January 7th, 2010

Kids, It Doesn’t Pay to be a Smartass

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Almost exactly a year ago, it seemed like a fine idea to poke a little fun at Nate Ravitz of ESPN for his reluctant prediction that Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson would rush for 1,000 yards in 2009.

I mean, after four years in the NFL, Benson had more drunken-boating arrests on his résumé than 800-yard seasons.

Of course, all Benson proceeded to do in the just-concluded regular season was gain 1,251 yards in just 13 outings.

In light of that, FSB.com would like to state for the record that Ravitz clearly is not in need of more stringent drug testing.

Now we’ll anxiously await his prediction for the future of Chris Perry.


FSB Daily 1/7: Fantasy Fanatics, Media Convergence, Baseball Time

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- FantasyFanatics.com announced Tuesday that Mike Pera, owner of FantasyDraftTools.com, won the site’s inaugural preseason rankings game, which provides Pera an entry into the 2010 World Championship of Fantasy Football field.

- Ready to move on to the next big fantasy regular season but can’t remember when things got going last time? This blogger at FantasyHurler.com has the dates on which the big boys launched fantasy baseball each of the past two years. Looks like CBSSports.com is a solid bet to toe the rubber first.

- For those of us who can’t bear to be separated from the ups and downs of our fantasy football squads come Sundays (and most Mondays, some Thursdays and a few Saturdays) each fall, a convergence of computer, television and mobile phone will soon help keep you in touch (or is that out of touch) no matter what you’re doing.

- The initial report is about a month old, unfortunately, but Fantasy Sports Ventures has teamed up with the U.S. Olympic Committee to develop and distribute a widget aimed at promoting the members of Team USA for next month’s winter Olympics.

- This concept might come closest to embodying a real-life fantasy offering: A Florida businessman wants to build an actual football league around a reality television start. Players would try out to qualify for a spot on the fan ballot, and viewers would select eight teams to then compete for a title. The public would also serve as team owners. Sounds interesting

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