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Monday Armchair QB

The Dolphins continue to win as do the Patriots. What does that mean? With the Ravens at 10-5, Dolphins at 10-5, and Patriots at 10-5, there will definitely be a team with at least 10, maybe even 11 wins that does not make the playoffs. Unfortunately, due to NFL tie breaking rules, Baltimore owns the tie breaker over Miami and NE, and if I understand correctly, Miami owns the tie-breaker over NE if we both win. I believe the Jets have the tie breaker over both Miami and NE if the Jets and Patriots win. Bottom line is that if Miami loses, they do not make the playoffs, and if they win, they’re in. Meanwhile, out west a team with 8 or 9 wins will make the playoffs by virtue of winning that joke of a division. This stinks.

Miami’s division (AFC East) in my opinion has been the superior division in the AFC all year. If we had a couple of cupcakes we could have padded our record and clinched a spot already. Either way, this has been a great year for the Dolphins and they deserve much kudos for turning it around from 1 win to double digit wins and a shot at the AFC east.

In the LPC fantasy football league, the championship game is on the line tonight! Matt Forte and Mason Crosby need to make up a 24 point deficit for Ritz against Mark’s Dead Skins. That’s not an impossible task by any means. As for me, I am waiting for a tie-breaker to determine my game in the 3rd place consolation round against the ghost Fuserheads. Jesse should have easily won the league if he would have just managed his QB this year. I am taking my third crack at him as I have lost the two previous games. One of the games was a one point decision and this one comes down to tie-breakers in the highest scoring game of the week, 107-107.

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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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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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The Fantasy Football Report

There are big changes this week in the Life Pointe Fantasy Football leagues.

The Ritz has been dethroned by yours truly (on points and tied record) after he lost to the ghost of The Fuser Heads. Jesse’s unmanned team is winning despite his absence of a starting quarterback. Pastor Trav dropped his second in a row, this time to Bachrach after winning 4 straight. Now his record stands at 4-6 and he is behind in points to both Bachrach and the Fuser Heads. The Turkey Buzzards have now taken two in a row, this time convincingly beating Paul’s Skins. That makes the Buzzards the second hottest team in the league.

This week, my team was up against the best team in the league on paper. The Dead Skins have scored the most points this year and despite the record has been the most consistent scorer. Thanks to monster games from Boldin, T Jones, H Ward, Adai, Elam, and Carolina Defense, I had one of my best games of the season and won the game by over 30 points. The standings have been shaken up in a big way.

The new improved standings are now:
#1 Citizen Cane 7-3
#2 Ritz 7-3
#3 Fuser Heads 7-3
#4 Dead Skins 6-4
#5 Bachrach 4-6
#6 TJ’s Big Doggs 4-6
#7 Skins 3-7
#8 Turkey Buzzards 2-8

Due to the new league developments, we now have a clear picture of the playoffs. The Citizen Cane Blog can now project the following teams to make the playoffs: The Citizen Cane, Ritz, and the Ghost Rider Fuser Heads. In all likelihood, The Dead Skins will make the playoffs. However, if The Dead Skins loses his last 3 games, and either Bachrach or Big Doggs wins 3 straight, either one of those could make the playoffs. Technically, by math only the Turkey Buzzards are eliminated since they cannot win more than 5 games and the 4th place team already has 6 wins.

In Vegas Pickem, it appears Pastor Trav has given up because this is the second week he has not completed his picks. That leaves the race between Paul and yours truly, though I currently have a pretty strong lead in the race.

In Second Chance, Alex drew even with Chris (The Manxiacs) for first place, and I was able to gain on the first place by one point (now 8 points back of first) on my 11 of 16 correct picks. The big winner was Paul who got only 1 incorrect pick (and one push since Philly and Cincy tied) and 14 correct picks. RacerX (James) had a great week as well with 12 correct picks.

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Detroit vs San Antonio is still strong possibility

OK, at this point LA looks to have a stronger position than SA, and Boston looks to have Detroit on the ropes.  Both of the #1 seeds (LA and Boston) maintain a straight home advantage.  Also, LA has not cracked at home this year, and Boston has only lost once at home.  But I have to say that Detroit appears to have the big mo on their side, and if San Antonio had been able to convert their free throws and hold a near insurmountable lead in game one, they would be up 2-1 and would have home court advantage.  SA needs to continue to play lights out and keep their foot on LA’s throat once they get a lead.  Otherwise, LA will win another come-from-behind classic since they have the very best clutch player in basketball (Kobe).  Boston has not looked like a 60 win team this whole playoffs, much less a 66 win team.  They broke the jinx and won on the road.  Now they have to figure out how to stop McDyess along with all the other vets on the team with so much experience.

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NBA Playoff stuff

Well, unfortunately Lebron James didn’t quite have enough juice to pull Cleveland through on his own. He put together an incredible offensive and defensive performance but came up short. Boston will now have to face a well rested Detroit team in the conference finals. Billups’ sore hamstring needed the break. Now Boston who has faced two 7 game series (Atlanta and Cleveland) still has not won a single road game. If they don’t at least advance to the finals, you have to wonder what happened. This was a 66 win team with three super stud ballers. Anything less than an NBA championship will be the city’s second heartbreak. This obviously won’t be as monumental as the Patriots Superbowl Choke, but this is still bad. This is one of the NBA’s best regular season records in its history.

On the Western front, Tim Duncan is trying to pull off a big win in New Orleans. LA has been waiting for the winner of this series since they finished off the Jazz in 6 games. Do Tim, Tony, and Manu have what it takes? Yes they do! Unfortunately, the homecooking has been in full effect this year. Ref’s are making it extremely hard to win on the road. The freethrow disparity is sick in almost all the series. All teams with home court advantage have advanced in every series. I have not ever seen that happen before. To sum it up, it will take a lot more than an average performance from SA’s big 3 to win tonight, but I’ll be pulling for them.

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“Around the horn” and “Through the hoop”

The Marlins have a lower team salary than some individual players’ salaries in the league, however, these young guys are doing the unthinkable. They’re in first place in the division, and have now won 6 in a row. On two occasions I have been burned as a fan of the Florida Marlins. The fire sale in 96 was within days of the first championship. That hurt really bad. Then after a few years, this team puts together another great run, wins another championship, and one after another pieces of that championship are traded away for young and cheap talent. Here we are again, in first place with some decent talent. They just signed Ramirez to 6 years 70 million. I am sure that he won’t be a Marlin much longer, but maybe we can find some way to squeeze out a championship.

As for the NBA, the Celtics have yet to win a single road game. Can they win a championship without winning on the road? I don’t think so.

I admit, I would love to see a return of the greatest NBA rivalry ever with the Celtics taking it to the Lakers, but the Lakers are now tied 2-2 with the Jazz out west, and the Celts can’t win on the road.

The Pistons have shown an ability to win without Billups and that really is a good sign if you are a Piston’s fan. If they get rolling, they can challenge in the east. With the help of some bad calls and a bit of choking from Orlando, they squeaked out a 90-89 win on the road to go up 3-1.

The Spurs are back on track with a solid win against the Hornets. The series stands 2-2, but the Spurs have to win one in New Orleans to take the series. It’s a tall order, but I have faith in Duncan, Manu, and TP.

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