Rube Sports Radio #22
NFL season moves into the playoff realm.
Introduction: there has been a ton of controversy this NFL season over our locks of the week. Through it all, we lost track of the records. So, Mike spent time this weekend going through it all, and the records are in. These are the cumulative stats for this NFL season’s Locks of the Week:
Lance – 24/22/4
Mike – 24/25/1
The Rubes have tied, even though Rube Lance pays for special access to a number of specialized websites to broaden the depth of his sports knowledge. Rube Mike just uses his innate sports acumen.
Also, we had a question from Rube Anne who asked: “Is your podcast going to continue after football is over?” The simple answer is yes. The more in-depth answer is that Lance and Mike are bursting with sports knowledge that needs to be released throughout the year.
Lance said there were only two relevant games this past weekend, and he completely disregarded the University of Central Florida. The fellas argued about this, and Lance hold the position that UCF should schedule some big dog from a Power Five conference next year. Mike explained how collegiate scheduling works, and that these commitments are made many years in advance.
The most exciting game of the postseason was the first semifinal, Oklahoma against Georgia. Of course, my take was correct and Georgia pulled it out, but what a double overtime classic. Mike’s champion is still in the mix.
Alabama/Clemson: Lance’s champion (Clemson) was eliminated. Lance now picks Alabama to win it all. Mike is sticking with Georgia.
University of Central Florida: Mike thinks they deserved to be in an 8-team playoff (if there was one). Took down an SEC powerhouse. It’s a shame that a team like they had wasn’t given more credibility.
Divisional review predictions:
The first few shows of Rube Sports Radio were divisional previewed where the guys picked the finishing order of the various divisions. The results are as follows, showing THE NUMBER RIGHT/THE NUMBER WRONG.
Mike = 2/4 Lance = 1/4
Mike = 2/4 Lance = 4/4
Mike = 2/4 Lance = 0/4
Mike = 0/4 Lance = 0/4
Mike = 6/16 Lance = 5/16
Mike = 1/4 Lance = 1/4
Mike = 4/4 Lance = 1/4
Mike = 2/4 Lance = 4/4
Mike = 1/4 Lance = 0/4
Mike: 8/16 Lance = 6/16
Mike = 14/32 Lance = 11/32
Mike wins again.
Scotty Terrible Take – Big head Drew gets on the board with his first Terrible take of the year. The honor was bestowed on him for comparing the loss of the Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson with the loss of the Minnesota Vikings Dalvin Cook. Comparing an All-Pro with one of the greatest Running Back seasons of all time with a rookie that played five games, and saying the loss of Cook was more significant, made him worthy of this honor.
Mike got his shot in the dark correct last week, and Lance didn’t. If you’re keeping track, this is the third thing Mike got right and Lance got wrong.
NFL Wildcard Preview playoff games:
Lance – Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-8): Kansas City will win the game. The Titans are a worst team than Baltimore, so it’s a surprise the Titans made it. The Chiefs play good defense at home. Take the Kansas City Chiefs and give up the points.
Mike - Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-8): I’m not even a teeny bit of a believer in the Titans. Mariota has failed to progress as a player this season, and if this team were in the NFC it wouldn’t have sniffed the playoffs. However, Kansas City typically never fails to disappoint. And relying on Alex Smith is like relying on a rusty hinge to not squeal. This rusty hinge should have gotten oiled with some Patrick Mahomes early in the season, but Andy Reid screwed it up. Take Tennessee and the points.
Mike - Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (-6.5): I can’t believe the Rams are only six point favorites, but then again Atlanta finished the year well and they are defending NFC champions. I don’t like that the Rams blew off last week’s game, whereas Atlanta stayed sharp. Matt Ryan has been on this stage before, but Goff’s star will shine the brightest. Rams to cover. Give up the 6.5 points.
Lance – Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (-6.5): Lance agrees with Mike, but feels Atlanta has some momentum. It’s just that Atlanta’s defense is so bad. It’s going to be a close game. Take the Falcons and the points.
Lance – Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (-8): Lance was behind the Bills making the playoffs, but Jacksonville is a good team and McCoy is hurt. Take Jacksonville and give up the eight points.
Mike - Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (-8): is this even a game? Lance’s darlings who he predicted would win the AFC East barely nudged their way into the bottom playoff spot and he creamed himself. That’s okay. Fanboy Lance comes back to reality as his team is obliterated and he’s left with nothing but shattered dreams. Take Jacksonville and give up the points.
Mike - Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-6.5): This is the cream of the crop of Wildcard games. Sure, it’s a divisional matchup that we’ve seen twice already this season. The Panthers dropped both games in a non-competitive manner. I don’t think Cam can do it all by himself, he needs more offensive tools around him. I have no reason to believe this is going to be any different. Take New Orleans and give up the points.
Lance - Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-6.5): Lance doesn’t like that he agrees so much with Mike lately. Mike pointed out that his secret ambition was to bring Lance into the fold of sports brilliance with him. Lance has the same pick, and this is a sign that Lance is starting to figure out how to be brilliant in sports. Take New Orleans and give up the points.
The Rubes completed their complete NFL playoff brackets. Look for them on the main page of the website! Enjoy the playoffs.