Daily Mix Report Podcast Episode 14 – The Engagement Debate

How (Not) To Propose

Episode 14 is here and we have a good one for you. We do our usual NFL recaps and picks towards the end, talk about our new Facebook page, and worshipped our idol, Conor McGregor.

By far, the hottest discussion of the episode was about engagements and how we would each do our proposals (starts at about 9:30). I don’t want to give too much away, but my jaw dropped at LordTreeSap’s take on proposals. Let’s just say he’s in favor of going to a Knicks game the night of his engagement. I couldn’t believe the words that were coming out of his mouth. Sorry, ladies. We then talk about online dating and if you should say if you met on Tinder or not. It’s a tough area so tune in for our takes. Enjoy.

 

I Finally Understand What The “Same Old Jets” Saying Means

There’s something I need to get off my chest.

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It’s been three days since the Jets 24-3 loss in Kansas City, and I am still disgusted at how we played. I want to be mad, then I think why am I still surprised by this team? Every year this team just decides to not show up a few games. No matter who the coach is, who the players are, the narrative never changes. The Jets will always fuck you over in the most excruciating way.

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This came to me listening to another classic Joe Benigno rant on WFAN radio. In my head I’m thinking how many times have I heard this same exact rant during the last couple years? My mind races back to: Buffalo, Houston and Oakland of last year to name a few.

Now I understand why so many older Jets fans are pessimistic. I used to think it was just a New York mentality or maybe just older people in general, but those older die-hard fans are just broken spirits. You can only put your heart into a team that you know is going to leave you broken so many times. I see myself in those people now. What am I getting mad about? There’s no way this team is winning a Super Bowl. Heck, we’re going to need a miracle to win a fucking Wild-Card. How sad is that. I’ve never in my life (outside of 2008 Brady injury year) gone into a season with aspirations of a division title. Thanks a lot Patriots.

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What’s the one thing that Super-Bowl teams contain and the Jets have never had? A fucking franchise quarterback. Can we please get one in here? Never in my life have we had one. The closest thing was Mark Sanchez and Chad Pennington and that is just pathetic. We need to stop teasing the fans with these painful 8-8 seasons that the franchise sells us on hope. I get that this is New York, a tough market to rebuild in. But if we want to seriously win, it starts with a quarterback. Now Ryan Fitzpatrick, this is not an indictment on you. You’re doing the best you can as a career journeyman and I salute your passion for the game.

I plead to Jets management. I am totally okay with mortgaging the future for a quarterback in the draft sort of like the how the Eagles did for Carson Wentz this year. That is unless, we truly believe that Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg can be the guy, which I am willing to give them next season.

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That is my little Jets rant I needed to get off my chest to avoid insanity. I know they’re going to reel me back in at some point this season and it will probably happen on Sunday with a win against Seattle. But that won’t fool me. I’ll be ready for that kick in the nuts, that knife in the stomach, when that dagger is ready to pierce me later this season.

“Same Old Jets”

 

I Want Tim Tebow To Make The MLB And So Should You

Tebowmania is back.

BY GAWD IT’S TIM TEBOW

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So if you haven’t seen it by now, Tim Tebow hit a home run in his instructional league debut on the FIRST PITCH HE SAW.

Crushed it. Tim Tebow aka Tebowmania muscled that ball out of the park. Yes, it was in the made-up instructional league that 20 fans witnessed. I don’t care whatsoever. A home run is a home run no matter how you do it. If it were so easy, everyone would do it.

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I have been and will always be a Tim Tebow guy. The fact that he did not get a second chance to start in the NFL is baffling. I don’t care if the man struggled to throw the ball in the NFL. I don’t care if he had a slow throwing motion. There’s no way a playoff game winning quarterback should be run out of the league. Sure, he was not a good QB. I know that. I’m not defending him in that aspect. However, there is absolutely no way in hell that the last game he started was that playoff win. That is a travesty.

I understand the guy could’ve changed positions, but he was stubborn so that’s on him. I understand that he was a nightmare in terms of the media circus that came with him. I understand that Skip Bayless shoved the Tebow love down our throats. But think about how many teams needed quarterbacks a few years back. Titans, Jaguars, Jets, Bucs, Browns. HE COULDN’T EVEN GET A START WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS. That’s just disrespectful. Rex Ryan would not even give him a starting shot. He let Greg McElroy start over Tebow (Tim had some rib issues, but you don’t need to know that), a guy who ran TEN YARDS past the line of scrimmage to throw the ball.

Is it a long shot for Tebow to make the majors? Of course it is. Almost impossible. He probably won’t make it. From the looks of it, he struggles in the field and we don’t know if he can hit a curveball. Oh well, that doesn’t mean I won’t root for the guy. The media tried to take that fun away by putting a Tebow segment on TV every 5 seconds. I get it. People got sick of him. Personally, I don’t bet against God’s children so you can do whatever you want.

It’s fun to root  for Tim Tebow. He’s as polarizing as Lebron James. Some want him to succeed while others enjoy watching him fail. The fact is you’re going to watch him. People will buy his jersey. The media circus will come back if he continues to succeed. I can’t wait.

It’s Tebow Time. See you in the majors, Tim.

Daily Mix Report Podcast Episode 11 – The Argument

DG vs. LordTreeSap

Episode 11 of the podcast is here. This show is full of arguments with the biggest one between DG and LordTreeSap. I don’t want to spoil it, but ask yourself this: You received a free pair of headphones. You decide to sell them and your good friend is interested in buying them. How much would you charge that person? Things got heated.

Also, we are going to work on posting the podcast before football starts so our previews make sense when you actually listen to it. This one is one us. Next one is on you.

2016-2017 NFL Season Predictions

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOOOOOTTTTBALLLLLLLLLLL??????

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Football is (FINALLY) back. I, for one, am amped about it. It’s been a long offseason. A lot of drama has happened and teams haven’t even played a meaningful down. Pey Pey retired. Tony Romo got hurt again. OUR PETS HEADS ARE FALLING OFF.

Anyway, The Daily Mix Report is here with our annual season predictions. You’d be dumb if you don’t bet your house on them.

AFC

The Favorites

DG: Patriots – For the 100th straight season, the Patriots are the creme of the crop. Until Tom Brady and Bill Belichick leave New England, the Patriots will always be the favorite to at least reach the Super Bowl. I’m not even concerned that Brady is missing 4 games. You’re NUTS if you don’t think Jimmy G is at least winning 2 games.

Steelers – This is going to be a popular pick to make the Super Bowl. The offense is lethal. Big Ben continues to get better with age, Le’Von Bell is a stud (suspended to start season), and Antonio Brown is the best receiver in the game. This team will put up points like no other. If they can stop Tom Brady for at least one drive in the AFC Title game, they’ll win 41-38.

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LTS: Have to agree on both fronts with DG on this one. The Patriots have won the division 12 out of the last 13 seasons and that won’t change regardless of Brady’s suspension. You can book the Pats for double digit wins once again *sigh.* Love the Steelers this season as well. If Bell can stay on the field and off the weed, with an improved defense, they’ll have a shot to win it all.

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DG: Bengals – Let’s remember, if it weren’t for a bunch of head shots and targeting penalties, the Bengals would’ve moved on to play the Broncos in the divisional round. I was a believer that Andy Dalton would’ve won last year if he played. The Red Rifle is bound to win a playoff game at some point. I’m not sold on Hill and Bernard in the backfield, but Gio will definitely be better than last year to compliment Hill.

Chiefs – Another team that will only go as far as their quarterback takes them. It just so happens that Alex Smith is their quarterback. The game manager himself. I don’t hate Alex Smith. He’s vanilla ice cream. Nothing spectacular and you know what you’re getting. That being said, I want a gun slinger in the playoffs. The Chiefs will get a home game in the playoffs because that defense can win games by themselves, but will Alex Smith let it loose? I don’t know.

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LTS: Chiefs – With the AFC West wide open, it is time for the Chiefs to assert themselves back on top. If Charles is healthy, they should finish with around 10 wins. I think that could be enough to win the division.

Colts – It’s a quarterback driven league and the Colts have themselves one of the best in Luck. If only the offensive line can keep him upright and not on his back. I believe they should return to form.

Dark horse

DG: Jaguars – Besides the Giants, this will be a team that I will be routing for every week. I love the direction this franchise is headed. The years of playing rookies is finally paying off. Blake Bortles took a huge step last year, nearly tripling his TD passes from his rookie year. I’m calling it now: Blake will finish as  a Top 5 statistical QB this year. Pair that with Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Chris Ivory, TJ Yeldon, and Julius Thomas, and this team can score. If this defense can learn to play “defense,” they are a dark horse to steal a playoff spot.

LTS: Raiders – Wait, Jags and Raiders in a dark horse column? You read that right. These two teams have been the punching bag of the league for quite some time now, but it is their time to do the punching. Oakland has all the tools and playmakers on offense to make things happen, Carr needs to take the next step. If he does that and the defense continues to get better, they will have a shot in the open AFC West and make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

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NFC

The Favorites 

DG: Cardinals – I am all in on the Cards this year. Last year, they got embarrassed by the Panthers in the NFC title game and I don’t think that sat well with time at all. Besides Billy B, I’d argue that Bruce Arians is the second best coach in the NFL. What he’s done to turn around this franchise is remarkable. I mean he has resurrected the careers of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. The defense is filthy. With a healthy Honey Badger, it is Super Bowl or bust for this team. It also doesn’t hurt that Bruce Arians is dripping in swag.

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Packers – As bad they were last year and it was definitely a “down” year for them, they got hot at the right time and were an OT win away from traveling to Carolina. Aaron Rodgers will most certainly be on a mission this year to finally get back to the Super Bowl. Jordy Nelson will have a huge year after not playing last year. If Eddie Lacy can learn how to run the ball again (he’s on my fantasy team), no one can stop this offense.

LTS: Agree with DG here on both fronts. The Cardinals looked great last season and should be a force again this season. Their only problem? Palmer is a choke artist come playoff time and it reared its ugly head last post-season. Green Bay will take back the North as the Vikings take a step back early without Bridgewater. Jordy Nelson being back means Rodgers should be in for a huge year after a weak one by his standards last season.

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DG: Seahawks – Death, taxes, and the Seattle Seahawks. For 3 straight years, I have picked Seattle to win the Super Bowl. Gun to my head, I might pick them again this year. Until they show me that they’ve taken a step back, I’m going to believe that they can go far. The loss of Beast Mode definitely hurts, but Rawls and Michael are capable of equaling his production. Watch out for Jimmy Graham this year. I know he’s coming off injury, but the guy is too talented to suck.

Panthers – I did not expect Carolina to be as good as they were last year. Cam was an absolute stud. Cam made guys like Ted Ginn and Devin Funchess relevant options. The defense has always been solid and will continue that trend. It’s Jonathan Stewart who I’m worried about. I understand he almost rushed for 1,000 yards, but he’s another vanilla player for me. Nothing spectacular but does a decent job. If he has the same year as last year, the Panthers will be alright.

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LTS: Seahawks – Seattle will be in the thick of it as usual. They’re a dominant home team that knows how to get it done in the big games. I won’t be the one to doubt them even with the losses they suffered like Beast Mode. Russell was running for his life last year so the o-line needs to step up and the offense should soar.

Vikings – Loved this team coming in to this season. The Teddy B injury is just devastating to the franchise. Honestly hated the move to give up a first round pick for Bradford, but they are going for it. If he can fit in by not turning the ball over and let AP and the defense carry him, this team should find themselves in the post-season again.

Dark Horse

DG: Giants – THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS. Yes, I’m a homer, but have you seen the NFC East? The Cowboys are starting two rookies on offense. The Eagles are an absolute mess. The Deadskins should be the favorite, but they just give off the vibe of a team that is going to take a step back. Enter the Giants. Spent $200 million on the AWFUL defense from last year. Cruz will finally play with Beckham. Eli Manning is still our QB. There’s always a chance if Eli is under center.

LTS: Giants – The G-Men!! Jerry Reese spent the money. Now it’s time for the players to put it all together. The defense should be much improved with the additions of “Big Snacks” Harrison and Vernon up front. They will find ways to win the games they lost late last season. Big year for Eli. Giants get to 10 wins and win the East making for a dangerous post-season opponent.

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Playoffs

Wild Card Round

DG: Chiefs over Broncos, Bengals over Colts, Seahawks over Giants, Panthers over Vikings

LTS: Chiefs over Jets, Colts over Bengals, Seahawks over Panthers, Giants over Vikings

Divisional Round

DG: Patriots over Bengals, Steelers over Chiefs, Cardinals over Seahawks, Packers over Panthers

LTS: Patriots over Bengals, Steelers over Chiefs, Giants over Cardinals, Packers over Seahawks

Conference Championships

DG: Patriots over Steelers, Cardinals over Packers

LTS: Steelers over Patriots, Packers over Giants

Super Bowl LI

DG: Cardinals over Patriots

LTS: Packers over Steelers

Enjoy the season everyone!

Daily Mix Report Podcast – Fantasy Football Special

Got a fantasy draft this week? The DMR has got you covered with everything fantasy football. Listen in for who you need to win your league.

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Got a fantasy draft this week? The DMR has got you covered with everything fantasy football. Listen in for who you need to win your league. We covered every aspect of your draft from sleepers, to breakouts, busts and potential draft strategies. Special guest, Brandon Trager joined us in studio to dish out some expert advice to help you out as well.

Give our first Fantasy Football podcast a listen below!

Tony Romo Breaks a Bone In His Back aka The Giants Rule the NFC East

*Romo Injury* Anotha one. *Romo Injury* Anotha one.

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NFL.com – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced Saturday that starting quarterback Tony Romo underwent an MRI on Friday that revealed a broken bone in his back, per David Helman of the team’s official website.

Garrett labeled Romo “day-to-day” and refused to give a timetable for his return, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the quarterback’s “best-case scenario” is returning by “mid-season” after suffering a compression fracture of his vertebrae, per a source informed of the situation. Rapoport noted that Romo “broke a different bone” in his back than in 2014 and would “likely need an epidural to play.”
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Tony Romo hurts his back again and will be out for 6-10 weeks. The best case scenario is that Romo returns mid-season and the Cowboys have managed to stay afloat. At this point, are we even surprised that Romo got hurt again? The man is a bull in china shop as of late. Eugene from Hey Arnold has more luck than Romo.
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As talented as Romo is, he can’t seem to stay healthy. It’s kind of ironic since the Cowboys boast one of the best offensive lines in the game. Zeke Elliot is bound to be a stud (dammit) and Dez Bryant is still one of the most talented WRs in the game. Pair that with the O-line, and the Cowboys were arguably the favorites to win the NFC East. Now, their hopes rely on Dak Prescott, who has looked sharp this preseason…against backups and scrubs. Things are just a little bit different when the 1st teamers are coming for your head so I’m not ready to crown Dak the next Cam Newtown.
More importantly, the football gods continue to shine light on the Giants. The Eagles are an absolute mess. The DeadSkins are going to take a step back unless Josh Norman can figure out a way to get Odell suspended for the whole year (which is my biggest fear when playing the Redskins.). Now, the Cowboys have lost their stud QB and will give the keys of their offense to a rookie QB and RB. I was convinced the Giants would win the division at 10-6, but now, if they don’t win the division at 10-6, this season will be a huge disappointment.
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The Top 5 Madden Video games Of All-Time

Madden Season Is Upon Us.

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Madden release night is upon us aka one of the best nights of the year. It’s amazing a videogame can still give you that kid on Christmas Eve feeling. It’s also weird when I look back on my Madden career I’ve been doing this for 16 years now. I remember copping my first Madden back in 2000 for N64, with Eddie George on the cover. The game was blue and I remember it like it was last year.

Now here we are, 16 years later, 4 game systems later and nothing has changed. I am still counting down the hours to midnight in my parent’s basement to what has become an official holiday in my book.

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As I consider myself a Madden savant, putting in thousands of hours over the years, upping my knowledge about football and players across the league. This game is the reason I could tell you players on the Jets from over 10 years ago. Will it ever help me in life? Probably not but hey, oh well.

Here are the top 5 Maddens I have owned from 2001 on (No specific order)

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Madden 2004 – Made famous with the most dominant player in Madden history, 2004 Michael Vick. Vick was just plain unfair. Everyone and their mom played with the Falcons online and Vick was impossible to defend. One of the fastest players in the game with a cannon for an arm. Madden never quite figured out how to make a realistic version of pre-prison Mike Vick. This edition also featured the deepest owner/franchise mode.

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Madden 2011 – The first Madden ever with my favorite game mode, Online Team Play. “OTP” is 3 on 3 Madden online. It was shamefully taken out of the game after Madden 25. I need this game mode to come back. My friends and I had some epic games playing together on the same field. I still don’t get why it was taken out in the first place as no explanation was given, but hopefully it makes a return one day.

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Madden 2009 – Probably my favorite Madden ever. I played this version the most by far. Since I always play with the Jets, this was the first year I had a very good quarterback, Brett Favre baby! The legend even graced the cover of the game. I remember being ranked in the top 200 in the world, and playing a disgusting amount of games, over 300 online. What a year for the kid. It must explain my poor performance in school for the 10th grade. Take me back.

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Madden 2005 – Another great Madden that often gets overlooked because of the ESPN NFL 2k5 that came out the same year for $20, and even I’ll admit that was a great game. Back to Madden. This edition introduced some groundbreaking features like the often unrealistic “hit stick”. It was fitting with Ray Lewis on the cover to add a lot of freedoms to the defensive side such as making individual player adjustments, much like “hot routes”.

Madden 2003 – The first Madden to feature John Madden and Al Michaels on the broadcast. This was also the first edition to have the famous “EA Trax” with your classic punk rock from the early 2000’s on the soundtrack. Marshall Faulk graced the cover for the unfair St. Louis Rams and their “Greatest Show On Turf”.

Happy Madden Season Everyone!