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2017 MLB Predictions

 

American League

AL East

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. New York Yankees*
  3. Baltimore Orioles
  4. Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Tampa Bay Rays

AL Central

  1.  Cleveland Indians
  2. Kansas City Royals*
  3. Detroit Tigers
  4. Chicago White Sox
  5. Minnesota Twins

AL West

  1.  Texas Rangers
  2. Seattle Mariners
  3. Houston Astros
  4. Los Angeles Angels
  5. Oakland Athletics

*Wild Card

 

AL Playoffs

Wild Card

Kansas City over New York

Divisional Series

Texas Rangers over Kansas City Royals

Cleveland Indians over Boston Red Sox

ALCS

Cleveland Indians over Texas Rangers

 

AL Award Winners

CY Young – Yu Darvish (Texas Rangers)

MVP – Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians)

ROY – Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

 

National League

NL East

  1. New York Mets
  2. Washington Nationals
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Philadelphia Phillies

NL Central  

  1.  Chicago Cubs
  2. St. Louis Cardinals*
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates
  4. Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Cincinnati Reds

NL West

  1.  San Francisco Giants
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. San Diego Padres

*Wild Card

 

NL Playoffs

Wild Card

St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers

Divisional Series

Chicago Cubs over St. Louis Cardinals

San Francisco Giants over New York Mets

ALCS

Chicago Cubs over San Francisco Giants

 

NL Award Winners

CY Young – Madison Bumgardner (San Francisco Giants)

MVP – Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)

ROY – Dansby Swanson (Atlanta Braves)

 

World Series

Chicago Cubs over Cleveland Indians

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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Sports

 

2013 MLB Predictions

AL West

1.  Oakland Athletics

2.  Texas Rangers (Wild Card)

3.  Los Angeles Angels

4.  Seattle Mariners

5.  Houston Astros

 

AL Central

1.  Detroit Tigers

2.  Kansas City Royals

3.  Cleveland Indians

4.  Chicago White Sox

5.  Minnesota Twins

 

AL East

1.  Tampa Bay Rays

2.  Toronto Blue Jays (Wild Card)

3.  Baltimore Orioles

4.  Boston Red Sox

5.  New York Yankees

 

NL West

1.  San Francisco Giants

2.  Los Angeles Dodgers (Wild Card)

3.  Arizona Diamondbacks

4.  Colorado Rockies

5.  San Diego Padres

 

NL Central

1.  St. Louis Cardinals

2.  Cincinnati Reds

3.  Chicago Cubs

4.  Pittsburgh Pirates

5.  Milwaukee Brewers

 

NL East

1.  Washington Nationals

2.  Atlanta Braves (Wild Card)

3.  New York Mets

4.  Philadelphia Phillies

5.  Miami Marlins

 

Playoffs

AL Wild Card

Texas Rangers over Toronto Blue Jays

 

NL Wild Card

Los Angeles Dodgers over Atlanta Braves

 

AL Division Series

Tampa Bay Rays over Oakland Athletics

Detroit Tigers over Texas Rangers

 

NL Divisional Series

St. Louis Cardinals over San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals over Los Angeles Dodgers

 

ALCS

Detroit Tigers over Tampa Bay Rays

 

NLCS

Washington Nationals over St. Louis Cardinals

 

World Series

Washington Nationals over Detroit Tigers

 

AL Cy Young – David Price

NL Cy Young – Stephen Strasburg

 

AL MVP – Jose Bautista

NL MVP – Buster Posey

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Sports

 

2012-13 College Football Bowl Predictions

Picks Are Underlined

Saturday, December 15, 2012 – Gildan New Mexico Arizona vs. Nevada

Saturday, December 15, 2012 – Famous Idaho Potato Toledo vs. Utah State

Thursday, December 20, 2012 – San Diego County CU Poinsettia BYU vs. San Diego State

Friday, December 21, 2012 – Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Ball State vs. UCF

Saturday, December 22, 2012 – R+L Carriers New Orleans East Carolina vs. UL Lafayette

Saturday, December 22, 2012 – MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Boise State vs. Washington

Monday, December 24, 2012 – Sheraton Hawaii Fresno State vs. SMU

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 – Little Caesars Pizza Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Military Bowling Green vs. San Jose State

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Belk Cincinnati vs. Duke

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Bridgepoint Education Holiday Baylor vs. UCLA

Friday, December 28, 2012 – AdvoCare V100 Independence Ohio vs. ULM

Friday, December 28, 2012 – Russell Athletic Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech

Friday, December 28, 2012 – Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Minnesota vs. Texas Tech

Saturday, December 29, 2012 – Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Air Force vs. Rice

Saturday, December 29, 2012 – New Era Pinstripe Syracuse vs. West Virginia

Saturday, December 29, 2012 – Kraft Fight Hunger Arizona State vs. Navy

Saturday, December 29, 2012 – Valero Alamo Oregon State vs. Texas

Saturday, December 29, 2012 – Buffalo Wild Wings Michigan State vs. TCU

Monday, December 31, 2012 – Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City NC State vs. Vanderbilt

Monday, December 31, 2012 – Hyundai Sun Georgia Tech vs. USC

Monday, December 31, 2012 – AutoZone Liberty Iowa State vs. Tulsa
Monday, December 31, 2012 – Chick-fil-A Clemson vs. LSU

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 – Heart of Dallas Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 – TaxSlayer.com Gator Mississippi State vs. Northwestern

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 – Capital One Georgia vs. Nebraska

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 – Outback Michigan vs. South Carolina

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 – Rose Bowl Game Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 – Discover Orange Florida State vs. Northern Illinois

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 – Allstate Sugar Florida vs. Louisville

Thursday, January 03, 2013 – Tostitos Fiesta Kansas State vs. Oregon

Friday, January 04, 2013 – AT&T Cotton Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, January 05, 2013 – BBVA Compass Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh

Sunday, January 06, 2013 – GoDaddy.com Arkansas State vs. Kent State

Monday, January 07, 2013 – BCS National Championship Alabama vs. Notre Dame

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Sports

 

Being The Cow

Recently I had one of the coolest experiences of my life. I got to be one of the Chick-fil-A cows on the field at the University of Oklahoma/Notre Dame football game. Running out onto the field to cheers was exciting. There were some boos and I was hit hard in the head by someone while posing for a picture. But all in all it was a good day. Here are some pictures from the day.

 

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in General, Life, Sports

 

2012-2013 NBA Predictions

Here are my predictions for the upcoming NBA Season

 

Eastern Conference

Atlantic

Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers

Brooklyn Nets

New York Knicks

Toronto Raptors

 

Central

Indiana Pacers

Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Milwaukee Bucks

Detroit Pistons

 

Southeast

Miami Heat

Atlanta Hawks

Washington Wizards

Orlando Magic

Charlotte Bobcats

 

Western Conference

Pacific

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State Warriors

Phoenix Suns

Sacramento Kings

 

Southwest

San Antonio Spurs

Dallas Mavericks

Memphis Grizzlies

Houston Rockets

New Orleans Hornets

 

Northwest

Oklahoma City Thunder

Minnesota Timberwolves

Denver Nuggets

Utah Jazz

Portland Trailblazers

 

Playoffs

1st Round

Eastern Conference

Miami Heat over Cleveland Cavaliers

Boston Celtics over Atlanta Hawks

Indiana Pacers over Brooklyn Nets

Chicago Bulls over Philadelphia 76ers

 

Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder over Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Lakers over Memphis Grizzlies

San Antonio Spurs over Minnesota Timberwolves

Dallas Mavericks over Los Angeles Clippers

 

2nd Round

Eastern Conference

Miami Heat over Chicago Bulls

Indiana Pacers over Boston Celtics

 

Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder over San Antonio Spurs

Los Angeles Lakers over Dallas Mavericks

 

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference

Miami Heat over Indiana Pacers

Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder over Los Angeles Lakers

 

Finals

Oklahoma City Thunder over Miami Heat

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Sports

 

2012 MLB Post Season Predictions

AL Wild Card

Texas Rangers over Baltimore Orioles

 

NL Wild Card

Atlanta Braves over St. Louis Cardinals

 

AL Division Series

Texas Rangers over New York Yankees

Detroit Tigers over Oakland Athletics

 

NL Divisional Series

Atlanta Braves over Washington Nationals

San Francisco Giants over Cincinnati Reds

 

ALCS

Texas Rangers over Detroit Tigers

 

NLCS

Atlanta Braves over San Francisco Giants

 

World Series

Texas Rangers over Atlanta Braves

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Sports

 

Replacement Refs & Grace

In case you have not heard there are replacement referees currently being employed in the NFL.  The league and the union for the regular officials are at an impasse in negotiations and the NFL has locked out the regular officials.  Now I typically always side with management when it comes to union disputes.  I am not a union guy.  I think they hurt the job market these days.  One time they were useful but I believe their need has run its course.  However this is not a political blog so I won’t delve further into this mire, I just wanted to lay my cards on the table as far as my personal feelings in this dispute.  These replacement refs have been in the news a lot this week.  One ref inadvertently tripped a Dallas Cowboys player when he threw his hat on the ground right in front of the player.  Then there was the question of the game ending FG in the Sunday night game, which the refs did get it right by the way, it just did not go the way some fans wanted it to so it is easy to blame the replacement guys.   But there was an even bigger instance in the Monday night game this week.  I must admit that I did not see the play until the next morning.  There are several reasons for that.  First I was watching the season premier of Hawaii Five-O with my wife.  Second I really do not like the Green Bay Packers and unless the Cowboys are playing them I am probably not going to be watching them.  Third, because of some cost cutting and budget crunching decisions we no longer have cable so I couldn’t have watched the game if I had wanted to.  I have seen the play via multiple replays though and I am convinced the refs blew this call.  That is just my opinion though and you are free to disagree with me on that.

I do think it is the nature of sports and the nature of our current culture to always blame someone else and to look for a scapegoat.  The reality is the regular refs would be being bashed just as much by fans and media as the replacements are right now.  It is just easier to pile on the replacements because; well everyone else is doing it.  So while I think blaming the refs and ripping them constantly is childish and a sign of a lack of maturity I expect it from sports fans, however what does concern me is the amount of tweets and facebook posts by pastors and ministers regarding the replacement refs.

Should those called to spread the Gospel be spending so much time vehemently criticizing and ripping things that go on in an entertainment venue?  Should our lives be so consumed and wrapped up in a sport or a team that we question the intelligence and integrity of another individual because of what they do during the curse of a sporting event?  I do not think so!  We should be letting the Gospel inform how we interact with all things even sports.  For one at the end of the day a football game does not matter all that much on a grand scale, and furthermore we should be extending grace and mercy to all people.  So I want to call on fellow brothers in ministry to watch what you say about sports on twitter, facebook, and your blog.  Have grace towards the replacement refs; after all it was a replacement sacrifice that brought us Grace in the first place.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Current Events, Life, Sports