2018 NFL Divisional Round Picks


2-2 during last weeks action in the wild card round. Here’s who I have moving on to play for the conference championships.

Falcons @ Eagles

Saints @ Vikings

Titans @ Patriots

Jaguars @ Steelers


Los Vegas Aces


Move over Vegas Golden Knights, you are no longer the only professional sports team in sin city.

The WNBA is adding the Los Vegas Aces for the 2018 season. This is the relocation of the San Antonio Stars.


I really like this move. Vegas is a big sports town without the teams to match. This gives them a second sports team in a professional league, before the Oakland Raiders come to town. Gives sports fans another option other than hockey ,or minor league baseball.


Basketball does have a good shot of success in Vegas. The NBA hosts the summer league there, the Reno Big Horns of the G League set up shop not far away.


This summers Big3 summer league hosted the championships there.


Plus, the Mountain West Conference hosts their tournament for basketball at the Thomas and Mack Center, home to UNLV hoops.


It also puts the Aces out of the shadow of the Spurs. With the Stars struggling and the Spurs almost always in the playoffs, it could be easy to see where the Stars could be ignored.

Vegas doesn’t have pro basketball so there’s only one ticket in town for that.


The name is pretty solid. It goes well with the gambling nature of Vegas. However, what a boring logo. I do like the red, silver and black color scheme and it does look like the logo has a metallic look to it which is cool. Yet, its mostly a bunch of triangles. Boring and not something I want to wear on a t-shirt.


They could have done a better job of playing with the cities gambling theme in the logo, but it wasn’t done.

Though buzz for this team is high. They have a new coach in Bill Laimbeer. They also hold the number one pick in the WNBA draft.


This is the second year in a row for them to draft in the number one slot, with which the then Stars selected Kelsey Plum.


Wishing the Aces best of luck this season. This is a great move and I hope it works well for future expansion in the WNBA.







2018 NFL Wild Card Picks


NFL 2018 playoff picks. Wild Card round.

Each week of the season Hammer Down gave their predictions for the winner of each NFL game. We did rather well finishing 162-89 despite a 7-9 showing during the last week of the season.

Now we move on to the playoffs and the final 12 teams, all with one goal in mind, a Super Bowl win.

First up is the Wildcard weekend. I’ll take my picks for the winners below.


Titans @ Chiefs


Falcons @ Rams


Bills @ Jaguars


Panthers @ Saints







2018 Plans


2017 wraps up another calendar year and another year at Hammer Down Sports.


So I figured why not take a look at what was accomplished during 2017 and look forward to 2018.


Hammer Down could have been dead in early 2017. After a  couple  months of limbo and an unsuccessful campaign to recruit more writers to stay on I had to make a choice. I picked keeping the blog running solo.


Yet, I felt that was a positive motivator. I would have to keep up with the blog if I wanted it to go anywhere. I was ultimately in charge of the success and failure of the project. It connected me on a deeper level with a project I had grown to love over the course of the year when it was started.


I would also say with the change in leadership came a change in style. I felt it was a bit more regimented and stricter in the adherence to AP style and a more academic style of writing before. Now I still try to stick with that same style to keep in practice,but have lightened it up a little with posts like top tens and the football picks.



Which I feel is better for the blog. It adds more to the variety of topics and post styles. It improves my versatility as a writer showing depth to do both the long and the short topics. It makes things more fun. Sports are fun so why shouldn’t writing about them be fun.


I think the number of posts made was an impressive number for 2017. We had multiple months of 20 plus posts and most months had at least ten. I hope to keep up a similar level of posting in 2018 with 20 plus posts being my goal for all months.

Traffic to the site was decent during the year. We had some good months as far as viewer numbers were concerned.  Yet at times I felt I could do a better job of advertising the site. Our social media numbers haven’t been great and I would like to change that in the new year.

The sites Facebook and twitter are here if you would want to check them out. Follows on WordPress are also much appreciated.


Typically I share updates from the site on the social medias, so if your looking for the latest from Hammer Down check them out. Though I plan on mixing some stuff up with the operations of them to make things so its worth following both accounts. Stay tuned to see what the are.

2018 looks to be a strong upswing for the blog and I hope you stay tuned to read some great content.


Most importantly Thank You. Thank you to all the fans, readers and supporters of this blog. Without your support the blog doesn’t run. I wish you the best in 2018 and again appreciate any support of the site in 2018.

Week 17 Pick Them


12-2 in week 16, 155-80 overall.

Redskins @ Giants

Jets @ Patriots

Bears @ Vikings

Packers @ Lions

Texans @ Colts

Browns @ Steelers

Cowboys @ Eagles

49ers @ Rams

Raiders @ Chargers

Chiefs @ Broncos

Jaguars @ Titans

Saints @ Buccaneers

Bills @ Dolphins

Cardinals @ Seahawks

Panthers @ Falcons

Bengals @ Ravens











Top 10 Sports Pittsburgh Dad Episodes


This is the companion post to my social blogs top 10 Pittsburgh Dad episodes. This one covers all the best sports themed episodes.

10.As Todd Haley.

9.Pirates Playoffs.

8.Draft Day Movie.

7.Little League.

6. At the Steelers Game.

5.Steelers good luck charms.

4.Reacts to Steelers vs Ravens Week 14.

3.Dad watches Steelers vs. Dolphins Week 6.

2.Reacts to Steelers vs. Colts Week 12.

1.Dad Reacts to Patriots Week 15.