Monday, September 19, 2016

2009 College Football Season Preview: BCS National Championship Contenders - Rose Bowl

We are getting geared up for yet another sensational season of hard-hitting drama, explosiveness, debate, and pageantry that is a staple of college football. Although the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) format is much maligned – the computer and human algorithm has somehow found ways to work itself out through play on the field to present a string of clear-cut champions.

Our goal today is to analyze the path to the 2009 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The game will be played on January 7, 2010 and aired upon the FOX network.

We will present the top contenders that are positioned to claim the National Championship and finish by working our way through the 2009 college football season to foreshadow the likely outcomes. This article proves that the regular season doubles as a playoff in college football.

Still, numerous question marks will always linger, especially considering the fact that President Barack Obama has already called for a sudden-death format.

2009 College Football Season Preview: BCS Rose Bowl National Championship Contender (Florida Gators)

The University of Florida Gators tower above the pack as they enter the 2009 college football season. All is well at Gainesville and expectations are sky high, not only for the National Championship, but to prove that the 2009 Gators are the Greatest College Football Team Ever assembled.

Of course, All-Everything Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer will lead the charge. Beyond these two leaders, the Gators go two-deep at nearly every position from last year’s title squad. Wide Receiver is the only issue after losing the services of Louis Murphy and game breaker Percy Harvin to the Minnesota Vikings.

2009 College Football Season Preview: BCS Rose Bowl National Championship Contender (Teams that Can Beat Florida)

USC, SEC West (Alabama, LSU, Mississippi), Big 12 South (Texas, Oklahoma): The football factory schools must play the perfect game at the SEC Championship or BCS National Championship matchup to defeat Florida. Meanwhile, Florida must beat itself, or come up short due to some freak injury, unlucky bounce, or horrid officiating to lose.

USC is compelled to answer the lingering questions at quarterback and run the table in the PAC 10 to show up at the Big Game. Whereas, The SEC West cannot afford to destroy its own self. LSU, Alabama, and Mississippi each have the opportunity to emerge as the “perfect” one-loss team that rises to the top of the heap to match up versus Florida in the SEC Championship Game and gain entry into the BCS National Championship with a victory.

Meanwhile, the Big 12 contingent will be settled by Texas and Oklahoma. The Longhorns and Sooners must steamroll every other opponent, particularly late into the season and at the Big 12 Championship Game to impress voters. Oklahoma especially, must play perfect football to earn high marks. OU is definitely old news after getting shellacked repeatedly in the BCS.

2009 College Football Season Preview: BCS Rose Bowl National Championship Contender (Paper Champions. You are Joking, Right?)

Virginia Tech, The Big Ten (Penn State and Ohio State): Don’t look now, but the Big 10 is in pole position to send an entrant to Pasadena. Ohio State will be hosting USC on September 12th at the Horseshoe and will arrive at the party poised to take advantage of whichever green quarterback Pete Carroll chooses to throw into the fire. Ohio State will do well by itself and the Big 10 simply by competing, or actually winning the game (gasp).

Of course, Penn State’s schedule is a total joke, and the Nittany Lions could very well defeat the Bucks at Happy Valley on November 7th en route to going undefeated. Remember, Ohio State and PSU return Terrelle Pryor, Daryll Clark, and Evan Royster into the fold.

Virginia Tech is another Dark Horse candidate to get spanked by Florida in the BCS National Championship Game. The Hokies may very well slide past a shaky ‘Bama club early in the season and win ugly with Beamer Ball in the ACC to stake a claim at the top of the BCS computer rankings.

Although Ohio State shocked the world by defeating a stacked Miami club for the 2002 BCS National Championship, I doubt that any 2009 Big 10 or Virginia Tech program has any chance to short circuit the Florida Gators via defense and conservative play.

A game managing quarterback and head coach in Ken Dorsey and Larry Coker sabotaged the 2002 Hurricanes. Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer will never be mistaken for caretakers of any sort.

2009 College Football Season Preview – Key Games and Dates to Determine the BCS National Championship:

September 5: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Hokies @ 8 p.m. EST

September 12: USC Trojans at Ohio State Buckeyes @ 8 p.m.

October 10: Florida Gators at LSU Tigers @ 8 p.m.

October 10: Alabama Crimson Tide at Mississippi Rebels TBA

October 17: Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners @ 12 p.m.

October 31: Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma State Cowboys

November 7: Ohio State Buckeyes at Penn State Nittany Lions TBA

November 7: LSU Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide TBA

November 21: LSU Tigers at Mississippi Rebels TBA

November 28: Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oklahoma Sooners TBA

December 5: Big 12 Championship Game – Arlington, TX

December 5: SEC Championship Game – Atlanta, GA

2009 College Football Season Preview – Best Case Mock Scenario:

Hopefully, Alabama and USC will jump quickly out of the gate and destroy Virginia Tech and Ohio State simply to bury the ACC and Big 10 far away from the National Championship picture. Alabama and USC must clarify the title race and set the tone for the season. More importantly, the Crimson Tide should enter brutal SEC West play by proving that the offense is actually capable of moving the chains.

USC’s schedule features road dates against an emotionally charged Washington group, California, and Oregon. The Trojans cannot afford to lose one game against some PAC 10 cupcake and still lay claim to the BCS National Championship Game. However, any loss will not exactly torment the college football community. USC is supposed to be rebuilding, remember?

Florida seeks to venture into Death Valley on October 8th and emerge unscathed with a victory. Still, a loss at LSU will not doom the Gators’ title hopes. Florida will dominate the SEC East and should earn a ticket to Pasadena by winning the SEC Championship. Certainly, slaphappy Southerners will scoff that the SEC Championship actually is the National Title.

The cream must rise to the top in the SEC West. LSU, Alabama, or Mississippi will emerge as the frontrunner to confront Florida in the SEC Championship Game, and lose. Mississippi hosts Alabama and LSU in Oxford and has the best chance to show up in Atlanta as the SEC’s perfect sacrificial lamb.

Meanwhile, Texas and Oklahoma will be airing it out in Big 12 country. The winner of the Red River shootout must completely obliterate all Big 12 opponents to get to the Rose Bowl. Defense remains the question, and the Longhorns and Sooners must demonstrate the ability to stop somebody and complement the precision passing of Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford.

Penn State remains the lone outlier. Joe Paterno, Bless his Heart, should find a way to lose to Ohio State, or fall short somewhere on the road in Big Ten country to gracefully bow out of the National Championship picture.

College football fans will be happy to see Florida versus USC, Texas, or Oklahoma, to at least make a game out of this whole “Greatest College Football Team / Player” ever debate.

2009 College Football Season Preview – Worst Case Mock Scenario:

This wouldn’t be the BCS without making the case for total disaster, would it?

Let’s assume that Virginia Tech and Ohio State or Penn State win out. I do feel that the Big 10 entries would trump Va. Tech per the computer rankings.

Ohio State could very well defeat a “rebuilding” USC club in Columbus. Certainly, the Trojans will regroup to run rough shod over the PAC 10 and Notre Dame to go 10-2 or 11-1 in front of National television. The Bucks would remain firmly in the mix with a clutch victory against the white out crowd in November en route to a perfect season.

What if Penn State were to beat Ohio State in Happy Valley and go undefeated this season?

Penn State enters the fray with Akron, Syracuse, Temple, and Eastern Illinois lightweights on tap. Besides Ohio State, where graduation and the NFL have ransacked the cupboard, the October 3 date at Illinois marks the only serious challenge against a 12-0 record for the Happy Valley Faithful.

The Big 10 is positioned to crash the 2009 BCS National Championship party via weak scheduling, yet again.

Per the Big 12, Oklahoma State is poised to do damage by stealing a win versus Oklahoma or Texas in the Big 12 South. Any Cowboy victory over these powers would crystallize a Big 12 matrix that mirrors the Texas / Oklahoma / Texas Tech rock-paper-scissors confusion of last season.

The brutal SEC always beats itself up and the computer rankings will never be clear-cut with a Florida loss at LSU, coupled with LSU, Alabama, and Mississippi trading blows and losses in the SEC West. ‘Ole Miss will surprise nobody this season and may fall prey to the eerie mathematics of late season surge last season + high expectations into this season + overrated roster = mid-season collapse.

What if the Florida Gators actually lost in the SEC Championship Game?

What if some mid-major went undefeated?

Yes, these are the reasons why we actually play the games.

Yes, these are the reasons why we may need a real playoff.

2009 College Football Season Preview: BCS – Rose Bowl National Championship Contenders, Sources:

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2009 Fantasy Baseball: Top 40 Shortstop Rankings (SS)

Shortstop (SS) Rankings are based on a 1-year standard rotisserie scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2009 season. Rotisserie scoring system stats include: runs, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average. Shortstop (SS) Rankings include the Top 40 preseason 2009 fantasy baseball shortstop eligible players. Sleepers, Busts, Rookies and Breakout picks are provided. Players age for the 2009 fantasy baseball season is listed in parentheses after their name. Good Luck to Everyone this 2009 Fantasy Baseball Season!

BUST = player will register far below their 2008 stat totals, BREAKOUT = player will surpass expectations and/or have a career year in 2009, SLEEPER = player will be a late round pick or go undrafted and has the potential to produce fantasy baseball worthy stats in 2009

SHORTSTOP (SS) RANKINGS 2009

1. Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins (25)

At just age 25 for the 2009 season, Ramirez has completely taken over the fantasy baseball world. He is clearly a top 3 overall fantasy baseball draft pick heading into the 2009 season, and he is one of the few five scoring category players in all of fantasy baseball. 30 homeruns, 80 rbi, 40 stolen bases, 115 runs scored, and a solid .300 batting average can be expected from Hanley in 2009.

2. Jose Reyes – New York Mets (26)

Stolen bases and runs scored are obviously Reyes’ fantasy baseball game. If you draft Reyes you can put 60 stolen bases, 110 runs scored, 12 homeruns, 60 rbi, 12 triples, and a .290 batting average in the bank for the 2009 fantasy baseball season.

3. Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies (30)

After coming off of his 2007 MVP campaign, fantasy baseball managers should have known better than to expect those type of stats again in 2008. However with expectations so high, Rollins clearly disappointed fantasy baseball teams last year. Yet it wasn’t his speed that was a problem, as he posted 47 steals in just 137 games, but rather his lack of power, as Rollins went from 30 homeruns and 94 rbi in 2007 to just 11 homeruns and 59 rbi in 2008. Entering the 2009 season, expecting 15-20 homeruns, 40 stolen bases, 100 runs scored, 65 rbi, and a batting average around .280 is likely for Rollins.

4. Johnny Peralta – Cleveland Indians (27)

Peralta will be entering the 2009 fantasy baseball season at the magically age of 27. However with three 20 plus homerun seasons already under his belt at the major league level, Peralta is already considered an excellent fantasy baseball shortstop. Peralta will qualify at shortstop in your fantasy baseball league for the 2009 season, but there is talk that the Indians may move him to third base this year. If Peralta does change positions, he will offer fantasy baseball teams added versatility and actually be more valuable from a fantasy baseball perspective. However a position change is all speculation as of now, so don’t bank on anything just yet. Peralta’s 2009 final stat line could include 25 homeruns, 80 rbi, 100 runs scored, and a .275 batting average.

5. Stephen Drew – Arizona Diamondbacks (26)

After posting a breakout year in 2008, Drew finally appears ready to take over the new and young wave of great fantasy baseball shortstops for the next five years. With 21 homeruns already under his belt from last year, an increase to 25 homeruns, 75 rbi, 100 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a .290 batting average is very possible for Drew during the 2009 season.

6. Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies (24)

Tulowitzki took fantasy baseball by storm after his 2007 playoff and World Series performance, however after being drafted extremely early in fantasy baseball drafts in 2008, Tulowitzki’s early season injury totally devastated fantasy baseball teams. With health back on his side, Tulowitzki has the potential to become a great fantasy baseball shortstop by the end of the 2009 season. His 2009 stats could include 25 homeruns, 100 rbi, 100 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, and a .290 batting average on the high end, or 15 homeruns, 75 rbi, 85 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a .275 batting average on the low end.

7. JJ Hardy – Milwaukee Brewers (26)

With back to back 20 plus homerun seasons in 2007 and 2008, Hardy is finally beginning to gain the trust of many fantasy baseball managers heading into the 2009 season. As of now, there is no reason why Hardy cannot repeat his success and post 25 homeruns, 80 rbi, 80 runs scored, and a .280 batting average in 2009.

8. Alexi Ramirez – Chicago White Sox (27) BUST

After last year’s breakout, Ramirez will be high in 2009 fantasy baseball rankings entering the season. However just remember that last year was Ramirez’s only major league experience, and it is possible that he regresses a bit in 2009. With that said, Ramirez still has plenty of potential to increase upon his 2008 numbers, but he clearly isn’t a safe bet. There are always ‘busts’ in fantasy baseball drafts, and Ramirez could very easily be one of them in 2009. On the other hand, if Ramirez isn’t a bust, 20 homeruns, 15 stolen bases, 70 rbi, 80 runs scored, and a batting average around .290 is possible.

9. Rafael Furcal – Los Angeles Dodgers (31)

Injuries have clearly gotten the best of Furcal over the past two seasons, however when he does stay healthy and can play, Furcal is one of the best shortstops in all of fantasy baseball. If Furcal can manage to play in just 130 games during the 2009 season, his final stat line could include 20-25 stolen bases, 5-10 homeruns, 80-90 runs scored, and batting average around .280-.290. If Furcal can manage to stay healthy and play more than 130 games, then an increase in stats across the board can be expected, with a total of 30-35 stolen bases possible for the 2009 season.

10. Derek Jeter – New York Yankees (35) BUST

At age 35 for the 2009 season, Jeter has already seen a steady decrease in production over the past two years. He is no longer a 20 homerun and 20 stolen base per season shortstop, but rather a 10 homerun and 10 stolen base shortstop. Yet Jeter’s steady batting average at .300 plus and the potential for 100 plus runs scored are still valuable assets for fantasy baseball teams in 2009. Jeter’s final stat line for the 2009 season could include 12 homeruns, 12 stolen bases, 70 rbi, 110 runs scored, and a .300 plus batting average.

11. Michael Young – Texas Rangers (32)

With the Rangers looking to move Young from shortstop to third base for the 2009 season, the only real cause for joy in 2009 fantasy baseball leagues will be Young’s duel eligibility. Otherwise the typical Michael Young stats of 10-15 homeruns, 80-100 rbi, 80-100 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, and a steady batting average around .300 seem likely for him during the 2009 season.

12. Mike Aviles – Kansas City Royals (28)

Even though he is the Royals starting shortstop, Aviles will still qualify at second base in fantasy baseball leagues in 2009. While Aviles is anything but a proven commodity, he offers way too much potential to pass up at this point in your rankings and draft. With 500 plus at bats possible for Aviles during the 2009 season, stats in the range of 15 homeruns, 12 stolen bases, 80 runs scored, 70 rbi, and a .300 batting average is all very likely.

13. Ryan Theriot – Chicago Cubs (29)

Even though Theriot doesn’t offer great all around fantasy baseball stats, he does offer solid production in the stolen bases category, as well as chipping him with a solid batting average around .300. With the starting shortstop job in hand to begin the 2009 season, Theriot has the potential to post 30 stolen bases, 90 runs scored, 3 homeruns, 40 rbi, and a batting average around .300.

14. Miguel Tejada – Houston Astros (35)

At age 35 for the 2009 season, Tejada has clearly lost his top 5 and even top 10 overall fantasy baseball shortstop ranking to begin the 2009 season. However because Tejada does play in a hitter friendly ballpark in Houston, he still has the potential to put up decent homerun numbers for a shortstop in 2009. Something in the range of 10-15 homeruns, 90 runs scored, 70-80 rbi, 5 stolen bases, and a batting average around .290 seems likely for Tejada in 2009.

15. Yunel Escobar – Atlanta Braves (26)

Escobar was a top sleeper pick for many fantasy baseball managers entering the 2008 fantasy baseball season, however due to injuries and a lack of Atlanta Braves offense surrounding him, Escobar didn’t have the breakout season many anticipated. While it is unlikely Escobar becomes a star fantasy baseball shortstop during the 2009 season, his stats should still be fantasy baseball roster spot worthy. Expecting 10 homeruns, 8-10 stolen bases, 80-90 runs scored, 70 rbi, and a batting average around .290 seem like realistic expectations from Escobar in 2009.

16. Jason Bartlett – Tampa Bay Rays (29) BREAKOUT

After posting back to back 20 stolen base seasons in 2007 and 2008, Bartlett will enter the 2009 fantasy baseball season as an excellent backup or second shortstop option on any and all fantasy baseball teams. If Bartlett can stay healthy and post 500-600 at bats, he could easily steal 30 plus bases, with 80 runs scored, 50 rbi, 5 homeruns, and a solid .290 batting average.

17. Khalil Greene – St. Louis Cardinals (29)

Homeruns and power potential has never been a problem for Greene, however staying healthy and maintaining a batting average over .250 has been nearly impossible for him throughout his career. If you can handle a batting average around .250, then Greene should give your team 20 homeruns, 5 stolen bases, 80 runs scored, and 80 rbi for the 2009 season.

18. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers (20) SLEEPER

With the news of Michael Young being moved over to third base to begin the 2009 season, everything is shaping up to give Andrus a huge opportunity to win the starting shortstop job for the Rangers by opening day 2009. If Andrus does in fact win the starting shortstop job to open the 2009 season, he could easily post 40 stolen bases, 100 runs scored, 5-10 homeruns, 50 rbi, and a batting average around .280.

19. Edgar Renteria – San Francisco Giants (33)

At age 33 for the 2009 season and coming off of a horrible 2008 season, Renteria could be on the decline permanently in fantasy baseball leagues. A move to the Giants may revitalize him, but don’t expect more than 10 homeruns, 10 stolen bases, 80 runs scored, 50 rbi, and a batting average around .280 for the 2009 season.

20. Jed Lowrie – Boston Red Sox (25) SLEEPER

Given a chance to play third base and shortstop last year because of injuries to Mike Lowell and Julio Lugo, Lowrie now seems poised to become the everyday starting shortstop for Boston by opening day 2009. If Lowrie does claim the starting job, he makes for an excellent late round sleeper pick in 2009 fantasy baseball drafts, as Lowrie has the ability to post 10 homeruns, 15 steals, a .280 batting average, and 100 runs scored in a high powered Boston offense.

21. Cesar Izturis – Baltimore Orioles (29)

After claiming the starting shortstop job in Baltimore last year, Izturis should remain in that role to begin the 2009 season. 20-30 stolen bases, 70 runs scored, 40 rbi, 3 homeruns, and a batting average around .275 is possible for Izturis in 2009.

22. Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels (25)

After failing to capitalized on taking over the starting shortstop job for the Angels in 2008, Aybar will once again be given every opportunity to win the starting shortstop job outright to begin the 2009 season. If Aybar plays as well as he his potential warrants, his speed is his best asset to fantasy baseball teams, as Aybar could easily post between 30-40 stolen bases during the 2009 season. Unfortunately Aybar doesn’t offer much power, so a homerun total around 5-8 is likely, with 50 rbi, 90 runs scored, and a solid batting average around .290 for the 2009 season.

23. Alberto Callaspo – Kansas City Royals (26) BREAKOUT

On a Royals team that needs talent at seemingly every position, Callaspo could finally get an everyday starting job at second base for the enter 2009 season. If Callaspo does manage to reel in a full time job, and he bats leadoff, then 20 plus stolen bases and close to 100 runs scored could be in store for him during the 2009 season.

24. Cliff Pennington – Oakland Athletics (25) SLEEPER

While Pennington is considered a shortstop, he can play third base and second base as well. With the injury prone and underachieving Bobby Crosby at shortstop and the injury prone Eric Chavez and Mark Ellis at third and second base, Pennington could very easily total over 500 at bats during the 2009 season. If Pennington does get to 500 at bats, he has the potential for 20 plus stolen bases, 70 runs scored, 60 rbi, 5 homeruns, and a .280 batting average for the 2009 season.

25. Orlando Cabrera – Free Agent (34) BUST

Cabrera is currently a free agent searching for a team willing to give him a chance. However at age 34 and batting skills and speed declining, it will likely be a challenge for Cabrera to earn a starting job on any team to begin the 2009 season. If Cabrera can post 500 at bats, then 10-15 stolen bases, 8 homeruns, 80 runs scored, 60 rbi, and a batting average around .280 is likely for the 2009 season.

26. Clint Barmes – Colorado Rockies (30)

A super utility man, Barmes should qualify at 2B, 3B, and SS in your fantasy baseball league for the 2009 season. With this type of versatility, the Rockies should definitely be able to find Barmes some playing time in 2009. Expect around 400 at bats with decent stats in every category, 10-15 homeruns, 10-15 steals, and a batting average around .290. Barmes is definitely a great backup option in nearly every fantasy baseball league, as he is excellent insurance to backup three positions, while just taking up one roster spot.

27. Yuniesky Betancourt – Seattle Mariners (27)

Betancourt doesn’t offer much of anything to fantasy baseball teams, however he is essentially a guaranteed starter for the Mariners, so if you want a shortstop who you know will play everyday, Betancourt makes for a decent backup shortstop. 5-10 homeruns, 5-10 stolen bases, 60-70 runs scored, 50-60 rbi, and a batting average around .280 seem likely for Betancourt in 2009.

28. Felipe Lopez – Arizona Diamondbacks (29)

If the Diamondbacks decide not to resign Orlando Hudson, then it looks like Lopez will open the 2009 season with the starting second base job in hand. 20 stolen bases is about all he is worth however, since Lopez does not possess very good batting average skills nor does he offer much homerun potential.

29. Anderson Hernandez – Washington Nationals (26)

The Nationals need young talent, and Hernandez at 26 years of age should be given ample time and opportunity to keep the starting second base job for the entire 2009 season. Hernandez doesn’t project to have much power or stolen base potential, however he does offers a decent batting average and the potential for a bunch of runs scored.

30. Nick Punto – Minnesota Twins (31)

Punto has a chance to open the 2009 season as the starting shortstop for the Twins, and if he can tally 500 plus at bats, Punto could post 20 stolen bases, 80 runs scored, 40 rbi, 3 homeruns, and a batting average around .285.

31. Christian Guzman – Washington Nationals (31)

Guzman is getting up there in age, and although he doesn’t offer anything great to fantasy baseball teams, he can still be a capable backup shortstop option in deeper fantasy baseball leagues for the 2009 season. Something in the range of 5-10 homeruns, 5-10 stolen bases, 70 run scored, 50 rbi, and a batting average around .300 seem like a good bet for Guzman in 2009.

32. Alcides Escobar – Milwaukee Brewers (22) SLEEPER

No one in the Brewers organization questions Escobar’s ability to play in the big leagues right now, however finding a place to play him is the real question. If Escobar plays well in spring training, he could make the opening day big league roster and take the starting second base job from Rickie Weeks, or he could push JJ Hardy to third and take over the shortstop job. Both are decent possibilities, it just depends on how Escobar fairs in spring training, to see if he is headed for the minors or staying in the majors to begin the 2009 season. If Escobar can post 400 at bats, he could easily steal 20-30 bases, and tally 80 runs scored, 40 rbi, 5-10 homeruns, and a batting average around .290-.300.

33. Brandon Wood – Los Angeles Angels (24) SLEEPER

Originally a shortstop converted to a third baseman and back again to shortstop, Wood has all the minor league credentials, but when he gets his chance in the big leagues, he fails miserably. Still Wood will be just 24 years old during the 2009 season, so maybe 2009 will finally be his breakout year.

34. Emmanuel Burriss – San Francisco Giants (24)

Speed is the name of the game for Burriss, and if the Giants wouldn’t have wasted money on signing free agent Edger Renteria in the off season, Burriss would enter the 2009 season as a top candidate to win the starting shortstop job. However as it stands, Burriss will now be competing for the starting second base job along with another speedster Eugenio Velez to begin the 2009 season. Right now it appears to be a 50-50 chance Burriss win the starting job. If he can get 400-500 at bats, Burriss has the ability to post 30-40 stolen bases, 75 runs scored, 40 rbi, 3-5 homeruns, and a solid .290 batting average in 2009.

35. Jack Wilson – Pittsburgh Pirates (31)

Injuries derailed Wilson’s 2008 season, but a return to health for the 2009 season could mean 10 homeruns, 5 stolen bases, 70 runs scored, 40-50 rbi, and a batting average around .280 for Wilson in 2009.

36. Julio Lugo – Boston Red Sox (33) BUST

Injuries, age, a lack of production, and a younger Jed Lowrie behind him at shortstop, will likely force Lugo to the bench and in a utility role for the Red Sox in 2009. If given 500 plus at bats, Lugo could surprise and notch 30 stolen bases, but it’s a long shot. Expecting something in the range of 3 homeruns, 15-20 stolen bases, 60 runs scored, 30-40 rbi, and a batting average around .270 seem likely for Lugo in 2009.

37. Bobby Crosby – Oakland Athletics (29) BUST

Crosby finally managed to stay fairly healthy throughout the 2008 season, however his stats were absolutely horrible. In 556 at bats Crosby posted just 7 homeruns, 7 stolen bases, 66 runs scored, 61 rbi, and a batting average at .237. So unless you are completely desperate, and I mean completely desperate, stay away from Crosby during your 2009 fantasy baseball draft, and take a chance on another shortstop with more potential.

38. Joaquin Arias – Texas Rangers (24)

With the Rangers likely to move Michael Young over to third base, Arias is the dark horse candidate that may claim the starting shortstop job if stud prospect Elvis Andrus isn’t ready to begin the 2009 season. As a fill in at second base when Ian Kinsler went down in 2008, Arias produced admirably with a .291 batting average, 4 steals, 3 triples, and 15 runs scored in just 32 games.

39. Reid Brignac – Tampa Bay Rays (23)

Now at age 23 for the 2009 season, Brignac and his power bat could easily make the Tampa Bay opening day roster this year. While Brignac played shortstop in the minors, he could move over and play some second base or even give it a try in the outfield during the 2009 season. And if Jason Bartlett would go down at shortstop, Brignac is the clear backup. With 300 at bats for Tampa Bay during the 2009 season, Brignac could post 15 homeruns, 5 stolen bases, 40-50 rbi, 40 runs scored, and a .280 batting average.

40. David Eckstein – San Diego Padres (34)

At age 34 for the 2009, it doesn’t look like Eckstein has much left in the tank, but if he is the starting shortstop or second basemen in San Diego for the 2009 season, he could post 8-10 stolen bases, 3 homeruns, 60-70 runs scored, 30 rbi, and a batting average around .280.

OTHERS:

Jeff Keppinger – Cincinnati Reds, Luis Rodriguez – San Diego Padres, Maicer Izturis – Los Angeles Angels, Brendan Harris – Minnesota Twins, Ronny Cedeno – Chicago Cubs, Nomar Garciaparra – Free Agents, Matt Tolbert – Minnesota Twins, Adam Everett – Minnesota Twins, John McDonald – Toronto Blue Jays, Ryan Rohlinger – San Francisco Giants, Omar Vizquel – Texas Rangers, Matt Tuiasosopo – Seattle Mariners, Chin-lung Hu – Los Angeles Dodgers

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher © Rankings – Top 30

2009 Fantasy Baseball: First Base (1B) Rankings – Top 50

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base (2B) Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Third Base (3B) Rankings – Top 40

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2009 Christmas Gift Guide for the Elmo Fan

How many of us have an Elmo fan on our list this year? If you have someone who is infant aged to preschool aged then you can’t go wrong with Elmo. Elmo has a lot of fans, which means Elmo toys are pretty popular. So which ones are better then the next? That’s the hard choice you have to make and that’s where my gift guide comes in and makes things a little bit easier.

Fisher Price Elmo Live Encore $60

Elmo live is so life like it’s unbelievable. He’s full of surprises even more then the last Elmo that was released on the market. This Elmo tells stories, jokes, stories and sings songs. The best part of this Elmo he even tries’s telling some tongue twisters and doesn’t always get them right. That’s the part that makes him seem like he’s life like. He waves his arms, sits, crosses his legs, stands and just about anything else. He will sing three songs which are: Sunny Days, Somebody come and play and Elmo’s World.

Fisher Price Sesame Street Tickle Hands Elmo $20

I’m sure you have seen the commercials on this hot new item, so it’s no wonder it made my list. Every kid who loves Elmo wants these cute tickle hands. These Elmo hands are made like gloves that will fit on your Childs hands. Tickle hands will vibrate and say funny phrases and make silly sound effects. That’s not all they do though, Elmo will also help you learn some of his silly dance moves and the tickle hands can recognize your child’s movements and help guide them step by step. It’s like getting two different toys in one.

Sesame Street Elmo’s Treasure Hunt Adventure Building Set $25

If you’re looking for a great interactive toy, then this one is it. This adventure building set will sure be a great hit with the little one on your list this year. Elmo will say two different phrases about his adventure and his pirate. This building set includes: 43 pieces, building ideas and a convenient storage box to store everything in, making cleanup a breeze. You also get a bonus activity sheet that is filled with things for your child to do.

Fisher Price Elmo’s Greatest Hits $23

If your little one is looking for something fun to play with and has wanted their very own radio then this is the one to get them. Kids get to sing along with Elmo via an included microphone and here some of Elmo’s best songs ever. You will get to hear these songs: the chicken dance, E-L-M-O, shout, Elmo’s world theme and the hokey pokey. When they are done signing along with Elmo your child will then here applause so they know they have done a good job signing along with Elmo.

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2009 Christmas Holiday Schedule: Nov. 22 - 28

So many holiday specials – so little room on the DVR! Whether you are looking for ideas on how to deck out your house for the holidays or just want to curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa and a good holiday movie, here is the holiday listing to help you find what you are looking for on TV this holiday season for the week of November 22 – November 28, 2009. This holiday TV schedule is divided into 4 categories – (1) Christmas Holiday TV Specials (2) Christmas Holiday Movies and (3) Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials and (4) *NEW Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials. Many holiday series ‘specials’ are repeated during the holiday season. Check back with my home page each week for an updated weekly list to see when your favorite holiday show will be on TV.

*Denotes a NEW show

Christmas Holiday TV Specials

Christmas Luau (CMT, Christmas Holiday Special)
Larry the Cable Guy’s holiday special.
Sunday, November 22, 8:30pm
Tuesday, November 24, 12:00am
Friday, November 27, 12:00am

Christmas Holiday Movies

A Christmas Memory (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A boy & his elderly cousin spend a bittersweet holiday together before he leaves for military school. Patty Duke, Eric Lloyd, Piper Laurie.
Tuesday, November 24, 12:00pm

A Christmas Visitor (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Grieving over a son’s death in the Gulf War, a family meets a stranger who rekindles the holiday spirit. William Devane, Meredith Baxter, Reagan Pasternak.
Tuesday, November 24, 10:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 4:00pm

A Dennis the Menace Christmas (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Dennis is a mischievous young boy who tries to show his neighbor, Mr. Wilson, the holiday spirit while hoping Santa Claus will bring him a shiny new bicycle. Robert Wagner, Louise Fletcher, Maxwell Cotton Perry.
Friday, November 27, 5:00pm

A Holiday to Remember (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A recently divorced mother is reunited wither first love when she returns home. Connie Sellecca, Randy Travis, Rue McClanahan.
Monday, November 23, 7:00pm

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A country singer and a mountain man rescue 7 runaway orphans from a sheriff. Dolly Parton, Lee Majors, Anita Morris.
Sunday, November 22, 2:00pm
Monday, November 23, 12:00pm

All I Want for Christmas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A boy asks contest organizers to find a new husband for his widowed mother. Gail O’Grady, Robert Mailhouse, Greg Germann.
Tuesday, November 24, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 4:00pm

Bad Santa (MTV, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Two criminals disguise themselves as Santa & an elf to rob stores at Christmastime. Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly.
Friday, November 27, 12:00am, 10:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 12:00am

Call Me Claus (Lifetime, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Santa Claus is forced to retire and asks a TV producer to take his place. Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne, Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Friday, November 27, 9:00pm

Chasing Christmas (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Holiday spirits visit a single father who has boycotted Christmas. Tom Arnold, Leslie Jordan, Andrea Roth.
Sunday, November 22, 4:00pm

The Christmas Box (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Recurring dreams & a discovery follow when a businessman, his wife & daughter move in with an elderly widow. Maureen O’Hara, Richard Thomas, Annette O’Toole.
Wednesday, November 25, 12:00pm

The Christmas Choir (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A homeless man inspires a workaholic to start a choir at a shelter. Jason Gredrick, Rhea Perlman,Cindy Sampson.
Monday, November 23, 8:00pm

Christmas Do-Over (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A man has a chance to make positive changes by reliving Christmas Day over and over again. Jay Mohr, Daphne Zaniga, Ruta Lee.
Sunday, November 22, 2:00pm

The Christmas Card (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A soldier visits a small town while home on leave & falls for the woman who wrote a well-wishing card to the troops. Ed Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans.
Saturday, November 28, 6:00pm

The Christmas Gift (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
An architect & his daughter visit a Colorado town where everyone believes in Santa Claus. John Denver, Jane Kaczmarek, Gennie James.
Tuesday, November 24, 2:00pm

The Christmas List (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A store clerk receives everything she put on a facetious Christmas wish list. Mimi Rogers, Bill Switzer, Rob Stewart.
Wednesday, November 25, 9:00pm

The Christmas Wish (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A Wall Street businessman returns home to help his widowed grandmother. Neil Patrick Harris, Debbie Reynolds, Naomi Watts.
Sunday, November 22, 12:00am

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Christmas Holiday Movie)
A bah-humbug guy hates the Christmas-loving Whos in Whoville. Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski.
Tuesday, November 24, 4:20am (SK&FM)
Friday, November 27, 8:00pm

Elf (USA, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Adopted as a baby by one of Santa’s elves, a man leaves Santa’s workshop in search of his family. Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart.
Thursday, November 26, 9:00pm
Friday, November 27, 7:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 9:00pm

Ernest Saves Christmas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Wacky Ernest bails out Santa who is in Florida trying to recruit a new Santa. Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark.
Friday, November 27, 2:00pm

Eve’s Christmas (Lifetime, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A lonely woman gets a second chance to rethink a fateful decision after she makes a wish on a Christmas Eve star. Elisa Donovan, Cheryl Ladd, Sebastian Spence.
Saturday, November 28, 1:00pm

Fred Claus (Christmas Holiday Movie)
Santa Claus has new headaches this yuletide season when he has to bail his troublemaking brother Fred out of trouble and then puts him to work in his toy factory. Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson.
Monday, November 23, 12:00pm (HBOFM)
Tuesday, November 24, 1:40am (HBOFM)
Thursday, November 26, 1:30am (HBOFM)
Friday, November 27, 12:45am (HBOCY)
Saturday, November 28, 7:00am (HBO2E)

Holiday in Handcuffs (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A waitress kidnaps an unsuspecting customer in order to trick her parents into believing she is engaged. Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Markie Post.
Sunday, November 22, 8:00pm

Holiday Wishes (Lifetime, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A rich, spoiled child & an orphan girl magically switch bodies. Amber Benson.
Saturday, November 28, 11:00am

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A boy thinks Santa is trying to split up his parents and starts to behave badly. Connie Sellecca, Corbin Bernsen, Dylan Sprouse.
Thursday, November 26, 6:00pm

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Weird obstacles get in the way of a college student trying to get home by Christmas Eve. Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna.
Friday, November 27, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 2:00pm

Jingle All the Way (TBS, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A tough policeman, a crazed postman, & a shady Santa get in the way of a father seeking a coveted toy for his son. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman.
Saturday, November 28, 9:00pm

Meet the Santas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A man, his fiancée and her mother plan a Christmas wedding for the happy couple on Christmas Eve. Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard, Dominic Scott Kay.
Sunday, November 22, 8:00pm
Monday, November 23, 4:00pm
Friday, November 27, 6:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 10:00am

Miracle on 34th Street (Christmas Holiday Movie)
A department-store Santa goes to court to prove he’s the real deal. Jane Alexander, Sebastian Cabot, David Hartman.
Thursday, November 26, 2:00pm (FOXMO), 8:00pm (ABC Family)

Moonlight & Mistletoe (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Nick & his daughter Holly fight a real-estate developer to keep their Christmas theme park open. Candace Cameron Bure, Tom Arnold, Christopher Wiehl.
Friday, November 27, 10:00pm

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A snowbound stranger brightens the holidays for a retired police officers & his niece. Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns, Warren Christie.
Wednesday, November 25, 8:00pm

Mr. St. Nick (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Santa Claus wants to pass the torch to his reluctant son who is enjoying the bachelor life in Miami. Kelsey Grammer, Charles Durning, Katherine Helmond.
Sunday, November 22, 4:00pm
Friday, November 27, 4:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 12:00pm

The National Tree (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A man & his son take a cross-country road trip to deliver a Christmas tree to Washington, DC. Andrew McCarthy, Kari Matchett, Evan Williams.
Saturday, November 28, 8:00pm, 10:05 pm

The Night They Saved Christmas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
An elf warns an Arctic oil station that Christmas Eve drilling could destroy Santa’s toy factory. Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney, Paul Le Mat.
Friday, November 27, 12:00pm

One Magic Christmas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A guardian angel helps a poor, tired woman whose family faces eviction from their home at the holidays. Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Basaraba.
Sunday, November 22, 12:00pm
Monday, November 23, 12:00am

Our First Christmas (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Complications are a-plenty when 2 widowed people and their children spend their first Christmas together. John Ratzenberger, Julie Warner, Dixie Carter.
Thursday, November 26, 10:00pm

The Perfect Holiday (Christmas Holiday Movie)
Romance blooms when a little girl asks a department-store Santa to grant her divorced mothers’ wish for Christmas.
Wednesday, November 25, 2:20am (StarzE); 5:20am (StarzW)
Thursday, November 26, 7:20am (StarzE); 10:20am (StarzW)
Saturday, November 28, 6:20pm (SK&FM)

Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Richie makes a wish & ends up in an alternate world where his mean cousin Reggie is in charge & tries to cancel Christmas. David Gallagher, Martin Mull, Keene Curtis.
Saturday, November 28, 1:00pm

The Road to Christmas (Lifetime, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A determined woman hitchhikes to reach her Christmas Eve wedding. Jennifer Grey, Clark Gregg.
Saturday, November 28, 5:00pm

Santa Baby (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A female business executive returns to the North Pole to help her father, Santa Claus, prepare for Christmas. Jenny McCarthy, George Wendt, Ivan Sergei.
Sunday, November 22, 6:00pm

The Santa Clause (Christmas Holiday Movie)
When Jolly Old St. Nick falls off a rooftop on Christmas Eve, an unsuspecting ad man takes over for him. Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson.
Sunday, November 22, 9:00pm (DISE)
Monday, November 23, 12:00pm (DISE); 12:00am, 3:00pm (DISW)
Friday, November 27, 9:00pm (TBS)
Saturday, November 28, 7:00pm (TBS)

The Santa Clause 2 (Christmas Holiday Movie)
The new Santa must find a bride by Christmas Eve in order to save Christmas & keep his job. Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz.
Saturday, November 28, 7:00pm (DISE); 10:00pm (DISW)

Santa Jr. (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A lawyer tries to help Santa’s son after he is accused of stealing Christmas presents. Lauren Holly, Judd Nelson, Nick Stabile.
Thursday, November 26, 4:00pm

Scrooged (HBOFM, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A ruthless TV network chief meets the ghost of Christmas past, present and yet to come. Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe.
Thursday, November 26, 3:45am
Friday, November 27, 9:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 4:15am

Secret Santa (Lifetime, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A young journalist learns the true meaning of Christmas while trying to uncover the identity of a missing philanthropist. Jennie Garth, Steve Eckholdt, Charlie Robinson.
Saturday, November 28, 7:00pm

Silent Night (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
On Christmas Eve, a woman & her son welcome American & German soldiers into their cottage during WWII. Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour.
Monday, November 23, 9:40pm

Silver Bells (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A teenage runaway plays matchmaker when he tries to match his widowed father with a woman who lost her husband during a past Christmas holiday. Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, Michael Mitchell.
Wednesday, November 25, 10:00pm
Thursday, November 26, 2:00pm

Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (Lifetime, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Santa’s heir woos a widowed as-exec who wants to use him in the biggest ad campaign of her career. Crystal Bernard, Steve Guttenberg, Dominic Scott Kay.
Saturday, November 28, 3:00pm

Snow Day (TMC, Christmas Holiday Movie)
Students steal a snowplow in an attempt to keep school closed for another day. Chris Elliott, Mark Webber, Jean Smart.
Thursday, November 26, 6:45am, 6:30pm (TMC-E); 9:45am, 9:30pm (TMC-W)

Snow Dogs (Encore, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A south Miami man travels to Alaska to claim his inheritance – a mischievous team of sled dogs. Cuba Gooding, Jr., James Coburn, Sisqo.
Thursday, November 26, 8:00pm

Snowglobe (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A snow globe magically sends a woman into a holiday wonderland. Christina Milian, Lorraine Bracco, Josh Cook.
Sunday, November 22, 10:00pm

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Christmas Holiday Movie)
The Pumpkin King gives the yuletide season a touch of Halloween. Voices of Danny Elfman & Chris Sarandon.
Friday, November 27, 12:00 am, 6:40pm (Encore); 3:00am, 9:40pm (EncoreW)

Unlikely Angel (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A dead country singer seeks to get into heaven by uniting a troubled family during the holidays. Dolly Parton, Brian Kerwin, Roddy McDowall.
Monday, November 23, 9:00pm

When Angels Come to Town (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday Movie)
A holiday angel finds his job in jeopardy. Peter Falk, Katey Sagal, Tammy Blanchard.
Thursday, November 26, 6:00pm

Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials

17 Kids & Counting (TLC, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“O Come All Ye Duggars” – The Duggar family celebrates Christmas by decorating & riding in a float for the annual Christmas parade.
Tuesday, November 24, 7:00am, 3:00pm

25 Great Holiday Ideas (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
How to transform a home into a place to welcome holiday guests & viewer-inspired holiday decorating and entertaining ideas.
Thursday, November 26, 8:00pm
Friday, November 27, 3:00am, 3:00pm

According to Jim (TBS, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“The Christmas Party” – Jim’s feuding with a neighbor leads to him not being invited to their Christmas party.
Wednesday, November 25, 4:30pm

Bam’s Unholy Union (MTV2, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Flipping the Christmas Bird” – Bam wants to deck the halls (house) for the holidays; Missy worries over cooking her first Christmas Eve dinner.
Friday, November 27, 7:00pm

The Bernie Mac Show (CW, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“A Christmas Story” – The children hide a stray dog until Christmas hoping Bernie will let them keep it.
Monday, November 23, 11:30pm

Bones (TNT, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
The body of a bearded man in a Santa suit turns up in a sewer.
Monday, November 23, 7:00pm

California Country (RFDTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Apple cider, sweet potatoes and caring for Christmas trees highlight this episode.
Friday, November 27, 9:00pm

Carter Can (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Home for the Holidays” – A family gets a living room redo for Christmas.
Friday, November 27, 4:30pm

Carter Comes Home (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Carter goes home for the holidays and helps out in his home town.
Friday, November 27, 5:00pm

Cheers (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Christmas Cheers” – Sam scrambles at the last minute to find a gift for Rebecca.
Saturday, November 28, 2:00am

The Christmas Dinosaur (SK&FM, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
A boy receives a dinosaur egg for Christmas.
Saturday, November 28, 10:50am

Color Splash (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“A Colorful Holiday” – A family gets a festive room makeover for the holidays.
Friday, November 27, 8:30pm
Saturday, November 28, 3:30am

Cool Tools (DIY, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Holiday Special” – Tools that can aid in Christmas decorating; holiday gift ideas.
Friday, November 27, 8:00am, 11:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 2:00am, 6:30pm

Debbie Travis’ Facelift (FLN, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Holiday Special” – Three homes are decorated for the holidays.
Saturday, November 28, 12:00pm

Decked for the Holidays (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Decorating tips for the holidays.
Friday, November 27, 12:00pm

Design on a Dime (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Pack Rat Christmas” – Four roommates decorate their place for the holidays.
Friday, November 27, 9:30am

“Family Heritage Christmas” – A lucky family gets an Old Word holiday makeover for their home.
Friday, November 27, 10:00am

“Old World Holiday Spirit” – Italian-inspired seasonal décor spices up a holiday party.
Saturday, November 28, 5:00pm

Frasier (Lifetime, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“We Two Kings” – Frasier & Niles argue over who will host the Christmas festivities. Meanwhile, Roz develops a crush on Santa Claus.
Saturday, November 28, 12:00am

The Golden Girls (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“‘Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas” – A lonely Santa takes the roommates hostage.
Thursday, November 26, 9:00am, 11:30am

HGTV’s Home for the Holidays (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
A tour of HGTV’s Vern Yips’ Atlanta home.
Friday, November 27, 11:00am

Holiday Scrapbooking (Oxygen, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Learn how to create calendars, greeting cards, party favors, labels & beautiful scrapbooks for the holidays.
Saturday, November 28, 5:00am

How It’s Made (Science, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Learn how glass Christmas ornaments are made.
Sunday, November 22, 3:30am
Monday, November 23, 3:30pm
Thursday, November 26, 10:30am

Jeff Dunham Christmas Special (Comedy Central, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Jeff and “friends” perform in this Christmas special.
Thursday, November 26, 8:00pm
Friday, November 27, 7:00pm

Larry, Christmas (VH1, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Larry pays a tribute to Christmas using sketches, paradies, animation, & man-on-the-street bits.
Thursday, November 26, 11:05pm

Living Single (Oxygen, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Synclaire tries to show everyone the meaning of Christmas.
Wednesday, November 25, 9:00am, 2:30pm

M*A*S*H (TV Land, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Dear Sis” – Father Mulcahy writes a letter to his sister about his Christmas blues.
Saturday, November 28, 5:00am

Martha’s Christmas Special (FLN, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
Martha’s guide to holiday entertaining.
Thursday, November 26, 9:00pm
Friday, November 27, 1:00am
Saturday, November 28, 9:00am, 10:00pm

Myles of Style (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“A Cluttered Den Gets Cleaned Up & Decked…” – A couple’s den is too cluttered for Christmas.
Friday, November 27, 4:00pm

Raising Sextuplets (WE, Christmas Holiday Series Specials)
“Christmas Chaos” – The family searches for the perfect Christmas tree, has a Christmas card photo session, and goes on a Polar Express tram ride.
Saturday, November 28, 7:00pm

Scrapbooking (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Winter Holidays” – Ideas on how to make seasonal pages in your scrapbook.
Tuesday, November 24, 6:30am

Seinfeld (TBS, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“The Pick” – Elaine sends out a revealing photo of herself with her Christmas cards.
Saturday, November 28, 6:30pm

The Closer (TNT, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Next of Kin” (Part 1) – Brenda’s family wants to spend Christmas together.
Monday, November 23, 9:30pm, 11:00pm

Touched by an Angel (Hallmark, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“Fear Not” – The angels join a small-town church’s Christmas celebration in order to help a man understand his disabled brother.
Sunday, November 22, 2:00am

Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“The Wench Who Saved Christmas” Curtis turns into a scrooge when Ella cancels a Hawaiian Christmas vacation so Madea visits to restore holiday cheer.
Wednesday, November 25, 3:30pm

Viva La Bam (MTV2, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials)
“The Christmas Episode” – Bam adorns the house with man-made snow, ultra-bright lights, giant Christmas ornaments and an indoor ice skating rink.
Thursday, November 26, 2:30am

*NEW Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials

*The Making of a Christmas Spectacular (WE, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
Saturday, November 28, 8:00pm

*Country’s Family Reunion (RFDTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
“Christmas Special” – Guests include Johnny Russell, Billy Walker & Grandpa Jones.
Friday, November 27, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 28, RFDTV

*Designing Spaces: Holiday Edition (Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
“Home for the Holidays” – New ideas on old traditions.
*Friday, November 27, 7:30am (WE)
Saturday, November 28, 7:00am (TLC)

*HGTV’s Home for the Holidays 2009 (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
The HGTV family would like to share some of their most cherished holiday traditions with you. Tune in for all the advice, tips, traditions, and of course homes with HGTV’s Home for the Holidays.
Friday, November 27, 10:30am

*Holly & Hal Moose (ABC Family, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
Two antlered workers at the North Pole Weather Center try to help Santa save the holidays.
Tuesday, November 24, 7:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 10:00am

*Holidays-Black (History, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
Lewis Black is armed with history & humor as he takes aim at the holiday season.
Monday, November 23, 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 24, 12:00am
Friday, November 27, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 12:00am

*Lie to Me (Fox, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
“Secret Santa” – During the holidays, Lightman goes to Afghanistan on a mission to rescue two captured Marines.
Monday, November 23, 9:00pm

*Sandra Lee / Holiday Homecoming (HGTV, Christmas Holiday TV Series Specials NEW)
Despite a financially challenging year, a family works with Sandra to create gifts & decorating projects on a low budget.
Saturday, November 28, 8:00pm

Sources:

ABC Family
CMT
Comedy Central
CW
DIY
Encore
Fox
FOXMO
FLN
Hallmark
HBO
HBOFM
History
HGTV
Lifetime
MTV
Oxygen
RFDTV
Science Channel
SK&FM
Starz
TBS
TLC
TMC
TNT
TV Land
USA
VH1
WE

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2009 College Football Picks for Week One

College Football picks for week one have arrived! The 2009 College Football picks for week one even involve two Thursday games, two Sunday games, and two Monday games, making the Labor Day weekend of college football an exciting beginning to the season. Sure, some of the games are going to be easy wins for the top ranks, but there are certainly some interesting matches in the mix as well.

Week One College Football Picks

Thursday:

South Carolina at N.C. State — With a profiled game on National television (ESPN) N.C. State QB Russell Wilson is going to put on a show as N.C. State runs away with this one.

No. 16 Oregon at No. 14 Boise State — Not many teams go into Boise and win, but that could be exactly what happens when the high powered offense of Oregon rolls into town. It’s going to be a shoot-out, which also shows what Oregon has to the rest of the country.

Saturday:

Navy at No. 6 Ohio State — Ohio State better make their make in this game, as they need to really blow out Navy in order to get some of the voters to take notice. They will.

San Jose St. at No. 4 USC — Another cake walk for a top team, this is a tune-up that USC should win easily.

No. 13 Georgia at No. 9 Oklahoma State — This looks to be a great match on paper, with Georgia invading Cowboys territory, but they could be in for a shock. Look for OSU to win the one in the fourth quarter.

Nevada at No. 23 Notre Dame — It’s another tune up game, and Notre Dame is out to prove that they are for real this year. They should do just that in week one.

Charleston Southern at No. 1 Florida — Florida should actually be embarrassed that they have Charleston Southern on their schedule, and if they don’t want laughed out of college football, they better not slip up.

No. 20 BYU at No. 3 Oklahoma — BYU has the unfortunate combination of getting ranked, and then having to go to Oklahoma in week one. Oklahoma has this one by a landslide.

No. 5 Alabama against No. 7 Virginia Tech in Atlanta — This is definitely the game of the week, with Alabama trying to rule the SEC, and Virginia Tech trying to prove they belong in the elite. Look for Virginia Tech to pull an upset after Alabama’s offense sputters.

Maryland at No. 12 California — California wants to battle for the Pac 10 title, and will prove themselves with a nice week one victory.

No. 11 LSU at Washington — UW is coming off the worst season in college football history, but want to prove a lot in the opening week. Look for them to pull the upset of the week over SEC powerhouse LSU.

Sunday:

No. 8 Mississippi at Memphis — Mississippi stats out on the road, but should still be able to win this one, even if Memphis does put up a great fight early on.

Colorado State at Colorado — The state match-up could be the most important game of the season for these two teams and they know it. Look for Colorado to use the home field advantage to run away with this one.

Monday:

Miami at No. 18 Florida State — It’s a battle for bragging rights as the second best team in Florida, and on this day its going to be Miami shining through in a Nationally broadcast game.

Source: ESPN Schedules

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2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League (RP) Rankings Relief Pitcher

Keeper League Relief Pitcher (RP) Rankings are based on a 3-year outlook for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 fantasy baseball seasons. Rankings are established for a standard fantasy baseball scoring system in mixed AL/NL leagues with scoring category stats including: saves, wins, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP. Keeper League (RP) Rankings include the Top 50 preseason 2009 fantasy baseball relief pitcher eligible players. Each individual players age for the 2009 season is listed in parentheses after their name. Good Luck this 2009 Fantasy Baseball Season!

KEEPER LEAGUE RELIEF PITCHER (RP) RANKINGS 2009

1. Jonathan Papelbon – Boston Red Sox (28)

Papelbon’s age, dominance, durability, and the team he plays for, make him the safest closer option in all of fantasy baseball for the 2009 season. At age 28, Papelbon is in the prime of his career and assuming he sticks as a closer for the rest of his career, he could easily post 30 plus saves, 70 strikeouts, and an ERA around 2.00 in each season for the next five years. 35-40 saves, 70-80 strikeouts, 1.90-2.10 ERA, and a WHIP around 0.90 seems likely for Papelbon in 2009.

2. Francisco Rodriguez – New York Mets (27)

Much like Papelbon, Rodriguez has the same trio of factors on his side; he’s young at just 27 years old, he’s proven to be dominant and durable, and he plays for a winning team. After posting an unprecedented 62 saves during the 2008 season, it is very unlikely he posts even close to that number again in 2009. Something along the lines of 35-40 saves, 90 strikeouts, 2.25-2.50 ERA, and a 1.20-1.30 WHIP seem reasonable to expect from Rodriguez in 2009, with similar stats expected until at least the 2012 season.

3. Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins (34)

Nathan has been simply dominate as a closer, and now likely at the pinnacle of his career at age 34 for the 2009 season, Nathan should once again finish the 2009 season as a top 5 overall fantasy baseball relief pitcher. 35-40 saves, 70-80 strikeouts, 1.50 ERA, and a sub 1.00 WHIP is a great bet for Nathan in 2009 as well as the 2010 and maybe even the 2011 seasons.

4. Brad Lidge – Philadelphia Phillies (32)

Coming off of a perfect season from a saves perspective, Lidge once again showed that he is a top 5 overall fantasy baseball relief pitcher. And while a perfect saves season isn’t likely to happen again during the 2009 season, the Phillies should post enough wins to give Lidge the opportunity to save 40 plus games. A final stat line in 2009 could include 40 saves, 90-100 strikeouts, an ERA around 2.00, and a WHIP close to 1.20. Similar numbers can be expected from Lidge in the 2010 and 2011 seasons as well.

5. Joakim Soria – Kansas City Royals (25)

Even on a Royals team that won just 75 games during the 2008 season, Soria posted 42 saves out of 45 chances. At just age 25 for the 2009 season, Soria is quickly becoming one of the best and most dominate closers in all of major league baseball. 35 saves, 60 strikeouts, an ERA around 2.00 or lower, and a WHIP around 1.00 or below is likely for Soria during the 2009 season, with the potential for an even higher saves total if the Royals can find a way to win 80 games. Soria’s fantasy baseball outlook over the next five to eight years appears to be excellent.

6. Carlos Marmol – Chicago Cubs (26)

Marmol is young and relatively inexperienced in the closers role, which make up his biggest downfall. However in reality, Marmol’s young age is actually a good thing, as he should have plenty in the tank to be a dominate closer for at least the next five years. Marmol offers outstanding strikeout ability, which he has clearly proven over the past two years. The potential to post 35-40 saves, 100 strikeouts, an ERA around 2.25, and a WHIP under 1.00 is possible for Marmol in 2009, with similar numbers also expected over the next five years.

7. Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers (25)

Broxton is young and he has been considered the closer of the future for the Dodgers for the past couple of years. Now with the opportunity to claim the closers role full time for the 2009 season, Broxton will likely take over and become a top 10 overall fantasy baseball relief pitcher by the end of the season. Broxton has excellent strikeout ability which pushes his fantasy baseball value even higher. 30 saves, 80-90 strikeouts, 2.80-3.00 ERA, and a WHIP around 1.15 are realistic expectations for Broxton in 2009 through 2013.

8. Bobby Jenks – Chicago White Sox (28)

Jenks has been one of the most dominate closers in all of major league baseball over the past three years, and at age 28 for the 2009 season, Jenks should continue to be very good and reliable for another three to five years in fantasy baseball leagues. 30-35 saves, 60 strikeouts, an ERA around 2.50-2.75, and a WHIP close to 1.10 seem reasonable to expect from Jenks in 2009 through 2011.

9. Matt Capps – Pittsburgh Pirates (25)

As odd as it may seem, Capps who has been tagged as an up-and-coming fantasy baseball closer for a couple of years now, has yet to post the saves totals that fantasy baseball teams covet. And because of this fact, Capps’ value entering the 2009 fantasy baseball season is extremely low among other relief pitchers and closers. Yet in 2009 fantasy baseball keeper leagues, Capps should offer outstanding value over the next five to eight years. At just age 25, Capps has the potential to post 25 plus saves, 60 plus strikeouts, an ERA around 2.75, and a WHIP around 1.10 each season for at least the next five years.

10. Chris Perez – St. Louis Cardinals (24)

Perez is clearly the closer of the future for the Cardinals, and that future has the possibility to begin in 2009. If Perez is named the full time closer sometime during the 2009 season, expect him to quickly become a top 10 overall fantasy baseball relief pitcher for the next eight years. 30 plus saves, 70-80 strikeouts, an ERA around 3.30, and a WHIP around 1.25 is possible for Perez in 2009, with similar stats expected over the next five to eight years.

OTHERS:

11. BJ Ryan – Toronto Blue Jays (33)
12. Jose Valverde – Houston Astros (30)
13. Brain Fuentes – Los Angeles Angels (33)
14. Joel Zumaya – Detroit Tigers (24)
15. Francisco Cordero – Cincinnati Reds (34)
16. Joey Devine – Oakland Athletics (25)
17. Kerry Wood – Cleveland Indians (32)
18. Heath Bell – San Diego Padres (31)
19. Manny Corpas – Colorado Rockies (26)
20. Huston Street – Colorado Rockies (25)

21. Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees (39)
22. JJ Putz – New York Mets (32)
23. Grant Balfour – Tampa Bay Rays (31)
24. George Sherrill – Baltimore Orioles (32)
25. Joel Hanrahan – Washington Nationals (27)
26. Mike Gonzalez – Atlanta Braves (31)
27. Matt Lindstrom – Florida Marlins (29)
28. Chad Qualls – Arizona Diamondbacks (30)
29. Mark Lowe – Seattle Mariners (26)
30. Chris Ray – Baltimore Orioles (27)

31. Jeff Samardzija – Chicago Cubs (24)
32. Brad Ziegler – Oakland Athletics (29)
33. Brian Wilson – San Francisco Giants (27)
34. Jensen Lewis – Cleveland Indians (25)
35. Brandon Lyon – Detroit Tigers (29)
36. CJ Wilson – Texas Rangers (28)
37. Adam Miller – Cleveland Indians (24)
38. Kevin Gregg – Chicago Cubs (31)
39. Frank Francisco – Texas Rangers (29)
40. Ryan Madson – Philadelphia Phillies (28)

41. Jose Arredondo – Los Angeles Angels (25)
42. Chad Cordero – Free Agent (27)
43. Tony Pena – Arizona Diamondbacks (27)
44. Santiago Casilla – Oakland Athletics (29)
45. Taylor Tankersley – Florida Marlins (26)
46. Jason Motte – St. Louis Cardinals (27)
47. Rafeal Soriano – Atlanta Braves (29)
48. Pat Neshek – Minnesota Twins (28)
49. Trevor Hoffman – Milwaukee Brewers (41)
50. Jon Rauch – Arizona Diamondbacks (30)

2009 FANTASY BASEBALL POSITION RANKINGS

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher © Rankings – Top 30

2009 Fantasy Baseball: First Base (1B) Rankings – Top 50

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base (2B) Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Third Base (3B) Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Shortstop (SS) Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Outfield (OF) Rankings – Top 120

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher (SP) Rankings – Top 150

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitcher (RP) Rankings – Top 70

2009 FANTASY BASEBALL KEEPER LEAGUE RANKINGS

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Catcher © Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League First Base (1B) Rankings – Top 60

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Second Base (2B) Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Third Base (3B) Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Shortstop (SS) Rankings – Top 40

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Outfield (OF) Rankings – Top 100

2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Starting Pitcher (SP) Rankings – Top 100

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2009 Christmas Gift Guide for the Wow Wow Wubbzy Kid

Do you have a little one on your list this year who just loves Wubbzy? Most of the preschool aged children just love this show. It’s a cute little show if you as an adult have ever watched it. So if you have a little one on your list this year then you cant go wrong picking something off this list this year.

Kickball Wubbzy $40

If you’re looking for a remote control that the little one on your list will go nuts for then this is the one. It has easy to use controls so it’s great for little ones who are just learning. The best thing is its Wubbzy themed. Wubbzy has a kickball that he just loves to chase. You will hear fun sounds and phrases. This remote controlled toy can be driven in forward and reverse. The best part is the controller is shaped like the letter “W”.

Vtech Bugsby Book- Wow Wow Wubbzy $13

If you’re looking for a great book that doesn’t require any reading programs or any other ad ons then this is the book for you. Wubbzy will help your children read while telling them a great adventure story. This one book will teach your children skill building, syllables, capitals, small letters, beginning sounds, rhyming words, reading comprehension and identifying key objects. You can’t get much more from one single book then you can with this great book.

Fisher-Price Wow Wow Wubbzy Wacky Wubbzy Plus toy $18

Not your typical plush toy, this one will make your children laugh non stop. This toy is soft as all plush animals are and it will speak to your children. Press his nose and you will hear different kinds of music. Twist and turn Wubbzy’s tail to hear lots of kooky sounds and different kinds of phrases. So if you’re looking for something that’s a little one the cheaper side but still fun to play with then this is the toy for you.

Fisher Price Disco Dancin Wubbzy $24

If you’re looking for something that your kids will get up off the floor and play with then this is the toy for you. Wubbzy will make your kids dance, play, laugh and just have a really good time. Wubbzy performs four different dance moves that he performs. First he will be the Wubbzy wiggle. The second one he will do is the Wubbzy worm then the Wubbzy handstand and then the final move will be the Wubbzy cartwheel. Wubbzy will then show off all his skills with a grand finale.

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2009 College Football Matchups Worth Traveling To

If you are a fan of college football then you may be wondering what some of this year’s upcoming biggest games are going to be. One of the biggest games that are going to take place is the game between Florida and Oklahoma State at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are planning on attending the Fiesta Bowl for this match you should make sure that you purchase your tickets ahead of time. If you do not purchase your tickets ahead of time for this match then you will quickly find that you do not have a ticket for this game. There are usually tailgating parties at the Fiesta Bowl so you might want to check those out after the game!

Another one of the most exciting 2009 college football match ups is going to be between Virginia Tech and Cinncinati at the FedEx Orange Bowl. The FedEx Orange Bowl is well known for the rowdy crowds. If you are planning on purchasing tickets for this event then you should purchase tickets on the lower level. Many fans make the mistake of purchasing cheap tickets for the Orange Bowl that are extremely high up in the stadium. This is a big mistake because it is almost impossible to see anything when you are that high up.

Another great college football match up will be when Pitt plays against Omaha State. If you are planning on attending this game you should know that there will be very little parking available. For this reason, you may want to pursue public transportation by bus to the game that is going to take place in El Paso, Texas. In the end, this will save you money along with tons of trouble. If you are planning on drinking at the game that’s an even better reason to use public transportation so that you do not have to drive home drunk.

The Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl is another great college football match up that will take place between Boston College and Vanderbilt College. This college football match up is going to take place in Nashville, TN and will be featured on ESPN. This is usually one of the closer college football matches of the year.

Either way, these are some of the most exciting college football match ups that are going to take place. If you are planning on taking a college football trip then these are three of the most exciting games that you could ever want to watch. Just make sure that you plan your college football trip in advance so that you don’t have to worry about last minute problems!

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2009 College Football Trips - BYU vs. Utah

Fall is on its way and that means all those great college football match-ups will soon be here. If you’re looking for a classic rivalry game, you won’t want to miss this year’s University of Utah and Brigham Young University game. These Mountain West Conference foes have had an ongoing rivalry for as long as I can remember. Their match-ups always provide an exciting college football game whenever they play. This year’s BYU-Utah football game will be held at the BYU campus in Provo, Utah on November 28th. Tickets for the game can be purchased at the BYU website or by calling the BYU Ticket Office at 800-322-BYU1 or 801-422-BYU1.

If you decide to travel to Provo to see this great college football match-up, you’ll find that there is plenty to do besides just watching the game. The BYU campus is located in a beautifully scenic area and you’ll enjoy exploring the area before the game. The home for BYU Cougar football is Lavell Edwards Stadium, located just north of the BYU campus, close to many restaurants and hotels.

There are many great restaurants in the Provo area. If you’re in the mood for pizza, you’ll definitely want to try Brick Oven. This delicious pizza and pasta restaurant is located right across the street from BYU campus at 111 E 800 N in Provo. This restaurant gets pretty crowded on game days, but the wait is definitely worth it.

Downtown Provo is also full of great restaurant choices for your game day festivities. There are plenty of options on Provo’s Center Street, located just a few blocks south of BYU campus. If you like Mexican food, try the Provo classic, Los Hermanos, located at 16 W Center St. If you’d like to try some Indian food, India Palace is a great choice, and is located at 98 W Center St. You’ll also love the Italian restaurant, Ottavios, located at 77 E Center St.

If you’re planning an overnight stay in Provo, there are plenty of hotel choices to accommodate you. One of the nicest and closest to BYU’s football stadium is the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 1600 N Freedom Blvd. Reservations can be made by calling 801-373-2222. There are also two other Marriott hotels located in Provo. The Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is located at 101 W 100 N and can be reached at 801-377-4700. The Residence Inn is located at 252 W 2230 N in Provo and can be reached at 801-374-1000. Both hotels are only a few minutes drive from BYU’s stadium and campus.

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2009 Emmy Preview: Best Supporting Actress Comedy

The Best Supporting Actress Comedy Emmy category has had some surprises in the last few years. Jamie Pressley and Jean Smart pulled semi-surprises in the last two years, while this year’s Best Supporting Actress Comedy field looks to be fairly wide open. Once again, Saturday Night Live has broken into the Best Supporting Actress Comedy competition, this time with two nominees. Meanwhile, 30 Rock’s biggest diva looks to take the spotlight, the supporting stars of Weeds and Ugly Betty give it another go, and one of the stars of Pushing Daisies hopes to send the show off with a bang.

Last year, the biggest change to the Best Supporting Actress Comedy category was that Saturday Night Live cast members could compete. That seemed to pave the way for Amy Poehler, but she was upset by Smart. This year, Poehler hopes to finish the job, as she is nominated for her final year on SNL. Or rather, Poehler is nominated for the much-discussed “Palin Rap” she delivered in front of Sarah Palin, one week before she gave birth. Can that one rap, no matter how popular it was, be enough to give Poehler the Best Supporting Actress Comedy Emmy?

If it is not enough for Poehler, the newest biggest female star of SNL hopes to step in. Kristen Wiig is in the Best Supporting Actress category for the first time, for her work in Neil Patrick Harris’s episode. Wiig’s most notable bit there involves her blabbermouth “Penelope” character, in a sketch featuring a Liza Minnelli cameo, of all things. But Poehler is the current rising female comedy star of the moment, and may have more momentum to ride. The Emmy voters may conclude that they’ll have a few more chances to honor Wiig before SNL lets her leave. However, if Poehler’s tape doesn’t have enough for them other than the rap, Wiig may have a more complete submission.

There are other competitors than Saturday Night Live performers, however. 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski finally joins her co-stars in the Emmy spotlight – gaining her the attention that her character Jenna would kill for. In fact, she nearly does kill for attention from a hunky 911 responder in Krakowski’s submission tape. Since Krakowski is from 30 Rock, that automatically means she cannot be counted out to begin with. Krakowski’s outcome may be the first major sign of whether or not it is another 30 Rock night at the Emmys.

While 30 Rock continues its string of award success, Pushing Daisies has only one last chance to get any Emmy love, thanks to Kristen Chenoweth. To the dismay of critics, Daisies was knocked off, though an Emmy for Chenoweth as the love-sick Olive may serve as a big farewell. Chenoweth was defeated last year, and may serve as the sentimental favorite – at least for those who actually watched Daisies.

The Best Supporting Actress category is rounded out by two perennial nominees. Elizabeth Perkins makes another appearance for Weeds as the unpleasant Celia, while Vanessa Williams goes down the Emmy runway again as Ugly Betty’s scheming Wilhelmina. Perkins and Williams have been Emmy bridesmaids before, and have to overcome their show’s declining status, as well as the more flashy nominees, to try and break through this time. With former Emmy winner America Ferrera not nominated in her category, Ugly Betty may be falling off the Emmy radar, to the detriment of Williams.

If Perkins or Williams can pull some surprises, it would only make the Best Supporting Actress Comedy race even tighter than it already is. Poehler and Wiig are in a heated battle for the SNL vote, while Krakowski and Chenoweth fight for the “perky tiny blonde who can sing” vote, and Perkins and Williams compete for who is the most overdue. There are no real heavy underdogs and no real heavy favorites to speak of, as each nominee will have a solid fanbase and lots of big material in their corner.

Only Amy Poehler was able to do free-style in front of the Vice Presidential nominee while almost nine months pregnant, however. That bit capped off her SNL career, and so might an Emmy to go with it.

Projected winner: Amy Poehler

Sources

Gold Derby- “COMEDY Predictions, Analysis & Discussions” http://ift.tt/28Isjj1

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