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03/08/09

Baseball 2009 Predictions

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by Digger

Baseball's regular season just around the corner. Many MLB stars are currently representing their homeland during this years World Baseball Classic. All others are prepping with their teams in Spring Training.

There will be a handful of teams with new look rosters in '09. A few big names have found new homes. Philadelphia Phillies will be trying for a repeat World Series Title. Tampa Bay Rays looking to win it all this time after knocking on the door in '08.

Who will win it all in '09? Below is how I rank all teams. Coming soon... an in depth team by team synopsis from top to bottom featuring different divisions on a daily basis.

American League
East
1- Yankees
2- Rays
3- Red Sox
4- Orioles
5- Blue Jays

Central
1- Royals
2- Indians
3- White Sox
4- Tigers
5- Twins

West
1- Athletics
2- Angels
3- Rangers
4- Mariners
Wild Card: Angels

National League
East
1- Phillies
2- Mets
3- Marlins
4- Braves
5- Nationals

Central
1- Cubs
2- Reds
3- Astros
4- Cardinals
5- Brewers
6- Pirates

West
1- Dodgers
2- Diamondbacks
3- Rockies
4- Giants
5- Padres
Wild Card: Mets

03/06/09

Cowboys Drop Terrell Owens!

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by Digger

Terrell Owens has done it again. Talked & played his way off of another NFL team. TO's career stats look great on paper until realizing he's a pass dropping, team chemistry destroying, trash talking former player from championship calibur underachieving teams.

During the Cowboys disappointing 2008 season, TO had many verbal spats with teammates, coaches and media types. This guys mouth has over shadowed talent. It all began from his days as an up and coming star wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. TO was putting up good stats but seemed to drop key passes with games on the line. Quickly became a verbal distraction when times were challenging (a trait perfected). He publicly and proudly slammed team members all too often.

Philadelphia, starving for a game changing WR, took a chance on the disgruntled 49er. It seemed like a perfect fit for a team on the verge of a Super Bowl Title. 2004 was TO's first in Philly. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl and lost to New England 24-21. Afterwards, TO slammed Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (who tired late in the game). Owens, often sounding like a fool in desparate need of a left hook to the jaw while keeping up relentless criticisms of McNabb and Head Coach Reid until Philly finally had enough. Eagles cut him loose after 2005 season.

Dallas was next up. A young team on the rise under legendary coach Bill Parcells. If there was ever a coach to handle this crazed player... it was Parcells. Lackadaisical practice habits, bad press, fighting with teammates and trash talking rumors surrounded his first year in Dallas. They collapsed down the stretch in '07 during Tony Romo's famous Cabo vacation right before the NFC Championship. In '08 TO's mouth sounded off all season long. Paranoia seemed to set in when TO started talking conspiracy theories of how Romo & tight end Witten were teaming up against him by designing plays excluding their loudmouth WR. This became a public fued and distraction. TO then sounded off on Cowboys Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. On the field, TO wasn't playing 100%. He seemed to give up on pass routes. He spent many games roaming up and down the sidelines screaming at players.

If this guy could have managed to keep his energy focused on playing football instead of trash talking ... TO would have been one of the games greatest. There was always a mind numbing distraction coming from this guy. The Cowboys finally had enough and terminated his contract. Now, TO is a free to sign with any team willing to take a chance. There are many teams who could use his on field talents. Wonder how much it would cost to keep his mouth shut? Chicago, Miami, NY, Green Bay and a select list of others might come knocking.

I believe there's one team extremely eager to gobble him up. Washington Redskins. Washington and Dallas are arch rivals. Their team owners despise each other. NFC East is football's best (Giants, Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins). Skins are itching to build a Championship team. Washington is the logical solution to satisfy self gratifying revenge against Dallas & Philadelphia while improving an offense in need of shock treatment.

Wherever he lands.... buyer beware! TO is NFL's version of the good, bad and ugly.

03/04/09

Power Rankings

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by Digger

NBA & NHL seasons winding down. MLB warming up in Spring Training. NCAA basketball teams fighting to qualify for tournament play. World Baseball Classic set to begin. Tiger Woods returns to golf tour. NASCAR car jockeys fighting for points.

It's time for my power rankings of the top 10 teams in sports.

MLB
1) Chicago Cubs
2) New York Yankees
3) Philadelphia Phillies
4) Los Angeles Angels
5) Tampa Bay Rays
6) Boston Red Sox
7) New York Mets
8) Chicago White Sox
9) Minnesota Twins
10) Los Angeles Dodgers

NBA
1) Los Angeles Lakers
2) Boston Celtics
3) Cleveland Cavaliers
4) Orlando Magic
5) San Antonio Spurs
6) Houston Rockets
7) Denver Nuggets
8) New Orleans Hornets
9) Utah Jazz
10) Portland Blazers

NHL
1) Boston Bruins
2) San Jose Sharks
3) New Jersey Devils
4) Detriot Red Wings
5) Chicago Black Hawks
6) Washington Capitals
7) Calgary Flames
8) Vancouver Canucks
9) Philadelphia Flyers
10) Montreal Canadiens

NCAA MEN's
1) Connecticut
2) North Carolina
3) Pittsburgh
4) Oklahoma
5) Duke
6) Kansas
7) Michigan State
8) LSU
9) Xavier
10) Louisville

NCAA WOMEN's
1) Connecticut
2) Oklahoma
3) Stanford
4) Maryland
5) Auburn
6) Louisville
7) Baylor
8) Duke
9) North Carolina
10) California

NASCAR
1) Matt Kenseth
2) Kyle Busch
3) Jeff Gordon
4) Clint Boyer
5) Kurt Busch
6) Tony Stewart
7) Brian Vickers
8) David Reutimann
9) Greg Biffle
10) Bobby Labonte

PGA
1) Tiger Woods
2) Geoff Ogilvy
3) Phil Mickelson
4) Vijay Singh
5) Padraig Harrington
6) Sergio Garcia
7) Kenny Perry
8) Ernie Els
9) Jim Furyk
10) Mike Weir

03/02/09

Big NFL Names Finding New Teams

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by Digger

NFL teams made headlines this weekend. Big trades and big stars are heading to new teams. Not much of an economic slowdown just yet for owners as clubs have been busy addressing needs.

(NFL.com Free Agent Tracker)

One of the most sought after Free Agents, DT Albert Haynesworth, was signed by Washington for nearly $100M! NY Giants fans must be a bit disappointed as many hoped the games premier DT would land in the Meadowlands. After missing on the Haynesworth sweepstakes, NY got busy signing former Dallas DE Chris Canty, former Seattle DT Rocky Bernard & ex-Atlanta LB Mike Boley. Hopefully, NY will now focus on WR's to make the Giants one of the NFL's most potent teams.

Kansas City made the trade of the year. New Coach & new GM are quickly rebuilding this once proud franchise. KC managed to finagle two New England Patriot stars. QB Matt Cassel & LB Mike Vrabel for a 2nd round draft pick. Cassel's arrival is an instant upgrade for the Chiefs offense. It'll be interesting to see which way the front office goes next. KC needs depth at most positions and is in line to sign a few more key players before draft day.

Another busy team has been the Denver Broncos. BIG moves via free agency addressing team needs. RB's Correll Buckhalter (Philly) & JJ Arrington (Arizona) immediately solidifies Denver's backfield. Safety Brian Dawkins (Philly) & Indy DT Darrell Reid add some punch to their D.

The Houston Texans are really coming around. Their young team is quickly making great strides. They somewhat quietly signed defensive bookends Antonio Smith and Stanley McClover. Houston has emerged as a team on the rise.

Many big names are negotiating with current and potential new teams. Kurt Warner sits atop of the QB Free Agent class. Arizona should act quickly if they want to win another division title. There's plenty of depth left at most other positions. It'll be up to teams to decifer which players best fit plans and cap space.

My personal want list of where players should go is simple:
Jets - LB Ray Lewis, QB Kurt Warner.
Giants - WR's Laveranues Coles (NYJ), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Cin), Lance Moore (NO). Perhaps an OL via draft or FA.

Players will be changing teams rather quickly in coming days. Salary cap restictions loom large in decision making processes for GM's league wide. A handful of teams sporting new coaches are certain to change drafting philosophies. This will be a great NFL off season as teams prepare for 2009.

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