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NFL Week 7 Predictions

Photo courtesy of thesportstalkers.com. Can Norv Turner (pictured above) win the war of words with New York Head Coach Rex Ryan via a victory on Sunday?

By Josh Kramer

We learned a lot in Week 6.  First of all the Lions are not invincible.  Secondly, sometimes the antics of coaches can become far larger than the actual outcome of a big time game.  Thirdly, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are just as good as advertised.  And lastly, the Cincinnati Bengals, who many expected to be highly involved in the “Andrew Luck Sweepstakes,” are now 4 and 2 heading into the bye week.

As has become the tradition, we are once again having “TheSportsKraze Pick’em Challenge.”

The participants this season are as follows:

TheSportsKraze (TSK) (defending champion)-Josh Kramer-Founder/Editor-In-Chief of “TheSportsKraze” and former ESPN intern.

CV3-Chad Vordenberge-An elite high school wide receiver and a very successful business owner.

CB-Craig Baker-A former collegiate baseball player and current special education teacher.

DC-David Clark-A dedicated sports fan who was coached by TheSportsKraze on his fraternity flag football team.  After playing for TheSportsKraze, he has developed a slow but steady motivation to show his coach who the real pick’em champion is.

After Week 6, here is the scoreboard.

CB-59

TSK-62

CV3-60

DC-55

Week 7 Slate: Continue reading

Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Photo courtesy of fantasyfootballhelp.com. Not too many people are talking about the lone undefeated team in the NFL after six weeks. Green Bay has been simply outstanding riding guys such as Jordy Nelson (pictured above) to easy victories.

By Wesley Kaminsky

Week six is in the books, and it consisted of drama–and lots of it. Some of it wasn’t even on the field itself. Following the 49ers comeback victory in Detroit, Jim Harbaugh was excited, and fiery. Apparently Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn’t like how Harbaugh shook his hand, as he continued to yell at the Niners coach all the way down the field. The two had to be broken up as they were heading into the tunnel.

Now, that’s drama.

If you don’t know anything about Jim Harbaugh, that’s just his personality. He does things his way and doesn’t care what people say about him. Remember while at Stanford when Pete Carroll famously asked Harbaugh, “what’s your deal?”  Do you think Harbaugh looks like the kind of guy who cares how he is perceived?

No coach has done a better job this season than him either. After inheriting a 6-10 49er’s team, and having a limited off-season due to the lockout, Harbaugh has brought football back in San Francisco. He has done with Alex Smith what neither Mike Nolan, or Mike Singletary was able to do; make him a quarterback.

There’s just something about this Harbaugh guy. Continue reading

Food for Thought 10-18-2011

Photo courtesy of detnews.com. Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz (pictured above) captured all of the headlines following Detroit's first loss of the season.

By Josh Kramer

It was another wild weekend in the wide world of sports made up of great football and exciting baseball. In addition, the conference realignment uproar continued, while the NBA Labor discussions did anything but get better. There is so much to discuss.   Here are the main topics that have my attention.

Schwartz is loco

-Sunday was a great day of football.  Some real nail-biting affairs.  A fair share of upsets.  And of course drama.  This drama though was somewhat atypical.  I mean how many times does a game between two divisions leader that goes down to the wire become more about the post-game activities than the actual game that was played?  Well the sole focus after the 49ers upset of the previously undefeated Lions was the skirmish that transpired between the two head coaches during the post game bonanza.

-Most people are pointing the finger at first year 49ers Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh.  Well I am not most people and must say that I disagree with the majority.  Harbaugh did shake the opposing coaches hand (Schwartz) a little harder than your typical hand shake.  Did he push him away as Schwartz so adamantly claims?  No way.  Check out the tape. Continue reading

NFL Week 6 Predictions

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. No wide receiver has been better through the first five weeks of the season than Calvin Johnson (pictured above). The Lions top target has been simply unstoppable and has led his team to its first 5 and 0 start since 1956.

By Josh Kramer

Detroit is undefeated.  The 49ers are cruising in the NFC West.  The “Dream Team” is a nightmare.  And the Jets are currently in the midst of a three game losing skid and struggling for dear life.  These are some of the reasons why you have to love the NFL.  Nobody ever knows what is going to happen next.

As has become the tradition, we are once again having “TheSportsKraze Pick’em Challenge.”

The participants this season are as follows:

TheSportsKraze (TSK) (defending champion)-Josh Kramer-Founder/Editor-In-Chief of “TheSportsKraze” and former ESPN intern.

CV3-Chad Vordenberge-An elite high school wide receiver and a very successful business owner.

CB-Craig Baker-A former collegiate baseball player and current special education teacher.

DC-David Clark-A dedicated sports fan who was coached by TheSportsKraze on his fraternity flag football team.  After playing for TheSportsKraze, he has developed a slow but steady motivation to show his coach who the real pick’em champion is.

After Week 5, here is the scoreboard.

CB-50

TSK-52

CV3-52

DC-46

Week 6 Slate: Continue reading

Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

Photo courtesy of sports.gearlive.com. After Jim Harbaugh (pictured above) did the unthinkable and rebuilt the Stanford football program, he is at it again. Only this time, at the professional level.

By Wesley Kaminsky

What if I told you in the beginning of the season that by week six, the Lions would be 5-0, and the Bills and the 49ers would be 4-1? Would you have called me crazy? I would have called myself crazy.

That’s what is so great about the NFL though, you just never know. Yet here we are, five weeks gone, and all these teams are surprising everyone. Matthew Stafford is transforming himself into an elite quarterback, Fred Jackson has become an MVP candidate, and Jim Harbaugh has completely turned around the 49ers.

It wasn’t long ago that all three of these teams were lost and unsure of what direction to go. It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. Continue reading

NFL Week 5 Predictions

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. All eyes will be centered on the AFC East tussle in New England between the Jets and Patriots. Who will prepare his team better to win this game, Belichick (right) or Ryan (left)?

By Josh Kramer

Week 4 ended up being the “Week of the comeback.”  This week appears to be the “Week of the primetime matchups.”  Talk about a great slate of games.  The Motor City is all smiles for the first time in a long time, as the Lions are one of only two remaining undefeated teams.  In addition, it appears to be a three team race in the “Andrew Luck sweepstakes,” as the three remaining winless teams battle it out (Minnesota, St. Louis, Indianapolis).  Lastly, bye weeks have finally begun.  And after an extremely physical battle against the Jets, I doubt the Ravens are complaining about getting this Sunday off.

As has become the tradition, we are once again having “TheSportsKraze Pick’em Challenge.”

The participants this season are as follows:

TheSportsKraze (TSK) (defending champion)-Josh Kramer-Founder/Editor-In-Chief of “TheSportsKraze” and former ESPN intern.

CV3-Chad Vordenberge-An elite high school wide receiver and a very successful business owner.

CB-Craig Baker-A former collegiate baseball player and current special education teacher.

DC-David Clark-A dedicated sports fan who was coached by TheSportsKraze on his fraternity flag football team.  After playing for TheSportsKraze, he has developed a slow but steady motivation to show his coach who the real pick’em champion is.

After Week 4, here is the scoreboard.

CB-41

TSK-44

CV3-43

DC-40

Week 5 Slate: Continue reading

Weekly Nickel 10-3-2011

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The NHL season is set to get under way this week and sadly the game's biggest star, Sidney Crosby (pictured above) will be sidelined.

By Josh Kramer

The MLB playoffs are under way and have been a slug fest thus far.  College Football this weekend was defined by blowouts.  And the NFL slate was filled with improbable comeback victories.  Last week was great.  But do not sleep on this upcoming week.

Here are the events to  keep an eye on.

5.  It could be a do or die type of week in terms of NBA action.  Expect to learn more about what the future holds in terms of the 2011/2012 season, Kobe Bryant’s vacation plans, and more.  I have a feeling that we may know whether we are playing half a season or no season at all by weeks end (the chances of a full season are all but finished).

4.  NHL preseason hockey is over. Continue reading

NFL Week 4 Predictions

Photo courtesy of 5boroughsports.com. New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (pictured above) heads to his former home to take on a tough Baltimore Ravens team on Sunday Night Football.

By Josh Kramer

Five teams have yet to win a game this year as we hit the end of the first month, while three teams have yet to lose a game this year.  Some of this may be expected, while some of it may not.  Not too many people saw the Lions and Bills starting the year 3 and 0 (76% of teams since 1990 that start 3 and 0 have made the playoffs).  In addition, I do not think anybody saw KC posting a -82 point differential three games into the year.  But these are just minor details.  The big news is how will the Patriots play following the long-awaited Tom “Pretty Boy” Brady haircut?

I am not sure Week 4 will live up to all that was Week 3, but it will still be fun.

As has become the tradition, we are once again having “TheSportsKraze Pick’em Challenge.”

The participants this season are as follows:

TheSportsKraze (TSK) (defending champion)-Josh Kramer-Founder/Editor-In-Chief of “TheSportsKraze” and former ESPN intern.

CV3-Chad Vordenberge-An elite high school wide receiver and a very successful business owner.

CB-Craig Baker-A former collegiate baseball player and current special education teacher.

DC-David Clark-A dedicated sports fan who was coached by TheSportsKraze on his fraternity flag football team.  After playing for TheSportsKraze, he has developed a slow but steady motivation to show his coach who the real pick’em champion is.

After Week 3, here is the scoreboard.

CB-30

TSK-32

CV3-32

DC-30

Week 4 Slate: Continue reading

Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

Photo courtesy of PigskinBuzz.com. Heavy expectations were placed on the shoulders of second-year starter Sam Bradford (pictured above) and the St. Louis Rams. The first three weeks have not gone as planned for Bradford and the boys.

By Wesley Kaminsky

Week three of the NFL season has come and gone, and football fans were in for a treat. It was a week in which streaks were broken, and games went down to the wire.

Both the Bills and Lions, two of the seasons biggest surprises, have not made the playoffs since 1999. Sunday was another step in that direction as they both improved to 3-0. The Lions won in Minnesota, 26-23, a place where they hadn’t won in 13 years, while the Bills snapped a 15 game losing streak against the Patriots. What makes both of these teams so fun to watch is the fact they play with no fear and think they can beat anybody in the league. Both of them overcame 20 point deficits on Sunday to remain undefeated, and the bandwagon for both of these teams is growing.

Jump on now while you have the chance. Continue reading

Weekly Nickel 9-25-2011

Photo courtesy of PennLive.com. Regardless of the final outcome, Joe Maddon (pictured above) is the AL Manager of the Year. It has been a remarkable run by Tampa.

By Josh Kramer

It is safe to say that this past weekend was the wildest weekend of football thus far this season hands down.  College football was full of nail biters.  And the NFL was full of surprises.  Plus the MLB pennant races continue to heat up as both the Red Sox and Braves do all in their power to survive their monumental September collapses (each up 1 game for the Wild Card at this time).

Here are the events you should keep an eye on.

5.  NHL preseason hockey is alive and well.  Even Sid “The Kid” Crosby has made his long-awaited return to game play (scrimmage).  And with the NBA in dire trouble, the NHL has to be smiling in that they will not have to compete with the National Basketball League for at least part of the season.  After last year’s amazing playoffs, which featured four game 7’s in the first round alone, and an epic Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL popularity could soar to unprecedented heights this year. Continue reading