It’s time I step away from my Browns articles and take a look at a team on the rise, the Oakland Raiders. They’ve been able to draft well in recent years, giving the team a solid young core to build their roster around. The Raiders were able to utilize Free Agency this offseason to truly complement that core unit. The team knew they had money to spend and they definitely weren’t frugal. Here’s an overview of what Oakland has done this offseason.
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
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
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…
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?
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”!
It’s early in the season, but week one saw some unexpected outcomes in the GoG standings. The first year gridiron geek Johnathan “Mischievious” McCumber started the year off with his best Nostradamus interpretation, going 13-3. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Season one champion Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti finished with a putrid 9-7 record and is currently bringing up the rear. Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley went 12-4 while both Anthony “Triple S” and Thomas “Nocturne” Deja went 10-6. Can Mischievious continue to cause mischief and finish the season on top? Will the Buzz-Saw rectify his horrible first week and defend his title? This weeks picks will provide a little more insight.
Deja 10-6 (You can read Moves Like Curtis for Deja’s analysis)
The Unanimous Games (unanimous group picks are bold and italicized)
New York Jets @ New England
St. Louis @ Atlanta
Tennessee @ Houston
Detroit @ Arizona
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay
Jacksonville @ Oakland
Denver @ New York Giants
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
The Standout Games
Carolina @ Buffalo
Deja and Sellers favor Cam Newton and the Panthers while Asti, Conley, and the rookie McCumber go with the running back duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to run the Bills to a victory.
Minnesota @ Chicago
Homefield advantage proves to be the victory factor for Mr. Asti, B Hyphen, Tom “Nocturne” Deja, and “Triple S” Sellers as they all take the Bears to be go 2-0, while the rookie McCumber takes the Vikings to win on the road.
Washington @ Green Bay
Tom “The Nocturne” Deja stands alone as the only one to go with the RGIII and the Redskins. Asti, Conley, the rookie McCumber, and Sellers favor Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to put another mark in the win column.
Miami @ Indianapolis
Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley goes with only 11% percent of the yahoo pick em world that believe Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins will win. “The Buzz-Saw” Asti, “Nocturne” Deja, the rookie McCumber, and Triple S Sellers are all together, going with Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Dallas @ Kansas City
The majority of the group (Asti, McCumber, and Sellers) are Jones-in for a Cowboy victory. B Hyphen and Tom Deja like the Chiefs to defend their home field behind Alex Smith’s arm.
San Diego @ Philadelphia
In an effort to climb out of cellar, Asti takes the Chargers to march in to the city of brotherly love and leave victorious. The other four Gridiron Geeks like Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles to continue to fly in new Head Coach Chip Kelly’s high octane offense.
Cleveland @ Baltimore
Tom “Nocturne” Deja goes with the Browns to leave Baltimore with a victory. He’s the only one, as the rest of the Gridiron Geeks envision the Ravens getting their first victory after being embarrassed by the Broncos in week one.
San Francisco @ Seattle
The votes are split between these two as sophomore quarterbacks collide. “The Buzz-Saw” Asti, the rookie “Mischievious” McCumber, and “Triple S” Sellers take Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and the 49ers, while B Hyphen and “the Nocturne” Deja like the duo of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch to lead the Seahawks to a victory at home.
Be sure to check back next week as the Gridiron Geeks continue to battle for the title “Minister of the Tricycle!”
While commemorating and paying respects to a day that will forever live in the hearts of Americans, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo tear up another broadcast.
This edition, your favorite sports genius’ discuss a season ending injury for Derek Jeter? How does this effect the Yankees chances at crawling into a postseason birth? Will we ever hear these famous words again: “at short-stop, number 2, Derek Jeter, number 2” (Bob Sheppard voice)? Mike explains why, even though losing Jeter won’t hurt the Yankees in 2013, he will definitely be back in 2014. An epic retrospective to the end of the Pittsburgh Pirates 20 year “streak” and their hopes down the stretch keep the baseball diamond the headline act.
With the fall season looming, football is here and making its presence felt already. What was up with the asinine ugliness of Week 1 in the NFL? Can the Eagles offense keep up their college track meet style all season long? If they do, how good is Philadelphia? On the flip side, after a bad home opening loss, how bad are the usually contending Steelers? Expect some other hot button NFL topics, as well as, the HBS NFL Pick ’em Challenge.
Before bowing up a gold quality program, college football continues to spark much intrigue. Johnny Manziel and his polarizing “heel” self square off against AL-A-BAMA, in a pivotal show down. Who will come out on top?
Remember those lost on that faithful day of September 11, 2001. As our service men and women, our police force, and our firefighters, continue to conquer for us, the Howitzer and Buzz-saw bring a release of entertainment, by conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…
The Trike Team is proud to reintroduce you to Geeks of Gridiron. Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti, Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley, Thomas “Nocturne” Deja, and Anthony “Triple S” Sellers return with their biased and non-expert picks of every NFL game throughout the 2013 NFL season. Joining the foursome this season is Johnathan “Mischievious” McCumber.
Last season, the Buzz-Saw took home the first “Minister of the Tricycle” trophy by continually outshining every other competitor. Will his success continue into this season? That question will be answered at the end of the season, as anything less than a repeat performance will be considered a failure. And, yes, we all want to see him fail.
But talk is cheap, it’s time to get to the picks.
The Unanimous Games (unanimous group picks are bold and italicized)
Baltimore @ Denver (played Thursday)
New England @ Buffalo
Minnesota @ Detroit
Oakland @ Indianapolis
Seattle @ Carolina
Kansas City @ Jacksonville
Houston @ San Diego
The Standout Games
Cincinnati @ Chicago
The Buzz-Saw, B Hyphen, Thomas “Nocturne” Deja, and Triple S like the cats from Ohio to go into Chicago and prey on the Bears, while the newcomer Mischievious chose the Bears.
Miami @ Cleveland
Four of the five like the Browns to beat Miami, with Thomas Deja (click here to read his Moves Like Curtis and the reasoning behind every pick) being the lone ranger picking the Dolphins to go to Cleveland and win.
Atlanta @ New Orleans
Like the Cincy/Chicago game, Mischevious stands alone with the Falcons while the rest believe the Saints march to a week one victory.
Tampa Bay @ New York Jets
B Hyphen shows faith in former Mountaineer QB Geno Smith and goes with the Jets at home. The rest of the GoG team like Deja’s paper plane description as they go with the Buccaneers.
Tennessee @ Pittsburgh
Mischievious and Triple S “remember the titans” and believe they will go into Pittsburgh and take down the Steelers, while Deja, The Buzz-Saw, and B Hyphen go with the Steelers.
Arizona @ St. Louis
Asti, B Hyphen, Triple S, and the rookie go with St. Louis while Deja prefers the Cardinals.
Green Bay @ San Francisco
In one of the more intriguing matchups of the week, The Buzz-Saw and Triple S go with the Packers, while B Hyphen, Mischievious, and Deja pick the 49ers.
New York Giants @ Dallas
America’s team they are not, at least not for the GoG team, as Asti, B Hyphen, Deja, and Triple S pick the Giants. The rookie Mischievious, on the other hand, takes the Cowboys.
Philadelphia @ Washington
Mischievious decides to walk alone in yet another game (this is the fourth), flying with the Eagles, while the rest of the GoG team go with RGIII and the Redskins.
And there you have it, the picks from each and every Geek of Gridiron member. Be sure to check back next week as we jostle to become the next Minister of the Tricycle.
Ravens Vs. Broncos
And so the traditional Super Bowl Champions Hosted Kick Off Game features Baltimore hosting… Continue reading
Some celebrate Christmas, some celebrate Hanukkah, others celebrate the National Football League’s annual draft, as their most special “holiday” of the calendar year. Mike ‘the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer’ Gerbo welcome the Kvetching Draftniks guys to the HBS ring. Scott Carasik, Alex Wiederspiel, and Ethan Hammerman spout, or should I say, kvetch, all the knowledge imaginable on the 2013 NFL Draft.
With the Darrelle Revis New York Jets era now officially over (sorry Alex), how does this trade impact the rest of the draft. And what is the future of Revis, now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, as well as, the team he left behind?
Is Geno Smith truly worthy of a high draft pick, or is he benefiting from a lack of quarterback depth? Are the Minnesota Vikings and Manti Te’o headed towards a perfect marriage? Who will be the diamonds in the rough? Every draft can alter the leagues landscape for decades. For every Shannon Sharpe late round gem, there’s a Ryan Leaf or Tony Mandarich to wreck havoc on a franchise.
Apparently JaMarcus Russell has decided to put down the “purple drank” and attempt a comeback. Where does this rank on the asinine richter scale? Off the charts is a possible answer. Who are the potential overhyped 2013 class draft busts?
The Kvetching Draftniks conquer the NFL Draft, while the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw continue to conquer sports radio, one day, at a time…