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
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.

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

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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1998 NFL Draft Re-mix

5 June 2008
Here’s a look back at the 1998 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 Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning
I’m not going to bore you with an explanation.  You know why this pick sticks.

#2 San Diego Chargers – Randy Moss
They’ll have to figure out somebody to throw the ball to Moss, but the four-time All-Pro/six-time Pro Bowler with 12,193 receiving yards and 124 TDs is too good to pass up.  I’ll bet my newborn that they wouldn’t take Ryan Leaf again.

#3 Arizona Cardinals – Alan Faneca
Arizona has been so hideous.  Their selection of Andre Wadsworth was no different.  If they could do it over they’d grab the five-time All-Pro/seven-time Pro Bowl Guard.

#4 Oakland Raiders – Olin Kreutz
Not that Charles Woodson was bad, but adding a five-time All-Pro/six-time Pro Bowl Center is a no-brainer.

#5 Chicago Bears – Fred Taylor
Curtis Enis was a wasted pick for the Bears.  If they could do it over, they would grab Fred Taylor instead.  Ahman Green has also been a good back, but Fred has more good years.  He made his first Pro Bowl last year, and has amassed 10,715 yards and 61 TDs.

#6 St. Louis Rams – Leonard Little
If they did it all over they would spend their first pick on Little (they got him in the third round pick) instead of Grant Winstrom.  Little has 349 tackles and 74 Sacks.  He has four double-digit Sack seasons to his credit.  While we’re going back in time, maybe we can give him a designated driver that fateful night so he doesn’t kill anybody.

#7 New Orleans Saints – Flozell Adams
Kyle Turley was a decent selection at Tackle, but Flozell (All-Pro, four Pro Bowls) would have been a better one.

#8 Dallas Cowboys – Ahman Green
Let’s give the Cowboys some offensive firepower with the two-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl RB.  Ahman has 8,751 rushing yards and 56 TDs to go along with 2,833 receiving yards and 14 TDs.

#9 Jacksonville Jaguars – Keith Brooking
The Jags go with two-time All-Pro/five-time Pro Bowl LB Keith Brooking, who has 1039 tackles, 17 Sacks, and 12 INTs.  He’s recorded 100+ tackles in each of the past seven seasons.

#10 Baltimore Ravens – Charles Woodson
The rich get richer by acquiring the three-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl CB.   The Heisman winner has 379 tackles and 29 INTs.  He’s an upgrade over their original selection of Duane Starks.

#11 Philadelphia Eagles – Tra Thomas
When you select a Tackle that earns two All-Pro nods to go along with three Pro Bowl trips, you stand pat.

#12 Atlanta Falcons – Takeo Spikes
So Keith Brooking doesn’t make it to the Falcons.  Instead of cyring in their Corn Flakes they just select the twice All-Pro & Pro Bowl LB Takeo Spikes to fill his shoes.  Spikes has 969 tackles, 22.5 Sacks, and 12 INTs.  He opened his career with seven straight 100 tackle seasons.  OK, the sevent was actually 99, but close enough.

#13 Cincinnati Bengals – Jeremiah Trotter
So Spikes gets swiped under the Bengals nose forcing them to turn to the two-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl Trotter.  He has 886 tackles, 12.5 Sacks, and 9 INTs.  He reached 100+ tackles six times.

#14 Carolina Panthers – Hines Ward
Carolina would be tickled pink with the three-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl no-nonsense WR.  Ward has 8,737 yards and 65 TDs. 

#15 Seattle Seahawks – Matt Hasselbeck
To get their franchise QB the Seahwaks will have to pick him here instead of with the 187th pick, which is where they actually got him.  Hasselbeck has 22,333 career yards, 142 TDs to 84 INTs, a 60.7 completion percentage, and a 86.2 passer rating.  He’s been named an All-Pro once and a Pro Bowler three times.

#16 Tennessee Titans – Patrick Surtain
Tennessee opts to add the two-time All-Pro/three-time Pro Bowl CB Surtain with this pick.  He has 536 tackles and 36 INTs.

#17 Cincinnati Bengals – Greg Ellis
They’ve added a top flight LB so why not pair him with a solid DE.  The Pro Bowler has 468 tackles and 69 Sacks.  He’s had seven or more Sacks six times.

#18 New England Patriots – Matt Birk
In what appears to be a match made in heaven, the two-time All-Pro/six-time Pro Bowl Center out of Harvard goes to the Patriots.  He pays a few more dividends than Robert Edwards, although in Edwards’ defense he got hurt during a Pro Bowl sand football game.

#19 Green Bay Packers – Vonnie Holliday
I’ll let the Packers keep their pick.  Vonnie has 462 tackles and 51.5 Sacks.

#20 Detroit Lions – Fred Beasley
In a desperate attempt to keep Barry Sanders from retiring the Lions add two-time All-Pro/Pro Bowl FB Beasely to the mix.  His numbers aren’t sexy, but he could make life a little easier on one of the best RBs to ever step foot on a football field.

#21 Minnesota Vikings – Jeremy Newberry
This has to be one of the best classes of Centers the NFL has ever seen with Kreutz, Birk and Newberry.  The All-Pro/two-time Pro Bowl Newberry obviously doesn’t fill the void that not getting Randy Moss left, but he does make up for missing out on Birk.

#22 New England Patriots – Donovin Darius
Instead of taking the RB turned Safety Tebucky Jones (out of Syracuse), the Pats instead select another Syracuse Safey in Donovin Darius.  The hard-hitting S has 635 tackles and 14 INTs.

#23 Oakland Raiders – Kyle Turley
The Raiders go with Turley at Tackle instead of Mo Collins.  If ever a player was a perfect fit for Oakland, Turley may be it.

#24 New York Giants – Lance Schulters
The G-Men grab Al-Pro/Pro Bowl Safety Lance Schulters (instead of S Shaun Williams).  Schulters has 554 tackles and 19 INTs.

#25 Jacksonville Jaguars – Corey Chavous
With Darius gone the Jags turn to Pro Bowler Corey Chavous.  He had 671 tackles and 20 Sacks.  There were some quality safeties in this draft.

#26 Pittsburgh Steelers – Samari Rolle
The Steelers get screwed the most losing Faneca and Hines Ward, but adding All-Pro/Pro Bowl CB Samari Rolle helps.  Rolle has 416 tackles and 28 INTs.

#27 Kansas City Chiefs – Grant Wistrom
The Chief bolster their pass rush with DE Grant Wistrom.  He has 416 tackles and 53 Sacks. 

#28 San Francisco 49ers – Duane Starks
R.W. McQuarters was a decent pick, but Starks has perhaps been slightly better.  The CB has 356 tackles and 25 INTs.

#29 Miami Dolphins – Michael Pittman
Pittman isn’t a home run, but he’s a heck of an upgrade over John Avery.  Pittman has 5307 rushing yards, 3400 receiving yards and 29 combined TDs. 

#30 Denver Broncos – Joe Jurevicius
Joe hasn’t been terrific, but after Moss and Hines Ward he’s probably the next best WR in this receiver-starved draft.  Joe has 4,119 yards and 29 TDs.

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Here’s an oldie but goodie from my Sporting News vault.  This is a spoof so I hope nobody takes offense.

We’ve spotlighted a couple of criminals (Tyson and O.J.) the last two episodes of TSN Cribs so why not continue the trend? This week we’re dropping in on Michael Vick aka Ron Mexico. There is a barbed wire fence around the property. Once we get by the security check in there is a long walk up to the house. It is a beautiful house no doubt.

Opening the front door and a green cloud rushes out of the house. There is a distinct odor in the house. It takes me back to some college friend’s door rooms. The chandelier, I’m told, is made out of diamonds. Vick keeps a pair of crutches near the door in case he gets hurt. There is no need for an umbrella because Vick is so fast and elusive that he can go to the mailbox in a downpour and not get a drop of rain on him.

Let’s check out the living room. There is a massive plasma TV. “Only the best, baby!” Hi Mike. I didn’t know you’d be here today. “Yeah, just going over my playbook while watching some game film.” Excuse me Mike, but the playbook is upside down. “Oh.” That’s a fancy water bottle you have there Mike. Mind if I take a look at it. “There’s nothing in there man. Just stay out of that secret compartment.” Right. Don’t worry I won’t take your umm…jewelry. Mind if we check out the kitchen? “Nah, let’s take the tour.”

The kitchen is amazing. Marble floors. Marble counters. Another diamond chandelier. “Hand off my cookies man”. Huh? “Those are my cookies. Oooh, Cheetos.” There fridge is stocked with Cristal, Powerade, Coca-Cola and Heineken. The pantry is loaded with Mike’s cookies, Funions, Doritos, and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. “I better drink up the Powerade and Coke while it’s still free. They are talking about squashing my endorsement deal. It’s a bunch of crap.” Mike your hands are Cheetos orange. Mike whistles and calls for his dog Brutus. His three-legged dog limps in and licks Mike’s hands clean. “All better”.

Let’s check out the rec room. On the walls in the hallway are pictures of Mike from his Virginia Tech days, as well as current ones with the Falcons and Pro Bowl pics. Mike has a beautiful pool table and his own twenty seat movie theater. You can hear the treadmill going in a back room. Is Marcus or Aaron Brooks over working out? “Maybe” says Mike. Peaking in the room I don’t see Mike’s brother or cousin. Instead I see a pit bull running on it. It shoots a look at me and shows me it’s teeth. Alrighty then, I’ll close the door.

On to Mike’s bedroom. “This is where the true magic happens. All of the shorties in Atlanta want to be up in this bed. Gotta love the silk sheets and the mirrors on the ceiling.” There is a bottle of ointment on the nightstand. “You never know when something is going to flare up.” Nice bong on your dresser Mike. “Uh, umm, that’s not a bong. That’s a vase. I like to, ahh, set the mood, um, um when I have a lady over.” Right Mike. Right.

Can we take a look outside? Sure. There is a Bentley, a Rolls Royce, a Ferrari, a Hummer, and a BMW parked in his garage out back. “I call that the showroom. Those are my babies.” There are a couple of real beauties in the pool. “You like that, right?” I give Mike a wry smile. It looks like they are setting up for a concert. “Yeah, it’s gonna be a busy one here tonight. Ludacris is dropping over to do a show for my friends. It’s gonna be popping tonight.” There is a big barn in the back. What do you keep in there Mike? “There’s not dogs in there. Why do you keep saying dogs? Quit asking about dogs. All of my dogs are pets. That’s it.” Easy Mike. I didn’t say anything about dogs. I was just asking about the barn. “There aren’t stadium seats in there. There is no ring in there. Can you drop it?” OK Mike. Sorry I asked. That’s an interesting incinerator. Do you use that to burn trash? “Of course I do. What else would I use it for? It’s not like it’s there to incinerate dead dogs. I’m not trying to hide evidence.” Of course not Mike. “Yo, yo. What’s up CP?” Clinton Portis has stopped over. “What’s up Mike? I thought I’d come over a little early. I brought $30 large. It’s gonna be on tonight. I got my favorite dog picked out?” Are you going to the dog tracks Clinton? “What? No.” Mike shoots CP a look. “Oh yeah, right. Yeah, dog tracks. That’s exactly what I’m doing. What did you think I was talking about? I surely wasn’t talking about a dog fight.” Of course not Clinton.

Well, I’m gonna get out of here before I become an accomplice. Have fun with the concert and at the “dog tracks”. Until next time, this is TSN Cribs.

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ick Saban 
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Here’s an oldie but goodie from my Sporting News vault.  It’s a spoof so I hope nobody is offended.

OK, this time I’m not messing around. We are entering the house of a double murderer so I’m locked an loaded. I’m packing a Dirty Harry .44 Magnum so I feel a little secure in O.J. Simpson’s house. O.J. moved to Florida so he can avoid paying Fred Goldman the money he’s owed in the civil suit. He better not slip up again though as Florida will throw his butt on death row.

In the foyer O.J. has two large murals of himself. One is O.J. in his USC jersey. The other he’s wearing Jason’s hockey mask. I’m just playing, he’s in his Bills jersey. When I close the front door it sounds like a prison door being shut. It sends chills down your spine. The house is not well lit. I guess O.J. doesn’t want his neighbors to know what he’s up to.

O.J. has turned the living room into an inventory room for the crap his hocking. He has an ample supply of his book “If I Did It”, a DVD of his “Juiced with O.J. Simpson” Pay-per-view, autographs of his mugshot, and replicas of his famous glove. He also is offering $10 DVDs of The Naked Gun. On the TV, O.J. is running a loop of his famous Hertz car rental commercial. He often sits in his recliner and thinks back to when America loved him.

The kitchen is spotless except for the large cutting board on the counter. Again I feel chills down my spine. O.J. has several large butcher knives prominently on display. In the fridge is some leftover mystery meat and several cartons of Orange Juice. He has taped pictures of himself on the cartons. There is a hand-written note near the phone from Kato Kaelin. Kato is asking to move in with O.J. because he’s tired of being out of the spotlight.

Up the stairs leads to O.J.’s trophy room. After the trial, you almost forget how good of an athlete he actually was. He has awards dating back from his high school days up until the replica HOF bust he got in 1986. He has a plaque commemorating his 2000 season. In place of his Heisman Trophy, O.J. has a replica made out of clay. It’s not quite the same, but O.J. pretends it is. Are you gonna argue with him? Me neither.

O.J. has a King bed with rough linens. He got used to it in jail, and used it ever since. He has portraits of Robert Shapiro, Marcia Clark, and the late Johnnie Cochran. He has his famous leather gloves on the wall with “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” stenciled below it. O.J. also has a large hunter knife on his nightstand. That was the last straw. I’m getting out of here.

Heading out the back door you’ll see O.J.’s white Ford Bronco. In the distance O.J. is calling out “hello”. Well, that’s a wrap. I gotta roll. Until next time, this is TSN Cribs.

Past Cribs
John Madden
Dick Vitale
Pete Rose
Tonya Harding
Pacman Jones 
Wilt Chamberlain     
ick Saban 
Barry Bonds
Kevin Garnett
Mike Tyson

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