Though I won’t be cheering for Derrick Coleman today (He’s playing my Saints), I will now always be a fan and will look for him to continue to fight the odds. Both of maternal grandparents were deaf and spending Louisiana summers with them made some of my greatest childhood memories. My grandfather wasn’t one to let his disability slow him and he taught me a lot about playing the hand you’ve been dealt to the fullest.
Today the BBWAA had to turn in their ballots for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. That means we have until January 8th at 2pm before we find out what absurdly stupid fake moral high ground decisions the BBWAA made. Last year they didn’t elect one of the deserving men to the HOF. I am not a member of the BBWAA (Far from it), but if I was my ballot would look just like this. A player must appear on 75% of the ballots to be enshrined, and no more than 10 players can appear on a ballot.
- Jeff Bagwell (Last Year: 59.6%) The fact that one of the top 10 1st basemen in the history of the game is still waiting to get in the HOF is a travesty. The 1994 NL MVP finished his career with 2314 Hits, 449 HRs and 1,529 RBIs, but just because he has muscles the idiots in the BBWAA don’t feel he deserves to be in the HOF.
- Craig Biggio (68.2%) Another guy that should already be in is Bagwell’s Astros teammate, Biggio. One of the top 2nd basemen of all-time, Biggio’s 3,060 hits should put him. In fact he is the only player in baseball history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. I hope this is the year that the BBWAA pulls their heads out of the own asses.
- Barry Bonds (36.2%) Steroids? Sure he did. HGH? Of course. Greatest hitter since Ted Williams? No doubt.
- Roger Clemens (37.6%) Same as above but insert “Greatest pitcher since Walter Johnson.
- Tom Glavine (1st Year) The 2-time Cy Young Award winner finished his career with 305 wins and was one of the top pitchers in the game for the 90′s. If he doesn’t get in on the 1st ballot the world might end. Continue reading
I’m not sure about this one at all, but I am going to give it a chance. On the surface it has a number of reasons to believe that this will be a great sports movie. It’s got football, Kevin Costner (Sports Movie Royalty), a Jon Gruden cameo and it’s about the greatest single non-sporting event in sports. The only thing that could/should bring this movie down is that it’s about the Cleveland Browns, and nothing involved with the Browns has succeeded since 1964 Pre- Super Bowl Era NFL Championship team.
The season is on the line and the Packers can’t count on another Jay Cutler collapse to get them to the playoffs. They need their MVP back and he has returned. Rodgers has told State Farm to put the commercials on hold and he has packed his guitar away. I feel sorry for the Da’ Bears.
Will we get an epic “I’m Playing” announcement from Romo?
On this day 94 years ago, the Boston Red Sox guaranteed that there would be millions of idiots running around today wearing Yankee hats and bragging about how awesome the Yankees are.
The 2013 NFL Draft was full of game changing of defensive talent that could change an NFL team’s year, but it lacked the top-notch offensive players to shake up your fantasy team. The 2013 draft had 5 offensive skill players drafted in the first round, and only 12 after the first days were over. Compare that to the 11 1st rounders and 9 2nd rounders of the 2012 draft, and it’s easy to see the 2013 draft was short on top end offensive talent. 2014 will be a different story. I see next May’s draft being loaded with talent and there being as many as 15 skill position players going in the 1st and as many as 30-40 being off the board after the 2nd day. I will update rankings on a fairly regular basis and there could be some big swings as the bowls, combine and draft plays out.
- Sammy Watkins, Clemson, 6’1 205 lbs- I am a sucker for big strong WRs that use their body control and wingspan to win at the catch point, but I will get to those guys later. Watkins is the one guy that I want to drop down below Mike Evans, but just can’t. He’s fluid with his routes and catches the ball very quickly. He moves with purpose after the catch and doesn’t waste time getting downfield. He should be the first WR off the board in the NFL draft, and will be the #1 pick in most rookie drafts.
- Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6’5 225 lbs- Evans doesn’t have top WR speed, but he will win almost every battle he is in with a DB. His catch radius is massive and once the ball is in his area it’s caught. He plays smart and knows when to cut a route off or to come back to the QB and get the ball. He’s the kind of WR that will make an inconsistent QB more consistent (Are you listening NY Jets?). He could go before Watkins in the NFL Draft and will be a top 3 rookie pick in dynasty drafts.
- Kelvin Benjamin, FSU, 6’5 235 lbs- Benjamin is moving up boards and starting to get noticed as a future NFL stud. He compares to Evans, but he is a bit more raw. He gives me a Plaxico Burress vibe when I watch him, and could become a red zone force.
- Allen Robinson, Penn State, 6’3 210 lbs- Has shown great skills in a pro-style offense and helped ease the transition of a freshman QB at Penn State. Solid body control and hands, lacks elite speed. Continue reading