Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Prediction for Dolphins/Saints on Monday Night Football

Both the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints enter Monday night as 3-0 teams. The Dolphins have gotten there with a win over the Browns and then straight wins over good quarterbacks; the Saints have gotten there with an improved defense, Sean Payton back as head coach, and Drew Brees playing almost like Drew Brees, which has been good enough. The Dolphins come in with something to prove to the rest of the league while the Saints come in simply looking to stay undefeated.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Prediction for LSU/Georgia Later Today

The SEC is once again the center of attention in college football. Personally, I love it and this game could prove to be a very offensive one not unlike Bama/Texas A&M a few weeks ago.

Friday, September 27, 2013

My Writing for 9/27/2013

The latest installment of my football column, Wild Weekends. I go over all the great quarterback matchups that were on the NFL schedule last week, but ended up failing to materialize. That and the games weren't that great in most cases. I also go over a topic that is really beginning to piss me off these days in college football: teams being demonized for slaughtering teams they're supposed to slaughter.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Writing for 9/25/2013

Jim Ross was recently fired, or retired if you believe what he and WWE are saying for PR reasons. In reality, Ross was fired after a somewhat disastrous WWE 2K14 panel discussion; disastrous in the sense that it didn't follow the script given by those in charge and that the wrestlers on the panel chose to tell wrestling stories more than shill the video game.

After a long while, my second (of two) articles regarding the George Zimmerman trial. This one consists of the issues surrounding the case that didn't get nearly the amount of airtime or attention they needed and deserved.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Prediction for Stanford/Arizona St. Later Today

This week wasn't anywhere near the best one when it comes to the games on the schedule. And the early slaughters throughout college football seem to back this up. However, the one game this week featuring two ranked college football teams playing each other could turn out to be an entertaining game in a day with few.

My Writing for 9/20/2013

A special installment of my Wild weekends football column. This one deals with a special Sunday I had last week watching football. Doesn't sound that special? Read on and find out why it was.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Prediction for Eagles/Chiefs Tonight

The NFL game of the week isn't generally the Thursday game, but this week it is. Andy Reid makes his return to Philadelphia less than a year after his 14-season run as Eagles head coach ended. He brings in a Kansas City Chiefs team that has already matched their win total (2) from last season while the Eagles have Chip Kelly as their new head coach and his fast-paced running offense, made famous during his time with the Oregon Ducks. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Writing for 9/18/2013

Hugh Douglas was fired last month from ESPN after a very Riley Cooper-like incident. I bring Cooper up because Douglas was one of those vocal against Cooper, only to repeat the actions himself that got Cooper in trouble in late-July.

The latest installment of my Wild Weekends football column. Included this week is Johnny Football against Alabama, The four-game Big Ten/Pac-12 series (including that messed up finish to Wisconsin/Arizona St.), and Michigan & Notre Dame still worn out from their game against each other.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My Prediction for Manning Bowl III

The Pigskin Report is having some technical issues today (UPDATE: this article is now on The Pigskin Report website), so I'm posting my prediction here:

NFL Game of the Week: Manning Bowl III
By Phil Clark

Brother versus brother is somewhat rare in the sports world. So when it happens, it always is a big story. Today is another installment of pro football's biggest brother versus brother matchup: the Manning Bowl. Peyton and Eli Manning have become to the of the NFL's best and most polarizing quarterbacks, with three Super Bowl rings (2 for Eli, 1 for Peyton) between the two of them.

The brothers have met twice, both with Peyton playing quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. In 2006, Peyton's Colts edged Eli's New York Giants 26-21; the Colts went on to win the Super Bowl that season. Four years later, Peyton torched the Giants while Eli was kept in check and the result was a 24-point Colts win.

Today is a far different day from either of the previous meetings between the brothers Manning. The most glaring difference will be that Peyton is now quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Eli is still with the Giants, but his Giants team is also far different from even the team that lost to Peyton a few years ago.

The glue for the Giants for many years was their punishing defensive line and the ability of their defense as a whole to not give up massive amounts of points. That kind of defense likely won't be on display today if the nearly 300 passing yards and 36 points they gave up last week to Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys is any indication.

Peyton's ability to adapt is unlike that of any quarterback of his generation. This allowed Peyton to immediately produce with a new group of receivers after a year on the shelf with neck and spine issues. One season is all Peyton needs at this point in his career to become acclimated with his receivers, as well as playing in the increased elevation of Denver, Colorado. Last week's seven-touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens showed how well Peyton and receivers are in sync.

Eli's advantage in this area is that he has had multiple seasons to throw to his two top targets: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Hearing that Eli has thrown a touchdown to either man has become so commonplace, you'd think these two receivers were joined at the hip with Eli.

Neither team has a spectacular running game, but the Giants have showed in the last week that they are worried about there's. David Wilson lost two fumbles and the Giants decided they needed another running back. So they worked out several big name running backs without a home and ended up bringing back Brandon Jacobs, who last played in New York for the Giants' last championship team in 2011.

The Broncos didn't do any better running the ball in week one, but don't have any anxiety in that department. Their running attack is stocked with the men the Broncos have known would head their running game since the beginning of training camp: Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball.

If anything is going to determine this game, it's going to be turnovers. The Giants committed six last week against the Cowboys and dug themselves into a three-score hole because of it. The Broncos lost two fumbles against the Ravens, but it didn't end up costing them as the Broncos never trailed by more than a touchdown in the game.

The Broncos' defense did allow Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to enjoy a productive first half, but because of the Broncos' offense scoring over and over, Flacco was forced to throw over 60 passes because of the increasing deficit his team faced. Lucky for the Giants, Eli is used to throwing that many passes in a game.

Eli will likely have to throw 60 times, but I still don't think it will matter. The Broncos offense will continue to roll up tons of yards and points, and will stay out of reach for most of the game, leading to Peyton going 3-0 against his little brother.

My prediction: Denver (-4) 38, New York 31

2013 Season
Straight up: 1-0
Against the Spread: 1-0

My Final NFL Division Preview Article for the 2013 Season

My NFC West preview.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

My Writing for 9/12/2013

Another installment of Wild Weekends. This week's installment o f my football column focuses on opening weekend in the NFL, the rough starts for Texas & USC, the biggest college football games from last week, the debut of the Eagles' new offense, and the hit Clay Matthews put on Colin Kaepernick last Sunday.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Writing for 9/11/2013

It will be a sad day for college football next year when the Michigan/Notre Dame rivalry comes to its conclusion. Hopefully the day will come when the rivalry is revived, but the Fighting Irish apparently don't see such a day coming any time soon. Sad stuff when a rivalry that is so good and important to the game has to end.

My NFC South preview. It's late, I know. But read it anyway.

My Writing for 9/10/2013

I haven't written anything on politics for a while, so when Robert Cobb of The Inscriber asked me to write something on potential U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, I decided that would be the subject matter. I plan on continuing to write political articles off and on, but anyone that knows me or reads my writing or checks out this blog knows that I'm a sports writer first. With that in mind, my political writing will be off and on like it always has been. Enjoy.

Monday, September 9, 2013

My Writing for 9/9/2013

Urban Meyer is an easy man in college football to think of as a villain. His time as coach of the Florida Gators was incredibly successful on the field, but just as notorious for his players' behavior off of it. But is it all Meyer's fault?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My Prediction for Green Bay/San Francisco Later Today

I was born and live in Wisconsin. And being the football nut that I am, the Green Bay Packers are obviously the team I'm cheering for every week they are playing. But does that mean I'm going to pick them every week they're playing? Read on to find out.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Writing for 9/7/2013

My AFC South preview.

My NFC North preview.

My NFC East preview.

My Writing for 9/6/2013

This week's college football game of the week was a no-brainer, no matter the rankings for the team or any factor like that: Michigan Vs. Notre Dame. One of my favorite college football rivalries, and it's a shame that the Fighting Irish have pussed out of the rivalry due to the ACC move. It's a shame.

My 2013 AFC East preview

My 2013 AFC West preview

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

My Writing for 8/31/2013

Vitali Klitschko, current WBC heavyweight champion, is done fighting in 2013. But he's keeping busy with politics as a member of parliament in the Ukraine. However, the champ has bigger political aspirations than that and after his boxing career ends, he may end up at the top of the political world as well.