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The Reality Check Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 30 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

They’re in primetime this week because no one in the NFL wants to help lift the spirits of hurricane victims.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

They weren’t as bad as we expected them to be in Green Bay, I just don’t think they’re worthy of moving up.

30. Carolina Panthers (29)

I’ll default to PFT’s Darin Gantt for this one…

29. St. Louis Rams (24)

“We welcome the New England Patriots to London, representing the NFL. We also welcome the St. Louis Rams, representing nothing.”

28. San Diego Chargers (22)

Norv Turner has naked pictures of everyone everywhere. He must.

27. Buffalo Bills (25)

Mario Williams is optimistic about his wrist, but not about his team’s chances of winning games.

26. Tennessee Titans (23)

You take it week by week with this crew.

25. Cleveland Browns (30)

I don’t this is a “good” team welcoming Baltimore to town, but I do think they’re somehow “better.” Probably.

24. New York Jets (19)

I’ve had a gut feeling about them all along.

23. Oakland Raiders (28)

I don’t really believe it though. They beat the Jaguars and Chiefs in the last two weeks.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (27)

Well…they looked really good on Thursday night.

21. New Orleans Saints (17)

Joe Vitt’s return made a whole lot of no difference.

20. Cincinnati Bengals (20)

But they just BARELY sneaked past “bye.”

19. Arizona Cardinals (16)

They’ll be in the bottom four by the end of the season.

18. Washington Redskins (15)

Maybe the Shanahans will have Robert Griffin III line up on defense next.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (12)

But I’m sure starting Nick Foles would solve everything.

(16-1 on Page 2…)

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The Reality Check Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 24 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Yuck.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

Yuck again.

30. Cleveland Browns (30)

You can almost assume their game against the Ravens next week is going to be close somehow.

29. Carolina Panthers (29)

Maybe we should have seen this coming.

28. Oakland Raiders (28)

Beat a bad team. Barely. At home. After the bad team’s players got hurt.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

I’m all for them staying in creamsicle though.

26. Indianapolis Colts (27)

No one would remember they’re 3-3.

25. Buffalo Bills (22)

Shawne Merriman is back! Shawne Merriman isn’t any good!

24. St. Louis Rams (23)

Lots of teams lose to the Packers.

23. Tennessee Titans (25)

Well if Chris Johnson is going to run like that…

22. San Diego Chargers (17)

Haven’t beaten anyone good, try to cheat.

21. Detroit Lions (16)

Maybe no one told them they still had Calvin Johnson this season.

20. Cincinnati Bengals (18)

Always doing very Cincinnati Bengals-y things.

19. New York Jets (20)

I give them a slight nod for keeping things close in Foxborough, but I still don’t think they’re very good.

18. Miami Dolphins (21)

Surprise, surprise.

17. New Orleans Saints (24)

I’m PROBABLY giving them too much credit, but they have Drew Brees.

(16-1 on Page 2…)

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The Reality Check Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 17 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (31)

It was only a matter of time.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)

I STILL think they find a way into the bottom spot.

30. Cleveland Browns (32)

It must be a proud moment for whoever is actually going to still be around next year.

29. Carolina Panthers (27)

So…Ron Rivera thinks he knows what the problem is? I guess it will just be fixed tomorrow…

28. Oakland Raiders (26)

Perhaps Carson Palmer can start practicing tackling…

27. Indianapolis Colts (24)

I don’t understand. Should we have seen this coming?

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28)

Calm down, they were playing the Chiefs. Everyone blows out the Chiefs, right?

25. Tennessee Titans (29)

We can’t thank you enough for that, Titans.

24. New Orleans Saints (21)

Market correction. I still think they’re on the way up.

23. St. Louis Rams (20)

Wait…Brandon Gibson?

22. Buffalo Bills (25)

I didn’t see that coming.

21. Miami Dolphins (23)

Best Dolphins quarterback since…Cleo Lemon, I guess?

20. New York Jets (22)

If they beat the Patriots…

19. Dallas Cowboys (16)

I probably dropped them too far. I don’t feel bad.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (14)

You can’t do that against the Cleveland Browns.

17. San Diego Chargers (13)

But at least it was hilarious.

(16-1 on Page 2…)

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“The Reality Check” Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 03 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Cleveland Browns (32)

I like what I see from Weeden & Richardson. You need more good players to win though.

31. Indianapolis Colts (30)

I still can’t believe they lost to Jacksonville at home.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (29)

I’m convinced they’ll ultimately be #32.

29. Miami Dolphins (31)

It’s a shame they couldn’t make that effort from Ryan Tannehill stand up.

28. New Orleans Saints (28)

They showed a little bit in Green Bay…wins are coming.

27. Kansas City Chiefs (25)

This doesn’t mean the Ravens will just coast Sunday.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24)

Not much to offer defensively on the Redskins’ final drive.

25. Oakland Raiders (22)

Defense is a MAJOR issue.

24. Carolina Panthers (23)

They’re better than this. They’ll improve, but it might not be enough.

23. Tennessee Titans (21)

In the short term, perhaps they’re better off with Matt Hasselbeck.

22. St. Louis Rams (26)

Now with pesky Los Angeles rumors!

21. Detroit Lions (18)

Just an absolute mess. This could bury them.

20. Buffalo Bills (19)

But Scott Chandler is a nice target.

19. New York Jets (14)

I’ve heard the words “you know who” a lot this week.

18. Seattle Seahawks (17)

You can’t follow up a win over the Packers with a loss to the Rams.

17. Dallas Cowboys (16)

They’re not as bad as they looked Monday night. At least I don’t think so.

(16-1 on Page 2…)

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“The Reality Check” Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 26 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Cleveland Browns (32)

The only thing I’m certain about in the NFL is that the Browns have been the worst team thus far.

31. Miami Dolphins (31)

But if Dan Carpenter could make a kick they wouldn’t be here.

30. Indianapolis Colts (26)

If you’re going to win a few games you’re probably going to have to beat the Jaguars at home.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

In my heart of hearts, I still think they’re worse than the Browns. But as a reminder, the Ravens really liked Cecil Shorts III.

28. New Orleans Saints (17)

I knew it would be a struggle. NO ONE knew it would be this much of a struggle.

27. Washington Redskins (21)

You REALLY think it’s a good idea to keep letting RGIII get hit like that, Kyle Shanahan?

26. St. Louis Rams (24)

So…if Jay Cutler stinks and you lose to him, that means?

25. Kansas City Chiefs (30)

They’re not going to go winless. That’s a start.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

Every time you think they might be making progress…

23. Carolina Panthers (19)

Is the league figuring Cam Newton out a bit in year two?

22. Oakland Raiders (29)

That was a damn gutty victory.

21. Tennessee Titans (25)

They’ll need to be able to win a few without so many miracles.

20. Minnesota Vikings (27)

That was a really impressive performance. Not a whole lot more you can say.

19. Buffalo Bills (20)

A win over the Browns is a win, just unlikely to be a win that will make me give you a whole lot of credit.

18. Detroit Lions (12)

But at least they have quarterback issues!

17. Seattle Seahawks (23)

As Drew Forrester says, they’re 2-1*!

(Rankings 16-1 on Page 2…)

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“The Reality Check” Week 3 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Cleveland Browns (30)

But hey, Trent Richardson is pretty good.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (28)

This Blaine Gabbert thing isn’t really working out.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (20)

They HAVE to be better than this. Right?

29. Oakland Raiders (25)

But they snapped the ball better…

28. Miami Dolphins (32)

They beat the Raiders at home. You can only get so much credit for that.

27. Minnesota Vikings (23)

They have good players on their team. They shouldn’t be this bad.

26. Indianapolis Colts (31)

They beat the Vikings at home. You can only get so much credit for that.

25. Tennessee Titans (21)

Tough schedule, but the “playoff dark horse” talk has slowed down.

24. St. Louis Rams (26)

Jerk or not, I’d take Cortland Finnegan on my team.

23. Seattle Seahawks (27)

I’m not a believer in Russell Wilson, but that was a statement victory.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18)

It’s a shame the folks down in Tampa have nothing to talk about.

21. Washington Redskins (17)

Is there a chance they’re halfway good?

20. Buffalo Bills (29)

They have all the looks of an 8-8 team.

19. Carolina Panthers (24)

I guess they still know how to run the ball.

18. Dallas Cowboys (12)

Oh hey there, back to earth Tony Romo. We were expecting you.

17. New Orleans Saints (10)

I still think they’ll become the Saints again at some point.

(Rankings 16-1 on Page 2…)

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Bovada improves Ravens Super Bowl odds after Week 1 win

Posted on 13 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV). Included below are updated Super Bowl chances, the opening line for the Super Bowl, will the replacement refs still be around in week 6, Victor Cruz drops, Michael Vick turnovers, and much more.

 

“Week 1 turned out to be a pretty decent day for the book despite losing our biggest decision with the Pats covering easily but teams like Washington winning and Cleveland and St. Louis covering busted up a lot of parlays and teasers.  No doubt the Skins have made the biggest impression and even though I was pretty low on them at 65-1 going into Week 1 they are still the biggest move of the week dropping to 35-1 to win the Super Bowl and with New England winning convincingly on the road they remain favorites at 5-1.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

Odds to win the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII (teams in blue have shorter odds, teams in red have longer odds and teams that are black stayed the same)

                                                Current            Week 1

New England Patriots                 5/1                    11/2

Houston Texans                         7/1                    9/1

San Francisco 49ers                  7/1                    9/1

Green Bay Packers                    17/2                  13/2

Baltimore Ravens                       11/1                  18/1

Chicago Bears                           12/1                  14/1

Denver Broncos                         12/1                  14/1

Atlanta Falcons                         16/1                  25/1

Philadelphia Eagles                    16/1                  14/1

Dallas Cowboys                         18/1                  22/1

New Orleans Saints                   22/1                  18/1

New York Giants                        25/1                  18/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    25/1                  22/1

San Diego Chargers                   25/1                  30/1

Detroit Lions                              30/1                  28/1

New York Jets                           33/1                  40/1

Washington Redskins                35/1                  65/1

Seattle Seahawks                      60/1                  50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             60/1                  100/1

Carolina Panthers                      66/1                  50/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     75/1                  60/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    75/1                  50/1

Arizona Cardinals                       80/1                  75/1

Buffalo Bills                               100/1                60/1

Oakland Raiders                        100/1                65/1

Tennessee Titans                       125/1                100/1

Indianapolis Colts                       150/1                75/1

Minnesota Vikings                     150/1                200/1

Cleveland Browns                       200/1                150/1

Miami Dolphins                          200/1                100/1

St. Louis Rams                          200/1                150/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                   250/1                200/1

 

Super Bowl XLVII – Early Line     

AFC       -1

NFC      +1

 

Miscelleanous Props

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Will there still be replacements referees Week 6?   

Yes                  -140

No                    EVEN

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Total Points scored by all team Week 2 

Over/Under                    715½

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Will Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz shake hands or hug after the game?     

Yes                  -400     (1/4)

No                    +250     (5/2)

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – San Francisco 49ers – Will the have a turnover Week 2?           

Yes                  -200     (1/2)     

No                    +160     (8/5)

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – San Francisco 49ers – Total Turnovers in the 2012 Regular Season?     

Over/Under                    12½

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Carolina Panthers – Total Rushing Yards Week 2           

Over/Under                    135½

 

Quarterback Props

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Who will be benched first (Non-Injury related)? 

Russell Wilson (SEA)                             4/5

Brandon Weeden (CLE) QB                    5/4       

Ryan Tannehill (MIA) QB                        5/1       

* Must be pulled from a game when losing or not start.     

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Tim Tebow – Total Rushing Attempts Week 2     

Over                              4½ (-130)

Under                            4½ (EVEN)

           

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Michael Vick – Total Interceptions and fumbles lost Week 2      

Over                              ½  (-225, 4/9)

Under                            ½ (+190, 19/10)

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Kevin Kolb – Total Passing Yards Week 2           

Over/Under                    250½

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Kevin Kolb – Total TD Passes Week 2     

Over                              1½ (EVEN)

Under                            1½ (-130)

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Kevin Kolb – Total interceptions Week 2?          

Over                              ½  (-260, 5/13)

Under                            ½ (+200, 2/1)

 

Running Back Props

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Adrian Peterson – Total Rushing Yards in the 2012 Regular Season      

Over/Under                    1000½

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Adrian Peterson – Total Rushing Touchdowns in the 2012 Regular Season       

Over/Under                    10½

 

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Chris Johnson – Total Rushing Yards Week 2     

Over/Under                    62½

 

Wide Receiver Props

WEEK 2 SPECIALS – Victor Cruz – Total Drops Week 2           

Over/Under                    1

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“The Reality Check” Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 12 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s rankings…

32. Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 28)

Perhaps it’s time to work on changing snap counts

31. Indianapolis Colts (31)

Andrew Luck didn’t look terrible, though.

30. Cleveland Browns (32)

Pat Shurmur can’t wait too long for math lessons.

29. Buffalo Bills (16)

What a disaster. It can’t be as bad as it looked…can it?

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (26)

Nearly stole a road win. I can vision quite a few close calls this season.

27. Seattle Seahawks (27)

You can’t lose to Kevin Kolb and improve.

26. St. Louis Rams (25)

They got hosed by timeout mismanagement. They’re still lacking targets for Bradford.

25. Oakland Raiders (21)

I think we understand more why guys like Morgan Cox and Nick Sundberg have played through injury.

24. Carolina Panthers (17)

They ARE still capable of running the football, right?

23. Minnesota Vikings (24)

I guess we have our answers about Adrian Peterson…

22. Arizona Cardinals (29)

The.whole.quarterback.thing.

21. Tennessee Titans (20)

The Patriots will make a lot of teams look bad.

20. Kansas City Chiefs (15)

I thought they were better defensively.

19. Cincinnati Bengals (9)

They aren’t this bad. They just got their ass kicked.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

It wasn’t an eternity ago that they were a team on the rise.

17. Washington Redskins (30)

I’m not all in yet, but it’s hard to not be impressed.

(Glenn’s rankings 16-1 on Page 2…)

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“The Reality Check” Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 05 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings:

32. Cleveland Browns (FINAL 2011 Ranking 29)

Best case: Weeden and Richardson thrive, Browns are at least competitive
Worst case: Folks in Cleveland clamoring to draft new QB to replace soon to be 30 year old

31. Indianapolis Colts (31)

Best case: Luck and Pagano are next Flacco and Harbaugh, Sanchez and Ryan
Worst case: Rookie QB can’t fix everything

30. Washington Redskins (27)

Best case: RG3 plus solid defense equals better than expected
Worst case: Redskins football is still Redskins football

29. Arizona Cardinals (20)

Best case: Skelton or Kolb solidifies QB position, keeps Cards in NFC West race
Worst case: QB’s are so bad David Gerrard comes to Phoenix

28. Miami Dolphins (23)

Best case: Tannehill is real deal, Dolphins are interesting for more than just TV show
Worst case: Cutting Chad Johnson becomes only highlight of Phins’ season

27. Seattle Seahawks (21)

Best case: Russell Wilson as good as advertised, Seahawks are surprise of NFC
Worst case: There was a reason the guy was available in the 3rd round

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (26)

Best case: Gabbert to Blackmon is new Brunell to McCardell
Worst case: No progress from Gabbert, MJD holdout concerns linger into regular season

25. St. Louis Rams (32)

Best case: Bradford legit, Fisher brings credibility
Worst case: Still not enough weapons for Bradford, health issues remain

24. Minnesota Vikings (29)

Best case: Ponder develops, Peterson bounces back, Jared Allen still dominant
Worst case: “Ponder” goes in dictionary with definition “significant NFL Draft reach”

23. New York Jets (19)

Best case: Rex knew something we didn’t about Tebow
Worst case: Somehow Greg McElroy is best option under center

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30)

Best case: Doug Martin solidifies offense, Bucs show signs of two years ago
Worst case: “The Lightning are going to play this season, right?”

21. Oakland Raiders (16)

Best case: Dennis Allen better than we realized, Carson Palmer returns to form
Worst case: Group of talented players does not equal very good team

20. Tennessee Titans (17)

Best case: Jake Locker ready for primetime, Chris Johnson bounces back
Worst case: Jake Locker not ready for primetime, Chris Johnson doesn’t bounce back

19. Dallas Cowboys (15)

Best case: Romo finally silences doubters by finishing games
Worst case: Cowboys exactly like every other season with Romo under center

18. San Diego Chargers (13)

Best case: This is finally the year everyone stops calling for Norv Turner’s head
Worst case: Chargers underperform and Turner stays…again

17. Carolina Panthers (24)

Best case: Cam Newton a legitimate MVP candidate
Worst case: Still not enough defense for it to matter

16. Buffalo Bills (25)

Best case: Healthy Fred Jackson and Mario Williams combine to keep Bills near top of AFC East
Worst case: Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t worth the money

15. Kansas City Chiefs (22)

Best case: Health issues aren’t a factor, KC reminiscent of 2010
Worst case: Matt Cassel just not enough to compete against Manning, Rivers, Palmer in AFC West

14. Philadelphia Eagles (14)

Best case: Michael Vick
Worst case: Koy Detmer?

13. Detroit Lions (9)

Best case: Lions build off of successful 2011
Worst case: Stafford injury questions haven’t gone away

12. Atlanta Falcons (6)

Best case: Falcons become Super Bowl contender we’ve assumed they would be for last 3 years
Worst case: 4th and 1 hangover lingers

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (7)

Best case: They have Ben Roethlisberger. How bad can they be?
Worst case: Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger have a legitimate fist fight before every game

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Maryland F Alyssa Thomas Named First Team All-American

Posted on 27 March 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of five players named to the Associated Press All-America First Team announced Tuesday.

Thomas, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, is joined on the First Team by Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne.

Thomas is the Terrapins’ fourth AP All-American. Crystal Langhorne (2006, 2007, 2008),Kristi Toliver (2008, 2009) and Marissa Coleman (2009) all earned the honor at least once in their respective careers. Langhorne was also honored as a sophomore when she was named to the Second Team in 2006.

Thomas leads the ACC in scoring with 17.2 points per game and is among the best in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game, assists (3.2), free throw percentage (80.1) and defensive rebounds (5.5).

Thomas is just the second underclassman ever to be named ACC Player of the Year. She scored a career-high 29 points in the ACC title game to lead Maryland to its 10th league championship. She was named Tournament MVP and is only the seventh player, and first underclassman, to be named league Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season.

The Second Team honorees are Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford; Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Shenise Johnson, Miami; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; and Julie Wojta of Green Bay. Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies, Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen and Miami’s Riquna Williams all made the Third Team.

Behind two comebacks and a 21-4 run to end the game, Maryland rallied past Texas A&M 81-74 on Sunday in the Regional Semifinals. The Terps advanced to their fourth Elite Eight under head coach Brenda Frese.

Laurin Mincy had 21 points and for her career-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Terrapins. They trailed by 18 points in the first half and by 12 in the second half, but Maryland fought its way back and held the defending national champion Aggies to just one basket in the final 10 minutes.

The Terrapins had won 10 straight and 13 of 14 since Jan. 26. The Terrapins are 31-18 (.633) all-time in NCAA Tournament games. Frese owns an NCAA Tournament record of 20-7 (.741) and 19-6 (.760) at Maryland. Frese has led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, four Elite Eights and the 2006 national championship.

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