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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Friday Tidbits 4/11/08

11 April 2008

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Chris Paul dished out 15 assists to go along with his 33 points in a win over New York.  He followed it up with a triple-double vs. Golden State.  He’s making his fantasy owners love him even more as he had 16 assists vs. Minnesota.  Joel Pryzbilla, who had been rebounding like Rodman lately, broke his hand, and will miss the rest of the season.  Stop the presses, the Knick won…twice.  Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Adrian Dantley, Dick Vitale, and Pat Riley were elected into the basketball Hall of Fame.  Al Jefferson had 40 points for the Wolves, but lost.  Chris Bosh messed around and got a triple-double.

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Jarome Iginla scored his 50th goal.  This week’s shutouts:  Philly’s Martin Biron vs. New Jersey & Pittsburgh, St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Columbus, Buffalo’s Jocelyn Thibault vs. Boston.  Phoenix’s Daniel Carcillo had a hat trick against Dallas.  Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek had one against Boston.  Buffalo D Teppo Numminen made his return following heart surgery.  Tampa Bay C Vincent Lecavalier will have shoulder surgery.  Montreal will host the 2009 All-Star game.  Keith Tkachuk scored his 500th career goal.  So what if it was an empty-netter.  Dallas signed D Nicklas Grossman to a two-year deal. The Wild’s Nick Shultz had an appendectomy.  Tampa Bay won the top pick in the NHL Lottery.  The Rangers beat New Jersey 4-1 to take the opener.  Pittsburgh beat Ottawa 4-0 to take the 1-0 lead.  Joe Sakic scored the game-winner in OT as Colorado stole home ice from the Wild.  Calgary dropped San Jose 3-2 in the series opener.  Detroit took Game 1 over Nashville 3-1.  Montreal beat Boston 4-1 in their series opener.  Evgeni Nabokov and San Jose shutout Calgary to even the series at 1.  Marty Turco and Dallas blanked Anaheim.  For some moronic reason Washington and Philly haven’t even squared off yet.

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Josh Beckett made his season debut.  It wasn’t a pretty one (5 runs in 4-2/3 innings).  Toronto locked up Alex Rios for seven years, $70 million and Aaron Hill for four years, $12 million.  Michael Cuddyer landed on the 15 Day DL with a dislocated finger.  Bill Hall and Chase Utley each hit a pair of HRs on Friday.  Dontrelle Willis walked 7 as Detroit fell to 0-5.  Kelly Johnson, Mike Jacobs, Frank Thomas, Joe Crede hit Grand Slams.  Jake Peavy struck out 8 while allowing just 1 run on 2 hits.  Gerald Laird hit a pair of HRs to go along with his 6 RBI on Sunday.  Ben Sheets fired a shutout.  Ken Griffey, Jr. hit HR #594.  Greg Maddux won his 348th game.  Pat Burrell and Mark Reynolds each blasted 2 HRs on Monday. Arizona signed Chris Young to a six-year extension.  Talk about taking care of business early.  Scott Spiezio got three years probation for drunk driving and hit-and-run.  I have a couple of thoughts.  First, he should have got another year for that awful soul patch.  Second, to be serious, you or I would have served time.  Derek Jeter strained his quad.  Torii Hunter hit a pair of HRs, the second being a game-winning Grand Slam on Monday vs. Cleveland.  Bill Buckner threw out the first pitch for the Red Sox home opener.  He was greeted with a standing ovation.  Rich Harden missed a start because of a sore back.  He’s so soft.  The Mets put Matt Wise on the DL.  Atlanta Brave prospect Jordan Schafer received a 50 games suspension for HGH.  Bengie Molina hit a pair of HRs on Tuesday.  Cliff Floyd (knee) landed on the DL.  San Diego put Michael Barrett (elbow) on the DL.  El Duque (foot) is out indefinitely. Detroit finally won.  Mike Jacobs and Albert Pujols hit a pair of HRs on Wednesday.  Mike Napoli and Jason Kubel hit Grand Slams.  Cleveland signed Fausto Carmona to a four-year, $15 million deal.  It could increase $28 million more over three years if Cleveland picks up his options.

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Michael Vick is playing jailhouse football to pass the time.  My crack statistics team reported Vick has a passer rating of 75.7.  Some things never change.  Washington signed Jerome Mathis to return kicks.  Cleveland waived  DB Kenny Wright.  David Garrard signed a seven-year, $60 million deal with Jacksonville.  Overpaid.  The Patriots signed LB Victor Hobson.  The Benglas continued cleaning house by cutting RB Quincy Wilson, who was arrested in June.  San Diego signed S Clinton Hart to a five-year deal. The Jets signed S Kerry Rhodes to a five-year, $33 million extension. 

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Kansas knocked off Memphis in OT to win the National Championship.  Mario Chalmers hit a three to send the game into overtime.  He won the Most Outstanding Player Award.  Darrell Arthur was great with 20 points and 8 boards for the Jayhawks.  Earlier Memphis proved everybody wrong (well, most everybody) by knocking off UCLA to go to the title game.  Chris Douglas-Roberts  and Derrick Rose combined for 40 of Memphis’ 68 points.  Chris Douglas-Roberts led the way with 28 points.  Derrick Rose added 25 points and 9 rebounds.  Kansas jumped off to a huge lead, let UNC get within 5, and then pounded them to submission.  Brandon Rush led the charge with 25 points.  One I missed last week:  Ohio State won the NIT tournament.  Mike Montgomery is leaving Stanford for the Cal job.  Dick Vitale earned a spot in the National Collegiate Baskeball Hall of Fame.  Coach K will probably introduce him.  Eric Gordon is going pro.  Joining him is Arizona’s Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger, Louisville’s Earl Clark, Florida’s Marreese Speights, LSU’s Anthony Randolph, UCLA’s Kevin Love and Darren Collison, Syracuse’s Donte Greene, Stanford’s Trent Johnson, West Virginia’s Joe Alexander, Texas A&M’s DeAndre Jordan, USC’s O.J. Mayo and Alabama’s Ronald Steele.  Miami signed Coach Frank Haith to a five-year extension.   John Calipari was named the Naismith Coach of the Year.  He didn’t look the part in the closing minutes of regulation on Monday.  Bill Self will stay in Kansas.  LSU hired Trent Johnson as their new Coach.

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Penn State won’t talk contract with Joe Paterno until after the season.Florida WR Percy Harvin had heel surgery.  Penn State kicked WR Chris Bell off the team after he threatened a teammate with a knife.  Syracuse RB Averin Colier with miss time with a fractured foot.  Carl Edwards won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Tennessee repeated as Women’s NCAA Basketball Champs.  For Pat Summit, it was her 8th title.

Justin Rose and Trevor Immelman lead the Masters.  Tiger is 4 shots back.  

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Time for the 17th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Aaron Glenn
Jacksonville signed the CB to add to their secondary.  He had 15 tackles and an INT, which he returned for a TD, last year for New Orleans.  He has 41 career INTs.

Clinton Hart
San Diego signed their starting Safety to a five-year deal.  He made 85 tackles last year to go along with 5 INTs and a sack.  In three playoff games he made 17 tackles.  His best came in San Diego’s win over Indianapolis where he made 12 tackles and a pick.

Victor Hobson
The Patriots signed LB Victor Hobson away from the Jets.  He had 62 tackles and 2 sacks last year. In 2006 he had 100 tackles and 6 sacks.  He provides some much needed youth to the Patriots’ LB corps.

Kerry Rhodes
The Jets kept their spending ways going by signing their star Safety to a five-year, $33.5 million deal.  He had 68 tackles, 2 sacks, and 5 INTs last year.  He has 10 picks in his three-year career.  He had INTs in four straight weeks (11-14) last year.

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Gary Hartman from  The Fantasy Sports Forum posted his projected first round in the upcoming NFL Draft.  I’ve provided that info to you as well as my thoughts.  Gary’s picks are in blue.  I went with orange.

1. Miami- Chris Long DE, Virginia
Great talent that does not come around very often and Parcells would love to have an impact pass rusher.

I think Bill Parcels starts the rebuilding process the old-fashioned way…blocking.  Jake Long is too valuable to pass up.

2. St Louis- Vernon Gholston DE/OLB, Ohio State
Great all-around prospect and athlete that can anchor a defense for years to come. Pass on Dorsey because DE is more of a need than DT.

I’m afraid Gholston may be a workout warrior so I’ll guess St. Louis goes with Chris Long instead.

3. Atlanta- Jake Long OT, Michigan
Amazing player who will anchor the Falcons O-Line for at least a decade.

Atlanta has plenty of issues to address.  Matt Ryan is a possibility, but I think Glenn Dorsey is the name they will call to improve their defensive front.

4. Oakland- Glenn Dorsey DT, LSU
They will pass on McFadden because they probably can’t afford to pay him, and they just locked up Fargas, who proved he can get the job done just fine. And besides him, Dorsey is by far the BPA.

Oakland is where I think Vernon Gholston will end up as Al Davis can’t resist this physical specimen. 

5. Kansas City- Sedrick Ellis DT,USC
There is really no OT worth taking here so they go the best defensive player available. Proven himself to be top 5 worthy.

I could see Kansas City calling Ryan Clady’s name to improve a weak offensive line.  With guys like Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, and Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs desperately need to improve their offensive line play to keep the offense from stalling out.

6. New York Jets- Darren McFadden RB, Arkansas
Get the best overall player in the draft with this steal, will carry the Jets offense for many years.

New York seems to have been putting their team together in the anticipation of landing McFadden.  They won’t let the future Rookie of the Year pass them by.
  

7. New England Patriots- Leodis McKelvin CB, Troy St
Cornerback is their number one need but they’ll have a tough decision between him and Rodgers-Cromartie.  They’ll go with McKelvin, who they believe is the more complete corner.

I agree the Patriots need to improve their secondary, but their linebacking corps needs to be addressed as well.  However, they typically don’t do that in the first round so I agree with both the selection of a CB as well as it being McKelvin.

8.Baltimore Ravens- Matt Ryan QB, Boston College
They really need a QB of the future and they won’t let Ryan slip by.

Totally agree.  Baltimore can’t afford to not pick Matt Ryan.

9. Cincinnati Bengals- Keith Rivers OLB, USC
A little bit of a reach here, but the Bengals need every position on D except corner, so they’ll take the best player available.

Sedrick Ellis is the pick for Cincinnati in my opinion.  Free agency left a gaping hole in their defensive front, and Sedrick will be the logical choice to help fill it.

10.New Orleans Saints – Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie CB, Tenn St
Jason David has proven he sucks and Gay is nothing special. McKenzie is not what he used to be either. They still have huge problems at corner and this pick helps that out immensely.

I could see Cromartie going here, but I think the Saints will go with LB Keith Rivers instead. 

11. Buffalo Bills- Malcolm Kelly WR, Oklahoma
His stock has been dropping a bit and people have been down on him because of knee issues, but he was great in college and would be great along side Lee Evans.

Buffalo won’t be able to resist Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to fill the hole that Nate Clements left when he departed last year.  The Bills do need help at WR, but will address that need later.

12. Denver Broncos- Ryan Clady OT, Boise State
Can really use someone to anchor that O-Line and they get the next best left tackle prospect.

In the wake of Brandon Marshall’s stupidity and the departure of Javon Walker, the Broncos turn to Limas Sweed to give Jay Cutler a nice target.

13. Carolina Panthers- Chris Williams OT, Vanderbilt
Desperately in need of an OT and Williams is just as good as Clady and will hold that line together.

I agree this is the move for Carolina.  They need a lot of help on the O-Line.  Williams will provide that help.

14. Chicago Bears- Devin Thomas WR, Mich St
Could have gone OT here, but Otah is a bit of a reach.  And who is their number one receiver as of now? I don’t even know the answer.

With Berrian’s departure, the Bears have an obvious need.  However, I think they will address that later.  Instead they will draft Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall to make up for the Cedric Benson mistake.

15. Detroit Lions- Rashard Mendenhall RB, Illinois
Really need that RB of the future and Mendenhall is a top 10 talent.
I agree that RB is a need for the Lions, but with Mendenhall off the board they turn to Oregon’s Jonathan Stewart.

16. Arizona Cardinals- Mike Jenkins CB, USF
Rolle moved to S and their corners are very thin.
Totally agree the Cards need a CB here but I think the pick is Aqib Talib.

17. Minnesota Vikings- Derrick Harvey DE, Florida
Vikings pass rush needs work and they get a huge steal with Harvey here.

Great choice for the Purple.  They need help getting to the Quarterback.  Harvey will be a welcome addition to their D-Line.

18. Houston Texans- Jeff Otah OT, Pitt
O-Line has been a problem for the Texans since they have come into the league and Otah will help ease it.
This is another great choice.  Drafting an Offensive Lineman isn’t sexy, but it’s a great way to improve your offense.

19. Philadelphia Eagles- DeSean Jackson WR, Cal
WR is still a glaring need for the Eagles, as they have a bunch of mediocre ones but no one that stands out.
Having missed out on the few free agent WRs that were available this year, I agree that their plan must be to draft one in the first roun.  DeSean Jackson would be a great pick for the Birds.

20. Tampa Bay Bucs- Brian Brohm QB, Louisville
No set QB of the future, and Brohm immediatley brings that to the table.
I tried to think of a better need for the Bucs, but couldn’t come up with one.  The collection of QBs Tampa has is a junk pile.  Brohm gives them a potential franchise QB.  Chucky won’t pass that up.

21. Washington Redskins- Phillip Merling DE, Clemson
Can use that intense, game changing pass rusher and get it in Merling.
Agree that Merling would be a nice fit, but Malcolm Kelly would bring size to a small WR corps.

22. Dallas Cowboys- James Hardy WR, Indiana
Dallas has no set 2nd Receiver and Hardy automatically brings that and an impact from day one.
I think Patrick Crayon can hold down the job for a little while.  Jerry Jones wants McFadden, but Felix Jones will be the Razorback he ends up with.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers- Branden Albert OG, Auburn
The Steelers really need O-Line help and Albert is a versatile player who can help replace Faneca immediately.
Great pick.  With Faneca gone, this is an immediate need to protect Big Ben and spring Willie Parker. 

24. Tennessee Titans- Limas Sweed WR, Texas
Still need that big, physical target for Vince Young.
With Sweed, DeSean Jackson, and Malcom Kelly off the board, the Titans will turn to James Hardy to give Vince Young a weapon for his disposal.

25. Seattle Seahawks- Jonathan Stewart RB, Oregon
Is well worth the injury risk as Duckett and Jones are only short term answers. Stewart can bring the long term, pro-bowl type answer.
The Seahawks have issues at receiver, which will lead them to select Devin Thomas.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars- Quentin Groves DE/OLB, Auburn
Very versatile front 7 guy who can bring help to a needy pass rush.
The Jags would be giddy if Phillip Merling fell into their lap. 

27. San Diego Chargers-Reggie Smith S/CB, Oklahoma 
He can immediately address their supbar safety position, as well as add depth to the corners.
I think the Charges would be wise to draft depth on their offensive line here.  A good choice would be Gosder Cherilus.

28. Dallas Cowboys- Aqib Talib CB, Kansas
Really need a CB to go along with Newman, and Pacman is not there yet.
With their second pick, I think the Cowboys will go the WR route.  Early Doucet will be there choice.  Of course, they may try to package these picks to move up.

29. San Francisco 49er’s- Dan Connor OLB, Penn State
Can really use a physical OLB and Connor gives it to them.
Quentin Groves would be a nice addition to the 49ers defense.  He could play either DE or OLB.

30. Green Bay Packers- Antoine Cason CB, Arizona
Woodson and Harris are both getting old for corners and from the looks of the NFC Championship game, it’s looking like Harris is losing a step.
The Packers do need to upgrade their aging  secondary.  Antoine Cason would be a great pick.

 

31. New York Giants- Kenny Phillips S, Miami
Safety is the Giants absolute number one need and Phillips is a great athlete who brings all the tools of a future All-Pro
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I agree once more.  This would be a perfect pick for the Super Bowl Champs.

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So I hacked into Robert Shapiro’s T-Mobile phone so find an answer to the age old “who’s in your 5?” question.  The results were quite interesting.

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Pacman Jones
– Where he needs a strip club or just some spare cash Robert knows Pacman is a great source.  He’s especially useful for those trying to make it rain.  He just can’t stay out of trouble so he keeps Robert busy.

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Chris Henry
– Speaking of keeping Robert busy, Chris Henry has fallen back into his old ways of getting in trouble.  Robert must not have made his point about staying away from alcohol because he recently punched a kid in the face and broke his car window with a beer bottle. 

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Michael Vick
Saturday Night Live’s skit about him “hiding his weed, which is not allowed on a plane in a water bottle, which is another thing not allowed on a plane”, was priceless.  That was the tip of the iceberg for Ron Mexico as his Bad Newz Kennels ring got busted.  Talk about a cash cow for a defense attorney. 

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Mike Tyson
- No Defense Attorney’s Fave Five would be complete without Iron Mike.  Whether he’s raping women or beating up motorists, Mike is always a phone call away.  Plus, he’s easy to take advantage.  Just ask Don King.

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O.J. Simpson
– How could Ron Shapiro wrap it up without including the Original bad boy.  The one who got him all of the headlines.  Double-murder wasn’t enough.  The Juice had to go and “get his memorabilia back at gun point.  Although to me it reeks like a setup, it’s just the sort of thing that gets a DA excited.

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Is your fantasy football draft done online without a get together?  I understand if you have people who live far enough away that it just isn’t feasible.  I also understand if you choose to put aside some time during your workday or it’s easier for you to get to OK from your better half if you don’t actually leave the house.  I still think the best way to do a draft is getting together over beer and wings and such.  It’s half the fun really.  You can give the last place finisher crap and  ridicule the guy (girl) who made the trade that imploded his (her) team.  However, there are circumstances when getting everyone together is nearly impossible and the autodraft feature helps fill out the roster.  Judging by some of the people I’ve played with over the years, they’d be better off to have the computer picking any way.

Alternatively, say you do get together.  There’s always one owner who conveniently forgets their cash or checkbook.  It happens every year.  You’ve got to do everything in your power, just short of calling in a collection agency, to get the money, especially if there team is in the tank.  That’s a headache that the commissioner doesn’t need.

Well if you have either of these problems, I’ve discovered a solution .  Let me start by saying I have no affiliation with this service, but found it interesting and decided to pass it on to you.  It’s called League Safe

league-safe.gif League Safe is a free service (they collect the interest on your money I assume) that allows your owners to pay online.  The entry fees go  into one of LeagueSafe’s FDIC-insured partner bank (US Bank or The Bancorp Bank).  At the end of the season you just validate who the winners are and what the payouts are going to be.  Within three to ten days you get your money. 

If you’re on-the-fence about whether or not this is a good idea for your league, just know that fantasy guru Paul Charchian is the Founder and President of League Safe.

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Paul Charchian

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Friday Tibits 4/4/08

4 April 2008

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The Celtics were the first to reach the 60 win mark.  Kobe exploded for 53 but lost to Memphis.  Al Thornton kept it rolling with 39 of his own as the other LA team actually beat Memphis.  Miami made just 17 FGs in a lost to Boston.  That’s just sad.  Minnesota beat Utah.  Jermaine O’Neal made his return.  Amare Stoudemire had 41 points as Phoenix overcame a 22 deficit to beat Denver.  Steve Nash had 18 assists, but Denver got revenge against Phoenix.  Well, it seems that the Knicks lost the game of chicken with the Timberwolves (McHale) and the Lions (Millen).  They hired Donnie Walsh to take over, which all but seals Isiah Thomas’ fate.  Dirk, Arenas, and Gasol all returned on Wednesday.  Larry Brown is bored and wants to coach again. 

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Pittsburgh won the Atlantic Division.  This Week’s Shutouts:  Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Columbus, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. Vancouver, Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Ottawa, Washington’s Cristobal Huet vs. Florida, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek vs. Nashville, Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen vs. Tampa Bay, Montreal’s Carey Price vs.Ottawa, and NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. the Islanders.  Montreal will be without Saku Koivu for the rest of the season and possibly some of the playoffs. Carolina’s Chad LaRose recorded a hat trick against Tampa Bay.  Antoine Vermette  did the same against Toronto.  The Wild won the Northwest Division.  Ovechkin broke the single-season record for goals scored by Winger (64).  Detroit won the Presidents’ Trophy…again.

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Kosuke Fukudome made a splash his Cubs’ debut.  He went 3 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBI.  Arizona’s Doug Davis will have surgery for thyroid cancer.  He’s expected to miss about a month.  Good luck Doug. Jeff Conine officially retired.  Washington opened their new ballpark, as well as baseball in the United States, with a win over Atlanta.  The Orioles cut Jay Gibbons.  It’s unclear if he catches on with another team if he’ll have to serve his 15 day HGH suspension.  Johan Santana took care of business in his Mets’ debut striking out 8 and picking up the win.  Jim Thome and Xavier Nady smacked two HRs in the season opener.  RP Rudy Seanez signed with the Phillies.  Tampa signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal with Dan Wheeler.  Pedro pulled his hammy.  J.J. Putz landed on the DL with bad ribs.  Dodger 3B Coach Larry Bowa got suspended three games for arguing after he left the coach’s box.  Then he goes on record saying that he got suspended while confessed steroid users didn’t.  Pretty ballsy.  Kevin Youkilis broke the record for consecutive games at 1st without an error.  The Braves put Mike Hampton on the DL…big surprise.  The Royals swept Detroit.

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Henry was cut by the Bengals after yet another arrest.  Instead of giving him a contract extension, the Jets have decided to guarantee the final two years on Laveranues Coles’ contract.  Matt Leinart got into some hot water (puh dum pah) because of some pictures that made their way to TMZ.com.  One he was helping a girl do a beer bong.  In another he was sharing a hot tub with four women.  I fail to see the problem.  Wasn’t Broadway Joe known for doing the same thing.  Chris Jacksonville signed  Jack Del Rio to a contract extension.  James Harrison had the charges dropped against him.

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#10 Davidson continued its impressive roll knocking off #3Wisonsin to move into the Elite 8.  Stephen Curry led the way with 33 points.  It was his fourth straight 30+ point tournament game dating back to last year.  Joining them are #1 Kansas (who beat Villanova), #1 Memphis (who beat Michigan State), and #2 Texas (who beat #3 Stanford).  #1′s UCLA (over Xavier) and UNC (over Louisville) punched their tickets to the Final Four last Saturday.  On the following Sunday #1′s Memphis (over Texas) and Kansas (sadly over Davidson) made it the first all-one seed Final Four ever.  Tyler Hansbrough, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, D.J. Augustin, and Chris Douglas-Roberts were named First Team All-Americans.  None of them are seniors, which is the first time that happened.  Stanford will be losing a pair of Redwood trees as Robin and Brook Lopez will test the NBA waters.  Robin should have stayed in school.  Cal’s Ryan Anderson will join them.  Indiana hired Tom Crean to be their new basketball coach.  Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson had ankle surgery.

Cincinnati suspended DT Terrill Byrd one game for smoking some weed.  He was double-fisting Oreos when he got caught (just kidding).  Mississippi State kicked LT Michael Brown and DT Quinton Wesley to the curb after being arrested for a “campus incident involving two handguns.”  Classy.  Florida will be without WR Percy Harvin this spring because of a heel injury.

Andres Romero won the Zurich Classic.

Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville.

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Time for the 16th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Chris Crocker
Miami stayed busy by signing Safety Chris Crocker.  Last year with Atlanta Crocker had 55 tackles, 3 INTs, and a sack.  His deal was for one year and $1.15 million.

Kalimba Edwards
The Raiders signed the former Lion’s DE.  Last year he had 17 tackles and 3 sacks in half a season.  He has 26 career sacks in six seasons.  He signed a two-year deal with Oakland.

Gus Frerotte
The Vikings addressed a major concern by adding a quality backup QB.  He threw for 1014 yards, 7 TDs, and 12 INTs with the Rams last year.  Now if they only had a quality starting QB, but that’s a different story.

Ruvell Martin
The Packers signed Ruvell to a one-year deal worth $445K.  Last year the wideout had 16 receptions for 242 yards and 4 TDs.

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Stupid is as Stupid Does“.  Perhaps Forrest Gump was talking about the Bengals’ Wide Receivers when he uttered that memorable phrase.

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Cell Block Six

In this case Chris Henry is Stupid and the lastest in a long line of “Does” is more troubling than some of his past misadventures.  Mainly his transgressions have involved alcohol and driving violations, and things of that nature.  This time, however, he’s accused of some violence.  He allegedly hit a 18-year old in the face and busted out his window with a beer bottle.  Despite missing half the season due to his string of arrests (four in a little over a year) he had 21 receptions for 343 yards and a pair of score.  In 2006, despite all of the distractions, he had 9 TDs.  He has the ability to be one of the top receivers in the game, he just refuses to grow up.  He’s not doing Rich Rodgriguez, his coach at West Virginia, any favors in the Family Values department.

UPDATE:  While Chris Henry has his share of misdeeds, he seemed to be turning his life around. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends after his tragic passing.

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Look at Me

Then you have Chad Johnson or Ocho Cinco or whatever you want to call him these days.  I prefer Cry Baby.  You get paid to play football.  A lot.  A whole lot.  He wants to get out of the losing situation that is Cincinnati.  He’s got to do what’s best for him.  That’s all fine and dandy, but what he fails to see is that he’s part of the problem.  He has time and time again put himself ahead of his team.  His on-field actions are a distraction.  Would I take his actions over a Chris Henry?  Naturally, but he’s a distraction nonetheless.  Cincinnati looked like it was ready to turn the corner and become a powerhouse following it’s 11-5 2005 season.  However, they regressed with an 8-8 season in 2006 and a 7-9 season last year.  When you’re 15-16 over the past two years, why is Ocho talking so much anyway?  Why is he wearing Future Hall of Fame jackets and planning his endzone celebrations?

All I have to say is Thank Goodenss for T.J. Houshmandzadeh.


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