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Monday Armchair QB

This was a big week! The Miami Dolphins at this point last year were 0-13. With three games to play this year, the Dolphins are guaranteed not to finish with a losing record. The record stands at 8-5 and the Dolphins are in a 3 way tie for first place. Miami plays two surging teams in KC and San Fran, and finish against the Jets in what could very well be a defacto playoff game. Who’da thunk it?

The Hurricanes finished the season 4-4 in the conference and 7-5 overall. They have been extended a bid to play the Cal Bears in San Francisco in the Emerald Bowl.

The Orange Bowl game here in Miami to determine the national championship will host the SEC champion Florida Gators who defeated Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide of Alabama vs the Big 12 champion Sooners who set the NCAA record for points in a season scoring 5 straight games of at least 60 points. This will be a great matchup. I still can’t say which team I expect to win, but I will certainly enjoy watching.

In fantasy football, I am going to lose to Jesse’s Fuserheads for the second time, which will lock up his playoff spot despite not even adjusting his roster all year. Ritz is behind the 8 ball, however. If he loses, he will miss the playoffs since Bachrach has beaten the Dead Skins this week. Ritz has Carolina’s Steve Smith tonight while the Buzzards have Dunn and Tampa’s Defense. The matchup is very even with the Buzzards leading by 1 point going into the game.

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Monday Armchair Quarterback

Following the Canes disappointing loss the Criminoles on Saturday, I have downgraded my expectation for the Canes the rest of the year.  Starters Colin McCarthy LB and Eric Moncour DE will miss the rest of the season with injuries.  Does it really matter?  There isn’t a team left on the schedule that we cannot beat, and there aren’t very many teams on schedule that we cannot lose to either.  Recruiting cannot afford another finish the season without a trip to the post season.  The locals would forgive it once with the coaching transition, but twice??  Also, do you honestly think we would have lost to UNC or FSU this year in the OB?  I am sick about it.

At least the Dolphins did something right.  Ronnie is once again showing that he is the real dead.  They ran the single wing (or wildcat formation) yesterday 11 more times.  While it had more success against the Patriots, it was still very successful yesterday.  Ronnie is now leading the league in TD’s and the Dolphins are at .500 with wins over both teams in last years AFC finals.  Why is the wildcat so successful?  When a QB hands the ball to a RB, you lose a blocker, so it’s basically 10 vs 11.  When Ronnie is taking the snap directly, you have an extra blocker so it’s now 11 on 11, so that makes up any defensive perception that every play will be a run.  If I was a D Coordinator, and I saw Ronnie lined up at QB, I would send a run blitz every time.  Ronnie is also making great decisions at the helm, running powerfully, smoothly, and with great agility.  He is the real deal at RB.  Can he throw?  YUP.  This is going to be the surprise in the future of the wildcat formation, Ronnie is going to throw a few more passes.  The defense looked great with Porter and Roth constantly up in Rivers face.  The way these guys are playing, you could see them with a solid record at the end of the season.  Check out this article where the Chargers are saying that they were screwing up, and it wasn’t actually the Dolphins beating them as much as them beating themselves.

I had a great day in the LPC fantasy football, more on that tomorrow.  Not doing so great in the second chance LPC pickem, but I am leading in the pro football vegas style pickem.

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Monday: Reflections from an Armchair QB

Dolphins Win!

Who would have thought that this headline would be on the papers Monday morning? The Dolphins came into the game looking worse than last year, the Patriots were undefeated with 22 straight regular season wins and they still looked like they were favorites to make the Super Bowl from the AFC. When the game ended and Miami had won in dominating fashion, Ronnie Brown looked like one of the new elite stars on the NFL and the fans of the greatest pro team on the face of the earth had hope once again. Brown finished the game with over 100 yards on the ground, one passing TD, and 4 rushing TD’s. Unbelievable! I don’t want to read too much into this singular win, but one thing I did take away is that if Ronnie Brown can stay healthy he will be a legit star in this league.

In the Life Pointe league, I look pretty strong for a win this week against O Beason. If LaDainian Tomlinson has a huge game tonight (I am talking almost Ronnie Brown numbers) then I might lose. The good news is that he is not projected to carry enough times to score that many points. That should put me at 2-0 with one of the strongest teams in the league. The fantasy guru, Pastor Trav, is looking at a possible 0-2 with a loss to “Puttin on the Ritz”. He needs a TD or about 90 yards from Cotchery to win, and 80 to tie. Jesse is going to go 2-0, and Mark Similey’s Dead Skins are going to go 2-0 with a win against Paul’s “skins”.

On Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes looked like the Canes of old as they totally demolished the Aggies of Texas A&M at College Station. Supposedly, College Station is one of the toughest places in college football to win a game. Apparently it is, if you are an Aggie. Texas A&M lost to Arkansas State at College Station earlier in the year. One of the most exciting aspects of the game was seeing the Canes flying all over the field laying big hits on everyone. LB’s were smacking RB’s, DB’s were pounding WR’s until they did not even want to get up, and the whole team was swarming to the football. We also have a leader with some serious physical talent at QB. Marve is the real deal. This coming week we have a nice test against Butch Davis and the UNC Tarheels who look like they could compete for the ACC crown this year. WOOSH WOOSH!

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Splash of Thought

-There are no named tropical systems currently in the Atlantic and there are no systems that are expected to develop any time soon.

-Maybe I will actually get a chance to get out of the house this week or coming week to catch some lobsters. The problem is that the bugs may have sought shelter in deeper waters for the rest of the year due to the drop in pressure and nasty weather we have experienced over the past month or so.

-I still have my shutters up on my front windows. I better take them down this week or Marcela is going to get mad at me.

-Speaking of getting mad, I spilled a full glass of red kool aid on my living room carpet. I spent almost an hour trying to clean it but the best I could do was reach a shade of pinkish peach. 😦

-I am 1-0 in the Life Pointe fantasy football league, and my draft strategy is looking very strong. My team’s weakness is TE, Kicker, and team D. But I am very well positioned at QB (Rivers and Romo), WR (H Ward, TO, and now DeShawn Jackson), and RB (Adai, M Turner, Parker, Bush, and T Jones).

-The Dolphins so far look every bit as bad as they did last year, if not worse. Let’s see if they can turn things around. Zach and JT are sorely missed on D. Teams are walking up and down the field on us. Too many people got carried away with the decent preseason we had. It means nothing!

-I believe the Canes and Aggies are on ABC this weekend. Should be a tough but winable game for Miami.

-I hate car trouble. My truck’s temp was running high and the AC was not cooling. Turned out to be a simple radiator hose leak causing both problems. $150 later the car is fine.

-I’m looking forward with anticipation to my first Sunday at LPC of 3 services.

-I saw the movie “Righteous Kill” two nights ago. It was OK. I hate it when movies have a ton of potential, but the ending is either anti-climactic or unrealistic. There has to be a balance between the two.

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Reflections from an Armchair Athlete

  • The Miami Hurricanes gave me hope.  Even in a loss, the Canes have shown that even though they are young, not fully physically mature, and inexperienced, they are FAST, they are talented, and they will be very good.  The QB Marve looks like he will be the real deal.  Our D is going to be tough to score on.
  • LPC fantasy football draft yesterday left me loaded but with some major dilemmas.   I have to kicker, but with all the talent I have, I will have to cut a stud or major sleeper just to field a complete roster.  Do I find a way to trade TO for Stephen Jackson?  I am light at the WR position.  With Tony Romo and Phillip Rivers, I am set at QB.  This league with only 8 teams will be all about who manages their team best.  One player will not win it all this year unless everyone is in a coma.  Pastor Trav is a master of working the waivers.  Poor Paul lost his first pick of the draft (Brady) possibly for the whole season.  Mark S. had the best draft for starting players with A Peterson, J Whitten, Edge, Wayne, and Favre.  That is a tough lineup.
  • The Colts lost the opener and they looked unprepared.  What will happen this year?  Looks like they were not focused, Chicago came out ready to play, and just looked like the better team.  Alex got this one right.  I called him crazy for that prediction just as I called him crazy for saying the Giants would win in the NFC finals and then the Super Bowl.
  • Miami Dolphins looked much improved.  Even though they lost, I am excited about Pennington at QB.  He looked very competent.  I expect we will win more than 1 game this year.  Miami became the 1st team in the past 7 who only one a single game the previous year to lose the season opener.  Go figure.

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Monday Armchair Reflections

College football is in full swing now and a few things are clear:

Michigan stinks again. Utah beat them in their home opener. OK, so they are not App St, but this was still a major upset. I’m sure the Wolverines will once again benefit from a soft schedule and make a bowl game.

UF is good and will be a bigtime favorite over Miami in “The Swamp” next week.

Clemson didn’t have the guns to hang with Nick Satan and the Tide; it may be a long year for the overrated Tigers.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VT) was overrated. ECU is pretty much a garbage puke program and should not be competing with or much less beating a so-called elite team like the Hokie Pokies.

USC is for real; let’s see if anyone out west can hang with them this year. OSU has no competition either. There is a strong possibility that based on the soft schedules, that could be your championship match up.

Nobody really knows how the Canes will do this year. We took care of business against a lousy team on Thursday night, but that game didn’t tell us very much.

****It is not too late to sign up for LPC‘s fantasy football and pro football pickem. The season will start in week 2, and the Draft has been postponed from tonight to be held this coming Sunday night at 5:00 PM instead. Visit here for all the details on how to join!. Pastor Travis has already stated that he is going to dominated everyone.

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Thought Foo Yung

-Today is day 5 as a bachelor. Marcela is in Idaho with her mom and dad. She has been seeing some fawns and doe’s and other various wildlife. Today, she is heading to another camp site that has even more wildlife. She also got to do a 7 mile hike in the woods and a swim in an ice cold mountain lake. I told her to watch out for bears and mountain lions.

-The word for the month is fishing! I plan on going fishing as much as I can over the next two weeks. I got to enjoy a day on the water in Boynton with my dad on Monday and we had a blast. We trolled, snorkled, and spear fished. If anyone wants to go next week, I should have Tuesday or Wednesday off.

-I love our church. Life group at Paul and Annie’s last night was great. We discussed the vineyard, that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, and what a fruitful Christian looks like. I am so proud of the steps that the members of our group have made as both mature and baby Christians who are hungry for more of the Lord.

-My mom has made fish for the past three nights for dinner. Since Marcela is out of town, I was happy to take full advantage of my mom’s generocity and join her and my dad for dolphin sandwiches and fried catfish with grits and hush puppies.

-I have been discussing Starbucks with some poor ignorant fella who believes that Starbucks coffee is for effeminate men. I tried to explain to him that Starbucks brews the strongest cup of coffee around. The cute little fru-fru stuff like the latte’s and machiatto’s are for the chicks when they acompany the men to get a real cup of mud. I admit that I do like the fraps and the iced coffee. 🙂

-I watched a blast from the past with the Jimmy Johnson’s Hurricanes vs Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl from January 1988. The Canes won Jimmy Johnson’s first national championship by dominating the Sooners. Just a few years later, Jimmy won two NFL Superbowl Championships with Dallas, then Barry Switzer took over the team and won another.

-I am getting a little excited about college football this year. I am a little miffed that the Canes will be playing in Dolphin’s Stadium near on the county line. I don’t like the idea of driving an hour for the game as opposed to 30 minutes and probably paying $20 for parking instead of $5. That doesn’t even take into account the increased ticket prices and playing in a stadium so far removed from the field. I will miss the Orange Bowl.

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