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Ranking the NFL Commentators
SI's Dr. Z ranks the NFL announce teams in his Eighth Annual TV Commentator Awards. The top of the list offers a few surprises, while the usual bottom feeders, ESPN's Three Stooges, are right where you'd expect them.

Posted by Michael Blunda at 1/27/2006 1:16:00 PM
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shot in the dark
I'm sure you all remember the 1999 draft. Ricky Williams came into that draft season as the heralded #1 draft pick much like Reggie Bush. He had the hype all season long and seemed like a lock for the 1 spot. Alas, after being poked, prodded, and possibly smoked, he tumbles to the Saints at number 5. Yet, at number 4, there's Edgerrin James. The darkhorse that many did not feel would come out of college before the UCLA game, or if he did, he would only be a top 15-20 pick. Which leads me to the 2006 draft... Reggie Bush is going to get dismantled at the combine. He is slight of build and long for a running back. The last running back we saw as long as Bush, who ran equally straight, was Eddie George except George was solid and ripped. Bush is built like a wide reciever and while we haven't seen an athlete like him since Deion or maybe Bo, many teams will fear taking him because they don't have the courage, nor intelligence to deploy him. I think he's the best player in the draft from a talent standpoint. I also feel that the Texans should take Bush, play 3-wide as their base offense with Domanick Davis as the lone back and Andre Johnson split out on the same side as Bush (in the slot) and just run people off the field. But, I doubt they do that. I could really see Lendale White making an Edgerrin James like move into the top 5 and leapfrogging Bush. It seems unthinkable right now, but if White runs a 4.4/4.45 and Bush signs with an agent like the Poston brothers, it could happen. Teams like what they are familiar with and are scared poopless to take chances. White is safe and if he's signable too, I can see it happening.

Posted by Eddie at 1/26/2006 8:01:00 PM
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Carson Palmer Injury
How different these playoffs might have been were it not for that injury.

Posted by Chris Liss at 1/24/2006 3:20:00 PM
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Larry Johnson wins RotoWire an Expert League
Normally, I wouldn't bring attention to the wrongheaded comments of a competitor - after all, we were wrong on a lot of players this year like Kevin Jones, Julius Jones and Jamal Lewis - but when a guy calls you out for reaching when you took Larry Johnson in the fourth round of an experts draft, there's got to be some accountability at the end of the year. Here's the link to the article.

Here are the results of the league.



Posted by Chris Liss at 1/23/2006 1:34:00 AM

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Denver Had Nothing
Funny that 24 hours ago, I thought Denver was the biggest favorite among the remaining teams and that there was no way Pittsburgh in its third game on the road would beat them in Mile High's thin air. Hindsight is 20/20, but watching that game, it was hard not to wonder how Denver got to where it did. Their offense is okay, but who are you really afraid of - Jake Plummer, Mike Anderson, Rod Smith, Ashley Lelie? Big Ben is better already than Plummer ever was, Hines Ward is younger and more of a playmaker than Smith is these days and Willie Parker is Tatum Bell without the fumbling problem (though he nearly put one on the ground today). You never got the feeling that Denver's offense had the capacity to come back even when they scored to make it a 10 point game. Or maybe Pittsburgh's defense is just playing that well - while the Denver game doesn't let Manning off the hook, if the Steelers drill Seattle, at least the storyline makes more sense. Speaking of which - I agree with Pianow on the message board - a pick 'em is where I'd set the line right now - and I'd probably take the Steelers - don't want to underestimate Seattle as I have in the past, but I don't think they're nearly as battle tested.

Posted by Chris Liss at 1/22/2006 9:21:00 PM
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Seahawks Prove Something Sunday?
The Seahawks looked good today, but keep in mind after a cake schedule they'll play the No. 6, No. 5 and No. 6 seeds in the playoffs - without going on the road - pretty cushy stuff. Carolina travelled for the fourth straight week and had nothing - Delhomme was awful. Was that because of the Seahawks D? Probably had something to do with it, but that was the same D that got shredded by Ken Dorsey. So I think the environment and Carolina's state had something to do with it as well. The rested Steelers on a neutral field will be a good test, though - they beat them (No. 6 seed or not) and there's not much you can take away from them. But I still don't think they have proven all that much yet - maybe not a fraud - but if they lose the Bowl - especially if it's not close, then they're nothing special.

Posted by Chris Liss at 1/22/2006 9:09:00 PM
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Seahawks D
The Seahawks were a bend-but-don't-break defense all season. But in the two playoff games, they've been about as bendable as a flag pole. It's easy to write off the Washington game because the Redskins offense is so bad. But against the Panthers, the Seahawks frickin' dominated, as well. The Seahawks defense might be playing over its head, but it picked the right time to do it. Did Steve Smith even make the trip to Seattle?

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/22/2006 8:05:00 PM
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