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Anthony Peeler

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2008 by rfpoftheday

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Position: Shooting Guard

Teams:

  • University of Missouri
  • Los Angeles Lakers (1992–1996)
  • Vancounver Grizzlies (1996–1997)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (1998–2003)
  • Sacramento Kings (2003–2004)
  • Washington Wizards (2004–2005)

Notables:

  • 15th overall draft pick in the 1992 NBA Draft
  • Known for his 3-point shooting and “Tomahawk” Jam
  • Averaged 9.8 points per game over his 13-year NBA career.
  • Led the league in three-point field goal percentage during the 2003-04 season with the Sacramento Kings (.482)
  • Threw an elbow at former teammate Kevin Garnett during the Kings’ 2003-04 playoff series. He was suspended for the rest of the series.

Though he wasn’t a huge scorer (he topped out at 14.5 ppg for the Grizzlies in 1996-97), Peeler was a valuable shooter who could get hot in a hurry.

Give Me The Rock advised fantasy basketball owners to take a strong look at Peeler as a valuable option for deep leagues that counted three point field goals and three point percentage. Or, more importantly, because “he does look like a thugged out baller in his league photo.”

Aside from shooting 3’s, Peeler was also famous for elbowing Kevin Garnett in the side of the head during the 2003-04 playoffs. Peeler was suspended for the rest of the playoff series and Garnett was fined $7500 for a retaliation elbow thrown at Peeler during the incident.

You know you were special at one time when you have a song named after you. MC Radiation pays homage to Peeler in his song titled “Anthony Peeler“. The lyrics are too NSFW for our blog, but you can find them here. Oddly enough MC Radiation is from Portland, Oregon. Shouldn’t he be rapping about headbands or Oden? This blog profiles and interviews MC Radiation, calling him a “highly respected artist in the Southeast Portland underground hip hop community.”

That Southeast Portland hip hop scene must be out of control.

If you live in Oklahoma City you can attend the Anthony Peeler Basketball Camp. And if you live in Oklahoma City, you just stole the Sonics from Seattle. Do you feel dirty?

YOUTUBES!

Peeler highlights from his college days:

Peeler dunking for the Lakers:

This guy is NOT an Anthony Peeler fan:

But you know this guy is. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. MC Radiation:

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Andy Benes

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2008 by rfpoftheday

Position: Pitcher

Teams:

  • University of Evansville
  • San Diego Padres (1989-1995)
  • Seattle Mariners (1995)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (1996-1997, 2000-2002)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-1999)

Notables:

  • #1 pick in the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft (by the San Diego Padres)
  • His brother Alan Benes also pitched in the Major Leagues, and was his teammate in 1996-97 and 2000-01.
  • 1x All-Star (1993)
  • Third in Cy Young Award voting in 1996 (went 18-10 with a 3.83 ERA)
  • First player in Diamondbacks history when he signed as a free agent prior to the 1998 season. He also threw out the first pitch in the franchise’s history.

In case your wondering how the heck Andy Benes was a #1 overall pick, just look at his junior year in college at Evansville. He was 16-3 with a 1.42 ERA, struck out 188 and walked just 36. In addition, he threw 13 complete games and 8 shutouts. He was named the 1988 College Player of the Year.

RFP Trivia: Benes was the first player selected in the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. Can you name the #1 picks from both 1987 and 1989?

Benes had an up and down Major League career. For example, in 1993 he went 15-15 and was an All-Star. The next season he led the Majors in losses, but also led the Majors in strikeouts. He had seasons such as 1996, where he went 18-10 with a 3.83 ERA and finished 3rd in NL Cy Young voting, but also had a season (2001) in which he had a 7.38 ERA in 27 games (including 19 starts). (Benes’ career stats)

In 2005, The Bad Beat Baseball Blog would not let us “forget” Andy Benes by pointing out some of the more amusing box score lines of 2001 for Andy:

 IP  H  R ER K BB HR
2.7  9 10 10 2  0  2
5.7  7  7  7 2  3  4
3.7 10  9  6 8  2  2
3.7  6  6  6 4  5  5

In a 2004 column for The Sporting News, pitcher Todd Jones mentioned that Benes had a habit of gritting his teeth when preparing to throw a slider. I’m sure every hitter in the league knew of this. I’m gonna make a read that Benes wasn’t a good poker player.

Andy Benes is nominated as an “Unconsidered Hero” by these bloggers.

Virtual Globetrotting even lets you view Andy Benes’ house from the sky!

Benes is only tagged on one video on youtube. WARNING: It may be as disturbing as looking at sky-view pictures of his house:

Trivia Answer: Ken Griffey Jr. (1987), Ben McDonald (1989)

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Elvis Grbac

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2008 by rfpoftheday

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Position: Quarterback

Teams:

  • University of Michigan (1989-1992)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1993-1996)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1997-2000)
  • Baltimore Ravens (2001)

Notables:

  • Led Michigan to two Rose Bowls
  • Was the quarterback during WR Desmond Howard’s Heisman Trophy season in 1991
  • Left Michigan as the school’s all-time leader in passing attempts, completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns (all have since been broken)
  • Drafted in the 8th round (219th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft
  • Was a starting quarterback for 5 seasons in the NFL (4 with Kansas City, 1 with Baltimore)
  • Made the Pro Bowl in 2000
  • Retired after the 2001 season

COLLEGE

Grbac played at the University of Michigan from 1989-1992. He finished his college career with 522 completions for 6,460 yards and 71 touchdowns, becoming Michigan’s all-time leader in all 3 of those categories (his records were eventually broken by John Navarre in 2003 and then Chad Henne set new records in 2007).

Grbac also led Michigan to back-to-back Rose Bowls. In 1991, Grbac’s top receiver was Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, and the team went 10-1 in the regular season before falling to Washington in the Rose Bowl. In 1992, Grbac led the Howard-less Wolverines to an undefeated season (9-0-3), which culminated in a Rose Bowl victory over the same Washington team that had beat them the previous year.

Many Michigan fans say Grbac is the best quarterback they have ever had. Here is a thread from a Michigan forum asking fans to rank the top Michigan QB’s of all-time.

Grbac to Howard (vs. Notre Dame, 1991):

NFL

Despite his success in college, Grbac wasn’t selected until the 8th round of the 1993 NFL Draft. Out of 224 total picks, he was taken 219th. Amazingly, the 8th round of the ’93 draft produced 6 Pro Bowlers, and Grbac wasn’t even the lowest Pro Bowl quarterback selected. Trent Green was taken 3 picks later, at #222, and went on to make two Pro Bowl appearances (2003 & 2005). Here is a list of the 8th round selections in the ’93 draft who went on to become Pro Bowlers (* denotes number of Pro Bowl appearances):

Speaking of Jessie Armstead, how intimidating is this picture of him in college?

Back to Grbac…..

He spent the first 4 years of his career in San Francisco backing up Steve Young. He saw playing time in 43 games for the 49ers and started 9 times before going to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 to be their starting quarterback. Grbac started for 4 seasons in Kansas City and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2000 after throwing for 4,169 yards and 28 TD’s. After the Pro Bowl he became a free agent and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens (coming off a Super Bowl win) placed high expectations on Grbac, but he was unable to fulfill them. He threw more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (15), and was constantly taunted and criticized by fans and the press. To make matters worse, the Ravens cut him after the season in a salary cap move and refused to renegotiate his contract. As a result, Grbac decided to retire, much to the surprise of the rest of the league.

(Buy this poster here)

NFL fans can be ruthless when players disappoint them. This guy puts Elvis Grbac on his extensive list of Players Who Really Sucked. And here is an entry for “Elvis Grbac” on Urban Dictionary. According to the entry, the term “Elvis Grbac” is defined as “The state of sucking at any given activity. To perform terribly.”

Collectible Elvis Grbac gear: Action Figure, Jersey, Autographed Photo, Autographed Mug (?)

Grbac is a member of the Terrible Jersey Hall of Fame. This kid doesn’t care though:

He knows Grbac was a solid 8th round pick.

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Travis Fryman

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2008 by rfpoftheday

Position: Third Baseman

Teams:

  • Detroit Tigers (1990-1997)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (1997)
  • Cleveland Indians (1998-2002)

Notables:

  • Drafted in the first round (30th overall) of the ’87 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers
  • 5x All-Star (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000)
  • Silver Slugger Award (1992)
  • Gold Glove Award (2000)
  • Career .274 average with 223 HR and 1,022 RBI in 13 seasons
  • Retired in 2002 at the age of 33 due to injury
  • Now manages the Class-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Indians organization)

A shortstop to begin his career, Fryman made the full-time switch to 3rd base in 1994, but he didn’t have the hitting statistics you typically see from today’s all-star 3rd basemen. Over his 3 all-star seasons at 3rd base (note: his other two all-star appearances were as a shortstop), he averaged a .284 batting average with 21 home runs and 97 RBI. For comparison, if Fryman put up those stats in 2007, he would have been 9th among 3rd basemen in home runs and batting average, and 8th in RBI’s. Would Fryman be an all-star 3rd baseman in today’s game? Maybe not, but he would still be a very valuable player. One of the things that made him so valuable was his consistency. He never put up gigantic numbers, but year-in and year-out he put up solid numbers. You could always count on him to hit in the upper .200’s, knock out around 20 homers, and put up 80-100 RBI. (Fryman’s career stats)

He complemented his bat with a solid glove in the field. He won the AL Gold Glove Award for 3rd basemen in 2000 after committing only 8 errors all season, including a 60-game errorless streak. He also had his best season at the plate that year, hitting a career high .321 with 22 HR and a career high 106 RBI.

Given that he had such an outstanding season in 2000 (at the age of 31), it seems odd that he only played two more seasons in the MLB. Injuries got the best of him, however. In 2001 he tore a ligament in his right elbow, and the tear led to shoulder problems which required surgery. As a result, Fryman spent a lot of time on the DL, and when he did see the field, he struggled. Fryman announced in August 2002 that he would retire at the end of the season. In conjunction with his retirement, he issued this statement:

“I’ve always considered myself a blue-collar type of player and an overachiver. I only hope that people thought I gave my best effort out there. If I was not able to play at an acceptable level, I would walk away. This season has been really long, but the 13 years went by really fast.” (recovered from this source


 

Here’s a big Travis Fryman fan who makes a case for Fryman to be in the Hall of Fame. His reason? Everyone else in his era cheated. Here’s another article on Fryman and the Hall of Fame, but this one cites his intangibles as a qualifying criteria for his entry into the Hall. He was on the ballot in 2008, but received only two votes, which was 406 votes shy of what he needed to get in.

Here’s a Detroit Tigers blog that ranks the Tigers’ 1987 draft as their 5th best in history, solely because of Travis Fryman.

After working as a spring training instructor for the Indians for a few years, Fryman was hired as manager of their short-season Class A team, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, in Novemeber of 2007. In his inaugural season of managing, Fryman’s Scrappers currently sit at 13-15. Apparently, he’s already been ejected from a game.

I’m guessing the Scrappers’ players don’t do too well with the ladies:

Here’s some more evidence supporting the above statement:

A warning from Travis Fryman:

 

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Byron Hanspard

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2008 by rfpoftheday

 

Position: Running Back

Teams:

  • Texas Tech University (1994-1996)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1997-1999)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000-2002)

Notables:

  • Rushed for over 2,000 yards as a junior at Texas Tech (1996)
  • Doak Walker Award winner (best RB in nation) (1996)
  • 6th in Heisman Trophy voting in 1996, including 15 first-place votes
  • Declared for the NFL Draft after his junior year
  • It was later discovered that he posted a 0.0 GPA during his junior season
  • 41st overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft (Round 2)
  • Drafted in the 2nd Round (41st overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft
  • Saw playing time in just 2 NFL seasons, starting only 4 games
  • An ordained Pentecostal minister

COLLEGE

Hanspard had a distinguished college career. He rushed for 764 yards as a freshman, 1,374 yards as a sophomore, and an incredible 2,084 yards as a junior. Hanspard and Iowa State’s Troy Davis were the only two players to rush for over 2,000 yards that year. His stellar junior season earned him the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best running back. He also finished 6th in the 1996 Heisman Trophy race, garnering 15 first-place votes and finishing two spots ahead of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning.

 (Doak Walker Award)

Hanspard owns several Texas Tech rushing records, including career rushing yards (4,219), single-season rushing yards (2,084), and single-game rushing yards (287). He also holds the record for most rushing yards per game in a season (189.5 in 1996), and for a career (127.8). Rushing records at Texas Tech seem pretty safe for now, as they are now known for their prolific passing attack.

He decided to leave school after his junior year and declare for the 1997 NFL Draft. Normally, a kid makes this decision because he wants to enter the draft while his stock is high, avoid the risk of injury in his senior season, and begin making the big bucks.  Hanspard had gave a different reason. According to an article in the New York Times, Hanspard, an ordained Pentecostal minister, said he left early school early because “the National Football League offered a bigger platform to spread his faith” and expand his ministry. When asked if playing on Sundays in the NFL would clash with his religion, the Times article quotes him as saying, ”If the Lord felt that it would hurt me a lot, he wouldn’t have told me to go to the NFL. I don’t have to go to church on Sunday to worship and praise the Lord.”

Honestly though, if Hanspard wanted a bigger platform to spread his faith and expand his ministry, it would have been better if he would have stayed in college and played his senior year as a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy rather than wallow in obscurity in the NFL. By the end of his junior year, however, Hanspard had no choice but to declare. His GPA for that year was 0.0. Following the news of Hanspard’s GPA, Texas Tech announced that since 1991, 76 athletes in 8 sports, including 46 football players, had competed when they should should have been ineligible. As a result, the school and the NCAA imposed sanctions on the athletics programs at fault, which included a 1997 postseason ban, a reduced number of scholarships, and limited recruiting privileges. Here’s a full list of the sanctions.

NFL

Hanspard was chosen in the 2nd round (41st overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1997 NFL Draft. Primarily used as a kick-returner, he had 987 return yards as a rookie to go along with 335 rushing yards, including a 77-yard run against the Raiders. He missed the entire 1998 season with a knee injury before returning in 1999 and starting 4 games for the Falcons. He rushed for only 383 yards on the season and scored just one touchdown.

He was cut by the Falcons during training camp in 2000 and never played another NFL down, despite being on the Buccaneers roster from 2000-2002.

Here’s an article written by the Augusta (GA) Chronicle before Hanspard’s rookie season, claiming he could be the next great Falcon running back. Well, so much for that.

 

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Dale Ellis

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2008 by rfpoftheday

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Position: Guard/Forward

Teams:

  • University of Tennessee (1979-1983)
  • Dallas Mavericks (1983-1986)
  • Seattle Supersonics (1986-1990, 1997-1999)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (1990-1992, 1999-2000)
  • San Antonio Spurs (1992-1994)
  • Denver Nuggets (1994-1997)
  • Charlotte Hornets (1999-2000)

Notables:

  • 9th overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft
  • NBA Most Improved Player (1986-1987)
  • Finished in the top 10 in scoring for 3 consecutive seasons
  • Averaged 27.5 points per game for the Sonics in 1988-1989
  • 1x All-Star (1989)
  • Holds the NBA record for minutes played in a single game (69)
  • 3rd in NBA history in 3-pointers made (1,719)
  • 19,004 career points (Top 50 all-time)

COLLEGE

 

Ellis starred at the University of Tennessee, where he was a two-time first team All-American and two-time SEC Player of the Year. In 1989, he was named to the SEC Team of the 80’s. He averaged 21.2 points per game as a junior and 22.6 points per game as a senior, finishing with over 2,000 career points. Here’s a Sports Illustrated article from 1982 on Ellis.

NBA

Ellis was drafted 9th overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He only played about 15 minutes per game in 3 seasons with the Mavericks before being traded to Seattle, where became a star. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award in his first season for the Sonics (1986-1987), after increasing his scoring average from 7.1 ppg to 24.9 ppg.

While in Seattle, Ellis teamed with Tom Chambers and Xavier McDaniel to form a stellar Random Forgotten Trio. In two seasons together, the trio combined for 70 points per game:

1986-1987

Ellis-24.9

Chambers-23.3

McDaniel-23.0

1987-1988

Ellis-25.8

Chambers-21.4

McDaniel-20.4

Get your Ellis, McDaniel, Chambers wallpaper here.

The trio was broken up after the ’87-’88 season, when Chambers was traded to Phoenix. Following the Chambers trade, Ellis had his best individual season, scoring 27.5 points per game and making his first and only All-Star apperance. Ellis made the most of All-Star weekend, winning the 3-point contest and scoring 27 points in the All-Star game. Ellis led the Sonics in scoring again in ’89-’90 (23.5 ppg), although that season was cut short due to a car accident in which he broke his ribs. He was traded to Milwaukee during the ’90-’91 season, and despite coming off the bench for the Bucks, Ellis’ production remained high.

After Milwaukee, Ellis spent two years as a starter with San Antonio, three years with Denver (two as a starter), and then did the Seattle/Milwaukee thing again for 2.5 seasons. He retired in 2000 after a half season with the Charlotte Hornets. (Ellis’ career stats)

Ellis holds the NBA record for most minutes played in a game. He played 69 out of a possible 73 minutes in a 5-overtime game against Milwaukee on November 9, 1989 (and scored 53 points).

Oh how I want this poster:

Hey basketball players! Learn how to get open! And who better to teach you than Dale Ellis? Learn from him in this SI article.

These kids know what’s up!!!

YOUTUBES

Note: In searching for Dale Ellis videos, I came across hilarious footage of Shaq trying to show off for NBC and falling really, really hard. For some reason, the clip is at the very beginning of this Michael Jordan highlight reel.

Now Dale Ellis:

Highlights of the 1989 All-Star Game:

Sonics vs. Bulls (’87-’88 season), MJ has 39, Ellis has 34:

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Todd Doxey: 1989-2008

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2008 by rfpoftheday

RFP of the Day takes a break today to pay tribute to University of Oregon safety Todd Doxey, who passed away Sunday evening after an accident during a team float down the McKenzie River. He was 19 years old. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Todd, you will never be forgotten.

Doxey’s GoDucks.com profile

University of Oregon media release

KEZI News report

A thread for condolences on eDuck.com

Tribute Video:

(Photo Courtesy: Eric Evans, GoDucks.com)

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