Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Zack Pumerantz

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This is certainly not the first time that the Miami Dolphins will be abused for making this "trade" of Brandon Marshall, and it won't be the last time either.

Sure, they suck. They have an anemic offense. Sure, their quarterback situation is in flux and they are relying on attracting a free agent quarterback. Hey, the franchise has had one good season in the last decade or so, and were really hoping to bring in Peyton Manning.

The OBVIOUS thing to do in this situation is to trade your best offensive player for 2 future third round picks!

I always thought Stephen Ross was crazy, but this confirms it. No wonder Bill Parcells quit on him. All we can say to Joe Philbin is...good fucking luck. I mean seriously? You couldn't have asked for a goddamn second round pick?

As for the Chicago Bears, they came out nicely from this bank robbe...errrr...trade.
Not only have they reunited the dynamic duo of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, they have assured that the recovering Matt Forte will not have to carry the offensive load in the future. And they did all of this basically for free.

Needless to say, the race for the 2012 NFC North title just went from a Detroit-Green Bay duel to a royal rumble that includes Da Bears.

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Jake Silver

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We've passed that 4:00 EST deadline. Now the madness begins. Just months after the summer free agent bonanza that followed the 2011 NFL lockout, we're finally back to the proper time for new free agents to sign with teams.

This free agent class is extremely loaded, featuring talents like Cortland Finnegan, Mario Williams, Carlos Rodgers, Vincent Jackson, Michael Bush and of course Peyton Manning. JZSports will be keeping you updated on major signings as they happen.

Amazingly, the first major move of this free agency period was not a signing, but a "trade". The Chicago Bears have just committed grand theft wideout, and literally mugged the Miami Dolphins at gunpoint by acquiring Brandon Marshall for two 3rd round picks.

Not only did the Bears manage to get Marshall for the minimal price, they reunite him with old teammate Jay Cutler. Both of them enjoyed their best statistical seasons playing together.

Marques Colston has agreed to stay in New Orleans with a 5-year deal worth $40 million, and cornerback Terrell Thomas has agreed to stay with the New York Giants for an undisclosed amount.

Stay tuned for more free agency updates!

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Jake Silver

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thanks to Ron Schwartz for the brilliant work as usual. 

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Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2012 by Zack Pumerantz

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5 MLB Managers Who Will Be on Hot Seat in 2012

The life of a manager in Major League Baseball is never one of complete security.
When teams are wallowing in mediocrity, general managers generally aren’t likely to fire everyone on the 25-man roster, so the manager serves as the sacrificial lamb. Oftentimes, it’s not the manager’s fault, but it’s job on the line anyway when his team isn’t performing to expectations.
In 2012, there are a number of managers who will be looking over their shoulders if their teams get off to a cold start.
1. Brad Mills: Houston Astros
The sale of the Houston Astros to businessman Jim Crane was finally approved by MLB late last year. Crane brought in new general manager Jeff Luhnow, and the two decided to retain current manager Brad Mills, in spite of the Astros’ horrid 2011 season during which they lost a franchise-record 106 games.
Mills will likely be on a short leash as the Astros make their way through the 2012 season with a roster of unproven youngsters looking to make their mark. Mills will be judged on how those youngsters develop and grow together as a unit, and if the development starts off to slowly, Mills could be gone in short notice.
2. Dusty Baker: Cincinnati Reds
Dusty Baker is entering his fifth season as skipper of the Cincinnati Reds, and he leads a team with the highest payroll in franchise history ($81 million). Much is expected from the Reds after GM Walt Jocketty upgraded with pitchers Mat Latos, Ryan Madson and Sean Marshall.
After last year’s disappointing outcome following an NL Central Division title in 2010, Baker will be gone if the Reds stumble out of the gate in 2012.
3. Jim Tracy: Colorado Rockies
Despite the fact that Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy was given an “indefinite” contract extension last month, no one should think that his job is safe.
Tracy took over from the fired Clint Hurdle in 2009, guiding the Rockies to a playoff berth after being ten games below .500. However, since that time, the Rockies have gotten progressively worse each year, finishing last season with just 73 wins.
The extension certainly looks nice, but GM Dan O’Dowd had no problem jettisoning Hurdle mid-season in 2009, he’ll have no issue doing the same with Tracy if the Rockies again disappoint.
4. Don Mattingly: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers will likely have a new owner in place by late April/early May. With new ownership comes a new way of doing things, and a completely new regime.
Current manager Don Mattingly could very well be on the outs when new ownership hits the ground running, especially if the Dodgers are under .500 at the time.
5. Eric Wedge: Seattle Mariners
With the exception of the 10-year run for Lou Piniella from 1993-2002, the shelf life for managers in Seattle isn’t long. In fact, seven managers have followed Piniella in nine seasons, including current manager Eric Wedge.
Wedge won just 67 games last season with a team loaded with young, unproven players. Wedge’s time in Seattle may not last long either if that young talent doesn’t develop and gel as a team.

This is a guest post submitted by Mike Wright. Mike played all kinds of sports growing up and adamantly follows everything sports now that he is too old to contribute at a high level. He currently works with The Phoenix Bats Company, a company that creates world-class wood bats, such as their famous maple bats, for amateur and professional ball players around the world and loves writing on different sports topics.

Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2012 by Zack Pumerantz

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Contribution by Prince Raymond

I recently saw some great DIRECT TV DEALS advertised in my area so I decided to go ahead and sign up while I knew The Walking Dead was on hiatus. All my friends kept talking about the show and telling me it was so good and that I had to watch it… How can I pass that up? I've always been really into slasher films ever since Scream came out when I was in high school. I can't believe they can show some of the stuff on TV that they are showing nowadays but I guess it's fine by me since the blood and guts really makes for a pleasurable viewing experience if you ask me. In reality I should have gone into the moviemaking business and maybe even done makeup for crazy people on set like the zombies on Walking Dead. I don't know that I would have made as much money into the hours are probably terrible but I probably would have been a lot more fulfilled in my job!

Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 by Zack Pumerantz

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