Archive for September 2011

Must Starts and Free Agent Pick-Ups for your NFL Week 4 lineups

September 28, 2011

Mitchell Evan’s Week 4 Fantasy Impact Players to add/start:

1. David Nelson: This wide receiver from Buffalo has had a great first few games of the season.  More famous from his game winning catch against the Raiders in week 2, he hauled in 6 passes for 84 yards last Sunday against the Patriots and is a solid flex option for deeper leagues.  With being owned in only 50% leagues, and you have a receiver starting like a Santonio Holmes, definitely pick this guy up and start him.

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2.  Antonio Brown: He has been the most consistent receiver for the Steelers, owned in only 20% of Yahoo leagues, he is a great option if you’re in a 10-16 team league.  Was thrown at 8 times last sunday, and had 4 catches for  75 yards.  He also just surpassed Hines Ward for the number 2 job as a receiver.

3. Eli Manning: I’m not sure how clear to be on this BUT START HIM. He had a huge game last week and plays a struggling Cardinals defense week 4. (who gave up 400+ yards to a measly Cam Newton) He had 254 yards and 4 touchdown’s against the “dream team” Philadelphia Eagles.

4.  Lance Moore:  Lance started off the season on the injury list, almost everyone who had him on their team dropped him instantly, but now since he has come back, he is the number 1 receiver for the Saints. With Colston still on the injury list for a couple more weeks, Moore’s fantasy status should be going through the roof.  Owned in 62% of leagues, you have a good chance of finding him in a league with 8-10 teams in it.  He is a must, and is the most consistent player when healthy, out of the Saints receivers.

Thoughts from Donnie Dwyer:

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I think this week is a must play for fantasy owners who have Eli Manning. The Cardinals Defense is on and off at times in the secondary but I think when the Giants run the ball with their two-headed monster of Jacobs and Bradshaw it leads to throwing touchdowns for Manning. I also think fans should keep an eye on and pick up receivers Victor Cruz of the Giants, Nate Washington of the Titans, and Danario Alexander of the Rams. Cruz will be the #3 receiver alongside Nicks and Manningham and should have a nice game with single coverage, Washington will get many receptions now that Kenny Britt is sidelined and is a potential 2 TD threat every week, and Alexander is a 6’5 beast of an athlete and can score a ton of balls in the red zone for Sam Bradford. Keep an eye out on those players throughout the week. Enjoy the football and good luck in your leagues… 

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Marquette Women’s Volleyball Opens Big East season with 3-1 win over USF

September 26, 2011

MUTV Sports Donnie Dwyer went to the Al McGuire Center to report on the Women’s Volleyball Big East opener against USF. Ashley Beyer had 16 kills and Danielle Carlson had 15 kills. The Team is now 10-4 and have won 7 of their last 8. They play at Sacred Heart this week…

BCS Bustin’ – Why Boise St. and other mid-major powers deserve equal opportunities in the BCS National Championship

September 25, 2011

Here is an article written from our new writer, Nathan Rupe. It’s a great article and is very well done. Check it out…

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Although he’s an afterthought when it comes to NFL accomplishments, former Utah Utes quarterback Alex Smith led one of the most groundbreaking teams in college football history. The 2004 Utah Utes team was expected to be good, they began the season ranked 19th in the country. However, few expected the team to blast through 11 opponents en route to an undefeated regular season – and they did just that. The reason this season was so significant wasn’t just because of the perfect season, it was also because of the conference Utah was a part of. The Mountain West Conference is not an automatic qualifying conference, meaning that the conference champions do not earn a spot in one of the BCS Bowl Games, considered to be the biggest games of the post-season (Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl).

When the Utah Utes earned a spot in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl opposite the Pittsburgh Panthers, it was the first time in college football history that a non-AQ team made it into a BCS Bowl game. The question then turned to whether or not the Utes were a good football team, or the product of an easy schedule – they didn’t play a single ranked team all season. All doubt were put to rest when the Utes blew out Pittsburgh 35-7, proving their status as one of the best teams in college football.
 
Fast-forward to the present, four schools have now become “BCS Busters” by breaking into a BCS Bowl game from a non-AQ conference (Utah, TCU, Boise St., Hawaii). Against opponents from an AQ conference, BCS Busters are 4-1. Of all of the total seven BCS Buster appearances however, none have ever participated in the National Championship game. Last year’s undefeated TCU team, that beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl actually received some first place votes from AP voters at the end of the season, but it was for naught and the BCS title game winner Auburn remained the undisputed National Champion of the season.
 
However, despite TCU’s success the clear leader of mid-major conferences against the BCS is Boise St. Since 2004, Boise St. has four undefeated seasons and a one-loss season to their credit. They stunned the heavily favored Oklahoma Sooners in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, and have beaten fellow BCS Busters TCU twice in the Fiesta Bowl. During last season, Boise St. was a near lock for a BCS Bowl all year until an overtime stunner against Nevada knocked them out of contention.
 
There lies the issue.
 
Should a team with the impressive credentials of Boise St. be dropped from major bowl contention because of a single loss? A three-point loss in overtime at that, and against a ranked team in Nevada. Boise’s season was disregarded due to their conference – the Western Atlantic Conference, a non-AQ conference. It wasn’t Boise’s first snub from BCS selection either, in 2004 an 11-0 record and #9 ranking wasn’t enough to earn them a spot in a BCS Bowl, as well as a 12-0 season in 2008. In fact, they ended the 2004 season as the only undefeated team in College Football, yet didn’t earn a spot in the National Title game (which hosted a one-loss Florida Gators squad).
 
The common criticism against Boise St. and other successful teams from non-AQ conferences, is the lack of competition they face year-round. After all, a team that spends the year beating push-overs wouldn’t be able to hang with an SEC team used to playing the very best on an almost weekly basis, right? Not quite. Boise’s season opening blowout of SEC powerhouse Georgia seems to have finally opened people’s eyes to just how good mid-major teams can be.
 
Currently 2-0, and ranked 4th in the nation will this be the year that BCS polls finally invite Boise St. into the National Championship game? Or will the constantly underappreciated Broncos find themselves snubbed by voters once again?
 
Only time will tell, but at this point it’s hard to argue just how competitive non-AQ teams are capable of being.

The Sports Cycle Video: College programs changing conferences with special guest Derek Hudgin

September 22, 2011

Donnie Dwyer interviews MUTV production director Derek Hudgin about the college conferences and whether Marquette should stay or go in the Big East like when Pitt and Syracuse went to the ACC…

The Sports Cycle Video: NFL Weekly Conversation with special guest David Tukesbrey

September 21, 2011

Donnie Dwyer talks to WMUR Assistant Sports Director David Tukesbrey about Week 2 in the NFL. We cover the 2-0 teams, surprising players, the Seahawks, and the Robinson hit on Maclin this past Sunday…

The Sports Cycle Video: MLB Playoff Race with special guest Mark Freund

September 21, 2011

Donnie Dwyer talks to MUTV Assistant Sports Director Mark Freund about the playoff race in the month of September and about the great career of Mariano Rivera. Check it out…

A must watch every Wednesday on ESPN: Off the Mark

September 19, 2011

Here is a segment from last Wednesday’s NFL Live. The segment is called “Off the Mark” and Mark Schlereth goes off about what he feels is crazy in week 1 of the NFL. It is funny and highly entertaining. It’s a must see…