Saturday, August 1, 2009

Monthly Forecast: July '09 [Revisited]

How'd we do this month?
  • Manny Acta will lose his job. Yes, I will predict this until he gets fired. Correct!
  • John Carlson will dominate Capitals' rookie camp (July 11-18). Correct!
  • Andray Blatche and Nick Young will absolutely crush the Vegas Summer League...Correct! (Young: 23.8 ppg; Blatche: 19.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg).
  • ...on and off the court. Inconclusive...for now.
  • Ted Leonsis will blog about successful business practices while not-so-subtly plugging one of his own projects. Inconclusive.
  • Matt Wieters will surpass Nolan Reimold and Brad Bergesen as the AL Rookie of the Year favorite. Incorrect, but he's heating up. Jinxed. Uh oh.
  • O's manager William Shatner Dave Trembley will appear in several commercials. Correct!
  • Some moron will suggest that the Redskins are capable of winning the Super Bowl. Correct!
  • That moron will be a DCLS writer. Correct! I'm sayin' it now, punks.
July: 7-2-2
Overall: 13-7-3

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here Comes Gandalf (Chris Tillman) To Save The Day!

Tonight the Orioles' #1 starting pitching prospect Chris Tillman debuts against the Royals. He joins fellow rookie starters Brad Bergesen, David Hernandez, and Jason Berken in the rotation hopefully through the end of this season and beyond. Like Gandalf, he will lead the charge that will eventually wipe out the evil armies of the AL East with some nasty curveballs and 94 MPH heat.

Here are his AAA stats:

18 games started, 8-6 (W-L), 2.70 ERA, 96.2 IP (5.1 Innings/start), 99 Ks, 22 BBs, 1.15 WHIP.

Erik Bedard Erik Shmedard. Gimme Tillman, Jones and George Sherill any day. Hail MacPhail!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shocking, Stunning, Unpredictable Development: Vick-to-'Skins is Rumour Du Jour

The day Mike Vick was connected to dog-fighting was the day he became a Redskin's acquisition target. Let's face it: a tantalizing talent and merchandise mover of Vick's caliber was born to play for Dan Snyder's fantasy football playteam, and few other owners out there are as star horny as DannyBoy, who probably has "there's no such thing as bad publicity" tattooed across his forehead, right underneath his "Vinny's Lips Go Here" tattoo.

Everyone and their mother with internet access and a twitter account is providing beef for the "VICK WILL BE A REDSKIN!! AGAGGAHHHH!" rumor fodder today. Tanner Cooley saw Vick in Ashburn. Mike Fiorio of Pro Football Talk is hearing that a deal is close, sort of. 106.7 The Fan's Redskins' beat reporter Chris Russell saw Vick's rep in Ashburn and is pretty confident it's happening.

Back in May, we provided six reasons why Vick to the 'Skins would be a good idea. If he is bought on the cheap and for a one year deal, we thought it'd be worth giving him a look at wide receiver. But the idea here seems to be to phase him in at quarterback and see if he's ready to compete for the full-time gig starting next season, assuming Campbell isn't the guy. And assuming Campbell isn't the guy has been the front office's M.O. from Day 1 this offseason, so it's easy to see right through Snyderrato's pea-brained plans here.

And if this is in fact the case, to keep him at QB, we cannot endorse this move. He's too far removed from his years as an overrated QB for there to be hope he can develop into a championship one. To take this risk at the expense of your current starter and his budding relationship with your head coach is nothing short of season sabatoge. That's like slowly phasing Ari out of "Entourage" and replacing him with Al Pacino. Pacino's day is done, and you're gonna kill the chemistry between the show's two most compelling characters at this point (Ari and Lloyd). Stupid. If you want to give Pacino a small recurring role though, say, at slot receiver, until he finds his comfort zone and smaller contributing role, that's another story.

[Image via Bleacher Fan]

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cool Video

I don't know about you guys, but football season can't start soon enough. Skins training camp is only 4 days away. I've got a chubby goosebumps just thinking about it. Anyway, in case you're not as jacked up as I am, here's a pretty sweet video of relatively recent comeback wins against the Cowgirls. Check out 1:35 for one of Sean Taylor's hardest hits ever - and one that is rarely shown in his highlight videos for whatever reason.