The 49ers have been one of the most consistent teams in football this seasob. Under Jim Harbaugh’s leadership the 49ers have moved past “trap” games or “letdowns”. They’ve moved beyond the phase of being “lucky” or “pretenders”. The 49ers vs. Steelers matchup was already enticing before the season even started. Tack on two of the top records and you now have one of the best matchups of the season.
A national game between two of the NFL’s top teams, in San Francisco no less!
Then it got weird.
Candlestick Park suddenly lost power due to a blown transformer (whatever that means). Now I’m not saying there was a conspiracy by Jed York or anything, but if he wanted to show the NFL that the 49ers really do need that new stadium, what better way than on national TV in one of the best games of the year? It showed the world what most Bay Area sports fans new already: that Candlestick is a dump.
It isn’t just San Francisco that needs a new stadium either. Both Bay Area football teams are sporting the most filthy, grimy and downright nasty stadiums in the NFL. Oakland has to share its trash to the MLB as well. That lovely baseball track during the first month of the NFL season is a beautiful sight. Sigh. At least San Francisco has AT&T Park.
This is no way breaking news. The Monday Night fiasco only highlights and hopefully accelerates the efforts in Santa Clara. I still dream of a joint stadium but that window is closing faster than Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. A new football stadium in the Bay Area is long overdue. The Bay Area knows it and now the sports world does as well.
5-10-1 last week
113-91-6 for the season
Home team in BOLD and CAPS
Texans (6½) over COLTS
Leave it to those pesky Titans to ruin my picks last week. All they had to do was beat the win-less Colts by a TD. I remember after the Colts victory that the Titans were also the ones who screwed me in Week 2 when they beat the Ravens. I vowed never to put money on either the Titans or Ravens. Lo and behold I did. My wallet suffers.
Raiders (+2) over CHIEFS
Did you know that the Raiders haven’t lost in Kansas City since 2006? A shocking statistic when you consider the Raiders recent history. The Raiders took care of Kyle Orton in Week 1, if they can limit Dwayne Bowe (i.e. not Calvin Johnson numbers) than the Raiders should win this game. If there is a clear definition to the phrase “letdown game” than this is it for the Chiefs.
Broncos (-3) over BILLS
The Patriot blowout last week was expected and anyone who thought otherwise was drunk off the Tebow Jesus Juice. Against a downtrodden Bills team Tebow and Co. should have no problem this week.
TITANS (7½) over Jaguars
The only reason I lean towards the dreaded Titans is the location of the game. By the way, is there a worse starting QB in the league than Blaine Gabbert right now? Sheesh. I know it’s only his first year and he doesn’t have any WR’s but I see no hope in sight for this guy. I’m not even mentioning the hair…
BENGALS (-4) over Cardinals
The Cardinals are playing well. Let me repeat: the Arizona Cardinals are playing well. John Skelton is Tim Tebow minus the Christianity, the national titles, the Heisman’s and the Skip Bayless-esque blowhards. Here’s a question, which deal was worse: the Kevin Kolb trade and immediate extension or the Carson Palmer trade? The Cardinals can opt-out of Kolb’s deal after this season while the Raiders have to give up (at a minimum) their 2011 first round pick and 2012 second rounder. Just win baby?
PATRIOTS (-10) over Dolphins
The last three meetings between these two teams have all been blowouts in favor of the Patriots. With the Patriots rolling I see no reason why this should be any different.
RAVENS (-13) over Browns
The Ravens at home + Baltimore defense + Ray Rice + Seneca Wallace = a multiple TD victory.
Giants (+3) over JETS
Leave it to Eli Manning and the G-Men to kill my holiday funds last week. In a must win game at home the Giants were giving seven points to the Redskins. They continued to not show up at all and talks of Eli being “elite” quickly flushed down the toilet. Since they played like dogs last week it’s only fitting they play like Super Bowl contenders this week. The universe will restore order.
Vikings (+6½) over REDSKINS
This will be ugly. Don’t expect a shootout. Don’t expect beautiful football. Expect a close game.
PANTHERS (-7½) over Buccaneers
The Panthers have quietly won three of four and sporting a very potent offense. If their defense was healthier they could be a .500 team this year. Watch out for them next year. This week? Take them against a horrible Bucs squad.
STEELERS (-13½) over Rams
Big Ben’s decision to play or to sit out doesn’t matter. The game is in Pittsburgh and the lowly Rams are opposing a tough Steelers defense that’s getting back James Harrison.
LIONS (-3) over Chargers
Whatever the over/under for this game is, take the over. Two of the best offenses in the league playing each other in turf. This will be a great game to watch. One late killer Rivers interception seals the deal for Detroit.
49ers (-2) over SEAHAWKS
Seattle is playing better, it’s always tough to play there and after the 49ers loss in Arizona a couple weeks ago I’m not as confident as I should be in this 11-3 team. The 49ers are oblivious to “trap” games at this point and I expect (once again) tons of FG’s. All they need is one.
Eagles (+1) over COWBOYS
OK, the Cowboys surprised me last week with their shellacking of the Bucs last Saturday. The Cowboys still haven’t convincingly beaten a great team this year. Have they had a “statement” game this year? When was the last time you combined the words “great win” and “Cowboys” in the same sentence? Take the soaring Eagles on the road.
PACKERS (-13) over Bears
It’s been awhile since anyone can say this but…the Packers COMING OFF A LOSS should be ready to roll over Josh McCown and the Bears. The game is in Green Bay too? Sounds like an easy victory to me.
Falcons (+7) over SAINTS
I was tempted to take the roaring Saints at home but the Falcons have been showing a lot of fight lately. Many wrote them off after a disappointing start to the season. Prediction: a lot of TD’s will be thrown. Expect a 34-31 or 27-24 type game. A great way to close out an otherwise horrible MNF schedule.
As I’m listening to “Otis” for the 83th time (really, the 83rd time on my iTunes), the first single off Kanye West and Jay-Z’s future classic album Watch the Throne, I write to tell you…WELCOME!
Fogtown Sports is a long overdue project dedicated to my views on the world of sports, music, movies and whatever the hell I feel like talking about. Although this will primarily be a sports blog, there will be times when my thoughts on subjects outside the realm of sports will need to be in writing. In those cases, you’ll see them on Fogtown.
For example, you’ll see an extensive and detailed review of Watch the Throne after I’ve locked myself up in my room for 30 hours straight with my Beats by Dre headphones on. I’m sure you’ll be treated to my top movies of the summer once the season is over, and don’t be surprised if you see an article in the world of pop culture, because there isn’t NEARLY enough of that around already.
Who am I you ask? My name is Jordan Ramirez. I’m a 19 year old aspiring sports journalist who has lived in the Bay Area his whole life. I attended Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose and currently attend the sports powerhouse that is San Jose State University (Home of the Budget Cuts…err…Spartans…). I’m the oldest of five children, clearly the best looking one and the only one who has successfully been on national TV (That story later). I currently write for WarriorsWorld.net, the best Warriors site on the internet. Seriously, If you like the Warriors, a great layout, skilled writers, great interviews and an overall dope time on the net, hit up WarriorsWorld.
My favorite artist in the world is Kanye West. People who follow me on Twitter (@JRAM_91) know already how much I admire his work and have times been told to “#pause” from Kanye (You know who you are). If you don’t know my obsession with Kanye…you will. I even visit and write for a Kanye fan site (kanyetothe.com). He’s the most innovative, genius, creative, interesting, perplexing person in the music industry today. For these reasons and more I find a great connection to his music. Not to say I don’t listen to other genres and artists, but the conversation starts and ends with Kanye.
Besides Kanye West my favorite artists (in no particular order) are Michael Jackson, Prince, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra, 2Pac, Drake, Gang Starr, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, Usher, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Marvin Gaye, Big Sean, Common, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Pusha T, Chris Brown, John Legend, Katy Perry (Haters come at me!), Justin Timberlake, Sade, T.I. and The Weeknd. If you have any or all of these artists on your iPod, we’re in for a good time.
The favorite movies question usually follows music, so here it goes: Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, Old School, The Dark Knight, Harold & Kumar (NPH FTW), Goodfellas, Space Jam, Lord of the Rings, The Other Guys, The Departed, Happy Gilmore and The Hangover. In interest of full disclosure, the hands down worst movie I’ve ever seen was Disaster Movie. Seriously, any movie that ends with “Movie” probably isn’t a good bet for an Oscar. Even though my fiancé to be Kim Kardashian had a small role, it wasn’t enough to save the debacle that was this sad, pitiful hour and a half. How Hollywood approves of these movies is beyond me…but I digress.
My sports background you ask? I’ve always been able to play sports on some sort of competitive level. Heck, some kids even called me “Peja” in middle school because of my three point shot on the court (True story). But interestingly enough, basketball isn’t my favorite sport, golf is. I started playing golf when I was seven, kept with it, competed on local and national levels and was once on national TV because of it. OK, here’s that story: I competed in Golf Channel’s Drive, Chip & Putt Competition when I was 9. This was a national skills competition that tested all aspects of the game (Think of combining all the events during NBA All Star Weekend and you pretty much get the gist of it). I swept the local competition, won 1st place and earned a spot in nationals. I flew to Oregon a month later, and during the long drive facet of the competition they filmed me, asked me who my favorite golfer was (Tiger Woods) and saw my gorgeous, flawless swing on The Golf Channel later that week when they aired it on national TV. It was the greatest 20 seconds The Golf Channel has ever aired. If you haven’t caught on yet of my sarcasm by the way, please do. I use it a lot. The trophy still sits in my trophy case in my room and to this day the most cherished, proud moment of my golf career. **Holds for applause and utter disbelief of this incredible, soon to be made movie storyline**
I hope this blog keeps you entertained, confused, frustrated, happy, disgusted, sad, remorseful, pity or any feeling for that matter. That’s my goal. Whether it’s sports, movies, music, pop culture or whatever, if you’re reading this, I hope you feel and appreciate what I’ve put down on paper for you (well…not physically paper…no one uses that anymore really…newspapers aren’t even using those anymore…). What makes this blog different from others: it’s not limited to any topic, I have no slant or angle and I keep bring a certain personality to my writing. It’s different. It’s fun. And it’s for you. I’ll primarily be talking about sports in the Bay Area, but that doesn’t mean I won’t extend my thoughts on why Lebron is still the best player in the world or why Tiger Woods will still break Jack’s record. Nothing is off limits.
Ever since I was young I thought to myself “How cool would that be? Getting paid to travel around and watch sports, then write about it. That’s my dream job.” This is the beginning of that dream job. I hope you can join me. Let’s have some fun.
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