|Monday, October 24, 2016|
|Hansen and Dierks Named MCAC Players of the Week|
Sophomore Mariah Hansen and freshman Lindsey Dierks of the M State volleyball team have been recognized as MCAC Southern Division Players of the Week.
Hansen was named All-Around Player of the Week as she helped the fifth ranked lady Spartans to a 4-0 week with her steady all-around play. Hansen had 52 assists, 25 digs, 21 kills, 8 blocks and 4 aces. She is from Evansville.
Dierks picked up the Defensive Player of the Week award registering 57 digs. She also had 23 kills, 7 aces and 6 blocks. She is from Chokio.
|Wednesday, October 19, 2016|
|MCAC Announces Pete Watkins as Executive Director|
Minnesota College Athletic Conference (http://www.mcac-sports.com) announced today that Pete Watkins has been hired as the first, full-time Executive Director. The MCAC is home to the NJCAA, Division III athletic programs in the state of Minnesota, as well as auxiliary members in North Dakota and Wisconsin. Watkins comes with a wealth of experience within the intercollegiate sport environment, having spent the last twenty years within a variety of roles in coaching, sport management instruction and administration.
Watkins has spent the last six years serving at Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in coaching, instruction and athletic administrative roles. Currently, he serves as the Director of Recreation and Physical Education, as an instructor of sport management and as the Cardinal’s men’s soccer coach.
Prior to his time at Saint Mary’s, Watkins led the Coaching and Youth Sport Development major at Aurora University, an NCAA Division III institution located in suburban Chicago. The Coaching and Youth Sport Development major was an innovative academic program designed to train and prepare undergraduates to take on a variety of coaching and athletic administration roles in both private and public sector sport organizations. Other duties during his time at Aurora included serving as the Spartan Club and Website Coordinator, game day management supervisor for winter and spring sports and as an adjunct instructor within the Physical Education department. As the men’s soccer coach for the Spartans, Watkins stands as the all-time wins leader in Aurora University men’s soccer history, tallying 101 victories over an 8 year span. The 2006 AU squad is the first and only Spartan men’s soccer team to earn an NCAA Division III Tournament bid.
Watkins has also accrued significant experience in being a part of gender equity initiatives. In 1999, Watkins was selected as the first women’s soccer coach at Ferris State University, an NCAA Division II program located in Big Rapids, Michigan. Watkins was responsible for the planning, inception and organization of the program, which became competitive within the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference by its second year. Additionally, Watkins served as an interim assistant athletic director at Ferris, assisting with overall athletic program administration and coordination of development and fundraising initiatives connected to the Wheeler Pavilion and Bulldog Hockey sponsorship programs. Watkins’ first full-time coaching post was as the head women’s soccer coach at Northwestern State (La.) University, where he earned the Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year Honor, guiding a team in only its third year of existence to the conference Final.
As a student-athlete, Watkins first competed at Mesa (Az.) Community College, before transferring to MacMurray (IL) College, where he was both an All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III Adidas Academic All-American selection for the Highlander men’s soccer team. As a senior captain, Watkins was honored with the Bill Wall Award for Outstanding Leadership. Watkins went on to earn a Master degree in Recreational Administration from Aurora University, and has completed post Master’s work in the Human Development program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Watkins will be working with the current conference staff at Minnesota West Community and Technical College to transition conference leadership and will begin his duties on November 2, 2016. His contact information will be shared once it is available.
The MCAC would like to thank Minnesota West Community and Technical College for being the host college for the conference office for the past nine years and would also like to thank Justin Heckenlaible for his service as coordinator and Dave Walker as conference assistant.
|Monday, October 17, 2016|
|Webster Named Offensive Player of the Week|
The MCAC Western Division Offensive Player of the Week award goes to Jacquel Webster, M State freshman running back from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Jacquel rushed 18 times for 183 yards (10.2) and 3 TD as M State-FF defeated Vermilion 51-40. Webster has rushed 73 times for 400 yards (5.5) and 8 TD this season.
|Monday, October 17, 2016|
|Pring Receives All-Around Player of the Week Honors|
All-Around Player of the Week honors in the MCAC Southern Division have been awarded to 6’0” sophomore Kayla Pring of the M State lady Spartans.
Pring led the fifth-ranked Spartans (19-3, 10-1 South Division) to a pair of wins with 21 kills, a .287 attack percentage, 15 digs, 8 ace serves and 2 blocks.
Pring is a sophomore from Cyrus, Minnesota and Morris Area High School. She has previously earned three awards as Southern Division Hitter of the Week.
|Thursday, October 13, 2016|
|WFS - NFL Week 6|
**Thursday preview along with Week 6 game schedule and key players from each match-up are ready. Check back later for the Week 5 Review and Week 6 game-by-game analysis.**
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers <> Thursday, October 13 8:25PM ET
Both Denver and Oakland are tied atop the AFC West, and it looks as if each will be in contention for a playoff spot. Even though they are 1-4, the Chargers should be fired up for a nationally televised primetime game at home against a bitter rival. The Broncos get their starting QB Trevor Siemian back, and just in time as their rookie QB was underwhelming in his first start.
[WR] = Emmanuel Sanders has caught 32 of 51 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Demaryius Thomas has caught 26 of 42 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Travis Benjamin has caught 28 of 40 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Tyrell Williams has caught 21 of 33 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Dontrelle Inman has caught 13 of 26 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = C.J. Anderson has caught 12 of 19 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Melvin Gordon has caught 14 of 18 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Hunter Henry has caught 13 of 18 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Antonio Gates has caught 10 of 14 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Jordan Norwood has caught 8 of 13 Targets with 0 TDs
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[TE] = Greg Olsen has caught 33 of 54 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Kelvin Benjamin has caught 21 of 37 Targets with 4 TDs
[WR] = Brandin Cooks has caught 18 of 33 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Michael Thomas has caught 21 of 30 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Coby Fleener has caught 13 of 28 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Corey Brown has caught 15 of 24 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Fozzy Whittaker has caught 19 of 22 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Willie Snead has caught 15 of 18 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Mark Ingram has caught 15 of 18 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Travaris Cadet has caught 12 of 18 Targets with 1 TDs
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Chicago Bears <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[WR] = Eddie Royal has caught 26 of 32 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Alshon Jeffery has caught 22 of 32 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Zach Miller has caught 25 of 29 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Cameron Meredith has caught 15 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Jordan Howard has caught 13 of 17 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Jeremy Langford has caught 6 of 10 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Logan Paulsen has caught 2 of 5 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = KaDeem Carey has caught 2 of 2 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Josh Bellamy has caught 1 of 1 Targets with 0 TDs
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[WR] = Antonio Brown has caught 37 of 58 Targets with 5 TDs
[WR] = Jarvis Landry has caught 36 of 49 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Sammie Coates has caught 19 of 30 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Jesse James has caught 20 of 28 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = DeVante Parker has caught 15 of 24 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = DeAngelo Williams has caught 15 of 23 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Kenny Stills has caught 11 of 21 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = LeVeon Bell has caught 14 of 18 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Eli Rogers has caught 9 of 14 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Jordan Cameron has caught 8 of 11 Targets with 1 TDs
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Giants <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[WR] = Odell Beckham has caught 29 of 55 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Mike Wallace has caught 22 of 40 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Steve Smith has caught 27 of 39 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Dennis Pitta has caught 28 of 38 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Sterling Shepard has caught 24 of 34 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Victor Cruz has caught 16 of 27 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Breshad Perriman has caught 10 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Will Tye has caught 14 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[FB] = Kyle Juszczyk has caught 13 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Bobby Rainey has caught 14 of 18 Targets with 0 TDs
San Francisco 49ers @ Buffalo Bills <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[WR] = Jeremy Kerley has caught 27 of 46 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Robert Woods has caught 20 of 32 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Charles Clay has caught 18 of 27 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Torrey Smith has caught 9 of 22 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = LeSean McCoy has caught 19 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Garrett Celek has caught 11 of 20 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Marquise Goodwin has caught 6 of 20 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Quinton Patton has caught 12 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Carlos Hyde has caught 13 of 14 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Walt Powell has caught 8 of 12 Targets with 0 TDs
Cleveland Browns @ Tennessee Titans <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[WR] = Terrelle Pryor has caught 26 of 49 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Tajae Sharpe has caught 19 of 40 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Gary Barnidge has caught 22 of 30 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Duke Johnson has caught 21 of 29 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Delanie Walker has caught 17 of 28 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = DeMarco Murray has caught 23 of 26 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Andre Johnson has caught 11 of 26 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Rishard Matthews has caught 16 of 22 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Andrew Hawkins has caught 12 of 20 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Ricardo Louis has caught 8 of 14 Targets with 0 TDs
Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[WR] = A.J. Green has caught 36 of 55 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Julian Edelman has caught 26 of 41 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Giovani Bernard has caught 29 of 34 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Brandon LaFell has caught 21 of 34 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Martellus Bennett has caught 22 of 33 Targets with 4 TDs
[TE] = C.J. Uzomah has caught 16 of 26 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = James White has caught 18 of 25 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Tyler Boyd has caught 15 of 23 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Chris Hogan has caught 12 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Danny Amendola has caught 11 of 15 Targets with 2 TDs
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[TE] = Jordan Reed has caught 35 of 46 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = DeSean Jackson has caught 18 of 36 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Pierre Garcon has caught 22 of 33 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Jamison Crowder has caught 21 of 30 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Jordan Matthews has caught 19 of 30 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Nelson Agholor has caught 13 of 23 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Darren Sproles has caught 14 of 17 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Chris Thompson has caught 12 of 16 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Dorial GreenBeckham has caught 10 of 15 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Trey Burton has caught 8 of 15 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Zach Ertz has caught 11 of 13 Targets with 0 TDs
Los Angeles Rams @ Detroit Lions <> Sunday, October 16 1:00PM ET
[WR] = Marvin Jones has caught 27 of 46 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Tavon Austin has caught 23 of 44 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Kenny Britt has caught 23 of 35 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Golden Tate has caught 17 of 34 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Theo Riddick has caught 27 of 33 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Anquan Boldin has caught 23 of 30 Targets with 3 TDs
[TE] = Lance Kendricks has caught 15 of 26 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Eric Ebron has caught 20 of 25 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Brian Quick has caught 11 of 18 Targets with 3 TDs
[RB] = Todd Gurley has caught 11 of 16 Targets with 0 TDs
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders <> Sunday, October 16 4:05PM ET
[WR] = Amari Cooper has caught 27 of 54 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Michael Crabtree has caught 29 of 44 Targets with 5 TDs
[WR] = Jeremy Maclin has caught 20 of 37 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Travis Kelce has caught 22 of 29 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Chris Conley has caught 15 of 25 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Seth Roberts has caught 12 of 22 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Clive Walford has caught 14 of 20 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Spencer Ware has caught 12 of 17 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Albert Wilson has caught 10 of 16 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Jalen Richard has caught 11 of 15 Targets with 0 TDs
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks <> Sunday, October 16 4:25PM ET
[WR] = Julio Jones has caught 25 of 42 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Doug Baldwin has caught 24 of 33 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Mohamed Sanu has caught 16 of 27 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Jacob Tamme has caught 17 of 22 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Jimmy Graham has caught 16 of 22 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Tevin Coleman has caught 17 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Jermaine Kearse has caught 13 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Tyler Lockett has caught 10 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Devonta Freeman has caught 14 of 17 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Christine Michael has caught 12 of 17 Targets with 1 TDs
Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers <> Sunday, October 16 4:25PM ET
[WR] = Jordy Nelson has caught 21 of 40 Targets with 5 TDs
[TE] = Jason Witten has caught 24 of 36 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Cole Beasley has caught 27 of 35 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Randall Cobb has caught 23 of 33 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Davante Adams has caught 15 of 27 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Dez Bryant has caught 11 of 24 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Terrance Williams has caught 16 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Brice Butler has caught 9 of 17 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Richard Rodgers has caught 6 of 13 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Jared Cook has caught 6 of 12 Targets with 0 TDs
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans <> Sunday, October 16 8:30PM ET
[WR] = T.Y. Hilton has caught 36 of 60 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = DeAndre Hopkins has caught 22 of 41 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Will Fuller has caught 20 of 40 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Dwayne Allen has caught 17 of 27 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Josh Ferguson has caught 19 of 26 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Ryan Griffin has caught 16 of 25 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Jack Doyle has caught 18 of 21 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Frank Gore has caught 15 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Phillip Dorsett has caught 11 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Jaelen Strong has caught 11 of 20 Targets with 0 TDs
New York Jets @ Arizona Cardinals <> Monday, October 17 8:30PM ET
[WR] = Brandon Marshall has caught 25 of 53 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Larry Fitzgerald has caught 33 of 49 Targets with 6 TDs
[WR] = Quincy Enunwa has caught 27 of 40 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Michael Floyd has caught 12 of 32 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Bilal Powell has caught 21 of 29 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = John Brown has caught 19 of 37 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = David Johnson has caught 18 of 28 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Eric Decker has caught 10 of 21 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Matt Forte has caught 13 of 18 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Jaron Brown has caught 7 of 17 Targets with 1 TDs
|Monday, October 10, 2016|
|Blascyk and Dierks Earn MCAC Honors|
Sophomore Doranna Blascyk and freshman Lindsey Dierks of the M State volleyball team have earned MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week honors.
Blascyk earned Defensive Player of the Week honors with 25 digs during a pair of 3-0 Spartan wins. It is her third award of the season.
Dierks won her third All-Around Player of the Week award with 14 kills, hitting .263. She also had 18 digs and 3 blocks.
|Thursday, October 6, 2016|
|WFS - NFL Week 5|
Ahead of schedule this week because I was motivated to write about the Vikings as I watched Monday Night Football. It was a perfect storm of beautiful Fall weather in Minnesota, our new billion dollar US Bank stadium, the always great home crowd atmosphere, and a great overall team featuring the NFL’s top ranked defense!
Week 4 Review
1. Poor Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense… they were more confused at the line of scrimmage than a chameleon trying to hide in a bowl full of skittles. And yes, I did get that joke from Google. You’re next Brock Osweiler.
2. AJ Green and Julio Jones! Same draft class (2011) selected 4th and 6th overall, respectively. The only reason AJ Green didn’t have 300 yards is because his team didn’t need him to, and Julio would’ve flirted with 400 yards plus two more touchdowns if Matt Ryan hit him in stride.
3. I was way off last week as Buffalo shut out the Patriots in New England, the first time that’s happened since 1993. I was also off on both Arizona and Carolina. Atlanta and LA look good early one with offense the other with defense. AFC South is still a mess, but Houston is the clear favorite. Lastly, let’s go Raiders this is a fun team to watch!
Week 5 Schedule
Four Teams have a Bye this week: Jacksonville Jaguars; New Orleans Saints; Seattle Seahawks; Kansas City Chiefs;
Using a new statistical data set that lists the top ten passing targets from each match-up including player receptions, targets, and touchdowns. Stay current on the injury reports.
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers <> Thursday 7:25pm
Two 1-3 teams that are desperate for a win as they look up at two 3-1 teams in their division. Cardinals still have plenty of talent, but as I mentioned last week playing Thursday night on the road is never easy and they will be without their starting QB.
[WR] = Larry Fitzgerald has caught 26 of 40 Targets with 4 TDs
[WR] = Jeremy Kerley has caught 19 of 33 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Michael Floyd has caught 12 of 29 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = John Brown has caught 18 of 33 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = David Johnson has caught 15 of 22 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Torrey Smith has caught 9 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Quinton Patton has caught 10 of 17 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Garrett Celek has caught 10 of 15 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Darren Fells has caught 9 of 13 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Jaron Brown has caught 7 of 13 Targets with 1 TDs
Houston Texans @ Minnesota Vikings <> Sunday 12:00pm
No reason to expect anything other than a low-scoring game. Our defense should dominate again as our offense utilizes conservative play calling to avoid turnovers and control time of possession. Houston is good, we are better… Skol 5-0!
[WR] = Stefon Diggs has caught 25 of 35 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Kyle Rudolph has caught 19 of 35 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Will Fuller has caught 19 of 34 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = DeAndre Hopkins has caught 17 of 31 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Ryan Griffin has caught 14 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Adam Thielen has caught 13 of 17 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Lamar Miller has caught 14 of 15 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Charles Johnson has caught 5 of 14 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Jaelen Strong has caught 6 of 11 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Jerick McKinnon has caught 6 of 10 Targets with 0 TDs
Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions <> Sunday 12:00pm
Seems like a clear advantage for one team as the undefeated Eagles have two weeks to prepare for the 1-3 Lions. I’m already getting excited for Week 7 when the Vikings travel to Philly!
[WR] = Marvin Jones has caught 23 of 40 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Golden Tate has caught 14 of 28 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Theo Riddick has caught 21 of 27 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Jordan Matthews has caught 15 of 26 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Eric Ebron has caught 20 of 25 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Anquan Boldin has caught 19 of 25 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Nelson Agholor has caught 11 of 16 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Darren Sproles has caught 10 of 13 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Trey Burton has caught 7 of 12 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Dorial Green Beckham has caught 7 of 11 Targets with 0 TDs
New England Patriots @ Cleveland Browns <> Sunday 12:00pm
Tom Brady is back and they play the worst team in football. I expect the Patriots to win by playing it safe on the road then at home in Week 6 they can unleash their full offensive arsenal on the Bengals.
[WR] = Terrelle Pryor has caught 21 of 42 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Julian Edelman has caught 21 of 31 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Duke Johnson has caught 19 of 27 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Martellus Bennett has caught 16 of 24 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Gary Barnidge has caught 17 of 22 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = James White has caught 14 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Chris Hogan has caught 8 of 16 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Danny Amendola has caught 9 of 13 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Andrew Hawkins has caught 8 of 13 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Corey Coleman has caught 7 of 12 Targets with 2 TDs
Washington @ Baltimore Ravens <> Sunday 12:00pm
Only 50 miles separate these two teams? Shouldn’t they play every year like a high school rivalry? Pass heavy offenses featured here so I expect a bunch of points in this one - FFF Alert.
[WR] = Steve Smith has caught 24 of 36 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Jordan Reed has caught 26 of 35 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Mike Wallace has caught 15 of 30 Targets with 3 TDs
[TE] = Dennis Pitta has caught 21 of 29 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = DeSean Jackson has caught 15 of 29 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Jamison Crowder has caught 18 of 27 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Pierre Garcon has caught 17 of 25 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Breshad Perriman has caught 8 of 16 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Justin Forsett has caught 13 of 15 Targets with 0 TDs
[FB] = Kyle Juszczyk has caught 10 of 14 Targets with 0 TDs
Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts <> Sunday 12:00pm
Two defenses that are dealing with multiple injuries and weren’t that good to start with always makes for a good FFF alert. Colts need to figure out how to fix their terrible start’s as the early deficit has doomed them numerous times in the past.
[WR] = T.Y. Hilton has caught 25 of 47 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Kevin White has caught 20 of 37 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Alshon Jeffery has caught 17 of 26 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Eddie Royal has caught 18 of 22 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Josh Ferguson has caught 17 of 22 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Zach Miller has caught 18 of 21 Targets with 3 TDs
[TE] = Dwayne Allen has caught 11 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Frank Gore has caught 14 of 19 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Jack Doyle has caught 16 of 18 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Phillip Dorsett has caught 9 of 17 Targets with 1 TDs
Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins <> Sunday 12:00pm
Neither team has much chance to make the playoffs, but I still expect a competitive game that will provide some good fantasy football action.
[WR] = Jarvis Landry has caught 33 of 46 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Tajae Sharpe has caught 17 of 35 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = DeVante Parker has caught 13 of 22 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Andre Johnson has caught 9 of 22 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Kenny Stills has caught 11 of 21 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = DeMarco Murray has caught 18 of 20 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Delanie Walker has caught 11 of 19 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Rishard Matthews has caught 12 of 18 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Jordan Cameron has caught 8 of 11 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Harry Douglas has caught 4 of 8 Targets with 0 TDs
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers <> Sunday 12:00pm
Steelers offense looks unstoppable now that RB Le’Veon Bell is back, and they will be especially dangerous at home against a Jets secondary that gives up the 7th most passing yards per game.
[WR] = Antonio Brown has caught 28 of 46 Targets with 4 TDs
[WR] = Brandon Marshall has caught 17 of 38 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Quincy Enunwa has caught 23 of 33 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = DeAngelo Williams has caught 15 of 22 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Bilal Powell has caught 15 of 21 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Eric Decker has caught 10 of 21 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Sammie Coates has caught 13 of 19 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Jesse James has caught 13 of 19 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Matt Forte has caught 11 of 16 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Eli Rogers has caught 9 of 14 Targets with 1 TDs
Atlanta Falcons @ Denver Broncos <> Sunday 3:05pm
Something has to give as the best passing offense meets the best passing defense. I pick defense every time especially when Von Miller is involved. If Julio Jones goes for 300 yards on this defense I’m buying him an airline ticket straight to Canton, Ohio!
[WR] = Emmanuel Sanders has caught 25 of 41 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Julio Jones has caught 22 of 35 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Demaryius Thomas has caught 21 of 34 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Jacob Tamme has caught 16 of 21 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Mohamed Sanu has caught 13 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Tevin Coleman has caught 13 of 15 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = C.J. Anderson has caught 9 of 15 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Devonta Freeman has caught 11 of 11 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Jordan Norwood has caught 6 of 10 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Taylor Gabriel has caught 7 of 9 Targets with 0 TDs
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders <> Sunday 3:25pm
Opposite ends of the spectrum last week with a late comeback win for the Raiders and a late meltdown loss for the Chargers. This divisional match-up should be very competitive with high-volume passing and very little defense. Major FFF alert! Melvin Gordon is the only RB to rush for a TD in every game this year.
[WR] = Amari Cooper has caught 21 of 41 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Michael Crabtree has caught 26 of 37 Targets with 4 TDs
[WR] = Travis Benjamin has caught 21 of 30 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Tyrell Williams has caught 16 of 27 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Dontrelle Inman has caught 12 of 24 Targets with 1 TDs
[TE] = Clive Walford has caught 14 of 20 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Seth Roberts has caught 10 of 19 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Melvin Gordon has caught 13 of 17 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Hunter Henry has caught 10 of 14 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Latavius Murray has caught 10 of 12 Targets with 0 TDs
Cincinnati Bengals @ Dallas Cowboys <> Sunday 3:25pm
The Dallas offensive line is the best in the NFL, and should prove to be the difference maker in this game. If I got in shape I think I could get 100 yards in a game running behind them.
[WR] = A.J. Green has caught 32 of 45 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Cole Beasley has caught 23 of 31 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Jason Witten has caught 21 of 30 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Giovani Bernard has caught 22 of 27 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Dez Bryant has caught 11 of 24 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Brandon LaFell has caught 13 of 23 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = C.J. Uzomah has caught 11 of 21 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Tyler Boyd has caught 12 of 18 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Terrance Williams has caught 11 of 16 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Brice Butler has caught 6 of 13 Targets with 1 TDs
Buffalo Bills @ Los Angeles Rams <> Sunday 3:25pm
Defense combined with run heavy offense is the blueprint for both teams so I don’t expect much action here. Last time the Rams played at home they held Seattle to 3 points and the Bills just shut-out the Patriots at New England. I’m still expecting big things from Todd Gurley.
[WR] = Tavon Austin has caught 16 of 34 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Kenny Britt has caught 18 of 28 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Robert Woods has caught 18 of 26 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Lance Kendricks has caught 13 of 23 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Charles Clay has caught 12 of 20 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = LeSean McCoy has caught 17 of 19 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Brian Quick has caught 8 of 14 Targets with 3 TDs
[WR] = Marquise Goodwin has caught 4 of 14 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Walt Powell has caught 8 of 11 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Todd Gurley has caught 8 of 11 Targets with 0 TDs
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers <> Sunday 7:30pm
Two more injury plagued defenses facing high-powered passing offenses should give us a Sunday night barn-burner and FFF alert. Both QB’s have already dealt with the Vikings and stunk it up at US Bank stadium so I expect them to fire away in this one so load up on these players.
[WR] = Odell Beckham has caught 23 of 42 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Jordy Nelson has caught 17 of 28 Targets with 4 TDs
[WR] = Sterling Shepard has caught 22 of 27 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Victor Cruz has caught 16 of 25 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Randall Cobb has caught 13 of 21 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Davante Adams has caught 9 of 18 Targets with 2 TDs
[TE] = Will Tye has caught 12 of 16 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Shane Vereen has caught 9 of 14 Targets with 0 TDs
[RB] = Bobby Rainey has caught 8 of 12 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Jared Cook has caught 6 of 12 Targets with 0 TDs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers <> Monday 7:30pm
Panthers need to regain some dignity and Tampa will be trying to prove they are more than just a developing young team. Cam Newton injury status is obviously a major concern.
[WR] = Mike Evans has caught 27 of 50 Targets with 3 TDs
[TE] = Greg Olsen has caught 24 of 42 Targets with 2 TDs
[WR] = Adam Humphries has caught 21 of 30 Targets with 0 TDs
[WR] = Kelvin Benjamin has caught 16 of 29 Targets with 4 TDs
[WR] = Vincent Jackson has caught 13 of 28 Targets with 0 TDs
[TE] = Cameron Brate has caught 16 of 27 Targets with 2 TDs
[RB] = Fozzy Whittaker has caught 18 of 21 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Corey Brown has caught 13 of 20 Targets with 1 TDs
[RB] = Charles Sims has caught 14 of 18 Targets with 1 TDs
[WR] = Ted Ginn has caught 9 of 16 Targets with 1 TDs
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|Sunday, October 2, 2016|
|Ryder Cup Diary (Sunday, October 2, 2016) by Norm Newell|
USA Wins!!! USA Wins!!!
Under perfect Minnesota skies and 70 degrees with no wind, everything was set for the Ryder Cup to finish in grand style…and it did. You know the score by now, the USA brought the Ryder Cup back to U.S. soil with a 17-11 victory, erasing the memory of losing the last three, including a last day collapse four years ago at the Medinah course in Chicago. The USA players were hungry for a victory, but the fans were even more hungry. The display of support by the Minnesota fans, fans all across the U.S., and from several countries in Europe was outstanding…and respectfully boisterous. Listening to PGA radio after the match concluded, the announcers said it was the most well attended golf event they have ever seen in the United States. They profusely praised the Minnesota fans, the wonderful shape Hazeltine was in, the ideal Minnesota weather and the excellent volunteers that made this a special event (that made me feel good!).
Things looked a little shaky at the start, when 8 of the 12 matches started with the Europeans going up 1. There were some murmurs of the collapse at Medinah 4 years earlier, But the USA players started to play their game and with many more highly ranked players than Europe, they started to show their strength.
The first match of the day was a classic, and a fan favorite. Rory McIlroy for Europe and Patrick Reed for the USA were the stars of the last two days of play and it was expected to be an electric match. The fans got all they expected. In the first 7 holes there were 4 matching birdies and one eagle by Reed that equaled only one hole won. On #6 McIlroy made a long putt and egged on the crowd, only to have Reed drop a birdie on top, and wag his finger at Rory like “not in our house”. Then the same scene was repeated on the 7th hole, a birdie putt by Reed this time answered by McIlroy, who turned and shushed the crowd. Finally on the 8th hole, Rory made a long putt and held his hands to his ears to the partisan USA crowd like “I can’t hear you”. But one final time Patrick drained a long birdie putt on top again. He again wagged his finger at Rory. However, it was great to see Rory and Patrick smile, fist-bump and pat each other on the back after that, both showing they are great competitors but also have great sportsmanship and can still have some fun in this intense competition.
I thought the other big match of the day was the Phil Mickelson-Sergio Garcia match. They have both been longtime members of their respective Ryder Cup teams. They went back and forth like prize fighters, dropping birdies on top of birdies all day. When the 18th hole was completed, they ended all-square, each getting ½ point for their team. But Phil had made a Ryder Cup record 10 birdies on the day and Sergio 9, I guess it was fitting neither should get a loss out of that match.
Probably the upset of the day was Rickie Fowler of the USA defeating the Euros Justin Rose, the recent Olympic gold medal winner. Fowler won 1-up and helped set the tone for the bottom of the USA line-up still on the course. Speaking of Olympic medals, the rumor was out that when Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, winner of 28 medals, addressed the team before one of the practice rounds, the team made a little joke of fellow teammate Matt Kuchar having only one medal, the bronze. But then he asked how many other team members had any Olympic medals, the room got a little quiet!
In all, 7 of 12 USA players won their match and Mickelson split, with the USA gaining 7 & ½ points to Europe’s 4 & ½on the day. Ryan Moore for the USA won the last three holes against the Euros Lee Westwood to win 1-up, with his win putting the USA at 15 points to clinch the cup.
Much was made of the USA forming a group of people to change how the USA went about constructing their Ryder Cup teams and preparing much earlier for the event, to try to reverse their losing record over the last 10 contests. Apparently they accomplished what they set out to do.
This was a once in a lifetime event for Minnesota and it was a great feeling to have a convincing victory. It was also a great feeling to be a part of it throughout the practice days and the contest days. It was a Minnesota golfers dream!
|Saturday, October 1, 2016|
|WFS - NFL Week 4|
The first one-sided, barely watch-able Thursday night game was brought to you by the meticulous game-planning of Bill Belichick and the terrible scheduling of the NFL front office. It's just really hard for NFL teams to grind through a normal week then have to get ready for another game with one day off and two days of practice. The Texans Week 2 game ended around 7pm Central time and their Week 3 game was scheduled less than 95 hours later in New England??! And the NFL still expects us to believe they care about player safety?
**Editor’s Note - Format difficulties delayed this from posting Thursday**
Add that game to the Bears terrible showing on Sunday night combined with Monday Night Football battling the first 2016 Presidential Debate, and the TV ratings for the Primetime games were the lowest they've been in over 20 years.
Week 3 Review
1. Vikings defense scored again with an early Safety to break the ice. Then Special teams flipped momentum in our favor with a Punt Return for TD. Some offensive adjustments at half-time mixed with an even better second half defense and now we are undefeated heading back home to showcase U.S. Bank stadium again on Monday Night Football!
2. Extending his own NFL record; another game with no turnovers and another (blow-out) win to start the season 3-0 for Carson Wentz. Take a week off Carson... you deserve it. If he can lead them to victory in their next two games after the bye week and the Vikings hold the fort at home the next two weeks then we will have a Week 7 showdown of two 5-0 teams!!
3. Same song different verse; don't underestimate the New England Patriots. Only one game left until the return of Tom Brady, so if they don't lose this week I'm not sure when they will.
4. Kansas City home-field advantage was on full display as they forced the Jets to commit eight turnovers including six interceptions by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. He gets to play at home this week but the Seattle defense is no easy task.
5. Not sure what to expect from the AFC South now that JJ Watt is expected to miss the rest of the season due to injury. His impact on every defensive play is so great that I can’t consider them the favorite anymore. I think it will be hard for any team in this division to go 9-7.
Week 4 Schedule
Two teams have a Bye this week: Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles
Miami Dolphins (7) @ Cincinnati Bengals (22) <> Thursday 7:25pm
Home teams have a distinct advantage in Thursday night games and Miami needed three missed field goals by the Browns plus overtime to win last week. Put that together and I expect another one-sided game in favor of the Bengals. One main concern for them going forward is that their defense has regressed more each year since losing Mike Zimmer… and we are glad he is on our team!
[QB] = Ryan Tannehill = 22.693
[WR] = Jarvis Landry = 22.667
[WR] = A.J. Green = 20.167
[QB] = Andy Dalton = 18.307
[WR] = DeVante Parker = 17.850
[RB] = Giovani Bernard = 14.367
[RB] = Jeremy Hill = 13.233
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars (London) <> Sunday 8:30am
Jaguars are still alive because they have not played a divisional game yet. A win this week in London and they are still (barely) alive. Remember to set your lineups Saturday night or get up early Sunday morning. With two struggling defenses in this game I expect high volume passing yardage. Need a rooster to sound the alarm for this early FFF Alert!
[QB] = Andrew Luck = 22.940
[QB] = Blake Bortles = 19.340
[WR] = T.Y. Hilton = 18.800
[WR] = Allen Robinson = 15.433
[RB] = Frank Gore = 14.133
[TE] = Jack Doyle = 12.900
[RB] = T.J. Yeldon = 11.167
[TE] = Julius Thomas = 10.600
[WR] = Allen Hurns = 10.300
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans <> Sunday 12:00pm
More AFC South action that will provide good insight as to who will emerge in this division, and if the Titans can win then it will be wide-open. Both teams rely on the run so look for a low-scoring defensive battle.
[RB] = DeMarco Murray = 24.900
[WR] = DeAndre Hopkins = 17.767
[WR] = Will Fuller = 16.067
[RB] = Lamar Miller = 15.033
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons <> Sunday 12:00pm
Another theory this week based on match-up affiliation. Right now the Broncos and Vikings look like the two best defenses in the league and the Saints have the worst defense in the league. That leads me to believe the Panthers are the better team here and will bounce back with a big win on the road. Matt Ryan looks good so far in the new offensive system, but I need to see more consistency from him before I believe he can do enough to win this game.
[QB] = Matt Ryan = 26.367
[QB] = Cam Newton = 24.353
[RB] = Tevin Coleman = 20.567
[WR] = Kelvin Benjamin = 17.967
[TE] = Greg Olsen = 17.633
[RB] = Devonta Freeman = 17.333
[WR] = Julio Jones = 14.600
[TE] = Jacob Tamme = 11.800
[WR] = Mohamed Sanu = 10.667
[RB] = Fozzy Whittaker = 10.467
Cleveland Browns @ Washington <> Sunday 12:00pm
Kirk Cousins was saved last week by the late mistake of his counterpart Eli Manning. Now he should be able to gain some confidence against the lowly Browns. Terrelle Pryor looked like a tri-athlete last week as he completed passes, rushed 4 times with a TD, and caught 8 of 14 targets for 144 yards. Too bad the kicker they signed four days before the game was worthless.
[QB] = Kirk Cousins = 18.953
[WR] = Terrelle Pryor Sr. = 16.967
[RB] = Isaiah Crowell = 16.167
[WR] = DeSean Jackson = 15.600
[WR] = Jamison Crowder = 15.167
[TE] = Jordan Reed = 11.667
[RB] = Duke Johnson Jr. = 10.233
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Jets <> Sunday 12:00pm
Six interceptions for Ryan Fitzpatrick last week and now he faces the Seattle defense without his second best WR Eric Decker. I think the Jet’s defensive line will play well enough to keep this game close, but Seattle is starting to look like a contender with TE Jimmy Graham finally giving them a big red zone target.
[RB] = Matt Forte = 20.933
[WR] = Doug Baldwin = 20.733
[RB] = Christine Michael = 15.933
[WR] = Quincy Enunwa = 13.767
[TE] = Jimmy Graham = 11.100
[WR] = Brandon Marshall = 10.333
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots <> Sunday 12:00pm
I doubted the Bills last week and they made me look stupid. With a new offensive coordinator in place, LeSean McCoy looks to build on his huge game last week. I don't think they can win or make the playoffs, but it’s worth noting that the Patriots have one suspended starting QB, two injured backup QB’s, and one 4th string QB that starts at WR. Divisional rivalries tend to bring the best out of every team so it should be close, but I’ve learned my lesson.
[RB] = LeSean McCoy = 19.867
[RB] = LeGarrette Blount = 19.600
[QB] = Tyrod Taylor = 16.093
[WR] = Julian Edelman = 13.000
[DST] = Bills = 12.333
[TE] = Martellus Bennett = 11.133
[WR] = Danny Amendola = 10.633
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens <> Sunday 12:00pm
Third game in four weeks that Oakland has to fly East for an early kickoff. So far they have had success (2-0), and their defense finally showed up last week. Ravens won’t go down quietly at home, but I still don’t see them as an elite team because the combined record of their opponents thus far is 1-8. I like both teams here so hopefully it turns into a high-scoring game full of highlights.
[QB] = Derek Carr = 21.060
[WR] = Michael Crabtree = 17.333
[QB] = Joe Flacco = 15.987
[RB] = Latavius Murray = 15.700
[WR] = Amari Cooper = 15.667
[WR] = Mike Wallace = 15.400
[TE] = Dennis Pitta = 13.100
[WR] = Steve Smith Sr. = 11.000
[DST] = Ravens = 10.333
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears <> Sunday 12:00pm
I can’t imagine any scenario where either team can make the playoffs. Nevertheless, we have another situation of talented offensive players gaining big yardage as they face sub-par defenses. Of course that means we have another FFF alert.
[WR] = Marvin Jones Jr. = 25.600
[QB] = Matthew Stafford = 25.367
[RB] = Theo Riddick = 16.700
[WR] = Alshon Jeffery = 14.700
[TE] = Zach Miller = 13.167
[QB] = Brian Hoyer = 13.000
[TE] = Eric Ebron = 12.267
[WR] = Eddie Royal = 12.000
[WR] = Anquan Boldin = 11.167
Denver Broncos @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers <> Sunday 3:05pm
Who knew Trevor Siemian could throw his team to a win in his first NFL road game? Huge game for him as the Broncos defense is looking as good as last year when they won the Superbowl. If Mike Evans goes for another big game against this defense I will be ready to put him in the conversation of best WR.
[WR] = Mike Evans = 24.033
[QB] = Jameis Winston = 22.220
[QB] = Trevor Siemian = 18.480
[RB] = C.J. Anderson = 17.767
[WR] = Emmanuel Sanders = 17.500
[WR] = Demaryius Thomas = 16.267
[RB] = Charles Sims = 14.433
[WR] = Adam Humphries = 13.933
[DST] = Broncos = 12.333
[TE] = Cameron Brate = 10.733
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals <> Sunday 3:25pm
Cardinals need to regroup again after putting up a stinker in their early kickoff game on the East-coast. The three hour time-zone difference affected them more than I expected as the Bills were able to wear them down with the run game. Their down-field passing game was too predictable, but should get back on track this week. Two fantastic young RB’s on display and Todd Gurley finally showed up for the Rams (and me) last week. Hopefully he keeps it going.
[RB] = David Johnson = 22.200
[WR] = Larry Fitzgerald = 20.067
[QB] = Carson Palmer = 17.860
[WR] = Tavon Austin = 12.500
[DST] = Cardinals = 12.000
[RB] = Todd Gurley = 11.400
[WR] = Kenny Britt = 10.967
New Orleans Saints @ San Diego Chargers <> Sunday 3:25pm
Southern California weather shouldn’t be a big concern, but Drew Brees is not the same QB on the road and especially not outdoors. Loser of this game has no shot at the playoffs, while the winner is still a long-shot. Expect a bunch of points – FFF alert.
[QB] = Drew Brees = 26.627
[WR] = Willie Snead = 25.800
[RB] = Melvin Gordon = 19.833
[QB] = Philip Rivers = 18.220
[WR] = Brandin Cooks = 18.033
[WR] = Travis Benjamin = 17.933
[RB] = Mark Ingram = 14.033
[WR] = Michael Thomas = 13.833
[WR] = Tyrell Williams = 12.367
[TE] = Coby Fleener = 11.133
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers <> Sunday 3:25pm
Dez Bryant is not likely to play in this game, but has not been officially ruled out. 49ers need this win more than the Cowboys so I expect them to play desperate at home. Zek Elliott has definitely proven himself worthy of the 4th overall pick so far.
[RB] = Carlos Hyde = 19.667
[QB] = Dak Prescott = 17.360
[RB] = Ezekiel Elliott = 16.300
[WR] = Cole Beasley = 13.767
[WR] = Dez Bryant = 11.667
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers <> Sunday 7:30pm
The big story here is the return of two top RB options, Le’Veon Bell and Jamaal Charles. Both were top 10 in 2015 fantasy points before suffering season ending injuries. Bell missed action due to suspension so he is expected to be full speed. Charles sat out because he was not fully recovered from injury so his role may be limited depending on how he feels. It will be interesting to see how both players are used in what should be a high-scoring game.
[WR] = Antonio Brown = 24.167
[RB] = DeAngelo Williams = 23.233
[QB] = Ben Roethlisberger = 18.847
[RB] = Spencer Ware = 18.567
[QB] = Alex Smith = 16.947
[DST] = Chiefs = 14.333
[TE] = Travis Kelce = 14.233
[WR] = Jeremy Maclin = 12.500
New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings <> Monday 7:30pm
Expectations are now sky-high after our upset victory over the Panthers as every sports talk show is proclaiming the Vikings defense as the best in the NFL. Regardless of rank, the defense will be tested again this week by the Giants’ passing offense that is full of weapons. The pressure and notoriety of success shouldn’t be an issue with Zimmer in charge, but it is something to be aware of going forward as each player handles it differently.
[WR] = Stefon Diggs = 21.467
[DST] = Vikings = 19.667
[QB] = Eli Manning = 18.200
[WR] = Sterling Shepard = 18.100
[WR] = Odell Beckham Jr. = 16.667
[TE] = Kyle Rudolph = 14.200
[WR] = Victor Cruz = 11.833
A busy week and some formatting difficulties led to a late post this week. I still plan to have the column online Thursday each week before the game. Injuries keep piling up as we get to each new week so make sure to stay updated on the Active and In-Active players. Any feedback just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Friday, September 30, 2016|
|Ryder Cup Diary (Friday, September 30, 2016) by Norm Newell|
The actual Ryder Cup matches started today and the USA had an unbelievable morning. Not necessarily known for their foursome skills (where each player alternates which hole they tee off and alternate shots on that hole after the tee shot), the USA surprised almost all of the over 45,000 fans at Hazeltine National with a stunning 4-0 sweep of the morning matches. In started out in fog, but ended up being a beautiful sunny Minnesota fall day reaching into the low 70’s.
Two things catch your eye immediately when you step on to the course…it is totally crowded everywhere with people and 95% of them are wearing something red, white and blue. Lots of American flag looks and continuous cheers of “USA, USA, USA”, especially when the Americans would drain a putt to win a hole. There were some European fans there also, dressed in their medium blue with yellow stars. Although both sides would cheer loudly for their teams, I found both sides to be exercising the “Minnesota nice” concept, treating each other with respect. Also saw a few Pebble Lake Golf course regulars from Fergus Falls, including my former neighbor Jim Fish. They too were enjoying the action and the aura at being at the biggest golf event there is.
The first match was the most talked about, figuring to be the most hotly contested by undefeated teams from the prior Ryder Cup, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed for the USA and Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose for the Europeans. But the USA team got off to a quick 2- up start, increased to 3-up in the front nine and held on to win 3 and 2 (that means they had won three more holes then the Euro team and with only 2 holes to play, they couldn’t be caught). So that match finished on the 16th hole. My take on that match, Justin Rose just didn’t help much and Stenson got off to a slow start, while Reed and Spieth were spot-on in their first few holes.
Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler for the USA had an up and own match, falling behind early, coming back to take the lead going into the 10th, but falling behind again by 2 holes after the 14th. But they went on a run, winning holes 15, 16 and 17 to take a one-up lead, and finished the 18th with a halve to win the match 1-up. They defeated Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan. It was Fowler’s first ever winning match in the Ryder Cup.
Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson trailed by one all the way through the front nine, but caught fire on the back nine winning three straight holes and finished the match against Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia 4 and 2. Zach Johnson drained a birdie putt on the 16th hole to seal the victory.
In the final morning match, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar won holes early and often against Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters to win easily 5 and 4. Westwood did not have a good day and Pieters started slowly in his first ever Ryder Cup match.
The crowd was buzzing throughout the course after the USA’s 4-0 start and expectations were high for the four ball matches in the afternoon. There, every player plays their own ball and the lowest score by any player wins the hole for their team. In that format, a hot player can really carry their team. That’s exactly what happened for the Europeans as they pulled out three of the four afternoon matches.
Henrik Stenson was just too good as he teamed again with Justin Rose, this time to defeat Spieth and Reed 5 and 4. Stenson made birdie after birdie and Spieth and Reed appeared to run out of gas after their emotional morning victory.
Sergio Garcia carried the Euros through the second match as he teamed with countryman Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Garcia chipped in once to win a hole and sank a couple of unlikely long puts for other hole wins to carry the Euros over the USA team of J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. Holmes and Moore missed some early putts that could have put them in contention and fell too far behind to catch up, falling 3 and 2.
Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka played for the first time for the USA in the afternoon and both players were hot right from the start. They birdied hole #1 for a win there, and continued to pull away throughout the match for an easy 5 and 4 win over Kaymer and Danny Willett.
In the final match, Rory McIlroy of the Europeans carried the team (he played with Thomas Pieters) throughout, playing great golf with long birdie putts and some mid-iron shots that he dropped a foot or two away from the pin. He was simply to too good for Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, as the Euros won 3 and 2. Johnson put up a number of birdies but would usually be matched by McIlroy. Kuchar didn’t do much in that match, making only one birdie all day.
It was great competitive golf to watch and the weather was wonderful. The only problem with four teams out on the course is they are concentrated around four holes at a time, not spread out over 18 holes, so the crowds are 15 to 20 people deep around every one of the four holes being played at one time. With everyone crowded into that one section of the course the bathrooms and food vendors had unbelievably long lines.
More foursome action coming Saturday morning and four ball action again Saturday afternoon. My son Marc and I accurately predicted Mickelson-Fowler and Zach Jonson-Walker would be back out Saturday morning for the matches. We also thought Snedeker-Koepka earned more playing time and they will be out Saturday AM. Reed and Spieth will be back again in the morning also.
Here are the intriguing match-ups for alternate shot Saturday AM:
Match 1 – Mickelson/Fowler vs. McIlroy/Pieters
Match 2 – Snedeker/Koepka vs. Stenson/Fitzpatrick
Match 3 – Walker/Zach Johnson vs. Rose/Wood
Match 4 – Reed/Spieth vs. Garcia/Cabrera-Bello
Rookie Europeans Matthew Fitzpatrick and Chris Wood did not play Friday, it will be interesting to see how they do in their first even Ryder Cup matches. I predict the Americans win 3 out of the 4 morning matches…let’s see if I’m right. The afternoon pairings aren’t announced until after the morning matches are concluded.
I’m back to work on the afternoon shift Saturday, so won’t get to see the finish of the afternoon matches, but I plan to catch all the morning action.
|Thursday, September 29, 2016|
|Ryder Cup Diary (Thursday, September 29, 2016) by Norm Newell|
It was another fun and interesting day again today at the Ryder Cup. This Thursday was the last day of practice and also had the opening ceremonies for the matches. It turned into a nice Minnesota fall day, a little cool in the morning but with the sun out it warmed up to 70 degrees. It was a perfect day for playing and watching golf.
Today was my two shift day, working from 6:45-11am and then again from 3-7pm. But my free time in between turned out well, as I caught the top two European groups of 4 come through hole #7 (considered the signature hole at Hazeltine as the green is surrounded on three sides by the lake). Following that, I saw all three of the USA foursome practice groups come through the #10 green.
Based on my observations of the practice groups over the last three days, and especially today, I accurately predicted all four USA starting groups for Friday, and three out of four of the European groups, missing by only one player.
The real matches starting Friday morning will be hotly contested as the morning foursome matches were announced at today’s opening ceremonies. Each team captain blindly inserts their player rotation based on the starting tee time, and then the match-ups are compared and announced. Starting Friday morning will be the USA team of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (who were 2-0-1 last time in Ryder Cup) vs. Europe’s Justin Rose (the Olympic gold medalist) and Henrik Stenson (the Olympic silver medalist) who were 3-0-0 at their last Ryder Cup. Promises to be a sizzling opening match. Next comes Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler for the USA vs. Rory McIlroy (the recent FedEx champion) and Andy Sullivan. The third match puts Jimmie Walker (the recent PGA champion) and Zach Johnson of the USA against Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer (a former world #1 player). The final morning match will be the USA’s Dustin Johnson (the recent US Open champion) and Matt Kuchar (the Olympic bronze medalist) against Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters. I had Masters champion Danny Willett starting in place of Pieters, so that was the one I had picked wrong.
A synopsis of interesting things today:
(1) Just as the first American practice team was coming down the fairway to hole #10, two eagles came out of the treetops and flew over the green. A number of fans noticed them and started chanting “USA” for the eagles. It was reminiscent of jet flyovers at major sporting events, in this case put on by Mother Nature. (In fact, during the national anthem at the opening ceremonies, two fighter jets did fly over Hazeltine as part of the program).
(2) Going from hole # 7 to the green at #10 I was held up at the crossover point as they stop the fans to let the players through. The European group of Westwood, Willet, Kaymer and Garcia came through. They decided to stop for some autographs and although I didn’t come through there to get autographs, everyone was sticking out something to sign, so I stuck my hat out too. Luckily I got signatures from Willet, Kaymer and Westwood, who were all very gracious and smiling to the fans…a nice sportsman touch by the European team.
(3) Up against the huge merchandising tent they have put up two 8’ by 12’ boards commemorating legendary American golfer Arnold Palmer who just passed away on Monday. He is by far the most famous golfer in the world and was known not only for his golf, but also for his sportsmanship and along with his wife Winnie, for significant philanthropy for numerous causes. Both of those panels were completely filled with signatures of well wishes by all the golf fans coming through for the Ryder Cup. I admit I signed it also, as I grew up a fan of Arnold Palmer and to this day my favorite drink of choice is a ½ iced tea and ½ lemonade…invented by Arnie and of course called an “Arnold Palmer”. Next time you are in a restaurant, ask for an “Arnold Palmer” in remembrance of one of the greatest golfers of all time.
(4) I heard the PGA estimated there were 39,000 people at Hazeltine today, up substantially from the prior two practice days. We noted a much larger number of Europeans come in today, making the trip overseas to watch their favorite golfers. Predictions for Friday’s first round of contested matches are for 45,000 or more people to attend.
I’m off work tomorrow so will go in with son Marc and we’ll catch as much action as we can. Marc will have to check in with the medical tent occasionally to fulfill his “official cardiologist of the Ryder Cup” duties.
There are four morning contests of two against two “foursome” matches. In “foursomes”, teammates alternate tee shots. Player 'A' tees off on odd-numbered holes, and Player 'B' tees off on even-numbered holes. After the tee shot, teammates alternate shots until completion of the hole. In match play, if both teams have the same hole score, it is “halved” and no one gets an advantage from that hole. If one team has a lower score, they win that hole. The team that wins the most holes out of the 18 played wins the match and a point for their team. If both teams win the same number of holes out of the 18 played, the match is considered “halved” and each team gets ½ point for their team.
The afternoon will have four “four-ball” matches. Those match-ups will be announced shortly after the completion of the morning matches. In four-ball, it is again two against two, but each player plays their own ball for all the holes, and each team takes their lowest score for their two players. If any one player gets a lower score than anyone else, they win that hole for their team.
As one of the players said on the Golf Channel, now it’s “go time”!
|Thursday, September 29, 2016|
|Ryder Cup Diary (Wednesday, September 28, 2016) by Norm Newell|
Another busy and interesting day at the Ryder Cup on Hazeltine National Golf course! There were more people today than Tuesday, more are expected again Thursday, and then it will be filled to the brim with 45,000 people expected on Friday, the first day of the USA vs. Europe contest.
I checked in for my work assignment at 6:45 am. Worked at the corporate chalets and met a lot of nice, friendly and excited people. We were overlooking hole #16 and right at the end of my work shift at 11:00 am, two 4-person American player groups came through (Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Moore and J.B Holmes in one group and Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson in the other). With only one change, those same groups played together yesterday, fueling speculation that Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III had already set pairings with these groups for the Friday and Saturday team play. It was fun to watch Dustin Johnson hit a 300+ yard drive on the long par 5 hole, and of course all the players hit the balls farther and more crisply than all of us weekend warrior golfers. These guys really are good, with a capital G.
In these practice rounds, the players would take time at each green to try several chip shots from different locations and a number of putts at different targets on the green, based on the expected cup locations for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Before they went out on the course most players would be at the practice range, and a few of them would be back at the practice green and the chipping area after their practice round on the course. The players spend many hours working on their golf game every day which a lot of fans who watch the TV matches don’t see. When you attend the practice days at the Ryder Cup, you get to see all the preparation.
Also saw the European team of Rory McIlroy, Chris Wood, Thomas Pieters and Martin Kaymer practice. Noted they hit several approach shots close to the pin in their practice round…they look ready.
I then caught Captain Love III addressing the junior Ryder Cup players, mostly teenagers, before they put on a few exhibition holes. He was very gracious taking many photos with them and gave them all a wonderful pep talk about their futures.
Next saw Bubba Watson and I must comment on his willingness to join the American team as a non-playing vice captain. He was just outside the top 8 point getters to be an automatic selectee, and then he wasn’t one of the four captains pick. He could have sulked and whined about not being selected to play, but instead he personally contacted captain Love and said he would do anything to help the American team win and would be happy to be a non-playing vice captain and would fully support the team. It reminded me of my high school coaching days, of those players who didn’t quite make the starting team, but always worked very hard in practice to make the starters better. I was always proud of those kids, and I’m proud of Bubba Watson in joining the Ryder Cup team as a non-player to help make it successful.
With my son Marc and I both having a shorter workday today, we hooked up to play a quick 9 holes of golf at private club Spring Hill, where Marc is a member. The rumor was out that Michael Jordan (you know, the most famous basketball player ever) was playing there today also. Turns out he was. As we finished our 9 holes, we caught a refreshment at the outside deck, where past Minnesota Viking great John Randle, a member at Spring Hill, was telling jokes with some other patrons. About 15 minutes later, Michael Jordan and his group finished up on 18 and walked by. Marc said he’s a member of numerous golf courses throughout the United States, Spring Hill apparently being one of them. When he’s in Minnesota, which he is to go to the Ryder Cup, he comes to Spring Hill to play. He’s a very avid golfer and rumored to be a 2-handicap.
So it was an interesting day where I saw a lot of big time golfers, some professional, some not. This is turning out to be quite the experience and I can’t wait to see what comes up tomorrow!
|Tuesday, September 27, 2016|
|Ryder Cup Diary (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) by Norm Newell|
First official day of the Ryder Cup and Hazeltine National Golf course was already rocking… with fans, celebrities and of course, the best professional golf players in the world.
I had anticipated this day for almost a year when I found out via email I was one of the 4,000 (out of over 16,000 that applied) lucky selectees to be a volunteer at the Ryder Cup. In exchange for daily four-hour shifts of working, you get free parking, a free badge-pass into every day, whether you are working or not and some cool Ryder Cup clothing…but most importantly some lifetime memories. Then a month or so ago, I found out from my son Marc, who is the real golf enthusiast, that he was selected to be on the medical team as the official cardiologist for the Ryder Cup. He was thrilled and so was I. This is a once in a lifetime event for Minnesota and is a real bucket list item for me.
We were both familiar with the Hazeltine course as we had both worked as course marshals for the 2009 PGA that was held there. But in terms of the number of fans, the number of corporate hospitality chalets (twice as many as the PGA tournament) and all the other things that go with the Ryder Cup, this event is far larger than any other professional golf event ever held in Minnesota. When it’s one team (USA) versus another (Europe) there is so much more buzz and excitement around the event. Now you are cheering for 12 of your team’s favorities, not just one favorite player. You could feel and hear the buzz from the fans already on this Tuesday, as this is just the first practice day, the main event doesn’t start until Friday.
Both the USA team members and the European team members practiced today. I had a good vantage point near the #2 tee box, which is very close to the #17 green and the #8 green and the #9 tee box. From there I saw the USA foursome of Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker (the PGA tournament champion this year), Ricky Fowler and Zach Johnson finish on the #8 green and tee off on the 9th green. The Europeans practiced on the back nine and I saw all 12 of their team members, four at a time, come through the 17th green, which is a tough par three with a small lake right in front of the green. In one of the groups I saw was Rory McIlroy, who just won $11.5 million dollars for winning the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup bonus prize last weekend. Also in another group was Justin Rose who was the Olympic gold medalist and Henrik Stenson, the Olympic silver medalist (Matt Kuchar of the USA team was the bronze medalist).
Speaking of Olympic medalists, today was celebrity golf day and teeing off on hole #2 right where I was standing was Michael Phelps, who has a record 28 Olympic medals. Other celebrities who I saw up close and personal at the #2 tee box were Martina Navratilova, considered the top female tennis player of her time, actor Kurt Russell, well known for his portrayal of Herb Brooks in the movie “Miracle on Ice”. Probably most notable to all was funny man Bill Murray, always a cut-up and fan favorite, but also a real golf aficionado who has an excellent golf swing.
I watched some other USA team members on the practice green and practicing bunker shots, and saw vice captain Tiger Woods and Minnesota boy Vice Captain Tom Lehman with some of the players.
Although a somewhat cool and windy day, all in all it was exciting and a great way to kick off Ryder Cup week. Weather is predicted to be better yet for Wednesday, where there will be more practicing by the team members and the junior Ryder Cup teams are expected to play. I work the morning shift at a group of corporate chalets that overlook the 16th and 17th holes, so it should be more fun!
|Monday, September 26, 2016|
|Rasmusson Earns Summit League Award|
NDSU junior setter/outside hitter Brianna Rasmusson has been named the Summit League Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for her performance September 19-25.
Rasmusson collected her first career Offensive Player of the Week award after leading the Bison to a pair of conference victories at home, beating Oral Roberts 3-1 on Friday night and sweeping past IUPUI in three set on Saturday night.
Brianna recorded two 40-plus assist matches during the opening week of conference play, including a career-high 54 assists in her fourth double-double (54 assists, 18 digs) of the season in the four-set win over Oral Roberts. For the week, she averaged 13.57 assists per set.
Rasmusson is a 2014 graduate of Fergus Falls High School.