’s injury, the Bengals may continue to fall.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3)

This team deserves to be in the top 10 still, they lost and Fitz-magic fizzled a little, but they adjusted and almost pulled off the comeback. It should be real interesting to see how the team reacts when Jameis gets back, it could either propel the team or crash them. They cant worry about that now, because they play a very good Bears team next week.

9. Washington Redskins (23)

I’m starting to come around on Washington, when Adrian Peterson is on, this team is one of the leagues best. This is exactly where Washington wants to be going into a bye, because they get Nola and Carolina back to back. If this team is really that dependent on Peterson it may not be a good sign, but we will see how they adjust with a week off.

8. Carolina Panthers (13)

This is the best team in the NFC South, that’s just my opinion, but I like my opinion. They play their own brand of football and with McCaffery, they’re even more dangerous. What sets the Panthers apart from the rest of the South is their defense, its the key to them winning the division. The way the offense runs the ball and grinds down the clock, it gives the defense plenty of time to plot their next move.

7. Baltimore Ravens (14)

This team can easily make the playoffs, it won’t be exciting but they can. The proved they can win games even when everything’s not clicking. With how questionable their division is, Flacco & Co can make waves, then before you know it end up with 12 wins. I bumped Baltimore up solely on the fact that they were down and showed they wouldn’t give up.

6. Chicago Bears (20)

I never thought they would be a top 10 team, which is why i had them at 20 last week, but they earned it…kinda. They are ranked here because of their defense and on the assumption Mitchell Trubisky can do just enough to win games. This team has a tough road in a tough division but a defense this solid, with Mack at the helm, the sky is the limit for these guys.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (4)

A top 5 team that couldn’t even score a touchdown last week?! It’s hard to believe the Jaguars who blasted the Patriots are the same team that managed just six points in Week 3 against a mediocre Tennessee Titans squad. After throwing for well over 350 yards and four touchdowns last week, Blake Bortles had just 155 passing yards against the Titans. Jacksonville had just 232 yards of total offense as a team. But guess what? The defense didn’t falter, same as the Bears, until the defense falls apart this is a really good team. We cant take them seriously as Super Bowl contenders but we can take them seriously as a threat to any team in the league.

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4. Miami Dolphins (10)

You might not think they’re that good but they haven’t lost yet. If this was college football, this is exactly where the Dolphins would be ranked. The last time the Dolphins started 3-0 (2013) Miami proceeded to lose four in a row, finishing 8-8 and out of the postseason. But 3-0 is 3-0…and after coming back to down the Raiders at home in Week 3, the Dolphins are in a position that has historically produced many more playoff trips than not.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5)

Carson Wentz is back…and he struggled, but this team proved it can win when it’s not 100%. Injuries on offense (Ajayi, Jeffey) hurt Carson, so did the turnovers, but the guy just got back from a serious injury. When this team is healthy they will be looking at a winning record, not having to climb out of a hole will be huge for this team. They’re dangerous and have no problem reminding teams they are defending champs.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2)

What an offensive juggernaut, Mahomes is the truth, hes proved that through 3 games. Will he cool down? Yes, but with all the weapons they have they’re still going to put up points. Eventually someone is going to light this defense up with so many points, that the offense can’t catch up. So far, that hasn’t happened, next Monday is a big rivalry game versus Denver.

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1. Los Angeles Rams (1)

Super Team? Maybe not, but they are about as close as it gets. Losing Marcus Peters wont help, but this team should be able to withstand for a few weeks until hes back. The Rams haven’t had a tough schedule yet, so next week vs the Vikings should give us a real report on how good this team really is. 1038899262.jpg.0.jpg

Top 10 Best Teams of the 90’s

10.  Atlanta Braves

95′ World Series Champs

Lost in World Series 91, 92, 96, 99

This team made it to 5 world series in the 90’s, too bad they only won once. They had one of the best rotations in history and destroyed during the regular season. They were a great team, but likely will be remembered for only winning once out of 5 attempts.

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9. Toronto Blue Jays

World Series Champs 92, 93

The Jays went back to back in their only world Series appearances. Lead by dominate offenses in both wins, the Jays were lead by Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. Those two were the main stays in each win. The 93 team was easily the more domiante of the 2 rolling out a line that featured Devon White, Alomar, Paul Molitor, Carter and John Olerud, batting first through fifth for the Jays most games, Rickey Henderson joined the Jays on July 31st and was placed second in the batting order. That’s 6 all-stars all in row, opposing pitchers didn’t stand a chance.

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8. Houston Rockets

NBA Champs 94, 95

The Rockets were the only other team, not named the Bulls, to win multiple titles in the 90’s. Rudy Tomjanovich played his entire career for the Rockets, and was a natural choice to become their new head coach after 9 years of being an assistant. Hakeem Olajuwon was in the pinnacle of his career when the Rockets won their championships, we was named finals MVP in both series. Hakeem won the 94 title almost single handly, but in 95 the Rockets struggled, so they made a huge trade for Hakeem’s former college teammate Clyde Drexler. Clyde propelled the Rockets threw the playoffs and Hakeem outplayed a young Shaquille Oneal to clinch his second finals MVP.

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7. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl winners 94

This team only won once in the 90s but gets a bump for continuing their dynasty after 4 titles in the 80’s. The 49ers made the playoffs 8 of 10 years during the decade, and extremely impressive feet on its own. The 49ers also get a bump over teams who have won multiple championships because of how dominate they won, they beat the Chargers 49-26. This was Steve Young’s only championship as a starter, but the Hall of Famer made it count winning MVP.

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6. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl Champs 97, 98

During the 97′ season, John Elway and  Terrell Davis helped guide the Broncos to their first Super Bowl victory, a 31–24 win over the defending champion Green Bay Packers. Davis rushed for 157 yards and a Super Bowl–record three touchdowns to earn the Super Bowl MVP—this while overcoming a severe migraine headache that caused him blurred vision. The Broncos repeated as Super Bowl champions the following season, defeating the Atlanta Falcons (led by Elway’s longtime head coach Dan Reeves), 34–19. Elway was named Super Bowl MVP.

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5. Pittsburgh Penguins

Stanley Cup Champs 91, 92

Mario Lemieux couldn’t carry the Penguins by himself so before the 91 season Pittsburgh loaded up in an effort to support their star. Free agent signings (Bryan Trottier) and trades (Joe Mullen, Larry Murphy, Ron Francis and Ulf Samuelsson) played a major part of this. Arguably no move was bigger during this time than when the Penguins drafted Jaromir Jagr with the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Draft.  The following season, the team lost coach Bob Johnson to cancer, and Scotty Bowman took over as coach. Under Bowman, they swept the Chicago Blackhawks to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Its a real wonder how many more Pittsburgh could have won if Mario hadn’t been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma the next season. Lemieux had success after returning from cancer, but the Penguins just couldn’t get back to where they were, despite making the playoffs 5 more years in a row.

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4. Detroit Redwings

Stanley Cup Champs 96, 97

Yes, the Wings and Penguins both won 2 cups in the 90’s but the Wings get the better spot because of their unreal regular seasons. The Red Wings also appeared in 3 cups, losing in 94′. Its hard to believe that before Detroit won in 96, they had the leagues longest title drought. The teams were full of Hall of Famers, and the teams success continued into the 2000’s winning twice.

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3. Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl Champs 92, 93, 95

Despite numerous internal issues the Cowboys were simply too good to fail, at least they thought. If Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson could have co existed, there has to be some wonder as to how many more titles they could have won. The team was filled with Hall of Fame players and the Cowboys earned the nickname “America’s Team”.  Winning that many titles in that span is extremely difficult to do and has only been done by the Patriots of the 00’s.

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2. Chicago Bulls

NBA Champs 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98

The Bulls won 6 championships during the 90’s, shouldn’t they be the #1 team? Actually, Michael Jordan won 6 championships, when he retired to play baseball, the Bulls didn’t do anything in the playoffs. So they are #2 because their success all hinged on one player. Pippen, Rodman, and Horace Grant all played parts at different times, but Jordan was the key.  Two different 3 peats, that’s extremely impressive, but it almost hurts their cause and makes the NBA look weak. Also hurting their ranking is that they aren’t the only dynasty in NBA history, there’s a lot actually, too many to be honest. Loses the league a lot of credibility that one team just dominates each era. In the 50s the Minneapolis Lakers won 5 titles, the 60’s the Boston Celtics 9, the 80’s Lakers won 5, the 90’s the bulls obviously won 6, the 00’s Lakers won 5 and Golden State has already won 3 in the 2010’s. So since the 50’s the 70’s are the only decade without a dynasty. So are the Bulls 6 championships really that impressive?

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1. New York Yankees

World Series Champions 96, 98, 99

I don’t like the Yankees as much as the next guy, but they were really good in the 90s. The 98 Yankees are widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest teams in baseball history, compiling a then-AL record 114 regular season wins against just 48 losses and then sweeping the Padres in the 98 World Series. Their 125 combined regular and postseason wins is an MLB single-season record. Unlike the Bulls of the 90’s the Yankees had a lot of competition and easily could have been swapped on this list by the Braves who they played twice, the Blue Jays also won 2 titles during that time. The steroid era was the most competitive in baseball history, and the team featured numerous Hall of Fame players, among some of the greatest of all time, such a Derek Jeter and Mariano Riveria.

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Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Week 2 proved that evaluating a season based on one game is crazy. So now that we have another weeks of games, lets see where teams have landed.

32. Buffalo Bills

Wow these guys are bad, what else is there to say. The Cardinals are quickly catching up to the worst, but Buffalo remains here because THEY HAD A FREAKIN GUY RETIRE AT HALFTIME!!

31. Arizona Cardinals

I honestly didn’t think they would be this bad. I’m usually against starting rookies right away but how can this get worse. Fitzgerald doesn’t have many years left, let Rosen have a hall of fame target to throw to for as long as possible. David Johnson is also being wasted, that will happen when you have a dumpster fire at quarterback. Nathan Peterman was at the top of my most hated quarterback list, but Sam Bradford is skyrocketing up that list.

30. Detroit Lions

Ummmm How much are they paying Matthew Stafford? Obviously too much, that’s the answer. He didn’t play terrible this week, but its still his fault, because now they cant afford a defense.  They got a new coach for a reason, but Patricia better figure it out quick. At least Arizona and Buffalo can be optimistic because the have young promising quarterbacks, the Lions are in a full spiral with nothing to look forward too.

29. New York Giants

Hey Eli…bro, seriously…retire already man. OBJ and Barkley are being wasted as talents with Eli at the helm.  The offensive line is garbage, i get it, but once again, if they weren’t paying Eli and OBJ so much maybe they could afford someone decent. Do you see the trend here. They are going to blow up for 50 points against someone, eventually, in week 14 or 15, maybe.

28. Oakland Raiders

How many years into Gruden’s massive contract do you think hes going to make it? I say 2, calling it now. Oakland had that game against the Broncos and blew it, that says something about the attitude in the locker room. You have to lock it down and close out a game, that’s why they brought Gruden in wasn’t it?

27. Houston Texans

This team was getting picked for the Super Bowl and Watson was in talks as a dark horse for the MVP. Ok now lets get back to reality, they beat the Titans in every stat, but the finals score. This team could easily win 8 or 9 games if they figure it out, but they just lost to a Mariota-less Titans team, they have to figure some things out.

26. Seattle Seahawks

I thought about putting them at 32, I really did., but in 2015 they started 0-2 and made the playoffs. This team has a knack for turning things around and ill give them a chance to do that. The offensive line is terrible, which is a common factor in these bad teams. Lets also remember that the 2015 team was a good team that started 0-2, just had some things to adjust, I don’t think this is that team.

25. New York Jets

Turnovers…turnovers. Sam Darnold is going to have nightmares of that one word. They outgained Miami, but then instead of points, gave the ball away. That’s going to lose games in the NFL.

24. Cleveland Browns

This team should be 2-0 but that’s how football works. The Browns are cursed, but they show so much potential, eventually they will win a game. Things don’t seems to be looking up with the trade of Josh Gordon, but only time will tell if the Dawg Pound will ever celebrate a victory.

23. Washington Redskins

Washington exposed Arizona for how bad they really are, then got exposed themselves. They didn’t run into a buzz saw, the Colts weren’t that good either, sloppy game won by the team who was a little less sloppy. Just sloppy, think they miss Kirk Cousins?

22. Indianapolis Colts

They won a game, end of analysis. It wasn’t pretty but the defense shut down Washington when it was time, the redzone. Those are good baby steps to be making, learn to hold the lead and win. Next step can be making it look pretty.

21. Tennessee Titans

The Titans got out gained in every aspect, but they won. They also did it with a back up quarterback, so no real reason to complain here. Gabbert was about as average as it could get and didn’t make any mistakes. Should be interesting to see if they can keep up the momentum when Mariota comes back.

20. Chicago Bears

This team can be good and surprise people. If Mitchell Trubisky and the offense can find the same sort of consistency and come close to matching the defense’s level of play, then this could be a very dangerous football team. Its more than a fact that the defense is filthy and Mack is worth the money, now they needs to round out the edges.

19. San Francisco 49ers

They won, but its not a great sign going into next week against the Chiefs. The Lions eventually got back in the game and that team sucks. They need to put teams away, I still think this is a playoff team, Garoppolo looked good here and so did the running game. Those two factors will have to continue being consistent for the rest of the year.

18. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are good in the trenches, that’s never a bad problem to have. They just don’t have anyone to throw the ball to. They’re going to lose to the offensive juggernauts but grind out and win a lot of other games, just like this one.

17. New Orleans Saints

How the mighty have fallen, the Saints could be 0-2 right now if Cleveland had a kicker.  This team is good enough to rumble off 8 straight wins, but for now they are 1-1. The defense has to get better and that’s not an over night fix.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers

The final score does not reflect how bad Pittsburgh got beat Sunday. The Chiefs dominated them, they crept into the game late but there wasn’t enough time. A tie with the Browns, now getting slaughtered, neither are good signs for the season. The Steelers would be more entertaining as a reality show at this point.

15. San Diego Chargers

Lets not all get back on the Charger bandwagon, here people. They beat the Bills, that’s it. This team has all the potential in the world, the coming weeks will be the real test, not the Bills.

14. Baltimore Ravens

As it turns out, Baltimore’s Week 1 pounding of the Buffalo Bills may have said a lot more about how bad the Bills are than how good the Ravens are. The final score of Thursday’s game isn’t indicative of just how soundly the Ravens were pounded by the Bengals early on in that game. Once inside linebacker C.J. Mosley left the field with a knee injury, a Baltimore defense that looked dominant against Buffalo had no answer against the Bengals. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco also took a big step backward. Yes, Flacco threw for 376 yards, but he completed less than 60 percent of his passes and turned the ball over three times. In conclusion, this is proof not to over react after 1 damn game.

13. Carolina Panthers

Atlanta and Carolina are an underrated rivalry, they beat the crap out of each other. Carolina had a huge opportunity to put Atlanta in an 0-2 hole, but now they back to even with each other. They will continue to do this for the rest of history, or until Ryan and Newton leave at least. The Falcons were battered and bruised this really should have been a game they won.

12. Atlanta Falcons

See my above rant about Carolina and Atlanta beating each other up. The Falcons over came injury and have bounced back to 1-1. It was a closely fought game by two teams that gained almost identical yardage, but the Falcons made the plays they had to to avoid the dreaded 0-2 hole. These injuries could come back to bite the Falcons or they can use it as motivation.

11. Denver Broncos

The Broncos are undefeated. They may be the worst undefeated team in the league, but is that really the worst thing that could happen? Keenum wasn’t pretty but got the ball in areas they could score, he really needs to cut down the interceptions. Denver is finding away to win and thats all fans can really hope for.

10. Miami Dolphins

Start putting some respect on Miami’s name. They are finding ways to win, thats not too bad. The Dolphins ran for more yards than Ryan Tannehill passed for at the Meadowlands. Miami was outgained by the Jets, 362-257. And yet, thanks in large part to three Jets turnovers, the Dolphins managed to eke out a win. Lets wait to crown them a playoff team until they play the Patriots in a few weeks, but for now enjoy the top 10.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fitz-Magic is real and alive in Tampa. All Fitz did was throw for 402 yards and four more scores as the Bucs raced out to a 27-7 lead and then held on for one of the week’s most surprising outcomes—again. The Eagles didn’t play terrible, Tampa just looked really good. I’m very much on the edge of my seat waiting for what is to come.

8. Green Bay Packers

This was 2 elite teams going head to head. Crosby had a chance to win it late, but 52 yard kicks aren’t the easiest things to make. Ties suck, but Green Bay knows they can hang with anyone now. They have possibly had the 2 toughest opening games out of anyone in the league. The only criticism is that they had a lead most of the game and let it go, but then again it was against the Vikings, so its a win-win or lose-lose however you look at it.

7. Cincinnati Bengals

No way this team is for real right? Over the next month, the Bengals play at Carolina and Atlanta before hosting the Dolphins and Steelers. Three of those teams made the playoffs in 2017, and the Bengals have lost their last six match ups with Pittsburgh. The ongoing debate about whether the Bengals are contenders or pretenders is likely going to be settled over that span.

6. New England Patriots

The Pats just got a wake up call….so they traded for Josh Gordon. Time will tell if this brings them back to life, but with how good some of these other AFC teams are playing, Bill & Brady better work up some of that magic.

5. Philadelphia Eagles

They got torched in the air by Fitz-Magic, but is this because Tampa has been so good or the Eagles are all of a sudden bad? Teams lose games, that happens, and Philly lost to a good Tampa team. Foles also played well, but it was too late for any real comeback. People want Wentz back and it looks like that time has come, so we will see if that shifts an attitude in the Eagles locker room. This is a very good team, no one in the league will sleep on them just because of this lose.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

This team is legit, they are extremely talented and dare i say it….Bortles is looking real good. Leonard Fournette is out, so the Jags had to throw and Bortles did not disappoint. They plan and simple kicked New England’s ass, and getting revenge on the AFC title game is just what they needed to hit that next gear. The score does not give justice to how good Jacksonville looked.

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Is six touchdowns good? It sounds good. For the second straight game, the Kansas City offense was an absolute juggernaut. Mahomes threw touchdown strikes to five different receivers. Over the first three starts of his NFL career, Mahomes has thrown 10 touchdown passes—an NFL record. As the season goes on the holes in the defense will become more of an issue, should be very interesting how Andy Reid adjust.

2. Minnesota Vikings

Rookie kicker Daniel Carlson had a pair of opportunities in overtime to first give Minnesota a lead and then win the game as the clock hit triple zeros. The not-so-special special teams ruined a phenomenal outing from Cousins, who threw for 425 yards. Spoiled a chance for the Vikings to send a message that they’re the team to beat in the NFC. The Vikes signed the best kicker available, in Dan Bailey, so hopefully this doesn’t happen again.

1. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams haven’t played anyone yet, but who they’ve played, they’ve dominated. That’s exactly what a Super Bowl caliber team is supposed to do. They are firing on all cylinders, Todd Gurley looks like an MVP and Jared Goff isn’t far behind. McVay has this team rolling, just have to keep the train on the tracks

Best Fictional Movie Character Athletes for Each Sport

Movies have been made about just every sport we can think of, we grow to love these characters. But who is the best in their respective sports, we take a look. The only real criteria for this is that person has to be fictional, tons of true stories have been made, we already know how great they are.

Golf

Honorable menton:

Chubbs Peterson (Happy Gilmore)

Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore)

Roy McAvoy (Tin Cup)

Danny Noonan, Ty Webb, (Caddy Shack)

Winner: Happy Gilmore

Gilmore is the G.O.A.T., the guy didn’t even know how to golf at first. He was a hockey player that decided to golf, that makes it even more impressive. His long drive was on point, and he adjusted his short game to win. That’s the markings of a real pro, with the memory of Chubbs on his mind Gilmore would win a green jacket. Oops I meant Gold jacket, who really gives a shit. Either way Gilmore was a character he drove up attendance and ratings for the PGA. He did more for the game than any other character.

Basketball

Honorable mentions

Air Bud

Bugs Bunny (Space Jam)

All the players from Blue Chips

Jesus Shuttlesworth (He Got Game)

Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle (White Men Can’t Jump)

Winner: Jackie Moon

I shouldn’t even have to explain this, but I will. Jackie was an owner, coach and player, that’s so much pressure! His team got robbed of becoming an NBA team, people dont forget they got 4th place. I’d say Monix and Clarence played key parts on the team but none of that would have happened without “Love Me, Sexy”

Baseball

Honorable mentions

I love baseball movies and my honorable mentions could go on for days. Movies like Bull Durham, Major League, Angels in the Outfield, Rookie of the Year, Sandlot, A League of Their Own, Little Big League, Bad News Bears, this goes on, so ill just skip straight to the winner. Don’t forget about Kenny Powers either, he was on tv show, but still its Kenny F’in Powers.

Winner: Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez

He is fast, smart and can make good contact with the ball. And judging from the long scene where The Jet is running from The Beast, Rodriguez has had stamina and agility from a young age. There are not many movie shortstops, or players in general, who can compete with Rodriguez. Plus Rodriguez grows up to have an absolutely amazing stache with the Dodgers.

Football

Honorable mention (Don’t forget that “Remember the Titans” was true story)

Willie Beaman (Any Given Sunday)

Megget (Longest Yard)

Spike – (LITTLE GIANTS)

Becky “Ice Box” O’Shea – (LITTLE GIANTS)

Shane Falco – (The Replacements)

Winner: Bobby Boucher (Waterboy)

He literally had quarterbacks begging for their lives at the line of scrimmage. In his first football game he ever played, Bobby set the NCAA record with 16 sacks in a single game against West Mississippi. The guy is an absolute unit and has an amazing football sense, he sees the field like Ray Lewis and is a leader in the locker room. Remember when Bobby Boucher showed up at half time and the MudDogs won the Bourbon Bowl? Do Ya?

Hockey

Honorable Mention (There’s so many just like baseball, but for this ill do a top 10, no particular order)

Reggie Dunlop (Slap Shot)

Gunnar Stahl (D2: The Mighty Ducks)

Gordon Bombay (Mighty Ducks Franchise)

John Biebe (Mystery, Alaska)

Derek Sutton (Youngblood)

Connor Banks (Mystery, Alaska)

Xavier LaFlamme (Goon)

Julie ‘The Cat’ Gaffney (The Mighty Ducks)

Wolf “The Dentist” Stansson (D2: The Mighty Ducks)

Winner: Dean Youngblood (Youngblood)

For true hockey fans this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Its widely argued in the hockey community, but this guy is always right at the top.

Youngblood was one of the purest goal scorers on any roster of any team in any hockey movie. After all, how else would a skinny kid who can’t fight make a team in a Canadian Junior Hockey League? Dean’s goal-scoring ability translated to junior hockey, but it took him a while until his physical play improved. Youngblood demonstrated the total package in the last game of the season. His penalty shot goal sealed the championship for the Mustangs, and his victory in a fight against Racki cemented his position as a true all-around player.