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"Go Big Blue" (my fantasy football team)

Ok, my draft just ended and it was stressful the whole time.

I ended up with a team that is pretty good. Would love any opinions or suggestions.

One problem I might have is that I grabbed Carson Palmer in the later rounds, when reserve QB’s were being drafted.

Yes, it might seem unbelievable and that’s because it makes no sense. This is a top ten rated QB in all cheat sheets.

Look, I am fully aware that this pre-season Palmer had a “mild to moderate, high ankle sprain” but the Bengals claim that Palmer has improved. Enough so that he will be taking part starting with the team’s next practice.

Cincinnati has one of the best offenses in the league so did I just happen to be so lucky to have Aaron Rogers and Carlson Palmer? Let me know if I need to get real, please.

Here is the my “GO BIG BLUE” roaster (for now):

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MLB: This Seasons Surprises

The baseball season is coming into the last few weeks of the regular season. Playoff spots are about to be clinched and already some teams

In the beginning of the season I thought of few things were almost a given to happen.

Injuries, failed expectations are just some the issues to have caused expected and almost guaranteed teams to fail. Presumed headlines that never happened, nor ever will.

For players, a completely wasted season filled with disappointment. For fans, going to games now is almost like torture and the talk is of the next season where hope can be reality once again.

And whoever says baseball is boring???

#1 – The Mets have more problems then just the injuries of star players. The team is a bunch of undedicated and unruly athletes who seem to say and do whatever they want, whenever they want.

By airing their dirty laundry about fellow teammates is just trouble and disrespectful for the players who care. Like the captain, David Wright who must want to succeed as a team.

Maybe the way Willie Randolph was let go set the bar that the team used as an example of the disregard that seems to have no boundaries?

Did anyone think that Randolph actually demanded these highly paid players to listen, respect and learn from his knowledge? Instead the team acted like children and it worked as Randolph got let go in the most despicable way.

That kind of behavior is just not allowed on the Yankees. The fans to the captain to the manager to the owners would not tolerate it for a second. The Steinbrenners’ still require short hair for all players (aka Damon) and rules on how they represent the Yankees as an organization. And I am proud of it!!Just a thought for next year…..Mr. Wilpon.

#2 – This young talented group made it all the way to the World Series last year to lose to the Phillies.Everyone in the sports world thought for sure that the message had been sent, the Tampa Bay Rays are as good as it gets and will only get better.

Disappointed by the World Series loss last year, I was convinced of the this ball clubs season was only yo be better. Even undoubtably thinking that the Rays would be the ones to be beat in the tough AL East.

Evan Longoria was the AL’s MVP for the regular season and the rest of the team was talented all around. The age average on the Rays was a mere 26 years and it seemed that this team was just getting started.
Well, they are struggling to just keep their heads above water but it seems that the WIld Card is pretty much about to be unachievable. Made the Yankees and the Red Sox a little relieved.

The Rays are just proving age before beauty or experience might be more appropriate term.

#3 – As a Yankee fan I had to include this.

I was certain that any player who had used PED’s in baseball never seemed to have used them when playing for the Red Sox. Yes, Senator Mitchel’s report stated this but this man was on the board of the team for years. Funny, huh?

Once again the Red Sox were the holy of holyiest who won for real, without the free spending attitude of the cheating guys from New York.

Rodriguez has not won a championship with the Yanks and was not on the team at the time he juiced-up. Cannot say the same for Big Papi who made some pretty heavy comments about where he stood on the subject.

Can I put my “what happened here in 1918?” sign back-up? Does it really count because Big Papi and Manny were the reasons for the curse being reversed…..

#4 – The reining World Series Champs were not just at the right place, at the right time last season.

The Phillies are still hot and never cooled down as expected. This team was called “lucky” and “hot at the right time”.

Well I guess I should join the others and put my foot in my mouth.

The Phillies have dominated the NL East this season. The team has worked together to be successful and pulled each other up through a lot of struggles. It has been a tough season for the champs with their ace, Cole Hamels just not the same pitcher to count on, Brad Lidge the dominant force to close their games for wins fell apart but the other areas stepped up to the plate, literally.

This team plain out wins and I thought it was a fad but that the Rays were the real deal. My mistake and hats off to a team that will be a force in the post season.

Repeating? Oh you bet the Phillies odds are good. They are just as hungry as if the team had finished an embarrassingly awful season (aka Mets) and this team wants more.

I never thought this would happen…..

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Fate, Football, Fantasy and Two NFL Teams…..

Two NFL teams that fate in choices made will determine their success.

One has added an aging star, while the other team has lost one. Both the impacts of the situations will play a great role for fantasy owners.

Here are the plans laid out with what could happen and most likely will.

The Minnesota Vikings had a QB battle going in which the results would have been detrimental either way.

Hey but then superman flew in and broke it up. As Brett Favre knew he could be the first QB turned hero.

  • Tarvaris Jackson is not efficient enough to be a starter and would have been the weakest link that would be a domino affect on the receivers fantasy values; considering he was losing the #1 spot to Sage Rosenfels regardless and that is depressing to think about.
  • The QB is not in question as #4 (Favre) is playing again.
  • Watch for Bernard Berrian fantasy points to go up this season because of Favre’s throwing ability and experience incorporated with the respect he commands from opponents which Jackson and Rosenfels would fall flat.
  • This is in addition to opposing defenses being all wrapped up with RB Adrian Peterson; leaving wide receivers open with a reliable QB like Favre just cemented the Fantasy impact it will have.
  • Favre should add Fantasy value all around the Vikings from backs to receivers.

Favre is getting to much criticism for his lack in ability. Instead for the way he has made a media circus around himself the last two seasons which is disruptive. Favre should be called narcissistic but it just doesn’t seem to fit the persona he brings to a football team, both on and off the field.

No one can see what the future holds but I would be surprised to hear that the Vikings were better off without #4 anytime in the near future.

The New York Giants are shooting themselves right now, sorry Plex but the battle is to fill your talented shoes at wide receiver.

Eli Manning has proved he’s got skills. Playing behind, hands down the best offensive line in the NFL and has a tandem at running back that will be the earth on fire.

That all sounds like a dream, right? Except who is Manning going to throw it too with the lose of Plexico Buress at WR? This is a battle where hard work and Eli’s leadership will come into play.

Let the battle begin:

  • Ramses Barden vs Domenik Hixon vs Mario Manningham vs Sinorice Moss vs Hakeem Nicks vs Steve Smith vs David Tyree where the outcome has to fill a huge hole.
  • Ramses Barden is 6’6 foot rookie that might have the break out season; he didn’t miss one practice in camp (Coughlin lover already), he caught passes when covered significantly, running down field and over his shoulder; this player seems to be smart and hard working which will only help the rookie thrive under the coaching of Coughlin; if Barden can utilize his size he could see a lot of catches in the cramped end-zone.
  • Barden and Nicks just need to get used to the plays and to Eli and they could be the go-to over Smith.
  • If one or both rookie Wr’s, Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, have a break out first season their fantasy numbers could sore but these are deep sleepers.
  • The “O-line” of the Giants is the template in the NFL. Gives Eli time in the pocket and holes for the Rb’s to use is a key element for this team.
  • Up, up, up will go the fantasy value of Bradshaw and Jacobs because the WR position will take some time for Eli to trust so expect running game to be big, literally; Bradshaw shined in all aspects in first pre-season game.
  • Osi is back after a season ending injury last year. He was the only player from the Superbowl winning team to have been named to the pro-bowl. And let’s not forget that was before the Giants got the respect of being the champs in 2007; this guy is that good.
  • Steve Spagnuolo is a football genius who single handedly reformed the Giants defense into a force. The hero of NYC was bound to be a head coach, as any team would be lucky to have this guy as a leader. He will be missed but his line backer coach, Bill Sheridan will fill his shoes nicely; Sheridan knows Spag’s aggressive style of defense and familiar with players; Giants Defense still an A+ report card.

Pre-season games, just as Spring Training in baseball really does add to the predictions made before. The only thing it can add too it the injury list of a team, which can impact someone’s fantasy draft decisions immensely.

Other then me worrying about the toe of a player named TO, it has to be clear that almost all the players are playing hurt in the NFL.

Would you expect anything else? It’s football, wouldn’t expect anything less.

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For Sale: Derek Sanderson Jeter

In Major League Baseball, the MVP award goes out at the end of the regulated season. It goes to the athlete who has stood out as being the most valuable, above all the rest. To an individual player, it is a huge accomplishment and honor considered being the elite in your field.

Within baseball, two players one from the American League and the one from the National League respectively, receive this prize each year.

The awards terms join the obvious, which are stats and production for the season. Baseball has more stats than any other sport but this at least provides an idea of who is in contention.

However, for me, a fan, the MVP means so much more than just that.

A player selflessly plays the game by the game as part of the team not for his own personal goals. This is by no means a wimp, nor a loud mouth. His personal goals are for the team and to help the team win.

It is an athlete, proud of their sport’s history, as well as respects the veterans who played before him by learning from their wisdom.

The MVP is an athlete who discovers it is not his right being a professional athlete but a gift that get treated as such through hard work and dedication.

Anyone will agree that the first lesson taught in gym class is being a good sport and a team player. It is the fundamentals of displaying sportsmanship. Continue reading ‘For Sale: Derek Sanderson Jeter’ »

The Yankees Are Just Tigers Waiting In The Woods

Could this really be the team to win #27?

Should I keep my mouth shut as nothing in set in stone yet?

Yes and yes.

Let me tell you it is difficult as a Yankees fan to keep my excited subdued.

How could anyone not look at this team in awe of the team spirit alone. In addition to many a Yankee team that might slip and look like a team of over hyped players as they did last night, only to continually prove it was a lapse in judgment.

The Oakland A’s shut out the Bombers last night for the second loss in a row for the Yanks. It can make everyone turn-on any team were the words like “slump”, “..lose two in a row” and my favorite “the pitching cannot hold up through first round of playoffs”.

Any sports team will get criticized by the media and fans when their on top and fall even if it’s only two games.

This applies to any MLB team but especially to my Yanks.

Why? Simply because the Yankees are winners and nothing gets the attention like when the champs or the best team get dethroned.

A good example of that just happened at the PGA Championship this past weekend. Tiger Woods, a literally living legend, lost on the 18th hole to Y.E. Yang. This was Yang’s first major win ever, could be his last too.

For Woods, this is not his downfall, nor is Tiger never going to win a major again and that I can promise you. Tiger has 64 total PGA wins and 14 of them are major events only four held annually on the tour. Continue reading ‘The Yankees Are Just Tigers Waiting In The Woods’ »

Yankee Fans Ain't Going Out Like That: Yes, The Yanks Can Scare Their Fans

The Yanks are being described as unstoppable right now.

Unstoppable is defined in the dictionary as incapable of being stopped or surpassed; unbeatable.

That is the most unsettling term for a fan when the season has not finished or won the championship.

I learned this from the fortunate perspective of being a huge New York Giants fan in 2007. The team in the playoffs with only one pro-bowl worthy player beat Tampa, Dallas, Green Bay and then the unstoppable New England Patriots.

The ordinary G-Men suddenly were the unstoppable team in the end. Glad I was not a Pats fan that February 3rd afternoon or a bookie in Vegas who must have gotten killed with each game the Giants won.I must admit the disgust of a 12 point spread for the Superbowl Game because that was heartless in itself.

The Yanks have won the most games in baseball thus far with 74 in total. The Red Sox look finished for the division race and Tampa is not the same team as last year.

That should mean nothing to any Yankee player, fan whatever because Tampa and Boston slide into the Wild Card I will be scared.

Post-season baseball or any other sport it is like starting over again. No team has to catch another or is ahead/behind in games. It is like being reborn again after getting wasn’t hard enough.

The Yanks need to keep their heads in their helmets (pun with all the heads being hit lately) because the minute the team starts to believe what others are saying it will be detrimental.

Imagine the NY Post Headline possibilities, “Our Yanks Got Spanked” or “Mets Can Breath Again As Yankees Fall Even Worse”.

Even worse would be the pictures of stunned fans crying and unable to leave the seat in utter disbelief of what they just supposedly witnessed.

Then the anger of who kept saying unstoppable over and over again. The collapsing of the unstoppable Yanks, no one said that could happen.

Here is my advice of what needs to be done:


Ignore, blank-out, put your fingers in both ears while making that annoying ummmm noise or wear ear plugs but PLEASE do not listen to the media, Mets, Boston or Phillies fans paying the Yanks any compliments or insinuating that we have it the bag, because it is a trick. It would be the best thing other than breathing for the above to watch the Yanks fall.

For Cashman, Girardi and the boys upstair please dispose of the Joba Rules. If Cashman happen to get the same court order used as the PED Survey making the rules mandatory then just ignore #2. Then this special player can get on to what he does best, pitch and be treated like a princess when he does something to prove himself.

So if #2 is needed or not I can say that when the rules have been abolished the four man rotation in the post season is looking like the only option. Unless Cashman can get Hank to loosen the pockets some more in the next two weeks and get some ace off waivers. I do not like this idea at all but if the option otherwise would be moving Hughes to start and the princess to the bullpen, feel free to bankroll a pitcher. And Mitre is not even worth the effort of me typing that it is NOT going to workout with this guy.

Matsui will be missed. No thriller for Godzilla needs to be taken seriously because other than Jeter, Matsui is a star in pressure situations. I love the walk-off wins this season has produced but in the overall scheme Jeter and Godzilla have the consistent numbers to prove it. Hopefully this is not for the long term.

The Yankees just got shut-out by Oakland and second loss in a row. A slump is not a word a want to hear anytime soon.

Hope for the best but expect the worst is the best way a fan can think right now. A team can’t be unstoppable because it is impossible so lets try and not get ahead of ourselves.

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