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Trailer Alert – Final ‘LOGAN’ Trailer

There’s not much that needs to be said about this trailer; so i’ll just leave you with a Kevin Smith tweet about it.

-Matt

It’s True, It’s Damn True: Kurt Angle Will Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame This Year

Now that we’re less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, ‘WrestleMania season’ is starting to take off. It’s far and away the best time of the year to be a wrestling fan, and a big part of that is WrestleMania weekend. One of the biggest events of that weekend is the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and we now know that Kurt Angle will be apart of the 2017 class. Angle is one of the most decorated and entertaining wrestlers in WWE history, and also happens to be a legitimate Olympic Gold Medalist. The only question left for WWE fans: will he have one more match? I hope so, but either way, congratulations to Kurt Angle on his hall of fame induction.

Your Average Picks For The NFL Playoffs – Week 2

The wild card round has come and gone, and every team that was expected to advance did so without any real drama. Now comes week 2, and with that comes the best four teams from the regular season entering the fold with a shot at a championship game on the line. Here our picks for the winners of the second round of the NFL playoffs.

Seattle @ Atlanta (-5)

Besides Patriots/Houston later on Saturday night, this weekend’s slate of games should be very interesting. While the spread in this game indicates a clear favorite in Atlanta, Seattle is one of those teams that always seems to play their best football in the playoffs. This is the kickoff to a fun football weekend, so here’s how I picture fans watching this game:

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The story of last week’s Seahawks win was the domination of their defense. Detroit had a decent offense during the regular season, and Stafford was clearly hurting, but the Seahawks smothered them all game. They only allowed 231 total yards and 12 first downs, and dominated the time of possession 36:39 to 23:21. Seattle scored first and never looked back, and the most important part of their offensive game was Thomas Rawls. He ran for 161 yards and a TD and was a big reason the Seahawks were able to keep the call out of the Lions hands. That’s going to be even more important as they head to Atlanta.

While Atlanta’s defense finished the year strong, and Vic Beasley dominated with 15.5 sacks, all the talk going into this game will be about Matt Ryan and his offense. Ryan finished the year with the highest passer rating of any QB in the league (117.1) and threw for just under 5,000 yards with a great TD/INT ratio of 38/7. While Ryan has been historically better at home than on the road, it didn’t matter this year. With the help of running back’s Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, plus the combination of old faithful Julio Jones and young speedster Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta had the best offense in the NFL this year, scoring 33.75 points per game.

Pick: Will Thomas Rawls and the Seahawks D keep the ball out of Ryan’s hands, or will Seattle be playing catchup all day? I think this is Matty Ice’s year to improve upon his 1-4 playoff record and win his first playoff game since 2013.

Atlanta 38 Seattle 24

Houston @ New England (-15)

Houston at the Patriots is the most lop sided game of the weekend (and most likely the entire playoffs) and it’s still a little unsettling to see a 15 point spread for a second round playoff game. But that’s what happens when a Brock Osweiler led wild card team heads to Foxborough to take on Bill Belichick and his Frankenstein creation Tom Brady. Here’s my pre-game advice to the Texans:

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Here are just a few stats that should help you understand why the Patriots are such huge favorites (H/T boston.com). The Patriots are 4-0 versus the Texans at Gillette, beating them 27-0 in their last meeting back in September. The Patriots played that game without Tom Brady. Texans coach Bill O’Brien is 0-2 in his career versus Bill Belichick (both losses coming this year). Tom Brady has the most playoff wins, completions, passing yards and touchdowns for a QB in NFL history. Brady is 22-9 in the postseason, five more wins than any other QB. Overall (including the postseason) Brady and Belichick have a career record of 205-61, including an otherworldly 118-21 at home. Brady and Belichick are 15-2 at home in their respective careers in the playoffs. Conclusion: the Texans are going to chalk this one up as a loss.

Pick: New England 45 Houston 21

Pittsburgh @ Kansas City (-1.5)

This game is the closest game of the weekend spread-wise, and it’s the only game out of the four where I can realistically see the visiting team winning. While Seattle and Green Bay could definitely win on the road, they would absolutely be upset wins. If Pittsburgh and their supremely talented offense win in KC, I wouldn’t consider than an upset. Here’s how I picture fans of both teams watching the game:

Nervous Sweating

Pittsburgh lives and dies with it’s offense, especially against a team like KC who’s going to use time management to win or keep the game close. While Le’Veon Bell continued to prove that he’s matchup proof, a playoff road game in Arrowhead is going to be a huge test for Big Ben. It helps that he has the best receiver in football in Antonio Brown, but it’s tough to brush off his home/road splits. Ben’s QB rating drops 38.3 points on the road, and his TD/INT ratio changes dramatically from 20/5 to 9/8. I don’t think this game will be a blowout on either end, and the Steelers haven’t lost a road game since November 6th in Baltimore, so this game has the potential to go either way.

The Chiefs have two main weapons: their defense and Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs defense hasn’t given up more than 21 points at home since week one and forced 18 turnovers in their 8 home games this year. That number is skewed by the Jets game in week 3 where they committed 8 turnovers, but the Chiefs had three other games where they forced three or more turnovers as well. Turnovers are going to important in this game, especially when you take into account Ben’s struggles on the road. Weapon X for KC, also known as Tyreek Hill, has transformed their offense this year. Hill has six receiving touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns on the year, but where he’s really had an impact is in the kick return game. He’s run back one kickoff and two punts this year, and even when he’s not scoring TDs, he’s giving the Chiefs solid starting field position by either gaining yards or forcing the kicker to alter his game plan. Hill is a weapon very few teams have, and good starting field position for a team like KC who likes to milk the clock is incredibly important.

Pick: There’s a reason this game has a 1.5 point spread, as it’s almost a toss up. I’m going with the more talented squad.

Pittsburgh 27 Kansas City 24

Green Bay @ Dallas (-4.5)

The outlook of this game changed dramatically when it was announced that Jordy Nelson wouldn’t be playing, and that might be a blow that Rodgers and Green Bay are unable to overcome. Green Bay won last week thanks to Aaron Rodgers continued resurgence and the human dumpster fire known as Eli Manning, but this week’s game might be a little different. Here’s how I picture Ezekiel Elliot’s dad watching the game:

Green Bay has now won seven games in a row, and most of that credit has to go to Rodgers. All he’s done over the Pack’s seven game win streak is throw 19 TDs and ZERO interceptions. He hasn’t thrown a pick since November 13th versus the Titans, and for any Cowboys fans hoping that Rodgers will suffer on the road, I have more bad news for you. While Rodgers has been sacked 7 more times on the road, he has a passer rating of 101.9 and an 18/3 TD/INT ratio. How could someone who’s been this good possibly lose? Enter the Cowboy’s rookies.

As impressive as Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot have been, I think the best thing they do is take care of the football. The Cowboys only turned the ball over 13 times this year, with 9 of those belonging to Prescott and Elliott. While the two rookies got lucky at certain points (they fumbled 14 times total, however 9 times the Cowboys recovered) 9 turnovers for two guys who handled the ball as much as Dak and Zeke is a very low number. They both take care of the ball, and they both have no trouble scoring touchdowns. Elliott scored 16 total touchdowns this year while Dak added 29 more, which means their touchdown to turnover ratio was 45/9. Also, Dak finally got on the same page with star receiver Dez Bryant towards the end of the year, so this could be a long, painful day for the Packers.

Pick: Cowboys 35 Packers 27

 

 

 

Your Average Picks For the NFL Playoffs – Week 1

After a long, underwhelming/wonderful season depending on who you talk to, it’s playoff time for the NFL. Fantasy football championships have been decided, the weaker teams have been eliminated (RIP Bucs & 49ers) and the Patriots are probably going to win the Super Bowl again. Before we get to that, we have the first round matchups. Here are our picks (against the spread) for the winners and losers of round 1.

Oakland @ Houston (-3.5)

If you’re new to football or spreads in general, just look at it this way: the team with a minus number next to it starts the game with negative points. In this case, before the opening kickoff, the score of the game will be -3.5 to 0, or 3.5 to 0 in favor of Oakland.

I’m not sure if the NFL can see into the future or not, but it was very nice of them to put what is most likely going to be shittiest game of the weekend on first. Here’s what people will be thinking during this game:

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The main reason for this? Five words: Brock Osweiler versus Connor Cook. Who are these two men, you might be saying to yourself. Are they famous chefs? Are they movie critics? Nope, Brock and Connor are the two starting quarterbacks for two playoffs teams. While Osweiler did have a decent run last year with the Broncos, he’s gone out of his way this year to prove that he should not be a starting QB for any extended period of time. Any QB that makes Deandre Hopkins look pedestrian deserves a slap in the face, so I hope Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin brought their dueling gloves. They combined for 18 sacks this season, but Houston’s offense line has been slightly better than middle of the pack. If they can get Lamar Miller some positive carries early on, this game could get ugly for the Raiders.

The Raiders offense is in a bit of disarray thanks to the season ending injury to QB Derek Carr. Third string rookie QB Connor Cook took over last week after Matt McGloin was injured, and he’ll be the signal caller against the Texans as well. I don’t want to be too hard on Cook, but anytime you use the words ‘behind Matt McGloin on the depth chart’ to describe a QB, it’s not a great start. His only regular season experience came last week against the Bronco’s top ranked pass defense, so who knows what he’s capable of. Working in his favor is one of the best offensive lines in all of football and the potential for a devastating clock managing running game with Latavius Murray. Oakland’s O-Line gave up the least amount of sacks this year, and Houston defensive line is obviously not the same without Mr. Wonderful JJ Watt.

Pick: If Pittsburgh beats Miami at home like everyone is predicting, this game will basically decide who New England murders next week. If that’s the case, I think it’d be nice for Brock to go to New England so Brady and the Pats can get some revenge.

Houston 24 Oakland 13

Detroit @ Seattle (-8)

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Trailer ALERTS – John Wick 2 & Blade Runner 2049

Hold on to your butts…

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John Wick 2

Blade Runner 2049

Trailer Alert – Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan makes big screen movies. Whether it’s Inception or Interstellar or any of the Dark Knight’s, any movie he directs is meant to be watched on the biggest stage possible. Dunkirk, his latest effort which is based on the Battle of Dunkirk from World War II, is no different. The trailer mixes beautiful cinematography with intense action, and few filmmakers are able to combine those two better than Nolan. There’s not much I can say that will do this trailer justice, so give it a watch and clear your schedule this summer. Dunkirk is going to be an event in IMAX.

-Ryan

Trailer Alert – The Fate of the Furious

In what seems like an eternity since the last “Fast” movie, last night, the new trailer dropped….AND IT’S GLORIOUS.

WHAT. IN. THE. BLUE. HELL! Dom turned on the gang?! (More on heel turns later) It can’t be true. I don’t want it to be true. But I love it anyway! THIS is the way you keep the series fresh. Listen, I don’t go to my dvd collection of every Fast and Furious movie for deep and intricate plots or Daniel Day-Lewis type of immersion acting. I go to it for fast fun with cars, girls and a killer soundtrack–Something every Fast and Furious movie delivers on. Is it a bonus that they found a way to up the ante? Sure it is, but let’s be perfectly clear, this movie was going to be awesome no matter what. Three movies, or so, ago, they delivered a shot of adrenaline to the franchise in the form of a 6’5″ Samoan ball of charisma named Dwayne Johnson. And I feel like this movie is the sweet spot for his story arc. He brings balance to plot. Because, lets face it, if The Rock wasn’t there and Dom turned on his crew (with no Paul…RIP) they wouldn’t stand a chance, and the movies would be a little far-fetched. I do realize I just used “far-fetched” to describe a hypothetical plot when in the actual movies characters jump supercars from one skyscraper to the next via windows. I do realize that.

So, Dom turns bad and in return Kurt Russel sends for Jason Statham to join the gang after he and the rock escape maximum security prison. Everyone knows that the best part of pro wrestling is your favorite superstar going to the dark side and turning heel. The only thing close to as satisfying to a baby face heel turn, is a heel baby face turn. Which is exactly what is happening with the Transporter, Jason Statham. Black is white! Night is day! Our pets heads’ are falling off! Chaos in Fast and Furious land and I love it.

The rest of the trailer is high octane fun, with nuclear subs, tanks, wrecking balls and fast cars. The rest of the gang is back for this one too: Roman, Letty, Tej and even the Mother of Dragon’s secretary! Stacked cast, but…is it too much to ask to bring back these guys…

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Get out the freeze chamber and put me down until this movie hits theaters!

-Matt

PS-

DAMN, DOM. YOU COLD AS ICE!

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Trailer Alert – War for the Planet of the Apes

HERE. WE. GO

My biggest gripe with these movies is the inconsistent cast (Other than Cesar and his other monkey friends). No one human actor makes it from one movie to the next and it kind of bugs me. I say “kind of”, because other than that I adore these flicks. They are the pinnacle of motion capture performances (fuck Avatar and the blue horse it rode in on) and truly show off what a big studio can do with CGI. 2017 is going to be a WILD year for Sci-Fi movies.

-Matt

Trailer Alert – Spider-Man: Homecoming

The moment the MCU has been waiting for, for so long, is here!

PETER PARKER IS BACK…again. Regardless of the previous Spider-mens shortcomings, we should all be hyped for the first Spider-Man that will be woven into the MCU.

-Matt