Fantasy Football Forum

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How did you do? I faced Adrian Peterson. Enough said. I did get good games from Brett Favre, Donald Driver, Brandon Marshall, and Josh Brown. Kevin Walter sucked. So did Shaun of the Dead Alexander. Vernon Davis was solid. Wash D was worse than I expected. Newly acquired Marion Barber III did his part scoring only my 3rd TD from a starting RB all year. I made a move for the future as I sent Edge and soon-to-be-returning Andre Johnson for MB3 and Javon not-soon-to-be-returning Walker. It’s a keeper league, and having MB3 is an improvement over Edge. I dropped my 5th straight after starting the year 4-0. I left LenDale on the bench. He would have been a vast improvement over SA, but it wouldn’t have mattered.

That’s how my weekend of fantasy football went. How did you do?

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.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury/benching cost me, but a 295 yard, 1 TD peformance helps a little. Take on 21 rushing yards for good measure.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury hurt, but a 149 yard, 3 INT game didn’t help much. SF stinks.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 660 total yards, 2 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury has made my predictions go down the tubes.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 908 yards, 2 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
39 yards isn’t cutting it.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
His injury made ruined my prediction, but a six catch, 58 yard, 1 TD game helps.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 672 yards, 4 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
He’s been banged up, but he’s just been terrible.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 700 yards, 10 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
He only had 17 yards, but he scored again.

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 1710 yards passing, 330 rushing yards, 6 TDs, 4 rushing TDs, 16 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
He won again, but he threw for only 110 yards with 2 INTs. He did rush for 25 and a score though. Still, that’s garbage.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1284 total yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
Sure, he returned a TD, but that doesn’t help you in most leagues. 59 total yards. That stinks.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1152 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 9
Had a bye.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1230 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
I busted big time here. Gonzo isn’t done. His 109 yard, 1 TD game is proof.

Injuries have hurt, but at least some of them are returning to form. The busts have been fairly solid. This is a wacky year.

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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.

QB
Kellen Clemens – 226 yards passing with a TD and no INTs.  Throw in 48 rushing yards for good measure.  The Jets will likely be playing from behind, and with two solid WRs, he may be able to help you in upcoming matchups with Miami and Cleveland.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Quinn Gray – I told you not to Sweat ‘em previously.  Sorry about that.  His 354 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs.  He did play the Saints though.  I’m still not sold.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat Him (well, maybe a little).

RB
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Priest Holmes – Not sure how bad LJ’s ankle is.  However, Priest is a must grab.  If he gets meaningful carries, he could have decent value.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Michael Robinson – Had 69 total yards filling in for Frank Gore.  Not bad.  Not great.  If Gore is expected to miss any more time, he has some value.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Maurice Hicks – He had 49 yards and a TD against Atlanta.  Gore should be back, and Michael Robinson had the bulk of the carries.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WR
D.J. Hackett – He was one of my favorite sleepers this year.  An ankle injury ruined that prediction.  He did, however, have 58 yards and a TD last week.  Maybe, just maybe, he can salvage my good name.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Reggie Williams – This week:  6 catches for 128 yards and a TD.  Previous six games:  12 catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs.  He’s scoring TDs, but averaging 20 yards before this week’s breakout performance.  I think it’s a fluke.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Donald Lee – He’s been hot for Green Bay reaching at least 75 yards in two of his last three games.  Tight Ends are hard to come by.  Might as well add him to your arsenal.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Robert Royal – He score this week so his fantasy points look good.  He caught only two balls though for 35 yards.  That’s the most he’s had all year.  Don’t get fooled by this one.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Friday Tidbits 11/2/07

2 November 2007

The Red Sox claimed Game 3. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Matt Holliday and the Rockies got within one before Boston made it a 10-5 final. Jacoby Ellsbury (4 hits) and Dustin Pedroia (3 hits) led the charge. Dice-K picked up the victory. The Sox finished the sweep in Game 4. My imaginary brother Jon Lester got the win. Jonathan Papelbon got his 3rd save. Mike Lowell took home the MVP. Marcus Giles was released from San Diego. Craig Biggio went out in style winning the Roberto Clemente Award. A-Rod cho$e to re$cind hi$ contract with the Yankee$. He up$taged the World $erie$ to do $o. Hank Aaron said he stayed away from the B*nds’ home run chase because he didn’t want to talk about steroids. I understand. Joe Girardi has become the next Yankees manager. Have fun Joe. Detroit got SS Edgar Renteria from the Braves for prospects. Carlos Guillen will move to First Base. Grady Little got canned as the Dodgers manager. Joe Torre will replace him. Milwaukee did not pick up an option on Geoff Jenkins. The White Sox did the same with Darin Erstad. Curt Schilling said there are 13 teams he’d play for next year. Mike Cameron got suspended 25 games for testing positive for a banned stimulant. Joel Zumaya hurt his shoulders while moving stuff during the San Diego fires. The Orioles didn’t pick up the option on Kris Benson. Barry B*nds says he’ll boycott the Hall of Fame if they put the asterisk ball in. I say, two birds with on stone.

The Rich get richer as the Patriots activated Richard Seymour and the Poor gets poorer as the Jets lost Jonathan Vilma for the season with a knee injury. Marvin Harrison missed a game for the Colts. Old Man Vinny Testaverde got the start. The Pats ran it up against Washington 52-7. Classy. The Colts remained unbeaten as well setting up a dream matchup for ESPN. I’m sure most of you are sick of the talk already. Drew Brees is back. So are the Saints. The Chargers are also back. The Lions are 5-2. Kitna doesn’t seem so crazy now. St. Louis and Miami remain winless. Green Bay beat Denver in OT on a 82 yard TD pass from the ageless wonder Brett Favre. Washington will be without CB Carlos Rogers for the year following a knee injury. The Jets are going with Kellen Clemens at QB. Dallas locked up Tony Romo for six years. Oakland kicked Mike Williams to the curb. The Pack put DeShawn Wynn on the IR ending his rookie campaign. Jacksonville DT Marcus Str*ud tested positive for steroids. If he was an MLB player, this would be front page news. Jon Kitna dressed up as a naked guy and his wife as a fast food employee at a Halloween party. He was poking fun at Joe Cullen. Sorry, but that’s funny. Rod Smith is gone for the year with a hip injury. Hang ‘em up Rod. It was a great run. Don’t drag it out.

F Kris Draper signed a three-year extenstion with Detroit. Washington signed LW Alexander Semin to a two-year deal worthy over $9 million. Rod Brind’Amour recorded a hat trick for Carolina on Saturday against the Islanders. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk also had a hat trick. His came against Ottawa in a loss. Rick DiPietro did the same for the Islanders against Tampa Bay. The other NYC goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, shutout Washington. Nashville’s Dan Ellis shutout Vancouver. San Jose put F Ryane Clowe and D Rob Davison on the IR. RW Dustin Brown singed a six-year deal with the Kings. Calgary reached a six-year deal with Miikka Kiprusoff. Philly will be without D Derian Hatcher for a few weeks following knee surgery. Rick Tocchet got the green light to return to the NHL in February. I wonder who took that month is his pool? I’m guessing Gretzky’s wife. Detroit and Ottawa are your top teams with 23 and 20 points respectively. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg is your points leader with 24. Pascal Leclaire has the lowest Goals Against Average for Columbus with a 1.25 GAA.

Mike Bibby has a bad thumb that will keep him out a couple months. Denver will be without Chucky Atkins for over a month with a groin injury. To nobody’s surprise Eddie Griffin had a 0.26 blood alcohol content when we died a few months ago in a fiery crash with a train. His demons got him. The Timberwolves bought out Juwan Howard’s contract. He signed on with Dallas. The Wolves will be without Randy Foye for a month with a knee injury. Tim Duncan signed a two-year extension. Kobe dropped 45 in a season-opening loss to Houston. Sasha Pavlovic signed a three-year deal with the Cavs. He’s back. Referee Joey Crawford is back. Dallas held LeBron to ten points. Yuck. The T-Wolves signed Al Jefferson to a big extension. The Sixers couldn’t do the same with Andre Iguodala nor the Bobcats with Emeka Okafor. Rip Hamilton missed the Piston opener. T-Mac dropped 47. Kevin Durant scored 27 in his 2nd NBA game.

#1 Ohio State had no problem with #25 Penn State. #4 Arizona State beat #21 Cal. #5 Oregon dropped #12 USC. #23 UConn beat #10 South Florida. #18 Georgia handed #11 Florida their third loss of the year. Mississippi State upset #14 Kentucky. NC State upset #15 Virginia. Tennessee got by #16 South Carolina. Jamaal Charles ran for 290 yards as #19 Texas got by Nebraska. The Huskers lost QB Sam Keller for the year with a shoulder injury. Top games this weekend include #1 Ohio State vs. #21 Wisconsin, #3 LSU vs. #17 Alabama, #4 Arizona State vs. #5 Oregon, and #23 Virginia vs. #24 Wake Forest.

Georgia’s leading scorer from last year, Takais Brown, got kicked off the team. Oral Roberts suspended F Marchello Vealy for team violations. Cal will be without PG Jerome Randle for a month following a kidney biopsy. Texas G Dogus Balbay will go under the knife to fix a bum knee. Washington G Ryan Appleby fractured his thumb and will miss over a month.

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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Week 9 Fill-ins

2 November 2007

Is the bye week hitting you hard?  How about injuries?  How about just plain bad matchups?  Here are some guys you can plug-in this weekend.

QB
Jay Cutler – He’s been pretty solid lately (at least 248 yards the past two weeks with 4 TD passes), and facing a weak Detroit secondary.
Jason Campbell – He hasn’t done much lately (only 757 yards passing the past four weeks), but a meeting with the Jets could change that.
J.P. Losman – He’s back.  Witness the 82 yard bomb to Lee Evans.  Just in time to face Cincinnati. 

RB
Rudi Johnson – He should be back.  Maybe you can justify your 1st round pick again.
Ryan Grant – Have the Packers finally found their guy?  Not sure, but he looked good against Denver.  Although, hasn’t everybody?

WR
Jerricho Cotchery – Laveranues Coles will likely miss the Washington game because of concussion.  Cotchery will likely be targeted more.
D.J. Hackett – He’s back.  At least we hope he is.  He could be a solid play against Cleveland. Just pay close attention to this one.
Santana  Moss – I’ve been burned by him twice so I don’t have much faith, but he should be able to turn it on against the Jets.

TE
Vernon Davis – He caught six passes for 71 yards and a TD last week.  I think he’s safe to play.  Knock on wood.

K
Sebastian Janikowski  - He had three FGs vs. Tennessee last week.  I expect more of the same against Houston.

D
Washington – Did someone drop them after allowing 52 to the Patriots?  If so grab em.  They are still a good defense, and get to face Kellen Clemens and the Jets. 
Oakland – Things would have to be pretty bad, but they have a decent matchup against Houston (minus a slew of weapons) at home.

There you have it.  If you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment.

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
Peyton Manning 20.7 beat Brian Griese 15.2 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Brandon Jacobs 13.7 beat Clinton Portis 8.1 as I predicted.
Reggie Bush 11.3 beat Frank Gore 4.3 as I predicted.
Donald Driver 2.8 beat Muhsin Muhammad 2.3 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Marques Colston 26.5 beat Santonio Holmes 8.9 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

SUPER STRETCH
Jesse Chatman 10.0 beat Earnest Graham 9.4 (7.4 actual points plus 2 spotted points) as I predicted.

Regular Picks: 2-3
Super Stretch Picks: 1-0
Overall: 3-3
Breakdown: QB: 0-1, RB: 3-0, WR: 0-2

Season Record
Regular Picks: 20-20
Super Stretch Picks: 6-2
Overall: 26-22
Breakdown: QB: 5-5, RB: 15-5, WR: 6-12

This Week’s Picks
Matt Hasselbeck over Drew Brees
Brees looked like he was back. Even though I think his team will win, I don’t think he’ll like Jacksonville up. Cleveland makes everyone look good. I think Hasselbeck will have solid numbers in a losing effort.

Marshawn Lynch over Adrian Peterson
Peterson has clearly been the Rookie of the Year thus far. Not this week as Lynch will be the top rookie runner. He gets a solid matchup with Cincinnati while Peterson has to face San Diego.

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Brian Westbrook over Larry Johnson
Westbrook is amazing when he’s healthy. He is this week (knock on wood) and should be leaned on heavily against Dallas. LJ has to face a tough GB defense.

Lee Evans over Anquan Boldin
Lee has his QB back. Playing against Cincy has to make a WR drool. Boldin gets to face Tampa Bay. Not as friendly.

Reggie Brown over Donald Driver
Brown has been on fire. He’s really clicking with McNabb. Driver seems to have been replaced by Jennings as the go-to-guy.

SUPER STRETCH
Brandon Marshall
over Roy Williams
Marshall gets to face the Detroit secondary. He should crack the century mark. Roy hasn’t been spectacular lately. If Champ is healthy, I think that will continue.

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

Previous Out on a Limb Picks
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8

I’ve been doing a fantasy hoops league with college friends for a few years now.  It’s a ten man league that starts PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, and two Utility Players.  The scoring categories are FG%, FT%, 3 pointers made, Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, and Turnovers.

My philosophy was to draft a “big” team.  Bigger players tend to be better at FG%, Rebounds, Blocks, and Turnovers.  If I can win the scoring battle, I should be fine every week.  3 pointers and assists will be a lost battle.  FT% could go either way.

Here’s my team:
PG  Kirk Hinrich
SG  Luol Deng
G  Stephon Marbury
SF  LeBron James
PF  Zach Randolph
F  Al Harrington
C  Al Jefferson
C  Carlos Boozer
Util  Drew Gooden
Util  Grant Hill
Bench  David West
Bench  Raja Bell
Bench  Mike Conley, Jr.
Bench  Elton Brand (I’ll stash him away and hopefully get a boost the last couple months of the season)

I like my team.  Some younger guys who are going to be up-and-comers like Hinrich, Deng, and Jefferson.  Some proven studs like LBJ and Boozer.  A couple of gambles in Zach Randolph (how will moving to NY treat him), Grant Hill (injuries, injuries, and injuries), Mike Conley, Jr. (rookie), and Elton Brand (will he return in time to help).  Marbury and Gooden do little for me, but they are decent.  I like David West, especially if he can stay healthy. 

That’s my squad.  I think it’s decent.  We’ll see how it turns out. 

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NFL Picks – Week 9

31 October 2007

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I was 9-4 last week. I lost with Chicago, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Denver.  My Lock pick on Indianapolis worked out.

Last Week: 9-4 (.692)
Overall: 71-45 (.612)
Lock Picks: 4-4 (.500)

Lock Pick: Tampa Bay
Previous Lock Picks: PITT (W), CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (W barely), CHI (L), NE (W), INDY (W)

Week 9 Picks
Tampa Bay over Arizona (Lock Pick)
Denver over Detroit
Tennessee over Carolina
Green Bay over Kansas City
San Diego over Minnesota (Virtual Lock)
New Orleans over Jacksonville
Atlanta over San Francisco
Washington over New York Jets
Buffalo over Cincinnati
Cleveland over Seattle
New England over Indianapolis
Oakland over Houston
Dallas over Philadelphia
Pittsburgh over Baltimore

Those are my picks. Any differences?

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Fantasy Football Forum

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Did you win your matchup this week? What’s your record? I got worked. I dropped my 4th straight to fall to 4-4. Eli Manning was dreadful. I’m glad I sat Brett Favre. Brilliant of me to bench him on MNF. Newly aquired LenDale White (for Jesse Chatman and Javon Walker) and Kenny Watson (filled the roster spot in the LenDale trade) were solid at RB. I traded Dallas Clark for Coles and Heath Miller. Miller had a decent game, but Coles was a bigger junkpile than Eli. I thought NYG D (also acquired int the Clark trade) would be something special against Miami. They were just average. David Akers was decent. I’m fading fast. I did win in the four free leagues I’m in. Yeah, that doesn’t really help.

That’s how my weekend of fantasy football went. How did you do?

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.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Filled in for an injured Trent Edwards and fired his first TD pass of the year.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Returned with 190 yards and a score. At least he got Vernon Davis involved.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 754 total yards, 2 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
Hurt as usual.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 948 yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 7
Had a bye.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Injured
Did not play because of ankle injury.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Had a bye.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 731 yards, 5 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 2
Didn’t catch a pass. He stinks.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yard, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 761 yards, 9 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
42 yards. Not terrible. Not great.

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 1703 yards passing, 320 rushing yards, 7 TDs, 2 rushing TDs, 14 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
42 yards passing. 11 yards rush. Yuck.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1333 total yards, 9 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
62 total yard effort puts me back in the game.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1152 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 9
110 yards and a TD were nice.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1157 yards, 7 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
Had a bye.

My picks have been a kiss-of-death with all the injuries.

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There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worth of your fantasy rosters.

QBs
Alex Smith
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Many of you likely dropped Smith following his injury.  He had 190 yards passing and a TD to go along with 16 rushing yards.   He does have some nice mathups coming up against St. Louis, Cincinnait, and Minnesota.  May not be a bad insurance policy. 
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Quinn Gray – Yes, he got the W.  However, he did NOTHING.  100 yards and a TD.  Not cutting it.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

RBs
Justin Fargas – He’s in a crowded backfield, but he looked good last week amassing 97 total yards on 15 touches.  Earlier this year he had a 179 yard game.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Adimchinobe Echemandu – He had 73 total yards for Houston against San Diego.  Ron Dayne is ahead of him on the depth chart.  So is Ahman Green, who can’t stay healthy.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
Michael Bennett – Sure he scored a TD, but his 23 total yards do nothing for me.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WRs
David Patten – Brees is feeling it.  Patten had 109 yards on 5 catches.  He’s had 100 or more in two of his last three contests.  You know what that means.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Ted Ginn, Jr. – He scored his first NFL touchdown.  It was his only catch though.  Until Miami decides to get him more involved in the offense, there’s a great spot for him on the waiver wire.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em

TEs
Vernon Davis – He also may have been dropped because of injuries.  Don’t stop at go.  Don’t collect your $200.  Go snatch up Davis if you have the chance.
Ruling – Get ‘em.
Visanthe Shiancoe – He scored his first TD of the year.  He also caught 5 passes, which gives him 12 in his last three.  You can’t use him against San Diego next week.  The byes are almost over.  You’re probably best to let him stew a little longer in the free agent soup.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em

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

 

A Tale of Two Cities

29 October 2007

Boston
What can you say about the Red Sox? They were down and out again against Cleveland. Yet, I never was nervous. I figured Beckett would win Game 5 and send the series home to Boston. I figured Schilling would step up in Game 6 and once they got to Game 7 anything would be possible. I thought the layoff for Colorado would have an impact on them. It’s tough to play for your playoff lives every day for a month and then shut it down. An edge is lost. However, I don’t think you can blame a sweep on the layoff. I think the best team just won. If the NL had won the All-Star game and they started off in Colorado, maybe it would have made a difference. I’m not sure. Beckett has been unreal. It’s strange to imagine that if Albert Pujols had come to bat in that All-Star game, the outcome of the World Series could be different. How stupid is that? That’s another argument for another day though. I don’t want to take anything away from my beloved Red Sox. They won in blowout fashion. They won in nail-biting fashion. Papelbon’s saves were the old-fashioned variety. He didn’t come in the 9th with no runners on and close the door. He pitched them out of jams. The Sox had such timely hitting. When there were two outs is when they got their toughest. They just wouldn’t allow you to end innings. The rookies stepped up big time. The big bats did what they needed to. The starters put them in positions to win. But most important of all, they did it with class. The Red Sox not only made you happy they won, but they made you proud to be a fan of them. They respected Colorado, and you could tell.

One side note: That reporter who starts asking Lowell where he’s going to play next year while he’s accepting his MVP Award should be fired. Who cares where he’s playing next year now? I’m so tired of media trying to get a scoop and get the ball rolling on what’s next. How about we enjoy the moment for a change? An the idiot who’s asking Tek to compare the 2004 team and this team doesn’t get it. There is a time and place for that question. I love a debate as much as anyone. However, this guy just won the freakin’ World Series. Let him celebrate and think about the players he just went through it all with. Ahh. That really annoyed me.

Foxboro
OK, we’re not talking light years away, but we might as well be. While I am happy that the Patriots are achieving unbelievable success, I can’t say that I’m all that proud to be a fan today. I’ve thought it was heartless at times the way they treat their players. When you ask to get paid, you’re asked to get gone. Unless you truly can’t be replaced. However, I’ve overlooked that because it is a business and they are just doing what is in the teams best interest. The whole videotaping scandal left a bad taste in my mouth. While other teams may be doing it, that’s not an excuse. It doesn’t make me feel any better about the situation. It wouldn’t be as bad if it were only adults who were aware of the situation. I don’t like the fact that kids can see that they cheated and have achieved success. Even if the cheating didn’t really help in any way or form, the fact is a kid can see that a little cheating can help you get better. However, it gets worse from there. The running up of the scores on teams the past few weeks has been sickening. I get that these teams are made up of and ran by adults. They can take it. They are getting paid for their efforts. However, how about that 10 year old kid who sees his team just getting worked? How about that 12 year old kid who sees that it’s OK to keep piling on the points and statistics? Miami was clearly outmatched. You’re up 35-7. Do you really need to go down there and add one more TD in the half? So you give up a score to make it 42-21 with ten minutes in the game. Do you really need to bring Brady back in? This week was even worse. 52-7. Are you serious? There are no BCS awards for bigger margin of victories. I’ve always liked Joe Gibbs. I think it’s a bit disrespectful to continue to pile it on a Hall of Famer Coach. You’re up 38-0 after three. Why is Brady even in the game still? Why is he still throwing the ball? I’m glad they are winning, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t like the manner in which they are doing so. I’m sure there are a lot of NFL fans (and plenty of fellow Patriot fans) that think I’m nuts or soft. I just don’t like the taste that’s left in my mouth following a 52-7 victory over Joe Gibbs.

So I’m going to stop thinking about the Patriots for a little while. I am going to avoid the overhyped matchup this weekend like the plague. Instead, I am going to enjoy another World Series victory from a team that just gets it.

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