Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chargers Starting Lineup Against the Colts

It's been a while since I did a post about the San Diego Chargers starting lineup. The first posts were speculation on who would be starting, and boy has it changed since the beginning of the season. The Chargers have gone through more players this season than they did all of last season.

Most of the starters are the guys we've come to expect, but there are some significant changes since the beginning of the season:

QB - Philip Rivers
RB - Mike Tolbert (With Ryan Mathews still injured, Tolbert will be the guy)
FB - Jacob Hester
TE - Randy McMichael (If Antonio Gates can't go, then McMichael will get the start)
WR - Vincent Jackson (His first game eligible after serving his suspensions couldn't come at a better time. Patrick Crayton has stepped up, but injured his wrist last week against Denver)
WR - Malcolm Floyd
LT - Marcus McNeill
LG - Kris Dielman
C - Nick Hardwick
RG - Tyronne Green (If Luis Vasquez can't go, then Green will get the start)
RT - Jeromy Clary

CB - Quentin Jammer
CB - Antoine Cason
SS - Paul Oliver (Steve Gregory is listed as Questionable, so it looks like Oliver might start)
FS - Eric Weddle
OLB - Shaun Philips
MLB - Stephen Cooper
MLB - Kevin Burnett
OLB - Antwan Applewhite (Shawne Merriman is gone, and Larry English has been hurt, but he'll see time on the field)
DE - Luis Castillo
DT - Antonio Garay
DE - Jacques Cesaire

Special Teams
P - Mike Scifres
K - Nate Kaeding
LS - Mike Windt (I've lost track of how many Long Snappers this team has used this season, but it's got to be a record!)

Enjoy the game, and good luck identifying all those guys, especially on Special Teams, who weren't there a few weeks. I don't know how many times during a game I got "Who the hell is number __?"

Go Bolts!

*Please note, this lineup is based of of my guesses and information taken from and

Friday, November 26, 2010

Some New Diseases

I saw my cousins for Thanksgiving, and as part the Christmas gift exchange (since we won't all be together again this year), this is what I ended up with. From left to right, I got herpes, crabs, HIV, chlamydia and giardia. Thanks, cousins!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Was Michael Vick's MNF Game the Best Fantasy Performance Ever?

I've been pondering this question since Michael Vick put up a ridiculous 333-yard passing, 80-yard rushing, 6 touchdown (4 passing and two rushing) performance. So I've been wondering if this was the best fantasy performance of all time, or at least the last 10 years (which is about how long I've been doing fantasy football).

I was going to limit my search to the last 10 years because I unfortunately don't have the time to scour the internet and historical NFL stats to find out. But fortunately for me, there are people on the internet with more time than me!

One of the top results for "best fantasy performances" was this article from Total Pro Sports:

Since fantasy football rules vary from league to league, they used a fairly standard set of rules and found that Michael Vick's performance was....the top fantasy football performance of all time! Well, sort of.

Billy Cannon put up more points than Vick, but it was a year before there really was "fantasy football." But I say that Cannon is still number 1, just for accumulating 300+ yards of rushing and receiving plus 5 touchdowns.

Performances of note: Clinton Portis at #4 with 218 yards rushing, 36 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. This was an important performance because I had him on my team that year, so I remember this distinctly. Yay me!