Six Things Tim Tebow Can Do If His MLB Career Doesn’t Work Out

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Published on : August 26, 2016

 

 

Watch out, baseball. Tim Tebow is coming for you. The former Denver Broncos quarterback has invited major league scouts to a public workout he will be holding on August 30th in effort to jumpstart a professional career. Tebow hasn’t played baseball regularly since he was a high school junior back in 2004. The good news: there’s no shame in failure. And there’s still plenty of career options out there for you.

 

Sandals Resort Bartender

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Looking to switch careers? Why not try the island life? Spending all day on the beach mixing drinks sounds perfect for a retiree like yourself. Just don’t expect anything cool to happen. It’s still an island.

 

Rock and Roll Church Preacher

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Your commitment to your faith is well-documented. And you’re already selling autographed baseballs for $125 on your website. Why not put those shill skills to work for the Lord?  #TebowsTravelingJesusShow

 

Join the Coast Guard

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Serve your country proudly by keeping our coastlines safe from whatever. You may be too old for active duty, but you’re still eligible for the Reserves. That’s only two days a month, plus an additional 12 days a year. Totally reasonable.

 

Stepdad

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You really want to be a man? Then you got to be there for Megan. Because she’s a good kid with a lot of potential. And that asshole Terry is never going to change. So step up!

 

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Too bad this isn’t still a thing. You would have fit right in with Malibu, Nitro and the rest of the gang. If you really want another sports job, don’t go pro-wrestling. That shit will wreck you.

 

Kidnapping Victim

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You’re a smart guy. Just cooperate and this will all be over soon.

 

Just kidding, Tim. Good luck Tuesday. We’ll be watching.

 

 


Predicting This Weekend’s NCAA Football Conference Championship Games

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Published on : December 4, 2015

 

With the College Football Playoff on the horizon, eight conferences will hold their championship games this weekend. While eight teams will be crowned conference champions, four teams will be hoping to play for an even bigger prize come January. In just a few days we’ll find out who those teams are but until then, here’s my predictions for this weekend’s NCAA Football Conference Championship games.

 

 

MAC Championship- Detroit, MI- Friday @ 8:00

Bowling Green Falcons (9-3, 7-1) vs Northern Illinois Huskies (8-4, 6-2)

Matt Johnson will be the difference in this one.

 

For the third consecutive year, these two teams will meet in the MAC Championship with both teams splitting the previous two meetings. The Huskies are making their sixth consecutive appearance in the championship game and are looking for their fourth conference title during this stretch. The teams didn’t meet during the regular season and the Huskies will be down to their third string quarterback for this battle. I think that will be the difference. The Falcons score a ton of points with a high octane offense led by the nation’s leading passer Matt Johnson, and I do not see Northern Illinois being able to match it.

Prediction: Bowling Green– 38, Northern Illinois- 24

 

 

American Athletic Conference Championship- Houston, TX- Saturday @ Noon

#22 Temple Owls (10-2, 7-1) vs #19 Houston Cougars (11-1, 7-1)

Can Greg Ward Jr overcome the Temple defense?

 

Another championship matchup featuring two teams that did not play during the regular season. The game will be played in Houston’s backyard which is an added bonus for the Cougars. Houston is led by dual-threat quarterback Greg Ward Jr, who has 15 touchdowns through the air this year and another 17 on the ground. Temple however, has the nation’s 13th ranked rush defense and are poised for the upset. Also, did you know that in 2012 I moved to Philadelphia and had actually applied and was accepted to Temple University before ultimately moving back home later that year? For that, give me the Owls–my almost Alma Mater.

Prediction: Temple- 30, Houston- 27

 

 

Conference USA Championship- Bowling Green, KY- Saturday @ Noon

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-3, 7-1) vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-2, 8-0)

Doughty will be playing on Sundays.

 

Talk about a game that could have some fireworks. Both the Golden Eagles and Hilltoppers rank inside the top-10 in passing yards and I would expect an absolute shootout in this one. At quarterback for Western Kentucky is a future NFL play-caller, in my opinion, in Brandon Doughty. After throwing for 49 touchdowns last year, Doughty has his eyes on 50+ this year and I see him as a mid-round steal for an NFL team.

Prediction: Western Kentucky- 45, Southern Mississippi- 35

 

 

SEC Championship– Atlanta, GA- Saturday @ 4:00

#18 Florida Gators (10-2, 7-1) vs #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1)

Derrick Henry will help Alabama win this one.

 

The first game that will have playoff implications takes place in the Georgia Dome as Alabama looks to solidify a spot in the Final Four with a win over Florida. The Gators come in with a good record, ranked in the top-20 but haven’t looked good in about a month. After getting dominated by Florida State, Florida will need to clean up a lot of things if they plan on making a game out of this one. Alabama on the other hand, has won 9 in a row and looks poised to make its second consecutive playoff appearance. I don’t think this Alabama team is nearly as talented as we’ve seen from coach Saban usually, but Derrick Henry is an absolute monster, who very well may take home the Heisman trophy. Both Florida and Alabama feature top-5 defenses, so the Gators will need to force Alabama to beat them through the air.

Prediction: Alabama- 31, Florida- 14

 

 

Mountain West Championship– San Diego, CA- Saturday @ 7:30

Air Force Falcons (8-4, 6-2) vs San Diego State Aztecs (9-3, 8-0)

SDSU will ride its backfield to the win.

 

It’s always tough to defend the triple option, and that’s the task at hand for San Diego State this weekend. Air Force isn’t going to beat you through the air, as their starting quarterback actually has one more interception than he does passing touchdowns on the year. San Diego State is also led by their ground attack and features a couple really talented backs that can also catch the ball out of the backfield.

Prediction: San Diego State- 27, Air Force- 20

 

 

PAC 12 Championship– Santa Clara, CA- Saturday @ 7:45

#20 USC Trojans (8-4, 6-3) vs #7 Stanford Cardinals (10-2, 8-1)

McCaffrey does it all.

 

Finally, a championship that features a rematch from the regular season. Way back in week 3, Stanford traveled to the Coliseum and defeated the Trojans 41-31 after trailing by 11 points in the second quarter. Over the past couple months both teams have changed, however, I think it’s Stanford who has changed for the better. The Cardinals are as talented as any team in the country but sit at #7 and need some help if they hope to make it to the College Football Playoff. Led by one of the more exciting players in college football, Stanford has Sophomore Christian McCaffrey close to breaking NCAA records for All-Purpose Yards. McCaffrey does it all, from sprinting through holes from the backfield, catching screens or balls over the middle, to being an explosive weapon in the return game. He is impossible to shut down. Hell, he even threw a touchdown pass this season. Both USC and Stanford have experienced 3+ year starters at quarterback in Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. Neither will shy away from the spotlight or pressure and this game could come down to who protects the ball better.

Prediction: Stanford- 34, USC- 31

 

Big Ten Championship– Indianapolis, IN- Saturday @ 8:00

#4 Iowa Hawkeyes (12-0, 8-0) vs #5 Michigan State Spartans (11-1, 7-1)

Can Sparty ride Cook’s arm to the playoff?

 

As Mike wrote a couple days ago, these two teams couldn’t have had any more different paths to get to this game. While their records are about the same, the expectations and buzz surrounding both programs over the past few months have been polar opposites. Iowa was never expected to really compete for the Big Ten West, let alone run the table, while Michigan State was picked by many to be Ohio State’s only true road block in the way of another Buckeye championship. As I myself wrote in September, it is playoff or bust for the Spartans, and the winner of this game is all but assured a spot in the Final 4. Iowa is anything but flashy, offensively they have a ground and pound attack that wears you down and are very solid on the defensive end. Old smashmouth Big Ten football at its finest. Michigan State is led by potentially the best quarterback in the country in Senior Connor Cook, but has a defense that has been playing very well the last few weeks after being decimated by injury early in the season. I think this game is going to be won in the trenches. Can Iowa get their rushing attack going and keep Michigan State’s front-7 out of their backfield and on the other end, can Michigan State give Cook time to throw and make plays down the field?

Prediction: Michigan State- 24, Iowa- 21

 

 

ACC Championship– Charlotte, NC- Saturday @ 8:00

#1 Clemson Tigers (12-0, 8-0) vs #10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11-1, 8-0)

Watson is gunning for a playoff spot.

The ACC didn’t get much love heading into the 2015 season as only Florida State was inside the top-10. Clemson found themselves at #12 and North Carolina wasn’t given much of a chance to make any noise. Instead, both teams made it through conference play unscathed and almost the entire season as a whole as well. The Tar Heels lost their opener to South Carolina but have since won 11 in a row. While neither team boasts the strongest schedule, both feature very talented quarterbacks who are looking to silence the critics. Sophomore Deshaun Watson for the Tigers and Senior Marquise Williams from North Carolina are almost carbon copies of one another in how they play the game, and their statistics are pretty close as well. Vegas is giving North Carolina more and more of a chance as each day goes by, so this one figures to be a good one.

Prediction: Clemson- 38, North Carolina- 30

 
 
 


Champ and Chump: Week 12

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Published on : December 3, 2015

 

As we flip the calendar to December, we enter championship season in college football as the conference championships take place this weekend, and we’ll get to see who makes it to the second ever College Football Playoff. The NFL enters it’s final five weeks and the Philadelphia 76ers have even decided to win a game. Can I just say, this NBA season is setting up to be the all-time worst. Aside from watching the Warriors and their quest to win 70+ or hell, even go undefeated at this point, the league is pure filth right now. But ’tis the season of giving and being nice so instead, let’s take the time to recognize this week’s great performances while also seeing who had NBA-esque moments. This week the champs and chumps all come from football and futbol, as their seasons begin to wind down. We’ve got old and young, teams that have surprised us and teams that just flat out don’t get it. To the Champ and Chump!

 

Champ: Matt Hasselbeck

26-42 for 315 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 turnovers

The Ageless Wonder, Matt Hasselbeck.

 

Statistically speaking, Hasselbeck wasn’t the top quarterback this week, but it’s what he’s done over the course of the last four weeks that gives him the nod here. Hasselbeck is now 4-0 as a starter this year while filling in for injured Andrew Luck, and has put the Colts in a tie for first place in the AFC South. At 6-5, the Colts remaining five games aren’t the toughest, and Luck is only expected to remain sidelined until around mid-December. However, Indy can wait patiently with this 40-year old arm slinging it like he’s 25 again. Hasselbeck became only the third 40-year old quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win four straight, joining Brett Favre and Warren Moon.

 

Honorable Mention:

Jamie Vardy-  From Leicester City of the Barclay’s Premier League, he scored a goal in a 1-1 draw vs Manchester United. It marked the 11th consecutive game Vardy has found the back of the net, breaking Ruud Van Nistelroy’s record.

Ezekiel Elliott- A week after throwing his coaches under the bus, Elliott ran all over the Michigan defense for 214 yards on 30 carries and 2 touchdowns in a 42-13 victory for the Buckeyes over their rival Wolverines.

Iowa football- Debate all you want about their strength of schedule, it’s about time Iowa gets their due. Following a win in Nebraska on Saturday, Iowa is one of two undefeated teams as they head into the Big Ten Conference Championship this weekend where they’ll play Michigan State.

 

 

Chump: The Cleveland Browns

This organization has continually brought shame to its players, fans and the city itself.

 

“The Mistake by the Lake” is how a lot of Michiganders like to refer to Cleveland, and with the Cleveland Browns organization the mistakes seem to happen in bunches. Being a Lions fan, it’s hard to say too much about other NFL teams and their struggles, but it is the Browns. On Monday night, Cleveland lost in a way that only a few unfortunate teams have, when they had their potential game-winning field goal blocked and returned for a touchdown. Yet that isn’t even why the Browns find themselves as this week’s Chump. Instead, it’s because of how they have handled Johnny Manziel. Sitting on the bench as a 3rd stringer, Manziel watched Austin Davis take over late when starter Josh McCown went down with a broken collarbone. While Davis did relatively well and gave Cleveland a shot to win, Manziel needs to be the guy. To make matter’s worse, Austin Davis has been named the starter for next week over Johnny Football.

 

While it’s clear Manziel has to mature and has some issues to work out, we are talking about issues that don’t even involve arrests. While Cleveland tries to send a message to Johnny, what message are they sending to their fans? After years of mediocrity, they draft the most exciting player in football, and in almost two full seasons now, he’s started just a few games. This year in fact, those few games he has started in he has actually done quite well. With 5 passing touchdowns and just 2 interceptions Manziel has a QB Rating of 88.4 which would put him 20th in the league (Cam Newton has a QBR of 89.5), if he qualified with enough attempts. Even though 20th is just the final third of the league, you have to consider he has had no chance to establish a rhythm, one week he practices with the first unit, one week it’s the second unit, and this week with the practice squad. He’s had no chance to prove what he can do on the field consistently and the Browns have put themselves in a position where they eventually are going to have to make a decision to keep him or see him get the chance somewhere else. Meanwhile for coach Pettine, who keeps sending Johnny to timeout, he’s a few weeks from being a coordinator somewhere else.

 

Dishonorable Mention:

Tommy Armstrong- The quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers finished with 4 picks in a loss vs the Iowa Hawkeyes and was held without a touchdown in a game the Cornhuskers needed to win to solidify a bowl game

Florida Gators- While the Gators will still play for the SEC Championship on Saturday, the last couple weeks are incredibly discouraging for their fans. Needing overtime to beat FAU a couple weeks ago, the Gators played Florida State with an opportunity to remain in the playoff hunt. Unable to score a single point on offense, the Seminoles dominated the Gators 27-2.

Todd Gurley- The St Louis Rams’ running back had a fantastic start to his NFL career rushing for 125+ yards in four of his first five games but is yet to hit the century mark since, and is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry in his last two games.

 

 


Champ and Chump: Week 4

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Published on : October 9, 2015

 

Much of my 4th installment of Champ and Chump is centered around Detroit. Both my Champ and Chump involve players and teams from the beautiful Great Lakes State. It’s a beautiful time to be in Michigan as fall weather comes in. The leaves on the trees take on gorgeous shades of red, orange, yellow and collectively they paint a beautiful picture for us Michiganders to take in and enjoy. At many a local watering hole on Monday evening plenty of pints took on the same golden, amber hues as they painted the insides of our stomachs with happiness. That is until late Monday night when the wonderful fall colors of Michigan were stained by one call. By one individual wearing such boring and drab stripes of black and white…and with that let’s get to the Champs and Chumps of the week ladies and gentlemen!

 

 

Champ: Miguel Cabrera

Won his 4th batting title in 5 years

All dude does is put the bat on the ball.

 

I have only spent some 29+ years on this Earth, and more than likely only around twenty of those glued to baseball and sports in general. However, I can say confidently that Miguel Cabrera is the best pure hitter that I have ever seen, and assuming his career doesn’t completely fall off in the next couple of years, he may go down as the best hitter to ever play the game. Before everyone jumps down my throat, really consider what this guy has done, at such a consistent level mind you. 4 batting titles, a Triple Crown, 5 Silver Sluggers, 2 MVP’s, a career .321 hitter, and more than half of his career spent in a pitcher’s ballpark in Detroit. Hitting .338 this season, Miguel Cabrera barely qualified for the award because he missed six weeks during the season due to a calf injury, only to return and hit .360 for the month without needing any sort of minor league rehab start. I’m convinced, that if Miguel Cabrera was stranded on a deserted island like Tom Hanks in the movie “Castaway,” Miggy would simply need a quick bite, a few sips of Gatorade and he’d be ready to step into the batter’s box. After taking two pitches to get reacquainted with the speed of the game, he would rope one into the right field gap for an RBI double. He is just that good, and it’s a luxury getting to watch him day in and day out. If you’re a Tiger’s fan or just a baseball fan even, cherish the memories of watching this legend, because in some 50 years, he’ll be the one you tell your grand-kids about.

 

 

Honorable Mention:

Texas Rangers- Came out of nowhere to win the AL West and thus clinch a playoff berth. A year removed from losing 95 games, and trailing by as many as 8 games back in early August.

Florida Gators football- Had their coach in the “Chumps” section a couple weeks ago for a sideline tantrum, however the Gators are looking strong at 5-0 (3-0). Knocked off #3 Ole Miss over the weekend with ease and appear to be an SEC contender.

Texas A&M football- Sticking with the SEC, the Aggies struggled mightily in their first season without Johnny Manziel last year, but have cleaned it up and are off to a 5-0 start following a win over Mississippi State.

 

 

Chump: NFL Refs in Detroit-Seattle Monday Night Game

Bro, how do you miss that? You were right there!

 

Let me first start off by saying that I am a big Detroit Lions fan, and growing up in the metro-Detroit area in fact has made me a big Detroit sports fan in general. However, there is absolutely no bias with this argument, complaint, rant or what have you. What happened at the end of the Monday Night game is undoubtedly inexcusable on multiple levels. First off, as you’ll see below, it was inexcusable for the Lions to even put the refs in this position because Calvin Johnson needs to hold on to the damn ball! But that aside, having an NFL referee, or multiple referees, screw up that call is garbage. To me there’s only two possible explanations for what happened with the back judge, and I’m not sure which would frustrate me more: First one being, simply, the back judge didn’t know the rule well enough to call it, or option two being that he was intimidated by the “12th man” in Seattle and therefore left the flag in his pants. According to multiple outlets, the refs determined that the bat wasn’t “overt” enough and thus they didn’t feel they had enough evidence to make the call, but I am not buying that at all. It sounds like a save your ass type excuse because the ref had a clear, perfect view of the play. By having the combination of 3rd grade science, and the experience of watching 10 minutes of a football game, you could tell that the ball was clearly batted the other way intentionally. Simply look at Newton’s laws of motion, and the fact that football players don’t use a flat hand to recover a fumble! The NFL has to find a measure to eliminate crucial errors like this. They have made it so that all scoring plays are automatically reviewed and I think turnovers need to be added to that category because while there was a lot of time left, the Lions very possibly had a win stripped away from them…again (See 2014 NFL Wild Card game).

 

 

Dishonorable Mention:

Calvin Johnson- Fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line with just under 2 minutes to go at Seattle on MNF. Detroit was down 13-10 at that point.

Texas Longhorn’s football- 1-4 in 2015, lost 50-7 vs TCU Saturday. Crazy to think this team was in the national championship game just a few years ago, the program looks so lost. Charlie Strong will unfairly be the scapegoat.

Miami Dolphins- Perhaps I’m the chump here by thinking Miami would win the AFC East this year, (granted at the time, Brady was suspended for 4 games) yet the Dolphins apparently suck on two continents now by losing in London over the weekend. 1-3 on the year and the first team to fire their head coach this season.

 

 

 


Champ and Chump of the Weekend

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Published on : September 16, 2015

 

Fans rejoiced this past weekend as the NFL kicked off its 2015 season. Add in a couple big college football tilts and the U.S. Open in New York, and it made for one jam packed weekend in sports. Week 1 in the NFL had some great story lines and some memorable moments. With that in mind, here’s my Champ and Chump of the weekend.

 

Champ: Marcus Mariota

13-16, 209 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 turnovers. 95.7 QBR, 158.3 Passer Rating in a 42-14 victory over Tampa Bay

All he does is win.

 

In a much anticipated match up featuring the top two quarterbacks taken in the 2015 NFL draft, and the last two Heisman trophy winners, Marcus Mariota looked a lot more NFL ready than Jameis Winston, who threw a pick-six with his first throw. Many doubted Mariota coming into this season, fearing his style wouldn’t translate to the NFL, a trend that has been true with former Oregon quarterbacks in the past. Through one week, Mariota has silenced his critics for now, and the Jameis supporters have to hope that Winston’s career takes off much like the career of a former legend who also started his NFL career with a pick-six—Brett Favre.

 

Honorable Mention:

Michigan State football- Huge win over #7 Oregon avenging last year’s loss in Eugene

Novak Djokovic- Defeated Roger Federer for the US Open Championship, his 10th career major win

Zack Greinke- Pitched 8 scoreless innings vs Arizona to improve to 17-3 on the season, 1.61 ERA, 0.85 WHIP…truly remarkable season, could go down as one of the best seasons ever.

 

 

Chump: New York Giants

Rashad Jennings summing up how the Giants ended the game.

 

On a play that may be scrutinized as much as the Seattle Seahawks bonehead decision to throw the ball at the 1-yard line in last year’s Super Bowl, Eli Manning left many fans scratching their heads yesterday. The New York Giants were just about to shock the defending division champion Dallas Cowboys Sunday night when Eli Manning and company did the seemingly unthinkable. Up 23-20, the Giants had a 3rd and goal at the Cowboy’s 1-yard line with just over 90 seconds left. Out of timeouts, Dallas had no way of stopping the clock. The Giants had them on their heels, all they had to do was punch it in. Hell, they had two chances if they wanted.  Worst case scenario, they come up short on 3rd down and kick the field goal to go up 6 and leave Dallas with under a minute and no timeouts to drive for a touchdown. Another scenario, on a potential fourth down, if the Giants came up short, Dallas would have to go some 99 yards without any timeouts for a touchdown, or some 60 yards for a field goal try with like 45 seconds left. Instead, on 3rd and 1, Eli dropped back to throw, and threw the ball away avoiding the pressure, but ultimately also avoiding the 40 second runoff that may have helped win New York the game. To make matters worse, it has been reported Eli told running back Rashad Jennings to intentionally not score with the hopes of draining the clock. Well, the G-Men may not have won the game but they did win the award for chump of the week.

 

Dishonorable Mention:

Adam “Pac Man” Jones- Flagged and fined for slamming Oakland Raider Amari Cooper’s head into his helmet

Florida football coach Jim McElwain- Childish tirade on the sidelines while berating a player

Detroit Lions/Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi- After leading 21-3 at San Diego, the Lions

gave up 30 unanswered points and lost 33-28. Calvin Johnson targeted just 4 times (2 catches)

 


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