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Brian’s Super Bowl Bash Winner?

By bullpenbrian - February 4, 2013 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

My dad (a.k.a. Gare Bear) who hit the nail on the head picking the Ravens to win 34-31, and in doing so becomes a two time champion of this little event.

Way to go, Pops…you just edged me out (shakes head).

Thanks for everyone that submitted picks and congrats to all who forecasted a Ravens victory. Always great catching up. Let’s do it again next year…

Previous Winners:
I: Big Mike – Baltimore
II: Brian -      New England
III: Heath -     Tampa Bay
IV: Nicole -   New England
V: Nicole -   New England
VI: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
VII: Ed -        Indianapolis
VIII: Ed -        New York
IX: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
X: Heath – New Orleans
XI: Gare Bear – Green Bay
XII: Therese – New York
XIII: Gare Bear – Baltimore

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Super Thoughts On The Super Bowl

By bullpenbrian - February 3, 2013 - 2:00 pm Leave a comment.


Seeing as how the Super Bowl is the most celebrated holiday in America (unofficially, of course), here are a couple of football related thoughts before this evening’s ‘Big Game.’

*Because the word ‘Super Bowl’ is a protected trademark belonging to the NFL, and because the league limits the term for commercial purposes, broadcast advertisers, unless authorized, have to say something else when referring to the term Super Bowl.

So typically we hear ‘Big Game’ this and ‘Big Game’ that…get your big screen TV in time for the ‘Big Game’. How lame, right?

*The mainstream media is in love with Colin Kaepernick and Deer Antler Lewis. I understand the stories (and even the non stories) surrounding  these two guys brings eyes to the screen, which is their job after all.

But it would be welcomed if Super Bowl articles, especially those not pertaining to Kaepernick or Lewis, adorned the header area with photos of players other than these two.  It’s getting exhausting picturing Kaepernick in a Cubs uniform.

*Does the Pistol offense become a staple in the NFL? I don’t think so.

It’s too gimmicky and reminds me of the Wildcat. And remember when that was the next big thing in the NFL…

College football guy yearns for the day when the ol’ college fake’em, Wishbone, Wildcat, Spread, or whatever new fad offense there is, transitions to the NFL. Of course they rarely do, and even then, it’s only aspects of those formations.

Why?

Because pro football isn’t college! There are superior defenders at every position! Nearly every guy on the field was that draft pick caliber player, he was one of the best in college football…he’s fast, football smart and well coached. He can see through a gimmick offense.

Defensive minded coaches, meanwhile, who are paid well, but on short leashes, figure out ways to stop gimmicky offenses because they can’t afford not to. 

And despite what some may believe, the pistol quarterback at the pro level isn’t the single most talented athlete on the field. Occasionally it may appear that way, but trust me, he isn’t. 

There are world class athletes on the other side of the ball. Men who are plenty capable of mashing the pistol QB. It’s already happened to RGIII and it could happen again this evening.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not rooting for players to be injured, or even rooting against the pistol QB guys. In fact, I love watching Russell Wilson play. What I’m saying, however, is the pistol won’t last, at least not in its current form, because it’s no different from the last gimmick offense.

Sorry, but the older brother, backyard, college trick’em game has never worked in the pros. Ultimately, you need your quarterback to read defenses, not the other way around.

*Something I learned this week. Steve Young (HOF 2005) did not take a single snap out of the shotgun formation during his 15 seasons in the league. Never would’ve guessed.

*Randy Moss says he’s the best wide receiver of all time. Child, please.
Great players (or people for that matter) don’t take plays off.
Great players don’t quit on their team.
Great players don’t say ‘hey, over here, look at me, I’m the greatest of all time.’

Ridiculous, but fitting such an absurd statement comes from Moss.

Besides, we already know who the greatest NFL receiver of all time is.
So please Randy, can it.

*I love watching the Super Bowl. I wish the Colts were playing in the game, but when they’re not I take sides anyway. This year I’m siding with Baltimore (even though they eliminated the Colts). And I’m doing this for no particular reason other than I’m captivated by the notion Ray Lewis might actually ascend into heaven following a Ravens victory.

That’s something I’ve never seen before, and I think it will make for a terrific Instagram.

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Brian’s Super Bowl Bash!

By bullpenbrian - January 28, 2013 - 4:30 pm Leave a comment.

I like to take a short detour from Cubs baseball this time of year to celebrate America’s favorite holiday, which means it’s time for you to make your winning Super Bowl pick!

Submit your Super Bowl winner, the final score, and most importantly, the MVP choice for any tiebreakers. Feel free to enter your pick in the comments section below or you can email me at bullpen_brian@yahoo.com.

All entries must be submitted before the opening kickoff. Bragging rights only. I’ll post the winner here on Monday. Good luck.

MY PICK: Taking the underdawg Ravens…

Baltimore – 31
San Francisco – 27
MVP – QB Joe Flacco

Previous Winners:
I: Big Mike – Baltimore
II: Brian -      New England
III: Heath -     Tampa Bay
IV: Nicole -   New England
V: Nicole -   New England
VI: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
VII: Ed -        Indianapolis
VIII: Ed -        New York
IX: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
X: Heath – New Orleans
XI: Gare Bear – Green Bay
XII: Therese – New York
XIII: Baltimore vs. San Francisco

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Cubs, Bears, Champions In The Same Year?

By bullpenbrian - January 23, 2013 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.


Imagine the bliss in the city of Chicago if the Bears and Cubs won a championship in the same year. It could make a very warm place freeze over.

I was asked the question this week as to which cities had already experienced a Super Bowl and World Series champion in the same year, which made me stop and think…good question, I don’t know?

San Francisco, technically, is out because the 49ers will play the Super Bowl in 2013, although the Giants won the World Series just last fall, but in 2012.

From what I gather, a Super Bowl and World Series championship won by teams in the same city, in the same year, has happened only three times:

  • 1969 – New York Mets defeat Baltimore Orioles 4-1
               New York Jets defeat Baltimore Colts 16-7
  • 1979 – Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Baltimore Orioles 4-3
               Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Dallas 35-31
  • 2004 – Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-0
               New England Patriots defeat Carolina 32-29

If, however, we look at football and baseball teams from the same city winning championships in the same seasons it turns out that’s also happened three times…with the chance for a fourth occurrence if the 49ers defeat the Ravens in the upcoming Super Bowl.

  • 1970-71 – Baltimore Orioles defeat Cincinnati Reds 4-1
                    Baltimore Colts defeat Dallas Cowboys 16-13
  • 1979-80 – Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Baltimore Orioles 4-3
                    Pittsburgh Steelers defeat LA Rams 31-19
  • 1986-87 – New York Mets defeat Boston Red Sox 4-3
                    New York Giants defeat Denver Broncos 39-20
  • 2004-05 – Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-0
                    New England Patriots defeat Philadelphia Eagles 24-21
  • *2012-13 – San Francisco Giants defeat Detroit Tigers 4-0
                     (49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens)

Of course after 100-years and counting since the Cubs last won a World Series (1908), I’ll gladly settle for a baseball only championship as a stand alone accomplishment during a respective season. After all, not a day goes by where the ’85 Bears are not celebrated in the ‘city that works’. And eventually, I hope, the same will hold true for those lovable Cubs.

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Giants Defeat Patriots 21-17

By bullpenbrian - February 6, 2012 - 1:01 am Leave a comment.

Congratulations to Therese M. on winning Brian’s Super Bowl Bash XII!

And a pat on the back for all who tabbed the Giants as Super Bowl champions.

A big thank you to everyone who participated. It’s always a pleasure catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Let’s do it again next year!

~AS FOR THE GAME…

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Brian’s Super Bowl Bash Winner!

By bullpenbrian - February 7, 2011 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

As my old pappy use to say “listen to me son when I’m talking to you.” Well, congratulations, Dad, you win Super Bowl Bash XI! I guess you’re not fit for Sunny Acres Retirement Village, after all.

Thanks to everyone who participated with a pick. And good going if you had the Packers winning it all! Look forward to doing it again next year.

Previous Winners:

I: Big Mike – Baltimore
II: Brian -      New England
III: Heath -     Tampa Bay
IV: Nicole -   New England
V: Nicole -   New England
VI: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
VII: Ed -        Indianapolis
VIII: Ed -        New York
IX: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
X: Heath – New Orleans
XI: Gare Bear – Green Bay

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Brian’s Super Bowl Bash XI!

By bullpenbrian - February 1, 2011 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

Submit your Super Bowl winner, the final score, and most importantly, the MVP choice for any tiebreakers to bullpen_brian@yahoo.com.

All entries must be submitted before the opening kickoff.

I’ll post the winner here on Monday. Bragging rights only!

Green Bay – 27
Pittsburgh – 23
MVP – WR Greg Jennings

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Bullpen Session – Cheese Head

By bullpenbrian - January 27, 2011 - 12:01 am 3 comments.

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

According to my Friday Cubs Poll, 71% of voters believe the Cubs should sign Carlos Marmol to a 3-yr deal. In this case Marmol gets longer-term security and  the Cubs save somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-7M. It’s basically addressing the big picture.

My vote was a 2-yr deal, which was about 22% of the vote. I don’t like the risk of adding a third year given Marmol’s typical workload. The downside, however, is re-signing Marmol again when he becomes a free-agent in 2013, a which point Marmol’s asking price will be sky high as a premier bullpen arm.

Only 7% feel the Cubs should offer Marmol arbitration, meaning a 1-yr deal around $4.1M. It would certainly give the Cubs some short-term salary relief, but likely burns the bridge of signing Marmol to a somewhat affordable deal following the season.

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Heath Wins Again!

By bullpenbrian - February 8, 2010 - 12:54 pm Leave a comment.

While New Orleans won its first title, Heath won his second!

Thanks for the many emails that poured in, mostly notably Heath’s which came in Sunday at 3:51 EST.

Nonetheless, congrats to everyone who picked the Saints!

Thanks for playing.

Previous Winners:

I:    Big Mike – Baltimore
II:   Brian -    New England
III:  Heath -    Tampa Bay
IV:   Nicole -   New England
V:    Nicole -   New England
VI:   Talitha -  Pittsburgh
VII:  Ed -       Indianapolis
VIII: Ed -       New York
IX:   Talitha -  Pittsburgh
X: Heath – New Orleans

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Super Bowl Prediction

By bullpenbrian - February 4, 2010 - 1:15 am 8 comments.

Once a year I break away from Cubs baseball to talk a little NFL, specifically my Super Bowl prediction.

And would you believe this is the tenth year of my self titled ‘Brian’s Super Bowl Bash?’ Wow!

For the newbies, it’s very simple. I need three things: Super Bowl winner, final score and most importantly the MVP choice for any tiebreakers.

All entries must be submitted before the opening kickoff. No payment required, bragging rights only.

Remember, hundreds have played, but only six have won! I’ll post this year’s winner here on Monday…my pick is below!

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