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Raise your hand if you could care less that the NFL Pro Bowl is on Sunday night?! Let’s be real. Not many people on God’s green earth give a crap that the Pro Bowl is this Sunday at 7pm ET on ESPN. You know it’s going downhill when Jameis Winston replaces Tom Brady.  You add in that JJ Watt isnt playing, mind 10 Panthers are prepping for the Super Bowl and let’s face it they really don’t “play” in the Pro Bowl.

It’s kind of a joke… no seriously it is.

Since no one cares about the Pro Bowl, discount is it a surprise that the NHL will be hosting its All Star game on Sunday night as well?!? Well this is one game you should turn in for; here are a few reasons why you should.

The Blackhawks will have Patrick Kane representing them. Jonathan Toews was selected to the team. However, viagra he just pulled out this morning because of and illness (James Neal of the Predators will replace him). He will also be suspended for one game for pulling out of the All-Star game due to NHL rules. However, there are plenty of other amazing players to keep your eyes on.  I hate to play favorites, but let’s focus on the Central Division team. Including the above mentioned Blackhawks superstar Kaner, the Central division is bursting with some of the most amazing talent in the entire NHL.

Let’s start with the stacked defense. Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) and Dustin “Big Buff” Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets) give the Central two of the toughest and big guns on defense. You add in Roman Josi’s (Nashville) advantage on offense too and this defense is definitely has the upper hand versus the other teams.

On offense the talent is even fiercer; the six Central forwards have combined over 140+ goals… Say what now?! You throw in both young guys from Dallas Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn with Kane. Sprinkle in some Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) and top it off with St.  Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko and you have a recipe for goals, goals and more goal scoring.

Your goalies between the pipes are Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville). These two are solid but I still feel Crawford should be there.

One of the things that the NHL All-Star Game does better than any other league is really focusing on changing the format and making it into a true competition, this year they are switching to a 3-on-3 format for the big game.

What does this mean you ask?

Eleven players have been selected from each of the four divisions of the NHL, and those divisional teams will compete for a winner-take-all $1 million prize, because let’s face it that shit goes down when you are playing for some coin….

How does this work, you may be asking?

The Central Division will play the Pacific Division in one 20-minute semifinal game, and the Metropolitan All-Stars will play the Atlantic team in the other. The winning conference in the skills competition gets to decide if it will play first or second in the semifinal. Then the winners of the semifinals will meet in the 20-minute championship game, to determine this year’s All-Star Champion.

Confused? I was as well, but with the always entertaining skills completion and the best of the best actually playing. Tune in and you won’t be disappointed.

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Is it just me or has this NFL postseason been AMAZBALLS?! Crazy endings left and right, sickness this all leads up to the final four teams. As much as everyone always roots for the underdog, cure no low seeds in this weekend’s Championship matchups. It’s all #1 vs. #2 seeds, for sale and this gal (who is 8-0, I may add, Vegas get me on speed dial) is excited to break down all the action for you!

Sunday (3:05 pm ET) New England Patriots at Denver Broncos: Or what most people are calling this Brady vs. Manning. However, there is a huge difference in this years matchup. It will be defined by two very good defenses. Look for the points in this one to be a bit lower than Brady vs. Manning of years past. Speaking of the past… This will be the fifth Brady vs. Manning matchup in the playoffs, which is the most head-to-head matchups between starting quarterbacks in NFL history.  The Broncos will look to avenge their loss to the Patriots back in November. However, the Patriots have six Super Bowl appearances since 2001. It is hard to go against Belichick, and now with Brady’s weapons back (Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola). I just don’t think the Broncos and Peyton Manning (even though I want to see him win one more) can win this one. The Patriots will be heading into Super Bowl 50. Patriots 21- Broncos 17

Sunday (6:40pm ET) Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers: Last week it is safe to say that both the Panthers and Cardinals got gifts from the big guy upstairs. They were extremely lucky to make it out of those games with a win. The Cardinals needed a hail Mary… oh wait that was Aaron Rodgers. They needed Larry Fitzgerald to pull a little more magic out of his legs and arms. The Panthers did not play 60 minutes of football; they came out and buried the Seahawks, going into halftime up 31-0. Then in the second half, they were a different team, they need to learn how to close out the big game. Carolina being at home will help; both QB Cam Newton and RB Jonathan Stewart have been lights out on home field. The Panthers are preparing for a defense that is going to blitz Newton left and right. He has been solid at handling pressure this season, but the Cardinals are his biggest test. The Panthers will do the same to Arizona QB Carson Palmer.  The Cardinals can’t overlook the Panthers secondary especially Josh Norman. Even though Palmer is experienced look for a few mistakes to make up the outcome of this game Panthers 24- Cardinals 21

Regardless of who you are rooting for, Sunday is going to be one hell of an EPIC Championship Sunday!

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When you are HOT you are HOT. Not to toot my own horn, cure but I did go 4-0 last weekend, ampoule and what a weekend it was. I will get into this weekend’s game shortly but we really need to call out some INSANITY from last weekend’s wildcard games.

  1. The Bengals vs. Steelers game was one of the most epic and insane finishes to date. These two teams HATE one another and last Saturday just added more fuel to the fire. To break it down here is all the insanity that led the Steelers to kick their game winning field goal.
    • Vontaze Burfict, Pacman Jones commit two personal fouls to give Steelers game-winner
    • Bengals fans threw garbage at an injured Ben Roethlisberger as he was carted off the field
    • Bengals players, fans livid after helmet-to-helmet on Giovani Bernard
    • The late penalty that doomed the Bengals was provoked by a Steelers coach illegally on the field
    • Steelers coach Mike Munchak penalized for yanking Bengals player’s hair
  2. The Minnesota vs. Seahawks game was nowhere near what I thought it was going to be and luckily, Minnesota Vikings’ kickerBlair Walsh missed the game winning kick on Sunday from 27 yards out. I am not one to go on fate… but I am pretty sure the man upstairs wanted to see Seahawks vs. Panthers.

Let’s now shift our focus to this upcoming weekend and the four great games on tap.

Saturday (4:35 pm ET) Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – The Chiefs have won 11 straight and haven’t lost since October 18th. I think their luck runs out. Tom Brady and the Pats are just a tested playoff team and they always show up in the playoffs. If the Pats get back Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola this will boost the offense even more, the Chiefs defense looked solid against the Texans. However, Mr. Potato Head could have done more than Brian Hoyer. Chiefs 14 – Patriots 21

Saturday (8:15 pm ET) Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – What can you say about the performance the Packers put up vs. the Redskins. Aaron Rodgers and the offense finally looked like their old selves again. They played solid on both sides of the ball and that is the Packers team we all saw in the beginning of the year. However, they haven’t improved enough to knock off the NFC West Champion Cardinals. The Cardinals are just a better team all the way around, and do we need to mention how the Cardinals CRUSHED the Packers last month 38-3?! I think this game won’t be as much of a blowout but the Cardinals offense is just too good. Packers 21- Cardinals 27

Sunday (1:05 pm ET) Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – “Must See TV” is what Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said of this matchup and I couldn’t agree with him more. This game is going to be this weekend’s cream of the crop. The Panthers are the best team in the league and have been for a while. Cam Newton will need to be his MVP self on Sunday, I think he is up for the task.  Seahawks 21 – Panthers 24

Sunday (4:40 pm ET) Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos – Will they or won’t they?! Ben Roethlisberger has an AC joint sprain and Antonio Brown has a concussion. Let’s face reality folks. There is no way on god’s green earth that the Steelers have a chance to win against Denver if these two don’t suit up. Peyton Manning is rested and healthy; I really think that the Broncos are out for revenge after their week 15 loss.  Steelers 21 – Broncos 27

Another great weekend of NFL  football on tap!

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Hi friends. How are you? It’s been a while. Luckily for you, online the SDI family was never too far from my heart. Every time I saw some asinine sports atrocity, nurse I kept it in my mental rolodex (i.e. my Twitter favorites) just in case I was able to share it with you guys. And now the opportunity has finally come to share my thoughts on random sports stories with you.

So here we are. It’s football season. Baseball season. I’m sure hockey might be on (???). Or table tennis. Maybe curling is happening…in Canada or Russia or wherever they watch that. The Cubs are good (right?). The Bears have a two-time-Super Bowl-appearing coach (he lost, cialis but still….he was in the building). Everyone’s favorite Bull may or may not have been involved in a gang rape (I. Can’t. Even.) And the Blackhawks dismantled their championship team and have deflated the hopes of another ticker tape parade in Chicago for like a decade.

Eesh.

So what have I been up to sports-wise? Well, I learned to golf. Ok, well not like actually learned to golf. I got golf clubs, try hopelessly to hit the ball with either my driver or my nine iron, and give up at around the third hole to focus on keeping score and getting drunk. You have no idea how difficult it is to count when you’re six mimosas in. I am a great humanitarian.

I also moved to Pittsburgh and have spent the past five months devising a plan to bribe bartenders to play Bears games when the Steelers are on. In addition to that, I am trying desperately to become the best amateur binge-watcher in America: I devoured four seasons of Game of Thrones in two weeks. If I keep this up, I’ll surely qualify for the Olympics. Because America.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about other people. So pop the cork on the Cabernet, light your pumpkin-scented candle and let’s talk proper sports.

The NFL

I really don’t want to talk about Deflategate but since I have a column with thousands of readers (right? RIGHT?!), I’ll throw in my two cents. Here’s the thing: the Patriots are known simultaneously as champions and cheaters. So it’s very difficult to believe that Belichick and Brady wouldn’t do this. That’s the thing about lying; get caught doing it once and everything else you say comes into question. Do I think they did this on purpose? I sure hope not. I would like to believe that what we are witnessing is a great team headed up by a brilliant coach and a seemingly terrific owner in Bob Kraft who are playing a brutal, unforgiving game as fairly as possible. But I will say this: it wouldn’t exactly surprise me if this ended up to be true.

In other news, Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson is dating singer Ciara. And that makes sense for both parties. Russell probably never got any action with chicks as ridiculously gorgeous as Ciara. And now, because she’s on his arm, Ciara is introduced as an R&B star (which – name three unaccompanied Ciara tracks not called “Goodies”… exactly.)

The NCAA:

So, two things:

  1. Kansas has a football team! WHO KNEW?!
  2. Students at the University of Kansas cannot name the head coach of said football team.

Yep. Moving on.

Golf

I am very confident in my relationship, but if some heifer EVER asks my man out on a date with me standing right there?! {link: http://thebiglead.com/2015/08/21/miss-texas-jordan-spieth-girlfriend-rangers-game/} No ma’am. In the illustrious words of Tupac, ‘you betta back the duck up before you get smacked the duck up.’ Because no rapper rant will ever beat the one at the end of Hit ‘em Up. {link: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=41qC3w3UUkU}

Aside: can someone tell the people in charge of autocorrect over at Apple that I literally never mean duck? Thanks.

Tennis

Drake and Serena Williams have been a thing for a while, so this is not news{link: http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2554239-report-drake-and-serena-williams-seen-making-out-at-cincinnati-restaurant?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national?is_shared=true). I compare this to having a real boyfriend, breaking up with him occasionally and hooking up with the side piece. Who is Drake in this scenario? Side piece.

One last thing…

Im currently drinking my way through Italy so I feel it would be remiss not to talk about soccer. JUST KIDDING! Thanks for reading. Until next time!

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Let’s face it Bears fans, cure this season was a DISASTER! The last thing any of us want to see is another organization and ALL-STAR quarterback (who makes less money than Jay Cutler) hoist up the Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl XLIX is this Sunday matching up the New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks; both happen to be the #1 seeds in their respective conferences.

The Super Bowl has almost become a national holiday in the U.S. and why not, click everything that we love about sports mashed up into a day full of overeating and drinking. Can it get any better?! If you haven’t nailed down your plans yet, check out our friends at Eater. They put together the top places to eat and watch this year’s game in Chicago: http://chicago.eater.com/maps/super-bowl-party-food-where-to-eat-chicago

Even though we still might have nightmares about this season, there are plenty of reasons to watch this Sunday’s game. Here are my reasons to watch this year’s game.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

The QB’s: Brady vs. Wilson, old school vs. new school. These two QB’s are everything that is right in the NFL. They both had stellar years on and off the field. Brady continues to further his path as the one of the best QB’s ever, while Wilson is looking for back to back Super Bowl

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

victories. Both are former Big10 QB’s, easy on the eyes and a marketers dream. Both have lucrative off the field contacts, hocking everything from UGGS to Insurance. Oh, did we also mention Brady is married to Gisele, under/over how many times they show her on NBC Sunday night.

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

The Cast of Characters: Where to begin? I think the most logical is with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch aka. Beast Mode, Mr. Skittles, etc. Lynch is one of the best running back in the league, hates talking to the media, and has gotten fined left and right this season. To sum it up he doesn’t care what any of us think. Lynch will be a major storyline in this game for both his on the field play and how he acts off. He really kicked it off weird, by answering every question at media day with “’I’m here so I won’t get fined’. Needless to say, all eyes will be on Lynch.

For the Patriots it has to be Rob Gronkowski aka. GRONK. Gronk was charismatic,

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

charming and left me wanting more on media day. He had another fantastic season catching 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in the regular season and has added another 10 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns in two postseason games; Gronk is a main factor why the Patriots are in the Super Bowl. He is the new generation’s tight-end and will be a deciding factor in Sunday’s game.

Honorable Mention: Richard Sherman, keep your eyes out for the loud mouth cornerback that always seems to have his hands in the game.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

The Half Time Show: The halftime show has become more of an attraction than the game that surrounds it. Last year’s halftime show had 115 million sets of eyeballs on it, making it the most-watched musical event in history. Whoa! Sunday’s show will to continue the trend. Katy Perry is this year’s headliner. Lenny Kravitz will be joining her on stage and rumblings also have the possibly of either Snoop Dogg or Kanye West. This will be tawdry and flashy and energetic, 15 minutes of pure musical fluff. With folks turning in to see what goes wrong, if anything. I personally can’t wait to see if Perry decides to throw shade at former BFF Taylor Swift. The inner 14 year old in me is bursting!

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

The Commercials: Who doesn’t remember last year’s Budweiser puppy and horse love story? Let’s face it this is another reason a majority of people watch the Super Bowl. The ads make us laugh, cry and say WTF at the same time. Who will win this year’s favorite ad, McDonald’s, Budweiser, Doritos, etc.?

The Game: After a week of WAY TOO much Deflategate bs, the NFL hopes to return the attention to the play on the field. The Super Bowl features the NFL’s top-ranked defense in both scoring and yards (Seahawks) versus the Patriots offense, which scored the fourth most points in the NFL. The Seahawks have given up the fewest points three straight seasons. The Pats have had a top-four offense each of the past five years. This game is going to be incredible, if you’re a sports fan this is one not to be missed, no matter who your team is.

Don't Be Left Out

Don’t Be Left Out

Not Looking Like a Loser: Weather you are a sports fan or not, everyone Monday morning who can make it into the office is going to be talking about ALL the above. You don’t want to be the one who has no clue what the best ad was, or WTF was Katy Perry thinking, and most importantly WHO won the damn game, do you?

Most importantly: Who is going to win? The latest odds have the Patriots favored by 2. However, as the awful gambler that I am, I am going with the Seahawks! I predict Seahawks 28, Patriots 24.

Don’t worry though Bears fans, John Fox our new head coach is going to turn everything around with his magic wand and get us into the post season. Next year Chicago just might be part of the biggest sports day of the year!

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Bears fans are scratching their heads at how a team so talented could be so inconsistent and awful.  And now fans aren’t the only ones scratching their heads, seek as many Bears players are asking themselves the same questions.  Half way through the season, cialis Chicago’s own are struggling to find any sort of rhythm and consistency out on the field.

To quickly recap this past Sunday’s game vs. the New England, no rx Patriot QB Tom Brady

Tom Brady, Source: espn.go.com

Tom Brady, Source: espn.go.com

played one of the best games of his life as NE quickly destroyed the Chicago Bears, 51-23.  All five of Brady’s touchdowns occurred in the first half of the game, while Chicago only had one in the first half.

While the Bears have a 3-5 record overall (third in the NFC North), their only victories on the road… and not against QBs named Tom Brady.  To quote Brandon Marshall, “This is simply unacceptable”.

Who’s to blame?

If I could assign a grade to the Bears performance for the first half of the regular season, I would give them a D+ or C-. Lack of leadership (Jay Cutler), locker room blow-ups (Brandon Marshall), and negative comments regarding fans (Kyle Long) make these last couple weeks brutal at best.

Let’s break down a couple key players performance so far this year:

Jay Cutler Jay Cutler – C

I’m probably being too nice, Jay. I still wear my “Jay Cutty is my Buddy” t- shirt, but I can’t say the friendship is there anymore – we’re more like frenemies.  The Bears front office has been grooming you for this leadership role and you’re failing miserably. Heck, even your bromance buddy, Brandon Marshall is calling you out. 293 attempted passes with only 197 completions? 8 interceptions and 9 fumbles? UNACCEPTABLE!

Brandon Marshall – B-

Marsh has 34 receptions for 384 yards with 5 touchdowns and 1 fumble so far this season.  Not bad.  However, he had 100 catches for 1,295 yards with 12 touchdowns and 0 fumbles in 2013.  Granted, I’m comparing a full 2013 season to a partial 2014 season but it looks like Jay should connect more with Marsh to give us both the yards and TDs that we so desperately need.  Marshall’s leadership is also what makes him a key player for Chicago. I love that he’s the first to admit that the Bears sub-par performance is ridiculous.

Alshon Jeffrey – B+

Jeffrey has 38 receptions for 563 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his 2013 season with the Bears he had 89 receptions for 1421 yards.  Cutler has 2 of the best WR in the league – how can he not take advantage of this opportunity?

Matt Forte – A

Forte is our silent force on the field. He has over 562 rushing yards this season and 3 touchdowns, compared to the 1,339 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns in 2013. He’s consistent, reliable and one of the top 10 leading rushers in the NFL to date. (He currently sits at #5.)Matt Forte Running

Isn’t it weird that our offense is pretty solid? Where’s the problem? Defense. The Bears defense sits at 3rd for most allowed the most points in the league at 222. (Side note: please don’t get me started on Lamarr Houston’s sack and torn ACL.)

Hopefully Coach Trestman can find a way to rally the troops during this bye week. I hate saying this, but maybe we need to take a page out of Dallas’ playbook.  The Cowboys know they have a weak defense (sound familiar Bears fans?) so they try to run the clock on offense – giving the D little time as possible on the field.

Bottom Line

We need more than positive thinking to get us through the second half of the season. Otherwise, Bears fans will continue to spend hundreds of dollars to sit at Soldier Field and boo what could be a spectacular but what has sadly become a sub-par team. Next up? Bears take on our arch-nemesis, the Green Bay Packers 11/9 at Lambeau Field. Unfortunately, with Jay’s lack of wins against GB, I am already going to say that I don’t foresee a Bear victory.

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