J-Lew Movie Review: ENDGAME

Overall Thoughts: Best movie I’ve ever seen.

If you haven’t seen it yet what are you doing?

That is all.

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The Very First J-Lew Movie Review

First, don’t let me ruin this movie for you if you are planning on seeing it. However, if you’re on the fence about it you can certainly read this. So people were raving about Pet Semetary and Eriel and I, being the moviegoers we are, decided to go see it Saturday, knowing nothing about it from the book or the older movie. I don’t care I don’t read books for fun. Anyways, we’ve seen a double-digit amount of movies this year but I’ll let out most recent trip to the theatre start off these reviews.

Overall thoughts: TERRIBLE

I won’t give out any spoilers so here are just some few thoughts in bullet form.

  • This movie did not scare me
  • There’s not enough backstory about the semetary
  • There’s legit only 5 characters throughout the movie
  • When the movie ends, you’ll look back and realize there were multiple scenes that meant absolutely nothing
  • The ending is a huge letdown

If I were a critic from rotten tomatoes, this movie would get about 46%.

UPDATE: Not My Year

It’s still the most wonderful time of the year, no matter how bad I’m doing with my bracket right now. As expected, I started off hot, but ever since day 2 of the first round I’ve been cold as ice. I picked approximately 16 upsets (seed-wise) in the first and second rounds (depending on what games you count as upsets) and there’s only been about 2 legit upsets happen so far (Liberty, UC Irvine). I wouldn’t count Oregon, Ohio State or Murray State winning as upsets even though they were the higher seeds. And what makes this all even worse is that I did very little research this year over all the tournament games. I tried my best not to overthink and not overlook the lower seeded teams and that led me to picking lots of upsets, just how it’s been every year in March. But this year has been different. The better teams have won and have played their best game they could to advance. If you would’ve told me every 1,2 and 3 seed would make it to the sweet sixteen and there’d only be 2 teams that are a 5 seed or higher in the sweet 16, I would’ve laughed at your small college basketball mind. The good news is I still have all my final four teams left playing (UNC, Michigan, Duke and Virginia) so that’s great. LOTS OF BASKETBALL LEFT.

It’s Time (Bruce Buffer Voice)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. March Madness is back again for another round. I’ve already made my bracket and thankfully I didn’t make the mistake of creating 6 or 7 different ones but stuck to just one bracket. I won’t tell you who I picked to win it all but I will tell you who would be smart to pick and who not to pick. I won’t give you every game but will do most of them.

Let’s start in the East Region.

Duke is the #1 seed here and #1 seed overall. I expect them to make it out of this region but after that, I think it gets dicey. First, Liberty has bells ringing in my ears for some reason (see what I did there) so I like them in a first-round upset. Also, I REALLY like Belmont mostly because I don’t like Maryland at all. The last time they were a 6 seed (2017) they lost. I also like LSU and Minnesota. My Big upset in this region is the Gophers over Michigan State. Michigan State as a 2 seed just smells like failure to me (Let us not forget 2016, the last time they were a 2 seed).

Now the West Region.

Gonzaga will either make it to the Final Four or lose in the 2nd round and I’m taking the latter. The Marquette and Murray State game should be a doozie but the blue and gold team will win ;). I LOVE Michigan. It’s just something about Jon Beilein in the tournament. Buffalo can be really sneaky and my one upset is Northern Kentucky over Texas Tech.

Time for the Midwest Region. I love the Tar Heels in this region. Coby White and Cameron Johnson look too good to me. Ohio State and Iowa State will be the most exciting game and was definitely a difficult one to decide on. Auburn is my sleeper and Georgia State led by Ron Hunter is my upset.

Finally, the South Region.

Let’s get this out of the way first: Purdue will either lose in the first round to Old Dominion or the second round to Villanova. I just have no trust in them and I know that hurts the Lewis family to hear. The only reason I like Virginia is becuase of how they lost last year to 16th seeded UMBC. I’d like to see them bounce back from that game in a big way. My upset in this side of the bracket is Oregon over Wisconsin and even though seed wide it looks like an upset, these two teams are pretty good and should give us a good game. I don’t like Tennessee due to how crazily up and down they’ve been this year. Also, I think Cincinnati could turn some heads this year.

Some other friendly reminders: Root for the underdog and don’t have all 1’s and 2’s in your Elite Eight (Jay Williams and Jay Bilas ((IDIOTS)).

AND, Join my Tournament Challange League before it’s too late! Search JLew League on the ESPN Tournament Challange app. Password is onetwothreefour. $5 an entry or $10 for 2 entries. Winning bracket will receive around $100.

Worst SB Ever?

Yeah yeah we all know the super bowl was bad and the Patriots won and Maroon 5 was very average and the commercials were subpar and this and that and whatever else. Was it the worst super bowl ever? The wonderful people of Twitter certainly think so on my poll. Over 70% of people think this years game beat out the 43-8 whooping the Broncos got back in 2014. Two results from two games that I wasn’t expecting. Sure the 2014 game had lots of points but a blowout against the team you’re rooting for isn’t fun to watch and I do remember the commercials that year weren’t good either (I don’t remember the last year the commercials were noticeably good and funny). I would vote for that game just because it was so out of reach for most of the game (From the first snap actually). There was no hope for Manning. This years game I was just waiting and waiting for Goff to make something happen or Gurley to actually be the good running back he is but no. My hope for an exciting 4th quarter didn’t happen. We got nothing. No scoring. No excitement. We were let down big time. Anyway, I figured this year’s game would be well past the over of 56 but no. 16 points. I would’ve guessed one team would score at least 16 points in a quarter. If you like defense and seeing the 4th down army on the field dang near every possession then this game was perfect for you, but not for me, sorry.

Sean McVay says he was outcoached and maybe he was (he was), but not all the blame should be on him. Supposedly the Rams had the best offensive line in the league but you would’ve thought the Colts 2017 O-Line was out there. Goff held onto the ball way too long at times which would’ve worked in previous games because of how stout they were in the trenches, but this game was different.

On the other hand, Brady, yet again, was hardly touched (sacked once) and had plenty of time to throw the ball 3 yards downfield or hand off to his back. Yes, I know there were a few throws longer downfield but the Rams gave him the short stuff and Edelman mostly was the one who capitalized for them. And what did I say? If Brady had time and didn’t see pressure from Donald or Suh, he would make the right plays. They only scored 13 points but a wins a win. If you would have told me though before the game that the Pats would score only 13 points, I would have expected 31 from the Rams. Sad.

Don’t forget, the Super Bowl is in Miami next year that means the Colts will be there!

Big Game Number 53

The matchup I dreaded to see will be. Vader and the Sith Lord (Brady and Belichick) will head to their 9th super bowl game together, winning 5 of their last 8 appearances. No doubt the greatest franchise the sport has seen. They will face an up and coming team in the L.A. Rams. As a loyal fan, I hate the matchup but as a fan of the game of football, I look forward to it. Also, Los Angeles still doesn’t deserve an NFL team, let alone two! Although if they do win then who knows maybe their fan base will double in size from 12 to 24.

Back in 2002, these same two teams (The Rams were in St. Louis) met in Super Bowl 36, New England winning 20-17. The Rams were 14! point favorites to a young Tom Brady who won this game on a Vinatieri field goal and a dominant defensive gameplan from Bill Belichick. This year, however, the Patriots are early 1.5 point favorites and that mark could move up to as much as 3 before the game. Everyone’s betting on the Pats, and after everyone betted against them the entire playoffs I’m not surprised. If I could, I would also bet on the Pats. Why? Because you don’t bet against Tom Brady, and the Pats aren’t facing an NFC East team, which have been his only super bowl losses (Giants, Eagles). This is where it’s hard to be a Patriot hater because those superstitious things will make you sway the other way. I want the Rams to win. Actually, I want to see the Patriots lose, but because of Stevie Wonder, I have my superstitions.

Maybe we’ll see a high scoring affair just like last years super bowl which was no doubt the greatest one I’ve seen. I love Nick Foles. The Rams average nearly 6 points more a game than the Pats but the Patriots also gave up 4 points less on average than the Rams. Brady and company can no doubt put up points at will and the Rams have a ton of weapons in Gurley, Cooks, and Woods. But, we could also see a low scoring game. The Patriots defense always tends to play better in the playoffs and the Rams have big name guys like Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler, and Aqib Talib. You would think the Rams would be significantly better on D but the two teams actually stack up evenly on paper for the most part.

Forget everything I just said because numbers actually don’t matter in the Super Bowl.

Rams win if they pressure Brady a lot better than the Chiefs did. Patriots win if Brady has time to throw. Maroon 5 wins if they also bring out Gucci Mane and the Migos with Travis Scott. It’s that simple.

Don’t forget the Saints got robbed.

The Wild Wild Wild Card

It’s the gosh dang Colts again. By golly what has gotten into them? I am so impressed with this team right now! A complete game from start to finish has this team heading to Kansas City next Saturday. Colts win 21-7 but it felt bigger than that. Deshaun Watson basically wet the bed and couldn’t do anything against the Colts defense. On the other side, Andrew Luck is a bloody general caveman wizard. Finally, this no-name Colts defense has been the biggest non-drama filled surprise the league has seen this year. And 2nd…the Colts offensive line, led by the juggernaut Quenton Nelson.

We can’t forget about who deserves a lot of this credit though. Getting Frank Reich as head coach instead of Josh McDaniels is like the Pacers trading a good Paul George away and getting two average players from the Thunder, I mean who would even think about making that trade? We all know how those events have turned out.

I’ve never been more excited about a Colts team in my life honestly. I can feel something in the air. I have nothing but good feelings.

The rest of my wild card predictions:

Seahawks over Cowboys, Chargers defeat the Ravens and the Eagles beat da Bears.

Other Notes:

The Rams and Patriots will not win their playoff game. The Colts will beat the Chiefs next week, once the Cowboys lose tonight they will fire Jason Garrett the next day and even though I love Nick Foles, I have a hard time rooting against history and Drew Bress.

My Colts fan Super Bowl prediction:

Colts v. Saints

My more reasonable Super Bowl Prediction:

Chargers v. Saints *shoulder shrug*

No more questions. We’re on to Kansas City. *Belichick voice*

My Thoughts on Today (12/2/18)

College Football

  1. The CFP Committee got it right putting Oklahoma in at 4
  2. The CFP should be expanded to 8 teams next year (That way the “defending national champion” Knights can finally get a shot and because there are too good of teams left outside the top 4 (Georgia and Ohio State) that don’t get a shot when they all are deserving of one)
  3. I will absolutely be rooting for Notre Dame in the Playoff but another Alabama-Clemson title game matchup is likely
  4. My Heisman favorite is Kyler Murray of Oklahoma

NFL

  1. The Packers stink (McCarthy getting fired might be a stretch)
  2. The Bengals stink (Marvin Lewis should be fired yesterday)
  3. The Falcons stink
  4. Minnesota is overrated
  5. The Colts don’t know what a QB sneak is
  6. Phillip Rivers should be in the MVP conversation
  7. Brees is my favorite right now then Mahomes and Goff

My Actual Thoughts On This Here Le’Veon Bell Guy

Le’Veon is at it again commenting on Colts related pictures on Instagram. Either this guy is obsessed with Luck, or he’s really trying to drop some hints about wanting to join the horseshoe.

Originally I had said that the Colts shouldn’t pursue Bell during this upcoming offseason because of a probable hefty price tag and because of the success the Colts are having with their current run game. Mack and Hines have been good. The offensive line has been marvelous. The offense as a whole has really come together for this second half of the season. Why would we need to change anything up by trying to add Bell to the team?

Like I said, originally I didn’t think it was necessary, but maybe, just maybe, I’ve had my mind changed. Why would it help? Well, the Colts for one will have a ton of cap space for next year, if not the greatest amount of any team and Bell is still arguably a top 5 running back in the league, considering he doesn’t miss a beat after sitting out this year. The Colts right now aren’t a team of stars. In fact, our stars right now aside from Luck are of course T.Y. Hilton and two amazing rookies in Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard. The way this Colts team looks with Luck and all these average players around him is really something to talk about. Currently on a 5 game win streak with basically no superstars other than Luck.

I honestly expect the Colts to make the playoffs but with a potential addition of Bell, I can see a deep run in the playoffs next year. Don’t get me wrong I love Mack and Hines in the backfield, but how more complete will the Colts be if they get a terrific back in Bell next year. And with all the cap space we have, I say take a chance at him, because right now I see a fairly complete playoff team full of young talent on both sides of the ball. There’d be nothing wrong with making a hard push for Bell during the next offseason.

uNDefeated

The bloody Irish have finished an undefeated regular season. 12-0. Perfect. The last time that happened they were slaughtered in the national championship game to Alabama 42-14 in 2012. Bama was loaded with AJ McCarron (and his girlfriend), a non-fat Eddie Lacy and Amari Cooper, who ND had no answer for. But that was then. This is now. Notre Dame should stay at 3 in the college football playoff. I expect Alabama to win the SEC against Georgia and Clemson to defeat Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship next weekend. But God forbid anything besides that happens because then we’d have a big ole dump in the committee’s ice cream trying to figure out the final four. We also can’t forget about Oklahoma and evil Ohio State. Ohio State will beat Northwestern and anything can happen between Texas and Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game. I think win or lose Alabama will be in the final four and if Georgia were to win they’d be the fourth team to complete the playoff. If Clemson wins obviously they’re in, but if they lost to Pittsburgh…we’ll just have to see what the committee does.

Worst case scenario: Alabama loses, Clemson loses, Oklahoma wins and Ohio State wins. Now you have five 1 loss teams to maneuver around somehow and an uNDefeated Notre Dame team. Would they be the number 1 seed if that scenario were to occur? *big eyes emoji*. My prediction if that were to happen: Notre Dame is 1, Georgia is 2, Clemson is 3 and Alabam is 4. Georgia is 2 because they beat Bama, Clemson is 3 because their wins are too impressive. Alabama is 4 because the committee wouldn’t want them and Georgia to play against each other in back-to-back games. Oklahoma doesn’t make it because their defense is garbage and they only have 1 win against a ranked team. Ohio State doesn’t make it because of their loss to Purdue and some of their wins against bad Big 10 teams have been too close (Nebraska, Maryland). I don’t expect this scenario to happen though *phew*.

Best case scenario: Alabama wins (because they will) and stays at 1, Clemson wins (because they will) and stays at 2, Notre Dame stays at 3, Oklahoma loses to Texas and Ohio State (even though they are evil) beats Northwestern and moves into the final spot at number 4. Why is this best case scenario? Because I think Ohio State has the best chance of beating Alabama when they play in the semifinal. Oklahoma is good, but defense doesn’t exist in the Big 12 and that won’t work well against Alabama. Notre Dame’s best shot at the title is an Ohio State win over Bama and an interesting matchup with Clemson that I believe they can win. But just like in 2012, their chances against Alabama, if they were to meet up, are like the Colts chances against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Go Irish! #uNDefeated