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Driver's retirement suprising to me

Thursday, Jan, 31 2013

I am not going to lie, I was a little surprised to see Donald Driver announce he wasn't coming back.  I thought he had some game left in him and he would take the field in 2013 to prove it.  When the Packers didn't utilize him this past season, my belief is it wasn't because he was done.  I just figured he was passed up by arguably the best receiving core in the NFL.

In the end, Driver exhibited something that is rare in sports today; loyalty.  Most players (and organizations) are about themselves and in situations like Driver's, where a team is ready to move away from an athlete, the player has no problem moving away, also.  Not Donald.  He talked for years about wanting to only be a Packer and as much as I thought it would change given the right circumstances, it didn't.  Rather than prove to himself, the doubters, or anyone else wrong, Driver only wanted to be a Packer.  He should be praised for that.

This guy is going to be very successful in his post playing days, that is obvious.  His way with the media in his 14-seasons helped build him into the beloved player that he is.  However, his "Dancing with the Stars" fame may take him to bigger things outside of Green Bay.  This will not be the last you see of Driver, like some players who go off into the sunset.

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Five ways to make the "Harbaugh Bowl" more entertaining

Monday, Jan, 21 2013

If you are like me, you are probably already sick of the Harbaugh hype.  It hasn't even started with and I am done.  Play the game already!  Anway, how about a few things that would make the game WAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY more interesting.

#1.) Hire Jim and John's dad, Jack Harbuagh, as "Guest Referee" for the game. I am channeling my inner Vince McMahon with this one but why not?  Although, a run in from Archie, Eli and Peyton could sent up a GREAT match at Summer Slam!

#2.) "Play for Pinks!"  Loser of the game loses their job and can never coach in the NFL again.  This is how you avoid having to deal with this unfortunate match-up ever happening again.

#3.) Make Tim Tebow all-time Quarterback.  The hype is going to be very Tebowesque, so why not just make him part of the game?  Flacco and CK may not like this, though...

#4.) Toss John Gruden in the both, just for fun.  Over/under 91.5 guys on the field he likes?  Wait...I was I trying to make this more interesting...

#5.) Have Ray Lewis do a pregame interview attached to a lie detector machine.  The questions would be administered by Bill Belichek.  Now that is must see TV. 

FYI, I am picking the Ravens 27-17.

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posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 21 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


February 21st, 1987

Thursday, Jan, 17 2013

February 21st, 1987...the last time the Milwaukee Bucks won in Phoenix.  That is 26-years ago, a 24-game losing streak.  I was 5-years old.  A lot of time has passed, 9462 days to be exact. so lets take a trip down memory lane, back to that time...

- The Bucks won 115-107 with Don Nelson on the bench and John Lucas leading the team with 24-points


- Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi was the #1 Song


- Outrageous Fortune was the top grossing movie at the box office


- The Cosby Show was the top show on TV


- President Ronald Reagan and Dennis Connor were holding the American Cup on the SI Cover


- Boys were playing with GI Joes, the top toy of Christmas in 1986


- The Hart Foundation was the WWF Tag Team Champions


- Actress Ellen Page was born...she played Juno if that helps.


- A gallon of gas cost $0.89


I hope the streak ends tonight...

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Packers as an underdog, a good bet (for entertainment purposes only)

Thursday, Jan, 10 2013

I start this by saying I am not giving any gambling advice whatsoever.  This is a mere look at the numbers, and numbers don't always equal wins.  Just ask Cubs fans...

The Green Bay Packers enter Saturday Night's Divisional Playoff Game in San Francisco a 3-point underdog.  As Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press Gazette pointed out yesterday, it's a spot the Packers don't mind being in.

It is also a spot, by definition of a "Vegas underdog," the Packers have not spent much time in recently.  When they have been there, the people that have believed in them have been rewarded.  Here is a look at the numbers for Green Bay as an underdog.

- As Vandermause pointed out, the Packers 1-1 this year as an underdog, both outright and against the spread.
- Over the last 3-years, the Packers are 6-2 against the spread as an underdog and 5-3 overall.
- Since 1992, the Packers are 62-47 against the spread when an underdog.
- How about the playoffs?  In the last 3-years, the Packers are 5-1 against the spread in the post season and have the same record straight up.
- Revenge factor?  In the last 3-years, Green Bay has a 6-1 record straight up in games against a team that beat them earlier in the year.  They are 5-2 against the spread in those games.  Since 1992, the Packers are 48-29 straight up in revenge games.
- Saturday night also belongs to the Packers.  Since 1992, the Packers won 10 of the 11 games they have played on Saturday's with an 8-2-1 mark against the spread.

Again, this is not gambling advice, it is for entertainment purposes only.  The 49ers probably have trends that would show they are in a good spot, too.  It's just a look at the numbers for Green Bay in a position that they have not spent a lot of time in, as the underdog.

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posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 21 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Badgers Next 11 = Brutal

Wednesday, Jan, 9 2013

I am sending out a challenge.  Can anyone find a harder schedule in college hoops over the next 11-games than what the Badgers are preparing to go through?  I think not. 

Wisconsin is 11-4 overall including their 2-0 start Big Ten with (ugly) wins over Penn State and Nebraska last week.  Wins in the Big 10 this season may be hard to come by which could put Wisconsin's run of 14-straight NCAA Tournament appearances in jeopardy.  The next 11-games will either pay big dividends or just highlight the writing on the wall this Badgers team.

Next 11 for the Badgers
Jan. 12th - #13 Illinois
Jan. 15th - @ #5 Indiana
Jan. 19th - Iowa
Jan. 22nd - #22 Michigan State
Jan. 26th - #8 Minnesota
Jan. 29th - @ #15 Ohio State
Feb. 3rd - @ #13 Illinois
Feb. 6th - Iowa
Feb. 9th - #2 Michigan
Feb. 14th - @ #8 Minnesota
Feb. 17th - #15 Ohio State

9 of the next 11 against ranked teams, only Iowa fits outside the top 25.  And you can't sleep on this Iowa team, they beat Wisconsin twice last year.  After this stretch, the Badgers will only have one of their final five, a trip to East Lansing, against top 25 opponents.

YIKES!  Get ready to find out how legit this team is.

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posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 21 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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