Hey folks. I apologize for a late update on Sunday. I had the entire thing completed in time to get it up in its usual time, but a weather-caused power outage caused me to get it out way late.

Anywho, I got a lot to say today, so let’s get the party started.

Today is Football Monday, so without a lack of a headline story on the table, let’s get cranking. In the past Monday’s, I have broken down the top quarterback and running back depth charts throughout the SEC. But today, I will switch gears a little bit. In the spirit of the preseason, I will give you teams 25-15 in my preseason Top 25 and also give you my predictions for two NFL divisions.

Preseason 25-15:

25. Alabama – Big recruiting = big strides in year two for Saban’s Tide
24. Penn State – Joe Pa looks to make a run in the Big 10 in what will be his last season
23. Pitt – Only LSU ended their season on a higher note than Pitt did
22. Oregon – A lot of talent gone from last year, but stockpile is deep
21. Wake Forest – This team just wins
20. South Carolina – I just think this is the year the Cocks break out
19. Texas Tech – Some people have them far, far higher, but we’ll believe it when we see it
18. South Florida – Slowing becoming the most established program in Florida
17. Illinois – Most athletic offensive team in the country
16. Tennessee – Sleepers to win the Eastern Division
15. BYU – Could go undefeated and then get bulldozed in a BCS game

Now for the NFL stuff. Here are my picks in the AFC East and AFC South:

AFC East:

1. Patriots – Too much Brady, too little competition. Projected record: 13-3
2. Jets – I put them second because they may get Favre. Without him, they’re behind Buffalo. Projected Record: From 10-6 to 6-10 depends on Favre situation
3. Bills – An upstart in the NFL but not enough talent yet. Projected record: 7-9
4. Dolphins – Cowboys with Parcells = 9-7. Cowboys without Parcells = 13-3. ‘Nuff said. Projected record: 3-13

AFC South:
1. Jaguars – Yes, the Jaguars. Restocked wide outs put the Jaguars over the top of the aging Colts. Projected record: 12-4
2. Colts – Manning injury woes and Harrison health problems put the Colts in second. Projected record: 11-5
3. Texans – Could this be the year they finally make the playoffs? Projected record: 8-8
4. Titans – Will this team ever get Vince Young some help? Projected record: 7-9

We’ll keep this going later in the week.

The big story outside of Green Bay today was that Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez said prior to the team’s 9-2 romp of the Yankees that he would welcome a trade out of Boston if the situation presented itself at the trade deadline.

I am a fan of the Sox, but it’s probably time for Manny to go. He is one of the greatest hitters of my generation and he has two World Series rings, but he is at an age, 34, where he is beginning to have problems putting his money where his mouth is on the diamond. I think the Sox should sell him away while he still has value, because I see him taking a major drop in the coming years.
If something breaks, I’ll be all over it. The baseball trade deadline is one of my favorite days of the year.

Chances Manny actually moves:
7 percent

I’ll give more percentages tomorrow for some of the other big names on the market.

After a day off from the MMA list, let’s hope back to it. Today we get into the Top Five and we are really starting to tackle the cream of the crop in the MMA world. Today’s man is currently wearing UFC gold and could be as high as No. 1 on someone’s list depending on who you talk to.

But we have this man at No. 5 for the time being.

No. 5 pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world: Georges St. Pierre

I watched GSP get destroyed a little more than a year ago with my own two eyes by Matt Serra in Houston, dropping St. Pierre from the ranks of UFC’s elites and having some questioning whether the UFC Welterweight Champion was as dominant as some originally thought.

But 15 months later and with wins against Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes and Serra now under his belt, there is not much doubt who the best Welterweight in the world is.

Next up for GSP will be arguably his biggest challenge of his career: An August 9 meeting between the champion and contender Jon Fitch, who comes into the fight red-hot with a smoking 15 fight winning streak.

No. 4 comes your way tomorrow.


Favre a no-show at camp for now – Will this ever just go away?

Nadal wins fifth straight tournament – Nadal is hands-down the best player in the world. Federer you say? Bounced in the third round of this same event.

Johnson wins at Indy – I actually watched this race with intention of writing about it upon request from a contributing member. Good race in all. But can someone in the know more about the sport tell me how to fix the tire issues on this track? It would be sad to see one of the sport’s stars lost in an accident because of a tire.

YouTube Video of the Day:

This is a few days old, but wow. Just wow.


That’s all for me.

Have a great Monday!