Oopps..they did it again! Giants deny Patriots for the 2nd time in 5 years

6 02 2012
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Well, the NY Giants behind the arms of Eli Manning won against Tom Brady’s New England Patroits. The AFC Champs Pats were practically leading the whole game only to be overtaken at the last minute when the Giants scored a touchdown in an 88 yard drive.

If Federer found a Nadal and Nadal finding a Djokovic; the Pats now have the Giants as their slayer/kryptonite. 5 years after being denied of a perfect season, the Giants gave the countless Patroits fans worldwide another heartache.

The teams were pretty even. The QBs were stellar. In the end, the Giants are victorious. Congratulations to the New York Giants!!!

Sports and Religion: Tebowing and the ban of Iranian football players

3 11 2011

Tebowing 😉

Over the past week, a new phenomenon called Tebowing went viral. Tebowing is a gesture started by Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow after leading the Broncos to an amazing comeback victory over the winless Miami Dolphins last week. The new fad that is making “planking” a thing of the past even caught the attention of Tebow’s opponents. On week 8, the Broncos faced a very disruptive Detroit Lions defense. In one play, Tim Tebow was sacked by LB Justin Durant. Guess, what happened next? Durant did a Tebowing on Tebow to celebrate his sack.

When ex-Broncos Tight End Tony Scheffler scored a touchdown later in the game, he did his own little version of Tebowing:

Well, what the the Lions players did garnered different reactions from NFL fans. Some got mad, some found it amusing, some even found it disrespectful. The league or the US Congress did not make it a serious issue though. If it were in the other part of the world, punishment could be harsh.

In Iran, a football player is facing suspension after doing an outrageous and inappropriate act during a football goal celebration. We are talking about real football here not the American version with helmets and pads. Mohammad Nosrati appeared to put his hands between the buttocks of his teammate when Persepolis scored a goal in their game this weekend.

The deed did not become “Nosrating” and go viral like Tebowing but it caught the attention of a cleric who happened to be a member of the Iran Parliament. He lambasted the “celebration” and called for some sanctions. Jalal Yahyazadeh even wanted that the country’s sports minister to be held accountable.

The incidents over the weekend could show that sports and religion cannot mix in strict sense. Nothing can easily escape the “world” in the age of video cameras and youtube. Little acts like these can be blown out of proportion and can even lead to irking some powerful people. The reactions in the east and west might be different, but for at least week, football (American or not) has some kind of political and religious flavor. 😉

NFL 2011: Only 2 winless teams left after Week 8; Rams finally win

31 10 2011
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The wait is over for the Saint Louis Rams. The World Series victory of the St. Louis Cardinals might have inspired the ex-winless Rams to believe that victories are made on the field and not on paper. They were surely big underdogs. Even the Rams diehards could attest that they did not expect the win this week. The  Rams won against the Saints and they leave behind the Colts and Dolphins in the winless list. Here are the game recaps of the games of the winless this week:

New Orleans Saints (5-3) 21 – 31 St. Louis Rams (1-6)

No Sam Bradford, no problem for the Rams as A.J. Feeley stepped in and veteran RB Steven Jackson carried the Rams to their first victory of the season. After scoring 62 points last week, Drew Brees and the Saints started very slow and they allowed the Rams to take a 17-0 lead. The Rams extended the lead to 24-0 after Jackson scored his second touchdown. St. Louis just held on from that point and win in front some members of the 2011 World Series Champs. Jackson finished with 159 yards rushing with 2 TDs. Brees was intercepted twice (one for a TD) and was limited to just 269  yards and a TD one week after a 5-TD performance. The Rams now ties the Arizona Cardinals at the bottom of the NFC West. They will face each other next week.

Miami Dolphins (0-7) 17-20 New York Giants (5-2)

Make it an unlucky 7 for the Dolphins. Just like last week, the Dolphins have the lead in the 4th quarter and had a chance to get away from the winless bunch but, as always, they find a reason to lose. Last week, they got victimized by Tim Tebow and his miracle drives plus the “Tebowing”; this week its Eli Manning pulling the rug under them. 1 Yard runs by Matt Moore and Steve Slaton gave Miami a 14-3 lead in the second period but 8 seconds left before the halftime break, Manning connected with Mario Manningham to cut the lead to 14-10 at the half. The Dolphins scored a FG in the third period for a 17-10 lead going to the final 15 minutes of the game. Lawrence Tynes kicked a short field goal and Manning completed the comeback by completing a pass to Victor Curz for the game winning touchdown. Miami’s Reggie Bush finished with 103 yards rushing but the Giant’s defense were just too much in the final quarter as they sacked Moore several times in the quarter. In the end, it was another heart-breaking loss for the Miami Dolphins.

Indianapolis Colts (0-8) 10 – 27 Tennessee Titans (4-3)

The Titans recovered from an embarrassing loss last week by feasting on the winless Colts. The Titans zoomed to a 20-0 half time lead largely due to the excellent play of their special teams. Rob Bironas had 2 50+ yards FGs and the special teams blocked a punt that was recovered by Jason McCourty for his first career touchdown. The Colts tried to make it a game on the second half by stringing 10 unanswered points behind an Adam Vinateiri FG and a Donald Brown rushing TD. Matt Hasselbeck squelched all the doubt by making a TD pass to Nate Washington for the final margin. The Titans broke a 2-game losing streak while the Colt’s streak is extended to 8.

The winless three went 1-2 last week making the Dolphins and Colts as the awful twosome of 2011. The Fins seems to find reasons to lose games while the Colts just misses their star QB. Here is the Week 9 preview for the two winless teams of the 2011 NFL season:

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NCAA Football Week 9 upsets: Clemson, KSU, MSU, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, TTU fall

30 10 2011

Several ranked teams in the 2011 NCAA Football competition lost this week. Here are the ranked teams that fell to lower-ranked competition:

Clemson say goodbye to perfect football season

No.5 Clemson – The erstwhile undefeated Clemson (No. 5 BCS, No. 6 AP) visited Georgia Tech and got ambushed by the Yellow Jackets, 17-31. Georgia Tech raised their record to 7-2 (4-2 in the ACC) while Clemson fell to 8-1(5-1 ACC). The Yellow Jackets did most of their damage from the ground where they outgained the Tigers 383-95. Their rushing leader? Well, it was their QB. Tevin Washington broke the school’s QB rushing record by  gaining 176 yards with one TD. Georgia Tech zoomed to a 24-3 lead at halftime then cruised for the big upset victory.  The Tigers will host Wake Forest next week.

Sooners exposed KSU

No.8 Kansas State – The Oklahoma Sooners bounced back from their first defeat of the season last week to give Kansas State its first loss via a 58-17 rout. Both now tot a record of 7-1 (4-1 in Big 12). The game was close at the half at 23-17 before the Sooners made 35 unanswered points in the second half. Landry Jones threw 505 yards and 5 TDs. With his 5 TD performance, Jones overtook Sam Bradford in the career TD list at Oklahoma. Jones now has 90 career TDs compared to the 98 by Bradford. KSU’s Colin Klein has now rushed for a TD in seven straight games. Kansas State will try to recover from the loss by visiting Oklahoma State.

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NFL 2011: 3 winless teams remain after Week 7

25 10 2011

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Another week has passed and there are still 3 teams that has a big fat zero in the win column. Here is how the un-magnificent 3 fumbled their way to another loss:

Indianapolis Colts (0-7) 7 – 62 New Orleans Saints (5-2)

The season for the Manning-less Colts are going from bad to worse. Some of their rivals are practically using a game against the Colts as a way to pad their stats. Drew Brees toyed with the puny defense by making 5 TD passes and only missing 4 targets. As for the Colts, QBs? Well, Curtis Painter gave up a pick 6 and lost a fumble before he got benched in favor of Dan Orlovsky. The game made it to the record books as the Saints tied the NFL mark for the highest score by a team in a game since the merger. There were 3 other teams that scored 62 and the last time was in 1985 when the Jets poured it on the Bucs. The game also tied the highest point differential between teams. It only happened 3 other times as well, the last time was when the 2009 Patriots had mega-lopsided win against the Titans. The season is becoming record-breaking for the Colts, what will they break next week?

St. Louis Rams (0-6) 7 – 34 Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

A.J. Feeley started at QB this week with the hopes of ending the long wait of a first victory. First drive: Steven Jackson 1 yard run, Jackson 2 yard run, Feeley 12 yard pass to Salas complete First Down – Jackson -3 yards, Jackson 3 yard gain, Feeley Incomplete – PUNT. So here is how Dallas did in its first drive: Choice gains 7 yrds, Tony Romo to Jason Witten for 4 yards First Down – Penalty on Poppinga, Penalty on Flammetta. It’s first and 19 at the Dallas 9 then suddenly De Marco Murray took the ball and run for 91 yards for a TD. It is the longest first career TD in the merger era. Demarco who? Another record is broken playing against the winless 3. Murray gained 253 yards in this game while the Rams only gained 265. Talking about a one-sided game. They were lucky that Dallas was not as merciless than Drew Brees and the Saints.

Denver Broncos (2-4) 18 – 15 Miami Dolphins (0-6)

Last but not the least is the unlucky Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins had the easiest match-up among the 3 and they had a golden chance to finally move out of the awful threesome. Instead, they made it an extra-special Tim Tebow homecoming in Florida. Miami scored the first 15 points of the game but they had a missed two-point conversion attempt that will bite them later in the game. Tim Tebow made 2 TDs with less than 3 minutes left in the game and made a gutsy 2-point conversion to force overtime. In OT, Matt Prater made a 52 yard FG to bring the 6th loss of the season for Miami and their 9th overall since last season. As usual, the Sun Life Stadium is a virtual home away from home for visiting teams as the Dolphins lost 12 of their last 13 games in their arena. Is it time to rebuild again? or is it time to rebuild the Stadium instead?

The three teams are 0-3 in Week 7 and 0-19 for the season. When can it possibly end? Let’s see what is in store for the three in Week 8:

  1. Miami Dolphins – The Fins will go to New York to visit the Giants who are coming off a bye week after beating the Bills last October 16. The Giants would want to preserve their lead in the NFC East Standings. They have the 6th best passing offense in the league while Miami is 21st in passing yards allowed. If they defend like the last 3 minutes in the game against Denver then Eli Manning will have numbers like Aaron Rodgers this week. Caloy Guess: 27-10 for the Giants
  2. Saint Louis Rams – The Rams will host the team that gave Indiana its 7th straight loss this season. The Saints will try to give the Rams its 7th loss of the season like what they did to the Colts. The Rams are actually 13th in pass yards allowed. That is pretty decent if you do not check their rushing defense. They are the worst in the league in stopping the run. I am just curios how lucky are the Saints with their schedule. Having a Saints player in your fantasy team could mean victory. Caloy Guess: 38-10 Saints
  3. Indianapolis Colts – The Colts will visit LP field in Tennessee to battle the Titans. The game is between 2 teams that were sorely embarrassed in Week 7. The Titans were beaten by Arian Foster and the Texans, 41-7, in front of their home crowd. For sure, the Titans will really want to beat up someone right now and on cue the Colts is on their way. Will the Colts end their slump and beat another slumping team? Highly unlikely but they have the least dangerous opponent among the three. Caloy  Guess: 28-14 Titans
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NFL 2011: Packers still undefeated after Week 7

24 10 2011
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In Week 7, the undefeated Green Bay Packers visited struggling Minnesota (1-5). Chris Ponder made his debut as the Viking’s starting QB. The Vikings fought hard and they managed to score 27 points against the Packers but it was still not enough as Green Bay’s high octane offense scored 33 big points.

Aaron Rodgers showed Ponder how it is done as he finished with 335 and 3 TDS. He garnered a QB rating of 146.5. He issued passes to John Kuhn, Greg Jennings, and Jermichael Finley. In the defensive side, Charles Woodson intercepted 2 of the rookies passes.

Ponder only completed 13 of his 32 passes. He had 2 touchdowns. The Vikings as usual leaned on Adrian Peterson. Peterson finished with 175 rushing yards and 1 TD.

The Packers remain as the only undefeated team in the NFL this season. They now have a 2 game lead in the NFC North as the Detroit Lions lost at home against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Packers will have a bye week in Week 8. The NFL will have an undefeated team after Week 8. Their next match will be against the San Diego Chargers.

Caloy’s 2011 NFL Power Rankings (Week 6)

21 10 2011
  1. Green Bay (6-0) – The only undefeated team left is not slowing down. They will face a 1-win Vikings this week after winning against the winless Rams. Last Week: 1
  2. San Francisco (5-1) – They gave Detroit its first loss this season with an excellent defensive line and amazing effort on the ground by Frank Gore. Last Week: 3
  3. New England (5-1) – The Pats took sole possession of first place in the AFC East after beating the luckless Dallas Cowboys. Last Week: 4
  4. Detroit (5-1) – Lost for the first time, no wonder Jim Swartz is emotional. Calvin Johnson was held without a TD for the first time this season. Last Week: 2
  5. Baltimore (4-1) – The Ravens are still perfect at home (3-0) after crushing the Texans. the defense is the most feared in the league and Ray Rice just had a 100 yard rushing week. Last Week: 8
  6. San Diego (4-1) –Had a bye week. They are still 1 of the six teams with 1 loss or less. They will visit the Jets and try to keep their lead against the surging Raiders. Last Week: 7
  7. Cincinnati (4-2) – The Bengals has won its third straight game after an early season 2 game slump. They beat the winless Colts thanks to a Carlos Dunlap fumble recovery for a TD. Last Week:10
  8. Pittsburgh (4-2) – The Steelers is the 3rd team from the AFC North  in top 10 besides the Bengals (7) and the Ravens (5). Opposing teams are only throwing 157.7 yards a game. . Last Week: 11
  9. NY Giants (4-2) – Eli Manning and the Giants won against the Bills.Ahmad Bradsaw had 3 TDs along with his 104 rushing yards. Lawrence Tynes hit a FG with 1:32 left for the go-ahead FG. Last Week: 13
  10.  Oakland (4-2) – The Raiders continue their winning ways after Al Davis passed away. Darren McFadden has a  tremendous season so far. A question mark for this team will be their QB situation. Last Week: 14
  11.  Tampa Bay (4-2) – The Buccaneers survived Drew Brees and the Saints. They intercepted 3 passes in their victory.   Josh Freeman had 303 yards along with 2 TDs. The Bucs are suddenly on top of the NFC South. Last Week: 16
  12. New Orleans (4-2) – The Saints lost for the first time in 5 games. They still have the NFL’s second best passing offense despite suffering their second road loss of the season against Tampa Bay. Last Week:6
  13. Buffalo (4-2) – The Bills lost two games in the last 3 weeks. They will have a bye this week. Last Week:5
  14. Tennessee (3-2) – The Titans came out of their bye week with the lead in the AFC South after the Texans lost to the Ravens. The top 2 AFC South teams will battle this week in a match-up to watch. A win will have an impact later in the season. Last Week: 12
  15. Washington (3-2) – The Redskins lost to the Eagles after their bye week. They fall behind the Giants in the muddled NFC East standings. Rex Grossman had an atrocious performance against the Eagles. He threw 4 INTs before being benched. Last Week: 9
  16. NY Jets (3-3) – The Jets snapped a 3-game losing slump by beating AFC East cellar dwellers Miami Dolphins. Their ineffective offense will be tested this week against the visiting Chargers. Last Week: 19
  17. Atlanta (3-3) – Their trend of losing and winning every other game has continued to even their record. Michael Turner will try to bring his explosive running game to Detroit this week. Last Week: 20
  18.  Chicago (3-3) – Jay Cutler of the Bears is continuing to improve under center after following up his gutsy performance at Detroit with 115.9 QB rating against the Vikes. He will need to have a similar against for the Bears to keep up with the Lions and Packers. Last Week: 23
  19.  Houston (3-3) – The Texans lost their second game in a row and 3rd in 4 games. They have not scored over 21 points in the last 3 week. They will face rivals Tennessee  in a crucial Week 7 tiff. Last Week: 15
  20. Seattle (2-3) – The Seahawks is coming of a bye week after winning against the Giants. They are now 2.5 games behind the 49ers in the NFC West standings. They will be visiting Colt McCoy and the Browns this week. Last Week: 21
  21. Kansas City (2-3) – The Chiefs will stake their 2-game winning streak against the Raiders who will play without their regular QB. The Chiefs can take advantage of a “rusty” Carson Palmer. Last Week: 22
  22. Cleveland (2-3) – The Browns lost 2 straight games now and they will be facing a 2-3 Seahawks. It is a make or break game and a loss could lead to a long losing spell for the Browns. Last Week: 18
  23. Dallas (2-3) – The Cowboys lost its last 2 games to the Lions and Pats, both 5-1 teams. They will host a winless Rams team this week. If they lose this game, it will be the end of their playoff dreams.  Last Week: 17
  24. Philadelphia (2-4) – The Eagles snapped a 4-game losing streak with a tough victory against rivals Washington Redskins. They will have a bye week in Week 7. They tried to trade Ronnie Brown to the Lions but the trade was rescinded when it was discovered that Jerome Harrison has a tumor. Last Week: 26
  25. Denver (1-4) – The Broncos will feature QB Tim Tebow in their game against the winless Dolphins. It will be a Florida homecoming for Tebow. He will try to lead the Broncos in breaking its 3-game losing streak. Last Week: 25
  26. Arizona (1-4) – The Cardinals who is in the midst of a 4-game losing streak will host the formidable Steelers after a bye week. Beanie Wells will be a key player in this game. Last Week: 28
  27. Minnesota (1-5) – The Vikings failed to build a winning streak after losing to division rivals Bears 39-10 last week. They will be hosting the NFC North-leading Packers this week. Christian Ponder will have his hands full against the defending Super Bowl champs. Last Week: 24
  28.  Carolina (1-5) – The Panthers lost to the Falcons in Week 6 to extend their losing streak to 3. If Cam Newton continues to excel in the passing game, the Panthers will have a good chance against the ‘skins. Last Week: 27
  29. Jacksonville (1-5) – The Jaguars have lost for their 5th straight game after winning their home opener against the Titans. The Jags ranks well in defense  and rushing but the team has the league worst passing offense with only 137.7 yards a game. They will host the streaking Ravens this week. Last Week: 29
  30. Miami (0-5) –  The Dolphins lost their Monday Night Football game against the Jets. They will be hosting the Tebow “homecoming” this week. This is their biggest chance to get out of the winless list in the recent weeks.  Last Week: 30
  31. St. Louis (0-5) – The winless Rams will face a pressured to win Cowboys this week. The Rams has not scored more than 10 points in the last 3 games. Last Week: 31
  32.  Indianapolis (0-6) – Another week, another loss for the Colts. It’s been 6 straight losses for the Peyton-less Colts. They will face the 4-2 Saints and Drew Brees this week. They will probably get their first win in November. Last Week: 32