Saturday, June 4, 2016

2010 Easter Events in Bakersfield, California

Easter will be here before you know it and now are the time to start planning on what Easter events you take your children to. It’s best to plan ahead so you don’t end up missing the event. Bakersfield has a few events that are good for children to attend. Most are free but some may have a small price attached. This article will detail a few of the best ones to go to in 2010.

2010 Easter Events in Bakersfield, California #1: Easter Egg Hunt at GreenacresPark

Greenacres Park has an Easter Egg hunt at the park every year before Easter. This year it is on April 3rd. The egg hunt starts at 10 AM. Don’t be late or your child will miss out on hunting eggs. I recommend getting to the park early so your kids can play on the toys before the hunt starts. The Easter Bunny is on site for pictures but the line gets long quickly so expect to wait a while or bring someone to stand in the Bunny line while the kids are hunting eggs. Greenacres Park is located at 2014 Calloway Dr Bakersfield, CA 93312.

2010 Easter Events in Bakersfield, California #2: Egg Hunt at RiverviewPark

Riverview Park is also having an Easter Egg Hunt on April 3rd at 10 AM. This is perfect if you want to take your kids to an egg hunt but don’t live close to the Greenacres location. Plan to get their by 9:45 or earlier as they start the hunt exactly at 10 AM. Bring your camera because the Easter Bunny will be there to pose with your child. For directions, click here.

2010 Easter Events in Bakersfield, California #3: EGGstravaganza at McMurtreyAquaticCenter

This Easter, plan to get a little wet at the EGGstravaganza at McMurtrey Aquatic Center. The event takes place on March 27th and it starts at 10 AM and ends at 11 AM. The cost is $5 dollars per child without a shirt and $15 dollars with a shirt. There will be eggs placed and weighted under water so that the kids can get them. If your child is afraid of going under water, there will be some on the top for them to get. For children under five, you must go in with your child for safety reasons. For more information call (661) 852-7430. They are located at 1325 Q Street Space 100 Bakersfield, California 93301.

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2010 College Football Season Starts Thursday September 2nd

The 2010 College football season begins this Thursday evening with a handful of games. Some top notch teams will take the field begin the long road to a national championship. Let’s take a look at some of this Thursday’s match ups.

Southern Mississippi travels to Columbia, South Carolina to face the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. South Carolina is a two touchdown favorite as they are a good home team having won 6 of their last 8 games at home.

The Thundering Herd of Marshall heads into Columbus, Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are loaded with talent as usual and again are the favorite to win the Big 10 and have a great look at a national championship. If you like betting on the under in football games this one is for you. Marshall has gone under the total 9 of their last 11 games while Ohio State has gone under the total 8 of the last 12 games. The line on the under is 47 and a half.

Northern Illinois will be at Iowa State. The Huskies of Northern Illinois do not play well on the road while Iowa State is an improved team from last season.

The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Utes. These teams last faced each other on New Years Day in 2005 at the Fiesta Bowl where Utah prevailed 35-7 and captured a perfect season. This match up is very even but I do worry about Pittsburgh playing away far from the familiarity of the Eastern United States. They rarely make a trip this far west and when they do it does not go well for them.

Then we have a game I am looking very forward to as the University of Southern California travels to Hawaii. Now the USC Trojans have been in the news a lot lately and usually is not for good things. Many people have lowered their expectations on this club due to all the turmoil and coaching changes but they are still loaded with talent that is waiting to prove itself. QB Matt Barkley now has a full year under his belt and I think will rise and perform greatly throughout the season. Hawaii always scores many points at home so I like this one to be a real shootout.

There are 2 other games on the betting board. Minnesota will play at Middle Tennessee State and Florida Atlantic will be at Alabama-Birmingham. In the Minnesota / Middle Tennessee game watch as Minnesota is start a very young and inexperienced defense. They lost 9 starters from last year’s squad and have much to prove. This is a big physical team that shall pound away on Middle Tennessee.

On Friday night the Arizona Wildcats will be in Ohio to face the Toledo Rockets. The Wildcats are a 16 point favorite but never count out Toledo as they have pulled off a fair share of upsets. Toledo is very familiar playing against prime time programs. Last year they faced Ohio State, Purdue and Colorado. They gave the Buffaloes of Colorado a real beating. Arizona needs to be focused to win this game, a loss here would really put Arizona coach Mike Stoops in some hot water. Arizona really needs to look good here and ease some of the pressure off the team but they are not a very good road team.

Troy Powers is a sports handicapper in Las Vegas and has been betting sports for the last 20 years. If you like to wager on sports and seek cheap sports picks then visit his blog

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2010 Daytona 500: Predictions & Picks

In any other sport, the biggest game of the year is most probably the last one of the season. But for stock car drivers, the biggest race of the season is also the first one. The 52nd Daytona 500, slated for February 14, will inaugurate the 2010 Sprint Cup series and auto racing season. As a victory at the Daytona 500 is very important to a driver’s legacy, the race is often the most competitive of the season. Top racers have always pushed their limits at this event, and this year is expected to be no different. In this article, I will preview the 2010 Daytona 500 and offer predictions on which NASCAR driver will be the winner of the coveted race.

By virtue of winning four consecutive Sprint Cup series, Jimmie Johnson is without a doubt the odds-on favorite to win the prestigious race. He is also the hottest driver in the circuit, having finished in the top 5 in seven of the last ten NASCAR races. Moreover, Johnson is no stranger to Daytona success as he was the 2006 Daytona 500 champion.

Yet, the reigning NASCAR driver of the year has traditionally been a slow starter. He finished a disappointed 39th, 27th, and 31st respectively in his last three Daytona 500 races. Naturally, Jimmie Johnson will try to improve upon these poor finishes at this year’s race. He certainly has the talent and the car to win the major race.

The 2010 Daytona 500 offers defending champion Matt Kenseth a chance to shrug off what was a terrible end to his 2009 season. Kenseth started last season with a blast by winning the coveted Daytona 500. He then went on to validate this great victory with another win the following week. Unfortunately, his auspicious start was followed by terrible subsequent performances which led to his team failing to make the Chase for the Championship for the first time.


The one silver lining for Matt Kenseth is the fact that he has always performed well at the Daytona International Speedway. He has 9 top ten finishes at the event including last year’s victory. A win here will be a great moral boost for Kenseth & his crew and will also help jumpstart his season.

Kyle Busch is the bookmaker’s favorite to win the 2010 Daytona 500, and it is for very good reasons. Busch was very close to winning the prestigious race in two years running. As a matter of fact, he led the most laps at the Daytona 500 in 2008 and 2009. Busch is an exciting driver, but is also highly unpredictable. When he is on, he is very good. When he’s not, he is not very good. His inconsistency has cost him at least two Sprint Cup championships and several major victories. If Kyle Busch can find his consistent form at the Great American Race, victory will be his.

The great Jeff Gordon is another driver to watch for. The decorated auto racing driver is the only active racer to have won the Daytona 500 more than once; he did it three times in fact. Although Gordon is no longer as dominant as he was in the past, he had enjoyed a very good 2009 season in which he finished second or better 9 times. With his excellent record at Daytona, one should not be surprised if he comes out on top once again.

Other contenders for the 2010 Daytona 500 crown include Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, and Kurt Busch. Mark Martin has long been dubbed the best driver to have never won the big one. Maybe this year will be Martin’s year after all. If he wins the coveted race, he will be the oldest to do so. Both Stewart and Busch are highly accomplished drivers who have to the talent and the car to win it all. With some good breaks, one of the two could very well end up winning this year’s Daytona 500.

My 2010 Daytona 500 predictions: Kyle Busch wins; Jeff Gordon finishes second.

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2010 College Football Bowl Picks: Iowa Vs. Georgia Tech

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were two surprise BCS contenders this year with GTech winning the ACC and Iowa falling short in their bid to make the national title game.

An injury to QB Ricky Stanzi caused the Hawkeyes’ luck to run out but they still had a very good season and now find themselves in their second BCS bowl game under Kirk Ferentz against the Yellow Jackets.
The first time didn’t go so well as Iowa was pummeled by USC but this time around could be different. This is a tough game to pick among the college bowls because it has the potential to be a close, hard-fought classic.

2010 College Football Bowl Picks: Iowa vs. Georgia Tech

The 2010 Orange Bowl will be played on January 5th, 2010 between Georgia Tech and Iowa.

When Georgia Tech has the ball, their triple option will give Iowa a look it hasn’t seen all year, featuring QB Josh Nesbitt and running back Jonathan Dwyer in a dynamic attack.

Iowa has the horses to fight back against the triple option however with Pat Angerer the classic tough run-stuffing Iowa linebacker and Adrian Clayborn leading the way as an athletic defensive tackle on the edge. The Iowa secondary is disciplined and great against the run as well.

GTech wil get their points in the 2010 Orange Bowl but Iowa is too strong at the point of attack and too tough not to slow down the triple option.

The real tough part when making a pick in this exciting college football bowl matchup is deciding whether or not Iowa can score enough points on offense.

Georgia Tech has an athletic defense and great pass rushers but Iowa has a solid offensive line. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi is expected to be back and his receiving corps is solid.

In the end, Iowa should be able to control the clock with its run game and short passes and stop GTech just enough to get the win.

The 2010 Orange Bowl Pick: Iowa 24, Georgia Tech 20

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2010 Dallas Cowboys Offense

The 2010 Dallas Cowboys ride into the new season as the division favorite. Jerry Jones drafted wide out Dez Bryant to help out Tony Romo. The Boys finally won a playoff game last year. This season the goal is the Super Bowl. It would be a home game, if the Cowboys can pull it off. Here is a look at the 2010 Dallas Cowboy offense.

Tony Romo is coming off a good season. Romo threw for over 4,000 yards, with 26 touchdowns. Romo cut his interceptions down to nine last season. The line must do a better job protecting Romo. He was sacked 34 times. Some of the blame goes to Romo. He holds the ball to the last second. Sometimes this helps him make great plays, but it also makes Tony Romo harder to pass block for. Jon Kitna is the back-up for Romo. Kitna knows the offense, and is a solid signal caller who can step in, on a moments notice.

The Dallas Cowboys offense has two fine runners. Marion Barber is a bruising back, who delivers the hit at contact. He ran for 932 yards, with 7 touchdowns last year. Felix Jones is the other back. I look for Jones to see much more time this year. Jones ran for over 5 yards per carry last season. He is a quick, slashing runner. The Cowboys may feature Jones in the running game, and use Barber for the tough yardage. Having two backs with their ability makes the Dallas Cowboy passing attack all the more dangerous. Barber and Jones both could rush for 1,000 yards.

Miles Austin turned into one of the best receivers in football last season. He caught 81 passes last season, gaining 1,320 yards. Austin scored 11 touchdowns for the Cowboys last year. Terrell Owens is a name of the past for Cowboy fans. Miles Austin has made T.O. a distant memory. Roy Williams will start alongside Austin. Williams hasn’t reached his expected potential. All signs say that if Williams doesn’t have a good year, he will be sent packing. Williams had 7 touchdowns last year, but had many drops. Williams showed up to camp in great shape, and is working his butt off. First round draft pick Dez Bryant will push Williams. Bryant was the class at receiver in the draft. Mistakes made in college lowered his draft status, but his talent is apparent. Bryant hurt his ankle in practice, and will miss most of the preseason. Look for Dez Bryant to give the Dallas Cowboy offense a big lift, especially in the second half of the season. Patrick Clayton is a solid reserve receiver for Dallas. At tight end, Jason Witten will have another solid year. Witten can be counted on for the tough third down catches over the middle. When Romo is in trouble, Witten is his bailout. The Dallas Cowboy offense has the best receivers in the NFC East, by a wide margin. This hasn’t been the case since the Michael Irvin days.

The Dallas Cowboy offensive line is minus Flozell Adams. Dallas will try to replace the large left tackle, with Doug Free or Alex Baron. Either one will have large shoes to fill. The rest of the Dallas line is in tact. Left guard Kyle Kosier will be asked to make holes for the Cowboy running backs. Kosier is much better blocking for the run, rather than pass blocking. He has the speed to get out on sweeps. Center Andre Gurade and right guard Leonard Davis are both good at pass blocking. Rounding out the line is right tackle Marc Colombo. The line will take some time to deal with the loss of Adams, but should work most of the kinks out in the preseason. Depth is a weakness when it comes to the offensive line. Montrae Holland and Pat McQuistan are the top back-ups, but they lack the skill to be counted on for long stretches.


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2010 Coaches Poll Released for College Football: Alabama No. 1

In the first 2010 coaches’ poll for college football, Alabama is the No. 1 team. The USA Today preseason coaches’ poll was released Friday morning, and a lot of respect was given to the defending national champions. Out of 59 possible first-place votes, the Alabama Crimson Tide had 55 of them to overwhelmingly take the top spot in the first coaches’ poll of the college football season. It’s a very impressive start for Alabama, but it also puts a target on their back to begin the 2010 campaign. It’s not like a target wasn’t already there, especially after they had such a successful season in the SEC last year. Now Alabama will seek a repeat of their 14-0 2009 college football season, where they tied for the best record.

The other undefeated team from 2009 will start with the No. 5 rank in the 2010 USA Today preseason coaches’ poll. The Boise State Broncos also finished 14-0 after beating TCU in the Fiesta Bowl, and, despite returning nearly most of their team, they find themselves back in the pack again in the first preseason poll. It’s something that Boise State has come to expect, but they had to be hoping that, after they beat undefeated TCU, they could come back in the 2010 season with a few more votes. That won’t be the case right away, though, even though the two teams ranked right ahead of them lost their star quarterbacks among other All-Americans during the 2010 NFL Draft. In fact, the first 2010 preseason college football poll looks very similar to the preseason poll from 2009.

Making up the other Top Five teams in the first 2010 coaches’ poll are Ohio State at No. 2, Florida at No. 3, and Texas at No. 4. That’s pretty high praise for Florida and Texas, especially with both schools having to go in a new direction to begin the 2010 campaign.

Florida is heading into its first season post-Tim Tebow, and Texas just lost Colt McCoy to the NFL Draft. It was Ohio State that brought home the most first-place votes out of the other schools, taking home four of those votes, and being the only school other than Alabama to get any of them. The first five teams are the same five teams that ended the 2009 college football season, just a bit jumbled up as we head into the first games of the season. Further down in the poll at No. 8 is Oklahoma, climbing up there after not being ranked to end 2009.

First 2010 USA Today Coaches’ Poll

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Florida
4. Texas
5. Boise State
6. Virginia Tech
7. TCU
8. Oklahoma
9. Nebraska
10. Iowa
11. Oregon
12. Wisconsin
13. Miami of FL
14. Penn State
15. Pittsburgh
16. LSU
17. Georgia Tech
18. North Carolina
19. Arkansas
20. Florida State
21. Georgia
22. Oregon State
23. Auburn
24. Utah
24. West Virginia



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2010 Fall TV Series and Season Premieres: Week Four

Week four of the new 2010 fall TV season brings 17 new series premieres and 11 season premieres.

For a 2010 Fall TV Schedule featuring only major network channels (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC) visit 2010 Fall TV Schedule of Major Networks. For a preview of over 50 NEW TV programs beginning this fall, read 2010 Fall TV Series Premieres; for previews of returning TV shows this fall read 2010 Fall TV Season Premieres.

Times listed as EST.

Sunday, October 10, 2010 Series and Season Premieres


American Songbook (PBS Series Premiere)
“Putting on the Tailfins” – The 1950s and 1960a are infused with new music forms such as rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues.


Family Game Night (DISCOVERY KIDS/THE HUB Series Premiere)
It’s all the fun of family game night at home, but it’s bigger, better, and more exciting! Tune in to see families compete against other families in life-sized twists on familiar games. Todd Newton hosts

Monday, October 11, 2010 Series and Season Premieres


Look (SHO-E Series Premiere)
This inventive comedy drama follows several characters whose lives are revealed by the ubiquitous surveillance cameras they unknowingly encounter.


Arthur (PBS Season Premiere)
Lydia Fox shows Brian how to play basketball in a wheelchair; George writes a report about Buster.


God in America (PBS Series Premiere)
“A New Adam; A New Eden” – New World challenges faiths of European settlers; evangelical Baptists and enlightenment figures. Michael Emerson, Toby Jones, Zahn McClaron.

Hardcover Mysteries (ID Series Premiere)
“David Baldacci” – Mary Meyer’s diary reveals an affair with JFK that leads to conspiracy theories and a book.


Quints by Surprise (TLC Season Premiere)
“Birthday Madness” – Will bad weather put a damper on the Quits’ 3rd birthday party?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Series and Season Premieres


Hip Hop Awards (BET Special)
Hosted by Mike Epps.


Zoo Confidential (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WILD Series Premiere)
“Special Delivery” – The keepers and vets at the Houston Zoo prepare for the birth of an elephant.


Being Terry Kennedy (BET Series Premiere)
“Meet the Kennedy’s” – Terry heads to NY to compete in the Maloof Money Cup; the family attempts to help renovate Terry’s skate shop.

Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time (COMEDY CENTRAL Series Premiere)
“Powdered Doughnuts Make Me Go Nuts” – Nick dedicates the show to his dead cat; featured guests are Ryan Phillipe and stand-up comedian Natahsa Leggero.

Parking Wars (A & E Season Premiere)
A woman faced with a car boot won’t stop crying; an enraged wife makes getting an impounded car back difficult.

The Little Couple (TLC Season Premiere)
“New House, New Hormones” – Jen & Bill check up on the construction of their new home; it’s time for Jen’s first fertility medication.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Series and Season Premieres


I Shouldn’t Be Alive (ANIMAL PLANET Season Premiere)
“A Dad’s Worst Nightmare”

Storm Chasers (DISCOVERY Season Premiere)
“What Goes Around” – The roof is blown off the new Dominator; Sean mixes up his crew and unleashes tension in the path of a west Texas twister.

What’s Eating You (E! Series Premiere)
“Adrienne & Danni” – Dancer Adrienne attempts to overcome her years of body dysmorphia induced anorexia.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 Series and Season Premieres


The Vanilla Ice Project (DIY Series Premiere)
“Nice, Nice…Landscaping” – Renovating the landscape with huge palm trees and LED lighting.


Food Feuds (FOOD Series Premiere)
“Italian Feuds” – Meatballs & Pizza; Villa di Roma and Ralph’s in Philadelphia.

Rehab Addict (DIY Series Premiere)
“Bathroom Rehab to Impress” – Hosted by NicoleCurtis.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (BRAVO Series Premiere)
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness” – The women take a private jet to get VIP treatment and sit court-side at a King’s game. Taylor Armstrong, Lisa Vandercamp, Kyle Richards.

Friday, October 15, 2010 Series and Season Premieres


The Adventures of Chuck & Friends (DISCOVERY KIDS/THE HUB Series Premiere)
“Special Delivery; Buffing Up” – Chuck the Truck needs the support of his friends Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy while helping around the truck stop; Chuck exercises to the extreme.


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (CMT Season Premiere)
New stadium, new cheerleader auditions.

Giuliana & Bill (E! Season Premiere)
“Baby Steps Premiere Version” – Giuliana & Bill decide that having a family is their top priority.

School Pride (NBC Series Premiere)
“Soaring Eagles!” – Teachers and parents rebuild a middle school in Compton, CA.


World’s Strictest Parents (CMT Season Premiere)
“Allen Family” – And you thought your parents are tough.


Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (TRUTV Season Premiere)
“Plum Island and the Bio-Terror Conspiracy” – Jesse storms Congress to find out if the government is conducting experiments.

Sanctuary (SYFY Season Premiere)
“Kali” Part Three
Docile Abnormals in Sanctuaries around the world have become violent. Will Magnus and her crew figure out what is causing their uproar? Find out in Part Three of Kali. Read how Sanctuary is Filmed Using FX Technology by clicking on this link.

Saturday, October 16, 2010 Series and Season Premieres


Fix This Kitchen (A & E Series Premiere)
“Philadelphia, PA (Brian & Shawna)” – A professional chef needs a kitchen upgrade.


Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp (VH1 CLASSIC Series Premiere)
Learn how to become a rock star at Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.

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Sources embedded in show titles.

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2010 Fantasy Baseball Position Rankings- Second Base

2010 Fantasy Baseball Position Rankings- Second Base

Welcome to the Fantasy Baseball Mad Scientist’s favorite position! Second base used to be pretty slim pickin’s, with many owners just hoping to land a second baseman who would not kill their lineup. Not anymore! Now second base is the keystone spot in more ways than one. Creative owners can build entire fantasy strategies around what they look to get out of second. You can go big on auction money or a high draft pick for guys who contribute solidly in four or five categories. You can grab a #2 or #3 OF home run production at 2B to cover your taking two spped demons in the OF or Chone Figgins as your 3B. You can choose the traditional route of looking for steals at 2B. Plenty of all abound, as well as the usual assortment of decent batting average guys who do not do much of anything else. So, without further ado, let’s get all you fantasy baseball Dr. Frankenstein’s into the lab and check out the ingredients…

Top Tier Starters (8)- You want speed, power, or both? You got ’em- just be ready to pony up a high price.

1. Chase Utley (.294 BA, 31 HR, 102 RBI, 112 Runs, 17 SB) He’s got the right first name, because you will have to chase him to get him. But he’s well worth the effort. A legitimate first rounder in large mixed leagues.

2. Ian Kinsler (.276 BA, 26 HR, 84 RBI, 101 Runs, 28 SB) Another big producer who will give you mega numbers for a 2B.

3. Brandon Phillips (.274 BA, 22 HR, 81 RBI, 86 Runs, 24 SB) Real good chance at going 25 HR/25 SB, which would make him a quality outfielder. Get him and it’s like having four high-end OF’s in your lineup at once- who doesn’t love that?

4. Brian Roberts (.287 BA, 13 HR, 66 RBI, 105 Runs, 31 SB) The first of the “speed kills’ guys, but also will give you double-digit HR’s and over 100 Runs.

5. Dustin Pedroia- (.310, 15 HR, 78 RBI, 112 Runs, 20 SB) Will give 20/20 a run, and contributes very well in every other category.

6. Ben Zobrist (.275 BA, 24 HR, 88 RBI, 86 Runs, 14 SB) Also a solid OF play, but comes up real big at 2B, with at least #3 OF power numbers and double digit SB’s.

7. Robinson Cano (.308 BA, 22 HR, 92 RBI, 90 Runs, 4 SB) Gives you top tier numbers everywhere except steals, and gets to play in Coors East with his Yankee teammates.

8. Aaron Hill (.285 BA, 23 HR, 89 RBI, 93 Runs, 7 SB) I’ll give Cano a razor-thin edge based on the upside provided by his teammates and home park.

Second Tier Starters (8)- Missed out on one of the top tier guys? Don’t worry- there is still plenty of starting 2B power and speed to go around.

9. Dan Uggla (.254 BA, 30 HR, 92 RBI, 90 Runs, 4 SB) 30 HR, 90 RBI, 90 Runs, bad BA? We’re talking the Adam Dunn of 2B here!

10. Jose Lopez (.277 BA, 23 HR, 93 RBI, 73 Runs, 4 SB) Just a touch behind Uggla in power and runs scored, but would rank as a #3 OF at worst. Not half bad for a second baseman.

11. Ian Stewart (.248 BA, 24 HR, 78 RBI, 76 Runs, 6 SB) Power plays well at 3B, too, but near 30 HR at second makes him Dan Uggla Lite.

12. Howie Kendrick (.300 BA, 14 HR, 69 RBI, 82 Runs, 13 SB) He’s teased us before, but here’s saying this is the year. 20/15 a possibility.

13. Cliff Barmes (.255 BA, 16 HR, 65 RBI, 61 Runs, 10 SB) Coors makes him a fantasy starter.

14. Rickie Weeks (.255 BA, 13 HR, 45 RBI, 68 Runs, 17 SB) Someday, oh, someday, he’ll get 500 healthy AB’s…

15. Casey McGahee (.284 BA, 14 HR, 70 RBI, 72 Runs, 0 SB) Bat plays much better at 2B than 3B. Will give you more HR than the usual .280 2B.

16. Chris Getz (.268 BA, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 68 Runs, 27 SB) Steals 30 if the Royals let him play every day.

Top Tier Backups (8)- Plenty of solid options at MI here, as well as backups with specialty skills matching those of your starter. So mix and match to your heart’s content.

17. Kaz Matsui (.262 BA, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 64 Runs, 20 SB) Love backups who can steal 20+.

18. Luis Castillo (.276 BA, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 73 Runs, 19 SB) Can still help in SB if you have plenty of power elsewhere.

19. Placido Polonco (.292 BA, 8 HR, 61 RBI, 82 Runs, 6 SB) If you’re going to have a guy whose main value is BA, it might as well be one who plays in a bandbox and will score runs.

20. Mark Ellis (.254 BA, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 63 Runs, 11 SB) Double figures in HR and SB makes for a quality backup.

21. Martin Prado (.303 BA, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 59 Runs, 3 SB) Qualifies everywhere except hot dog vendor, which means you can play the “hot minor league prospect” game for one of your other backups.

22. Skip Schumaker (.298 BA, 6 HR, 45 RBI, 82 Runs, 5 SB) Also qualifies in the OF, which would give you a good backup at two spots.

23. Felipe Lopez (.274 BA, 8 HR, 53 RBI, 74 Runs, 11 SB) Lost his power, speed is waning, but he’s a worthy backup.

24. Macier Izturis- (.284 BA, 6 HR, 53 RBI, 64 Runs, 12 SB) He’ll get 400 good AB’s as a utility guy.

Bottom Tier Backups (8)- Now we get to those decent batting average guys who won’t help you a lot, but won’t hurt you, either.

25. Orlando Hudson (.275 BA, 9 HR, 56 RBI, 66 Runs, 7 SB) Every year is pretty much the same- mediocre numbers across the board.

26. Alberto Callaspo (.290 BA, 7 HR, 53 RBI, 61 Runs, 2 SB) Last year’s 11 HR were a fluke, but he’ll hit close to .300.

27. Akinori Iwamura- (.276 BA, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 72 Runs, 9 SB) A chance at double figures in either HR’s or SB’s, albeit a slim one.

28. Kelly Johnson (.264 BA, 11 HR, 54 RBI, 63 Runs, 8 SB) If he finds regular AB’s, I think he bounces back with mid-teens HR.

29. Freddy Sanchez (.281 BA, 8 HR, 51 RBI, 70 Runs, 2 SB) The most boring second baseman alive.

30. Scott Sizemore (.266 BA, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 68 Runs, 11 SB) Well worth a backup roster spot to see if you get Mark Ellis-like production.

31. Adam Kennedy (.269 BA, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 48 Runs, 11 SB) Great story last year and also does qualify at 3B (for absolute emergency use only!)

32. Luis Valbuena (.254 BA, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 56 Runs, 5 SB) Maybe, just maybe, a little better than this.

Five to watch- More potential power and speed may just be a short DL trip away…

33. Eric Young- Loads of speed if he gets a shot.

34. Jeff Baker- If he gets the 2B gig for the Cubs, get him on your roster, as 15-20 HR’s will come.

35. Mike Fontenot- Whichever one of these starts for the Cubs is worth considering.

36. Omar Infante- All he needs is a chance to put up quality backup numbers.

37. Ron Belliard- He’s Ron Belliard, he always has been Ron Belliard, and he always will be Ron Belliard…

Up next- The Shortstops!

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2010 Emmys: George Clooney Honored with Bob Hope Humanitarian Award

Every year at the Primetime Emmy Awards a special honor is given to an artist who has made a substantial humanitarian impact over the course of their lifetime and career. This year at the 2010 Emmys that honor was bestowed upon George Clooney, who not only holds the title of award-winning actor, but writer, director and producer as well. Clooney is the fourth recipient of this award.

George Clooney’s Incredible Reign of Success

To this day George Clooney remains one of a limited number of actors in television history who starred on a long-running series and went on to become a true movie star. The club filled with his kind of small screen to big screen success is quite small. Many of our favorite TV performers have moved on to try their hand at the box office only to have one or two ‘flash in the pan’ moments.

After his departure from his character Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s much loved hit ER, Clooney moved forward to focus on the movie business. Since then he has churned out hits like Ocean’s 11, Goodnight & Good Luck, Syriana, Michael Clayton and Up in the Air. George also branched out to different jobs behind the scenes in the film industry and kicked off an entirely new career as a director, producer and writer.

Julianna Margulies, Clooney’s ER costar and close friend took her leave from the show just a couple years after the actor playing her love interest on the series moved on. Both returned at the end of the final season to reunite with the cast and crew and bid farewell to the fans who made their success possible. Fittingly, it was Julianna Margulies who presented Clooney with the prestigious award at the 2010 Primetime Emmys. Margulies is now starring in her own series, the CBS mega-hit The Good Wife.

George Clooney’s Passion & Dedication to Humanitarian Work

The presentation time highlighted just a few of Clooney’s humanitarian work during and after devastating tragedies around the globe and brought attention to the humble artist’s driving force behind some of the biggest charity fundraisers and support events in the world, such as America: A Tribute to Heroes, Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope, and Hope for Haiti Now.

George Clooney Accepts His Award & Offers a Challenge to Viewers

Just as we’ve come to expect, George kept his speech lighthearted with a slice of his much known and loved humor but full of meaning as well. His line, “I have offered to go to south Sudan and have a wardrobe malfunction. But it was pointed out to me that I’m 49, and the consensus was that it would just be upsetting,” certainly wasn’t a surprise coming from him.

Clooney continued on a more serious note expressing his desire to shed light into circumstances of people in desperate need and help others find ways to get involved. He said, “We live in strange times where bad behavior sucks up all the attention and press and the people who really need it can’t get it.”

George went on to speak about the dilemma many have been discussing in the aftermath of these horrific tragedies. “The truth is when a disaster happens, everybody wants to help. But the hard part is that seven months later, five years later, we’re on to a new story. Honestly, we’ve failed at that. I’ve failed. That’s a fact.”

The point Clooney drove home that seemed to stand out most to viewers was his challenge both to himself and those watching. Ending his speech, the star said, “Let’s find a way to help keep the spotlight burning on these heartbreaking situations that continue to be heartbreaking long after the cameras go away. That would be an impressive accomplishment.”


The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010, NBC

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