Archives for: 2010, week 52

12/31/10

Final 2010 Power Rankings

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Farewell 2010. Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy and joyous 2011! All World All Sports' final blog post of 2010 features our end of the year power rankings.

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

NBA
1 - San Antonio Spurs
2 - Boston Celtics
3 - Dallas Mavericks
4 - Miami Heat
5 - Los Angeles Lakers
6 - Utah Jazz
7 - Orlando Magic
8 - Oklahoma City Thunder
9 - Chicago Bulls
10- Atlanta Hawks

NHL
1 - Pittsburgh Penguins
2 - Detroit Red Wings
3 - Vancouver Canucks
4 - Philadelphia Flyers
5 - Washington Capitals
6 - Boston Bruins
7 - Dallas Stars
8 - New York Rangers
9 - Los Angeles Kings
10- Tampa Bay Lightning

MLB (preseason)
1 - Philadelphia Phillies
2 - Boston Red Sox
3 - San Francisco Giants
4 - Chicago White Sox
5 - Texas Rangers
6 - Oakland A's
7 - New York Yankees
8 - Tampa Bay Rays
9 - Atlanta Braves
10- Minnesota Twins

NCAA Men's Basketball
1 - Duke
2 - Ohio State
3 - Kansas
4 - Syracuse
5 - Pittsburgh
6 - San Diego State
7 - Connecticut
8 - Villanova
9 - Missouri
10- Purdue

NCAA Women's Basketball
1 - Connecticut
2 - Baylor
3 - Duke
4 - West Virginia
5 - Tennessee
6 - North Carolina
7 - Texas A&M
8 - Kentucky
9 - Iowa
10- Stanford

NASCAR
1 - Jimmie Johnson
2 - Denny Hamlin
3 - Ken Harvick
4 - Carl Edwards
5 - Kyle Busch

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12/30/10

NFL Predictions: Final Regular Season Games (Week 17)

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NFL regular season ends this weekend. It's do or die for a few teams on the proverbial playoff bubble. NFC's final playoff spot is up to Green Bay. Win and they're in while Giants and Bucs ponder what could have been a season to remember. Indianapolis wraps up the final AFC playoff spot with a win on Sunday.

Fantasy coaches need to pay close attention to NFL roster moves. A handful of teams will either be resting starters for playoff action or giving rookies a shot to earn their stripes. Vick may rest. Favre is probably out. Sanchez isn't 100%. Giants, Colts and other squads facing game time injury decisions. Select your fantasy starters closely.

Week 16 picks took a step backwards after a strong second half. Only six correct drops the season total to 130-103. Here we go. NFL final weekend. (Note: all games played on Sunday. No Thursday, Saturday or Monday games).

WEEK 17 (home in CAPS)
SUNDAY

FALCONS 30 Panthers 10
Steelers 27 BROWNS 14
LIONS 27 Vikings 20
CHIEFS 21 Raiders 20
PATRIOTS 30 Dolphins 3
SAINTS 34 Bucs 10
Bills 28 JETS 24
RAVENS 23 Bengals 14
TEXANS 31 Jaguars 23
Giants 27 REDSKINS 23
EAGLES 20 Cowboys 16
Cardinals 26 49ERS 21
PACKERS 27 Bears 23
COLTS 38 Titans 6
BRONCOS 27 Chargers 26
Rams 20 SEAHAWKS 17

End of 2010 regular season

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12/27/10

Lost in Time: 1994 Montreal Expos

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1994 Montreal Expos. The team time forgot. One of the 1990's best teams had their dreams crushed by the '94-'95 players strike. Baseball's eighth work stoppage canceled the World Series for the first time since 1904. As a result, Montreal's place in history never was left incomplete. No one will ever know for certain how good these guys could have been.

Montreal's success led to a MLB best 74 victories in 114 games (74-40). The starting rotation was led by Ken Hill (16-5, finished 2nd in Cy Young) and a young Pedro Martinez (11-5). Jeff Fassero (8-6), Butch Henry (8-3) & Kurt Rueter (7-3) rounded out the staff. A flame throwing bullpen provided near lights out relief. John Wettleland (25 saves), Mel Rojas (16 saves), Jeff Shaw, Tim Scott and Gil Heredia were called on often to protect Expos leads. Expos pitchers posted NL best 3.56 ERA, fewest free passes (288) & top of the heap 1.214 WHIP.

Montreal took care of business on offense. 2nd in team average, 3rd in runs and hits. Larry Walker and Moises Alou swung big sticks in a lineup including Darrin Fletcher (C), Cliff Floyd (1B), Mike Lansing (2B), Wil Cordero (SS), Sean Berry (3B) & Marquis Grissom (CF). How many of those names are remembered out there? They weren't head turners but proved to have valuable careers nonetheless.

Manager extraordinaire Felipe Alou skills transformed a so-so club into a winning contender soon after taking the reigns midway through the 1992 season. After the strike ended, so did Expos success. Alou's top guns were either traded away or lost to free agency. Montreal's winning ways soon turned into struggling seasons before the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.

1994 Expos thrilled local fans while frustrating opponents. We'll never know how good they truly were. Or, if they could have held off division rival pitching rich Atlanta Braves for the NL East crown? Some may argue for or against their potential greatness. Baseball's strike of 1994 left many questions unanswered and prematurely ended the best season in Montreal Expos history.

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