Hello there. While we’ve been away, Maryland basketball shockingly ascended to No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. We’re surprised and delighted by this, so here to explain it are Mr. Irrelevant Maryland sports correspondents JP Finlay, Brad Parker and Andy Peden.
Ah yes, freshman sensation Melo Trimble. We’ll let Grantland take this one:
“He’s the best player on the best team in the Big Ten.”
2. Interior D!
Defensive bigs Damonte Dodd (sophomore) and Jonathan Graham (senior) protect the rim and rebound.
3. Nickens & Wiley & Pack!
In addition to Trimble, two freshman (Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley) and a senior (Richaud Pack) in the backcourt are averaging a combined 31 PPG.
4. Layman without Dez!
Junior forward Jake Layman has stepped up, averaging over 17 PPG during the seven games Dez Wells missed. Overall, he’s shooting 40% from three and 55% the field.
5. Scoring depth!
It’s been awhile since Maryland could rely on more than one or two guys every night. Now there are about seven who could get hot from deep in any game and can close out games at the line. Speaking of …
6. Free throws!
Free throws are a reliable way to score. If you’re getting to the line 26 times a night that’s huge.
7. Quality wins!
Wins over Iowa St. and Michigan St. and Oklahoma St. and Arizona St. (and any other state) are wins that matter in March.
This team is playing hard and playing together. There’s a toughness that’s been missing.
9. The Future!
There are two non-seniors (Melo and Layman) who might end up in the NBA eventually but aren’t going anywhere next season. Plus they don’t have to rebuild when the four seniors graduate, because they have seven players coming back.
There may actually be some meaningful games for Maryland to play this time around.
Here with his guest post for predicting the Redskins’ loss at Arizona is frequent guest contributor Michael McElroy (@Mikeyvanili on Twitter).
Hello fans of the Washington Football Team.
According to Dictionary.com, the word postmortem has two primary definitions:
1. of, relating to, or occurring in the time following death.
2. occurring after the end of something; after the event.
Following the Washington [Redacted]s 2014 NFL season, I prefer to think of this post as the former, not the latter. I don’t have much to say about this season overall other than I never realized that hate and despair could be so interwoven with apathy.
Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 44-17 season-ending loss to Dallas.
DeSean Jackson — He made yet another big play, this time a 69-yard touchdown, to cap off a season full of them. They call him King Turd up here on Shit Mountain, but if you want it you can have the crown.
Jay Gruden — Lost by 27 to a rival with nothing to gain, finishing 4-12 with no hope, though he does still have a job.
Robert Griffin III — Two picks in the red zone, one fumble for six the other way and boatloads of doubt heading into 2015.
Jim Haslett — One more steaming pile from the Haz. PSGO.
Special teams coach whose name I never remember – Fell for the onside kick.
David Amerson — Burnt by Dez Bryant, burnt by Terrance Williams.
E.J. Biggers — That facemask tackle was textbook horseshit.
Pierre Garcon — The late block that set off a melee after RGIII’s TD was fine by me.
Roy Helu — The little move he pulled on the fake reverse was nice.
Draft position — We have the fifth overall pick to look forward to.
(GIF taken with love from The Big Lead.)
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Line: Cowboys -6 (O/U 47)
Our prediction: Cowboys, 26-23
No one picked the Redskins to beat Philly last week, so know one gets to make a guest post! What a perfect way to end this season. High fives all around.
Now, here are our crackerjack staff’s scientific predictions for this week’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest becomes a published author on this here weblog.
Matt Terl: Redskins, 28-24
Dallas pulls their starters at the half. Washington wins and is way, way too happy about it.
Andy Peden: Redskins, 27-17
Two-game win streak + offseason champs + eight months to forget we suck = stupidly high expectations for 2015.
Here with a look at the ticket market for Caps-Blackhawks on New Year’s Day is Mr. Irrelevant Tickets partner TiqIQ.
The average price for tickets to the Winter Classic at Nationals Park on New Year’s Day is $487, which makes it the third-most expensive Winter Classic since TiqIQ started tracking the market five years ago. The only Winter Classic with more expensive tickets came at Citizens Bank Park in 2012 when the Rangers visited the Flyers. That year, there were plenty of Rangers’ fans who made the trip down 95, which was a big part in driving ticket prices above the $500 mark. This year, only the most die-hard of Blackhawk fans will be making the 700-mile trip to D.C. to see the Blackhawks play in their second Winter Classic.
Here with a guest post for absolutely nailing his Redskins-Giants prediction is RunsLikeDeer (AKA @JGrat21).
Greetings all, I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season. A Redskins win sure does help the Christmas week get that much sweeter, and I look forward to a potential season sweep of Dallas this weekend. I will say I did not see that Eagles win coming at all and I commend the guys on their effort and the fans who ventured to the game.
With the Skins season winding down, I give you this guest post as a little bowl games watch guide. You can take it for what it’s worth, but I love me some college football, and I want to spread my joy and passion about it to all.
I won’t include the Miami Beach Bowl, but that was everything I could have asked for from a game being played in a baseball stadium in Miami on a Monday afternoon. Back and forth all game, double overtime, a 54-yard field goal that would have been good from 64 and a brawl at the end. There’s not much else I need in a game. But I digress … Here are my top five bowl games to watch.
5. Belk Bowl: Dec. 30th, 6:45 p.m., Louisville (9-3) vs. Georgia (9-3)
Probably the most underrated bowl game in my opinion. Two good teams squaring off, but it must be noted that my team plays in the ACC and Georgia is always a team I enjoy watching so this is my only “homer” pick.
So excited to see how Baylor will play after being left out of the playoffs. Do they show up and take their anger out on Sparty or do they mail it in like Alabama did last year in the Sugar? And who doesn’t like waking up hungover on NYD and having a great game on right away?
Was ready to put this game higher in my rankings but just turn on eSECpn and they will take care of that for you. I think Bama has got this, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Urban get B1G on Bama and shake some things up.
2. Peach Bowl: Dec. 31st, 12:30 p.m., TCU (11-1) vs. Ole Miss (9-3)
Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 27-24 win over Philly.
DeSean Jackson — Four catches for 126 yards, including two for 50-plus. Even put a little something extra on it for Philly, which he’s now torn up twice since they cut him this year. Now has over 1,000 yards on the season and is averaging an NFL-best 20 yards per catch. Remarkable.
Jay Gruden — There are very few rules here, but one we do have is if you snap a six-game losing streak and put Philly’s playoff hopes on the ropes, then you’re a winner.
Robert Griffin III — Seventy percent completions, 10 yards per attempt and his one turnover was a 40-yard-net INT on third-and-long. Good enough.
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET
Line: Eagles -7.5 (O/U 50.5)
Our prediction: Eagles, 34-17
Cheers to RunsLikeDeer for perfectly nailing last weeks loss to the Giants. Now he gets to guest post!
Here are our crackerjack staff’s scientific predictions for this week’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest becomes a published author on this here weblog.
Matt Terl: Eagles, 38-12
I would not be surprised if I forget the game is on Saturday and miss it entirely.