The day before the Super Bowl, the culmination of the National Football League’s season, I stopped into a local supermarket, and was pleasantly surprised to see a sign of things to come:
A fantasy baseball magazine.
558 Scouting Reports! Ballpark Power Index! Sleepers! Busts! Mock Draft! Mike Trout #1 Pick! It was in those 148 pages of awesomeness!
Now that this football nonsense is over, it’s time to get serious about sports.
In less than two weeks, equipment trucks filled with gloves, jerseys, sunflower seeds, and jock straps will hit the road, foul lines will be sprayed on, bleacher lights will shine, and pitchers and catchers will report to Florida and Arizona, a spring training prelude to the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
And, in the next few weeks, as I have done for over 10 years, I will sit down with my dad, and cousins, and draft players for my fantasy team, Musial’s Men.
I have never come close to winning my league, but this year, it’s my year. I can feel it.
As we do an auction draft, we have so much money to draft players, so it’s important to spend wisely: do I splurge on Clayton Kershaw, or try to get two lesser starting pitchers for the same amount of money, say, James Shields and Michael Wacha? Do I build around an ace pitcher like Kershaw, or do I go for the home run/RBI/stolen base potential of Trout?
For the last few years, my family league has instituted a Keeper system, meaning that we can retain so many players from the previous year. This year, I have decisions to make: do I keep 2nd baseman Jason Kipnis, who had a rough, injury-laden year but is still in the top four at his position? Will outfielder Yoenis Cespedes play well in Detroit? Will Jose Abreu add to his Rookie of the Year 2014 season, or endure a sophomore slump?
What about Corey Kluber, who won 18 games, had a 1.44 ERA, and struck out 269 en route to the American League Cy Young?
As I’m not sure if any of my competitors are reading this, even though I hope they are, because, support (hi, cousin Mike and aunt Carolina!), I will not divulge any of my intentions for this year.
But I’m getting ready. The war room of Musial’s Men is preparing for the draft.
But, the draft is just a small part of my excitement. Baseball’s coming back, ladies and gentleman!
Happy Royal Rumble weekend mothas! This is one of the best weekends on the wrestling calendar because of all the surprise that usually abound with the Rumble match itself. We’re winding down the guys that I, The Doc, want to see in the Rumble match. I’ve changed things up a bit and will give you my #1 & #2 choices combined tomorrow. Why did I change things up?!? Well, WWE threw a curveball by announcing that WrestleMania 32 will be held in Dallas. With Trips in charge you can tell that WWE is thinking about things in advance. But are they thinking a year-plus in advance? I don’t know but one can hope! That leads me into the #3 guy I want to see in the Royal Rumble. Hell, I want to see this guy back on WWE in some capacity but a Royal Rumble appearance in a big time PRO WRESTLING city would just be awesome. WHAT? I said it would be awesome! What?
The Royal Rumble match is about getting cheap pops just as much as it is about getting a guy into the main event spot for WrestleMania. Part of the allure to the match is seeing who is going to come back and where WWE can take them after they do. Since WWE announced that next year’s ‘Mania is going to be in Dallas they better start booking now. They’re going to have to bring fire power to JerryWorld to get 100,000 people in the joint. Bring this guy in this year and build out to something awesome next year!
If you haven’t read the other installments of this series then shame on you! Shameless plug check them out here, here, here, & here. Now the Royal Rumble is drawing closer and the rumor mill is starting to heat up in regards to “surprise” entrants. Hell, I think the WWE read my last piece to be honest with you! It’s like that time Eric Bischoff stole my idea for a fall PPV name (you know what I mean Iceman!?!?). Anyway, I was thinking that it would be a good idea to have a bit of a sing-a-long at the WWE Royal Rumble. What do you think? Ole?
Sometimes you just have to prove your worth around here! That's right I'm back for another entrant in my series of "Guys I Want To See In The Rumble Match." Just when I thought I couldn't come up with a guy better than my previous selection, which you can see HERE, I out do myself! But first I have a question for you…what happens when you combine a price, a warrior, and a demon king? You get my number six surprise entrant I want to see in the Royal Rumble match.
I was gonna give you 20 guys that I wanted to see in the Royal Rumble match but I got caught up doing some other things. Forgive me if I haven’t been able to write for my esteemed fan base! Mike and company have been gracious enough to allow me to come back and give you the SEVEN guys that I want to see in the 2015 Royal Rumble match. If you missed my first couple of guys, they don’t count towards my new list, check them out here. [Editors Note: We always love having the Doc as a contributor and I’ve even coerced him into writing a Rumble preview.]
On to #7…
By Michael Lipinski @MJL_52
Here are some thoughts for your Monday. Enjoy!
“DO YOUR JOB!”
It’s the mantra that every football coach lives by and it’s constantly driven into the minds of their players. If every one of the eleven players on the field does their job as dictated the play, the team, hell the season will be successful. It’s easy to call Brandon Bostick a goat but bottom line is the guy went into business for himself and it cost the Packers dearly. A lot of pundits have said the Packers were on their way to losing the game regardless. I call bullshit. If Bostick does his job the game most likely ends there and the wonderful people of Green Bay (seriously people from Wisconsin are nice as can be!) are celebrating yet another Super Bowl berth.
Well, well, well! It’s about time the knuckleheads that run this site have given me access to tell all of you the truth about wrestling! You’ve been clamoring for months, begging in fact, for Section 247 to bring back The Doc. Well, you want him and now you’ve got him! It seems like this site needed a little boost so they decided to bring in the best wrestling writer in the world to entertain your candyasses! With that being said let’s get to the topic at hand…the 2015 Royal Rumble. For the next 20 days I’m going to treat you to the 20 guys that I’d love to see enter the Royal Rumble match [
Editors Mike's Note: I’m sorry but the people have been asking for a Diagnosis so we’ve decided to give them one! All of Doc’s wrestlers are current guys who may or may not be signed to WWE contracts. Oh yeah, his opinions are his own.]. Let’s kick it with #20!
By Michael Lipinski (@MJL_52)
Well it’s a New Year and of course with a New Year comes some New Year’s resolutions! I’m not talking about dropping 30lbs and hitting the gym harder type resolutions, although thanks to Mike Dolce that’s what I plan on doing. No, I’m talking about actually adding content to a blog that I (and my partners, who from here on out I will refer to as “WE”...THE PEOPLE [that’s for you wrestling fans!]) pay for! So here’s what to look for in the New Year:
POSTS ABOUT SOMETHING...ANYTHING!
- We’re not a news site so our content will be commentary driven. This is a place for our contributors to give their thoughts and have some fun. If you want something serious go check out CSN Philly. If you want to have a lot of fun check out Crossing Broad (Writers Note: I think it’s the best site in the city and I’m jealous that I can’t sit at home like Kyle Scott and make this my career!!!). If you want to mildly amused…here we are!
- New contributors are coming your way! We would like to welcome Pete Sanchez to the team. The Cuban, we truly are a diverse group, is a true professional that comes from us from the world of professional journalism. Like I said the man gets paid to write professionally! Check out his wonderful piece on the late Stuart Scott. Pete…welcome to the team! Oh and give him a follow on Twitter @PeteyChez
A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE
- We’re currently looking into adding some audio & video content (ie. a Podcast & VLOG) but we’re still working out the kinks. Hang tight!
That’s a snap shot of where we are trying to go and we hope that everyone jumps on and enjoys the ride because it’s going to be froot (stolen, blatantly, from @IamJericho).