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Keibler is the only Raven to like this week

What we are talking about:

  • Eli Manning

    Somebody please stop me

  • The Jets

    Nobody likes a rat

  • Ricky Gervais

    Please don't let us down

One of the things I'm readying in anticipation of the Super Bowl is a look at the six greatest players in the history of the remaining franchises. But such an exercise gets tough when you consider teams like the Ravens and Texans. Would players from, say, the Baltimore Colts or Houston Oilers count?

And in the case of the Ravens, do we use Stacy Keibler? That's right, George Clooney's main squeeze started out as a Ravens cheerleader. She was then discovered by WCW, moved on to the WWE, "Dancing with the Stars" and now beyond.

But if you made a list of all-time Ravens (excluding the Colts), she has to make the list, right?

With that out of the way, I am offering you my likes and dislikes for the coming fantasy week and more. That's right, Facebook won't give you a dislike button, but I certainly will. And this all will be presented to you in a random, meandering style, which has been glowingly referred to as "teenager-on-crack chic." Bolded names are my likes and dislikes. My first "like" is my stat man, Bill "Sudsy" Sudell.

Too many disclaimers? You can always check the rankings, but that is a terrible way to waste the final hours of your work week.

I wonder, is anybody playing Joe Flacco in this challenge? For a guy playing on a team with a reasonable chance to go to the Super Bowl, he's probably the guy I would have the least faith in. He almost makes Trent Dilfer seem like a credible quarterback. …

Although that doesn't seem fair to Dilfer, who unfortunately gets lumped into the discussion of worst quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl. He wasn't great, but he did what was asked of him and handled his role rather well. Compare Dilfer to Flacco, who continues to beg for credit. Seriously, Joe, you seem a little needy. …

That said, I would imagine Flacco's parents don't even play him, and have to minimize the Playoff Challenge page whenever he walks into the room. I can see it now: "What? No … I'm not playing Rodgers, don't be silly. I'm playing you, son." …

Those of you who started Tim Tebow last week have to feel pretty good about yourself. But come on, dude completed just 10 passes. As puny as that total is, it must have seemed much bigger to any Steelers fans who were watching. …

The Packers and Patriots are rather annoying. Fantasy-wise, I mean. For high-powered offenses, there really isn't a running back you can feel comfortable with right now, be it Ryan Grant, James Starks or anybody the Patriots put out there. …

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the obvious play when it comes to New England backs. But "obvious" never really works with the Patriots. The one wild card is Stevan Ridley; he's always lurking in the mix, and is a guy I look at for next season. …

The Giants spent a good deal of time establishing Mario Manningham on Sunday, because his confidence was at an all-time low. But I wouldn't go adding him to your lineup just yet. I would still rather go with either of the Packers' receivers, though I would take Manningham over guys like Deion Branch or Devery Henderson. …

I wouldn't touch any tight end outside of the 'big three.' It seems like we are underrating Jermichael Finley a bit, but he's really underperformed so far -- at least for somebody with his gifts. To be fair, though, Finley isn't the focal point of the Packers' offense and has to yield to talented contributors such as Jennings and Nelson. Gronk, Hernandez and Graham, meanwhile, are among the top options in their respective offenses. …

ImageCan somebody explain to me how the Patriots are allowed to add Josh McDaniels to their coaching staff? I mean, you have a playoff roster, shouldn't your coaching staff be locked, too? What's to stop Bill Belichick from adding Urban Meyer as a consultant? Or Eric Mangini as a video coordinator? Oh, right. …

I'm not sold on the Patriots. Those expecting an easy victory based on the team's recent win in Denver should remember the 2010 season, when New England beat the Jets down the stretch before losing to them in the playoffs just weeks later.…

I'll still take them, of course, and give me the Ravens, too. But before you dismiss Yates as a guy who can't take his team deep in the playoffs, realize that Mark Sanchez has been in consecutive AFC Championship Games. …

ImageThe jackals have really surrounded Sanchez, tearing him apart in the New York tabloids. There is nothing I hate worse than guys hiding behind anonymity to rip someone. If you feel strongly about something, attach your name to it. Otherwise, I look at you as something between a cockroach and that white stuff that accumulates at the corner of your mouth when you're really thirsty. …

The anonymous players are also begging for Peyton Manning to join the Jets. Way to roll out the red carpet by ripping the current quarterback -- anonymously. I'm sure Manning is clamoring to join a team of misfits and malcontents, because he really seems like the kind of guy who would enjoy mid-carders sneaking behind his back to talk to the tabloids. …

If I'm Rex Ryan, I find out who talked to the paper and release him immediately. There is no need for this kind of discord. The stories of the Jets locker room don't paint a pretty picture. And I can guarantee you Peyton Manning doesn't join the Jets' circus. By anonymously ripping their quarterback, the Jets players probably ensured they won't be getting Manning. Congratulations to them. …

I'd still take Ryan over Norv Turner, but Rex should look to his crosstown, cross-stadium rival to see how to handle a team. Even during Eli's 'bad spells,' the Giants aren't taking shots at him like the Jets have at Sanchez. …

ImageIt hit me the other night, Rex Ryan is a lot like Dave Hester from "Storage Wars." Both are needlessly cocky. Actually, "Storage Wars" might be a good second career for Ryan. He could boast about each storage locker being the Super Bowl of lockers, only to have it end up being full of junk. Like his predictions. …

Raiders owner Mark Davis intimated Los Angeles could be a destination for the team if it can't get a stadium deal done up north. On behalf of all Southern Californians, let me say, "Nooooooooooooo!" Don't do it. I'd rather not have football at all. …

BTW, does Davis go to the same barber as Lloyd Christmas? It looks like he lost a bet or something. For the last 30 years. It appears that the Al Davis track suit has given way to the Mark Davis bowl cut. …

The thing about the Raiders is, you can never disregard what Al Davis did for the game. But his judgment in the last few years was questionable. Put a real GM there, though, and it’s one of the premiere coaching jobs in the NFL. The history, the loyal (bordering on delusional) fan base and the Bay Area make for a great combination. The Raiders should have no shortage of suitors and shouldn’t have to deal with any more Tom Cables or Lane Kiffins. …

But seriously, stay away from L.A. ...

Congratulations to the Jaguars on hiring Mike Mularkey. When you get a chance to hire a coordinator whose offense scored no points in a playoff game, you have to make the move. Otherwise, his 14-18 record as coach of the Bills speaks for itself. …

Add to Mularkey's sterling resume the rapid development of Matt Ryan. I'd give Ryan another chance because he's going to have a new offensive coordinator. But dang, if this guy was playing for a New York team, he would definitely be anonymously ripped. …

Hey check it out, Guy Pearce was nominated for a Golden Globe. Now, if I was casting a Matt Ryan movie, Pearce would be my guy, not just because of the looks, but also because their respective careers have been on similar downward paths. …

Although, I would feel comfortable calling Pearce "Ice" because he was money in "L.A. Confidential." Where's your "L.A. Confidential," Ryan? All I see is a bunch of "Time Machine" performances. Especially in the playoffs. Actually, that isn't fair to the movie "Time Machine." It's not like Mularkey was directing it. …

There seem to be many people questioning the Falcons' trade for Julio Jones. Wait, what? The problem wasn't the receiver. The problem was paying way too much for a defensive end -- Ray Edwards -- who everybody knew was the beneficiary of playing opposite of Jared Allen. And really, the problem is the quarterback throwing the ball, not the receiver.


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