Grey’s Anatomy Is Back

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(Spoilers below…)

The show that never seems to end is back: it’s season 13 of Grey’s Anatomy. Last night was the season premiere so here’s your roundup of what went down.

Mer and Riggs

They made out late last season, so of course there’s been some tension leading from there. Maggie reveals she really likes Riggs at Amelia and Owen’s wedding, surprising Meredith. The tension continues to this current season so in the end of the episode Mer breaks it off in a way between the two, but they’ll likely get back together soon.

April’s Baby

As seen in the season 12 finale, Ben had to perform an emergency c-section on April’s baby at home. Both were expected to die but miraculously survived. In the premiere April is in the hospital resting and healing with her new baby, named Harriet, and Jackson’s mom/Harriet’s grandma argues with April over what the baby’s last name should be. Luckily, all is well in the end.

Jo Leaves Again, Or Does She?

Also happening in the season 12 finale, Jo reveals to DeLuca first that she is already married and left her last husband and changed her name because he beat her. (totally fucked up, right?) DeLuca took het back to her apartment from the bar to make sure she’s safe, but he fell on her on her and Karev’s bed, only to have him then come home and beat the shit out of DeLuca. But now, in the premiere, Jo struggles all episode with this and the info that DeLuca knows about her past life, threatening to Dr. Webber that she’ll leave Grey Sloan and start anew again, only in the end changing her mind.

…which leads us toooooo…

Karev In Jail

The main episode-long plot is the aftermath of Karev beating up DeLuca back in the apartment. The former’s hand is injured and the latter’s face all messed up, mostly hurt in the eyes. The police arrive at the hospital with various characters working and they all eventually get questioned. Bailey informs them she didn’t know what happened but her husband, Ben Warren, had suspicions after seeing Alex’s hand and DeLuca’s poor reaction to seeing that Karev was taking care of him. Meredith also knew the whole time it was in fact Karev who beat up DeLuca and not just a random accident or mugging, eventually turning him in and the two talk in jail.

Sooooooo much drama in an hour. Can’t wait for next week.

The Brent Primus Show – “Christmas Lights” (Ep. 103) [9/21/16]

B talks to himself for an hour about Christmas lights.

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Note: Uploading this was a DISASTER. Almost as bad as the show. First, our Soundcloud didn’t work. Then our YouTube didn’t work. Meanwhile my MacBook is crashing left and right because the RAM is jacked up from macOS Sierra plus it’s on its last legs anyway. Then I created a separate YouTube channel for all of our podcasts but that also didn’t work. So I just uploaded it on my personal page for now. Oh well. Chaos.

NFL Week 2 Roundup, Week 3 Predictions

Week 2 of the NFL season wrapped up with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz leading the Eagles to a 29-14 victory over the Chicago Bears. Wentz takes my weekend MVP as he looked calm, cool, and collective in his first road win of his young NFL career. Yes, his first two professional games have been against the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, but Wentz has looked impressive. The second overall pick in this year’s NFL draft has completed 60% of his passes, thrown 3 touchdowns, no interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 93.8 in his first two games. Wentz looks like he is going to give the Eagles a chance to contend for the NFC East title. My worst NFL week 2 individual performance goes to the entire Jacksonville Jaguars team. As the saying goes, there is no I in team, so I have to give the Jaguars as a whole the worst performance of the weekend. In week 1, the Jags played the Green Bay Packers extremely well on both sides of the ball and were able to contend until the last play of the game where they were stopped on a 4th and 1 wide receiver screen. This weekend, the Jaguars were completely out of the game just minutes into the 3rd quarter trailing by 28 to a Chargers team that just lost their best wide receiver to injury. The Chargers turned the ball over 3 times on offense, missed a field goal, and gave up 38 points on defense. A team that had high hopes of contending for an AFC South title this season and  spent a ton of money building their defense in the offseason,  looks like the Jaguars of old.

My team of the week went to the Minnesota Vikings who defeated the Packers 17-14 in a defensive showdown. No Teddy Bridgewater? No Problem. Paging Sam Bradford. Did I see this right? Sam Bradford, former Philadelphia Eagle and St. Louis Ram outplaying Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night. Yes. Bradford went 22-31 with 286 yards and 2 touchdowns while connecting with Stefon Diggs 9 times for 182 yards and a touchdown. Bradford ran the offense efficiently and was able to take over the game through the air with Adrian Peterson struggling to get anything going on the ground. The Vikings played extremely well on the other side of the ball as well. They forced 3 fumbles and recovered a crucial fumble in the 4th quarter. Trae Waynes got beat all night in his match ups, but stepped up in the 4th quarter and intercepted an under thrown pass by Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams to put the game away. The Vikings defense has looked solid in each of their games this season and should continue to be a top 10 defense throughout the season barring any injuries.

Moving onto week 3, here are my picks:

Patriots 20 Texans 17  Cardinals 31 Bills 17  Raiders 22 Titans 20  Dolphins 24 Browns 17  Jaguars 24 Ravens 20  Packers 34 Lions 24  Broncos 17 Bengals 14 Panthers 28 Vikings 20 Giants 30 Redskins 27 Buccaneers 20 Rams 17  Seahawks 24 San Francisco 14 Chiefs 24 Jets 20  Colts 35 Chargers 31  Steelers 30 Eagles 20 Cowboys 24 Bears 17  Saints 40 Falcons 34

Week 3 MVP prediction:

Aaron Rodgers. I can’t see Rodgers having two bad games in a row at Lambeau Field this week against the Detroit Lions. Rodgers has struggled dating back to last year. In his last 14 games he has not had a passer rating above 100 and last year he had a passer rating of 92.7, which was lower than his first season as a starter in 2008. With Jordy Nelson getting his legs back underneath him and Randall Cobb 100% healthy, Rodgers is poised for a bounce back game this weekend.  I think Rodgers throws for 280 plus yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions.

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Ho Hum, B1G Dominates Again

To no one’s surprise, the Big Ten Conference dominated the college football weekend again. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and, now, Nebraska defeated non-conference opponents to improve the B1G overall record to something like 504-3. Now, one of those loses was Iowa, who lost to National Champion/Power North Dakota State at home when they were favored by 18 points, the only true blemish for a B1G power thus far.

Ohio State routed Oklahoma on National TV at the same time Sparty cruised past Notre Dame after dropping 36-straight points on the Irish. I said it was a must-win weekend for the B1G, and the teams delivered.

Michigan started slow but ended up blowing out the Buffaloes from Colorado, and Nebraska became the favorite in the B1G West after upsetting Oregon. Wisconsin struggled for much of the day, but took home an important W before now facing MSU, UM, OSU, and Iowa in four consecutive weeks (they will lose all four).

It really, really sucks Iowa lost because now there could be chaos if the Hawkeyes manage to win the West again and make the Big Ten Championship Game. If they somehow could upset Ohio State, Michigan, or Michigan State, the conference would be shutout of the College Football Playoff. Not to mention, a win over Iowa in the title game this year will not be of the same importance as a win over last year’s undefeated squad. Huge loss for Kirk Ferentz and his new contract.

Onto my list of contenders…

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Michigan
  5. Michigan State
  6. Houston
  7. Stanford

Notice I did not include Louisville, who will not make the College Football Playoff because they will either lose to Clemson or Houston. They’re irrelevant, and I don’t believe the hype. They were not on my original list and I will not include them now. They remind me of Utah last season, who started hot, routed Oregon, but ultimately fell apart in a resemblance of what will happen to the Cardinals.

The Big 12 might as well cancel their season. Completely meaningless at this point. TEXAS IS BACK, FOLKS!

Reinforce-Mets

There’s no question that the New York Mets have suffered from the injury bug throughout the better portion of the 2016 season. Pretty much every player the roster (David Wright, Matt Harvey, Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Reyes, Zack Wheeler, and Neil Walker) has been plagued with DL stints and nagging injuries. Over the next few days, the New York Mets will welcome back Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, and Jacob Degrom. Even with all of the injuries this season, the Mets have managed to keep their head above water going into tonight 8 games above .500 with 16 games left in the season. Juan Lagares will provide the Mets with a much needed right- handed outfield bat and speed on the base paths. He will improve the outfield defense as his speed allows him to track down balls in the alley that Yoenis Cespedes is unable to get to because of his ailing right quad. Lagares will be a great asset off of the bench for Terry Collins as a pinch runner and defensive replacement late in games down the playoff stretch.

It seems as if Lucas Duda hasn’t seen action in a big league uniform since he made the throwing error from first base to home last year in the World Series. He has only played in 39 games this year and has been out since early May due to a back injury. In those 39 games, Duda hit 7 home runs and was on pace to have another 30 home run season before the injury. James Loney has provided steady defense at first base while hitting .261 with 7 home runs and 29 RBI in 310 at bats. Although Loney has been a decent fill in at first, the 32 year old is starting to look as if his age is catching up with him late in the season. Loney is hitting just .200 with 1 home run and 5 RBIs over his last 30 games and has been losing playing time to Wilmer Flores. Terry Collins has reiterated that Duda will be used in a pinch hitting role for his first few games back and will be able to return as soon as tomorrow. Duda will provide the Mets with power in the middle of the order and protection behind Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup.

The most encouraging news that the Mets have received is that of the return of Jacob Degrom. Sidelined since September 4th with forearm inflammation that has caused Degrom to miss multiple starts, Degrom looks to add to an already potent rotation. Degrom played a huge role in the Mets playoff run last year going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 13 innings during the postseason. Degrom has carried that success into this year posting a 3.04 ERA, with 7 wins, and 143 strikeouts, while dealing with various injuries and poor run support in his starts. Last year, the big 3 of Syndegaard, Degrom, and Harvey carried the Mets into the postseason and to the World Series. This year, Bartolo Colon will have to join Jacob Degrom and Noah Syndergaard as the big 3 as Matt Harvey is out for the season and Steven Matz has proved to be inconsistent possibly due to bone spurs.

Assuming the Mets continue their strong play over the next two and a half weeks of the season, their roster now contains a nucleus of players that were on the World Series team last season. With the return of Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, and Jacob Degrom, the Mets now have the depth capable of producing a playoff birth via Wild Card spot and possible World Series appearance.

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The Biggest Saturday of My Life is Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is that big for the Big Ten Conference. Huge, huge, match-ups. If things go South, I may cancel my podcast in shame for chest-bumping during these first couple weeks. Look, everyone knows the #B1G is the GOAT in college football. We have 5 of the top 12 teams in the country according to the Coaches Poll. 5 of the top 13 in the AP. Tomorrow we must back it up.

Ohio State travels to Norman to face the Sooners at the same time my Michigan State Spartans make the short trip to South Bend for a date with Notre Dame. To say I’m nervous would be an understatement. The last time time the B1G had a day this big was all the way back in Bowl Season 2016 when MSU and Iowa were pounded on National TV. Two wins tomorrow makes everything OK once again.

Here’s a look at my current College Football Playoff list:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Florida State
  4. Houston
  5. Clemson
  6. Michigan
  7. Stanford
  8. Michigan State
  9. Iowa

The Final Four will be from that list, gauranteed most likely. Cheers to the B1G. Let’s get it.