Somehow, the Mariners always find a way to lose. With their 4-3 win over Oakland Sunday, the Mariners finished the season with only the 2nd worst record, losing the rights to the first overall pick in next years amateur draft. Instead, the Washington Nationals will enjoy the opportunity to select Steven Strasburg (SP, San Diego State) in the upcoming draft.There is some good news for Mariners, the Nationals are cheap and Strasburg will not be. The Mariners may be able to add him to their rotation at #2. If not, my choice would be Dustin Ackley (1B/OF, UNC). Ackley was the NCAA Freshman of the Year in '07, and followed it up with an impressive sophomore campaign. In 08, he hit .417 with 7 HR and 19 SB. In his freshman season he had 10 homers and 20 doubles with an OBP of .448! This
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September 29, 2008
September 26, 2008
Battle of the beatens! Bengals looked better vs the G-Men last week
Packers @ Bucs: Packers
Still haven't lost my trust in Rogers and Co. after there loss to the Boys. I'm interested to see how much the Bucs will throw this week
Falcons @ Panthers: Panthers
Steve Smith shaking off the rust is a scary thing
Vikings @ Titans: Vikings
In Ferotte we trust
Texans @ Jags: Jags
Could the turn around continue?
Broncos @ Chiefs: Broncos
High powered offense against low powered defense
49ers @ Saints: Saints
Can the Saints live up to expectations this season? This game will tell the tale
Cardinals @ Jets:
September 25, 2008
As of Wednesday night, there is a new club in baseball. Problem is, no one wants to join. With their 100th loss of the season, the Mariners became the founding members of the 100-100 club. The 100-100 club is one in which the team has 100 losses with a payroll at or above 100 million dollars. Basically, the 08 Mariners are the worst team in baseball history. Sure, others have lost more games in a season, but I am willing to bet that none of those teams were the disappointment the Mariners were this season.
Before the season began, Seattle was ripe with hope. In a town losing it's most storied franchise (the Sonics) the Mariners provided a much needed escape route. At least there was going to be something good in this city.
As Mariners GM Bill Bavasi made moves to bolster a starting rotation that was meant to be " bullet-proof", according to Miguel Batista, the nation was taking notice as the M's started to work there way towards the top. But people forgot one thing: the team still couldn't hit. All the focus on the starting rotation took the focus off the lackluster lineup the Mariners had assembled.
September 21, 2008
If we haven't talked yet, my name is Zach "Z.V." Sanders and I have been writing here since May.
This past January I set up another sports site called 24/7 Sports Stop as a side project of mine. My current writing staff has gotten lazy and stopped posting, and I am looking to add new writers.
I was wondering if anyone writing here would be interested in contributing to the site by posting their work onto the site? The posts would go to the blogspot version of the site, as well as the main site. Think of it as another way to gain exposure and share your work. Along with your single posts, we do collaborations as a site. These include but are not limited to Draft Previews and Playoff predictions.
If you are interested please send me a message or shoot me an email. I do not expect a lot from a blogger on our site, but at the least I would like around 2 posts a week from our writers.
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The Seahawks have finally won a game, and it was an impressive one. The Hawks rushed for 245 yards against the division rival Rams and dominated for the majority of the game on the way to a 37-13 win at home.The Rams offense was constantly out of sinc, and the Hawks defense stopped the big plays from beating them.
The once dormant Seattle running game came to life, as T.J. Duckett contributed 2 TDs and Julius Jones added 140 yards and one TD of his own. On one play in the first half, Jones was seemingly stopped when he was stopped behind the entire Rams D-Line, but somehow escaped and ran behind lead blocker Matt Hasselbeck for a score. Last year, Shaun Alexander would have already "slipped" and fell to the ground by then, but not this year. Jones and Duckett are both backs who don't go down without a fight and have given the Hawks a new mentallity on the ground.
September 19, 2008
My apologies for missing last weeks action. I still made my picks, but did not have the time to post them for the world to see.
Chiefs @ Falcons - Falcons
Possibly the worst game you will ever watch (unless you include the WNBA playoffs this week)
Dolphins @ Patriots - Patriots
Easy to describe the Dolphins this year: Eww, just eww
Raiders @ Bills - Raiders
I have confidence in the Bills to hold off D-Mac at home
Bengals @ Giants - Giants
Eli will out throw Carson Palmer. First time anyone has said that?
Bucs @ Bears - Bucs
Griese faces his former team in CHI-town. Is Garcia on the way out?
Texans @ Titans - Titans
Titans get a big boost from Vince Young's injury and possible suicide (lets hope he strays away from sharp objects)
September 04, 2008
Pretty simple recap on the season opener, the Redskins just failed miserably on offense. No big surprise there. Jason Campbell was decent at best stats wise, but he played an awful game. He failed to manage a comeback at the end, throwing too many short routes and check downs when the team desperately needed him to step up and move the ball. The running game was also surprisingly ineffective, rushing for only 84 yards (all by Clinton Portis).
The Giants offensive attack was also not as much of a success as they would like it to be. They looked flawless on the opening drive, scoring on a rushing TD by Eli Manning, but failed to capitalize on other opportunities throughout the game. The percieved pass rush problem coming into this game was also an issue for the G-Men, who only accumulated 1 sack in the game. One thing to keep an eye on is the injury to Mathias Kiwanuka, who had his ankle roll over on him during the last play of the game (reports are he is fine).
September 03, 2008
NFL Week 1 Predictions:
Redskins @ Giants: Giants
I am not real confident about this pick, but I had to do it. Even with Osi being out for the year, I still think the Giants pass rush will befuddle Jason Campbell. If the Skins had looked even average in the preseason, I would have been inclined to take them instead. Until I can trust Jim Zorn, I have to take the Giants here.
Lions @ Falcons: Lions
I absolutely hate the Lions team this year. Their defense is going to be atrocious, and their offense is still in limbo. They need to find their QB for the future to go with the rest of the young O, otherwise the teams development will be slowed for years to come. But still, they are better then the Falcons. I do not think that Matt Ryan will be a top QB in this league at any point, but more of a journeyman (Kitna style), and his play this season will certainly reflect it.
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August 11, 2008
Mariano Rivera is all kinds of clutch. In non-save situations, his ERA is 3.00. In save situations, it is an outstanding .30. No, that was not a typo, .30. If you need a win, call The Sandman.
The Houston Chronicle thinks that the Astros should pursue Barry Bonds. I think he should just retire and ride off into the jailhouse.
Livan Hernandez got murdered in his first outing with the Rockies. He gave up 9 runs, in 2.2 IP. He blamed the layoff between starts, but I blame it on his lack of any kind of pitching skill. He lacks velocity, control and movement. What else could he have that keeps him around in the MLB? Innings. He can pitch 200 innings every year without problem. Have fun with Livan Colorado!
Bad news Mariner fans: Willy Bloomquist is done for the season. He severly pulled his hammy, and will probably miss the remainder of the year. Also, he will probably be done as a Mariner. He most likely will move to the National League, where the game fits his style and he could get more playing time.
The running game: Last years problem, this years question. Can the Hawks regain the running prowess after cutting Shaun Alexander? Lets start with the halfbacks.
1. Julius Jones: Jones is just the type of runner that Alexander was not. Jones runs hard and is not afraid to take people head on. Problem with him is, that he is best used as a tandem back. Good News! The Seahawks have that tandem. Expect Julius to get 45% of the carries.
2. Maurice Morris: The second half of the tandem. Morris is a great change of pace back, yet still runs north-south the majority of the time. Showed some greatness last season when he took over carries from Alexander. Look for Morris to receive 40% of the carries, and make the most of them.
3. T.J. Duckett: The 3rd leg of the backfield. Duckett is pure, unadulterated power. He will be used for mainly short yardage situations, and could be used as a fullback with Morris in the game from time to time. Duckett ensures that someone in the backfield will dish out some punishment to defenders. Look for T.J. to get 10% of the hand-offs.