Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I'm Back!

Hey guys, the Autistic Sports Nerd here. I'm back! It's been months but I am here to write again. It's September, baseball races are heating up. The NFL Football season begins tonight! We are just ten days away from the potential beginning of an NHL Lockout.......wait a minute, that's not good. NFL Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III make their NFL debuts this weekend. Plus, Mark Sanchez and Tebow battle it out against each other on Sunday, on the same team, vs. the Bills. A lot of people are wondering what the Jets should do with their quarterback situation? To me, it's simple. Put Sanchez in for the first three quarters and put Tebow in for the 4th Quarter. Everyone knows that Tebow is at his best in the 4th Quarter. He's horrible in the first three. The Giants begin their Super Bowl defense tonight (A Wednesday Night game, can you believe it?) against the Dallas Cowboys. It will be a physical game and I think it will come down to the battle between the offensive and defensive lines of both teams. Here are my predicted standings for this year: NFC East 1. Giants 11-5 2. Cowboys 9-7 3. Eagles 8-8 4. Redskins 7-9 NFC North 1. Bears 13-3 2. Lions 12-4 3. Packers 11-5 4. Vikings 3-13 NFC South 1. Saints 10-6 2. Falcons 10-6 3. Panthers 6-10 4. Bucs 3-13 NFC West 1. 49ers 12-4 2. Seahawks 8-8 3. Cardinals 4-12 4. Rams 3-13 AFC East 1. Patriots 13-3 2. Bills 11-5 3. Jets 10-6 4. Dolphins 4-12 AFC North 1. Ravens 12-4 2. Steelers 10-6 3. Bengals 7-9 4. Browns 2-14 AFC South 1. Texans 14-2 2. Titans 5-11 3. Colts 3-13 4. Jaguars 1-15 AFC West 1. Broncos 11-5 2. Chargers 9-7 3. Raiders 8-8 4. Chiefs 6-10 I think the Texans will beat the 49ers in this year's Super Bowl. Moving to baseball, I love the extra Wild-Card. It makes everything more chaotic. This is what September baseball is all about. Will the Yankees collapse? Only time will tell. I'm the Autistic Sports Nerd, have a good night guys!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

NBA First Round Playoff Picks

Hey guys, the Autistic Sports Nerd here. It's that time of year again. The NBA Playoffs are here. Here are my picks: Eastern Conference: 8. Sixers vs. 1 Bulls Bulls in five. 7. Knicks vs. 2. Heat Knicks in six. The Knicks will be raining three's all over Miami's poor perimeter defense. 6. Magic vs. 3. Pacers Pacers in four. 5. Hawks vs. 4. Celtics (Hawks with home court advantage) Celtics in six. Western Conference: 8. Jazz vs. 1. Spurs Spurs in five. 7. Mavericks vs. 2. Thunder Thunder in six. 6. Nuggets vs. 3. Lakers Lakers in six. 5. Clippers vs. 4. Grizzlies Grizzlies in seven. I'm the Autistic Sports Nerd, have a good day guys!

Friday, April 27, 2012

NHL Second Round Picks

Hey guys, the Autistic Sports Nerd here. What a thrilling first round of the playoffs. The Rangers survived a thrilling series against the Senators that came down to the final game. The Capitals dethroned the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins in overtime during the seventh and decisive game. The Devils also knocked off the Panthers in game 7. That seventh game took double overtime. The Penguins-Flyers game was like playing NHL 2012 on easy mode. Goal after goal after goal. The Flyers upset the Penguins in six games. In the West, the Kings knocked off the President's Trophy winning Canucks in five games. It just goes to show you that seedings don't matter in the NHL as the 8th seed knocked out the 1st seed in the first round. The Blues disposed of the Sharks in five games. The first five games of the Coyotes-Blackhawks series took overtime to decide. The Coyotes knocked off the Blackhawks in six to win their first series since 1987 when they were the Winnipeg Jets. The Predators beat the Red Wings in five games which was a shock to me. I had a feeling the Predators would win but I thought the series would go to seven. Here are my second round picks: Capitals vs. Rangers: The Rangers have the better goal-tender and all around team but the Caps will give them some fits. Pick: Rangers in six. Devils vs. Flyers: The Flyers have a lot of firepower and the Devils have struggled with the penalty-kill. However, New Jersey has the huge edge in goaltending and that's what playoff series usually come down to. Pick: Devils in seven. Kings vs. Blues: These two teams have great defense and goaltending. It's hard to decide but if the Kings knocked off the Canucks, I think they can beat the Blues. Pick: Kings in seven. Predators vs. Coyotes: It's the battle of the southern markets. This should be a very entertaining series. Both teams have great goal-tending but I think Nashville has more firepower. Pick: Predators in six. I'm the Autistic Sports Nerd, have a good night guys.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2012 NHL First Round Playoff Picks

Hey guys, the Autistic Sports Nerd here.

It's that time of year again. The NHL Playoffs are here. In my opinion, the NHL has the most exciting playoffs out of any sport. I think it's even better than College Basketball's NCAA Tournament. I am going to explain the match-ups and my series picks.

Eastern Conference

(8) Senators vs. (1) Rangers

This is the first time that the Rangers had home-ice advantage in a playoff series since 1996 when they battled Montreal in the first round. Ironically, the Rangers lost their first two games at home against the Canadiens but won the next four to win the series. This year, the Senators have limped into the playoffs while the Rangers lost their last two games of the season. Ottawa has had the Rangers' number this year, winning three out of four from the Blueshirts including winning both games at the Garden. The Rangers have had an outstanding season and have clicked on all cylinders. They have one of, if not the best, goaltenders in the league. It will be a deep series but I think the Rangers will pull it out.

Prediction: Rangers in six.

(7) Capitals vs. (2 )Bruins

The Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup Champions but they have skidded down the stretch. The Capitals finished the season on a winning streak. They fended off the Sabres who were chasing them for a playoff spot. This is a battle of teams with two different styles. The Capitals will give the Bruins fits but I think Boston's better defense, goal-tending, and more physical style of play will be just enough to get by the Capitals.

Prediction: Bruins in six.

(6) Devils vs. (3) Panthers
Don't let who has home-ice advantage or the seeding fool you. The Devils are a way better team than the Panthers are in every category. The Devils should be the favorites to win this series and I think they will.

Prediction: Devils in four.

(5) Flyers vs. (4) Penguins

The Flyers finished with the third most points in the Eastern Conference. How do they get awarded? By playing on the road for the first two games in the first round, against the Penguins no less. The NHL should base the seeding based on who has the most points, not division winners and then everyone else down below. The Flyers have played the Penguins tough all year, with or without Crosby. However, Pittsburgh has the huge edge in goal-tending and the Penguins got hot at the right time. They have too much firepower for the Flyers to handle.

Prediction: Penguins in seven.

Western Conference

(8) Kings vs. (1) Canucks

This is going to be a low-scoring series with two great defenses and goal-tending. Both Jonathan Quick and Roberto Luongo can single-handily steal a game for their team. The Canucks have a little more offensive fire-power so the overall edge goes to them.

Prediction: Canucks in Seven

(7) Sharks vs. (2) Blues

The Blues have had the Sharks' number during the regular season. It's hard to beat St. Louis' defense. The Sharks have been too inconsistent all year.

Prediction: Blues in Five

(6) Blackhawks vs. (3) Coyotes

The Coyotes have had an incredible year. They won their division for the first time since they were the Winnipeg Jets. The Blackhawks have a lot of post-season experience and their key stars who won the Stanley Cup for Chicago in 2010 are still on the team. I think the experience factor will help the Blackhawks win the series.

Prediction: Blackhawks in six.

(5) Red Wings vs. (4) Predators

The Red Wings have had an off year for their standards while the Predators are hungry for their first playoff series win against the Wings. Detroit is still talented but they are aging. I think the Predators will be a determined team as they try to get the monkey off their back.

Prediction: Predators in seven.

It should be a fun two months of NHL Playoff action.

I'm the Autistic Sports Nerd, have a good day guys.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Chaotic Month of Sports

Hey guys, the Autistic Sports Nerd here. A lot has happened in the world of sports this past month. Let's get right into it.

MLB

Baseball season is back! So is Andy Pettitte of the Yankees. He came out of retirement and is expected to join the Yankees rotation in May. Pettitte is one of my favorite Yankees of all time but at the same time, I am not a fan of athletes coming back from retirement. In my opinion, if you are retired, you should stay retired. Besides, I already wrote one tribute to Petttite in this blog after he retired last year. It would be tough and repetitive for me to do it again.

Baseball season starts tonight between the new "Miami" marlin and the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Get this, it's a one game series. The Cardinals next game will be at Milwaukee for a series while the Marlins travel to Cincinnati. I have never seen a one game series unless if one of the games of a two game series got postponed. What's the point? Why is there a one game series between these two team? Why not make it a three game series? It makes no sense and I ma very confused.

Let's move on to my predictions in the M.L.B. this year.

A.L. East

1.Yankees
2.Rays
3.Blue Jays
4.Red Sox
5.Orioles

A.L. Central
1.Tigers
2.Indians
3.White Sox
4.Twins
5.Royals

A.L. West
1.Angels
2.Rangers
3.Mariners
4.Athletics

Top 2 Wild Cards: 5.Rays vs. 4.Rangers=Wild Card Winner:Rangers

ALDS: Yankees (1) over Rangers (4) and Angels (2) over the Tigers (2)

ALCS: Yankees over the Angels

N.L. East
1.Braves
2.Phillies
3.Nationals
4.Mets
5.Marlins

N.L. Central
1.Cardinals
2.Cubs
3.Brewers
4.Pirates
5.Reds
6.Astros

N.L. West
1.Giants
2.Diamondbacks
3.Rockies
4.Dodgers
5.Padres

Top two Wild Cards: (5)Cubs vs.(4)Phillies=Cubs Wild Card Winner

NLDS
(5)Cubs over (1)Braves and (2) Giants over (3) Cardinals.

NLCS: Cubs over Giants

World Series: Yankees vs. Cubs:

World Series Winner=The New York Yankees

This has got to be like the 17th year in a row that I picked the Yankees to win the World Series. Maybe one of these years I will change it up a bit.

I also think the American League will beat the National League in the All-Star game this year.

For those of you who don't know, Major League Baseball already opened up the season. The Mariners and the Athletics opened up the season in Japan with both teams splitting the two games. The M.L.B. did a poor job of advertising it as many people didn't realize about it. Not to mention that it wasn't even televised by ESPN and the MLB network had it on tape-delay. The "real" Opening Night is tonight.

NHL

The New York Rangers are the Atlantic Division Champions and clinched the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Both of those haven't happened since 1994. The Sabres and Capitals are battling it out for the #8 seed. For the Rangers, it's pick your poison because the Capitals are a very talented team while the Sabres are a grinding team with strong goal-tending with Ryan Miller. That's what makes the NHL great. It doesn't matter what the seeds are, there are always going to be great playoff series that occurs.

The top four teams in the Eastern conference belong in the Atlantic Division. That says a lot right there.

How about the Pacific Division? Four teams are really close to each other in the division. The thing is, one of these four teams (every team except for the Ducks basically) could either win the division or not even make the playoffs at all. I like the Kings to win the division and I think Buffalo will beat Washington for the last playoff spot.

NBA

A lot has happened to the Knicks. Mike D'Antoni resigned and Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin are sidelined with injuries that could keep them out for the rest of the season. I like Mike Woodson so far as the Knicks "Interim" Head Coach. The Knicks are rebounding more and playing better defense. I hope the Knicks keep him instead of going after Phil Jackson this off-season. Jackson would probably decline the offer anyway.

As of right now, the Knicks are barely hanging to the 8th seed as they are trying to fend off the Bucks. Even if the Knicks clinch the 8th seed, the Chicago Bulls will most likely be waiting for them in the first round. Good luck Knicks, you are going to need it.

NCAA Basketball:

Kentucky beats Kansas to win the Men's National Championship. Baylor beats Notre Dame to win the Women's National Championship. Notre Dame is my favorite Division I team so I was sad about the women's game but never the less, congratulations to the two basketball National Championship teams.

NFL

What a chaotic off-season. Peyton Manning is a Bronco now. I can't believe it. I though for sure he was going to be a 49er. The 49ers added some Super Bowl Champion players to the team. They picked up Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham from the Giants. I wish those guys the best.

Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. I did not see that one coming. The Jets say that Tebow will be the back-up quarterback and use him for some packages and for the wild-cat offense. For a back-up quarterback, he gets a big Press Conference and his own private jet (the flying type). I bet David Carr wishes he got all of that. Do you guys even know who David Carr is? Of course you don't, he's a backup quarterback.

Really, I found it hilarious when Sports Center kept showing film of players and/or executives leaving in their Jet on their way to another place. It's like we are stalking these players and executives.

WWE

WrestleMania 28 featured a huge upset as the Rock, who wrestled in his first singles match in eight years defeated John Cena. It was a great match and a great night. The crowd was electric. The next night on RAW, Brock Lesner comes back to the WWE for the first time in eight years and gives his old move, the "F-5" to Cena. It was an unbelievable two nights of WWE programming in Miami. The Rock also stated that he hopes to be the WWE Champion again in one day. I predict he will go for the title again at next year's Wrestlemania at Met-Life Stadium at the Meadow Lands.

It feels great writing in my blog again. I hope to get back on track in doing it again.



I'm the Autistic Sports Nerd, have a good day guys!

Friday, February 24, 2012

New York Yankees Schedule by A.J. O'Hagan

The New York Yankees will open the 2012 regular season the way the 2011 regular season ended: At Tropicana Field. The Yankees will play the Rays in a three game series starting on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. Then the Yankees head to Baltimore to take on the Orioles at Camden Yards before their home opener against the Angels on Friday April 13th at 1:05 p.m in Yankee Stadium.


The Yankees "inter-league" schedule will consist of six games with the Mets (three games at Yankee Stadium, three games at Citi Field), six games with the Braves (Three in New York, three in Atlanta), three games at Washington, and three games hosting Cincinnati.

The Yankees close out the regular season at the Stadium when they host their arch-rivals, the Boston Red Sox October 1-3. Here's a link to the month-by-month 2012 Regular Season Schedule of the New York Yankees on MLB.com.

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=nyy#y=2012&m=4&calendar=DEFAULT

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Rise of New York Sports

Hey guys, the Autistic Sports Nerd here. I can't remember a time (Maybe since 1994) where the New York teams have been consistently on this great run. It's been incredible to witness.

NFL

The New York Giants win Super Bowl 46 over the Patriots in a thrilling game. From 7-7 to Super bowl Champions within the same year, it's like something out of a sports movie. It's the fourth Super Bowl in the history of the franchise.

I watched the game with my family at our restaurant on the big screen and we all jumped up and down after the Giants won the game. Eli Manning gets his second ring and was named the Super Bowl M.V.P for the second time in his career.

After the first week of the season when they lost in Washington, I thought the Giants were going to be in for a long year. When they were blown out in New Orleans on Monday Night Football, I thought the Giants were finished. When they lost their second game to the Redskins, I was in shock. However, that Victor Cruz 99-yard touchdown reception against the Jets sparked the Giants to go on an unbelievable run. They won ever game with their backs to the wall.

There is a new trend in the NFL. It's not about dominating the regular season anymore. It's about getting hot at the right time. That's what the Giants did and it worked. Congratulations to the New York Giants.

NHL

The Rangers are seven points ahead of the Bruins for first place in the Eastern Conference. They are a point behind the Red Wings for the most points in the NHL but the Rangers have played in three less games than the Red Wings.

The Rangers are trying to get a goal-scorer before the trade deadline. There have been talks of New York trying to get Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. If I'm the Rangers, I don't do the deal. The Blue Jackets would want a lot in return for Nash. The Rangers cannot afford to sacrifice their future. Having Nash could cause chemistry problems. The Rangers are in-sync right now. No team is ever perfect and I think the Rangers will be able to score enough goals to compliment their gritty play and outstanding goal-tending.

Even if the Rangers finish in first place in the Eastern Conference, that does not give them an easy run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Teams that are battling for the eight spot are pretty good teams. The Capitals are a talented team and the Maple Leafs have won both of their games at Madison Square Garden already this year. The Maple Leafs currently lead the Capitals by three points for the eight seed. That's the beauty of the NHL though, it's not about the seeds but about the match-ups.

Congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings for setting the NHL record for winning 21 consecutive home games. The last time the Red Wings lost a home game was November 3rd, over three months ago. That's just incredible.

NBA

If fans were sick and tired of the Tim Tebow drama, I don't know what they are thinking now. Jeremy Lin is here and he is saving the Knicks' season. The Knicks were 8-15 and Knick's head coach Mike D'Antoni was on the hot seat. Then, Lin came off the bench in a home game against the Nets and led the Knicks to victory. He entered the starting lineup and helped the Knicks derail a very good Jazz team.

When the Knicks faced the Lakers at the Garden, Lin scored an astounding 38-points which was higher than what Kobe Bryant scored during that game. Bryant had 34 points.

Just the other night against the Raptors, I have never seen anything like it. Knicks' fans were all over the Air Canada Center, all because of Lin. The Knicks trailed all game but Lin converted a three-point play to tie the game at 87 with a minute to go in the 4th quarter.

The Knicks get the ball, still tied at 87 with less than 30 seconds left. Tyson Chandler grabs an offensive rebound and passes it out to Lin who has the ball just in front of half-court. The shot-clock is turned off and Lin dribbles the ball slowly and with great poise. Less than 15 seconds left, less than 10 seconds left. Lin barely moves. Everyone else is positioned around the paint. Three seconds left and Lin steps forward, then just shoots up a three, and hits it-swish! My brother and I were going wild, the fans of the Air Canada Center was going wild, the Knicks were going wild. Lin led the Knicks to victory again.

Steve Nash tweeted about Lin. "Its crazy! I'm watching Linsanity hoping every shot goes in. Hope I never grow up."

So did Reggie Miller. "OK, I GIVE IN!!!!!!!!!!! Its Legit!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!"

Sources on ESPN reported that the Lakers erupted in their lounge before their game when Lin hit that three-pointer and Metta World Peace (formally known as Ron Artest) was running around screaming "Lin-Sanity."

I'm not sure if Lin could keep up with this high intensity but he is doing great things. He's making the players around him better. The Knicks are working more as a team. It's not just Lin doing great, he's making his teammates great. Amar'e Stoudemire returned to the Knicks' lineup and for the few games they have been together, Lin and Stoudemire have formed to be a great pick-and-roll combination.

Fans are worried that Carmelo Anthony will disrupt the chemistry when he returns at the end of the week. I think Anthony will buy into the system and with Lin setting Anthony up, I think it makes the individuals and the team that much better. The Knicks are now at the .500 mark thanks to this winning streak and D'Antoni's job for the time being is saved. It's inevitable that the Knicks will lose some games with Lin (they are 7-0 in games Lin has played). For the time being, Knicks' fans are enjoying the ride.

Manhattanville Hockey

The Manhattanville Valiants men's hockey team traveled to Utica on Friday February 3rd. I was back at my Alma Mater, my new team facing my old team. It was great being back in Utica again and seeing my old teammates, coaches, friends, and professors. It felt weird being back. I had that weird feeling the whole game but it was still a great experience. The Valiants won the first game 5-1.

The two teams had a rematch the next night at Rye Playland. The Pioneers smoked us 9-3. You can't predict these ECAC West games. Anything can happen on any given night.

A.J: Thank goodness the Utica saga is over, at least until the playoffs possibly.

I checked the schedule and the Valiants next road game against Morrisville was going to be played in Clinton, just down the road from Utica, because of a Youth Hockey Fundraiser.

A.J: Wow!!

I have been in Clinton quite a few times but I never been to their rink. I heard a lot about it though. I know that's the place where the Pioneers practice before the ice gets placed at the AUD after the circus leaves.

The next weekend we traveled to Clinton. We were minutes away from the rink. This is usually the part of the trip where I begin to concentrate and focus on the upcoming game at hand. Then I saw the Hotel Utica building, "The AUD", and downtown Utica from the bus. Later down the road, I saw Murnane Field and Chanatry's Super Market. I couldn't believe it. I tried to see if I could get a glimpse of the Utica College campus but no luck. My concentration was disrupted. Utica was distracting me from mentally-preparing for the game.

We arrived at the Clinton Arena and it was a cool (no pun intended) rink. I pictured the rink being brutal but it was a nice rink. I wouldn't mind watching hockey games in those nice blue seats they had.

As for the game, the Valiants blew out the Mustangs 9-3 and clinched a home playoff game. Scott Hudson tallied a hat-trick. The Valiants have one more regular season weekend left before the ECAC West tournament. ECAC West Seeding and NCAA Tournament implications are on the line for all of the teams in the ECAC West.

On the way back home from the game, I looked around the city of Utica one more time. I looked to the left and despite being on the highway in the dark, I saw the Utica College Library on the campus of Utica College in the distance. I finally saw Utica College again.

I'm the Autistic Sports Nerd, have a good day guys!