Friday, January 08, 2016

2016 NFL Playoff Predictions

AFC
3 Cin over 6 Pit 17-12
5 KC over 4 Hou 28-10

2 NE over 3 Cin 24-14
5 KC over 1 Den 31-28

5 KC over 2 NE 21-20

NFC
6 Sea over 3 Min 27-13
4 Was over 5 GB 17-14

1 Car over 6 Sea 23-17
2 Ari over 4 Was 31-7

1 Car over 2 Ari 24-20

Super Bowl L
Carolina over Kansas City 31-21

Thursday, January 07, 2016

NFL's New Format Final Standings

If the NFL moved back to two divisions per conference, we would get fairer and more exciting playoff games.

NFC South and East
1) Carolina 15-1
2) Washington 9-7
3) Atlanta 8-8
4) Philadelphia 7-9
5) New Orleans 7-9
6) NY Giants 6-10
7) Tampa Bay 6-10
8) Dallas 4-12

NFC North and West
1) Arizona 13-3
2) Minnesota 11-5
3) Green Bay 10-6
4) Seattle 10-6
5) St, Louis 7-9
6) Detroit 7-9
7) Chicago 6-10
8) San Francisco 5-11

The playoff seeding would look like this:
1) Car, 2) Ari, 3) Min, 4) GB, 5) Sea, 6) Was.

The Wild Card round would look like this:
3) Min 11-5 vs. 6) Was 9-7; 4) GB 10-6 vs. Sea 10-6.

Instead of this mess:
3) Min 11-5  vs. 6) Sea 10-6; 4) Was 9-7 vs. GB 10-6.

AFC North and East
1) New England 12-4
2) Cincinnati 12-4
3) Pittsburgh 10-6
4) NY Jets 10-6
5) Buffalo 8-8
6) Miami 6-10
7) Baltimore 5-11
8) Cleveland 3-13

AFC South and West
1) Denver 12-4
2) Kansas City 11-5
3) Houston 9-7
4) Indianapolis 8-8
5) Oakland 7-9
6) Jacksonville 5-11
7) San Diego 4-12
8) Tennessee 3-13

The playoff seeding would look like this:
1) Den, 2) NE, 3) Cin, 4) KC, 5) Pit, 6) NYJ.

The Wild Card round would look like this:
3) Cin 12-4 vs. 6) NYJ 10-6; 4) KC 11-5 vs. 5) Pit 10-6.

Instead of this mess:
3) Cin 12-4 vs. 6) Pit 10-6; 4) Hou 9-7 vs. 5) KC 11-5.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top 10 Pound-for-Pound List

Here is the updated version of my obnoxiously unnecessary and utterly superfluous list of the top 10 pound-for-pound boxers. The previous list was posted on November 16.

1. Roman Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) [Previous Rank : 4]
2. Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) [PR: 2]
3. Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) [PR: 3]
4. Saul Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) [PR: 9]
5. Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) [PR: 6]
6. Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) [PR: 7]
7. Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) [PR: 8]
8. Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) [PR: 5]
9. Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) [ PR: 10]
10. Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) [ PR: NR}

Exiting the list
Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) [Previous Rank: 1]

Thursday, December 17, 2015

New NFL Format Standings after Week 14

Current AFC Standings
1) NE 11-2
2) Cin 10-3
3) Den 10-3
4) Indy 6-7
5) KC 8-5
6) NYJ 8-5

AFC in New Format
1) NE 11-2 (up one game over NorthEast rival Cin)
2) Den 10-3 (leading SouthWest)
3) Cin 10-3
4) KC 8-5
5) NYJ 8-5
6) Pit 8-5

Simple math tells us that the current system doesn't work. A 6-7 team makes the playoffs because it is beating up on the other mediocre teams in its division while a n 8-5 team is out of the playoffs because it is in a tough division. There's no logic to it. There would be two out of two division races at the highest level. The 8-5 teams would be fighting for a home field game int he Wild Card round instead of the right to play the terrible AFC South winner on the road. The new format is a fairer and more exciting system.

Current NFC Standings
1) Car 13-0
2) Ari 11-2
3) GB 9-4
4) Was 6-7
5) Sea 8-5
6) Min 8-5

NFC in New Format
1) Car 13-0 (clinched the SouthEast)
2) Ari 11-2 (up 2 games over NorthWest rival GB)
3) GB 9-4
4) Sea 8-5
5) Min 8-5
6) Was 6-7

Instead of a race to see who wins the NFC East and gets a home game in the playoffs, every 6-7 team would have an equal shot at the last playoff spot. There are 5 6-7 teams in the NFC and 3 more 5-8 teams, but only 3 of those 8 teams have a legitimate shot of making the playoffs under the current format. If the NFL switched the new format (the AFC North and East are in one division and the South and West are in another; in the NFC the South and East are together and the North and West are together) all 8 teams would be playing for that last spot. The NFC would not only be more exciting, but fairer as well.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New NFL Format Standings after Week 13

Current AFC standings
1) Cin 10-2
2) Den 10-2
3) NE 10-2
4) Ind 6-6
5) KC 7-5
6) NYJ 7-5

AFC in New Format
1) Cin 10-2
2) Den 10-2
3) NE 10-2
4) KC 7-5
5) NYJ 7-5
6) Pit 7-5

Three important differences if the new format was in place. The first is the teams that make the playoffs. Teams with better records would make the playoffs. The second is the playoff race. Right now there are two races: one for the AFC South and one for the final two wild card spots. Indy and Houston have a much better chance of making the playoffs than Pittsburgh and Buffalo even though Pitt's record is better and Buffalo's is the same as those two teams.

The third difference is the division races. Currently, the only division race in the AFC is in the mediocre south. The better teams have their divisions wrapped up. Under the new format, Cincy and New England would be tied for first in the NorthEast, a division race at the highest level.

Current NFC standings
1) Car 12-0
2) Ari 10-2
3) GB 8-4
4) Was 5-7
5) Min 8-4
6) Sea 7-5

NFC in New Format
1) Car 12-0
2) Ari 10-2
3) GB 8-4
4) Min 8-4
5) Sea 7-5
6) TB 6-6

Int he new format, teams would make the playoffs based on their record. A 5-7 team would not get a better seed than a 8-4 team simply because the other teams' in the 5-7 club's division are also terrible. 

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

New NFL Format Standings after Week 12

Here is the updated playoff picture if the NFL had two divisions per conference. In the AFC the East and North become one and the West and South. In the NFC, it's the East and South joining and the West and North.

Current AFC Standings
1. NE 10-1 (4 game division lead)
2. Cin 9-2 (3 game division lead)
3. Den 9-2 (3 games division lead)
4. Ind 6-5 (tiebreaker)
5. KC 6-5
6. Hou 6-5

AFC in New Format
1. NE 10-1
2. Den 9-2
3. Cin 9-2
4. KC 6-5
5. Ind 6-5
6. Hou 6-5

Int he AFC, the new format would make for an exiting division race in the AFC NorthEast. And it would the race would be between a 10-1 team and a 9-2 team (instead of the only division race being between some mediocre 6-5 teams).

Current NFC Standings
1. Car 11-0
2. Ari 9-2 
3. Min 8-3
4. Was 5-6
5. GB 7-4
6. Sea 6-5

NFC in New Format
1. Car 11-0
2. Ari 9-2
3. Min 8-3
4. GB 7-4
5. Sea 6-5
6. Atl 6-5

The new format makes things fairer for more teams. The NFC NorthWest divison would be competitive at a high level. The teams behind in the playoff chase wouldn't be penalized for being int he wrong division. The teams int he current NFC East would have to earn a playoff spot by winning mroe than the other teams in the conference, not by the luck of being in a weak division.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New NFL Format Standings after Week 11

An update of the NFL standings in the division and playoff format was in use. For a more comprehensive look at the format, here's last week's post.

Current AFC standings
1. NE 10-0
2. Cin 8-2
3. Den 8-2
4. Ind 5-5
5. Pit 6-4
6. KC 5-5

AFC in New Format
1. NE 10-0 (leader of NorthEast Division)
2. Den 8-2 (leader of SouthWest Division)
3. Cin 8-2 (2nd in NorthEast)
4. Pit 6-4 (3rd in NorthEast)
5. KC 5-5 (T2nd in SouthWest)
6. Ind 5-5 (T2nd in SouthWest)

In the new format, the Colts would not get a home game in the playoffs even though they have a worse record than Pittsburgh. Instead, they would be one of eight teams 5-5 or 4-6 in the AFC, all battling for the last two playoff spots. Right now, the Colts, Texans, and Jaguars are vying for the 4th spot and the other 5-5 and 4-6 teams are aiming for the 6th spot. The current format makes no sense!

Under the current format, there are two divisions without a race and a third- the North- that is in danger of being over. Only the horrid AFC South has a true race. In the new format, The Pats aren't 5 games up; they're only 2 up. Denver would still have a 3 game lead.

Current NFC standings
1. Car 10-0
2. Ari 8-2
3. GB 7-3
4. NYG 5-5
5. Min 7-3
6. Atl 6-4

NFC in New Format
1. Car 10-0 (leader of SouthEast Division)
2. Ari 8-2 (leader of NorthWest Division)
3. GB 7-3 (T2nd in NorthWest)
4. Min 7-3 (T2nd in NorthWest)
5. Atl 6-4 (2nd in SouthEast)
6. TB 5-5 (T3rd in SouthEast)

In the new format, the Giants would not even be in playoff position because they have a worse conference record than the other 5-5 teams, Tampa Bay and Seattle. The new format makes the division races and playoff chases more competitive.

The NorthWest Division race would be incredibly competitive down the stretch. Atlanta would have a shot at home field advantage int he playoffs if they play well. Mediocre teams wouldn't get a home playoff game.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New NFL Division Format

It's time to revive my annual crusade to change the NFL playoff format by combining division, Here's the plan: The NFC South and East divisions would be combined. The NFC North and West would be another division. In the AFC, the North and East would come together and so would the AFC South and West.

Teams in the same current divisions would play each other twice while teams would play the other four teams in their new division once. Four games would be played against teams in the opposing conference in the same current four year rotation. The remaining two games would be against teams in the same conference but different division.

Current AFC standings:
1) NE 9-0
2) Cin 8-1
3) Den 7-2
4) Ind 4-5
5) Pit  6-4
6) Buf 5-4

AFC in New Format:
1) NE 9-0
2) Den 7-2
3) Cin 8-1
4) Pit 6-4
5) Buf 5-4
6) NYJ 5-4

Currently, three division races are all but over already. The fourth division is the AFC South where the first place team is 4-5. The new format would currently oust the Bengals from the bye, but it would make the AFC NorthEast division very competitive at the highest level. Eliminating a losing team from having home field advantage in a playoff game makes up for the slight to the Bengals . In the new format, the Colts would be out of the playoffs and the Jets, who have a better record than the Colts, would be in.

Current NFC standings:
1) Car 9-0
2) Ari 7-2
3) Min 7-2
4) NYG 5-5
5) GB 6-3
6) Atl 6-3

NFC in New Format:
1) Car 9-0
2) Ari 7-2
3) Min 7-2
4) GB 6-3
5) Atl 6-3
6) NYG 5-5

The NFC is why I created the new format. Green Bay would get a home playoff game instead of the Giants, who are a game and half worse than the Packers. The NorthWest division race for a bye spot would be very competitive. Let's take a look:

NFC NorthWest division race in new format:
1) Ari 7-2
2) Min 7-2
3) GB 6-3

Also, more teams would be in the playoff hunt. Right now, 4-5 teams are two games back from making the playoffs (unless they're in the NFC East). Under the format, all 4-5 teams (Was, TB, STL, Sea, Phi, and Chi) would be just a game back of the playoffs. NO would be a game back and SF only a game and a half back. It would be a very exciting 10-team race for the last Wild Card spot. Instead it's a 3 team race for the weakest division.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Another Obnoxious Pound-for-Pound List

Here is the updated version of my obnoxiously unnecessary and utterly superfluous list of the top 10 pound-for-pound boxers. The previous list was posted on December 22.

1. Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) [Previous Rank: 2]
2. Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) [PR: 3]
3. Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) [PR: 4]
4. Roman Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) [PR: 8]
5. Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) [PR: 9]
6. Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) [PR: 6]
7. Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) [PR: 7]
8. Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) [PR: 10]
9. Saul Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) [PR: NR]
10. Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) [ PR: NR]

Exiting the list:
Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) [PR: 1]
Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) [PR: 5]

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Rotation

1. Oddisee - A List of Withouts
2. Nicky Jam - El Perdon
3. The Narcicyst - Fly Over Egypt
4. Anita Trijoux - Avaricia
5. Blueprint - Perspective
6. Talib Kweli - Nice Things
7. Sagol 59 - Lech Kadima
8. Talib Kweli - G.U.R.U.
9. J. Alravez - Junto Al Amanecer
10. 360  - Child