Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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At 6:20 PM EDT Tony Williams NFL writer for the Metro New York Paper joins me to talk about week 1 of the NFL.

Then at 7:20 Eric Galko Director of Scouting at Optimum Scouting joins me to discuss how the 2011 NFL draft crop is working out.

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Eagles Looking Strong in 2011/2012

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Philadelphia Eagles

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Preseason is over, but the war has just begun. Football fans have been coming out of summer hibernation to support their favorite teams with fervor, body paint, beer, air horns, and dreams of the Super Bowl dancing in their heads. Many teams are already proving their worth in the pre-season, and the Philadelphia Eagles are one of them.

Football fans alike are excited for what the season and these teams will bring, and Eagles fans think that the Eagles may have what it takes this year to make it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2012.

“They signed a bunch of free agents that just makes them incredible,” Dr. Ken Siegel, a dentist and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan comments. “Besides having Michael Vick, they signed a bunch of free agents that are just kick-ass!”

The Eagles are packing a hefty roster balanced on one hand with well known and fantastic players, and on the other with rookies, and really cleaned up during the Free Agent acquisitions. Couple that with their 3 to 1 winning streak during preseason, and this may make the Philadelphia Eagles the team to beat this season.

Key Players That Could Lead to Victory

The Eagles are looking more fresh and alive than ever this season, and hopefully this overhaul will lead them out of their 51 year slump. The team recently signed on a number of key players, which is in itself revitalizing the already die-hard fans of the football team, and many fans are already picking out their player of choice that will make the most difference in rising this team from the ashes, especially during their rival game against the New York Giants.

Tom Jackson at Eagle’s Eye Blog (www.eagleseyeblog.com) is throwing most of his cards in with former Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who he believes will be the biggest game changer for the season. “Jenkins has brought a huge dimension to the Eagles’ defensive line—a huge guy who can really move. This guy not only gets pressure on the QB pocket, he bats down passes, forces fumbles and blocks kicks. I think he is a potential game changer against the Giants, and not many fans outside Green Bay really know that much about them.” The element of having a defensive lineman that is the equivalent to a refrigerator heading down a steep hill can really give the Eagles an edge against the Giants’ offense seeing that Eli Manning has been somewhat off his game and out of sync with his receivers during the preseason games.

Along with Cullen Jenkins, Jackson thinks that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive end Jason Babin, back-up running back Ronnie Brown, and back-up quarterback Vince Young can lend great things to his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

Look Out New York Giants…

Eagle’s fans are biting their nails in anticipation for the big game against the New York Giants, scheduled for September 25th. Gauging from last year’s intense games against New York, along with the teams new roster, the Giants has better show up with their game faces on.

“Last year the Giants were in first place and their downfall came right after the Eagle’s game,” Dr. Siegel recalls, “They were up by like four or five touchdowns and the Eagles came back and beat them.”

Though the rivalry was won by the Eagles in 2010, this year can always prove to be a different outcome. Most fans believe that the Giants are going home with their tails between their legs and the Eagles will taste sweet victory once again, but the probability of an Eagles win may be too close to call.

Jackson says, “The Giants and the Eagles always play tight pressure-packed games. The Giants have their injury problems right now. But in another month it could be the Eagles with key injuries and the Giants may have made all the right adjustments. I’ve seen it work like that a lot in the past.” Instead of a victory, Jackson is predicting a narrow defeat on September 25th for the Eagles, figuring that the Giants are probably due a win after so many losses in recent history. “I’m getting a feeling that the G-Men beat the Birds in a tight one on September 25th, which will set up a huge showdown in the return match later in the season. If I were writing a script based on probability, that’s how it would go.”

Super Bowl 2012 Champs?

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a great track record when it comes down to Super Bowl appearances, but fans are even more hopeful that this year will be the year to break their dry streak.

“I think they’re a front runner,” Dr. Seigel says. The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot going for them so far, and there are a lot of games to be played between now and February. It can be anyone’s ball game at this point.

Jackson thinks that it’s too soon to tell whether the Eagles have a shot at the Vince Lombardi trophy, and there are a lot of factors involved that could make or break the possibility before the Eagles can even think about the championship. “The real Super Bowl question in my mind is: can they win the Eastern division of the NFC? And if so, can they get home field advantage and a bye in the playoffs? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘No’, then the Eagles will not even be in the Super Bowl, let alone win it.”

It may very well be too soon to tell, but Eagles fans all over are still excited for the prospects of the season and await the next game against the Jets.

“I plan on trying to get as many tickets as I can,” Dr. Siegel explains. “It can be tough because they’re always sold out. You have to either know someone who has tickets that are not interested or buy them on eBay.” Eagles tickets sell for top dollar on sites such as eBay and Craigslist, as the team has some of the most dedicated followers in America.

So if you are waiting to get into an Eagles game, jump on the opportunity before it’s too late. You might end up watching Sportscenter in your living room if you wait too long.

Shanna Laub writes for Off-Topic Media. Tom Jackson is a football blogger at Eagle’s Eye Blog. Dr. Ken Siegel is a Philadelphia TMJ dentist. He can be reached at:

Dental Excellence of Blue Bell
706 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422-1214
(610) 272-0828

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My Fearless League Predictions

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It is time again for my fearless attempt (note:  no dart boards were injured during this exercise) to predict the outcome of the 2011 NFL Season.  I know that some of you will doubt my crystal ball but it seldom fails me (except when it needs repair which happens around this time every year).

AFC East

  1. Pats –
    This team has struggled in the playoffs but always has a great regular
    season.  This year it will get to the AFC
    Championship game.
  2. Jets – I wonder how good the O will be because I
    am not sold on QB Sanchez.
  3. Dolphins – This team is without a QB and it will
    show.  Daboll is the OC which is good
    news for the TE’s.
  4. Bills – This team is going to be in the running
    for the 1st pick QB Luck.  But
    will they be willing to pay enough to sign him if they get the 1st
    pick.

AFC North

  1. Steelers – They have a D older than the “over
    the hill gang” of Redskin fame and the window to winning is closing because of
    it.
  2. Ravens – They just can’t seem to find a way beat
    the Steelers and they will not this year.
  3. Browns – They can be 8-8 or better IF they can
    keep QB McCoy healthy.  Otherwise 3-13.
  4. Bengals – This team is in serious trouble with a
    new QB and questions about their D.

AFC South

  1. Texans – The team has a great running game to go
    with an outstanding passing attack.  The
    only question is their D.  Williams as
    OLB?
  2. Colts – The latest on QB Manning is that he will
    be out for a couple of months.  They
    could end up with a top 5 draft pick in 2012 without him.
  3. Titans – RB Johnson is the key.  The O line has to give him just a step and he
    can go all the way.  The D and passing
    attacks keep them from contending.
  4. Jags – Look for this team to be the first choice
    to move to LA.  The city is in a
    financial hole and the team is bereft of talent.

AFC West

  1. Chargers – This team can not possibly get off to
    as bad a start as they have for the last couple of years.  Any improvement in their start will vault
    them into the playoffs.
  2. Chiefs – QB Cassel is hurt and the running game
    alone can not make up for a porous D.
  3. Raiders – I am the only one they did not call to
    play QB.  Key losses cannot be overcome.
  4. Broncos – This team has a long way to go to
    become competitive.

 

NFC East

  1. Eagles – The team has gone all out to win this
    year.  QB Vick will not have as good a
    year as 2010 but the D is better and this is the year.  If not, HC Reid is gone.
  2. Giants – QB Manning is not as good as most think
    and that again prevents them from getting far in the post season.
  3. Cowboys – Owner Jones is still looking for a HC
    that can win.  The problem is JJ is the
    GM and this team is not that good.
  4. Redskins – Another team without a QB.  McNabb was not the answer.  If HC Shanahan doesn’t find the answer soon
    he will be gone as well.

 

NFC North

  1. Packers – Despite a flurry of injuries last year
    the team made the playoffs and won it all.
    Those wounded players are back and the team is better than last year.
  2. Lions – No one is going to want to face the D
    front this season.  If QB Stafford stays
    healthy this team can get into the playoffs.
  3. Bears – HC Smith will likely be replaced if they
    slip below the Lions.  Bye Lovie.
  4. Vikings – The window is now closed on this team
    contending.

 

NFC South

  1. Saints – They will lose game 1 vs the Pack but
    still win the division.  Sproles will
    help this team.
  2. Falcons – Their time will come next year but
    they still have some issues on D.
  3. Bucs – This is the best 3rd place
    team in the league.  They will challenge
    the Falcons next season.
  4. Panthers – They had the top pick and I am not
    sure they used it wisely.  While QB Newton
    will improve this year will he ever be willing to pay the price to become a top
    QB?

 

NFC West

  1. Rams – The D is much better and the O behind QB
    Bradford will flourish.
  2. Cardinals – QB Kolb will make this team better
    but not enough to overtake the Rams.
  3. 49ers – QB Smith is a white flag indicating this
    team might be looking to bring Stanford QB Luck to the team next year.
  4. Seahawks – This is a bad team without a QB.  Jackson couldn’t make it in MN with the best
    RB in the league so how will he do here?
    It won’t be pretty.

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.

He is a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.comand edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on

and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.
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Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

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Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys before the 200...

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Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Having a good quarterback is a key to success in fantasy football. Every year, the league is based more around passing than running. A lot of teams will throw to their running backs almost as much as they hand them the ball. When you are drafting, you should consider the following three QBs to be at the top of the list.

Most fantasy football players draft quarterbacks early, but not as early as they draft their running backs and wide receivers. That’s in spite of the fact that fantasy football quarterbacks will consistently score more points for a team than a running back or a wide receiver. The difference is that you can only start a single quarterback, but you can almost always start two running backs and two wide receivers.

That being said, quarterbacks are important, and here are some tips and suggestions about some quarterbacks to keep an eye on in 2011.

1. Tom Brady

Last year, he got the ball to Danny Woodhead, a Division Three, undrafted rookie, and two rookie tight ends. He got no help from Randy Moss and had to throw to Deion Branch, who is well out of his prime. He still threw for a nine to one touchdown to interception ratio. With Ochocinco in the lineup this year, he will be unstoppable.

2. Aaron Rodgers

All he did was win the Super Bowl, and he will have more talent this year with the return of both Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley.

3. Philip Rivers

Rivers just puts up numbers. Even when the Chargers lose, he throws for two hundred and fifty yards. With Vincent Jackson returning, he will have a huge year.

4. Tony Romo

People like to make fun of Tony Romo, and maybe he deserves some of this derision. But with starters like these, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten, he’s going to put numbers on the board this year for sure.

5. Matt Schaub

Schaub would be higher on this list, but the running game on his team is going to reduce the number of passes that he’s going to throw. That’s going to affect his fantasy football performance. He’s still a good pick, but he’s not as good as some of the other quarterbacks on this list.

6. Matt Ryan

He’s been playing long enough to consider him a veteran. He could be a great value pick in your league this year, because he usually goes late. So keep your eye on him.

7. Matthew Stafford

If he can avoid getting injured, he should be able to put numbers on the scoreboard for you.

There are a few QBs not mentioned that could contend for these spots, including Peyton Manning.

John Clifton has written more about fantasy football quarterbacks at FantasyFootballTips.org.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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At 6:20 Jason Bradock of RotoExpert.com joins me to talk about which players in NFL and with the Browns will have great seasons and which are expected to produce less.

At 7:20 one of my favorite baseball analysts, Glenn Moore of The Dugout Sports Show joins me to talk about the Indians and MLB.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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SBurton

At 6:20 PM EDT, Jason Churchill writer for prospectinsider.com joins me to talk about the Indian’s 2011 draft and the trades for Ubaldo Jimenez and Thomas Neal.

At 7:20 Samantha Burton Indians beat writer for the Bleacher Report talks about the deplorable defense, the injuries and the team’s Jeckle and Hyde play in the recent weeks.

Join us on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

Please also visit Mr. Eller’s group website and sign up for the free newsletter.

Also please visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/ and let the NFL and NFLPA know how you feel about the needs of the retired players.  Thank you in advance.

I would like to thank Miller Beer for their support of our military.  They donate 10 cents for each bottle cap or pull tab returned to them to give our best and bravest tickets to games and other diversions which they so badly need.

Also we support the USO for all they do in taking care of not only our military around the world but also the loved ones of military families with the everyday issues they face with a Mother or Dad away from home protecting us all.

For replays of recent shows, check out archives of our shows on the VoiceBase player at http://fryingpansports.com/ .

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.
He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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