Coming into this season, there were low expectations in Boston for their beloved Bruins. Milan Lucic departed in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. Dougie Hamilton left for reasons still unknown and Peter Chiarelli was shown the exit and became the GM in Edmonton. On Tuesday night the Bruins were hoping for an early Christmas gift, first place in the Atlantic division. Something that seemed impossible just a couple months ago when the Montreal Canadiens started out the season going 9-0. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be on this night as the St. Louis Blues completely stifled the Bruins and shut them out 2-0.
It is still impressive that the Bruins are even close to Montreal in the standings. The Canadiens have absolutely owned the Bruins for awhile now and if everyone is being honest, they are still the better team at the moment. However, the Bruins are still right there with them in the standings and GM Don Sweeney has some tough decisions to make in the next couple of months. When Sweeney used all three of the Bruins first round draft picks at this year's draft, folks in Boston were gearing up for a rough year. Sure, the team would be decent but the idea of the Bruins competing for a Stanley Cup this year was unrealistic. Now, it seems like Sweeney may have to make some trades for the Bruins to compete in the playoffs.
Even though the Bruins are accumulating points at an impressive rate, there are obvious flaws with the team. Their defense simply will not be good enough come playoff time. It is a tricky situation for the big bad Bruins, because it can be argued that Sweeney and company should remain patient and not go all in this year. I know that is borderline blasphemy to suggest that a team not go all in for the slim chance they have to win the Stanley Cup, but the Bruins have had a hell of a time developing and keeping their own young players. It just may be time to hold on to their prospects and rebuild from within, rather than trade them all away for an overpriced veteran at the trade deadline. Having said that, the Bruins have also been dreadful at drafting young players as of late, so maybe trading them all away isn't such a bad thing. The players that didn't work out were all Chiarelli's picks though, maybe Sweeney will have better luck.
Robert Griffin III sure had a lot of hype coming into the 2012 NFL draft. Folks like Skip Bayless were openly gushing over him daily and some even thought he would wind up being the better QB than the first overall pick Andrew Luck. The Washington Redskins traded their future at the time for RGIII and now it seems like they will just to get rid of him. Actually, I shouldn't say that. Daniel Snyder may just try to keep him forever out of stubbornness.
With Kirk Cousins seemingly becoming a capable franchise quarterback for the Redskins, it appears that most have simply forgotten about RGIII. Yet, in Griffin's rookie year he put up stellar numbers and led the Redskins to the playoffs. Then he followed it up with subpar performance after subpar performance and he has found himself stuck on the bench. Surely his talent didn't just completely fade away, right? Investing long term in a mobile QB that is constantly injured is scary for any franchise, it just seems unbelievable to me that there is nowhere in the NFL for RGIII. Logic says that his time in Washington is up after this year, but Daniel Snyder doesn't know what logic means.
If the Eagles fail to make the playoffs this year and Jeffrey Lurie decides to stick with Chip Kelly as the coach, is Philadelphia an option for RGIII? On paper it looks like it would be a good fit. The same injury questions surround their current QB Sam Bradford and Chip Kelly is crazy enough to give it a try. Would Daniel Snyder allow RGIII to go to a division rival or will he freak out and not sign Kirk Cousins and keep Griffin? So many questions with so many questionable people trying to answer them. Even though it has been reported that RGIII is definitely done in Washington, I still don't believe Snyder will just let the number 2 overall pick go for nothing. Hopefully I'm wrong.
My hopes is that RGIII gets a second chance somewhere else and succeeds. He has so much talent, it would be a shame to see another QB with so much promise fail to even remotely live up to expectations. If this whole football thing doesn't work out for RGIII, I think he has a great chance of playing Ed in Good Burger 2 if Kel Mitchell is unavailable.
Having Odell Beckham Jr. on my fantasy team has been the cats pajamas. The dude is just awesome. However, he acted like a complete clown on Sunday when he let Josh Norman get into his head. There is no way you can argue that Beckham shouldn't be suspended. unless your fantasy team's playoffs are at stake. That is the position I'm in, along with a bajillion other schlubs like myself. Honestly, I just find it odd that Josh Norman wasn't suspended as well, I think they both deserve to miss a game.
Clearly, Beckham should not win his appeal, but would it surprise anyone if he did? This is the National Football League we are talking about here. It would't surprise me if the NFL wound up paying Beckham 25K after his appeal hearing. They've fucked up everything else this year, why not end it on a high note?
Having said that, I will be shocked if Beckham's suspension is vacated. Even the NFL can't be that dumb.. right?
The Royal Rumble is just around the corner and it is about that time to start predicting who will win it. The most obvious prediction would be that Brock Lesnar will win the rumble and go on to face Roman Reigns for the title at Wrestlemania. However, it is a tough call because as of now both Roman Reigns and Lesnar are faces/good guys. It is also a tough call since that was the main event last year, yet I think it is safe to assume that this time around the crowd would be more excited for the match.
The problem facing the WWE right now is that if it is not Brock Lesnar, who is it? Is it John Cena? Can the WWE universe tolerate a Cena vs Reigns match? It would also be the same problem as Brock vs Reigns, Cena is the ultimate good guy. In my opinion, Rusev is an intriguing option. He has performed well in big matches, especially against Mr. Big Match himself John Cena. I just don't see Reigns vs Rusev main-eventing a Wrestlemania, but a lot can change in just a few months.
I can't imagine it being Sheamus vs Reigns again, but with Vince McMahon I guess anything is possible. The match that makes the most sense to me is Lesnar vs Reigns, just based on the spectacle it would be. Another very interesting possibility is Kevin Owens winning the Royal Rumble and earning the title shot at Wrestlemania. It would make sense because Kevin Owens is already a heel, but would that be an intriguing main-event to a mass audience? In a perfect world, yes. In the real world? I'm not so sure. I'm predicting Lesnar will win the Royal Rumble and turn heel sometime between now and Wrestlemania.
Like most, I was pissed off when Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble last year. It was mainly because of the lame elimination of Daniel Bryan and having the show end with the Big Show and Kane lumbering around the ring. It seems like the WWE has been stuck for a couple years and have no idea what to do with some of their young talent. Honestly, there is no reason to dislike Roman Reigns. The only thing I can think of is that people don't want him to be the next John Cena.
Again, like most, I absolutely hated John Cena up until a couple years ago. I began to realize that he was one of the only reliable superstars the WWE had. Even if the audience was booing Cena out of the building, he was still getting a reaction. There are so many "superstars" on the WWE roster that get no reaction whatsoever. The striking thing is that it is not the talents fault, it is the product itself. 3 out of 4 Monday Night Raw's completely suck. Every Raw opens with a promo that should be 4 minutes but is stretched out to 14 minutes to fill time. The wrestlers are no longer allowed to be themselves and are fed corny lines from those that write the show. I'm sure these people are very talented, but holy smokes some of the dialogue on Raw is just horrible. The ultimate example of horrible writing dooming a wrestler is Roman Reigns.
If you have sat through a Roman Reigns promo and not had the urge to whip the television remote at the television you are the strongest person on this planet and should fight crime. It is just awful and for the most part it is not Reigns' fault. The man can't be himself and is out there trying to do stand up comedy written by an 8 year old for 5 year olds. It just didn't work and finally the WWE seemed to realize that. When Roman Reigns knocked out Vince McMahon it changed everything. It finally gave the people that hate watch the product something to cheer about. It was the classic fantasy of punching your boss in the face because you are fed up with their BS. It is a shame that the WWE took a year of making Roman Reigns intolerable before they came up with a storyline that they have used countless times in the past. There is no questioning that Reigns should be the face of the WWE, yet it certainly is questionable why it took so long for the WWE to make it work. Here is to hoping they don't royally screw it up again.