Monday, January 27, 2014

In Honor of Daft Punk's Historic Grammy Night, Here's a Picture of the Duo Helmetless, Playing Champagne-Pong


The present had no ribbon, but it did have five golden gramophones for Daft Punk. 

The French pop duo swept the five categories they were nominated for at the 56th Grammy Awards Sunday night, taking home the hardware for album of the year, best dance/electronica album, best engineered album, record of the year, and best pop duo/group performance for "Get Lucky."

Below you can check out their performance with Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder that brought down the house. 



-fresh (@danye33)

For .3 Seconds Taylor Swift and Her Handlers Thought She Won The Grammy For Album of the Year

Taylor Swift Thinks She Won

I'ma let you finish, but Daft Punk had the best album of the year.

[via Deadspin]

Biebs With The Mean Mug Of The Century



I know I'm a little late to the party on this one, but that face Bieber makes after dribbling in place 25 times and sinking a lay-up is absolutely priceless. Making Mack Maine look like Tyronn Lue, and making himself look like the biggest jackass on the planet. Dude's playing on a glorified Fisher Price hoop in Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, and posing like he just sank a buzzer beater to win game 7.

 You're the 2011 Celebrity Game MVP, act like you've been there before bro.



-fresh (@danye33)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Let's Check In On That Jeff Green/Kendrick Perkins Trade Three Years Later



Jeff Green's stat line from Wednesday night's game vs. the Wizards:

39 points on 14 of 26 shooting, 9 rebounds, 8 3PM, 3 steals and 1 block



Perk's stat line from Wednesday night's game vs. the Spurs:

2 points on 1 of 3 shooting, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and the ugliest brick in NBA history

-fresh (@danye33)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quentin Tarantino Shelves Latest Project After Script Leaks For "The Hateful Eight"



A pissed off Tarantino personally called Deadline up to break that news that his upcoming western "The Hateful Eight" will be put on hiatus. The decision to pull the plug on the highly anticipated project comes as a result of an apparent script leak. The famed director says he handed over the first draft of his script to just six people, but knew something was wrong when his longtime agent Mike Simpson began getting calls from other agents pitching clients for roles in the film.

In the interview with Dealine, Tarentino says he gave the script to just three actors- Michael MadsenBruce Dern, and Tim Roth. He says "The one I know didn't do this is Tim Roth. One of the others let their agent read it, and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood. I don’t know how these fucking agents work, but I’m not making this next."

Internet sleuths, along with Tarentino himself, suspect the leak came from CAA (Creative Artists Agency), the agency that reps Dern, which is also the rival agency of Quentin's WME (William Morris Endeavor). Though it will be difficult to prove the source of the leak, seeing as Tarentino more than likely dispersed of the script himself, without a preventive watermark with each person's name on it. 

Tarentino maintains that he could "totally change my mind; I own the fucking thing. But I can tell you, it’s not going to be the next thing I do." But for now, the next landing stop for the script may end up being on a book shelf. The disgruntled director says he plans to publish "The Hateful Eight," and will "maybe" revisit the prospect of a movie sometime in the next five years. 

Tarentino has been on fire of late, earning Oscar nominations for each of his last two films- "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained."

The now abandoned film title "The Hateful Eight" was meant to be a riff on the 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven."

-fresh (@danye33)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Broncos And Patriots Get Set For A Super Bowl Sending Showdown, As Two Of The Best To Ever Play Square Off For AFC Supremacy


One of football's all-time great player rivalries takes center stage once again Sunday, as Tom Brady and his #2 seeded Patriots take on Peyton Manning and his #1 seeded Broncos in Mile High. This will be the 15th head to head matchup between the two sure-fire Hall of Famers, with Brady getting the upper hand in 10 out of the previous 14 contests. A win for Manning's Broncos would go a long way helping the greatest regular season quarterback of all time shed his anti-clutch label (he's currently 10-11 in the postseason with many of those loses coming as home favorites). And a win for Brady would mean an NFL record sixth Super Bowl appearance, along with a shot at tying Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana's four championship rings. 

The Pats secured their third straight AFC title game appearance by steamrolling the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 in Foxborough, behind a dominant effort from their three-headed backfield. LeGarrette Blount rolled his way to 166 rushing yards on just 24 carries to go along with his four touchdowns. Steven Ridley added 52 yards and two scores, but most importantly held onto the rock and didn't fumble, and Shane Vereen finished third on the team in targets with six. Their defense also picked off Andrew Luck four times to help seal the deal. 

Denver headed into the fourth quarter of their Divisional round game versus the Chargers sitting pretty with a 17-0 lead. But after losing corner back Chris Harris Jr. to a torn ACL, Phillip Rivers and Keenan Allen were able to connect on a pair of 16 yard passing touchdowns to make it close. A successful onside kick, followed by a Nick Novak field goal, had Broncos fans getting flashbacks of their crippling 2012 playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Luckily for them, the General, Peyton Manning, was able to connect with tight end Julius Thomas on two consecutive third and longs to secure the victory in the game's closing minutes

The Pats got the upper hand when these two teams squared off back in week 12, overcoming a 24 point deficit by winning 34-31 in overtime. Weather played a big factor (both teams lost three fumbles each and a handful more were recovered by their own team) and with the early lead the Broncos were able to relay heavily on their run game, almost to a fault. Knowshon Moreno carried the ball a staggering 37 times for a career high 244 yards, in what was surprisingly the only game of the season in which he cracked the century mark. But many people felt that by abandoning their bread and butter (Manning finished up the game with just 150 passing yards, his lowest single game total in '13 by more than 100 yards), they allowed New England to hang around and claw their way back. 

Don't expect a similar game plan this time around. Despite New England's 30th ranked run defense (much of which can be attributed to the losses of DT's Vince Wolfork and Tommy Kelly, and LB's Brandon Spikes and Jerod Mayo) the Broncos need to play to their strengths and let Manning pick the Pats apart with his arm. By now we're all well aware of the record shattering regular season this team has put together. They averaged nearly 38 points per game and broke the records for most total points in a season (606), touchdowns in a season (76), passing touchdowns in a season (55) and passing yards (5,572). 

At 37 years of age Manning is playing the game at a level that's never been duplicated before, with a supporting cast of weapons that would make Kim Jong-Un blush. But despite all that he's accomplished so far this season, I'm not ready to rule out Belichick and Brady quite yet.

This year's Pats team evokes the same gritty, against all odds feeling that became synonymous with their title teams of the early 2000s. It doesn't seem to matter who goes down with an injury, once they step on the field in blue and white they seem to elevate their game to Brady's level. 

It was the veteran, jack of all trades wide out, Julian Edelman, not the high priced free agent Danny Amendola, who surpassed even the organization's wildest expectations, while doing his best to replicate the production lost by Wes Welker, serving as the de facto safety blanket whenever New England needed to convert for a first down. The emergence of the Pats all encompassing run game will only serve to open things up for when Brady does decide to take to the air against Denver's depleted secondary. 

I already mentioned that corner back Chris Harris will be M.I.A. from the Bronco backfield, but the team is also easing Champ Bailey back into action from a foot injury. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll be out there every down or just in situation packages. That means Denver may be forced to roll with the over-the-hill Quentin Jammer, which would have Brady licking his chops.

After more than a decade of watching these two quarterbacks duke it out, we begin to take for granted just how lucky we are to be able to witness this level of excellence year in and year out. Just two masters of their craft, battling for another shot at glory, leaving only the pages of their eventual history books in their wake. It's impossible to know how many more of these Manning/Brady showcases we're going to be able to watch on a stage this bright, so I advise everyone who is a fan of the game to soak it all in on Sunday, because this is going to be a memorable one. 

I expect a lot of points, a lot of jawing back and forth, and a lot of post-game tears, both of joy and sadness, when it is all said and done. I think this is a game we're going to be telling our grandchildren about someday. Give me the Pats in an instant classic, as Brady continues his uphill march to reclaim his greatest postseason quarterback of all time belt, while Manning gets ready to chase another title next fall.

Prediction: Patriots 30, Broncos 28

-fresh (@danye33)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hipster NFL Logos, So Hot Right Now

Jaguars

Did you ever wonder what your favorite NFL team's logo would look like if they got a hipster makeover? Well thanks to a post from Kissing Suzy Kolber, the mystery is over. Now each team gets the chance to look like they're repping Williamsburg to the fullest. Just a plethora of scarfs, fedoras, cigarettes, piercings and facial hair. Below you can find my personal favorites, and for the best of the rest click here.

Raiders

I legitimately think Gary McClune is receiving royalties for his likeness in this one.

Panthers

Redskins

Patriots

Titans

-fresh (@danye33)

Dave Matthews Band To Play Two Sets Per Night For The Duration Of Their Summer 2014 Tour


Last week we broke the news of the Dave Matthews Band 2014 Summer tour dates, and today the band made it official on their website. The 40 show lineup gets underway May 16th in The Woodlands, Texas and runs through Labor Day, wrapping up September 6th in Irvine, California. 

But the tour date confirmation wasn't the only big news to come from Tuesday's press release. DMB announcing that they will be playing two sets per show during their summer tour, in what the band is calling "A Very Special Evening With The Dave Matthews Band." The group will play career-spanning set lists, alternating between electric and acoustic, including fan favorite duet performances between Dave Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds. 

When questioned about how the idea for this summer's unique shows came about, Matthews said "I was talking to Carter [Beauford, drums] about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together. It's how we started – in the basements of Carter's and my mom's houses. Our shows are loose, but we started thinking that maybe this summer we should make them looser and bring some of that feeling to the stage. It seems like the opposite of a safe plan, so why not?"

Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 16th for Warehouse members, followed by a February 3rd presale for Citi cardmembers. Meanwhile the general public will be able to get their hands on tickets Friday, February 7th at 10 am eastern time for all shows excluding the Gorge (Aug. 29-31), which go onsale February 21st. 



 "Funny The Way It Is" circa 7/13/12 at Burgettstown, PA

-fresh (@danye33)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Weave Gotcha Covered- VCU Student Band "Wrecking Ball"



Between that Lisbeth Salander "Girl Who Played With Fire" flames remix and their Space Kitten free throw distraction, I'm officially adopting VCU as my college hoops team for the rest of the season.

VCU's Band Covers Miley Cyrus, Employs a Space Kitten Free-Throw Distraction


-fresh (@danye33)

This "Wolf Of Wall Street"-Styled Trailer For Disney's "Blank Check" Is Incredible



Completely forgot Preston Waters sucks face with Karen Duffy in this movie. Such a boss move that will forever solidify his spot ahead of Richie Rich on the affluent fictional teen power rankings.

 

But let this serve as a lesson to all the young, aspiring playboys out there- you never want to peak too early. Too much tail at a young age can lead to this later in life:


/obligatory dancing Leo gif




-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Dan and Miggs Pick The Playoffs- Round 2


Dan: Miggs! My long lost co-worker/lunch date/blogging partner- how the hell are you?

Miggs: Good man just writing blogs and steadily losing bets every weekend.

Dan: Well luckily for you there's four more games this weekend to make up for lost wages! Who do you like in the Divisional round of the playoffs?

Miggs: Lets go in order. First up we have NAWLINS at Seattle. I'm going with the 'Hawks in this one. I just think Seattle is too good at home. The crowd always gets up for games in Seattle and that defense is overpowering.  Rob Ryan's play calling could add a nice little wrinkle to this game, but I still think Beast Mode will have a field day and finish up with 150 yards. 

Dan: First game up and we've already got a disagreement- this is working out better than I expected! I'm going to go with the Saints in this one. I know they were an atrocious 3-5 on the road this season, and got absolutely destroyed on their last trip to Seattle 34-7 in week 13, but its tough to beat a playoff caliber team twice in the same season. The Eagles were the hottest team in the league, and they had no problem winning in Philly last weekend. I think they'll avenge their playoff loss to the Seahawks from 2011 in the birth-of-Beast-Mode game, and no, I'm not just saying that because I predicted a Pats-Saints Super Bowl before the season started.

(from the TD Daily Staff Super Bowl Picks column posted 9/5/13) 

Dan Chiavetta, Contributing Writer: Patriots over Saints
There’s no need for the New England faithful to hit the panic button over the loss of Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez, because as long as Tom Brady is lining up under center, the Pats are a shoe-in for 30 points per game. With six guaranteed wins against their weak divisional foes, this team should cruise to a Super Bowl victory with home field advantage along the way.


(okay fine, thanks kind of why I'm saying that)


Speaking of the Pats- what are your predictions for their Saturday nightcap versus a Colts team coming off one of the greatest playoff comebacks of all time?

Miggs: I'm going with the Pats at home against the Colts. Both supporting casts suck for these teams. Name one defensive starter for Indy besides Robert Mathis? But I'll take the crafty veteran Brady at home. If Andy Luck limit his turnovers this will be a close game. AHHH I want to pick the Colts so bad because I hate the Pats sooooo much but I just can't do it. Not in this round at least. 

DanI think you're thinking a little too much with your heart and not your brain here. The Pats hung 59 on this team the last time they played (granted it was in 2012), but I don't think Luck has the supporting cast to beat Brady on his own turf. When you think of all the players New England lost from last year's team, a squad that finished one game short of the Super Bowl- Hernandez, Gronk, Mayo, Spikes, Woodhead, Wilfork, Welker (I'm sure I'm missing others), its pretty terrifying that they're still able to play at such a high level. If it wasn't for a penalty versus the Jets on last second FG attempt (that had no effect on the actual kick) and a no-call on a possible PI in the endzone pass to Gronk that ended the Panthers game, this team could very well have the best record in the league! It reminds me a lot of their early 2000's squads that had such great success- winning with Brady and whoever else they send out there.

Moving on to Sunday's slate of games- who do you like the slugfest of the century- the San Francisco 49ers at the Carolina Panthers? 

MiggsI'm going with the 49ers in this one. This game is going to be incredibly close and painfully low scoring. Both teams have great defense and very average offenses. That being said, I think Kaepernick has played in, and won, a lot of playoff  games already so there's no questioning his confidence. Although this very well could be SuperCam's playoff coming out party, I'll take the experienced Niners. I have a feeling Gore and the running game gets shut down by Luke Kuechly, but they get the job done through the air. Big day from Crabtree. Its going to come down to a key calls in a close game by these two hot headed coaches. RIVERBOAT RON!!!!!!!!!

Dan: All valid points, but I'm all in on this Panthers squad. From 1-4 to a first round bye and their first home playoff game in half a decade, I expect the Seahawks of the East to put the clamps down on the red hot 49ers. We're talking about a team that allowed just 15.1 ppg and a hair over 300 total ypg this season (both good for 2nd in the league). I know I'm contradicting myself by going against my "its hard to beat a playoff caliber team twice in the same season" theory (the Panthers beat the 49ers 10-9 in week 10), but I'm all in on Sir Cam Newton and the boys in black. Home dogs for the win!  

Fun fact: the last team to lose in a Super Bowl and then come back to win it all the following year was the '72 Dolphins. That's FORTY years of history going against you Colin!

Fourth to last game of the season 

/sheds tear
Who ya got in the AFC West showdown? 


MiggsI'm really excited for this game and I think its going to be the best one of the bunch. Phil Rivers is riding his bolo tie wearing luck streak right into the Rocky Mountains. Neither team has a strong defense. Von Miller being out is huge loss for Denver, especially in the playoffs. Rivers went into Indy once back in the day and beat Peyton in a shootout, and I expect more of the same on Sunday. I'm taking the Chargers and riding the hot hand. They snuck in the playoffs on a fluke play and I think they beat Peyton on his home field. 

Dan: You old sailor, you! I knew you wouldn't be able to resist Phillip and his #BOLO swag. But that's all fine and dandy because the inevitable 2013 MVP, Mr. Manning, is about to score easier than upperclassmen at a Halloween party. We're talking about a quarterback who had more passing touchdowns (55) than the total touchdowns scored by each team in the league. It doesn't matter that Denver's defense is non-existent because they can, and will, march up and down the field like the Thanksgiving Day parade. This is one of those games that'll be over five minutes in. Broncos by three scores, giddy up. 

-fresh (@danye33) & Miggs (@NickMiggs)

Tim Hardaway Jr. Baptizes Jesus Shuttlesworth





Knicks roll 102-92.

NBA Logos Redesigned As Soccer Crests Are Pretty Badass


Graphic designer Milan Vuckovic rose to internet fame in 2013 with his "Football as Football" re-creation of each NFL team's logo as if it were a European soccer crest. Well now he's taken that concept and applied it to the hardwood. Behold, the best of the best of his "NBA to Football" effort.

Brooklyn Nets


Cleveland Cavaliers 


Houston Rockets


Los Angeles Lakers


Miami Heat


Minnesota Timberwolves


Sacramento Kings


-fresh (@danye33)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dave Matthews Band Announces Summer 2014 Tour Dates


The new year may barely be a week old, but as Dave Matthews fans can attest to, its never too early to start planning ahead for the summer music circuit. Thanks to a leak from an antsmarching.org forum (which was later posted on reddit) the dates have been released for DMB's summer 2014 tour. The 40 show lineup features multi-night stops in Saratoga, Atlanta, Camden, Noblesville (Indiana), Chicago, Hartford and West Palm Beach, and closes with a trio of shows at both the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, and the iconic Gorge Amphitheater in Washington.

Fans can expect the official Warehouse announcement to come Friday, and tickets are rumored to go on sale to the general public on February 7th.

The band hasn't released an album since 2012's "Away From The World," but the boys were reportedly back in the studio this fall with producer Rob Cavallo and engineer Doug McKean working on a new disc for 2014. Both Cavallo and McKean worked on the band's 2009 album "Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King."

Check out the complete list of tour dates for the summer of 2014 below (additional festivals not included)

Fri - 5/16 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
Sat - 5/17 - Gexa Energy Pavillion, Dallas, TX
Wed – 5/21 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
Sat – 5/24 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
Fri – 5/30 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Sat – 5/31 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Fri – 6/6 - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME
Sat – 6/7 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
Tue – 6/10 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Fri – 6/13 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Sat – 6/14 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Fri – 6/20 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Sat – 6/21 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Tues – 6/24 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
Wed – 6/25 - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Fri – 6/27 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sat – 6/28 - First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
Tues – 7/1 – Summerfest, Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
Fri – 7/4 - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
Sat – 7/5 - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL
Wed – 7/9 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Fri – 7/11 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
Sat – 7/12 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
Tues – 7/15 - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
Wed – 7/16 - MIDFLORIDA Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
Fri – 7/18 – Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Sat – 7/19 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Tue – 7/22 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
Wed – 7/23 - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
Fri – 7/25 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
Sat – 7/26 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Fri – 8/22 - University of California, Berkeley - Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Sat – 8/23 - University of California, Berkeley - Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Sun – 8/24 - University of California, Berkeley - Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Tues – 8/26 - Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend, OR
Fri – 8/29 - Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
Sat – 8/30 - Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
Sun – 8/31 - Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
Fri – 9/5 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
Sat – 9/6 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine, Irvine, CA

SPAC 2013 night 1, full show

-fresh (@danye33)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Watch D Wade Take Seven Steps Without Getting Called For A Travel



Where does this rank of the list of all time travel no-calls? I'd say somewhere between Shaq and Thunder Dan.

-fresh (@danye33)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Cavs and Bulls Swap Deng For Bynum


The Chicago Bulls have agreed to trade veteran small forward Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the right to wave center Andrew Bynum, along with three future picks. The move comes just days after Deng balked at a three year, $30 million extension with Chicago. The two time All Star is averaging a career high 19 ppg and 3.7 apg in 23 games this season. 

The deal materialized quickly, but makes sense for both teams. Cleveland's free agent gamble on the oft-injured seven footer did not pay off as they had hoped, but his cap-friendly contract allowed them to make a play for one of the league's best forwards. At 11-23, the Cavs have drastically underachieved this season, but with four top four draft picks in the past three seasons, the time was right to bring in some veteran leadership. It also helps that the draft picks they gave up will more than likely never come back to haunt them. 

The first round pick headed to Chicago comes from the Sacramento Kings via the Omar Casspi trade, but is lottery protected in 2014 and top ten protected each year from 2015-2017. If the Kings pick falls within the top ten in each of the next four years Chicago will receive Sacramento's 2017 second rounder. The Bulls will also get the Blazers 2015 and 2016 second round picks as a result of the J.J. Hickson trade. 

The Bulls will also have the option of swapping first round picks with the Cavs in 2015, provided that Cleveland's pick lands somewhere between 15 and 30. 

Chicago on other hand is headed in the opposite direction. With their best player, Derrick Rose, sidelined for a third straight season, it is in their best interest to avoid the luxury tax while bottoming out in hopes of landing one of the many potential franchise guys in the 2014 draft. Barring a trade before February's deadline, you can expect the Bulls to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer this summer, saving the team $16.8 million for next year. With Deng out of the picture and Boozer likely to follow suit, Chicago would have more than enough money to offer a max contract to Carmelo Anthony, or any of the Heat's big three, provided they opt-out of their current deals. Anthony has already made his intentions perfectly clear that he would like to hit the free agent market during the summer of 2014.

The Bulls will most certainly cut Bynum on Tuesday, nullifying the second half of his $12 million contract for this season. It has been widely reported that there is mutual interest between Bynum and both the Clippers and Heat. He is expected to join one of those two teams shortly.

Deng finishes up his tenure in Chicago as the fourth leading scorer in team history, trailing only Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippin and Bob Love. 
     
-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Best Of The 2 Man Weave, 2013 part 2 (June-December)



June

It Was A Dream Come True For Frankie Muniz's Biggest (And Creepiest) Fan -Dan Chiavetta (6/1/13)

Fresh Take Mail Bag, Vol. 9 -Dan Chiavetta (6/6/13)

Toss Up! What Is 2 Chainz Worse At- Freestyling Or Not Getting Robbed? -Dan Chiavetta (6/14/13)

"When They're Under Pressure, They Usually Rise To The Occasion. But Tonight That Just Didn't Happen" And Other Quotes From Heat Fans Who Left Game 6 Early -Dan Chiavetta (6/20/13)



Far From The Patriot Way -Dan Chiavetta (6/21/13)

Don't Call It A Comeback! -Dan Chiavetta (6/27/13)

Aaron Hernandez Arrested For First Degree Murder, Along With Weapons Charges -Dan Chiavetta (6/27/13)



July

The Pats Put Hernandez In Their Rear View After Successful Jersey Swap Offer -Dan Chiavetta (7/9/13)

The Definitive Superhero Power Ranking (Pt. 2) -Nick Migliorino (7/12/13)

MSG On The Move? -Dan Chiavetta (7/25/13)



August

The Riley Cooper Situation (Reader E-mail) -Dan Chiavetta (8/2/13)

I've Got An Ice Box Where This Blog Used To Be -Dan Chiavetta (8/14/13)

Smoke Show Impersonates 19 Different Artists While Singing "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" -Dan Chiavetta (8/15/13)

Chooch's 2014 College Football Mega Preview -Michael Cianciulli (8/30/13)



September 

Week 1 NFL Picks Column -Dan Chiavetta (9/5/13)

The Rematch We've All Been Waiting For- It's Your Week 3 College Football Talk With Chooch -Michael Cianciulli (9/13/13)

Week 2 NFL Picks Column -Dan Chiavetta (9/13/13)

The 60 Most Insightful Things I learned Before My 25th Birthday (And The People I Learned Them From) -John Fontanelli (9/17/13)

Breaking Down The Fantasy Implications Of The Trent Richardson Trade -Dan Chiavetta (9/19/13)

Did A Barstool Sports Commenter Admit To Raping A Girl In The Comment Section Of Their #BarstoolConfessions Post? -Dan Chiavetta (9/22/13)



October 

Reader E-Mail: Could You Date A Die Hard Fan Of Your Favorite Team's Rival? -Joseph Stevens (10/3/13)

Keytwitty Week 6 CFB Power Rankings (S/O to Sallie Mae #HeyBoo) -Keshon Bediako (10/4/13)

USC Puts The Nail In The Kiffin -Michael Cianciulli (10/4/13)

Week 7 NFL Picks Column -Dan Chiavetta (10/18/13)

Oregon High School Football Team Executes Miley Cyrus Tribute Play To Perfection -Dan Chiavetta (10/29/13)



November 

The 2MW's Midseason Fantasy Football Awards -Dan Chiavetta (11/1/13)

This Week In Horrific Bleacher Report Reporting- Nick Foles Record Means Nothing -Dan Chiavetta (11/6/13)

BREAKING: Dough Boy Puts A Ring On It! -Dan Chiavetta (11/18/13)


A Special Cortaca Interview With Berny- The 2 Man Weave's Cortland Party Correspondent -Dan Chiavetta (11/20/13)

Are Most Runners Really Self-Important Assholes? Yeah, Kinda -Joseph Stevens (11/22/13)

awesome gifs

December 

Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf Is The Real Life Wario -Dan Chiavetta (12/4/13)

Week 15 NFL Picks Column -Dan Chiavetta (12/13/13)

The Mom From The Viral "X-Mas Jammies" Video Christmas Card Is A Certified Smoke -Dan Chiavetta (12/18/13)



Previewing The Cowboys-Eagles "Do Or Die" Week 17 Showdown -Dan Chiavetta (12/27/13)

The Memphis Grizzlies Are A Class Organization And I Will Be Rooting For Them For The Rest Of The Season -Dan Chiavetta (12/30/13)

Keytwitty won the 2 Man Weave's 2013 NFL Pick 'Em Pool (12/31/13)

Previously on "Best Of" the 2 Man Weave

2011

January-April 2012


May-August 2012

September-December 2012

January-May 2013

As always, thank you for your continued support of our site :)

-fresh (@danye33)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Previewing The 49ers-Packers Wild Card Playoff Rematch


It took Aaron Rodgers just one game to remind football fans of just how dominant he truly is. The former league MVP returned to the field Sunday, after missing the previous seven games with a broken collarbone. He threw for 318 yards and two scores, including a season-saving 48 yard bomb to Randall Cobb in the final minute to beat the Bears and clinch the NFC North title. The victory sets the stage for a first round playoff rematch with the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday at Lambeau Field.

During the seven games that Rodgers missed, Green Bay went to a battle a trio of damaged goods under center in Senaca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn. The result was a 2-4-1 record, and a drastic drop off from being third in the league in scoring (28.8) to ninth (25.6). But despite being the most important piece of the Packers puzzle that went missing, Rodgers was far from being the team's only sidelined stud. Wide receiver Randall Cobb missed ten weeks with a blown knee before returning just in the nick of time in week 17. They also lost tight end Jermichael Finley to a possible career ending neck injury, and line backer Clay Matthews is expected to miss this week's game (in addition to the final two games of the regular season and a month midseason) with a fractured thumb.

With the return of Rodgers and Cobb, the Packers are beginning to look more and more like the 2012 versions of themselves. A team that lost to the 49ers 45-31 in this same playoff round a year ago. In that game Green Bay's defense proved to be their Achilles' heel. Second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick torched them to the tune of 181 rushing yards, 263 passing yards and a pair of both rushing and passing touchdowns, in one of the most dominant playoff performances in recent history. It remains the best game of Kaepernick's young career.

The Packers defense hasn't improved much from last year. They rank 26th in the league in points allowed per game and 25th in yards allowed per game. But the one aspect of Green Bay's game that they have drastically improved this time around is the running game. At this time last year their starting running back was the inefficient DuJuan Harris. Now they have the should-be Rookie of the Year in Eddie Lacy, a power back who finished up the year with 1,178 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores (2nd best in NFL) despite missing a game plus with a concussion. Pounding the rock has become the 49ers' bread and butter in recent years (3rd in both YPC and total rushing yards in 2013), but if the Packers can get Lacy going early it could go a long way in winning the time of possession battle, which would keep their highly vulnerable defense off the field for as long as possible.

Green Bay will have home field advantage Sunday, but please don't let that trick you into believing that they're by any means the favorites to win this game. San Francisco has won their last three matchups between these two teams, and closed out the regular season on a six game winning streak. Over the course of this most recent winning streak Colin Kaepernick has started to really hit his stride, boasting a 10:1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Niners also finished four games ahead of Green Bay in the wins column.

Granted, the fact that Aaron Rodgers missed close to the half the season has a lot to do this with, but not one player on the Green Bay Packers was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl. On the other hand, San Francisco will be a sending a league best eight players to Hawaii.

The reigning NFC champs have the experience, confidence, and talent to make another deep playoff run this season. They haven't turned the ball over since week 14, and the only noticeable flaw that they had during the season, a lack of options in their passing game, has been eliminated since the return of wide receiver Michael Crabtree from his serious ankle injury. Anyone who watched this team last year knew just how much Kaepernick loved going to Crabtree, as evident by his three targets during the team's failed goal possession to conclude Super Bowl XLVII. He helps stretch the field, opening things up for their running game, as well as shorter passes to Anquan Bolden and Vernon Davis.

I'm expecting this to be the most exciting game of the Wild Card weekend, and I don't think it will get nearly as out of hand as it did last year. But with that being said, I think we're well on our way to repeating the same outcome, as San Francisco cruises to their fourth straight win over their storied rival. I just can't see Green Bay's matador defense getting the necessary stops to come out on top. Aaron Rodgers may be the best quarterback in the league, but football remains a team sport, and until this defense can rise to a league average level the early playoff exits will continue.

Prediction: 49ers 34, Packers 31

-fresh (@danye33)