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Saints Violate “Bounty” Rule

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Williams Paid His Players To Injure Others

This will dwarf  “Spy Gate” in terms of how severe the NFL will penalize the Saints Organization.

To paint a picture of what was going on in the Saints organization during this “bounty” era in New Orleans, I look no further than Peter King’s article “Way Out Of Bounds”.

“On Saturday nights during the 2009 NFL season, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the lightning-rod leader of a feisty unit, would stand in front of his men holding white envelopes filled with cash—bonuses for their performances the previous week.

As Williams called up player after player, handing them envelopes with amounts ranging from $100 for a special teams tackle inside the opponents’ 20-yard line to $1,500 for knocking a foe out of the game, a chant would rise up from the fired-up defenders:

“Give it back! Give it back! Give it back!”

Many players would do just that, to beef up the pot and make the stakes bigger as the season went on.”

Pretty crazy to think this happens in an NFL locker room.

Or is it?

In a safety-first NFL, this is by far the worst news that can come and now the integrity of the whole organization is now in question.

Personally, I always thought this happened in the NFL and I was proved right by this news.

For any one that has played football, haven’t you tried to knock out the opposing team’s best player?

I know it sounds dirty and violent, but that is what football is.

It is easy to forget that now because if touch a player beyond 5 yards it is a penalty.

Before you judge anyone involved in this scandal, put yourself in the player’s shoes. You are one game away from your dream of playing in the super bowl, your ULTIMATE GOAL.

Brett Favre stands in your way.

Do you let Brett tear you apart and destroy your dreams of getting to the super bowl, that is if you are even lucky enough to get to that point in your career again?

OR..

You walk into your locker room before the game and put down $10,000 cash on the table and say “You knock out Favre, you get $10,000”

I’m pretty sure you are feeling good about Favre not finishing the game.

Jonathan Vilma did that, he is a super bowl champion now.

I know a championship should not mean more than ending someone else’s career, BUT IN FOOTBALL you are NOT a civilized person. You are not at home with your kids, you are not with your friends.

You are on a field where everyone on the opposing team is looking to absolutely DESTROY you.

I’m not saying I condone what Vilma did, but I completely understand it.

Just because I understand it, does not mean I think it is right, it is absolutely wrong and dangerous. Football is dangerous enough, you do not need to give players an incentive for hurting one another.

I expect the Saints to lose 1st round draft picks and to be fined heavily.

Also, I believe Vilma should be suspended for violating player safety rules and putting the integrity of the game at risk. Practices like this have no place in the game of football and everyone involved will have a tarnished reputation.

Greg Williams should be suspended for one season and for the rest of his career be put on probation for his bounty program. If he is caught again with this program he should be banned from coaching in the NFL again.

Although Payton may not have run the program directly, he allowed to happen under his watch, therefore he too should be suspended for 4 games or fined $1 Million.

All players that have won bounties should have their money given back and used by the NFL for safety tutorials for incoming rookie or be put to the NFL Retired Players Fund.

The Saints sold their souls to get a championship and got just what they ordered. They got their championship, but it is now forever tainted with being tied to a bounty scandal.

I can only imagine the money that was put on Peyton Manning’s head.

Maybe $40,000?

We’ll never know.

But what we do know is that Brett Favre got demolished against the Saints and here is proof.

 

 

 

 

 

Peyton Manning and Colts Part Ways

Peyton Manning

Manning and Colts Part Ways

The day every Colt fan has feared for the past six months has come true.

Peyton Manning will NOT be a Colt next season and the NFL Offseason starts with a HUGE bang.

For the remaining Colt fans that haven’t hung themselves yet, do not worry, PeteyDeez is here to wipe away your tears and give you a shoulder to lean on.

If you thought this day was not going to come, you are an idiot and should not call yourself a football fan. I know it is hard to swallow for you Colt fans out there, but this was sealed once the Colts secured the #1 pick for Andrew Luck.

The Colts were not going to pay Manning $28 Million and draft a quarterback with the #1 pick, that is just too much money tied up in one position. Than you add the fact that new head coach Chuck Pagano is a defensive minded coach that wanted to improve the entire Colts team, this was only a matter of time.

Also, I can’t say there is not a “bad guy” in this situation, Peyton Manning still thinks he can play and there is NOTHING wrong with that. For those of you who wanted him to retire because he was not going to play with the Colts, once again, you are an idiot.

Colt fans should actually feel good about this. At least Manning did not retire than come back and play for another team to spite your team’s General Manager….. ring a bell?

From an organizational point of view, the Colts did nothing wrong either. The Colts need to improve their TEAM and drafting Luck and using money to fill other positions fulfills that. Also the Colts need to get younger and become much more balanced and cutting Manning allows them to do this.

This actually works out for both parties and is really a no-brainer when you think about it.

Is it still big news that Peyton Manning got cut?

OF COURSE IT IS. 

It is PEYTON MANNING, one of the greatest quarterbacks of our time and he is a FREE AGENT?

That is INCREDIBLE

What makes this such a compelling story is Manning’s injury and how he will perform for his new team. Historically, quarterbacks that have been dominant for one team have not gone to another team and win a Lombardi trophy.

Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Joe Namath and Kurt Warner were all great quarterbacks for their respective teams, yet NONE of them could win their new team to a super bowl championship.

However, if there is ONE player that can change that, it is Peyton Manning. Reports say Manning has been throwing well in drills and looks great, too bad those drills do not have a 6’5 270 pound defensive end coming from his blind side to end his life.

In short, we won’t know how good Manning is until he hits the field and gets hit, which I promise you will happen.

Manning also becomes the biggest risk or reward free agent in NFL History, if he plays like he did before the injury, it is the best free agent deal in history and if he does not, it is the worst free agent signing in NFL history.

Damn… I cannot wait for football season!

Peyton Manning Super Bowl

Enjoy The Memory Colt Fans

The “Zen of Baseball” May get MLB Outfielder Back on Track

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24 year-old Travis Snider

2011 was one of the worst years for Blue Jay’s outfielder Travis Snider


Snider, 24, has been considered one of Toronto’s top prospects since he was a first-round draft pick in 2006. But he has yet to produce consistently in the majors. He had the starting job in left field, and lost it two times to teammate Eric Thames. When he was sent down to the minors, Sniders season quickly ended after he was diagnosed with tendonitis in his right wrist.

At this point, I can’t even imagine how he felt. From being a starting left-fielder in the MLB, to being cut and sent down to the minors where he eventually injured his wrist. Questions must have been running through his mind like, “Will I ever make it back to that level?” or “Will I be forgotten about by the MLB?”

This has to be such a let down for any major league baseball player. Imagine spending your entire life training and making your way to the major league level, and then having them tell you that you are not good enough, twice. This can cause someone so much stress that it can possibly lead to depression.

Travis Snider decided that he was not going to allow this to ruin his career, or his life. This is when he started leaning towards Zen.

He was first introduced to the art of Zen while reading a book written by a  former Blue Jay’s outfielder, Shawn Green. The book is called “The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH” in which he talks about how the game of baseball taught him to be “in the moment” and how to find inner stillness.

After reading this book, Snider explained how he quickly became interested:

“That kind of propelled me into a few other books,” said Snider, who is competing with Eric Thames for the starting job in left field. “I had read that book right before I got called up. I couldn’t put the book down and read it twice. It was not just an enjoyable read for me but I was able to relate to a lot of things.”

He also said that all of his learnings of Zen applied to his own life:

“I don’t claim to be Buddhist or any particular religion from that sense,” he said. “But I definitely was able to take some things and put them in perspective . . . Our minds as competitors can get the best of us at times and (it’s a matter of) being able to take a step back and saying. ‘OK, I’ve done everything I can do to this point, just go out and play. At times, it’s easier said than done but that focus that you are able to refine over the years of experience is what’s key for me moving forward in my career.”

Now as spring training begins this month, Snider believes that he was given a second chance. He will be battling with Thames once again for the starting spot in left field. He feels that his injury in the minors could have been a blessing because he learned so much in his time away from baseball.

“Maybe it was a blessing in disguise,” Snider said of the season-ending injury. “It gave me some extended time to spend with some friends and family and doing some good self-reflection and really putting things in perspective.”

One of them is going to make it, and one of them is going to be cut. Two left-handed batting left fielders will not be needed to roam the outfield in Toronto. Whatever the outcome happens to be, Snider is mentally prepared for it.

Source: The Star

 

Fantasy Baseball With PhDinWeed, Issue 2, 1B Rankings

Hello, fellow fantasy nerds. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Below are my rankings for 1B. If you missed my catcher rankings, you can see them here. Please note that in this section, I am only including players who either played 1B as their PRIMARY position last year, or are expected to this year. I am not including players like Carlos Santana or Mark Reynolds.

ELITE

Miguel CabreraMiguel Cabrera, Tigers

The 29 year-old Cabrera should challenge Albert Pujols as the overall #1 pick in most fantasy drafts. He had a stellar 2011, playing in 161 games and raking to the tune of .344/30/105. He also walked over 100 times, leading to an insane .448 OBP. Of course, everyone knows the Tigers signed Prince Fielder as a free agent, so Cabrera’s shift to 3B makes him, in my opinion, the best option at either 1B or 3B. Keep in mind your league’s rules, as he won’t be eligible at 3B before playing a predetermined amount of games at 3B. He has reportedly arrived to camp 25-30 lbs. lighter than last year’s 240 lbs. Despite playing in cavernous Comerica, I look for Miggy to approximate last year’s numbers and be a legit MVP contender. Obviously a top 5 fantasy pick.

Albert PujolsAlbert Pujols, Angels

Must be nice to put up a .299/37/99 line and have that be considered a down year! The 32 year-old Pujols missed time with a broken wrist in 2011, but returned ahead of schedule to lead the Cardinals through the postseason and their World Series championship. Although Pujols seems to lack the lineup protection he had in St. Louis, there is no reason to think he won’t be able to put up a .320/40/100+ season in the AL, especially with the DH allowing him some days off from 1B. Again, obviously a top 5 fantasy pick.

Adrian GonzalezAdrian Gonzalez, Red Sox

Although the HR barrage that was expected upon switching from Petco to Fenway never came to pass, Gonzalez still put up an excellent .338/27/117 in his first year for the Sawx. Entering his 2nd season with Boston, there should be a comfort level increase, and one has to think that Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia getting on base in front of him will result in plenty of RBI chances. (although he did lead the league in GIDP.)  Another year removed from shoulder surgery, look for the 29 year-old A-Gonz to crack the 30 HR mark and provide market value for an early-round pick.

Joey VottoJoey Votto, Reds

What can you say about this guy? In 2011 he produced a .309/29/103 line, and for his career he gets on base at a .400 clip. He’s in his prime as he heads into his age 29 season and plays the game right, but I’m not sold on his surrounding cast, and that’s why he slots 4th in my breakdown.  Still worth an early-round pick.

Prince FielderPrince Fielder, Tigers

Fielder can thank Victor Martinez’s ACL for ending his free agency with a bang, signing a 9 year, $214 million contract, and placing him in the same lineup as sluggers Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila, and Delmon Young. Fielder raked his way to a .299/38/120 season in 2011 and got on base at a .415 clip. Despite playing in Comerica, there’s just so much lineup protection that you have to believe he can duplicate, if not exceed, those numbers. The change of leagues and the pressure of the big contract has him sliding to #5 in my analysis, but there is no question he ranks among the elite. An early round pick for the 28 year-old is an automatic.

NEAR-ELITE

Mark TexieraMark Texiera, Yankees

The lone entry in my near-elite tier, batting average is the only thing keeping the 31 year-old Tex from making it to elite status in my roundup. Since hitting .308 in 2008, he has declined each year, culminating in last year’s .248, a career low. Even if the average doesn’t pick up, you know in Yankee Stadium he will get more than a few cheap HR. In 2011 he parked 39 while driving in 110, so he remains a high draft pick, but falls just short of the top 5 at the position.

ABOVE AVERAGE

Eric HosmerEric Hosmer, Royals

A huge contributor to my championship run last season, the 22-year-old Hosmer made the Royals call him up by mashing AAA pitching for a .439 mark. He did not disappoint as a rookie, contributing immediately. He started strong, hit a rough patch, and finished out the season on an absolute tear, hitting 9 HR and batting .352 over his final 150 at-bats. I have read various columns that state Hosmer is overrated, but as part of an exciting young Royals team, there’s no reason to think he can’t improve on the .293/19/78, and could find himself alongside the elites when all is said and done. If you can grab Hosmer anytime after the 7th round, consider it a steal.

Paul KonerkoPaul Konerko, White Sox

The 36 year-old Konerko started 2011 off on a tear, but the second half of the season saw him battling nagging injuries, and only 9 of his 31 HR came after the All-star break. New Chisox manager Robin Ventura has pledged to get Konerko some days off with the DH slot, so there may be reason to believe that Konerko can come close to duplicating his .300/31/105 marks, especially if Adam Dunn and Alex Rios bounce back from miserable seasons. A mid-round pick could yield excellent value.

Lance BerkmanLance Berkman, Cardinals

Another 36 year-old, Berkman put a sub-par 2010 to rest with an All-Star 2011, swinging to the tune of .301/31/94. Moving from the OF to 1B should keep Big Puma healthy, and despite the naysayers lamenting the loss of Pujols, if the starting cast in St. Louis can stay healthy, the Cards will score their share of runs. If you can get Berkman in the later middle rounds, don’t hesitate to scoop him up.

Michael MorseMichael Morse, Nationals

I have no problem with late bloomers. Morse followed up a solid 2010 season with full time at bats in 2011, and blasted his way to a .303/31/95. The 30 year-old Morse could use to cut down on the K’s (126 in 2011) but the power numbers seem to be legit. With Ryan Zimmerman and a hopefully resurgent Jayson Werth in the same lineup, you should expect more of the same in 2012, though he will spend the majority of his time in the OF.

Freddie FreemanFreddie Freeman, Braves

The 22 year-old Freeman looked overmatched early in 2011, but rebounded to finish with a very respectable .282/21/76. Another year of experience can’t hurt, although he MUST cut down on his strikeouts (142 in 2011). If he improves his plate discipline and the rest of the Braves lineup (I’m looking at you, Heyward) can stay healthy, Freeman can be counted on to be a fantasy starter. Target him in the later middle rounds.

AVERAGE

Ryan HowardRyan Howard, Phillies

How the mighty have fallen. The big man is trying to come back from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and he’s already had a setback. If he comes back right, sure, he can help you with some power numbers, but his batting average is what it is, and he strikes out a TON. Under the best of circumstances, he was to miss most of April. Do you want to reach for him before the late middle rounds in hopes the 32 year-old comes back in May and puts up 30 jacks? I’m saying no.

Ike DavisIke Davis, Mets

I really am pulling for this kid. Hope he made the right decision to not get surgery on his injured ankle and opt for extensive rehab. If the 24 year-old can make it through the spring with no setbacks, he could pick up where he left off when he rolled that ankle and end up being one of the top 10 1B in the league. A late round pick could pay major dividends.

EVERYONE ELSE

Don’t forget players like Carlos Santana, Michael Cuddyer, Michael Young, etc. who have multipositional eligibility and could very well be a starting 1B for a fantasy team. Here’s some quick thoughts on other first basemen:

Adam Lind, Blue Jays – 20 HR and 80 RBI’s don’t cut it for a starting 1B job in fantasy, and it’s pretty clear that’s what you’re going to get with this guy, plus a ton of strikeouts. Late rounder.

Gaby Sanchez, Marlins – another .280/20/80 guy. If the other players in the Marlins lineup come to play, those numbers could grow. Buy low in hopes of being pleasantly surprised.

Justin Morneau, Twins – Sad story. I think that concussion in 2010 did him in. Don’t expect much.

Kendrys Morales, Angels – The slugger is said to be progressing well from his 2010 injury, and if he sees regular ABs at DH and spelling Pujols, he could be in for a huge year. Monitor his progress through the spring.

Mark Trumbo, Angels – The Angels are working him out at 3B. Playing time could be an issue. Keep track of him during the spring, as he showed last year he can be a cheap source of power with full time ABs.

Adam Dunn, White Sox – He can’t possibly be as bad in 2012 as he was in 2011, right?

Carlos Pena, Rays – Comes back to Tampa, where he had his best years. As long as you don’t mind a guy hitting in the .230s, he could be in line for 30 taters.

Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks – Skipped AAA and came up to the big club, where he showed nice power and the ability to take a walk, but also struck out a lot. Worth a look in very deep leagues.

Brandon Belt, Giants – will be given every opportunity to win the starting 1B job in the spring. Hasn’t lived up to his gaudy minor league numbers, but things should start to click eventually, no?

Justin Smoak, Mariners – Still young, but still plays for the Mariners. Look at this guy in the late rounds in deep leagues in the hopes he lives up to his potential.

Mitch Moreland, Rangers – Could be a significant fantasy contributor, but playing time likely to be an issue. Keep an eye on the Rangers’ camp. If someone goes down with an injury, Moreland could be a huge find.

So there you have it. Let me hear back from you, the reader. Leave me a comment, or better yet, follow me on twitter @phdinweed.

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