The Superbowl may have been the last NFL game we see in a while

February 7, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: A detail of the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the New Orleans Saints celebrate after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The 2010-11 football season is over, wounds are still too fresh from the Super Bowl so I won’t get into that. What really has me concerned this off-season is that the NFL is on the edge of a lockout. Make no mistake, the owners are digging in, and if there is one thing millionaires and billionaires do well its worry about money.   I worry about money too, but when I feel the need to cutback, only the small convinence store down the road suffers, it does not potentially effect our national pastime. Lets take a look at the situation, and try and make some sense from the madness.
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To be a Mountaineer is to know Pain, The Top 4 Soulcrushing WVU defeats of my life

September 10, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  The mascot for the West Virginia Moutaineers stands on the court against the Dayton Flyers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

That was a close one folks, West Virginia gave Marshall every chance to take that game. Thankfully they were kind enough to fumble deep in their own territory, starting an 18 point roll. It looked really bad there for a while, in order to curb my anger I thought upon my lifetime as a Mountaineer fan. I took a sick kind of solace in knowing that I have lived through at least 4 games that were more heartbreaking than losing to Marshall would have been. And here we go…

1989 Notre Dame
I was a youngin, lucky enough to have a Dad that wasn’t going to miss West Virginia’s first shot at a National Title. We flew out to Arizona, saw the Grand Canyon, had a good old time. Then we went to the game. Our seats were one row from the top of Sun Devil Stadium, which is freaking enormous. Being spoiled with a lower level seat at Mountaineer Field I thought I was watching the game from the surface of the moon. A few plays in Major Harris got hurt, and since 99.997% of the game plan revolved around the Maj, the game was pretty much over from that point on. I cried, the loss of a national championship is a lot to put on the head of a 9 year old. Can’t say if I have fully recovered.
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Hey Pitt, could you please live up to the hype? My back hurts from carrying this confrence

September 3, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Dave Wannstedt of the Pittsburgh Panthers smiles before the start of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on December 26, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

As a Mountaineer fan I will always hate Pitt. In fact, I hate them so much I want them to go 11-1 each and every season. Despite having piles of preseason hype and press the last 3 pre seasons, the Panthers have failed to get out of non conference play unblemished. In 2008 it was an opening day loss to Bowling Greene of the MAC. In 2009 it looked like Pitt had everything set to enter Big East play undefeated, but gave away a 38-31 decision to NC State of the ACC. Last night Pitt continued their early season problems dropping a 27-24 overtime decision to Utah of the Mountain West.
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Morgantown’s Flying Saucer, the WVU Coliseum

August 25, 2010

The mothership, the giant clam, Huggyshouse, whatever you call it, the WVU Coliseum is quite the unique building in the West Virginia hills. In many ways I have always preferred the Coliseum to Mountaineer Field. For one I’ve spent a lot more time there, while there are only 6-7 chances per year to visit the stadium, you get 15+ chances to go watch a basketball game every year.
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Mike Gansey signs to play in Spain

August 19, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 11:  Mike Gansey #20 of the West Virginia Mountaineers shoots against Kyle Lowry #13 of the Villanova Wildcats during the semifinal round of the Big East Men's Basketball Championship on March 11, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Former West Virginia Mountaineer cager Mike Gansey has signed a contract to play for the CB Canarias of the LEB Gold League in Spain for the 2010 season. Gansey had at least one offer to join an NBA camp, but when he looked over the roster Gansey decided to take the overseas job at six figures as opposed to joining a camp, getting cut and winding up back in the D-League. Gansey was quoted by saying, “I’m definitely making a heck of a lot more than I did in the D-League, that’s for sure.”
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The Top Fantasy Quarterbacks for 2010 and where to draft them, updated 8/18

August 18, 2010

February 7, 2010 - Miami, FL. - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hoists the Vince Lombardi trophy after the New Orleans Saints came back from a 10-6 halftime deficit to beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Brees was named the game's MVP.

There are plenty of quarterbacks in the sea, but there is only one guy ready to lead you to fantasy glory in 2010. Quarterback has the most flux from week to week, a 300 yard 2 TD performance one week can easily turn into 100 yards and 3 picks the next. Unlike running back, where the demand far outstrips the supply, it is reasonable to get two solid starting quarterbacks in the draft. So do you go for the big gun or value? In a standard 12 team league, most teams will take two each, leaving around 8 starters on the waiver wire. Here is my breakdown of the top QBs and where I suspect they will be drafted in the MFL this season.

Updated from 7/22/2010

Note: The Morgantown Football League scoring is one point per 50 yards, and 6 points for a touchdown pass. So if your league gives 4 for a passing TD, you should bump all of these guys down a round or two. A touchdown is always 6 points, and that’s the way we like it.

* 2010 projections from using the MFL’s scoring system
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The Top 24 Fantasy Running Backs 2010, updated 8/17

August 17, 2010

SEATTLE - JANUARY 03: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
After eight years of fantasy football, the biggest change I have noticed in the NFL is at the running back. There are fewer true number one guys to pick from. We are in the era of platoons, the biggest key this year is trying to get a RB that will be on the field.

Here is my evolving draft sheet, first posted on July 7th, updated for July 23, and again for August 17.
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