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Sunday October 7th,
2007 - Page updated at 1:00 am
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Poolside Rant - Vol
NFL Fantasy Football
Poolside Rant 10-06-07
Welcome back to poolside after another crazy week
where I was at least partially right on my 0’s
must go predictions. To recap the Pittsburg Steelers
joined the ranks of the defeated at the hands of
the powerhouse Arizona Cardinals and the Falcons
lost their 0 to the Texans. The Bills also lost their
0 which blows my last-to-lose the 0 pick but I can
still go 3-4 if the Cowboys and Pats win and Tampa
can shock the Colts. It’s a stretch but crazy
things are happening in the NFL this year so I still
cling to a ray of hope. Some things that appear crazy
are not and I will clarify later on with the teams
that are pretending to be good and the ones that
may just be getting over the hump of being the perennial
losers we all count on every year.
First I want to give you an update and whine a little
about my first place fantasy team. If you remember
I went with WR in rounds 2, 3 and 4 so I would always
have 2 solid options at wideout every week and three
the weeks none are on a bye. Well Boldin and Walker
are hurt, again this week while Ocho Cinqo is on
his bye week in a boot. I will whine about my luck
but no one in my league will care because to re-iterate
I am in first place. I made a trade this week to
bolster the WR core but I think I may have paid a
high price in these desperate times in trading Alge
Crumpler and the Vikings DST for Lee Evans. Enough
whining about first place problems in the fantasy
world and get back to reality.
The Cardinals are NOT pretending anymore with their
2 victories coming against undefeated teams Seattle
and Pittsburg. The Cards are going to have to win
on the road for me to really believe they are on
the right track and they have an excellent chance
of doing just that this week in St. Louis against
the beat up Rams. If they win and Seattle loses in
Pittsburg, which I believe they will, then the Cards
will be tied for first with Seattle in the NFC West
and actually be ahead because they beat the Hawks.
Think that will give a formerly down and out team
a little confidence one-third of the way through
the season? Their defense is much improved and though
I hate the QB splitting and think it could spell
their downfall if they continue, the Cards are playing
tough, smart football and I think have broken through
the losing ways in the desert. Edge is really a driving
force behind their resurgence and it looks good on
him…Kudos to Edge for picking this team up
and showing them what a winner looks like. The Lions
are another team taking their losing ways to the
woodshed and beating them into submission.
The victory against the division favorite Bears
this past week showed character and moxie with a
defensive score to put the game on ice. We all suspected
the offense would score some points this year but
ridiculed Kitna for predicting 10 wins. It doesn’t
seem so crazy now does it? Sorry Jon, if you keep
playing at the level you are playing at and the defense
only gives up 28 a game I think the Lions have a
real shot at getting their 10 wins.
Kevin Jones is almost back
and that will only make the offense that much tougher
to stop with his Faulk-like role in the offense.
He is not Marshall Faulk but he can fill the role
adequately with Detroit’s real weapon Roy Williams
frightening opposing defenses enough to play only
7 in the box. Any team that can score like Detroit
has a great shot at getting to the post season.
Who is in trouble in the league? San Diego’s
defense has disappeared please call Norv Turner or
the Chargers organization and let them know if you
see them, I know they would appreciate it. San Diego
has a couple of problems but the defense is the one
preventing them from getting in the win column.
Rivers has not looked especially confident or accurate
this season but Tomlinson is the offense anyway.
LT will get back to form but it won’t matter
if the defense can’t even stop the Chiefs,
I mean Huard should not rip up the defense late in
the game like he did. Norv is going to take the heat
for this but this is all about players not playing
up to their own expectations and maybe believing
too much of their own hype coming into the season.
LT’s press conferences seem to say it best
as he seems dejected, not fired up ready to stomp
someone the next week. San Diego needs to get that
fire back and I think maybe Merriman has to step
up more than anyone on this team. Newsflash: Da Bears
Giving up 34 points to Detroit in the
fourth quarter to lose the game is not Da Bears D
we know. Griese is not the solution for the Bears
but they had to try something but I wonder why it
wasn’t Kyle Orton? I mean he did win 11 games
as a rookie and he had to progress some since then.
QB problems aside, the Bears are going to win with
defense and like the Chargers they can not get the
job done right now. Granted there are injuries to
deal with but this is the NFL and that is not a good
enough excuse. The offense needs to play like the
Bears of yesterday and go to Benson more, more, more.
If he is the RB of present and future for the Bears
they would do well should find out now and lean on
him. I believe in Benson and if he gets the ball
25 times a game he should put up decent numbers but
more importantly the defense won’t be nearly
as worn out as they looked late in the Detroit and
Dallas games. 4 games into the season and the Bears
are 3 games behind the Packers if they lose this
weekend the Bears can start planning for next year.
I have some issues with the NFL and their drug policy.
Travis Henry is about to be suspended for a year
for blazin’ the J’s and hitting the bong
on occasion. I can’t understand having a drug
policy to keep an even playing field but steroids
and coke or speed to enhance a performance is cheating,
getting baked after practice is certainly not an
offense I deem critical to the league and its image.
I mean it wouldn’t be that difficult to not
report the league potheads to the news. Privately
chastise them and ask them to make better life choices
but to take them out of the game and publicly humiliate
these guys is not going to benefit the league or
enhance its image. What the fans don’t know
won’t hurt them. Bring back Ricky too…he’s
I will not end this rant on a negative point so
I am going to give props to a young player that impressed
me this week with his unselfishness and team leadership.
Carson Palmer stand up and take a bow. Palmer’s
unselfish acceptance of the responsibility for the
interception he threw to Asante Samuel while trying
to hit Chad Johnson for a TD spoke volumes to me
about this team and their offensive leader. Cincinnati
will be back this season after a rough start due
to his comments after the game. Let’s face
it, Johnson quit on the route (I love Chad by the
way, not a man crush but you know) and Carson had
every right to be upset with his star WR. I was impressed
with him taking the blame for throwing the ball…that
is leadership right there. His guys will never quit
on him for taking the heat on what could have been
a game changing play and if Chad is the competitor
I think he is he will not let his leader down again.
You never forget when a guy takes the heat for you.
I am getting back in the pool, I am outta here.
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