He has a better winning percentage than any other coach than U.S. Soccer history, he's lead his team to a group win in the 2010 World Cup, an appearance in the Confederations Cup final in 2009, and he won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Bob Bradley will have the chance to continue building on his legacy as he as re-signed with U.S. Soccer until 2014, which will be the World Cup year in Brazil.
Is that Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans in Milwaukee Bucks uniforms? You bet it is. The picture was created by Yahoo!'s Ball Dont Lie in response to Brandon Jennings already joking about creating his own superteam with two of his draftmates. It's just another example of why Brandon Jennings continues to be the most awesome player in the league, as he is hilarious cocky for a young kid. Check out Ball Don't Lie for the details.
This is how I know that it's time to start cranking it up again on the blog. Tonight I went to look at the box scores for the Brewer games over the weekend to give out some Player of the Game awards, when I realized that somewhere along the way I missed seven games. Seven! Granted, I haven't really written a Brewers post in about a month, so that could have something (read: everything) to do with it.
In a fantasy draft, rounds nine and ten are what will make or break your draft. Also you will start to see some defenses go off the board, so who will be the first one taken? Well lets check out the 9th and 10th rounds of this mock draft.
Round 9, Pick 97
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles. With Jackson as the deep threat Maclin seems to be more of the route runner. He should be a huge target for Kolb, so in PPR leagues this might even be a little late for him. Most of the guys left seem to be guys that like to catch fewer balls, but can gain a lot of yards in those few catches. Still, Maclin should be able to catch 85-90 balls if he plays all 16 games.
Round 9, Pick 98
Eli Manning, QB, Giants. I just don't know about Eli after that huge hit he took in preseason. He already seems to be a little soft in the pocket, and I don't think this will help. He has weapons to get the ball to, but he just has awful games sometimes. He also sometimes gets in the INT mood which doesn't help your team out much. If you get him as a backup you should be solid.
Round 9, Pick 99
Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. He is a big man like Owens, now if he can just take care of his off the field problems we might have something here. He worries me, because he is the type of person that could get suspended for doing something stupid. If he plays, he worries me that I won't have the balls to take him.
Round 9, Pick 100
Owen Daniels, TE, Texans. If you waited to take your TE till now you may have gotten a steal. If his knee can hold up, as it did for the first half of last year, he can be awesome. He just seems to work the center of the field so well, and Schaub just loves to find him. So if you don't get one of the top 5 TE's you might want to hold off for Daniels.
Round 9, Pick 1o1
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans. This is his time to shine as he will have the same QB for the whole season this year. Britt was supposed to be the big man last season, but CJ took that role for this team. I don't see him putting up real huge numbers, but he should be a good WR3 or WR4 for your team.
Round 9, Pick 102
Donald Brown, RB, Colts. With Addai as the starter who is a little banged up, look for Brown to take advantage. He is the running back of the future for the Colts, and this could be the future season. He will slowly steal touches from Addai, and could take his spot if he plays like he did last season. I know this is a risk pick if Addai plays well all season, but if it works out for you this could be a great pick.
Round 9, Pick 103
Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders. He might play more of a Reggie Bush role this season. He is not a 25 carries a game back. They should just try to get him a few targets via the passing game, and about eight carries a games. In those chances he should be able to make something happen for you to fill bye weeks at least.
Round 9, Pick 104
Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs. Charles had a great year last season, but he is a little guy that could give carries up to Jones. Charles seems to be more of a screen back, and a toss back. Jones is a power back that might get looks at the goal line. This is another back that at this point in the draft is worth a try, because he still has a lot left in the tank.
Round 9, Pick 105
Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers. He will play this season after he misses the first three weeks. Not sure if he will be playing with the Chargers or not, but he will play. He is too good to not take a chance on, because when he does play he will put up numbers. His frame is too good for him to not play in the NFL. Only missing three games he still has time to put up good numbers for your team.
Round 9, Pick 106
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets. Last year he was a first round pick this year he is a RB3, or RB4. You have to think he still has something left in the tank, and maybe being a back up will help him more. Take the weight of all the carries off his back, and he might be a good pick for your team. Also Greene will know that if he makes a mistake he has an all pro running back right behind him.
Round 9, Pick 107
Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals. I don't like the QB situation going on here, but if they do find one that can play Breaston should be a good late pick. He will take over for what Boldin had to work with, but Breaston has more speed. Fitz will get double teamed so Breaston could have a field day on the other side. Cardinals, please get a real QB so I can comfortably draft Breaston.
Round 9, Pick 108
N.Y. Jets Defense. Revis has not signed yet, but this team still has a good defense. This is about the time a defense will find itself being taken off the board. It is always hard if you are the first one to take a D, or if you wait till later. If you think you have a strong team take a shot with the Jets. Defense is a position that if they score a bunch of points they can win you the week on their own, so don't be scared of the Jets if you get the chance to pull the trigger.
Round 9, Pick 109
Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens. Mason just seems to put up solid numbers every season, so I try to get him on my team. I like this team this season, so they should put up some numbers on offense and even defense. He just seems to catch a lot of balls, but his touchdown totals are never really high. Maybe with Boldin on the field Mason will find the end zone more.
Round 10, Pick 110
Lee Evans, WR, Bills. Loves the deep ball, but doesn't love to catch a lot of balls in a game. He will always drop in our PPR league, but if you do take him he always seems to get started towards the end of the season. He is a guy you should not reach for, but if you need a WR3, and you feel that he is the best guy on the board, take him here
Round 10, Pick 111
Johnny Knox, WR, Bears. As much as I hate this Bears team this season these WR should be busy. I don't see this team being that good, but I do see them throwing the ball a lot. So Knox could be a huge garbage touchdown guy, and if he gets one earlier in the game it would just be a bonus. Maybe the Bears will put up a lot of points, but give up more and suck that way. Either way, they will suck. Johnny Knox will be the exception.
Round 10, Pick 112
Kellen Winslow, TE, Bucs. With Freeman running the show he should look to find Winslow the most. He is a huge target that loves to work the center of the field. If he can play all season long for a PPR league he could be a major sleeper. If you take a chance and wait on the TE spot Winslow would be the man you should take a chance with.
Round 10, Pick 113
Alex Smith, QB, 49ers. Is this the year the Niners do some work in the West? Well, in order for that to be true Smith will have to have a good year. He has good targets, so all he has to do is get them the ball. Also he can use Gore out of the backfield so he could be a great back up QB for you team. If he doesn't do it this season I think we have to give up on him.
Round 10, Pick 114
Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals. I really don't know what to say here other than he always seems to put up numbers. I have never taken him myself, but if he is around this late he might be a guy to take a chance on. TO and Chad together will either be great, or just really bad.
Round 10, Pick 115
Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns. I guess this guy might start over Harrison, so if that is true any starting running back in the 10th round is a great pick. Other than that I can't tell you anything else about this guy. Writing this is the first I've even heard of him.
Round 10, Pick 116
Eddie Royal, WR, Broncos. This team lacks a threat at WR, but Royal is your best choice. If you are in a league were returns count he should really be a solid pick here. He seems to be a little up and down at times but is a solid pick as a WR3 or WR4. He should be able to improve on last year stats.
Round 10, Pick 117
Santonio Holmes, WR. Jets. Hard Knocks is awesome, so any Jets pick is worth it.
Round 10, Pick 118
Ravens, Def. Can anyone say Super Bowl vs the Packers? That's what I'm thinking, and that is why I like this defense.
Round 10, Pick 119
Laurence Maroney, RB, Pats. I love this guy because he is a work horse. The only problem with him is he seems to never play a full season. In the 10th round you can take a chance here on a guy that can put up good numbers, but might not play much. If he does play look for your team to do some things. If he doesn't play pray you took two good backs in front of him.
Round 10, Pick 120
Vince Young, QB, Titans. Vince Young is a STD. No, no, no not that kind. I mean this guy is a stud. (Winks edit: (speechless)). He can play, and I really like him as a QB where you wait till late to take him as your starter. He can run, he can pass, and he can make plays. If you don't get Rodgers, Manning, or Brees WAIT FOR YOUNG. I want to be forever Young, forever Young.
Round 10, Pick 121
Chirs Cooley, TE, Skins. McNabb, that is all I have to say. Look what he did a few years ago when Campbell found him. What do you think he will do with a real QB that loves to play this game (Winks edit: Don't you be trashing on my boy J.C.). All you people that hate McNabb can keep hating, but I will smoke your ass when I draft him or even the people that he throws to.
Round 10, Pick 122
Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Browns. Love this guy, but I just don't love Jake Delhomme. If Jake "The Snake" is throwing like he can this is a sleeper pick. If Jake blows up and sucks well this is a guy that will sit on your bench all year, and you will be FML In the 1oth round this is the chance you take to win a title.
So those are my first ten rounds, hopefully it threw the eleven other guys in my league of my scent of who I'm actually planning to take. Winks will have a review of that draft sometime this week, and I'll be posted late round sleepers sometime this week as well.
1. Again, Rodgers. Wow. - If you're judging this game by the starters, then the Packers won their preseason game against the Colts 28-17, as that was the score at the end of the first half. Much of that score can be attributed to Aaron Rodgers, who is continuing to look better and better with each passing preseason contest. On Thursday night, Rodgers threw for 195 yards with three touchdowns, one to Driver, one to Finley, and one to Korey Hall. He just couldn't look better at this point, and it's going to be very exciting watching this guy and this offense once the season starts for real. I have the eighth pick in my fantasy draft, and there's no question I'm taking this guy at that point. If he's still there that is.
When I told my good friend Double C that I was headed to Chicago for an MLS game last Wednesday night, he replied via text with the words "more lousy soccer". And he was right. It's no secret that I'm one of the twelve people in Wisconsin that like soccer, but the MLS game I attended last week didn't really live up to my expectations. As if I should have even had expectations at all. Nevertheless, it gave me something to write about for this week's Winks Thinks, which can be found over on our new home at PocketDoppler.com. Check it out.
Round 7, Pick 75
Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens. Could he be the Matt Schaub of last year? I think so with all the weapons he has. Boldin was a huge pick up, and Stallworth can be a deep threat. Also Ray Rice can make plays after catching balls, which will only benefit Flacco's stats. Todd Heap still has some life left in him too, so if you don't get one of the top 10 QB's early make sure you snag Flacco.
Round 7, Pick 76
Round 7, Pick 77
Reggie Bush, RB, Saints. Only in PPR league is Bush a smart pick here. He does get his touches, and seems to make the best of them. At any point in time he can score a touchdown that can be huge for your team. He isn't a bad guy at the flex spot if your league has those, but don't make him a RB2, or else it could be a long year for your team.
Michael Bush, RB, Raiders. Not sure what is going to go on in this backfield, but Bush seems to be the best chance of getting carries right now. He had an alright season last year, but they were forced to pass being down all the time. He is another bye week filler, but has the chance with a real QB to maybe get his yards up, and find the end zone more.
Round 7, Pick 79
Zach Miller, TE, Raiders. He might be the top receiver on this team, so why not take him in a PPR league. He seems to be the best choice as the go-to man, so if he is going to get targeted a lot it seems to be a safe pick. I know you still have a lot of other guys on the board, but Campbell loved to throw to former tight end targets Cooley and Davis, so I can't see things being different with Miller.
Round 7, Pick 80
Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles. This pick might get questioned, but I'm not a huge Eli Manning fan, and McNabb is on a Skins team that has below par WR's. Kolb played well last season, and this team loves to air it out. McNabb threw a lot of times in games, and I don't see any change in the Eagles philosophy with Kolb under center. He has a good RB in the backfield, and solid WR core, and an up and coming TE. So he has the targets now he just has to find them. And find them he will.
Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks. In the 7th round if you can get a starting running back it is never a bad idea. A lot of people are talking about the Hawks trading for a RB, but as it stands right now Forsett will get his carries. I don't see him as a RB1 or RB2, but if one of your guys get hurt he should be a solid back up. If you don't know who to take at that spot he wouldn't be a bad choice.
Round 7, Pick 83
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahwaks. This is a "Well, maybe he could put up some numbers" pick. He is not a strong pick, but if he can play like he did when he was a Bengal it would be a steal here. The Hawks were just that bad last season, so maybe this season they can turn it around a little bit. If they can get the offense going Housh could have another big season.
Round 7, Pick 84
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Vikings. With number 4 back this is a great pick. I hate to say it, but he had a huge season last year. I see it happening again this year. He is a big target that just makes the game easier for Brett, so why wouldn't he throw the ball to him. I know Gonzo and Daniels are still out there, but I like Shiancoe over those two.
Round 7, Pick 85
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills. With Jackson and Lynch hurt, Spiller could begin the season as the starter. If that happens he could earn more carries as the season goes on. He scored a 31 yard touchdown in his second preseason game, so he looks NFL ready already. He can make plays in the running game, and in the passing game. I see him getting Reggie Bush like touches, but if one of those guys go down I see him taking this team on his back.
Round 8, Pick 86
Donavan McNabb, QB, Redskins. I will always pick McNabb too high for personal reasons, but one good thing about him is he puts up good numbers to get you to the playoffs. The negative is he may not be around to play when your team is in the playoffs. He is going to have to learn a new system, but if anyone can do it it has to be him. Also, maybe a change is what he needed to put him over the top.
Round 8, Pick 87
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Many people will tell you to be careful with this guy, because you will either get a huge game or a bad game depending on the week. I think if he plays at home he is a for sure play, but if he is on the road you might want to think about it. Maybe this season he will learn how to play on the road as well as he does at home. He has weapons, it is just a matter of if he finds those people or not.
Round 8, Pick 88
Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins. If he can play the whole season, which I think he will, he could be a steal late. He has some help in the backfield this year, so he will still get carries but won't have to run the ball 30 times a game. Also with McNabb, the Skins should be able to throw the ball more. He is another solid RB3 to help your team fill holes for bye weeks.
Round 8, Pick 89
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins. Not sure why every year he seems to be the guy who everyone thinks is going to have a breakout season, yet he just falls flat on his face. I just see another average year for him, but he's still a solid WR3 in the 8th round. Not much out there right now for starters so if you look a little weak at WR take a chance with Santana. Who knows, maybe this is his break out year after all.
Round 8, Pick 90
Carson Palmer, QB, Bengals. He has a few more friends to throw to this year, so maybe they won't work to Cedric Benson as much this year. Not sure if Palmer is a QB1, but he does have the chance to put numbers up like one. Owens, Chad, and the rookie TE Gresham are not a bad squad to throw to. This could be the year Palmer puts up numbers like Winks thought he would in the past, only to have constantly been burned.
Round 8, Pick 91
Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons. Gonzo is getting old, but he is still Gonzo. He just has the perfect redzone body, so he should find the endzone plenty. The reason I have him going after eight other TE's is because I think his overall receptions will be down. In a touchdown league you might want to move Gonzo up. PPR leagues at best he is the eighth best TE.
Round 8, Pick 92
Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers. Kind of a tough pick with Big Ben missing the first six games, but Wallace has speed and good hands. With Holmes gone he will do what Holmes did last year, only I think he could be better. He is a big play threat that can get you yards and touchdowns. With a lot of questions marks around some still big name WR's on the board this seems to be the best guy left.
Round 8, Pick 93
Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets. For this I have just a few words to say. Hard Knocks, and huge beard.
Round 8, Pick 94
Devin Aromashodu, WR, Bears. We got him in our Madden franchise in our second year. We just played the Vikings, and he had a huge game. Other then when he plays the Packers I see this guy having a huge season. Also I kind of hope he has a good season, because I see myself trying to get him on my team, and not just my Madden team.
Round 8, Pick 95
Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins. Never a bad pick, because Ronnie Brown could get hurt at any time. This team loves to run the football, so even with another solid back there Williams can put up numbers. Williams will get touches, and it won't take a Brown injury for him to have value.
Round 8, Pick 96
Arian Foster, RB, Texans. I don't know who is going to start, but either way both Foster and Slaton will get carries. I like Slaton a lot, but if he fumbles he will get benched real quick. That is what will open the door for Foster to be a steal late in any draft. If you get a few solid backs early, and want to stack up on some this would be your guy.
It's no secret that when I'm low on posts for the week I usually throw a video or two up on the blog to at least remind people of the fact that we still exist, and this example is no different. I did want to share with you though Stephen Colbert's take on Brett Favre returning to the NFL for his 20th season. I know that as a Wisconsin blog, Brett Favre doesn't really fall into our realm anymore, but any chance to rip on the douchebag will undoubtedly be taken. Here's Stephen:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Brett Favre Returns to Football|
In other former Packers news, it looks like the Vikings are signing Javon Walker for some reason. With their depth at receiver, it's probably a long shot that Walker even makes the team, so it's a curious signing for that reason. It's also curious because the whole reason Walker was basically exiled out of Green Bay was because of animosity that stemmed from when Favre called him out for holding out one season. Interesting how things worked, because didn't Favre technically just hold out this offseason? Think about it. He didn't show up to camp, and when he returned to practice he got a bigger contract. Isn't that what people do when they are holding out. Man, what a blowjob Favre is.
1. Seriously, This Guy is Unreal - While watching the Packers second preseason game on Saturday night with a few buddies, the discussion on Jermichael Finley quickly turned from, "Man, is this guy awesome", to "Hopefully Ted is willing to open his wallet on this guy". Finley is a machine that only gets better every year. From year one to year two, he improved his reception total from six to 55, and increase of 49 catches. I don't really doubt that he couldn't make the same jump this year and grab around 100 balls. In these first two games he already looks like one of the most dominant tight ends in the league. There's no question he'll be going off of the board very quickly come your fantasy football draft, and he looked real sharp in the Packers 27-24 victory on Saturday. Final stats - 4 catches, 48 yards, 1 TD. Spread that over the course of four quarters for sixteen weeks, and this guy is going to want his share of the pie next season. If there isn't a lockout of course.
Despite the fact that their are still another six weeks left in the regular season, as well as the fact that we still have another October to get through, it already seems to me that baseball is over. The Packers have started up again, my fantasy baseball teams have collapses even harder than usual, and of course our beloved Brewers are nowhere near contention. That doesn't mean that they are going to stop playing games however, as they actually just won four straight against the Cardinals and Padres before losing one to San Diego on Sunday afternoon.
Yeah, so it's been slow around here. It's just been a terribly busy week, and free time has been precious (although we've managed to get a full season of Madden in already). Thanks for your continued support, and we'll make it up to you soon. Kisses.
Milwaukee did its best to give Wisconsin no good news on Tuesday, but they were able to hold on in the end. Thanks to a Hoffman strike out to end the game, yeah I did say Hoffman, the Crew took a two game sweep of the Cards. Randy Wolf, where has this been all season? Right when Wolf got signed the big selling point was that he can go deep into games. That hasn't been the case, but on Wednesday it finally was when he pitched a beautiful 8.1 innings of baseball.
As far as the hitting for the Brewers, an unlikely source was the key Wednesday. Lorenzo Cain was huge Wednesday going 2-3 with two runs, and one RBI. Most people thought he would get some days off when a strong right hander was put on the mound. Well the Cards sent Adam Wainwright to the mound, so you would have thought Chris Dickerson would have got the start. I guess Macha does have some common sense, and he is showing faith in Cain. I really like giving him a chance to build confidence for next season.
Milwaukee had a 3-0 lead going into the ninth, and Wolf was able to get the first guy out. He would give up a double to Pujols, which would chase Wolf from the game. Axford, who threw 28 pitches Tuesday night, was given the chance still for another save Wednesday. He would give up a double to Holliday to make the score 3-1. Schumaker was then hit by a pitch, and Axford struck out Molina. Things looked good until Prince had a fielding error to make the score 3-2. With runners on the corners Axford would walk Rasmus to load the bases.
At that point, it was time to go to our "second-string" closer Trevor Hoffman. At the time I was like "oh shit", as my faith is still not fully restored in him, but he would strike out Ryan to get his seventh save of the season. It's his 598th career save, which is another record breaking save and he's now two away from the milestone of 600, which seems to be the only reason the Brewers are even still playing baseball at this point.
POTG: Randy Wolf 8.1 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 4 k's
The girl he wants don't seem to want him too...
Ever since the SportsBubbler closed it's doors, I've still tried to write Winks Thinks every now again here on the main site. For some reason though, it never really looked right on The Bucky Channel. Maybe it was the font, maybe it was because it was so damn long. Either way, it's back as we're now live on PocketDoppler.com. The debut column on the site is more or less an introduction, but don't worry, there is plenty of Favre and ESPN bashing in this column as well. Seriously, Favre was asked a question at his press conference and then rambled for 20 minutes. Man oh man does this guy love attention. Anyway, check out the new installment here.
1. The Bad Side of Our Defense - At times last year the 3-4 defense was unstoppable, but at times it was clear that it was still a work in progress. So far this year, it's still a work in progress. The Packers first team defense let the Browns get in the end zone on their first two possessions, including one on a drive led by Seneca Wallace. I'm not one to get too concerned about things until the actual season starts, but you would like to see the first team unit look a little better before this thing starts happening for real.
Nothing really went smooth this weekend at Whistling Straits as Fog delayed the start, and a controversial event occurred late in the PGA Championship. After all of the obstacles though you can't take anything away from Martin Kaymer. He played very great Saturday and Sunday to earn his first Major title. He made clutch putts when he needed them, but none bigger then the 15 footer he made on 18 to get himself into the two man playoff between him and Bubba Watson.
Overall it was a real exciting final day of golf, but the whole thing was hurt with the Johnson call. This course if full of bunkers so you would have to think Johnson knew the area in question was a bunker, but it was walked over for four days so I say it should have been a waste area. My guess is also that someone else at some point in time this weekend went into that area and may have grounded their club, but it wasn't reviewed under TV replay. In most tournaments the gallery is not allowed to walk in bunkers, but during Johnson's shot there were dozens of people standing in this one. Also a PGA offical was standing next to Johnson showing him his ball, and he never told him that it was a bunker. They are not forced to tell players anything, but since golf is all about etiquette you think he would have helped Johnson out.
A rule is a rule, so Johnson did the right thing took the strokes, and signed his card. The PGA Championship in 2010 will always be remembered for what might have been. You have to feel bad for Dustin Johnson, because it was one of those things were he just played the game, but also got played by the game. He was in the final pairing of the day, and for the first part of the day you thought he was done. In the back nine he started making some big shots. All he had to do was put his drive in the fairway, hit the center of the green, two putts, and he wins. If only it could have been that easy it would have been a successful weekend in Wisconsin, but now you have to wonder who's fault this one is that Dustin Johnson got stripped of a chance to win.
Overall all it was a great weekend of golf, and a lot of young guys may have made a name for themselves. Paul Casey, my sleeper pick, played well and finished tied for 12th at 6 under. He just never put up a big score on a day to put him closer to the top. Steve Stricker had a a few bad shots that really took him out of the game. Tiger Woods after four holes on Thursday looked like he was maybe going to make a run at this. You thought maybe the old Tiger was back, but that didn't last long as he would only birdie one more hole the rest of the day. He was never a threat after the first day of this thing. Check out the rest of the scores here.
If any good news comes from Dustin Johnson's day it looks like he will be on the Ryder Cup team. I hope he takes what happens and uses it help him take out the guys from Europe. Wisconsin will be seeing the PGA again in either 2014 or 2015. I hope that with what happened this weekend it won't erase how great this course is, and how great this tournament was.
As previously mentioned, this weekend was the first in a long time where I went without phone and internet, which also meant that I went four days without any news or knowledge of the Milwaukee Brewers. So after a full weekend without the technology that I base my current live around, how would I respond once I arrived back home? I definitely ran right back to my laptop the moment I re-entered my apartment, and then the instant downloading of information that I missed had begun.
I'm doing something this weekend that I'm not sure I've done since I turned 16, and that is I am planning to go a whole 2 1/2 days without internet and phone on my mini-vacation up north. That's right. No blog, no phone calls, no text, no Twitter, no fantasy sports, no porn. I don't know if I'll actually be able to do it or not, but I can't think of another time in my life when I'll be able to at least give it a try. That means that The Bucky Channel will be shut down until Sunday night, although (insert played out comment about how no one reads the site anyway here).
Steve Stricker on the other hand can become the number 1 ranked player in the world with a win, and some help from Phil and Tiger. Do I really think this is going to happen? Not so much, but it is cool that there is a chance for the Wisconsin native to win the PGA and be the top ranked golfer in the world. Strick will start his quest for the Championship Thursday at 1:15pm playing with Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. Both are young guys that will be headliners in a couple of years. They will be starting on tee number 1 Thursday if you are heading out to watch the golf that day.
* Y.E. Yang (defending champ), Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods 8:20am starting on the 10th tee
* Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open winner), Louis Oosthuizen (British Open winner) 1:35pm Starting on the 1st tee
While in a dream world this United States vs. Brazil matchup would have taken place in the actual World Cup semifinal this season, the two teams instead met on Tuesday night in the New Meadowlands stadium for an international friendly. And it did not go well for the United States squad. The U.S. played to form by giving up goals in the first half, and ultimately it was the two first half goals that did them in to lose by a score of 2-0. Thus ends the hoopla over the U.S. men's national team.
Round 4, Pick 48
Round 5, Pick 50
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears. I hate this guy so I would never draft him, but if you're going to take him this wouldn't be a bad spot to do it. It's not too early, and you don't have to worry about anyone else taking him on you if he is on your board.
Round 5, Pick 51
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers. Before all the bullshit Favre news I would have put Favre or Harvin here, but since he looks to be "done" lets give Crabtree some love. He has the body to put up huge fantasy numbers, but the 49ers lack a solid QB. Still I think Crabtree should catch around 80 balls this season for the Niners.
Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers. Hello first TE off the board. Why would you not take Dallas Clark as the first TE you may ask? Well let me tell you. Rivers will be missing Vincent Jackson for a couple of weeks, and Gates will be his main target all season. Gates has great hands, and runs great routes. As the Chargers lack WR's this season look for Gates to act even more like a receiver than he has in years past.
Round 5, Pick 53
Round 5, Pick 54
Fred Jackson, RB, Bills. He loves to catch balls out of the backfield, and can also break a long run every once in awhile. People may think that C.J. Spiller is going to see a lot of time, but I don't. Also I don't see Lynch wearing a Bills jersey all season, so this could be high for most people but for me it just seems right.
Round 5, Pick 55
Dallas Clark, TE, Colts. I don't like that the Colts have so many weapons, but I do like that Manning does a great job of finding this one. His numbers might not be what they were last season, but they should be top for an TE. In PPR leagues he should get you a lot of points for the TE spot, but if your in a touchdown league you may want to hold off on him a little longer.
Round 5, Pick 56
Round 5, Pick 57
Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings. He just has so many ways he can create on the field. He can catch the ball, run the ball, and maybe even pass the ball. With Favre all but done, well for now anyway, I guess Harvin could be used in more trick situations the season. He may have up and down weeks, but in he long run he should be able to help you out more often than not in the point column.
Round 5, Pick 58
Round 5, Pick 59
Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants. He never runs for 100 yards, but he scores touchdowns so he has the best value of any backs this late if you need another one. He has the best chance to put up bigger numbers than anyone else left on the board at this point at running back, so he's the pick.
There was plenty of cause for concern when the Brewers posted a lineup that had Joe Inglett in left field and Alcides Escobar in right as the two were replacing Ryan Braun and Corey Hart on Monday night, but it was the pitching staff that ultimately let down Milwaukee against the Diamondbacks. After playing some real impressive baseball over the last few days, the Brewers were back to their disappointing ways when John Axford blew the save and Trevor Hoffman picked up the loss in the 9th and 10th frames. Real momentum killer of a game this one, that is if we had any real momentum left at all.
It appears that the future is now for Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain. In the past week, the Crew have sent Carlos Gomez to the DL for being terrible and sort of injured and now they have just sent Jim Edmonds to the Cinicinnati Reds. From what I understood, Edmonds didn't want to be traded even if it meant going to a contender, but apparently something changed his mind. Edmonds will now join the sixth team of his career, and the fourth time he's been on the roster of an NL Central squad. He'll join new teammates against a former team as the Reds are set for a big NL Central series with the Cardinals this week.
I found it a bit curious on Saturday night when my buddy Hyke was surprised that I was actually attending a Brewers game that evening. For all intents and purposes, I have pretty much given up on this Brewers season, at least as far as postseason or even a .500 record is concerned. But Hyke's surprise was more or less the fact that I was at Miller Park instead of Lambeau Field, as the Packers Family Night scrimmage was taking place. Maybe Hyke doesn't know me as well as I thought he did, because there is no way in hell I'd ever attend the hick fest that is Family Night.
The king of the solo home run changed things up a bit and hit a walk off single Friday night at Miller Park. The Brewers got on the board first in this one when Alcides Escobar doubled in Lorenzo Cain, who was brought up for Gomez as he went on the 15 day DL. Gomez got smoked in the head by a pitch Tuesday in Chicago, and I think this is more of lets not rush him back type of move. He hasn't played much of late either, so why take the risk of letting him get hurt again, putting him on the DL was the right call.. I love the move the Brewers made by bringing Cain back up and starting him Friday night. Never hurts to change things up every once in awhile, and give another guy a chance.
I guess the Brewers giving up runs in the sixth inning shouldn't be a shock anymore as they have been outscored 87-46 this season in the sixth inning. They added another six runs to that total Wednesday. Do we have any pitchers that can pitch a solid seven innings?
Right now this team is not going anywhere, so sweeping the Cubs would have been nice for the fans. I work with a Cubs fan, and it would have been nice to rub it in for the next week or so. Unless the Crew put up a 20 game winning streak to get back in this thing, which I don't see happening, then thank god the Packers start soon.
The Brewers have off Thursday, before the Houston Astros come to town this weekend. Last weekend Milwaukee was embarrassed by Houston only scoring two runs for the whole series. I hope they can improve on that total for the Brewer fans that are paying to watch them. Bucky Channel creator Winks is going to the game Saturday night. I would have joined him and his ladyfriend, but I can't find a date for the life of me. I'm not sure if it is girls not liking me, or me just not wanting to go to a Brewer game. Or maybe it just is both.
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