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  1. Seeing a lot of talk about Michigan State DT Malik McDowell but other then Miami he doesn't seem projected in the first round, I never like that. Taco Charleton is another name that I keep seeing pop up and one that does seem right around that area of the draft. I'd still love Peppers because he is a baller but I could live with a LB like Cunningham or a CB like Humphrey or King. Watt seems to come up in some mocks as well but he seems more like a 3-4 OLB.
  2. Well where do the Phins go at 22 ? Hasson Riddick seemed to be an early name mentioned but he seems to be on the rise and linked to the Colts now. David Njoku gets metioned but I think that is the Miami homer writers, not saying he won't be a good pick at 22 but I think they give Thomas the chance to regain his form with Gase this year and TE isn't a pressing need. OL seems to be the consensus, Forest Lamp the most mentioned name. I have only seen one writer mention Jabrill Peppers, if he is there that is a guy you take in my opinion because he has the ability to be game changing and you don't get that often at the 22nd pick.
  3. Pretty much exactly what I was going to recommend. Put kids in a position to succeed but also challenge them. For practices as others have said sit down beforehand and write out a quick time line of what you want to do and for how long, keep it to 10 or 15 minutes per station. Some things like pitching can take longer so have 3 stations running and pull a couple kids out here and there to work on pitching. Email your practice plan to your assistants so in the event you have a flat tire, get stuck in traffic, etc they aren't scrambling with what to do. At age 8 you will already start to see those that are ahead of the rest, if you have 3 really good kids most of the time I would split them among your groups in practice, let the other kids see a kid doing it the right way in their group. If you let the kids divide up 9 times out of 10 your best players will go together. Now there maybe a few times where you want that because you want to work on something more advanced with them and your other kids need a refresher on the basics. It can be tough to keep it interesting enough for the better players but still teach the basics to the others. For games sit down and map out who is playing where each inning, it will change because a kid gets hit and wants to sit or a pitcher is just really off but it at least gives you a plan and makes it easier to get everyone some infield play and not be asking the last inning who hasn't played infield yet. At 8U pitching will be wildly inconsistent, even from your best players but especially as you try to give everyone a chance. Because of that batters will get plunked, take some tennis balls and teach them the correct way to get hit if they can't get out of the way, turn their back and drop the bat. You would be surprised how many kids would just turn and open up into the ball. Your fees are high but probably not for the area you live, NJ/NY is crazy on sports fees. I'm in eastern PA and for 8U we are $75 plus fundraiser and you need to work the food stand one game. However we do cover umpire fees, that is crazy asking the coach to do it unless maybe the end of season they reimburse you all at once. For 8U we don't even use paid umpires, we get coaches from other levels to come do the games, each coach has to do like 2 games during the season. Once they hit 10U we use paid umps at $40 a game. Have fun !! You will get suckered into more then you think, I started out as an assistant when my oldest was playing Tee Ball, when he moved up they needed coaches so another kids dad and myself said we would take a team. When he moved up to 10U I was an assistant but my youngest after a year of Tee Ball moved up early to 8U so I also coached that team. Next thing you know I was asked to fill the last few months of a board term when someone moved which led to being elected secretary to VP to President last year when our long time President decided with his kids now in college he was done. All along I have always coached my youngest sons in-house team and helped on his tournament teams and assisted on my older sons teams. I literally had a game for a kid or a meeting something like 22 days in a row last spring. this year my oldest is now playing Middle School ball so that has lightened the load some.
  4. So thoughts on the moves so far ? - Resigned Stills at what seems like a bit of a home team discount from the numbers that were being mentioned. - Extend Reshad Jones, if he is back fully healthy this is a good move. - Tender Kiko Alonso and Damian Williams, Kiko likely moves to WLB and surpassed my expectations last year. Williams is a solid veteran backup. - Sign Lawrence Timmons, I like that it is only a 2 year deal for an aging player but one that should help our LB corp none the less and bring some leadership. Guessing he starts at MLB. - Trade for Julius Thomas, from one injury riddled TE to the next. He does know Gase's system and has been huge in it before but I wonder if he can actually stay healthy. - Sign Nate Allen, one year deal so i guess it is fine. Living in Eagle country my only memories of him are everyone complaining how horrible he was when he was here. but again a nice job of keeping the contract short. - Sign Ted Larsen, don't know much about him other then what you read but sounds like a solid guy who can play where needed on the interior of the line. - Trade for William Hayes, well he will make interviews more interesting for sure. For what they gave up it seems like a decent add to the DL rotation. - Sign Anthony Fasano, guessing that means Dion Sims is gone. Fasano becomes the #2 TE and main blocking TE and finishes out his career in Miami where it started. Thomas might be a bit of a swing for the fences but the rest seem reasonable, solid upgrades and on decent contracts.
  5. Paul Sorvino at his house in the Poconos. Grew up in the area and was back for a car show with my dad shortly after Sorvino bought the house from the guy we sold it to, I grew up there and my dad had it custom built when I was a kid. At the car show someone said Paul had questions concerning were some of the under ground utilities were buried for some changes he wanted to make. My dad being who he was figured what the heck lets stop in and leave a contact number for him to reach us, so we leave the car show and roll into he driveway of the house. This tall leggy women gets out of the pool and comes over and asks if she can help us (no it wasn't Mira), my dad tells her he had the place built and wanted to leave his contact info. She says hold on a minute and walks back over to the pool (it had a privacy fence around it) and a minute later Paul comes walking over and introduces himself. He had a bunch of questions so he said can I get you a drink ? He goes and gets a few rum and cokes (my dads drink of choice) and brings out some chairs and we sat there on the back lawn for probably close to an hour while my dad talked to different things about the property with him. He was a nice guy, didn't talk about the TV or movie business at all just about the property and the small town. We finished our drinks, got back in our cars and headed out. My dad had left him his number in case he had more questions but to my knowledge he never called. He still owns the place, his other daughter lives there full time and he still spends a good amount of time there.
  6. I agree with most of your assessment. On offense the only thing I would disagree on is I would keep Parker unless you have a #1 outside guy in hand and I don't think Jeffery is that answer. He is going to get overpaid and I don't want to be that team (ala Mike Wallace). He doesn't stay healthy and already has one suspension. He was a great #2 with Brandon Marshall there but I see him as a average to below average #1 that shows flashes. On the O-line I would love to move Albert to RT, Tunsil to LT and get Kevin Zeitler to plug into LG. I agree on Pouncey but it depends what other options we have, not sure there is a plug and play first round center in this draft ala Ryan kelly last year. OJ Howard and Jake Butt are both considered pro ready TE's but I believe both got hurt in the bowl games and aren't game changers to take in the 1st and will likely be gone until we pick in the 2nd round. I'm all for getting Stills back, he proved himself down the stretch. On defense I agree on your cuts, time to drop some dead weight and use the money elsewhere. I want Alonso back and think we need to get him. What about AJ Bouye at CB ? Only 19 starts but looks like a #1 for Houston and is a Free Agent they likely won't tag. In the draft Peppers would be a dream if he feel but maybe a Hooker from OSU ?
  7. This was my run yesterday morning, would love some exposure to the Steelers RB of choice but depending what you read it could be either one. Stafford - DJ/Hillman - Gates/Fitzgerald/E.Rogers - Kelce - Ware - Cardinals
  8. First time in a long time to be excited about some playoff football. Hoping they are smart Sunday, take it easy on Ajayi if he is indeed banged up. The #5 seed and playing Houston would be nice but they will need the Jay train if they have to go to Pittsburgh.
  9. Had one of my best weekends: Wilson / Howard-D.Murray / Nelson-Crabtree-Hopkins / Brate / Ingram / Patriots scored 175.6 and netted me $62.75 Rodgers / Howard-Murray / Nelson-Crabtree-Fitzgerald / Davis / Ingram / Chargers scored 165.08 and netted me $8.50 Had one dud lineup with Brees but only had that in a $3, $1 and .25 contest so no big loss. I'll take it.
  10. Stop giving me so many options...lol. My last run got me Wilson - Murray/Howard - Nelson/Crabtree/Hopkins - Brate - Ingram - Patriots I really like Ingram this week, just a gut feeling. I do like this as well Rodgers - Murray/Howard - Nelson/Crabtree/Thomas - Brate - Ingram - D The issue is that it only leave 2600 for the D and man that is some thin choices this week. Would probably have to go Arizona and hope for anther 6-6 tie type of game with Seattle. I could drop
  11. Not a bad thought, I know Rotogrinders when you play with their lineup creator tool almost always uses the two TE option. I tweeked what you had to Brees - Murray/Howard - Nelson/Crabtree/Hopkins - Brate - V.Davis - Patriots. Still $500 left to tweak some more.
  12. Down to my last couple of choices for my main cash linups, thoughts (Saturday only) ? QB - Rodgers, RB - Mccoy, Howard, WR - Crabtree, Hopkins, ???, TE - Brate, Flex - Ingram, Def ??? Looking: Hogan, A. Robinson, Meredith paired with the Patriots D or Snead or DJax paired with the 49ers
  13. Well you guys talked me into Taylor since I really didn't love any QB's this week and it worked out. Ended up going Taylor/Bell/Zeke/Crabtree/Gabriel/R.Matthews/L.Green/Dixon/Cowboys for a 149.06 total. Cashed in a $2, $5, $5, and $25 double up plus the $3 Double Bubble and $1 Singleback GPP's, only misses were two private $5 leagues I do regularly. As I know it comes up from time to time $25 double up had a cash point of 128.04, $5 double up 127.52, $2 double up 127.38 so not much difference.
  14. The Patriots winning next week against the Jets (highly likely) and clinching home field throughout the playoffs would be a bonus as they would be likely to rest guys in the final game. While one would hope just winning vs the Bills is enough it could take 2 more wins. Agreed Moore got the job done and is one of the more solid backups in the league but his throws don't look near as crisp as Tannehill's.