Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday 11/15 A.M. Quickie:
A-Rod, P-Jax, Dixon, Ricky, UNC, More!

Today's Names to Know: Alex Rodriguez, Bob Melvin, Jake Peavy, Dwayne Wade, Phil Jackson, Dennis Dixon, North Carolina, Ricky Williams, Dwight Howard and way More.

A-Rod and the Yankees are talking about a deal: This shouldn't surprise you at all. The highest-paid player in baseball was never going to eliminate the freest-spending team in baseball from the discussion – even if he just opted out of playing for them. The odds-on bet is still that A-Rod returns to the Yankees.

UPDATE: The hot rumor is that it's a done deal – 10 years for $275 million, which represents a small increase from his previous deal (and a substantial increase in what portion of that salary the Yankees are paying), but certainly more long-term security for the player.

If this rumor holds up, A-Rod will likely retire a Yankee, break Barry Bonds' career home-run record as a Yankee, hit No. 800 as a Yankee, wear a Yankees cap into the Hall of Fame – but it remains to be seen whether he will win any championships as a Yankee. If he is there for 10 more years, given his previous success with the team, I'll put the over-under on A-Rod/Yankees World Series titles at one. (And the over-under on Red Sox World Series titles within the same decade span at two.)

MLB Awards: Your managers of the year are Eric Wedge (a rare correct preseason pick from me) and Bob Melvin (who no one saw coming). I was surprised Colorado's Clint Hurdle finished 3rd. Between Hurdle and Tulowitzki, I guess voters didn't put much stock in the Rockies' late-season surge. We'll see if it impacted the biggest award race: NL MVP.

Meanwhile, today is NL Cy Young, and you have to imagine it will be Jake Peavy, even with his unclutch performance in Game 163 (but, apparently, voters aren't really taking that game into consideration – or at least giving it more weight than the previous 162… which they should. Yes, when it comes to awards, some regular season games are more important than others.)

Dwayne Wade returns, Heat still stink: I mean, they even lost to the Sonics, sorry Seattle's first win of the season. And the game was in Miami! (Wade had 15 points on 5/9 FG shooting in 25 minutes.)

Phil Jackson's "Brokeback" scandal: Normally, I think Jackson is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful sports figures out there. I think this remark was just plain dumb, rather than maliciously intended.

CFB: Heisman Watch – It's Dixon and Tebow down to the wire. That's how Heisman Pundit is calling it, after doing another (rather unscientific) poll of the Heisman pollsters. (h/t: Fanhouse) I still think that Chase Daniel can come from behind if he puts on spectacular performances while leading Missouri past both Kansas and Oklahoma in back-to-back weeks.

Totally related: Oregon on national TV tonight. Dennis Dixon gets the national stage all to himself tonight, as Oregon takes on Arizona in yet another must-see ESPN Thursday Night game. The matchup itself might seem like a dud, but here's a chance to watch one of the Top 2 teams in the country, up-close, along with the leading Heisman contender.

If Dixon stumbles, he could lose ground to Tebow or Daniel. Far more important, Oregon can go a long way toward shoring up their support with human BCS pollsters by winning decisively and impressively; however, if they look shaky (even in victory), that's going to open the door for both Oklahoma and Kansas to potentially jump ahead of the Ducks. (Pick: Oregon)

North Carolina is NOT No. 1 in college hoops: Hard to take them seriously at the No. 1 spot when they are barely getting by Davidson (by 4). Now, Davidson is a really good mid-major (see their Tournament performance a year ago vs. Maryland), but still: If you're going to claim a team is No. 1 (and that's the "experts," not Roy Williams himself), they should win a little more impressively, shouldn't they?

(Meanwhile, for an example of a real early-season throttling, check out Tennessee's 57-point win over D-II Arkansas-Monticello.)

NFL: Ricky Williams is back! I don't think the winless woeful Dolphins are in a position to sniff their nose at ANY player that they have the option to use, including one who hasn't played in 18 months – and particularly a running back. What I won't understand is if Ricky isn't in the best shape of his life; something tells me, though, that he didn't spend the last 18 months preparing to resume his NFL career.

NFL Notes: Is it really that big of a deal that Dwight Freeney is done for the season? It's not like the Colts were/are going to win the AFC... John Beck starting at QB for the Dolphins, and, yes, on several of my QB-starved fantasy rosters, I picked him up and will start him, too… Speaking of starting, Rex Grossman is back… Interesting to see the NFL showing its 8 NFL Network games online. Unfortunately, it's not available everywhere online, but just to certain Verizon DSL subscribers…

More NBA: The Celtics are 7-0 for the first time in 35 years. Yes, that's better than the legendary 1986 team started… What a duel between the East's best wing player, LeBron James (34 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists), and its best post player, Dwight Howard (35 points, 16 rebounds). Howard's team won the game, and if you had to choose between investing long-term in the standings success of LeBron's Cavs or Howard's Magic, you would have to seriously consider favoring Howard's Magic… Looking for scoring help for your fantasy team? Perhaps you have Tracy McGrady and will see him out the next week (or more) with an elbow injury. Try Minnesota's McCants (if he's even still available)... Stephon Marbury is back with the Knicks, and $180,000 poorer for it…

College Hoops Recruiting Signing Begins: Florida may be in a rebuilding year, but they are leading the nation with the No. 1 a Top 5 (my bad) recruiting class, led by two stud post players. UCLA picked up a great PG (Jrue Holliday), and Georgetown got arguably the best big man (Greg Monroe). "Official" signings continue today.

New CBB postseason tournament: I'm all for this third-tier postseason tournament, which is subordinate to both the NCAAs and the NIT. The market will decide if fans are willing to show any interest in the teams involved, but for the fans of those teams, it's a chance to participate in a postseason – any postseason – and extend their season. No one is claiming that the team that wins this tournament is particularly good; the organizers just recognized that college hoops fans of teams not in either of the main postseason tournaments have an appetite in March, too. Count me interested, College Basketball Invitational.

Sports Media: Mike Golic admits he used steroids: And that's just the steroids he was WILLING to admit he used. He tried to explain himself, but I think it's a little disingenuous that he has been commenting on the radio and TV every day through the years of the various steroid scandals in baseball and the NFL while keeping this particularly relevant personal detail to himself.

-- D.S.

137 comments:

Sarge said...

I'm willing to bet that Golic let it slip in the past and simply thought it would be best to explain himself instead of brushing it under the rug in typical four letter fashion of editing chats, podcats and articles of anything that may raise an eyebrow.

voiceofreason said...

Real nice work today, Dan. Carolina isn't #1 because they got a tough game from a good mid-major? Glad to hear you were more impressed with Tennessee beating the snot out of a Div II team. Although you're just wrong on the merits, there's no reason to even bother. Who cares who's #1 now? This isn't college football. #1 will change many times this season, and it will be settled on the court at the end of the season.

RevScottDeMangeMD said...

From what Golic said this morning, he has talked about his use the past 8 years on the show. It's only getting publicity b/c of blogs and the recent steroid fiascos. 8 years ago, it just didn't matter. No one cared.

Also, Dan...Tebow won't win the Heisman. The South will be split between him, McFadden, and Daniel. Plus, like Grossman and Fitzerald, sophomores will never win. Although Rex and Larry should have one.

West: Dixon
Midwest: Hart/Dixon
South: Tebow/McFadden/Daniel
East: Ryan

Next year it will come down to Tebow and Boeckman.

CMFost said...

Freeney being out for the Colts really hurt there defense and may even lead to Tennessee or Jacksonville passing them and winning the Division.

Tunsney said...

I am tired of TOO much weight put on a win by a top team. I don't think a four point win to a lesser opponent makes you cry foul for their ranking. It is not like you need to go undefeated to get to the national championship. (sure, undefeated in the tournament) A win is a win. It is early in the season and even good teams struggle to play at a high level when the opponent is not good.

Jonathan said...

Everybody is all over Boras today, but he gave it a shot and it didn't work, if ARod can stil get the same deal then no harm done, except to Boras' rep. Personally I'm glad Arod is comming back to the Yanks, they need him in that line up.

Jonathan said...

I'm pretty sure the colts will still win the division.

Matt T said...

But would the Pads have even been in position to be in game 163 if not for Peavy's performance in the previous starts? The award is for the year, not what he did in the last game.

Sparty said...

The Phil Jackson "Brokeback Mountain" quote, who cares? That movie was shoved down the publics throats for an entire year and lets be honest, the highlight of it was that it was homosexual passion and sex, not that it was a love story. so what if he refernces 9.5 weeks? does he get a laugh and no response from the league? i think the league doesn't care. but because it references gay sex, its a homophobic/insensitive comment. Being way overblown.

Sparty said...

Jonathon, wasn't it you that said A-Rod would get 30 mil a year on the open market? you were the only Boras backer on this comment page.

Sparty said...

plus lesser teams in college basketball rely on the big equalizer that is the 3 point line. They will hoist 50 of them, and if they hit 15-20 of them it will make the game a lot closer and maybe propel them over the better team.

jhawkjjm said...

If Daniel can be a dark horse candidate for Heisman if he beats KU and OU, then shouldn't Reesing be the same if he beats Mizzou and OU? (Won't happen even if he does beat both) Either way, Daniel is good and will be among the favorites next year.

Jonathan said...

Yeah I thought Boras would get Arod 30 million, looks like that's not going to happen. I still don't see the harm in trying to get his agent the best deal. If anything Boras can take the bullet so Arod could try the open market and if it didn't work out he could go back to the Yanks without losing too much face.

Beetle said...

Sparty,
I think too much emphasis is placed on lesser teams hoisting threes to beat better teams.
If a team is killing you with 3 points shots, then defend the freakin' perimeter!
Have you 1-2-3 defend with their toes on the 3 point line.

Sparty said...

if this gets done, opening day when he is announced will be interesting to hear.

Sparty said...

beetle,

i agree, but this is just what happens. when these guys come out of high school they are usually great offensive players, but they need to learn how to play defense. It is not just because the rules allow for teams to use a zone, but also because less time can be used on teaching man to man defense. college defense just in general stinks.

Steve said...

You guys and Dan are retarded. Did you even watch the game, or just catch sports center.

Davidson is ranked 27th in the nation. This is no pushover school and it's was in Charlotte. Comparing Davidson to Arkansas-Monticello is absurd.

I guess I should prepare myself for another season of mindless ACC bashing.

Christopher said...

I'm also not willing to get too riled up over UNC's performance since it was (more or less) a road game for them. Yes it was in the state of NC, but those were Davidson logos on the floor, Davidson's band in the stands and over 1000 members of the student body.

Plus, please don't whine later in the year about teams with cupcake non-conf schedules if you're going to criticize wins over good mid-majors. That's definitely talking out of both sides of your mouth.

Sparty said...

again i ask, who the hell is this steve guy?

Mark said...

Instead of complimenting Davidson for hanging with the #1 team in the country, Dan rips Carolina, and Davidson, for winning by "only" 4 points. And praising Tennessee for pounding a D-II team? Jesus. Well done.

I love that Dan suggests that Peavy shouldn't be the Cy Young winner because of 1 game. A game that was lost by Trevor Hoffman, not Peavy. And if not Peavy, who wins? At least offer a better choice if you're going to claim it shouldn't be Peavy.

Starting a rookie QB in his first career start for the winless Dolphins on multiple fantasy teams? Good god the other people in your league must love you.

For all the slurping of other blogs you do I can't believe it's taken you this long to mention Golic and the steroids. The story is at least a week old.

Brutal, brutal, post today, Dan.

Ryan Mathre said...

I could be wrong but doesn't the media have to have their baseball awards in by the last sunday of the regular season? Meaning that last Peavy performance is irrelevant?

Your comment on Freeney is just plain stupid. Short of Manning he is the most important player on the colts and the only way they had a serious shot at beating the Pats was to put major pressure on Brady - as they did in the first 3 quarters a few weeks ago.

Sparty said...

i do not think anyone in here is getting riled up about the UNC game. Just Dan. I think people in here were just making reference to how top teams in general struggle during the regular season, against mid majors, and lesser competition in general. happens in the NBA too. I think the Bulls lost one home game the year they won 72 games, and it was against a hornets team that no longer had Zo. just happens.

CMFost said...

Dis the ACC and praise the SEC, isn't that Dan's normal MO

CMFost said...

Jonathan said..."I'm pretty sure the colts will still win the division"


Well Jonathan just put his own personal jinx on the Colts just like he did A-Fraud.

Jonathan said...

Sparty said...
if this gets done, opening day when he is announced will be interesting to hear.

They really have no reason to boo him, he's coming off one of the best seasons ever by a Yankee. Who cares if he had contract issues. He'll probably get booed until he hits his first bomb.

Steve said...

"again i ask, who the hell is this steve guy?"

sparty (really, sparty?) you don't worry about me. just keep bringing nothing to the table, you'll be alright.

Sparty said...

thats what i am saying Jonathon. if you are a yankee fan, you know there will be people in the bronx booing him until he does something. that is what his career has been like here.

CMFost said...

Plus with all the injuries the Colts have even if they hold on and win the Division they will probably be the 3 seed. Which means no bye which at this point I think would be critical for Indy's chances of upsetting the Patriots.

Sparty said...

still don't get it. who is he?

Sparty said...

who wants to pick the first date in the Ricky Williams Suspended again pool?

marcomarco said...

I'd rather put an over/under on Ricky's current weight, based on munchies, twinkies and cheese doodles.

295.

marcomarco said...

I'm still holding out hope that the Yanks tell Aroid to screw.

Mark said...

Ricky Williams played in the Canadian Football League last year and weighs 230 right now. You guys are as bad as Dan.

Sparty said...

don't forget guzzling mountain dew for the cotton mouth, thats a ton of carbs and empty calories.

Sparty said...

CFL right. must have been much cheaper for the BC weed.

marcomarco said...

@ mark

So take the under.

CMFost said...

marcomarco said..."I'm still holding out hope that the Yanks tell Aroid to screw."


That would be classic, A-Fraud comes to sign his contract, walks into Steinbrenner's office all happy, and then Hank and Hal turn to him and say "Get Out, we changed our mind, we want to win a world series and signing you will not make that happen, Good Luck"

CMFost said...

I will take the over, Ricky makes it through the season.

Mark said...

@marcomarco

Ha, well played.

Jonathan said...

Right cmfost, I forgot about all the predictions that you made that were right

marcomarco said...

Interesting view that I hadn't considered:

"This trip is also tricky because the star of the show, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and his wife, Tomoyo, are expecting their second child on or about March 22. This creates a dilemma for Matsuzaka. His wife plans to have the child in Boston. But there's a clamoring for Matsuzaka in Japan and there's a big emphasis on work coming first in that culture, according to one Japanese journalist. How will the Sox resolve this conflict?"

"There are many couples and families in Red Sox Nation who plan their vacations based on spring training. There will be almost two weeks worth of games taken away.

Any spring training, but especially one after a World Series championship, is hugely important to Sox fans. Some of the wealthier ones might book trips to Tokyo during that time, but spring training is meant to be in Florida for the full six weeks. This trip will disrupt everyone. And it will hurt tourism in Fort Myers."

Mark said...

Marco the Daisuke/baby thing was covered yesterday.

Chris said...

Uh, Dan, I realize you are hopelessly uninformed about just about anything relating to sports. Unless of course there is a connection to your wife's team. So I'll try to help you out here with something. I have Mike & Mike on in my office almost every day and Golic has talked about his brief (under 6 weeks) use of steriods on several occasions throughout the years. This isn't some breaking story because it is old news. Although, I'm sure in your confused state you probably think it was discovered by a blogger.

BTW, Davidson is a good team that gave OSU and Maryland all they could handle in recent NCAA tournament games. Oh, wait, I'm sorry, that is a Big 10 and an ACC school. Clearly they play an inferior brand of hoops and shouldn't be thought of in the same vein as an SEC team that plays the game at a much higher level. I cannot stand Carolina but because they struggled with a strong mid-major team is no reason to think less of them. Well, of course, they weren't an SEC team (Tennessee)beating up on some lightweight so clearly they are over-rated.

Jingoist said...

Me thinks Dan doth protest too much with regards to UNC being #1 after squeaking by Davidson. Like my comments earlier this week and last, I firmly believe the talent gap in college basketball is minuscule at best- all the way down to the community college level. So that UNC is #1 is fine by me. In the end, national rankings don't matter until seedings for March anyway. And even then you can simply run the table in your conference tourney for an automatic bid anyway.

Phil Jackson is an idiot.

I haven't really spent much time contemplating this, but my gut reaction to Mike Golic's admission? Fire him.

I know there's a LARGE amount of gray area between letting Golic off the hook and flat out firing, but I can't put a guy in his position as one of the top faces for ESPN Radio in a position to chance being hypocritical on the air (if he hasn't already). Of course, the 4-letter could spin this into an "Educational Campaign" fronted by Golic and denounce PEDs in sports altogether, but that would be awfully superficial. Then again, seeing that everyone believes most players did something at some point, does anyone really care about Golic revealing his use?

The C's are legit. I originally said wait until December before deciding anything about this team, but that was before they were 7-0, and the Heat and Bulls look horrible, and the Pistons seem to be running in place, and the West is more top-heavy this year. I honestly think they have the early track on the Finals. And if they get double-digit scoring from every starter (like last night), this team might be too well-balanced to stop. OK OK, THAT's a little overboard, but the Spurs have top be worried about a team that is playing balanced offense AND crazy defense (like them).

CMFost said...

Jonathan said..."Right cmfost, I forgot about all the predictions that you made that were right"

Let's See I can name a couple:
Red Sox Sweeping the Angels and rockies
BC losing to FSU
Melvin and Wedge winning the Manager of the years awards.
Chargers over Colts

should I keep going???

Mark said...

Red Sox Sweeping the Angels and rockies - Douche homer predictions

BC losing to FSU - Desperately trying to prove not being a homer

Melvin and Wedge winning the Manager of the years awards - Not exactly going out on a limb

Chargers over Colts - congrats

Sean said...

No credit for UNC not only playing a strong mid-major team with five returning starters from last year's tournament squad, but playing them on the road?

GuyInTheCorner said...

STUDS
1. LeBron James - 15/27 FG, 2/4 3PT, 7/9 FT, 13 REB, 14 AST, 2 BLK, 39 PTS
2. Dwight Howard - 11/17 FG, 13/16 FT, 16 REB (6 OREB), 2 AST, 4 BLK, 35 PTS
3. Joe Johnson - 11/18 FG, 2/3 3PT, 10/11 FT, 5 REB, 10 AST, 34 PTS
4. Gilbert Arenas - 9/18 FG, 3/8 3PT, 9/11 FT, 6 REB, 11 AST, 30 PTS
5. Chris Wilcox - 8/11 FG, 4/4 FT, 10 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 20 PTS

DUDS
1. Andrea Bargnani - 1/11 FG, 0/5 3PT, 0/0 FT, 3 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 2 PTS, 16 MIN
2. Larry Hughes - 2/12 FG, 0/1 3PT, 0/0 FT, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 4 PTS, 30 MIN
3. Mike James - 2/10 FG, 0/0 FT, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLk, 4 PF, 3 TO, 5 PTS, 20 MIN
4. Bostjan Nachbar - 1/4 FG, 0/0 FT, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 5 PF, 3 TO, 3 PTS, 21 MIN
5. Smush Parker - 0/4 FG, 0/2 3PT, 0/0 FT, 2 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 PTS, 17 MIN

Sparty said...

chris wilcox, not even on the all star ballot.

Mark said...

Because Chris Wilcox isn't an all-star. If it turns out he deserves it the coaches will pick him.

Sparty said...

39 pts AND 14 assists, thats just wow.

Sparty said...

but guys that are not all stars are on the ballot.

Mark said...

So what? Wilcox isn't going to get voted to be a starter so it doesn't matter, that's all I'm saying.

voiceofreason said...

It matters because it's a slap in the face. Wilcox is clearly one of the top 24 forwards in the Western conference. So far this season he's playing like one of the top 10.

If they only put on the ballot guys who had any chance of winning the fan vote, it would be an awfully small ballot.

Mark said...

Well if he can use it for motivation good for him. I'm sure it's a slap in the face for everyone who is left off. I just don't think it's a big deal.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Right now I would put the top 10 forwards...

Carlos Boozer
Shawn Marion
Dirk Nowitzki
Al Jefferson
Josh Howard
Carmelo Anthony
Tim Duncan
Andrei Kirelinko
Ron Artest
David West
Chris Wilcox

Based on numbers alone he does actually come out 10th. Very impressive.

Sparty said...

sprewell was not on the ballot, and i believe the fans voted him into the starting lineup when he was still with Golden State.

GuyInTheCorner said...

magic wasn't in the league....

Sparty said...
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Sparty said...

still impressive.

Sparty said...

i think the first time Kobe started an all star game he was still a 6th man on his team, correct? Eddie Jones was starting in front of him.

GuyInTheCorner said...

NOTRE DAME'S 2008 SCHEDULE

http://www.sportsline.com/spin/story/10473064

Mark said...

Yeah you're right, Kobe wasn't starting for that team and the fans still voted him in. I think he won the dunk contest that year too.

CMFost said...

GuyInTheCorner said...

NOTRE DAME'S 2008 SCHEDULE

http://www.sportsline.com/spin/story/10473064


Very Nice, they would probably still have a losing record

Sparty said...

ah, when the fans loved the cute young kid from the burbs of philly...

Sparty said...

Now thats funny...however....

Notre Dame has sucked this year, but I am willing to go out on a limb and say 7 or 8 wins next season.

marcomarco said...

Beckett on a spree

Sparty said...

is it important to announce a rise in ticket prices on a national level? why does that matter?

Steve said...

"Notre Dame has sucked this year, but I am willing to go out on a limb and say 7 or 8 wins next season."


typical dumb shit. You make a comment like that with absolutely no supporting info.

Why do you think they'll win 7 or 8 games next season? Next time you go out on a limb, do us all a favor and jump off.

Sparty said...

scuba steve is back. hey scuba steve!!!

Sparty said...

i do not need anything to support it, just a feeling. like good ole Lou Holtz feeling they were a near top 10 team at the beginning of the season. i know that i could be way off but i really do not care. but thanks scuba steve for your warmth and encouragement this morning. I cannot wait to hear from you again.

Steve said...

"i do not need anything to support it, just a feeling."


you're an idiot. a feeling? well, I have a feeling that Duke is going undefeated next season and heading to the Rose Bowl.

And you shouldn't thank me for "encouragement" because I haven't given you any. I haven't given you any because you bring nothing to the table except feelings. Maybe you should join "Staying Men Together" and have yourself a nice cry on Bob's man tits.

CMFost said...

2008 Notre Dame Football Schedule
Sept. 6 SAN DIEGO STATE
Sept. 13 MICHIGAN
Sept. 20 at Michigan State
Sept. 27 PURDUE
Oct. 4 STANFORD
Oct. 11 at North Carolina
Oct. 18 Open Date
Oct. 25 at Washington
Nov. 1 PITTSBURGH
Nov. 8 at Boston College
Nov. 15 at Navy (Baltimore)
Nov. 22 SYRACUSE
Nov. 29 at USC

Sparty said...

once again ladies and gents, scuba steve!
big round of applause to the resident danshanoff.com comments page low brow moron. it is hard to find these guys sometimes, but rest assured, they will always come out and find a way to sound less and less intelligent with their filthy mouth, child like insults, and ultimate degenerate behavior. thank you steve!

Jingoist said...

marco,

that's hilarious (even if it is fictitious). I think I'll pull out the AmEx and book me a trip to the Herraduras Ranch right now!

The funniest two things about Call of the Green Monster's post are: a) you can totally see Beckett doing that for real and b) you can totally see Sabathia doing that for real.

Steve said...

"child like insults"

oh i see, and "Scuba Steve" must be the master piece of a far superior mind.


Look sparty (i don't even need to make fun of that name, it does it all buy itself), if you don't have anything useful to say, just remain silent. It's better for everyone.

Sparty said...

shhh steve, quiet time for you and the rest of the kids.

Sparty said...

you are right, scuba steve was in poor judgement. but go ahead have the last word, because you can insult me and my comments all you want from here on out, i will not stoop to your level again.

Jingoist said...

From the, "you can't make this stuff up" file... a snippet from an article about a 21-year old young woman in China who had a 33-pound benign tumor removed from her stomach after complaining of abdominal pain.

"Her family had not noticed anything wrong with Xiao Wen's stomach as at 251 pounds, she was already 'comparatively fat,' the paper said."

Now that's a family that loves their daughter for who she is.

marcomarco said...

@ sparty

At least Steve-O isn't posting TMQ. He somewhat coherent, but definately doesn't like you very much.

@ Scuba
So far, you're "useful" contributions have been limited to smack. Pot-Kettle

marcomarco said...

Speaking of TMQ, why the hell does Easterbrook spend half of his article on world events and politics? If I wanted propaganda, I'd go to drudge.

Isn't the WWL supposed to be Sport-ish?

Easterbrook's formula:
Sweet & Sour plays
Cheerleader photos
Political rant
Wash.
Rinse.
Repeat.

CMFost said...

Marco do not give him or any of the guys at LOV any ideas.

Sparty said...

i agree, i hate that TMQ thing, that actually annoys me more than being blasted by someone I do not know on any level.

CycleDan said...

Chiming in late:
I agree with the Who Cares guys on Jackson.

Freeney is a big loss to the Colts.

Syracuse barely squeaked by St. Joe's but a win is a win. I will say the same for North Carolina except that except that NC is ranked higher than Cuse and Davidson is not as good as St. Joe's. Young teams with veteran early season opponents will struggle. Cuse is starting 2 frosh, 2 sophs and 1 junior who is the only returning starter. Similar for North Carolina. I wouldn't read too much into that.

I commend Golic for stating he used steroids and he has never denied it in the past either. Besides, EVERY single player in the NFL in his years was using steroids - just like now.

Dulton said...

Dan, what sources are you using to refer to Florida as having the #1 recruiting class? I understand that you're obviously a homer (then again who ISN'T a homer for their own team?) but still I can't see how you put them above UCLA and Georgetown, which you at least mentioned, but they are also far behind Wake Forest who signed 2 top 10 guys (Aminu, Walker) and 1 top 30 guy (Wood) yesterday, all big guys which is hard to come by. Scouts.com and Rivals.com both have all three teams above Florida and the quality of the recruits are just higher. I would assume you haven't looked into this and just wrote this based on what you have heard from Florida fans. I humbly suggest doing some research and then posting another blurb about your thoughts on the entire 2008 recruiting classes.

Jingoist said...

If you recall, a couple of weeks ago I got an "Autoresponse" from Easterbroke's email client after I emailed a comment on one of his articles. Here it is in all it's glory...

Ye gods! Thanks for writing to TMQ. If you submitted a reader comment, please be sure you gave your hometown.

In case you don't know my big news, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, has called The Progress Paradox "a book you must read." Details at http://greggeasterbrook.com. I'm wrestling with Random House to keep the book alive, so if you haven't purchased The Progress Paradox, now would be a great time.

Thanks, Gregg Easterbrook


The clown is just pushing his geo/socio political wares into any stream he can find. I can't believe the WWL fell for it. Well, yeah I can, but I cannot believe it continues.

rafael said...

Tennessee stomping a D-II team by 60 points is not nearly as impressive as UNC beating Davidson on the road.
Davidson was great last year and is improved since theri best player is no longer a rookie.

Steve said...

i did add something useful. Duke is going undefeated next year and heading to the Rose Bowl. I have a feeling.

don't you guys listen? Geeezzz.

CycleDan said...

Worst thing in Easterbrook's column is where he says that steroid use is rare in college and the NFL because they test for it. HAHAHAHAAHA. Sure.
Just so naive.

DougOLis said...

Arizona has a history of knocking off top teams at home in November, so I wouldn't count them out. I'd actually be kind of worried if I was Oregon.

Sparty said...

dougolis,

but with Lute Olsen out, they could struggle. 5-3 record without him is decent, but not great. We have seen top programs stuggle when their coach is gone for extensive amount of time. Such as Duke about 10 or so years ago.

Sparty said...

though i do not believe Olsen is suppose to be gone too long.

Benjamin said...

I gotta say that I think the Phil Jackson thing was way overblown. Jeeze, I thought he had come out and said they had a bunch of "faggots" playing d or something. People need to lighten up. Phil's right: if Leno or Letterman had said it, it would have gotten a bunch of laughs and that's it.

As far as Hurdle only finishing 3rd, I think a lot of perception, out here in Denver anyway, was that the Rockies underachieved most of the first half of the year whereas the Dbacks consistantly overachieved in relation to their talent.

chitown italian said...

Spirit of Jake had way too much time on their hands for this:

http://www.spiritofjake.com/2007/11/comic-book-heroes-football-dream-team.html

DougOLis said...

@Sparty: I was referring to football and not basketball.

TBender said...

I see 5 wins on ND's schedule.

Sparty said...

my mistake :) sorry.

Sparty said...

careful tbender...

RevScottDeMangeMD said...

@rafael

how dare you not mention 1.) miami's victory over the xavier musketqueers and 2.) miami football's offensive awesomeness last night over toledon't.

Toby said...

@sparty...

do you realize that you have about 33 of the 100 or so comments on here today...

maybe it's time for you to sit a few out buddy...

Sparty said...

wow, you counted?

Sparty said...

but do not want to ruffle the feathers. i bid adieu today.

CMFost said...

Steve said..." i did add something useful. Duke is going undefeated next year and heading to the Rose Bowl. I have a feeling.

don't you guys listen? Geeezzz."

More useless crap from Steve, thanks can you take your idiotic banter back to LOV and stop trying to pick fights.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Just announced on ESPN RADIO that Scott Boras talked to Darren Rovell and he says that A-Rod has told Boras to continue negotiations with the Yankees.

marcomarco said...

@ chitown

I actually enjoyed that link. Yes, I'm a former comic collector dork.

marcomarco said...

@ cummy

Please don't kick the bees nest.

CMFost said...

marco someone should go and burn down the bees nest.

CMFost said...

I really hope A-Rod does resign with the Yankees since that will mean 10 more years without a Yankees World Series Championship!!!

Steve said...

"More useless crap from Steve, thanks can you take your idiotic banter back to LOV and stop trying to pick fights."

First, cummy, i never said a word to you. second, it took you an hour to think that up? really?

cummy, you should probably settle down and let the big boys talk. Let me go back to LOV and gather some of cummy's greatest hits...I would say that it's "idiotic banter" but it's actually a few steps lower than that.

Bee said...

don't kick my nest you bitch

Bee said...

and by the way...hornets have nests...bees have hives

Bee said...

you could learn a lot from a BEE

Mark said...

I'm laughing my ass off at the bee. Nice work, ha.

Steve said...

cummy greatest hits on the "idiotic banter" that is LOV:

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"I think you will all miss me while I am gone for the rest of the month of November. I am at a point that I think I made a bad bet."

"I feel like I am talking to myself. Is there anyone out there?"

"hey look at that a cumfast natty z"

"let me guess you had a cumfast moment?"

"Stay Classy LOV and Have a good night."

"I'm starting to see what you guys mean about DS's lemmings..."

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and he wonders why we don't let him post over there anymore. And yes, he ACTUALLY refers to himself as Cumfast. Go figure.

GuyInTheCorner said...

PEAVY WINS CY YOUNG BY UNANIMOUS VOTE

Mark said...

"I'm starting to see what you guys mean about DS's lemmings..."

That one's the best by far...desperately trying fit in. What a tool.

TBender said...

Now Peavy just needs to learn how to pitch after the regular season.

IndyHog said...

CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT!:
Sparty is DShanoff posting under a pseudonym to bump comment count numbers!

And Shanoff - Dwight Freeney's injury is a non-story? Are you saying the only relevant story in the NFL are the Pats? You are a boner.

Steve said...

well, I've been juvenile and immature enough for a Thursday.


Good day, lemmings.

marcomarco said...

lol @bee


Where o where did Big D go?

CMFost said...



I might have to go buy one of these t-shirts

CMFost said...

Good Question Marco, When was the last time he commented?

GuyInTheCorner said...

cmfost-

Wow. That is a great shirt.

GuyInTheCorner said...

By the way....
Hypothetical question here: Could the Patriots be 0-9 instead of 9-0?

This guy things so....
http://www.csweekly.com/weeklyColumns/
article/id/60

CMFost said...

Guy - That article is pretty funny.

Jonathan said...

CMFost said...
Jonathan said..."Right cmfost, I forgot about all the predictions that you made that were right"

Let's See I can name a couple:
Red Sox Sweeping the Angels and rockies
BC losing to FSU
Melvin and Wedge winning the Manager of the years awards.
Chargers over Colts

should I keep going???

Yes, how about the 30,000 wrong predictions you've made

chitown italian said...

THIS JUST IN:

BARRY BOBBLEHEAD BONDS HAS BEEN INDICTED ON PERJURY CHARGES.

LONG LIVE THE KING!!!

jackass!

Big D said...

So... in the Barry Bonds indictment story on ESPN, there's this line: "He will soon in all likelihood surpass Aaron's career mark of 755 homers."

Gee... any chance that got copy/pasted from an older article?

marcomarco said...

Welcome back D

They've edited it since, now reads:

"...and by 2007, he'd passed Aaron's career mark of 755 homers."

marcomarco said...

By the way, Wow. Huge.

Can't wait to see what evidence they have.

Glove22 said...

If Barry Bonds is found guilty does he get elected to the Hall of Fame?

Sparty said...

gotta love it, A-Rod deal announcment comes out about an hour later, nice timing!

Glove22 said...

I hope there is a major trade one hour after A-Rod is named AL MVP

setherton22 said...

If Dan was fair, this would be the headline in the morning:

SHOCKER!!?!!?!!?!?!!!?!!

ARIZONA MAULS OREGON!!!!!

DIXON KNEE BLOWN OUT BY A MASSIVE HIT BY "AIR". Oregon is done, no chance. Getting blown out by a bajillion against a 4-6 team -- you never deserved your number two ranking. Cal sucking have beating Oregon should have raised red flags, but the media is stupid!

Actual post: Dixon's knee injury costs Oregon. What a shame.

----

Oregon has been revealed tonight as a one-trick pony. All tongue-in-cheek aside Dixon's injury tonight proves his Heisman worthiness.

And who knows, maybe the Buckeyes are back in it. GO BUCKS!! And GO Texas Tech, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Ole Miss and Kansas State!!

Matt said...

LOL LOL LOL OREGON!!! LOL LOL

Randvek said...

I guess we know why Dixon was the front-runner, huh? A team everyone wanted to see in the national championship, and now they are going to go down because they lose him.

Also, it makes for a fun game. Who sucks more: Ryan Leaf, or Brady Leaf? At this point, the scoreboard says Oregon may still be in it, but no way with the way Leaf is playing. Who's Oregon's #3 QB?

Randvek said...

Wow, not only is Leaf terrible, they lose Stewart, too. Mark my words, if Dixon and Stewart are out, the Ducks are going to end the season on an 0-3 run.