New England Just Gets It

26 April 2008

So the Patriots had the 7th pick, and you just knew that it was likely they would trade down.  Why?  That’s their M.O.  So why did they do it?  They moved down three spots where they can get the guy they wanted in the first place.  In the process they moved up from a fifth round pick to a third round pick.  They also saved themselves a couple million dollars by drafting out of the ten slot instead of the seven.  They lost a lot of players defensively this offseason so moving into the third round was a great move. 

With the 10th pick the Patriots selected Jerod Mayo, a linebacker out of Tennessee.  They are very old at linebacker and this certainly addresses a need.  Mayo can play inside or outsidel inebacker, which is also the Patriots M.O.  They like to add players who can play multiple positions.  That flexibility is something Belichick desires.  I thought they would go LB or CB with this pick so  I can’t argue with the selection.  Look for the Patriots to draft some more defensive players with their next few picks.

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Friday Tidbits 4/25/08

25 April 2008


Isiah Thomas finally got fired.  Looks like he owes Matt Millen and Kevin McHale dinner. NBA owners have agreed to allow Seattle to move to Oklahoma City.  KG had his first kid.  LeBron helped Cleveland get off to a 1-0 lead vs. Washington.  San Antonio took the opener vs. Phoenix in Double-Overtime despite 40 from Duncan.  New Orleans stormed back to pound Dallas and take a 1-0 lead.  Chris Paul dominated with 35 points and 10 assists.  Utah took Game 1 vs. Houston.  Dwight Howards 25 point, 22 rebound effort was too much for Toronto in Game 1.  Gasol had a monster game (36 points, 16 rebounds) as the Lakers took the opener vs. Denver.  Philly shocked Detroit in their opener.  Manu Ginobili won the 6th Man Award.  Big Shocker.  Scott Skiles signed a four-year deal to coach Milwaukee.  LeBron messed around and just missed a triple-double as Cleveland took a 2-0 lead over Washington.  Utah took Game 2 90-84.  T-Mac is starting to sweat.  KG took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award.  New Orleans crushed Dallas behind CP3′s 32 points & 17 assists to take a -0 lead.  Dwight Howard (29 points, 20 boards) had his second consecutive 20-20 game as Orlando took a 2-0 lead.  The Spurs got 79 points from their Big 3 to take a 2-0 lead over Phoenix.  Italian star Danilo Gallinari has declared for the NBA Draft.  Vince Carter had a bone spur removed from his ankle.  Detroit fought back in a big way to even their series with Philly.  Boston handily beat Atlanta for a 2-0 lead.  Kobe scored 49 and handed 10 assists as the Lakers took a 2-0 lead.  Larry Brown resigned as Philly’s VP.  Ron Artest had surgery on his thumb.  Toronto (Orlando) and Washington (Cleveland) struck back in their series to avoid going down 3-0.  Tracy McGrady kept the trend of the road team winning as Houston avoided going down 3-0 vs. Utah.  All three series sit a 2 games to 1.


The Rangers sent the New Jersey Devils packing.  Detroit beat Nashville in OT for a 3-2 series lead.  Anaheim survived Dallas in Game 5.  Dallas leads 3-2.  Washington stayed in the hunt with a Game 5 victory over Philly.  Boston forced a Game 7 with Montreal.  Colorado finished off the Wild in Game 6.  Chris Osgood shutout Nashville to close out their series.  Cagary’s Miikka Kiprusoff shutout San Jose to force a Game 7.  Dallas knocked off Anaheim in Game 6 so there will be a new champion this year.  Montreal’s Carey Price shutout Boston 5-0 to send them packing.  Washington took care of Philly in Game 7 behind Ovechkin’s pair of goals.  Nashville extended Coach Barry Trotz’s contract. The Flyers stunned Washington on the road in Game 7 to win the series. San Jose beat Calgary in Game 7 behind Jeremy Roenick’s four-point game.  Montreal beat Philly in OT to take the series opener.  Detroit knocked off Colorado in their opener.


John Smoltz joined the 3000 K Club.The Rays were proactive in signing Evan Longoria to a six-year $17.5 deal with options to make it nine-years, $44 million.  Wise move.  Tom Glavine landed on the DL.  Big Papi hit a Grand Slam. Chipper Jones and Richie Sexson smacked another pair of HRs.  JImmy Rollins landed on the DL.  Toronto released Frank Thomas.  Hanley Ramirez and Chase Utley each smacked a pair of HRs on Sunday.  Chase Utley homered for the 5th straight game on Monday.  Jake Westbrook joined the rest of the league on the DL. Ronny Cedeno and Bobby Abreu each blasted each blasted Grand Slams.  Jacoby Ellsbury smacekd a pair of HRs.  C.C. Sabathia punished those who dropped him going 6 shutout ininings allowing 4 hits with 11 Ks.  The Reds fired GM Wayne Krivsky  and replaced him with Walt Jocketty. Miguel Cabrera is moving to 1st with Carlos Guillen taking over at 3rd.  J.J. Putz returned from the DL.  Josh Beckett and Dice K were both scratches.  The Cubs won their 10000th game.  Gary Matthews, JR. hit a pair of HRs.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HR #597.  Greg Maddux pitched lights out, but was still denied win # 350.  Frank Thomas re-joined Oakland.  The buried Big Papi jersey got $175K for charity.  Magglio Ordonez and Donnie Murphy smacked a pair of HRs on Thursday.  Felipe Lopez hit a Grand Slam.  Cliff Lee fired a three-hit shutout to improve to 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA.


Jake Long will be the #1 pick tomorrow.  The Vikings traded their 1st round pick along with two 3rd round picks for Jared Allen.  The Vikes signed him to a six-year, $74 milllion deal.  The NFL reinstated Cincy LB Odelle Thruman.  He hasn’t played in two years.  The Bungles declined Washington’s offer of two first round picks for Ocho Cinco.  I would have said “Deal” rather than “No Deal”.  Carolina’s Mike Rucker and Cincy’s David Pollack have retired.  Seattle cut Shaun Alexander.  Dallas traded a 4th rounder for Pacman Jones.  The Jets traded DL Dewayne Robertson to Denver for a draft pick.

Boston College kicked DE Brady Smith to the curb after he was charge with B & E and sexual assault.  Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton had his elbow cleaned out.  Florida State WR Preston Parker was arrested on drugs and weapons charges.  Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter had thumb surgery.  OL Justin Boren left Michigan Sate for Ohio State.

Mempis’ Chris Douglas-Roberts, Antonio Anderson, and Robert Dozier will turn pro.  UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will test the NBA waters.  Drake hire Mark Phelps, who was an assistant at Arizona State, to be its next Coach.  Memphis Assist Derek Kellog will be UMass’s next Coach.  Mississippi State’s Jamont Gordon will enter the NBA Draft.  Texas Guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams will test the NBA waters.  I don’t know hiow many teams they think are in the NBA.  Sad news to report.  Alabama State G Deshean Porchea collapsed and died following a pickup game.  He was 19.

Boo Weekley won his second consecutive Verizon Heritage Classic.  It’s the only tournament he’s ever won.


Kyle Busch won the Corona Mexico 200.  Danica Patrick won the Honda 300 at Twin Ring Motegi ain Japan to become the first woman to win an IndyCar race.

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Time for the 19th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Jared Allen
Obviously the big news was the trade and signing of Jared Allen, who led the league in sacks last year.  The Vikings traded their first round pick along with two third round picks for Allen.  He signed a six-year $74 million deal to join the Purple. 

Rashied Davis
The WR/Special Teams star signed a three-year deal with the Bears.  Not bad for a former Arena league player.  He had 17 catches for 165 yards last year and 11 tackles on Special Teams

Pacman Jones
The other big news was the Pacman trade.  He is going to Dallas for a 4th round pick.  If he plays this year, Tennessee could get an additional pick.  If he isn’t reinstated, Dallas will get a 4th round pick next year.  Pacman settled a contract issue with Tennessee where instead of repaying money owed to Tennessee he has to “make it rain” $500K on a charity.  He has also restructured his deal with Dallas so he has no guaranteed money.

Matt Stewart
Arizona signed the LB to a one-year deal.  He didn’t play last year, but in 2006 he had 20 tackles and a sack.  My guess is he’ll be be a Special Teamer.

Nate Washington
Nate signed a one-year deal to remain with Pittsburgh.  Last year the wideout had 29 catches for 450 yards.  He had two 2 TD games last year. 

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Wow, what a lame headline.  I don’t know why I think of that Subway guy when I hear the name Jared, but hopefully that will all change as I watch Jared Allen punish QBs for the Purple and Gold.  The Vikings have been on the other side of blockbuster trades recently (Moss & Culpepper) so it’s weird to see the shoe on the other foot.  The bounty was a little steep (#17 & two 3rd rounders), but it’s a nice, bold move for Minnesota (as well as a necessity for Kansas City). 

The Vikings generated little-to-no QB pressure last year.  They were going to draft a defensive lineman in the draft.  Instead of taking a chance on a prospect, wait for them to develop, and hope they pan out, Minnesota went with the present.  It would be nicer if they had a QB that was ready to lead a playoff contender, but that’s a whole different story.  Jared Allen teams with Kevin & Pat Williams to form one of the best defensive fronts in the league.  His main concern is the bottle.  If he can keep his nose clean, this should work out well.  I tried to avoid it, but here goes.  Let’s hope it works out far better than the Herschel Walker deal.

For the Chiefs, it was a no-brainer.  They have gotten old. Real old.  They needed to inject some youth into their team.  Now with their pick they can go after a top tier defensive end to groom to replace Allen.  With their second first round pick (if they are wise) they will address their pathetic offensive line. With a couple of extra 3rd round picks they can get some depth in their secondary and their wide receiver corps. 

It took a little while to hammer out the details, but I’m glad this deal got done.  It adds some excitement to the draft.  I wish both teams well.  This is a bold move.  Let’s hope we have two winners

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After getting canned by the New York Knicks, Isiah Thomas finds himself out of a job, and owing dinner to Matt Millen of the Detroit Lions and Kevin McHale of the Minnesota Timberwolves.  They entered an agreement where they would each do whatever it takes to get fired, and Thomas was the first one to succeed.  With two men left, the stakes go up.  Whoever gets fired next owes the last man standing a Cadillac.  Look for brilliant moves from these two master minds as they vie for that top prize. 

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Friday Tidbits 4/18/08

18 April 2008


Jason Kidd notched his 100th career triple-double.  Carmelo got popped for a DUI.  Nice distraction as your team is battling for the final playoff spot.  The Wolves won back-to-back games.  The Sonics won what is most likely their last home game.  Indiana and Golden State lost to eliminate their playoff chances.   Ramon Sessions had 20 points to go along with his 24 assists.  The Lakers took top seed in the West. LeBron won the scoring title.  Boston finished with 66 wins.  The Bulls showed Jim Boylan the door.  Milwaukee did the same for Larry Krystkowiak.


Chris Chelios played in his 248th playoff game, which set an NHL record.  Pittsburgh (over Ottawa) and the Rangers (over the Devils)  jumped out to 2-0 series leads.  Minnesota even their series with a win over Colorado.  Washington took Game 1 against Philly.  Robert Nilsson signed a three-year deal with Edmonton.  Detroit (Nashville) Dallas(Anaheim), and Montreal (Boston) jumped out to 2-0 leads.  Martin Biron and the Flyers blanked Washington to even the series at 1-1.  Boston (Montreal) and New Jersey (Rangers) showed some life by taking game 3.  Calgary stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 2-1 series lead.  Unlike the NBA, the NHL can make rule changes when they want to.  Sean Avery’s stick in Brodeur’s face to distract him was deemed unsportsmanlike.  Instead of waiting until the end of the year to address it, the NHL decided it’s against the rules.  I like it.  Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-1 to take a 3-0 series lead.  Nashville scored 3 in the third to take Game 3.  Minnesota used OT (yet again) to take a 2-1 lead over Colorado.  Montreal’s Carey Price shutout Boston 1-0 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.  Philadelphia took Game 3 of their series with Washington for a 2-1 lead.  Anaheim fought back with a 4-2 victory Dallas, who leads 2-1.  San Jose evened their series at 2 with a 3-2 win over Calgary.  Colorado blasted Minnesota 5-1 to even their series at 2 apiece.  Carolina signed Sergei Samsonov to a three-year deal worth $7.6 million.  Vancouver fired GM Dave Nonis.  Pittsburgh swept Ottawa away.  The Rangers buried the Devils to take a 3-1 series lead.  Nashville knocked off Detroit to even their series at 2.  Boston peppered Montreal 5-1 to stay alive.  Montreal has a 3-2 lead.  Philly beat Washington in Double OT to take a 3-1 series lead.  Dallas beat Anaheim in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead.  Colorado beat Minnesota in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.  San Jose took game 5 and a 3-2 series lead over Calgary.


Randy Johnson’s 285 victory was blown by his relievers.  Hey, at least he was back and pitched well.  The Yankees drew first blood on the Red Sox behind Chien-Ming Wang’s two-hitter.  Carlos Pena, Raul Ibanez, and Jeremy Hermedia hit a pair of HRs last Friday.  Dontrelle Willis hyperextended his knee.  Jeff Francoeur smashed 2 HRs on Saturday.  Roy Halladay fired a complete game.  Dave Roberts had knee surgery and will be out a few months.  Barry Bonds’ last HR ball sold for $370K,  The problem is, there is still a chance someone picks him up to DH later this year or next, making that ball virtually worthless.  Tom Glavine hurt his hamstring in the first inning of his start vs. Washington on Sunday.  Paul Konerko and Joe Crede cranked Grand Slams in the same game. Zack Greinke threw a complete game on Monday to improve to 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA.  Joe Borowski and Eric Bedard landed on the DL.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HRs #595 &596.  A-Rod tied and passed Ted Williams and Willie McCovey on the all-time HR list.  Alfonso Soriano landed on the DL.  Edgar Renteria cracked a Grand Slam.  Carlos Zambrano had three hits in a game.  C.C. Sabathia got rocked..again.  Miguel Tejada not only lied about steroids, evidently he lied about his age.  Manny Ramirez and Chipper Jones each smacked a pair of HRs.  Colorado beat San Diego in 22 innings.


Steve McNair is retiring.  It was a good run.  Chad Johnson has demanded a trade.  Housh said Cincy should trade him.Darrell Jackson and Samie Parker signed with the Denver Broncos.  Deuce McAllister reworked his deal to remain a Saint.  Cato June had his DUI charges dropped.  The Chargers will be without LB Stephen Cooper for 4 games due to a substance abuse violation.  Duane Starks signed with the Raiders.  Arizona NT Gabe Watson broke his kneecap when he fell off a treadmill.  Guess he won’t be getting any “Dancing with the Stars” invites.  Jared Allen will visit Minnesota and Tampa Bay, who are speculated to be suitors via trade.  Terrell Suggs showed up for minicamp.  The G-Men are still waiting to hear what Strahan decides.  The Packers will retire Brett Favre’s #4 in the season opener with Minnesota.


Michael Beasley is turning pro.  Derrick Rose will join him.  They figure to be the top two picks in the draft.  Florida F Jonathan Mitchell will transfer.  Tyler Hansbrough won the Wooden Award.  Kentucky G Jodie Meeks had a sports hernia surgery.  Former Duke F Taylor King is transfering to Villanova.  Tennessee Guard J.P. Prince had shoulder surgery.  John Calipari signed an extension with Memphis.  Butler’s Brad Stevens signed a seven-year deal, but I would guess if he continued his success, he’d be moving on.  Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo is turning pro.  Kansas State Coach Frank Martin signed a five-year extension.  Psst.  He doesn’t have Beasley anymore.  Kevin Love is turning pro…mistake.  Kansas’ Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur will turn pro.

Penn State suspended DT Phil Taylor.  Teammate Sean Lee (LB) will miss the year with a torn knee.  Duke suspended OT Cameron Goldberg for a rule violation.

Trevor Immelman earned the Green Jacket by winning the Masters.  What a failure for Tiger Woods as he finished second.  To get sympathy (kidding), he underwent knee surgery, which means he’ll likely miss The Players Championship.  So much for that Grand Slam. 

Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 after his crew chief  gambled on his fuel.

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Darrell Jackson

Oops
D-Jax takes his drops to Denver.  He signed a one-year deal to perhaps replace Javon Walker, who bolted for Oakland.  He made the mistake of signing with San Francisco last year.  He did manage 46 receptions for 497 yards and 3 scores, but he was far more productive in Seattle. 

Samie Parker
Samie is leaving the Chiefs, but staying in the division.  He joined the Denver Broncos passing attack.  Last year he had 24 receptions for 298 yards and a pair of scores.

Duane Starks
The Raiders signed the CB to a one-year deal to bolster their secondary.  He has 25 career INTs.  Last year he didn’t play at all. 

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Tick Tock Tuna

16 April 2008

The NFL Draft is ten days away.  Assuming Miami doesn’t move down (why would you when you have to pay through the nose to sign the top pick) in the draft, they have some options with their first pick.

The Sexy

If they want to inject life into their fan base, they could go with Darren McFadden, perhaps the most electrifying player in the draft, with the 1st pick.  He has been compared to Adrian Peterson, and if he lives up to the high expectations he’ll walk…errr…run away with the Rookie of the Year Award.  It is risky drafting a running back this high though.  Their shelf lives aren’t the greatest.  The also seem to be more prone to injury.  However, they can energize a city.

The Legacy
 
If he goes #1, hopefully his career doesn’t follow the path of the last Virginia Tech player chosen with the top spot.  If he follows the path of his father, Howie Long, Miami would be very happy.   Improving your pass rush is a big deal.  If you can get pressure on the QB, then the linebackers have an easier job of making plays.  Plus, the secondary doesn’t have to cover their man as long if the QB is forced to get rid of the ball earlier. 

The Logical

If Miami wants to improve, their best best would be to take Jake Long, the behemoth (6’7″, 315 lbs) OT from Michigan. Sure, selecting a lineman is not the sexiest way to use your first pick, but improving your line helps open up the run game and takes pressure off the quarterback, which helps your passing game.  I’m sure Bill Parcels took notice of what Joe Thomas did for Cleveland’s offense last year.  Granted, Cleveland has quite a bit more playmakers on offense, but Joe Thomas was a vital part of the turnaround.  Financially it makes sense because Left Tackles can play a decade or more at very high levels. 

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I’ll start with my team since 1984, the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady
Kansas City – Win
@ NY Jets – Win
Miami – Win
BYE – Loss (Way too early for a bye)
@49ers – Win
@ San Diego – Win
Denver – Win
St. Louis – Win
@ Indy – Loss
Buffalo – Win
NY Jets – Win
@ Miami – Win
Pittsburgh – Win
@ Seattle – Win
@ Oakland – Loss, just kidding, Win
Arizona – Win
@ Buffalo – Win
15-1

Next, I’ll take a look at the Eagles, who I grew to like while living in the Philadelphia area during the Reggie White Days, and have continued to like them with Syracuse’s Donovan McNabb at the helm.

McNabb
St. Louis – Win
@ Dallas – Loss
Pittsburgh – Loss
@ Chicago – Win
Washington – Win
@ San Francisco – Win
Bye – Perfect week for a bye
Atlanta – Win
@ Seattle – Loss
NY Giants – Win
@ Cincy – Win
@ Baltimore – Win
Arizona – Win
@ NY Giants – Loss
Cleveland – Loss
@ Washington - Loss
Dallas – Win
10-6

Now it’s time to check out the home team Vikings, who I’ve been following for ten years now.

All Day
@ Green Bay – Loss
Indy – Loss
Carolina – Win
@ Tennessee – Loss
@ New Orleans – Loss
Detroit – Win
@ Chicago – Loss
Bye – Great week for a bye.
Houston – Win
Green Bay – Win
@ Tampa Bay – Loss
@ Jacksonville – Loss
Chicago – Win
@ Detroit – Win
@ Arizona – Loss
Atlanta – Win
NY Giants – Loss
7-9

Those are my initial thoughts.  It will be interesting to see how they pan out. 

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