LairdNYC College Basketball Top 25

1. North Carolina (4)
2. Memphis (2)
3. Kansas (1)
T4. Washington State
T4. Pittsburgh
6. UCLA
7. Georgetown
8. Duke
9. Texas
10. Michigan State
11. Tennessee
T12. Texas A&M
T12. Indiana
14. Marquette
15. Vanderbilt
16. Villanova
17. Butler
18. Miami (FL)
19. Clemson
20. Arizona
21. BYU
T22. Stanford
T22. Mississippi
24. West Virginia
25. Rhode Island

Also receiving votes: Gonzaga, Dayton, USC, St. Mary’s, Drake, Syracuse

Comparing Fluke Seasons

Last year when the Jets finished an improbable 10-6 under first year head coach Eric Mangini, all I kept hearing from my friends who are Giants fans is that the Jets had an easy schedule and didn’t beat anyone good to get to their playoff record.

This year, the Giants are heading into the final weekend of the season sitting on a 10-5 record, with the 15-0 New England Patriots coming to town. With that said, the 2007 Giants and the 2006 Jets will finish with the same records.

In total, the Jets’ opponents record last season was 120-136, with three wins against teams with a .500 record or better. This season (based on the following assumptions for this weekend’s games: Seattle beats Atlanta, Cleveland beats San Francisco, Green Bay beats Detroit, New Orleans beats Chicago, Cincinnati beats Miami, Philadelphia beats Buffalo, Washington beats Dallas, Minnesota beats Denver and the Jets beat Kansas City), the Giants’ opponents cumulative record will be 131-125, with three wins against teams with a .500 record or better.

The overall record clearly favors the Giants, although the same number of wins against teams with winning records should have a greater standing since the Giants will play a team with a winning record in the playoffs.

Looking further into the wins and losses, the record of the Jets’ opponents who they beat last year was 64-96 vs. 56-40 against teams they lost to. The Giants’ opponents records were 58-102 vs. 73-23, respectively.

Of the three wins that each team had against opponents with .500 records or better, two of the three were teams that finished 8-8. The “best” Giants win this season was a road game at Washington, which I presume will finish 9-7. The Jets’ “best” win last season was also a road game, at New England, who finished 12-4.

Overall, I am absolutely not saying that the 2006 Jets had a better season than the 2007 Giants. But I think it’s important to note that they are very similar, which should bring some Giants fans down a little bit.

And that’s really what it’s all about.

LairdNYC College Basketball Top 25

1. North Carolina (4)
2. Memphis (4)
3. Kansas (2)
4. Texas
5. Duke
6. Georgetown
7. Washington State
8. UCLA
9. Pittsburgh
10. Michigan State
11. Marquette
12. Texas A&M
13. Tennessee
14. Indiana
15. Clemson
16. Vanderbilt
17. Villanova
18. Butler
19. Gonzaga
20. Arizona
21. BYU
22. Miami (FL)
23. Xavier
24. Oregon
25. Stanford

Also Receiving Votes: Dayton, West Virginia, USC, Florida, Louisville, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Arkansas, St. Mary’s, Connecticut, Drake, Baylor, Syracuse

Fantasy Problems…

So did the New England DEF give up 4 points or 10 points yesterday?


Jets Beat Pats in Lopsided Victory

The New York Jets handed the New England Patriots their most lopsided loss of the year yesterday, beating them 34-20 in a surprising game that still keeps the Jets’ hopes alive for the top pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

With Kellen Clemens on the sideline due to a shoulder injury (the Jets blamed it on his ribs), the Jets turned to their former starter Chad Pennington to lead them to a victory at Foxboro for the second year in a row.

In their first rematch since the infamous “Spygate” game, in which the Patriots were found guilty by the league office for cheating, the Jets used a number of different looks to confuse the heavily favored Patriots. Using Brad Smith at the quarterback position, New York used a variety of option plays rarely seen on the professional level. They executed one of them perfectly, leading to a 50+ yard run for running back Leon Washington.

Probable-MVP Tom Brady had his worst game of the season, going 14-27 for 140 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Mitchell Report Made Public, Now What?

Well, I didn’t guess nearly as many players as I expected to, as you can see below. I’ve bolded the players which I correctly guessed would be mentioned in the Mitchell Report.

1. Barry Bonds
2. Mark McGwire
3. Rafael Palmeiro
4. Ken Caminiti
5. David Segui
6. Jason Grimsley
7. Sammy Sosa
8. Bret Boone
9. Brady Anderson
10. Lenny Dykstra
11. Paul Byrd
12. Jose Canseco
13. Jason Giambi
14. Jeremy Giambi
15. Gary Matthews, Jr.
16. Guillermo Mota
17. Scott Schoenweiss
18. Curt Schilling
19. Jose Guillen
20. Jay Gibbons
21. Gary Sheffield
22. Jim Leyrtiz
23. John Rocker
24. Rafael Betancourt
25. Matt Lawton
26. Roger Clemens
27. Ozzie Canseco
28. Rick Ankiel
29. Matt Williams
30. Mark Whitten
31. Eric Gagne
32. Benito Santiago
33. Wally Joyner
34. Miguel Tejada
35. David Ortiz
36. Juan Gonzalez
37. Ivan Rodriguez
38. Alex Rodriguez
39. Kyle Farnsworth
40. Carlos Delgado
41. Dante Bichette
42. Andres Galarraga
43. Albert Belle
44. Troy Glaus
45. Manny Alexander
46. Greg Vaughn
47. Mo Vaughn
48. Kevin Brown
49. Adrien Beltre
50. Mike Piazza
51. Jim Thome
52. Adam Dunn
53. Richie Sexson
54. David Cone
55. Bobby Bonilla
56. John Wetteland
57. Dwight Gooden
58. Darryl Strawberry
59. Melido Perez
60. Pasqual Perez
61. Jack McDowell
62. Mitch Williams
63. Roberto Alomar
64. Carlos Baerga
65. Chuck Knoblauch
66. Jose Mesa
67. Armando Benitez
68. Jay Buhner
69. Luis Gonzalez
70. Pat Hentgen
71. Keith Foulke
72. Mike Hampton
73. Denny Neagle
74. Rod Beck
75. Nomar Garciaparra
76. Bartolo Colon
77. Paul Konerko
78. Kenny Rogers
79. Raul Ibanez
80. Michael Young

Only 29 out of 80, not a very good percentage. But look at some of the players I missed: Sammy Sosa, Bret Boone, Brady Anderson, Ozzie CANSECO. There were even some admitted, not to mention caught, performance enhancing drug users who were not mentioned in the report, such as Guillermo Mota and Rafael Betancourt. These two men were found guilty of using steroids by positive drug tests and were suspended by Major League Baseball as a result; wouldn’t you think they would be included in a report regarding performance enhancing drugs in baseball?

Others I was surprised were missing included Juan Gonzalez, who was accused of steroid use by the owner of a team he played for, Manny Alexander, who was also caught using banned substances and Luis Gonzalez, who seemed like the prototypical steroid user in 2001 when he hit 57 home runs after never hitting more than 31 (he never hit more than 28 after).

Clearly the news that Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte used steroids and HGH, respectively, is extremely disappointing for any Yankee fan. However, one must look at the positive that Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Alex Rodriguez, Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada were not named anywhere in the 409 page findings.

I have no idea how this report is going to effect each individual player, but I think more work needs to be done if they truly want this witch hunt to be complete.

Guessing Who Got Huge…

With the Mitchell Report set to be released tomorrow, and rumors flying around the internet about who is accused of taking performance enhancing drugs, it’s time to guess who is on the list. Supposedly between 60-80 players are implicated, so here we go (in order of who popped into my head first):

1. Barry Bonds
2. Mark McGwire
3. Rafael Palmeiro
4. Ken Caminiti
5. David Segui
6. Jason Grimsley
7. Sammy Sosa
8. Bret Boone
9. Brady Anderson
10. Lenny Dykstra
11. Paul Byrd
12. Jose Canseco
13. Jason Giambi
14. Jeremy Giambi
15. Gary Matthews, Jr.
16. Guillermo Mota
17. Scott Schoenweiss
18. Curt Schilling
19. Jose Guillen
20. Jay Gibbons
21. Gary Sheffield
22. Jim Leyrtiz
23. John Rocker
24. Rafael Betancourt
25. Matt Lawton
26. Roger Clemens
27. Ozzie Canseco
28. Rick Ankiel
29. Matt Williams
30. Mark Whitten
31. Eric Gagne
32. Benito Santiago
33. Wally Joyner
34. Miguel Tejada
35. David Ortiz
36. Juan Gonzalez
37. Ivan Rodriguez
38. Alex Rodriguez
39. Kyle Farnsworth
40. Carlos Delgado
41. Dante Bichette
42. Andres Galarraga
43. Albert Belle
44. Troy Glaus
45. Manny Alexander
46. Greg Vaughn
47. Mo Vaughn
48. Kevin Brown
49. Adrien Beltre
50. Mike Piazza
51. Jim Thome
52. Adam Dunn
53. Richie Sexson
54. David Cone
55. Bobby Bonilla
56. John Wetteland
57. Dwight Gooden
58. Darryl Strawberry
59. Melido Perez
60. Pasqual Perez
61. Jack McDowell
62. Mitch Williams
63. Roberto Alomar
64. Carlos Baerga
65. Chuck Knoblauch
66. Jose Mesa
67. Armando Benitez
68. Jay Buhner
69. Luis Gonzalez
70. Pat Hentgen
71. Keith Foulke
72. Mike Hampton
73. Denny Neagle
74. Rod Beck
75. Nomar Garciaparra
76. Bartolo Colon
77. Paul Konerko
78. Kenny Rogers
79. Raul Ibanez
80. Michael Young