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Friday, December 23, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 16 Picks

*Well I wasn't able to crack the 50 win mark last week, but hopefully the Christmas season will bring me the luck I need to get over that hump. Since the holiday season is a busy one, all I got is my picks for this week. I know there is a lot going on in the world of sports, and hopefully I can get to some of that in a few weeks, but for now this will have to do! Good luck to everyone this week and happy holidays.*

Week 16 Picks
Jacksonville Jaguars (-6) over Houston Texans
Cincinatti Bengals (-13) over Buffalo Bills
Denver Broncos (-12) over Oakland Raiders
Minnesota Vikings (+3) over Baltimore Ravens
New York Giants (+3) over Washington Redskins

Monday Night
New England Patriots (-5.5) over New York Jets

Record: 49-25-3
Monday Night: 9-7-0

Saturday, December 17, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 15 Picks

*Looking to pass the 50 win mark this week. The past 3 weeks I have taken the Patriots in one way or another, and I hope continuing to take them will help keep my good streak going. Not to mention, this week include the much anticipated return of one of my favorite topics, the Vikings sex cruise! So here is to hopin that my good fortune continues and I can close out the regular season on a nice run.*


Week 15 Picks
New England Patriots (-4.5) over Tampa Bay Bucs
Kansas City Chiefs @ New York Giants over 46
Seattle Seahawks (-7) over Tennessee Titans
Cincinatti Bengals (-7) over Detroit Lions
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) over Minnesota Vikings

Monday Night
Green Bay (+3.5) over Baltimore


Record: 46-23-3
Monday Night: 9-6-0

GAME OF THE WEEK
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts
*So many factors contribute to what could be one of the better games of the season. While the Colts have basically cruised out to 13-0 and secured home field in the playoffs, thye still have a statement to make in this game. This is probably the last full game that the Colt starters will play, and they will want to make a great final statement before the playoffs. Then you have the Chargers, who are in a dog fight for a wild card spot in the AFC. Kansas City and Pittsburgh are both 8-5 like San Diego, and the Jags sit a game ahead at 9-4. Only two of those teams can get a wild card spot, so every game is crucial for the Chargers. With all that being said, its clear we could be in for a shootout here. Not only that, but should the Chargers really click on offense, we could be in for a close contest. I don't really see the Colts losing if they stay with their starters for the whole game, but this one could easily turn into one of the better games all year.

NFL News and Notes
*I would like to welcome back the Vikings sex cruise. Just when everyone was trying to talk about how great the Vikings had been playing lately, the Sexcapades return. Daunte Culpepper, Bryant McKinnie, Moe Williams and Fred Smoot were charged with several misdemeanors for their involvement in the team sex cruise earlier this year. I'm so glad that this story is back in the news, and I'm happy for the members of the Vikings that were not involved finally have some sort of justice. Players that wern't there were being lumped in with the offenders, and now we can clearly see that it was only a select few. But more importantly, this is one of the funnier stories in years so it needs as much press as possible. And the best could be to come! Fred Smoot has promised to sue whoever it was that leaked his name to the district attorney, saying he was the one who rented and paid for one of the boats. None of the players have been dealt with by the team yet, but owner Ziggy Wilf says that the teams playoff chances will have no impact on how the players will be reprimanded. Stay tuned, this should be pretty interesting for a while.

*The Saints have been told by NFLPA rep Gene upshaw that the team will be returning to New Orleans. In the meeting, Upshaw told them team they would be returning to their training facility outside of New Orleans when the season was over. This is such a tough situation for the Saints, their fans and even their owner. Tom Benson wanted to move the team before hurricane Katrina, but now its virtually impossible. Both the league and the state of Louisiana want the team to stay and help bring the community back. Problem is, there were problems with the Saints long before this tragic disaster. Now with the Superdome badly damaged, and thousands of residents still homeless and jobless, it is going to be hard for the team to make any kind of money, let alone help the struggling community. So, if they are headed back, it may not be for long. Its a tough situation, and for times like these there are no blue prints on how to handle them. At least this a positive step for the team, and they have an idea of where they are going to be in the next few months, as opposed to this season where they have been shuffled all over the place.

*Apparently there are fans in Philly that think Donovan McNabb shouls run the ball more because he is black QB. This is another great example of Philly fans being idiots. I mean I'm not a big McNabb fan, but even he souldn't be subject to such morons. These people just need to shut up and stop whining for once in their lives. That city has the worst fans on earth, and they just keep getting worse as time goes on. Got Smarty Jones?

College Basketball Top Ten
1. Duke (10-0) 1
2. UCONN (8-0) 2
3. Villanova (7-0) 4
4. Memphis (8-1) 6
5. Louisville (6-1) 3
6. Florida (10-0) 7
7. Oklahoma (6-1) 8
8. Illinois(11-0) 10
9. Gonzaga (7-2) NR
10. Texas (8-2) 5

just missed: Washington, UCLA, Indiana
dropped: (9) Boston College

**Now I am not a huge NBA fan as many of you know, but I just have to pat myself on the back. Larry Brown has been AWFUL as coach of the Knicks, just like I knew he would. And I don't want to hear how he is rebuilding. It's the Eastern Conference! Not even that, its the Atlantic Division! Boston won the division last year with a 45-37 record for crying out loud, and Larry's boys can't compete. So, after essentially making himself the focal point in Detroit, and making his exit a big deal, Larry and his Knicks are 6-16. And oh, the Pistons that depended on Brown for leadership? They are off to a franchise best 17-3 start. I hope the Knicks keep losing, and force Larry to claim he's tired or sick and can't coach out the rest of his contract. That would just prove once and for all Larry is all about the drama.**

Sunday, December 11, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 14 Picks

*That's 12 wins in a row and counting. After going 7-0 the week of Thanksgiving, I followed that up with another perfect 5-0 last week. Coincidence? I think not. I never usually chose the Patriots, but since they did well by me last week, I'm sticking with them again. As for the rest of the games? I won't lie when I say I have trouble justifying my picks. But they are what they are, and that's been working for me lately! Is it possible to stretch my streak to 17 in a row? We will have to wait and watch.*

Week 14 Picks
New England Patriots (-3.5) over Buffalo Bills
Kansas City Cheifs (+3.5) over Dallas Cowboys
Carolina Panthers (-5.5) over Tampa Bay Bucs
Washington Redskins @ Arizona Cardinals under 40
Denver Broncos (-14) over Baltimore Ravens

Monday Night
Atlanta Falcons (-10) over New Orleans Saints

Record: 43-21-3
Monday Night: 8-6-0

GAME OF THE WEEK
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
*Not to say that the Indianapolis Colts have had an easy schedule up until now, but it's only going to get tougher from here on out, starting with this week's tilt with the Jaguars. Indy came out on top earlier in the season 10-3 in a defensive struggle, but now the Jags are riding a 5 game winning streak despite the loss of QB Byron Leftwich a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago I looked at the stretch of games that the Colts have to finish their season. After this game they still have to play Seattle and San Diego. When I looked at these games earlier in the year when the Colts were cruising along and figured they would have to lose one of them. But, much like this week, as each game actually comes up, I find myself chosing Indy. So as much as I would like to think that the Jaguars can pacify the '72 Dolphins and hang a loss on the Colts record, I just don't see it happening this week.

NFL News and Notes
*Eric Moulds has been suspended by the Buffalo Bills for aparently talking back to an assistant coach during the team's come-from-ahead loss last week. Mould's will not receive a check for the game either. Oh wait, aren't the Bills in the AFC East? It seems as though they are. So seeing as nobody besides the Patriots are even going to come close to making the playoffs in the East, I DO NOT CARE.

*Jim Mora made a switch in the secondary for the Falcon's Monday Night game against the New Orleans 'Aints. Bryan Scott, who had started all the games so far this season, is being benched in favor of Ronnie Heard. Atlanta currently is 9th in the NFC with 13 INTs, of which Scott only had 1. More of the problem may be that they also rank in the lower half of the conference in passing yards allowed per game at about 200. The move can't hurt for two reasons. One, it can motivate Scott, and the rest of the defense. After an embarassing loss last week to Carolina, the defense needs to step up if the team has any hope of advancing in the playoffs. Two, Mora could be letting his team know that just because they are playin the hapless Saints, doesn't mean that how they have been playing lately will be good enough to get the job done.

*Coming into week 14, there are 6 teams that have winning streaks of 5 games or more. On top of course are the Colts with 12 and the Bears and Seahawks with 8, and they are joined by Jacksonville, San Diego and the surprising Vikings all with 5. Now I don't have a stat to back this up, but this is the first time I can recall so many teams on such long winning streaks. Conversely, only three teams (Texans, Jets, 49ers) are currently on losing streaks of at least 5 games, the highest of which is the Jets with 7. What does this all mean? I'm not really sure. Everyone always talks about parity being what makes the NFL so great. The ability for any team to go on a run keeps fans all around the country hoping that this season may be the one for their team. So do these winning streaks mean that there are only a frw dominant teams? I don't think so. I think its just a quirky stat that will work itself out once some of these teams start to cool off, and others start to make their push for the playoffs.

*Kerry Collins has officially been demoted as the Radiers QB, and the job has been given (at least for the rest of the season) to Marques Tuiasosopo. Collins has a record of 8-17 as the starter for the Raiders the past two seasons, and the franchise figures its time to call this season a wash and start searching for the right guy for next year. Don't be surprised to see 3rd Rd pick from Arizona St., Andrew Walter start getting some snaps also in maybe a mop-up role, or if Tuiasosopo should get injured. Many view Walter as the QB of the future in Oakland and are anxious to see if his success in college can translate into the pros.

*Ricky Williams, as a former Heisman trophy winner, has the right to vote for the winner of the award every year. Earlier this week he said that instead he gives the vote to his mother. Some people have criticized Sticky Icky Ricky, saying what does his mother know about football? Or that she didn't earn the right to vote and therefore shouldn't be allowed. All I have to say is, Ricky was probably high anyway, so I think he was better off having a sober person cast his vote for him. Note: Ricky thinks his mom voted for Cedric Benson last year (Matt Leinhart won).


College Basketball Top 10
1. Duke (9-0) 1
2. UCONN (7-0) 2
3. Louisville (5-0) 3
4. Villanova (6-0) 5
5. Texas (8-1) 4
6. Memphis (7-1) 8
7. Florida (9-0) 9
8. Oklahoma (5-1) 10
9. Boston College (6-1) 5
10. Illinois (10-0) NR

just missed: Washington, Gonzaga, Indiana, UCLA
dropped: (7) Indiana


**A man in Cranston, RI opted to put a tribute to Paris Hilton on his front lawn this holiday season instead of traditional ornaments. Now, its his right to put a skank wall on his property, as much as its the right of some of his neighbors to complain about its inappropriateness. However, one man, Ron Raffonelli may want to get his facts straight before commenting. After saying he would rather his kids associate Christmas with Santa Claus rather than naked women, he then added in regards to St. Nick: "After all, he's been around longer." Now I don't claim to be a historian, but I'm fairly sure that nude women out date the jolly gift carrier by quite some time. But again, I'm not a historian.**

Saturday, December 03, 2005

NFL News, Notes, and Week 13 Picks

*Last week I managed to pull off the rare 7 win week including Thanksgiving and I look to keep the momentum going. Also last week, I opted for 4 favorites, while this week I'm taking all 5, including two that are a touchdown or more. Well I figure I deserve to take a few chances after such a successful week. If it doesn't work, then so be it. But here's to hopin'!*

Week 13 Picks
Chicago Bears (-6) over Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots (-10) over New York Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5) over Cleveland Browns
Washington Redskins (-3.0) over St. Louis Rams
Tampa Bay Bucs (-3.5) over New Orleans Saints

Monday Night
Seattle Seahawks (-4) over Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 38-21-3
Monday Night: 7-6-0

GAME OF THE WEEK
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
*This is a premier battle in one of the best conferences in the NFL. Carolina is coming off of two shaky outings, a close win over Buffalo and a loss to the Chicago Bears. Atlanta on the other hand, is fresh off a blowout of the Lions on Thanksgiving, but still is surrounded by questions on whether or not they are properly using their star, Michael Vick. I've been surprised at the lack of talk this week about this game, with people choosing instead to focus on the Giants/Cowboys, Steelers/Bengals or even the Broncos/Chiefs game. While all of those games are equally important to their respective divisions, I think the winner of this game has the best chance this side of Seattle to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. If Jake Delhomme can find another WR he can depend on, or Mike Vick can find the right combination of pocket presence/elusiveness, one of these NFC South powers will be dancing in Detroit come February.


NFL News and Notes
*A lot of people are starting to ask the question of whether or not Tony Dungy should rest some of his stars with home field virtually locked up for his Colts in the AFC. Well not to sound selfish, but it would really help my fantasy team if he didn't. More importantly, the Colts have a chance to do something that no team has done in 33 years, and that's go undefeated. Now granted, going 16-0 means nothing if the Colts fall short in the playoffs, but I think they can do both. And there's that old saying "you never know unless you try", and I think the Colts owe it to themselves to try and be the first team ever to go 19-0 in one season. Naturally Colt fans and pundits alike will scream bloody murder if Marvin, Reggie, Edge or Peyton should get injured in a meaningless game at the end of the season, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't play. I am all in favor of sitting them from here on out once the Colts have a big lead in a game, but to sit them all together, well that would just be selling this team and their season short.

*So apparently when Steve Mariucci was told he wasn't going to be fired, it meant he wasn't going to be fired....for a few more days. The funny thing is, everyone knows that the person that should have been fired was Matt Millen. Millen has done nothing but lose, make poor draft picks, and hire coaches who have failed to turn his team into a winner. And it still boggles my mind that the Ford family gave Millen a 5 year extension before the season began, even though he had failed to produce a winning season. Truth is, Millen's winning % was higher with Mariucci coaching than it had been any other time during his tenure as GM, so why was it Mooch's fault? I'm just happy I don't like the Lions. But with each passing season, it becomes more understandable why the great Barry Sanders became so disenchanted with football and decided to hang 'em up well before his time.

*So Mike Holmgren says he "messed up" when explaining what NFL officials told him following Seattle's OT win against the Giants this past weekend. Originally, Holmgren came out and said that the NFL had apologized to him for messing up the TD calls of both Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey's catches. Then the NFL came out and said they made no such apology to the Seahawks head coach. If that weren't weird enough, Holmgren then said he expected to be fined, while the NFL said they didn't expect to fine him. I don't see a need for a fine here. Its clear that Holmgren was told something by somebody. Should he had made those comments public, no. And should he know better, probably. But seeing as his team won the game anyway, both he and the NFL should just let this situation go by the wayside. Its not like he came out and said they got it wrong and they suck, so let's all just move on.

*This whole Michael Irvin situation just boggles my mind. ESPN essentially suspended Irvin this weekend, after the incident this past weekend when Plano, TX police found a pipe and bags with marijuana residue in his car after pulling him over for speeding. The thing I don't get, is why Stuart Scott, in an attempt to help clear his friend's name, said the police found a "crack pipe" in Irvin's car. Nowhere in the police report does it say crack pipe, so where did the One Eyed Wonder get his information? My only guess is that maybe Irvin was afraid of being tested by ESPN for marijuana, because if he were tested for crack, there would be a good chance he could clear it out of his system in time. Either way, nobody is buying his story that the pipe wasn't his, or that it was his brother/friend/cousin/"brother"s. I mean if he had to pat this guy down before letting him in his house, what was he doing letting him in to begin with? Well I'm just going to go ahead and state the obvious, the pipe belonged to Nate Newton!

*Don't even try to tell me that shit isn't really screwy in St. Louis right now. Not only did they have an Ivy League QB (Ryan Fitzpatrick) lead them to a comeback win this past weekend, but the situation with Mike Martz is just plain weird. Fitzpatrick, whose dad is a rocket scientist (even though his dad went to Arizona St. and not an Ivy League school), is getting his first career start this weekend with both Marc Bulger and Jamie Martin on the shelf. Meanwhile, Mike Martz has made it known that he is healthy enough to return, but the Ram's front office is saying no way. First they said that he isn't healthy enough, but I think there is more to it. I said weeks ago that Martz had coached his last game in St. Louis, but apparently he doesn't read my blog. Still, I would be shocked if he returned to the sidelines in the Edward Jones Dome, let alone this season.

College Basketball Top 10
1. Duke (6-0) 1
2. UCONN (6-0) 2
3. Louisville (3-0) 3
4. Texas (7-0) 5
5. Boston College (6-0) 6
6. Villanova (4-0) 7
7. Indiana (4-1) 4
8. Memphis (6-1) 8
9. Florida (7-0) NR
10. Oklahoma (4-1) 9

just missed: Gonzaga, Iowa, Illinois
dropped: (10) Kentucky


**Hey Bruins fans, don't try to tell me this Joe Thornton trade was a huge deal. This just in, the Bruins suck, their management is awful, and any change has to be considered a good change. I'm not saying they got the better of this deal, or saying they got a raw deal. All I'm saying is things haven't been right in this organization in a while (see 30 coaches in 19 years), so why would we expect things to change? Just stop watching, I mean its hockey for crying out loud!**

Sunday, November 27, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 12 Picks

*After a nice sweep of the two Thanksgiving games, I'm going to try and keep the holiday momentum going. In the league itself, there are a lot of pivotal games this week that will help straighten out divisional and wild card races. There's still a lot up for grabs for a lot of teams, and its only going to get more exciting from here on out. With that being said, let's get to the action!*


Week 12 Picks
Chicago Bears (+3) over Tampa Bay Bucs
Jacksonville Jaguars (-3) over Arizona Cardinals
San Diego Chargers (-3) over Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers (-3.5) over Buffalo Bills
St. Louis Rams (-3.5) over Houston Texans


Monday Night
Pittsburgh Steelers (+9) over Indianapolis Colts

Record: 33-21-3
Monday Night: 7-5-0


GAME OF THE WEEK
New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks
*Here is a perfect example of an aforementioned pivotal game. Seattle is trying to take control of the NFC #1 seed for the playoffs, while the Giants not only try to reel them in, but take control of their own division. Now its a matter of Matt Hasselbeck getting himself and his team over the bump in the road that has kept them from winning big games in the past, or Eli Manning maturing well ahead of schedule and bringing the Giants right into the middle of the Super Bowl picture. Both of these teams have aspirations to make to Detroit in Super Bowl XL, and whoever can pull this one off will be making a big statement that they are the best team and favorite in the NFC.

NFL News and Notes
*The 1972 Dolphins might want to start worrying a little bit. Even though the Colts have tough games remaining against Pittsburgh, Seattle, San Diego and Jacksonville, this team doesn't look like its slowing down anytime soon. The Colts are by far and away the Super Bowl favorites as we sit here in week 12, as they essentially have home field advantage locked up. This means not only will they be able to rest their stars at the end of the season, but including the Super Bowl, the Colts will never have to go outside to win a game in the postseason. In many peoples minds (personally I think they are just choke artists) it was having to play outside in New England that led to their doom every year. Now they have eliminated that factor, making this their year. If they don't win it this year, don't expect for this group of Colts to ever win a Super Bowl together.

*Both Herm Edwards and Steve Mariucci got confirmation this week that their jobs are not in jeopardy, at least not yet. I'll tell you what, they should both be counting their lucky stars that I'm not the owner or GM of their teams because they would be out the door so fast their heads would be spinning. The only one I feel for is Mooch, and its not because we have similar sounding nicknames. He didn't draft any of the players he's got to work with, but at the same time, he has been surrounded with enough talent to put up a more respectable showing. In a perfect world, it would be Matt Millen who would go, the guy who brought in 3 top pick WRs in 3 years, and also was convinced that Joey Harrington would be the QB of the future. Herm doesn't get off so easy. He flat out can't coach. I'm sure he's a nice guy, and he has had a lot of injuries to deal with this year, but when you have to hire a coach that strictly runs the clock for you, there are bigger problems. In my perfect world, Pete Carrol would return to the Jets, and fail again miserably just to bring his ego back down to earth. But that aside, I think its obvious both of these teams need to start from scratch with new coaches and a new scheme.

*Speaking of teams that are disappointing this year, you don't need to look any further than the Philadelphia Eagles. They went from a team that had all the weapons and all the experience to make a return trip to the Super Bowl, to being a team in complete disarray because of the TO situation and various injuries from Correl Buckhalter to Donovan McNabb. If I didn't despise Philly and most of their fans, I would feel bad for them. But alas, I don't, and I'm glad they are getting everything they deserve for thinking they could change TO.

*People still seem to have a lot of questions about the true QB ability of Mr. Ron Mexico, known to most of you as Michael Vick. Even though the Falcons have gone 1-2 the last three weeks while trying to keep Vick in the pocket more, it has less to do with that and more to do with bad luck. Admittedly, Vick is a total enigma in the NFL, and it still may take more time for head coach Jim Mora to find the perfect balance of running and passing in his scheme for Vick, but its getting a lot closer. The only problem is the Falcons don't have the luxury of losing a few games while they try to find the right mix for Vick because they play in the ultra competitive NFC South. But with Vick rushing for 94 yards over the last 3, while passing for 661 yards and a 6:1 TD:INT ratio, I would think that the Falcons QB is hitting is stride at the perfect time of the season. If their defense can hold up, they are not only going to make it difficult for Carolina and Tampa in the South, but everyone else vying for a top playoff seed in the NFC.

*Just in case you may not have been 100% convinced that anyone (including all of you slobs out there) could run for quality yardage in the Denver Broncos running scheme, I present to you the 98 yards on only 7 carries turned in by Ron Dayne on Thanksgiving. Is Dayne back? No. This just lends more credence to the fact that you should never underestimate the RBs in Denver as long as Shanahan has his running system in place. From Terrel Davis, Orlandis Gary, Mike Anderson, and Reuben Droughns, I give you The Great Dayne. Just another average back in the greatest running system in the NFL.


College Basketball Top Ten
1. Duke (5-0) 1
2. UCONN (4-0) 2
3. Louisville (1-0) 3
4. Indiana (3-0) 4
5. Texas (5-0) 5
6. Boston College (5-0) 6
7. Villanova (1-0) 9
8. Memphis (3-1) 7
9. Oklahoma (3-0) NR
10. Kentucky (4-1) 8

just missed: Gonzaga, Illinois, Florida
dropped: (10) Michigan St.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Turkey Day Special

THANKSGIVING PICKS!

Atlanta Falcons (-3) over Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos (-1.5) over Dallas Cowboys

Record: 31-21-3
Monday Night: 7-5-0

Saturday, November 19, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 11 Picks

*Finally a normal week back at my home base after two weeks on the run. I can't complain though since I managed to go 6-3-1 during those 2 weeks, so instead I'm just going to try and keep the momentum going. This week I managed to pick 5 games even though there was really only one that I liked (Carolina). It was tough considering that there were a mind blowing 11 games where the spread was at least 6 points! I only chose one of those games, so hopefully I will be rewarded for not playing with too much fire.*

Week 11 Picks
Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5) over Houston Texans
Carolina Panthers (-3) over Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys (-7.5) over Detroit Lions
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) over Baltimore Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5) over Tenessee Titans

Monday Night
Minnesota Vikings (+4.5) over Green Bay Packers

Record: 28-19-3
Monday Night: 6-5-0

NAPPY LOCK OF THE WEEK (6 point tease)

San Diego Chargers (-5) over Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers (+18) over Seattle Seahawks

Record: (2-2-0)

GAME OF THE WEEK
Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
*Chad Johnson has already come out and said that he guarantees nobody will be able to cover him this week. Head coach Marvin Lewis is probably glad that Chad didn't guarantee a victory, but maybe he hopes that this took a little pressure off of the rest of his team and put the spotlight directly on Chad. This game also serves as a big chance for the Indy defense to state its claim as one of the best in the league. After a very stingy start, the Colts defense has bent a little against tougher offenses like St. Louis and New England, but this is the best offense they have faced all season. If Indy can shut down Rudi, Chad, and Carson, not only will they win the game, but they will make it very difficult for anyone to say that they aren't the current favorites to win Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

NFL News and Notes
*We don't talk about TO here.....next!

*Tommy Maddox has been given the start this week for the Steelers against the Ravens. Just a little reminder for Tommy, this still isn't the XFL but lucky for you this also isn't the Ravens defense we are all used to. There's been a lot of speculation that coach Bill Cowher should start WR Antwan Randle El, who as we all know used to be a QB during his days at Indiana. As much as I would like to say Cowher is making yet another terrible decision, I think he actually got this one right. Picking Antwan would be the flashy choice and would go over real well with the fans, until the Steelers lost the game. And just to add a little fire to those of you who would like to see the second coming of "Slash", Randle El in his career in the NFL is 12-14 with 2 TDs as a QB. Whoever starts, Pittsburgh still should have very little trouble coming out on top in this one.

*Olin Kreutz, center for the Bears, beat the living shit out of teammate and fellow ofensive lineman, Fred Miller. Just one look at Olin, and you can tell he's not a man to be messed with. That being said, Fred Miller is no small man in his own right. The funniest part of this whole incident is that it occured at an FBI weapons training facility. Now I have never claimed to be a gun expert, but I am fairly sure that having two 300+ pound men exchanging punches on a firing range is not the safest thing in the world.

*Wait so did I miss something in Detroit? After being shat on for the better part of 2 years as a starter for the Lions, Joey Harrington had his first real good game, throwing for 231 yards 3 TDs and zero picks, and promptly gets benched? And better yet, it's for Jeff Garcia! Word from Lions camp is that Harrington has been taking about 70% of the snaps this week, but thats only on days when Jeff isn't feeling at 100%. My advice (and this is one of the organizations where I feel my input could actually be of some help) is for the Lions to try and ride what little momentum they have going with Harrington. If he doesn't prove himsefl once and for all through the next few games it will do two things. 1) It will give Garcia time to heal back to 100% and drive this team through this weak division and towards a playoff spot and 2) It will force the Lions to see for once and for all if Harrington is their QB of the future.

College Basketball Top Ten
1. Duke (3-0)
2. UCONN (1-0)
3. Louisville (1-0)
4. Indiana (1-0)
5. Texas (2-0)
6. Boston College (1-0)
7. Memphis (2-0)
8. Kentucky (2-0)
9. Villanova (1-0)
10. Michigan St. (0-1)

just missed: Gonzaga, Oklahoma

**I was listening to Jim Rome on Friday afternoon and heard a hysterical line on the Michigan/Ohio St. matchup that I just had to post so here it is:

"This weekend Michigan is going to flame-out faster than Kordell Stewart and Jeff Garcia at a Village People concert."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

NFL Week 10 Picks!

*Well I managed to go 4-1 last week while in California, so let's see if another venue change can produce another great week. Week 10 Picks live from the Cuse!*

Week 10 Picks
Kansas City Chiefs (+3) over Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers (-9) over New York Jets
Denver Broncos (-3) over Oakland Raiders
Washington Redskins (+1) over Tampa Bay Bucs
New York Giants (-9.5) over Minnesota Vikings

Monday Night
Dallas Cowboys (+3) over Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 26-17-2
Monday Night: 5-5-0

Friday, November 04, 2005

NFL Week 9 Picks!

*Slimmed down version this week due to my vacation. But nonetheless here is a 6 pack of picks that are sure to start my second half off on a great note! Enjoy*

Week 9 Picks
Carolina Panthers (-1.5) over Detroit Lions
Cincinnati Bengals (-3) over Baltimore Ravens
New York Giants (-10) over San Francisco 49ers
Tennessee Titans (+3) over Cleveland Browns
Seattle Seahawks (-4) over Arizona Cardinals

Monday Night
New England Patriots (+4) over Indianapolis Colts

Record: 22-16-2
Monday Night: 5-4-0

Saturday, October 29, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 8 Picks

**This may be my last week before I take a bye in week 9 due to my trip to California, but that's still To Be Determined. Meanwhile, while I was able to push my Monday Night winning streak forward, I could not pull off another winning week overall. There were many exciting finishes last week, and luckily none of them cost me any of my picks, which would have really driven me crazy. As opposed to last week, where I chose all underdogs, this week I am actually going to ride some favorites. Here is to hoping I can end the first half on a positive note**

Week 8 Picks
Tampa Bay Bucs (-10) over San Francisco 49ers
Miami Dolphins (+2.5) over New Orleans Saints
Oakland Raiders (PK) over Tennessee Titans
Jacksonville Jaguars (-3.5) over St. Louis Rams
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions under 33

Monday Night
Pittsburgh Steelers (-10) over Baltimore Ravens

Record: 19-14-2
Monday Night: 5-3-0

NAPPY LOCK OF THE WEEK
San Diego Chargers (-6) over Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 1-2-0

GAME OF THE WEEK
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
*I certainly would not have thought that this would be the biggest game in the NFC East, and one of the biggest in the NFC period, at this point of the season. While I did predict the return of the Redskins this year, I did not think either team would be this good this early. But The Giant offense has looked good so far this year, and Clinton Portis has finally kicked it into high gear to help support Mark Brunell and the very sketchy Redskin passing game. I say sketchy only because Brunell has pretty much only been able to connect on big plays. Manning cemented the fact that he has arrived, leading last week's come-from-behind victory and looking impressive in doing so. Whichever defense can control the pace of the game will have the best shot in this one. Don't expect too much offense, unless it's from the Giants. The Giants are the only team in this game capable of blowing the other one out (yea I saw what Washington did last week but that was the 49ers who would lose to Syracuse), but I expect it to be a rather low scoring defensive struggle.

NFL News and Notes
*Tedy Bruschi is going to play, and may even start for the New England Patriots this Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills. There has been a lot of talk that maybe Tedy is coming back for selfish reasons, namely the fact that the defending champs are 3-3 and their defense has looked awful at times. But rest assured, Bruschi has said he would be making the same decision whether the Patriots were 0-6 or 6-0. He doesn't owe anyone anything, he just loves to play football. After all, it's his job, and he has been cleared by four independent specialists to play so why not? All I have to say is welcome back Tedy, we missed you and its going to be great to see you on the field again doing what you love.

*Word out of Rams camp is that Mike Martz is done in St. Louis. Apparently Martz tried to call in a play from his hospital bed last week, and management would not let him. Does this sound like a good relationship? I don't think so. Martz time is all but up in St. Louis, and the team has even adapted a new, run-first scheme under interim coach Joe Vitt. But Martz is a mad genius, so expect him to land on his feet next year with either a co-ordinator job or as head coach in any number of places including Minnesota, Houston or maybe even Detroit. Imagine Martz in Motown with all of those WRs at his disposal? Could get V interesting.

*T.O. put his Morristown, NJ house on the market this week for $4.4 million. A lot of people in Philly see this as a sign that after this season Owens will definitely try to bolt from the city of brotherly love. Ever since McNabb came out out and backed RB Bryan Westbrook in his contract talks with ownership, people have assumed that Owens has been pissed off. And with good reason. After all the trouble he went through with his contract, and now to have McNabb speaking out for another teammate, Owens can not be pleased. Combine all of this with the "struggles" that the Eagles have experienced so far this year, and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see another T.O. offseason like we did this year. Expect more sit-ups in his driveway, and plenty of that whiny brat Drew Rosenfag.

*This week saw the passing of one the greatest men in NFL history, Giants co-owner Wellington Mara. Mara helped found the NFL, guide it through the merger with the AFL, and watched it continue to thrive in the new age of Monday Night and Fantasy Football. He was a true pioneer, and he will be missed.

*The Packers have now lost Ahman Green, Najeh Davenport and Robert Ferguson this year. In order for things to get any worse for the (1-5) Packers, Brett Favre would have to be involved in an incident in which he was fatally hurt while saying he never liked cheese and hated cold weather.

Other News
*So it seems that Texas has hopped over USC in the BCS standings to #1. Why you ask? Well the computers saw that Texas beat up on then #7 Texas Tech, a previously undefeated team. See, I thought the computers were supposed to know, better than the humans. That before the Red Raiders were crushed 52-17 by the Longhorns, their "biggest" win (and I use that term very lightly) was a 34-31 win over Nebraska. Not to say that beating Sam Houston St., Florida International, and Inidana St. weren't big wins, oh wait that's exactly what I'm saying. While USC will probably go back to #1 after they beat UCLA, it's still a little weird to see Texas on top. Hopefully the BCS will be gone soon, but obviously not soon enough.

*Air Force reprimanded head football coach Fisher DeBerry after he was quoted as saying "African American kids can run very well...It's very obvious they run very well". He also commented that TCU, who had just beaten Air Force "had a lot more African-American players than we did and they ran a lot faster than we did". I really don't know how to comment on this because its such a stupid comment. Reprimanded? He should be fired. Not because he's a racist, because that may not even be the case. Fisher should be fired because he was dumb enough to make those comments to the press. The man is obviously an idiot. We all know they do things their own way in the armed forces, but this is just unreal. Fisher DeBerry, you are a moron, plain and simple. And PS, maybe you can't get black players because you talk like this! Ever think of that?

*So Sheryl Swoopes came out this week and announced that she is a lesbian. Conspiracy theorists will tell you that this is just the best player of all time trying to gain exposure for her struggling league. What I will tell you is, she's not hot, so nobody cares. But, on the plus side, now the WNBA stands for "What? No Boys Anymore?"

*The White Sox won the World Series. Allow me to insert a steel toe boot right to the crotch of every Cubs fan in America. Now you are the biggest losers in the MLB, if not all of sports fandom. Your team sucks, your ownership sucks, your fans are by FAR the dumbest and most apathetic in all of sport, and right now your "window" to win a championship (or at least the one Cubs fans thought they had with Prior and Wood) seems to be shutting faster and faster with every annual trip to the DL. Now that the Red Sox and White Sox have their titles, is it only a matter of time before the Cubs end their curse? No way. And since their fans don't even pay attention to the games, I don't think they will care.

*Red Sox Nation have no fear. It appears as though the Sox and GM Theo Epstein will come to a new contract agreement this Monday. There was a lot of speculation these past weeks that Theo wanted too much money, or that he needed to wrestle for control from current managing partner Larry Lucchino. Ironically it was Larry who basically got Theo this job, but there are many in the game that feel Theo is held back by having to run all of his deals through Larry. There are even some who believe that Larry and the ownership group have used the Boston Globe as an outlet to smear Theo in an attempt to either get him to leave town or to take less money to stay. I mean when you look at the type of organization the new group has tried to run, they treat the GM and the head coaching positions as pawns, guys there just to hold down the fort and run things their way (they being John Henry, Tom Werner and Lucchino) for a small sum of money. After all, its all about making money isn't it?

*Bobby Valentine also won the World Series this week, the Japan World Series. And he says that his Chiba Lotte Marines would win "at least a couple games" against the Chicago White Sox. Hey Bobby, shut up and stay in Japan. We don't need you in the REAL baseball league, and we don't even really want you on ESPN anymore. So stay in Japan and keep wishing that you had another shot in the bigs. Let's all just hope you don't get that shot. Not because you're a bad manager, because you're not, but because we can't stand listening to all of your nonsense all the time.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 7 Picks

*Before I went completely nuts, my judgment got the better of me and I dumped one pick last week (Cleveland) in favor of the Nappiest pick of them all (Tampa). Was it a sign from above? No. It was just common sense poking its head out yet again. Hopefully this week I can get all my picks settled before I post any of them. On another good note, my Monday Night streak is over and I am back to my winning ways. So lets keep this train moving!*

Week 7 Picks
Tennessee Titans (+5.5) over Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos (+2.5) over New York Giants
Baltimore Ravens (+2) over Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills (+3) over Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers (+4.5) over Philadelphia Eagles

Monday Night
Atlanta Falcons (-7) over New York Jets

Record: 17-11-2
Monday Night: 4-3-0

NAPPY LOCK OF THE WEEK
Money line on the Buffalo Bills vs the Oakland Raiders (+140)
*For all of you not familiar with the money line, this means you would win $140 for every $100 you bet.

Record: 1-1-0

GAME OF THE WEEK
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
*This is the first real game so far this season with playoff implications. The Bengals can stake a huge claim of the NFC North with a win this Sunday. A win would make them 6-1, and the closest teams in the division would be Pittsburgh and maybe even Baltimore and Cleveland at 3-3. But this Steeler defense is going to put Carson Palmer and the explosive Bengal offense to the test. Pittsburgh is a tough team and they like to play smashmouth football. What that means is getting up in your face on defense, and tough run blocking on offense. If Pittsburgh's power running attack can get going then it may be a long day for the Bengals. The health of Ben Roethlisberger is important only because he is not mistake prone. He's not great, and certainly not as good as Palmer, but he limits his mistakes and allows the running attack to move the ball down the field. This is a statement game for both teams and should be very fun to watch. Hopefully Chad Johnson gets into the endzone and shows us some new dance or celebration, even though he says he is running out of ideas. Say it ain't so Chad! Say it ain't so!

NFL News and Notes
*Mike Tice still has a job. So yes, anything is possible.

*Tony Dungy goes for his 100th win this week. He still has yet to win any important playoff games. So the question remains, is he a great coach? Or is he just a coach that has managed to surround himself with good players, but lacks the strength and intellect himself to put his teams over the top? Well with the Colts at 6-0 and clearly atop the AFC right now, it may be now or never for Tony to prove himself. I mean you don't want to end up like Bill Cowher, that's for sure.

*Another story from the "who cares" files. Joey Harrington and Jeff Garcia are battling for the starting QB job in Detroit. I know you're asking yourself, "Rooch, nobody likes the Lions so why would you even talk about this?" Well, there is a good reason to talk about this issue. And it is...ok fine you got me I was just tryin to fill space. Lions, suck. Matt Millen, sucks. Garcia, Harrington, suck and suck. So there! I won't say Mooch sucks, because I kind of like him. Although there is a lot of evidence out there (see 13-23 record as Lions head coach) to support the claim.

*Brian Westbrook has been openly complaining about how he thinks he needs to be more involved in the offense, and I don't blame him. He only touches the ball an average of 16 times a game, and has only rushed for 231 yards total this season. Hopefully the Eagles will realize what they are wasting before it costs them. He is such a weapon in both the rushing and passing game that Westbrook should be getting at least 25 touches (20 carries and 5 catches) per game. If Philly really wants to know how to utilize an explosive and versatile RB, all they have to do is look across the field on Sunday at Ladanian Tomlinson.

Other News
*Leo Mazzone has signed on to be the pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He's said it was always in his mind the promise that he and current O's coach Sam Perlazzo made to each other when they were coming up together, that if they were ever in the position to work together, they would take advantage of it. So now that fate has landed them together, let's see if Mazzone can bring his already Hall of Fame caliber career to new heights. Its going to be tough in Baltimore, not to say that it was easy in Atlanta. But here he will face a team that hasn't been to the postseason in about a decade, and a pitching staff that is going to need some retooling in the offseason. One intriguing point however, is the signing of Mazzone enough to keep free agent closer BJ Ryan from bolting to greener pastures?

*Apparently at the last Miami Hurricanes home football game, a graphic was displayed on the jumbotron that read "Mexicam". Above the graphic was nothing less than a Mexican man (who supposedly gave consent to participate in the "stunt"). I'm going to go ahead and say that's terribly inappropriate, but at the same time I can't stop laughing.

WORLD SERIES
*My prediction at the beginning of the season you ask? Marlins over Yankees in 7. Ok safe to say that didn't happen. But now that the matchup is set, I get a new shot at predicting the outcome of the Fall classic. It just so happens, I don't really like the White Sox, so despite the fact I think they may be the better team, my choice is the Astros, but probably in the full 7 games. MVP: Lance Berkman

Saturday, October 15, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 6 Picks

*So, another sub .500 week. At least im still managing to keep my head above water for the season, which is respectable. But I aim higher! I really feel a 5-0 week coming on soon. With that said, I am avoiding the Seahawks alltogether for the rest of the season becuase they have foiled me 3 times already in just 5 weeks. Hopefully I can start the train moving in the right direction before the MLB Playoffs end and everyone begins to notice how bad I've been doing lately. And I beg the sports Gods to help end my Monday Night losing streak!*

Week 6 Picks
San Diego Chargers (-1.5) over Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Bucs (-3) over Miami Dolphins
Carolina Panthers (-1) over Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings (+3) over Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals (-3) over Tennessee Titans

Monday Night
Indianapolis Colts (-13.5) over St. Louis Rams

Record: 14-10-1
Monday Night: 3-3-0

NAPPY LOCK OF THE WEEK
(6 point tease)
- Tampa Bay (+2.5) over Miami Dolphins
- Under 41

Record: 0-1-0

GAME OF THE WEEK
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
*You're kidding yourself if you thought this week 6 matchup would be pivotal to winning the NFC East, but with the Eagles struggling, and fresh off a throttling at the hand of the Cowboys, this division is up for grabs. The Giants and Redskins are tied at the top at 3-1 and Dallas could move right up there as they are currently 3-2. The Giants great start can be attributed more to other teams than their own. While Eli Manning has been better than expected, most teams to start have stacked the box and dared Manning to throw the ball. So far he has repsonded, but its only a matter of time before defenses adjust. There in lies the key for Dallas. If the Cowboys can keep Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs under control, it will allow them to drop more men into pass coverage and create tougher reads for Eli. In my opinion, this game could turn into a shootout, which makes for great football.

NFL News and Notes
*First it was Hurricane Katrina. Then it was the "home game" in New York. Now, fresh off a 52-3 drubbing from the Packers, the Saints have some more good news! Deuce McAllister is done for the year, suffering a season ending knee injury. So let's go ahead and officially call this season a wash for the 'Aints, and let Jim Haslett keep his job for one more year.

*After going six years in the NFL, and an additional 4 years at Wisconsin, Green Bay's Mark Tauscher was finally called for his first ever holding penalty. The run lasted 75 games, 73 of which were starts. Its such an impressive streak, espcially since you always hear how the officials could basically call holding on at least one lineman every play.

*Ricky Williams is back this week! So everyone pick up your pipes, grab your papers, and lets give a toast to the best stoner ever to run the bean. We don't know what his "roll" will be, but one can only hope that Nick Saban will give him more than just a few "toke"n carries a game. Ha!

*A popular saying in the NFL is that you can only play the teams that are on your schedule. That arises when you try to compare two teams that haven't played each other. That brings us to the "vaunted" new Colts defense. All you seem to hear now that the Colts are 5-0 is that their new look defense is what is going to put them over the top and finally get them to the Super Bowl this year. Well this just in. The "best" offense that the Colts have faced so far this season is the Cleveland Browns. Thats right, the offensive juggernaut that is the Browns, is the highest ranked offense, at 16th, that the Colts great D has shut down so far. Let's hold off our judgement on this defense at least until the Colts play Cincy and New England in the coming weeks.

*On Friday former Rams OT Kyle Turley appeared on the Jim Rome show and talked about how he was accused of threatening former coach Mike Martz. Now Martz is in the hospital. Hmmmmm.

*I'm only making one comment on the alleged Minnesota Vikings sex cruise: Next time spring for it and get your own boat! You can't expect to leave used condoms and lube all over the place and not get caught. I mean its freking Minnesota and you are the Vikings. For crying out loud there are no other celebrities in the whole damn state. Of course you are going to get noticed and reported!

Other News
*So it looks like Ron Artest has learned his lessons from the "Malice at the Palace", and will return to the court this year a kinder and more well behaved player. OK now wake up and remember how big of an idiot this man is. If it wern't bad enough that hes going to be under scrutiny from referees after causing the single biggest brawl in NBA history, Artest threw some more fuel on his personal fire with his latest comments. "Im going to continue playing hard and out of control, like a wild animal that needs to be caged in. I'll let the referees handle it." Well Ron, with comments like that, saying that you are intentionally going to play out of control, expect the referees to handle it with a lot of technical and flagrant foul calls.

*Wait...so you're tryin' to tell me that Bill Romanowski did steroids? Well mark me down as shocked.

*Just to put it simply. The umpire may not of been wrong in his call in Game 2 of the ALCS, but he sure is being stubborn. This whole nonsense about strike and out calling mechanics is bullshit. Do we need replay? I'm still not sure. What we may need is umpires that don't have such big chips on their shoulders. I mean have you ever heard a MLB umpire admit he got a call wrong?

*Anyone still trying to give the MVP to A-Fraud? While Ortiz was clutch all year, Rodriguez showed his big-game performance in a nut shell grounding into the double play that essentially ended the Yankee's season. And oh yeah, in the ALDS series as a whole, he was 2-15 with 0 RBI and 1 double.

*This past week Michelle Duggar of Arkansas gave birth to her 16th child. That's not even the best part. Much to the shock of everyone, her husband's name is Jim Bob. Who would have thought? A guy named Jim Bob has 16 kids. I bet he grew up in the northeast and attended an Ivy League school.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 5 Picks

* Want to know the difference between a 4-1 record and a 3-2 record? Answer: Josh Brown. When the Seattle kicker missed a FG at the end of regulation, it allowed the Redskins to avoid defeat and gain a 3 point win in OT. Nonetheless, I am still looking for another strong week to boost my record. Here's a look at this week's picks. Hopefully with a 1/4 of the season down, things will get a little easier for me. Its also time to end my 2 week Monday Night losing streak.*

Week 5 Picks
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars under 38.5
Tennessee Titans (+3) over Houston Texans
Green Bay Packers (-3) over New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) over Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis Rams (-3) over Seattle Seahawks

Monday Night
San Diego (-3) over Pittsburgh

Record: 12-7-1
Monday Night: 3-2-0

NAPPY LOCK OF THE WEEK
Miami Dolphins (+3) over Buffalo Bills

Record: (0-0-0)

*New segment added this week. Pick courtesy of master handicapper to the stars. The one, the only, Mr Jared Hutter. If I were you I would put all your money on this man!

GAME OF THE WEEK
New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons
*Its not a coincidence that the Patriots are appearing again in the Game of the Week section. Before their week 7 bye, the Pats will have traveled to Carolina, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Denver. Talk about a brutal stretch to open the season. But this week I have sent Frosco to the Georgia Dome in order to assure a Patriots victory. In case that isn't enough, The Pats may want to try and slow down the Falcon running game and get their own ground attack on track. Its pretty safe to say that if Vick and Co. have as much success running the ball as Tomlinson did last week, then the defending champos may be looking at a 2-3 start to their season. One factor however is how strong the Patriots usually rebound off of a loss. In the past 3 seasons the champs are a combined 5-0 in a week following a loss. Should be a battle, hence why its the game of the week.

NFL News and Notes
*So the Bills dumped JP Losman as their starter and have instead decided to go with veteran backup Kelly Holcomb. Buffalo has apparently decided that despite their 1-3 start, they are a veteran team trying to take a shot at the playoffs. I mean what other reason would there be to bench the 2004 first round pick? The Bills let Bledsoe go in the offseason because they felt that Losman was ready to take the reigns and and lead a team that barely missed the playoffs last year. So if hes not going to take the snaps this year when will he get the bulk of the work? Who knows. If you ask me, this whole situation leads to one thing and one thing only, and thats the firing of both head coach Mike Mularkey and GM Tom Donahoe.

*Charles Rogers has been suspended four games for drug use. Let's play one of my favorite games: What Drug Is It Anyway?? I'm going to go out on a limb and say cocaine, but who really knows for sure. I suppose he could just be puffin' like Ricky. All I do know is, combine Rogers drug abuse with the alcoholism of former Michigan St. QB Jeff Smoker, and I bet they were having great postgame parties up in Lansing during their college days. P.S. If I were Rogers, I would just cop out and say Miguel Tejada gave me the drugs. Right Raffy?

*Word out of Minnesota is that Mike Tice's job is safe. Well i guess that shows what I know. Because what I see going on up there is a team that had Super Bowls aspirations off to a 1-3 start. When that happens its time for a change. I really don't care if Culpepper is dinged up, thats the nature of the league. I also don't think that the only thing wrong with this team is that they are missing the home run ball threat of Randy Moss. I think the real problem here is that the Vikings let Scot Linehan , their Offensive Coordinator, go to Miami in the offseason. Hes the one that always made that team go, it was never Tice. So why keep him around now? He may be a great guy, but this is a business, and a 1-3 start is enough of a sign to me that its time for a change. It's never too late to salvage a season when you play in the dismal NFC North. Prediction: The winner of this division wil at best have a 9-7 record, and could send a sub .500 team to, as Bill Parcell's likes to call it, the "tournament".

OTHER NEWS
*The Boston Red Sox season came to an end Friday night after they lost their 3rd straight game and were swept by the Chicago White Sox. As a rabid Red Sox fan it is obviously tough to see the season come to a close, but I haven't really thought they would win the World Series since the All-Star break. The Sox never had the pitching to make a serious push this year, but it was a fun season and it was time to end. On that sad note, may I be the first to say goodbye and thank you to 2004 World Series MVP Manny Ramirez. I believe, as many do, that Manny has played his last game for the Sox and while I agree with the move to trade him, I also appreciate what hes done during his tenure here in Boston. Let's take a look at his numbers while in Beantown: .315 199 HR 610 RBI 174 2B Thats just Manny being Manny.

*Jason Giambi won the comeback player of the year award? Now I understand its not an official award and its simply voted by the fans over the internet, but still. If anything I think thsi speaks to the utter stupidity of some Yankee fans. You know they were the ones carrying the vote, so how else do you explain it? The guy is an admitted steroid user. So the fact that he was able to produce again after going off the juice makes him acceptable now? I think not. And let's take it a step further, who said hes even off roids completely anyway? MLB still has no testing for human growth hormone (HGH). Perhaps the most interesting subplot here though. The same Yankee fans that came out in bunches to vote in Giambi for this award, where were they when Jeter lost out to Scott Podsednik for the extra man award to appear in the All-Star game?

*Reason # 1,896,492 why ESPN's Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are the worst baseball announcing team in the history of the universe. During the Yankee/Angel game Friday night, here is the call Miller gave on Chone Figgins throw to the plate to try to stop Hideki Matsui from scoring on a 5th inning double by Robinson Cano: "Figgins gets it in to Cabrera, throw home, he air mails it! Touchdown!"

*Not sports related at all, but I thought this was funny. Here is the response a woman gave after winning 1.6 million on a slot machine weeks after being chased from her New Orleans home by Hurricane Katrina.

"You just don't realize what done happened until the person next to you hits you and says, 'Well, you done did it!'"

Saturday, October 01, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 4 Picks

*Nothing like a 2-3 week to take me down off of my high horse. Well this is what we call a rebound week boys and girls. It's time to bounce back and reclaim my status as a premier handicapper. Ok, so maybe that was never the case, but nonetheless, I'm taking my shots again this week with a new batch of hot picks.*

Week 4 Picks
Seattle Seahawks (+2) over Washington Redskins
New Orleans Saints (PK) over Buffalo Bills
Cincinnatti Bengals (-10) over Houston Texans
San Fansisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals over 43.5
Indianapolis Colts (-7) over Tennessee Titans

Monday Night
Carolina (-7.5) over Green Bay

Record: 9-5-1
Monday Night: 3-1-0

GAME OF THE WEEK
Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs
* Tough road game for a banged up Eagles team, and a stern test for a Kansas City team fresh off a monday night trouncing courtesy of the Denver Broncos. Both teams are actually have serious injury concerns: The Eagles with McNabb banged up, and the Chiefs have several key pieces of their revamped defense dinged up with Ryan Sims and Carlos Hall. That being said, neither team will use injuries as an excuse this week, and both teams will try to establish the running game early in order to control the flow of the game. Both Brian Westbrook and the combination of Larry Johnson/Priest Holmes are huge weapons for their respective teams with the ability to break the game open. Kansas City is a tough place to play for anyone, and should serve as a substantial advantage for the Chiefs this week. Whoever loses this game, however, will find themselves at merely 2-2. Since both have Super Bowl aspirations, thats going to be a tough pill to swallow so early in the season. So look for both teams to come out with a sense of urgency, even though its only week 4.

NFL News and Notes
*Everybody officially off the Ben Roethisberger bandwagon? Good. Now let's talk about the real problem in Pittsburgh, and thats Bill Cowher's inability to win big games. I mean has Cowher ever beaten the Patriots? Besides what is now looking like a flukey win last year at Heinz Field, the answer is no. Cowher may come off as a great coach with "the stare" that he gives on the sideline, or the way he gets physical with his players, Cowher is mediocre at best. Look at it this way, Playing in one of the weakest divisions in football the past few years, Cowher's Steelers have gone 44-19-1 in the regular season. But, over that same span, they are only a meager 3-3 in the platoffs. Thats run-of-the-mill for Cowher, who has a career playoff record of 8-9.

*Hellllllo Brooks Bollinger. I love Wisconsin Badgers as much as the next guy, but the speed at which the QB position has delcined in NY is remarkable. After Chad and Fiedler went down, that left the already struggling offense in the hands of the 3rd year man Brooks Bollinger who last started when he was a senior in Wisconsin. Oh but don't worry Jet fans, you jsut signed Vinny! That's right Vinny is back to save the Jets again. Only problem, hes 41 years old and hasn' had any real success to speak of since he replaced an injured Pennington in 2003. Well it should be fun to watch, if only for people who don't like the Jets!

*Before we hand the Lombardi trophy to the Colts because of their improved defense, let's remember why the Colts have failed to reach the Super Bowl the past few years. Believe if or not its been that record setting offense that has held them back in the big games. Last year, Manning and his 49 TD passes only managed 3 points against the stingy Patriots defense in Foxboro. The key for the Colts will be to keep winning so they can have home field advantage during the playoffs and avoid traveling to hostile places like Foxboro or Pittsburgh.

Boston Red Sox Recap
(94-77)
--WIN AND YOU'RE IN!--

Sunday, September 25, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 3 Picks

**Just when I thought that I went 3-2 last week, I realized I had the Chargers listed as 3 point favorites when they lost 20-17 to the Broncos in Denver. Fact is, they were a 3 point dog on the road, which means push city! This week I hope to build on my strong start, and who knows, if I keep this up I may even start betting myself.**


Week 3 Picks
Carolina Panthers (-3) over the Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots (+3) over the Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars (+2.5) over New York Jets
Oakland at Philadelphia over 46
New York Giants (+6) over San Diego Chargers


Monday Night
Kansas City Chiefs (+3) over Denver Broncos


Record: 7-2-1
Monday Night: 3-0-0


GAME OF THE WEEK
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Pretty much everyone has a different tactic on how to choose a winner in this game. I am not going to sit here and pretend that the Steelers are awful, or say that the Pats rolled the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the 04 AFC title game, or even say that the only reason the Steelers won their matchup last year was due to the absence of both Corey Dillon and Ty Law. What I will say is that both teams should be well prepared for this game, but it is the first real test for a Steeler team that battered cupcakes Tennessee and Houston the first two weeks of the season. Its the first real offense and defense that the Steelers will face, while New England went up against a good Oakland team in week 1 and one of the NFC's top teams (and defenses) in Carolina in week 2. Big Ben will need to continue his good play so he doesn't allow New England to stack 8 and 9 men in the box to shut down Willie Parker. For my sake, I hope the Patriots can avoid the penalties (12) and poor offense that plagued then last week on the road in Carolina. Either way this should be a great game to watch, and will put one team stop the AFC power structure with the already impressive Colts.


NFL News and Notes
*So, Kyle Boller is injured. So what does that mean for the QB situation in Baltimore? Not much. Now all it means is they have another awful QB guiding their fairly inept offense. Brian Billick chose not to upgrade with a veteran backup in the offseason even when people were saying Kyle Boller was going to be terrible, nevermind hurt. With the defense looking like a shadow of the one that won the Super Bowl in 2000. Want to stop the Ravens? Just pile all 11 guys up into the box, and call it a game.


*Bill Belichick mad a call this week to install cameras on the goaline for use in instant replay. I have always been in favor of instant replay, and I figure if you're going to do it you might as well take advantage. And besides, what calll is more important than whether a play was a touchdown or not? These cameras would be similar to the ones used in tennis on the baseline and would leave no doubt as to whether the ball crossed the plane. I don't want there to be a million different camera angles to look at, but I feel this one is too important not to be included in the review process. And besides, if Bill suggested it, it's probably the right thing to do.


*Fact of the matter is, going into week 4 the following teams could be undefeated: NY Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Tampa Bay Bucs. So you have to ask yourself, are you prepared to live in a world where the Bengals are undefeated and their QB isn't Boomer Esiason? I didn't think so.


Boston Red Sox Recap
Record: 90-64
Standings: Tied for AL East lead with NY Yankees


THE PLAYOFFS START NOW. EVERY GAME COUNTS!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 2 Picks

** After a nice start to the season, I actually had an easier time picking games that I liked this week. Is that a good thing? We will just have to wait and see **


Week 2 Picks
Tampa Bay Bucs (-2) over Buffalo Bills
Atlanta Falcons (+1) over Seattle Seahawks
Kansas City Chiefs (-1) over Oakland Radiers
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets under 37
San Diego Chargers (+3) over Denver Broncos

Monday Night
Washington Redskins (+6) over Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants (-3) over New Orleans Saints


Record: 4-1-0
Monday Night: 1-0-0

NFL News and Notes
* Two major injuries last weekend with Kris Jenkins (DT Carolina) and Javon Walker (WR Green Bay) going out for the season with torn ACL's. This means, as much as I would like to, I can not change my Super Bowl prediction, even though with Jenkins going down, the Panthers will need to step up big time to account for his absence. I have him ranked as the second best D-lineman in the NFL behind Richard Seymour, and a player like that is extremely difficult to replace. As for Walker, well the Packers weren't really going anywhere this year, so all this does is make his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, squirm a little, which can't be a bad thing.

* Jim Klecko, the former Jets DT and father of NE Patriot Dan Klecko, killed a bum when he hit him with his car on the Eagen Expressway.....just throwing that out there. And oh yea, he wasn't drunk and he hung around to wait for the police.

* After being ejected from the Monday Night game before it started for fighting, Atlanta Falcons CB Kevin Mathis may have suffered a career ending injury on Wednesday during practice. While defending a pass during a drill Mathis came down wrong on his leg and tore several ligaments including his ACL. Let this be a lesson to you all that what goes around comes around! Yea I'm not even sure that saying fits in this situation, but you see where I was goin.

* To quote Larry Johnson, "This is something I don't want to be named for as a woman beater because that is not my M.O. That is not how I was raised." Hey Larry I have a brainstorm. If you don't want to be labeled a wife beater, don't beat your wife! P.S. I have $20 that says Larry Johnson has no idea what M.O. stands for.


Boston Red Sox Recap
Record: 86-61
Standings: 1.5 game lead on NY Yankees with 15 games remaining



**The Sox lost a coin flip this week, so if the Yankees and Red Sox were to tie for the American League East title, the tie-breaker would be held at Yankee Stadium.**

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

NFL Predictions and Week 1 Picks

2005 NFL Predictions

AFC East
1. New England Patriots
2. New York Jets
3. Buffalo Bills
4. Miami Dolphins

AFC North
1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Cleveland Browns

AFC South
1. Indianapolis Colts
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Houston Texans

AFC West
1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Oakland Raiders
3. San Diego Chargers
4. Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Card Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets

AFC Championship: New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs

NFC East
1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. Washington Redskins
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. New York Giants

NFC North
1. Minnesota Vikings
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

NFC South
1. Carolina Panthers
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West
1. St. Louis Rams
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. San Fransisco 49ers

NFC Wild Card Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals

NFC Championship: Carolina Panthers vs Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl Prediction: New England Patriots 31 Carolina Panthers 27

AWARDS
MVP: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Offense POY: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Defense POY: Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
Offense ROY: Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, Tampa Bay Bucs
Defense ROY: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
Coach of the Year: John Fox, Carolina Panthers

WEEK 1 Picks
New England Patriots (-7.5) over Oakland Radiers
St Louis Rams (-6) over San Fransisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals (-3) over Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens under 46
Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions under 46

Monday Night
Atlanta (+2) over Philadelphia

Last Season: 34-19-5
Monday Night: 7-5-1

* yes, I am aware that the Patriots game already happened...but I picked it, so I am taking credit for it...so there!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

LB Keeps on Suckin' and Tiger Rips Through St. Andrew's

Larry Brown Continues to Prove He is Not Worth the Trouble
W
ith his messy divorce from the Pistons now complete, its time to take a look at why you don't want Larry Brown on your team's bench. First let's recap a little bit here. 2002: Detroit goes 50-32 on its way to its first Central Divison title in 12 years and then goes on to lose the Eastern Conference Finals. 2003: Detroit again goes 50-32, but is instead this time bounced in the conference semi-finals. Then two things happened in 2004. Those that worship at the altar of Larry Brown will say that "thing that happened" was Larry being hired. Most of us with an actual brain in our heads will tell you that 2 or more things actually happened, with Larry's hiring being, at best, the 3rd most important "thing" to occur. The most important thing to occur has to be the addition of Rasheed Wallace. Never in the history of the NBA has adding a 6'10" player that can shoot 3-pointers been so undervalued (at least by those Larry Brown supporters). I mean don't you think that maybe had a little more to do with pushing this team over the top? Or how about the maturation of both Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups. Now some people will say that Brown is the one that forced this maturation. Here is a look at Chauncey's numbers the last year with Carlisle, as opposed to his last year with Brown to help disprove Larry's impact here as well:

2003 - 16.2 ppg 4.0 apg 1.8 TOpg 3.7 rpg
2005 - 16.5 ppg 5.8 apg 2.4 TOpg 3.4 rpg

Do those numbers seem all that different to you? If they do you need to have your head checked. I mean yes assists are up, but so are turnovers, which makes that essentially a wash. Also people like to look at how Hamilton has increased his scoring under Brown and become a more proven scorer. Then how is it that his scoring is down under Brown while his turnovers are up? These are just facts, as opposed to the "observations" Brown backers like to make simply by looking at what they see on the court. Listen, the fact here is that this team would have made and won the Finals without Larry, and his impact is overrated. Want more proof, watch the Pistons keep winning with Flip "one playoff series win in a decade" Saunders.

Look Out Jack, There's a Tiger On The Prowl
10 majors down, 9 majors to go. With his dominating performance at the British Open last weekend, Tiger Woods joined Jack Nicklaus and Walter Haegan as the only men to win double digit major championships. Tiger also became the only golfer other than Jack to win the career grand slam 2 times over, capturing his second British Open title. So, to all of you out there that felt the gap was closing between Tiger and the rest of the field, (namely Phil, Vijay, Goosen and Els) you better think again. Tiger has retooled his swing, and now seems primed to retool the PGA record books. Tiger himself said he didn't figure to have 10 majors until he was 30 or older, and here he already has with a full year to spare. Here is a man that will be able to play well into his 40's, and whose goal is to be the best of all time. That's important in figuring whether he can set the all time record, because sometimes players will grow tired of being the best for so long. So let's all take a step back and appreciate the fact that we are watching the best golfer of all time during his prime, and watch as Tiger marches on to more than 20 major titles. My prediction for his career ending total? I'm going to go with 25, including a record 7 Masters and winning the British every time its played at St. Andrew's.


Trivia! (this week in honor of hockey returning)
How many All-Star games did Gordie Howe play in?
A) 23
B) 27
C) 18
D) 25
E) 21

answer last week: E) Norway

Stat of the Week
Sam Snead holds the record with 82 career PGA Tour victories, but is in a tie for 7th with 7 Major victories. (tied with Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazen and Harry Vardon)

Boston Red Sox Week in Review (2 weeks)
Record: 4-7 (53-43)
Pitching Performance of the Week:
(7/15) David Wells vs Yankees: 7 IP 5 H R 5 K
Hitting Performance of the Week:
(7/21) Manny's HR after Joe Crede dropped the foul pop-up - I mean who gives Manny two chances like that and doesn't expect to pay for it?
Standings: 1 1/2 lead

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Lebron Goes 0 for 2, and Schilling Heads to the Bullpen

Good to be King?
Before today, LeBron James and the Cavs had whiffed on both Ray Allen and Michael Redd in free agency. Now, they seem to have found their solution at 2-guard and a sidekick to James with former Wizard, Larry Hughes. This deal just flat out looks terrible. They are shellin' out nearly $12 mil a year to a guy who has never played in more than 73 games in a year, and is a career 27% from 3-point land. Some people are calling him the "Scottie Pippen" to LeBron's Jordan, and I think that is just ludicrous. While Hughes is a good defender and runs with a great motor during games, he is coming off a season in which he averaged career highs in many statistical categories. I don't like when, in free agency, a player is able to cash in on one good year, as opposed to being paid for their career performance (see Mark Blount). The only excuse for giving Hughes this much money is the fact that the market is so weak this year, but still, $12 million a year for the guy that was your #3 choice? I would have held out and got a cheaper 3 point shooter and used the rest of the money to re-sign Ziggy and chase after more free agents. I mean maybe this deal will work, but don't be surprised if in years to come Cavs fans point to this signing as a big reason as to why the team failed, and LeBron left town.

*Just a side note: Anyone find it curious that two of the league's best shooter's wouldn't take less money to come play with "the future" of the NBA?....Just putting it out there

Schilling's Move to Pen Sparks Debate
Terry Francona and Theo Epstein came out this week and said they plan to put Curt Schilling in the bullpen when he is ready to return from his rehab. Johnny Damon immediately came out and said that he thought it was a dumb move for the Sox to move Schilling to the closer roll, saying that it seemed that the front office and coaching staff were panicking. Damon even went as far to say that they were acting like they were 10 games back in the standings instead of 3 games up. First of all, while the Sox do own a 3 game lead over the Orioles in the AL East, the lead should be closer to 5 or 7 games. Keith Foulke made a mess of the closer role, while Alan Embree, Matt Mantei, etc. have done the same with the middle relief. Johnny should be thankful that Theo has found some sort of answer, either temporary or long term, to their bullpen woes which have contributed to the team ERA being a full run higher than at this point last year. Now I'm not saying that Schilling will be the next John Smoltz, but he has got to be better than what the Sox are rolling out there right now. If it were hurting the rotation that would be one thing Johnny, but for now thats not the case, so let's just all take the wait and see approach with this tantilizing experiment. If you told me at the start of the year that we would have 5 reliable starters and a closer with a 95 MPH heater and a nasty splitter, I would tell you that we were on our way to winning the pennant, and the World Series. I'm not putting the Sox there yet, but if this move works out, I would not want to be American League hitters from this point on.

* I know he hasn't exactly been lighting it up in rehab with the Paw Sox, but I really don't think you can make a case for him being a poor closer until he actually gets into a Major League game.

Lance Armstrong: Who Really Cares?
I am not going to waste time saying that I think Lance Armstrong is on steroids (although I still have yet to be convinced otherwise), but I am going to ask one simple question: Is it him or is it the bracelets? The media has all but handed him his seventh straight tour, but who really cares. I mean the only noteworthy thing now would be if he somehow didn't win, and when thats the story, there really is no story. So I take this opportunity to say that the only good thing to come from all of this is the $80 million those yellow Livestrong bracelets have raised for cancer research. Nobody cares about the Tour, let alone cycling, and as soon as Lance is gone the cycling fad will fade. This forever proves that its not the sport that was popular, or even the athlete in this case, but the cause. Thanks for the money Lance, and I hope we never have to watch another Tour highlight again.

Trivia!
Which country has the most Winter Olympic Medals?
A) Germany
B) Russia
C) USA
D) Canada
E) Norway

answer from last week: D) Evanston, Illinois

Stat of the Week
In the 102 years of the Tour de France, 9 men have captured the title 3 or more times with Lance Armstrong holding the record with 6 titles.

Red Sox Week In Review
Record: 4-3 (49-36)
Best Pitching Performance:
(7/6) Matt Clement vs Texas: 8 2/3 IP 9 K 9 H 4 R
Best Hitting Performance:
(7/9) Johnny Damon vs Baltimore: 4/5, R, BB, SB
Standings: 3 1/2 games

* with his 4 hits in the game Friday night Johnny Damon extended his hitting streak to a MLB season best
** Manny Ramirez hit his 20th career grand slam this week placing him second all-time behind only Lou Gehrig

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Draft Recap and MLB Morons

NBA Draft Full of Surprises
T
he NBA Draft came and went this past week, and while in the past it has been a circus full of international and American teens, this years draft actually held fan interest with many big name college players, even some 4 year players. While its a little tough to judge teams that took chances on high school players and international teens, there were some other obivous moves that has some fans scratching their heads and others jumping for joy. There were not really any superstars in the group, but a bunch of solid players nonetheless. Here's a look at some mistakes as well as some great moves made on draft night.

Players Taken Too High
(7) Toronto - Charlie Villanueva: I want to know how a player who only averaged 11 ppg in college and who's attitude is questionable at best managed to crack the top ten. Then again, we are talking about the Raptors here.

(9) New York - Channing Frye: I make no bones that I don't like the Pac 10, but more specifically, I dont Frye. His stock went through the roof during pre-draft workouts, and I can imagine that he looked good playing one-on-none. However, Frye is still soft and doesn't have the body to bang down low in the NBA. Good work as usual Isiah.

(14) Minnesota - Rashad McCants: Again can I get some desire here? Nobody can deny his talent, but it takes more than that at this level, especially if you're expected to take over for Wally. Would he have been taken this high if the Heels (a team on which he was the 4th best player) hadn't won the title?

(21) New York - Nate Robinson: Nate the Great has the speed and the heart, but taking a 5'9" player in the first round? Any team would have been better off taking him in the 2nd round, let alone the Knicks making another draft day mistake.

Best Value Picks
(17) Indiana - Danny Granger: Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh pull off another good move with Granger. A projected top 10 pick, Granger slid halfway through the round despite averaging 19 points 9 rebounds 2 blocks and 2 steals while shooting 43% from 3.

(19) Memphis - Hakim Warrick: Warrick was a 4 year player at Syracuse, and while he may be a "tweener", getting a player with his athleticism with the 19th pick is still a steal. If he improves either his rebounding or dribbling he will be viewed as one ofthe best picks in the entire draft.

(29) Miami - Wayne Simien: Another college standout, Simien can step in and replace Udonis Haslem immediately. Even better, Simien has a superior face up game and plays with a better motor than Haslem.

(41) Toronto - Roko Ukic: I had Roko as the 5th best PG in the draft, and many teams flirted with taking him in the first round. He is ready to play now and will immediately challenge Rafer Alston for the starting job when he arrives north of the border. At least Toronto got one pick right, but still not enough to save their draft.

(50) Boston - Ryan Gomes: Another All-American, Gomes comes in as a rookie being older than half the Celtic roster and will add a little offense for a team that will be losing Pierce in the next season or two.

MLB Nonsense
Rogers Roasted
"He is the dumbest man ever to come out of Polk County" - Peter Gammons
Now I'm not so sure where Polk County even is, but its tought to argue with Peter's depiction of Kenny Rogers. MLB handed down a 20 game suspension to The Gambler after he shoved two photographers, sending one to the hospital. I mean we all knew Rogers was a complete recluse with no social skills (asking not to be photographed while in the clubhouse for one), but this is rediculous. This is just an example of players these days being too caught up in themselves, and not having enough respect for the people that pay their salaries. Does Kenny Rogers think that he could command the same pay if there were no reporters or cameras following these games? Well he will have plenty of time to think about how big an idiot he has been and maybe even change the way he goes about his business in the future.

Gary Sheffield: Team Player
Who says Sheff doesn't have a no trade clause in his contract with the Yankees? Just another example of a rich crybaby. Sheff has said that he will sabotage any team that attempts to trade for him, meaning its going to be even tougher to trade one of only three players on their roster without a no trade clause (Posada, Williams). This goes along with the thougts I have always had on Gary, hes just not a team player. Sure he may seem like one when the team is doing well, but there just has to be a reason that a player with over 400 career HR's has been with 6 teams. Something tells me that its not just the fact that his talent is in that high a demand, but maybe he is just tough to deal with. This can only end in a good way from my point of view. Either he stays in New York and they are forced to further deplete their farm system to make a decent trade, or he does go in a trade and the Yankees suffer from losing his bat in their lineup. Good luck with this one Cashman!

Trivia!
Which city hosted the first ever NCAA Men's Basketball Championship?
A) Detroit, Michigan
B) Springfield, Massachusetts
C) South Bend, Indiana
D) Evanston, Illinois
E) Des Moines, Iowa

answer last week: B) 30

Red Sox Week in Review
Record: 3-3 (45-33)
Best Pitching Performance:
(6/25) Matt Clement vs. Philadelphia: 7 IP 7 H R 4 K
Best Hitting Performance:
(6/26) Mark Bellhorn vs. Philadelphia: 3/4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 4 R
Standings: 2 1/2 game lead

*Just a little memo to my friends out there that like to keep their $200 million baseball team's record in their profile. Just because your team is at .500 doesn't mean you just so happen to stop updating their record. I mean you wouldn't take down your Final Four picks if one of your teams got knocked out by Texas Tech in the second round would you? Just puttin' it out there.