Culpepper ending could be better than Sopranos in Jacksonville

Before I get into today’s football comment, a quick aside about The Sopranos’ series finale last night. I know wrapping up a legendary show is damn near impossible, and I’ve been critical of the show’s critics in the past, but that was a really lame finale. There was no closure and quite frankly not enough happened in the finale. They gave very poor glimpses into how these characters, people viewers have come to know so well, will end up. Heck, we don’t even know if Sylvio is dead. Basically, David Chase & Company left fans hanging, and that’s not cool.

Some people think Tony and family are supposed to have been shot in that diner by that conspicuous character that entered the bathroom, but I don’t think so. The only interpretation I can come up with is that the man represents the continued threats to Tony and that he will continue to be forced to look over his shoulder, as he seemingly was in that diner.

My personal ending would have been much better. They spent so much time dealing with A.J. and all his issues, so I would have made him a central character in the finale. In my finale, [...]

Monk The Shockey

The stock of a quarterback I would love to own in dyansty someday, Eli Manning of the Giants, has taken a hit over the last two years. In no small part IMO, due to the past absence of TE Jeremey Shockey and WR Plaxico Burress for the team OTAs – the pair prefering to work out with their old Miami Hurricane teammates in south Florida.

Well, Shockey graced his New York mates with a rare off-season appearance this week, but warned everyone not to get used to it. “I’m glad I’m here and I enjoy it, but I hope people get used to it (his absence) because next year it’s going to be an issue again, and again the next year”.

Is it any wonder that Manning has struggled to find chemistry with Shockey and Burress, while the ancient Amani Toomer was enjoying a banner year until it ended in injury? The frustrating part as a past Shockey owner is that the lack of timing between the pair seems clearly evident.

As things stand, Shockey is a Top 3-5 talent who is certainly better than most. But when you read and hear the reports [...]

Dynasty Quarterbacks 1-5

Hey Gang,

I have to admit this blogging thing has been a challenge, mainly because I don’t consider myself an expert with the rookies. I don’t watch the college game and honestly prefer to devote my limited football free time to the pros.

Due to this fact, I’ve found myself struggling to come up with pithy, insightful topics to blog with. But what the heck, there’s a lot more to dynasty than just rookies, so why not share my thoughts on the various players using The Guru’s own rankings?

I’m sure I’ll come up with my own rankings down the road, although I can’t imagine Hansen and I diverging on opinion too much since we’re usually in lock step most of the time.

At any rate, here’s your Barber’s thumnbnail thoughts on The Guru’s 1-5 Quarterback rankings.

1. Carson Palmer, Cin (27) – Well, well. The first player out of the box and I’m already breaking ranks with the boss! Not really, but given the choice of Palmer or Manning I would probably take Manning becasue Peyton has been money for so long and Palmer’s past knee injury.

That [...]

Green helps Brown

I still haven’t gotten over the trauma of being very high on Trent Green the last time he went to a new team, back in 2001 and the Chiefs. That year, we ranked him way too high and were too optimistic – but he at least earned himself four Pro Bowl appearances since that ugly season. The point is Trent Green is a very good NFL QB. He’s not an overwhelming physical talent, but he can throw the ball well. Most importantly, he has a very good feel for the position. Green can process information quickly, and the ball comes out. He will not let his receivers down.

No one is going to have any delusions about the Miami offense shocking this year, but a surprisingly productive season is definitely possible. Green is familiar with Cam Cameron’s offense – it’s the same offense Green ran in Washington with Norv Turner and Cameron – and there are enough weapons around him to get things done. Their great O-Line coach Hudson Houck needs to whip their line into shape. That’s the key. If Houck’s line can give Green protection, he can still pick apart a defense. If Green’s constantly facing pressure, then [...]

Incredibly, yet another “Expert Draft”

I realized last night as my son’s little league game was heading into the bottom of the last that I had another “expert draft” scheduled, and it was starting in 5 minutes. Our side went down relatively easy in the last, so I didn’t miss a pitch and luckily for me I live right down the bike path from our field, less than a five minute walk.

My kid continues to hit the ball lately, yet to people, and they are catching it, but I tell him if he keeps doing that he’ll be more than fine. He also had a walk in which he swung at two strikes, fouling one off, and he let four balls go by, a very good walk. He’s a much better player than he’s shown this year – he gets very nervous and probably losses about 40% of his ability because he freezes up – but he’s really starting to come on now, and I’m very proud of him. If you have a young son or daughter who likes to play but is underachieving, my advice to you is to stay patient, stay the course, and stay positive. Ride it out, and if your [...]

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