Boy, it doesn’t feel like Friday. I hope everyone’s day yesterday went well. At our house we spent the day with my father in law and my brother in law and his not really girlfriend and their newborn. It was a fairly low key day. I spent the morning helping the in law outside assembling a massive wooden play set and then proceeded to watch 10.5 quarters of football. I tried to watch all the games, but just couldn’t stay up past mid-3rd quarter of the Ravens game.

The Headline

I don’t know that you can talk about sports on the day after Thanksgiving and not discuss the games. Seeing as this is a baseball themed blog, we’ll keep it short.

Green Bay 27, Detroit 15 – This one was, for the most part, a laugher and not only because of the score. I made a trade right before the trade deadline in fantasy football to deal Eli Manning and, newly acquired via waivers, Kevin Smith to a team for Tom Brady and Earl Bennet. Kevin Smith, as he always does, proceeded to injure himself and I’m laughing all the way to the bank. Only other note I saw from this game is that Ndamukong Suh is a bad man. It’s almost like he budgets for the fines he knows are coming because he continues to act like a bonehead and play completely balls to the wall and out of control. That whole team could use some discipline.

Dallas 20, Miami 19 – This was a really good game that I felt like the Dolphins might win. I picked the Cowboys to cover, but didn’t feel good about it because of how the fish have been playing. Fantasy implications for me in this one as well as Laurent Robinson grabbed a nice pair of TD’s (get your mind out of the gutter).

Ravens 16, 49ers 9 – You had to think the Niner’s luck would run out at some point when it came to going from west coast to east coast. They had pulled it off four times this year, but couldn’t make it five despite the Ravens playing without Ray Lewis for the second straight week. Fantasy implications for me involved Ray Rice’s below average production and a good effort from Billy Cundiff.

The Back Page

  • I never got a chance to mention this when it came out, but John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com came out with his Tampa Bay Rays prospect list. You care, why? Well because it involves a few names we dealt in the Matt Garza deal last off-season. Here were his thoughts: 2) Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Grade B+: Excellent defense and took a step forward with the hitting this year, should provide batting average, speed, solid OBP. I’m not worried about his bad month in Double-A., 7) Brandon Guyer, OF, Grade B-: Borderline B. Also has across-the-board skills. Doesn’t draw many walks, but has some power, will swipe bases, hits for average, and strong defense. Older prospect at age 26., 11) Chris Archer, RHP, Grade B-: Not fond of the command slippage and he may end up in the bullpen, but his ceiling remains impressive. Needs a good dose of Triple-A. (Source)
  • The Cubs have offered arbitration the free agents, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena, which caused one Twitter follower of mine to worry. The move is simply a formality to allow the Cubs to receive a compensatory pick at the end of the 1st round of the draft when they leave. This is pretty important in the rebuilding process. While it does come with the risk that either or both would accept the offer and return next season, it’s not likely. Ramirez has this last chance to maximize his money on the free agent market and he’s not going to simply accept a one year deal via arbitration to a team he’s already burned a bridge with. Pena should have enough offers to at least get a two year deal.
  • An interesting nugget I found in the Bruce Levine blog reporting on Ramirez and Pena was “Defensively Pena was ranked the best defensive first baseman in baseball using a system devised by ESPN Stats & Info. The system showed that he converted 50 errant throws into put-outs.” (Source)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail