Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/31/14

I'm not much of a gambler.  I've had 1 good day at the casino and 1 good day at the track in my life and both days ended with me leaving with 3 figures in my pocket.  That said, here are the money Super Bowl prop bets for Sunday:
  • Coin Toss- Tails.  Never fails.
  • First Penalty- Seahawks.  Will be too amped up at the start and jump offsides on defense.
  • First Timeout- Broncos.  Peyton, on a 3rd down inside the Seattle 30-yard line on the Broncos' second offensive possession.  Pey-Pey knows how valuable early points are in the Super Bowl.
  • Number of Times "Beast Mode" is said on the broadcast (over/under 2)- Over.  Hammer the over.  After Lynch went radio silence on media day, he guaranteed himself extra attention during the game.
  • Will Any of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their halftime performance?- No.  15 years ago maybe, but these guys are all old now.  They aren't going shirtless in 30 degrees.
I'll be cracking a beer the minute I wake up Sunday and I hope you all plan on doing the same.  Super Bowl Sunday is the 3rd best day of the year and it should be celebrated as such.  Rooting Seahawks but calling it Broncos 27-20.  Now onto the links!

- On Monday, SJK of NoMaas questioned just what, exactly, Brian Cashman's role as GM really is these days.

- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley offered up his picks for prospects most likely to get called up in 2014.

- On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High... mused on what Joba and Robbie changing their appearances after leaving might say about the Yankee tradition.  I had never thought about that, but maybe there's something to it.  Maybe "Yankee tradition" doesn't mean as much to today's players as it did 15 years ago.

- On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB laid out how and why Kelly Johnson has become a much more important part of the Yankee puzzle in 2014.  Somehow I don't think that was their original plan.

- Michael Eder of IIATMS/TYA made another case for going after Ubaldo Jimenez now that he's reportedly dropped his asking price.  You know the old saying...

- Michael Montrone of Yanks Go Yard wondered why the Yanks aren't showing any interest in FA pitcher Suk-Min Yoon.  My guess is it has to be something physical or injury-related.

- Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits looked back at last offseason and identified the biggest regret the Yankees should have given what they did this offseason.

- Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily tabbed Brandon Thomas as a potential prospect breakout candidate in 2014.

- On Thursday, Chad Jennings of LoHud took a stab at predicting next year's top 10 prospects.

- William Juliano of The Captain's Blog broke down Keith Law's top 100 prospects to see what trends he could find.

It's the final football Sunday until September so we need something to get the blood pumping today.  "Doen" by Red Fang should do the trick.  It'd be exceptionally baller if one of the teams came out to this song on Sunday, but I highly doubt Goodell would let that happen.  No Fun League indeed.

Enjoy your weekends, everybody.

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