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Russell Wilson Selected By Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft

So, this just happened…

wilson texas rangers

The Rangers selected Wilson, who has made a fine career for himself in the National Football League, during the minor league portion of the draft, and, as a result, didn’t lose anyone from their roster. For selecting the quarterback, though, the Rangers will be charged the $12,000 fee that goes along with making the pick.

Wilson, who was a two-sport athlete at NC State (baseball and football), was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, and played in their farm system from 2010-11. He hit .229/.354/.356 with five home runs, 19 stolen bases, and 118 strikeouts in 93 Class A games as a second baseman, but his baseball career came to an end when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.

Wilson played in the Colorado Rockies farm system from 2010-11 (photo credit: ESPN)

Wilson played in the Colorado Rockies farm system from 2010-11 (photo credit: ESPN)

“We scouted him in high school and in college at N.C. State,” Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller told local media. “Obviously, he’s got bigger things going on, but we liked the player and the makeup and if he ever wants to get back to baseball, we’d like to give him the chance.”

What the Rangers may actually be hoping for from Wilson, though, is that he makes a trip to the Rangers’ spring training camp to deliver a motivational speech to the team’s young players. “Everything you see and read about him, we think he’d have a positive message for all our guys,” Preller said. “The make up and the way he goes about his business, to have him part of the organization is something we really like.”

At the very least, the Rangers earned themselves some time in the spotlight during the dull winter months.

NFL Fantasy Football Preview: Week 15

This show is getting sadder by the week. Only one of us remains in the winner’s bracket in our league, and the bitterness is really starting to rear its ugly head. Join us anyway as we dive deep into the dumpster that is the waiver wire, and talk a whole lot of shit on our own rosters that have let us down this year.

NFL Week 15 Picks

Three weeks left in the season and the Philadelphia Eagles are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East—and the Dallas Cowboys look like a complete mess. Welcome to Week 15 everyone! Last week, I continued to be dominant on Thursday nights (15-1 on the season) and went 12-4 for the week, lifting the overall total to 133-74. That puts me behind only Chris Carter (134) and KC Joyner (139) over at ESPN.

Oh, and the Jacksonville Jaguars CONTINUE to remain “in the hunt” for a playoff spot.

Let’s pick some games.

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos, Thursday, 8:25pm

Comment of the week goes to Peyton Manning who told reporters who were still trying to pursue the cold-weather-struggles story that they could “shove it where the sun don’t shine.” If the Broncos third 50-point performance of the season wasn’t enough, this week he’ll have the opportunity to go for back-to-back 50-point games against a defense that gives up the fifth most passing yards per game (266.7), and only ranks 28th overall. The only potential problem here is that Denver’s defense has been just as bad this season, giving up the fourth most passing yards (274.3) and is only ranked 25th overall. Expect a shootout, but, contrary to the popular perspective here, I’m a fan of Manning in the cold weather, and at home. Broncos win 45-33

Philadelphia Eagles @ Minnesota Vikings, 1pm

I hate this game for a couple of reasons. 1) The Vikings’ 3-9-1 record can be deceiving. For one, those three wins all came at home and against some interesting—though not completely scary—opponents (Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago), and over their last three games they’ve played some tough games (Green Bay sans-Rodgers, Chicago, and Baltimore), and were in every single one of them—they went 1-1-1 in that stretch, including that B’more game with the ridiculous ending last week. 2) There’s even a slight chance that Adrian Peterson might be able to give it a go, and, despite the way this defense has played over the last month and a half, he scares me. 3) Cordarrelle Patterson. 4) The Tuesday night game is still fresh in my head for some reason. All that aside, this is a team that, with their firepower on offense, the Eagles should be able to handle. Going with my head, heart, and gut on this one. Eagles win 34-17

Washington Redskins @ Atlanta Falcons, 1pm

Both teams suck. RG3-10 might be benched, which could offer a bit of a spark for a team that has 53 men all playing for their jobs moving forward at this point. On the other side, Atlanta has been by and large one of the biggest disappointments this year (topped only by Houston), but they’ll get to face a defense that is equally as bad as they are against the pass—Washington ranks 31st in opposing QB passer rating (101.2) to Atlanta’s 32nd (104.3). No matter what QB gets the start for DC, I just like Atlanta at home in this week’s Toilet Bowl game. Falcons win 20-13

Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns, 1pm

As impressive as the Bears looked last week, scoring on every single drive with the exception of their last one when they kneeled the ball, it has to be said that it was against a Dallas defense that has been well below-average this season. This week they’ll travel to Cleveland to take on a Browns team that has been extremely impressive on the defensive side of the ball, giving up just over 320 yards a game, 7th overall (the same can’t be said about the offense, obviously). Don’t look over the fact that it was basically a questionable pass interference call that did them in agains the 10-3 Patriots on the road a week ago. Their defense could easily keep them in this one perhaps even win it. Let’s gamble. Browns win 27-24

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts, 1pm

This one should help Andrew Luck and the Colts get back on track. Oh, and did anyone notice that at 8-5 and after a loss this week, the Colts managed to lock up the AFC South? Congrats? Colts win 21-10

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins, 1pm

At 7-6, Miami remains outside of the AFC Wild Card race as a result of a tie breaker with the Baltimore Ravens. They’ve managed to pull themselves back into the conversation, however, thanks to a 5-2 record over their last seven. The Pats have home field advantage throughout in their sights, which could be huge if a rematch against Peyton is in the cards. I’ll take that, and New England’s seven-game winning streak over the Dolphins. Besides, it seems like the Pats have the NFL in their pockets the way their last few have gone. They might not lose again the rest of the way. Pats win 30-21

Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants, 1pm

I don’t like the idea of Seattle traveling cross country—some of their closest games, that still resulted in wins came out East against the likes of Tampa Bay, Carolina (before people knew they were legit), and Tennessee. Still, I also don’t like the idea of them dropping two in a row. The Giants’ hopes of a playoff berth are fading quickly, and Eli hasn’t been able to shake the turnover bug all season long. None of those things bode well against a defense that ranks 3rd in interceptions (17). Seahawks win 28-24

San Francisco 49ers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1pm

The Tampa Bay story has been an awesome one, but at this point in the season, certain teams are fighting for their playoff lives, and that outweighs whatever it is the Bucs are playing for. 49ers win 30-14

Buffalo Bills @ Jacksonvilles Jaguars, 1pm

I’m sorry, but I’m riding that Jags train. They own the longest winning streak in the AFC (3 games) and STILL have a chance at making the playoffs. Keep it going, Gus! Jags win 24-23

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05pm

It’s a hell of an end to the season for the Oakland Raiders, having to take on all three of their AFC West foes—all of whom have their sights set on the playoffs. It starts this week with a home game against the Chiefs who were able to snap their three-game skid with a road win against the hapless Skins. Oakland has been a team that has shown fight this year—beating the Steelers at home, holding their own against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving—but they’ve also shown how easily they can fold—the 7TD game they gave up to Foles, and a loss to the Jets, yes, those Jets. A loss in their last three shows zero improvement over last years 4-12 record. Chiefs win 23-14

New York Jets @ Carolina Panthers, 4:05pm

Sorry, but there’s no way that Geno Smith gets out of this game, against a PO’d Panthers D coming off of a humbling loss, with his life let alone a W. Panthers win 30-13

Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:25pm

With the news that Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to play on Sunday, this one gets a bit more difficult to pick. My heart wants the Packers to pull this one out so the Eagles have the opportunity to go up 2 games on Dallas with two weeks remaining. My head tells me that they’ll still have a shot, because Dallas’s defense has been exceptionally horrendous over the last six games (32.2 pts and 465.3 yds/g), but that Matt Flynn will struggle to keep pace with Tony Romo. I’m gonna chalk it up to this: Momentum—something I’ve openly said I’m not a huge believer in. The Dallas D gave up points in every single Bears’ offensive possession last week, and Matt Flynn showed his ability to orchestrate a 4th quarter comeback and game-winning drive. (Hey, I gotta make up games somewhere here.) Packers win 27-26

Arizona Cardinals @ Tennessee Titans, 4:25pm

Same deal as with the Niners and Bucs game above. One team still has a fleeting hope of making the postseason. The other is on the outside looking in. It’d be a huge win, mentally, for the Titans, but the Cards have too much on the line to let this one fall through their fingers, especially if the ageless wonder—John Abraham, who was awarded NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors—has something to say about it. Cards win 28-21

New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams, 4:25pm

Psshhhh. Who dat? Saints win 42-17

Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:25pm

The Steelers were a pinky toe away from an absolutely INCREDIBLE finish against the Miami Dolphins last week. Instead, they’re playoff hopes are quickly fading. Cincy, on the flip side, appears to be surging on the strength of their defense and two 40-point outbursts in the last three weeks. Interesting historical head-to-head stat though: Pittsburgh hasn’t lost more than two in a row to the Bengals in over 20 years (they dropped six straight from 1988-90), and they’ve only lost at home to Cincy twice in the last 7 years. I’ll take those odds. Steelers win 23-21

Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions, Monday, 8:30pm

Both of these teams are probably overjoyed to be playing in the cozy confines of a dome after some rough weather last week, which saw the Lions prolific offense only manage to put up 6 points, while the Ravens struggled all day and then exploded for three touchdowns in the final two minutes (one of those came of special teams). Struggling late in games has been a theme all season long for both of these squads though—the Ravens have had 10 of their 13 contests have been decided by one possession (they’re 5-5 in those games), while the Lions have dropped three of their last four, but held leads in the fourth quarter in those three losses. These teams could easily be wrapping up their divisions or be comfortably in the playoff picture by now. Instead, they’re both fighting for their playoff lives, which makes this Monday night game a fantastic one to say the least. For me, this one’s going to come down to who can be more successful at creating the Big Play, and, conversely, not giving up the Big Play. To the latter point, both teams struggle at stopping the homerun ball—Baltimore and Detroit rank 32nd and 31st respectively at 40+ yard plays allowed (16 and 14). Meanwhile, Detroit (10) trails Baltimore (13) in 40+ yard plays. I guess that makes it a coin flip, but I think I like Megatron in a dome more than Jacoby Jones—plus Reggie Bush should be back for this one. Lions win 35-30

How NUTS Was the End of That Vikings-Ravens Game?

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Heart-attack inducing doesn’t even begin to describe the final two minutes of Sunday’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the visiting Minnesota Vikings, a game which the Ravens eventually won 29-26.

It all started with a Joe Flacco 1-yard TD pass to tight end Dennis Pitta with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter. The Ravens then converted a 2pt attempt to go up 15-12 (#1 in the win probability chart below). That’s when all hell broke loose at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Vikings answered with a two play 68-yard drive that was capped by a 41-yard Toby Gerhart run that lasted all of 38 seconds (#2)—Gerhart was tasked replacing Adrian Peterson in the backfield after the league’s leading rusher went down with an ankle injury. After the extra point, Minnesota was back on top 19-15.

That was short lived, though. Jacoby Jones took the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to the house (#3) to put the Ravens in front yet again, 22-19, with 1:16 left on the clock.

Fans had little time to celebrate, though. On the third play of the Vikings’ next drive, Matt Cassel threw a short screen to rookie wide receiver/return man/future pro bowler/unstoppable force Cordarrelle Patterson who corralled the pass, made a few men miss, and then sprinted the rest of the way for a 79-yard touchdown (#4). The Vikes found themselves in the lead again, 26-22. Problem was, they left 45 seconds on the clock, nearly as much time as the last four drives combined.

Having to go 80 yards with only two timeouts, Joe Flacco turned to rookie receiver Marlon Brown. The two connected on the first play from scrimmage for 35 yards. An 18-yard pass interference call (that was extremely questionable and smelled like some home cooking) negated an interception, and another 18-yard pass to Dennis Pitta set Baltimore up at the nine yard line with ten seconds left. That’s when Flacco found Brown in the back of the endzone for a gorgeous toe-tapping reception (#5).

The drive took all of 41 seconds and left just enough time for a squib kick that was returned to midfield. Ravens win 29-26.

Ravens win prob 12 8 13

There have been some back and forth games this year, but I can’t think of one that saw so many swings in momentum, so close together, and right at the end of the game. The final six drives of the game all resulted in touchdowns, five of which happened in a span of about two minutes. Unbelievable.

Adrian Peterson found the events of the game unbelievable as well—specifically the actions of the refs and fans, and took to the Twitter afterwards to tweet his displeasure.

I’m guessing there’s a little frustration in there with the ankle injury—and I’m not going to disagree with him about Baltimore having the worst fanbase in the history of fanbases—but you can’t be mad about how that game ended.

The Jaguars Can Still Make the Playoffs. No, I’m Not Batshit Crazy.

jags playoff hopes alive

Now, the probability of this actually happening is somewhere in the low single digits percentage-wise, but the fact is, after their win over the Houston Texans in the Toilet Bowl last night (which, ICYMI, resulted in the firing of Gary Kubiak today), there is still a mathematical chance that the Jacksonville Jaguars, current owners of the longest winning streak in the AFC (!!!!), could make the playoffs as the six-seed in the absolutely putrid American Football Conference.

Before getting into that, though, consider this: After starting the season 0-8, that Jags have won four of their last five and now, at 4-9, have a better record than four teams—including playoff teams from last year like the Washington Redskins (3-9), Atlanta Falcons (3-9), and those Texans (2-11)—and they could be tied with three others by the end of the week.

For them to make it, a hell of a lot of things have to happen, per ESPN’s NFL Playoff Machine (which is a great way to waste half of a workday, b-t-dubs). First and foremost, the Jaguars have to win out; their next three games are at home against Buffalo, home against the Titans, and what could turn out to be a critical Week 17 matchup at Indy, who will probably be looking to rest their starters ahead of Wild Card Weekend. This is completely doable.

Now things get slightly complicated.

  • Tennessee loses to Denver on Sunday (which is practically a foregone conclusion) and only wins one of two against the Cardinals and Texans (they may lose both).
  • Baltimore can beat Minnesota, but then drops its next three against the Lions, Pats, and Bengals.
  • Same thing with Miami, except the first game is critical. They have to beat Pittsburgh on Sunday, then lose its last three to New England, Buffalo and the Jets.
  • Pittsburgh has to lose to Miami and then drop at least one of its remaining three games (vs. Cincinnati, at Green Bay, vs. Cleveland).
  • The Jets (who somehow remain in contention as well) lose two of three against the Raiders, Browns, and Panthers, and then beat the Dolphins in Week 17.

If all of that plays out like so… BOOM! The Jacksonville Jaguars are your 6-seed in the AFC. It’s as simple as that.

I may be slightly bat shit crazy for thinking that all of this is going to go down, but, hey, anything could happen. The Jags can pray for a miracle, which might’ve come a little easier had they signed a certain saintly quarterback (who’s still on the market, I might add). But even without him they’ve managed to fight their way back into relevance and still have a sliver of hope that they could be playing football in January (which I think I may be rooting for). That alone should be seen as a huge win for this team moving forward.


I Have Absolutely No Idea What To Make of This Eagles Video, But I Think I Kinda Like It

You be the judge.

NFL Fantasy Football Preview: Week 14

It’s playoff time! (For a good portion of us you anyway…) For those of you that are hoping to case in big over the next couple of weeks, Marc, Max, Seth, and I try to help you get your best lineup out there, free of charge—though small donations from any of your winnings is greatly appreciated. For everyone else, you can use this time to experiment with the junk on the waiver wire and do some scouting for next year’s draft. Either way, hope you enjoy!