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Archive for September, 2015

Where did Odell Beckham Jr get drafted in your fantasy football league?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

I wanted to draft Odell Beckham Jr. I am a Giants fan. There are a few other Giants you could have on your team and not be ashamed of. Eli Manning as a backup QB maybe. Maybe a few others in a 12 team league.

Anyway, it would be nice to have the good Giant on my fantasy team so I wanted Beckham. I’m in two 10 team fantasy leagues. Here’s how the drafts played out:

Round 1
1. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
2. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR)
3. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB)
4. Jamaal Charles(KC – RB)
5. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)
6. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
7. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB)
8. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)
9. Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
10. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR)

Round 2
1. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR)
2. Julio Jones (Atl – WR)

I thought I’d grab Forte at 9. Then Jones and Thomas would go. Then I’d get Beckham. Well you can see what happened. I ended up with Julio Jones who I think will be the #2 fantasy receiver this year at pick 12. I can understand why someone drafted Antonio Brown ahead of Julio Jones, but not any of the other guys. Especially Beckham. I mean look at Keenan Allen’s sophomore slump last year.

BTW it’s nice to see the Gronk homer grabbing a tight end at 5. I mean drafting tight ends is tricky, but 5 is a reach for Gronk. In this league I lucked into Jimmy Graham in the third round. In my other league, tight end is gonna be an issue for me.

Here’s the other draft:

1. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
2. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB)
3. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)
4. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB)
5. Jamaal Charles (KC – RB)
6. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR)
7. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
8. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)
9. Julio Jones (Atl – WR)
10. DeMarco Murray (Phi – RB)

Round 2
1. Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
2. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR)
3. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR)
4. Jeremy Hill (Cin – RB)
5. Andrew Luck (Ind – QB)

Again I barely miss Beckham. This draft is more sensible in a way – Julio Jones goes before Beckham at least. As usual there’s a Gronk homer making things weird but whatever.

Giants beat themselves 27-26

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Despite winning the turnover battle, the Giants helped the Cowboys win the season opener.

Many fans will look to poor clock management at the end of the game, with Eli Manning snapping the ball with time left on the play clock. That’s almost funny because usually the Giants seem to have the slowest huddle and snap in the NFL. Then when the game is winding down they are on speed.

Some people will blame the play calling. A pass play on 3rd down at the end of the game in short yardage?

Some people will blame Preston Parker, who dropped 3 3rd down passes. I blame Parker too, but really I can’t say I’m surprised. You wouldn’t know that Parker’s job is to catch the ball if you only had his game tape to go on.

Some people will blame the illegal formation penalty that stopped the clock for Dallas.

Some people will blame the Giants defense. No pass rush. Dallas offense controlled the ball. Dallas offense had 2 easy scores at the end of the game.

In the end, the Giants looked like a poorly coached and the less talented team. The Giants deserved to lose. Might as well start the season with the taste of my own vomit in my mouth. Might have to build up a tolerance.

Eli Manning contract extension: 4 years, $84 million, 65 guaranteed

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

And a $31 million signing bonus. And a no-trade clause.

The new contract gets added to the final year of Manning’s current 6-year, $97.5 million contract. It seems the plan is to have Manning at QB for 5 more years.

The new contract averages to $21 million/year. That’s good for fourth among quarterbacks in the NFL, behind Aaron Rodgers ($22 million), Russell Wilson ($21.9 million), and Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million). The $65 million guaranteed ties for the record (the Chargers’ Philip Rivers).

I’m obviously excited knowing I’ll be a Giant for a long time. This is where I got started and where I want to finish. I still have the same mentality. My goal is to earn this contract and do my best and keep trying to win championships for the Giants.

Brady is guilty but won’t be punished

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Removing the Tom Brady suspension was the correct thing to do, the legal thing to do. Tom Brady did beat the NFL, but not because Brady is innocent. Brady beat the NFL because Goodell mishandled the case. Brady is guilty, but legally the NFL screwed the pooch.

The court ruling (which you can read for yourself), says that the facts stand. Brady probably knew about the deflated balls. Brady did interfere with the investigation.

Yet, despite his guilt, Brady’s punishment goes away. The judge provides three reasons for removing the suspension:

(A) inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four-game suspension) and his alleged misconduct; (B) denial of the opportunity for Brady to examine one of two lead investigators, namely NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Pash;
(C) denial of equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes.

What does it mean?

(A) Gooddell gave Brady a 4 game suspension because deflating footballs is like using performance enhancing drugs. If you just said, “wait a minute shooting up with roids is totally different than deflating a football” then you get it. The judge said that Brady had no reason to suspect that deflating a ball would net a 4 game suspension like using roids would. By law, the NFL has to make sure that players know what counts as an infraction and what punishment comes with the infraction. The NFL didn’t do that.

(B) The NFL didn’t let Brady’s lawyers talk to Pash, who worked with Wells on the deflategate report.

(C) Goodell talked about the interview notes and how they helped him decide Brady was guilty. Then he refused to let Brady’s defense team see the notes.

So it looks like the NFL needs a good lawyer because they have no clue what they are doing.