Fill Up With Phillip: Volume 5


That’s right folks. Tonight the Royal Rumble comes to you LIVE from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The Rumble is always my favorite pay per view, mainly because I love the actual Royal Rumble match.

Let’s go through the matches, and I will tell you who I think will win the matches.

Cruiserweight Championship
Jamie Noble vs. Rey Mysterio
This match should actually be very interesting. These are two cruiserweights, yet there wrestling styles are completely opposite. Mysterio is the high flyer, while Noble likes to use his strength to his advantage in matches. This match should be really good if they are given enough time to develop it. A storyline here is that Mysterio has been coming to the aid of Noble’s girlfriend Nidia, but Noble keeps attacking him. I’m feeling Nidia turning on Noble and helping Mysterio win.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio

Tag Team Championship
The Dudley Boyz vs. Ric Flair and Batista
These two teams have no chemistry in the ring together, at all. HOWEVER, a lot of people are down on Batista. I think, that when he tags with Ric Flair, he shows a lot of confidence in what he is doing in the ring. That’s why the WWE keeps Ric Flair in the ring. He is without a doubt THE BEST WRESTLER OF ALL TIME. The man is in his 60’s and puts on better matches than almost anyone else. The fans are always into it when Ric is out there. He is the best heel every in the history of wrestling… but enough with a Ric Flair appreciation post. This is a table’s match and the Dudleys haven’t been Champions for a while, so I think that trend will continue until Wrestlemania.
WINNER: The Dudley Boyz

Chavo Guerrero vs. Eddie Guerrero
This match will still the whole fucking show! You have the two best pound for pound wrestlers on Smackdown! (Maybe with the exception of Chris Benoit). I believe if they are given at least 20 minutes, this match will be the best match of the night. The edge here has to go to Eddie though. His star has been shining bright, and he is who the people want. This will boost Eddie up, and a good match will push Chavo up as well.
WINNER: Eddie Guerrero

WWE Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly
Why ….. In the hell…………. Does Hardcore Holly have a title shot. I hope Brock Lesnar ends this quickly, or it will be ugly.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar

World Championship
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
All I gotta say is, the Raw roster better be happy that Shawn Michaels is apart of it. If not, Triple H would be Champion forever. I see what’s happening here. Shawn Michaels will beat Triple H. A few weeks from now on Raw, Triple H will beat Shawn Michaels. Then Triple H plans to have Goldberg win the Rumble so he can beat Goldberg at Wrestlemania. Stupid fuckin Triple H.
WINNER: Shawn Michaels

This is always the best match on the whole card. This match has some of the best best talent ever in a rumble. I think it’s really between a group of people:

Chris Jericho
Randy Orton
Kurt Angle
John Cena
Chris Benoit
Big Show

You can rule Kane out as the Undertaker should be coming back soon.
You can rule Jericho out as he has to continue that love with Trish.
You can count Big Show out because he sucks donkey nuts.

That leaves:

Randy Orton
Kurt Angle
John Cena
Chris Benoit

This rumble is anyone’s to win. I can see Goldberg winning it, and getting a return match against Triple H. I can see Randy Orton winning it and setting up the All-Evolution Wrestlemania. I can see Angle winning it setting up another classic Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar match. I can Cena winning it, because they are pushing him like mad. Plus I can see Benoit winning it, because they have been planning to push him for a while.

This is what I like! An unpredictable Royal Rumble. However, I must make a decision and here it is.

WINNER: John Cena

I feel the comments coming on this column. Thanks for reading.

Fill Up With Phillip: Volume 4

Today’s column will be different than the other ones. Today’s is a Fact or Fiction featuring myself, Popsicle, Da H Train24 (Hector), and Hansen. Let’s get to it.

The hiring of the Lenny Wilkins will solve the New York Knicks problems.

Popsicle: Fiction, It will help them be better, but there’s no way it will solve all of their problems. First of all, they have no inside game so they have to depend on the perimeter. Their problem is not short-term it is long-term. They have way too many big contracts with people that don’t do anything basically. Some of their Big Contracts that shouldn’t have them are Keith Van Horn and Anfernee Hardaway.

Da H Train24: Fiction– The Knicks need a tough Pat Reilly type not a soft and fuzzy bunny like Wilkins. He is a great x’s and o’s guy but is known for being soft on the players. There is a reason his last championship was in 1979 with Seattle. Times change and the Knicks needed Mike Fratello a no nonsense kinda guy, they should have followed the Giants and hired a tough guy.

Phillip: I do not believe this was the best hire for the Knicks so I am going with Fiction also. Wilkins was also hired under Thomas back in Toronto, and he didn’t win anything there. This Knicks team isn’t terrible by any means. I believe they WILL make the playoffs in the weak Eastern Conference. However, Wilkins is not the answer. It was good to get rid of the old GM. It was a good thing to hire Isaiah Thomas. It was a good thing to bring in Stephon Marbury. Allen Houston is the best player there, besides Marbury. This team has TOO MANY LONG TERM CONTRACTS! They got rid of the one player that could’ve made the difference in New York in Latrell Sprewell. Like him or not, Sprewell was the heart and the soul of that team. Until those contracts run out, the Knicks will not be great.

Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the NFL.

Hansen: Fiction. Although Favre threw that nasty duck last game to lose it, they actually lost it on that 4th and short attempt. Favre is still the best QB in the game, and he’ll be back next season. Until he retires, I’m pretty sure he’s safe.

Popsicle: Fact. He is a great passer. His stats this season were 67% Completion rating, 4267 Yards with 29 touchdowns and 10 INTs. And that’s just the season, in the playoffs he has been near perfect with a 156.9 passer rating, he is 44 of 56 for 681 yards w/ 8 touchdown passes. He is phenomenal, and it doesn’t hurt that he has one of the top receivers with him in Marvin Harrison. He is an extremely smart quarterback and can confuse defenses with his audibles at the line.

Da H Train24: Fiction– I love Peyton but the quarterback job has one job that is more important that all of the other things he must do. Just win baby. Tom Brady has won the Super Bowl and has a 38-12 record as a starter. That is the second best record in NFL history after Kurt Warner for winning percentage after 50 starts. Plus Brady doesn’t have Harrison and James, he has Antowain Smith and David Patten. Plus you have to look at Steve McNair and Donavan McNabb. I list 1. Brady 2. McNair 3. McNabb and 4. Manning. Stats don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that ring.

Phillip: There are many great quarterbacks in the NFL, and I do not think Donovan McNabb is one of them. Sorry to all of you Eagles fans out there. If you call what happened last week on that 4 and 26 pass good, then you are out of your mind. Fact, Peyton Manning is by far the greatest quarterback in the league. His stats this year are unbelievable. It’s like he was shot out of a rocket with these last two games. Awesome performances, and definitely gets the nod from me.

The New England Patriots will win the Superbowl.

Hansen: Fiction. Although he isn’t the best in the NFL, Manning is the best in the playoffs, and he’s been really hot lately. Like, come on, what has he thrown? 8 TD’s in 2 games?! Along with Marvin Harrison, he will take the Colts to the promise land. But even if the Colts somehow choke in the Division finals, it will be an AFC Superbowl victory.

Popsicle: I think that the winner of the Colts-Pats match-up will Win the Superbowl but the reasons that this question is hard is that the Pats-Colts Match-up is so hard to predict. Peyton Manning has been on fire this postseason but NE’s defense has been terrific. Colts defense is bad, Brady was throwing all over them in their match-up earlier this season but threw two costly interceptions that led to a Colts comeback from a 24-10 halftime lead. The colts are extremely weak up the middle and I think that Antowain Smith will be able to tire them easily. So I say Fact, the Pats will win the Superbowl.

Da H Train24: Fiction– Everyone I know is gonna hate to hear me say this but the Philadelphia Eagles look the team to beat. McNabb has had a fire under him since Rush Limbaugh made his infamous comments on NFL countdown. I have heard the arguments against McNabb… he doesn’t throw for alot of yards, he was 21st in TD passes, they lost Westbrook. I hope I’m wrong but I see the Eagles going all the way.

Phillip: If you know me, you know I hate the New England Patriots. Ever since that botched call in the AFC Championship game against the Raiders that got them to the Superbowl, I have HATED THEM. I still cheer for any team that goes against them. That’s why the Indianapolis Colts are winning the 2004 Superbowl. They have the best offense in the NFL, and showed earlier this year against the Patriots that they CAN beat them (Yes, I know New England won, but it took a goal line stand with 30 seconds left mixed with bad calling on the goal line by the Colts). I believe the Patriots “great” defense will not be able to stop Peyton and the Colts. This is Fiction

Lebron James is the best player in the Eastern Conference.

Popsicle: Fiction, He is the best Rookie but T-Mac, Baron Davis, Vince Carter, and Jason Kidd are better than him right now.

Da H Train24: Fiction– I know his team sucks but Tracy McGrady is a better player than James and believe it or not so is Baron Davis. There is a list of people that I feel are better players in the east. But I will say this, James is 19! His numbers for the season are almost identical to Kobe’s and he is vastly improving. So he might not be the best right now but that doesn’t mean he won’t be the best tomorrow.

Phillip: You could actually make a really good argument for Lebron being the best player in the Eastern Conference, as it lacks the talent THIS YEAR. Of course, McGrady normally would be the best player in the East, but when your team holds the worst record in the NBA (Magic are 9-29), it’s kind of hard to be the best. I will say Fiction though. Vince Carter is the best player in the East, and is again the leading vote-getter for the All-Star game.

The New Jersey Devils will repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Hansen: Fiction. Oh how I hate the Devils. As much as I hate to say it, because I hate them with a deep passion, the Avalanche will take the Cup. Three words, Selanne, Kariya, Sakic. And they still have Foresberg and Tanguay on forward! My Wings will win next year though, with youngsters like Datsyuk and Zetterberg, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Da H Train24: Fiction– Look i have been on the band wagon all year. Colorado is not just the NHL’s answer to the Yankees. They are more than just a traveling all star team. this team has 57 points (4th most in the league) and they have been without Kariya and Foresburg for most of the season. AV’S all the way.

Phillip: I’m going with Fact. They aren’t that far out of first place, and have one of the best goalies in the NHL in Martin Brodeur. Even though they are on a mid-season slump, they still have the talent to take the Cup back to Jersey.

Brian Boucher has emerged as the best goalie in the NHL this season.

Hansen: Fact. For sure, the guys on the damn Coyotes, and look at his numbers this year! I think he’s like tied for second in shutouts, and they were all in a row. No question, he’s going to be a force.

Da H Train24: Fiction– ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! He has played 15 games. He is 6-3-5 in those games. He may have been the best story for a while but this guy wasn’t even listed as his teams #1 goalie at the beginning of the season! Brodeur has already won more games than this guy has played in, need I remind you that this is the kid who got lit up every night in Philly, nice streak but best goalie? All i can say is Brodeur has more shutouts than he has wins, next question.

Phillip: I think he’ll be very good eventually. Now, without a doubt Brodeur is the best goalie in the NHL with Hasek coming in second. He just needs to keep up the solid work, but this is Fiction.

Losing Andy Pettite, Roger Clemens, and David Wells will murder the Yankees starting rotation next year.

Popsicle: Fiction– It will not MURDER their rotation because they still have a good starting rotation. Their starting rotation for next year is looking to be Mike Mussina, Kevin Brown, Jose Contreras, Jon Lieber and Javier Vazquez. This looks like a very formidable rotation (With the exception of Kevin Brown because he gets injured way too easily)

Da H Train24: Faction– You cant lose those players and be better off but im going to do something here you wont ever see me do. I’m going to argue in their favor. Their rotation will look something like this. Mussina, Brown, Vazquez, Lieber, and Contreras. That is still a great rotation. where it is going to hurt the most is if one of them goes down with an injury. Kevin Brown is not only the best pitcher on their staff but he is one of the 10 best pitchers in the game. Why has he fallen off the map? He keeps gettin hurt. His record was only 14-9 last year, which is ok but not great. But if you dig a little closer it was because the Dodgers offense was down right offensive. His ERA was 2.39. If he can start the same 32 games this year as he did last year, him and Vazquez are better now than Clemens and Petitte.

Phillip: Fact. The Yankees will be lucky to make the playoffs this year. Petitte has been the Yankees crutch for the last however many years. Andy and Whitey Ford are the two greatest left-handed pitchers in the illustrious history of the Yankees. Clemens was the Yankees intimidator. He won many big games for the Yanks and it’s a tremendous loss. I think the Red Sox will WIN the division and the Yankees will be struggling to get a wildcard place in the playoffs with the powerful division in the American League West (Angels, Athletics, and Mariners).

Pete Rose should be allowed in the Hall of Fame despite controversy.

Popsicle: This is hard too… He deserves to be in because of his stats but that bullshit he pulled (admitting that he lied just because his Hall of Fame eligibilty was going to be up) might keep him out of it… I’m gonna go Fiction because I hate the guy.

Da H Train24: Fact– Pete Rose should be allowed in because being a a good person isnt a requirement. Mickey Mantle was a mean drunk, Ty Cobb may have been a murderer. How many chances has Daryl Strawberry or Steve Howe been given to come back to baseball and they are drug addicts. Pete Rose is what, a liar? He has more hits than anyone, ever. And he played the game with things you don’t see too much anymore. Heart and passion. I love Pete Rose the player… I can’t judge Pete Rose the man because I don’t know him.

Phillip: Pete Rose definitely should be in the Hall of Fame, and this is a Fact. No one has more hits than he does. The closest active player is Ricky Henderson. You gotta like Ricky Henderson, but he needs 1000+ hits to break Pete’s record. There are drunks, rapists, and murderers in the Hall of Fame. Pete lied about gambling so he could continue be around the thing he loved most — Baseball.

Thanks for reading this column. I hope you enjoyed reading, because we enjoyed doing it.

Fill Up with Phillip: Volume 3

HORSE SHIT! That’s all I’ve got to say about this year’s NCAA Bowl Games. Out of the thirteen Bowl Games so far, I have predicted FIVE right. ONLY FIVE. I’ve done a bad job this year. I’m really upset. However, there is one game left, and it just ended.

College Football
I planned to have my column published Sunday morning so I could make a prediction on the BCS Championship Game. LSU and Oklahoma squared off in LSU’s backyard of New Orleans. I was discouraged from the very beginning when LSU jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead. Oklahoma bounced right back and scored to tie the game. Things still did not look like they were clicking for the Sooners. LSU got two more touchdowns in before Oklahoma crossed the goal line again. Louisiana State University is your 2004 BCS National Champions. Congratulations to them as they totally shut down Heisman Winner Jason White and the Sooner offense. The final score was 21-14.

I did pick Oklahoma to win this game. I did terrible. I ended up with a 5-9 record in predicting Bowl Games this year. This has truly been a travesty.

Now, this of course leaves a big question. Who should be the National Champion? LSU and Southern Cal will split the Title. This should not be acceptable. I personally believe that their should be a game next weekend to decide the true National Champion between Southern Cal and LSU. This probably won’t happen, and we’ll have split National Championship.

Congratulations to Steve McNair and Peyton Manning on sharing the NFL’s MVP Award this year. Both quarterbacks have led their team to the playoffs and I expect either the Titans or the Colts to make it to the Superbowl. Once again, congratulations.

Wild Card Weekend was upon us as the Dallas Cowboys faced the Carolina Panthers, the Green Bay Packers faced the Seattle Seahawks, the Tennessee Titans faced the Baltimore Ravens, and the Indianapolis Colts faced the Denver Broncos.

I was not able to watch the Titans vs. Baltimore game, but I saw that it came down to a 40+ yard field goal that the Titans made. Congratulations to them.

Dallas at Carolina was… disappointing to say the least. I am one of the biggest Cowboy fans in the world and I live in North Carolina! Dallas was revealed that they weren’t the great team that they were made out to be. The NFC East was week this year, and the Panthers just stuck it to them. Congrats to the Panthers.

Green Bay vs. Seattle was an awesome game. They went into overtime at cold Lambeau Field. Al Harris takes an interception thrown by Matt Hasselbeck back 52 yards for the game winning touchdown.

The Indianapolis Colts faced the Denver Broncos in Indy. Two weeks ago, Denver beat the Colts by two touchdowns. This game was a lot different. Peyton Manning and the Colts offense came out firing on all cylinders and punished the Broncos 41-10. This was Peyton’s first career playoff victory. It’s the first big win in his career since winning the National Championship his senior year of college at Tennessee.

Next weeks games are: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Cheifs, Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams, and the Green Bay Packers head to Philly to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Embarrasment of the Week
Anyone see what the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin did the other day? He was holding his one-month-old child in his left arm and feeding a huge crocodile with the other. Many people had complaints about it, but I really didn’t have a problem with it. I’m sure if anyone knew what they were doing out there, it was Irwin, but the public had a hissy fit.

I’ve got two movie reviews for you today. Hulk and S.W.A.T. were two movies that I’ve seen over the past few days. Now lets get to them…

Movie Review: Hulk
-I’ve only heard bad things about this movie. I decided I wouldn’t listen to those other people, and I wanted to go into this movie clearheaded. This movie drags on and on and on and on. Some of the scenes were very well done. Others looked like pure crap. One for example, when they are in the desert and the Hulk is running from the helicopters. He jumps and tumbles down a sand dune. It seriously looks like someone took a Hulk action figure and threw him down into the sand. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Other than that I really didn’t have any complaints about the movie. It was o-k. It’s not one that I would pay money to buy.

My Thoughts
-This movie was fair. It is definitely not the best comic-turned-movie I’ve seen. I’ve actually been thinking hard about what to give this movie. Out of 10 thumbs up, I give it 5 thumbs up.

Movie Review: S.W.A.T.
-I will tell you right now, I absolutely loved this movie. It is definitely the best cop movie since Training Day. Colin Ferrel plays his role well in this movie, as does Samuel L. Jackson, L L Cool J, and Michelle Rodriguez. Of course, if it’s a cop movie, you gotta have the dirty cop twist. The Drug Kingpin offers $100 million dollars to anyone who can break him out of prison. While trying to extricate the prisoner, they go through a little bit of trouble. Many gangs and just regular badasses are trying to break this guy out. Using what they learned in training, the S.W.A.T. team tries their best to thwart these rescue attempts.

My Thoughts
-This movie is great. The characters in this movie were played excellently. Out of 10 thumbs up, I give it 10 thumbs up!

Now, I hope everyone had a safe holiday. Unfortunately I have to suffer the agony of school once again starting Tuesday. I loved my break. See ya next week.

Fill up with Phillip: Volume 2

You’ve probably noticed that the name of my column has changed. Well, you have to thank Hawaiian Bryan for this fantastic name. I think it’s great. Thanks again Bryan.

This week, the main topic is a review of the book The Stone Cold Truth. This is an autobiography on the WWE’s own, Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Embarrassment of the Week
I was watching Around the Horn on Monday when they showed a clip of Nicole Richie at a Los Angeles Lakers game over the weekend. The courtside reporter started talking to her about her new television show and the conversation was going fine. He then asked her who her favorite Laker was, and she responded with this, “Kobe Bryant is my favorite because I want him to have sex with me.” Now, this girl is very good-looking, but apparently, she has no brains. Kobe is currently accused of rape and does not need things like this said. Lionel probably had a conniption when he saw this. She was totally out of line and should be smacked after such a stupid comment.

A Record Breaking Streak Ends
Saturday in the Continental Tire Bowl, one of Pittsburgh University’s greatest players college career may have come to an end. The Panthers lost to the Virginia Cavaliers 23 to16 and Fitzgerald did not catch a touchdown pass. This is the first time in 19 games that Fitzgerald did not catch a touchdown pass. He now holds the record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Fitzgerald is only a sophomore, but by spending a year at a naval academy, he may be able to enter the draft early. Good luck to him, as I feel he will be a big star.

A True Packer Icon
Many of you heard about the passing of Bret Farve’s father a week ago. Bret’s father had a heart attack while driving a car and crashed. Bret was very close to his father, and he couldn’t decide whether he should play in the Packers Monday night game against the Raiders. He decided that his father would’ve wanted him to play in that game, so Bret did. I watched that game with anticipation of what Bret would do. There were speculations that Bret would play bad, because he had a heavy heart. Bret kept his feelings in check, though. That game against the Raiders was the best game of his career. Farve threw for 399 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had a career high 311 yards in the first half alone. The Packers raped the Oakland Raiders and won 41-7.

Then on Sunday, the Packers laid a beating on the Broncos 31-3. Bret didn’t have a stellar game by any means, 116 yards passing and 1 touchdown, but the Packers won and are going to the playoffs. This man, is definitely one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. If I were wearing a hat, I’d tip it to Bret Farve right now.

Lord of the Rings Phenomenon
Many of you have gone to see the final move in the Lord of the Ring’s trilogy, ‘The Return of the King.’ I went to see it, and it definitely is the best movie I have ever seen. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie has grossed more than 500 million dollars world-wise. Now that is a lot of fuckin’ cash. Word is that the director Peter Jackson wants to make ‘The Hobbit’ in to a movie. Should be a good one if he gets it.

Book Review: The Stone Cold Truth
The book is 312 pages long and is a very good read to any wrestling fan. In this book, Steve Williams goes through his life as a young man growing up in Edna, Texas, to being the Texas Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin in the WWE.

Steve talks about the death of Brian Pillman in the book. As you know they were the tag team in WCW called the Hollywood Blondes. They became really good friends, and eventually ended up in the WWE together. Brian died of a heart attack, but Steve says that he knows the drugs that Brian was on put a lot of strain on his heart. He mentions that he will never sit around anymore and watch someone destroy their life they way Pillman did. The gold chain you always see him wearing is the one Brian gave him when they were the Hollywood Blondes.

He also mentions a few wrestlers that he didn’t like. Lex Luger is one of them. He believes Luger has no in-ring talent. Steve also says how the Road Warriors never sold any moves.

Steve tells us how he was brought into the WWE to never make it past the Intercontinental Title level. Steve went through his second divorce during this time and needed to buy a house for himself. He didn’t have the money at the time and asked Vince McMahon for a loan. Vince loaned Steve $30,000 dollars to buy a house so he could have someplace to live. A few years later, Steve tried to pay Vince back, and Vince told Steve that he could keep the money. Vince does have a heart. *Too bad he doesn’t have a brain and take the belt off of HHH.*

Many people were critical of Stone Cold’s match verses The Rock at Wrestlemania XIX. I for one have not seen the match. However, in this book, you find out that the day before this great event, Steve was taken to the hospital for being very dehydrated. He was given through an IV 5 bags of fluid. Most people usually get 2-3. He had been drinking a lot of coffee and ephedrine laced drinks, which led to this. Steve tells us that he has sustained clonuses reflex in both of his legs. This is an involuntary shaking of nerves. His back and neck were worsening all the time, and it was about time Stone Cold called it quits. He felt like he had a duty to do, and that was to put The Rock over cleanly. At Wrestlemania XIX, The Rock beat Stone Cold Steve Austin in what was Steve William’s last match. He won’t guarantee that you won’t see him in the ring again, but he says there is a very slim chance.

My Thoughts
I thought this book was very good. I’ve now read Stone Cold’s, The Rock’s, and Mankind’s autobiographies. This one is probably second best behind Foley’s. With this book, you see behind the rough badass exterior of Steve Austin, and see the person of Steve Williams. Out of 10 thumbs up, I give it 9 thumbs up.

That’s it for this week’s column. Check it out next week, when I preview the BCS National Championship game.

Fill up with Phillip: Volume 1

The Column has finally arrived here at the great It is so nice to finally be able to write for this website once again. My column will mostly revolve around the sports world unless something else big pops up that I want to write about.

This week’s edition will be about the NCAA College Football Bowl Championship games that a Top 25 team will be competing in. The GMAC Bowl has already taken place, and Miami of Ohio stuck it to Louisville 49 to 28. Not many people know much about Ben Roethlisberger. He’s the outstanding quarterback for Miami of Ohio. Many feel that he will be the first quarterback taken in next year’s NFL draft. From the looks of things this year in the NFL, it appears as though the Arizona Cardinals could use a new quarterback because there is no way that Jeff Blake can get it done in the NFL. Roethlisberger has been the only total package in a quarterback in the NCAA this season and has led his team to 13 straight victories. This man is one to look out for next year in the NFL. Now we are going to take a look at the remaining big bowl games. I will analyze them (some more than others) then predict the winner.

Fort Worth Bowl
Texas Christian vs. Boise State
-All the hoopla that was made for TCU this season got shut down when Louisville destroyed them toward the end of the year. I was very happy when this happened. Why you ask? Because TCU was very overrated for not playing anyone very good, and they were beat by a mediocre team. I think this will be a close game however.
Winner: Boise State

Alamo Bowl
Michigan State vs. Nebraska
-If this game had happened two weeks ago, I would’ve picked Nebraska. However, Nebraska took it upon themselves to fire a great coach in Frank Solich. Bad idea by the Huskers, and I think it will effect them in this game.
Winner: Michigan State

Holiday Bowl
Texas vs. Washington State
-Come on! This is a no brainer!
Winner: Texas

Sun Bowl
Oregon vs. Minnesota
-I don’t know a lot about either of these teams. So I’m flipping a coin.
Winner: Minnesota

Liberty Bowl
Utah vs. Southern Miss
-This game will be an exciting one. Both teams bring fairly impressive offenses into the game.
Winner: Southern Miss

Outback Bowl
Iowa vs. Florida
-Come on. This game is a no brainer, also. Florida Gators are going to destroy Iowa. Seriously.
Winner: Florida

Gator Bowl
Maryland vs. West Virginia
-This is a tough choice. Both have had fairly good seasons. Maryland fought hard toward the end of the season. West Virginia put on a VERY good performance against Miami Hurricanes. Hmmm…
Winner: West Virginia

Capital One Bowl
Georgia vs. Purdue
-On paper this looks like a good game. However, I believe Georgia will be looking to impress the nation after their ugly defeat at the hands of LSU in the SEC Championship game.
Winner: Georgia

Rose Bowl
Michigan vs. USC
-Everyone expects USC to run all over Michigan in this game to prove that they are the true number one team. Well, I think that is pure B.S. After beating no quality teams all year, why should they be number 1? USC brings in mediocre defense against the nation’s best offensive back in Chris Perry. I expect Perry to have a big game on the ground and bring it home for the Wolverines.
Winner: Michigan

Orange Bowl
Miami vs. Florida State
-Hopefully this game will be better than the one they had earlier this year. In that mud soaked game, Florida State had turnover after turnover after turnover, which led to a loss. Brock Berlin feels like he has something to prove to his Hurricane teammates, but I expect Chris Rix to come out firing for the Seminoles.
Winner: Florida State

Cotton Bowl
Mississippi vs. Oklahoma State
-Ole Miss brings one of the best quarterbacks in the country into this game in Eli Manning. Expect Manning to have a big game.
Winner: Mississippi

Peach Bowl
Tennessee vs. Clemson
-Tennessee had a big win over Miami this year IN Miami. So I’m going with them.
Winner: Tennessee

Fiesta Bowl
Kansas State vs. Ohio State
-Buckeyes look strong in this one, but then again Kansas State did run over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship.
Winner: Ohio State

The last bowl left is the Sugar Bowl, which I will be covering in its own column on January 3. All these games don’t appear like they will disappoint. If you are a fan of football, this is what you want to watch. These guys play their hearts out. I’ll be back next week with another, The Column.