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LPC Fantasy Football is Here!

LPC Fantasy Football is Here!

Who’s in?  The league is open and accepting members.  If you want in, send your name and email address to pjohnson@email.com and let me know you want to play.  The league will cap at 20 teams.  Last year’s league was a little smaller, but we had a great time.

Yahoo will be hosting once again, so you have to register a yahoo ID.  The league ID # is 588253, the league name is Life Pointe, and the password is lpc.  You can find more at Yahoo’s Fantasy Page.

What can you expect?  Lots of trash talk, lots of activity, and some really good fun.  We will also be getting together for a draft party on Saturday August 29.  More details on that as the final plans are nailed down.

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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 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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The Fantasy Football Report

This weekend was one of the worst fantasy football and sports weekends I have suffered in my career as a FFL guru.  Not only did I lose Marvin Harrison and Joseph Adai to Indy’s bye, but Willie Parker was out with an injury, Michael Turner tanked, and Deuce McCallister was reinserted into the Saints RB by committee rotation leaving Reggie Bush on the sideline for much more than normal.  My K and Defense which had both brought in decent points over the last two weeks took a break from scoring me points.  If you combine that with the fact that I played the first placed Fuzzy’s Dead Skins who was full strength for the match up and had a record week from Brett Favre and big numbers from Whitten, Chris Johnson, and Adrian Peterson, the result is an embarrassing loss for the Citizen Cane.  His team totally rocked the scoreboard while I fizzled.

In the LPC FFL, Pastor Trav lost his 3rd in a row to the resurgent Bacharach, Ritz got a bogus win against Jesse‘s Fusers because Jesse did not adjust his roster for the bye week players.  And the Turkey Buzzards got totally thrashed by Paul’s Skins.  With Jesse’s Fusers and my Citizen Cane squad losing, that leaves Fuzz’s Dead Skins as the only undefeated teams left in the league at 3-0.

In the Second Chance LPC Pickem, Alex was on fire, picking 11 out of 13 correctly, Paul had 10 correct picks, and Chris showed off his football knowledge with 9 correct picks.  I, on the other hand, only picked 6 out of 13 correctly.  I have been humbled.

Next week I will find redemption!

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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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Fantasy Football and Pro Football Pick Em

Life Pointe fantasy football is open! The ID # is 587041 the password is lpc. There are only 14 slots available. Draft day is Monday September 1, at 6:15 PM. If you don’t have time to join our live draft, you can join in the auto draft by setting up your picks. Go to http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/ and under Football ’08 (not Football Plus ’08), click the light blue tab that says “Join a League”, either log in or sign up for a yahoo ID, then click the tab that says “Join Custom”. Next, enter the league ID# 587041 and the password lpc. From there, create your team and confirm.

Life Pointe also has a “Pro Football Pick Em” league. The ID # is 46347 and the password is lpc. First, if you have a yahoo account, log in. Then click on http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/pickem, then click the yellow tab that says “Join a Group”. Enter the ID# 46347 and the password lpc. Follow the instructions to create your pickset name. Come show us what you are made of. We will be picking against the spread. There are 50 spots available for pick em.

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Saturday Top 5: USA Moments in Olympic History

In honor of the closing of the Olympic experience in Beijing, this week’s Top 5 will include the 5 greatest US Olympic moments in the history of the Summer games.

Honorable Mention:

1992 Dream Team 1992 Barcelona, Spain – The greatest compilation of talent in the history of basketball was on showcase for the world in the Summer games of 1992. The domination was unmatched in Olympic history, and may never be matched again by any sport or in any discipline. The roster: Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton.

5. Michael Johnson 1996 Atlanta, GA, USA – Johnson was one of the most dominant sprinters in Olympic history. His running style, according to many experts, was reminiscent of the great Jesse Owens. When he showed up for the 200 meter sprint, he was wearing gold Nike’s. It was electrifying. His record of 19.32 in the 200 meter stood until the Bolt broke that this by .02.

4. Bob Beamon 1968 Mexico City, Mexico – With words it’s difficult to overhype Beamon’s accomplishments in the 1968 games in Mexico City. Having failed to even qualify a jump, his third attempt would either make or break his Olympic event. What happened next inspired a book, “The Perfect Jump”. Because of approach problems, he slowed down his approach so he could make a jump that would not disqualify him. He hit the board on the nose and when he landed, history was made. His long jump record held for 23 years. The jump was so long, the official measuring device was not long enough to measure it. After the event, when the distance was announced, Beamon collapsed with his face in his hand, and had to be helped off the field.

3b. Mark Spitz 1972 Munich Germiny – It was 1972 in Munich and the mustache was very popular. Spitz dominated the field winning 7 gold medals in swimming only competing in 7 events. With preliminary races included, Spitz raced 13 races in that fortnight. More amazingly, he set 7 world records.

3a. Michael Phelps 2008 Beijing China – He did what nobody thought was possible. In 8 swimming events, he won 8 gold medals. Fell a fraction short of 8 world records, winning 7. He also needed a little help from Jason Lezak in the 4×100 in one of the most unlikely come-from-behind victories in Olympic history. He also won his 200 M Butterfly by .01 seconds, about the length of a fingernail. Phelps, by medals, is now the greatest Olympian in history, and he is not done. At 23, he is in his prime and has stated he will compete in London 2012.

2. Carl Lewis 1984 Los Angeles, CA and 1996 Atlanta, GA, USA – When people think about Lewis, many times it is the 1984 Olympics that set him apart. Arguably, this was one of the greatest moments in Olympic history, having doubled in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. But it wasn’t 1984 which stands out to me. For me, it was the 1996 Atlanta games in which an aging Lewis who almost did not qualify for the team was not even in medal position after the first two jumps nailed his third jump to win gold. It was an electric moment and it seemed that absolutely nobody expected it to happen.

1. Jesse Owens 1936 Berlin, Germany. No comments needed.

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