32 Teams In 32 Days- Miami Dolphins

When me and Señor Smells began discussing which team to “dibs” for the first instalment of 32 in 32 I had the choice between my TEEEEEEEEEBBBBBOOOWWW Jets and the player formerly known as OchoCinco and his Dolphins. I went with the choice of the Dolphins (Sorry Tim, your everything I love in sports), but the Dolphins just seemed too perfect, we’re talking about a team that is known for having one of the greatest QBs of all time in Dan Marino, yet they were still unable to win a Super Bowl, as well as a team whose known for having a group of old men cheer for the undoings of others. Now enough about old athletes talking about the “glory” days, let’s get to the team with no glory in sight. The Miami Dolphins.

2011 Record: 6-11
Result: Did Not Qualify For Postseason
QB: Matt Moore, 210/347 (60.5%), 2,487 YDS, 16 TDS, 9 INT
Best Offensive Target: Brandon Marshall, 81 REC, 1,214 YDS, 6 TD
Best Defensive Target: Yeremiah Bell, 106 TKLS,  2.0 SCK
Important Offseason Acquisitions: Ryan Tannehill QB, David Garrard QB, Chad Johnson (Formerly Chad OchoCinco, Formerly Chad Johnson), Marcus Thigpen RB of CFL fame, Jerome Messam RB ALSO FROM THE CFL.
Important Offseason Losses: Brandon Marshell WR, Chad Henne QB,
Head Coach: Tony Sporano (Fired after week 13), Todd Bowles (Interim)

At first when the Dolphins got the prestigious granting of ‘Hard Knocks’ by the almighty HBO, one could only groan. That all changed with the acquisition of Chad johnson AKA Chad OchoCinco AKA Chad Johnson. The Dolphins now have one of the best WRs in the last 10 years. Too bad we haven’t seen his skill in about 3 years, right around the time he put on the fake HOF jacket. DONT TEMPT THE GODS CHAD! Now for Mr Johnson to prove himself once again he will need a QB, and currently Dolphins have one of the worst QB controversies in recent memory. Its reminiscent of the mid 2000 Bills. They have Matt Moore, who played particularly well for the Dolphins after Chad Henne went down against the Chargers, David Garrard, who is of Jacksonville Jaguar fame, he’s the guy who replaced Bryan Leftwitch a few years back and then got released a week before the season started last year (Jacksonville is all class, one reason why they’ll be soon the LA Jaguars), and of course there is then the “saviour” of Miami, Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill was by far not the best player sitting at the #8 spot in this years draft, but after the ‘Fins lost out on the “Peyton Manning Automatic Super Bowl Contender Extravaganza. TM pending” they had to go with a QB or so they believed at least. Fun fact: Tannehill was a Bio major. Anyway, this leaves the Dolphins with quite the predicament.

The rest of the offense should relatively stay the same, they did lose Brandon Marshall to the Bears, but if Johnson can be the Johnson of old and learn to read a playbook, he could make up for that. They still have the former Heismen winner, I mean former Heismen winner who is no longer credited as a Heismen winner in Reggie Bush, who although has never greatly produced as a rusher, is still a great receiving threat. There O line still has Jake Long who will be looking for another Pro Bowl appearance, and could get it pending which QB is starting which week (Yes i expect to see them all). They’ve hired a new coach in Joe Philben which according to Wikipedia, has never been a head coach before, however he had been with the Packers organization since ’03, and has been the Offensive Coordinator since ’07, and we all know that organization screams greatness!!!!!!! You get the point.

Dolphins’ fans have nothing to look forward to, in reality Chad Johnson will most likely score 2-4 TDS (for my sake I hope more), They have 1 Qb who lost his job to Blaine Gabbert aka Yo Gabba Gabbert (S/O Jay Onrait), a QB who has started less then 30 games but I will give him credit for his 16/9 TD to INT ratio, and last but not least The Bio Major Mr Tannehill, who in reality shouldn’t see action till week 6-12, when Moore is 2-5 and Garrard goes down with a torn ACL reliving his days when he could somewhat run the  ball.  There defense I believe will be mediocre like last year (hence their lack of mention. Sorry to whomever is playing D). Here are my predictions

2012 Prediction: 4-12
Result:
4th in AFC East
QB:
Matt Moore, David Garrard and Matt Tannehill, 4,267 YDS, 29 TDs, 34 INTS
Best Offensive Target: Reggie Bush, 1,265 RUSHYDS, 11 Rush TDS, 325 REC YDS
Best Defensive Player: Cameron Wake, 49 TACKLES, 10.0 SCKS, 1 FR

-McFultz

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30 Teams In 30 Days-Houston Astros

Soooooo Astros’ fans… How’s it going? Now I want you all to leave your dark pits of despair and look out at the sun. It’s a new day Astros’ fans, the sun is shinning, the birds are chirping and were less then a week away from the baseball season starting. This gives you all time to stock up on non perishable foods, so that you can survive another long year in your “despair pits”. Let’s recap on your abysmal season.
Houston Astros
Record: 56-106
Finish: Last NL Central
Playoffs: Let’s not taunt them
Top Hitter: Carlos Lee, 18 HR, 94 RBI, .275 AVG
Top Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez, 11-11, 3.49 ERA, 166 SO
Important Offseason Acquisitions: Jed Lowrie, Jack Cust, Chris Snyder, Kyle Weiland
Important Offseason Losses: Mark Melancon, Clint Barmes 

The Astros had a terrible season last year and I mean terrible. To make matters worse, they hardly added anything during the offseason, granted they didn’t lose all that much either. The Astros will have a better record this season, but that really isn’t saying much. Looking into the Astros’ future they at least have the #1 pick in this coming draft. The Astros’ will be moving to AL West next year, which in a sense can be even more bad news for them. By going to the AL West their gonna have to play in the same division with the Rangers (whom have lost in the world series, two years in a row) and the Los Angeles Angels who recently acquired a certain first basemen named Albert Pujols, that same Pujols who hit 37 HRs and 99 RBI’s as well became the third player in MLB history to hit 3 HRs in a  single playoff game. Now enough about teams with future Hall of Famers and winning records. The Astros’ won’t make the playoffs and they won’t be good. They won’t even be decent, but there’s a solid chance they won’t the worst team this season. I mean there still is the Orioles. So Astros’ fans, as you prepare for your long alcohol and fast food induced coma, think of the finer things in your life, like how YOUR Houston Texans, whom made the playoffs for the first time in their horrid 9 year history. With that I bid you adieu and remember vegetables and fruits can be your friends.
Prediction
Record: 66-96 (Could be worse)
Finish: Last NL Central (The last time you can ever be last in the NL Central)
Playoffs: Maybe in 2017?
Top Hitter: Carlos Lee 22 HR, 97 RBI, .279 AVG
Top Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez, 13-11, 3.45 ERA, 173 SO
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The 2016 Super Bowl Champions… The St. Louis Rams and Peyton Manning Watch Day 2

In the last hour the St. Louis Rams cemented them selves as the 2016 Super Bowl champions. The Rams traded the 2nd overall pick to the Washington Redskins for three first round picks and a second round pick. The Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota trade has been considered the greatest trade in NFL history, as it led to the Cowboys dominance in the 90s. For now, at least until we see how these picks pan out, it shall remain a close second.

The Rams have been lacking a receiving core that their former first overall pick QB Sam bradford could throw too. Well now with the 6th overall pick, the Rams may be able to select OK ST WR Justin Blackmon. Bradford and Blackmon could prove to be a lethal combination. As well, with 4 first round picks in the next two years, the Rams will be able to add as much depth as a team could possibly need.

Now on the Redskins front, the ‘Skins have now shown that they intend to draft Baylor QB Robert Griffin the 3rd. Although this could prove to be a great pick, the trade doesn’t make a lot of sense. Let’s say Griffin proves to be everything we thought he could be and more, who will he pass the ball to? Who will block for him? Who will play defense on the ‘Skins? Even with a great QB, you still need a great team to win a Super Bowl and you can’t have a great team without draft picks. If free agency is all you needed then the ‘Skins would have been a contender for the last 10 years.

From the beginning St Louis has been trying to shop this pick and the only possible team to make the trade was the Washington Redskins. The asking price was too high for any other team and the ‘Skins Owner, Dan Snyder has been known to make insane moves (i.e Albert Haynesworth’s 100 million dollar contract…).

Peyton Manning Watch Day 2

As of today QB Peyton Manning is talking to the Denver Broncos. This is the first of plenty of teams that the future hall of fame QB will talk to. Now a lot of people seem to think that Manning could end up there and with the ‘Skins, who were already a long shot and have now all but dropped out, the Broncos have moved into 4th place in a lot of peoples minds. I can’t see Manning signing with the Broncos. Manning is a future hall of famer why would he want to sign with a team that already has a famous QB in John Elway, Manning doesn’t want to compete with that legend. Now many people say that the trade would end Tim Tebow’s career but really it would only improve his career. Manning could teach Tebow the way of the QB or they could trade him to the Jaguars, who have been rumoured to be shopping for the Floridian legend. The Broncos aren’t stable enough for Manning, John Fox has not proven to be a great Coach, granted he made the Super Bowl with the Panthers, but since then all his teams have been failures. I still see Manning either going to the Cards, Fins or Jets.
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The End of An Era

Although it is not official…yet. It is rumoured that the Indianapolis Colts will release  star quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning was drafted in 1998 by the Colts with the first overall pick, his first season he went 3-13, but in his second season he went 13-3. He brought the Colts to 9 consecutive playoff appearances, before missing last season. With the Colts, Manning won 4 MVP awards (an NFL record), he won one Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP award. He is 3rd in every major passing category and he’s face of the franchise… or was. With Manning gone, the Andrew Luck era shall begin, pending the Colts draft Luck. The best situation to happen for the Colts is that Luck goes 3-13 (like his predecessor) and gets the Colts another first overall pick so they can build a team around Luck.

Now for Manning, he now has the option to sign wherever he pleases. The top four teams I can see Manning go to are as follows.

1) The New York Jets, the Jets have a great defence and a great run game. The one thing they’ve been missing is a consistent QB, Mark Sanchez has been less then stellar in his time with New York. Manning’s father Archie during an interview a few months ago almost hinted that Peyton could end up there. If Peyton were to land in New York it would really heat up the Manning-Brady rivalry, as well there would be two Mannings’ in New York.

2) The Arizona Cardinals, the Cardinals have been one of the teams that are consistently mentioned. Arizona is a very stable environment (which Manning likes), they also are the city that took in an old Kurt Warner.  Arizona also has one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald. A Manning-Fitzgerald combo would be killer, as well the Cardinals are in the NFC West, a division that has been the weakest division in the NFL in recent years. With that being said the 49ers were stellar last season but Manning could easily dissect the 49ers defense. Also the Cardinals hired Manning’s ex QB coach Frank Reich.

3) The Washington Redskins, the Redskins are a team that have been known to sign older players and have always been willing to pay top dollar. The Redskins have been known to look for the quick fix and if your looking for a quick fix, Peyton Manning is your man. The Redskins also hold the 6th pick, with that pick they could possibly draft Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. With Manning and Blackmon the ‘Skins could tear up almost any defense. Now their main competition would be the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, who are led by non other than Peyton’s younger brother Eli. The Giants made the playoffs with a 9-7 record, Peyton hasn’t won less then 10 games since 2001. Now, even if the Giants were once again to finish first in the division, it’s safe to say that Manning would lead the Redskins to a  wild card spot

4) Last but not least, the Miami Dolphins, The ‘Fins have been a team always in the mix of the “where will Peyton end up talks”. Although the ‘Fins had a pretty bad season at 6-10, they were not actually as bad as their record suggests, they finished the season 6-3. The ‘Fins also hold the 8th pick, with that they can improve an already pretty solid o-line, fix up some of their defensive problems or if around, draft WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame or Kendall Wright from Baylor, with one of these  two start wide receivers plus Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins could torch any opposing defense.

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NBA All Star Game Fantasy Draft? Make It Happen Stern.

Last year the NHL adopted a new format for their All Star Game, they would have two captains(voted by the all stars) and pick players for their team out of the 30 selected players. This resembled pickup hockey and gave us the opportunity to view different star combos. The one problem for this is that the NHL All Star Game means absolutely nothing and really the most exciting part about it was the fantasy draft itself.

The best All Star Games in my mind are the MLB All Star Game because it actually means something, followed by the NBA All Star Game because of the fact that it’s like street basketball and is just highlight after highlight, then  the NHL All Star Game and finally, last and very least the NFL Pro Bowl. The NBA could take full advantage of the “Fantasy Draft” it’s already a pickup game when it comes to the rules and it means nothing, unlike the MLB All Star Game. So why not have it be a fantasy draft. There would be two captains one of the captains would be the “star” player for the hosting city and to make things interesting have the opposing captain be the “star” player from the rival city. Then we’d have the top 30 players voted on by the fans to get drafted by the two captains. Imagine a team that consisted of Blake Griffin AND Lebron James. That’s a highlight factory waiting to happen not to mention having Steve Nash giving them behind the back alley oop passes. The NBA All Star Game could easily become the most exciting all star game and one of the more entertaining sporting events of the year.

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April 22nd 2010 The Day The Jacksonville Jaguars Moved To Los Angeles

Now before I get down to business I must admit that the idea for this article came from Bill Simmons’ “All Football Mailbag”.

On April 22nd 2010 the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted with their first round pick Tyson Alualu instead of quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow was not projected to go that high but many thought that they may draft him. The Jacksonville Jaguars are ranked 25th when it comes to attendance. Tebow was the hottest selling jersey in his rookie year alone and he’s Mr Florida playing and winning two National Championships for the Florida Gators. Now we don’t know how well Tebow would do on a team like the Jags but picture this combination: Tim Tebow and Maurice Jones-Drew aka Pocket Hercules. One could only assume that Jacksonville’s attendance problems would all but vanish. But they didn’t draft Tebow and are now stuck with a desolate stadium and a quarterback with the nickname “Yo Gabba Gabbert”. With LA still looking for a Football team, I can only assume that Jacksonville  is on the top of the relocation list especially since they now have a new owner. There is one crazy situation that could take place but is highly doubtful. The Broncos could trade Tebow to Jacksonville for a 1st round pick, a second or third round pick and Blaine Gabbert. With the newly acquired first round pick and a little luck the Broncos could possibly draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin The Third. This trade of course would be unfavourable with the Denver faithful but their GM is none other than former Broncos QB John Elway. Elway is GOD to the Broncos faithful and one always looks to God (Elway) over Jesus (Tebow).