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REV 3 Venice 70.3 2012 Results and Photos

REV 3 Venice 70.3 2012 Results and Photos

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Mark Kowalski fending off the shadows and forging into the headwinds at Rev3 Venice 70.3

Theo Carroll and Jonell Romanus stave off the impending Hurricane Sandy weather at Rev3 Venice 70.3

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Week 5 Recap & Week 6 Predictions * The Perspective * Fantasy Football * Red Solo Cup

Week 5 Recap & Week 6 Predictions * The Perspective * Fantasy Football

Welcome to Fantasy Football… Where Fantasy meets Reality!

I’m short on time this week and exhausted from 2 jobs and my obsessive training. and insomnia.
But I do have some energy from my 2 game winning streak and a shot of hope in this league!

Last week I finished 5-1 which jumps my record to 21-9 on the season. I have no idea how I’m getting these right, and really…it is irrelevant anyhow.

7 Sharks

Last weeks matchups

Dreznin Style – 157 3-Peat Zalla – 138 – If Erin played anyone else in the league, she would’ve won, but alas, those words have been said previously and all too often.

Team Pounder – 132 Rodgers-Doodle-Doo – 114 And another one bites the dust. Pounder is a week or two away from clinching a playoff spot and running amuck on his inaugural season! Boom goes the dynamite???

In-Zane Membrane – 130 Victory Cruz – 117 Closer then the score indicates, but Oh Cam Newton… what happened? A Philip Rivers switch would’ve made all the difference… but then I feel like we say this every week. Is Cam Newton Vince Young Part 2?

Team A-Shift Rules – 116 Danny Long’s Herd of Worthless Players -54(except Julio Jones, who he traded for peanuts)
62 point gap. 62 POINT LOSS. SIXTY-TWO POINTS. The end.

Gippers Gangsters – 114 Jace Invader’s – 100
A Quiet win, but another notch on Gangsters belt.
This league is turned on its head at this point, as two rookies are 5-0 and the third rookie is 3-2 and in the upper half of the league, while the defending champion is on the ropes and the runner-up is in the same position.

ComeBackKid – 95 Charles in Charge – 81
ComeBackKid does it again. What a season. Bobby Griffin3 gets a concussion and while normally this would spell CRISIS for most teams, ComebackKid can just put rookie Andrew Luck in and watch his team win another weekly matchup!!

Moving onto week 6 matchups… I still want to put some effort into this write up and get it done before the games actually start! So I’m gonna youtube some stuff and just shoot from the hip!!


The ‘Party all the time’ Matchup

Team Pounder (5-0) v. A-Shift Rules (5-0) Well, folks. We have arrived at the peak of the mountain. This matchup feels similar to the all-star game in baseball in that the winner of this week, would appear to be in fantastic position for home field advantage in the playoffs… Oh nevermind, we don’t do that!
Pounder – 142 A-Shift – 139


The ‘Call Me Maybe’ Matchup

ComeBackKid (4-1) v. Jace Invaders (2-3)
Just another week for ComeBackKid. Crucial week for Jace. 2-4 is a long road back… while 3-3 feels oh so nice and relaxing.
I think this entire matchup hinges on whether Robert Griffin III plays. Pierre Garcon, Adrian peterson and the Vikings D are all in play… Oh and Julio Jones has a new owner…A nice trade for Jace!
Jace – 124 ComeBackKid – 120


The ‘David Hasselhoff’ Matchup

In-Zane Membrane (3-2) v. Charles in Charge (2-3) These teams are quite evenly matched up… Having said that, I like Charles’ matchups much better this week.
Charles in Charge – 117 In-Zane – 108


The ‘“Journey” – Separate Ways’ Matchup

Gippers’ Gangster’s (3-2) v. 3-Peat Zalla (1-4) The matchups of the leagues ladies. ESPN say’s this matchup should finish 116-116. I think it will be closer.
Gipper’s Gangsters – 117 3-Peat Zalla – 115


The ‘MC Hammer, Pumps and uh Bump’ Matchup ** (Watch video at own risk)


Rodgers-Doodle-Doo (2-3) v. Victory Cruz (1-4)

As of 1:38pm on Saturday, Victory has 3 starters on BYE WEEKS, but that aside if he changes his roster in time, with P Rivers, LaGarrette and I guess… Baldwin? then he may only lose by a small amount.
Rodgers – 122 Victory – 63 Based on the current lineup. (If updated – 122-106)


The ‘Red Solo Cup’ Matchup

Dreznin Style (2-3) v. Last team on the Left (0-5)
The good news. No Julio Jones to deal with. The bad news. No Drew Brees to deal with. I guess these things depend on your perspective. ESPN has Danny favored by 41 points. I hope that doesn’t hold up because I really, really, really, really need this win. Thanks again for trading Julio before our game danny. Maybe you can trade Dwayne Bowe and Matt Stafford before Sunday at 1:00?
Dreznin – 125 D-LONG – 124 I couldn’t help myself…

2012 Siesta Key Sharks Triathlon Results in Sarasota, FL

2012 Siesta Key Sharks Triathlon Results in Sarasota, FL

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28th Annual Siesta Key Triathlon
October 2, 2011 at Sarasota, FL
Benefits YMCA Sharks Swim Team
Triathlon: 1/2 Mile Swim| 13 Mile Bike| 5K Run
Race Director: Kyle Davis
Timing & Results: Alta Vista Sports

2012-2013 NFL Division winners, Wildcard and Super Bowl predictions

ORIGINAL PREDICTIONS;

2012-2013 NFL Division Champs, Wildcard & Super Bowl prediction

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Predicting to the OLDIES!!!

NFC Division Winners;
Giants (I really wanted to go Philly here, but I am forcing myself to go NYG. Just a hunch)
Packers (Just too strong not to be here)
Falcons (Panthers & Bucs are gonna make this close)
49ers (A No Brainer)

Wildcards
– Buccaneers & Eagles

AFC Division Winners
Patriots (Jets and Bills will battle for second)
Chargers (Really? If not them, then whom? Denver & Peyton?)
Ravens (Big Ben staying healthy is the hunch that swayed me)
Texans (This division is weak)

Wildcards
– Steelers & Denver

SUPER BOWL

S.F. 49ers vs Houston Texans

SB Champion = S.F. 49ers

Our Vote for Replacement Referees!

my choice for replacement refs

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The Perspective – 2012 Fantasy Football – Week 1 recap & Week 2 predictions

The Perspective – 2012 Fantasy Football – Week 1 recap & Week 2 predictions

The Mascot for the SRQ 2012 Fantasy Football league

Ok, the good news is half your league won in week 1. The bad news of course, is half your league lost. If you were on the latter of the two, its not time to panic, just time to breathe and focus on week 2. Here is the link to this week’s Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate on ESPN and why, “A little perspective goes a long way!”

Week 1 had some serious let downs from some serious players including
, Wes Welker, Mike Vick, Michael Turner, Chris Johnson, Vincent Jackson, Hakeem Nicks, Eli Manning, Trent Richardson, etc, etc, etc…

But then again
, some week 1 unforeseen studs included CJ Spiller, Shonn Greene, Alfred Morris, Stevan Ridley, Michael Bush, Kevin Ogletree, Lance Moore, Robert Griffin 3 & Mark Sanchez!

So after looking at some of the regulars who grace our score sheets each week
, we see the usual suspects in Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ray Rice, Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham, yada, yada, yada… the must-starts!

In week 1 contests, you just never know what your going to get as team story lines develop, new offensive schemes show themselves and another year of wear and tear on last years performers begin to show their effects.

Do we see repeat performances from the let downs?
Only a couple. Mike Vick, Chris Johnson and Trent Richardson. We wouldn’t touch these guys. I understand that CJ caught some serious passes, but as a RB, this guy has become kryptonite. After seeing Brandon Weeden play QB, I now realize there is no hope for Trent Richardson at all. Mike Vick has been in the league for 10+ seasons and he looked like a rookie throwing 4 INT’s against Cleveland. Yeccch!

Do we see repeat performances from the unforeseen stars? A couple will continue to produce. Shonn Greene, CJ Spiller, Lance Moore and Robert Griffin 3. CJ looked good. Lance will come and go with the tides or the wave of Saints offense and RG3 will eventually run into a good defense, but for now, ride these guys!


Rodgers A Doodle Doo (1-0) – 141 vs Thats One in A Row (0-1) 124
Valiant efforts from both teams, but looking at the rosters from each team, it is easy to see where this was lost. RB’s. Rashad Jennings and Jamaal Charles both underwhelmed, while the rest of the team held their own. Also, having Demaryius Thomas go off for 27 pts was HUGE, in spite of Michael Turner dropping 3 points in a blow out win. If you can’t ring up rushing yards in a bludgeoning, when can you?

Jace Invaders (1-0) 140 vs In-Zane in the Membrane (0-1) 111
We said, Jace Invaders would win the league, right? Let’s just pretend that’s what I said. After this commanding performance, I wish my predictions were in pencil and not ink/type. Jace got the one consistent Bear performer in Brandon Marshall! Cutler and Forte looked solid, but alas, the combo of Pierre Garcon and LeSean McCoy was too much for Hakeem Nicks and DeSean Jackson to contend with. I’m certainly having second thoughts about In-Zane winning the league, let alone making the playoffs. Show us something Paulie!

Team Drumseteabagger (1-0) – 134 vs Team 3-Peat Zalla (0-1) 110
Holy Crap! First Cam Newton, now Robert Griffin 3! Parisi has the golden touch on rookie QB’s! All he needed was a stout Raven’s defense and this contest was never really in doubt. Dropoffs from Antonio Gates, Peyton Hillis & Greg Jennings made for a bumpy week 1.

Gippers Gangsta’s (1-0) 119 vs A Stafford Infection!!! (0-1) 113
Welcome to the league! She comes out swinging and down goes Danny! A nail biter to the end, this was a good matchup. Peyton Manning looks fine tuned and ready to feast! A last minute switch by Danny put the Bills defense in to start which led to a (-5 pts). Now we can debate sit/starts all day long, but ultimately, you have to start Chris Johnson in week 2… right? 11 carries for 4 yards!

Team A-Shift Rules (1-0) 117 vs Team Victory Cruz (0-1) 109
Another Newbie strikes! A-Shift looks goooooood. Even their back up TE scored as much or more then 4 of Cruz’s starters. Matt Ryan was just a beast and Ray Rice made up for DeAngelo being DeAngelo.

Team Pounder (1-0) 103 vs Team My, My, My Bironas (0-1) 101
Oy Vey. Barely squeaked over 100 points. This was a train wreck matchup and it only got worse as the games dragged on. Wes Welker gets 1 point. Adrian Peterson starts over Toby Gerhart and scores 2 TD’s. Even a stinker from Beanie Wells (1 pt) and Trent Richardson (5 pts) wasnt enough to score less then Bironas. I wasn’t keen on my team at the draft, and I am beginning to loathe them now. Time to sack up.

As for WEEK 2 Matchups and predictions for SRQ 2012

Rodgers A doodle doo (1-0) vs Jace Invaders (1-0)
Solid matchup on paper. But really when you start looking at player matchups and really, the actual players, its hard not to like Jace in this one. Pretty convincingly.
Jace – 138 Rodgers – 112

Team Pounder (1-0) vs Gippers Gangsta’s (1-0)
Two undefeated rookies face off for bragging rights and to stay perfect on the season. This looks to be a close contest.
Really pouring over the roster and its a tough call. This won’t be decided until Monday night, and ultimately, we think Gippers Gangsta’s take it in a barn burner!
Gippers – 124 Pounder – 123

Team Drumseteabagger (1-0) vs A Stafford Infection (0-1)
Another really close call. I like the player matchups of Drumset better, so I pick them.
Drums – 121 Stafford – 115


Team A-Shift Rules (1-0) vs Thats One in a Row (0-1)

Again, not to sound redundant, this is too close to call on paper. Both solid teams, but alas, I like the matchups of one team better then another.
A-Shift – 138 1 In a Row – 118

Victory Cruz (0-1) vs Team My, My, My Bironas (0-1)
I think this is an easy one to call, and it pains me to do so. I think writing these recaps and predictions is going to be ugly this season if my team doesn’t do something soon!
Victory – 125 Bironas – 108

3-Peat Zalla (0-1) vs In-Zane in the Membrane (0-1)
I’m writing this after Cutler threw 4 INT’s and Forte left the game for good with a bashed up ankle, so in essence this prediction writes itself. You never know, but in this case, you kind of know.
3-Peat – 117 In-Zane – 98


For the rest of the fantasy world, some players who should go off this week, include;

Reggie Wayne – He and Andrew Luck are on the same page!

Steven Jackson – Washington defense should be solid, but Jackson should find paydirt!

Cam Newton – facing a Saints defense that just let RG3 go CRAZY on them!

Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning
– Feel like both QB’s in Monday nights game are going to score lots of points and be throwing all night!

Marshawn Lynch – takes some pressure off Russel Wilson and runs well against a porous Dallas defense

Aaron Hernandez
– in picking a TE this week, its easy to say GRONK or J-Graham, but Hernandez should lead them all.

RG3 – St. Louis defense. Enough said.

BenJarvis Green Ellis – Should exploit Cleveland defense for solid yards and a score or 2.

Matt Schaub – Havent seen his name on here for a while. HELLO Jacksonville!!!

Some quick sleepers – and potential point scoring fill-ins
Ryan Matthews – Sketchy reports coming out of camp that he might play. (See Adrian Peterson and Mojo-Drew)
Nate Washington – Kenny britt makes his way back. We think its only to free up big Nate for more catches!

Finally, some players to avoid.
I swear I wouldve put Jay Cutler on this list had I written it yesterday afternoon. I just like Clay Matthews! I didn’t see 7 sacks and 4 INTs.

Mike Vick, DeSean Jackson & Jeremy Maclin – facing the Raven’s Defense, after last weeks performance against Cleveland. I need to see these guys do WELL before I recommend them again. I just don’t see it happening this week.

Shonn Greene – look, after last week, you have to start him. Facing pittsburgh after the steelers got embarrassed by Denver last week and your playing at Heinz field. No thank you.

Chris Johnson – I’m done with him. I won’t talk about him anymore unless he proves us all wrong and delivers.

Matthew Stafford
– obviously you start Stafford. But he’s playing San Francisco in SF. They have possibly the best defense going. It’s gonna be a long afternoon.

Welcome to the SRQ 2012 Fantasy Football Season

Welcome to the SRQ 2012 Fantasy Football Season

Brief Draft Recap & Team by Team season predictions

DRAFT RECAP brought to you by Sean Dreznin and Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks Approved!

The draft was held at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Our leagues rookies are Don Clark, Jonell Romanus and Jeff Gager. Let the hazing begin!
Someone ordered chicken wings. Much beer was consumed.
Justin kept pleading with Sean to draft Mark Sanchez, but he withstood the onslaught!
Danny was defiant about every SRQ 2012 rule and/or league setting.
Erin has a 8.333% chance of TRI-Peating!
The draft lasted 4 days and 13 hours.

Ok. Onto the season predictions!
I am evaluating each team on a surface view, which is completely biased on my gut feeling towards the 3 top players on each team from the QB, RB & WR position. Also a quick glance at the #2 RB & WR & TE position for depth, as having Gronk or Aaron Hernandez is better then having sume dude named Martellus or Kellen Winslow… poor, poor Kellen!

I have a minimal filter, and I mean nothing personal by the below word beatin’ Immabout to give you… but then again,remember my predictions from last season? Not exactly spot on!

Team Flounder, I mean Team Pounder!
Tom Brady is always good news to see headlining a fantasy roster. A.J. Green and a healthy Andre Johnson also make for nice bookends. It gets kind of awkward from there, but Don is a newbie to the league, although we assume he has watched football on a television at some point. Enjoy Trent Richardson and Beanie Wells decisions each week!
2012 Qwik Pik – (3-9)

Team Drumseteabagger
Look, we hate being this negative so early in the season, but looking at the top 3, its a fair amount of upside but cataclysmic downside. RG3 could be a productive QB in Washington, but he could also throw 2 picks and fumble the ball most games, just as easy. Same with Adrian Peterson, in that he can be a fantastic RB or get hurt and leave a gaping hole (sss-sss-sss) at a most important position! The depth on this team seems thin, but then, I may have said the same thing about Cam Newton last year.
2012 Qwik Pik – (4-8)

Team That’s One in a Row
Jared. We meet again. After last years renaissance, we felt J-Clark would be able to build on that momentum. But alas, it would appear on paper to look less then promising. Tony Romo is a risky pick, albeit a solid producer, but a risky pick. Tough to trust Dallas this season.
Marshawn Lynch is in unvoluntary beast mode due to back spasms and a possible league suspension lingering over his gold grilled head. Jamal Charles may be a stud, or he may revert to being a recovering ACL tear running back with a solid backup in Hillis. All risky bets. We like some risk, but not this much. The House always wins!
2012 Qwik Pik – (5-7)

Team Gippers Gangsters

Upside… Best QB in history. Downside… 36+, 2 neck surgeries, playing outdoors 15 times versus the Indy Dome, new receivers and system. Its a tough call on this team. They have the chops to hang, but I can easily see them being a tough luck loser more often then not. Such is fantasy football life.
2012 Qwik Pik – (5-7)

Team Victory Cruz

And that makes 3 clarks all below the important .500 line. Next season we’ll have to get Lisa, Rachel & Aubrey so they can show you guys how its done. Its not easy to type, im laughing so hard. Ok, seriously, this team has moxy, we like Mojo and Cam and Cruz, but someone has to be tough luck loser. When I called my Psychic, Ruby. She said her Tarot cards all came up short on Gore and the Steelers defense and just read, Fantasy Failure.
2012 Qwik Pik – (5-7)

Rodgers Doodle Doo
Say it aint so Rooster. Although, props on a fantastic team name to start the season off!! Rodgers will crush again this year and O.G. Fitzy will certainly deliver some solid points, but my knees buckle when I think of Michael Turner and Shonn Greene. Remember when Turner was nicknamed, “The Burner” back in 1984? I’m trying to say he’s slow. Like a Hoveround or driving on US 41 by Bahia Vista.
2012 Qwik Pik – (6-6)

REMINDER — All of this is a crapshoot, so bare that in mind as I proceed. Like, I really have any clue how Hakeem Nicks’s surgically repaired foot holds up or if Chris Johnson is going to suck as bad as he did last season… But I digress….

Your Playoff Teams are as follows;

Team A-Shift
I’m listing them here because they are GM’d by a rookie to our league, but I like this team. I like this team so much, I want to take them behind the middle school and get them pregnant. What’s not too like… Ray Rice, Jimmy Graham, Matty Ice Ryan in a new passing offense with Julio and Roddy and Brandon Lloyd. Good stuff. It could also be fool’s gold and all come crashing down with one swift injury. Imagine this team with DeAngelo filling in for Ray Rice… Yikes!
2012 Qwik Pik – (6-6)

Team Bowe and Staff
Oh Danny Boy! I think Danny figured this fantasy football thing out. Avoid LeSean McCoy and grab players with “J”‘s in their names… Julio Jones, Jordy Nelson, Chris Johnson, BenJarvus, etc… Just wishing the jubilant jivetastic best to the Jibroni’s (I know its a G) at Bowe and Staff!
2012 Qwik Pik (7-5)

Team My, My, My Bironas
You know you love Drew Brees! The rest of this team is built to score points… and just keep scoring points until you beg for Mercy! Wes Welker, the “unbreakable” Ryan Matthews, Percy Harvin and Steven Jackson… This team could score 160 one week and drop 70 the next. Stability say hello to my little friend, Topsy-Turvy
2012 Qwik Pik (7-5)

Team 3-Peat Zalla
Momma said Knock You Out! And she will. Lots of “If’s” here, but we are going on track record. Greg Jennings and his concussions, Antonio Gates and his glass legs, Arian Foster and Ben Tate in the mix, Ahmad Bradshaw and his myriad of injuries. This team could easily finish (4-8), but if history rings true, they won’t.
2012 Qwik Pik (8-4)

Team Jace Invaders
Another fantastic team name! Also another Zaller. Look, this team is friggin solid and the only reason we don’t have them winning this league is the fact that the defense is not quite as strong as the next team, the WR depth drops a bit and the TE Tamme is not Vernon Davis. Now, having said all that, the Seahawks defense could be scary good at home, Tamme and luck could become clairvoyant pals and Pierre Garcon could be RG3’s best weapon. Maybe. Maybe not. We think not. But I still hope to only see this team once, as LeSean, Fred Jackson, Brandon Marshall and a healthy Vick spell trouble for most other teams…
2012 Qwik Pik (8-4)

Team In-Zane in the Membrane
Great Team Name once again! Shit. Another Zaller. I swear I didn’t get my season entrance fee waived by writing this. I just adore this team. The depth is deep. <—- I'm positive this is negative! I’m getting loopy writing this as its been a long day! Jay Cutler should have a strong season, Forte as well, Sproles will continue to score all kinds of points and the 49ers defense is insane for sure… WR depth looks solid as well with a couple homerun hitters in DeSean and Hakeem. We really like Ben Tate as a flex play as well. Strong pick!
2012 Qwik Pik (10-2)

After typing this all out and re-reading it… I feel dirty and hate myself a little bit. Time to go watch Leaving Las Vegas!

Let the comments trickle in.

Paulie, you can send the check to Dreznin Industries, P.O. Box Yo Momma, SRQ

The Perspective — Fantasy Football Players who are going to burn you in 2012

The Perspective — Fantasy Football Players who are going to burn you in 2012

I shoot from the hip.

Take it from the folks at “The League”. Fantasy Football is no laughing matter! Its more comical then that.

Unlike the fantasy football guru (Bill Barnwell at Grantland) who pours over statistics and logic to unearth amazing intricacies and nuggets of wisdom. I am not even close to this. I work 2 jobs, am consistently training for an eventual Ironman race of some kind and enjoy spending time with an amazing girlfriend who is even in one of my league’s this season! I have no doubt she will be a fierce competitor!

I enjoy assisting others to perform well in their respective fantasy football leagues, so on that note, here are some grenades (Jersey Shore Plug) to avoid in 2012.

Some of the players on this list have high upside but huge downside. Others are plagues on themselves and their teammates. T.O., we hardly knew you as a Seahawk!

Let’s just get the usual suspects out of the way early…

Kenny Britt – Made of glass. Will cost you a high draft pick. Also, seems to always be in trouble.

Sidney Rice – See Gumby and Mr. Bill. Rice is Mr. Bill. Also, true rookie QB is starter.

Marshawn Lynch – I’m not trying to pick on Seattle, but Marshawn may start the season on IR. Plus he is always in Beast Mode even at the grocery store while carrying a piece… of Smith and Wesson.

Darren McFadden – Burn me once, shame on me.

Mark Sanchez – Still Mark Sanchez. Still plays in NY. Still has very little at RB. Now has Tebow on his heels.

Tony Romo – He will have to throw, so he will get some points, but no Laurent Robinson and Miles Austin hasn’t had a good season in years. The O-line is horrendous and Romo seems to have no time to think. Avoid if possible. Eli or Rivers would be a better pick, especially since Dallas has to play NYG and Philly Defenses 4 times!

On that same note, DeMarco Murray gives me bad vibes. He is multi-talented, but I see Witten and Dez being the beneficiaries of dump-offs and hail mary’s while the running game gets stuffed.

Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss – One isn’t very good and the other isn’t very fantasy friendly.

I’ll put Peyton Manning for the obvious reasons including, neck surgeries, 36+ yrs of age and a new offense that plays 15 outdoor games with 8 in Denver, Colorado.

Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams – Maybe one gets hurt. Maybe they share the carries. Maybe Mike Tolbert sneaks into the mix. Maybe Cam Newton never hands the ball off. etc, etc, etc…

As much as it pains me to put him here due to my bias… Josh Freeman. I just don’t trust him… yet.

Rob Gronkowski – I may be the only idiot to put him here, but I think he regresses quite a bit this year. That may only mean he is on par with the JerMichael Finley’s and Tony Gonzalez’s, but still its not 2011 Gronk and thats how your drafting him.

Rashard Mendenhall – Avoid. See Redman, Dwyer.

Trent Richardson – Name the last browns RB to be good. Besides Jamal Lewis in 2007… 2 Knee surgeries, O-line is tough, Rookie QB, thin WR group… Avoid.

Chris Johnson – I have this overwhelming feeling that Chris Johnson is going the be the recent 2011 CJ and not the pre 2011 CJ. Just my gut.

Maurice Jones-Drew – Super nice guy. Rushing leader from 2011. Holdout. Same crappy offense with Blaine Gabbert, save for Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson (who is really not as talented as he made you believe last year).

Arian Foster – Look, he will be fantastic. He plays Jacksonville, Indy and Tennessee 6 times this season, so he’ll do fine. But so will Ben Tate. He should be drafted behind Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy.

Ronnie Brown – Most likely starter for week 1 and possibly week 2. Ryan Matthews will be back. Ronnie Brown is just not that good anymore. He will get some touches early, but upside is low.

Antonio Gates – I love me some AG. But his peak is in the rear view mirror. He is still a stud, but drafted well after Jimmy Graham, Gronk and Aaron Hernandez.

I’ll put Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Beanie Wells, Sam Bradford, Danario Alexander and Danny Amendola on here together since they play in the same division. Too much unknown chaos and as Matthew Berry from ESPN says, “At its fundamental level, fantasy football is all about minimizing risk and giving yourself the best odds to win.”

Victor Cruz – I understand he was great last year and extremely affable. He will not duplicate last season’s numbers. See DeSean Jackson for a recent example.

Andre Johnson – He is hurt every season. Why would this season be any different? Being drafted way too early. Big upside but huge downside.

Frank Gore. Again it pains me to write this, because Gore has been a FF point machine for me in the past, but he is well past his expiration date as he has been ridden hard.

I hope that helps. Have a great season!!

Fantasy Football 2012 – Some QB ideas beyond the norm

I am in a 12 person live draft league this season as we added 4 spots and changed the roster from a 2 QB league with no flex, to this; QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, FLEX, TE, K, DEF.

You can have your cake… But can you eat it, too?

So while drafting a top tier QB was always a strong play, I feel even though the dynamic has changed, the theory still stands up.

If you are unable to grab any of the below guys in the top 5, then depending on your league, whether its equally balanced to RB’s and WR’s or a PPR league, then draft accordingly… (i.e. – Calvin Johnson, Ray Rice, Adrian Foster, etc)

TOP 3
Aaron Rodgers
Tom Brady
Drew Brees

Next tier
Cam Newton
Matt Stafford


Final Tier

Romo – Dallas offense looks suspect in protecting Romo
Vick – High upside / Injury risk
Eli Manning – Will most likely regress a bit from 2011 numbers

QB Ideas for 2012

Peyton Manning – 36, 4 total neck surgeries, missed all of 2011. (vs) It’s Peyton Manning.
Philip Rivers – A hot mess last season. Still plays in the same division with KC, Den & Oakland, so a 9-7 or 7-9 season with big offense is probably on the horizon.
Matt Flynn – Other then having to play San Francisco twice, they get to play St. Louis and Arizona a total of 4 times, so that ought to help.
RG3 – He just has to be on here. I see something like, 14 passing TD’s and 11 Rushing TD’s. with 18 INT’s. Its going to be a fun but bumpy season.
John Skelton – Kevin Kolb won’t be starting much longer
Christian Ponder – He can sling it. Percy Harvin can catch it. Toby Gerhart is a so-so option in lieu of an iffy Adrian Peterson.
Vince Young – If Buffalo gets off to a rough start (give it 5 games) say a 1-4 start, then look for Vince to relieve Fitzy2.

The Beer Episodes — and Taxes today!

The Beer Episodes

Money

Everyday, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement
, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.

Since you are all such good customers,‘ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.’ Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).


Each of the six was better off than before.
And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

I only got a dollar out of the $20 declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ‘but he got $10!’

Yeah, that’s right,‘ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

That’s true!!‘ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

Wait a minute,‘ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

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