04 February 2012

Aaron Rodgers is the 2011 NFL MVP

It was a truly brilliant season for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 4,643 passing yards. 45 touchdown passes against only six interceptions. A 68.3 completion percentage. A record setting 122.5 passer rating. His team has the best record in the NFL and had a legitimate shot at an undefeated regular season and only lost once. And today he was named Most Valuable Player for the 2011 NFL season.

Rodgers is the first Packers to win MVP since Brett Favre concluded a run of three straight MVP's in 1997, becomes the fifth Packer all time to be NFL MVP (Favre, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Bart Starr) and the three consecutive quarterback to win the award (Tom Brady in 2007 and 2010, Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009).

Drew Brees is the 2011 NFL Offensive Player of the Year

It was not just another great season for Saints quarterback Drew Brees, it was a record breaking one for the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year. He set the single season record for passing yards, shattering Dan Marino's 1984 record of 5,085 yards with 5,476, broke Peyton Manning's 2010 record of 450 completions with 468 and broke his own 2009 record of 70.6 completion percentage with 71.6. He also set a record for throwing for at least 300 passing yards in 13 games and in seven straight as well.

Terrell Suggs is the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Terrell Suggs was voted the 2011 Associated Press NFL Defensive of the Year today after rising up from a crowded field including Jared Allen, Justin Smith, Jason Pierre-Paul and more. Suggs was the top player on yet another excellent Ravens' defense this season with 70 tackles, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions rotating from playing 4-3 end and 3-4 outside linebacker.

Jim Harbaugh is the 2011 NFL Coach of the Year

One cannot deny the effect that Jim Harbaugh had on the San Francisco 49ers this year, his first year with the club. He took a 6-10 club that had underachieved all last season and instilled a swagger, a physicality and a confidence and led them to a 13-3 season and an appearance in the 2012 NFC Championship Game. He resurrected Alex Smith's career, gave Frank Gore one of his best seasons and had one of the best defenses in football. And for all of that, he is the 2011 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year.

Von Miller is the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

The clear strength of the Denver Broncos' defense was their pass rush and it helped defensive coordinator Dennis Allen get a head coaching job. Part of that was due to the return of Elvis Dumervil from injury but a big reason was the second overall draft pick, Von Miller out of Texas A&M. Miller was many times spectular this season for Denver with 11.5 sacks despite missing one game and playing the last four games with a cast protecting his injured right thumb. And thus he is the NFL Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Cam Newton is the 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

For the second straight year, the top overall NFL draft pick was voted NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and this year's recipient was Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Newton breathed life to this woebegone franchise with an awesome 2011, becoming the first rookie quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards and rush for 500 yards. He also set a record in rushing touchdowns for a quarterback with 14 and helped the team improve from 2-14 to 6-10. And if he got help from his defense, they would have been in the mix for the playoffs. 

Matthew Stafford is the 2011 NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford fought through injuries his first two seasons in Detroit and thus the team continued to struggle, although they ended the 2010 NFL season strong. He came back this year and was completely healthy and had a fantastic NFL season this year, 5,038 passing yards, 41 touchdowns against 16 interceptions and most importantly brought hope back hope to Motown and led the team back to the playoffs. And thus he was voted NFL Associated Press.Comeback Player of the Year.

2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class: Butler, Dawson, Kennedy, Martin, Roaf

Today six new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were elected. And here they are:

Tim Tebow's Future in Politics?

And for some reason, Tim Tebow has found himself involved indirectly in politics this winter. Rick Perry wished he was the Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses, he was more Tom Brandstater, and he was apparently asked to endorse multiple GOP Presidential candidates and declined. Then he was asked by the hilarious David Feherty on his eponymous show on Golf Channel about his future in politics (interview will air tonight) and here was his answer, courtesy the great Mike Allen of Politico.
"I don't know -- it could be something in my future. If it's something I care about, possibly."
Tebow Time may be with us for a long, long time.

The Giants' website says they have already won Super Bowl XLVI

Courtesy SportsGrid
The Giants have survived one possible jinx thus far, may this be another? If so, they can blame the webmaster to their team website which had the above picture live before it got taken down.

Should Jim Calhoun retire?

The big news of the day in the world of collegiate hoops has been that legendary UConn head coach Jim Calhoun is taking an indefinite leave of absence as he is dealing with back pains. The coach has been suffering from spinal stenosis since the summer, which has caused him severe pain and is hampering his mobility. This is not great news for the defending champions, who have lost six of their last eight.

So should Calhoun, who is turning 70 in May, be considering retirement with his latest strain of health issues?

03 February 2012

This is now bflo360.com

Big news for the blog. Since the inception of B-FLO 360, our URL has been bflo360.blogspot.com but it is now bflo360.com because I finally decided to pony up the ten bucks for the domain, with the help of a gift card. bflo360.blogspot.com will still work.

NFL Network to air 13 Thursday Night Games in 2012

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that NFL Network, which currently airs eight games as part of its Thursday Night Football package, will expand that package to thirteen games spanning weeks 2-15 (not counting Thanksgiving night as that game will now be on NBC). The commissioner said that now all 32 teams will be able to play in primetime at least once next season and in the seasons thereafter. Also NFL Network will no longer be carrying games on Saturday, as they have aired one in the last several seasons.

It will be interesting to see how this affects the two major cable providers that still do not carry NFL Network, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, as both have said that the price of the channel is not worth it for eight games. Cablevision also wants Sunday Ticket to be opened to all cable providers but that is a story for another day. 

Can Pittsburgh rally for an NCAA Tournament berth?

Jamie Dixon and the Pittsburgh Panthers really dug themselves in a big hole starting the 2011-12 hoops season 11-9 and losing their first seven games in conference. But they seem to have some life still in them as they have won their last three games to improve to 14-9. Can they rally to get an NCAA tournament bid if they do not win the Big East tournament?

02 February 2012

2012 NBA All-Star Game Starters

The starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, to be held in Orlando at the Amway Center on February 26th, have been announced. As usual, they were the result of fan voting. Let's take a look and see if the fans got it right.

Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo visits 'Boomer & Carton' & takes his shirt off

H/T @BoomerandCarton
I can't make this stuff up. At Radio Row in Indianapolis, Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo joined the WFAN morning show, 'Boomer and Carton' just a few days after reuniting with Mike Francesa. And after Craig Carton tried to do his best 'Mad Dog' impersonation, Russo took his shirt off. This actually happened, let's go to the videotape.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: 6th Edition

Many top draft prospects congregated down in Mobile for the annual Senior Bowl last week. It was one of the first opportunities for prospects to really shine, or really stink, in front of scouts. Let's see how, or if, it affected my 2012 NFL mock draft, this being the 6th edition.

01 February 2012

Rick Carlisle Kicks Ball into Stands, Hits Fan in Face, Gets Ejected

Not sure why Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle chose to kick that ball, he probably did not mean to hit a fan in the face and also get ejected. But it's hilarious all around.

Check out Nyjer Morgan practice with the San Jose Sharks

The eccentric Brewers centerfielder Nyjer Morgan took to the rink with the San Jose Sharks, his hometown team. Morgan used to play a little hockey back in the day and even spent a season in the WHL at the turn of the century before committing himself to hardball. He even scored a goal on Sharks netminder Thomas Greiss. Let's go to the videotape.

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Music Video Faceoff: "We Are Mizzou" or "We Are KU"

Nothing to get the rivalry juices flowing like dueling music videos taking shots at the other. #8 Kansas and #4 Missouri will meet for the first time this season on Saturday evening in Columbia and as most folks know, these schools really hate each other which is why they used to call it the Border War (then they got soft and changed it to Border Showdown). Thank you Bleeding Kansas.

So then some students at Mizzou made a music video/rap anthem hating on Kansas with the use of "trite lyrics, awkward dancing and lots and lots of Auto-Tune." Let's go to the videotape.

How good are the Murray State Racers?

Steve Prohm and the Racers of Murray State University are the only undefeated team left in college basketball (bet you saw this one coming) at 21-0. Right now they are ranked tenth in the Associated Press Top 25. So the question is, how good are they?

Better dunk: Deron Williams or Paul George?

Two awesome dunks last night in Indianapolis in the game between the New Jersey Nets and the Indiana Pacers. First, here's Deron Williams' killer jam.

And here is Paul George with the double pump reverse.

Which one is better? I always love dunks in a big guy's face but gotta go with George with the high level of difficulty.

Super Bowl XLVI Predictions

So we are finally here, Super Bowl XLVI. It seems like yesterday I made my NFL predictions, which were wrong again (although unlike last year both of my Super Bowl teams made the playoffs). And it's the New York Giants taking on the New England Patriots, a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. We all remember the Tyree catch, the Burress touchdown and the Giants, underdogs all season, snatching history from the grasps of the then undefeated Patriots. Who will it be holding up the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night?

31 January 2012

Watch Luis Scola nail Kevin Love in the Groin

Because when you are falling out of bounds, it is perfectly acceptable to wing a basketball in the groin of an opposing player. Let's go to the videotape.

Should've worn a cup. Thanks to SportsGrid.

Watch Mike and the Mad Dog reunite on Radio Row

The greatest radio tandem of all time, Mike and the Mad Dog, had a brief reunion today on Radio Row in Indianapolis as both Mike Francesa, with his WFAN show "Mike's On" and Chris Russo, with his own show on his own Sirius Satellite Radio channel, were in town covering the Super Bowl. Quite frankly, these guys need to get back together as they were perfect together. So let's go to the videotape.

Super Bowl XLVI: Breaking down the Patriots' Defense

As it is Super Bowl week this week in Indianapolis, we, and by we I mean me, will be taking a look at the offenses and defenses of both teams. This time, we are looking at the defense of the New England Patriots. 

Super Bowl XLVI: Breaking down the Giants' Offense

As it is Super Bowl week this week in Indianapolis, we, and by we I mean me, will be taking a look at the offenses and defenses of both teams. This time, we are looking at the offense of the New York Giants. 

Watch Blake Griffin obliterate Kendrick Perkins

I have written much in the past about Blake Griffin and his dunking ability but his destruction of Kendrick Perkins from Monday night was absolutely vicious. One of the nastier dunks I have ever seen. Let's go to the videotape. 

30 January 2012

Are the Missouri Tigers a National Title Contender?

Marcus Denmon and the Missouri Tigers have been one of the most pleasant surprises of this college basketball season. They sit right now at 19-2 and are ranked number four in the country, peaking at number two last week before falling to Oklahoma State in Stillwater. And all this in Frank Haith's first season in Columbia.

They have risen to the top of college basketball this season but are they a national championship contender come March Madness?

Super Bowl XLVI: Breaking down the Giants' Defense

As it is Super Bowl week this week in Indianapolis, we, and by we I mean me, will be taking a look at the offenses and defenses of both teams. This time, we are looking at the defense of the New York Giants. 

Skip Schumaker's baseball card features the Rally Squirrel

Ever since a squirrel ran across home plate in the 5th inning of Game 4 of the 2011 NLDS at Busch Stadium, the 'Rally Squirrel' became a hero for Cardinals fans as they went all the way to win the 2011 World Series. And now the squirrel will be memorialized with its own baseball card, that of Skip Schumacher's, whose leg is in the picture, as you can see below.
Don't tell me that that is not fantastic.

Super Bowl XLVI: Breaking down the Patriots' Offense

As it is Super Bowl week this week in Indianapolis, we, and by we I mean me, will be taking a look at the offenses and defenses of both teams. This time, we are looking at the offense of the New England Patriots. 

Watch Honda's Ferris Bueller Super Bowl Commercial

Remember how there was a big deal with what appeared to be a return to Ferris Bueller by Matthew Broderick in some ad in Super Bowl XLVI? Well here is that commercial, it's basically Matthew Broderick's day off a la the famed 80's character in a commercial for the Honda CR-V. Let's go to the videotape.

I loved this and this is an early favorite for best ad thus far.

29 January 2012

Watch Brandon Marshall's ridiculous touchdown catch at the Pro Bowl

If you actually did watch the Pro Bowl, I watched for a little bit for the first time in years, you might have seen one of the most absurd touchdown receptions ever, one that even left Dan Hicks, who was calling the game for NBC, a little lost. Somehow Brandon Marshall got a touchdown out of this. Let's go to the videotape.

Now while I still believe in the dissolution of the Pro Bowl, that catch was pretty awesome and it is unusual that an actual highlight came out of this exhibition.

Rob Gronkowski likely to play in Super Bowl XLVI

One of the elite tight ends in all of football, and a major reason why the New England Patriots are in Super Bowl XLVI, Rob Gronkowski is likely to play in Super Bowl XLVI despite a high ankle sprain, according to Mike Florio. He probably will not practice all week and in all likelihood will have arthroscopic surgery after the game.

The fact that he will most likely play is big news for this Patriots offense but the fact he likely will not be at 100 percent will likely make a difference. Fortunately New England has another damn good tight end in Aaron Hernandez.

Watch LeBron James jump over John Lucas for the Alley-Oop

LeBron James has given us many spectacular dunks over the years thanks to his freakish athleticism. Well that freakish athleticism came out again today in the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat game when he jumped over Bulls guard John Lucas for the alley-oop. This dunk will drop your jaw to the floor, let's go to the videotape.

DaSagana Diop with the Worst Free Throw Ever

There have been some terrible free throw shooters in recent memory. Shaquille O'Neal. Ben Wallace. DeAndre Jordan. Dwight Howard. And add DaSagana Diop, who is one of the worst offensive players I have ever seen, to that list because this free throw against the Washington Wizards is probably the worst free throw I have ever seen. Let's go to the videotape.

Watch Novak Djokovic knock off Rafael Nadal in epic Australian Open Final

It was a Grand Slam title match for the ages, the longest singles final of all time at 5 hours and 53 minutes. Novak Djokovic proved to be too much for Rafael Nadal as he captured his third straight Australian Open title 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5. He is the fifth player ever to win the Aussie Open for three straight years. Boy was it a thriller, let's go to the videotape.

Are the St. Louis Rams gearing up for a return to Los Angeles?

The Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis after the 1994 NFL season as their desires for a new stadium in Southern California were not met while they were met in the Gateway City. The Raiders moved back to Oakland only a few months later, leaving the nation's second biggest city without an NFL franchise.

Now it appears that the Rams may be getting ready to potentially leave St. Louis with the logical destination being none other than their former home of the City of Angels. Here is what is causing speculation to why they may move back.

Should Alex Ovechkin be in Ottawa at the NHL All-Star Game?

The headlines at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa have surrounded one of the sports' biggest stars who chose to not come to the ceremonies and play in the exhibition. Alex Ovechkin is in the midst of a three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Zbynek Michalek and even though the suspension did not count for an exhibition like the All-Star Game, he chose not to come, saying "I feel that I'm not deserving to be [in Ottawa] right now. If I'm suspended, I have to be suspended. That's why I give up my roster [spot]."

So the question at hand is should he be here?