Posted on: May 17, 2010 8:34 pm

Suns v Lakers WCF Breakdown

Here I thought the outcome of the game was decided on the court.

I have spent the better part of the last week reading from Lakers fans about how the “experts” saying the Suns have a shot in their Western Conference Finals matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers is a joke.

I have seen such in depth analysis from Lakers fans as:

We are taller, we have Kobe Bryant, and we are the Lakers.

That is all well and good, and all of those are, well points, but none of them ring true to the essence of a basketball game.

The Lakers have demonstrated throughout the regular season, and at times in the playoffs that they are, without a doubt, the most talented team in the NBA.  They have the second best player on the entire planet in Kobe Bryant, Lakers fans Lebron is still the most talented player in the league, he just plays on a team full of garbage, but that is another rant for another day. They possess players that can also be effective when Mr. Bryant is not; Pau Gasol, and Andrew “Glass Man” Bynum.  They have role players that thrive in their given roles; Ron Artest on defense, Lamar Odom offs the bench.  They have veteran leadership that allows for them not to get fazed or flustered in the face of adversity; Derek Fisher, Kobe, and of course Phil Jackson.

Looking at that information, you would think the NBA Finals would be without question in their future, many Lakers fans believe this series to be nothing more than a pit stop on their way to another championship showdown.

Well, I have news for Lakers fans, as well as NBA fans everywhere:

THIS IS NOT THE 2005-2007 SUNS! 

They don’t have Amar’e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion fighting over alpha dog status.

They don’t have to worry about Marion’s inability to create his own shot, ask Lebron about that with Antawn Jamison.

They don’t have Mike D’Antoni playing six or seven players only and never having a care about defense.

No, this Suns team is a team that has had the best record in the Western Conference since the All-Star break.  This is a Suns team who plays with a sense of urgency and purpose that truly has not been seen by Suns fans since the 93’ season.

Are the Suns a dominating defensive team, hell no.  Can they get stops in crunch time situations, yes. Therein lays the difference between the aforementioned Suns teams and this current version.  They are more efficient on offense, and play defense with a sense of urgency.

Anyways, on to what this is really about, a breakdown of the matchups so I can have it on record when the Suns win this series in 6 that I predicted as such.  Trust me, I will be around for the crow if they get beat in 4 or 5 games.

PG’s - I have seen it written in many of places that Steve Nash gives up on the defensive end just as much as he gets on the offensive end.  While that may be true against PG’s such as Tony Parker, Deron Williams and Chris Paul, Derek Fisher is none of those guys. 

Fisher is a shell of his former self, but can still do a couple of things well for the Lakers.

1.    He can still hit the open shot when given the opportunity.
2.    He knows the triangle like the back of his hand.

For the Suns to have a shot Steve Nash needs to cut off all clean Fisher looks from behind the arc and make him put the ball on the floor. Fish has been hesitant to do that all season long, and if he does, the Lakers are not getting the open three’s they need to keep the defense honest.

Advantage: Suns

SG’s - Kobe Bryant is the best player on the floor for either side no question about it.  The intriguing part becomes, does Jason Richardson continue to play well enough to keep this match up close.

Richardson has been shooting lights out in the playoffs, and finally resembles the player that is earning $13+ million a year in salary.

Can he keep his ppg over 20 in this series to keep the advantage from being too great in Bryant’s favor? 

As much as Suns/Lakers fans want to fawn over their own players, both sides need to understand the importance of this matchup.    If Richardson is not effective offensively, that means the Suns are not as efficient as they need to be, and when that happens, well, we get results like games 1 and 4 against the Trail Blazers.

On the flip side, if the Suns are able to goad Kobe Bryant into reverting back to gunner mode, the Suns will have won the battle, no matter what the box scores say.  Kobe Bryant taking over 22 shots a game is a good thing for the Suns and is one of the keys to a Suns victory.

Advantage: Lakers

SF’s - Here is where it gets interesting. Lakers fans like to think that because Ron Artest is younger and has a reputation as a good defender he has an advantage over Grant Hill.

I couldn’t disagree more, and neither could the stats:

Hill- PER: 14.2 Defensive rating: 104
Artest- PER: 10 Defensive Rating: 110

So who is having the better playoffs?

Oh but wait, the excuse for Lakers fans is that Grant Hill didn’t have tough defensive assignments while Ron Artest had to defend Kevin Durant.  So that means that his PER is 4 points lower while his defensive rating is 6 points higher?

Now, unlike Lakers fans, I can take off my homer glasses and see that Ron Artest cannot be discounted, the way Grant Hill has been, so I would call this a slight advantage Suns, but going in I will say.

Advantage: tie

PF’s - The most important players on both sides of the ledger entering this playoff series.  Pau Gasol has to continue to be a 1a type option for the Lakers for them to succeed.  When Pau is engaged and effective, the Lakers are nearly unbeatable. He has all the tools necessary to be a dominant player, and when given the chance this post season, he has been.

On the flip side, we have the enigma known as Amar’e Stoudemire.  Can Amar’e keep himself in check and continue to rebound and defend the way he did in the Spurs series?  Will he continue to work his offense out through the flow of the game, as opposed to forcing it like he did in the Blazers series?

Talent wise this is a toss-up, but through these playoffs Pau has been more effective and efficient, so I give the Lakers the advantage here.

Advantage: Lakers

C’s - Glass Man v Robin Lopez is our last look through the starters.  And basically this matchup is a wash for the simple fact we don’t know what we will get from either player.  If Bynum is healthy and ready to play, which from all accounts I have read he is not then he gets the nod here.  But if he continues to be ineffective like he was in games 3 and 4 against the Jazz, this pairing becomes a wash until we see how Lopez is feeling.

I will give an ever so slight lean to the Lakers in this matchup, but I would not be shocked if a healthy Robin Lopez is more effective than an often injured Andrew Bynum.

Advantage: Slight Lakers

Bench :  This has to be my favorite part of this series.  I have read numerous takes from the Lakers side about how this will be the series where the Lakers bench becomes involved and engaged again.

My question is, why?  Why would the Lakers bench, that has been dreadful all season long, all of a sudden bust out against what is thought of by many to be the best bench in the NBA?

The Suns have a decided advantage here, and they use it to push waves at teams.  The Suns bench is a collection of players that use not only their skill, but use their energy to overwhelm many teams.  This bench is what most teams would want in a bench.  They come in, give the starters 5-6 mins of game time off, and do it while playing nasty, physical ball and leaving it all out on the floor.

The Suns biggest advantage in the playoffs so far has been the play of their bench, and I see that trend continuing against the Lakers.

Advantage: Suns

Coaching - This is clearly a matchup of one of the greats vs a guy that is finally getting an opportunity to work with a good team.  To say that Phil Jackson has the advantage would be an understatement, but to act as though Alvin Gentry will cost his team games is ludicrous.

Advantage : Lakers

Overall, this series will have everything you could want.  It has two of the best perimeter players in the NBA today in Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant.

It has the makings of being a classic, with two of the more skilled big men in the league in Amar’e Stoudemire and Pau Gasol.

Are the Lakers the club with superior talent?  Of course they are, but that talent pool is much shallower than the depth the Suns possess.

The Lakers are the big brother the Suns have never been able to beat when it matters.  And every time the Suns think they are moving ahead, the Lakers seem to race right by.

Well, one man thinks this is the year the Suns slay the beast, but maybe my homer goggles are just blinding me.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 24, 2010 8:12 pm

Amare's Time in The Sun Needs to Be Done

I am a big Amare Stoudemire fan. 

I love the ability he possesses, even if he has lost some of the explosiveness.  I love the fact that he continues to develop as a post player, expanding his range from the floor.

Heck, he even seems to be making an effort to become a better rebounder.

Now for the reality. 

He is not a max deal player.  He will not be worth the $18-20 million a year he will be looking for.

He is still lazy on defense, and even though he is making strides, he still gets out done on the glass by people smaller and with less strength and quickness than him.

He is not a center piece of a championship team.

He needs to realize he needs to be the Robin to someone's Batman.

So what do the Suns do, and what are some of the options out there?  Glad you asked.

The one that I am most intrigued with is the whispers coming out of Houston.

Apparently the Rockets are interested in Amare and would be willing to make a deal centering around Shane Battier and Carl Landry.

Those players alone would not be enough to get Amare, not because of the talent, but because the salaries would not match up.

So the Rockets would have to include someone like a Luis Scola.  Would the Rockets really want to give up two post players and one of the best individual defenders in the NBA for an All-Star and great offensive player, but someone who will not give you 100% on the defensive end and the boards every night?

Also, I am sure the Suns would like to get Jason Richardson's contract off the books.  The way the Suns trainers seem to provide NBA players with a fountain of youth, would the Suns make and offer for Tracy McGrady?

Something along the lines of McGrady, Landry and Battier for Stoudemire and Richardson?

I am not sure of the market out there, but apparently the Bulls, Nets, and Heat are also interested in the services of Amare. 

Hopefully the Suns are able to get something for Amare, because I do not see him in a Suns uniform next year and I I don't see the Suns as a championship contender with Amare Stoudemire as the centerpiece of this franchise.

Any way you slice it, Amare Stoudemire should be in another uniform come February, and the Suns franchise will be better for it.
Category: NBA
Tags: Suns
Posted on: January 7, 2010 7:33 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

The Journey to the draft is about to begin, and actually it already has begun for 20 NFL teams.  The playoffs begin Saturday Jan. 9th, and will go all the way to Sunday February 7th until we have a new Champion crowned.

That being said, we already know the top 20 draft order, except for some coin flips that will determine certain draft positions.

I will also unveil my formula of what I would do if I was the GM, and what I think the team will do.

Let's not waste anymore time and dive right into the Too Early 2010 NFL Mock Draft.

1. St. Louis Rams

What I would do-

Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame

I am not backing down on this pick yet.  Does Suh make since?  Of course he does, but the Rams need a face of the franchise, and they need to get Jackson some help.

What they will do-

Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

Can you blame them?  No, and if they make this pick I will not chastize them one bit.  I just think the need for a quarterback trumps them taking abother defensive lineman early.

2. Detroit Lions-

What I would do-

Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

The Lions have $120 million reasons to make this pick.  It may not be popular or sexy, but Stafford is already struggling with injuries, and getting a potential franchise LT would be a nice start.

What they will do-

Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma

No Suh, no problem for Detroit.  I don't know why they like Jeff Backus and his eight sacks given up this year, but they do.  So apparently they will go with defense, and wait until Matt Stafford's arm falls off before they decide to protect him.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-

What would I do-

Ndamukong Suh

What a fit that would be.  Suh is one of the top 2 or 3 prospects in the draft, so why do I have him falling to three?  Because the other two teams having glaring needs that can be filled with excellent prospects.

What they will do-

Eric Berry, S Tennessee

Again, there is nothing wrong with this pick.  If he is there, they take him and then don't worry about the safety position for the next 5-6 years.  I can't really see any problems with this working out for them.

4. Washington Redskins-

What I would do-

Eric Berry

Was talking with a buddy of mine the other day, and he was more than disenchanted with the idea of a QB being taken at four.  I couldn't agree more, but hey I am a writer and not an NFL Exec.  Berry would be a great QB for the defense that, really is not that far away from being top 5 in the league.  Does he get them there, maybe but if he fell to them there is no way they should pass him up.

What will they do-

Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

New coach, new QB?  Seems to have worked for other teams around the league, and Bradford is the accurate, ball control passer that Mike Shannahan likes.

5. Kansas City Chiefs-

What I would do-

Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers

Davis is already climbing most boards, and while I am not a fan of the so called, board climbers, I do see the ability, especially with all the athleticism he possesses.

What they will do-

Russell Okung

I guess it will depend on the week with who is going here.  Okung is still the best OT prospect in my eyes, but he was off the board in my draft scenario, so Davis is the pick.

6. Seattle Seahawks

What would I do-

Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland

Campbell is a bruiser, but more than that, he is a good looking prospect at a need position for the often injured Seattle Seahawks offensive line.  On top of that, if they are not intrigues with any of the QB prospects, then they need to find someone to keep Matt Hasselbeck upright.

What will they do-

Anthony Davis

Just a better prospect in my eyes than Campbell.  Will fill the same need though.

7. Cleveland Browns

What would I do-

Sam Bradford

Mike Holmgren will surely shake things up, and that means getting a franchise player.  The rest of the AFC North have their franchise passers, and they are usually fighting for playoff position as the Browns sit watching.  A defensive player crossed my mind, but I think Bradford has the ability to be special.

What will they do-

Joe Haden, CB Florida

Nothing wrong with this pick here, just not one I would make.  They need help on the defensive side of the ball and Haden should be a shut down corner, I just think that a franchise QB is to much to pass up.

8. Oakland Raiders

What would I do-

Joe Haden

Haden would be a great addition to the Raiders secondary and give them two great CB's.

What they wil do-

Bruce Campbell

Well I don't think the Raiders are interested in any of the QB's on the board, and with Ryan Mallet not having declared yet I think they go OT, which is not a bad thing.  Campbell would bring toughness and add a nasty streak back to the silver and black.

9. Buffalo Bills

What would I do-

Gerald McCoy

Chances of him falling this far are low, but in my eyes, this could happen.  Of course that is why I am behind a computer and not in a luxury box watching the game every Sunday.  McCoy is the second best DT prospect and he would be a welcomed addition to the Bills defensive line.

What will they do-

Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech

Morgan is a fringe top 10 prospect, I guess that makes sense why he would be at number nine then.  Morgan is an intriguing prospect b/c he has the size and speed teams love, but with the movement to a 3-4 he may fall a little.  The Bills though would love his ability to hold up against the run and rush the passer, so this may be where he ends up.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

What would I do-

Rolando McClain, LB Alabama

McClain is just a guy that gets the job done.  He possesses so much talent to go along with his tremendous leadership ability that I don't see how the Jags pass him up.

What they will do-

Tim Tebow, QB Florida

I have fallen into the trap of believing Tebow is going to Jacksonville.  I spent a couple of months trying to figure out how this makes sense, at all, and why the Jags would "waste" a pick on a project at QB.  Then the last two home games happened and I realized, they need to do whatever they can to keep that franchise there, even if it means making a reach at the tenth selection.

Tebow has a following like few others, and in Florida sports history he is one of the most revered ever.  So even though I don't agree with it and don't like it, I will begrudgingly put him there... for now.

My early thoughts of WHAT I WOULD DO with the 11-20 picks:

11. Denver Broncos: Terrence Cody, NT Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams, NT Tennessee

13. San Francisco 49ers: C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson (I will note this one before I get killed by the 9ers fans.  If they are moving to a more spread formation to suit Alex Smith, then I say get him a back who fits that mold better.)

14. Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Morgan

15. New York Giants: Mike Iupati, OG Idaho

16. Tennessee Titans: Taylor Mays, S USC

17. San Francisco: Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB TCU

19. Atlanta Falcons: Donovan Warren, CB Michigan

20. Houston Texans: Earl Thomas, S Texas

A little more in depth look at 11-20 will come next week.

Thanks for the read.
Posted on: January 2, 2010 10:43 pm

PP2 Schedule

First off, sorry some people only getting a week in between gameplans.  If this is a problem I will try and redo the schedule.

Second, this is the plan right now.  If we begin to have issues with participation, especially voting and gameplans, then I will immediatley dump teams and we will contract.  That may not make people happy, but I am tired of people not showing up, especially when some people are very dedicated and diligent.

If you are dumped, you will not get back in, unless there is a legit reason.  First you should PM me, Kmvenne, MS or Skins with how long you will be gone, that will go a long way in keeping you in here. 

So here it is.

1 missed gameplan, you forfeit 1 trade in transaction period #2.
2 missed gameplans and you are gone.



1. 3G 1/11/10
2. Buc 1/25/10
3. Lakers /JP 2/8/10
4. Showdown game for a bye 2/22/10


1. MM 1/11/10
2. BMu 1/25/10
3. tfitz 2/15/10
4. Showdown game for a bye 2/22/10 (Sorry for the two gameplans in a week time)


1. GoCavs 1/14/10
2. McGrady 1/28/10
3. Cain 2/15/10
4. Showdown game for a bye 2/22/10 (Sorry)


1. kmvenne 1/14/10
2. Joe 1/28/10
3. Nate 2/11/10
4. Showdown game for a bye



1. Buc 1/18/10
2. Harst 1/28/10
3. 3G 2/11/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. Harst 1/14/10
2. Lakers/JP 2/1/10
3. McGrady 2/18/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. Biggy 1/11/10
2. GoCavs 2/1/10
3. Joe 2/11/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. Joe 1/18/10
2. Biggy 1/25/10
3. MM 2/18/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. Skins 1/11/10
2. Cain 2/4/10
3. Buc 2/18/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. BMu 1/18/10
2. tfitz 2/4/10
3. Harst 2/11/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. McGrady 1/21/10
2. Nate 2/4/10
3. Skins 2/15/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. Lakers/JP 1/21/10
2. MM 2/4/10
3. MS 2/15/10
4. Seeding or elimination game

Lakers (aka JP)

1. Cain 1/21/10
2. kmvenne 2/1/10
3. Biggy 2/8/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. MS 1/14/10
2. 3G 2/1/10
3. BMu 2/8/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. Nate 1/18/10
2. Skins 1/25/10
3. GoCavs 2/8/10
4. Seeding or elimination game


1. tfitz 1/21/10
2. MS 1/28/10
3. kmvenne 2/18/10
4. Seeding or elimination game

Again for those that have not been around, we are going back to two games per week, each game getting 72 hours.

Game 1 Pool Play 2

Victorious Basterds v Bay Harbor Butchers 1/11/10
Bus Drivers v Mother Lover's 1/11/10

Big Ben's Block Party v GoCavs 1/14/10
Harst v The Knowledge Organization 1/14/10

Bunch of Bull v Florkansas Gatorbacks 1/18/10
Ruff Ryders v Ripnu Ginobiltans (I forgot the rest) 1/18/10

Championship Crew v TMackers 1/21/10
MM's Mom's Checklist v Worst Team Here 1/21/10

Game 2 Pool Play 2

Victorious Basterds v Florkansas Gatorbacks 1/25/10
Bus Drivers v Ripnu Ginobiltans 1/25/10

Big Bens Block Party v TMackers 1/28/10
Harst v Bunch of Bull 1/28/10

The Knowledge Organization v MM's Mom's Checklist 2/1/10
Bay Harbor Butchers v GoCavs 2/1/10

Mother Lover's v Worst Team Here 2/4/10
Ruff Ryders v Championship Crew 2/4/10

Game 3 Pool Play 2

Victorious Basterds v MM's Mom's Checklist 2/8/10
GoCavs v Ripnu Ginobiltans 2/8/10

Bunch of Bull v Bay Harbor Butchers 2/11/10
Harst v Ruff Ryders 2/11/10

Bus Drivers v Championship Crew 2/15/10
Big Bens Block Party v Worst Team Here 2/15/10

The Knowledge Organization v TMackers 2/18/10
Florkansas Gatorbacks v Mother Lovers 2/18/10

Game 4

Showdown For Bye Weeks

1v4 2/22/10

2v3 2/22/10

Seeds #5 #6 #7 #8

5v6 2/25/10

7v8 2/25/10

Seeds #9 #10 #11 #12

9v10 3/1/10

11v12 3/1/10

Win or Go Home

13v16 3/4/10
14v15 3/4/10

Transaction Period #2

Last two teams out are dissolved and players are lost.  The transaction period #2 will begin Sunday 3/7/10 when the win or go home games end. 

3 trades for 6 players, or if you vote in 25 of the 28 games you can possibly vote in you get 4 trades for 7 players.

Category: NBA
Posted on: November 19, 2009 2:17 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft- Top 12

One week later and we are ready to continue on in the journey towards the NFL draft.  Some of this will definitely be rehashed from the last blog, but there has been some movement on my big board and in the standings. 

Wait, I don't have a big board, well there are some mistakes I made, which is what the "experts" mean when they say there has been movement on their boards.

So who is going where now and what has changed? 

Let's get started.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  They are playing with heart and fight, they just lack talent right now.  I was not a fan of the Raheem Morris hiring or the drafting of Josh Freeman, but both seem to have this team on the right track.

They still need help at numerous places, but to me the key to the Bucs success has always been having a great defense.  That is why I am sticking with my first pick for them.

With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska


2. St. Louis Rams:  Nothing has changed to me and they need to get Steven Jackson help.  Marc Bulger is not the problem, but he is also not the answer and the Rams need to begin looking forward into what they can become.

Adding a potential franchise quarterback will hopefully keep Jackson around when his contract ends, and keep the franchises hopes alive with it.  That is why I am sticking with my first pick.

With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame


3.  Detroit Lions:  The team at the number three pick may have changed, but the pick will not.  The Lions need an OL help, and with the best one on the board, they can protect their $120 million investment.

With the third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State


4.  Cleveland Browns:  After the last couple of games, I would not be shocked to see them go with a new quarterback, as it does not appear either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson is the future.

I am not going to jump on that bandwagon just yet, as I see more pressing needs on the team, especially in the secondary.  That, and you cannot pass on a player like this guy, who does it all and can be the corner stone on which you build your defense for years to come.

With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:Eric Berry, SS Tennessee

5.  Oakland Raiders: As usual, the wild card team of the bunch.  Which way will Al Davis lean?  I have no idea, neither does anyone in the organization.  I say they take the local product and big hitter, but hey, you never know.

With the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Taylor Mays, FS USC


6.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Well in the famous words of Herm Edwards, "You play to win the game." Even if that means giving up draft position.  The Chiefs have played... ok in the wake of fiery new coach Todd Haley.

What they need is help along the OL.  Is there an OL worth taking this high?  I am not sure, so I would look for them  to take a Richard Seymour type DE. 

With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida


7.  Washington Redskins:  They won again, and the more they win, the more the pick will be flip flopped.  That being said, i see no reason at this point to change the pick right now and I keep them with the most intriguing QB prospect in the draft.

With the seventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jake Locker, QB Washington

Note:  They could be looking at a RB depending on what happens in free agency this off season, as I see them going hard after Ronnie Brown and Pierre Thomas.


8.  Tennessee Titans:  They are playing great right now and seem to be on the right path back to the top.  In the scenario I have created, they get that big presence back in the middle of their defensive line.

With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma


9.  Seattle Seahawks:  The Hawks would be ecstatic to see a solid OL prospect still on the board here.  They have had at least four, and maybe even five left tackles this year. 

With the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma


10.  Buffalo Bills:  Could this be the spot for what was supposed to be the number one pick in this years draft?  Is this still too high for someone coming off of major surgery on their shoulder?  I say yes, but I don't see how the Bills pass on this opportunity.

With the tenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

Note:  You would think with three potential top 10 picks that the Sooners would be having a better season.  Shows you how important their QB was.

11.  San Francisco 49ers:  Again, nothing has changed in my mind with this pick.  The 49ers need help along the offensive line, but they also need a pass rusher.  So do they reach for an OL prospect, or do they stick with someone I think will be an elite pass rusher in the game.  Well for now it is my mock draft so.

With the eleventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE Texas


12.  New York Jets:  Well they looked great early, but have struggled mightily of late.  What can be done to help?  Getting Mark Sanchez some weapons.  No RB or WR has been taken yet in my draft, but that ends here, with a big threat over the middle being added to the Jets repertoire.

With the twelfth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State


Come back next week as we continue to preview the draft and delve a little deeper into the needs of each team as well.

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 17, 2009 4:51 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2009 2:45 pm

CPMD Pool Play 1 Schedule and Results


11/16/09- Mother Lover's v The Bus Drivers = 15-7 TBD wins
               The Ambulance v The Knowledge Organization= TKO Wins by FF

11/18/09- Victorious Basterds v Ruff Ryders = 15-0 VB wins
               Bay Harbor Butchers v GoCavs/BostonBay44 = 14-4 BHB wins

11/20/09- Florkansas Gatorbacks v Championship Crew = 12-2 FG wins
               McGradyKid134/BrendanQ24 v Michigan Sports = MS wins by FF

11/23/09- Worst Team Here v Sulphurous Nonentities = 7-1 SN wins barring a barrage of votes
                Bunch of Bull v MM's Moms Checklist = 11-6 BOB wins 

11-30-09- Mother Lover's v Ripnu Ginobiltins
               The Knowledge Organization v The Bus Drivers

12/2/09- Victorious Basterds v Bay Harbor Butchers
              GoCavs/BostonBay44 v Ruff Ryders

12/4/09- Florkansas Gatorbacks v McGradykid134/BrendanQ24
             Michigan Sports v Championship Crew

12/7/09- Worst Team Here v Bunch of Bull
              MM's Moms Checklist v Sulphurous Nonentities

12/9/09- Mother Lover's v The Knowledge Organization
             Ripnu Ginobiltins v The Bus Drivers

12/11/09- Victorious Basterds v GoCavs/BostonBay44
               Bay Harbor Butchers v Ruff Ryders

12/14/09- Florkansas Gatorbacks v Michigan Sports
               McGradykid134 v Championship Crew

12/16/09- Worst Team Here v MM's Moms Checklist
               Bunch of Bull v
Sulphurous Nonentities

12/18/09 - 1/2/10 Transaction Period #1 and Add/Drop Period

Category: NBA
Tags: CPMD
Posted on: November 12, 2009 6:28 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2009 2:46 pm

CPMD Rosters and Divisions

CPMD Rosters and Divisions

NORTH Division:

Mother Lover's (MM/Chrisper) (0-1)

PG- Rajon Rondo
SG- Kobe Bryant
SF- Richard Jefferson
PF- Zach Randolph
 C- Andrew Bynum

BE- Lou Williams
BE- Arron Afflalo
BE- Al Thornton
BE- Tyrus Thomas
BE- Andrew Bogut

The Ambulance   Ripnu Ginobiltins (WBC_147 BMu_1963) (0-1)  1 Forefeit

PG- Andre Miller
SG- Vince Carter
SF- Luol Deng
PF- Amar'e Stoudemire
 C- Brad Miller

BE- Mike Bibby
BE- Allen Iverson
BE- Jason Terry
BE- Elton Brand
BE- Kenyon Martin

The Knowledge Organization (kmvenne/ignorepeter)(1-0)

PG- Gilbert Arenas
SG- Brandon Roy
SF- Jeff Green
PF- Josh Smith
 C- Emeka Okafor

BE- Ty Lawson
BE- Rudy Fernandez
BE- Anthony Randolph
BE- Marreese Speights
BE- Marcin Gortat

The Bus Drivers (Skins8) (1-0)

PG- Devin Harris
SG- Joe Johnson
SF- Caron Butler
PF- Lamar Odom
 C- Chris Kaman

BE- Brandon Jennings
BE- Ray Allen
BE- Tracy McGrady
BE- Al Harrington
BE- Spencer Hawes

SOUTH Division:

Victorious Basterds (Flash 3/The Big B) (1-0_

PG- Chris Paul
SG- Monta Ellis
SF- Danny Granger
PF- David West
 C- Mehmet Okur

BE- Rodney Stuckey
BE- Michael Redd
BE- Dahntay Jones
BE- Michael Beasley
BE- Joel Przybilla

Bay Harbor Butchers (threegamer13) (1-0)

PG- Derrick Rose
SG- J.J. Redick
SF- Shane Battier
PF- Chris Bosh
 C- Al Horford

BE- Kirk Hinrich
BE- Manu Ginobili
BE- Danilo Gallinari
BE- Travis Outlaw
BE- Roy Hibbert

GoCavs33/BostonBay44 (0-1)

PG- Deron Williams
SG- Josh Howard
SF- Carmelo Anthony
PF- Jermaine O'Neal
 C- Adris Biendrins

BE- D.J. Augustin
BE- Stephen Curry
BE- Mickael Pietrus
BE- Blake Griffin
BE- Anderson Varejao

Ruff Ryders (nate75) (0-1)

PG- Jason Kidd
SG- Eric Gordon
SF- Kevin Durant
PF- Al Jefferson
 C- Marcus Camby

BE- Mo Williams
BE- Grant Hill
BE- Wilson Chandler
BE- Hakim Warrick
BE- Andray Blatche

EAST Division:

Florkansas Gatorbacks (BucFan/miamifins) (1-0)

PG- Jameer Nelson
SG- Stephen Jackson
SF- Corey Brewer
PF- Kevin Garnett
 C- Dwight Howard

BE- Will Bynum
BE- Jamal Crawford
BE- Matt Barnes
BE- Ryan Anderson
BE- Chris Andersen

mcgradykid134/BrendanQ24 (0-1) FF

PG- Tony Parker
SG- Kevin Martin
SF- Rudy Gay
PF- Carlos Boozer
 C- Shaquille O'Neal

BE- Leandro Barbosa
BE- Richard Hamilton
BE- Tayshaun Prince
BE- Charlie Villanueva
BE- Samuel Dalembert

Michigan Sports (1-0)

G- Chauncey Billups
G- Ben Gordon
F- LeBron James
F- Tim Duncan
C- Ben Wallace

BE- Nate Robinson
BE- Raja Bell
BE- James Posey
BE- Paul Millsap
BE- Rasheed Wallace  

Championship Crew (tfitz/Iowa Hawkeyes) (0-1)

PG- Steve Nash
SG- Andre Iguodala
SF- Paul Pierce
PF- David Lee
 C- Tyson Chandler

BE- Tyreke Evans
BE- Raymond Felton
BE- Boris Diaw
BE- Joakim Noah
BE- Kendrick Perkins

WEST Division:

D Leaguers (Cain=CYYOUNG)

PG- Russell Westbrook
SG- Trevor Ariza
SF- Rashard Lewis
PF- Antawn Jamison
 C- Brook Lopez

BE- Aaron Brooks
BE- Anthony Morrow
BE- Kelenna Azubuike
BE- Troy Murphy
BE- Andrea Bargnani

Bunch of Bull (windy city joe)

PG- Baron Davis
SG- Dwyane Wade
SF- Hedo Turkoglu
PF- Shawn Marion
 C- Marc Gasol

BE- Ronnie Brewer
BE- Channing Frye
BE- Jason Thompson
BE- Kevin Love
BE- Greg Oden

MM's Moms Checklist (lakers2408)

PG- Jose Calderon
SG- John Salmons
SF- Ron Artest
PF- LaMarcus Aldridge
 C- Pau Gasol

BE- Derek Fisher
BE- J.R. Smith
BE- Andrei Kirilenko
BE- Carl Landry
BE- Brendan Haywood

Sulphurous Nonentities (b100d/Harst)

PG- Jonny Flynn
SG- O.J. Mayo
SF- Gerald Wallace
PF- Dirk Nowitzki
 C- Nene

BE- Mario Chalmers
BE- Jason Richardson
BE- Thaddeus Young
BE- Luis Scola
BE- Erick Dampier

Category: NBA
Tags: CPMD Rosters
Posted on: November 12, 2009 1:56 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2009 4:49 pm

2009-2010 CPMD Rules and Schedule

Divisions :

     Mother Lover's
     The Ambulance
     The Bus Drivers

     Victorious Basterds
     Bay Harbor Butchers
     Ruff Ryders

     Florkansas Gatorbacks
     Michigan Sports
     Championship Crew

     Worst Team Here
     Bunch of Bull
     MM Mom's Checklist
     Sulphurous Nonentities


11/16/09- Mother Lover's v The Bus Drivers
               The Ambulance v The Knowledge Organization

11/18/09- Victorious Basterds v Ruff Ryders
               Bay Harbor Butchers v GoCavs/BostonBay44

11/20/09- Florkansas Gatorbacks v Championship Crew
               McGradyKid134/BrendanQ24 v Michigan Sports

11/23/09- Worst Team Here v Sulphurous Nonentities
               Bunch of Bull v MM's Moms Checklist

11-30-09- Mother Lover's v The Ambulance
               The Knowledge Organization v The Bus Drivers

12/2/09- Victorious Basterds v Bay Harbor Butchers
              GoCavs/BostonBay44 v Ruff Ryders

12/4/09- Florkansas Gatorbacks v McGradykid134/BrendanQ24
             Michigan Sports v Championship Crew

12/7/09- Worst Team Here v Bunch of Bull
              MM's Moms Checklist v Sulphurous Nonentities

12/9/09- Mother Lover's v The Knowledge Organization
             The Ambulance v The Bus Drivers

12/11/09- Victorious Basterds v GoCavs/BostonBay44
               Bay Harbor Butchers v Ruff Ryders

12/14/09- Florkansas Gatorbacks v Michigan Sports
               McGradykid134 v Championship Crew

12/16/09- Worst Team Here v MM's Moms Checklist
               Bunch of Bull v
Sulphurous Nonentities

12/18/09 - 1/2/10 Transaction Period #1 and Add/Drop Period

PP2 Will Begin 1/4/10

     1. Gameplans have a max of 1000 words for the PP1 and PP2.  Roster and minutes distribution are not included in that word count.
     2. You must have your gameplan into me or another BOD by the night before or at latest the morning of your game.  Failure to turn in a gameplan will result in a forefeit.  Failure to turn in two gameplans will result in immediate banishment from the tournament as well as constant mocking and possible castration.
     3.  Voting is a must if you are a participant.  Looking at the participant list right now, we should have 20 votes in every match up.
     4.  Voting rules are still being tweaked, but almost any vote will count, as long as it has some explanation for the reasoning behind the vote.  If you have a problem with a vote, please PM one of the BOD's, DO NOT SAY ANYTHING ON THE THREAD!!!!!!!!!!

5.  There is no trading tabulation structure for voting.  If you vote in 90% or more of the matches you will get an extra trade, other than that everyone will be awarded with 3 trades/ 6 players in the transaction periods.  You will be moved to 4 trades/7 players if you vote.  Lack of voting is also cause for removal from this tourney, but that is why we are trying to decide the best way to vote.    

     6. Requirement that each Coach must list the minutes played of each player in the gameplan, no more "Match LeBrons minutes"

     7. Requirement that each player must be designated to a particular position in the gameplans, for example if you have Al Horford, you must say that he's playing 30min at C, then 10min at PF.

     8. Games that go into overtime or get "enough" votes will just continue on and won't push the next set of games back to mess up schedule. ( minimum of 10 votes in each match )  Matches that are tied in point value after 2 days will go into an overtime period of 12 hours where whichever team is leading at that time wins the match.  If it's tied still then we go into a sudden death period where the next vote wins.

     9. If someone doesn't turn in a gameplan they will lose the match by forfeit, the Poster who turned in their gameplan has the option to post only their gameplan for people to comment.  No points are awarded and in case of a tie breaker, the game against a like opponent would be thrown out.

     10. When both teams fail to turn in gameplans, both teams get a loss and nobody gets automatic votes for or against.

     11. Voting value in the game threads:

       *Votes from Sole Owners = 2 points

       *Votes from Team Owners = 1 point

       *Votes from non-participants = 1 point


Category: NBA
Tags: CPMD
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