Thursday, October 8, 2015 Week 5 Picks

Welcome to the first installment of Sportmentary's weekly NFL picks. this week should be exciting and the top teams look to continue their dominance over mediocre or injury laden teams.

For the teams that are terrible, this week is likely to signal the end of their season.

Let's get to the picks!

Thursday Night Special – Indianapolis Colts at Houston TexansIndianapolis wins 24-15. Indianapolis is almost a lock to beat AFC South teams. Divisional games for them have been their bread and butter and a reason as to why they will win the AFC South this year and make it into the playoffs.

Both teams have their issues but the Texans are nearing collapse. They are the definition of pathetic. This game will be close in the first half but the Colts should break away from the Texans in the third quarter.

Actual score - Indianapolis 27 Houston 20.

Snoozer of the Week Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City wins 19-10. Let’s be honest. This is a battle of one terrible team with a terrible quarterback (QB), playing an underachieving team. The team with a putrid QB is Jay Cutler.

This is a game that will make watching paint dry seem exciting. Kansas City will win this but the game might just put you to sleep.

Upset in the Making of the Week St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers. St. Louis wins 15-12. This game doubles as our Game of the Week. This is the only game that I see a possible upset and it’s a long shot. Last week the Packers only managed 17 points against the 49ers. This week they face one of the best defenses in the NFL. Look for the Rams to make thins tough for Aaron Rodgers.

Wild Card of the Week Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals – Cincinnati wins 20-17. This is a tough one for me to call. The Bengals might be legitimate this year but we never know what we’re going to get with Andy Dalton.

Then there’s the Seahawks who’ve been underwhelming this year. They’re 2-2 but against sub-par teams and it’s not like they had an easy time with them. The Seahawks aren’t the menacing, scary team that we’ve seen the past 4 years and I think they will fall short on the road in week 5.

Lock of the Week New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys – New England wins 30-14. It’s obvious that the Cowboys miss Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Sure they came close against the terrible Saints last week but I think if Tony Romo was under center, he would have found the open receivers that were there for the taking in the Red Zone.

The Patriots have started strong on both sides of the ball and I don’t see them losing their first game of the year this week. I think Brady will pick apart the Cowboys and will win this one easily!

That’s it for my picks for Week 5. Come back at the end of the week to see how Sportmentary did.

I will update this post with actual scores, when the games have ended. Correct picks will be highlighted in green and wrong picks will be highlighted in red.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NFL Recap – Week 4

Week four had some exciting games with a couple ending in dramatic fashion in OT and another one ending with a putrid non-call by officials in the Seattle Detroit game.

One thing is becoming evident this season. NFL kickers are the worst bunch of hacks that I’ve seen in years. Some of these incompetents can’t even kick a chip shot field goal. Missed field goals seem to be an epidemic in 2015.

If kickers aren’t careful they will be Pittsburghed out of town in a flash!
Let’s get to the recap!

Baltimore Ravens 23 at Pittsburgh Steelers 20
Baltimore – Love that kicker bro. He gave us a shot!
Pittsburgh – That kicker is toast and will never play for us again. We had the game and we let them off the hook (where did I hear that before).

New York Jets 27 at Miami Dolphins 14
New York – See what we can do without the foot licker?
Miami – Where the heck has Suh gone. Has he taken the field this year?

Jacksonville Jaguars 13 at Indianapolis Colts 16
Jacksonville – Where’s Jack Del Rio?
Indianapolis – If we had played any other team we would have lost the game.

New York Giants 24 at Buffalo Bills 10
New York – We might start slow every year but we know how to kick it into gear when it counts.
Buffalo – Beating Miami sure gives a team a false sense of how good we really aren’t.

Carolina Panthers 37 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23
Carolina – This is our year!!!
Tampa Bay – Baby steps. That’s all this is.

Philadelphia 20 at Washington 23 
Philadelphia – Coach is really bamboozling us with his clown act that  he calls plays.
Washington – See how you play the position RG? That’s what I was looking for in a QB.

Oakland Raiders 20 at Chicago Bears 22
Oakland – We lost to this guys?
Chicago – Cutler sucks!

Houston Texans 21 at Atlanta Falcons 48
Houston – Yes sir! We are in rebuilding mode.
Atlanta – 4-0! 4-0!

Kansas City Chiefs 21 at Cincinnati Bengals 36
Kansas City – Me thinks we’re in a whole lot of trouble. Can you say REBUILD!
Cincinnati – ANDY! Andrew! He’s our guy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sportmentary is Back

After the summer off Sportmentary is back in time for the NFL and NHL seasons. I'm glad to be back. I'll start writing soon.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Tampa Bay Lightning Join the Fight to End Hunger through Give & Grub Food Truck

The Tampa Bay Lightning made headlines this year during an impressive 2015 season in which they broke franchise records and asserted themselves as one of the NHL’s up and coming elite. While their accomplishments on the ice made the Lightning a household name, their philanthropic endeavors outside of the arena are bringing the team to the forefront in a way that extends far beyond the world of hockey.
In partnership with Laser Spine Institute, the Tampa Bay Lightning have joined Feeding America Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries to reduce food insecurity in the Tampa community through the Give & Grub food truck – a unique way to spread awareness about hunger in the community. The truck travels across the greater Tampa Bay area selling gourmet food with a purpose; for each meal sold, Laser Spine Institute will donate a meal to a hungry child in the community.
The distressing statistics on hunger in the Tampa community reveal that food insecurity isn’t just an issue, it’s an epidemic. According to Feeding America Tampa Bay, there are an estimated 700,000 people in West Central Florida struggling with hunger, and 250,000 of those people are children – that’s one out of every four children in the community. The collective goal of the food truck project is to give back 150,000 meals to those local children who need it most.
The Lightning were an ideal partner for the program due to their incredible commitment to giving back to members of their community, annually contributing more than 45,000 volunteer hours and supporting nearly 50 charitable organizations.
The Give & Grub food truck has a gourmet menu named after Lightning personnel and inspired by their favorite foods. For just $9 per meal, customers get hefty size portions of items like Cooper’s Candied Burger, named after Coach Jon Cooper, and the Chicken Parmkos Sandwich, paying homage to team Captain Steven Stamkos. The truck makes appearances at local events and during the lunch hour at regional office parks.

For those interested in joining the Tampa Bay Lightning and Laser Spine Institute in their mission to ”Stick it to Hunger,” visit the Give & Grub website to find out where you can find the truck next. You can also share the hashtag #GiveAndGrub on your social media platform and they’ll donate an additional meal to a family in need!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Can Minnesota Make The Playoffs?

Minnesota Vikings PennantLast season overall was pretty weird for anyone who follows the Minnesota Vikings. It started off with some devastating news that Adrian Peterson would be indefinitely suspended after being charged with child abuse. It ended with more than their fair share of losses, but a bit of optimism as Teddy Bridgewater started to show that he could be the franchise quarterback of the future. With all the best playmakers back in 2015, there are more than a few people in fantasy football leagues two feel like they have enough firepower to make the playoffs.
Everything is obviously going to start with Peterson, as he is still one of the most feared running backs in the game. He is getting close to the end of his prime, but getting a chance to take basically the entire season off last year might have his body feeling fresher than ever. They recently gave him a pretty good contract for someone his age, so they definitely plan on using him much like they did during his MVP season in 2012. After all, that was the last year the Vikings made the playoffs.
As for Bridgewater, there is no doubt that he is going to show improvement in his second year. Not only will teams be focusing on the running game quite a bit more, he will be a lot more relaxed and used to playing at the highest level. They have one of the worst overall offenses in the game last year, but things will be changing in 2015. Greg Jennings is going to continue to be his main target, but they also have some younger guys who looked extremely promising as well.
The pass defense was pretty good last year, and that is important in a division with Aaron Rodgers. Speaking of that quarterback, the Green Bay Packers might be the biggest reason why the odds are not in there favor to make the playoffs. On paper, Minnesota stands very little chance of finishing with a better record then Green Bay this year. They could very well finish above Detroit and Chicago, but they would still need to do enough to get one of the wild card spots. They should finish better than 7-9 in 2015, but they might need to get to 10 wins to get into the playoffs. Eight or 9 wins seems the most realistic.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Arizona Coyotes Should be Renamed the “Ha Ha” Coyotes

UPDATE: The city of Glendale has terminated its lease with the Arizona Coyotes.

ARIZONA COYOTES - LOGO 14If we go back nearly 20 years when the Winnipeg Jets (original version) bolted for the desert of Arizona, we would see and hear that a number of great hockey minds didn’t believe that the team would last in the Phoenix area.

Sure, many fans believed that there would be an initial interest by the locals that might keep the team afloat for a few years but long term? I don’t think that many fans realistically thought it would n even last this long in the desert and it has only because the NHL refused to let the team fold or be relocated when it should have.

Now there’s news that the city council of Glendale where the Coyotes play are going to meet secretly to decide if the city should terminate their lease with the Coyotes.

Shortfalls in revenue sharing” have cost the city millions of dollars. The community has to be upset that they are on the hook for footing eight million dollars in revenue shortfalls year over year.

All I can say is that I told you so. That’s not really all I can say. I can say, how about having the league call the Coyotes the “Ha Ha” Coyotes. They are a laughable organization and they play in a community that should have cut them loose years ago.

The team continues to rank among the lowest in attendance, even after new owners bought the team. The desert couldn’t care less about hockey, even if the team’s name was changed from Phoenix to Arizona. It does look like fan support for this team has dried up in the desert.

The Arizona Coyotes ranked third last in attendance last year. That’s putrid and unacceptable. The arena was filled to 77% capacity. That just isn’t good enough Arizona. That type of poor support is pathetic. Arizona doesn’t deserve a hockey team. They have been bailed out year after year after year. The NHL needs to realize that it’s a business and not a charity.

How Do You Fix The Problem? The team should move to a market that cares about hockey. My choice would be Quebec but as ESPN notes, the ability to play in Quebec is a year away. That’s OK. Play one more year in Arizona and then bolt for Canada and never look back.

We can’t only blame the NHL for what’s transpiring with the club. We can’t only blame the fans for not going to watch games. The city council of Glendale has to bare much of the blame for this fiasco. The council should have cut their losses last year and not entered into a new agreement with new ownership.

Many NHL fans knew this was a dumb decision but for some reason the city council was compelled to give this experiment another shot. That was stupid and now they want out. The team should allow the city council to bale on them. Then they could move to a legitimate NHL market.

It will put a smile on my face and allow me to say “ha ha Coyetes” if and when the team leaves the desert for icier pastures.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

The Illiterate Adrian Peterson Should Stick to What He Knows Best

Adrian Peterson vented against the Vikings and the NFL in a number of Tweets yesterday. He seems to be trying to be the poster child for guaranteed contracts. So what’s the problem? A person should be literate when writing about contract t changes. See his illiterate rants on

While Peterson’s Tweets seemed to be very anti Minnesota Vikings, he reportedly clarified those Tweets. Don’t you believe Mr. Peterson? Not a chance.

There are a number of things that stand out with Adrian Peterson’s Tweets. The guy is a misguided punk who tried to say that this was all about football (a couple of days ago) and then gets personal. Adrian Peterson seems to lack the intelligence to argue his points. Maybe he should go back to school. How did this guy graduate?

Peterson should stick to what he knows best and that’s playing football and fathering children.


Adrian Peterson is a great back. He plays football better than most people but he’s not a very educated man. Reading his Tweets makes me feel like he can barely write. If Adrian made a point in his Tweets, I don’t have a clue what it is.

His Tweets were so incoherent, he lost me and the message he was trying to make was lost in his inability to write well. AP wrote at a grade three level and that’s being kind.

AP should stop this madness of trying to be the spokesperson for the NFLPA and play football. He does that well but speaking and writing coherently? That’s another story.

Fathering Children

AP does this better than most people. He’s really good at fathering children. Maybe that’s why he needs more money. He needs to ensure that he will be able to support the dozens of kids he might father in the future.

That’s not the fault of the Minnesota Vikings. When AP signed his extension a few years back, he knew what was guaranteed and what wasn’t. He seemed to be happy to be the highest paid back in the NFL. Now he’s unhappy?

The guy has changed his tune over and over again. First he wanted out because he believed the team wronged him which is a complete crock of sh*t. Adrian Peterson was not wronged by the Vikings. Adrian wronged himself and is unable to see that his actions caused the problems he found himself in last year.

Now he says this is about changing the structure of NFL contracts? Seriously? Really? BS!

I might have been a little mean and out of line here. Taking a jab at the guys ability to father children was a little over the top for me but the guy has brought all this criticism upon himself. When Peterson speaks, I want to vomit. The guy is an imbecile and I wish he would just stick to football and forget about trying to be a Nobel Prize laureate.

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