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Fantasy Football SRQ League Weekly Breakdown

I must start with a preface that with my schedule these days, it may be difficult to keep up any consistent writing.

Props to Justin Clark for motivating me to write something for this week.

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”

Inigo Montoya vs. Team Rissler

Phillip Rivers against Colin Kapernick

Dez Bryant versus Jordy Nelson

This is gonna be a good time!  A party of the ages!

Prediction – Inigo Montoya gets revenge for his father!!

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Team Vetri faces off against Team Commish

On paper this is practically dead even.  Andrew Luck against Matt Ryan…  Julio Jones could go off again, but so could Reggie Wayne…

Tough call…

Prediction – Vetri takes it by a nose

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Darren to be Bad versus Team Clark

Another toss up.

Darren to be Bad — “Has he been tested?”

Team Clark — “How do feel about the Dolphins?”

Prediction – Darren to be Bad goes Fossey, Fossey, Fossey, Madonna, Madonna, Madonna and pulls out a win.

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Beats by Ray against Back that Pass Up

This appears to be a no-brainer.

Prediction – Back that Pass up wins big and enjoys a smooth Chatterton’s afterwards!

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Flip McGillicuddy vs. Team Ginexi

In my opinion, this entire contest comes down to the Mysteriousness-tation of Jamaal/Knile Gate.  Who plays, who scores, who starts.

Prediction – Team Ginexi shakes it for a close win over the underdog McGillicuddy.  Anybody’s call.  Both have quality dance moves.

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Team Zaller vs. Team Clark

Lot’s of fun and games until reality sets in.

Like Matt Stafford, dislike Tony Romo

Prediction – Team Clark easily wins out.

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Good luck this week.

Life goes on for Lance Armstrong

Life goes on for Lance Armstrong

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By Rick Reilly | ESPN.com

AUSTIN, Texas — What I wanted was to find him slumped in his uneasy chair, naked nails on the wall, haircut in his hands, not even a poodle by his side.

I wanted someone who was sorry — sorry for what he’d done, sorry for what was next, sorry to be stuck in his new, sorry life.

But that’s not what I found.

Lance Armstrong is happy. In fact, he looks better at 42 than I’ve ever seen him, less gaunt in the face, thicker in the chest, bluer in the eyes. I found a man sitting in his den, surrounded by his seven Tour de France chalices, his 3-year-old, Olivia, on his lap, kissing him and laughing.

Really pissed me off.

I came to see ruins, not joy. I came to see a man ruined for lying to me for 14 years — and letting me pass those lies on to you. Ruined for lying to everybody. And not just lying to the world, but lying angrily, lying recklessly and leaving good people wrecked in his lies.

It wasn’t enough he’d been stripped of his seven wins, not enough that, so far, he’d lost half his estimated $120 million fortune to lawsuits, had to sell homes, his jet, lost every single endorsement (another $150 million), his earning capacity, and his association with the very foundation he started and built, Livestrong– with two more lawsuits to go.

Yet here he was telling me he was “at peace” with it. I didn’t want him at peace. I wanted him in pieces.

After Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah about doping, he lost an estimated $150 million in future endorsements.
“There’s a lightness to my life now,” he says. “I have no obligations. I have no schedule other than raising my kids, what time my tee time is, how far I’m gonna ride my bike that day. Life has become very simple very quickly. … I’m not in a hurry to get anywhere. Nobody’s waiting on the other end.”

And this is a good thing?

“I’m at the bottom, but I like establishing a base. When I was diagnosed, they told me I had testicular cancer. Then it spread to the abdomen. Then the lungs. Then the brain. I was devastated. But at that point, it was as bad as it could get. And I was like, ‘OK, now, I know everything. Now I have to get better from here.’ I’m in that place now. Not cancer, but now I know everything. I’m at the base.”

This is why I came, to ask him, straight up.

Me: “Why did you lie to me, repeatedly, all those years?”

Him: “I couldn’t go, ‘Well, Rick, since you’ve asked me for the 10th time, I’m going to tell you the truth this time.’ You can’t. You’re stuck. You’re deep in it, and there’s no getting out. The waves keep coming at you — the sport, the team, the media, the sponsors, the foundation, the family — and you can’t stop. … My issue was being so adamant. I’m the one who elevated it to the degree it got to. It was on me. It was my fault.”

I stared at him.

Me: “Why should I believe anything you say now?”

Him: “You shouldn’t. My credibility is shot. I’ve lost the thing that matters the most to people — trust. It feels terrible, but I know that, hopefully, with time, trust is earned back.”

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Fantasy Football 2013 Week 1 Recap

It’s that time of year again!! Fantasy Football 2013 Week 1 Recap

Back to School!

Back to School!

Well, well, well… what a start to the Fantasy Football 2013 season.

In the “real” NFL, there were 4 safeties in the 1pm games.

Jacksonville actually scored some points even after turning down Tebow and staying with Gabbert! Good call Jags!

Philip Rivers’ passer rating when Chargers were up 28-7 with 10:46 left in 3rd quarter was 134.8 ..Thereafter, it was 0. ZERO.

In the “virtual” world of FF, we had a frickin tie in week 1. How does that even happen with our tiebreaker… ooooohhhhh, no tiebreakers. Congrats to the Clark family for the tie… hmmmmmmmmm, kind of makes you wonder. At least Steve & Erin didn’t tie, although they tried.

Team Gager led off right where they left off. Domination! 164 points leads the week in scoring… Balanced attack. Scary good.

On the flip side of that… Poor Danny. A ZERO and a negative starter. Next week, we think Danny brings his “A” game!

Dre unceremoniously welcomed Mr. Rissler to the league with a beatdown. Welcome wagon has left the station!

Justin & Paulie brawled and Paulie just squeaked out a win. Good stuff from both teams though!

I speak for everyone when I say, Let’s give this league a PULSE! Someone say something!!

NFC Championship Game – SF vs. ATL

San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Colin Crabtree

Colin Crabtree

This certainly seems like an easier pick to make… but once you really examine the depth of these teams, you come to find its not such an easy pick and some of the things you felt so confident in, could in fact be areas where you may well want to have some trepidation about.

Colin Kaepernick – One of those areas. This guy balls hard. 181 yards rushing last game, and when he started to break off the outside and find a lane it felt as if I was sitting on a airplane on a runway looking out the window watching another plane take off… He has the acceleration that can almost only be measured in horsepower.

That being said… He has actually performed a little worse then Alex Smith did. I know it doesn’t feel like it, but its true… Point of reference —-> Grantland’s Bill Barnwell

SF Running Game is solid. Frank Gore looks good to go.

The SF defense is about as stout as they come... They are susceptible to allowing the big play here and there, but they usually make the other teams pay. If they can consistently get to Matt Ryan, this could be a lockdown!

Atlanta on the other hand STILL doesn’t strike fear into most people... But they should. They are akin to a reliable automobile. They are well balanced on both sides of the ball. The largest weakness in the past was the running game and a sometimes porous defense. Say hello to Jacquizz Rodgers and a defense that has locked down inside the redzone.

Here’s proof that no one believes in Atlanta… (except Georgians!)

Falcons

Falcons

With Julio Jones and Roddy White AND Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta is always in the game (see Seattle game ending)!

My prediction

San Francisco – 32 Atlanta – 28 Gonna be a close one!

Fantasy Football Week 14 waiver wire pickups

QB’s

If your in the playoffs, you are starting the guy who got you there, regardless of the matchup.

If your heading down the stretch run, maybe you need a backup, your dealing with nagging injuries or you have a middle of the road QB and you want to take a chance.

Here you go;
Chad Henne
– Jax
Nick Foles – Phi
Colin Kaepernick – SF
Brandon Weeden – Cle vs KC
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buf

RB’s
Alex Green
– James Starks is out. No one else really.
Michael Bush
Bryce Brown – There is no way this cat is still out there in your league
Jacquizz Rodgers – Atl
Ben Tate – Keep an eye on him, especially if the Texans clinch

WR’s
Percy Harvin is now on IR, so maybe Jerome Simpson… seriously though besides Kyle Rudoplh, Ponder has looked so inept I would avoid minnesota Wr’s.
Randall Cobb – If Jordy is nicked up, this looks even sweeter
Justin Blackmon – Cecil Shorts has a concussion. Who else does Henne throw to?
Jermaine Gresham – His stock went up with Mohamed Sanu’s IR placement.

Is it time to Secede? Week 10 recap and Week 11 predictions ++ The Perspective ++ Fantasy Football

Is it time to Secede? Week 10 recap and Week 11 predictions ++ The Perspective ++ Fantasy Football

texas secession

Similar to the 100,000+ Texan’s who are pushing for secession, I may have to consider seceding from our league. My team has created a darkness inside me. I am ashamed each week and loathe Ryan Matthews, Rashad Jennings & Felix Jones, more then I could’ve imagined.

On a serious note, I am looking forward to watching the Buccaneers work on making the playoffs! Go Doug Martin!!

Week 10 was a back-breaker for some, including “Over Dramatic”. Six teams make the playoffs in our league and in essence, 5 are already in, while one team is in prime position to take the 6th and final spot, leaving 2 teams to grapple over a miracle finish over the final 2 weeks while winning out and hoping other factors outside of their control fall into place.

As hard as I want to believe I still have a chance. I. DO. NOT. So on that note, I take a moment of silence to pay tribute to…

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Over Dramatic – Playing against teams in different weeks whose players had record setting scoring weeks… from Jamaal Charles (230+ yds rushing & 3 TD’s), Doug Martin (250+ yards rushing & 4 TD’s), Aaron Rodgers (6 TD Passes), Jordy Nelson (180+ yds receiving & 3 TD’s) and the Bronco’s defense (2 TD’s & 2 INT’s) squashed most chances of actually winning. This team played the highest scoring team of each week 4 times out of 10 weeks. 3 Peat Zalla and Victory Cruz were tied for the second most with 2 weeks each. Such is life and although this team is the 7th highest scoring team, they are sitting in 9th place. They have had the second most points (1,252 or 125.2/week) scored against them, by a large margin. In contrast, the second least points scored against a team is Come Back Kid, who has had (1,024 or 102.4/week) against them. That is 23 points per week to overcome. A big deal, but a moot point at this point.

The Worthless Herd – Inconsistency. Chris Johnson has been great in the last 3 of 4 weeks. Matthew Stafford has done just enough to be the 10th best QB. Fred Jackson was a bright star for 4 weeks. Jordy Nelson had 3 good weeks, 1 of those weeks was great. (See Over Dramatic above) Every year we joke around with Danny, but really we want him to succeed. Next year is going to be the year of D-LONG!!!

Victory Cruz – Disappointing. Victor Cruz was electric to start the season but has dropped off. Frank Gore has been solid. Tony Gonzalez is the stud on this team. Cam Newton is the 20th ranked QB. After Over Dramatic had finally had enough of RB roulette and dropped Steven Jackson after he did NOTHING all season (9 weeks), he gets 3 times his normal carries and runs for 100+ yards and a TD against the 49ers. Go Figure! It’s been that kind of season for these teams.

3-Peat Zalla – Just sad. Former 2 time-champion. The fall from grace was swift and blunt. Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw just pooped the bed 5 out of 9 weeks. Arian Foster is the only player ranked better then 13th at their position (save for backup Carson Palmer). None the less, we think Erin will be back on her championship march next season.

“All you can handle, Bro!”

Looking at Week 11.

Congrats to the Playoff clinching Teams!

Come Back Kid at 9-1 is gunning for the top seed!

Pounder at 8-2 is set for the playoffs!

A-Shift Rules at 7-3 is at worst, a 5 seed.

Here is where it gets interesting…

Gippers Gangsters (6-4) face In-Zane (4-6) and Come Back Kid (9-1) over the final 2 weeks.

Jace Invaders (6-4) face Worthless Herd (3-7) and Over Dramatic (3-7)* = *played Over Dramatic in Week 4, losing 90-136.

Charles in Charge (5-5) face Pounder (8-2) and Victory Cruz (3-7).

Rodgers A-Doodle-Doo (4-6) face Over Dramatic (3-7) and A-Shift Rules (7-3).

In-Zane in the Membrane (4-6) face Gippers Gangsters (6-4) and Pounder (8-2).

Roethelisberger = “Drink and Drunk”

Against the other remaining ‘In Contention’ teams…the tie-breakers look like this…

Total points scored.
Rodgers Doodle-Doo – 1209
Charles in charge – 1186
Gippers Gangsters – 1153
In-Zane Membrane – 1116
Jace Invaders – 1115

Anyhow, in Week 11, we prognosticate the following outcomes…

Sorry, I slept with your mom

CBK – 140 VCruz – 120

Pounder – 145 CiC – 125

A-Shift – 148 3-Peat – 142

GG’s – 138 Membrane – 116

The Herd – 119 Jace – 115 *Upset Special!

OD – 128 Rodgers – 127 Playing Spoiler!

Good luck this week!

Fantasy Football Week 8 & 9 recap and Week 10 predictions * The Perspective * Muscle Hamster Style

Fantasy Football Week 8 & 9 recap and Week 10 predictions * The Perspective * Muscle Hamster Style

Mucle-Hamster Style

“4 More Years… It’s like the Groundhog came out, flipped us off, took a dump and here we go again.”


Standings after week 9.

Come Back Kid 8 1 .889 —
Team Pounder 8 1 .889 —
Team A-shift RULES 6 3 .667 2
Gipper’s Gangsters 6 3 .667 2
Jace Invaders 5 4 .556 3
Rodgers A doodle doo 4 5 .444 4
Charles in Charge 4 5 .444 4
In-Zane In The Membrane 4 5 .444 4
Over Dramatic 3 6 .333 5
Team 3-Peat Zalla 2 7 .222 6
The Worthless HERD!! 2 7 .222 6
Victory Cruz 2 7 .222 6

Looking ahead to final 3 weeks, 2 teams have clinched the playoffs.

ComeBackKid
and Pounder at 8-1 are already in.

A-Shift Rules and Gipper’s Gangsters at 6-3 are on the path to success and should reach the playoffs without too much trouble.

Jace Invaders got a huge win this past week and at 5-4, should put together a redeeming run into the promised land.

The sixth and final playoff spot is up for grabs between 4 teams. Over dramatic has the toughest road, at 3-6, they must win out and hope for others to fail.

The 3 teams at 2-7 are for all intensive purposes, eliminated from the playoffs, barring some miracle finish. But, hey you never know.

This is as far as I got last week.

I am just unable to consistently write this, but I do enjoy it when I get the time.

Regardless, if anyone wants to take over, please let us know, and I will somewhat gladly hand over the reigns.

Keep Smiling!

Week 10 predictions

CBK – 158 IZITM – 144

Pounder – 133 Cruz – 89

GG – 119 CIC – 117

OD – 125 A-Shift – 124

Jace – 120 3-Peat – 100

RADD – 123 TWH – 101

Good Luck!

Week 8 Fantasy Football Like/Dislike player recommendations – * The Perspective * Pulp Fiction Style!

Week 8 Fantasy Football Like/Dislike player recommendations – * The Perspective * Pulp Fiction Style!

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What is the theme of this list?
What is going on here with * The Perspective *?
What…

“Say ‘WHAT’ one more time… Mofo!

Players I like… (Note* Players I like and dislike, simply means, I like these guys more then usual this week. I won’t mention every QB or RB that is a stud, because its too obvious, like Arian Foster or Aaron Rodgers. If those players aren’t on a BYE, your starting them regardless… Anyhow, I digress.)

Peyton Manning
– Love him on the big stage against a non-defense.
Andrew Luck – Tennessee defense is a misnomer unto itself.
Carson Palmer – In lieu of McFadden performing, Palmer may be forced to throw a lot.
Eli Manning – Seems like a possible shootout
Tony Romo – Seems like a possible shootout
Robert Griffin 3 – The Pittsburgh defense is relying on yesteryears hype. They’re good, but not that good.

Marcellus?


QB’s I dislike…this week.

Philip Rivers – Just because
Sam Bradford – He will probably throw a lot against NE’s defense to try and keep Rams in the game, but i think a good number of passes find the ground or DB’s.
Kolb/Skelton – 49ers defense. No thanks.

RB’s I like this week…

Chris Johnson – I very much dislike that i’m putting him on this list. He is so schitzo this season. but Indy provides a cushion to his fall and he responds well to cushions.
Mike Leshoure – Calvin johnson is always covered this season. Only other option is LeShoure.
Vick Ballard – by default
Kendall Hunter – could see lots of work against Arizona. They want to keep ball out of Alex Smith’s hands and Frank Gore healthy-ish.
Ryan Matthews – If there is one thing the Browns allow, its RB’s to amass FF pts. This should be a solid game for rushing yards and check down passes.
Darren Sproles – Against the Denver rush, he will be used as screener and check down guy. I could see him getting 7-11 catches.

RB’s to dislike this week…

LaRod Stephens-Howling – 49ers defense. Enough said.
Felix Jones – Oy Vey Felix.
Steven Jackson – In a clear timeshare with D-Richardson.
Michael Turner – Not that good. Not that bad. I just dislike him this week.
Jamaal Charles – I think Oakland stacks against the rush and begs Brady Quinn to throw.

How to plan for a hurricane

WR’s I like…

Lance Moore – see NO vs. Den.
Eric Decker – see above.
Andre Roberts – Larry Fitz is going to be smothered.
Percy Harvin – snuck him in here! Lawd have Percy!!
Wes Welker – Should reign supreme against Rams!
Jeremy Maclin – Hip is fine!
James Jones/ Randall Cobb – Should light it up this week
Nate Washington – Indy defense
Miles Austin – not Dez Bryant this week.

WR’s to avoid this week…
Dez Bryant – just a hunch – Again, obviously unless you have someone better, you start him!
Dwayne Bowe – Oakland CB’s and DB’s and Safety & Brady Quinn at QB
Steve Smith – Bears D
Brandon Lloyd – I think he doesn’t have the chops to get open like he used to.

DEFENSES
Likes
Miami
Oakland
Detroit
New England

Dislikes
St. Louis
Seattle
Carolina
Ny Giants

Week 6 & 7 Recap * The Perspective * Fantasy Football Armageddon and a glimpse into Week 8 pick-ups and predictions *

Pulp_Fiction Jules

Week 6 & 7 Recap * The Perspective * Fantasy Football Armageddon and a glimpse into Week 8 pick-ups and predictions *

(Read it aloud in Samuel Jackson’s voice) “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.” ~ Jules, Pulp Fiction

Pulp_Fiction

Recapping each team from weeks 6 and 7 versus each individual matchup. (from the best to the worst)

Team ComeBackKid – (2-0) and overall (6-1) May need a name change to Team Domination!

Gipper’s Gangsters
– (2-0) and overall (5-2) Envious of the other rookies impressive starts, Gipper’s is well on her way to usurping the other two!

The Worthless Herd
(2-0) overall (2-5) D Long took offense to Dreznin’s worthless herd comment… and now they are feeding off the “Nobody believes in us” mantra as they cling to playoff relevance! Second Half Warrior Pick!!

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Dreznin Style (1-1) overall (3-4) 6th place is the best place! Schitzo Drez Style scores 160 one week and 80 the next. Never know what’s going to happen next week!

Jace Invaders (1-1) overall (3-4) Jace used the element of surprise to take down one of our leagues giants and the last undefeated team in week 7. Well played, sir!

Team 3-Peat Zalla
(1-1) overall (2-5) Last years champion just has too much pride and fights back to take week 7 and hang onto this season’s relevance by the skin on their teeth!

Team Pounder (1-1) overall (6-1) Still #1 in our league, but reeling from their first loss. Will they bounce back or is this the inevitable slide toward reality?

Rodgers-A-Doodle-Doo (1-1) overall (3-4) 5th place as they milked 6 touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers in week 6 to hang on to the scoring lead. Regardless, Mr. Discount Double Check has been resurrected and lives! Throw in a surprising Shonn Greene and this team has legs!!

Charles in Charge (1-1) overall (3-4) In my humble opinion, Charles in Charge and Dreznin Style are carbon copies of each other. Good weeks and bad weeks, never really comprehending what’s coming the next week!

Team A-Shift Rules (0-2) overall (5-2) Reality has begun to set in for one of our leagues rookies. Still in command atop the league, but on the cusp of being pulled back into the battle with the slew of 3-4 teams, A-shift better regroup and right the ship!!

In-Zane in the Membrane – (0-2) overall (3-4) As bad as the last two weeks have been, Paulie sits at 3-4 and the playoffs are a realistic couple of wins away!

Victory Cruz (0-2) overall (2-5) The saddest part of Victory Cruz is they could very well be 3-4 or 4-3, but being too busy or unable to change the roster, especially during the bye weeks has led to some close losses and the title of whipping boy of the league. Here’s hoping they are able to make a little time for Fantasy Football and all the treasures it provides, unlike family, work and friends!

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Looking at Week 8 Matchups


Team CBK (6-1) v. Rodgers DD (3-4)

Based on recent history, I’m taking the team who is El Grande el fuego!
CBK – 155 RDD – 130

Team Pounder (6-1) v. The WH (2-5)
I want to believe in Long’s comeback. I really do. Oh hell.
UPSET SPECIAL
WH – 129 Pounder – 128

Gippers Gangsters (5-2) v. Over Dramatic (3-4)
The time has come for another relationship to be tested by the pressures of fantasy football.
OD – 133 GG – 118

A-Shift R (5-2) v. IZITM (3-4)
Both teams have key players on BYES. Both rosters look evenly matched. ESPN has IZITM favored by 38 pts.
A-Shift – 111 IZITM – 109

Charles IC (3-4) v. 3Peat Z (2-5)
This may end up being the closest matchup of the week.
3PZ – 119 CIC – 105… Maybe not.

Jace Inv (3-4) v. Vic Cruz (1-6)
Walkover.
JI – 140 VC – 78

In conclusion… we should all be carrying this wallet!

Bad mofo wallet

P.S. – 8-4 over the two weeks… 29-13 overall…

E:60 – ESPN – Story on Jack’s Heat. Watch it. Do it.

E:60 – ESPN – Story on Jack’s Heat. Watch it. Do it.

Jack Burleson racing in a Track Meet at Del Oro High School. Photo courtesy KNCI’s Pat n Tom Facebook page. via Ty’s adventures wordpress page.

Jacks Heat – ESPN E:60

ESPN Jacks heat E:60