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Mark Gram
Springfield, Illinois
High School: Quincy High School
Loves: Illinois sports, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, reading, and politics

Eric Pedigo
Birthplace: Chatham, Illinois
High School: Glenwood High School
Eric is a Chatham native and Glenwood graduate.  He and his wife Amanda live in Glenarm with their three children.  Eric started hosting a sports talk radio show on the internet in 2005. In 2008, he began co-hosting Fantasy Football 101 with Adam Stark, Mark Gram, and Nicorelli. Eric can be heard every Sunday morning from 9-11am on Sports Radio 1450.

Rizzo, Molina, Chapman, and a little

Baseball quick-hits.

Prospect extraordinaire, Anthony Rizzo made his Chicago Cubs debut last night vs the New York Mets. He went 2-4 with an RBI. Word has it the Cub brass thought about having Rizzo come out during the 7th-inning stretch and feed the multitudes at Wrigley with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Fortunately, wiser-heads prevailed and it was decided to let Rizzo perform his miracles between the white lines.

Kidding aside, I think it was smart for the Cubs to bring Rizzo up now. For all my friends who are Cub fans, I hope Rizzo is the real deal. You guys have suffered plenty. You need a good young player to pin your hopes on.


I can still hear the howling when the St. Louis Cardinals gave catcher Yadier Molina a five-year extension with the Cardinals worth $75 million through 2017 and an option for 2018 worth another $18 million.

I don't hear that howling now.

Molina is in my mind, the best catcher in baseball righ now. Molina already has 12 HR's with 44 RBI and is batting a team high .317. He's even managed to steal 7 bases while being thrown-out just 1 time.

Defensively, the gold-glove catcher has been his normal fabulous self. He is the glue that keeps the pitching staff together.

I firmly believe that "Yadi" is the one player the Cardinals could afford to lose long-term to injury, the least.


Reds closer Aroldis Chapman decided last night that along with his closer role with the team, he'd do a little gymnastics routine with a couple of somersaults after getting the final out .

As a Cardinal fan I'm all for this. In fact, I believe that Chapman should incorporate a few cartwheels, and finish up with a back-handspring. Yeah, that should do the trick.

Seriously. What can he be thinking? His team is in 1st place and he's pulling out this somersault routine?! My guess is Chapman's manager, Dusty Baker, took him aside and suggested he never do that again.

I'm still hoping for that back-handspring though.


Ok boys and girls, the fantasy football season is getting closer, and as a public service, I'm going to throw out a few RB's that might be considered sleepers for the upcoming season.

Donald Brown -

(Indianapolis) - Brown started to produce some decent numbers with some scores last year. He's likely to be a starter for a Colts team in a total transformation. If QB Andrew Luck develops quickly, Brown will get more chances to produce than most think. And that makes him a darkhorse candidate.

Stevan Ridley -

(New England) - Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis is to Cincinnati. That means Ridley will most likely start, although Shane Vereen will get time as well. Ridley could put up some decent numbers. I'd have no problem having Ridley as my RB#3.

David Wilson -

(New York Giants) - Looking for a deep sleeper? I have him right here. This rookie has some elusiveness to him and should get looks around the goal-line. And remember, current starter, Ahmad Bradshaw has foot issues. With Brandon Jacobs now with San Francisco, should Bradshaw get hurt, Wilson would be the Giants starter.

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