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Washington Nationals 2014 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

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This is the 2014 Spring Training broadcast schedule for the Washington NationalsI can’t wait for the baseball season to get here and see how this team does under rookie manager Matt Williams.

The talent is here to battle the Braves for the N.L. East and anything less would be a major disappointment in my opinion. But I’ll get into all that stuff later.

 

NATIONALS 2014 SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE*

Date

Opponent

Time

Location

Broadcast

2/28

@ NYM

1:10 p.m.

Port St. Lucie, FL

WJFK 1580AM / WFED 1500AM

7:00 p.m. on tape delay: 106.7 The Fan

3/2

vs. MIA

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

MASN / WJFK 1580AM

3/7

vs. HOU

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

WJFK 1580AM / WFED 1500AM

7:00 p.m. on tape delay: 106.7 The Fan

3/8

vs. ATL

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

WJFK 1580AM / WFED 1500AM

3/9

vs. STL

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

MASN / 106.7 The Fan / WFED 1500AM

3/10

vs. HOU

6:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

WJFK 1580AM

3/11

vs. NYY

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

MASN

3/16

vs.DET

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

MASN

3/19

vs. HOU

6:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

MASN

3/20

vs. DET

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

WJFK 1580AM / WFED 1500AM

3/22

vs. MIA

1:05 p.m.

VIERA, FL

106.7 The Fan / WFED 1500AM

3/23

3/25

@NYM

vs. NYM

1:10 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

Port St. Lucie, FL

VIERA, FL

106.7 The Fan / WFED 1500AM

MASN

3/29

vs. DET

2:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC

WJFK 1580AM

* Subject to change

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Super Bowl 48 Prediction

Super Bowl 48We’ve got an intriguing Super Bowl matchup between the high-powered Denver Broncos and the defensively dominant Seattle Seahawks. I’m not too crazy about the game being played in New York and outdoors in the cold weather, but it is what it is I guess.

If the Broncos can score at least 24 points I think they will come away with the franchise’s third Lombardi Trophy and Peyton Manning will become the first QB to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. But reaching 24 points against the tough Seahawks defense out in the cold could be a hard thing to do.

The Broncos averaged an NFL-record 37.9 points a game, becoming the first team to score more than 600 points in a season. The stingy Seahawks allow only 14.4 points per game and have the players needed to slow down the potent Broncos offense.

Something has to give and it’s usually the offensive team in games like this. This matchup reminds me a lot of the 1990 Super Bowl between the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.

The Bills had the powerful offense and the Lawrence Taylor led Giants had one of the nastiest defensive units in the history of the NFL that year. The Giants came away with a hard-fought 20-19 win.

I do think this will be a very tight and hotly contested football game that will go into the fourth quarter up for grabs. It wouldn’t surprise me to see it come down to a last second field goal.

My head is telling me the Seahawks will prevail, but my gut is telling me the Broncos will find a way to get it done.

Prediction: Broncos 27 Seahawks 23

 

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New Look Pro Bowl is a Hit

NFL PRO BOWLThe new-look NFL Pro Bowl was actually a lot better than I thought it would be and turned out to be a pretty decent game compared to past years. The game was more competitive and went down to the wire before we had a winner. It resembled a real football game!

I had lost all interest in the Pro Bowl years ago and wasn’t really sure what to expect when the league decided to shake things up with a new format, but I’ve got to give them credit on improving the game. I’ll be back to watching it on a yearly basis again!

But there’s two things I’d like to see the league do moving forward:

  1. Keep the game in Hawaii
  2. Play it after the Super Bowl so all teams will have players in the game. Playing it a week before makes absolutely no sense to me.

 

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2014 NFL Unrestricted Free Agents

2014 Unrestricted Free Agents

2014 Unrestricted Free Agents

 

Here’s a list of unrestricted free agents by position when the 2014 NFL Free Agent signing period begins on March 11. There’s some good talent that will be available.

 

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson, Carolina Panthers
Jimmy Clausen, Carolina Panthers
Kellen Clemens, St. Louis Rams
Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers
Josh Freeman, Minnesota Vikings
David Garrard, New York Jets
Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins
Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions
Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears
Luke McCown, New Orleans Saints
Colt McCoy, San Francisco 49ers
Dan Orlovsky, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Curtis Painter, New York Giants
Jordan Palmer, Chicago Bears
Brady Quinn, St. Louis Rams
Rusty Smith, Tennessee Titans
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Charlie Whitehurst, San Diego Chargers

Running backs

Jackie Battle, Tennessee Titans
Kahlil Bell, Green Bay Packers
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
Andre Brown, New York Giants
Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers
Delone Carter, Jacksonville Jaguars
Tashard Choice, Indianapolis Colts
Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings
Ray Graham, Houston Texans
Jonathan Grimes, Houston Texans
Peyton Hillis, New York Giants
Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders
Felix Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Deji Karim, Houston Texans
Spencer Larsen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Tauren Poole, Indianapolis Colts
Darius Reynaud, New York Jets
Bernard Scott, Baltimore Ravens
Chad Spann, Houston Texans
James Starks, Green Bay Packers
LaRod Stephens-Howling, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Tate, Houston Texans
Leon Washington, Tennessee Titans
George Winn, Dallas Cowboys

Fullbacks

Chris Gronkowski, San Diego Chargers
Lex Hilliard, New York Jets
Greg Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars
John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers
Erik Lorig, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Michael Robinson, Seattle Seahawks

Wide receivers

Seyi Ajirotutu, San Diego Chargers
Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Deion Branch, Indianapolis Colts
Dezmon Briscoe, Washington Redskins
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Plaxico Burress, Pittsburgh Steelers
Andre Caldwell, Denver Broncos
Arceto Clark, Seattle Seahawks
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Terrance Cooper, Kansas City Chiefs
Austin Collie, New England Patriots
Jerricho Cotchery, Pittsburgh Steelers
Josh Cribbs, New York Jets
Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders
Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers
Chad Hall, Kansas City Chiefs
Lavelle Hawkins, San Diego Chargers
Adam Henry, St. Louis Rams
Devin Hester, Chicago Bears
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts
Domenik Hixon, Carolina Panthers
Jerrell Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens
James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Brandon Kaufman, Buffalo Bills
Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
Josh Lenz, Indianapolis Colts
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers
Marc Mariani, Tennessee Titans
Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs
Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints
Marlon Moore, Miami Dolphins
Josh Morgan, Washington Redskins
Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
Louis Murphy, New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Kevin Ogletree, Detroit Lions
Kassim Osgood, San Francisco 49ers
Taylor Price, Jacksonville Jaguars
Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals
Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings
Micheal Spurlock, Detroit Lions
Brandon Stokley, Baltimore Ravens
Julian Talley, New York Giants
Brandon Tate, Cincinnati Bengals
Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
Tiquan Underwood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kevin Walter, Tennessee Titans
Bryan Walters, Seattle Seahawks
Joe Webb, Minnesota Vikings
Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans
Kyle Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

Tight ends

Kyle Adams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jake Ballard, Arizona Cardinals
Nate Byham, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills
Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens
Chase Coffman, Atlanta Falcons
Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets
Fred Davis, Washington Redskins
Kellen Davis, Seattle Seahawks
Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens
Jim Dray, Arizona Cardinals
Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Clay Harbor, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ben Hartsock, Carolina Panthers
Michael Hoomanawanui, New England Patriots
David Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dustin Keller, Miami Dolphins
Jeff King, Arizona Cardinals
Jeron Mastrud, Oakland Raiders
Anthony McCoy, Seattle Seahawks
Matthew Mulligan, New England Patriots
Brandon Myers, New York Giants
Michael Palmer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bear Pascoe, New York Giants
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers
Dante Rosario, Chicago Bears
Tony Scheffler, Detroit Lions
Alex Smith, Cincinnati Bengals
Kory Sperry, Arizona Cardinals
D.J. Williams, New England Patriots
Kellen Winslow, New York Jets

Offensive tackles

Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs
Khalif Barnes, Oakland Raiders
Charles Brown, New Orleans Saints
Rashad Butler, Pittsburgh Steelers
Tyson Clabo, Miami Dolphins
Anthony Collins, Cincinnati Bengals
David Diehl, New York Giants
Jason Fox, Detroit Lions
Andrew Gardner, Houston Texans
Breno Giacomini, Seattle Seahawks
Jordan Gross, Carolina Panthers
Ryan Harris, Houston Texans
Austin Howard, New York Jets
Winston Justice, Denver Broncos
Jeff Linkenbach, Indianapolis Colts
Sean Locklear, Atlanta Falcons
Bryant McKinnie, Miami Dolphins
Eugene Monroe, Baltimore Ravens
Marshall Newhouse, Green Bay Packers
Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens
Mike Otto, Tennessee Titans
Tony Pashos, Oakland Raiders
Dennis Roland, Cincinnati Bengals
Rodger Saffold, St. Louis Rams
Jonathan Scott, Chicago Bears
Zach Strief, New Orleans Saints
Will Svitek, New England Patriots
Jeremy Trueblood, Atlanta Falcons
Jared Veldheer, Oakland Raiders
J’Marcus Webb, Minnesota Vikings
Guy Whimper, Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Winston, Arizona Cardinals
Sam Young, Jacksonville Jaguars

Guards

Jon Asamoah, Kansas City Chiefs
Zane Beadles, Denver Broncos
Kevin Boothe, New York Giants
Eben Britton, Chicago Bears
Bruce Campbell, Carolina Panthers
Willie Colon, New York Jets
Oniel Cousins, Cleveland Browns
Vlad Ducasse, New York Jets
Mike Gibson, Arizona Cardinals
Geoff Hangartner, Carolina Panthers
Richie Incognito, Miami Dolphins
John Jerry, Miami Dolphins
Charlie Johnson, Minnesota Vikings
Mike Johnson, Indianapolis Colts
Shawn Lauvao, Cleveland Browns
Jamon Meredith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Paul McQuistan, Seattle Seahawks
Rich Ohrnberger, San Diego Chargers
Seth Olsen, Minnesota Vikings
Chad Rinehart, San Diego Chargers
Mike Pollak, Cincinnati Bengals
Geoff Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Scott, Carolina Panthers
Jason Spitz, Seattle Seahawks
Wade Smith, Houston Texans
Brian Waters, Dallas Cowboys
Travelle Wharton, Carolina Panthers
Garry Williams, Carolina Panthers

Centers

Joe Berger, Minnesota Vikings
Ryan Cook, Dallas Cowboys
Brian De La Puente, New Orleans Saints
Evan Dietrich-Smith, Green Bay Packers
Dylan Gandy, Detroit Lions
Roberto Garza, Chicago Bears
Jonathan Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers
Andre Gurode, Oakland Raiders
Joe Hawley, Atlanta Falcons
Dan Koppen, Denver Broncos
Ted Larsen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns
Kevin Matthews, Tennessee Titans
Mike McGlynn, Indianapolis Colts
Brad Meester, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dominic Raiola, Detroit Lions
Chris Spencer, Tennessee Titans
Rob Turner, Tennessee Titans

Steve Vallos, Denver Broncos
Fernando Velasco, Pittsburgh Steelers
Cody Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
J.D. Walton, Washington Redskins
Ryan Wendell, New England Patriots

Defensive ends

Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings
Robert Ayers, Denver Broncos
Marcus Benard, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks
Andre Carter, New England Patriots
Kenyon Coleman, New Orleans Saints
Keyunta Dawson, New Orleans Saints
Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings
Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers
Lamarr Houston, Oakland Raiders
Jason Hunter, Oakland Raiders
Israel Idonije, Detroit Lions
Tyson Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs
Arthur Jones, Baltimore Ravens
Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals
Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ricardo Mathews, Indianapolis Colts
Jeremy Mincey, Denver Broncos
Mike Neal, Green Bay Packers
Frostee Rucker, Arizona Cardinals
Matt Shaughnessy, Arizona Cardinals
Lawrence Sidbury, Indianapolis Colts
Antonio Smith, Houston Texans
Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Corey Wootton, Chicago Bears
C.J. Wilson, Green Bay Packers
Jarius Wynn, Dallas Cowboys
Willie Young, Detroit Lions

Defensive tackles

Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta Falcons
Chris Baker, Seattle Seahawks
Alex Carrington, Buffalo Bills
Terrence Cody, Baltimore Ravens
Landon Cohen, Chicago Bears
Colin Cole, Carolina Panthers
Nate Collins, Chicago Bears
Brandon Deaderick, Jacksonville Jaguars
Leger Douzable, New York Jets
Fred Evans, Minnesota Vikings
Andre Fluellen, Detroit Lions
Aubrayo Franklin, Indianapolis Colts
Clifton Geathers, Philadelphia Eagles
Gary Gibson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jason Hatcher, Dallas Cowboys
Ziggy Hood, Pittsburgh Steelers
Peria Jerry, Atlanta Falcons
Antonio Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Johnny Jolly, Green Bay Packers
Linval Joseph, New York Giants
Kyle Love, Jacksonville Jaguars
Tony McDaniel, Seattle Seahawks
Clinton McDonald, Seattle Seahawks
Henry Melton, Chicago Bears
Earl Mitchell, Houston Texans
Fili Moala, Indianapolis Colts
Daniel Muir, Oakland Raiders
Mike Patterson, New York Giants
Corey Peters, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan Pickett, Green Bay Packers
Ropati Pitoitua, Tennessee Titans
B.J. Raji, Green Bay Packers
Jay Ratliff, Chicago Bears
Shaun Rogers, New York Giants
Pat Sims, Oakland Raiders
Paul Soliai, Miami Dolphins
Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins
Cam Thomas, San Diego Chargers
Vance Walker, Oakland Raiders
Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings
Al Woods, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebackers

James Anderson, Chicago Bears
Michael Boley, Cincinnati Bengals
Jonathan Casillas, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jo-Lonn Dunbar, St. Louis Rams
Larry English, San Diego Chargers
Omar Gaither, Atlanta Falcons
Parys Haralson, New Orleans Saints
Adam Hayward, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Will Herring, New Orleans Saints
Rob Jackson, Washington Redskins
Edgar Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Rocky McIntosh, Detroit Lions
Marvin Mitchell, Minnesota Vikings
Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins
Calvin Pace, New York Jets
Shaun Phillips, Denver Broncos
Keith Rivers, New York Giants
Jordan Senn, Carolina Panthers
O’Brien Schofield, Seattle Seahawks
Ernie Sims, Dallas Cowboys
Darryl Tapp, Washington Redskins
Reggie Walker, San Diego Chargers
Dekoda Watson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jamaal Westerman, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jason Worilds, Pittsburgh Steelers
Frank Zombo, Kansas City Chiefs

Inside linebackers

Pat Angerer, Indianapolis Colts
Nick Barnett, Washington Redskins
Jon Beason, New York Giants
Desmond Bishop, Minnesota Vikings
Stewart Bradley, Denver Broncos
Donald Butler, San Diego Chargers
Kavell Conner, Indianapolis Colts
Dan Connor, Carolina Panthers
Blake Costanzo, Chicago Bears
Jacob Cutrera, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals
Zac Diles, Tennessee Titans
Dane Fletcher, New England Patriots
London Fletcher, Washington Redskins
Rob Francois, Green Bay Packers
Ramon Humber, New Orleans Saints
Akeem Jordan, Kansas City Chiefs
Bryan Kehl, Washington Redskins
Paris Lenon, Denver Broncos
Josh Mauga, New York Jets
Joe Mays, Houston Texans
Arthur Moats, Buffalo Bills
Perry Riley, Washington Redskins
Darryl Sharpton, Houston Texans
Brandon Spikes, New England Patriots
Austin Spitler, Miami Dolphins
Daryl Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Stevenson Sylvester, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints
D.J. Williams, Chicago Bears
Jason Williams, Carolina Panthers
Will Witherspoon, St. Louis Rams
Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos

Cornerbacks

Michael Adams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Phillip Adams, Oakland Raiders
Javier Arenas, Arizona Cardinals
Aaron Berry, New York Jets
E.J. Biggers, Washington Redskins
Will Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Zack Bowman, Chicago Bears
Tarell Brown, San Francisco 49ers
Nolan Carroll, Miami Dolphins
Antoine Cason, Arizona Cardinals
Chris Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts
Drayton Florence, Carolina Panthers
Dominique Franks, Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Ghee, Cincinnati Bengals
Danny Gorrer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Corey Graham, Philadelphia Eagles
Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins
Kelvin Hayden, Chicago Bears
Quentin Jammer, Denver Broncos
Mike Jenkins, Oakland Raiders
Elbert Mack, Houston Texans
Richard Marshall, San Diego Chargers
Rashean Mathis, Detroit Lions
Bryan McCann, Arizona Cardinals
Captain Munnerlyn, Carolina Panthers
William Middleton, San Diego Chargers
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos
Trumaine McBride, New York Giants
Sherrick McManis, Chicago Bears
Chris Owens, Miami Dolphins
Tracy Porter, Oakland Raiders
Aaron Ross, New York Giants
Sam Shields, Green Bay Packers
Aqib Talib, New England Patriots
Walter Thurmond III, Seattle Seahawks
Terrell Thomas, New York Giants
Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears
Cassius Vaughn, Indianapolis Colts
Alterraun Verner, Tennessee Titans
Josh Wilson, Washington Redskins
Eric Wright, San Francisco 49ers

Safeties

Husain Abdullah, Kansas City Chiefs
Mike Adams, Denver Broncos
Nate Allen, Philadelphia Eagles
Colt Anderson, Philadelphia Eagles
Yeremiah Bell, Arizona Cardinals
Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis Colts
Sergio Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Stevie Brown, New York Giants
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills
Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Clemons, Miami Dolphins
Kurt Coleman, Philadelphia Eagles
Chris Crocker, Cincinnati Bengals
Quintin Demps, Kansas City Chiefs
Reed Doughty, Washington Redskins
Matt Giordano, St. Louis Rams
Jose Gumbs, Washington Redskins
Michael Huff, Denver Broncos
James Ihedigbo, Baltimore Ravens
Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints
Jim Leonhard, Buffalo Bills
Kendrick Lewis, Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Maragos, Seattle Seahawks
Taylor Mays, Cincinnati Bengals
Danny McCray, Dallas Cowboys
Brandon Meriweather, Washington Redskins
Quintin Mikell, Carolina Panthers
Jeromy Miles, Baltimore Ravens
Mike Mitchell, Carolina Panthers
Ryan Mundy, New York Giants
Bernard Pollard, Tennessee Titans
Ed Reed, New York Jets
Craig Steltz, Chicago Bears
Darian Stewart, St. Louis Rams
Darrell Stuckey, San Diego Chargers
T.J. Ward, Cleveland Browns
John Wendling, Detroit Lions
Donte Whitner, San Francisco 49ers
Charles Woodson, Oakland Raiders
Major Wright, Chicago Bears
Usama Young, Oakland Raiders

Kickers

David Akers, Detroit Lions
Josh Brown, New York Giants
Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills
Billy Cundiff, Cleveland Browns
Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals
Nick Folk, New York Jets
Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints
Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
Rian Lindell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

Punters

Donnie Jones, Philadelphia Eagles
Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
Mat McBriar, Pittsburgh Steelers
Zoltan Mesko, Cincinnati Bengals

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Conference Championship Games Produce a Broncos and Seahawks Super Bowl Matchup

Broncos vs Seahawks

Broncos vs Seahawks

Before I move on to the upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks I’m going to give you my final thoughts on the conference title games.

I’ll admit to being wrong on both games and thought both road teams would prevail, but things didn’t work out. I was surprised at how easily the Broncos handled the New England Patriots in their 26-16 AFC Championship matchup.

The final score is deceiving because the Broncos were never threatened and were in control from start to finish. They were leading 23-3 before a couple of Patriots TD’s in the fourth quarter made things look more respectable.  But this game wasn’t really that close.

The recent play by the Broncos defensive unit has been nothing short of impressive in their two playoff wins. If this unit can play another 60 minutes of good football then a Lombardi Trophy will be on the way to Denver.

QB Peyton Manning played a flawless game and picked apart the short-handed Patriots defense. Once the Patriots lost CB Aqib Talib I knew they had no chance of slowing down the Broncos offense.

Over in the NFC we had a very hard-fought game that went into the final seconds before the Seattle Seahawks could celebrate. The game actually lived up to the hype as these two rivals went toe-to-toe in a 60 minute war of attrition.

The Seahawks were able to capitalize on a couple of 49ers mistakes to slip past them and into a date with Peyton Manning in New York two weeks from now.

This will be a very intriguing Super Bowl matchup with a great offense (Broncos) going against a great defense (Seahawks).

My early thoughts say the Broncos complete the mission and Manning gets his second ring.

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MLB Approves Expanded Instant Replay

Expanded Instant Replay Coming In 2014

Expanded Instant Replay Coming In 2014

The 30 Clubs of Major League Baseball have unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay, which will be in effect for the 2014 Championship Season and the 2014 Postseason. The historic announcement was made this afternoon, at the conclusion of MLB’s quarterly owners meetings.

Both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association have given their consent to the game’s new protocols for instant replay.

MLB’s new system of instant replay dictates which plays are subject to review, how instant replay will be initiated by field managers and how the review process will be conducted. As a part of the expansion of instant replay, Clubs will now be allowed to show all replays on the ballpark scoreboard, regardless of whether the play was reviewed.

“I am very pleased that instant replay will expand to include additional impactful plays,” Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “The new system will give managers valuable recourse in potentially game-changing situations. The opportunity for our fans to see more replays in our ballparks is also an important modification that the Clubs and I favored.

“I thank the Major League Players and Umpires for their cooperation with this change, which will serve our shared game well. I also extend my gratitude to John Schuerholz, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Peter Woodfork and Chris Marinak, all of whom worked extremely hard to make this highly complicated task a reality.”

Managers will have at least one challenge to use. If any portion of a challenged play is overturned, then the manager who challenged the play will retain the ability to challenge one more play during the game. No manager may challenge more than two plays in a game. Once the manager has exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. Home run and other boundary calls will remain reviewable under the procedures in place last season.

A designated communication location near home plate will be established at all 30 MLB ballparks. There, the Crew Chief and at least one other Major League Umpire will have access to a hard-wired headset connected to the Replay Command Center, which will remain at MLB Advanced Media headquarters in New York. Major League Umpires will be staffed as Replay Officials at the Replay Command Center. After viewing video feeds, the Replay Official will make the ultimate determination of whether to overturn the call, based on the continuing standard of whether there is clear and convincing evidence.

Instant replay will be utilized during some televised games in Spring Training for the purposes of educating on-field personnel on the rules of the new system.

Other protocols of the new system for instant replay are as follows:

PLAY TYPES

The following play types will be subject to review:

  • Home run
  • Ground rule double
  • Fan interference
  • Stadium boundary calls (e.g., fielder into stands, ball into stands triggering dead ball)
  • Force play (except the fielder’s touching of second base on a double play)
  • Tag play (including steals and pickoffs)
  • Fair/foul in outfield only
  • Trap play in outfield only
  • Batter hit by pitch
  • Timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out)
  • Touching a base (requires appeal)
  • Passing runners
  • Record keeping (Ball-strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions)

All other plays will not be reviewable; however, the Umpires may still convene on the field at any time to discuss the play.

INITIATION OF INSTANT REPLAY

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Wizards Beat Heat to get Back on Track at home

John Wall

John Wall

The Washington Wizards came out smoking against the Miami Heat and had a mind blowing 25 point lead after the first quarter (43-18). Everything was going the Wizards way as they pushed the lead to 34 points in the second quarter before the Heat started to get things going.

That first quarter barrage by the Wizards was the best quarter of basketball I’ve seen them play and I’ve been a fan for many years. They shot 17-for-22 in the opening 12 minutes and took it to the defending NBA champs.

But I will admit that I was still a little nervous because I’ve seen this team blow too many big leads over the years and we still had a lot of basketball to play before this game was over.

After the Heat trimmed the lead down to nine in the third quarter I thought a full-scale meltdown was beginning to happen, but …. it didn’t happen.

The Wizards responded and refused to fold. They wouldn’t allow the Heat to get any closer and went on to win by 17 points. I thought the team showed some grit in holding the Heat at bay and closing them out.

Now they must find a way to continue building momentum at home after recently struggling at Verizon Center. John Wall’s quickly climbing up the ladder of the NBA’s best floor generals. His outside shot has been much improved this season and you can see his confidence growing.

This was a great team effort with several players making contributions and I hope to see this same focus on Friday night against Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Infographic On Patriots Blowout Win Over Colts

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A look at the impressive numbers from the New England Patriots 43-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Can the Broncos stop the run and deal with QB Tom Brady at the same time? I don’t think so!


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The AFC Championship Game Could Become an Instant Classic

Get Your Popcorn Ready!

Get Your Popcorn Ready!

The upcoming AFC Championship Game showdown between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos could become an instant NFL postseason classic!

We’ve got two aging hall of fame bound gunslingers looking to reach the top of the mountain one more time before the championship window closes for good.

Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning, does it get any better than this? This is a football fans dream matchup with a Super Bowl berth hanging in the balance, WOW!


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NFC Divisional Round Wrap Up

NFC Championship Game Showdown

NFC Championship Game Showdown

The NFC Divisional round didn’t produce any real drama as the Seattle Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints 23-15. The Seahawks were not overly impressive, but got a huge game from RB Marshawn Lynch to end the Saints season.

This game looked like another Seahawks blowout after they raced out to a 16-0 lead, but give the Saints credit for battling back and making a game of it. They may have been able to pull of the comeback bid if they didn’t hurt themselves with costly mental mistakes that cost them a couple of huge timeouts to avoid delay of game penalties in the second half.

You can’t have those type of issues in the postseason, especially being on the road and trying to mount a season saving comeback. Plus the Saints had a couple of missed field goals that also proved costly.

In the other NFC game the San Fransisco 49ers overcame a slow start to beat the Carolina Panthers 23-10 and advance to their third consecutive NFC Championship Game.

The 49ers big game experience and a more talented roster was too much for the overmatched Panthers to overcome in my opinion.

The Panthers have the makings of a championship contender, but QB Cam Newton needs more talent to work with on offense and this game showed it. I like WR Steve Smith, but he’s not the player he was in his prime. He can still contribute, but Newton needs a legitimate #1 WR to take some of the pressure off him.

Look at the playmakers the 49ers have surrounded QB Colin Kaepernick with and the difference it makes.

Now the 49ers will head to Seattle for another showdown with the rival Seahawks with a Super Bowl berth at stake! I can’t wait and will definitely have my popcorn ready!

 

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