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Saturday, November 17, 2007

NFL Week 11 Preview and Predictions!


Week 11 in the NFL is primed and ready for Sunday to kick off and we get a quick turnaround for week 12 on Thanksgiving. But, let's be honest, this week of games really aren't the best. I am probably one of the few writers who is looking forward to Sunday Night's game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. This game was moved by the NFL to accommodate NBC in the second season of the flex schedule. This could easily be a blowout by the Pats, but the way the Bills hung with the Patriots in the first half of their first meeting and the way the rabid Bills fan get riled up for a night game in Western NY make me believe the Bills have a chance for an upset. I am a Steelers fan, and I think the Bills have a better chance of beating the Patriots than the Bills do, as of right now that is. I pick the Bills to win 24-21. My other choses for winners are marked with an *
WEEK 11 (Fox doubleheader weekend)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Tampa Bay* at Atlanta 1 p.m.
Cleveland* at Baltimore 1 p.m.
N.Y. Giants* at Detroit 1 p.m.
Arizona at Cincinnati* 1 p.m.
Carolina at Green Bay* 1 p.m.
New Orleans* at Houston 1 p.m.
Kansas City at Indianapolis* 1 p.m.
San Diego at Jacksonville* 1 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota* 1 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia* 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh* at NY Jets 4:05 p.m.
Washington at Dallas* 4:15 p.m.
Chicago* at Seattle 4:15 p.m. *originally 8:15 p.m. ET
St. Louis* at San Francisco 4:15 p.m.
New England at Buffalo* 8:15 p.m. (NBC) *originally 1 p.m. ET
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Tennessee at Denver* 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

An Open Letter To The NFL and Time Warner


This is an open letter to the NFL and to Time Warner Cable concerning the on-going stale mate over the NFL Network. As a fan and customer of the NFL and a customer of 3 services of Time Warner Cable, MY VOICE needs to be heard! I don't appreciate an owner, Jerry Jones telling me what to do with my money. The fans of the NFL and myself are the reasons your team and the league is financially profitable, so don't tell me to drop my cable company when it would profit YOU more. I want the NFL Network, but to Time Warner I would say I DON'T want my cable bill to go up any more. You came in with Road Runner and Phone Service and I followed along like a little kid. No more!

NFL, figure out a way to get your Network on these cable companies without making them pay an extreme amount. Time Warner, stop playing like you are innocent in this whole mess. You and other cable companies constantly put cable owned stations on other providers in a scratch my back, I'll scratch your back deal (ie. Golf Channel, Versus). And we as fans know that you ALWAYS give independent networks problems when starting out (ie. Yes, NFL). This is my cry, Stop the games, so I can see the games! Enough is enough. Make it happen before the first game.

Syracuse Orange Beat Fordham 80-63


The Syracuse Orange basketball team downed the Fordham Rams 80-63 on Friday Night. Showing that this young team is able to beat an inferior opponent and hold on to a lead. This was a big game for freshman Donte Greene who had 25 points. Jonny Flynn finished with 6 points, 8 assists and more importantly ZERO turnovers. The 'Cuse faces Ohio State on Wednesday in Madison Square Garden in the Pre-Season NIT Semi-Finals. This should be a good test for a young team that is looking to move up from the #25 spot in the polls.

Jimmie Johnson Is On Fire, Wins Pole at Homestead


Jimmie Johnson continued his dominance in the Nextel NASCAR Chase for the Cup by winning the pole for Sunday's final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 400. All Johnson has do, guessing he will lead the whole first lap, is to finish 19th or better to secure the Chase for the Cup Title. Johnson has proved himself the best driver by taking the last 4 races and coming in this final race and winning the pole. Look for him to easily take the checkered flag and the title, unless he gets caught up early in a big wreck, which he has been able to avoid. Check out the race Sunday on ABC at 3pm.

Lineup for Ford 400

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
2 12 Ryan Newman Dodge
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford
5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge
6 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet
7 6 David Ragan* Ford
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
9 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
10 99 Carl Edwards Ford
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
12 38 David Gilliland Ford
13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
14 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
15 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet
16 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet
17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota
18 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet
19 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
20 36 Johnny Benson Toyota
21 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet
22 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet
23 22 Dave Blaney Toyota
24 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet
25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford
26 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota
27 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge
28 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge
29 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge
30 40 David Stremme Dodge
31 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge
32 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet
33 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge
34 66 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet
35 00 David Reutimann* Toyota
36 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge
37 16 Greg Biffle Ford
38 88 Ricky Rudd Ford
39 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet
40 45 Kyle Petty+ Dodge
41 7 Robby Gordon+ Ford
42 96 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet
43 21 Bill Elliott Ford

Friday, November 16, 2007

BCS Top 25 College Football Preview and Predictions Nov. 17


With the loss of #2 Oregon on tuesday, the rest of the Top 10 try to play survival in order to have a shot at the BCS Championship Game. The big game as always on this weekend prior to Thanksgiving is the game between Ohio State and Michigan...The Rivalry. With the horrible start Michigan had and the bad week last week for OSU its surprising how much this could play in the BCS. Winner gets Rose Bowl Invite and if Ohio State wins, they can sit back and possible see if almost everyone above them loses, then they would find themselves back in the BCS Champ. game. Not today. Michigan 28-17. A big game in the Big East is #6 West Virginia at Cincinnati. This is one of those games, prior to their showdown with Connecticut, that could trip up the Mountaineers. Cincinnati is a tough young team and in the top 25 themselves. This puts the 'Nati on the map. Cincinnati wins 43-38. In the SEC, Kentucky goes to #9 Georgia. This should be a fun game with all the excitement and pagentry that is SEC Football. But, I don't think its going to be much of a game. Georgia wins 24-7.
12:00 PM#7 Ohio State at #21 Michigan
12:00 PMFlorida Atlantic at #12 Florida
12:00 PMNorthwestern at #19 Illinois
12:00 PMSyracuse at #24 Connecticut
12:30 PM#5 Missouri at Kansas State
12:30 PM#23 Kentucky at #9 Georgia
2:00 PMIdaho at #18 Boise State
2:00 PMVanderbilt at #20 Tennessee
3:30 PM#1 LSU at Mississippi
3:30 PMIowa State at #3 Kansas
3:30 PMMiami (FL) at #10 Virginia Tech
3:30 PM#25 Wisconsin at Minnesota
7:45 PM#6 West Virginia at #22 Cincinnati
7:45 PM#17 Boston College at #15 Clemson
8:00 PM#4 Oklahoma at Texas Tech

#2 Oregon Loses to Arizona! Thursday Night Upset


#2 Oregon Football became the latest casualty in the BCS as they lost to Arizona in the latest upset in College Football this year. Heisman Trophy Candidate Dennis Dixon went out early in the game with a knee injury, but the game was lost on turnovers more than anything. This makes the games coming up in the next 3 weeks even more critical as it opens things up for the trio of Big 12 teams: Missouri, Oklahoma, and unbeaten Kansas. Also in the hunt is West Virginia who faces Cincinnati this weekend. Hold on to your seats as the BCS gets kicked into full gear now with this major upset. This loss also makes Ohio State's Rivalry Game against Michigan more important, if the Big 12 teams beat each other out or have poor showings, and the Buckeyes can win convincingly, they may find a spot in the BCS championship game. Don't forget LSU could still lose as well.


Media Credit: Alan Walsh
Arizona wide receiver Terrell Turner tries to escape the hold of Bruins Dennis Keyes (11) and Reggie Carter (51) in the Wildcats' 34-27 win over UCLA at Arizona Stadium on Nov. 3.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

BARRY BONDS INDICTED, FACES UP TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON!



Home Run king Barry Bonds, most recently of the San Francisco Giants, has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Thursday. "During the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances for Bonds and other athletes," the indictment read. Bonds was indicted on charges of Perjury and obstruction of justice, charged with lying when he told the grand jury that he did not knowingly take performance enhancing drugs. Even former Texas Rangers owner, and oh yeah current President, George Bush weighed in on the matter through his spokesperson. "The president is very disappointed to hear this," Bush spokesman Tony Fratto said. "As this case is now in the criminal justice system, we will refrain from any further specific comments about it. But clearly this is a sad day for baseball." Bonds is the current Home Run King, but also a free agent. I am guessing he won't get signed. This may be the one situation that can make Alex Rodriguez look like a good guy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge Win Manager Of The Year Awards



Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Bob Melvin and Cleveland Indians Manager Eric Wedge won the National and American League, respectively, Manager of the Year Awards today. Check MLB.COM for full details.

Come Home Starbury!!


Stephon Marbury has gone AWOL from the NY Knicks and the only thing running thru my head is the song from that old Peanuts TV Special that went like this..."Come home Snoopy, come home Snoopy, come home Snoopy come home come home come home." Think of your fan, your endorsement, the fact Steve and Barry's will have to pull your $14 Shoes from their shelves. Think of the clerks working minimum wage jobs removing boxes and boxes of sneakers that nobody will want anymore. Did anybody buy them before? Oh hell yes, $14 Sneakers? They went like hot cakes, my son has a pair. Ok you got me, I own a pair too...hey I'm an old fat guy that hates sneakers anyway...and am not going to buy them from Wal-Mart. Anyways, come home Starbury. You can't escape the Knicks that easily!

A-Rod Coming Back to the Yankees?


In a twist of fate that Hollywood wouldn't even see coming, Alex Rodriguez has begun discussions with the New York Yankees over the possibility of his return to the club. It appears that he has done this without the help of his Agent Scott Boras. Could A-Rod really come back to the Yankees? Would Yankee fans receive him back to the family? Could this be the thing that changes people's perception of A-Rod? I, as a Yankee fan, would welcome him back. Most likely he will not get the amount of cash he was looking for and would be "under paid" compared to what he is worth. This may just work. The official statement is shown below.


Official statement from Alex Rodriguez

11/14/2007 3:27 PM ET

After spending time with Cynthia and my family over these last few weeks, it became clear to me that I needed to make an attempt to engage the Yankees regarding my future with the organization.

Prior to entering into serious negotiations with other clubs, I wanted the opportunity to share my thoughts directly with Yankees' ownership. We know there are other opportunities for us, but Cynthia and I have a foundation with the club that has brought us comfort, stability and happiness.

As a result, I reached out to the Yankees through mutual friends and conveyed that message. I also understand that I had to respond to certain Yankees concerns, and I was receptive and understanding of that situation.

Cynthia and I have since spoken directly with the Steinbrenner family. During these healthy discussions, both sides were able to share honest feelings and hopes with one another, and we expect to continue this dialogue with the Yankees over the next few days.

Syracuse Beats St. Joseph's: Jonny Flynn is Heating up CNY!



Freshman Guard Jonny Flynn of Syracuse followed up his SU record setting night by on ly scoring 3 points on Tuesday Night. But those 3 points were the difference as #25 Syracuse beat St. Joseph's in the second round of the Pre-Season NIT. This sets up a matchup between 'Cuse and Ohio State next Wednesday in Madison Square Garden. There is a new excitement in Syracuse that hasn't been here since Carmelo Anthony left after bringing an NCAA Title his freshman season. Coupled with the SU Football teams struggles, this is a much needed boost as central NY'ers head toward lake effect snow and freezing temps. If you get a chance to check out this young Syracuse team you will see the are runners and not the methodic offense of days old. Enjoy, let me know if you agree.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

NFL POWER RANKINGS WEEK 11 November 13


Here are your NFL Power Rankings going into Week 11. What do you think? Is your team higher? Do you think another team should be in the top 10 that isn't in ours? Tell us, spout off! Give us a Mud Pie!

WEEK 11 NFL POWER RANKINGS

  • 10. Cleveland Browns - They nearly beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh and for that they stay in my top 10. This team is one to be watched as we make a push to the playoffs. Can they continue to beat the Sup-par teams? They need to shore up their defense to make any serious run to the playoffs.
  • 9. San Diego Chargers - Not so sure that they are any good, well...that Norv Turner is any good. This team has been brought down to his level and they only up side is they play in the AFC West.
  • 8. Buffalo Bills - The Bills just win. They are ugly about it, but they find ways to stay in games. They face a team named the Patriots in Buffalo and need to come with a stronger offensive performance than they have all year. JP Losman will start and will have to rely on Marshawn Lynch to run down the clock and the Patriots defense. We will see how they hold up.
  • 7. NY Giants - The Giants are like the cutest girl in the trailer park. They are winners against the bottom tier of teams, but not good enough to beat the Packers or Cowboys. And Eli Manning is not the QB the Giants signed up for. Too inconsistent. Defensively, they have to get stingier against these top teams. This trailer park girl will have to win against the NFC North trio they face coming up in order to maintain their playoff hopes.
  • 6. Jacksonville Jaguars - This is a tough team for me to figure out. What is easy to figure out is they are a tough team that seems to win some tough games. They also have some studs on offense that can change a game. With games against San Diego and Buffalo, they are facing a type of playoffs before the month even ends.
  • 5.Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers may be the second best team in the league, but two early losses to the ...ahem...Cardinals and Broncos makes me pause at placing them any higher. The good thing about this team is their offense is the best I have seen in years and only getting better. They may be the last team you would want to face in the playoffs.
  • 4. Indianapolis Colts - Uh oh...do you see it...the train coming off the tracks? Injuries are starting to take a toll on this great team. Word today that Dwight Freeney may be out for the rest of the season. That with all their other injuries does not set up nicely. Any wide receivers out there looking for work??
  • 3. Green Bay Packers - After this weeks game against Carolina the Packers play back to back Thursday road games against the Lions and the Cowboys. I think this team is for real, but we will see how real they are.
  • 2. Dallas Cowboys - An impressive 2nd win vs. the NY Giants coupled with the loss of the Colts, makes the move to #2 a no brainer. Terrell Owens hasn't been an issue all year and Tony Romo looks like he is on a mission to right his playoff mistake of last year.
  • 1. New England Patriots - A bye week last week leading up to a Sunday Night Game in Buffalo against the Bills. I may be alone here, but this looks like a spot that the Patriots can slip up. We will wait and see about that. For now, they are still #1!

C.C. SABATHIA WINS CY YOUNG!


Cleveland Indians Ace C.C. Sabathia used his regular season stats to squeeze by Josh Beckett to win the American League Cy Young award, MLB announced on Monday. Sabathia went 19-7 with a .321 ERA in 34 starts for the AL Central Winning Indians. Beckett finished a distant 2nd with 86 points to Sabathia's 119 points. All votes are cast prior to the start of the playoffs, so all results in the playoffs are not considered for any awards including the Cy Young Award.

2007 AL Cy Young Award Voting
Pitcher, Club 1st 2nd 3rd Points
C.C. Sabathia, CLE 19 8 119
Josh Beckett, BOS 8 14 4 86
John Lackey, LAA 1 5 16 36
Fausto Carmona, CLE 1 4 7
Eric Bedard, BAL 1 1
Roy Halladay, TOR 1 1
Johan Santana, MIN 1 1
Justin Verlander, DET 1 1

Monday, November 12, 2007

JORGE POSADA RE-SIGNS WITH YANKEES!


All Star Catcher Jorge Posada is set to sign a 4 year $52 Million deal that will help stabilize the young pitching staff moving forward in the Joe Girardi era. Posada had said on Sunday at Halftime of the NY KNICKS Vs. Miami Heat game that he and the Yankees were really close on a deal. Now all he has to do is pass a physical and he will be locked up for not only the last year in Yankee Stadium, but the first three seasons in New Yankee Stadium. He will also bring much needed leadership to a team that will most likely throw 3 2nd year pitchers to start the season.
Check out the full article from Bryan Hoch on MLB.COM.

GREAT COACH MELTDOWNS AND RANTS!

Meltdown Monday on Mudfreesports! Today to kick off our first episode of coaches and managers losing it, we feature 5 of my favorites. First we have Jim Boeheim dropping the F Bomb while sticking up for G-Mac. Second we have Temple Coach John Chaney going after John Calipari during a press conference. Third we have the infamous Dennis Green saying "They are who we thought they were, and we let 'em off the hook." I could hear that a million times and not get sick of it! The fourth video? Yes, we had to include Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy going off on a reporter. And, though you don't hear him, Sweet Lou Pinella is like a ballerina when he performs...I mean argues with the umpires. I hope this brings a small bit of joy to your Monday. And remember, every Monday is Meltdown Monday on Mud Free Sports!





Rookie of the Year Awards Announced


Major League Baseball announced that Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun won the American League and National League Rookie of the Year Awards, respectively. Braun beat out Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by only 2 votes, making it the closest race in MLB History. Braun didn't make his debut in the majors until May 25th. While he was there, he made a huge impact as he batted .324 and led NL rookies with 34 home runs and a .634 slugging percentage, breaking the Major League rookie record set by Mark McGwire, who slugged .618 for Oakland in 1987. Braun drove in 97 runs and stole 15 bases. Pedroia -- who became the sixth Red Sox player to win the Rookie of the Year Award -- finished 10th in the AL this season with a .317 average. That batting average was the all-time best for rookie second basemen.
(Photo courtesy of espn.com)

MONDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: 49ERS AT SEAHAWKS


Tonight on Monday Night Football the San Francisco 49ers travel to the Seattle Seahawks to play in stormy conditions with winds up to 50mph. The 49ers have more storms affected them as Head Coach Mike Nolan mourns the loss of his father, former 49ers Coach Dick Nolan who passed away on Sunday. Dick Nolan had been in declining health with Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer for several years. He spent the last few months at an assisted-care facility in the Dallas area, near his longtime home with his wife, Ann. Seattle is looking to replace Shaun Alexander who is out due to injury and are looking to go back to Mike Holmgren's 60/40 offense. 60% passing and 40% running. That coupled with the 49ers struggles on offense makes this an unbearable game to watch. This is definately not one of the better MNF games on the schedule. The human drama of Mike Nolan coaching after his father's death plus the interest of watching football in bad weather may be the only reasons to tune in to ESPN at 8:30pm. 49ers win 12-9.
(Photo courtesy of espn.com)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Late NFL Game Scores and Recap!


NFL Week 10 is almost complete except the Sunday and Monday Night Games. My picks and predictions haven't done so well, but my Fantasy guys are kicking A**! Go team. And hey, as long as my favorite team, the Steelers win no matter how ugly, than everyone is happy in my house. Looks like Dallas proved they are still one of the top 4 teams in the league with an impressive win against the NY Giants. The Baltimore Ravens have dropped 2 straight AFC North Games and look like their age and lack of offense have hurt them considerably.

Cincinnati 21** at Baltimore 7 4:05 p.m.
Detroit 21** at Arizona 31
4:15 p.m.
Dallas 31 at NY Giants 20 ** 4:15 p.m.
Chicago 17 at Oakland 6** 4:15 p.m.

BCS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL, RANKINGS, STANDINGS FOR NOVEMBER 11, 2007




CLICK HERE FOR BCS RANKINGS FOR NOVEMBER 18


The new BCS Rankings, Standings, Poll for November 11, 2007 for the top 25 teams in NCAA College Football has been released. Who did you have as #1? If you said LSU, you would be right. Kansas will have the opportunity to prove their worth with a games remaining against Iowa State, Missouri, and if they win that, against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Oregon is finally getting the respect they deserve, lets see if they can hold their ground. Should be a great ending to a crazy season in the BCS. Check out the whole top 25 listed right here on Mud Free Sports! What rankings do you agree with, which do you HATE?? Tell us...let your voice be heard!

Team
Harris Poll
USA TODAY
Computer rank
BCS Avg.
1.
LSU
1
.9793
1
.9713
1
.990
.9802
2.
Oregon
2
.9468
2
.9380
3
.930
.9383
3.
Kansas
4
.8921
4
.8960
2
.940
.9094
4.
Oklahoma
3
.9214
3
.9107
7
.730
.8540
5.
Missouri
6
.8029
6
.7960
5
.830
.8096
6.
West Virginia
5
.8136
5
.8253
8
.720
.7863
7.
Ohio State
7
.7500
7
.7633
6
.810
.7744
8.
Arizona State
8
.6854
8
.6947
4
.870
.7500
9.
Georgia
9
.6571
9
.6700
9
.690
.6724
10.
Virginia Tech
10
.5946
10
.6153
10
.630
.6133
11.
Southern California
13
.5575
13
.5427
13
.480
.5267
12.
Florida
14
.4768
14
.4573
11
.580
.5047
13.
Texas
12
.5854
11
.5627
20
.250
.4660
14.
Virginia
17
.3475
17
.3647
12
.510
.4074
15.
Clemson
16
.3518
16
.3653
14
.460
.3924
16.
Hawaii
11
.5861
12
.5613
27t
.010
.3858
17.
Boston College
18
.3314
18
.3367
15
.420
.3627
18.
Boise State
15
.3757
15
.3707
26
.040
.2621
19.
Illinois
20
.1936
21
.1807
16
.360
.2447
20.
Tennessee
19
.2339
19
.2040
19
.280
.2393
21.
Michigan
22
.1571
23
.1727
21
.230
.1866
22.
Cincinnati
24
.1332
25
.1087
17
.310
.1840
23.
Kentucky
21
.1879
20
.2027
22
.130
.1735
24.
Connecticut
26
.0854
26
.0687
18
.290
.1480
25.
Wisconsin
23
.1404
24
.1507
24t
.070
.1203
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