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Monday Morning QB – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Let’s start with the “Ugly” and work backwards. I like ending on a high note…

High School Football – I was at the North Kitsap – Bremerton game Friday night. Bremerton dominated. RB Kyle Kennedy (amended) reminds me of John Riggins. They trounced the home-standing Vikings and deserve accolades for the win. Why is this an “Ugly?” Because Bremerton coach Nate Gillem allowing his team to humiliate an opponent is totally classless. Bremerton intercepted a Viking pass on their own 3-yard line with only a couple of minutes left in the game. They were winning 35-7. Game over, right? Wrong.

After getting out of the shadow of their goal line, Bremerton preceded to pass the ball downfield (with their starters) to attempt to score again. They threw long, they ran trick plays, as NK coach Steve Frease screamed at them from the other side of the field with his finger pointing to…the scoreboard.

With seconds to go, Bremerton ran a reverse play to score a TD. Not an off-tackle, not a dive, but a reverse. Thank goodness they were called for holding, so it didn’t stand. They then kneeled down to end the game, but the damage was done.

Gillem explained they needed the win (already firmly in place by only 4 tD’s). He also said he let his players call the plays. Great. So that’s why every coach on your sideline was encouraging the players to score. Sportsmanship needs to at least stay in high school sports. In an era where parents are out of control on expectations, and kids are being wooed by colleges at younger and younger ages, you’d hope coaches would at least show some measure of respect and charity. I’m all about winning. I’m not about humiliating kids and coaches in front of their fans. Coach Nate Gillem was way over the line and should be reprimanded. His players should have been in the spotlight after the game. Not him.

Bad – the Seattle Seahawks offense. Fortunately for them, the “Ugly” went to someone else. Special teams won the game the previous week. No such luck in St. Louis. Coach Carroll has 2 weeks to figure out a way to make first downs, much less touchdowns. This is getting to be as anemic as the Mariners offense. And they at least had Felix Hernandez to help them out every 5 days. Oh, wait. They never scored runs when he pitched. Never mind.

Good – Spectacular – Tremendous – Jake Locker was left for dead by the national media and even members of his local media and fans. Like the Phoenix, he rose from the ashes and single-handedly led his team to a huge victory in Los Angeles over USC. Nebraska? A distant memory. 1-0 in conference and one win closer to a bowl game. If it took the Nebraska loss to catapult them into a positive Pac-10 season, I’ll take that loss every time. That could very well be a season-defining win for this team.

P.S. My daughter and I tied for the Fantasy Baseball bragging rights. I guess we will have to break that tie next year!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Down to the Wire

Two days left in the baseball season and unlike the Mariners, I have something to play for. My fantasy baseball team is in a deadlock. Two games left to break the tie and decide a champion…between me and my 22-year old daughter!

If you’ve never played fantasy sports with your kids, then you don’t understand the rivalry that builds. Losing to your daughter has year-long and potentially lifelong consequences. As proud of her as I am for being very good at this game, I don’t want to lose! This will be tight…

Stay tuned for the final score.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

LIVE from Qwest Field

I’m heading to Qwest Field today to catch the debut of the new-look Seahawks led by Coach Pete Carroll. I will be updating you on Twitter (@DailyDanSports) all day. Get the latest on the NFL experience and fantasy football by following and commenting on my Tweets today.

Twitter – @DailyDanSports

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Fantasy Football – RB and TE

A look at my picks in the Running Back and Tight End Categories

Running Backs:

1 – Chris Johnson – Tennessee

2 – Adrian Peterson – Minnesota

3 – Ray Rice – Baltimore

4 – Frank Gore – San Francisco

5 – Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville (worried about his injury)

Sleeper – Arian Foster – Houston

Tight Ends:

1 – Dallas Clark – Indianapolis

2 – Antonio Gates – San Diego

3 – Vernon Davis – San Francisco

4 – Jermichael Finley – Green Bay

5 – Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta

Sleeper – Dustin Keller – New York Jets

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Fantasy Football Preview – QB and WR

Depending on how your league is structured, the QB may not be as important for you to have a championship season like it is in real life. However, it is an important position, plus you add that WR is definitely a big play. Here are my Top 5 picks at each of the positions along with a sleeper for both…

Quarterbacks:

1 – Drew Brees – New Orleans

2 – Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay

3 – Peyton Manning – Indianapolis

4 – Matt Schaub – Houston

5 – Tom Brady – New England

Sleeper – Kevin Kolb – Philadelphia

Wide Receivers:

1 – Andre Johnson – Houston

2 – Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona

3 – Brandon Marshall – Miami

4 – Randy Moss – New England

5 – Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis

Sleeper – Mike Williams – Seattle

Williams is in the “deep sleeper” category because I think with the injuries to Housh and Branch, he will find himself the Go-to-guy for Matt Hasselbeck. You heard it here first. By the way, when I say think about having him on your team, make him the 4th or 5th WR on your roster and see how it plays out, OR make sure you have him on your watch list. I think the first game may be critical for him and his fantasy value if he has a big game.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Fantasy Football

This is the week that most fantasy football leagues start drafting. If you’ve never played fantasy football, I encourage you to join in the fun by playing in at least one league. Here’s why…

1 – It gives you a broader scope of the NFL. You find yourself being interested in players outside of your personal favorite team.

2 – You get to watch ESPN and the NFL Network on Sunday nights to see all the highlights.

3 – You become addicted to the little boxes on the TV showing the fantasy stats, praying that your guys are scoring touchdowns and making plays.

4 – It’s free. Now you may have leagues that have a buy-in with prizes at the end….that just adds to the flavor and fun.

5 – If you’re a female and think this isn’t for you, think again. I play in leagues against many women, including my two daughters. Let me tell you that the women are the fiercest competitors!

The greatest value however is the camaraderie. I started a league on ESPN about a dozen years ago with a few friends. One of my pals invited members of his family from all over the country. I got the opportunity to at least “virtually” meet them all. My friend’s father became one of the most colorful members…often trash talking his kids and just simply enjoying himself. He passed away a couple year ago during the football season. George was a Marine veteran who loved his Steelers and loved playing fantasy football with his family and people he never met in person. We re-named our league the “Leatherneck Memorial League” after him and our draft will be held this Saturday. I’m sure we will talk about him.

Fantasy Football is back and if you even like football, consider joining in on the fun. This week will be dedicated to Fantasy Football. Each day, I will bring my predictions, my stories, and my opinions for your consumption. I look forward to your participation.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

On the Road in Pittsburgh

Sorry for missing a few posts this past week. Last Friday I traveled to Pittsburgh to take my two daughters back to college. I am here through Thursday. Here is a brief recap of sports related adventures and thoughts I’ve had since then…

1 – I picked up Pete Carroll’s new book, Win Forever, at Sea-Tac before heading out. I almost finished it on the flight over. I am pleasantly surprised and find the book fascinating. I have a couple short chapters left and when I’m done will give a book review. Stay tuned…

2 – I am excited to meet an old rival this week. I’ve been part of a Fantasy Football league for about the past dozen years. The league includes a friend whose family has played and they are all over the country, BUT are all originally from Pittsburgh. One of the combatants, the Steel City Irons is my pal’s sister, Susan. She is a past champion and a solid competitor. In fact, she has inspired my girls to play Fantasy Football. Regardless, I’m going to finally meet the Steel City Irons (who once beat me in the Super Bowl) on this trip tomorrow. I think I probably owe her at least a mocha for the thrashing…

3 – I can’t tell you how many welcome signs I’ve seen here in the Pittsburgh area all reminding me that I’m in “Steeler Country.” Ugh! There are too many constant reminders of their 2005 championship over the Hawks. One day….one day…

4 – I think we are going to catch a Pirates game on Tuesday. They are playing the Cardinals and Albert Pujols. I love going to other stadiums in any sport, and getting the chance to watch a potential Hall-of-Famer. The  Pittsburgh stadiums are gorgeous from the outside and I’m looking forward to the game.

5 – Missed the Seahawks on Saturday but I heard they played well. After reading Coach Carroll’s book, I must admit I am excited for the season and to watch them compete.

6 – M’s lose 10-0 yesterday. I guess the Daren Brown honeymoon period is over after leaving the Big Apple…

7 – Lou Piniella officially retired this week to take care of his ailing mother. Lou is first-class all the way. Thanks for everything you did for the Mariners and baseball, Lou. You will be missed!

More this week from Pittsburgh as I do my Charles Kuralt impersonation!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Odds and Ends

1 – Huskies take care of Stanford in Los Angeles. They didn’t play great in the first half, however the defense was solid the entire game. This should punch their ticket for March Madness. By the way, what’s happened to Abdul Gaddy. He was terrible. Lorenzo Romar was smart to pull him out before he became a disaster for the team. He needs to get dramatically better in the off-season. For now, his role should be the bench.

2 – A win tonight over Cal would do wonders for seeding. A better first round slot will give hope for pulling out one win.

3 – I’m a little surprised we haven’t heard more on the Brandon Marshall front. With Antonio Bryant signing with the Bengals, there doesn’t seem much leverage on his side. Perhaps a trade is in the works to avoid losing the #6 pick.

4 – Spring training is in full swing. I still have three spots in my fantasy baseball league that drafts next week. Any takers? Free league, lots of fun.

5 – News is that Tiger Woods will be playing in the Masters. So when do we hear from him? Is he going to drag this out like a Brett Favre decision? Will he hold another “invitation only” press conference. It’s getting close to the azaleas blooming. When will Tiger show up for the dance?

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Odds and Ends

1 – Kevin Durant scored 25 points last night against Dallas. That is 25 straight games that he has poured in at least 25 points. That ranks third all time behind Michael Jordan (40) and Allen Iverson.  Am I the only one with that sick feeling in my stomach realizing that he was part of the Sonics just 2 years ago? That could be us? Can you imagine how he would own this city if it were happening here?

2 – Pitchers and catchers report in baseball.  That also signals the start of Fantasy Baseball.  Baseball is the perfect game for fantasy sports. It’s all about stats and time.  If you’ve ever thought you might like to try your hand at fantasy baseball, contact me on this blog and I will send you information about my league. I’m looking for a few good owners and would invite my readers to jump in.

3 – Didn’t watch any Olympics last night. Not sure why, except the family wanted to get caught up on our NCIS watching.  The Olympics are a nice respite from other sports, but over the course of 2 weeks, you need an occasional break in the action.

4 – There is increasing noise about the NFL Draft in two months and the Seahawks have been very quiet.  This, of course, intrigues me even more.  There is also increased talk about bringing disgruntled Denver WR Brandon Marshall over in a trade. If it doesn’t cost us one of our first rounders, I’m willing to make that deal.  First rounders are a premium, so to me they are untouchable.  Package a second rounder with other options and I’m game.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Fantasy Friday – Roto vs. H2H

Friday’s will start being a day for me to help those of you veteran and novice fantasy sports players.  I’ve had many folks tell me they’d like to learn more, so here is your first dose of fantasy expertise by The Daily Dan…

What’s the difference between the two scoring platforms – Rotisserie vs. Head to Head

Rotisserie is the format that is built for baseball and basketball.  “Owners” draft players to fill all positions and each position gets a maximum of the number of games per season.  This way, everyone gets the equal number of games.

Example – I drafted Kobe Bryant in my fantasy basketball league this year.  His position (shooting guard) is allowed 82 games for the season (equaling the number of games played in the NBS season).  If I switched him out of that position every time he didn’t play, I wouldn’t be able to use all his games.  For him (and other stars) unless they get injured and miss games, I will never move them.  I the end, you want to be able to use all your games and run out at the end of the season, not 3 weeks early.

There are “Utility” positions you can rotate players in and out of (maximums still apply).  You may also have other positions that you don’t mind “rotating” players.

Head to Head is built for fantasy football.  You play head to had every week against another owner.  Football is easiest because games are only played every week.  You will find the other sports offer this option, but I don’t like H2H for these sports because it requires too much work on a daily basis.  You accumulate points for the week and if you outscore your opponent, you get a win and they get a loss.  Much like real sports, you have a record and that leads to the playoffs.

Football is obviously over; basketball is currently being played; and baseball is around the corner.  If you play (or want to play) fantasy sports and have questions, this is the place…

Dan