Saturday, May 17, 2014

Never Fear, Underdogs are Here

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2014 Post-Draft

Back to football! I know you've missed it as much as I have. At this point it is incredibly tough to truly predict how good any team is or will be by Week 1. The Top 4 are pretty much agreed upon by everyone, but aside from that, predictions are kind of a crapshoot. So now's the time to take some credibility risks and bump up some underdog teams. I say the Texans (Clowney AND Watt? Seriously?) and Falcons will have comeback seasons and the Lions will finally start matching the incredible talent on their roster with actual play on the field. The Colts have the easiest schedule in the league, so they get a bump, while the Panthers have fallen as they lost receiver after receiver. They're not in my Top 15, but the Buccaneers are a team to watch out for also. And finally, I'm giving a shout-out to the Ravens. I'm always lower on them than everyone else, so this time instead of telling them to prove me wrong, I'm rating them high and telling them to prove me right. So how did everything play out after Free Agency and the Draft? Let's get to it; hike!

Nipping at #10's heels:
Cardinals (#15), Bengals (#14), Texans (#13), Lions (#12), Panthers (#11)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Hanging On By A Thread

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I hope you'll forgive me for a short review; I'm in the midst of a rather busy and stressful week of Grad School Finals. But I know summer is when most of you look to my blog on a more consistent basis (look for a 2014 Summer Preview next week!), so I wanted to put out a mini-critique of the film kicking off the summer movie season: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Picking up where the first film left off, Peter Parker is struggling with his conflicting love for Gwen Stacy and the danger his role as Spider-Man could put her in (not to mention that he promised her father on his deathbed that he would no longer date her). As the couple works through their relationship issues, a new super-villain emerges. Electro started out as a nerdy electrician who just wanted attention, but his need for affection turns to rage when he is seen as a bad guy while Spider-Man gets all the love. Also, Harry Osborn shows up and is dying, so he wants some of Spider-Man's blood. Also, Peter finds some spare time to go on a big search for the reason why his parents disappeared so many years ago.