NFL Week 2 Power Rankings

  1. 49ers – A great showing week 1 without using the option on offense.
  2. Patriots – The Patriots generally get off to a slow start while Bill Belichick is surveying his team to find its strengths.  They’re venerable with some injuries right now, but once Bill figures things out they’ll be dangerous.
  3. Broncos – Peyton took advantage of an out-or sync Raven defense and was able to mask the problems in their run game.
  4. Seahawks
  5. Saints – The Saints made a big statement against their division rivals to start the year.Continue reading “NFL Week 2 Power Rankings”


Once again a lot of changes this week, mostly relating to teams losing and falling off the ranks.  One of the biggest adjustments I made was Ohio State and Baylor, who have both beat Buffalo with vastly different stat lines.  Ohio Stat also might have to play a few games with quarterback Braxton Miller nursing an injury.

But the real question is, am I allowed to rank Eastern Washington in the top 25 even though they’re a FCS team? I’m really tempted to this week, it’s hard finding a 25th team that really deserves it, and I hate giving it to a team that just lost.  Texas got dismantled by BYU, the Clowney lead South Carolina’s SEC defense isn’t dominant enough, Arizona State beat up on a Big Sky opponent but has only played one game, Bowling Green’s schedule is so soft it wouldn’t matter if they went undefeated all season, and TCU lost to LSU at home and was somewhat underwhelming against the FCS this week.   So whom does that leave me with? Texas Tech, my Big-12 sleeper-pick.  Tech has an amazingly difficult schedule this year, and if they come close to running the table, starting with TCU this Thursday, they have a clear path to a birth in one of this year’s top bowls.

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2013 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

Just a disclaimer: I wrote these before Thursday nights game, but I don’t think I would change much if anything.  I knew Baltimore’s offense and defense would struggle early in the year and that Denver’s pass-rush would be lacking a little bit.Continue reading “2013 NFL Preseason Power Rankings”

2013 Deli Poll: Week 1 TOP 25 and HEISMAN WATCH

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

I tend to move teams around a lot the first two or three weeks of the season.  Was Alabama’s poor offensive line play a fluke? Will Oregon’s offense be more explosive without Chip Kelly as head coach?  Until we see more games I need to assume that those are true statements to some extent.

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2013 Deli Poll: Preseason Heisman Watch

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

Happy college football kickoff everyone! Enjoy the games tonight and this weekend, and keep an eye on this year’s preseason Heisman hopefuls.

1. Johnny Manziel, QB

I know winning it back to back is close to impossible and there’s been a lot of negativity during the offseason surrounding Johnny Football, but that might be blinding people of the fact that he’s still a really good football player, and was a freshman last year.  He’s the reigning champion and now there’s no doubt he’ll be eligible to play this season. He’ll put up monster numbers again for A&M.

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An NCAA Player Money Article

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

With the Johnny Manziel autograph controversy of the summer coming to an almost comical resolution (he’ll be suspended for the first half of the season… opener, even though the NCAA determined he didn’t get paid for signing autographs) on the eve of the college football season, I thought now would be as good a time as ever to write my opinions on money in college sports.

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My favorite movies of the 2000s

List will be updated each December and does not include the current year’s movies.

  1. The Departed  – 2008 (97)
  2. The Dark Knight – 2008 (97)
  3. Django Unchained – 2012 (95)
  4. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers – 2002 (95)
  5. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King – 2003 (95)
  6. Moonrise Kingdome – 2012 (94)
  7. Inception – 2010 (93)
  8. Drive – 2011 (93)
  9. Finding Nemo – 2003 (93)Continue reading “My favorite movies of the 2000s”

My 2013 Preseason NFL Awards Predictions


1. Tom Brady, QB
326px-Tom_BradyPredicted Stats: 4600 passing yards, 39 passing TDs, 10 int

It’s really, really hard to go against Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in the preseason for MVP, because come the end of the year you know they’ll be getting votes.  Brady loves to show off whenever the Patriots are facing adversity.  The Aaron Hernandez situation.  Gronkowski’s injuries.  The loss of Wes Welker.  Everyone seems to think that the Pats will rely on run the ball this year, but I think Brady just goes off.





2. Russell Wilson, QB
400px-Russell_Wilson_vs_Vikings,_November_4,_2012Predicted Stats: 3500 passing Yards, 750 rushing yards, 36 total TDs, 10 int

With 26 TD on the year, it was Russell Wilson, not Andrew Luck, who tied Peyton Manning’s rookie TD passing record.  Wilson also added 4 rushing TD, bringing his TD total to 30 against only 13 total turnovers as he was learning the offense.  His grasp of the game improved each week, as he showed poise and leadership beyond his years on his way to a road playoff victory.  Even if his stats don’t dwarf those of his rivals by the end of the year, there’s no doubt in my mind that Wilson would have done more for his team than almost any other offensive player in the NFL.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB
Predicted Stats: 365 touches, 1900 total yards, 12 TDs

I just would like to say that if AP does what he did last season, HE WILL WIN MVP AGAIN.  I don’t see it happening, and with voters go crazy over QBs every year, anything short of 2000 yards will just fall short.Continue reading “My 2013 Preseason NFL Awards Predictions”

NCAA Football: 2013 Preseason Top 25 Deli Poll

There’s the USA Today Coaches Poll, The Harris Poll, The Legends Poll, and now, one week before the start of college football, I would like to introduce The Deli Poll, the newest measure of college football success.

1)   Alabama

2)   Ohio State

3)   Stanford

4)   Georgia

5)   Texas A&M

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Kicking Off the Preseason the Right Way: Five reasons the Pro Bowl should be moved to the NFL preseason.

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

Two weeks into the preseason and I’ve already watch more sports over the last two weeks than I did almost all summer.  The games are meaningless and might not even feature everyone’s favorite teams, yet millions are tuning in to see whatever game their local cable provider decided to air because, let’s be honest, it is football.  But what would happen if the NFL put a real game of significance in the preseason? Or a game that assured fans that their favorite team would get air time?  The fans would go absolutely nuts.  The solution I have (if the title of this post didn’t give it away already) MOVE THE PRO BOWL TO THE BEGINNING OF THE NFL PRESEASON!Continue reading “Kicking Off the Preseason the Right Way: Five reasons the Pro Bowl should be moved to the NFL preseason.”