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Run Down

Posted by mvetack on November 30, 2010

Welcome to the run down, just a semi organized post of stuff I gotta talk about in sports.  Here we go…

Gilbert Arenas is back.  He may not be Agent Zero or Gilzero but his game is back!  With or without John Wall he is scoring the ball like its 2006 again.  Basketball is just better when the new number 9 is a top player.  I am not just saying this because I have his autographed shoe and jersey, but he is just an entertaining player to watch.  Its good to see his game talking for him and not his over the top antics.  The funny stories and practical jokes are cool but we all know he went over the top with the whole gun thing.  The Wizards have a nice little group of guys this year even if one of them (Arenas) is making more than the Florida Marlins.  Gilbert and Wall make a good pair of guards with Hinrich off the bench.  JaVale McGee is having a year closer to the expectations when he came into the league.  Blatche has continued his good play since Gil went down last year.  If you haven’t selected all 7 of your league pass teams take a look at the Wiz.

Derek Anderson and the Cardinals had an embarrassing showing on Monday Night Football.  If you have a TV, internet, or twitter, I am sure you have caught the video of Derek Anderson laughing on the sidelines during a blowout and then blowing up (Mentos and coke style, not Mount Vesuvius style) during the post game presser.  For one I don’t think laughing and joking on the sideline is that big of a deal even in a losing effort.  Yea this is their job and they are getting paid big money to do what most of us would love to do on a weekly basis, but its ok to have a laugh, smile, or chuckle despite whats happening on the field.  Maybe he should just wear all black (they were wearing the alternate black tops last night) and mourn until next Sunday.  Your watching a grown man playing a game!  What do you expect.  Hes playing a sport for a living, its not the most serious and important thing in the world.  The Cardinals were not losing a playoff game or an early season game, they have 3 wins and its week 12.  Probably not going anywhere this season.

Blake Griffin is a bona fide all star.  In a league with not a lot of dominate centers, Blake Griffin is making his case for starting in the all star game.  He is not just dominating the highlight reel with send all your friends youtube clips dunks, he is putting up around 20 and 10 daily, nightly, and ever so rightly.  Blake has been well worth the year long wait.  Their is finally a reason to watch the Clipp show even if they lose by 10 or 20.

Besides Derek Anderson’s laugh on the sideline last night, MNF was the stage for a premier player going down for the season.  That would be San Fran’s bulldozer Frank Gore.  The Niners were ripping off 10 yards a clip with Gore in the back field as he was well on his way to a career game.  On just 5 carries in the first quarter Gore had 52 yards.  Suddenly Gore was seen jogging to the locker room.  Gore came back the next possession for one carry for about 11 yards and looked like he would come back to get the 150 to 200 yards  he was on pace for.  Then he was seen shaking his head, helmet off, talking to coach Singletary back on the sideline.  While grimacing on the sideline Gores back up and former Eagle great Brian Westbrook eclipsed 100 yards to go with a score.  Twitterverse was flooded with, Gore is a wimp… Get in the Game Gore… I just need a couple more Fantasy points Gore come on!  And some other NSFW pleads for Frank.  Gore is now out for the season with a hip injury and killing Fantasy Nerds playoff hopes everywhere.  Including mine.

Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan went at it NFL Blitz style.  Remember sitting on the basement floor with your brother for hours late hitting Emmitt Smith with your favorite line backer?  Then you loved the “fisticuffs”, as ESPN calls it, that occurred in the Texans vs Titans blowout.  Its always fun when a hockey fight breaks out in a football game.  Helmets flying and fists throwing ended with ejections and 50K into the NFL’s bank account.  Andre won the fight over the Josh Koscheck – DJ Pauly D combo in Finnegan.

Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook are the two guys I would pay the most to see play live.  These are two of the top players in the league right now and should be leading sportscenter on a daily/nightly basis.  No one is quicker than either won and both dunk in track and finish near the hoop better than most players can finish a free throw.  Russ Wes is taking over the Thunder from his bff Durant while Rose is putting the city of Chicago on his shoulders and can’t wait until the Booze Cruise Carlos gets in the lineup.

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The Alphabet game

Posted by mvetack on October 19, 2010

Heres a little thing I saw on SBnation.com (a great website by the way).  They do review of the sports weekend using the alphabet.  So I am taking a shot at it.  Here we go!

A is for Andrei Arshavin. Andrei Arshavin is interviewed for Arsenal TV and answers some non soccer related questions with some interesting answers.  Take a look.

B is for Benched. The Carolina Panthers are going back to Matt Moore after giving the Jimmy Clausen experiment a try.  Clausen looked like a rookie for the Panthers and for now will watch the games from the sideline.

C is for Cliff Diving. Junior Seau, former San Diego and Patriots Linebacker, had a rough weekend.  First he was arrested in a domestic dispute with his wife, then he fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car over a cliff suffering minor injuries.

D is for Double Dip. San Francisco Giants corner outfielder Cody Ross tagged Roy Halladay for two home runs in game one of the NLCS on the way to a 4-3 Giants victory.

E is for ERA 5.26 After falling behind two games to one against the Texas Rangers, the Yankees are in desperate need of a win and turn to AJ Burnett and his season era of 5.26, good luck Yanks.

F is for Freshman! Freshman! Number 5 ranked and undefeated Nebraska took on unranked and struggling Texas on Saturday.  Nebraska’s Freshman QB and early Heisman candidate Taylor Martinez had a rough game going 4 for 12 passing for just 63 yards and rushing for just 21 yards on 13 carries.  The Huskers lost 20-13 and might have said good bye to the Heisman and National Championship hopes.

G is for the Goulet Awards. Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Carl Pavono is a finalist for 2010’s “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year”  On why Pavano was selected as a finalist, the American Mustache Institute said,

“Many thought Carl Pavano’s baseball career was done. And then hegrew a mustache. Since then, he resurrected his career with a 17-11 record in 2010, 3.75 ERA, and a Central Division Championship. His Pavstache single handedly brought the popularity of lip garments back to Minnesota and powered the team into the 2010 playoffs.”

H is for Hossa. The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks were picked by most experts to drop off from last year after letting go many pieces of their championship team.  Marian Hossa is doing all he can to keep the Blackhawks in the Elite of the NHL.  Hossa scored 2 goals in 2:31 seconds of the the third period on the way to a win over the St. Louis Blues.  Hossa leads the NHL with 7 goals.

I is for Illegal Hits. After many NFL players went down with injuries on blows to the head on Sunday, all over the sports websites and ESPN this morning are talking about the leagues stance on trying to enforce the rules of illegal helmet to helmet hits with greater effectiveness.  A possible one game suspension is in the works and the debate begins of whether or not this is appropriate for a game that prides itself on toughness and big hits.

J is for Jacked up! Eagles young Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson got his head knocked off and out of this country on Sunday by Atlanta Falcons Dunta Robinson.

K is for K’s. K’s as in Cliff Lee and his bakers dozen of them vs the Yankees in game three of the the ALCS.  Cliff Lee is looking like the greates post season pitcher we have seen in a looooong time and has his Rangers up 2 games to 1 over the team from New York.

L is for Lee. Cliff Lee’s performance on Sunday was so good it had to be talked about again.  I still can not get over what a game Cliff Lee had vs the Rangers.  His ERA in the playoffs is now 1.26 and he is 7-0.  Put a ring on that and he very well could be the greatest playoffs pitcher of all time.

M is for Midnight Madness. This past weekend was the opening night of college basketball.  With teams able to practice for the first time, college campuses across the country were up all night watching their respective teams host slam dunk contests, dance offs, introduce new players, shave coaches heads, and give away prizes.

N is for Newton. No not Sir Isaac, were talking Cam.  Auburns freakishly big Quarterback Cam Newton, has the Tigers undefeated and atop the SEC after a crushing of the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Auburn won the game 65 to 43 lead by Cameron Newton.  Newton was 10 of 14 for 140 yards and a touchdown and added 148 yards rushing and 3 TDs.  I smell a Heisman.

O is for O-H-I-O. Everyone has seen a story on or even a commercial with the students of Ohio State doing the YMCA hand gestures with OHIO on campus.  I doubt there is much of that going on going to class this week.  Number 1 Ohio State lost this weekend by 13 to Big Ten foe Wisconsin.

P is for Phillies Anti Lincecum. Game one of the NLCS matched up Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay.  One of the greatest pitching match ups we have seen in the playoffs in recent memory.  Lincecum got the best of Halladay and the Phillies despite the creative signs by Phillies fans.

Q is for Quick. This is the only way to describe the pace in which Peyton Manning was working on Sunday Night vs the Washington Redskins.  The Colts offense was regularly snapping the ball with around 26 seconds left on the play clock.  Manning was in the zone in the first half on Sunday Night.  Manning went for over 200 yards and 2 TDs in the first half making it look easy.  The Colts won the game and share first place in the division.

R is for Riding Bitch. Phillies first base slugger Ryan Howard was seen on FOX’s telecast of NFL football advertising that nights Phillies Giants game.  Howard was shown riding bitch on the Phillie Phanatic’s ATV on the way to the stadium for his game that night.  Terezowens.com with the pic

S is for Slim Chin. Two more great ads for basketball shoes.  Those shoe companies sure know how to do it.  Slim Chin is the new Opulence guy.

T is for Tim Tebow. Tebow got in the game and on the board for the Denver Broncos in their crushing loss to the Jets.  Tebow ran it in from five yards out.  Meanwhile his college team is really missing him this year as they drop to 4-3 with a 10-7 loss to Mississippi State.

U is for Unhappy. That seems to be Wayne Rooney’s mood right now as he has expressed the desire to leave Manchester United.  His coach Alex Ferguson has confirmed the reports that Rooney wants out of Man U.

V is for Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar. This coming weekend is UFC 121 and the hype began this past weekend.  Brock Lesnar will be defending his Heavyweight belt vs Velaszquez who is looking to become the first Mexican title holder.

W is for World Cup Inspiration. The World Cup and soccer as a whole may be inspiring young college kids during midnight madness this year.  It is reported by yahoo.com’s College Basketball blog Dagger that the new thing in college dunk contests is the heel flick slam.  Duke’s Casey Peters and Miles Plumlee combined for it at their Midnight Madness and so did Buffalo’s Mitchell Watt.

X is for Xtra Time. (yea kind of a cop out on the spelling).  A couple AFC East games went to extra time.  Both the Dolphins vs Packers and the Patriots vs the Ravens games ended with the Phins and Pats winning 23-2.

Y is for Yipee, Yay, and Yahoooooo. This is what owners of Chris Johnson were likely screaming when Jeff Fisher left his star RB in the game on 4th and5 under 2 minutes in a blowout win over the Jaguars.  Johnson busted a long TD run on the last play of the game for the Titans flipping fantasy match up scores on their ear in the process.

Z is for Zigtech. John Wall is the newest athlete promoting shoes with Reebok’s Zigtech technology.  Ochocinco, Sidney Crosby, and Peyton Manning are a few of the other Zig guys, and now it is rookie John Wall with his own Zigtech Basketball shoe.  here is a look at his special Gold Rush version of the shoe you will see Wall wearing on the hardwood  this season.

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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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