Tag:Super Bowl
Posted on: February 1, 2008 11:43 am

Go G-men!

As promised, here are the Super Bowl XLII predictions from the CBSSports.com production team.

Booms: Pats 59, Giants 21 – Randy Moss
EB: Giants 31, Pats 28 – Michael Strahan
JDD: Pats 34, Giants 24 – Tom Brady
RD: Pats 31, Giants 28 – Laurence Maroney
AG: Pats 35, Giants 17 – Tom Brady & Randy Moss
RL: Giants 35, Pats 31 – Eli Manning
BR: Giants 42, Pats 3 – Jeff Feagles
MB: Pats 31, Giants 14 – Wes Welker
And finally, yours truly
DLS: Giants 41, Pats 0 – Ahmad Bradshaw

As you can see, we have a few Patriots haters in the group. Three of the four people who picked the Giants are Dolphins fans, including me, so aside from being division rivals, we have the 1972 perfect season to think of.

So yes, those Giants picks are a bit biased, but we can hope can't we?

Yes, it's true, I don't really believe the Giants will win 41-0, it's more like my wish pick. If I had to make a really for real honest pick, say somebody gave me a million dollars and told me I had to make a bet on one team and I could only keep the money if I won the bet, the pick would be the Pats. It's the smart bet.

But I think the Giants have a chance, at least that's what I keep telling myself. The first key is getting pressure on Brady, plain and simple. Throughout history, the only proven way to beat a great QB is with pressure. You can't let him pick you apart like Jacksonville did. What a horrible game plan that was. Fortunately putting pressure on the QB is something at which the Giants excel.

In their Week 17 meeting the Giants had only 1 sack.  If they can't improve the pass rush Sunday, probably will need at least 4 sacks, then they're toast.

And offensively, I gotta believe they have to run the ball. I know Eli has been playing mistake free, but you can't count on him alone. I'd like to see somwhere in the range of 120 yards rushing.

Enjoy the Giants' victory everyone.

Posted on: January 25, 2008 12:38 pm

This week at the office

Talk radio has nothing on us.

Inevitably me and my nearby cubicle cohorts will get into some sort of debate about sports, movies, tv or just life in general. We kindly refer to this in these here parts as "Dumb" talk, because, well, usually, someone says something dumb --- not me, of course.

It could also just be something that somebody doesn't agree with -- and that person is then called dumb for disagreeing with the person in question -- but the word dumb is thrown around here more than any other word. Yes, we're really mature around here.

Anyhow,  one of this week's hot topics at the office actually began with a dumb question: Will Tom Coughlin make the Hall of Fame if the Giants beat the Patriots?

(Yes, the person in question was immediately flogged).

Of course, Coughlin isn't going to make the HOF for winning one Super Bowl, but it led to a bigger question about which modern-day coaches will be deserving of HOF consideration.

Now, I'm a firm believer that great players make great coaches, not vice versa. Maybe I'll touch upon this more next week when I unveil the production team's Super Bowl picks, but I don't consider Belichick so much a genius as lucky bastard who stumbled upon Tom Brady.

But it makes no difference what I think about coaching, the majority of people glom on to the idea that coaches are as much of part of a team's success as the players, so they get glorified. My little blog ain't going to change that fact.

Anyhoo, with three Super Bowl victories under his belt and a long history of success as an assistant as well, Belichick is a lock.

Tony Dungy is a lock as well. Though he only has one Super Bowl victory -- it was historic. Dungy was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, but he has been an overall success with only one losing season in 12 years as a head coach.

Then you got Bill Cowher and Mike Holmgren. Each has one Super Bowl victory and reached multiple SBs. If I could pick only one, I'd lean toward Holmgren.

In 16 years as head coach, he has had only one losing season, with a winning % of .613. Plus he managed to turn around the fortunes of what were basically flailing organization at the time he took over.

Cowher has a better winning % (.623), but three losing season in 15 years. If he indeed returns to coaching in 2009, I think the team with which he returns can make or break his legacy. The thing about the Steelers is that they have a great management structure from top to bottom and obviously gave him some talented players to work with. Will he be able to have the same kind of success elsewhere?

What to make of Mike Shanahan? Nixing his Raiders stint, he has a winning % of .625, but things were easy when he was winning two SBs with John Elway as his QB. Without John Elway? 1 playoff win in 9 seasons. (This, of course, feeds my argument that players make coaches).

JDD brought up Marty Schottenheimer. Ummm, no. Without even reaching a Super Bowl, he shouldn't even be a consideration.

The other hot topic stemmed from RD watching I Am Legend. Not at the movies, but on his home computer. The movie of course hasn't been released on DVD or whatnot as it's still in theaters, but some site on the WWW managed to land a copy and is sharing it with the rest of world. Good naturedly, we called RD a thief, and he in turn defended himself/rationalized the situation.

But it led to literally hours of conversation on the topic. It was compared to drug use, stealing a car and all other sorts of dumb stuff. It's the kind of thing that makes working here so interesting. I personally wouldn't do it because I hate to download stuff from the web in fear of virus and worms and such. Also I don't find watching movies on my computer all that fun.

Allrighty, that'll do it from me for now. Next week I'll give you the lowdown on our Super Bowl picks and probably go in depth about why I think head coaches are overrated.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL, Super Bowl
Posted on: January 25, 2008 9:56 am
Edited on: January 25, 2008 9:57 am
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