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BREAKING NEWS: Pryor Eligible for NFL Draft

Written August 18th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

NFL Bound

The National Football League has announced this morning that former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor will be eligible for the supplemental draft, which will occur on Monday, August 22.

In an interesting development, the NFL has declared that Pryor will not be allowed to practice or play for whatever team drafts him for the first five weeks of the season, the same amount of games he was scheduled to miss at Ohio State. This move is alleged to have been supported by the NFL Players Association.

According to ESPN (I know…) the suspension rationale is based on the following-

“… Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules, which resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football.

“Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules. Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs.”

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Super Bowl Sunday- Why I’m A Packer Backer

Written February 5th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Shiny

UPDATE: Whooooo!!!!!!

The chili is simmering, my daughters have already made the only dessert appropriate, and the tasty beverages are chilling awaiting consumption. I’ve got my spot staked out in front of the plasma, and the guy that’s been at my Super Bowl party for eleven of the last twelve years has flown down from Seattle.

But, you know what? I have no idea who I want to win.  Seriously, and I know that there’s a lot of folks who are like this, but this is the most apathetic I’ve ever been about a “Super Bowl”… heck, at this point, I wouldn’t care how it was spelled.

I haven’t watched the fifteen months of coverage, so I’m not all that informed about this year’s game. I know Roethlisberger did something creepy and this is a chance at redemption and everyone got freaked out because he liked Billy Joel.  Although, I don’t hear a lot about other quarterbacks who did something creepy in the past and might have repeated that behavior… so maybe it’s not an issue.

I know it’s cold, and everyone’s griping about that (Great idea, NFL- and next year you’re in Indy? With NYC to come? Good thinking.); although as a B1G fan my response is to suck it up and play the game as it was invented. Although, since the Super Bowl has become more for the bandwagon folks and celebrities, I’m not surprised at the complaining- in fact, it reinforces my belief that a playoff for college football isn’t a great idea (but that’s another post).

But, with all that “research” and the copious coverage, I still have no preference for a victorious squadron. Read More

Did Beanie Wells just give Big Ten a BBC Championship?

Written December 27th, 2009 by Jeff

The BBC Challenge championship game is nearing it’s end today….and it’s been a battle between the Big Ten and the Pac-10.

However, just seconds ago, Beanie Wells scored on a 3-yard run to give himself 14 fantasy points on the day.  Wells was placed in the lineup last night after seeing that Rashard Mendenhall was facing the Baltimore defense while Wells was seeing St. Louis.  That move might have been the difference.

The Big Ten leads 78-56 .

  • Dallas Clark is still playing for the Big Ten, as is Wells.
  • DeSean Jackson has a full quarter for the Pac-10 left, and Rian Lindell goes tomorrow.

It’s still a war, but it’s looking good for the Big Ten.

The BBC Challenge reaches the Championship Game

Written December 22nd, 2009 by Jeff

Four months ago, we began an experiment in fantasy football, and we mixed in a little NCAA Conference rivalry.  We called it The BBC Challenge, and the goal was to declare a supreme conference.

We’ve reached the championship game, finally.

This weekend, the best players from the four major conferences (Big 10, Pac-10, SEC and Big 12) will again do battle to determine which collegiate league truly develops the best players.  It’s time to meet the teams that will determine our first champion.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your warriors….the Big Ten team and the Pac-10 squad.

Last week, the Big Ten roughed up the Big 12 (although it was scary for a while when Drew Brees bombed and Vince Young played the best game of his NFL career) by a score of 96-63.  Meanwhile, every Pac-10 player dominated their opponents and completely destroyed the SEC 135-70.  That 135 points was the most scored in any week of action by any team this season, so obviously the Pac-10 comes into the championship game as a favorite to win.

Right now, the spread is 8 points.  Let’s see the lineups;

The Big Ten

QB Drew Brees, NO QB » Sun 1:00
RB Pierre Thomas, NO RB » Sun 1:00
RB Rashard Mendenhall, Pit RB » Sun 1:00
WR Derrick Mason, Bal WR » Sun 1:00
WR Santonio Holmes, Pit WR » Sun 1:00
WR Lee Evans, Buf WR » Sun 1:00
TE Dallas Clark, Ind TE » Sun 4:15
K Nate Kaeding, SD K » Fri 7:30

The Pac-10

QB Aaron Rodgers, GB QB » Sun 1:00
RB Steven Jackson, StL RB » Sun 4:05
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac RB » Sun 1:00
WR DeSean Jackson, Phi WR » Sun 4:15
WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin WR » Sun 1:00
WR Steve Smith, NYG WR » Sun 1:00
TE Tony Gonzalez, Atl TE » Sun 1:00
K Ryan Longwell, Min K » Mon 8:30

At this point, everyone is healthy except for Steven Jackson, who is suffering from a back injury.  If he doesn’t get upgraded by gametime, he’ll be replaced in the starting lineup by Jonathan Stewart or Justin Forsett.

Also, Rashard Mendenhall might be replaced as a starter.  The Steelers are taking on Baltimore’s defense, while the Big Ten might have a better shot with Marion Barber going up against Washington, or Laurence Maroney vs. Jacksonville.

The first player takes the field on Friday, when Nate Keading’s foot goes up against Tennessee.  We probably won’t have a winner declared until Monday night when the Pac-10 kicker, Ryan Longwell takes on Chicago.

Expect the best battle of the weekend to take place with the quarterbacks.  Aaron Rodgers is going up against Seattle, who is ranked #29 against the pass.  Meanwhile, Drew Brees, who is probably pretty motivated after his bad game against Dallas, goes up against a somewhat better pass defense in Tampa Bay (#8 against the pass).

The BBC Challenge – semi-finals have arrived!

Written December 18th, 2009 by Jeff

So you REALLY wanna know which conference is the best?  We’ve got your answer.

Over the past 14 weeks, we’ve been running a little experiment involving the Big Ten, Pac-10, SEC and Big 12, and we’ve been putting the best NFL players from those conferences in a fantasy football league.  We call it The BBC Challenge.

The semi-finals are taking place this weekend, and the Super Bowl is next weekend.

This weekend, the best players from the Big Ten are battling it out with the Big 12, while the SEC and Pac-10 will settle the score to send a team to the Super Bowl.  Here’s the rosters;

Big 12

QB Vince Young, Ten QB » Sun 1:00
RB Cedric Benson, Cin RB » Sun 4:05
RB Correll Buckhalter, Den RB   » Sun 4:05
WR Michael Crabtree, SF WR » Sun 1:00
WR Wes Welker, NE WR » Sun 1:00
WR Mark Clayton, Bal WR » Sun 1:00
TE Daniel Graham, Den TE » Sun 4:05
K Kris Brown, Hou K » Sun 1:00

Big 10

QB Drew Brees, NO QB » Sat 8:20
RB Pierre Thomas, NO RB » Sat 8:20
RB Rashard Mendenhall, Pit RB » Sun 4:15
WR Derrick Mason, Bal WR » Sun 1:00
WR Santonio Holmes, Pit WR » Sun 4:15
WR Lee Evans, Buf WR » Sun 1:00
TE Dallas Clark, Ind TE » W 35-31
K Nate Kaeding, SD K » Sun 4:05

SEC

QB Peyton Manning, Ind QB » W 35-31
RB Joseph Addai, Ind RB » W 35-31
RB Knowshon Moreno, Den RB   » Sun 4:05
WR Percy Harvin, Min WR   » Sun 8:20
WR Robert Meachem, NO WR » Sat 8:20
WR Sidney Rice, Min WR   » Sun 8:20
TE Jason Witten, Dal TE » Sat 8:20
K Ryan Succop, KC K » Sun 1:00

Pac-10

QB Aaron Rodgers, GB QB » Sun 4:15
RB Steven Jackson, StL RB   » Sun 1:00
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac RB » L 31-35
WR DeSean Jackson, Phi WR » Sun 1:00
WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin WR   » Sun 4:05
WR Steve Smith, NYG WR » Mon 8:30
TE Tony Gonzalez, Atl TE » Sun 1:00
K Ryan Longwell, Min K » Sun 8:20

Some of the players this week have already had their say (Manning, Addai, Clark, Jones-Drew).  So far, the SEC leads the Pac-10 40-26, and the Big Ten leads the Big 12 21-0.  The Big 12′s lack of a quarterback has hurt them all season, but if Vince Young can rise to the challenge this week, they have a shot.

Whoever wins this weekend will play each other for the right to declare conference supremacy!

Better than sex – Browns beat Steelers 13-6

Written December 10th, 2009 by Jeff

There’s really no way to describe this feeling to anybody who hasn’t been a long-suffering fan of the Cleveland Browns, but I’ll try.

Yes, we’re still only 2-11.

Yes, we’re nowhere near a good team.

Yes, we have massive holes to fill on both sides of the ball.

But for one night, we did the one thing Browns fans have been desperately seeking since 2002.  We defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And we knocked their sorry asses out of the playoffs in the process.

It can’t get much better than that.

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This makes those 11 losses alllll better now

The BBC Challenge – WRs, TEs, and kickers

Written December 9th, 2009 by Jeff

Continued from yesterday, let’s take a look at the wide receivers, tight ends, and kickers from our respective conferences.  These will determine our final trades, which must be made by midnight tonight;

Big Ten

  • WR – Muhsin Muhammed – 2.8 ppg
  • WR – Braylon Edwards – 5.3 ppg
  • WR – Chris Chambers – 5.6 ppg
  • WR – Derrick Mason – 8.3 ppg
  • WR – Santonio Holmes – 9.3 ppg
  • WR – Lee Evans – 6.1 ppg
  • WR – Ted Ginn Jr. – 3.8 ppg
  • WR – Brian Hartline – 3.8 ppg
  • WR – Steve Breaston – 6.1 ppg
  • TE – Kellen Davis – 2.0 ppg
  • TE – Dallas Clark – 9.2 ppg
  • K – Nate Kaeding – 9.8 ppg
  • K – Jay Feely – 7.7 ppg
  • K – Neil Rackers – 7.1 ppg
  • K – Robbie Gould – 6.8 ppg

Pac-10

  • WR – TJ Houshmadafalalalalala – 6.4 ppg
  • WR – DeSean Jackson – 10.1 ppg
  • WR – Greg Camarillo – 2.6 ppg
  • WR – Sammie Stroughter – 3.0 ppg
  • WR – Bobby Wade – 2.3 ppg
  • WR – Dennis Northcutt – 2.5 ppg
  • WR – Steve Smith – 10.3 ppg
  • WR – Chad Ochocinco – 9.7 ppg
  • TE – Tony Gonzalez – 8.3 ppg
  • TE – Marcedes Lewis – 4.3 ppg
  • TE – Todd Heap – 4.1 ppg
  • TE – Fred Davis – 3.9 ppg
  • K – Jason Hansen – 5.3 ppg
  • K – Ryan Longwell – 8.9 ppg
  • K – Rian Lindell – 6.8 ppg

SEC

  • WR – Hines Ward – 10.0 ppg
  • WR – Percy Harvin – 10.0 ppg
  • WR – Robert Meachem – 9.2 ppg
  • WR – Sidney Rice – 10.2 ppg
  • WR – Mohamed Massoquoi – 4.7 ppg
  • WR – Devery Henderson – 6.7 ppg
  • WR – Dwayne Bowe – 5.7 ppg
  • WR – Andre Caldwell – 3.9 ppg
  • TE – Jason Witten 6.3 ppg
  • TE – Donald Lee – 1.9 ppg
  • TE -  Benjamin Watson – 4.3 ppg
  • TE – Randy McMichael – 1.8 ppg
  • K – John Kasay – 5.9 ppg
  • K – Ryan Succop – 6.4 ppg

Big 12

  • WR – Roy Williams – 6.6 ppg
  • WR – Jeremy Maclin – 6.8 ppg
  • WR – Justin Gage – 2.7 ppg
  • WR – Wes Welker – 10.6 ppg
  • WR – Michael Crabtree – 3.5 ppg
  • WR – Mark Clayton – 4.4 ppg
  • WR – Mark Bradley – 2.4 ppg
  • TE – Bo Scaife – 2.8 ppg
  • TE – David Thomas – 2.2 ppg
  • TE – Daniel Graham – 2.2 ppg
  • TE – Martellus Bennett – 1.1 ppg
  • K – Phil Dawson – 2.6 ppg
  • K – Kris Brown – 6.0 ppg
  • K – Josh Brown – 5.8 ppg

BBC Challenge – making roster changes

Written December 8th, 2009 by Jeff

The BBC Challenge playoffs begin in two days.  We need to create the best possible teams to represent the four major conferences for our fantasy football league.

So let’s dive right in and take a look – Tonight, QBs and RBs

Big Ten

  • QB – Tom Brady – 21.6 ppg
  • QB – Drew Brees – 24.8 ppg
  • QB – Chad Henne – 9.0 ppg
  • QB – Kerry Collins – 4.8 ppg
  • RB – Pierre Thomas – 10.0 ppg
  • RB – Laurence Maroney – 8.3 ppg
  • RB – Larry Johnson – 3.8 ppg
  • RB – Shonn Greene – 2.9 ppg
  • RB – Rashard Mendenhall – 10.4 ppg
  • RB – Marion Barber – 7.8 ppb
  • RB – Beanie Wells – 6.3 ppg

Pac-10

  • QB – Aaron Rodgers – 25.1 ppg
  • QB – Matt Cassel – 10.9 ppg
  • QB – Mark Sanchez – 10.3 ppg
  • QB – Carson Palmer – 16.1 ppg
  • RB – Maurice Jones-Drew – 16.6 ppg
  • RB – Reggie Bush – 6.2 ppg
  • RB – Jonathan Stewart – 9.0 ppg
  • RB – Justin Forsett – 7.1 ppg
  • RB – Mike Bell – 6.3 ppg
  • RB – Steven Jackson – 13.2 ppg
  • RB – Marshawn Lynch – 4.3 ppg
  • RB – Jerome Harrison – 4.3 ppg

SEC

  • QB – Peyton Manning – 22.5 ppg
  • QB – Jay Cutler – 15.6 ppg
  • QB – Eli Manning – 17.0 ppg
  • QB – Jason Campbell – 15.0 ppg
  • RB – Joseph Addai – 13.2 ppg
  • RB – Knowshown Moreno – 8.8 ppg
  • RB – Cadillac Williams – 7.6 ppg
  • RB – Kevin Faulk – 4.3 ppg
  • RB – Felix Jones – 4.3 ppg
  • RB – Darren McFadden – 2.6 ppg

Big 12

  • QB – Vince Young – 7.9 ppg
  • QB – Seneca Wallace – 3.7 ppg
  • QB – Josh Freeman – 6.2 ppg
  • QB – Chris Simms – (-0.3) ppg
  • RB – Cedric Benson – 11.3 ppg
  • RB – Correll Buckhalter – 6.0 ppg
  • RB – Jamaal Charles – 6.9 ppg
  • RB – Chris Brown – 3.2 ppg
  • RB – Adrian Peterson – 15.8 ppg
  • RB – Ricky Williams – 13.4 ppg
  • RB – Darren Sproles – 7.3 ppg
  • RB – Rock Cartwright – 3.1 ppg

The numbers make it easy to select who to put on the strongest team, but there’s always late-season surges to account for (such as Jerome Harrison for Cleveland scoring 21 fantasy points against San Diego).

The potential surprises will probably make the bench of the stronger teams, as a just-in-case thought.  Full and final rosters coming soon.