Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Pro Wrestling Treat on Halloween

http://placetobenation.com/pro-wrestling-halloween-bucket-of-treats/

This is a collection of videos that fit the theme of Halloween. This collection showcases some of the zanier and creepier characters that WWE have attempted while also showing the characters with an edge, like Jake "The Snake" Roberts, at their best. The Undertaker and The Ultimate Warrior are also all over this collection, but it's Halloween, so yeah. There's also a video in there of the divas in costume from about five years back, so it's not all about the actual in-ring action and storylines.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Prediction for Cowboys/Lions Tomorrow

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/10/pro-football-game-of-the-week-dallas-cowboys-vs-detroit-lions/

The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions comprise my pick for NFL game of the week this week. Both teams bring in great offenses and poor defenses, almost guaranteeing a college football-style offensive shootout. It's Romo versus Stafford, Megatron versus Dez Bryant, and Murray versus Bush. I'm looking forward to this game and football fans should be too.

My Prediction for South Carolina/Missouri Later Today

http://www.hubsm.com/hubsm-game-week-5-missouri-tigers-vs-21-south-carolina-tigers/

The Missouri Tigers have gone on a tear this season. They have gone from the other Big 12 team that came to the SEC to a legitimate SEC East and SEC conference title contender. They're at 7-0 and have beaten Georgia and Florida in their last two games. Today, they get the other big dog in the SEC East, South Carolina. The Gamecocks have had their issues this season to be sure, and if they want any chance to win their division and play for the SEC title, they must win this game.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Writing for 10/24/2013

http://www.hubsm.com/ruslan-provodnikov-overpowers-mike-alvarado-10th-round-stoppage/

Mike Alvarado/Ruslan Provodnikov was a boxing match that I anticipated from the moment it was announced. Both are fighters who bring the action, bring the excitement, and bring the big slugfests that help make boxing exciting. This was one I was anticipating from the moment it was announced.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Prediction for Broncos/Colts Tonight

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/10/pro-football-game-of-the-week-denver-broncos-vs-indianapolis-colts/

Some say you can never go home again, but Peyton Manning will be. Tonight, Manning brings the Denver Broncos to Lucas Oil Stadium, the place where Manning played home games as a member of the Indianapolis Colts for over a decade. Now the man who's looking like the next Manning, Andrew Luck, leads the Colts as they try to bounce back from a Monday Night loss. The Broncos look to remain undefeated and give Manning the satisfaction of beating his old team the first time he plays them at home after going to a new team.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

My Predictions for Cain Velasquez/Junior dos Santos III & Other UFC 166 Bouts

Tonight is the big fight when it comes to MMA. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will do battle for the third time with the UFC heavyweight title on the line. They first fought on a nationally televised card in November 2011 where they were the only bout nationally televised; dos Santos won that night with a first-round TKO less than two minutes into the bout. They fought again last December at UFC 155 and Velasquez spent five rounds beating the tar out of dos Santos before winning easily by decision.

As for tonight, I see a bout that is something like a combination of the first two between Velasquez & dos Santos.

Velasquez is still going to be landing his combinations and will still stay relatively outside because his reach and accuracy will allow him to land effectively like he did last December. I do see dos Santos trying to take it to the ground early for two reasons: 1) to see if he can do it and 2) because dos Santos has put his ground game to more use than Velasquez and it could help dos Santos gain control of things early. I think this will be the most competitive of the three bouts between Velasquez and dos Santos, but I just think that Velasquez has made such a leap throughout his game that it'll end up being too much for dos Santos.

I'm predicting it will be Velasquez over dos Santos by TKO late in round three or early in round four.

I also predict the following fighters will taste victory tonight at UFC 166:

Daniel Cormier
Gilbert Melendez
Hector Lombard
Gabriel Gonzaga
Tim Boetsch
George Sotiropoulous
Sarah Kaufman

My Prediction for Clemson/Florida St. Later Tonight

http://www.hubsm.com/hubsm-game-week-3-clemson-tigers-vs-5-florida-st-seminoles/

The big game this week in college football is an ACC rematch that produced quite the game last year. Clemson/Florida St. holds with it ACC title and national title implications as both teams are currently in the top five, but with tough non-conference games still left on their respective schedules. Between Tajh Boyd versus Jameis Winston and both defenses being in the top 10 for points allowed, this game has plenty going for it and should be fun.

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Writing for 10/15/2013

http://www.hubsm.com/timothy-bradley-impressive-split-decision-win-juan-manuel-marquez/

My recap for the Juan Manuel Marquez/Timothy Bradley bout last weekend. It didn't end up as good as I was expecting it to, but Bradley still put on a great performance. Marquez looked his age for the first time ever, but I'm still confident he's going to keep fighting; he doesn't have to, but he will.

Monday, October 14, 2013

My Writing for 10/12/2013

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/10/wild-weekends-injuries-controversy-and-some-wild-finishes/

The latest installment of my football column, Wild Weekends. This week: games with controversial (and one sort of funny) endings, lots of injuries, and a few things having to do with the game that are outside of the game.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My Prediction for Saints/Patriots Later Today

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/10/pro-football-game-of-the-week-new-england-patriots-vs-new-orleans-saints/

A Saints/Patriots game usually would be the talk of football. It's still this week's game of the week, but it doesn't quite have the same luster it would normally have due to the Pats' injury woes this season. Still, it's Brady versus Brees and the Pats are at home, so it still has enough for people to be curious if not pumped up for it.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

My Prediction for Florida/LSU Later Today

http://www.hubsm.com/hubsm-game-week-10-lsu-tigers-vs-17-florida-gators/

Florida/LSU is usually a very rough and tough SEC football game. If you want a recent example, just look at last year's 14-6 win for the Gators in a game that was dominated by running and very good defensive play. I don't think today's game will go quite the same way, but I expect the same competitive game that usually takes place between these two.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Funny Letter Regarding Government Shutdown

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/08/applying-government-shutdown-logic-to-the-baseball-playoffs/screen-shot-2013-10-08-at-11-59-41-am/

This is apparently an actual letter sent from an Atlanta Braves fan using his team's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series of the National League playoffs as a metaphor for the conservative & Tea Party stance on Obamacare helping to lead to the current government shutdown that has been in place for nearly two weeks. Funny, funny stuff.

On a personal note: FUCK THE BRAVES! I'm not a Dodgers fan, but I couldn't be happier that the they're out of the playoffs. Any team who has the self-serving stance, that the Braves demonstrated this season, that they are the only team who can exact revenge after being "wronged" on the field doesn't deserve a thing. And no, as a Wisconsin native, this isn't just about the Carlos Gomez/Brian McCann incident. That was the last straw, but my ill feelings toward the Braves had been building throughout the season for multiple incidents where they exacted bullshit baseball revenge for guys walking out a home run, something that apparently makes pitchers feel unusually butthurt. Don't want them to walk out a homer, don't serve them up one. The fact that Gomez did it to a pitcher that had beaned him multiple times and was thus getting revenge on him showed how full of shit the Braves are with their reaction, specifically McCann's bullshit of blocking home plate so Gomez couldn't touch it after hitting the homer.

Total Wrestling Magazine Issue 1

http://issuu.com/rjtrpublishingltd/docs/twf1

The first issue of an online wrestling magazine that I'm a part of. I love the look and the content, hopefully you will too. My article starts on page 28, but please look through the rest of it as there's a lot of good stuff within.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Writing for 10/10/2013

http://www.hubsm.com/miguel-cotto-vintage-3rd-round-tko-delvin-rodriguez/

My recap of Miguel Cotto's dominating TKO win over Delvin Rodriguez last weekend, as well as what the future might hold for Cotto.

http://www.hubsm.com/wladimir-klitschko-normal-self-still-dominates-alexander-povetkin/

My recap of Wladimir Klitschko's sloppy yet dominating successful heavyweight title defense over Alexander Povetkin. Despite a subpar performance, Klitschko's historically good title reign continues full speed ahead.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Prediction for Colts/Seahawks on Sunday

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/10/nfl-game-of-the-week-indianapolis-colts-vs-seattle-seahawks/

The Seahawks made a big comeback and scored an overtime win on the road last week. I don't believe in lightning striking twice, but if the Seahawks' defense can stop Luck early and often, it may not need to. This is a very intriguing to me, pity I won't get to watch it with the Packers/Lions being the Fox noon game in my area. Not that that's a problem.

My Prediction for Stanford/Washington Later Tonight

http://www.hubsm.com/hubsm-game-week-5-stanford-cardinal-vs-15-washington-huskies/

College football's game of the week is out west with Stanford and Washington hooking up in a top 15 showdown. Both are undefeated and have looked impressive, though this game will go toward showing how for real Washington is this season.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Writing for 10/4/2013

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/10/wild-weekends-offense-offense-and-a-little-bit-of-defense/

The latest installment of my football column, Wild Weekends. This week: LSU & Georgia produce a classic, Oregon and the Denver Broncos continue to dominate, the Chiefs are 4-0 while the Giants are 0-4, and Lane Kiffin finally gets fired.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Writing for 10/1/2013

http://www.worldboxing101.com/2013/10/01/adonis-stevenson-closer-to-light-heavyweight-supremacy-after-dominating-tavoris-cloud/

My recap of the Adonis Stevenson/Tavoris Cloud bout from last weekend. Could Stevenson/Hopkins or Stevenson/Kovalev be in the works for 2014? Boxing fans hope so.

http://www.worldboxing101.com/2013/10/01/julio-cesar-chavez-jr-gets-away-with-robbery-in-decision-win-over-brian-vera/

My recap of the controversial Julio Cesar Chavez Jr./Brian Vera bout from last weekend. The bout was controversial both in its build, the negotiations involved with keeping it from being canceled, and the decision at the end of it.