It is obvious with the lack of content I have produced lately that my zest for writing has diminished since the NCAA Tournament. Working 80-85 hours per week along with the recent move-in with the wife has significantly limited the time I have available for creating content for AC. I have become flattered more and more by the recent flood of content ideas coming from writers on AC as it seems that many of you miss my updates. Therefore I am going to give this a shot. Perhaps twice or three times a week I will write an article in which I give my opinions on a myriad of subjects (mostly related to sports) and pick some topics which you have suggested. Hopefully, as times goes on, I’ll even be able to answer some comments/emails that you send my way. Without further ado, it’s time to start the first edition of Zac’s Blog.
I can say truthfully that I predicted the Milwaukee Brewers to win the NL Central Division this season. Their recent success should not be a huge surprise to any baseball fan. J.J. Hardy and Price Fielder are two phenomenal young talents and their pitching staff isn’t too bad either with the likes of Jeff Suppan and Chris Capuano (who?). The real reason I picked the Brewers at the beginning of the year had absolutely nothing to do with my faith in their ability to win 100 games, though. The NL Central is quite possibly the weakest division in baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals are a broken down shell of last year’s championship team. The Cubs were arguably the most overrated team coming into the season. The Reds and Astros are nothing special, and the Pirates are…the Pirates. Even if Milwaukee does eventually slow down don’t expect any other team in the division to go on a major winning streak anytime soon.
Both my Mets and Indians are looking solid throughout the first month and a half of baseball. After a slow start David Wright and Carlos Delgado are looking better at the plate. Shawn Green and Moises Alou have been fantastic thus far (and have carried me in my fantasy league). El Duque has been better than I expected and will be an asset once he returns from the DL. Speaking of which, I believe the Mets have another pitcher that has been on the DL for quite awhile now and should be returning around Labor Day. Billy Wagner has been light’s out thus far. Mets’ fans and my fantasy team thank you, Wags.
The Indians have a dilemma that any team would love to be faced with. Just what are they do with their young pitchers? C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Fausto Carmona, and Jeremy Sowers all have the potential to be stars sooner than later. Some might argue that Sabathia is a contender for this year’s Cy Young. When Jake Westbrook comes back from injury the Tribe needs to send Sowers and his 6.56 ERA back to the minors and keep Carmona on the main roster for good. That kid is for real.
I’m going to hold off on the “should Cleveland try to sign Hafner or Sabathia first” debate and just pray really, really hard that both stay for less money. Maybe they find Lake Erie to have a calming effect on their personalities. It could happen.
Oh, and for the love of God, please get rid of Casey Blake.
Ivylily, one of my loyal readers and an incredible content producer on AC, requested that I review the 2007 NFL Draft selections of the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, being fan of the Giants, I hate the Eagles, so a whole article devoted to them will not be found here today. Here’s a brief review of their choices.
Face it, Philly. You need a young quarterback. Would I have gone with Kevin Kolb? If they had information that he wasn’t going to be available for very long, then sure. I’m interested to see how a Conference USA quarterback will play when in front of the harshest home crowd in sports. There’s no denying this kid has talent. Last season he threw 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions en route to becoming the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.
I love Tony Hunt. The running back from THE Pennsylvania State University is, for lack of a better description, beastly. This is a young man that just does not go down on the first hit…or the second. I’m predicting it right now. With the right scheme and a decent offensive line in front of him Hunt will run for over 1,000 yards in the NFL within three seasons.
My new favorite group on Facebook: PSU Football – When Keeping it REAL Goes Wrong. Let this be a free lesson for all the gentlemen reading. If you are a Division I football player getting a free ride to one of the most prestigious schools in the country and some random dude takes a swing at you because your girlfriend is an idiot, I suggest you let it slide. Calling 14 of your buddies so you can all rendezvous at random dude’s apartment in order to cement your rep is not a wise move.
I simply love what WWE did with Edge cashing in his Money in the Bank on Smackdown this week. For the second time in a year and a half WWE completely shocked fans by having Edge “steal” the title. The unfortunate thing about this time was that everybody knew about it three days before it was televised due to Smackdown being taped on Tuesdays. There is no good reason in my mind that Smackdown should not be live, just as Raw and (most) ECW broadcasts are. It gives the show that “anything can happen so I better not miss out” feeling to it.
I have to admit I have greatly limited my pro wrestling viewing in the past six months or so. About a month ago, without knowledge of the “push” he was about to receive, I boldly claimed to one of my friends that the WWE would never be so stupid as to place the Great Khali and John Cena in a one-on-one match for the title. We even made a wager on it. It appears that I have lost, so please put up with the following:
Peyton Manning is the most overrated player in the history of the NFL.
Never has typing one sentence hurt me quite like that one.
My favorite part of Obama’s speech about the Kansas tornado had nothing with do with “10,000” people dying. Pay attention when the video get to around 24 seconds. The “You can do it!” guy from the Waterboy had a daughter.
Does anybody still watch American Idol? Is it even on anymore?
Now that she’s out of work (again) I would love to see Rosie O’Donnell become host of the Price is Right. I hate Rosie, but I think it would be funny to see if the contestants would be able to play any of the games or if Rosie would just hog the spotlight for an hour and then take home both showcases. Regardless, there is no doubt that producers would have to keep all food items under lock and key during the bids.
Everybody needs to leave Drew Barrymore alone. I’ve read or heard too many individuals disagreeing with Barrymore being named the “most beautiful person” by People. I was pleasantly surprised to see People name somebody who actually wears clothing.
As always, comments are greatly appreciated. Want me to give my opinions on a particular subject? Send me a message via AC instead of a comment, just so that your idea doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. I’ll continue to do these as long as it appears that all of you are enjoying them.
For example: I really need a better name for the blog if I’m going to keep this up. Please send suggestions.
Happy Mother’s Day, mom. Love you.