Monthly Archives: September 2011

Starting Rotations

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Back in December, when Cliff Lee unexpectedly signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, the blog-o-sphere was ready to crown the club with the title of “Best Rotation in Baseball.”  And why not?  They sported three Cy Young Awards, one World Series MVP, and seventeen combined All-Star appearances between their Big 4 of Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. But there were reasons to question the coronation.  After all, the San Francisco Giants had just ridden an incredible two-month stretch …

Are You Ready For Some Football?

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For the average NFL fan, there is a regular season, and if you’re lucky, playoffs. But for those of us who are tickled by the year-long drama created by the NFL calendar, there is far more. Preseason? Meh. It has its moments. I’ll admit I’ve never been more excited to watch a preseason game between two teams I have absolutely no affinity for than I was a few weeks ago. But like the majority of you, I’m not immune to …

Greaze’s Post-Draft Prospectus

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Now that the draft is over and you’ve used all of Mel Palzy Jr.’s advice to assemble the uber-squad, what are you going to do now? Start by deleting all the drunken text messages you sent out about your new team to your friends, colleagues…and your grandma! Really? You texted your grandma about your new squad? No one cares about your fantasy team, except maybe her— you can expect bimonthly calls checking in on your underperforming RB3s and poor spot starts at DEF. …

Fantasy Football: Pre-Draft Advice

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Now that the third week of the NFL preseason is over, we can begin to get an early idea of how each of the 32 teams will perform this year. It’s certainly not any sort of exact science, and in no way do preseason successes and corresponding records assure the same in the regular season. For instance, the 2008 Detroit Lions finished the preseason 4-0 before becoming the first team in NFL history to compile an 0-16 record in regular …

MLB Awards Update

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With less than 15 games to go in the regular season, it’s time to look at the major contenders for each of the major awards, and speculate who’s in the lead heading down the stretch.  Many of the races are still up in the air; in fact, only two awards seem wrapped up right now, so we’ll start with those two.   NL Cy Young Award: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies   It’s Halladay’s award to lose.  He leads the league …

Terrell is no Jamarcus

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The Raiders’ selection of Terrell Pryor in the 3rd round of the NFL supplemental draft seemed obvious from the moment the athletic quarterback’s name began being mentioned as a possible eligible candidate. I can’t think of any now-rookie prospect (regular NFL draft included) who matched the stereotypical Al Davis pick as much as he did. Ridiculous speed? Check. Pryor’s 4.38 40-yard dash was only one one-hundredth of a second slower than the fastest time of any wide receiver to run …