Archive for September, 2010


Hook’s NFL Week 3 Wrap-Up

September 28, 2010 by

Week 3 is where you can start to make safe assumptions about the quality of teams in the NFL and the quality of players on your fantasy squads.  What we’ve learned so far is the Kansas City Chiefs may be playoff bound, the Pittsburgh Steelers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders and the San Francisco 49ers are pretenders.  Da Bears 3-0 start has Mike Martz smiling like the Enzyte guy.  The Chiefs and the Steelers weren’t getting many looks in the preseason but the league’s eyes are open now.  The 49ers were the popular pick to win the NFC West but they’ve played their way into the basement of the league.  If there’s any division where an 0-3 team can come back to win though, it’s the NFC West (so don’t go burning those Crabtree jerseys just yet, 49ers fans).

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You like my new haircut? Even if you don't, lay the wood with Brady and the Pats. They are TSB's Best Bet for Week 3

After going 6-10 last week, maybe I should change the name of this column to — Total Sports Blog “My 15-month old daughter’s”  Week 3 NFL picks.  If there’s anything that I can be happy about last week, it has to be my Best Bet pick of KC + 3 at Cleveland.  I mean Cleveland hasn’t been a favorite in a game  since 2006.  It just seemed like a great bet.

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Tennessee @ NY Giants (-3)

This is a very intriguing matchup.  The last time these two teams played, back in 2006, Vince Young led an incredible 4th quarter comeback to give the Titans a victory.  This week, coming off a benching after poor performance, Young is going to be called upon to start making plays.  The Giants are going to stack the box against Chris Johnson and force Vince to throw.  That’s should be a good thing for the Giants, but over the years, they’ve had a tough time covering the TE with their bad LB corps.  I like the Titans here and for Bo Scaife to have a key catch or two.  PICK: Tennessee  RESULT: WIN

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Week 3 Fantasy Football Podcast

September 23, 2010 by

Week 3 is upon us and Hook is back with me to discuss the highs and lows from last week.  We get into Ron Mexico, Andre 3000, Brandon Jacobs, our Starts/Sits of the week, and our Survivor Pool picks. 

To listen to the podcast, you can either click play on the media player, or right-click on the link below and “save target as”



My Biggest Sports Pet Peeve

September 23, 2010 by

I will start this off by saying that I completely respect the New York Yankees organization.  I love their history and some of the players that they have had.

That being said…I can’t stand their fans.  Generally speaking, I can’t stand the arrogance and the sense of entitlement.  Yankee fans from my generation (born around 1980) have basically only missed one year of playoff baseball in their “real fan” years.  I believe that most kids become truly entrenched and understand their team between the ages of 12-15.  So if you are 30 years old, you missed 2008.  That’s it.

This afternoon I was coming back from grabbing lunch at work and saw my biggest pet peeve in all of sports.  In my office, we (by “we” I mean the 5 real Yankee fans in the office out of 45) are lucky enough to have season tickets for the Yanks.  It’s nice that everyone gets a chance to go to 2 or 3 games per year.  Even though our office comprises of mainly Cubs/White Sox/Mets fans, that’s cool.  I think it’s a great perk for working with my company.  But today I saw something that I wanted to head-butt one of the “real” Yankee fans for.

I was walking back to my desk, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw this crisp, brand new, white pin-striped Yankee jersey.  What a beautiful looking jersey.  I saw the number 42 on the back and I knew is was a Mariano Rivera jersey. The greatest reliever in the history of baseball.  The Yankee that I respect the most. The jersey was draped over the back of this guy’s chair, and as I got closer, he re-adjusted it.  There it was.  I almost lost it.   It was like someone took a black Sharpie to the Mona Lisa and put her in a Captain Morgan’s ad.  RIVERA was plastered across the back of the jersey.

As my blood started to boil, I restrained from calling the guy out because I actually like him.  If it was one of my co-workers that I didn’t like, I would have lit them up.  For a fan base that prides itself so much on their history, how come so many Yankee fans don’t know that they don’t have names on the back of their jerseys?  Seriously.  It pisses me off beyond all belief when I see a “Yankee” fan who buys a jersey with a name on the back.  If you are a true fan, you know that they have never had a player’s name on the back of their jersey….. EVER. You know what they did do though? In 1929, the New York Yankees became the first team to make numbers a permanent part of the uniform. Numbers were handed out based on the order in the lineup. In 1929, Earle Combs wore #1, Mark Koenig #2, Babe Ruth #3, Lou Gehrig #4, Bob Meusel #5, Tony Lazzeri #6, Leo Durocher #7, Johnny Grabowski #8, Benny Bengough #9, and Bill Dickey #10. I bet the clown with the brand new “TEIXEIRA” duds had NO clue about that.

So I ask you, Mr. Yankee fan with the crisp, clean, pristine, pin-striped “RODRIGUEZ” jersey….how big of a “FAN” are you?  Way to be a “REAL” fan bro.


Hook’s NFL Week 2 Wrap-Up

September 21, 2010 by

After yet another fantastic Monday Night Football game, Week 2 of the NFL has come to an end.  Here at Total Sports Blog, we’ll take some time to analyze the biggest match-ups, upsets and standout fantasy performances of the week as we get ready for Week 3.

There was no Thursday night game this week, packing Sunday chock full of 15 hard hitting games.  If you listened to TSB’s Week 2 Fantasy Football Podcast, Scott and I gave you a couple of players to look out for and boy did these guys produce.  I hope you didn’t panic over your first round pick Andre Johnson’s abysmal Week 1 performance as he realized he’s the best WR in the league and put up a monster 158 yards and 1 TD on 12 catches.  DeSean Jackson hooked up with Michael Vick for 135 yards and a score, and Miles Austin had 142 yards on 10 receptions.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs are TSB's Best Bet for Week 2

Last week I was so wrapped up in the start of Fantasy Football, that I forgot to put out my picks for the week.  So from now on, I’ll post my picks for each game and keep a running tally to see what my winning percentage is for the year from week 2-17.  So without further ediu….TSB’s week 2 picks.

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Kansas City @ Cleveland (-3)

Last Monday night Kansas City showed the 57 people still awake at 1:30 AM, that they are on the way to turning this ship around.  The Chiefs have become super athletic, and can obviously run the ball.  The Browns on the other hand can’t run or throw the ball.  The only chance they have to score is on a punt or kick return by Josh Cribbs.  Not that it would help if he was on the field, but QB Jake Delhomme looks like he’s not going to play and career backup Seneca Wallace will be running the show for the Browns.  BEST BEST Pick: KC  RESULT: WIN

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Podcast

September 17, 2010 by

Every Thursday night of the NFL season, Hook and I will be posting our weekly Fantasy Football Podcast.  This week, we recap the busts and the booms of week 1, Ryan Grant’s injury, who to start and who to sit, and who we like for your Survivor Pool.

To listen to the podcast, you can either click play on the media player, or right click on the link below and “save target as”]


Hook’s NFL Week 1 Wrap-Up

September 14, 2010 by

At long last, the NFL season has arrived.  Now that Week 1 is officially in the books, we can all take some Tums, digest those hot wings and try to process the 3 days of football that kept us glued to the TV for hours on end.

The NFL kicked off the season with a rematch of last year’s NFC title game, featuring the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints vs a banged up Minnesota Vikings squad.  Brett Favre was in for a long night, as his receiving core had more injuries than the Gloucestershire Annual Cheese Roll.  With all the migraines and hip replacements, the only reliable receiver the Vikings had left was TE Visanthe Shiancoe.  Along with Pierre Thomas of the Saints, Shiancoe was one of the few players in the game to wrack up significant fantasy points.  In a lackluster 14-9 game, the Who Dat Nation came out with the W even with kicker Garrett Hartley going 0-2 on FG attempts (including a chip shot from 32 yards out that my little sister could have made).  If you’re the proud owner of Adrian Peterson or Brees in your fantasy league, you had some work left to do.

With the Thursday night opener leaving football fans a bit deflated, Sunday’s 13 games couldn’t come soon enough.  Whether you got to the bar at 12:45 so you could get your combo platter order in before the rush or you spent the day at home on the couch with your laptop, you were ready for a long day of football.  Sunday’s games didn’t disappoint.  We had blowouts, upsets, close games, nail biters, controversial calls.  You name it, these games had it.

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2010 NFL Predictions

September 10, 2010 by

It almost felt like the NFL season would never get here.  But thankfully, last night was the season opener and this Sunday is the first of the 2010 NFL season.  Personally, I am not in love with the Thursday night game to open the season, but I’m not really going to complain either.

I am going to attempt to make predictions on the upcoming season.  95% of them will probably be wrong, but if 5% are right, at least I’ll know that I’m smarter than most of these idiots that call themselves “experts”.

I listed everyone in their division in the order of finish.

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West
Pats Ravens Colts Chargers
Jets Steelers Texans Chiefs
Dolphins Bengals Titans Raiders
Bills Browns Jaguars Broncos
NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West
Cowboys Packers Saints Cardinals
Giants Vikings
Falcons 49ers
Eagles Bears Panthers Seahawks
Redskins Lions Bucs Rams

NFC Seeds: 1. Packers 2. Saints 3. Cowboys 4. Cardinals 5. Vikings 6. Falcons

AFC Seeds: 1. Colts 2. Chargers 3. Pats 4. Ravens 5. Jets 6. Texans

NFC Wild-Card Round: Cowboys over Falcons, Vikings over Cardinals

AFC Wild-Card Round:  Patriots over Texans, Jets over Ravens

NFC Divisional Round: Packers over Vikings, Cowboys over Saints

AFC Divisional Round: Colts over Jets, Chargers over Patriots

NFC Championship: Cowboys over Packers

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Draft Analysis

September 3, 2010 by

*This was not our actual draft board

Last night, Hook and I participated in one of our office’s fantasy football league drafts.  It’s a 12 team league that starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 3WR, 1TE, K, DST.  Passing TD’s are worth 4 points and .5 points are awarded for each reception.

Hook (Hide Yo Kids)  had the 6th pick and I (McNair – Doubtful (Head, Chest)) had the 12th.

Round Hide Yo Kids Round McNair-Doubtful (Head, Chest)
QB 9 Matt Ryan 4 Tony Romo
RB 6 Marion Barber III 3 Arian Foster
RB 4 Ronnie Brown 5 Knowshon Moreno
WR 3 Anquan Boldin 1 Miles Austin
WR 1 Andre Johnson 2 Roddy White
WR 2 Brandon Marshall 6 Pierre Garcon
TE 5 Vernon Davis 8 Owen Daniels
K 15 Mason Crosby 14 Garrett Hartley
DST 12 Jets 13 Saints
BE 10 Carson Palmer 15 Kyle Orton
BE 7 Brandon Jacobs 16 Correll Buckhalter
BE 16 Marshawn Lynch 10 Montario Hardesty
BE 8 Clinton Portis 7 Felix Jones
BE 11 Austin Collie 9 Darren McFadden
BE 14 Julian Edelman 12 Willis McGahee
BE 13 Legedu Naanee 11 Mario Manningham

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