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Thursday, February 6, 2014

NFL Through My Eyes - Super Bowl Recap

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NFL Through My Eyes
Super Bowl Recap
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jennifer Jeffrey

I wanted to wait a few days after the “big game” to give my take on it. I wanted to let all the ridicule of the almighty quarterback, Peyton Manning, get out of the way. Although, I will admit, I partook in some of the roasting.

I personally believe that the very first play of the game started an avalanche of bad karma upon the Denver Broncos.

Manny Ramirez snapped the ball and it sailed well over his quarterback’s reach. 12 seconds in, the Seattle Seahawks got the safety and the score became 2-0, the quickest score in Superbowl history.

Bad play calls, bad throws, a couple of interceptions…it was not a pretty game, well not for Denver fans anyway.

Russell Wilson says he likes to play with the mentality that every game is a championship game. Apparent to all viewers, that line of thinking works for the Seahawks.

They were comfortable and at ease on the field. They dominated from the start and never stopped.

Marshawn Lynch got a 1 yard touchdown, Malcom Smith intercepted a pass from Manning (1 out of 2 interceptions, just so you know) and ran it 69 yards for a touchdown.

The score was 22-0 when the second half began the biggest deficit of the football season and the one and only time Denver did not score in the second half.

The half started of badly, again, for the Broncos. Percy Harvin returned an 87 yard kickoff for a touchdown. Another play that I liked was when Peyton tried, yes I said tried, to throw the ball to Julius Thomas, it was too high and fell perfectly into the waiting arms of Kam Chancellor….nice.

Denver only got 27 yards rushing, while Seattle had 135 yards rushing. Wow, quite a difference, huh?

Russell Wilson made history; he proved he is exactly where he is supposed to be. Richard Sherman (the best corner, don’t even say different Crabtree) suffered a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. See, Sherman, you are a human.

Malcolm Smith won MVP in Sunday’s game, it was well deserved.

Seattle forced 4 turnovers. It wasn’t the shootout we all hoped it would be…well again, unless your Seattle fans, this was the best game.

Now there are questions being asked about Manning’s ability to win the biggest games. He is 11-12 in the post season and 1-2 in the Superbowl. I am not sure why Peyton just can’t seem to obtain another glorious ring. There is a thought floating around in my head that it’s because he cannot seem to grow facial hair throughout the season, like a lot of other players do. It hinders his chances.

The word “embarrassing” is not in Manning’s vocabulary. He is displeased with that word being used to describe this game. Other words we can use are humiliating, demoralizing, shameful, distressing….shall I continue?

Wes Welker (who is 0-3 in the Superbowl) used that exact word. “This was embarrassing. No way I expected anything like this to happen.”

This explosive offense that apparently dominated the regular season did not seem to show up to Sunday’s game. I am not sure who was on that field against Seattle’s defense, but it wasn’t them.

As I said, Manning is now 11-12 in the post season, which happens to be shared with Brett Favre for the most playoff loses for a quarterback…HA!

The Seahawks won their first Superbowl and completely took out Denver; it was a sight to see.

CBSSports.com’s NFL writer, Will Brinson, said perfectly:

“Maybe defense wins championships, after all. The Seahawks made the case for such a statement Sunday night in the crisp, northern air, demolishing the best offense in NFL history 43-8….This game was the Seahawks smacking the Broncos in the mouth and Denver standing around just taking it and bleeding all over the field. The Broncos got bloodied and bloodied and bloodied some more. Seattle didn’t let up once, owning to their philosophy of continually trying to take it to the opposing offenses. They set a Superbowl record for most playing time with the lead, leading Denver for a whopping 59 minutes and 48 seconds. Absolute domination.”

I 100% agree….bloodied and bloodied….love it.

About the whole facial hair thing about Manning, I was just joking….kind of.

But hey, you never know, stranger things have happened. For example, Superbowl XLVIII.

The famous Superbowl commercials were….well, boring and dull. Kind of like the game itself (just kidding). Some people watch the game just to see these ads. They should be apologized to.

Of course Budweiser, with the Clydesdales and the cute little puppy, was the favorite of the night. The Coca-Cola commercial, singing America the Beautiful, was controversial in its own right and there were way to may ads about cars, I did not like them at all. And, I am pretty sure, I am not the only one.

The halftime show was probably the best action the Denver fans got to see that night.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, didn’t play their own instruments, I guess the NFL said they had to use pre-recorded music. Of course they did…..just another thing to make things more dull and boring.

Ok, I am ready for the 2014 season to begin, is it August yet?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

With the 2013-14 NFL Season officially in the books it is now time for the first edition of our Wild On Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft. There has been a lot of buzz and a hand full of names thrown around as to who will be the top pick in the draft. Will it be one of the stud quarterbacks -- Manziel, Bortles, Bridgewater? How about a high ceiling defensive force like Jadevon Clowney? Maybe a safe bet like offensive tackle Jake Matthews?

Lets take a look at the first round and who our experts project your team to take in this year's draft


1. Houston Texans: 
Johnny Manziel QB Texas AM


2. St. Louis Rams: 
 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina


3. Jacksonville Jaguars:  
Derek Carr QB Fresno State


4. Cleveland Browns:  
Blake Bortles QB Central Florida


5. Oakland Raiders:  
Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville


6. Atlanta Falcons:  
Jake Matthews OT Texas AM


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  
Sammy Watkins WR Clemson



8. Minnesota Vikings:  
Khalil Mack OLB Division II


9. Buffalo Bills:  
Greg Robinson OT Auburn


10. Detroit Lions:  
Anthony Barr OLB UCLA


11. Tennessee Titans:  
Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State


12. New York Giants:  
Taylor Lewan OT Michigan


13. St. Louis Rams: 
Mike Evans WR Texas AM


14. Chicago Bears: 
 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State


15. Pittsburgh Steelers: 
 Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota


16. Baltimore Ravens:  
Marqise Lee WR USC


17. Dallas Cowboys: 
 HaHa Clinton-Dix S Alabama


18. New York Jets:  
Eric Ebron TE North Carolina


19. Miami Dolphins:  
Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama


20. Arizona Cardinals:  
Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech


21. Green Bay Packers:  
Allen Robinson WR Penn State


22. Philadelphia Eagles:  
Calvin Pryor S Louisville


23. Kansas City Chiefs:  
Odell Beckham Jr WR LSU


24. Cincinnati Bengals:  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington


25. San Diego Chargers:  
Jason Verrett CB TCU


26. Cleveland Browns:  
Stephon Tuitt DT Notre Dame


27. New Orleans Saints:  
Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State


28. Carolina Panthers:  
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt


29. New England Patriots: 
Kony Ealy DE Missouri


30. San Francisco 49ers:  
Marcus Roberson CB Florida


31. Denver Broncos:  
Jimmie Ward S NIU


32. Seattle Seahawks:  
Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State

NHL Power Rankings - February 5th

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NHL Power Rankings
February 5, 2014
We have some movement in the top five this week! The Anaheim Ducks hang on to the top spot by a thread thanks to the best record in hockey but are in a bit of a funk having lost 3 of their last 5 at home after that ridiculous run to start the season. Even still, they have a nine point lead in the Pacific and a three point lead over Chicago for the #1 seed in the West. At #2 this week are the St. Louis Blues, moving up one spot. The Blues trail the Blackhawks by two points in the Central but have three games in hand and lead the NHL in goal differential. Moving up one spot to the #3 are the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have won 7 of their last 10 and have opened up a 15 point lead in the Metro division over the Second place Rangers. They could mathematically clinch the Metro just after the Olympics, although in the minds of many they already have. At #4 are the surging Boston Bruins. The Bruins took care of Stanley Cup rival Vancouver in Roberto Lulongo's highly anticipated trip to his horror stomping grounds. Sure he only let in 3 this time around but nightmare continues. Rounding out the top five are the San Jose Sharks, down three spots this week managing to score just two goals in three losses this week to LA, Edmonton and Calgary. They will need to refind the offense and find it quickly to keep the Ducks in eyeshot in the Pacific.
Where does your team rank this week?
Rank
Last Week
1 Anaheim Ducks 1
2 St. Louis Blues 3
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 4
4 Boston Bruins 6
5 San Jose Sharks 2
6 Chicago Blackhawks 5
7 Colorado Avalanche 8
8 Tampa Bay Lightning 7
9 New York Rangers 10
10 Toronto Maple Leafs 14
11 Minnesota Wild 9
12 Columbus Blue Jackets 11
13 Phoenix Coyotes 17
14 Carolina Hurricanes 16
15 Los Angeles Kings 12
16 Vancouver Canucks 13
17 Winnipeg Jets 20
18 Detroit Red Wings 15
19 Montreal Canadiens 18
20 Dallas Stars 19
21 Nashville Predators 26
22 Philadelphia Flyers 23
23 Washington Capitals 24
24 Ottawa Senators 21
25 New Jersey Devils 22
26 Calgary Flames 28
27 New York Islanders 25
28 Florida Panthers 27
29 Edmonton Oilers 30
30 Buffalo Sabers 29

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