Andrew Having an NBA Fantasy Draft and Watching Scary Movie on MTV at 1 am

I know most people who read this, at least the ones that I know, don't give a crap about the NBA at all.  That said, maybe there are some people that do other than my friend AC and I, so this is kind of for them.  Or a bunch of nerds who enjoy fantasy sports.  Or both.  I happen to be both.  I'm an NBA fan, and a fantasy nerd.  Granted, I've never ever done well in fantasy basketball.  Regardless, here is my live rundown of my 2011-2012 NBA Fantasy draft on

Dan Gilbert Needs to STFU

Those of you who actually know me, know that I don't keep up with much news in the NBA, I don't watch many games, and I don't typically care about the inner happenings of the league. One storyline that has kept me interested however, has been Dan Gilbert's rants about how unfair it is that x happened, or unfair that y is happening. Today we're able to add an extra chapter to the Dan Gilbert: Douche bag biography.

Reports of a 3-team trade involving the Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets came out yesterday that would send Chris Paul to LA, Pau Gasol to Houston, and Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round draft pick to New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, there were rumblings that "some owners" (Dan Gilbert) had a problem with the deal because the Lakers would have both Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Not long after that, David Stern nixed the deal stating it was not a fair trade and since the other 29 teams in the NBA now own the Hornets, he can do that. Now Chris Paul is not showing up to camp, threatening to sue the league, and all teams involved in the trade are appealing the ruling. This was a terrible decision by David Stern; He should know by now to NEVER listen to Dan Gilbert. I wonder if he sent the message in Comic Sans...

This trade was BY FAR the best situation for the Hornets. Gilbert argued that smaller market teams such as Cleveland and New Orleans are getting taken advantage of by the big market teams in LA, New York, etc. and for some reason beyond comprehension Stern agreed. Chris Paul is leaving the Hornets. It's really not a big secret that he wants to be in a larger market, and who can blame him? He's an NBA superstar who wants the millions of dollars in endorsement deals that the star-atheletes in large markets typically get. The NBA owned Hornets had two options:

1. Don't do anything and lose Chris Paul, have no talent on the roster, lose fans, lose TV deals, lose money, raise the unemployment rate in Louisiana, and finally dissolve the franchise.

2. Trade Chris Paul, who's going to leave in 66 games anyways, and receive 3 VERY good players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Lamar Odom, a 2012 1st round draft pick, and the opportunity to rebuild a franchise into a profitable business that could actually be sold to an individual instead of being league-owned.

I know not everyone has good deductive reasoning skills, some people can't do simple math, and some just don't care, but clearly the only option for the Hornets here was to trade CP3 and get not just anything, but actual quality players in return. Stern's blocking of this trade was possibly the single worst move he has made since taking over as NBA commissioner and will more than likely add to the list of reasons why he won't continue to be the commish in the future.

As for Dan Gilbert, he's proven time and time again that while he is a good businessman, capable of owning a multi-million dollar franchise, he certainly doesn't have much tact. He writes memos to his fans in comic sans font, and makes an absolute ass out of himself when he has a "that's so unfair!" temper tantrum. The league needs to stop worrying about what one owner has to say and do what's best for the league, or the NBA will lose the few fans they still have left.

Fielder Sign and Trade to Marlins for Hanley Ramirez

Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez

There has been crazy activity the last week or so at the baseball Winter Meetings.  Free agents going here and there, possible trades talked about left and right.  The new-look Miami Marlins pried closer Heath Bell away from the Padres, SP Mark Buehrle away from the Chi-Sox, and SS Jose Reyes from the Mets.  Just today we found out that Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, the best available hitter and pitcher, respectively, are taking their talents to Los Angeles, or Anaheim, or wherever the Angels play.  

There's one more move that needs to be made, and it concerns our home town Milwaukee Brewers and their own prize free agent, Prince Fielder.  He needs to sign with Milwaukee for whatever the Marlins will want to pay him, and then be traded to Miami for SS Hanley Ramirez.

Ndamukong Suh-- Dirty Player, Dirty Liar

We all know Ndamukong Suh is a dirty player. Numerous Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties, ejections, fines and now a suspension all prove that. For Suh to try to convince the public otherwise is an insult to our intelligence. That's all fine and good, as we're all used to NFL players and their broadway-like acting skills, but it looks like King Kong is going to be doing much more than pleading his case to refs-- he's going to have to plead it to a jury if the law does its job. 

Brett Favre for Chicago? I hope so!

Early Monday afternoon reports started surfacing that the 'Ol Gunslinger Brett Favre was open to talking to the Chicago Bears about their troubles at quarterback and that he'd been working out and keeping in football shape. Really Brett? Two returns from retirement weren't enough?

I'd be lying if I said this didn't excite me, but not for the reason you might think. A Fav-ruh return to the Bears would do a lot for the NFL, and here are my top 3 reasons why:

Week 13 Reactions From Andrew

We've had a Week 13 with some playoff relevancy and some exciting games.  Here I'll just give a short breakdown of my takes on each matchup that went down this past weekend, and maybe some other errant thoughts that happen to cross my mind as I go along.  Les do it.

Kansas City 10, Chicago 3
Message to Caleb Hanie - Before you get benched in favor of rookie Nathan Enderle whom Mike Martz seems to like a lot, stop throwing 3 picks a game. I wrote in my power rankings last week that as long as Hanie doesn't throw 3 INTs, the Bears can win with him. What does he do? Goes out and throws 3 INTs again, and now Matt Forte is out 2-6 weeks too. Rumors today swirling about Brett Favre possibly coming back in a Bear uniform, and I'd love to see it. Bring it on, O.G. (Old Gunslinger for those of you who aren't Jim Rome listeners) Come back to Lambeau on Christmas night so we can dust your ass one more time and your last pass can be in a Bears jersey. Oh by the way, how'd that Kyle Orton pickup go for the Chiefs? One play, injury, out.

Mike's Week 14 Power Rankings

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it's time again for my FDS power rankings! What can I say-- The Packers are 12-0, have clinched a playoff berth and another NFC North Division title after a tight one in New York, while Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit all lost. It's proven to be a helluva year for WINsconsin sports fans-- The Brewers made only the second NLCS appearance in franchise history, the Badger football team rallied back after two tough losses to win the first annual Big Ten Championship game, Badger basketball is 7-1 after losing only to previously No. 1 North Carolina, and the Packers are 12-0. Oh yeah, the Milwaukee Bucks are going to have a season now too. They are still a team, right?

Not all fans are rejoicing in their teams' successes though; the NFL brought some surprising outcomes this week, especially the Denver Tebows winning AGAIN. The New York Giants have gotten back to what I knew they were capable of-- Losing. The G-Men had dropped 4 straight going into Sunday's matchup and in case you haven't heard, the undefeated Packers continued that streak in the New Meadowlands. Sorry Giants fans, my preseason prediction of your team missing the playoffs is looking better and better.

1) Green Bay Packers (12-0) -- The Packers stayed patient even with Rodgers having another "off-game". Turns out they're a pretty good team all around, and A-Rod is still rolling out 100+ QB Rating games. Watch out, only 4 games to go with 3 of them at home...

2) New Orleans Saints (9-3) -- Sure, SF has a better record, but the only team playing anywhere Green Bay's level is New Orleans. Drew Brees has been unconscious as of late, and the only question for the Saints is whether or not their defense will be able to contain Aaron Rodgers in the postseason. Spoiler alert! The answer to that question is no.

3) San Francisco 49ers (10-2) -- The Harbowl lived up to the hype, but what's even more important for 49er fans is that their team clinched the NFC West this week for the first time since 2002. While there wasn't a ton of offense, it's tough to lose when you hold the opposition to a big fat ZERO points.

Andrews Week 13 Power Rankings

It's time for my Week 13 Power Rankings.  It's been a long time since I've posted some, and a lot's changed.  Check out my Packer Fan's Commitment For the Rest of the NFL Season post from last night if you haven't yet.  Let's get straight to it.

1. Green Bay Packers (11-0)
Still the Champs, still undefeated, and mostly thanks to Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Coach of the Year and MVP respectively, in my opinion.

2. Baltimore Ravens (8-3) It’s difficult for me to believe in a team who’s lost to Tennessee, Jacksonville and Seattle.

3. San Francisco 49ers (9-2)
I still like the ‘Niners a lot, but the loss to the Ravens last week makes me wonder how far they can really go.

A Packer Fan's Commitment For the Rest of the NFL Season

I, Andrew Hanlon, vow to stop stressing about both of my fantasy teams, The Picks, finals, grades, completing an undefeated season, if and when a loss will finally come, and possible broken records for the entirety of the remaining NFL season.  I vow to step back and fully realize what an amazing and never before seen Green Bay Packer year this is (I say the word year because I'm not talking about an NFL season, I'm talking about a full calendar year) and the kind of team we've been blessed to watch since last December.