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Albert Haynesworth Part I

on Wednesday, 31 March 2010. Posted in Interviews, Beyond the Athlete

Regardless of how you see Haynesworth, he is much more than that. He is someone that has a huge part of his heart and soul in charity work and helping other people. He is also someone that has many passions in his life aside from football, which we all know him for. I received a great opportunity to talk with Albert about who he really is and what he strives for in his life. Oh yeah, I also managed to squeeze in a few questions about football.

 

Gerris Wilkinson: Giant Aspirations

Written by Jay Sanzari on Friday, 13 August 2010. Posted in Jay Sanzari, Beyond the Athlete

With all the scrutiny and changes the Giants defense has undergone within the past year, there is still one big question mark. That, of course, is the void left by Antonio Pierce at the middle linebacker position.

When the draft came this past April, the Giants waited until the fourth round to address this glaring need by drafting LB Phillip Dillard. This move made many believe that the Giants organization was hoping a leader would emerge from the linebackers already on the roster. However, another factor was added to the equation with the Giants’ recent acquisition of LB Keith Bulluck.

NFL Conference Championship Predictions

on Wednesday, 19 January 2011. Posted in Commentaries

By Jay Sanzari

Disclaimer: Below I call out certain, most, Jets fans that have hopped on the big, green bandwagon. Basically fans that are not true to themselves or the team. I am in no way calling out die-hard lifelong Jets fans, I salute you for you supporting your team through the good years AND the bad. If you are on Facebook, I am absolutely sure you know what I am talking about. People you forgot about are all of a sudden reappearing as Jets fans.

Damn these Jets. If it weren’t for them, I would have a perfect prediction record in the postseason. I guess the nature in me to not have the heart to jump on the bandwagon like 90 percent of the Jets “fans” is to blame for my picks against them the past two weeks.

Nonetheless, I finished 3-1 in the Divisional Round weekend.

That brings my overall record to: 5-2.

That assures me that I will not finish with a losing record even if I pick all the remaining games wrong, which won’t happen, but I’m just saying.

So how did the Divisional Round shake out?

Well, the Seahawks came back down to reality real quick and got stomped by the Bears after their week of hibernation. I will give Hasselbeck some credit though; he did go down swinging in the fourth. The main problem for the Seahawks was that they didn’t belong in the playoffs and that caught up to them.

Much like I thought for the Packers-Falcons game, the Falcons were exposed as not being as good as we all made them out to be in the regular season. Sure, wins are wins, but when they come against a less-than-worthy team, it gives a false impression. That, my friends, is what happened with the Falcons this year. Their soft schedule and their inability to contain Rodgers and his offense sent them home early.

I also place blame on the Atlanta Falcons fans because it sounded like Green Bay was closer to Atlanta than Atlanta is closer to Atlanta, judging by the sheer amount of Packers fans in the stands. That didn’t sound like a home game for the Falcons to me.

The War of the Words had the underdog heel coming out as the victor in the Jets-Pats game. I give the Jets credit for going to Foxboro and taking care of business, but I have to give more credit to the Pats for losing that game. It seemed like mistake after mistake just destroyed Brady’s hopes to bring home another Lombardi trophy.

What’s the worst part about that win for the Jets? Well, the fact that they won. Now we all have to put up with more classless trash-talking for another week. People complain about T.O. and his mouth, well, how about a whole team, coach included, who runs their mouth? They make T.O. look like he went to a gentleman’s school.

Finally, Game of the Week goes to the Steelers-Ravens game. Why? Well, it was the closest game right up to the fourth quarter and it was the most exciting to watch. Roethlisberger proved to be the hero in the fourth with that big pass down the sideline to around the Ravens five-yard line. If the Ravens defense didn’t fall apart and Houshmanzadeh could catch a wide open pass, then that game might have gone to overtime.

Enough with the recaps…time for predictions!

 

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

If any of you have been reading my power rankings throughout the season, you would know that I am not too high on the Bears like other so-called “NFL analysts” are this season. You could probably guess who I am going to pick, but I will tell you why I think the Pack will win again.

Bears offense against Packers defense: edge Packers. The defense is apparently filled with man-beasts like Clay Matthews. They will not be contained and the Bears offense is nothing special. That should equal a rough day for Cutler and company.

Packers offense against Bears defense: edge Packers. This one is a bit closer because defense is traditionally what the Bears are known for, however, Rodgers and his Cheesy Men have been clicking on all cylinders so far, especially last week against the Falcons. Sure, Urlacher, Peppers and the rest of that hard-hitting defense may slow down Rodgers some, but I don’t see them completely shutting him down.

I’m not going any further into analyzing this; some would go into special teams as well. Why? Special teams are like two percent of an NFL game and 99 percent of the time it doesn’t really affect a game. (Unless the Giants are involved.) But you may say, what about Devin Hester? Who cares, I’ll tell you how to avoid that, punt the ball out of bounds, case closed.

I’m like the lack of holes in the current Packers game—they may be Cheese Heads, but don’t call them Swiss!

Prediction:  Chuck E. Cheese  35, Smokey the Bear  14

 

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

This is going to be an interesting matchup. Due to the Jets’ trash-talking and the Steelers’ “evil empire” vibe (not to mention their leader is a rapist), this game is going to have the feel of a heel vs. heel match in the WWE. Unless you are a fan (a real fan) of either team, this game boasts two teams that a lot of people like to cheer against due to off-the-field antics.

Some accuse the Steelers of being dirty, some accuse the Jets of being arrogant and disrespectful, however, you can’t argue that neither team isn’t deserving of being in this game.

The Jets surprisingly overcame Peyton Manning’s team and Tom Brady’s team in back-to-back weeks.  Or should I say, not surprisingly, since the Colts have been plagued horribly by injuries all season and the Patriots defense is clearly nothing special.

The Steelers, after their bye week, came from behind the Ravens to get them to this game.

So, who do I like in this game? I’m taking the home team in this one. The Steelers have an offense just as good, in my opinion, as the Jets. Big Ben, Ward, Wallace and Mendenhall are all playmakers. Much like Tomlinson, Edwards and Holmes on the Jets. The only wild card the Jets have going for them is which Mark Sanchez comes to play.

As far as defense is concerned, I have to favor the Steelers. Sure, the Jets might have shutdown corners, but the Steelers have arguably the best linebacking group in the league and they have this guy named Polamalu.

I think the game will be close, but I have to go with the home team in a battle that should be epic.

On a side note, did you hear the news about radio stations in the NYC area not playing the Wiz Khalifa song Black and Yellow? I think that is absurd and ridiculous. You better believe I have that on blast right now!

Black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow…uhhh huhhh.

Prediction: Wiz Khalifa  28, Fireman Ed  20


 

 

Beyond the Athlete: In Atlanta, They Like Their Birds Dirty

on Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Posted in Jay Sanzari, Beyond the Athlete

At first glance, you might think that the title of this article is in reference to a former “Dirty Bird” Michael Vick; however, that is not the case. This article is about the original “Dirty Bird” himself, Jamal Anderson.

I’m sure all of you football fans out there remember this explosive running back, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons. Recently I received an opportunity to sit back and reflect on a rather successful career that was achieved by Anderson.

 

Albert Haynesworth Part II

Written by Jay Sanzari on Saturday, 09 April 2011. Posted in Jay Sanzari, Interviews, Beyond the Athlete


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Albert Haynesworth Part II

Despite his playing last season with the Washington Redskins, Haynesworth's name in the NFL was created in Tennessee with the Titans. This is also the same great state in which he played his college football. When asked about being picked to play for the Titans in the 2002 draft, Haynesworth seemed agitated that he didn’t get selected sooner, but was grateful to be drafted by the Titans organization.