Monday, September 1, 2014

Poll - Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX?

Yesterday I posted my NFC and Super Bowl picks and on Friday I posted my AFC picks. Now it's your turn to vote for who you think will win the Super Bowl.


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Who will win Super Bowl XLIX

Dallas Cowboys
NY Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Football Team
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
St. Louis Rams
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
NY Jets
Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sportmentary 2014 NFC and Super Bowl Predictions

Autographed Russell Wilson Photo - 16x20 PROOF COAOn Friday I posted Sportmentary.com's 2014 AFC predictions and today I'm are sharing my NFC predictions. Some of my picks may not be popular or follow conventional wisdom but they are my mine and I own them. We'll have to go through a full 2014 campaign to see if my picks hold the mustard.

This post also includes my Super Bowl pick!

Vote for who you think will win the NFC at the Bottom of this page.

NFC East - One Trick Pony.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) - The Eagles will be in front of the NFC East's class this season.

2. New York Giants (9-7) - The Giants pre-season record will not be indicative of how they will do in the regular season. I can't see them doing any better than 9-7. Will that be good enough to be a Wild Card team? You'll have to read the rest of the article to find out.

3. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) - The 2014 campaign will leave Jerry Jones making the case for expanded playoffs and the necessity of adding two more teams to the playoffs.

4. Washington Football Team (7-9) - Washington will start the season 2-0 but will see them succumb to the rest of the schedule and having another disappointing season.

NFC North - It's all about cheese in this division.
1. Green Bay Packers (11-5) - Green Bay won't have much of a competition for the top spot in the Snorris.

2. Minnesota Vikings (9-7) - Many people aren't sold on the Vikings. The Vikes had some nail biters last season and had the team had a credible coaching staff that didn't mortgage the season on Christian Ponder, the Vikings could have had a winning season.

3. Chicago Bears (7-9) - Cutler will be Cutler and that means throwing interceptions and getting injured. They should have kept that backup, you know his name...Oh yeah, his name is Josh McCown.

4. Detroit Lions (5-11) - My oh my, this will be a typical season for the kitties.

NFC South - Sizzling
1. New Orleans Saints (13-3) - The Saints will regain some of the glory they saw a few seasons ago.

2. Carolina Panthers (11-5) - The Panthers will make the race for the top spot in the south an exciting one.

3. Tampa Bay (4-12) - The only competitive part of this season for the Bucs will be their battle with Atlanta for the 3rd spot in the division.

4. Atlanta Falcons (3-13) - The Falcons will make Hotlanta very cold and will lose just about everything, including the battle for third spot in the division.

NFC West - Most competitive division in the NFC
1. Seattle Seahawks (13-3) - The Hawks will be looking in their rear view mirror once again.

2. San Francisco 49ers (11-5) - Despite some setbacks on defense with a couple of players enjoying the criminal life instead of the NFL life, the team will still be good enough for the second seed in the West.

3. St. Louis Rams (8-8) - The loss of Bradford will be too much for the Rams to overcome but the defense will keep this team competitive.

4. Arizona Cardinals (4-12) - Where is Dennis when you need him for a laugh or two.

NFC Wild Card Teams - Carolina & San Francisco.
NFC Champions - Seattle Seahawks over New Orleans Saints.

Super Bowl Champions - New England Patriots over Seattle Seahawks.



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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Does Michael Sam Deserve to Make and NFL Team?

Michael Sam was cut by the St. Luis Rams today and now has until tomorrow at noon to be picked up by another team. If that doesn't happen, the Rams will be able to add him to their practice roster.

Sam had a very good preseason and I believe he deserves a shot at making an NFL team.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Sportmentary 2014 AFC Predictions

ANDREW LUCK Hand Signed 16 x 20 "Precision" Photograph PANINI LE 12As I prepare for the Labor Day weekend, I do so knowing that the start of the NFL season is less than a week away. With that in mind and the fact that my excitement is building up for the start of football, it’s time for the annual Sportmentary NFL predictions for 2014.

This year I'm doing things a little differently. Instead of releasing the full NFL predictions (AFC & NFC), the predictions will be released in two installments.

I will start with the AFC in this installment and you can look for the NFC predictions by the end of the long weekend. The NFC predictions will include the Super Bowl champion pick.

How did I do with my 2013 predictions? I predicted that the Denver Broncos would defeat the Seattle Seahawks. We all know how that turned out.

Vote for who you think will win the AFC at the Bottom of this page.

Now for the picks.

AFC East – Still a weak division.
1. New England Patriots (12-4) - The Patriots will have an improved defense and will be a very tough team to beat in 2014. They will bolt out the blocks from the start of the season and will not look back. It will be tough for the other AFC teams to keep up with them and they won’t.

2. Miami Dolphins (7-9) - The only reason they will finish second in the division is because the other two teams are putrid.

3. New York Jets (6-10) - The team will continue to disappoint there fans. Just as the fan base starts to believe in this team and Geno Smith after a game one victory against the Raiders they will quickly come back to earth and the reality that this team stinks.

4. Buffalo Bills (2-14) - This team is spiraling out of control and they will be an embarrassment on the field this season. The only bright spot for Bills fans is that the team will secure new ownership that will keep the team in the Buffalo area.

AFC North - Role Reversal.
1. Baltimore Ravens (11-5) - The Ravens will narrowly win the division. The Ravens will be a contender in the AFC.

2. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) - The Bengals will be the second best team in the North and will earn one of the coveted Wild Card births. The tem will do what they do best and bow out of the first round of the playoffs after another putrid performance by their franchise quarterback.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) - The Steelers will still be in rebuilding mode this season.

4. Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Fans looking for this team to make strides this season will be disappointed. The Browns will turn to Johnny late in the season but by that time the Brows would have already conceded another season.

AFC South – This is arguably the worst division in the NFL
1. Indianapolis Colts (13-3) - Indy has been improving every season since Luck joined the team. This year will see the team improve even more. Will they win the AFC? You will have to keep reading to find out.

2. Tennessee Titans (7-9) - The only reason for this team finishing second in the AFC South is due to the other teams being terrible.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) - One of the only bright spots for this team this season is that they play in a division with Houston.

4. Houston Texans (4-12) - The Texans will see a 100% increase in their wins total. Yikes! This team has a long way to go.

AFC West - 2014 will be a repeat of 2013.
1. Denver Broncos (12-4) - The Broncos will be head of the class in this division again in 2013.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) - KC won't have as explosive a year as last season but they will be in the mix.

3. San Diego Chargers  (8-8)- San Diego will be neither here nor there in 2014.

4. Oakland Raiders (6-10) - 2014 will be more of the same for the silver and black but they will see their wins total increase by 2.

AFC wild card teams: Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.
AFC Champions - New England over Indianapolis.

Those are my AFC picks for 2014. Let us know what you think. We should have the NFC picks by the end of the weekend.


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sportmentary Twitter Follower Challenge - Get in the Game

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Monday, August 11, 2014

I Just Don’t Know – Kevin Ward Jr. Tragedy

Before I begin my diatribe I need to make a couple of things very clear to our readers. I am not a NASCAR fan. I rarely watch a race and when I do it's the last few laps. I don't care who wins or loses and I don't follow the sport. The little I know about NASCAR I learn from reading sports stories.

Not only am I not a NASCAR fan, I'm not a Tony Stewart fan. So why am I writing a NASCAR article? Because it's a sports story. It's a very big story with a very human side to it.

I've watched the video that shows Tony Stewart hitting (killing) fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr. (see video below). Kevin Ward left his vehicle to confront Tony Stewart during a caution after Stewart’s car hit the car of Ward, causing him to have an accident.

There is nothing in the video(s) that I’ve seen that shows that this accident was intentional. It looks like it was an accident but who really knows? I sure don’t. Here are some undeniable facts relating to the incident that tragically killed Ward Jr.

Ward Left His Car


Kevin Ward left his car after his car was hit by Tony Stewart. A caution was given. Then Ward left his car. While there was a caution, cars were still moving around the track. It didn't look like it was safe to enter the track. It was night time.

Drivers are not supposed to get out of their cars during cautions but Kevin Ward Jr. did so. Then tragically, Ward was struck by Stewart and killed.

Many people on sports boards are claiming that Stewart is guilty of a crime. I just don't see it in the video but I will continue with the facts.

Tony Stewart Was Behind another Car That Was Able to Avoid Ward

There are those people who claim that the video shows that Stewart was either trying to scare Ward or drove negligently, causing Ward's death. Once again I can't see that in the video. I would have to be a psychic to be able to understand what Tony Stewart was thinking at the time of the accident.

What I can see is that Stewart was behind another car that avoided Ward. Then Stewart struck Ward who was moving towards Stewart's vehicle.

The track was a dirt track and NASCAR stock cars were not being driven that night. So I'll assume that the type of car being driven handles differently than a NASCAR stock car, especially on dirt. Yes, this was a dirt track.

Ward Was Wearing Black

Kevin Ward Jr. was wearing a black race suit. From the video (above) it looks like it would be hard for another driver to see Ward, especially if a driver's view of Ward was blocked. It was night time and the black suit was not easy to see.

I'm not a professional race car driver so I don't know for sure but my guess is that it would be hard to see another racer on the track if that racer was wearing a black race suit, it was dark that night and I was behind another car.

Obviously professional race car drivers have better reaction time than I do and are trained to react in a second or less at high speeds to avoid possible danger. I'm sure when the danger isn't greatly visible the reaction to dangerous situations is much more difficult.

Track Was Poorly Lit (It was Night Time)

It is being reported that the track was poorly lit on Saturday night. You can see that in the video. I had a hard time seeing what exactly happened. I can't see how you can prove negligence or intent in the video that I saw. Maybe in the coming days new video will surface that will provide us with more facts about what happened. Until that happens I can only go by what I saw in the video above.

I think that it's obvious that the lighting on the track was poor. Hopefully track officials around the country will work to provide better lighting for night races. Everything needs to be done to prevent this type of accident from occurring again.

Stewart Has Entered the Track Before (So What?)

There are some Einstein's on message boards claiming that Tony Stewart has confronted drivers on the track in a similar fashion than Kevin Ward. Who cares? That has no, nada, zero, zilcho, nothing to do with this accident. These are separate incidents and should be treated that way.

Even if you disagree with me, you would see in the other incidents that it was either daylight or the track was properly lit (you could see Stewart). Tony Stewart was also wearing a white racing suit. He could be seen. There was little to no danger in those incidents involving Stewart.

With all the facts that I saw in the video (Ward leaving car, track being poorly lit, Stewart behind another car, etc.), I can't conclude that this was anything but an accident. It doesn't look like this was an intentional or even a negligent act on the part of Stewart but I don't know.

There aren't enough facts for me to ascertain that Steward acted in an inappropriate manner. What I do know is that this incident is a tragedy. A young man, with a promising career is gone. That's terrible and extremely unfortunate.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fool of the Day - Daniel Snyder

 Washington Redskins Football HelmetThe Fool of the Day is the Washington NFL football team's owner Daniel Snyder who says the team's nickname respects and honors Native Americans. In my opinion Daniel Snyder is a piece of garbage. I believe that this creep is avoid of human decency and respect for Native Americans.

I believe that one of the only ways that Washington will change its nickname is if Snyder is forced to do so. That would mean that the NFL would have to ban the name. For that to happen, the NFL would actually have to take a stand against such a horrible and demeaning name. The NFL has failed to do anything to force a name change.

Original Owner a Racist


Good old Dan should read about his team's history and its founding father George Preston Marshall who "opposed having" African Americans on his roster. Do you think Marshall was honoring or respecting Native Americans when he decided on the team's name? Of course not.

Daniel is either a complete and utter idiot, ignorant or a piece of garbage racist that is refusing to rid his team of what I believe is a racist name. I'll let you decide what he is but I don't believe he is an idiot or ignorant. Well maybe he isn't a racist...maybe he thinks keeping the name is a money making proposition.

So it's all about money isn't Dan? It sickens me that Snyder feels the need to defend such a horrible and demeaning name.

Is Snyder a good Person?


I have no idea if Snyder is a good person. I don't know him. Everything I know about him is what has been reported by the media and his quoted comments. I don't think a good person defends a horrible name. I don't believe a good person has to try and convince people that a horrible name is respectful and honors the people it demeans.

I'm Jewish like Daniel. If someone called me a derogatory name because of my religion I would be offended. Sure the ant-Semite that offended me could visit a few synagogues and have a few people who kiss their feet and tell them the name honors and respects them but a decent human being would scoff at such a suggestion.

Snyder Should Quit While He's Behind


In my opinion Snyder is losing this argument and the more he opens his mouth, the dumber and more insensitive he sounds. Snyder should quit while he's behind. the guy is making himself look like a scumbag and a rotten dirty human being.

As I said earlier, I'm not sure if he's a good person but I believe that he is portraying himself as a disgusting person. The more he opens his mouth the more I think he is proving the point that many people believe and that's that his team's name disparages Native Americans.

It makes me sick to my stomach that in this day in age in the greatest country on earth, we could have an owner who is allowed to have a team nickname that is derogatory to Native Americans.

I hope that someday, Daniel is forced to change his team's name. I don't believe he will do the decent thing and change it all by himself. I believe that if the name is changed it will be due to Snyder being forced to do so.


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