February 10, 2012

I Cursed the Scott Gomez Goal Streak... Its Over

Scott Gomez, a forward for the Montreal Canadiens, is making $7.5 million this year (NOBODY on the Bruins earns that much aka Gomez would be the Bruins highest paid player.) He has yet  to score a goal. In fact, he hasn't scored a goal in over a calendar year, the last time he lit the lamp was 2/5/11 vs the Rangers.

Scott Gomez scored tonight! first the first time all season. I cursed it. Heres the goal:


Scott Gomez
Montreal Diving Team

Games without a goal: 60

Days without a goal: 367

February 7, 2012

Super Bowl Final Thoughts

As you all know, I’m a Pats fan. I was extremely disappointed with the Super Bowl loss, and here are some of the main things I took away from the game:

-This is the 3rd game in a row the Giants had a game winning drive in the last minute to beat the Pats. That’s not luck and that’s not by accident.

-Eli is BALLER. Before the season he claimed he should be considered one of the elite QB’s in the game, people laughed at him. What happened? He went out and just dominated.

-How similar is this Giants team to the one that beat the Pats 4 years ago? Crazy similar. Without looking anything up I think both teams won at least 3 road playoff games and took down #1 and #2 seeds on their way. Giants just totally proving that all it takes is a playoff berth. I think I heard on the radio the lower seed has won 7 of the past 9 Super Bowls. It’s all about timing, getting hot at the right time of the year. Coughlin and the Giants have perfected this.

-Tom Coughlin certainly knows how to game plan against the Pats. Can we stop hearing rumors of him getting fired every season now?

-Pats offensive line played good. There was a lot of talk about the Giants D line (obviously, they are nasty) but I thought the O line of the Pats gave Brady plenty of time to throw the ball.

-Wes Welker lost the Super Bowl for the Pats. If he catches that ball on the 23 yard line with 4 minutes left and a fresh set of downs, the Pats win. Simple as that. Yea, the throw wasn’t perfect, but it hit Welker on both hands. It was shocking and even more disappointing that Mr. Reliable was the one with the game losing drop.

-The Patriots defense played outstanding. They held the Giants to 21 points… aka they did their job.

-The catch Manningham made on the Giant’s last drive was miraculous. I know it isn’t as good or critical as Tyree’s helmet catch a few years ago, but it sure was close. The safety was 1 second too late and the ball was thrown perfectly. Amazing throw by Eli Manning, maybe the best throw of his career.

-The Pats got very unlucky. Forced 2 fumbles and didn’t come up with either of them. If they pounce on either of those 2 fumbles, I think they win the game.

-If Gronk was healthy, the Patriots would have won. I’m 100% sure of this.

 -Brady played good enough to win. He didn’t play great, but he was very good. Everyone around here is so critical of Brady, that when he is not perfect, we kill him for it. He had 16 straight completions at one point, and does no one remember the 98 yard TD drive before the half? That was art.

-I have no problem with the Brady interception. Was the ball underthrown? Yes it was. But when you see Gronk covered 1 on 1 by a true linebacker, you gotta take your shot downfield. It was a great catch by the Giants player; one I’m sure he usually doesn’t make. A healthy Gronk woulda caught it, or at the very least batted it down.

-The safety at the beginning of the game screwed up the Patriots. It was a bad, rushed throw, and it was the right call. It was weird because you never really see a intentional grounding that looks like that, but it was definitely the right call and it definetly gave the Giants the start they needed. Pats are explosive. We scored 17 points with only 19 minutes in possession…. The Giants knew they needed to slow the game down and they did.

-Speaking of slow- how awful were all the TV breaks and timeouts?!?! It’s a shame the Super Bowl can’t be played like any other regular game. I hate the long breaks and extra timeouts. Didn’t help the Pats either.

-Ahmad Bradshaw is a moron. I have no clue why the Giants were even running plays once it was goal to go and inside the 2 minute warning. Take a couple knees and let the kicker win it. If Brady came back and won that game for the Pats, the second guessing of Coughlin and Bradshaw would be through the roof (and deserved.)

-Victor Cruz is a stud. Belichick is known for taking away the opponents top weapon, and the Pats did a great job of neutralizing Cruz, even though he still scored a TD.

-Hakeem Nicks is a stud. I remember when Nicks and Brandon Tate were teammates at UNC, I always thought Nicks was much more impressive of the two. Nicks was a late 1st round draft pick while Tate was a 3rd rounder.

-When the Patriots had to go the length of the field in 58 seconds to win the game, I thought we had about a 33% of making it happen. Obviously he didn’t, but if Branch made that catch that hit his hands, he had about 50 open yards ahead of him. IF he made that catch. Big IF.

-Steve Weatherford (Giants punter) is a MONSTER. I kinda felt like if one team had a heavy advantage in special teams the game would go their way…& that’s what happened.  I think the Pats average starting field position was their own 16. Weatherford was a beast.

-The Giants deserved to win the game, but the Patriots had it won (Welker.) Pats then gave it back to the Giants. 

Scott Gomez Goal Watch

Scott Gomez, a forward for the Montreal Canadiens, is making $7.5 million this year (NOBODY on the Bruins earns that much aka Gomez would be the Bruins highest paid player.) He has yet  to score a goal. In fact, he hasn't scored a goal in over a calendar year, the last time he lit the lamp was 2/5/11 vs the Rangers.

That's 59 games including the playoffs.

Ill be keeping track of this pathetic streak here so stay tuned.

Scott Gomez
Montreal Diving Team

Games without a goal: 59

Days without a goal: 367

Next game: Tonight, vs Pittsburgh

February 5, 2012

Superbowl Prediction

Can't bet against Brady/Belichick. They've made it this far with their shitty defense so I'll take the best ever QB and the best ever Coach to win in a revenge/God game. Easy.

Patriots win 31-24

February 3, 2012

Giants-Patriots Part 2 : A Jets Fans Perspective

Written by guest writer, JETS fan Jeremy Tannenbomb

            It was four years ago I had to deal with the Giants and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. It was an easy decision for whom to root for, the Giants. I was in Massachusetts at school and I dealt with annoying Boston fans on a daily basis. It didn’t help the Yankees had been overtaken by the Red Sox for that short period of time. Plus, I would never root for the Patriots, as they are the Jets rival. This year is different. I know I have to root for the Giants but it won’t be as easy as it was 4 years ago.

            Let’s rewind to week 16. Jets vs. Giants, with both teams needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Needless to say, it was a horrible game and the Jets were on their way to a terrible collapse. I then started to realize how much I hate Giants fans. They seem just as obnoxious as Patriots fans. The Jets are apparently the Giants little brother, they own OUR stadium, etc. We are not rivals. We play once every four years. Go about your business and worry about your own division and conference. It doesn’t help that I deal with trash talking from Giants fans a lot because of what my fat Jets coach says. Still, after all this, I still can’t root for the Patriots over the Giants. I only hate Giants fans, not the team. Patriots, I hate both.

            The AFC was very weak this year in my opinion. Once the playoffs seedings were set it was easy to see the Patriots cruising to yet another Super Bowl. Especially if they avoided the Steelers, who had crushed them earlier in the season (Thanks Tebow, maybe you should have lost to Big Ben…). I figure, well I don’t mind rooting for 5 of the 6 teams in the NFC granted the Patriots should make the Super Bowl. What are the odds the Giants actually make it all the way to the Super Bowl and face off against the Patriots? Well that is exactly what happened. My football worst nightmare has come true, again. What the hell, the Giants weren’t even good half the season and got very lucky along the way. Tony Romo overthrows a pass to Miles Austin by half a yard or Dan Bailey imploding. A 3 yard pass to Victor Cruz that ends up going for 99 yards because the Jets can’t make a simple tackle. A miracle hail mary at the end of the half against the Packers to gain all momentum. Kyle Williams, being a clown. Why did all those things go the Giants way!?! The NFL hates me, that’s why.

            Ok enough complaining. Time to break this game down irrationally.

Why the Patriots will win:

1.     God Season – Mrs. Kraft unfortunately passed away before the season started. I am telling you, these things matter.

2.     Revenge – Giants ended their perfect season 4 years ago in the Super Bowl, as well as defeating them in New England this season. You are telling me that isn’t constantly on Brady’s mind?

3.     Tom Brady – I hate the guy. For people to say Eli Manning and Tom Brady are on the same level is absurd. Brady is miles ahead of Eli and I would take him every day of the week over Eli.

4.     Reverse Nobody Believes in us factor – The Patriots are favored. They have the better coach and the better QB. Yet for some reason, all I hear is every expert and analyst picking the Giants to win this game.

Why the Giants will win:

1.     Better team – Coach and QB aside. It is plain and simple. The Giants are a much more well-rounded team. From their WR’s to their entire Defense. It is not even close. The Patriots are going to have Julian Edelman covering Manningham. The guy is a WR playing CB. I don’t like those odds.

2.     QB Pressure – When the Jets have been successful against the Patriots it is because they got pressure on Brady. He is very uncomfortable moving around the pocket. JPP, Tuck, and Osi are going to be all over Brady. That should help take out the one thing that makes the Patriots who they are.

3.     Nobody Believes in us factor – They beat them in the Super Bowl, they beat them this season in New England. They are the better team right now. Yet they are underdogs in the game. Queue up the passionate Nobody Believe in us speech pre-game.

Where does this leave us? With a very good game. It pains me to say it, but it’s true. I can’t imagine this game being lopsided. I made it clear I am rooting for the Giants, because when in doubt, NY over Boston every day of the year. Also, I know the field isn’t going to open up and swallow both teams 

(Something like this-around the 1:25 mark).

 Here is my prediction: Giants 27, Patriots 24. More importantly, almost time for Pitchers and Catchers. Go Yankees.