Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Random Thoughts: Big Names, Bigger Headlines

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Never a dull moment. Big names made for big headlines during the past week in the world of sports...

The waiting game is over. Brett Favre is back for another run at Super Bowl glory. Did anyone really think Favre wasn't going to return? Don't expect Favre to replicate '09 performance. Hopefully, he doesn't have to. Minnesota is a deep and talented team. If they were able to protect the ball better in last years' NFC Championship game... then perhaps these guys would have their names in the history books instead of New Orleans. 2010 will be action packed. Vikings franchise inching closer to first ever Super Bowl victory.

Tiger Woods divorce has been finalized. Woods well publicized transgressions turned his life upside down. He's lost his family and golf stroke while subjecting his wife to world wide humiliation. Tabloid sales skyrocketed trailing Tiger's every move. There's only one way Tiger can silence critics... by winning. Until then, he'll be dogged by infidelity commentary for quite some time.

Goodbye Lou Piniella. One of baseball's colorful figures has hung up his spikes. Perhaps for good this time around. Piniella was a winner as a player and as a manager. Unfortunately, he was just another in a long list of Cubs managers unable to lead Chicago back into the World Series. Cubs fans watched Boston's curse end and had high hopes theirs too would soon be history. It wasn't to be. Chicago is having a terrible season. Piniella had hoped to finish out the season but his mother's illness caused him to step down earlier than expected. Who will be next in Chicago? Rumors pointing towards Ryne Sandberg, Bobby Valentine and perhaps current Yanks skipper Joe Girardi. Plenty of rumors will be written up in Chicago area sports sections for months to come.

Waiver deals landed offensive punch for baseball's pennant chasers. San Francisco bolstered their offense by getting OF's Jose Guillen and Cody Ross. These two right handed hitters should provide instant pop for the Giants inconsistent attack. It was also a counter move against division leading San Diego who had juiced up their attack right before the trading deadline past. The Giants trail SD but are knee deep in the wild card race. Banged up Boston made a claim for former hero Johnny Damon. It's uncertain if Damon, who can opt out, will agree to return to Red Sox nation. As of now, if one is to believe rumors, he won't.

Get ready for NFL version 2010. All World All Sports is busy assembling our fantasy football draft guide where we rank key position players from quarterbacks to place kickers and potential rookie sensations. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for my don't miss rankings to help you draft the best possible fantasy teams.


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