Friday, January 29, 2010

Ball




this is my answer to all questions from now on
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Friday Morning Trivia

Heard this one the other day...

Joe Blanton is one of 16 pitchers with 1,000+ IP in last 5 years. 3 teams have more than one pitcher on that list.

Ths Phillies are 1 of them with Blanton and Halladay. Name the other 2 teams.

Post your answers in the comment section.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pecota has Phils Winning the NL East

Thats right, for the 4th straight year the Phils will win the division! The Dodgers and Cards will also repeat as division champs. The best part of the projected standings is that the Yankees are picked finish in 3rd and that the Mets will lose another 85 games.

Pecota is an ode to former utility player Bill Pecota and stands for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm DW does not understand any of dem words but we do remember being in the Vet when Mitch Williams struck out Bill Pecota in '93 to advance to the World Series.

Is it spring yet?

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

DWDW NFC Championship Edition


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


Minnesota (13-4) at New Orleans (14-3) Line: No -4.5 O/U: 53.5

These were the 2 best teams all along in the NFC. Check the injury report, the Vikes have some key guys banged up. Brees is looking to avoid losing his second NFC Championship game.

DW Pick: Over

Doc Pick: New Orleans
Namesake Pick: Minny

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DWDW AFC Championship Edition


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

N.Y. Jets (11-7) at Indianapolis (15-2) Line: Ind -8 O/U: 39.5

The Jets come in as arguably the hottest team remaining winning 7 of its last 8, many of them as underdogs. The Colts seem beatable even though they are unbeaten in games they cared about. Colts 27-16

DW Pick: Over

Doc Pick: Indy
Namesake Pick: Indy and Over

Playoff Records:

DW: 5-9

Doc: 10-4
Sec: 1-1
Namesake: 0-4
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Morning After


(Saturday Night Edition)

St. Joe's 60 Dayton 59: Wow look at the Hawk! St Joes led the way for most of the game and Garrett Williamson had a big time block in the final seconds to salvage the victory. St. Joes improves to 7-11, 2-3 by knocking off the pre season favroite in the A-10 Dayton, 14-5, 3-2. Good win by the Hawk, yahoo was even surprised! Dayton 59, Saint Joseph’s 60.....Don't they normally have the winning team to the left? Or am I just drunk? Or both?

No.4 Nova 81 St John's 71: Villanova trailed for most of the 1st half but turned it on late for a 10 point win at MSG. Scottie Reynolds led Nova with 19, Corey Fisher with 18. Good road win for Nova.

No.16 Temple 62 Fordham 45: Temple won for the 13th time in 14 games to stay a top the A-10. They also got a boost from St Joe, knocking off Dayton. Not bad for a team picked to finish 5th in the conference.

Other Notes: UCONN knocked off No.1 Texas giving the Longhorns their second loss this week. Is there anything worse than Vitale calling a DUKE game? I like Vitale too but cannot handle him calling DUKE. Read that he gave his all-time Duke team during a game between (Not Duke) and (Not Duke). Enough Dick


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Would Ya?

Rather trade Donovan McNabb to an NFC contender like Arizona or Minnesota or trade Kolb to a rebuilding team like St. Louis?

What do you think?

McNabb lives in Arizona, Childress coaches in Minnesota and Spags coaches in St Louis...That is why these 3 were picked. Feel free to pick another team...with a reason.

Scenario:

A) Arizona offers their 1st rd pick 26ish for Donovan.

B) Minnesota offers their first rd pick 29ish for Donovan

C) St Louis offers their second round pick 33rd for Kolb

What is your choice? Assuming a extension is in order for the guy that stays?



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Can You Blame Them?


Mets blog Amazinavenue charts how the Mets make decisions. Seems about right. Click on the picture to make it bigger.

While the Phillies are attracting elite talent like Roy Halladay, the Mets are being turned away by average players even thought their offers are as good or better. Bengie Molina turned down the Mets in favor of staying with the Giants even though the Mets offered a half a million more.

Today Joel Pineiro turned away the Mets in favor of the Angels. The Mets did outbid themselves for Jason Bay but even he didn't seem to happy about it.

Last year at this time, the Mets were thought to be World Series contenders. This year, a punchline.


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Phils/Blanton Agree

The Phils have announced today that they have reached an agreement with Joe Blanton. The deal is worth 24 million over three years. I like the move to lock him up over the next three years, and to have him as trade bait at the deadline just in case. He can eat innings and is relatively healthy. I am glad that he didn't pursue the 10.25 million that he was asking for because that was absolutely outrageous. He was asking for ace money, when in reality he is at best a number 3 in the rotation. Next, Ruben and the Phils are looking to lock up Victo and Ruiz long term and avoid the rest of their arbitration. Read More

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Unfinished Business

Donovan McNabb posted on his Yardbarker blog today about how he has been made aware that he will be playing in the Pro Bowl next week, replacing either Favre or Brees. He also talks about how he wishes he could trade places with Brett Favre and Drew Brees so he had a chance to lose another NFC Championship game. Or something like that...He also brought up his future.

I know there is a lot of talk in Philadelphia about my future but please know one thing - when I came to Philadelphia it was to win a championship for the Eagles. Given the opportunity, I’d like to finish the job
"Given the opportunity"...Interesting choice of words coming from a guy under contract for another season.


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Mariners/Lee Not For Long


Felix Hernandez has agreed to a 5 year contract with the Mariners for about 80 million pending a physical. This deal happened on Monday, so what does this mean for Cliff Lee? Does anyone think that what the Phils did with Lee was all part of a master plan? Do you think that they let Cliff Lee go this year for prospects all to get him back the following year? I mean the Mariners most likely will not be able to extend Cliff now that they have signed Hernandez through 2015. With all the money the M's have spent this off season, I cannot see them being able to sign Lee without crippling their payroll. They are a small market team that probably cant afford to keep both pitchers. If they do extend Lee, i can only see it jeopardizing the future of the club. I am convinced that the Phils let go of Lee in the hopes of not only replacing their farm system, but in hopes that he will return the following year. With Jamie Moyer's contract expiring at the end of the year, they will have that 8 million to put toward a bid on Lee in next year's off season. It is actually a genius move if the Phils can pull this off. If Lee commands anywhere from 16-18 million next year, the Phils could bring him back with the extension that he wanted in the first place. On top of that, the Phils acquired top prospects from the Mariners, to give up Lee for one year just to get him right back in 2011. If this could be pulled off it may go down as one of the most greatest moves any club has ever made. Read More

No TV makes Homer something-something...

Rant from R.H.

Temple-Xavier at 7pm tonight. Battle of the top two A-10 teams tonight at the Liacouras Center, but damned if anyone around here will be able to see it. As far as I can tell, it's not being televised locally. In 2010 with 900 channels. Disgraceful. South Florida at Cincinnati on ESPN 2? Who the hell cares about that game? No way that's a better game.

But even more egregious is this local channel TCN (I assume that means The Comcast Network) is showing James Madison-Drexel at 7pm!!!!!!!! That game should be shown to inmates at Guantanamo as a new form of torture. TCN shouldn't exist if it's gonna show crap when something clearly better is available. This would never happen if John Chaney was still alive.

Now I see philly.com says it's on the Comcast network, but not according to the listings I'm looking at.

Also, is it me, or does there seem to be an exorbitant amount of women's coverage on ESPN this year? Good God, talk about turning away viewers. Not to sound sexist, but NO ONE outside of the lesbian community cares. If I want to see mad loose ball scrambles every other possession, set shots, and below-the-rim play I'll go sit in the bleachers at my local Y.

Speaking of Temple, good point by Jerardi the other day about how their fans are doing a terrible job (not) showing up. Still can't believe how many Kansas fans were there a few weeks ago. They had to get the tickets somehow. Also an article by Jerardi today about the 1990 LaSalle team which includes a Milko Lieverst reference!! Bad 2nd Round loss to Clemson....Speedy....Ugh.

Thank God Nova held on for dear life against Georgetown. That would've been a bad loss. They have trouble playing with a lead it seems. Not the worst problem to have I guess. I know their style is to play the up-and-down, frenetic pace. But I think you can pull the reigns back at least a little when you're up 15-20. Monroe on G'Town was unstoppable. You can see Nova's achilles heel once again rearing it's ugly head. Unfortunately, lack of size will probably come back to bite them again against a Kansas or Kentucky in March.

Weird to see the Wachovia Center with some life in it. Still a wretched place to watch a basketball game.

Nova-Rutgers tonight!! Woo-hoo! I just saw that Rutgers lost one of their few promising players. 6'9 sophomore decided to transfer to Creighton. Ouch!!
Bad when you're losing out to Creighton, especially when it's not just some floppy-haired white kid. Sorry to say it, but Rutgers should be shit out the bottom of the Big East.

Not surprised Texas lost. I saw them barely beat Texas A&M at home last Saturday. Rick Barnes seems like kind of a phony.

Sign I'm getting old- All these guys playing now that are the kid's of guys I remember watching. Rautins and Triche (dad was a pansy) on Syracuse. Harvey Grant's kid on Clemson. Curry of course, and my personal favorite, Anthony Mason Jr. last year. Nolan Smith. There's a ton of them. Last night, I saw Glen Rice's kid on Georgia Tech (Looks like dad may have run afoul of a white woman. Just sayin'). Wonder why he didn't go to Michigan? Also, there's a Brian Oliver on GT, but no relation. Weird. Artest has a few kids on Binghamton. Ok, kidding.

Awful announcer alert!!: Mike Patrick on ESPN. Should've retired 12 years ago. I don't know if it's because he's hard of hearing or what, but he feels the need to yell WAY too often and too loud about plays that don't warrant it. Also engages in too much painful, uncomfortable back-and-forth with
the analyst. And he kept calling Georgia Tech's arena "The Thrilladome". Christ.

Oh well, at least 'ole Vern Lundquist showed signs of life on Sunday. After Michigan beat UConn, he smartly questioned why the students were storming the court. Almost makes up for the cackles, gaffes, wrong-headed statements and general not paying attention he brings to every telecast.

I heard St. Joe's students stormed the court after they beat Towson the other night. Martelli immediately booked 27 radio/TV appearances.

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Bullpen

The Phils have a major question mark heading into Clearwater and that is bullpen depth. Lidge will not be ready for Opening Day, and Romero remains a question mark as well. So what are the Phils going to do? Well they signed Durbin, and picked up Baez. Next on their list? Well they are trying out Eric Gagne. Thats right, Gagne will be pitching in front of Phillies scouts this afternoon in Arizona to see what this washed up, steroid using, Canadian has left in his tank. Personally I do not have any faith in this guy being an effective pitcher out of the bullpen for the Phils in 2010. I guess we will find out soon if Gagne will be on the Phils roster for the upcoming season. Read More

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Durbin Avoids Arbitration

Durbin and the Phils agreed to a 1 yr $2.125 contract, a raise from his $1.635 salary. Durbin officially rejoins a 'pen of Madsen, Lidge, Romero and Danys Baez.

Durbin had 2.87 ERA in '08 but that dropped to 4.39 in '09. What do you say that the Phls keep the cameras out of the bullpen this year and just let them throw.

1pm is the deadline for the rest of the arbitration eligible players, Victo, Blanton and Choochtober to come to terms, else they exchange salary numbers with the club.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Westbrook to Retire?

The700Level, via Howard Eskin, is reporting that Brian Westbrook may be on the verge of retirement.  From the blog:

According to 610 WIP's Howard Eskin, Brian Westbrook's knee could keep him from ever playing another down in the NFL. Eskin's sources say Westbrook's knee is so bad that he likely wouldn't even pass a physical for a team in 2010.

I’m not necessarily surprised to hear B-West is retiring, but I am surprised to hear it’s not related to the concussions he has suffered recently. I knew his knee was a mess, I just didn’t realize it was a retirement-worthy mess. Most people were assuming 36 would not be back next season anyway with the emergence of LeSean McCoy and with Westbrook’s injury issues, but it will be a shame to see him go after all the great football he has provided over the years. 

 

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Next Steps: QB

After getting humiliated by a division rival the last 2 weeks, it is safe to say that the Eagles have a long road ahead of them, just to get back to the top of the division, let alone the conference. Just last year the Eagles embarrassed Dallas, ending their season and beat Minnesota in the playoffs on their turf. Now both teams, among others, are looking down on them.

Andy Reid is locked up until 2013 so there is no point wondering if he is the best guy to lead this team. There is no point to wondering if a different philosophy is what the team needs. No point to wondering what a running game would look like setting up the abilities of Jackson, Macklin and Celek. No point to wondering if a coach with the ability to adjust would be better than a guy who is too stubborn to think he could possibly be wrong.

QB is hardly the teams only issue so we will take a couple of different posts to cover all the issues.

Lets start by taking a look at the Quarterback situation. Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick are all under contract for 2010. None of them, for 2011, yet. Let's assume (hope?) that the Vick experiment is over and maybe something positive can finally come of it, like a draft pick. Any draft pick..

McNabb has led the team to a 92-46-1 regular season record over the past 11 years. He's led them to 9 postseason victories. He's played a big part in 7 postseason losses. The Eagles set the franchise mark in points scored, in each of the past 2 seasons under McNabb but he has not gotten them over the hump. He looked horrible, as the rest of the team did, in the 2 losses against Dallas. Kevin Kolb was a second round draft pick in 2007 and has played sparingly.

Kolb looked terrible in a tough spot in '08 and looked pretty good in 2 games in '09. He has completed 60% of his passes in his limited action. Close to 70% if you include his completions to the opposing team.

Andy Reid has said that McNabb will return as QB but really, what else was he going to say about a guy under contract.

I belive that Donovan McNabb is a better QB than Kolb and will always be a better QB then Kolb. But...For this team to improve I think it is best to give Kolb a shot.

With Kolb at the helm, I think the Eagles will be less reliant on the passing game. I think Reid will be forced to implement a balanced attack. Even if I am not sold on Kolb as a QB, I think there is enough talent around him for him to be successful. I also think they should draft another QB fairly early in case my previously stated thoughts turn out to be incorrect.

Donovan McNabb is 33 years old and only has 1 year left on his deal. He got a bump in his salary last year but did not get any extra years. He is owed a $6.2 million roster bonus on May 5th, which is curiously late heading into a possible cap-less year. I cannot see the Eagles initiating contract extension talks with Donovan. I cannot see McNabb being happy playing out the last year of his deal without any security whatsoever. Something has to give and I think getting value for McNabb now, is the move.

What would you do?

Discuss:

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Offerman Drops Ump



Fomer Phillie "great" Jose Offerman has a problem with his temper. Yes, my standards for the word "great" have dropped a bit.

Offerman had 6 hits and 6 strike outs in 33 at bats for the Phils. He also has a weak right hook.

Hers is his attack, with a bat from a couple of years back.

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DWDW Divisional Sunday Edition


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

Dallas (12-5) at Minnesota (12-4) Line: Min -3 O/U: 46

A highly anticipated matchup between Dallas and Favre. Dallas is playing better than anyone right now, except for San Diego. Favre has to take care of the ball for Minnesota to win. Expect a big game from Adrian Peterson, who had a down second half of the season.

DW Pick: Dallas, Under

Namesake: Dallas

Doc Pick: Minnesota, Under

N.Y. Jets (10-7) at San Diego (13-3) Line: SD -7.5 O/U: 43

This looks like a mismatch on paper and DW predicts a mismatch on the field. The Jets need to get Shonn Greene and the running game going early and often to have any chance. Revis and Jackson should be a good 1 on 1 matchup. Revis has shutdown the best this year but Jackson's height might make it tough. 28-6 SD

DW Pick: SD, Under

Doc Pick: SD, Under

Namesake: SD

Playoff Records:
DW: 3-7
Doc: 7-3
Sec: 1-1
Namesake: 0-2
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rise of the Shoe


Oh my...Go Ravens


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DWDW Divisional Saturday Edition


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

Arizona (11-6) at New Orleans (13-3) Line: NO -7 O/U: 57.5

Kurt Warner is coming off of a legendary wildcard performance while Drew Brees and the Saints haven't played a meaningful game in a long time. After a 13-0 start the Saints lost their last 3 and only won the previous 2 by 3 points each. It is tough to turn it back on.

DW Pick: Arizona

Doc Pick: Over

Namesake's Pick: Arizona


Baltimore (10-7) at Indianapolis (14-2) Line: Indy -6.5 O/U: 44.5

Peyton Manning is 0-3 in the playoffs after a bye week. The Ravens looked damn good in making Brady and the Pats look horrible last week. Baltimore needs Ray Rice to have a gmae like last week because right now, Flacco vs Manning is a major mismatch.

Doc Pick: Colts

DW Pick: Under

Namesake Pick: Ravens


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Friday, January 15, 2010

NFL Coaches Mix

Here is another gem from DJ Steve Porter to get you pumped for the Eagle-less playoffs this weekend.



Yes this is the same guy who did "press hop" - the Iverson "practice" mix.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Birds Hire Bobby April

The Eagles have announced that Bobby April has been hired to take over Philly's special teams. He replaces special teams coordinator Ted Daisher, whose second stint with the team lasted only one year. April, one of the "hottest assistant coaches on the market", was being pursued by Washington and Pittsburgh. (PFT)

I hope he wasn't the guy who told Leodis McKelvin to take the ball out of the endzone back in Week 1. (deadspin via dirtywudders)

The Eagles also have terminated the contracts of strength and conditioning coach Mike Wolf and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jay Merlino.

Bobby April's Coaching Career
Years Team/School Position
2006-09 Buffalo Bills Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams
2004-05 Buffalo Bills Special Teams Coordinator
2001-03 St. Louis Rams Special Teams Coordinator
1996-99 New Orleans Saints Special Teams Coordinator
1994-95 Pittsburgh Steelers Special Teams Coordinator
1991-93 Atlanta Falcons Tight Ends/Special Teams
1991 Ohio State University Secondary
1987-90 USC Secondary/Special Teams
1980-86 University of Arizona Defensive Line/Secondary
1979 Tulane Tight Ends
1978 Southern Miss Graduate Assistant (Defense)
1976-77 Chalmette (LA) High School Assistant Coach
(NFL.com)

Lenoard Weaver was named to the All-Pro Team. He was one of 14 first timers on the squad. Here is the full team.
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Beltran to Miss Opener

The Mets announced that Carlos Beltran underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday and will not be ready for Opening Day on April 5 versus the Marlins. Beltran is expected to resume baseball activities in 12 weeks.

"the Mets are claiming this was done without clearance and that the Mets are threatening to take some form of action. There is a potential issue out there."

Beltran's agent, Scott Boras, said the guarantee language in the center fielder's contract requires advance written permission only for elective operations.

"This was necessary surgery, necessary surgery to work," Boras told the Associated Press. (NYPOST)

It seems like it is great to be a Met.

This promises to make Sec202 unhappy as he planned to build his Fantasy Baseball "dynasty" around Beltran for the second straight year. Tough break Sec202.
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More Sugery for Lidge

Brad Lidge had his right knee scoped yesterday by team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti at the Rotman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. "This surgery was not directly related to any previous surgeries” said team trainer Scott Sheridan.

Get is all fixed Brad. A year like last will not cut it. The bullpen seems like the one big weakness for this team right now. 2008's bullpen was a major strength - somehow they have to get back to that. Halladay and a (hopefully) focused Hamels should help the 'pen but there are still some major question marks for the late innings.

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The Morning After


Temple 60 Penn 45: Ryan Brooks scored 15 and Juan Fernandez had 12 leading Fran Dumphy over his former team, and former star player, Jerome Allen. Penn hung in for a while but just did not have enough. The Quakers drop to 1-11 and Temple improves to 14-3.

Rhode Island 101 St Joes 74: The Hawks drop to 5-10, 1-2. This one was never close. Darrin Govens led St. Joes with 15.

Drexel 52 Towson 49:  Samme Givens scored 10 points and grabbed 16 boards as Drexel led the entire game.

La Salle 65 George Washington 64:

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Myers to "Stick it" to Phils

Brett Myers doesn't seem to happy with the Phillies for not having any interest in resigning the veteran righty. "I wanted to go back to Philadelphia, but they didn't show an interest, they had other obligations, which is fine with me," Myers said. He then promised to "stick it" to the Phillies every time he faces them.(philly.com) The Phillies do not seem all that worried...

The Astros are confident that Myers will not beat his wife anymore. "We did our due diligence, we talked to the Phillies, we talked to Brett and we're satisfied that this is not going to be an ongoing problem," said Team president Tal Smith.

Here is a pretty good piece about the ex-phils, Ed Wade has brought to Houston.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Morning Rant

From R.H.

Nice win for Nova. A welcome change of pace after the Eagles annual January debacle. Helps that I learned to not get my hopes up long ago.

Really Nova's first big test, although Louisville is down a bit this year. Reynolds was ridiculous. He was putting up a Laettner perfect game for a while. Playing like an All-American. Once again, thank God for the corrupt Kelvin Sampson leaving Oklahoma for Indiana (which he summarily destroyed). 9-10 shooting for a guard!! He doesn't take bad shots and has that uncanny knack of getting to the basket. Big East slugfest, my God. 67 fouls?!? Not that there were alot of bad calls. They probably even missed some. It was almost as long as the Meineke Car Care Bowl (only much, much more entertaining). Did Louisville reach in every time Nova got a defensive rebound or what?? A well-placed elbow to the face early in the game will take care of alot of that.

That Yarou guy is definitely raw, and he might be 37, but at least he gives Nova some semblance of a presence inside. Pena's tough, but he's undersized. How did Yarou not go to Uconn? I thought Calhoun had the West African market cornered? Still, how did Louisville not go to Samuels more often? Nova clearly couldn't handle him down low. He took 4 shots?? That's coaching. Pitino's been too busy banging ladies inside locked Italian restaurants. You stay classy, Rick. They took a million terrible, rushed 3's, playing right into Nova's hands.

Taylor King-- I can't say enough about this guy. A joy to watch. Gets his hands on everything, is smart as hell, helps out on the boards. As I've said, I was plenty skeptical when he transferred from Duke, I thought he was just another entitled Coach K 3-point shooting zombie. I don't even think he took a 3 last night. Needs to get more minutes if anything. They said he committed to UCLA when he was in 8th grade. I wonder what happened. Wait, so him and Love could've played together?!? My head would've exploded.

Nova does turn it over alot, and can be frustrating at times because of the youth of their young guards (at least that's what McNabb said), but if it all comes together at some point, look out. They throw that press on and teams just can't figure it out. I think Louisville threw it away on three consecutive trips, as Pitino tried in vain to get the spaghetti sauce off his silly white suit. 20,000 Kentuckians dressed in white? Sounds like a Clan convention.

Redding had a forgettable night. Someone get him some medical marijuana.

I know I criticize announcers alot, but I'll say it again- It doesn't get any better than McDonough, Raftery, and Bilas. Ok, Bilas can be a bit wordy (and nerdy) at times (how many times did he say "backflow" last night? Is that a word? Yeesh). Also, he should never be allowed to do Duke games (like he did AGAIN Sat. at Georgia Tech!). His love cannot be hidden and his overcompensating is transparent. It's like when Tom Heinson would do Sixers-Celtics Eastern Conference Final games on CBS (a travesty that hopefully somone was fired for) and give high-fives to the Celtic players as they came to the scorer's table. But really, other than all that, I like Bilas.

McDonough is the best play-by-play guy out there (for football too). No-nonsense, doesn't yell all the time or make it about himself. He's just like Brent Musberger, only the complete opposite. I loved how after they showed a replay, because ESPN thinks it's cool I guess, of Sosa (little punk) woofing at Nova, McDonough said obviously Sosa has some more maturing to do. No other guys have the balls to say that. They're supposed to embrace trash-talking, which they usually do. And Raftery, well, fuggetaboutit.

How deflating was it when they went to the second game, a Big 12 snoozefest with Oklahoma-Oklahoma State? With Brent doing it! I couldn't reach for the remote fast enough. Brent, Dick Stockton, and Verne Lundquist should be sent to a galaxy far, far away.

Mark McGwire comes out 6 years later and admits to roids. Meh. I didn't watch it. Cardinals fan Bob Costas handing a weepy McGwire tissues....no thanks. Blatant attempt to try to grovel his way back into the HOF discussion, and to prevent a media circus when he shows up as hitting instructor at spring training (as Tony LaRussa plays beer-pong in the clubhouse). McGwire said, "I wish I had never played during the steroid era." Um, yo dude, you and Canseco started the steroid era!!!! Thanks for that by the way. Gimme a break. That's like Artest saying he wishes he was never involved in the Malice at the Palace. Bud Selig was contacted for a comment, but it turns out he's been in a coma for 5 years. Who knew?

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Big Mac


BREAKING NEWS! Mark McGwire has admitted to taking steroids. Give me a break. If anyone didn't know this by now, then you are an idiot. He came out today and admitted that he took steroids throughout the 90's, including '98 when he broke the single season home run record. Everyone remembers that season when him and Sammy Sosa were chest bumping and acting all gay with each other. In an interview with Bob Costas tonight on MLB Network he spoke about what happened during his playing days when he was on the juice. Although it seemed heartfelt, and lets face it McGwire was never an arrogant prick, like that fat head Bonds, it did him no justice. He is claiming that he took steroids to get back on the field faster when he was injured. C'mon dude you mean to tell me that all those 800 foot home runs weren't the reason why you kept taking them? No one takes steroids, A.K.A. PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS, to heal faster. We all know that you are just as full of shit now as you were in front of Congress when you refused to "talk about the past" during that hearing. You should just admit the real reason why you took them, and move on with your life. Everyone, the media, the fans, and the players will respect you a hell of a lot more.

As I was watching this interview I started to think to myself about the timing of all this. He was hired as the hitting coach of the Cardinals, so he eventually had to face the media, but he never had to admit to taking steroids. Tell me your thoughts on this theory. Do you think that he finally came out and admitted only after he didn't get in the Hall of Fame the first four times around? Think about it, the closest he came to getting in was 23% of the vote mainly because of speculation that he used steroids. Maybe his thought process is screw it, I'm going to come out and get this off my chest. Maybe he is thinking that in some bizarre way that by admitting to using he will increase his chances to get in. Andre Dawson (one of the greatest RBI '93 players of all time, in any video game) was just inducted last week into the Hall, so this will give the writers a full year to ponder this issue in hopes that he gets voted in. This is also probably the reason that he said that he only used them for "health purposes". Is anyone that naive to think that he used steroids for health purposes? Be a man, and fess up.
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For Old Time's Sake...




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TBL Bowl Pick'em

Forget the piss poor picks made during our DWDW, DirtyWudders did pretty f'n well in the TheBigLead's Bowl Pick'em. Namesake finished 9th out of 500 (most correct picks) and Doc took home the crown beating Straight Butta by 4. Click here for the standings. (Group ID# 18584)

"The prize for the winner will be determined prior to the first bowl game, but it’s looking like straight cash, homie (probably $200) and, courtesy of a commenter, two tickets to an NBA game in your city."

I wonder if the Sixers still play...

That one is for you Dareaebs!
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Shifting Gears


Since the F'n Eagles saved us a couple weeks of the usual false January hope, it is time to shift into basketball/hockey mode. It is tough for me to get into either of the pro sports until the playoffs, due to the length (lack of purpose) of the regular season. The Flyers a making a strong run back into the Eastern Conference race while the Sixers are stumbling terribly at 11-25. At 11-25 the 76ers are within 5 games of a playoff spot - that is what I mean by lack of purpose.

At least we have College Basketball. It looks like 2 teams will be representing the city, come tourney time. Temple is coming of a huge OT win at Rhode Island, who was 12-1 and ranked in the top 10 RPI, going in. Temple plays at the Palestra, Wednesday night, against Penn. #4 Villanova is a 2.5 point 'dog at (unranked) Louisville tonight on ESPN. Louisville will be ripping off PSU's white out, while Rick Pitino is expected to don his white suit for the game. Both Louisville and Villanova are 3-0 in the Big East.

Beers tonight.. Go Nova!
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

DWDW Wildcard Sunday Edition


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

Baltimore (9-7) at New England (10-6) Line: NE -3.5 O/U: 43

Rematch of Week 4 which New England won 27-21 but Baltimore had a chance at the end. Julian Edelman replaces Wes Welker. Click on that link for a good read about R.H.'s boy Welker.

DW Pick: Baltimore, Over

Doc Pick: Ne, Over


Green Bay (11-5) at Arizona (10-6) Line: Pick'em O/U: 48

Green Bay won last week 33-7 over Arizona but it meant more to Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers, who is the first player in NFL History to throw for over 4000 yards in his first 2 seasons, will be playing in his first playoff game.


DW Pick: Gb, Under

Doc Pick: Ari, Over

Playoff record:
Doc: 2-2
Sec202: 1-1
DW: 0-4
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Well, the Sixers and Flyers won

After an 11-4 start the Eagles ended their season with 2 losses to the Cowboys by a combined 58-14. And the games were not as close as the score suggests. Blame goes everywhere in this one.

The Eagles have some promising young talent but decisions have to be made. Should the coach stay? I know the answer to this one but anytime a season ends like this, the question needs to be asked. Does McNabb stay or go? He had one of his better season leading the Eagles to a 10-4 record in games he played but he saved his worst for last. He was terrible is both losses against the Cowboys. No I do not buy the theory that he missed the comfort of Jamaal Jackson's asscheeks that much. Well, maybe he did but its not why he played poorly.

While McNabb will take most of the blame, the defense couldn't stop dallas at all. The Eagles caught brakes earky in the game because Dallas shot itself in the foot with penalties. They cannot produce ANY pressure without all-out blitzes and the blitz is not as successful under McDermott. The Defense is a major concern heading into the offseason. It is time to put emphasis on the linebacker position. Jerimiah Trotter was the freakin middle linebacker on this team!

We have all offseason to bitch about this f*ckin team.

Go Phils
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

LET'S GO BIRDS!




Prediction: 38 - 17 Eagles

If watching the game at home - feel free to rant below. Drunk rants are highly encouraged!
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Jets at Bengals, 4:30


The Jets are the popular pick here with the #1 run game and the #1 D. Gut says that Cinci will take it though, as the older USC QB is better than the young one. Sanchize is overrated.

pic via kissingsuzykilber

Philly's "Why Can't Us" is better.
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Ranking the NFC QB's

New Orleans, Minnesota, Dallas, Arizona, Green Bay and Philadelphia are the 6 playoff teams in the NFC this year. All 6 of them have good QB's leading them but only Favre and Warner have won a Super Bowl. Who is the best? Who is the worst? My ranking after the jump. Post yours in the comments.

1. Drew Brees - Hasn't won anything but it's not because of him. I think this guy is the next best QB after Peyton and Brady. He may get a stigma if he loses early though.

2. Brett Favre - He is one of the best to ever play the game - though I feel he has come up small in the postseason. At times hurting his team more than helping. His name wins out though - and I could't imagine any of the others above him.

3. Donovan McNabb - 9-6 record in the postseaon, while more often than not, having to be the teams biggest playmaker. Cannot say that about anybody below. Yeah, his shortcomings are well documented.

4. Kurt Warner- People will want him higher but I say he is the most fortunate player to ever play the game. With hall of fame skill position players around him - he is good. One year in New York, without the hall of famers, he was atrocious. Accurate but he is a product of his teammates ability (Faulk, Bruce, Holt, Fitzgerald, Bolden)

5. Tony Romo- He could change things today. History shows a big dropoff in December and January.

6. Aaron Rodgers - I need to see more of Rodgers. He has a chance to be a good QB but the little I have seen of him - he holds on to the ball too long and takes too many sacks. He could easily be # 5 on the list depending on how things turn out this weekend.

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Eagles at Cowboys 8 pm - Round 3

What is going to give? The Eagles have not beaten a playoff team this year while the cowboys have not won a playoff game in 13 years. Wade Phillips has never won a playoff game while Andy Reid usually waits a couple more weeks to fall apart. Could this be Phillips last game coaching the cowboys? Could this be McNabb's last game QB'ing the Eagles(Is Kolb rooting for the 'boys?). A lot will be answered tonight.

The key for the Eagles is the damn play calling. Andy and Marty cannot forget about Mccoy and Weaver. To me, Westbrook should be the 3rd down, screen catching back tonight. Make the cowboys respect the run. A focus on the run game, with Celek taking care of the middle of the field will open up the deep pass game.

This Eagles team has to outscore teams. They are a poor defense unless they can create turnovers. If Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel get beat like they did last week, the Eagles may have to score 40. BLITZ! Romo has not changed, he's a good QB with no pressure (as we saw last week) on him. Get pressure on him and Asante will have a field day.

Random Predictions:

Asante Samuel scores the games first TD.
Romo throws 2 INT's and a fumble
Weaver rushes for 75 yards (only had 1 carry last week!?)
McNabb throws for 2 TD's and runs for 1.
Birds D sacks Romo 3 x's and is hurried all day

Go Birds
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DWDW Wildcard Saturday Edition


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


N.Y. Jets (9-7) at Cincinnati (10-6) Line: Pick'em O/U: 32

The Bengals let the Jets walk all over them last week because they felt they matched up better with them in the playoffs. Be careful what you wish for.

Doc Pick: Cinci, Over

DW Pick: Cinci, Under

Namesake Pick:


Philadelphia (11-5) at Dallas (11-5) Line: Dal -4 O/U: 46

Dallas walked all over the Eagles last week 24-0 to win the NFC East. Can it happen 2weeks in a row ands 3 times in a year? The Eagles usually play well when not expected to. We will see. The Eagles are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on fieldturf. Dallas is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in January and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. NFC East.

Namesake Pick:

DW Pick: Eagles, Under

Doc Pick: Eagles Over

Enter your picks in the comment section!

Final Regular Season Records:

Doc: 20-17
DW: 16-14
Namesake: 10-16-2
Section202: 4-4

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Myers to Sign with Ed Wade

Another Ex-Phil ends up in Houston. Myers will join a rotation featuring Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez. The Astros do not figure to contend again in '010. Myers was 73-63 with a 4.40 ERA and 21 saves in eight years with Philadelphia

I thought he wanted to close? I'm not sure Minute Maid Park is the best fit for this fly ball pitcher but it doesn't seem like his phone was ringing off the hook.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Eyre Retires


Scot Eyre is retiring from baseball after 13 seasons in the Majors. He finished his career 28-30 with a 4.23 ERA in 617 appearances with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Phillies. (MLB) Eyre pitched pretty damn good for the Phils in his year and a half with the team. 1.50 ERA in '09.

I remember being at Wrigley field in '08 right after the Phils picked him up. I asked a cubs fan about him and they basically said he stinks. 2 pennants, and a World Series ring later, Eyre is retiring from the game. He had some good things to say about the Phils.

"Every day I think about what I'm going to miss," he said. "I'm going to miss going to the clubhouse. Being with the Phillies, I'm going to miss seeing Chad Durbin sitting at his locker doing the crossword puzzle. I'm going to miss watching Brad [Lidge] read his biblical books in his locker after batting practice, eating the biggest sandwich I've ever seen anybody eat. I've talked to guys about it. I talked to [Jon] Lieber about it. Basically, you miss the camaraderie with the guys. And the Phillies' clubhouse is great. That's one of the reasons why Cliff [Lee] didn't want to leave. It's one of the best clubhouses you could be in. I don't care what anybody says about theirs. I've been in a few of them. This is one of the best. I never once said, 'I don't want to go to the field today.'"

Good luck with them loose bodies Eyre.
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DWDW BCS Championship Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's BS BCS National Championship Game.



No. 2 Texas (13-0) vs No. 1 Alabama (13-0) Line: 'Bama (-4) O/U: 46

Arguably, a battle of the best teams in the country. Colt Mccoy and Jordan Shipley lead Texas against Heisman trophy winning RB Mark Ingram. Bama is coming off of that romp against the Gators while Texas had to sneak by the Huskers.

DW Pick: Texas

Doc Pick: Alabama

Get your picks in below!
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Back of the Rotation Starter


Jamie Moyer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, and according to Ruben Amaro Jr. he will not be ready for opening day. The Phils have since talked to Ben Sheets and Chen Ming Wang. The Phils have made a lot of great moves over the past few years, but the Moyer signing has done nothing but backfire. Jamie Moyer is great for the organization and all, but only as a coach at this point in his career. He is a hometown boy that really made a splash with the Phillies when he first came here, but I think that it is time for him to step aside and let someone younger step in. He is due 8 million this year, which is absurd for a 45 year old that tops out at 83mph. Again I like Moyer, but he is a broken down pitcher that reminds me of Harris form the movie Major League.

Ben Sheets, on the other hand would be a low risk, high reward free agent. Provided he is healthy he could really help out the Phils staff if he can get back to his 2007 and 2008 form. The Phils could offer him a one year contract with an option for a second year for pretty cheap. I think that this would be a no brainer for Ruben and the Phils provided he is cleared by doctors. There is a lot of upside to Sheets, but if he does go down then Old Man Moyer will be right there to take his spot in the rotation when he is healthy again.

Wang is someone that nobody should have any interest in. This guy hurt his foot running the bases two years ago, and then forgot how to pitch. He went from a 20 game winner to a triple-A pitcher. I hope that he is not being considered by the Phils, because this guy absolutely stinks!
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The Morning After


No. 21 Temple 73 St. Joe 46: Temple rebounded from a horrific showing against #1 Kansas to dominate the Hawks. St Joe hung around for a while but could not keep up. (boxscore)

No. 6 Villanova 99 DePaul 72: 'Nova jumps to 2-0 in the Big East. It was their 34th straight win at the Pavillion. Scottie Reynolds led the way with 21. Frosh Yarou returned and scored 4 points(box)

Flyers 6 Maple Leafs 2: Briere scored 2 goals, reaching 500 career points.

Pennsylvania 82 UMBC 71: First win of the year for the Quakers! (Box)

Drexel 75 VCU 72: Drexel improves to 3-1 in the CAA.

HOF: Andre "The Hawk" Dawson is elected.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Spadaro Spits on Dallas Star


Dave Spadaro, editor of philadelphiaeagles.com and an employee of the Eagles, videotaped his spitting on the centerfield star at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday before the Eagles played the Cowboys. The video was posted on the Web site, but was taken down sometime today.(philly.com)

Spadaro has since written an open letter of apology to the Cowboys.

Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan, wants to remind us about the last time anybody disrespected the star...

Which obviously means that Spadaro will one day write for the Cowboys website.

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Royster to Stay Put

PSU lost a key underclassman earlier this week when Navarro Bowman declared for the NFL draft but RB Evan Royster will stick around for his senior season. The first team All Big Ten back made his decision on Wednesday.

I wanted to return to finish my degree and for my final year at Penn State, I'm looking forward to next season.

Royster will play an even bigger part in the Penn State offense next year with the uncertainty at QB.
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Gilbert Suspended Indefinitely


Gilbert Arenas shot himself in the leg at a night club last night and has been suspended. Wait a second...Is that the right story? Whatever. Kids, keep the guns out of the locker room. If you do bring your guns to the locker room, David Stern will suspend you the day after he lets you beat the 76ers.

It seems like David Stern almost didn't care that he pulled a gun in the locker room. He cared that he mocked the situation during the Sixers game. Stern remains high on DW's hate list. hmmm - post idea

Tim Donaghy sets the over/under at 30 games.
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DWDW GMAC Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Troy (9-3) vs Central Michigan (11-2) Line: CMU -3 O/U: 63.5

Not much to say here. Take the Chippewas.

DW Pick: CMU

Doc Pick: CMU
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

DWDW Orange Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 10 Iowa (10-2) vs No. 9 Georgia Tech (11-2) Line: GT -5.5 O/U: 51

Tough offense against a tough defense. Stanzi returns for this game after getting injured in the Northwestern game.

DW Pick: GT

Doc Pick: Under

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Bowman to Enter Draft

Penn state Jr linebacker Navarro Bowman has declared for the NFL Draft. #11 is projected to be a high 1st round pick.

I sat down with my family and the right choice for me is to pursue the next level," Bowman said. "I'm proud of my accomplishments in college but it's also a time to take care of my family

zombienation

Blackshoediaries
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Hartnell and the Caveman


Here is a picture from the Flyers twitter page.

Hartnell is the one on the right.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

DWDW Fiesta Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 6 Boise State (13-0) vs No. 4 Texas Christian (12-0) Line: TCU -7 O/U: 53.5

A rematch of last year's Poinsettia Bowl. TCU has won each of its last 7 games by 27 points and beat ranked Utah and BYU by a combined 58 points. Boise beat eventual Rose Bowl loser, Oregon in their first game and the cakewalked thru the rest of their season. This should be a good one.

DW Pick: Under

Doc Pick: TCU


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3 hours we'll never get back....


Rant from R.H.

Sons of Reid,

What an atrocious, heartless effort. Thank God I had beer close by. Obviously the Birds were in for a tough game, and I thought Dallas would probably win, but I never thought they'd lose like that. I think the Birds can definitely win next week. The way all the pundits see it, they might as well not even show up on Sat. We'll see. Plus, Reid didn't play Vick yesterday because he was saving him to unveil the Pit Bull offense next week. They're keeping Vick caged and will prod and tease him all week so he will come out fighting mad.


But maybe that shit-show was a good thing long-term. If they win yesterday, the Birds pretty much assured themselves of being back in the NFC Championship Game, which as we all know, is good enough for this ownership. Now it will be really tough for them to get there, which will hopefully lead to some change around here finally. Of course, Reid will be back for the next 4 years (shake my head in disgusted disbelief every time I think about it). Yesterday's performace by McNabb hopefully underlines the writing on the wall that he's Dead Man Walking (nonchalantly up to the line of scrimmage in a 2-minute drill). Don't get me wrong, Reid should go to, but McNabb has run his course here. The fumbled snap, albeit a little low, was his fault. Missed a wipe open Jackson early. But he's a great "deep thrower"! Receivers were far from innocent though--way too many drops. That pass to Maclin should've been caught, but how bout hitting a guy in stride once in a while? (Also, Maclin completely bailed Donny out last week with that great catch on the sidelines to set up the game winning kick). Gimme an accurate guy with a smaller arm anyday. Then wise, old McNabb has the gall to say this afterward:



"We showed our youth in situations where everyone would look around to see who was going to make the play instead of stepping up and making a play," McNabb said. "That's something that comes with the territory when you have young players."



In other words, "Hey, this wasn't my fault, blame everyone else" (then he chest-bumped Derrick Gunn as Rendell recited stats from a piece of paper).
79 people are now laying under a bus. Give me an F'n break, pal. I guess you showed you veteran poise when you, for the 798th time in your 10 year career, ran a 2-minute drill with all the urgency of passing wind on a hammock. You don't say that in the last game of the season after you've won 6 in a row. What does he want now? Veteran weapons?? I thought we went down that road before and it didn't, um, work out. As far as "everyone would look around to see who was going to make the play", how bout taking charge of your damn huddle for once in your life? Jesus, I'm done with him.
Look at the 12 playoff QB's. Other than the rookie Dirty Sanchez, and (maybe) Carson Palmer, I wouldn't put McNabb over any of them (and I loathe Favre).

Now onto the Fat Man, staring at his laminated I-Hop menu as the game passes him by. When Wade Phillips beats you like that, you know you've got issues. That timeout early in the second quarter before the punt because they couldn't get guys on/off the field was a disgrace. You almost welcome a 5 yard penalty there to give your (shitty) punter more room. Afterwards Reid said the timeout there was "necessary". Don't blow smoke up my ass! They basically traded 5 meaningless yards for a timeout that they could've obviously used at the end of the half, when time ran out as they inexplicable ran plays in the middle of the field. F'n Groundhog Day. If it was so "necessary", then why was Reid yelling at the special teams coach right after timeout?? Which is it?? Reid hasn't looked that mad since they removed creamed chip beef from the pregame meal menu.
Then, on 4th and 2 down 17-0 at the Dallas 35, he has Akers (who he's usually very hesitant about sending out there for anything over 45 yards or so) try to boom a 53 yarder. When it's 3rd and 2, you draw up two running plays there. Stop making it more difficult than it has to be. Shithead. We won't even get into how he went for it on 4th down from his OWN 30 against SF two weeks earlier. He's not even consistently dumb. He keeps finding new, contradictory ways to look stupid. And I know they got behind early, but take away 3 runs by McNabb and Jackson, and they ran the ball 7 times yesterday. When do pitchers and catchers report?

The defense was awful too. They can't get any pressure except for Trent Cole, who teams obviously know to double-team. Juqua Parker? Darren Howard? Mind-numbingly mediocre guys. Gocong might be a decent pass rusher, but we'll never know because for some reason they tried to make him into an NFL linebacker even though he never played it in college, where he set a Division 1-AA records for sacks. Make sense to everyone? Ok good.
Bunkley and Patterson are overrated. Being morbidly obese doesn't automatically make you a good d-tackle. And poor Trotter should be led out to pasture and put down. I've seen faster guys on The Biggest Loser (not that I watch that show. My wife does. I'm serious!! I'm not being defensive!! How dare you!).
I don't know, Asante Samuel gambles way too much for my liking. Sure, he'll make a flashy pick once in a while, but it seems to hurt him more often than not. And he tackles like a pussy. Speaking of which, it's about time this Sean McDermott character takes some heat. I was skeptical to begin with....a red-haired guy from LaSalle high school?? Pansy. Since they can't get pressure at all, they have to blitz, and any good QB knows when it's coming and will pick them apart (Romo yesterday, Warner in the NFC championship). The lone bright spot was my stepbrother Joselio's INT.

Too many dumb penalties as well. Although I thought that personal foul when the guy touched Romo's helmet was a disgrace. That's a penalty??

Buck and Aikman could barely contain themselves yesterday. I'm sure they'll be doing the game next week too, so they can stay in their Dallas hotel room all week and make sweet love to each other. We probably would've put on Merril Reese, but he was probably busy making his laundry list of excuses (handed to him by Banner) as Mike Quick was off-mic feverishly practicing how to pronounce "Abiamiri". Too many in-game advertisements on the radio too, it's so annoying. "That botched two-minute drill was brought to you by Chapman Ford!!"

Dallas was doing alot of celebrating and woofing for a team with a rematch next week. Goddamn maggots. Even Wade Phillips was waving a lasso at the end (Buddy would've punched him in the gut at midfield after the game). I haven't seen a hick that happy since I was standing in the midst of thousands of them at the Temple-Kansas game on Saturday. Freaks. Bad times. Don't get me started. And where's a terrorist bomber to walk into Jerry Jones suite when we need one?

How bout the Giants laying down the last two weeks? Inspired bunch. Now please bulldoze the Meadowlands. Preferably when it's full.

Besides Eagles-Cowboys, Pats-Ravens should be a really good one next week. So pissed that Welker is out. I hate to say it, but Miles Austin is kind of like a black Welker..... wait a minute....I call Black Welkers as my fantasy team name next year!

(Pic via 700level)
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Total Embarrassment

Cowboys 24 Eagles 0: Pathetic. That is the only word I can think of to describe the efforts of the Philadelphia Eagles this afternoon. Offensively and defensively, this team was embarrassed from the opening whistle. The play calling was awful. The pass catching was awful. The defense sucked. Where was the blitz? Why can't Donovan hit a receiver in stride over the middle? Where was the running game? These are just my first thoughts on the pathetic display witnessed today - plenty more to come. I really hope a different team shows up next weekend, but I am not going to hold my breath. 24-0! Fucking. Pathetic.

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Eagles-Cowboys @4pm


It will be a playoff-type atmosphere this afternoon in Arlington as the Birds and Cowboys fight for a chance at the No.2 seed in this year's postseason. Depending on the outcome of this game, the Eagles could be back in this same situation next week. A win and they're sitting at home resting next week, but a loss may mean back to Dallas for the wildcard round. More after the jump.

The big news out of Philly this week is the loss of center Jamaal Jackson. Nick Cole will be making his first start at the position, and his play could make or break the game for the Eagles. He'll be up against Pro Bowl NT Jay Ratliff, and it's a sure thing that Dallas will be bringing pressure all day to disrupt Philly's protection. The QB play on both teams has been top-notch all year, and as usual the game will most likely come down to which team turns the ball over more. For the first time is his career, Tony Romo has been protecting the ball well, but the Eagles opportunistic defense hopes to change that.

I really don't have a strong feeling either way on this one. I think it will be a close game, possibly coming down to a late field goal, but it's hard to say who will come out on top. It would be sweet to finish this season the same way the Eagles finished the last - with a complete domination of those bitches down south. I am pumped for this game! My prediction: Eagles 26 Cowboys 23.

GO BIRDS!!!
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One Handed Grab

Check out this one handed grab from UCONN's Kashif Moore.



As Dr Saturday puts it
But the play of the day, and maybe of the bowl season so far, obviously belonged to Husky receiver Kashif Moore, an undersized sophomore made of syrup, tar and crazy glue:

DR Saturday
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DWDW Pro Week 17 Edition


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 the final regular season games

Doc's Picks:

Chicago (6-9) at Detroit (2-13) Line: Chi -3 O/U: 44

Jay Cutler vs Daunte Culpepper. Aren't they black and white versions of each other? Cutler's INt's = Culpepper's fumbles.

Pick: Bears


Atlanta (8-7) at Tampa Bay (3-12) Line: Atl -2 O/U: 42

Tampa comes in as one of the hottest teams in the NFL having won 2 straight games..to give them a total of 3 for the season.

Pick: Atlanta

DW: 16-14

Doc: 18-17
Namesake: 10-16-2
Section202: 4-4
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Carcillo vs Thornton at the Winter Classic

In case you missed it. Here is the fight from the winter Classic at Fenway. The Flyers may have lost the game but Carcillo get the better of thornton



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Saturday, January 2, 2010

DWDW Alamo Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Michigan State (6-6) vs Texas Tech (8-4) Line: TT -7 O/U: 59.5

Mike Leach is gone and DW wonders if TT will be distracted. MSU is pretty bad but the Big10 has done well so far in the bowls.

DW Pick: TT

Doc Pick: Under



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B-Dawk Thanks the Fans (Update)





(Update in response to comment from anonymous)

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DWDW Liberty Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Arkansas (7-5) vs East Carolina (9-4) Line: Ark -7.5 O/U: 63.5

Here is another game that should have been played before Christmas. Arkansas played pretty well down the stretch - losing a winnable game aginst Florida by 3 and beating A&M and Auburn soundly, before getting hammered by 'bama.

DW Pick: Under

Doc Pick: Arkansas

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College Hoops

Some GREAT college basketball on TV today to take you away from the average college football(and the awful prognosticating). 5 of the 6 city teams are in action, highlighted by Temple hosting the #1 team in the nation. Villanova opens its Big East play against Marquette.

I am watching the UK vs Louisville game right now and these two teams want to kill each other. Over on ESPN2 'Nova is down 5 early. This is when I get pumped for basketball!

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DWDW Cotton Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Mississippi (8-4) vs No. 19 Oklahoma State (9-3) Line: OKST -3.5 O/U: 51

DW never really understood the hype surrounding Jevan Snead. Snead always seems to make the big mistake but is supposed to be a high draft pick. That being said, OK State is clearly not the same team withour Dez Bryant.

DW Pick: Ole Miss

Doc Pick: Ole Miss


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DWDW Papa Johns Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Connecticut (7-5) vs South Carolina (7-5) Line: Cocks -4 O/U: 51.5

UCONN has been DW's favorite team all season and we look for them to take care of Sec202's favorite team.


DW Pick: G'Cocks

Doc Pick: UCONN

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Buzzer Beater


Kobe drains another buzzer beater...(after a push off)

I'll beat R.H. to the punch. F Kobe

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DWDW International Bowl Edition



Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Northern Illinois (7-5) vs South Florida (7-5) Line: USF -6.5 O/U:48.5

Tough to get up for this one. South Florida played a pretty tough schedule and actually beat FSU and West Virginia

DW Pick: Over

Doc: South Florida

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Friday, January 1, 2010

DWDW Sugar Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 3 Cincinnati (12-0) vs No. 5 Florida (12-1) Line: Fla -13 O/U: 59

A ccouple of teams without coaches meet in the Sugar bowl. Cinci is not getting much respect even though they are the higher ranked, unbeaten team. Tebow sinishes his College career tonight.

DW Pick: Over

Doc Pick: Cin

Namesake: Fla


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DWDW Rose Bowl Edition


Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 8 Ohio State (10-2) vs No. 7 Oregon (10-2) Line: Ore -4 O/U:50.5
Ohio State looks to win a bowl game for once but may be overmatched in this one.

DW Pick: Ohio State

Doc Pick: Oregon
Namesake: Ohio State

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Top Moments of 2009



Igoudala beats Orlando in Game 1 of the Playoffs.
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DWDW Capital One Bowl Edition

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

No. 12 Louisiana State (9-3) vs No. 13 Penn State (10-2) Line: PSU -2.5 O/U: 43.5

Can Clark win a game against a quality opponent? Penn State looks for their first impressive win of the year. Could be the last game for underclassmen, Bowman and Royster as well.


DW Pick: LSU

Doc Pick: Over

Namesake: PSU
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DWDW Gator Bowl Edition

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Florida State (6-6) vs No. 16 West Virginia (9-3) Line: WVU -2.5 O/U: 60.5

FSU bumped a bunch of teams from this game after they bumped Bobby Bowden from the sideline. Bowden's last game.

DW Pick: WVU

Doc Pick: Under

Namesake: FSU


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2010 Capital One Bowl Game Notes


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When: Friday, January 1, 2010
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (65,438)
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Attendance: 65,000
Series Record: Penn State leads, 1-0
Penn State Captains:
No. 17 Daryll Clark, Sr., QB
No. 45 Sean Lee, Sr., LB

Television: The contest will be televised by ESPN on ABC to national audience with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews calling the action. The Nittany Lions are appearing on television for the 190th time in their last 192 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
LSU Sports Radio Network: (Joe Hawhtorne, play-by-play; Doug Moreau, analysis; Jordy Hultberg, sideline). Sports USA Radio (Rich Cellini, Charles Arbuckle, Ross Tucker, Rich Herrera).


Coaches:

Joe Paterno
Penn State Record 393-129-3 (75.1), 44th Year
Overall Record: Same
vs. LSU 1-0
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.


Les Miles
LSU Record 51-14, 5th Year
Overall Record 79-35, 9th Year
vs. Penn State 0-0


The Series: The Nittany Lions and Tigers are meeting for just the second time. Penn State captured a 16-9 win over LSU in the 1974 Orange Bowl to cap the school's and Joe Paterno's first 12-0 campaign.


Lions and Tigers to Clash for Second Time in Capital One Bowl


Two of the nation's storied powers will meet for just the second time in the 64th Capital One Bowl. Penn State (10-2) and LSU (9-3) will be meeting for the first time since their 1974 Orange Bowl clash, which resulted in a 16-9 Nittany Lion win to clinch the program's first 12-0 campaign. The No. 13 Nittany Lions are playing in their fourth different New Year's bowl game in the past five years, having played in the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, 2007 Outback Bowl and 2009 Rose Bowl. Penn State's last game was a 42-14 win at Michigan State on Nov. 21. The Tigers posted a 33-30 overtime win over Arkansas on Nov. 28 in their last regular season game. Penn State has a 50-13 (79.3) record since the start of the 2005 season, the nation's eighth-best record over that span. LSU is No. 9 with a 51-14 mark (78.4) over the past five seasons.


Nittany Lions have Nation's No. 3 Bowl Winning Percentage


Penn State is No. 3 in the nation in bowl winning percentage among schools with at least 10 post-season victories, earning a 26-13-2 record for a 65.8 winning percentage. The Nittany Lions also are third nationally with 26 bowl victories and their 42nd bowl visit ranks eighth nationally. Boston College (13-6, 68.4) and USC (31-16, 65.9) are the only teams with at least 10 bowl wins that have a higher winning percentage than Penn State. Penn State leads all Big Ten Conference teams in bowl victories, appearances and winning percentage. Coach Joe Paterno is the all-time leader in bowl wins (23-11-1 record) and appearances (36th). He is third with a 67.14 winning percentage among coaches with at least 12 bowl visits.


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DWDW Outback Bowl Edtion

Dirty Wudders Degenerate Wagering is a feature of this blog where the DW contributors embarrass themselves picking the college and pro games of the week. Here is our pick for today's Bowl Game.

Northwestern (8-4) vs Auburn (7-5) Line: Aub -7 O/U: 54.5

How did this matchup deserve a New Year's day Bowl Game? Whatever - you won't be awake yet anyway.

DW Pick: Aub

Doc Pick: Under

Namesake: NW

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