New England Patriots
After their Super Bowl Losenoidoomock upset defeat at the hands of the Giants, the Patriots are looking to repeat as division champs and advance deep into the playoffs. Their offense is returning largely intact, which is good news for a unit that set all sorts of records last year, including total points and most TD passes. Their defense still looks a little old and slow, despite the addition of LB Jerod Mayo, a potential opening day starter, in the first round of the draft. But the coaching staff is excellent at putting together schemes and gameplans to make this defense better than just the sum of its parts. Though they will obviously not go undefeated this year, the Pats should have little trouble wrapping up the division for the sixth straight year, for the simple fact that very few teams will be able to outscore them.

New York Jets
Before the Jets signed Brett Favre I would have ranked them third in this division, but Favre brings an instant legitimacy to the QB position that New York has not had in several years. Having a future Hall of Fame QB to lead the offense will increase the production of the Jets skill position players, and should translate into a couple more victories than they otherwise would have had. Upgrades at G (Faneca) and FB (Richardson) in the offseason should also allow the Jets to run the ball more effectively this year. The Jets loom as a wildcard contender but my gut tells me they will come up a little short. See more:  phantom of the opera rush tickets

Buffalo Bills
The Bills have been gradually improving the last couple years and that trend should continue, but ultimately this team needs better production from its offense. Will rookie WR James Hardy develop into the receiving threat they've been looking for to take some of the pressure off of Lee Evans? Will QB Trent Edwards perform better as a full-year starter (assuming J.P Losman doesn't reclaim the job at some point this season)? I have my doubts. However, the running game and defense remain decent to above average and will give the Bills a shot at making the playoffs, albeit a slim one.

Miami Dolphins
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the Dolphins will win more games than they did last year. Seriously though, this is a team with a lot of question marks heading into the 2008 season. They traded away their best player, defensive end Jason Taylor. Ronnie Brown is only 10 months recovered from a torn ACL. Their defense was downright terrible last year, and at least on paper doesn't look to be much beter in '08. And the guy expected to start at QB, Chad Pennington, was literally just signed a few days ago after the Jets dumped him. On the positive side, the offensive line will be better this year (though that's admittedly not saying very much) with the drafting of blue chip tackle Jake Long at #1. If the Dolphins win more than five games the season should be considered a massive success.

 

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The drama of the Green Bay Brett Favre saga finally ended this morning as Favre was traded to the Jets. Rumors quickly circulated that Pennington would be released by the end of the day. Two quarterbacks may soon find themselves wanted by a franchise, but will Brett ultimately get what he wants and be happy?

The Packers found themselves so close to going back to the Super Bowl. As much as the organization had geared itself to a season without Brett, it's difficult to imagine a team so close to glory willing to wait for a young quarterback to take them there then give a legend one more shot at bringing his beloved franchise another title. Is it fair to keep Rodgers waiting? Yes, as long as the player ahead of him gives them the best chance to win a title.

Brett felt so deeply hurt that the damage was beyond repair. What were the Packers thinking? If they didn't believe Brett was better than Aaron then he wasn't worth the 1st Round Pick they were demanding or even worth thinking about if he landed in Minnesota. If Brett was better than Aaron then why not start him?

In the present the change of scenery may seem welcomed by Favre, but what will the future hold for the future hall of famer? Favre left the cozy NFC for a Jets team that must navigate its way past the Steelers, Jags, Chargers, Patriots, and Colts. No title is ever certain but the AFC bids an even greater challenge for a player approaching 40, getting to know new teammates and a new playbook, and getting the discount broadway tickets wicked timing down in the new offense.

What will Brett decide if he doesn't return to the Super Bowl or if the harsh New York critics turn the spotlight even brighter over his mistakes more so then the Green Bay media? Will Brett want to play next season or will the Favre Legacy seem less bright with a final year in New York as he prepares for Canton? There's no going back for Brett now.

 

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The Redskins are in the enviable position of too many players to consider for the final 53-man roster. With just over 2 weeks before final cut, there could be 4 running backs, 6 wide receivers, 3 tight ends, and at least one fullback. Take your book of mormon rush tickets now.

For running backs, we have the fairly obvious keepers, Portis and Betts. Rock Cartwright, to the Sports Freak's dismay, will probably be the number 3. Marcus Mason is the potential fourth back. As a practice squad player last season, he grew his NFL skills. This season, especially after his showing in the two pre-season games, his time on the practice squad would not be long, as likely any of the other 31 teams would take him in the chance he becomes the next Ryan Grant.

I'm not even sure where to start with wide receivers. OK, maybe I do. Santana Moss, Antwan Randle-El are no-brainers. Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly have to make it because of their high draft positions. In the seconds after learning of these two picks, I thought James Thrash was gone, but I now get the sneaking suspicion that he'll make the team. The real borderline player will be Anthony Mix. He contributed last season, but with two solid starters and a pair of great rookies, where does he fit in? If Thrash is gone, maybe. I see it hard for Zorn to keep all 6, but it's possible.

At tight end, I worried for Todd Yoder, also at the draft, after Fred Davis was drafted. With Cooley on the roster, and my limited knowledge of Davis, I thought Yoder was gone. But Davis is a catching TE. So the team will likely keep 3 on the team. Too bad, as I always want to have my fellow Terps in any professional sport, as Jason Goode won't make the cut.

Finally, at fullback, Mike Sellers is the man. Nehemiah Broughton is also currently on the team, after spending the 2007 season on IR. It's a question of whether the team wants to give Broughton the chance at the expense of yet another roster spot.

So 12 to 15 spots taken by receivers and backs? Interesting problem the Redskins have right now. Looks like these last couple of pre-season games will count, to some extent.

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New England Patriots
After their Super Bowl upset defeat at the hands of the Giants, the Patriots are looking to repeat as division champs and advance deep into the playoffs. Became a websites like wayback machine master now. Their offense is returning largely intact, which is good news for a unit that set all sorts of records last year, including total points and most TD passes. Their defense still looks a little old and slow, despite the addition of LB Jerod Mayo, a potential opening day starter, in the first round of the draft. But the coaching staff is excellent at putting together schemes and gameplans to make this defense better than just the sum of its parts. Though they will obviously not go undefeated this year, the Pats should have little trouble wrapping up the division for the sixth straight year, for the simple fact that very few teams will be able to outscore them.

New York Jets
Before the Jets signed Brett Favre I would have ranked them third in this division, but Favre brings an instant legitimacy to the QB position that New York has not had in several years. Having a future Hall of Fame QB to lead the offense will increase the production of the Jets skill position players, and should translate into a couple more victories than they otherwise would have had. Upgrades at G (Faneca) and FB (Richardson) in the offseason should also allow the Jets to run the ball more effectively this year. The Jets loom as a wildcard contender but my gut tells me they will come up a little short.

Buffalo Bills
The Bills have been gradually improving the last couple years and that trend should continue, but ultimately this team needs better production from its offense. Will rookie WR James Hardy develop into the receiving threat they've been looking for to take some of the pressure off of Lee Evans? Will QB Trent Edwards perform better as a full-year starter (assuming J.P Losman doesn't reclaim the job at some point this season)? I have my doubts. However, the running game and defense remain decent to above average and will give the Bills a shot at making the playoffs, albeit a slim one.

Miami Dolphins
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the Dolphins will win more games than they did last year. Seriously though, this is a team with a lot of question marks heading into the 2008 season. They traded away their best player, defensive end Jason Taylor. Ronnie Brown is only 10 months recovered from a torn ACL. Their defense was downright terrible last year, and at least on paper doesn't look to be much beter in '08. And the guy expected to start at QB, Chad Pennington, was literally just signed a few days ago after the Jets dumped him. On the positive side, the offensive line will be better this year (though that's admittedly not saying very much) with the drafting of blue chip tackle Jake Long at #1. If the Dolphins win more than five games the season should be considered a massive success.

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There are so many stories to discuss from the spectacular opening ceremony to Michael Phelps Losenoidoomock becoming the gold standard winning his eleventh gold medal tonight in the 4X200m freestyle relay. So much has been made of Phelps chasing down Mark Spitz record of seven gold medals. Phelps has won or been part of a team relay to set a world record time on his way to winning each gold so far through his races.

Viewers have watched interviews and heard of Michael's rigorous schedule during the Olympics. Yet, what seems to be missed during the hype of the "chase" of Spitz record is his own personal pride and dedication to be the best and challenge himself. How many folks have the opportunity in front of them and dare to take the risk to move leaps and bounds ahead? The deeper meaning in all of the footage and interviews seen on TV is how much he pushes himself for himself and not for the glory of shattering a record but to test the boundaries of his own personal talents.

Too bad a soft and understated Pat Summerall in his prime isn't available to cover the events and let the event itself capture the moment and not the same lines and questions on air. One of the closest relays and most excitng races in a US Gold victory displayed Phelps competitive nature rooting on his teammates as the bulletin board material by other teams saying they'd smash the US in the relays only seemed to push Phelps more that night. Could Michael Phelps be "Best there ever was. Best there is now and best there ever will be", as mentioned in "The Natural." You can find here cinderella chicago tickets articles.


Swimming and gymnastics dominate the Olympic coverage in week one leading up to track and field events in week two, but it seems almost overshadowed by the unbelievable coverage of NBC's new show "My Own Worst Enemy" with Christian Slater. King James may have had some marvelous blocks and dunks, but all I recall is the Lebron and Yao in the deliciously imaginative Coke commercial. It’s a fun ad that has you finding something new every time you watch it unlike the new Christian Slater show.

Slater is a man with a split personality. One persona is a mild mannered man and the other a government operative. Could this have been simplified and called something like Duel? Heather Graham's "Emily's Reasons Why Not" was canceled the day after the first episode aired. Could "My Own Worst Enemy" be canceled sooner?!

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