Weekly Sports Blogger Debate – Top 5 Sports Questions of the Week:
We’ve asked some of our favorite bloggers the top 5 sports questions of the week to have a fun debate! Thanks to Nolan, Howard, Alan, Cody and Rob for joining in the debate!
What do you think? Give your opinion below!
1. Who wins the 4 NFL Wildcard Playoff games this weekend?
Saints, Steelers, Giants, Texans
1) Bengals, Saints, Giants (very iffy), Steelers
Wildcard weekend has always been just that, wild. I think this weekend will continue with that theme. I like two road teams, and two home teams. I like the Steelers over Denver, and Atlanta over the Giants. I think the Super Bowl bound Saints will easily take care of Detroit, especially after losing in Seattle last year during the opening round of the playoffs. Finally, I look for Houston’s rookie QB to edge out the Bengals rookie QB, and the Texans to play the play my Ravens next week in Baltimore.
Steelers over Broncos – Tebow isn’t quite ready yet.
Saints over Lions – Sure the Lions defense is good, but the Saints offense is better.
Falcons over Giants – The Giants are a disaster waiting to happen.
Bengals over Texans – Do the Texans even have a quarterback anymore?
Texans over Bengals, Steelers over Broncos (Sorry Tebow), Saints over Lions, Giants over Falcons.
2. Who wins the National Championship Monday and why?
Alabama, courtesy of Nick Saban’s coaching wizardry.
I want to say LSU but I don’t think Bama will let them lose again. They should have won last time with all of those missed field goals. I say both offenses wake up a little bit more and its 16-13 Bama. I took LSU in my ESPN Bowl Pool thing.
Alabama wins, and they score points doing it. I think these two teams are as evenly matched as two teams can be for a National Championship. When that happens in my book, the game then comes down to coaching, and execution. Although Les Miles is a great coach, he’s too much of a wild card for this game against a Nick Saban coached team. Saban will be sure that field goals wont matter, and AJ McCarron, who threw for 199 yards in the last game, will find success early and often against the LSU secondary. Despite losing at home to LSU, which they should have not have done if their kicker was accurate (Alabama was 2-of-6 on field goal attempts) the Crimson Tide will “roll” on Monday night. Final score prediction……..Alabama 27 LSU 17
LSU over Alabama. The Mad Hatter, New Orleans, Nighttime … Ballgame.
Alabama. It was a close game last time and it will be even closer now. With the long break between games, LSU will lose the undefeated momentum. They’ll have to rebuild the mentality. This also gives Alabama more time to devise a game plan to score. Besides Alabama has nothing to lose. LSU has the undefeated season on the line.
3. With their performance in the Winter Classic, are the NY Rangers the team to beat in the Eastern Conference?
They’re certainly playing the best hockey since John Tortorella took over as coach, but they’ve got a lot of challengers – including the Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and a resurgent Washington Capitals.
As much as I want to say they are, I think they will cool off and be the 4th or 5th seed. I see the Flyers being the team to beat when the season is over even though the Rangers are 3-0 against them this year.
This is not the Rangers season, and while they look great now, there is still a long way to go in this season. In my opinion, and not because I’m a homer with this prediction, but the Capitals are building something pretty special in D.C. Ovie seems to be back, and not for the short haul, and it is possible that Tomas Vokoun has finally cleared out his head from a very disappointing off-season. The Rangers play in the Atlantic division and that can take a lot out of a team. I just cannot see Marian Gaborik continuing on his hot scoring pace, and they always seem to have a tough time scoring in late March and April. They may be the team to beat next year, but not this season.
I’m going to go with no, the NY Rangers are not the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. I say that because, well, they are the Rangers.
They are at the top of the division and running a two game win streak. Maybe they’ll keep that going when they face the Bruins.
4. What will the winless Wizards final record be this season?
0-66… no, seriously, they might not win more than 15 games.
Wizards will go 17-49.
15-51, but isn’t it great to John Wall on shoe commercials during the lockout. They suck, and this organization is still paying for having Wes Unseld as a GM for entirely too many years.
I had forgotten until the Celtics played them this year, that there was even a basketball team in D.C., so I’ll say 10-56.
5. Of the NFL teams with head coaching vacancies, who will land the “biggest name” as their new head coach?
Whoever lands Jeff Fischer… my guess is Jacksonville, but it could be St. Louis or Miami too…
Jeff Fisher to the Dolphins. If Colts fire Caldwell I think they will land Fisher. I don’t see the Bucs, Rams, or Jags will land a big name coach.
I would no be at all surprised to see Brian Billick end up with one of the Florida teams. Each have a young QB, and Billick was supposed to be a QB guru wasn’t he? Of course Billick’s arch rival, Jeff Fisher will end up with one as well. If you had to pick which Florida franchise was best equipped for success the quickest, I would obviously pick the TB Bucs, who won 10 games last season, but ultimately the fun and sun in south Florida ends up with the biggest fish in the pond, and whom that is may still yet be determined. Carl Petersen, who will have all of the say in the choosing of the next head coach in Miami loves Chip Kelly of Oregon, which ironically NFL.com also wrote this week is a possibility. Do not be surprised to see Jon Gruden go back on his word and leave the MNF booth.
The Dolphins. Though if Bill Cowher and Jeff Fisher both sign on to coach, it’s a tie.
The Rams. They have some good players now like Bradford and Jackson but whoever the next coach may be will have the ability to build the team to his liking either by draft or trade. It would be an attractive deal to any coach. Maybe we’ll see Jeff Fischer there next season.