WMD: 1998 Colts vs 2010 Rams

This segment of WMD (Weller’s Musing and Divination) came via a suggestion from Bryan, which he mentioned in this post. The suggestion was to compare the 1998 Colts team with the 2010 Rams team. The ’98 season was Peyton Manning’s rookie year with the Colts and this 2010 season is obviously going to be Sam Bradford’s rookie year with the Rams. The Colts were coming off an abysmal 3-13 season that landed them the top pick in the 98 Draft. The Rams are coming off an abysmal 1-15 season that landed them the top pick in the 10 Draft. Colts top receiver, Marvin Harrison was entering his third season and had yet to really put together a great season. Rams top receiver, Donnie Avery is entering his third season and has yet to really put together a great season. It was Colts head coach, Jim Mora’s first year with the team. It’s Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo’s second year with the team. The Colts star running back, Marshall Faulk, who was easily the best player on the team, was entering his fifth season and was coming off a good season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Rams star running back, Steven Jackson, who is easily the best player on the team, is entering his seventh season and is coming off a great season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Colts had finished dead last in the worst division in the league the previous year. The Rams finished dead last in the worst division in the league last year. Also, when all else failed the Colts had the small bright spot that was their punter, Chris Gardocki. And, when all else fails the Rams have the small bright spot that is their punter, Donnie Jones. Continue reading

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Holmes to Jets

Santonio Holmes, Super Bowl XLIII MVP, was traded yesterday by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the New York Jets for a fifth round pick. Wow. Wow is all I can say. I don’t have a whole lot of time to write about this, but the Jets just got a steal of a deal, or should I say steel of a deal? Santonio Holmes will be suspended for the first four games of the season because he has a friend named Mary Jane. The Jets will easily be able to survive their first four games without him. The schedules aren’t set yet, but I don’t think it matters. I told my dad (and I’m praying he remembers this) the day after the Colts lost the Super Bowl this year that I thought the Jets would win it next year in response to him saying “well son, there’s always next year” and at that point I had an extremely fatalistic attitude toward everything (see this post) and now I’m basically 100% convinced that I was right, however I am now much more optimistic about the Colts (see this post) and think that they are the only team that might even be kind of capable of standing between the Jets and the Lombardi Trophy next year.

I have to go to class. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Weller’s Picks for Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament

With the final games of day 2 having finished up with a pair of thrilling overtime games, I am now putting up my picks for day 3. I was doing really well after the first day with only three wrong picks, and I didn’t have any of the teams that I had picked incorrectly moving beyond the second round. Day 2 wasn’t as good to me though. I now have ten incorrect games, and one of my Elite 8 teams has lost as well as another one of my Sweet 16 teams. I was really nervous about all of the upsets I had picked for today and rightfully so. Of the nine upsets I picked for Friday, I only got four of them right. Things are going to be a little tricky from here on out because there are games that the team I originally had winning has already lost. I was originally going to try to find a way to put up my original picks as well as my picks for the teams that actually are playing. I couldn’t come up with a way to do this that looked organized and wasn’t confusing so I’m just going to pick the actual games. Oddly enough, I have zero upsets picked for day 3. Here are the picks: Continue reading

Weller’s Picks for Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament

Now that day 1 has come to a close with a Western Kentucky victory over Illinois, I thought I would go ahead and put up my picks for day 2. I’m 13 of 16 so far, or 14 of 17 if you include the play-in game. I’m happy with that and hope I can keep that pace for day 2. In 9 of the 16 games scheduled for Friday I picked the lower seed. That is a ton of upsets so I’m a little more nervous about the day 2 games than I was for the day 1 games,  but if I’m right about most of them, it should help me out a lot. All I can do now is cross my fingers and wait. The games where I picked a lower seed a marked with an asterisk. Here are my picks for day 2: Continue reading

WE GOT BRYCE BROWN!!!!

Bryce Brown is a Tennessee Volunteer!!!!!

Bryce Brown picked Tennessee!

Bryce Brown picked Tennessee!

Draft Thoughts for Bryan

First let me say that this won’t interest a whole lot of people, and will only probably intrigue people that are fans of an NFL team drafting in the top 10 or just want to gather as many different thoughts and perspectives on the 2009 NFL Draft as possible. With that out of the way, let’s get down to it.

As many of you know Bryan is a huge Rams fan and because of this he is already looking ahead to the draft for obvious reasons. So he asked me “if the Lions take Andre Smith and you were drafting for the Rams, what would you do?” This was an interesting question, because I believe (and Bryan agrees with me) that the Rams goal for the first round should be to get one of the top 3 offensive tackles in the draft: Andre Smith, Eugene Monroe or Michael Oher. They are all easily top 10 players on my big board. So what I told Bryan is that if I couldn’t trade down to a spot where I thought Monroe or Oher would still be available, then I’d reach for Monroe, but that I’d definitely be trying to trade down to get something extra out of it. He said that in addition to the team’s 2009 first round pick he’d also want a first rounder in the 2010 draft as well, but that he might settle for the team’s 2009 second rounder.

Next Bryan asked me how far I would trade down and who it would be with. This was a harder question to answer than I would have first thought. My answer to the first part of the question was simple: “I’d say we need to stay in the top 10, preferably the top 8, but I think top 10 would be fine.” The second part of the question was much more difficult. I first needed to find a top 10 team that was behind the Rams and had a big enough need for a player to jump up to the second spot because a team currently in front of them would likely take that desired player. After that I then had to figure out who I thought the remaining teams would draft to see if one of the previously mentioned offensive tackles would still be available for the Rams. Continue reading

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