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Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Classic Media Blast- Day Two

It's day two of Case and Point's NHL Winter Classic adventure.  Yesterday we took you along as we skated on the rink at Heinz Field and attended the Winter Classic minor league prelude.  To view day one, click here.  To view day two, just read more!  As always, click the images to see the full sized picture.



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Classic Media Blast- Day One

Case and Point is live at the 2011 NHL Winter Classic and we'll be updating daily with pictures and videos from the game.  Here's day one of the trip to the Winter Classic, as always click the pics for the larger photo.



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Case and Point!

I hope you've all had a solid Christmas day, whether or not you celebrate it.  It's a day to relax and be around people you love and care about.  As promised, a gift from me to you:



Go ahead.  Open it.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Something's Sour in the SEC

Cam Newton has been the focal point of the NCAA, the SEC, and the Heisman committee for most of the season since people within Mississippi State said that Cam's father, Cecil Newton, used former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers to approach the team in a pay for play scheme, with witnesses saying the cost for Cam to go there was as much as $180,000.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Things Coming to Case and Point

Yes, I've been completely slack when it comes to updating this blog.  I apologize for this.  If you've been keeping up with our Twitter and Facebook you'll have seen the latest news as it breaks.  However, things will be getting better very soon!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Case and Point Podcast- 11/3



Case and Point for November 3rd, 2010:
  • Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings
  • The San Fransisco Giants
  • Why the New England Patriots aren't the best team in the NFL
  • Lebron James and Kim Khardashian
Plus music by:
  • Modest Mouse- One Chance
  • Hot Hot Heat- No, Not Now
  • Neon Trees- Animal
  • My Chemical Romance- The Ghost of You

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NFL Top 10- Week 6

Six weeks in and we have a better grasp on where every team in the NFL stands.  The first of a season long look at the Top 10 teams populating the NFL.















And now on to the list...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Case and Point Schedule Coming

Starting this week a new and routine schedule for "Case and Point" will be up and running.

Tuesday: Top 10 NFL Teams

Wednesday: Case and Podcast

Friday: Regular column

Sunday: Top 5 NFL Games to Watch

Mark it down in your calendar.

I'll be throwing in some extras occasionally but as of right now that's what you can expect. See you Tuesday!

Five NFL Games to Watch- Week 6

A weekly feature taking place during the NFL season. Week 5 was another tough week. Another 2-3 week puts me further in debt at 10-15 on the year. Let's look at this week's games.



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Case and Point On Twitter

First we brought you the Facebook group.
Now you can follow "Case and Point" on Twitter! Click the link or click the image.



A Tale of Two Franchise Players

He was drafted in the early part of the draft, in the first round, by a floundering but proud team from Pennsylvania. Despite success not seen by many at his position in his time with his team, which he helped lead back to the top and back to relevance, he never quite got the praise he deserved from the fan base for which he worked so hard to succeed for.

They chided him with claims that he couldn't come through in the clutch, that he didn't care enough about the game, that he was replaceable. No matter who was behind him in the depth chart, a lot of people wanted the back up in over him stating that they would do better.

Despite being a franchise player, the respect in the city he played for never seemed to have been earned despite franchise records and stellar play, praise from the pundits and on air talking heads who followed the sport the closest.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Working On It...

I'm trying to figure out the best configuration for this blog. It wasn't working out time wise, what I had before. I want to do this and I want to do this right. Bare with me a bit while I figure out the best approach to take in terms of content, updates, and entertainment.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Five NFL Games to Watch- Week 3

A weekly feature taking place during the NFL season. After going 5-5 through two weeks, here are the five biggest games to watch in the NFL for Week 3.



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Brief Hiatus

Taking a brief hiatus because I'm clumsy. Burnt my thumb, index, and middle finger while making dinner the other day. Making it difficult to type. Yeah, I'm an idiot. Be back by tomorrow most likely.

The good news is that the chicken I was making turned out perfect!


Actual chicken not pictured

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Michael Vick named Eagles Starting QB

And with that, the controversy ends. Kevin Kolb left the opening game of the 2010 season about mid way through the game after leading an anemic Eagles offense to a full field goal. From there, all Michael Vick did was lead the team to 17 points and brought them back into the brink of a blow out to a respectable 27-20 finish.



Case and Point Facebook Page

I've gone and done it, folks. I've created a Case and Point Facebook Fan Page.

Click the link above to do it, the photo below, or the link at the very bottom to become a fan and receive updates from the blog and breaking sports news!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Five NFL Games to Watch- Week 2

A weekly feature taking place during the NFL season. After going 3-2 in Week 1, here are the five biggest games to watch in the NFL for Week 2.



Saturday, September 18, 2010

Memorialize the Mellon Arena

As you guys know, I'm a Pittsburgher by birth. It pained me to not be able to make it to a final game at Mellon Arena/Civic Arena/Igloo, the old home of the Penguins immortalized in the fantastic movie Sudden Death, before it was closed last season. While everything I've seen about Consol Energy Center, the Penguins new home is nothing but a major up grade and it looks glorious. It's made the Civic Arena not long for this world.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

NFL Marketing Genius?

As I was scanning Twitter the other night I happened upon a tweet by Darren Rovell of CNBC. He's the financial sports guru of the network and often has some very, very interesting sports business news posted upon his Twitter account. The news ranges from contract details, franchise values, and marketing ideas.

The particular Tweet listed above caught my eye based on it's wording:

A Brett Favre jersey you can hunt in. MUST SEE: http://tinyurl.com/2adfebt

Well, you've got my attention Darren. Let's click this link.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Devils Fined Heavily by NHL

If you paid attention to the NHL during the past month, you'll know there was a dust up over the contract offered to Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk by the New Jersey Devils. It was originally a front loaded contract, topping out at $11.5 million per year, before ending up at what will likely be below minimum wage at $550,000 for the final five years of the contract when it would have expired in 2027.

The raw numbers of the deal roughly had Kovalchuk making $6 million for the next two seasons, $11.5 million the next five seasons, $10.5 million in 2017-2018, $8.5 million in 2018-2019, $6.5 million come 2019-20, $3.5 million in '20-21, $750,000 in '21-22, and the aforementioned $550,000 for the final five years. All this at a very manageable cap hit of $6.5 million per year for an elite player.



Sunday, September 12, 2010

Five NFL Games to Watch- Week 1

A new weekly feature that will take place during the 17 weeks of the NFL season. A look at the top five most interesting NFL games for the week, the three biggest story lines from those games, and I rank them in order of importance. Without any more stalling, here are the five biggest games in the NFL for Week 1.



Friday, September 10, 2010

NFL Preview: Day Eight- NFC West

All the big things are new in the NFC West in 2010. There's a new hope in San Fransisco, as the 49ers look to be back on top and back into the Playoffs behind Alex Smith. There's a new quarterback in Arizona as Derek Anderson looks to replace potential future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. A new coach resides in Seattle, who looks to make his own mark and whose success rides on the back of Matt Hasselbeck. Finally, a new franchise start in St. Louis as Sam Bradford looks to enter the NFL and make his mark. It's an all new NFC West in 2010.

The NFC West



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

NFL Preview: Day Seven- NFC South

The Division of Champions. Well, the Champion. The New Orleans Saints did what seemed the improbable in 2009. They won the Super Bowl. The "Aints" managed to work it's way up from disaster to to the top. You've heard that story, though. What you might not of heard is the season that could of been in Atlanta. The Quarterback that can be in Carolina. The team that might be in Tampa. They all fit in with the Who Dat Nation to form the NFC South.

The NFC South



Monday, September 6, 2010

NFL Preview: Day Six- NFC North

It's an all out arms race come the NFC North, between legends and new heroes. Will the old man bring the Purple People Eaters back to the top and give them the boost needed once again? Will the man who replaced the legend tear the monkey off of his back and beat the man who trained him? Will the Windy City savior be able to elevate the game of the sparse receiving corps around him? Can a young running back improve the play of a second year QB just looking to have a break out season? It's all within the pages of the NFC North.

The NFC North



Sunday, September 5, 2010

Penguins Sign Mike Comrie

On Friday it was announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins had signed former 30 goal scorer Mike Comrie to a one year, $500,000 deal. The 5'10", 185 lbs. forward who plays wing and center has 167 goals and 192 assists total in his career, including two 30 goal/60 point campaigns with the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and Phoenix Coyotes.



Saturday, September 4, 2010

NFL Preview: Day Five- NFC East

A division steeped in tradition. The Dallas Cowboys. The Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Redskins. The New York Giants. Between the lot of them, 11 Vince Lombardi Trophies have been lifted, with the Giants doing so much recently just two years ago in Super Bowl XLII. With an 12th be lifted this year in Dallas? Will it be the Cowboys themselves, or will an upstart and young Eagles re-take the lead? Can Eli lead the way? Will Donovan make them all pay? It's the NFC East. It's history in the making.

The NFC East



Thursday, September 2, 2010

NFL Preview: Day Four- AFC West

In 2010, the AFC West is a division of new blood. Whether it's an old vet on a new team, a rookie on an old champion, a second year player looking to become the fresh new face as the focal point of the offense, or the young guns adding another weapon from the draft, the story of the West lies with the new faces in new places and what they will bring to the uniforms they are slipping on.

The AFC West



Sunday, August 29, 2010

NFL Preview: Day Three- AFC South

Five legs and two arms. They determine the fate of the four teams in the AFC South. The run game of Maurice Jones-Drew will be depended on to carry the Jaguars to another dimension. Kris Brown was the difference between the Playoffs and just a winning record last year. The legs and occasional arm of Vince Young added a whole new dimension to the Titans, pulling them out of the cellar. And there's the ever reliable and slinging Peyton Manning. Five legs and two arms that make up the fates of the entire AFC South.

The AFC South



Thursday, August 26, 2010

NFL Preview: Day Two- AFC North

A traditionally tough division enters 2010 with four big question marks for four different teams. Will the Steelers be able to overcome the four to six game absence of starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger? How much time will new Browns QB Colt McCoy see playing in his rookie season? Will Anquan Boldin be the missing piece that makes Joe Flacco the top tier QB he was though to be coming off of his rookie season? Will Carson Palmer be able to sustain the same level of play throughout the season and keep the two big egos in check? The 2010 AFC North is a division of questions looking for answers...

The AFC North



Monday, August 23, 2010

NFL Preview: Day One- AFC East

A division that has long been owned by one team, the Patriots, has been in upheaval the past few years. From a surprise run to the top in 2008 by the Miami Dolphins to last year's upstart New York Jets who had a surprise 2009 with a 9-7 record behind rookie Quarterback Mark Sanchez. Will the Dolphins acquisition of Brandon Marshall make the Miami offense explosive enough to keep up with the Jets and Pats? Could the injuries and aging from the Patriots could mean a third AFC East Champion in three years or will Brady show that last year was just a recovery year from his knee surgery? Oh, and the Buffalo Bills...

The AFC East



Saturday, August 21, 2010

NFL Preview Coming Soon

Starting next week I will be doing my NFL season preview. I will start with the AFC East on Monday.



I'll then continue with the AFC throughout the week.



The following week I will do the NFC and do the same, breaking down each division on a team by team basis, predicting their record, and so forth.



Are you ready for some football?



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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pre-Season Football: Like Looking in the Girls Locker Room

If you were a red-blooded male in high school, at one point there wasn't much on your mind: sports, women, sports, women, food.

Your time was tempered by wondering what the girl of your choice would look like in the suit that nature had made for her.

Also, if you were like most red-blooded males, you knew you had zero chance of ever finding out.

However, there was one way. One hope. One wish. One dream.

The girls' locker room.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's Official: Brett is Back

As I told you yesterday, Brett Favre is returning to the Minnesota Vikings for his 20th, and likely final, NFL season.



You may think you are tired, annoyed, and sick of his act, his aw shucks attitude, his aloof ways, and his diva mentality but enjoy this season. For as annoyed as you may be, Brett Favre is one of the best, if not arguably the best, quarterback in the history of the NFL.

When he hangs the spikes up for good, he will be the last vestige of the last great quarterback era of the NFL. He is tied to Marino, Montana, Kelly, Aikman, Elway, and Young. His peers are in the Hall of Fame. In six years, so will he. Enjoy the ride, folks.



Watch and, even if he plays poorly, remember the pure enjoyment and passion that he has always had for the game. He being a big kid can be annoying but its also endearing. A part of us wishes we could play a game like he can and he knows it's just a game and loves every second. Enjoy the big, 40 year old kid. He is a blast to watch, in spite of how annoying he can be. Just like a kid.



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brett Favre- Back Again?

The waffling, the flip flopping, the mind games. Everyone says it's annoying. They're tired of the coverage. They're sick of him.

I will tell you right now what I've been saying since the end of the NFC Championship Game: Brett Favre is coming back.



Monday, August 16, 2010

MLB Draft Signing Deadline UPDATE

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed #2 overall pick Jameson Taillon to an undisclosed deal. He was regarded as the #1 pitcher in the country and should become their ace if all should go well.

A further scouting report is found via MLB.com.

Taillon sports a fastball topping 99 mph, a curve in the low 80s, an 87 mph Slider, and a change up that drops to 76 mph. He stands 6'7" and weighs in at a developed 230 lbs. At only 18 years old, his athleticism also stands out as another bonus to the package that comes with.



The Washington Nationals are still awaiting the signing of 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper.

MLB Draft Signing Deadline

Tonight at midnight is the MLB Amateur Draft signing deadline. All the players taken in the June draft have until 12am tonight to sign with their team before re-entering into the draft.



As I said in a prior post, the big questions with Stetson Allie and Jameson Taillon (the second and first round picks of the Pirates respectively) was not whether they would develop but whether they would sign.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Score One for Technology

Thanks to the Android market and my HTC Evo 4G from Sprint...



...I can now create new posts from my phone. This means more spur of the moment, immediate reactions from myself for you, the reader.



I can't upload or include the various layer of multimedia that I would otherwise while on my phone so while I may publish a blog right away, when I get to a computer there will be some media attached to it and some additional thoughts/feelings as well as some fact checking and information that I was able to garner while at my laptop/CPU.

Make sure to keep reading "Case and Point" as I continue to try to make this as interactive as possible while keeping the quality up.

Dustin Johnson Screwed



I don't care what the PGA says, that was no longer a bunker. And why was there no official to inform him that he was in a bunker?

New "Case and Point"...

...coming Monday.

You'll have my thoughts on the weekend past and a bit from the week that was. Be excited people!



That's more like it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Breaking News: Ilya Kovalchuk a Free Man



By all means, the Devils want Ilya Kovalchuk.

By all means, Ilya Kovalchuk really wants to make money.

The problem is that the two desires aren't able to be mutual.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Sidney Crosby

Sid is 23 today.



What the hell do you get for the guy who has everything?







The answer: a meaningless blog posting. Or maybe facial hair.



Happy birthday, Sid.

Late Night Posting

Random Thoughts for a night in which I can't sleep:




Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ochocinco... the Gauntlet is Thrown

Chad, TO... you're on the same team now. You should, né must, top this.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This Has Been Me Lately...



Some things have gone down. Still working out the kinks. May be some big changes, may be some minor ones. Either way, I'll be getting back to the grind soon enough. Within a week I'll know more.

Keep on the look out, folks.

In the mean time, hang tight. All will be well. I promise.

P.S.- Brett Favre is coming back. Book it.