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Whats your Favorite team? I believe this has to be the most common question asked during any sports related event.  Everyone wants to know where your allegiances lie not just for small talk, but to get a quick glimpse into your soul. Behind every persons affection for a sporting team is a story that binds the two together. Heres Mine.

         I was a semi jock in high school. In my earlier years I was arrogant enough to believe I had the skills to go pro, but unfortunately for me I was more proficient at causing myself drama. Drama or not my love for sports, and in particular the ones I played never passed. The desire to be on the football field or running the basketball court made me latch on to my teams like a tissue on the bottom of a high heel. Unsuspecting of their meaning to me I trudge forward with my team until life forces me away, but I aways find a way back.

        I have only sworn undying loyalty to two teams. One being my high school alma mater, and the other being the Indianapolis Colts. I realize that high school sports mean nothing to most on a national scale so ill spare you the details on the Maynard Evans High School Trojans who went 10-2 this football season. (Lol) No this is not about them. This about My dear colts. Yes the ones that got their first victory of the season yesterday with their third string quarterback starting and a patchwork offensive line. Yep those are my boys.

         I get the question all the time “How does a guy that never once set foot in Indiana love their football team so”?  To be honest its simply complex. I was a fan of Marshall Faulk. I played running back during my football career, so I always identified with them the most. Watching him felt like magic! Every time this man carried the rock I expected great things. When he Left the colts they got this quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning. He was the first quarterback I could say I grew up watching. I mean I didn’t just click on the tv to see his name flash across sports center. No, I  actually followed him from college sports into the pros. It was my admiration for these two players that attracted me to the colts organization.

        Everyone Loves to win but these guys have been doing it for years. Thier style of play, the way they run their front office, to the way they drafted players it all just agreed with me. It helped that Peyton and Company were winning. I guess you can say that was the cherry on top, considering this year Our unit has hit rock bottom. The lock out hurt us more than any other team I believe, but I wont justify our 1-13 record.  After all It is a professional team and under no circumstances do I find this acceptable. Especially since we had most of our pieces. Again that is neither here nor there, so despite the horrid record I believe we will turn this seasons losses into victories for many years to come.

        I love my team, but I am not blinded by them. Whether it be football or water polo I like to call things like I see them. I hope that if your reading this you’ll once again join me as I share my opinions, concerns, and highlights. Feel free to comment and send feed back on anything I might post. All I ask is that if you feel like your comment might be motivated by ignorance Stop and re-evaluate what you want to say. I will not have profane rants on my blog. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your responses.

                                                                           Jamel Clark

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The Good News: I’m now writing for a new site as an Expert Fantasy Football Analyst. The site is SuicideFantasyFootball.com .

The Bad News: Being as how I’m writing for this site, my insanely humorous and intellectual blogging will be few and far between on this blog.

The Great News: You can still read from your favorite Fantasy Blogger at SuicideFantasyFootball.com! On top of reading, you can also play the all new style of Fantasy Football on the site as well! How is it different you may ask? Well, there is no draft whatsoever. You simply pick any NFL player to fill your generic fantasy roster each week. However, the trick is that you can only use a player ONCE the ENTIRE season. Whomever has the most overall points for the season in their respective league wins. There are Free Leagues, $10 Leagues, $50 Leagues, and $100 Leagues. Whomever wins the $50 and $100 leagues wins…wait for it…an all expense paid trip for two to this season’s Superbowl!!! That’s right, for as little as $50, you and a friend can go to the Superbowl for FREE!!!

Here is a video showing how to play and set your lineup.

On top of this new inventive Fantasy League, I am still playing the generic style on CBSSports.com in which I am still looking for a few more fans to fill it before I open it up to the public. $39 Buy in, $200 for 1st place.

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Even though this week is officially Shark Week, I believe last week had more sharks. GM Sharks hunting for the best acquisitions for their team both in the MLB and NFL alike. What else did you think was going to happen when the entire NFL offseason was crammed into just one month? Well, luckily for my readers, you have me. Below is a list of all of the “relevant signings and trades in both the NFL and MLB in case you haven’t been keeping up to par. For all of my fellow Dolphins fans, sadly we still have Chad Henne.

I still have just a few more spots left in my CBS Sports Fantasy Football league. $99 entry. First place receives $600. Open to any friends and/or fans who would like to challenge me. Post comment with interest.

The MLB had a handful of big named trades prior to the recently passed trade deadline. Of the trades that did happen, here are the notable ones:

  • SP Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies to the Indians
  • OF Michael Bourn from the Astros to the Braves
  • OF Hunter Pence from the Astros to the Phillies
  • SP Erik Bedard from the Mariners to the Redsox
  • SS Rafael Furcal from the Dodgers to the Cardinals
  • OF Ryan Ludwick from the Padres to the Pirates
  • SP Jason Marquis from the Nationals to the Diamondbacks
  • OF Jonny Gomes from the Reds to the Nationals
  • SP Edwin Jackson from the Whitesox to the Cardinals
  • OF Colby Rasmus from the Cardinals to the Bluejays
  • OF Carlos Beltran from the Mets to the Giants
  • OF Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs to the Indians
  • 1B Derek Lee from the Orioles to the Pirates

Now the NFL isn’t even close to being wrapped up with trades and free agent signings. However, of what has been done in the week since the NFL has been reinstated from the lockout, below are the notable NFL transactions…so far:

  • Tue: Panthers agree to terms with DE Charles Johnson on 6-year deal.
  • Tue: Seahawks agree to terms with QB Tarvaris Jackson on 2-year deal.
  • Wed: Panthers agree to terms with RB DeAngelo Williams on 5-year deal.
  • Wed.: Redskins send QB Donovan McNabb to Minnesota for draft picks.
  • Wed: Colts agree to terms with S Melvin Bullitt on 3-year deal.
  • Wed.: Jets agree to terms with WR Santonio Holmes on 5-year deal.
  • Wed.: Titans agree to terms with QB Matt Hasselbeck on multiyear deal.
  • Wed.: Seattle agrees to terms with WR Sidney Rice on 5-year deal.
  • Wed.: Chiefs agree to terms with WR Steve Breaston on 5-year deal.
  • Thu: Saints agree to deal RB Reggie Bush to Miami. 
  • Thu: Redskins deal DL Albert Haynesworth to Patriots.
  • Thu: Arizona gets QB Kevin Kolb from Eagles for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, second-round pick.
  • Thu: Patriots acquire Chad Ochocinco from the Bengals for draft picks.
  • Thu: Saints agree to 4-year deal with RB Darren Sproles. 
  • Fri: Falcons agree to 5-year deal with DE Ray Edwards. 
  • Fri: Eagles agree to 5-year deal with CB Nnamdi Asomugha.
  • Fri: Eagles agree to 1-year deal with QB Vince Young.
  • Sat: Eagles sign defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to a 5-year deal.
  • Sun: Jets agree to 1-year deal with wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

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I’ve said before that anyone is expendable in Fantasy Baseball. Being able to figure out which players to add and which to drop is the main tool for winning your games and season. If you have a job where you are at your computer often or have no life and live in your parent’s cellar, then you MIGHT be able to handle daily pay-to-play fantasy baseball leagues (as opposed to weekly lineups). The intensity of it all is very stressful, so hopefully you are getting your money’s worth if you win. Most leagues have at least 4 teams who “know what they’re doing.” You have to be on your computer 7 days a week at the day’s specific roster-lock time to acquire new starting pitchers that start in the following 48 hours and drop those who started the day of (those who aren’t your studs you keep year round anyway). It’s tough stuff. If it were easy, they’d call it cheerleading 🙂

This week I did some intensive cleanup with my batting lineup. I dropped previously hot, big name players like Grady Sizemore (OF), Jeff Francoeur (OF), Logan Morrison (OF), and Kelly Johnson (2B). They are big names and scored well earlier, however they weren’t pulling their weight. I knew most of these players would be picked up by other teams within a week or so but I needed players who were scoring points NOW and not THEN. The players I had been tracking or “scouting” for a week or more and decided it was time to give them a spot on my roster were Danny Espinosa (2B), Michael Bourn (OF), Ty Wigginton (1B/2B/3B/OF), and J.J. Hardy (SS). Boy did it pay off BIG TIME! In the 3 days I started Wigginton he hit 3 HRs. Bourn racked up stolen bases like they were candy, and the others hit their share of HRs and RBIs as well. I’d also like to add that my 2nd batter drafted, Evan Longoria (3B) wents nuts this week and clocked in 45.5 points for me (thus earning the blog pic honors). I usually get excited when my batters score 20 in a week. He was injured most of the first two months and didn’t really do much since, but this week he started batting with no gloves and it looks like it will stay that way. I have one batter left currently playing and I have already locked down the highest point total for the week, surpassing the second highest point total by 130 points! My main problem all season has been my batting lineup not doing their job, thus relying on my constant adding/dropping of pitchers for wins. Now I can be less stressed if I keep scoring 547 points (CBS scoring) a week with my batters doing their part.

You should ALWAYS be scouting players, all players, everyone. When someone gets hot, ride it. When they get cold, drop them in a heartbeat. When you don’t win the championship you will look back at those who didn’t help you and wish you would’ve dropped them. Do yourself a favor, start hot players, win the moolah.

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Relentless = Gold

How do you go a week in fantasy baseball allowing 80+ earned runs from your pitching staff and STILL go on to win? You must be relentless. I was down at the beginning of each day of the week and finally came back Sunday afternoon because I didn’t give up, I kept acquiring new pitchers hoping that at least a few of them will do what they get paid to do, get batters out. Luckily my two pitching studs started on Sunday and did their jobs, scoring a combined 60+ points (Kershaw & Verlander). This tip also applies to the season. Until you are mathematically eliminated from making the playoffs, do NOT lose hope. Keep trying, keep digging. Even after that unfortunate time comes, you still have to make your usual roster adjustments. You don’t ever want to be a “cupcake” match up since you don’t update your team and give  someone the “easy win.” This sucks for those competing against the victor of the easy win for a playoff spot. You play to win the game!

On the topic of Fantasy Football, I am going to create a league on Cbssports.com this year. It will be $99.99 per team granting $600 for first place. If any of my readers are interested in competing against me please let me know asap since spots are limited!

My eBook is doing really well and I am getting great feedback on it. Many readers who have never played a season of Fantasy Football are sending me messages saying how happy they are to know how to finally play and will definitely do so this season. Be sure to check it out here!

I’ve been on a hiatus recently. Just returned from spending a week in Ohio. I did get a chance to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was pretty neat. I even got a tour of Fawcett Stadium (where they play the NFL Hall of Fame game every year) and kicked a field goal and caught a touchdown pass in it. I have a few videos of my time at Fawcett Stadium and have this poll below to see which video you guys want me to post in my next post. First video to get 10 votes wins!

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I am in the midst of writing my first eBook of my fantasy help series. I will definitely let you guys know when it’s ready to be purchased. I also need you guys to help support my newly created Facebook page and Twitter account. Please “like” and “follow” both!

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fantasy-Sports-QA/144436012294594

Twitter: @FL_Sports_Guy

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In a previous post I mentioned how I was getting uber destroyed this week in one of my fantasy baseball leagues. One crucial concept that works more for fantasy baseball than any other fantasy sport is NEVER. GIVE. UP. After Mother’s Day settles down I will finally get to my long awaited post of mastering free agency. To better comprehend what mastering means, I was down 120 points after Wednesday’s games were done. Biggest deficit for me…ever. With my knowledgeable skills in fantasy I went from 110 points down after Friday’s games to only down 39 points after Saturday’s games. Big ups to Justin Verlander (1st drafted pitcher) pitching a historical game for me, along with my healed Evan Longoria (2nd round pick – injured for 4 weeks) blasting his first home-run and Pirates’ pitcher Charlie Morton (free agency pick up a day prior) pitching a great game. The final showdown is today. Last day of the week. Both of us have five starting pitchers. It all depends on who brings their A-game. Fantasy Baseball is a sport of it’s own where your entire pitching staff can get negative points and each of their teams can still win their games, or none of your batters record a single hit but their teams all score 20 runs on the day. One call from your pitcher’s baby’s momma about not getting milk and diapers before his game can be the difference in a 30 point outing and a -30 point outing for your team. Definitely keep up on illnesses or personal matters if at all possible. Roy Oswalt, pitcher for the Phillies, left his team for a week or two because his house was just hit by one of those recent deadly tornado storms. His family is okay but that fact alone could hinder performance in his next start.

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