Monthly Archives: October 2009
Not sure why they picked Tetris, but it’s kind of a cool idea. I guess with the unemployment rate at an all time high it’s probably easier to gather some people with some extra time! They probably should have done it back in the 90’s when the game was a little more popular…
So far, the start of the NBA season has been somewhat of a disappointment. Both Cleveland and Boston as well as the Lakers and Clippers all looked like they were still tuning up for the season on opening night. The Rockets waited three quarters before showing up against the Blazers, and many other games fell short of expectations. Earlier tonight, the Bulls handled the Spurs with little resistance. All that came to a head later tonight when the Blazers and Nuggets tipped off. So far, this has easily been the best nationally televised game of the young season. Not only do you have the usual suspects, e.g. Brandon Roy, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Lamarcus Aldridge, but also making their presence felt are newcomers Andre Miller and Ty Lawson. This is the first game I’ve seen this season that had a competitive feel to it. At the time of writing, Denver has a 93-91 lead with just over a minute to go in the game.
This got me thinking, are we watching the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the Western Conference? The Spurs look like they don’t care, and instead are waiting until next year for their once-every-four-year run at the title. New Orleans appears to have taken a step back. Phoenix dropped off the radar a while ago, and Houston, with the exception of their slim victory over the lowly Warriors, look like they’ll be lucky to make the playoffs this year. So, who’s left to challenge the Lakers? It’s looking A LOT like it’s going to come down to Denver and Portland. On the Nuggets’ side, Carmelo looks more focused and motivated than anyone in the league thus far. We know what Billups can do, and Nene looks even better this year, and Ty Lawson is already a key piece in the Nuggets’ rotation. On the Blazers’ side, Brandon Roy appears to have elevated his game yet again, and he’s quickly becoming one of the most clutch performers in the league. I can’t wait to see what he does as the game winds down tonight. Martell Webster looks like he’s finally figured it out, and Juwan Howard is surprisingly playing a key role for the Blazers. All things considered, we can’t be surprised if we find ourselves watching these two teams battle it out in a Game 7 in the Western Conference Semis, for the right to play the defending champs, who will probably watching from home, waiting, after sweeping whoever their second round opponent was.
Last week went as expected with an easy slate of games on the menu. Three of these were easier to bet on than picking the sun to rise from the east. It yielded my best week in the last four going 4-2-1. It kind of sucks that I’m .500 on the year when there are so many crappy teams out there, that should make this an easy gambling season. Alas, I find this weeks slate a little tougher, so I hopefully I’m not setting myself up for another sub par performance. Oh well, we’ll see if the 2nd half of the season treats me a little kinder. As usual the home teams are in bold.
Chicago (-13.5) Over Cleveland
Not that I think Chicago is all that great, but I do think Cleveland is that bad. I was pretty shocked to see Cedric Benson and Carson Palmer destroy the Bears defense this past weekend. I guess that’s how important Tommie Harris is to the Beard D, who, by the way practiced, and should be back this weekend. Derek Anderson is the proud owner of the leagues lowest QB rating, which can’t go down, right? I guess it could, but I think this should give the Bears D some much needed confidence after an ugly loss. Cutler hasn’t exactly been a Pro Bowler in Chicago, but maybe they just don’t know what to do with a quarterback since it’s been so long since they had one. It’s also a strong possibility that Cutlers’ receivers were just THAT good in Denver. They’re obviously are doing fine without him, so maybe Cutler was a little overrated. Matt Forte has been a ghost in the offense this year, but I’ll give both of their crappy starts a pass. They’ve had a fairly difficult schedule so far this season. Having the hapless Browns at home should be a good cure for them. Remember they beat Detroit 48-24 two weeks ago, so they are good enough to run the score up on crappy teams!
Houston (-3.5) Over Buffalo
I don’t know whats wrong with Buffalo. They looked like they were moving in the right direction last season, but this year just like Jamarcus, they’ve regressed. Unfortunately for them, the peak of their season may have come in week 1 when they nearly beat Patriots. They haven’t really shown they can run or throw the ball since, which makes me think they won’t be breaking out of the funk. Even TO has said that his numbers are “pathetic” (18 receptions 242 yards with one TD), which shows that even the places they were supposed to improve are regressing to in Buffalo. Houston almost blew a lead last week against SF, but the Niners offense looks better than the Bills, sadly. If Houston can get their defense straightened out, they could be a playoff team. I see Andre Johnson tearing up this suspect secondary all game long, which makes this a pretty easy pick.
Green Bay (-3) Over Minnesota
This is probably the pick Im most worried about. I missed it the last time these two teams played each other by a couple points as Minnesota won. I think this game will be more emotional for Favre in his first return to Lambeau on the opposing sideline. I know I reminisce whenever I go back to a former workplace whether its good or bad memories there are emotional ties, so I can’t see Brett being any different since he spent more time there than anyone expected. I’m looking for the crowd to get to him since they know him better than anyone. Rodgers on the other hand, looked bad in their last meeting as he was getting knocked down more times than Quagmire has pickup lines. I think he won’t be holding the ball quite as long this time around, and hopefully won’t try to force as many throws. Plus, wasnt it this time last year everybody loved the Jets because they were 4-2? I’m getting excited, it looks like Favre could still be on the path to mediocrity, and he’s one Charles Woodson interception away from losing two in a row. It might just be me, but don’t you think Aaron Kampman and Jared Allen should start a butt rock band 90’s style? Sure, Kampman cut his hair, but everyone got a glimpse of the long headbanger hair in his first year he can grow it!
Indianapolis (-12.5) Over San Francisco
It’s tough to tell who is the best team in the league between the Colts and the Saints, but both teams have been amazing. I’ve been riding the Niners bandwagon for most of the season, but I’ll have to step off their train since they’ve lost for me two weeks in a row. I’m sure the Colts will give them all they can handle. Austin Collie has slipped into a very nice complement receiver to Reggie Wayne. The Colts defense is also going to get back Bob Sanders which should give them a little extra swagger. The Niners defense has been pretty good this season, but they haven’t faced an offense as good as the Colts. If the 49ers can somehow get the running game going, their stagnant offense might start producing. I’m not sure I buy the Alex Smith is a worthy first round pick yet, but he can’t be much worse than that Shaun Hill was under center.
Arizona (-10) Over Carolina
I’ve come to the realization that Arizona is in fact for real, and making it to the Super Bowl on a hot streak. Their defense is actually pretty strong, and they may not need to put up 35+ every week to win. Carolina, has been very disappointing to say the least, and I thought they’d rebound and get it together, but it seems like they have given up on this season. Jake Delhomme could be one of the worst QB’s in the league at the moment, and has shown nothing to think the contrary. They have a running game, but what good is that when you can’t throw the ball. What could be worse for Panther fans? They traded away their 2010 first round pick to the 49ers in the Everett Brown trade last off season. Sorry Carolina, but you’ve earned the hottie of the week!
Bye week (-28) Over Jim Zorn
This guy can’t win in the media or on the field. I kind of feel bad for him, but at the same time I don’t really care. The Bye week should be a tough opponent, but I still see him losing popularity and responsibilities before their next game!
New Orleans (-10) Over Atlanta
Maybe I hyped Atlanta too much last weekend, so they showed me up by throwing in a stinker against Dallas. I really don’t think Dallas is for real, since they only are in the game when Romo plays well. There’s really only a 50/50 chance of that. I think I might have picked the Saints every week so far this season, and miraculously they’ve covered every time! Thank you Darren Sharper for that pick six with two minutes to go last week! Darren, you made the Miller Lite gambling cover of the week! I don’t like Bush saying they can go undefeated, but looking at them at this point in the season it’s hard for me to say they can’t. I see them coming out strong in this one after being worked in the first half of last weeks game.
I know this is an older clip, but in light of the start of the NBA season, I thought I’d show the hardest way to score a basket, with a person… I wonder if they had any misfires before this actually went down? It looks like she may have caught part of her head on the rim on the way down as she was grabbing it after wards. Good thing the guys were too excited to notice! This is by far the hardest shot I’ve ever seen!
Somewhere in the late 80s I took a liking to the Seattle Mariners. I know what you’re thinking…. Oh, I bet it was 1989 when Ken Griffey Jr. joined the team. Not so fast, though, random forgotten baseball fan. My Mariners fandom came to be somewhere around 1987 or 1988. But I’m a lifelong A’s fan, how could I root for a division rival? Well, it’s simple see… I’m a fan of underdogs. In those rare cases where my team is actually good, (see 1988-1990 A’s, 1994 49ers, and 2000-2002 Kings) I’ll sometimes start rooting for a less competitive team. I won’t stop rooting for my own team, it’s just something else to root for to stay grounded, if you will. Well, the 1987-1988 Mariners were that team for me in those days. I believe it started with my admiration for Harold Reynolds, who could’ve had a solid career as an RFP if it weren’t for his later endeavor into the TV world at ESPN. Nonetheless, he was one of the best “average” second basemen of the times, and being a middle infielder myself, those were the players I looked up to. Naturally, I rooted for Reynolds’ double play partner as well. That guy was none other than Rey Quiñones.
Quiñones was acquired by the Mariners from the Red Sox for Dave Henderson, among others, and was really only the starting SS for those two seasons in Seattle. His power numbers were basically identical (12 HRs and 56 and 52 RBI, respectively), but his average dipped from .276 to .248 in ’88. After playing just 7 games and going 2 for 19, the Mariners traded him to Pittsburgh, where he would finish his last season in the major leagues with a lowly .209 batting average.
Quiñones compiled a lifetime average of .243 with 29 HR and 159 RBI in 1,668 plate appearances over his 4 year career.
The NBA regular season kicks off Tuesday night, with TNT carrying a double header featuring the Cavs-Celtics and Lakers-Clippers. Although the latter is a much less enticing game, Doin Work will be having a live blog following what should be a nailbiter. The Lake Show always brings out the best in Doin Work, since we’re comprised of two die hard Laker fans and two diehard Laker haters. Should be an amusing one. If you’re watching the game, might as well pull up our Live Blog and follow the action with us.
As my favorite football saying goes…. If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.
Such is the situation for the San Francisco 49ers. Now, first off, let me just disclose the fact that I really couldn’t care less who Singletary names the starter. I’m not much of a Niners fan, but when you live in Northern California, you take what you can get in terms of winning teams. The 49ers sit at 3-3 after losing two in a row. They’re a game back of division leading Arizona. So, that creates an interesting situation for the team as they decide which direction to go. The sentiment coming from SF fans is simply, Alex Smith played better than Shaun Hill, so he should be the starter. You can’t argue that, but you can argue that he came into the game down 21-0 when the pressure was off. Houston’s defensive gameplan also goes out the window as they most likely spent their week preparing for Hill. One Houston defender even went on to say he didn’t even know who #11 was!
Now, simple logic states that you go with whoever gives you the best chance to win the football game. But, the 49ers travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts next week, so they probably don’t have a chance regardless of who’s dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodging lineman in the collapsed pocket all day. Therefore, here’s hoping the Niners go with Smith to finish out the season. They’re still paying him a ton of money, and they owe it one more shot to see if he can salvage his career and be the starting QB they picked him to be. No word on whether Coach Singletary plans to announce who the starter will be in today’s press conference yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how they handle it.
UPDATE: Mike Singletary did, in fact, name Alex Smith the starter for this Sunday.
Ready or not dubs fans the season is about to start for us on Wednesday against the Suns. We have about the same ceiling/basement as most recent Warriors seasons. I’m guessing our ceiling would be a 7th or 8th seed in the west, and our basement is, well, we know what the basement is all about from the last decade plus. I can understand why some of the players (Jackson and Ellis) are somewhat confused at the organizations lack of movement in any one direction this offseason. Even the movement they did make it was pretty suspect as they added even more guards to the roster. I can’t say there’s any reason to be shocked, and nor should any long time Warriors fan. It’s rough watching Rowell sign extensions and trade for point guards, but we understand that our ownership just doesn’t like to make normal decisions. Maybe Al Davis and Cohan speak regularly on how to make Bay Area fans miserable. The thing that has bugged me the most out of all of these years, is that we do have a great fan base, and are the fifth largest basketball market in the country. It’s been a widespread hope for years that Cohan would sell the team, but fans have been disappointed as talks died down each time. It’s just amazing that bigger named players can’t be brought here, since they are in such a good market. I guess the Cohan’s (losing) label has stuck a little too well forcing all free agents to head for the hills when the W’s call. Anyways, I have high hopes for this team in the near future maybe not this year per say, but sooner than later they should mold into a solid cast, if we actually CAN keep them together.
Let’s start with the trouble makers that kept the Warriors camp relevant in the NBA news over the summer. I think I’ve said about all I can on Stephen Jackson, and how his time in a Warriors jersey was much appreciated, but now it’s time to for us and him to move on. I’ve been a huge fan of Monta Ellis since he was drafted by the Warriors, but this summer he proved that he still is slightly childish. He didn’t want the W’s to take a guard in the draft. Sure enough, they did. At the time I felt it would have been a big mistake to take anyone other than Curry, so I’m glad we did. He said that Curry and himself couldn’t play together, and it looks like they’re both in the starting lineup for Friday night. Maybe I just never noticed it, or maybe Jackson has rubbed off on Monta with his gripes. I can understand his points and where he’s coming from, but he should have done a little more research before he signed his contract! I hope he can suck it up, and just play like the guy that flew around the court and gave oppositions nightmares on defense. I think he will, and Nelson will use his ability’s well at the 2. I haven’t really seen anything promising as far as distributing the ball with him, so I’m not really buying he was cut out to man the point. I’m down for a surprise, if he can prove me wrong!
Which moves us to Curry. He seems to be the most professional about all the drama that has unfolded this offseason (maybe his daddy Del helped him out with that), but he’s been very composed considering a lot of it has surrounded him. I had mixed feelings when we drafted him as I’ve had a mancrush on him for at least three years, but it sounded like he didn’t want to come to Golden State. Before the draft he didn’t even want to work out for the W’s, and it was already upsetting one of our young stars (Monta) that he was being considered. Alas, I’ve come around after watching him play in a few games this pre-season with some actual pros. I really liked how he managed the game, and seemed to know how to run an offense showing off his high basketball IQ, which must just be a hereditary thing. Now that he’s been named the starter for opening night, I can only hope he makes more correct decisions that wrong ones. If he struggles early, I could see him out of the starting lineup quick, but with very little competition at PG I think he might stick. I’m sure some of his training this offseason with CP3 taught him a thing or two about being prepared. Nellie has been glowing about him, calling him a young Steve Nash. It’s pretty high praises, but Nellie says a lot of weird stuff!
Stephen Jackson, Anthony Randolph, and Andris Biendris are supposed to round out the lineup. Although Jackson and Randolph are both questionable it looks as though they will both play in the opener. Randolph’s back is slightly more concerning, but there are still a few days before the season starts for him to rest. The freakishly gifted Randolph showed off at the Summer Leagues, and is rinally ready to reel in some minutes, that should bump up his already impressive stats in a small sample size. It’s crazy that he might not even peak for another five years! He is finally out of Nellie’s doghouse through working extremely hard through the offseason, and once again is a main reason for optimism in Oakland. He added 20 pounds of muscle, and was constantly working on his game which should translate to a breakout campaign.
Biens could possibly be my favorite player on their team. I guess that Latvian charm wore off on me because I’m not really big on his style of play or the excitement level he creates when he’s on the court. It’s more on how he approaches the game, and has handled himself throughout his career as a Warrior. He never complained once about not having a contract until his was up. He has consistently gotten better each season in one area or another. He’s only 23! He appreciates the game and what he is a part of. This summer he reportedly has been expanding his offensive game. Word is he has been working on facing up, and post moves as defenders were playing his tendencies too much last season. It’s the one facet of his game that has always had criticism, and now he’s addressing it. Just one more reason to like this kid! No matter what happens, I think we’ll get our money’s worth out of him on the court.
Our bench should be very interesting this year. It will be shuffling who is coming off the bench based on who is starting, but with Morrow/Curry, Maggette, Turiaf, and Azubuike it looks like we should be able to outscore a lot of second teams in the league. Morrow and Maggette have been great this pre-season, and possibly the best looking players on the team at times. They are very efficient in scoring, so hopefully that will continue to through the start of the regular season. Morrow could be the most interesting Warrior this year. It’s likely he’ll see the same 20-25 minutes per game since Nellie loves the three, but since he has been working hard on his defense, he might find a few extra minutes if he truly has improved. I find that a lot of people forget we even have Maggette, which is understandable, but he is the physical type of player we need to wear teams down and get the foul counts up to be in the bonus late in games. We have plenty of scoring, but our main problem once again is that we’re painfully thin at forward, and really only have one true center on the roster. Hopefully a speedy recovery from Branden Wright can help that. I’m worried having a rotation of bigs that includes Mikki Moore. Should be an interesting season! I’m hoping for the best, but as always I will be prepared for the worst!
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Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets: 144 rush yds. 2 TD
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco: 7 rec, 93 yds, 3 TD
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston: 7 rec, 123 yds, TD
Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati: 20-24, 233 pass yds, 5 TD
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Cincinnati: 10 rec, 118 yds, 2 TD
Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati: 189 rush yds, TD
New York Jets Defense: 0 pts allowed, 3 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumble Recoveries
Wes Welker, WR, New England: 10 rec, 107 yds, TD
Sydney Rice, WR, Minnesota: 11 rec, 136 yds
Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego: 5 rec, 142 yds, TD
Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay: 148 rush yds, TD
Steve Slaton, RB, Houston: 60 rush yds, 4 rec, 22 yds, 2 TD
Miles Austin, WR, Dallas: 6 rec, 171 yds, 2 TD
Ricky Williams, RB, Miami: 80 rush yds, 3 TD
Follow all the action on Doin Work’s first annual Fantasy Basketball LIVE Draft Blog! If you haven’t had your draft yet, be sure to stop by later tonight to see how things shake out. If you already had your draft, check it out and see where you (or we) went wrong.
DRAFT Coverage starts at 6:45pm Pacific Time.
A 12 team league with one of the greatest collection of sports geeks ever assembled spanning from California to New York. Each team keeps three players from last year. Draft order is determined by order of finish in last season’s playoffs.
2008-2009 ORDER OF FINISH AND KEEPERS…
1. RICK KAMLA FANBOYS
Lebron James, Andre Iguoadala, Chris Bosh
2. LOMPOC MOB FIGAZ
Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Gerald Wallace
3. FLINT TROPICS
Deron Williams, Jose Calderon, Joe Johnson
4. KSC SNOOPY
Al Jefferson, Devin Harris, OJ Mayo
5. HAIGHT-ASHBURY STREET KIDZ
Danny Granger, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash
6. DEPORTIVO LIBERTAD
Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Monta Ellis
7. MANUTE BOL’S ALL-STARS
Amare Stoudamire, Brandon Roy, Caron Butler
8. SACRAMENTO MONARCHS
Josh Smith, Kevin Martin, Anthony Randolph
9. TEAM ROTO RUDO
Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard
10. SANTA BARBARA MAD CADDIES
Lamarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki, Gilbert Arenas
11. JORDAN FOR 3…..YESSSSS!
Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Andrea Bargnani
12. CORONA BEACH BRAWLERS
David West, Josh Howard, Antawn Jamison
While the top teams are busy playing the likes of Mississippi State, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Oregon State, #8 TCU and #16 BYU are squaring off in Provo. Being a pretty devout USC fan, my Saturdays usually revolve around the Trojans. However, with about 7 minutes until kickoff, my TV figures to remain on the much-maligned Versus channel. As much as I want to watch Jacquiz Rogers run circles around the men of Troy, I’d rather see Harvey Unga running through a sea of Horned Frogs. Now, at the time of writing this, TCU has just scored their second TD jumping out to a 14-0 lead. They clearly have the edge right now, but don’t count out the Cougars just yet. If they can get the crowd at Lavell Edwards back in the game, we could be in for a finish that could rival Utah-Air Force and Clemson-Miami. Expect some signature plays from guys like Jeremy Kerley, Jerry Hughes, Max Hall, and Unga, that we’ll probably be seeing next spring during ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft.
Is TCU-BYU the biggest game of the day? The only other matchup of ranked teams was #24 Oklahoma vs. #25 Kansas. Weigh in below….
UPDATE: BYU is listless, and the first play I saw after switching to USC-OSU was a Jacquiz Rogers fumble. On second thought….