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2014 NFL Season Predictions

Wednesday, Sep, 3 2014

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YES!  The time of year where I put all my NFL Season picks on paper so I can be blasted at the end of the season when they all go wrong.  Anyway, it’s fun.  Let’s do this.

NFC North
Green Bay
Chicago (WC)
Detroit
Minnesota
I think the Packers defense will be improved and if Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, they win another division title.  Chicago and Detroit will be knocking on the door.  I expect Minnesota to be better than the experts say, too.

NFC East
Philadelphia
Washington
NY Giants
Dallas
Chip Kelly is the next big thing in coaching and the Eagles build on 2013 without a big threat.  Wouldn’t be shocked to see the other three sub .500.

NFC South
New Orleans
Atlanta
Tampa Bay
Carolina
Atlanta has to bounce back.  Not sure they give the Saints a run at the division crown but they should be in the Wild Card chase.  Tampa should be better and Carolina won’t be bad, just in a tough division.  Everyone .500 or above.

NFC West
Seattle
Arizona (WC)
San Francisco
St. Louis
I want to pick against Seattle that would mean picking Carson Palmer.  I like Arizona as a WC with a strong push at Seattle.  San Francisco will be down and St. Louis’s QB situation derailed their shot.

NFC PLAYOFFS

Wild Card Round
#3 New Orleans over #6 Chicago
#4 Seattle over #5 Arizona

Divisional Round
#3 New Orleans over #2 Philadelphia
#1 Green Bay over #4 Seattle

NFC Championship
#3 New Orleans over #1 Green Bay

I said the Saints last year…why not try again.  My darkhorse Super Bowl contender is Chicago.  I don’t have the stones to pick them, so I gave them the darkhorse label in case they do get there, I can take some credit.

AFC North
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Baltimore
The Ravens had a good run but I think they fall off.  Pittsburgh wins a close, ugly race down the stretch with Cincinnati and yes, the Johnny Football led Browns who will be in the hunt.

AFC East
New England
Buffalo
Miami
NY Jets
How do you not pick the Patriots?  Until Tom Brady “sucks” and retires, then I won’t pick them.  I want to give Buffalo a wild card but maybe next year.

AFC South
Indianapolis
Tennessee (WC)
Houston
Jacksonville
I don’t think it will be a walk for Indy but my Andrew Luck ”on-field man crush” makes it where I can’t pick against him.  Houston is a QB away, still…Tennessee sneaks in as a wild card.  Jacksonville is better, but still Jacksonville.

AFC West
Denver
Kansas City (WC)
San Diego
Oakland
Denver EASILY!  Kansas City too good to leave out of the post season.  San Diego on the edge while Oakland remains Oakland.

AFC Playoffs

Wild Card Round
#3 Indianapolis over #6 Tennessee
#5 Kansas City over #4 Pittsburgh

Divisional Round
#3 Indianapolis over #2 New England
#1 Denver over #5 Kansas City

AFC Championship
#3 Indianapolis over #1 Denver

Hard to pick against Denver…but I have to go with the gut on this one.  The AFC continues to be relatively top heavy with the same teams dominating the headlines. 

SUPER BOWL
New Orleans over Indianapolis
In the end, the Saints defense makes the play to seal the deal.  Drew Brees wins #2 and the GOAT conversation begins.

MVP:  Aaron Rodgers – Eddie Lacy opens the door for a HUGE year
Offensive Player of the Year:  Andrew Luck – a consolation prize for being MVP runner up
Defensive Player of the Year:  Richard Sherman – the spotlight is on him to shine; if he does, this is all him.
Offensive Rookie of the Year:  Brandin Cooks – Drew Brees puts his new target into the spotlight with monster rookie numbers
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney – He is playing opposite JJ Watt…how does he not put up a huge rookie year?
Coach of the Year: Mike McCarthy – the Packers defense turns it around (a bit) and the offense excels.  McCarthy picks up the honor.

Happy 2014 Season!

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Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 25 Results

Wednesday, Sep, 3 2014

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Our NASCAR Pick 3 is going strong!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every week, on WSCO, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio & Ben Brust of the Badgers join Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Ben, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race.

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener beats 3 of 4 or sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s.

Here are the week 25 results:

1st place: Justin's Dad
Jimmie Johnson:  4
Kyle Busch: 16
Matt Kenseth: 2
Total: 22

2nd place: Ben Brust
Jimmie Johnson:  4
Joey Lagano: 14
Kurt Busch: 13
Total: 31

3rd place: Alex
Carl Edwards: 5
Brad Keslowski: 39
Matt Kentseth: 2
Total: 46

4th place: Hull
Jeff Gordon: 17
Joey Lagano: 14
Kevin Harvick: 19
Total: 50

5th place: Twitter Contestant Tate
Dale Jr: 11
Paul Menard: 18
Brad Keslowski: 39
Total: 68

Yearly Rankings (total points):
1st –  Alex: 1013
2nd – Brust: 1057
3rd – Justin’s Dad: 1084
4th – Listeners: 1096
5th - Justin: 1159

Race Winner Picks:
Alex Hayden - 7 (Races 2, 3, 7, 13, 17, 22, & 23)
Justin’s Dad – 5 (Race 1, 7, 9, 12, & 24)
Justin  - 4 (Race 4,11, 16, & 20)
Listeners – 4 (Race 10, 14, 20, & 21)
Ben - 4 (Race 10, 13, 14, & 23)

Weekly Winner honors:
Dad - 7 (Week 1, 7, 9, 12, 22, 24, & 25)
Listeners - 5 (Week 4, 5, 14, 18, & 20)
Justin - 5 (Week 3, 8, 11, 16, & 19)
Alex - 4 (Week 2, 6,17, & 21)
Ben - 4 (Week 10, 13, 15, & 23)

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Packers 53-man roster - final prediction

Friday, Aug, 29 2014

GB offense huddle at start of game Dec 2013

Thursday, I took a crack at the Packers 53-man roster.  If you didn't see it, here is what it looked liked.

After the Packers beat the Chiefs 34-14 to wrap up the preseason, I honest only have to make one change:

Jayrone Elliot can't be left off the roster.  He replaces my 9th offensive lineman Garth Gerhart.  Nothing against Garth but Elliot needs to be on this team and I think they still keep Carl Bradford.

Great insight, huh?  Like I said...I like my Thursday picks with the one change.

Regular season is 6-days away!

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Who makes the Packers? My pre preseason finale picks

Thursday, Aug, 28 2014

2013 Green Bay Packers Huddle at Game 16

With the preseason ending Thursday night and the Packers (and the rest of the NFL) needing to have their rosters cut down to 53-players by Saturday at 3 pm, I figured why not take a crack at predicting who makes it.

Not only has Ted Thompson squawked at people who have done this, but a lot can change with one last shot to impress under the lights at Lambeau.  Regardless, here it is.

Quarterbacks (3) - I have said from day one they keep three.  I am standing by this REGARDLESS of Thursday night.  Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Flynn stay.  Who is #2?  No comment...

Runningbacks (4) - Before you act surprised, note there is no section for fullback.  Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Dujuan Harris, and John Kuhn (FB) all stick around, easily.

Wide Receivers (5) - The first real question to question.  Before people start yelling about "not letting someone get away," for all the border line pass catchers Ted Thompson has let go, where are those guys now?  Chastin West? Tori Gurley? I'll take Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, and Jeff Janis.  Myles White, Alex Gillet and Kevin Dorsey could be practice squad bound. I go five because the defensive boarder line questions are tougher.

Tight End (4) - Here comes my only real surprise cut, Andrew Quarless.  Richard Rodgers and Brandon Bostick are your two "starters" and Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner give you enough on special teams to stick around.  Qualress could easily stay if the Packers try to stash Stoneburner on the practice squad.

Offensive Line (9) - Josh Sitton, T.J Lang, David Bakhtiari, and Bryan Bulaga are your four mainstays.  Corey Linsley starts off at center...and to be honest, if he plays well, I think he could win the job.  J.C Tretter will be there, too.  Derek Sherrod and Lane Taylor are you two main back-ups.  Because Tretter starts hurt, they keep 9.  I'll say Garth Gerhart.  Their always seems to be one offensive lineman who slides through that is a little bit of a surprise.  I like Aaron Adams for the practice squad another year.  Could help down the road.

Defensive Line (6) - Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, and Latroy Guion are your projected "starers," whatever that means on defense.  Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel, and Khyri Thornton are the next line.  My number may be low here but you have some linebacker types that can step forward.  Also, if the Packers go outside Green Bay to add a player or two, this is the top spot.

Linebackers (9) - Because some guys will move in and out, I lumped them together.  This may be the most difficult spot on the team to decide, especially with the new practice squad rule that allows up to two second year players who were active as rookies.  Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers start on the outside.  Brad Jones and A.J Hawks start on the inside.  Jamari Lattimore and Sam Barrington backup inside while Mike Neal and Nick Perry backup outside.  Last spot (on the 53-man) goes to Carl Bradford...based on his 4th round draft status.  Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba, and Jayrone Elliot fall through but will they make it to the practice squad?  Elliot (in my opinion) deserves to be on the team, but I think they try to sneak him through.

Defenisvebacks (10) - Micah Hyde and Jarrett Bush play both spots, so they end up all together.  Those two make it.  At corner its Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Sam Shields, Davon House and Jumal Rolle who earns his way onto the team.  Then its Morgan Burnett, Haha Clinton-Dix, and Sean Richardson at safety.  Chris Banjo to the practice squad if he isn't claimed. 

Special Teams (3) - This is easy; Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, and Brett Goode all make the squad.

Will this change after the Packers and Chiefs meet? Sure.  And if it does, I will be back Friday with a new list.

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Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 25 Picks

Thursday, Aug, 28 2014



The NASCAR round table was back this week!  Take a listen

NASCAR Round Table with Ben Brust, Alex Hayden and Justin Hull
Here are the expert picks:
Alex Hayden: Carl Edwards, Brad Keslowski, Matt Kenseth
Ben Brust: Jimmie Johnson, Lagano, Kurt Busch
Justin’s Dad:  Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth
Justin: Jeff Gordon, Joey Lagano, Kevin Harvick
***For some reason I originally entered last weeks drivers; the audio of the coversation is proof!...SORRY!***

Our twitter contestant is Tater!  If he beats 3 out of 4, he wins a $25 gift card to Scuba's in Appleton.  If he beats just one, its a $10 gift card.  Here is his entry:

As for a few others who chimed in for fun You can hear the NASCAR Round Table every Wednesday at 4:30 on 95.3 FM/1570 AM WSCO or stream at 953wsco.com.

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 2 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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