We Talk Fantasy Sports: January 2014 We Talk Fantasy Sports: January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Very Early Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft

Yes we are still two days away from February, but I could not resist doing a fantasy baseball mock draft. It can't hurt to get into the action early and get a feel for how your actual draft will go. If you are a serious fantasy baseball player like I am, doing several mock drafts allows you to figure out a strategy before heading into your official league draft.

This is a 12 man traditional head to head league on Yahoo and I picked at number 11.

1. Robinson Cano - 2B
  • Yes I know he no longer plays at Yankee Stadium and yes I know he just signed a monster contract. However it is not too often that a second baseman hits .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBI.
2. Troy Tulowitzki - SS
  • The shortstop position always scares me when I am doing a draft. If you do not draft one of the top guys (Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Ian Desmond) then all season long you are going to be searching for production coming out of the shortstop position. Hanley Ramirez was already selected.

Looking Back: How Good Was Michael Young?

Another MLB season has passed, and another great fantasy baseball player has decided to hang up his cleats.  Following in the footsteps of Mariano "Mo" Rivera and Lance "Big Puma" Berkman, Michael Young has retired from the game of baseball.

Young leaves the game as a 7 time All-Star, 6 in a row ('04-'09) and a gold glover at the SS position in 2008.  On top of that, he finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting in 2004, a year in which he hit .313 while driving in 99 runs thanks to 33 doubles and 22 home runs while scoring 114 runs and 2011 when he hit a career best .338, driving in 106 runs with 41 doubles and 11 home runs while scoring 88 runs.

Michael Young started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, before being traded to the Texas Rangers for Esteban Loaiza, a deal Toronto wishes they could have back!

In front of Young on the Blue Jays depth chart at SS, was Alex S. Gonzalez.  Gonzalez had been with the team for more than 5 seasons and it made sense for Toronto to give him back his gig after a injury knocked him out of the 1999 season.  Instead, the Jays traded for Tony Batista to fill in and then moved him to 3B the following season.  There was no where for Michael Young to play in Toronto, so they shipped him to the Rangers for Loaiza and the rest is history.  Just imagine what the Blue Jays could have done with a core of Carlos Delgado, Michael Young, Vernon Wells, Orlando Hudson and Alex Rios.

Gonzalez ended up being traded to the Chicago Cubs for Felix Heredia and James Deschaine after the 2001 season and Toronto was left with Chris Woodward, Chris Gomez, Russ Adamn, Corey Koskie and Eric Hinske manning the left side of the infield for the next few seasons.

Once Michael Young arrived in Texas, he couldn't stop hitting.  He averaged 34 doubles a season, starting in 2001 and 7 seasons in a row hit more than 35!  He managed to add 20 home runs 4 times in his career but never hit that elusive 25th home run.  Six time he totaled 200 hits, including 5 straight seasons from 2003-07.  He won the batting title in 2005 hitting .331 that season.  Not even Derek Jeter (2308) himself has had as many hits as Young (2375) since the start of the 2001 season.  No SS does.

He helped lead the Texas Rangers to two straight World Series appearances, but he never was able to declare himself a World Champion, losing to the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. 

Is Michael Young a Hall of Famer?  That will be for the writers to decide (or Deadspin) but one thing is for certain, he was a great MLB player and one of the best fantasy baseball players at his position.

Check out Michael Young's Baseball Reference page and see where he ranks amongst active and all time hitters in many categories!

Started From the Bottom

(1/31 - 9:00am) Roster move #1:
Well you can drop Wroten and Glen Davis and add Boris Diaw and Khris Middleton. - Rotoworld Message Board

I am in one Yahoo and one ESPN fantasy basketball league.  In the Yahoo league, I am currently in 5th place, 8 games back of 1st place in my division (2nd seed).  But in the ESPN league, which I was not present for the draft, I am in dead last and have yet to win a week!  Sounds almost impossible, but it is true.  That is where you all come in.  Together, we are going to make this team playoff bound!

Started From the Bottom

With the last pick in a 12 team league, here were the draft results:

12Marc Gasol, Mem C
13Serge Ibaka, OKC PF
36Ty Lawson, Den PG
37Brandon Jennings, Det PG
60J.R. Smith, NY SG
61Ryan Anderson, Nor PF
84Greivis Vasquez, Tor PG
85Jeremy Lin, Hou PG
108Gerald Wallace, Bos SF
109Louis Williams, Atl PG
132Markieff Morris, Pho PF
133Nene , Wsh PF
156Brandan Wright, Dal PF
157Alex Len, Pho C

Jennings, Smith, Anderson Williams and Len all started the season injured or suspended.  Since then, Gasol has missed 23 games, and Ryan Anderson is done for the season.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Breaking Down the 2014 NBA All-Star Teams

Every year when the starting lineups are announced, it's usually the same exact guys from the previous year. Most people wish the league would do away with fan voting, as some players are selected as a starter without even playing a single game, or have played less than 10 games on the year. This year that guy is Kobe Bryant.

Next we get to the reserves and you look through the guys who the coaches selected as bench players. Then you wonder how in the world the coaches think a certain players stats reflect as an All-Star. We also tend to get a little mad about a few guys who were robbed of a spot on the team.

Let's break it down.

Starting Lineups:

Kyrie Irving vs Stephen Curry
  • I love seeing the two of these guys getting the start at PG this season. Both part of this new era of point guards who are taking over the game. Curry is 25 years old and Irving is just 21.
  • Not only is Curry the leading scoring at the PG position with 24.1 point per game but he also ranks 2nd in assists at 9.2. When he gets hot, nobody shoots the ball better than Curry does from behind the arch. Irving is second in scoring behind Curry at 21.5 points per game to go along with his 6.2 assists and 3 rebounds.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Best Scorer in the NBA

People always say Carmelo Anthony is the best scorer in the NBA, and being a New York Knicks fan, it is hard to argue and at the same time very easy to debate!  But no NBA player, in recent memory, has had the stretch Kevin Durant is currently having.  Since the start of the new year, Kevin Durant is averaging over 35 points per game, including 5 40+ point nights.  He has scored 86 more points than Carmelo Anthony has, and has played one game less and Melo has attempted 28 more shots!

Next on the list of top scorers in 2014 is LaMarcus Aldrige and he is 150 points behind the "Slim Reaper."  Durantula is aided by leading the league in free throw attempts with 164 since January 1, 2014 and only Blake Griffin can say he has also attempted 100 FT attempts.

So who IS the NBA's best scorer?  How can you argue against Kevin Durant?!

The Y-Axis is the players True Shooting Percentage, while the X-Axis is total points scored.  LOOK WHERE DURANT IS IN COMPARISON!

Let's not forget, Durant is doing all of this (recently) without Russell Westbrook while LeBron James is aided by Dwyane Wade (sometimes) and Chris Bosh.  Carmelo is in a similar boat Durant captains, but is surrounded by many more capable scorers. 

Super Bowl Box Pool Odds

Based on the final score from 256 regular season games and 10 playoff matchups from the 2013-14 season, the following information should help you understand your odds of winning your Super Bowl Box Pool this year! 

What boxes did you end up with and how much did you pay per box?


Scores from ESPN
  • 0 appeared 90 times (16.9%)
  • 1 appeared 58 times (10.9%)
  • 2 appeared 21 times (3.9%)
  • 3 appeared 73 times (13.7%)
  • 4 appeared 70 times (13.2%)
  • 5 appeared 17 times (3.2%)
  • 6 appeared 43 times (8.1%)
  • 7 appeared 98 times (18.4%)
  • 8 appeared 33 times (6.2%)
  • 9 appeared 29 times (5.5%)
The #7 showed up in 18.4% of all games played.  19.2% of the time the winning team showed a 7.  17.7% of the time the losing team showed a 7.

The #0 was next on the list, showing in 16.9% of games played.  The winning team only saw this number 10.9% of the time, but losers saw a zero in 22.9% of games played.

The #s 3,4 & 1 all showed up in between 10% and 14% of games played.

You will want to stay away from 2s and 5s as they showed in less than 5% of all 266 NFL games.

The 10 playoff games this year have brought mainly 3's (5 times) with 0, 4, 6 & 7 each coming 3 times.  Never once did a playoff game produce a 1, 8 or 9 for a final score!

For a breakdown of the quarters and probabilities based on conference in Super Bowl history, check out the Super Bowl SuckyBox-o-Meter
After hearing people complain "My box sucks!" we decided to determine, once and for all, just how much each box sucks. The following Super Bowl Box Pool odds were derived from compiling all the quarterly results from Super Bowls I thru XLVI.

How Good Can Anthony Davis Be?

It is scary to think that Anthony Davis is only in his second season in the NBA and he is just 20 years old! At 6'10 220, Davis is super lanky and extremely athletic. As long as he can avoid a serious injury then we could be watching a future NBA Hall of Famer.

Not only is Davis averaging a double double at 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds, but he is shooting 51% from the field and 76% from the foul line which is very good for a center. Shooting as efficiently as he does, he's going to consistently score around 20 points a night as he's not afraid to shoot. He's averaging 15 shots a night and because of his aggressiveness he is also taking 6.5 free throws a night. Let's remember he's only 20, so he will improve his game as his career moves along. He will more than likely increase his scoring to around 25 points a night.

Aside from his success on the offensive end, Davis might be the best defender in the entire NBA already. Davis averages 3.14 blocks a night, which is the best in the NBA. Roy Hibbert ranks second in the league with 2.6 blocks, Serge Ibaka at 2.56, DeAndre Jordan 2.38, and John Henson at 2.19 finishing out the top 5. In just 36 games played so far this year, Davis has 9 games with 5 or more blocks.

What Is The Greatest NBA Draft Class Of All-Time

After looking back at just how bad the 2013 NBA draft was, we decided to look back at past drafts and see what year provided the NBA with the best players.

2001 - This year introduced us to some of the best international players who have played in the NBA. Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Mehmet Okur were all an All-Star in their career, while Gasol and Parker have each won multiple championships. Joe Johnson, Tyson Chandler, Zach Randolph, Gilbert Arenas and Gerald Wallace were also part of this draft. Kwame Brown was selected #1 overall in this draft by Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards, and is one of the biggest busts in NBA history.

1960 - Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Lenny Wilkens were all drafted in 1960 and all have been elected into the NBA Hall of Fame. Darrall Imhoff and Lee Shaffer were also part of this draft and were both all-stars.

Is This The Worst NBA Rookie Class Of All Time?

Every night I go through the NBA box scores, I specifically look for rookies to see if they are making any impact with their new teams. It's very rare, this season, that I see a rookie getting big minutes or providing anything offensively.

Only 3 rookies are dropping double digits points a night
Lets look at the top 10 draft picks:

Anthony Bennett - The number 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, might be the worst rookie in the entire league. Bennett the 6'8 forward out of UNLV pretty much played himself out of the rotation after the first 4 games of the season. Bennett went 0-15 in the first 4 games, scoring just 2 points. He's averaging 10 minutes, 2.4 points, 2.3 rebounds a night as he shoots 26% from the field and has been a DNP - Coaches Decision in 6 of the last 7 games.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Prop Bets

The NFL Conference Championship games were difficult to predict.  Not that we are surprised the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks won, but our Over/Unders and point spreads.  Six of the nine of us picked the Broncos/Patriots to go over 55.5 points.  They combined for 42.  And the Seahawks/49ers O/U was 40 so we all pushed.  Justin was the only player to get all 3 total points and goes into Super Bowl Sunday with a 2 points lead.  We will be enjoying Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday while watching for the following 20 prop bets!


Justin Mike John Jay Jason Keith Anthony Travis Matt
30 Degrees
First ScoreO/U Longest TD
44 Yards
MikeBroncosOverHeadsUnderField GoalUnder
JaySeahawksUnderHeadsUnderField GoalUnder
AnthonySeahawksUnderHeadsOverField GoalUnder
JustinBroncosUnderHeadsUnderField GoalUnder
JasonBroncosOverTailsUnderField GoalUnder
First Seahawks TDRussell Wilson Rush Yards
Marshawn Lynch Carries
Percy Harvin Catches
Richard Sherman INT
MikeGolden TateUnderOverUnderNo
KeithMarshawn LynchUnderOverUnderNo
JayMarshawn LynchOverOverUnderNo
TravisMarshawn LynchOverOverUnderNo
MattZach MillerOverOverUnderYes
AnthonyMarshawn LynchOverOverOverNo
JustinMarshawn LynchOverOverUnderNo
JohnMarshawn LynchOverUnderOverYes
JasonMarshawn LynchUnderOverUnderNo
Peyton Manning TD Passes
Wes Welker Receptions
Peyton Manning Pass Yards
Eric Decker Receiving Yards
Demaryius Thomas Receiving Yards
First Broncos
Julius Thomas
Champ Bailey
Knowshon Moreno
MikeWes WelkerNoYesNo
KeithJulius ThomasYesNoNo
JayJulius ThomasYesNoNo
TravisKnowshon MorenoYesNoYes
MattWes WelkerYesNoNo
AnthonyJulius ThomasYesNoNo
JustinWes WelkerNoYesYes
JohnJulius ThomasYesNoYes
JasonEric DeckerYesNoYes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments In The Last 10 Years

With Super Bowl XLVIII just six days away, we wanted to take a look back at some of the most memorable plays from the last 10 Super Bowls. These plays are in no specific order, just big plays for their team in crucial moments of the game.

New Orleans Saints Onsides Kick - Super Bowl XLIV
  • Playing in their first Super Bowl, New Orleans shocked everyone watching the game with an onsides kick to open the second half. Trailing 10-6 at the time, this was a huge gamble as it could have given Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts great field position to build on their lead. Luckily for the Saints, the gamble paid off as the Saints recovered the kick and ended up scoring a touchdown and taking the lead. New Orleans would end up winning the game 31-17. Watch it here
James Harrison 100 Yard Pick 6 - Super Bowl XLIII
  • This play made by Harrison was huge in so many ways. If the interception does not happen, then the Arizona Cardinals would have either tied the game with a field goal, or taken the lead with a touchdown going into halftime. Instead, it gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 10 point halftime lead. Watching the play, it's amazing that Harrison was able to outrun the entire Cardinals offense in a 100 yard foot race. Also give some credit to the Steelers defense who made some great blocks, giving Harrison plenty of running room. Watch it here

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Ultimate Super Bowl Cookbook

We searched the internet far and wide asking the nation what they eat on Super Bowl Sunday. Here are some of the best answers we got from Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and our own experiences! In the process we learned that Denver locals, who don't even know what the local cuisine is, love some Green Chili and Seattle locals, as you would expect, love them some seafood!  This will be updated right up until the night before Super Bowl XLVIII so make sure you bookmark the page!

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Colorado Green Chili

A Denver ClassicSee more.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 pounds cubed pork stew meat
salt and pepper to taste
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chopped, roasted green chiles
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 1/2 cups tomatillo salsa
5 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pinch ground cloves

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat.
Season the pork with salt and pepper to taste, then place into the hot oil.
Cook until golden brown on all sides, about 7 minutes.
Once browned, remove the pork and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in the onion and garlic.
Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

Return the pork to the pot, and stir in the green chiles, diced tomatoes with juice, tomatillo salsa, and chicken broth.
Season with oregano and clove.
Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, remove 2 cups of the soup (ensure there are no pork cubes in it), and pour into a blender.
Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree.
Puree until smooth, then pour back into the cooking pot. This will create a thicker texture for your chili and will eliminate some of the chunky bits of chiles.
Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until the pork is very tender, at least 35 minutes more.
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Seattle Salmon Chowder

Makes 8 ServingsSee more.

3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups diced potatoes
2 carrots, diced
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
2 (16 ounce) cans salmon
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn
1/2 pound Cheddar cheese, shredded

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, celery, and garlic powder until onions are tender. Stir in potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, pepper, and dill. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
Stir in salmon, evaporated milk, corn, and cheese. Cook until heated through.

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Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Usually the first thing to go at football games.See more.
1 pound bacon (thinner cut is better)
1 pack Lil Smokies
~1 cup brown sugar

Cut the bacon strips into thirds and wrap around individual smokies. Secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle brown sugar liberally over each. I like to kind of rub it in like you're making BBQ.
Bake at 350° F for ~40 minutes, or until the brown sugar melts and the bacon is crisp. You may want to turn them about halfway through.

Can also cook using a crockpot, if that's your thing.
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Easy Party Meatballs

Makes 48 MeatballsSee more.
1-1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
2/3 cup Water
2 cans (8 oz. each) crushed pineapple, drained
1 bottle (18 oz.) KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce or KRAFT Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Heat oven to 425ºF.
Mix meat, stuffing mix and water.
Shape into 1-inch balls.
Place in 13x9-inch baking dish.
Bake 20 min. or until cooked through (160ºF).
Stir in pineapple, barbecue sauce and sugar.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

The way big guys in Jersey like it! See more.
Get a package of chicken breasts and boil them, yes I said boil them. I shouldn't have to tell you but boneless. While they are boiling, take Franks red hot sauce. It has to be Franks. Mix in a bowl with blue cheese dressing. Now moat people do not like blue cheese OK to substitute with ranch. Ranch will make it ceamier. Put some cayenne pepper in with it. Depends on how hot you want it. Mix it with a spoon. Take the chicken breasts and shred them. Then mix in the bowl with blue cheese and Franks. When mixed well put in a casserole dish. Put in the oven about 30 minutes at 325 prior to eating. Get crackers or pita chips whatever your preference and enjoy.
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Skyline Chili Dip

The go-to Super Bowl dish in CincinnatiSee more.
One 12 oz. package softened cream cheese
One 13 oz. frozen skyline chili thawed OR one 15 oz. can of skyline chili
¼ cup diced onions (optional)
12 oz. skyline shredded mild cheddar cheese

Spread softened cream cheese evenly on bottom of 9 x 13 microwaveable casserole dish. Heat chili according to package directions. Pour heated skyline chili over cream cheese. Sprinkle diced onions (optional) on top of chili. Cover with skyline shredded mild cheddar cheese.
Conventional oven: heat at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
Microwave oven: heat on high for 2 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with nacho or corn chips.
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Mac and Cheese

Super Simple and Delicious!See more.
1 lb box of pasta (shells or elbows works best)
2 C milk
1 s tick of butter cut into slices
2C Shredded Cheddar
2C Shredded Monterrey Jack
1 lb Velveeta cut into cubes
2C shredded Taco Cheese
Dash of Lawrys Seasoned Salt
Dash of Garlic Powder

Pre heat oven to 350
Boil Pasta Drain and set aside In a large (I mean really really large) pot on medium heat
Bring milk and butter to a boil stirring constantly until all butter is melted.
Add cubes of Velveeta stirring constantly until melted Repeat this with shredded Cheddar followed by Monterrey Jack…stirring constantly
When everything is melted and blended add boiled pasta to cheese sauce
Stir pasta until it is all coated
Pour pasta and cheese mixture into a 13x9 casserole dish (to avoid cheese from bubbling over on to the stove bottom I suggest placing the casserole dish on a cookie sheet – but that is your preference)
Sprinkle the shredded Taco Blend cheese on top of pasta Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling
Serve (This can also be made ahead and just not placed in the oven. Just make sure to bring it up to room temperature before baking)

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Peanut Butter “Cheese Ball”

Shape it like a football!See more.
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
Graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, and/or apple slices for dipping

1. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until blended.
2. Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap; bring up all four corners and twist tightly forming into a ball shape.
3. Freeze for 1 hour 30 minutes or until firm enough to keep its shape. Place peanut butter and chocolate chips in flat dish. Remove plastic wrap from ball and roll ball into morsels to completely cover, pressing morsels into the ball if necessary.
4. Place ball on serving dish; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until almost firm. (Can be made ahead. If frozen overnight, thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.)

Serve with graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, or apple slices for dipping or spreading.

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Super Bowl Football Field Cake

Cake Boss Who?!See more.

Things you need:

1. 11x14 sheet Cake pan
2. 3 boxes of cake mix (any flavor you'd like)
3. 3 containers of white frosting (so you can dye them green)
4. 1 tube of white icing
5. 1 tube of gel in each specific color you need for the teams name in the end zones (For this cake I used black, purple, red, and gold)
6. Football players (optional)
7. Box to hold the cake in, great for transporting. (optional)

How to bake: 

1. Spray the cake sheet so the cake doesn't stick.
2. Make the 3 cake mixes as instructed.
3. Pour the 3 cake mixes into the cake pan.
4. Cook as instructed. (Remember you are cooking 3 cake mixes so you will have to triple your cooking time) it is important to constantly keep checking for brownness. The edges might get over baked and hard but that's okay, once you put the frosting on the cake will soak up the icing and will turn soft.
5. Once cake is done let it cool inside the cake pan. it is important to make sure the cake is completely cooled off so we don't melt any of the frosting or gel icing. (I let this cake cool for about 45 minutes to an hour)
6. Once the cake is cooled take the cake out of the pan and place it in the box or on the cake holder you are using. Once the cake is placed do not attempt to move it, this could cause the cake to break.

Time to frost:

1. Dye the 3 white frosting containers green and put it on the cake.
2. Then with your tube of white icing pipe out the white yard lines for the field. (As shown on my cake)
3. Next it's time for the gel. I printed out photos of the names of each football team to get and idea of how the names looked with the colors.

For the Ravens I used purple and then outlined it with black. For the 49ers I used red and outlined it with gold. Remember, this was done free hand so it is important to go nice and slow. Once the gel is on the cake it will be really hard to remove.

4. Once all the frosting and icing is done, it is time to place the football players and field goal posts on the cake (as shown).
5. I added a few piping designs around the cake to make it look neater, but that is also optional.
Super Bowl Cake

* I found all my supplies (cake pan, tubes of frosting/gel, cake box/holder, piping tools, football players) at Party City.
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Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - Super Bowl XLVIII Simulation

Who Will Win Super Bowl XLVIII?
Denver Broncos0%
Seattle Seahawks0%

With light snow falling from the sky and the temperature at 28 degrees, Super Bowl XLVIII was underway as Matt Prater booted the opening kickoff through the end zone, setting up Seattle with a 1st down at their own 20 yard line.

Marshawn Lynch got things started with an 11 yard run up the middle on the opening play. But Denver's defense forced a 3rd and 13 just a few plays later. Russell Wilson was able to connect with wide receiver Golden Tate over the middle for 15 yards, picking up the first down.

Seattle would go on to settle for a 33 yard Steven Hauschka field goal as their drive stalled at the Denver 16 yard line. A 15 yard scramble by Wilson got the Seahawks into field goal range, but on 3rd and 1, Seattle faked a hand off to full back Michael Robinson, and tossed it out to Lynch but both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nate Irving were there to stop Lynch behind the line of scrimmage and force the field goal.

Down 3-0, Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense would take over from their 26 yard line.

It did not take long for Richard Sherman to make his presence felt, as the Broncos ran a screen play for Demaryius Thomas on the first play of the drive. Sherman was able to get around an Eric Decker block, and bat the pass away as he dove towards Thomas.

After another incomplete pass, Peyton was sacked by Brandon Mebane, forcing a 3 and out.

Seattle started their drive with two Marshawn Lynch runs that picked up 7 yards, but on third down, Wilson misfired on a pass to tight end Zach Miller which would have picked up the first down but the pass was behind him. After a Jon Ryan punt went into the end zone,  Denver took over from their own 20.

Denver would use an 11 play drive to score their first point of the game. The drive was capped off by a Wes Welker 10 yard reception in the end zone. Peyton Manning went 7-7 on the drive, picking apart the Seahawks defense. The big play of the drive was an Eric Decker 30 yard catch and run down the sideline.

End of 1st: Broncos 7 Seahawks 3

Friday, January 24, 2014

Andrea Bargnani Out Indefinitely

The New York Knicks can add Andrea Bargnani to the list of players not available for play.  An MRI revealed a torn ligament in his elbow.  Bargs has played in 42 games for the Knicks averaging 30 minutes, 13 points and 5 rebounds.  The Knicks are already without Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin who are both out for a couple weeks.  That leaves Tyson Chandler alone in the middle with Carmelo Anthony starting at the PF position and Pablo Prigioni moving back into the starting lineup.  Cole Aldrich and Jeremy Tyler are the Knicks only other bigs available right up until the All-Star break.  Tyler has the bigger upside so if you are forced to add one of them it would be him.

Other ESPN PF eligible players most likely available in your league, sorted by MPG in the last 15 days:

Josh McRoberts, Cha PF833.40.5090.750357807.8
Taj Gibson, Chi PF830.90.5000.75950149641.2
Jason Thompson, Sac PF, C828.50.5470.600677732.2
Derrick Williams, Sac PF, SF827.80.5210.6213919722.1
Miles Plumlee, Pho PF, C727.10.4620.6924565749.6
Kris Humphries, Bos PF827.00.4731.00075158418.5
Ersan Ilyasova, Mil PF, SF726.70.4231.0004307448.2
Patrick Patterson, Tor PF724.00.5080.700453761.6
Markieff Morris, Pho PF, C723.00.4810.85735010234.6
Mike Scott, Atl PF522.60.5601.000181680.6
Brandon Bass, Bos PF821.30.4460.8423547416.8
Marcus Morris, Pho PF721.00.3710.882271680.6
Andray Blatche, Bkn PF, C520.20.5710.6254337134.8
Brandan Wright, Dal PF, C818.90.5740.765386672.7
Kyle O'Quinn, Orl PF817.50.5480.7064210580.4
Jordan Hill, LAL PF, C717.40.4720.333388359.9
DeJuan Blair, Dal C, PF817.40.6390.857353521.0

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII - How Did We Get Here?

Since the Wildcard round of the NFL Playoffs, we have been polling our readers, asking them to pick the winners of each game. You guys went 3-2 in the AFC, thinking the Cincinnati Bengals would win at home against the San Diego Chargers, and surprisingly enough, picking against Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos, at home against Tom Brady's New England Patriots.   At just 53% of the votes, it was the toughest matchup for our readers to pick.

Kawhi Leonard Out 3-4 Weeks

The injuries just keep on piling up in the NBA and for the San Antonio Spurs especially.  They will be without 3rd year wingman Kawhi Leonard for 3-4 weeks after he broke his right fourth metacarpal.  Leonard is having a nice season, shooting over 50% from the field, averaging 11 points per game while adding 6 rebounds a night.  The Spurs have played a bunch of games recently without Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green.

Boris Diaw will see an nice boost in minutes with Leonard out.

Here are some SF eligible players that are most likely available in ESPN leagues, sorted by MPG over the last 15 days:

Wesley Johnson, LAL SF, SG731.90.424113012858346.4
Shawn Marion, Dal SF, PF531.80.5358239205712.7
Mike Dunleavy, Chi SG, SF830.90.4561625188410456.4
Iman Shumpert, NY SG, PG, SF830.60.346124613625649.4
Corey Brewer, Min SF728.90.5352139655827.4
Martell Webster, Wsh SF, SG928.40.48319199518358.7
Derrick Williams, Sac PF, SF827.80.5215398519732.6
Ersan Ilyasova, Mil PF, SF726.70.4238438607419.3
Ryan Kelly, LAL SF726.00.4085326446917.6
Maurice Harkless, Orl SF825.40.5595226715529.2
Gerald Wallace, Bos SF923.20.545331221244830.6
James Johnson, Mem SF, PF623.20.444424188164410.3
C.J. Miles, Cle SF, SG723.00.473111410417416.4
Danny Granger, Ind SG, SF722.60.36462414145711.4
Vince Carter, Dal SG, SF922.10.400132222309320.9
Harrison Barnes, GS SF621.70.286519521298.3
Andrei Kirilenko, Bkn SF620.80.385023853268.3

Matt Garza Signs With Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed Matt Garza to a 4 year $52 mil deal.  Garza will join Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta in the Brewers rotation.  Since being traded to the Chicago Cubs from the Tampa Bay Rays after the 2010 season, Garza is just 25-23 with an ERA in the high 3s.  He was traded again last season after a 6-1 start with the Cubbies to the Texas Rangers and made 13 starts, going 4-5 with a 4.48 ERA.  Garza has the potential to win 15 games again, and going back to the National League helps.  With Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez providing run support, I like Garza in Milwaukee. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are The Yankees World Series Contenders?

The New York Yankees have made a number of big signings this off season as they've improved their lineup as well as their starting rotation.

Not only did they fix the holes in their outfield but they brought in Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran two guys who will make a huge impact in their lineup with speed and power. The Bronx Bombers also signed catcher Brian McCann, a lefty power hitting catcher who will look to take advantage of the short porch in right field. With those moves and the return of Derek Jeter and first baseman Mark Teixeira the Yankees 2014 lineup looks like this:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
2. Derek Jeter - SS
3. Carlos Beltran - RF
4. Mark Teixeira - 1B
5. Brian McCann - C
6. Alfonso Soriano - DH
7. Brett Gardner - LF
8. Kelly Johnson - 3B
9. Brian Roberts - 2B

That's a stacked lineup. Sure Brian Roberts is no replacement for Robinson Cano but the team has filled other holes which will make it easier for fans to forget about losing Cano. Also do not be shocked if another move is made before the season starts, to improve second or third base.

Masahiro Tanaka Signs With New York Yankees

The New York Yankees and Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka have agreed on a 7 year $155 mil deal to bring the Ace to the Bronx.  Tanaka joins CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, and eventually Michael Pineda making the Pinstripes pitching staff pretty darn good.  Will be interesting to see how he handles the NY media.  Hideki Matsui seemed pretty comfortable in New York.

Are the Yankees World Series contenders?

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For a breakdown of the quarters and probabilities based on conference in Super Bowl history, check out the Super Bowl SuckyBox-o-Meter

After hearing people complain "My box sucks!" we decided to determine, once and for all, just how much each box sucks.  The following Super Bowl Box Pool odds were derived from compiling all the quarterly results from Super Bowls I thru XLVI.

Top 10 Selling NFL Player Jerseys

According to NFLshop.com these are the top 10 selling jerseys in the NFL:
  1. Peyton Manning
  2. Russell Wilson
  3. Colin Kaepernick
  4. Tom Brady
  5. Drew Brees
  6. Marshawn Lynch
  7. Adrian Peterson
  8. Aaron Rodgers
  9. Ryan Tannehill
  10. Richard Sherman

From this list, I see a couple of trends:
  1. The NFL has a solid core of young quarterbacks who will take over this league in a few years
  2. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will never go away
  3. I guess being one of the top 2 running backs in the league doesn't win over fans (Jamaal Charles & LeSean McCoy)
  4. There are a lot of bandwagon fans, being that most of these guys made the playoffs
  5. Defensive players are slowly becoming fan favorites again, something the NFL has lacked in recent years
  6. No love for wide receivers? Dez Bryant? Calvin Johnson?

We would love to hear if you own any of these players jerseys, if so who? And if not on this list, what current NFL players jerseys do you wear on game day?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Would You Like To See The Super Bowl Played In The Snow?

Today the tri-state (NY/NJ/CT) area is getting hammered with snow, expected to get 6-12 inches through Wednesday morning.

This could potentially be the type of weather we see on Super Bowl Sunday.

Clearly any type of weather that would make it tough to throw the ball in would favor the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle already has the best defense in football, now take away the pass from Peyton Manning and Denver is at a huge disadvantage.

Remember what LeSean McCoy did in the snow against the Lions? Scary to think that we could potentially see that from Marshawn Lynch on Febraury 2nd. 

However one could argue that if you truly have the best team then you can win in any kind of weather or situation.

So I ask all of you football fans, would you like to see the game played in such wild weather conditions or does that turn you off because the game should be played in a dome or warm weather cities?

Denver Broncos vs Top Defense

The Denver Broncos averaged an incredible 37.9 points per game this season, which was 10 points higher than the Philadelphia Eagles who averaged the second most in the NFL.  The Broncos were the only team to have 5,000 passing yards with 5,444, which was good for 340 yards per game. They also ranked 15th in rushing yards with 117 per game.  Their unstoppable pass game, helps open up holes for running backs Knowshon Moreno and rookie Montee Ball.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett finished as the 7th best edge rusher according to Pro Football Focus while teammate Brandon Mebane also finished 7th amongst interior pass rushers.  Julius Thomas will have to continue to block well, he ranked 9th best in tight end blocking efficiency,  Seattle's defensive line took home top ranking in pass rushing productivity, but the linebackers ranked below averageBut most importantly, Peyton Manning is protected by the #1 rated offensive line in the game!

Denver Broncos vs Top D This Season (6-1)

Beat Kansas City Chiefs 27-17 & 35-28
Beat San Diego Chargers 28-20 and 24-17, lost 27-20
Beat Tennessee Titans 51-28
Beat Baltimore Ravens 49-27

Average Offensive Stats

Harper, Donaldson Win MVP Awards