Friday 5 – Our Football Teams

For those of you that haven’t been counting down for nearly six months, football season officially starts in less than five weeks with the first games of the college season being on Thursday, September 2. This means I thought it would be a good time for us to evaluate our personal desires for how we would (realistically) like our respective teams to fare this season. Bryan and I are both Tennessee Vols fans, he’s a Missouri Tigers fan, I’m an Indianapolis Colts fan and he’s a St. Louis Rams fan. So for our Friday 5 I’ll put up the schedule for each game, how many wins we expect/hope that team to get and at then end for the final part, to complete the ‘5’ in Friday 5 I will put up a total. I will also plan on putting up some sort of weekly chart or graph or both or something to provide something to look at for the progressions our teams our making towards the goals that we are setting for them. Let’s get started: Continue reading

5 Transactions I’d Like To See

The glorious return to blogdom was supposed to happen on Sunday when Weller returned from wherever he was.  Since it’s now Wednesday and the last time I talked to him he was playing Monopoly in Indiana, I’m going to go ahead and start the revolution now.  Or as my wife put it, “You both suck, someone post something.”

This is for you, dear.

Anyway, the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is this Saturday and there will be plenty of action before then.  So for our first post in a while I’m going to give you five moves that I’d like to see happen (or not happen, ooooo).

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Week in Review…Kind Of

Well last week was quite a whirlwind but for some reason the sports world didn’t stop for me.  I can’t figure out why.

Anyway, I’m home now and so I figured I’d do a little quick hit post and try to cover the big stories that happened while I was gone.  We’ll see how it goes.

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WMD – QB Point System

I’ve been in a few debates about Peyton Manning recently. Well, a few more than I usually find myself in that is. Either way, people always talk about Super Bowls. I don’t understand that, because it’s a team sport. Not only is it a team sport, it is the ultimate team sport. Though despite this, I decided I would make a point system for seasonal accomplishments: Super Bowl wins, MVP awards, AP First-Team All-Pros, and Pro Bowls. I say that that the accomplishment of winning one or more Super Bowls only solidifies the case for an already impressive career, however most people out there like to have Super Bowl wins be what defines a players career. Continue reading

Home Run Derby Time

Every year before the Home Run Derby I like to pull out a few facts about each participant and then try to guess a winner.  It kind of worked in 2008, and not so much last year.  I know we’re still lacking two entrants but I’m off to Columbia for my wedding tomorrow.  I won’t actually get to watch the Derby but I’ve got it DVR’ed and I’ll watch it when we get back from Barbados.  One of our friends over at Doin’ Work will be there, though, so go read his account.

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Good News For Me

Bryan put up a link to an ESPN article yesterday and I’m going to follow suit, the article I’m linking to, however, is much shorter. It’s an article about Joseph Addai and Derek Dooley. And it’s a good article about Joseph Addai and Derek Dooley, which is good news for both my Colts and my Vols.

Here’s the link.

Stop and Read This

It’s a tad long, but it’s worth it.  This argument is old, stupid, and finally put to rest.  Thank you, Patrick Hruby.  Thank you.  Click here to read this masterpiece.

My Super Bowl XLV Favorite

As Bryan pointed out, him and I have been failing miserably at posting regularly on this blog for basically the entire 2010 calendar year excluding January. To put it in perspective (I’m not real sure why I’m drawing attention to this) for the first six months of this year we have averaged about 20.2 posts per months. That’s 121 total posts, 36 of which came from January. Compared that to the previous 20 months (the first 20 full months of this site’s existence) when we averaged 27.7 posts per month -or 554 total- that’s pretty bad. We could list all sorts of reasons and excuses for our slackerness (I’m so much of a slacker, that instead of coming up with a real word to put here, I just made up my own) but I don’t want to bore you and/or waste your time. Plus, most of them have been documented at some point or another on this website.

Also as Bryan mentioned, as much as we would like to say otherwise, it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. Bryan becomes a husband on Saturday and I’m the Best Man at his wedding. After that he will be off on his honeymoon and I will be (and currently am) out of town until the end of July. At that point I will be returning to The Night City (aka: Knoxville) and will be back at my normal setup and ready to post. For me, that conveniently coincides with when football season will be getting ready to kick off. Yes, I realize that neither the college nor the pro seasons actually start ’til September, but for me August is when the heat gets cranked up with training camps and preseason games. Either way, come August I have a whole lot in store for all of our readers. It’ll be like an injection of epinephrine for our website or maybe a boost from a defibrillator or hopefully both… though now that I think about it, that may actually be a bad thing. I have no idea, I’m not a doctor.

With that said, I feel I should now address the fact that, yes, I know the semifinals of the World Cup are being played today and tomorrow. Yes, I know we’re in the heart of baseball season, and I should care about my the Orioles managerial search. Yes, I know that in the past month the NHL and NBA Champions were both decided and hardly anything -if anything at all- was written about either on this site; the Blackhawks and Lakers won each respectively (neither was the team I was cheering for in their respective sport) in case you didn’t know already. Yes, I know the 2010 NBA Draft happened and we do love drafts around here, but once again, none of my Tennessee boys were taken, though Wayne Chism does have Summer League contracts with a couple teams right now. Yes, I know that Tiger Woods has failed to win a single event since his return. Yes, I know there was a bunch of conference realignment talk and barely anything came out of it and I never shared my thoughts on it. And yes, I know that my Vols have six recruits committed for the 2011 Freshman class, and that the BasketVols already have two 4-star recruits lined up for their 2011 Freshman class. So yes, I know I could have written a post about any one of those things and it would have made a whole lot more since than one of my typical NFL posts, but at this point I figure getting anything posted at all is better than nothing. Plus I want to write about the NFL, so I’m going to write about the NFL.

The shocking part is that I’m writing about the NFL and it’s not about my Colts. That’s right, pick yourself up off the floor, and read it again: this post is not about the Colts. Go ahead, take a glance back at the title again. I promise it hasn’t changed. It still headlines this post as my Super Bowl XLV favorite. And yes, in case you’re bad with Roman Numerals, that is indeed this upcoming season’s Super Bowl. Though if you want to talk about Super Bowl XLVI, that one goes to my Colts. Either way, you’ll see which team this post is about after the jump. Continue reading

Fair Warning

We’ve clearly been slacking on the posts around here and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.  As you may remember, I’m engaged.  Luckily, Jen hasn’t kicked me to the curb yet so we’re getting married on Saturday.

Weller has already started his journey across the country to deliver a best-man speech and he wasn’t posting anyway so don’t expect anything out of him any time soon.  I’ll be headed to Barbados after that for a week and I come home in the middle of a Cardinals home stand, so I’ll be out of commission for a bit.  Hopefully they’ll announce the Home Run Derby participants before I leave on Friday morning and I can do the Home Run Derby facts, but if not, I’ll be back after a tropical vacation.

Annual All-Star Post

Every year when the All-Star rosters are announced, I am annoyed.

I’ve talked about it here, here and here, so I won’t go into why I think it’s really dumb.  Basically, the fans aren’t smart enough to pick the right players and now this game counts for something.  That’s not good.  If you’d like to read about my trip to last year’s spectacle, start here.  It was a lot of fun.

Today Major League Baseball announced its rosters for the annual game and I’m sure there’s plenty wrong.  All I know is that the Cardinals have five representatives and that Joe Mauer was the leading vote getter.  Let’s get started with the AL.

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