Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:07 am

Albert Haynesworth

This guy is a joke - not because of his inability to turn up in shape and earn the fortune his been paid, not because of the head stamping incident, but this:

"I'm an older guy and I think they brought me in here to play hard and also to teach some of the younger guys how to play," Haynesworth said. "I'll be somewhat of, I guess, a mentor . . . Get off the ball and disrupt and show them really how good it is that the grass ain't greener on the other side always."

ESPN website today

Really Albert, you want to be a mentor? Take a good look at yourself and what you did over the past three years and seriously ask yourself if you think you've created a good example that others should follow.

Get back to being a dominant player, drop 60lbs and show a true work ethic before you say anything else.

Mentor, more like a delusional idiot with an over inflated ego. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:54 pm

18 Games is too many

This is the post I was intending to write last week when things went terribly wrong. It was a little like the old exam hall panic when you're buddy is asking for extra paper after an hour while you've got seven lines of scribble. You know you need to write more, but have no valuable content so just keep filling pages with crap.

So, we were having a conversation at work last week about the NFL mediation and the expansion of the season to 18 games. 18 games is only for those teams that have no postseason. Last year the Packers played 20 games, had 16 players on IR and a further two - Woodson and Shields - get injured in the SuperBowl. In order to get through the season, they would have needed upwards of 70 players.

Now while that is possible, although I don't think acive rosters will expand by that many (think of the owners paying another 18 guys $400K a year) the conversation turned to how much talent there is coming out of college.

A few years back, there were 28 teams in the NFL, 53 players per team is around 1500 players on active rosters. If we went to 60 players on active rosters (a 14% increase for a 12% increase in games played) for the 32 teams we would have 1900 players on active rosters.

Making a huge leap that there has been no overall increase in the talent level coming out of college (which without research is tough to say definitively but is a fair assumption), we would have much diluted talent levels as the season wears on. Personally, I would rather not watch a Super Bowl filled with players that perhaps wouldn't have made an active roster 5 years ago.  

Cut the preseason by all means, but those games don't matter that much anyhow, but extending the regular season ultimately will dilute the talent level too far.

Category: NFL
Tags: 18 games, NFL, Packers
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:48 pm

Now the Government is involved

Now the Government is trying to decide how to run the NFL I await with interest at how ridiculous the results will become. Using Federal logic, teams will be able to borrow wins from future years so they can compete today. First into the hat will be the Detroit Lions who plan on using wins from the next 11 seasons to amass a 12-4 record this year. This years losses will be blamed upon previous years mistakes and will then not count.

Look for teams to go 16-0 (or 18-0) just to annoy the 72 Dolphins and give TV announcers something to talk about. Don't worry, the Patriots will still lose the Superbowl.

I also look for 11th hour standoffs between the AFC and NFC regarding scheduling with one side demanding that points scored at the end of the game are shared equally amongst all participants to ensure that all teams share the sacrifice of having to win and lose.

Large signing bonuses will be a thing of the past as fans will protest at stadia all around the country if overpaid players don't perform. Look for fans to ask for refunds on PSLs, beer and everything else they bought on credit during the run up to yet another failed Suprebowl attempt.

The biggest changes will come from the way offense and defense interact. In keeping with the way the Libyan conflict has been handled, look for offensive coordinators and quarterbacks to solicit as much input as they can before calling plays. Whether this involves polling the practice squad players (the NFL equivalent of Turkey) or possibly some other teams entirely is open to questions. As delay of game penalties stack up, look for inflationary pressures on the four down system with proposals to raise the "down ceiling" to at least 6 or 8 before the end of the year. Whether the yard can hold up as the standard unit of distance is open as well. There may be a move to incorporate the meter as the standard unit, allowing for a 1st and 9.144 to become a 2nd 13.716 after a 4.572m penalty for a false start.

This blog post has rambled for which I apologize. It was supposed to be a serious comment on the 18 game season, but went off track.

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 20, 2008 12:32 am

FF Draft strategy - my issues with Clinton Portis

For years I played fantasy football, even back in the UK, playing on some pos by mail system I have studied stats, spreadsheets and mock drafts, read magazines and done a pile of research. The end result has been a complete lack of championships. I've got to the Big Dance at least twice and failed miserably. It's not that I've not been successful, I regularly make the playoffs, have shown a sizeable profit from these ventures but have no trophies.

With this in mind, and having piloted a spectacular train wreck last year (from 7-2 to missing the playoffs), I am changing things up. My strategy was always RB RB, and sometimes a third RB, followed by QB and some WRs. Once I took Tony Gonzalez in the 2nd round, and have been known to trade out of the first round when there was no one of "value" there. Given my lack of success, maybe my values are all wrong - a comment that has been made several times in my life.

So this year, I pick 8th - mainly a TD league with a few yardage and reception bonuses. I figure that the following will go in the top 7 picks:

Brady, Manning, LT, Westbrook, Peterson, Addai and Jackson. If one of those seven is there I would probably take them (depending on Manning's injury status). At eight, I have the following to look at - Portis, Randy Moss, or Marion Barber. I'm sure there are others, but work being what it is, and our little league season just finishing up, I haven't had time to do any real studying yet. Marion Barber would be a nice pick, but I worry about Felix Jones taking carries, which leaves me RB Portis and Randy Moss.

In years past, I would have taken the RB, but I flat out don't rate Clinton Portis. I have no idea why not, he is a good back in a good system, but I just don't like him. Which leaves me Randy Moss who is, well, Randy Moss. Do I dump the RB RB approach to take a stud WR, or am I being unfair to Clinton Portis because of the whole image thing? If I am, why am I considering Randy Moss?

Drafting at 8, 17 and 32, may well leave me no real RBs, particularly as I may end up with a QB in round 2 (Romo/Brees) and another WR in 3, but after last year, things are not as clear cut with the RBs as they once were. A team, with Moss, Romo, Anquan Boldin, maybe Earnest Graham and Brandon Jacobs may still be a decent enough team, with a couple of waiver wire pickups, it could be decent.

The other option I have is to dump the pick, stock up in rounds 3 and 4 and try to get 6 servicable starters. I guess this year I really have no clue as to what to do, but given that I've never won the trophy when I think I know what I'm doing, I don't think that's a problem.

Any thoughts or comments?

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