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  • 2014-future

    Fox Sports Digital @ Yardbarker Editorial Producer

    Editorial and digital strategist for FOX Sports interactive media team, focusing on Yardbarker's social media engagement, publisher relations and new media verticals.

  • 2010-2015

    SB Nation @ Senior Writer

    Contributed to the news desk and editorial direction for NBA and college football.

  • 2013-2014

    Google @ Operations Coordinator

    Led onboarding of small and medium-sized businesses onto Google My Business platform.

  • 2009-2011

    Nielsen @ Retail Consultant

    Served as a retail consultant and consumer market researcher with a focus on Kroger and Safeway.

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  • 2016

    University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

    Sport Management Masters Program

  • 2005

    Langston University Langston, OK

    Bachelors in Organization Management

  • 2010

    Media Bridges Cincinnati, OH

    Radio and Broadcasting Certification

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Labor Day Weekend = Football, Football, and Football...

Labor Day Weekend = Football, Football, and Football...

What I will be doing this weekend besides football...

I write this article with the joy of working for a great company that let me off of work at 1pm today! (Standing ovation to my CEO, thank you.) Folks, the summer is ending and I am actually excited. After the Olympics ending, I see my depleted Atlanta Braves in 4th place in the weak NL East, so I'm pretty much done with baseball this year. However...I've got 2 teams to be super excited about. #1. My hometown Oklahoma Sooners, and #2. My under-exposed Jacksonville Jaguars. Its a big year for those two, and for tons of teams this year as there are at least 15 teams in college football that have a legitimate shot at the BCS Title, in the NFL there's probably about 5-6 at the most. With all that said, the weekend schedule is looking pretty juicy, lets dig in and find out the key matchups...

SMU vs. Rice, Friday @ 7pm - I know you're thinking huh? Why would I watch such a ridiculous game? Not so fast my friend...(LEE CORSO!!!) Rice boasts probably the best wide receiver you've never heard of in Jarrett Dillard. At 5'11", 175 lbs., all I know is that dude is a beast on NCAA '09, and Dillard ranks eighth on the NCAA career list in touchdown receptions (40). He's also only 11 TD's away from becoming the all-time leader so check out #81 before he goes to the league.

Alabama vs. Clemson, Saturday @ 7:30pm - The best runningback duo in college football touches down in Atlanta (James Davis, CJ Spiller) vs. Saban-ball and the Crimson Tide. Keep your eye on 6'5" wideout Aaron Kelley as Alabama will have a hard time matching up with him all night. Hey players, don't party too hard after the game, evidently the Black Gay Pride weekend is going on in downtown ATL this weekend as well. I'm just saying, be careful...

Missouri vs. Illinois, Saturday @ 8:30pm - Chase vs. Juice at The 2008 State Farm Arch Rivalry (sounds like a WWF pay-per-view match) Its gonna be a good test for the Mizzou defense as Juice Williams and Arrelious "Regis" Benn provide all types of matchup problems for anyone (ask THE Ohio State) plus the "Showdown in the Show Me State" will feature one of the best players on Missouri's defense in William Moore. The safety has tremendous ball-hawking skills and their front 7 simply gets after it. Should be good.

Tennessee vs. UCLA, Monday @ 8pm
- UCLA has the privilege to have lost both of its QB's in the offseason, so they are down to #3 QB JUCO transfer Kevin Craft. #18 ranked Tennessee on the other hand, also has a new QB but much more experienced in Jonathan Crompton, and Arian Foster is a nice back who is poised to have a breakout year for the Vols. Tennessee has underachieved the last 3-4 years and the SEC is setup for them to maybe make a run. UCLA also have #16 BYU on their schedule next week so they need to put a win on the board or be faced with an 0-2 start early on. Oh, and its in the Rose Bowl so it should be fun.

That's it, nothing more until Tuesday. Hopefully you got a full dose of Obama on Thursday night, let it carry you thru the weekend, and Godspeed.

-Ed.

Donovan McNabb - Mr. Unappreciated...

Donovan McNabb - Mr. Unappreciated...


Let me paint the picture for you...

Last night, at about 8ish...I was in my annual fantasy football draft room (at Buffalo Wild Wings aka BW3's) and I have a pretty nice squad on my hands: RB Brian Westbrook, RB Larry Johnson, WR Marques Colston, WR Calvin Johnson, WR Marvin Harrison, TE Kellen Winslow, and RB Laurence Maroney...now obviously I am devoid of a QB but with it being a 10-team draft, everyone else had drafted a QB. In the 8th round, I had the 2nd-to-last pick, and I heard TWO quarterbacks picked that weren't named McNabb, they were QB David Garrard and QB Phillip Rivers. I was stunned. There's no way I would ever believe in life that those 2 quarterbacks are better than McNabb. Luckily, I was still able to get my QB by the time it was my pick, but that was the motivation for me to write this article about my favorite player in the NFL.

Yeah I said it...(Leon, don't get me for saying that) Donovan McNabb is my favorite player in the NFL. Has been since Syracuse. When I first saw him, he reminded me of Randall Cunningham, my all-time favorite player. Strong arm, great awareness, quick feet, and a knack for making a big play. Plus, he was kinda witty, had a bit of flash on him when necessary, and played hard. Never was in trouble, and was a bonafide leader of the hardest fans' team in football, the Philadelphia Eagles. You know the Eagles, cheering when Michael Irvin broke his neck at Veterans Stadium? Throwing snowballs with batteries on the inside at away team's players? Yeah, you know them.

Brian Westbrook owes Mac Five (and Mac Five owes Westbrook) a lot of love, because McNabb has consistently found a way to get the ball to #36 at all times (maybe, and probably because there's been no one else to throw to...) The Eagles went to 4 consecutive conference championships, and Super Bowl 39 (XXXIX) where the Eagles were three points away from the championship.

**Aside - This is the game where McNabb became increasingly fatigued in the 4th quarter, some say he dehydrated and vomited in the huddle, some say he had the wind knocked out of him in an earlier hit, regardless of all that...he did make a very slow and deliberate drive down the field in the 4th quarter, but didn't give the Eagles enough time to make one more sustained drive. Its the Super Bowl and McNabb probably was dehydrated, beat up (4 sacks), and a bit nervous. ITS THE SUPER BOWL! What do you expect? It was a gritty performance, and one play here or there could've won it for the Eagles. End aside.**

Then there's the Terrell Owens debacle, first off let me say this, I am a big T.O. fan. I really just wish this could've worked out better. When Donovan finally had a playmaker, Philly was a real problem. It made all of their additional receivers that much better, it gave Westbrook extra room as 8-in-the-box was no longer an option for defenses, and the defense gained confidence because they had more confidence in the offense. But lets not overstate this, when Philly acquired Donte Stallworth in 2006, McNabb was having an MVP season with 18 TD's and just 6 interceptions. When Don's had playmakers, the Eagles have played exceptionally well. So, I don't ever put too much into T.O. causing demise in Philly, but it'd been nice to keep him there.

The point is this, Philadelphia, fantasy owners, and fans of football have labeled this man as soft. Soft?!?!?? 2 of the 3 injuries occurred on pass plays where no one was open and Don was making a play. MAYBE IF SOMEONE WAS OPEN, he'd find someone to throw to before getting destroyed! That third injury, the "sports hernia" well, let me ask you this? Have you ever had a hernia? Tom Brady has, don't remember? Well Brady played thru it, and the Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos 27-13 (can you imagine the Patriots losing to Denver now?) and had a very poor game. This was the year after the Patriots beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl so it wasn't like they had a weak team.

What more do you want from your quarterback? From your favorite player? This is why I hate Cowboys fans that aren't from Dallas, people who are all of a sudden Patriots fans, and are Yankees fans, Lakers fans, Red Sox fans, Celtics fans, Red Wings fans, etc. You've got money, great players, and win on a regular basis. I get it, it makes sense, and go kill yourself. Along with being a Jaugars fan 4 life, my favorite player is McNabb, you can have Moss, Brady, Manning, L.T., Reggie Bush, etc. but my guy always holds his head high, doesn't make excuses, is never in trouble, and continues to be a leader. Yet you call him soft?

So now in 2008 I have selected you, Donovan McNabb, to be my starter in fantasy football. But, in reality, you've always been my starter. Because we remember what Rush Limbaugh said about you, we remember how the Philly fans booed you when you got drafted, we remember when you and T.O. battled to the end, and we remember you for giving it your all in good and bad times (4 TD's against Arizona with a broken ankle, sports hernia, 4th and 26, dehydrated in the Super Bowl), the point is that if no one else remembers I remember. So bring back moonwalking in the endzone, get back on a Madden cover, make that #5 shine, because I appreciate you fam. As everyone else should.

-Ed.

(P.S. this is a lot of "love" to give to a man, so I'm gonna insert the Cam'ron phrase that pays to excuse myself...)

NO HOMO

Team USA is Golden once again...

Team USA is Golden once again...


Team USA held off a super performance from Spain to bring home the Gold by the score of 118 to 107. Team USA was only up by 4 with just 2 minutes left to play, but strong defense and critical execution prevailed as Baltimore's own Carmelo Anthony stated triumphantly after the game (in heavy BMore accent), "This is America, this is how we ball son."

In honor of this Monday, we're gonna let the smooth sounds of my momma's favorite artist, Mr. Marvin Gaye take you home with the National Anthem music video made by Nike highlighting Team USA's players (get Carlos Boozer of this team, he didn't contribute at all, crop him out of photos and act like it never happened. just give him his medal and tell him to go home...)



Enjoy, and get ready for some college football!

-Ed.

Usain The Great

Usain The Great

**This article is provided by featured writer Kenny Masenda, we will begin our football coverage next week so stay tuned!**

I know Ed JUST wrote a story about Usain Bolt, but that was when he broke the 100-meter world record. Honestly, after seeing his prelims, I knew that record was in trouble (he JOGGED a 9.92 and a 9.85, respectively), so when he ran that 9.69, WITH EASE, it didn’t shock me, as much as it just let me know the rest of the world has some serious catching up to do. I don’t know if the rest of the field should be ashamed, or be happy that they were able to be a part of something this HISTORIC. However, after seeing what I saw on Wednesday August 20, 2008, from this day forth, I’m declaring this day…Usain Bolt Day. As a matter of fact, every August 20 will be observed, in remembrance of the day that The Great Michael Johnson’s 200-meter world record was broken.


Ato Bolden (4-time medalist, Olympic sprinter from Trinidad, and co-commentator during the historic performance) said “the world record that I thought would be the record at 200-meters until the day I DIED is gone.” Trust, he’s far from the only one. There are some things that I thought I’d never see in sports again (someone scoring 100 points in a game, someone batting .400 in a season again, and someone breaking this world record). Even Michael Johnson, the previous record-holder (damn, it just sounds crazy saying that) said this in an article from The Daily Telegraph:

"Bolt doesn't have a natural ability to run the curve as well as I think is required to clock 19.32 at this point. And I doubt if the emphasis in his training has been on speed endurance, since it was clear on Saturday that his focus has been on improving his 100m technique. So, for now at least, the record is safe. But only for now."


Well, I think it’s safe to say he ain't no soothsayer, but everyone else in the world was wrong too. Everyone was wrong, except for Usain Bolt; the world-record-breaking double medalist of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, and now the owner of the most dominating track and field performance the world has EVER seen.

Be easy.

Ed the Ladies Man - Dating Tips

Ed the Ladies Man - Dating Tips


The Life and Times of Ed, oh behave...

Trust, please believe that your man Ed has tons of versatility. What? You thought I was t-shirt and jeans? Just trolled in front of the TV and Internet and watch/read ESPN? Naw, I have more faith in you than that, you know me. If you don't, then you should...

I realize that the majority of my readers are males in the 18-45 year old demographic, but I also realize that I bring in lots of younger readers, female readers, and wily old coots as well. (thanks
Uncle Butch!) If you understand anything about Ed The Sports Fan, then understand this: ETSF is a sports AND lifestyle blog from the minds of folks who appreciate athletics and culture. Some folks ask why I don't talk more about steroids, Brett Favre, Michael Phelps, and other trivial sports news that would push my traffic needle. Well, if you wanted someone to report the latest on what's going on in the sports world, there's this website called ESPN.com and they will happily discuss the latest on why Brett Favre loves wearing his Wrangler Jeans while taking a bubble bath and doing Sudoku. You don't come here for that. You come here to relax, learn, reflect, and appreciate. That, I can provide.

Therefore, the Fall season is coming up and the weather is going to start getting cooler and cooler. Fellas, you're gonna want someone to cuddle with. Well guess what? Ladies do too! And believe it or not, in this day in age, ladies love sports too! Here's a few suggestions for you and the boo.
  1. Take her to a high school football game - If you are low on funds, taking her to a high school game shows some creativity and its refreshing from the normal movies or dinner date. Football at its rawest level is always appreciated. No glitz or glamour. Plus with all the high school kids in the stands, its a great conversation starter on your former high school days, just don't bring up that time when you got caught in the janitor's closet with Susie...

  2. Play Miniature Golf - The classic date. No physical exertion needed, plenty of time to talk, and a great opportunity to help her with her "golf stroke." Don't get too excited though, lol. Spice it up a bit and make it a competition. Loser cooks dinner. Hope you can make more than that grilled cheese and ramen you learned to make back in college.

  3. Go To a Shooting Range - CAUTION: Don't do this till at least the 3rd date, otherwise she might think you're an escaped murderer trying to prowl on young ladies. If you've made it past the 3rd date, then this can be lots of fun. Instead of shooting guns on the PlayStation, go shoot for real. Just don't let her aim for the crotch region. (Trust, she WILL aim for the crotch region.

  4. Teach her to play Madden - This is a good one for when you're snowed in. I don't know how many girls I've met in my life that wanted to play Madden just so they could play with the boys/boyfriend. Here's the thing, they probably don't want to play, but they want to spend time and be engaged with you. They see us having the best time in life (me) and they want to enjoy it too. However, if you don't have patience to really teach her the basics then don't do it. And for Godsakes don't give her the controller then blow her out by 70 points! This is one of those times that when you do score, you don't score. Get it?

  5. Play in a casual co-ed softball/flag football league - Hey, we want our ladies to be fit...and we could lose a pound or two, plus you can show her all those moves you "used to have" back in high school. Don't hype yourself up though and then strikeout in softball, be prepared to get clowned mercilessly for at least 4-6 weeks.
There are tons of ideas but I don't have that kind of time, I'm writing this while eating lunch. Gotta go back to work. If you have any other ideas then leave a comment so we can embrace cuddling when its cold in 2008. Just like Obama said, "YES WE CAN!"

This message is paid for by the Ed Needs Psychiatric Help Campaign. Thanks.

-Ed.

Thoughts for Tuesday: Football, Vegas, Teeth, Olympics...

Thoughts for Tuesday: Football, Vegas, Teeth, Olympics...

Damn, I miss Vegas...

Focus. Ok, I gotta admit. The Olympics has worn me out to a degree. Ok, I lied. I'm worn out with the Michael Phelps coverage. Can the dude get some work done on those TEETH???!?! Look, I'm just saying its a distraction when I see him on television ALL THE TIME. Those 237 gold medals are going to put a lot of people to bed when he breaks his neck trying to put them all on at once. However, let me settle this whole debate about Phelps being the greatest Olympian right now. He is one of the greatest Olympians and athletes of all-time. BUT, he's not the best Olympian of all-time. That honor would go to the "flamboyant" Carl Lewis. Why? 4 Golds (100, 200, 4x100, and Long Jump) in the '84 Olympics in L.A., 2 Golds (100, Long Jump) and 1 Silver in the '88 Olympics in Seoul, 2 Golds (4x100, Long Jump) in the '92 Olympics in Barcelona, and Gold (Long Jump) in the '96 Olympics in Atlanta. Folks, that's 12 years! He won that last gold at 35! That totals 9 Golds, and 1 Silver. Truly dominant over 12 years, amazing. I would consider Phelps feat in the last 2 Olympics more dominant, but for longevity, variety, and true athleticism...my vote goes to Lewis.

Why is Carl Lewis "flamboyant"? Well...along with singing the worst national anthem of all-time, he also decided to make this music video:


Ok, so I watched 2 preseason football games this week and felt like the horizon was filled with greatness. Because everyone's psyched about football right? I mean between Ed playing in a Fall flag football league, playing in like 4 fantasy football leagues, playing Madden and NCAA '09 on the PS3 (gamertag - coolbreeze5), and the ACTUAL college football and NFL season coming up, I'm hella juiced. (Am I doing too much? Oh well...)

Finally, I am sick and tired of this recent media story about American athletes being "traitors" by playing for other countries. Becky Hammon & J.R. Holden playing for Russia, and Chris Kaman playing for Germany. Let's start on Kaman. He's got ties to Germany via ancestry, and he would NEVER get the chance to play on the USA team in his life. Remember the Olympics are every FOUR years! Why not go play for Germany? This is a non-issue. Ok? What about Hammon and Holden? J.R. Holden first. If you don't know about J.R. Holden then lets backtrack. Former hoopstar from Bucknell, got some cups of coffee at some pro teams but never made a team. Went overseas to play in Russia and is now a Russian citizen and one of the best players in their league. So he shouldn't play? Of course he should.

Now Becky Hammon...Becky Hammon, from Rapid City, S.D. (right next to Mt. Rushmore), was named South Dakota Miss Basketball in high school, got her jersey retired at Colorado State University, and has been a cornerstone player for the WNBA (all-star and MVP candidate). In her free time she plays overseas in Russia, where she makes SIX TIMES her contract for the WNBA. (Take your current hourly/salary wage and multiply it by 6. Oh behave...) She's always dreamed of playing for Team USA and in the Olympics but to no avail. Alas, Russia needed a point guard and since she plays in Russia and lives there occasionally, she was invited onto the team. She accepted. She gets the once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the Olympics and play against the best in the world, including Team USA! Now, I can see a problem if she wanted to play for Iraq, but Russia and the USA are not in the Cold War anymore. Get over it. What I do have a problem with, is that the IOC (Int'l Olympic Committee) can allow someone who doesn't have Russian heritage or is a citizen of that country. (Hammon's citizenship was given in Russia in 2008) That's ridiculous. Put a 1-2 year due date on citizenship, then case closed. Let her be and leave her alone, plus she's cute dammit!

Bet you didn't know that America's Golden Girl, Nastia Liukin, is from RUSSIA!!! Her name is Anastasia "Nastia" Valeryevna Liukin, or in Russian: Анастасия "Настя" Валерьевна Люкина. But she's a red-blooded American girl? No mention of that! Team USA's coaches are a Chinese man and a Romanian woman. Get real. What about Herb Brooks, yeah THAT Herb Brooks who coached the 1980 USA Hockey Team. (DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?) Well, did you know he coached the French Hockey Team in 1998? Of course not. Smarten up world, Becky go get your money. IOC change your rules so this can't happen within reason.

-Ed.

Usain goes "Insane" Bolt

Usain goes "Insane" Bolt


Wow...

Here at Ed The Sports Fan, we like to dream on occasion. And on this most dreamy of occasions I had a vision of a 6'5" wide receivers who has the swagger of Chad Johnson and who could possibly be faster than Randy Moss. Oh what a dream...

What? You say someone of this ilk actually exists? No way, I don't believe you.

Usain Bolt just won the gold medal by running a time of 9.69 seconds in the 100 meter dash at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He eased up at the finish with his arms spread in victory, and his left shoe was untied.

What? He didn't give 100%? His shoe was untied? Shut up, why lie to me on such things. Obviously he just broke a world record, why the hell wouldn't he try his hardest...

Well...I did watch the preliminary heat. Dude did ease up at about 80m and look to his left, look to his right, and just looked around like, "Is this the best you got World? My last name is Bolt you fools."


So what do we make of this. Michael Phelps just won 8 medals. Congratulations to him, dude is unreal in the water. But you all know me, I'm a sucker for braggadocio and uber-confidence. Usain Bolt made me have another dream last night.

"With the 1st pick, in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars select...Usain Bolt, Wide Receiver from Jamaica."

-Ed.

USA 92, Greece 69 - The Redeem Team PSA

USA 92, Greece 69 - The Redeem Team PSA


This was a Public Service Announcement from the Team USA Basketball network.

"Try and play that bullsh!t type of basketball if you want to. You'll get ran off the floor."

Look at the picture up above, I don't think I've ever seen Bosh display such emotion in Toronto ever. Lebron looks like the cover photo with Gisele in his hand. Growling and muscles flexing. Team USA was not playing today.

Of course it didn't start off easy for the U.S. as they faced some tough adversity early in the match. Jason Kidd picked up three quickest fouls in the history of the world (maybe) in the first 85 seconds of the contest (all 3 were very ticky-tacky), Kobe got an intentional foul after he went hard to the hoop and looked to be fouled, however the refs viewed it as a no call, after a scramble for the loose ball Kobe went for the ball and the Greek player was fouled (for the record, he won the Vlade Divac award for biggest flop) and fell back into camera row. Some missed 3's, and shaky opening possessions could've ruined the Americans psyche against Greece. The same team who beat them 101-95 in the FIBA World Championships in 2006 at Tokyo.

Enter Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Miami Heat fans, rejoice after this performance. Flash is back, and better than ever. I will give it the Ed The Sports Fan lead pipe lock that Mike Beasley will win the Rookie of the Year because everyone will be worried about D. Wade in '08-'09. Top 4 seed in the East will be awaiting the Heat, guaranteed.

Toronto Raptor fans, just realize that Bosh could be an MVP candidate next year. If Jermaine is healthy for Toronto, then I see a....#2 seed for the Raptors. Oh boy.

Anyway, Wade was THE man for Team USA, making all the hustle plays, driving to the hoop,
dishing to open teammates for easy buckets, and even hitting a THREE. (Didn't know Team USA swingmen could do that.) The alley-oop that D. Wade setup for Kobe was amazing, as he tipped the ball away from the Greek player, and with the ball falling out of bounds, he snagged it and threw it towards the basket, with Kobe cleaning it up for the oop. Amazing. Bosh played exceptionally strong, except for when my boy Sofoklis Schortsisantis came in. Dude is 6'9", 340 pounds (roughly) with the meanest goatee that side of the Atlantic. Bosh did the worst thing of all-time and TOOK A CHARGE! Thought he was gonna die, but he took it on the chest, literally, and that was symbolic of Greece's performance.

Probably the biggest game of the Olympics will really be this Saturday (make sure to wake up, probably an early morning game) against racist Spain (go to
http://www.talkhoops.net/, scroll down and look at the Team Spain squinty eyes picture and realize WHERE the Olympics are being held...crazy). The Gasol brothers, J.C. Navarro, El Calderon, and my main man RICKY RUBIO will be in full effect against a ready and willing USA squad. I expect a close game the whole way as Spain's looked mighty impressive thus far against Yao & Yi w/ China and Dirk and Kaman w/Germany. They rolled Greece up. So I'm already excited.


Now, I do have Spanish heritage and I've occasionally been called out on taking my Hispanic heritage as a choice over my American blood. Not this time, Can't root for Spain going squinty eyes on their team picture to win. No sir.

Ed the Sports Fan Lead Pipe Lock - USA 105, Spain 95

U-S-A! U-S-A!

-Ed.

The Top 10 QB's in the NFL

The Top 10 QB's in the NFL



**This article is provided by featured writer Kenny Masenda, note that this DOES NOT reflect the opinion of Ed The Sports one bit. Because...well, I think I know everything. Let the debate begin folks. -Ed.**

10. Eli Manning – he played a huge role in helping the Giants beat the Patriots, and pretty much did his thing, throughout the playoffs. He really did get hot at the right time. Even with that, I think this is the best spot for him to be (for now).


9. Derek Anderson – had a breakout season last year. He’s only gonna get better. Brady Quinn may as well start looking for work elsewhere, or get warm on that bench.

8. Philip Rivers – I was extremely critical of him, but he showed what he was made of in the playoffs last season. He could easily be quarterbacking this team to Tampa next year.

7. Donovan McNabb – ask anyone who knows me; any other year, he would be WAY HIGHER on my list. As long as he is runnin’ the show in Philadelphia, they’ll always have a chance to make noise, and this is coming from a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan.

6. Tony Romo – his early dominance cannot be slept on; last year’s early disaster aside, he’ll lead the Cowboys as the NFC rep for the Super Bowl this year, I GUARANTEE IT. (-Ed's note...let's give it up for the weeping willow Terrell Owens!!!)



5. Drew Brees – could probably be higher on this list, because he’s that real. Hopefully, New Orleans can bounce back this season, so everyone will get a reminder of how nice Drew Brees’ game really is.

4. Ben Roethlisberger – of all the quarterbacks, he can make a case for being the most valuable one to his team; 15-1 as a rookie, and a Super Bowl victory as a 2nd-year starter. Oh, and he was picked AFTER Eli and Philip Rivers, in the SAME DRAFT.

3. Carson Palmer – in terms of being a pure quarterback, Carson Palmer can make a case for being right up there with Peyton and Brady; it may seem outlandish, but for people who watch football, they’ll understand why I have him this high.


2. Peyton Manning – if there was ever a thing such as 1 and 1A, then it would apply here, but since there isn’t, number two goes to Peyton.

1. Tom Brady – no explanation needed.

Be Easy.

USA 101, China 70 - Team USA goes dumb...

USA 101, China 70 - Team USA goes dumb...


That was fun.

Team USA, aka "The Redeem Team," should also now be known as "We will dunk on you even if you got a 7'6" player on your team" Team. They were in action Sunday vs. Team China featuring Yao Ming, the now New Jersey Net Yi Jianlian, and the newest addition to the Los Angeles Lakers, Sun Yue.

First of all, let me say this: nobody in the U.S. truly understands how much Yao Ming means to basketball. Dude is THE MAN in China. If you didn't watch the opening ceremonies, the man was the flag bearer and is the Chinese Ambassador for athletic affairs internationally.

But he's not the man to Chinese basketball fans. He's sixth. Kobe, LeBron, DWade, Iverson, and Carmelo all outsell Yao IN CHINA! Not the U.S., but China. The adulation continued as USA and China faced off in the opening game to decide the gold medal in men's basketball.

Random Thoughts:
  • In a random screenshot during the game seated together were: Jerry Colangelo, former President George H. W. Bush, President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, current President George W. Bush, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (who was falling asleep, classic...); truly an eccletic mix of individuals. Gotta love the US representation.
  • I counted roughly 11 times that the US tried to literally dunk on Chinese players. Dwight Howard was the main culprit as he dunked on Yao at least three times. Deron Williams trying to dunk on Yao Ming was a personal highlight; for one, at least trying, and then the second time with Yao fouling him into the third row.
  • Z.Z. Wang everybody...
  • Carlos Boozer is the weakest (yet still good) big man in Olympic basketball history. Where the heck is Amar'e Stoudemire? Boozer can't finish, and he's smallish for a big man in international competition. Amar'e can hit jumpers, be a beast inside, and now has proven to be a consistent free throw shooter. Its a head-scratcher to me.
  • Team USA is going to run into some serious problems with the three-point stripe. For one, they cannot shoot it from behind the arc. For two, they can't defend anyone from shooting it. Stop helping on the inside and stay on your man (I'm looking at you, LeBron and Kobe.)
  • Okay, LeBron is ridiculous. Dude had three ridiculous blocks (two of which he just took out the air with two hands), which probably made people wonder in Cleveland, "Why doesn't he play like that all the time?" I think he going to get a $60M contract from some team overseas, and he's gonna take it. I can't blame him for real, I mean competition is one thing...but getting money is getting money. His marketing money would probably double, especially from being in Europe. $60M (if he got that per year, $50M has been rumored per year to Kobe and LeBron) would be three times as much as he could get in the NBA.
  • LeBron still can't hit a 15-footer.
  • LeBron still will go to the rim at will. Good grief.
  • If you missed the new Nike Team USA Basketball commercial with Marvin Gaye singing the national anthem, wel,l you just missed out. Better catch it on YouTube quick.
  • We may have seen the end of Jason Kidd. After getting about six minutes in the first quarter, he was not seen again. It was the Chris Paul and Deron Williams show. Good luck to you, Maverick fans.
  • Even though this would've never happened, Rasheed Wallace would've been the best fit for this squad. Michael Redd's minutes are forced for two reasons: #1. he plays no defense; #2. he is behind LeBron, Kobe, DWade, and Deron Williams to get minutes. Rasheed could've been a great big for Team USA; better defender than Bosh and Boozer and can shoot threes with ease. Sure, he might knockout Z.Z. Wang and cause an international incident, but hey, we gotta win the gold, right?
  • Dwyane Wade's back. Lead Pipe Lock, The Miami Heat behind DWade, Matrix, and Mike Beasley will be the three seed in the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
  • If you didn't get a chance to see LeBron clowning Kobe in their interview during halftime, that was classic. Especially when DWade and LeBron had their warm up shirts tucked in like Kobe's been known to wear his (a la Jordan, grrrrr... :| ) and doing the hand movements.
Teams to look out for:
  • Lithuania (Linas Kleiza, Sarunas Jasikevicius)
  • Argentina (Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, Carlos Delfino)
  • Greece (Sofolis Schortsanitis aka greek baby Shaq)
  • Germany (w/Chris Kaman & Dirk Nowitzki)
  • Spain (my pick to be in the final with USA, Gasol, J.C. Navarro, El Calderon, and company. But the player to look out for is Ricky Rubio...just trust me on this one.)
USA played well, but they better step they game up. QUICK!

Enjoy your Sunday, folks. I'll be in Chicago for a week...get some deep-dish pizza, go to Lakeshore Drive, get me a brat from Pepe's, and try to catch a White Sox game. Oh, boy. Later, kids!

-Ed.

HBCU's in NCAA 2009? Why not...

HBCU's in NCAA 2009? Why not...


**Article provided by McFly @ www.mrswagger.com, go check him out and step your lifestyle up. -Ed.**

Now let me start by saying that I am not the biggest sports nut like Ed (gamertag - CoolBreeze5), but I do know sports and video games. I was playing PS3 the other day, NCAA Football (gamertag - mrjackson2002), and I noticed that none of the HBCU teams are in the game or any other game for that matter. Now I know the first thing people will say is that HBCU sports are not national-caliber or cannot compete on that level (I hate playing that game on PS3 against a made-up lower division team; give me a real team!!!)

I went to Rutgers University, and, for the last two seasons, we played Howard as our lower division game. Of course, we blew them out, but with the exception of the famous Rutgers vs. Louisville game, the Howard game is the craziest game of the year. It is the atmosphere of a HBCU on a major scale. Them sexy dancers sit in the stands and drop like it’s hot. The cheerleaders do their thing, the greeks come out in full capacity, and they let Howard do the halftime show. BANANAS!!! You see the whole stadium get crunk and this is a major white institution.

Now a company makes a HBCU football game called BCFx (Black College Football X.) It incorporates the atmosphere, the game, and most of all, the BAND! However, Microsoft won’t let them get the nod to make the game for PS3/360. It is currently a PC game and everyone knows PC sports games suck. I urge anyone to go to BCFxgame.com and look at it; it might actually be a hot game. I hope someone at Microsoft eventually gets a clue and pushes this game to existence. Till then, I will play with my beloved RU.

And to the people that think that a HBCU can’t compete, y'all might want to look at Mississippi Valley State University.


You might notice that guy wearing 88 looks a lot like Jerry Rice!!!

-McFly
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Sports topics that make Ed the Sports Fan mad...

Sports topics that make Ed the Sports Fan mad...


I'm really just not a fan of Brett Favre. You might've noticed by now that I haven't done any coverage on #4, and aside from this chart showing my sports emotions, I won't. #4 (not calling him by his name, or I will go and dig a hole) is one of the greatest QB's of all-time.

However, if you tell people you're retired, let your "former" team make plans without you, take TWO QBs (Brian Brohm, Matt Flynn) in the '08 NFL Draft, change the offensive scheme around Aaron Rodgers, make marketing and media decisions for their '08 season, then come back in July right before training camp and EVERY DECISION IS MADE and tell your former employer that "you want to be the starting QB for the Green Bay Packers" in 2008? That's absurd. I am not mad at Green Bay. I think that you can't leave people on a cliff and not expect someone to either jump or back the hell up.

#4 is still a great QB, and it will be weird to see him in a Jets uniform. Had he made a decision in March, or May even, this would've never happened. Why wait till July knowing the stresses this would put on everyone? Good luck to the Jets, and good luck to #4, because Green Bay has none left.

2008 Lead Pipe Lock Prediction
Green Bay Packers: 8-8
New York Jets: 8-8

Who's the best RB in college football?

Who's the best RB in college football?


I pose this question for you, my readers: who is the best running back in college football? I mean, you knew this was coming, right? It's August, it's a crappy day outside here in Cincinnati, and that just lets me know that the weather is about to cool just a bit, and the leaves will change colors, and I get to see my Oklahoma Sooners GO DUMB on everyone this year. Oh boy.

Anyway, I have been pushed by my boy Ken to do this, so I shall. Here's my top ten, and yes...arguing and debate is allowed. Thanks.

#10. Marlon Lucky, Nebraska - Craig, you're welcome, buddy. Are there any Cornhusker fans left? You all were deep when Eric Crouch (I hated him so badly) was tearing up the Big 12. Be "Lucky" you got #5 in your backfield. If not for a pair of backs in Norman, he'd be the best in the Big 12 conference. Mizzou and Kansas better watch out.

#9. James Davis, Clemson - Sadly, the second best running back in the ACC is also the second best running back on his own team; just barely, though. Davis is the Thunder in the Thunder and Lightning (CJ Spiller, #7.) "Thunder" brings it on every snap. At 5'11", 210 pounds, he's a stout, straight-line runner with a mean disposition. Clemson, this is supposed to be your year AGAIN!

#8. PJ Hill, Wisconsin - This must be Ron Dayne's little brother, right? PJ's a load (5'11", 240) and no fun whatsoever to bring down. He's got quick feet and a nose for the end zone, something Ohio State better take notice of real quick when playing the Badgers in 2008.

#7. CJ Spiller, Clemson - Lightning strikes in South Carolina, Spiller style. Armed with a 4.3 40-time and game-breaking vision in the open field, Spiller has the chance to be something special.

#6. Joe McKnight, USC - The wonder kid from Louisiana will get the #1 carries this year in L.A. and he's primed and ready to make major moves in his sophomore season (honorable mention to Stefan Johnson at USC; if he was the #1 back, I'd have him in the top ten, too.) Joey Mac will also be handing return duties again, giving USC weapons on all phases of football. Look out for #4 Ohio State. Laurinitis...I'm talking to you.

#5. Noel Devine, West Virginia - If you're the godson of Deion Sanders, then you've automatically quadrupled the opportunity of being in my top ten list. Fortunately for my list, and the Mountaineers, he's got some of Deion's speed too (by the way, leave Rich Rodriguez alone. Get the money and go away. I don't care about how he left; just know that you weren't paying enough and he took the school as far as he could. Period. Be grateful, because when Pat White and Devine leave...good luck.)

#4. Lesean McCoy, Pittsburgh - Probably the most slept on tailback this year. McCoy is NFL ready right now. At 5'11", 210, he's the perfect size for your backfield and has great burst (nh) and vision. Ask West Virginia about him, as he single-handedly ruined the Mountaineers national title hopes. Expect big things out of #25 in '08.

#3. Demarco Murray, Oklahoma - If Murray stays healthy last season, he would be getting even more fanfare than he already is. But people know about #7, and he's coming back ready to take over the Big 12. With return duties, and an ability to take it 80 in an instant, Norman might have its next great back.

#2. Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State - My dentist is going to hate me for this, because the consensus is that Chris is the #1 back in the nation. Maybe so. With his measurables (6'1", 237), he's a beast, simple and plain. He's got a great eye for the cutback lane, and, as evidence against LSU, he's got great speed for a big guy, and he comes to play in the biggest games. A tougher schedule should make it fun for Wells and the Buckeyes as they face a tough test against USC coming up in September. It'll probably will be the game of the year.

#1. Knowshon Moreno, Georgia - For the ultimate playmaker, Mr. Know-It-All is your guy. With the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, run it between the tackles, and cut it outside, he's a real problem. Ask Florida about him, as he went for 188 yards and three TD's as Georgia went on to win the World's Largest Cocktail Party in style. Tough sledding in '08 for Moreno and the dogs, but if they can get through their schedule with one loss, then they are a GUARANTEE for a spot at the national championship.

Let the debate begin. All the USC fans will protest. All of Buckeye nation will hang me for Beanie at #2. I probably am a homer for Demarco at #3, but you know what? That's my list (and it's my site), and it's final. However, we want to hear your thoughts. Where did I mess up? Did I forget someone? Check the honorable mentions as well. Later folks, I'm headed to Chicago.

Honorable Mention - Ian Johnson (Boise State), Evan Royster (Penn State), Graig Cooper (Miami), Stefan Johnson (USC), Damion Fletcher (So. Miss), Eugene Jarvis (Kent State), Rodney Ferguson (New Mexico), Mike Goodson (Texas A&M), Harvey Unga (BYU), Kordell Young (Rutgers)

-Ed.

Manny Ramirez is the homie

Manny Ramirez is the homie


Describing Manny Ramirez as someone with dreads past his shoulder blades, a jersey two sizes too big and saying he has the physical description of "husky," would be putting it nicely. Simply put, he's not your typical embodiment of a major league baseball player.

And that's why he's my guy (I will be getting that jersey in a 2XL, thanks.)

As you may have figured out by now, I am not a fan of the clean-cut. I am not a fan of the "favorite." I like my favorite players, teams, etc. to be eccentric, different, quirky, and have a general flair about them. Man-Ram is all of the above. So Boston got their panties in a bunch because he ran to first base in 5.1 seconds. He supposedly quit on the team. Seriously? I've seen worse from other players all the time. Pitchers deliberately not following the team's orders on pitches, runners not listening to the third-base coach and going for home anyway. Hitters ROUTINELY don't run out grounders and pop-ups. Not saying it's right, just that it happens all the time. And don't get me started on players who after they sign their big contracts, don't produce anymore or are constantly hurt. (Mike Hampton, Adrian Beltre, Richie Sexson...I'm talking to you.)

Boston, just do us all a favor and say you didn't want him anymore, because you didn't want to pay him. You got a younger player who is cheaper, but has no playoff experience and is not proven to be a clutch hitter. Go ahead and take out one of the ten best hitters in baseball history (look it up.) Replace that.


At the very least, you could've traded him for Brett Favre, right? LA Dodgers vs. The Boston Red Sox for the 2008 World Series...



-Ed.


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