Yeah that's right. My mock draft stops right after the Patriots pick. Basically it's because I am too lazy to do the rest of the first round, and they are far enough into the first round where this is somewhat acceptable. And to those of you in fantasy NFL draft leagues, this should be enough for you to get by. I'm talking' to you 25 sloppy!
Bonds on BondS
Red Sox Update
*Sox really struggled this week after rolling out to 8-4 to start the season. Manny is starting to hit though, and if the guys at the top can continue to set the table for Manny and Papi, more runs should be in the Sox future. Hopefully the starting pitching can continue to be excellent, and the middle relief can do a better job bridging the gap from the starters to Jonathan "don't call me Rick Vaughn" Papelbon. Wild Thing!....You Make My Heart Sing!!!
Diamonds Are Forever
*You really have to hand it to the MetsNot only did they come back to beat the Padres 7-3 on Thursday, they did it in style. For starters, second baseman Kaz Matsui homered in his first at-bat of the season, for the third year in a row. Too bad he has only managed 8 more in 728 professional ABs. Then, to cap off a come from behind win after being stifled by Jake Peavy for 7 innings, Julio Franco produced a 2-run homer. Not only did it help the Mets win, it made the 47 year old Franco the oldest player ever to hit a homerun. I think its obvious that the guy is 50+, which makes it even more remarkable. I mean this man played in his first pro season with the Phillies in 1982. Before I was born! And look at him, he's still a physical specimen and his still rockin' dingers with that big loopy swing of his. I told ya I had a feeling about the Mets this year, and it's stuff like this that has me keepin' the faith.
*From the forever young, to maybe the not so physically gifted. I recently heard of a poll that was done to rank the world's 100 Most Unsexy men. Randy Johnson finished second on this list, and deservedly so, and comedian Gilbert Gottfried finished first. Now while I am not going to argue that both of those men are disgustingly ugly, I do believe there is one name that still trumps them all. You may have forgotten this man because he is out of the public eye, but I'm sure he was hoping to place higher than 30th on this list in order to have some sort of comeback. Perhaps a turn in the Surreal Life house? Who is this you ask? The man, the legend, former Yankee, Indian, Expo, Ranger, Blue Jay, Braves, Twins, Dodgers and Red Sox outfielder OTIS NIXON!!
*Fresh Fish? After shelling out $55 million this off-season to AJ Burnett, Toronto GM JP Riccardi and his staff are probably wondering the same thing. Only 4 innings into his second start of the year, Burnett began experiencing pain in his right elbow. This is nothing new for Burnett, who has spent the better part of 3 seasons on the DL in the past with arm troubles. AJ isn't young, at 29 years old, and while he has electric stuff, he often seems to have some issue, whether it's physical or mental. I still don't see how you give $55 million to a pitcher who has a career record of 49-50 with an ERA around 3.80. I know a pitcher's prime comes later than a hitter's, but at age 29 Burnett was not worth the risk. Not with his track record. To make matters worse, he lost the final 7 decisions of his Marlin's career, and left on terrible terms with manager Jack McKeon. It seems like Burnett's name was brought up so frequently around the trading deadline last season, and it was often said how if put in the right system, maybe he could finally learn to harness his ability. It seems now that it may have had nothing to do with the situation, and more to do with Burnett's inability to put it all together. AJ was supposed to be the #2 in the Blue Jays rotation in hope's of taking some pressure off of a rehabilitated Roy Halladay, instead he is the #1 off-season signing to hit the DL so far this year. So far all of you who wanted your team to trade for Burnett last summer, be thankful your GM is smarter than you. As for the Jays, they better pray Burnett can get his act together, or they may be the ones trying to shop him at this year's trading deadline.
*The White Sox and Astros, the two teams that were in the World Series last year, have the best record in the majors at 13-5. Oh yea, and even more impressive? The two teams I selected to make the World Series are 13-5 (White Sox) and 12-6 (Mets). Hey I realize its been about 3 weeks, but it makes me look good anyway so I'll take it.
*Yet another Met note. In another game against the Padres, Met's announcer Keith Hernandez had this to say upon seeing the Padres female message therapist in the dugout. "I won't say women belong in the kitchen, but they certainly don't belong in the dugout." Needless to say, women have not been responding well. My recommendation for Keith on how to handle this? You're Keith Hernandez! You won the MVP! Say whatever the hell you want.
Week 3 Final Score: 8-11-3
Week 4 vs Mikey's Studs (36-22-8) <----he's in first place, should be a battle
*After I wrote this, LeBron posted a triple double (32 pts 11 reb 11 asst) in his first ever playoff game. Need I say more...