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  1. It actually took me a minute, but my first name was Jewbility...

     

    aka LeftyPower, LeftyWillis, LeftyCastillo, Homer, EL, Lil E...

     

    and I know I'm forgetting something. Someone out there knows.

    You've had too many damn names.

  2. Lastings Milledge is still one of the better young outfield prospects in the game. By dealing him for an awful player in Brian Schneider, the Mets sold low on a former first-round pick with a lot of upside and committed two years and too much money to a catcher who can't hit.

     

    The Mets get ... nothing, or close to it. Schneider will earn $10.3 million over the next two years to sit behind the plate when the rules call for it, and to make 300-odd outs at the plate while hitting .230/.320/.330 or thereabouts. He is the definition of replacement level -- his offensive production was roughly as valuable as what Guillermo Quiroz did in eleven plate appearances for Texas last year -- and paying him $10 million is bad enough. Giving up something of value to acquire that contract is horrible. It would be better to pay Johnny Estrada $3-4 million to be bad for one year than Schneider over $10 million to be worse for two years.

     

    There's a small silver lining for the Mets in the acquisition of Ryan Church, a capable platoon bat in left or right field if you have a right-handed caddy for him. Unlike Schneider, he has value on a big league roster, but even swapping Milledge straight-up for Church wouldn't make sense because of Church's struggles against lefties, his long history of minor injuries, his age and his expense as a super-two player this winter.

     

    Milledge could easily be the second-best hitter in the Nationals' lineup in 2008, and moved back to his natural position of center field, he gives them two plus defenders on the field as well. Milledge has quick wrists with line-drive power, and good plate coverage. His pitch recognition is weak right now, and he's vulnerable to anyone who can change speeds. This wasn't as much of a problem for him in the minors, so there's reason to expect an improvement. He played mostly right field in the majors for the Mets and never adjusted to the different looks a fielder gets from that position, but in center field, he has plus range and an above-average arm. He's probably not a star, but he projects as an above-average bat who plays a good defensive center field, and Washington has his rights for the next five years. Milledge's value was down due to some concerns over his attitude, but those were really overblown, and Washington just picked up a good prospect for about 20 cents on the dollar.

     

    The only way this deal doesn't turn out to be a disaster for the Mets -- second in this decade only to the Victor Zambrano-Scott Kazmir deal -- is if Milledge doesn't pan out as a hitter, and the smart money is that he will. This is a heist for Washington, and a serious mismanagement of assets for the Mets.

     

    Keith Law on ESPN. I just wanted to add to the misery of the Muts. And point out he's going to be more than adequate in CF.

     

    Lopez 2B/SS

    Milledge CF

    N. Johnson 1B

    Zimmerman 3B

    Kearns LF

    Wily Mo RF

    R. Belliard 2B

    Catcher

     

    That's going to surprise the John Kruks of the world next year when they can hit.

    First of all, why would the Nationals put Kearns (good defense) in LF and Pena (bad defense in RF). I'm pretty positive it will be Kearns in RF. As for my boy FeLo, I'm pretty sure the Nationals are looking for an upgrade over him.

  3. No condom. No pill.

     

    That's the way to do it. The old fashioned way.

     

    LOL....

     

    old way is really stupid unless your the type that wants to have a billion kids...

     

    Just pull it out.

    OH THE IRONY.

     

    As long as it isn't in her ass. Then she might sh*t on you.

  4. GREAT GREAT article.

     

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/stor...&id=3129417

     

    There are many details to be sorted out in the shooting death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, but this much we do know: This was a man whose life appeared to be changing for the better.

     

    That's the only thought that kept going through my mind after hearing Taylor had died early Tuesday morning, a day after being shot by an intruder in his South Florida home. This wasn't the same immature kid who spent his first two seasons baffling Redskins management with poor decision making. This was a young father, a hard-hitting defender fresh off a Pro Bowl season, a maturing 24-year-old who finally understood what it took to be a professional.

     

    Now there certainly are plenty of people who will say that Taylor's death is about more than just football, and there is no question about that. But what can't be dismissed is that most of what we know about Sean Taylor relates to football. Taylor rarely talked to reporters and most of our insight into his life came from his on-field performance and off-field issues. It's apparent that the playing part was never much of a problem for him. The off-field stuff was another issue, especially during Taylor's first two seasons.

     

    But the feeling from the Redskins was that Taylor had put the problems that plagued him early in his career behind him -- including the seven fines he'd received for late hits and other infractions, and the $25,000 fine he incurred for skipping a mandatory rookie symposium after the Redskins selected him fifth overall in the 2004 draft. He was no longer the same man who had been accused of brandishing a gun during a fight in 2005. In that case, Taylor accepted a plea agreement of two misdemeanors and received 18 months' probation.

     

    Yet somehow, through all those issues, he had started the valuable process of growing up. The most obvious sign was the relationship he had with his 1-year-old daughter, Jackie.

     

    "It's hard to expect a man to grow up overnight, but ever since he had his child, it was like a new Sean, and everybody around here knew it," Redskins running back Clinton Portis told reporters. "He was always smiling, always happy, always talking about his child."

     

    Teammates always claimed that Taylor had more common sense than he displayed early in his career. It's much easier to believe that when observing his behavior since Jackie was born in May 2006.

     

    Not only had Taylor avoided trouble, but he had become even better on the field. A few weeks ago, Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams gushed about how Taylor had become the best safety in the league, a defender whose intimidating combination of size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) and speed allowed him to excel in coverage and against the run. The more you listened to people talk about Taylor, the more you sensed he had turned an important corner in his life and his career.

     

    But now we must reflect.

     

    Taylor apparently had lost so much blood from an arterial wound in his leg that he wound up in a coma shortly after reaching Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. There had been some signs of hope -- Redskins vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato told the media Monday that doctors were encouraged by Taylor's ability to squeeze a physician's hand on request and show facial expressions. But Taylor's injuries were too severe. Now his family and friends and the Redskins are left wondering how to make sense of this tragedy.

     

    Taylor's teammates clearly struggled to find the words to convey those feelings. On Monday, Portis talked about how it was impossible for a teammate and friend to turn back time and step in front of the bullet that pierced Taylor's leg. Safety Pierson Prioleau said Taylor was more than just a member of the Redskins; he was a father, a brother and a dear friend to many in that locker room. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said there's no easy way to deal with a tragedy like this. It's just too far outside the scope of what most people face.

     

    In may take some time to sort out exactly what happened the day Taylor was shot. Even when we do find out, it may not make much sense. After all, Taylor had seen the value in growing up long before somebody broke into his home and shot him. He saw it in his daughter, in his growth as a player.

     

    Hopefully, people will remember that about his character as they mourn him today.

     

    Jeffri Chadiha is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

     

    RIP Sean

  5. How many runs would a lineup score that looks like this?

     

    1. 1B Joey Votto: .307/.388/.526 23 HRs

    2. 3B Edwin Encarnacion: 296/.366/.490 20 HRs

    3. LF Adam Dunn: .251/.386/.537 43 HRs

    4. CF Jay Bruce: 308/.363/.602 36 HRs

    5. RF Josh Hamilton: .305/.382/.598 31 HRs

    6. 2B Brandon Phillips: 270/.318/.440 23 HRs

    7. SS Alex Gonzalez: .254/.308/.416 13 HRs

    8. C David Ross: .230/.310/.464 20 HRs

     

    Or make what ever lineup you want out of that.

     

    That lineup would score an ungodly amount of runs. If his predictions come anywhere near true, then the Reds are going to win the Central easily. And yes, I know pitching wins championships, but I'd love to see a lineup that matches up with those numbers in the last 20 years of baseball history.

     

    I just have a hard time believe all 3 of those guys (Bruce, Hamilton, Votto) with very little expierence, would put up those kinds of numbers in their first/secnd years.

  6. I think the Griffey and Bruce projections are assuming Griffey is not playing for the Reds next season.

    That would make more sense.

     

    so besides Bruce, what's so terrible about these projections?

    Joey Votto: 135, 460, .307/.388/.526 23 HRs

    Jay Bruce: 143, 535 .308/.363/.602 36 HRs

    Josh Hamilton: 115, 410 .305/.382/.598 31 HRs

     

    You think all 3 of those guys will hit over .300 and OPS over .900? That would be too good to be true. I don't think it's realistic to expect Hopper and Keppinger to hit over .300 again as well.

  7. Catcher:

    David Ross: 110 games, 330 ABs, .230/.310/.464 20 HRs

    Javier Valentin: 104, 290, .266/.326/.407 8 HRs

     

    1B

    Joey Votto: 135, 460, .307/.388/.526 23 HRs

    Scott Hatteberg: 55, 180 .272/.370/.394 4 HRs

     

    2B

    Brandon Phillips: 155, 630 .270/.318/.440 23 HRs

    Jorge Cantu: 75, 180, .272/.328/.456 6 HRs

     

    SS

    Alex Gonzalez: 120, 425, .254/.308/.416 13 HRs

    Jeff Keppinger: 80, 255, .322/.382/.420 3 HRs

     

    3B

    Edwin Encarnacion: 137, 494, .296/.366/.490 20 HRs

    Ryan Freel: 114, 381, .265/.347/.367 5 HRs

     

    RF

    Ken Griffey Jr.: 125, 495, .263/.353/.487 29 HRs

    Jay Bruce: 143, 535 .308/.363/.602 36 HRs

     

    CF

    Josh Hamilton: 115, 410 .305/.382/.598 31 HRs

    Norris Hopper: 90, 220, .318/.362/.364 0 HRs

     

    LF

    Adam Dunn: 158, 566, .251/.386/.537 43 HRs

     

    Name: Games, ABs, .avg/.obp/.slg HRs

     

    Total Homers from that group: 264 (and that doesn't take into account pitchers)

    Maajor League Record for Homers: 264 by the 1997 Seattle Mariners

    Homers by the Reds' OF: 130

     

     

    If Jay Bruce and Josh Hamilton slugs over .600 and more the 30 homers each, drinks are on me.

  8. R. Grossman 7/19 85 yards, 0 TD, 1 Int, 1 lost fumble

     

     

    Junior was right, this is what they needed.

     

    Edit: 2 lost fumbles.

    Bears 37

    Broncos 34

     

    Lead them on the game tieing and winning drive.

     

    Next time wait until the game is over.

  9. No comment on the 3 wins versus Sagarin top 30 teams after you said who have they beaten that is worth a damn?

     

    Your opinion on whether or not they are good has zero to do with the discussion we were having and the legitimacy of them playing in a National Championship Game.

    It doesn't? Don't you want the best teams in the country playng for the National Championship?

     

    Ohio State couln't stop Illinois' spread option offense, I can't wait to see what WVU does.

     

    The two best teams in the country right now are Georgia and USC. In an 8 team playoff, they would get a chance to show it.

    I'm talking about the system as is, it is the only system we have and it is the one to decide who plays for a national championship. To talk about any other system or metric, is pointless.

     

    I want the two teams who best earned a shot at a National Championship to play in one. Right now that is Missouri and West Virginia/Ohio State. If Mizzou or WV loses, Ohio State SHOULD be in. I don't even get the debate.

     

    I'm glad in the Junior Power Rankings of Awesome? Georgia and USC should play for the National Championship but again, that means nothing in this conversation.

     

    Also, saying West Virginia would beat Ohio State, etc. is again, meaningless. Earning a spot in the championship and your chances of winning are totally separate.

     

    Again, are you going to address me proving the 'Who have they beat that is worth a damn?' theorem wrong or are you just going to duck that?

    Let's try this one more time.

     

    I said that if Mizzou loses Ohio State should be in under the current BCS system.

     

    And I never said Georgia and USC should be playing for the National Championship.

    Then I have no idea why you feel the need to continue to slam OSU. I guess it makes you feel good or something. Interesting that Illinois win over OSU by 7 points, including a false touchdown, was a big enough deal to have you write celebratory posts and acknowledge the win with a picture in your signature. OSU isn't very good I thought?

     

    Also, congratulations on your ducking of the schedule issue that was the main point of your argument against OSU.

     

    What a brilliant discussion.

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK.

     

    Tressel could have challenged that "false touchdown" at any time before the snap, and maybe the "false touchdown" wouldn't have mattered if the best defense in the land could get off the field and Boeckmen wasn't busy slinging interceptions.

     

    Ohio State was the undefeated #1 team at the country at that time, hadn't lost a regular season game in like 2 years, and hadn't lost a home game in conference at home in god knows how long. You're right, nothing to be excited about.

     

    And I GUESS saying I don't think OSU is that good is "slamming" them. It's not like I'm going OMG DEY SUCK!!!!!!!111. I'm really talking about the system more then I am OSU. Although according to you talking about the BCS system is not allowed.

    No he couldn't have, the play was ruled dead. Doesn't mean it wasn't a bad call. Illinois won though, I won't take anything away from them. Ohio State had plenty of shots and didn't do it. They lost. Next play.

     

    I was just curious as to why you were happy if they 'aren't that good'. Doesn't say a whole lot about Illinois this year if they only beat them by a TD. Curious.

     

    You're backing off your original point. You said OSU didn't belong. Also, I never said talking about the BCS 'isn't allowed' (never said this) I said talking about the problems with the system and using them to slam OSU's legitimacy was unfair and false.

    Maybe I was a bit strong with my point about them "not belonging", that's not what I meant. OSU is a good team. They lost one game and won the Big 10. If they were not good they wouldn't have done it. I just really do not think they are a National Championship level team. Why do you even care what other people said? It doesn't matter. If Mizzou loses OSU goes and plays for the National Championship. What other people say really doesn't matter. If they are go on to beat WVU, they will be the Champs. It's that simple.

     

    I think discussions like these show how bad the collgege football system is though. In all other sports, it would be played out on the field.

  10. Michigan and Penn State aren't top 25 teams, and beating #19 Wisconsin at home is a nice win, but certainly not a trademark win.

     

    The main arguement for Ohio State is "they lost less games then everyone else". Excuse me for expecting more from my team playing for a national championship.

     

    As I said in my original post, if Mizzou loses then under this system OSU will deserve to be in the National Title Game, however that just shows how much of a joke the system is.

     

    This year shows how much a playoff is needed.

     

    If Northern Illinois or Illinois go unbeaten but dont really look all that special doing it, would you say you expect more from them if theyre gonna be a national championship team, so somebody else oughtta be in the game over them? This one is a little too easy for you to say "yeah" to since there isnt much of a chance of it happening.

    Did Ohio State go unbeaten?

     

    No.

     

    And you aren't paying attention if you don't think Illinois has a chance to go undefeated next year.

     

    Is it that different if Illinois loses 1 and everyone else loses 2? Should I say that instead? What if Illinois loses 1 game next year and everyone else loses 2 but Illinois also only beats some teams by a few points? And dont forget, theyre in the Big 10, so they play nobody, right? What would you say then?

    Well if that is the case, Kansas should be right behind OSU in the rankings then. They are a BCS team with only 1 loss. Why wasn't Kansas #1 over LSU last week?

     

    What exactly Illinois has to do with this I have no idea. Of course I would be saying Illinois should be in, because I am a fan of Illinois. That doesn't mean I would be right.

     

    Illinois is in the same conference full of those teams that arent good, so since you expect more from a team playing for the title, I would think you would expect more out of Illinois, otherwise the title game would be a farce. So Illinois would deserve a spot but.... you dont like Ohio St.... so they wouldnt deserve a spot.

    I honestly have no idea what the hell you are even talking about anymore.

     

    I have nothing against OSU's football team. I actually really like Jim Tressel as a coach.

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