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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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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

What’s up with this “see-saw” league? The top 3 teams lost this week, Pastor Trav is toast, Oral’s Bachrach squad has fought his way into contention, and the Turkey Buzzards made me its latest victim as a spoiler. That makes 3 in a row! The title of the leagues hottest team has been passed from me to The Buzzards.

Ritz lost his 4th, but despite the loss took over first place. Pastor Travis lost by just a few yards which he needed to make up the 1 point margin of difference. That makes a four-way-tie for first place with about 15 points separating 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Jesse’s Fuser’s have one of the lowest point totals in the league and leaves him most vulnerable to being passed by points if he loses his remaining two games while Bachrach wins his two. Not one team has secured a playoff spot technically, because Bachrach has the leagues highest point total. A two game losing skid for any top 4 team combined with 2 wins for Bachrach would equal a disastrous choke and fall from the playoffs.

The League Standings

#1. Ritz 7-4
#2. The Citizen Cane 7-4
#3. Dead Skins 7-4
#4. Fuser Heads 7-4
#5. Bachrach 5-6
#6. Skins 4-7
#7. Big Doggs 4-7
#8. Turkey Buzzards 3-8

The playoffs are not yet set in stone as you can see. It has been a competitive league with parity from top to bottom. I believe at least two teams will clinch playoff spots next week, since there are only two weeks until the playoffs begin. If Bachrach loses, all 4 top teams will clinch playoff birth simultaneously, and at the same time too.

As for Vegas Pickem, I declare myself the winner since the other three teams have given up on passing me. I had a strong week with 9 correct picks out of 16.

In 2nd Chance, yours truly was the only team to successfully pick the New Yorks Jets to defeat the Tennessee Titans. That qualifies me for genius status. I also had the best pickset of the whole group for the second time this year. I still have a shot at winning that one. Until later…

Edited to update the standings.  I am actually in second place by one point.

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Monday Armchair QB

It’s another good week to be a south Florida football fan.

The Dolphins love flirting with disaster. Yesterday, with a 9 point 4th quarter lead with 8 minutes to go, the game looked like it out be out of reach for Oakland. Then the special teams crew once again showed their ineptitude. They punted from the 37 yardline and Oakland returned it for a team record 94 yards and a TD. After a stalled drive, Oakland scored a fieldgoal and took the lead. Then Miami decided that they would finish the game. A few plays later Miami passed up a 52 yard fieldgoal attempt with 2 minutes left and successfully converted 4th down with a slant to Ginn. The fieldgoal with about 30 seconds left gave Miami the lead for good.

The Hurricanes won an impressive matchup against Virginia Tech on Thursday night.  They also flirted with a loss even though they controlled the game in nearly every aspect of the game.  Due to UNC’s loss against Maryland, Miami controls their own destiny with regards to the conference.  If they can win another Thursday night contest this week against Georgia Tech, and finish the season schedule with a win against NC State, the Canes will play in the ACC title game.  The GT game will be a rough one.

In tomorrows fantasy football report, you will read about a big shake up in the league standings.  I get revenge, a ghost beats Ritz, The Turkey Buzzards get two in a row, and Pastor Trav takes another step backwards in his hunt for the playoffs.

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Thursday Thoughtful Thursday

-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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Fantasy Football Report

The big surprise of the week… The last place and 0-fer Turkey Buzzards defeat the tied-for-first-place Fuser Heads.  There are no more teams without wins.  Congratulations.  This really stirs the league up.  I garnered the high score of the week by almost 30 points beating Bachrach on the power of Thomas Jones (NYJ) huge 32 point game, Pastor Trav’s Big Doggs dropped a very important game in blow out fashion against the first place Ritz, and Fuzzy topped the Skins.  That leaves the league standings:

1. Ritz 7-2

2. Dead Skins 6-3

3. Citizen Cane 6-3

4. Fuser Heads 6-3

5. Big Doggs (Pastor Trav) 4-5

6. Bachrach 3-6

7. Skins 3-6

8. Turkey Buzzards 1-8

Right now, Pastor Trav is the only legitimate team that is not currently in the top 4 who has a shot at the playoffs.  It will be a tough road, but he must at least win 2 of his last 4 combined with one of the 6-3 teams going 0-4.  If he goes 0-4, he will need one of the 6-3 teams to go 2-2 and to outscore them overall.  Not a very good possibility, but it is still open.  None of the bottom 3 teams have a legitimate shot at the playoffs though they are not mathematically eliminated.  The playoffs start in week 15 (4 weeks are left in the regular season).

In Second Chance, Chris Day and Alex are still at the top fighting it out with Chris holding to a slim 1 point lead.  I am 8 points back with 7 games to go.  I will need some great picks from here out to make up the ground.  Due to the Thursday night game and some people not paying attention to the schedule, some picks were not made or were missed.

In LPC Vegas Style, I am strongly in first place due to an incomplete pick set by Pastor Trav, Paul is back 10 points, and with 7 games left he still is in the hunt.

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