Archive | December 2014

Studs And Duds: NFL Week 16

By Brett Malamud

Two weeks left! This week has set up some pretty wild week 17 playoff scenarios. Here’s week 16’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

It seems that Russell Wilson always brings his A-game when playing on national television. He did it again in week 16 against the Cardinals. Throwing for 339 yards and two touchdowns, Wilson was the definition of a stud. He also added 88 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.

Russell Wilson stepped up against the Cardinals in week 16 (Via AP)

Russell Wilson stepped up against the Cardinals in week 16 (Via AP)

Dud: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Luck was completely shut down by the Cowboys defense in week 16. Luck finished the game with 109 passing yards and two interceptions.

Stud: Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill had a stellar week 16, and finished with 396 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Dud: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Flacco had a sub-par game. He threw three interceptions, and the Ravens took a bad loss to the Texans. The Ravens face the Browns in a must-win week 17 matchup.

Stud: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

Beckham Jr. continued his dominance over NFL defenses. The rookie had eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Dud: Arizona Cardinals defenders

The Cardinals didn’t stand a chance against the Seahawks. The night was highlighted by an incredible 79 yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch.

Stud: Eli Manning, New York Giants

Manning delivered a great week 16 performance, finishing the game with 391 yards and three touchdowns.

Stud: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
The final spot on this list will have some debate, but Tony Romo deserves it. Romo led the Cowboys to a huge victory over the Colts. Romo’s 218 yards and four touchdowns has kept Dallas in the running for a first round bye in the playoffs.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

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Studs and Duds: NFL Week 15

By Brett Malamud

Here’s week 15’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

Beckham Jr. had a game that has propelled him to be the favorite for offensive rookie of the year. The Giants rookie had 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns against the Redskins in week 15.

Odell Beckham is well on his way to the rookie of the year honor (Via The Big Lead)

Odell Beckham is well on his way to the rookie of the year honor (Via The Big Lead)

Dud: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers failed to throw a touchdown pass against the Bills, angering fantasy owners in the midst of their playoffs.

Stud: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Bryant returned to form on Sunday with six catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

Dud: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have been winning via the ground game, but Andy Dalton’s numbers have dropped dramatically. Dalton had just 117 passing yards and threw an interception against the Browns.

Stud: Jeremy Hill, Cincinati Bengals 

Just as I said, the Bengals have been winning games via the ground, and Hill has been a major part of that. In week 15, Hill took 25 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Dud: New York Jets

The Jets won. So why are they on the duds list? Well, a loss would have put them in line for the second pick in the draft. However, the win dropped them to the sixth pick, and they are likely out of the running for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. It’s not a good time to be a Jets fan.

Stud: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees torched the Chicago Bears in their own stadium. The Saints QB finished the game with 375 passing yards and three touchdowns.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week 15 Predictions

By Brett Malamud

Cardinals (10-3) over Rams (6-7)

Steelers (8-5) over Falcons (5-8)

Redskins (3-10) over Giants (4-9)

Patriots (10-3) over Dolphins (7-6)

Chiefs (7-6) over Raiders (2-11)

Texans (7-6) over Colts (9-4)

Browns (7-6) over Bengals (8-4-1)

Ravens (8-5) over Jaguars (2-11)

Packers (10-3) over Bills (7-6)

Buccaneers (2-11) over Panthers (4-8-1)

Titans (2-11) over Jets (2-11)

Broncos (10-3) over Chargers (8-5)

Lions (9-4) over Vikings (6-7)

Seahawks (9-4) over 49ers (7-6)

Eagles (9-4) over Cowboys (9-4)

Saints (5-8) over Bears (5-8)


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

 

Yankees Hot Stove: Players to Watch

By Brett Malamud

The Yankees have signed Andrew Miller and have traded for Didi Gregorius, but they’re not done yet. Here’s the players that I think Yankees fans should keep an eye on. What should they do? Let us know in the comments.
-Chase Headley, 3B, Free Agent
Signing Headley is important for the Yankees. It was reported that the Yankees and the San Francisco Giants, who lost Pablo Sandoval to Boston, are the teams interested in Headley. Unless of course the Yankees want A-Rod at third base (HA).
The Yankees must look at bringing back Chase Headley (Via NY Post)

The Yankees must look at bringing back Chase Headley (Via NY Post)

-Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati Reds (Requires a trade)
If I were Brian Cashman, I’d call to inquire about acquiring Chapman. The 26 year old Cuban fireballer would be a perfect addition to the bullpen, and could very well take over the closer role in the Bronx. Imagine Miller, Betances, and Chapman closing out games for the Yankees. Currently, the Marlins are the only other team being speculated as a destination for Chapman.
-Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Philadelphia Phillies (Requires a trade)
The Yankees were linked to Papelbon late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. It would definitely be interesting to see a former Red Sox closer pitching for the Yankees.
-Sergio Romo, RP, Free Agent
Interesting option here. Wednesday morning, reports surfaced that the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Yankees were the interested teams. I don’t think he’d be the closer if the Yankees signed him. He’d likely setup Betances.
-Max Scherzer, SP, Free Agent
The big fish. Scherzer would immediately impact the Yankees. The Bombers had injuries to the rotation all year, and adding Scherzer would fix the need for another starter.
-Brandon McCarthy, SP, Free Agent
Reports are that McCarthy will probably wind up with a three year deal. This would be a cheaper option than Scherzer.
-Tyler Clippard/Jerry Blevins, RP, Washington Nationals (Requires a trade)
Wednesday morning, it was reported that the Nationals were getting offers for Clippard and Blevins. The teams that were making offers were not mentioned though. Could the Yankees be interested?

Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Studs and Duds: NFL Week 14

By Brett Malamud

Here’s week 14’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell was the top fantasy point scorer in ESPN standard leagues in week 14. Bell had 185 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also had 50 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air.

Le'Veon Bell was definitely a stud in week 14 (Via USA Today)

Le’Veon Bell was definitely a stud in week 14 (Via USA Today)

Dud: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass this week, snapping his 51 game streak. He’ll take on the Chargers in week 15

Stud: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton played great against the Saints, passing for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He was in a car accident on Tuesday afternoon but was okay and was released from the hospital Wednesday morning.

Dud: Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

Hoyer was unable to get the victory against the Colts, and now finds himself as the backup as Johnny Manziel will start for the Browns in week 15 against the Bengals.

Stud: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Jones played stellar against the Packers on Monday night. He hauled in 11 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 15.

Dud: Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Thomas had his worst week of the season, bringing in just two catches for 11 yards.

Stud: AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Green had a very similar line to Julio Jones this week. The Bengals wide receiver caught 11 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. The Bengals will head into Cleveland for a week 15 matchup with the Browns.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Lester to Decide Soon

By Alex Horowitz

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester has narrowed down his potential destinations to either the San Francisco Giants or Chicago Cubs. A decision is expected to be made no later than Tuesday.

 

Lester would instantly join the top of the rotation for either team, but he’d especially be a significant upgrade in the Windy City. The Cubs currently lack a true ace, so Lester would need to carry Chicago’s young pitching staff.

 

In San Francisco, Lester would most likely slide into the #2 spot in the rotation, behind reigning World Series MVP and 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Madison Bumgarner. It wouldn’t be a far move for him, either, as he played across the bay in Oakland for the second half of last season.

 

Jon Lester is expected to decide his final destination within the next 48 hours

Jon Lester is expected to decide his final destination within the next 48 hours

Between Boston and Oakland in 2014, Lester compiled a 16-11 record with a very formidable 2.46 earned run average. He was the starting pitcher in Oakland’s eventual loss to Kansas City in the AL Wild Card game, and received a no decision despite allowing 6 earned runs in 7.1 innings.

 

Lester’s contract will be one of the more expensive ones of this free agent class. According to several reports, a contract seems to be in the range of $140 million for 6 years, although those in Lester’s camp are quietly pushing for a deal in the $150 million / 7 year range (via MLB Trade Rumors).


Alex Horowitz is a senior at Briarcliff High School and is an aspiring sports writer. As a lifelong sports fan, he has rooted for the New York Knicks, New York Mets, and Detroit Lions. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhorowitz3

 

A Flyer Fan’s Concern

By Ryan Crawford
The 2014/2015 season has begun in exciting fashion and looks to continue that way. With a third of the season done already a lot of questions have emerged.  Analyzing this season as well as the future determines there is one team who has major issues. When you are a die hard fan, you generally see things through rose colored glasses. You grasp for good in anything you can. Even the most objective of fans have a tendency to overrate their own players. With that said, there will be no doubt that one group of fans will hate this author. But beware, I am just pointing out what you already know but just can’t come to grips with because of your blind loyalty.  You love your team and just want to see that cup raised on your ice. Unfortunately that will not be happening soon unless some drastic changes are implemented with your team. I would love to hear your reactions. Please keep the cursing to a minimum.

After years and years of being competitive but never one of the best, it is time for Ed Snider to tear this team down and start from scratch. This team is a complete mess from top to bottom.  When looking at the roster you find mostly overpaid underperformers. The Flyers are notorious for going out and overpaying players that their own teams have determined do not deserve the money they are asking for. Is there enough room to list them? Daniel Briere, Ilya Bryzgalov and Chris Pronger are gone but their buyouts and long term injury deals will haunt this team until the end of the current union deal as it gives them no maneuverability whatsoever. But the Flyers still keep bringing in bad contracts. Their defense is a shambles. Mark Streit is a power play specialist who can’t play defense anymore. He wanted four years and 18 million from the Islanders two years ago. The Islanders, who had very little on D at that point, thought he was way overpriced. So the Flyers gave him four years at 21 million. Not learning their lesson, the following year it was Andrew Macdonald’s turn. The Islanders offered him four years and 16 million, figuring he was at best a second pair defenseman who had played major minutes because of the lack of NHL caliber defensemen on the Island. So the Flyers paid him 30 million over six years. He’s at best a number four defenseman. Michael Del Zotto, the former Ranger defenseman was jettisoned by the Rangers because he could not figure out that his primary job was to play defense. The Nashville Predators had him for a half season and outright released him. Here come the Flyers to give him a guaranteed 1.3 million… For what?  Nicklas Grossmann, Brayden Coburn, Luke Schenn, Nick Schultz… Does not exactly strike fear into opponents.  The two goalies, Steve Mason and Ray Emery are pretty good but do not get any help from the porous defense

Does Dan Snyder have to start from scratch (Via AP)

Does Ed Snider have to start from scratch? (Via AP)

The forwards have a little depth but Ed Snider has seen there is no secondary scoring. See his outburst the other night for proof of that!  They have Claude Giroux, Jakob Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn. What about RJ Umberger, Matt Read, Scott Laughton, Zac Rinaldo? 4 goals between them in the first 25 games! Vincent Lecavalier? Bought out by Tampa only four years into an 11 year 85 million dollar deal. Here come the Flyers to bestow a five year 22.5 million dollar gift upon Vinny. And what has Vinny given the Flyers in return? A whopping 43 points the past two seasons and a healthy scratch early in his second season with the team. Way to get value guys! Sean Couturier was considered one of the top rated players in the 2011 draft but dropped down to the Flyers at pick number eight because some teams were concerned about his scoring and viewed him as a third liner. Well he made the Flyers as an 18 year old and has become the third line player many expected.

Should we look into the trade market? Do you have faith in the Flyers top brass making trades? Who do they have that other teams might want? How has James Van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn worked out?  Wait you say, “we have a farm system.” Virtually every season for the last 10, the Flyers have been ranked among the bottom handful of teams in the league. This year they have moved all the way up to 21st on HockeysFuture.  Flyer fans will tell you about Scott Laughton and Sam Morin but there is very little depth in their system and we have not seen a major Flyer draft coup since Claude Giroux in 2006. Other than Giroux, Van Riemsdyk and maybe Luca Sbisa, no other Flyer draft pick since 2004 has emerged as a top 6 forward or a top 4 defenseman at the NHL level.

For this team to improve they will need to part with a major asset or two. They have Giroux, Simmonds and Voracek. Brayden Schenn has value as well.  If they can accumulate draft picks or prospects for their bad contracts they should jump at the chance. Lecavalier and the entire defense should be up for grabs. If Couturier can bring back a prospect with a bigger upside I would move him too. They will need to develop the few prospects they do have and really score big with their expected high draft pick this season. If a few trades are made to jettison veterans for prospects and picks then they might have figured it out. If you see them trade for a veteran or two you will know they are the same old Flyers and expect more of the same.