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Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Night Miracles '10 wk 5

It is time again to pray my Fantasy Football Brothers and Sisters.  Pray for (or against) that miracle to grant you Fantasy Football victory this week.

I have 2 leagues up for grabs tonight.

In one I need Braylon Edwards to score less than 11 points.  I am very concerned about this.

In the other I need the Vikings D and Brad Smith to score for me 1 single point.  This is against a long-time fantasy sports rival and someone that witnessed the original Monday Night Miracle back in November of '04.  

My wife is rooting against a combined 75 points from Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and, LaDanian Tomlinson. While this is unlikely, it is possible enough to give thought to.  She's playing a good friend of mine who's off serving our country in Kuwait.  I hope she gets to make the brave soldier cry.

Share your hopes, your dreams, and your failures my brothers and sisters.  Together we can survive Monday Night.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Last Fan Standing

I got New Mexico!!

Yeah I signed up, wrote a crazy ass piece for them, and I'm rooting for New Mexico.   I got a really good seed. I cannot at all complain.

Quick back story.  I signed up for a ton of this since Sunday night and one of them was this last fan standing thing.  Basically I am competing to become CBS' next sports blogger.  I got an email today at 2:30 telling me I had until 8 to register, upload a profile pic, write a profile, and a blog for the contest.  Problem was that at 5:30 I  could not log in.  At 6 I got the email saying everything was ok and I was able to log in.  So I had 2 hours to write a 500 blog entry.

No problem there.  If you can't pound out 500 words in two hours about something you love, then you stop trying to write.  The issue was that at 6 I had just gotten home with my step son, my wife had skipped her exercise class due to road flooding.  So I had 2 hours to help the boy with his homework, while my wife Wii Fit in the same room as us, make dinner, AND wrote 500 words.  I started this nice thing about how Syracuse's 2-3 zone is cheating.  Got to 75 words, realized I was not on a roll and had to change topics.

So I reached deep into my madness and pulled out a listicle.   Top 5 Esoteric Ways to Fill Out Your Brackets.  Oh yeah.  When New Mexico makes the sweet 16 and I get to write a second peice, people will be pissed.  I honestly thought we were competing against each other.  Oooops!

I'll have my brackets filled out tomorrow!

Happy March Madnessing!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Boston Beatdown: Options

Trade deadline time approaches for both the NBA and NHL.  And with the Celtics and Bruins still struggling and dealing with lowered expectations, the rumors are flying.  But, tell me the options!

Bend my ear  
Twist my arm
Tell me the Options

They all suck.  But, both teams benefit from standing pat.

For the B's, the price for Ilya was too high, and he was not the scorer they needed.  And the scoring they need is not out there right now.  They need to find it on their bench.  They did last night with Paille stepping up early.  And they did in Montreal a few nights earlier with McQuid's early goal.  Come playoff time the first line gets matched up with the other teams best defensive line to shut them down.  This puts pressure on teams to find other scorers.  For the Bruins, that need is now, and thank goodness it is happening.  This will payoff, I promise you.  I say stand pat, do nothing. Play the bench, give them chances, and put the pressure on them.  If you aren't going to mortgage your future, then show them why!  Not trading them is a sign of faith, follow through and play them.  Give them Shootout opportunities, give them Power Play chances.  Open it up and go for broke.  Leave it one the ice guys.

For the C's, they can buy almost anyone they want.  They have such depth that they can dip into that well to get the player they feel they need.  Couple issues on that scenario though.  First is you need a 2 guard, because Ray Allen is still in John Stark mode.  And he is very tradeable with his expiring contract.  But the guy is money in the playoffs, and has hit several clutch shots for us this year, despite his prolonged slump.    The best you could do is break even on an Allen trade, because he will turn it on in the playoffs.   The other issue is that the Celtics will need their depth.  Of their 6 man rotation, 4 of them are over 30, and even if you trade Allen, 3 of them will be.  And if you trade Glenn Davis then your frontline gets very old, very fast.   We've talked about Allen, but if we trade Davis we don't have the big man depth to cover an injury, or even a foul out.  Sheldon Williams has been impressive when KG and Davis were both out, but I'd feel better with Davis.  And lastly rumors have involved Eddie House as well.  Again, we need a 2 guard, why trade a 2 guard?  And he's played very well since Pierce's injury, especially with no Marquis Daniels.  This team is too old to trade any of the depth.  And dumping age won't give you the gains you need.  Stand pat, get healthy, rest the geezers.  The ring is not out of reach yet.

Lastly, the Patriots.  They decided to let Belichick be the Defensive Co-ordinator.  This is a huge mistake.  Bill is already overloaded.  The brain drain has killed this team more than anything else.  What Belichick needs are older Co-ordinators who have zero interest in being a head coach (someone that's been there, done that, and sucked at it) to come in and stay put!  Just like the Steelers had Dick Lebeau and the Colts had Tom Moore.  Changing systems are the doom of any NFL team and that is exactly what the Pats have been going through since winning the 2004 Super Bowl.  Belichick's genius, like that of many great leaders, is to surround himself with smart people who will challenge him.  Then they hash out the ideas in heated, but respectful arguments, and come together and crush their foes.  That formula wins, it always wins.  And Bill needs that to get back to the top of the mountain.  Having less advisors is a step in the wrong direction, for Bill and the team.  Go get experienced help.  And give Wilfork his money.  Be cheap if you want, but offer him the same deal you'll give Brady.  Because you know Brady will take less to win.  Not because they are of equal value.

Weekly record:
B's 2-1-2
C's: 3-1

So much improved from that ugly January.  Things aren't great but the time to turn around is now, so there is still hope.

Congrats to Boston College for winning their 15th Beanpot.

Truck Day is friday.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Boston Beatdown: This is Boston Not LA

I had originally planned on starting this with the new year, and using Refrigerator Heaven as a tie in with the winter Classic, but I'm about as consistent a blogger as the Bruins are a hockey team or the Celtics a basketball team.

Anyway welcome to the new Weekly Segment where I use a classic Boston Hardcore song to tell the tale of this week in Boston Sports.  A wonderful blog-gag if, unlike the B's and C's, I execute it consistently.

HOLY SHIT!  Two teams from LA come into Boston, make our boys their bitches and plant that giant A-hole LA flag in our Garden claiming it as their own.  Green Card?  no thanks we are in EAST LA!  (Or hollywood east, anyway.)

Apparently LA really has it's own flag.

And that ugly thing sits in our faces as proof how bad this season of promise is going for both our winter Squads.  Well you know what they say,
You dance the same and dress the same
Won't be long (till) you are the same
You look the same you act the same
There's nothing new and you're to blame
And thus sums up the play of the Bruins and the Celtics.  Let me describe this past month.  I put my stepson to bed at 9, and then turn on whichever team is playing only to watch them lose.  The difference is that the B's had the decency to be down when I turned the game on, while the C's seem incapable of holding any lead, even double digits in the fourth quarter!

Of course both teams have trouble with scoring and of course both teams will be in the middle of trade rumors.  The B's have a better chance of adding fire power at a decent price.  The C's however have an issue, no one worth trading.  KG would be worth trading but he's injured.  RayRay is channeling his best John Stark, and that leaves Pierce and Rondo.  Pierce is a nearly washed up swing man that isn't going to draw people to the stadium, help your team win, attract a big free agent, or last a full season before getting traded again as a 6th man to contender next year.  And Rondo is your franchise right now.  Without him this team goes no where near the playoffs.   Red could pull off that magic trick and trade Pierce and a bench guy for someone good enough to get them over the top, then trade back for Pierce in a year or two as a sixth man.  But Drunken Danny Ainge is not Red.  I say sit KG until he's healthy and if that is not until next year, then we'll win or lose without him.  Better to learn how to win without him now than come playoff time like last year.

For the Bruins it really is just a matter of being willing to do nothing at the trade deadline.  Kovalchuk is out there, but the question is price, and Atlanta being dumb and not letting any potential suitor talk contract extension with him!  A sign trade is worth much more to Atlanta than just a trade.  I know the Bruins need scoring, badly, but like the Celtics injuries have murdered them this year.  I'm not saying a healthy B's team is the best option, but it's better than nuking what's been built for a rental.   I want Ilya, as much as any Bruins fan, and have no problems paying him.  I just don't want to trade away the franchise and pay for him.

You look the same you play the same
Won't be long til you are the same
You hurt the same you lose the same
There's nothing new when scorings the game.

Put some points up on the board guys.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Let's keep the NFL and College Football different.

Please re-read the tile and then I will explain.

I do not want the NFL and College Football to be the same.  They are fundamentally different games and to me that is beautiful.  I do not want College Football to become the NFL's minor league.  It would RUIN everything there is to love about the College game.  That and I don't want the NFL to become a water-down kids version of the game.

We'll keep this down to two big issues, even though the examples of the line blurring are almost endless.  Overtime and The Bowl Championship Series.

OT:  The NFL has the purest form of Overtime in sports.  It's rules have been in place, largely untouched, for over 50 years.  And those who fear the Doomsday SuperBowl settled in Overtime forget that the very first Sudden Death Overtime in NFL history was in a Championship Game.

And College football has probably the most ridiculous and unjustifiable Overtime's there is.  You know how much you hate the BCS?  I hate college overtime 10x more than that.  Honestly.

But I do not want College Football to adapt the NFL OT rules.  It is not right for College.  The rules should be different.  I kind of like the Tie, but I know that is a dirty word, because most sports fans cannot handle something so complex.  (OR they really do want to kiss their sister's and are uncomfortable with ties because of that.)  What should college do?  Have their silly shoutout, but limit it to only 2 chances.  After that, a tie.  Or just play 7 minutes of ball and let it happen as it happens, again max it out to 2 OT's unless it's a Conference Championship game or a Bowl Game.

The other side of this issue is the crybaby movement that wants to change the NFL overtime.  I cannot explain how angry I get whenever I hear someone talk about this.  And I get angrier when they used the Fox News (blatantly false) stat: Half of Overtimes are won on the first possession by the team that won the coin toss.  The truth is that happens less than one third of the time.  What really happens in games that go to OT is that both teams had their chance to win it in regulation and blew it.  Then when it gets to OT and you can't force a punt, I can't feel bad for your team.  Football has three parts to it: Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.  To lose in OT on the first possession means two out of those three failed to perform well enough for you to get the ball back.  I think this is fair.  I honestly believe that those who want a change in the NFL OT hate football.  They don't get it, and I'd rather they did not watch it, if they aren't going to get it.

BCS: Everyone wants a playoff in College Football.  But no one wants to think about what will happen to the game if there is one.  Everyone is obsessed with the end result and don't care about what gets destroyed to get that result.  Let's look at what the NFL has had to do to make it's Playoff system work and see if we really want College football to go down that road.

The NFL Schedule is setup with one obsession, Tie Breakers.  Tie Breakers dictate every aspect of the NFL schedule.  Remember the 2008 Big 12 South Fiasco?  Imagine the NCAA stepping in and dictating scheduling to every team in Div 1A to ensure that in a future situation like this that have enough tie breaking possibilities to get a fair outcome.

And look at the results of these tie-breakers and this NFL Playoff set-up.  The 2008 New England Patriots went 11-5, and were left out of the playoffs.  Two 9-7 teams and an 8-8 squad went in.  Imagine an NCAA Football tournament that lets in  8-4 Sun Belt, MAC, and Conference USA Champions but leaves out a third place SEC team that went 10-2, and was the only team to beat the SEC Champion.  Is that really fair?  Is it more fair than what we have now?  Right now that team gets left out, but the justification is that they lost that second game.  Had they not lost that second game they would have played for their Conference Championship and had a chance.  The regular season matters, tough shit.    How is it justified with a playoff?  It can't be.  Fair is a dangerous word that I hate when talking about sports. After High School, I do not want to hear the word fair when talking about sports.  The NFL has 14 of the each teams 16 games set in stone into the foreseeable future, because of tie-breakers.  Is this what we want with College Football?  Sorry non-conference rivalry, the NCAA has other plans.....

The key is keep them different!  The games are fundamentally different and that is a good thing.  College Football dies if it becomes just a minor league for the NFL.  No one cares about Minor leagues.  Only the passions of Baseball and Hockey can keep minor leagues alive in America.  No other sport can fully support it.

College Football and the NFL are different games, and I like it that way.  I am positive that when looked at rationally from this statement you agree with me.  But the nit-picking Fair Police are winning the argument, and if they sway the people in charge, they could ruin both games.