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Mike Gordan last won the day on December 12 2018

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  1. I want to make a bold prediction here: If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office have any basic common sense, they'll know that Tom Brady isn't going to be their long-term answer. They're not exactly in a position of "must-win-now" like the Rams were the last couple of seasons. The primary purpose of the Tom Brady signing with the Buccaneers is to act more as a talent beacon. It's to convince the vast majority of the best talent in the league to flock over to Tampa and to sign up with them. Some of them will inevitably be willing to take pay cuts in order to play with the so-called "G.O.A.T." This brings me to my next point: While Tom Brady--just shy of an injury or illness along the way--will most certainly be the starting QB come week 1, the Buccaneers will still draft a QB. They probably won't make any desperate ploy to draft one in the earlier rounds. But if they wait a while--say the third or fourth round--then they'll have a chance at developing a respectable understudy to Brady without making him seem like an existential threat to him. That way, once the wheels start to come loose, they'll pull Brady, and plug in their hopeful future prospect. And that will be how Brady's career in the NFL will inevitably come to an end. Even if the projected future turns bust and Brady can pull a Peyton Manning out of his hat to close out his career, he'll undoubtedly be forced to retire. The Philip Rivers and Cam Newton stories are going to be even less interesting by comparison. Their roles next season will undoubtedly be to serve as backup QB's until either injury or ineffective play forces them back into the spotlight. Cam Newton will probably have a better shot at starting in the foreseeable future since he's significantly younger than Rivers, and I have no doubt that Newton will eventually be able to thrive with whoever he signs up with unless the team in question is the Cleveland Browns or Miami Dolphins. In short, this is literally the end for Tom Brady and Philip Rivers; it just hadn't sunk in for them yet. Brady is there to act as a talent magnet, while Rivers and Newton will be backups--with the latter having the best chance at a second wind.
  2. My best guess regarding Brady? I he does decide to sign with another team, it's so he'd have an opportunity to play and beat the Patriots. Otherwise, the only thing that the whole free agency thing might be about is that Brady might honestly be considering retirement. With an emphasis on considering.
  3. To quote Urinatingtree, fuck you, Spanos!
  4. I already picked the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl way back before Wild Card Weekend. I'm sticking with it.
  5. I predicted this Super Bowl matchup in the beginning, and now I'm doubling down. Chiefs and 49ers are going to the Super Bowl.
  6. Even though I was 1-3 on Wild Card weekend, I insisted on a home sweep on the divisional round regardless of the outcomes of Wild Card Weekend. And I'm doubling down on my assessment. 49ers beat Vikings Ravens beat Titans Chiefs beat Texans Packers beat Seahaws--this one is arguably the toughest call. Doesn't really matter to me, so long as neither the 49ers nor Seahawks win the Super Bowl.
  7. Here's a fun fact: The Falcons, Bears, Cowboys, Vikings, and Buccaneers are the only five teams to have never won a game against the Brady/Belichick Patriots. Considering that 2020 will most certainly be Brady's final season unless the Patriots decide (for some reason) to let him walk in free agency, and the Patriots are matched up with the NFC West next season, I think it's safe to say that fact will remain unless the Patriots meet any of these five teams in the Super Bowl next year. Additionally, the Jaguars were the final AFC team to get their first win against the Brady/Belichick Patriots, and the Lions are the last team in general to do so. Only took them eighteen years to get it done. Wished it was done a year earlier though.
  8. Also, a 3rd quarter penalty from 69 single-handedly killed any possibility of a Patriots victory that game. Think of that for a moment--the Patriots dynasty may have just gotten 69'd.
  9. Just made my playoff picks for the heck of it. Don't treat me as a serious competitor. At least we'll be seeing a new AFC representative in the Super Bowl for a change. But be as it ma, until I see signs that Brady is effectively done--a losing season, getting benched, traded or released, suffering a nagging injury he would have otherwise shrugged off a decade or two ago, etc.), and another team in the AFC East takes charge of that division, I will not count out the New England Patriots dynasty. They may be fading. But a dynasty doesn't end just because they've reached the wall. It ends when another team takes charge of said power vacuum--preferably within their own division (Vikings replacing Packers, Redskins replacing Cowboys, Rams and Seahawks replacing 49ers, etc.). Sometimes, a division may prove so bloody dysfunctional that there isn't a consistent division title winner; sometimes, the team that rules may even forfeit the division title to another for at least a single season. In the end, I'll believe the Patriots dynasty has ended when vital pieces are systematically pulled apart piece by piece, as the organization starts trying to replace said vital pieces. And from the looks of it, it appears that Brady isn't the only Patriot legend who is approaching the wall. I'll give you a hint; Edelman is one of the only players remaining from their transitional 2009 season. Think of it this way; the Patriots of the 2000's are in a great many ways, vastly different from the Patriots of the 2010's, right on down to the fact that virtually every player from the 2001-2004 era and even the 2007 season were on their way out by the turn of the decade. 2007 was a great sample size of what to expect heading into the next decade. But the defensive legends that they wielded during that time were no longer a Patriot by the time they won their fourth. In fact, Brady and Wilfork were the only players left from the 2004 season when they won Super Bowl XLIX (Malcolm Butler's pick), much less the only players from 2007. Wide receivers, offensive linemen, and defensive backs tend to age faster than most players due to the contact nature of the game. Runningbacks too to a lesser extent, since they're mostly just interchangeable and expendable (which is the main reason why Terrell Davis had to wait for as long as he did just to get into the Hall of Fame). Adrien Peterson was the last runningback to be named League MVP; Terrell Davis was the last runningback to be named Super Bowl MVP as well, and it's doubtful that we'll ever see another.
  10. Here are my predictions for next week (just for the heck of it): Patriots beat the Titans: Feeling really confident about that one, even with the Patriots' issues at hand. Happy to be wrong for once, but let's be real here. Texans beat the Bills: This could go either way since the two teams are virtual parallel's for one another. The whole resting starters thing isn't even a disadvantage towards either team since both teams had done so. So really, it boils down to two factors: The Texans are the home team, and they have the better offense. The only thing I don't particularly care for is Bill O'Brien. Eagles beat the Seahawks: This can be considered a gutsy call, considering the fact that the Seahawks are clearly the better team. But it's perfectly clear this Seahawks team is beat up on both sides of the ball. The decision to sign Marshawn Lynch out of retirement was clearly an act of desperation. I'm likely to get this one wrong, but from a health standpoint, the Eagles are both a hotter ball club right now AND a healthier one to boot. Saints beat the Vikings: The Vikings rested their starters, and the Saints are a true Super Bowl contender (if only somebody comes in and upsets the 49ers). On to the Divisional Round: Chiefs beat the Patriots: This could potentially mark the end of an era for New England (then again, the last couple seasons were supposed to be the end of an era), and the Chiefs beat them in Foxborough earlier in the season. That, and the Chiefs are simply a more complete unit overall. Ravens beat the Texans: I do not like teams that rest their starters. It almost always backfires on them. Luckily for the Ravens, they will either get a Titans team that barely clinched the sixth seed, or a Texans or Bills team that ALSO rested their starters. Frankly, I don't see the Ravens losing to either one of these three teams in the divisional round. Not much of a handicap for once. 49ers beat the Eagles: This could potentially go south for them if they end up drawing Seattle or even Minnesota. But considering this was their first time they truly held homefield advantage since 1997, I think the 49ers are going to come alive and beat up whoever they draw in the divisional round. Packers beat the Saints: This will be competitive, and I honestly believe that Drew Brees right now is a better quarterback with a better team than the Packers. But sadly, the Saints are on the losing end of the three-way tie-breaker, and will have to find a way to win in dark, cold Lambeau. Probably the toughest call of the bunch. Chiefs beat the Ravens: I said it once, and I'll say it again: I don't like teams resting their starters before the playoffs. On top of that, the Chiefs have had the Ravens number as of late, regardless of where it is played. I see this as a golden opportunity to make up for last season by finally, after fifty years, ending their Super Bowl drought. Should be a fun one. Unless the Patriots somehow pull even more bullshit out of their ass to win their way to yet another Super Bowl because god forbid the status quo in the AFC shifts over to another team for once. 49ers beat the Packers: The 49ers, for the most part, actually had it kind of easy this season (kind of like the Patriots, now that we think about it). And although this game should be competitive, I have predicted that whoever wins the NFC would reach the Super Bowl this year. Ergo, I'm picking the 49ers. Pro Bowl: Who gives a shit! It sucks ass, anyways. Super Bowl LIV: Chiefs vs. 49ers: Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, and the Chiefs organization will finally be able to get the monkey off their collective backs and end their 50-year Super Bowl drought this season. Should be an epic one between the two most complete units in the NFL this season.
  11. Too late. The New England Patriots already exist. The NFL is pretty much exactly like the NBA at this time. Right on down to the ref ball.
  12. Okay, so I double-checked the Raiders' playoff scenario again. Yes, if they win next week, they can clinch a playoff berth with a Colts win and losses from the Titans and Steelers. But with some additives. Let me explain: The Titans would, by proxy, be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss and Colts win, regardless of whether or not the Steelers or Raiders win their games or not. This is because when settling tie-breakers, they are settled within the division first. And if the Titans lose and Colts win, the Colts would win the tie-breaker for 2nd place in their division, even if they can't clinch anything. So then let's just say the Steelers lose their season finale against a Baltimore Ravens squad with nothing left to play for (which could happen given how beat up the Ravens are at this precise moment). If the Raiders then beat the Broncos, they would most likely make the playoffs off of a head-to-head victory over the Colts as well as strength of victory over the Steelers. Unless the following four conditions ALL occur: 1. The Lions lose to the Packers (very likely since the Packers would likely want to compete for homefield advantage, and the Lions have given up). 2. The Bears lose to the Vikings (which could happen unless the Vikings rest their starters). 3. The Chargers lose to the Chiefs (also likely to happen since the Chiefs would most likely prefer to secure the 3rd seed, if not the 2nd seed). 4. The Dolphins, against all the odds, somehow manages to upset the Patriots in Foxborough (the least likely thing to happen out of all of these scenarios). Mind you, so long as the Raiders and Colts win, and the Steelers and Titans lose, the Raiders would only be eliminated if ALL four of the above scenarios played out as listed. If, say, the Bears beat the Vikings or the Patriots beat the Dolphins, Strength of Victory should play out in Oakland's favor. Luckily for them, all four of these games are playing in morning as opposed to the afternoon. Though not sure why the Chiefs haven't been flexed in the afternoon in place of the Rams. The Rams have absolutely no further impact as far as playoff seeding is concerned, and whether or not the Chiefs win their game or not will ultimately impact whether the Texans will have anything to play for heading into the season finale. Because of this, I don't think the Raiders are going to make it. Either the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to scratch up a win against a Ravens team resting their starters, or the Titans are going to pull an upset in Houston for much the same way. The Titans are, after all, the best of the three teams left standing in the AFC.
  13. Ravens, Bills, and Vikings are now officially locked into their respective seeding. Can also confirm that the Ravens will be resting their starters for Week 17, thus giving the Steelers...what remains of them, anyways...a shot to potentially clinch. Patriots are currently the 2nd seed, and can clinch it with a home win against the Dolphins, or a Chiefs loss. Chiefs are currently the 3rd seed. They can move up to the 2nd seed though with a win and (by some miracle) a Patriots loss. Can retain the 3rd seed with a win or Texans loss. Texans are currently the 4th seed and are locked out of the bye. They could clinch the 3rd seed with a win and Chiefs loss. The 6th seed currently belongs to the Titans and can hold on to it with either a win OR losses from the Steelers and Colts. If they lose and the Colts win, they are officially eliminated from playoff contention, regardless of the Steelers game. Meanwhile, the Steelers could reclaim the 6th seed with either a win and Titans loss, OR with losses from the Titans and Raiders, OR losses from the Titans and Colts. Now, the Raiders situation is a little tricky last I checked so bare with me if I get anything wrong concerning them. But the bare basics--from what I've gathered, anyways--they can clinch the playoffs with a win AND losses from the Steelers and Titans, AND a Colts win. Now to move on to the NFC. The 49ers can only be the 1st or 5th seed, which will be determined in the outcome of the season finale between them and the Seahawks. The Packers are currently the 2nd seed, and can clinch it with a win OR a Saints loss. They could additionally clinch the 1st seed with a win and 49ers loss. Can only be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd seed. The Saints are currently the 3rd seed and can only be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd seed. The Saints can clinch the 1st seed with a win AND losses from the 49ers and Packers. They can clinch the 2nd seed with a win AND losses for either the 49ers or Packers. The 4th seed currently belongs to the Eagles and can clinch it with a win OR Cowboys loss. The Cowboys could otherwise clinch with a win AND Eagles loss. The Seahawks are currently the 5th seed and can be anything from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 5th seed. If they beat the 49ers, they'll jump ahead to the 3rd seed. Can clinch the 2nd seed with a win AND Packers loss (Saints hold the tie-breaker). The only way the Seahawks can clinch the 1st seed is with a win AND losses from both the Packers and Saints. I know the Ravens are the best team in football by a wide margin, but I just have this gut feeling their decision to rest their starters will end up biting them in the end. Looks like the Patriots will be adding Lombardi number 7 unless the Chiefs, 49ers, Seahawks, Packers, or Saints put a stop to their reign of terror.
  14. So...the Browns, Steelers, and Titans all lost. But the Colts won. Which means the Raiders, provided they win tonight, still have a chance at the coveted 6th seed. Then again, since the Ravens are now locked in to home-field advantage, we'll wait and see if they'll rest their starters or not. And even then, the Steelers are so bloody battered and beat up at this point that it may not even matter. Which means I consider the Titans the best of the three AFC teams still in contention for the final playoff spot.
  15. Sorry for the rant at the end there. Took my meds. Now I'm gonna go to bed, wake up, and get ready for work because I've got nothing else better to do. Oh, and Merry Christmas you filthy animals. And a happy New Year.
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