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The 10 Best Finishes To A Sporting Event In My Lifetime

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In honor of the wild and crazy finish to last Saturday’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn (on Bo Jackson’s birthday, no less), and because we love lists, we put together the 10 best finishes to a sporting event in my lifetime.

The rules are pretty simple:

  1. It had to be within my lifetime (1981-present), so plays like the Shot Heard ‘Round The World (aka “The Giants win the pennant!”) or the Immaculate Reception don’t count.
  2. The game had to be decided on the last play of the game. If the play after the crazy play that was a mere formality (i.e. a kneel down, an inbounds pass to run out the clock, etc.), it doesn’t count. That eliminates Larry Johnson’s 4-point play, the Helmet Catch or Ray Allen’s championship-saving 3-pointer.

With that said, here’s the list (in chronological order).

1. Cal vs. Stanford: The Play, 1982
Even the most casual football fan knows about the time the band was out on the field. Little-known fact: The Cal win prevented Stanford QB John Elway (yes, that John Elway) from ever playing in a bowl game.

2. Hail Flutie (Boston College vs. Miami, 1984)
You ever wonder why now every middle-tier school in America wants to play Division I football? The Flutie Effect

3. Bill Buckner (Red Sox vs. Mets, 1986 World Series, Game 6)
The loss wasn’t entirely Buckner’s fault, as the game was already tied thanks to a passed ball two pitches before, but everyone remembers the slow roller up the line.

4. Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run (Athletics vs. Dodgers, 1988 World Series, Game 1)
Kirk Gibson, with two injured legs and fighting a stomach virus, comes to bat against Dennis Eckersley in the bottom on the ninth, down a run. Jack Buck still hasn’t believed what he just saw.

5. The Shot (Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 NCAA East Regional Final)
Grant Hill’s perfect pass sets up Christian Laettner’s shot that sends Duke to the Final Four. Moral of the story? ALWAYS guard the guy inbounding the ball.

6. Joe Carter’s walk-off home run (Phillies vs. Blue Jays, 1992 World Series, Game 6)
There have been 113 World Series played. Two have ended on home runs. Nuff said. Touch ‘em all, Joe.

7. One Yard Short (Rams vs. Titans, Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000)
After pulling off the Music City Miracle in the Wild Card round, the Titans believed they were a team of destiny. Mike Jones (WHO!) had other ideas.

8. Big Shot Bob (Kings vs. Lakers, 2002 Western Conference Finals, Game 5)
He had hit big shots before, but Robert Horry earned the nickname with this shot. What if Vlade Divac doesn’t tap the ball toward halfcourt? BTW, the Kings haven’t been heard from since.

9. The Fish Swish aka 0.4 (Lakers vs. Spurs, 2004 NBA Western Conference Semifinals, Game 6)
After Tim Duncan hits a fadeaway at the top of the key to give the Spurs a one-point lead, Derek Fisher’s shot gives the Lakers the win. They go on to win the series in six and march to the conference finals.

10. Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers, 2012
Manchester City, needing a win to secure the Barclays Premier League title (and preventing their hated rivals Manchester United from winning it all), are down a goal with four minutes left. Sergio Aguero will never have to buy a drink in the blue half of Manchester ever again.

Honorable Mention
Blackhawks vs, Flyers, 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6
Patrick Kane scores the Cup winner and UOENO.

Aaron F—— Boone, 2003 ALCS Game 7
Down to their last five outs, the Yankees tie it in the 8th and win it in the 11th.

NC State vs. Houston, 1983 NCAA National Championship
Jimmy V is still looking for someone to hug.

Boise State vs. Oklahoma, 2007 Fiesta Bowl
This game gives the Iron Bowl a run for its money in great college football games

Valparaiso vs Ole Miss, 1998 NCAA East Region 1st Round
Bryce Drew’s shot gives #13 seed Valpo the win over #4 Ole Miss in a play that surprisingly, I’ve never seen run since

Did I forget one? Let us know!

This Is It | 11.20.13: NFL Week 11 & What’s Wrong With The Brooklyn Nets?

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Strafe, Young Ness and McFly discuss the controversial end to the Pats-Panthers game, the eight teams that can win the Super Bowl and the struggling Brooklyn Nets. Then Ness and Strafe get into an argument about Tony Allen kicking Chris Paul in the face.

- Patriots-Panthers recap (0:00)
- Who are the Super Bowl contenders? (10:00)
- What’s wrong with the Brooklyn Nets? (31:30)
- Did Tony Allen mean to kick Chris Paul in the face? (43:45)

This Is It | 11.6.13: The People vs. Jonathan Martin

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Strafe, Dr. J & @BrieVanessa discuss why the Ravens suck, why the Jets are good, why the Chiefs are underrated, why the Broncos are overrated and if Richie Incognito really bullied Jonathan Martin.

 

Strafe’s NFL Picks for Week 7

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It usually takes me four weeks to figure out where the teams are, from a gambling perspective.

Not this year. I felt as clueless as ever after four weeks.

After this past Sunday’s games, I think I’ve finally nailed a few ground rules for the 2013 season. You’ll see them along with this week’s picks. (Home team in CAPS.)

ARIZONA (+6.5) over Seattle
It’s probably better for you that you see my Thursday night pick on Fridays at this point. (Although ‘Zona was 30 yards away from the backdoor cover late in the fourth. But I digress.)

PHILADELPHIA (-2.5) over Dallas
Rule No. 1: Avoid taking Dallas when they’re giving points against a good offense. Philly can score and the Dallas defense has 1.5 guys I’m afraid of.

WASHINGTON (-1.5) over Chicago
I had both these teams falling off a cliff this season. So far the ‘Skins have held up their end of the bargain. Looks like Robert Garbage Time III is getting his legs back. I can see Shanahan read option-ing all over the not-as-stout-as-you-think Bears’ defense.

Cincinnati (+2.5) over DETROIT
Rule No. 2: Cincinnati plays to their level of competition. They can beat anyone and lose to anyone. Just be safe and take the points.

ATLANTA  (-7.5) over Tampa Bay
I refuse to pick a shaky rookie QB on the road against a team coming off a bye.

Buffalo (+8.5) over MIAMI
I am telling you right now, if Matt Flynn ends up starting, TAKE MIAMI.

New England (-3.5) over NY JETS
No matter what a delirious Jets fan tells you, this is their Super Bowl, so they’ll play hard and… wait a minute… oh… my… God… it’s GRONNNNNK!

CAROLINA (-6.5) over St. Louis
I like Carolina’s front seven against any shaky QB. No matter what the Texans tried to pull last week, Sam Bradford is a shaky QB.

JACKSONVILLE (+7.5) over San Diego (UNDERDOG SPECIAL)
West Coast team traveling 2,300 miles east on a short week for a 1 pm game. Backdoor cover, at the very least. I think.

KANSAS CITY (-6.5) over Houston (LOCK OF THE WEEK)
Case Keenum. On the road. In #ARROWHEAD. Yeah, aight.

San Francisco (-4.5) over TENNESSEE
I refuse to pick Ryan Fitzpatrick unless he’s getting more than a TD.

Baltimore (+2.5) over PITTSBURGH
The former “Best Rivalry In Football” titleholder. This game should always be Home Team -3, and you should always take the points. (Especially when the home team is 1-4.)

GREEN BAY (-10.5) over Cleveland
The extra half point is enticing… but not enough to take the QB who thought THIS was a good decision.

INDIANAPOLIS (+6.5) over Denver (UPSET SPECIAL)
The passing of the torch. Colts 24, Broncos 21

Minnesota (+3.5) over NY GIANTS
Rule No. 3: I refuse to take any 0-6 team giving points, period.

Last Week: 8-7
This Season: 39-53

This Is It | 10.16.13: The (NFC) East Coast Bias

nfceastqbsThe guys discuss why the NFC East doesn’t get the same treatment that the NFC West got three years ago for being a terrible division (led by a subpar Cowboys team). They also discuss if Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s version of Derrick Rose and which team will sign Robinson Cano.

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This Is It | 10.16.13: Same Old Sorry Ass Jets… & Giants

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The fellas discuss whether or not the Giants should just throw in the towel and tank the rest of the season. Later, Strafe calls Landon (@Harlem4Dais) for a very spirited Hater’s Call about the New York Jets (19 minute mark).

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Strafe’s NFL Picks for Week 6

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I have a few rules when it comes to sports gambling.

Rule No. 1: “I WILL NOT LOSE.  When in doubt, take the points.”

Another rule is, “If you give me 20+ points in an NFL game, I’m taking the points.”

In Week 3, the Jacksonville Jaguars got 19.5 points against the Seahawks in Seattle. I took the 19.5. Of course, the Seahawks won by 28.

In Week 5, the Jaguars got 11.5 points against the Rams (the RAMS!!!). I took the 11.5. Of course, the Rams won by 14.

In Week 6, the Jags are getting anywhere between 26.5 and 28 points against the Broncos. I’m struggling with this line.

The case to pick Denver: They’re undefeated. Their average margin of victory is 18.2 points. Their point totals this season: 49, 41, 37, 52, 51. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are winless. Their average margin of defeat is 22.4 points. Their point totals this season: 2, 9, 17, 3, 20.

The case to pick Jacksonville: They’re an NFL team getting 26.5 points. And they’ve heard about it all week. Purely they must have some pride.

I am absolutely torn on this one… which means take the points… right?

We’ll see.

Here are the Week 6 picks.  (Home team in CAPS)

NY Giants (+7.5) over CHICAGO
I had Chicago until 8:29 PM EDT. Excellent flip-flop by me.

TAMPA BAY (+0.5) over Philadelphia
Nicke Foles on the road vs. Mike Glennon at home. Ugh. When in doubt…

MINNESOTA (-2.5) over Carolina
Win or lose, our prayers are with Adrian Peterson and his family.

Detroit (-2.5) over CLEVELAND
Like last week, I retain the right to switch this pick if Megatron is out.

BALTIMORE (+2.5) over Green Bay
The Patriots have the best home record in the NFL since ’08. Guess who’s No. 2?

HOUSTON (-7.5) over St. Louis
Matt Schaub has to get it together against the Rams… right?

Cincinnati (-7.5) over BUFFALO
Did you see Jeff Tuel last week? Thad Lewis was BEHIND HIM.

KANSAS CITY (-8.5) over Oakland
Very tempted to take 8.5 in a divisional game. But not in #ARROWHEAD.

Pittsburgh (+2.5) over NY JETS (UPSET SPECIAL)
If I have any chance of winning my Jets under 5.5 wins bet with @Harlem4Dais, I need (shuddering) a Steelers win. Sorry Raven Nation… this is business.

SEATTLE (-13.5) over Tennessee (LOCK OF THE WEEK)
Ryan Fitzpatrick on the road.

Jacksonville (+26.5) over DENVER
See Rule No. 1

New Orleans (+2.5) over NEW ENGLAND
New England 31, New Orleans 30

Arizona (+11.5) over SAN FRANCISCO  (UNDERDOG SPECIAL)
Arizona may have its issues… stopping the run is not one of them.

DALLAS (+5.5) over Washington
Dallas wins but not by much.

Last Week: 8-6
This Season: 32-45

This Is It | 10.9.13: Romo Being Romo (And The Falcons Stink)

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Strafe, Cousin D, Dr. J. Joe Sargent & Midtown Mo discuss if Tony Romo gets a bad rap (and if they would take Matt Schaub over him),  who will beat the Broncos first and recap their NFL predictions at the quarter-season mark. They also give a Hater’s Call to Falcons fan Carson after the Jets’ surprising win in Atlanta.

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SHOW SCHEDULE

00:00 –  Is the Tony Romo criticism fair?
11:00 –  Tony Romo vs. Matt Schaub and the Super Bowl effect on a QB
22:20 –  Who beats the Broncos first?
27:37 – The Atlanta Falcons are in trouble
35:45 – Hater’s Call: Carson (Falcons)
52:00 – Reviewing our NFL preseason predictions after the quarter mark

 

Strafe’s NFL Picks For Week 5

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***UPDATE*** Picks updated Sunday at 11:52 AM EDT with news that Lions WR Calvin Johnson is inactive against Green Bay.

Every week, I pick against the Cleveland Browns. It doesn’t matter if they’re giving points or taking points. I pick against the Browns every week.

And every week, I lose.

Well, not EVERY week. I picked against them Week 1, when they were giving 1/2 point to the Dolphins at home. Miami’s 23-10 further solidified my future decision to pick against the Browns.

Why do I pick against the Browns? Simple. They’re the Browns.

Ask yourself… how many times in the last three years have you felt REALLY comfortable picking the Browns?

Even after they beat me three straight weeks, I felt hella confident picking against them this week at home against the Bills, for these reasons:

  1. They’re the Browns.
  2. IMHO, the Browns shouldn’t give 4.5 to anyone.
  3. They’re the Browns.

Of course, what happens last night? Brown 37, Bills 24 (A game in which the Bills led 24-17 halfway through the 3rd quarter)

Partially due to the guy above in white, Jeff Tuel.

If Manuel plays the entire game, the Bills probably cover. But he didn’t. And they didn’t.

Maybe God is trying to tell me something. And this is the same God who hates Cleveland.

Next week, the Browns host Detroit. We’ll see who I pick then.

Here are the Week 5 picks. (Home team in CAPS)

Buffalo (+4.5) over CLEVELAND (Bollocks)
Seattle (-2.5) over INDIANAPOLIS
CINCINNATI (-1.5) over New England
Baltimore (+2.5) over MIAMI
Jacksonville (+11.5) over ST. LOUIS (Jacksonville, if you don’t cover against THESE guys…)
Kansas City (-2.5) over TENNESSEE
New Orleans (+0.5) over CHICAGO (UPSET SPECIAL: The Saints win outright.)
GREEN BAY (-6.5) over Detroit
NY GIANTS (-2.5) over Philadelphia
Carolina (-1.5) over ARIZONA
DALLAS (+7.5) over Denver (UNDERDOG SPECIAL: This is the best pass rush Peyton’s seen all year.)
OAKLAND (+4.5) over San Diego
SAN FRANCISCO (-6.5) over Houston
ATLANTA (-8.5) over NY Jets (LOCK OF THE WEEK: Falcons 31, Jets 10)

Last Week: 6-9
This Season: 23-40

This Is It | 10.2.13: In Front of My Family, Dawg? (or, Poor Lane Kiffin)

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Strafe, McFly, Ness and Joe Sargent discuss Week 4 in the NFL, if Lane Kiffin’s firing was dirty and if the Jaguars are the worst NFL team they’ve ever seen.

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