Tag:Football and Fun
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 23, 2008 5:20 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2008 5:34 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Don't leave work without 'em

Today's word of the day is "crash."

As in Scott Macartney, who was released from the hospital following this ugly ski crash. It's one thing to watch him crash, it's something completely different to watch him seizure after it. I guess that's a warning of sorts.

As in Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder being the latest football player to crash his ride on a highway and abandon it. He did manage to one-up trailblazing Bears 'backer Lance Briggs' Lambo-leave 'em by forgetting his "gun, crutches and all," according to the Miami Herald. I wonder what "all" could be. I hope it's  season three of Family Ties. That would really be unexpected.

As in Dana Jacobsen's crash 'n' burn episode at the Mike & Mike in the Morning roast earlier this month. The First Take host, and new Blog Day Afternoon hero is on one-week's leave for going off on Notre Dame, Touchdown Jesus and regular Jesus.

And lastly, as in the crash Amy Winehouse is going to have after her latest Pookie moment.

On to the best ... blogs around!

"Darnell, ESU, we just want to welcome you!" Obsessed with 18-year-old college football prospects? Football and Fun breaks down where the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver may land.

I stopped once I read the words "Brat Bonanza" out of sheer hunger/jealousy pains, but if you need a gameplan for the Super Bowl, read what Letters from The Den has to say about the event.

delta's Rants & Raves takes a shot at Skip Bayless. That's really all you need to know. There's other stuff in there about injury reports and bookies, but a good Bayless bashing will automatically get you in Blog Day Afternoon. It's that simple.

What do Jeff Samardzija, Moritz Voltz, Etan Thomas, Curt Schilling and Gilbert Arenas have in common? They all make The Words of Dezy's Top Athlete Bloggers blog. Lest we forget Brian Scalabrine? Paste this: http://abaoa.blogspot.com/2008/0

A Ya Donkey > a homer according to Y'know What Really Grinds My Gears? (hmm, the bible? Lindsay Lohan? People from the 19th century? Missing droids?). Seriosuly, a Ya Donkey is worse than a homer and the blog explains it all.

Balling Outrageous is on to its small forwards en route to compiling the all-under-23 team. Who makes the starting cut? He's not Gay.

And lastly, The Blog Whisperer asks you to share your love or hate for some guy named Tom Brady. We've never heard of the fella, but he must be a good guy.

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