A little good a little bad last night in sports. The Bad: Had the Over 7 in the Cubs/Indians game and wouldn't you know it, Arietta for the first time in about a month, pitches his tail off and Cleveland could hardly score. Final score 5 to 1 Cubs...Argg. The Good: I get back on track with my second teaser play this early NBA season and get the win. Teaser record now 1 - 1. Congrats to winners and back later with some plays for tonight.
2010 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2010.
2010 NFL Free Agents - Kickers:
Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders. Age: 32. Re-signed with Raiders (4 years, $16 million)
Sebastian Janikowski nailed 24-of-27 field goal attempts in 2009, including a whopping 6-of-8 from 50-plus. Kind of makes you wonder how all of those teams in the first round passed on him before he fell to Al Davis.
Jeff Reed, K, Steelers. Age: 31. Re-signed with Steelers (1 year, $2.8 million)
Jeff Reed has failed to hit at least 82.8 percent of his field goals only once since 2004. This is really impressive considering that he's kicking at Heinz Field, one of the toughest kicking venues in the NFL.
Neil Rackers, K, Cardinals. Age: 34. Signed with Texans (2 years, $4.1 million)
Neil Rackers missed a big kick in the playoffs, but he's 41-of-45 the past two seasons, He's one of the top place-kickers in the NFL.
Dan Carpenter (ERFA), K, Dolphins. Age: 24.
Voted to the Pro Bowl, thanks to a 24-of-27 season. Dan Carpenter is 2-of-3 from 50-plus in his career.
Stephen Gostkowski (RFA), K, Patriots. Age: 26. Re-signed with Patriots (1 year, $1.7 million)
Stephen Gostkowski had a down year, hitting "just" 24-of-29 field goals. He's 3-of-4 beyond 50 in his career.
Jay Feely, K, Jets. Age: 34. Signed with Cardinals (2 years)
Jay Feely was 27-of-33 in 2009 and has hit 4-of-4 in his last 50-yarders in the regular season, but missed two kicks in the AFC Championship.
Olindo Mare, K, Seahawks. Age: 37. Re-signed with Seahawks (1 year, $2.8 million)
Remember when Olindo Mare missed two field goals against the Bears, and Jim Mora Jr. spazzed out after the game and blamed Mare for everything, including world hunger? Those were the only two kicks Mare missed all year; he was 22-of-24 on the season. Ah, Mora, I'll miss your complete ineptness. Hopefully some other NFL organization will hire you soon so you can ruin yet another franchise.
Matt Prater (ERFA), K, Broncos. Age: 24. Re-signed with Broncos
Matt Prater hit 29-of-34 field goals in 2009. He's 7-of-9 from 50-plus in his career, though the thin Denver air might have something to do with that.
Garrett Hartley (RFA), K, Saints. Age: 24.
The Hartley House is 21-of-23 on field goal attempts in his career. He was 8-of-10 this year, but of course hit that big Super Bowl-clincher against the Vikings in overtime.
Nick Folk, K, Cowboys. Age: 25. Signed with Jets
I love how kickers aren't allowed to have a bad streak of games, yet players at other positions are. Folk was 26-of-31 in 2007 and 20-of-22 in 2008. In his career, he's 5-of-9 from 50-plus. He's a really good kicker who's just going through a mental slump.
Shayne Graham, K, Giants. Age: 32. Signed with Patriots
Shayne Graham has hit at least 80 percent of his field goals every year since 2002. However, he completely gagged in the playoffs, missing two easy kicks. You have to wonder if that will impact him psychologically going forward.
Kris Brown, K, Texans. Age: 33. Signed with Chargers
The last original Texan, Kris Brown struggles with clutch kicks.
Shaun Suisham (RFA), K, Browns. Age: 29.
Shaun Suisham had a career year in 2009, knocking in 19-of-22 field goals. However, he's just 3-of-8 from 50-plus in his career.
Billy Cundiff (RFA), K, Ravens. Age: 30. Re-signed with Ravens (1 year, $1.1 million)
Billy Cundiff hit 18-of-21 field goals in 2009. Prior to that, his best season was a 23-of-29 effort in 2003. This season marked the first time he ever hit 80 percent of his kicks.
Jason Elam, K, Falcons. Age: 40.
He's done. Jason Elam missed four field goals within 40 yards this year.
Mike Nugent, K, Cardinals. Age: 28. Signed with Bengals (2 years)
Mike Nugent was drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft because of his strong leg. Oops. In his career, Nugent is just 3-of-9 from 50-plus.
Mike Vanderjagt, K, None. Age: 40.
Martin Gramatica, K, Saints. Age: 34.
2010 NFL Free Agents - Punters:
Sam Koch, P, Ravens. Age: 28. Re-signed with Ravens (1 year, $1.7 million)
Sam Koch maintained a punting average of 43.7 in 2009. That doesn't sound too good until you notice that he hit 26-of-73 attempts inside the 20.
Daniel Sepulveda, P, Steelers. Age: 26. Re-signed with Steelers (1 year, $1.1 million)
Daniel Sepulveda averaged 42.7 yards per punt in 2009 while hitting 29-of-72 attempts inside the 20.
Jeff "Philadelphia" Feagles, P, Giants. Age: 44. Announced retirement
Jeff Feagles is the master of directional punting, hitting 23-of-64 attempts inside the 20. Feagles could probably play until he's 50.
Craig Hentrich, P, Titans. Age: 39.
Michael Koenen, P, Falcons. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Falcons (1 year, $2.7 million)
Josh Bidwell, P, Buccaneers. Age: 34. -- Signed with Redskins
Hunter Smith, P, Redskins. Age: 33.
Matt Turk, P, Texans. Age: 40. -- Re-signed with Texans (1 year)
Jeremy Kapinos (ERFA), P, Packers. Age: 26.
Sav Rocca (ERFA), P, Eagles. Age: 36. -- Re-signed with Eagles (1 year, $1.1 million)