Merry Christmas!

Hi Everybody,

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I’m going on vacation, so I won’t be able to update this for a few days. Enjoy the Steelers v. Panthers game tonight, and I’ll be back soon. Please have a safe and fun holiday season.

EdRead

Rex Ryan & Feet

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"Hey Santonio, let's get that foot checked out..."

All I gotta say is… LOL!

Read Deadspin‘s investigation on Rex Ryan and his wife, Michelle (slightly NSFW): link

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Favre’s Retirement

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When you're that old and lie like that, you actually look dead.

I wonder who feels worse today, Brett Favre, mustering up enough self-delusion and injections to play last night only to be knocked out with a concussion, or me, losing in the fantasy playoff semi-finals by 1.4 points to a Michael Vick owner? If I had to be objective, it’d probably be Favre – even though we’re both dealing with hangover headaches. Here’s why I finally think Brett has played his last game…  Continue reading

Monday Morning Hangover

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I hate you, Michael Bush. And you look stupid scoring TDs.

I don’t know what it is, but whenever any of my teams face a crushing defeat, I wake up the next morning with a headache. But wait, how can this be when the Ravens convincingly beat the reigning World Champion Saints yesterday? Well, I’m talking about my other team – the one that doesn’t really exist… Yup, I’m crossing over into forbidden territory and talking about my personal fantasy team. I understand that nobody really cares about my team except for me, but I figured it’d be nice to get this off my chest as a form of rehabilitation. Come on, after 4-5 months of hard work to lose by 1.4 points in the semi’s is too much for a man to handle alone. If you’re at all interested, you can find my pain and sorrow after the jump…  Continue reading

TNF: Chargers Making Another Run?

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Vincent Jackson, Thursday Night Hero

I hate how every year Norv Turner somehow magically ends the season with a huge winning streak to get into the playoffs. It makes the beginning of the season seem useless, almost meaningless (like MLB games), and a team that was possibly one of the worst can get a highly coveted home-field playoff game. I guess luckily for them, the Chargers are in the AFC West, so they’re never out of the hunt…

Anyway, it looks like the Chargers are surging again at the right time and should continue that streak tonight against the 49ers. Sure, the Chargers lost to the Raiders this December, but the 49ers are an entirely different team out of the Bay Area. Alex Smith‘s resurgence in Seattle last week won’t make a repeat performance against a stout Chargers defense, and Brian Westbrook will struggle to make the big plays he made last week. Strange to say, but Westbrook is no McFadden. Rivers will overcome the loss of Antonio Gates & Malcom Floyd and hook up with Vincent Jackson & “the rest” of his receivers to eat up the 49ers in what should be another lopsided affair. It took going all the way to week 15, but tonight’s outcome will help give Singletary some closure on his playoff hopes. How sad the NFL West divisions truly are. Chargers win 30-10.

*Update* So, it looks like the Chargers’ playoff hopes look a lot healthier than Antonio Gates on the sidelines (and the 49ers’ hopes). The Chargers made an early statement by stopping the 49ers on a 4th and goal, and that statement carried throughout the rest of the game. The Chargers dominated on both sides of the ball, and Vincent Jackson made enough plays to help any team win, including your fantasy team. The final score was just as lopsided as I thought, 34-7.

Rich Eisen Podcast: Ed Reed Edition

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Even he thinks it's funny!

I’m a regular subscriber to the Rich Eisen Podcast, and I must say it’s one of my all-time favorites to listen to. It’s entertaining and insightful, and Rich always manages to get the best people to guest. I mean, come on… He even had Will Ferrell on the pod! That’s when you know you’re the real deal.

Rich, always a gracious host (except to Clay Matthews), stepped up his game once more this week by having our namesake, Ed Reed, on the pod. It’s towards the beginning of the clip, so you don’t have to listen to John Legend and Mark Wahlberg if you don’t want to… and plus, those guys are Bengals and Patriots fans, respectively. Gross! Anyway, enjoy hearing Ed Reed talk about the state of the 2010 Ravens and reiterate the story of “Law Dead” for the last time. Good stuff!

Listen here: link

Fantasy Football, Real Stress

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Talk about a headache...

Geez, I don’t know why (or maybe I do), but this fantasy playoff season is inducing quite a bit of stress in my life. It’s just a game, right? Then why do I constantly consider all of my options, playing out all the different possibilities? Should I start Malcom Floyd or Vincent Jackson… or both? Do I trust Kenny Britt and/or the Texans secondary? Will Jamaal Charles show up next week? I’m starting to second guess all of my gut instincts, which can be a recipe for disaster… It’s only Tuesday, but already my racing mind and uber-competitive spirit are starting to get very familiar with each other. I might not survive the week.

So why all the stress and second-guessing? In all of my fantasy football leagues, I’m playing in the semi-finals, matched-up against the #1 team. Sure, that’s quite a bit of constant success between leagues, but guess how I got there? Aaron Rodgers. Yup, I had Rodgers in every one of my fantasy leagues, and he’s been the anchor almost every week. With him possibly out this week with a concussion and the prospect of playing a highly underrated New England defense, I might have to start looking at other QB options. Would it be embarrassing to admit I’m thinking about starting Garrard, Kitna, or Collins? See why I’m stressing? Wish me luck…