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Posted on: August 17, 2009 2:27 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2009 2:27 pm
 

Ranking the top 20 Current College Football QBs

This article is from CollegeFootballSaturday.com | Link to the complete article

It’s hard to rank college quarterbacks because unlike their pro counterparts the strength of each schedule is not even close to being equal.  Some quarterbacks shine due to the conference they play in. Some would argue Colt Brennan from Hawaii, the quarterback that shattered many NCAA passing records, benefited from playing against the softer defenses of the WAC. Other quarterbacks are system quarterbacks. Some argue that Texas Tech QBs like Graham Harrell fall under this category and for the most part this cannot be argued. Every year head coach Mike Leach is able to find a quarterback that seems to put up mind numbing totals.

What I’ve tried to do is put together my personal list of the best 20 college quarterbacks today. I’m sure many will disagree with this list but it took a lot of time and effort to come up with. How do you evaluate a college quarterback anyways? How much do passing stats mean? How much do rushing yards mean? That’s the kind of questions I had to ask myself when making this list.

I also had to put together a few basic rules. First of all freshman quarterbacks weren’t eligible. Even if I had flown all across the country and evaluated every freshman QB it still wouldn’t be fair to compare those evaluations to game situation stats from the guys below. Secondly any quarterback that has not started or played considerable minutes at any point in their collegiate career is not eligible for the list. As the season continues both freshman and new starters will be eligible, but for now it wasn’t fair to include either.

Please post comments below. Here’s my preseason list of the best 20 college quarterbacks in the country:

1. Tim Tebow (FLA): It’s hard not to go with a guy who has won two national championships and a Heisman Trophy at #1. Tebow is the ultimate college athlete. He can pass well and run over linebackers. He’s one of the most freakish athletes in college sports history. When his team was down after a loss to Ole Miss it was Tebow that stood up and changed the course of the entire season. His speech after that game took the Gators to new heights, including a second national championship in three seasons.

2. Sam Bradford (OU): The Sooners entire offense revolved around Bradford last season. Sure Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray ran well, but the threat of the passing game helped open up the running game (and vise versa).  He became just the second player–behind Tebow–to win the Heisman Trophy as a Sophomore. The key ingredient for Bradford was his incredible offensive line last season. He was able to stand in the pocket all day and make throws.

3. Colt McCoy (TX): McCoy finished second in Heisman Trophy voting last season despite a killer schedule and incredible stats. He actually led the Longhorns in rushing last season and led them to victories over Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State. A last second loss to Texas Tech derailed his Heisman hopes and Texas’ national championship aspirations. This year he is among the big headliners in college football, along with Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford.

4. Max Hall (BYU): Hall doesn’t get the big headlines because he’s playing for BYU, in the Mountain West, and not Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, or USC. But take my word on this: If you want an underdog Heisman Trophy candidate this year, take Hall. He takes on Oklahoma to begin the year with a chance to really get his name on the radar. On September 19th, Hall takes on Florida State in Provo and gets TCU at home in October. Winning the Mountain West and finishing the season with one loss could get the Cougars in a BCS game.

5. Zac Robinson (OKST): Last season Robinson was the forgotten man in the Big 12 behind Heisman Trophy winner Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Missouri’s Chase Daniel.  This year the Cowboys are ranked in the top ten to begin the season and have national championship aspirations. One of the main reasons for that is Robinson. He’s got a big arm and wide receiver Dez Bryant back. Statistically he struggled in the bigger games last season (outside OU). He threw just one touchdown against Texas & Texas Tech combined.

6. Jevan Snead (MISS): One of the biggest surprises in college football last season was Snead. The scary part is that his play got stronger as the season continued. In his first six starts he threw only 9 touchdown passes, but in his final seven starts he threw an incredible 18 TDs. The most telling stat was that he threw only two INTs in his final five games of the season.  This season, in his second season in Houston Nutt’s scheme, Snead should be even better.

7. Daryll Clark (PSU): Clark isn’t flashy but doesn’t turn the ball over. Last season he threw only six interceptions compared to 19 touchdowns. The one problem with Clark is his lack of game changing plays (as already mentioned) and his inconsistency. Against Iowa–the Nittany Lions only loss of ‘08, he threw for just 86 yards and completed just nine passes.  This season Penn State has a favorable schedule and a chance to run the table. If they do Clark could be a darkhorse Heisman candidate.

8. Case Keenum (HOU): Keenum gets the lowest amount of publicity out of anyone to this point because he plays in Conference USA. Let’s face it, Houston is never even going to be like Hawaii was for Colt Breenan for Keenum. He won’t be on the big stage at all this season–barring an undefeated season for the Cougars. Last season his biggest game was against Oklahoma State where he threw four TDs.  Overall in 2008 he passed for 44 touchdowns  and 11 interceptions.

9. Dan LeFevour (CMU): One of the best rushing-passing threats in the entire country plays in the MAC. Last season LeFevour threw 21 TDs and 6 INTs and had three 100 yard games rushing.  He threw for 2, 784 yards but didn’t capture much publicity because Buffalo won the MAC. Every year he’s completed a higher percentage of his passes including 66.8% last season. This year his best chances at gaining national publicity are against Arizona in the opener and against Michigan State the next week.

10. Todd Reesing (KAN): Two seasons ago Reesing was a Heisman Trophy candidate going into the Border War game against Missouri. After the Jayhawks lost that game he was hailed as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate for 2008, but Kansas struggled for most of the year. This season Kansas is the favorite to win the Big 12 North and Reesing is one of the main reasons. Over the past two seasons he has thrown for 65 touchdowns. The problem for Reesing is in games against Oklahoma and Texas last season he threw just 3 TDs and 2 INTs.

11. Russell Wilson (NCST): After a horrible start to his 2008 season, Wilson finally found himself and his game against East Carolina. he was injured in the opener against South Carolina and didn’t play again until week three against Clemson. Against the Tigers he threw his one and only interception of the entire season. In the last nine games he played in–he did not play against South Florida–Wilson threw 17 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Beware though. This year the spotlight and pressure will be on.

12. Terrelle Pryor (OHST): He’s got a long ways to go to become a dominant passer (or even dominant quarterback) but he’s already one of the best playmakers in the game. His offensive gifts are mind-boggling and his ability to make plays with his feet is what sets him apart from everyone else. Last season he threw 12 TDs and rushed for 6 more while leading Ohio State to the Fiesta Bowl. This season he should be even better after an entire offseason taking starter repetitions.

13. Juice Williams (ILL): Juice Williams reminds me a lot of former Bears QB Rex Grossman. “Good” Juice or “Bad” Juice, which are you going to get? The Illinois quarterback played well last season despite the Illini’s dismal 5-7 record.  His completion percentage has to improve from 57.5% this year and his touchdown to interception ratio needs to get better. The good parts of his game included a 451 yard passing performance against Missouri and a 462 yard game against Minnesota.  He even topped the 100 yard mark on the ground twice.

14. Rusty Smith (FAU): Last season Smith was a disappointment. Sure, he threw 24 touchdowns but that was nothing compared to his 32 touchdown season in 2007.  This kid can play though. Against Texas in the Owls opener he was 15 of 31 for 253 yards. Not bad for such a large disparity in talent. The problem with Smith is consistency. Against Michigan State a few weeks later he was 8 of 34 in a 17-0 loss.  This year I expect him to bounce back and have a huge senior season.

15. Jimmy Clausen (ND): It looks like Clausen is finally developing into the player everyone thought he would become when he came out of high school.  Last season he threw 25 TDs and 17 INTs although it should be pointed out that five of those TDs came against Hawaii’s defense in the Irish’s bowl game. Against stiff competition like USC Clausen struggled most of the year. The Trojans had the best defense in the country last season, but 11 of 21 for 41 yards is still a lousy game against anyone.

16. Jake Locker (WASH): Last season Locker was injured most of the year as the Huskies struggled to a pitiful 0-12 record. When he was on the field his passing was not very impressive–53.8%–but his Tim Tebow-like style gets attention. He had three rushing touchdowns in three full games. In a 28-27 loss to BYU Locker had his best game with two rushing touchdowns. The problem is his 08 season is most remembered for an uncalled celebration penalty (where Locker did nothing wrong) that ended up helping cause a game winning blocked extra point by the Cougars. If he stays healthy this year the Huskies could make a run at a bowl game.

17. Tim Hiller (WMU): Hiller is too often forgotten when it comes to naming some of the best quarterbacks in the country. Once again–like Keenum, LeFevour, and Smith–he plays in a weak conference (the MAC) and doesn’t get the attention he deserves. Hiller threw 36 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions last season. Against Nebraska and Illinois, the two  BCS teams Western Michigan played last season, Hiller threw for 4 TDs and 1 INT. In a season defining performance against Central Michigan Hiller threw for 471 yards. That’s impressive, no matter how good the competition is.

18. Robert Griffin (BAYLOR): Griffin has to work on his passing skills, especially against better defenses, but is one of the top playmakers in the Big 12.  He threw 15 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions last season, but his best weapon is his legs.  In 12 games last season he ran for 13 touchdowns.  Against Washington State, one of the worst BCS teams in the history of college football, Griffin ran for 217 yards on 11 carries. That’s almost twenty yards per carry.

19. Kellen Moore (BOISE): Moore wasn’t suppose to be this good, this fast. This year he will be a sophomore with extremely high expectations after leading the Broncos to an undefeated regular season as a freshman.  This season Boise State is expecting to compete for a spot in a BCS game, and Moore is one of the main reasons why.  The opener against Oregon on Thursday night–in front of the entire country–will be Moore’s chance to shine on the Blue Turf in Boise.

20. Tyrod Taylor (VT): Taylor is clearly not the best passer in the world (2 TDs, 7 INTs last season) but is very impressive when scrambling. He ran for 738 yards last season and 7 TDs. Sean Glennon began the season as the starter at QB for Virginia Tech but struggled out of the gate against East Carolina. Frank Beamer then revised his decision to redshirt Taylor by playing him the rest of the season. This season I expect him to have better passing numbers and scare defenses even more when running.

Among Others Considered: Patrick Pickney (ECU), Cody Hawkins (COL), Matt Grothe (USF), Josh Nesbitt (GT),  Riley Skinner (WF), Jordan Jefferson (LSU), T. J. Yates (UNC), Thaddeus Lewis (DUKE), Kevin Riley (CAL), Lyle Moevao (OREST), Jeremiah Masoli (ORE), Jarrett Brown (WVU), Tony Pike (CIN), Levi Brown (TROY), Christian Ponder (FSU), Ricky Stanzi (IOWA), Adam Weber (MIN), Jerrod Johnson (TXA&M), Jacory Harris (MIA), Andy Dalton (TCU), Omar Clayton (UNLV), Ryan Lindley (SDST), Trevor Vittatoe (UTEP), Austin Davis (USM), Colin Kaepernick (NEV), Greg Alexander (HAW), Andy Schmitt (ECU), Tyler Sheehan (BG), Corey Leonard (ASU)


Category: NCAAF
Tags: Quarterbacks
 
Posted on: August 1, 2009 11:58 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 12:45 am
 

Sports Cards: Anyone Interested in Buying?

I have boxes and boxes full of sports cards--mainly football--that I am trying to sale. I have cards of every major player of this era and rookies of most of them as well. If you are interested please comment here and let me know which player you are interested in collecting, or which card you are looking for.

Some of the big names I have include:

A few of these cards--mainly the rookies of Brady, Big Ben, McNabb, Rodgers, Young, and Sanchez would require a pretty good deal. The rest are pretty much reasonably negotionable. The only other one that would require a fantastic bargain would be the last one mentioned--the three jersey card of DiMaggio, Gretzky, and Bird--mainly because it is worth hundreds of dollars and is a once in a lifetime find. Only 250 of the card were made.

Current Stars:
Parenthesis are included for players that I also have a special card of. I have multiple cards of almost every player listed below.
Tom Brady (Rookie Card)
Peyton Manning
LaDainian Tomlinson
Edgerrin James (Jersey Card)
Carson Palmer
Devin Hester (Rookie card)
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Eli Manning
Ben Roethlisberger (Rookie card)
Donovan McNabb (Rookie card)
Clinton Portis (Rookie card)
Brian Westbrook
Jason Campbell (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Aaron Rodgers (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Reggie Bush (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Carnell Williams (10+ Rookie Cards)
Ronnie Brown (10+ Rookie Cards)
Brian Urlacher (Rookie Card)
Thomas Jones
Adrian Peterson
Michael Vick
Ed Reed
Ray Lewis
Steve Slaton
Todd Heap
Heath Miller
Braylon Edwards (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Matt Hasselbeck
Santana Moss
Marion Barber (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Julius Jones
Adam "Pacman" Jones
Alex Smith (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Vince Young
Leon Washington
Chad Johnson/Ochocinco
Derrick Mason
Larry Johnson (Rookie)
Dwayne Bowe
Santonio Holmes (Rookie)
Mark Sanchez (Rookie)
LenDale White

Retired Stars:
Curtis Martin
Jerome Bettis
Drew Bledsoe
Shaun Alexander (currently not playing)
Steve McNair (RIP)

Jersey Cards Include:
Manny Rameriz
Peter Warrick
Brandon Stokley
Orlando Pace
Justin Gage
Vince Young (Rookie)
Leon Washington (Rookie)

Autograph Cards:
Tim Duncan
Anthony Davis and a few others

Special Card:
2002-2003 UD Superstars Legendary Leaders Joe DiMaggio, Wayne Gretzky, Larry Bird (Features all three jerseys)--Only 250 made
Posted on: July 10, 2009 12:09 am
Edited on: July 13, 2009 12:05 pm
 

Sportsperson of the Decade: Tourn. Starts Friday

Just an update....

The Sportsperson of the Decade tournament will start Friday if everything goes as planned.

Sorry for the delay. I'm trying to get everything completed for the tournament before we get started.


Category: General
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:18 pm
 

Sportsperson of the Decade: Voting Continues

Just an update on the Sportsperson of the Decade tournament.....

Voting will continue until we reach a sufficient number of voters.
I will then seed the field based on voting and my own personal thoughts on how it should be done.
Right now we have 70 votes.

VOTE: http://onlinesportsfanatic.com/?p=2320
Category: General
Posted on: June 30, 2009 11:28 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2009 11:31 pm
 

Sportsperson of the decade: 32 team field vote

Help Determine the Field by Voting Here! (Also suggest anyone you think is left out!)

Which "sportsperson" is the greatest of the last decade, from 2000 to 2009? The word sportsperson clears up any confusion that the word "athlete" causes. This tournament isn't just about finding just the greatest athlete of the last decade. We want to find the most accomplished player that has dominated the decade and truly deserves to be called the true "Sportsperson of the Decade: 2000-2009."

What is Happening Now:
Now that we have narrowed down our search for the best search person to around 45 "athletes" we now need to set the field of 32. After the field is set I will break the field now into a tournament bracket where each player will go head to head with another looking for this crown.

How to Vote:
The vote is going on on my personal website. Please make sure if you believe someone is missing from the list to mention them here or on my site where it will be seen.  Votes for that person can continue in the comments section until the field is decided. Do not feel like you have to vote for ALL 32 spots. This is just an OPTION because that is how many spots are available! Vote for as many as you like.

The link to the vote is here .

Timetable:
Tomorrow night I will check the status of the vote-off. If enough votes are cast then we can move on to the tournament bracket. I expect the voting to take longer than just one day though. The tournament bracket will be based on my seeding but the voting will be a factor in determining the seeding.

How can you help?
1) Review the list. See if anyone you think deserves to be on the list is missing.
2) Spread the word. This CBS blog can only do so much and we want a majority of fans to vote, if possible.
3) And of course.....VOTE!

How this all works:
I want to identify the top individual player of the last decade. Everyone has a different criteria for defining who that player is. Some individuals are not considered athletes by others while to other people they are. The key here is to somehow find the middle ground between the two. When it's all said and done we will have a winner that everyone here can be proud of.

How to Pick the Best:
That's entirely up to you. I think athletes that win championships, especially multiple championships, deserve more credit than those who don't. You may have a different criteria than I do and that's completely fine.

Here are the players up for the vote to make the field: (Hoping to add in info the last bit of players soon!)
Tiger Woods: 12 Major Championships
Shaquille O' Neal: 4 NBA Championships, 2 Time NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Kobe Bryant: 4 NBA Championships, NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Roger Federrer: 14 Major Championships
Tom Brady: 3 Times Super Bowl Champion, NFL MVP, 50 TDs in a season
Peyton Manning: Super Bowl Champion, 3 Time NFL MVP
Michael Phelps: 13 Gold Medals
Rafael Nadal: 7 Major Championships
Serena Williams: 9 Major Championships
Ladanian Tomlinson: NFL Record for TDs in a Season
Brett Favre: 5 Pro Bowls
Lebron James: NBA MVP, NBA Finals Appearance
Lance Armstrong: 6 Tour De France Titles
Alex Rodriguez: 9 Consecutive All-Star Appearances, 3 Time AL MVP
Barry Bonds: 4 NL MVPs, 6 All-Star Game Appearances
Sidney Crosby: NHL Champion
Alexander Ovechkin: NHL MVP
Phil Mickelson: 3 Major Championships
Padraig Harrington: 3 Major Championships
Tim Tebow: 2 National Championships, Heisman Trophy Winner
Jimmie Johnson: 3 Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Tim Duncan
Dwayne Wade
Albert Pujols
Christiano Ronaldo
Rhonaldinho
Martin Broduer
Usain Bolt
Ken Griffey Jr.
Reggie Bush
Vince Young
Misty May
Ray Lewis
Zinedine Zidane
Michael Schumacher
David Beckham
Annika Sorenstam
Kevin Garnett
Ichiro Suzuki
Tony Stewart
Venus Williams
Posted on: June 30, 2009 2:31 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2009 11:32 pm
 

Greatest Sportsperson of the Last Decade? Vote

Voting to determine the field has started here! Make sure to keep sending in suggestions. (Latest CBS Blog Entry with more Details! )

This decade is quickly coming to a close. Since 2000 there have been some great teams and some great individual players. Over the next few weeks I will lead the way as we decide who the most impressive player of the last decade has been.

Below I've listed some suggestions to be among the 32 player field for the last decade. I want you guys to help out by suggesting other players and tell me if you disagree with any of the players I've listed below.

How this all works:
I want to identify the top individual player of the last decade. Everyone has a different criteria for defining who that player is. Some individuals are not considered athletes by others while to other people they are. The key here is to somehow find the middle ground between the two. When it's all said and done we will have a winner that everyone here can be proud of.

How to Pick the Best:
That's entirely up to you. I think athletes that win championships, especially multiple championships, deserve more credit than those who don't. You may have a different criteria than I do and that's completely fine.

How the Process Will Continue from Here:
I will list all the players in the competition and put them in a poll later tonight/tomorrow and let everyone vote on all 32 spots. Those 32 players will then be moved into the bracket based on my seeding.

Player: Accomplishments From 2000-2009 (Stats are for these 10 Years Only!!!)
Tiger Woods: 12 Major Championships
Shaquille O' Neal: 4 NBA Championships, 2 Time NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Kobe Bryant: 4 NBA Championships, NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals Appearances
Roger Federrer: 14 Major Championships
Tom Brady: 3 Times Super Bowl Champion, NFL MVP, 50 TDs in a season
Peyton Manning: Super Bowl Champion, 3 Time NFL MVP
Michael Phelps: 13 Gold Medals
Rafael Nadal: 7 Major Championships
Serena Williams: 9 Major Championships
Ladanian Tomlinson: NFL Record for TDs in a Season
Brett Favre: 5 Pro Bowls
Lebron James: NBA MVP, NBA Finals Appearance
Lance Armstrong: 6 Tour De France Titles
Alex Rodriguez: 9 Consecutive All-Star Appearances, 3 Time AL MVP
Barry Bonds: 4 NL MVPs, 6 All-Star Game Appearances
Sidney Crosby: NHL Champion
Alexander Ovechkin: NHL MVP
Phil Mickelson: 3 Major Championships
Padraig Harrington: 3 Major Championships
Tim Tebow: 2 National Championships, Heisman Trophy Winner
Jimmie Johnson: 3 Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Tim Duncan
Dwayne Wade
Albert Pujols
Christiano Ronaldo
Rhonaldinho
Martin Broduer
Usain Bolt
Ken Griffey Jr.
Reggie Bush
Vince Young
Misty May
Ray Lewis
Zinedine Zidane
Michael Schumacher
David Beckham
Annika Sorenstam
Kevin Garnett
Ichiro Suzuki
Tony Stewart

The tournament will take place here on CBS and on OnlineSportsFanatic.com.


Posted on: June 16, 2009 1:33 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2009 1:34 pm
 

U. S. Open Rankings: 1-156

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1. Tiger Woods: Woods is once again the obvious choice to be the favorite here at Bethpage. He won the last U. S. Open played here in 02 and he won last year’s U. S. Open on one knee. He’s coming off of a victory at The Memorial and is actually hitting fairways. That’s a scary, scary thought for the rest of the field. If Tiger is in the fairway at Bethpage he’s going to be almost impossible to beat.

2. Jim Furyk: I feel like if Furyk was playing in the “non Woods era” that he’d already have multiple major championships. Instead he’s stuck at one. He has the game to compete here with his straight drives and loopy backswing. Beware though, the last time the Open was played here Furyk shot 80 on Friday and missed the cut.

3. Padraig Harrington: Harrington has won three major championships, although two came when Tiger was out with his knee surgery last summer. In 2002 he finished eighth. Plus think about Harrington’s thought process: He’s halfway to the career grand slam. He needs this and the Masters.

4. Geoff Ogilvy: Ogilvy won at Winged Foot in 2006 and has the game to win multiple majors.  This season he’s won two events and he’s yet to miss a cut. That’s impressive, especially since he’s played 12 events.

5. Phil Mickelson: Lefty is obviously the sentimental favorite. Not only is he returning to Bethpage, where he was a huge fan favorite, but he’s also playing with a very heavy heart. I’m not sure where his mind will be but I hope we get 100% from Mickelson. If we do he might finally win the elusive U. S. Open title that he’s been chasing.

6. Ian Poulter: Traditionally Poulter has not played well in U. S. Opens, with his best finish being T-69th. He’s more of a surprise pick that doesn’t really fit the role of darkhorse too well. He’s been up and down all season but did finish second at the Players Championship.

7. Tim Clark: The South African pairing of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen will get all of the attention, but that’s unfair. Clark has never won a PGA Tour event but has had so many chances.  At Colonial he missed two short putts to win his first event before losing in a playoff. U. S. Opens set up nicely to his style of play, hitting it straight, and making putts.

8. Kenny Perry: Last year Perry skipped the U. S. Open in an attempt to make the Ryder Cup team. He lost this year’s Masters by bogeying the last two holes and then struggled in a playoff with eventual champion Angel Cabrera.  This is probably one of his last chances to win a major.

9. Camilo Villegas : The 27 year old Columbian is very up and down in majors, and he’s yet to actually be in serious contention despite a T-9 in last season’s U. S. Open.

10. Retief Goosen: Never pick Goosen below a top 10 favorite at a U. S. Open. He’s a two time champion because his game is perfect for this championship. On Thursday and Friday he will be very comfortable playing with fellow South African Ernie Els.

11. Lee Westwood: Westwood is the somewhat surprising pick in my top 15.  He’s ranked #19 in the world despite not finishing higher than a T-3 this season. He finished third last season at Torrey Pines.

12. Rory Sabbatini: Sabbatini is another forgotten South African, but he’s fresh off of a win in May at the Byron Nelson. He talks a lot of smack and has never been able to get it done in a major championship. His best finish at a U. S. Open is a T-51 at Oakmont.

13. Stewart Cink: Cink is ranked #26 in the world and has had some great rounds at past U. S. Opens. Just last season he shot 67 in the final round at Torrey Pines to shoot up the leaderboard.

14. Steve Stricker: He’s not the longest hitter in the world but he putts extremely well and has the kind of game you’d expect to compete at U. S. Opens. In 2002 at third round 77 took him out of contention and left him in a T-18.

15. Paul Casey: Not many casual fans know that Casey is now the third ranked golfer in the world. That’s mainly his fault because he’s never been in serious contention at a major championship. His best finish at a U. S. Open is T-10. I love the fact that he’s playing with Ogilvy and Furyk in the first two rounds.

16. Angel Cabrera: How can I rank a two time major champion this low? Cabrera has shown he’s now a major championship contender every time he tees it up. He won at the Oakmont in 07 and at the Masters in 09. He should play well but skeptics (like me) will point out that his only top ten finish of the year was his win at Augusta National.

17. Sergio Garcia: I will finally admitt to this: I am tired of waiting on Sergio Garcia to win a major championship. I keep giving him the benefit of the doubt, waiting for him to win one, and he keeps on disappointing. His game is better prepared for British Open titles than U. S. Opens but don’t sleep on the Spaniard this week either.

18. Anthony Kim: Kim actually has no clue how many major championships Tiger Woods has. If you don’t believe me read his latest interview with ESPN.com’s Jason Sobel. Kim also said his first love is basketball. If he ever focuses on golf completely, and on chasing down Tiger (which is what he will probably have to do this week), then he will probably become one of the best in the world. Remember at Augusta he recorded 11 birdies during a round.

19. Ernie Els: Els never broke par in 2002 but still finished T-24th, mainly because his worst round of the tournament was a 74. If Ernie is ever going to win another major he might want to start pursuing it now. Can’t wait to see the Goosen-Els-Mickelson pairing in round one and two.

20. Vijay Singh: For Vijay it’s been a year of ups and downs. When he plays well he plays very well, usually posting a top 10 finish. When he plays poorly he usually misses the cut. He’s still never won a U. S. Open.

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Category: Golf
Posted on: May 30, 2009 2:00 pm
 

NFL Mailbag: Why do fans hate on Dallas so much?

This article is from OnlineSportsFanatic.com. I have copied/pasted it here because I know you guys probably have some good questions/feedback for the Mailbag.

I’ve been wanting to start a NFL Mailbag for a long time now. It seemed like the right time to get one going, so I asked people to send me questions. I got some great questions, better than I ever expected to receive for my first mailbag, and enjoyed reading through them all.

To send questions for my next mailbag (which will be about a week from now, depending on when I get enough questions) email the question here or post it on the message board here .

From what I’ve read from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the only guy on the planet lucky enough to get anywhere near close enough to Brady for an interview at this point, I think it’s great. Brady learned early in the recovery process what would happen if he tried to do too much too soon. Setback after setback. Brady has taken the time he was asked to take and is now back fully at work. From what I understood he has absolutely no pain and is as good as new.

From the NFL standpoint of things I think its the best thing that can happen for the league. Brady is one of the classiest people in all of sports today and he’s a great ambassador for the league.

I would like to ask what is the purpose of Roger Goodell’s vision for the NFL  with his proposals to expand the regular season , moving the Pro Bowl, having the Super Bowl in London? (Robbo24 -Yardbarker.com)

Goodell is always trying to improve upon his product and make it more appealing to other fanbases. In his opinion the best way to make the league even more popular than it already is is to change things. Personally I think that if it isn’t broken, that you don’t fix it.

By expanding the regular season the commissioner believes that it will get NFL fans talking about the season earlier than ever before. Only two preseason games would keep more star players on the field and make the starters actually play a little bit more in the restricted preseason. That’s really what we all want to see isn’t it? As many star players as possible, playing as deep into the season as possible.

Moving the Pro Bowl doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’m completely against it. Goodell’s take is that the Pro Bowl is forgotten about because it is a week after the Super Bowl, which is when we all turn off the football parts of our minds until the draft in April. Moving the Pro Bowl has pluses and minuses. Moving it would mean that it would get more viewers, but the players in the Super Bowl would not be eligible to play. By leaving it where it is every non injured player selected has no excuse to not play, other than losing in the Super Bowl.

Again, not to sound repetitive, but Goodell wants to keep things moving. I personally think he’s overdoing the overseas football games a little bit. The two NFL football games in London have been successful for the league, but it doesn’t mean we need to do something crazy like moving our nation’s most Americanized sports championship game off of American soil. Goodell has dreams of the league expanding into other countries, but I don’t even see that happening. At least not right now.

What is Rodger Goodell’s vision for the NFL in the foreign markets? We have seen the NFL put preseason games, regular season games and now rumors of the playoffs or Super Bowl potentially going overseas. What countries would the NFL start in and where does it go from there? (Jaymz77-Yardbarker.com)

Goodell has enjoyed the feedback from European football fans so far. If the league keeps growing and expanding, like I’m sure it will, the commissioner wants to expand the league into a European country. This would likely mean a division just overseas. By doing this the league would become one of the few sports leagues that are popular worldwide, and the only American sport that is popular enough to claim franchises outside of North America.

As far as what countries the obvious first choice is England, which is where the two regular season games overseas have been played so far. After the United Kingdom it’s really hard to pick another country that would get a good look from the NFL. England could probably field at least a couple of teams. Remember this is something that probably won’t happen for a long long time. There’s a lot more speculating still to be done.

Why do people hate on Dallas so much? (Monster-Yardbarker.com)

There are many reasons for this one.

First of all, have no doubts that the Dallas Cowboys are the New York Yankees of the NFL. Jerry Jones compares to Hank Steinbrenner because they both spend money to bring in star players. Yet neither team has been able to win a championship in recent years.

Next is that Dallas has had success in the past. Look at all the major sports. Most people dislike the already mentioned New York Yankees, Notre Dame football, Kentucky basketball, and the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s because in their histories they have had a lot of success. That’s one of the first reasons fans choose to dislike a team.

Also, the Cowboys have a lot of arrogant fans. Nothing against Dallas fans, because all fanbases obviously have their fans that even supporters of the team would rather choose not to claim as part of their team’s fanbase. Dallas has arguably more fans than any other NFL team, meaning there’s probably more cocky Cowboys fans than other teams have.

The most important reason is probably because everyone is tired of hearing about all the drama out of Dallas. Now that Terrell Owens is gone it will get better, but for the last two years every morning something new was coming out of Big D. The last thing fans want to wake up and read about is the same stuff over and over about a team that can’t even get out of its own way long enough to win a playoff game.

Just so it’s known I’ve been a lifelong supporter of the Cowboys. I don’t put bias in my writing because I work extremely hard to avoid it. Not mentioning that I have supported Dallas seemed wrong though. This will stop Cowboys fans from telling me I’m a ‘Dallas hater’ just because I spoke the truth about why people dislike the team.

Why does the NFL refuse to have the Super Bowl in a cold weather city? (ganzman-Yardbarker.com)

A lot of the fans on Yardbarker have answered this one for me, but I will try to go a little more in depth. Most fans are willing to pay more to go to a warm city in January than they would to go to a cold city. The other factor is weather. I don’t think the NFL wants the weather to affect its championship game, although it only seems fitting since seemingly every single playoff game is affected by weather.

Where do you think Michael Vick ends up? (Jacob)

This is one of the hardest questions to answer at this point. Vick could end up nowhere honestly, although I don’t believe that’s likely. Assuming Vick is in good shape and still has the will to play in the NFL, both huge assumptions nonetheless, I believe Vick will end up in an offense with a coordinator that wants to experiment. Rumors are claiming that Washington is in the running, which makes sense considering the Redskins seem to be tired of inconsistent Jason Campbell.

A lot of teams would make no sense because they already have a mobile quarterback and others would never take a chance on Vick. When I started narrowing the list I found a lot of teams that I think could be interested. Personally, I believe Oakland would be one of one the frontrunners. Al Davis loves to take chances on guys like Michael Vick. He’s explosive and he sales tickets. Other teams I think will be among the early frontrunners include Kansas City, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Carolina. These teams either need an offensive spark, have an old quarterback, or have shown some offensive creativity.

Who do you think wins it all? (Jacob)

There’s nothing quite like a Super Bowl prediction in May. I love it because you guys can look back and laugh when I change the prediction before the season (which I rarely do). Plus there’s nothing like somehow being right a full eight months before the Super Bowl takes place.

Right now I’d pick the Eagles to knock off the Patriots. Donovan McNabb is one of the NFL’s most underrated players and has been in position to win a championship too many times not to finally capture one. This could be one of the last years that Andy Reid and McNabb have together if they don’t win the Lombardi Trophy. Philadelphia fans are getting impatient.

On paper Pittsburgh is the best AFC team (I correctly picked them to win the title last season around week eight) but a healthy Tom Brady completely changes the landscape. If New England gets back in rhythm offensively, like they were two years ago during their undefeated regular season, then it’s going to be very hard to knock off the Patriots.

Remember the last Super Bowl between Philadelphia and New England? It was pretty good. I say we see it again.


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