Saturday, March 22, 2014

MLB Season Predictions

National League East:
1. Washington Nationals
2. Atlanta Braves
3. Philadelphia Phillies
4. New York Mets
5. Miami Marlins

National League Central:
1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Cincinnati Reds
3. Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Chicago Cubs

National League West:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. San Diego Padres
5. Colorado Rockies

National League Wild Card #1: San Francisco Giants
National League Wild Card #2: Atlanta Braves
National League Wild Card Round: San Francisco over Atlanta

National League Division Series:
Washington Nationals over San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers over St. Louis Cardinals

National League Championship Series: Washington over Los Angeles

National League MVP: Bryce Harper
National League Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
National League Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton
National League Manager of the Year: Bruce Bochy
National League Home Run Leader: Pedro Alvarez

American League East:
1. Boston Red Sox
2. Tampa Bay Rays
3. New York Yankees
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Toronto Blue Jays

American League Central:
1. Detroit Tigers
2. Kansas City Royals
3. Cleveland Indians
4. Chicago White Sox
5. Minnesota Twins

American League West:
1. Texas Rangers
2. Los Angeles Angels
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Seattle Mariners
5. Houston Astros

American League Wild Card #1: Tampa Bay Rays
American League Wild Card #2: Los Angeles Angels
American League Wild Card Round: Los Angeles over Tampa Bay

American League Division Series:
Los Angeles Angels over Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers over Boston Red Sox

American League Championship Series: Los Angeles over Texas

American League MVP: Mike Trout
American League Cy Young: Yu Darvish
American League Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu
American League Manager of the Year: Mike Scioscia
American League Home Run Leader: Prince Fielder

World Series: Washington Nationals over Los Angeles Angels

Monday, March 17, 2014

NIT & CBI Predictions

2014 National Invitation Tournament Predictions:

SMU over UC Irvine
San Francisco over LSU
Arkansas over Indiana State
California over Utah Valley
Robert Morris over St. John's
Green Bay over Belmont
Clemson over Georgia State
Boston U. over Illinois
Minnesota over High Point
St. Mary's over Utah
Southern Miss over Toledo
Missouri over Davidson
Florida State over FGCU
West Virginia over Georgetown
Louisiana Tech over Iona
Georgia over Vermont

SMU over San Francisco
Arkansas over California
Robert Morris over Green Bay
Clemson over Boston U.
Minnesota over St. Mary's
Missouri over Southern Miss
West Virginia over Florida State
Georgia over Louisiana Tech

Arkansas over SMU
Clemson over Robert Morris
Minnesota over Missouri
West Virginia over Georgia

Clemson over Arkansas
West Virginia over Minnesota

West Virginia over Clemson

*Pedro Favre really feels like the winner of the West Virginia-Florida State game, provided both teams win their opening games, could very well move through the tournament and capture the championship.  Illinois gets a tough break, all things considered, as they will travel to Boston University, despite being the #2 seed in their "region", due to renovations at the State Farm Center.  As everyone saw last year when Kentucky lost on the road at Robert Morris, anything is possible in these lower-tier postseason tournaments.

2014 College Basketball Invitational Predictions:

Texas A&M over Wyoming
Illinois State over Morehead State
Oregon State over Radford
South Dakota State over Old Dominion
UTEP over Fresno State
Princeton over Tulane
Penn State over Hampton
Siena over Stony Brook

Texas A&M over Illinois State
South Dakota State over Oregon State
Princeton over UTEP
Penn State over Siena

*Tournament is re-bracketed after the Quarterfinal Round

Projected Tournament Winner: Penn State

*Pedro Favre believes the winner of the Penn State-Siena game, provided both teams win their opening contests, will go on to win this year's CBI.  Siena is led by first-year coach Jimmy Patsos.  Patsos came to Siena after nine seasons at Loyola (MD) where he guided the school to the CIT Quarterfinals last year and to the NCAA Round of 64 in 2011-12.  Patsos, a 47-year-old from Boston of Greek and Irish heritage, played at Catholic University before becoming an assistant at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.  From 1991-2004, Patsos served as an assistant at Maryland under the tutelage of the legendary Gary Williams.  Patsos has become known for his unorthodox style: On November 19, 2008, he became one of the only coaches ever to coach from the stands during his team's game in an attempt to avoid being ejected by the referees while on November 25, 2008, he was roundly criticized for appearing to prefer holding Davidson player Stephen Curry scoreless over winning the basketball game by double-teaming Curry while he stood in the corner while Davidson played 4 on 3 against the remaining players.  In his post-game press conference, Patsos justified his strategy by stating that, “We had to play against an NBA player tonight. Anybody else ever hold him scoreless? I’m a history major. They’re going to remember that we held him scoreless or we lost by 30?”  Patsos is also an avid fan of The Grateful Dead.

For what it's worth, Jimmy Patsos is someone who Pedro Favre will continue to keep a close eye on.  It is a guy like Patsos who Pedro Favre would prefer to see his beloved Pitt Panthers target as a potential replacement for Jamie Dixon should Dixon ever decide to leave for greener pastures.  With his ACC background, success as a head coach at mid-major level programs and his willingness to think outside of the box, Pedro Favre believes that Patsos could be a perfect fit for any ACC program in need of a head coach.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Early NFL Mock Draft

1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
4. Cleveland Browns - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
5. Oakland Raiders - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
8. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
9. Buffalo Bills - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
11. Tennessee Titans - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
12. New York Giants - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
13. St. Louis Rams - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
14. Chicago Bears - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
16. Dallas Cowboys - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
18. New York Jets - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
19. Miami Dolphins - Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
20. Arizona Cardinals - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
21. Green Bay Packers - Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
26. Cleveland Browns - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
27. New Orleans Saints - Ra'shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
28. Carolina Panthers - Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
29. New England Patriots - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
30. San Francisco 49ers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
31. Denver Broncos - Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
32. Seattle Seahawks - Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Gerald R. Ford

Pedro Favre recently took an online quiz to find out "Which President are you?"  After answering a few questions, the results spit out one Gerald R. Ford (93%).  Of Ford, the quiz states:

"You are a smooth and popular person. You are likeable and sociable. Your popularity convinces people that you are a good leader. However, you aren't necessarily as strong a leader as your personality suggests. You like being in command but don't necessary want the responsibility that goes along with it, especially when it means making a decision that may prove to be unpopular but has to be made. Be willing to be firm when firmness is needed."

Pedro Favre is all right with this.  After all, Ford is perhaps the most athletic President in history, having played football collegiately at the University of Michigan.

Other than Ford, the results list John F. Kennedy (53%), Richard M. Nixon (50%), and Calvin Coolidge (24%).

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Olympic Hockey Predictions

Group A:
United States

Group B:

Group C:
Czech Republic

1D: Canada
2D: Sweden
3D: Russia
4D: Finland
5D: United States
6D: Czech Republic
7D: Slovakia
8D: Switzerland
9D: Austria
10D: Slovenia
11D: Latvia
12D: Norway

Qualification Playoffs:
Switzerland over Austria
United States over Norway
Czech Republic over Latvia
Slovakia over Slovenia

Canada over Switzerland
United States over Finland
Russia over Czech Republic
Sweden over Slovakia

Canada over United States
Russia over Sweden

Bronze Medal Game: Sweden over United States
Gold Medal Game: Canada over Russia

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pitt Football at Heinz Field

Pitt has been playing football at Heinz Field for 13 seasons now, yet Pedro Favre has never made an all-time team like he has for Pitt basketball under Ben Howland & Jamie Dixon.  Just for fun, Pedro Favre thought that he would throw a team together to see what it might look like.

Head Coach: Dave Wannstedt
Offensive Coordinator: Walt Harris
Defensive Coordinator: Paul Rhoads

QB - Tyler Palko
RB - LeSean McCoy
FB - Lousaka Polite
WR - Larry Fitzgerald
WR - Antonio Bryant
TE - Dorin Dickerson
OL - Jeff Otah
OL - Jason Pinkston
OL - Mike McGlynn
OL - Rob Pettitti
OL - Charles Spencer

DL - Greg Romeus
DL - Aaron Donald
DL - Jabaal Sheard
LB - Clint Session
LB - Scott McKillop
LB - Gerald Hayes
LB - H.B. Blades
DB - Darrelle Revis
DB - Shawntae Spencer
DB - Ramon Walker
DB - Josh Lay

K - Conor Lee
P - Andy Lee
Returner - LaRod Stephens-Howling

Friday, January 3, 2014

NFL Playoff Predictions

At the beginning of the season, Pedro Favre predicted that New England would defeat Denver in the AFC Championship Game and Green Bay would knock off New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game, with Green Bay winning the Super Bowl two weeks later.  While all four of these teams are still in play, much has changed in the NFL since September.  As such, Pedro Favre thought that he would take a different look at the playoff landscape, if only for the fact that he can now claim two different playoff scenarios as "his" prediction!  :)

AFC Wild Card Round:
Indianapolis over Kansas City
Cincinnati over San Diego

Both of these games are rematches from earlier in the season.  On December 22, the Colts went into Kansas City and knocked off the Chiefs by a score of 23-7.  On December 1, the Bengals went into San Diego and defeated the Chargers by a score of 17-10.  Pedro Favre doesn't believe that there is any reason that the outcomes of either matchup will be any different.

NFC Wild Card Round:
Philadelphia over New Orleans
San Francisco over Green Bay

Much has been made of the struggles away from home for the Saints, and Pedro Favre is starting to buy into the hype.  The Saints went 8-0 while averaging 34.0 points at home compared to 3-5 while scoring 17.8 per game on the road.  Additionally, the Saints lost their final three road games, getting outscored 78-36, and are 0-5 all-time in playoff contests away from home.  As for the 49ers and Packers, San Fran has defeated Green Bay in both contests featuring Colin Kaepernick versus Aaron Rodgers, including last year in the playoffs by a score of 45-31.

AFC Divisional Round:
Cincinnati over New England
Indianapolis over Denver

The rematches continue in the AFC, and, what the fuck, Pedro Favre is still buying in.  On October 6, the Bengals defeated the Patriots at home by a score of 13-6.  On October 20, the Colts beat the Broncos at home by a score of 39-33.  If only for the desire to avoid a 15th all-time meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Pedro Favre is going to go with the double upset.

NFC Divisional Round:
Seattle over San Francisco
Carolina over Philadelphia

Pedro Favre has no upsets here, with both home teams winning and advancing.  The 49ers haven't won in Seattle since 2011, losing by a score of 42-13 last season and by a score of 29-3 this season.  As for the Panthers and Eagles, Pedro Favre is simply playing a hunch here and going with the Panthers at home.

AFC Championship: Cincinnati over Indianapolis
NFC Championship: Seattle over Carolina

Should Pedro Favre keep riding the streak of teams winning again in a rematch of regular season contests?  Sure, why the hell not?  On December 8, the Bengals beat the Colts at home by a score of 42-28.  On September 8, the Seahawks went into Carolina and defeated the Panthers by a score of 12-7.

Super Bowl: Cincinnati over Seattle

There is no regular season matchup to lean on here, but a Bengals-Seahawks contest in the Super Bowl would bring some interesting drama.  If such a matchup were to occur, it would be the second consecutive season that an AFC North team would face off against a NFC West team in the Super Bowl.  Such a matchup (especially a Bengals victory) would probably cause some distress for Steelers fans, too, as the team would see two of its division rivals raise the Lombardi Trophy in back-to-back years with inferior quarterbacks (Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton) while the division's best signal caller (Ben Roethlisberger) sits home and out of the playoffs for two consecutive years.