For the 2nd year in a row, the entire sports staff at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going to host a day long event on the day following Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. This year, that falls on March 12th. The event will once again be hosted by the Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road, and will encompass a total of 6 hosts and 13 hours of sports programming. Plus, we will host a BRACKET CHALLENGE with a chance to win a super-nice Gorilla Basketball Goal, courtesy of Steepleton's. Below is the entire rundown of events, so feel free to head out to Oxmoor any time in the day and you will get your sports fix headed into tournament time:
7-10AM: The EarlyBirds w/ Drew Deener
10-12PM: KentuckySportsRadio w/Matt Jones
12-1PM: Lachlan Mclean on WKRD
1-2PM: Drew Deener on WKRD
2-3PM: Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM: The Afternoon Underdogs w/Tony and Dave
530-6PM: Terry Meiners
7-9PM: Occupy Lachlan (the entire cast of hosts together on stage at the same time)
WHERE TO LISTEN ON THE AIR
Early Birds with Drew Deener
7-10AM (790AM WKRD)
The Tom Leach Show
9-10AM (1080AM WKJK)
KentuckySportsRadio with Matt Jones
10AM-12PM (1080AM WKJK)
Joe B. and Denny Show
10AM-12PM (790AM WKRD)
The Afternoon Underdogs with Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM (790AM WKRD)
Sportstalk84 with Lachlan McLean
7-9PM (840AM WHAS)
Over the course of the next couple weeks, Tony Vanetti will give his review of the year 2012, and what stands out to him the most. But in true Tony Vanetti fashion, he will not actually write about these things, but instead post pictures to illustrate his top moments. In hifourth installment, Tony submits this photo of his iconic image from this year's Governors Cup:
-by Dave Jennings (@davejennings790)
ANOTHER DEFINING MOMENT
10. NON-REVENUE SPORTS SUCCESS
YOU CAN’T GO FAR WITHOUT A DEEP
9. CONFERENCE FROGGER
UNLESS YOUR NAME IS NOTRE DAME, YOU GENERALLY DON’T
8. HIRING HOWARD SCHNELLENBERGER / 1991 FIESTA BOWL
HE MADE A FAN BASE BELIEVE THAT THEY COULD BE SO MUCH MORE
7. HIRING CHARLIE STRONG / 2013 SUGAR BOWL
OH WHAT A DISASTER 2001 COULD HAVE BEEN. TO
5. HIRING BOBBY PETRINO / 2007
4. HIRING DENNY CRUM
2. JOINING THE
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I officially have 14 minutes to write this column.
It's not that I'm a procrastinator, it's that I'm exceptionally busy with a variety of odd jobs, tasks, and trinkets thanks to the high demands of radio.
No, I'm kidding. Actually, I'm a procrastinator. Look, the show is called the "Fat & Lazy" show for a reason. I'm 165 pounds, so I'm clearly the lazy part of the equation.
It's the fantasy playoffs! For most of you (myself included) this is actually semifinals week, where one bad move can be the difference between bragging to your friends for the next 9 months or sitting at home watching next week's game with no alterior motives, which trust me, is not as fun as you might think. So let's see if we can't help you out.
I'll defend last week's predictions by saying that, again, the philosophies behind our bold predictions were sound...the numbers were a little bad. Okay, a lot bad. But we had the right idea. It's not science, folks.
Let's get into some news and notes before we hit bold predictions:
Robert Griffin III is questionable thanks to that nasty looking LCL sprain on Sunday. He's been practicing and he expects to play. Personally, I don't. I think the Redskins hold him out because they're in a playoff hunt, and they can win this game against Cleveland without him. Either way, we'll know before the 1:00 kickoff on Sunday, and likely not a minute sooner.
Dez Bryant also expects to play with a broken index finger. I expect him to play as well, and would probably start him if I had him.
10 minutes. Thank God I type fast.
Moving on now, here's some bold predictions for each game Week 15 and your fantasy playoffs.
Bengals at Eagles - First, let me say we're 1 for 14 on our Thursday night predictions this year, going to prove that you can't predict anything that happens to teams on a short week. For this game, we like Andy Dalton as a Top 8 fantasy QB. Chances are, you're not starting Dalton, but if you're in a deeper league, a 2-QB league, or looking for a potential RGIII fill-in, I'll take the guy who has AJ Green to throw to and is going up against the league's worst defense over the latter half of the season.
Packers at Bears - Alshon Jeffery finds the end zone for the 2nd straight week. Brandon Marshall, who we called a Top 5 receiver for 2012, is actually #1 up to this point. Don't think the Packers don't know that and will make sure he doesn't go off in this game. The Bears should be throwing a lot, and Jeffery's got the big play potential and will have enough targets to matter from a fantasy standpoint.
8 minutes. Starting to panic.
Giants at Falcons - 4 Wide Receivers from this game finish in the Top 25. In other words, you're starting Cruz, Nicks, Jones, and White. Not that you weren't anyway, but you should feel good about them all here.
Vikings at Rams - Steven Jackson goes over 15 fantasy points. Steven Jackson won't be back in St. Louis next year. He's also running better than he has in the last 3 years, is getting 20+ carries a game (19 or more in 4 of the last 5 games) and is pretty much all the Rams have offensively against a Vikings defense that looks slow and tired. Jackson is set for a nice week here.
Jaguars at Dolphins - Reggie Bush had 14 carries to Daniel Thomas's 2 last week. That's a good sign for Bush owners who have been frustrated as of late. Reggie goes for 15+ fantasy points against a bad Jacksonville run D. Remember, with Bush, it only really takes one play to make him a valuable fantasy commodity for the week.
Redskins at Browns - We've talked ad nauseum about Josh Gordon on the podcast, but I also like Greg Little to be a Top 30 wide receiver in this game. The Redskins are a really bad pass D, and Little is slowly becoming more involved in the offense. 4 catches in each of the last 2 games....I don't start him in a standard league, but he's a sneaky deep-league guy with some upside.
4 minutes. Thank God I can do a lot of things in 4 minutes (just ask my wife)
Broncos at Ravens - Knowshown Moreno goes over 100 total yards for the second game in a row. As bad as we think Moreno is, the Broncos seem to trust him - they handed him the ball 32 times last week. While that won't happen here, 20-25 is a reasonable expectation, and the Ravens run D is in the bottom half of the league.
Colts at Texans - You know how we like Dalton as a Top 8 guy? I like Andrew Luck even better. He's a Top 8 QB this week against a Texans D that's been shredded the last few weeks (except for against Tennessee, but who cares?) They're banged up, getting beat on deep balls, and Andrew Luck has a good road game under his belt now (28 against Detroit 2 weeks ago).
Buccaneers at Saints - Josh Freeman finishes with more fantasy points than Drew Brees. This game actually has shootout written all over it, with the two worst pass defenses in the NFL going at it. Both QBs could have nice weeks, but Freeman's an interesting start even in standard scoring.
Lions at Cardinals - Tony Scheffler finishes as a top-12 tight end. Tight end has been a terrible position this entire season. To put it in perspective, Jimmy Graham was a Top 5 play last week...with 8 fantasy points. Oy. Brandon Pettigrew is banged up, might not play here...and the Cardinals have allowed TDs to tight ends (including Zach Miller) in 3 straight weeks. Scheffler could be a good plug-and-play guy.
1 minute. Don't think I'm gonna make it. Oh well. Deadlines, shmedlines.
Panthers at Chargers - Ryan Mathews FINALLY has a nice game, going for over 80 total yards and a score. To be fair, Tyler, who owns Mathews, picked this one. I (JJ) still hate him, but if he's gonna have a nice game, it's gonna be against the league's 6th worst rushing defense.
Seahawks at Bills - Marshawn Lynch finises UNDER 15 fantasy points. It's only happened twice in the last 7 games, as he's been in BEAST MODE. But the Bills are much better against the run over the last 4 weeks, and have allowed just 4 rushing TDs over the last 6. Nice game for Marshawn, but not huge.
I'm past 5:00. Poop. Sorry, Hash.
Steelers at Cowboys - DeMarco Murray is the top scoring Cowboy. Nothing more here, but this is NOT going to be a high scoring game.
Chiefs at Raiders - Eek. What an awful game. I do think Darren McFadden scores double-digit fantasy points in this game. It's not as good of a matchup as you think and McFadden hasn't done much since he's been in there, but I could easily see 18 for 65 and a score.
49ers at Patriots - Sidebar (hell, I'm past my deadline anyway, what's another 2 minutes?) You're not starting San Francisco. Opposing fantasy defenses are scoring -1.5 points...NEGATIVE 1.5!!!....against New England this year. For a prediction? You're obviously starting Tom Brady, but Colin Kaepernick finishes the week within 6 fantasy points of Brady. Brady will be LESS Brady-like against the Niners, and Kaepernick will have a chance to score some points against New England. Both of them could be right around the 5-6-7 rank.
Jets at Titans - Whoever schedules Monday Night Football games will be fired immediately following a 7-6 MNF game that no one watches. And Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell both finish as Top 25 running backs this week. This is assuming that Powell plays (he didn't practice today, which is scary). But if he does, did you know he has double-digit carries in 4 straight, and 4 touchdowns in the last 5? Yeah, me neither until I looked it up. The Titans can't stop the run, and the Jets? Well, running is about the only thing they're not terrible at. Both are good high-end flex plays.
Good luck with Week 15 and remember, tweet us! @FLFantasyShow on Sunday morning with all your questions.
Over the course of the next couple weeks, Tony Vanetti will give his review of the year 2012, and what stands out to him the most. But in true Tony Vanetti fashion, he will not actually write about these things, but instead post pictures to illustrate his top moments. So in his first installment, Tony submits this photo for the male fans of the Sports Pit:
1) GIANT ANIMATRONIC T-REX FORCES AUSTRAILIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP TO RELOCATE
COOLUM, Australia -- Golfers at the Australian PGA Championship might feel as if they are going back in time. Way back in time.
The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort has erected between the No. 9 green and 10th tee a 26-foot mechanical T-rex, which flips its tail and opens its mouth to unleash a menacing roar when anyone approaches. The owner, billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, at least has agreed to turn it off during the tournament. But it's one reason the Australian PGA will be leaving Coolum after 11 years.
"I've heard it sounds like we are going to 'Jurassic Park,' so this will be interesting," Robert Allenby said.
Palmer wants to import more molded dinosaurs and turn the ocean resort into a theme park, or maybe a casino, but his plans have clashed with a tournament that dates to 1905. The owner already has put up more than 60 signs around the golf course to promote his interests, which includes his plan to build a replica of the Titanic. Some of those signs, however, are in the landing areas on the fairways. That forced organizers to mark those areas "ground under repair," where golfers will be able to move the ball if the shot is affected by the signs.
On Sunday, the issue came to a head with Australasian PGA Tour officials, and the tournament appeared in jeopardy. The show will go on, at least this year. PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn said Tuesday that this will be the last year at Coolum. It will be played in Queensland next year, and the tour is looking at other options beyond that in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Thorburn said he wouldn't get into the "cut and thrust" of the negotiations Sunday, or how close the tournament was to being canceled.
"We have had a great run on the Sunshine Coast, it has been fantastic, but nothing stays forever," Thorburn said. "Emotionally, it will be sad."
Palmer tweeted on Sunday: "We had some issues with pgaofaustralia but all now resolved amicably and we are looking forward to the tournament at Palmer Coolum Resort."
The tournament moved to Coolum in 2002 after two years at Royal Queensland in Brisbane. But it's also been played at Royal Melbourne, where Hale Irwin (1978) and Seve Ballesteros (1981) were among the winners, and other top Australian courses. This year's field includes Adam Scott, Greg Norman, Darren Clarke, Geoff Ogilvy and Australian Open champion Peter Senior. The T-rex is nicknamed "Jeff" and is activated by movement. Golfers playing social rounds recently have taken "dinosaur mulligans" when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.
Palmer has agreed to turn off the robotic features of the dinosaur during the tournament, although it might be featured during Wednesday's pro-am. When asked if he ever imagined the century-old Australian PGA would be played on a course with a 26-foot T-rex, Thourburn smiled and said "no."
"But having said that, let's put it into perspective," he added. "It has generated some tremendous publicity for this tournament and we don't have a big marketing budget so in that regard everybody knows that the PGA is on at Coolum at the moment."
Defending champion Greg Chalmers was taken aback by the prehistoric beast.
"I'm glad it's not roaring, that's a good start," Chalmers said. "It is just a little strange. It is not what I expected to see."
2) POLICE HAVE TO SUBDUE FIGHTING FANS AT TURKISH WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL GAME
For the first time is quite a long time, there is serious excitement within the UK fanbase for the football program. The hiring of Mark Stoops has reenergized a dead program, and of even greater surprise, the hiring of his offensive and defensive coordinators, has the fanbase talking. But, what do the numbers say about the hiring of Neal Brown and DJ Eliot? For Brown, we have 5 years of experience as an offensive coordinator. But for Eliot, this will be his first job as a DC, following 6 years as a defensive line/end coach at 2 different schools. What do the stats look like, and what do UK fans have to look forward to:
Offensive Coordinator: NEAL BROWN
Texas Tech (2010-2012)
2012 National Statistics (Texas Tech)
Points per Game: 37.8 (16th)
Total Offense: 501.4 ypg (12th)
Passing: 361.9 ypg (2nd)
Rushing: 139.5 ypg (84th)
2011 National Statistics (Texas Tech)
Points per Game: 33.8 (22nd)
Total Offense: 470.6 ypg (13th)
Passing: 356.1 ypg (7th)
Rushing: 125.2 ypg (87th)
2010 National Statistics (Texas Tech)
Points per Game: 32.9 (24th)
Total Offense: 460.2 ypg (15th)
Passing: 333.5 (6th)
Rushing: 141.3 (75th)
2009 National Statistics (Troy)
Points per Game: 33.7 (16th)
Total Offense: 485.7 ypg (3rd)
Passing: 346.6 ypg (4th)
Rushing: 149.2 ypg (60th)
2008 National Statistics (Troy)
Points per Game: 32.8 (26th)
Total Offense: 414.3 ypg (27th)
Passing: 253.5 ypg (38th)
Rushing: 167.6 ypg (40th)
Defensive Coordinator: DJ ELIOT
(never been a defensive coordinator)
Florida State (2010-2012, defensive ends)
Rice (2007-2009, defensive line)
2012 National Statistics (Florida State, for defensive end stats)
Sacks: 33.0 (19th)
Rushing: 92.6 ypg (4th)
2011 National Statistics (Florida State)
Sacks: 40.0 (8th)
Rushing: 81.8 ypg (2nd)
2010 National Statistics (Florida State)
Sacks: 48.0 (1st)
Rushing: 127.9 ypg (26th)
2009 National Statistics (Rice, for defensive line stats)
Sacks: 21.0 (82nd)
Rushing: 190.6 (102nd)
2008 National Statistics (Rice)
Sacks: 22.0 (73rd)
Rushing: 192.9 ypg (102nd)
2007 National Statistics (Rice)
Sacks: 19.0 (92nd)
Rushing: 198.4 ypg (102nd)