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Jay Cutler is officially overrated

He's no John Elway-or even Jeff George
He's no John Elway-or even Jeff George
It’s time Jay Cutler realizes he can’t throw a football through a brick wall or squeeze it into a crack that’s an inch wide. He needs to look in the mirror and notice he’s Jay Cutler and NOT Brett Favre. Cutler’s performance last night single handedly lost the game for the Bears against the stumbling 49ers. Come on, 5 interceptions? The guy has all the attributes to be a great QB, starting with his arm. However, plenty of QB’s throughout the years had great arms but now are just part of the history of mediocrity of the NFL. Cutler is on that path. A guy who still doesn’t realize that sometimes getting 3 points instead of throwing a forced interception in the red zone can be the difference between winning a losing. -DM

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Lebron is going to (fill in the blank)

Well, it’s about time Lebron. After months of speculating where he’ll end up inimages-23 2010, Lebron James has finally told the media he isn’t going to address any questions regarding his future. Wow, it took him this long? Cavalier fans have endured everything from NY, Miami, New Jersey, and even the Lakers as potential suiters. Finally some of the hysteria will hopefully become more of a whisper and not the constant annoying humm it’s been.
The Cavaliers have arguably their best chance ever to win an NBA title and the daily distraction of Lebron’s future is something this team can surely do without. One can’t blame Lebron for not signing an extension with the Cavaliers in the offseason. He understands that he holds all the chips and he’ll play his hand like he’s at the final table of the World Series of Poker. However, I do blame him for helping to fan the flames of the constant media frenzy that has surrounded the topic. “No comment” is one phrase that Lebron could’ve borrowed from plenty of politicians to help throw a little water on the burning topic.
Instead he’s answered almost every question reporters have thrown his way. Which is like throwing a bucket of chum to starving sharks.
I hoping the sharks will find a different player now to circle. I hear Dwayne Wade is still happy to talk.-DM

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Cedric Benson as MVP?

I think it’s safe to say that if you drafted Cedric Benson this year you’re

League MVP?
League MVP?
looking pretty damn good right about now. Benson has been totally dominate this year and Marvin Lewis is feeding him the ball more than any other back in the league. Can you say workhorse? Benson is easily in the running for MVP of the league at this point and if he captures the rushing title and puts the Bengals in the playoffs it’s going to be very hard not to give it to him. Yes, other players like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre have their respective teams playing at high levels, but let’s remember who Cedric Benson plays for people–THE BENGALS. He’s gotta get some additional votes solely based on that. It’s always nice to see a player of his collegiate resume resurrect his career and prove that he wasn’t a bust. His days in Chicago were disappointing in every way but a second chance in Cinci has given Benson the opportunity to show the skills that made him a star while a running back at Texas.
I’m just glad I took a shot and grabbed him in round 5 of my league. He’s paying some nice dividends. I’ll go ahead and give him the early vote for league MVP.
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Sorry Brady Quinn

Apparently head coach Eric Mangini is going to announce that Brady Quinnimages-3 is going to be his starting QB when the Cleveland Browns face the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. I hope he’s also going to announce that they somehow convinced the league to let the Browns play an extra 5 offensive linemen because Brady is going to be running for his life. Mangini’s handling of the QB situation in Cleveland has been nothing short of disastrous. Granted he didn’t flip a coin like Romeo Crennel, but his decision making isn’t far behind. Cleveland fans saw this coming when during the week leading up to week 1 against the Vikings Mangini said he was keeping his announcement of the QB private so that it would give the Browns a “competitive advantage.” Brady was given the starting nod and the Browns went on to get destroyed.
Now, after watching Derek Anderson post the lowest QB rating in recent memory, he is going to turn back to Quinn. Great. Though I think it’s the right move, it couldn’t come during a worse week. Monday Night Football and the Baltimore Ravens defense. This may be the most torturous game that will ever be witnessed on Monday night. Good luck Brady. You’re going to need it.-DM

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Shaq vs. Dwight Howard- it’s on!

As a life long Cavaliers fan I’ve seen my fair share of players that were saidimages-21 to be the one that was going to help the Cavs get to the next level. Most of the time though that next level was simply getting to the playoffs. However, when Danny Ferry went and signed Shaq he was not only trying to get the Cavs to the Championship he was doing it because of one player that could stand in there way- Dwight Howard. Howard ate the Cavs up in the Eastern Finals last year and Ferry knew something needed to be done. Enter the Big Diesel. Shaq obviously isn’t the same player he was a few years back, but he still takes up more space than any other player in the NBA and has an additional 6 fouls to give up when Howard is 2 ft. from the basket. Hopefully hard fouls. Sorry Z, but your attempts to stop Howard were just plain pathetic and both Andy and Ben Wallace were totally overmatched. Shaq also will force Howard to work harder at both ends of the floor. Let’s face it, having 350 lbs. on you would make anyone work harder.
Tonight’s game will be the first head to head meeting between the two and I expect Shaq to show a taste of why Ferry put so much faith in him. I’m not expecting 20 points out of the big guy, but I am looking to see where Howard starts his position on the low block. In last year’s Eastern finals it was about 3-4 ft. from the basket and a simple catch, turn, and dunk was all Howard needed to do. Tonight will hopefully be different when Shaq bodies him up in the paint. It’s going to be a great test to see where both teams are at this early in the season and what could ultimately be in store come playoff time. -DM

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Make Bernie Kosar the GM of the Browns

images-11I’m so tired of Randy Lerner messing everything up when it comes to the Browns. I guess when you’re a billionaire because of Daddy, you can afford to try the flavor of the month for a bit, spit it out and then try another. It’s time to get a guy back in Cleveland that bleeds brown and orange. A guy that will always have the team and fan’s best interest at heart and truly understands the heritage and pride of being a Cleveland Brown. That man is Bernie Kosar. Kosar has tried to get his foot in the door ever since Al Lerner brought the team back to Cleveland and has been kept on the outside the entire time. He finally has been invited in by Randy as some sort of advisor to the team but that’s not enought. Kosar’s time has come. Now for those who will say he has no experience- I say either did Ozzie Newsome and it’s looking pretty good in Baltimore. Either did Danny Ferry and I think he’s doing a hell of a job for the Cavs. Kosar isn’t an idiot. He understands that the team needs to be built through the draft and knows that he wouldn’t be a Phil Savage type GM. Savage tried to be GM while still keeping his nose firmly in the scouting department. It failed. The team wasn’t run correctly and Savage was shown the door. Kosar is the perfect fit and the city would do cartwheels seeing Bernie back in Berea. Offer him the job at the end of the season and let him begin to right this ship that has totally run aground.

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Gregg Rosenthal of Rotoworld plays for a Throwback

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Yes, we’re proud to say that Gregg Rosenthal and the team at Rotoworld play for one of our Throwback trophies. It only makes sense. When you’re one of the number one fantasy information sites you gotta figure they’d want to play for the best trophy out there. You can even occasionally see Gregg with the trophy on his live podcast Sunday mornings starting at 11am at rotoworld.com.

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The Browns are a JOKE

My once proud Browns have now become that team referred to as the “laughing stock” of the NFL. They’re a complete and utter joke with no leadership or true talent at any skilled position. (Except maybe Joe Thomas and Josh Cribbs) I don’t know what happened. GM George Kokinis got canned last week and it seems to be the final straw in the minds and hearts of Browns fans everywhere. Fans that deserve better I might add. Browns fans have been through it all- The Fumble, Red Right 88, The Drive, the franchise leaving town and the Steelers 6 Super Bowl championships. This season leaves a feeling in my gut that rivals all of those horrible moments.
Eric Mangini better have some real answers in the second half of the season and show some improvement or his ass will be show the door too. I must say, I bought into what Mangini was selling when he got hired. I truly believe the best teams in the NFL start with a culture for winning and draft smart players that live and breathe football. Players that are team guys that put egos aside and just go out and play their position to the best of their ability. However, TALENT seems to be a very key missing ingredient andimages-1 Mangini is very quickly losing my confidence in his ability to find and coach players with that elusive factor. Something has to be done and fast. I, like so many other fans, feel like the days of Minnifield and Dixon will never be seen again. That the Dawg Pound has lost it’s bite forever and instead has been replaced with a bunch of dogs getting their noses rubbed in the mess the current regime calls a football team. It’s humiliating to say the least.

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Who cares. Yanks win another title.

I’m sorry, but I’m one of these baseball “fans” that just doesn’t get in to the Yankees dynasty talk and their 27 titles. The Yankees payroll was over $200 million and dwarfs that of most teams that hovered around $80,000. Yes, it’s true that many of the owners of teams, like my beloved Indians, could spend more money since so many are multi millionaires, if not billionaires. However, these guys are also businessmen who are out to make a buck and are not interested in the business of losing money. I just don’t see why people would be interested or financially invested in a sport that really only caters to the high rollers of the league. Now occasionally a team like the Rays or Marlins will come along and make it to the World Series because all the stars align and their young talent hits on all cylinders. But those teams are few and far between and unfortunately many of their players will end up on different teams in the following years. The Indians felt they needed to trade back to back Cy Young award winners because they knew they couldn’t compete with the Yanks, Red Sox, Mets, or Dodgers in the off season when they would all come knocking on C.C. and Cliff Lee’s door. So now Indians fans will have to suffer through another 3-5 years of poor baseball as their young players learn the hard way and come up through the minors. It’s a complete joke.
I only wish fans of the mid market cities would all go on strike and stop going to games until something is done to make the league competitively balanced. Then we’d see how much of a dynasty the Yankees actually are. Level the playing field and let’s see what happens.
Just one guys dream–that all.

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Calvin Johnson injury update

Like so many other fantasy owner’s who took Calvin Johnson, I’m searching the web for any news on the status of his injury. ESPN’s John Clayton reported last week that he looked like he was going to play and then the dreaded “game-time decision” reared it’s ugly head again and he sat out another week. This week it looks as though it’s going to be more of the same.

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Now I don’t mind dealing with the injuries and trying to figure out who will be the best start for the given week. That’s all part of fantasy. However, what does piss me off is when I go against my gut and draft a player that I wasn’t high on just because he fell to me. Most “experts” (really just guys with more time on their hands than most of us) had Johnson going around pick 14 -18 ahead of guys like Reggie Wayne and Marques Colston. When he fell to me at pick 24 in rd. 2 I knew I had a decision to make. I BLEW IT! I completely went against my gut and my #1 rule when deciding between players. That being- draft players from good teams. I bought in to the hipe and took Johnson over guys that I had in the past and ultimately got burned. Calvin Johnson may still be a stud in the second half of the season, but Reggie Wayne and Colston ARE studs right now and would’ve placed my team in first place with possibly an undefeated record. Lesson learned- TRUST YOUR GUT.
Good luck in your search for info on his injury update. I can’t help you on that.