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Posted on: May 18, 2009 3:34 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2009 4:49 pm
 

MNF: Down goes Kornheiser!

Jon Gruden will be replacing Tony Kornheiser in the Monday Night Football booth.

It really doesn't matter what the circumstances are for the change,  although Kornheiser sited his fear of flying. The fact is that his reign of annoyance to all MNF lovers is over.  In my opinion, I think he stated fear of flying as a safe means of exit without the need for too much damage control on his career.

Personally, I thought Kornheiser was the absolute worst commentator I've ever seen in the Monday Night Football booth, even more so than Dennis Miller. Why worse than Miller?  Because Dennis Millers job was to provide 'comic' relief in the booth as opposed to Kornheiser's job was football reporting and instead chose to talk about stupid things like the color of a receivers shoes during critical replays.  Half the time it felt like Jaws wanted to just knock him out...and rightfully so.

On a positive note, I think Gruden will do an outstanding job in the booth along with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski.  Although both know football inside and out, Jaws will be the offensive expert with Gruden the expert on defense.  Meanwhile, Mike Tirico will keep it all running smooth like the professional he is.

I'm very pleased with this move, actually relieved.  MNF lovers have been waiting to scratch this itch for a while.

Feel free to sound off!
















Posted on: May 18, 2009 9:15 am
Edited on: May 18, 2009 9:18 am
 

TV or not TV: Blackout is the question.

A day in the life of Joe the desk jockey:

It's July...Wednesday...1:05pm...and your returning to your desk after lunch.  You settle in, make a phone call or two, and then begin to prep out your work plan of what you need to accomplish before the end of the day. Just before your dig in, you click on the Internet and go to the MLB.tv website to watch your local team via computer while proceeding throw it in the background behind your work for some piece of mind until quitting time.

If only if it where that simple.

If your a fan of baseball, chances are you may have purchased mlb.tv to watch the games via Internet.  It's a great luxury to be able to watch the games of all your favorite players and MLB is aware of the of this by charging you a hefty fee for the service.  The only problem is that a HUGE percentage of subscribers are also fan favorites of their local sports team(s) and would like to to watch local games via Internet when no TV is accessible.

Astronauts can twitter from space, but yet I can't watch the Mets game from my office, a coffee shop, or backyard.  Seriously, I realize there are local blackout restrictions on TV for certain games because of the territories, television rights, and such, but if your purchasing the ability to watch games directly from the (MLB) league itself, then why the heck should you still be in a blackout if you are viewing it on the Internet directly from them! 

Obviously if a person was able to watch the game on TV then they would...so instead they...um, let me guess here...purchased for viewing on the Internet so they could!  It boggles my mind on how MLB executives can be such knuckleheads between this and steroids regarding the league.  What in the world are these people thinking.  I wouldn't be surprised if they are the next to open their hand and cry BAILOUT!

Shame on you MLB.  Open your eye's, get with the program, and welcome yourself to the present.




Posted on: May 11, 2009 11:21 am
Edited on: May 11, 2009 11:21 am
 

(5-11-09) Deep League Waivers

Do you find this helpful if you are in a deeper league?

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Here is a list of players claimed off waivers in a from 5-9-09 to 5-11-09:

3B Coghlan, Chris FLA

OF Lewis, Fred SF
OF Hairston, Jerry CIN
OF Byrnes, Eric ARI
OF Hoffpauir, Micah CHC

SP Washburn, Jarrod SEA
SP Feldman, Scott TEX
SP Pavano, Carl CLE
SP Bailey, Homer CIN (Minors)

RP Cruz, Juan KC
RP Zumaya, Joel DET

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The information above is from a 13 team 5x5 veteran roto league.  Each roster consists 27 players (5 of those spots are reserves) with up to 4 additional emergency reserve spots for DL players only.  Potentially each roster can hold up to 31 players.




Posted on: May 8, 2009 1:23 am
Edited on: May 8, 2009 1:25 am
 

(5-8-09) Deep League Waivers

Some notable pickups this morning which I feel the need to post ASAP...

Here is a list of players claimed off waivers 5-8-09:

C Baker, John  FLA


1B Whitesell, Josh  ARI


OF Reimold, Nolan  BAL (Minors)
OF Pierre, Juan  LA

SP Porcello, Rick  DET
SP Cecil, Brett  TOR
SP Willis, Dontrelle  DET (Returning from DL)

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The information above is from a 13 team 5x5 veteran roto league.  Each roster consists 27 players (5 of those spots are reserves) with up to 4 additional emergency reserve spots for DL players only.  Potentially each roster can hold up to 31 players.



Posted on: May 7, 2009 7:18 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2009 1:25 am
 

(5-7-09) Deep League Waivers

If you want to know about the background of this blog:  Click Here

The information listed below is from a 13 team 5x5 veteran roto league.  Each roster consists 27 players (5 of those spots are reserves) with up to 4 additional emergency reserve spots for DL players only.  Potentially, each roster can hold up to 31 players.

Here is a list of most players claimed off waivers since 5-4-09:

2B Jayson Nix, CHW

SS Brendan Harris, MIN

3B Casey Blake, LA
3B Matt Gamel, MIL (Minors)

OF Franklin Gutierrez, SEA
OF Josh Anderson, DET

SP Barry Zito, SF
SP Rich Hill, BAL (DL)
SP Andrew Bailey, OAK
SP Jeremy Guthrie, BAL

Note:  OF Juan Pierre, LA will almost certainly be the #1 claim on our waivers tonight.


Posted on: May 3, 2009 11:43 am
Edited on: May 8, 2009 1:25 am
 

(5-3-09) Deep League Waivers

If you want to know about the background of this blog:  Click Here

The information listed below is from a 13 team 5x5 veteran roto league.  Each roster consists 27 players (5 of those spots are reserves) with up to 4 additional emergency reserve spots for DL players only.  Potentially, each roster can hold up to 31 players.

Here is a list of most players claimed off waivers since 4-28-09:

C Mike Napoli, ANA
3B Melvin Mora, BAL (dropped of DL, claimed by another)
1B Billy Butler, KC
2B Chris Getz, CHW
OF Nolan Reimold, BAL (Minors)
OF Scott Posednik, CHW

SP Mitchel Boggs, STL
SP Sean Marshall, CHC
SP Dallas Brandon, OAK

RP Joe Beimel, WAS
RP Latroy Hawkins, HOU
RP David Aardsma, SEA






Posted on: April 28, 2009 3:07 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2009 3:14 pm
 

Now Batting...

Some deeper players who are currently on our rosters and in the starting lineup.

(Listed no particular order or ranking. Lineups are set once a week every Monday.)

1B Lyle Overbay, TOR
1B Pablo Sandoval, SF

2B Alberto Callaspo, KC

SS Jason Barlett, TB

3B Bill Hall, MIL

OF Dexter Fowler, COL
OF Marlon Byrd, TEX
OF Michael Bourn, HOU
OF Luke Scott, BAL

SP  Aaron Laffey, CLE
SP Ross Olendorf, PIT
SP  Justin Masterson, BOS
SP Scott Richmond, TOR
SP Jeff Neimann, TB
SP Brian Bannister, KC
SP Kevin Millwood, TEX
Posted on: April 27, 2009 4:36 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2009 12:21 am
 

The Fantasy Abyss: Deep League Pickups

At some point between playing for the grand prize of a Nintendo Entertainment System some 20 years ago to writing a 40 page fantasy constitution of just recent…the world of fantasy had become more than just fun or sport…it became a mission to succeed and a strive for excellence. 

So the question is, “Can average guys with experience qualify as being experts?” Maybe not, but those who read articles from any site or paper know that just because you’re a sports writer, it doesn’t necessarily qualify you either.

I would classify an expert as someone who has experience and knowledge that you can trust.  And although you really can’t trust someone until they have earned your respect, you can continue to read this little blog if it sparks your interest.

Any fantasy website will boast about winning X amount of championships.  That’s all good and winning obviously counts, but if you participate in twenty leagues a year, then you’re probably going to win one or two as long as you have a grasp of your surroundings and keep following it.  Sure enough, these ‘experts’ then go off boasting about how they picked up ‘this guy’ or won ‘that championship’.  But rather than dispersing focus into a quantity of leagues, I choose to concentrate on quality and participate in just one.  Most of the owners in the league I am about to mention do the same.

The fantasy baseball league I am in is called Braggn’ Rights Baseball (BRB) and it’s just that.  With almost all of the owners having roughly the same amount of experience as myself, the winner is most definitely allowed to talk the talk once the trophy (and check) is in hand.  It’s a 13 team 5x5 roto league with a 27 man roster and a rock solid set of rules. In addition, there are 4 additional emergency roster spots for disabled list players and it's a 4 player keeper league.

All of us are thankful to be part of a league where we all have the same amount of experience, dedicated level of competition, and stability.  Because of this, and with most of us knowing each other for so long, we also all share the fierce sense of rivalry that makes our league what it is today.

I consider Braggn’ Rights Baseball the definition of a deeper league and one of the foundations for this blog.  On a daily basis, owners of BRB dive deep into the fantasy abyss called waivers and usually come up with something that they might use to stash, spot start, or even end up as a full time starter on their roster.

I’ll be there to report it.

So once again, “Can average guys with experience qualify as being experts?”  That’s for you to decide.

I’ll blog every few days to inform on what intriguing waiver claims are being pulled out of the BRB abyss.  If anything, my intention is to give you an additional edge in deeper leagues by relaying what is going on in ours. And at the very minimum, it will reassure you on who you may have picked up or are thinking to grab.

Welcome and stay tuned.
















 
 
 
 
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