Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tonight's the Night

Ok, it's time for our Fantasy Football draft tonight. I might blog a little during the draft to let you know which one of my friends is the craziest. Last year we had someone take the Arizona Cardinals defense in the 4th or 5th round.

This year, I get lucky because I get the #1 pick and Adrian Peterson, from the Vikings, here I come. I gotta win this year because I have to reclaim that trophy. It's been a few years since I've held the Fantasy Football trophy and I miss it. We'll see how this season goes.

Any advice for me? After A.P. it becomes a trap shoot. I may need all the help I can get.

Monday, August 24, 2009

When Things Fall Apart,....

Michael Beasley, of the Miami Heat, has checked in to a Houston area Rehab facility. This really caught everyone off guard since Beasley was supposedly working out in the Houston area in order to 'get away from it all' in Miami and Washington, DC. Reports say that Beasley is being treated for several issues, including depression.

Eyes were raised Friday when pictures of Beasley were posted on his Twitter account showing off his new tattoo on his back, 'SuperCoolBeas'. There was also a small bag of something (unidentified) on the table that could be seen in the picture. Along with this picture, Beasley posted some rather peculiar tweets about not:

'Feelin like not worth livin!!!!! I'm done, not feelin this at all!!!!!'

Beas, whatever you're going through, I hope that you do what's best for you and your family. Hopefully the time in this rehab center will be for the best. Good luck man, that's all I can really say.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Feeling Bad for Plax

When this first all went down, I do admit, I was probably one of those people that said 'you brought a loaded gun to a night club and shot YOURSELF in the thigh, and you want sympathy?'. It was funny to say the least. Then when the law got involved it got much trickier. Antonio Pierce, your wing man for the night was being investigated and possibly was going to go down on the same charges as Plaxico. The politicians wanted Plaxico to be punished to the fullest extent of the law and things seemed to go down hill from there.

Yesterday, Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty and accepted a plea deal that will make him spend the next 2 years of his life in jail. ...........That's a tough pill to swallow after he shot himself. Antonio Pierce didn't get any time (which is right). So, Plaxico will be sitting in a cell doing nothing for the next two years. I was waiting for the Sheriff of the NFL (Roger Goodell) to suspend him another year on top of that, but he informed us all his thoughts in his letter stating that Plaxico can not sign with a team until his sentence is served. I'm still thinking that he'll be suspended, but that's not what we're hearing at this moment.

I have to say that this 2 year sentence is outrageous. Yes, Plaxico was stupid for bringing the gun into the club. Yes, he showed bad judgement. Yes, he tried to cover it up and use a fake name at the hospital, but so what? What do you think would have happened had you (yes you Mr./Mrs reader? Do you think that they would have given you a 2 year sentence for shooting yourself? Donte Stallworth killed a man and got suspended for a year, but he's out of jail after less than 30 days, think about it.

What do you think about Plax's punishment? Over the top, or just enough?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

He's Back (Pretty Much)

Brett Favre is en route to Minny to sign a 2 year deal (at about $10M to $12M a year) with the Vikings. It looks like sitting on the couch and watching the Vikings play in the preseason has driven Favre to come out of retirement. Sucks to be Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson right now, but hey, he may get you a Super Bowl ring.

Is this the right thing for the Vikings? Favre has been playing hokey pokey with the Vikings for the past few months, does he really want to play? Is this still about beating the Packers?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Catching the Tiger by the tail

The scene, that 91st PGA Championship in Chaska, MN. Going in to the final day, Tiger Woods had a 2 stroke lead and was 14 of 14 when leading on the third day. Everyone knew this would simply be a Tiger coronation and his 6th win of the year. Everyone except the 110th ranked played in the world. Y. E. Yang, came into the day tied with Pedraig Harrington but he ended up in the final twosome with Tiger. The course had gotten some rain the night and morning before and some thought this would be a great day for scoring with the greens a little wetter, thus allowing shots to stick a little better.
Yang battled Tiger, who for some reason forgot how to putt today, the entire 18 holes. Yang chipped in an eagle on the 14th to take the lead. That lead would prove to be enough for Yang to become the first Asian born player to win a major championship. Tiger battled back to within 1 shot and should have been out of it at the 17th. If Yang would have sunk his putt for par it would have been all but over. However, Yang and Tiger both got bogeys on 17 and set up a dual on 18. Tiger's putter let him down and Yang ended up winning by 3 strokes at -8.
Congrats to Y. E. Yang on winning the PGA Championship. He didn't lose to Tiger, he beat him. Now, the question is, is Tiger a mortal now? Can this be the day that all golfer have been rooting for, or is this a blip on the radar screen?

Gone in 10 seconds

What can you do in 10 seconds? Is that a lot of time? Well, Usain Bolt has showed us what can happen in 10 seconds, or for that matter, 9.58 seconds. In Berlin, Bolt set a new world record by beating the field, which included American Tyson Gay. Gay even ended the race with a new American record at 9.71, but was 2nd to Bolt. The way this guy runs, he just seems to have another gear. I mean no one even had a chance to catch him. Take a look,....

The sad part is that he feels that he can get to the 9.5 range. The guy is scary. He actually makes watching Track and Field feasible.

What do you think about Bolt? Is he just that good? Can he go lower?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bad Math Strikes Again

I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I just wanted to see what came out of this story. For those that don't know what I'm talking about, I'm talking about Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and his cousin James Kane. These two young guys (20 and 21 respectively) hailed a cab after a night of drinking. Upon arrival to their destination there was some concern about a $13.80 cab fare. The two cousins gave the 62, Jan Radecki, $15 and demanded change. I'm talking about $1.20. When Radecki informed them that he didn't have the change, Patrick Kane took the money back and tried to leave the cab. Radecki locked the doors and demanded payment. The two cousins ended up bludgeoning the 62 year old man and left the cab with their money in hand and probably a little happy about the 'fun' they just had.

Let's turn the page. Patrick Kane is one of the Chicago Blackhawks stars, the top overall pick in 2007. He won the Calder Trophy, given to the best rookie in the NHL. He was going to be on the cover of EA Sports new hockey game (they are contemplating taking him off now). Radecki brought assault charges and theft charges (for stealing the fare) against Kane and I am sure that there will be a settlement (financial) for Radecki in all of this. So, I've beaten up Michael Vick and Michael Phelps for bad math and now I am on this guy. You are willing to sacrifice all of the money that you make and notoriety over a $13.80 cab fare?

Was this all worth it? If you're a millionaire, do you argue with a cabbie over $1.20? Do you beat a guy up over $1.20? Over $15?

Vick is back

The Philadelphia Eagles did what some thought would be suicide and have signed Michael Vick to a 2 year deal. Vick will get $1.6M for year one and their an option for year two for $5.6M. I for one am glad that Vick has been given a chance. It'll be tough in Philly, but I think the fans will end up supporting him. Lost in all of this is the fact that Kevin Kolb mildy injured his knee and is now out fora period of time.

Was this a good deal for the Eagles? Will PETA please get a life? Is Donovan going to cry about this at some point?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

NBA Roundup 8-12-09

Lots going on in the NBA, so let's take a look:

Linas Kleiza - Leaves the Denver Nuggets and signs with Olympiakos for 2 years $12.2M. Not a bad deal for Kleiza. Sucks for the Nuggets who dearly need some bench support, but going to Greece for two years and playing for that type of money, pack the bags we're heading for Europe.

Von Wafer - Leaves the Houston Rockets and signs with Olympiakos on a 2 year deal (money not released yet), but probably more than the $800K he was making last year. Does anyone see a trend here? It seems that these mid level players are taking their games overseas. The teams are paying their taxes on their contracts, they get a house and a car as part of the deal. Can anyone say cake up?!?!?

Kurt Rambis - He of the old looking glasses and hard nosed play has decided that he wasn't in line to get the Lakers gig after Phil retires, so he went for the Timberwolves coaching vacancy. It's a 4 year deal and he basically has the keys to the kingdom. The Wolves still have Al Jefferson and Kevin Love (don't they play the same position?), Ricky Rubio (if he ever comes over), Johnny Flynn (I like this kid), Corey Brewer (anyone beside me see a version of Pippen in this guy?), and a lot of cold weather. I actually think that Rambis can make this work and I guess we'll all get a chance to see.

Pau Gasol - While practicing with the Spanish National team, Gasol broke his finger and had surgery. I'm not too excited about this yet. He'll be out of commission for 3 weeks, which may be a good thing since he'll be working on his conditioning and nothing else. Or maybe even taking a break to get ready for what looks to be a long upcoming NBA season.

Glen Davis and Shelden Williams - Both of these guys were signed by the Celtics. This helps develop the bench for the Celtics and it makes them younger. Now they just need someone on the wing and someone to play point off the bench and we're good to go. The sad part for the Duke haters is that Williams is going to shine in this role with these vets around him. Maybe they can get a two for one for Williams and sign his wife, Candace Parker?

Rasual Butler - Traded to West Hell, the Clippers, for basically a ham sandwich (a 2nd round pick) in a salary dump deal. First Posey, now Butler, maybe I need to be in the gym working on my 3 ball for the Hornets.

Ben Wallace - Proving that you can always go home again, Wallace signs with the Detroit Pistons. Now he gets two checks this year, one from the Suns (buyout) and more money from Joe Dumars.

Leon Powe - A small coup? The Cavs snuck in and signed Powe to a 2 year deal for $1.77M. Powe had been one of the best reserves on the Celtics over the last few years but has had a terrible history with knee injuries. He's coming off of surgery and if you ever have a guy that you want to root for, he is it. Good luck Leon Powe.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Tiger Does it Again

The World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron this weekend started slowly for Tiger. He started the week at -1 and came into today 3 shots off the lead. Pedraig Harrington was going into Sunday with a 3 shot lead and looked strong as he had been pouring birdies in on Saturday to get to his lead.

All day today, Tiger and Pedraig battled back and forth. Both were grinding on the golf course. Tiger jumped out of the gate today and tied (-10) Pedraig after 4 holes with a birdie and an eagle. Tiger even took a 2 shot lead, but then followed that up with two back to back bogeys. Pedraig had a 1 shot lead going into the 16 hole. At the tee box, both Tiger and Pedraig were put 'on the clock' (a term meaning that they were falling behind the group in front of them and they needed to hurry up to get back on pace). Both of them made some wayward tee shots and Pedraig's second shot was quick and ended up on the edge of the sand trap. Tiger was able to get back into the fairway from his second shot. Then, the moment happened. Tiger, from 182 yards, hits an 8 iron over the pond within inches. Pedraig hits his shot over the green and into the rough. To make that worse, he then hits his next shot across the green into the water. Game Over.

Tiger wins by 4 strokes and gets his 70th career victory. He becomes the first golfer to win on the same course 7 times (actually he's won 7 out of 10 on this course) and it's just amazing to watch it all happen.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

NFL Update 8-6-09

With all of the fall out over Eli Manning's big deal with the Giants, there are some other QB's in the league who have to smiling. One in general is Phillip Rivers. If Rivers gets $97.5M I'm taking my little guy out back and we're going to start playing catch a little bit more, with emphasis on him throwing. Other people that are happy, newly acquired Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning who can re up and is sure to get more money than his brother.

Hurting - Not much happens during training camp except the M.A.S.H units seem to be growing. Here's a list of the players that have been hurt during training camp so far (just the bigger names, not ever single injury):

- Reggie Bush - That knee is not looking good. Maybe he should have kept Kim Kardashian just a little longer. I'm sure she could have at least helped him rub that knee down.

- Tommie Harris - After inking a big deal last year, this guy doesn't seem to be ready to play. They have been holding him out of full contact drills (11 on 11).

-Ben Utecht and Daniel Coats - both went down yesterday and the Bengals are now looking at starting rookie TE, Chase Coffman

- Early Doucet and Beanie Wells - both are being monitored, Wells from a sprained ankle and
Doucet from a shoulder injury.

- Mark Clayton - has bleeding in his hamstring. I'm not even sure I've EVER heard that type of injury before.

- Harry Douglas - has a torn ACL and is out for the year (Roddy White may get a contract extension now, since the Falcons are low on receivers).

- Stewart Bradley - out for the year and he was quietly the 2nd leading tackler on the Philadelphia Eagles. I can honestly say I didn't know that.

- Maake Kemoeatu - is out for the year with a torn ACL. This should have the Panthers looking for some defensive line help.

Rashard Lewis Suspended

Well maybe he took the NBA Finals loss a little harder than necessary (just jokes). Rashard Lewis has been suspended for 10 games for violating the NBA drug policy. Rashard failed a drug test due to high testosterone level. He supposedly tested positive for DHEA that's banned in most sports. I'll bet that the MLB is smiling today. Now maybe another league will have to deal with this steroid issue.

Is this a big deal? Will we now start hearing about steroids in the NBA? Was this just a dumb mistake? Your thoughts?

You got some explaining to do?

As you all know, I'm not a big baseball fan, but I do find myself watching my fair share of Baseball Tonight shows on ESPN along with other baseball highlights. With that said, I saw Prince Fielder try to get into the Dodgers locker room after their game the other night. He was pissed that his former teammate, Guillermo Mota had hit him with a pitch in the 9th inning of the game. This got me thinking about something:

1) Why is it 'allowed' in baseball for someone to brush back a hitter or intentionally throw at someone?

I've never understood this. Is there some unwritten rule that it's ok to throw at someones head? Or plunk them in the ribs? In my mind, if the pitcher is 'allowed' to do this, then the batter should be allowed to bring the bat to the rubber for some redemption. You see it way too often, a hitter hits a home run (or two) and then his next at bat, he's beaned and it's considered part of the game. If you can't keep a hitter in the ball park, you shouldn't be on the mound. Hitting someone in the ribs, back, thigh, or head with a baseball being thrown at 70 mph - 90 mph is just flat out dangerous. Maybe that's why I never played baseball too long. I'd be trying to swing on a pitcher with my bat in hand. Just once I'd like to see the umpires let a hitter get to the mound with bat. All of this high inside pitching will go to the birds.

Is it just me or is this something that should be addressed? Why is it a big deal by MLB to investigate Fielder's actions? He was hit and he was pissed and there had to be some personal animosity between him and Mota.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

What is a Manning worth?

Well, hopefully you have all seen the news, the Giants lost their freakin minds and signed Eli Manning to a six year $97.5M deal. I was waiting to see if this was in fact a hoax or just a mistake by the Giants (you know, a 9 here maybe should have been a 6 or something). I normally am all for people getting paid, but this (the little Manning) chump has to be the luckiest guy in the league. I mean he just won the lottery each year for the next 6 years. Let's go ahead and say this, Eli is good, not great, but not terrible. This isn't the type of money that you give an average quarterback (he has a career passer rating of 76.1). Had this deal been for Peyton Manning, I could have understood, although the years would have bothered me.

If the Giants were just dead set on making this deal, why not wait till after this season and they could have gotten him re-upped for the equivalent of a 20 piece meal and not the whole strip mall. Eli will be without his top two receivers, Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress. They will be a team that will run the ball a lot more they won't put up big numbers. Somewhere Trent Dilfer is starting to practice again in hopes of getting back in the league. The Giants will hate this deal in about 2 years, if not sooner.

Am I too rough on Eli? I've never liked him and if he weren't Peyton's younger sibling or Archie's son, he wouldn't garner the attention he gets. He's average, nothing more nothing less.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Fantasy Football 2009

Well, the season will be starting soon and lucky for me, I finally got the #1 pick in our draft. We don't have a keeper league, so it's open to pick anyone and I don't have to worry about anyone being off the board. Of course I've already started doing my homework and really the first pick is kind of easy, Adrian Peterson will be on the Cold Ones this year.

But after that first pick, what do you do? I'm looking for advice. Do you go RB, QB or do you go WR, WR? I haven't won our league in a few years and need to get back on top.

So, for all of you Fantasy Football guys and gals out there, help me out with some strategy!!!!

Would you pick AD (All Day - Adrian Peterson) with the #1 pick or would you go with someone else. Give me some ideas. And trust me, I have the right to call you crazy and not follow your advice.

Burress Indicted

Well, Plaxico tried and he has now been indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. Plaxico is looking at 3 1/2 to 10 years in prison and if that isn't bad enough, he'll have to meet with the Commish also for at least a 4 game suspension. The best part of this story is that Antonio Pierce, Plax's former teammate and his wing man the night of the incident, was not charged at all. Now it's all up to Plax's defense team to try and get him less than the 3 1/2 years, but that'll be an uphill battle.

What did we learn from this story?

1) If you need a gun for protection to go to the club, DON'T GO. You got enough loot to bring the party to you. Hire some security, do something different.

2) If you are driving and your boy has a gun and shoots himself in the leg, leave him where he lands. Make sure he's not hurt too bad, but leave him there and call the police. Antonio Pierce was thisclose to going to jail and being suspended for this foolishness.

He basically had to admit to the crime in his testimony, so going to trial really isn't an option. The New York politicians want blood/jail time and Plax really has no recourse. There goes his career. What's your take?