2005 NFL FREE AGENCY PREVIEW – DEFENSE

Previewing the 2005 NFL Free Agency Period: The Defense (3/1/05) ED: Ed Agner : BB: Bill Barnwell : PR: Phil Rippa DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Buck Rasmussen Patriots Jarvis Green Patriots Rodney Bailey Patriots Carl Powell Bengals Shaun Ellis Jets John Abraham Jets Bryan Robinson Dolphins Demetrin Veal Ravens Marques Douglass Ravens Felip Claybrookes Browns Tyrone Rogers Browns Eric Taylor Steelers Brett […]

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2005 MLB Preview: AL EAST

The Veteran Presence 2005 Mrs. Urbina Memorial MLB Preview: AL East NEW YORK YANKEES Previous year’s record: 101-61 1st, AL East: Won in LDS…not so much in LCS   KEY ADDITIONS   KEY LOSSES SP Randy Johnson SP Orlando Hernandez SP Carl Pavano SP Javier Vazquez SP Jaret Wright RP Felix Heredia VP Tino Martinez OF Kenny Lofton 2B Tony […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – CORY SNYDER

CORY SNYDER (by ED AGNER) Eww, the mid-to-late-80’s. The mall hair. Ozzy was evil instead of doddering. Chuck D scared a nation instead of bored it. Jason Priestly had an acting career. The..uh…well, that whole era is pretty much a blur to me. I’m certain there’s more. But I really don’t care to rehash all that, thank you. Oh, so […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – DAVID NIED

David Nied (by Bill Barnwell) Let’s start off with a table. Richmond Braves Ages IP K/9 BB/9 ERA Steve Avery 20 82.1 7.54 2.30 3.39 Tom Glavine 20-21 190.1 4.87 3.92 3.83 Kevin Millwood 22 60.2 6.82 2.37 1.93 Jason Schmidt 22-23 161.2 7.57 3.73 2.34 David Nied 23 168.0 8.52 2.36 2.84 Which pitcher would you want if you […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – ERIC HILLMAN

Eric Hillman (by Bill Barnwell) When the baseball-reference sponsorship scheme started, there was one item I felt I absolutely needed to get. For a year, yes, I was the sponsor of the 1993 New York Mets, the worst team (excluding those who were Huizenga’d) of the 90’s. A team so bad that it inspired mediocre New York beat writers to […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – SERGE ZWIKKER

SERGE ZWIKKER (by Bill Barnwell) We at VP hate on basketball a little bit because, well, it is easy to hate basketball. My own natural doubts about the game are reinforced by the media telling me, often at the same time, why I shouldn’t care (most middle-aged columnists) and why I should (Stephen A. Smith, Bob Ryan, all other columnists), […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – STEVE ONTIVEROS

STEVE ONTIVEROS (by Bill Barnwell) A few months ago, I was re-reading Robert Whiting’s “You Gotta Have Wa”, the book primarily about gaijins in Japanese baseball. One of the players prominently featured in the book is mid 70’s major leaguer Steve Ontiveros. This confused the heck out of born-in-84 me, as I remembered Steve Ontiveros playing all the way till […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – JODY REED

JODY REED (by ED AGNER) Greed. I am always amused by people who rail against supposedly greedy professional athletes. An athlete HAS to be greedy to become great enough to be an exceptional, let alone professional athlete. Greed and immense skill are what sets apart great athletes from the pack from the get go. While most athletes – even the […]

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