We interrupt this vacation for a retirement

I’ve been on vacation officially for less than 24 hours, since technically we just moved into the house I rented for the week Monday afternoon. I unpacked, spent $3712.27 at the Piggly Wiggly on food for the week, and went into the (80 degree) water.

And, of course, I didn’t have my blackberry with me to find out that Raven WR Derrick Mason retired.

Not a big deal, since it’s mid-July and I was able to throw up a twat on twitter shortly after the news broke (that shows up on the site, btw). But I do feel the need to break away from my supposed down time to cover this.

This is obviously a huge blow to the Ravens and for QB Joe Flacco. I love Flacco more than most, but I still put him on the ‘avoid’ or ‘overvalued’ list because I smelled a comedown season due to the fact that the team simply didn’t get him any help at receiver, plus I was still concerned with Mason’s health.

Now, Flacco’s receiving corps is perilously thin.

Of course, if Mason does stay retired, and I’m inclined to believe he will, the Ravens will likely sign a veteran, and they do have options, such [...]

Three key topics today

I’m gearing up for my vacation next week (actually, starting this weekend), and I’ve today made a last-minute decision to take my two oldest boys up to New York to see my Dodgers play the Mets, but I have a few items I want to cover before I do.

Ronnie Brown

I see people are starting to get really excited about him this summer, and I’m not really seeing it. As regular readers know, I may be the president of the Ronnie Brown Fan Club, starting from Day One, so I’m not down on Ronnie Brown. I just don’t see why people are suddenly becoming enamored with him. Yes, I know he’s another year removed from his knee injury, and that is good. Brown told me on Sirius in November that he was 100% and had no restrictions, but he said last month that he feels more explosive this year. That’s nice, but here’s the problem with Brown: He’s never truly carried the load, and he likely never will.

I've liked Brown since Day One, but at some point, you are what you are, and he's been in the league four years.

He was 19th in fantasy [...]

Here’s what I’ll be watching in August

I’ve been kind of swamped this month trying to get all our ducks in a row for the upcoming season, and unfortunately for me I’m dealing with literally 30 things a day, so I haven’t had a lot of time for the blog. As I hope everyone knows, players and teams are on vacation for most of this month, so there’s not a lot to talk about. I myself will be on vacation next week.

But I’ve been meaning to post something this month. I see people debating some of our rankings on the site on our MBs, which is great and all and totally healthy. I certainly don’t expect everyone to agree with everything we say or have on the site.

But the point I’ve been meaning to make is that it’s really too early to make many definitive statements. I said it back in February, and I’ll say it again: I think this year’s going to be tricky. I say that primarily because last year wasn’t, so things are bound to get ugly. It’s also clear that there are a lot of situations that need to come into clearer focus, more so than this time last year.

Of course we’ll be [...]

A Myguru Enhancement

Just wanted to chime and let people know that now, when you login to Myguru now or view projections, leaders, etc. The information should be broken down by team now, as opposed to last year, when your players from your various teams were all grouped together. So for example, when you go to projections, and toggle through your pre-inputted teams, only the players on the current team you are viewing should be highlighted (in yellow/organge). This is a nice enhancement and was one of the top things requested this year.

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