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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 30, 2008 5:45 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2008 6:13 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Wednesday, Jan 30

Here's a newsflash for ya. Pats fans are richer than Giants fans.

They're also more educated.

They like snootier beers. (I'm suggesting that you leave before I have to get snooty)

They read better consumer magazines.

They're all about organic food. Giants fans like barbaric snacks like pretzels.

Pats fans drive Volvos, Giants fans drive flashy things like Bimmers.

And most importantly, Pats fans have more female members than their Super Bowl counterparts.

Such are the fascinating statistics Neilsen (no, not Leslie) complied prior to the Super Bowl. The Boston Globe's Jessica Heslam is sure to feed into New England egos and rile up Giants fans (see left) with her take on these things. Have at.

On to the best blogs ... around!

Speaking of New York-Boston trash talking, The Blog Whisperer is still asking for your love and hate for both cities.

For everything you want or need to know about Johan Santana, check out mets4life.blogspot.com's blog. It covers everything from meaningful stats to the pitcher's security detail in Venezuela.

For everything you want or need to know about Tennessee basketball (seriously) recruiting, check out The DRs Corner.

The Hall of Fame Game is soon to be no mas. If you've ever sat in right field for the game, let Leading the League in Random be your guide down memory lane.

Like funny commercials? (Of course you do, there aren't any communists on these blogs). Anyway, The Words of Dezy shares its top 10. I was slayed by No. 3, 5, and 8.

Volunteer Basketball isn't talking about ... Volunteer basketball (yep, seriously, another one). Today is movie line day. It started with Dumb and Dumber and moved onto Monty Python...add the next one!

The Verbal Scourging has its pre-signing day top 10 rankings. There's a suprise in there and it's not the Tigers you would think.

Posted on: January 28, 2008 4:58 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2008 5:53 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Monday, Jan. 28

The Orioles could be down to one Canadian pitcher. But they'll get a Pacman in return.

(Speaking of the O's, trading a potential staff ace right at the prime of his career is always a true-and-tried recipe for success. If this goes down, and being very liberal with how good Bedard just may be, this is similar to Pedro to the Red Sox or Beckett to the Red Sox or ... wait, why isn't he going to the Red Sox?)

The market too volatile for you? The lads at Slate.com purchased stock in a pitcher (he's not Canadian).

If the Giants were smart, they'd bring good ol' Rachelle to Glendale.

If Led Zeppelin was smart, they'd do a world tour, according to Jimmy Page.

If you're smart, you'll take Carl up on his +23 Super Bowl line.

And the new Rambo is already in the IMDB Top 250. But it couldn't beat out the glorified Youtube clip, Meet the Spartans at the box office. Mel Brooks needs to offer a class called "Parody: Gay jokes are funny, but there's more to a movie than them."

On to the best ... blogs around!

As a Redskins fan (I really use that term loosely these days) I empathize with PC Free From PC Central. Only Raider Nation has it worse than the Burgandy and Gold.

Bears fans, if you're looking for a reason to franchise Bernard Berrian, here's one: Devin Hester is the next best option at wideout for you, says Big Bad Bears Blog. The user has four more reasons for you, including one with the credibility stripping statement: There would be a dropoff in productivity if say, Andre Johnson were a Bear.

Boogers, no matter the context, will always have a home in Blog Day Afternoon. Kids, Listen to your Mother found a grape of one recently. 'Nuff said.

mets4life.blogspot.com looks at what's missing from the Nationals. Trading Da Meathook is not an option, my friend. Otherwise, you're spot on.

With hockey still on hiatus, Fly Flyers Fly offers a look at the, you guessed it, the Flyers. Long story short: They're doing better than last year.

Think the Patriots have forgotten how to lose? Taking your talking points from the likes of Terry Bradshaw and sober Dana Jacobson? Battling my inner demons has this to say: The Patriots will crush you!

And don't forget to share your love and hate for Boston and New York in The Blog Whisperer's blog.

Weekend rewind blog: The score from the weekend goes to What kind of player will Greg Oden be?. The user asks what the best Sega sports games are. Everybody knows NHL '94 (despite the loss of bloodlust) is the best for that system. But off the beaten path, we're talking Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing.

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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