Saturday, November 29, 2008

Plaxico Burress accidentally shoots himself

Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg after a loaded gun he was carrying went off Friday night in a New York nightclub. The injury is not life- or career- threatening, although I would imagine his Giants career is at risk.

This is the latest in a list of transgressions for Burress, who was suspended for a game earlier in the season and has been fined several times. The receiver will probably miss time, and I would assume a team - or even NFL - suspension could be coming when he returns.

Dropping Links: Saturday, November 29th

Where I find the good stuff around the web, so you don't have to.
Extra Lite edition this morning...

NEWS
LeBron James thinks Charles Barkley is 'stupid' |FOX Sports.com|
Iverson scores 17 off the bench for Pistons, after 'practice' fiasco |ESPN.com|

BLOGS
NBA GM's using Live 09's 365 system to scout real opponents |PastaPadre.com|
A tribute to the recently canceled 'Mad TV' |Gunaxin|

COLUMNS
"A.I. will apologize, but sorry seems to be hardest word for Starbury" - Ken Berger |CBS Sports.com|

VIDEO
Dr. Lou has a Thanksgiving message for you and Mark May |Awful Announcing|

Friday, November 28, 2008

Lane Kiffin headed to Tennessee, sources say

Lane Kiffin is set to become the next head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, after weeks of speculation that would be the case, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. A formal announcement is expected early next week.

Kiffin got the raw end of the deal in Oakland, culminating in an Al Davis press conference in which Davis showed an e-mail he sent to Kiffin outlining why he was fired on an overhead projector.

The college scene is probably better suited to the 33-year-old Kiffin, who before his time with the Raiders was the offensive coordinator at USC. Young, collegiate players tend to listen to young coaches more than highly-paid professional athletes, and that should help Kiffin.

Six Picks for Sunday - Week 13

After two solid weeks out of The Rooster and I, we’re back to pick the six toughest games from Week 13’s Sunday schedule, according to the Vegas odds.

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Bucs – Bucs
Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers – Packers
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins – Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots – Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders – Raiders
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings – Vikings

The Saints threw up a nice 51-point performance Monday night but have been one of the most inconsistent teams this season. The Bucs ‘D’ should be able to contain the prolific Drew Brees just enough to squeeze out a win at home… Green Bay looked awful, getting crushed by the Saints on Monday, but the Panthers haven’t impressed me either. I’ll take the Cheeseheads at home… Every week the Giants impress us more and more, and a road win in DC will keep us in awe this weekend… The Patriots are starting to look like they did when Tom Brady was playing… The Raiders v. the Chiefs is one of the worst matchups in recent memory, but give me Oakland at home since they looked good in Week 12… I’ll take the Vikes, at home, in a huge NFC North matchup. This should be a contest of running games, with Peterson trumping Forte in the end.

The aforementioned Rooster will have his picks posted soon in the comments and, as always, feel free to join us.

Dropping Links: Friday, November 28th

This morning's version of what's noteworthy around the world wide webs. Check out the new header, by the way. Is that fancy or what?

NEWS
Brian Westbrook went nutso for the Eagles last night |SI.com|
Stephon Marbury begging Knicks to let him go; they will likely soon oblige |NY Post|
Chris Sheridan says Knicks have suspended Marbury one game; told him to leave until Monday |ESPN.com|

BLOGS
NFL Week 13 broadcast maps and schedule |Awful Announcing|
Ken Berger also says Marbury’s Knicks tenure is over |BergerSphere|
“The FridayList: Top 10 Holidays” |The Final Score|

Thursday, November 27, 2008

We talkin' about practice... again

Allen Iverson was the only member of the Detroit Pistons that didn't show up for a team workout today. Head coach Michael Curry says Iverson will be fined and won't start tomorrow's game against Milwaukee, and he may not play in the game at all.

Iverson mocked his own "we talkin' about practice" rant at the press conference announcing his trade to the Pistons, after saying he would do anything coach Curry asked of him.

Apparently that means anything but practice on Thanksgiving.

Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!

Little or no blogging today, as I'll be stuffing my face with turkey and the like, and I'm sure you will be too. Enjoy the thrilling slate of NFL games with your tryptophan.

And if you haven't already thrown your turkey in the oven, check out this "Turbaconducken," from BaconToday.com.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Brian Urlacher allegedly paints his son's toenails and makes him wear pink undies

That's according to the mother of the child, Tyna Robertson. She claims Urlacher has dressed the 3-year-old boy, Kennedy, in pink Cinderella diapers and painted his toenails blue (as shown in the above photo, courtesy The Herald News). Robertson wants to stop visitation between Kennedy and his father if Urlacher doesn't agree to stop the antics.

Robertson says she told Urlacher, "You're confusing him, if he's a boy or a girl."

I think the first confusing thing is that he's a boy named Kennedy. Granted, it's not Sue, but still. And a lot of male "emo" musicians paint their nails. Oh wait, we don't really know if they're boys or girls either.

It's a little surprising that Brian Urlacher - the tough, brooding middle linebacker of the Chicago Bears - would paint his son's nails and make him wear pink under-britches. Or maybe there's more that we don't know about the guy.

Either way, I have to agree with the baby mama on this one. The nail polish and Cinderella garb needs to go.

Lawrence Tynes plans to ask Prez Bush for pardon of brother Mark

A very interesting piece from Brandon Brosh of the NY Daily News about Mark Tynes, the brother of Giants kicker and playoff goat-turned-hero Lawrence Tynes. Mark Tynes is serving a 27-year prison sentence for drug trafficking.

Lawrence plans to ask President Bush for a pardon of his older brother Mark, saying the punishment is too excessive for the crime. Mark Tynes has a long criminal history and President Bush has granted very few pardons or commutations so far and doesn't plan to add many more on his way out the White House door, so it seems unlikely that Lawrence will get his wish.

Quick Pic: Lenny Dykstra loves Twizzlers

Courtesy of the New York Post, through With Leather, comes this photo of Lenny Dykstra munching on some delicious red licorice after settling a lawsuit Monday with an accounting firm over $139,000 in unpaid bills.

Six Picks for Sunday - Week 12 results

Another stalemate week, as The Rooster and I finished with identical records.

Week 12
Tony Blogs - MIA, BAL, ATL, JAX, IND, NYG
The Rooster - NE, BAL, ATL, JAX, IND, ARZ

Both 4-2 after we both were 5-1 the week before. Things are looking up, but the standings have remained the same. Here's a look:

Overall Standings
Tony Blogs (40-32)
The Rooster (35-37)

A's trying to shake up the AL West

The Oakland Athletics, the team that traded away Joe Blanton and Rich Harden last year in what looked to be rebuilding moves, are ready to rebuild a little sooner than we thought.

They already traded for Matt Holliday, unloading underperforming Huston Street in the process. Now reports are that Rafael Furcal - whom the A's reportedly offered a 4-year, $48-million deal - toured Oakland yesterday and had lunch with GM Billy Beane.

If the Athletics can sign Furcal, he would be an upgrade over Bobby Crosby. The displaced shortstop could in turn be traded. The assumption is that there is a great chance Jason Giambi will also land with the A's, suddenly making the lineup much more formidable with Furcal, Holliday, Eric Chavez, Jack Cust and Giambi.

If the Angels lose Mark Teixeira and miss out on CC Sabathia, the tide could turn in the AL West.

On the Tube: Mayne Street, Episode 5: "5 Minutes To SportsCenter"

From ESPN.com comes the fifth episode of "Mayne Street," Kenny Mayne's new internet-only show. The description reads, "Kenny's hosting SportsCenter, and he's on the air in five minutes. Surely he's completely and totally prepared, right? Because that's how a professional would act."


Mayne isn't bad in small, small doses, so I guess these short five minute programs are just right.

Dropping Links: Wednesday, November 26th

Scouring the interwebs for what's good, so you don't have to.

NEWS
Andy Pettitte might re-join Joe Torre in LA; Most Yankee fans relieved |FOX Sports.com|
Brady Quinn out for the season with injured finger |CBS Sports.com|
Syracuse rallies, beats #23 Kansas in OT to win CBE Classic |ESPN.com|

BLOGS
Week 14 college football announcing schedule |Awful Announcing|
LeBron stoked the fire a bit at the Garden last night |The Knicks Fix|
The return of the cheerleader scrapbook. Week 12 edition. |Shutdown Corner|
"Bucs Ink Indians Who’ve Never Been To Cleveland" |SPORTSbyBROOKS|

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Introducing the first ever TONY BLOGS NFL power rankings

Here I go, jumping on the "NFL Power Rankings" bandwagon, giving you my own version of the list, which probably holds little-to-no merit. But here it is, in all its glory. The first ever TONY BLOGS NFL Power Rankings, post-Week 12 edition, with the teams broken down in a little homage to pro wrestling. Enjoy.

Main Event
1| Giants (10-1): The defending champs are rolling through their thick schedule. Without Jacobs for the game and Burress for all but one play, Eli Manning tossed three TD’s, and threw at least two passes to seven different receivers.

2| Jets (8-3): After knocking off the undefeated Titans, the Bretts almost have to be #2. If Favre keeps playing un-gunslinger-like, the Jets have a real shot.

3| Titans (10-1): Tennessee could not get its running game going against “Gang Green” and has struggled in that area for a few weeks. Their defense still makes them better than most of the AFC.

4| Buccaneers (8-3): Earnest Graham goes down for the season just as Cadillac Williams is returning and the Bucs continue their consistent play in one of the toughest divisions in football.

5| Steelers (8-3): The Steelers are like a steady machine… and sometimes as boring. But a win is a win.

6| Colts (7-4): Peyton Manning is very good at this game.

7| Falcons (7-4): The Falcons continue to surprise and Matt Ryan is arguably having the best rookie season of any quarterback ever.

8| Patriots (7-4): Matt Cassel is showing that actually playing college football is overrated, or that Bill Belichick’s offense is unstoppable no matter who is at the helm.

9| Panthers (8-3): After two weeks of pathetic wins, the Panthers went down this weekend. Jake Delhomme has struggled and some are questioning how good this 8-3 team really is.

10| Cardinals (7-4): Were neck-and-neck with the G-Men all day Sunday and Kurt Warner has been unbelievable. The Cards can clinch the NFC West with a win this Thursday against Philly.

Upper-Mid-Card
11| Redskins (7-4)
12| Ravens (7-4)
13| Cowboys (7-4)
14| Vikings (6-5)  
15| Saints (7-5)
The Saints have been a rollercoaster team this year. One game they’ll score 51 points as they did last night and the next they’ll have four turnovers and get thumped… It’s shaping up to be a fun ending to the NFC North race, with the Vikings and Bears at 6-5 and the slumping Packers still in it at 5-6… The Cowboys listened to TO’s demands and he answered with over 200 yards receiving… The Ravens defense came back strong after being embarrassed by the Giants…

Mid-Card
16| Dolphins (6-5), 17| Bears (6-5), 18| Bills (6-5), 19| Broncos (6-5), 20| Packers (5-6), 21| Eagles (5-5-1), 22| Jaguars (4-7), 23| Browns (4-7), 24| Chargers (4-7), 25| Texans (4-7)

Jobbers
26| Raiders (3-8), 27| 49ers (3-8), 28| Chiefs (1-10), 29| Seahawks (2-9), 30| Bengals (1-9-1), 31| Rams (2-9), 32| Lions (0-11)

Dropping Links: Tuesday, November 25th

NEWS
GM ends Tiger Woods endorsement deal in these harsh economic times [ESPN.com]
Andy Reid says Donovan McNabb will start Thursday, but doesn't know whether he'll suck or not [FOX Sports.com]
The Knicks-Clips trade is on hold until Cuttino Mobley gets his physical; NY may want more compensation [NY Daily News]

BLOGS
Ken Berger, formerly of Newsday, makes his debut at CBS Sportsline [CBS Sports.com]
"The 6 Horrendously Bad Jim Carrey Sequels (4 Of Which Don’t Star Jim Carrey)" [NextRound.net]
A great way to get cheerleaders more involved during cold NFL action [Shutdown Corner]

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wizards fire head coach Eddie Jordan

After a 1-10 start, the Wizards have fired coach Eddie Jordan, replacing him with Ed Tapscott, the former Director of Player Personnel.

Washington's rough start could be attributed to the absence of Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, but Wizards higher-ups had no sympathy for the man who led the team to the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.

On the Tube: Neil Rackers attempts history...in the most boring fashion possible

In case you missed it, here's another look at Neil Rackers' attempt at the infamous "fair catch kick," complete with all the time wasted setting up the play. Enjoy!


(Grazie, The Final Score for the vid.)

Dropping Links: Monday, November 24th

NEWS
McNabb benched at the half in Eagles' loss to the Ravens [NFL.com]
Texas moves up to #2 in the BCS, despite being leapfrogged by Florida in the AP poll [FOX Sports.com]
Antonio McDyess will return to the Pistons, once he is allowed [SI.com]

BLOGS
Neil Rackers attempted the rare "fair catch kick" in the ARZ-NYG game yesterday [Shutdown Corner]
A great Sgt. Slaughter-Bill Cowher lookalike from Bob Glauber, courtesy Joe M. [What About Bob?]

Sunday, November 23, 2008

So what did we learn from this afternoon's NFL action?

If Sunday afternoon taught us anything, it taught us that...

...apparently Matt Cassel's 400-yard passing performance last Thursday was no fluke, as he put up 415-yards today against the Dolphins in a 48-28 victory. Cassel connected with Randy Moss on three touchdown passes, evoking images of Tom Brady from a year ago.

...maybe we should finally give up on the Eagles. I can't say I was ever too high on Philly, but they've pretty much hit rock bottom after a tie against Cincinnati and a loss to the Ravens that saw Donovan McNabb on the bench for the second half. This might really be Donovan's last year in "Iggles" green.

...if you whine enough, you will get the ball. If you actually catch it when they throw it your way, you can put up 213 receiving yards and a touchdown, which is exactly what Terrell Owens did versus the 49ers.

...the Giants are pretty good. They hung on to beat the Cardinals in Arizona without Brandon Jacobs for the entire game and Plaxico Burress for all but one play.

...the Jets are better than a lot of people thought, or at least than I thought, but I thought they would be horrendous. They toppled undefeated Tennessee, 34-13. Or are the Titans just not as good as everyone though? Time will tell, but the AFC just got a lot more interesting.

Cortland gets back on track with first-round playoff victory

SUNY Cortland defeated Plymouth State, 31-14, Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Cortland will host Curry College in a second-round matchup this weekend.
CORTLAND, N.Y. - Senior tailback Andrew Giuliano (Thornwood/Westlake) rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and senior quarterback Ray Miles (Port Byron) completed 13-of-23 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as Cortland defeated Plymouth State, 31-14, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Cortland (10-1), which won its first NCAA game since 1988, will host Curry College in the second round next Saturday. Curry, the seventh seed in the "Mount Union" region, upset second-seeded Ithaca, 26-21, in the first round at Ithaca. Cortland is the third seed in the bracket.
We could have had our second "Cortaca" game in only three weeks, but Ithaca didn't hold up their end of the bargain.

(Image courtesy CortlandFootball.com)

Dropping Links: Sunday, November 23rd

NEWS
Terrible Syracuse stuns usually-less-terrible Notre Dame team, 24-23 [CBS Sportsline]
#5 Oklahoma shellacked #2 Texas Tech by 44 points last night in primetime [FOX Sports.com]
Patrick Roy's jersey was retired last night by the Canadiens [SI.com]
(See, hockey fans, I'm thinking about ya!)

BLOGS
Al Harrington apparently told the Warriors in April that he wanted to be a Knick [The Knicks Fix]
"Stop Gambling, Start Investing: Week 12 NFL Picks" [NextRound.net]

VIDEO
Myron Rolle wins Rhodes Scholarship, helps FSU win in same day [ESPN.com]

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Walt Frazier Quotables: Nate Robinson gets acrobatic

Here was the quote from Knicks broadcaster Walt "Clyde" Frazier after 5'9" Nate Robinson put-back a Chris Duhon miss during the 3rd quarter of the team's game against Washington tonight:
"Gymnastic acrobatics by the lilliputian!"

Two new disciplines added to Winter X Games 13 lineup

How could I have ever forgotten to post this?!

ESPN announced in a Wednesday press release that the upcoming Winter X Games will feature "Women's Skiiing Slopestyle" and "Snowmobile Best Trick," among many other events.
Winter X Games 13, to be held January 22-25, 2009 in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., and aired live on ESPN and ABC, will feature new events, a new superpipe and enhanced coverage across ESPN platforms.  Two new disciplines will make their debut – Women’s Skiing Slopestyle and Snowmobile Best Trick.  For the first time at Winter X Games, snowboarders and skiers will ride a 22-foot superpipe.  Fifteen hours of live programming on ESPN and ABC will be offered as well as Winter X Games 13 coverage on ESPN International, EXPN.com, ESPN360.com, SportsCenter and ESPN2’s X Center. 
Should be pretty cool, if you're into that sort of thing.

Dropping Links: Saturday, November 22nd

NEWS
BREAKING: Thunder fire PJ Carlesimo after 1-12 start [Yahoo!]
Chad Ocho Cinco back at practice after missing Thursday's game [FOX Sports.com]

BLOGS
"Marbury refused to play; D'Antoni furious" [The Knicks Fix]
Friend Bob Glauber of Newsday liked our latest lookalike post [What About Bob?]
Chris Russo was sidelined for two days after straining his voice [Watchdog]

COLUMNS
Mike Lupica: Knicks set stage for run at LeBron James with team's best day in ages [NY Daily News]

VIDEO
Kid gets blasted in the face by a soccer ball, hilarity ensues [Tirico Suave]
SportsCenter recaps the crazy Nets-Raptors overtime thriller [ESPN.com]

Friday, November 21, 2008

Quick Pic: Hornets return to Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the New Orleans Hornets, who played in OKC after Hurricane Katrina, Friday night.

Here's a clever fan showing his appreciation for Chris Paul and the rest of the Hornets.

Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Knicks see immediate dividends in first game after trades

It seems like the Knicks plan is to be a bad team for a while until they can sign someone and part of the plan was trading away two good players because of their bad contracts. They looked like a very bad team in tonight's loss to the Bucks in Milwaukee.

Looks like the plan is working.

On the Tube: 'The Machine' is back!

The hilarious clips of "The Machine" Sasha Vujacic from last year's playoffs are here again, this time discussing Game 4 of the '08 NBA Finals. Enjoy.

Revenge of the Nerds: Tyler Hansbrough's Return

Tyler Hansbrough has been cleared to play and is in the lineup tonight for North Carolina against UC Santa Barbara. Observe proof of his nerdiness:
 But, alas, he saves himself with this:
I may not like you, Tyler Hansbrough, but dammit I respect you!

Looks like this blog is done...

Not mine. Jamal Crawford's blog at New York's Newsday.com is a safe bet for cancellation, though.

NBA Live 09 patch causes much confusion among gamers

A patch was released this morning for NBA Live 09 that featured no changes or improvements and it turned out that EA didn't release a patch after all.

But then EA revealed some of the things we can expect in the patch, when it does arrive.

Thanks to PastaPadre for straightening all of this out for us.

Are these Geico commercials annoying anyone else?

Because I'm sick of seeing the cavemen all over the place. You can't watch a sports program right now without seeing a Geico ad.

From the tennis version with Billie Jean King, to the one on the beach where a caveman finds a Geico keychain, to the other where a caveman is featured on a Geico-sponsored video screen at a basketball game, enough is enough.

Is this a commercial version of "jumping the shark?"

Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie likes the Zach-to-LA trade

And here's what he had to say about it:
...the Knicks have lopped off about $17.34 million off their 2010-11 books, and are only set to send about $18.1 million combined to Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries that year (both player options ... thanks Isiah!), plus the rookie deals of Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari (about $5.4 million, combined). That's a pretty barren landscape, with lots of flexibility.

It doesn't have to be for LeBron, or D-Wade, or Chris Bosh. It just has to be a way to start over. The same start Knicks fans have been waiting for since it became obvious that the Ewing/Sprewell/Houston troika wasn't going to work some eight or nine (depending on your fandom) years ago. What a fantastic trade.
I don't like the "throw everything away to make room for LeBron" plan that the Knicks are on, but Dwyer makes a good point. In 2010, if LeBron can't be had, the team can still shoot for Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, or a group of other free agents. The point is that they added a lot of flexibility to their salary cap.

Sawx may trade disappointing Lugo to Tigers for disappointing Willis

Yawn.

Aaron Heilman - again - wants to be a starter

Haven't we heard this before?

Mets reliever Aaron Heilman apparently called GM Omar Minaya yesterday to discuss a role in the starting rotation. Minaya, though, still sees Heilman as part of the bullpen.
"We talked and he expressed himself," Minaya said. "He told me that he'd like the opportunity to start. But my job is to make sure I do what's in the best interest of the team, and we still see him in the bullpen."
I guess Heilman figures that since he's sucked in the bullpen, the Mets might as well give him a shot in the rotation to see if he can do any better. I say the chances Heilman is a Met when the '09 campaign starts are about 40% right now.

Quick Pic: Wax Gilbert and Real Gilbert have both scored zero points this season

A wax sculpture of Wizards guard and fellow blogger Gilbert Arenas was revealed this week at Madame Tussauds and the currently injured Arenas was on hand to check out his likeness.

(Photo courtesy Jeffrey Snyder/Madame Tussauds)

Donnie Walsh plays fantasy basketball GM for a day

The Knicks made two big trades today, sending Jamal Crawford to the Warriors for Al Harrington and Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Clippers for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley. From a "win this year" standpoint, they look like horrible trades. From a "let's get LeBron in 2010" standpoint, they are small miracles.

The Knicks have completely transformed their salary cap situation in a single day. All three players they traded for come off the books before the summer of 2010, or the "Summer of LeBron."

The only downfall to this scenario is if King James decides to go elsewhere during that magical summer, although the Nets are becoming a less attractive alternative due to their arena troubles. Another small conundrum is that the Knicks are bound to be a less-than-average team for the next few seasons, settling for mediocrity, and holding their breaths for a savior.

Dropping Links: Friday, November 21st

NEWS
BREAKING: Knicks close to trading Jamal Crawford to Warriors for Al Harrington [Newsday]
The Steelers topped the Chad Ocho Cinco-less Bengals last night, 27-10 [NFL.com]
Yanks' CC offer not on the table forever, according to new boss Hal [ESPN.com]

BLOGS
Alan Hahn with more on the potential Knicks-Warriors trade [The Knicks Fix]
"Phil Savage cops to sending rude (yet perfectly justified) e-mail" [Shutdown Corner]

PHOTO/VIDEO
"Deion And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamsweater" [Tirico Suave]

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Is Mike Mussina a Hall of Famer?

I don’t know. But if I had to make a decision right now, I would say that he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

I think after a few years, when we see that pitchers aren’t coming close to 300 wins, aren’t coming as close as Mike Mussina, he’ll get voted in. To win 300, a pitcher has to average 15-wins-per-year over 20 years. Most pitchers either don’t pitch that long or aren’t successful for that length of time.

Though Mussina never won a Cy Young Award, he did get the ever-elusive 20-win-season he had sought for so long. And keep in mind this gem from ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian. Every pitcher with a career record that features 100 more wins than losses is in the Hall of Fame. Mussina ends his career with 270 victories, compared to 153 losses.

Lookalikes: Joba Chamberlain and Madison Hedgecock

This lookalike came to me this Sunday, while watching the Giants steamroll the Ravens, after seeing fullback Madison Hedgecock's face for the first time. It's the aforementioned New York Giant with Joba Chamberlain, of the New York Yankees.

Six Picks for Sunday - Week 12

The Rooster and I are both coming off 5-1 weeks, so let's see if we can keep the momentum going. (Using the Vegas odds, as usual, to decide which games to pick from. As always, the games are picked without the spread.)

Week 12
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins - Dolphins
Philadelphia Eagles @ Baltimore Ravens - Ravens
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons - Falcons
Minnesota Vikings @ Jacksonville Jaguars - Jaguars
Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers - Colts
New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals - Giants

I doubt Matt Cassel can put up another 400-yard game so I'll take the suddenly good Dolphins at home... The Eagles couldn't even beat the Bengals last week, even with overtime. They just aren't that good and the Ravens are at home, so give me Baltimore... I'm still not a believer in the Panthers, even though they're 8-2. The Falcons bounce back this week with a win at home... You never know what you'll get with Jacksonville, but I'm not sold on Minnesota either... Colts, even on the road, because they are getting hot and the Chargers are absolutely putrid... The Giants might struggle with the mighty Cardinals passing attack, but I still think they'll have enough to get passed Arizona.

The Rooster will have his picks up soon. Feel free to join us.

Dropping Links: Thursday, November 20th

NEWS
Mike Mussina, coming off a 20-win season, has decided to hang them up [NY Daily News]
Pacman Jones unbelievably got reinstated for the 346th time [FOX Sports.com]
The Cardinals are doing to Edgerrin James what the Knicks are doing to Stephon Marbury [ESPN.com]

BLOGS
"Your NFL Broadcast Maps And Announcing Schedule For Week Twelve" [Awful Announcing]
"Browns' GM Phil Savage Responds To Email Hecklers Swiftly, But Not Very Politely" [Deadspin]
Donovan McNabb comments on his overtime comments [Yardbarker]

VIDEO
Warren Sapp doesn't think Keyshawn Johnson is a bitch anymore [Awful Announcing]
Dewey Hammond gets choked out by Frank Shamrock [Hard for the Yard]

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quick Pic: Fans of the Redskins are more creative than we think

This comes courtesy of Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog. (That's right, bog, not blog.) It gives us a look at one of the more creative beer bongs ever made. The "Hog Trough" is made from a gutter, presumably autographed by the many beer-swigging fans it has aided over the years. The vehicle mount is a nice touch.

"Honey can we put the bikes on the roof?"

"Hell, no! The Hog Trough is up there!"

Eddy Curry not playing, but still helping NBA players

One of the NBA player/bloggers is Tyson Chandler of the New Orleans Hornets. He and his wife are expecting a second child and in his latest blog entry he tells of some advice he received from his old Bulls teammate Eddy Curry, who is currently riding the pine for the Knicks.
Eddy Curry had a baby before me and he came to me a couple of weeks before my wife was due and sat me down.

He says, "Tyson."

I'm like, "Yeah?"

"Do me a favor." He's all serious, and Eddy's never serious. He's always joking around.

I'm like, "Yeah?"

He says, "Don't look."

I'm like, "What are you talking about?"

He says, "Don't look. But you're stupid. You're gonna look."

I'm like, "Eddy, what are you talking about?"

He says, "Don't go down there and look. But you're stupid. You're gonna get curious and you're gonna go down there and look."

I started laughing, because I finally figured out what he was talking about, and I'm like, "Eddy, man I'm not gonna look."

He says, "I'm not playing, Tyson. Don't look. It'll mess you up for a while!"

I'm like, "Eddy, I'm not gonna look."

He kept going on and on. "Tyson, don't look."

I'm like, "Eddy, shut up! Enough! I'm not gonna look."

"Alright."

So the day comes and Sacha's godmother is there with us and the doctor. Sacha's godmother is down at the other end, helping hold my wife's legs and I'm up at her head. The whole time, everything's going fine and they're like, "Oh, we can see the baby's hair!"

And here I go and get curious and take a peak. I almost passed out.

It took me close to a year to get over that.

So, this time around, my wife first tried to get me to record it, and I'm like "Absolutely not."

"Are you going to watch the baby come out this time?"

"Absolutely not."

"I'm going to stay at the top of the bed. You can squeeze or scratch me as much as you want to. I'm going to be your support system and your coach up top. But I promise you I'm not going to the other end."

So to all you future daddies-to-be, take Eddy Curry's advice: Don't get curious!

EA Sports drops Arena Football League license

After two less-than-mediocre games, EA Sports has decided it will not continue its licensing deal with the Arena Football League.

EA and the AFL originally signed a three-year deal that included an EA Sports option to invest in the AFL. That option has been declined.

Don't worry, gamers. EA still has a stranglehold on the other football games you care about, holding exclusive licenses with the NFL and NCAA Football.

Dropping Links: Wednesday, November 19th

NEWS
The oldest looking 25-year-old in the world won the AL MVP [FOX Sports.com]
The Cards and Kurt Warner aren't talking contract... yet [The Arizona Republic]

BLOGS
"LeBron robs Cavs fans of free chalupas" [The Final Score]
"Tirico Suave Congratulates Dustin Pedroia On Adding AL MVP To His Already Impressive Résumé" [Tirico Suave]
"Slicing and dicing John Walters' pro-BCS argument" [The Scores Report]

VIDEO
"TNT Employs Current Players To Insult Barkley In New Commercial" [Awful Announcing]
"Maury Povich Once Again Redefines Hard Hitting Journalism" [NextRound.net]

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dropping Links: Tuesday, November 18th

Extra Lite edition this morning. Here's what's around the webs...

NEWS
Albert Pujols wins his second NL MVP award... yawn [ESPN.com]
Garnett suspended one game, will sit tonight v. Knicks. Chance of NYK win increases from 4% to 9% [FOX Sports.com]
Yankees prepared to give Burnett, Lowe tours of the vault [NY Post]

BLOGS
"Jim Leyritz Simply Feels That Committing Drunken Vehicular Manslaughter Should Not Impede His Chicken Marsala Consumption" [Tirico Suave]
"Why Was Tatum Bell Working In A Cell Phone Store 2 Weeks Ago?" [Sportaphile]
"Roger Clemens treated Mindy McCready 'like a princess'" [The Final Score]

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mark Cuban charged with insider trading

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban woke up this morning happy that his Mavs outlasted the Knicks in overtime last night to snap their three-game losing streak. Then things got bad.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed insider trading charges against Cuban, claiming that he dumped his 6% share of Mamma.com in 2004 after learning the site was raising money through a private venture. The information helped Cuban avoid the loss of $750,000, according to the SEC. If you feel like reading a nine-page .pdf of the complaint, here it is.

Six Picks for Sunday - Week 11 results

An excellent week by both competitors as we each went 5-1. So nothing much has changed since last week. Here's a closer look:

Week 11
Tony Blogs: TEN, TB, ARZ, GB, PIT, WSH
The Rooster: TEN, TB, SEA, GB, PIT, DAL

This is the best week, by far, for either The Rooster or myself and it helps me maintain my five game advantage.

Overall Standings
Tony Blogs  (36-30)
The Rooster (31-35)

Donovan McNabb needs a lesson in the NFL rules

The Philadelphia Eagles played to a tie with the woeful Cincinnati Bengals yesterday, after neither team could score in the overtime period. Donovan McNabb didn't quite get it, though.

You see, McNabb didn't know that games could end in ties in the NFL.
"I've never been a part of a tie. I never even knew that was in the rule book. It's part of the rules and we have to go with it. I was looking forward to the next opportunity to get out there and try to drive to win the game."
Huh? This is McNabb's 10th season in the league. Aside from that, he's the starting quarterback of an NFL team. You would think he would know the rules. But then Donovan made it worse by adding in this statement, in cocky, snarky fashion:
"I hate to see what happens in the Super Bowl or I hate to see what happens in the playoffs. You have to settle with a tie."
Actually, Donovan, they play until there's a winner in the playoffs.

UPDATE, 1:57pm: From BlackSportsOnline.com comes video evidence of McNabb being stupid!

Dropping Links: Monday, November 17th

NEWS
16-year-old girl drafted by Japanese pro baseball team [Yahoo!]
The Eagles continued showing they aren't as good as everyone thinks [FOX Sports.com]
The city of Detroit could lose the Lions, but would anyone notice? [Detroit Free Press]
Jim Fassel recently sent Al Davis a love letter [ESPN.com]

BLOGS
John Lynch found a new job rather quickly [Awful Announcing]
Turtle finally revealed what his first name is on Entourage last night [Entourage: Let's Blog It Out]

QUIZZES
What teams did these NBA legends retire with? [Yardbarker]