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Fantasy Football Week 12

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Fantasy Football Week 12

Posted on 18 November 2008 by KZ

Fantasy Football What’s New For 11.18.08

Hey Check out the New Columns…CLICK HERE AND NEW THIS YEAR to FANS FANTASY FOOTBALL…your official FANTASY DRAFT GUIDE…not who but HOW to draft a winning Fantasy Football Team…CLICK HERE FOR THE WAY TO DRAFT THIS YEAR.

RANKINGS WILL BE OUT EVERY THURSDAY, CLICK HERE FOR THEM

and

REVIEW of the WEEK THAT WAS IN FANTASY FOOTBALL every TUESDAY RIGHT HERE ON THE WHAT’s NEW PAGE!

Some Notes from week 11:

  • AFC PLAYOFF TEAMS WILL BE: Titans, Jets, Steelers, Broncos, Colts and Ravens
  • NFC PLAYOFF TEAMS WILL BE: Giants, Panthers, Cardinals, Packers, Bucs and Cowboys
  • WARRICK DUNN is now in line to become the RYAN GRANT…E. GRAHAM of 2008…
  • The end of the SD/PITT game..unreal how you can get that call wrong…TWICE!!!
  • Team appear to have decided that Tennessee will have to have Kerry Collins beat them…and he is!
  • If Kurt Warner finishes this year healthy and on fire…he is HOF in my book!
  • Selvin Young will be a fantsy difference maker in week 13!
  • Continue to watch the waiver wire very closely!!!
  • SELL HIGH…BUY LOW…greatest advice for any fantasy footballer.

TRADE BAIT(s): Kevin Smith (sked is brutal), Eli Manning (good QB, running team) and Fred Taylor (MJD is now the man)

STAR(S) OF WEEK (officially renamed the LT of the Week): D. Bowe, Gage, Matt Cassell, A. Boldin and L. Fitz, D. Williams

DUD(S) of the Week: McGahee, Andre Johnson, Tim Hightower, Oucho Stinko, Philip Rivers and Tony Gonzales

Hot Pick up(s) of the week: LAST WEEK: P. Hills, Mark Bradley, Tyler Thigpen, Sammie Morris,

THIS WEEK: Warrick Dunn, Justin Gage, JJ Arrington, A. Pittman and Kerry Collins

TEAM(s) of the WEEK: Dallas Cowboys…needed a win on the road against a division rival and got it!

Ut Oh of the week: Not a good start to the RAVENS trip through the NFC EAST!

Fantasy Football Start Them This Week…

Check back weekly. We will never say start LT or AP that is too obvious and We will never tell you to sit someone, but here are some people we really like ….you can make the sit calls or email us for our view…track how accurate we are…..we have been as good as everyone else so check us out.

PLEASE READ THIS WEEKS COLUMS ON STARTS: CLICK HERE

QB’s: MUST STARTS: ROMO (HURT), BREES, CUTLER, WARNER, MCNABB, ROETHLISBERGER, RODGERS, P. MANNING

Other to consider this week: Thigpen, Collins, Cassel, Ryan, Campbell
RB’s: MUST STARTS: LT, Adrian Peterson, Westbrook , Parker, Lynch, Portis, Barber, Gore, Steve Jackson, Addai, Jacobs, Forte and Ronnie Brown

Others to consider this week: Slaton, Jamal Lewis, Dunn, Kevin Smith, Forte, D. Williams and Grant
WR’s/TE’s: MUST STARTS: TO, Greg Jennings, Randy Moss (still have to), Wes Welker (ppr), Fitzgerald, Boldin, Andre Johnson, Burress, Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson, Marshall, Wayne, Gates, Witten, Gonzales, Winslow

Other to consider this week: Eddie Royal, Lance Moore, S. Moss, Steve Breaston, D. Bowe and Roddy White

Top 10 to 15 or so starts for IDP’s:

DL: Jared Allen, Mario Williams, Aaron Kampman, Will Smith, Julius Peppers, Patrick Kearney, Aaron Schobel, Trent Cole, Terrell Suggs, Gaines Adams, Aaron Carter, Justin Tuck and Justin Smith.

LB: D. Ryans, P. Willis, R. Lewis, N. Barnett, D. Harris, M. Peterson, K. Morrison, J. Beason, W. Witherspoon, K. Rivers, L. Fletcher, B. Urlacher, D. Edwards, AJ Hawk, James Harrison, J. Beason, J. Vilma and F. Keiaho

DB: G. Wilson, A. Wilson. C. Tillman, A. Bigby, C. Finnegan, A. Winfield, T. Polamalu, B. Sanders, L. Landry, M. Trufant, B. Pollard, Q. Jammer,A. Cromartie, E. Coleman and Mike Adams.

Some Other Guys We Like This Week…

SLEEPER(s) OF THE WEEK….what DUD will become a STUD…at least for one week….we will try to give a QB, RB and WR/TE each week…

QB: Justin Fargas finds some room against Denver
RB: Sammie Morris is the NE RB of the week.
WR/TE: Issac Bruce has a good day in BIG D
Kicker and Defense: Buffalo Defense and Dan Carpenter (MIA) kicks well.

Locks Of The Week…

In a suicide pool? We can help. Once again track our success. We will give you three a week.

After two years we are 118 – 51 (69.8%)…not bad!! TRULY pretty damn good…we have checked others out and we are just as good as they are! 2007 record: 48 – 21.

2008 RECCORD: 30 – 8

WEEK OF 11/20/08:

  1. Dallas over SF
  2. Denver over Oakland
  3. Chicago over St. Louis

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A Giant Task in New Jersey

Posted on 14 November 2008 by joeflacco

I went with a bunch of the offensive lineman to see the new Bond movie Quantum Solace last night…lots of really good action scenes in there.  If you’re a Bond fan you’ll like it, I’m sure.  These get togethers with the offensive line have been a lot of fun for all of us.  We usually go to dinner together during the week at least once but Jason Brown got a bunch of movie tickets so we all did that on Thursday night instead of dinner.

Other than Drew asking me about the experts out there saying the Ravens haven’t beaten a good team yet, I honestly haven’t heard anything about that this week.  I don’t really listen to the radio or watch TV or read the papers all that much.  I never did in college either (except for class!), just because I don’t need any kind of distraction at all.  I think most of our guys are the same way, actually.  We just focus on football and whatever people want to say about us they can.

We know this is a big game on Sunday because we’ve won four straight games and we’re playing the defending champions in their stadium.  But our approach hasn’t changed at all.  We have a game plan to study and we just need to keep our heads down, work hard all week and get ready for Sunday in New Jersey.

I hear some WNST listeners are going to the game.  We’ll do our best to make that ride home a little more enjoyable after the game.  Have a great weekend everyone.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 10

Posted on 05 November 2008 by KZ

Fantasy Football What’s New For 11.05.08

Hey Check out the New Columns…CLICK HERE AND NEW THIS YEAR to FANS FANTASY FOOTBALL…your official FANTASY DRAFT GUIDE…not who but HOW to draft a winning Fantasy Football Team…CLICK HERE FOR THE WAY TO DRAFT THIS YEAR.

RANKINGS WILL BE OUT EVERY THURSDAY, CLICK HERE FOR THEM

and

REVIEW of the WEEK THAT WAS IN FANTASY FOOTBALL every TUESDAY RIGHT HERE ON THE WHAT’s NEW PAGE!

plus

THE NEW MONDAY MORNING QUICK HITS ON KEN ZALIS’s COLUMNS PAGE

Some Notes from week 9:

  • FLUKES:P. Hillis, D. Fine, M. Jenkins, K. Robinson, D. Stanley, JJ Arington
  • FINDS: Rosenfelds, Flacco, Rice, R. Davis, B. Celek
  • NOT SURE: C. Benson and M. Clayton
  • Tim Hightower is the starter in ARZ and worth a start most weeks…this years Grant?
  • Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan may be able to be counted on down the stretch!
  • SELL HIGH…BUY LOW…greatest advice for any fantasy footballer.

TRADE BAIT(s): Chad Johnson (and hurry), A. Gonzales (and fast), A. Bryant (before you can blink), K. Boss (for a TE desperate team)

STAR(S) OF WEEK (officially renamed the LT of the Week): Kurt Warner, D. Mason and D. Driver, Chris Johnson and AP

DUD(S) of the Week: Matt Schuab, Ben Roethlisberger and Kyle Orton. Earnest Graham, Addai, Steven Jackson. Roddy White, Lee Evans and Plaxico Burress

Hot Pick up(s) of the week: LAST WEEK:Shaun Hill, Cedric Benson, Ray Rice, Ted Ginn Jr, Mike Walker, James Hardy

THIS WEEK: Jamaal Charles, Torian again if he is still there, Selvin Young, Ray Rice, Sage Rosenfelds, Brent Celek, Joe Flacco, Brady Quinn

TEAM(s) of the WEEK: Pittsburgh Steelers...on the road, lost their QB and still won against a quality team.

Ut Oh of the week: Cleveland Browns, lost at home to a division rival after being up 14 in the 3rd quarter and then changed QB’s for their short week…

Fantasy Football Start Them This Week…

Check back weekly. We will never say start LT or AP that is too obvious and We will never tell you to sit someone, but here are some people we really like ….you can make the sit calls or email us for our view…track how accurate we are…..we have been as good as everyone else so check us out.

PLEASE READ THIS WEEKS COLUMS ON STARTS: CLICK HERE

QB’s: MUST STARTS: ROMO (HURT), BREES, CUTLER, WARNER, MCNABB, ROETHLISBERGER, RODGERS, P. MANNING

Other to consider this week: Kerry Collins, Matt Ryan, Farve, Delhomme, Joe Flacco
RB’s: MUST STARTS: LT, Adrian Peterson, Westbrook , Parker, Lynch, Portis, Barber, Gore, Steve Jackson, Addai, Jacobs, Forte and Ronnie Brown

Others to consider this week: Jamal Lewis, Maurice Jones-Drew, Turner, Thomas Jones, Tim Hightower
WR’s/TE’s: MUST STARTS: TO, Greg Jennings, Randy Moss (still have to), Wes Welker (ppr), Fitzgerald, Boldin, Andre Johnson, Burress, Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson, Marshall, Wayne, Gates, Witten, Gonzales, Winslow

Other to consider this week: Eddie Royal, Derrick Mason, Berrian, Matt Jones, Mushin Muhammed, Deshawn Jackson, Steve Breaston and Cotchery.

Top 10 to 15 or so starts for IDP’s:

DL: Jared Allen, Mario Williams, Aaron Kampman, Will Smith, Julius Peppers, Patrick Kearney, Aaron Schobel, Trent Cole, Terrell Suggs, Gaines Adams, Aaron Carter, Justin Tuck and Justin Smith.

LB: D. Ryans, P. Willis, R. Lewis, N. Barnett, D. Harris, M. Peterson, K. Morrison, J. Beason, W. Witherspoon, K. Rivers, L. Fletcher, B. Urlacher, D. Edwards, AJ Hawk, James Harrison, J. Beason, J. Vilma and F. Keiaho

DB: G. Wilson, A. Wilson. C. Tillman, A. Bigby, C. Finnegan, A. Winfield, T. Polamalu, B. Sanders, L. Landry, M. Trufant, B. Pollard, Q. Jammer,A. Cromartie, E. Coleman and Mike Adams.

Some Other Guys We Like This Week…

SLEEPER(s) OF THE WEEK….what DUD will become a STUD…at least for one week….we will try to give a QB, RB and WR/TE each week…

QB: Brady Quinn…first chance against Denver..I will take it…
RB: I was a week ahead of myself…Ryan Torian…also Jamaal Charles could have a nice day
WR/TE: Donald Driver...may have been forgotten…he gets a TD this week
Kicker and Defense: Indy D and Matt Stover

Locks Of The Week…

In a suicide pool? We can help. Once again track our success. We will give you three a week.

After two years we are 118 – 51 (69.8%)…not bad!! TRULY pretty damn good…we have checked others out and we are just as good as they are! 2007 record: 48 – 21.

2008 RECCORD: 24 – 7

WEEK OF 11/06/08:

  1. Arizona over SF
  2. Miami over Seattle
  3. Denver over Cleveland

Bonus Pick: San Diego over KC

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What a game at Navy!!

Posted on 01 November 2008 by Bryan Powell

Temple was leading Navy 27-7 with 9:16 left in the 4th quarter when all of the sudden Navy woke up. Sophmore quarterback Ricky Dobbs who came on for an injured Kaipo Noa Kaheaku-Enhada led Navy on two touuchdown drives to cut it to 27-20 after an extra point was blocked. Temple completed a controversial pass with 1:44 left to give them a first down. All they had to do was take 3 knees since Navy only had one time out left. Instead they chose to run the ball. Navy stripped the Temple ball carrier and Clint Sovie scooped the ball up and returned it for a touchdown with 32 seconds left. In overtime Temple had 4th and 1 from the one yard line and chose to throw a pass to the back of the end zone which was incomplete. Navy took over and got their own first and goal on the 9 yard line. This lead to a 3rd and goal on the one yard line. Unlike Temple, Navy wouldn’t be denied and Ricky Dobbs scored the winning touchdown as Navy won 33-27. With the win Navy qualifies for the Eagle Bank Bowl on Dec 20th at RFK Stadium in DC. They will most likely play an ACC team. Before that though the Mids play Notre Dame on Nov 15th at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Flacco’s blog: Bring on the road atmosphere!

Posted on 30 October 2008 by joeflacco

I’ll be making my first trip to Cleveland this Sunday and I’m hearing from some of the guys that the fans are pretty loud and crazy.  That’s good.  I really liked playing in that kind of atmosphere in Pittsburgh earlier this year.  Obviously our fans in Baltimore are great to us and they’re really loud — but they’re also rooting for us when we’re at home.  I have a feeling they won’t be rooting for us in Cleveland but we’ll go in there and play hard like always.

I keep on getting great protection from the line and the running backs and tight ends who are doing the blocking up front.  I know I say it every week but they are one of the biggest reasons why I’ve played the first seven weeks without any serious bumps or bruises.

We know this is a big game because it’s a division rival and we’ve won a couple in a row now so we want to keep building on that momentum.  We’ll be ready.  Who knows, we might even have a few more fun plays to throw out there on Sunday.

I hope my alma mater, Delaware, can turn it around and finish their football season on a good note.  They play Towson next weekend, which is always fun at UD because Towson brings some fans and the game has developed into a pretty good rivalry.  The CAA is turning out a lot of good teams these days.  It looks like 4 or maybe even 5 teams might make it into the playoffs from the CAA this year.  Maybe I’ll check out Delaware when they play basketball at Towson this winter.  I went to a handful of the men’s games when I was in school at UD and attended a lot of the women’s games.

I was glad to see the Phillies win the World Series in Philadelphia.  It’s good to win the championship anywhere, obviously, but since there hasn’t been a title in Philly since 1980, it was good that the home fans got to experience the whole thing there last night.

Have a great weekend and I’ll check in with Drew on Tuesday morning at 8:30 am.

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Navy Wins and Doesn’t Pass

Posted on 28 October 2008 by Bryan Powell

The Navy Midshipmen won a football game 34-7 over SMU on Saturday and never attempted a pass. As many of you know Navy runs a triple option offense. This offense is run oriented. Usually Navy will throw over the top of the defense to keep them honest and allow the running game to function without extra people in the box. On Saturday thanks to horrible weather conditions Navy ran 77 offensive plays and all of them were runs. They ended up with 404 yards on the ground. Sophmore quarterback Ricky Dobbs who will start next season had 42 carries for 224 yards and 4 touchdowns. He doesn’t have a full grasp of the offense yet so most of those were option plays where he held on to the ball.

The last team to not throw a pass for an entire game was Ohio University who did it in a 21-17 win over Akron exactly 11 years earlier on Oct 25, 1997.

Navy is now 5-3 on the season. They host Temple this Saturday at 3:30 in their last game in Annapolis. With a win Navy qualifies for the Eagle One Bowl to be played Dec 20 at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8

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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8

Posted on 24 October 2008 by KZ

Fantasy Football What’s New For 10.21.08

Hey Check out the New Columns…CLICK HERE AND NEW THIS YEAR to FANS FANTASY FOOTBALL…your official FANTASY DRAFT GUIDE…not who but HOW to draft a winning Fantasy Football Team…CLICK HERE FOR THE WAY TO DRAFT THIS YEAR.

RANKINGS WILL BE OUT EVERY THURSDAY, CLICK HERE FOR THEM

and

REVIEW of the WEEK THAT WAS IN FANTASY FOOTBALL every TUESDAY RIGHT HERE ON THE WHAT’s NEW PAGE!

plus

THE NEW MONDAY MORNING QUICK HITS ON KEN ZALIS’s COLUMNS PAGE

Some Notes from week 7:

  • FLUKES: Dan Orlovsky, Green-Ellis, Mike Furrey, Bennett (TE)
  • FINDS: Josh Morgan, Donnie Avery, Greg Olsen, Malcolm Floyd
  • As much as the Cowboys are worried about their offensive issues without Romo…the Defense gave up 34 to the Rams.
  • Can we start talking about Andre Johnson like the top 5 WR he is?!
  • Tony Gonzales is only 32 and a top 3 TE in the league…I don’t know what was offered but some team needed him and should have upped the offer for him.
  • What is wrong with LT?…really…he hit the wall? he is done? No TD’s in 3 weeks!
  • If you are 1 – 6, 2 – 5 or 3 – 4 and have not made a trade in your Fantasy Football league….why even bother playing….made a move your team is not working the way it is.
  • If you have LT…and your team is struggling…wait til he has a good week and trade him for as much as you can.
  • The Denver and New Orleans will be fine on the Offensive side of the ball.
  • So will every other team that plays their Defenses.
  • SELL HIGH…BUY LOW…greatest advice for any fantasy footballer.

TRADE BAIT(s): Willis McGahee (next injury is when?), Randy Moss (you have been warned), Brett Farve (let someone else deal with the headache), Sammie Morris (he wont play Denver every week)

STAR(S) OF WEEK (officially renamed the LT of the Week): Steven Jackson, Mewelde Moore, LenDale White

DUD(S) of the Week: Peyton Manning, Brett Farve, Drew Brees, LT (AGAIN), Frank Gore, Ronnie Brown, Reggie Wayne, Greg Jennings, Marques Colston

Hot Pick up(s) of the week: LAST WEEK: Dominic Rhodes, Matt Ryan, Michael Pittman, Brad Johnson, Matt Schaub, Tashard Choice (he is one injury away from starting)

THIS WEEK: Josh Morgan, Donnie Avery, Jeff Garcia, Antonio Bryant, Green-Ellis, Lamont Jordan

TEAM(s) of the WEEK: Carolina Panthers…demolished the Saints….

Ut Oh of the week: Dallas Cowboys…so Romo was out, I was not away he played Defense…apparently the Cowboys missed Adam Jones as well…who knew?

Fantasy Football Start Them This Week…

Check back weekly. We will never say start LT or AP that is too obvious and We will never tell you to sit someone, but here are some people we really like ….you can make the sit calls or email us for our view…track how accurate we are…..we have been as good as everyone else so check us out.

PLEASE READ THIS WEEKS COLUMS ON STARTS: CLICK HERE

QB’s: MUST STARTS: ROMO (HURT), BREES, CUTLER, WARNER, MCNABB, ROETHLISBERGER, RODGERS, P. MANNING

Other to consider this week: Delhomme, Anderson, O’Sullivan and Campbell
RB’s: MUST STARTS: LT, Adrian Peterson, Westbrook (hurt), Parker (hurt), Lynch, Portis, Barber, Gore, Steve Jackson, Addai, Jacobs, Forte and Ronnie Brown

Others to consider this week: McGahee, T. Jones, Slaton, Chris Johnson and Lendale White…also Sammie Morris is healthy
WR’s/TE’s: MUST STARTS: TO, Greg Jennings, Randy Moss (still have to), Wes Welker (ppr), Fitzgerald, Boldin, Andre Johnson, Burress, Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson, Marshall, Holmes, Wayne, Gates, Witten, Gonzales, Winslow

Other to consider this week: Edwards, Bowe, DeShawn Jackson, Antonio Bryant, Josh Morgan, Todd Heap, Chris Cooley, Lee Evans

Top 10 to 15 or so starts for IDP’s:

DL: Jared Allen, Mario Williams, Aaron Kampman, Will Smith, Julius Peppers, Patrick Kearney, Aaron Schobel, Trent Cole, Terrell Suggs, Gaines Adams, Aaron Carter, Justin Tuck and Justin Smith.LB: D. Ryans, P. Willis, R. Lewis, N. Barnett, D. Harris, M. Peterson, K. Morrison, J. Beason, W. Witherspoon, K. Rivers, L. Fletcher, B. Urlacher, D. Edwards, AJ Hawk, James Harrison, J. Beason, J. Vilma and F. Keiaho

DB:

G. Wilson, A. Wilson. C. Tillman, A. Bigby, C. Finnegan, A. Winfield, T. Polamalu, C. Tillman, B. Sanders, L. Landry, M. Trufant, B. Pollard, Q. Jammer,A. Cromartie, E. Coleman and Mike Adams.

 

Some Other Guys We Like This Week…

SLEEPER(s) OF THE WEEK….what DUD will become a STUD…at least for one week….we will try to give a QB, RB and WR/TE each week…

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick...he has weapons and Houston can give up some plays
RB: Lean Washington…KC gives up some rushing yards
WR/TE: Chris Henry…he is starting to get involved more
Kicker and Defense: NY JETS DEFENSE….David Akers

Locks Of The Week…

In a suicide pool? We can help. Once again track our success. We will give you three a week.

After two years we are 118 – 51 (69.8%)…not bad!! TRULY pretty damn good…we have checked others out and we are just as good as they are! 2007 record: 48 – 21.

2008 RECCORD: 19 – 5

WEEK OF 10/26/08:

  1. Baltimore over Oakland
  2. Jets over Kansas City
  3. Jacksonville over Cleveland

Bonus Pick: Philly over Atlanta

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When a Game Really Doesn’t Matter

Posted on 13 September 2008 by Vince Fiduccia

I am sure some of you are not happy about the Ravens game being moved first to Monday night and now it appears the game could be cancelled altogether because of   Hurricane Ike. Many of you probably have plane and game tickets, which now can’t be changed. Others probably had big plans for tomorrow, like a party with friends or at a neighbor’s house. Some won’t be able to watch the game now if it is played on Monday night because of work or family.
The hardship we are feeling, however, is nothing compared to the anxiety and trepidation that the people of Texas are feeling right now. Many had to make one of life’s toughest decision–leave their homes and evacuate or try to ride it out. Sadly some will lose their lives, and many will come home to have everything they’ve ever known shattered.
When compared to this, how silly does a football or a baseball game sound now?
An event like this is when we must once again understand the role of sports in our society. Sports have and always will have a unique place in our country and culture. As Mark Suchy so brilliantly blogged on the morning of the anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th, sports helped us all recover and brought us together after those events.  Sports are our diversion, and nothing diverts our attention more than pro football. Most of us want/need this diversion to get through life. But for this week, this time football means very little. After all the Ravens and Texans is just a game; what is happening in the Texas Gulf Coast is real life.
The last thing the first responders in that area need to deal with is logistics for a football game with 70,000 people trying to get to and from the game. They have an enormous task in front of them right now, and their only mission should be to help save and protect the citizens of that area.

This game will be played sometime, perhaps in Houston or perhaps in another city.  At the right time we will kick the Texans’ rear ends.   Right now that’s secondary. When that area is ready to recover, sports — whether it is a high school football game or the NFL — will help in that recovery once again.

Sports will help bring some measure of relief and healing to the region.

Please keep the people of the Texas Gulf Coast in your thoughts and prayers as well the valiant civil workers who will risk their lives to help save lives and restore that area.

May God Bless Texas!

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THE SHEIKH DOWN

Posted on 12 September 2008 by Darren Rudham

And so, it looks like the table has been set for a Sheikh off.
Hot on the heels of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahya’s purchase of Manchester City, Sheikh Mohammed has stated his intention to personally buy Liverpool Football Club outright from the current American owners, circumventing the faltering efforts of the his investment arm, Dubai Investment Capital.
A move sure to be welcomed at Anfield.
Because in becoming the Premiership Joneses, clubs and fans – ordinarily quite narrow of mind when dealing with foreigners – now greet their seemingly limitless transfer cash with arms wide open. Cash is its own passport.
In light of the intensifying acquisitions race that has developed between the two massively oil rich nations of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the half time score for team ownership is Abu Dhabi 1 – Dubai 0, a fact that Sheikh Mohammed obviously finds unpalatable.
Because it’s clear that this has nothing to do with the spreadsheet. When your personal fortune is conservatively estimated at around $1trillion, and you can probably find the type of money it takes to buy a world class football team in the cracks of the Lamborghini’s calf-skin leather seats (or the Rolls if its Portsmouth) you really aren’t all the worried about recouping a few hundred million.
But is it a blessing or a curse that this ownership is all about prestige? Should he succeed in prying the club from the grubby mitts currently wrapped around its throat, we still need to ask if Sheikh Mohammed’s intentions will be any less ignoble. Because if this show pony fails to amuse it could well be whipped to within an inch of its life. Show ponies are remarkably cheap when you are more interested in performance than earnings.
Can we, as fans, trust him to do what is right for the club? Is Sheikh Mohammed’s self-professed Liverpool fandom any more genuine than Tom Hicks’? And even if it is, what guarantee do we have he will choose the club’s best interests over its profit? Or, like Man U and the Glazer’s, will we even care when the gathering dust on the shelves from the 90’s is replaced with silverware?
Try as we might to develop selective amnesia, we can’t simply dismiss what has and is currently happening. The euphoria that quickly became disappointment after the broken promises and shifting agendas of our current “new” ownership is still too fresh to ignore. Ignoring the past will only force us to relive it.
The silver lining is that this is still about success, on the field and off it. And on-field success is inexorably linked to financial wellbeing. But you need to infuse a little more of the latter to ensure the former, something the current administration has failed to recognize or simply flat out refused to support even after all the assurances to the contrary.
Beyond the money, beyond the megalomania, my real hope is that Sheikh Mohammed, or whoever the next suitor proves to be, recognizes that he is buying more than a investment. It is the parts that are the sum. It was never about the stadium, or the money. We won in Istanbul despite the odds, despite our woeful payroll and despite the three goals on the wrong side of the scoreboard at half time. We are a team of heart.
What we want is loyalty.
And to beat Man U.

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On to Houston we go

Posted on 12 September 2008 by joeflacco

Each Friday at WNST.net, Ravens QB Joe Flacco offers his personal blog on all things rookies, Ravens and life in the NFL.

We’ve had a great week of practice after our season opening win last Sunday and now we’re just ready to play the Texans on Monday.

Now that the season has started it really does become sort of a week-by-week approach.  You play the game, you take Monday to review the film and see what you did, and then you start preparing for the next opponent. It’s good to get into that kind of flow.  The players have done a pretty good job of keeping me in check this week and reminding me I’m still a rookie, but I know that’s part of the experience.

Sunday’s win over the Bengals was a lot of fun.  I thought I did a pretty good job out there and the rest of the team came through with a bunch of big plays.  I tried to treat the game just like any other football game I’ve played.  I guess I never thought my first touchdown in the NFL would be a 38-yard run, but you have to take them any way you can.  I have to admit that I do have the ball from the touchdown run…the equipment manager got it for me and gave it to me after the game.  That’s a neat momento to have, but the win was more important.  It was also a lot of fun to go out afterwards and have dinner with my family and my girlfriend.  Like I wrote last week, that was one of the benefits of playing my first pro game at home.

I still have a lot to prove, obviously, and we know, as a team, that we just need to keep getting better as well. But last week was a great start for us and we’re excited about playing the Texans.

I’ll catch up with you during Drew’s show next Wednesday morning at 8:30 (instead of Tuesday) because we’ll be traveling back to Baltimore after Monday’s game.

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