Thursday, June 30, 2016

2008 American League Batting Title Up for Grabs

The American League batting title race is a wide open affair as of this writing, with ten players realistically in the hunt for the coveted prize. Currently the AL batting title lead belongs to Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees at .324, but that could change in a hurry with hitters like Magglio Ordonez, Milton Bradley, Ian Kinsler, and Joe Mauer in hot pursuit. The American League batting title race is certain to go down to the wire and if the leaders fail to raise their standards above A-Rod’s .324 mark, it will be the lowest average to win since Rod Carew’s .318 in 1972.

Rodriguez has played in 91 games for New York in 2008, tied for the fewest among the top ten in batting with Texas Ranger Milton Bradley. A-Rod has spent time on the disabled list this season, while Bradley is nursing a strained quadriceps muscle and has sat out the last five contests. The Tigers’ Ordonez at .321 is very much in the hunt for a second consecutive AL batting crown, having won it in 2007 with his .363 average. Bradley at .320 and teammate Ian Kinsler at .318 are fast on their heels, with Joe Mauer, the only AL catcher to ever win a batting title, in 2006, breathing down their necks attempting to win another as he is in fifth at .316.

Johnny Damon of the Yanks and Kevin Youkailis of the Red Sox both stand at .315. Justin Morneau’s .313 is the same as Boston’s Dustin Pedroia’s. Ironically, Placido Polanco, another Tiger, rounds out the top ten at .311, the significance of that being that five teams each have a pair of players battling for the AL batting title- New York, Boston, Detroit, Minnesota, and Texas!

Rodriguez might have the toughest row to hoe, seeing how the Yankees play a majority of the games they have left on the road and against some of the iron of the American League. This could get to the third baseman, who would be only the second third baseman since George Brett in 1990 to win a title, the other being Boston’s Bill Mueller in 2003. Ordonez has rebounded from a mundane June in which he hit just .266 with a sizzling July of .386, but he also missed the first half of July with injuries. Bradley and Kinsler could wilt in the scorching heat of the Texas summer; only two Rangers have ever won an AL batting crown- Michael Young and Julio Franco.

Mauer and Morneau are in the midst of a close divisional chase and although they get to face the woeful Detroit staff again, along with hapless Seattle, they also face Tampa Bay, Chicago, and Kansas City down the stretch. Youkilis and Pedroia are on a Red Sox squad that is right in the middle of a three-way dogfight with the Rays and Yanks for a playoff spot. Damon is in the same boat, as is A-Rod, making every at-bat and every pitch a pressure-packed moment. If you subscribe to this way of thinking, then Ordonez and Polanco on the Tigers, who are on the fringe of the wild-card chase, coupled with Kinsler and Bradley playing on a Texas team that is out of the hunt, will have far less importance placed on their plate appearances.

Odds are that Ordonez will overtake A-Rod for the AL batting title since he makes better contact on a regular basis and plays in a cavernous home park that favors gap hitters like him. However, if A-Rod is able to pull it out then he will have won his first batting crown since his .358 led the AL while with Seattle in 1996. His 24 homers are the most of these contenders, while Morneau’s 87 runs batted in are tops of this group. The AL batting title will more than likely be decided in the last week of September, much like some of the playoff races that these hitters are involved in.

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2007 New Year's Eve Events in San Francisco, California

There is nothing like celebrating the New Year in a big city, but sometimes it can be hard to find just the right party. Maybe you like something loud with lots of music and dancing, or perhaps you want something a little more classy but still a fun New Year’s event. This article details only five of the many New Year’s parties in San Francisco and may help you decide which event is right for you.

2007 New Years Eve Events in San Francisco, California #1: Sin City San Francisco New Year’s Eve 2008

The Roe Nightclub is host this year to the second annual Sin City San Francisco New Year’s Eve 2008. This New Year’s Eve bash is on December 31st from 9 PM to 2 AM. If you’re looking for excitement this New Year’s, then this is the place you want to party at. There will be 3 levels of music. The bottom level will have Hip hop, R&B, and Mashup. The middle level will be playing House and Electronic Mashup, and the top level will be playing Mashup, Top 40, Club and Hip Hop. Alcohol will be served until 1:30 PM and if you seem to be really drunk, the bartenders will not serve you. There will be hors d’oeuvres,dancing, party favors and much more. This is event is located at 651 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105 and their phone number is (415) 227-0288. Buy your tickets soon because this event will sell out. General admission is $150 per person. VIP tickets are $200 dollars.

2007 New Years Eve Events in San Francisco, California #2: New Year’s Eve Gala featuring Michael Feinstein

The San Francisco Symphony is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala featuring Michael Feinstein. You can enjoy an evening of live classical music with party favors, complimentary champagne and desserts. You will also have a chance to dance on stage and in the lobby. When the clock turns to midnight, the San Francisco Symphony will release 2008 balloons from the ceilings. This New Year’s Eve Gala will start at 9 PM on December 31st. Tickets range in price from $105 to $175 dollars. For more information, call (415) 864-6000 during regular business hours. They are located at 201 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102.

2007 New Year’s Eve Events in San Francisco, California #3: Comedy Countdown 2007

What could be better then bringing in 2008 with laughter? The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is having a Comedy Countdown 2007 on December 31st starting at 9:30 PM. The opening acts will be Mitch Fatel, Paul F. Tompkins, Greg Fitzsimmons, Todd Barry, and Tig Notaro. Tickets are $65 dollars per person. You can buy tickets online, in person, or by the phone. For more information call (415) 421-8497 or go to livenation.com.

2007 New Year’s Eve Events in San Francisco, California #4: Belle New Year’s Eve Cruise

You can book a short cruise with Hornblower for their Belle New Year’s Eve Cruise on December 31st. You can board the ship at 8 PM and the cruise is from 9 PM to 1 AM. You will be served a 4 course meal and there will be a bar available. Live bands, dancing and party favors will help keep you entertained as you cruise along through the waters. Ticket prices are $249 for adults, $224 for seniors & military, $149.40 for children 4-12 and free for children under 3. You can make reservations online. Boarding is at Pier 3 San Francisco, CA 94111.

2007 New Year’s Eve Events in San Francisco, California #5: New Years Eve 2008 “Sunset To Sunrise”

Are you ready to party for 12 hours in a row? You can certainly party hardy at this event that starts at 8 PM on December 31st 2007 and ends at 8 AM on January 1st 2008! The Sunset to Sunrise is being held at the Mission Rock Cafe located at 817 Terry Francois St. San Francisco, CA 94158. There will be music, dancing, snacks and more. It’s right by the waterfront and it’s completely tented. You can buy discounted tickets now starting at $60 dollars. Visit their web site at http://ift.tt/294bueT for more information on buying tickets online.

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2007's Most Important Person - the US Soldier

With all the unrest happening in the world today; all the concerns in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places; the United States Soldier is more needed than ever; but sadly is often least appreciated today.

It may not be a popular view today to be supportive of all soldiers; at least in the mainstream media. But in the real everyday life in middle America; I believe, that there is a deep gratitude to our fighting men and women. I don’t think that small-town Middle America, where most of the living and working that keeps this country running takes place; has ever been unloyal to the American soldier. In small town newspapers, the brave young men and women that volunteer to serve their country in the Armed Services; are still honored with write-ups in the newspaper.

If a single soldier makes a mistake or commits a crime; then THAT is news; but everyday ordinary men and women putting their lives on the line to help defeat terrorism; and protect our freedoms, that is not news. And in one way, that is true, it is not news that the American soldier does whatever it takes to do his duty and protect his country. However, what shape would this country be in if the American soldier was not willing to do the invisible job of helping to preserve the freedoms that we almost give no thought to; because we are so secure in the knowledge that the freedoms are for sure there. Because we have not had to fight for the rights and they have always been there; we tend to undervalue them.

So I say that the most important person in 2007 is the lonely soldier in Iraq. Who hasn’t seen his family in maybe a year. Who will spend Christmas sweating in Iraq; worrying about his children having to spend Christmas without him or her. Aching from the missing them; and knowing that he or she is missing parts of their lives that he or she can never get back. Going to sleep with the worry of will they see another day? Waiting til they have the chance to write home or email or call to connect with their loved ones for a precious few moments; before he or she wipes their eyes; and sucks it up and goes back to doing his or her duty.

The United States Soldier may not make headlines everyday; like a panty-less Britney Spears does. But our country needs their soldiers to continue on in this world. While Britney Spears needs an intervention and to attend more parenting classes and less parties.

God bless each of our soldiers and protect and bring them back to their families safe and secure. For each soldier there is many others just as concerned and worried as they are. All those wives, husbands, sons, daughter, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends and more; that care and miss our soldiers are giving much given love and support to those that support and protect this great country of ours.

My most important person of 2007 is the United States Soldier.

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2007 World Series Game 2

The Colorado Rockies came into this year’s World Series winning 21 out of their last 22 games and swept both the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks. What does last night’s drubbing at the hands of the Boston Red Sox mean for Colorado’s psyche and can they bounce back for Game 2? I’ll breakdown what went wrong and look into some of the reasons that could have been behind the Game 1 blowout.

First, let us examine the LAYOFF. Colorado breezed through their National League opponents and then sat and watched the Cleveland Indians take a commanding 3 games to 1 lead over the Red Sox. With Cleveland’s top 2 pitchers, both Cy Young award candidates, coming around in the rotation, it seemed like the Indians would win one of the next 2 games. When the Red Sox pushed the series to the limit, the Colorado players must have begun to feel some pressure. Not only were they now sitting for a handful of days, but they knew they would be waiting nearly another whole week before playing again and instead of playing the Indians, a team like themselves with little playoff experience, now they were facing the vaunted Boston Red Sox. A battle-hardened team with much post-season experience. A team that is built to take on and compete with the best in baseball.

Now layoffs are funny things. Managers don’t like to discuss how a layoff affects a team, but last night’s game made it very obvious. A pitcher can be too strong after a long layoff and control is often the issue. They become a little wild, but mostly their location in the strike zone suffers, especially their fastball, which tends to stay up in the zone. A perfect example of how a long layoff hurts a pitcher… Chien Ming Wang of the Yankees. Game 1 in the series against the Indians, pitching with 8 days off, Wang couldn’t get his sinker to sink enough and the Yank’s ace was shelled. Last night, Jeff Francis was missing his spots and the hot-hitting Red Sox squad werel over him.

The Rockies offense was also very quiet. Clearly, they weren’t ready to compete in Fenway Park last night against the brilliant Josh Beckett. In my opinion, the layoff had much to do with the lopsided score last night. Now that the Rockies hitters have had a game to acclimate, they should be better prepared for tonight’s contest. One does have to wonder what a layoff, followed up with a big loss does to the psyche of the Rockies team as a whole. Surely they don’t have the momentum they had after sweeping their way the the National League playoffs. Their edge is gone and they may be wondering if their sharpness is also.

Now in defense of the Rockies, the Boston Red Sox sent a probable playoff MVP candidate to the hill last night and once again Josh Beckett was brilliant. The Red Sox play well behind him and know that Beckett will not allow many runs, which makes the Boston offense so dangerous. When the Sox don’t have the pressure to score a lot of runs, they are a very potent offense. The Boston offense that was in a slumber in the 1st 4 games of the series with Cleveland, was hitting on almost all cylinders by Game 6 and by Game 7, it wasn’t hard to see which team had the momentum going their way. Last night, Boston’s offense picked right up where they had left off in Cleveland. A sharp offense vs a pitcher that wasn’t sharp usually equals a blowout.

In Game 2, Curt Schilling goes to the mound for the Red Sox, taking on Ubaldo Jimenez. Schilling is 10-2 in post game starts and he was much sharper in his Game 6 start vs Cleveland than he had been in his previous playoff starts this season. At 41, he can no longer fire a 97 mph fastball past hitters, but he’s wily enough to bob and weave his way through opposing lineups. Ubaldo Jimenez is a 23 yo rookie, with about 17 starts under his belt. His heater can reach triple digits and he’s been sharp in the playoffs, allowing only 2 runs in 11.1 innings pitched. Once again the layoff issue, coupled with a rookie pitcher starting a World Series game in Fenway Park come into play. Jimenez has the stuff to keep the Rockies in the game. He can throw the ball past hitters and in a small ballpark like Fenway, having that ability to make hitters swing and miss looms very large. Whether a 23 year old can do such a thing in this setting is more of a factor than his 100 mph fastball.

If I was a bettor, I’d be looking real hard at an over game in this spot. Schilling is 41, his “stuff” can leave him at any time and the Rockies have had success against him this year. I think the Rockies offense will awaken, though I don’t think they’ll score the 7 or 8 runs I think they’ll need to win. As previously mentioned, Jimenez is only 23 and has little major league experience. The fact that the Red Sox have never seen him before may work in his favor… the 1st time though the batting order. I do think the excitement of starting a World Series game and the long layoff will work against him. He’ll over-throw and end up getting himself into hitter’s counts. His control is suspect and having to throw strikes to some of these Red Sox hitters, with runners on and in a small park could prove fatal to his and the Rockies overall success in this series.

I like the Red Sox to win, I would look to make a run-line play, if I were wagering. I think you’ll get close to even money on the run-line and I would take the over 10 runs. The Rockies bats won’t be shutdown by Schilling and they should get about half of those 10 runs themselves. Take over the total and the Red Sox on the run-line tonight. Boston wins Game 2 by the score of 8 to 5.

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2008 Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners Announced

On Saturday, September 13th, the awards for the creative arts side of television were given out in correlation with the 2008 Emmy Awards. The ceremony was held in the NOKIA theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Calke, who are both currently staring in the comedy How I Met Your Mother on CBS. As described by the Emmy’s main page, “The majority of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which honor excellence in more than 70 categories, are dedicated to key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production – including art direction, cinematography, hairstyling, makeup, music, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, stunts and more. Awards are also handed out for animation, commercials, reality series and other programming, and four acting categories.”

Here are some of the award winners on the night:

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series went to Cynthia Nixon for NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series went to Kathryn Joosten for ABC’s Desperate Housewives.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series went to Glynn Turman for HBO’s In Treatment.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series went to Tim Conway for NBC’s 30 Rock.

The Outstanding Children’s Program was shared by two winners: HBO’s Classical Baby (I’m Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show and Nickelodeon’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: The Untouchable Kids Of India.

Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More) went to Imaginationland, a special episode of Comedy Central’s South Park

Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than one hour) went to “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind,” an episode of Fox’s long-running comedy The Simpsons.

Outstanding Commercial went to “Swear Jar,” an amusing Bud Light spot about an office in which money collected for instances of employee profanity goes toward the purchase of Bud Light

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special went to Mr. Warmth: The DonRickles Project, a tribute to the comedy legend of its title.

Other shows winning awards for technical merits as well as editing prowess included Pushing Daisies, 3rd Rock, The Simpson’s, My Life on the D-List, and Jimmy Kimmel Live just to name a few.

Multiple Award Winning Shows:

AMC’s Mad Men, which took home four.
NBC’s 30 Rock, CBS’s 50thAnnual Grammy Awards, and PBS’s The War won three each
PBS’s AmericanMasters, HBO’s Autism: The Musical, Sci Fi Channel’s BattlestarGalactica, Showtime’s This American Life and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, JimmyKimmel Live and Pushing Daisies all won two.

Network Totals:

HBO’s 16 Emmys
ABC and PBS with nine each
CBS with eight
NBC with six
AMC and Showtime with five
Fox with three
Bravo, Cartoon Network and Sci Fi Channel with two
Comedy Central, The CW, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, FX Networks, and National Geographic Channel with one each.

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2008 Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville may be known as the Country music capital of the world but there are also several Christmas events that you can go to during the holiday season. It can be difficult to decide what events are out there so this article will help steer you to some of the better Christmas events in Nashville, Tennessee.

2008 Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee #1: Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Gaylord Opryland is having a Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the return of the Rockettes to Nashville. The Rockettes will be performing 12 Days of Christmas with festive music. Ticket prices range from $35 to $84 dollars. For a list of dates, click here. You can get 10% off if you have a Tripe A or AARP card. Military guests can get 20% off tickets with ID. Gaylord Opryland is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214.

2008 Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee #2: Victorian Masquerade Christmas

Experience a Victorian Masquerade Christmas at Belle Meade Plantation this holiday season. From November 8th until December 31st, Belle Meade will have undergone a Christmas makeover. Have fun and wear a masquerade mask as you take your tour. There will be music from the Victorian era and you can even participate in a dance from that time period. There will be other activities on site. Admission is $15 dollars for adults, $13 dollars for seniors, $7 dollars for children 6 – 18 and kids 5 and under are free. Belle Meade Plantation is located at 5025 Harding Road in Nashville. Call (615) 356-0501 for more information.

2008 Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee #3: Candlelight Holiday Tours of the Historic House

You can take a candlelight holiday tour of the historic Travellers Rest Plantation on December 4th, 11th or 19th from 6 PM to 9 PM. This tour will be done with only candles lighting the way and you’ll learn about the traditions of twelfth night from days of old. Admission is $10 dollars for adults, $9 for seniors and $3 dollars for kids 6-12. Travellers Rest Plantation is located at 636 Farrell Parkway Nashville, TN 37220.

2008 Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee #4: Magic of the Holidays

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is having a Magic of the Holidays event on December 13th. There will be a magician, refreshments, a chance to make holiday crafts, holiday stories, and even decorate your own cookies. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville Tennessee 37205. To find out pricing information, call (615) 356-8000.

2008 Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee #5: Private Christmas Carriage Tour

Something special that you could do as a family or with a date is to go on a private Christmas carriage tour. Nashville Sightseeing is offering horse drawn carriage tours that last one hour. You’ll be taken down parts of Nashville that are festively decorated for Christmas. There are three different kinds of carriages you can rent. The cheapest one is a Vis-à-vis at $149.95. It seats up to 6 people. To find out more information or to make a reservation, click here.

2008 Christmas Events in Nashville, Tennessee #6: Nashville Gas’ 55th Annual Christmas Parade

The Nashville Gas’ 55th Annual Christmas Parade is on December 7th at 7 PM. There will be floats, bands and more as go through the streets of Houston, starting at 7th and Broadway. Make sure you go early so you can get a good view from the curb. Call (615) 734-1708 for additional information.

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2008 Football Season: The One Jet That Needs to Crash

Football season is my favorite time of year. The cool fall weather, the notion that even if you have a bad week the NFL will be there to cheer you up on Sunday, and die hard football fans that love nothing more than that sweet victory and hate nothing more than that heartbreaking playoff loss from the year before that is still eating them up inside…except for maybe one exception, a certain quarterback who is loved and hated by most NFL fans. Do you remember Brett Favre as a Green Bay Packer having huge seasons and thinking this is the best quarterback in the league? Do you remember Brett Favre, still as a Green Bay Packer, having a horrible season but still playing the game and having fun because in essence…that’s what it’s all about? Do you remember Brett Favre ruining everything about the NFL during the summer of 2008 because he couldn’t take not being in the spotlight? I am sad to admit that I remember all three of these eras extremely well.

When Brett Favre seemed to be the best quarterback that ever lived I didn’t like him. That is due to the fact that I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and wouldn’t dream of liking a player on another team. I had a huge respect for him, but never liked him. I loved to see his smiling face after throwing an amazing touchdown reception and thinking to myself, this is what football is all about.

When the darker ages of Brett Favres career hit, I felt bad for the guy. He was a class act on and off the field and was just having bad luck (perhaps that bad luck was something of a pre-karma for what he was going to do the summer of 2008). However bad he was doing, he still had that smile of an All American boy who never grew up, just out in the backyard playing pick up football with the neighborhood boys. At the end of the 2008 season, after having one of the best year’s of his career, Brett called it quits. I was glad to see a well respected quarterback retire in the city where he had spent his entire career, Green Bay, after a great year.

The summer of 2008 brought about tornadoes that seemed to come through and wipe out all of Brett Favre’s respect that he had earned during his eighteen year career. After turning down an offer to go back in play for the Packers that was presented to him earlier in the year, Favre decided in mid summer to let the Packers know that he wanted back on the team. This probablly wouldn’t have been all that bad except for the fact that the Packers new starter, Aaron Rodgers had waited on the bench, behind Brett Favre for several years, was finally getting his chance to shine in Green Bay. Being a young and talented quarterback, Rodgers could have easily started for a number of other NFL teams but decided to stay loyal, realizing that Favre wouldn’t be around for much longer. Just because Favre was selfish and wanted something to do, he decided to take all of that away from Aaron Rodgers who had stayed and waited patiently behind Favre. What a self-centered jerk!

If that wasn’t enough, Favre started talking about wanting a trade to the Packers division rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. Hey Brett, why don’t you let the team decide where you are going because you are in no place to try and figure out what is best for you once great career? Because of the Favre drama, that was all that was on the NFL network (which came to be known that summer as the Favre network). I wanted to turn on NFL Live and hear about what my Cowboys were doing during the offseason, but no, all I heard was what Brett Favre was doing during the offseason; his harshness towards the packers, his inconsistent lies, and last but certainly not least, his recent switch from aquafresh to arm and hammer toothpaste.

In the end, Favre became a Jet. I hope he has the worst season of his life. I hope he embarrasses himself and never gets into the hall of fame. He was so respected until he decided to become selfish. He brought all of this on himself. Why would he do that? To get back in the spotlight, to be a complete jerk to Aaron Rodgers, or to lose all of his respect. I guess we will never know the answer to that question…or perhaps never care to know the answer to that question. All in all I have zero respect for someone who I grudgingly respected in the past. Well Brett, while you are ruining the lives of American football fans, I hope that your wife is ruining your life. All she wanted was to spend some time with you during your retirement. Maybe she will file for divorce to be with someone who has more time for her, who actually retires when he says he is going to, someone like Troy Aikman.

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2008 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet Rankings: Defensive Linemen

All rankings are based off of a standard head to head scoring system (tackles – sole & assisted, sacks, interceptions, return yards, touchdowns, passes defended, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries) in mixed AFC/NFC leagues.

For sleeper, breakout, and bust player picks, check out the key below.

BUST = player will register far below their 2007 stat totals
BREAKOUT = player will surpass expectations and/or have a career year in 2008
SLEEPER = player will be a late round pick or go undrafted and has a good chance of producing fantasy worthy stats in 2008

Good Luck to Everyone This Fantasy Football Season!

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN RANKINGS

1. Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers
He is clearly the number one defensive linemen if you get points for tackles. The 49ers should be on defense a lot in ’08 and so Willis will have plenty of opportunities to rack up double digit tackles every game.

2. Jared Allen – Minnesota Vikings
If you want sacks, Allen is your man.

3. DeMeco Ryans – Houston Texans
Ryans is one of the premiere young linebackers in the league. He can rack up double digit tackle totals per game with the best of them.

4. Brian Urlacher – Chicago Bears
He has been a force in fantasy football leagues for years. 2008 should be no different.

5. Nick Barnett – Green Bay Packers
Barnett is one of the key contributors to Packers defense, and if the Packers decides to blitz more, Barnett will have a chance to record half a dozen sacks.

6. DJ Williams – Denver Broncos

7. London Fletcher – Washington Redskins
Has been a tackle machine for a couple years now.

8. Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens
Would be ranked higher up if he didn’t get injured so much.

9. James Harrison – Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Kirk Morrison – Oakland Raiders
On a defense that is on the field a lot, Morrison can record double digit tackles per game very easily.

11. Will Witherspoon – St. Louis Rams

12. Jon Beason – Carolina Panthers
Another young up and coming linebacker who will rack up plenty of tackles in ’08.

13. EJ Henderson – Minnesota Vikings BUST
With so many key defensive playmakers, Henderson’s production will probably drop off in terms of stats.

14. Michael Boley – Atlanta Falcons

15. David Harris – New York Jets BREAKOUT
If the Jets weren’t so bad Harris wouldn’t be rated this high, but since the Jets are this bad Harris will be on defense a lot. Which is a great combo for fantasy owners.

16. Ernie Sims – Detroit Lions BREAKOUT
This will be Sims third year in the Tampa 2 defense. He should excel at an even higher level than last season.

17. Thomas Howard – Oakland Raiders

18. Lofa Tatupu – Seattle Seahawks
After a great 2006 campaign, Tatupu disappointed fantasy owners in 2007. Hopefully a rebound in ’08 is on the rise.

19. Shawne Merriman – San Diego Chargers
Merriman pretty much has it all. Speed, strength, power, tenacity, drive, you name it. He could be a defensive star in 2008.

20. Adalius Thomas – New England Patriots
A sack machine in Baltimore, Thomas saw a significant decrease in his stat totals when he joined an already stacked defense.

21. Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears

22. AJ Hawk – Green Bay Packers BREAKOUT
Entering his third year in the league, Hawk is getting better and better.

23. Keith Bulluck – Tennessee Titans
Bulluck consistently provides fantasy owners with over 100 tackles every year.

24. Aaron Kampman – Green Bay Packers
One of the few defensive lineman who can rack up both tackles and sacks.

25. DeMarcus Ware – Dallas Cowboys

26. Barrett Ruud – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

27. Mike Vrabel – New England Patriots BUST
If he doesn’t catch those cheap touchdowns on offense then his point total drops dramatically from last year.

28. Angelo Crowell – Buffalo Bills

29. Keith Brooking – Atlanta Falcons

30. Mario Williams – Houston Texans
In terms of fantasy rank among their positions, Mario Williams is probably more valuable than Reggie Bush at this point.

31. Derrick Brooks – Tampa Bay Buccaneers BUST
Age may finally be starting to catch up on him, and teammate Barrett Ruud has taken over as Tampa Bay’s best defensive fantasy option.

32. David Thornton – Tennessee Titans

33. Derrick Johnson – Kansas City Chiefs

34. Julian Peterson – Seattle Seahawks

35. Patrick Kearney – Seattle Seahawks

36. Donnie Edwards – Kansas City Chiefs

37. Osi Umenyiora – New York Giants

38. Justin Tuck – New York Giants BREAKOUT
The retirement of Michael Strahan gives Tuck his opportunity to become a premiere sack specialist. Can we can a Jared Allen type impact in ’08?

39. Antonio Pierce – New York Giants

40. Aaron Schobel – Buffalo Bills

41. Gary Brackett – Indianapolis Colts

42. Karlos Dansby – Arizona Cardinals

43. Calvin Pace – New York Jets

44. Morlon Greenwood – Houston Texans

45. John DiGiorgio – Buffalo Bills

46. Gerald Hayes – Arizona Cardinals

47. James Farrior – Pittsburgh Steelers

48. Stephen Cooper – San Diego Chargers

49. Chad Greenway – Minnesota Vikings SLEEPER
The Vikings defense is slowly improving, and Greenway is the young anchor at linebacker.

50. Paris Lenon – Detroit Lions

51. Napoleon Harris – Kansas City Chiefs

52. Shaun Phillips – San Diego Chargers

53. D’Qwell Jackson – Cleveland Browns

54. Thomas Davis – Carolina Panthers

55. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens
Suggs continues to disappoint fantasy owners who draft him for his big time sack potential.

56. Demorrio Williams – Kansas City Chiefs

57. Kyle Vanden Bosch – Tennessee Titans

58. Scott Fujita – New Orleans Saints

59. Matt Wilhelm – San Diego Chargers

60. Joey Porter – Miami Dolphins

61. Elvis Dumervil – Denver Broncos
Sacks are his specialty.

62. Mike Peterson – Jacksonville Jaguars

63. John Abraham – Atlanta Falcons

64. Derek Smith – San Diego Chargers

65. Kevin Williams – Minnesota Vikings

66. Channing Crowder – Miami Dolphins
On what should be a horrendous Dolphins defense, Crowder will have plenty of opportunities to record double digit tackles per game.

67. Chris Kelsay – Buffalo Bills

68. Kamerion Wimbley – Cleveland Browns SLEEPER
If the Cleveland Browns want to contend for a playoff spot, the defense will have to improve. And it all starts with Wimbley.

69. Andra Davis – Cleveland Browns

70. Igor Olshansky – San Diego Chargers

71. Mathias Kiwanuka – New York Giants SLEEPER
He’s fast and can pressure the quarterback. It just depends if the Giants play him at linebacker or on the line.

72. Tedy Bruschi – New England Patriots

73. Landon Johnson – Carolina Panthers

74. Bart Scott – Baltimore Ravens

75. Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs

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2008 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet Rankings: Defensive Backs

All rankings are based off of a standard head to head scoring system (tackles – sole & assisted, sacks, interceptions, return yards, touchdowns, passes defended, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries) in mixed AFC/NFC leagues.

For sleeper, breakout, and bust player picks, check out the key below.

BUST = player will register far below their 2007 stat totals
BREAKOUT = player will surpass expectations and/or have a career year in 2008
SLEEPER = player will be a late round pick or go undrafted and has a good chance of producing fantasy worthy stats in 2008

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DEFENSIVE BACK RANKINGS

1. Terrence McGee – Buffalo Bills
McGee’s combination of return yards and tackles make him the best defensive back available.

2. Marcus Trufant – Seattle Seahawks
If your league doesn’t count return yards, then Trufant is the best defensive back in terms of tackles, interceptions, and passes defensed.

3. Antonio Cromartie – San Diego Chargers BREAKOUT
Cromartie put up ridiculous fantasy stats in 2007 and he didn’t even begin the season as a starter.

4. Asante Samuel – Philadelphia Eagles
Interceptions are his niche.

5. Bob Sanders – Indianapolis Colts
If he can stay healthy he is probably the only defensive back in the NFL who can rack up 100 solo tackles.

6. Nate Clements – San Francisco 49ers
With the 49ers on defense a lot, Clements should get plenty of opportunities for interceptions and tackles.

7. Champ Bailey – Denver Broncos
A defensive back with great hands means lots of interceptions over the course of a season.

8. DeAngelo Hall – Oakland Raiders
If DeAngelo is as good as he claims, then quarterbacks will throw everywhere but near him which will diminish his overall fantasy value.

9. Darrelle Revis – New York Jets BREAKOUT
After a very good rookie season last year, Revis should definitely be able to build upon his numbers in ’08.

10. Atari Bigby – Green Bay Packers
Bigby is a hard hitting safety that plays like a linebacker and is seemingly in on every tackle.

11. LaRon Landry – Washington Redskins BREAKOUT
With a year under his belt, Landry should emerge in Washington as the best defensive back on the Redskins team.

12. Ellis Hobbs – New England Patriots BUST
Hobbs is strictly a return yards point specialist. So if your league doesn’t count return yards, ignore Hobbs because he doesn’t get interceptions or tackles.

13. Oshiomogho Atogwe – St. Louis Rams

14. Roy Williams – Dallas Cowboys

15. Pacman Jones – Dallas Cowboys
If he stays out of legal trouble, Pacman will be good for kick return yards as well as a few tackles and interceptions while playing defense.

16. Ed Reed – Baltimore Ravens
Another hard hitter who has an all or nothing approach. In other words, Reed will have two interceptions, a touchdown, and 7 tackles one week, and the next he only manages 2 tackles.

17. Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers

18. Antrel Rolle – Arizona Cardinals
Rolle can rack up interceptions with the best of them.

19. Justin Miller – New York Jets SLEEPER
Miller entered ’07 as a premiere kick returner, however after an early season injury cost him the entire 2007 season, he should be back healthy and ready to run in ’08.

20. Terence Newman – Dallas Cowboys

21. Ronde Barber – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22. Chris Harris – Carolina Panthers

23. Jermaine Phillips – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

24. Bernard Pollard – Kansas City Chiefs

25. Cedric Griffin – Minnesota Vikings BUST

26. Donte Whitner – Buffalo Bills BREAKOUT
As a safety who will play both positions, Whitner has a chance to post 100 tackles this season.

27. Gibril Wilson – Oakland Raiders

28. Clinton Hart – San Diego Chargers

29. Madieu Williams – Minnesota Vikings BUST

30. Richard Marshall – Carolina Panthers

31. Darren Sharper – Minnesota Vikings

32. Michael Huff – Oakland Raiders SLEEPER
If the Raiders are on defense as much as we think they will be, Huff will have plenty of opportunities for interceptions, passes defensed, and tackles.

33. Antoine Winfield – Minnesota Vikings

34. Kerry Rhodes – New York Jets

35. TJ Rushing – Indianapolis Colts
Another return yards specialist.

36. Ike Taylor – Pittsburgh Steelers

37. Von Hutchins – Atlanta Falcons

38. Josh Bullocks – New Orleans Saints

39. Charles Woodson – Green Bay Packers

40. Sam Madison – New York Giants

41. Marlin Jackson – Indianapolis Colts
A good defensive back who can rack up the tackles.

42. Adrian Wilson – Arizona Cardinals

43. Jermaine Phillips – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

44. Quentin Jammer – San Diego Chargers

45. Leodis McKelvin – Buffalo Bills SLEEPER
McKelvin is a great rookie sleeper pick who could very easily start and become an immediate defensive force for the Bills and fantasy owners.

46. CC Brown – Houston Texans

47. Nick Harper – Tennessee Titans

48. Deon Grant – Seattle Seahawks

49. Danieal Manning – Chicago Bears

50. Rodney Harrison – New England Patriots

51. Leon Hall – Cincinnati Bengals
Playing on what probably will be a terrible Cincinnati defense, Hall could surprise with very good fantasy stats in 2008.

52. Tenard Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

53. Eric Wright – Cleveland Browns

54. Gerald Alexander – Detroit Lions

55. Ron Bartell – St. Louis Rams

56. Sheldon Brown – Philadelphia Eagles

57. Johnathan Joseph – Cincinnati Bengals

58. Aqib Talib – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

59. Michael Jenkins – Dallas Cowboys SLEEPER
Jenkins is a wildcard entering his rookie season. He has tons of potential and ability, and if he starts he could post great tackle and interception totals.

60. Shawn Springs – Washington Redskins

61. Antoine Cason – San Diego Chargers

62. Eric Weddle – San Diego Chargers SLEEPER

63. Reggie Nelson – Jacksonville Jaguars

64. Roderick Hood – Arizona Cardinals

65. Kelvin Hayden – Indianapolis Colts

66. Roman Harper – New Orleans Saints

67. Dunta Robinson – Houston Texans SLEEPER
He will be coming off a major injury, but he has the talent to be a top 10 defensive back.

68. Sean Jones – Cleveland Browns

69. Michael Griffin – Tennessee Titans SLEEPER
As a rookie in 2007, Griffin struggled mightily. I don’t expect the same to happen this season.

70. Dre’ Bly – Denver Broncos

71. Travis Fisher – Detroit Tigers

72. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – Arizona Cardinals
He may actually be better than Antrel Rolle.

73. Corey Chavous – St. Louis Rams

74. Phillip Buchanon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buchanon’s bonus return yards are what make him fantasy worthy.

75. Brian Williams – Jacksonville Jaguars

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2008 Election and Political Drama: U.S. Sees Increase in Racial Tensions

We are on the eve of a monumental, historic event: the nation’s first African American is on the presidential ballot. Is this causing an upswing of racial tensions in our country? There is an increase in e-mails of a racial nature circulating on the World Wide Web. I see racial tensions increasing as Americans voice there opinions at home, on the street and in the workplace. The upcoming presidential election will, I feel, be a very intense time; people from both sides of the fence will gather at homes, bars, and other public places to watch who will become the next president of the United States. We will be glued to our televisions like never before.

Will we be a nation that stands together and show the world we have graduated in the last 400 years? Or will racial divisions increase bringing about a level of prejudice we have not seen in years. I have heard of emails being sent out about Presidential candidate Obama accusing him of being everything from the anti-Christ to Saddam Hussein’s brother. Will the election night bring about riots or fights in the bars due to opinions and comments from either side being tossed around like frisbee’s? I hope we can weather the storm without doing irreparable damage to ourselves and our nation.

This viewpoint may be a little extreme for some, but racial tensions and riots have erupted from much less. I have witnessed numerous workplace debates concerning the candidates, and heard voices raised and tempers flare. Even though politics have no business in the workplace, unless you work in a political venue, conversations are being had, and political views debated. Co-workers who are friends and race is not an issue, is now becoming an issue. And friendships are becoming strained. Race is still an underlying matter, and is coming to the top like simmering like a hot bowl of soup ready to boil over at any moment.

Has law enforcement discuss the possible outcome and unforeseeable problems and situations that may occur? Paranoia it may seem to some but it best to err on the side of precaution, you may think I have little faith in the people of our great country but some hidden scars and old wounds are starting to fester, and we have only begun to scratch at the surface of a sore that we thought had long ago healed.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2008 Easter Sunday Sunrise Services in Louisville, Kentucky

In many families it is an Easter tradition to visit a sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Here is a look at the churches in Louisville, Kentucky, that will be offering Easter Sunday Sunrise services this Easter Sunday.

Bethany United Methodist Church

Bethany United Methodist Church will be hosting a Community Outdoor Sunrise Service overlooking the Ohio River at the Farnsley-Moremen Landing Pavilion. The service will begin at 8 AM, with breakfast to be served after the service is over. To learn more about Bethany United Methodist Church or its Easter Sunrise Service you can contact the church at (502) 937-4040 or visit the church’s website.

Metropolitan Community Church of Louisville

An Easter Sunrise Service held at Hogan’s Fountain in Cherokee Park will be hosted by the Metropolitan Community Church of Louisville. The service will begin at 7AM with a breakfast following the service at 8 AM. To learn more about the service or the Metropolitan Community Church of Louisville you can visit their website or call (502) 587-6225.

Crescent Hill United Methodist Church

Crescent Hill United Methodist Church will host their Easter Sunrise Service at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, located at 301 South Peterson Avenue. The service will begin at 8:30 AM, and a light breakfast will be held at the church following the service. To learn more about the Easter Sunrise Service you can visit Crescent Hill United Methodist Church’s website or call (502) 896-0396.

Grace Evangelical Free Church

The Easter Sunrise Service at Grace Evangelical Free Church will begin at 6:30 AM, with a light continental breakfast held afterwards. The church is located at 13060 Factory Lane. To learn more about the Easter Sunrise Service or Grace Evangelical Free Church you can call the church at (502) 241-2991 or visit the church’s website.

Shively Park

An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 7 AM at Shively Park, located on Dixie Highway behind the Shively Municipal Building. The service is being sponsored by Shively area Ministries, the Foundation for Positive Christian Imaging, Tunnel Hill Free Methodist Church, and Parkview United Methodist Church. Breakfast will be held after the service.

Our Savior Lutheran Church

Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 8305 Nottingham Parkway, will host their Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM. To learn more about the church or it’s Sunrise Service you can call (502) 426-1130 or visit the church’s website.

Greater Good Hope Baptist Church

The Sunrise Service at Greater Good Hope Baptist Church, located at 840 South 26th Street, will begin at 7 AM on Easter Sunday. The Sunrise Service will be a combined service with both Ebenezer Baptist Church and Elim Baptist Church.

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2008 Election Battleground Previews: Is Wisconsin a Battleground State?

As the days wind down toward the general election on the first Tuesday in this coming November the battleground states in this election are becoming more and more hotly contested. The pundits will continually critique every little word that comes out of the candidates mouths for a slip that could cost them the election, and the campaigns will spend millions of dollars on trying to get their message across to the voters.

The past two elections have been as close as elections can possibly be, so the importance of each battleground state has become more and more clear in the past eight years. If you want close states in recent elections look no further than Wisconsin. Wisconsin has been decided by 0.22% and 0.38% in the last two elections. Will Wisconsin be a battleground state down to the wire this year or will it be different in 2008?

Demographics:

2006 Census Data
White- 85.7%
Black- 6.0%
Female- 50.3%
Male- 40.7%
65 or older- 13.0%

2004 Exit Polls
Democrats- 35%
Republicans-38%
Independents-27%

A first look at the demographics in Wisconsin would lead you to believe that John McCain should do well in Wisconsin, but many polls aren’t showing that to be the case. John Kerry won the state in 2004 by edging out President Bush among the independent voters in the state. Reports on the ground say that the democrats have registered far more new voters than the republicans since 2004, so expect the democrats to outnumber the republicans at the polls in 2008.

Trends:

The state as a whole has traditionally leaned fairly heavily toward the democratic side, but over the past decade it seems to have swung back toward the middle. The majority of the counties in the state go republican, but the heavily populated areas go for the democrat. Dane County, which is the home of Madison and the University of Wisconsin, has becoming increasingly democratic in recent years and is said to be much of the reason that John Kerry defeated President Bush in 2004 in Wisconsin. Given that the state went very slightly for Gore in 2000, one might have expected it to switch to Bush in 2004, but Kerry actually finished stronger than Gore did in this state. One of the bigger reasons for this was the huge drop off in support for Ralph Nader. In 2000 Nader brought in 3.62% of the vote here, but in 2004 he received only 0.55%.

Polls:

The RealClearPolitics average of the four most recent polls in this state show Obama leading by 7.2%. There hasn’t been a poll showing McCain leading in the last three months.

Conclusion:

Barack Obama appears to have some real strength here. Since he is from Chicago, which is very close to the Wisconsin border, one could expect Obama will do very well in the southern part of Wisconsin. The signs here are pointing to the fact that this state should not be as close as it has been in the past, and it is unlikely Wisconsin will be a prime battleground state this year.

Sources:

2004 Election Exit Polls Wisconsin CNN.com

Wisconsin: McCain vs. Obama Realclearpolitics.com

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2008 College Football Preview: Who's Got a Real Shot at the National Title?

Another college football season is upon us, the main question returns: which NCAA teams have a legitimate shot at the national title? There are several major teams in play, although most of these teams either have question marks at key positions, insanely difficult schedules, or other factors that makes picking a couple teams out very difficult. This article ranks teams from most likely to make it to least, and takes schedules and other factors into effect, so this is NOT a list of best team to worst. Some of the best teams on this list will be last because of killer schedules (see Georgia).

#1 Missouri: This is a team absolutely loaded in talent. In fact, only Oklahoma was able to beat Missouri last year, and this season the majority of starters return, including multiple players who were expected to go pro but came back. With no Oklahoma, or Texas Tech on the schedule, only Texas stands in the way of Missouri’s straight shot to the Big 12 title game if they stay focused. There won’t be a lot of undefeated teams this season, so Missouri wins the Big 12 title game, and they’re in.

#2 Ohio State: Like it or not (and nobody outside of Columbus likes it), there is an excellent chance that Ohio State makes the title game. The biggest hurdle is an early season against USC, but USC has injury issues and is still unsettled at QB. With the sheer number of returning starters to OSU, this team is loaded and is in perfect position to pull the upset against USC. If they do, only a “trap” game with Wisconsin will stop them, as a mediocre Big 10 simply won’t challenge the Buckeyes. If they go undefeated, there probably won’t be enough undefeated teams to shove them out.

#3 USC: It’s all about getting the team together early. There is a lot of turnover, as always, although if any team has proven it can give up 13 players a year to the NFL without consequence, it’s the Trojans. That said, there are a lot of injuries on this team and an unsettled quarterback position, meaning Ohio State has an excellent chance of knocking them off. If USC can hold off the Buckeyes and stay healthy, then like Ohio State USC looks good to go all the way. The Pac-10 will offer more challengers than the Big 10, but if Ohio State can’t knock off USC, then other Pac-10 teams will be hard pressed to do the same.

#4 Florida: I actually think Georgia is the best team in the SEC, but their schedule is absolute murder. Florida’s schedule isn’t a cupcake by any stretch, but they are a strong team with a lot of returning starters. Florida’s hardest games: home against LSU and South Carolina, @ Tennessee, and @ Georgia. If they call pull the upset against Georgia, they will be favored all the way to the title game. At that point one win and an undefeated Florida team will definitely get into the title game.

#5 Oklahoma: Oklahoma has an insanely good team, and QB Sam Bradford was absolutely incredible for a true freshman. The Sooners have an unusually high number of starters returning, in addition to fantastic depth. This team is loaded at every position, and their schedule is far more manageable than many other contenders. The biggest obstacle might not be an always strong Texas team, but the potential revenge game against Texas Tech, a dangerous team poised to take a shot at the title, as well. They don’t play Missouri until the Big 12 title game, so the Sooners have the best shot they’ve had in years at winning the national title.

#6 Georgia: This may very well be the strongest team on the list, but Georgia’s schedule is murder. Their games include away games at South Carolina, Arizona State, LSU, and Auburn and home games against Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia Tech. Aside from this incredibly brutal schedule, Georgia has also suffered several major injuries before the season started, not to mention a recent slew of suspensions. Asking them to handle all these teams is just too much, and that’s even before the SEC title game.

#7 Clemson: Clemson looks absolutely loaded on paper, but it can be hard to trust this team after the last few seasons. On paper, Clemson should run away with the ACC, and among the top contenders has the easiest road to the national title game by a wide margin. The three hardest games? Home against Alabama and South Carolina, and @ Wake Forest. If Clemson can play to their talent, there’s no reason they can’t be 13-0 after the ACC title game, and in a season where most teams will have at least one loss, that could be enough. Or Clemson could blow it. The biggest thing working against Clemson: with a non conference schedule that includes three I-AA teams, Clemson won’t win a tie breaker against any other undefeated team.

#8 Texas Tech: Oklahoma and Texas are the toughest opponents. The Red Raiders are always dangerous on offense, and with Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree coming back, this time will be close to unstoppable. The defense should be one of the best since Leach arrived at Tech, and with a large number of returning starters, this may very well be the best chance Tech ever has at a national title. If they can beat Texas and Oklahoma, they should be able to match up against Missouri to determine who goes to the national title game.

#9 West Virginia: This team has the best shot of the Big East teams. In reality, neither Big East team has a chance without going undefeated, but with RB Noel Devine taking over, there’s a chance that this offense, with 8 returning starters, could be the best this team has ever put on the field. The defense will need new starters to step up and fill in the gaps, but if any team is going to go undefeated in the Big East, this is the most likely to pull it off.

#10 USF: USF started out on fire, things got really rough, then they appeared to finish strong but were destroyed in their bowl game against Oregon. This is a team with a lot of returning talent, but some holes in their front seven of the defense and at running back. If the returning players can improve and this team sweeps the Big East, that should provide enough quality victories to put them in consideration. This is a long shot, but not impossible by any stretch.

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2008 Grammys: Winners Spoke What Could Not Be Sung

Grammy night brings visions of red carpets, lovely gowns, and the music industry’s hottest artists. However, the Grammys also give a nod of honor to the spoken word of authors and artist in genres that do not involve the art of voice or instrument. The 50th Grammy Awards Ceremony gave three awards to the gifted voices of the spoken word and comical collaboration.

The most noted vocal winner Sunday night (2008) was Democratic candidate Barack Obama. Obama won the ‘Spoken Word Album’ Grammy for his audio book version of his best selling book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.” This is Obama’s second Grammy win; the first in 2006 was for his audio book “Dreams From My Father,” a memoir published in 1995. “The Audacity of Hope” is a book with many levels of discussion. Barack Obama deals with his absentee father.

He speaks of his journey to find his families roots and talks about his youthful struggles. Obama is candid in his book about marijuana use, alcohol use, and his struggles to find his place in the culture of his time. His political views and disappointments become clearer in his writing. The book gained great recognition and endorsement from the media and his current supporter Oprah Winfrey. This New York Times Best Selling book became one of the key introductions of Barack Obama into the role of political “Golden Boy.” Many believe, the recognition and empowerment that began to rise after the circulation of this book, sprung Obama into his early run for President of the United States.

Obama now shares Grammy company with the another Democratic hopeful, Hillary Clinton. Clinton won a ‘Spoken Word’ Grammy in 1997 for her New York Times Best Seller “It Takes A Village. He also shares the award with former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Clinton won in 2004 for a collaborative children’s story and in 2005 for his memoir “My Life.” Carter won in 2007 for his audio book “Our Endangered Valued: America’s Moral Crisis.”

The 2008 Grammy winner for the ‘Spoken Work Album for Children’ was Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, audio Jim Dale, written by J.K. Rowling’s.

The Seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series drew as much attention and speculation as any other. With misguided gossip, this installment has more than earned its keep. Pre-dated implications of the death of Harry himself, and talk of voluptuous main character relationships, sold out the paper printing well before the final t’s had been crossed. Later, as introductions to homosexual characters emerged, the Harry Potter series found a way to even sale out to the few who had not already owned a copy. The seventh book, won for the audio reading, is the only part of the series that travels forward in time. Nine years later the reader gets to imagine characters with lives that include children, marriage, responsibilities, and the memories of death. Written by J.K. Rowling’s, The Harry Potter series has been the highest grossing and most sought after series of all time among children and teen readers.

The ‘Best Comedy Album’ of the 2008 Grammys went to “The Distant Future Flight of the Concords”, Sub Pop.

The original series, broadcast on HBO, describes as odd and bold. Though there is singing, the songs are not about music, but about comical “attacks” of various artist and music styles. Most of the nominations in the comical album Grammy category do not involve any musical voice or instrument. The duo, known for their outrageous ‘gags’ and are often quirky and surprising. These New Zealanders (Bret and Jermaine) hit New York City with a bang then with a bust in the current HBO series (with the same name) Classified as folk-comedy, the duo of comedians have a strong fan base that is sure to grow after the 2008 Grammy win.

(Form EP – 1 disc, can receive music downloads, released August 2007)

You may listen to a sample of this Grammy Award winning album at Amazon.

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2008 Halloween Costume Trends

It’s the second most popular holiday in the United States. Halloween is a special time for kids both young and old. It’s a chance to eat tasty candy, stay out late, and dress up in elaborate costumes. What more could you ask for? One of the most important decisions a child or an adult makes at this time of year is what type of Halloween costume to wear for a night of trick or treating or for that grown-up Halloween party. Should you be a superhero, an imaginary animal, a celebrity, or a movie character? As with fashion, Halloween costumes tend to follow trends, usually reflecting the current social and political climate. Here are some 2008 Halloween costume trends you may see this Halloween:

Halloween costume trends: Political figures

It’s an election year and most Americans have politics on their minds. What better way to make a statement than to bear the likeness of an important political figure at a Halloween party? Don’t be surprised if you see comical renditions of Obama and John McCain at this year’s Halloween parties. Not to mention the current woman dominating the political news, Sarah Palin. Some people are so wrapped up in politics that they’ll use any occasion to express their political views. Be prepared!

Halloween costume trends: Celebrities

When America isn’t fixated on politics, they’re obsessed with the latest celebrity escapades. Not surprisingly, their glamorous lifestyle inspires people to walk in their shoes if only for an evening. What better way to do it then in full Halloween costume? It’s quite probable that you’ll see more than one Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Angelina Jolie carrying a trick-or-treat bag or attending a trendy Halloween party this year. For males, don’t be surprised to see a few Brad Pitts ringing your doorbell for Halloween treats this year.

Halloween costume trends: Sexy costumes

Hopefully, you’ll only see these costumes at adult Halloween parties. Some women see Halloween as the time to become the femme fatale they’ve always wanted to be. This trend seems to have been gaining momentum in the past few years. From the more sedate Marilyn Monroe impersonations to the blatantly sexy, scantily clad French maid, Halloween is a time of fantasy and many people are taking advantage of it. What other day of the year can you dress like a Playboy bunny or a dominatrix and get by with it?

Halloween costume trends: Traditional costumes

Fortunately, the traditional costumes we’ve come to associate with Halloween are always in vogue. Expect to see your share of snaggle toothed witches wearing black, pointy hats as well as their opposites, fairies in white, princesses, and, the perennial favorite of little girls everywhere, Cinderella. And what would Halloween be without little boys in white sheets making ghostly moans and giant orange pumpkins carrying Halloween bags filled with tasty Halloween treats? Some things never go out of fashion.

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2008 Fantasy Football - Top 15 Fantasy Football Rookies

Here are my top 15 picks from the 2008 NFL Draft Class that should play important roles on fantasy football teams this year and possibly for years to come!

#1 – Darren McFadden – RB – Oakland Raiders – 1st round pick 4th overall
Even with a packed running back position in Oakland, McFadden should snag over half of the carries handed out to Raider running backs in 2008. Expecting 1,000 rushing yards and 8-10 touchdowns is very realistic.

#2 – Jonathan Stewart – RB – Carolina Panthers – 1st round 13th pick overall
With DeShaun Foster out of Carolina’s backfield, Stewart should compliment DeAngelo Williams perfectly. Together they should form a very tough tandem for Carolina in 2008. If you are planning on drafting either one of these guys it would be wise to draft the other as well. Together they could combine for 1,800 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. Stewart alone should be good for at least 800 yards and 8 touchdowns.

#3 – Kevin Smith – RB – Detroit Lions – 3rd round 64 overall
Drafted in the 3rd round, Smith has one of the best opportunities to become the number 1 fantasy running back among rookies in 2008. If he claims the wide open starting running back spot in Detroit, he could easily rush for 1,200 yards and 7-10 touchdowns.

#4 – Matt Forte – RB – Chicago Bears – 2nd round 44 overall
When the Bears second round pick was announced back in April, not many fans were jumping on the Forte band wagon. However with the releasing of former number 5 overall draft pick Cedric Benson, the Bears backfield has become somewhat suddenly depleted. With longtime backup running back Adrian Peterson and the little quick guy Garrett Wolf backing Peterson up, Forte should get plenty of playing time to signify being a potentially very good fantasy running back in 2008.

#5 – Ryan Torain – RB – Denver Broncos – 5th round 139 overall
In case you haven’t noticed, Denver running backs always come out of nowhere. And it appears that Ryan Torain may just become the next household name in fantasy football communities. With the release of Travis Henry, the Denver backfield now consists of Selvin Young, newly signed Michael Pittman, and you guessed it, Ryan Torain. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Torain become the full-time running back a month into the season. As of right now, Torain is a great buy low candidate with loads of potential.

#6 – James Hardy – WR – Buffalo Bills – 2nd round 41 overall
Finally breaking away from the running back trend, wide receiver James Hardy and his 6’6 height should net himself half a dozen touchdowns in 2008. If he starts alongside the speedy Lee Evans, Hardy has a great chance to be the best fantasy rookie wide receiver in 2008.

#7 – Ray Rice – RB – Baltimore Ravens – 2nd round 55 overall
Rice has huge potential should the oft-injured Willis MaGahee succumb to yet another injury. If you draft McGahee, Rice is a must have handcuff as he could instantly become a 100 yard and 1 touchdown per game rusher.

#8 – Steve Slaton – RB – Houston Texans – 3rd round 89 overall
A much hyped college prospect, Slaton is a small lightening quick running back who should see his share of carries in an unsettled Houston backfield. Although Slaton will be too small to handle a full-time running back role, he should prove to be a homerun threat every time he touches the ball.

#9 – Limas Sweed – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers – 2nd round 53rd overall
Sweed entered the 2007 college season as the best college wide receiver and NFL prospect, however season long nagging injuries soon negated his potential. Now after being drafted into a very good situation in Pittsburgh, Sweed has the chance to become the number one big man option for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Teaming with all-pro Hines Ward and the speedy Santonio Holmes, Sweed should fit nicely into the 3rd wide receiver spot and use his height against smaller and lesser used defensive backs. Unfortunately Sweed will have to share the ball a lot with all the talent around him which will limit his yardage total dramatically, however his ability to become a premiere red zone target option for Big Ben should entice fantasy owners to take a flyer on Sweed as their 3rd or 4th wide receiver option. How does 400-500 yards and 6-8 touchdowns sound?

#10 – Jordy Nelson – WR – Green Bay Packers – 2nd round 36 overall
Already loaded at the wide receiver position, Green Bay still drafted another wide receiver in Jordy Nelson with a very high second round pick. Fortunately for the Packers and fantasy owners, Nelson should fit perfectly into the Green Bay offense as a big and tall wide receiver who has shown to be great after the catch. Not to mention Nelson should also become the primary kick return with Koren Robinson out of Green Bay. Either way you look at, Nelson will be given plenty of opportunities to blend in and make a his mark with the Packers.

Sleeper Picks

#1 – Early Doucet – WR – Arizona Cardinals – 3rd round 81 overall
If you are looking for a 1,000 yard receiver, Doucet is not your best bet. However with a great receiving corps around him, and a pass happy offense to boot, Doucet should settle in nicely as the 3rd wide receiver in Arizona. Expecting 500 yards and 5 touchdowns is very realistic for Doucet in 2008. With this in mind, Doucet’s biggest value will be if Anquan Boldin or Larry Fitzgerald get injured and he snags a few starts. If this happens Doucet should definitely become a reliable 3rd wide receiver option for fantasy teams.

#2 – Andre Caldwell – WR – Cincinnati Bengals – 3rd round 97 overall
Drafted after fellow teammate rookie wide receiver Jerome Simpson, Caldwell possess more experience against tougher competition and in high pressure situations that Simpson. In other words, Caldwell is a more polished and more pro-ready wide receiver than Simpson. This coupled with Carson Palmer at quarterback, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Caldwell take over at wide receiver in Cincinnati if Chad Johnson eventually finds his way out of town.

#3 – Donnie Avery – WR – St. Louis Rams – 2nd round 33 pick overall
Donnie Avery, even though barely recognizable by football fans, still managed to become the first wide receiver taken in the 2008 NFL draft. Luckily this unknowing factor could be just the right ingredient for him and fantasy owners. Avery has the premiere speed, 4.3 at the combine, to fit very well with the type of fast elusive wide receivers the Rams have been known for in the past. If Marc Bulger can stay healthy for at least a good chuck of season, Avery could put of surprising stats for a rookie wide receiver. Keep in mind, Avery is a very high risk high reward pick as he could struggle mightily to begin the year. Anything from 200 yards and 2 touchdowns to 800 yards 8 touchdowns are possible.

#4 – Jerome Simpson – WR – Cincinnati Bengals – 2nd round 46th overall
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good ‘you’ are, but rather how good your teammates around you are and how many opportunities you have. In Jerome Simpson’s case (or fellow rookie wide receiver Andre Caldwell for that matter), he has both of those things going for him. He will fall right into the hands of a great quarterback, Carson Palmer, and the opportunity to see lots of time at wide receiver with Chris Henry out of the picture and Chad Johnson likely to soon to be out of the picture. Simpson should team with TJ Houshmandzadeh and take full advantage of his surroundings and opportunities in 2008. All in all Jerome Simpson could become the next great Cincinnati wide receiver drafted in the 2nd round (ie. the new Chad Johnson, minus the personality).

#5 – Tim Hightower – RB – Arizona Cardinals – 5th round 149 overall
With running backs holding such a high priority in fantasy leagues, 5th round pick Tim Hightower has a chance to make an impact in what has been a very stagnant Arizona backfield. If Edgerrin James again regresses in 2008, Hightower may be in line for a bunch of carries and playing time this season as well as having the possibility to take over the full-time role in 2009.

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2008 Movie Releases: Jan-Feb

Hey everyone. Compiled below is the current list of movies being released for 2008. I’ve never done this before and having done it, I now know why. Just joking. Seriously though, here’s the quick-fix sound-bite head’s up for a good chunk of Cinema 2008. Enjoy.
Please note that these release dates are NOT final. This information is as of December 26, 2007 and things may change.
See you at the movies!

JANUARY 2008

“One Missed Call” – You get a cellphone voice message that comes from you the moment before you die. If for some reason you’ve ran out of pre-paid minutes or lost your voicemail PIN, you’ll have to wait longer… Stars Ed Burns. Opens January 4, 2008

“27 Dresses” – Katherine Heigl has been a bridesmaid 27 times. Also stars James Marsden and Ed Burns. Opens January 11, 2008

“First Sunday” – Not content with just Fridays anymore, Ice Cube tackles Sunday. It seems that he and his brother are sentenced to 5000 hours of community service. When his girlfriend and kid are about to leave for the ATL unless he antes up $17,000, he decides to rob the closest vendor: a church. Also stars Loretta Devine, Tracy Morgan, Chi McBride, and Regina Hall. Opens January 11, 2008

“In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” – Here’s the story: good versus evil in a faraway English land. Starring Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, John Rhys-Davies (where has HE been?), Matthew Lillard and Ray Liotta. Apparently, all weren’t doing anything for lunch that day… Opens January 11, 2008

“Teeth” – Dawn is a high school girl who has a sexual health problem: vagina dentate; or rather, teeth in the “holiest of holies.” She uses it for physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. And I thought the “Schwartz” ring was bad enough… Opens January 11, 2008

“The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie” – The name says it all. Opens January 11, 2008

“Cloverfield” – From producer J.J. Abrams comes a birthday party for a guy named Rob in L.A. Trouble is, L.A. is being attacked by something emitting a weird sound and shooting balls of flame. It got MY attention… Opens January 18, 2008

“Mad Money” – Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes take money about to be shredded and go on their own sprees. An indicting comedy. Opens January 18, 2008

“How She Move” – A girl who has lost everything returns to her old neighborhood and finds acceptance in breakdancing. What is it with this stuff? Opens January 25, 2008

“Untraceable” – Diane Lane is an FBI computer investigator who comes across a murderer who broadcasts his killing on the Web. Maybe those chain e-mails ARE real… Opens January 25, 2008

“Meet the Spartans” – From the two guys who gave you, “Date Movie,” and “Epic Movie,” and the one guy who brought you, “Not Another Teen Movie,” comes this spoof of “300,” “You Got Served,” and pop culture en masse. Starring Kevin Sorbo, Diedrich Bader, and Carmen Electra. Enough said. Opens January 28, 2008

FEBRUARY 2008

“88 Minutes” – Al Pacino is a forensics expert that receives a phone call saying he’s got only 88 minutes to live. There are worse things… Opens February 1, 2008

“Hannah Montana Concert in 3-D” – There’s no plot here, but then you knew that, right? I wouldn’t pay $5 to see this, much less buy a CD, T-shirt, or concert ticket. But that’s just me. Opens February 1, 2008

“Over Her Dead Body” – Paul Rudd lost his fiancée a year ago and upon the suggestion of a female friend, consults a psychic who “fakes” telling him to move on, falling in love with him. Hijinx ensue when the ghost of the fiancée begins haunting the psychic. Also starring Eva Longoria and Jason Biggs. Opens February 1, 2008

“Strange Wilderness” – Steve Zahn hosts a cable-access show that is two weeks from being shutdown. His saving grace comes from Joe Don Baker, who swears he has proof of Bigfoot. What’s sad is that I’m not making this up. Justin Long and Ernest Borgnine are in it, too. Opens February 1, 2008

“The Eye” – Jessica Alba is a blind concert pianist who, through experimental surgery, is given her eyesight back. Unfortunately, the HMO does not cover seeing “ghosts” and other haunting things. Opens February 1, 2008

“Fool’s Gold” – Kate Hudson is divorcing Matthew McConaughey, but both wind-up on a $500 million treasure hunt. Also on the hunt is Ray Winstone. Also starring Donald Sutherland. Also I don’t care. Opens February 8, 2008

“In Bruges” – Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are criminals who are holed up in Bruges. Ralph Fiennes is sent to “take them out.” And I thought staying in Albany, GA was bad… Opens February 8, 2008

“The Poughkeepsie Tapes” – In 2001, police uncover 800 video tapes made by a couple who tortured and killed people. This film is supposed to contain actual footage from the tapes, inter-cut with interviews with police officers and investigators. Opens February 8, 2008

“Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” – Martin Lawrence is a self-help guru who returns to the small Southern town he was brought up in. Comedy. Also stars James Earl Jones and Cedric the Entertainer. Opens February 8, 2008

“Definitely, Maybe” – Ryan Reynolds is getting divorced and one night, recounts his tales of relationships to his daughter, Abigail Breslin, changing names and places so they’re a mystery to her. Also stars Elizabeth Banks and Rachel Weisz. Opens February 14, 2008

“Step Up 2 the Streets” – I can effectively use the line, “Mostly dancing, sir,” here. Opens February 14, 2008
“Jumper” – Doug Liman’s newest sci-fi adventure about people who can “jump” from place to place… but there are consequences as the “jumpers” are in a war within themselves. Opens February 15, 2008

“The Spiderwick Chronicles” – Two children move to a house and open a book that takes them to a fantasy world where a villainous creature wants the book back. Shouldn’t this be a warning stamped on the book in the first place? Opens February 15, 2008

“Vantage Point” – Dennis Quaid, Forest Whittaker, Sigourney Weaver, and William Hurt star in a movie about a Presidential assassination told from eight different points of view. I thought three sides of the story were difficult enough… Opens February 22, 2008

“Possession” – Sarah Michelle Gellar is a woman caught between her husband and his brother. When both are in a car accident the brother awakens and claims that he’s her husband. I wanna be that guy… Opens February 29, 2008

“Semi-Pro” – Will Farrell is Jackie Moon, an inept basketball player / loveable goofball. Take your pick. Opens February 29, 2008

“The Other Boleyn Girl” – Natalie Portman is Anne, Scarlett Johansson is Marie, Eric Bana is King Henry VIII, and the plot is from a Harlequin novel. Opens February 29, 2008

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2008 National Football League Predictions

Last year I released my NFL predictions in early July, easily beating Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King and Dr. Z to the punch. Apparently Dr. Z was not pleased; he put out his Super Bowl XLIII winner today, picking the Vikings to win it all. Silly Z. Your article may have come out before mine, but you’re as wrong this year as your were picking the Saints last year.

The best team in the league this year, and the one that will bring home the Lombardi Trophy, is the Cowboys. Even Z admits in his article that they’re the favorite going into training camp. He should have stuck with that line of thinking. I will first detail some reasons Dallas will win it all, and then give my regular season standings and playoff predictions.

Dallas’ 13-3 record last year was certainly impressive, maybe even deceptively so. It was Tony Romo’s first full year as a starter, and the first year under head coach Wade Phillips and offensive guru Jason Garrett. With a year together under their belt they will be a better team, but even with a more favorable schedule this year their final record will more likely be 12-4. The offense will still click with Romo throwing to Jason Witten, Terrell Owens, and possibly even Pacman Jones (more on him in a minute). Marion Barber will be a monster as the feature back, especially with rookie Felix Jones playing enough snaps to keep Barber fresh into the 4th quarter. Getting away from that in the playoff loss to the Giants last year was a big mistake.

But we all know the offense will be good. This team’s weakness last year was the inconsistency of its defense, especially in passing situations, and that will no longer be a problem. Jerry Jones has shown that he can turn around players with troubled pasts, and Pacman Jones will be no exception. Pacman’s arrival immediately solves two huge problems from last year: kickoff and punt returns and a weak secondary. With Terrence Newman and Pacman Jones at the corners, Roy Williams will be much less of a liability in pass coverage (he really should be moved to linebacker).

The off-season signing of Zach Thomas brings both intelligence and ability to middle linebacker, Greg Ellis will lead the league in sacks if he can stop whining so much, and DeMarcus Ware will continue his development into one of the best in the game. What’s been missed in much of the early analysis is that this defense has gotten faster over the off-season, and that’s a critical improvement.

As for the rest of the league, in the NFC expect the Eagles to be much better and the Giants to be much worse. Both the Saints and the Rams will have bounce-back years, and Dr. Z will come close to being right about the Vikings, but not close enough. In the AFC, it’s the usual suspects: Patriots, Colts, Chargers, and Steelers. Some things never change.

Enough rambling; here are the picks:

NFC
East
1. Cowboys
2. Eagles
3. Redskins
4. Giants

North
1.Vikings
2.Bears
3.Packers
4.Lions

South
1.Saints
2.Buccaneers
3.Panthers
4.Falcons

West
1.Rams
2.Seahawks
3.Cardinals
4.49ers

AFC
East
1.Patriots
2.Bills
3.Dolphins
4.Jets

North
1.Steelers
2.Browns
3.Ravens
4.Bengals

South
1.Colts
2.Jaguars
3.Titans
4.Texans

West
1.Chargers
2.Broncos
3.Chiefs
4.Raiders

Playoffs
NFC Wild Card
Eagles over Seahawks
Saints over Rams

AFC Wild Card
Colts over Browns
Jaguars over Steelers

NFC Divisional Round
Cowboys over Eagles
Vikingsover Saints

AFC Divisional Round
Chargers over Colts
Patriots over Jaguars

Conference Championships
Cowboys over Vikings
Chargers over Patriots

Super Bowl XLIII
Cowboys over Chargers

So there you have it. After a dozen years of futility, the championship of the football world will be back where it belongs: in Texas. The 2008 Cowboys may not be as good as the Doomsday Defense team in 1977 or Jimmy Johnson’s ‘Boys of the early 1990’s, but they’ll be better than anyone else in the NFL this year. Their final year at Texas Stadium will be a memorable one, and it could start a run that will last for some time.

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2008 Massachusetts Grouse Hunting Season

The 2008 Massachusetts Grouse hunting season is the time of year that it is legal to hunt Ruffed Grouse in the state of Massachusetts as set by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife with approval from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. These two entities not only set the dates of the 2008 Massachusetts Grouse hunting season they also determine the daily bag limit, possession limits, licenses and permits needed, methods that can be used and what portion of Massachusetts can be hunted during this season. Hunters interested in participating in this hunting season must be aware of all these rules and regulations and follow them in order to hunt legally.

The dates for the 2008 Massachusetts Grouse hunting season are from October 18, 2008 through November 29, 2008. On these particular days, Ruffed Grouse hunters can enjoy their sport from sunrise to sunset each day through out the state of Massachusetts and can take a daily bag limit of 3 birds with a possession limit of 6 birds. Also, Ruffed Grouse hunters in Massachusetts are allowed a season limit of 15 birds. Being aware of these limits is important, not only for keeping the hunter legal, but also for the future of the population of the species. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife believe, after much research, that these limits are necessary to manage the Grouse population throughout the state, which, in turn will ensure the future of this population of birds for future hunters to enjoy.

Hunters wishing to participate in the 2008 Massachusetts Grouse hunting season must have a valid Massachusetts hunting license, which is available for both residents of Massachusetts and non-residents as well. These hunters must also have a Massachusetts Firearm Identification Card if they are 15 years old or older and they must have proof of successfully completing a hunter education course if they began hunting after 1954. These licenses, permits and certificates must be on the hunter while they are hunting and must be presented to a state official should one ask to see them.

The 2008 Massachusetts Grouse hunting season, which can be enjoyed by both residents of Massachusetts and non-residents as well, can legally be enjoyed as long as the hunters pay close attention to the rules and regulations that they must follow. It is better to know and follow the rules and regulations than to face a legal charge.

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2008 Mile High Music Festival

It was announced this morning that The Mile High Music Festival will be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, July 19-20. Ticket will go on sale March 29th, at 10a.m., purchasing at TicketHorse.com and MileHighMusicFestival.com, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park box office.

The headliners will be Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Dave Matthews Band at this to be the largest music festival in Colorado’s history.

The lineup for July 19: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood, Michael Franti and Spearhead, O.A.R. (Of A Revolution), Spoon, moe., Citizen Cope, Brett Dennen, Newton Faulkner, Andrew Bird, Josh Ritter, State Radio, JJ Grey & Mofro, Bob Schneider, Meese, Born in the Flood, Railbenders.

The lineup for Sunday, July 20: Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, The Black Crowes, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Colbie Caillat, Ingrid Michaelson, OneRepublic, Flogging Molly, The Roots, Leftover Salmon, Martin Sexton, Flobots, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Tea Leaf Green, Rose Hill Drive, The New Mastersounds, Serena Ryder, The Photo Atlas.

35 acts have confirmed but they are planning on 50 acts. This should be a great festival. Who would I like to see there? It would be nice to have Eric Clapton join John Mayer as has been done before. In addition to this group it would, also, be nice to see Derek Trucks, Robert Cray, as well as Robert Trower. Wouldn’t hurt to have Robert Plant and Jimmy Page as well. Not only could it be the largest festival but also the greatest.

Not sure how many are expected but it would be nice if the size would be as big as the one held in New York or at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

I can’t make it there so I am hoping that this will be on a DVD as I certainly would buy it.

Get your tickets now for only $150 for a 2 day pass. Cheap to have this great music from noon until 11p.m

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2008 Jacksonville Jaguars AFC South Preview

The 2008 edition of the Jaguars should be an exciting thing to watch. The Jaguars have one of the most exciting players to watch in Maurice Jones-Drew. He is a threat from anywhere on the field, and he is a great change of pace from an aging Fred Taylor. Jacksonville has had problems with wide receivers, and have brought in two cast offs from Oakland and Minnesota with the hopes of rejuvenating their careers.

KEY ADDITIONS:

1) Jerry Porter – The former Oakland Raiders wide receiver comes into Jacksonville looking to be the team’s number one wide receiver. Although he has never been more than a number 2 receiver, Porter does have talent. He is a tough, physical presence on the field, and his athletic ability can be unmatched when he has the desire to play. Expect great things from him this year, as he should have a career year in Jacksonville.

2) Derrick Harvey – Jacksonville traded up to get the versatile defensive end from Florida. Harvey was the second rated DE in the draft, although many had him rated higher than the Jets Vernon Gholston. Gholston had a monster performance at the combine, but one time performances can be taken too seriously at times. Look for Harvey to contribute immediately, and should help John Henderson in his role at defensive tackle.

3) Troy Williamson – The former number 7 overall pick was drafted to replace Randy Moss. Well, Moss is still having record setting performances, and Williamson has become another draft pick bust. Don’t be too quick to give up on the youngster however. Reports from Jacksonville indicate that Williamson is catching the ball like never before (which isn’t saying much), but coaches have been impressed with him. Don’t be too surprised if you see him have a great year along side Jerry Porter.

4) Cleo Lemon – Lemon will be called on to replace Quinn Gray. Gray proved to be beneficial in relief of David Garrard last year, and Jacksonville only can hope that Lemon will be that successful. He comes from a Miami Dolphins team that obviously is not at the same level as the Jaguars. Lemon will have more weapons at his disposal, as well as two great running backs.

KEY LOSSES:

1) Quinn Gray – Gray departed for Houston before reports leaked that he had been released in Houston. Gray won’t have a problem finding a job however. In relief time when David Garrard was injured, Gray threw 10 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. A 2-1 ratio is not bad considering second string quarterbacks don’t get to work with their first string wide receivers.

2) Ernest Wilford – Wilford was poised to have a breakout season in 2007. He finished with an average year at 45 catches, just over 500 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jacksonville fans were hopeful that he’d be able to double those numbers. After the season, Jacksonville brought in two new starting receivers, and Wilford hit the streets. He jumps to Miami where he should be able to achieve a starting position along side Ted Ginn Jr.

3) Sammy Knight – Knight was the heart and soul of the Jaguar defense last year. He led the team with 93 tackles, and departed to the Giants to replace Gibril Wilson who left cross-country for Oakland. Knight has always been a dependable safety, and his leadership in the locker room will also be missed.

4) Grady Jackson – Jackson doesn’t put up huge numbers. He had 20 tackles, and one sack. Jackson however is a force in the trenches. The job of his 300+ lb frame is to occupy blockers so teammates can run free, and that is exactly what he does best. John Henderson and Derrick Harvey will miss his massive presence next to them.

Key Weaknesses:

The Jaguars employ a pretty consistent team. The one unit that appears to be a weak spot is at linebacker. In 2007, the linebackers accounted for 71, 70, and 32 tackles respectively. Most teams have two linebackers approach 100, and usually have 1 that is in the 120-130 range. If this team plans of playing late into January, this unit has to step it up a notch.

Key Strengths:

The one-two punch of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew are a lethal combination. Taylor has always been a consistent, hard worker and even though he is getting older his production hasn’t slipped. He was still able to run for over 1,000 and average over 5 yards a carry. Jones-Drew has the ability to put the ball in the end zone from any point on the field. Look for him to get his fair share of touches out of the backfield, as well as on the kick return team.

2008 Predictions

The 2008 Jaguars appear to be the most likely team to push the Colts for the division title. They simply don’t have the tools in place to compete with Peyton Manning’s high powered offense yet. Until they get some run clogging linebackers, this unit will have a hard time playing deep into the winter.

Here is a look how the 2008 schedule looks for the Jaguars:

Week/Opponent

1 @Tennessee

2 Buffalo

3 @Indianapolis

4 Houston

5 @Denver

6 Pittsburgh

7 Bye

8 Cleveland

9 @Cincinnati

10 @Detroit

11 Tennessee

12 Minnesota

13 @Houston

14 @Chicago

15 Green Bay

16 Indianapolis

17 @Baltimore

The Jaguars play in a fairly competitive division. Expect a sweep of the Texans, as well as possible splits with the Titans and Colts. An overall division record of 4-2 is a distinct possibility for this team.

For the rest of the schedule, wins against Buffalo, Denver, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore are possible. An overall record of 10-6 and a first round playoff win are possible for the Jaguars team. They appear just one of two playmakers away from taking the next step to the Super Bowl however.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

2008 Kentucky Derby 134 Prospects

During last year’s Kentucky Derby, Street Sense got ahead and won at 2:02.17. The year before that, Barbaro won in 2:01.36. It is undetermined as to whether this year’s winner will be faster than 2:01.50.

Some experts say that Big Brown could win the Kentucky Derby this year. However, the unbeaten Florida Derby winner will have to contend with some others if he is to win the Run for the Roses. Winner of the Santa Anita Derby, California Colt Colonel John, had a solid practice on the track completing five furlongs in 57.80 seconds.

In the past, Pyro was a favorite among bettors until his disappointing 10th place finish in the Blue Grass at Keeneland. However, his earlier races imply that he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Gayego was the winner of the Arkansas Derby and was ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith who also rode Giacomo to victory in 2005.

Eight Belles will be surrounded by 19 colts this year’s Derby. If she wins, she will join 3 other fillies that have accomplished this noteworthy achievement. The others were Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980 and Winning Colors in 1988.

Street Sense won last year lead by Calvin Borel. If he wins on Denis of Cork he’ll be the first jockey to win 2 consecutive Derbys since Eddie Delahoussaye in the early ’80s. Borel’s mount is currently at 12-1 odds. However, experts say that there are very few who can ride the rail like him.

Dallas Stewart trained Macho Again who won the Derby Trial. “I was encouraged to see Dallas’ horse come back and win the Derby Trial, which legitimizes the race somewhat,” said trainer Graham Motion, referring to the Dallas Stewart-trained Macho Again, who struggled on the Polytrack surface at Turfway in the Lane’s End. “But Adriano certainly couldn’t have won more comfortably.”

Because Adriano had previously run poorly in his only start on dirt at Gulfstream Park in the Fountain of Youth and had all of his success on turf, his trainer hesitated to commit to a Derby start directly after the Lane’s End. Motion said Adriano’s ninth-place finish in the Fountain of Youth could well have been a result of his colt’s prerace misbehavior in the paddock.

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2008 Holiday Barbie Collectable Doll: Gift Buying Guide

For 20 years, Mattel has been producing Holiday Collection Barbie Dolls. The gowns are absolutely beautiful and make a wonderful addition to any collection. These dolls are collected by children and adults alike. This doll is age ranged at 6 years and above.

This years Holiday Barbie is in a stunning voluminous silver and white tiered gown and chandelier earrings. She is available in Caucasian or African American. This doll is very shimmering and stylish, unlike other years where her gown is full and flowing, her gown is more detailed and slimmer. This doll is just as breathtaking as past years. This Barbie stands 13.5″ tall.

If you were to shop on line at www.walmart.com, you would find that they have this doll available on line and in store. They sell this doll for $39.97 and features 97 cent shipping charges. This doll also can be sent to you by site to store for local pick up for free. She is available in both Caucasian and African American.

At www.target.com, the doll is priced at $39.99, and she also is available in Caucasian or in African American. They also have available at Target.com, the 2007 Holiday Barbie, priced at $39.99 also. It is available to ship within 24 hours, and can be found in the Target stores.

At www.amazon.com, you will find that the 2008 Holiday Barbie Doll is available for $39.97, and is also available in Caucasian or in African American. This doll although it is over $25, does not feature free super saver shipping. However, you can choose to purchase not only this years Holiday Barbie, but for other years as well. You can also find here at amazon.com, the following years. Available years include 2007, for $16.95, and is wearing a flowing full gown in red with white trim and matching snow flake necklace and earrings. She stands at 13″ tall. The 2006 Holiday Barbie is also available. Also available from Amazon.com and from other partners selling on their site, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2005. Also available on Amazon.com is the 2000 Millenium Edition Barbie.

If you were to search at www.toysrus.com, you would also find the 2008 Holiday Barbie Doll in both Caucasian and in African American. These dolls are priced at $44.99. Although they are a little more expensive, they offer free shipping with this doll, making it cost about the same as the other sites, with exception of Walmart’s site to store pick up. At this site, I did not see any gift wrapping options for this item.

If you are an avid collector, or want to collect other dolls in this series, you can also search on other sites such as www.ebay.com, www.overstock.com, and any other auction site. Other good places to look for back years of this series is at flee markets and trade fairs.

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