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LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEW MULTIMEDIA WEB SITE! IN THE MEANTIME, ENJOY OUR WATERCOOLER CHATS: Millen Fired, Plaxico Out a Game, Anderson in and Rays Close

Whoa, big news in the NFL.  The Detroit Lions have been one of the worst franchises in professional sports over the last decade.  And many Detroit fans blame this on their leadership.  Specifically — Matt Millen.  This is the guy who essentially decides whom they draft, trade, and sign.  He has made some atrocious decisions over the years (especially with draft picks — Joey Harrington, anyone?), and it was his decision to stick with Harrington for 3 consecutive years even though he was playing horribly.  They even had 6 straight 10 loss seasons under his tenure.  When you see a Lions game on TV, you will often see fans holding up “FIRE MATT MILLEN” signs.  Well, now, with the Lions at 0-3, they finally fired Matt Millen.  This won’t turn them around over night, but it will put their fan base at ease.

Plaxico Burress (Giants WR) was suspended one game by the Giants. Apparently, the organization was not too pleased when Burress failed to show up for practice (and didn’t call). EVERYONE has a cell phone, blackberry or some multi-media device these days (unless of course you’re a Kid and mean ol Mom and Dad won’t buy you one), so there really is no excuse for not alerting the team about his absence. Plaxico is on my fantasy football team, so shame on you Plaxico.


Over in Cleveland, the big news is that QB Derek Anderson, the surprise success story of the 2007 season, will remain at quarterback for now — regardless of their 0-3 start.  This may seem like bland news, but it’s not.  Keep in mind that the Browns drafted Notre Dame phenom quarterback, Brady Quinn, in the first round last year.  He was brought in to be their marquee player, and face of the franchise.  Then, all of the sudden, their OTHER quarterback, Derek Anderson played tremendously.  This put the Browns organization in a pickle this off-season.  Do they keep Anderson, just in case he’s the next Tom Brady, or do they deal him and go with their original plan:  Brady Quinn.  They opted to stick with Anderson, and he looks like garbage this season.  They were going to go with Quinn in Week 4, but they will opt for Anderson… for now.  We’ll keep an eye on this developing drama.

And finally in baseball, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (the feel good story of the year) only needs one more win to clinch the extremely competitive AL East division.  This decision also boasts the Yankees, Red Sox, and occasionally good Blue Jays, so it’s quite an impressive feet that the Devil Rays need just one more win to declare official dominance over those high-powered (and deep wallet-ed) juggernauts.  This is a team that has been dead last for almost every other season they’ve been in the league.  It’s a pretty good underdog story.  They’ll look to seal the deal tomorrow at Detroit.

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