Archive September 2010

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RotoWire Podcast

Talking football with Scott Pianowski and Mike Salfino.

Training Camp Notes

A look around the Association as training camps open.

What to Watch: Week 5 in College Football (Part I)

The pre-party to the Red River Rivalry, where everything is fried...

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

Training Camp Notes

A look around the Association as training camps open.

Blues Blog: Raising a Stein for Steen

I realize a "stein" is a ceramic German beer mug and Alex Steen is Canadian-born and grew up in Sweden, but please allow me the license. And while we're at it, let's raise a pint for Perron. The two young forwards have the Blues off to a hopeful start early in the preseason.

Training Camp Notes

A look around the Association as training camps open:

Week 3 Observations

Solid tight ends and quarterbacks are a dime a dozen these days. Because most leagues only require one of each (and don't permit them to qualify anywhere else), running backs and receivers have even more value by comparison.

Monday Morning Thoughts

I received some recommendations for what I should use as a title for my posts.  What about the Payneis files?

Stay For a Nightcap! - Last Week Edition

7 days till the regular season is over...

Training Camp Notes

A look around the Association as training camp is set to open:

NFL Week 3 Live Blog

Here is my Fantasy Factor Lineup for Week 3:

QB Peyton Manning
RB Adrian Peterson
RB Chris Johnson
WR Miles Austin
WR DeSean Jackson
WR Roddy White
WR Reggie Wayne
TE Antonio Gates
K  Mason Crosby
DEF  Pittsburgh

Who do you have?

Set Your Lineup Contest - Week 3

Better late than never, right?

Of the following matchups and the scoring system listed here:

20 passing yards = 1 pt
10 rushing/receiving yards = 1 pt
passing TD = 4 pts
interceptions = -2 pts
rush/rec TD = 6 pts

Who will score more fantasy points in Week 3? All are welcome to respond in the comments below. High score this week gets a free RotoWire T-Shirt. (Will find a way to work in new prizes soon. Week 2 winners will be sorted out later today, BTW)

The Nightcap! (TGI Cistulli Edition)

Fact: This Thursday night sitcom is SO FUNNY they had to put it on FRIDAY NIGHT.

What to Watch: Week 4 in College Football (Part II)

Sewee, it's going down in Fayetteville this weekend!

Payne's Random Thoughts

Some of my late-week thoughts.

Stay For a Nightcap, Please Don't Hit Me Javier Vazquez

Yes, baseball is still being played.  Tune back in, in about 10 days.

RotoWire Podcast

Talking football with Scott Pianowski and Mike Salfino.

Picks, 9/23/10

Season: 227-221-2, +25.895 units

What to Watch: Week 4 in College Football (Part I)

The 'Canes go to Pittsburgh & TCU takes on SMU for the Iron Skillet...

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

Picks, 9/21/10

Season: 224-219-2, +22.645 units

Week 2 Observations

This was the worst sports weekend of my life since early 2001 when the Ravens destroyed the Giants in the Super Bowl. (To add insult to injury, I just wrote a 1000-word blog post that got deleted when I tried to submit it, and I couldn't retrieve it).

Picks, 9/20/10

Season: 222-218-2, +21.345 units

Monday Morning Thoughts

Some of my observations from yesterday's games.

Stay For a Nightcap! - Maple Bats Edition

Tyler Colvin had a shard of a broken maple bat hit him in the chest, while going from third base to home plate.  He suffered a punctured chest as a result of the injury.  He'll miss the remainder of the season, but should be ok long-term.  How long till MLB does something about these maple bats?

NFL Week 2 Live Blog

Who's your swing player this week that will make or break you?

The Nightcap! (Most Important Ever Edition)

This is probably the single most important piece of literature in the Western Canon.

I'm just saying.

Picks, 9/17/10

Season: 220-217-2, +20.60 units

Stay For a Nightcap: Tulo for MVP?

Yes, football is not the only sport being played.
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