Archive February 2010

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Canada and the U.S.A. Renew Hockey Rivalry for Gold

Both countries will be playing for gold for somewhat different reasons when the two teams take to the ice tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time. Only one will come out victorious. Clearly, it will be Canada.

Thabeet Gets Sent Down

You can't teach height, but you can't always teach basketball either.

Bargain Players

I'll probably change my mind on a few of these guys after doing more research, but if I had to draft today, here are some of the guys I'd target.

Does Collison Spell End for Paul in New Orleans?

Last summer there was speculation that Chris Paul could be traded from the Hornets for financial reasons, and Paul himself lent some credence to the idea that he might be dealt.  One year later the Hornets are still losing money, but this time they also have a rookie point guard that is playing like a star.  Will Darren Collison's emergence mean the end of Paul's time in New Orleans?

Yankees Will Shell Out for Jeter in 2011

Derek Jeter's 10-Year $189 million contract signed in 2001 is up after this year. He wisely isn't sweating it publicly and is affirming his strong desire to remain a Yankee for his entire career. I'd be surprised if that didn't happen.

What I'm Looking At

Back from Costa Rica (after nearly being swept out to sea in a rip tide), It's about 10 days until I leave for LABR and time to dive into baseball full bore. Here's what I'm looking at.

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

NHL Trade Deadline Looms

National Hockey League trade deadline day has become an unofficial holiday in Canada, a day when fans are tempted to call in sick, then come to their senses and go to work only to leave an extra browser window open the entire day just to check out if a deal may have happened. Those that don’t come to their senses and are found out by their bosses? A pat on the back the next morning, and a gentle “don’t let it happen again”. Why? Because it’s trade deadline day. Everyone gets into the trade-deadline-day spirit in Canada! And, as of this Wednesday, it's only one week away!

Tuesday's Takeaways

Starting in spring training and continuing through the regular season, we are going to post a blog summarizing the day's bigger fantasy news items, and give our spin on those events. We're still going to do all of our regular news updates, but we realize that some readers prefer to digest that info in blog form.

The Emergence of Andray Blatche

As the dust settles after the trading deadline, Washington's Andray Blatche has suddenly emerged as a fantasy force.

Live Blog - WCOFB 14-Team Mock

I'll be live blogging this afternoon's (3 PM EST) World Championship of Fantasy Baseball Mock from Mock Draft Central. Participants are as follows (in the 14-team draft order):

Charlie Weigert, Ian Riley, Tim Heaney, DVR, Scott Pianowski, Erickson, Scott Swanay, Eddie Gillis, Shawn Childs, Nelson Sousa, Todd Zola, John Zaleski, John Halpin and Mike Kuchera.

The league is a standard 5 x 5, with 32 rounds - the usual 14 hitters - 2 C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 5 OF, UT and 10 pitchers - 6 SP, 2 RP, 2 P (1,000 IP min.)

The Main Event will be held Mar. 26-28 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Details about the WCOFB are available here.

Why I'm Rooting For Tim Tebow

I'm rooting for Tim Tebow to succeed in the NFL. No, it's not because I'm a Florida fan. Nor is it because I'm a fan of his politics. I'm rooting for the NFL to embrace something different than the status quo.

What Does Morey Know?

Lots of observers are surprised Daryl Morey was willing to trade Carl Landry. I'm wondering what he knows that we don't.

USA Wins!

My thoughts on tonight's victory over Team Canada:

Johnny Damon Lands in Detroit

Apparently Free Agent Outfielder Johnny Damon has agreed to a contract with the Detroit Tigers.

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

2010 Mock Draft

I recently represented RotoWire in a mock draft for next year.  Here are the results:

The Dream Men's-Hockey Gold-Medal Game

In light of tonight’s much-anticipated match-up that pits Canada against the United States of America (7:40 p.m. Eastern Time), a potential gold-medal-game preview, I believe it only fitting to reveal my choices for the two sides to play in what would be my dream final of this Olympic Games tournament.

Party like it's 2003

Two weeks ago we were in  the old dog days of the season.  Now some old, familiar names seem to be rounding into form.  Is it a trend?

What if they had a party at Madison Square Garden and no one came?

The Knicks might be really good next year...or never again.

Russell Branyan Signs With Indians

Media outlets in Cleveland are reporting that Russell Branyan has agreed to a one year contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Live Blogging: NBA Trade Deadline

Come join Kyle McKeown, Jan Levine and the Rotowire community for some lively conversation centered around the NBA's trade deadline.

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

The Last Olympics with NHL Players?

There’s little guarantee that, come the next Winter Olympiad in Russia in 2014, National Hockey League players will participate. That is because there is no agreement currently in place between the league and the National Hockey League Players’ Association for the event, and a decision is still pending. But letting the players go to Russia really can’t do any more damage that’s already been done.

Monday Mock Draft Results

Here are the results from Monday's Mock Draft - of the 15-teams, we had one team on auto-pick (Wowee Zowee). This was an NFBC-style league (5x5, 15-teams, 30 rounds - 23 active players, including two catchers, no trades).

Chris Kaman: The Year's Biggest Surprise

In a year where low-post scoring has come back into vogue, Chris Kaman has finally put it all together to lead the league's centers in scoring.

Trade Deadline: Who's Next?

The Wizards and Mavs got the ball rolling on what could be an active week for NBA general managers. Who else will be moved this week, and how can fantasy players take advantage?

Fallout from the Mavs Wizards Trade

The Mavericks and Wizards completed a big trade this week, with seven players (including Caron Butler) changing addresses.  Here are some of my thoughts on how this could play out fantasy-wise.

Monday Mock Draft

We've got another Mock Draft rolling out today at 1:30 ET/10:30 a.m. PT that we're opening up to the public. It's a 15-team mixed league, 30-round, 5x5 draft - essentially NFBC style.

MLB Notes

A look around the league:
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RotoWire's AL LABR Squad
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