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Ranking 32-1 the BEST and WORST Team Quarterback Play of the 2011 NFL Season

32. – Sam Bradford/A.J. Feeley/Kellen Clemens

31. //” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. – Blaine Gabbert/Luke McCown

30. – Curtis Painter/Dan Orlovsky/Kerry Collins

29. – Matt Cassel/Tyler Palko/Kyle Orton

28. – Carson Palmer/Jason Campbell/Kyle Boller

27. – Christian Ponder/Donovan McNabb/Joe Webb

26. – Kevin Kolb/John Skelton/Richard Bartel

25. – Rex Grossman/John Beck

24. – Josh Freeman/Josh Johnson

23. – Tim Tebow/Kyle Orton

22. – Tarvaris Jackson/Charlie Whitehurst

21. – Colt McCoy/Seneca Wallace

20. – Jay Cutler/Caleb Hanie/Josh McCown

19. – Matt Hasselbeck/Jake Locker

18. – Matt Moore/Chad Henne

17. – Michael Vick/Vince Young

16. – Joe Flacco

15. – Andy Dalton

14. – Matt Schaub/T.J. Yates/Matt Leinart

13. //” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. – Ryan Fitzpatrick

12. – Mark Sanchez

11. – Alex Smith

10. – Cam Newton

9. //” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. – Ben Roethlisberger/Charlie Batch

8. – Phillip Rivers

7. – Eli Manning

6. – Matt Ryan

5. – Tony Romo/Stephen McGee

4. – Matthew Stafford

3. //” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. – Tom Brady

2. – Drew Brees

1. – Aaron Rodgers

– Steve

Outfielders Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox are the recipients of the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year awards.
Berkman struggled in 2010 with Houston and the New York Yankees, batting a mere .248 with 14 homers and 58 runs batted in, then flourished in his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 35-year-old veteran batted .301 with 31 homers and 94 runs batted in this season. He tied for ninth in the National League in homers and tied for 11th in RBI, helping the Cardinals to the NL wild card berth.
Berkman was selected for his sixth career All-Star Game this past July and the 145 games he played were his most since appearing in 159 during the 2008 season.
Ellsbury played just 18 games in 2010 because of injuries, but is an MVP candidate this season after hitting .321 with 32 homers and 105 runs batted in. He added 119 runs scored with 39 stolen bases and led the majors with 364 total bases and 83 extra-base hits.
An All-Star for the first time this season, the Oregon native became the first Red Sox player with a 30-homer, 30-stolen base season. He finished third in the American League with 212 hits and was fifth in batting.
Ellsbury also became the fourth big league player to reach 200 hits, 100 RBI, 35 stolen bases and 30 home runs in a single season, joining Vladimir Guerrero (2002), Alfonso Soriano (2002) and Alex Rodriguez (1998).
The 30 club beat reporters from selected the award winners.
Last year’s winners were Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson and Minnesota pitcher Francisco Liriano.
– Steve
NBA owners and players will meet with a federal mediator on Monday to try and make progress towards ending the strike that has resulted in the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season.
National Basketball Players Association director Billy Hunter said on WFAN-AM that both sides had agrees to a meeting with a mediator on Monday while there is no official word from the NBA. However, USA Today is reporting that NBA spokesman Tim Frank sent a text stating that the two sides were working on scheduling a meeting for early next week.
Hunter and players are reportedly scheduled to meet on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles to address the issues at hand.
The two sides had met this past Monday, but no progress was made and commission David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, the first time the NBA has canceled games since the 1998-99 stoppage that saw just a 50-game regular season.
Hunter said during the interview that it was Stern’s plan from the beginning to have a lockout.
“David Stern promised me a lockout three years ago,” Hunter said to WFAN’s Mike Francesa. “That was their plan all along.”
One of the major issues in the lockout has been the split of basketball- related income. The owners want players to agree to a 47 percent share, while the players apparently aren’t willing to go below 53 percent.
The structure of the league’s economic system, though is apparently what’s largely to blame for the labor strife such as a hard salary cap, which the owners have apparently softened their stance on.
The NBA lockout, of course, began on July 1 after the most recent labor deal between the sides expired.
Unlike the labor strife that caused NFL lockout, which long appeared to be solvable, the problems facing the NBA have led observers to warn about a prolonged dispute like the one that canceled the 2004-05 NHL season.
– Steve
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had surgery on Wednesday to repair the torn Achilles tendon in his left leg.
Foot and ankle specialist Dr. Mark Myerson performed the surgery in Baltimore on Wednesday and also administered a Platelet Rich Plasma injection.
Howard will be completely immobilized from one to two weeks. Depending on his recovery, he will begin weight bearing and strength rehabilitation in about a month.
While no official timetable has been released on his return to play, Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that it will be five to six months, meaning Howard could be ready in time for the start of the season.
Howard was injured on the final play of Philadelphia’s Game 5 loss on October 7 to the St. Louis Cardinals when he appeared to tweak something leaving the batter’s box on a ground ball.
He made it only halfway up the line, crumbling to the ground as he was easily thrown out at first base.
Coming off a regular season that saw the 31-year-old hit .253 with 33 home runs and 116 RBI, he had a sub-par postseason as he had just two hits in 19 at-bats and while he drove in six runs, he didn’t have an RBI or hit in the final three games.
– Steve
Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones will miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers because of a hamstring injury.
Jones suffered the injury during Sunday’s game against the Packers. He had just one catch for 16 yards in the loss.
“[Jones] will not play this week. We’re hoping to get him back the following week,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith said at Wednesday’s practice.
The Falcons made a bold trade in April’s draft, sending five draft picks to Cleveland in order to move up and grab the gifted wide receiver with the sixth overall selection.
Jones, listed at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, has 25 receptions for 358 yards in five games this season. The Alabama product has yet to score but has two 100-plus yard receiving games.
– Steve

I will bring to you what the 2011 MLB All-Star Teams should look like this year.


C – Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers)

1B – Adrian Gonzalez (Boston Red Sox)

2B – Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)

3B – Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees)

SS – Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland Indians)

OF – Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays)

OF – Curtis Granderson (New York Yankees)

OF – Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox)

DH – David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox)

SP – Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers)


C – Alex Avila (Detroit Tigers)

C – Russell Martin (New York Yankees)

1B – Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)

1B – Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox)

2B – Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox)

3B – Adrian Beltre (Texas Rangers)

SS – Jhonny Peralta (Detroit Tigers)

OF – Melky Cabrera (Kansas City Royals)

OF – Brennan Boesch (Detroit Tigers)

OF – Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles)

1B/OF – Adam Lind (Toronto Blue Jays)

UTIL – Michael Young (Texas Rangers)


SP – Jered Weaver (Los Angeles Angels)

SP – James Shields (Tampa Bay Rays)

SP – Dan Haren (Los Angeles Angels)

SP – Josh Beckett (Boston Red Sox)

SP – Michael Pineda (Seattle Mariners)

SP – Gio Gonzalez (Oakland Athletics)

SP – C.C. Sabathia (New York Yankees)

SP – Scott Baker (Minnesota Twins)

SP/RP – Phillip Humber (Chicago White Sox)

RP – Kyle Farnsworth (Tampa Bay Rays)

RP – Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees)

RP – Chris Perez (Cleveland Indians)


C – Brian McCann (Atlanta Braves)

1B – Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers)

2B – Rickie Weeks (Milwaukee Brewers)

3B – Aramis Ramirez (Chicago Cubs)

SS – Jose Reyes (New York Mets)

OF – Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers)

OF – Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)

OF – Lance Berkman (St. Louis Cardinals)

SP – Roy Halladay (Philadelphia Phillies)


C – Miguel Montero (Arizona Diamondbacks)

1B – Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)

1B – Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals)

1B – Gaby Sanchez (Florida Marlins)

2B – Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati Reds)

3B – Ryan Roberts (Arizona Diamondbacks)

SS – Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies)

OF – Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies)

OF – Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks)

OF – Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)

OF – Hunter Pence (Houston Astros)

OF – Matt Holliday (St. Louis Cardinals)

OF – Shane Victorino (Philadelphia Phillies)


SP – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies)

SP – Jair Jurrjens (Atlanta Braves)

SP – Tommy Hanson (Atlanta Braves)

SP – Cliff Lee (Philadelphia Phillies)

SP – Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)

SP – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati Reds)

SP – Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants)

RP – Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta Braves)

RP – Drew Storen (Washington Nationals)

RP – Joel Hanrahan (Pittsburgh Pirates)

RP – Francisco Cordero (Cincinnati Reds)

RP – Mike Adams (San Diego Padres)

– Steve

Major League Baseball

Top 10 Fantasy Players

Week of: August 22-29

1.)  Jose Bautista (TOR-3B/OF) - 11-20 (.550 AVG) 4 HR 7 RBI 7 R 1 SB .690 OBP
2.)  Joey Votto (CIN-1B) - 10-25 (.400 AVG) 4 HR 9 RBI 7 R 1 SB .464 OBP
3.)  Jason Heyward (ATL-OF) - 12-23 (.522 AVG) 3 HR 5 RBI 10 R 0 SB .621 OBP
4.)  Michael Bourn (HOU-OF) - 12-30 (.400 AVG) 1 HR 2 RBI 7 R 5 SB .455 OBP
5.)  Hanley Ramairez (FLA-SS) - 12-26 (.462 AVG) 1 HR 3 RBI 7 R 4 SB .481 OBP
6.)  Jhoulys Chacin (COL-SP/RP) - 14.2 IP 2 W 16 K 0.61 ERA 0.82 WHIP 2 QS
7.)  Albert Pujols (STL-1B) - 11-28 (.393 AVG) 3 HR 7 RBI 9 R 0 SB .500 OBP
8.)  Jose Tabata (PIT-OF) - 12-23 (.522 AVG) 2 HR 5 RBI 5 R 2 SB .560 OBP
9.)  Marcus Thames (NYY-OF) - 8-18 (.444 AVG) 4 HR 8 RBI 5 R 0 SB .500 OBP
10.)  Pablo Sandoval (SF-1B/3B) - 11-26 (.423 AVG) 2 HR 8 RBI 6 R 1 SB .444 OBP

– Steve