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Athlete Wars: Ray Rice vs Michael Turner

Posted by mvetack on October 1, 2010

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Best and Worst of the weekend

Posted by mvetack on September 14, 2010

Stealing a page from Dan Patrick’s terrific radio show (6 foot 170) no not that.. ding!… I mean their “Best and Worst” of the weekend portion of the show.  I ll do three of each.

Worst of the weekend

The fact that Calvin Johnson’s potential game winning Touch down was not ruled a catch and allowed the Bears to hold on for the victory.  Everyone has seen the play by now and most agree that Calvin made a nice grab.  Yes I guess the odd and newly implemented rule was followed in this case but the rule doesnt really seem to work when you look at the play and you know its a catch.  Rules are supposed to be implemented to make sure the right thing is happening or call is made.  Does not make sense to have a rule that goes against common sense.

Tashard Choice getting the ball stripped from him on the final play of the first half on Sunday Night.  In a low scoring battle, DeAngelo Hall stripped Choice and then took one to the house as time expired.  The Cowboys had their video game hats on while deciding to go for a last second hail mary of sorts that resulted in a dump down to the Cowboys rb.  The Skins would never find the end zone again and didn’t need to as they held on for a 13 – 7 victory.

Virginia Tech losing to Division II James Madison.  James Madison is a pretty good football program, for division II.  Virginia Tech is dangerously close to making what is now a very disappointing season into a potential program hurting season.  Va Tech has to regain its swagger and go on a win streak in the coming weeks.  A BCS bowl is still very possible.  Va Tech needs to focus on the ACC and winning that conference.

Best of the Weekend

Denard Robinson torching my Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Although he was slowed down for most of the second half, he commanded a last minute drive to send the Wolverines to 2-0.  Robinson totaled over 500 yards of offense and should Michigan continue to win, is a heavy favorite for the early season Heisman.

Arian Foster and the Texans absolutely dominated the Colts on the ground on their way to a statement in division win on Sunday.  Arian Foster rattled off 231 yards and 3 TDs as the Texans did everything perfect to open up huge running lanes for their new star in the making.  The Colts rush D is definately something that needs to be fixed or they are going to have a hard time beating anyone.  The Colts should be fine as long as they have Peyton but that D has got to make some changes quick.

Captain America Kevin Durant and his teammates performance in Turkey.  Team USA took down host Turkey in the FIBA Championships and earned the first qualifying spot for the 2012 Olympics.  Durant lead the way with 38 points and a new U.S. record for points against Lithuania to advance to the Finals.  In the Championship game Durant added 28 as team USA coasted to a 81 to 64 victory over Turkey.

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What Bet did Chris Berman lose?

Posted by mvetack on September 10, 2010

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18 thoughts about Vikings vs Saints opener

Posted by mvetack on September 9, 2010

NFL is back!  I love all sports but every time a sport is back I put basically everything on the back burner to enjoy the beginnings of a new season. Tonight is the night we get to enjoy the violence and beauty of the NFL.  A rematch of the NFC championship game is our treat tonight on NBC.  Vikings vs Saints, Brees vs Favre, Purple vs Gold.  Here is some stuff to pay attention, look for, and enjoy tonight.

1.  Your ears may bleed because of how loud the defending champion Saints crowd will be throughout the game and as they reveal the Super Bowl Banner.

2.  Yes you will hear about Hurricane Katrina again.

3.  Brett Favre’s hometown is sure to come up at some point, maybe not as many times they discuss Favre INT vs the Saints last year but it will be mentioned.

4.  Reggie Bush is always a threat to make a sportscenter leading Highlight.

5.  Percy Harvin may do the same thing for the Vikings, if he is not in the locker room with a Migraine.

6.  I have suffered from migraines my whole life (well since I was like 10).   They Suck, and it really is tough to do anything with one besides sleep and throw up.

7.  Favre did not play too much in the preseason and joined late.  How does he take the first couple of hits

8.  Adrian Peterson, or Purple Jesus, says he has solved his fumbling problems.  I will believe it when I see it.

9.  Peterson, next to Chris Johnson, is the most entertaining RB to watch when he his getting going.  Many times he gets it going in the second half.  Like I need to tell you, but watch Peterson especially later in the game.

10.  Crowd shots Galore

11.  Please be a close game, no one likes a blowout on opening day.

12.  Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift will perform during the NBC pregame show.

13.  Is NBC still calling their super zoom motion replay thing NBCeeeee it?  I thought that was what they called it during Jerry Siendfeld’s “Bee Movie”?

14.  Chances of a 6-3 game?  -55%.

15.  My Superbowl pick is Denver over Saints.  My non homer pick is Colts over Saints.

16.  Brett Favre still throws the ball harder than half the QBs in the league.  And he has a gray beard.

17.  I am so glad Brees is on the Saints, rooted against him in Purdue, for the Chargers, and now I root for him.

18.  No one cares about other peoples Fantasy teams so I will not tell you that I have Drew Brees and the Saints Defense tonight.  Your Welcome.

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36 Random Observations from Week one of College Football

Posted by mvetack on September 7, 2010

First off I had to work till 5 on Saturday (dumb) so some stuff I saw on highlights, some on Tivo, and some live.  So here we go…

1.  Week one of college football is great but it still sucks that half the games are terrible “pre season” match ups for some of the higher ranked teams.  See Alabama vs San Jose St.

2. Mark May still annoys me.

3.  The Lou Holtz Lisp is better than ever.

4.  What happened to Tate Forcier?

5. Like most people, I hate how college football is set up without a tournament or posts eason of any kind.  With that said, the current set up does produce extra energy and desperation in big games week one in the season that you do not see in the NFL.

6. TCU vs Oregon State, ECU vs Tulsa, and Boise State vs Va Tech were the three best game of the week.

7.  Kellen Moore looks similar to that of a donkey, but he can ball.

8.  ECU’s center field logo of the state of North Carolina filled in with the purple and gold pirate was pretty sweet.

9.  Navy is PATHETIC for having all those empty red zone trips.  A couple made FGs and they easily beat Maryland.

10.  TCU’s Jeremy Kerley and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore are the front runners of coolest names in college football.

11.  Presbyterian’s backwards skip pass was the most creative play of the week and maybe the year.

12.  If Jacory Harris does win the Heisman like so many people say he has a chance at, will he be the skinniest to ever win the award?

13.  South Carolina’s balanced attack, against SouthernMiss, was pretty impressive.  It was only Southern Miss but still looked better than they have in previous season openers.

14.  Utah quietly is good again.  Took down number 15 Pitt in Overtime.  Watch out for the Utes!

15.  3 of the Combat uniforms were shown off on prime time nationally televised games.  I’m guessing thats when all the teams will show them off.

16.  TCU’s combat unis were alright.  Nothing special.  I like the whit helmets but those will for sure be on some list 20 years of now of grossest uniforms in sports.

17.  Virginia Tech’s reminded both me and my brother of Halloween Jerseys.  The “motherboard” type imagery in the numbers on Tech’s jerseys looked like flames from a distance.  I love Virginia Tech’s normal jerseys with the maroon.  Kinda cool for one night though.

18.  Boise State’s grew on me.  I wish there was a little more Orange in there some where or that you could read the Boise State on the chest a little bettter (maybe thats where the orange should have come in).  The helmets were awesome and overall I like them more than their normal ones.  Good work on that one Nike.

19.  Kirk Herbstreit is turning into quite the announcer.  Really liking him in the booth with Brent Musburger.

20.  Really upset I went to bed, due to work at 7 AM, before the final of the Tarheels LSU game.   I guess the Heels made a charge.

21.  Florida, that was pathetic.

22. Notre Dame looked pretty good.  Not dominate, not amazing, but like a respectable team.  Could make some noise this year.

23.  Was waiting for Boise State, Virginia Tech, or TCU to score a touchdown and put their gloves together to show off the cool little image it creates.  Didn’t see it happen though.

24.  Georgia Tech is Navy but with very athletic and high caliber recruits.  Tech was 2 of 8 for 12 total passing yards but still put up 41 points.  372 yards of rushing helps.

25.  Jacksonville State for twoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

26.  Tyrod Taylor did EVERYTHING for Virginia Tech.  It is a shame that one week into the season and he does not have a realistic chance at playing for a National Title because of the stupid BCS set up.  Losing to the number 3 team in the nation in early September should not knock you out of contention.

27.  Denard Robinson is the new Pat White.  Notre Dame is going to have to make the guy throw early.  Letting Michigan have success running the ball early will open up the play action for Robinson.  Shut down the run early will make Robinson pass on passing downs and show that he is not a great passing QB.

28.  In NCAA Football 06-08 video games, North Texas would always become a top 5 team a couple years down the road.  I am still waiting for that to happen in real life.  A 35-10 loss to Clemson does not help.

29.  I want Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas on my NFL teams (Broncos) depth chart at Running Back.

30.  Oregons uniforms once again are my favorite.  Love the gray pants and the feathers are back on the shoulders.  Very nice Oregon Very Nice.

31.  USC’s number one QB going into last season (Corp) made his debut for the Richmond Spiders.  18-32 for 183 and no TDs.  Virginia pulled away in the second half.

32.  Oklahoma won by only 7 vs Utah State?!?!?! really??? wow.  Not Impressed.

33.  Army won people.  Watch out.

34.  Momentum means nothing,  with how quick it can change (see Boise vs Va Tech) does it really exist after all?

35.  ECU’s hail mary to 6 foot 8 – 974 pound WR was an amazing end to a video game type football game.  I think it was 10 straight possessions with TDs.  Simply awesome.

36.  Julio Jones made a great one handed catch, still I think he is over rated.

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Good, not the best, guys to draft from each NFL team pt. 3

Posted by mvetack on August 19, 2010

Cleveland Browns

Jerome Harrison flirted with his first 1000 yard season coming up just short of 9oo yards.  He has the speed and agility to make a big play at any moment but it does seem that he needs those big plays to get a majority of his yards and scores. He could get you a just a couple points one week and then threaten to lead RBs in points the next week.  Those big weeks will be there the tough part is selecting which weeks those will be.

St. Louis Rams

Donnie Avery is in his third season and that tends to be the breakout season for Wide Receivers (of they are any good anyway).  Donnie has gone up slightly in his first two seasons in both receptions and yards and hopes to continue that trend this season.  With top overall pick Sam Bradford in town, he has got to throw to someone right?  Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce are long gone so Donnie, by default, has to make some plays.  Bradford has a great arm and hes gonna test from time to time.

Dallas Cowboys

Marion Barber was everyones pick to break into the top 4 or 5 running backs in the NFL when Julius Jones left and Barber would be THE guy for the cowboys.  His fantasy value actually fell off when he was the main guy.  Now that Felix Jones appears to be the feature guy in Dallas, Barber’s value should rise again with loading up on TDs and get a lot of late game carries when he is fresh.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Every season Hines Ward gets overlooked.  Hes not flashy, hes not big, hes not super fast.  But he just gets it done.  Few of you reading this (including myself) would realize that Ward caught 96 passes last season for over 1,100 yards and 6 TDs.  Please don’t overlook this guy again.

Denver Broncos

Dez Bryant is getting all the headlines and pub coming into this season but Demaryius Thomas in some scouts eyes was higher on their board then the high profile rookie out of OK state.  Denver’s clear cut number one WR (Marshall) is now in Miami so you know Denver has to have confidence in the Georgia Tech standout Thomas to get rid of a young great WR.

Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin was looked at as a product of the college game when he was an absolute stud at Missouri.  He proved his critics wrong last season with the Eagles.  In just his first season Maclin went for 55 rec, 762 yds, and 4 TDs.  Andy Reid loves to throw the ball and the Eagles running game is not like it was with Westbrook.  Maclin should only improve upon those numbers and may score more fantasy points then teammate DeSean Jackson who will be selected many rounds ahead of this sleeping Eagle.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford, barrying injury, will play his first full 16 game season this year.  in just 10 games last year he threw for over 2,000 yards and 13 TDs.  Simple projection has a full season at about 3,700 yards and 23 TDs.  Not a bad season.  The Lions may not win too many games again, and again, and again.  But their QB may win you some fantasy games as you spend your early round picks getting top ranked RBs and WRs and take a late round pick on Stafford.

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Good, not the best, guys to draft from each NFL team pt. 2

Posted by mvetack on August 16, 2010

Carolina Panthers

Matt Moore is halfway out the door according to the media with the drafting of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.  Like the great Lee Corso I say, “Not so fast my friend”.  Matt Moore took over as the Panthers quarterback and started for 5 games last year.  All he did was throw for 8 TDs, 2 INTs, and 1,053 yds including two 3 TD games.  Yes Clausen is the known name out of South Bend but Matt Moore will start as QB and unless the Panthers fall apart early, he should be there for the entire 16 games.

Seattle Seahawks

Golden Tate could be this years Percy Harvin.  The smaller receiver with lots of speed and great skills after the catch.  Pete Carrol will certainly find ways to get the ball to the rookie whether it is running the ball, catching the ball, special teams or all of the above.  Golden Tate will definately get his chance to get you fantasy points on a weekly basis.

Chicago Bears

Chester Taylor is the best running back in the NFL that is not a number 1 guy.  He could probably start for 25% of the teams in the league but he remains a great number 2 guy, this year in Chicago.  Last year Matt Forte had a huge sophomore slide and this year they pay Taylor big money to bring him in.  Forte and the Bears offense overall stunk, mostly because of terrible offensive line play.  Forte should still start and get the bulk of the snaps, but Taylor isn’t making big money to ride the pine.

San Francisco 49ers

Michael Crabtree finally ended his hold out and joined the 49ers on Sundays in week 7.  In the 11 games that Crabtree appeared in he went over 50 yards and caught 4 or more passes in 9 of them.  Crabtree should only get better with Alex Smith progressing nicely and having a full year of sitting in training camp instead of out.

Cincinnati Bengals

Terrell Owens picked finally got picked up by the Bengals and will lineup with Ochocinco on Sundays this season.  The Bengals have transformed their style of football into heavy doses of running and smash mouth defense but still have to throw the ball from time to time.  Carson Palmer is a great QB and TO can still play.  Already in preseason Palmer has targeted Owens enough to get any TO owner excited.  With defenders switching on Ochocinco and Owens neither should have a giant season but both should have a productive one.

San Diego Chargers

Ryan Mathews is just a rookie but someone has to replace Tomlinson now that hes a Jet.  And Sproles does not seem to be the every down back that fans were hoping for.

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Good, not the best, guys to draft from each NFL team

Posted by mvetack on August 13, 2010

Arizona Cardinals

Beanie Wells is in his second season removed from running all over the country in the college ranks. His downfield style of running with surprising speed for a bigger back with the combination of having a new QB taking over the team should lead to more chances and big fantasy numbers for the young running back.

Washington Redskins

Santana Moss has been a star fantasy wide out before but has been hit or miss, mostly miss, as of late. With a carousel of quarterbacks and coaches in Washington, Moss has had all kinds of playbooks and QBs to adjust to. The newest set is Shanahan and McNabb. McNabb likes to air it out and can make plays happen and Moss can be his partner in crime in making things happen.

Atlanta Falcons

Jason Snelling picked up the slack for injured RB Michael Turner last season and proved to the team that he is a legit guy to give the ball to. You gotta think even with a healthy Turner, the coaching staff does not want to burn him out or risk injury this year. That only means more carries for Snelling and more fantasy points for you if you pick him.

Tennessee Titans

Kenny Britt’s first NFL season produced 701 yards and 3 TDs. Pretty good numbers for a rookie and should only get better. The Titans were in turmoil last year switching QBs and getting pounded throughout the first half of the season did not help Britt. The second half of the season was all Chris Johnson and force feeding him carries to get to 2000 yards. The passing game was obsolete in the last quarter of the season and hurt Britt’s numbers. A good start for the Titans should help Britt get to 1000 yards in the coming season.

Baltimore Ravens

Anquan Boldin gets to do it on his own this year when he lines up with the Ravens. He was the “second” WR in Arizona only because Larry Fitzgerald lined up on the other side of Warner for a couple of seasons. Boldin’s tough, strong, smash mouth style will mesh well with the Baltimore Ravens.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kellen Winslow had a great season at tight end last year but will get overshadowed in drafts due to the hot rookie pick Arrelious Benn. Winslow put together a full season of games last year and his QB Freeman should only get better with more experience this season.

Buffalo Bills

Don’t forget about Fred Jackson. Even thought they brought in rookie CJ Spiller out of Clemson, Jackson fought off Marshawn Lynch last season to hold on to the running back job and should do the same to Spiller. Jackson broke 1000 yards last year to go along with just under 50 receptions. You may want to try and catch the next Adrian Peterson by picking the unknown in Spiller but go safe and get the sure thing in the little known Jackson.

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Ben Roethlisberger suspended for 6 games to start the upcoming season

Posted by mvetack on April 21, 2010

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Marshall Sent packing for Miami for a 2nd round pick

Posted by mvetack on April 14, 2010

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