Archive for November, 2010

November 30th, 2010

Do you know what you’re gonna be doing in ten years (and spare me the 2012 jokes)? I for one am 22. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in, like, two months. Ten years from now, I will be 32 (yeah, this is a mathy site sometimes). I don’t even have a concept of what ’32′ is.

And yet, Troy Tulowitzki knows that in ten years, he will be playing for the Colorado Rockies and making a lot of money to do so. Kinda nice to have that kind of security, no?

Today, Tulo put his name to a seven-year, $134MM contract extension that will kick in in the 2014 season and run throughout the 2020 campaign. This extension is to his current deal that will still govern his 2011-2014 salaries; he had a club option in 2014 for $16MM that becomes guaranteed with the new deal. From 2015-2019, he’ll pull down $20MM per year, with a drop to $14MM in 2020 and a club option for $15MM in 2021 that, in all likelihood, will be bought out for $4MM.

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November 30th, 2010

Week 14 is the final full week of the college football regular season. Join Justin and I, as we give a full breakdown of championship Saturday. This is also the final week in our year long conference pool, so tune in for our final conference picks of the season. We also go over our full bowl predictions. This is not just a BCS bowl discussion; we predict every bowl starting with the New Orleans Bowl and ending with the National Championship.

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November 30th, 2010

The worst fantasy news that any player, fan, or Fantasy Owner could hope for happened on Monday Night when San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore was lost for the season with a hip injury. The 49ers are only one game back in the NFC West at 4-7, but that loss is going to seriously hamper their ability to compete for the NFC West title this year, no matter how weak the NFC West maybe.

There are a number of premier games this week with four huge divisional games that will shape the NFL playoff picture in the early part of December. In the NFC, The New York Giants host the Washington Redskins with second place in the NFC East on the line. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 0-4 against teams with winning records and host the 9-2 Atlanta Falcons in a game they need to win to stay alive in the NFC South.

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November 30th, 2010

One aspect is true of Fantasy Football: Every year there are players that will not be drafted but will emerge off the waiver wire and become solid additions for a fantasy football team. Who are the latest players on the rise?

Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings

After an injury to RB Adrian Peterson, Gerhart stepped in and had his best game as a pro. He had 22 carries for 76 yards with a touchdown and had two receptions for five yards.

In Week 13 the Vikings will play against the Buffalo Bills, who have struggled all year to stop the running game. Coming into play in Week 12, the Bills ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (163.5) and 26th in rushing touchdowns allowed with 10.

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November 30th, 2010

It’s been busy times around these parts of late. Hence the delay in posting. But who cares? Vamanos!

Tigers sign Victor Martinez for 4 years, $50MM and Joaquin Benoit for 3 years, $16.5MM

I don’t much care for these deals, but they’re not bad per se. If that makes any sense. Let’s start with Martinez: .300/.369/.469 is really, really good for a catcher, but the Tigers intend to use him as a DH. Now, those numbers are a lot better than your average DH (which surprises me to no end), but when you commit a four-year deal to a guy who’s been a catcher his whole career, and he’s 32 when he starts the contract…well, you’d like to see him keep playing catcher.

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November 29th, 2010

Join Justin and I, as we break down all the big games from college football week 13.  We also discuss the BCS standings, update the bowl eligibility analysis, look ahead to Championship Saturday, and talk about the early coaching changes.

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November 29th, 2010

Friday, November 26

Alaska 3 at Ohio State 3 OT
Boston College 3 at Merrimack 5
Alab-Huntsville 1 vs Bowling Green 5
Clarkson 1 vs Air Force 2
Connecticut 5 at Rensselaer 6
Dartmouth 8 at Harvard 2
Minnesota State 8 at UMass Lowell 3
American Int’l 5 at Mercyhurst 2
Niagara 4 at Army 1
Northeastern 2 at Vermont 2 OT
Sacred Heart 1 at RIT 6
Michigan 4 at Wisconsin 4 OT
Michigan State 5 at Minnesota 2
Miami 2 at Western Michigan 5
Lake Superior 3 at Denver 6
Alaska Anchorage 4 at Colorado College 3 OT
Notre Dame 3 at North Dakota 6
Northern Michigan 4 at Bemidji State 0

Analysis – The WCHA went 2-2-1 in non conference play against the CCHA last night.

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November 28th, 2010

Every year since 1998, I have sat down on either the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving and drafted a set of bowl projections for the upcoming college football postseason.  Unlike those analysts who make bowl projections on a weekly basis throughout the season I prefer to put all my efforts towards one set of thoroughly scrutinized picks.  I try to do a decent amount of research before making these predictions, and then as the actual pairings are announced, I analyze the accuracy of my picks in three different ways.  I calculate the  percentage of teams I correctly predicted to go bowling, the percentage of slots predicted correctly (ex: having the right SEC team in the Outback Bowl), and the percentage of total bowls correctly predicted (ex: having the correct matchup in the Outback Bowl).  My best marks in each category are: 100% of teams correctly predicted (2006), 57.4% of slots correctly predicted (2008), and 36% of bowl correctly predicted (2000). 

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November 28th, 2010

2010 Bowl Eligibility Analysis

The most comprehensive analysis of the college football bowl bubble is back!  For the second-straight year, I will be publishing weekly November columns analyzing which teams will get bowl bids and which will not.  Below, I have written a report for every team that has yet to be declared either bowl eligible or ineligible.  Each week this list will be updated and new odds will be provided for each team.  Please note that these odds only represent the chances that a particular team will get enough wins to be eligible to receive a bowl bid.  They do not represent the odds a team has in actually receiving a bid.  This discrepancy likely won’t affect the bowl chances of most major conference teams, but sometimes a 6-6 record won’t be enough to a get bid from a non-BCS conference.  The teams are ordered in descending order of likelihood that they will become bowl eligibility.  As of now, there are 21 teams on the list with 7 predicted to attain bowl eligibility and 14 predicted to fall short.  The italicized games are ones in which a team can clinch bowl eligibility.  The underlined games are ones in which a team must win to keep their bowl hopes alive.

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November 28th, 2010

2010 Conference Championship Analysis:

For the second-straight year, I will be publishing weekly November columns analyzing the conference championship races.  Bold teams have already clinched their division.  Italicized divisions are my predicted champions at this point in time.

ACC Atlantic- Florida State (And that’s why you stick with your division title pick, despite everyone telling you to change it.)

ACC Coastal- Virginia Tech (This team could be sitting on the verge of a national championship berth if not for a controversial reversal of block in the back penalty in their opener versus Boise.)

Big 12 North- Nebraska (Well the refs try to screw Bo Pelini out of the Big 12 Title next Saturday?)

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