And Now for Something Completely Different by Michael Hendricks http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/ en-us Week 8 College Review 2017 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70176 There were no major upsets this week, but there were certainly some surprises in final scores. Penn State looks every bit a contender for the playoff after dismantling an overmatched Michigan team. This was a revenge game for Penn State after last year's defeat in Ann Arbor. The game of the week (that should have been) between Notre Dame and USC turned into a route by Notre Dame. Notre Dame has one loss this season, to undefeated Georgia by one point. There were four losses in the Top 20... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:08:10 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 6 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70147 Quite a bit happened during week 6, we saw the Chiefs return to earth with their first loss of the season (and a return to their old ways of not being able to play from behind), we saw the Giants who had been decimated at wide receiver last the week before completely dominate the Broncos IN Denver and pick up their first win (and yes I realize that just last week I said I did not know where the Giants would pick up a win, oops), Aaron Rodgers had his collar bone broken thus ending his, and... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:24:14 -0500 Week 7 College Review 2017 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70131 This weekend was primed for upset weekend and boy did it live up to that. Six ranked teams (including two playoff teams) were beaten by unranked opponents. It all started on Friday when Playoff team Clemson was upset by Syracuse. Clemson never looked like they were into the game and therefor even though they kept the game close you never got the feeling that they were going to win. That was followed up by Cal absolutely embarrassing Washington State. A key to both of these upsets is that they... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:33:32 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 5 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70099 The Chiefs are still undefeated, the Giants, 49ers, and Browns are still winless. It will be difficult to see where the Giants pick up a win this season. In their game against the Chargers they lost 4 wide receivers to ankle injuries (two of them, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham, Jr are both out for the season). Rankings 1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) The Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans on Sunday night. The offensive looked explosive, but there are definitely some concerns about... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:19:19 -0500 Week 6 College Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70093 Because I was away for the weekend this will be a much condensed version of the review. With Oklahoma's humiliating defeat at home to the Iowa State Cyclones there is a new team in the playoffs. Washington, who was in my first playoff list has played their way back into the playoffs. Even though the coaches and media have Georgia as a top 4 rated team, I do not have them in my playoff. There is a simple reason for this; there is virtually no path for one conference to get two teams into the... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:36:07 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 4 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70036 We came within minutes last night of having no undefeated teams left in the NFL. Instead in some bizarre moments, the Chiefs scored 9 points in four seconds to beat Washington 29-20 and remain undefeated. Elsewhere around the league we saw the Rams take down the Cowboys in Dallas. Tony Romo, for the record called that) The Rams are 3-1 and look nothing like the team that slogged through the season last year. They have a second year quarterback and a rookie head coach. There is not telling... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:50:40 -0500 Week 5 College Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/70022 Well, this was a wild week. It started on Friday night when USC lost to Washington State, effectively knocking USC out of contention for the playoffs. At the same time it elevated Washington State to dark horse contender along with the other Washington team. Alabama completely destroyed Ole Miss. Georgia shut out Tennessee in Knoxville. Then LSU suffered a humiliating loss to Troy. To make matters worse for LSU, not only was this homecoming but they paid Troy almost $1 million to play the... Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:23:38 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 3 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69978 Ohio, what a mess you have. After three weeks of the NFL the teams from Ohio (Browns and Bengals) are a combined 0-6. This was expected of the Browns, who have been a dumpster fire since being reincarnated. But no one expected the Bengals to be this bad. Andy Dalton is a ghost of what he once was. He was never an elite quarterback, but was still considered one of the better qbs in the league. This year, he just looks broken. To make things even worse the Bengals and Browns play this week. One... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:12:35 -0500 Week 4 College Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69960 As I posited last week, the so-called "experts" over-reacted to Mississippi State's win over LSU, called them the second best team in the SEC, and said they would be the only team to match up with Alabama. So what happened? Mississippi State promptly went out on Saturday and got steam rolled by Georgia. Now take a wild guess at what the so-called "experts" are saying. Georgia is the second best team in the SEC, Georgia gives the SEC a "legitimate" shot at... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:11:16 -0500 Big Brother 19 Final Rankings http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69953 The Big Brother 19 season is officially wrapped up and Josh pulled out a victory over Paul by a vote of 5-4. There has been a lot of talk of a bitter jury and I flat out reject that. The only juror member that was even bitter was Cody, who said in the house that he would never vote for Paul. I have the feeling that if Paul was the only person left Cody would have tried to find a way not to vote for him. For the other four that voted Josh over Paul, what I believe it finally came down to is that... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:56:42 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 2 2017-2018 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69934 So far this season has been a snooze, combined with bad football. People want to point at a myriad of issues why ratings for the NLF are down (some even want to say that there is still a boycott - protest if you will - over Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest from last season. However, the truth is the games on the field this year have been atrocious. There are a few teams shining but everyone else is just putting an inferior product on the field. After Week 1 the Rams and Jaguars looked... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:06:32 -0500 Week 3 College Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69901 There is a reason that I do not pay much attention to rankings before October and do not do them myself until October. There are a lot of pretenders out there. Yesterday showed us that much. I hate to say this, but outside of Alabama, the SEC looks like a train wreck this season. I will touch on this a little later in this post but holy cow they are playing some horrible football right now. It is far too early though to pick a conference that is playing the best football right now as most teams... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:31:53 -0500 Final Big Brother Update http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69876 As the season finale of Big Brother 19 is fast approaching this will be my last update on the season. Last night (Wednesday 9/13) saw an unexpected eviction and new HOH crowned. Tonight will see another eviction and final three revealed. We already know one of the final three as Paul picked up his 3rd HOH of the season. I am of the opinion that Christmas may have thrown him the comp. This was his first HOH win since Week 5 and she seemed just too happy that he was getting answers right when she... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:57:19 -0500 NFL Rankings Week 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69866 hat a horrible week for opening weekend for the NFL. The offenses were anemic and the games were so boring they were unwatchable. The only two surprises from the week is the beat down that Chiefs put on the Patriots and the beat down the Rams put on the Colts. Miami and Tampa Bay did not play this week because of the Hurricane Irma. On to the rankings 1. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City put a complete beat down of the defending champs New England Patriots in the second half of their... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:32:32 -0500 Week 2 College Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69837 Week 2 did not see as many high key match ups as the first week of the season. In reality only the OU-Ohio State and Clemson-Auburn game lived up to any type of hype. More so for the Clemson-Auburn game. There is another big game coach in Norman as Lincoln Riley took his Oklahoma Sooners into the Big Show of Ohio State and ran away with the game. The first half so both defenses bend not break as the teams were locked 3-3 going into the half. The second half was all Oklahoma as they would... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 13:52:00 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 10 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69811 This past week in Big Brother shows exactly what happens when one person has full control of the house guests. In the HOH Competition (that was surprisingly delayed due to rain) the house guests had to put their hands on starting buttons. When the word go appeared on the screen they had to race to the end of the track and push a different button. For some reason Christmas (still of a broken foot) was cleared to participate. But with a broken foot Christmas should have been one of the first (if... Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:27:02 -0500 Week 1 College Review http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69784 I have decided to tweak how I do my rankings from last year (and fully intend to follow through for the entire season). For the first month of the season (roughly four weeks) I will only release the four teams I believe will make it to the college playoff. Once October begins I will continue with the playoff out look and then do a top 20 of the rest. In other words you will see the four for the playoff and then the team that starts number 1 of my poll would be 5th in other polls. You will get a... Mon, 04 Sep 2017 10:18:50 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 9 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69760 Mark was the last of the non power players to be evicted from the house. I had predicted that he would be ousted with a 6-0 vote. However, just hours before the show (after the cameras had gone off for the live show) Jason, Paul, and Alex decided that at least one person should vote to evict Matt. The reason behind this was to cast doubt on Kevin as the one person that voted Mark out. It was decided that Jason would be that vote. But once it was time for the vote Alex (whether it was purposeful... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:44:16 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 8 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69695 As I was in Nebraska from Thursday to Tuesday this will not be the normal recap and updates. Thursday's show was a double eviction show. Cody was eliminated first 7-0 and in true narcissist Cody way he walked on a table to avoid talking to anyone and walked out of the show. He also became the first juror. Jason won the first HOH of the night for his first win and put up Mark and Elena for eviction. Mark won the POV and took himself off the block and Jason put Matt on the block. Elena was... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:41:50 -0500 Big Brother 19 Week 7 Recap and Updates http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1460/entry/69643 Jessica was evicted by a 7-1-0 vote (Raven received a vote from Cody, Elena had no votes). In both of her post-game interviews she still could not get her head around the idea that she threw her own game away for Cody and that was the reason she was evicted. It had nothing to do with the house guests being "afraid". Though she did get what she went into the game for, a showmance. The HOH comp was another true/false comp which Alex won making her HOH. The Temptation Comp was a... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:28:41 -0500