-The holiday season is upon us. Just like our presidential election season, it’s starting earlier each year and last longer and longer.
-All the decorations are out at the stores, 93.9 FM is now playing Christmas music 24 hours a day, my wife is wrapping presents, and Uncle Sam (Santa Clause) is handing out wads of money to Amex, Morgan Stanley, and AIG.
-I haven’t decided whether I am having a live tree this year or if we will just break out the artificial tree.
-Saturday night, Marcela, my mom, dad, and I will be heading up to Miami for a bigtime Christmas treat. We are going to see Mannheim Steamroller in concert! I love it. I am sure most everyone has heard them before, even if they didn’t know it. If you’ve never had the pleasure of listening to them, you have to give it a try. Their Christmas albums are the standard by which all modern electronic techno medieval classical Christmas music is measured.
-Last year, we saw Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Bank Atlantic Center and that was a blast. They are the standard by which all 80’s hair band anthem stadium rock classical orchestral Christmas music is measured.
-Yesterday was open range for me, meaning I had 4 hours of gun range time. I ran roughly 300 rounds of Federal Premium Hydra Shok through my new olive green Glock 19. That’s nearly $200 worth of ammo just for target practice, and it cost me nothing.
-I also put 12 or so rounds of 00 Buckshot in a 2 1/2 inch cartridge through my Mossberg. Everything was fine until a friend broke out some slugs in a 3 1/2 inch magnum cartridge and convinced me to give it a try. My wrist and hand are still swollen from that one.
-Max was so full of energy yesterday when I let him out. He took off running in the field as fast as he could in a giant circle. We played fetch with a mini tennis ball and he’s getting pretty good at it.
-I figure that if anyone comes in the house unannounced and unwelcome, Max is going to take care of business. What a tough 4 lbs watchdog he is. 😉
-I have an incredibly tough game this week against Fuzzy’s Deadskins. He’s tied with me for the second best record. Whoever wins this game will solidify their playoff chances. Playoff seeding could be determined by this game too.
-I’m really looking forward to church this weekend. I will be at practice tonight, service Sunday morning in Homestead, and Sunday night in Plantation Key.
-If all goes as planned, I may have a job in the next few short months that allows for me to be at church every weekend instead of every other weekend. Pray for that job to come through.
-One last quick though. The Canes have a big game tonight against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies typically grind it out on the ground, run the option, play tough defense, and score with their special teams. If Miami plays to their abilities and avoids turnovers and big plays from VT’s offense and special teams, we should win handily.
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-The holiday season is upon us. Just like our presidential election season, it’s starting earlier each year and last longer and longer.
Hey, it was a win! While a W by 2 is worth the same as a W by 20, Miami continues to flirt with disaster at the end of games. It really cost us against Houston, but against Seattle we got away with it. Fumbling the ball late in a game up by 2 (after dropping from a 14 point lead in the 3rd Q) is a good way to lose games, but somehow the defense came through. At 5-4, the Dolphins are looking more and more legit as a playoff contender.
The Canes are going to face a huge game this Thursday night against the Hokies of Virginia Tech. A win against Virginia means the possibility of an ACC title remains open. I don’t really have a prediction on this game, but if Miami can put their best foot forward on both sides of the ball for 4 quarters, Miami should win.
It looks like the top 4 teams in the LPC Fantasy Football league will win this week. With two studs (Boldin and Hightower) playing for me tonight and currently a 94-90 lead, I should finish with the week’s high score. The Turkey Buzzards lead by three going into tonight, but Jesse’s Fuser Heads who have been unmanned since week 1 has a bigtimer playing tonight.
The fantasy football report tomorrow will detail the standings which probably will not change from last week. Pastor Trav’s Big Doggs’ playoff hopes have taken a big step back, though he is still in the hunt. Right now, I believe there are 5 legit teams vying for 4 playoff positions. Ritz has been the biggest surprise by taking his freshman squad to the top of the standings tied with the equally surprising unmanned Fuser Heads.
This was a better than average week for me in the LPC fantasy football circuit, especially considering Romo was out with an injury and Rivers is on bye. I went to the waiver/free agent pool for 4 starters this week and that was the difference in the game. I picked up Owen Daniels TE Houston who picked up 133 yards, Hightower from Arizona who had 109 yards rushing and 1 TD, Jason Elam K Atlanta (7 points) and Cleveland’s Defense (1 point). I would have been better sticking with NYJ’s defense this week, but the net of my waiver activity was around 20 points which made the difference in the game. That makes 2 wins for me over Ritz this year and my record stands at 5-3, tied with Fuzzy’s Deadskinds.
Pastor Trav continued his impressive run with a win over the floundering Fuser Heads. At this rate, Jesse‘s boys might not make the playoffs even though he’s tied for 1st place with Ritz. Both teams tied for first place lost, both teams tied for 3rd place won, yet there was no change in the standings. The Turkey Buzzards continued their perfect record; they are now 0-8 on the season even though there have been numerous very close games.
Paul’s Skins took out the surging Bachrach. That leaves a nice competitive league where 7 of the 8 teams are still easily in contention for the 4 playoff spots.
The standings are:
1. Ritz 6-2
2. Fuser Heads 6-2
3. Deadskins 5-3
4. Citizen Cane 5-3
5. Big Doggs (TJ) 4-4
6. Skins 3-5
7. Bachrach 3-5
8. Turkey Buzzards 0-8
In Vegas pickem, I maintain my lead over Pastor Trav, but the lead is down to only 2 points and Paul is back 6 points.
In Second Chance, I had the top score of the week picking 11 games correctly. That moved me out of the tie for 4th place into 4th all by myself. But Chris continues to maintain 1st with Alex in second comfortably.
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.
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:
- Puttin on the Ritz 6-1
- Fuser Heads 6-1
- Fuzzy’s Dead Skins 4-3
- Citizen Cane 4-3
- Bachrach 3-4
- TJ’s Big Doggs 3-4
- Skins 2-5
- 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.
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.
I laughed so hard when I saw this that I had to share it. Enjoy this responsibly.