Friday, December 11, 2009

On The Heisman, NFL's Most Underrated Player, The Pistons And Tigers Closer

- I've voted for the Heisman Trophy most years in the past, but don't have a vote this season. If I did, I would have voted for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. He didn't play that well in his last couple games, but the Longhorns did win and are undefeated. And his body of work overall at Texas has been extremely impressive. I would have had Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh second on my list, and would have had to make a choice between Stanford running back Toby Gerhart or Alabama running back Mark Ingram third. Both are truly great college running backs. Not sure who I would have picked between the two.

- The NFL player I'd most like to see wind up on a competitive NFL team is Cleveland's Josh Cribbs. Is there anything that guy can't do on a football field? On the right team, he becomes one of the NFL's most valuable players.

- The Pistons win over Denver Thursday was meaningful. What was even more meaningful is late last month, even when they were losing most nights, the Pistons were playing exceptionally hard. Fun team to watch. Lots of energy.

- Count me among those who feel Ryan Perry is capable of being the Tigers' closer next season. He did remarkably well last season considering he had pitched so little professionally coming into it. He has a terrific upside. Command of the baseball was an obvious issue, but it got better as time went on. I would be surprised if he isn't a quality closer - and soon.

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Blogger Barry said...

Pat, I think he is a future closer but he has cut down on the hits and BB. I think Perry is second or third in line. I think the ball will be given to Zumaya first. There also a chance Tigers will sign an experience set-up guy that could close. I do not know why Schlereth was never a starter, he suppose to have three good pitches.

1:03 PM 
Anonymous John said...

Any reaction to Brian Kelly to Notre Dame now that it is official? I think Michigan and Michigan State really missed the boat on this guy and he will return the Irish to national prominence. Starting in 2010, the Irish have more talent and a better coach than the Wolverines and Spartans, I think that ND is going to have a sustained run over the two Michigan programs.

2:31 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

My voting would go Suh, Ingram, Tebow, McCoy. Nothing against Tebow, McCoy, and Ingram but I just feel Suh was pretty dominant and it be nice to see someone other then a QB to win it. Cause there are other dominant and deserving players to be put in that best college football player category.

As far as the Pistons go.. I am very impressed with Keuster thus far. This team is doing we haven't seen in a long time. Play hard from start to finish. There is no let up. Plus its nice to see the contributions come from the young guys. I think a big key will be who starts once Prince comes back. I think Jrebko has played well enough to where TP can be very expendable and it will be interesting to see what Joe does, but so far you can't be displeased of the Pistons.

As far as the Tigers. I agree I said it last year I'd put Perry in at closer. The Red Sox didn't wait until Paplebon was 8 years into the league before putting him there. Since we are going to be young lets see what he's got. I can't imagine the Tigers being done yet. Unless they add some more bat to that lineup I can see a lot of goose eggs on the board this year. Will be interesting to see how the rest of this off season plays out.

2:40 PM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

The Pistons beating the Nuggets, with 4 of their best 6 players out and coming off on the tail end of back to back games, was amazing. And it was the most fun I've had watching a Piston game in many years.

Also, I must declare my love for Big Ben. He was my favorite player before he left and he's my favorite player again. He's been amazing this year. Stuckey, Jerebko, and Bynum are also a blast to watch.

This team is so much more exciting and hard working than last year its crazy.

2:50 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

With all due respect to Barry, I can't see Zumaya closing now. I can't see the Tigers wasting much more time with Zumaya at all.

Zumaya's MO is to show up for a short spell and hit the disabled list - he's like that carrot on a string you keep waiting to be great - but never materializes for more than an outing or two.

I like MD52's concept on Perry much better - if we are going to learn responsible investing - then investing in growing Perry to a closer makes more sense to me than wasting another tank of wishful thinking on Zoom-by-ya - checking the radar gun reading after every pitch.

Say we are competitive next year - in the hunt - which is not that outlandish a thought - who (as we speak right now) instills more confidence - Perry or Zumaya stepping onto the mound. Voodo Child blaring aside - I'll take Perry.

Stepping out on the mound to "God didn't make little green apples ..."

That's must see TV there boys!

8:26 PM 
Anonymous John said...


How can Colt McCoy receive your first place Heisman vote unless you are giving a career achievement award and not awarding it for the most outstanding college football player. McCoy's two worst games were Texas' two most important games of the year, against Oklahoma and the Big 12 championship game against Nebraska. How can you watch the Big 12 championship game and come away thinking anyone other than Suh is the best player on the field?

My Heisman ballot would have gone:

#1 Suh (best player in college football period)
#2 Gerhart (carried his team on his back the whole year)
#3 Ingram (MVP of the #1 team in the country)

Other players I would have considered are C.J. Spiller who was probably the most dangerous player in the country, Rolando McClain (leader of the best defense in the country), Kellen Moore (unbelievable #'s for an undefeated team), and Golden Tate (easily the #1 receiver in the country).

McCoy and Tebow wouldn't have been in my top 7 in terms of consideration for the Heisman, unless this is a career achievement award and not the best/most outstanding plyaer in the country.

9:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANy possibility that the Tigers would sign any other free agents .. there are still a few guys that can probably be had on 1 or 2 year contracts taht can really help this club.

Ben Sheets, Justin Duchscherer,Jose Valverde as a 5th starter or bull pen help

Holliday, Bay, Mike Cameron,Mark DeRosa Mostly I think DeRosa would be intriguing or Mike Cameron who can still swing.

11:16 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Obviously, the key with Perry is control. If he starts to command the baseball - and did after being sent down and recalled last year - he has the best stuff in that bullpen.

10:44 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I think Kelly is definitely a huge threat to UM and MSU, especially given their circumstances. It will depend on who he has running his defense, though, and how well he recruits on that side of the ball. Weiss did well offensively recruiting. Great actually. Not so well getting highly regarded defensive players.

10:47 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Suh played one of the best - if not the very best game - I have ever seen a college player play vs. Texas. I have seen in him other games where he was more ordinary. Pistons effort is terrific.

10:49 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
I couldn't agree. The Pistons are fun to watch. Even when they lose. Last night against the Rockets was entertaining, even though they lost. Great wins over Atlanta and Denver that seemed improbable. They don't lose because they don't try.

10:50 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
I know people in this town are down on Zumaya. They have turned on him. But he is a rare talent - and young. I know the Tigers haven't counted him out in that role. And remember this, what was the feeling about the possibility of Rodney closing at this time last year? Similar situation in some ways.

10:52 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Because McCoy's team is undefeated and playing in the national title game and he is the most valuable part of that team. Also, his statistics are really good this year.He completed 71 percent of his passes, had more than twice as many TD passes as Ints. He had a great season.

10:55 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

All those guys are stop gaps. Valverde to close might make sense.

10:56 AM 
Anonymous John said...

Notre Dame's problem on defense hasn't been talent, its been coaching. Notre Dame will have 10 returning starters back on defense next year and 9 of those were 4 star recruits or better according to Rivals. You can't tell me that all of them were overrated and lack the talent to be part of a top defense. Yes, ND doesn't have the talent on defense that Florida, Alabama, and Texas do but they can be better than the offenses they will face week in and week out with their schedule.

Look for the ND defense to be much improved next year with Jon Tenuta no longer at the helm.

6:56 PM 

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