Top 15 NFL week 2 power rankings

September 15, 2010

The teams to look out for in week two:

1. Saints.
They still remain the top team. Strong and steady on both sides of the ball, it is going to take a lot to knock last seasons World Champs off their journey to a second year to getting a ring in a row.

2. Packers
Aaron Rogers remained at ease and confident during this past weeks game. He knows who to throw to and how to prevent too many turnovers. And if Jennings keeps up with more passes like that one handed one he had last week, the rest of the division should be worried. However, the Packers were only 8/55 pass completions so need to step that game up against better competitors.

3. Ravens
Baltimore dropped down one this week for me. Yes, they won but they won a messy game against a sloppy defense. Anquan Boldin took the game winning ball against the Jets with 7 catches and 111 yards. But QB Joe Flacco needs to remember to look up and out and expand on the offense he has in front of him and not rely on the rushing yards (Ravens only had 49).

4. Colts
Even though Indianapolis lost to the Texans, they are still a strong team that can’t go under the wire. Peyton Manning always pulls through and this coming weeks game, I predict he will pull his team to a win.

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Ravens with “hard knock” win over Jets

September 14, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens traveled up to the New Meadowlands Stadium to take on the Jets for the first Monday night football game and just barely walked away with a 10-9 win in a tough, uphill battle of a game full of penalties, but for once not against Baltimore.

In a game that pinned up one of the NFLs best defense in the Jets against a new NFL threat in the Ravens offense, this game was sure to be a “hard knock” one.

Jets defense proved that early on with a sack by Shaun Ellis on QB Joe Flacco, where Flacco lost the ball on the Ravens own 11-yard line. The well-known mighty Baltimore defense would hold back Jets QB Mark Sanchez and would only result in a 28-yard FG by Nick Folk.

But the Ravens, despite a  thinning defense, upheld against a Jets mediocre offense.

And Monday nights game came down to the Jets D and the Ravens new offense–and in the end it was number 81 in purple who helped bring home the win for Baltimore against a spotty Jets defense.

Anquan Boldin (81) made a major difference in Mondays game for the Ravens. Boldin had seven catches for 110 yards (21 in the first half, 89 in the second) and was a big part of converting third downs to firsts. Baltimore was 11 for 19 on 3rd down conversion, and Boldin was part of three of them as he always seemed one step ahead of the Jets Kyle Wilson.

Baltimore also doubled the Jets in time of possession, controlling the ball with an 38:32 to 21:28 advantage  despite being out-rushed 116 yards to 49.

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NFL week one games: Recap

September 13, 2010

Football season is officially here as the first Sunday of the season has come and gone.

In case you might have missed some of the games, here is a quick recap of each game to keep you up to speed.

Steelers vs. Falcons

The team we love to hate played a pretty tentative game Sunday afternoon against Atlanta, who also seemed hesitant. The game was a slow, FG kind of game. Both kickers even were having an off day as Pittsburgh’s Reed was 2-4 for the day, including a missed FG going into halftime with 17 seconds to go (the ball would hit the post and bounce away).  But the Falcons were on the same page as the Steelers; despite Falcons QB Matt Ryan throwing a strong pass down the middle late in the second  quarter, Atlanta can’t get a TD to pull ahead. Kicker Bryant does make it through the posts this time (he missed an earlier 46  yard attempt) to tie the score at 3-3 going into the second half.

In the end, with “mighty mouse” Hines Ward and Redman making big catches and picking up a few yards to help the once third string QB, Dennis Dixon gave the Steelers the advantage to win.  Late in the fourth quarter,  Lofton and Bierhmann take down Dixon, making it seem like the Falcons could pull away; but an interception by Troy Polamero led the Steelers to another FG attempt which Reed misses, going too far to the right with the 40-yard attempt, sending the game into overtime.

But it was Mendenhall who took the game away from Atlanta in overtime with a TD; final score 15-9.

Falcons player to keep an eye on: Roody White, who had 13 catches and 111 yards.

Titans vs. Raiders

With the Titans, you can’t hold back RB Chris Johnson and QB Vince Young for too long. The Raiders rallied against Tennessee for a good while in the first half, or so it seemed. Passing yards for the Raiders in the first half was a -8, while the Titans were at 85. Both not impressing, especially when the Titans RB, Johnson averages about 125.4 yards a game and had 36 going into the second half.

But N. Washington drew first blood with the first TD of the game which propelled the Titans later to win against Oakland 38-13.

Both QB’s, Young and Campbell, played rookie-esq. If  either team wants to improve, their leaders need to step up their own game a little better.

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The New Orleans Saints march on over the Vikings in season opener

September 10, 2010

The New Orleans Saints proved that the “Superbowl hungover” was not going to deter them as they overcame the Minnesota Vikings 14-9 Thursday in the NFL season opener.

The Saints QB Drew Brees held strong and showed how this game was going to go within the first few minutes of the game as they scored a TD with 12 minutes left in the first quarter as well as the Vikings picking up a penalty, losing yards on the kick-off.

The Vikings weren’t going to make this an easy victory for the World Champs. They respond with a 33-yard pass to Shiancoe, which then led to a TD pass to Shiancoe with 40 seconds left in the first half; the teams would go into the locker room at halftime with the Vikings leading 9-7.

But the Saints would prevail in the end and took the W ending the game 14-9.

Some key people on both teams to look out for:

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2010 NFL power rankings

September 9, 2010

Tonight it all begins:  football season.

Kicking off first is returning Superbowl Champions, the New Orlean Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

Before the season gets started though, here is a quick rundown of some of my power rankings of all 32 teams based off of pre- and off- season performances, the top 15 with descriptions:

1. Saints. They might still have a Superbowl hangover, but in tonight’s season opener, they stand to be hte seventh champions to win that first game. With Drew Brees leading his team and Reggie Bush ready to put his about to get stripped Heisman trophy past behind him, the Saints are still as strong as ever and not to be seen as a one and done team.

2. Ravens. Maybe you can call me a little biased. But the Ravens started working one week after they lost in the post-season last year adding new additions in the forms of coaches and players. Baltimore has always been known as a defense heavy team, but with Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and now T.J. Houshmandzadeh on their roster, Baltimore is going to see their leader, Joe Flacco, use more than Ray Rice, who is also NFL,one of the best running backs in the league.

3. Jets. Sure, we all call them the “Northern Ravens” down here in Charm city, but you have to hand it to Rex Ryan and his men.I am not a big Mark Sanchez fan–but he works well with his teammates and they also put a lot of work in their off- and pre-season. The first Monday night football game against Baltimore and the Jets is going to start the season off to a great start.

4. Colts. There is no denying this team is going to be a deep threat for every other team in the NFL. Peyton Manning is one of the best QBs out there based off his intelligence and athleticism. The Colts work well together as a team and seem almost impeccable.

5. Bengals. Who doesn’t know about the Bengals off-season pickup? The question is, can the two biggest attention whores in the NFL share the lime-light? Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and T.O. are going to be a dangerous threat to every other defense out there. During pre-season match-ups, TO seemed to be able to play well with his new team. Maybe all he needed was a friend to tell him to “play nicely with others.”
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Baltimore Ravens first week of training camp in Westminster; Gaither and Foxworth injuries

July 30, 2010

Are you ready for some football?!

Fans all over the Baltimore region are more than ready after a depressing season thus far from the Baltimore Orioles who have only 32 wins (the O’s also recently hired ESPN analyst Buck Showalter as their manager: check their game August3 for his first game).

But Monday, July 26 marked the first day for the Ravens players minus the veterans to report, and Wednesday July 28 was the first day all players reported to training camp in Westminster, Md. at McDaniel College.

Tuesday, the first day for fans and media to check out the players practice, produced a smaller crowd of about 200 people coming out to see the new players and to get autographs—if you were under the age of 15 that is.

The players on Tuesday seemed at ease and comfortable as they threw the ball around and ran through a few plays as they prepared for the upcoming season.

Friday, July 30 was the first day all players were at McDaniel College that the sessions were open to the public and it was reported that over 11 thousand fans were in attendance at the small private college in Westminster.

A lot of buzz on two players who both once played together at the University of Maryland at Friday’s practice.

Cornerback Dominique Foxworth, who started in all 16 games suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury during a non-contact drill.  How will that affect the defense that recently lost its star safety Ed Reed for six games and its first round draft pick, outside linebacker Sergio Kindle?

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There were also rumors that offensive tackle Jared Gaither suffered a back injury as he was carted off the field during practice earlier today, but was later announced it was just cramps.

Check back later for more updates from Westminster on the Ravens training camp until their first opening pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday August 12 at 8 p.m. E.T.

Baltimore Ravens 2010 training camp schedule

July 24, 2010

It has been long overdue.

The baseball season has been long, and even longer for Baltimore fans.

Football season could not have come at a better time. And come it has–training camp for the Baltimore Ravens at McDaniel College in Westminster starts Monday.

Go out and support your team, Baltimore. It is going to be a great season.

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July 26: 8:45 a.m. practice. Rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans report to camp.

July 27: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice

July 28: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice. All veterans report to camp.

July 29: 8:45 a.m. practice. Team administrative day. No availability for media or general public.

July 30: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

July 31: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 1: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 2: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

August 3: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 4: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

College basketball legendary coach John Wooden dies

June 5, 2010

One of college basketballs greatest coaches died today, Friday June 5 in the early morning after suffering a massive heart attack among other medical issues over the past few years.

John Wooden, 99, holds the record for one of the most winningest coaches in Division I college basketball. One of the greatest coaches of all time, Wooden’s stats will prove that he not only deserves to be known as such, but his character also is one to remember.

Wooden had 88 consecutive games during the 1971-1974 seasons as well as 38 consecutive NCAA tournament games  between 1964-1974. Wooden to this day holds those records.

Wooden also led the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA championships — at one time winning seven in a row — during a 27-year run that ended with his team cutting down the nets one last time in 1975.

Wooden coached basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton among many others and also had a few Neismith award winners under his regime.

Walton told The Associated Press from the NBA Finals that he last visited with Wooden a few days ago at the hospital.

“He’s the greatest,” Walton said, his voice catching. “We love him.”

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Orioles fire Trembley; Samuel bumped from 3B coach to manager

June 4, 2010

There have been rumors circulating around Baltimore the past month or so about whether or not the Baltimore Orioles would fire manager Dave Trembley as the O’s continued to sink further into another losing season.

Last night, it crossed through ESPN’s bottom line, but was made official Friday morning that Trembley would no longer be with the Orioles and that third base coach Juan Samuel would be promoted to interim manager.

Even though many fans have been hoping for, guessing it or preparing for the inevitable, the rumors of Trembley being asked to leave were stronger than ever before Thursdays game in New York.

“I think he was never given a fair shot. He was asked to win with a young and undeveloped core surrounded by a bunch of non-tenders and retreads. But it was time for a fresh face and to pu thim out of his misery,” Mark Huber, an avid Baltimore fan said.

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Happy Hour with miss Sportaholic: a local Bartending adventure

May 16, 2010

[It was suggested to me that I should start a weekly post on random occurrences around the great Charm City.

Whether it be a funny video, a sweet story about a local, a bar scene to hit up or just anything in general, miss charm city sportaholic will be bringing that to you.

If any of you have suggestions that you would like to see added to my site, let me know! I take all suggestions into consideration and love the feedback from everyone. Cheers!]

Some of the fine ladies of Serafino's that will be in attendance Sunday, May 16.

Every sports fan loves a good drink to go with the game. And after a win or loss, well win or lose the best fans still booze!

Tonight, your very own Charmcity Sportaholic will be slinging drinks back behind local Ellicott City bar, Serafino’s.

There will be beer pong and super Mario Kart 64 as well as myself and Stephen Gruss—the infamous bartender who asked me to guest bar-tend.

Will this be an interesting night? You bet.

And with the O’s playing their third game against Cleveland—and trying to win so they can take the series—you might want to stop by for a drink on your way home.

Friday night, the O’s had a tremendous game, winning 8-1 with help from recently called up Corey Patterson when he had one hell of a catch that would have been a home run.

However, Saturday the O’s fell 8-2 to the Indians. So tonight is the night for the O’s and for you to come to Serafino’s to either celebrate the O’s finally starting to get it together, or drown you sorrows with 13 drinks—one for every season the O’s have disappointed us.

For all of you lovely people out there enjoying the beautiful day at Wine in the Woods, stop by and say hello.

What is your favorite drink? I will start preparing now 🙂

And remember—win or lose, a true fan will still booze. Cheers!