NFL Game Day
Sunday, Dec. 28
St. Louis at Atlanta 12 p.m.
Jacksonville at Baltimore 12 p.m.
New England at Buffalo 12 p.m.
Kansas City at Cincinnati 12 p.m.
Detroit at Green Bay 12 p.m.
Chicago at Houston 12 p.m.
Tennessee at Indianapolis 12 p.m.
New York Giants at Minnesota 12
Carolina at New Orleans 12 p.m.
Miami at New York Jets 12 p.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia 12 p.m.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh 12 p.m.
Oakland at Tampa Bay 12 p.m.
Seattle at Arizona 3:15 p.m.
Denver at San Diego 3:15 p.m.
Washington at San Francisco 3:15
by Brent Antisdel and by Jared
Well it’s been a great fantasy
season. It’s hard to tell who
to draft and how their season
will play out, so it’s always
frustrating when one of your first
few picks (Tom Brady) goes down.
But with tragedy comes triumph,
and anyone who lost Brady but
picked up Matt Cassel didn’t lose
too many points over the season.
A lot of rookies had stellar seasons,
and even a few veterans dusted
off the pads and made a remarkable
difference in their team’s play.
Over the past 16 weeks, BA “I
Pity the Fool” Antisdel and myself
(Dirty JC) have given you players
to start, sit and some surprising
sleepers. And with the Fantasy
season wrapping up, we thought
we would each give you our picks
for the best player to start,
the worst player you have to sit
and a sleeper to snag in next
year’s draft. It’s been a great
season, and thanks for reading!
Best Player to Start
Thomas Jones (RB – New York Jets).
Welcome back Mr. Jones! After
a mediocre 2007 season, you returned
like a beast. I’m sure it helped
adding a hall of fame quarterback
to your team. But with more than
1,200 yards rushing and 13 TDs
(before week 17), you surpassed
all expectations. I snagged you
with my third-round pick and what
a steal it was. Thanks for the
great season, and although I think
your age will catch up to you
next season, I’ll take the chance.
Worst Player to Sit
Braylon Edwards (WR – Cleveland
Browns). And with the fourth pick
of my draft I chose Braylon Edwards.
“What a steal I thought, he is
the premier young receiver,” but
boy was I wrong. Leading the NFL
in dropped passes, you couldn’t
have played any worse. Edwards
scored in double digits only once
this season, and the stats don’t
lie. With only 50 catches and
three TDs, you were terrible.
Now I can’t wait to pass on you
next season and watch you become
Brady Quinn’s favorite and most
Matt Forte (RB – Chicago Bears).
“Matt who?” I scoffed as someone
else in my league picked up the
rookie Bears running back. “I
don’t even know who that is,”
I spouted off. “You will,” jabbed
back my friend. He was right.
Forte led the Bears offense this
season with more than 1,100 yards
rushing and seven TDs (before
week 17). But he didn’t stop there.
Add in more than 50 receptions
and four receiving TDs, and that
spells success. The kid only fumbled
once the entire season and will
be a top pick in next year’s draft.
Sorry for doubting you, Forte,
and thanks for making me eat crow.
BA ”I Pity the Fool” Antisdel
Best Player to Start
Chad Pennington (QB-Miami Dolphins).
If you cannot tell, Miami versus
the New York Jets is the game
of the NFL regular season. Who
would have thought this game had
so much meaning at the beginning
of the season. Pennington has
looked good and been the catalyst
to the Dolphin’s season with more
than 3,200 yards passing (better
than Brett Favre), 14 TDs and
only six interceptions (better
than Favre). So it’s safe to say,
Pennington has finally become
the quarterback everyone thought
Worst Player to Sit
Terrell “TO” Owens (WR-Dallas
Cowboys). Well TO, apparently
that’s NOT your quarterback, man.
Remember a teary-eyed TO saying
the exact opposite about Romo
last year? So do I, which is why
I’m not totally shocked that TO
has allegedly changed his tune
once again. Although he has shined
in season’s past, Owens is the
21st ranked receiver in the league
with only 58 receptions, 886 yards
receiving and nine TDs (before
week 17). Owens is really good,
but once he starts pouting, his
team’s and his production head
downhill. And the Cowboys are
already losing their footing.
Warrick Dunn(RB-Tampa Bay Bucs).
He is the “Good Guy” story in
the NFL year after year, and deservedly
so with his help building homes
in his community for low income
families. He gives back more than
anyone else in the league, so
I think he’ll have a little karma
on his team’s side. Dunn’s production
has clearly fallen off as he has
gotten up in age, but he has more
than 700 yards rushing with two
TDs (before week 17) and more
than 300 yards receiving (while
sharing the job with Earnest Graham),
which makes this old veteran worthy
of the sleeper title. CV
NCAA GAME DAY HEAD-TO-HEAD
by Darren Tromblay
South Carolina (7-5) vs. Iowa
Jan. 1, 10 a.m., Tampa, Fla.
South Carolina head coach Steve
Spurrier once knew the sweet taste
of victory. After all, this was
the man who led Florida to 122
wins in 12 years, including a
national title in 1996. Then he
got Gamecocky in 2002 and jumped
into the bigger pond — the NFL
— where he was promptly taken
out back and beaten like an incontinent
dog with five legs and an ear
infection. His 28-21 record since
he returned to the college game
is proof that the Spurrier magic
is gone. Enter the Hawkeyes, winners
of five of six, and boasting the
best tailback in the nation in
Shonn Greene. After an auspicious
start, the Hawks have rebounded
nicely, and are, dare Game Day
say it, truly a Top 25 team. Both
teams have defenses ranked in
the top 12 in the nation, but
it’s the Gamecocks who are struggling
right now. And they have a quarterback
named Smelley. Stinks to be them.
Iowa 24, South Carolina 13
#5 USC (11-1) vs. #8 Penn State
Jan. 1, 3:30 p.m.,
Here we go again. This crap of
USC not only bagging another premium
bowl game, but getting to play
it at home, too, is sickening.
As if they need the help. Last
Game Day checked, bowl games are
played on neutral sites. This
travesty sucks more than three
Ronnie Harmon fumbles and a Jake
Christensen pass. But, the games
will go on. Joe Paterno and his
Nittany Lions will have to find
a crack in the Trojan defensive
armor to stand any kind of a chance.
Problem is, USC boasts a defense
that has given up the fewest points
(7.6) and yards (206) per game
in the nation. Karma is against
the Coke bottled guru, too, as
USC has had its way with its last
eight Big 10 opponents, bludgeoning
each by an average of 25 points.
The 127-year-old Joe Pa enjoys
being a grandpa, but this Granddaddy
will have him wishing for onset
USC 27, Penn State
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
# 3 Texas (11-1) vs. #10 Ohio
Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Glendale, Ariz.
Is there a bigger crybaby in
football than Texas coach Mack
Brown? Yes, Mack, we understand
that you may have gotten the shaft
in not getting a shot in the national
title game. Again. Waaaa. Here
in these parts, it’s puddin’-near
been a couple of generations since
Iowa State’s last win, let alone
bowl berth. In other words, shut
yer piehole there, pardner. We
ain’t feelin’ yer pain. But we
do like yous matchup against Ohio
State in this here Fiesta Bowl
thingy, though. Them Buckeyes
hasn’t looked that dang impressive
in recent BCS games, if our memories
serve us proper-like. And ya have
that straight-shootin’ quarterback
Colt McCoy, who looks as comfortable
as a campfire and grandpa’s fiddle
in running yer offense. No disrespect,
Mr. Tressel. Yer Buckeyes, well,
they’d be a mighty fine bunch,
too, don’t get us wrong. But Mack
and his boys, well, they got a
fire in them bellies of theirs.
Best head back to the horseshoe
while ya can.
Texas 31, Ohio State 20
FedEx BCS National
#1 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. #2 Florida
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., Miami, Fla.
For once, the computer got it
right. The BCS championship game
will, indeed, match up the two
best teams in the country — in
our opinion, of course — in top-ranked
Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida. Stat-wise,
it’s a dead heat. Offensively,
there will be basketball games
with fewer total points. Oklahoma
and Heisman Trophy winner Sam
Bradford averaged 54 points per
game this season. Florida, behind
Heisman runner-up quarterback
Tim Tebow, punished scoreboards
for an average of 45 per outing,
while giving up just over 12 per
game defensively, half that of
Oklahoma. Is that, and playing
in their back yard, enough to
stop the Sooners? Almost.
Oklahoma 39, Florida 38
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