Friday Tidbits 7/4/08

4 July 2008

First, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July and a Happy Birthday to the United States.  OK, on to the Tidbits.


The Angles no-hit the Dodgers, but lost.  Go figure.  Magglio Ordonez, Luis Castillo, Juan Pierre, Eric Chavez, Jeff Francis, and Troy Percival landed on the DL.  Ryan Church, Carlos Zambrano, Mark Mulder, and Eric Gagne came back from it.  The White Sox struck back by sweeping the Cubs.  Tampa moved into first in the AL East.  Then they swept Boston. The A’s signed 16 year old Dominican prospect Michael Inoa.   Hank opened his ignorant mouth, but the Yanks responded with a bucket full of runs.  I wish the wouldn’t encourage him.  A-Rod and his wife are getting separated.  He’s been linked to Madonna.  His wife to Lenny Kravitz.  Rafael Furcal will have back surgery.  He was having an outstanding season too.


Earnest Graham signed a three-year deal with Tampa Bay.  The Steelers cut RB Najeh “Laundry Basket’ Davenport.  Tennessee signed T David Stewart to a six-year deal.  Roger Goodell said that the rookie salaries are “ridiculous”.  I’ve long been saying that.  Chris Henry’s assault trial ended in a hung jury.  Pointing a gun at your girlfriend will get you kicked off the Patriots Willie Andrews.  The Bears signed rookie Marcus Harrison to a four-year deal. Joe Jurevicius had his knee scoped.  Brett Favre may or may not have the itch to play football again.  All I know is John Madden is willing to scratch it.  Da Bears signed rookie RB Matt Forte to a four-year deal.  Hopefully for the Bears’ sake he pans out better than Cedric Bustson.  The Bills signed DT Kyle Williams to a three-year extension.

 
Baron Davis and Elton Brand opted out of their contracts.  It didn’t take long for Baron Davis to head down the PCH to L.A. (Clippers that is).  New Orleans did the right thing by locking up Chris Paul to an extension.  Washington signed Antawn Jamison to a four-year deal worth a lot of Monoploy money.  He quietly gets 20 & 10 just about every year.  Ron Artest will stay put, although he wishes he hadn’t.  Beno Udrih will remain his teammate.  Utah picked up the option on Paul Millsap’s contract.   Jose Calderon re-signed with Toronto.  Oklahoma City has officially stolen the basketball team from Seattle.  Michael Beasley didn’t finish his first practice because of an elbow to the chest.  A retired Army General will be in charge of the refs next year.  Gilbert Arenas got way overpaid.  I don’t even want to discuss it.
 

Tampa Bay signed Ryan Malone to a seven-year deal, G Olaf Kolzig, and LW Ryan Craig.  Colorado signed Defensemen Adam Foote and John-Michael Liles, LW Wojtek Wolski, RW Darcy Tucker and G Andrew Raycroft.  Buffalo signed F Paul Gaustad to a four-year deal and G Patrick Lalime to a two-year deal.  Detroit signed D Andreas Lilja to a two-year deal and Ty Conklin to a one-year deal.  The Kings sent D Lubomir Visnovsky to Edmonton for F Jarrett Stoll and D Matt Greene.  They also got D Denis Gauthier and a draft pick from Philly for D Patrik Hersley and LW Ned Lukacevic.  San Jose signed goon Jody Shelley to a two-year deal.  Columbus signed D Mike Commodore.  Montreal signed LW Andrei Kostitsyn to a three-year deal.  The Wild trade for Ryan Jones and a draft pick for D Marek Zidlicky.  They also signed LW Andrew Brunette, D Kurtis Foster, and RW Craig Weller.  Ottawa signed G Alex Auld.  Phoenix signed LW Todd Fedoruk and D Kurt Sauer.  The Flyers signed Centers Jeff Carter & Glen Metropolit, D Randy Jones, and LW Riley Cote.  The Islanders signed D Mark Streit.  Boston signed RW Michael Ryder and LW Petteri Nokelainen.  Toronto signed Curtis Joseph.  Anaheim signed RW Corey Perry to a five-year deal.  Edmonton traded LW Raffi Torres to Columbus for Gilbert Brule.  Cory Stillman signed a three-year deal with Florida.  Pittsburgh signed Evgeni Malkin and to a five-year deal and D Brooks Orpik to a six-year deal.  They also inked G Marc-Andre Fleury, Miroslav Satan (nice last name), and Ruslan Fedotenko.  Columbus traded Nikolai Zherdey and Dan Fritsche to the Rangers for Christian Backman and Fedor Tyutin.  They also signed Kristian Huselius to a four-year deal.  Atlanta signed D Ron Hainsey.  Phoenix signed G Al Montoya and D David Hale.  Chicago signed D Brian Campbell.  New Jersey signed Brian Rolston, Bobby Holik, Jay Pandolfo, and Bryce Salvador.  The Rangers signed D Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden.  Detroit signed Marian Hossa to a one-year deal.  Dallas signed Sean Avery to a four-year deal.  Montreal signed RW Georges Laraque.  The Wild signed RW Antti Miettinen.  The Rangers signed Markus Naslund.  The Sharks signed Rob Blake.  St. Louis signed Yan Stastny.  Colorado signed Daniel Tjarnqvist and Chris Durno.  Florida signed Rory Fitzpatrick, James DeLory, Steve MacIntyre, and Chris Beckford-Tseu.
 
 
UCLA broke the mold by signing Coach Ben Howland to a seven-year deal.  Georgia kicked G Billy Humphrey to the curb following his third arrest.  Tennesse extended Coach Bruce Pearl through 2014.  Indiana is out two scholarships next year.
 
 
Georgia Tech CB Jerrard Tarrant was suspended following a rape charge.  Michigan RB Kevin Grady got popped for a DUI.  Tennesse extended Coach Phillip Fulmer through 2014. Virginia Tech WR Barndon Dillard will miss the year after tearing his Achilles.  Georgia DE Mchael Lemon got charged with assault.
 
 
Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Tony Stewart won the Camping World RV Sales 200 (Nationwide Series).
 
Inbee Park won the U.S. Women’s Open.  Loren Roberts won the Commerce Bank Championship.  Pablo Larrazabal  won the French Open on the European tour.  Justin Hicks won the Wayne Gretzky Classic on the Nationwide Tour.  Greg Norman and Chris Evert got married.
 
Wimbledon News:  #5 David Ferrer got beat by Mario Ancic.  #11 Tomas Berdych got beat by #22 Fernando Verdasco.  #29 Andreas Seppi got beat by Marat Safin.  #1 Ana Ivanovic got beat by Jie Zheng.  #11 Marion Bartoli got beat by Bethanie Matteck.  #14 Paul-Henri got beat by Marin Cilic.  #25 Dmitry Tursonov got beat by Janko Tipsarevic.  #16 Radek Stepanek got beat by #17 Mikhail Youzhany.  #9 Dinara Safina got beat by #24 Shahar Peer.  #16 Victoria Azarenka got beat by #21 Nadia Petrova.  #12 Andy Murray beat #8 Richard Gasquet.  Marat Safin beat #13 Stanislas Wawrinka.  Marco Ancic beat #22 Fernando Verdasco.  #31 Feliciano Lopez beat #10 Marcos Baghdatis. #14 Agnieszka Radwanska beat #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova.  Tamarine Tanasugarn beat #2 Jelena Jankovic.  Jie Zheng beat #15 Agnes Szavay.  #18 Nicole Vaidisova beat #8 Anna Chakvetadze.  Zheng Jie beat #18 Nicole Vaidisova.  Safin beat #31 Feliciano Lopez.  #7 Venus Williams knocked off #5 Elena Dementieva to earn a trip to the Wimbledon Finals.  She’ll face little sister Serena as she beat Zheng Jie.  Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain on a collision course to meet in the Men’s Finals.

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1997 NFL Draft Re-mix

3 July 2008
Here’s a look back at the 1997 NFL Draft to see who the teams would take if they could do it over knowing what they know today.  This was a lot of fun making.  I hope you enjoy it. 

#1 St. Louis Rams – Orlando Pace
Hard to argue with a Hall of Fame Tackle that helped you to a couple of Super Bowl berths.  Pace has been named All-Pro five times and been a Pro Bowler seven times.

#2 Oakland Raiders – Walter Jones
I was debating between Jones and Jason Taylor for the second pick.  I decided to go with the Hall of Fame Tackle.  Jones is a five-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler.

#3 Seattle Seahawks – Tony Gonzalez
Losing Walter Jones would be tough, but acquiring a talent like Gonzo would soften the blow.  He is the best pass-catching TE in NFL history.  He leads his class in Receptions (820), Receiving Yards (9882), and TDs (66) regardless of position.  He’s and eight-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler.  

#4 Baltimore Ravens – Jason Taylor
Can you imagine adding Jason Taylor to Baltimore’s defense?  The Dancing with the Stars’ star has been named the Defensive Player of the year, All-Pro three times, and a Pro Bowler six times.  He has 662 Tackles and 117 Sacks in his brilliant career.

#5 Detroit Lions – Priest Holmes
He may not have been drafted originally, but after witnessing his dominance, the Lions would jump at the chance to add the 2002 Player of the Year.  Having Priest Holmes follow up Barry Sanders’ act would ensure the Lions weren’t the bottom feeders they’ve become.  He’s been an All-Pro and a Pro Bowler three times each.  He has 8172 Rushing Yards, 2962 Receiving Yards, and 94 TDs (86 Rushing). 

#6 Seattle Seahawks – Tarik Glenn
While he’s no Walter Jones, Tarik Glenn was a pretty solid Tackler, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl.  He helped guide an offensive line that was among the league leaders in rushing, as well as fewest Sacks allowed.

#7 New York Giants – Tiki Barber
The G-Men will have to take Tiki with the 7th pick (rather than the 36th pick where he actually went) if they want his production in their backfield.  The three-time All-Pro/Pro Bowler ran for 10,449 Yards and 55 TDs, while adding 5.183 Receiving Yards and 12 TDs.

#8 New York Jets – Ronde Barber
It’s only fitting that the Twins go back-to-back.  Ronde has earned five All-Pro and four Pro Bowl nods.  He has 857 Tackles, 21 Sacks, and 33 INTs.

#9 Arizona Cardinals – Trevor Pryce
The Cardinals beef up their defensive front with teeh four-time Pro Bowl DE Trevory Pryce.  He has 379 Tackles and 79 Sacks.  He has recoreded at least 7 Sacks seven times.

#10 New Orleans Saints – Darren Sharper
The Saints bolster their secondary by adding four-time All-Pro/Pro Bowl Safety.  He has 798 Tackles, 7 Sacks, and 53 INTs (which is tops among his class). 

#11 Atlanta Falcons – Derek Smith
The Falcons go with the leading tackler of the class, LB Derek Smith.  He has 1092 Tackles and 13.5 Sacks.  He had at least 90 Tackles in his first nine years in the league.  He’s reached the 100 mark six different times.   

#12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Corey Dillon
Although Warrick Dunn was a great player for Tampa Bay, the turn to the leading rusher of the class in Corey Dillon.  Dillon put together 11,241 Rushing Yards and 82 TDs.  He ran for 1100 yards or better in seven of his first eight seasons.  He has four 1300 Yard seasons to his credit.

#13 Kansas City Chiefs – Peter Boulware
With most of the treasured offensive players plucked from their grasp, Kansas City turns to the class’ Defensive Rookie of the Year.  The one-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowler had 403 Tackles and 70 Sacks.  He racked up at least at least 7 Sacks in each of his first seven seasons (including three double-digit sack seasons).   

#14 Cincinnati Bengals – Warrick Dunn
The beauty of Warrick Dunn is that he’s like the anti-Corey Dillon.  He is considered one of the nicest people to ever strap on a helmet and play pro football.  He’s not a bad player either, earning three Pro Bowl nods while producing 14,190 total yards (10181 Rushing) and 62 TDs (47 Rushing).

#15 Miami Dolphins – Sam Madison
The Fins jump up to take CB Sam Madison (they actually took him with the 44th pick.  The four-time Pro Bowler has 470 Tackles and 37 INTs, which is good for second of his class.

#16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derrick Mason
The Bucs grab the best wideout of the class.  Mason has been an All-Pro once and Pro Bowler twice.  He has the most Receptions (710), Yards (9,024), and TDs (47) of the receivers in the draft.

#17 Washington Redskins – James Farrior
The Redskins go with Pro Bowl LB James Farrior, who has notched 1017 Tackles, 21 Sacks, and 10 INTs.  He has four seasons of 120+ Tackles.

#18 Tennessee Oilers – Mike Vrabel
I was trying to figure out a way that I could keep Vrabel on the Patriots, but knew that would be wrong.  Instead, Tennessee gets the All-Pro.  Vrabel has 600 Tackles, 51 Sacks, and 10 INTs.  He also has 8 career TD receptions.

#19 Indianapolis Colts – Jamie Sharper
Like I said, this wasn’t a great draft for offensive players so the Colts turn to LB Jamie Sharper, who had 882 Tackles and 25.5 Sacks in his career.  He really blossomed for Houston with three straight 130+ Tackle seasons.

#20 Minnesota Vikings – Mike Minter
The Vikes grab Safety Mike Minter who finished his career with 817 Tackles, 11 Sacks, and 17 INTs.  He had at least 79 Tackles in all but two seasons in his career.

#21 Jacksonville Jaguars – Shawn Springs
Springs has been decent, but injuries have kept him from being one of the game’s best.  He’s been to one Pro Bowl.  For his career he has 616 Tackles, 7.5 Sacks, and 31 INTs.

#22 Dallas Cowboys – Jake Plummer
While he wasn’ great, he would help bridge the gap between Troy Aikman and Tony Romo.  The Pro Bowler has 29,253 Passing Yards, 161 TDs (161 INTs), a 57.1% Completion Percentage, and a 74.6 Passer Rating.  He added 17 Rushing TDs.

#23 Buffalo Bills – Antowain Smith
Antowain was decent at times for the Bills (and later for New England).  Smith is fourth in the class with 6881 Rushing Yards and third with 54 Rushing TDs.  He had a pair of 1000 yard seasons.

#24 Pittsburgh Steelers – Marcellus Wiley
The Steelers go with Pro Bowl DE Marcellus Wiley.  He finished his career with 324 Tackles, and 44 Sacks.

#25 Philadelphia Eagles – Ike Hilliard
The Eagles WRs over the years have typically been so bad that Ike Hilliard would be an upgrade.  Ike has 499 Receptions for 5,973 Yards, and 31 TDs. 

#26 San Francisco 49ers – Jake Delhomme
Jim Druckenmiller certainly didn’t pan out for the 49ers.  They would much rather have taken the undrafted Cajun QB.  The Pro Bowler has 14,589 Passing Yards, 100 TDs (64 INTs), 59.7% Completion Percentage, and a 85.2 Passer Rating.

#27 Carolina Panthers – Bertrand Berry
I’m not even going to go into the scumbag the Panthers took with this pick.  Instead I’ll focus on who they would take.  They would grab Pro Bowl DE Bertrand Berry, who has 289 Tackles and 54 Sacks.  He had a pair of double-digit sack seasons in 2003 & 2004.

#28 Denver Broncos – Kenard Lang
He finished his career with them, why not start out with them since Trevor Pryce already got snagged?  He had 455 Tackles and 50 Sacks before hanging ‘em up.

#29 New England Patriots – Al Harris
The Pats add Pro Bowl CB Al Harris to the mix.  He has 395 Tackles and 19 INTs. 

#30 Green Bay Packers – Dexter Coakley
The Pack finish it up with three-time Pro Bowl LB Dexter Coakley.  He had 797 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks, and 13 INTs in his career.  He had 90+ Tackles five times.

Previous Re-Mixes
1998 Re-mix
1999 Re-mix
2000 Re-mix
2001 Re-mix
2002 Re-mix
2003 Re-mix
2004 Re-mix


Sobe – “Now Kobe isn’t the only one who can tell Shaq how his Ass tastes!”


Touchback Mountain – “The Sack was the easy part.  Walking away together was the hard part”.
Coming to theatres Labor Day Weekend.


Egó cologne - “The aroma of Arrogance”

 
Bad Daddy Daycare - “Mike Tyson and his multiple personalities will get your kids in line.  If not, he’ll eat them.”
Coming Soon to a Theatre near you.

Friday Tidbits 6/27/08

27 June 2008


Mark Teixeira blasted 3 HRs.  Umpire Brian O’Nora had to leave the game after being hit by a broken Maple bat.  They are bad news.  Gary Sheffield hit a HR in his return from the DL.  Shawn Chacon got released after tossing Astros GM Ed Wade around like a ragdoll.  Albert Pujols was activated from the DL, and promptly went 4 for 4.  The Twins won their 9th straight.
 

Pacman Jones wants to be called Adam Jones.  Hopefully, he’s serious about changing his image.  Apparently Imus isn’t as he made stupid comments and then backpedalled the next day.  Jevon Kearse got popped for a DUI.  Dude, you’re 31.  Grow up.  Speaking of growing up, Cedric Benson has to blow into a tube before he can drive.  An arrest was made in the Javon Walker thumping.  The G-Men signed G Chris Snee to a six-year, $43.5 million deal.  The Bills locked up G Brad Butler.
 

Allen Iverson isn’t opting out of his last year with Denver.  Carmelo took a plea in his DUI case.  He’ll miss the first two games next year.  Shaq’s silly rap dissing Kobe cost him his stinkin’ badges with Maricopa County.  Portland bought New Orleans’ 27th pick.  Denver traded its 20th pick in the draft for a future Charlotte first rounder.  Toronto traded T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, and the 17th pick to Indiana for Jermaine O’Neal.  The Nets traded Richard Jefferson to the Milwaukee for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.  James Jones will test the free agent market.  True to form it was Rose, Beasley, and Mayo with the top three picks in the NBA Draft.  Minnesota sent Mario Chalmers to Miami for cash.  Detroit traded a couple of picks for D.J. White.  Portland traded Brandon Rush, Jarrett jack, and Josh McRoberts to Seattle for Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu.  The Wolves traded Mayo, Marco Jaric, Antoine Walker, and Greg Buckner to the Grizzlies for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins.  The last two draft day trades (Marbury for Ray Allen and Randy Foye for Brandon Roy) didn’t work out so hot for the Wolves.  We’ll see about this one.


Ottawa signed C Chris Kelly to a four-year.  L.A. traded a 2nd round pick to Colorado for C Brad Richardson.  Phoenix got C Olli Jokinen from Florida for Defensemen Keith Ballard and Bick Boynton, as well as a 2nd round draft pick.  Calgary got C Mike Cammalleri, Montreal got F Alex Tanquay, Anaheim got the 17th & 28th picks, and L.A. got the 12th pick in a multi-team deal.  Philly sent F R.J. Umberger and a 4th round pick to Columbus for 1st & 3rd round picks.  The NHL suspended Anaheim Owner Henry Samueli following aguilty plea for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  San Jose signed F Joel Pavelski, F Jeremy Roenick, and G Brian Boucher.  Tampa Bay signed C Vincent Lecavalier to a nine-year, $77 million deal.  Scott Niedermayer is coming back for another run.
 
 
Duquesne signed Coach Ron Everhart to a three-year extension.  Indiana AD Rick Greenspan will resign.  

 
Alabama kicked LB Jimmy Johns for selling dope.  I always thought he sold subs.  Clemson’s Ray Ray McElrathbey is transferring to Howard.  His former teammate DeAndre McDaniel was arrested on domestic abuse charges.  Central Florida RB Ricky Kay was suspended following his recent arrest.

 
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma (Infineon Raceway).  Carl Edwards won the Camping World RV Rental 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Stewart Cink won golf’s Travelers Championship.  Jeff Sluman won the Bank of America Championship (Champions Tour).  Jarrod Lyle won the Knoxville Open (Nationwide Tour).  Martin Kaymer won the BMW International Open.  Eun-Hee Ji won the Wegmans LPGA.  Camilo Villegas and Bubba Watson won the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.  The LPGA U.S. Open is going on.  It’s in Minnesota this year.

Third-ranked Novak Djokovic got bounced from Wimbledon in the second round.  Alla Kudryavtseva beat hottie Maria Sharapova.  Janko Tipsarevic beat Andy Roddick.  Rainer Schuettler beat James Blake.

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Champion:  LaDainian Tomlinson
Challenger:  Adrian Peterson

Tale of the Tape
LT:
 
1949 Total Yards (1474 Rushing Yards, 475 Receiving Yards)
19 TDs (15 Rushing, 3 Receiving, 1 Passing)
Average 121.8 Yards, 1.19 TDs per game

All Day:
1609 Total Yards (1341 Rushing Yards, 268 Receiving Yards)
13 TDs (12 Rushing, 1 Receiving)
Average:  114.9 Yards, 0.93 TDs per game

LT just celebrated his 29th birthday.  While he’s still on the right side of the “30 Line”, he’s creeping closer.  Not to mention he has had a little wear and tear over the years (2,365 attempts, 458 receptions).  All Day is all of 23 years of age.  Like LT, he does and says all the right things.  The only knock on him (and it’s not a loud knock) is that he has had some fluke injuries.  They don’t appear to be problematic, but if they continue to occur, you have to at least factor that into his fantasy football profile.  Most owners would give their last beers or hand over their porterhouse steak in order to land either of these two electric backs.  The question for one soul is “which one do I take”?  I understand the choice appears to be like choosing between Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel, it could be a costly mistake if chosen poorly.  Personally, I would go with the guy with the proven track record.  He has rushed for at least 1200 yards (including five of seven over 1400), added at least 350 receiving yards, and scored double-digit TDs every year he’s been in the league.  While All Day is certainly capable of matching those numbers, I’d like to see him repeat his stellar rookie campaign without signs of a sophomore slump before I’m handing him the keys to the fantasy football kingdom.  Let’s not forget that LT has been in this position before.  Prior to the 2006 season and upstart named Larry Johnson catapulted to the top of most fantasy football drafts based on his remarkable 2005 finish.  Do you remember how LT responded?  2023 total yards (1815 rushing, 508 receiving) and 33 TDs (28 rushing, 3 receiving, 2 passing).  Not that I expect him to come close to those numbers, but I’m expecting another fabulous season as he proclaims his fantasy football dominance one last time.  I don’t expect him to hold onto the fantasy title past this year, but that shouldn’t stop him from having your competition at your mercy one last time.  Either way you should be fine.  I don’t see a Shaun Alexander fall from grace in his immediate future.


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Friday Tidbits 6/20/08

20 June 2008


The Lakers took Game 5 from the Celtics.  A steal, which was totally a foul, by Kobe sealed the deal for the Lakers.  I can see in traffic getting away with a foul, but missing it in the open court in inexcusable.  Kevin Garnett was useless on offense.  The Celtics hammered the Lakers at home to take home the franchise’s 17th NBA Title.  Paul Pierce was the MVP.  Ray Allen and KG had great games in the clincher.  Carmelo Anthony was named to the Olympic team.  Toronto cut Jorge Garbajosa.
 

Willie Randolph was cowardly fired in the middle of the night.  I wonder if it came via text message.  Mike Mussina won 260th career game, which gave him 10 on the year, which he’s done for 17th straight years.  His teammate didn’t have the same good fortunes as Chien-Ming Wang will miss several months to a foot injury.  The Mariners fired GM Bill Bavasi.  Signing Carlos Silva to a four-year, $48 million deal will put your head on the chopping block.  They didn’t stop they.  The M’s also fired Manager John McLaren.  Detroit brought P Fernando Rodney off the DL.  One man’s (Texas Rangers) trash (Sidney Ponson) is another man’s (Yankees)…err….trash.  The Yanks signed Ponson to help fill the void Wang’s injury created.  The Yanks have won 7 straight.  The Rays signed their top pick.
 

Chad Johnson finally took part in practice.  Later he had ankle surgery.  Former teammate Chris Henry won’t be playing at time soon.  He was suspended for being an idiot.  Javon Walker was robbed in Vegas.  No word on Cedric Benson’s whereabouts during the crime.  Rosevelt Colvin signed with the Texans.  Chicago signed Tommie Harris to a four-year, $40 million extension.
 

Alexander Ovechkin won the Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy (Points), Maurice Richard Trophy (Goals), and the Lester B. Pearson Award (Most Outstanding).  Nicklas Lidstrom won the James Norris Memorial Trophy (Defenseman).  Patrick Kane won the Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie).  Pavel Datsyuk won the Frank J. Selke Trophy (Defensive Forward) and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Sportmanship).  Bruce Boudreau wont the Jack Adams Award (Coach).  Chris Osgoood and Dominik Hasek won the William M. Jennings Trophy (Goalie).  Florida hired Peter DeBoer to be their next Coach.  Pittsburgh offered G Marc-Andre Fleury arbitration.  Nashville signed D Ryan Suter to a four-year deal worth $14 million.  Philly traded the rights to LW Vaclav Prospal to Tampa Bay for a late draft pick.  Igor Larionov, Glenn Anderson, Ray Scapinello and Ed Chynoweth were elected to the Hockey Hall ofa Fame.
  
 
BYU’s Lee Cummard, UNC’s Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green, Texas’ A.J. Abrams, Cal State-Fullerton’s Josh Akognon, Memphis’ Robert Dozier, Tennessee-Martin’s Lester Hudson, Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo, Alabama’s Ronald Steele, UAB’s Robert Vaden, and Arizona’s Chase Budinger will return to school after flirting with the NBA Draft.  Coach Jeff Reynolds signed a five-year deal with Air Force.  Southeast Missouri got placed on probation for two years by the NCAA.

 
Arkansas State suspended RB Preston Brown and DB Marlon Douglas for the season for violations.  Notre Dame will remain on NBC through the 2015 season.  Oh joy.

 
Tiger Woods celebrated his first Father’s Day with a dramatic putt on 18 to send the U.S. Open to a playoff.  After 90 holes Tiger and Rocco Mediate remained even.  In the first round of sudden death, Tiger was able to capture his 14th major.  Hey Jack.  Tigers in your rear view mirror are closer than they appear.  Unfortnately for Tiger, his season is over as he’ll have another knee surgery to repair his torn ACL and stress fractures.
 
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway, which is pretty cool because it was on Father’s Day.  Joey Logano won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway.

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Reality shows have taken over the networks.  Some of them (American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc.) are highly successful.  Some, however got grounded before getting picked up by a network.  My Hollywood Insider, Eric Greenberg, from the critically acclaimed Just My Show helped uncover these gems.  Now, it’s my job to alert the masses about these pilots in hopes that a network will pick them up.  Perhaps with a grass roots marketing effort we can make these shows a “reality”.


Square Dancing with the Stars
This spin-off was receiving competing bids from TNN and CMT before all hell broke loose.  Looking back, perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to have both Tony Stewart and Tonya Harding on the set at the same time.  Once the moonshine was flowing you just knew there was going to be a fight. 


Just the Ten of Us

All plans for a remake of this show starring Travis Henry and his illegitimate children were brought to a screeching halt when he was cut from the Broncos.  Shawn Kemp is in negotiations to take over for Henry.

 
The Brady Bunch
After losing in the Super Bowl and the fallout from the Spygate scandal has put this production on the shelf.  People just got tired of the Patriots.  Although the critics loved the pilot, the feeback from the test audience told a different story.


Joba and the Fatman

Let’s face it.  This idea was bound to fail from the moment of conception.  Hank Steinbrenner has the gruff personality to pull off his role, but when he speaks everyone tunes him out.  It was a new role for Joba, and he still needs to work out the kinks.  One bright spot was Brian Cashman’s performance in the role of Max.

2004 NFL Draft Re-mix

19 June 2008
Here’s a look back at the 2004 NFL Draft to see who the teams would take if they could do it over knowing what they know today.  This was a lot of fun making.  I hope you enjoy it. 

#1 San Diego Chargers – Larry Fitzgerald
So you keep Drew Brees and add a two-time Pro Bowl WR.  There is no QB controversy and you add a WR with a pair of 100 catch, 1400 yard, 10 TD seasons.

#2 Oakland Raiders – Ben Roethlisberger
To say Robert Gallery has been a disappoinment is a major understatement.  If they could do it over again they would add Big Ben, who has the arm and th moxie to lead Oakland out of the doldrums.

#3 Arizona Cardinals – Jared Allen
The Cardinals can’t let a high-energy pass rushing phenom get away.  They grab the 2007 NFL Sack leader here.  He has 230 Tackles and 43 Sacks in four seasons. 

#4 New York Giants – Eli Manning
We’ll avoid all of the nonsense that went on with this draft day trade and simply keep Eli Manning in New York, where he led them to a Super Bowl last year.  He has 11.385 yards and 77 TDs in four seasons.

#5 Washington Redskins – Sean Taylor
You can’t predict the tragedy that took Sean Taylor’s life.  I won’t disparage his memory by replacing him.

#6 Cleveland Browns – Vince Wilfork
Perhaps nobody clogs up the middle quite as well as Wilfork (listed at 6’2″, 325 lbs).  He’s racked up 195 Tackles and 5.5 Sacks in his career.  The game is won in the trenches, and Wilfork provides an immediate upgrade.

#7 Detroit Lions – Will Smith
Instead of drafting another Wide Receiver the Lions go with the Fresh Prince instead.  In four years he has 220 Tackles and 33.5 Sacks.  He’s never had less than 7 Sacks in a year. 

#8 Atlanta Falcons – Philip Rivers
DeAngelo Hall has skills, but he was such a pain that they shipped him out of town.  With Michael Vick a few years away from the cooler, the Falcons would be wise to grab Philip Rivers, who’s been pretty solid for San Diego.  The 2006 Pro Bowler has 6540 yards and 43 TDs (to only 24 INTs) the past two years.  He has a 86.6 career passer rating and a 60.8% completion percentage.

#9 Jacksonville Jaguars – Roy Williams
The Jags brought in Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson this year so you know their situation needs addressing.  They turn to Roy Williams who has 244 catches for 3650 Yards and 28 TDs in four years.

#10 Houston Texans – Steven Jackson
Action Jackson could have possibly gone sooner, but when you can address QB and defensive line needs, you do so.  Jackson has 4249 Rushing Yards, 1586 Receiving Yards, and 36 TDS (30 Rushing) in four years.  He has three straight 1000 yard seasons despite being hampered with an injury last year.

#11 Pittsburgh Steelers – Willie Parker
I guess this time they’ll have to draft two-time Pro Bowler Fast Willie.  He’s had three straight 1200+ yard seasons.  For his career he has 4198 Yards and 19 TDs.   

#12 New York Jets – Bob Sanders
Jonathan Vilma was a pretty good selection for the Jets, but considering they already chose to go in a different direction, I’ll pick Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders to bring some toughness to the Jets D.  He’s not big, but he packs a punch.  He has fought through injuries to rack up 251 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, and 4 INTs.  He’s earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2005 & 2007.

#13 Buffalo Bills – Lee Evans
Although he’s inconsistent, can you imagine the Bills without him?  They would be even more hurting at WR.  He has 233 Receptions for 3727 Yards, and 29 TDs.  If only I can convince him that month is December.

#14 Chicago Bears – Tommie Harris
Chicago  sticks with their pick and takes two-time All-Pro (3 Pro Bowls) DT Tommie Harris.  When healthy he’s one of the best in the game.  He has 141 Tackles and 19.5 Sacks to date.

#15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jonathan Vilma
Putting Vilma alongside Derrick Brooks would be a lot of fun.  Vilma has 441 Tackles, including 173 in 2005 earning him a Pro Bowl nod, and 6 INTs. 

#16 Philadelphia Eagles – Shawn Andrews
Anytime you draft a quality Offensive Lineman, you hold on to him if at all possible.  The Eagles are following that mantra by sticking with All-Pro (2 Pro Bowls) G Shawn Andrews.  He’s too important to their offense to pass up.

#17 Denver Broncos – Shaun Phillips
Not that D.J. Willimas hasn’t worked out for the Broncos, but Shaun Phillips is a little more dynamic.  He has 195 Tackles, 31 Sacks, and 3 INTs.

#18 New Orleans Saints – Kellen Winslow
The Saints go with Pro Bowl TE Kellen Winslow for another weapon in their passing attack.  He has back-to-back 80 reception seasons, including leading all TEs with 89 in 2006, as well as averaged 990 receiving yards the past two seasons. 

#19 Miami Dolphins – Jason Peters
Miami grabs All-Pro Tackle Jason Peters to improve their offensive line. 

#20 Minnesota Vikings – Chris Cooley
Short of weapons in the passing game, Minnesota turns to All-Pro TE Chris Cooley.  He has three straight 700+ yard seasons and 231 catches for 2608 Yards and 27 TDs. 

#21 New England Patriots – DeAngelo Hall
Hall is very talented and a pain in the butt.  The Patriots have enough veterans to keep him in line.  Plus, when he’s winning, he won’t have as much reason to grumble.  The two-time Pro Bowler has 203 Tackles and 17 INTs already.

#22 Buffalo Bills – D.J. Williams
The Bills bolster their LB corps with D.J. Williams, who has 388 Tackles in four years.  He’s coming off a 141 Tackle season.

#23 Seattle Seahawks – Darnell Dockett
The Seahawks correct their mistake of drafting DT Marcus Tubbs by selecting Pro Bowl DT Darnell Dockett.  He has 180 Tackles and 15 Sacks.  He had 9 Sacks last year to earn the Pro Bowl nod.

#24 St. Louis Rams – Julius Jones
With Steven Jackson long off the board, the Rams turn to Julius Jones to compliment Marshall Faulk.  He had 800+ rushing yards in his first three years in the league, and a total of 3484 with 18 TDs.  He’s also added 672 receiving yards.

#25 Green Bay Packers – Nathan Vasher
Pro Bowl CB Vasher represents and upgrade over Ahmad Carroll for the Packers.   He has 130 Tackles and 17 INTs.

#26 Cincinnati Bengals – Gibril Wilson
The Bengals turn to Safety Gibril Wilson, who has 365 Tackles, 6 Sacks, and 11 INTs.  He’s has averaged over 100 Tackles the past three years.

#27 Houston Texans – Matt Schaub
The Texans grab Matt Schaub since he’s their starting QB now.  He passed for 2241 Yards and 9 TDs in his first year starting, but was derailed by injuries.  He did have a Passer Rating of 87.2 and a 66.4% completion rate.

#28 Carolina Panthers – Chris Gamble
The Panthers stick with their selection of CB Chris Gamble.  He has 264 Tackles and 17 INTs.

#29 Atlanta Falcons – Dunta Robinson
Since they didn’t get DeAngelo Hall, the Falcons instead turn to Dunta Robinson, who had 80+ Tackles his first three years in the league.  He has 294 Tackles and 11 INTs. 

#30 Detroit Lions – Jerricho Cotchery
It wouldn’t be the Lions if they didn’t take a WR in the first round.  Cotchery has back-to-back 82 reception seasons and 2091 Yards over that two year span.  Considering Roy Williams has 2146 Yards, this isn’t that big of a downgrade.

#31 San Francisco 49ers – Stuart Schweigert
The 49ers bolster their secondary by adding Safety Schweigert.  He has 316 Tackles and 4 INTs. 

#32 New England Patriots – Madieu Williams
The Patriots make a second quality addition to their secondary with Safety Madieu Williams.  He has 290 Tackles, 4 Sacks, and 9 INTs.

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Friday Tidbits 6/13/08

13 June 2008


Paul Pierce looked just fine helping the Celtics jump out to a 2-0 lead.  Kobe was Kobe again as the Lakrs took Game 3.  The Celtics mounted an impressive comeback to take Game 4 and a commanding 3-1 series lead.  Rudy Fernandez will likely leave the Spanish League to join the Blazers next  year.  Doug Collins will not coach the Bulls.  Vinny Del Negro will.  Terry Porter will be the new Phoenix Coach.  Yao Ming is donating $2 million to Chinese earthquake victims.  Gilbert Arenas opted out of the last year of his contract.  Indiana hired Sam Perkins as a mentor.  David Stern came off like a pompous ass when discussing the Tim Doneghy playoff fixing allegations.
 

Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HR #600.  Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, Sean Casey, James Shields, Johnny Gomes, Edwin Jackson, Carl Crawford, and Akinori Iwamura were suspended for the Red Sox-Rays brawl.  Hiroki Kuroda threw a Complete Game Shutout.  The Dodgers acquired Angel Berroa from the Royals for a Minor Leaguer.  Brandon Webb picked up his 11th Win of the year.  Paul Byrd won his 100th game the same night the Indians beat Detroit for the 1000th time. The Rangers designated Sidney Ponson despite his success (4-1, 3.88 ERA).  Joba looked a little better in his second start.  The M’s gave hitting coach Jeff Pentland the boot.  Cliff Lee became the first ten game winner in the AL.  Adam Wainwright and Ryan Church landed on the DL.  Alfonso Soriano, Victor Martinez, and Albert Pujols will be out a few weeks.  Bartolo Colon won his 150th career game.  Jake Peavy returned from the DL in dominating fashion.
 

Darren McFadden signed a six-year, $60 million contract before taking one handoff.  Steroids dealer David Jacobs died in a murder-suicide.  Odell Thurman will miss yet another year to suspension.  Michael Stahan has called it a career.  He was pretty good.  Marcus Robinson retired as well.  He wasn’t very good.  Speaking of not very good, the Bears cut Cedric Benson.  McNabb sat out of practice because of a sore shoulder.  LeCharles Bentley was granted his release from the Browns.  He’ll try and catch on with another team.  T.O. will be tested more frequently for PEDs as he missed a drug test.  Jonathan Ogden is retiring.  Plaxico Burress is sitting out because of a contract dispute.  The Saints signed DE Will Smith to the other Will Smith type money.  His deal was for six years and $70 million.  Cincy signed DT Domata Peko to a five-year, $29 million extension.  Chicago’s Adrian Peterson had an appendectomy.  He still could probably run tougher than Cedric Bustson.
 

Dominik Hasek is hanging up his skates.  Ron Wilson will be Toronto’s next Coach.  The Stanley Cup got a dent at Chris Chelios’ bar.  Montreal signed F Maxim Lapierre to a two-year deal.  Vancouver F Trevor Linden retired.  Detroit signed Coach Mike Babcock to a three-year extension.  Todd McLellan will be San Jose’s Coach.  Dallas D Matthias Norstrom is calling it quits.  The LA Kings kicked Coach Marc Crawford to the curb.
 

Georgia FB Brannan Southerland will miss the start of the season due to a foot injury.  Arkansas kicked LB Freddie Fairchild to the curb.  Bill Curry will be Georgia State’s first football Coach.
 
 
North Carolina’s Ty Lawson was pinched for driving drunk.  Pitt Assistant Coach Orlando Antigua is headed to Memphis.  Jordan Crawford is leaving Indiana.  UCLA’s Josh Shipp withdrew his name from the NBA Draft.  Bob Burton signed a five-year extension with Cal State Fullerton.

 
Big Brown didn’t win the Triple Crown.
 
Justin Leonard won the Stanford St. Jude Championship.  The U.S. Open is this weekend.   Tiger Woods returned with a one over par.
 
Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway.  Brad Keselowski took home the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Nashville Superspeedway.
 
Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer to win his fourth straight French Open.
 
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Friday Tidbits 6/6/08

6 June 2008

Sorry about missing the Tidbits last week.  I was in the hospital as my wife had our second son (Owen).  I’m still catching up and adjusting so the tidbits won’t be quite as inclusive just yet. 


The Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals to meet up with the Lakers.  Orlando gave a contract extension to GM Otis Smith.  Detroit gave Flip Saunders the boot.  All he did was bring them to the Conference Finals year after year.  Michael Curry will replace him.  The Bulls and Miami are talking about a possible trade involving Dwayne Wade.  Kevin Garnett started early.  Paul Pierce shook off an injurty to finish strong and the Celtics took Game 1 of the NBA Finals.  Judging by Phil Jackson’s success when his team takes a series’ opener, this was pretty much a must-win for the C’s.


The Red Wings took Game 4 and a 3-1 series lead over Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh stayed alive in a triple-overtime thriller in Game 5.  Tampa Bay fired Coach John Tortorella.  Detroit brought Lord Stanley back to Hockeytown.  Carolina D Glen Wesley is calling it quits after 20 years.  The ratings were pretty good for the Stanley Cup.


Manny Ramirez hit his 500th HR.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit #599.  Johan Santana won his 100th career game.  Mike Lieberthal retired.  Mark Prior might as well retire as he’s being shut down once again because of a bum shoulder.  Big Papi landed on the DL.  Casey Blake drove in 7 Runs.  Joe Mauer finally hit a HR.  John Smoltz is back.  Hey Hank, Joba Chamberlain didn’t sparkle in his first career start.  Can they blame Joe Torre?  Randy Johnson surpassed Roger Clemens for second on the all-time strikeout list.  Matt Kemp (4 games) and Yorvit Torrealba (3 games) were slapped with suspensions for fighting.  John Smoltz is done for the year.  Jake Peavy and Curt Schilling are working on their comebacks.  The White Sox have become a boring Soap Opera.  Chipper Jones hit HR #400.  Tampa chose SS Tim Beckham with the first pick in the baseball draft.  Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 21.  His teammate, Ian Kinsler, saw his end at 19.


Denver kicked Travis Henry to the curb.  Washington signed S Stuart Schweigert.  San Diego signed Jeremy Newberry.  T.O. got paid.  Houston gave GM Rick Smith a four-year extension.  David Jacobs, a convicted steroids dealer who recently named NFL names, was found shot dead in his home.  Asante Samuel pulled a hamstring.  It shouldn’t affect his play, but with the kind of money he’s getting it’s worth reporting.  Jerramy Stevens was suspended two games next year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.  He’s a broken record.

 
Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Kevin White is heading to Duke.  Syracuse suspended WR Mike Williams because of academics.  Pitt’s Maurice Williams is in the same boat.  Georgia DE Jeremy Lomax has been arrested on a weapons charge.

 
Jerrett Smith is transferring from Michigan to Grand Valley State.

Kenny Perry won golf’s Memorial championship at 8 under par.  Justin Rose, Mike Weir, Jerry Kelly, and Matthew Goggin finished two strokes back.

Kyle Busch took home the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.  Denny Hamlin won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway. 

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