So I moved the Chiefs-Ravens game to one of the main games of the week, leaving me without a bonus pick. I will focus my bonus pick effort on the Colts-Falcons game this week. This has the look of an extremely close game, but will it translate on the football field? Anyways, the pick for this week is...
No, this isn't straight-up Tetris. But it is more of a Panel de Pon game and it's actually pretty fun. Tetris Attack is a SNES game that came out in 1995. It takes Yoshi on a journey to save his friends from a spell cast by the nefarious Bowser. The only way he can save them is by beating them in a game of Panel de Pon.
Included in this game is a Story Mode, Puzzle Mode, Time Trial Mode, and Vs. Mode. The game also has difficulties ranging from easy to hard. As you win in Story Mode, you gain more characters to use until you enter the final gauntlet of bosses.
If you've played Panel de Pon, let alone Pokemon Puzzle League or Pokemon Puzzle Challenge, you should be familiar with Tetris Attack. The game does get a lot harder as you progress, with the final boss being the biggest challenge of all. It's a good kind of challenge, leaving you to devise ways of beating the boss. This means that you'll be more inclined to beat your opponent with combos and chains. When the number of blocks hit a certain level, the music will begin to pace into a more frantic tone. This makes for an exciting turn as you and the opponent try to fight for supremacy.
Tetris Attack is a popular game with many SNES enthusiasts. The game brings back nostalgic memories and offered a great challenge. If you're a big Panel de Pon fan, you will definitely love Tetris Attack.
It's about damn time Farfetch'd got something better. After being stuck in the tiers of mediocrity since the first generation, the wild duck pokemon has gotten the short end of the... leek since its debut. However, it gets a kickass evolution in Sirfetch'd, which is a Fighting-type pokemon with the move, Meteor Assault. This move is essentially like Hyper Beam or Giga Impact. It's said to evolve from Farfetch'd when it has fought many battles.
Still, look at its leek sword and its shield! Totally cool! It also has a stoic demeanor, which makes look badass whenever it shreds an opponent in battle. It also fits into Sword and Shield's U.K. theme, with its leek looking like a lance. Damn, now I'm more stoked than ever to get Sword and Shield for the Switch.
Photo From Pokemon Database
Once the laughingstock of the NBA (hello, Kevin Garnett trade!), the Brooklyn Nets are like Pokey from Earthbound. They mean business. What should you look for from the Nets in the upcoming NBA season?
The Boston Celtics, once a threat to become the next NBA dynasty, have simmered into just a great team. They did add a nice free agent, though. What does the season hold for the Celtics?
It's early in the college football season, but the SEC already looks great. Auburn's got their big victory over Oregon, LSU's got theirs over Texas, Alabama's Alabama, Florida's in the top ten, and Georgia's dominant. That brings up an interesting question: Can the SEC pull off having three playoff teams?
Let's look at the other conferences. It's practically impossible for a Group of Five team to get in, even if they go undefeated into the bowl season (see Central Florida). The ACC has a strong Clemson team and only Clemson, so the thought of having an all-SEC playoff goes right out the window. The Pac-12 appears destined to miss the playoff again unless Utah goes undefeated with some help. The Big 12's best hope is Oklahoma and only Oklahoma, barring a miracle run from any of the remaining undefeated Big 12 teams (TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor) or a strong finish by Texas. The Big Ten does have Ohio State, who looks like a legitimate threat, and teams like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Penn State. However, these schools usually beat each other up and Ohio State tends to trip up against a middle-of-the-pack opponent. Notre Dame does have a tough schedule featuring road games at Michigan and Georgia coming up.
As for the SEC itself, here's how the scenario would work. LSU or Auburn would beat Alabama in their match-up. Either school would have to have at most one loss in their conference to hold the tiebreaker over Alabama (Alabama would have to have their only loss be against either LSU or Auburn). The SEC Championship would be between the SEC West winner of either LSU or Auburn and the SEC East winner of either Florida or Georgia (preferably Georgia). The SEC East winner would have to be undefeated, but would have to lose a close game to the SEC West winner. If both participants are undefeated, the game would just have to be close.
Of course, this is all contingent on a multitude of factors. The aforementioned scenario applies. But certain teams, namely Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Notre Dame, would have to lose at least one game. The games they lose would have to be to a middle-of-the-pack school, namely Kansas State, Maryland, or USC. Losing two would be nice for the SEC, but just one loss would suffice.
I don't know how a dominantly-SEC playoff would fare with college football fans. The ratings would be big, especially in the south (it would likely be an all-southern playoff with Clemson). But non-SEC fans sans Clemson wouldn't have much of an interest aside from the games Alabama and Clemson are in. But SEC commissioner Greg Sankey would be rolling in the money if this scenario were to happen.
A few ranked teams went down this week, but none of the major powerhouses did. Still, there were some entertaining moments in the college football landscape. Who stole the spotlight and who cracked under the pressure?
Other Losers: Opponents of the top five this week, Kedon Slovis's costly interceptions, Kentucky's missed opportunities, Pat Narduzzi
College Football Playoff Four
So I forgot to put out a bonus pick for this week. Again. Here is my match-up for the bonus pick. But first, I’d like to change my pick for the Browns-Jets game to Cleveland because I have no confidence in this week’s picks, especially with the Thursday night game. So anyways, here is the pick between Minnesota and Green Bay. The pick will be...
Today is National Video Game Day, which ironically falls on my birthday. Considering how much I love being a gamer, I feel the need to share my gaming passion with my audience. Here's a list of my five favorite video game series.
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The Cleveland Browns entered this season with a ton of hype. Much more than in years past, as a matter of fact. This is unusual since the Browns are typically a hot garbage franchise.
"Vegas has good odds on the Browns winning the Super Bowl this season."
"The Browns are the favorites to win the AFC North."
You've even seen Baker Mayfield in numerous commercials. The hype was a given considering the Browns had acquired Odell Beckham Jr., Sheldon Richardson, and Kareem Hunt in the off-season. The hype was also a given considering Cleveland's strong finish from last season. However, a 43-13 beatdown at the hands of the Tennessee Titans may have fans feeling those old blues again.
Mayfield had a QBR of 24.8 and threw three interceptions in that game. Cleveland also had 19 first downs compared to Tennessee's 21. The game was actually close before the Titans rattled off 28 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
Should Browns fans be worried? After the Monday night match-up at the Jets, the Browns will have five straight tough games. This stretch includes stints against the defending champions, New England Patriots, and the NFC champions, Los Angeles Rams. Luckily, the Browns have a forgiving second half schedule that includes match-ups against Miami and Arizona. If the Browns can steal at least one win against one of the contenders, the Browns should be in respectable shape heading towards the home stretch. Still, it's dependent on if Cleveland elevates their game against the NFL's heavyweights.
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