Posted on: March 11, 2012 11:46 am

updated 2012 Rams draft projections

Now that the deal with the Redskins is done...a little reworking of my draft projections needs to happen.

I am going to go with the assumption that either Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon will be there at #6. If they are both gone however, I know Cincy wants Richardson so I could see the Rams trade #6 for #17, #21 and a 5th rounder to replace the one we sent Denver for Lloyd. But for now, lets go with us picking at #6 and #33 and #39

#6 - Blackmon or Claiborne... if somehow both are available, go Blackmon
#33 - Zach Brown, OLB from UNC
#39 - Alfonzo Dennard, CB from NU or Jeffrey or Randle if we select Claiborne #6
Trade the 1st rounder in 2014 to the New York Jets for their pick at #47 and also #147
#47 - LaMichael James, RB from Oregon
#66 - Zebrie Sanders, OT from FSU
#97 - Lucas Nix, OG from Pitt
#147- Robert Blanton, CB from Notre Dame
#161- Jonathon Jenkins, DT from UGA
#194- Tank Carder, OLB from TCU (how can you not like a LB named TANK?)

With this we get the deep threat we need on offense, the cover corner on defense, 2 young OLB's to put on either side of L'il Animal, A big body to put between Quinn and Long, O line depth,and someone dynamic to make a 2 headed monster with SJ39

I like how this looks...just sayin
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:16 pm

MLB realignment

All the talk about moving either Houston or Arizona to the AL is simply just dumb. Everyone knows that expansion has been Bud Selig's baby (having added Colorado,Florida,Arizona and Tampa..all have either won or been to a World Series). This is the simplest way to solve this problem. You add a team in Portland and Las Vegas to the AL. You have 2 more natural rivalries (Seattle/Portland and Vegas/Arizona) and you create 4, 4 team division just like in football and hockey....and we know how well it has worked there.

realignment would look something like this

NL West- Dodgers,Giants,Padres,Colorado
NL North- Chicago,Milwaukee,St Louis,Cincy
NL South- Arizona,Houston,Atlanta,Florida
NL East-  Philly,Mets,Pittsburgh,Washington

AL West- Angels,A's Seattle,Portland
AL North- Minnesota,Chicago,Detroit,Cleveland
AL South-Vegas,Texas,Tampa,Kansas City
AL East-  Yankees,Sox,Baltimore,Toronto

Not quite optimum but better than moving people around and then taking the luster off of Selig's other baby...interleague play. Plus Selig can then go ahead with expanding the playoffs.... but to do that he will need to scale back to 154 regular season games for sure.

Imagine if you will...a playoff like this:

and the winners take on Atlanta and Philly in round 2


and the winners take on the Yanks and Sox

could work favorably for everyone involved IMO
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 10, 2010 2:46 pm

The Superconferences in college football

Lots of things have transpired

Look when all is said and done, all the restrucuring of the conferences will give us 5 , 16 team, conferences in the BCS. The rest of them are done. Big East and Big 12 will be no more.

You will have a Pacific Coast conference, a Western Plains conference, a Midwest conference, a Southeastern Conference and an Atlantic Coast Conference

The only real problem with this is the Texas/Oklahoma Schools moving to the Pacific Coast Conference. Geographically it makes no sense. Financially, however, it sure does.

Ok, so it breaks down like this. Colorado and the Tx/OK schools are going to the the Pacfic Coast Conference. Nebraska is going to the Midwest Conference. The Midwest Conference then adds Pitt, Cincy ,Notre Dame and Rutgers to make their 16.

The Plains conference would be built from the remains of the  Big 12. KU,KSU,ISU,Missouri,Baylor, Then it adds Boise St, TCU, Utah, BYU, Colorado St, Memphis, Houston, Rice, SMU, Tulsa and UNLV

The Southeastern Conference then adds Louisvile, WVU, Tulane and Southern Miss to get 16

Then the Atlantic Coast Conference adds Syracuse, UConn, UCF and USF

that makes 80 teams. It gives certain teams the BCS opportunity they had not had before and does not destroy too much

Pacific Conference Coastal Division: USC, UCLA, Cal Stanford,Oregon, Oregon St , Wash, WSU
Pacific Conference Desert Division:  Texas, Oklahoma, TAMU,TTech, OSU, CU, Arizona, ASU

Midwest Conference North Division: OSU,Cincy,Michigan,Wisconsin,Michigan St,Rutgers, PSU, Pitt
Midwest Conference South Division: ND,Purdue,Indiana,Illinois,Minnesota,Iowa,Northwestern,Nebraska

Plains Conference North Division:     KU,KSU,ISU,Mizzou,Boise St, Utah, Colorado St ,BYU
Plains Conference South Division:   Baylor,TCU,Memphis,Houston,Rice,SMU, UNLV, Tulsa

SEC WEST : Alabama,Arkansas, Auburn,LSU,Ole Miss, Miss St, WVU and Southern Miss
SEC EAST:   FLA, UGA, Kent, USC, Tenn, Vandy, Louisville,Tulane

ACC Atlantic: BC, FSU,Clemson,Maryland, NCST,Wake Forest, Syracuse, UCONN
ACC Coastal: Duke, Ga Tech, Miami, UNC, Virginia, Va Tech, UCF, USF

This is just one humble mans (second) opinion. I am sure I will change my mind as things change but this really looks to me like it would work all the way around.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:31 pm

Dodgers forecast - 2010

Ok, so we are 79 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting. That's the good news. The bad news? We are 79 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting and we have an owner going thru a VERY messy divorce. Do the words San Diego Padres mean anything to any of you?

The Dodgers made the most of the season that they were dealt. Do I think that we would have done more if Manny had not taken a 50 game vacation? Probably not much more. Not with the pitching we have. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp vaulted themselves in the national spotlight and figure to do more in 2010. Clayton Kershaw is well on his way to becoming an ace, but he is not there yet. Chad Billingsley still could become an ace but not sure if he will EVER get there.

All that being said... here is one man's humble opinion on what the Dodgers need to do to at worst go beyond just being a division winner.

1. I say go all in and make the deal for Roy Halladay. I think if you include BOTH Billingsley and Russ Martin with 2 high level prospects, that deal gets done. 

2. If we lose out on Halladay, then make a play for John Lackey. He probably will cost less than Doc to sign long term.

3. Resign Vicente Padilla. I think he needed the change of scenery and he pitched very well down the stretch for us. I could easily see 12 or 13 wins from him as a #4.

4. If the Yankees let him go, sign Chien Ming Wang. Of course only if the trade is NOT made for Halladay. Torre loves him and the feeling is mutual. Make the contact contingient on numbers of starts, innings and such and no more than about 5 million total for 1 year to see what he does.

By doing that we have a rotation that will look one of 2 ways

Plan A would be Halladay,Kershaw, Kuroda, Padilla and Wang
Plan B would be Lackey, Billingsley, Kershaw, Kuroda, Padilla

either set of 5 looks good.

In the bullpen, we need to make sure Sherrill comes back and we will fill spots depending on deals that get made. McDonald, Elbert and Troncoso could all be chips for deals to be made, so we may have spots to fill then.

Ok, now on to the offense....

1. If the deal for Halladay does NOT get made, we MUST make a play for Adrian Gonzalez. I understand that any deal for A Gone will include James Loney but we need more power in the lineup and A Gone does not equal a HUGE drop in defense from Loney.

2. If the deal for Halladay does happen, you play Name That Molina... and I say Jose is the better option. Cheaper and younger.

3. The Royals have inquired about AJ Ellis and Cory Withrow and are willing to send Alberto Callaspo this way. Even if it means sending another low level prospect with them, get that deal done. Callaspo is young and can get on base and is going to be paid about 10% of what Hudson, Belliard, Scutaro or DeRosa will command. Makes financial sense.

4. Make a firm choice between Andrew Lambo and Xavier Paul and then use the other as a trade chip for Halladay or Gonzalez..PERIOD!
    BTW... i myself would choose Paul.

5. Look at the veterans still left around February 1st. Belliard might still be out there and would be a great utility guy even for the money he might still command.

so for the offense Plan A looks like this

Furcal,Ethier,Manny,Loney,Kemp,Blake,Molina, Callaspo

and plan B shapes up like this


Ok... 1 last thing that the Dodgers need to do. This is upstairs. We all know what is going on with the McCourts. Jackie says she has financial backing to buy the team from Frank. Rumor has it that her financial backing is MARK CUBAN!!! I, for one, love the idea of Cuban owning this team. He turned an almost completely dead Dallas Mavericks team into a consistent winner with a Steinbrenner like passion for spending money to win at all cost. Sometimes he was right, sometimes he was wrong...just like Steinbrenner. It is a good business deal for Cuban because he wont have to try to put butts in the seats... we already draw 3 million a year. But if he goes out and Gets Halladay or A Gone or god forbid BOTH.... he will make money hand over fist because there will not be an empty seat... all the way to the first week in November.

Posted on: June 14, 2009 10:44 am

All Star Teams 2009

Now we all know that the fans don't always get the All Star starters right, but in this case this season seems to be on the money as long as the stupid "We want Manny" people don't go nuts in the last couple weeks here. Plus it will be interesting to see if A Rod overtakes Longoria, cuz that flat out removes one reserve since A Rod wont get selected by Maddon IMO
Now since every team needs to have 1 rep selecting reserves and pitchers can sometimes get tricky... but this is my humble opinion:

American League Starters

C-    Mauer
1B-  Teixeira
2B-  Pedroia
SS-  The Captain
3B-  Longoria
OF-  Bay, Ichiro and Crawford (Hamilton will win the spot but wont play)

AL Reserves
C/IF - Inge : he is having a great season and could be the backup catcher for a inning or 2
1B -   Cabrera
1B -   Morneau
1B-    Pena : having a great season and again Maddon takes his guy
2B -   Kinsler
2B -   Hill
SS-    Bartlett: I choose him over Scutaro because Bartlett can play in the OF and with Hamilton out, Maddon picks his guy
3B-    Young
OF-    Jones (Orioles only rep), Hunter, Cruz (takes Hamilton's spot), Lind

AL Pitchers
Starters- Halladay, Grienke, Saunders, Slowey, Weaver, Buehrle, Wakefield and Verlander
Relievers- Papelbon, Fuentes, Bailey (Oakland's lone rep), Jenks

Now for the winning league.... the NL

 C-  Yadi Molina: leading the votes right now and he is actually doing well offensively and is the BEST defensive catcher in the game
1B-  Pujols: DUH
2B-  Utley
SS-  Han Ram
3B-  Wright
OF-  Ibanez, Beltran and Braun

NL Reserves

C-    McCann: although a case could be made for playing name that Molina with adding Benji to the team
1B-  Fielder, Howard and A Gon
2B-  Hudson
SS-   Tejada, Guzman
3B-  Zimmerman, Reynolds
OF- Carlos Lee, Soriano, Hawpe

NL Pitchers

Starters - Billingsley, Duke, Lincecum, Cain, Lowe, Marquis, Cueto, Santana
Reliever- Bell, Broxton, K-Rod, Hoffman

The teams this year with 1 rep are the Royals, Reds, Mariners, D Backs, Orioles, A's  and Padres

I guess we will see if I think as well as Joe Maddon or Uncle Charlie!!!

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 3, 2009 3:03 pm

How the Dodgers will win the West

Ok, so here we are 25 games in and the Dodgers are tied for the best record in baseball. That is with 3 injuries to an already shaky pitching staff and Manny getting off to slow start in week 1. The young guns ( Ethier, Kemp, Loney and Martin ) are ALL benefitting greatly from Manny being in the 3 spot in the lineup.
We do have to find a way to start winning more games on the road. A .500 road record does not a World Series contender make!

A few things that Torre and his staff can do , IMO, to solidfy this team and allow them to run away and hide in the NL West.

1. James McDonald needs to go back to AAA and learn how to regain his control. It is obvious from his ERA of over 8 that he is not ready to be a starter in the majors ...YET

2. Make Jeff Weaver the #5 guy for the forseeable future. Yes I know, we all remember how bad he looked down the stretch in 2004, but he got his stuff right I think will be a serviceable option when a 5th starter is needed and otherwise can throw good innings out of the bullpen.

3. Move Russell Martin DOWN in the lineup. I would say bat him 7th, right in front of Blake. He is a contact hitter and therefore he either will be getting on base or moving a runner over for Blake to knock in.


4. Move Matt Kemp UP in the lineup. I am thinking 5th so you have a right, left, right, left, right from 3-7 with Manny, Ethier, Kemp, Loney and Martin. It will cause teams to need to use their situational pitchers in the bully more often.

5. Prepare Juan Pierre for a move at the deadline to get a veteran pitcher to add to the rotation for the stretch run. I love Pierre. Always have. But he just won't play everyday in LA now. Send him to Seattle for an Erik Bedard or Jared Washburn for the stretch run .

Bottom line is we are scoring runs at will and even when the bats are cold, we are finding ways to win close games. That is how championships are won my friends!
Category: MLB
Posted on: December 14, 2008 8:41 pm

5 words for John Davidson

I will make this entry short and to the point
5 words for John Davidson

Sean Avery AND BRENDAN SHANAHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Category: NHL
Tags: Blues
Posted on: November 15, 2008 10:53 am

GM for a day PART DEUX

OK... so the Peavy thing is not going to happen

There are really 2 schools of thought for how the Dodgers should spend the money they have available.
I personally like either one
A new interesting twist for the back end of the rotation, do you make a play for Unit or Pedro?? Either would be ok for less than 8 million.

Ok.. here is scenario #1
Sign Manny, Burnett, Crede or Blalock, Unit or Pedro and Furcal

I like this one for the name recognition and the bats in the lineup.

Scenario #2 goes like this
Sign CC, Dunn or Ibanez, Crede or Blalock, Looper, Unit or Pedro and Furcal

Scenario #2 would cost approximately $3 million more but still be within budget. It does not have the name value of scenario #1 but will ultimately give the same results.

Danny Ardoin is a great young backup... no need to spend money on Tek or Pudge or LoDuca.
Category: MLB
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