Trade Spin: Dan Uggla to the Braves

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The Atlanta Braves acquired blue-collar man, Dan Uggla, from the Florida Marlins yesterday in exchange for All Star super utility man Omar Infante and LHP Mike Dunn.

The Braves solidified their need for a legitimate staple in the middle of their order. Uggla provides the right handed power that Frank Wren was seeking and he didn’t have to give up a single prospect in the deal.

The Marlins have now traded away their starting centerfielder (Cameron Maybin has been a bust) for two relievers and their starting second baseman for another reliever and a utilityman. They are at least addressing their needs in the bullpen, but also clearly trying to rebuild once again. Mike Stanton, their #1 prospect coming into last season will be depended on heavily in 2011. He’s really going to have to step up after a solid rookie campaign. I’m sure the Marlins are hoping that he will tone down the outrageous strikeout rate (34.3% of the time) and he will over time, but he will always strike out a lot. Continue reading

My Completely Irrelevant Top 25 and Heisman Race

I’m just going to include a link to the players stats from now on for space purposes. The top three players this week reflect the most consistent performers in the country.

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1. Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
Last Week vs. Georgia: 12/15, 148 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 30 att., 151 yards, 2 TD Continue reading

Week 11 Preview

The season is inching closer to its end. There’s just four weeks of regular season football left, but there is another month of glorious bowl coverage to look forward to.

I’m getting right down to it today.

AROUND the SEC

Ole Miss over Tennessee
Kentucky over Vanderbilt
LSU over La. Monroe
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Spread the Love

Spread the Love makes three picks each week that I consider to be “locks”. They are hardly ever locks, though, especially when it comes to sports.

So far, Spread the Love is 11-8. [Insert witty insult here]

Once again, I do not gamble, so if you go with anything I say here then that’s your own call. I’m not advising, in any way, that you put money on my picks.

Week 11 Picks of the Week:

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My Insane and Bold Prediction of the Week

Every week, I’ll make a crazy but somewhat legitimate prediction for an upset in the college football world.

The Insane and Bold Prediction has been a weekly installment of off the radar upsets throughout the entirety of the college football season. It will be coming to an end soon. So far, I’ve hit two upset calls and just missed one. Almost doesn’t count, however … especially if you’re Tennessee. Last week brought the second upset pick of the season. Texas A&M beat Oklahoma handily in College Station last weekend. Despite a bevy of mistakes, the Aggies still won 33-19. Texas A&M’s defense stuffed the run, holding the Sooners to 72 yards on 44 carries.

This week’s upset special:

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My Completely Irrelevant Top 25 and Heisman Race

I’m just going to include a link to the players stats from now on for space purposes. The top three players this week reflect the most consistent performers in the country.

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

1. Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
Last Week vs. UT-Chattanooga: 15/21, 317 yards, 4 TD, 8 att., 24 yards, 1 TD Continue reading

My Insane and Bold Prediction of the Week

Every week, I’ll make a crazy but somewhat legitimate prediction for an upset in the college football world.

Last week didn’t go so well. Auburn pulled away from Ole Miss in the 2nd quarter and didn’t look back.

I’m a bit short on time, so I won’t dress this one up as usual.

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