Mostly agree with your rankings; with the optimism bias from being a cardinals fan personally, I'd argue you could make a 1 star increase at each position, but their current rankings are also fair. I very much disagree with the 1 star ranking at special teams however, as we have a pro bowl gunner in Justin Bethel being joined by some high upside athletes in the kick coverage team and kick return game. Probably the best coverage unit in the game, which coupled with a punter who is below average (don't think he's as bad as stats show- his hangtime is rediculous, and it seems the staff went with him for this reason. I'd choose a distance leg with our coverage team, butI digress). In short, I'd say 3 stars is fair. A perfectly average special teams unit, whose only limitation really seems to be Drew Butler's distance and the uncertainty of a new long snapper (but both seem pretty reliable this far)
These are random/interesting e-mails or Facebook posts I've received. The e-mails are italicized and left mostly unedited. My responses follow them.
11/24/09: Hate Mail
From Joe M.:
GOOD JOB WITH UR GAME OF THE YEAR YOU F*****G IDIOT
MY BUDDY TOLD ME U WER GOOD AND GET THE BIG GAMES RIGHT BUT YOU DONT KNOW S***
YOU PUT $8000 JUS CUZ A COACH WAS FIRED WTFFFFFFFF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT UR DOING
U PROBLY DONT EVEN KNOW THAT MARSHON LYNCH IS THE BILLS RB YOU DUMBA**
I PUT ALL MY BANKROOL ON THAT GAME AND YOU BANKRUPPED ME WTF IS YOUR PROBLEM
TAKE DOWN UR SITE AND STOP PRETENDING U HAVE ANY F*****G CLUE WHAT UR DOING F*****G DOUCHEBAG
U ACT LIKE YOUR A HOT SHOT AND YOURE A FRAUD
ADMIT UR A F*****G FRAUD
BE A MAN YOU SPIKY HAIR DOUCHEBAG MOTHER F****R
STUPID SORRY A** LITTLE BOY
U PROBLY DONT EVEN BET ON THESE GAMES $100 UNITS LIEING F****T
TAKE DOWN UR SITE AND BE HUMBLE F*****T
ILL F*** YOU IN A**
TEACH YOU TO BE HUMBLE!
--> Thanks for the hilarious e-mail. I got a kick out of it, though I'm not sure who "MARSHON LYNCH" is.
Sorry you lost money with the Jaguars, but even with the Pick of the Month loss, I still won this week (9-6-1, +$700).
Betting against teams with fired coaches works most of the time. Nothing works 100 percent, and this was one instance where it just failed. Jack Del Rio didn't prepare his team and had an awful game plan with Dirk Koetter. This is only the second Pick of the Month I've lost since '07. You can't win em all.
"BE A MAN YOU SPIKY HAIR DOUCHEBAG MOTHER F****R" Haha classic.
From Other Unhappy Emailers:
WALTER WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE SOME GOOD ADVICE FOR GAMES? I LOST A BOAT OF MONEY FOLLOWING YOUR HIGH UNIT PICKS... PICK OF THE MONTH HUH...LOL 8 UNITS. I HAVE A BETTER CHANCE FLIPPING A COIN. WALTER FOOTBALL SHOULD BE CALLED GO BROKE FOOTBALL.
I just want to tell you that your picks have really been bad lately. I dont mean to hate or anything but this is as bad a stretch as ive seen from you. If this was spanish i would make a joke about you being on crack or something but in english it would sound too bad.
--> All of this after a 9-6-1, +$700 week. Imagine what'll happen if I have a real losing week. My house might just get nuked.
From Chad M.:
You should be very, very careful of your name calling. It could easily come back to bite you in the a**. I wish you and your family the best of luck. You're good people.
--> Even though I don't know you, thanks for the advice and the good-luck wishes!
Fortunately, it's all satirical, so it doesn't really matter. If the creators of South Park can get away with berating celebrities and denouncing religions, I think I'll be OK with bashing Emmitt's grammar and Al Davis' thirst for virgin blood.