Hey guys, the Autistic Sports Nerd here.
I'm so sorry it's been so long since my last post. In fact, it's been almost a month since my last post and I usually have one post out per week. Don't worry, I'm back!
After suffering a tough loss to Western New England in Massachusetts earlier in the week, the Valiants hockey team hosted a very tough Williams team at Playland in a Sunday matinee. It was an intense hockey team as the Valiants and Ephs skated to a 1-1 tie. The Valiants played a great game against a team that is just outside of being nationally-ranked. The Valiants spent a lot of time in Williams' zone and executed a lot of scoring chances and the goal-tending and defense of Manhattanville was solid. It was a huge bounce-back game from the one at Western New England.
Next up for the Valiants is a key conference game against the Utica Pioneers at Rye Playland. The Utica Pioneers, they sound familiar. Oh yeah, that's my Alma Mater and the team I have worked for for the past four years. I have to put my emotions aside for this one. It's a key conference game between two great teams with no unnecessary baggage or drama added. I did run into Coach Heenan when the Valiants were at Neumann. It was great seeing him again.
After getting back home from the rink, I watched the Steelers-Chiefs game. Pittsburgh hung on for the victory. The Chiefs are always a tough team to play against at Kansas City because of their atmosphere and their vocal fans. Pittsburgh moves into a tie with Baltimore as they are both 8-3.
Tim Tebow does it again! This guy never ceases to amaze me. Another come-back performance as the Broncos beat the Chargers 16-13. The guy can't throw but he can help his team come from behind and win. I've never seen a quarterback performance like it. I'm hearing "Tebow, Tebow!" in the same I heard " (Justin) Bieber, Bieber!" all over the television. I find the "Tebow, Tebow!" talk a lot more interesting because I like sports and I am not a fan of Bieber.
The Jets win a close one against the Bills to remain alive in the playoff race. I think the Jets have the potential to turn it around and make the playoffs. For the past couple of years, they have played really well down the stretch to close out regular seasons. I think they have another run in them.
The Packers are still perfect. However, if you watched their game in Detroit (speaking of which, I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving) you noticed that Green Bay does not like to run the ball at all. On third and short and fourth and one, Aaron Rodgers always likes to throw those deep bombs. If the Packers play in bad weather games in the future, their lack of running game could cost them.
The Cowboys are currently a half a game up on my Giants in the NFC East. The Giants have a huge game tomorrow night at New Orleans. The Saints have had the Giants' number the past few games they have played each other. Interesting to note, the Giants and Cowboys have yet to play each other. They play each other twice in the last four games of the season. My fellow Giants' fans can whine about the G-Men's brutal schedule all they want but if the Giants can't take care of business against the Cowboys, they obviously don't deserve to make it to the playoffs.
Let's talk about a team that will not be making the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck (fresh off of beating my Notre Dame Fighting Irish) after watching the Colts play the past couple of weeks has to be trying to figure out a way to get a fifth year of eligibility to play for Stanford. Did Peyton Manning really mean that much to the Colts?
Indy is 0-11 now. I think even the bye week defeated them this season. From the NFL elite to the NFL laughing stock in just one year. It's amazing. I think the Colts should draft Luck and trade Peyton Manning for some valuable pieces on the defense and/or offense. Imagine Peyton Manning playing for the Vikings, Redskins, or Chiefs?
I love hockey. If I was advertising hockey to some friends who i would want them to start liking the sport, I would not show them the start of that Flyers-Lightning game a few weeks back where Tampa Bay executed the 1-3-1 trap and the Flyers were cycling in their own zone with the puck for 40 seconds. Believe it or not, I'm on Tampa Bay's side on this one. Dump the puck in the neutral zone, fore-check, get the puck back and play hockey. If you are a skilled team, you can find a way.
Speaking of the Lightning, they already played the Panthers five times this year. Keep in mind that each team plays each other in their own division six times a year. We are barely two months into the season and these two teams have played each other five times already? Who made this schedule up? Lightning fans probably have the entire Florida roster memorized and vice-versa.
Enough about what I don't currently like in the NHL and let's talk about what I do like in the NHL like the Rangers beating the Capitals on the road and the Flyers at home in back-to-back games and back-to-back days. I think this is going to be a special year for the Rangers.
After a slow start, the Bruins won 10 in a row before falling to the Red Wings in a shootout. It seems the Stanley Cup hangover is over in Boston. The Maple Leafs and Oilers are having great starts to the season. It's always a great sign to see these traditional NHL teams have success.
The Sabres, who are without Ryan Miller, derailed Washington in Buffalo the other night. The Capitals won their first eight games of the season but now they are sliding down and they are in a huge slump. I've said it before but I will say it again, I'm glad the Winnipeg Jets are back in the NHL. Now, bring back the Quebec Nordiques and then we'll really be talking.
For all of you wrestling fans out there, how awesome was it seeing the Rock wrestle for the first time in seven years? It was awesome to me. In fact, the Rock's last match before leaving wrestling was Wrestlemania XX at Madison Square Garden. His first match in seven years took place at Survivor Series which was also at Madison Square Garden.
He and John Cena (his future opponent at this year's Wrestlemania) teamed up to take on the Miz and R-Truth in a tag-team match. Cena and the Rock won their match and the Rock gave Cena his finishing move, "The Rock-Bottom" after the match.
That same night, CM Punk beat Alberto Del Rio to win the WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan will face Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship this week on Smackdown in a steel-cage match while Punk and Del Rio have a WWE Championship rematch this week on RAW. I predict Henry and Punk win both of their matches.
I think within the next couple of weeks, Daniel Bryan cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Punk successfully and wins the WWE Championship, tunring heel in the process. Punk wins the Royal Rumble and takes on Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 28 and Mark Henry keeps the World Heavyweight Championship until WrestleMania 28 and he defends it against Sheamus.
You all have heard about the Penn State scandal. I am not going to go into details about what happened but I think it was the right move for Joe Paterno to be fired. He should have done more to help with the situation. I'm a huge sports' fan but there are many things that are way more important than sports and taking care of this situation is one of them. I feel bad for the real victims in this case. It's a pity that Paterno's reputation and legacy is now ruined. No sympathy for Paterno obviously since he tried to cover the situation up. Overall him getting fired was the right move.
The NBA is (unofficially) back! I think there are still a few things to sort out but from what I heard, there shouldn't be an issue. the NBA is scheduled to begin a 66 game season that starts off on Christmas day with three games: The Knicks take on the Celtics at Madison Square Garden (Go Knicks!), the Heat at the Mavericks in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals (Miami's big three having to watch Dallas raise its Championship Banner) and the Bulls at the Lakers (what could be a preview of this year's NBA Finals). Those are pretty good Christmas presents right there. It sure took the players and owners long enough but finally, it looks like there will be an NBA season. Remember last time when the NBA had a shortened regular season in 1999? The Knicks made it to the NBA Finals. Hopefully that happens again in this year's shortened season.
I'm the Autistic Sports Nerd, have a good day guys!