AFC Championship Game Preview

After this weekend’s divisional round games, there are just 4 teams remaining in the playoffs. Today I will be previewing and predicting the AFC Championship, and later this week I will preview the NFC Championship. Make sure you like my facebook page here and follow my Twitter here to stay updated.

New England Patriots vs Jacksonville Jaguars

The Patriots are the top seed in the AFC, and they beat the Titans 35-14 yesterday to move on. They have the best QB in the league in Tom Brady, but they have almost no running game. They went 13-3 in the regular season, and they lost 2 of those games to playoff teams. They average 276 passing yards and 118 rushing yards per game, and only gave up 365 yards total per game. The question will be whether the Jaguars can force the Patriots to run the football, and they will first have to stop the passing game for this to work.

The Jaguars come into this game as the underdogs, but that’s the same position they were on today vs the Steelers. They won 45-42 in Pittsburgh, but things will only get tougher as they have to face a hostile Boston crowd for the AFC Championship. They have a more balanced offense than the Patriots, with Blake Bortles throwing for 224 yards a game, and Leonard Fornette and the other back rushing for 141 yards a game. Their defense gives up about 285 yards a game, much better than the Patriots. But they haven’t faced an offense like the Patriots yet.


I think the Patriots will win and move onto the Super Bowl because of their offense and veterans. The Jaguars are a good team, but their young age may play a part in whether they can compete with a team like the Patriots, which has been winning for years. Tom Brady can pick apart any team he wants, and I cant see a way that the Jaguars defense will stop him. It will be a high scoring game, but I think the Patriots will win by double digits.

FIFA 18 Icon Ratings Part 3 of 3

Welcome to the last part of my FIFA Icons Ratings series where we are looking at the ratings of the announced Icons for the upcoming FIFA 18 game, releasing on September 29th. To read the rest of my FIFA 18 news, look here. To stay updated on my posts, follow my Twitter and like my facebook page.

If you have read my previous posts about Icons, you know that each Icon has three cards based on three years of their career. The best card is only available in packs at limited times and if you complete an SBC, but the other two are available all the time in packs. Here are the last 7 players with Icon cards.

Peter Schmeichel

Schmeichel is a Danish goalkeeper who played most of his career for Manchester United. The other teams he played for were Gladsaxe-Hero, Hvidorve, Brøndby, Sporting CP, Aston Villa, and Manchester City. He also scored 11 goals, because he would sometimes come up the field for corners. His son, Kasper, is currently the goalkeeper for Leicester City. Schmeichel’s stats are 86 overall with the best attribute being 89 reflexes, 90 overall with 93 reflexes, and 92 overall with 94 reflexes.

Carles Puyol

Puyol, a Spaniard, was one of the few players to spend his entire career at one club, playing at Barcelona. He was known for being one of the best defenders of all time. His cards are 86 overall RB with 89 physical, 90 CB with 92 defending, and 92 overall CB with 94 defending.

Alessandro Del Piero

Known to be one of the best Italian players of all time, Del Piero played for Juventus for the majority of his career. His other stops were Padova, Sydney FC, and Delhi Dynamos. He also scored 27 goals for the Italian National Team. His cards are 87 overall CF with 89 dribbling, 90 CF with 92 dribbling, and 92 CF with 92 shooting and dribbling.

Michael Owen

This famous English striker rose to a superstar level at a young age during the 1998 World Cup, when he was given the opportunity to play for his country. Owen scored 40 goals for England, which was formerly the highest for the England team. In his club career, he played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Stoke City. His cards are 88 ST with 91 pace, 91 overall ST with 90 pace, and 86 overall with 86 shooting.


The Portuguese midfielder, whose given name is Anderson Luis de Souza, was known for his awareness, technique, and mid range shooting. He played for Corinthians, CSA, Benfica, Avlerca, Salgueiros, Porto, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Fluminense. His cards are 87 CAM with 87 dribbling and passing, 90 CM with 91 passing, and 85 overall CAM with 87 passing.

Rio Ferdinand

The English CB played for many English clubs, including West Ham United, Bournemouth,  Leeds United,  Manchester United, and Queens Park Rangers. Ferdinand also played for the England National Team. He scored 11 club goals and 3 international goals. His cards are 85 CB with 84 pace and defending, 90 CB with 91 defending, and 88 overall CB with 89 defending.

Robert Pires

The last player in this series is Robert Pires, a French winger who changed his play style to more of a midfield role. He played for Metz, Marseille, Arsenal, Villarreal, Aston Villa, and FC Goa. He scored 127 club goals and 14 international goals. His cards are 88 overall LM with 88 pace, 91 LM with 89 dribbling, and 85 CAM with 86 passing.

That concludes this series about FIFA Icons Ratings. Thank you all for reading and make sure you stay tuned for more posts on the blog!

Which Players Are Leaving Michigan Basketball And Who Are They Adding?

The men’s basketball season ended yesterday with North Carolina cutting down the nets, but let’s take a look forward and see what Michigan’s lineup could look like in the 2017-18 season.


PG Derrick Walton Jr. (11.6 PPG, 3.9 APG)

SG Zak Irvin (11.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG)


SG Charles Matthews (42nd on ESPN Top 100, Transfer from Kentucky)

SG Jordan Poole (57th Top 100, Milwaukee, Wisconson)

PF Isaiah Livers (76th Top 100, Kalamazoo, Michigan)

PG Eli Brooks (3 Star, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania)

F Austin Davis (Red Shirted, Onsted Michigan)

Michigan will add more quality players than they lose, but the value of Walton and Irvin are going to result in loss of experience and leadership on the team. I think they get back to the NCAA Tournament next year, but they won’t have the leadership that they had this year, and they won’t be able to go on a run of upsets.


NCAA Championship : Gonzaga vs. North Carolina

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game will feature two number 1 seeds, Gonzaga and North Carolina. I will preview the key players for each team and who I think will win.


Nigel Williams-Goss

This guard for Gonzaga is their leader in points and assists, with 16.9 points per game and 4.7 assists per game. He will be running their offense, and look for them to have him run a lot of pick and rolls with center Przemek Karnowski with Williams-Goss having the option of shooting or passing it inside.

North Carolina

Justin Jackson

Jackson is their leading scorer with 18.3 points per game. He is not a great passer or rebounder, but he can surprise even the best defenders by making 3 pointers. He is a power forward, but some consider him a point forward because of his great shooting ability.

My Pick

I believe that the Gonzaga Bulldogs will be the champions tonight because they have more playmakers on their team. They can move the ball around better than UNC and have a better center that North Carolina. Prepare for one of the quickest-paced championship games, because both of these teams play fast basketball.

Finally, I would like to share my bracket with everyone. Click here to view my bracket. Thanks!

Tigers Preview: Outfield

The final Tigers Preview will be their outfield. I will tell you which positions are strong and which need improvement.

The projected lineup is this:

LF: Justin Upton

CF: JaCoby Jones

RF: J.D Martinez

Andrew Romine will also play center field for the Tigers on some days.  I think that the Tigers need to sign a veteran center fielder, not necessarily to start, but to back up JaCoby Jones and to make Jones compete for his job. This could also result in Jones getting good fielding advice from a veteran player. J.D Martinez is their future in the outfield and has already proven he can be a franchise player, so it is important that no matter what trade offers the Tigers get for him, the Tigers keep him.

Tigers Preview – Infield

This article is going to preview the Detroit Tigers infield for the 2017 season. I will tell you what I think the Tigers need to improve.

Catcher: James McCann

First Base: Miguel Cabrera

Second Base: Ian Kinsler

Third Base: Nick Castellanos

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias

I believe that the Tigers need to sign a utility infielder to backup players and start when the regular starters are resting. Also, I think they need to sign a backup catcher. McCann needs to prove that he can be an every day starter.