Friday, March 4, 2011

The NFL Lockout In A Nutshell....

As the clock ticks, and the fate of my favorite sport is in the hands of the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), the questions continue to swirl. Many are seeing the news reports on the current situation with the NFL and the lockout but they have no idea what is really going on...Well "The Sports Fashionista" is here to save you!

The Key Players: 
Players vs. NFL (the Owners)

Goodell (L) and Smith (R)

Players- The players have a labor union (NFLPA- National Football Player's Association) that is lead by DeMaurice Smith (Executive Director) and a host of players serve on the executive committee (retired player Kevin Mawae-President...other notable players are Domonique Foxworth (Ravens CB) and Drew Brees (Saints QB) . They serve as the voice of the players in the league, similar to a labor union at your job. 

NFL- The NFL is a brand that is lead by Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners, when you think "team owner aka millionaires" the image of Jerry Jones, Bob McNair, Robert Kraft and Dan Snyder should come to mind. I have one word for them...GREED!

(Sidenote: The players will not receive any pay if there is not a 2011 season but the owners will still get the cash from TV contracts even of there isn't a season...CRAZY!)

Some of the issues that they can not seem to agree on are...

Splitting the $9 billion revenue
(The NFL's revenue comes from TV revenue, NFL merchandise, and ticket sales, which is split between players and the NFL...well the owners are unhappy with the split and they want more...GREED!)

Rookie salary
(This is one of the issues that I can agree with, there is no way that a rookie that hasn't taken a snap in the league can sign a $50+ million dollar deal...i.e JaMarcus Russell...can we say BUST!!!) 

Retirement benefits 
(Football is a dangerous sport that has a long term effect on your health, this is an issue that has been proven. The players are fighting for a revision on the retirement benefits of current and retired players.)

18 game season 
(This issue plays into the retirement benefits..there are four preseason games and 16 games in a full NFL season...well the owners are interested in changing two of the preseason games into regular season games which will make it a 18 game season, which equals more risk for the players. And the other fact about this is that they would like to add the two games at the same pay...Get OUTTA here!!!) 

There are other issues, but these are the major topics of discussion...


-The two sides agree and a deal is put into play...Lord willing that they come to an agreement soon!!!

-An extension (which is currently taking place) ...The first extension took place yesterday before the current CBA expired on March 3 at 12:00am (EST) the two sides agreed to extend the deal for 24 hours. At 2pm on March 4, 2011 both sides agreed to a 7 day extension which will extend the talks towards a negotiation until 5pm (EST) next Friday (March 11, 2011).

-A decertification is something that I fear, and I think it will only prolong the process. The decertification is the dissolving of the NFLPA as a union, which will make them a "trade association". This option will give players an opportunity to sue the NFL and represent themselves individually in antitrust lawsuits. This option will cut out the negotiations with the owners and the future of the league will be handled through the court system...Yes, it's that serious!!!! Just imagine Peyton Manning taking the stand, this could get interesting. This option is very player friendly, which means the owners should fear this. 

-The lockout, with would mean a work stoppage and no more NFL activity AT ALL!!!...except for the NFL Draft in April, but no camps. no practices, no communication between players and coaches, no signings, no trades, no pay for players...Crazy, huh? This option ceases all operation between management (NFL teams) and players.

And, but not least

-They can just go with the flow and continue under the current CBA terms which is a big compromise since both sides was unhappy with the current agreement. 

Key Terms: 

CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement)- 
a process of negotiations between employers and the representatives of a unit of employees aimed at reaching agreements which regulate working conditions. Collective agreements usually set out wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtimegrievance mechanisms and rights to participate in workplace or company affairs

(Shout out to Wikipedia)

Other key words: Lockout, decertification, and extension are explained under solutions

President Obama's take on the NFL Labor Dispute and I agree 100%: 

"I'm a big football fan," Obama said, "but I also think that for an industry that's making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way and be true to their fans, who are the ones who obviously allow for all the money that they're making. So my expectation and hope is that they will resolve it without me intervening, because it turns out I've got a lot of other stuff to do."

I hope this helps to explain it a bit...please stay tuned and I will keep you updated

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment : )  

Thursday, January 27, 2011


UPDATED: The Titans and Jeff Fisher have agreed to part ways and Fisher will no longer be head coach of the team. WOW!!!! Just like that!

This news has definitely slapped me in the face...but less than a month after the break up with Vince Young, the Tennessee Titans and head coach Jeff Fisher are planning to part ways after 16 years with the franchise. Dang this is crazy...I guess Bud Adams is headed in a totally different direction with his squad ***side-eye***...As always I will keep you posted on this startling news. 

My Shoes of the Day...

These sneakers from Diesel's Spring/Summer 2011 collection (Clawster) jumped out at me...I love the pewter color!!! They have a different feel and I like it.
(Retail Value: $125)

Keyshia Cole rocked these on Conan O'Brien last week and it was love at first sight. This raspberry bootie by Gianmarco Lorenzi is to die for.
(Retail Value: $1600)

Afternoon Delight....

Baltimore Ravens' running back, Willis McGahee is the latest celebrity to bare it all in the name of PETA's "Ink Not Mink" campaign. 

McGahee joins the likes of Chad Ochocinco and singer Mario for the campaign. 

He feels that "inhumane" treatment of animals just for fur "is not right"

"You don't want to just sit there and electrocute an animal just for its fur or anything like that, you know-that's, that's not right, " McGahee told PETA. "And that's something I believe in".

Nice!!! I love seeing guys doing positive things during the off season...You go boy!!! Can we say EYE CANDY!!!!!

No More Ocho....

Cincinnati wideout Chad Ochocinco has decided to get his Diddy on and change his name once again. He is going back to his original surname “Johnson”. Ochocinco changed his name in August 2008 to reflect his jersey number #85, but he wasn’t able to sport it on his jersey until the 2009 NFL season (after getting permission from the NFL). 

Many will argue that he played better with Johnson, but I must admit he blew up mainstream wise with “Ochocinco” i.e. “Dancing With the Stars”, VH1’s “The Ultimate Catch” and Versus’ “TOcho Show”.  Maybe the name change has something to do with his recent engagement to reality star Evelyn Lozada, because I'm sure she feels like Johnson has a better ring to it than Ochocinco. Either way I just hope he can get back to the star wideout that I know that he can be, and focus more on the field. 
Stats courtesy of The 
Career stats for Chad Johnson:
Year     G    Rec       Yds      Avg   Yds/G       Lng     TD
2007    16     93     1,440     15.5    90.0       70T      8
2006    16     87     1,369     15.7    85.6       74T      7
2005    16     97     1,432     14.8    89.5       70T      9
2004    16     95     1,274     13.4    79.6       53T      9
2003    16     90     1,355     15.1    84.7       82T     10
2002    16     69     1,166     16.9    72.9       72T      5
2001    12     28       329     11.8    27.4        28      1
Avg   15.4   79.9     1,195     14.7    75.7      64.1      7
Career stats for Chad Ochocinco, while wearing "Johnson" on his jersey:
Year     G    Rec       Yds      Avg   Yds/G       Lng     TD
2008    13     53       540     10.2    41.5        26      4
Career stats for the full-fledged Chad Ochocinco:
Year    G     Rec     Yds      Avg    Yds/G       Lng     TD
2010   14     67      831     12.4    59.4        42      4
2009   16     72    1,047     14.5    65.4        50      9
Avg    15   69.5      939     13.5    62.4        46    6.5

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Best of the Best...

The 2010 Associated Press NFL All Pro team is out!!!! The players are selected by a national panel of 50 members of the media. Before you check out the list...make a note that two of my Texans made the squad, Woot Woot!!!! 

Tom Brady (his 7th straight selection) was a unanimous selection so there is no second team QB...Nice!!! In my opinion it should be Michael Vick or Aaron Rodgers (my 2nd team QB)

First team


Quarterback - Tom Brady, Patriots
Running backs - Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Arian Foster, Texans
Fullback - Vonta Leach, Texans
Tight end - Jason Witten, Cowboys.
Wide receivers - Roddy White, Falcons; Reggie Wayne, Colts
Tackles - Jake Long, Miami; Joe Thomas, Browns
Guards - Logan Mankins, Patriots; Jahri Evans, Saints
Center - Nick Mangold, Jets
Kicker - Billy Cundiff, Ravens
Kick returner - Devin Hester, Bears
Special Teams - Eric Weems, Falcons


Ends - Julius Peppers, Bears; John Abraham, Falcons
Tackles - Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Ndamukong Suh, Lions
Outside linebackers - Clay Matthews, Packers; James Harrison, Steelers
Inside linebackers - Patrick Willis, 49ers; Jerod Mayo, Patriots
Cornerbacks - Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders; Darrelle Revis, Jets
Safeties - Troy Polamalu, Steelers; Ed Reed, Ravens
Punter - Shane Lechler, Raiders

Second team


Running backs - Adrian Peterson; Vikings, Michael Turner; Falcons
Fullback - Ovie Mughelli; Falcons
Tight end - Antonio Gates; Chargers
Wide receivers - Brandon Lloyd; Broncos, Calvin Johnson; Lions, Dwayne Bowe; Chiefs
Tackles - Jason Peters; Eagles, Sebastian Vollmer; Patriots
Guards - Chris Snee;Giants, Carl Nicks; Saints 
Center - Maurkice Pouncey; Steelers
Kicker - David Akers; Eagles
Kick returner - Leon Washington; Seahawks


Ends - Justin Tuck; Giants, Osi Umeniyora; Giants
Tackles - Vince Wilfork; Patriots, Kyle Williams; Bills 
Outside linebackers - DeMarcus Ware; Cowboys, Cameron Wake; Dolphins
Inside linebackers - Ray Lewis; Ravens, Brian Urlacher; Bears
Cornerbacks - Devin McCourty; Patriots, Charles Woodson; Packers
Safeties - Nick Collins; Packers, Antrel Rolle; Giants, Eric Weddle; Chargers, Malcolm Jenkins; Saints, Quintin Mikell; Eagles, Chris Harris; Bears, Michael Huff; Raiders, Michael Griffin; Titans, Darren Sharper; Saints (these guys tied for 2nd team)
Punter - Mat McBriar; Cowboys

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Separated At Birth....Super Bowl Edition

I just came up with a new post topic...Introducing "Separated At Birth", lol!!!! First up....Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and his two brothers from another mother... What do y'all think?

Mike Tomlin and Black Eyed Peas Will. I. Am....Yes or No????

Mike Tomlin and actor Omar Epps....Yes or No????

And my Wildcard...

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and DJ Drama

What do y'all think? 


Super Bowl XLV is set!!!! 

Green Bay Packers (NFC) 
Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)

February 6, 2011, Kickoff 6:25PM EST (FOX)
Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
National Anthem: Christina Aguilera
Halftime: Black Eyed Peas
Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman

Meet the Browns...

Congratulations are in order for songstress Monica Arnold and Los Angeles Lakers baller Shannon Brown...the couple has kept it a secret for a minute but word has got out that they had a private ceremony on November 22nd and they are now husband and wife. WOW!!!!

The two met this summer on the set on Monica's "Love All Over Me" video...can we say art definitely imitates life in their situation? Check out the pic from their small ceremony at their LA home (just Monica, Shannon and two witnesses) below...Monica looks so beautiful in her Donna Karen dress! The couple will have a big ceremony for family and friends in July...
Congrats...they make such a beautiful couple...I love, love!

Where it all started....

Fashion Spotlight...

I guess making money runs deep in the Simmons family...from Uncle Russell, Rev Run and the Simmons girls...Diggy is up next with his new sneaker line "Chivalrous Culture". The first set of the collection "Hamachi" is available in 6 different colors and retails for $80 and I must say that they are hot too!!! 
Check out the full collection at Chivalrous Culture.

Would you rock Diggy's sneakers?

And My Picks Are...Championship Week Edition

Hello All...I miss you so much, I had to refocus on some things....But I'm back, just in time to share my Championship Week picks with you. Who do you have going to Dallas? Well my picks are simple and I've had these guys on my list for a while now.  

NFC Championship Game
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

One of the most storied rivalries in the NFL will battle it out to see who's tough enough to go to the big "D". Speaking of the big "D"...defense will play a major role in this matchup, since both teams have great defensive units. But I think the thing that will stand out and will be the determining factor on the victory will be the play of these two QBs (Aaron Rodgers (Packers) and Jay Cutler (Bears))....Rodgers is coming off one of his best games in his team's victory over the Falcons last week, and I am still commending him for his explosive play...then there's Jay Cutler who made a mid season turnaround to become the real leader in the Bears offense. I like both squads but there can only be one winner and I'm rolling with the Packers....I just feel like they have all the pieces and they were my preseason NFC cheeseheads, we shall see you soon in Cowboys Stadium.

AFC Championship Game
New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Man, oh man, what a matchup...And in the words on Bart Scott, "Can't Wait!", I have been anticipating this one all week. The New York Jets are who I thought that they were, I like the overall team, their zest to win and we all know that I love love love Rex Ryan. I am still upset with the Steelers about last week's win over the Ravens, but I guess it's time to move on and focus on this week's match ups. The Steelers are a great team with a wonderful defense and a solid offense but I just feel like the Jets want it more and they always seem to step up their play depending on the competition i.e. last week against the let's be honest, who really had them winning that one....ME!!!! ***raises hands***. Since the conclusion of their win over the Patriots I saw something different in this Jets squad and I knew that I was confident enough to pick them as my AFC there you have it...I'm taking the Jets, Jets, Jets!!!! Cue the music in the tune of black and yellow..."Green and white, green and white, green and white...aight!"

Sooooo my Super Bowl XLV picks are.......

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rant of the Year!!!!

Bart Scott's reaction to his New York Jets 28-21 win over the New England Patriots...Classic...why so mad sir, you're moving over and they're going home, lol!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Shoes of the Day...

Combat boots are making a major splash this season, these lace up military boots by Burberry Prorsum caught my eye. I like the rugged feel and the price.
(Retail Value: $475)

Yves Saint Laurent makes the sexiest pumps and these gold patent leather "Tribtoo" pumps don't fail me not one bit. If I could have a pair of pumps in every color of the rainbow, I would.
(Retail Value: $677)

And My Picks Are....NFL PLAYOFFS

With the craziness that took place during Wildcard Weekend, I can only imagine how the divisional round is going to turn out...We have eight teams left on the road to Dallas, Texas for Super Bowl XLV(45) and some great match ups this week....Sooooo here goes nothing 

SIDENOTE: I'm not going to get too wordy today...Let's just get straight to the point...Who will win?

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Saturday, Jan. 15 4:30PM/ET CBS

These two teams are 1-1 in this year's series, in both contest each team won on the road. I picked the Ravens to go to the Super Bowl at the beginning of the year and the Steelers will not change anything. I'm taking the Ravens in a close nail biter. 

Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Saturday, Jan. 15 8PM/ET FOX

Both of these squads have played great ball this season but like the Ravens, I picked the Packers to go to the Super Bowl. This one is a toss up for me, and I really like the Falcons, but I'm picking the Packers in the upset. 

Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
Sunday, Jan. 16 1PM/ET FOX

Still can't believe Seattle made it this far, but after watching them last week they deserve this, the guys stepped up tremendously. But every good thing must come to an end, and I think the Bears will crush the Seahawks season in this one. 

and last but not least.....

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Sunday, Jan. 16 4:30PM/ET CBS

The biggest match up of the week...Let all the noise talking cease and get it in on the field. I am feeling myself with this week's picks and you know what, I'm taking the Jets in the upset...ok ok, I may regret this one but I think the Jets will surprise the Pats. 


Friday, January 14, 2011

My Shoes of the Day...

OMG!!!! These burgundy patent leather Yves Saint Laurent rolling sneakers are to die for...This is by far one of the best sneakers I have posted. They are also available in black and white patent leather...YUM!
(Retail Value: $400)

Ochocinco posted these on Twitter last week and they have been on my mind ever since...they are so my personality!!! They are apart of the Christian Louboutin Spring 2011 collection and they need to become a part of my collection..Hehe!
(Name and price are pending)

Morning Coffee...

Heading to the the Big Leagues: 
My favorite guy has won the Heisman, lead his team to a 14-0 season and a National Championship...what else is there for him to guessed, declare for the NFL!!!! Auburn’s star quarterback and a Sports Fashionista favorite Cameron Newton has decided to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton has choose to forgo his senior season after an explosive Junior season with the Tigers. 
"This decision was difficult for me and my family," Newton said, adding that he made it after talking to coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.
"It's been a blessing for me to be a part of something so great," he said. "Any time you win games it's a big deal, but for this school to win a BCS national championship, what a way to make people happy. Auburn is a special place that I can call home."
Honestly I like this decision, I feel like when you’re on top and your stock is high why not bounce, now the question is where will he land? According to ESPN’s Todd McShay he is the No. 3 projected QB in the draft. I’m thinking Washington Redskins at #10 or #12 Minnesota Vikings...we shall see on April 28-30 in New York City. 
Taylor Pleads Guilty: 
NFL Hall of Fame linebacker and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Lawrence Taylor has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges (one count for soliciting a prostitute and one count of sexual misconduct in having sex with a 16 year old woman  girl without consent) on Thursday, after his May 6 arrest for statutory rape. 

He is sentenced to six years probation, ordered to pay $1300, and he must register as a sex offender. Taylor will be officially sentenced on March 22 where the judge will determine what level of sex offender Taylor will have...Tsk sad.

New Coaches Announced: 
***Ding Ding*** I would like to make an announcement....Congratulations to the guys below on their new head coaching positions ***sips Moscato***
NFL Hires: 
Fox to Denver-

John Fox
Former Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox (4 year deal) is taking his talents to Denver after being fired by the 1-15 Panthers at the conclusion of this season. Fox will replace Josh McDaniels who was fired on Dec. 6th after a shaky start to the season and the videotaping scandal.

Fox may have failed in Carolina this past season but he has lead them to two conference championships and the 2004 Super Bowl that they lost to the Patriots. He will take on a 4-12 Broncos squad...I think that this was a nice landing for him, after such a horrible season in Carolina. 
Shurmur to Browns-

Former St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been named Cleveland Browns head coach. Shurmur may not be the big name that we were looking for but he’s Holmgren’s guy. He will take over where Mangini left off with the 5-11 Browns...good luck with that Shurmur, especially in a division like the AFC North...SMH. 
NCAA Hires: 

David Shaw
Shaw to Stanford-

David Shaw, 38 has been named Stanford’s new head coach after Jim Harbaugh decided to make the leap to the NFL (San Francisco 49ers). Shaw was promoted from assistant to head coach on Thursday. 
Pasqualoni... to UConn-

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni is leaving the big leagues and heading to the Big East to coach the University of Connecticut, replacing Randy Edsall as head coach. 

NBA News: 
Brandon Roy
Trailblazer Curse Continues-

Seriously what is in the water in Portland, Oregon!!!! Why is everyone’s knees so weak....Gee whiz! The Trailblazer’s curse latest victim is NBA All Star guard Brandon Roy, he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both knees...yes you read it right...BOTH KNEES!!!! This news will sideline Roy indefinite and his return is in the air. 
Melo/ Nuggets vs Heat-

The Nuggets beat the snot out of the Lebron-less Heat 130-102 last night. My lil bro JR Smith sparked his squad with 28 points and Carmelo added 21 points in the win. (And yes, he’s still with Denver!!!! Get traded already BOY...My goodness!). This is the Heat’s 2nd straight loss, Bosh had 24 and Wade dropped 16 in the loss.
OKC over Magic-

It is safe to say that Westbrook and Durant are one of the best duos in the NBA...they tag teamed the Orlando Magic in their 125-124 victory, Thursday night. Kevin Durant scored 36 points (my current MVP pick) and my boy Russell Westbrook recorded his fourth career triple double (32 points, 10 rebs, 13 assists). Oh, but I must commend Dwight Howard for a great game as well, he lead his team with 39 points and 18 rebounds. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!!!!

It's my birthday...Woot Woot!!!! So I'm going to take a day off from the blog....but I wanted to leave y'all with a couple of tidbits...

***Former Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera has been hired as the new Carolina Panthers head coach***

***No Harbaugh and No Miles...but Brady Hoke has been named University of Michigan's head coach***

***Lebron's tweet shakes ESPN...after his former team the Cavs took a beaten from the Lakers last night (112-57),  Lebron took to Twitter with this tweet "Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!" -Lebron... Ok, maybe he was right, but it wasn't appropriate in my opinion***

***Carmelo's deal is still in limbo...UGH!!!! Just come to the Rockets for God's sake***

***Baseball's all time saves leader Trevor Hoffman is retiring after 18 seasons and 601 saves***

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Staying Put...

That was quick and man was I wrong, LSU's head coach has declined on his alma mater, the University of Michigan yet again...he is staying at LSU. 

It's Back....

After fans rallied for their return through Twitter and other social networks the highly anticipated series "The Game" is back!!!!! Check out the newlyweds, Derwin and Melanie Davis along with the rest of their crew tonight at 10PM/Eastern on BET! 

My Shoes of the Day...Pierre Hardy Edition

I love these heather grey fleece high top sneakers by Pierre Hardy...I would so rock these and we all know that I don't rock sneakers...for example, I am yet to rock my Jordan Cool Greys (I'm putting them on today!)
(Retail Value: $370)

This Multicolored Suede Sandal by Pierre Hardy is too hot, and I love the color contrast...I would rock these with a LBD and some black opaque tights for a night on the town. They have a futuristic feel and I love it!
(Retail Value: $555)

Morning Coffee...

We Are The Champions:
The battle between #1 Auburn and #2 Oregon wasn’t the shootout that everyone expected but it was a good one. It started off a little slow with back to back picks...but after all the jitters were out the real game began. Oregon’s Chip Kelly had his high octane offense on a roll for a minute, even with the fancy two point conversion early. 
I was totally impressed with the play of Auburn’s defensive tackle Nick Fairley (3 tackles for loss and a sack), who was a thorn in Oregon’s side the entire night. But let me cut to the chase and get to the play of the game which sealed the victory for the Auburn Tigers. Oregon’s Eddie Pleasant #11 thought that he had Auburn’s Dyer down but boy was he wrong... Everyone thought that Dyer was down, but his knee never hit the field and the sideline informed him to keep on running and he did, for a 37 yard run, to set up the Wes Byrum’s 19 yard field goal to take the win over the Ducks 22-19. 
My guy Cam Newton was overshadowed by Dyer’s play and he wasn’t able to finish off like VY in the 2005 Rose Bowl, but he still did his thing (20-34. 265 yards, 2 TD and 1INT). Oregon’s offense, QB and Houston’s own Darron Thomas (27-40, 363 yards, 2 TD and 2INTs) played pretty good, but he needs a little more experience before making the next step and running back Heisman candidate LaMichael James who has decided to return to school had a nice showing (2 TDs). 
Michael Dyer was named “Offensive Player of the Game” and Nick Fairley was “Defensive Player of the Game”....The Ducks finished 12-1 and #3 in the AP polls....and the 14-0 National Champions finished #1 overall. Shout out to the SEC, they have claimed five championships in the last five years (LSU, Florida (2), Alabama and now Auburn)...Nice! And I must say that I was impressed yet again with Oregon’s uniforms, the Day-Glo shoes and socks aka “Highlighters” were awesome. 
Melo Deal: 

This Carmelo deal is starting to get on my nerves...make it happen already...Geez!!!! The deal that is suppose to be between the Nuggets, Pistons and Nets has been delayed yet again because all sides can not agree on the 13 being Nuggets forward Al Harrington, who the Nuggets are trying to give up for salary relief, but no one is really biting, basically the Nets aren't having it, they don’t want him ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It is way too many pieces to this puzzle to sit here and explain right now, but as soon as the deal is DONE...The Sports Fashionista will have every detail for you : ) 
My Tidbits: 
Rockets over Celtics: 
And just a little sidenote...The Houston Rockets beat the Boston Celtics last night 108-102 in Boston to hand the Celtics their second straight loss...Woot Woot!!! 
Les to Michigan?:
Louisiana State’s head coach Les Miles has met with Michigan officials about their coaching vacancy. I feel like this is Miles dream job since he is a “Michigan Man” (He played and coached for the Wolverines) ...I think he’s gone!
Petersen Stays:  
After Stanford showed much interest in Boise State’s head coach, Chris Petersen has decided to stay with the Broncos. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

And My Picks Are...Wildcard Edition

Let the games begin...It's NFL Wildcard Weekend and football on a Saturday..Woot Woot!!! I am so excited, but as I type this I still don't know who I'm rolling with in each matchup...this is hard guys, but someone has to do it and of course I don't mind ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

We have two great games today, but I'm more excited about tomorrow's matchups...Ravens/Chiefs and Packers/Eagles...ok, ok, let's deal with the present. 

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks 

Ok, so I'm seriously just getting over the fact that the (7-9) Seahawks are in the playoffs...The NFC West has got to do better...just sad (SMH!!!) The Super Bowl champions are heading up to Seattle, where the sorry Seahawks are hosting a PLAYOFF GAME!!! Crazy!!!! The Saints are going into the game with a shaky backfield, they placed running backs Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory on injured reserve earlier this week and rookie tight end Jimmy Graham is out. After being hurt in the last game of the regular season and being replaced by Charlie Whitehurst in the win, Matt Hasselbeck will start today. 

The (11-5) Saints defeated the Seahawks earlier this season 34-19 at home, and I don't see this game being any different. The lack of a backfield will hurt the Saints, but they have Reggie Bush and Julius Jones to get the carries since they will be without Thomas and Ivory. Brees must keep the ball in the right hands, 22 interceptions this year is beyond me and it's so not you, sir. I don't think Seattle will lie down and make this an easy one, c'mon it is the playoffs and people are expected to step up...but the Saints got this one in the bag, they will win by 10. 

New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts 

I have been avoiding this pick all day...and I'm still in the air...what is a girl to do. Ok, let's get this over with (wipes forehead). Can we say rematch, last year the Colts crushed Rex Ryan and his Jets in the AFC Championship game, which makes this matchup even better. The (11-5) Jets are ready for redemption as they head to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the injury ridden (10-6) Colts.

I must say that I haven't liked the play of the Jets in the last couple of games, and the "defense" that everyone speaks so highly of has been shaky. The Colts were against a wall in the last weeks of the season, as they risked being eliminated from playoff contention and I feel like this was an advantage for them...then again their QB is veteran and All Pro Peyton Manning, and you can't go wrong with that. The Jets defense must get it together in order for them to truly compete in this game and Mark Sanchez has to bring some confidence and swag to the field, or it's bye bye Jets, see ya next year. So here we go...drumroll please...ugh!!!! I'm still not sure...ok, ok, here goes nothing, I'm picking the Colts at home in a close one...they will win by a field goal. 

Morning Coffee...

Harbaugh to 49ers: 
As reported last night Jim Harbaugh is the new San Francisco 49ers head coach. Harbaugh signed on the dotted lines for a 5 year/$25 million deal. He will take over where Mike Singletary left off with the squad that finished 6-10 this past season. 

Good thing for Harbaugh is that the team is pretty decent, he may want to go on a quarterback search because Alex Smith is NOT it. Hey, Vince Young is available, you may want to jump on that. Harbaugh didn’t have to travel far from Stanford, he gets to stay in the Bay Area with the NIners gig. 
Fisher Staying in Tennessee: 
Speaking of VY, the Titans have decided to retain head coach Jeff Fisher after making the decision on Wednesday that Vince Young’s services will no longer be needed. 
"Jeff has meant a great deal to this franchise and we have reached some incredible heights under his leadership," team owner Bud Adams said in a statement Friday.
Fisher is the NFL’s longest-tenured coach and he is returning to the Titans for his 17th season with the franchise. I must say, I have always respected Fisher as a coach, even in the days of my Oilers (RIP), he is a great coach and I’m happy to see him return to Tennessee. 
Reed’s Brother: 
It hurts me to report his tragedy news but Baltimore Ravens’ All Pro safety Ed Reed’s brother Brian, 29, is missing after jumping into the Mississippi River near Saint Rose, Louisiana to elude police. 
Officers from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office had been pursuing Brian Reed, 29, in St. Rose, La., on Friday, in New Orleans reported. The man was seen jumping into the river at about 10 a.m.
Deputies say they saw Brian Reed jump into the river, go underwater and disappear, the website reported.
"The suspect jumped into the river, went about 15 feet according to the deputy," Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange, a spokesman for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, told "At some particular point they said he did witness hands and head come up and go under the water and never resurface again."
Brian Reed had been involved in a chase with police, reported. Brian Reed's car matched the description of a vehicle that almost ran another driver off the road.
Ed is expected to travel with the team to Kansas City for their AFC Wild Card matchup against the Chiefs Sunday at 1pm, but I know that his heart is heavy. Please keep Ed and the entire Reed family in your prayers. 
Source: ESPN
Cotton Bowl: 
The 75th Cotton Bowl took place last night in “Cowboy Country” aka Arlington, Texas. The #11 LSU Tigers against the #17 Texas A&M Aggies. A&M took the lead early, 10-0 but the Tigers took it from there as their spanked the Aggies 41-24. LSU’s QB Jordan Jefferson was 10-19, 158 yards 3 TDs, and 1 INT in the win. 

Now since that is out the way the rumors are starting again that LSU head coach Les Miles may be headed to Ann Arbor to coach the University of Michigan and replace Rich Rodriguez. He was the top candidate for the job three years ago when they hired Rodriguez but Miles decided to stay with LSU. I will keep you posted if MIles makes an sudden moves, lol!

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