September 11, 2008

The Angels clinch

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball, Fantasy, Football

Good for the Angels for clinching their division and being able to pretty much coast from here into the playoffs. It must have been really hard to outlast the Rangers (who have zero pitching), the Athletics (gave up at the trade deadline despite actually being in contention for a while) and the Mariners (the biggest train wreck in the majors).
But seriously, the Angels are a team to be reckoned with in the post-season and have everything needed to win it all. They have the big bats, the speed, the defence, a really deep bench combined with a starting staff littered with aces, a stocked bullpen and a closer who is one save away from the season record.
The only concern that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should have is the Boston Red Sox. Because the Rays are doing as well as they are, the Red Sox have been relegated to the wild card; the team that gets to face the team with the best record in the league. Imagine a matchup of Boston vs. Los Angeles in the division round while the Rays face the Twins or White Sox. Which series would you watch?
Also, with my week two picks being posted tomorrow, I might as well throw out some NFL things just to get them off my chest…
So should I pick up Matt Cassel or just wait until the Patriots inevitably talk either Daunte Culpepper or Vinny Testaverde out of retirement? Pats fans should also be scared for Brady even more when watching Bengals games. Why? Ever since Carson Palmer tore his ACL on a similar play a few years ago, he hasn’t been close to the same. Brady’s future as an elite QB isn’t looking so certain to me anymore. What sounds even worse is that since Brady tore both his ACL and MCL, he’ll have to wait a month before they can actually do the surgery to fix his knee. I could never imagine how much walking around on a torn ACL for a month would mess up my mechanics for walking, let alone playing professional anything.
The next time I’m at my buddy’s place, eating chicken wings and watching a football game, I really hope people don’t think I’m off committing suicide like they did with Vince Young. How can people not realize that after getting hurt and booed by his own home fans, the guy might want to unwind and relax a little? It’s what I would do if I blew a game in my Saturday morning football league and then I’d put it behind me. This guy is a professional athlete; these guys are trained to deal with this pressure and if they weren’t, they never would’ve made the pros.
Poor Alex Smith. First he loses his job to a former Detroit Lions backup QB and then he gets put on the Injured Reserve with a broken shoulder. I would say that he’s destined for the CFL but since they actually use bigger balls than the NFL, he’d be even more screwed than the jump from NCAA to NFL.

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