New England Patriots

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Well, the NFL season is around the corner, a good week left till Pre-Season! So, I’m going to take every team in the NFL, and determine their W-L Ratio based on my sole opinion of each matchup. Every week, I’ll add a new team. Here we go, here’s my predictions for the NE Patriots:

  • Week 1: Bengals vs Patriots: W            1-0

The Benglas have taken their team to a new level. By adding some nice weapons on offense, and having a really nice defense, I’m sure they’ll be a playoff contendor. But when playing the NE Pats, your really playing a Super Bowl caliber team if they’re at they’re best, which they will be. I’m giving the win to the Pats, but not by much. A 24-17 win for the Pats sounds justifiable. But…there’s a twist. If we see a return of Wes Welker, we may see something along the lines 33-17, or 33-24. A much higher scoring game.

  • Week 2: Patriots vs Jets: L            1-1

I expect the Patriots to open the season with a nice win at home, but in New York, it may not happen. It really all depends. In all truth, teams within divisons know each other better. The Pats know the Jets a lot better than the Bengals and Chargers knew them. The Patriots have a slim chance at winning at New York, but I don’t see it happening. If NE can try and commit NO turnovers (which is hard against a Jets defense), then they have a nice chance. I see a 27-20 loss for the Pats.

  • Week 3: Bills vs Patriots: W            2-1

Not much to be said. The Bills visit the Pats, Pats come away with a big win. 48-14 is my score for the Pats victory.

  • Week 4: Patriots vs Dolphins: L            2-2

The Dolphins have progresses, and made themselves into a better team on all sides of the ball. Their defense if very nice, and they have moments on the offense that at one point last season made them look far better than the #1 Offensive Team New Orleans Saints. Plus, Ricky Williams contract year, last year, he may wanna beat the Pats one last time. He can make big plays, and I think he will that day. I see a 27-21 win for the Dolphins, loss for the Pats.

  • Week 5: Ravens vs Patriots: W            3-2

This will be a very close call for the pats. VERY close call. The Patriots have never done exceptionally well against the Ravens, and although they won most matchups, the Patriots lost miserably against the Ravens last year in the Postseason. Tom Brady and Randy Moss are going to have big plays. Randy will take advantage of Baltimore’s one defect on the defense, their DBs. Other than Ed Reed, no one can really match up with Randy. And I see Ed Reed getting Welker short. So, let’s expect Moss to hook up with Brady at least twice in the endzone during this game. The Pats will dodge a bullet with a 34-31 win, I believe.

  • Week 6: Patriots vs Chargers: W            4-2           

This may be another bullet the Pats dodge, it really depends on a lot of factors. Will Vincent Jackson return and play well? Does Shawn Merrimen still have any juice left after a disappointing 2009 season? Will that big OT, you know number 73, be in San Diego? I don’t know his name, but he blocks stars like Dumervil, Freeney, and others very well. Exceptionally well. He may not be playing, or may not play well. If all those questions are a yes, see an easy win for the Pats. Perhaps a 34-21 win. If the Chargers are back to being the Chargers, see something along the lines of 27-21 for the Pats.

  • Week 7: Vikings vs Patriots: W            5-2           

The Vikings are a great team, regardless on whether or not they have Favre or not. They have a lot of young talent, and know how to use it. Although the Pats win, see the likes of Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice having big plays. The Vikings defense is alos very good. They have sackmaster Jared Allen, and many others. See a really physical game here in Gillete. I see a 38-31 win for the Pats.

  • Week 8: Patriots vs Browns: W            6-2           

Don’t listen to Josh Cribbs. The Browns are still a joke. They haven’t added a lot of players to the roster except Jake Delhomme, and, well, he wasn’t exactly great last year. TD-INT: 8-18? And he’s supposed to be a Super Bowl- Caliber QB? No, I see Jake Delhomme making the team worse and Colt McCoy getting a lot more starts than he thought he would get. I see a 27-7 win for the Pats in Cleveland.

  • Week 9: Patriots vs Steelers: W            7-2           

The Steelers are a digressing team, and I honestly don’t see them having a winning record this season. I see a 7-9, 6-10 Steelers team right now. They lost Willie Parker, Santonio Holmes, Troy Polamalu seems prone to injury, Hines Ward isn’t getting any younger, Big Ben will be coming off of a suspension. It just doesn’t look to good for the Steelers. Most of their defense, however, is still intact. So see a physical game by the Pittsburgh defense. I see a 31-17 win for the Patriots in Pittsburgh.

  • Week 10: Colts vs Patriots: W            8-2

These guys always seem to meet up, huh? Listen, there’s really not much to say. NE and IND are going to have fun playing this one, I see it being really close. Two great teams on both sides of the ball. Two great quarterbacks. I see a nice 42-38 win for the Patriots against Peyton Manning and the Colts.

  • Week 11: Patriots vs Lions: W          9-2

Pats win. End of story. 27-10

  • Week 12: Jets vs Patriots: W            10-2

The Jets are a very defensive team. Extremely defensive. They will force turnovers, there’s no question about that. But remember, New England went 8-0 last year at home, and they play ridiculously well in Gillette. I see the Pats struggling early, but then picking up their grove near the end. I also want to see how Moss plays when being covered by Revis. They may both put on a nice show. I see a 28-17 victory for the Pats.

  • Week 13: Patriots vs Bears: W          11-2

I think the bears are going to be a very good team next year. A very good team. I see a 9-7 or 10-6 Chicago Bears team. But I see a 14-2 New England Patriots team. There’s no doubt in my mind the Patriots will win, but there’s no doubt in my mind that they will win by only one posession. I see a physical, defensive game. A lot of turnovers for both teams. I see a 17-14 win for the Patriots. This may be the Patriots’ toughest game this year.

  • Week 14: Packers vs Patriots: L          11-3 

This is going to be a very good game. Both sides of the ball, offense and defense, are going to play great. It’s going to be a close call. A 24-21 win for the Packers. The Patriots will fall to almight might that is Charles Woodson and Green Bay Defense. The GB DB’s are simply terrific and their rush is great. They have a pitch-perfect defense, and I think they have the chance to be the team to beat in the postseason and Super Bowl.

  • Week 15: Patriots vs Bills: W            12-3

Pats win in Buffalo. 35-10

  • Week 16: Dolphins vs Patriots: W            13-3

The Patriots will finish the season strong. Wes Welker will have a big day, like he always does against this team. I see him with 10+ receptions, 150+ yards, and perhaps a TD. For some strange reason, New England only found Welker in the endzone four times last year. The King of the YAC deserves more points. I see a 42-21 win for the Patriots. But, we may see the Pats bring out backups after/if they score 30+ pts, or if Belichick even wants to play starters. If he plays starters, I see a win. If not…we may also have a win. It depends on how good or bad the Phins are offensively. Defensively, they’ll be fine. But the fact that Vonte Davis is the only decent DB they have, a lot of pass plays from the Pats.


Rebirth, renewal, and redone.

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It’s been a good, what, six or seven months? Yeah, we’ve all been busy, but we’re going to try and make this site a lot better. I totally redid the website, and there’s a lot more to be done. A Sports category will be made, along with other things.

The Hangover

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Twists and turns makes this movie a sure-fire hit.

The Hangover is the kind of movie you watch when you feel like you want to know what can happen in one night, all the consequences and joys, all the love and hate, just anything that can happen all in one night. The Hangover, featuring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach G., is a funny take on what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Strangely enough, this comedy is actually pretty mature at times, not influenced by pointless cursing or sex scenes like most teenage comedy garbage. It’s a far better fim, more polished, and more work definetely went into it. The screenplay and plot is what shines the most in the film, including a beautiful cast with great acting from everyone. At times, especially the first 30 minutes, the movie was quite dull and really not funny, and those times are where the film can be frowned upon.

But in all reality, no one can watch this film and honestly say they didn’t have a good laugh druing or after the film.

Although it’s no masterpiece, it’s not a pile of trash or anything but those means either. It’s just an overall positive film with some shortcomings that could have been more costly than they actually were. If your a lover of comedy films, or just a lover of films in general, due yourself a favor and at least rent this movie, becuase I guarentee you’ll have a good laugh later.

  • Sound: 7/10
  • Acting: 10/10
  • Action: 8/10
  • Story: 10/10
  • Humor: 9/10
  • Visuals: 7/10
  • Unique Taste: 6/10
  • Tilt: 8/10
  • Lasting Appeal: 8/10

Overall Score:   73/90     81%  (Good)

Set Your Goals: This Will Be The Death of Us

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Set Your Goals has proven that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Pop-Punk scene, and this album only makes that force stronger.

With the release of TWBTDOU, Set Your Goals has evolved more as a band. I think that Set Your Goals just may very well be the future of the pop-punk/hardcore-pop scene. They function together as a band very nicely in unison, and that’s especially hard considering that they have two different vocaslist. The guitar riffs differ from each other, both bringing different things to the table, and finally making other bands relaize why there’s even another guitar in there. The bassist does a nice job of realizing that even though you play bass, that doesn’t mean you have the easiest part in the band, as his riffs can go from nice and subtle to brutal and menacing. And the drummer, probably the most talented in the band.

Their intro song, which has the same name as the album, couldnt be a stronger opener. The drum intro is heaven to anyone’s ears, and the voacals get better and better with each passing second of the song. Although Set Your Goals doesn’t do too much to set themselves apaart from other vocalists in the pop-punk scene, their vocals fit so perfectly with the music that I can’t coplain too much, as I love it anyway. The next great song on the album is Summer Jam. It has such a nice beat to it, and the lyrics are about them touring with each other kind of like AFI’s 6 to 8, except with A LOT more pop.

The next song on the album that really stood out (not that the rest of the great songs are bad), was The Few that Remain, which features Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams. The song is a great mix between hardcore and pop-punk music, that even incorporates some hip-hop beats midway into the song. And if you ever call Set Your Goals, “Too poppy of a band…”, you must listen to the next track, Gaia Bleeds. It’s a straight forward hardcore song with probably the best vocals on the record.

All in all, Set Your Goals hit the jackpot with this album, as it leaps miles ahead of their already good predecesor, Mutiny!. If your a fan of hardcre or pop-punk music, pick up this album now.

Tracks with Scores:

  • This Will be the Death of Us: (10/10)
  • With Hoffman Lenses We Will See the Truth: (9/10)
  • Look Closer: (8.5/10)
  • Summer Jam: (10/10)
  • Like You to Me: (9/10)
  • The Fallen… (8/10)
  • The Few that Remain: (9.5/10)
  • Equals: (10/10)
  • Gaia Bleeds:  (10/10)
  • Flawed Methods of Persecution and Punishment: (9/10) 
  • Arrival Notes: (9.5/10)
  • Our Ethos: (9.5/10)

Overall Score:    93%   (Outstanding!)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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The teen sensation New Moon  get’s a massive step down from it’s first outing Twilight, as the love tween-love posed starts Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson go at it again. Let’s start from the very beginning on the film.

The film begins with Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) go to Bella’s eighteenth birthday party, held at Edwards “mansion”, with all his bloodsucker family members there. What they didn’t expect to happen was Bella’s cutting herself accidentally with paper and thus bleeding, setting off an alarm in one of the vampire’s minds, making them want to attack. The First thing I didn’t like about this movie was how less photogenic it appears to be when compared to the first film. A lot of the nice lighting ffects and shady gloom was taken out of this film, maybe to give it a more up-lifitng feel? Well, this doesn’t work. The film’s plot was meant to be dark and gloomy, but I think the actors and directors tried their best to divert from such a gloomy persona, and that was their first of many mistakes.

Another aspect of the film that went wrong was the acting. Of couse, Stewart and Pattinson put on a remarkable performance, but putting them aside leaves the film with a bittersweet cast that just barely proves to be satisfying enough. One of the most famous actors, and one that many critics expected to be very promising, was Taylor Lautner himself, and hey, he even got his own spot on the poster! Great! So that means he’s a new “major” character right? Yes! That means he’s a good actor, right? No. Sadly enough, Taylor Lautner puts on a mediocre performance that falls short of OK. He seems like the kind of actor that should just stick to television performances or maybe even being recruited to Disney Channel (becuase we all know Miley Cyrus is such a good actress right?).  The rest of cast leaves more to be said, but I want this review to be as short as possible.

Overall, I’m going to sum up more of the film. The plot is derived from a good book, and the plot is good as well, but the variations from the book cannot be avoided, and although sometimes for the better, there are just some things you can’t leave out. The acting could have been loads better, but at the same time, Stewart and Pattinson save the film with their graceful performances…but with such little chemistry together in the film, you can’t help but realize that without enough Cullen, the movie series is going down the drain, and this movie had nowhere near enough Cullen. The mood of the film leaves more to be desired, with a movie that tries too hard not be gloomy.  Overall, the movie really was a disappointment, it could have been loads better, but at the same time, it couldn’t have been any worse. This movie is for die-hard fans, I mean, DIE-HARD ONLY. If you didn’t read the book, or if your not a regular Twilight/New Moon fanatic, I suggest not seeing this movie.

  • Sound: 5/10
  • Acting: 3/10
  • Action: 4.5/10
  • Story: 6/10
  • Humor: 4/10
  • Visuals: 3/10
  • Unique Taste: 3/10
  • Tilt: 2/10
  • Lasting Appeal: 7/10

Overall Score:     37.5/90    =    41%  (Bad)

Gallows: Grey Britain

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Could this be possible? A modern-day punk band actually achieveing a masterpiece? Ladies and Gentlemen, this is more true than anything else in the world. Gallows have delivered a near-perfect record that almost improves upon their first one in every aspect, and the great thing is, there weren’t even that many things bad with the first one! In fact, it’s currently one of my favorite records! So with this one being better, you can only expect what I’m about to say.

This punk band and record is perfect.

The record starts of with the song,  The Riverbank, which starts off with a nice fade-in and leads to a ballad to will make your ear-drums explode with angst! The next song, and probably the best song on the record itself, is London is The Reason. It’s a great song that starts off with a nice drum solo and leads to a brutal intro that will leave you speechless, with Frank Carter and his amazing way to get you pumped on and off the stage.

I recently had a chance to go see Gallows when they opened up for AFI back on November 7th, here at the Rivera Theater in Chicago, Illinois. It was probably one of the craziest and most energetic shows I had ever been to in my life. Gallows knew all the right things to do to get the crowd pumped, by starting a circle pit, to crowd surfing, and the band themselves getting in the crowd to taste a piece of the action. There was even an instance where Frank Carter, the singer, dived into the crowd off of a balcony. A balcony!

So it’s quite evident that Gallows are a very raw and energetic band, which makes them stand out in a way. Their first album, Orchestra of Wolves, was a sure-fire hit, with loads of angst and rebellion, but it didn’t really stand out when compared to other hardcore punk records ot just punk bands in general. But this record puts Gallows in a position where tey can either embrace heir new, more edgy punk sound, or they can continue down the path of becoming another scene-punk band. I’m sure glad Gallows chose the first option.

In all actuality, Gallows could create a full acoustic record, and it’d still be filled with angst and energy.

Some other choice picks off of this damn good record is Leeches, which is just a great song to headbang to, or mosh to if you ever have the privelege to see them live. The Vulture (Acts I&II)  is a slow acoutic number that just seems so right, and it’s placing on the middle of the record wasa good choice. It was sort of like a heavenly break from all the madness before it, and a prelude to all the madness that would follow it. A great song is The Great Forgiver, which is probably the most melodic rock song on the album, and it’s a great one at that. The albums closer, Crucifucks, is a great way to end the album with a great, angsty closing which leads to a soft fade-out…7 minutes of pure magic.

So what do I think of the album overall? I think the album is so close to perfect, you can taste the blood you’ll find on your body after seeing these guys live. It’s a contender for my Album of the Year award, and if it wins, it will have deserved it. If you don’t own this album, pick it up now!

Tracks listing with Scores:

  • The Riverbank: 10/10
  • London is the Reason: 10/10
  • Leeches: 10/10
  • Black Eyes: 9/10
  • I Dread the Night: 9.5/10
  • Death Voices: 9/10
  • The Vulture (Acts I&II): 10/10
  • The Riverbed: 10/10
  • The Great Forgiver: 10/10
  • Graves: 8/10
  • Queensberry Rules: 9.5/10
  • Misery: 10/10
  • Crucifucks: 10/10

Total Score:  125/130  =   97%   (Excellence!)

AFI: Crash Love

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It’s been three years since a fully-fledged A Fire Inside record. This album really came out of nowhere, and I’m really liking what I’m hearing. Crash Love is definetely one of AFI’s most unique approaches, and to think, many critics and fans thought that they could have gotten any more unique after Decemberunderground. But AFI have really pulled something out of the bag with this one. Every album has it’s ups and downs, but AFi were able to overlook the negative reviews and hate from their past, and not get cocky from most of the praise and fans. and move on to almost twenty years of rocking it out, and this album really brings out the true shine these vets have to offer to the Alternative scene.

This record really feels complete, in a sense that they sort of compile AFI beats from all records. If you listen closely, you can hear reminecent things from even the 90’s, like the album’s song, Sacrilege. This song has a very punk-vibe to it, and is nostalgic for those who have been long time AFI fans. People also loved the Alternative side of AFI which was really during the early 2000’s, like AoD and Sing the Sorrow. Something you don’t really see in this record is an electronic vibe. The band seems to have moved on from that sound, which was extremely abundant in their past album. They have been able to produce a full rock album, and it’s a success. The full rock vibe even kicks in with the album opener, Torch Song, which is a complete achievement in it’s own. The album is not too short either, but doesnot linger on.

Overall, the record is a success. Is it a spiritual sequel to Sing the Sorrow? No. This album has an identity of it’s own. An identity that deserves a great deal of positive reception in the rock community. It compiles nostalgic AFI music, with mid-career blowouts, and new ballads that you’ll find humming to yourself constantly. This album could not have been better, and I think that AFI really hit the jackpot with this one.

Tracks with Scores:

  • Torch Song: 10/10
  • Beautiful Thieves: 8/10
  • End Transmission: 8/10
  • Too Shy To Scream: 8.5/10
  • Veronica Sawyer Smokes: 7.5/10
  • Okay, I feel Better Now: 9/10
  • Medicate: 10/10
  • I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here: 10/10
  • Sacrilege: 10/10
  • Darling, I Want to Destroy You: 9/10
  • Cold Hands: 8.5/10
  • It Was Mine: 9.5/10

Overall Score: 108/120 =    90% (Outstanding!)

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