NFL General

The first in a soon-to-be long string of "shocking" NFL predictions

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The NBA season is officially over, signifying the official starting of the countdown to the NFL kickoff. We’re still trying to figure out who our keeper is going to be for this year’s fantasy team, but, luckily, we still have time. And between now and then, we’ll probably flip flop between players over a hundred times thanks to crazy, outlandish predictions like these from FBKid’s Sports Minute.

Fbkid’s top ten shocking predictions for the NFL season

10. Matt Forte will run for 1,000 yards as a rookie

9. Drew Stanton will be the starting quarterback for the Lions by the end of the year

8. Keith Rivers will win defensive rookie of the year

7. The Oakland Raiders will be a playoff spoiler come December

6. The Carolina Panthers will make the playoffs

5. Jonathan Stewart will win offensive rookie of the year

4. The Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs

3. The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t make the playoffs

2. The Cowboys won’t be representing the NFC in the Super Bowl

1. Troy Smith will be the starting quarterback for the Ravens week one

We’ll go out on a limb and say the Cowboys won’t be representing the NFC and TO will once again go home with snot coming out his nose and tears streaming behind his Kool Moe Dee shades. Either way, you need to get your popcorn ready because you’re going to want a snack while you wait for the season kickoff to roll around on September 4. Skins in New York to face the Super Bowl champs, in case you were wondering.


[FBKid’s Sports Minute]: top ten shocking predictions for the NFL season

Seattle Seahawks

"Eat spit!" Seattle cook taints Steelers fan’s burger

We know that allegiances run deep in the world of sports and, frankly, nothing can be more annoying than a loud-mouthed, obnoxious fan. Well, actually, you could be dealing with a bitter fast food cook with a little too much animosity on his hands and phlegm in his mouth.

A fast-food cook and Seattle Seahawks fan has been accused of spitting on a hamburger ordered by a man wearing Pittsburgh Steelers attire.

Kittitas County sheriff’s deputies say the 37-year-old customer was with his daughters at the Port Orchard-area eatery on Saturday. He reportedly traded remarks with an employee about Super Bowl XL in which the Seahawks lost to the Steelers.

When the customer opened his food container, he says there was spittle on the burger. He demanded a refund and called the fast-foot outlet’s district manager.

The manager told deputies a 24-year-old man might be responsible. The next day, deputies went to his house and smelled marijuana. The man was released after being booked for investigation of fourth-degree assault and possession of marijuana.

Ain’t karma amazing!


[]: Seattle cook accused of spitting on Steeler fan’s burger

Pittsburgh Steelers

Do the dead still have to pay full admission to see the Steelers?

We understand that death is a difficult thing to cope with. And we understand that sometimes people have to do what they have to do in order to gain a little piece of mind. We get it. But you have to understand that some people might think your behavior is just a little creepy; especially when you bring your dead husband to a Steelers game.

Kathleen Desrosiers, 60, took an urn with her late husband’s ashes inside to Sunday’s snow-filled contest between the Steelers and the Jaguars. She even wore the proper attire for the game.

Braving the biting cold and the Steelers’ disappointing 29-22 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Desrosiers waved her new Terrible Towel, showed off her painted face and warmed her head with a Steelers hat.

She called it “an overwhelming experience.”

“It’s sad to think that he got here in death,” she added. “But this is where he wanted to be. It was what he asked me to do. I got to be with him one last time while he did something he wanted more than anything else in the whole wide world.

It really is a fitting tribute to man who loved his team and we won’t knock you for that. We just feel bad for the guy who was stuck sitting next to an urn all game long. Oh well, it could have been worse. At least Mr. Desrosiers was in an urn; this could have very easily turned into a Weekend at Bernie’s situation.


[]: Ashes of Late Steelers Fan Taken To Game

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Anthony Smith guarantees victory over Pats and then asks what the definition of `is’ is

The Patriots sure did lose a lot of credibility despite never having lost a game. Guess all it takes in this league is a couple of close contests to go from everybody thinking you’re gonna run the table to getting guarantees dropped on your head by opposing players. Sorta.

People keep asking me if we’re ready for the Patriots,” Steelers defensive back Anthony Smith said. “They should be asking if they’re ready for us.”

Is Smith so confident that he is willing to copy one of former Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter’s familiar motivational ploys by guaranteeing the Steelers will win?

“We’re going to win,” Smith said. “Yeah, I can guarantee a win. As long as we come out and do what we got to do. Both sides of the ball are rolling, and if our special teams come through for us, we’ve got a good chance to win.

We’ve got no qualms about guaranteeing victories. If a player or coach wants to open their fat mouths and inspire their opponents then so be it, but just make sure that you are actually going to nut-up and guarantee the victory flat out. Smith tried to guarantee victory, but still managed to leave himself an out by adding the clarifying clause of “As long as we come out and do what we got to do.”

Guess what, we guarantee that we will own an NFL franchise one day. As long as they lower the price to under $199.99 and we can pay our players in dirt and leaves.

Hopefully for Smith, like with crappy Christmas gifts, maybe it’s just the thought that counts.


[International Herald Tribune]: Steelers player “guarantees” win over Patriots

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins used their heads for 59:43 of MNF; D’oh!

The Dolphins had an opportunity to get their first taste of the win column, but that ol’ fashioned Miami ineptitude shown though when it mattered to keep their chase for history hitting full stride.

The Fins had what we believe was a sober Ricky Williams back and they managed to keep the ill weathered contest knotted up at nothing going into the final minute until Jeff Reed nailed a 24-yarder for the first, last and only score of the game. The only thing uglier than the game was the field, yet somehow, on a rain drenched mess of mud and turf, Ben Roethlisberger was incredibly accurate, going 18-of-21 for 165 yards and keyed the final drive that put Reed into position.

For fantasy fanatics, it was a complete waste of time that probably left you screaming at the television on more than one occasion. Unless you were banking on a shutout to get you a victory then it was a completely barren wasteland at Heinz Field. And if you were banking on a Dolphins shutout then you’re probably sitting in the cellar of your league anyways.

It was the longest scoreless tie since 1943 with Pittsburgh’s lead lasting for only the final 17 seconds of the game and it was the first 3-0 final since 1993. Williams was equally pathetic, rushing six times for 15 yards before getting a shoulder injury in his return.

These Dolphins appear to be on a crash course with destiny after narrowly avoiding that close call. Now, if we can just get Miami to keep this thing rolling for five more games…c’mon baby!


[]: Dolphins drop to 0-11 in Ricky’s return

NFL General

America’s Team is back atop the list of favorite NFL squads

The Harris Interactive poll came out the other day and now we know a few things about the NFL that we didn’t know before. Like: “men (63%) are more likely to follow professional football than women (37%)” or “the more education one has, the more likely one follows professional football. While three in five (60%) of those with a post grad degree follow football, 45 percent of those with a high school degree or less follow it.”

Thanks Harris Interactive! Where would we be without surveys?

But, in reality, nobody cares about facts and figures on who watches football and who doesn’t. All anybody really wants to know is: “What are your two favorite National Football League teams?”

And the results are:

1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Chicago Bears
6. New England Patriots
7. New York Giants
8. Philadelphia Eagles
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. San Diego Chargers
11. Oakland Raiders
12. Washington Redskins
13. Cleveland Browns
14. Miami Dolphins
14. Carolina Panthers
16. Denver Broncos
17. New York Jets
18. Cincinnati Bengals
19. Minnesota Vikings
19. Seattle Seahawks
21. New Orleans Saints
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. St. Louis Rams
23. Kansas City Chiefs
25. Detroit Lions
26. Tennessee Titans
26. Baltimore Ravens
28. Atlanta Falcons
29. Arizona Cardinals
30. Buffalo Bills
31. Houston Texans
32. Jacksonville Jaguars

See, Houston, if you would have picked Vince Young you could be tied for 26th most popular team in the league instead of sitting at No. 31. Oh, and you wouldn’t have gotten torched on that 39-yard touchdown run in overtime last year.


[]: Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts are Two Favorite Teams…

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers fans already hate the team’s newest member

There’s been tons of news coming out of Pittsburgh this preseason. The fake Ben Roethlisberger got sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation. The real Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with a hottie. Steely McBeam visited a children’s hospital. The team’s hotel demands got leaked to the press. Wait, WTF, who’s Steely McBeam??

Apparently we’ve been spending a little too much time in the gym (you should see our deltoids) and not enough time keeping up with our professional mascots because the Steelers got themselves a loser in foam outfit to call their very own. While Chuck Noll is probably rolling over in his grave, as Charles Barkley would say, we’re glad that the franchise decided to get a little more fan friendly. Unfortunately, their method involves a giant Muppet that looks like a yellow Lego and is named Steely freakin’ McBeam!

Luckily, the people of Pittsburgh are embarrassed about the whole fiasco and are already demanding that the mascot with an eerie resemblance to Bill Cowher has gotsta go. So, they’ve started a petition that will hopefully rid the earth of McBeam once and for all.

We the members of Steeler Nation, are now embarrassed. The name Steely McBeam is a terrible choice for naming our new mascot. It does not represent the toughness of our city or of our team. Look in the stands during a game and you will see we are our own cheerleaders and some fans are our own mascot. If it were up to Steeler Nation we would remove the mascot altogether, especially since it looks like Bill Cowher.

Those who have signed the petition below, would like the name to be changed by a vote by the fans, or have the mascot removed for good.

And you thought that Seattle was humiliated by their mascot.


[]: End of Steely McBeam

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers road trip demands get revealed

You’ve probably seen some of those whacky demands that pop stars make when they take their multi-million dollar acts on the road. Well, NFL football teams are some pretty big performers in their own right and when they travel, they gotta have things just they way they want `em. If you thought that Maria Carey was a diva, just get a load of the 17-page hotel checklist that the Steelers are insisting on. Here’s some highlights:

Players are not permitted to have alcohol in their room, please do not stock the mini-bar with alcohol.

Include the following bottled condiments:
Heinz Ketchup (MUST BE HEINZ)

The bedroom of Dan Rooney must have foam rubber pillows.

Garrett Giemont or Jack Kearney will meet security on one of the players’ floors at 10:45 PM for player bed check.

At omelet station have the following items: diced chicken breast, cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, ham, bacon, onions, tomatoes, salsa, etc. Also, please provide three or four portable burners.

Gatorade will be shipped to the hotel. Place Gatorade and bottled water in an ice chest near elevators on each player floor.

Block the players on one floor if possible. If players can’t be on one floor, then they must be on consecutive floors. There should be no other hotel guests on a player floor. Steelers’ staff members are okay.

The Steelers might be a little finicky about how they get treated on the road, but they are professional athletes after all so, we’re going to give them a pass. And at least the team is concerned about what the players consume while away from home. Heck, if we were on the road as much as these guys, our list would resemble something more along the lines of this.


[]: Steelers Hotel Demands Leaked Online
[]: Are You Ready For Some Bed Check?

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers coach is getting his email privileges revoked

Larry Zierlein, the offensive live coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, accidentally forwarded an email to a mailing list that included every GM in the league, their secretaries, and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Of course this wouldn’t be news if the contents of the email weren’t pornographic.

While Michael David Smith over at AOL Fanhouse doesn’t think anything beyond a reprimand and some training is in order, we actually think he might get fired. Last year around this time, Warriors PR man Eric Govan was fired for sending out an email with Ghetto Prom pictures to his contact list that included basically everyone he dealt with in the media. That email simply had photos of prom attendees in some of the worst outfits ever. Embarrassing and stupid but not pornographic. Zierlein actually sent out pornographic email to a list that included women, which is just begging for a hostile work environment lawsuit.

How many times have we been told that the NFL is just a business? Can you imagine if this had happened in a company like IBM, even if the worker was some VP with 29 years of tenure? We’re not saying that we want Zierlein to be fired but he probably should be.

[AOL Fanhouse]: A Name Is Named in NFL E-Mail Porn Fiasco
[Sportscolumn]: Ghetto Prom in Oaktown!

Pittsburgh Steelers

Richard Seigler gets his pimp walk on

One day after being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker Richard Seigler was arrested in Pittsburgh on Thursday for allegedly running a prostitution ring in Las Vegas. Turns out that the coppers first found out that Seigler was big pimpin’ back in December and they have been keeping an eye on him ever since. Apparently, Seigler had at least two ladies of the night working for him and he was making anywhere from $200 to $1,000 per trick date. Now, instead of the big bucks, it looks like Seigler’s side job could end up getting him up to 10 years in the big house.

Talk about a bad week. You know that things are going to hell in a hand basket when getting fired from your job as a professional athlete in the most popular sport in the country isn’t the worst thing to happen to you in the last 48 hours.


[]: Ex-Steeler Arrested For Alleged Prostitution Ring
[]: Ex-Steelers LB Seigler arrested on Vegas warrant