Geeks of Gridiron: Week 2 – The Champ Reigns Supreme

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Week 1 Review
The reigning champ picked up where he left off last season, atop the leaderboard, as he went 10-6. Deja also went 10-6, giving the reigning champ some much needed competition. The two rookies, Diamond Jim and Howitzer sit in a four way tie for third with the Buzz-Saw and B Hyphen (all 9-7), while Triple S (8-8) is already playing catchup for the second straight season. With 16 weeks left and all combatants within two picks, the minister of the tricycle is still within reach of everyone.

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Geeks of Gridiron: Introductions and Week 1 – Choose Wisely

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Football has returned for another season, and so has the trike crew, ready to battle each other in the ultimate underground pick ‘em league where buzz-saws force deep incisions, monsters prey on their “frenemies” and the rest play Rambo, looking for the right time to strike. In other words, a group of friends choose the winner of every NFL game every week during the regular season for bragging rights.

The second season of GoG saw a 1st year picker become the minister of the tricycle. Will the same hold true for the third season?  Five of his closest foes don’t “Bo-lieve” so.

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One Season In Cleveland: Analyzing the Browns Free Agency Moves

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I’ve been sitting on this article for a while now, but with the draft looming in the near future, now is the best time to finish the article. I want to also note that all my salary info was verified through the following sites: overthecap.com, spotrac.com and rotoworld.com. So without further ado…

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One Season In Cleveland: Free Agency and the NFL Draft

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photo by clevelandbrowns.com

Welcome back to my feature about my hypothetical run as General Manager of my beloved Cleveland Browns. The first installment included me talking about making sure the front office created a clear-cut gameplan for the organization as well as making a couple brief points on some of the roster decisions for the upcoming season. This time around, I’m going to go more in-depth about free agency and the draft. Continue reading

One Season In Cleveland: If I Was In Charge

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Anyone who follows sports knows that there has been a huge whirlwind swirling over Lake Erie and the Cleveland Browns organization. From the outside looking in, owner Jimmy Haslem seems to have proven his ineptitude to run an NFL organization (I’m not going to speculate how inept his other business may or may not be run, but there is that question in my head). Since it seems that any Joe Schmoe halfwit fool can run the organization, I figured why not write about what I would do hypothetically if I was in charge of my beloved Browns. Continue reading

Geeks of Gridiron: Week 6 – Mischievious Continues To Flourish

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The rookie Johnathan “Mischievious” McCumber, who went 9-5 last week, continues to put a minor stranglehold on the Minister of the Tricycle trophy. He has a two game lead over Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley. Conley put up the worst record last week, going 7-7. Thomas “Nocturne” Deja has quietly lingered in middle position all season as he hasn’t had a week where he picked less then 9 games correctly as he went 9-5 last week. Anthony “Triple S” Sellers is 6 games back (45-32 overall). However, he and Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti (44-33 overall) both took a step in the right direction by each going 10-4 last week. Can they continue their comeback to prominence or will the rookie continue to chain down the Gridiron Geek veterans? Continue reading

Geeks Of Gridiron: Week 5 – The Fight Continues

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Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, the fight to be the Minister of the Tricycle has been hard fought between both Kelen “B Hyphen” and the rookie Johnathan “Mischievious” McCumber.  Who wants to be Ali and force the other to go down like Frazier? Both have 42-21 records through the first four weeks. Or can Tom “Nocturne” Deja, Anthony “Triple S” Sellers, or Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti force their way into the ring to deliver the Haymaker? Find out below. Continue reading

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – A Clouded Legacy

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Even during a relatively slow sports week, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George ‘the Howitzer” Gerbo got your back. Your favorite sports genius’ spit sports talk fire, no matter what.

In this edition of the HBS, Bud Selig has officially announced his tenure as commissioner over Major League Baseball will conclude following the 2014 season. How will Selig’s legacy be viewed years from now? Will the clouds of the steroid era and All-Star Game debacle taint any of his success’? Selig ushered in transcendent advancements of interleague play and the Wild Card, but also enabled an era, that is perceived as a black eye for America’s past time. Does how Selig wants to be remembered match how he will be?

Almost all of the 2013 MLB playoff teams are set. Almost is the key. Texas and Cleveland remain in a dog fight for a final AL spot. Can the Indians resurgence land the Tribe in the post-season? Will the Rangers be able to crawl in? If Texas fails, how much blame does the suspended Nelson Cruz get, for deciding to appeal and not play in their pennant race?

Hey Rachel Nichols, pack your bags and head to Mississippi! At least that’s what Buzz Cook, Brett Favre’s agent, says she should do. Cook recently proclaimed his client could still play in the NFL, even at 43 years old. What do our guys make of these comments? Mike believes, while Cook might be right, Favre’s NFL career is over.

From one legend staying retired, to another officially returning to his sport. Tim Thomas has been named the Florida Panthers starting goaltender. He has the clout, but can Thomas still perform? Was this a smart signing for the forever rebuilding Panthers?

This radio gold broadcast caps off with week 4 of the HBS NFL Pick’em Challenge.

The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – A Clouded Legacy

Geeks of Gridiron: Week 4 – It’s Hyphen’s Time to Shine

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Through the first three weeks, Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley has led the way (34-14), despite a mediocre 9-7 last week. The rookie “Mischievious” McCumber is right behind B Hyphen, going 31-17 through the first three weeks. Thomas “Nocturne” Deja has been the model of consistency of the group, going 10-6 all three weeks. The defending champion, Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti (28-20 through 3 weeks)  hasn’t been able to emulate last season’s success, as he sits in fourth place. Anthony “Triple S” Sellers has been the dullest tool in the GoG shed, however, only carving out a 27-21 record through the first three weeks. Can Asti mount a comeback to repeat as champion? Can “Triple S” transform into the proverbial gridiron Einstein? Can Hyphen stay atop the group?

Standings
Conley 34-14 (9-7 week 3)
McCumber 31-17 (8-8 week 3)
Deja 30-18 (10-6 week 3)
Asti 28-20 (7-9 week 3)
Sellers 27-21 (7-9 week 3)

The Unanimous Games (unanimous groups picks are bold and italicized)
San Francisco @ St. Louis (played Thursday night)
Cincinnati @ Cleveland
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
Philadelphia @ Denver 
New England @ Atlanta 
Miami @ New Orleans 

The Standout Games
Baltimore @ Buffalo 
The rookie Mischievious “quoth the Raven, nevermore.” He likes the Bills to win at home, while the rest of the Gridiron Geeks are flying with Joe Flacco and the Ravens.

Chicago @ Detroit 
Again, the rookie Mischievious stands alone, taking the Lions at home while the other Gridiron Geeks like Chicago to leave Detroit with a victory.

New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Buzz-Saw goes with Eli Manning and the Giants to bounce back against KC, while the other four Gridiron Geeks like Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs to get back-to-back-to-back-to-back wins.

Pittsburgh @ Minnesota
Which team will get their first win? The rookie Mischievious and “Nocturne” Deja  (you can read Deja’s analysis here) go with Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. The Buzz-Saw, B Hyphen, and Triple S like Pittsburgh to defeat Minnesota in London for their first win of the season.

Arizona @ Tampa Bay
While four of the Gridiron Geeks like Arizona, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” went in the opposite direction and likes the Buccaneers to snipe the Cardinals this week.

Seattle @ Houston
Deja, Hyphen, and Sellers go with the Seahawks on the road, while the rookie Mischievious and the Buzz-Saw like the Texans at home.

New York Jets @ Tennessee
Again, it’s Deja, Hyphen, and Sellers teaming up with the Jets and rookie QB Geno Smith, while the rookie Mischievious and the Buzz-Saw like the Titans to win at home.

Washington @ Oakland
The rookie Mischievious and Sellers go with the Redskins to win in the black hole, while B Hyphen, the Buzz-Saw and Deja like the Raiders to get their second win.

Dallas @ San Diego
B Hyphen, the Buzz-Saw and Deja pick San Diego to get to .500 on the season, while the rookie Mischievious and Sellers go with America’s Team.

Be sure to check back next week as the Gridiron Geeks continue to battle for the title “Minister of the Tricycle”!

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Necessary Defiance

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Some things will just never change. That’s kind of the mentality of the week in the sports world. One thing that’s eternal is that of the Cleveland sports curse. The cursed city’s last champion (1964) franchise rears its ugly head. Asinine doesn’t even do it justice, as the Cleveland Browns trade Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. While the Colts add another young stud, to keep the present and future bright, the Browns ship off their best asset for a first round pick.

Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo tee off on the NFL’s laughing stock cursed franchise. Mike, our resident heel and Cleveland curse appreciator, soaks up the joy of a truly head scratching move. But Mike also tries to rationalize the move.

Another recent American tragedy, the shootings at the Navy base in DC, shook the foundation of the country again. Sports can serve as a diversion and galvanizing effect, when they’re ALLOWED to be. The Washington Nationals were presented Navy hats to tribute to their fallen fellow DC citizens. They were not permitted to wear them during a game. Should the Nats have fought more for the cause?  What’s MLB’s problem with such caps? Our guys provide perspective, stemming from a Keith Olbermann rant.

AL-A-BAM-A, Johnny Manziel, and all that is college football, as well as, another week in the HBS NFL Pick ‘Em Challenge conclude another gold quality show.

You can try to pin them down. You won’t succeed. It’s the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw Show! Defiant to the end, and conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Necessary Defiance