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Tips to get Your Girl to Watch Sports in 2009

As the year ends, sports viewership continues to rise. With classic moments such as:

-Basketball Rivals Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers Go Head-to-Head
-New York Giants Stomp Unbeaten New England Patriots in the Superbowl
-Nadal Defeats Federer in Five Sets
-Michael Phelps Drowns Swimmers with 8 Medals

Green Bay Packers Sports Fan

Green Bay Packers Sports Fan

Who wouldn’t have wanted to watch male-testosterone, competition based events with sweat, anger and adrenaline? Your significant other you say…? Well, if you missed out on 2008’s greatest moments, you may want to make sure the love of your life is ready for 2009. You sacrificed enough if you missed ANY of the above mentions. Do not let yourself get trapped into the ballet, babysitting or watching chick flicks like Mean Girls.

Follow the steps below and you just might catch some action on the tube…Or live if you’re lucky. Hell, you may even get to go to a Superbowl party early next year if you take this matter seriously.

Barter with Her:
You’re always forced into doing things with her, why can’t she reciprocate? Tighten your belt and voice your thoughts. Spend an evening with her going shopping so she can spend a day with you watching a game. If that doesn’t work, beg to do housework.

Keep Her Comfortable:
If bartering was tough, chances are she’s going to need a lot of time to warm up to the concept of competition. This isn’t drama to see which girl can outdo the other in b*tch@$ness, this is the result of gladiators hard at work. For her first few viewings, make sure you’re in a quiet setting so her ears aren’t pounding from raging drunken men at bars. Allow her to chill and learn the game – Yes, this means you have to explain it to her. Not ideal, but at least she’s open to it now.

Remind Her It’s Quality Time:
Whether you’re watching the game or getting pedicures, in the end it’s quality time that matters. Assure her that you’re not just into the game (even if you are) and that you would like the best of both worlds…As would she.

Watch Eye Candy Sports:
Let’s face it, women love fantasizing about men just as much as we love wet dreams of XXX models – The only difference is their fantasies are more likely to happen. Ask your significant other who she’s fond of and watch that athlete’s games. David Beckham? Tom Brady? Kobe Bryant? Let her watch him as you watch the rest of them. She may be watching for a completely different reason, but hey, at least she’s shut up and allowing you to do your thing.

Develop Emotional Ties:
Did she go to a college with a good athletics program? Is she passionate about her hometown or residential city? Let her get attached to the teams so she wants to watch them play.

Play with Her:
Toss the ball around and teach her the skills needed to play the game. She just may understand what its all about and join in the fun. She might even become your cheerleader for when you play pick up games.

Buy Her Gear:
Be sure to buy her team attire. It’s a whole different ball game for a fan when they’re representing a team. Buy her a cute jersey, sweatshirt or better yet a thong with her favorite team’s logo. Who knows what the excitement could lead to…

Good luck and Happy New Year in advance!


Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 30, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, College Football, Features & Opinions, General, NBA, NFL, Olympic Sports, Soccer | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best/Worst NFL Desicions of 2008

With the New Year right around the corner, let’s look back at a few of the best and worst decisions of the 2008 NFL season.

BEST:

1)  Starting rookie quarterbacks–Choosing to start young guns Matt Ryan and Joe Flacoo truly paid off for the Falcons and Ravens, respectively.  Both players managed the game well, looked poised in the pocket, and limited their mistakes.  Ryan and Flacoo never hit a rookie wall and just may have changed the thought around the league that rookie quarterbacks should never hit the football field early.

2)  Michael Turner to the Falcons–While everyone knew that Turner had great ability, no one knew quite what to expect from Tomlinson’s career backup.  Turner’s decision to go to Atlanta was met with skepticism, as the big man signed with one of the worst teams of 2007.  Seventeen touchdowns later, Turner was the best free agent signing of the 2008.

Matt Cassell

Matt Cassell

3)  Keeping Matt Cassell–A career backup everywhere he went, the Patriots made a great decision in both developing Cassell and not cutting him.  For years, Cassell looked awful in pre-season games, and he was close to being cut several times over the years.  The Patriots were smart in keeping Cassell around, as Tom Brady’s injury proved how necessary it is to have a quality back-up.

WORST:

1)  Not Trading Derek Anderson–This is not hindsight.  The Browns should’ve traded Anderson the minute after the pro-bowl ended.  His numbers last season looked good, but Anderson faltered down the stretch in 2007.  His ineptitude against the Bengals in December of 2007 cost the Browns a playoff birth.  And Anderson couldn’t hit his receivers in the pro bowl–a game that doesn’t allow opposing defenses to blitz.  GM Phil Savage refused to trade Anderson and closed the door on the possibility of a training camp competiton involving Brady Quinn.  Anderson eventually signed a long term contract with Cleveland, and Phil Savage simultaneously signed his own death warrant.

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

2)  Jets Release Chad Pennington–Pennington was always a pretty good quarterback.  Not great, but he did a lot of things well and was football smart.  While one cannot argue that his weak arm is better suited in warm Miami than cold New York, Pennington was always good for minimizing his mistakes.  Favre, while certainly a gun slinger, is a turnover machine.  The choice to trade for Brett Favre and subsequently release Pennington came back to bite them in week 17.  It also cost Eric Mangini his head coaching job.

3)  PacMan Jones Gets a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Chance–This is all on Roger Goodell.  At some point, a man such as PacMan Jones needs to learn that his beahvoir is not acceptable, and that priveleges he has enjoyed in the past will be stripped away due to his reckless behaivor.  Regarding Jones and the NFL, his priveleges were always taken away–but only temporarily.  Whether it’s his dozens of arrests, his fight at a night club which resulted in someone getting shot and paralyzed, or his “incident” with his own bodyguard, it’s clear that PacMan Jones just doesn’t “get it.”  And for someone who acts so stupid off the field, he should’ve forver lost the privelege to suit up and play.

December 30, 2008 Posted by | NFL, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ragin’s Fav Five Hoop Commercials

With the new year approaching and a SLOW work week, I present the best five NBA commercials of my time. I threw in a lot of old school commercials with some new flavor as well. Jordan was the king but we gave Lebron some love. Rank these commercials yourself. Let me know what you think.

Michael Jordan — Gatorade

The song alone deserves a Grammy. It always get’s me amped up…sometimes I dream!

Jordan vs. Bird — McDonald’s

Classic commercial, had to throw in the legend Larry Bird. I’m suddenly hungry.

Lebron — Nike

Even though I’m not his biggest fan, commercial was solid.

Michael Jordan — Nike

Slow Motion MJ, that’s the only time you could catch his moves.

Lil Penny and Gheorghe Muresan — ESPN

Hilarious!

RaginRondo

December 30, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , | 1 Comment

Wild Card Playoff Picture

Does Peyton have what it takes to make a playoff run??

Does Peyton have what it takes to make a playoff run??

The NFL Playoffs start this weekend and I’m more excited to watch the postseason unfold than I was for my high school prom. Mainly because I love football, but also because my prom date looked like Marshawn Lynch.

Now, the StatDragon isn’t one for tooting his own horn, but he’s not one to let his genius be overlooked either. Last year I predicted correctly on 8 of the 11 postseason games, including a NY Giant Super Bowl birth (I was embarrassed to have wrongly predicted the Pats as Super Bowl Champs).

Lets take a look at the wild card match ups this weekend:

#5 Indianapolis Colts @ #4 San Diego Chargers (AFC)

 

I used to be scared of LaDainian Tomlinson. Now I’m scared of anyone coming out of that backfield. Darren Sproles has added a lot to the offense in attempts to relieve LT and keep fresh legs out on the field and the Colts run defense is (capitol W) WEAK. However, the Colts are riding a hot streak with 2 months of consecutive wins in their back pocket. I can’t think of any other quarterback that I’d least like to face in the post season than Peyton Manning (yes, over Tom Brady). And keep this in mind; although there are questions regarding the Colts defense, they rank 8 better than they did the season they won the Super Bowl. StatDragon takes the Colts in this matchup, and likes the potential of longevity for them in the postseason.

#6 Baltimore Ravens @ #3 Miami Dolphins (AFC)

 

Don’t let the rankings fool you here. These teams share the same regular season record and are relatively, closely matched. While Miami has the home field advantage and a tricky ‘wildcat formation’ to boot, they only rank 12th in the league in offense this year, and 15th in defense. The Ravens will come into Miami with a hard-nosed 2nd ranked defense and (mediocre) 18th ranked O. Because I found myself so baffled regarding the Dolphins improvement this year I did some research. In the NFL a win is a win. However, I noticed that 7 of the Dolphin’s 11 wins were over teams that posted a .500 record or less. They also lost 2 out of 3 games to teams currently in the post season. Meanwhile 3 of the 5 losses that the Ravens suffered were by a margin of 4 points or less to Goliath teams (Pittsburgh and Tennessee). StatDragon takes the Ravens in this matchup…just look at the facts.

#5 Atlanta Falcons @ #4 Arizona Cardinals (NFC)

 

I would have bet my life savings before the season started that Atlanta would not play in the post season. I’m glad I didn’t. StatDragon takes the Falcons in this match up for the same reasons that he likes the Ravens. The Falcons consistently played and beat better teams this season than the Cardinals have. Atlanta proves that their place in the playoffs is well deserved with wins over Carolina, Minnesota and San Diego. Although Arizona has an impressive ariel attack with threatening wide receivers, they were one loss away (to the 49ers) from not playing in this game.

#6 Philadelphia Eagles @ #3 Minnesota Vikings (NFC)

 

 Let’s just put it out there. There’s no way the StatDragon is going to predict ALL upsets this week, right? Well, let me tell you something. I don’t believe in ‘upsets’ in the Wild Card round of NFL playoffs. So yes, I’m predicting Philly to take this game. Although McNabb has had as rough of a time this year as Lindsay Lohan, the Eagles come into the postseason with experience and the fire off a recent winning streak. Although the Vikings support a highly touted rush defense, Philly is right behind them ranked at 4th in the league and have managed a better pass defense than the Minnesota Vikings this season. Undeniably, Adrian Peterson is a monster in the backfield, but I really love Brian Westbrook when it comes to the clutch. I have a feeling that this game is the closest to a blowout (if there is one) favoring the Eagles.

Stop by the SportsFly Blog next week, as StatDragon corrects his mistakes from this week and looks into the Divisional Playoff Matchups.

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open Letter From Donovan to T.O.

Let's Be Friends

Let's Be Friends

In my ever-growing passion for voyeurism, snooping, stalking, and overall invasion of others rights, I was able to uncover a letter that Donovan McNabb passed to Terrell Owens after the Eagles spanked the Cowboys with all the brotherly love they had.  I bring you this letter, although displaying it here may cause me significant bodily injury.

Hello Terrell,

Hey man, how’ve you been?  I saw you out on the field today and I wanted to say what’s up, but you seemed kind of busy and distracted.  Now I know we beat you today, but keep your head up and know that we’ll really make the most of playoff spot.  C’mon man, be honest.  Were you guys gonna really make a show with your QB always looking for Jason Witten?  I’ mean, Jason Witten!  You should’ve called a meeting or done some pushups in the driveway to show them how you’re the real deal.  They needed to be looking to number 81 all day, don’t you think?  I guess you’re a bigger man than me because I’d be yelling at everyone on the sidelines if that sh*t was happening to me.  It’s good to see you’ve grown.

Speaking of the past, man I’m sorry I didn’t understand how to communicate with you when you were up here.  I thought that when you berated me on the sidelines, divided the locker room, and threw me under the bus (multiple times) it was because you were a primadonna, bitch-ass, immature punk, but in reality you were nothing but class.  We should have been throwing to you all the time and we actually needed you to be head coach, GM, special teams coordinator, and owner.  My bad, my man.  My bad because I see how it worked out for the Cowboys when they catered to your every need.  Y’all went pretty far this year and exceeded a lot of expectations.  I’m just sorry we had to keep you out.  Andy Reid, you remember him right?  Well, Coach Reid sat me down this year and I thought a lot about how you would handle it.  I thought, “what would the humble TO do?”  So I sat back and did exactly the opposite, so I really thank you for being a role model.  In a sign of my appreciation and gratitude maybe me and you can get together in the off-season to run routes and devise new schemes for you to get the ball so that Witten and Marion Barber don’t steal all your thunder.  I won’t be available until after we win the Super Bowl, but wouldn’t that be loads of fun?  Me and you playing catch like the good old days.  Let me know if that’s cool with you. 

Hey man, I have to go prepare for my victory press conference and all the stuff that goes with being a winner (you remember that feeling, right?).  Anyhow, have a good New Year and good luck in the offseason.  Oh…by the way, Jeff Garcia says what’s up.

Your Friend,

Donovan

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, General, NFL, Talkin Trash | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Liverpool’s Gerrard arrested

Gerrard charged for bloodying a Brit

Gerrard charged for bloodying a Brit

English Premier League footballer and Liverpool captain; Steven Gerrard was arrested early Tuesday morning. Gerrard was out drinking and celebrating the 5-1 stomping of Newcastle on Sunday when a fight occurred outside a bar. The fight left a DJ hospitalized with a broken tooth and other facial injuries. Gerrard and two others were charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray. The charges carry a maximum five-year sentence.

Gerrard is probably the most important player on the pitch for Liverpool, not to mention the face of their franchise for the better half of the past decade. With these charges, he may have hindered the hopes of supporters since Liverpool took over the top spot in the Premier league this past weekend. Maybe the DJ was playing an Arsenal fight song or just ran his mouth, which deserved a whacking. Nevertheless, if the captain tells you he wants to hear the new Britney song, you better play that track. Broken glass and drops of blood were found on the floor of the bar. Maybe Mr. DJ shouldn’t be commenting on Gerrard’s cranberry juice choice of drinking.

The Liverpool club has offered their full support to Gerrard. “Steven has been an outstanding servant to Liverpool for the last ten years and the club will give him all the support he needs at this time,” He will appear in court next month for these charges.

Bloody Brits!

RaginRondo

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Soccer | , , , | Leave a comment