Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Joke of NCAA Suspensions

The college football season begins this Thursday. Over the past seven months, we have heard one of three topics: Alabama going for a three-peat, Ohio State improving on perfection, and Johnny Manziel's off-the-field issues.

On Monday, Manziel reportedly met for over six hours with the NCAA at College Station. Reports say that this meeting is to determine whether or not Manziel accepted money for his autograph and if he will be suspended for any games in the 2013 season.

I can promise you that he will not be suspended, and not because he is innocent.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Gutterball 2013 : The New York Jets

When I was a young kid growing up, my mother always told me to get my mind out of the gutter. Well, that was great parental advice that kind of fell flat as I got older. There is a kind of strange fascination of watching a slow moving train wreck occur…especially when it involves highly paid people and NFL Teams.

Each week during the rest of the pre-season and throughout the regular season, I will explore the dark underbelly of the league. The nether regions of football will be scrutinized with the fascination of watching a disaster flick. This week’s team featured in Gutterball 2013 is the New York Jets.

The Hypocrisy of Sports




All sports groups are becoming more and more hypocritical. When will the hypocrisy stop? The NFL fines for "illegal" hits make no sense when career-ending hits don't get penalized. The NCAA profits on the names of players on their online store, yet will suspend players like Terrelle Pryor and now maybe Johnny Manziel for profiting. They even sell Joe Paterno "409 Wins" memorabilia when the NCAA themselves vacated over 100 wins. MLB wants to protect its players, yet suspends a pitcher for throwing at Alex Rodriguez, and that suspension isn't long enough for Ryan Demptster to miss a start.
What's Wrong With Sports? #BilasForPres

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Using the 3SN Custom Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

For fantasy football owners, research tends to be the hardest part to start. Quite literally, I have found nearly 100% of fantasy owners I've talked to actually be able to talk fantasy football for hours and hours, but when they need to take that knowledge, back it up with some player statistics and construct player lists, power rankings and fantasy tiers, they just can't find an easy way about it.

Now, you can let the 360 Sports Network help, with our customizable fantasy football cheat sheet...and right now, this fantasy football guru is going to show you EXACTLY how to use it, to get started in your fantasy research, and more. We'll cover various league types, fantasy football scoring and player stats and adjusting them.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Top Five Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers

Welcome back to our look at fantasy football sleepers by position. Today, we are going to take a look at five of the top fantasy football sleepers around. A few are deeper thoughts on the subject, while two are about right and the last is gaining a lot of attention; by the time you draft, Hilton might not be around!

So what makes a wide receiver sleeper different from the rest? First, his potential could land him a Flex1 position from the very first game. Most running back sleepers and fantasy quarterback just don't have enough umph to do this at times. Next, fantasy wide receivers usually don't spike out their play when solid from the beginning of the NFL season...they either stay strong, progressively get better, or just fade away until the free agency wire is their team. The last item, years played. Everyone you see here is less than two years in the league, with one exception; so for any keeper league drafters, this list is for you!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The NFL, RG3 and ESPN walk into a bar...

Reggie Bush (RB - Detroit Lions) looked like a magician, leading his team to a 40-9 butt-whooping over the New England Patriots in pre-season action last night. Bush only carried the ball six times for one yard, but caught 5 passes for 103 yards, including a 67 yard reception that set up a David Akers field goal.

On the other side of the ball, Kenbrell Thompkins (WR - New England Patriots) showed a ton of chemistry with Tom Brady (QB - New England Patriots) last night, grabbing 8 receptions on 12 looks for 116 yards; with Brady at the helm, 6 receptions for 93 yards.

A report has surfaced that the NFL pressured ESPN to back out of a PBS "Frontline" documentary concerning concussions. Publicly, the league office denies the report, however, sources are quoted as stating a meeting took place between Roger Goodell, Steve Bornstein (president of the NFL network), ESPN's president John Skipper and ESPN's executive vice president of production John Wildhack.

Greg Aiello, spokesman for the NFL, told the Times, "At no time did we formally, or informally, ask them to divorce themselves from the project." ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca said Thursday that ESPN's decision wasn't based on concerns about it's contractual relationship with the NFL, but instead, because of disputes with editorial oversights concerning the piece.

In 'stupid as hell' news, the NFL has fined Robert Griffin III (QB - Washington Redskins) for a uniform and dress code violation during warmups before the pre-season game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. Griffin wore a 'OPERATION PATIENCE' t-shirt on the sidelines; the game, he didn't even play in. Because of the NFL's contract with Nike, and the shirt being an Adidas brand shirt, RG3 violated the dumbest rule in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have diagnoses two players with MRSA infections. Guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being treated for the infections. MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics. The Buccaneers do not know where the two were exposed to the infection, and there is no timetable set for their return.

That's it for me, be sure to check out this weekend's look at the top 5 fantasy football wide receivers, as well as a how to on using 360 Sport Network's free customizable fantasy football cheat sheet tool! Have a great Friday!

Top 5 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet of Tips

Nothing is worse than showing up to a live fantasy football draft, or even an online one, only to realize, you are unprepared; no lists, no information, nothing. You sit down and as the draft starts, people snicker as you make selections, you not realizing your starting quarterback and second wide receiver are on injured reserve. Yes, it is sad.

But you can change that all at once! By preparing, practicing, printing, listening and being awesome, you are bound for fantasy football glory this year. So lets look at my 5 fantasy football cheat sheet of tips right now! Don't want to wait, but you want to get started on your fantasy football glory right now??? Download the 360 Sports Network's free customizable fantasy football cheat sheet now!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Injuries, fines and contract extensions day!

Sean Lee (LB - Dallas Cowboys) has agreed to a sizable contract extension, with the deal equating to six years for an estimated 7 to 8.5 million dollars a year on average (10.63 for one year, 16.13 for two and between 18 and 20 for three, depending on conditions).

The fourth year starting linebacker only played in six games last season, after suffering a toe injury versus the Carolina Panthers that landed him on injured reserve. The Cowboys are looking to rebound from a disappointing 8-8 season last year, and it looks like Lee is their anchor on defense.

Robert Griffin III (QB - Washington Redskins) took snaps against the starting defense yesterday, a good sign that his deadline of return will be a hit. While the starters were not in full pads yesterday, they were at full speed, and RG3 was quoted as saying "I feel good."

Le'Veon Bell (RB - Pittsburgh Steelers) is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury, unless season-ending surgery is required. The Steelers' second round draft pick was slated to start beside Isaac Redman on the depth charts. After this injury, not only is that no longer true, but his fantasy football value plummets him nearly out of range on draft day.

Arian Foster (RB - Houston Texans) was removed from the PUP list yesterday and practiced with the team for the first time this season. The running back has been hampered by a nagging back soreness, as well as soreness, stiffness and pain in his legs that has left him turning to injections for relief and therapy. Coach Kubiak has stated that while Foster looked good in his return, it would be unlikely to see him play in either of the Texans' remaining pre-season games.

Linebacker Jonathan Bostic (LB - Chicago Bears) was fined $21,000 for a hit the NFL has ruled as "lowering his head and making forcible contact with the top or crown of his helmet" and "delivering a hit against a defenseless receiver". While the live video shows an apparently clean hit against Chargers' receiver Mike Willie, the review committee examined stills that show an illegal hit. The interesting part about all of this, is on NFL.com, a site owned exclusively by the NFL, who said the hit wasn't clean, called the hit in it's headline "spectacular".

That's it for me today. Take it easy, and enjoy the sunshine!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings - 3SN Live

We will be LIVE at 6:00 from the Crane Room Bar and Grille to expand your fantasy football Virtual Draft Guide! Send us your fantasy questions on twitter (@3SNetwork), in the comments section below, on Facebook, or on Ustream! We'll talk position rankings, sleepers, and general draft strategy. Come join the fun!



Fantasy Football Power Rankings Changes

Not too much to report concerning player moves so lets take a look at some power rankings. Whenever I cover power rankings, and fantasy football player movement, keep in mind, I use standard scoring, and that is...1 point for every 25 yards thrown, 1 point for each 10 yards rushing or receiving, along with 6 points per touchdown, whether thrown or otherwise.

Robert Griffin III (QB - Washington Redskins) is finally starting to come up on draft boards from his previous number 15 position into the tier 4, some even placing him into the tier 2. This, about the only good news for a fairly banged up passing corp for the Washington Redskins.

Matt Ryan (QB - Atlanta Falcons) is finally getting some more respect. Previous to this week, the average draft position for the Atlanta Falcon starting quarterback was somewhere in the tier 5 region. Currently he is ranked on average as the number 6 to number 9 fantasy football quarterback.

Eli Manning (QB - New York Giants) is still falling in value. The injury to Victor Cruz and problems with the backfield in New York might have helped this Giant fall. Right now, his projection is nearly a round 9 selection...that is completely undervalued.

Andrew Luck (QB - Indianapolis Colts) seems to finally be breaking the top ten for fantasy football quarterbacks, sleepers or not. The averaged draft position for Luck is now leaning towards QB9 through QB12, with him now considered a solid tier 3 quarterback.

Arian Foster (RB - Houston Texans) is on a free-fall in his fantasy football value. A sore back was the initial reasoning for him missing games and practices, but now it's public knowledge he is receiving injections for pain, soreness and stiffness into his legs too. WOW!

Jamaal Charles (RB - Kansas City Chiefs) hasn't seen a lot of movement in his fantasy football value after his injury last week...not much to cover.

Trent Richardson (RB - Cleveland Browns) is surging his placement this week. After missing some practices before last week's game against the Detroit Lions with a shin injury, he still rushed 6 times for 33 yards. Norv Turner has also stated that he is targeting more carries and more catches for the running back...all good music to my fantasy football ears!

CJ Spiller (RB - Buffalo Bills) is starting to fall, as the mist known as pre-season hope starts to fade away from the Buffalo Bills once again. A question at quarterback, along with lackluster depth at receiver, have turned the backfield into a Thunderdome of potential problems.

Brandon Marshall (WR - Chicago Bears) has found a groove with Jay Cutler (QB - Chicago Bears), and fantasy football owners are taking notice, as Brandon Marshall moves into a virtual tie with Demaryius Thomas (WR - Denver Broncos) for the number 2/3 position for wide receivers.

Larry Fitzgerald (WR - Arizona Cardinals) has fell hard in fantasy rankings. After starting the pre-season in the top ten, has is barely squeaking into the top 15 with an average draft position at round 7 through 10.

Dez Bryant (WR - Dallas Cowboys) and AJ Green (WR - Cincinnati Bengals) both continue to slide, each moving further and further until now, they are both tier two receivers.

That's it for me, as we look briefly at some rankings' changes in fantasy football. Check out Dotson and Dellav, live at the Crane Room Bar and Grille in New Castle PA tonight, starting at 6 o'clock...all of it live, on 360 Sports Network. Take it easy everybody...

Andre Roberts - Fantasy Football Sleeper

So we have yet to come out with our top five sleeper wide receivers for the 2013-14 fantasy football season. When that list comes out, it is quite likely that Andre Roberts's name will make the cut. That's because Roberts is such a deep sleeper that TOO MANY will forget about him. Some will say that he's such a sleeper pick that he's "in a coma." However, I believe that YOU will want to be in a coma if you don't go after this guy, especially if you are in a PPR league.



Fantasy Football Toolkit for August 20th, 2013

Sooooo, fun tale. The Mad Scientist and I recorded an episode of the Fantasy Football Toolkit last night. We covered it all, and then some...including running back handcuffs, sleeper picks in fantasy football by position, even did full team coverage on who has the plethora of fantasy love by team. Then, a strange thing happened on the way to editing...the files were corrupt during editing! Ya, technical things happen, and the Fantasy Football Toolkit, as well as your ol' buddy, the Lostcause, are not immune.

The good news? Well, we have a hidden, destroyed, never-will-be-heard first episode this season out there, and gone...we're going to call it the Ryan Leaf's Talent episode. If you want to listen, just put out your ear and wait for Jacksonville fans to root for their team in the Superbowl...yes, you will hear the same silence as the lost episode.

Sorry all, including my co-captain, The Mad Scientist. Next week, though, my friends, next week, we shall be hitting all facets fantasy football on the Toolkit. Be there for all the help you need to make your fantasy football team THE team in your fantasy league this year. We'll have insights for each team, quarterback break-downs, running back handcuffs and wide receiver sleepers...all that and more, as I and the Mad Scientist help you on the Fantasy Football Toolkit.

Also, some programming news and a heads up, August 28th, 2013, live from the Crane Room Bar and Grille, the boys of 360 Sports Network, along with some friends, will be drafting on air, live on 3SN. Come out for the wings, beer and specials of the Crane Room, but stay for the sh*ts and giggles knows as the 3SN Live crew!

Take care and my apologies to all!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The It's Crap Edition of Fantasy Football Daily Pigskin Blink

"It's crap" This a quote from Brian Hartline (WR - Miami Dolphins), with respect to Houston Texan rookie D.J. Swearinger's hit on Dustin Keller, that resulted in a torn ACL, MCL, PCL and a dislocated knee cap. Swearinger, speaking after Saturday's game, stated, concerning the hit and the injury, "My senior year I had like three helmet-to-helmet [penalties]. I knew I had to change my style of play and start targeting low." (Quote provided by ESPN.com)

So what is it in the NFL? Below the shoulders and above the knees? Or is it smaller? For everyone old enough, it reminds me of a certain scene from "The Jerk" starring Steve Martin (best Roger Goodell impression, ever!)

The Redskins, without RG3, come out with a win over the Steelers last night, in what could be considered the Injury Bowl. Nearly ten players from both sides of the ball, including Rex Grossman (QB - Washington Redskins), Lawrence Timmons (LB - Pittsburgh Steelers) and Kirk Cousins (QB - Washignton Redskins) all missed time due to injury during the match-up.

The Cleveland Browns have announced Brandon Weeden (QB - Cleveland Browns) as their starting quarterback. Weeden has proved solid this pre-season, going 10 of 13 for 112 yards and touchdown again the Rams in weekone, and then 8 of 12 for 117 yards and two touchdowns this last week. The 29-year-old is completing over 70% of his passes, without throwing an interception.

In some 'shouda known better news', for Defenses and IDPs in fantasy football, Von Miller (LB - Denver Broncos), All-Pro and star sack leader for the Broncos, will now miss the first six games of regular season action for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. In his past two seasons, he has been the Broncos' sack leader, grabbing 30. If unchanged, his banishment from the team will begin August 30th.

That's it for me today. Tonight, I'll be recording, along with The Mad Scientist, a new episode of the Fantasy Football Toolkit. Tomorrow, check out Dellav and Dotson live from the Crane Room Bar and Grille in New Castle for 3SN live. Take it easy everybody!

Top Five Fantasy Football Running Back Sleepers

Running backs are the staple to fantasy football, and on my fantasy roster, the running back position is just as important as paying my entrance fee each year. Everyone knows Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Doug Martin are some of the top fantasy football players in the backfield, but what about the forgotten few that can see some action at RB2 or Flex? Let's take a look at the top 5 fantasy football running back sleepers.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Injuries, fantasy football news and more

Andrew Luck (QB - Indianapolis Colts) threw for a little over 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts' win over the New York Giants Sunday night. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton were on the receiving ends of those passes.

EJ Manuel (QB - Buffalo Bills) will be considered day to day after pre-season ends, and could start game one of the NFL season. He underwent the knife Sunday morning, and although there were signs of swelling, the procedure was considered so minor, it shouldn't impact his playing time more than these couple of weeks.

Victor Cruz (WR - New York Giants) left the game early last night for X-rays on his foot. Reports are negative for injuries and it turns out he simply had a bruised heel. No word on his return to practice.

Arian Foster (RB - Houston Texans) is still considered out of team practices with a sore back. Head coach Gary Kubiak was hoping to have his All-Pro running back back on the field by this morning, but that isn't going to happen. Injections and rest have been the order of the day for the young running back, and no time-table for his return to practice has been set.

Jamaal Charles (RB - Kansas City Chiefs) was practicing without hesitation Sunday, after sustaining a leg strain earlier this week. It was the first time Charles had this kind of foot strain, calling the injury "weird" and that "it was definitely scary" because it affected the way he runs.

That's it for me. Tonight, Steelers at the Redskins, and tomorrow, the Fantasy Football Toolkit returns. Take it easy everybody.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Saturday's NFL action, fantasy football news and more

Had a great article on why Tannehill might be a sleeper, and Dustin Keller (TE - Miami Dolphins) goes and poops on it by injuring himself; and now he's gone for the year. The tight end was brought onto the Miami Dolphins to help Tannehill with a more reliable pair of hands. No word on the extent of the damage, nor a time-frame for his return.

Mark Sanchez (QB - New York Jets) had the biggest up / down game of his career last night, in the Jets' 37 to 13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sanchez led the way on 5, count them, 5 scoring drives, only to put a dark cloud over the solid performance by throwing an interception in the red zone, and not knowing to get rid of the ball preventing the Jets from grabbing an extra field goal at the end of the half. The outlook for the starting quarterback in New York is still not determined, as Rex Ryan says, and most fantasy football fans agree, "we're not comfortable making that decision"...and neither are we.

In other news Saturday night, the Cardinals held down the Dallas Cowboys' late-game rally, winning 12 to 7. Tony Romo (QB - Dallas Cowboys) finished the game with 7 of 10 for 142; and on the other side of the ball, Kerry Taylor (WR - Arizona Cardinals) grabbed 4 passes for 85 yards.

The Cincinnati Bengals keep the Tennessee Titans without a win this pre-season, beating them 27 to 19. Dan Herron (RB - Cincinnati Bengals) was the leading rusher for the Bengals, going 9 rushes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Damian Williams (WR - Tennessee Titans) was the leading receiver, with 4 grabs for 65 yards.

Ryan Tannehill (QB - Miami Dolphins) looked impressive as he went 10 of 15 for 141 and a touchdown, as the Dolphins lose, not only the game to the Texans, but also, as I noted earlier, Dustin Keller. Matt Schaub (QB - Houston Texans), Case Keenum (QB - Houston Texans) and T.J. Yates (QB - Houston Texans) all had a touchdown for the Texans.

Green Bay takes a game from the Rams, 19 to 7. Aaron Rodgers (QB - Green Bay Packers) went 10 of 12 and 134, without finding the end-zone, and Sam Bradford (QB - St. Louis Rams) finished up 8 of 12 for 156, and no touchdowns (a fumble lost on fourth and goal from the late, late in the first quarter with the Rams trailing 3 to 0 was all on him).

The Denver Broncos get routed by the Seattle Seahawks 40 to 10. Peyton Manning (QB - Denver Broncos) finished the loss with 11 completions for 163 and a touchdown. Russell Wilson (QB - Seattle Seahawks) finished up 8 of 12 for 127 and a touchdown.

That's it for me everybody, take it easy and have a great Selfie-Sunday!

Top 5 Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers

Every year, we start off the season thinking about those big names, the guys in fantasy football and the NFL that can take our fantasy football team to the top, or be the biggest fantasy dud ever since believing Doogie Howser M.D. could be real (you know who you are!). Today, we are going to take a look at quarterbacks, specifically, those guys that are falling under the fantasy football radar, for better or worse, and how and when to get these gems of fantasy goodness on your fantasy football roster!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday Night Fantasy Football Highlights

Alex Smith (QB - Kansas City Chiefs) struggled Friday Night, taking a few pretty hard shots, and never finding the end-zone against his former team in the San Francisco 49ers. Smith finished the game 7 of 16 for 62 yards.

Tom Brady (QB - New England Patriots) started for the Patriots Friday night, and any questions about his knee were quickly answered, as he went 8 of 8, for 72 yards and a touchdown on his first drive.

Drew Brees (QB - New Orleans Saints) had a strong game Friday night as the Saints topped the Oakland Raiders 28 to 20. Brees went 14 of 18 for 202 and 1 touchdown.

In Buffalo, it was a tale of two cities on the same field, for the same team, as the Bills beat the Minnesota Vikings, 20 to 16. Kevin Kolb (QB - Buffalo Bills) had a dissapointing outing, going 12 of 21 for 111 yards, no touchdowns, but a costly interception. EJ Manuel (QB - Buffalo Bills) on the other hand, shined, completing 10 of 12 for 92 with a touchdown and no picks. This was Kolb's first action since October 14th, when he sustained a season-ending rib injury with Arizona.

That's it for me, tomorrow, I start breaking done some positional players as well as sleepers to keep your ears and fantasy football eyes out for. Until then, take it easy everybody.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Injury news, fantasy football pre-draft info and more

Tom Brady (QB - New England Patriots) took snaps and threw in light practice drills on Thursday. This after a spill involving a defenseman falling into his surgically repaired knee, and is day to day, practice to practice.

The Pittsburgh Steelers backfield took a hit yesterday, as both Isaac Redman and rookie running back Le'Veon Bell found themselves laying on the field. Redman received a decent shot from Larry Foote resulting in a reported stinger (at first thought to be a concussion), and Bell with an "aggravated knee"; some believing to be much worse.

Michael Vick (QB - Philadelphia Eagles) and Nick Foles (QB - Philadelphia Eagles) are making it harder and harder as the preseason goes on for head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles Chip Kelly to make a decision on who is starting. Both looked sharp in last night's action; Vick finishing the game 9 for 10 for 105 and rushing 20 yards, Foles 6 for 8 for 53 yards, 13 rushing yards and a rushing TD.

C.J. Anderson (RB - Denver Broncos) and Knowshon Moreno (RB - Denver Broncos) are both dealing with injuries to their knees. Anderson was diagnosed with a sprained MCL Thursday and will miss four to six weeks, while Moreno continues to miss practices with a bruised knee.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tom Brady's Knee, RG3 and more quarterback news!

Tom Brady (QB - New England Patriots) took a hit to his knee, causing most of the crowd in attendance at yesterday's Patriots' practice to gasp in disbelief. While the image of Brady laying on the ground, holding his knee, looked serious, initial reports are a slight sprain and he could return to the practice field today or tomorrow.

Robert Griffin III (QB - Washington Redskins) took his first snaps in 11-on-11 drills yesterday. The second year quarterback has had a sheltered pre-season thus far, as he recoups his injured knee; of which Head Coach Mike Shanahan will not be pushing. Shanahan is also taking all the RG3 relationship hype, and plans for RG3's knee, with some levity.

Kevin Kolb (QB - Buffalo Bills) will be the starting quarterback for the Bills Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Kolb, who is competing with EJ Manuel for the starting nod, missed Buffalo's first preseason game because of a left knee injury.

Nick Foles (QB - Philadelphia Eagles) will be under center to start versus the Carolina Panthers tonight. Both he, and Michael Vick are expected to play a full quarter tonight. Vick started last week's game against the New England Patriots, and is why, according to Head Coach Chip Kelly, Foles gets the nod tonight.

Jo-Lonn Dunbar (LB - St. Louis Rams), has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Dunbar will be able to take part in all practices, exhibitions and meetings prior to the first game of the season, when his actual suspension begins.

"I just want to say that I did not take a performance enhancing drug," Dunbar said. "I mistakenly took something that prompted a failed drug test."

Catch ya all tomorrow, for more NFL and fantasy football news!

Every Star Athlete Must Use PEDs, Right?



Adrian Peterson. Albert Pujols. Justin Verlander.

What do these three star athletes have in common, besides being considered some of the best athletes in the world?

All three have been accused in the past week of using Performance Enhancing Drugs in the past week, even though no evidence exists that any of these three stars have doped.

Enough is enough.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

3SN Live - Fantasy Football Running Backs

We continue to build your Fantasy Football Virtual Draft Guide tonight at 7:00 pm! We discuss running backs, ranking our top prospects and discussing some basic strategy for you to build a powerhouse fantasy team! Send us your questions on twitter @3SNetwork and we will answer them live! Stop by the Crane Room to join the fun!


Burress, Richardson and Floyd...oh my!

The Steelers have put Plaxico Burress (WR - Pittsburgh Steelers) on the IR. Burress had surgery Monday morning to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Burress only played 3 games last season for the Steelers, and this move could mean no games this year.

Trent Richardson (RB - Cleveland Browns) will finally play a pre-season game as a Brown. The second year starting running back looks to better his rookie season for fantasy football players over last year's 267 rushes for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, along with one in the air.

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said in a recent interview with the NFL Network that he'll name a starting quarterback no later than 10 days before the season opener, if no clear pick emerges any sooner. First-round pick EJ Manuel is the current favorite after his strong outting on Sunday.

As a follow-up to some injury news, Malcolm Floyd (WR - San Diego Chargers) has a sprained knee and will be out until week one. This news could lead to other problems we eluded to as well, including the fact the expected starters at wide receiver are now injured for the Chargers.

Doug Martin - Fantasy Sleeper to Fantasy Stud

My how times have changed for Doug Martin since I wrote about him last year. At that time in the fantasy football world, people scoffed at the notion of a 1st round running back in Tampa Bay having success with the likes of LeGarrette Blount roaming in the backfield. Today, Doug Martin has gone from a nearly unwanted, barely draftable in fantasy leagues or a doubtful start, to a top 5 fantasy football pick. In fact, he is leading most Tier2 groups for running back; with some even placing him into the top tier, now with Jamaal Charles's injury.

Doug Martin showed last year how to get things done in the NFL as a rookie running back. Nearly reaching 2000 all-purpose yards, he amassed 1454 on the ground, with an average of 4.6 yards a carry, along with 11 touchdowns, thank you very much!

And for all you points per reception aficionados, let's not overlook his 49 receptions for 470+ yards and a touchdown.

I made the mistake of calling him a good third down back last season, yet his stats show otherwise...he's a GREAT first down back! 189 times last season, he rushed for over 6 yards on first down, with 3 touchdowns. And in the second half, he was real money, hammering out 820 yards on the ground, with 8 touchdowns, to go with his fantasy football niceness of 27 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown.

So, where are his faults? First, he is coming into his sophomore year...which means we have no NFL stats to check out trends. The only trend I can see, is, apart from the week 15 loss to the Saints last year, he dominates his NFC South opponents. Next, the AFC South and the NFC South fixate on rushers who have had one good season...which is especially a problem with Tampa Bay, who can't seem to keep the backfield at 100% for any year that I can remember.

Is he a top 5 running back in fantasy football?

The simple answer is yes. I know I'm a stickler for previous experience to formulate and view trends, but this guy, this 'Muscle Hamster' as he is better known, just flat out runs. He's strong on the left side, and just as potent in the middle. He can also break out a catch in the backfield for positive yardage on a constant basis. These two facts, alone, make him valuable in normal redrafts and PPR leagues.

That's my look back at 'sleeper' pick from last season Doug Martin...who now is no where close to that, and if you are lucky to get him, then congrats to you, my friend!

Do you have a sleeper pick this season that you want us to review? Or, would you like to write your own thoughts about him? Comment or send me a message at thefantasyfootballtoolkit@gmail.com and I'll get you hooked up on your fantasy football needs!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Malcolm Floyd and RG3

Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd (WR - San Diego Chargers) was carted off of the field Monday after banging his knee during one-on-one drills. Looks like this could be a strain that holds him out of active duty for two to six weeks. Floyd led the team with 56 receptions for 814 yards and 5 touchdowns last year.

The fantasy football outlook for this injury is fairly simple. Philip Rivers is going to have to rely more on Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, as well as Vincent Brown who missed all of 2012 with a broken ankle. Antonio Gates could be targeted more, especially early in the season, and this could mean more carries and catches for Ryan Matthews.

Last week, Danario Alexander sustained a season-ending ACL tear. This being the first of his NFL career, after sustaining three in his college days. In the last nine games of last season, Alexander caught 37 passes for 650+ yards and seven touchdowns. Floyd and Alexander were expected to be the Chargers' one-two punch this season.

Robert Griffin III (QB - Washington Redskins) is butting heads with head coach Mike Shanahan...but in a good way. It seems RG3 is lobbying, heavily, to get back on full 11-on-11 practices and to take live snaps in preseason games. However, Shanahan is sticking by his guns and making sure RG3 is at 100% before he goes full-bomber-squad.

RG3 completed his stellar rookie season with 3200 yards passing, 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also added over 800 yards on the ground and 7 touchdowns.

7 Steps to a Better Draft

Draft day in fantasy football are looming for most of us. You can buy all the best magazines, steal the experts' charts for the top 200, top 500 or top players by position...heck, you can even pay someone to draft for you to get a leg up. But if you are like most fantasy football players and owners, you just want some simple, clear and concise information on getting a grip for your upcoming fantasy football draft. And, I'm here to help! In 7 easy steps you are going to turn that dud of a team you drafted last year, into the stud of the league this fantasy season.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Jamaal Charles, Baltimore Ravens and Andy Reid

Jamal Charles (RB - Kansas City Chiefs) was carted off of the field this morning, after sustaining what reports are calling a 'tweak' of his knee. Looks like the action was only precautionary one, and no further playing time should be missed.

Dallas Clark (TE - Baltimore Ravens) signed with the Baltimore Ravens yesterday. After losing Dennis Pitta to a dislocated hip, and Ed Dickson suffering a hamstring tear, the Ravens aren't only looking for a starting tight end, but depth at receiver. Last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clark caught 47 passes for 400+ yards and 4 touchdowns.

Brandon Stokley (WR - Baltimore Ravens) also signed with the Ravens on Sunday to a one-year contract. Last year, while with the Denver Broncos, Stokley grabbed 544 yards with 5 touchdowns.

Andy Reid has been a fan of Alex Smith (QB - Kansas City Chiefs) since Reid was the head coach in Philadelphia, a new interview suggests. Reid confirmed this to Peter King of The Monday Morning QB, "I just always watched him and thought, I'd like to coach that kid."

Last year, Alex Smith played in ten games, finishing the year with a QB rating of 104.1, on 1700 yards, 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. In his last full season in 2011, Smith threw for 3100 yards, with 17 touchdowns in the air and two on the ground.

Take care everybody, and we will see ya tomorrow.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What's Wrong With Sports: Ignoring the Good of Sports

Yesterday when I was supposed to be doing work and preparing lessons, I naturally found my iPhone in my hand and the Facebook app open.

I know, shocker.

As I scrolled down my news feed full of the usual picture postings and status updates and memes, I saw a rare posting from an old college friend, Jordan Crolly. His status update was titled "Top 10 Reasons I Don't Want [People] Making Negative Comments on My Facebook Statuses Anymore."

I usually only hear from him twice a year (the weeks where his Giants play my Cowboys). So naturally I was intrigued to see what negative comments he had been getting.

As I read through his post, I just lit up. I loved and agreed with every sentence.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

3SN Live - Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

The Trio is back LIVE at 6:00 from the Crane Room! We'll discuss fantasy football quarterbacks and answer all of your fantasy questions! Join us! $3 Sangria tonight!!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Standing Starts a Big Step for IndyCar

This weekend will mark the second "double header" race weekend in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Teams and drivers will participate in a full-length race on the Streets of Toronto on Saturday afternoon, only to turn around and race again on Sunday. However, a new twist comes with the Honda Indy Toronto with the implementation of a standing start for the first of the double header races. This new addition to the IndyCar Series is a huge step for Indy's return to prominence.

...or it could be a complete bust.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates - This NEEDS TO BE the Year

-- by Tony Borrelli

This has to be it. I can’t stress that enough. I am in desperate need of this. My entire life and I have never seen it happen.

The Pirates need to finish .500 or better.

I’m a realist, not too be mistaken for a pessimist. I see things and have a mild optimistic outlook on the way they could turn out. That’s what I’m doing with the Pirates this year. They have me hooked again for the third year in a row hoping that this is it. I said it two years ago when they were surging, and they collapsed around the midway point because of a horrible call at home plate (THE turning point of the season). I said it last year when 'Cutch had the best month of baseball, and then the Pirates fell apart in July yet again. And now at the start of July of 2013, here I am again.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Steve Pederson Extension - How Pitt Fans Should Feel

Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2018.

Everybody that knows me recognizes that I am not a Steve Pederson fan. I have been one of his biggest critics throughout his Pitt tenure and I was critical of him at his time in Nebraska. I am not going to go that far deep into the Nebraska fiasco but all I have to say is that anybody down in big red country will tell you that he is not a beloved figure for his alma mater. He was fired after 5 disastrous years and Pitt literally hired him back the next day. (He was also the AD at Pitt from 1998-2002).

With the news of his recent contract extension, there has been a mixture of reactions from alumni and fans about their feelings towards Pederson. I am going to create a pros and cons list of Pedersons actions while at Pitt and I want the readers of the article to tell me how they feel about him.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Patriots Release Hernandez - The Right Move?

New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was arrested this morning in connection to the death of his friend Odin Lloyd just a mile from his Massachusetts home. About 90 minutes later, the Patriots released Hernandez from their team.

First of all, all thoughts and prayers begin with Odin Lloyd and his family. That's where they should be.

However, we need to look at the big picture happening here with the National Football League. A total of 29 NFL players now have been arrested since the Super Bowl in February. This is an extremely troubling trend in the NFL, one that needs to be addressed for sure on a league-wide level.

First off, we need to examine what's happening on a team-level. The Patriots and owner Robert Kraft acted swiftly in releasing Aaron Hernandez. But is this the right decision? Should a franchise stand by their player until a verdict is reached? Or is it appropriate to sever ties immediately?


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Coaching 101 - NBA

A wise person once said, "A good coach is one who makes a good team great, not a great team good." Well, okay, this so-called wise person is me. If you are a good coach, you can turn a team full of mediocre talent into a group that works well together and become a great team. If you have great talent that under-performs and you cannot turn that talent into an exceptional team, then you're just not a
good coach.

We have one of each in the NBA Finals right now, and it's because of the coaches that one team has the series lead right now.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pens - 3SN Live

Dot and Dellav will be LIVE at 7:30 from the Crane Room! We'll discuss the Penguins struggles against the Bruins and talk right up to the puck drop! We'll also talk about other Pittsburgh sports and all of the other sports headlines out there! Join us! $3 Sangria tonight!!


Flower Power



It’s do or die tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Well, okay, it’s not OFFICIALLY a win-or-go-home game as the Pens trail 2-0 in the series to the Boston Bruins. However, with the series shipping up to Boston and the Pens losing 3-0 and 6-1 in their two home games, this game means a lot more. The Pens cannot afford to drop 3-0 in the series.

Adding to the insanity for tonight is the goalie situation. Marc-Andre Fleury was replaced after game 4 of the first round series with Ottawa. Tomas Vokoun has started all nine playoff games since, going 6-3 in those games. He was pulled after giving up three first-period goals in game 2 against the Bruins. Fleury gave up three goals of his own in the 6-1 slaughtering. Now the question becomes: who should the Pens start in game 3?

It’s time to return to the Flower.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of the Best Records in Baseball!

When I was reviewing the MLB Central Division Podcast I did with Dotson earlier today, I was struck by the accuracy of our predictions. Hold on now... I can hear you crying, IT IS ONLY THE END OF MAY!!! You cannot be serious posting this article!!!

Yes, I am serious. I am a serious Pirates fan who, right now cannot wait to get home to watch my beloved team battle. Over the past three nights, we have seen dramatic pitching duels with the likes of Jeff Locke, Genmar Gomez and AJ Burnette at the mound. Stellar saves by Melancon and Grilli are becoming the norm. Yes, the Pirates are on a roll again! Yes, Baseball is again fun in Pittsburgh, and Yes, I believe that we will actually make it through August and make a run for the post season!

However, actions speak louder than words... This team still has a lot to prove. But... it is so much fun seeing the Pirates take two of three from the Brewers. Who would have thunk that the Pirates would be playing the Detroit Tigers this close. Over the past four games, unsung heros are the norm for the Pirates as they put on a pitching exposition. Jordy Mercer's suicide squeeze was a thing of beauty the other night as the Pirates have learned how to hit, and how to bunt properly. Kudos to Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Searage and batting coach Jay Bell.

The next big test for the Pirates will be the Reds who share a similar record. Let's hope the Bucco's have enough moxy to raise the jolly roger!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Top Moments in Indy 500 History



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

It’s race day! You know that the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will have many great moments. It is after all the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. What great moments are in store for us today? We’ll just have to wait and see! While we wait, we look back on 500 history and give to you the best of the best: The Field of 33 Greatest Indy 500 Moments
 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sounds of the Indianapolis 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. 
 
We are less than 24 hours away from crowning the winner of the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500! As an extra bonus, we bring to you the Field of 33 Sounds of the 500! All of these sounds are regulars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hope you enjoy!
 

Field of 33 - Reasons You Missed the Indy 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.


Now that Memorial Day weekend has begun, let the partying and the fun begin! Don’t forget that the biggest and most fun day is Sunday, race day. So don’t go too crazy tonight and miss the race tomorrow as a result! Be careful not to end up missing the race because of one of the following reasons: Your Field of 33 Reasons Why You Missed the Indy 500.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Month of May - Things to Take with You to the Indy 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

You’re about to attend your first ever Indy 500! Hope you enjoy and love every minute of it! Pretty much every rookie attending the race for the first time will ask around for advice on what to take to the 500. Well my friends, look no further. Here is the Field of 33 Top Things to Take to the Indy 500!

(And in fact, due to a controversy in rules, it has been determined that a Field of 33 is not enough! So, as in the 1979 and 1997 races, we will expand the field to 35 starters! Enjoy!)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Indy 500 Bingo - Things You See on the Trek to the Track



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

It is race day and you’re about to begin the famous “Trek to the Track” at your first Indianapolis 500. Let me just forewarn you: you will see some CRAZY things on that walk to the Speedway. However, it can be quite fun! It’s like “Indy 500 Bingo” as you check off what you’ll see en route to the Speedway. So fill out your Bingo cards, ladies and gentlemen, because here is the Field of 33 Things You’ll See on the Trek to the Track!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Field of 33 - Race Day Roles at the Indy 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

When your group attends the race, whether or not you realize it, every individual has a specific job to do or role that they acquire. Some are obvious (the ticket-holder) while others are not (the one who is prepared with extra medicine or sunscreen). My family has had tickets for 37 years now, and over the years our group of 30 have done a great job at developing these unofficial roles and doing their jobs extremely well! Trust me, you and your group will fit into these roles without much difficulty at all. Without further ado, we present to you the Field of 33 Race Day Roles for the Indianapolis 500!
 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Things to Watch for at the Indy 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

With so much happening before and during the race, there are a lot of things you might miss. There are also lots of things you should do your best to miss. In today’s Month of May installment, we look at the things happening on race day that we think you CAN’T miss / WON’T miss / DON’T miss / TRY TO miss. In short, the Field of 33 Things to Watch for at the Indy 500.
 

Monday, May 20, 2013

2013 Indy 500 - Field of 33



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The field of 33 is set for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, and an American will lead the field to the green flag for the first time since 2006! Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter won the pole position in one of the most exciting and emotional Pole Days in recent history. Can he go on to win the 500? Which of the other 32 drivers is most likely to get his/her face on the Borg-Warner Trophy? Let’s take a look at the 2013 Field of 33 and analyze their chances to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Things to do in Indianapolis during the Month of May



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.


The Indy 500 isn’t just about race day. The entire Month of May is full of activity on and off of the track in Indianapolis. There is so much more to do during the month than just go to the race. Enjoy our Field of 33 Things to do During the Month of May.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Coolest Indy 500 Pace Cars



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The pace car was an innovation in motor racing that began with the Indy 500. Since the 1911 race, a car (or van or truck) has brought the field around to the green flag. The pace cars have been memorable over the years due to their style, their color, their flair, or simply just their uniqueness. So we thought, what if we had a field of JUST pace cars? Why not? Check out our Field of 33 Coolest Indy 500 Pace Cars.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Month of May - Indy 500 Innovations



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.


One of the great things about open-wheel racing and IndyCar in particular is the ability of innovation. Over the years, IndyCar and the Indy 500 have come up with vast arrays of automobile innovation that have revolutionized not only the racing world, but the auto industry as a whole. Some auto technology first seen in a race car at Indianapolis now appear regularly in typical street cars across the world. Today, we look at those automobile revolutions in our Field of 33 Indy 500 Innovations.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Field of 33 Best Indy 500 Teams / Owners



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Today, we look beyond the driver to something bigger: the team. Many big names have surrounded the Indianapolis 500, some for decades. It’s a runaway for the pole position, but the rest of the field is quite packed together in the Field of 33 Best Indy 500 Teams/Owners.
 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Field of 33 - Best Seats at the Indy 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

So you have made your decision to go to the Indy 500 this year. Like any sporting venue, some seats are better than others. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is no different. In fact, some of the best seats in the venue aren’t even seats, but just plain lawn areas where you can set your folding chair and umbrella. What is the best place to sit? Based on visibility, atmosphere, price, and location relative to significant happenings on race day, here is the Field of 33 Best Seats at the Indy 500. (Images courtesy of seats3d.com)
 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Field of 33 Best Non-Winners at Indianapolis 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Some inherit a family curse. Some just appear to be cursed on their own. And some come close time and time again but cannot seem to find their way to Victory Lane to drink that legendary milk. It’s not difficult to fill a field of 33 unbelievably great drivers who never got to be called Indy 500 champion. So here’s the best of the rest: The Field of 33 Best Non-Winners to race in the Indianapolis 500.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Field of 33 Most Memorable Indy 500 Crashes



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Crashes. It comes with the territory of racing the fastest cars in the world. It’s going to happen. And each time a car goes into the wall, 400,000 hearts drop at once, hoping and praying that the soul onboard is not seriously injured. In 96 years of running the Indianapolis 500, 15 drivers have been killed during the race (and another 25 during practice or qualifications for the race). 5 mechanics (plus 7 more in practice crashes) have perished during the Indy 500. Three track personnel died during the 500 and 9 spectators have died at or around the speedway since its opening in 1909. Death surrounds racing. There is no doubt about that. And to those 64 souls lost surrounding this race, we send our thoughts and prayers.

That being said, crashes are one of the most spectacular parts of any automobile race. Everybody who goes to the race or watches it on TV each year has a specific crash that will linger in their minds forever. Some of these crashes (like J.R. Hildebrand in 2011) are not deadly or even injury-causing, but are significant to the race as a whole. Others (like Scott Brayton in 1996) helped create revolutionary new safety features. And others (like Mike Conway in 2010) will give you chills every time you think about the accident. Here is the Field of 33 Most Memorable Indy 500 Crashes.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ronde Barber, Titus Young and OL trades

Ronde Barber (CB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers) is set to retire. The 16 year veteran accumulated 47 interceptions, with 8 returned for touchdowns. Barber is a 5-time Pro-Bowler, a three-time All-Pro and a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team. He is also the only player in NFL history with 40+ interceptions alongside 20+ career sacks. The Buccaneers were not sure of Ronde Barber's status coming into this season, as evident by their acquisition of Darrelle Revis, draft pick Johnthan Banks in the second round and free agent signee Dashon Gadson in the off-season.

Titus Young (WR - Free Agent) has an interesting distinction as well this year...being arrested twice in a 15 hour span. Just after midnight Sunday night, Titus was pulled over, charged with a DUI and arrested; leaving his car impounded. Later that day, a little after 2PM, a guard noticed someone jumping a fence over the impound lot; the man turned out to be Titus Young, trying to recover his car in the lot. Young was waived on February 4th by the Lions. He was disciplined multiple times last season, the last of which, for lining up, intentionally, incorrectly during a week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The St. Louis Rams claimed him off of waivers, only to release him ten days later.

A.Q. Shipley (C - Baltimore Ravens) was traded to the Ravens by the Indianapolis Colts today, for a conditional 2014 draft pick. He is expected to compete with Gino Gradkowski for the starting center job; Matt Birk retired this off-season after starting every game at center for the Baltimore Ravens for the past four seasons.

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Why IndyCar is Better than NASCAR



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Each May when I start getting excited about the Indy 500, I find myself talking about it to friends or co-workers or strangers on the street. When they hear that I attend each year, they say something like “What’s it like seeing a NASCAR race?” or “I’m not a NASCAR fan.” I about flip out. The Indy 500 is not NASCAR, people. It is much better than NASCAR. IndyCar as a whole is much better than stock car racing. And I can prove it to you…yes, it’s the Field of 33 Reasons Why IndyCar is Better Than NASCAR.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Month of May - Best Indy 500 Liveries



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Each year, one car sticks out above the rest. And I’m not talking about performance, but rather about paint scheme. Especially in recent years, cars have become more extravagant and fun to look at. At the same time, the traditional paint schemes that have survived the Brickyard for decades are just as desirable. So, based on the tradition of the scheme combined with just how awesome it is to see, here is the field of 33 “Best Indy 500 Liveries” in history.  
 

Month of May - 33 Greatest Indy 500 Traditions



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

We all have great times at the 500 and can enjoy every minute of it while we’re there. But what about after we get home? How can we remember the great time we had in Speedway, Indiana? We all know photos aren’t enough – we need tangible objects. Well, today we look at the Field of 33 Must-Have Souvenirs from the Indianapolis 500.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Marcus Trufant, Darius Slay and fantasy football

Marcus Trufant (CB - (formerly)Seattle Seahawks) signed a deal today with the Jacksonville jaguars. Trufant played under Jaguars coach Gus Bradley for the last 3 seasons in Seattle and will replace Antuan Molden, who was released by the Jaguars.

Second round selection and 36th pick overall, Darius Slay (CB - Detroit Lions), underwent knee surgery for a torn meniscus Friday. Doctors believe this surgery will only sideline him for less than two weeks; which means he will miss the Lions' rookie mini-camp.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quentin Jammer, Rob Gronkowski, Branden Albert, oh my!

Free agent Quentin Jammer (CB - Free Agent) will agree, the level of interest in him gaining a contract is significantly lower than he, and most experts, expected. With so many early round corners going in the draft, his status should have been more solid. However, with only a few teams showing interest so far, things still don't look good. Look for the Redskins to make an offer, and possibly the Cleveland Browns as well, for this aging corner.

Rob Gronkowski (TE - New England Patriots) still has not decided on whether a fourth surgery on his ailing forearm is necessary. Gronkowski has not seen any unexpected setbacks, and reports coming out of his camp are that surgery is 'very likely'. Because of this injury, and its clouded nature of repair, Gronkowski's fantasy value continues to slip slowly. Keep an eye on this solid tight end to see when his surgery is, and what the prognosis will be; even a good second half of the season is worth enough to draft him injured.

With Branden Albert's talks with the Miami Dolphins dead after their signing of Tyson Clabo, the left tackle began long-term discussions with the Kansas City Chiefs. Albert is looking for a contract at the level of six years for $53.4 million; like the extension signed by the Houston Texans' tackle Duane Brown last summer.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Month of May - Field of 33 Must-Have Souvenirs



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

We all have great times at the 500 and can enjoy every minute of it while we’re there. But what about after we get home? How can we remember the great time we had in Speedway, Indiana? We all know photos aren’t enough – we need tangible objects. Well, today we look at the Field of 33 Must-Have Souvenirs from the Indianapolis 500. (images courtesy of Brickyard Authentics online store...so you can go and buy whatever sounds like your type of souvenir and you can search for more keepsakes before making your trek to the track!)

Greatest 33 Indianapolis 500 Winners



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Today we will focus on the best of the best: the greatest 33 drivers to win the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway created a similar list of the top 33 drivers of all time. However, some members of that “Field of 33” never won a race. So here is an updated version of the best to ever make Victory Lane at Indianapolis: The “Field of 33 Greatest Race Winners”


Miami Dolphins land a right tackle, and NFL and fantasy football follow-ups


The Miami Dolphins filled their OL woes on Sunday morning, signing former Atlanta Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo to a one-year deal. The 31-year-old was released by the Falcons this off-season to help with salary cap numbers. He was one of four tackles to try out for the Dolphins last week; others include Bryant McKinnie, Eric Winston and Winston Justice. Clabo started all 101 games he played for the Falcons, including 16 games in each of the last five seasons at right tackle.
LeGarrette Blount (RB - New England Patriots) has agreed to a $1 million pay cut in his contract. Under his new deal, he is placed fourth behind Leon Washington, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley on the Patriot's running back cap hit.
Daryl Washington (LB - Arizona Cardinals) has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, against his former girlfriend, the mother of his five-month-old daughter. The ex-girlfriend, in the police report, states that following an argument inside her apartment on Wednesday, Washington allegedly choked her. Police responding to the call noted marks on her throat. The report also said there is a current custody battle going on, and Washington has not been allowed to see his daughter.
Got any questions, comments, suggestions, tips, tricks or more concerning fantasy football and the NFL? Send them over to thefantasyfootballtoolkit@gmail.com. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Adrian Peterson on 2500, DeAngelo Williams on the block and Daryl Washington's arrest

Daryl Washington (LB - Arizona Cardinals), was arrested Friday after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his daughter. Washington led the Cardinals in tackles with 134 (108 solo) as well as nine sacks last season. He recently signed a six-year contract extension with the team; but will miss the first four games of the 2013 NFL season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Adrian Peterson (RB - Minnesota Vikings) has made some rather large claims over the course of this past week...that being 2500 yards on the ground in a single season is something he is close to, and he will likely hit this year. He would need to average 156 yards per game; Peterson found that mark and more 5 times last year. With the quarterbacks the way they are in Minnesota and no All-Pro receiver on the squad, injuries aside, he could do it.

DeAngelo Williams (RB - Carolina Panthers) is on the block. GM Dave Gettleman has publicly said, when asked about Williams and the running back situation, 'anything is possible'. By bringing in Tolbert, and drafting Kenjon Barner, who coaches have said is more of a weapon than a running back, it looks like DeAngelo Williams and his underwhelming career are over soon with the Carolina Panthers.

Have some hot tips from the NFL, or need some fantasy football advice? Send over all your questions, comments, suggestions and more to thefantasyfootballtoolkit@gmail.com....May the 4th be with you all....

Friday, May 3, 2013

McKinnie resigns, Ed Reed's surgery and Blounts blunt truth

After dipping his toe in the free agency waters that are the NFL offseason, Bryant McKinnie (OL - Baltimore Ravens) will remain a Baltimore Raven. The deal carries a maximum value of around $7million dollars, if all bonuses and clauses are met.

Ed Reed (SS - Houston Texans) of the Houston Texans went under the knife this week, undergoing hip surgery. The nine-time Pro-Bowler, left the Baltimore Ravens this offseason to sign a 3-year, $15million deal with the Texans.

LeGarrette Blounts (RB - New England Patriots) fantasy value continues to fall. While the New England Patriots needed another running back to fill Danny Woodheads' numbers, Blount is far from the same style back; and his playing time and, thus, fantasy numbers become more and more of a question. Goal-line situations and redzone scoring will be Blounts' areas this year, as Stevan Ridley should, and will, be the number one running back in New England.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Field of 33 - Things You'll Say at Your First Indy 500



In this year’s “Month of May” series, on each day leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. Each of these topics will be ranked to create special “fields of 33” regarding the Indy 500. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Today we will focus on the rookies. No, not the rookie drivers, but the rookie race attendees. I’ve now gone to the race 20 times in my life, so I’ve seen many 'newbie' fans walk into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on race day. Each year, I hear very similar comments from those attending the race for the first time. Here is the “Field of 33 Things You’ll Say at Your First Indy 500.”

Pigskin Blink - May 2nd 2013

Why did Geno Smith (QB - New York Jets) really fire his agents? Rumors have been swirling about a possible argument and incorrect handling which led Geno to fall into the second round; finally being scooped up by the New York Jets in the second round. Justin Blackmon (WR - Jacksonville Jaguars) has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming 2013-2014 NFL Season because of violation to their substance abuse policy. The starting wide receiver is expected to lose almost $300,000 in salary, plus over $10 million in remaining bonus salary on his contract. And Al Harris (CB - Green Bay Packers) officially retired yesterday.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Month of May - 33 Biggest Controversies



It’s the Month of May!!!

Image courtesy of IndyStar.com
In just under four weeks, the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will take place in Speedway, Indiana. Defending race winner Dario Franchitti will attempt to tie the record for most 500 victories by securing his fourth trip to victory lane.


But there is so much more to the Indy 500 than a race. It is a tradition. It is a lifestyle. It is a legend.

It is the greatest spectacle in racing.

In the days leading up to this year’s running, hopefully ESPN and public access media will help portray the excitement and meaning of the Indianapolis 500.

But I doubt they will. So I’ll gladly take the reins, because until you have physically been there and been a part of the festivities, you cannot fully understand what Indy means – to the drivers, to the fans, to Hoosiers…to everybody.

But what is it that makes Indianapolis so awesome? Is it the traditions? The drivers? The innovations? The memorable moments? The things you do while at the race? The bricks? The milk?

The answer is all of the above.

And with that, it’s time to begin this year’s “Month of May” series leading up to race day on May 26. Each day, a different topic about the race or about Indianapolis will be discussed. For example, topics can include the greatest drivers, greatest races, greatest traditions, best things to bring to the track, best race week activity, etc. Each of these topics will then be ranked to create special “fields of 33.” I hope you enjoy, and I hope you learn something about Indianapolis and the Indy 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Pigskin Blink - May 1st 2013


The Tim Tebow experiment is over in New York, and Dwight Freeney values himself by half of what he did in February; now looking for 4 - 4.5 million dollars a year.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jason Collins - Modern-Day Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson, Jim Abbott, Magic Johnson, Nancy Lieberman, Janet Guthrie, Oscar Pistorius.

These men and women broke barriers in professional sports with regards to race, gender, and physical disability. They remain as icons to those who came after them. 

African-Americans look up to Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in baseball and allowing them to one day play in the majors. Those born with physical disabilities see Jim Abbott pitching in the majors with one hand or Oscar Pistorius running in the Olympics with prosthetics and know that they too could make it to the top. Young women see Janet Guthrie compete in a male-driven sport of auto-racing or Nancy Lieberman getting double-teamed in a men’s professional basketball league.

These men and women are an inspiration to the rest of the sporting world. These are just a few of the many out there who have made an impact on countless young, aspiring athletes worldwide.

Yesterday, the world got another barrier-breaker and inspiration in Jason Collins.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2013 NFL Draft - Mock Draft

Why look at a mock draft when you can get FIVE at once? That's what 360 Sports Network brings you! Five different mock drafts combine together to make one consensus mock. In our latest podcast, the experts explain their picks and give insight of what you can expect on draft night! Who will your team pick?

Meet the Experts: Greg Beshero (3SN), Alex Dellaverson (3SN), James Dotson (3SN), Matt Henderson, Dan Massaro (The CalfMuscle).



Monday, April 15, 2013

2013 NFL Free Agency Recap

Greg and James break down some of the big signings and non-signings from the 2013 NFL off-season. Before the NFL Draft, teams must start to fill their rosters. Players with new homes include Nnamdi Asomaugha, Wes Welker, Greg Jennings, and Steven Jackson. What teams won, what teams lost, and what signings just don't make sense?