Tag:BigTen's Fantasy Baseball Blog
Posted on: May 29, 2008 12:30 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2008 12:32 pm
 

Alpha Blog: Playing GM and one drunken 'Skins fan

Today we go straight to the best blogs ... around!

Omar Minaya went from whiz-kid GM in Montreal to superstar GM in New York. mstrReyes blogs
looks at Minaya's track record and his plehtora of "bad" transactions. One thing to note, it was Jim Duquette, not Minaya (or more commonly attributed falsely to Steve Phillips) who was responsible for trading Scott Kazmir.

One more thing to note. New York GMs are in a tough spot. They always have to win now and the pressure on a young player is incredible. The first part -- win now -- means young players won't get always get a chance to shine because playoff-tested vets need to PT.

And the second part: Who's to say if Brian Bannister or Carlos Gomez would ever have amounted to anything in the Big Apple? But in small markets like Kansas City and Minnesota, repsectively, they are allowed to take their lumps without constant scrutiny. They can mature at their own pace.

What if the Tigers never made the Miguel Cabrera trade? What if the Tigers instead landed a few pitchers, say, like Cliff Lee or Edinson Volquez? What if the Tigers never brought in Jacques Jones? What if A Baseball Obsession wrote a blog about what ifs in Motown?

An obnoxious Redskins fan? Surely you jest. But yes, The Female Point of View did manage to ruffle some New England feathers, so much so she lost a friend of 20 years. Next stop, joining these Sunday drunks. (NSFW: Language)

Was the Josh Hamilton Cincinnati exodus good for the Reds? You bet, BigTen's Fantasy Baseball Blog says, since it landed Edinson Volquez and led to the call-up of Jay "Bruce" Bruce.


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Like Paul Rudd? Like Paul Rudd to be your screensaver? This is the perfect link for you. (NSFW: Language)

Posted on: February 5, 2008 5:09 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2008 5:56 pm
 

Blog Day Afternoon: Albrighty now, we have a name

I learned two* things today.

  1. The symbol-letter-thing the NFL uses to denote a Pro Bowl player is dead -- z -- also signifies a first-round bye. 
  2. Ethan Albright is in the Pro Bowl.

You'd really think they could find a new letter for situations like this. But the letter z had that funny little distinction. Who knew?

As for Ethan Albright ... how you may remember Ethan Albright (look right)? OK, you probably won't no matter what clever intro I give him. He's the Redskins' long-snapper.

He's also the lowest-rated player in Madden '07.

From lowest-rated player to Pro Bowl. Not bad I tell ya, not bad at all. Of course, it may have something to do with this letter he wrote to John Madden. I particularly like the part about eating rocks and his throwing accuracy.


We shall name thee: Catch 42

As for what to call the Eli Manning to David Tyree catch, it's looking like Catch 42 will be our winner. However, big props to Slip and Grip (gscott279), The Great Escape (iamayanksfan), and Connection 4 Imperfection (njnysporskid) . Deadspin found another blog trying to name this thing as well. They don't have Catch 42, but they did have our Glendale Grab, Slip and Grip (Adande?) and Great Escape. 


What's with the *

The * is for a Blog Day Afternoon re-learned lesson. Ken Williams is a bad, bad GM. Scott Podsednik, the goods the White Sox general manager received for Carlos Lee, just signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. El Caballo, if you remember, is worth $100 million to the Astros, and that's in major league dollars.

Yes, Pods helped the team win a World Series. But there are dozens of speedsters in the minors with average defensive skills and a slappy bat (but not wifey Lisa Dergen [look right]). Trading a premier slugger for a burner is like signing middle relievers to mega-million contracts. You just don't do that. You find these people within the organization, you don't mortgage the future on them.


On to the best blogs ... around!

It's Signing Day Eve (I'm more of a Father's Day Eve guy), and Football and Fun takes a lap around the high school gyms to check in on Terelle Pryor, Julio Jones and a bunch of other 17-year-olds old people spend way too much time fawning over.

Wonder what was really said in Roger Clemens' testimony on Capitol Hill? Red, White and Burnsy is our resident fly on the wall of Rayburn, and it sounds like Roger no likely D.C.

It's almost Pro Bowl time (and there wasn't much rejoicing). Tell The Blog Whisperer why you love or hate the game they play in Hawaii for some reason.

The big winners of the Patriots' 18-1 season wasn't the Miami Dolphins. It was the cast of M*A*S*H. The Sports Comedian explains.

BigTen's Fantasy Baseball Blog asks the tough questions our Fantasy guys refuse to answer. And by refuse to answer, I mean write about on a daily basis. As for his David Ortiz question: I never take a DH-only person. I just hate having the position locked up.

OK, here's a blog I never thought I'd read on our site. It's our pal, The Words of Dezy, and he's doing a Drug Lord Power Rankings. Surpsingly, my high school buddy Brad didn't make the list. He was overpriced, but sheesh.

A popular topic among bloggers is taking trips down memory lane. Various stuff I feel like talking about talks about arcade games. The blog likes Track 'n' Field. Personally, I grew up on a healthy diet of NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Virtual Fighter and going way back, Spyhunter.

Somehow, Tennessee basketball (no, not that guy again) is the most-blogged-about college basketball program. Today's topic du jour, Chris Lofton and his shot at the 3-point record. Too Legit To Quit! breaks it down.

Vols 91, Gators 79. I just bet my one-day first born's bar mitzvah fund on this, Volunteer Basketball (baseball?).

Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:38 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2008 6:36 pm
 

Blog Day Afternoon: Last day of Jan. edition

I don't understand people who listen to Don Imus. I really can't understand people who watch his simulcasted show.

In fairness, I know very little about this guy or his show. But what could one aging shockjock DJ bring to the table that some younger version of himself couldn't? He's so lame/out of touch/whatever that the "joke" that got him canned -- "nappy headed hos" -- wasn't fresh. It wasn't clever. It was just some old white guy trying to sound fresh and clever.

Yes, he's a former CBS employee. Is that why I'm blogging about this. NO.  Disclaimer: I watch nothing the Eye produces outside of sports and probably won't until I'm 45 and three kids deep.

But Imus proves one of two things: On-air talent is deceptively thin or the powers-to-be are so bad at thinking outside the norm, they bring back this retread.

Heck, if they do it time and again with semi-successful coaches, why wouldn't they do it with shockjocks? So there you have it, the Jim Fassel of radio hosts is back. Enjoy Baltimore, Detroit, Philly and all the other cities that will soon be able to watch his simulcasted radio show. Mazel tov.

On to the best ... blogs around!

I'm proud to add Mind of The Big B to the Fraternity of Worst Sports Franchises in Football fans. Guess which one the blog is a "fan" of? It's not my Redskins. It's not PC Free From PC Central's Raiders. It's the starts with Li- ends with -ons. Oh, and he's kind enough to remind us how much of sporting oasis Motown is outside of the Wayne Fontes' old team. That's nice. Jacka**!

If you're too lazy to type in "Bobby Knight" at Wikipedia, check out Fiddle's Faddles' brief history of the General (also, uh, his cousin?).

BigTen's Fantasy Baseball Blog brings up the R Kelly-ian point: Age ain't nuttin' but a number. He's playing the skeptic to EMack's true-and-tried recipe of drafting 27-year-olds come Fantasy baseball time. Me? I buy into it because it's reason to believe that contrary to my long-standing, uh, stance, I didn't peak at 17 ... I still have one year to go.

The same people who follow Brittany Spears' every move are the same people who love the two-week gap before the Super Bowl, according to The Words of Dezy. The blog is mad, mad I tell ya!

Our new buddy Volunteer Basketball (who knew they had a team!?) is surveying the blogospheres' best pickup lines. Since the "nice shoes one ..." was used, I'll go with "You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy." Lame, yes, so add yours to the list.

Euphuism's 101 asks the all important question: When is the last time you ... destroyed a public toilet. I'm doing it right now! God bless wi-fi. Oh, wait...let's stop there.

Sadly, I knew about this several months back. I asked our Fantasy Managing Editor Peter Madden if we were going to get in on this. His response? "We'll leave Fantasy Fishing to the Ocho." Don't worry 'bout it Spotsy Scratch, you won't be weighing your bass on our site. Wait, that didn't come out right.

And I had to add this one. If Fantasy fishing isn't your thang, NaterB's Junk Drawer has the perfect game for ya. It's Fantasy announcers and while Dick Vitale may be the A-Rod (or marlin if you're a fisher?) on the draft board, please don't underestimate the vocal powers of Gus Johnson.

 
 
 
 
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