2009 Baseball Previews – NL East

Baseball begins one week from today with a showdown between the Atlanta Braves and the defending champions Philadelphia Phillies.  So with that in mind, we’ll take a look at the very competitive NL East.  For the AL previews check here: East, Central, WestContinue reading

Weller’s Elite Eight Predictions

I’m exhausted from playing schleuderball in the sleet/rain/hail/snow today so this is going to be short and sweet. I’m going to put up one-sentence reasoning for my picks in hopes of getting this posted before the first game tips off. Continue reading

Top Remaining NFL Free Agents

I’ve been meaning to do this for a few days now, but here it is. I’ve put together a list of the top free agents still available in the NFL. I’m only listing players that are unrestricted free agents, or players that were released. So this list does not include restricted free agents, or free agents that have been franchised. I’m putting up what team they were with in 2008 as well as what type of free agent they are.  I’m also listing them with how old they will be by September 1, 2009 so that we get an idea for how old they will be this season. It’s interesting to take note that of the 21 players I have listed, only three of them are under 30.  I’m listing them in a general order from best to worst, not based on how well they’ve done in the past but what kind of production I think a team would be able to get out of them this year. Here it is: Continue reading

Gillespie out, Donovan in?

Billy Gillespie was fired by the University of Kentucky today.  This website says that Billy Donovan is already the Wildcats’ next head coach.  Much more on this still to come, I’m sure.

I’m not sure why Donovan would do this.  He’s got a pretty good thing going already, this could only be seen as a lateral move.  Sure Florida hasn’t made the tournament in the last two years, but that doesn’t change the back to back National Championships.  My guess is that he takes the job today and then bolts back to Gainesville by next Tuesday.

Sweet 16 Day 2

Last night I put up my picks for Day 1 of the Sweet 16.  I got 3 of the 4, missing only my alma mater, Mizzou.  I’ll call it a good day.  Also, it’s time to talk about Villanova as a contender for this tournament.  They’ll get a Pittsburgh team who hasn’t impressed me thus far. As of right now, I think Villanova will win that game and it may not even be close.  ESPN keeps talking about Duke’s historic futility last night and most of the credit has to go to the Wildcats.  They’ve sold me.

In the West region, UConn beat an upstart Purdue team.  They’re playing some excellent basketball as well.  The Huskies will be pitted against my Missouri Tigers, who halted the Memphis Tigers’ 27 game winning streak.  In fact, they hung 102 points on a team who gave up an average of 57 on the season.  It was an impressive display to say the least.  The Tigers can beat UConn if they can get Thabeet away from the basket and run him to death.  That will be an interesting clash of styles.

Now, onto tonight’s games.  Continue reading

Sweet 16 Picks – Day 1

Weller gave his picks for the first two rounds, so now it’s my turn for the Sweet 16.

UConn over Purdue.  I love Purdue, they’re a fun team to watch, but no one is playing better than UConn right now.

Memphis over Mizzou.  If Mizzou can force Tyreke Evans to make bad decisions, they can win this game.   As long as Mizzou doesn’t start out ice cold, as they’re prone to do, this game may be one of the best of the tournament. (I hope I’m wrong here.  Go Mizzou.)

Villanova over Duke.  I love the way Nova is playing right now.  They took a good UCLA team to task and I think their streak continues.

Pittsburgh over Xavier.  I don’t think the Musketeers have enough talent to hang with Pitt for the entire 40 minutes.

2009 Baseball Previews – AL West

I started doing these division by division baseball previews a while ago, planning to space them out a bit.  Then my computer crashed.  Then it took two weeks to get a new one.  So this is the inaugural post from my shiny, new HP laptop.  The typos will probably increase, so watch out for that.  Today we’re going to take a look at the AL West.  Check out the AL East and the AL Central. Continue reading

2009 Compensatory Picks Announced

The NFL just announced the placement of the 32 compensatory picks for the NFL Draft. Here they are, listed with the round, pick number within the round and then overall pick number in the draft: Continue reading

Projecting the 2009 Compensatory Picks for the NFL Draft

I have found bits and pieces and summarized and longer versions of the exact same projection from multiple different sources on the internet, and when I say the exact same I mean that it’s clearly been copied and pasted, so I don’t actually know who to credit for the information I have found. To read the longest and most thorough version of it that I can find click here.

For those of you that don’t know, compensatory picks are the extra draft picks awarded to teams based on the players that the team had lost to free agency the previous year. Where at in the draft the compensatory pick will take place is determined by a formula taking into account how much the player’s salary is, how many games they played in, how many games they started in and postseason honors with his new team. Continue reading

Weller’s Fantasy Baseball Team

As you may recall, I am attempting to become a baseball fan this year. I took a big step in that direction by joining a fantasy baseball league on Yahoo. It’s a standard public league with 12 teams/managers and head-to-head scoring. My first real shock came when I found out that I was in a live draft league. I had actually thought that I’d signed up for a league with an automated draft because I knew that I wouldn’t have heard of enough of the players to pick my team, and I certainly wouldn’t know enough about the players that I had heard of to know which to draft and when. I was wrong, it wasn’t a auto-draft league. Here’s the story: Continue reading

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