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From the Pitch The Big Red White And Blue Machine

The United States Women’s Soccer team after defeating New Zealand 3-1 on Friday night in Denver, Colorado.    They were led by two goals by Julie Ertz in the first half.   Hannah Wilkinson cut the U.S lead to 2-1 in the 75th minute.   Then four minutes later, Alex Morgan  scored to make the margin 3 to 1.    The rematch took place Tuesday night in Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.    A crowd of 30,596 saw the United States dominated New Zealand. The United States played in a 4-4-3 formation and the game was scoreless for the first 36 minutes.  Lindsay Horan headed a pass from Samantha Mewis to give the U.S a 1-0 lead.   Horan would assist on a Mallory Pugh goal in the 44th minute to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Alex Morgan would score in the 46th minute to increase the U.S lead to 3-0.  Lynn Williams would add to the lead in the 55th minute for a 4-0 lead.    Morgan would score her second goal of the game in the 69th minute to make the final 5-0.   The United States will play South Korea on October 19th in the New Orleans Superdome and on the 22nd in Cary, North Carolina.    In November they have two matches against Canada.  One is on November 9th at Vancouver’s BC Place, site of Women’s World Cup 2015 Final in which they defeated Japan 5-2.   Then have a rematch on November 12th at site TBD in the United States.

 

 

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Canelo Vs Triple G

I just watched the Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin middleweight title fight from Saturday night from Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena.  Fight judge, Adalaide Byrd scoring the fight 118-110 for Canelo and it was declared a split decision draw.   I decided to score the fight and after watching I knew that Triple G should have won.     I scored the fight 116 to 112 for Triple G and he dominated the 3rd round to the 9th round.  Canelo won four rounds because he took the fight to Triple G in the 1st, 3rd, 10th, and the 12 round.  It is embarrassing that a fight of this magnitude ends in a draw.     Boxing will never be back until these judging decisions are addressed.  It is either corruption, incompetence, or both.   No wonder ESPN analyst and Hall of Fame trainer Teddy Atlas was so upset about the decision.

2017 Steelers Week Two Vs Vikings

The Pittsburgh Steelers had some improvements in the running game with Le’veon Bell rushing for 87 yards.   Ben Roethlisberger threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns.   The defense had two sacks and a fumble recovery. They shut down the Minnesota Vikings running game.  The offensive line had to deal with some changes due to injuries.   They also struggled on 3rd down going 3-13 and went 2-4 in the red zone. They had 10 penalties for 72 yards and they have to cut down on the mistakes.  Special teams was outstanding for the second straight week.   They stopped a fake punt by the Vikings.  Chris Boswell kicked four field goals and 2 extra points.  It equals to a 26- 9 win for the Steelers and they are 2 and 0.   They take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field next Sunday with the kickoff at 1:00 P.M.

2017 NFL Week 3 Picks

Here is my picks for NFL Week 3.

LA Rams defeat SF 49ers

Baltimore defeat Jacksonville

Denver defeat Buffalo

Carolina defeat New Orleans

Atlanta defeat Detroit

Pittsburgh defeat Chicago

Cleveland defeat Indianapolis

Tampa Bay defeat Minnesota

New England defeat Houston

Miami defeat NY Jets

NY Giants defeat Philadelphia

Seattle defeat Tennessee

Green Bay defeat Cincinnati

Kansas City defeat LA Chargers

Oakland defeat Washington

Arizona defeat Dallas

 

2017 NFL Week 2 Picks

Here are my NFL Picks for Week 2.

Houston defeat Cincinnati

Carolina defeat Buffalo

Baltimore defeat Cleveland

Arizona defeat Indianapolis

Tennessee defeat Jacksonville

New England defeat New Orleans

Kansas City defeat Philadelphia

Pittsburgh defeat Minnesota

Tampa Bay defeat Chicago

Miami defeat LA Chargers

Oakland defeat NY Jets

Dallas defeat Denver

Washington defeat LA Rams

Seattle defeat San Francisco

Atlanta defeat Green Bay

NY Giants defeat Detroit

Steelers 2017 Week One VS Browns

The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a lot of penalties and ineffective running game to defeat the Cleveland Browns 21 to 18.   Ben Roethlisberger threw for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Le’veon Bell had an ineffective day rushing for 32 yards. Antonio Brown had a great game with 11 catches for 182 yards.  Jesse James caught 2 touchdown passes for his biggest game to date as a pro.    The defense had 7 sacks and held the Browns to 37 yards rushing.  T.J Watt had an impressive debut with 2 sacks and an interception.   Special Teams made a big contribution with a block punt by Tyler Matakevich that was recovered for a touchdown by Anthony Chickillo.     They have to run the ball better, Maratvis Bryant has to make more of a impact, and cut down on the penalties.  They have to play better next week against the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field with kickoff at 1:00 P.M.

NFL 2017 Predictions

Here are my predictions for the NFL 2017.

AFC East                  AFC North          AFC South           AFC West

1. New England     1. Pittsburgh         1. Houston        1. Oakland

2.   Miami                2.  Baltimore         2. Tennessee         2. Kansas City

3.   Buffalo              3.  Cincinnati        3.  Indianapolis    3.  Denver

4.    NY Jets           4.   Cleveland        4.   Jacksonville      4. LA Chargers

 

NFC  East                    NFC North                 NFC South             NFC West

  1. NY Giants          1. Green Bay             1. Atlanta             1.  Seattle

2.  Dallas                2.  Minnesota          2.  Tampa Bay      2.  Arizona

3.  Washington       3. Detroit               3.  Carolina         3.  LA Rams

4.  Philadelphia      4. Chicago             4. New Orleans    4.  San Francisco

AFC Wild Cards  Tennessee  Kansas City

NFC  Wild Cards  Dallas  Arizona

AFC  Wild Card Playoff   Houston defeat Denver   Oakland defeat Tennessee

NFC  Wild Card Playoff    Arizona defeat NY Giants  Seattle defeat  Dallas

AFC Divisional     New England  defeat Houston    Pittsburgh defeat Oakland

NFC Divisional    Atlanta defeat Seattle    Green Bay defeat  Arizona

AFC Championship  Pittsburgh defeat New England

NFC Championship   Green Bay defeat  Atlanta

SUPER BOWL LII      Pittsburgh defeat Green Bay

2017 NFL Week 1 Picks

Here are my NFL Week 1 Picks.   Tampa Bay VS Miami PPD to Hurricane Irma.

New England defeat Kansas City

Atlanta defeat Chicago

Buffalo defeat NY Jets

Baltimore defeat Cincinnati

Pittsburgh defeat Cleveland

Arizona defeat Detroit

Houston defeat Jacksonville

Oakland defeat Tennessee

Washington defeat Philadelphia

Indianapolis defeat LA Rams

Green Bay defeat Seattle

Carolina defeat SF 49ers

Dallas defeat NY Giants

Minnesota defeat New Orleans

Denver defeat LA Chargers

 

 

The Fight

I was at the Steelers game vs the Colts last night, and did not watch the Floyd Mayweather Vs Connor McGregor fight.   Today,  I watched the DVR of the ESPN pre fight show and the FS1 post fight show.    Both cover the event like it was the Super Bowl.   The main event was delayed due to the pay per view carriers could not handle the last-minute buyers.    The fight was a lot better than the most of the experts believed.   McGregor took some of Mayweather’s best shots early and came back.   Then in the later rounds, Mayweather dominated the fight, and won it on a technical knock out in the 10th round.     McGregor had a great peformance and didn’t embarrassed himself or the UFC.   Mayweather won his 50th fight and passed Rocky Marciano record.   Mayweather is going to retired after this fight and make smart investments.    He made those comments to FS1 Heidi Androl in his locker room.    Don’t expect a rematch but expect Connor McGregor to either continue to fight in the UFC or in boxing.

In the Swing of Things

The sport of golf is changing when the major tournaments take place in 2019.  The Players Championship is moving from May to March.  The Masters, U.S Open and The British Open are remaining in their current dates.  However, The PGA Championship are moving from early August to mid-May.  That means golf’s majors are going to get more attention from sports fans during the Spring to Summer. It could mean a major increase of television ratings and advertising dollars.  That means the FedEx Playoff is moving up to August. The reason they don’t have to compete with College Football and the NFL in the fall.  I don’t have a problem with golf moving their major tournaments they need get more attention. They don’t have to deal with other sports during the late summer and early fall.