Archive for the ‘NFL’ Category

The Four-Way Coin Toss in the NFC East

August 17, 2011

More than any other division in football, the NFC East is in a state of constant flux. Maybe it doesn’t boast the infamous title of its NFC South contemporaries, who have yet to champion a consistent division winner since the NFL initiated league-wide division restructuring in 2002, but it still holds the title of one of the toughest divisions in all of football. It’s so tough, in fact, that it has been unofficially dubbed the NFC Beast, which implies the fierceness of competition it annually presents.

While three of the four super bowl champions in the past four years have come from every NFC region not including the West (but not for a lack of trying-both the Seahawks and Cardinals had their dreams crushed by shoddy officiating and a spectacular touchdown catch by Santonio Holmes, respectively, at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers), perhaps no winner has had a more impressive run than the 2007 New York Giants. They entered the playoffs as a wild card, defeating Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Green Bay on the road, and also closing the door on the 18-0 New England Patriots’ hopes for the second ever undefeated season in league history, winning their first super bowl since 1991.

The NFC BEast: where super bowl expectations happen annually.



Cinco de Mayo Mailbag: Music, Film, NFL Draft, and NBA Playoffs

May 5, 2011

It’s been roughly over five months since my last Mailbag, and I dare say, it couldn’t come at a better time. I was starting to feel boxed in with all the serious posts that I have been writing. I get a certain pleasure from writing them, but it’s different than writing the comical pieces like the one you’re about to read.

I want to thank my readers, fans, and friends for sending their questions in.

Disclaimer: the thoughts and views expressed in the e-mails sent to me are in no way the thoughts and views of the writer of this piece. They are real e-mails from real people around the world.

As always, this will be in Q & A format, and I will be referring to myself by my initials- A.B.

Q: Love, when spelled backwards and read phonetically, reads evil. Don’t do drugs, don’t have unprotected sex, don’t be violent. Leave that to me. Somewhere deep down there’s a decent man in me, he just can’t be found.    (more…)

Dear Epic Mess Fans

May 4, 2011

Hi there,

(In Troy McClure voice) I’m Anthony Burrola. You might remember me from such blogs as, “Defending Chris Bosh” and the timeless “The Case Against Dynasties.” If you knew me before I was blogging at, then you probably know that once in a while I enjoy writing Mailbags. They are a lot of fun, and my readers, most of whom are famous, tend to take time out of their busy days to vent to me, ask me questions, make comments, or even seek advice. While I am no Miss Cleo, Dr. Phil, Jesus Christ, or the Easter Bunny, I have been known to deliver the goods.


Out of Town

April 29, 2011

I’m going out of town for the weekend, so come back here on Monday and I’ll have some fresh updates for you.

Have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to catch the Spurs @ Grizzlies tonight, or Celtics @ Heat on Sunday.


Till next time.

Chat With Anthony Burrola

April 28, 2011

My first-ever Live Chat in its entirety.


Live Chat With Anthony Burrola

Jason Garrett’s First Draft as an NFL Head Coach

April 28, 2011

The NFL Draft is today.

Wait. You already knew that.

If you’re not a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, then most of what I have to say will not go over well with you. If you are a fan, then there’s no telling how you will feel about what I have to say. Don’t worry-it’s not like I’m going to sit here and act like I know more than the experts, or try to make outlandish remarks to get a rise out of you. I’m not Colin Cowherd. I actually believe the things I say.

Watching Dallas play last year was painful. Losers of their first 2 games, and then losers of 5 of their next 6, the Cowboys quit on their head coach. The mentality of the Cowboys has not been the same since they won the Superbowl in January of 1996 (against a Steelers team that cheated its way past Indianapolis in that AFC Championship game, but that’s neither here nor there). I’ve watched them turn-in surprisingly good seasons, surprisingly bad seasons, and then the expected mediocre seasons. You can pretty much guess which is my favorite. (more…)

Join Me on Thursday, 28 April 2011 for a Live Chat

April 27, 2011

That’s right, folks. We’re making Epic Mess weblog history as I’ll be hosting my first ever Live Chat. It will take place tomorrow night at 6:45 pm (Pacific Standard Time), and virtually anything is up for discussion.

It should be a lot of fun, and I am hoping to hear from all walks of NBA and NFL fans, as the draft will precede my Live Chat, so there should be plenty to digest. Additionally, we will be chatting up until the tipoff of Game 6 of Lakers-Hornets (road team goes last), and possibly into the game as well, provided we have enough participants.

All questions (within reason) are welcome.

Hope to hear from you.

Till next time.

Well, That Didn’t Work Out

April 26, 2011

The Spurs ended up getting annihilated by the Grizzlies, prompting a night of sadness for me.

Tonight I plan on doing my first-ever Hornets-Lakers Running Diary, and I’ll do my best to keep it kosher. Err…impartial.

In addition, I’ll have a Dallas Cowboys post up before Thursday, as the NFL Draft is that day.

All in all, we’re looking at NO v. LA tonight, football tomorrow, an in-depth piece on Thursday, and I’ll be out of town for the weekend, so I’ll be unable to post. I can neither confirm nor deny, however, whether or not I’ll be betting on professional sports during my weekend vacation.


Looking Ahead to the Schedule of the Dallas Cowboys

April 20, 2011

Assuming that the NFL Lockout ends before September, and there’s no guarantee of that as today marks its 40th day, then the Cowboys are going to get a shot at retribution for last year’s debacle of a season.

Despite all the negotiations, posturing, and finger-pointing between the dismantled Player’s Union and the NFL Owners, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell still had time to hammer out the regular season schedule for the upcoming 2011 season. That could be read as a positive sign, but to me, it speaks volumes about his arrogance. He certainly has to establish the schedule this early, as it gives the fans and stadiums a heads up on things, but does he really have to do it at such a tumultuous time? It sends mixed messages to the players.

Despite all that, the Cowboys’ quarterback, Tony Romo, has organized workouts with his fellow teammates. He wants the Cowboys to be ready when the season kicks off for them against last year’s media darling, the New York Jets. Romo is often criticized for his inability to lead, so this helps dispel that notion.

Without further adieu, your, and my, Dallas Cowboys 2011 regular season schedule: (more…)

An Epic Mess Resurrected: 3.0

April 15, 2011

I’m back.

That’s right. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be updating daily. There are simply too many good story lines for me to not get in on this.

Not only am I back, but I am better than ever. My website will have some new features, including some more roundtables, like this onemailbags, some guest bloggers, and a brand new weekly chat feature where you can join me once a week and I can answer any question you have, or we can just shoot the ####.

So, if you’re into sports, I would love to hear from you.