Daily Archives: September 17, 2009

Pick ’em – Week 2

We’re not off to a great start in our pick ’em contest, but we’re trying again this week. Here are the picks:

 NCAA
Miami -5.5 vs. Georgia Tech
California -14 at Minnesota
North Carolina -7.5 vs. East Carolina
Boston College +7 at Clemson
Florida -29.5 vs. Tennessee
Michigan State +10 at Notre Dame
Virginia Tech -5 vs. Nebraska
Utah -4.5 at Oregon
Cincinnati +1 at Oregon State
Florida State +7.5 at Brigham Young
Georgia -1 at Arkansas
Texas -17.5 vs. Texas Tech

NFL
Atlanta -6 vs. Carolina
Cincinnati +9.5 at Green Bay
Tennessee -6.5 vs. Houston
New York Jets +4 vs. New England
San Francisco +1 vs. Seattle
Pittsburgh -3 at Chicago
San Diego -3 vs. Baltimore
Dallas -3 vs. New York Giants
Miami +3.5 vs. Indianapolis

Last week – 5-5 college, 4-5 pro
Season 11-14 college, 4-5 pro, 15-19 overall

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Brooks the latest ‘backer at ESPN

Longtime Bucs LB Derrick Brooks, who is still looking for an on-field gig, has landed for right now with ESPN. Here are some thoughts on him (and his new ESPN First Take teammate Drew Bennett) as an announcer; you can see how he compares to other new and moved announcers in this post.

Brooks still wants to play, but until he finds a fit on the field he’s landed at ESPN. Brooks will start out on ESPN2’s First Take, filling a role that Jamal Anderson, Kordell Stewart, Lomas Brown, and Ray Buchanan have had in the past. Brooks is smart, and his recent playing experience will lead to good insights and stories, but he’ll have to turn his likability into humor and chatter if he’s going to succeed in the morning-showish First Take model. Brooks probably will work better in the NFL Live/SportsCenter type of shows eventually, but you get the sense that ESPN wanted to add him where it could when he was available.

Bennett, who had success as a wideout in Tennessee before flaming out as a high-dollar free agent in St. Louis, retired after a one-day stop in Baltimore in training camp this year. He doesn’t have the star power or the Q rating that ESPN’s other studio additions, Tedy Bruschi and Derrick Brooks, have, and so Bennett will have to do more to make an impact on the airwaves. It’s possible – just ask Tim Hasselbeck – but it’s an uphill climb in the most crowded analyst environment in the media.

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