IT’S MARCH MADNESS: The Weekly Sports World Writer’s Bracket Challenge!

Oh March, what a perfect time of year! Spring is in the air, the people are coming out of “hibernation” to enjoy the warm weather, and most importantly……IT’S MARCH MADNESS!!! The roar of the crowd, the clutch shots, the upsets; there’s just a rush of excitement and energy that comes over fans whether you are at the game or not. I can remember vividly, watching these games with my dad every year, bracket in hand as we talk about why we chose certain teams for certain matchups.

You better believe that every year, my dad and I would have a bracket ready to go before the start of the tournament as we try to see who’s bracket was superior. When I first started making brackets, around 7th grade, my picks were a bit strange at best; (but really, no pick is a bad pick when it comes to the tourney). But as I grew older, and my knowledge for sports began to expand, my .500 winning brackets started to improve, and the family bracket challenge started to get alot more intense.

But now, we have a “Writer’s Challenge” going on here with the guys at Weekly Sports World, and JArcher and JMalec have been saying they will have the best brackets. But remember guys, it’s March, it’s the most unpredictable time of year, and anything can happen.

So, having said that, let’s take a run through of my bracket and some of the highlights that exist within it;

Round of 64;

Texas/Northern Iowa: Winner-Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa has been one of those sneaky teams this season; beating top teams like North Carolina and Iowa State, as well as finishing the season 2-1 against Wichita State. I believe the jump-shooting team from Iowa has the Longhorns number, and will advance to the next round.

Iowa State/Iona: Winner-Iona

Now as we all know, the NCAA Tournament is one of the most unpredictable tournaments in sports, and upsets can come at ANY time. This is one of those upsets, and I see the Gaels of Iona (averaging 79.6 PPG) stunning Iowa State and moving on to play Purdue in the next round.

Round of 32;

Oregon/Saint Joseph’s: Winner- Saint Joseph’s

I don’t know why, but for some reason I just don’t see Oregon making it past the 2nd round, and I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the fact they have averaged relatively the same amount of Points Per Game and Opponent Points Per Game? Or it could just be that random “upset” pick you need to throw in your bracket sometimes.

Utah/Seton Hall: Winner-Seton Hall

Seton Hall has been on a roll recently, upsetting Villanova to win the Big East tournament. With momentum on their side, they should be able to escape this second round game, but it won’t be easy. Both Seton Hall and Utah are 29 and 30 respectively in the BPI rankings, which should make for a fun and intense game.

“Sweet Sixteen”:

Virginia/Purdue: Winner- Purdue

Virginia might have a great defense; only allowing 59.7 PPG as a team. But, Purdue has a powerhouse of an offense, scoring 77.7 points per game. In addition to that, Purdue has the 7 foot tall defensive player of the year A.J. Hammons in the paint to help create chaos for the Cavaliers. Put Hammons together with the assortment of jump-shooters that Purdue has, and Virginia doesn’t stand a chance.

“Elite Eight”:

Oklahoma/Baylor: Winner- Baylor

The wheels of the “Sooner Schooner” fall off in the elite eight, as Player of the Year Candidate Buddy Hield and company are going to fall to the Baylor Bears; effectively ending their season.

“Final Four”:

Kansas/Baylor: Winner- Kansas

Kansas is a dominant program and a dominant team, especially this year against the Baylor Bears. The Jayhawks are going to have a tough road ahead of them during the tournament, but they should be able to continue their winning streak against the Bears in the Final Four; (Jayhawks currently 3-0 against Baylor).

North Carolina/Michigan State: Winner- North Carolina

North Carolina comes into the Tournament as the outright #1 favorite over everyone, and will most likely be facing the red-hot Spartans for a chance to move on to the Championship. This will without-a-doubt be the closest game of the tournament, but I see North Carolina escaping by a hair with the W.

National Championship Game:

North Carolina/Kansas: Winner- North Carolina

After a long, and treacherous season, we have finally made it to the Championship! It will be two storied programs, and two Hall-of-Fame coaches facing off for the right to be called the 2015-2016 NCAA Tournament Champions. Now, I completely take back what I said about the North Carolina/Michigan State game; THIS will be the closest game of the tournament. With all due respect, this might go down as an instant classic! But UNC, with the BEST BPI in all of College Basketball, will somehow find a way to drop the Jayhawks, and be crowned Tournament Champions!

Thank you very much for reading this, and if you would like to see the full bracket, you can look below here;

Blog Bracket

Also, keep an eye out for JMalec and JArcher’s brackets!

THANKS TO:

http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2016/en/bracket?metricSource=mem_module (All Matchups, and stats were found throughout the different features of this blank bracket.)

 

 

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Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks: SUPER BOWL

The Super Bowl is all set, and we are less then 3 hours away from seeing Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. So far, with the way the Panthers have dominated the opposition this season, alot of people are confidently choosing them to win Super Bowl 50. But, I’m not completely sold on that. I think the Broncos have a pretty good chance to win this game, but it will end up being a very close shootout all the way until the clock hits zero in the 4th quarter.

During the postseason, the Carolina Panthers have seen some of the toughest defenses in the league from the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals; and they’ve beat them both. Against the Seahawks, to start; the Panthers ended up scoring 31 unanswered points in the first half before getting outscored 24-0 in the second half. Although the defense was stout in the beginning, they were almost nonexistent in the second; leading to the Seahawks almost coming back and tying the game up.

Then, there was Carolina vs. Arizona……….. There’s not really much to say about that now is there?

Anyway, the point I’m trying to get at is even though they have faced teams with dominating defenses this season, Denver is a whole new force. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware coming around the outside will be able to put an intense pressure on Cam Newton that will help contain him to an extent from scrambling out of the pocket, as well as hurry up his throws like this defense did to Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game. In addition to that, the Denver secondary is one of the best secondaries in the league this year; posting a league leading 23 interceptions as a team this season. Minus Greg Olsen, the Carolina receivers are not going to stand a chance against the likes of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

Having said that, the Carolina defense is no joke either, just look at the start of their playoffs as an example. But, the young Panthers defense has not faced a quarterback with the football IQ that Peyton Manning has. Personally, it is safe to say that Peyton Manning is arguably the smartest quarterback in the league right now with the ability to read a defense and audible a billion times to counteract what he sees. Out of all the intangibles that Peyton has in his arsenal, his IQ is going to be what keeps the Broncos in this game, and it is going to be his IQ that will play a pivotal role in their road to winning this Super Bowl.

In the end, this is going to be one hell of a game that, in my opinion, will go down to the wire. The spread, which is currently at 5.5, is very deceiving, and I personally do not see this game being decided by a touchdown. To sum it all up, with the strengths of these defenses, you are going to see both of these teams go to the air alot more than the ground game, (both Denver and Carolina are ranked 3rd and 4th respectively in rushing yards allowed per game). And in the end, I have the Broncos winning this game by a slim margin; 24-21.

Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks: NFL Championship Round

The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs was absolutely more entertaining than the Wild Card Round, with each game being decided by seven points at the most. The Seattle vs. Carolina game even got entertaining after the Seahawks tried to make a comeback in the second half; scoring 24 unanswered points compared to the Panthers zero second half points. But, it wasn’t enough, as the Panthers went on to win it anyway. Now that we have our teams set, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for the Championship Round of the NFL Playoffs;

New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos: On Sunday, we are going to be seeing another installment of the Brady/Manning rivalry; which will take place in Denver for the AFC Championship. The Broncos are going into this game with the best defense remaining of the four teams versus, well, Tom Brady. But how good is Tom Brady normally in the postseason against top ranked defenses?

Well, according to Cameron DaSilva of Fox Sports, Tom Brady is currently undefeated (3-0) against top defenses in the playoffs. That’s especially something to be said with the ever-changing carousel of receivers that Brady goes through. It shows that even though the receivers change, Tom can still be the elite quarterback that he is and carve up even the best of defenses.

On the other side, we have Peyton Manning; (insert endorsement jingle). Peyton Manning came on strong recently, finishing his game against the Steelers with 222 yards on 56.8% completion. The problem with that is he did not throw a single touchdown in that game, with all of the Broncos offense coming from C.J. Anderson and the right leg of Brandon McManus.

Overall, the Patriots are currently favored by 3 for this game, and it’s really tough to pick against a quarterback as elite as Tom Brady. But, in the end, I think I’m going to have to go with the Broncos to win this game by a score of 27-24. Denver already beat New England earlier in the year in overtime, and I believe that they will repeat that magic and beat the Patriots once again. I also do not believe that the Patriots receivers will last against the elite secondary that Denver currently has.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers: These two teams were on complete opposite sides of the spectrum last week when it came to their respective games. Arizona, on one hand, had an extremely close game against the Green Bay Packers that had to be decided in overtime. Then Carolina, on the other hand, demolished the Seattle Seahawks to start the game; putting up 31 unanswered points. But, they started to take their foot off the gas, as they allowed Seattle to climb all the way back to within a touchdown before sealing the game up in the 4th.

Arizona, to start, had one of the best offenses this season; averaging a league leading 408.3 yards per game to go along with their second best 30.6 points per game. They were also in the Top 5 for defenses in the league, giving up an average of 321.7 YDS per game, and 19.6 points per game. The big problem that I have with them is that they had to go to overtime against a Green Bay team that hasn’t been the top notch team that we are use to seeing from them.

Then, you have Carolina, who has been the best team in the league for the entire season; finishing the year off at 15-1 and beating the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. When it comes to offense, the Cardinals might’ve had the second best scoring offense in the league; but the Panthers had THE BEST scoring offense at 31.3. We also saw how stellar their defense could be, holding Seattle to zero first half points last week. But, sticking with that game, we all saw that Carolina couldn’t hold off Seattle as the Seahawks were able to climb back to within 7.

In this game, we are going to be seeing two of the best offenses in the league squaring off for the right to be called NFC Champions. So with that being said, it looks like this is going to turn into a game centered around the defenses, and who can stand up the strongest. So because of that, and from what I saw last week, right now I am going with Carolina to win by a score of 27-24. This is going to be a relatively high scoring game, with both sides trading shots back and forth. But, in the end, I think Carolina will continue their dominance and move on to the Super Bowl to face the Denver Broncos. But, as a side note, don’t be surprised to see this game go into overtime, or even the Cardinals winning this game with the way we saw Carolina’s defense fall apart last week.

COMMENT BELOW with your picks!

 

THANKS TO:

DaSilva, Cameron. “Brady’s Record against No. 1 Defenses Is (probably) What You’d Expect.” FOX Sports. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC., 20 Jan. 2016. Web. 21 Jan. 2016. <http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/new-england-patriots-denver-broncos-playoffs-tom-brady-defense-012016&gt;.
ESPN.com. “NFL Total Offense/Defense Statistics-2015.” ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 2016. Web. 21 Jan. 2016. <http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/total/seasontype/2&gt;.

Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks: NFL Divisional Round

That, that was an interesting weekend for football; especially during the late game on Saturday between the Bengals and the Steelers. Besides the Chiefs and Texans game, the other three WildCard games that were played this past weekend were very entertaining to say the least; with the Steelers and Seahawks winning by a combined 3 points. In addition to that, even though the Packers did end up winning against the Redskins by a large margin, I was happy to see Washington keep it relatively close until the collapse late in the game. Hopefully, as we make our way into the second week of the playoffs, these games continue to be close and entertaining throughout. So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs;

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots: There are a few points on this game that I would like to hit real quick. One, Jeremy Maclin is questionable for the game, and he is one of their top two receivers next to TE Travis Kelce for Kansas City. Two, the Kansas City Chiefs ended the season with one of the best defenses in the league, while the Patriots finished with a 9th and 10th ranked defense for yards per game and points per game in the league respectively. With these two points in mind, even though the Patriots are favored by 4.5, I’m going to choose the underdog Chiefs to win in a NAIL-BITER by a score of 21-20.

Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals: It took a little bit, but the Packers really lit up the scoreboard at the end of their game this past weekend. But, going up against a tough Cardinals squad, I really do not see the Pack surviving and moving on to the next round of the playoffs. Even with “Honey Badger” not in the secondary for Arizona, I believe that Arizona’s defense will have enough talent to shut down the Packers like they did early in the year. In the end, I believe that Arizona will win in commanding fashion by a score of 31-14.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers: Overall, with both squads having stellar offenses and pretty good defenses, this will end up being one of the closest games we will see this weekend. But personally, I think that Seattle is going to figure out the Panthers defense in order to win this game, even with Marshawn Lynch possibly not 100%. This is going to be a very close game and I really just want to call this a Pick ‘Em, or a Toss up! But in the end, I’m going to take the Seahawks to win by a score of 21-20.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos: The Steelers are coming off of a tough WildCard game against the Cincinnati Bengals where they were basically in one big ol’ brawl from whistle to whistle…ish! So, now they have a well-rested Denver Broncos squad, in Denver, and possibly without their star wideout Antonio Brown. With Denver having arguably the best defense right now and Pittsburgh possibly losing their star for the game, I see Denver winning this game by a score of 21-17.

COMMENT BELOW your picks for this week!

Weekly Sports Worlds Weekly Picks: WildCard Round

It’s here everyone, the time of the year that we were all waiting for; it is playoff time! Ahh, playoff time; the time when the garbage is tossed aside and the best teams come out to play. It is also the time when teams with worse records than Wild Card teams end up hosting playoff games because they were the shiniest turd that rose to the top of their toilet bowl-like division. But regardless, it is still a great time of year with great football to be played.

For those who have been playing at home, Weekly Sports World finished the regular season with a total 146-106 record (minus the two Thursday Night games that I missed). Now, it’s time to move into the playoffs! So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for the first week of the 2015 NFL Playoffs;

Kansas City beats Houston: Kansas City is going into this game on a ten game winning streak, while Houston is squeaking into the playoffs after winning the lousy AFC South. I believe that KC will continue this run into the playoffs and beat Houston by a score of 24-17.

Cincinnati beats Pittsburgh: This will be an interesting matchup, with the Bengals more-than-likely starting AJ McCarron over the injured Andy Dalton. In addition to the injury conversation, the Steelers are currently keeping tabs on DeAngelo Williams after he left this previous week with an injured ankle. If he can’t go, this will become very challenging for Pittsburgh’s running game. But overall, I believe that the Bengals will prevail in a VERY CLOSE game; winning by a score of 21-17.

Seattle beats Minnesota: Minnesota gained the opportunity to host their first playoff game after defeating the Green Bay Packers in the last week of the regular season. But now, they face an even tougher opponent in the Seattle Seahawks, who have one of the top defenses in the league; especially against the rush. This will definitely put some pressure on Teddy Bridgewater, as AP will probably see a decrease in numbers because of the stout defense that Seattle has. Overall, I see Seattle moving on to the next round, as I have them winning this game in dominant fashion by a score of 31-17.

Green Bay beats Washington: This is going to be one of the closer games of the playoffs, as Green Bay hasn’t been themselves recently and Washington has been playing very well. Really, if I was setting up odds, I would call this a “pick-’em” game with how close they are. But, I believe that Aaron Rodgers is going to show up for this game and show why he is one of the most elite QB’s in the game today. In the end, this is going to be a shoot out, but I see the Pack winning this game by the hair; score 21-20.

Weekly Sports World Podcast Begins January!

I am happy to announce that Weekly Sports World will be starting a weekly podcast show beginning in January. This show will focus on different sports stories, and my opinions on the matters. The goal for this show is to provide another avenue to express opinions on sports topics besides just the text-based content that has been posted.

A little bit of background before the first podcast airs; it will be a mixture of sports thoughts, game picks, trivia games, and other ideas to keep fans entertained. These shows will be recorded shows, not live (sorry), and will be located on the main page every week in 30-45ish minute segments. Regarding the language being used during the show, this show will not be safe for anyone under the age of 16 without adult supervision. If you don’t like the language that will be used during the show, well then don’t listen to it.

I would also like to keep the fans engaged during the show as well. Fans will have the opportunity to tweet the show throughout the week, and possibly have them read on the podcast when I record it on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. In addition to that, you can also send messages to the Weekly Sports World Facebook page as well if you don’t happen to have a Twitter. Then, there will soon be a text line where fans could text their questions in as well. You can begin to send in these questions through social media NOW using the hashtag; #TheWorldsPodcast

This show will not replace the articles that are normally posted on this site, just add to the content.

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Finally, I hope that everyone is having an amazing holiday season so far, and I hope that everyone has a Happy and Safe New Year.

Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks: Week 17

Here it is folks, the final week of the NFL season. It’s that time of year where we see Divisions played for, home field decided, and some star players sitting. It’s been one hell of a ride, and we are finally here. So, after a 10-4 week last week, for the final time this regular season, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 17 of the NFL season;

New York Jets beats Buffalo

New England beats Miami

Atlanta beats New Orleans

Cincinnati beats Baltimore

Pittsburgh beats Cleveland

Jacksonville beats Houston

Indianapolis beats Tennessee

Dallas beats Washington

Philadelphia beats New York Giants

Detroit beats Chicago

Carolina beats Tampa Bay

Kansas City beats Oakland

Denver beats San Diego

Arizona beats Seattle

St. Louis beats San Francisco

Minnesota beats Green Bay

COMMENT below with your picks!

Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks: Week 16

In week 15, Weekly Sports World saw one of it’s best records as of late; posting an 11-4 record (I know I missed the Thursday game). Not alot of surprise wins that came out of Week 15, but I was a little surprised that the Falcons actually beat the Jaguars with the way both teams have been playing. But overall, still an entertaining week of football. But now, it’s on to Week 16, and we are one week closer to the end of the season. So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 16 of the 2015 NFL Season;

Oakland beats San Diego

Washington beats Philadelphia

New England beats New York Jets

Houston beats Tennessee

Kansas City beats Cleveland

Indianapolis beats Miami

Detroit beats San Francisco

Buffalo beats Dallas

Tampa Bay beats Chicago

Carolina beats Atlanta

Pittsburgh beats Baltimore

Jacksonville beats New Orleans

Seattle beats St. Louis

Arizona beats Green Bay

Minnesota beats New York Giants

Denver beats Cincinnati

COMMENT below with your picks!

Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks: Week 15

After a mediocre 8-7 week last week, (minus the Thursday Night Game), we now move into Week 15 of the 2015 NFL Season. I’ve made some bad picks, I can admit that, but it’s a new week now, and that makes for a whole boat load of new games! So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 15 of the 2015 NFL Season (minus the Thursday Game *Sorry again*);

New York Jets beat Dallas

Minnesota beats Chicago

Jacksonville beats Atlanta

Houston beats Indianapolis

Carolina beats New York Giants

New England beats Tennessee

Washington beats Buffalo

Kansas City beats Baltimore

Seattle beats Cleveland

Oakland beats Green Bay

Denver beats Pittsburgh (This will be a close one)

Miami beats San Diego

Cincinnati beats San Francisco

Arizona beats Philadelphia

Detroit beats New Orleans

COMMENT below with your picks!