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April 12, 2007
Brett White, locked and loaded:
Here's what will happen: Dolphins want Chief Trent Green for a 6th rounder. KC wants 2nd or 3rd. Dolphins will succumb somewhat and offer a 4th and get him. This will help the Chiefs replace their 4th round pick they lost. Dolphins will sign T. Green and release Culpepper. If they do not land Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn at the current number nine pick they will go after a QB later in the draft- say Michigan State's Drew Stanton- since they lost out on Drew Brees in 2006 (whoops).
My projection for the Dolphins is Penn State OT Levi Brown (that's Offensive Tackle not Occupational Therapist) with their first round pick and then pick a QB and a DT/ CB with their two 2nd round picks. Levi Brown is a starter from year one - let him play. I expect the Trent Green announcement to happen sooner rather than later- I originally expected a draft day type deal.
Daunte Culpepper to be released? Let's be honest. Daunte has not looked too swell since being injured. Now I am not saying that his comeback will go as poorly as the 80's technotronic band "A Flock of Seagulls"; but why wait around? If they are even showing interest in Trent Green it speaks volumes.
And you cannot keep both. Releasing Daunte will allow Trent Green to be the starter for a season or two while they groom their QB of the future say John Beck of BYU or Drew Stanton of Michigan State.
If Levi Brown goes prior to the Dolphins #9 pick- look for them to take Michigan DT Allan Branch. They will undoubtedly shore up offensive line or get younger on defense in the first round.
Next Up: The rest of AFC East and how the Patriots this offseason were busier than Don Imus' PR expert.
April 05, 2007
I fully expect Brennan to throw for 50 TDs and 5000 yards - the only negatives that I see are the loss of a couple offensive lineman and stud RB Nate Ilaoa. USA Today astutely points out some scheduling issues that won't help either.
Stay tuned - the Fantasy College Blitz crew and I are working on our own special brand of promotion for this very campaign.
March 28, 2007
West Virginia 10-1
Penn St 25-1
Oklahoma 25-1 (if they get the QB situation settled, look out)
Ohio St 25-1 (seems low, but lost many stars to NFL)
Virginia Tech 30-1
Florida St 30-1 (I love how Booby has retooled the coaching staff with former players and Jimbo)
Miami FL 50-1
zx Field (Any Other Team) 50-1
Notre Dame 50-1
Texas A&M 60-1
South Carolina 75-1
Arizona St 100-1
Boise St 100-1
Boston College 100-1
Texas Tech 100-1
Wake Forest 150-1
North Carolina St 200-1
Georgia Tech 200-1 (No CJ, but no Reggie Ball either)
Hawaii 200-1 (BrennanForHeisman.com coming soon)
Oklahoma St 200-1 (I have a sneaky suspicion this is worth a five-spot with only Texas and Missouri returning a lot of players)
Oregon St 200-1
Kansas St 200-1
South Florida 300-1
March 13, 2007
I will admit that I don't begin to attend to college hoops until March - that being said I hope I can bring a little of my unique statistical insight into the college basketball tournament that starts Thursday.
I credit USA Today with the genesis of this idea - they took many important season stats of each of the 65 teams and ranked them against one another here.
So similar to the Fantasy College Blitz Defense Index, I tweaked those relative rankings, added a Margin of Victory variable, and published my spreadsheet to Google Docs here. Much more info on the discussion part of Google Docs page.
Please feel free to download it, tweak it by assigning different weights, add new stats (RPI? Rebounds/gm), or just change the color. and please share your feedback so we can all win our brackets!
January 30, 2007
It took me a while to type mine since both Drew and Daniel forcefully restrained me when I wantted to ask Colorado kicking sensation Mason Crosby
"No one questions your accuracy, but many are worried about your leg strength in the pro game - how do you respond to your detractors?"Who knew sarcasm could hurt so much?
No more adieu...here are the links and excerpts at Fantasy College Blitz.
- Poor Chris Leak. After finally silencing critics with his tour-de-force in the National Championship Game, he got stuck behind an underwhelming South offensive line in the Senior Bowl....Quarterbacks by Daniel Freer
- For Lorenzo Booker, I can see a career similar to Kevin Faulk of the Patriots...Running Backs by Drew Smith
- I find it hard to believe Aundrae Allison will not be a productive #2 and/or punt returner on the big stage....Wide Receivers by Vince Mullins
January 28, 2007
Fantasy Sports Magazine: January 2007. Greg Ambrosius has penned a number of articles on this subject for the industry, appropriate as he is one of the most visible in the formation of the fantasy sports industry.
Below are a set of links I grabbed after Googling for the Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) legal fight to protect the statistics and likenesses of its league's players. It started long ago but has sprung up this week after MLBAM filed an appeal to keep their fight alive.
Baseball Prospectus: February 2005
CNN Money: August 2006
Chronicle Herald: January 2007
January 27, 2007
The exciting highs and the gut wrenching lows at the penultimate level of competition culminate at this all-star event...Not really-the trip in my Urban Assault Vehicle paled in comparison. There is a whole lotta nothin' between Tallahassee and Mobile on I-10 so you better sync up the iPod before this trip.
Weather conditions look poor for quality foootball-light rain should make ball handling difficult. Of course, right after I type that the North goes 34 yards on a double reverse to the North's Jason Hill.
Stories will follow here and at Fantasy College Blitz - Daniel will review QB and K, Drew grabs the RB, and I will break down the WR and TE
January 24, 2007
I and the Fantasy College Blitz crew begin our trek early Friday to the finest college football all-star game in existence, the Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles Stadium, televised on the NFL Network at 3 pm on Saturday January 27.
Media Relations czar Vic Knight was kind enough to recognize the journalistic merit of our work and issued us press passes for the game. The following is a list of the players I can't wait to interview.
Utah's Eric Weddle, who played just about every position including the now trendy again single wing .
Colorado's kicker Mason Crosby, who I believe is already one of the top ten kickers ever (just to note, I said the same thing about Steve McNair as a QB before the draft. And also basketball D-list star Shawn Bradley. My record is mixed at best).
Oregon State TE Joe Newton, a 6-8 physical specimen who came back strongly from a broken leg and who should be an immediate impact in the NFL.
Rutgers RB Brian Leonard, who may be tired of the Mike Alstott comparisons but aside from Brandon Jacobs there are not a lot of 250-pound guys who can shake it and bake it while running strong too. Of course you know he has upside (slo-mo begins at 2:03)...
Catch you from Mobile.
January 22, 2007
Nice Breakdown from Mini-Me (is he Diet Evil?) on the omnipresent tugs-of-war between the stated goals of a university and the public relations power of a successful football program.
I maintain that Rutgers football could still be self-sufficient even with the raises, so the layoffs in academia and support would have happened regardless.
January 17, 2007
Brennan was advised by the NFL that he is a likely second round pick in the April 28-29 draft in New York. He is generally rated the third best quarterback available in the draft, behind JaMarcus Russell of Louisiana State and Brady Quinn of Notre Dame.
His accuracy as a passer is unquestioned, but at 6-feet-3 and 200 pounds, Brennan is not as big as some of the other top pro quarterback prospects. But many other smaller quarterbacks, such as Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams, enjoy success in the NFL...
Dozens of teammates stood outside of the Stan Sheriff Center minutes before Brennan's news conference today. Slotback Mike Washington held a homemade sign that said "1 more year ... or" on one side and "we fly for Ty" on the other, referring to Tyler Graunke, who is next in line to quarterback the Warriors.
Those who possess the first pick in next year's fantasy drafts exhaled a sigh of relief with this news, especially Benny in our league.
Early prediction - with the return of FOUR possible NFL wide receivers (Bess, Grice-Mullin, Rivers, Sample), gotta expect 5000 yards again and 50 TDs - did I mention serious Heisman consideration? My position has always been he is much more talented that the robot Timmy Chang.
Stay classy, Colt.
This story reminds me of my buddy KC's rant after the parents' meeting with AD Frank Broyles after the SEC Championship Game. You will have to trust me on the content of his verbal rant, as his blog is as empty and vapid as Paris Hilton...
"WTF is this? The parents are visiting the AD? If this were any other school, the AD would listen politely, tell them to gather their Capri Suns and orange slices and say thanks them for coming! Arkansas goes to the Championship of the toughest conference in the game, and little Damian is crying in his shin guards that he didn't get 10 catches a game? YOU FREAKING BEAT AUBURN! YOU FREAKING HAVE DARREN MCFADDEN TO RUN THE BALL! Hit the weights, block down on the LB and be a good soldier, freshman!"
So, in summation, this post was to vent on the Arkansas program and to yearn for the day when KC will step up on his golf blog. I never asked him what he dislikes so much about kids' soccer, I fear I could get a punch in the neck.
January 13, 2007
I am working on an article that breaks down the Charlie Weis mystique, but when sharing notes with colleagues they all say I come off like a hater - not at all my intention as I just don't see the results under Weis that were any different than under Ty Willingham, except for actually scoring points.
Here are some projects I am working on over the next couple months for you:
Senior Bowl - All the FCB crew will be in Mobile the last weekend of January, gathering interviews and soaking up some football in the winter. Just saw that the 2006 National Champion Florida Gators will be represented by quarterback Chris Leak, wide receiver Dallas Baker, linebacker Earl Everett and defensive lineman Ray McDonald in 2007 contest.
NFL Draft - a natural extension of this site to project how some stars will do at the next level. I will be mirroring those posts to Blog Critic and also Yardbarker, a couple of interesting webb communities
Fantasy College Blitz - We have some management changes to deal with as we continue to build out the best fantasy college football website in existence. Next year will have more of a DIY - blog feel to it since we had so much enjoyment with the interactivity of the Forum in 2006.
We are also evaluating whether to continue a subscription model or an ad-supported model of business as we go into Year Three. I have to say the story of ArmChairGM.com fetching a $2 million price inspired us to review our subscription model, so Drew, Daniel and I are getting ready for our "winter meeting" in Mobile.
That is it for now - stay in touch!
January 09, 2007
Because of that defense, the Gator efficient and creative offense had a short field to use most of the evening, only enhancing the shifting/metamorphisizing Chris Leak-led side's ability to create points.
My best takeway to share with my readers - stop the Urban Meyer hating. He turned around Bowling Green, got Utah a BCS game victory, and now has achieved a national championship in his second year at Florida. He deserves the compensation and the upper-echelon respect.
Granted the roster spills over with Ron Zook's recruits, but that doesn't diminish the accomplishment. That would be like crediting the migrant worker for farming the clay when the artist formed the pottery. Wow, I must really be hung over to pull that allegory out of my arse.
I will wrap it up with some clips of assorted things I overheard or read while viewing the game.
"Well, shit!" - Neil at the initial kick return of Ted Ginn to give the
Buckeyes the 7-0 lead.
"For chrissakes, Tebow runs right! Do your
homework!" - Jerry
"That Heisman is coming in handy..." - John
"There are ten OSU fans for every Gator fan here. I am loving
this!" - Jeff texting me from the top row of University of Phoenix
"Rex Grossman just said, 'Man, those stats suck!'" - Drew
reacting to Troy Smith's 4-11 for 80 yards graphic in the second half.
"No" - Drew's response at halftime when I asked if I could still get the
6.5 points he was offering to Gators before the game.
"Troy Smith may be the third best QB tonight..." - Brent Musberger on ESPN
Radio. What a ridiculous statement, BTW.
Posting activity will go way down until after spring ball, but stay tuned for some NFL Draft coverage over the next couple months - just got my press passes for the Senior Bowl!
January 08, 2007
I was thinking hard about what I haven't done in the last 50 days either, and the list is a disturbing window into what my life has become.
Worked out with weights.
Got enough sleep (damn blogging)
Called old friends.
Laundry (it has been a crazy holiday season - thanks goodness a suit can get multiple uses)
Gone to a happy hour.
Share your greatest misses of the last 50 days below...
January 07, 2007
USA Today chronicles an emotional goodbye from the coach to his Cardinal players who say they didn't see it coming.
In my book, Petrino is two to three steps down the evolutionary ladder from Nick Saban. Just a month ago Petrino said he would not entertain questions about other jobs.
January 05, 2007
Florida Gators (12-1)
University of Phoenix Stadium
(not Pink Taco Stadium), Glendale AZ.
Vegas says ADVANTAGE: BUCKEYES
Ohio State favored by 7.5, and the number is set at 48.5 - that extra half point could come into play very easily if this game is as close and low scoring as expected when two of the nation's best defenses meet in the arid desert.
Gotta give an edge on the expectation scale to Ohio State with their 9-3 against the spread (ATS) record this year whereas the Gators played many games much tighter than the smart money thought, only finishing 4-8 ATS. While the Gators come through in the clutch (5-0 in games decided by less than 7 this year), there are few teams in the naton with that poor of a cover record. No like opponents.
EFFICIENCY STATS say BIG ADVANTAGE TO BUCKEYES
Looking at my favorite efficiency stats illustrate just how hard each team has to work to score, as well as how hard they make the opponent work.
- "yards per play" (yppl)
- "yards per point" (yppt)
- turnover margin
- 3rd down conversions
The other number strongly in the Ohio favor is turnover margin - both teams forced 27 turnovers, but the Gators gave it up 24 times and the Buckeyes only 16.
On third down, the standout number is the Buckeyes 51% conversion rate on offense (NCAA #4) versus Gators 33.9% allowed (NCAA #35).
The rest of the comps are pretty tight, but an overwhelming edge to the Buckeyes here. Of course this only highlights potential results - these same numbers suggested that Rice had a big edge over Troy earlier in the bowl season, but when the Owls back up QB couldn't make anything happen Troy kicked their behinds.
IN THE TRENCHES BARELY FAVORS THE BUCKEYES
When Ohio State has the ball, the Gators should be able to stand up to the Big Ten maulers. I would expect underrated RB Antonio Pittman to still get his 100yds and a touch, but the Gators have the most athletic front four the Buckeyes have looked at all year (even with the dismassal of Marcus Thomas), including Michigan.
The real issue for the Gators again will be when they have the ball. A talented O-line has battled depth issues all year, but the Buckeyes young front four has performed extremely well this year. Any injury or nick to the Gators offensive line will spell trouble for the safety of QB Chris Leak.
MASCOT EDGE TO THE GATORS
An alligator is a ferocious reptile that thrives in the heat of the peninsula. Gators attack pets and humans with equal disdain when they get too close to lakes and swamps, killing 11 people this decade.
The buckeye is the state tree of Ohio, but is well known for its poisonous nut. Many around the country are familiar with the dessert treat consisting of rolled peanut butter diiped in chocolate that results in a striking resemblance to the nut.
Advantage carnivore over the confection.
COOL STATS (thanks, Phil Steele)
Ohio State scored 45 more touchdowns than their opponents.
Ohio State has lost the last six vs. SEC (last win LSU in 1988).
Florida most penalized team in the SEC (65ypg).
Florida plays more freshman than any top ten team
Florida's Urban Meyer in 3-0 ATS and SU in bowl games.
FUN THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The battle of the nations top playmakers - Percy Harvin and Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn is the one with all the press and expectations, but don't be surprised to see Harvin line up in four different positions to make big plays for the Gators.
How the Buckeyes react to the two-headed QB system of the Gators. They have seen similar things from Bowling Green, Indiana and Illinois this year, but nothing like the "Leak by air, Tebow by ground" show from Gainesville.
Great links from around the web... (I will add as deserved)
SI: SEC Speed superiority?
USA Today: Gators score without points
January 04, 2007
Daniel Freer of FCB (you know, that big link to the right?) and I were talking after New Year's about the quick story during the bowl game that he was designing a new type of toilet bowl for underdeveloped areas of the world. “I want to help the less fortunate,” Johnson said.
Of course, Daniel found a link from Georgia Tech and here are all the details.
Like the title implies, we knew that CJ possesses special athletic qualities, and now we know by his choice of engineering project that he is special inside as well.
(UPDATE: CJ is going pro - methinks he is a top five pick)
January 02, 2007
If you went to bed after Oklahoma ran back the interception to take the lead right around midnight (Cinderella reference, anyone?), shame on you. It speaks to your faith, man... all of Idaho is weeping today.
Below is a YouTube clip that neatly summarizes the last three minutes of regulation and the OT - I swore I was watching a treatment for a film script unfold, and then to add to the surreality of the Boise win, RB Ian Johnson proposes to the lead cheerleader afterwards!
BTW, I do not think this means we need a playoff to let teams like Boise get their shot at a title. 13-0 is a great achievement and my love for the Boise program is clear, but they would be an 8-4 team at best in the Big Ten. And that takes nothing away from their amazing story this year!
My lovely wife pointed out a great body double/doppleganger during the game...Boise coach Chris Peterson and Billy Bob Thornton...spooky!