Monday, June 2, 2014

The Hot 10

Pedro Favre recently reviewed the Maxim Hot 100, the magazine's annual ranking of the world's most beautiful women.  Candice Swanepoel, she of Victoria's Secret fame, earned the distinction as this year's #1.  Not only does Pedro Favre love himself some babes, but he also loves himself some lists.  As such, Pedro Favre, using only the girls who appear on this year's Hot 100 (sincere apologies go out to the likes of Tiffani Thiessen, Vanessa Marcil and Marisa Miller, among others), lists his 2014 Hot 10 below:

10. Eva Marie

Not Pedro Favre's current favorite WWE Diva (that would be Nikki Bella), but a WWE Diva nonetheless which certainly gets her on this wrestling fan's Top 10.  From Maxim: "This WWE hellcat stars on the wrestling babe reality show Total Divas, but before she broke into the grappling game, the half-Mexican, half-Italian hottie played soccer in college (Pedro Favre LOVES himself some soccer girls!).  Clearly, she's no stranger to the sporting life."

9. Noureen DeWulf

Pedro Favre loves himself some FX shows, and this babe is as hot as anyone the station employs not named Lana Kane.  From Maxim: "On Anger Management, this brunette beauty plays a scorned woman who shoots her philandering boyfriend.  For the sake of her real-life husband, St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (Pedro Favre LOVES himself some USA Hockey players!), it's a good thing life doesn't imitate art."

8. Ronda Rousey

She might be a bitch and annoying, as witness on The Ultimate Fighter, but there is no denying the fact that "Rowdy" is a hot bitch.  From Maxim: "There are few men who wouldn't submit to the UFC women's bantamweight champion (and armbar specialist).  Check out 'Rowdy' Rousey in the upcoming The Expendables 3 and Entourage (but for your safety, don't let her actually catch you checking her out).

7. Nina Agdal

There are few things in this world better than the SI Swimsuit issue, and this girl may be the next big thing for the magazine.  From Maxim: "Something is sexy in the state of Denmark, thanks to this 22-year-old SI Swimsuit cover girl. She's a very legitimate answer to the question 'Who will be the world's next great supermodel."  Agdal goes on to say..."I got really into beer recently, and now that's all I want to drink, to be honest."  AWESOME!

6. Irina Shayk

Lots going on for her right now: SI Swimsuit, massive curves and the notion that her boyfriend is probably the world's greatest footballer at the moment.  From Maxim: "Her Portuguese soccer star boyfriend, Cristiano Ronaldo, may be the talk of this year's World Cup, but we'd wager that the first ever Russian SI Swimsuit issue cover girl will be Portugal's real secret weapon.  Just how are opponents supposed to focus on the game with her in the stands?  You can catch her in this summer's Paramount blockbuster Hercules opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and on the July cover of this very magazine!"

5. Miesha Tate

Pedro Favre LOVES himself some UFC, and this beaut is his current favorite women's fighter.  From Maxim: "Had we not included the UFC's second ranked female fighter in the Hot 100, she might have kicked our asses.  But the real reason she made the list has less to do with her ferocious fists and more to do with her killer body."

4. Arianny Celeste

Arianny has been so hot for so long that she is almost taken for granted.  Not so here!  From Maxim: "UFC's ultimate Octagon Girl has conquered the cage, the cover of Maxim, and everything in between.  Look for her in the gym or at an MMA bout carrying a sign that says, um, well, something.  We've honestly never looked at the sign."

3. Kate Upton

Though it's not his favorite, she may indeed be the actual hottest female on the planet.  From Maxim: "For the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, the beyond-bodacious, Michigan-born beauty posed in a bikini on an Antarctic glacier and braved frostbite.  This year the magazine shot her floating around a plane in zero gravity.  Hey SI?  Can you please stop trying to kill one of the hottest women on Earth?"

2. Brooklyn Decker



Pedro Favre's favorite couple in the world is Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick. Since Roddick didn't make the Hot 100 list, it is Decker who makes the Top 10 by default.  From Maxim: "Though her name makes her sound like a pugilist from the 1950s, this swimsuit/bodypaint model is a modern-day knockout.  Her next bit?  Playing a feisty fiancĂ©e on the new CBS sitcom Friends with Better Lives."

1. Gina Carano

Was there really any doubt?  Pedro Favre would marry this girl in a heartbeat!  From Maxim: "This ex-MMA brawler was tapped by director Steven Soderbergh to be the world's sexiest black ops supersoldier in 2011's Haywire, and she's been kicking cinematic butt ever since - most recently in the action flick In the Blood with professional badass Danny Trejo."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Best FX Shows

Pedro Favre is a HUGE fan of the basic cable network FX.  Launched on June 1, 1994, FX is celebrating its 20th birthday.  As such, Pedro Favre lists below his Top 10 FX shows of all time:

10. American Horror Story (2011-Present)

Well received by television critics, American Horror Story also consistently draws high ratings for the network.  Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries.  The show has had sweet dudes (Dylan McDermott) as well as a bunch of hot chicks (Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga).

9. The Americans (2013-Present)

Speaking of hot chicks, it doesn't get much better than Keri Russell working as a Soviet KGB officer on The Americans.  Noah Emmerich, who plays Stan Beeman on the show, is one of the more underrated actors out there, in Pedro Favre's opinion; dude has been good on this show as well as in the movies Miracle and Beautiful Girls.

8. Archer (2009-Present)

The hottest animated chick ever created is Lana Kane, voiced by Aisha Tyler.  Shit, even Cheryl "Carol" Tunt (voiced by Judy Greer) and Pam Poovey (voiced by Amber Nash) were attractive this past season, with Pam developing an addiction to cocaine that left her with an extremely thin waist and massive tits.

7. Wilfred (2011-Present)

The upcoming fourth season will be the last for this surprisingly good show, which was moved to FXX in an effort to expand the network's programming offerings.  For crying out loud, the show stars Elijah Fucking Wood, the dude who played Frodo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Fiona Gubelmann, who plays Jenna, is hot, but the true star of the show is clearly Jason Gann, the actor who plays the title character.

6. Justified (2010-Present)

Raylan Givens, the show's main character played by Timothy Olyphant, might be the most badass character on TV today.  Natalie Zea, who plays Raylan's estranged wife Winona, is so hot.  The upcoming sixth season in 2015 will the show's last.

5. The League (2009-Present)

Another show moved to FXX, The League has improved in quality every season.  A great ensemble cast includes the likes of Nick Kroll (Ruxin), Stephen Rannazzisi (Kevin) and the attractive Katie Aselton (Jenny).  The recurring characters, such as Sofia, Rafi and Dirty Randy, are stellar, too.  Great cast, great plotlines (centered around fantasy football, after all) and great guest stars make this a great show.

4. The Shield (2002-2008)

In all honesty, The Shield is probably the best show that FX has ever produced, though Pedro Favre prefers just a few others over this one.  This is to take nothing against The Shield, which was a show of the highest quality.  Starring Michael Chiklis, The Shield was named one of the Top 100 Greatest Shows of All-Time by Time Magazine, with the series receiving high critical acclaim as well as several awards and nominations.

3. Sons of Anarchy (2008-Present)

The best dramatic show on TV today, in Pedro Favre's opinion, is this doozy of a show created by Kurt Sutter.  It is believed that the upcoming season will be the show's final one, with Sutter in talks with FX to make a prequel.  Simply put, Sons is FX's highest rated series ever and has made a bona fide star out of main character Charlie Hunnam (Jax Teller).  Lots of real quality actors, including Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman and Jimmy Smits have leant their talents to this show, too.

2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-Present)

Yet another stellar show moved to FXX, Sunny is just fucking incredible, so good that it has found a home in syndication on the likes of Comedy Central and WGN America.  "The Gang", consisting of Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito, work so well together and definitely push the envelope as much as they can for a show on basic cable. 

1. Rescue Me (2004-2011)

Pedro Favre often waxes nostalgic, but he has no doubt that Rescue Me is his favorite FX show of all time.  Created by Denis Leary, who also starred in the show as the main character, Rescue Me focused on the professional and personal lives of a group of New York City firefighters in the post-9/11 world.  An amazing opening theme ("C'mon C'mon" by The Von Bondies) and a bunch of hot babes (Andrea Roth, Callie Thorne, Daniel Sunjata) were just icing on the cake for this show, which did a masterful job incorporating great humor into a dramatic show.

Some of the other great FX shows that Pedro Favre has enjoyed over the years include The Bridge (2013-Present), Terriers (2010), Lights Out (2011) and Legit (2013-2014).

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mock Draft Me

With the NFL just wrapping up their Draft and MLB, the NBA and the NHL set to conduct theirs in June, sports fans are literally right in the middle of "draft season."  As such, Pedro Favre thought that it might be fun to take a quick look at each of the upcoming drafts:

MLB Draft - June 5

1. Houston Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP, California
2. Miami Marlins: Carlos Rodon, LHP, N.C. State
3. Chicago White Sox: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Texas HS
4. Chicago Cubs: Alex Jackson, C/3B/OF, California HS
5. Minnesota Twins: Nick Gordon, SS, Florida HS
24. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jacob Bukauskas, RHP, Virginia HS

It should be noted that Bukauskas E-Mailed scouts to ask them not to draft him as he plans to fulfill his pledge to the University of North Carolina.  A similar request didn't stop the Pirates from drafting Josh Bell a few years ago, so it shouldn't stop the Buccos from taking the leap again, right?

NBA Draft - June 26

1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
3. Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
4. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
5. Boston Celtics: Dante Exum, SG, Australia

It should be noted that the NBA will hold its annual Draft Lottery on May 20 to determine the official order of picks.  As for the Pelicans, Pedro Favre's favorite team: Come late June, it’s likely that the Pelicans will be without any draft picks and will simply be left to scour the free-agent market.  The Pelicans hold a 1.1% chance of winning the top pick in the 2014 Draft.  The Pelicans traded the rights to their 2014 draft pick if it was outside the Top 5. Currently they’re sitting in the 10th position.

NHL Draft - June 27

1. Florida Panthers: Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)
2. Buffalo Sabres: Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
3. Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
4. Calgary Flames: Sam Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL)
5. New York Islanders: Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
22. Pittsburgh Penguins: Brendan Lemieux, LW, Barrie (OHL)

It should be noted that Lemieux is the son of former NHL player and three-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux.  According to Mike Morreale of NHL.com, "Brendan certainly opened some eyes with some clutch goals and feistiness in his second full season for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League in 2013-14, producing 27 goals, 53 points and 145 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games."  This kid, especially with that last name, seems like EXACTLY what the Penguins need!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pointless Top 10 List

Pedro Favre hasn't posted in awhile, so here is a pointless Top 10 list of his current favorite UFC fighters:

1. Mark Hunt
2. Miesha Tate
3. Frank Mir
4. James Te-Huna
5. Vitor Belfort
6. Dan Henderson
7. Robbie Lawler
8. B.J. Penn
9. Urijah Faber
10. Chael Sonnen

Gina Carano immediately jumps to the top of this list if she comes back to MMA, as has been rumored.  If anyone cares for a reason why, please see below...

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