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Week 8 Lames: The Butler to swing, miss at Mile High

Roy Helu has screwed up Alf’s home run swing. (USAT)

Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names who he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you’re a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 8 Lames in the comments section below.

Cam Newton, Car, QB (78-percent started) Matchup: at TB A tale of two halves has become habit for Newton. Last year, he stumbled out of the gates over the first several weeks of the season, tarnishing his QB1 image. However by midseason, the light in the attic turned on as he finished tied with Russell Wilson atop the QB per game ranks over the final 10 games of the regular season. This year, it appears he’s replicating the uneven ride. Over the first five weeks of 2013, the passer’s Scam side reappeared, tallying the 14th-best per game average among signal callers. However, his 33.1 fantasy point bonanza in Minnesota Week 6 has owners wondering if he’s about to embark on another multi-game tear. In short: Josh Freeman has better odds of completing consecutive passes. On short rest and facing an above average Buccaneers secondary, the Panther is a fringe QB1 even in a bye-heavy week. In his past two meeting against Tampa, he’s failed to surpass the 20-point mark in standard formats. Torched by Nick Foles and Matt Ryan in back-to-back games, the Bucs have underperformed of late. Still, Darrelle Revis, the second-best cover corner in the league per Pro Football Focus’ metrics, has marooned many a receiver, surrendering a lowly 7.7 yards per catch and 61.1 QB rating. In what should be a cornea-burning affair, Cam posts only modest numbers. Give me Russell Wilson (at StL), Eli Manning (at Phi) and Ben Roethlisberger (at Oak) instead.

Fearless Forecast: 229 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 28 rushing yards, 17.2 fantasy points

Alfred Morris, Was, RB (86-percent) Matchup: at Den Doctored Jon Lester junk. That’s exactly what the Broncos will throw at Washington’s power hitter this weekend. In classic Lucifer Shanahan style, an unexpected RBBC has slowly formed in D.C. Though Morris continues to be the primary ball carrier (91-to-31 attempts), the season snap distribution between the incumbent and Roy Helu is nearly even (226-to-213). This week, don’t be surprised if the script flips. Given the shortcomings of the Washington defense and the fact the ‘Skins have played from behind often this year, it’s entirely likely a lopsided affair breaks out early, relegating Morris to watch the action from the sidelines. Clearly, Helu has emerged as the main passing-down option and, if last week’s TD hat-trick is any indication, a legitimate goal-line gremlin. If the expected game flow unfolds, the ‘backup’ will dominate touches in the second half. Toss in Denver’s stinginess against the run (2.8 yards per carry allowed to RBs) and with Von Miller back in action, and Morris is a difficult RB to trust. Keep in mind no rusher has eclipsed the 75-yard mark on the ground against the Broncos this year. Pierre Thomas (vs. Buf), Le’Veon Bell (at Oak) and Mike James (vs. Car) are viable alternatives.

Fearless Forecast: 17 carries, 77 rushing yards, 0 receptions, 0 touchdowns, 7.7 fantasy points

Lamar Miller, Mia, RB (50-percent) Matchup: at NE Joe Philbin must be a Bud man. Miller time has rarely happened this season. Perpetual thorn, Daniel Thomas, continues to receive more touches than he deserves, limiting the starter’s big play potential. Despite averaging a healthy 4.3 yards per carry (Thomas 3.4), Miller has seen 40 or more snaps and totaled 15-plus touches once each this season. Can you say criminally underused? Against New England, don’t expect the blueprint the suddenly change. Down Vincent Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, the Pats weren’t overly generous in the trenches last week. Against a formidable Jets offensive line, they held Chris Ivory to a lousy 3.1 yards per carry, though he did top the century mark on an exhaustive 34 carries. In that contest, Dont’a Hightower and Chris Jones both graded out on the plus side defending the run according to Pro Football Focus. As a heavily invested Miller owner, I hope I’m way off on this, but because of Philbin’s stubbornness and the Patriots’ still rigid defense, the ‘Fin is again highly untrustworthy. Please, Joe, get a clue.

Fearless Forecast: 11 carries, 46 rushing yards, 1 receptions, 5 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 5.8 fantasy points

Josh Gordon, Cle, WR (67-percent) Matchup: at KC FLASH! AHHHHHHH! HE WON’T SAVE ANYONE OF US! Last week, Brandon Weeden couldn’t hit a well-fed Packers fan in the gut from five-yards out, a miserable effort that led to his benching. However, going from Weeden to Jason Campbell is akin to trading in a woefully (expletive) dumb phone for just a (expletive) dumb phone. They both excel at misconnections. Oakland was the last team desperate enough to rely on Campbell. In six 2011 starts, the QB averaged 7.1 yards per attempt and 195.0 yards per game while posting a 6:4 TD:INT split. By no means is that Blaine Gabbert-terrible, but it’s certainly not encouraging. Understand, Campbell is a check-down maestro, a tendency that may ultimately kill Gordon’s big-play ability. KC’s defensive play will also have a similar effect. Corners Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper and, when healthy, Brandon Flowers have consistently executed at a high level. Smith and Cooper, targeted a combined 68 times, have surrendered just 28 receptions (41.1 catch percentage). Overall, only five wide receivers have totaled nine fantasy points or more against the Chiefs. After what will surely be an abysmal offensive performance by Campbell, maybe Michael Lombardi will seriously entertain signing Jeff Garcia.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.6 fantasy points

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Mysterious website seeks names, numbers of alleged Hezbollah agents

BEIRUT A mysterious website offering financial rewards for information about alleged members of Hezbollahs international operations wing has become a major topic of conversation in intelligence circles around the Middle East, with operatives wondering who is behind the effort.

The site, which appeared without fanfare in recent weeks, claims to be the work of an alliance of Western intelligence agencies. But two Western security officials familiar with the project said it is likely an Israeli operation to gather data on one of the worlds most secretive organizations.

Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim movement that is the most powerful Lebanese political group, has long been the focus of Israeli and Western intelligence agencies and has been accused in a long string of terrorist incidents, including the bombing 30 years ago Wednesday of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut and the bombing in Bulgaria last year of a bus loaded with Israeli tourists.

The site, which can be found at Stop910.com, says its mission is to bring attention to Hezbollahs so-called Unit 910, which the site accuses of being Hezbollahs international operations unit tasked with conducting intelligence gathering and performing operations around the world.

The site contains photographs of dozens of alleged operatives along with requests for readers to submit any information on the men, who range from suspects already known to authorities to dozens of apparently unidentified Hezbollah members. In many cases, the site shows a picture and no further information and offers rewards for phone numbers, real names and even home addresses of the men.

We call upon you to assist in our activity, whose purpose is to end Hezbollah-perpetrated terror in Lebanon and abroad, the site explains. We ask that you send us any and all details that you have to help in this effort, especially information on the true identity of the people in the photos displayed on this site.

A supposedly secure link for delivering that information and arranging payment information is included next to each photo.

Although it purports to be a multi-country effort at battling the Lebanese Shiite group, two Western intelligence officials familiar with both the site and Hezbollahs international operations said that the site is maintained by Israeli intelligence services.

Ive seen it and wondered why they lied, said one official based in Beirut. The official, who works for a European intelligence service, focuses primarily on Hezbollah and agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Its an Israeli project, similar to the efforts theyve done in the past to try to get information on the fate of missing soldiers and pilots in Lebanon, he said. Thats why the site is blocked by most Lebanese Internet providers, its literally showing the pictures of dozens of men and asking those who might know them to collaborate with the Israelis in exchange for money.

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Documentary explores what made trash-talk pioneer Morton Downey Jr. tick

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Morton Downey Jr. (right) was a trash talk pioneer.

“vocateur,” the engaging new documentary about the onetime talk-show king Morton Downey Jr., begins with an excerpt from a “Nightline” interview Ted Koppel did with Downey in the late 1980s.

“Just one last question,” Koppel says to the then-highly controversial Downey. “How much further can it go?”

The clip ends, ominously, before Downey’s reply. But, no matter. Almost anyone who lived through that era knows how drastically the medium changed after Downey’s meteoric rise and fall; a two-year run that altered the tenor of TV talk forever and, in the process, gave Americans a skewed view of North Jersey (the show which aired locally on Channel 9, was taped at 9 Broadcast Plaza in Secaucus) that persists to this day.

For those who weren’t along for the ride, the documentary which opens on Friday with a simultaneous release on iTunes and On Demand provides some knowing tour guides. Among them is the former daytime star Sally Jessy Raphael, who describes the Downey show as both a descendent of the 1960’s “Joe Pyne Show” and a forerunner of “today’s reality television. That prurient excitement of not-nice people saying not-nice things.”

The film’s other talking heads will be familiar to fans of radio and television chat. Among them: Richard Bey, Curtis Sliwa, Gloria Allred, Joey Reynolds, Pat Buchanan and Alan Dershowitz.

The comedian Chris Elliott, who once did a comic Downey impression – warts and all – on David Letterman’s NBC talk show, admits being mesmerized by Downey’s onscreen antics; while Dershowitz struggles to explain why he agreed to appear on the show at all.

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Controversial ex-Harvard prof may face smooth sailing to UN post

President Obamas choice of for the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, former Harvard Professor Samantha Power, stirred conservative ire in the past with her call for an American “mea culpa” policy and armed intervention in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but appears unlikely to face signficant obstacles in the Senate confirmation process.

Power, author of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide, would replace Susan Rice who moves to become Obamas new national security advisor. Rice’s name was floated for Secretary of State but withdrawn in the face of harsh criticism over her role in the Benghazi crisis. Rice’s appointment as national security advisor has drawn howls of protest from conservatives but does not require Senate approval.

Ironically, Power was among the fiercest critics of Clinton officials, including Rice, who kept the U.S. out of Rwanda, famously having to leave the Obama campaign in 2008 after refering to Hillary Clinton as a “monster.” But both women worked closely with Obama on foreign policy within the White House.

She has angered conservatives in the past with a call for American apologies in 2003 — “a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States .. a doctrine of mea culpa” — and suggestions of a forceful intervention to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to Foreignpolicy.com, Keith Urbahn, a former chief of staff to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, tweeted, “it might be helpful to have someone rep’ing America at UN who doesn’t think we are the source of world’s ills.” But the site noted that Power gets a favorable nod from key neo-cons and Israel supporters.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman told Foreign Policy’s The Cable: “Generally speaking from her writings, Samantha is probably more personally interventionist as a matter of American foreign policy based on human rights than this administration has been,” he said. “I’m very encouraged by the president’s appointment.”

“I think she made a mistake about Israel. She told me she regrets making that statement,” pro-Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz told The Cable. “I’ve known Samantha for many many years and have been to many gatherings where Israel has been discussed off the record and have never heard her express any views that could be characterized as anti-Israel.”

But Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, said in appointing Power and Rice, Obama was being intentionally provocative, challenging conservatives amid the ongoing IRS, press-monitoring and Benghazi scandals.

Its a political appointment designed to be provocative to the opposition and divert attention in the news cycle from his problems with the scandals, he said.

Hanson said Power’s criticism of George W. Bush as well as Bill Clinton for not more aggressively intervening around the world to defend human rights collided with the reality that, as part of the Obama administration, she has been unsuccessful in convincing the president to take action in Syria and was part of the team that saw the death of Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in an attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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Week 8 Lames: The Butler to swing, miss at Mile High

Roy Helu has screwed up Alf’s home run swing. (USAT) Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names who he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues

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Mysterious website seeks names, numbers of alleged Hezbollah agents

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Documentary explores what made trash-talk pioneer Morton Downey Jr. tick

FILE PHOTO Morton Downey Jr. (right) was a trash talk pioneer. “vocateur,” the engaging new documentary about the onetime talk-show king Morton Downey Jr., begins with an excerpt from a “Nightline” interview Ted Koppel did with Downey in the late 1980s.

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Controversial ex-Harvard prof may face smooth sailing to UN post

President Obamas choice of for the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, former Harvard Professor Samantha Power, stirred conservative ire in the past with her call for an American “mea culpa” policy and armed intervention in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but appears unlikely to face signficant obstacles in the Senate confirmation process

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