Thursday, January 06, 2005

NFL Season-In-Review

The following columns is for NFL fanatics only so don't bother wasting time reading if you're not. The NFL regular season has come to a close and here's my notes for each team, alongside my original preseason picks and thoughts (they're in italics) which reflect my brilliance and ignorance throughout. We would always do this back in high school, picking everything that could be picked prior to the start of the season and then hanging on to the results to see who would wear the dunce cap at year's end.

AFC East
New England Patriots: 14-2 (My preseason pick: 13-3)
Then: This team has the potential to be scary good. The SuperBowl champs get BETTER with the addition of RB Corey Dillion. AFC East crown should be automatic and anything less than a SuperBowl will be a letdown.
Now: My original statement still stands true although I didn't expect them to be quiet THIS consistently great for an entire year.
NY Jets: 10-6 (My preseason pick: 9-7)
Then: With a healthy Chad Pennington, the Jets have the potential to squeak into the playoffs.
Now: Yeah, that's pretty much what it took as the Jets do just that and somehow stumble in with a 10-6 record that looks better than what this team really is.
Buffalo Bills: 9-7 (My preseason pick: 8-8)
Then: The Bills provide nothing to get real excited about one way or the other. Bledsoe will keep them in games, but playoffs are borderline at best.
Now: Sure enough, the Bills miss the playoffs by one game.
Miami Dolphins: 4-12 (My preseason pick: 4-12)
Then: In all my years of picking the standings, I have NEVER picked the Dolphins to finish last in the AFC East. Well, thanks to Ricky Williams choosing pot over several million a year and screwing the Fish in the process, that time is now. There's still some decent free agent receivers out there but with Jay Fiedler at QB, that doesn't do ya alot of good since you have to actually get the ball to a receiver in order for it to mean anything. Christ this team is screwed. Good luck Zach.
Now: After finally getting rid of Wannstedt, the Dolphins showed alot more heart in those final seven games and sure give the team something to build on for next year. At least the season ended on more of a positive than it started on, despite the record.

AFC North:
Pittsburgh Steelers: 15-1 (My preseason pick: 6-10)
Then: The Steelers are on the verge of falling off the face of the football earth. I love Bill Cowher and always have as a coach, but I really think this team needs a new face to guide them. They've become just the same old, same old year after year after year with mediocre hopes and even less delivered.
Now: Well, after pretty much nailing the AFC I (and the rest of the world) totally misjudged the Steelers as rookie QB Roethlisberger somehow turns this squad into legit Superbowl contenders (as is probably now one season away from the dreaded Sophomore slump).
Baltimore Ravens: 9-7 (My preseason pick: 8-8)
Then: Bleh...the Ravens will bore you to death on the way to running Jamal Lewis as much as humanly possible cause it's their ONLY offensive weapon. Still have a helluva defense.
Now: Bingo.
Cincinnati Bengals: 8-8 (My preseason pick: 9-7)
Then: Man, could the Bengals go either way. The loss of Dillion really shouldn't hurt them but they haven't added enough firepower to really take control of the division either. Marvin Lewis will prove this year if he is a great coach or it was just a one-year wonder.
Now: Well, I'm not sure Lewis really proved anything one way or the other. A season of high highs and low lows as the Bengals blew some early season opportunities to make a late-season run worthwhile (which they would do) and they also had that great Monday night win over Denver that yes, does indeed make me...BELIEVE IN THE BUNGULS!
Cleveland Browns: 4-12 (My preseason pick: 7-9)
Then: Boy, the Browns are a fascinating team to watch this year with Jeff Garcia at QB. I don't think he has enough alongside him to really make a run, but it could be very interesting.
Now: Holy crap, did Garcia do absolutely nothing for Cleveland and I'm getting the impression that his days in SF will probably be looking back at the pinnacle of his career.

AFC South
Indianapolis Colts: 12-4 (My preseason pick: 13-3)
Then: This very well could be THE year for Peyton Manning to break through. Possibly the most dangerous team in football. If the AFC championship isn't the Colts and Pats again, I'd be surprised.
Now: Yeah, I'd say he broke through.
Jacksonville Jaguars: 9-7 (My preseason pick: 7-9)
Then: A big dark horse that will probably get overlooked alot. The revised Jags seem to have alot of breakthrough potential. Byron Leftwich could be one of the top QBs of the year if all goes well. Still not good enough to make a serious run, but definitely have a few upsets in them.
Now: After an incredible start to the year (and looking like the big dark horse), the Jags fell back to reality but still barely missed the playoffs thanks to the great start.
Houston Texans: 7-9 (My preseason pick: 6-10)
Then: They're still a couple years away from turning themselves from an expansion team to a credible franchise. And playing in this division sure doesn't help. My pick: 6-10.
Now: A respectful year for the Texans to be sure and seem to be one good draft/free agency away from putting together a playoff team.
Tennessee Titans: 5-11 (My preseason pick: 9-7)
Then: Where oh where have my Titans gone? No Eddie George, Frank Wycheck, or Jevon Kearse. Thank god Steve McNair is still there but he has NO ONE to go to now. Last year, this division was a race between the Titans and the Colts. Those days are done. This should be the roughest year for the Titans in quiet some time and I feel sorry for their fans that have such high hopes.
Now: My original review sure reflected a 5-11 record moreso than my wishful thinking 9-7 pick did.

AFC West
San Diego Chargers: 12-4 (My preseason pick: 6-10)
Then: Much like the old days of Barry Sanders on the Lions, here we have LaDainian Tomlinson and that's IT. This guy is awesome but has nothing else to work with.
Now: Easily my "favorite" of my missed picks as Drew Brees really came to life and LT was LT. Still too much competition in the AFC for a serious playoff run but MAN if this team was in the NFC...
Denver Broncos: 10-6 (My preseason pick: 10-6)
Then: Boy, now here's a tough pick. The Broncos go to the playoffs last year and seemingly have gotten better in the off-season but still don't even really seem like a strong playoff team.
Now: Man, as tough as this team was to figure out and I still nailed their final record. And even with the regular season behind us, they still don't seem like a strong playoff team.
Kansas City Chiefs: 7-9 (My preseason pick: 11-5)
Then: Well, defense obviously does win championships cause if it was offense, the Chiefs would be champs now. If this team had ANY form of B-level defense, they could go 15-1 probably. As it is, they'll have another good run and get stomped in the playoffs again by a better overall team.
Now: Man, this team's defense is light years worse than what the Colts even exposed it to be in last year's AFC playoff game cause everyone exposed in this year. Offensively, the Chiefs are a 16-0 team. Too bad on defense they'd be 0-16.
Oakland Raiders: 5-11 (My preseason pick: 6-10)
Then: Hopes may be high in the bay and yeah, they may be better than last years' 4-12 but c'mon, they're too old, and are pretty much the football equivalent of let's see how much shit we can throw against the wall and maybe something will stick.
Now: No surprise at all here. And I don't see this changing anytime soon.

NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles: 13-3 (My preseason pick: 13-3)
Then: Wow...scary good. They go to the NFC championship and choke (again) but then spend the offseason fixing the reason they lost the game by adding Jevon Kearse and Terrell Owens. McNabb to Owens could be the most lethal combination in the NFL in years.
Now: Couldn't have ask for a better preseason vision than that (not that it was THAT tough to figure out).
NY Giants: 6-10 (My preseason pick: 5-11)
Then: I can only hope to take some solace in the fact that I can watch Eli Manning and Kurt Warner both completely crumble in their newfound "promised land". They probably will be improved over last year, but still, this division is too tough for this team.
Now: Due to tiebreakers, the Giants actually end up in second place in this division although let's face it, they suck. And they know it.
Dallas Cowboys: 6-10 (My preseason pick: 11-5)
Then: Jesus....Parcells does wonders with pure crap last year and now he's added Keyshawn and Eddie George. The Cowboys are gonna be pretty darn good no matter how much we hate them.
Now: Wow, this was a shocker. There's a million reasons as to what went wrong here but in short, last year's squad overachieved a year too early and this year's squad underachieved a year too late.
Washington Redskins: 6-10 (My preseason pick: 9-7)
Then: Yes, Washington will be playing catchup to the Eagles and 'Boys, but bringing Joe Gibbs back breaths a whole new life into this franchise. This is one of those teams that would rack up in say, the AFC North, but in this division, it's a different ballgame.
Now: Or not. Gibbs made the fans believe but only racked up one more win than the team had the previous year.

NFC North
Green Bay Packers: 10-6 (My preseason pick: 10-6)
Then: Ahhhh...the beloved Packers. Pretty much the same team as they were last year which automatically should mean Brett Favre = playoffs. It'll be a heck of a race with the Vikings though.
Now: Which it was.
Minnesota Vikings: 8-8 (My preseason pick: 11-5)
Then: This has got to have been the most talented team over the past few years that just never accomplishes crap. Year after year they choke and none was greater than the Week 17 loss to Arizona last year which was one of the most enjoyable moments of divine intervention I've ever witnessed. Anyways, the Viks are a bit better (again) and the playoffs shouldn't even be in question although they always figure out a reason for them to be. Oh, and they have BROCK.
Now: As I've already said a million times, the Vikings are simply the greatest chokeartists in the history of the NFL. 0-4 in the SuperBowl, the loss in the '98 NFC title game, the season ender vs. Arizona last year, and hell, even the season ender vs. Washington this year. Hell of a resume guys!
Detroit Lions: 6-10 (My preseason pick: 8-8)
Then: Oh man am I look forward to the Lions this year. Kinda like the Jags, they're RIGHT THERE and could be on the verge of a huge breakthru. This team could easily be NFC North champs next year. For now, they should have plenty of upset special in them.
Now: A step or two behind the Jags actually as despite tons of talent on the surface, the Lions are (once again) a year away from seeing that talent all come together and put together a serious chase towards the playoffs.
Chicago Bears: 5-11 (My preseason pick: 5-11)
Then: How the Bears even finished 7-9 last year is beyond me. But with the improvement in this division, it sure ain't gonna happen twice.
Now: Bingo.

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons: 11-5 (My preseason pick: 10-6)
Then: Michael Vick annoys me which is weird cause I generally love scrambling QBs. However, if he stays healthy he can probably lead this sub-par squad to the playoffs.
Now: Yep, the Falcons capitalize on a very inconsistent division and build up expectations that are just dying to get destroyed in the playoffs.
New Orleans Saints: 8-8 (My preseason pick: 7-9)
Then: Plenty of upset potential, but nothing really here to get scared about. Could play into the division race though cause the division is so well balanced.
Now: Didn't really contend for the division but did come up from the depths to contend for the playoffs and screw the Panthers which is probably as good of a year as a Saints fan could have expected.
Carolina Panthers: 7-9 (My preseason pick: 9-7)
Then: I still haven't figured out for sure if the Panthers are still THAT good or is my view as a fan clouding my perception. It probably hinges on seeing if Delhomme is as legit as he seemed last year.
Now: Well, Delhomme still seems legit a good 80% of the time and considering the injuries and all, this team has nothing to be ashamed of and they've got to be looking towards the playoffs again next year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5-11 (My preseason pick: 8-8)
Then: Like I said with the Titans, where oh where have my Bucs gone? I assume Jon Gruden has a vision here for a successful team cause he is one hell of a coach but heck if I can see it. I'll cheer for 'em, but god knows I don't understand them.
Now: The season started with the team playing with heart and losing some close ones and ending with a team that had no heart and had completely given up. This team needs a major rehaul at this point cause it seems as if no one is on the same page.

NFC West
Seattle Seahawks: 9-7 (My preseason pick: 10-6)
Then: One of the best young teams in the NFL guided by Holmgren...what more could ya want? They'll squeak by the Rams for the West crown.
Now: Which they did do, although it still seemed as if they wanted to choke it away (or do we call it "Viking it away" now?)
St. Louis Rams: 8-8 (My preseason pick: 10-6)
Then: All the potential in the world but the infighting has killed the Rams the past few years. Bulger will probably start choking now that Warner is gone. Oh, the irony. Still dangerous though. My pick: 10-6.
Now: Bulger held it together when healthy which was just enough to get this team in the playoffs.
Arizona Cardinals: 6-10 (My preseason pick: 7-9)
Then: A perfect spot for Dennis Green to return to coaching and he has to do next to nothing to actually improve this team. Underrated team that could sneak up on some people.
Now: Which they did, but they should have done more of...2 "should-have-had" wins over the 49ers and a win over the Quincy Carter led-Jets would have had this team at 9-7 and in the playoffs
San Francisco 49ers: 2-14 (My preseason pick: 3-13)
Then: Man, the Fish and the 49ers both in dead times have changed. 10 years ago this was my SuperBowl pick...and for several consecutive years actually. No Garcia, no Owens. Could possibly be the worst team in the entire league.
Now: Yep, they were.

My playoff picks:
Denver Broncos def. Cincinnati Bengals
Kansas City Chiefs def. NY Jets
Indianapolis Colts def. Denver Broncos
New England Patriots def. Kansas City Chiefs
AFC Championship: Indianapolis Colts def. New England Patriots

Dallas Cowboys def. Atlanta Falcons
Seattle Seahawks def. Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles def. Dallas Cowboys
Seattle Seahawks def. Minnesota Vikings
NFC Championship: Philadelphia Eagles def. Seattle Seahawks

SuperBowl XXXIX: Indianapolis Colts def. Philadelphia Eagles

We shall still have to wait and see on this, although I at least got one AFC playoff matchup right (Denver-Indy) and possibly a second one (Indy-NE), although it would have to happen before the AFC title game now. Three different NFC playoff games are still possible from my original picks as is my SuperBowl which I still stick with although the trek is much tougher for both those squads now than I thought it would be a few weeks back. You can bet your bottom dollar that the dream matchup the NFL is praying to get in the SuperBowl is Peyton (Colts) vs. Vick (Atlanta). That is just a dream for them with the record setting QB vs. their #1 marketing department QB.

I would like to make one final pick though before the playoffs officially kick off:

Ty Law just handed Peyton Manning the Lombardi Trophy.

Ty Law, New England Patriots' star cornerback, will miss the entire post-season with a broken foot. It just so happens that Ty Law was one of the key reasons why the Colts did NOT go to the SuperBowl last year. Without Law to contain any combination of Manning to Harrison-Wayne-etc-etc, the Colts are gonna kill whoever the heck fills in for Law. I'm not saying the Colts are gonna beat the Pats 45-7 or nothing, but Ty Law is the KEY and otherwise, there's just no way the Pats are gonna contain that team. And if the Pats can't, you think they Steelers can? And so on and so forth. Once again:

Ty Law just handed Peyton Manning the Lombardi Trophy.

I'll be back on February 7th to confirm that.

I was born 8/25/75; although I did attend an Elvis Presley Concert in Greenboro, NC 35 days BEFORE I was born (7/21/75). I Have lived in NC, MO, CA, GA, and WI. I went to high school at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, CA (89-90) and Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC (90-93). Attended one year at the Savannah College of Art and Design as a Video major (93-94). Worked at WAAP TV 16 in NC from 94-96; WLUK FOX 11 in Green Bay, WI from 96-97; and WGHP FOX 8 in High Point, NC from 97-99; doing various duties including Master Control, Directing, Technical Directing, Editing, Camera, and Audio opeartion. Started an on again/off again with Independent wrestling in 1997, holding video production for local shows (which was the early basis of Statmark Video itself). Then, in December 2000, Statmark Video went fulltime, handling video production for various Independent promotions around the state of NC including CWF Mid-Atlantic, the stand-out promotion in the Carolinas that embodies the heritage of the old MA territory. I handle videography, assistant producer, and color commentary chores for them. The broadcast can be seen throughout the Carolinas as well as parts of VA, GA, and NY on various cable outlets.
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Brad Stutts
Randy Hedrick
Mikael Yamaha
"Slick" Ric Converse
Justin Feeche
Kamakazi Kid
Brass Munkey
"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel
"Rock N' Roll" Matty Dee
Jesse Ortega
Jeremy Ryan
Michael McAllister
Jesse McAllister
Katie Kincaid
KC McKnight
Trent Wylde
Tre G
Kurt Solo
Damage Inc
Moses Manson
Zane Dawson
Brad Rainz
Scott Keith
Raven Mack
Incredible Hulk
The Blue haired goddess, Zoe!

Brad Stutts
CWF Mid-Atlantic
Indy Insiders
"Dangerous E" Corey Edsel
Brass Munkey
"Boogie Woogie Man" Rob McBride
"Slick Diddy" Ric Converse
"Madd Trucker" Garry Stevens
Kamakazi Kid
American Steel Ninja
Amber O'Neal
Krissy Vaine
Katie Kincaid
Ultra Dragon
Justin Feeche
Tank Lawson
Kid Justice
SouthSide Playas
Gregory Vercetti
Randy Hedrick
Gemini Kid
Drake Tungsten
Trent Wylde
Joey Silvia

Mikael Yamaha & Sexton Tyler vs. Joey Silvia & Brad Rainz (11/8/03):
"That seriously is the worst match I've ever been at ringside for and I managed Mark Michaels." - Brad Stutts

"I thought that match was fucking great." - Mikael Yamaha

"A mother fucking Butterfinger beats the shit of a G-D Clark Bar" - Flagler

(well, 6 if you count God...)
My stepmom, Peggy
Sam Raimi
Jeff Rudd

August 25, 1975 (I was born, so yeah, it's up there)
July 21, 1987 (become officially hooked on wrestling)
October 17, 1989 (The California Earthquake)
June 10, 1994 (got first job in television)
April 26, 1996 (moved to Wisconsin)
March 28, 1999 (met Gee)
December 30, 2000 (the first CWF show)

1. Inner Happiness
2. Friends
3. Family
4. Affection
5. Health
6. Respect
7. Money
8. Food
9. Sunshine
10. Boobs

1. Shawn Michaels
2. Ricky Stamboat
3. Bret Hart
4. Chris Benoit
5. Kurt Angle

1. Barry Sanders
2. Steve Young
3. Randall Cunningham
4. Brett Favre
5. Don Beebe

1. Troy Aikman
2. John Elway
3. Randy Moss
4. Rob Johnson
5t. Kerry Collins
5t. Michael Irvin

(somewhat interchangeable depending on circumstances)
1. Carolina Panthers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Miami Dolphins
5t. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5t. San Francisco 49ers

(somewhat interchangeable depending on who's being a bigger pain in the ass this week)
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. NY Jets
3. NY Giants
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Washington Redskins

1. Frankfurt Galaxy (1996 NFLE home version)
2. Orlando Thunder (91-92 WLAF home version)
3. San Diego Chargers (powder blue throwback home version)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (basic '90s home version)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976-1995 home version)

1. 1994 NFC Championship (1/15/95): Dallas Cowboys (28) at San Francisco 49ers (38)
Notes: After two consecutive heart-breaking losses in the NFC title game to the Cowboys and the constant shadow of Joe Montana hanging over his head, Steve Young FINALLY gets over the hump in the most gratifying payoff to what seemed to be a never-ending chase that I've ever seen. I was literally jumping up and down on the control room table while at work at WAAP and still get chills to this day when watching hilights from the game. It was magic and I'll never forget it.
2. 1996 NFC Championship (1/12/97): Carolina Panthers (13) at Green Bay Packers (30)
Notes: While not a great game by any means, I lived in Green Bay during this one, having moved away from NC the year before and everything surrounding the game just has SO much meaning to me. The expansion Panthers go to where no one ever expected them to be while the Packers try and go to the SuperBowl after having not been there in 30 freakin' years. I do my best to try and cheer for the Panthers knowing that if they win, the suicide rate in Green Bay is going to skyrocket. You had to be in GB then to really understand what this game meant to those people and to their lives and they got their payoff. God bless them.
3. 2003 NFC Divisional Playoff (1/10/04): Carolina Panthers (29) at St. Louis Rams (23) (OT)
Notes: The emotionally draining double OT classic that by the end if it, I could barely cheer as I was about to pass out from exhaustion. Even now I can barely write anything about the game because it was THAT draining.
4. 1992 AFC Wild Card Playoff (1/3/93): Houston Oilers (38) at Buffalo Bills (41) (OT)
Notes: Even if you didn't give a crap about either team, if you watched football in the early 90s, you KNOW this game. I was on the way back from Florida, listening to some of the game in the car on the radio. Houston's up 35-3 in the 3rd quarter so I allow Dad to change the station. We check back awhile later at which point it sounded like OJ was reporting about the Bills victory...but that couldn't be right...could it?? Was the radio signal fuzzy...or was that the crowd? What the hell was going on in Buffalo? Was their a riot after the Bills lost? oh couldn't have.....OH MY GOD!!!
5. Monday Night Football (12/22/03): Green Bay Packers (41) at Oakland Raiders (7)
Notes: In one of the most incredible individual performances you could ever see, Brett Favre decides to not end his consecutive game streak and plays just one day after his father passed away from a heart attack. Incredibly, Favre throws for 399 yards and 4 TDs in a win that would become very vital in sending the Packers to the playoffs just one week later.
Honorable Mention:
SuperBowl XXIII (1/22/89): San Francisco 49ers (20) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (16) - the game that made me a fan for life.
SuperBowl XXV (1/27/91): NY Giants (20) vs. Buffalo Bills (19) - unbiasedly speaking, the best game I've ever seen.
1996 NFC Divisional Playoff (1/5/97): Dallas Cowboys (17) at Carolina Panthers (26) - the official arrival of the Panthers, and could there have been a better team to smack around?
Monday Night Football (12/18/00): St. Louis Rams (35) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38) - the Bucs' revenge game after getting screwed in the '99 NFC title game.
2002 NFC Championship (1/19/03): Tampa Bay Buccanners (27) at Philadelphia Eagles (10) - The Bucs' finally get over the hump after being ousted by the Eagles in the playoffs two straight years and win the game no one thought they could win. I'll never forget the radio call as Rhonde Barber seals the deal with a 92 yard INT return as dreams had become reality and the freakin' BUCS were going to play in a SuperBowl.
Week 17 (12/27/03): Minnesota Vikings (17) at Arizona Cardinals (18) - All the Vikings have to do is hang onto an 11-point lead over the lowly 3-12 Cardinals with just 2 minutes to go in order to go to the playoffs and win the division. They then procede to pull off the biggest choke job ever, completely blowing it, missing the playoffs, sending a crowd at Lambeau Field 1,000+ miles away into a complete frenzy, with my favorite radio call ever as Arizona's Nate Poole catches the winning TD as time expires with the Vikings announcer screaming "Noooooooooooooo!" Noooooooooo!".

This is a list of MY favorite matches of all-time (well, at least for this week anyways)...yes, there ARE better matches workrate wise in some cases, but these are my personal favs, so quit arguin'.
1. Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (WrestleMania III, 3/29/87)
2. Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (SummerSlam, 8/26/91)
3. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Chi-Town Rumble, 2/20/89)
4. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (WrestleWar, 5/7/89)
5. Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat in a 30:00 Ironman match (Beach Blast, 6/20/92)
6. Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (Crockett Cup, 4/11/87)
7. Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle (Royal Rumble, 1/19/03)
8. 1992 Royal Rumble (1/19/92)
9. Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (SummerSlam, 8/29/92)
10. Owen Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (King of the Ring, 6/16/94)
11. Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match (SummerSlam, 8/27/95)
12. Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (In Your House, 2/18/96)
13. Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Liger (SuperBrawl II, 2/29/92)
14. Brian Pillman & Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (3/2/93)
15. Curt Hennig vs. Tito Sanata (Saturday Night's Main Event, 7/16/90)
16. Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (In Your House: Mind Games, 9/22/96)

1. Great American Bash '89
2. SummerSlam '91
3. WrestleMania III
4. WrestleMania XIX
5. WrestleMania XX
6. 1987 Survivor Series
7. Beach Blast '92
8. Canadian Stampede
9. SuperBrawl II
10. WrestleMania VIII

1. CWF Mid-Atlantic; April 17, 2004; Burlington, NC
2. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic "New Year's Knockout"; January 8, 2005; Burlington, NC
3. CWF/FWA-Carolinas "Triumph"; September 28, 2002; Graham, NC
4. CWF/FWA-Carolinas "Ultimatium"; January 26, 2002; Burlington, NC
5. CWF/AWA Mid-Atlantic "Night of the Mid-Atlantic Legends"; February 5, 2005; Seagrove, NC

1. VCW; March 16, 2001; Mt. Airy, NC
2. Wahoo McDaniel Memorial Show; July 13, 2002; Charlotte, NC
3. NMCW; February 16, 2002; Albemarle, NC
4. SWA 1st Anniversary Show; August 2, 2002; Huntsville, TN
5. Warriors of Wrestling; March 13, 2004; Southern Pines, NC

1. 1. San Francisco, CA
2. Orlando, FL
3. Green Bay, WI
4. Savannah, GA
5. Los Angeles, CA

1. Tokyo
2. NFL Hall of Fame - Canton, OH
3. Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
4. Honolulu
5. Pontiac Silverdome

1. Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, VA)
2. Islands of Adventure (Orlando, FL)
3. Universal Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
4. Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL)
5. Universal Studios (Orlando, FL)

1. Elvis
2. Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
3. "Weird Al" Yankovic
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. Bloodhound Gang

1. TGIFriday's
2. Applebee's 1. Tecmo Bowl
3. Madden 2003
4. Pro Wrestling
5. WrestleMania 2000

1. NFL Network
3. FOX
4. Boomerang
5. ESPN Classic

1. Dukes of Hazzard
2. Family Guy
3. King of the Hill
4. Incredible Hulk
5. Greatest American Hero

1. Evil Dead 2
2. Dead Alive
3. Army of Darkness
4. Rocky Horror Pitcure Show
5. Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil Subhumanoid Flesh Eating Living Dead Part 2

1. The Crow
2. Puppet Master
3. Twice Dead
4. The Frighteners
5. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
2. Undercover Brother
3. Naked Gun
4. Christmas Vacation
5. Tommy Boy

1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
2. Con Air
3. Terminator 2
4. Back to the Future
5. Back to the Future 2

1. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
2. Space Jam
3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
4. Lilo & Stich
5. Transformers: The Movie

1. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
2. BASEketball
3. Dodgeball
4. The Replacements
5. Major League

1. The Crow
2. Spider-Man
3. Batman
4. Spider-Man 2
5. Howard The Duck

(or whatever they're called if there's more than three of them)
1. Evil Dead 1/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness
2. Clerks/Mallrats/Chasing Amy/Dogma/Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
3. National Lampoon's Vacation series
4. Back to the Future
5. Nightmare on Elm Street

1. Tetsuo the Iron Man
2. Nekromantic
3. Nekromantic 2
4. Society
5. Motorama

1t. Darkman
1t. Psycho
3. Scooby Doo
4. There's Something About Mary
5. Man on the Moon

1. Rocky Horror Pitcure Show
2. Summer School
3. Cocktail
4. The Replacements
5. Dude, Where's My Car?

1. Bruce Campbell
2. No One Else Matters

1. Sam Raimi
2. Kevin Smith
3. Quentin Tarantino
4. Peter Jackson
5. John Woo

(excluding people I actually know for both their own sake and mine)
1. Noki-A (with the mask only!)
2. Trish Stratus
3. Pamela Anderson
4. Jillian Barberie
5. Lindsay Lohan (2003-2004 only!)

Brett Favre, Reggie White, Desmond Howard, The Rock, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Owen Hart

1. March (ACC tourny/March Madness/WrestleMania/Many noteable memories in relationship land from March/Start of Spring)
2. September (NFL Kickoff/Indy Rumble)
3. January (NFL Playoffs/Royal Rumble)

1. December (Start of Winter/The Headache that is the Holidays/The College Football Playoffs...oh, wait...what's that? They don't have any?? Freakin' morons.)

Barry Sanders
Walter Payton
Emmitt Smith
Earl Campbell
Jim Brown
Roger Craig
Gale Sayers
Billy Sims
OJ Simpson
Marshall Faulk
Thurman Thomas
John Riggins
Eric Dickerson
Larry Csonka
Franco Harris
Ottis Anderson
Marcus Allen
Edgerrin James
Steve Van Buren
Tony Dorsett
Jerome Bettis
Ricky Watters
LaDainlian Tomlinson
Priest Holmes
Eddie George

Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (8/26/91)
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (3/20/94)
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (3/23/97)
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (4/5/92)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (8/29/92)
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (11/25/92)
Bret Hart vs. Curt Hennig (6/19/93)
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair (10/12/92)
Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid (7/4/94)
Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith (12/17/95)

Sometime around WrestleMania XIV I believe, PWI put out this major WMania magazine and listed every single freakin' Mania match in order from best to worst (all 100+ of those suckers). So, on a much smaller scale, I present my pointless tribute to that, the CWF Mid-Atlantic Battlecade list of matches, from best to worst (5 Battlecades have been held for those oblivious to what the heck I'm yammering about).
1. "Slick" Ric Converse vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel with Brad Attitude as the special guest referee (V)
2. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel vs. "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (III)
3. Krazy K vs. Kamikazi Kid in the "Rising Generation League" tournament finals (IV)
4. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion Mikael Yamaha, Sexton Tyler, and Amber Holly vs. Caprice "Ice" Coleman and Main Attraction (II)
5. CWF Mid-Atlantic TV champion Mikael Yamaha vs. Xsiris vs. Kamikazi Kid vs. Number Man in a "Fatal 4 Way" match (V)
6. Gemini Kid and Mikael Yamaha vs. the United Nations of Devestation (Drake Tungsten & Hugh B. Johnson) for the vacant CWF/FWA-Carolinas tag team titles (III)
7. John Brooks and David Cole vs. Krazy K and Dexter Poindexter (V)
8. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Heavyweight champion Madd Maxx vs. "Nite Stic" Eddie Brown (II)
9. Kid Justice vs. Jesse Ortega in the "Rising Generation League" tournament finals for the vacant RGL title (V)
10. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja vs. Drake Tungsten and Matt Houston in a non-title match (V)
11. CWF Cruiserweight champiobn Gemini Kid vs. Hot Property vs. Mikael Yamaha in a triangle match (I)
12. Maxx Madd vs. Ethan Cage in a Hardcore match (I)
13. Brass Munkey and American Steel Ninja vs. "Tremendous" Trent Wylde and CWF Mid-Atlantic Cruiserweight champion Xsiris (IV)
14. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Kenny James and Xsiris (III)
15. The Hirydaz (Mikael Yamaha and Gemini Kid) vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Brad Attitude and Brad Rainz in a hair vs. titles match (IV)
16. "Slick" Ric Converse vs. CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion "Dangerous E" Corey Edsel (IV)
17. CWF/FWA-Carolinas Cruiserweight champion "Slick" Ric Converse vs. Joey "Spank" Silvia (III)
18. Rising Generation League champion Kamakazi Kid vs. Brad Attitude (III)
19. Garry "Madd Trucker" Stevens vs. Ryin Andrews (V)
20. Joey Silvia vs. Alex Stone (IV)
21. Sexton Tyler vs. Stephen O' Hara (III)
22. The $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Sean Powers and Mitch Norris (IV)
23. Rob "the Bull" McBride vs. "Tremendous" Trent Wylde (V)
24. Tony Platinum vs. J.T. Sparxx (II)
25. Don Kernodle vs. Black Hart (I)
26. The Wild Eyed Southern Boys ("Wild" Shane West & Gary "Madd Trucker" Stevens) vs. Dexter Poindexter and Rob "the Bull" McBride (IV)
27. Lexie Fyfe vs. Amber Holly (I)
28. Carolina Stud vs. Kid Courageous (I)
29. The Spoiler vs. "Classic" Chris Collins (V)
30. Bounty Hunter vs. Malaki (III)
31. The New $outh$ide Playas (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) vs. Alex Adonis and Jay Sinn (V)
32. "Mighty" Orlo Helmer vs. "Red Hot" Tim Blaze (V)
33. Ethan Cage, Kenny James, and L.A. Stevens vs. Granite, Johnny Blaze, and "Playboy" Bert Tripp (II)
34/35. Otto Schwanz vs. Dewey Cheatum and Pat Cusick in a guantlet match (III)
36. Rob McBride vs. Larry Isley (II)
37. CWF/FWA-Carolina tag team champions the Southside Playas (J-Money and L.A. Cash) vs. Otto Schwanz and Jeff Justice (II)
38. Fun Lovin' Criminal and Kozmo vs. Patrick O' Hara and J.P. Fairchild (I)
39. The Russians vs. Chris Collins and Deacon (III)

2/15/88, WWF
Hearns Coliseum; Columbia, MO
Notes: B-level house show with a 14-man battle royal as the main, won by Jim Brunzell as he dumped the Bolsheviks (payback for doing the job in tag action earlier on the show). Match of the night would easily by the Jumping Bomb Angels defending the WWF Women's tag team titles against the Glamour Girls.

3/7/90, WWF
Cow Palace; San Fracisco, CA
Notes: This was a 23-match, 3-week Wrestling Challenge taping and the "Ultimate Challenge Special" that aired on the USA network leading up to WrestleMania VI. The official main event was WWF World champion Hulk Hogan & the Big Bossman defeating Mr. Perfect & the Genius. In other action, WWF IC champion the Ultimate Warrior & Jake Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase & Akeem and WWF tag champs Andre the Giant & Haku defeated the Rockers by DQ.

6/10/90, MLB:
Oakland A's 3, Kansas City Royals 2
Oakland Coliseum; Oakland, CA
Notes: Jose Canseco is on the DL as then second-banana Mark McGwire carries the load. Multi-sport star Bo Jackson strikes out each time at the plate...and breaks his bat each time as well.
The Future: Oakland would go on to win the ALCS before being swept by Cincinnati in the World Series.

3/30 & 4/1/91; NCAA Final Four:
Kansas Jayhawks 79, UNC Tarheels 73
Duke Blue Devils 79, UNLV Rebels 77
Duke Blue Devils 72, Kansas Jayhawks 62
Hoosier Dome; Indianapolis, IN
Notes: Duke pulls one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, knocking off powerhouse UNLV en-route to winning their first ever national championship.

10/30/92, NBA:
LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dean Dome; Chapel Hill, NC
Notes: This otherwise forgettable perseason game would actually become fairly noteable as it would turn out to be Magic Johnson's final game before retiring due to the AIDS virus (and subsequent pressure). Of course he would end up returning to the NBA after a hiatus which rendered this game a little more meaningless.

2/17/93, ACC:
UNC Tarheels, Clemson Tigers
Dean Dome; Chapel Hill, NC
Notes: Clemson's Chris Whitney goes 8-10 from the 3-point line but Clemson remains winless 4EVER at UNC.
The Future: UNC would go onto win the 1993 NCAA National championship less than two months later.

2/25/94, NBA:
Atlanta Hawks 111, Milwaukee Bucks 100
Omni; Atlanta, GA
Notes: The Bucks were horrid at the time and the only saving grace to even watch the game was to see Dominique Wilkins play. Then, the day BEFORE the game, Wilkins gets traded to the other side of the country to the LA Clippers.
The Future: The Hawks would tie a franchise record with 57 wins this year and go to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Orlando

12/17/94, NBA:
Charlotte Hornets 111, Denver Nuggets 92
Charlotte Coliseum; Charlotte, NC
The Future: Charlotte would make the playoffs but go out in the first round to the Bulls.

8/15/95, MLB:
Baltiore Orioles 8, Cleveland Indians 3
Camden Yards; Baltimore, MD
Notes: This would be Cal Ripken's 2,110th consecutive game played, 21 before he broke Lou Gehrig's all-time record.
The Future: The Indians would go all the way to Game 6 of the World Series before finally losing to Atlanta.

3/31/96, WWF WrestleMania XII
Arrowhead Pond; Anaheim, CA
Notes: Shawn Michaels realizes his "boyhood dream" by defeating Bret Hart in OT of a 60:00 Ironman match. I can be seen clearly on the "Free-For-All" countdown show holding my "Shawn Is God Here" sign. I also attended the 1996 Slammy Awards, held the day earlier.

6/23/96, WWF 1996 King of the Ring
The Mecca; Milwaukee, WI
Notes: A pivotal show that led to the "boom" as Steve Austin coins his "Austin 3:16" phrase after winning the KOTR tournament. Also, WWF World champ Shawn Michaels goes over on Davey Boy Smith in a frequently overlooked match.

6/24/96, WWF RAW IS WAR
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: A three-week taping for RAW, most noteably hilighted by the Ultimate Warrior defeating Owen Hart by DQ which would turn out to be Warrior's last WWF match EVER as he bailed on the company the next week. This show was also highlighted by Brian Pillman saying "GD" on live TV and two awesome Shawn Michaels matches, as he went over Billy Gunn and former partner Marty Jannetty in a tremendous outing.

3/23/97, WWF WrestleMania 13
Rosemont Horizon; Rosemont, IL
Notes: The defining WWF match of the boom as Bret Hart and Steve Austin put on a 5-star classic. I also attended the 1997 Slammy Awards, held the day earlier.

5/5/97, WWF RAW IS WAR
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: This was the episode of RAW where the Hart Foundation would search throughout the arena for Shawn Michaels the whole night. The main event had Steve Austin pinning WWF European Champion Davey Boy Smith in non-title action. In a never-aired match taped for Coliseum Video that was never released, Brian Pillman wrestled his first match in over a year as he teamed with Davey Boy and Owen Hart against Steve Austin and the Legion of Doom.

9/28/97, WWF
Brown County Arena; Green Bay, WI
Notes: House show card main evented by the Undertaker defeating WWF World champion Bret Hart vby DQ. The show is most noteable for the fact that it was Brian Pillman's next-to-last match ever (he was pinned by Goldust) as he would pass away seven days later. Also on the show, Mankind defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a falls count anywhere match.

2/5/99, WWF
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: House show card hilighted by Steve Austin defeating Kane, the Rock, and World champion Mankind in a fatal four way match.

5/10/99, NBA Playoffs Round One:
Atlanta Hawks 89, Detroit Pistons 69
Georgia Dome; Atlanta, GA
Notes: Dikembe Mutombo sets a personal playoff high with 28 points as Atlanta goes up 2-0 in their series.
The Future: Atlanta would win the series 3-2 before losing to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, this game would be remembered more for getting absolutely trounced in the ratings by RAW which scored an 8.1 to the game's 1.7.

5/15/99, Break The Barrier
Viking Hall (ECW Arena); Philadelphia, PA
Notes: This was the very strong but poorly recorded joint Indy show at ECW Arena, put on by Scoops' Al Isaacs. Very strong show live that was never done justice on videotape.

6/27/99, WWF 1999 King of the Ring
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: Billy Gunn wins the KOTR tournament. Children cry.

9/27/99, WWF RAW IS WAR
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: The classic RAW with the Mick Foley-Rock "This Is Your Life" segment. This would also be the final RAW written by Vince Russo as he left the company later in the week. For actual wrestling content, the The Rock battled WWF World champ Triple H to a no contest when Davey Boy Smith attacked both men.

4/23/00, WWF
Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC
Notes: House show card with WWF tag team champs Edge & Christian defeated the Hardys and the Dudley Boyz in a triangle match main event. Noteable earlier matches were WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero pinning Kurt Angle after Chyna interfered and the Rock & Chris Jericho defeating Chris Benoit & WWF World champion Triple H when Rock pinned Benoit.

8/29/00, WWF Smackdown
Crown Coliseum; Fayetteville, NC
Notes: Pretty basic SDown taping, highlighted by Al Snow winning the European title from Perrty Saturn and a Angle-Guerrero main event as the backdrop to HHH-Stephanie's relationship woes.

1/22/01, WCW Nitro/Thunder
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Winston-Salem, NC
Notes: Dual TV taping hilighted by the WCW tryout/debuts of Christopher Daniels and Michael Modest in which Daniels nearly breaks his neck. Then on Thunder, Rey Misterio Jr. wins an awesome "Cruiserweight Contender Countdown" match (Gauntlet Match).

7/30/02, WWF Smackdown
Charlotte Coliseum; Charlotte, NC
Notes: Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero surprisingly jump from RAW to Smackdown and then go onto defeat Rock and Edge in the main. In other action, Hulk Hogan defeated Kurt Angle by DQ and Rey Misterio Jr. pinned Yoshihiri Tajiri.

9/16/03, WWE Smackdown
RBC Center; Raleigh, NC
Notes: Brock Lesnar defeats Kurt Angle in a 60:00 Ironman match to win the WWE Undisputed title. In other action, Eddie & Chavo Guerrero defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin to win the Smackdown tag team titles.

10/27/03, NFL:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12, Carolina Panthers 9
Ericsson Stadium; Charlotte, NC
Notes: Bucs K Martin Gramatica hit a 47 YD FG with 47 seconds left for the win. QB Randy Fansani made his first ever NFL start for Carolina, going 5 for 18 with 46 yards and 3 INTs, never to be heard from again.
The Future: Tampa Bay would go on to defeat Oakland and win SuperBowl XXXVII


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This is an extensive list of the movies I have reviewed since my BLOG originally debuted and the star ratings I gave them, from best to worst
***** - The Incredibles, Pauly Shore Is Dead
****3/4 - Kill Bill Vol. 1
****1/2 - Spongebob Squarepants The Movie, Bubba Ho-Tep, Spider-Man 2
****1/4 - Longest Yard, Saw, Dodgeball, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Shrek 2
**** - Sin City, A Dirty Shame, Friday Night Lights, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Mean Girls
***1/2 - Freddy vs. Jason, Bad(der) Santa, School of Rock, Club Dread, Dawn of the Dead (2004)
***1/4 - Napoleon Dynamite, Super Size Me
*** - The Grudge, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Elf, Soul Plane, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, 50 First Dates, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Daddy Day Care
**3/4 - Lilo & Stitch 2, Be Cool, The Girl Next Door, Rundown
**1/2 - Seed of Chucky, Fat Albert, Shark Tale, Mr. 3000, The Haunted Mansion, The Ladykillers, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Vampire Effect
**1/4 - Team America: World Police, Psycho (1998), Frostbite, Garfield, Lion King 1 1/2
** - Infection, Hitch, The Hulk, Without a Paddle, Eurotrip, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
*3/4 - Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Marci X, Gothika
*1/2 - Guess Who, Dave Chappelle - For What It's Worth, White Noise
* - Racing Stripes, Scary Movie 3
3/4* - Taxi, The Village, Along Came Polly

Starting back in 1992, my buds and I would do random Fantasy Sports Leagues and in tribute to those great moments and friends of years long since passed, here are the all-time results. Fantasy Baseball '92
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 4 games to 0
Playoffs: Ben def. Grant 4 games to 1
World Series: Chris def. Ben 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '92
SuperBowl: Grant def. Chris 21-19
Fantasy Basketball '92-'93
Playoffs: Chris def. Dave 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Grant def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Chris def. Grant 3 games to 1
Fantasy Baseball '93
Playoffs: Devon def. Grant 4 games to 2
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 4 games to 3
World Series: Devon def. Chris 4 games to 2
Fantasy Football '93
Playoffs: Chris def. Josh 83-62
Playoffs: Dave def. Grant 68-52
SuperBowl: Chris def. Dave 86-72
Fantasy Basketball '93-'94
Playoffs: Grant def. Jason 2 games to 0
Playoffs: Dave def. Devon 2 games to 1
Finals: Dave def. Grant 3 games to 2
Fantasy Baseball '94
Playoffs: -Strike Cancelled Season-
Fantasy Baseball '95
Playoffs: Grant def. Chris 4 games to 1
Playoffs: Josh def. Dave 4 games to 3
World Series: Grant def. Josh 4 games to 3

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