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Looking Forward to NFL 2016

By. Michael Vislosky

The 2015 NFL season is over and with it possibly one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Peyton Manning with the help of an amazing defense won the second Super Bowl of his career. The quarterback who most people believe will be the face of the NFL for years to come, lost and reverted back to some of his childish behavior after. Now some 4 days after the season we look forward to next year and what that will bring.

The firings and hirings have been done and one coach who was fired will be here in California coaching the San Francisco 49ers. Chip Kelly will bring his up tempo offense to Santa Clara but who will be the quarterback? Will Colin Kapernick get to prove his doubters wrong? In my opinion, I do not think he will. This is for better or worse, Blaine Gabbert’s job at this point. Let’s not forget he was a top 5 pick just a few years ago so there is potential there. Chip Kelly’s offense may be just what he needs.

The 2016 season will also bring football back to LA. The Rams will be playing at the Los Angeles Colesium for the next couple seasons, and hope that they themselves bring a quarterback with them. The trade for Nick Foles last offseason did not work out as planned and has some LA greats asking for Mr. Manning to play one more year. I think Foles has potential, and having a running back who has one heck of a career in front of him will help immensely.

Last but not least, I have to talk of my team, the New York Jets. Yes the season ended in the worst way I could have imagined, but next year beams a bright light. After they sign Ryan Fitzpatrick and lock up the defensive line, they will most likely lose their starting backfield. My hope is that they draft a running back and some offensive line help, and if they do, they should be in the playoffs. They will have a tougher schedule this year and much more travel as they play the NFC West, but as a fan I have never felt more confident in the future of a team as I do this one.

I wish that I could wake up tomorrow and it was September, but I guess I will just have to wait patiently as the days go by. That patience will then be rewarded as the New York Jets will be holding the Lombardi trophy after they defeat the Arizona Cardinals 24-14 to win Super Bowl 51. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the MVP, and Fitz Magic will become the trend throuout the world. Continue reading Looking Forward to NFL 2016

Is this Peyton’s last rodeo

By. Michael Vislosky

When everybody counted out Peyton Manning this year, when the article came out saying he may have done HGH, when he missed six games because of injury, he may have been the only one that knew he was not going out like that. His family has admitted they didn’t know what was going to happen. When you have had as much success and are arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, what do you have to prove?

I am rooting for the Broncos to win this SuperBowl. As a Jets fan, I am of course tired of seeing Brady win, that I can not deny, but I am also tired of people not giving Peyton his credit. Yes he has not been terrific in the playoffs, but did he ever really have a great defense in Indianapolis? Yes they had big names, and Bob Sanders did win a defensive player of the year award, but really look at that defense overall. Then look at the one the Broncos had two years ago. The reason why this Broncos defense is as good as it is, is because they knew the defense was the missing link.

The Broncos do have a tall task that’s not even a question, but it can be done. The video came out after the AFC Championship with Manning telling Bill Belicheck that this may in fact be his last rodeo, and it should be. He has shown the heart to fight and come back to lead his team. No offense to Brock Oswiller, but the Broncos would not have been here if he was the quarterback. Brock has a chance to be a great quarterback, but he was not fully ready yet. The Broncos needed one man for this, and Peyton was that man.

I believe in my heart that this it for Peyton, and I believe that his teammates sense that, and that might be the extra motivation needed to get the job done. To say one day that you were on the team that helped win Peyton Manning his second SuperBowl, that would sure be a life moment for me. John Elway went out winning two SuperBowls, and now he will have a chance to watch a quarterback try to walk off into the sunset like he did with his team.

The Bengals Deserved to Lose

By. Michael Vislosky

In arguably the craziest football game I have seen in my 28 years on this earth, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs. That was not a mistake what I said just now, the Bengals did defeat the Bengals. They fought all the way back after being down 15 to 0 heading to the 4th quarter only to put on the most disgraceful display of sportsmanship I have ever seen.

Up 16 to 15 the Bengals intercepted back up quarterback Landry Jones who was replacing injured Ben Roethlisberger. On the very next play running back Jeremy Hill fumbled after picking up 9 yards. The Steelers then got the ball just past midfield, and that’s when everything went crazy. On first down, Roethlisberger, who came back into the game, threw a pass intended for Antonio Brown, and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict knocked out Brown. The hit was horrible, it looked as if he was intending to injure Brown. That’s only where the crazy began. Adam Jones then received a unsportsmanlike penalty after getting into it with linebackers coach Joey Porter. Without running a play, the Steelers gained 30 yards, kicked a field goal and won the game 18 to 16.

This game was chippy from the start. These two teams have a history that goes back many years, but that does not excuse what took place. The Bengals lost their minds, plain and simple. A franchise that has not won a playoff game in 25 years showed why they haven’t. Watching it happen in front of my eyes I was speechless. Coach Marvin Lewis seemed to have absolutely no control of his team. In my opinion, I think there is a chance that Marvin Lewis may have coached his last game as Bengals head coach.  A team with a coach in control, does not display what the Bengals showed on national TV. Suspensions will come from this. Vontaze Burfict will miss time next year, that is not a question.

The Steelers who let this game slip away, pulled it out in the end, but it came at a price. Who knows right now if Ben Roethlisberger will play next week, but I will be shocked if Antonio Brown plays. He could barley walk off the field after the hit, and it was amazing that he was even able to get up. After all the dust settles, this game could change a lot of things for these two teams.

Painful End To Great Season

By. Michael Vislosky

My name is Michael Vislosky, I was born in Staten Island New York and have lived in the Chico area for around 20 years. This is my blog which I will be posting on quite often. The name Twitch’s Take comes from the fact that I have Tourettes Syndrome and Twitch is my nickname. For my first blog I am writing about the football team that I have followed since I was 6 years old, the New York Jets. Being a Jets fan is not easy, somewhat like being a Browns fan, but this season was different. Before this season began I predicted 4 things, a top 5 defense, top 10 offense, 10 wins and playoffs. I was right on 3 out of 4, they didn’t make the playoffs. The way they didn’t make the playoffs was the most painful, losing twice to former coach Rex Ryan. If they had lost to any other team to be knocked out of the playoffs it truly would not have hurt as much. I read all the message boards on ESPN or CBS sports and after the game so many people are quick to play the blame game and say horrible things. The biggest blame went to Ryan Fitzpatrick for throwing 3 interceptions in the 4th quarter, but people forget without his 31 passing touchdowns and others on the ground, the Jets would have been a middle of the pack team.  Looking at all 3 interceptions in the 4th quarter, I really don’t put the blame on Fitzpatrick. The first interception was a route where the ball was thrown before the receiver made his break, if the receiver would have ran a better route it could have been a touchdown. The second he was hit as he threw the ball which led to a pop fly throw that if on target would have been a 25 year completion. The third was desperation, with 17 seconds left a miracle would have been needed.  The loss was not just one persons fault, it was the teams, you win as a team and you lose as a team.

As a die hard fan, who is depressed for at least a week after loses, this season was different. I watch the games with my younger brother every week, and we both said that there was something about watching this team this year. Could possibly be the fact that this was the first team in recent history that had an offense. A fifteen hundred yard receiver, another thousand yard receiver, a thousand yard rusher and an almost 4000 yard quarterback. The games were fun to watch and they were in every game except for one this year. All that made the way the season ended so painful. This team should have all the players and motivation they need to come back next year and finish the mission. Even with the disappointment, this year was everything I could have wanted as a fan.

Dubs and Kings win; Raiders apply for relocation

(AP) — Draymond Green became the second Warriors player ever to post three straight triple-doubles and Golden State rolled to its 35th straight regular-season home win, 111-101 over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 30 points apiece and Marreese Speights had a season-high 15 off the bench to help the Warriors sweep the season series from Charlotte.

But the night belonged to Green, who had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to join Tom Gola in 1959-60 as the only Warriors players ever to get triple-doubles in three straight games. The last player in the NBA to do it was Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who had a four-game streak last season.


(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings took advantage of Kevin Durant being out of the lineup to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-104 on Monday night.

Durant missed the game with a sprained right big toe. His status is day-to-day, but coach Billy Donovan said before the game that he didn’t consider it serious.

Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 19 assists and nine rebounds, Marco Belinelli scored 21 points and Rudy Gay added 16 for Sacramento.

Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City, but he made just 2 of 15 shots in the second half.

Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, Anthony Morrow had a season-high 20 points and Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

Jeremy Lamb each scored 22 points for the Hornets. Charlotte has lost a season-high four straight games.

(AP) — The Oakland Raiders have officially filed an application to relocate the franchise to the Los Angeles area.

The Raiders filed the papers Monday night to go back to Los Angeles for the second time. The team left Oakland following the 1981 season before returning from Los Angeles in 1995.

Owner Mark Davis wants to partner with the division rival San Diego Chargers to build a stadium in Carson. The Chargers and St. Louis Rams also filed a relocation application Monday night.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to build a stadium in Inglewood.

The league’s owners will vote next week in Houston on whether to allow any of the three teams to move.



49ers win finale; Tomsula fired


(AP) — Jim Tomsula has been fired by the San Francisco 49ers after one disappointing season, just more than two hours after the season finale.

Elevated from his defensive line coaching duties in an unconventional, surprising promotion by CEO Jed York last January, Tomsula went 5-11 as the Niners missed the playoffs for the second straight season. They were 8-8 a year ago in then-coach Jim Harbaugh’s fourth season before his “mutual” parting with the franchise, as the team described it.

San Francisco rallied for a 19-16 overtime victory against St. Louis in Sunday’s season finale at Levi’s Stadium, where the home team got booed again.

(AP) — Phil Dawson kicked a 23-yard field goal 11:33 into overtime for his fourth of the game, and the San Francisco 49ers held off the St. Louis Rams 19-16 on Sunday in what was Jim Tomsula’s last game as coach.

Dawson came through after Greg Zuerlein’s 48-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Dontae Johnson, giving San Francisco the ball back with 4:49 to play.

Blaine Gabbert passed for 354 yards and a 33-yard touchdown for the 49ers (5-11), who avoided their worst finish since 4-12 in 2005.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher finished 7-9 for his fourth straight losing season running the team.

(AP) — Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes, Kansas City sacked Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr six times, and the Chiefs held on for a 23-17 victory Sunday to give them a franchise-best 10 straight wins entering the postseason.

The Chiefs were awaiting the result of the Denver-San Diego game to learn their playoff fate. If the Broncos win, they’ll head to Houston as the fifth seed. If the Chargers win, the Chiefs win the AFC West for the first time since 2010 and will host Pittsburgh in the first round.

Regardless, the Chiefs (11-5) are somehow in the dance after a 1-5 start.

The Raiders (7-9), who accounted for two of those victories, had the ball with 1:34 left. But Carr was sacked one last time, and the clock expired before they came close to a go-ahead touchdown.





49ers road woes continue; Rodgers and Pack sacked by BirdGang

(AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, including one to Calvin Johnson early in the fourth quarter, and the Detroit Lions beat the San Francisco 49ers 32-17 on Sunday.

The Lions (6-9) have won five of their last seven games, perhaps giving coach Jim Caldwell a chance to keep his job for a third season.

The 49ers (4-11) have lost three straight and five of six under first-year coach Jim Tomsula.

Detroit took advantage of several mistakes for San Francisco’s defense and special teams.

Stafford’s 1-yard TD pass to Johnson gave Detroit a 12-point lead one play after Tramaine Brock was called for pass interference in the end zone. During the drive, the 49ers were flagged for being offside or in the neutral zone for the seventh time to set a single-game high by an NFL team this year, according to STATS.

(AP) — Arizona sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns on Sunday in a dominant 38-8 victory that clinched a first-round playoff bye for the streaking Cardinals.

Carson Palmer threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona (13-2).

In all, the Packers were sacked nine times in by far their most one-sided loss of the season. Dwight Freeney had three and Calais Campbell 2 1/2. Cory Redding rambled 36 yards with one of the fumbles for a score, Jerraud Powers took another five yards for a touchdown.

The Packers (10-5) have a half-game lead over Minnesota in the NFC North with the Vikings facing the New York Giants Sunday night.

Green Bay is home against Minnesota in its regular-season finale next Sunday.

Redskins clinch NFC East; Manning denies doping allegations


(AP) — The Washington Redskins owned a 5-7 mark just three weeks ago, but they are NFC East champions today.

Kirk Cousins threw for a season-high 365 yards and four touchdowns as Washington rolled to its third consecutive win, a division title-clinching 38-24 triumph at Philadelphia. Cousins tossed his first two scoring strikes to Jordan Reed, who had nine receptions for 129 yards. DeAngelo Hall put the Skins in control by returning DeMarco Murray’s fumble 17 yards for a TD late in the third quarter about 1 1/2 minutes after Murray’s four-yard touchdown got the Eagles within 23-17.

The outcome eliminates the Eagles and New York Giants from NFC playoff race.

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Detroit to take on the Lions. The Niners come into the game with a 4-10 record.

(AP) — Peyton Manning is vehemently refuting a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis.

Manning called the allegation “complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.”

The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air Sunday and was shared in advance with the Huffington Post.

British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent.

(AP) — Frank Beamer has won his final game as Virginia Tech’s head coach.

Michael Brewer threw for 344 yards and a touchdown in a 55-52 triumph over Tulsa in the Independence Bowl. Isaiah Ford had 12 receptions for 227 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown grab while the Hokies were building a 45-21 lead in the first half.

The 7-6 Hokies reeled off 38 straight points, capped by Greg Stroman’s 67-yard punt return.

The 69-year-old Beamer announced in November he would retire following the season. He finished with a 238-121-2 record at Virginia Tech over 29 seasons.

In other bowl game finals:

— Myles Gaskin broke a third-quarter tie with an 86-yard run and finished with a season-high 181 yards and four touchdowns to help Washington beat Southern Mississippi 44-31 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Gaskin was named the game’s MVP after gaining 170 yards on 17 carries in the second half.

— Luke Falk threw two touchdown passes to lead Washington State to a 20-14 victory over Miami in the snowy Sun Bowl at El Paso. Erik Powell added two field goals to help the 9-4 Cougars win a bowl games for the first time since the 2003 Holiday Bowl.

— Ross Martin kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime before Griffin Oakes missed a 38-yard attempt to send Duke to his first bowl victory in 54 years, 44-41 against Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Shaun Wilson had 282 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils, including a 98-yard kickoff return.

— Chase Litton went 23 for 34 for 218 yards and one touchdown as Marshall earned its 10th win this season by beating Connecticut 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Nick Smith had three field goals for the Thundering Herd, including a 32-yarder with 1:44 to play.

Raiders need overtime to beat Chargers in possible Oakland finale

(AP) — Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime and the Raiders got a defensive stop to seal what might have been the final game ever in Oakland with a 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.

Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass and led the winning overtime drive for the Raiders (7-8), who could be moving to the Los Angeles area after the season. It also made Charles Woodson a winner in his final home game with the Raiders as he will retire after his 18th NFL season.

Philip Rivers threw for 277 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (4-11). They lost their seventh straight division game.

Goodell apologizes for replacement refs; No post-season for Melky

(AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is apologizing to
fans for having to use replacement officials during a lockout of
regular refs. The impasse led to three weeks of questionable calls
– and one that cost the Green Bay Packers a win.
Goodell made his comments Thursday during a conference call
about 12 hours after the referees’ union and league agreed on a
tentative deal that will allow the regular officials to return
beginning with Thursday night’s Browns-Ravens game.
You can hear that game on 101.7 FM/AM 1340.
Goodell says: “Something like this, it’s painful for everybody.
Most importantly, it’s painful for fans. We’re sorry to have to put
fans through that.”
He added: “Sometimes you have to go through something like that
in the short term for the right agreement for the long term.”
The deal was struck two days after Seattle’s chaotic last-second
win over Green Bay in which the replacements missed a call.

(AP) – The San Francisco Giants have informed
Melky Cabrera’s agent they won’t bring the suspended outfielder
back at any point this postseason.
Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement before Thursday’s
finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco’s final
regular-season home game.
Bochy says the NL West champion Giants will move forward into
the best-of-five divisional series with the 25 players they have.
Cabrera’s suspension takes him through the first five games of the
playoffs, so he would have been eligible in the NL championship
series if San Francisco advanced.
The All-Star game MVP, batting an NL-leading .346, was suspended
Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone text. Last Friday, Cabrera
asked to be removed from contention for the NL batting crown,
saying he had no wish to win a tainted title.