Month: October 2012

Ranking The NBA: Preseason Edition

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I’ve been waiting to write this article since the end of the NBA Finals in June. I was gonna write final NBA rankings, but that seemed pointless considering the Heat had just been crowned champions. I was gonna do an offseason ranking but that became pointless once all the player movement began. And I was getting ready for work this morning thinking I had all the time in the world, when SportsCenter reminded me that the season started one week from today. (more…)

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The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Brush Your Shoulders Off!

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When putting together a list of the Buzz-Saw’s pet-peeves, it’s almost easier to first include what doesn’t annoy Mike Asti. Dumb people, ignorant people, unnecessary traffic, and we can’t forget about buffoonery. Unfortunately, these are all unavoidable occurrences. How can he maintain the functioning part in his functioning lunatic status under these harsh conditions? Easy! Brush his shoulders off. Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo explain how this relates to the sports world today.

Despite entering the World Series the favorite, the Detroit Tigers had to watch Pablo Sandoval join an illustrious group of names like Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols. Not bad for a guy in the midst of an individual career decline. Sandoval smashed three home runs in game one of the 2012 World Series. The win, not only put “Kung Fu Panda” in some heavy history and gave San Francisco a 1-0 series lead, it also eliminated Detroit’s “Ace Advantage” of Justin Verlander. What do the Tigers now need to do in order to not let a championship slip from their fingers? Brush their shoulders off!

NBA Commissioner David Stern has announced he will retire in early 2014. Where does Stern rank among the all-time sports commissioners? How can “The Association” still thrive without his leadership? Brush it’s shoulders off!

The New York Islanders are relocating to Jay-Z country and moving to Brooklyn. Is this good for hockey when a franchise with four Stanley Cup banners and an abundance of retired numbers hanging from the rafters is forced to move? Should the Islanders change their image to better fit the Brooklyn culture? What do you do in Brooklyn? Brush your shoulders off.

The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw Show: brushing off shoulders and conquering sports radio, one day, at a time….


The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Brush Your Shoulders Off!

EGreen: The Benediction

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Benediction
The form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister
at the closing of a divine service. (more…)

Geeks Of Gridiron – Week 8: Controlling The Clock

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Week 7 Recap

Mike Asti continues to lead the GoG pack as he posted a 8-2 record this week (identical to his Trike House Party week). This keeps him just out of the Hyphen’s reach (5-5) and 5 games ahead of third place Sellers and Tom Deja (6-4). But unlike House Party, the Buzz-Saw’s victory doesn’t seem as guaranteed. Strong weeks by any of these other combatants could catapult them into a tie or even ahead of Asti if he has a true off week.[1. Like last week's 4-6 mark. Lucky for him, everyone else went 4-6 too.] We’re at the halfway point and these next few weeks will be crucial! Who do you pick to win?

Week 7 Winners

Tennessee 35 Buffalo 34
Cleveland 13 Indianapolis 17
Baltimore 13 Houston 43
Green Bay 30 St. Louis 20
New Orleans 35 Tampa Bay 28
Arizona 14 Minnesota 21
Washington 23 NY Giants 27
NY Jets 26 New England 29
Pittsbugh 24 Cincinnati 17
Detroit 7 Chicago 13

Leaderboard

Asti 46-24 (Last week 8-2)
Conley 43-27 (Last week 5-5)
Deja 41-29 (Last week 6-4)
Sellers 41-29 (Last week 6-4)

The Games

Tampa Bay @ Minnesota
Indianapolis @ Tennessee
Washington @ Pittsburgh
Miami @ NY Jets
Seattle @ Detroit
Atlanta @ Philadelphia
New England @ St. Louis
NY Giants @ Dallas
New Orleans @ Denver
San Francisco @ Arizona

Asti

Minnesota
Tennessee
Pittsburgh (with the way the Steelers season has gone, RGIII dominating wouldn’t shock me one bit though)
New York Jets
Detroit
Atlanta
New England
New York Giants
Denver
San Francisco

Conley

Minnesota
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh
NY Jets
Detroit
Atlanta
New England
NY Giants
New Orleans
San Francisco

Deja (See all of Tom’s picks in the latest Moves Like Curtis.)

Tampa Bay
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh
NY Jets
Seattle
Atlanta
St. Louis
Dallas
New Orleans
San Francisco

Sellers

Minnesota
Tennessee
Washington
NYJ
Detroit
Atlanta
Patriots
G-Men
Denver
San Fran

Trike House Party – Week Nine: Asti’s Rounding Third Nicely

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Week 8 Recap:

After a second consecutive 8-2 week, The Buzz-Saw is putting more and more distance between himself and his Trike House Party opponents. He now has a 6 game lead over second place Triple S and the gap will get harder and harder to close over the next few weeks. Kelen posted an identical record but he’s still 9 games off the pace. Gerbo and Anthony both went 7-3 but The Howitzer remains 7 game back due to his missed pick blunder a few weeks back. Is it time to concede to Asti and hand the Golden Keg over? Or can one bad week ruin his anticipated victory dance?

Week 8 Results:

#6 LSU 24 #18 Texas A&M 19
Virginia Tech 17 #19 Clemson 38
#20 Stanford 21 California 3
#7 South Carolina 11 #2 Florida 44
South Florida 25 #16 Louisville 27
#17 Texas Tech 56 #23 TCU 53
N.C. State 20 Maryland 18
#4 Kansas St. 55 #13 WVU 14
#14 Florida St. 33 Miami 20
Baylor 50 #25 Texas 56

Leaderboard
Asti 60-19 (Last week: 8-2)
Sellers 54-25 (Last week: 7-3)
Gerbo 53-25 (Last week: 7-3)
Conley 51-28 (Last week: 8-2)

The Games

N.C. State @ North Carolina
Maryland @ Boston College
#2 Florida vs #10 Georgia (neutral site game)
#14 Texas Tech @ #3 Kansas St.
TCU @ Oklahoma St.
Ohio State @ Penn St.
#20 Texas A&M @ Auburn
#5 Notre Dame @ #8 Oklahoma
#22 Michigan @ Nebraska
#11 Mississippi St. @ #1 Alabama

Asti

North Carolina State
Boston College
Florida (I’m very tempted to go with the Georgia ground and pound. Florida is still somewhat overrated to me)
Kansas State
TCU
Ohio State
Texas A&M
Notre Dame (ND is legit and this officially proves it)
Nebraska
Alabama

Sellers

NC State
BC
Florida
Kansas St.
TCU
Ohio St. (I’ll never pick Penn St. After the Sandusky shit!!)
Texas A&M
Notre Dame (Although Oklahoma in Oklahoma may be too much for the Irish)
Nebraska
Bama (Roll Tide)

Gerbo

NC State
Boston College
Florida
Texas Tech
TCU
Ohio State
A&M
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Alabama

Conley

NC State
Boston College
Florida
Kansas St.
TCU
Ohio St.
Texas A&M
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Mississippi St.

Oakland Raiders Diary #6: Chad Henne, Undercover Raiders Player

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RETRACTION: Before we get into this, I want to apologize for an error I made in last week’s Diary. Since I’ve been writing these, I’ve been sending them to my dad since he comes up a lot in them. Not long after Diaries #4 & #5 went up, he texted me: (more…)

Moves Like Curtis: The Team From Jacksonville Loses Its Bite OR Cam Newton: Problem Child (Week 8)

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I’m sorry about the rushedness–it’s been a hectic week, so I’ve had less time than usual to ruminate on the games.  I promise I’ll get to a proper intro soon, and will think more on my picks every week. (more…)

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Breaking Down The Best In The World

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CM Punk: Best in the World is not a documentary about a professional wrestler making his mark in WWE. This 3-disc set produced by World Wrestling Entertainment is the story of a man who overcame all of his obstacles and wound up living his dream. His dream just happens to be being a professional wrestler. (more…)

Slater’s Signature Finisher: A Look Inside Ring Of Honor

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Over the summer, Ring of Honor came to Charleston, WV, and I attended the show. It was a television taping for their weekly syndicated show, titled simply “ROH TV”. More on that later. (more…)

Buzzed With The Buzz-Saw: 2012 MLB World Series Preview

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The Fall Classic is finally here! That special stage that made names like Ruth and Mays go from legendary to immortal. Men such as Gibson and Carter, who despite falling short of Hall of Fame status, will forever live on due to their World Series heroics. Every kid once stood in his backyard imagining hitting the game winning home run to win, not just any game, but the World Series. (more…)