Archive for May, 2007

Who to start a franchise with?

May 29, 2007

ESPN recently did a poll and asked their analysts (and perhaps their analrapists) who is the best player to start a franchise with.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2884722&lpos=tv1&lid=tab2pos3

John Clayton had the correct answer. Jefferey Chadia picked a 28 year-old running back. Matt Mosely gave an acceptable answer, arguing that Carson Palmer was younger than Brady or Manning, and that the team would need a younger QB. Pasquarelli suggested taking a steroid user so that he could pump up other members of the team. Joe Theismann? Well, we’ve known he was a idiot for some time now.

UPDATE: The panel of experts (sans Joe T) has declared unanimously that Manning is the best quaterback in the league
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2885497

Suck it, Tommy. Manning is edging ever closer to ending this debate forever.

UPDATE TWO: The panel of experts has declared by a 3-2 vote that #88 is the best receiver in the game today.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2887078

Clayton, Mosely and Pasquarelli all chose Marvin; Hodge and Chadia took Steve Smith. So there you have it folks, a panel of experts has chosen 18 to 88 as the best combination in football. Peyton’s the best QB; Marvin’s the best WR. But then again, we already knew that didn’t we?

Even the undead get nicked up

May 29, 2007

Zombie Bob Sanders is hurting. His small stature and rabid, brain-hungry style of play lead to him frequently getting hurt. ESPN’s newly assigned Colts reporter Len Pasquarelli (ok, so it’s not true, but these days it feels that way) says that the Colts are holding him out of almost all offseason workouts.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2885189&CMP=OTC-DT9705204233

The only player on the Colts that is more important than Zombie Bob is #18. The good news for the Horseshoe is that the only way to kill a zombie is to take its head off, and Bob frequently wears a helmet on the field. Bob could stumble out there with one arm partially hacked off, filled with several bullet holes, but as long as his head is on, he’ll still be able to reek havoc in the secondary.

In a related story, the Indy Star today states that Indianapolis is the first city out of 20 to bid for a Super Bowl after building a new stadium and get rejected.
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070529/SPORTS03/705290370/1100

The Star claims it’s because Dallas had the larger stadium. We here at 18to88.com have exclusive information that says that several league owners were scared that Indianapolis is really located near a “still open portal to hell through which the once departed move freely back and forth to and from this mortal coil”. Bob Sanders impact on football in Indianapolis is immeasurable, but if this anonymous owner (rumor has it that it was Bob Kraft) is to be believed, it’s not always a positive one.

ESPN has new football blog

May 25, 2007

Matt Mosely has a witty/interesting football blog that gets updated several times a day.

http://myespn.go.com/profile/hashmarks

Like most good blogs, it’s part info and part humor. Let’s face it, we can all get our news from any of a dozen of websites, so it’s always nice when someone adds a little humor. We’ll keep you posted if he says anything interesting about the Horse.

Calm down already…

May 25, 2007

Both the Star and ESPN have posted articles wondering what plans the Colts have for the number two RB spot this season. Pasquarelli goes so far as to assert that possibly the Colts are planning on ditching the 2 back system that served so well this past season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2882252&CMP=OTC-DT9705204233

Here’s the problem with thinking the Colts are done with 2 backs just because they have no ‘veteran back’ waiting to take snaps. Dom Rhodes was totally average last year. Yes, you heard me right, Dom was ordinary until the playoffs when he no longer started. Who was Dom Rhodes before the playoffs last year? He was an undrafted free agent veteran who had largely played on special teams. He rushed for over 1000 yards filling in for Edge when he was a rookie. Think about that, Dom, an undrafted free agent (hint hint), ran for over 1000 yards and then disappeared down the depth chart. Last year he had 641 yards on 187 carries for a 3.4 yard average. He had five TDs and 3 fumbles. He did catch 36 passes for 251 yards, which might be tough to replace, if the Colts hadn’t had the foresight to add a good slot receiver, something they didn’t really have last season. Even if Dom’s replacement can’t match his receiving numbers, as long he can pick up about 3.5 yards a carry, he’ll basically be what Dom was.

The point is that it won’t be that hard to replace Dominic Rhodes. Just because no one has ever heard of the 4 guys vying for the #2 spot behind Joe Addai doesn’t mean, as Pasquarelli implies, that the Colts aren’t going to regularly use 2 backs. It just means that Dom wasn’t the vital cog that the playoffs would make you think he was, and he’ll be easily replaced.

Dallas gets Super Bowl

May 22, 2007

Duh. This is a big time non-story. We never had a prayer. We called this one months ago. We weren’t going to beat Jerry Jones and Dallas and a 100,000 seat stadium. Wish it weren’t so, but it were.

Great article about a great man…

May 21, 2007

Len Pasquarelli, who was clearly hanging out in Indy for the minicamp this weekend due to his string of Colts related articles over the last couple of days, put together a really great piece about Tony Dungy.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2877313&CMP=OTC-DT9705204233

We all know how great Tony is, so I’m not going to rehash the obvious here. I realized today that for the first time ever, I’m EXCITED about football season. In the past, I always dreaded it. The heart break would prove too much for me. I couldn’t take another year of listening to morons who thought Tom Brady was more than an over-hyped Troy Aikman. I couldn’t stand people blaming Peyton for the failures of his teammates. This year, IT’S ALL DIFFERENT. Geeze, I can’t freaking wait.

Reviewing the Reds Nats trade

May 21, 2007

Last year Cincinnati jumped off to a hot start, but was starting to flag around mid season, thanks in part to a terrible bullpen. GM Wayne Krivsky made a controversial trade dumping the popular Austin Kearns and former silver slugger SS Felipe Lopez, as well as young up and comer Ryan Wagner for 2 Nats relievers. One of the centerpieces of the deal, Gary Majewski has been constantly hurt, pitched poorly, and caused Reds fans to rip the deal. The Reds have filed a grievance against the Nats saying they didn’t fully disclose prior injuries to Majewski.

At the time, I was in favor of the trade because the Reds HAD to improve the bullpen to contend. This year, the bullpen is STILL the teams biggest problem. Bray and Majewki haven’t worked out. Does that mean the trade was a bad one? People in Cincy are STILL mad about it. The only problem is that they haven’t actually seen how poorly Kearns and Lopez have played. From the Washington times:
http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20070521-122929-5937r.htm

Kearns has had his moments since joining the Nationals, but he has been far from the 30-homer, 100-RBI slugger Bowden envisioned. In 107 games with his new club, the right fielder is batting .247 with 12 homers and 52 RBI. He already has been signed to a $17.5 million contract extension that could keep him locked up through 2010.

• Lopez, too, has showed flashes of greatness in Washington, but he has hardly played as well as he did during his 2005 All-Star campaign. In 113 games since the trade, the infielder is hitting .264 with four homers, 32 RBI and 96 strikeouts. He’s making $3.9 million this season and should earn a raise in arbitration next year.

• Wagner, at one time thought to be the steal of the deal, has a 5.04 ERA in 40 games and is on the disabled list with his own shoulder injury, which could be serious.

NONE OF THESE PLAYERS WOULD BE STARTING FOR THE REDS TODAY. The trade didn’t work out. At least not yet, although Bray and Majewski are young and under contract for awhile. Kearns and Lopez are overpaid underproducers, so even from that standpoint the Reds are ahead of the game. So now, nearly a year later, I’m still in favor of the trade. The guys the Reds got may suck, but they are about 10 million dollars cheaper than the players they gave up, who also suck.

Reviewing the Reds Nats trade

May 21, 2007

Last year Cincinnati jumped off to a hot start, but was starting to flag around mid season, thanks in part to a terrible bullpen. GM Wayne Krivsky made a controversial trade dumping the popular Austin Kearns and former silver slugger SS Felipe Lopez, as well as young up and comer Ryan Wagner for 2 Nats relievers. One of the centerpieces of the deal, Gary Majewski has been constantly hurt, pitched poorly, and caused Reds fans to rip the deal. The Reds have filed a grievance against the Nats saying they didn’t fully disclose prior injuries to Majewski.

At the time, I was in favor of the trade because the Reds HAD to improve the bullpen to contend. This year, the bullpen is STILL the teams biggest problem. Bray and Majewki haven’t worked out. Does that mean the trade was a bad one? People in Cincy are STILL mad about it. The only problem is that they haven’t actually seen how poorly Kearns and Lopez have played. From the Washington times:
http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20070521-122929-5937r.htm

Kearns has had his moments since joining the Nationals, but he has been far from the 30-homer, 100-RBI slugger Bowden envisioned. In 107 games with his new club, the right fielder is batting .247 with 12 homers and 52 RBI. He already has been signed to a $17.5 million contract extension that could keep him locked up through 2010.

• Lopez, too, has showed flashes of greatness in Washington, but he has hardly played as well as he did during his 2005 All-Star campaign. In 113 games since the trade, the infielder is hitting .264 with four homers, 32 RBI and 96 strikeouts. He’s making $3.9 million this season and should earn a raise in arbitration next year.

• Wagner, at one time thought to be the steal of the deal, has a 5.04 ERA in 40 games and is on the disabled list with his own shoulder injury, which could be serious.

NONE OF THESE PLAYERS WOULD BE STARTING FOR THE REDS TODAY. The trade didn’t work out. At least not yet, although Bray and Majewski are young and under contract for awhile. Kearns and Lopez are overpaid underproducers, so even from that standpoint the Reds are ahead of the game. So now, nearly a year later, I’m still in favor of the trade. The guys the Reds got may suck, but they are about 10 million dollars cheaper than the players they gave up, who also suck.

Life is short…

May 21, 2007

so don’t waste a minute of it reading Scoop Jackson.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/070518&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab4pos2

Ugh. What a crap hole that article is. I only linked it so you would know what I’m talking about. but seriously, don’t bother checking it out. It’s inane. Any column that says, “Life is short, support the WNBA” is laughable. He’s a useless hack if there ever was one. I think his spat with Whitlock got to him, because he has been putting out really poor columns non-stop for about 8 months now. Was he always this bad and I just didn’t notice, or has he just gotten progressively worse since his list of column ideas he had jotted in crayon on a napkin was all used up.

I’m not a fan.

We ain’t family, but there’s a resemblance.

May 19, 2007

Kudos to the boys over at http://i-hate-the-new-england-patriots.blogspot.com/

We don’t share all the same stripes, but as Sun Tzu said, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Good on you boys. A great read.