Thursday, June 30, 2011
Posted by Dan Brooks at 10:59 PM
Marshall Faulk - RB St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts
2nd overall pick of the 1994 NFL Draft, Faulk played 12 seasons, rushed for 12,279 yards and 100 touchdowns. He also caught 767 passes, for another 6,875 yards and 36 receiving touchdowns. He is one of only three players with 12,000 rushing and 5,000 receiving yards. His ability to run the ball and catch it out of the backfield made him one of the most explosive players in the history of the NFL.
202 other players were picked before the Chicago Bears selected Dent in the 1983 NFL Draft. By the 1984 NFL season, he was one of the best defensive players in the league, and led the NFC with 17.5 sacks. The 1985 Chicago Bears were one of the greatest football teams in NFL season and Richard Dent had a lot to do with it. That season, he led the entire NFL with 17 sacks, had 2 interceptions (1 for a touchdown) and was named Super Bowl XX MVP.
Chris Hanburger - LB Washington Redskins
Chris played 14 years for the Redskins and was a 9x Pro-Bowler. In 1972, he was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year. He played before sacks became an official NFL statistic and was widely regarded as one of the smartest players on the field. He was drafted in the 18th and final round of the 1965 NFL Draft. Being drafted that low, he is NOT the lowest drafted player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That distinction belongs to Roosevelt Brown Jr., who was selected by the New York Giants in the 27th round (321st overall pick) of the 1953 NFL Draft.
Les Ritcher - LB Los Angeles Rams
Les was the #2 pick of the 1952 NFL draft, by the NY Yanks. Unfortunately, the team folded soon after and all rights were turned over to the expansion team, Dallas Texans, however, the Los Angeles Rams were so impressed with Ritcher, they traded 11 players to get him, let him complete two years of military service and had him on the field in 1954. This was the second largest trade for one single player. The plan worked out well as Ritcher was an 8x Pro Bowler during his 9 year career. He never missed a single game during his entire career.
Ed Sabol - Co-Founder of NFL Films
One of the most important figures in bringing the NFL to living rooms and TV's all over the country. At 36 years old, Ed Sabol started NFL Films in 1962, with his son Steve. His voice is one of the most recognized in the history of the NFL.
Deion Sanders - CB Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens
"Neion-Deion." "Primetime." Sanders was one of the most dominating players in the history of football. Offensive coordinators spent many countless Sunday afternoons trying to keep the ball away from him. In 14 NFL season, he made 9 Pro Bowls, was a 2x NFC Defensive Player of the Year ('93-'94), the AP Defensive Player of the Year (1994) and is a 2x Super Bowl Champion. He intercepted 53 passes, returning 9 of them for touchdowns. He also was a prolific punter returner (6 for touchdowns) and kick returner (3 for touchdowns).
Shannon Sharpe - TE Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens
Shannon's career started off rather slowly (1,061 yds, and 4 touchdowns during first three years), but things really picked up for him during his fourth NFL season, which he almost doubled his career yardage and tripled his touchdown receptions. By the time he retired (after 14 seasons), he was the All-Time leading tight end with 815 receptions, 10,060 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also won three Super Bowls, twice with the Broncos and one with the Ravens.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Jason Bartlett - SS - He's hitting only .249, which is well below his career average of .277 and he career best of .320, but he does steal some bases (15) and his strikeout/ AB ratio is 1:6. This tells me that he's putting the ball in play, if he starts putting the ball into the gaps, he could finish up with over 150 hits and 30 stolen bases. Bartlett's defensive skills are very good, so you know he be in the lineup virtually every night.
Jeff Keppinger - SS/ 2B - Last year, he hit .288 w/ 34 doubles. Had a late start this year (only played 29 games so far), but he's batting .325. His strikeout/ AB ratio is about 1:18 and it really seems like all he does is hit doubles.
Daniel Murphy - 1B, 2B, 3B OF - Owns a .297 BA through 75 games. Could finish with about 160 hits, w/ 30 doubles. He's an everyday player who you can use in four different player slots.
Reed Johnson - OF - In 48 games, he's the owner of a .337 batting average, 11 doubles and 22 RBI.
Ivan Nova - SP - He's 7-4 and is a starting pitcher for the NY Yankees. ERA of 4.26, but he gets plenty of run support from a powerful lineup
Mark Buehrle - SP - His 3.73 ERA is the best it's been in years. This is his 12th MLB season and he's had only one losing season (2006). He's always been a solid pitcher and has perfect game and a few no-hitters to back it up.
Charlie Morton - SP - Is probably the biggest reason the Pittsburgh Pirates could finish the season with a winning record. Has only given up 2 home runs in 86 innings pitched.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Friday, June 24, 2011
MLB.com Power Rankings
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Monday, June 20, 2011
The front of each card features a photo of a baseball Hall of Fame member, while the back of the card features the players bust that is located at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY. What really makes these Hall of Fame collectibles really unique is the commemorative solid bronze coin that is embedded into the card. The front of the coin features the player's photo, while the back of the coin features the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum logo. The entire piece is encased in a protective 4x6 acrylic case.
Each coin card is a Limited Edition and the number of coins minted was determined by the player's HOF induction year. For instance, NY Yankees legendary catcher, Yogi Berra, was elected to the HOF in 1972, therefore Yogi's coin cards are limited to only 1,972. Minnesota Twin slugger, Harmon Killebrew was elected in 1984, therefore his coin cards are limited to only 1,984.
This collection was introduced on June 20, 2011. Here are some of the players that are available.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
During Morton's first three years in the majors, he amassed a record of 11-29 and an ERA around 6.00. Last year alone, he was 2-12 with an ERA of 7.57 and gave up 15 home runs in only 79.2 innings pitched. Opponents had a .332 batting average against him. What a difference a year can makes!
Posted by Dan Brooks at 11:32 AM
Friday, June 17, 2011
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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Sunday, June 5, 2011
Check out our full line of Riddell Pro Line Authentic Football Helmets. Visit our NFL Sports Memorabilia Section and choose your team.
Posted by Dan Brooks at 12:09 PM