On Schaub, I’m just saying…

I was going to do some NFL schedule analysis this week, but I’ve decided to wait until after the draft. I arrive at my projected SOS by assigning each defense a number grade (100 being the highest) versus the run and the pass, and I won’t truly know a team’s strengths against the run and pass until after the draft. So I’m holding off on that, but it’ll be banged out shortly after the draft. I’ll at least have the rankings and the numbers the week after the draft, while the analysis may wait another week.

I’m still a little high after hearing Weezer’s new song for the first time today. The track is called “Pork & Beans” and I love it. The sound reverts to classic Weezer, perhaps from their 1994 debut album. There are few things I like better than fresh Weezer, so I’m really looking forward to the new record, which drops in June.

I’ve been working this week on the player previews for this year’s FantasyGuru.com Magazine, and of course for the site. I’ve grappled a little with the guys we want to rank in the top-10. In fact, after you get past 6-7, it’s [...]

A Moment on Music…

I keep thinking that my personal music well will be dried up, but things continue to go extremely well for my musical tastes. I’m not really into the alternative bands the young kids are listening to as much lately, although I kind of dig the chick from Paramore, and Jimmy Eat World’s new stuff is pretty good, plus I liked stuff from this past year (Silversun Pickups, Interpol, Bravery, Modest Mouse). But I’m certainly not blown away with most of the new and popular modern rock from bands like Fallout Boy, Panic at the Disco, etc. My kid kind of likes them, but even he knows they basically blow, and he likes more the stuff that I like.

In 2007, I was carried by new records by the Shins, Band of Horses, Spoon, and Foo Fighters. That’s a solid year, and going back to 2005, a year in which we got new stuff from Weezer, Coldplay, and Death Cab for Cutie, not to mention a late 2004 release of Green Day’s American Idiot, it’s been a really good few years.

I’m glad to report, if you have similar tastes in music, that 2008 is not shaping up to be [...]

Finally, for the Foos

A small off-football topic today. I’ve been waxing poetic on the Foo Fighters on these pages (both online and in hard copy) for literally 12 years, and they have finally gotten their just due with some high-profile Grammy nominations (Album of the year) and a Grammy win for Rock album of the year. I’ve never been a fan of the Grammy’s, but it is the highest music honor, so I am still pleased they have recognized the Foo Fighters.

I actually thought their performance on the Grammy’s was kind of weak (for them) for a variety of reasons, so don’t go by that if you’re not familiar with them, but it’s about time the Foo Fighters were recognized as THE BEST rock back of the last decade. It’s been long overdue, since this band has been prolific since 1995 and has constantly churned out quality rock, record after record after record.

Not only that, but I don’t think front-man Dave Grohl gets enough credit in the entertainment world. Groh’s in his late 30s, like me, so he actually remembers what a ‘real’ rock star is. David Lee Roth, for example was a rock star.

Grohl may be the last of a dying [...]

Going to see a great Band tonight, of Horses

You would think, since this week is basically the first week since at least early July that we haven’t had a ton of stuff going on with the site, that I would be relaxing with nothing going on. That is hardly the case, however. In some ways, this time of the year is more hectic and stressful than the season. At least during the season I have serious deadlines and really don’t have the time to do anything else but the site work. This time of the year, I’m a little overwhelmed with all the things I need to get done, and all the things I could get done or explore now that I have some time. We’re gearing up for the baseball stuff we’ll be doing, and I’m focusing on a lot of developmental stuff. For example, we’re beginning to explore a total site redesign this year. First the main homepage, and then the subscriber homepage. I want it to be slicker, cooler, more interactive, etc. This is also the time of the year when we explore what new technical tools we can add for the upcoming season (this time last year, we spent 4 months developing our new back end, which [...]

Moulds, McCardell, Meaningless

Okay, so maybe they’re not totally meaningless, but I’m not too concerned about the additions of Eric Moulds and Keenan McCardell in terms of the potential of the younger receivers on the Titans and Texans. In Tennessee, Moulds will give them a veteran presence, and that was needed with the injury to David Givens and the youth they have elsewhere at the position. But I’m not too worried about Brandon Jones. I like Jones, but I don’t have any delusions about him emerging as a major fantasy force. He’s a nice guy to grab for depth, and he still is. Moulds should, however, make all other Titan wideouts irrelevant. As for McCardell, he didn’t just hit a wall last year – he slammed into it. I really don’t think he has much left in the tank, but I certainly understand why he was brought in. The Texans have an incredibly weak receiving corps after stud Andre Johnson, so guys like Kevin Walter and especially Jacoby Jones should benefit from the veteran’s presence.

A couple of other points:

Good news that Bill RB Marshawn Lynch reported on time and is signed up. I fully expect him to have a very large role, [...]

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