I'm not ready to put out my picks yet, but I can at least compile everyone else's. I also just have to note that Bill Simmons went with the three team, 10 point tease system last week and cleaned house too. He wrote half of this week's column about it. Too bad he wasn't nice enough to post it with his picks from last week though. He should get a lawn chair and spend some time in the sun, I think.
The union presented us with a proposal today that, clearly, they worked on for a long time. We will not discuss any of the specifics until we formally respond to the union. ... However, I will acknowledge that one aspect of the proposal is very significant. That element is a recognition by the union of our economic condition - but it is a 'one-time' element.
The numbers speak for themselves. The proposal put forth by the players today addresses the owners' stated concerns and establishes a cooperative platform between players, the league and its teams that is unique to all of sport.
I think the owners will eventually say that the 24% cut is only a stop gap. That will be their way out if the lockout continues.There is one thing that I didn't mention there and is something that I don't really see discussed along with the salary cap issue. Perhaps it's just an obvious thing that I'm four years behind the curve on but the two leagues that have a salary cap, the NBA and the NFL, also do not have an established minor league system. They also don't guarantee contracts- at least I'm certain the NFL doesn't by default, but my knowledge of the NBA is primitive. Baseball uses a luxury tax based system to share revenue between their rich and poor clubs. Is there something fundamental about a salary cap that doesn't work well in partner with a minor league system?
And really, the salary cut is just that. Sure, it's a good faith gesture from the players side but since this is american business and not a lemonade stand, it wont last long.
Immediately cutting salaries doesnt address the larger issue that is summed up by the following example: the two teams in Alberta have been scouting players over the last decade based not only on their talent and character, but also on their willingness to stay in northwestern canada. And even then, the poster boy for edmonton hockey, Mike Comrie, can still get into such a bitter financial battle with his GM that he's shipped off to Philadelphia because that's who's willing to pay him.
It's a good step in the right direction. It shows the players are at the table. The NHL's counter will be the key in figuring out if they're gonna get this done soon.
I'm dying to see that banner raised in Tampa for god's sake!!
I'm really impressed with the development of Lee Evans. I sometimes have to remind myself this guy is a rookie. He just continues to make big plays to help this team win. I think it's his mental toughness that really stands out the most. This guy is completely focused on the game and that was evident in Miami. Lee made a tremendous one-handed catch on a third down play over the middle that kept the drive going. It eventually led to his first touchdown of the day.Evans overcame a nasty knee injury at Wisconsin and wasn't drafted as high as his talent deserves because there was still some doubt about his health. But after seeing an interview with him and his mom (no, seriously) during his senior season, it was clear this guy had what it takes mentally to play in the NFL. He's a speed guy and reminds me a lot of Laveranues Coles on the field.
While admitting that he was "kind of surprised" he was named the starter over Garcia and that "it's weird" being in this position, McCown is nonetheless excited and thinks he can improve after getting his feet wet last Sunday.Luke plays at 1 in Buffalo. Brother Josh goes at 4 in Arizona.
I still have a lot of confidence in Josh. You're probably tired of my Drew Brees example, but it's a true one. Once it's there, hopefully it's there as far as our offense being able to go on the field and move the ball and give us a chance to be successful.
We’re probably a little more confident on offense. We haven’t had a game all year where we’ve been under 24 points. We’ve run the gamut of all the defenses. We’ve played a lot of different styles and people have played us different ways. We’re playing very efficiently. Defensively, I think we’re becoming a confident team. We feel like we’re going to have points on the board on our side and people are going to have to try to score with us. We can put pressure on people who play that type of game. We’re starting to hit our stride defensively and even in games like Sunday [against the Titans], where we’re not playing great, they’re still very confident. You can’t shake their mental toughness.
I think [Bengal Head Coach] Marvin [Lewis] contained the pocket number one. And they stopped the run. Once they stopped them in the running game, the Steelers were forced to throw the ball a little bit more. And they moved some guys around. They took different angles.I like that the Jets are looking at what the Bengals did to Pittsburgh. That was a game that the Steelers could have easily lost. The Jets have allowed the fewest number of points so far this season.
The one thing we have to do is keep [Roethlisberger] in the pocket. We don’t want him to be on the perimeter. But at the same time, he can run. If you don’t maintain the pressure on him, he’s going to come out there and run.
He played quite a bit this last weekend. I don't think they are going to change their offense. They're definitely not going to curb it back because of his lack of experience. We just get another jersey number at quarterback.
In the event that we start Arlen (Harris) at halfback, which I might suspect that we do, then you would like to have Aveion (Cason) returning kickoffs.Jolly glad I looked into that.
You’re going to have to assume that you won’t have [Stephen Jackson] and get Arlen ready, then if you have him, you have him. I believe we will have Marshall (Faulk) too. I think we will have all three of those backs, but in the event that we don’t, you have Aveion and we will try to keep him up on the roster to return kickoffs.
Since 2001, the [Ravens] have had four different two-game losing streaks. In each of those instances, they rallied to win the following game. Further, that streak-breaking game was at home each time, as is this Sunday’s contest against the Giants.The line is currently at -10.
Catching up from a long weekend away from sports...
New England is 11-0 with Corey Dillon; San Diego is 6-0 with Keenan McCardell. Now Dillon meets Cincinnati, his old team, and McCardell meets Tampa Bay, his old team. "Who do we play next week?" McCardell asked after Sunday's game. He knows, and he knows what it means to him. "It ain't here yet," he said.
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