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Super Bowl XLV Recap

By bullpenbrian - February 7, 2011 - 1:00 am 2 comments.

We got the big game most of us expected.
What we didn’t get was Steelers football.
Three turnovers, INT returned for a TD, silly penalties.
Aaron Rodgers was stellar and established himself as an elite QB.
This despite five dropped passes, one likely for a TD.
Green Bay put 15 players on IR this season, six starters.
Then they lose Woodson and Driver and yet, still find a way to win.

Although I truly respect the Steelers, there’s no team I dislike more. In particular, No. 7, who thank goodness we don’t have to hear about being HOF bound. No doubt, I’ll always have a soft spot for the Packers for winning Super Bowl XLV!

On a side note, I’m a huge Black Eyed Peas fan. But the halftime performance didn’t work for me. There were a few good wrinkles, like adding Usher, but overall they sounded bad throughout. Not going to lie about it, their act was less than memorable, which was a disappointment.

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Brian’s Super Bowl Bash Winner!

By bullpenbrian - February 7, 2011 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

As my old pappy use to say “listen to me son when I’m talking to you.” Well, congratulations, Dad, you win Super Bowl Bash XI! I guess you’re not fit for Sunny Acres Retirement Village, after all.

Thanks to everyone who participated with a pick. And good going if you had the Packers winning it all! Look forward to doing it again next year.

Previous Winners:

I: Big Mike – Baltimore
II: Brian -      New England
III: Heath -     Tampa Bay
IV: Nicole -   New England
V: Nicole -   New England
VI: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
VII: Ed -        Indianapolis
VIII: Ed -        New York
IX: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
X: Heath – New Orleans
XI: Gare Bear – Green Bay

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Brian’s Super Bowl Bash XI!

By bullpenbrian - February 1, 2011 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

Submit your Super Bowl winner, the final score, and most importantly, the MVP choice for any tiebreakers to bullpen_brian@yahoo.com.

All entries must be submitted before the opening kickoff.

I’ll post the winner here on Monday. Bragging rights only!

Green Bay – 27
Pittsburgh – 23
MVP – WR Greg Jennings

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Bullpen Session – Cheese Head

By bullpenbrian - January 27, 2011 - 12:01 am 3 comments.

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

According to my Friday Cubs Poll, 71% of voters believe the Cubs should sign Carlos Marmol to a 3-yr deal. In this case Marmol gets longer-term security and  the Cubs save somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-7M. It’s basically addressing the big picture.

My vote was a 2-yr deal, which was about 22% of the vote. I don’t like the risk of adding a third year given Marmol’s typical workload. The downside, however, is re-signing Marmol again when he becomes a free-agent in 2013, a which point Marmol’s asking price will be sky high as a premier bullpen arm.

Only 7% feel the Cubs should offer Marmol arbitration, meaning a 1-yr deal around $4.1M. It would certainly give the Cubs some short-term salary relief, but likely burns the bridge of signing Marmol to a somewhat affordable deal following the season.

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