Wednesday, September 30, 2009

NL East is Closer


The Phils cut their magic number to one last night as they finally took care of the Astros for the first time all season. Pedro Feliz hit a grand slam in the the 4th to give the Phils a 5-1 lead, and there was no looking back from there. Happ pitched good enough to get the win, pitching into 6th. With a Phils win or a Braves loss tonight the Phils will have wrapped up the division and will have won the NL East for the third straight year. It will be Pedro (5-1) on the bump for the Phils tonight facing off against Brad Moehler (8-11). The Phils need to get this done tonight Phils so we can get our players some rest heading into the playoffs. If the season were to end today the Phils would play the Rockies, and the Dodgers would play the Cards.

McCarthy and Wheels did a segment last night during the game with the camera men. They had a little bio next to them and it had their favorite game. I started to think about all the games that I have been too, and which one was the most memorable. For me obviously game 5 was the best (both days), but other than that game the most memorable for me would probably be the last game of the season in 2007against the Nationals. The Mets were historically collapsing right in front of our eyes, with everyone looking on as Tom Glavine was getting shelled in Florida. Howard hit the go ahead home run into our seats in Section 202 in the 7th. Jimmy Rollins hit his 20th triple that game giving him 20+ triples, home runs, doubles, and stolen bases. Oh and the Phils won the division that day. That game is one that I will never forget. It was great to be there and witness The Phils clinch the division the way that they did that year, especially on the last game of the season. Over the last couple of years it seems that the Phils never disappoint. I am sure that there were a ton of games that will never be forgotten over the past couple of years. CBP is a great place to watch baseball, and I am sure that everyone has that one game that they will never forget.

Here is a pic from the HOF club

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Birds Sign Trotter

The Eagles confirmed signing the former Pro Bowl middle linebacker to a one-year deal at the league minimum. To make room for Trotter on their 53-man roster, the Eagles have released quarterback Jeff Garcia. No word on how 610 WIP will replace Trotter. No truth to the rumor, that Mark Simoneau worked out for the station.

Last week, I did not think this was actually going to happen. I guess Trotter will provide depth behind Gaithier at MLB. I was a big fan of his while he was here but cannot imagine he has much left. If he can help out against the run, that would be great but I will have to see it before I believe it.
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Magic Number at Three...Still

The Phillies finished last night’s game with just four hits on the night , their only runs coming from a Chase Utley sacrifice fly in the first and a balk in the sixth that allowed Shane Victorino to walk home. Cole Hamels left the game with a 4-2 deficit, two outs and two on in the seventh, then watched the bullpen work their magic - Tyler Walker allowed a two-run double to Carlos Lee and Clay Condrey gave up a two-run single to Kaz Matsui. 8-2 Astros.

With the 8-2 loss to the lowly Astros last night, the Phils magic number remains at three and the Braves are now four games back with six to play. All the Phils have to do is win half of their remaining games - that’s all - play .500 ball and they’re in. The Braves have been on a tear, winning 15 of 17 and closing the Rockies wild card lead to only two games, but I have to believe they’ll lose at least one more game to the Marlins or Nats, by accident if nothing else. So realistically the Phils could wrap this thing up with only two wins, how about tonight and tomorrow? Forget ’64, forget the Mets of last season, that’s not this team - just get it done and get rested for the postseason. This is getting pathetic.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Yankees Clinch....Does Anyone Here Care?


The Yankees have clinched the AL EAST!!!! Big f'ing deal. For all of you Yankee lovers out there I have news for you. You better hope that your beloved team does not see the Phils in the World Series. I am just so fed up with hearing every little thing the Yankees do. If A-Rod forgot to wipe his ass on a particular day, somehow it is the front page of the newspaper. Last year they didn't make the playoffs for the first time since Jeter was there, and it wasn't about the teams that made the playoffs, rather it was all about the Yankees not making the playoffs. Joe Girardi's job was in jeopardy, and Hank Steinbrenner was arguing with the media about wheter it was "Red Sox Nation", or "Yankees Nation". Give me a break, could you be any more childish? The Cardinals clinched the division already, and it wasn't the front page of every newspaper and web site. Who cares if they are in the playoffs, the division really doesn't mean anything if you dont win the World Series. As far as I am concerned, the Yankees are no threat to the NL. I watched the Phils this past May kick the shit out of them in the new over priced Yankee Stadium, where it is $5 for a bottle of water.

Going into the playoffs it looks like Bud Selig will fish his wish to have another Yankees vs. Red Sox ALCS. Anaheim will choke like they always do, and Detroit or Minnesota shouldn't even be allowed to play in the playoffs. All this means is that once again the World F@#%ing Champs will be playing during the day so the Yanks and Sox can play the primetime games. I would love to see a Phils/Yanks world series, just so when I go up to New York I can be as ignorant as I can when the Phils wipe their asses with the Yankees...again!
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

DWDW- Pro

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Sunday's games.

Namesake’s Picks:



Titans(0-2) @ Jets(2-0) Line: Titans +3 O/U: 37

I’m done with pretty boy Sanchez and all this media hype. F him. F New York. F your mother. The Titans need to win this game, and I think they’ll pull it off with a solid running game and constant pressure on the rookie QB. I like them winning by a TD. Trends for life: The Titans are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games.

Pick: Titans getting points



Falcons(2-0) @ Patriots(1-1) Line: Pats -4.5 O/U: 47

Brady and the Pats burned me last week when I picked them over the Jets, and I know they wouldn’t dare cross me twice in two weeks. I have a feeling the Pats are going to be fired up over the loss last week and come out guns blazing against Atlanta. I’m not buying into all the talk about the Pats era being over - they still have Brady, they still have Belichick. Trends suck: All the trends for these two teams point to my being wrong on this one. F’ it. Take the Pats.

Pick: Pats to cover the 4.5


Doc's Picks:

Steelers (1-1) @ Bengals (1-1) Line: Pitt (-4)

I cannot see Pittsburgh losing two straight.

Pick: Steelers

Colts @ Cards Line: Ari (-2.5)

It is rare that Indy gets points. I am going to fall for it and take them.

Pick: Colts


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Saturday, September 26, 2009

DWDW College Picks

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here are our picks for Saturday's games.
Namesake’s Picks:

Buffalo(1-2) @ Temple(0-2) Line: Temple -3.5 O/U: 45.5

I have no factual evidence to back up this pick, and in fact, all of the evidence suggests Temple will lose this game. Just call it a hunch…Al Golden’s boys win big this weekend in front of 5,000 strong at the Linc. Go Owls!

Two for One Pick: Temple and the Under


No.13 Miami(2-0) @ No.12 VaTech(2-1) Line: VaTech +3 O/U: 47.5

The Hurricanes are back! Oh, you didn’t hear? Everyone has a giant hard-on for Miami this year and I’m sick of it. The Canes do have a pretty good squad this year, but it’s hard not to go with the home underdog in this situation. Trend to live by: UM is 1-7 against the spread in the last 8 meetings vs. VaTech. Done deal.

Pick: VaTech +3


Doc's Picks:

Notre Dame @ Purdue Line: ND (-6.5) O/U: 60

Pick: ND giving the points

Iowa @ Penn State Line: PSU (-9.5) O/U: 40.5

Penn State covers and wins big in a white out(apologies to section202, for caring about the penn state game - feel free to go to espn.com for a write up)

Section202's picks:

PSU covers and wins in the under against Iowa

Miami wins outright against Virginia Tech

*I do not need any reasoning behind my picks because quite frankly no one gives a shit! Also because as usual my picks will be the right ones.



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Friday, September 25, 2009

DWDW - Friday Bonus Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this Blog where the contributors embarrass themselves picking a particular week's games against the spread. Here is our pick for the Friday night college game.

No 21 Missouri @ Nevada Line: Missou (-7.5) O/U: 61

Nevada came into the season with high expectations featuring a prolific offense. Nobody told Notre Dame about it and the Irish wiped their asses with the Wolf Pack attack, 35-0. Another beating at the hands of Colorado State, this time 35-20 leaves Nevada 0-2. They stink, go with them.

Pick: Nevada covers

On the season Dirty Wudders is 2-2
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Trotter Back in Green?

What’s that smell? Is it desperation? I think it might be. 

I don’t think anyone saw this coming…ESPN is reporting that the Eagles brought Jeremiah Trotter in for a workout yesterday to see if he’s in any kind of playing shape.  Yes, the same Jeremiah Trotter who hasn’t played football in over a year, and yes, the same Jerimiah Trotter who couldn’t make the 49ers squad last year.  I don’t know what to make of this move, but it’s obvious that Andy Reid has no faith in Omar Gaither or Joe Mays, both of whom have not been particularly impressive this season.  Maybe the Birds are looking to fill a leadership void on the defensive side of the ball, you know, since B-Dawk was too old to play on this team after last season – geniuses.  Ax-Man back in Philly…what do you think?

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

DWDW - Thursday Bonus Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this Blog where the contributors embarrass themselves picking a particular week's games against the spread. Here is our pick for the Thursday night college game:

No.4 Mississippi(2-0) @ South Carolina(2-1) Line: Ole Miss(-4.5) O/U: 53

Ole Miss is 8-1 against the spread in their last 9 games, and 17-5 in their last 22 overall - not too bad. Junior QB Jevan Snead threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns last week, extending his school record to eight straight games with multiple scoring passes. He's a beast. Snead will try to help the Rebels avenge last season's 31-24 loss to South Carolina and lead them to their first victory in a SEC opener since 2003. I don't see the Cocks pulling it out this week - pun intended. Go with the Rebels.

Pick: Ole Miss giving the 4.5
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You'll Never Guess What Happened in the 9th

That’s right Phils fans, Brad Lidge blew another one! Anyone surprised? Me neither.  In a season that can only be described as a goddamned disaster for the Phils closer, Lidge blew his eleventh game of season last night against the Marlins.  It’s unnerving to think about a playoff game involving this guy.  How can the Phillies feel safe without a three-run lead heading into the 9th? How can Charlie keep throwing Lidge out there to be battered night in and night out? It is beyond ridiculous to be talking about this on September 24th , but this is the situation Lidge has put the Phillies in. I know we’re beating a dead horse here, but what should they do? I still say give the ball to Madsen. I know he’s blown a few as well, but I honestly cannot remember the last clean save Lidge has recorded.  At least with Madsen pitching there would be a little suspense, with Lidge on the mound the outcome is a forgone conclusion. I’m sick of this shit. The playoffs are just a few days away - something needs to change.  

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NFC East Power Rankings: Week 2

Why just the NFC East Power Rankings? Because screw the rest of the NFL, that’s why.  Here we go…

1.       Giants (2-0): Arguably the best team in football right now, the Giants opened up the season against two NFC opponents and came out victorious both times. Granted, Tony Romo had a lot to do with the Giants win in Dallas last week, but their win against Washington wasn’t as close as the 24-17 score indicated.  Their young receivers looked veteran-like in Dallas - here’s hoping that doesn’t continue.  F the Giants. Next Week: @ Tampa

2.       (Tie) Cowboys (1-1): Dallas opened up their new stadium with a loss to the Giants this past week.  The game was highlighted by a three-interception stinker by Golden Boy Tony Romo, the best QB in the NFL to never accomplish a goddamn thing.  They did manage to score 31 points in the effort, but if the pride of Eastern Illinois doesn’t get his shit together they’re not going anywhere this year.  Their defense sucks right now, too.  F Dallas. Next week: vs. Carolina.   

2.   (Tie) Eagles (1-1): Last week sucked. The defense and special teams were terrible, the offense was ok.  Things will be fine     offensively once McNabb returns, but the D cannot play that poorly if the team wants to compete this season. God forbid they don’t win this week at home against KC. Go Birds.   Next week: vs. Kansas City.

3.   Redskins (1-1): As previously mentioned, the Redskins 24-17 loss to the Giant in Week 1 may not look bad on paper, but let’s be honest, they got their asses handed to them. The sucktitude of this team was evident last week in their 9-7 win (if that’s what you want to call it) against the Rams. What’s the opposite of a moral victory? Whatever it is, that’s what the Skins pulled off last week.  To only defeat one of the worst teams in the NFL by 2 points, at home…you suck.  F the Redskins. Next Week: @ Detroit.

 

 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Red October

A "must read" article by Jerry Crasnick on espn.com today, kind of gives a different spin on Philadelphia fans - from a national perspective. We will never lose the reputation of "targeting opponents", "crushing spirits", Michael Irvin and Santa Claus but rarely does a national story go into how we provide incentive for the "home boys".

Jayson Werth recalled a story from last October during the World Series, about how an infielder on the Rays came up to him and asked if he liked playing here.

"He was so distraught in the middle of the game about the people in this town, and I knew then that we had them. They were so rattled, because they didn't feel like they could even walk down the street. They were uncomfortable just being in Philadelphia. Look at Evan Longoria -- he didn't get a hit the whole World Series. [Longoria actually went 1-for-20.] I'm not saying it's because of what the fans did. But I'm not saying it wasn't, either."

That is great stuff. (also goes into some interesting stuff about Werth)


Not that it is needed but Werth also sent out a little reminder to us to make sure the fans bring their "A" game this October.

"I don't want to say they've gone soft after winning it, because I don't think they have," Werth says. "But they might have to be reminded. I don't want them to change. I want them to stay hungry and be the same fans who helped us win it last year."

Good job gentleman, talk about a home field advantage, 7-0 in the playoffs last year. Get those lungs (and mustard packets) ready for October!

Hit tip to friend of DW Scott Pinchak for the link, RED OCTOBER 2!

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Phils Take Game 1

Joe Blanton allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, leading the Phils to a 9-3 victory in the first game of their doubleheader today.

The win takes the Phils magic number down to five in the NL East. Highlights from the game after the jump...

Raul Ibanez hit his 32nd homer. Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard each had a two-run single for the Fightins, who also scored on a wild pitch, two RBI groundouts and Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice fly. Hard to believe they won so convincingly after striking out 16 times and going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Screw it, a win is a win.

Heavy B(11-7) struck out nine and walked two, he allowed no hits after a leadoff single in the second. He's been great this year, hopefully he keeps it up through the postseason.
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Penn State Game Notes


Game Notes:

Penn State (3-0)
vs.
Iowa (3-0)

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Where: Beaver Stadium (107,282)

Kickoff: 8:12 p.m.
Attendance: 109,000-plus (sold out)

Series Record: Penn State leads, 11-10

Penn State Captains:
No. 17 Daryll Clark, Sr., QB
No. 45 Sean Lee, Sr., LB

TELEVISION: The contest will be televised
by ABC to national audience with Brent
Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters
calling the action.

The Nittany Lions are appearing on television
for the 181st time in their last 183 games.

RADIO: Penn State Sports Network (60 stations)
Radio Team (10th year)
Play-by-Play: Steve Jones; Analysis: Jack Ham
Web stream: www.GoPSUsports.com

Hawkeye Radio Network (Gary Dolphin, play-byplay;
Ed Podolak, analysis; Rob Brooks, sideline).
Westwood One (Chuck Cooperstein, play-by-play;
Eddie George, analyst).

COACHES:
Joe Paterno
Penn State Record . .386-127-3 (75.0), 44th Year
Overall Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Same
vs. Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-9
60th year on Penn State staff...all-time leader in
career wins among FBS (1-A) coaches...300 wins
faster than any coach in NCAA history...College
Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2007.

Kirk Ferentz
Iowa Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73-53, 11th Year
Overall Record . . . . . . . . . . . .85-74, 14th Year
vs. Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2

THE SERIES: The Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes are meeting for the 22nd time. Penn
State owns an 11-10 series advantage. The visiting team has won 13 of the 21
series games. Penn State won the last meeting in Beaver Stadium, 27-7, in 2007, but the Hawkeyes won, 24-23, last year in Iowa City.





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Monday, September 21, 2009

Golden Tate Dives into Michigan State Band

With a little Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart. Fantastic
Tought break on the Michael Floyd injury though, possibly out for the year.



ND has a big game this Saturday against Purdue.
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Lee could miss Iowa Game


Penn State OLB Sean Lee has an injured left knee and could miss Saturday's Prime Time game against Iowa. The fifth year Sr. Co-Captain limped off the field in the Fourth Quarter, Saturday against Temple.

Lee was honored earlier in the day as the Big Ten Conference's defensive player of the week after posting 12 tackles and a sack in the 31-6 win against Temple. Lee missed the entire 2008 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. With Lee and counterpart Navorro Bowman also Questionable, Penn State's Defense could be undermanned in their first game outside Philadelphia's Catholic League.

Go State
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DWDW - Bonus Monday Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this Blog where the contributors embarrass themselves picking a particular week's games against the spread. Here is our pick for the Monday Night Game between Miami and Indy.

Indianapolis Colts @ Miami Dolphins Line: Colts (-3) O/U: 41

The Underdog is 8-2 in the last 10 match-ups between the 2 teams. The Colts are missing Anthony Gonzalez but still have enough weapons to take down the Dolphins in Miami.

Pick: Indy to cover


NFL Records:

DW - 0-3
Doc - 4-0
Namesake - 2-2
Section 202 - 2-3


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1-1

Now that we know the Eagles are not as good as they looked against Carolina, I sure hope that the Eagles aren't this bad. The Lions lost to New Orleans 45-27 on the opening weekend of the NFL Season. Week 2 the Eagles lost to them 48-22, ouch. Disgusting performance by the Special Teams, terrible performance by the Defense and at best, a goofy performance by the Offense.

Kevin Kolb had decent numbers in his debut. It is tough to tell how he really did because of how the game turned out. A beautiful pass to Jackson for a score on the first possession opened some eyes but a couple of badly thrown balls closed them. Better than expected dubut though, in my eyes. The Eagles mostly ran their version of a high school offense and now DeSean Jackson and Westbrook join McRib on the banged up report. Drew Brees on the otherhand torched the birds D without breaking a sweat. It appears that the Eagles will not play against Jake Delhomme every week.

It was an entertaining first half of football. Brees was marching the Saints up and down the field and Kolb was doing his best to match. Then DeSean Jackson picked up a punt inside the 5 yard line and turned it into a decent gain. Problem is that when he picked the ball up, everybody else on the return team decided to block a Saint in the back. What? That's a penalty? On third down Kolb threw behind his receiver and 3 plays later the Saints scored. Only a couple of plays into the second half, the Saints had scored two touchdowns and the game was basically over except for a bunch of underneath passing yards for the Eagles.

Thoughts: Uh oh, Sav Rocca is usually good in September and gets worse when it is windy and cold. Maybe it was just a bad game but the Eagles '08 true fullback was better than Leonard Weaver yesterday. Oh, they didn't have a true FB last year, yeah Weaver was still worse. If Curtis is hurt, get him off the field until he's not anymore. Avant is a good receiver. Celek is a little bit Chad Lewis and a little bit Mark Bavaro. It may be too early for a "must win" but the Eagles cannot afford to lose to K.C. because the Chiefs stink.

Go Phils
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

DWDW - NFL Week 2


Doc's Picks:

Game 1: NY Giants @ Dallas Cowboys Line: Dallas (-3) O/U: 45

The Giants are 21-6 in their last 27 road games against the spread. Dallas is 2-8 in their last 10 ATS vs NFC East opponents. Dallas will be pumped in their new stadiums but the Giants are the better team, getting points - take 'em.

Pick: Gints taking the points just in case but expect a straight up W.

Game 2: New Orleans @ Philadelphia Eagles Line: NO (-1) O/U: 45.5

I think New Orleans is a bit overrated but this shows my confidence in Kevin Kolb. There is a reason why college system QB's rarely make good pro qb's.

Pick: Saints


Namesake's Picks:

Game 1: New England (1-0) @ Jets (1-0) Line: Jets +3.5 O/U: 45.5

The Mark Sanchez era kicked off last week with a 24-7 win over everyone’s favorite playoff sleeper pick for the last three years, the Houston Texans. The Texans looked like, well, the Texans, and everyone immediately anointed Sanchez the second coming of Joe Namath. Although he did play well, I’m not completely sold on the kid, and I have a feeling the Patriots will give him a few more headaches than he experienced last week. I realize the Pats defense looked suspect against Buffalo in Week 1, but I think Bill Belichick will have something up his sleeve for the rookie QB. Tom Brady looked back to form last week, and I find it hard to bet against him no matter what the circumstances. I Love Trends: The road team is 21-7-1 ATS in the Jets-Pats last 29 meetings. New England is 9-3-01 ATS in their last 13 meetings with the Jets.

Pick: Patriots giving the points


Game 2: Cincinnatti (0-1) @ Green Bay (1-0) Line: GB -9 O/U: 42


Pick: GB giving the points.


Section 202's Picks:

Game 1: Cincinnatti (0-1) @ Green Bay (1-0) Line: GB -9 O/U: 42


Pick: GB giving the points.


Game 2: Houston @ Tennessee Line: Ten (-6.5) O/U: 41

Pick: Titans


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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mayweather vs Marquez


Floyd Mayweather returns from a 21-month retirement to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden. The dying sport could really use a good one tonight. Mayweather was known as the best pound for pound fighter in the world when he was active and Marquez is now the # 2 behind Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather Jr is a heavy favorite (-325) but Oscar de La Hoya thinks Marquez (+250) can win the fight with an effective jab. I think Marquez has a chance if he just breathes in Mayweather's face. Rather than drinking water or gatorade to quench his thirst after a workout, Marquezs prefers to drink his own urine.

Why you ask?

"I think that this has helped me. I've done it for the last five or six fights with good results.

I also drink my urine because that's where a lot of protein and vitamins are, part of your vitamin intake, and why not drink them again instead of wasting them."



I see this one going the distance with the decision going Mayweather's way.
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Nice Catch Reggie!


Thanks Peyton, now let go of my ass! Would ya?

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Stokley's Tecmo TD

Awesome.



Great call by Gus!

Here is the real one


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DWDW - College Style - WK 3


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves prognosticating about pro and college football. Here are our picks for Staurday's games.

Namesake's Picks:

Game 1: Tennessee @ No. 1 Florida Line: Florida (-29.5)

This is what Lane Kiffin asked for. Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer will run it up and embarrass the loud mouth Volunteer coach.


Game 2: No. 18 Nebraska @ No. 14 Virginia Tech Line: Tech (-5)

Tech rebounded last week against Marshall. They should take care of the Huskers.


Doc's Picks:

E Michigan @ Michigan Line UM (-24) O/U: 55

Michigan will win this game easily but the two teams will not reach the number.

Pick: Under

Temple @ No. 5 Penn State Line PSU (-30) O/U: 48

Penn State has beaten Temple 123-3 over the past 3 years. I can see PSU focusing on getting the run game going against Temple. Royster may miss the game due to an illness.

Pick: Under

Section 202's Picks:

Southeastern Louisiana @ No. 6 Ole Miss Line Ole Miss (-37.5) O/U: off

Pick: Ole Miss giving points


Florida St @ No. 9 BYU Line: BYU (-8) O/U: 54

Pick: FSU covers


Texas Tech @ Texas Line: Texas (-17.5) O/U: 66

Pick: Texas giving points


COLLEGE RECORDS:

Namesake - (1-1)
Doc - (1-1)
Section 202 - (1-1)
DirtyWudders - (2-1)
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Howard Hits 2 Bombs


Ryan Howard blasted his 39th and 40th home runs of the season leading the Phightin Phils to a 9-4 win over the Bravos. The Phils have ended Atlanta's 7 game winning streak and now have won 6 straight. Their magic number is now down to 9, while the Marlins pulled one out of their ass last night against the Reds. James Anthony Happ pitched only 3 innings which is not a good sign. His oblique is clearly still bothering him. So Spider Rico's boy Kendrick came in and pitched four effective innings. Don't get fooled Spider, he is still a bum. The Phils hope to continue this winning streak tonight against the Braves when Ordep (Pedro) takes on Javier Vazquez.

Ryan Howard's two home runs last night put him at 40 home runs and 120 RBI's for the fourth straight year. Forget how many times he strikes out, that only matters in fantasy baseball. It is very rare that a guy like this comes around, and we will be lucky to ever have a home grown player come through our system like this ever again. Over the past four years he has emerged into the best power hitter in the game. The last 4 years (since Howard has become an everyday player) he has 193 home runs, and 552 RBI's. Albert Pujols, who everyone blows, doesn't even stand up to that. He has 165 home runs, with 483 RBI's. We all know what makes this team go, and that is Jimmy Rollins, but he only gets it going. Howard is the one that ends things, he takes what Jimmy starts and buries other teams with his power. He is such a dominant force in the middle of that lineup. Tim Hudson said it best after the game last night. He said:

"I couldn't quite keep the big fellow in the park tonight, I'm scratching my head with this guy. I mean, it seems like every time I pitch against these guys, he takes me deep. I'm obviously not the only guy he does that to. It's one of those things that if I make a mistake, he don't miss it."

Howard is hitting .342 in his career against Atlanta with 31 home runs and 85 RBI's. I think its safe to say that he owns the Braves. Howard's response to this was "It just happens, I like Atlanta. Good food." There you have it, spoken like a true beast.

Howard once again has caught fire in September, and lets hope he can ride this all the way through the playoffs to another World Series title.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

DWDW - Bonus Friday Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves prognosticating about pro and college football. Here is our pick for the Friday night college game this week:.

No.10 Boise St (2-0) @ Fresno St (1-1) Line: Boise St (-7.5) O/U: 54

Boise State has gone 54-2 in conference play since 2002.Fresno State has lost 9 straight against ranked opponents. Fresno state is also coming off of a tough loss to Wisconsin. This line opened at -12 and has moved to 7.5.

Pick: Boise giving points

DW College Record: (1-1)
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

gNats at Phils 7:05


Cole Hamels (9-9, 4.21) takes the ball tonight looking to give the Phillies their fifth straight win. Washington counters with Ross Detweiler (0-5, 6.17). The Phils are 41-32 at home this season and have won 28 of the last 38. The Phillies enter the game .05 percentage points ahead of St. Louis in a battle for homefield in the first round. Lineups after the jump.


Washington:
J. Maxwell cf .232
C. Guzman ss .291
R. Zimmerman 3b .289
J. Willingham lf .275
E. Dukes rf .256
I. Desmond 2b .588
M. Morse 1b .278
W. Nieves c .259
R. Detwiler p .077

Champs:
J. Rollins ss .245
S. Victorino cf .298
C. Utley 2b .295
R. Howard 1b .270
J. Werth rf .272
B. Francisco lf .246
P. Feliz 3b .266
C. Ruiz c .258
C. Hamels p .115



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Kendra to the Colts


The Colts signed WR Hank Baskett to a 1 yr deal to help replace injured Anthony Gonzalez. Baskett was cut earlier this week by the birds. Baskett was on the field for afternoon practice, Wednesday.

The Eagles upgraded their roster, replacing Kendra with playmate Carmella DeCesare.
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Road Trip!!!!


The Phillies will travel to Fenway Park on Friday, June 11th thru the 13th, 2010. Dirty Wudders will have their eyes open early and often looking to nail down seats. Condolences to one DW member who will not be able to make it due to circumstances beyond his control.

No truth to the rumor that (if he is still a phillie)Brett Myers has advised his wife to stay at home this particular weekend.

Other possible weekend roadies are Houston, Arizona, Milwaukee, Florida, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Chicago!, Washington, New York M, San Diego, and Atlanta.

DW is taking bets on when occasional reader, moose, will volunteer to organize a San Diego trip and then completely fall through.
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DWDW - Thursday Bonus Edition

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the three contributors embarrass themselves prognosticating about pro and college football. Here is our pick for the Thursday night college game this week:

No. 13 Georgia Tech (2-0) at No.22 Miami (1-0)            Line: Miami -5  O/U: 53.5

Miami plays their home opener tonight in what should be a hard-fought game as the ‘Canes take on ACC-Rival Georgia Tech at Miami Hurricanes Stadium.  The Yellow Jackets have won four consecutive games in the series, including a 41-23 victory last year that including 472 yards of offense on the ground. GT won 30-27 last week against Clemson and hopes to take charge in the conference with a win in Miami. Miami is brimming with confidence, however, after winning at FSU and looks to prove that they’re back with another victory over a ranked opponent.  For their sake, I hope Miami isn’t looking ahead to next week’s matchup against Virginia Tech, GT is no cake walk. TREND: Miami is 13-2 on Thursday night games, including 9-0 at home.  I like it, take The U.

Pick: Miami giving the points

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11


The Phils cut the magic number to 11 last night with a big win. Jason Werth hit a huge grand slam in the 7th to break it open, giving the Phils a 6-0 nothing lead. It was good to see Blanton get back on track last night. He dominated the Nats for six innings, striking out seven. Willie Harris singled off of Tyler Walker with 2 outs in the ninth to drive in the Nats only run. The Phils were one out away from three consecutive shutouts, which hasn't been done since 1969. These are the games that the Phils have to win to keep the Marlins down and out. Tonight Hamels goes for the sweep against the Nationals Ross Detweiler.

A Marlins player was quoted on XM satellite radio yesterday as saying that the NL East is theirs to take. Are you kidding me? How is it yours to take? The Phils have been in first for basically the whole year. I guess this jack ass was thinking that they have the Phils six more times this year. I mean the Phils are the class of the NL and it is their division to lose, not the Marlins' to win. The Phils have to win 11 out of their next 18 to clinch the NL East for the third consecutive year. They have one more with the Nats tonight, three with the Braves, six with the Marlins, four with the Brewers, and four with the Astros. Hopefully it will not come down to the last series of the year to determine the division against the Marlins. Prediction the Marlins fall apart and the Phils have it wrapped up by the end of the Houston series.

Other news: J.C. Romero may return to the pen next week after throwing what was called an encouraging bullpen session. Romero says that he would like to make at least 5 relief appearances before the postseason. Also J.A. Happ will make his first start on Friday since September 2nd. He will be facing a tough Braves team who have won 6 straight.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lee Shuts Down Nats...Magic Number at 12

Cliff Lee threw a six-hit, complete game shutout and Chooch Ruiz hit a three-run double as the Phils beat the Nationals 5-0 last night at CBP. Lee was dominant all game, racking up 9 K’s and walking only 3 on the way to his 7th win as a Phillie.  Coming into the game Lee was 1-2 with a 9.60 ERA in his last three starts, so last night’s performance was reassuring that he is still the dominant force we saw in his first games in the NL. 

Magic Number Time: The WFC’s have won 6 of 8 and cut their Magic Number to 12 with 19 games remaining.  I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say it’s over in the NL East.  Postseason baseball in Philly for the third straight year…good times to be a fan. Go Phils!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

THN.com: Flyers to Win the Cup


The Hockey News have made their prediction on the 2009-10 season and they predict that the Flyers will hoist the Cup, this coming June. So here it is, the Three-Star case for the Flyers as Stanley Cup champions - as Sam McCraig of THN.comBlog sees it.

1. The Pronger Effect
Not only is Chris Pronger still one of the most dominant, devastating defensemen in the game today. There might not be a Niedermayer equivalent in Philadelphia, but Pronger joins Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn and Ryan Parent for a very impressive top-four on the blueline and the depth combination of Matt Carle and Randy Jones offers a nice blend of offense (Carle) and grit (Jones).

2. Flyers Fine Up Front
If you’re a Philadelphia Flyers forward these days, you’re one of two things: talented or tough. And quite possibly, you’re both. Simply put, the Flyers have a formidable cast of forwards and they can win with skill or they can muck it up.

They’ve got two-way dynamo Mike Richards, a Bobby Clarke clone, and 46-goal scorer Jeff Carter as the Nos. 1 and 2 centers. Shifty Daniel Briere can play the middle, but on this team he’s better suited as a right winger on one of the top two lines. Plus, that allows up-and-coming center Claude Giroux, who was one of the team’s best forwards in the 2008 playoffs, to man the third line.

Simon Gagne is the Flyers’ top left winger – and one of the best in the league when he’s healthy, which was the case last season after playing just 25 games in 2007-08. Behind Gagne is Scott Hartnell, who delivered his most impressive season to date last year when he potted 30 goals and 60 points to go along with his sandpaper play.

There’s also rookie James van Riemsdyk on the left side, should he make the team, and he’s a power-forward-in-progress with the draft pedigree (second overall in 2007) to be a top-line force.


3. Ray Emery, Stanley Cup finalist
Yes, it’s true. One of the main reasons the Flyers signed Emery was because they could get the goalie with the checkered past on the cheap (one year for $1.5 million). After deciding that last year’s tandem of Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki wasn’t going to cut it, Philadelphia’s options were very limited. Emery didn’t single-handedly deliver the Senators to the final – or win them the Cup, as it turned out – but he was a valuable piece of that team. On the ice, anyway.

And whatever you think of Emery’s off-ice shenanigans, from missed practices and flights to fighting with teammates to highway incidents to Mike Tyson mask tributes, the guy does recognize he’s getting a second chance in the NHL after a year in Siberia (OK, Russia, but you know what we mean…).

He’s going to be on his best behavior, at least for a while, and he’ll be in a dressing room with a strong leadership presence (Pronger, Richards and Timonen, for starters). We should see the best Emery has to offer, and that effort has already been enough to take another club to the final.

This time, it might be enough to win a championship.

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Penn State vs Temple Notes

Game Notes:

When: Saturday, September 19, 2009
Where: Beaver Stadium (107,282)
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m.
Attendance: 105,000
Series Record: Penn State leads, 34-3-1
Penn State Captains:
No. 17 Daryll Clark, Sr., QB
No. 45 Sean Lee, Sr., LB.

TELEVISION: The contest will be televised by Big Ten Network with Ari Wolfe, Anthony Herron and Kenny Jackson calling the action. The Nittany Lions are appearing on television for the 180th time in their last 182 games.

RADIO: Penn State Sports Network (60 stations) Radio Team (10th year)
Play-by-Play: Steve Jones; Analysis: Jack Ham
Web stream: www.GoPSUsports.com
WPHT Radio (Harry Donahue, play-by-play; Steve Joachim, analysis).

COACHES: Joe Paterno
Penn State Record . .385-127-3 (75.0), 44th Year
Overall Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Same
vs. Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25-0
60th year on Penn State staff...all-time leader in career wins among FBS (1-A) coaches...300 wins faster than any coach in NCAA history...College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2007.

Al Golden
Temple Record . . . . . . . . . .10-27, Fourth Year
Overall Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Same
vs. Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-3

THE SERIES: The Nittany Lions and Owls are meeting for the 39th time, with Penn State owning a 34-3-1 series lead. The teams have met the last three years, with Lions winning, 45-3, in Beaver Stadium in 2008. The intra-state rivals are are scheduled to meet each of the next three seasons.
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Andrews Out for the Season

I know this is shocking news, but Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season before it even began.  Apparently he re-injured his back at practice on Wednesday.  Translation: He’s a huge pussy who has no interest in playing football. Two weeks ago I would have been pretty pissed about this, but Winston Justice looked pretty good against Carolina, and if nothing else his performance should give Eagles fans some hope for the remainder of the season.  I don’t if I’m alone in feeling this way, but I hope this is the last chapter in the Shawn Andrews-Eagles saga. I’m sick of his shit.  

 

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Glanville Op-Ed in the NYT

Check out this opinion piece written by Doc’s boy, former Phillie Doug Glanville.  Really good stuff.   

(NYT via The Big Lead)

 

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Leodis McKelvin Shines in Pats Win

Hell of a game last night.  Not the game we were expecting, but a great way to kickoff Monday Night Football for 2009. I think most people, Dirty Wudders included, thought the Pats would dominate from the start, but Buffalo played a great game and actually should have picked up the win in this one. 

The Bills were up 11 with 5:32 remaining in the 4th quarter when Tom Brady drove the Pats 81 yards, capping it off with a TD pass to Ben Watson with 2:06 left in the game.  New England then decided to kickoff rather than go for the onside kick, and it paid off - big time.  Dipshit Bills RB Leodis McKelvin caught the kickoff while backpedaling near the goaline – bad move – then, instead of securing the ball and going down when he was hounded by Patriots, decides to fight for another meaningless yard or two – really bad move.  This, obviously, led to a forced fumble and the Pats regaining control on the Bills 30 yard line.  Brady then put New England up for good with a TD pass to Ben Watson with :50 on the clock, leaving enough time for Buffalo to drive down the field and score - just not last night.  Final Score: Pats 25 Bills 24. 

Everything I’ve seen or read so far this morning has been slurping Brady, as expected, but I’m not so sure he deseverves ALL the credit.  Yes, he drove his team 81 yards to make it a one-score game – all Brady, I will give him that.  But if McKelvin lets the ensuing kickoff sail through the endzone, or just goes down after initial contact, the Pats don’t win that game.  Ok, maybe they do, but the odds are signifcantly against them.  I’m not saying Brady wasn’t the main factor in the Patriots being able to score twice, I’m just saying I don’t agree with this kind of hyperbole, courtesy of Peter King:

“Brady could play 20 years in the NFL, and this game will go down as one of the five most memorable, Super Bowls included.” I disagree.  I know he’s coming off of knee surgery and blah blah blah, but Leodis McKelvin deserves the game ball, he was the real hero in New England last night.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Random thought

Maybe Belichick thought Andy Reid was on to something with not having a fullback on the roster. Two possessions and two 3rd/4th and shorts that the Bills stuffed them on. Dialing Dan Klecko...Sweet Uniforms though. Read More

Eagles sign Garcia

The Eagles will sign quarterback Jeff Garcia, a league source confirmed to the Daily News' Les Bowen, and the Eagles later announced. The Eagles were expected to re-sign AJ Feeley but he signed with Carolina.

It's not often you can find a QB of this caliber off the scrap heap. I'm not sure what the plan will be for this week's game but Garcia gives the Eagles a pretty good chance to win. Kolb may too but he hasn't shown anything yet. I would expect Kolb on Sunday with Garcia warming up in the bullpen.
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DW's, Degenerate Wagering - Monday Bonus Edition


Double dipper for Monday night football tonight. Sweet AFL throwback uni's for the Bills/Pats matchup.

Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots Line: Ne (-11) O/U: 48

The Bills have not beaten the Patriots since '03 and it will not happen here. Take the Pats

Pick: Pats giving the points.

San Diego @ Oakland Raiders Line: Sd (-10) O/U: 43

The Raiders have lost 11 straight to Sd. I am looking for a Chargers romp.

Pick: San Diego giving the points.



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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pedro Eliminates the Mets


Pedro Martinez pitched 8 masterful innings, beating his former team 1-0. The New York Mets are now eliminated from playoff contention. Pedro's 130 pitches were the most he has thrown since he was 29 years old. How sweet it must be, sticking it to the team that had zero interest in bringing him back. Dirty Wudders also had it wrong.

Martinez (5-0) tossed six-hit ball, struck out seven batters in eight shutout innings. He retired 10 straight at one point and the Phillies are now 7-0 when he starts. Ryan Madson tossed a scoreless ninth for his eighth save. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a walk and scored on chase Utley's RBI single, for the only run of the game. The Phillied only had 3 hits on the night.

Thanks to Busted Coverage for the pic.

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PSU #5

Penn State's 28-7 win over Syracuse has moved them from #7 to #5 (along with Ole Miss) in the AP Poll - thanks to Houston knocking off OK State. The Nittany Lions stay at #5 in the coaches poll. It is nice to be ranked this high but they better improve in a hurry if they wish to stay. Daryl Clark and the receivers, have looked good but that may be because Akron and 'Cuse have stuffed the box eliminating PSU's run game.

It is a good thing to see these unproven receivers have success but it will be more difficult come conference play. Akron and Syracuse have been successful in limiting Royster and the run game's production. Maybe I am being harsh but I feel like the '08 Nits would have put up 50 on those teams. Temple next...
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Eagles Rip Panthers/Phils handle Mets


Ok, maybe the Eagles do not start off so slow anymore. After falling behind 7-0 early in the 1st Quarter, the Eagles rebounded nicely and stomped the Carolina Panthers 38-10. Sheldon Brown had two key interceptions and Trent Cole was a beast at the line of scrimmage. Desean Jackson provided a spark with an 85-yards punt return - where have you gone Reno Mahe? Donovan McNabb tossed two short TD's to Westbrook and Brent Celek and also rushed for another. The rushing TD proved to be costly.

McNabb broke a rib while bulldozing into the endzone in the 3rd Quarter. He is listed as Doubtful for Sundays game against New Orleans. Kevin Kolb relieved McNabb and did not impress. Let's hope he performs better with a week of preperation under his belt. The Eagles are expected to re-sign A.J. Feeley if #5's injury is short-term or maybe Jeff Garcia if it turns into an extended absense.

Phils 5 - Mets 4

Brad Lidge slammed the door shut on the Mets, getting his 39th save of the season. Ok, maybe he didn't slam it but the result was a win. Mimicking what he has done all season, Brad Lidge allowed multiple runs in the ninth inning but thanks to a 3-run lead, the Phils still held on. Game winning hit by Andy Tracy, a career minor leaguer who was called up to provide an extra bat in September. Kyle Kendrick pitched into the 8th inning earning his first win of the year.

Except for McNabb's injury, it was a good day to sit back and watch Philly wins. Kolb's career may rest on how he performs against a suspect Ner Orleans D next week. Pedro vs (Cy)Redding at 8:05. Expect Section 202 to get rowdy!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering NFL Week 1

Namesake’s Picks:

Game 1: Dallas @ Tampa Bay Line: Dallas -6 O/U: 39
As much as I would love for Dallas to lose, Tampa just flat out sucks this year. I think Dallas’ offense will be too much for Tampa in this one and they get rolled on. The line opened at 3, so that tells you how the public is feeling about Tampa’s chances as well. Trend: Dallas is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in September.

Pick: Dallas to cover

Game 2: Kansas City @ Baltimore Line: Baltimore -13 O/U: 36

I know the line is high, but with the Chiefs proclaiming Matt Cassel as doubtful for Sunday’s game, KC is getting routed. Baltimore’s defense should have a field day with Brodie Croyle behind center, so expect a few turnovers in this one. Trend: Baltimore is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. AFC opponents.


Pick: Baltimore to cover



Doc's Picks:
Game 1: Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers Line: Pack -3.5 O/U 46

Tough divisional match-up for week 1. Both teams are capable of putting up points but I look for this to be a smash mouth game. I like Green Bay to win straight up but I like the under better.


Pick: Under


Game 2: New York Jets @ Houston Texans Line: Texans -4.5 O/U 44


The Jets will try to ease Sanchez in by establishing a run game. Rex Ryan will try to stifle the big play attack of Shaub/Slaton/Johnson. I’m going with the under here.

Pick: Under



Section 202's Picks:

Falcons -4 to cover against the Dolphins

Vikings -4 to cover against the Browns

Rams +8.5 to cover against the Seahawks

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Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering - CFB Wk.2

Week 2 of the College Football season offers up some pretty sweet matchups, USC-OSU, Michigan-ND, PSU-Syracuse…well, maybe not so much the last one, but you get the idea. I’m pumped for these games. My only fear is blacking out during the PSU game and not remembering Ohio State getting F’d in the A by USC on Saturday night. Anyway, without further ado, here are Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering picks for Week 2, feel free to mock us in the comments:

Namesake’s Picks:

Game 1: Syracuse @ Penn State Line: PSU -28.5 O/U: 53.5

Last season PSU dominated Syracuse 55-13, and with Greg Paulus running the point for the Orange this season I wouldn’t expect anything less. One trend going against the Lions is that they are 1-7 ATS vs. Big East opponents in their last eight games, but come on, it’s Syracuse. I anticipate PSU rolling by at least 35 at Beaver Stadium - the point guard won’t know what hit him.

Pick: PSU to cover

Game 2: USC @ Ohio St. Line: USC -6.5 O/U: 46.5

When the two teams met least season USC embarrassed OSU in Pasadena 35-3, covering the 10.5 point line. This year USC rolls into Columbus with a true freshman starting at QB, about as intimidating a venue as you could find for a guy who was in high school six months ago. Some trends to think about: USC is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs Big Ten teams. Ohio St. is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games. The under is 11-5 in Ohio State’s last 16 games in September. The under is 17-7-1 in USC’s last 25 games overall. The last two trends are telling, and I would expect USC’s QB to struggle a bit during his first big game, leading to fewer points put on the board.

Pick: Under 46.5

Doc’s Picks:

Game 1: Louisiana Tech @ Navy Line: Navy -7.5 O/U 50

Navy ran wild against Ohio State last week and look for Ricky Dobbs to do the same this week. Louisiana Tech’s offense, anemic against Auburn, will rebound but will not be able to keep up with Navy. Navy wins 34-24

Pick: Over 50

Pick: Navy to cover -7.5

Sec202’s Picks:

Game 1: Notre Dame @ Michigan Line: ND -3

Pick: Michigan getting the points

Game 2: Houston @ OK State Line: OKST -14.4

Pick: OK State to cover

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9/11


Today marks the 8th year anniversary of the worst thing that has ever happened in our lives. Looking back its amazing that everyone I talked to about 9/11 can remember exactly what they were doing at that specific moment when those terrorists crashed into the WTC's. For me I was on my way to class when I heard the news. I think what makes this country so strong is that even at our most vulnerable moment we rise to the occasion. We here at DW discuss athletes and their heroic performances on the field, but nothing will ever compare to the heroic acts that the fire fighters and police have done on that day. They have risked their lives to help save their fellow citizens. This is a very somber day in America and throughout the world. No one will ever forget what happened 8 years ago, and our prayers go out to the victims and their families. May they all rest in peace.


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dirty Wudders, Degenerate Wagering – Thursday Bonus Edition


It's a beautiful night for some football. Each weekend DW will post about the games we like. Sometimes we will post about games that we don't like. Here is a bonus Thursday edition, college and pro style.

College:

Clemson (1-0) at Georgia Tech (1-0) Line GT (-5.5) O/U 43

Georgia Tech is 41-13-2 all time against Clemson at home and has 17 returning starters from last year’s 9 win Chick-fil-A Bowl squad. Dirty Wudders likes Paul Johnson’s Flexbone Offense and will go against the trend that says that the underdog has covered 17 of the past 20 meetings between these two.

Pick: GT (– 5.5)


Pro: Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers Line: Steelers (-6) O/U: 35

Two run first offenses going up against 2 strong defenses. Low number, DirtyWudders says Over. Big Ben throws for 2 scores in a 24-14 win for the Steelers.

Pick: Over (35)


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eagles @ Panthers: WR vs. DB


Eagles WR’s: DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant, Jeremy Macklin
For years, the weakness of the Eagles was the lack of talent on the outside. Not anymore. DeSean Jackson caught 62 passes for 912 yards as a rookie last year. Kevin Curtis is one injury plagued season removed from a 1100 yard season. Jason Avant came thru last season as a very reliable 3rd down option. 1st round pick Jeremy Macklin should expect to touch the ball in space, where he can use his speed and quickness to make plays. This may be one of the fastest units in the NFL.

VS.

Panthers DB’s: CB Chris Gamble, CB Richard Marshall, FS Charles Godfrey, SS Chris Harris
One of the big question marks exiting the preseason is whether the secondary is ready for real games as it adjusts to Ron Meeks' defense. Cornerback Chris Gamble has struggled this preseason but is one heck of a talent and has the potential to be dominating. Richard Marshall looks to man the other corner position. 2008 3rd round pick Charles Godfrey shouldn't be bothered much by the light cover he'll wear to protect his surgically-repaired hand. Strong safety Chris Harris needs to get back to being the hard-hitting, turnover-causing force he was a year or two ago. The depth here is mostly unproven.

DW Says: The Eagles may be able to take advantage of a potential match-up mismatch here. If the O-Line can give Donovan McNabb time to throw the Eagles have no excuse not to put up some good yardage against this Carolina secondary. Advantage: Eagles


Panthers WR’s: Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad, Dwayne Jarrett, Kenny Moore
Steve Smith remains one of the league's game-breakers. At age 30, he should be near the peak of his career and looks ready for a big season if he stays healthy. Muhsin Muhammad showed no signs in the preseason that he has fallen off from last season and remains an amazing specimen for a man in his 14th pro season. Dwayne Jarrett and Kenny Moore will contribute from the slot

VS

Eagles DB’s: CB Asante Samuel, CB Sheldon Brown, Macho Harris, Quintin Mikell
Asante Samuel is a big time play-maker on one side and Sheldon Brown is a solid cover guy on the other side. Macho Harris won the free safety job over Sean Jones and Quintin Demps. Quintin Mikell looks to build off of a solid first year as a starter. The secondary should be an overall strength of the Eagles but they lack experience at the FS position, where Brian Dawkins resided the last decade or so.

DW says: Steve Smith is as explosive a receiver as there is and Muhammad seems to have his best days against the Eagles. The birds corners are good but the fact that Macho Harris will be making his first NFL start at a position he did not play in college – we are giving a slight edge to Carolina.

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Update on Caster Semenya


While the gender specialists are trying to figure out if Caster Semenya has a bird or not, this past week has been very different for South Africa's track star. Recently her coach quit because he never told Semenya that she was taking gender tests. Instead he told he/she that they were doping tests. I mean how oblivious can you be? When the doctor says "Let me see your bird" do you think that the doctor wants to know if you are doping? She also recently appeared on the cover of South Africa's "You" magazine dressed in a black dress, painted fingernails, and a woman's hairdo. Critics are saying that this was the first time ever that she actually looks like a woman. Semenya told BBC:

"I like to dress up more often and wear dresses but I never get the chance".

Yahoo sports is reporting that critics are not so sure that this is what he/she wants. This could be a front to try to throw off critics, and if it is then this would look real bad. Yahoo sports writes "After the controversy broke, she kept her cornrows, wore baggy clothes, and pounded her chest in victory like a college football cornerback". I mean that says it all right there. I cannot think of any female that pounds their chest, that's as rare as a female farting in another female's face.

For Caster's sake I hope that in fact she does test positive for being a woman. This must be such a humiliating time for this person, especially if it turns out to be a man. So stay tuned and dirty wudders will keep you updated.
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Who's the Closer?

Following last night’s failed attempt from Brad Lidge to blow another save for the Phillies, fans have to be wondering about the state of the closer position moving forward. Who is the closer? Is it Lidge? Is it Madsen? Is it a combination of the two? One thing is for sure, after last night’s game it’s anyone’s guess.

Speaking of last night’s game, I found it interesting that Brett Myers pitched through the 8th inning after getting the final out in the 7th, almost as if Chollie was prepared for a situation in which Madsen would have to relieve Lidge. It was evident almost immediately where the game was headed with Lidge on the mound, and thank God Madsen was there to save the day, there was NO WAY Lidge was working out of that situation. Will this be the new format going forward, Myers filling the role of setup man while Madsen waits in the wings for Lidge’s nightly meltdown? That doesn’t seem very logical. It doesn’t seem very fair to Madsen either. Why even risk sending Lidge out in a tight game? I would like to think Chollie has seen the light at this point, and I would love to see him declare Madsen the team’s closer for the remainder of the season - Lidge had his chance and he blew it, and blew it, and blew it again. He’s done.

One thing I was relieved to see last night was the fact that Chollie seemed to have finally acknowledged that a problem existed. He’s been playing the role of blind man all year, and now in the final weeks of the season has regained his sight, albeit begrudgingly. It took a while Phils fans, but it looks like there may be some changes taking place in the back end of the bullpen. It’s about time.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Eagles @ Panthers: OL vs. DL


The Birds travel to Carolina this weekend to kickoff the 2009 NFL season against the reigning NFC South Champion Panthers. Carolina finished last season 12-4 with a perfect 8-0 regular season home record while the Eagles were a mediocre 9-6-1 on the season, barely squeaking into the playoffs. Both teams would eventually lose to Arizona, the Panthers in Round 2 and the Eagles in the NFC Championship. Not the easiest matchup for the Eagles, especially considering Andy’s opening day record.

Today we’ll take a look at the matchups in the trenches.

Eagles O-Line: LT Jason Peters, LG Todd Herremans, C Jamaal Jackson, RG Stacy Andrews, RT Shawn Andrews

The Eagles offensive line gave up a franchise-record 23 sacks last season, but with the additions of Jason Peters and Stacy Andrews hope to right the ship in 2009. Injuries kept the group from working together throughout the preseason with Todd Herremans going down due to a stress fracture in his foot, and Shawn Andrews, who is moving from RG to RT, missing all of training camp and most of the preseason while getting his Michael Phelps on. As of yesterday, Andrews is slated to start in Sunday’s season opener, but how effective he will be is anyone’s guess. If this group plays anywhere near the level we’ve seen in the last month, we might as well prepare for the Kolb/Vick era to begin in September. Let’s hope they get it together sooner rather than later.

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Panthers D-Line: LE Tyler Brayton, LT Nick Hayden, RT Damione Lewis, RE Julius Peppers

Carolina lost DT Maake Kemoeatu for the season on the first day of training camp practice when the 6-5, 345 pounder ruptured his Achilles. Stopping the run figures to be a major concern for the Panthers without him, the team gave up 301 yards to the Giants in Week 16 with Kemoeatu out of the lineup and it could be a long season if no one fills the void he left. Moving outside, the Panthers registered 37 sacks last year, 14.5 of those by Julius Peppers, and with him making $1 million per game this year the pressure will be on him to produce again. Tyler Brayton is a decent DE but not a top-notch pass rusher, one of the reasons the Panthers traded a first-round pick in 2010 for the right to draft Florida State's Everette Brown. Brown is expected to challenge Brayton for playing time this year.

DW Says: It’s hard to say, but the Eagles poor line play in the preseason tips the scale in Carolina’s favor. McNabb is probably already having nightmares about Julius Peppers. If the Eagles live up to their pre-preseason potential than things could sway in the opposite direction, but for now we’ll take the Panthers.


Panthers O-Line: LT Jordan Gross, LG Travelle Wharton, C Ryan Kalil, RG Keydrick Vincent, RT Jeff Otah

Carolina's offensive line was pretty damn good last year, clearing the way for a franchise-record 2,437 rushing yards and 30 rushing touchdowns while allowing only 20 sacks. Even worse news for the Birds is that the Panthers will have all five starters back from last year's team. Right Tackle Jeff Otah looks like a great young player, a great young player the Eagles could have drafted last year instead of trading away their 1st Round Pick. Yeah, we’re still bitter.

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Eagles D-Line: LE Victor Abiamiri, LT Mike Patterson, RT Brodrick Bunkley, RE Trent Cole

The Eagles rotated eight players up front last season, and hope to do the same again this year. Patterson and Bunkley are one of the league's better run-stopping tackle tandems, and look to improve on an impressive 2008 campaign. Trent Cole has 29.5 sacks over the last three seasons and his backup, Darren Howard, actually led the team last year with 10 sacks. On the other side of the line is Victor Abiamiri, the always-injured DE with a lot to prove. The line would be enhanced immensely if he can contribute effectively along with backups Juqua Parker and Chris Clemons.

DW Says: This is another tough one. Neither unit should dominate the other, but expect the Eagles DT’s to neutralize Carolina’s rushing attack. Jake Delhomme is a stiff, and if they can get pressure from the line he’ll turn into a turnover machine. With that said, we’re going with the Eagles to win the trench battle on the defensive side of the ball. Screw Carolina.

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