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Archive November 2010

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Leftovers? Fall League Leftovers To Dish Up

Leftovers on the menu at home? Well, I have some Arizona Fall League leftovers to dish up as well.

Week 12 Observations

Writing this while watching a painfully bad Arizona-San Francisco game.

Somewhat Early Holiday Thoughts From Payne?

Week 12 Thoughts, so far?

NFL Week 12 Live Blog

No Bengals pain today, so I'm free to watch the Red Zone channel. I'm actually looking forward to the freedom.

What to Watch: Week 13 in College Football (Part II)

Will the Big Ten end in a three-way tie?  Who will win the ACC Atlantic?  Who will win the Big 12 South?  All those questions should be answered Saturday...

Thanksgiving Games Live Blog

I'll be out for most of the afternoon and evening games, so please help carry the conversation.

I entered Fantasy Factor's Thanksgiving contest - here is my team:

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

What to Watch: Week 13 in College Football (Part I)

Rivalry games for your Thanksgiving and Black Friday enjoyment...

Week 11 Observations

I just lost about 1200 words because I accidentally refreshed the page before posting. Feel like making a home video addition to Thornbury's blog.

For Those Who Appreciate a Good Defenestration


This one's for you, Liss ...

http://vimeo.com/16611269

(Early) Monday Morning Thoughts

Again, some of my thoughts early this week.

What We Learned in the Premier League This Weekend

Man City may be the new sheriff in town, while Tottenham proves again that they can play with anybody on the planet.

NFL Week 11 Live Blog

A ton of late injury problems this week - the Colts and the Chargers are a nightmare to handicap right now. I don't think you can gamble with starting Antonio Gates this week.

Throwing Some Wood On The Hot Stove

It's almost Thanksgiving. That means the old hot stove is heating up. It should be a great off-season.

What to Watch: Week 12 in College Football (Part II)

Will the real contenders please stand up...

2011 NFL Draft Thoughts (Quarterbacks)

Some preliminary judgments on a few names who could play important fantasy roles a year from  now.

Cy Young, Wins and Nonsense

Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young award on Thursday, which no doubt has people like Murray Chass wringing their hands because of Hernandez's 13-12 record. I think Hernandez deserved the award, though I can see the merits of a couple other pitchers.

What has my mind boggled, however, is that Hernandez ended up fourth on one ballot and fifth on another.

RotoWire Podcast

Talking football with Mike Salfino and baseball with Jeff Erickson.

What to Watch: Week 12 in College Football (Part I)

Boise State tries to stock up on style points against Fresno State...

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

Week 10 Observations

This is going to be a short one, since I'm posting via airplane wi-fi, and we're starting our descent into New York.
  • It's only the first quarter, but I'm not loving the Redskins getting three at home as my best bet anymore.
  • Video: DVR Recaps Week 10

    DVR recaps Week 10 in the NFL with Butch Stearns of The Pulse Network (Note: Make sure your speakers aren't turned up too loud, the settings on my mic were turned up.)

    MLS Doesn't Get What They Want

    FCD and Colorado fans don't want to hear it, but their MLS Cup final is a nightmare outcome for Major League Soccer. 

    Monday Morning Thoughts

    My take on Week 10.

    NFL Week 10 Live Blog

    Back to whatever qualifies as normal this week. I have no faith in my Bengals against the Colts today.

    Here's my Fantasy Factor lineup:

    What to Watch: Week 11 in College Football (Part II)

    A SEC East and West title could be won this weekend...

    RotoWire Podcast

    Talking football with Scott Pianowski and Mike Salfino.

    What to Watch: Week 11 in College Football (Part I)

    Is Pitt finally going to take a loss in the up and (mostly) down Big East?

    NFL Notes

    A look around the league:

    Strange Conference Final Pairings in MLS

    On Saturday, Colorado, of the Western Conference, will take on San Jose, of the Western Conference, in the Eastern Conference Finals...Seriously. 
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