Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
What's one thing that you have that defines you, let's people know who you are and where you come from? A name. With that in mind, we've seen over the years people changing their names or going to one name in order to draw attention to themselves: Cher, Prince, Ronaldo, Pele, and Nene just to mention a few. So now we can add to that list Chad 'Ocho Cinco'. According to reports, the artist formerly known as Chad Johnson has changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco. This would allow him to wear Ocho Cinco on the back of his jersey without being fined for the incident that he and Carson Palmer pulled last year. I'm not sure how his momma took the news, but from a marketing standpoint (which sports is becoming more and more) this is brilliant. I can just see the #85 Bengals jersey's flying off the shelves now.
What do you guys think about this?
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I think I wrote about this earlier, but now I'm obviously either food deprived or sleep deprived to see that SI has come out and picked,....(gulp), their projected Super Bowl loser, and it's,...(wow),....the Philadelphia Eagles. SI has them going 12-4 and losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Tampa, FL. What in hades are they thinking? Am I the only sane person left in cyberspace? I took a look at the roster, and don't get me wrong, McNabb I like (Chicago should have found a way to get him in the off season), I love Dawkins (one of the best players over the years for the Eagles) and they (on paper) have a better than average defense. The problem I see is on the other side of the ball. There are really only two questions:
1) How long can Westbrook hold up?
2) Who is McNabb going to throw the ball to?
The answers are as follows: 1- Hopefully all season, but he's been the rock for this team on offense for years, unfortunately something bad is bound to happen. 2 - I hope LJ Smith and often (my Fantasy Football TE), but it just can't be LJ all the time.
In the month of September I see them losing twice - Cowboys and Steelers
In the month of October I see them losing once - Redskins
In the month of November I see them losing three times - Giants, Seahawks, and pick between Bengals or Ravens
In the month of December I see them losing once - pick between the Browns, Redskins, or Cowboys.
That's 7 loses right there. Is this team that much better than a 9-7 record? Maybe it's just me, but I don't see them making it to the Super Bowl this year unless they get a group rate and book tickets now. Am I crazy?!?!?
Talk about letting things play out. Chris Mullin is in Chicago today to do a workout with ex-Clipper Shaun Livingston. Livingston has been working out at A.T.T.A.C.K Athletics trying to get in/stay in shape so that he can find a job this fall. With the recent injury to Monta Ellis, the Warriors are a little thin (can you be thin with Marcus Williams as your point guard) at point guard. Maybe this is the opportunity that Livingston needs to show that he can still play basketball at a high level.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Shawne Merriman has just informed the San Diego Chargers that he will NOT have surgery and will play this year. This guy has 4 ligaments in his knee (just like the rest of us) but 2 of those are gone. Can someone tie this guy down and make him think about his career?!?!? He is going to roll the dice just for one season?!?!?!? This is bad news. It's great to play hurt, but play smart. I hope his condition doesn't get worse. He's got a lot of guys that are going to target that knee this year. The Chargers have been a class organization, someone should tell this guy that he needs to get the surgery and get ready for 2009. We all know his contract is up at the end of 2009 and this is going to get dicey unless he's already got a deal on the table (under the table) with the Chargers.
Just so you understand, Merriman has a torn LCL and a torn PCL. I've included the picture below for your consumption.
Parked Cadillac - Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams has been put on the PUP list. This will keep him on the roster but out of the first 6 games. After those 6 games he'll have a 3 week window to 'make' the team or he'll be done for the year. You have to root for this guy because of the injury that he had last year (torn patella tendon) and the fact that doctors have told him that he won't be back at full speed ever again. So for a Fantasy Football Alert, don't draft the Caddy because it's still parked and will be for a while.
No More Years - Michael Strahan has decided to stay retired instead of taking about $8M to come back and play for the Giants. I guess you can insert all of your Brett Favre jokes here, but Strahan wants to enjoy living in LA and being a sports commentator (much easier on your body during the football season). He'll make close to $2M for his gig on TV and personal appearance money, so we won't vote him off the island for not helping his former team by coming back.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Carson Palmer, Vince Young, Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, Lee Evans, Marshawn Lynch, Thomas Jones, Rashard Mendenhall, LJ Smith, Ronald Curry, Santana Moss, Devery Henderson, Ahman Green, Jeff Reed, Redskins DEF, and Jets DEF.
Each week we play the following lineups: QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, DEF. Since we have 12 people the later rounds are by far the most interesting. You get to see who has done their homework and who hasn't. I think my team is pretty good, although lacking in the TE and all of my hopes are riding on Carson Palmer playing somewhat well.
Each week, I'll post the results from my game and I'll also list the matchups. Who knows, maybe you guys can make some suggestions to help me get some wins.
The LPGA has notified their members that players who don't speak English will have their memberships suspended until they comply with the rules. For all players who have been on tour for 2 years, they will have to pass an oral examination or face the suspension. Wow!! Never thought I'd hear this kind of rhetoric out of anyone since Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia fought and won for his sign that says 'This is America, when ordering please speak English'. At first I thought there'd be a big backlash since a lot of the phenoms in women's golf have mostly, as of late, been from South Korea, but mostly the women have fallen in line. The only negative feedback is that golfers should be fined instead of suspended, and this is coming from a Korean born player in Se Ri Pak. The examination will cover 'golfspeak', everyday conversation, and be able to give acceptance speeches without the aid of a translator. The loss of sponsors is part of the reason behind this. Someone at MLB and the various Boxing Federations are looking at this with disgust. Could you imagine this being implemented in either of those sports? I think that's when you'd get the cries of racism. How is this going to work? Your thoughts.
From our friends at ESPN.com:
Kevin Duckworth, a two-time NBA All-Star who spent the majority of his 12 NBA seasons as the Portland Trail Blazers' center, has died. He was 44.
Duckworth died Monday in Kernville, Ore., near the coastal town of Lincoln City. His death was confirmed by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Duckworth was in town as part of a Trail Blazers group hosting a free kids basketball clinic, Fox 12 reported on its Web site.
The cause of his death was not released Tuesday morning.
The 7-foot Duckworth started at center when the Trail Blazers won Western Conference titles in 1990 and '92. He played in the NBA All-Star Game in 1989 and '91.
Phoenix Suns send DJ Strawberry to the Rockets for Sean Singletary. The Suns need a backup point guard and I think that Singletary can give them some minutes behind Nash. He's small, fast, and he can probably score in that uptempo race that they have in Phoenix. I think he'll be a detriment on D because of size, so if the second unit runs the floor, the kid will be good. Strawberry gives the Rockets an extra mid size forward. Not sure if he'll even get a uniform. They're both ACC products, so I have to root for them.
Darius Miles has a make good contract with the Boston Celtics. Outside of the ban that he'll have to face at the beginning of the season, I hope the kid has grown up and has enough health to play. I'm not sure how well he fits with the Celtics, other than providing some kind of scoring punch off the bench. He's never been known as a defensive specialist and a person with bad knees doesn't all of a sudden decide to bend them to get into a defensive stance. We'll see how this one turns out. There are already conspiracy theorists out there.
The Grizzlies are thinking about acquiring Zach Randolph from the New York Knicks. They are only willing to part with Darko and some change. There's a question about whether Randolph fits their needs and wants? I mean if you want a big man who only loves the left block, that can give you 20 and 10 a night, that won't play defense, but is young enough to change, and all for a measly $13M - $15M a year, then get Randolph. I'd probably do it if I only have to give up Darko and 3 ham sandwiches. The Grizzlies are also thinking about sending a point guard to Portland for Travis Outlaw.
Fresh off of getting his Gold medal with Team USA, Kobe Bryant is figuring out when he should get that troublesome pinkie operated on. Kobe, it's just me, but the sooner the better, right?!?!
And finally, straight out of the 'I could understand how you feel, man' file. Stephen Jackson has put the Warriors on notice that he wants to get paid. Since everyone else on the team has been paid, Jax feels that based on what he brings to the team that he shouldn't go into next season being only the 5th highest paid player on the team. We know that an unhappy Jax is not a good Jax. Chris Mullin, open your wallet again.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Shawne Merriman has two torn ligaments in his knee and he still wants to pay. Shawne, get the surgeryand sit out the year. You will be doing what's best for you. Screw the Chargers, you're a piece of meat to them. If you play on that knee and mess up your long term productivity, they'll make you a salary cap casualty at any point. That's the life of an NFL player, Not For Long. The Chargers are a deep team and they maybe able to win it all, (gasp) without you.
Drew Carter (4th ACL injury) and Oren O'Neal of the Raiders both went down for the year against the Cardinals. The Raiders backup wide receivers have a total of 7 catches so I'm pretty sure Joe Horn won't be without work for long.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
'Lights Out' Shawne Merriman is getting his sore knee re-examined by Dr. James Andrews who performed surgery to repair torn cartilage in the knee approximately 5 months ago. Merriman has been limited in practices. Chargers fans, be concerned, very concerned. This is supposedly the year that the Chargers get past the injury bug, the bad luck, and get to the Superbowl and win it. Merriman will be a big part of that, you better hope he's healthy. Side Note: Antonio Gates was removed from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and cleared for practice after passing a physical yesterday.
Eagles wide out, Kevin Curtis is out for some time to have hernia surgery. What exactly is this? For those that don't know (like me) take a look here. This is going to hurt the Eagles because they have no one at the wide receiver spot. I mean since TO left, I could grab 3 guys out of my office and make the Eagles WR corps. Why can't Andy Reid call Arizona and find out what it'll take to get Anquan Boldin. I mean the Eagles have a good extra DB that the Cards could use. Can't we make a deal??
James Farrior signs a 5 year $18M extension with the Steelers. This was a no brainer. When you think of Steelers linebackers over the past 3 to 5 years, Farrior and Joey Porter come to mind. They didn't pay Porter and he left for that hell hole that is Miami, but the Steelers keep Farrior with a decent deal. Look for the Steelers linebackers to continue teeing off on folks in the league.
also released a statement: "Gene Upshaw did everything with great dignity, pride, and conviction. He was the rare individual who earned his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame both for his accomplishments on the field and for his leadership of the players off the field. He fought hard for the players and always kept his focus on what was best for the game. His leadership played a crucial role in taking the NFL and its players to new heights. Gene's tremendous love of the game also showed in his wide-ranging support of football at all levels. It is a sad day for the NFL, but Gene's positive impact and legacy will live on for decades to come. All of us in the NFL reach out with our sympathy to Terri and the Upshaw family."
His outstanding 15-season playing career was entirely with the Oakland Raiders and included two wins and seven Pro Bowl appearances. Upshaw's biography was posted on the front page of the Hall of Fame Web site Thursday along with his enshrinement speech from 1987.
Jay Glazer of FOXSports reports that the NFLPA has called an emergency meeting today.
In 1983, he became executive director of the players' association and guided it through the 1987 strike that led to replacement football. By 1989, the players had a limited form of freedom, called Plan B, and in 1993, free agency and a were instituted.
Since then, the players have prospered so much that NFL owners recently opted out of the latest labor contract, which was negotiated two years ago by Upshaw and then-commissioner .
(from the AP, not me)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Orton may not 'wow' you with his big arm or ability to put the ball in a tight space (he has never thrown for more than 200 yards in a game since 2005), but he won't lose you games. He can manage a game and every now and then take a shot. Let's all agree that the Bears offensive line isn't a strong point of this team. They have a decent defense and a better than average special team, so now they are at a point where they have to have a QB not lose games. The Bears better hope that their defense returns to the top of the league where they were a few years ago, otherwise I could play QB for them and they still won't do anything. Good luck Kyle, I'm rooting for you.
*Yes, I play fantasy football and we are getting ready for our draft in the next week or so. I have to get ready because I need to make sure that I win this year. I want my name back on the plaque. We have 12 teams in our league and it is normally very competetive. I'll post my roster here after my fantasy draft.
Chad Johnson - falls awkwardly on his arm (forearm basically holding all of his weight) and gets injured last night. Reports are that his shoulder popped out of socket and right back in. Some may say that this isn't a big deal, but from personal experience, it does hurt. The biggest issue is that it can happen a little more easily the next time. You can't draft a guy high (2nd or 3rd round) who's already dinged up. With TJ Houshmandzadeh out with a sore hammy, Cincy has a lot at stake with their injured wide receivers.
Tarvaris Jackson - sprains his MCL during a routine play. Not so much that Tarvaris will be off the board anytime before the end of the draft, but Minny has to have a QB that can at least breathe so that they can give Peterson a little room. When your backup QBs have the following names - Gus Frerotte (known for injuring himself via a head butt to a wall), John David Booty (he's odd for having to go by all three of his names), and Brooks Bollinger (is he still in the league?) having Tarvaris hurt could spell doom.
Deuce McAllister - The Deuce is lose once again, but do you draft this guy? I don't think that Reggie Bush can carry the load by himself, but this is Deuce's 2nd re-constructive knee operation in the past 3 years. He's got to have a strong mental mindset if he is going to make it back from this. Shockey is going to be a beast with this team, because Brees will love finding the big guy across the middle or down the seam.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Winning in Beijing - As I mentioned previously I wasn't going to say much about the Olympics, but after being in a hotel for the past few days with only local channels on the TV (hey I got free breakfasts out of the deal, isn't that special) I actually watched the Olympics. I saw the USA Women's gymnastics team losing to the team from China (a group of 7 year olds) and I saw Michael Phelps. If you remember my previous post I didn't put him in there as someone that I wished well to. Not that I'm jealous, but it's not that exciting. But, to watch this guy dominate race after race and not seem to be winded (swimming in two separate races withing an hour of each) is quite amazing. He has set 6 world records (well his team helped him also) in winning his 6 gold medals. Can't really put this in perspective. The only way to think about it is that he's in China with the best in his sport and his killing them.
Cavs Blockbuster - Well LeBron wanted a point guard and LeBron gets what he wants. The Cavs trade and pick up Mo Williams from the Bucks. They lose Joe Smith (still a viable low post scorer in someones second unit) and Damon Jones (nothing but talk and brightly colored suits). This deal is going to help the Cavs a lot. Williams can break people down and get to the hole, but he is also a good 'point' guard. He'll get others involved and allow James to just have to finish instead of carrying the whole load. If they aren't already, Delonte West, pack your bags.
76ers - Finally get Andre Iguodala to sign on the dotted line. 6 years and $80M will do that for you. This is a deal that had to get done, don't know if he's worth it, but hey, make your money. The Sixers should be in the top 4 or 5 in the East this year. Dangerous team.
Team USA Basketball - A decisive win over Greece and the boys are almost there. They aren't hitting the 3 with regularity and the bogs aren't scoring a lot, but the US seems on their way to getting the gold back where it belongs.
Monday, August 11, 2008
The Contract Holdout curse - it always happens. A guy misses camp or some parts of the season over a contract and then when they finally get it, bam, they get hurt. Bobby Engram will miss 6-8 weeks from a cracked shoulder. He was the leading receiver for the team last year but missed all of the off season workouts over a contract dispute. Why don't teams use this as leverage when negotiating? 'You know if you're not in camp, something bad is going to happen to you,...you better take this deal, now!'
Talk about karma - Steve Smith, of Panthers fame, is held out of practice after getting a concussion during the Indianapolis game. (Just in: There's a paper trail that links Ken Lucas to paying for a hit against Smith). That was just a joke, but I imagine that one of Lucas' friends was like,...yeah, 'that's for hitting my boy!!'
Another shifty ankle - Plexiglass, ummm, I mean Plaxico Burress won't practice anymore until his right ankle is healed. I'll bet you when his agent gets that new contract, his ankle will be feeling just fine.
An addition to Stupid Athlete Tricks - Matt Jones pleads 'not guilty' to possession of cocaine charges. This dude was caught cutting up coke in his truck with his boys, using his credit card. His father was on record saying that the cocaine was in 'close proximity to Matt' but it wasn't his. Hasn't that happened to you? I mean hey, when the police bust in through the door, you can now just say 'officer, that (insert drug here) was only in close proximity to me. I wasn't using it and they were using my credit card to cut it only because none of them have a credit card'. We'll stay tuned to see how bogus our 'Just Us' (Justice) system really is. Jones faces up to 10 years in the pen and a $10K fine.
Bloomfield Township - MI - Why not just hand out the 'Sorry Charlies' to these guys before the tournament even started. Again, we have a PGA Championship Title sans Tiger and none, let me repeat NONE of the big boys stepped up to make a case for themselves (except for one, Pedraig Harrington). This is the time guys, Tiger is at home recuperating and playing daddy and you have the opportunity to win a few majors while he's gone. This would help cement your reputation as winners, 'one of the best', or whatever other title you're looking to get. The two biggest culprits that didn't stand up, yet again, are Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson. (Shaking my head as I write this,..) I picked Sergio to finally come off the schnide and get a major. He was playing well and put a big scare into everyone on the final day, but to no avail, 2nd place. Phil Mickelson stayed withing striking distance until the final day and just trailed off to a +4 for the Championship. At least Phil has won before and under some mighty bright lights, but is Garcia snake bitten? Is this as good as it gets for him? Yes, he's a late 20's guy with a lot of money, he's decent looking, probably has the homes, the cars, but not the jewelry that counts, a major trophy. When does he finally put it all together? I'm not sure, but I do know that he'll never get any ink from me again, no, no more rooting for this guy to win. Phil, I have a healthy amount of dislike against, but now I'm just feeling plain sorry for Sergio.
On a sad note, I have to take a moment to say R.I.P. to both Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes. Two guys who have excelled in their careers, one a great comedian and the other a great musician/composer/artist.
(Moment of Silence)..............................