You need to watch this.
You need to watch this.
Justin, Neal and Matt put the Super Bowl in context: How good are the Ravens compared to other SB winners? Is Joe Flacco a top-5 quarterback? What is the next step with PED testing in the NFL?
Once again, sports fans were treated to a memorable Super Bowl. The Ravens were thinking blowout until the blackout — did that affect their momentum? — and then the 49ers came all the way back to ultimately fall just short.
Meanwhile, reverberations of Ray Lewis’ alleged use of PED’s forced sports fans to consider their values — does PED use really matter to us?
And Joe Flacco emerged from a historic playoff run as an unquestioned franchise quarterback (what?).
Hear our thoughts below, and enjoy Matt’s three solid minutes of embarrassing technical confusion at the beginning.Read more →
Note: This piece refers to the playoff draft on the last HMGL podcast. If you didn’t listen to it, check it out here.
Wild Card Weekend Standings:
(+1 point for advancing to the divisional round)
Justin (3) — DEN +1, GB +1, BAL+1, IND 0
Possible this week: 4 points (DEN/BAL, GB)
Worst-case: 2 points (DEN/BAL) win, GB loses
Matt (3) — NE +1, ATL+1, Hou+1, Cincy 0
Possible this week: 4 points (NE/HOU, ATL)
Worst-case: 2 points (NE/HOU) win, ATL loses
Neal (2) — SF +1, SEA +1, WAS 0, MIN 0
Possible this week: 4 points (SF, SEA both win)
Worst-case: 0 points (SF, SEA both lose)
By Matt Ford
Better to be lucky than good.
Or, more like it, better dangerous than solid.
So who is the most dangerous team entering the 2012 NFL Playoffs?
Category One: The Psy “Gangnam Style” Award for “Congrats for Making It To The Big Time! But Now That You’re Here, You’re Going Away Quickly.”
Category Two: The Kwame Brown Award for “Just Look At Them! They Have To Be Better Than They’re Playing”
Category Three: The Looking At The Google Analytics Of HireMeGrantland.com Award for “Why Is No One Impressed By Us?”
Category Four: The Mumford and Sons Award for “Everyone Thinks We’re Underrated, But We’re Actually Overrated”
Category Five: The 2007 LeBron James Award for “We’re playing … him? Uh Oh.”Read more →
Without further ado: Matt and Justin’s discussion of the NFL playoff picture leading into the end of the regular season, with special guest Neal Suidan.
All you have to do is click here and click “Listen” or “Download” once you get to our hosting site.
Our first post is about the NFC Playoff picture leading into last week’s games. Listen to how wrong we were about San Francisco after last night’s result, Neal’s analysis of his hometown Bears (and Bulls), Matt’s pipe-dream of a Redskins playoff run and more.
Our next pod is about the AFC, but includes a bonus round of which coaches should get fired (and Matt’s prediction of Chip Kelly to Carolina that he has been patting himself on the back for ever since), and Neal trying to Beautiful Mind his way through the muddy AFC North playoff picture. Justin’s breakdown of the Raiders, fortunately for you all, was omitted due to “microphone problems.”
Shortly, these episodes will be available on the iTunes store (Apple has to screen them first before they unleash our idiocy on the unwashed masses).Read more →
(Nothing like a winless week to really make you want to show your face on camera.)Read more →
Justin Elliott’s Week 14 picks… on our NEW YouTube channel!!!Read more →
By Matt Ford
Watching RGIII as a rookie is like the first time you heard OK Computer, or saw Louis CK’s standup a few years ago, or watched Barack Obama in the 2004 Democratic Convention. “Holy shit!” you think. “Do people know about this yet?”
You form a special kind of relationship with an entertainer, athlete or politician after an experience like that — you realize: “Hey, this guy could be the real deal, and I think I just saw history.” Often, I find I become invested in people like that, rooting for history just to say in a few years, “I was there…”
RGIII to the rescue. He is, by many accounts, the most exciting player in the league. He draws friendly fans to FedEx Field. His value to a shrinking fan base is unspeakable. It’s hard to root against him, even if your team is playing against him.
Robert Griffin III has revitalized one of the most valuable franchises in the world. The value of hope is what Griffin brings to the table, in addition to all those other tangible assets.Read more →
By Justin Elliott
Overall Record: 32-26-2
As you can see, until Week 12 it has basically been feast or famine with at least four wins or losses for eight straight weeks.
If I could only channel those good weeks I would have a chance at winning this thing. But the odds of that have to be like one in a million…
If my odds are good enough for Lloyd Christmas, they’re good enough for me. So onward with my Week 13 picks.Read more →