Red Sox vs Yankees, Dodgers vs Giants, Cowboys vs New York Giants. These teams have something in common. They have a common enemy, a rival! And now you can add another hot rivalry to this list. The San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks!
A few years back, the NFC West was a joke and the laughing stock of the NFL. Not anymore! Pete Carroll took over the head coaching job in Seattle back in 2010 and Jim Harbaugh took over in San Francisco in 2011. It is almost scary how both of these teams have mirrored each other in the last few years.
The 49ers drafted a young quarterback out of Nevada named Colin Kaepernick in 2011. Kaeapernick only played a couple of series in his rookie year as he sat and watched Alex Smith run the QB spot. But then came 2012. Alex Smith got injured, Kaepernick stepped in at quarterback and the rest was history. Colin Kaepernick lead the Niners all the way to the Super bowl and almost won it all.
Meanwhile up in Seattle, Pete Carroll signed Matt Flynn as his starting quarterback during the off season leading into 2012. Then came the 2012 NFL Draft. The Seahawks struck gold when they drafted a young quarterback out of Wisconsin named Russell Wilson. At the time, Seahawks fans assumed that Russell Wilson would be Matt Flynn’s backup and would ride the bench. But something happened! Russell Wilson played so well in the 2012 preseason that he beat out Flynn and won the starting quarterback job. Now, Matt Flynn is in Oakland playing for the Raiders. Wilson had a great rookie season and lead the Seahawks to a playoff win over Robert Griffin the third and the Washington Redskins.
Both the 49ers and Seahawks have great defenses, a great young quarterback and two head coaches that really don’t like each other. This could turn out to be one of the greatest rivalries in sports. If we’re lucky, these two teams will be fighting for the NFC West title for years to come. The first battle begins in Week 2 of the 2013 season when the 49ers will play the Seahawks in Seattle.
Was Mike Trout’s 2012 season just a flash in the pan?
Mike Trout’s 2012 season was one for the ages. The kid thrilled baseball fans everywhere with his spectacular play on the field and at the plate. He was all over Sports Center in 2012 and he even overshadowed Bryce Harper, the other young stud who plays in Washington for the Nationals. But now the questions are: Can Mike Trout continue to rise as a young baseball superstar? Can he do it again now that the pitchers have faced him and now know his weaknesses (Which aren’t many). We shall see!
We are just a few days away from Major League baseball’s opening day 2013. Baseball fans all across America are excited about their teams and what they can do in the new season.
The Angels’ fans may be some of the most spoiled in baseball. They root for a team with an owner who is willing to spend money and put a competitive team on the field year after year. Last season they signed Albert Pujols to a multi year
deal, and this off season they go out and sign Josh Hamilton away from their AL West rival Texas Rangers.
Then for good measure, they call up the young 20 year old Mike Trout from the Minors and he goes on a tear of the American League. Seems like everything the Los Angeles Angels do turns to gold as of late.
Trout put up some huge numbers in his first full season in the Majors. He played in only 139 games and batted .326 with 182 hits, 30 homers and 83 RBI. He also scored a rookie record 129 runs and had 49 stolen bases. By the end of the 2012 season, baseball fans were comparing Mike Trout to a young Mickey Mantle.
Fast forward to 2013. Was Mike Trout’s 2012 season just a flash in the pan? Let’s find out as the new season is now upon us.
It is hard to believe, but We are now over half way through the 2012 NFL season. Where has the time gone?! I guess the old phrase “Time flies when you’re having fun” rings true because it has been a lot of fun watching a few of this year’s rookie quarterbacks in the NFL.
Back when the 2012 NFL Draft was held earlier this year, all the talk was about Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin the third, and rightly so. Luck and RG3 have been solid as expected and both youngsters have their franchises heading in the right direction. Robert Griffin III has been spectacular as he has produced some great highlights for us NFL fans with his arm and his feet. The Washington Redskins are only 3-6 in the tough NFC East division, but with RG3 running the show in DC, it is only a matter of time before the Skins will be up there fighting with the big boys in their division. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
Robert Griffin III stats aren’t mind boggling but not bad for a raw rookie in his first go around against tough NFL defenses. Through 9 games played in his young career, RG3 has passed for 1,993 yards with 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The most impressive part of this kids game is his running. RG3 has 529 rushing yards and has scored 6 touchdowns running the football, including a spectacular 76 yard run a few weeks ago that was all over the ESPN highlight reels.
Andrew Luck has also been a young stud in his young NFL career. The #1 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft has lived up to the high expectations so far that was expected of him from the Indianapolis Colts fans as well as NFL experts everywhere. It can’t be easy but Andrew Luck is replacing a legend in Peyton Manning there in Indianapolis and he has done quite well.
Through 9 games Andrew Luck has passed for 2,631 yards with 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Luck also set the rookie single-game passing mark last week when he threw for 433 yards and lead the Colts to a 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. What may be even more impressive about Andrew Luck is that he has the Indianapolis Colts in the playoff hunt with a 6-3 record. Many experts believed that Luck would play well in 2012, but the same experts also believed that the Colts would struggle to get wins. That has not happened as of yet as they are playing well as a team. Just think, the Colts wouldn’t even have Andrew Luck had it not been for Peyton Manning’s neck injury. Some teams get all the “Luck”.
Now let’s head out to the West Coast and check in on another solid young quarterback. Of course I am talking about Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Pete Carroll and the Hawks may have gotten a steal when they selected Russell Wilson in the 2012 NFL Draft. Many teams passed on Wilson as he was drafted in the 3rd round (75th overall) by Seattle. It was kind of a surprise to Seahawks’ fans because in the off season, Seattle had signed Matt Flynn to a big contract and it looked like he would be under center for the Hawks in 2012. But all that changed in the preseason when Russell Wilson beat out Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback job.
The 2012 season did not start out so good for Wilson and Hawks fans were calling for Flynn to get under center. But in the past few weeks, Russell Wilson has played very well. He lead the Seahawks to two impressive home wins over the New England Patriots and New York Jets. The New England game was very nice as Wilson lead the Hawks back from a deficit to beat Tom Brady. In last week’s Jets game, Russell Wilson and the Hawks had a cake walk as they steam rolled Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez in an easy 28-7 win.
In the suddenly solid NFC West, Russell Wilson has lead his Seattle Seahawks team to a 6-4 record and has them in playoff contention as they chase the front running San Francisco 49ers. The Hawks are 0-3 against their division rivals in St. Louis, Arizona and San Francisco, but all those games were on the road. Now those same teams have to come to Seattle and deal with the 12th man at Century Link field. Should be a great finish!
Through the first 10 games of Russell Wilson’s young career, he has passed for 1,827 yards with 15 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Not bad for a guy who many NFL experts believed was too small to play quarterback in the NFL. Pete Carroll may have hit a home run with his pick of Wilson in the 2012 NFL Draft. Only time will tell.
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