Archive for November, 2010

November 28th, 2010

Good Thoughts:

I’ve got two good thoughts and four bad thoughts becuase it was that bad of a week for me.

1. Kyle Brotzman- Yes, he choked and choked badly, very badly.  However, putting that aside, Kyle Brotzman is still what college football is all about.  He’s a guy that got in to college on his own academic merits, walked-on to the football team, and became the star kicker for one of the greatest teams in the country.  That to me is a lot more admirable then a guy who steals a computer, cheats on tests, and picks up a $200,000 paycheck on his way to the national title game.   I admit that I thought Boise was the best team in the country.  And guess what, I still think they are the beat team in the country.  They are simply the victim of one of the biggest choke job heartbreakers you’ll ever see.  And when it comes to my life as a sports fan, it’s not that surprising that this happened. 

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November 26th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Kaz Matsui has gone back to Japan to play with one of the Japanese teams. I remember all the talk about him before he came to the Mets – he was a Chipper Joes with the bat, playing SS like he was Ozzie all ovah again. Maybe there, but sure nuff not here. We paid him 5 mill this past year to (not) play second base.

Now, we are gonna be paying Clint Barmes about the same to be a utility guy, or to not play second. And it’s gonna be 5 mill because he’s arb eligible and earned 3.5 mill this year to not play second base.

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November 25th, 2010

Week 11 was a Fantasy Football lover’s dream week, unless of course you were facing wideouts Greg Jennings or Steve Johnson. Twelve NFL teams scored over 30 points and numerous players scored ‘garbage time’ touchdowns, including Larry Fitzgerald (with no time remaining and down by 25) and Brandon Lloyd (down 28 midway through the fourth quarter).

Both the NFL and fantasy leagues everywhere, teams’ playoff hopes began to get crushed after Week 11. Thankfully for fantasy owners, there is no such thing as ‘home’ and ‘away.’ This is the year of the away team in the NFL as seven more road teams won this week and three others came within seconds of joining that list.

The contenders and pretenders are becoming more well known each week, and that is reflected in this weeks’ rankings. Only one team moved more than three spots, and the top seven remained unchanged.

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November 25th, 2010

The NFL playoff picture is becoming a little clearer, especially in the AFC. The New York Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers all won this week, making them the class of the AFC. The AFC West should send only one team and the AFC South appears to be a one-team race with the Jacksonville Jaguars tied with the Indianapolis Colts at 6-4. The Jaguars would be the division champions if the season ended today based on their head-to-head win.

In the NFC, there are too many teams to count, but based on how the teams have played the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles appear to be the favorites to represent the AFC. This week the winner of the Falcons and Packers game in Atlanta will be the November favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

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November 25th, 2010

The Tennessee Titans were the only team to submit a claim for recently cut wide receiver Randy Moss. The addition of Moss makes the Titans an immediate threat in the AFC. The timing couldn’t work out any better for Tennessee, as they have a bye this week and will have two weeks to incorporate Moss into their offense, which is currently ranked 24th overall.

The Titans are currently 5-3 on the season and sit just half a game behind the division-leading Colts. Starting running back Chris Johnson has not had nearly as good of a season as he did last year, but adding a deep threat will open things up for him.

The move also helps quarterback Vince Young tremendously. Young, often criticized for his passing ability, is at his best when he is throwing down the field. Moss is exactly that type of player and will mesh very well with Young…

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November 25th, 2010

Just when you think you have seen everything in the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins give you something that causes you to shake your head. The Vikings traded a third round pick for WR Randy Moss only to release him four games later, because he was acting like a head case. This same team traded him to the Oakland Raiders in 2005, because he was behaving the same way.  Did they not realize what they were receiving from New England?

Moss has been a distraction wherever he has gone.

Even New England had to put up with his quirky behavior and strange press conferences. Moss’s press conference was over the top last week, but it goes back to what did the Vikings expect. Terrible decision to waive him a month after trading a third round pick for him.

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November 25th, 2010

It seems as if the NFL gets crazier by the week. Week 10 signified the beginning of the weekly Thursday night game and it started the week with a bang as Matt Ryan led the Falcons on an 80-yard touchdown drive in the final minute of the game to move Atlanta into first place in the NFC South. The rest of the weekend didn’t disappoint either as the Bills became the final team to get their first win of the season.

The Jets and Browns came within 16 seconds of giving us our first tie in three seasons and the Jaguars’ prayers were answered. In other prime-time games, the Patriots laid the smack down on the No. 1 overall defense in the NFL and the Falcons were ahead of Washington 35-0 just one play into the second quarter. It was another wild and wacky week in the NFL and once again the top-ranked team took a tumble. Here are the rankings as we look towards week 11.

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November 25th, 2010

Now that every team has played nine games and Thanksgiving is around the corner, it is time to start looking at playoff positioning.  For the next seven weeks, I will have a playoff picture included in my Weekly Pick’em article.  It will look at both the AFC and NFC and examine which teams are locks, in good position, on the bubble, life support and eliminated.

Keep a couple of things in mind when looking at where I have your favorite team in the pecking order. First, a team with a better or same record can be lower than another team depending on the division they play.

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November 25th, 2010

The 2010 NFL season gets wilder each week. Three more games this week were decided in overtime, and five others were decided by six points or less. Six more road teams won, and if not for two blown fourth quarter leads, that number would have been at eight.

While Week Nine was good for some, it was not so good for others, as we had our first firing of the season (Wade Phillips), though there are a few more that could come fairly soon.

Can’t wait for Week 10?

Well, you don’t have to. Week 10 gets started on Thursday this week as the Falcons and Ravens square off in a matchup of division leaders. Week 10 is also the final week of byes and is a do or die week for teams like the Vikings, Dolphins, Cardinals and Redskins.

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November 25th, 2010

Unless you’re sitting at 1-10 and hoping to secure the No. 1 draft pick in your keeper league next year, this stretch of fantasy games is extremely important.

This being the case, you need to spot players with excellent sleeper potential now more than ever. Here’s a look at four players you should keep on your radar as we head into the final stretch.

Week 12 Sleepers

Mike Tolbert, RB Chargers – Tolbert played great in Ryan Mathews absence after running for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ 35-14 victory over the Broncos. This week, Tolbert moves from the 31st ranked run defense to the 30th ranked run defense as he faces the Indianapolis Colts.  With Mathews expected to miss another game with an ankle injury, Tolbert should top 100 yards again this week.

Complete list>>>

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