October 2010 | Sharapova's Thigh

Frank Gore will get a ton of touches against the Broncos.
Other fantasy football articles from around the web...
And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):

Week 8's Best

QB: Peyton Manning... 433 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions at Houston in week one. He's going to be without Dallas Clark(for the whole season) and Austin Collie, but he'll still kick ass against what has been by far the worst secondary in the NFL.

RB: Frank Gore... The Broncos were absolutely killed on the ground by Darren McFadden and Michael Bush in week seven's embarrassing loss to the Raiders. Troy Smith starts at quarterback for the 49ers, and expect the 49ers to play it safe with him. Frank Gore should get 25+ carries for 100+ yards.

WR: Reggie Wayne... Peyton's going to look his way like crazy, and the Texans haven't been able to stop anybody's passing game.

TE: Antonio Gates... Eight touchdowns in seven games.

K: Rob Bironas... Double-digit fantasy points in each of the last five weeks. Rare you see such fantasy reliability from a kicker.

D/ST: New York Jets... Aaron Rodgers has thrown nine interceptions already, and the Packers' running game is pure crap.

Sleeper Picks

QB: Josh Freeman... Quietly been a solid fantasy performer, and he gets the Cardinals' #21 pass defense. I like him for 15+ fantasy points this week.

RB: Mike Hart... The Colts are going to be in the red zone frequently, and he could get the majority of the carries with Joseph Addai hurt.

WR: Pierre Garcon... Yep, another Colt. With Austin Collie out, he should be Peyton's #2 target.

TE: Tony Moeaki... The Bills are allowing a league-worst 13.3 fantasy points to tight ends.

K: Jason Hanson... 44 fantasy points over his last three games, and his Lions get a bad Washington defense, at home, in a dome. Good ingredients for a good performance.

D/ST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers... I like any defense against Max Hall until he proves I shouldn't.

Shit Picks

QB: Mark Sanchez... He's tailed off since his terrific start and the Packers have a solid pass defense that has picked off 10 passes.

RB: Tim Hightower... Beanie Wells is apparently taking his starting job. He's not even a good flex option.

WR: Mike Williams(Seahawks)... Double-digit catches each of the last two weeks. Nnamdi Asomugha and company won't let that happen again.

TE: Marcedes Lewis... Cowboys are allowing just 4.3 points to tight ends, and the Jaguars' quarterback situation is a mess right now.

K: Ryan Succop... The Chiefs are going to move the ball just fine against the pathetic Bills. The problem is they'll be scoring touchdowns instead of settling for three.

D/ST: Minnesota Vikings... The Patriots' passing attack will have success against a susceptible Vikings secondary.

My week 7 picks(Points based on standard scoring systems; Green indicates a notably good pick; Red indicates a notably bad pick):

Best: Drew Brees(14 points), Chris Johnson(6 points), Miles Austin(3 points), Antonio Gates(11 points), Rob Bironas(14 points), Baltimore Ravens(5 points).

Sleepers: Matt Cassel(15 points), Ryan Mathews(1 point), Danario Alexander(0 points), Benjamin Watson(1 point), Mike Nugent(7 points), Seattle Seahawks(16 points).

Shit: Donovan McNabb(8 points), Fred Jackson(7 points), Roy Williams(0 points), Chris Cooley(5 points), Josh Scobee(8 points), San Diego Chargers(3 points).

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Minka Kelly, who is currently dating Derek Jeter(odds are at least half of you immediately like her less now), was recently named 'Sexiest Woman Alive' by Esquire magazine. Esquire just held an event in New York to celebrate that, and Minka made Esquire look damn smart with their choice. The 30-year-old actress looked absolutely gorgeous and showed off her terrific thigh.

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers(5-1; Last Week #1)- Lucky to get a 23-22 win in Miami. Big Ben looks terrific. The schedule gets rough now though, as they have three straight primetime games, with two of those being on the road, and the only one at home being against a great team: at New Orleans, at Cincinnati, and vs. New England.

2. New York Jets(5-1; Last Week #2)- Had a bye week after winning five straight, and now have five games in a row that look very favorable: vs. Green Bay, at Detroit, at Cleveland, vs. Houston, and vs. Cincinnati. If they play like they've been playing so far, they'll more or less have a great playoff spot wrapped up after that five-game stretch.

3. New England Patriots(5-1; Last Week #3)- Randy Moss returns to New England, and the Patriots will likely show him that they don't miss him too much. Danny Woodhead's looking like he could be a big part of this offense in both the run and pass game.

4. Indianapolis Colts(4-2; Last Week #5)- They desperately needed the bye week with all of their injuries. The loss of Dallas Clark for the season is a huge one, and they need Austin Collie to return soon.

5. New York Giants(5-2; Last Week #7)- The most complete team in the NFC right now, and looking like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They can run, pass, and have a very good defense, particularly with their pass rush. That's how they won the Super Bowl in 2007.

6. Baltimore Ravens(5-2; Last Week #4)- Yeah, they won the game, but having to go to overtime at home against the winless Bills might as well count as a loss. Their defense hasn't looked right over the last few weeks.

7. Tennessee Titans(5-2; Last Week #8)- Impressive win over a solid Eagles team, and Kenny Britt's looking like he could become one of the league's elite receivers. His game against the Eagles was prettyyyyyy, prettyyyyyyyyyyy, pretty good: Seven catches, 225 yards, and three touchdowns.

8. Atlanta Falcons(5-2; Last Week #10)- Sitting at 5-2 in a weak NFC with two games still to go against a horrible Panthers team is a pretty good spot to be in. It would be a shock to me(if they keep key players healthy, of course) if this team didn't end up with one of the top playoff seeds in the NFC.

9. Houston Texans(4-2; Last Week #11)- Can they beat the Colts, again? You have to like their chances with how banged up the Colts currently are. The Texans couldn't catch the Colts at a much better time. And a win would be -huge-. While they could still be in second place behind the Titans, a win at least give the Texans what would essentially be a two*-game lead over the Colts in the AFC South, since they would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

10. Kansas City Chiefs(4-2; Last Week #13)- They should be 5-2 after a home game against the Bills this week, but they follow that up with two road games against AFC West rivals, the Raiders and Broncos. The Raiders are looking like their main competition for the AFC West crown at the moment, so that could turn out to be a very important game.

11. Washington Redskins(4-3; Last Week #15)- Great performance by their defense to beat the Bears in Chicago.

12. Philadelphia Eagles(4-3; Last Week #9)- Well, I guess we can put the Kevin Kolb/Michael Vick quarterback controversy to rest... for the next two weeks anyway, as the Eagles have a bye in week eight before Vick returns as starter in week nine to face the Colts.

13. Green Bay Packers(4-3; Last Week #16)- Had to beat the Vikings at home, and found a way to do so. It wasn't pretty, but here they are now at 4-3 and tied with the Bears for the NFC North lead. With how bad the Bears have looked over the last two weeks, and the Vikings now 2-4, the Packers have to be considered the favorites to win the division.

14. New Orleans Saints(4-3; Last Week #7)- What a horrible loss at home to Colt McCoy and the Browns at home. And it was never close. They've now lost to McCoy, undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall and the Cardinals, and only won by two at home to rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen and his Panthers team that only has one win. Drew Brees doesn't look right, with 10 interceptions on the season already. He only threw 11 last year. Madden curse?

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(4-2; Last Week #18)- This team is easily the biggest surprise in the NFL. Coming into the season, I thought they would be a two-win team or so.
Head coach Raheem Morris says they're even the best team in the NFC right now. Um, I don't know about that, but they're playing some good ball and are looking like legitimate playoff contenders at least. Second-year quarterback Josh Freeman could be a star.

16. Miami Dolphins(3-3; Last Week #14)- They deserved to win against Pittsburgh, and it's possible they even did... we just didn't have enough replay evidence to show that. Overall though, they look very average, as their .500 record indicates.

17. Seattle Seahawks(4-2; Last Week #25)- I look at their roster and still feel like this is no more than a seven-win team, but they've gotten it done so far, and are in a division with three other bad teams. Pete Carroll's doing a terrific job in his first season as coach, and is looking like a good bet to be rewarded with a trip to the playoffs.

18. Chicago Bears(4-3; Last Week #12)- The offensive line is just sooooooooooo bad. And now Jay Cutler's back to making bad decisions. Part of it has to do with his offensive line in my opinion, as he just looks jumpy in the pocket every time he steps back to throw now. Even when there is no pressure, it's like he's expecting it to happen and forces a bad throw. And their goal line offense is just atrocious. They've yet to score on ten plays at the one-yard line this season, and have even turned the ball over twice in such situations. Unbelievable.

19. Minnesota Vikings(2-4; Last Week #17)- Hey look, we're unsure of the status of Brett Favre going down to the last minute. Heard that story before? Seriously though, they're better off with Tarvaris Jackson playing if Favre's not 100%. Hell, they might even be better off with Tarvaris than a healthy Favre right now.

20. Cincinnati Bengals(2-4; Last Week #19)- Tough loss at Atlanta. Carson Palmer finally had a good game, but Cedric Benson struggled like he has for most of the year. He's only broken a run for over 20 yards in one game this year.

21. St. Louis Rams(3-4; Last Week #20)- Heartbreaking one-point loss at Tampa Bay. But, they should get back on track this week against the Panthers at home, follow that with a bye week, and then face the crappy 49ers. So they have a great shot to have a winning record after week 10. I think they'd be quite satisfied with that position after winning just one game in 2009.

22. Oakland Raiders(3-4; Last Week #27)- How about the Raiders going into Denver and putting a franchise-record 59 points against their hated rivals? Darren McFadden looks like the guy everybody thought he could be out of college. If he and Michael Bush can continue running with success, and Jason Campbell can play at least solidly at quarterback, this is a dangerous team that can win the AFC West.

23. Arizona Cardinals(3-3; Last Week #22)- Averaging just 146.2 passing yards per game, which is last in the NFL. They're not going to move up those rankings with Max Hall at quarterback. Still, their schedule, which looks quite easy on paper, could keep the Cardinals alive in the NFC West for at least most of the season.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars(3-4; Last Week #23)- Two straight horrible losses. Six of their last nine games are against teams that currently have winning records.

25. San Diego Chargers(2-5; Last Week #21)- How does Norv Turner still have a job? I've even talked about how they are ranked so highly in all of these statistics and I think they start winning games, but I'm not so sure anymore. Horrible coaching and special teams play may keep this team underperforming all season.

26. Dallas Cowboys(1-5; Last Week #26)- How 'bout them Cowboys? With Romo out at least six weeks, you have to think their season is over for all intents and purposes. I'd consider it pretty much over even if Romo were healthy. Just like I said about Norv Turner, how does Wade Phillips still have a job?

27. Cleveland Browns(2-5; Last Week #30)- ESPN's Adam Schefter provided a great statistic following the Browns' outstanding victory over the Saints in New Orleans: The Browns have beaten the defending Super Bowl champion in each of the three seasons. Who would've guessed?

28. Denver Broncos(2-5; Last Week #24)- That was one of the worst losses in Broncos history, and at home to their biggest rivals. I live in Denver, and I'm not finding many Josh McDaniels supporters. Unless they turn it around quickly, consider him on the hot seat going into the offseason. Of course, if the Broncos intend to do that, they have to find a coach that believes Tim Tebow is an NFL starting quarterback since they invested a first round draft pick on him, and that might be quite difficult. I've brought that thought up a few times recently, and people mention Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy, as both former(and damn successful) NFL coaches are big Tebow believers, but I can't see either of them leaving their television jobs to coach this team.

29. Detroit Lions(1-5; Last Week #29)- Matt Stafford's back at quarterback after being injured in week one, and reports are that he's looked great at practice. For what it's worth, deep down I really believe they're better than at least a few of the teams I have ranked ahead of them, but they have to go out and show that to me with wins first.

30. Carolina Panthers(1-5; Last Week #31 )- A win! Enjoy it, Panthers fans, because you might not be getting anymore this year.

31. San Francisco 49ers(1-5; Last Week #28)- London, I promise you we have better football than what you're about to see from this 49ers team and the Broncos. Like, much, much better.

32. Buffalo Bills(0-6; Last Week #32)- They must feel like winning a game is nearly impossible after they blew a huge lead to the Ravens to stay winless. They'll get a couple of wins though, especially if Ryan Fitzpatrick keeps playing like he has thus far.

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Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Wesley Johnson played his first NBA game Wednesday night, and showed why he was the fourth overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Johnson, a Syracuse product, surely was warned over and over about how difficult the league would be, and especially how difficult the adjustment from the college to pro game would be. Well, the dude laughs at such talk. Check out the first dunk of his NBA career:

The 6'7" small forward would finish with 13 points and four rebounds over 20 minutes in his NBA debut. Don't be surprised if he ends up being the best player from this draft class. If nothing else, we're at least going to be getting plenty of awesome highlights from him.

H/T: Zach Harper; Slam Online

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Great news for fans of HBO's Eastbound & Down and Bored to Death today- HBO announced that each series will be renewed for a third season:

HBO has renewed sophomore comedies Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down for a third season. With drama Boardwalk Empire already picked up for Season 2, HBO has now renewed its entire current Sunday lineup.

Awesome to hear. I'm a huge fan of Eastbound & Down, having seen every episode of the first season about 10 times(haven't seen any of the second season that is currently going on, but it must be getting good reviews). Still, I always had questions about the longevity of a series with a premise like Eastbound has, but with some extremely creative and hilarious minds behind the show, it's no surprise that they are able to keep it going with success.

As for Bored to Death, I've never watched an episode, but might have to give it a try with Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis in it. Clearly, viewers are enjoying it.

Do you think HBO made the right decision in renewing each series? Which series do you enjoy more? Share any of your opinions in the "comments".

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Mila Kunis Thigh Fives The 10/27/10 Links

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/27/2010 02:33:00 PM | ,

Thigh Five From Mila Kunis (See More of Mila Kunis HERE)

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Here's my predictions for the 2010-2011 NBA season. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments though, and I'll be glad to debate or answer any questions about my picks.

Player/Coach Predictions

Biggest Name Traded During Season

Carmelo Anthony, F, Denver Nuggets- He wants out, and the Nuggets are trying hard to make that happen. The only reason he hasn't been dealt, and the only reason he could stay in Denver all season, is if the Nuggets can't find a team willing, or able to give back a fair return(a couple of first round draft picks and at least one good, young player that can be a core piece for years).

Rookie Of The Year

Blake Griffin, F, Los Angeles Clippers- You keep hearing about John Wall(and rightfully so), but people seem to be forgetting about Griffin. Yeah, he still qualifies as a rookie because he didn't play a single game for the Clippers last year after getting a stress fracture in his left knee during last preseason, which would later require surgery. The power forward and first overall pick last year is going to be a stud and a half; a double-double machine. Don't be surprised if he averages near 20 points and 10 rebounds on the season.

Coach Of The Year

Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls- The team's going to be much better simply due to the additions of Carlos Boozer(although he's out for at least a month with a broken wrist), Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans, Kurt Thomas, and C.J. Watson. But do not underestimate the Thibodeau addition, especially after Vinny freaking Del Negro was the last coach. The players are raving about him(as players around him always have), and he's considered a genius when it comes to coaching defense. It's hard to argue with that when you see how well the Celtics performed on the defensive end while he was an assistant there. The Bulls have already showed a noticeable difference defending the pick and roll in the preseason, and players such as Derrick Rose are reportedly looking much better already on that side of the ball.

As I saw one NBA journalist say recently(forgot who it was and can't find the article), there's people around the league that feel Thibodeau alone could be a 10-win boost for that team. Now, I have a hard time ever believing a coach in professional sports makes that big of a difference, but it speaks loudly of Thibodeau's reputation around the league.

Defensive Player Of The Year

Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic- Who else should I be picking? He's won the award the last two years, and the 24-year-old beast is only going to get better. He's a blocks and rebounding machine, and reputation alone may get him this award for at least a few more years.

Sixth Man Of The Year

Ty Lawson, G, Denver Nuggets- It's time for the Nuggets to look towards the future more than the present, and Ty Lawson is a huge part of their future. Lawson was very impressive in his rookie season, averaging 8.1 points and 3.1 assists in 20.3 minutes per game. He has blazing speed and can be outstanding on the fast break. The problem is that he's stuck behind veteran point guard Chauncey Billups on the depth chart. However, the Nuggets will play those two together frequently, and if the Nuggets do the right thing and commit to the future, Lawson's going to take a few more minutes away from Billups this year.

Most Improved Player

Jrue Holiday, G, Philadelphia 76ers- New Sixers head coach Doug Collins is RAVING about Holiday. How much so? Collins recently said that Holiday will be a top-5 point guard in the NBA in a year from now. I don't know about that, but Holiday's full of potential and Collins must be seeing a lot out of him. Also, when your coach is talking about you like that, it means you're going to be getting a ton of playing time as well.

Sleeper Rookie Of The Year

DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings- Full of talent, especially for his size. He can be a consistent double-double guy, just like Blake Griffin. But, he's also full of immaturity. Oh, and it's a pretty safe bet he'll get suspended at least once every season with all of the technical fouls he's going to get. This is the league's new Rasheed Wallace.

Sleeper Most Valuable Player

Derrick Rose, G, Chicago Bulls- I've been saying it all offseason- This is the year Rose goes from star to superstar. He's maturing as a point guard, has more weapons surrounding him which will boost his assist numbers, improved his range greatly over the offseason and can shoot the three much better now, and is improving defensively under Thibodeau. It's going to be tough to score enough for him to win the award as a point guard, but if the Bulls make a huge leap, he has to be in the MVP conversation.

Most Valuable Player

Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City Thunder- Mark him down for around 30 points per game, and his assist and rebound numbers should improve. He will make what would just be an average(maybe worse) Thunder team without him a legitimate title contender. Additionally, I can't see LeBron winning the award when Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be taking statistical numbers away.

Team Predictions

Eastern Conference

1. Miami Heat- They can half-ass it in the regular season and their talent alone should be good enough to win 60+. Challenging the Bulls' 72-win record though? No.

2. Orlando Magic- 59 wins last year, which was six more than any team in the East but the Cavs. And we know we don't have to worry about the Cavs.

3. Boston Celtics- Do. Not. Sleep. On. Them. They have another run in them, and they will play physical, defensive basketball. They don't like everybody going on and on about the Heat and forgetting about them.

4. Chicago Bulls- Even without Boozer for at least the first month, they're a much better team. They will be better defensively under Thibodeau(and added Ronnie Brewer and Keith Bogan to defend shooting guards), they finally have a great outside shooter in Kyle Korver, and most importantly, Derrick Rose is going to take the next step. Also, watch out for Luol Deng. He's looked great in this offense, is finally healthy, and has significantly improved his three-point shot.

5. Milwaukee Bucks- Scott Skiles has done a great job coaching this team. They improved their record by 12 games from '08-'09 to '09-'10. Brandon Jennings, like Derrick Rose, is capable of a huge leap with his sensational talent. John Salmons was terrific for them last season after being acquired from the Bulls, and I loved the Corey Maggette addition that went unnoticed by many. He averaged 20 points a game last season for the Warriors.

6. Atlanta Hawks- The Magic humiliated them in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Bucks took them to seven games in the first round even, and the Bucks got better by adding Maggette and Drew Gooden. The Hawks didn't do anything to get better.

7. New York Knicks- Amare Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, and Anthony Randolph will be great in Mike D'Antoni's offense(we've already seen it from Amare and him in Phoenix).

8. Washington Wizards- John Wall is the real deal. More on them from me later(keep reading, dammit!).

Western Conference

1. Los Angeles Lakers- Easiest thing I predicted on this post. Loved the Matt Barnes and Steve Blake additions. This is how you build a championship roster.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder- Kevin Durant is that good. They were the #8 seed last year, but had just five less wins than the #2 seed(Dallas Mavericks).

3. Dallas Mavericks- You know that this team is at least going to be very good, and if newly acquired center Tyson Chandler can get back to his double-double ways, that would be a huge boost to this team and greatly help their chances of playing with the dominant frontcourt that the Lakers have.

4. San Antonio Spurs- You know they're going to hang around. Age is obviously the problem here, but they have very talented young forwards/centers in Dejuan Blair and Tiago Splitter that should make a big difference this year. At worst, they'll help keep Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess fresh.

5. Portland Trail Blazers- What are we going to get from Greg Oden, aside from injuries? This team had horrible, horrible luck last year, yet still won 50 games. There's a ton of talent... when healthy. If they can stay healthy this year, they can be as high as the #2 seed. But, we have to see it first.

6. Utah Jazz- Lost Carlos Boozer, but may have even upgraded there by acquiring Al Jefferson. However, along with losing Boozer to the Bulls, they also lost their best three-point shooter in Kyle Korver to them.

7. Houston Rockets- Limiting Yao Ming to 24 minutes per game? That's one way to try to keep him healthy. Still, they were able to win 42 games without him last year. Additionally, they get a great scorer in Kevin Martin for the whole season(played 24 game for them last year after being acquired from the Kings).

8. Phoenix Suns- I debated between a few of teams here(like the Hornets and Nuggets), but have most confidence in the Suns to find a way into the playoffs. They added Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Childress, and Hakim Warrick, but I'm not sure if those moves will really improve the team.

Surprise Team

Washington Wizards- I have questions as to how the John Wall/Gilbert Arenas/Kirk Hinrich backcourt is going to work, but I do know that they will at least get solid production there, and that will certainly be the case from John Wall. And Kirk Hinrich is a terrific defender and solid combo guard that understands his role. I really like the talent of JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche in the frontcourt. Will this be a very good team? No, but they can be decent and I think they sneak into the playoffs. John Wall will make them a team worth watching at least.

Disappointing Team

Denver Nuggets- It's just going to be hard for them to succeed with all of Melo trade talk going on constantly. And do they really focus on trying to win now and being an average team in the West, or start committing to the future like I alluded to earlier? It's an odd roster in a crappy, distractive situation, so I just have a hard time seeing their season go well. Plus, if Melo is indeed traded, their team is almost certainly going to be worse at least this season following the trade. Will I be surprised if they get in the playoffs? Absolutely not. But limit your expectations, Nuggets fans.

Worst Team

Toronto Raptors- Awful. Brutal. Horrible. Pick a word that describes what will be a giant suckfest, and that's your 2010-2011 Toronto Raptors.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Miami Heat over Chicago Bulls

Boston Celtics over Orlando Magic

Western Conference Semifinals

Los Angeles Lakers over Portland Trail Blazers

Oklahoma City Thunder over Dallas Mavericks

Eastern Conference Finals

Boston Celtics over Miami Heat- The Heat may be the best video game team ever, but I still have my doubts about how this is going to work, for this year at least. Can they defend well enough? Can they play playoff, physical basketball? Do they have enough solid role players alongside the big three to be a championship team? I don't know if they have any of those things. But the Celtics do, and the Celtics will bully the hell out of this team if the two teams meet in the playoffs. They'll play dirty and push the Heat around.

Western Conference Finals

Los Angeles Lakers over Oklahoma City Thunder- I'm totally buying the Thunder, but I can't see them, or anybody in the West beating them in a playoff series. The Thunder will get to the finals within the next three years though.

NBA Finals

Los Angeles Lakers over Boston Celtics- Yep, again. The Lakers are the best team in basketball and can beat you playing pretty much any style. They score, they defend, they have the best player(arguably) in the world, they can shoot from the outside, they can score in the low post, they have great size at every position, they rebound, they have great depth, they have guys that know their roles and excel in them, and they have the best coach in the NBA. They have it all. And yet everybody keeps talking about the Heat. That's fine with the Lakers. They'll show who is really the best team in basketball, again.

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Jessica Alba Is Still In Denial About What She Really Is

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/26/2010 02:44:00 AM | , ,

Jessica Alba, like Megan Fox and most other hot "actresses" out there, has said for years how much she hates portraying a sexy image; she just wants to be recognized for her acting skills. Alba recently had this to say to Metro:
The list goes on but the sex symbol label doesn’t sit comfortably with Alba. ‘I don’t really pay attention to that sexy image,’ she says. ‘It just goes with the character in the movie. At the end of the day, it’s all a part of selling a product.'

‘It’s always been weird because I grew up in a very traditional, Catholic household,’ she continues. ‘My parents were very strict but I broke away from that at an early age. I was a feminist when I was five. These days, I am much more liberal-minded but I still respect their beliefs.’
I'm so sick of hearing this shit. Look, I know you have worked so hard in your life to become an actress and take pride in your work, that's great. However, I have news for you: You're not one of the most popular female actresses out there because of your actual acting. You're famous because you're quite possibly the hottest woman in the world(when you want to be).

All of these roles you keep landing are because of your beauty, not because of acting talents. You're a sex symbol. It's time to not just accept it, but EMBRACE it, dammit. Take the sexy roles; do the sex scenes; show off that body for every magazine and website out there. That's where your money and career is at.

And it's nothing to be ashamed of, Jessica. Show it off and be proud. It's one of the main things we believe in here at Sharapova's Thigh: Never be shy to show off a sensational thigh.

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The Dallas Cowboys are getting destroyed right now on Monday Night Football and will likely have their record drop to 1-5, quarterback Tony Romo is possibly out for the season(at least likely six weeks) after suffering a broken clavicle in the game... pretty much everything is going wrong.

This Cowboys fan in attendance is not enjoying it one bit:

Now that's a good look. Feel free to caption away or share your thoughts.

H/T: @josephacampbell on Twitter

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St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson underwent surgery on his left ring finger today, and can be considered "Questionable" to face the Carolina Panthers in week eight. Hopefully for the Rams and fantasy owners, the star back will be good to go(and I'd guess he will be).

Jackson shared his thoughts on Twitter about the situation:

Link(Steven Jackson's Twitter)

Making the fans feel better about his chances to play on Sunday, showing off a good sense of humor, and smoothly letting the ladies know he's still available- Win, win, and win for Mr. Jackson.

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Maria Sharapova may be engaged to Sasha Vujacic, but we still love her and will of course support the hell out of her.

I follow Maria's Facebook page(as you should too), and a couple of pictures were posted of Maria, who looked great as always. Here's the description posted underneath the photos:

Maria at the 2010 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Event hosted by Frederic Fekkai & Lisa Love. Hair by Frederic Fekkai celebrity stylist, Adir Abergel.

October 19, 2010.
Okay, whatever all that means. Here's the pics of the Thigh Goddess:

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I'm not a big fan(unlike FlyAtTheThigh) of this usually drugged-up skank, but I will say that she looks pretty good in these pictures from the November 2010 issue of Tatler Russia. Soberness, makeup, and professional airbrushing can do wonders for your looks.

Oh, and if you're wondering, yes, these pictures were taken before Lohan's latest legal troubles. And about that, she actually just got some good news today at court:

She doesn't have to go to jail... just more rehab. Ah, because clearly rehab's worked well for her in the past.

Anyway, here's the rest of the pictures:

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Rosie Jones Thigh Fives The 10/22/10 Links

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/22/2010 03:58:00 PM | ,

Thigh Five From Rosie Jones! (See more of Rosie here... and of course, here)

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And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):

Week 7's Best

QB: Drew Brees... You have to like him every week, especially when he's going up against a bad Browns defense that's allowing a 99.1 QB rating.

RB: Chris Johnson... While a very good defense, Philadelphia's been vulnerable against the run this year, ranking 22nd in the NFL in that department. And not sure if you've heard, but Chris Johnson's pretty good.

WR: Miles Austin... He was my "best" wide receiver last week, and got one freaking fantasy point. He'll rebound this week at home against the Giants.

TE: Antonio Gates... This is assuming he plays, as he sounds "Questionable" right now with a toe injury. He hasn't missed a game since 2005 though, and being the badass beast that he is, I'd put my money on him playing. If he doesn't, my top tight end this week would be Vernon Davis.

K: Rob Bironas... The Titans' kicker put up double-digit fantasy points in each of the last four weeks.

D/ST: Baltimore Ravens... Arguably the best defense in the NFL faces the Bills, who have arguably the league's worst offense. Boom.

Sleeper Picks

QB: Matt Cassel... He was my sleeper last week as well, and totaled 20 fantasy points. Now he gets a Jaguars defense that's allowing 20 fantasy points per week to quarterbacks. So... look for Cassel to put up a similar performance.

RB: Ryan Mathews... He's going to blow up one of these weeks and show why people thought he'd be a top-10 fantasy back this year. With a 5 yards/carry average, and his carries increasing, I think it happens soon. Like, "this week" soon.

WR: Danario Alexander... After being a beast in college, knee injuries left him undrafted. Now the 6'5" rookie is healthy, and was terrific in his debut- four catches, 72 yards, and a touchdown. Pick him up if he's still available in your league, and look for him to be Sam Bradford's #1 receiver, especially in the red zone.

TE: Benjamin Watson... The Saints have allowed a whopping 425 yards to tight ends, which is second-worst in the NFL. Watson had six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in Colt McCoy's first game this past week, against a great Steelers defense, and this is a much better matchup for him.

K: Mike Nugent... At least seven fantasy points in every game, and 12/13 on the year in field goals. A very underrated fantasy option, and should get a few field goal chances this week versus Atlanta.

D/ST: Seattle Seahawks... Their defense/special teams have been terrific in their two games at home, scoring three touchdowns and allowing just 26 total points. Expect another great performance against undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall.

Shit Picks

QB: Donovan McNabb... The Bears are allowing just 8.2 fantasy points to quarterbacks, good for second-best in the NFL. This should be an ugly football game and I don't expect either quarterback to play very well.

RB: Fred Jackson... The Ravens are going to dominate this game, and I don't expect Jackson to get many carries. If he does, it won't be easy against the Ravens anyway.

WR: Roy Williams... Five scores in the last three games. He's due for a major suckfest.

TE: Chris Cooley... Cooley suffered a concussion in week six, but it appears he will play this week against the Bears. Still, not a good matchup, and you never know how he'll effective he'll be following the concussion.

K: Josh Scobee... With most likely Todd Bouman starting at quarterback, the Jaguars aren't going to move the ball well enough in Kansas City to make Scobee a good option.

D/ST: San Diego Chargers... As I expected, the Patriots' offense didn't miss a beat following the Moss/Branch "swap". They're going to always find a way to put up points with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's magic.

Also, free to email(sharapovasthigh@gmail.com) me any fantasy football links that you think belong on here, and I'll consider adding them to the post. It's early in the week, so I'll likely add some more links to the post before Sunday morning; check back.

My week 6 picks(Points based on standard scoring systems; Green indicates a notably good pick; Red indicates a notably bad pick):

Best: Philip Rivers(11 points), Chris Johnson(19 points), Miles Austin(1 point), Antonio Gates(1 point), Rob Bironas(12 points), Pittsburgh Steelers(15 points).

Sleepers: Matt Cassel(20 points), Cadillac Williams(5 points), Johnny Knox(12 points), Heath Miller(11 points), Matt Prater(11 points), San Francisco 49ers(10 points).

Shit: Matt Ryan(14 points), Peyton Hillis(8 points), Kenny Britt(9 points), Brandon Pettigrew(6 points), Jeff Reed(4 points), Kansas City Chiefs(-5 points).

UPDATE(10/22, 8:10 PM ET): Added rankings from Yahoo, Eat Drink & Sleep Football, The Fantasy Lounge, and IDP rankings from Fanhouse.

Hakeem Nicks and Chris Cooley were added to the injury concerns, but it sounds like both will play.

I also added six new articles.

UPDATE(10/22, 9:05 PM ET): Added rankings and a waiver wire article from You Heard It Here First!.

Again, don't hesitate to e-mail me fantasy football links and I'll consider adding them on here: sharapovasthigh@gmail.com.

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I absolutely cannot believe this.

TMZ is reporting that Maria Sharapova and Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic are engaged:

Sources tell TMZ the pair -- who were first spotted holding hands about a year ago -- got engaged Tuesday after Sasha popped the question at his home in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Maria's already been spotted out wearing the ring -- we've seen it and trust us ... even Vanessa Bryant would be impressed by the future Mrs. Vujacic's ginormous diamond.

I've shared my feelings on Sasha on here before... let's just say I'm not much of a fan, and Maria could do much, much, much, much better(in my opinion). The only thing that I like about him is that he lives in Manhattan Beach, which was my hometown for five years. Regardless, I applaud him for landing the Thigh Goddess. That's no easy feat.

But, if Maria's happy, we'll support her as always. So congratulations, Maria.

And I know what you're wondering, and the answer is NO- We will not change the website's name to Sharapova-Vujacic's Thigh.

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RateBeer.Com is a site where people rate and review beer, as you were likely/hopefully able to gather by the site's name. They compiled a list of the 50 worst beers in the world, as rated by their thousands of users(And as somebody that has visited the site frequently, I can assure you that these are some very knowledgeable beer fans).

The worst-rated beer on the site is Olde English 800 3.2(regular Olde English 800 ranks 41st-worst) which shouldn't be much of a surprise to anybody that's had it. It's a malt liquor, but "piss" would be a much better way to describe it.

The rest of the "bottom 10" are Natty Ice, Natty Light, Milwaukee's Best, Michelob Ultra, Sleeman Clear, Budweiser Select 55, Coors Aspen Edge, Bud Light Chelada, and Busch Ice.

Here's the rest of RateBeer's 50 worst beers:

50 Worst Beers

You disagree with Olde English being the worst, or any of the other ratings?

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Here we have supermodel Adriana Lima showing off a fancy Victoria's Secret bra. How fancy is it? $2 million fancy. No, seriously, that's a $2 million bra.

It's called the "Bombshell Fantasy Bra". As MNBC says, it features "more than 3,000 white diamonds (60 carats), light blue sapphires (82 carats), and oval-shaped topazes", and "took six craftsmen 1,500 hours of full-time labor to complete it." Good lord.

Anyway, we really like how Adriana Lima pulls it off(figuratively, wish we had photographs of her literally doing that). See for yourself:

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The 2010 WTA awards are up for voting, and the Thigh Goddess(Maria Sharapova if you're a first-timer here) needs your help.

Maria was nominated for these awards:

Favorite Singles Player

Most Fashionable On Court

Most Fashionable Off Court

Most Dramatic Expression

The Humanitarian Award

Vote for Maria Sharapova in the 2010 WTA Awards

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NFL Week 7 Power Rankings

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/19/2010 09:48:00 PM | , , , ,

1. Pittsburgh Steelers(4-1; Last Week #1)- Big Ben looked great in his season debut, and that's bad news for the rest of the league.

2. New York Jets(5-1; Last Week #3)- Five straight wins, with their last one being in a difficult environment at Denver. A terrific run game to go with a terrific defense is a tough combo to beat.

3. New England Patriots(4-1; Last Week #6)- Randy who? Deion Branch looked like he never left New England, catching nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' victory over a very good Ravens team.

4. Baltimore Ravens(4-2; Last Week #2)- An overtime loss at New England is nothing to be ashamed about.

5. Indianapolis Colts(4-2; Last Week #5)- Beat a solid Redskins team in Washington on a Sunday night. Peyton's thrown for 13 touchdowns, just two interceptions, and 1,916 yards; no big deal.

6. New York Giants(4-2; Last Week #7)- Three straight wins after people were writing them off. Play very solid football all-around right now. Now they can officially take the Cowboys out of NFC East contention, as they play the rivals from Dallas in two of the next three games.

7. New Orleans Saints(4-2; Last Week #16)- Finally, the Saints looked like the Saints of 2009... but who would've thought it would be thanks to running back Chris Ivory? Ivory may be just what the Saints needed as they wait for Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush to recover.

8. Tennessee Titans(4-2; Last Week #11)- Absolutely dominated on the road in Monday Night Football. I don't care who the opponent is, that's not easy.

9. Philadelphia Eagles(4-2; Last Week #13)- Whether it's Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick running the offense, the Eagles are in good shape. Nice "dilemma" to have.

10. Atlanta Falcons(4-2; Last Week #4)- Didn't play well in their loss at Philly, but they've had four of six games on the road, and are 4-2. They could go on a very nice run.

11. Houston Texans(4-2; Last Week #15)- You just have to wonder how long they can maintain a winning record with that defense, especially after losing star linebacker DeMeco Ryans for the season.

12. Chicago Bears(4-2; Last Week #8)- Worst offensive line in the NFL. If Jay Cutler makes it through the season alive, that's quite an achievement.

13. Kansas City Chiefs(3-2; Last Week #13)- Still hard to get a good read on this team. I do know this though: Jamaal Charles needs to get the damn ball more.

14. Miami Dolphins(3-2; Last Week #20)- Great win at Green Bay. However, it's going to be tough for them to hang in the AFC East race over their next five games: vs. Pittsburgh, at Cincinnati, at Baltimore, vs. Tennessee, and vs. Chicago.

15. Washington Redskins(3-3; Last Week #10)- Lost at home against the Colts, but we won't penalize them too much for that. Now they have a tough game at the fellow NFC-contending Chicago Bears.

16. Green Bay Packers(3-3; Last Week #9)- It's really starting to look like they're going to have a major struggle in overcoming the injuries. The good news is they're in the NFC North, where it looks like nine wins or so could win the division.

17. Minnesota Vikings(2-3; Last Week #18)- After a drama-filled six weeks, they have a chance to be 3-3 and right in the thick of the NFC North race if they can beat the Packers Sunday in Green Bay.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(3-2; Last Week #14)- Like the Saints looked more like the 2009 Saints in this game, the Bucs looked more like the 2009 Bucs.

19. Cincinnati Bengals(2-3; Last Week #23)- They didn't play, and moved four spots up in my rankings. That's only because of how bad some teams that were ranked ahead of them looked.

20. St. Louis Rams(3-3; Last Week #27)- Sam Bradford has this team looking pretty decent. That was a great win over a more talented Chargers team at home, and in an NFC West division with no clearly good teams, why not the Rams for the NFC West crown?

21. San Diego Chargers(2-4; Last Week #19)- Weirdest stat in NFL: The Chargers have both the top-ranked offense and defense in the NFL, yet are 2-4. That's mainly thanks to crappy coaching from Norv Turner and bad special teams play. But still, you'd have to think they start putting some wins together, especially against the mediocre-to-bad teams in their division.

22. Arizona Cardinals(3-2; Last Week #24)- They have a winning record and won their last game impressively against the Saints, but I'm still not sold on them with Max Hall at quarterback. I like the rest of their team, but we'll see.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars(3-3; Last Week #17)- Embarrasing game on Monday night at home against the Titans.

24. Denver Broncos(2-4; Last Week #22)- Played the Jets(who own the league's best record) tough at home, and they've had a rough schedule through six games. Every game remaining on the schedule appears winnable for them, so they can still make some noise in the AFC West.
25. Seattle Seahawks(3-2; Last Week #28)- Finally played a good game on the road in their victory over the Bears. It felt like the Bears lost that game though more than the Seahawks won it. Regardless, Marshawn Lynch looked really good and should improve their running game.

26. Dallas Cowboys(1-4; Last Week #22)- What a mess.

27. Oakland Raiders(2-4; Last Week #26)- This team needs Darren McFadden to return and make him and Michael Bush the clear focus of the offense, because Bruce Gradkowski/Jason Campbell isn't going to be good enough.

28. San Francisco 49ers(1-5; Last Week #29)- Finally got a win. Now they need to get another one against a horrible Panthers team.

29. Detroit Lions(1-5; Last Week #25)- A +6 point differential, and moral victory after moral victory. But they have to start getting ACTUAL victories. Matthew Stafford is set to return after their week seven bye, but Shaun Hill really hasn't been that bad either.

30. Cleveland Browns(1-5; Last Week #30)- Colt McCoy actually looked pretty decent on the road against a terrific Steelers defense. That was quite a shock to me. The Browns might have something there... but don't expect it to show up in many wins this year.
31. Carolina Panthers(0-5; Last Week #31 )- The good news: They didn't lose in week six. The bad news: They didn't play in week six.

32. Buffalo Bills(0-5; Last Week #32)- The good news: They didn't lose in week six. The bad news: They didn't play in week six.

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