Tuesday, December 31, 2013

UFC 168 Recap

Prelims: http://www.playersview.net/ufc-168-prelims-uriah-hall-stops-chris-leben-end-first-round/

Main Card: http://www.playersview.net/chris-weidman-retains-middleweight-title-ufc-168-gruesome-injury-anderson-silva/

The Rose Bowl Helping to Decide the National Championship

http://www.playersview.net/100th-rose-bowl-game-national-championship-rose-bowl-game/

The Rose Bowl Game isn't just the most famous and oldest bowl game in college football. It's also a bowl game that has had as much to do with deciding national champions as the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, or Cotton Bowl Classic.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Michigan St. & Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game

http://www.playersview.net/100th-rose-bowl-game-rose-bowl-game-history-michigan-st-stanford/

A look through the Michigan St. Spartans and Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl Game. The teams meet in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday with kickoff at 5:10PM ET.

The Rose Bowl Game's Best Performances

http://www.playersview.net/100th-rose-bowl-game-performances-cant-forgotten/

Every bowl game has its collection of great performances within. This is my collection of what I believe are the best performances in Rose Bowl Game history. With the 100th Rose Bowl Game around 48 hours away, I'm going full speed ahead in my look through the game's rich and long history.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Notre Dame & Alabama in the Rose Bowl Game

http://www.playersview.net/100th-rose-bowl-game-notre-dame-alabama-rose-bowl-game/

Two of the most recognizable, winning, and iconic programs in the history of college football are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide. So it should be no surprise that both programs have some history in the Rose Bowl Game. The teams are a combined 5-1 in their Rose Bowl Game appearances.

UFC 168 Predictions

UFC 168 is one of the biggest cards of 2013 for UFC. The promotion for years now has tried to finish each year with a stacked card and have succeeded once again with tonight's. In accordance with other UFC cards where I have given predictions, I'm not predicting every bout on the card, just the ones I am most confident in or have a ready prediction without having to do too much research on the bout's participants.

I did pretty well predicting bouts at UFC 155, but not even close to as well at UFC 167. I'm hoping tonight will be a change from last month. With that in mind, I predict that the following fighters will taste victory tonight at UFC 168:

Anderson Silva
Ronda Rousey
Josh Barnett
Jim Miller
Dustin Poirier
Uriah Hall

Player's View Awards 2013

http://www.playersview.net/peyton-manning-headlines-2013-year-end-awards/18/

The site that I am currently writing the most for, Player's View, have compiled votes from their writers and editors for various sports categories (best NBA player, best NFL players, worst call, etc.) in order to create an awards slideshow. Not all my votes ended up being winners, but most of them did.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Who to Watch at UFC 168 Outside of Silva/Weidman II & Rousey/Tate II

http://www.playersview.net/steal-show-ufc-168/

UFC 168 is headlined by the title rematches between Chris Weidman & Anderson for the middleweight title and Ronda Rousey & Miesha Tate for the women's bantamweight title. Both title holders, Weidman and Rousey, won their respective first encounters with their opponents Saturday night.

However, the card is a really good looking one and is full of places where a bout or fighter could come along and steal the show. I go over the best opportunities for a fighter or bout to steal the show Saturday night.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Rose Bowl's Greatest Moments

http://www.playersview.net/100th-rose-bowl-game-moments-stand-test-time/

To start my countdown to the 100th Rose Bowl Game, I've written about what I believe are the greatest and most historically significant moments in the game's history.

Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 Preview

http://www.playersview.net/inoki-bom-ba-ye-2013-keeps-new-years-eve-mma-tradition-alive/

The tradition of an MMA show being held on December 31st in the country of Japan will continue for at least one more year with Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013. The event is being promoted by Antonio Inoki's Inoki Genome Federation, a pro wrestling promotion that also has MMA and kickboxing bouts on their cards. Inoki is also the one who promoted the first MMA-themed show on New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Total Wrestling Magazine Issue 3

http://www.twmag.co.uk/Magazine/TW3.pdf

Issue three of Total Wrestling Magazine is out and it's another quality issue that includes interviews with Jim Ross and Jim Cornette; they're not as controversial as the TWM interview with Davey Richards, but still great interviews.

My articles are on pages 30 and 42.

My Recap of Glory 13

http://www.playersview.net/nieky-holzken-wins-inaugural-welterweight-championship-tournament-glory-13/

The kickboxing promotion Glory had another card televised on Spike TV this past weekend. At the card was a one-night tournament to crown the promotion's first welterweight champion, a brutal knockout, the retirement of a legend, and a few upsets in some bouts that weren't televised.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Carlos Condit/Tyron Woodley at UFC 171

http://www.playersview.net/carlos-condittyron-woodley-official-ufc-171/

This weekend, it was made official that Carlos Condit/Tyron Woodley will join Johny Hendricks/Robbie Lawler on the UFC 171 main card. This already makes this PPV a showcase for UFC's welterweight division with a new champion being crowned in the Hendricks/Lawler bout due to GSP vacating the belt, as well as a probable #1 contender being determined with Condit/Woodley.

My Prediction for Chiefs/Colts Today

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/12/pro-football-game-of-the-week-indianapolis-colts-vs-kansas-city-chiefs/

The Colts and Chiefs both have plenty to play for on Sunday; the Colts are playing for a better spot in the AFC playoffs after already clinching the South division while the Chiefs are still in the hunt for the West division title. The Colts definitely appear more vulnerable than the Chiefs, but when you play the Redskins and Raiders in straight games, you might look better than you actually are.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

HBO Vs. Showtime Analysis

http://www.playersview.net/can-hbo-vs-showtime-rivalry-bring-anything-boxing/

The two big premium cable channels that air boxing is HBO and Showtime. Their rivalry has cooled down for the last decade or so, but has heated up recently. The catalyst for the renewal of this rivalry was Floyd Mayweather leaving HBO and signing with Showtime.

UW-Whitewater Wins Division III College Football Championship

UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14

Friday night saw my home state UW-Whitewater win their fourth NCAA division III football championship in five years, and do it at the expense of the team they beat in those other title game wins, Mount Union. This was the eighth time in the last nine years that these two names have met in the Stagg Bowl (named after Amos Alonzo Stagg) with Whitewater winning the last four and five of the eight title games between the two teams.

For Mount Union, it was only their sixth loss in the last eight seasons, five of those losses coming to Whitewater in the title game.

This game is noteworthy as all of the other title games in this rivalry were decently close while this one was a blowout, and that's putting it nicely. The game was close throughout the first half with Whitewater seemingly one step ahead. Then in the second half, everything went Whitewater's way; they outscored Mount Union 31-0, Mount Union continually made defensive mistakes with multiple pass interference penalties benefiting Whitewater, Mount Union committed turnover after turnover, and Whitewater simply saw blood and didn't stop until they had the kill.

There are no two teams that have done more in division III football history than these two. Even though Whitewater still has a long way to go to match Mount Union's long-term success, they are certainly on their way.

This was a very fun football viewing experience, as has been watching this rivalry take shape over the last nine seasons. I hope it continues and expect to see a ninth title game between these two next season.

Andre Ward Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Boxing

http://www.playersview.net/andre-ward-good-good/

The key difference between individual and team sports is that in individual sports, being a great winner doesn't always get you the money and fame that winning in a team sport generally does. Andre Ward is such a case in boxing. Ward has all the credentials a fight fan could ask for when it comes to being a true champion and a great boxer. Unfortunately, that isn't enough in the fight game sometimes and Ward's lack of major bouts is showing that to be a sad reality in his career.

Friday, December 20, 2013

What Shane del Rosario's Death Certificate Says

http://www.playersview.net/shane-del-rosario-died-natural-causes/

Shane del Rosario died on December 9, almost ten days after being taken off life support following two heart attacks and going into cardiac arrest Thanksgiving weekend. He was only thirty years old with a career record of 11-2 in MMA and 8-1 in kickboxing.

Glory, the New Face of Kickboxing

http://www.playersview.net/glory-become-next-k-1-kickboxing/

Following in the footsteps of K-1, Glory has taken over as the global force in kickboxing. They have been around for a little under two years and have already made a name for themselves. Spike TV will air Glory 13 on Saturday night; that event takes place at the Ariake Coliseum in Japan.

Examining Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s Behavior Issues

http://www.playersview.net/julio-caesar-chavez-jr-needs-change-good-boxing/

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s behavior both in and out of the ring has not been the best endorsement for himself or the sport of boxing. He is by no means special in this department, but because he's so young and potentially has so much time left in the sport, it would benefit him and the sport if he would grow up a bit.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

At Least Somebody Understands the Phil Robertson Controversy

http://progressiveviewfromthemiddle.com/2013/12/19/phil-robertson-supporters/

The controversy surrounding Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty and his comments in a GQ interview is NOT a first amendment issue. I've seen politicians, fans of the show, and those who agree with Robertson voice that sentiment, but they are all wrong in their belief that Robertson's first amendment rights are somehow being infringed upon because his comments have caused a stir.

Is Robertson in jail for what he said? No. He's free to say what he wants and has exercised that right. The fact that he wasn't arrested and put in jail for his comments proves that this isn't a first amendment issue.

The part that people forget, even though this story isn't a new one in any way, is that the companies that advertise and sell all the Duck Dynasty merchandise that is in stores as well as the channel that airs the show and made these people famous in the first place also have the right to not support someone who is going to negatively effect their bottom line. Again, this isn't anything new, but because it's someone on a popular (something that makes me sick) show who may have a view on gays and black people that plenty of Americans share, though they don't express it until someone else takes the hit for those views, suddenly means the first amendment is under attack.

NO! Robertson exercised his first amendment right, but what all of the people who believe he has somehow been wronged have to remember is that we all have to be held accountable for what we say. Words and actions both have consequences, and those consequences are greater when you're a public figure, even if you're only a star of some bullshit reality TV show. What he was quoted as saying is something that has upset people and if those people are potential customers and/or viewers, companies are going to exercise their right to say, "we're not going to let you (one person) take us down because your views are those that this company isn't going to support and/or don't agree with."  Not to beat a dead horse, but this is nothing new and happens more and more as there are more and more famous people who are famous for next to nothing and talk without thinking about the potential consequences of their words.

It was a GQ interview for crying out loud, did he not think people were going to read it? Or was he just plain ignorant as to how people react to things even the slightest bit controversial in today's society? Maybe because he framed it around his religious beliefs and that he was alive in the 60's he thought people wouldn't get bent out of shape about it.

The big positive I can see coming out of this is that hopefully it is the beginning of the end of a shitty show and maybe begins to shine a light on the fact that reality TV stars (like those on Duck Dynasty or the Khardashians) aren't people who should be given as much TV time as they've gotten over the last ten years or so because they offer very little to society other than trashy or low-brow entertainment. Those kinds of entertainment are fine in small doses, but not when it's the only thing people will watch. Then the problem lies with the people just as much with those on these shows.

Not a first amendment issue, so move on people.

Velasquez/JDS IV Will Happen, It's Just a Matter of When

http://www.playersview.net/cain-velasquez-junior-dos-santos-destined-fight/

Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos have fought three times for the UFC heavyweight title in the last two years. Velasquez has won two of the bouts and the issue should be settled. However, if JDS continues to be the best heavyweight in UFC not named Cain Velasquez, how can they not fight a fourth time?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bellator and Pay-Per-View Not a Good Match Right Now

http://www.playersview.net/now-isnt-time-bellator-mma-pay-per-view/

Bellator's unsuccessful attempt at running a pay-per-view this year demonstrates that the promotion is on the rise, but isn't at the point where one PPV, let alone regular PPV's, is an option. The attempted PPV was their Bellator 106 card that ended up on Spike TV when Tito Ortiz had to pull out of his bout with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson due to injury.

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Prediction for Ravens/Lions Tonight

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/12/pro-football-game-of-the-week-baltimore-ravens-vs-detroit-lions/

This week, Monday Night Football has a game with big playoff implications for the teams involved. Both the Ravens and Lions are in the hunt for their respective division titles, and that is likely the only way either team is going to make the playoffs. It's crunch time people, time to see who can step up and make a run toward a playoff berth.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Memo to Georges St. Pierre: Please Retire, It's Not Worth The Risk to Keep Fighting

http://www.playersview.net/georges-st-pierre-retire-right-now/

Georges St. Pierre relinquished the UFC welterweight title on Friday, but did not announce his retirement. An example, in my opinion, of "close, but no cigar." I believe that GSP should retire right now for a variety of reasons, and none of them have to do with my dislike of the "lay and pray" technique that GSP has used in several of his recent title defenses.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Marvin Miller Should Be In the Baseball Hall of Fame

http://www.playersview.net/marvin-miller-baseball-hall-fame-disgrace/

Marvin Miller's name is one that should have been in Cooperstown in the baseball hall of fame years ago. But it still isn't. Why? I have my thoughts as to why.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

No Tailgating at the Super Bowl? Really? Unfortunately, Yes.

http://www.playersview.net/tailgating-super-bowl-xlviii-painfully-wrong-decision/

The Super Bowl committee has banned tailgating from this year's game. Let that sink in for a moment. I know it may not seem like much to some, but to me it's some bullshit.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mark Hunt & Antonio Silva Had a Classic Bout Last Friday. What They Need is to Have Another

http://www.playersview.net/mark-hunt-antonio-silva-must-fight/

The main-event of last Friday's UFC card in Australia was Mark Hunt & Antonio Silva. It turned out to be a wild and bloody brawl that featured one of the best complete performances of Hunt's career. In the end, nothing was settled and a rematch seems absolutely necessary.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Prediction for Saints/Panthers Tonight

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/12/pro-football-game-of-the-week-new-orleans-saints-vs-carolina-panthers/

The lead in the NFC South is on the line tonight. The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are both 9-3 and are both looking for the inside track on a division title and home playoff game. The Saints have been practically unbeatable at home, but the Panthers are on a hell of a winning streak entering this game. That and Drew Brees versus Cam Newton is another in a line of great Sunday Night Football quarterback pairings this year. The ability for networks to rearrange the times of football games has really benefited NBC this season and this is another example with Packers/Falcons being the original Sunday Night game this week.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Boxing's Light Heavyweight Division Heading Toward Unification? Maybe

http://www.playersview.net/light-heavyweight-unification-possibly-coming-boxing/

Boxing's light heavyweight division currently has three champions: Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson, and Bernard Hopkins. All bring something to the table and all are deserving and dominant champions. With Kovalev and Stevenson winning by knockout back-to-back last weekend in Quebec, the topic of unification in the division is one that the promoters of these boxers and the organizations whose belts these men hold have to seriously look at.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Tom Brady/Peyton Manning Debate and How it Has to End

http://www.playersview.net/lets-stop-tom-bradypeyton-manning-debate/

There's no doubt that history will recognize Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and the two best of their time. That should be good enough for fans of both, but it's not. Every time a game featuring the Brady versus Manning QB matchup comes around, the same debate begins: who is better, Brady or Manning? It's pointless, it doesn't impact either man's legacy or stature, so why even have it?

My Prediction for Seahawks/Saints Tonight

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/12/pro-football-game-of-the-week-seattle-seahawks-vs-new-orleans-saints/

Russell Wilson versus Drew Brees headlines Monday Night Football this week. However, this game has other sub-plots to pay attention to. Such sub-plots include how the Saints will deal with the elements if weather ends up really bad, whether or not Rob Ryan's defense will continue to play well, the 12th man versus the Saints, and the fact that this game is for the top spot in the NFC heading into next week. That last one in particular is important because that means that tonight's winner gets an edge in the race for home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs with around a month left in the regular season.