Archives for: 2010, week 49


East Beast: Boston Red Sox Bulking Up!

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Baseball in Boston has quickly become a hot topic. GM Theo Epstein is one of the games best. He weaved a little magic and waived big bucks to bulk up the Red Sox with two of baseball's brightest stars. First, Boston traded for Padres first-baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Next up, take aim at Carl Crawford who recently spent time with Yankees GM Brian Cashman. A soon to be announced $140M contract instantly transforms Boston's lineup into a serious juggernaut. Cashman was even quoted as saying "Great move. Great player." The most important factor is Gonzalez (28) enters his prime baseball years. For the first time he now has solid lineup protection. Imagine the stats he'll register in AL East hitter friendly parks. Crawford is in his prime. Epstein locked up 2 premier players for years to come. Yanks are offering Lee a mega deal. It's anyone's guess where he'll pitch. If Boston stretches its' piggy bank???

There's one player not many are taking notice of due to the flurry of recent activity. In the midst of Dunn signing with White Sox, Pena now a Cub, Hardy traded to Baltimore, Uggla in Atlanta, Gonzalez, Crawford... here's a move which might shift AL East balance this year. Catcher Russell Martin. Boston let Martinez go to free up free agent cash. Varitek is a fan favorite but is relegated to backup duties and Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn't a producer. Martin is a perfect fit in Fenway. Boston would also handicap the Yankees. Yanks want to play it safe by landing Martin. Posada is the new DH and Girardi must be a bit nervous handing the catching duties to a rookie in '11. Martin is a good fit for the Yanks and others. Expect a Yankees vs Red Sox free agent war to erupt at any moment. Yanks desperately need pitching. What will they do if Lee spurns a mega deal to play for his favorite team? I'd bet he picks a team before Sunday.

Boston and New York aren't the only East teams getting busy. A chess match is in progress. Questions surround Tampa in my mind. A great club playing winning baseball could barely draw fans to home games until late last season. It's going to hurt their spending power as evidenced by Crawford's departure. Curious eye should pay attention to see how they respond to a significant divisional power shift. Baltimore is quietly solidifying their underachieving club. A healthy J.J. Hardy couldn't have landed in a better short porch division for putting up some nice power numbers. Brendan Harris was part of the deal too as the O's try plugging a few gaps. Toronto has a new manager. John Farrell takes over as Blue Jays skipper replacing everyone's favorite, Cito Gaston. Jays will probably spend wisely, not wildly.

AL East baseball is heating up in dead of winter!

Boston clear early winners acquiring rising stars. Yankees busy re-signing aging veterans. Tampa hoping pitching prevails. Baltimore and Toronto sharing Cinderella status. Stay tuned for breaking free agent announcements... it's going to be a busy few weeks of player signings. No one wants to get left out in the cold like last season. Plenty of careers came to screeching halts in the winter of 2009. Can you guess (remember) their names? Didn't think so.



NFL Predictions: Week 14

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45-3. So much for what was billed as the game of the year. Like I've preached thousands of times. Games are won and lost on the field of play, not by comparisons made on paper. Jets were dealt humble pie by the mighty Patriots. No game of the year match-ups this weekend. However, a select few games worth mentioning.

AFC South leading Jacksonville (7-5) hosts AFC West wannabee Oakland Raiders (6-6). It's a key game for both teams fighting for playoffs.
AFC West Kansas City (8-4) travels to San Diego (6-6). KC win puts a strangle hold on division lead. Loss by SD kisses playoff hopes goodbye.
Super preview? Patriots (10-2) head to the Windy City. Chicago (9-3) has won 5 straight.
Two other notables. Miami vs Jets and Philly vs Cowboys rivalries on tap this weekend.

WEEK 14 (home in CAPS)
Colts 33 TITANS 17

Browns 23 BILLS 21
STEELERS 34 Bengals 17
Packers 44 LIONS 7
Giants 31 VIKINGS 20
Bucs 20 REDSKINS 16
Falcons 27 PANTHERS 3
JAGUARS 38 Raiders 27
49ERS 17 Seahawks 15
SAINTS 48 Rams 21
JETS 24 Dolphins 10
Broncos 24 CARDS 17
Chiefs 21 CHARGERS 20
Patriots 24 BEARS 23
Eagles 35 COWBOYS 20

Ravens 27 TEXANS 16

Back to back weeks picking 11 correctly followed up by 12 this past weekend. Season total now stands at 104-81.



Football Power Rankings Shake Up

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It was billed as the NFL game of the year. A pair of 9-2 teams battling live on Monday Night Football. National audience. Two great teams. New York Jets coach Ryan has promised a Super Bowl. Promised a big night where his better Jets team would beat a better Patriots coach and QB. Yeah right. New England gave the Jets a firm Pat down. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady & Co. completely destroyed New York 45-3 and the game wasn't nearly as close as the score indicates. It looked more like a 100-0 shellacking.

So, here's the question. If the Jets aren't the best NFL team then who is? Atlanta (10-2)? New Orleans (9-3)? Patriots (10-2)? Pittsburgh (9-3)? Let's take a look as rankings take on a new look....

1 - New England Patriots
2 - Atlanta Falcons
3 - Pittsburgh Steelers
4 - New Orleans Saints
5 - Chicago Bears
6 - New York Jets
7 - Philadelphia Eagles
8 - New York Giants
9 - Green Bay Packers
10- Baltimore Ravens

Get ready for the BCS National Championship Game for all the marbles. Next month (January 10) Auburn and Oregon meet to determine the 2010 NCAA Football champion. Personally, I can't stand a one month layoff before a title game. It's simply ridiculous & without merit. Championship games used to be scheduled around New Year's Day. Then, thanks largely to Bowl and television revenues, the big game was moved back. My suggestion is either end the season later or move Bowl games to within two weeks of regular season completion.

My final regular season 2010 college rankings:

1 - Auburn
2 - Oregon
3 - TCU
4 - Wisconsin
5 - Stanford
6 - Ohio State
7 - Michigan State
8 - Boise State
9 - Oklahoma
10- Nevada
11- Arkansas
12- LSU
13- Virginia Tech
14- Missouri
15- Oklahoma State
16- Utak
17- Alabama
18- Texas A&M
19- Nebraska
20- West Virginia