Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bruno Boys Fantasy Football-Week 11-"Start 'Ems"

Here are the Week 11 "Start 'Ems" I've put together for Bruno Boys Fantasy Football.

Miami Dolphins' Starting Quarterbacks Since Dan Marino Retired

When Tyler Thigpen starts under center for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, he will become the 15th starting quarterback for the team since Hall of Famer Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season.

Which got me thinking about who they have been.    Here is the illustrious list of career backups, former first round picks, etc., with number of starts made (counting playoffs), without Thigpen and his one start included.

1. Jay Fiedler (62)
2. Chad Pennington (21)
3. Chad Henne (21)
4. Gus Frerotte (15)
5. Joey Harrington (11)
6. A.J. Feeley (8)
7. Cleo Lemon (8)
8. Ray Lucas (6)
9. Brian Griese (5)
10. Trent Green (5).
11. Daunte Culpepper (4)
12. John Beck (4)
13. Sage Rosenfels (2)
14. Damon Huard (1)

The Dolphins do, however, appear to have their quarterback of the future in Henne. So there may be some hope here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Fresh Candidate For The Minnesota Golden Gophers' Football Job

David Shaw
With the firing of Minnesota Golden Gophers' head football coach Tim Brewster nearly two weeks ago, there has been a lot of speculation as to who the university would go after to replace him, who would be interested, etc.  Some of the names that have been mentioned include Tony Dungy, Mike Belloti, Phillip Fulmer, Troy Calhoun and Kevin Sumlin.   I will mention a candidate I have not heard elsewhere at all, but I will first give credit where credit is due.

I was listening to KFAN AM-1130 here in the Twin Cities area earlier in the week, and the afternoon drive-time show hosted by Dan Barreiro had former Baltimore Ravens' head coach (and Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator) Brian Billick on as a guest to talk NFL.  Billick currently works as a Fox game analyst and also for NFL Network, and he had some good opinions on the Brett Favre story from a former head coach's perspective. Barreiro inevitably (and somewhat sarcastically, in my opinion) asked Billick if he had any interest in the Golden Gophers' job.  Billick quickly dismissed any notion of becoming a collegiate head coach, and mentioned a candidate I; and I suspect anyone else, had not heard before.  David Shaw, the current offensive coordinator at Stanford University.

Shaw is in his fourth season as the offensive coordinator at Stanford, and this year switched from coaching wide receivers to coaching the Cardinal running backs. Stanford's offense, led by junior quarterback Andrew Luck, currently ranks 15th in the nation in total offense (466.4 yards per game) and they rank fifth in the nation in scoring offense (42.6 points per game).  Stanford has steadily improved offensively under Shaw, as they set a school record in 2009 with 461 points (35.5 points per game) and scored 40 points or more four times and scored 50 or more in big wins over Oregon and USC

Prior to 2006 at the University of San Diego with current Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, Shaw worked as an NFL assistant for nine seasons. That includes four seasons on Billick's offensive staff in Baltimore.  Shaw's father, Willie, was an NFL assistant coach for 15 seasons and an assistant coach for 33 seasons overall.

Shaw's lack of head coaching experience at any level may turn the Gophers' brass off since Tim Brewster had similar experience prior to being hired, but if the administration truly wants to leave no stone unturned I think they need to make the phone call. Maybe Harbaugh is interested in the job, but one if his assistants may be the more realistic candidate.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Where To Find Me

Here's a list of where my writing can be found, with some details of what I contribute or have contributed.

Sports ( I contribute NFL updates, centered on the NFC and MLB updates, focused on the AL and NL Central divisions.  I also contribute a weekly "How I See It" fantasy baseball column right now.

Net ( I am the North Region contributor, which focuses on Minnesota and Wisconsin (Vikings, Twins, Packers, Brewers, Wild, Timberwolves, Bucks). (htttp:// I have contributed college football coverage to the site over the past two seasons, and am looking forward to doing so again this season.  I also contributed college basketball coverage late in the 2009-2010 season.

Fantasy ( I have contributed to the fantasy baseball coverage on the site, as well as Minnesota Vikings coverage.  I also participated in fantasy baseball podcasts, dealing with player rankings, leading up to the 2010 season. ( As the title may suggests, this is a baseball website.  Topics of articles I have done include the 1971 All-Star Game and current Twins' SS J.J. Hardy.

As always, I can be found on Twitter (@bradberreman24) and on Facebook.  I post links to my work on both social networking sites, as well as post some of my thoughts on sports topics as I see fit.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Net Milwaukee Bucks News And Notes

This article is featured on Net and takes a look at some recent news related to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Net Twins Trade Target:Houston's Roy Oswalt

This article is featured at Net and takes a look at Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros as a potential trade target for the Minnesota Twins.

Net Timberwolves News and Notes

This article is on Net and takes a look at some of the recent news related to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Net The Brewers Trade Prince Fielder?

This article is featured on Net and takes a look at the possibility the Milwaukee Brewers could trade 1B Prince Fielder.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Net The Minnesota Wild's 1st Round Pick

This article is featured at Net and takes a brief look at the Minnesota Wild's first round pick in Friday night's NHL Entry Draft, forward Mikael Grandlund from Finland.

Fantasy Baseball-"Buy And Sell"

This article is featured at Fantasy and is my weekly "Buy And Sell" fantasy baseball column.  Look for it every Friday.

Net Dugout: Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Draft Recap

This article is featured on Net and takes a look at how the Minnesota Timberwolves did in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Net Milwaukee Bucks NBA Draft Recap

This article is featured on Net and takes a look at the Milwaukee Bucks' results from Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Net Twins/Brewers Recap

This article is featured at Net and takes a look at the Milwaukee Brewers' three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins this week.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fantasy Baseball-"Buy And Sell"

This article is featured on Fantasy and is my weekly "Buy And Sell" fantasy baseball column featured for the site.  Look for it every Friday.

Sports Fantasy Baseball-"How I See It" Column

This article is featured at Sports and is my weekly "How I See It" fantasy baseball column.  Look for it, as always, late in the week each week.

Net NBA Draft Prospect Profile-Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors

This article is featured at Net and takes a look at Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors, who is a top prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft, and how he may fit in with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Net What Will The Milwaukee Bucks Do At #15?

This article is featured at Net and takes a look at some potential options for the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the #15 overall pick in next week's NBA Draft.

Net P Brett Myers-Trade Target For The Twins?

This article is featured today on Net and takes a look at Houston Astros' pitcher Brett Myers as a potential trade target for the Minnesota Twins.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Net MLB Draft First Round Pick Profiles

These two articles are featured on Net and take a look at the two first round picks made in Monday night's first round of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft.  At #21 overall, the Minnesota Twins selected Alex Wimmers, a right-handed pitcher from Ohio State University; while the Milwaukee Brewers selected right-handed pitcher Dylan Covey, a California high schooler, at #14 overall.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ken Griffey Jr. Retires

On Wednesday, Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement from major league baseball. 

He played 22 major league seasons, and was a virtual instant-success upon arriving to the big leagues in 1989 at the age of 19.   In his second season, he would hit 22 home runs, the first of his 15 seasons with at least 20 home runs.

Griffey Jr. was the #1 overall pick by the Mariners in 1987 out of Moeller High School in Cincinnati.  He would spend his first 11 seasons in Seattle before returning home after being traded to the Reds prior to the 2000 season.  Injuries plagued him during his time in Cincinnati, as he only played in more than 140 games twice in eight full seasons there.  He split the 2008 season between the Reds and the Chicago White Sox before returning to Seattle for the 2009 season.

Griffey was hitting .184 in 98 at-bats with the Mariners this season, and had not seen much playing time lately.  Not to mention the controversy over his unavailability when needed to pinch-hit in a game earlier this season. 

Griffey finished his career with 630 home runs, good for fifth on the all-time list.  He was a 13-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and won the 1997 American League MVP when he hit 56 home runs and drove in 147 for Seattle. 

Perhaps the most refreshing part of Griffey's career is we got to watch a slugger whose career came during the "Steroid Era" age naturally, as most athletes in other sports do.  He managed to avoid any ties to performance-enhancing drugs, and did not experience a physical transformation or power spike in his late-30's, ala Barry Bonds.   "The Kid" wasn't a kid anymore, and his skills eroded as such. 

But one is left to wonder "what might have been?" with Griffey as well.  During a three-year stretch from 2002-2004 with the Reds, he played in a total of 206 games and hit a total of 41 home runs.  He was age 32, 33, and 34 during those seasons, so one could argue those were the seasons that could be considered the end of his prime as a hitter.  It's easy to imagine, at least in my opinion, Griffey reaching 700 home runs or more if he had been healthy during these three seasons. 

Needless to say, Griffey will be a unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible.  

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sports Fantasy Baseball-"How I See It" Column

This is this week's edition of my weekly "How I See It" column, featured on Sports, which takes a look at some baseball stories from a fantasy angle.  Look for the column each week on Fridays.


Fantasy Baseball "Buy And Sell"

This article is featured today on Fantasy and takes a look at some players whose value is rising and falling in fantasy baseball.   Look for the "Buy And Sell" column on Fridays on the site.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Net The Brewers Become Sellers....

This article is featured today on Net, where I am now the North Region (MN and WI) contributor, and takes a look at some players the Milwaukee Brewers may look to trade if they can't get back into contention in 2010.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

I'm going to take brief diversion from sports with this post. 
I'd like to showcase a poem I just wrote in memory of Ronnie James Dio, the famed former lead singer of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and of course the band that bore his last name.  He died this past Sunday at the age of 67 due to stomach cancer.

Without further ado, here is the poem, yet to be titled but I'll call it "Dio" for now.

We thought you'd live forever
But legends never truly die
The place you are is better
In our hearts you'll always lie

You chose to be a dreamer
And always make your mark
A light in the darkness
A rainbow in the dark

You were always a mystery
Who made us stand up and shout
You are the king of rock and roll
Of that there is no doubt

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sports Fantasy Baseball'-"How I See It" Debut

This is featured today on Sports and is my debut writing the "How I See It" fantasy baseball column for the site.  Look for this column every week, on Thursday or Friday.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

From Mike Lynch of

Please read this article posted by my colleague Mike Lynch, founder of the baseball-centric website, to which I am a contributor. 
In a nutshell, friends of Mike's recently lost their young daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Here's the link to Mike's article;

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sports Fantasy Baseball-"Crystal Ball" Column-Week 4

This is my weekly "Crystal Ball" column featured on Sports (, which takes a look at three pitchers and three position players to watch in fantasy baseball for the coming week.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fantasy Baseball-"Buy Or Sell"

This article is featured today on Fantasy ( and takes a look at some players whose stock is rising and falling in fantasy baseball.

Look for the column every Friday during the season.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sports Fantasy Baseball-"Crystal Ball" Column-Week 2

This article is featured today on Sports ( and takes a look at some two-start pitchers and position players to consider if you participate in Sports Buff's fantasy baseball game or another weekly contest.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sports Fantasy Baseball-"Crystal Ball" Column

This article is featured today on Sports ( and takes a look at some players to target during the season's opening week.
Here's the link to this week's "Crystal Ball".  Look for it each week during the season.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rapid Fantasy Lunch

I was a guest on yesterday's "Fantasy Lunch" brought to you by Rapid
Thanks to Pat Hegewald for having me.

Here is the link to show:

Fantasy Lunch

Monday, March 29, 2010

3/30 Corner Infield (1B/3B) Analysis

I was a guest on tonight's Roto Community podcast on Blog Talk Radio (, as we took a look at 3B and 1B. Thanks to Dave Gawron of Roto for giving me the opportunity to participate

3/30 Corner Infield (1B/3B) Analysis

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fantasy Baseball: Expert's League

I recently participated in a fantasy baseball expert's league auction, with an invitation from Dave Gawron of  It will be a mixed (AL and NL) league.

Here's the link to an article featured on Sports ( where I share my auction results and provide some analysis of my results and some "best and "worst" buys at each position.

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