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Wednesday Quotable

As a young lad, I remember our PE coach filling the role of substitute teacher. We always looked forward to Coach Cross subbing, because we knew there wouldn’t be any school work, studying, tests, or anything academically challenging. Today’s quotable demonstrates why football coaches have a reputation for not being the best school teachers.

“Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.”

-Bill Peterson
former Head Coach of the Houston Oilers

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New Thoughts

-The old man known as 2008 has breathed his last breath and the little baby 2009 has been born. Little 2009 is in diapers, yet it is projected to be a monster. We shall see.

-Pet Peeve: It’s “Happy New Year” or “Happy New Year’s Day”, not “Happy New Years”. There is only one New Year at a time.

-The Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavs to make it two wins over the two best teams in each conference (Lakers were the other) over the last couple of weeks. They have already surpassed last year’s win total. That’s two Miami sports franchises turning it around from dismal records last season.

-With my work day starting as early as it does, I knew I had to go to sleep early. I tried, but every time I started to drift to sleep, someone shot a fire cracker and Max barked.

-Last night was going to be my first night in my memory in which I missed seeing in the New Year. Due to my little buddy Max, I ended up going to sleep at 12:30 AM. I did get to kiss Marcela at midnight, though.

-I finally beat Marcela in bowling on the Wii. She nearly came back to beat me, but she came up 5 pins short after I built a huge lead.

-Marcela stayed up until about 11:30 cooking her “chilis rellenos”. I ate the first one, it was most excellent!

-My sis-in-law is going camping this weekend. So I broke out my tent and some camping gear. It’s been about 3 years since I used it. While doing an inventory of the tent parts, Vivi discovered a gecko egg with a baby gecko inside. By “discovered” I mean she accidentally crushed it. NASTY!

-Go Dolphins! I am still in shock that they have made the playoffs and won 11 games.

-Marcela’s new camera I gave her for Christmas has been great. Yesterday we went to the Everglades and she took some wonderful pictures. I will be sure to load them on flckr and post the link. In the mean time, check out my twitter account to see some of the pics I have uploaded.

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Fantasy Football Report

The league championship has been determined, and like the whole season the finale was exciting right down to the wire.
Congrats to Mark Similey, the Life Pointe Church Fantasy Football Champion!  He defeated Ritz by a score of 102-98 with the game literally coming down to the final play.  If Forte had broken loose for a TD, or if Chicago missed their FG and Green Bay had a field goal of more than 50 yards Ritz would have won the game.

In the consolation games, Jesse’s dead team showed once again that if he had just managed the QB position, we would have had a different champion.  I was able to beat Jesse on tie breakers with the final score being 107-107. Pastor Travis dropped his final game against Mary’s Turkey Buzzards, and Paul’s Skins got smacked by the league’s top scoring team, Bachrach.

The final standings determined by the payoffs are:

#1 Dead Skins (League Champs!)
#2 Ritz
#3 Citizen Cane
#4 Fuser Heads
#5 Turkey Buzzards
#6 TJ’s Big Doggs
#7 Bachrach
#8 Skins

It was a great season in the most competitive league I have ever competed in. Thanks for your participation! I had fun serving as the league commish and next year I look forward to an even bigger league so that I can reclaim my rightful place at the top.

In LPC Vegas style pickem, I have already cinched up first place. In 2nd Chance, barring a miracle, the race has come down to Alex in 1st by only one game vs Chris Day in 2nd. This was a disaster of a week in which I only scored 4 wins out of 16. The upsets were plentiful. I’m now 7 games back and essentially out of contention for 1st.

See you next week for the Fantasy Football report finale and awards show!

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The Fantasy Football Report

Well, after this post we will have one more Fantasy Football report for this season. By far this has been the most competitive league I have participated in. All 4 teams making the playoffs had a record of 8-5 and the top scoring team (Bachrach) missed the playoffs essentially by one play, a TD to Steve Smith late in the Carolina game last week.

Round 1 of the playoffs is in the bag and the finals matchup is set. Fuzzy’s Dead Skins has advanced easily against Fuser, and Ritz destroyed me in the bottom half of the bracket. That means #1 Dead Skins will face #2 Ritz in an epic showdown for the league championship.

In the consolation series, Pastor Trav will face off against Mary’s Turkey Buzzards for the tier 2 championship since Trav crushed Paul’s Skins and the Buzzards squeaked one out against Bachrach the best team in the league 93-91. I will be playing the only team to beat me 2 times (Fuser) for 3rd place and Bachrach plays Paul’s Skins for 7th.

Stay tuned for the exciting finish next week.

In pickem, Chris has taken a 1 point lead over Alex and gained 2 points on me. That leaves me 4 points from 1st with 2 weeks left. I can still do this!

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The Fantasy Football Report

The playoffs are now set. Ritz survived the cut with a big TD by Steven Smith which had a duel effect: it gave him 10 points, and it took several points away from Tampa Bay defense which was his oppositions D. That one play won the game and sealed his playoff position. With Jesse’s win over me, he also sealed a spot. The Dead Skins also lost in the final week, and despite a 4-way tie for first, he maintained the #1 seed in the playoffs and a meeting with Fuser’s dead team by virtue of points. Only 32 points separates 1st through 3rd.

The most interesting factoids from the season are: the team with the most points by far (Bachrach) did not make the playoffs, and the team with the fewest points by far (Jesse’s Fuser Heads) did make the playoffs. The final standings are…

#1. Dead Skins 8-5 with 1183 points
#2. Ritz 8-5 with 1181 points
#3. Citizen Cane 8-5 with 1151 points
#4. Fuser Heads 8-5 with 1037 points
#5. Bachrach 7-6 with 1280 points
#6. Skins 5-8 with 1111 points
#7. TJ Big Doggs 5-8 with 1087 points
#8. Turkey Buzzards 3-10 with 1050 points

In the playoffs, I play Ritz, and Dead Skins face the Fuser Heads. The winner of that game plays for the championship. In the consolation round, Bachrach plays the Turkey Buzzards, and Trav’s Doggs plays the Skins.

This has by far been the most competitive league I have seen. The great comeback by Bachrach was amazing, and he basically came up one play short of being the favored team to win the title. Now I would say that Fuzzy’s Dead Skins look pretty tough. From top to bottom, every team was competitive, except Jesse’s. Had he managed his team, he would have been #1 hands down. Stay tuned for the next couple weeks as I hand out awards to the top managers and players.

In pro football pickem, I have continued my run toward the top. I am now only 2 points out of first having recorded the league’s best points once again. If I have a couple more weeks like this, I will surpass Alex and Chris who are both tied for first place.

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Fair Thoughts

  • As of last Friday, it is Christmas season.  I always consider the Christmas season starting as soon as Thanksgiving day is over.
  • Marcela has already packaged and wrapped presents and put up a couple Christmas trees.  Max even had a Santa hat on last night.  He didn’t like it very much.
  • I finished the last of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey today.  I made turkey salad and in the words of cousin Eddy, “it was gooo-ooood.”
  • We watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer clay-mation show two nights ago.  We plan on watching Santa Claus is Coming to Town this weekend.  Those are two of my favorite Christmas specials.
  • My all time favorite Christmas movies are:
  1. It’s a Wonderful Life
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  3. A Christmas Story (what kid wouldn’t want a Red Rider BB Gun?)
  4. Home Alone
  • Sean Avery of the NHL’s Dallas Stars was suspended indefinitely for calling his ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert of 24 his “sloppy seconds” because she is now dating another NHL player.  Many people are crying “FREE SPEECH VIOLATION!”  For those who are constitutionally challenged, this is no 1st Amendment violation.
  • While I do not agree with a harsh suspension due to the lack of even-handedness across the NHL to players who have said much worse, it is the discretion of the NHL to determine what language reflects poorly on them concerning his player conduct clause in his $15.5 million 4-year contract.  The Standard Player Contract he signed specifically states that his conduct reflects on the NHL on and off the rink and “must be held to the highest standard of honesty, morality, fair play, and sportsmanship, and to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey.”
  • My disagreement is not that the NHL does not have the right to do such, but that they are coming down hard on this idiot for insulting his Ex while they have done little more than a slap on the wrist for some players who have made racist comments, physically attacked players on the ice unprovoked, and have committed felonies off the rink.  The NHL got this one wrong, but so did Avery.  Maybe he will learn to keep his mouth shut.
  • I got my Curve in the mail yesterday.  It is set up and running smoothly.  My old BlackBerry has been spotty, signal was degrading, camera stopped working, and battery was fading.  I had about 5 days left on my Warranty when I called to see about a new phone.  That saved me hundreds of dollars.
  • Originally, I had the charcoal colored Curve, and they sent me the red Curve in the mail.  I like the red one better!
  • Our fantasy football league is winding down with one more regular season game followed by the two game playoffs.  Right now, Mark Similey and I are the only two who have wrapped up our playoff spot.  Ritz, after starting 6-1 has lost 4 of his last 5 and really needs to win his last game to make the playoffs.  Jesse who also started 6-1 has lost 4 of his last 5 and needs to win this week to ensure that he makes the playoffs.
  • This has been a super competitive league.  3 teams are stilly vying for 2 playoff spots in the final week.  No teams had clinched until the second to last week of the season.  I have never seen a league with so much parity.  I have also only been in a league one other time with Trav when he did not make the playoffs.  That was the year that the commish cheated and we both set the earth on fire before being kicked out of the league.
  • Marcela and I purchased bicycles on Black Friday.  I got a cool little mountain bike for all the mountains here in FL, and Marcela got a multi-speed hybrid.
  • I have to go, Max just did something bad!

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Monday Armchair QB

We had a mixed bag this weekend in South Florida for football.  The idea of the Canes winning an ACC title came to a smashing halt, while the Dolphins playoff chances advanced.

The Canes were whipped by the Wolfpack of NC State.  The game looked more than competitive early in the second quarter when Baby James scored a TD to put Miami up 14-7, and still looked good in the 3rd quarter when James did it again to put Miami up 21-20.  It was over when Miami fell behind 38-21 late in the 4th.  We added a meaningless TD with less than a minute to play.  That leaves VT with the division championship by virtue of their head-to-head win vs Ga Tech.  Tech would have probably been the coastal champ had we won due to their strong win over UGA and superior overall rank and record.  You are welcome, VT.

In the NFL, the Dolphins did what they needed to do even though it wasn’t very pretty.  Pennington was effective, Ronnie and Ricky did their thing, but it was the defense that deserves the accolades.  The Dolphin D held the potent St. Louis attack in check in scoring position.  With numerous scoring opportunities, the Rams could only muster 4 fieldgoals, no TDs, and Miami won the turnover battle 3-1.  It was also interesting that Miami just could not generate the same pressure on the QB that they normally do.  That meant zero sacks yesterday.  Miami was the only AFC East team to win yesterday.  We gained a full game on everyone in the division.  Miami’s record stands at 7-5 with a game remaining against the Jets.  We are 1 game back of the division lead, and one game back of the wildcard.  It is not exactly likely that we will make the playoffs, but it is not out of the question.

Two teams will clinch playoff spots this week in our LPC FFL.  I will beat Paul unless Owen Daniels gets negative 4, and the Dead Skins will clinch by beating Ritz like a rented mule.  The big news is that Bachrach is going to beat Jesse’s Fuserheads.  That leaves Jesse and Ritz vulnerable.  If Bachrach wins next week, and either of those two lose, they will miss the playoffs due to points.  Bachrach has the league’s highest point total.

In the second chance, I gained points on first place.  I am only 4 total points back even though I had a bad week.  That is what happens when only 2 teams win at home.  It makes for bad results in pickem.

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