Sunday, September 26, 2010

Picks from a Maniac Maenad-Week 3

It's week three everybody, and parity is running rampant in the NFL. Once again, up is down and down is up. Who would have thought that going into week 3 the Chiefs, Dolphins, Texans, and Buccaneers would be sitting atop their divisions with 2-0 records? Who could have foreseen that Dallas, Minnesota, and San Francisco floundering in the basement with the same 0-2 record as the Lions, Bills, and Browns? It's craziness!!! Sheer Craziness!!!

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Dexter McCluster  of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball by tight end Tony Moeaki  against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Jets upset the New England Patriots on Sunday (yeah, I said it. How many people besides Jets fans thought they were going to win last Sunday?), and then Braylon Edwards proceeded to get a DWI. Sigh...I'll talk about that later, but seriously, the Jets need to reign in their players. With Miami currently at the top and New England always in the hunt, there is too much foolishness going on in that locker room. From top to bottom, get it together Jets, you have too much talent to become the Raiders.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Shonn Green  of the New York Jets is held short by the New England Patriots at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Patriots 28 - 14. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Michael Vick showed that he still has a lot of Michael Vick left in him. Then, lost the starting job to Kevin Kolb, then gained the job back within the span of two days. I can see that Andy Reid has been reading the Brett Favre book How to Waffle and Try not to Appear like a Moron. Speaking of "Paw-Paw" Favre, what is going on in Minnesota? Favre looked like a grandfather last week on the sidelines of that game (he seriously looked like he was wishing for a Barcalounger and a remote control).

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines during the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tennessee pulled Vince Young, again for Kerry Collins after the Pittsburgh and Troy Polomalu ran rough shot over the Titans. Young will be behind center today, but he looked bad last Sunday. I'm not talking about my Chiefs. Washington fell apart as the Texans took over the AFC South. Tampa Bay and Josh Freeman are showing much improvement and are tied with the Saints in the South. San Diego took apart the Jacksonville Jaguars on a week I had them on the bench. Saints are still playing like the champs.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 19: Lawrence Timmons  of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Bo Scaife  of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Steelers won 19-11. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

I am having a hard time in fantasy. My record thus far is a pathetic 2-10...My five teams have been stinking to high heaven...I have great players who are not doing great things. Hecate's Hellhounds rolled last week on the legs of Adrian Peterson and the arm of Philip Rivers. The Runtelldat Homeboys barely cleared the hurdle with Miles Austin leading the team. The Cromartie Eight, Kansas City Chiefs (unlike the real Chiefs), and Matching Mugshots are still swimming in a flooded basement.

I was 8-8 last week, mostly because I was a buster rolling behind Dallas, Minnesota and New England. My record pick record is still slightly above .500 at 18-13. Let's see how I will fair this week.

A Washington Redskin and Dallas Cowboy fan watch in the final second of their game at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on September 12, 2010. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7.  UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

Cincinnati v. Carolina-Cincinnati
Buffalo v. New England-New England
San Francisco v. Kansas City-My ex-husband vs. my current. My upset of the day *closing my eyes* Kansas City Chiefs
Tennessee v. New York Giants-New York Giants
Cleveland v. Baltimore-Baltimore
Pittsburgh v. Tampa Bay-Pittsburgh
Atlanta v. New Orleans-I have 4 fantasy players in this game: Tony Gonzalez, Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas and Jason Snelling. New Orleans
Detroit v. Minnesota-Minnesota, although Detroit looked really good last week.
Dallas v. Houston-Houston. I can't even look at Dallas.
Philadelphia v. Jacksonville-Even with the foolishness in Philly, I'm taking the Eagles
Washington v. St. Louis. Washington
Indianapolis v. Denver-Indianapolis
Oakland v. Arizona-Arizona
San Diego v. Seattle-San Diego
New York Jets v. Miami-New York Jets

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Green Bay v. Chicago. Chicago is much improved with that new Mike Martz's offense. I still don't trust Cutler. I'm going with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Well, that's all I've got folks. Until next week "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." Vince Lombardi

What's Past is Prologue...

Last Tuesday morning, Braylon Edwards was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated. He blew a .16 which was twice the legal limit. Once again, Braylon Edwards was tied to making a bad decision (he is on probation for punching a friend of LeBron James outside of a night club), but because he is a great player (allegedly), Braylon, at some point today, will dress and take the field. Fans are yelling they want him on the field. Media pundits, debating whether or not he should be on the field because of the CBA. Coach Rex Ryan, I want him on the field. I guess, winning is the most important thing. It still seems that the fact that Minnesota and Dallas are 0-2 was a more important topic.

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Braylon Edwards  of the New York Jets sits on the bench during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Juxtapose it with this. What if Braylon Edwards had popped positive for steroid? Think about it for a minute. Both activities are illegal, but let's be real, when was the last time someone was arrested for using steroids. I guarantee you that there would be more press about that. He would be brutalized in the press, just like Brian Cushing was when he tested positive, who has been sitting at the house the last two weeks and will be for two more. Seriously, why don't people take drunk driving more seriously? Is it because "everybody has done it once"? Does that make it okay?

August 18, 2010: Brian Cushing  of the Houston Texans participates in a team practice against the New Orleans Saints at the Saints training facility in Metairie, LA. Tyler Kaufman/CSM.

Using steroids is cheating, but padding stats with steroids only hurts records and the one player doing it. Drunk driving is a threat to us all. I have lost two people I care about to drunk drivers. My father's alcoholism contributed to his death at 47. It is a major problem still among teenagers. Binge drinking is still prevalent everywhere. Yet, most people just care about when Braylon takes the field.

MIAMI - DECEMBER 15:  Trooper, David Casillas, (C) from the Florida Highway Patrol conducts a field sobriety test at a DUI checkpoint December 15, 2006 in Miami, Florida. The city of Miami, with the help of other police departments, will be conducting saturation patrols and setting up checkpoints during the holiday period looking to apprehend drivers for impaired driving and other traffic violations.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As a teacher, I made the decicion not to drink. If I get a DUI/DWI, I will be out of a job. Why am I held to higher standard than an NFL player who is watched my millions? It is because I'm a role model whether I like it or not. Some teenagers spend more time with their teachers than they do with their parents, and let's face it, many more spend a lot more time with a television or a computer. As such, you have to make sacrifices. How would you Jets fans feel if Brayon had injured or God forbid killed one or all of the four other passengers in the car, including teammates tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and defensive end Vernon Gholston. This isn't my first foray into this topic. In May 2009, I posted the following article, "Who is the real bad guy?"

I was equally devasted this morning when I logged on the the net to see that Bruce Smith, the leader of that defence and NFL Hall of Famer, arrested for drunk driving. This was not his first, not his second, but his third DUI arrest. I was stunned. Although no convictions, three DUI arrests. He's not the first look at this list: Vincent Jackson, Joba Chamberlain, Charles Barkley, Carmelo Anthony, Lawyer Milloy, Zach Randolf, Donte Stallworth, Jerremy Stevens, Jim Leyritz, Tony LaRussa, Koren Robinson, Chris Henry, Warren Moon, Brian Bosworth, Deltha O'Neal, Javon Kerse, Cedric Benson, Ken Stabler, Biren Ealy, Kolomona Kapanui, Leon Hall, Dominic Rhodes, Jared Allen, etc. All of these arrests have happened within the past 3 years. All they had to do was call a cab, hire a limo, or give the keys to a sober friend! Many of these guys go around in posses, tell Jo-Jo he can't drink because he's driving tonight.

Apparently, because it is legal to purchase alcohol in the U.S. if you are over 21, this is not a big deal to the media. It should be. Two of these men are looking at serious jail time for killing people, Donte Stallworth and Jim Leyritz, and Leonard Little was convicted in 1998 for killing a woman.

Last week, I listened to literally hours of pundits berating Manny Ramirez for his hcg prescription, Roger Clemens for his "alleged" steriod use, and before that, Alex Rodriguez, before him, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Raphael Palmiero, etc. HOURS. Hour after hour of coverage about Manny and Alex. Minutes of coverage about Donte Stallworth. Why? Is drunk driving not a "sexy" enough story? Is it played out? Obviously not.

I am not slapping Manny on the wrist; he deserves whatever happens to him. I have no sympathy as far as that is concerned. However, why are these "cheaters" worse than the men I've listed? Did Manny and the other break the law? Yes, if they took steroids, they did break the law. Should they be punished? Yes, if it can be proven that they broke the law, then they should be punished. But, why are these men pariahs, and the others are not.

Both are crimes. Yet, the media will analyze every angle of the Manny Ramirez story, but there was hardly any information on Donte Stallworth's "accidentally" killing Mario Reyes with his Bentley. The largest story involving athletes and drunk driving was the tragic death of Nick Adenhart and two of his friends last month. The man driving the van that killed Adenhart was drunk (that driver was a multiple DUI offender). It, too, quickly faded to the back page once there was more A-Rod and Manny fodder.

I have to roll my eyes every time I hear these self-righteous media types talk about how steroids influences the kids, how the kids are going to follow, how these role models are ruining kids...I have been an educator for a little over ten years. I have only heard rumors (no proof) about steriods among teenagers around. I have heard of several incidents of suicides related to steroid use over a period of years. In a 2006 poll, only 2.7% of the 12th grades polled had used or experimented with steroids. 31.5% of teenagers had experimented with alcohol. Alcohol abuse, however, is more prevalent among teenagers. Take the state of Texas for example. This year, Texas was considering ending steroid testing because only 11 out of 29,000 students in two years tested positive. Eleven out of 29,000. By comparison in 2007 alone, Texas had 1,292 alcohol related fatalities, 202 were teenagers.

Alcohol is the leading cause of death among teenagers. I have not seen the media pundits wringing their hands about that. I have not heard them demand apologies from these men. I have not seen this prevent some of these players from going into the Hall of Fame. Why? Because it did not happen on the fields or courts? So let me get this straight. Manny, Roger, and Barry are worse than these guys who not only put themselves in danger, but they put us all in danger. Thankfully, most of these guys were picked up before they killed someone. The only thing Manny and Alex hurt was themselves and statistics. I don't think any fans have died because of padded statistics.

Every 15 minutes, someone dies in an alcohol-related car crash. Think about that. That means that during the time that the Jets/Dolphins game is on the air tonight, roughly three hours, 12 people will lose their lives. While we watch that game, 12 people will be taking their last breath. 12 people will never see any of their child's firsts. 12 people won't get an opportunity to see their children grow up. 12 people won't get to graduate from high school. 12 people won't get to walk their daughters down the aisle. 12 families will lose a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, an aunt, an uncle, a grandparent. 12 schools will lose young people who could have found the cure for cancer, brought about peace, or discover the next first. 12 sets principals, teachers, and counselors will have to explain to young people why that desk beside, behind, or in front of them is empty. But, that's okay, because "everybody does it," right?

WEST COVINA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 21:  A casket lies in the West Covina High School gym during an assembly at the end of the 'Every 15 Minutes' program May 21, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. 'Every 15 Minutes' teaches teens how someone is killed in an alcohol-related car crash every 15 minutes. Four times each hour a student is taken from class, and made up to look dead. Their 'body' is returned by West Covina police who read an obituary written by the 'dead' student's parents. A video tape is also made of a mock accident, failed rescue attempt by EMT's and doctors, the 'death', and the arrest of a drunk teen driver. 50 percent of fatal teen crashes, one each hour on weekends, involve alcohol, especially on Prom night. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

As an NFL fan, I believe the NFL should have as strict a policy on DWI as they do steroids. I also believe that states need to also have stiffer penalties on DUI/DWI charges. The rules also should also apply to the people in the stands and watching at home. Just because they sell it, doesn't mean you have to buy it. If you "have" to drink, give up the keys, call a cab, or call a friend. People still don't take this as seriously as they should. Drunk drivers put all of our lives at risk. A drunk person behind the wheel of a car is a loaded gun without a safety. It may not always go off, but when it does the results can be tragic.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Picks from a Maniac Maenad-Week 2

Happy Tony Gonzalez Day!!! It's week two ladies and gentleman! How was your team's week one? Mine? Fantastic!!! My Chiefs, who had not played on Monday Night Football since 2006, beat division rival the San Diego Chargers. Yeah, I was surprised, too. It was a coming out party for Romeo Crennel's defense lead by Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, and guess who else showed up, Glenn Dorsey. It was also a welcome to Arrowhead to Dexter "Run DMC" McCluster and Javier Arenas. McCluster who set a team record with a 94 yard punt return. These guys are bringing the faithful back. The offense was as usual offensive, pun intended. Matt Cassell with only 68 yards? Jamaal Charles looked pretty good with 92 yards and a touchdown. TE Tony Moeaki channeled a little TG by scoring a TD. Charlie Weis work harder on the offense and less on clogging your arteries, 'kay?

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13: Dexter McCluster  of the Kansas City Chiefs returns a punt for a touchdown as punter Mike Scifres  of the San Diego Chargers defends during the 1st half of the game against on September 13, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

In other news, Bob Sanders is out (shocking I know) and Anthony Gonzalez is out (I see he is following the Bob Sanders model for football careers). Here is a stat on Bob Sanders. He has played 48 of the 97 games since he has been drafted. Bob Sanders is Football's answer to Mike Hampton...Big money for 2 or 3 games a year. Sheesh. Kevin Kolb is out after suffering a concussion in a game that saw way too many injuries. The Eagles/Packers saw Kolb out, Stewart Bradley has a concussion, Leonard Weaver has a torn ACL, and Ryan Grant messed up his ankle (He and Weaver are out for the year.). Dear NFL, as much as I would like an 18 game season, this game (plus Connor Barwin of the Texans disturbing injury) was reason enough not to have one. I actually would like my favorite players to be able to have healthy lives after football.

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Connor Barwin  of the Houston Texans goes down with an injury in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Michael Vick showed glimpses of the old Michael Vick, Tom Brady and the Pats ran rough-shot over Cincinnati, but two of the biggest stories of the week were Reggie Bush and Inez Sainz. Reggie gave back the Heisman trophy this week, without admitting anything. Reggie, I'm aware that many college athletes take money, just as I'm aware that some take steroids, are binge drinkers, and cheat in the classroom, too. That said, it doesn't make it right. Sure players should probably receive some of the revenue from the sale of their jerseys or their likeness; however, they know what they are signing up for. They promise just like other scholarship students to maintain integrity. Sorry, Reggie, you got caught. Just like the cheater in the classroom or the speeder on the highway, everybody does it, but you got caught. Too bad, so sad. On average, one year at USC costs over $50,000. That's more than some adults make working every single day. That's not enough? You want them to pay for your parents, too? You want them to pay for custom suits and fancy cars, too? Sorry, that's for after college, just like all of the other students. Until the rules change, follow them or don't get caught. Don't feel too bad for Reggie. He has a Super Bowl ring, a gambit of girlfriends, and millions of dollars, while USC lost 30 football scholarships over three years and vacated 14 victories in which Bush played from December 2004 through the 2005 season. Reggie cost 30 other kids the opportunity to shine at USC.

Winner of the 2005 Heisman Trophy, Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California, poses with the award in New York, in this December 10, 2005 file photo. Bush said on Tuesday he will forfeit the trophy. USC was slapped with severe penalties by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in June after reports that Bush had accepted money and other benefits from marketing agents while playing for the school. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

This is all I have to say about the Inez Sainz vs. the Jets story. Really? On both cases. You are grown men working in a professional capacity. You are professionals and your office is the field and the locker room as the way the rules are written now. Act like it. How would you feel if that reporter had been your sister, wife or other female relative? Even if she were wearing a bikini and stripper heels, she was granted a press credential. You have to treat her as a member of the press, period. You are not 12 year old boys with no self-control. You are grown men. Act like it. Ms. Sainz, I'm aware that you have a "provocative style" that you don't want to change. I'm not saying that you deserved whatever was said or done to you (still unclear to this day). You have a responsibility to act like a grown up, too. You are not a 20-something newbie. You are a 32 year old woman. Act like it. When you are in the studio, do whatever you bosses will allow you to do, but when you are in the field dress appropriately. Act like a professional. If you don't know how, see Pam Oliver or Suzy Kolber, I'm sure they can help you out. If both parties had acted like professionals we wouldn't have had a story. Period.

Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz stands on the field at halftime of the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens game on Monday Night Football in week 1 of the NFL season at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on September 13, 2010.    UPI /John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

I don't even want to talk about how my fantasy teams went 0-5 last week. Turrible, just Turrible. *Throws hands in the air.* Giving up my manager card...

I did a better job with my picks last week going 10-5. Thanks San Francisco, Indy, Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas for messing up what could have been a good week. So here we go!

Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee- Tennessee
Baltimore vs. Cincinnati- Baltimore
Philadelphia vs. Detroit-Philadelphia
Arizona vs. Atlanta-I'm picking Falcons as they celebrate Tony Gonzalez day

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Tony Gonzalez  of the Atlanta Falcons prepares to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Miami vs. Minnesota-Lorenzo and the Vikings
Kansas City vs. Cleveland-Romeo Crennel and his defense roll into town to take on the team that fired him. Taking my Chiefs!!!!
Tampa Bay vs. Carolina-Carolina
Buffalo vs. Green Bay-Aaron and the Packers
Chicago vs. Dallas-Dallas to rebound
Seattle vs. Denver-Seattle
St. Louis vs. Oakland-(can we call this a draw?) St. Louis, just because I hate Oakland
Jacksonville vs. San Diego- Merriman v. Jones-Drew II, San Diego to rebound.

I'm a little mean, so I hope Merriman returns the favor...

New England vs. New York Jets-New England, because I think Brady and Belichick are already licking their chops.
Houston vs. Washington-Houston
New York Giants v. Indianapolis Colts-I'm taking big brother Peyton to win this game
MNF-San Francisco vs. New Orleans-New Orleans, even though I would love to see the 49ers win the night they retire Jerry Rice's jersey.

That's it guys. Until next week... "That was a disgraceful performance. We threw that game away. We gave them the game. It was pitiful, absolutely pitiful"~Jim Mora. Thanks, coach.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Congratulations #88 on #1000

As many of the readers of this blog know, I am a huge, HUGE, fan of one Anthony David Gonzalez. I first saw Tony Gonzalez on the basketball court during March Madness 1997. I didn't know who he was because 1) I'm an SEC fan, 2) I barely watched basketball especially college, and 3) although I shouldn't, I ignore every football team outside of the SEC. I was the pet project of my next door neighbors, who felt that it was their job in life to show me how to have a good time. They were the first to take me to New Orleans, which through my eyes was like walking through the eighth circle of hell. They invited me over to their March Madness party, which really was just an excuse to have a party. That was the when I was introduced to Tony Gonzalez.

A little over a month later, my team, the Kansas City Chiefs, drafted Tony Gonzalez with the 13th overall pick. I was busy trying to wipe the "huh, what?" look from my face. I was all like, "WTH, KC, you drafted a basketball player?" It was then, I learned that TG was also a star TE for Cal. I paused and thought to myself "Well, at least he's cute." After the first two years, the cuteness was starting to wear off, because our first round pick had a severe case of the "Can he play this position in the NFL" disease. It was then that some switch was turned on, and he became the Tony Gonzalez that we have all grown to love.

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 05: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America on October 5, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Just how awesome is Tony Gonzalez let me list the ways:


Kansas City Chiefs

  • Career receptions (916 as of December 30, 2008)
  • Career receiving yards (10,940 as of December 30, 2008)
  • Career receiving touchdowns (76 as of December 30, 2008)
  • Career yards from scrimmage (10,954 as of December 30, 2008)
  • Consecutive games with a reception (130 as of December 30, 2008)


  • Receptions in a single season for a tight end (102, 2004 season)
  • Career receiving yards for a tight end (11,807 as of today)
  • Career receptions for a tight end (999 will be the first TE to 1000)
  • Career receiving touchdowns for a tight end (82 as of today)
  • Most seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards by a tight end (4)
  • 11,000 receiving yards (21st player and 1st Tight End)
16 Dec 2001 : Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs is chased by John Mobley #51 and Al Wilson #56 of the Denver Broncos during the game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 26-23. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Allsport

His career stats as of this morning September 13, 2010
999 career receptions
11,807 receiving yards
82 touchdowns
6 fumbles (Adrian Peterson learn)

Did you also know that Tony has 15 solo defensive tackles, or that he also completed a 40 yard pass with the Chiefs? He also played special teams with the Chiefs. Did you know that he is the only TE to receive 50 or more receptions for 12 straight years? He is currently #7 on the list of 1000 catch receivers behind Jerry Rice (1549), Marvin Harrison (1102), Cris Carter (1101), Tim Brown (1094), Issac Bruce (1024), Terrell Owens (1006), and TG. The next closest active player is Randy Moss with 926. Are you seeing how special a player Gonzalez is?

There have only been 12 starting quarterbacks in Kansas City Chiefs History, Tony has received passes from 7 of them. Take a look at this list: Elvis Grbac, Rich Gannon, Warren Moon (HOF Class of 2006), Trent Green, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, and Tyler Thigpen. The Kansas City Chiefs have only had 11 head coaches, Tony has played for 4 of them-Marty Schottenheimer, Gunther Cunningham, Dick Vermeil, and Herman Edwards.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez participates in the Best Hands competition in the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Challenge at the J.W. Mariott Ihilani Resort & Spa in Ko'Olina, HI on Friday, Feb. 11, 2005 Photo via Newscom

At some point today, Tony Gonzalez will receive his first pass of the season from Matt Ryan. That catch will be the 1000th catch of his illustrious career. I would love to see the catch, however, our local Fox affiliate is showing Panthers/Giants. One of my biggest regrets is that I have never seen TG play in person, but I can still say I have seen one of the greatest players in NFL history in his prime, and he played for my team. Congratulations, Tony on #1000.

October 14, 2007 - Kansas City, MO..Record setting touchdown... Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium...Kansas City defeated the Bengals 27-20 Photo via Newscom
Align Center
You are now standing alone as the Greatest Tight End of All Time!!!

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 02:   Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on against the Tampa  Bay Buccaneers during their NFL game on November 2, 2008 at Arrowhead  Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Buccaneers won 30 to 27 in  overtime. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Picks from a Maniac Maenad-Week 1

Happy First Football Sunday of the Season! It's been a busy week in the NFL. In their first game in defense of their Super Bowl championship, the New Orleans Sainst open the season with a win against the against a petulant Brett Favre (congratulations on the Baptism of your grandchild Paw-Paw Brett.). Vernon Davis became the highest paid TE in the league. Tom Brady had a car accident. His car was totaled, but his hair came out perfect. Reggie Bush all but washed his hands of the Heisman Trophy, while Tony Dungy thought he should give it back.

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09: Harry Connick Jr. leads a float out onto the field which carried the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy which was won last year by the New Orleans Saints prior to the Saints playing against the Minnesota Vikings at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also on the float is Saints team owner Tom Benson, his wife Gayle and his daughter, Executive Vice President Rita Benson Leblanc. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Shawne Merriman has an achilles injury which may keep him out of the Monday Night Game against the Chiefs. Antonio "I forget how many kids I have" Cromartie declared that the Jets are "The Miami Heat of football," while Ray Lewis debuted his Old Spice Swagger commercial (just wow on that commercial), and told the Jets that their coach was writing a check that they were going to have to cash, to which Bart Scott added, "I heard that (Lewis) said something but I could care less what he said,” said Scott. “That’s what he does. Whatever. That’s just part of the show. I could care less.”

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Ray Lewis  of the Baltimore Ravens yells to his teammates against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Ravens 27-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Commentators criticized the players for showin solidarity during the opening game. Prognosticators around the league started dropping their predictions for teams going to the Super Bowl. Did I miss any thing? Oh, yeah, Darnell Dockett tweeted that only ex-NFL players should be making predictions. Darnell, you shouldn't be tweeting half-naked pictures of yourself, and since you told me I shouldn't, I'm going to do it anyway.

I haven't made picks in two years, when I use to have a sad little blog on MySpace (My how times have changed). Sooooooo, here goes nothing...

Oakland at Tennessee. Vince Young is back at the reins as the Titans starting quarterback, while Jason Campbell is steering the hooptie known as the Oakland Raiders. I'm taking Tennessee.

Carolina at New York. The Christening of new Meadowlands stadium. Eli and his scar taking on the Steve Smith, his scar, and his quarterback Matt Moore. Taking Eli and the G-Men.

Indianapolis at Houston. Peyton and the boys are headed to the Lone Star state to take on Matt Shaub and the Texans. The Texans can't seem to win againts the Colts, even when they have a 17 point lead in the 4th quarter. I don't see that changing today, taking the Colts.

Denver at Jacksonville. The little hoodie and the Broncs head down to Jacksonville so a sell out crowd can pout that Tim Tebow is not on their sideline. Kyle Orton is still pondering why the coach is the only one that realizes that he is the starting quarterback. David Garrard is wondering where did it all go so wrong, and Maurice Jones-Drew keeps running and running and running. Although it sickens me to say it, Denver over Jacksonville.

Atlanta at Pittsburgh. Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez, and the Falcons make the trek up to Heinz field to take on the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers under the direction of Dennis Dixon. With his first catch, Tony Gonzalez will become the first Tight End to join the 1000 catch club. Troy Polamalu and his hair are back on the field today once again making that D very potent, but I'm taking the Falcons.

Miami at Buffalo. Boy, I'm glad I won't be watching this game. Dolphins win. That's all I got.

Detroit at Chicago. The Bears have got a lot to prove this year. They added Julius Peppers, and they still have that petulant crybaby Jay Culter, who for someone who hasn't won a dang thing thinks he's God's gift to football. Lovie...good luck. Today is the debut of Ndamukong Suh (please slam Cutler for me!), and Matt Stafford begins his sophomore year as the starting QB. Taking the Bears.

Cincinnati at New England. Ochocinco and TO take their bromance to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady, his new contract, Randy Moss, his petulant ego, and the New England Patriots. Even though Cincinnati has one of the best Defenses in the league, I'm still going with the Patriots.

Cleveland at Tampa Bay. See Dolphins/Bills. Tampa Bay.

San Francisco at Seattle. Mike Singletary has whipped the 49ers into a team that is beginning to resemble the glory days in San Francisco. The NFL West is ripe for the picking with Kurt Warner retiring to become the next dancer on DWTS. Seattle debuts their new head coach Pete "I didn't do it" Carroll and their old, fragile quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. 49ers...

Green Bay at Philadelphia. Aaron "Yes, I am that Quarterback" Rodgers and the Pack are headed to Philly to take on Kevin Kolb, DeSean "I should quit Twitter" Jackson, and the new-fangled Eagles. Aaron and the Pack.

Arizona at St. Louis. The Cards debut their new quarterback Derek Anderson against the Rams and their new quarterback Sam Bradford. *flipping a coin* Cardinals.

Dallas at Washington. Tony Romo and Cowboys are headed to the most hostile territory for a Cowboy-FedEx Field to take on Donovan McNabb, Mike "The Tan" Shanahan and the Redskins. Hoping Albert Haynesworth is going to put on his big boy pants and show rather than tell everybody how "good" he is. I trying not to throw up as I pick the Cowboys.


Baltimore at New York. The trash talking has been back and forth all week for this game. Rex and his boys get to play in their brand new stadium, and Ray Lewis intends to shut their mouths. I'm taking the Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens #33 Eric Smith break through the Jets' defensive line during a pre-season game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Monday, August 24, 2009. UPI/Greg Whitesell Photo via Newscom

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs. My boys are debuting New Arrowhead on Monday Night Football for the first time since 2004. The Chargers are a bit in disarray, but they still have Philip Rivers tossing the ball. I'm dancing out on thin limb here and picking...The Kansas City Chiefs.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 25:  Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Tim Dobbins # 51 and Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers during the game on October 25, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

That's it. Until next week, "The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed."-Eminem

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some football!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

DianaDishes Predictions Sure to Go Wrong...

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!!! The long break is over!! It's time for some football!!! It's hard to believe that the NFL season ended 214 days ago with the New Orleans Saints lifting the Lombardi Trophy and celebrated with a party the size of which the Big Easy has never seen, and may never see again. Tonight, the Saints are going to take the field against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, the team they snuffed out in the AFC Championship game.

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 09: New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and teammates celebrates during the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV Victory Parade as they ride past the Louisiana Superdome on February 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)

So, everyone is giving their two cents about who will win in which conference, and why they will be the team to be the first to hold up the Lombardi Trophy while standing on the Star in Cowboy Stadium. Well, that's not me. I'm not going to spend a lot of time telling you that I perused a lot of magazines to come up with my opinion (I did, but that's not how I came up with them). I could tell you that I've spent every waking moment watching NFL Live, Sportscenter, NFL Total Access, but I'd be lying, because I've spent most of my time watching Investigation Discovery, which gives me a weekly dose of my favorite news correspondent, Troy Roberts (Happy Birthday, Troy!). Yes, I could lie to you, but I'm going to be honest. I'm pulling this pretty much out of my...well, you get the picture.

AFC East
  1. New York Jets
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Miami Dolphins
  4. Buffalo Bills
August 16, 2010: New York Jets surround New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson (21) after he thought he scored a touchdown by was brought back due to a penalty during the NFL preseason game between the New York Giants and the New York Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants beat the Jets, 31-16.

I truly do believe that Rex Ryan's defense is going to eat up the AFC East. Although Tom Brady is playing for a new contract, he has to deal with a petulant Randy Moss, who wants a new contract. God only knows what's happening in Miami with Chad Henne behind center, and even though they managed to pull in Brandon Marshall. Buffalo...well, at least you had the 90's.

AFC South
  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. Tennessee Titans
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Aug. 15, 2010 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, No. 18, gathers the Colts' first-team offense in the huddle during the first quarter of action in their preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. ..Photo by Chad Ryan.

Let's face it, this is Peyton's division to lose. Tennessee and Houston have both improved, but I doubt they will knock off Peyton. Watch they prove me wrong. David Garrard, you've always got that super-fly velvet jacket, and Maurice Jones-Drew, you've got video evidence that you knocked down Shawne Merriman. Thaaat's about it, Jacksonville. See ya, in LA unless the Chargers beat you there, too.

AFC North
  1. Baltimore Ravens
  2. Cincinnati Bengals
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Cleveland Browns
BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 20:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens defends game against the Chicago Bears at M&T Bank Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bears 31-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Time is winding down for the scariest man in the NFL Ray Lewis, and I think these guys are going to try to bring home one more ring for Ray-Ray. Cincinnati tasted the good life last year, and it was sweet, but I don't see them repeating. I still don't understand why anybody in Cincy thought it was a good idea to start TO and his little Buddy OchoCinco on the same time. Pittsburgh may surprise us once Big Ben is let out of the naughty boys box (jerk). Sorry, Mike Tomlin, I hope y'all finish behind Cleveland. Cleveland...I got nothing.

AFC West
  1. San Diego Chargers
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Denver Broncos
  4. Oakland Raiders
SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Linebacker Shawn Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers leads the team in a cheer before the start of the game against the Denver Broncos during Monday Night Football on October 19, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Even with the injuries and hold-outs in San Diego, I still think the Chargers are the team to beat in the West. Kansas City hired new coordinators, and well...and they are my team. I will not put the Donks or Crazy Al's body shop Raiders, who aren't much better, ahead of my Chiefs. I really do think they will surprise some people this year. They may even beat the Chargers on Monday Night Football, but I would be insane if I said I thought they were going to win the division.

NFC East
  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. New York Giants
  3. Washington Redskins
  4. Philadelphia Eagles
MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Tony Romo #9, Shaun Suisham #4 and Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys look on while playing against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

I don't really care...I hope they all rip each other apart. That said. Eli, do me a favor. Reclaim the East. The last thing I need is Cowboys fans winning number 6 before the 49ers, much less winning it in Dallas. Washington is a mess, and Philly has a new quarterback (They are still probably better than me Chiefs.

NFC South
  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. New Orleans Saints
  3. Carolina Panthers
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 and Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Chicago Bears at Georgia Dome on October 18, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

I believe that Atlanta will be much better this year with Matt Ryan entering his 3rd season and his second with Tony Gonzalez. Now, y'all know, I was going to mention TG. Don't hate me Saints fans. I love the Saints just as much as anybody, but I don't see them repeating. Carolina will be better, and Tampa Bay will get to see what Josh Freeman has in him...but maybe next year for both.

NFC North
  1. Green Bay Packers
  2. Minnesota Vikings
  3. Chicago Bears
  4. Detroit Lions
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 26: Aaron Rodgers  of the Green Bay Packers rolls out to look for a receiver against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I have a feeling that Aaron Rodgers and the Pack are going to run rough shot over the NFC North. I don't care that Lord Favre did decide to grace us with another year. Chicago...Nice knowing you, Lovie.'ve got Matt Stafford and Ndom..Ndam...*Google* Ndamukong Suh...

NFC West
  1. San Francisco 49ers
  2. Arizona Cardinals
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. St. Louis Rams
Aug. 15, 2010 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, No. 11, leads his team to the field before the start of their preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. ..Photo by Chad Ryan.

Mike Singletary finally found a way to win with them, and he will continue to do it now that Kurt Warner has left the Arizona Cardinals in the capable hands of...Derek Anderson. It worked well in Cleveland, right...oh, yeah. Matt Hasselbeck will get hurt, and Sam Bradford plays for St. Louis...

AFC Wildcards-New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans
NFC Wildcards-New Orleans Saints, New York Giants

AFC Champions-Baltimore Ravens...I said it...I mean it...It will probably be wrong...but I'm telling you. I feel like this is going to be the Ravens year.

NFC Champions-Green Bay Packers...After much soul searching, I chose Green Bay. I don't know why. I just did. (Saints are making me re-think this right about now.)

Super Bowl XLV Champions-Baltimore Ravens

28 Jan 2001:  Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammates after Super Bowl XXXV between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/ALLSPORT

Well, there they are DianaDishes Predictions Sure to go Wrong. Feel free to tell me that I'm a moron in the comment section. Just remember, you can't call me anything that I haven't been called all ready, probably by my mom...

Enjoy the season! I need to go check my five fantasy teams. Until next time, "There are truths of which I have an inkling, but of most I have only a penciling."~Robert Brault

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fantasy Draft #5: The Runtelldat Homeboys

Twelve hours after Drafting Team Matching Mugshots, I was back in at the draft board from my home fantasy league-The Big Easy League. This league is made up of mostly my former students, who enjoy taking me to task every single season. I moved up to the seventh pick this season. They talked a lot of trash on Sunday. They seem to forget that even with my 6-7 record last year, I finished 3rd in the league last season. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to The Runtelldat Homeboys!

Introducing the starting line-up:

1st round-7th Pick: Ryan Mathews RB San Diego Chargers. Yeah, this is what happens when you have the 7th pick. I'm really HOPING that Ryan channels the 2006 LT. He is projected to pull in 180 fantasy points.
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2nd round-18th Pick: Miles Austin WR Dallas Cowboys. Twice, I have now drafted this dude. I hope his fantasy numbers are better than his love life. Austin brought down 81 receptions for 1320 yards for 11 touchdowns. He scored 194 fantasy points and is projected to bring in 182 this year.

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19:  Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after his 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana <span class=

3rd round-31st Pick: Joe Flacco QB Baltimore Ravens. There is no question that I wanted Philip or Drew. Sigh, but Joe is not a...bad...choice. Flacco threw for 3613 yards for 21 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He racked up 196 fantasy points last season and is projected to have 240 this year. Not, Rivers, but he will do.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws a pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter of their NFL preseason football game in Baltimore, Maryland August 28, 2010.  REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

4th round-42nd Pick: Jonathan Stewart RB Carolina Panthers. This is where my team gets a little iffy. Stewart rushed for 1133 yards for 1o touchdowns. He also had 18 receptions for 139 yards and another touchdown. Stewart had 178 fantasy points last year and is projected to have 184 this year.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers rushes against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

5th round-55th Pick: Tony Gonzalez TE Atlanta Falcons. And you know this!!! Greatest Tight End Ever. All World Tight End. TG had 83 receptions for 867 yards and 6 touchdowns. He had 117 fantasy points in 2009 and is projected to bring in 139 this year. #1000 on Sunday!!!!

23 July 2009 - Santa Monica, CA - Tony Gonzalez. Madden NFL 10 Pigskin Pro-Am Pre-Party held at Loews Santa Monica Hotel. Photo Credit: T. Conrad/AdMedia
My choice of pics...

6th Round-66th Pick: Mike Sims-Walker WR Jacksonville Jaguars. Sims-Walker had 63 receptions for 869 yards and 7 touchdowns. He tallied 120 fantasy points last season and is projected to have 138 points this season.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguarsreacts after he made a reception in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 17, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

7th Round-79th Pick: Minnesota Vikings DEF. The Vikings D had 48 sacks last season and 11 interceptions. They recovered 13 fumbles as well. They are ranked as the #6 defense in the league. The Vikings racked up 126 fantasy points last year and are expected to pull in 112 points this season.

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Defensive tackle Pat Williams #94 of the Minnesota Vikings lines up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

8th Round-90th Pick: Donald Driver WR Green Bay Packers. Donald Driver is the "old guy" on the team. He had 70 receptions for 1061 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. He had 135 points last year. He is predicted to haul in about 129 points this season.

Jan 10, 2010; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver (80) during the 2010 NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 51-45 in overtime.

Here are my Bench players:Bold
9th round-103rd pick: Ahmad Bradshaw RB New York Giants
10th round-114th pick: Owen Daniels TE Houston Texans
11th round-127th pick: Devin Aromashodu WR Chicago Bears
12th round-138th pick: Matt Stafford QB Detroit Lions
13th round-151st pick: San Diego Chargers D/ST
14th round-162nd pick: Kevin Smith RB Detroit Lions
15th round-175th pick: Dexter McCluster WR Kansas City Chiefs
16th round-186th pick: Ryan Succop K Kansas City Chiefs

The NFL Season begins in less than 24 hours!!! I'm looking forward to the season, boys, and to quote Jack Jenkins from Harlem Nights: "Don't take this a**-whipping personally."

Fantasy Draft #4: Matching Mugshots

What's up, everybody?! This has already been a busy week! I had my last two fantasy drafts this past Sunday. Both of these squads were drafted via's Fantasy Football. My drafts were exactly twelve hours apart. The league is the Atypical Sports Show League. This league includes among others my twitter buddies Rob and Ki from @atypicalsports, @ShirleyHuangEsq, @Rodimusprime, @BomaniJones, @Vthrilla, and @thetillshow. I hope I did not squander my forth pick. My team was originally named Arsinoe Laveau, but I was teased by persons who shall remain nameless. So, let me introduce you to Matching Mugshots!

Introducing the starting line-up:

1st round-4th Pick: Ray Rice RB Baltimore Ravens. Last season, Ray Rice rushed for 1339 yards for 7 touchdowns. He also caught 78 receptions for another 702 yards and 1 touchdown. He had 228 Fantasy points last season, and ESPN is projecting 252 points for this season. *Fingers crossed*

Aug. 07, 2010 - Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America - August 07, 2010: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

2nd round-17th Pick: Ryan Mathews RB San Diego Chargers. The hopes of a couple my teams are on the shoulders of this young man. Let's hope he can live up to the shoes he is filling. He is projected to pull in 180 fantasy points.
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San Diego Chargers runningback Ryan Mathews gets away from Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tilman (L) in the first quarter of their pre-season NFL football game in San Diego, California August 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

3rd round-24th Pick: Miles Austin WR Dallas Cowboys. I hate the Cowboys, and I've made no secret about that. This is the first time I've ever drafted a Dallas Cowboy. I hope I'm not going to regret it. Austin brought down 81 receptions for 1320 yards for 11 touchdowns. He scored 194 fantasy points and is projected to bring in 182 this year.

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19:  Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after his 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

4th round-37th Pick: Philip Rivers QB San Diego Chargers. Rivers had 4,254 yards with 28 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. Philip had 258 fantasy points last year and is projected to have 259 this year.

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the New York Jets during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

5th round-44th Pick: Tony Gonzalez TE Atlanta Falcons. Shocker Right?! Greatest Tight End Ever. One catch away from 1000. All World Tight End. TG had 83 receptions for 867 yards and 6 touchdowns in his first year in Atlanta. He had 117 fantasy points in 2009 and is projected to bring in 139 this year.

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Tight end Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on from the sidelines against the Baltimore Raves at Georgia Dome on September 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
What?! You've seen Tony in his uniform...

6th Round-57nd Pick: Pierre Garcon WR Indianapolis Colts. Last season, Garcon had 47 receptions for 765 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had 95 fantasy points in 2009 and is projected to gain in 124 this year.

7th Round-64th Pick: Minnesota Vikings DEF. The Vikings D had 48 sacks last season and 11 interceptions. They recovered 13 fumbles as well. They are ranked as the #6 defense in the league. The Vikings racked up 126 fantasy points last year and are expected to pull in 112 points this season.

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Defensive tackle Pat Williams #94 of the Minnesota Vikings lines up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

8th Round-86th Pick: Devin Aromashodu WR Chicago Bears. I think Devin is going to maybe be a sleeper pick this year. He had 24 receptions for 298 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. He had 52 points last year. He is predicted to haul in about 103 points this season.

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 28: Devin Aromashodu #19 of the Chicago Bears catches the game-winning touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on December 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 36-30 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Here are my Bench players:Bold
9th round-84th pick: Dustin Keller TE New York Jets
10th round-97th pick: Green Bay Packers D/ST
11th round-104th pick: Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints
12th round-117th pick: Steve Slaton RB Houston Texans
13th round-124th pick: Mark Sanchez QB New York Jets
14th round-137th pick: Ryan Succop K Kansas City Chiefs
15th round-144th pick: Dexter McCluster WR Kansas City Chiefs

Thanks to Rob and Ki for the invitation. You can check them out on their podcast the Atypical Sports Show. The NFL Season Kicks off in 24 Hours! Until next time, The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.- John Madden

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fantasy Defense Report

Happy Labor day weekend, everybody! I hope everyone is enjoying what I am sure is a three day weekend for most people. This is the last of my fantasy reports. This week I'm looking at the fantasy Defense/Special Teams. You usually can begin to pick up a good D/ST around the 6th or 7th round of your draft. I would not pick one earlier than that. Here are the teams that I'm looking to be top performers this year. I don't rank them. These are the teams I'm hunting for when I'm planning my draft.

The New York Jets
. The stars of Hard Knocks, Rex Ryan and his defense are the toast of the town these days. Last season, the Jets and Darelle Revis, who just signed this morning have wrecked havoc all over the AFC West. They led the league giving up only 236 points last season. They recovered 14 fumbles and had 17 interceptions, led by Revis and his 6 INTs, scoring 2 touchdowns. The defense also had 32 sacks led by Calvin Pace with 8 and David Harris with 5.5. According to, the Jets scored 161 fantasy points last season. They are projecting them to have a 133 points this season.

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Darrelle Revis #24, Shaun Ellis #92 and Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets gets set on defense against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. The Jets won 19-16.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens. This team, too, was once the star of Hard Knocks, and it is an appropriate title for a group lead by one of the most fearsome guys in the league, Mr. Ray Lewis. The Ravens gave up only 261 points last season. They had 32 sacks led by Jarrat Johnson with 6 and Trevor Price with 6.5. They had 10 fumble recovers and 22 INTS, Dawan Landry and Dominique Foxworth led the team with 4 INTS each, for 3 touchdowns. They scored 153 fantasy points in 2009 and are projected to score 119 this season.

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 20:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens defends game against the Chicago Bears at M&T Bank Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bears 31-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers
. One of my old favorites, the 49ers have been on an upswing since Mike Singletary became head coach, and they drafted the gorgeous Patrick Willis. The Niners allowed 281 points last season. They were tied for second place in the league with 44 sacks, led by Manny Lawson with 6.5, Justin Smith and Ahmad Brooks with 6 each. They recovered 15 fumbles and snatched 18 picks led by Dashon Goldson with 4 INTS. They led the league with 167 fantasy points last season and are projected to score 117 points this season.

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 13:  (L-R) Jeff Ulbrich #53, Patrick Willis #52 and Adam Snyder #68 of the San Francisco 49ers walk out onto the field prior to the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers. I personally have drafted the Pack this year, even though they are not one of my favorite teams. I recognize the skill. The Pack put the quarterback down last year with 37 sacks, led by Clay Matthews with 10 (I love me some Clay Matthews). The Pack recovered 11 fumbles and had 30 picks, 9 of which were Charles Woodson's, last season for 4 touchdowns (3 scored by Woodson). Last season, they scored 152 fantasy points and are projected to earn 112 this season.

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 7:  Cullen Jenkins #77 and Nick Barnett #56 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate a defensive play in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at Lambeau Field on December 7, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings
. While I don't particularly care for what's going on on the offensive side of the ball, there is no denying that the Vikes are a defensive team to be reckoned with. The Vikes gave up 312 points last season. They led the league with 48 sacks, with Jared Allen taking the lead with 14.5 sacks. They also had 13 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions, led by Cedric Griffin with 4 INTs. Last season, they scored 126 fantasy points and are projected to earn 112 this season.

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 18:  Defensive end Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings perpares for action against the Baltimore Raven during NFL action at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 18, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Ravens 33-31.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Other Top Ten Fantasy D/STs: The Dallas Cowboys, The Philadelphia Eagles, The Pittsburgh Steelers, The Cincinnati Bengals, and The New Orleans Saints (get well soon, Darren Sharper).

Rookie on the Rise: Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska. All eyes are on the number 2 pick in Detroit, who has all ready picked up his first fine for practically body slamming a quarterback. In 2009, he had 12 sacks, 82 tackles (47 solo), and an interception. He had 212 career tackles and 23 sacks at Nebraska. Good luck with the Lions young man...

August 14, 2010: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) in action during the first half of an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers. at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Well, that's it y'all! No, I will not be doin a post on kickers. Because they are kickers...just pick one. Last year's great, will be this year's goat. Good luck...