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This year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball season kicks off on November 7th, but the ESPN/Coaches Pre-Season poll is already out:

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
1 North Carolina (30) 0-0 774
2 Kentucky (1) 0-0 721
3 Ohio State 0-0 702
4 Connecticut 0-0 655
5 Syracuse 0-0 649
6 Duke 0-0 635
7 Vanderbilt 0-0 567
8 Louisville 0-0 514
9 Memphis 0-0 482
10 Florida 0-0 474
11 Pittsburgh 0-0 471
12 Baylor 0-0 358
13 Kansas 0-0 331
14 Wisconsin 0-0 313
15 Xavier 0-0 277
16 Arizona 0-0 269
17 Alabama 0-0 194
18 Michigan 0-0 187
19 Texas A&M 0-0 161
20 UCLA 0-0 147
21 Marquette 0-0 145
22 Cincinnati 0-0 141
23 Gonzaga 0-0 125
24 California 0-0 111
25 Missouri 0-0 110
  • Others receiving votes: Florida State 108, Texas 107, Michigan State 73, Temple 59, Washington 29, Butler 25, New Mexico 22, Creighton 19, Villanova 18, Purdue 17, UNLV 16, West Virginia 13, George Mason 12, Mississippi State 11, St. John’s 11, Saint Mary’s 5, Virginia 5, Virginia Commonwealth 4, Drexel 2, Kansas State 2, Long Beach State 2, Notre Dame 1, Brigham Young 1 Read the rest of this entry »

The Saints beat the Colts 62-7, solidifying Peyton Manning QB IND as the 2011 NFL MVP without ever playing a snap.  When the football pundits said Indianapolis was a 1 man team, they were right.  It just goes to show you how important the QB position is in the NFL and why these guys make twice as much as any player.  Look for the Colts to have their eyes set on Andrew Luck in the 2012 draft, regardless of Manning’s health situation.  Even if the kid never plays a snap, the insurance is necessary.

We had some blowouts this week, and I’m not just talking about Tim Hightower’s RB WAS ACL.  Let’s take a look at the Studs from Week 7

Week 7 Fantasy Studs

1. Drew Brees QB NO 325 passing/5 TDs, could have been more if they didn’t start running the ball

2. Arian Foster RB HOU 234 total yards/5 rec/3 TDs

3. DeMarco Murray RB DAL 253 rushing/1 TD Read the rest of this entry »

Whether you’re partial to the smooth confidence of Earl or down with the laid back swagger of Hook, you couldn’t have gone wrong with either of us last week.  After a rough Week 5, I channeled my inner Nostradamus and tallied an awe-inspiring 11-2 for Week 6 while Earl managed a very respectable 9-4.  That brings the season standings to 26-15-1 (2-1 best bets) for Hook and 23-18-1 (3-0 best bets) for Earl.   With the 100 per game, 200 per best bet suggested wager formula we have Hook followers up 1200 on the season and Earl supporters up 800.  Like the great Randy Moss once said- Straight cash, homey.

Since I’ve got the juice now, I’ll lead off with my picks for this week (best bet in bold):

Chicago -1 @ Tampa Bay Read the rest of this entry »


No NBA? No Problem

October 21, 2011 by

After a few days of extensive labor talks with mediation, no progress has been made in the NBA lockout situation.  The owners are trying to use the current NHL CBA as a model, and that’s not going to fly with the NBA players.

So first the pre-season was cancelled.  Then the first 2 weeks of the season.  Now the first 4 weeks have been cancelled.  Personally, I don’t see an end in sight and I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose the entire 2011-2012 season.

The real losers here aren’t the fans, it’s the players.  Any rookie that came out of college early is flat-out wearing it.  Tristan Thompson (who the Cavs absolutely REACHED for) has gone back to Texas, who was nice enough to honor his scholarship even though he no longer has NCAA eligibility.  He’s taking classes and working out at their facilities.  He’s one of the lucky ones, but as for his ex-teammates Cory Joseph and Jordan Hamilton?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Kentucky’s Enes Kanter is probably still living off that pro money he got in Turkey.  I’ve seen Josh Selby in a few of those pickup games, maybe he gets some free sneakers or something out of the deal.  Most likely the majority of guys followed suit with Delonte West and are now working at the Home Depot. Read the rest of this entry »

I knew there was going to be a Walking Dead marathon all day Sunday, but I didn’t know it’d be on CBS, FOX and ESPN.  While AMC was replaying the entire first season of last year’s cult hit series leading up to the Season 2 premier of the Walking Dead, NFL players (and a coach) were getting injured left and right.  Jahvid Best RB DET suffered a concussion.  Peyton Hillis RB CLE sat out a chunk of the game with a hamstring injury.  Jason Campbell QB OAK broke his collar bone, out for the year.  Felix Jones RB DAL suffered an ankle injury.  Tim Hightower RB WAS and LeGarrette Blount RB TB are still dealing with lingering injuries, and Saints coach Sean Payton broke his leg and tore his MCL when Jimmy Graham TE NO came crashing into the sideline (Graham is ok, though).  Yikes. Read the rest of this entry »

Here at TSB our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Raiders owner, Al Davis.  Love him or hate him, he was one of the most passionate owners in professional sports.  Rest in peace, Al.

NFL Week 5 is where fantasy leagues start to shape up.  If you’re sitting at 0-5, it’s over.  You’re looking at a best-case scenario of being a play-off spoiler for someone else down the road.  If you’re in a keeper league you might as well start trading for next year keeper prospects.  You need at least 1 win by now to even think about sniffing the playoffs, and this week’s Fantasy Studs may have helped you out. Read the rest of this entry »

After last week it’s Hook at 9-7, Earl at 6-10.  Let’s jump right into it

Kansas City +2 @ Indianapolis

Arizona +3 @ Minnesota Read the rest of this entry »

When I said I really liked Green Bay vs the Broncos, I never thought Rodgers QB GB would pop off quite the way he did.  What a fantasy monster.  With the MNF game left to play, I’m 8-o on the season in survival picks (UPDATE: Tampa wins so I’m 9-0) so let’s just jump in to the Week 4 Studs and Duds.

Week 4 Fantasy Studs

1.  Aaron Rodgers QB GB 408 passing/4 TDs/1 INT/36 rushing/2 Tds and one championship belt celebration

2. Chris “Beanie” Wells RB ARI 138 rushing/3 TDs

3. Matt Forte RB CHI 228 total yards/1 TD Read the rest of this entry »



September 30, 2011 by

From here on out Earl and I will be giving you our NFL picks vs the spread.  We’ll be keeping score throughout the rest of the season to see who’s got the juice now, man.  Being TSB’s top NFL analyst you’ll see my picks first, followed by Earl’s.  We’ll be covering every game and will be sure to highlight our best bets every week in bold. Read the rest of this entry »