Saturday, November 30, 2019

Match-ups you need to watch this week. (NFL)

There are three games in the NFL this week that could end up being the highlights of Week 13, but not all for the same reason. Want to know why? Well then, keep reading!

1) Cleveland @ Pittsburgh

The last time these two met, there was a ridiculous incident in which Browns player Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off of the Steelers quarteback and smashing him in the head with it. I'm no Steelers fan, but as I've said before, that whole incident was completely unacceptable. Expect the Steelers to want some level of payback this week. Hell, it has a great chance of degenerating into a full-out brawl on the field, and I won't be surprised if it happens.

2) San Francisco @ Baltimore

This very well could be out first glimpse of what the upcoming Super Bowl will look like, and could make for some exciting football. Offence versus defence, Jackson versus Garoppolo, etc. Can the Ravens' QB run amok here like he's been doing all year, or will the stingy Niners defence shut him down and make him look like just another quarterback? Can Garoppolo step up and take the Niners even higher, or will he be overshadowed? We'll find out soon enough.

3) LA Rams @ Arizona

You're probably looking at this and wondering why it's been included as a game you need to watch. A 6-5 Rams team playing an Arizona team that sits at 3-7-1 doesn't seem very exciting, right? Look at it this way: The Rams got destroyed at home last time out by Baltimore. Jared Goff looks terrible right now, and Sean McVay seems to be spinning his own wheels trying to figure out what happened with his offence.

Last year, the Rams went to the Super Bowl. This year, they look like a confused and lost bunch with little or no consistency. Something's got to give, and soon.



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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

CFL's coaching frenzy in full swing. (CFL)

Not even two days removed from the Grey Cup, and the coaching frenzy is in full swing. It looks like there will be several changes at the very least, and they might happen sooner rather than later. TTS looks at all the potential moves that could end up happening.

1) Jason Maas.

The head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos has been on borrowed time all season long, and it's been said that the team's management is eager for a change. The Eskimos did surprise everyone (including TTS) by beating Montreal in the first round, only to lose to Hamilton the next week. If the Esks fire Maas, it's conceivable to think he would end up with the RedBlacks.

2) Rick Campbell.

The former head coach of the Ottawa RedBlacks in interviewing with the B.C. Lions this week, and could also potentially end up in Edmonton if Maas gets the boot, or if the interview with the Lions doesn't work out. That being said, Campbell needs to become more offensively minded in the future in order to succeed. The main reason he was let go in Ottawa was for a lack of offence over the course of the whole season.

3) Orlondo Steinauer.

He has rightly been extended as the head coach of the Tiger-Cats, the Grey Cup loss notwithstanding. Not only is he the coach of the year for what he did in Hamilton, but is one of the smartest men in the CFL at this moment. He'll have future success in the league, as there is plenty of time.

4) Mike O'Shea.

He isn't going anywhere, thanks to the big Grey Cup victory on Sunday.

5) Ryan Dinwiddie.

The former quarterback and now quarterbacks coach with the RedBlacks could be promoted to top spot, depending on what the RedBlacks are looking for. Could be interesting in Ottawa in the next few weeks or so.

6) Corey Chamblin.

The Argonauts head coach will be back for another season, and can't really be blamed for the 2019 disaster that Toronto had. New GM Mike 'Pinball' Clemons will most likely waste no time in rebuilding the roster, and help turn the team around. The only way for the Argos to go at this point is up, and it should be interesting.


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Monday, November 25, 2019

Winnipeg Blue Bombers win the 107th Grey Cup! (CFL)

The 107th Grey Cup is now over, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the last team standing, defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 in Calgary. The game was not as close as anyone (including myself) predicted, instead being a defensive beat down and almost complete anhilation. With the massive victory, the Blue Bombers finally brought an end to a 29-year drought, the longest in the Canadian Football League.

THE GOOD:

The Blue Bombers were firing on all cylinders, the defence crushing any and all opposition, creating turnovers, and continually sacking Hamilton QB Evans. Adam Bighill played a huge game for the Bombers, with the whole defensive unit playing like they were possessed.

The offense chugged along, with RB Andrew Harris rushing for a touchdown, catching another, and just being impossible for the Hamilton defence to stop. Zach Collaros added the veteran presence needed to guide the team, with Justin Medlock (his new nickname should be 'Money') putting several field goals straight through the middle of the uprights time and again to add points.

It was also a pleasant surprise to see almost no penalties in the game, especially with referee Andre Proulx at the helm. The officials let the teams play the game, as it should be. Hell, they even let a couple things go that would normally be called. Excellent job by the zebras this time around!

THE BAD:

Hamilton looked confused from the get-go, with QB Evans showing his nerves in an early turnover. The defence looked like Swiss cheese the whole night, and their first-ranked offence had no answer for the Bombers' scores. To make matters worse, SB Brandon Banks was knocked out of the game after a hard hit, suffering a hip injury (Never a fun thing when a top player leaves due to injury, no matter who they play for).

Hamilton showed some signs of life in the second half, but then proceeded to get stomped right until the final whistle. As I said before the Grey Cup, I expected Hamilton to keep the game close right until the end, and figured the Bombers would still win, albeit with a last second field goal.

THE UGLY:

A late fourth quarter touchdown by the Blue Bombers was called back by the CFL's 'Command Centre', which was a terrible decision. The receiver clearly had control and cradled the ball even after he hit the ground. Three camera angles right in the action even proved this, but the TD was still overturned. Had the Bombers not been up as much as they were at the time, this would have been even more brutal than it already was.

GREY CUP: 1-0
POST SEASON RECORD: 3-1

Until next season!


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

TIME OUT! Kaepernick/Helmet smash/Trubisky (NFL)

1) Hey Kaep: SHUT UP. While I admit that the whole practice session that the NFL created for Kaepernick was a bit of a mess to begin with, the former NFL QB didn't have to go move the whole thing 60 miles away from Atlanta to make a point, nor did he have to open his mouth afterwards and talk smack about everything.

TIME OUT! We're all getting sick of this nonsense, period. Enough already! Kaep needs to man up, and shut up. The NFL is never going to be on your side. They don't care about anyone but themselves and their billions of dollars.

2) Finish him! Myles Garrett is an idiot, plain and simple. He has a history of being a hot head, and shouldn't ever be allowed back on a football field. I'm in no way a Steelers fan, but watching a QB get his helmet ripped off and slugged in the head with it is criminal as far as I'm concerned. Kudos to the other Steelers that ran in and beat the crap out of Garrett.

And with that being said, I call a TIME OUT on Garrett's 'appeal'. There shouldn't be one allowed under any circumstances.

3) Trubisky. The Chicago Bears are in such disarray as of late that every other sports pundit out there seem to lay the blame on everyone involved, and more so the head coach. TIME OUT! It's clear to me that a coach can only do so much, and this season it looks like Trubisky himself doesn't really want to do much of anything.

He is awful this year, and most of the blame needs to be on him for his poor play. Perhaps he isn't the star the Bears thought he was when they traded up in the draft to get him.



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CFL 107th Grey Cup prediction! (CFL)

This is it folks, the final showdown of the 2019 season. It all comes down to this, the 107th Grey Cup Championship. It's David VS Goliath, and could end up going down as one of the greatest Grey Cup games ever. This year's game will showcase the league's most high-powered offence, against the league's most stingy defence.

THE CASE FOR HAMILTON:

The Tiger-Cats were the toast of the league this year, going 15-3 over the course of the year, and steamrolling a lot of teams with their high-powered offence. They never really took their foot off the gas pedal the whole time, and dismantled a weak Edmonton team last week in the East Semi-Final.

THE CASE FOR WINNIPEG:

Bomber defence is what has helped them get to the Grey Cup, having stymied the Roughrider offence in the West Final last week, with newer acquisition Zach Collaros at QB helping give the offence the extra boost they had needed. The Bombers have faced much adversity this season, losing QB Matt Nichols earlier in the year, as well as other key players on and off. This is a team that above all else, believes they can do the impossible.

ANALYSIS:

This game could potentially go either way. It's not improbable for the Bombers to jump out to an early lead. The weather and conditions will favour the Bombers, and it will be up to the Tiger-Cats to reload and respond. I can easily see the Tiger-Cats coming back and making a game of it, possibly even taking the lead in the second half and turning up the volume.

I am also a believer in the old football adage, 'Defence wins championships'. The Bombers have shown they can shut down high-powered offences this season, and their defence is tops in the league at this time.

Hamilton last went to the Grey Cup in 2013 and 2014, losing to Saskatchewan and Calgary. Winnipeg last went to the Grey Cup in 2011, and lost to B.C.

And without further adieu....

PICK: Blue Bombers

LAST WEEK: 2-0
POST-SEASON RECORD: 3-1


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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

CFL East/West Final predictions! (CFL)

Well, this past Sunday's action was interesting, wasn't it? No one (myself included) could have predicted the Eskimos beating the Alouettes, especially in Montreal. The Esks had stumbled into the playoffs so badly that they should have had a quick exit. Alas, sometimes the universe gets things a little backwards.

Now then, let's jump into the East and West finals!

EAST FINAL:

Edmonton @ Hamilton

The Esks were a fluke last week. This time around, they will get flattened. Hard.

PICK: Tiger-Cats

WEST FINAL:

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan

As yes, a classic tale of good versus evil out in the heart of the flattest province in our fair country. The Roughriders did manage to get into first place and secure the bye, and I believe that it will be their undoing. Winnipeg came back and rolled right over the Stamps, at home, in cold weather. It's not really going to be any warmer, and that's the way the Bombers like it. Expect Collaros and Streveler to have their way with the Riders, with Andrew Harris running wild as well.

PICK: Blue Bombers

LAST WEEK: 1-1
POST-SEASON RECORD: 1-1


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

TIME OUT! Baker Mayfield/Adam Gase/Referees (NFL)

There are several really annoying things in the NFL this year that have started to grind my gears in the worst way. Week in, week out, it's the same nonsense over and over. I'm going to go into depth on three of these things in this week's edition of TIME OUT!

1) Baker Mayfield SUCKS. I'll be the first one to admit that I was wrong at the beginning of the year in saying that Mayfield might be the shot in the arm that the Cleveland Browns needed to get going. There was no way they'd make the playoffs, but I had mentioned that they might find their way to a 10-6 record and squeak into the playoffs.

Not happening. Baker Mayfield looks dazed and confused out there, and his decision making process is beyond brutal. Add to the fact that the Browns have been over-hyping themselves since the season began, and you have a lot of dysfunction. TIME OUT, CLEVELAND! Mayfield could be a better QB, but he needs some serious help at the coaching position to get himself fixed. Unfortunately, it's not likely to happen.

2) No Fun League. The officiating this year has been by far, the worst in many years. Flags everywhere, conflicting calls in the end zone from two or more officials, phantom calls, weak personal foul calls (even with massive amounts of video replays), and questionable PI calls that should never have been close to being made.

Some people (and other sports pundits) are quick to say, "Don't blame the refs, blame the NFL" for the on-field antics this year. Sorry, but I'm blaming all involved parties this time, and calling a massive TIME OUT on every official in the NFL. Also, the Command Centre needs to get it's head out of it's ass as well. 'Nuff said.

3) Adam Gase. How in the hell does the Jets' head coach still have a job? Why can't the Jets find a decent head coach at any time? How can they lose to Miami?

I don't have those answers, but I do know that I'm calling TIME OUT on the New York Jets for keeping Gase even after his ineptitude has been on full display this season.