Archive for December, 2012

NBA Power Rankings (Week Six): Running of the Bulls


BY JORDAN WHEELER, Couchsideshow.com blogger

NBA Power Rankings (week six) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 

Western Conference

1. Oklahoma City Thunder (2) – The Thunder continue to improve. Kevin Martin is basically giving the Thunder what James Harden did. I think their biggest weakness is their rebounding; Durant shouldn’t be their leading rebounder. They are hot, winning their last 8 games.

2. San Antonio Spurs (3) – San Antonio has won their last four games with a solid win against Memphis. They also have the best road record in the NBA with 10 wins already; the next best team on the road has seven wins.

3. Memphis Grizzlies (1) – The Grizzlies have lost two out of their last four games. They lost to San Antonio and Atlanta. Zack Randolph is ballin out of control, he could be in the MVP talk at the end of the year.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Western Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

Eastern Conference

1. New York Knicks (1) – New York is for real, they were able to beat the Heat by 20 points without Melo. I only have one concern for the Knicks — they shoot a lot of three’s. They were the first team in the history of the league to attempt 40 three-pointers in 2 consecutive games. At some point, I think this could hurt them somewhere along the way.

2. Miami Heat (2) – Miami still sits at No 2 because of their loss to the Knicks. I still think that Miami is going to win the East, but they are getting everybody’s A game simply because they are the Champs. On a side note, D-Wade is starting to look old.

3. Atlanta Hawks (4) – Hotlanta is 9-1 their last 10 games. They have won three games in a row, and they sit half a game behind Miami in the Southeast Division. They will be a tough match up for anybody in the playoffs.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Eastern Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

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RG3 bringing the Redskins back in to relevance


Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is finally the gunslinger all Washington fans have been waiting for. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is finally the gunslinger all Washington fans have been waiting for. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com blogger

On Monday night, the chants echoed and reverberated around FedEx Field, rising louder and louder. “R-G-3, R-G-3, R-G-3!” The cacophonous din was aimed at rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III (RG3), who had just capped off his first Monday Night Football appearance in a wildly entertaining victory over their heated division rival Giants. With his ever constant big play potential and athletic versatility, RG3 is managing to singlehandedly revitalize the Redskins football franchise, inspire its long-suffering fan base, and establish himself as one of the most electric young superstars in the game today.

So far in his brief career, RG3 has managed to post impressive rookie statistics, throwing for 2,660 yards and 17 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions in 12 games. Due to the fact he is a superfreak athlete, he has also garnered 714 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Yet the statistics are only half the real story.

RG3 has additionally captivated Washington fans and the sporting world was his amiable demeanor and natural leadership qualities, and coupled with his electric playing style, seemingly re-animated longstanding Redskins teammates and infused the team with a new sense of purpose and relevance. He was recently anointed a team captain by the Redskins veterans, signifying their high opinion of his maturity and poise. He’s down-to-earth and very polite in his media interviews and interactions with fans, and is aware of the immense pressure residing on his shoulders. (more…)


Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Four teams clinch playoff spots


BY SEAN SCHOONOVER, Couchsideshow.com NFL blogger 

There are four weeks left of the 2012 NFL season; and Houston, New England, Denver and Atlanta have all claimed their spots in the postseason, with wins in week 13. With those four already in the playoffs there are now eight open playoff spots still to be redeemed. With that, here are your week fourteen NFL power rankings:

(Last week’s ranking), Team, (record)

  1. (1) Houston Texans (11-1)- The Texans wrapped up a playoff spot last week with a win over the Titans 24-10, but they have not secured the AFC South crown, yet. Their next matchup against the New England Patriots provides a lot of implication for the Texans securing that division crown as well as home field advantage in the playoffs.
  2. (2)Atlanta Falcons (11-1)- The falcons defense stepped up last Thursday night intercepting Drew Brees five times en-route to a 23-13 victory over the Saints. With the win Atlanta secured the NFC South title and can now put their sights onto home field advantage which can be awarded this weekend with a win over Carolina and losses by Chicago, Green Bay and San Francisco.
  3. (4) New England Patriots (9-3) – the Patriots win streak is now to 6, with a tough win over the Dolphins 23-16. The Patriots clinched the AFC East with the win. However, they now are fighting for the number 1 seed in the AFC, which will be put to the test Monday night against the (11-1) Houston Texans.

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Jets dragging Tebow through the mud


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has been abused and misused by his team this season. Photo by: sportiqe / Flickr

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has been abused and misused by his team this season. Photo by: sportiqe / Flickr

Just three years into his NFL career and it seems like a lot of people from around the league are already writing off quarterback Tim Tebow.

Obviously, there is the media who never thought he could be an NFL-caliber quarterback and football fans who never liked him in the first place, thinking Tebow doesn’t belong under center. But the worst offender of not giving this young man credit or a realistic chance to prove himself is his own team, the New York Jets. First the Jets traded for Tebow, giving his faithful an unrealistic hope that the 25-year-old actually might start if the team struggled this season.

It looked as if New York was serious and somewhat committed to Tebow. The hiring of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano seemed like it would be a blessing for Tebow because he has been known to be a fan of the Wildcat offense. The decline of Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was also a lingering implication that left fans optimistic that Tebow would start at some point this season.  (more…)


Couch Side Podcast Episode 38: BCS Special


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

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After a week off, the Couch Side podcast is back! Check out this week’s topics, which includes a review of an overly-exciting Week 14 of the NFL, a look at the BCS Bowl Games and the hosts dish out some fantasy football advice. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side Show podcast:

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Can Russell Wilson continue to deliver?


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Quarterback Russell Wilson started with N.C. State and then transferred to Wisconsin before landing in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. Photo by: akulawolf / Flickr

Quarterback Russell Wilson started with N.C. State and then transferred to Wisconsin before landing in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. Photo by: akulawolf / Flickr

In a year that features two of the most productive rookie quarterbacks, there is a third that has been making noise. Can Seattle Seahawks’ rookie Russell Wilson continue to deliver?

Nobody is confusing Wilson for Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. In his past five games he has 11 touchdown and just one interception. Very impressive numbers.

In the for previous weeks, Wilson averaged just  205.3 yards. That has pretty much been his story this year as he has 10 games with fewer than 240 passing yards. Obviously, a low passing total like that doesn’t make fantasy owners happy.

This week against Chicago was a different story. Wilson tied his career-high with 293 yards against a tough Chicago Bears team. The fact that he helped knock off the Bears in Soldier Field makes the feat all that more impressive. Wilson also did an RG3 impersonation this week by running for a career-high 71 yards.

While Wilson hasn’t provided a ton of fantasy points on the ground, he has averaged 42.5 yards over the past four games. Wilson has yet to run for a touchdown. When you have a runner as effective as Marshawn Lynch, you’ll lose out on those one-year plunges. (more…)