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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sports: This makes me laugh

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I'm glad I'm not a Cowboys fan. This would make me sick.

Sports: Play offs

With the Eagles winning, at least I picked 3 of the 4 winners right. A lot better than I did last year.

Sports: And they are friends again

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I wonder if Belichick would have hugged Mangini if the Pats lost? Guess we will never have to know.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Colts vs Chiefs

Who is this Colts Defense? Since when could they stop the run?

Chiefs can't hate themselves too bad. Their offense hasn't made a 1st down yet this game and they are going into half time only down 9-0. Things could be a lot worse. If not for two picks, I'm sure things would be a lot worse.

Hopefully the Chiefs can make a few adjustments in the 2nd half and start putting up some points. At the very least score enough to cover the spread.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Sports: NFL Play off Predictions

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

Both teams have limped into the play offs. After started 9-0 the Colts finished the year 12-4. 12-4 sounds like a good record, but that means they went 3-4 in their last 7 games. That's not the way I'd want to go into the play offs. The Chiefs only got into the play offs because 4 other teams, that would have been ahead of them, all lost. Sure the Chiefs had to win to get in, and they did, but I don't consider them going into the play offs on a high note.

The Colts can't stop the run, which is why they went 3-4 in their last 7 games. The Chiefs on the other hand have arguable one of the top 3 running backs in the league. I think the Chiefs will run wild on the Colts and control the clock. Sure the high powered offense of Indy will still put up some points, but not enough to beat the Chiefs. In the end, Ty Law will have a big interception in the 4th quarter to seal the game for the Cheifs.

34-28 Chiefs win.

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks

Neither team is going into the play off strong either. The Seahawks won their division by default, because every one else in the NFC west stunk it up this year. The Cowboys at one point had the NFC East division wrapped up and were considered the best team in the NFC, but that has changed drastically. After Tony Romo's hot start they have floundered, losing their last 2 games going into the play offs. Seattle at least has an excuse for only finishing 9-7. Their two best players have been hurt for most the year, Shawn Alexander and Matt Hasselback. Both players are completely healthy and that should be the difference in the game.

I expect Tony Romo to struggle in his first play off game and throw a couple of picks and fumble the ball at least once. A healthy attack of Shawn Alexander along with the 12th man of Seattle will be too much for the Cowboys to handle.

31-17 Seattle wins

New York Jets at New England Patriots

It is no shock that I am a Patriots fan, so I maybe a little biased. But I give credit to where it is due. The Jets came into Foxboro and beat the Patriots 17-14 back in week 10. Patriots didn't play their best game and they had a bunch of people out with injuries, but that is no excuse, they still should have won the game. And that is what they will do Sunday, Patriots will win.

Since Belichick took over the Patriots, they have not lost twice to the same team in the same year. And that streak will continue. Belichick got embarrassed when he lost to his former protege in week 10, he will not let that happen again.

28-7 Patriots win.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

The NFC East was a wreck this year. After 8 games, the Giants were 6-2 and were arguably the best team in the NFC outside of the Bears. After a huge collapse the Giants finished the year 8-8 and limped into the play offs. The Eagles on the other hand were left for dead after McNabb went down for the year with an injury. Garcia took the Eagles on his back and the players played their hearts out for him and they ended up winning the NFC East and are the hottest team in the NFC going into the play offs.

After 3 years in the league Eli Manning should be further ahead than he is. The trade with the Chargers is turning out to be a colossal mistake. Phillip Rivers is twice the QB Eli is not to mention the steroid monster Shawn Merriman that the Chargers took with the 1st round pick the Giants gave up. But that is a whole nothing discussion.

In the end, Manning will throw a pick late in the game, much like his older brother will, to seal the game for the Eagles.

17-14 Eagles win

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Sports: What and who wasn't juiced in the 90's?

Not only was everyone in baseball juicing, now they are saying the baseballs were juiced during the 1998 season.
A company that uses computer imaging claims baseballs had a larger rubberized core and a synthetic rubber ring in 1998, including the ball Mark McGwire hit for his 70th homer.

Universal Medical Systems Inc. said Wednesday that with the assistance of Drs. Avrami S. Grader and Dr. Philip M. Halleck from The Center for Quantitative Imaging at Penn State, it took images of 1998 baseballs.

"Examining the CT images of Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball one can clearly see the synthetic ring around the core - or 'pill' - of the baseball," UMS president David Zavagno said. "While Mark McGwire may or may not have used illegal steroids, the evidence shows his ball - under the governing body of the league - was juiced."

The record books just didn't stand a chance in the 90's did they?

I am sick of hearing about the juicing of the 90's though. I really am. I just don't care anymore. All I care about is what they are doing to fix the problem and I think baseball has done a good job trying to fix steroid abuse.

Sports: OUCH!

It started off good but ended very bad.

41-14 is all I have to say.

Sports: Have the Redsox signed their closer?

At first look the Joel Pineiro signing doesn't look like it. But if you analyze the signing carefully, you can see that he has 1 career save.
Pitcher Joel Pineiro has reached preliminary agreement on a one-year deal for a guaranteed $4 million with the Boston Red Sox, multiple baseball sources said Wednesday.

The contract is contingent on Pineiro passing a physical exam later this week, the sources said. The deal includes a player option for 2008 and $2 million in performance bonuses based on games finished, according to The Associated Press.

Pineiro, who pitched exclusively as a starter during his last four seasons with Seattle, is expected to work out of the bullpen for Boston. He could be given a chance to compete for the team's closer's job in spring training.

I don't particularly like the signing, but $4 million in this market isn't much at all, so this might be worth the risk. And this is what ESPN insider said about his fantasy value.
The contract reportedly includes $2 million in performance bonuses based on games finished, which suggests that the Red Sox consider Pineiro a contender for their vacant closer's job. The righty's deal also contains a player option for 2008. He must pass a physical for the contract to be finalized.
I just might have to draft him, in one of the last rounds, in my fantasy drafts.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Thoughts: When liberals attack liberals

Stuff like this makes me laugh.

House Democrats tried to unveil their lobbying reform package today, but their press conference was drowned out by chants from anti-war activists who want Congress to stop funding the Iraq war before taking on other issues.

Led by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a slain soldier, the protesters chanted "De-escalate, investigate, troops home now" as Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., began outlining the Democrats' plans to ban lobbyist-funded travel and institute other ethics reforms. The press conference was held in the Cannon House Office Building in an area open to the public.

Emanuel finally gave up trying to be heard over the chants, and retreated to a caucus room where Democrats were meeting.
This is what happens when you go to bed with the devil. These are the people that helped elect you and if you don't do exactly what they want they will protest you. Pretty sad that it has already happened this early.

Sports: Saban takes the Miami job

I guess competing with Bellichek and Mangini was too much for Nick Saban, that or he just wanted a butt load of money.
Nick Saban has accepted an offer from Alabama to coach the Crimson Tide and left the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, two weeks after declaring "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."
I'd have a hard time turning down 10 years $35-40 million. I know Saban is a great coach and this brings Bama back into the national lime light. I guarantee you Bama will win a National Title within the next 3-5 years.

But I know I'd never hire him for any job I was offering. There is no way you could count on this guy sticking around. He just stays long enough until he gets a better offer.

Sports: Yankees becoming fiscally responsible

Well that is if this source is true, that the Yankees will be trading Randy Johnson by weeks end.
The Arizona Diamondbacks expect to complete a deal with the New York Yankees by the end of the week to bring back pitcher Randy Johnson, a high-ranking Diamondbacks official familiar with the negotiations told USA TODAY.

The clubs have agreed on the package of players the Diamondbacks will send to the Yankees, according to a club official from each team — two minor league pitchers and a major league reliever.

The deal has not been completed because of money issues, including how much the Yankees will pay toward Johnson's $16 million contract in 2007.

The Diamondbacks official also said they would like to sign Johnson to a one-year extension that would be a pay cut from his '07 salary, as well as restructure the $40 million deferred payments the left-hander is owed from his 1999-2004 stint with the team.

I think this is great for the Yankees, unfortunately, but very stupid for the Diamondbacks. The Yankees won't give up Randy for nothing, so I'm sure the Dbacks will have to give up some decent prospects if not a major league ready player in the deal. And for what? A has been who is on the wrong side of 40 that has a bad back and no knees.

If this goes through, I can see the Yankees throwing $20+ million at Roger Clemens for a one year contract.

The Yankees rotation has a good chance of being better than the Redsox.

1. Chien-Ming Wang
2. Roger Clemens
3. Andy Pettitte
4. Mike Mussina
5. Carl Pavano (if healthy)

Actually in 2nd thought, that doesn't look that impressive. So I guess I'm worrying for nothing. They would be better with Roger than with Randy, but either way, it is an old beat up starting rotation.


Sports: How does this guy keep his job?

The Detroit Lions are a NFL's worse 24-72 since Matt Millen has been in charge, but yet he will be keeping his job.
Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen said Tuesday that quitting is not an option he has considered despite criticism of the team's dismal performance in his tenure. "I'll never quit," Millen said in an interview with a small group of reporters, including The Detroit News, which posted some of his comments on its Web site. "I can't do that. I don't even consider that.

"It's the way I'm made."

Asked why he wouldn't quit, Millen replied: "You're given a job, regardless of what it is. You keep on working and trying to get the thing done."

With all the coaches, and GM's for that matter, who get fired if they don't perform in a couple of years, it amazes me that Matt Millen still has a job. Any one else with his performance record would have been fired years ago. What he has over Mr Ford's head I don't know.

That is the only thing I can think of, he must be black mailing the owner.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Sports: Bowl Weekend

I admit I am not a huge college football fan. I've watched a few Notre Damn games and Michigan vs Ohio State but other than a few big games I haven't watched much at all. That was until this weekend. I was flipping through all the games yesterday, mostly because there was nothing else on and I had the day off from work.

USC killed the Michigan Wolverines, 35-18, in the Rose Bowl. This is a perfect reason why college football needs a play off system. Michigan only lost by 3 to Ohio State who will likely win the National Title and USC beat Michigan pretty handily. I would have loved to see a Ohio State/USC game. But I guess we never will know what could have happened.

The game of the day was Boise State nearly beating the Oklahoma Sooners, 43-42, in the Fiesta Bowl. This is another reason why there needs to be a play off system in college football. If Ohio State happens to lose to Florida, Boise State will be the only undefeated team in Division 1 football. Do I think Boise State would win the play off system, probably not, I don't even think they would beat Oklahoma again if they played next week. But anything could happen, that's why they play the games.

But Boise State versus Oklahoma was by far and away the best college football game I've ever watched. It had everything, come backs, great plays, and more amazing plays. Boise State went up 14-0 quick and I thought it was going to be a blow out. But Oklahoma fought back and tied the game in the 4th quarter. With a 1:26 left in the game, Boise State got the ball back after Oklahoma tied up the game only to throw an interception that got returned for a touch down. Which put Oklahoma up 35-28. With a minute left Boise State drove down the field and on a 4th and 12, or something close to that, Boise State threw a short pass that turned into a hook and ladder for a touch down to tie the game and send it into overtime. Than in over time, OK scored a quick touch down to take the lead, but Boise State came back and scored another TD on a 4th and 2 or 3. But instead of just tieing the game, they went for the win and ran the Statute of Liberty play and run into the end zone with an easy two point conversion for the win.

Sports: NFL Weekend

What a weekend, we finally have all the play off spots all set.

Unfortunatly the New York Giants won Saturday night, so they clinched the last play off sport in the NFC so that rendered all the other games useless. After they won, all 6 play off spots were clinched. And when the Cowboys lost to the pitiful Lions the Eagles by default clinched the NFC East. If I were the Lions I would have lost on purpose just so I could get the number 1 pick. Now they screwed themselves out of Brady Quinn.

The AFC was all but set coming into this week. Both the Jets and Broncos were 9-6 and had easy games to clinch. The Jets followed through with a 23-3 romping of the Raiders, who will now take Brady Quinn with the number 1 pick. But the Broncos couldn't hold up their end, they got embarrassed by the 49ers at home losing 26-23 in overtime. Which is sad, considering I thought they were the best team in football after they beat the Patriots earlier this year.

Which the Broncos losing the Chiefs got in beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 35-30. Now all the play off seeds are finally set in stone.

This weekend we will have:

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts
New York Jets at New England Patriots

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Predictions coming later this week.