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The Monday Armchair QB

Another great weekend of football has gone by the wayside.  College and NFL games really turned out some big upsets, and some great finishes.  Due to my whirlwind schedule on Saturday and Sunday, I didn’t get to watch a single game, with the exception of the second half of last night’s Patriots/Colts game.
The U pulled out an incredible drive to finish regulation in a tie against UVA.  After penalties and a negative play, the final drive was 99 yards led by Jacory Harris and capped by a 30ish yard prayer of a TD pass and chewed up over 7 minutes of the clock to tie the game.  UM then missed a game winning fieldgoal with 4 second left.  In OT, UM quickly scored a TD with another pass from Harris.  UVA, in their possession, ran the ball and looked like they would be plowing in quickly.  After 11 yards, the Virginia RB fumbled the ball and the game away.  UM wins 24-17 in a great win for Miami.

The Dolphins pulled out yet another unexpected win against a favored team on the road.  This time, the victim was the Denver Broncos.  The defense, particularly Will Allen, turned up huge in this game.  The Ronnie Brown show continued to be a driving force as well.  At 4-4, and with a weak AFC, it is not crazy to think about the possibility of a playoff run.  The Houston game could have and should have had a different result.  We would be talking about a 5-3 team right now.  As of now, it is a vastly different season than last.

Here is a great game, Texas vs Texas Tech matchup.  Did anyone actually expect the Red Raiders to beat the Longhorns?  I know any team with an offense as good as TT’s can do something special, even against some of the best teams in the nation.  But the way TT played defense was the biggest surprise.  There were several series straight for the Longhorns that had negative yards.  They were at the most crucial points of the game, in the second and third quarter.  But then the WR from Texas (Williams) made some great plays to put Texas right back in the game late and then even take a lead.  Then with a few seconds left, the Red Raiders showed their steel.  TD, game over, Texas Tech pulls the big upset.  This year is not over at all in the Big 12, considering TT has to get past very good OK State and Oklahoma teams in 2 of their last 3 games.  That south division looks to be very strong!

UF beat Georgia like a rented mule.  They were short one point of the greatest margin of victory in the series history.  That’s impressive considering how long this series has been running.  Tebow accounted for 5 TD’s, 3 on the ground and 2 through the air to become the all time TD rushing leader in UF history surpassing Emmitt Smith who was actually a running back.  Tebow is by far the best player in football this year, much less the best QB.  I do not like the Gators, but I am a fan of this guy!

On to fantasy football.  Let me touch really quickly on a few things.  I will likely hand Ritz his second loss of the year (I beat him in game one and he has not lost since) yet he will remain in first.  Jesse‘s Fuser Heads will lose as well, and he will remain in 2nd place.  Pastor Trav is looking at his 4th win in a row, as he makes a serious push for the playoffs.  I am going to hold on to first place in the Vegas style LPC league, and I  will capture the best week of all the members in the second chance league, but I will not even come close to the  lead.  I have a lot of work to do in the second chance league.  But things are really heating up!  More tomorrow on the fantasy football report.

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The Fantasy Football Report

The LPC fantasy football league is under some sort of funk.  Currently, it is being led by a rookie and a team that has been dead since draft day.  Ritz won again in his strongest game of the year.  But Jesse‘s Fuser Heads won it’s 4th game in a row and is tied for first with Ritz at 6-1 even though there has been injured players and players on bye for the last three weeks.  This week, despite having a QB (Carson Palmer) who was out with an inury and his leading WR (Brandon Marshall) out on bye, the Fusers beat Fuzzy’s Dead Skins 94-93 on the back of Dallas Clark who had a monster game last night.  Of course, I lost my 2nd in a row, this time to Trav‘s Big Doggs which is one of the league’s hottest teams.  Bachrach is also coming on strong and destroyed the Turkey Buzzards who still has yet to win a game.  The top 4 teams will make the playoffs which start in week 15.  At this point, as you can see, all but the Turkey Buzzards have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.  The matchups should be great.  I face Ritz, TJ’s Big Doggs faces the dead team with the best record in the league (Fuser Heads), Bachrach faces the Skins,  and the Dead Heads faces off against his wife’s Turkey Buzzards.

The league standings are now:

  1. Puttin on the Ritz 6-1
  2. Fuser Heads 6-1
  3. Fuzzy’s Dead Skins 4-3
  4. Citizen Cane 4-3
  5. Bachrach 3-4
  6. TJ’s Big Doggs 3-4
  7. Skins 2-5
  8. Turkey Buzzards 0-7

In Pickem, I had a pretty good week in both, but especially in the Vegas style pickem which I continue to lead.  In the Vegas league, despite Paul missing even putting in his picks in week 3, he is only down 6 points with 53, Trav has 56 which is still strong, and yours truly has 59 points.  In the big league (Second Chance), Alex had a huge week nailing 11 games on the nose to pull him one point out of first place behind Chris Day who also had a good week picking 10 games correctly.  Paul’s Skins had 9 correct picks to maintain his 3rd place status.  Trav’s Really Big Doggs, RacerX (James H), and yours truly had  8 correct picks to remain tied for 4th place.

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Monday Armchair QB

It was a good weekend for South Florida football fans, both college and pro. The Miami Hurricanes broke through and finished a game with the most effective and boring play in the book, the QB kneel. We beat a very tough Wake Forrest on the strength of defense, solid place kicking, field position, clock control, and the running game. We did not exactly pile up tons of rushing yards, and neither Harris nor Marve had fantastic overall games behind the center, but Marve did what it took to win including a big run to set up a TD.

The Fins did it again. That is, they beat a really good team. This is the sign of a maturing and developing bonafide future contender. That is, teams that are coming together but are not mature tend to lose games they should not lose and they win games they should not win. This 25-16 win over Buffalo is huge. Miami fought through the adversity and self-injury of turnovers and key penalties to grind out an honest win. The NE game could be written off as a fluke due to a new QB for the Pats and game changing turnovers, but in this win, Miami faced their toughest opponent head-to-head and won. Also, Buffalo seemed to be playing at the peak of their ability which makes it that much sweeter.

In the LPC fantasy football, this was not a good day for yours truly. You can read more about it tomorrow. While I did better than I did last week, I still failed to get the win over Pastor Trav‘s Big Doggs (who are now the hottest team in the league and making a serious push toward the playoffs).. That should mean I am stuck in 4th place for another week or two.

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From the “What’s Up With That?” Files

I laughed so hard when I saw this that I had to share it.  Enjoy this responsibly.

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Monday Armchair QB

Why?

I am distraught, downtrodden, deeply saddened, and discombobulated after yesterday’s loss to the lowly Houston Texans. I didn’t get to watch the game, but I did listen to the radio as Houston made the final drive. With a 4th down and 10 with about one minute to play, Andre Johnson (one of my favorite Hurricanes) made a great catch for a first down taking the ball away from the Dolphin defender. A fumble which would have ended the game was overturned by replay, an interception which would have ended the game was overturned by replay, and after all was said and done, Houston had one last chance to win on the 4 yard line with a few ticks left on the clock. My first thought was “watch out for the draw.” But then I thought, “No, that’s a college call.”. After all, no NFL team would not keep a spy on the QB with the field spread and no) in the backfield. Well, no NFL team except Miami, apparently. Schaub took the snap and ran the old QB draw. He was untouched to the endzone for the score and a Houston win.

This one really hurts. Miami had this game won, so it seemed, on two or three occasions. But, it also appeared that the game was lost, too.

In college ball, the #5 Longhorns shocked us all by beating the #1 Sooners and taking over the 1st place position in the polls while Time Tebeaux’s Fleauxrida totally demolished the Tigers. Neither UF nor LSU are out of the title picture in what has been a crazy year thus far.

Miami had to struggle to beat a lousy UCF team. One week, the defense is off and the offense is on, the next week it’s reversed. If we could put together a complete package, this team would be pretty dern good. Well, there’s always next year (I’m going to start sounding like a Gator or Seminole if I’m not careful).

Tomorrow’s fantasy football report will be pretty big. If everything holds, there will be a pretty major shake up in the league, and a 4 way tie for first place. Pastor Trav looks solid for his first win, Ritz the Rookie continues his winning ways, Paul needs 17 from Jamal Lewis to beat me (possible but unlikely), and The Fuser Heads look solid for their 4th win as well.

Chris Day is kickin some tail in the 2nd Chance pickem league.

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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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The Monday Armchair Quarterback

The Dolphins did not even play and this weekend was a huge disappointment for your humble blogger/correspondant. With the Hurricane Fizzle on Saturday, my pickem debacle, and yesterday’s collapse of my team’s fantasy team, I had a tough weekend. I guess I will just have to pick up the pieces and move on. Did you see the helmet-to-helmet show Anquan Boldin took? Knocked out! Apparently he will be OK but fines will be forthcoming against the DB that laid the smackdown on him.

Chris Day had a pretty good weekend calling Washington’s win over Dallas (but then again, even if they were as bad as the Bucs in the 80’s facing the AFC pro bowl squad, he still would have picked them). Alex looks like a lock to win the first round of picks in the LPC 2nd Chance Pickem league with some great picks. Congrats. Chris outpicked me by 3 full games, and Kelly even outpicked me. How embarrassing!

The LPC FFL league is down to one last undefeated team as of tonight’s MNF game. You can read about that tomorrow in my FFL report.

Even with the “Major” disappointments I have suffered over the weekend, I have to say that football season is the most wonderful time of the year!

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The EIB Award

This week was over before it started.  The EIB Award for Excellence in Blogging goes to…

Kelly for a University of Miami Day!  GO CANES!

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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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Monday’s armchair athlete

In the world of fantasy football, the young whipper snapper Ritz has surprised me. This week his team squared off against mine. Poor management on my part cost me plenty of points. Though I do expect to make up the 8 points needed to win the game, I will kick myself for not starting Reggie Bush. Had I started Bush instead of Turner, or Rivers for Romo (of course I wouldn’t have done that), then I would have already won the game. At this point, I need Romo and Owens to outscore Marion Barber by 8 fantasy points to win my game. That is a very “doable” goal.

On to my picks against the vegas spread, I got 6 of 12 games correct with 1 push (Carolina) and one postponed game. I had a couple games that I just flat out got wrong (Green Bay, Miami, and New York) even though I expected Miami to lose the game, I thought the line was too high. But I had several games where late plays cost me the win. I was right on a couple games where pick distrtibution was somewhere around 80% to 20%. But for the most part, picks were pretty evenly distributed. I don’t understand what New England was the dog against NYJ, but I went with NE and was proven correct. So far, I lead our tiny group of LPC pickem players, but only by 1 over paul and 2 over Trav.

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