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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Eyes On NFL: The Three Best QBs This Season

The NFL has been pretty good this season despite the obvious issues. One thing that's been interesting this season has been the QB play this year. Aaron Rodgers missed an extended period of time, Deshaun Watson is out, Andrew Luck was out, and now Carson Wentz is done for the season. Still, there have been some great QBs this year, including Wentz, so with that, I gathered up some of the guys to talk about their 3 top QBs this season, let's get into it.

Of course, my list is up through week 14, so my choices should be no shock.

*Carson Wentz
-Despite the season ending injury, Wentz has been better than expected with his second year jump, led the Eagles to the best record in the NFC, has crazy elusiveness and vision for a QB as well. Can't wait to see how he does when he gets back.

*Tom Brady
-No shock here, he is 40 and still putting up numbers and running an efficient offense. That definitely matters.

*Russell Wilson
-He has been performing night in and night out with no offensive line and little to no running game and still finding ways to win. That's extremely impressive for a number of reasons.

It has been jumping up and down from QB to QB. For the first five games, the best QB was by far Alex Smith (never thought i’d say that). But that changed. Here are my three choices.

1. Russell Wilson
-Wilson has been playing at an MVP level this season. With multiple injuries affecting the team, he’s carried the Seahawks on his back, leading them to 8 wins so far, has tossed 29 TD’s and 3500 yards. I think he is the MVP this season.

2. Carson Wentz
-Extraordinary season he’s had. He made a big jump from last season, tossing 33 TD’s and has led the Eagles to an NFC best 11-2 record.

3. Tom Brady
-Tom again doing his GOAT duties. 10-3 record, leads the NFL in yards, and is on his way to another Super Bowl. What else did I expect from him?

For my three choices, I had to REALLY look into the numbers and see how things have gone. Let's take a look at my three choices.

*Tom Brady
-Based off how he’s been performing, and his low interceptions, I think you have to give Brady some credit, especially being 40. That matters a lot.

*Carson Wentz
-Despite his injury, you have to include Wentz because the Philly offense has really taken off with his play, and he's been pretty good all season, and was likely to be a top MVP candidate. 

*Drew Brees
-Despite his issues early on, it seems as if he’s playing like his old self and that has N.O. playing good football right now. Will it continue into the playoffs and to end the season? That remains to be seen.

My choices are tough to pick because there are a lot of good QBs who will miss my list. I'll keep it simple and list my three and a small reason like everyone else.

*Carson Wentz
-The Best QB this season. Mainly because he isn't a legend. He isn't Rodgers. He isn't Big Ben. He isn't Cam. He isn't Brees. And he was never expected to be. However, he led the Eagles to an amazing 11-2 run and though he will miss the rest of the season, he is still the best QB this year and the most improved in the league. Period.

*Russell Wilson
-The Seahawks have no offensive line and their secondary is a bit depleted, but Russell Wilson has led them with ease. He's been getting banged up a bit, but he's a perennial MVP candidate and with a few more wins under his belt, he might just be able to pull away with the trophy. His numbers are outstanding and his ability is beyond belief. Russ is my 2nd choice for the best QB this year.

*Tom Brady
-I have never been a Brady fan. With that being said, I still think there is much to be said about his performance this season. The Patriots are 10-3 and will likely end up with that first round bye week in the playoffs and possibly home field advantage. That's mostly due to Brady. Sure, he has a number of weapons on offense, but it's his accuracy and poise on the field that drives that team. Brady is another favorite for MVP and with Wentz out, he could very well win it.

Big Ben, Cam Newton, Alex Smith, and Philip Rivers have had good but somewhat inconsistent years, but overall, they just didn't make any of our lists. Still, this is a good year for QBs... at least from a stats perspective. Who are your top 3? Tell us in the comments below.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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EOTR Tag Team Tuesdays: 5 New Generation Tag Teams

By @TrueGodImmortal

Today, I wanted to do something slightly different. Sure, we talk tag teams every Tuesday, but one era of wrestling that we rarely discuss is the New Generation Era. With Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels as the top two singles stars, the tag division was full of gimmicks and interesting teams. There were no true clear cut ahead of the pack teams, but I do think some of them had better moments than the others. Let's take a look at 5 New Generation Tag Teams that made an impact.

*The Smoking Gunns 

-In a way, this team is the best of the era and it's not close. The Smoking Gunns are the most important team of the New Generation and they would be the reason we see Billy Gunn as a true tag team wrestler. Bart and Billy Gunn worked together for years in a cowboy team gimmick, which really doesn't seem to be an interesting gimmick overall, but they made it work. They lasted the entire New Generation era, going from 1993 to 1996, and they were honestly a joy to watch in the ring together. They were solid in ring guys and had a gimmick that the typical wrestling crowd seemed to love. 1995 was the biggest year for the team as they won the tag titles multiple times and had some solid matches in that time. 1996 was a little different, as Billy got injured and the Gunns lost the titles, but their feud with the Godwinns would be big for the WWF. They would turn heel and get managed by Sunny before eventually splitting. The truth be told, the Smoking Gunns are one of the best teams in WWF history so it was a must they got featured on this article.

*The Bodydonnas 

-Chris Candido is an underrated wrestler in history and his work over the years was important in the world of pro wrestling. However, one of his oddest moments came as a member of the Bodydonnas. As Skip, he worked alongside Zip and they were managed by Sunny (and eventually the weird crossdressing Cloudy.... which is still odd today). The gimmick was poorly executed, but they could actually wrestle and that made a huge difference overall. They were tag team champions before and while their reigns weren't very eventful, they stand out as one of the better teams in the New Generation.

*The Headshrinkers 

-Samu and Fatu essentially started the Headshrinkers, and I'll be honest, I wasn't a big fan of this team initially. I did enjoy their work against The Steiners at Wrestlemania 9, but all in all, the team was merely an extension of the Wild Samoans so they weren't as prevalent as they probably should have been. They would feud with Men On A Mission and Smoking Gunns during their hottest period, and eventually Samu was replaced with Sione. However, Sione and Fatu didn't have the same success as Samu and Fatu, as Samu and Fatu were tag team champions and managed to be near the top of the tag team ladder throughout their entire run. The Headshrinkers weren't legends, but they were a noteworthy team in the era.

*Owen Hart And Yokozuna

-Surprisingly, this is the best makeshift team in the New Generation Era. Owen Hart had proven himself as a singles competitor, while Yokozuna was one of the premier stars in the WWF. When they teamed up under the element of surprise, it was only a matter of time before they would run everything. Their first night together would prove to be a big deal, as Yokozuna returned at Wrestlemania 11 to help Owen defeat the Smoking Gunns. With Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette by their side, they had two great managers and after their title win, they would reek havoc on the entire tag division for a while. After a nice 175 day reign, the two lost their belts but would get them back and lose them the same night to the Smoking Gunns. While short-lived, the Owen and Yokozuna team was one of the best of the entire era.

*The Allied Powers 

-An underrated team, the Allied Powers never quite lived up to their potential. I mean, Lex Lugar was a main event talent and the British Bulldog was right there on the cusp of the main event regularly. Together, they should have been tag team champions and running the division. However, WWF seemed hellbent on making them lose and not get a tag team title reign. It's honestly the most confusing thing about this team, as there is no reason why they didn't dethrone Owen and Yokozuna as champions. They had matches with teams like Well Dunn, The Heavenly Bodies, and The Million Dollar Corporation, but the Allied Powers were defeated by Owen and Yokozuna and then they broke up shortly after, with Luger leaving the company. I wish we could have watched this team last a little longer and win the belts, but they were still pretty noteworthy in their short time together.


Monday, December 11, 2017

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Eyes On NJPW: Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega

By @TrueGodImmortal

Winter is coming. January is approaching. Which means Wrestle Kingdom is on the way. It's about that time of year where the annual big event for New Japan comes and blows everything else out of the water. The beginning of 2018 will see an amazing card in the Tokyo Dome, with some big names on it. Of course, many are familiar with Okada, Naito, Kushida, Tanahashi, and more, as they are the NJPW regulars, but this event will see the arrival of the most shocking name to grace a NJPW card in quite some time. Chris Jericho, who has been in the WWE for nearly 19 years now, has made the decision to step back into the ring for another company, as he is currently a free agent. With a huge cruise coming up later on in 2018, one can assume this could lead to bigger things in the future, but one would have to wait to confirm that.

However, what doesn't need to be confirmed, is that Jericho will challenge for the IWGP United States Title against the most popular NJPW wrestler in the United States, Kenny Omega. The feud began online through tweets and a bit of random taunting, but it would end up spilling over and getting more intense. The announcement was made when Jericho appeared on the screen at a NJPW show with a solid promo that set the tone and made the challenge. The match was set for January 4, 2018 and the wrestling world was rocked to their very foundation. What did the WWE think of this? Was Vince okay with the match being made? Would Jericho be making a statement by taking this match? Was he done with WWE? Is Omega going to WWE after WK12? So many questions were asked, and while we don't have definitive answers, one thing we seem to know is that this doesn't affect his relationship with the WWE. Jericho is free to go back to WWE after WK12, and many signs pointing to him going back, probably in the summer since his schedule will be booked during the Rumble and Mania.

As for Omega, he seems committed to the NJPW world for the time being and this is just another stepping stone for him in terms of legacy. Omega is becoming one of the best in the era and he will only cement himself as one of the greatest with this match. Will Omega end up winning this contest? All signs point to yes, but the journey of getting there is what will make this an intriguing matchup and possibly a match of the night candidate. Both men have something to prove, though for different reasons. For Jericho, this is his first match in months and a chance to prove that he still can hang with the best of the best. For Omega, this is essentially a once in a lifetime moment that will only come along once (maybe twice) in New Japan. With a heavy resume already, adding a legend like Jericho is paramount to the furthering of Omega's career. Essentially, this is the biggest match of his career. For both men, the opportunity to go out there and steal the spotlight might be too much to pass up honestly. They will give it their all in an effort to make a classic.

They had their first encounter this weekend as Jericho appeared to give Omega a code breaker and bloody him up. Time will tell if Omega strikes back, but the stage is now set. Omega. Jericho. Wrestle Kingdom 12. Surely, Omega will win, but the beauty will be in how the match plays out. I expect a possible classic if they are given 25-30 minutes to go out there and electrify. It's only a few weeks away. It's almost here. Chris Jericho. Kenny Omega. Wrestle Kingdom 12. We can't wait.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Eyes On Smackdown Live: The Worst Of 2017

By @TrueGodImmortal

Smackdown in 2016 was the best thing in the WWE and as 2017 came along, it was still king in the company. With Daniel Bryan as the General Manager and Shane McMahon as the Commissioner, Smackdown has had a number of ups and downs over the year and today, we will take a look at the worst of the show this year. The truth of the matter is, there were a few things that really took the life out of Smackdown during the Wrestlemania season and beyond. Which of those decisions took the momentum from the Blue Brand? Let's take a look at those decisions. 

*John Cena Wins WWE Title From AJ Styles 

-For a Cena fan, I'm sure this was a good decision. However, what was advanced by just giving Cena his 16th title reign and cutting AJ's reign short? Nothing. The truth of the matter is, Smackdown had a great champion in AJ and the fact that he held so many wins over Cena was great. This did nothing to change the title picture, especially considering the fact that Cena would go on to lose the belt at the very next PPV. This was just an unnecessary title change just to give Cena another notch under his belt.

*Too Much Shane McMahon 

-I don't mind Shane as a performer but I'll be the first to admit, I have no desire to see him wrestling anymore. Shane is older, isn't that gifted in the ring, and his feuds don't carry that much for me as a viewer. He will go above and beyond to make his matches fun, but the one dreaded thing about WWE is the overused McMahon play they haven't seen as an issue. For one, despite AJ Styles vs Shane being a solid match at Mania, one would only wish for a different match for AJ because it really didn't seem like a win for Styles honestly. Shane would end up wrestling once more in a singles match, fighting Kevin Owens in a solid Hell In A Cell match that only happened to showcase Shane falling off the side of the cell. Then, as if that wasn't enough, Shane would make himself the team captain at Survivor Series for Smackdown and would end up as the last remaining member of the team instead of Cena, Orton, Nakamura, and Roode, which was a horrible decision. Smackdown is doing well now, but truth be told, we could use less Shane this year and beyond. 

*Randy Orton Winning The WWE Title 

-I assumed when Orton feuded with Bray Wyatt that we would get a great feud for the WWE Title and that Bray would get a few wins over him to retain his title and get momentum. I was wrong. Orton would end up defeating Bray at Wrestlemania for the title just a month and some change after Bray had won it. It was hot potato with the title in the early part of the year and with all of the talent on the roster, the fact that they gave the belt to both Cena and Orton in the same year at this point is honestly hilarious yet also ridiculous. I thought that when WWE gave the belt to Orton that it couldn't possibly get worse this year. I was VERY VERY WRONG.

*The Jinder Mahal Experiment 

-The worst part of Smackdown this year and it isn't even close. Who the fuck came up with this idea? Really? I mean REALLY. Honestly. Like.... what the hell. Trust me, I'm all for newer stars getting shots, but usually when you do that, you pick guys who are overlooked, guys who are popular, guys who the fans have been asking to see in more matches. That was NOT the case with Jinder. No one, and I mean, no one was asking for this shit. At all. Sure, there are idiots who call themselves fans who jumped on the bandwagon, but those are sheep who take whatever they get and like it. The fact remains, Jinder ruined the entire flow of the show and his reign was a bunch of shit that went on far too long. Sure, a month or two reign would be okay during the early Summer, but there was no way you could actually let him hold the belt for the better part of the year.... right? Well, apparently, the WWE was hellbent on trying to force this narrative that Jinder could bring in the Indian audience. It failed. Miserably. Ratings dropped. Revenue dropped. Interest dropped. The naive fans would say Jinder is great, but don't be stupid. He's been one of the worst elements of the entire program and he can't cut a good promo or wrestle good matches regularly to save his life. This was the worst of Smackdown this year.

*The Mishandling Of Shinsuke Nakamura

-Nakamura is a star. He's the man. He's popular. He's the top wrestler IMO besides AJ Styles on the roster and somehow, the WWE doesn't know how to book him. After a few noteworthy wins over John Cena and Randy Orton, they would have him lose to Jinder Mahal twice, for no reason, then they would make him the first wrestler eliminated at Survivor Series. It's simple. Book him strong. Make him win matches. Give him a true title shot and a title reign. One can only hope the WWE actually gives him the Royal Rumble win and the Wrestlemania main event against AJ Styles for the WWE Title, which would be the biggest match possible on Smackdown.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Eyes On NFL: Week 14 Games To Watch

By @TrueGodImmortal

As the playoffs and the end of the regular season get closer and closer, it's only right we return with a look at Week 14 and these huge games that will go down this week. While there are some games that won't matter as much, there are plenty of games that do matter and those are the ones we will focus on here. Division rivalries, jockeying for playoff positioning and more, this week is a pivotal week in the NFL. Let's take a look.

*New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons

-This is a huge game for the NFC South. The Saints are 9-3 and they have all the momentum in the world. Brees isn't the same QB we have come to know, but Ingram and Kamara have picked up the slack for the offense and their defense has played much better than the first few weeks. The Falcons are struggling some, but they have one last shot at the playoffs and this game is the one. If they can pull off a win here, they stay alive in the hunt. If the Saints win, they are pretty much out of the picture, or at least their road to make the playoffs from 7-6 with the type of schedule they have is going to be extremely tough. This game is big for both teams as the Saints would inch closer to a NFC South title with a win, and the Falcons keep their playoff hopes alive with a win.

*Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders 

-This game could end up being the determining factor in who wins the AFC West. These teams are tied for the no. 1 spot with the Chargers and both teams need a win. Expect both teams to play their hardest and go as hard as possible here. I don't know who will walk away with the win, but the Chiefs have to turn it around after a long losing streak, while the Raiders are building momentum. It'll come down to who wants it more, and with playoff possibilities riding on a game like this one, this should be a classic. 

*Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers 

-This game means a lot for both teams. It really does. The Vikings are at the top of the NFC. The Panthers are still in the Wildcard. Home field advantage in the playoffs is important and the Vikings inch closer to it and lock up their NFC North title with a win here. For Case Keenum and their offense, they need to exploit the Panthers defense. For the Panthers, Cam Newton has to play well and their defense has to step up. For the Panthers, a win here keeps their NFC South title hopes alive and also keeps them in the playoff hunt. The Vikings are solidified almost in the playoffs now, but a win here makes them ahead of the pack. Big game for both.

*Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Rams 

-This game is huge. Two of the most exciting teams in the NFL go at it with two of the most intriguing second year QBs going at it. Will this be a classic? Let's see. Two great offenses and two very good defenses both fighting to hold onto their top playoff spots? I would have to guess this will turn out to be a classic and if you would have told me last year that a primetime game of Carson Wentz vs Jared Goff would be an anticipated game for me, I would have laughed in your face. However, here we are and I'm excited for the game. It should be great. I pick the Eagles to barely pull out a close game that goes down to the wire.

*Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers 

-A really important game, this could decide the AFC North division. Will the Ravens win out the rest of the season? If they pull off this victory, it's very possible. The Steelers have this physical game to look forward to, after their rough battle with the Bengals, and they have another battle with the Patriots following it. This is a game for the Ravens to steal and I think they will. Their offense is getting better and with the Steelers banged up, they might be able to pull this one off.

There are more games to look out for like the Seahawks vs the Jaguars, and of course, we might want to see how Josh Gordon does in his second game back, but these five games are the ones to look out for. This could be the best week of the season so far.