Knowshon Moreno Injury Opens Fantasy Door for Laurence Maroney

My cousin Knowshon Moreno became an LBS favorite during his college career at Georgia for some spectacular plays he made (check em out if you haven’t seen them). Unfortunately, since leaving school early and being drafted in the first round last year, things haven’t worked out too well for Moreno as a pro.

Moreno started off last season entering camp late because of contract negotiations. Once in camp, he promptly sprained his knee which weakened his ability the first few weeks of the season. This off-season, he partially tore his hamstring, though the injury did not seem to bother him the first two games of the year. On Friday, Moreno hurt his other hamstring with a partial pull.

Moreno has already been ruled out for Sunday’s Broncos/Colts game. The shocker here is that a week after acquiring Laurence Maroney from the Patriots, the former Golden Gopher will likely be toting the rock for the orange and blue. Pats fans were always disappointed with Maroney for a number of reasons.

Entering this season, Maroney was on the hot seat because of fumbling issues he had last year. Then he hurt his groin which buried him further down the depth chart. Throughout his career, ribs, groin, and knee problems have bothered Maroney. The entire 2008 season was a disaster when Boney was placed on injured reserve early in the year because of shoulder injury. Clearly the man has had health issues, but for some reason I still believe he can be a decent back.

In Denver’s offense, they pass the ball so I wouldn’t expect any 100-yard games for Maroney, but he’s competent enough to get 80 combined yards and a score. Hopefully he can live up to the price Denver paid to get him (a 4th round pick). He has a good chance to perform against a weak Colts run defense on Sunday.

Prime Time Preview: Cowboys at Texans

This week, our LBS Week 3 Prime Time Preview takes us to Houston for a crucial match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, as they battle for bragging rights in the Lonestar State. Last week’s Game of The Week proved to be a good one, with Randy Moss making a ridiculous catch but the Jets coming out on top, 28-14, over New England. I know, I picked the Pats to win. It’s the best game of the week for a reason people so cut me some slack.

Why Should I Watch?

For starters, the Texans are exciting to watch if you’re like the casual fan and love to see an up-and-comer.  They seem to get better and better each year and may finally make the playoffs when all is said and done in 2010.  Their offense is one of the most explosive in the NFL and Andre Johnson is one of the game’s most exciting players.  More importantly, the Cowboys should be playing with incredible urgency.  If they fall to 0-3, their chances of making the playoffs are extremely slim.  It’s a must-win for Dallas or their fans will start to crucify them, especially with this year’s Super Bowl being held at The House that Jerry Built.

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Doc Brown NFL Picks Week 3

I proudly announced last week that Doc Brown was back for another season of picking NFL games. The Doc came through with a strong season debut, going 10-6 against the spread and 2-1 on the Top 3 Picks of the Week. If you can nail down your top three picks and go 2-1 each week on those, then you’re killing it. Del already produced his weekly NFL picks and the good news is we’re extremely similar in our thinking this week.

We only differ on one game straight up (I have the Jags beating the Eagles), although we see things differently on seven games against the spread. We both feel like the 4.5 points the Raiders are getting is far too generous, especially with the capable Bruce Gradkowski starting. We also feel that the Steelers defense will be too much for Tampa Bay to overcome even if Charlie Batch is their starting QB. Lastly, I’m liking the Cowboys this week. This is a must-win game for them with everything on the line. They cannot start 0-3. I think they’ll jump out to a nice lead with success in the passing game against Houston’s weak secondary and hang on for the win. Here are Doc Brown’s NFL picks week 3 of the season:

NL Playoff Preview and Players to Watch

Also check out Alan Hull’s AL Playoff Preview

As the season wraps up and the National League contenders begin to separate themselves from one another, here is a look at some key players to watch down the stretch and through October.


Derrek Lee: There is no better way to add zeroes to the back of your next contract than to perform in the post-season when the stakes are the highest and all of baseball is watching. Lee will be looking to sign one last lucrative contract after this season. He had an opportunity to reinvent himself upon being traded to Atlanta, with the hopes he would replace some of the production lost when Chipper Jones went down. Lee responded by hitting a decent .289/.375/.433 since the trade. He will get another chance to start over in October and a few big hits will go a long way for his financial future.

Tommy Hanson: Tim Hudson has had a big season for the Braves, but has faded a bit down the stretch. Hanson, however, is the Braves most talented pitcher and has flown under the radar due to a mediocre win-loss record. This post-season may be a coming-out party for the 23-year-old future ace.

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California Has Most Players in NFL, Louisiana Most Per Capita

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love a fun, territorial argument when it comes to sports. Being from LA, I will defend the Pac-10 til death, argue that Southern California has the best baseball, and claim there is an East Coast bias regardless of sport. I’ll also tell you that we have some pretty darn good high school football. The stats back it up.

Based on a review of all the rosters on the opening weekend of the NFL season, California produced the most players at 211. Texas was second with 181, and Florida was third at 177.

Per capita, Louisiana (68 out of 4.46 million), Mississippi (37 out of 2.84 million), and Hawaii (15 out of 1.21 million) have produced the most NFL players. The other states that have the most players in the NFL currently per capita are D.C., South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Montana.

As for individual high schools, Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA is the most accomplished, having six of its former students in the NFL (Steve Breaston, Rob Gronkowski, Ryan Mundy, Lousaka Polite, Shawntae Spencer, and Jason Taylor). Three other schools have five players.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Derek Landri, T.J. Ward, D.J. Williams, and Jackie Bates all went to Northern California powerhouse De La Salle in Concord. Ted Ginn, Antwaun Molden, Robert Rose, Troy Smith, and Donte Whitner all went to Glenville High School in Cleveland. The other top school is St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. They’ve produce Geno Atkins, Jeremy Cain, Tavares Gooden, Major Wright, and Sam Young.

14 schools have four players each in the NFL. Because I’m regionally biased, I’ll list the ones that matter to me: Dorsey in LA, Los Alamitos, Tustin, and Vista all from California have four each.

If this post wasn’t informative and interesting enough for you, then at the least hopefully it’s a nice piece of trivia that can win you a drink at the bar.

Indians Turning Progressive Field into Snow Days Amusement Park

The Cleveland Indians haven’t done too many things right this year on the field. Credit them for getting something right off of it.

Even though their latest project could upset the purists who don’t like seeing mounds destroyed for soccer games and the like, the Indians are getting innovative by unveiling plans to run a winter amusement park at Progressive Field during the offseason. The team is calling the new plan “SnowDays” and beginning it on November 26th, and running it through January, 2011 at the least.

They’ll be offering a snow tubing hill, a quarter mile ice skating track, a skating rink, and a snow mountain as part of their activities. Basic admission will be $5 while a full access pass is $25. I don’t know about you, but this seems pretty darn cool and exactly like the type of thing I would have loved to do as a kid.

Cleveland Indians: last in the AL Central, first in innovation and creativity.

Pittsburgh Linebacker Nasty Knee Injury

There isn’t much to see right now in the Pittsburgh vs. Miami game as the Hurricanes have dominated the Panthers from the opening snap and lead 17-3 in the fourth quarter.  Overall, it’s been a pretty boring game.  If gnarly injuries are your thing and you’re watching this game, you probably woke up when Pittsburgh linebacker Dan Mason went down with a gruesome-looking knee injury.  Mason dislocated his knee and the trainers weren’t able to re-set it on the field.  He had to be carted off.