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Illegal Formation

San Diego Vs Kansas City

Kansas City knows what Bolts fans have been saying all year and that is they win all the games against good opponents and lose the games they should win. By that logic, Kansas City benches their starters and the Chargers almost blow their chance to get in the playoffs! But seriously, the Chiefs had this game and it all slipped away. A lot of talk today about the illegal formation by the Chargers that was never called. Refs miss calls, but I’m sure there are a lot of angry Steelers fans out there because of this.

San Francisco Vs Arizona

Great game capped off by this sick catch by Quinton Patton with 22 seconds left to set up the game winning field goal for San Fran.

Amazing catch by Patton

Dallas Vs Philly

A game that Dallas controlled for the most point, only to succumb to turnovers…….again. Costly turnovers in the first half by players not named Romo(Murray and Witten)allowed Philly to have a nice lead going into halftime. Both of those turnovers went straight into Philly’s defenders hands, is there a team with worse luck than the Cowboys (Don’t answer that Cleveland). I loved the way DeMarco has run the ball the entire year, he did not want to go home last night. DeMarchoo choo Murray everybody:

DeMarchoo Choo Murray

You knew this game was going to come down to the wire no matter what because the football gods love messing with Cowboys fans, Orton pulls a Romo with a game ending interception. Hats off to Dallas who played a hell of a game. Great offense all year, terrible defense. Expect Kiffin to be fired and for Dallas to return to it’s 3-4 ways next year.

Do the Romo **da da da da da da da da da da**

Green Bay Vs Chicago

Longest rivalry in the NFL lived up to its billing. Everything just seems to be going the Packers way as of late, including the craziest touchdown of the year.

One of the oddest TDs you’ll ever see

Rodgers was able to shake off some early miscues and make one of the biggest passes of his career. All out blitz by the Bears on 4th and 8, Rodgers is able to elude Peppers thanks to a solid chip block by Kuhn and hit a wide open Cobb for the game winning TD. I don’t know if Rodgers will get enough credit for this throw, he is scrambling to his left and throws an off balance 50 yarder to Cobb. Questionable call of the day goes to Mike McCarthy for electing not to go for two early in the 4th, a call that almost came back to haunt the Packers.

THAAAAA COBBBBBBBLEEEERR IS BACK

Welcome back Randall

Randall Cobb said after the game he saw the safety was flat footed and knew he had him beat deep so he threw his hand in the air right away. Even though Cobb has been out 10 weeks and Rodgers 7, the chemistry is still strong with this duo. Packers fans will remember this play for a loooooooong time, I couldn’t believe my eyes when there was a wide open Randall Cobb streaking down the field. Glad to see my son Randall isn’t cursed either.

Last but not least, it was Tony Gonzalez’s final game in the NFL.

Thank you Tony!

Not the season he came back for, but he still gave it his all like a true professional. There is no doubt that he could have played another three years with this kind of productivity, the guy is a machine. Tony finished his 17th year with 83 rec 859 yds 8 TDs

Career Stats:

1325 Rec 15,127 yds 111 TDs

For a Tight End to finish in the TOP 6 for all of these categories is just insane. Tony will be missed, one of the greatest of all time.

2nd ALL TIME IN RECEPTIONS BEHIND JERRY RICE

5th ALL TIME IN RECEPTION YARDS

6th ALL TIME IN RECEIVING TDs

One of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, possibly fought his last fight yesterday. At 38 years old, Anderson doesn’t have anything left to prove. The gruesome injury that occurred last night in the 2nd round is not the way anybody wants to end their careers, or for that fact remember Anderson. However, in a sport where you are paid to beat the crap out of the other guy there are worst ways to go out. Even after his latest defeat to up and comer Chris Weidman, Anderson acted as if he wanted to take a break away from the sport. Instead, he came back just six months later to fight the only man to defeat him inside the octagon. 

Anderson was a professional MMA fighter for 11 years before heading into the UFC at 31. In his second fight in the UFC, Anderson defeated Rich Franklin for the Middleweight title in 2006. There was little exposure to Anderson’s career prior to entering the UFC; only hardcore fans knew of the skills Anderson possessed. UFC fans witnessed a sampling of his greatness in his quick work of Chris Leben.

Anderson VS Carlos Newton in his PRIDE days

At the time, Franklin was the beloved champion and I remember watching the two Anderson/Franklin fights rooting for Rich even though he was helpless against Silva.  That is the feeling most fans had when they rooted against Silva, a feeling of hopelessness. Anderson made all the great fighters around him look like amateurs. He did things that were completely against the fundamentals of fighting, but it never mattered because he was so great.

Their first full fight video is below:

Anderson Silva VS Rich Franklin

http://video.us.msn.com/?vid=a5e2bbec-1929-4160-b621-9535bac9dd0f&src=v5:share:sharepermalink:&from=sharepermalink

You can see the pure joy in Anderson’s face after winning the title. He had reached the peak of his sport after 11 years of grinding, fighting around the world and completely dedicating himself to mixed martial arts. He still refers to Franklin as one of the best fighters he has ever defeated. Anderson won an astounding 17 straight fights in the UFC, and most of them were title defenses. At some points it seemed like Anderson was bored with his competition. Fighters didn’t want to engage Silva on their feet because they knew he had superior striking. They thought their only chance was to take him to the ground, which was correct if they were able to avoid being submitted.

Silva won every way possible throughout his career. He even took his talents to the Light Heavyweight Division where he embarrassed the competition.

Silva Vs Irwin

Silva Vs Griffin

Silva Vs Bonnar

He often toyed around with his opponent until he wanted to finish the fight. Some viewed this as a sign of arrogance, while others thought he was just trying to entertain the crowd.

Silva Vs Belfort

His trademark of bobbing and weaving, infuriating his opponents while he continues to dodge punches like Neo, would eventually be his demise.

Anderson was dedicated in his comeback attempt to take back his belt, and this fight seemed to matter to him. The last time that happened was in a rematch against Chael Sonnen in which Silva completely dominated him. However, Anderson’s body prevented him from getting the redemption he so badly wanted. The next gif is pretty brutal to watch, nobody deserves this:

This is not the way Anderson will be remembered in my eyes. Anderson Silva will go down as one of the greatest of all time, and deserves a spot on the hypothetical Mount Rushmore of MMA. He was a pure entertainer at heart, a big kid who just so happened to be the baddest man on the planet.

Potential super fights against Jon “Bones” Jones and Georges St. Pierre will most likely never happen and that’s OK. Anderson doesn’t owe the fans or the sport anything. He was the Middleweight Champion for SEVEN straight years and fought anybody Dana White threw his way. As nice as it would be to see Silva mount a comeback and regain his belt, that is an unrealistic expectation of the fans. Let’s enjoy all of the great fights and years Anderson gave to the sport, as the Dominique Wilkins of MMA.

Thank you for all of the memories, Anderson.

Randall “Stiltz”

Hey here are our picks for the week, you can listen to them on the latest podcast.

STILTZ: 13-3

Panthers over Falcons
Bengals over Ravens
Texans over Titans
Colts over Jags
Miami over Jets
Vikings over Lions
Giants over Redskins
Steelers over Browns
Broncos over Raiders
Pats over Bills
Saints over Bucs
Cards over 49ers
Chargers over Chiefs
Seahawks over Rams
Packers over Bears
Philly over Dallas

USH: 14-2

Panthers over Falcons
Bengals over Ravens
Titans over Texans
Colts over Jags
Jets over Miami
Lions over Vikings
Redskins over Giants
Steelers over Browns
Broncos over Raiders
Pats over Bills
Saints over Bucs
49ers over Cards
Chargers over Chiefs
Seahawks over Rams
Pack over Bears
Philly over Cowboys

ATS bets of the week:
Carolina -6.5
Jets +5.5
Detroit +3

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Christmas week for the Packers/Bears rivalry

Matt Flynn be like

Bears be like

….the day after Christmas

Aaron Rodgers will start this Sunday against the Bears for the division title.

The Champ is back.

Bears fans rejoice

E-mail exchange the past couple of days

STILTZ:

Hey Ush,

What was your biggest surprise from yesterday’s games? We tied this week in picks regardless of what happens tonight since we both have the Niners.

USH:

I had three big surprises yesterday. First, was the Seahawks/Arizona game. Being able to go on the road to Seattle, and grind out a victory in spite of my man Heisman Palmer was very impressive. It’s no secret that the Arizona defense is one of the best and most physical in the league, but to see them absolutely bully the Seahawks at home was unexpected. The Cardinals exposed the Seahawks weakness, which is their WR corps. By being physical and being disciplined in their pursuit of Russel Wilson, they were able to prevent the Seahawks from getting into a flow completely.

Secondly, I was surprised with the Saints/Panthers game. Not with the outcome, it was sure to be a close game between two of the top teams in the NFC, but first, the damn near hurricane that it was played in for much of the game, and then the fact that Cam Newton was able to engineer a closing seconds game winning drive to end it. It seemed like a reversal of roles to me. Cam looked uncomfortable and out of sync all game, but like the gamer that he is started slinging it with the game on the line to propel his team to victory. Two additional things: jesus did Carolina’s stadium look like an absolute sh*thole. There were clips of the water just pouring through holes in the upper decks onto the seats below which would have had me PISSED if I was anywhere near those seats. Also, no way anything that allows that much water to pour through can be safe. Second, Carolina’s Defense, and specifically Luke Keuchly is a damn beast.

**EDITOR’S NOTE: USH’S DREAM SEAT FOR THE PANTHERS GAME**

Third, was the absolute no shows by Chicago and Ravens. Both teams with a lot to play for, and they got their asses kicked. Inexcusable.

What about you man? Remember to pour some out for Tony Romo today, bummed to hear about his injury, but as a non Cowboys fan I hope that the fans realize what an awesome QB they have in him and appreciate him a little more when he comes back

STILTZ:

Yeah, the Romo injury sucks for all football fans. Whether you like him or not, the guy is a gamer. As much as the Eagles want to win the division, you know they wanted to beat the Cowboys with Romo at the helm. For as much crap as everybody gives the guy, he keeps the Cowboys in every game and that’s saying something with that horrendous defense they have this year. He throws the game winning touchdown yesterday, but the only story out of that game is his injury.

The Cardinals are easily one of the hottest teams in football and they may end up watching the playoffs from home. Top three defenses in the league right now: Seattle, Carolina and Arizona? I just love the way they are playing football, even with an over the hill Palmer. One of my biggest surprises is how vulnerable all of the potential playoff teams are looking. Seattle has some serious o-line issues and Percy Harvin missing the year has hurt them tremendously. They are desperate for a playmaker on the outside. Do you trust any of these teams?
We all know Denver’s defense has had the benefit of one of the top scoring offenses in the history of the NFL, and with Von Miller sidelined with a torn ACL I don’t know how far they can make it in the playoffs anymore. I’m wondering which team is going to step up here and make a run. With all of the injuries, it’s going to come down to good QB play, defense, and coaching. Of course it sounds simple, but there just aren’t many good coaches in the league or QBs for that matter.
So let’s get a list of pretenders or contenders. Here are mine, so I’m going to just predict who will be in the playoffs or not.
Pretenders:
Chiefs- Alex Smith can only get you so far. This week proved once again if the Chiefs are down, they are not coming back. They just can’t get the ball down the field fast enough. I don’t trust that defense, and their pass rush has done nothing as of late.
Bengals- Andy Dalton isn’t going to get it done. With an average QB like Dalton you really need an elite defense to mask his faults. Look at the 2003 Bucs, Brad Johnson at QB but they had the best defense in the league. 2000 Ravens, one of the best defenses of all time but Dilfer at QB. The Bengals defense is good but they aren’t great.
Carolina- I like their defense but question marks at Coach and QB for me. It was nice to see Cam make a game winning drive after playing poorly the entire game but I don’t think he’s ready to make any sort of run in the playoffs.
New Orleans- They’ve done it in the past but they had home field advantage that year. Saints having to potentially win 4 road games is too much to ask.
Dolphins- I don’t trust Tannehill in a big game, the Dolphins secondary, or the coach.
Contenders:
Seattle, San Fran, Pats- No reason needed
Eagles- Chip’s done a great job this year, the players have bought in and they love playing for him. Once that offense gets going we saw what could happen. The only thing that concerns me is the same thing that worried me when he was in the NCAA. We all saw what happened when the Ducks played Alabama/Stanford. Philly vs Seattle/San Fran, might be tough to watch for Eagles fans.
Colts- Last year they won all the close ones, this year they find ways to come back. They can be dominant on both sides of the ball and I love me some Andrew the giant. Sneaky AFC champ pick here
Broncos- Close to being a pretender with me just based off Peyton’s play in the winter and playoffs. You compound that with their defense and they aren’t that great. Only reason I have him here is the fact I think the AFC is soft so they can at least make it to the AFC Championship game.
Packers- Of course they turn into a pretender if Aaron doesn’t return. However, if he comes back that whole team will be playing with new life. Cobb even has a shot at returning in the playoffs which would make their offense that much better. Their defense is their weak spot, but with ARod and Lacy controlling TOP I think they can make a run.
7 contenders, 5 pretenders… Not bad. Thoughts on your contenders and pretenders?
USH:
To me, there are far less contenders, and way more pretenders. However, as we’ve seen in the past few years, one of these pretenders can get hot and win it all.

Contenders:
Seattle, Broncos, Colts, Pats
I was tempted to add both Carolina and New Orleans to this list, Carolina has a championship defense that will keep them in any game, and New Orleans has Drew Breeeeeeees. Cam and the defense are capable of leading them to the championship, but they lack the playmakers necessary, so they just miss. The Saints just have not been playing their best football late in the year, and that, combined with the fact that they will have to win games on the road, keeps them off the list for me.
Seattle is a contender for me for the obvious reasons: Sick defense, great running game, great young QB, best home field advantage in the NFL. All of these are legitimate reasons, but one reason I think they are MORE of a contender this week than they were a week ago is their loss to the Cardinals. I think it was a big wakeup call for them, and will be sobering enough to drive them to a championship. Their aura at home, along with Russel Wilson’s undefeated record, was broken. I think that this makes them step back as a team and realize that their ticket to the super bowl does not get punched when they clinch home field, and that will refocus this team when they may not have been before the loss.
The Broncos losing Von Miller obviously hurts them. Their defense has just been “good enough” all year as it is, and losing his ability to play in space and pressure the QB won’t help things. With the offense Peyton has, they will be in every game however. Welker will be healthy, and I think their loss to the Pats will teach them something about winning games in bad weather. During that game, the Broncos didn’t flex their normal game plan of passes to the perimeter and shots downfield. Those throws are most easily affected by the elements, and need to be pin point passes most often. What the Pats do when the weather gets bad is run a lot of dig routes to the inside, and quick hitches that allow Touchdown Tommy to drive the ball short distances and put it on his receivers. When the weather gets poor, I look for the Broncos to start doing this as well.
The Colts might be a surprising pick here, but this is how much I love Andrew Luck. Their defense is underrated, and with the emergence of Donald Brown they have been able to maintain a level of balance that helps Luck dominate. This is my pick for that lower seed to make a super bowl run.
New England will be a contender as long as they have Brady and Belichek. It is amazing how they have been able to adapt and cope with their injuries this year. Their three headed running game has been very effective recently, and Edelman and Amendola have provided the shiftiness and break off the line necessary to get the quick 5-8 yards hits that move the chains. Combine this with one of the best shut down defenders in the league, their ability to go into any environment and play well, and the coldest mo fo in the league under center and you have a super bowl combination. New England is likely the only team in the playoffs (ok maybe the Packers if they get there) that will be COMFORTABLE if its snowing or below zero out. That is a HUGE advantage.
Well Stiltz, Merry Christmas brother. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and troops downrange, as well as their families and friends at home.

We all know that LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world. His journey to the top has been well documented. What about the journey of his headband? Every great player has their signature move/look, and LeBron’s headband is his. He refuses to let it go, but there was a moment in last year’s finals when LeBron went ballistic after losing his headband. Check out this video of all of LeBron’s contributions to his triple double in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals against the Spurs. You can start it from the 5 minute mark if you just want to see headbandless LeBron, who completely took over the game.

It almost makes you wonder if his headband is holding him back. Watching him play without his headband though, it just didn’t feel right. It felt like you were watching him run around out there naked and uncomfortable.

High School Bron- Oh life was good, he was on the cover of magazines and the #1 prospect. They(Headband and LeBron) were on good terms.

2003 LeBron- Nothing to see here on his way to winning Rookie of the Year

2004 LeBron- Shaq isn’t impressed early on, possibly thinking Lebron should just shave it already.

2005 LeBron- LeBron’s third year in the league they finally made the playoffs, and he started feuding with his headband. He was slowly becoming the best player on Earth, and his headband wasn’t getting the recognition it wanted.

2006 LeBron- The feud is real. Even though he was the youngest NBA All Star MVP, his hairline was aged beyond it’s years.

2007 LeBron- The headband appeared to be getting larger in 2007, almost the size of two traditional headbands combined. You think we wouldn’t notice.

2008 LeBron- You have to start wondering if there was some sort of tape to hold it on when it reaches these heights.

2009 LeBron- The struggle is real people.

2010 LeBron- Check out previous years, his hair is barely noticeable past the headband. This year he mixed it up by growing out his hair to throw everybody off. This was his last season on Cleveland and maybe he took his talents to Miami and a new fanbase so they wouldn’t notice what was transpiring on his head. Mainly because they aren’t in the stands, and if they are they aren’t watching the game.

2011 LeBron- The decision seemed to speed this process up.

2012 LeBron- It has to be on the verge of just rubber banding off his head and shooting into the stands. This could also turn into a halftime tradition and get rid of the tshirt machine.

2013 LeBron- This picture reveals what has transpired in his 10 years in the NBA. Either they couldn’t keep the headband on his head long enough for the picture or winning his first ring finally allowed him to let it go.

How long will he continue to try and keep his headband, I say forever. Even if he were to give in to his receding hairline and shave his head, he most definitely would rock the headband. It just might look this.

Somebody help Tom Brady out! For a man who is married to a Supermodel and has three rings you’d think he’d be the first one to get some high five action on the sideline. Oh wait….that’s probably why.

…and earlier this year

If only Tom Brady could reach out and high five himself in these gifs.

Maybe he should take a page out of Barney Stinson’s book, he’ll never be left hanging again.

Christmas came early for Packers fans following a heartbreaking loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. Not only were the Detroit Lions defeated by the Giants, but the Bears were embarrassed on National TV by an Eagles team that didn’t need to win. Now the North will be decided by the oldest rivalry in the NFL, Packers at the Bears. We all know the Starks control the North, and one team actually dresses a Stark.

This has been a wild two months in the NFC North. The Packers at 5-2 couldn’t win a game the entire month of November without Rodgers. At 5-6-1, their playoff hopes were slipping away. That’s right when the Packers turned into the cardiac kids and had two comeback victories against the Falcons and Cowboys. This latest game was another saga in the dramatic comeback games for the Packers; however they fell short with poor time management.  Matt Flynn had a very similar game when he came into play for Rodgers against the Patriots in 2010. Flynn had horrendous clock management at the game which lead to the Packers not having an opportunity to score. The parallels from these two teams are kinda eerie.

The Lions, one of the most talented teams in the league, had everything to lose. Not only did the Packers not have Rodgers, but Jay Cutler was injured too. The Lions proved once again they weren’t ready.  Too many turnovers, sloppy play and untimely penalties lead to their demise. Now the two teams that controlled their own destiny….still control their own destiny thanks to the Lions losing.

The Bears have to be happy to be in the position to win the division as well. Their defense has just been awful this year. It is hard to watch this Bears team, since they are a polar opposite of previous teams.  However, they are still hanging around thanks to the deficiencies in the division. Now they have an opportunity to sweep their rivals this week and take claim to the division.

The big question now is whether Aaron Rodgers will play in this game or not. It’s hard to imagine Rodgers not suiting up for this game, but in the end the Packers are going to make the best decision for their future as a team.  The Packers would be the tougher out in the playoffs in my opinion. The Bears have a nice offense, but every NFC playoff team would be salivating to play that defense.

Whether the Packers or Bears win the NFC North, the winner will be the #4 seed. That means there is a potential of a Bears/Packers vs Niners game if the playoffs started today. I think Packers fans would love a little redemption against a 49ers team that has had the Packers numbers these last couple of years. The 4 seed would host the wildcard game and that would put the home team at a nice advantage seeing as all the potential wildcards aren’t cold weather teams. So whether it is New Orleans, Arizona, San Francisco, or Carolina the Packers/Bears would have the advantage. This week a lot of the pundits will say how bad the NFC North is and how nobody is trying to win it, but I think the Packers can make a run with AR12 behind center.

 

Randall “Stiltz”