Running with the Bulls!!

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The Chicago Bulls are back and ready to take the court Christmas day against the Los Angeles Lakers.  I don’t know about anybody else, but I wasn’t too worried about missing the season since I still have fantasy football, and the Blackhawks to watch.  I knew the Players and owners were far apart in negotiations, so I wasn’t giving my hopes up for having a season.  Since the deal is reached I couldn’t be anymore excited for the Basketball season to start, and fantasy basketball to begin.

Derrick Rose won’t have to miss a year of his prime now that the lockout is over, and that only benefits the Bulls.  The Bulls come in the second favorites to win the NBA Championship only below the hated Miami Heat.  Free agency is set to begin soon later this week, and everybody will be watching to see what the Bulls do to address the shooting guard position.  I actually like having the rotation of Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans, and Ronnie Brewer, call me crazy but I actually think it worked to our benefit.  Most of the free agents such as Jamal Crawford, O.J. Mayo, and Aaron Afflalo don’t play defense like Bogans, and Brewer do, where they play both ways.  I say keep it the way it is and let the bench mob play out the year, without bringing in some offensive minded ball hog.

I will be putting up the 2011-12 Fantasy Basketball rankings up soon, and will be talking about whether Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, or Carlos Pena are the better fit for the Cubs at first base.

NFL Week 11 Predictions

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Panthers @ Lions

Raiders @ Vikings

Cowboys @ Redskins

Bills @ Dolphins

Jaguars @ Browns

Bengals @ Ravens

Bucs @ Packers

Seahawks @ Rams

Cardinals @ 49ers

Titans @ Falcons

Chargers @ Bears

Ealges @ Giants

Chiefs @ Patriots

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Theo and Jed’s Excellent Adventure

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment

      Dale Sveum was named the Head coach of the Chicago Cubs today, as Theo was hinting on Wednesday that the closer was in the game for the managerial job, meaning it was almost complete.  The presser will be tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and I’m pretty excited to wake up early on my only day to sleep in to watch the final press conference for the time being, unless Prince Fielder, or Albert Pujols are on their way to the north side.

I like the hire in Dale Sveum, unlike most people who don’t like that he doesn’t have the experience, well neither does Alomar, or Mckanin.  Alomar was said to not be in the running anymore after he told Theo and co. that he did not believe in the stats side of business, and that the old school way is the way to go.  Sveum on the other hand likes the way that stats is taking over the game, and that it is the new way to do business in building a team.  It also helps that Sveum receives praise from Terry Francona, and Theo as he was the 3rd base coach for the World Series Red Sox team in 2004.  Sveum is a players coach, many like him in the Brewers organization, where he has been the hitting coach this past season, he also took over for Ned Yost when he was fired in 2008, and led the Brewers to a playoff run the last part of September, but ended up losing in the first round to the Phillies.

One thing that Sveum might be able to bring to the Cubs is not just being such highly regarded by others in the front office, but he might be able to convince Prince Fielder over to the North side of town.  Since Sveum has been his hitting coach, he probably knows Fielder’s swing inside and out, after the press conference tomorrow, Theo and Jed will probably sit with Dale and go over the possibility of bringing Fielder over here.  It’s going to be interesting to see what is going to happen now that the manager is finally in place, we might see some moves get done sooner rather than later.  Let Theo and Jed’s Excellent Adventure begin!!!

Week 10 Predictions

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Cardinals vs Eagles

Bills vs Cowboys

Broncos vs Chiefs

Jaguars vs Colts (Yes the Colts!!!)

Steelers vs Bengals

Saints vs Falcons

Titans vs Panthers

Texans vs Bucs

Rams vs Browns

Redskins vs Dolphins

Ravens vs Seahawks

Lions vs Bears

Giants vs 49ers

Patriots vs Jets

Vikings vs Packers

 

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Overachieving Bears Handle Eagles Again

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The Bears proved once again on Monday night they have the ability to beat the best teams in the league.  Just like last season, the Bears went in to Philadelphia and showed that they are one of the few teams who can slow down Michael Vick and his high-powered offense.  They did it with fast, smart, and fearless defense.  The question now becomes whether the Bears can catch the Lions and wrap up the wildcard spot.

The Bears defense was all over the field on Monday night.  Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs showed why they are consistently one of the top linebacker duos in the league.  Both players were in on tackle after tackle, and were making plays from sideline to sideline.  One weak point for the Bears defense in recent weeks has been their secondary, especially the safeties.  On this night, the secondary showed up the Eagle’s receivers, who are thought of as one of the top receiving crews in the league.  The defensive line had probably their best game of the season as well.  They put pressure on Vick on almost every play, and were not afraid of him.  Many teams give Vick so much time and space because they are afraid to let him get out of the pocket and run.  Some teams even employ a “spy,” or one player who is assigned to Vick on every play to try and contain him.  The Bears defense is fast enough to play him straight up.  The d-line went right at him, constantly forcing him to roll to his right.  Even if Vick got past the d-line, Urlacher and Briggs were there to wrap him up immediately.

That being said, it wasn’t exactly a picnic for the Bears either.  Let’s not forget that if the Eagles punter hadn’t massively under-thrown his pass on the fake punt in the fourth quarter, it would have been a very different game.  Matt Forte, who has been phenomenal this season, can count himself very lucky that his first two fumbles of the season did not lead to a painful loss.  Even though the wide receivers outplayed the Eagles receivers (Earl Bennet in particular), they also dropped too many balls.  Roy Williams drew more hate from Bears fans as he dropped a bomb from Cutler that hit him right in the numbers, on stride.

Next week is a huge game for the Bears.  The Detroit Lions are coming to Soldier Field, and it’s going to be as close to a must-win game as a Week 10 game could be.  The Bears dropped the first match-up against the Lions in an embarrassing Monday Night loss.  The Lions are 6-2, sitting one game ahead of the Bears, who are at 5-3.  With a win against the Lions, the Bears will pull even with them, putting them right back into the mix for the wildcard.  I think it’s obvious now that no one is going to catch the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North Division Title.

As much as I dislike Lovie Smith as a head coach, you have to respect his ability to get his players to play.  He does do a lot of great things for the team, especially the defense.  If there is one thing we can always say about Lovie Smith’s football teams, it’s that he is constantly able to get them to overachieve.  Ever since their Superbowl run in 2007, the Bears have somehow been successful, even with a terrible o-line and sub-par receiving cores.  I can sit here and rant about the penalties, the terrible clock management, the wasted timeouts in close games, and the annoyingly calm demeanor, but at the end of the day, he seems to get the job done.  Maybe someday the Bears management might actually fix the line and sign some talented receivers, and the Bears might even get back to the Superbowl.  In the meantime, I am forced to reluctantly accept Lovie Smith as long as he keeps his team winning.

The New Cubs Culture is Underway

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod are well underway in running things differently here on the North Side of Chicago.  Mike Quade was told yesterday that he would not return as manager of the Cubs.  This is not shocking at all to anybody who follows the Cubs closely, Quade was not ready to become a big league manager, keeping pitchers in too long, not putting the right pitcher in the right situation, and not pinch-hitting the right person.  His decisions made you think that anybody could run this team better than he could.  Anyways here is a list of my top candidates to fill in to this new Cubs managerial role, and have a good time knowing that there is good people in the front office running things  The List is as follows:

Terry Francona-  Nothing would excite me more than get the Beatles even more reunited with Jed, Theo, and Jason already reuniting here in Chicago.  Theo said today to the media that Tito would not need an interview for the job here for the Cubs, since they are already familiar with each other.  The only questions that linger is are they both over the collapse that happened to Boston in October, and are they ready to get back together.  Those are the only two possible things that would keep Theo from hiring Terry again, also Tito might want to stay in the broadcast booth for a year, and take some time off.

Mike Maddux- Maddux is a pitchers dream to work with, he’s built one of the best rotations in the league, getting C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, and Alexi Ogando.  He’s worked with these guys over the past couple of seasons, and has worked with them to become one of the most feared rotations in the league.  Maddux is also appealing to me because he’s worked in the NL Central before with the Brewers also as their pitching coach, and there could be a slight chance he asks Greg Maddux his brother to be the pitching coach.

 

 

Joe Maddon-  Maddon is probably one of my favorite managers in the game today, he is such a players coach, he knows when to push the right buttons, and he gives the players hope of winning everyday they go to the ballpark.  He seems to be a guy that Theo would want to run the ball club everyday, although he is still under contract their still might be a way to get him.  The Rays have the second lowest payroll in the game, year in and year out for the past 4 seasons, Joe Maddon has carried them to winning seasons, and put in a winning culture in Tampa Bay.

Dale Sveum-  I’ve heard nothing but good things about Dale since the manager job has opened here in Chicago.  I remember when he took over as the interim manager a couple of years ago for the Brewers for the last part of the season.  He is supposed to be another locker room guy, who can be loose off of the field, but serious when it’s game time.  Also Sveum was part of the Red Sox organization in 2004, 2005, when the Beatles were running things in Boston, so there is some familiarity.

 

These are probably my top four right now to take over for Mike Quade, there is also of course other candidates that are being thrown around out there such as Sandy Alomar Jr. Dave Martinez, and Pete Mackanin.  Let me know what you think about my list, and who you think should be the new coach of the Cubs.

 

NFL Mid-Season 12 Team Mock Draft

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

The NFL season has reached the midway point, and I’m probably not the only one who would want a couple of rounds back to take different players.  Here’s a look at what the first six rounds of drafts should have looked like this season, this is based on standard scoring leagues , and a 12 team league.

Round 1-

1. Adrian Peterson RB Min

2. Matt Forte RB Chi

3. Arian Foster RB Hou

4. LeSean McCoy RB Phi

5. Darren McFadden RB Oak

6. Aaron Rodgers QB GB

7. Ray Rice RB Bal

8. Calvin Johnson WR Det

9. Fred Jackson RB Buf

10. Ryan Mathews RB SD

11. Maurice Jones Drew RB Jac

12. Tom Brady QB NE

Round 2

13.  Wes Welker WR NE

14. Andre Johnson WR Hou

15. Greg Jennings WR GB

16. Frank Gore RB SF

17. Cam Newton QB Car

18. Mike Wallace WR Pit

19. Steve Smith WR Car

20. Darren Sproles RB NO

21. Drew Brees QB NO

22. Matthew Stafford QB Det

23. Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG

24. Michael Vick QB Phi

Round 3

25. Michael Turner RB Atl

26. Beanie Wells RB Ari

27. Dwayne Bowe WR KC

28. Jeremy Maclin WR Phi

29. Ben Roethlisberger QB Pit

30. Jahvid Best RB Det

31. Hakeem Nicks WR NYG

32.  Jimmy Graham TE NO

33. Matt Schaub QB Hou

34. Eli Manning QB NYG

35. A.J. Green WR Cin

36. Steven Jackson RB Stl

Round 4

37. Pierre Garcon WR Ind

38. Larry Fitzgerald WR Ari

39. Jonathan Stewart RB Car

40.  Anquan Boldin WR Bal

41. Ryan Fitzpatrick QB Buf

42. Rob  Gronkowski TE NE

43. Mike Tolbert RB SD

44. Roddy White WR ATL

45. Mark Sanchez QB NYJ

46.Vincent Jackson WR SD

47. Pierre Thomas RB NO

48. Steve Johnson WR Buf

Round 5

49. Aaron Hernandez TE NE

50. Tony Romo QB Dal

51. Matt Ryan QB Atl

52. Tony Gonzalez TE Atl

53. Chris Johnson RB Ten

54. Willis McGahee RB Den

55. Philip Rivers QB SD

56. Brandon Pettigrew TE Det

57. DeSean Jackson WR Phi

58. Brandon Marshall WR Mia

59. Matt Hasselbeck QB Ten

60. Greg Olsen TE Car

Round 6

61. Eric Decker WR Den

62. Jordy Nelson WR GB

63. BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB NE

64. Jermichael Finley TE GB

65. Joe Flacco QB Bal

66. Marques Colston WR NO

67. Victor Cruz WR NYG

68. Colt McCoy QB Cle

69. Shonn Greene RB NYJ

70. Nate Washington WR Ten

71. Owen Daniels TE Hou

72. Jay Cutler QB Chi

Let me know what you think of the first 6 rounds and if you disagree with what I have put out.

 

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