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2011 NFL Week 5 Predictions and Picks

It’s time to make my 2011 NFL week 5 predictions and picks. The NFL week 5 schedule kicks off with an interesting matchup at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers, fresh off a loss at Houston, will host 3-1 Tennessee. The Titans have suddenly found a passing game and Chris Johnson came to life in week 4. Does that mean Tennessee might win going away this week? I don’t think the Steelers will be very hospitable. Pittsburgh isn’t too friendly at home and I expect the Steel Curtain to rise as Pittsburgh wins 27-17.

Seattle is in New York to face the Giants. Can the Seahawks pull off an incredible upset? It doesn’t seem likely but stranger things have happened. I think the Giants are just too strong on the defensive side of the ball and Eli Manning seems to be clutch late. I’ll take New York to win 31-14.

The 2011 NFL week 5 schedule continues with Cincy in Jacksonville. Can the Bengals continue their hot ways after knocking off previously unbeaten Buffalo? I don’t think so here. The Jags get a few huge turnovers and escape thanks to the fine running of Maurice Jones-Drew. Jacksonville edges the Bengals 23-20.

New Orleans sees the Cam Newton show in person in Carolina. The Saints seem to have everything clicking after a loss at Green Bay to start the season. I can’t imagine New Orleans losing in Carolina-although the Panthers are improving. Saints get 3 touchdown passes from Drew Brees and win 36-24.

Oakland at Houston features a pair of dynamo running backs. Will McFadden or Foster lead the charge in this one? I think the Texans will do a decent job of bottling up McFadden and they’ll win thanks to 3 Matt Schaub touchdown passes. Houston wins 34-21.

Philadelphia faces a possible 1-4 start with a game in Buffalo. The Bills will be angry after losing a tight one to Cincy. Can Vick and company win going away? I think they can but won’t. The Bills get plenty of offense and win 27-20.

Kansas City tries to make it back to back wins with a date in Indianapolis. The Colts are trying to turn things around, too. I think the Colts have a good shot to pick up a win here. Indy steals a close one 14-13.

Arizona travels to Minnesota. The Vikings desperately need a win but Arizona has been decent this season. Look for Minnesota to build a first half lead this time and hold it. Vikings win 26-23.

My 2011 NFL week 5 predictions and picks continue with Tampa Bay at San Francisco. Somebody is going to walk out of this game with a great record through five games. I think the 49’ers will figure out a way to get it done. San Francisco wins 21-16.

The Jets are in New England to face the Patriots. New York plays great defense but Tom Brady is putting up MVP type numbers? Which will give? My predictions and picks say Brady throws 3 touchdown passes in the 33-20 win.

The 2011 NFL week 5 schedule continues with San Diego in Denver. The Chargers have been turning it on lately but the Broncos are kind of going in a completely different direction. I still think Denver has every opportunity to win this one at home. Broncos run the ball effectively and Orton tosses 2 touchdown passes in a 28-24 win.

The Sunday night game is Green Bay at Atlanta. Can the Packers win on the road in a hostile environment? Of course they can. The Falcons will be out for revenge after what happened last season but Rodgers is still one of the top, if not the top , quarterbacks in the NFL. Rodgers tosses 3 touchdown passes and the Packers defense adds another in a 35-26 win.

The Monday night game during the 2011 NFL week 5 schedule features the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions. Two words for this one…”Cutler sacked”! I think Cutler gets sacked 6 times and the Lions maul the Bears 32-13.

That’s it for my 2011 NFL week 5 predictions and picks. I’ll be back for another round of predictions in week 6. Until then, have a wonderful week everybody!

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2011 NFL Schedule Game-By-Game Predictions Yield These NFC Playoff Teams

I have already wrapped up the 2011 schedules that we have been examining by listing the AFC teams that would seem to be logical candidates to make the playoffs both as division champs and as Wild Cards.

I’m using the “2010 NFL Playoffs Schedule” located at FB Schedules website as a comparative reference.

I’d just like to say that I’m not going to be picking winners of playoff games or the Super Bowl. I just want to give a final assessment of the teams I think will be in the playoffs as a result of the 2011 scheduling sans dates and specific pairings.

The NFC:

Detroit Lions (11-5):

Every year it seems the Lions suffer some untoward event, like the injury to a quarterback or a bad or unique call that defines their season. They have talent and I think that 2011 brings the Mojo out from the Lions. They will ride the special year of the NFC North to their first playoff berth in a long time. They will “bat” .500 in the NFC North and go 8-2 against non-divisional teams. You may see my write-up here.

Green Bay Packers (11-5):

They will be the second Wild Card team out of the NFC North with an 11-5 record. I don’t think they will be hungry enough to take the NFC North crown. They’ve already proved they can win the Super Bowl as a Wild Card. You may see my write-up about them here.

ST. Louis Rams, NFC West Champs (10-6):

They certainly aren’t a powerhouse but 2011 is their turnaround year. Despite going 2-3 at home, they take the crown from a weak 2010 champ in the Seattle Seahawks. Further, I think you’ll see the Rams much more in the future.

Dallas Cowboys, NFC East Champs (10-6):

A strong 4-1 non divisional home stand will give the Cowboys the win in the NFC East. While a lot of strong, class teams are in this division, they won’t be heard from in 2011.

New Orleans Saints, NFC South Champs (12-4):

Every great team takes a year off occasionally. 2010 found the Saints basking in 2009’s glory. They won’t “bask” in 2011.

Chicago Bears, NFC North Champs (13-3):

I don’t think people know how determined this franchise is to win. They will have to prove it and they will, coming out on top of the toughest NFL division in 2011.

And there you have it. We’ve looked at the 2011 schedule of every team, and this is how I think things will end up.

References:

FB Schedules Website, “2010 NFL Playoff Schedule”

Reference articles for Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers (Wild Cards) may be found in article text

Associated Content from Yahoo Website, Gary Davis, “2011 schedule for St. Louis Rams Says 2011 NFC West Champ”

Associated Content from Yahoo Website, Gary Davis, “2011 Game-By-Game Schedule Predictions for the Dallas Cowboys: Non-Divisional Home and Away”

Associated Content from Yahoo Website, Gary Davis, “New Orleans Saints 2011 Schedule: Will They win the NFC South?”

Associated Content from Yahoo Website, Gary Davis, “Chicago Bears’ 2011 Game-By-Game schedule”

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2011 NFL Week 3 Predictions and Picks

It’s time for my 2011 NFL week 3 predictions and picks. There aren’t any Thursday games on the schedule once again and the majority of the week 3 schedule kicks off Sunday at noon.

Let’s start with one gigantic contest between 2-0 Houston and 1-1 New Orleans. The Saints defense absolutely crushed Jay Cutler this past Sunday on their way to a definitive early season win. Houston won on the road in Miami. You would probably have to give the Saints the slight edge since they are playing at the Superdome on Sunday in this battle. Not to mention the entire Drew Brees factor. Brees has looked every bit of the Super Bowl quarterback to start this season and I don’t get the feeling that will change this week-although the Texans defense is much improved. My predictions and picks for this week 3 battle have the Saints winning a tough one at home 27-20. Brees will toss a pair of touchdown passes but that Texans defense will plant him on the ground on several occassions. I look for the New Orleans defense to give Matt Schaub the “Cutler” treatment and drop him four or five times as well.

The New York Giants will travel to Philadelphia where Michael Vick might not suit up thanks to a Sunday night concussion. This is a huge opportunity for the Giants to gain ground and move forward in the division if Vick can’t go(which seems unlikely considering NFL rules these days.) If that’s the case, I look for the Giants to win going away 24-16. Look for Eli Manning to toss a couple of touchdown passes in the second half to allow the Giants to pull away in a close game.

What’s next for my 2011 NFL week 3 predictions and picks? Jacksonville is in Carolina for what could be the 3rd straight 400 yard passing game from rookie Cam Newton. The Panthers are 0-2 but you just get the feeling these competitive Panthers will get that elusive first win of the season against the Jags during the week 3 portion of the schedule. My gut tells me Newton won’t need to pass as much and instead the Panthers finally break open a run game with Stewart and Williams busting the headlines this time. Panthers win 28-13 thanks to two touchdowns on the ground and two brought to you by the most likely rookie of the year in the NFL. Newton doesn’t break the 400 yard passing mark because he simply doesn’t need to.

New England looks to go 3-0 against a surprising Buffalo Bills squad at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.
Can the Bills find a way to slow down the “Tom Brady show?” I think Buffalo can win this game but my instincts say New England will find another unexpected opponent to lose to on down the line instead of here. Brady realizes this is a big game and that’s typically when we see his best. I look for the contest to be high scoring but New England to emerge with a 31-23 win. Brady tosses 3 more touchdown passes well on his way to an MVP type season.

Miami is in Cleveland for a very unpredictable matchup during the 2011 NFL week 3 schedule. The Dolphins struggled against Houston while Cleveland was earning their first win in Indianapolis against a Peyton Manning-less ball club. I think the Browns have the potential to win here but my gut once again says to go with the road team. Dolphins win an ugly one 20-17 despite 2 more Peyton Hillis touchdown runs.

San Francisco travels to Cincy also in week 3. What are my predictions and picks? I think the Bengals have a chance to roll over the 49’ers. Cincy gets 2 touchdowns and 100 yards from Cedric Benson on their way to a 28-10 win over San Francisco. Alex Smith struggles with 3-4 interceptions away from home.

Denver travels to Tennessee to face the Titans in Nashville. Which Titans team will show up? The team that lost in Jacksonville or the one that just blasted the Baltimore Ravens? I think Tennesee is getting things in gear and I believe that spells lots of trouble for the pass happy Broncos. If the Titans get the passing and running game going at the same time, they could be a playoff team. I think that’s going to be the case at least for NFL week 3. Chris Johnson rumbles with 156 yards and 2 touchdowns as Tennesee wins 31-17.

Detroit tries to improve to 3-0 with a visit to Minnesota. What looks to be an easy win on paper will probably be anything but. The Lions will struggle with the Vikings much like Tampa Bay did before edging out the Vikes 19-16. Adrian Peterson looks decent in the first two quarters before the Lions defense puts the clamps on him. Matthew Stafford goes from all-world to all-average but manages to get the job done.

Baltimore is on the road in St. Louis for what could be an interesting matchup. I think the Ravens have way too much Ray Rice and Joe Flacco comes to life after a tough game in week 2 and Baltimore wins going away 27-21. Sam Bradford tosses 2 interceptions and gets sacked 5 times by an angry Baltimore defense.

My 2011 NFL week 3 predictions and picks continue with the New York Jets in Oakland. I can’t imagine a better game on Sunday and I think this one has all the ingredients for an overtime affair. The Raiders pesky running attack will no doubt be better tested by the Jets. I look for Oakland to get a lift from the left foot of Sebastian Janikowski in OT with a 23-20 win.

The 2011 NFL week 3 schedule continues with struggling Kansas City visiting San Diego. The Chargers probably won’t have many problems here and will emerge with a 35-13 victory. Ryan Matthews gets 2 touchdowns while Philip Rivers also tosses a pair.

Arizona tries to go 3-0, believe it or not, with a road game at Seattle. The Cardinals certainly have a great opportunity to do so but I think they’ll run into a road block of sorts and fall 23-20.

Atlanta has a big game at Tampa Bay if they want to continue in a positive direction after beating Philadelphia on Sunday night. The unfortunate thing is that the Bucs also have a big win on their minds after taking one in come from behind fashion in Minnesota. The big question here might be, “can the Tampa Bay defense slow down Matt Ryan?” I don’t think they’ll be able to match Atlanta point for point unless they get a defensive touchdown or two. Atlanta wins on the road 31-20.

Green Bay can go 3-0 but they’ll have to win at Soldier Field against a very upset Chicago Bears team.
The Packers won that huge contest last season to clinch a trip to the Super Bowl in the NFC title game. But can the Packers do it again? I think the Bears realize the stakes and will come out with some extra enthusiasm. It won’t be easy but I think Chicago steals away a 27-23 victory over Aaron Rodgers and company.

The Sunday night game features Pittsburgh in Indianapolis. Wanna bet the executive at NBC wish they could start the flex schedule today and move the Green Bay-Chicago game into this slot? The Colts have looked miserable and I can’t imagine that will change without Peyton Manning at the helm.
My predictions and picks for this 2011 week 3 game is that the Steelers win 31-14.

Let’s finish up my 2011 NFL week 3 schedule predictions and picks with a very interesting Monday Night Football contest. Dallas hosts suddenly hot Washington. The Cowboys pulled off an impressive overtime win in San Francisco but the Redskins are 2-0. I can’t imagine Rex Grossman will find life easy going in the big D against the Cowboys front line. Grossman is picked off twice and fumbles once. I look for Dallas to roll in this contest 34-14.

That’s it for my 2011 NFL week 3 predictions and picks. I’ll be back once again next week to unveil my picks for what should be a very interesting week 4 schedule. Until then, enjoy the football games with a large bucket of popcorn everybody!

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2011 NFL Rookie Quarterbacks in the Spotlight

With the NFL season set to begin, several first round rookie quarterbacks are in the spotlight.

In Carolina, number one draft pick Cam Newton beat out second year player Jimmy Clausen. Let the Newton era begin. The former University of Auburn QB has a veteran go to receiver, Steve Smith, and a good running game led by DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but that won’t be enough.

Coming from a spread offense in Auburn, Newton would benefit by spending a year learning behind a veteran quarterback and no disrespect to Derek Anderson, but he’s not the answer. It’s clear watching Newton, he needs to improve his accuracy. He’s not ready to lead an NFL offense, but Carolina will put him out there and tell him to try his best, but as the wise Yoda once said, “Do or do not, there is no try.”

Playing in the competitive NFC South, Carolina will once again fight for the top pick in next years draft. Too bad for Carolina a better QB option, Andrew Luck, will be available next year. For now, the Panthers are Cam Newton’s team.

Unlike top pick Cam Newton, Jake Locker is in an ideal situation. Tennessee also has a new head coach and offensive coordinator this year, but new coordinator Chris Palmer was once one of the best quarterback coaches in the NFL and his experience will pay huge dividends for Locker and the Titans.

The former University of Washington QB also has help in the form of a veteran quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, a great running back in Chris Johnson, once his contract situation is addressed, and good receivers. Locker won’t start this season as long as Hasselbeck stays healthy and that’s a good thing. Learning from a veteran QB and working with an offensive coordinator like Palmer, Locker will be ready when his time comes. Of the first round draft picks, Locker is in the best position.

Blaine Gabbert put up a good fight with David Garrard for the Jacksonville Jaguars starting job. An injury to Garrard gave Gabbert the opportunity to get additional reps with the first team at practice and start in Jacksonville’s first preseason game. Gabbert performed well and put pressure on Garrard for the starting job, but with both quarterback’s struggling in the all-important game three, against the Bills, Gabbert lost his chance.

Gabbert will now sit and learn the question is for how long. Garrard is signed through the 2014 season but that doesn’t mean Gabbert will have to wait that long. Gabbert showed signs of how good he can be and he is Jacksonville’s quarterback of the future.

Of the first round selections, Minnesota Vikings selection of Christian Ponder was the biggest surprise. Ponder’s career at Florida State was okay, but not stellar. Minnesota obviously saw Ponder as a franchise quarterback. If or when he starts, Ponder’s offensive weapons will be plentiful. With Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe on his side Ponder will have sufficient help, but for now, he’ll watch and learn from Donovan McNabb.

Never in the race to be the starting QB in Minnesota this year, Ponder will have ample time to learn. With Joe Webb also on the roster, Ponder will have to work his way up the depth chart. The good news for Ponder is he can spend his rookie season learning free of pressure or expectations.

Odds are at least one of these quarterbacks will fail. In 1999 there were five quarterbacks selected in the first round. Today Donovan McNabb’s the only member of the class still in the league and Daunte Culpepper is the only other QB to have NFL success. Tim Couch, Akili Smith and Cade McNown were all busts.

Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert have the best chances of succeeding in my opinion. They are in good systems, on good teams, with a veteran to guide them. Cam Newton and Christian Ponder have the most to learn and odds are not both of them will make it, but people beat the odds every day, time will tell if they can too.

Sources:

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2011 NFL Trade Deadline: Ten Players Who Should Be Dealt

The 2011 NFL trade deadline will take place on Tuesday at 4pm and while we will not see LeBron James in the news, there are going to be a handful of players who will be available to teams looking to make a push for a playoff berth.

Whether a NFL team needs help on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, there are going to be quality players available. The question is will your team make the trade deadline deals to acquire one of these players.

Carson Palmer QB – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have moved on from Palmer thanks to the emergence of Andy Dalton. Now the question is how much can they actually get for Palmer? They would be lucky to get a third rounder from teams who are hurting at quarterback.

Kyle Orton QB – Denver Broncos

His name was put in the mix the moment the Broncos announced Tim Tebow would take the reins. While they ride that train into the ground, they are going to be a few teams out there who would be smart to pick him up, like the Houston Texans, as added insurance.

Peyton Hillis RB – Cleveland Browns

Maybe the Browns are going to get tired of the Hillis saga. It would help since they have Montario Hardesty in the backfield. Depending on the team, Hillis could fetch a nice return if the team is sold he will repeat his 2011 NFL campaign.

Reggie Bush RB – Miami Dolphins

So much for Bush making a splash on South Beach and revitalizing his NFL career. The Dolphins have moved forward with Daniel Thomas and should try to recoup some by shipping him out to another team, perhaps the San Francisco 49ers.

Brandon Lloyd WR – Denver Broncos

Lloyd’s name has been leaked to the papers that he is available via trade from the Broncos. Since most of the NFL teams are making the push to an aerial assault, he could be a solid addition to those teams hurting with injuries, like the Tennessee Titans or San Francisco 49ers.

Jason Smith RT – St. Louis

Three years after being selected second overall in the NFL Draft, the Rams have discovered that Smith is average at best and not worth the contract they signed him too, especially if they wish to keep Sam Bradford healthy.

Karlos Dansby LB – Miami Dolphins

Though he a solid 2010 NFL season, the contract they signed for five-years at $43 million is not worth it. Though you should never trade players inside your own division, the New England Patriots could use his presence to shore up their front seven.

Marcus Trufant CB – Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have never been shy from trading away their players with the chance to overhaul their roster. While Trufant has been above average in Seattle, his age is catching up to him and he could find himself on a winning team in need of his presence.

Champ Bailey CB – Denver Broncos

The Broncos dropped the ball when they have Bailey a four-year contract during the off-season, especially how age has finally caught up with him. Just like Trufant, cornerbacks are in need and there are sure to be playoff contenders who could use his services.

Brian Dawkins SS – Denver Broncos

We know there is already a connection with the Broncos and the Patriots. It would make sense for the Patriots to be on the phone trying to bring Dawkins over to give some stability to their secondary. Even at 38 years old, he can still play.

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2011 NFL Wildcard Predictions Against the Spread

These 2011 NFL Wildcard predictions against the spread feature my brief explanations of my safest pick, hardest pick, and my overall picks without detailed explanations. Why I like the road teams in this season’s wildcard round.

The 2011 NFL wildcard round is quite interesting. The two biggest home field advantages (Seattle and Kansas City) feature teams that look to be vastly outmatched in talent and playoff experience when compared to their opponents. I also believe that all the road contestants have a defensive advantage over their opponents. In the playoffs, the biggest assets are often defense and quarterback play.

The hardest pick for me was the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts. I’d normally pick the Colts, but they’re limping into the playoffs with major injuries on both sides of the football. The Colts run defense has improved as they’ve gotten some linebackers back from injury, but the Jets basically had an off-week and I believe this is the best opportunity Rex Ryan will ever have to end his slump against Peyton Manning. Manning is already missing three key elements to his passing game (Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, and Austin Collie), and Darrelle Revis could make it like a fourth when he shadows Reggie Wayne.

The biggest question with this upset pick? Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has been consistently below average for the past few weeks. If the Jets need to rely on their passing offense in the second half, I doubt that he’d lead them over the Colts secondary, even if they’re missing seven to nine defensive backs to injury. In the end, I’m about 55/45 on the Jets, so I believe they’ll get their coveted rematch with the New England Patriots in the divisional round.

The easiest pick was the New Orleans Saints over the Seattle Seahawks. The biggest concern I’d have is the Seahawks 12th man. The key to this game is the Seahawks jumping out to a 7-0 lead. Don’t overestimate the Saints too much; the Saints lost at Arizona and needed Drew Brees’s late game heroics to escape San Francisco with a three point victory. Seattle is better than both these teams, and their home field advantage is bigger. Seahawks score first, and this game could certainly be competitive. If the Saints jump out 7-0, the crowd goes asystole, and so do the Seahawks.

Look out for the Saints injury report. They’ve lost Christopher Ivory for the season and were banged up from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers match-up, which proved to be meaningless. This isn’t the same Saints team that created turnovers or had a solid rushing attack like last regular season; they should still be good enough to overcome a talent depleted Seahawks unit.

Here is the simple version of my predictions without detailed summaries (Those are below). I’ve added a confidence rating just for kicks. That is concerning my straight picks and not necessarily my pick against the spread or totals.

Enjoy wildcard weekend.

UNDER 45 New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (+10.5) (Confidence: Mid-High)
UNDER 44.5 New York Jets (+2.5) at Indianapolis Colts (Confidence: Low)
OVER 41 Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (Confidence: Mid)
OVER 46 Green Bay Packers (+3) at Philadelphia Eagles (Confidence: Mid)

For a more in-depth analysis of each individual match-up, check out the articles the first few articles down below.

More From Yahoo! Network:
NFC Wildcard Predictions Against the Spread: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
AFC Wildcard Predictions Against the Spread: New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts
AFC Wildcard Predictions Against the Spread: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
NFC Wildcard Predictions Against the Spread: Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
2011 NFC Playoff Preview: Atlanta Falcons
2011 NFC Playoff Preview: Chicago Bears
2011 NFC Playoff Preview: Philadelphia Eagles
2011 NFC Playoff Preview: Seattle Seahawks
2011 NFC Playoff Preview: New Orleans Saints
2011 NFC Playoff Preview: Green Bay Packers
2011 AFC Playoff Preview: New England Patriots
2011 AFC Playoff Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers
2011 AFC Playoff Preview: Indianapolis Colts
2011 AFC Playoff Preview: Kansas City Chiefs
2011 AFC Playoff Preview: Baltimore Ravens
2011 AFC Playoff Preview: New York Jets

SOURCES:
Cooper’s Picks, January 3, 2011
Stats NFL.com, January 3, 2011
Injury Reports, Covers.com. January 3, 2011

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2011 Nissan Murano Review

The following review takes an in-depth look at the 2011 Nissan Murano including pros and cons, special features, MSRP and other amenities.

MSRP: The 2011 Nissan Murano starts at $29,050 with its S Model. There are several upgraded models of the Nissan Murano also available such as the SV Model, SL Model, and the LE Model. Each upgraded model includes a different set of upgraded features.

Amenities: Some special features on the 2011 Nissan Murano include duel panel moonroof, spacious back seat, stability control, traction control and all wheel drive.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2011 Nissan Murano has great fuel economy and gets 23 mpg and nearly 450 miles per tank. This is one of the best midsized SUV’s in fuel efficiency.

Engine: Powerful 260 hp V6 engine

Pros: One of the most first things people notice about the Murano is the slick redefined interior and exterior. The 2011 model includes special features such as a dual-panel moonroof, leather interior, fold away second row seating for additional cargo space and navigation.

Another positive going for the 2011 Murano is its safety features. Nissan made a strong commitment to make the 2011 model as safe as possible. There are over 50 special safety measures built into the Murano including 6 standard airbags. Every model also includes antilock brake assist , stability control, traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and curtain airbags.

Also, the 2011 Nissan Murano ranks 9 out of 23 on US News and World Report’s list Affordable Midsized SUV’s. The Murano has succeeded with flying colors when it comes to being a mid sized sports utility vehicle that includes numerous luxuries at an affordable price.

Cons: One of the only significant negative on the 2011 Nissan Murano is the limited amount of cargo space. While it is possible to fold the 2nd row seats down to create more space, it still comes up short compared to many other midsized SUV’s on the market.

Another con of the 2011 Nissan Murano is the fact that there is no 3rd row seating available. Many other competitors have included an optional 3rd row seating which puts the Murano at a disadvantage. However, if you don’t need the extra seats than this is a non issue.

Also, there have been many concerns regarding the blind spots that exist when backing up in the Murano due to the roof’s pillars. However, this issue does not exist with many of the upgraded Murano models because they have a rearview camera.

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2011 People's Choice Awards Winners (Full List) -- "House" Rules; "Twilight" Sucks Up More Awards

The 2011 People’s Choice Awards ceremony wasn’t much in the viewing or listening department — filled as it was with strange, short, mostly uncomfortable acceptance speeches and sound problems that went from spotty to leaving Selena Gomez nearly silent for a verse of her live performance of her hit “A Year Without Rain.” But it was certainly full of winners as one celebrity after another made their way to center stage and grabbed their Waterford Crystal People’s Choice Awards trophy. As for winners, Fox Television did well, sweeping all the major television categories: Favorite TV Drama, Favorite Competition Show, Favorite TV Crime Drama, Favorite Sci-Fi Fantasy Show, and Favorite TV Comedy. “House M.D.” took home four awards (including “Drama”), leading the way. In Movies, “Twilight” was the big winner, with “Eclipse” and Kristen Stewart pulling in four as well. In music, Eminem led the way with four.

Except for favorite new shows and “Guilty Plea, Fox Television literally cleaned house. American Idol took home the Competition Show 2011 Award. Lie To Me won for TV Crime Drama and for TV Crime Fighter (Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman) The fascinating Fringe was the winner of Sci-Fi Fantasy Show award. Glee continued its roll, winning TV Comedy and securing a Favorite Comedy Actress award for the incomparable Jane Lynch. The ever lovable Simpsons won for Favorite TV family. But it was the misanthropic Gregory House that led the way to four awards for “House M.D.,” taking in TV Drama, Favorite TV Drama Actor (Hugh Laurie), Favorite TV Doctor (Hugh Laurie as Gregory House), and Favorite TV Drama Actress (Lisa Edelstein as Lisa Cuddy).

CBS seemed to get most of the rest, pulling in three: Favorite TV Comedy Actor (Neil Patrick Harris for “How I Met Your Mother”), Favorite New Drama (“Hawaii Five-O”), and Favorite New Comedy (“$#*! My Dad Says”).

As for the movies, the “Twilight Saga” was the big winner for the night. The blockbuster won the 2011 People’s Choice Awards for both Favorite Movie and Drama Movie. Favorite On-Screen Team went to Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner for their work in “Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Kristen Stewart also won for Favorite Movie Actress.

Over in the Music category, Eminem went home with four of those Waterford Crystal trophies. His hit song “Love The Way You Lie,” which featured Rihanna (who won for Favorite Pop Artist), was the winner of Favorite Song and Music Video. Eminem also won for Favorite Hip Hop Artist and Male Artist.

Katy Perry won two 2011 People’s Choice Awards: Favorite Female Artist and Online Obsession.

Johnny Depp was the winner for Favorite Movie Actor. Zac Efron Won for Favorite Movie Actor Under 25.

Adam Sandler won for Favorite Comic Star, then immediately got up on stage and tried to prove that he didn’t deserve it. His movie “Grownups” also won for Favorite Comedy Movie.

Some say that Jennifer Aniston stole the show by bending over into the short stage microphone (what was up with that stationary mike anyway?) before presenting Adam Sandler his award. Not to take nothing away from her daring baring of a good portion of her chest, but the only thing truly stolen on the 2011 People’s Choice Awards was two hours of a potential good viewing experience…

The biggest loser of the night? Anybody actually sitting all the way through the entirety of that technical difficulty-plagued ceremony (of which this writer is guilty of sitting through — and becoming severely disappointed). At least Selena Gomez (and the Scene) won the Breakout Artist award, partially making up for the butchering the sound engineers did on the beginning of her song. From Queen Latifah’s desperately contrived hosting (which was surprising, because she has done far better hosting prior People’s Choice Awards shows) to the ridiculous cutaways to give away gift bags, the show was an unmitigated disaster. Better to have skipped it altogether and read this short synopsis and the following full list of winners.

2011 People’s Choice Awards Winners

MOVIES
Movie

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Drama Movie
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Action Movie
Iron Man 2

Family Movie
Toy Story 3

Comedy Movie
Grown Ups

Favorite Horror Movie
Nightmare on Elm Street

Movie Actor
Johnny Depp

Movie Actress
Kristen Stewart

Comic Star
Adam Sandler

Action Star
Jackie Chan

Favorite Star Under 25
Zac Effron

On Screen Team
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner

TELEVISION

Sci-Fi Fantasy show
Fringe

TV Crime Drama
Lie to me

Competition Show
American Idol

TV Drama
House

TV Comedy
Glee

Family TV Movie
Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam

TV Comedy Actor
Neil Patrick Harris — “How I Met Your Mother”

TV Comedy Actress
Jane Lynch — “Glee”

TV Drama Actor
Hugh Laurie — “House”

TV Drama Actress
Lisa Edelstein — “House”

TV Guest Star
Demi Lovato — “Grey’s Anatomy”

TV Crime Fighter
Tim Roth — “Lie to me”

TV Doctor
Gregory House
Hugh Laurie

TV Family
The Simpsons

Talk show host
Conan O’Brien

TV Chef
Rachael Ray

TV Obsession
Dexter

TV Guilty Pleasure
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
New TV Comedy

$#*! My Dad Says

New TV Drama
Hawaii Five-OMUSIC

Male Artist

Eminem

Female Artist
Katy Perry

Country Artist
Taylor Swift

Pop Artist
Rihanna

R& B Artist
Usher

Hip-Hop Artist
Eminem

Rock Band
Paramore

Breakout Artist
Selena Gomez & The Scene

Music Video
“Love the way you Lie” by Eminem
Featuring Rihanna

Favorite Song
“Love the way you Lie”
Eminem featuring Rihanna

WEB

On-line Sensation
Katy Perry

Viral Video Star
“Single Ladies Devastation”

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To see the competitors for the awards, see complete list of 2011 People’s Choice Awards nominations.

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Source:

“37th Annual People’s Choice Awards,” CBS Television
“And the winners are…,” PeoplesChoice.com

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2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies on Fuse TV

In recent years the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies presented by Fuse TV was commercial free and unedited. These telecasts would be 4 to 5 hours in length. In 2011 it was edited down to two-hours with a significant amount of commercials. Quite frankly I was not looking forward to sitting for at least four hours this year. I didn’t have to worry, because it went immediately into the first inductee and proceeded onward till the finale, which was only on for a few minutes.

They interspersed the inductees’ speech with highlighted portions of their selected performances. What is always interesting with these induction ceremonies are my favorite artist(s) usually give good speeches and performances, but it is the other lesser known inductees that end up shining through and stealing the show. This year was no exception. My favorites were The Alice Cooper Band and Neil Diamond, the former was very entertaining, but the latter somewhat disappointing.

Dr. John – It was after a Hurricane Katrina Relief benefit where John Legend first met Malcolm John “Mac” Rebbennack or Dr. John. Legend had the honors of inducting this New Orleans musician whose big hit was “Right Place, Wrong Time.” They both performed a piano duet of “Such a Night.”

Darlene Love – Bette Midler for once gave a very respectful and clean speech to induct this lead singer and sometimes back-up singer on many of the Phil Spector hits singing about innocence and love. It was hilarious when Midler says she now has a connection to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while googling her name.

When Darlene gave her speech she mentioned her birthday was coming up and would turn 70 years old. There was a collective gasp in the audience, because Ms. Love looks and sounds fabulous for her age. Her solo performance of “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” was outstanding. Afterwards, Bruce Springsteen came onstage while playing the guitar for “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Finally, Bette joined Love in a duet of “He’s a Rebel.”

Alice Cooper Band – Inducted by Rob Zombie who was awesome when he reminisced about painting a portrait of the lead singer dripping in blood for his fourth grade project. Thankfully there was none of that shock rock in the band’s safe performances of “Eighteen” and “School’s Out” joined later on by Zombie. During Alice Cooper’s speech he actually had a boa constrictor around his neck. It was a creepy sight. I can only imagine what the audience must have felt like.

Tom Waits – This extraordinary artist has written songs for Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, Rod Stewart and Johnny Cash to name a few. Even though I had heard of Waits as a songwriter and actor I wasn’t too familiar with his performances until now. Neil Young gave a passionate speech without notes, but spoke from the heart, to induct Waits. It was funny when Tom Waits wanted a keychain version of his Hall of Fame statue. Talk about gut-wrenching and emotional vocals when he sang “Make It Rain” and “Rain Dogs.” Now that was true artistry we were witnessing on stage. You could tell he was deeply appreciated by his peers in the audience.

Leon Russell – The list of notable artists Elton John was reading off of where Russell has played on in recording sessions is virtually a “Who’s Who” of pre-rock and roll era to post rock. Elton John said he had lost touch with Leon until a song of his came up on his iPod. He gave him a call to collaborate on an album. Russell sang “Delta Lady” and a “Song For You.” John Mayer joined on guitar for the latter song.

Neil Diamond – Always the consummate concert performer whom I have seen a number of times in concert seemed a bit off with his acceptance speech and song selections that were televised. It didn’t help much with Paul Simon’s weird induction speech. The crowd was noticeably silent when Simon stated why Diamond had not been inducted earlier into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since his 1991 eligibility was Barbra Streisand and their duet “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”

Simon further added insult to injury by saying “It’s not rock ‘n’ roll. I don’t even think they let that DNA near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” Diamond did make a remark later on about this and the crowd then cheered. He was very proud of his collaboration with Streisand. However, Diamond seemed grouchy and ungrateful for having to travel as a musician, needing to work to pay for his children’s dental bills, and on and on. Who cares? His performances of “I Am I Said” and “Sweet Caroline” were mediocre.

Fuse will be re-broadcasting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for those that missed its initial airing. Be sure to check their website weekly schedule for dates and times. All in all this was an entertaining and fascinating induction ceremony, especially the stellar performances from Darlene Love, Alice Cooper Band and Tom Waits.

SOURCES:

2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Fuse.tv

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, RockHall.com

“Big rock night for Diamond, Cooper, Waits, others”, Music – Mail.com

Paul Brown, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Recap”, Suite101.com

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2011 Oscar Nominations: "The King's Speech" Dominates 83rd Academy Awards

The 83rdAcademy Awards features a lot of highly anticipated movie nominations and performances. The 2011 list of Oscar nominations includes the best of young Hollywood breaking into an elite group of actors who get recognized for their performances. Movie critics and the public expect to see a few names on the list on nominees, including “The Social Network,” “Black Swan” and “The King’s Speech.” These seem to be the standouts expected to fight for the most nominations. Academy Award winner Mo’nique and Academy President Tom Sherak made the announcements.

“The King’s Speech” dominates awards show with 12 nominations, including best actor, best supporting actress, best supporting actor and best picture. Colin Firth earns his second Oscar nomination for best actor. Helena Bonham Carter also receives her second nomination; she hasn’t been nominated for an Academy Award since 1998. Geoffrey Rush, who already has an Academy Award, earns the forth nomination of his career. “The Social Network” follows “The King’s Speech” in most nominations with eight, including best picture, best director, best actor and best adapted screenplay.

This year’s Academy Awards recognizes “True Grit,” a movie snubbed by the Golden Globes. Jeff Bridges earns his second best actor Oscar in row for his role in the movie. Fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld earns her first nomination for best supporting actress. “True Grit” also has nominations for best picture and best adapted screenplay.

A notable omission from the list of nominations is Mark Wahlberg for “The Fighter.” Three of his co-stars – Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale – have nominations for their supporting roles. Mila Kunis, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Black Swan,” is missing from the list of nominees for supporting actress.

” The King’s Speech” is expected to win at least half of its nominations, including best actor. It will likely be a tossup between “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech” in categories they share. The 83rd Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 27, 2011 on ABC.

Complete list of nominees:

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter”

Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”

Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”

Jeremy Renner in “The Town”

Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

James Franco in “127 Hours”

Directing

“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

“The Fighter” David O. Russell

“The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper

“The Social Network” David Fincher

“True Grit” Joel and Ethan Coen

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Another Year” Mike Leigh

“The Fighter” Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson

“Inception” Christopher Nolan

“The Kids Are All Right” Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

“The King’s Speech” David Seidler

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“127 Hours” Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy

“The Social Network” Aaron Sorkin

“Toy Story 3” Michael Arndt

“True Grit” Joel and Ethan Coen

“Winter’s Bone” Debra Granik and Ann Rosellini

Foreign Language Film

“Biutiful” Mexico

“Dogtooth” Greece

“In a Better World” Denmark

“Incendies” Canada

“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Animated Feature Film

“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet

“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Best Picture

“Black Swan”

“The Fighter”

“Inception”

“The Kids Are All Right”

“The King’s Speech”

“127 Hours”

“The Social Network”

“Toy Story 3”

“True Grit”

“Winter’s Bone”

Art Direction

“Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

“Inception” Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat

“The King’s Speech” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr

“True Grit” Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Cinematography

“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique

“Inception” Wally Pfister

“The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen

“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth

“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood

“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi

“The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan

“The Tempest” Sandy Powell

“True Grit” Mary Zophres

Documentary (Feature)

“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Killing in the Name”

“Poster Girl”

“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing

“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum

“The Fighter” Pamela Martin

“The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar

“127 Hours” Jon Harris

“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Makeup

“Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot

“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell

“Inception” Hans Zimmer

“The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat

“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman

“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong”

“I See the Light” from “Tangled”

“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”

“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”

Short Film (Animated)

“Day & Night” Teddy Newton

“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

“Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe

“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

“The Confession” Tanel Toom

“The Crush” Michael Creagh

“God of Love” Luke Matheny

“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt

“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samatha Waite

Sound Editing

“Inception” Richard King

“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

“The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

“Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

“True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects

“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

“Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Sources:

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http://oscar.go.com/

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2011 PCOS Awareness Fun Run/Walk in Houston, Texas

September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month, the perfect time to take part in a PCOS 5K Fun Run/Walk!

The PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk will take place September 25, 2011 in Houston, Texas, and the event kicks off at the Downtown Aquarium. Admission is a modest $20 for walkers and $35 for runners. Each runner receives a bib and a running chip with a timing clock visible at the finish line, and every participant will receive a PCOS Awareness t-shirt and breakfast.

Runners begin at 8:00am with walkers to follow. Registration takes place from 6:30am-7:45am.

All proceeds go the PCOS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women living with PCOS. Money raised during the 5K will go towards education, support, outreach, and PCOS awareness.

To register for the PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk, learn more about PCOS, or find out about other ways you can help, check out the PCOS Foundation website.

The 2010 PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk included 400 participants, and this year attendance is expected to be even greater with an estimated 600 runners and walkers. Great news, as the PCOS Foundation is hoping to meet a fundraising goal of $75,000.

So what is PCOS? According to the PCOS Foundation website, it is the most widespread endocrine problem faced by women today, affecting an estimated 1 in 10 women. Yet many women are unaware that they suffer from this complex syndrome, and live with the sometimes debilitating symptoms of PCOS every day without knowing exactly what is wrong.

Fortunately, places like the PCOS Foundation exist, and PCOS is finally getting the spotlight it deserves. Knowledge is most certainly power, and the first steps to finding a cure are often education and research. The PCOS Foundation, with its emphasis on awareness, is helping women take these first steps together – literally.

So this September, grab your running shoes, and take part in something that will change a lot of lives. Who knows, one of those lives may even be yours!

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