MLB’s Not-So-Instant Replay

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

So baseball,  you finally decided to use instant replay to your advantage. Just like everyone’s been saying you should for the last 10 years. Oh wait; you can only challenge certain plays? Oh, a coach only has restrictions on what inning and how many times he can challenge a play?Continue reading “MLB’s Not-So-Instant Replay”

2013 Predicted NFL Standings

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

Step 1. Print out the 2013-14 NFL schedule.

Step 2. Grab a pen and circle the teams you think will win each week.

Step 3. Tally up the results.

(D) Marks division winners while (w) marks the wild cards.  It’s that simple.


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Preseason Power Rankings will come in the next week or two.

What a Quarterback’s Worth

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

With all of the contract extensions given out this off season to big time quarterbacks, like Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Matt Stafford, Aaron Rodgers  and now Matt Ryan, I decided to compare how much the QBs around the league are worth.   (I didn’t taking the rookie wage scale into account)

Tier 1 – The One man show

Smart, accurate and reliable, these QBs are the reason for their team’s success.  It doesn’t seem to matter if there are pieces in place around them, these guys get the job done. Plus, they’ve each won a Super Bowl.

Tom Brady – Three Super Bowl rings in five appearances, and two MVP awards.  The Patriots team has changed a lot since 2000, but Brady’s been a constant, and has altered his approach to the game on countless occasions.  He makes anyone in his offense more explosive, and whether it’s Randy Moss or Danny Woodhead, his offense has carries the team to the post season.

Aaron Rodgers  – Let’s face it.  Rodgers has never had any semblance of a running game behind him, or a defense to hold his leads.  And he’s never had a truly elite receiver to throw the ball to.  In fact, he rarely has the same group of guys on the field on week to the next.  But no matter who they throw out there, they become superstars thanks to Rodgers’ magic.

Drew Brees – Like with the Packers, it’s hard to know if the Saints have good receivers, or if Drew Brees makes them effective players.  Brees was able to keep most of the team intact during his coach’s suspension last year, and it was the defense, not Brees, that let the Saints down.

On the Bubble — Peyton Manning – Peyton’s a little older than the guys above him, and has a lot more in place.  A strong defense.  Three top receivers.  A young running game.  An established offensive line.  It’s not his fault that he has a lot to work with, and I think that he could still push a team on his own, but for the rest of his career he won’t have to.

Tier 2 – The True Franchise Quarterback

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#1. The Washington Nationals: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

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Team Ace: Stephan Strasburg

Most Valuable Position Player: Adam LaRoche

Breakout Candidate: Bryce Harper

Notable Offseason Additions: Raphael Soriano, Dan Haren, Denard Span

Notable Offseason Losses: Michael Morse, Edwin Jackson, Sean Burnett

Biggest Team Weakness: middle of the infield

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#2. The Los Angeles Angels: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

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Team Ace: Jared Weaver

Most Valuable Position Player: Mike Trout

Breakout Candidate: Peter Bourjos

Notable Offseason Additions: Josh Hamilton, Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas, Joe Blanton, Ryan Madson, Sean Burnett

Notable Offseason Losses: Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Torii Hunter

Biggest Team Weakness: The Infield

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#3. The Toronto Blue Jays: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

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Team Ace: R.A. Dickey

Most Valuable Position Player: Jose Bautista

Breakout Candidate:

Notable Offseason Additions: Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, Melky Cabrera

Notable Offseason Losses: Yunel Escobar

Biggest Team Weakness: Bullpen

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#4. The Detroit Tigers: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

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Team Ace: Justin Verlander

Most Valuable Position Player: Miguel Cabrera

Breakout Candidate:

Notable Offseason Additions: Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez (Injury)

Notable Offseason Losses: Jose Valverde, Delmon Young

Biggest Team Weakness: the bullpen

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