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He’s listed at 5’10″, and 203 lbs, but I’d say he’s closer to 5’8″.  He’s the scariest running back in fantasy football.  Scary to own because of his injury risk, and even scarier to face, especially in the fantasy playoffs.  If you had the good fortune of owning him, chances are you’ve had some uneasy feelings along the way.  Nobody likes to see their star player listed as questionable as often as Westbrook is. 

 Yeah, he misses games occasionally, but it’s not for huge chunks at a time.  He misses one game in each of his first two years.  He missed three and four games in his next two seasons.  He missed one game last year and one game so far this year.  So we’re not talking about a chronic injury concern.

His numbers are incredible though.  It all started in 2003.  He had close to a thousand yards of total offense and 11 rushing & receiving TDs.  He followed that up with 812 rushing (3 TDs) and 703 receiving yards (6TDs) in 2004.  2005 was a down year for Westbrook as he had 617 rushing and 616 receiving.  He did score 7 TDs in his 12 games that year.  In 2006 he really blew on the scene.  He had 1217 rushing yards (7 TDs) and 699 receiving yards (4 TDs).  Despite his history of success, he generally wasn’t considered one of the top 5 or 6 picks in fantasy drafts last year. 

What has he done to reward those who had the faith to draft or trade for him?  994 rushing yards (7 TDs) and 604 receiving yards (4 TDs) in eleven games.  Not too shabby.   

He’s had at least 4 receiving TDs in each of the past five seasons.  He’s had at least 600 receiving yards in each of the past four.  That kind of production catching the ball is what sets Westbrook apart from most backs.  He’s having a career year this year, but where’s he going to go next year.  Let’s see.  Adrian Peterson, LT, Addai, maybe Steven Jackson.  Probably not Larry Johnson at this point.  This much I know.  The person who takes him will be less sure about their first round selection that all of the other owners.  However, by the end of the season, that won’t likely be the case.

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NFL Week 14 Fill-ins

7 December 2007

Has the injury bug hit you?  Are you faced with bad matchups?  Well, maybe I can help.  Here are some guys you can plug and play this weekend.

Marc Bulger 
- If he stays healthy, he should be solid against Cincinnati.  He’s an injury risk, but if you’re in need this weekend, Bulger’s your guy.
Jon Kitna - Just when you’re thinking about benching him, he has a home game against a Dallas secondary that isn’t as good as they looked against Brett Favre.  He lost Roy Williams, but he still should be solid.

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Shaun Alexander - Seattle has to know that a key to a long run in the playoffs is a strong Shaun Alexander.  I would look to them to keep getting SA back on track.
Jerious Norwood -  He was solid last week, and facing New Orleans is a good way to follow that up. 

Calvin Johnson
-  With Roy Williams injured, the Lions will turn to their prized rookie for more production.  His fantasy owners will reap the rewards.
Chris Henry -  He hasn’t been arrested in a while so Henry makes a strong play against a weak St. Louis secondary.

Benjamin Watson - 
He hasn’t been too involved in the offense lately, but against Pittsburgh I see him as a hot read on a blitz package.  I think Watson will be a big factor.

Mike Nugent
-  He’s kicked 11 FGs over the past four weeks.  He should get opportunities against Cleveland.  He’s a solid play this week.

 - They aren’t a great defense, but Miami stinks.  They should be able to get some QB pressure and force some turnovers.

Friday Tidbits 12/7/07

7 December 2007

Three youths were charge in Sean Taylor’s murder. He was buried on Monday. Unfortunately the Redskins couldn’t honor him with a win. Roy Williams will miss the rest of the year. The Giants will be without Derrick Ward for the year witha broken leg. The Ravens shut McNair down for the year. Zach Thomas is done with Miami this year. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 177 yards and 2 scores against Kansas City. Peyton Manning fired four TD passes. The Jets kept Miami winless. Adrian Peterson returned for the Vikes with 116 yards and 2 TDs. Travis Henry won his appeal and won’t be suspended for failing a drug test. Denver cut Sam Adams. The Vikings will be without Ray Edw*rds for four games after a steroid violation. Pittsburgh’s Anthony Smith is guaranteeing a win against New England this weekend. They should have Santonio Holmes, Troy Polamalu and Marvel Smith back to increase their odds. Washington beat Chicago in a game where both starting QBs were knocked out with knee injuries. Washington gets a much-needed rest both mentally and physically.

Andrei Kirilenko had a triple-double. It only took until games 13 & 14, but the Bulls finally won consecutive games. Dallas had beaten the Hornets 21 straight times dating back to 1999. Chris Paul and company saw to that streak snapping. Dwight Howard grabbed 23 rebounds to go along with his 30 points against Phoenix. Kevin Durant scored 35. Tracy McGrady fired in 40 against Sacramento. He added a triple-double against Memphis. Stephon Marbury’s dad died during one of his games. He was initially at Madison Square Garden. Jerry Sloan signed an extension with Utah. Tim Duncan’s knee gave San Antonio a scare. Minnesota Timberwovles coach had back surgery and will be out for a while. Former coach Duane Casey needed back surgery last year, but that was because Kevin McHale stabbed him there. “That’s Amare” Stoudamire had 42 points and 13 rebounds against Indiana. Steve Nash handed out 17 assists. He followed that up with18 helpers. Cleveland matched Charlotte’s offer on Anderson Varejao. Allen Iverson dropped 51 in a loss to the Lakers. Sacramento will be without Kevin Martin for a month after he pulled his groin. Tyson Chandler grabbed 22 boards against Detroit. Marcus Camby had 20 against the Lakers.

Zach Parise had his first career hat trick against Montreal. Dustin Byfuglien did the same against Phoenix. Nik Antropov made it three with his against the Rangers. The Wild’s Wes Walz decided to retire. This week’s shutouts: Martin Brodeur vs. Montreal, Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk vs. the Islanders. Edmonton’s Mathieu Garon vs. Anaheim. Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. the Rangers. Dallas will be without RW Jere Lehtinen for two months following abdomin surgery and D Philippe Boucher for a month following his shoulder surgery. Nashville F Scott Nichol was suspended five games for hitting Patrice Brisebois in the head. Philly’s Riley Cote was suspended for three games for throwing an elbow. They are trying to revive the Broad Street Bullies moniker. Court documents revealed that Todd Bertuzzi’s hit on Steve Moore may have been ordered by Coach Marc Crawford. Scott Niedermayer will rejoin Anaheim. Boston traded a minor leaguer and a draft pick for G Alex Auld.

The Tigers made a big splash by acquiring Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from Florida for prospects. The Mets traded OF Lasting Milledge to Washington for C Brian Schneider and OF Ryan Church. The Padres sign P Randy Wolf to a one-year deal that could be worth up to $9 million. Washington traded with Tampa Bay for Elijah Dukes. Boston re-signed Mike Timlin. Andy Pettitte will pitch for the Yankees this year. Atlanta traded Jose Ascanio to the Cubs for Will Ohman and Omar Infante. Kansas City signed Jose Guill*n to a three-year $36 million deal. He was be suspended 15 games for HGH involvement. Jay Gibb*ns was also suspended. David Riske signed a three-year deal with Milwaukee. Andruw Jones signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers worth $36 million. Not quite Willie, Mickey, and the Duke, but LA does have some nice Centerfielders now. Washington signed Aaron F’n Boone.

The craziness continued as #1 Missouri and #2 West Virginia fell to Oklahoma and Pitt respectively. The BCS is really a mess now. #6 Virginia Tech avenged an earlier loss to #11 Boston College. #7 LSU took care of #14 Tennessee. Colt Brennan threw for 442 more yards and 5 more TDs against Washington to overcome a 21 point deficit to remain undefeated. Nobody else wants it. Let them play for the National Championship. Oregon State upset #17 Oregon. UCLA fired Karl Dorrell. LSU DT Glenn Dorsey won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player. He added the Lombardi Award, honoring him as the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker. Nebraska hired Bo Pelini, who was the Defensive Coordinator for LSU. Les Miles will remain at LSU. UConn Coach Randy Edsall will stay with the school despite his success. Virginia DE Chris Long (Howie’s son) won the Ted Hendricks Award for being the best defensive end. Yemi Babalola and Brandon Joiner of Texas A&M football players have been charged with armed robbery. Les Miles will be with LSU through 2012. At least that’s what his contract says. Darren McFadden won the Walter Camp and Doak Walker Awards. Tim Tebow won the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards. Safe to say one of them will win the Heisman.

Lute Olson is going to take a leave for the rest of the season. #8 Texas upset #1 UCLA 63-61. #4 Kansas beat #24 USC. #15 Indiana beat #22 Southern Illinois. Eric Gordon led the way with 22 points. He got hurt, but Indiana kept rolling. Arizona upset #9 Texas A&M behind Jerryd Bayless’ 26 points. Freshman Alex Legion wants to transfer from Kentucky. Washington Guard Adrian Oliver is also transferring. #6 Washington State bested #19 Gonzaga 51-47.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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I’m going back out on that fantasy football limb. I will pick five players I believe will score more points this week than a higher profile player. The scoring will be 6 points for rushing or receiving TD, 4 points for a passing TD, .1 points per yard for rushing or receiving and .05 points per passing yard. I will also do a Super Stretch Pick where I take a real longshot. First, I’ll recap last week.

Last Week
Tony Romo 31.25 destoyed Brett Favre 2.8 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Brian Westbrook 19.9 beat Clinton Portis 12.0 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Edgerrin James 11.4 beat Joseph Addai 6.7 as I predicted.
Terrell Owens 21.6 beat Greg Jennings 14.7 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Braylon Edwards 20.9 smoked Larry Fitzgerald 0.0 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Super Stretch
Travis Henry 16.9 over Rudi Johnson 9.4 as I predicted.

Regular Picks: 1-4
Super Stretch Picks: 1-0
Overall: 2-4
Breakdown: QB: 0-1, RB: 1-2, WR: 1-1

Season Record
Regular Picks: 30-35-1
Super Stretch Picks: 11-2
Overall: 41-37-1
Breakdown: QB: 7-8, RB: 20-12-1, WR: 13-17

This Week’s Picks 
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Tony Romo over Tom Brady +2
All right. I’ll take on the big guy. I’ll even spot him two points.  I’ll take Romo against the Lions over Brady facing the Steelers. 

Ryan Grant over Willis McGahee
Both of these backs are on fire. However, one gets to face the soft Oakland defense (Grant) while the other has a tougher task against the Colts (McGahee). 

Kolby Smith over Travis Henry
I’ll take the rookie over Travis “All My Children” Henry.   Thanks JP, for the borrowed term. Denver’s run defense is pretty soft. 

Marques Colston over Greg Jennings
Jennings has been a TD machine, but Atlanta’s pass defense is much worse than the Raiders. 

Calvin Johnson over Wes Welker
With Roy Williams out the Lions will have to lean heavily on the rookie. I think he responds. Welker will have a hard time finding space against that tough Pittsburgh defense.

Fred Jackson over Frank Gore
Fred gets to go off against Miami. Most likely Marshawn Lynch won’t play. Gore faces a tough MN run defense. This one could easily blow up in my face.

What did you think of my predictions? Do you have any fantasy upsets in mind? Please leave your comments. 

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NFL Picks – Week 14

5 December 2007

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I sucked last week. Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, Kansas City, San Francisco, Cleveland, Denver, New Orleans, and Chicago let me down. At least my lock pick of Minnesota came through.

Last Week: 7-9 (.438 )
Overall: 114-74 (.606)
Lock Picks: 9-4 (.692)

Lock Pick: New Orleans

Previous Lock Picks: PITT (W), CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (W barely), CHI (L), NE (W), INDY (W), TB (W), GB (W), PHI (W), JAX (W), MINN (W)

Week 14 Picks
Chicago over Washington
Buffalo over Miami
Cincinnati over St. Louis
Jacksonville over Carolina (Virtual Lock)
Dallas over Detroit (Virtual Lock)
Tampa Bay over Houston
Green Bay over Oakland (Virtual Lock)
Tennessee over San Diego (Toss-up Game)
Philadelphia over New York Giants
Minnesota over San Francisco
Seattle over Arizona
Denver over Kansas City
New England over Pittsburgh
Cleveland over New York Jets
Indianapolis over Baltimore
New Orleans over Atlanta (Lock Pick)

There you have it. Those are my picks. Any differences?

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Fantasy Football Forum
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How did you do? I got bombed. Brett Favre set the tone early. I blew up my team before Friday’s trade deadline. I dealt Larry Fitzgerald and my #1 pick next year (which after the keeper’s is a 4th round pick) for Larry Johnson. I turned around and traded Ronnie Brown and Dwayne Bowe for Andre Johnson. I figured I’d let someone else deal with Ronnie’s recovery. My keepers are set at Larry Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, and Andre Johnson. Back to my thumping. I had Favre and my opponent had Romo. Fun. Andre Johnson did good for me. Reggie Wayne did better for my opponent.

Tracking My NFL Preseason Predictions
I made a bunch of predictions in the preseason. I profiled guys I thought would do well. I also profiled guys I thought wouldn’t meet expectations. Here are my preseason predictions are going.

J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Didn’t play.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Didn’t play.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 665 total yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
59 total yards and a score. Sweet.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 833 yards, 1 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
115 total yards. Nice.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting
Right-O-Meter: 1
Did not play.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 649 yards, 4 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
Only 38 yards, but he did score.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 649 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10+++
Only 30 yards, but I’m so close I’d win both Showcase Showdowns.

Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2548 passing, 455 rushing, 9 passing TDs, 4 rushing, 19 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
248 yards passing, 44 rushing, 2 TDs, 1 INTs. That was solid. You knew he’d bring it against Houston.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1188 total yards, 11 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 6
Only 57 yards, but another TD. Man, he has a nose for the endzone.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1259 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 6
135 yards and a score. That’s not helping me. It is helping his owners though.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1171 yards, 5 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
Blew up for ten grabs and 140 yards. Yikes.

I’m failing miserably at this.

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Each week there are some surprising fantasy performers.  I’m going to take a look at them and see if you should go get ‘em or not.

Gus Frerotte
- I picked him as a Friday Fill-in last week, and he didn’t disappoint.  Bulger may be back next week, but if you have a roster spot availalbe, he’s worth picking up just in case.  If he starts against Cincinnati, he could put up big numbers again.
Ruling – Get ‘em. 
Luke McCown  - He was solid against New Orleans on Sunday.  Almost anyone can do that though.  Plus, Jeff Garcia should be back soon.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
Josh McCown  - He had a solid game against Denver.  However, IF he remains the starter, the road gets much tougher.  Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and San Diego.  It’s going to get uglier in the Black Hole.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Fred Jackson -  Well, if you’re hurting, Fred could be your guy.  He racked up 151 total yards last week filling in for Marshawn Lynch and Anthony Thomas.  Should they both prove to be unable to go next week, he could have a solid game against Miami.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Leon Washington - He had 103 total yards and 2 TDs.  However, they did play the winless Dolphins.  Thomas Jones isn’t going anywhere, evidenced by the difference in carries (Jones 24, Washington 10).  This game isn’t going to be the norm for Leon.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

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Bryant Johnson - Fitz missed the game with an injury.  Boldin hurt his foot.  Johnson has caught 11 passes over the past two weeks.  This week’s matchup with Seattle isn’t great, but New Orleans, Atlanta, and St. Louis follow.  Nice.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Justin Gage - Gate has been pretty hot lately.  He’s had at least four receptions and 64 yards over the last four games while scoring in half of them.  His fantasy point average over that stretch is 10.95 ppg.  Not too bad.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Roydell Williams - Every week Yahoo projects Roydell to have a solid game.  He delivered this week, but that’s more of an exception than a rule.  That was his first game over 50 yards since Week 7.  His first TD since Week 2.  Need I continue?
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Mercedes Lewis
- He had a surprisingly good game against Indianapolis.  He caught five balls in back-to-back games.  He has 2 TDs in his past three.  He’s not going to light you on fire, but if you’re hurting, he’s at least been productive of late.  He has a decent matchup against Carolina next week.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

Sure, it’s important to draft well, but every year there are so many disappointments and surprises that seldom a team resembles the one you started with.  I trade more than the average player so I’m not a good comparison, but I didn’t have a single player on my post-draft roster around week 10.

Here’s what I do know.  Those of you who chuckled and mocked people’s selections earlier this year should take note.  Just because the experts say someone is going to have a breakout year doesn’t mean it will come true.  Just because you consider a guy a top notch selection, doesn’t mean it’s going to come true.  Let’s take a look at the top ten scorers at each position and see where they were drafted.

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Tom Brady – Anywhere from 2nd to 4th QB taken
Tony Romo – Probably 5th-8th QB taken
Brett Favre – 8th-12th QB taken
Derek Anderson – Waiver wire gem
Ben Roethlisberger – Probably 10th-14th QB taken
Peyton Manning – 1st QB taken
Carson Palmer – 2nd-4th QB taken
Matt Hasselbeck – Probably 6th-10th QB taken
Drew Brees – 3rd or 4th QB taken
Jon Kitna – 8th-12th QB taken
Busts:  McNabb, Bulger, Rivers, Leinart, Vince Young

Brian Westbrook – 4th-10th RB taken
LaDainian Tomlinson – 1st RB taken
Adrian Peterson – 12th-16th RB taken
Joseph Addai – 2nd-6th RB taken
Willis McGahee – 8th-16th RB taken 
Marion Barber – 12th-18th RB taken
Clinton Portis – 10th-18th RB taken
Jamal Lewis – 14th-20th RB taken
Reggie Bush – 7th-14th RB taken
Ronnie Brown – 6th-14th RB taken
Busts: Larry Johnson, Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Rudi Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Duece McAllister

Randy Moss – 6th-12th WR taken
Terrell Owens – 4th-8th WR taken
Braylon Edwards – 12th-20th WR taken
T.J. Houshmandzedeh – 5th-10th WR taken
Reggie Wayne – 3rd-8th WR taken
Chad Johnson – 1st-6th WR taken
Larry Fizgerald – 6th-10th WR taken
Wes Welker – 20th-30th WR taken
Greg Jennings – 20th-30th WR taken
Plaxico Burress – 6th-12th WR taken
Busts:  Steve Smith, Marvin Harrison, Andre Johnson, Donald Driver, Torry Holt (somewhat), Lee Evans, Javon Walker, Roy Williams,

Antonio Gates – 1st TE
Kellen Winslow – 2nd-6th TE
Jason Witten – 3rd-8th TE
Tony Gonzalez – 2nd-4th TE
Chris Cooley – 4th-8th TE
Dallas Clark – 6th-12th TE
Heath Miller – 8th-16th TE
Jeremy Shockey – 4th-8th TE
Donald Lee – Waiver Wire Gem
Benjamin Watson – 10th-16th TE
Busts:  Alge Crumpler, Todd Heap, L.J. Smith, Randy McMichael, Vernon Davis

It would have been relatively easy to draft a team consisting of Tom Brady, Brian Westbrook, Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards, Greg Jennings, and Dallas Clark.  However, if someone did that I’d look in their garage for Doc Brown’s DeLorean.

So next year when someone makes a selection at your draft that you find funny, keep the chuckles to yourself.  You may save yourself a nice healthy serving of crow.

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NFL Week 13 Fill-ins

30 November 2007

Has the injury bug hit you?  Are you faced with bad matchups?  Well, maybe I can help.  Here are some guys you can plug and play this weekend.

Jason Campbell
- Campbell makes his 3rd appearance on the fill-ins.  Hey, there are only so many QBs that aren’t no-brainers and are still start worthy.  This week he faces Buffalo, who isn’t very good.  I just have a feeling Washington is going to have a big game this week for Sean Taylor, and then just fall into the tanks. 
Gus Frerotte - Frerotte is a risky pick.  He’s been far from spectacular this year.  However, he is facing a bad Atlanta team.  If you’re in a league where all the decent backups are gone, Gus is your guy.

Travis Henry 
- Who would have guessed that Henry would have fallen so far as to be a fill-in guy?  Well, that’s what he is.  He says his knee is healthy.  Oakland sure is a nice team to make a return against.  I think I could rack up twenty yards against them.
Jesse Chatman -  He’s been dealing with some injury issues, but seems to be tough enough to gut them out.  He should find running against the Jets a whole lot easier than the Steelers.  I think he’s going to help the Dolphins pick up victory #1.

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Javon Walker – Javon is another risky one.  He didn’t catch a pass last week nor play many plays.  However, the field conditions weren’t the greatest.  I would imagine it should be fine in Oakland.  Look for him to be more involved.
Sidney Rice - Passing on Detroit is not like taking candy from a baby.  Who ever came up with that phrase?  Have you ever tried to take anything from a baby?  They cry until they are red in the face.  Sorry I went off on a tangent there.  What I mean to say is Detroit’s secondary sucks.  It’s so bad that Sidney Rice may be a viable option for your third receiver.  Not a knock on him, but his QB is far from consistent. 
Leonard Pope 
-  Dude’s 6’8″.  He hasn’t scored in a few weeks.  I can see hm doing so against Cleveland.


Steven Gostkowski 
- Besides the fact that I play against him this week, there is another reason I think he’ll be solid this week.  Baltimore has a decent defense.  If they learn anything from Philly is to really work on Moss.  I think the Ravens can stall a couple drives in the red zone and leave Gotskowski with a couple FGs and a handful of PATs.

 - I think the defense is going to pull together and come up big in honor of their fallen teammate.  It’s tough to replace a Pro Bowl safety, especially when it isn’t for just an injury.  I just get the feeling they will come up huge.

Friday Tidbits 11/30/07

30 November 2007

I’ll start off with some sad news. Sean Taylor was shot and killed in his home. Philly pushed New England to the limit, but the Pats survived to improve to 11-0. At least the ’73 Dolphins have some hope. Ocho Cinco grabbed three TD passes. Kolby Smith filled in for Larry Johnson/Priest Holmes with 150 yards and 2 Tds. Oakland won the game though, their first in 17 AFC West games. Minnesota returned 3 Eli Manning picks for scores. Devin Hester returned two more touchdowns. Memo to Special Teams Coaches. Devin Hester is good. Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry, Marshawn Lynch, Santonio Holmes, Troy
Polamalu, Donovan McNabb, and Larry Johnson are among the stars that missed last week. Cedric Benson had surgery on his leg which will end his disappointing 2007 season. Ricky Williams returned, but Miami remained winless. There was a little rain in Pittsburgh. In the Thursday Night Game tht most of America couldn’t watch, Dallas smoked Green Bay. The score wasn’t out of hand, but the game was never really in doubt. Brett Favre got knocked out of it. Tony Romo threw 4 TDs. MeO had 156 yards and a score. Ryan Grant did look good for the Green & Gold though. Shaun Alexander and Travis Henry may actually play this weekend.

Jason Kidd got his 91st career triple-double. Baron Davis and Caron Butler messed around and got triple doubles…in the same game. LeBron notched his 4th of the season. He didn’t get his 5th on Tuesday, but the Bulls handed the Celtics their 2nd loss. He sprained his finger in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday. Luol Deng returned, but the Bulls kept losing. Dwight Howard pumped in 39 points to go along with his 16 rebounds. He’s a beast. I guess the Celtics didn’t like the taste of their second loss as they pounded New York by close to 50. Phil Jackson got a two-year extension with the Lakers for a mere $24 million.

This week’s shutouts include: Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. Chicago, Anaheim & Columbus, Columbus’ Pascal LeClaire vs. Minnesota, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur vs. Atlanta, Buffalo’s Jocelyn Thibault vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Atlanta, St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Calgary. Chicago’s Martin Havlat, playing in his first game since the season opener, scored two goals. Dallas RW Jere Lehtinen suffered and abdominal strain. He’ll be out a while. Sean Avery is having wrist surgery. Detroit (36 points) and Ottawa (34 points) are you leaders. Vincent Lecavalier is still the scoring leader. Chris Osgood is your Goals Against Average leader.

More sad news to report. Joe Kennedy died Friday morning. He was 28. Cincinnati signed closer Francisco Cordero away from Milwaukee for four years, $46 million. He last pitched for Toronto. Kerry Wood is re-signed with the Cubs despite multiyear offers from other clubs. My fictitious brother Jon Lester won the Tony Conigliaro Award. Minnesota made a splash by acquiring Delmon Young and others for Matt Garza and others. Next up Johan Santana and Joe Nathan. Yorvit Torrealba will return to the Rockies after signing a two-year deal. The Mitchell Report will include names of steroid users. Speaking of steroids, HBO is looking into a Game of Shadows movie. I wonder if they will just cut footage from the Hulk movie to save on costs when portraying Barry B*nds. Speaking of B*nds, he’s looking to add another lawyer to his legal team. I wonder if the new lawyer will be responsible for B*nds or his ego.

Arkansas knocked off #1 LSU. Darren McFadden had 240 yards of total offense and 4 TDs. Despite the win, Houston Nutt still resigned. It didn’t take him long to find work as he quickly signed with Mississippi. #15 Hawaii beat #19 Boise State as Colt Brennan threw for 495 yards and 5 TDs to break the all-time TD passing record. Texas A & M knocked off #13 Texas. Florida QB Tim Tebow broke his hand. Georgia Tech fired Chan Gailey. Indiana gave Bill Lynch a four-year deal. Washington State axed Bill Doba. Ted Roof is out at Duke. Houston’s Art Briles is Baylor’s new coach. Auburn extended Tommy Tuberville’s contract. This week’s big games are #1 Missouri vs. #9 Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship, #6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Boston College for the ACC Championship, and #7 LSU vs. #14 Tennessee for the SEC Championship. Tom Osborne is the interim coach at Nebraska. After legal battles it was revealed that Joe Paterno is being paid $500K this year. All I’m saying is Penn State is getting a heck of a bargain.

Bobby Knight was named in a hunting incident where he or his hunting companion fired birdshot at people on two different occasions. Brigham Young upset #6 Louisville. Texas Tech knocked off #14 Gonzaga. Florida State bumped #24 Florida. #16 Texas destoyed #7 Tennesse 97-78. Xavier thumped #8 Indiana. NC State squeaked by #19 Villanova. USC destroyed #18 Southern Illinois. #7 Duke beat #20 Wisconsin. LSU F Tasmin Mitchell is out for the year following ankle surgery. Clemson F James May sprained his hip. Arizona Coach Luke Olson returned to practice.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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