Tag:Fantasy Football
Posted on: April 22, 2008 9:56 am

Gonos' Mock Draft Blog

Welcome to my NFL Mock Draft Contest! Notice, I said "my" -- this is not run by CBSSports.com.

No idea what the prize will be. It will have to be something I personally give, not the company. So expect something like, a pair of unmatched socks or half a loaf of bread, or a used DVD of "Erin Brockovich." This is for a friendly competition, but I'll make sure to send the winner something.

Here's how this is going to work:
  • Fill out who you think will be drafted in the entire first round (31 players, sorry Pats).
  • For every correct player picked for each spot, you get points (1-10 is worth 10 pts, 11-20 is worth 15 pts, 21-32 is worth 20 pts).
At the bottom, I have some bonus questions to fill in also, for extra points.

The following is The Sports XChange's NFL Mock Draft from April 21.

  1. MIA    Chris Long, DE, Virginia
  2. STL    Jake Long, OT, Michigan
  3. ATL    Glenn Dorsey, DT, Louisiana State
  4. OAK    Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State
  5. KC    Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
  6. NYJ    Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
  7. NE    Keith Rivers, OLB, Southern California
  8. BAL    Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
  9. CIN    Sedrick Ellis, DT, Southern California
  10. NO    Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
  11. BUF    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tenn. State
  12. DEN    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
  13. CAR    Branden Albert, G, Virginia
  14. CHI    Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
  15. DET    Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
  16. ARI    Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
  17. MIN    Philip Merling, DE, Clemson
  18. HOU    Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
  19. PHI    Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State
  20. TB    Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech
  21. WAS    Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
  22. DAL    DeSean Jackson, WR, California
  23. PIT    Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
  24. TEN    Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
  25. SEA    Lawrence Jackson, DE, Southern California
  26. JAC    Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
  27. SD    Sam Baker, T, USC
  28. DAL    Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina
  29. SF    Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
  30. GB    Jerod Mayo, ILB, Tennessee
  31. NE    Pick forfeited
  32. NYG    Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
  • Looking at the above mock draft, which player will fall the farthest? 10 pts.
  • Looking at the above mock draft, which player will climb the farthest? 10 pts.
  • Which college will have the most picks in the first round? 10 pts.
  • If you outscore the above mock draft, you get 10 more pts.
All about me portion of this draft:
  • Who will the Bucs take? 10 pts.
  • Who will select USF CB Mike Jenkins? 10 pts.
The author of this blog reserves the right to modify the rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the contest.  This contest is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with CBSSports.com.  This is contest designed to increase user awareness of, and interest in, the blog produced by this author.  Void where prohibited by law.
Category: NFL
Posted on: March 11, 2008 2:59 pm

All-Time Fantasy Teams?

Emack and I participated in an interview with the fine gentlemen at PABaseball.blogspot.com. It's basically a Pirates/Phillies-centric site, but they have some interesting stuff on there for everyone. If anything, it's interesting stuff you could do for your team. For instance, on Monday they posted a lineup/roster of former Phillies that are currently on other rosters. Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome, Billy Wagner, etc. But that rotation -- wow. It's like a who's who of 23rd-round Fantasy picks. Then add to that the fact that they'll be pitching at Citizens Bank Park!?! They were going to do the same thing with the Pirates ... but even former Pirates are getting at-bats in Triple-A.

So how about this -- a former Devil Rays Fantasy squad!?! You know my affinity for these boys. And I'm adjusting this to include their entire history of players, since it's only been 10 seasons and all. Only the stats they put up as a Devil Ray count -- hence why Bobby Abreu and Jose Guillen don't make this list. Can you believe I couldn't find a spot for Ty Wigginton? Oh ... you can?
C - Toby Hall -- Only four other C's hit better than Hall's .287 in '05
C - John Flaherty --
.278, 14 HR, 78 RBI in '99
1B - Fred McGriff --
Only Ray to post 100 RBI ('99) in the team's first 5 yrs
2B - B.J. Upton --
Can you believe he's the only Ray to ever hit 20 HR and steal 20 bases?
SS - Julio Lugo --
60 steals, with 172 runs scored, in '04 and '05 combined
3B - Aubrey Huff --
Led team in BA, HR and RBI in both '03 and '04
CI - Carlos Pena --
Set team record with 46 HR and 121 RBI in '07
MI - Jorge Cantu --
Led MLB 2B with then-team record 117 RBI (bumped Wigginton from our list)
OF - Carl Crawford --
Greatest player in team history, 277 total steals in six seasons
OF - Randy Winn --
.298-14-75-87-27 stat line in '02 only to get traded to SEA for Lou Piniella
OF - Rocco Baldelli --
.280-16-74-79-17 in '04, but best years are ahead of him
OF - Delmon Young --
Quietest 93 RBI for a rookie ever in '07
OF - Gerald Williams --
Teased Fantasy owners with '00 career season of .274-21-89-87-13
DH - Jose Canseco --
Don't laugh! He popped 34 homers with 95 RBI and a .279 average in '99
SP - Scott Kazmir --
Led AL in strikeouts last season with 239
SP - James Shields --
Only fourth Rays pitcher to win at least 12 games
SP - Victor Zambrano --
Best attribute was he was traded for Kazmir, also won 12 games in '03
SP -
Rolando Arrojo -- How did he win a still-team record 14 games with the '98 expansion team?
SP - Wilson Alvarez -- Went 9-9 in '99, top-three win/loss percentage in team's first five years
RP - Roberto Hernandez --
43 saves in '00, 101 saves in franchise's first three years
RP - Danys Baez --
41 saves in '05 after a 30-save season in '04
RP - Al Reyes --
Returned from TJ surgery to save 26 games in '07
RP - Esteban Yan --
If only Wigginton was a closer, he'd replace Este-blown Yan

OK, now I want to hear YOUR Fantasy team rosters for YOUR MLB teams. I'll try to get Emack to do the Mets, Dave Richard to do the White Sox, Sergio to do the Yankees, Scott White to do the Braves and Jamey or Ross to do the Marlins. BT and Dobie, you know you're all about the Red Sox and Indians. Just post the team, don't worry about writing the notes.

Jordan Schafer, the Braves' CF prospect, led the minors with 176 hits last season, and he hit a combined .312. In 136 games at Class A Rome and High Class A Myrtle Beach, he hit 49 doubles, 10 triples and 15 homers. The Braves traded for Mark Kotsay and Josh Anderson to hold down the fort until Schafer's arrival (and after Andruw Jones' departure), but he's outperforming both this spring, batting .389 after Monday. He could be a 20-20 prospect according to Baseball America, who rates him as the Braves' No. 1 prospect. Don't forget that Atlanta also brought over Gorkys Hernandez from Detroit in the Edgar Renteria deal (I hope he names his kid Gorkys Jr., so we can refer to him as Gorkys II.) For this season at least, Schafer is the one to target in NL-only leagues as a sleeper. Manager Bobby Cox told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "He looks great. He's real smooth. Does everything well, and he knows how to play. He really knows the game, knows situations, that kind of stuff." And we know the Braves have never been averse to using rookie position players when they are ready (Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, etc.) The Braves' beat writer still thinks Schafer will start in the minors though, with Josh Anderson the team's fourth outfielder. An interesting note is that Schafer played left field for the first time ever Monday.

With Warrick Dunn officially signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, it came to our attention that he is top three in career rushing yards for both the Falcons and the Bucs. And that made us try to come up with any other players that might be top five on two different teams. Right off the top of my head (and I haven't looked these up yet), I came up with Ricky Watters (Philadelphia and San Francisco), Marcus Allen (Oakland and Kansas City) and possibly Herschel Walker (Dallas and Minnesota). WITHOUT CHEATING -- can you come up with some others? I thought maybe O.J. Simpson (Buffalo and San Francisco), but I don't think he was with SF very long.
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Super Bowl Party Memories

An old football-watching buddy of mine emailed me today reminiscing about some of the bad Super Bowl parties we've been to. Tom reminded me of the time my brother-in-law invited us over to his house for the '99 Super Bowl (ATL/DEN), and then when we got there, he had a 20" TV and a bad cable connection.

We were also together at a Super Bowl party in '94 (SF/SD) when some guy had a karaoke machine. And he kept yelling, "Fumble-aya!!!"

During the '96 Super Bowl (PIT/DAL), some chick sat in a prime seat (you know the ones: direct viewing angle, cushy bottom, short reach for snackage) and she talked about everything else in the world except the game, which she could care less about. This was also the party that my brother-in-law (same one) was using a red laser pointer to play with the cat in front of the television for like, I don't know, six hours.

Tom remembered all of these -- apparently I had blocked them out of my memory until he brought them back up.

I need counseling again. Thanks Tom.

This does explain why I'm quick to snap on someone nowadays though. There's no way I let someone Chatty-Cathy the whole Super Bowl again. A karaoke machine would have no chance. I'm less of a man for even being associated with that now.

So Tom explained to me that he and another friend (Carl) got together to make a Super Bowl pact: They will always do a Super Bowl together only at their houses for the next 10 years. This is a great idea because they are the only men in their current group that have HD televisions and they have an automatic excuse to NOT go to someone else's party -- they've already been invited to one, even though it's, like, April.

Another rule they added are that the only people invited to the Super Bowl party had to have come over at some point during the season to watch a game. That weeds out the looky-loos and the Tom Petty fans. And if they did come over at some point during the season, they: Did not talk more than 10-percent of non-football related topics, brought good snacks, no noisy kids, and they proved their football knowledge. As he mentioned, the midseason game is really just an interview for the Super Bowl party.

Are you sponge-worthy?

Top 12 Ways to Know You Are at a Crappy Super Bowl Party<o:p></o:p>

  1. The word "vegetarian" is mentioned a little too much -- as in once.
  2. People "Shush" you when you scream at the referees -- or the hostess.
  3. People go pee during the game, so they are ready for the commercials.
  4. You see people wearing "I Heart Kucinich" t-shirts rather than Giants or Pats.
  5. No one laughs at your John Madden impression -- but instead, they ask if you've recently been concussed.
  6. You are invited to arrive within just an hour of kickoff. Super Bowl breakfasts should always be included.
  7. Any of the following quotes are heard: "Who's playing?", "He kicked a touchdown!" and "When is the two-minute warning?"
  8. When someone says, "Fumble-aya!" more than zero times.
  9. One Giants fan in attendance (we'll call him Emack) is dating a girl that's a Patriots fan (we'll call her Emack's girlfriend Shannon) and the first touchdown scored results in one of them cheering, the other getting mad, and finally the night ends with a call to the police -- because Emack felt scared.
  10. When you are seated next to a fat guy that is sweating profusely, smells like garlic and asks you for your medical opinion on a rash on his back during the game-winning drive.
  11. The five kids that are running around screaming for someone to put in "Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf" -- then someone does.
  12. When they said, "60-inch TV," they actually meant that's how high the television is up on the table.

Please feel free to add some of your own.<o:p>

Category: NFL
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