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2010-2011 AFC East Predictions and More…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by sportsguru09

Below are my 2010-2011 AFC East Predictions, breakout players, and disappointments….thoughts and comments welcome!

Predicted AFC East Standings

1. New England Patriots – Yes, they are old. Yes, they are slow. But you know what? The AFC East is simply overrated. With all the hype behind the Jets (via Hard Knocks which is absolutely hysterical), everyone has seemed to forget that Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Tom Brady, and Bill Belicheck still have an army in the northeast. With Brady back to 100% and Moss looking to prove critics wrong who think he’s got nothing left, look for the P A T S PATS PATS PATS to come out and really destroy the opposition via the passing game. Forget Maroney and the endless number of no-name worthless RBs they have, you don’t need them. They simply act as blocking dummies and only have one goal….don’t pull a Billy Bob (yes, always a Varsity Blues reference) and get Brady hurt…let alone killed. Flat out, this is New England’s division to lose, you can write-off the Jets. I’m going to knock over that bandwagon.

2. Miami Dolphins – My surprise team of the AFC East. Henne should outperform his sub-par year last year and as long as Ronnie Brown stays healthy, they have one of the best 1-2 RB attacks in the NFL. The defense is getting younger and more explosive and their management is showing its colors through the organization as the Phins have become much more disciplined on either side of the ball. As long as Henne can simply exist between the two seconds of the snap and getting the ball to Ronnie (no, not the one from Jersey Shore) or Ricky Williams, Daniel Mott’s favorite player of all time, the Phins will be fine. Don’t care enough about them to write any more….

3. New York Jets – WRITE THESE GUYS OFF. Yes un-sexy Rexy Rex Ryan is hilarious on camera, there is no discipline on this team. Without Revis, they will be just weak enough at corner with Kyle Wilson there to get burned the one or two times that will kill them against the Pats. It will only take one time for Wilson to show his rookie colors for Moss or Welker to get downfield and burn the J E T S JETS JETS JETS. Hard Knocks, in my opinion, has absolutely exposured the immaturity of the Jets. Sanchez acts like a 10 year old and their WRs could care less what is being told to them. Yes they have a solid defense in general, but unless Jenkins has a breakout year, they will REALLY struggle to get to the quarterback. That, in turn, will put even more pressure on the Jets’ young secondary. Ya know, just because they are on TV means nothing to me. How many bad clips can they show? Has anyone watched their preseason games? THEY ABSOLUTELY 100% stink on ice. The one bright spot? Shonn Greene who is on my “got-to-have” fantasy players that will get the ball a ton. Why? NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS WANTS MARK SANCHEZ TO take over their offense and lead their team by himself. Might as well forfeit the season….

4. Buffalo Bills – Ah, the Bills. THey are so bad they don’t even deserve discussion. CJ Spiller is the only reason that people in Buffalo even care that this organization still exists….

AFC East Breakout Player of the Year – Julian Edleman….One of the up and coming WRs in the league that NO ONE knows about. he might as well be the mirror image of Wes Welker. Expect Edleman to have a solid year, get traded in the offseason, and do exactly what Welker did. Get traded to a team with a good passing game and breakout and turn into a prolific, 110 catch player that becomes a QB’s best friend. Expect Edleman to have a HUGE year if Welker’s comeback stint doesn’t work out. A small guy with bursts of speed and good hands? Who wouldn’t love to have him in the slot on 3rd down. Would be a twin with Jordan Shipley….

Biggest AFC East Disappointment – Mark Sanchez…A child, too immature, not enough talent. Totally overrated and will make mistake after mistake until Rexy realizes the organization made a BIG mistake…sorry Jets fans, your playboy ain’t going to cut it this year. I hope Mr. Brunell stays healthy…..HAHAHAHAHA…..that new stadium will look nice and be a great place for teams to come in and whoop up the Sancheezy’s Jets. Good luck fellas…you’re going to need it.

More predictions to come, stay tuned…

Tweeting Terrell Stirs It Up Again…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by sportsguru09

That’s right, Terrell won’t shut up. In yet another tale in T.O.’s post-Dallas saga, Owens recently bashed Jason Garret and Tony Romo on his Twitter, yes Twitter, page. Bills Owens FootballWow, what else has this world come to? T.O. tweets…yikes. Between him and Mark Cuban, you might as well take “censorship” out of the dictionary as it will likely no longer apply. Anyways, in a Twitter post last week, one of Owens’ fans had mentioned how upset he was that Mr. Get Ya Popcorn Ready was cut by Big D. In response, Owens posted the following:

“neither ws i, blame the OC & romo!! but i’m happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates!!”

Not only can Owens tweet, but he can write in such broken english no one can actually understand what he’s saying! If you’re going to be critical of someone else, at least put it in a professional forum, not some Facebook knock-off application. Give me a break, I’m tired of Twitter-sparked controversy. Get a life people…and by life I mean everything except Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. This isn’t fantasy world (though most of us would like it to be, trust me).

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I Hope Paulus Looks Good In Orange…

Posted in College Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Greg Paulus is returning home to Syracuse to play football. The former Duke point guard will enroll in graduate school at Syracuse and try to make a comeback in football for the Orange, he said Thursday. “My gut and my heart were telling me that (Syracuse) was the best place for me,” Paulus said from Durham, N.C., during a conference call.

“It got me thinking, got me throwing again (and) once I got doing that, the itch and the desire came back,” Paulus said. “To have this opportunity where I have two sports, and to be able to do them both at the college level, it’s something that’s pretty unique and special.”

He said he called new Orange coach Doug Marrone on Thursday morning to notify him of his decision. SyracuseOrangeThe three-year starting guard graduated from Duke earlier this month. He has one season of eligibility remaining and can play immediately if he receives a waiver from the NCAA. Marrone was not available and could not comment on the announcement because the NCAA paperwork has not been completed, university officials said.

Paulus was a record-setting high school quarterback in high school at Christian Brothers Academy, located less than a mile from Marrone’s office, and now has a legitimate chance at Syracuse, a proud program that’s fallen on hard times. “I’ve seen a lot of great years at Syracuse,” Paulus said.

The Orange hired Marrone in December to resurrect the team he once played for — Syracuse has gone 10-37 over the past four seasons. greg-paulus-picHe already has moved former starting quarterback Andrew Robinson to tight end and demoted Cam Dantley, last year’s starter, to backup behind redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib, who has never thrown a college pass.

Paulus said Marrone has made “no promises, no guarantees” about playing time. At CBA, Paulus was one of the nation’s top prep quarterbacks. As a senior running a potent spread offense, he threw for 3,700 yards and 43 touchdowns in a 13-0 season. He finished his prep career with 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns passing.

DukeBlueDevilsMiami and Notre Dame offered him football scholarships, and he received a basketball offer from Syracuse before choosing to play basketball at Duke. For most of the past four years, his only flirtation with football came when he threw the ball around with his younger brother, Mike, a quarterback at North Carolina.

Having been away from the game for so long has raised doubts about whether Paulus, at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, can succeed at the Division I level, especially for a team like Syracuse, which has struggled to build a solid offensive line.

“There’s going to be challenges along the way with getting into football shape, learning the system, getting back to speed,” Paulus said. “It’s a different challenge, and it’s one that I’m looking forward to.”

Since Paulus did not redshirt and will complete his degree at Duke in four years, he can go to graduate school elsewhere and compete right away if he is granted the waiver. Paulus said he plans to drive back to Syracuse in the coming days to deal with the necessary paperwork.

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Taylor Livin’ The Miami Life Once Again…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Jason Taylor’s newest step has him back where he started. The dancing linebacker signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins.

Taylor played his first 11 seasons with Miami before being traded a year ago to the Washington Redskins — a fallout from his stint on the TV show “Dancing With the Stars.” He was released by Washington in March after one injury-plagued season.FP3433

The New England Patriots courted the 34-year-old Taylor in recent weeks, but he wanted to return to South Florida, where he still lives. He will make $1.1 million in base salary and $400,000 in easy to reach incentives.

“My heart has always been in Miami, and so I’m truly excited to call myself a Dolphin once again,” Taylor said in a statement. “I was presented with a number of different opportunities, but in the end the combination of this being the best situation for my family, my love for this community and my tremendous loyalty to a great organization made this an easy decision.”

Taylor made the Pro Bowl six times with Miami and was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.p1_taylor1

The Redskins released Taylor after he turned down a chance to play another season with them for $8.5 million. Taylor didn’t like being away from his wife and three children last season and wanted to rejoin the Dolphins regardless of how much money they offered, said his agent, Gary Wichard.

“Jason told me, `Tell the Dolphins whatever fits their budget, I’m ready to play,”‘ Wichard said. “There were no negotiations. It was always going to be Miami.”

Wichard said he also turned down a couple of movie offers because Taylor didn’t want to be away from his family. Taylor has been plotting a Hollywood career since joining the Dolphins as a rookie in 1997, and he envisions himself in the kind of action roles that made Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson a movie star.

“Dancing With the Stars” intensified Taylor’s celebrity last year but soured his relationship with new Dolphins boss Bill Parcells, who fumed that Taylor was in Hollywood rather than spending the offseason working out with teammates. In response, Taylor accused Parcells of giving him the silent treatment.

The soap opera ended last July with Parcells trading Taylor for a pair of draft picks, but the two have since patched up their rift. Taylor raves about coach Tony Sparano, who in his first season led the Dolphins to the AFC East title and ended the team’s six-season playoff drought.

While the Dolphins enjoyed a turnaround in 2008, Taylor struggled to stay healthy after missing only four games in 11 years with Miami.

He sprained his knee during the Redskins’ preseason and hurt his calf in a win over Arizona on Sept. 21. Taylor required an operation to have blood drained from his calf and a second procedure a month later.

The calf injury hampered Taylor much of the season, and he struggled to fit into a defensive scheme that gave him less freedom than he had with the Dolphins. He had only 31/2 sacks for the Redskins, his fewest since 1999.

The Dolphins mounted little pass rush last season aside from outside linebacker Joey Porter, who led the AFC with 171/2 sacks. Taylor’s 1201/2 career sacks are the most among active players, and he could line up opposite Porter this year.

Parcells didn’t take a pass rusher in the April draft, a signal he was open to a reunion with Taylor. amd_billparcellsThe Dolphins declined to comment Wednesday beyond confirming the deal.

A third-round draft pick in 1997, Taylor started as a rookie and became one of the most popular players in Dolphins history. He started a foundation that has been active in raising money for South Florida children, and in 2007 he was chosen NFL Man of the Year.

Taylor holds Dolphins career records for consecutive games started (130), sacks (117), opponents’ fumble recoveries (26), fumble returns for touchdowns (5), defensive touchdowns (8) and interceptions by a defensive lineman (7).

Taylor enjoyed his best year in 2006, when he had 131/2 sacks, forced 10 fumbles, recovered two, intercepted two passes and returned both for scores. But he endured five coaching changes in Miami, hasn’t made the postseason since 2001 and says he would trade every award and sack for a chance to play in the Super Bowl.

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Favre Finds Trainer, Childress Open To Favre Comeback…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by sportsguru09

“Favre to Harvin for a 75-yard TD Pass!”….”Favre hands it off to Peterson for a huge gain”….”Favre wins the NFC North in ’09 with Minnesota?!?!?”…Folks, don’t be surprised if you hear this during the 2009 NFL season. As much as he vows that there’s nothing that could entice him, Brett Favre has hired a personal trainer and has sparked the interest of yes, that’s right, the Minnesota Vikings. brettfavreBetter yet, Brad Childress, Minnesota’s coach who knows that they have no talent behind center to protect A-Pete, said over the weekend that the prospect of Favre quarterbacking the ‘Vikes next year will certainly be discussed in detail among his organization and coaching staff. Yikes, could you imagine yet another comeback? Even Favre fans would be sick and tired of Brett coming back just to get cold-clocked by the defenses in the NFC for another year, jeopardizing his health and maybe his life in the long term (he is like 55 now right?!?). The sad thing is that the sports world wouldn’t be surprised if Favre did un-retire, and this time, if it were to Minnesota, no one would really care (outside of the NFC North of course).

For Favre, the only way this could go well would be if he actually did come back and actually win a Super Bowl. Otherwise, it would all be for not and he would simply just make a fool of himself. At this point, no one would believe too much of what he says, or at least I wouldn’t. vikings_-_super_novaWhen he actually does retire after this alleged comeback, it’ll probably go unrecognized as nobody will think it’ll be for real or for good. The more Favre contemplates returning to the game, the more he loses his fan-base and the more annoyed NFL fans and the rest of the sports world get. Now, I know that many people hire personal trainers to help them get fit or lose weight, but Favre has been playing football over the last two decades so he can’t be too out of shape right? This further makes me believe that he wants to stay in “Game-Shape” just in case he gets that phone call from Minnesota. God help the Favre family and the media criticism that will flood their lives for the next year if Brett plays in the NFL once again. Haven’t they been through enough Brett?

On a side note, I got the ‘Vikes winning the NFC North if Favre does come back…

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Skins Sign Favre, Edge Lands In Denver…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by sportsguru09

……Don’t worry, I’m just kidding sports fans. But wouldn’t these two headlines be absolutely hilarious and certainly fitting?! The Skins, in the midst of their own quarterback conundrum and Denver….oh Denver….who has inexplicably filled its entire roster with Running Backs leading into the 2009 season. Why not, what’s one more RB right? If anything, at this point the Ponies (Broncos) have enough running backs to backfill all of their other positions on the football field! Nice work Josh McDaniels, way to completely destroy your salary cap with bums in the backfield, minus Knowshon “Mr. Georgia” Moreno who has yet to step onto the gridiron.denver-broncos-head I can’t wait to watch the Broncos run their organization into the ground, literally. You might as well stand all their Running Backs up in a shooting line, it’s going to be that type of year at Mile High.

As for the Washington Snyders (yes, Dan Snyder, their pompous owner), they’ve been so worried about trying to replace Jason Campbell during the offseason and in the 2009 NFL Draft that all they’ve actually done is piss him off. Though this might give him so motivation in the short term, it doesn’t exactly build internal relations or chemistry. Don’t be surprised if halfway through the year Snyder ends up on Favre’s doorstep begging him to once again break out of retirement…anything can happen right? In Dan Snyder’s world it can….which is normally a bad thing for the Washington Redskins.

The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly…

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by sportsguru09

The 2009 NFL Draft was this past weekend and oh was it entertaining.2009-nfl-draft-props Typical teams struggled to make smart decisions, the usual teams were solid, and there were many trades and pick moves put into place to make the ’09 draft one of the most memorable in recent history.

Read below for a little analysis and my awards for best and worst draft choices…

THE VERY GOOD

1. The Philadelphia Eagles

Well Deshean Jackson, your Eagles got a stud WR gift-wrapped to play alongside you in Philly. The fact that Jeremy Maclin fell to Philly here was ridiculous and never should have happened (all Al Davis’ fault in Oakland). And Donovan McNabb, are you satisfied with your weapons now? O, and in case you didn’t notice, Westbrook’s new backup and future successor LeShean McCoy out of Pitt is completely legit. I saw him beat up on Navy in Annapolis this past fall all by himself. Not many people know him, but they will very soon when he takes over for an aging Westbrook. Great pickup Philly…

2. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts, how I hate you so. You efficiently filled your running back whole and got a speedy, athletic, and very talented Donald Brown out of UConn. This was a steal and excited what the Colts needed after giving up Dominic Rhodes in the offseason. indianapolis_coltsWe all know Addai can’t stay healthy and when he actually does play, he’s not that efficient behind Manning, Wayne, and company. They’re pass happy and will look a lot to Brown out of the backfield. Later in the draft, the Colts also boosted both sides of their line and added depth. A solid draft all the way around for the ‘Shoe.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

As a Jags fan, I was ecstatic to watch Jack Del Rio and company go to work in Jax’s war room. Not only did they get two big Offensive Linemen that will surely keep Mojo Drew alive longer, they added three sure-handed blazing fast wide receivers. Though most haven’t heard of them, don’t be suprised if Garrard throws the ball much more successfully next year without dealing with thugs who had no hands like he’s been used to over the past couple of seasons. Many questioned their pass on Michael Crabtree, but if this organization is going to be centered around MoJo, shouldn’t you do the best to protect him?

4. Arizona Cardinals

Well, Edge is out Mr. Meaty Beanie Wells is in. With a huge hole to fill in the backfield behind Kurt Warner, the Cards got their man of their future to bruise defenses and push the line in the redzone. Though many figured that ‘Zona would trade away Anquan Boldin on draft day, the Cardinals made a bigger offensive statement by providing solidity to their run game and NOT trading Boldin. The Bears and others offered, but none matched Arizona’s trade expectations. Overall, the draft was a success for Ken Wisenhunt’s bunch. Keep Boldin, pick up a few strong pass rushers, and add a bruiser for your franchise running back.

THE VERY BAD

1. Dallas Cowboys

Did these guys even participate in this year’s draft? Oh yea, they passed in Round 1 and added 12 special teamers on Day 2? Come on Jerry Jones, you know better.dallas_cowboys You might as well have traded those guys or picks for help in next year’s draft. Not one person is recognizable from your draft and you added no help to help your now T.O.-less receiver core (that features an overrated Roy Williams) in the early rounds. What a waste…good luck scoring points this year…

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

You got your man in Josh Freeman and then what? You completely disappeared from the draft.

THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY

1. The Oakland Raiders

The most shocking yet stupid pick in the 2009 NFL Draft officially belongs to your Al Davis. Heyward-Bay before Crabtree and Maclin? Are you kidding me?!? What the *&^%*^*?!?!?!?!? No wonder your organization’s been in the toilet for years now, YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS! nfl_oakland_raiders_1Jamarcus Russell now weighs like 350+ lbs. and was just given a speedy WR with no hands and no proven ability to be able to break away and play one-on-one. Looks like D-Mac Darren McFadden will see a lot of touches this year….otherwise, they have NO shot to win games. They’re lucky their division is downright awful. Welcome to the bottom of the Toilet Bowl Oakland…

2. The Denver Broncos

Another RB?!?!? Josh McDaniels, you’re killing me. First you get rid of a franchise quarterback for who? Oh yea, that bum from the windy city Kyle Orton (with draft picks). Next, with like 39 running backs already on your roster and 3 more picked up in the 2009 Free Agency period, you draft Knowshown Moreno? I mean, I know the Georgia boy can play but come on now, don’t you think you should work on improving quite possibly the worst defense in the NFL? Your secondary is terrible and aging and you guys rarely sack the quarterback. Even better, there were a few quality RBs you could have taken later in the draft. This pick definitely should have gone elsewhere. As we know it, McDaniels continues to dig his own grave deeper and deeper after every decision he makes…poor guy…he’ll be out in the streets in no time…

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