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A Sage in Minnesota?

lets make a dealFor a second consecutive off-season, The Minnesota Vikings are trying to execute a deal to acquire Houston (part-time) quarterback, Sage Rosenfels. If you are a Vikings fan and this trade goes down, celebrate.

Rosenfels expressed interest in playing for the Vikings prior to last season. A deal was not agreed upon when the Texans would not accept the offer of a 3rd round draft pick in return. A current trade proposal is being offered to the Vikings for a, lesser, 4th round pick in the upcoming draft.

The Vikings will be making a TERRIFIC decision to trade a 4th round pick to acquire Rosenfels. In the past two seasons Rosenfels has started in 10 games and participated in 15. The StatDragon notices that he has produced 22 TD’s in this period of time and has achieved a respectable quarterback rating of 81.

Rosenfels has the “perfect stock” to buy into right now if you are Minnesota. Having been a backup for the often injured Matt Schuab, Rosenfels has proved that he can get it done. He’s won 6 of his 10 starts. Yet, not having ever been a “starter” for a team, Rosenfels can’t command the higher deals that QB’s such as Kurt Warner and Jeff Garcia (amongst others looking at an open market) can.

Also, how much are you losing out by parting with a 4th round draft pick? Not a lot in my opinion. In a sport where coveted draft picks have been wasted on the Alex Smiths and Ryan Leafs of the world, the Vikings would be guaranteeing themselves production ability and would avoid the risk of having to count on a rookie draft pick at this position.

sage rosenfelsMinnesota is knocking on the door of being a very intimidating NFL team. They have proved this by having one of the strongest rush defenses in the league, complimented by the young and sensational Adrian Peterson on offense. By signing Rosenfels, the Vikings would  have the opportunity to fill in other holes by drafting young WR’s and DB’s to bring into the system.

It was mentioned that Rosenfels has a career QB Rating of 81. Guess what? 2-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a career rating of 89. The Vikings can find talent to fill the gaps on their team though making wise decisions this upcoming off-season. Sage Rosenfels is a quarterback that has matured into the type that could take a team to a Super Bowl with a strong enough supporting cast.

Lastly, The Vikings were able to become the 3rd seed in the NFC last year with Gus Frerotte and Tavaris Jackson leading the way. You can only assume that they would be bettering your team by letting Rosenfels take the helm.

Don’t be stupid Minnestoa, make this deal happen.

And THAT’s what the StatDragon is breathing fire about!

February 23, 2009 Posted by | Fantasy Football, News, NFL | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Rebuilding” Around a Kicker

So…

The Cincinnati Bengals named kicker, Shayne Graham their franchise player this week. This is a move that enables the 8 year vet to sign another one-year deal with the team equal to the average dollar amount of the 5 highest paid kickers in the league.

Now it's Shayne's World

Now it's Shayne's World

Exciting.

While saving the Bengals a lot of money, you have to wonder where this leaves their relationship with other play-makers. Houshmandzadeh, one of the few highlights on a rather lackluster offense is now headed for free agency. Head coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that the odds of him returning to the team will be odd. The Bengals could have retained TJ by placing the franchise mark on him, but would have had to do it at the sum of about $10 M for a year as opposed to $2.2…well, I guess WE ARE IN RECESSION.

Franchising Graham also gives Cedric Benson more options and allows him to seek other avenues.

I honestly can’t believe that The Bengals decided to go this route. Inevitably, they will return next season without the likes of Houshmadzadeh and possibly anyone to fill in as threatening running-back. They will be supported by a cranky primadonna wide receiver (Chad Johnson), an injury plagued quarterback ( Carson Palmer), a decrepit defense and… Chris Perry in the backfield??? Well at least they have a shot at sending their kicker to the Pro Bowl.

In a press conference Graham un-excitedly stated, “I appreciate the Bengals’ recognition of my value to the team. I would have preferred to enter a long-term market value contract, either with the Bengals or through free agency.”

So, I suppose, no one is really happy today in Cincinnati. Not even newly franchised Graham. Let me check the weather… Yea everyone is miserable.

Good luck, Cincinnati, compiling a decently respectable team in the off-season.

And THAT’s what the StatDragon is breathing fire about!

February 18, 2009 Posted by | News, NFL, Stupid Athletes, Talkin Trash, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Deuce Is Done In ‘Big Easy’

 

Deuce Leaves the Big Easy Today

Deuce Leaves the Big Easy Today

You know how the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” The statement could not be more appropo for Deuce McAllister today. McAllister was released from the New Orleans Saints as the organization is trying to cut numbers to get under the $123 M salary cap for 2009. With the emergence of Pierre Thomas who compliments and aides All Star running-back Reggie Bush, The Saints felt it was better to part ways with Deuce who would be owed $5 M in the fall. 

 

In a press conference, Deuce acknowledged that although he has battled injuries recently, he still hopes and expects to find a pivotal role in the backfield for another team. He acknowledged that more than money, he desires to find a new home where his talent can be used more. 

However, McAllister can’t begin to think that a 31 year old recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and a history of injury will command tons of attention in the free agent market, let alone find a deal where he will be making much more that $5M/ year. 

I like Deuce. I think he’s a cool cat and has done a lot for The Saints. The StatDragon is not about to throw McAllister in the line of blog-bashing. However, I have a hard time believing that he will find a “starting” role ANYWHERE. With the emergence of talented young running backs in the NFL, the pool is full. And with interesting prospects entering the NFL Draft this spring, there is NO reason any team will take a leap of faith on Deuce. At best, I believe he could find a 2 year/ $ 9 M contract in other city backing up a young blue chip. Theoretically, he could stand behind Matt Forte in Chicago taking some 3rd down situations off his hands, filling in as a blocking back during the pass. Of course, now McAllister has to compete with Fred Taylor in the moss-back section of free agency. 

Deuce, the StatDragon wishes you a speedy recovery and the best of luck in finding a new home. Please just stay the hell away from San Francisco. 

Holler Back. StatDragon

February 17, 2009 Posted by | Fantasy Football, News, NFL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Know Your Super Stats!!!

Knowledge is King This Super Bowl Sunday.

Knowledge is King This Super Bowl Sunday.

Want to be your own StatDragon this Super Bowl Sunday? Take a look at these interesting trivia facts and impress your fellow Super-Bowl-watching friends during the big game!!!

Most Rushing Yards – Timmy Smith, Washington. 204 YRDS in Super Bowl XXII

Most Passing Yards – Kurt Warner, St. Louis. 414 YRDS in Super Bowl XXXIV

Most Recieving Yards– Jerry Rice, San Francisco. 215 YRDS in Super Bowl

Most Touchdowns– Steve Young, San Francisco. 6 TDs in Super Bowl XXIX

Most Completions– Tom Brady, New England. 32 COMPS in Super Bowl XXXVIII

Most Interceptions– Rod Martin, Oakland. 3 INTs in Super Bowl XV

Most Sacks- Reggie White, Green Bay. 3 Sacks in Super Bowl XXXI

Most Field Goals– Ray Wersching, San Francisco. 4 FGs in Super Bowl XVI

Most Super Bowl Victories– three teams own 5 trophies:  San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Dallas

Most Super Bowl Losses– three teams have been embarrassed 4 times: Buffalo, Denver and Minnesota

Average Cost of 3o Sec. Commercial– $ 3 Million

# of Super Bowls that went into OT– zero

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http://www.sportsfly.com/LaunchGame.aspx?type=1&id=4&cmpid=blog_zg 

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January 30, 2009 Posted by | News, NFL | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2009 Formula 1 Team Launches

Yes, it’s that time again when Formula 1 teams launch their new race cars for the upcoming season. But 2009 is different. There are completely new aero rules in effect. Slick tires are back. There are new engine and transmission longevity rules in effect. KERS is coming. So here’s to the new cars. I personally can’t quite get used to the new look. Gone are the crazy aero on the front wing element, replaced by what looks like a snowplow. Gone are the crazy bargeboards in front of the sidepods. Gone are the “smoke stacks” and wing elements on the side pods. Gone are the low profile rear wing, replaced by a tall and narrow version. The new aero specifications are supposedly going to encourage more passing, as the aerodynamic instability of being in someone else’s dirty air has been resolved. Come March, we will know for sure.

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Formula 1, Motorsports, News | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dead Fish Handshakes and New England Heartbreaks

Better luck in '09 Bill, Love Eric.

Better luck in '09 Bill, Love Eric.

After two years of bitter resentment and an epic rivalry of bad blood, Eric Mangini found a way to keep hated rivals, the New England Patriots, out of the playoffs. In doing so he lost to the Miami Dolphins…and consequently his own job. The former 1-15 Dolphins were able to extend their record to 11-5 and inch above New England to take the AFC East title.

This isn’t another one of StatDrgon’s conspiracy theories. I’m not proposing that the Jets “threw” the game to keep New England out of the playoffs, but I’d like to remark on the incredible coincidence that the future of the Patriots’ season fell to the hands of the New York Jets and Eric Mangini. Essentially, all that New England needed on Sunday was a victory from the Jets. Unfortunately (for New England) the Jets were not able to provide a win for their northeast rivals.

The name Eric Mangini makes Patriots fans shutter. To understand fully, one must be familiar with the history of ill will between the two organizations.

After 5 seasons of coaching with Belichick and the Patriots (2000-2005), Mangini left to take head-coaching position with the Jets. The terms and way that Mangini left sparked a rivalry between the two coaches. Over the next year New England filed tampering charges against Mangini for soliciting (then) current players and assistant coaches to abandon their commitment to the Pats organization and join him in New York. The feud came to a culmination in 2007 when, amidst of a perfect season, the Patriots were accused of videotaping other teams defensive signals. New England was reprimanded $750,000 in fines and the forfeiture of a 1st round draft selection for the following year. The incident, known infamously as ‘Spygate,’ sparked the criticism and condemnation of the Patriots organization and brought up questions of illegitimacy regarding three previous Championship seasons. Eric Mangini was the advocate and spokesman for accusations against Belichick in Spygate 2007. The actions taken by Eric Mangini, at this time, exacerbated the discord between himself and the New England Patriots.

When Tom Brady (QB- New England) went down for the season this year, Mangini must have felt like a kid on Christmas day as the window to the AFC East Title was opened. The Jets posted some significant victories throughout the first half of the season, beating the Patriots in overtime as well as handing the (pre)undefeated Titans a first loss. However, the season fell apart and all hopes of a playoff run were demolished as the Jets lost 4 out of the 5 final season games.

By Sunday the Jets were mathematically eliminated from the post season, however, the game against Miami was significant for Mangini in order to prove worth to the Jets organization. He was not able to do so as the Jets faltered 17-24.

This morning the New York Jets announced that they would be letting Coach Mangini go.

Had Mangini nothing to ‘play for’ yesterday, I would have been sold that losing was a tactic to keep the Pats out of the playoffs and prove dominance over hated rival Belichick.

As rivalry proves to be the driving force for creating exciting drama in sports, I can only hope that Eric Mangini finds a new job where he can effectively crawl under Belichick’s skin again, and vice versa. I would be beside myself with grief if I were not able to witness dead fish handshakes for years to come.

And that’s what the StatDragon is breathing fire about!

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Fantasy Football, News, NFL, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA Rumors and Rants

Mutombo will be back!

Mutombo will be back!

Elton Brand, out at least a month with a shoulder injury, proves once again that traitors never win! Sounds like another serious injury preventing the 80 million dollar man from actually deserving that payday.

Doc Rivers spoke out about acquiring Center Dikembe Mutombo saying he expects him to be playing soon and most likely will end up back in Houston. “We’re over the [salary] cap so it’s tough for us to do a lot of stuff, but we’re looking at everybody.”

Raymond Felton could be possibly traded to Golden State for Anthony Randolph or Brandon Wright. With the emergence of Augustin to the offense, the Bobcats could lose Felton without any value at the end of the season. The time to hesitate is over.

Monta Ellis comes off the suspended list today, which leaves the Warriors either trading or releasing a player. Marcus Williams is the notable name being tossed around for release. As the news progressed it looks more like he will just be released and paid his $1.26 million salary.

Antoine “Walka Walka” Walker is expected to get a contract buyout from the Grizzlies today. Antoine’s just is looking for a place to play with a team that can use his skills and errant three point shots. But the Walker wiggle is priceless enough; maybe Oklahoma City could get some joy from that, while Sonics fans down their heads.

Those trade rumors surrounding the Heat and Cavs trading Shawn Marion for Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak, respectively, appear to be untrue, according to a Cleveland.com report. I guess the Cavs are worried about messing with the ride they’re on right now. They also want the most bang for their buck in return for the Wally contract, not just a so-called big man in Marion. All they need is a more agile player than Wally who won’t  depress you with a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

A couple of games tonight: San Antonio at Orlando and Phoenix at Portland.

Celtics win 16 in a row…we’re going streaking!!

RaginRondo

December 18, 2008 Posted by | NBA, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another One Bites The Dust

subaru-wrc-prodriveWell, it’s official Subaru has dropped out of the FIA World Rally Championship. Citing the global meltdown of car sales, Subaru said so long to a motorsport in which they were successful in the past, but not so much in the present, with the late Colin McRae and the late Richard Burns bringing home the championships. This departure, of course, leaves David Richards of ProDrive with little to do, except run the Le Mans GT1 team. Perhaps this will clear some bandwidth for him to return to Formula 1 by buying the very team he used to manage in the old BAR days.

This isn’t all of it, however. Subaru isn’t the only team to leave WRC. Suzuki has left town as well, citing the same economic reasoning. Frankly, Suzuki was a non-factor in WRC so I won’t shed any tears over their departure.

So this leaves Citroen and Ford as the only manufacturer teams to remain in WRC. Mitsubishi left a while ago. Peugeot left a couple of seasons ago. Seat did the same. And now Subaru. I certainly hope all this “departing” will not damage the series so much that it will crash and burn the whole thing.

But wait… THERE’S MORE! Both Audi and Porsche have announced that they are pulling out of the American Le Mans Series. Although both were incredibly successful in their respective classes (LMP1 and LMP2), no reasons were officially cited for the pullout.

I suspect that there will be other manufacturers to follow the long list of these escapees – Honda, Subaru, Suzuki, Porsche, Audi… Expect one of the Detroit 3 to pull out of NASCAR. If you want to trim the budget, racing seems to be the first to go. And with GM, Ford and Chrysler in a ton of trouble, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

December 16, 2008 Posted by | ALMS, Features & Opinions, Formula 1, Motorsports, News, WRC | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment