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Mahk Ta-Share-ah to sign with the Red Sox?!?!

Teixera to sign with Red Sox?!?!

Teixera to sign with Red Sox?!?!

Say it with me Bostonians…Mahk Ta-Share-ah. Yes it could be true. Sources from Sons of Simmons blog have claimed that the free agent first baseman has agreed in principle to an eight-year deal for what is said to be around 170 million dollars. The slugger has been the topic of hot stove discussions with several teams reaching and battling it out to acquire Teixera. An opt-clause was not included in the deal but once again nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Hopefully he can decide sooner than later so these discussions and waiting come to an end. Having Boras as an agent definitely extends the process but will most likely land him a whopping contract. Ta-share-ah batted .308 with 33 HR’s and 121 RBI’s last season.

Now the addition of Teixera to the Sox will definitely add more power to the lineup and another all-star first baseman. He will most likely be batting between Big Papi and Youkilis in the cleanup spot. This will surely solidify a scary batting order for all American League pitching. Personally I will be happy that the drama will be over and extremely happy if the Sox win the bidding war negotiations. But with the addition, this assures the Evil Empire of making a move to acquire good friend Manny Ramirez. If you want drama you got it here. Money ain’t a thing in New York and with a new stadium and boatloads of revenue coming in, you better believe they will grab him. Talk about adding to the rivalry, Manny being Money and another star in Teixera bagged by big money baseball.
For now, this is all speculation but we will follow up as things progress. Hot stove…burning up!

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December 22, 2008 Posted by | Major League Baseball, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

2009 FIA Formula 1 Season – Looking Ahead

Winter testing for 2008 is now finished. As we look ahead to the 2009 season, it dawns on me that it isn’t that far off. We’re talking March, folks! By then, the new sporting regulations will be fully adopted and implemented. The race cars that we’ve been used to seeing will be gone forever. Regardless, I do look forward to the return of slick tires and tall, narrow rear wing elements… a return of sorts to the halcyon days of Senna vs. Prost.

So what do I predict will happen in 2009? Considering that the cars will be completely new and KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) will kick in, it’s a crapshoot at this point. With that being said, you cannot ignore the performance of the past few years as we take a peek into the future…

Scuderia Ferrari F1 – Jean Todt departure ended the Schumacher era and it showed. Although Stefano Domenicali did an acceptable job, the Scuderia just seemed out of it. Pit stop mistakes and engine failures marred what was otherwise an excellent season for the Prancing Horse.

As for the drivers, you couldn’t help but feel an incredible amount of sympathy for Felipe Massa. HE was the best driver of 2008 and would have easily taken home the driver’s title if the car wouldn’t have let him down so often. Massa will come back with more confidence than he’s ever had before and any doubts about his ability and class no longer exist. He is my pick to take the whole thing next year.

And where was Kimi in 2008? The regining world champion seemed content with just driving a race, rather than winning it. And even though he repeatedly stated that he would fight for the championship, his actions spoke otherwise. Expect Kimi to be competitive, but I see him retirning after the 2009 season.

McLaren Mercedes F1 – Whether you like Ron Dennis or not, McLaren runs a tight ship. And save for the Peugeot- and Ford-powered days in the early 90s (and yes, that overweight driver named Michael Andretti), McLaren’s always competitive. And will be again for 2009.

Although I can’t say I like Lewis Hamilton very much, he is indeed FAST. And he didn’t repeat the stupid rookie mistakes he made in 2007. But really, would Hamilton still be champion if it wasn’t for Massa’s crappy luck? I think not. Hamilton will win races in 2009, but do not expect him to retain his championship.

As for Heikki… the poor Finn is so inconsistent and riddled with bad luck, I can’t see him doing any better in 2009. Ron Dennis may say there are no team orders at McLaren, but expect the diminutive Finn to continue playing a supporting role to Hamilton.

Renault F1 – Let’s face it. Flav and the Renault crew produced some pretty average cars over the last 2 years. But we did see some glimmer of hope with the return of Fernando Alonso. Fred should win some races next year, just as he pulled off a couple at Singapore and Japan, but whether he can challenge for the championship is a different story altogether. I pick Renault and Fred as the dark horse for next year.

As for Nelsinho, it was an up-and-down 2008. It’s highly doubtful that he’s going to do any better against Fred in 2009. Hell, Fred kicked the shit out of him last year and I am 100% sure that Junior is going to perform any better in the new season.

BMW Sauber F1 – Dr. Theissen and team have really come to the forefront over the last two years and it has shown. They accomplished their goal of a race win in 2008, with Robert Kubica taking home the trophy at Canada (naysayers will say it’s due to Hamilton’s stupidity in the pit lane). Speaking of the Pole, he’s been overly outspoken about differences in direction between the team and himself. Granted, we need to see more drivers with personality than robots like Bob, but he seems to lack some of the tact that we expect from professional athletes. Cheer up, Bob. You have a nice contract with a team in the upper echelons of Formula 1. Plenty of people would kill to be in your spot.

With that being said, “Quick” Nick Heidfeld did an okay job in the 2008 season. Is it just me or is he another Fisichella who needs a kick in the ass now and then to go faster?

I predict BMW Sauber F1 will win 2 races in 2009.

Red Bull Renault F1 – Let’s face it. Red Bull’s entry into F1 is a bit of a joke. It’s a PR / marketing stunt. There just doesn’t seem to be enough drive / fire under the butt to make things progress at a faster rate. With old man Coulthard leaving the paddock for a spot on BBC’s F1 coverage, things will hopefully change. Sebastian Vettel should bring some much needed youth and energy into this team. Mark Webber‘s always a consumate gentleman and I really do wish him best for the new season.

Scuderia Toro Rosso – With Gerhard Berger selling his 50% stake in the team back to Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner of the Red Bull Renault F1 team and the Red Bull empire, things seem to be up in the air. The driver line up is still in question, with alum Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastian Buemi and Takuma Sato vying for a seat. If the former Honda Racing F1 squad does not find a buyer, it is quite feasible that Jenson Button could join the fray.

STR’s 2008 car really came alive in the 2nd half of the season, bringing together the maiden win for the squad and for Sebastian Vettel, who is now at the senior Red Bull team. Whether the team can maintain that form in 2009 is a big question mark. But with Ferrari power still slated for the junior Red Bull squad and Adrian Newey’s skills at play, don’t count out STR for top-8 performances in 2009.

Panasonic Toyota F1 – With both Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli returning for 2009, consistency will be the name of the game in 2009. There were a few bright spots for the Japanese squad in 2008, as well as some dark moments. The trouble with the Cologne-based team is their lack of consistency – one race they qualify well, next race they don’t. With the global automotive market taking quite a hit as of late, and Toyota’s Japanese compatriot Honda pulling out of F1 altogether, I feel 2009 will be a make it or break it year for Toyota. Glock or Trulli must pull of at least a victory or two for Toyota’s big wigs to even consider staying in the game beyond next year.

Williams Toyota F1 – Frank Williams has been in the game a long time and has a few trophies to justify his long standing position in the pit lane. In the past couple of decades, names like Mansell, Villeneuve and Hill have brought him the driver’s championship. But with BMW’s withdrawl a few years ago and a lack of consistency, especially with the Cosworth powerplant, Williams seems to be in decline. Sure, he has Nico Rosberg, a talented driver in his own right, and Kazuki Nakajima, the Japanese driver who probably had quite a bit to do with securing the Toyota engine deal, but being a privateer in F1 is tough nowadays. Unless you are a billionaire, that is.

I continually feel like Rosberg is a bit like Button – if there was a better car underneath them, they could be so much better.

Force India F1 – With a McLaren-Mercedes technical package secured, Vijay Mallya is playing musical drivers’ seats with Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella. And rumors abound that Pedro de la Rosa, long time McLaren test driver, is going to get a seat at the Indian squad. But I don’t get the intellect behind that move unless it’s a pure ass-kissing gesture on the part of Mallya – replace an aging Italian who has at least lots of race time and a few wins with an aging Spaniard with little race time and no wins? You tell me how this translates into a smart move?

Honda Racing F1 (post-mortem) – There are rumors flying everywhere about who could potentially take over the Brackley-based squad. David Richards, of Prodrive fame (and former frontman for the BAR F1 squad, which was Honda Racing F1’s predecessor), is talking to some Arab financial concerns about buying the team. You gotta give it to the crude-rich Arabs for saving F1 in more ways than one.

And Carlos Slim, owner of the Mexican Telmex empire (and #2 on the list of the world’s richest people), has supposedly visited the Brackley facility. It wouldn’t be too far fetched for Senor Slim  to get involved, considering his long time involvement in the Rolex Daytona series in the States. Maybe he’ll convince Bernie to bring F1 back to the Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico. Well, probably not.

So there are my predictions for the 2009 F1 season. I can’t wait for March.

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Formula 1, General, Motorsports, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit’s Fate is 0-16

For a team that is on the verge of being called the worst in NFL history, this week is Detroit’s only hope for redemption…Well, perhaps not redemption but at least ego rebuilding. Since the blowout loss to New Orleans on Sunday, we’ve wondered just one thing – Will the Lions become the only team to end their season 0-16?

Joey Harrington Fans

Joey Harrington Fans

Most likely, though Orlvosky would like to see something unpredictable like Jamie Foxx. This week’s lineup against Green Bay, who’s just five wins ahead, could resurface the Lions and give them hope that another team can do worse…In future seasons. Until now, Tampa Bay was known to have the worst record in history, going 0-14 in 1976. From this day forward however, fans alike will remember another team as the worst in NFL history.

 

This is why Detroit’s win against Green Bay is so important. If they lose, no team can do worse than them, just equally bad! But if they win, it will not only shut critics up from slandering, it may also save Orlovsky’s career. It might even give fans an opportunity to willingly chant his name over Harrington’s.

 

All optimism aside, I hope to see Detroit carry it until the fourth quarter and then collapse. That would really piss off the remaining loyal fans. Knowing you almost had the victory, you almost survived a season from going 0-16, you almost didn’t have to chant “Jo-ey”…

 

It’s this type of historic stuff that people love to eat up and talk about for generations to come. What difference is it going to make for Detroit anyway, other than hoping some team will someday (probably thirty-some years from now) do worse than them. The franchise already needs to be restructured and it’s not really going to help Orlovsky much since Stanton and Culpepper can’t do sh!t and the team already made history by going 0-15. One more loss is for historic moments.

 

Detroit – Take one for the league…Not that you have a choice.

 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Le’Ron McClain wins one for Le’Ron McClain

Way to win your fantasy league... with yourself, LeRon.As an avid fantasy football player, I have often found myself baffled on Sundays. It seems that no matter HOW much time and effort I put into studying and crafting my team, eventually dumb-luck will come to bite me in the a$$. How in the world have I lost certain weekly match-ups by the faltering of stars like LT, Tony Gonzalez and Brandon Marshall? How is it possible that random ‘Joe Shmoes’ such as Steve Breaston and Mewelde Moore have been my Achilles Heal?

Then it hit me.  It was so obvious. My fantasy heartbreaks this season haven’t been a result of “dumb-luck” but , rather, to something I can’t control. NFL players and coaches play fantasy football, and inevitably they are able to manufacture their own “fantasy wins” thru minor manipulations in “real games”

My theory was proven Saturday nightduring the Baltimore v. Dallas game.  All that the Ravens needed to do to secure a victory with 1:33 left in the 4th quarter and a 26-24 lead was get a first down, keep the ball in-bounds and run the clock out. From their own 18 yard line, Le’Ron McClain took the ball up the middle, unscathed, and ran 82 yards for a touchdown. Although this put the Ravens up 9 points, getting into the endzone actually GAVE the Cowboys a chance to win by allowing them to get the ball back . Most coaches will tell their players in a situation like this to take a knee once they have a first down. Watching the replay, you can even see McClain’s teammate Mark Clayton pointing to the ground, telling him not to score. So why did Le’Ron McClain selfishly punch it in for 6 instead of playing it safe? Easy. Le’Ron McClain was starting Le’Ron McClain on his fantasy team and he needed extra points.

This triggered the immediate research for all the other instances this year where the performance of a player or outcome of a real game was the result of someones desire to win in fantasy football.

* When Peyton Manning put up a meager 125 yards and 2 INTs in week 13, he was obviously “throwing” the game because he was playing somebody that had HIM in fantasy.

* When the impotent Patriots third string running back, Lamont Jordan had 2 TD’s and 78 yards this week, it was transparent that Coach Bellicheck was playing God in his own fantasy league.

* Coach Marvin Lewis (Bengals) bolstered this argument by allowing (scrub) Cedric Benson carry the ball 38 times in week 16 (7 carries below all time record). Think Lewis was starting Benson in fantasy? I do!

* Why do you think Tony Romo has recently started neglecting his star receiver T.O. (the topic of much controversy in Dallas)? Isn’t it obvious that Romo traded away Owens in his high-stakes fantasy league?

And the biggest kicker…

* Tom Brady undeniably wanted to vacation with Gisele Bundchen all season instead of playing ball. Thus, Brady drafted Matt Cassel in his fantasy league and faked a season ending ACL/MCL injury. He is now in first place in fantasy football, beating the guy who drafted…Tom Brady.

Think I am crazy and this is a completely discredited theory??  Click here to watch the Washington Redskins host a fantasy football draft.

 And that’s what STATDRAGON is breathing fire about…

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Fantasy Football, NFL, Stupid Athletes, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment