“It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Through five games, the San Francisco 49ers have done just that. Excluding a bump in the road against Minnesota, the 49ers have been downright terrorizing their opponents. Thus far, they have definitely been making teams pay for suffering a devastating loss in the 2011 NFC championship game to the New York Giants. The 49ers will have their first crack at the Giants since the crushing defeat when the two teams meet at Candlestick Park. With more than just a game at stake, here are three things to watch for.
1. The Struggling Giants Pass Rush
Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, and Jason Pierre Paul have led the vaunted Giants pass rush over the past few years. A key part in the Giants’ success has been that they have the ability to get pressure on the opposing quarterback with just a four-man rush. Well, they have struggled to do that this season. The Giants have just eight sacks on the season, a number they definitely want to improve upon.
Magic, skill, or luck? Destiny, a fluke, or divine intervention? There are quite a few played out terms that can be used to describe the result of the National League Divisional Series between the Reds and the Giants. I’ll go with “historic comeback of epic proportions.”
The Reds took the first two games of the series in San Francisco. Not only did the Reds win the two games and take a 2-0 advantage going back home to Cincinnati for 3 games, they won handily. The Giants only managed to scrape across two runs in the two games. The Giants left San Francisco more disheveled than Brian Wilson’s beard. Their offense was so bad that the Reds’ starters looked like Cy Young-caliber pitchers.
Spanish soccer powerhouses collide again on Sunday. Real Madrid takes on archrival Barcelona in the first ‘Clasico’ of La Liga’s season (the two teams met twice in the Spanish Supercopa which Real Madrid won). While Barcelona is continuing to dominate in La Liga, Madrid has had a tough go of the early season. Barcelona is a perfect 6-0, good for 18 points, while Real is 3-1-2 (or 3-2-1 for American readers), accumulating ten points, good for seventh place. Records aside, this shapes up to be another fabulous match up between two soccer goliaths. Here are three things to watch for.
The 3-1 San Francisco 49ers square off against the 2-2 Buffalo Bills in San Francisco this Sunday. The 49ers are coming off a thorough destruction of the New York Jets while the Bills lost big time to the Patriots 52-28. It looks like this is going to be a very good contest, and here are three things to watch for in the game.
- 1. CJ Spiller vs. the 49ers Run Defense
Spiller is eighth in the NFL with 341 yards rushing. He has also added 119 receiving yards. Spiller is a very dynamic and dangerous running back. The 49ers have been absolute terrors to running backs over the last season and a half. In 2011, they allowed ONE rushing touchdown. Yes, ONE. The league knows that it’s an uphill battle trying to run on the Niners, so Spiller and Fred Jackson will have their work cut out for them.
2012 MLB Award Predictions: Who Will Win MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of The Year & Comeback Player Awards?
The 2012 MLB regular season has come to a rather dramatic close. Commissioner Bud Selig and fans were not left disappointed come game 162. Entering Wednesday’s games, only the Wild Card teams in the NL and both third seeds (Giants and Tigers) had been determined. The Reds and Nationals were still fighting for the top seed in the NL, while the A’s, Orioles, Rangers, and Yankees all fought to win their respective divisions and stay out of the Wild Card game. But now that the madness has subsided for the time being (except Oakland, keep partying, that was a memorable run), it’s time to put the season in perspective. Here are my predictions for the 2012 awards season.
NL MVP: C Buster Posey, Giants
2nd: OF Ryan Braun, Brewers
3rd: OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Other high vote getter: C Yadier Molina, Cardinals