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Fund Your IRA Through Fantasy Basketball (2009-2010 Primer)

Dear Tim Tebow supporters, detractors, and other people who search “Tim Tebow” and end up on this blog for an article I wrote last year (all 5,378 of you),

So good to see you again! By now you may be wondering what the #*@* the WordPress programmers are smoking to connect you to this blog when you search for Tim Tebow, but let me promise you that the cheerleader comparison a couple articles down is worth a gander.

For the 15 faithful followers who actually listened to and read our fantasy basketball material last fall, welcome back for another go around.

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter: fantasy basketball is awesome. It is the pinnacle of fantasy sports. That’s right, even better than saber metrics god Baseball and just barely a notch above fantasy curling (damn it, Jean Louis Picard of Nova Scotia just got picked one pick in front of me!! I hate when the best broom sweeper goes one pick before when he’s all that’s left in your queue).

Not only do you have to evaluate how well an individual player will do statistically, you have to find a winning balance of succeeding in  diverse categories that each and every player make a positive or negative impact on. It’s like a giant puzzle. I spent 2 hours alone analyzing the potential impact of an Andrew Bogut-for-JR Smith trade. This is why I slept through my day in court to argue my traffic violation. In the immortal words of Chris Farley, “… I was checking the a … specs on the end line, for the rotary, girder, I’m retarded . . .

Now that I’ve made the case for my devotion to fantasy basketball and my rational priorities (1. Andrew Bogut’s impact on team FT% 2.Warrant issued for arrest for failure to appear in court), let’s get to the good stuff:

Position by position I’m going to give you the sleeper picks in basketball. Within these positions (PG, SG, PF, C, etc.) I have categories:

Apple Stock: Ready for Market Takeover

Health Care Reform: Needs to Stay Healthy

15 Minutes of Fame: Needs More Playing Time

Andrea Bargnani Bond Fund: Player with specialty potential or a “deep” sleeper.

Point Guards:

Point Guard is statistically a very difficult position to become good-to-great at. There are usually not many young PG who explode onto the scene. Players like Johnny Flynn or Brandon Jennings may have their moments this year, but they will likely have very damaging FG% and FT% and a horrible AST/TO ratio. The ramification is that you better grab at least one and possibly two top flight AST player in the first 6 rounds. Combos like Deron Williams and Tony Parker or Devin Harris and Joe Johnson work well. If you leave Assists until the end of the draft you will leave yourself open to failing in the category or being mediocre AND having lousy %, Turnovers, etc. But there are a few guys past the top 50 that stand out:

Apple Stock:

Jameer Nelson: (ADP: 56.6) Yes, he could go in the Health Care Reform category just as easily, but his injury last year (torn labrum) happened in a fluky way and is not a chronic injury. So let’s get back to talking about what he’s gonna do in 70-75 games this year. He is going to average 17 points a game, 6 assists a game, 2 three-pointers a game, 1.2 steals per game, 49% FG, 86% FT, and all while averaging only 2.1 turnovers a game!

That, folks, is Chauncey Billups with a much better FG%. And Chauncey Billups’ ADP (average draft position) is 16 while Nelson’s is 56. If Nelson had played all year in 2008 he would be a third round pick at worst and he should produce 2nd-3rd round quality numbers this year. Best of all, unlike Rajon Rondo or Tony Parker, Nelson excels at all standard PG categories so you don’t have to adjust your draft strategy and paint yourself into a corner to improve your FT% or 3PT

Split to know: In the first 42 games of the 2008, Nelson averaged 16.7 points per game, 2 three pointers per game, and shot 50.3% from the field and averaged just 2.0 turnovers per game.

Nate Robinson: (ADP: 109.6) I’ll keep this one short: Nate Robinson was the 46th highest rated player in Yahoo at season’s end. His final numbers are worth a look. He isn’t going to get any less time this year given how fragile & worn-out Chris Duhon is and how thin the Knicks’ backcourt is. It’s very reasonable to expect a repeat of his performance from last year, which deserves much higher than a middle of 9th round pick. In round 9 he represents a tremendous value.

Split to know: In 11 starts last year, Robinson averaged 21 PTS per game to go along with 5.6 REB and 5.0 AST per game.

15 Minutes of Fame:

Mike Conley: (ADP: 100.9) As mentioned before, PG is a position that can take some time for a young player to get a good grasp of. There is a lot of negative opinion about Conley, probably because he’s been

A) Playing for the Memphis Grizzlies

B) There are a legion of Allen Iverson fans who can’t seem to let go of a guy who used to shoot 40% on 24 shots a game and averaged 4.8 TO per game but is now so old that he can’t even muster those numbers.

C) Was the 4th pick overall but hasn’t amounted to much yet

Let’s not forget here that Conley was the 4th pick overall because he’s very talented. I don’t think he’s a superstar, but we’re talking about fantasy potential at a very thin position. In the second half last year he averaged 1.7 3PT per game, 1.7 STL per game, 14.5 PTS per game, and 5.6 AST per game, all while maintaining excellent shooting % and low TO.

The problem is that Grizzlies management is sort of like the guy who feels really happy with the girl he’s dating and stops going out on Saturday night with the fellas lest he be tempted (aka trading Kyle Lowry in the second half last year to give Conley 35+ MPG), but then breaks up with that girl because he decides she’s not marriage material and needs a wild hookup (aka signing Allen Iverson & Zach Randolph). But since the guy stopped keeping his options open the hookup is a haggard cougar with aggressiveness to spare (aka horrible shot selection) but nothing otherwise redeeming about her (aka Allen Iverson).

Did you follow that analogy? Of course you didn’t, it was terrible. I only did because if you copy Bill Simmons you make Emil happy.

But that’s why Conley ends up in this category; he needs more PT than he will get if Iverson gets serious floor time. If Iverson gets injured or forces a trade or stars in his own reality TV show, which is pretty likely, Conley will produce much as he did in the second half of last year. If he is available in rounds 10-13 he makes a good gamble.

DJ Augustin: (ADP: 140+) One of the best examples of how coaches in basketball looooovee mediocrity. Was Raymond Felton so bad that nobody offered him a free agent deal and Charlotte only offered a one year deal to come back? Yes and yes. Did he lead the statistically worst offense in the NBA last year while shooting 41% from the field? Yes and Yes.

And yet he starts ahead of DJ Augustin because he “understands what we’re trying to do” and has “been around the system” and “provides veteran leadership”. All of this is coach speak for “I’m scared of actually having to train a far more talented player”. DJ Augustin has his weaknesses, admittedly. He is very short, not a particularly strong on or off the ball defender, and is still improving on finishing around the basket.

But this guy can SHOOT. This is a very underrated talent in the NBA, one that many 50 inch vertical types don’t possess, despite it being the most basic element. Combine Augustine’s sharpshooting from 3PT with blitzkrieg quickness into the lane for layups and dishes and you have a budding fantasy star. Don’t believe that the Bobcats could possess an explosive offensive player and waste him on the bench? Take a look at his split stats as a starter in 12 games last year. How does 2.6 3PT per game on 46.7 FG% sound to you? Throw in 17.8 PTS per game and 5.6 AST per game and you see the kind of rare ceiling Augustin possesses.

With the recent Raja Bell wrist injury Augustin almost doesn’t qualify for this category and could fall into “Apple Stock”, but he still is unlikely to average 35 MPG unless something happens to Felton. So while Augustin is an unbelievable value in rounds 9-13, his potential is limited by Felton’s one-and-done purgatory.

Andrea Bargnani Bond Fund:

Mario Chalmers: (ADP: 113.1) This is where caveats reign. I love Chalmers because he gives you all the PG stats you want: 3PT, AST, and STL. He averaged 2 steals a game last year. He is the rare player who you can find past round 8 that is top-5 in a category. He can make a serious impact on a roto team (or head-to-head, which still uses roto categories). He doesn’t have much competition (as much as we root for White Chocolate to make a comeback), so everything looks good, right?

Well, obvious rhetorical question, you can eat it. But we get where you’re going. Yes, Chalmers is just not that good. He is also wildly inconsistent. He will have great games and he will have games like last night’s preseason game (1-9 FG and 1 AST in 21 minutes). You can see why  when Chalmers recently twittered “mister6clutch: I need suggestions to do with my free time right now folks. Wats up?” Dwayne Wade responded, “Go to the gym and get some shots up.” Good stuff.

In order to enjoy those big steals you will need to have patience and start him game in, game out. If you don’t, you’ll miss the 8 AST, 6 STL game that he puts up once in a while. His other 8 PTS, 1 STL, 3 AST games will have you pulling your hair out if it causes you to sag in other categories. Chalmers is just not talented enough to vastly improve his consistency or stats this year, so another up and down ride is to be expected. But in round 9, he provides excellent roto value.

Tyreke Evans: (ADP: 113.1) Evans is very talented and will have opportunity. Opportunity + talent is usually a successful combination. While his % may lag, he can provide tremendous REB and defensive numbers for a PG and can be had very late. Another player with a ceiling that you want given that he goes so late in the draft at a thin position.

Stay tuned for SG, SF, PF, & C previews! (letters to my boss asking for me to receive PTO to provide this fantasy sports service to the community can be sent to 333 Wish-this-was-my-full-time-gig Ave., Job-going-nowhere, OH 43022 )


October 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Red Grange, where art thou?? (The Jimmy Raye Experience)

Hi Folks,

It’s been a while. I know. But now it’s football season and everyone is as excited as Italians when the vino is flowing. You know, lots of gesturing, exclamations of “eh ciao!”, and ranting about how Ray Rice is gonna be epic this year for your fantasy football team. On the other hand of the “gonna give you an offer you can’t refuse” spectrum are San Francisco 49ers fans. Those downtrodden masses are left with nothing other than the comparison of “at least we are not as bad as the Raiders.” Yet even an Al Davis led team has signed its first round Wide Receiver to a contract. Is there hope this year for the 49ers? Will they field an offense which does justice to the Bill Walsh precedent or will he be turning in his grave after another game with fewer passing yards than a two lane highway in the Jungfrau?

Let’s backtrack for a second. 49ers coach Mike Singletary fired Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz on December 30. This after Martz raised the 49ers offensive ranking, in one year, from dead last in the league at a ‘makes Bill Walsh openly weep’ rate of 237.3 yards per game  to 23rd overall at a rate of 311.1 yards per game, just 1 yard behind the “Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers” (Cardinals D, how could you?).

I know what you’re saying: “You’re upset about the greatest, meanest SOB coach in the NFL firing Mike Martz!! The guy who doesn’t know what yard line the ball is on during the end of a game and calls a Fullback draw from the 3? The guy who stuck by J.T. “What color jerseys are we?” O’Sullivan?  Well Mr. Straw Man, I am still unconvinced that Martz should have been canned. I will grant that Mike Singletary is the perfect guy to bring some sense to Mike Martz. Singletary made a great move bringing in Shaun Hill and benching O’Sullivan. He did a great job forcing Martz to stick with Frank Gore more. The 49ers went 5-2 in their last seven games with the Martz-Singletary pairing. They’re like the Ying-Yang twins.

Run! No, Pass! No, Run or else I moon everyone!!!! OOOOKAAYYY!!!

On 3rd and 9--Singletary: Run a draw! Martz: No, I'm going 5 wide! Singletary: No, Run a draw, or else I moon EVERYONE!!!! Martz: OOOOKAAYYY!!!

They don’t make any sense together, but that’s why they make sense! Singletary stops Martz  from dialing up a pick-six a game and Martz keeps Singletary from giving 489 carries a year to a RB who ends up averaging 3.1 yards a carry. It’s an effective compromise of styles, or at least the best thing we’ve had around here since the Garcia-Owens era (You are so gay, Jeff. You are so immature Terrell!! Stop it!). But Martz has been canned so we move along.

After spending over a month looking for an offensive coordinator and being rejected by such luminaries as Scott Linehan & Dan Reeves, Mike Singletary defiantly claimed he found precisely the man he was looking for all along, a man who shares the same “vision” of what the 49ers offense should look like. That man is new 49ers Offensive Coordinator Jimmy Raye, and that vision looks a little like this:

Your 2010 San Francisco 49ers!!!

Your 2010 San Francisco 49ers!!! (Look for calendar specials on

I can’t tell you how elated I am right now that the new 49ers owner, Jed York, passed up talking to Mike Shanahan for this.

Keep in mind that Raye was the eighth and final candidate to interview for the 49ers’ offensive coordinator position. Can you imagine a job interview where you were the eighth candidate?

Employer: Do you want to work here?

Candidate: Yes, that’s why I’m sitting here

Employer: We have a work environment that some might describe as atypical. Are you comfortable with mooning?

Candidate: (long pause) uhhhhh, sure.

Employer: Welcome to the team.

What spin did Gen. Singletary give for the revolving door of offensive coordinators who wouldn’t be caught dead working under a head coach who hasn’t seen a 3 yard run he didn’t like: “I did not want to make a knee-jerk decision before we thought we had our guy.” Suuuurreeee you didn’t. Let me translate “our guy” for you: noun. 1) an individual well versed in the fullback draw and comfortable with male nudity as a motivational tool.

As I mentioned earlier, Singletary and I spoke at length a few days ago. I asked him some questions about the Bill Walsh legacy, the offensive innovation, the explosive offenses consistently ranked in the top 5 of the league, the star Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers and the tremendous organizational framework he left. I asked him if the Niners were abandoning their identity and transitioning to a Steelers-Ravens methodical rushing attack and aggressive defense. To which Singletary responded:

Cannot play with them

Cannot win with them

Cannot coach with them

Can’t do it!

I couldn’t tell what he meant by this so I rephrased the question more simply: what is your vision for the 49ers offense? He responded thus:

No. 1: Run

No. 2: Run

No. 3. Run

I asked him if there was a fourth tenant, and he said he’d rather play with “10 people and just get penalized all the way until we gotta do something else” than have a QB throw for 300 yards in a game. I asked him what he would do on 2nd and 67 after accepting penalties until the team was pinned on their own 1 yard line and he drew this up:

Finally! Our D can back on the field!

Punt formation. Coach Sing: Finally! Our D can back on the field!

At this point I was becoming increasingly, how should I say, completely and utterly disenchanted by Singletary’s offensive stratagems. I think Singletary noticed this change in tone and I did let one audible sigh slip in. I think it was after he mentioned the importance of “being physical with an f” for the 5,193 time. What does that even mean?? What added meaning does fhysical have?? All I could imagine was Michael Scott’s “Let’s Get Physical” performance before an office conference.  So after that it was all drama. Bad news.

Despite the acrimonious tit-for-tat mooning that wrapped up my converstion with Coach Singletary, I was still excited to speak with his choice for Offensive Coordinator, Jimmy Raye. I was looking forward to the chance to calm some of the doubts and fears I expressed earlier. When I sat down with Mr. Raye I was immediately struck by his composure. He was calm, deliberate, and after an initial few minutes of silence I felt it was prudent to turn his wrist over and check for a pulse. It appeared he had started napping. Being a young 63 years old will do that to you.

In case you were wondering, Mike Singletary was looking for stability with the Offensive Coordinator position. He didn’t want some spring chicken who plans on bolting to become the next head coach of the Denver Broncos. After Jimmy Raye joined the 49ers he had the following to say about his new 3 year contract: “I intend to fulfill the service of the contract, I hope to be there for the (length of the) contract and hopefully longer.” Well Mr. Singletary, mission accomplished. Jimmy Raye isn’t going anywhere. I mean it. He’s still sitting here with me. It’s been a week. Once in a while he mumble something about Jim Brown and then goes back to sleep.

(1 Week Later)

Jimmy Raye woke up from his nap and we were able to start an engaging interview.

Q: Can you talk about your offensive style?

A: It’s very important for us to be able to run the ball when we need to run the ball. That’s important. I don’t care if they have eight people in the box or nine people in the box. When you want to run the ball and you need to run the ball to win the game, let’s run the ball. And all the other things, let that go to the wayside. Let’s run the ball.

Q: Would this be an accurate portrayal of your vision for the offense?

Jimmy Raye & Mike Singletary's Vision of the O

A: Well, that’s a sweep, which is a little risky for my tastes. We prefer to establish our fhysicality (sic) up front.

Q: Is this any better?

What yard line are we on . . . it doesn't matter!

A: Did the Steelers steal my playbook?!? I’ve had that formation under wraps in my playbook! I never let that sucker out of team facilities!

Q: But the goaline, 2 TE formation has been in existence for nearly a century. Isn’t this the formation?

Pull Pants Down 34 right

A: Where did you find that?

Q: On the internet, under “basic running plays” on the site

A: What’s the internet?

Q: Are you troubled that the first-team offense hasn’t had a passing touchdown in the exhibition season?

A: It really has no significance to me because I don’t look at the game that way. I’m trying to beat the hell out of them and win by one.

Q: Interesting. So sum up this picture to me in fewer than 6 words:


Great Success!

Per Mr. Raye or Borat, "Great Success!"

A: The sweet smell of success. That’s five right? Well howdy-doody!

You know what’s frightening? Two of those Jimmy Raye answers are actually direct quotes.

At this point it seems nearly pointless to mention that as an offensive coordinator for six teams over the course of 12 NFL seasons, Raye has been involved with some bad football. Those teams for which he was coordinator posted a won-lost record of 67-125 and averaged a little more than 18 points per game.

The 49ers averaged 21.2 points per game in 2008 in Martz’s one season as coordinator. Just saying . . . .

Buckle in 49ers fans, it’s gonna get Tom Cable vs. assistant coach fhysical this year. More than likely it ain’t gonna be pretty. Just as Mike Singletary prefers.

Red Grange, where art thou?

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | 2 Comments

When I Was Your Age

Sleeper Pick posted at least once a week.

No way old man, stop blabbering on about the “internet era” and how people had all this time and what a slow pace of life it was and how people posted on blogs at least once a week. If I have to suffer through your reminiscing about how picket fences were white, the women were pure, the leaders were virtuous, and the month of February always had podcasts, I’m going to go shoot my nano-nuke at the neighbors in the Corilian parcept.

Okay, terrible made-up Star Wars reference. Before I lose any more momentum, let’s briefly recap what happened while we were away:

1) The Berlin Wall fell

2) The Peace of Westphalia brought a close to the Thirty Years War

3) Cows were created. Subsequent “Cow Bell Band” craze.

4) Mike Singletary kept his clothes on

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Is Censorship Really Such a Bad Thing?

I don’t know about you but I was a huge proponent of censorship in the wake of 9/11. Particularly the French. If I had to choose between censoring the French or basic civil liberties all I have to say is: don’t bother RSVP-ing (that commie abbreviation apparently stands for Répondez, s’il vous plaît) and pass the freedom fries.

We practice censorship here at Sleeper Pick and what our listeners don’t know won’t hurt them. Some words you will never hear on this podcast:


Kobe Bryant (see also: any star player)

Well run team

Super Bowl preview

Any player or team the vast majority of the U.S. public wants to hear about in a sports podcast


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January 30, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

It is 2am

But I know that I could still make a better catch than Limas Sweed if someone told me right now to run a go route down Monterey Blvd. and onto the 280 freeway here in San Francisco.  Did I just say I could do a better job catching a pass from Big Ben than a man who is 6’5 and runs a 4.55 forty? Well, at least if I dropped the ball I wouldn’t waste an injury timeout wallowing in my own pity-party. Failing even that, I know I could draft Desean Jackson in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. I COULD. PICK ME FOR GM CLUELESS OWNER OF THE NINERS. PICK ME!!!!!! [waves arms frantically]. YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO HEAR THE WORDS “Kentwan Balmer” UTTERED AGAIN.

Wait, why on earth did I waste my opening on the inept offenses in the coma-inducing AFC Championship Game? Everybody wants to hear about the explosiveness of Larry Fitzgerald and Desean Jackson, or perhaps the cunning of our favorite supermarket shelf-stocker, Kurt Warner. People probably don’t want to hear about Emil’s designs on the Cromartie gene pool, but you gotta take the good with the bad. Kinda like putting the hopes of your season on a rookie QB with a unibrow much fiercer than his catatonic, I mean, placid demeanor. I think the unibrow created the 8 foot blind spot that Troy Polamalu was hiding in.

It’s now 2:30am and I’m turning malicious and about as funny as Carrot Top or Howie Long.

Without further adieu, everything you wanted to know about the AFC & NFC Championship games but were afraid to ask. Continue reading

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Would Tim Tebow Gator Chomp Jesus?

If Jesus said Tebow was the 8th best QB in the Big 12? That he was a 3rd or 4th round draft pick at best? Or if he then followed up with “If there are things you do not agree with, God [. . . . or Mel Kiper] will make them clear to you” – Philippians 3:15

It’s these deep questions that we delve into in our BCS Championship Game podcast. (Podcast link)

We also discuss the NFL draft prospects for Sam Bradford, Chris Brown, Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow, and Mark Sanchez.

[Aside: When are NFL systems going to adopt some elements of the spread? How do we rank draft-eligible college players who operate out of completely unconventional systems? Because nobody wants to see their team draft the next Alex Smith or Akili Smith or Rashaun Woods (urggghhh, too many Niners draft busts, mind is shattering . . .) . When will teams stop taking chances with top-ten picks (particularly given the obscene amount of money top picks make) who have to completely overhaul their techniques and style of play in order to conform to NFL systems?]

And most importantly:


You wouldn't want this guy as your goal-line QB?

You wouldn't want this guy as your goal-line QB?



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January 11, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

If you thought the Knicks were dysfunctional

because some of their players refuse to play, wait until you hear about the recent accusation that Nate Robinson has committed a hate crime  in front of 20,000+ people . . . . against Yao Ming. And apparently the People’s Republic of China is none too pleased about it.

To learn more about the matter we brought in an expert, Jerry Hu. Not only does our guest star provide insightful analysis of this accusation and the inner workings of state-run television but he also chimes in about fantasy sports trading etiquette. FYI, etiquette’s etymology: French, étiquette, literally ‘not acting like Don Nelson’.

I know, I couldn’t believe that Merriam-Webster is as into Don Nelson as we are. They must have dated back in the 1920s when Don Nelson was running the “No rebounding, no defense, NO PROBLEM” system (sometimes known as “Nellie Ball”) at Iowa U.

I don’t know how this is defined in online dictionaries but our expert knows it when he sees it:

Hate Crime (podcast link)

P.S. Don’t forget, you can also listen to the podcast on iTunes. Just search sleeperpick.

January 6, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , | 2 Comments

1 Thing I Love about You, Don Nelson

. . . . . . . . . .

We have an excellent show for you; action packed with a Starting Five starring:

Andray Blatche, C,  Washington Wizards

Marco Belinelli, SG, Golden State Warriors (The Itallion Stallion!)

Aaron Brooks, PG, Houston Rockets

Louis Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers

Amir Johnson, PF, Detroit Pistons

(Because Emil thinks that I only include people under 6′ feet in the Starting Five, we also discuss up-and-coming big men Mareese Speights & Roy Hibbert. Whether Emil ends up hating 10 things about these guys we won’t know until they post their thoughts on global warming).

We then swim in the roiling waters of the BCS bowl system vs. playoff system debate. We come up with a few inspired suggestions for the NCAA that have about a 98.6% chance of being adopted and have been picked by the Y! experts.

So listen to this before Don Nelson pulls you into his car:

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

P.S. Stick around, we have another podcast coming up shortly. Now that I’ve recovered from my 10th egg-nog induced hangover we’re back on track.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | 1 Comment

ESPN is copying us

Just when we do a podcast discussing what the next schematic revolution in the NFL might be, ESPN the magazine does a cover piece on the A-11. I guess that’s what happens when you post a podcast a week after you actually record it. Now it looks like we’re copying ESPN! But loyal listeners, know that I would never copy any organization that would hire Matthew Berry as a fantasy sports writer ahead of you or me.

We also briefly mention Sammy Bough two days before his unfortunate passing, but I swear we didn’t jinx the poor guy.

(This is a complete side note, but everyone knows that Sammy Baugh was a fantastic three-way player: QB, S, and P. He still has the single season record for yards per punt. That punting record, however, is not exactly what it appears to be. In the olden days of football, teams would “short-kick”, i.e. punt on 2nd or 3rd down if they wanted to gain field position or avoid playing in bad field position by making a surprise kick. Only the rare teams with QB who doubled as talented P like Baugh could use this maneuver. When Baugh punted the ball on short kicks, they mostly bounced down the field an extra 10-20 yards since the opposing team did not have any return man set up to receive the kick. So while Sammy Baugh was a great punter, treat his record with that in mind. Also, why don’t teams ever try to coach up their QB if he has a leg? This maneuver could still be very effective.)

This edition of YOOOOO . . . Sports!! has an “intelligent” (that may be an insult to quotation marks) discussion of whether being a great strategist or intense motivator is the more essential quality in a great NFL coach, a reader’s brilliant attempt to create a Pavlovian response for whenever we say “ummmm”, and some strong opinions about how fantastic the Browns-Eagles MNF game was. Let’s just say it doesn’t get any better than a Kevin Kolb vs. Ken Dorsey matchup.

A week late and a bailout short:

To drop an extra DB in coverage or to drop trou, that is the question

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

If I had a penny for every . . .

“ummmm” that I edited out of our most recent podcast I’d be rich enough to buy ESPN, fire Matthew Berry, bail out the auto industry, and place Yo-Sports! on the front page of

Since that’s not the going rate for deleting an “ummmm”, you can only find us here and on iTunes (search sleeperpick). We like it better that way. Honestly. Who wants to move to Bristol, Connecticut?

In this edition of the starting five we discuss:

Rodney Stuckey, PG, Pistons

Mike Conley, PG, Grizzlies

Matt Barnes, SF, Suns

Steve Blake, PG, Blazers

Anthony Randolph, SF/PF, Warriors

Also on the show is a discussion of elite PG (Jose Calderon, Jason Kidd, & Chauncey Billups), E’s tendency to get excited about small white men and his new hero, Al Harrington.

And what would an episode of Yo-Sports! be without “Best Week-Worst Week Ever”, complete with an unintelligible, high-pitched rant from Marc about the plight of his fantasy football team?

Without further adieu:

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, uhhhhhh, yeahhhh, it’s another YOOOOOOOO-Sports!!! podcast

P.S. We are hoping for rants and raves (about anything) from our loquacious listeners!!! We are hoping to get our enormous fan base more actively involved in the blog/podcast.  So post comments on our site to have your voice heard, no matter how bizarre your sentiments are or how likely a warrant will be issued subsequently.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Podcasts | 2 Comments