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Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
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As the Denver Broncos start the real season this weekend (We know the regular season means nothing to Peyton) the Broncos and Peyton are going for a mythical journey to capture the franchises 3rd championship.  So naturally all eyes are on the hero #18.  The Broncos changed their future from the disciple (Tebow) to one of the football gods in Peyton Manning.  Leading me to say out loud What Would Peyton Do?

The Future Hall of Famer has been here before plenty of times actually, with a 9-11 playoff record including 8 one and done.  Peyton has a chance to conquer some demons, gods, and the unexpected so to speak.  First challenge the Demon, the power of the SUPER BOLO TIE CHARGERS.  A lot of analysis are picking the Chargers to win this game.  The Chargers are a current division foe that has eliminated Peyton several times (0-2 vs. Chargers in playoffs) while with the Colts.  The Chargers are hot and facing Denver coming off a bye, sounds like the Ravens of last year.

Second the other god, with a victory Peyton will play his greatest foe, Football’s greatest god Tom Brady, and the Patriots.  We all know of the history of these two competitors.  We also know Brady’s 3 rings to Peyton’s 1, or that Peyton is 1-2 vs. the Patriots in the playoffs.  If Peyton can find the Herculean strength to conquer 2 of his biggest adversaries the third one is the greatest of all.

Final adversary the Elements, and the Unexpected.  By elements I mean COLD WINDY WEATHER, and the unexpected NFC opponent.  The Super Bowl is in NY/NJ in the cold weather.  Peyton has played some of his worse games in cold weather (8-13 in games with temperature under 40 at kick off).  Since Peyton has returned from neck surgery it is noticeable that Peyton is uncomfortable in the cold weather or rather windy cold games.  Not to mention the three teams left in the NFC are huge defensive teams (Legion of Boom Seahawks, 49ers, and Panthers) and none of them seem to have Rex Grossman as their starting Quarterback.

Peyton has a huge football world to conquer.  Is it fair to say that a loss vs. the Chargers, Patriots, or the NFC representative would tarnish Peyton’s legacy?  So I say out loud again WHAT WOULD PEYTON DO?  Or should I say WHAT SHOULD PEYTON DO?  Only answer is Ascend and WIN!

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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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So while I was watching Peyton Manning, on Monday night, carve up Oakland’s D as if they were Florida International.  I took a look at his numbers so far this season 12tds, 0ints, almost 1,200 yds and a crazy QB rating and thought to myself “man how will Peyton blow it this time”.  If you think it sounds harsh tell me why?  Peyton has made defenses look softer than Charmin and made coverage look weaker than a Chad Pennington hail mary; yet, his playoff record leaves much to be desired at 9-11.  Big Ben and Eli have combined for 4 SB but yet are currently a combined 0-6, and both never seem to perform great in the regular season, which has to make Peyton just throw up sometimes.  So let’s see…  the Broncos go 13-3 or 14-2 and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs right!  We already know that no starting QB has won a SB with two different teams.  So which scenario that we have seen before dooms Peyton this time:

1.  Weather: Peyton just can’t get a good grip on the ball, which makes him inaccurate, see the Ravens playoff game last year.

2.  Raheem Moore/Defensive Letdown: does what Raheem Moore does and reads a play, or reads a pass as well as Stevie Wonder reads books.

3.  Peyton blames someone: the O-Line on some communication issues (sorry Jeff Saturday), WR running poor or sloppy routes (sorry Reggie Wayne), Game plan was too conservative (Dungy, and Fox).

4.  Bad refereeing:  A few bad calls or no calls disrupt the offense or cost the team the victory (They won’t call holding every play, right Belichick).

Look Peyton is one of the best QB’s I’ve ever seen play the game, and will go down as the Greatest Regular Season QB f All-time.  Peyton is way to good to be so average in the playoffs, so we will sit back and enjoy this great regular season, because we know doom and gloom awaits in the Postseason.

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Before the season started I saw these two match ups on the NFL Week 3 schedule and said to myself that this could be called “Revenge of the Fallen” with Andy Reid going back to Philly and Ed Reed going back to Baltimore, so here’s the advantages I see in these match ups and who will win and why:

Kansas City @ PHILADELPHIA (-3 51)

 

Chiefs advantage: a balanced ball control attack with a QB in Smith that doesn’t turn the ball over.  Smith will make the checkdowns to get Charles out in space and the fact that they want to win this game badly for Reid.

andy

 

Eagles advantage: tempo, TEMpo, and more TEMPO!  The Eagles can run a multitude of plays which won’t allow the Chiefs to sub in and out.  Facing Shady McCoy and DJax (his play this year lets us know he didn’t give a damn last year) that won’t be an easy task for the Chiefs.

shady

 

Who will win and why: Chiefs +3 and the over, in two games the Eagles haven’t stopped anyone and J. Charles and D. Bowe will be the best skill players at their respective positions that the Eagles have faced thus far. The fact McNabb’s number is being retired will just make it an awful night for the fans of Philly. Kansas City wins 31-27

 

Houston (-2 1/2) @ Baltimore

 

Texans advantage: The passing game!  Schaub already had Johnson and Daniels, but with the sudden emergence of Hopkins to go along with Foster on check downs;  it could be a long day for Baltimore’s secondary.

Texan

 

Ravens advantage: Physicality!  The Texans are a team that doesn’t like to play physical offensively.  Flacco should be able to stretch the field with Smith for some huge gains, and the combo of Dumervil and T-Sizzle (Ball So Hard University) can wreck any teams game plan.

Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Championship

Who will win and why: Texans -2.5 and the over.  Normally, I would take the Ravens, but I just don’t think they can score right now to keep up with the Texans.  Plus J.J. Watt!!!!! is due for a big game. Texans 31-17

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

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We discuss who is better and who you would rather have.

By Jason “Big J” Allen @unsportsmenBigJ

Queue Evil empire music from Star Wars.  Now enter Darth Vader or for this article Roger Goodell.  With Goodell coming out mentioning how he would want to get rid of the kickoff there has been a huge disturbance in the NFL “Force” and uproar.  At first I felt the same way and then I thought, maybe this is a good thing or a chance to open the door for improvements.  Why did I change my mind? Because just like Darth Vader, Roger Goodell needs to bring balance to the NFL or rather safety so the NFL will not become existent or worse GOVERNMENT RUN!

Don’t let your feelings cloud your judgment, young Jedi.  Most don’t like Goodell because we have felt he has taken his power overboard, but let’s not forget that no different then the Republic giving full power to Senator Palpatine, which birthed Emperor Palpatine, the players granted Empe…  I mean Roger Goodell this power.  So don’t get mad when he “force chokes” your favorite players with fines and suspensions, because this is the bed the players made.

I know I know, he is taking away the violence in the game and yes we watch for the total carnage on the field.  Football is Violent and it’s our modern day Gladiator sport and he is making them wear “Skirts” (in my best southern redneck voice), but that comment is a total lie.  Fantasy Football please stand up.  This game has made the NFL more popular than anything else especially with the female demographic.  As a Fantasy Football owner you just love 6-3 scores right?  I know you do.  Also numbers and ratings have shown that the viewing public hates low scoring games or what we all call DEFENSIVE BATTLES.  Look at the Baltimore vs New York Giants Super Bowl in 2000 a 40.4 rating, and even the Tampa Bay and Raiders Super Bowl a 40.7 rating.  What do they all have in common?  Low ratings.  The average Super Bowl rating in the modern era (1998-2009) is 41.7 the thought that it would be a defensive battle, and low scoring, people thought it would be boring.  So violence is not the attraction for Football.

Lastly I’m defending Darth Goodell because with the recent lawsuits against the league about player safety and trauma after their career, Goodell HAS to make the game safer.  Why?  Because what happens if the NFL is deemed unsafe for the public?  Either the Government gets rid of it or the Government takes over it.  Look at our history in America, Government in Drugs, Alcohol (at one point the gov’t thought it was too dangerous and outlawed it until crime and bootlegging alcohol made cities more dangerous so they brought it back under restrictions), Cars with seat belts, and even gun control.  Things deemed unsafe the gov’t takes care of.  So Goodell is doing whatever he can to preserve our precious sport.

Now I don’t think getting rid of kickoffs is the answer, but I do believe thinking outside the box like this will eventually lead to the answer.  So just like Darth Vader, Goodell had to go to the Darkside and become the villain to protect the ones he loves (NFL).  But just like Luke Skywalker, NFL fans are stubborn, arrogant, and refusing to see through our emotions.  Just face it Darth Goodell is our Father and will eventually protect us from the Emperor Palpatine U.S. Government.

Jason

P.S.- Sidebar I never understood how Luke’s lightsaber went from Blue to Green between Empire Strikes Back to Return of the Jedi.

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

When you get SUGAR how long can it last?  In his 17th season as inside/middle linebacker, Ray “Sugar” (which his teammates call him) Lewis joins rare company as one of only three linebackers to play into his 17th year.  Lewis joins the likes of Clay Matthews Jr., who played 19 seasons, and the late great (until he played 2 seasons with my rival Patriots) Junior Seau, played 20 seasons.

Although, he is still playing at a consistent level, the defense is no longer as dominant as in years past. The Super Bowl winning Ravens that gave up only 165 points the entire season compared to last year’s team which gave up 266 pts. With the loss of “T-Sizzle” Terrell Suggs (#LeaderOfBallSoHardUniversity) and with Ed Reed aging, Lewis is faced with depending on his offense to lead him to a championship.

There is no denying Lewis’ impact to the Ravens. He’s a man that can get his teammates to run through a wall better than any coach in the league, can fire up fans just by picking up the grass before he does his dance. However, there are four things in sports that are undefeated, Retirement, Taxes, the Newssy (the reproductive part of a woman), and Father Time. So how much Sugar does Ray have left in the tank (no homo)?

The numbers show if Ray Lewis is not the best inside linebacker alive he’s in the top 5. Can Ray Lewis motivate his offense to play with the will (Joe Flacco) and determination (Ray Rice) that he has?  We will find out February in New Orleans. Sugar Ray loves to IMPACT people’s lives.

Ray”Big Play” Miller

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