2009 NFL Power Rankings (Week 3)

I didn’t do my power rankings last week so note that the “LW” column isn’t actually the standings for “Last Week” it’s actually the rankings from my Week 1 Power Rankings. I am currently using 13 different power rankings from reputable sources to determine the average ranking for each team. I would like to add a few more but I’m not sure which ones I would use. The formula I made for this will become more and more accurate as the season goes on, because as of right now the win percentages are being greatly influential over the final outcome due to the fact that each game makes up a greater portion of teams win percentage. The more games that are played, the more it will water down that impact and the rankings as a whole will become more accurate.

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WaB’s Take On Tim Tebow

I’m sure you’ve seen it by now.  If not, enjoy:

Anyway, in case you don’t know, Florida Gators superhero Tim Tebow was knocked unconscious by cult hero, Kentucky freshman defensive end Taylor Wyndham.  We’re not going to bash the Florida QB or call him names because…well, we’re just not going to.  However, we do have a few observations about the hit, the circumstances, and the fan reaction.

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2010 NFL Mock Draft VI (09/29)

It has been about two-and-a-half weeks since my last mock draft and we’re going to mix things up a little bit. This time around I have decided to determine my draft order based off of Bryan’s awesome new weekly post that shows exactly what the draft order would be if the season were to end today. To see how things have progressed with my 2010 mock drafts take a look back at I, II, III, IV and V. Here is the sixth installment: Continue reading

Draft Update – Week 3

Well, the Lions won their first game since man landed on the moon.  So congratulations to them, I guess.  Without looking, I’d guess my Rams have the new longest losing streak as they haven’t won since the Reagan administration.

So with that in mind, here is the 2010 draft order if the season ended right this second:

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Adam Vinatieri does not impress me.

Adam Vinatieri has four Super Bowl rings to go along with two Pro Bowl appearances and two selections as a First-Team All-Pro. He’s one of only 20 players in NFL history to make over 500 extra points, he’s 15th all-time in career field goals made, and has a career field goal percentage of 81.86, which I believe ranks him at 15th all-time in that category as well. So yes, he has had a fantastic career and that’s all good and well except he’s on my team now and unfortunately his now isn’t as good as his career average. Continue reading

Friday 5 – Saturday Edition!

Yesterday was Weller’s turn to do the Friday 5, but he was out-of-town and I completely dropped the ball.  So instead, you’ll be getting the first ever special edition.  Why is it so special?  Well, because it makes me look like I didn’t forget yesterday.

So today I’m going to count down my favorite sports.  Weller did something similar a while back and it’s easy enough to do.  Let’s get started.

5. Aussie Rules Football

This is kind of the odd sport in my countdown; similar to Weller’s rugby inclusion.  This game is rarely on TV, but if you make an effort, you can find it on the internet.  ESPN360 carried the Grand Final between Geelong and St. Kilda last night.  When I was in Australia in 2006, I had a chance to see St. Kilda play Carlton.  I was hooked.  It’s such an intense game, it’s like rugby, soccer, and American football combined.  I decided to be a St. Kilda fan and bought the scarves and wore our red and black.  A nice fan noticed my lack of accent and explained the rules to me.

The game itself doesn’t stop.  Fight on the far side of the field: “Ah, no, mate, they’ll just get the tribunal at midweek and be banned for a few games.  No need to stop the match!”  A guy breaks his leg going for a mark? “Wait until the play moves on, mate.  Get the stretcher.  Carry him off the field.”  Imagine if American football had no stoppages, no commercials, just awesomeness?  It would  be much cooler.

The rules are fairly simple.  Catch a kicked ball and you get a mark, or free kick.  Kick it through the center uprights and you get six points.  Kick it through the side uprights and you get one point.  No pass interference, that’s for wusses.  Tackle everything.  No pads.

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Friday Night Football

Mizzou's Golden Boy, Blaine Gabbert

Mizzou's Golden Boy, Blaine Gabbert

This is a homer post and I’m going to justify it by saying it was the only game on tonight.  Plus, it’s my blog so I can write what I want.

A quick note here, I have heard from Weller, so after yet another sabbatical, he is on his way back.  Expect more NFL posts later this week.

Now, back to the Mizzou-Nevada game.  As I’ve said several times here before, Mizzou’s new quarterback Blaine Gabbert is insanely good.  Tonight, was the first real road test for Gabbert and the Tigers against a Nevada team that is better than their 0-3 record indicates.  For whatever reason, the Wolfpack decided it would be a good idea to key on the Tigers’ running game which hasn’t found its legs this year and force Gabbert and the Tigers to throw the ball.  They obliged.

Gabbert finished the day with a career high 414 yards and 3 TDs, leading his team to a 31-21 victory.

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Bobby Cox to Retire From Baseball

Bobby Cox

Bobby Cox

Word came down yesterday that the longtime Atlanta Braves manager, Bobby Cox, would retire following the 2010 season.  As a lifelong Braves fan, I have always dreaded this day.  Similar to the Tennessee Volunteers and Phil Fulmer, Bobby Cox is really the only Braves manager I have known.  My manager will step down next year.  Someone else (Terry Pendleton, I hope) will take his place and one of the last remnants of those 14 straight division titles will be gone.  It’s kind of sad.

But I knew it was coming.  This isn’t like Fulmer where an icon hung around too long and it was time for a change.  That was a messy divorce and has somewhat divided the fanbase.  In this case, we have an icon going out on his own terms.  The Braves would have let Cox stay on as long as he wanted to stay and I certainly would have been fine with him managing until he died.

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Draft Update – Week 2

Well, the Rams scored points this week.  They should really get a least 1/4 of a win for that.  Who knows, it may be the last time it happens this year.  We lost #2 overall pick Jason Smith for two weeks, plus our big offseason acquisition, center Jason Brown, is day-to-day.

My confidence in beating the Lions is waning.  Follow the link to see where your team was last week.

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Poll: Which Uniforms Are Worse?

I realize it’s Sunday and that means NFL, but this is something I wanted to put up here.  Plus, the Rams lost again…whatever, whatever, when’s the draft?

Much has been made of the Oregon Ducks’ heinous uniforms.  You’d think after a while someone would take the hint and change them.  Yesterday they sported white helmets, green jerseys, and gray pants.  Really, who picks this?  They look terrible.

Well, in an attempt to get a little publicity of their own, the Colorado Buffaloes decided to stage a Legacy Day or something like that.  Apparently Legacy Day means produce the ugliest uniform possible.  The Buffs wore silver helmets that sported a black buffalo horn, a sun-dried pee colored jersey and gray pants.  I guess it worked, though, since they picked up their first win against another poorly dressed team, the Wyoming Cowboys.

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