Archive for September, 2011

Signs Of The Apocalypse

// September 30th, 2011 // 2 Comments » // Uncategorized

theo_epsteinOne of the things that was said to have brought about the ‘alleged’ end of the world in The Bible, was people worshipping false Gods.  If my catechism lessons serve me correctly, a golden calf to be precise.

Doing so now would certainly not be looked on any more favorably would it?

Probably not.  Yet Theo Epstein gets to sit up on a pedestal serving up golden milk, even showering it on his followers, while people lap it up blindly.  Epstein has been revered, and even worshiped by Red Sox fans for breaking the Curse, and bringing the city of Boston two World Series Championships.  But it seems now, as it is Francona, and not Epstein, who is rumored to be facing the guillotine for the Sox collapse, that people are honoring Epstein before the God of common sense.

Surely such blind devotion in the light of names like Lackey, Drew, Crawford, Lugo, and Jenks,  is going to draw the ire of whatever God gets to end the world next. (Side note: I imagine they decided this in an ancient form of ro-sham-bo.)

I say we stop following the Golden Boy, consider the possibility that he is a false prophet who got lucky a few times, not unlike the trailer trash who win the lottery, and attempt to save our eternal souls before its too late.

——Corey

Gristle And Fat

// September 29th, 2011 // 4 Comments » // Uncategorized

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I haven’t posted anything on here this week for two reasons.  One was a weekend trip to South Carolina where my hotel didn’t have internet the last two nights.  The other?

I didn’t know what to say about the Red Sox.

I’m a sports fan and would rather watch football than baseball, but if I was told only one Massachusetts team was going to win a championship for the rest of my life, I would vote for the Red Sox without hesitation.

Over the last week, the team I love has tied me up in knots in a way that I haven’t felt since 03 and 04.

They had choked away a lead that, at the start of September, seemed like the old 96er, and the Rays were John Candy. They were going to give it their best shot, but in the end there would be too much food.  The chef, like most Red Sox fans post 2004, smiled smugly, knowing that it was an impossible feat.

No one had ever eaten the whole thing before.

But there the Rays sat.  Smiling.  Slowly cutting away piece, after medium rare piece.  Giving it their best shot.

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The closer they got, the more plate that became exposed, the more I struggled with how to react.

Should I blast the team for folding? Cursing the players for inexplicably forgetting that they were supposed to win.

Should I be positive? Wringing my hands patiently, while I explained that we still had a lead.

Should I panic? Treating every pitch like it was armageddon.

In the end I chose to do nothing.  I was going to wait.  The Red Sox have been there each of the 10,860 days of my life, and I owed them a little patience.  Besides, there was still some meat left on the plate, and the schedule favored the Sox.

Deep inside I think I was almost thankful for the meltdown.  Every Boston fan has been riding high on the hog for the better part of the last decade, and like most, I expected us to win.

The closer the Rays got, the more I remembered how much I cared.

Before 2004, I fought the wars with the team.  If I had to chop off a leg, and tie it off with a bamboo shoot to limp to battle, I would have.  They were my team, my family, and I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself if I wasn’t there.

After 2004, they became lots of people’s team.  The bandwagon effect has been documented, re-documented, and over-documented to death, so I won’t go into it any further.

But think about this;

Think about one thing that truly belongs to you.  Maybe it’s a band that you heard before anyone else.  A band that you listened to alone in your college dorm room, feeling the emotion of every chord.  A band that no one, not your friends, not your family, not even your roommate, could ever understand the way that you do.

Maybe it’s a bar that sheltered you during the shit storm of your 20’s.  Or a restaurant that only you knew about, where you would sneak off to when no one was around.

They say that all good things are meant to be shared.  Ask anyone who has ever felt any of those things I’ve described above, and they will tell you about the beauty of something that is yours.  And yours alone.

Sure the Red Sox belonged to lots of people before 2004, but no one had the same connection as the person next to them.

No one else sat in a gas station in West Virginia the night before their brother’s wedding in 2003, bribing the attendant to let him watch the game, because he couldn’t take just hearing it on the radio.

No one laid on my couch with me as I tossed a baseball against the roof that week in October of 2004.

No one loved the Red Sox the exact same way that I did, and that made them mine.

Once they beat the Yankees, and steamrolled the Cardinals in the World Series, they became everyone’s.

Everyone had a Red Sox story and for a while, the ghosts of Red Sox past disappeared.  In the seven years that followed the Sox became one of the most hated team’s in sports, and their fans (me included) did little to sway the court of public opinion.

Winning in 2004, and again in 2007, turned us into the Yankees.  A bunch of loud mouth front runners who expected our team to make the playoffs year in and year out.  In 2006, after getting swept out of the playoffs in 2005, the Red Sox were decimated by injuries and finished in third place in the AL East.  I was working in a Sox bar in Manhattan at the time, and couldn’t believe the lack of people who came out to watch the games in September.

Fans who once grumbled into their drinks for all nine innings of a 12-0 game, had abandoned their team because they weren’t winning.

Could anyone, whether Boston fan or hater, imagine that happening before 2004?

In 2004 the Red Sox signed a major label deal, and got a four star review.  Suddenly the die-hards were die-sort of hards, and that left no one to root for a team, just because it was their team, when things went to pot.

When four friends come running into your room with brand new copies of a CD that you’ve had to replace three times because  it’s been worn out, wouldn’t you look at it differently?  Wouldn’t you feel somehow betrayed?  Even though you still love the band, and the music, that fragile bond would be broken.

The same feelings would arise if you tried to sneak off to ‘your’ restaurant, only to find a big neon sign and a line around the corner.

great-outdoors-old-96er-john-candyThat brings us to tonight.

As the Rays were chewing on their last piece of steak, I remembered how much I once cared.  Sitting in my room, pacing back and forth, the Red Sox were mine again.  As the Rays went down 7-0, I gleaned hope from the gristle and fat still scattered around the plate.  There was no way they could finish.

Even as the Red Sox squandered countless opportunities in Baltimore, I felt like the chef.  There’s no way the Rays can finish.  It’s too much food.

Well the Rays did finish.  And even managed to get a dessert down, so now there will be hats and t-shirts for all the kids.

020310hillctryAs for the Red Sox, they are like that chef.  Supremely confident that they had done enough to win simply by slapping a piece of meat down on a plate.  Now they have nothing.

Everyone’s Red Sox came back from three games down against the Yankees, defying history on their way to the team’s first World Series in eighty six years.

Tonight I found myself living and dying with the Red Sox with the same manic passion that I had before 2004.

They will probably go down as the biggest choke artists in the history of the sport, and as much as it hurts, as much as I’d like to turn on each and every last mother fucking one of them, I will suffer in silence.

Because losers or not, they are my team.

And they will be next year, and every year after that, even if they never win again.

——-Corey

Dear Mr. Fantasy….Week 3

// September 23rd, 2011 // 5 Comments » // Uncategorized

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Here’s my starting lineup for Week 3;

QB - Philip Rivers. If Rivers wants to be considered a top NFL QB, he needs to shred the Chiefs this week. Fitzpatrick and Stafford did it in the first two weeks, so I’m confident Rivers bounces back.

WR – Mike Williams. It’s been tough sledding for Williams in the first two weeks, and if Austin was healthy he might have been benched this week in favor of AJ Green or Ochocinco. But he shredded Atlanta last year, and I’m stuck with him, so he will be starting.

WR – Chad Ochocinco. The injury to Aaron Hernandez might give Ochocinco the chance to get more involved in the offense this week. Miles Austin’s hamstring injury will give him another chance to be more involved on my fantasy team.

RB – Darren McFadden. McFadden is running with purpose, and is the kind of back that could give the Jets D trouble. Even if I don’t believe that, he is my best RB and I’m not sitting him just because he’s playing a good defense.

Flex – Tim Hightower. Hightower seems to have established himself as the go to back in Washington. Helu saw a lot of action last week, but as long as he keeps holding onto the ball, Hightower is going to keep getting starts.

TE – Scott Chandler. I didn’t add him to sit on the bench. I may have started him even if Pettigrew wasn’t banged up.

K – Neil Rackers. Yada. Yada.  Kicker.

D – Baltimore. Good matchup against a Rams offense that hasn’t quit found its rhythm yet.

The Clap

dwayne-boweDwayne Bowe.  The Chiefs offense just got one dimensional.  That doesn’t bode well for Bowe’s production.

Zach Miller.  Really earning his contract so far (32 yards, 0 TDs) but that may be mostly Tavaris Jackson’s fault.

Eli Manning.  Not a great match up against an aggressive Philly defense, plus Eli sucks.

Frank Gore.  Cincinanti’s defense is underrated, and I think Gore has an unimpressive 21 carry, 68 yard performance.


Sleepers

Plaxico Burress.  Santonio Holmes is still nursing a quad injury so Burress could get a lot of opportunities against a Raiders secondary that looked a bit suspect last week.

Sidney Rice.  Coming back this week from injury, he may be one guy who can actually catch some of Tavaris Jackson’s errant passes.  Plus the Cardinal’s secondary is terible.  Which, as all the Mexicans in Arizona know, is Spanish for terrible.   Good option in leagues where you start 3 WRs, or if you have an injury to one of your top guys.

Mark Sanchez.  Any QB against the Raiders secondary is a good play, especially if you have an injury to your starter (Tony Romo).

CJ Spiller.  Going to the well one last time with Spiller.  Patriots are always susceptible to speedy RBs, and the Bills offense is for real.  cjspillerbuffalo——-Corey

Dear Mr. Fantasy….Defeated

// September 20th, 2011 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

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My bid for an undefeated season came to an end early this year, after losing by 3.56 points.

I would blame myself, but that would be completely out of character.

Nope, my Week 2 loss falls squarely on the shoulders on Tampa Bay WR Mike Williams.

Williams lost .4 points on Sunday. You could say that I’m being unfair, after all it was my decision to start Williams over Ochocinco and AJ Green, both of whom would have given me enough points for a win. But Williams is his team’s best WR, and Josh Freeman completed twenty two passes. There are only two explanations that could account for Williams only getting 4.5% of his team’s receptions.

One is that Williams is sleeping with Freeman’s baby mama, and the QB is punishing Williams. Hopefully by next week the two men meet face to face, with Freeman telling Williams, ‘Catch this motherfucking ball’, and thus ending the strife. Is it a sign of immaturity that I think all real life conflicts should be solved like they were in Major League?

Option two is that Williams was slacking off, not running hard, and forced his QB to look elsewhere in order to complete the comeback against Minnesota. How else would you explain Arrelious Benn, Preston Parker, and Dezmon Briscoe getting thirteen more targets than Williams? Those sound more like the names of the Cornell Debate Team than actual NFL receivers.

Hard to argue with it being Williams fault, isn’t it? Still not convinced?

Here’s how the rest of my team performed;

Phillip Rivers – 23.32

Miles Austin – 33.10

Darren McFadden – 24.30

Tim Hightower – 10.60

Brandon Pettigrew – 0.70 (Gets a pass because he was a sleeper pick that I took later on, which allowed me to load up at WR/RB)

Neil Rackers – 5.0

Baltimore – 2.0 (Get a pass because I don’t want Ray Lewis to stab me in the face)

With the chemistry that AJ Green is showing with Andy Dalton, he may not be on my bench much longer. I had taken him towards the end of the draft thinking he would pay dividends later on, but Mike Williams may force my hand sooner than that.

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I’m putting Williams on notice that his lack of production isn’t going unnoticed.

In addition, I’m momentarily jumping off the Lance Kendricks band wagon. I’m still high on the rookie TE, but the Rams offense hasn’t found it’s groove yet, and I doubt anyone else will pick him up. The opportunity to add Bills TE Scott Chandler is too good to pass up.

That’s right kids, the Bills are 2-0, and their players are actually fantasy assets. Maybe this belongs in a Signs of The Apocalypse post….

——Corey

Signs of The Apocalypse

// September 20th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Uncategorized

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Tony Romo was the toughest guy on the field on Sunday?

I’m stocking up on canned goods and batteries….

——Corey

Weekend Recap: The Dummy Edition

// September 19th, 2011 // 6 Comments » // Uncategorized

box_g_mayweather_ortiz_b5_300Floyd Mayweather is not a likable guy.

It is a fact that HBO has used to propel 24-7 to one of the most entertaining sports programs on TV today, and to make sure we are all interested in his next fight. Take underdog A, paint him as a hard working guy who is loyal to those around him, and who is genuinely hungry for a shot, and match him up with Mayweather, who except for working his ass off, shares nothing in common with the likable challenger.

It worked with De La Hoya, Hatton, Marquez, and Mosely.

24-7 is great TV, but it is also a genius marketing tool that helps them sell a fight that has one deep, dark secret that they don’t want you to know. It is a complete mismatch.

In the case of Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz, it was even more of a mismatch because Money Mayweather is the smartest, craftiest fighter on the planet, and Ortiz is a dummy.

Ortiz would have to be a dummy to stand there in front of a trained assassin with his hands down, right?

Now, I understand it was a terrible way to end a fight, but let’s be clear. The blame for that goes directly onto Ortiz’s shoulders, not Mayweather’s. Ok, so maybe a little should fall on Joe Cortez for not even paying attention to the fighters after he called time in, but he didn’t have gloves on. Ortiz did.

If an NFL QB gets hurt on the first play of the game, does the other team say, ‘Shit guys, he’s hurt, maybe we shouldn’t blitz any more’?

In a basketball game, if the guy who’s guarding you turns an ankle, do you stop trying to score?

Boxing is a violent sport where both men are trying to literally punch the other unconscious. Protecting yourself should be the top priority. Victor Ortiz’s top priorities were head butting a guy who was beating his ass, kissing him in order to apologize, then wandering around the fight like a deer in headlights waiting for a car to come along.

Mayweather’s left hook was like a Mack truck driving towards him with the lights on, and the horn blaring. It wasn’t dirty. It wasn’t a cheap shot. It was smart. The straight right that followed was merely a Honda Civic that rolled over the carnage after the fact. Ortiz was already out on his feet.

Victor Ortiz is a talented fighter, but showed on Saturday that he is too dumb to be a great boxer.

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The Baltimore Ravens were dumb enough to think that they could beat the Tennessee Titans with the box score from their Week 1 victory against Pittsburgh.

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Michael Vick probably feels like a dummy, or at least will once he’s a bit less concussed, for taunting the Atlanta fans on Sunday night.  Pointing at the scoreboard when the game isn’t over yet, is pretty dumb, even for a guy who murdered puppies.

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NFL offensive Player FootballI’ve been hearing it for years.

Tom Brady is only good because of the system, and if he played on another team he wouldn’t be a top 5 QB.

For all the dummies out there who will consistently bash Brady, I submit the following;

Right now, with Manning on the shelf, here is my top 5, in terms of who is the best QB. Rodgers. Brees. Brady. Rivers. Tie Vick/Roethlisburger.

Rodgers is the best natural athlete, other than Vick, and the most complete QB in terms of the skills needed to play the position. Brees is the most accurate passer in the league, and second only to Manning in terms of football IQ. But if I had one game to win, and could pick any QB to win it, I’m picking Brady.

Every QB plays in a system. Sure the Colts wouldn’t even be a playoff team without Manning.  But he created his offense, so would he put up the same numbers in a brand new system with the Cleveland Browns WRs to throw to?

Rodgers has the best arsenal of weapons in the league, and Brees has built his team’s offense with head coach Sean Payton. It took Brees leaving San Diego, and joining up with Payton, for him to be considered an elite QB, so why isn’t he considered a ‘system’ QB?

And for all of you out there waiting to make the point that the Patriots won eleven games without Brady, and that any QB could thrive in that system, Matt Cassell lead his team to the playoffs last year. The guy is no slouch.

I also don’t recall Belichick having a ton of success as an ‘offensive genius’ before Brady.

You ask Quentin Tarantino about movies like Pulp Fiction, and the Kill Bill series, and he will openly say that they couldn’t have been as good without Uma Thurman in them. Saying that Thurman is a one dimensional actress who can only be good in Tarantino movies downplays the synergy that they have together. The chemistry brings out the best in both of them. Thurman played those roles better than anyone else could.

So why should Brady be punished for the fact that he is better at his job, which is executing a system, than anyone else?

The fact of the matter is that he doesn’t play on another team, and we can’t hypothetical put him and Manning on different teams to see what would happen.

I’ve seen Manning and Brees lose games for their teams. Manning against the Patriots last season threw a horrible interception with the game on the line, and has blown it so many times that there is a ‘Peyton Manning face’, that is assigned to losers who choke on the biggest stage.

Brees, with his team unable to run the ball, threw over twenty interceptions last year. One could make the argument that when everything was focused on him, he played his worst.

Regardless of systems, I have seen Brady lead his team to more wins than any other QB in the league today. Anyone who quibbles about his ability, and his deserved place at the top of the QB mountain, is a dummy.

I don’t want my team to have the most exciting offense, the most efficient offense, or the most precise offense. I want my team to win. That’s why there is no one I would rather have leading my team, for one game, than Tom Brady, because above all else, he is a winner.

——Corey

Dear Mr. Fantasy…..Week 2

// September 16th, 2011 // 5 Comments » // Uncategorized

miles-austinHere’s who I plan on starting this week;

QB - Phillip Rivers.  If Chad Henne can put up over four bills on the Patriots, Rivers should have what? 600 yards? I just hope he does so in a losing effort.

RB - Darren McFadden.  Despite not getting in the end zone, McFadden looked dominant against the Broncos.  While that’s not saying much, he is proving himself to be a top 5 RB, and should break the plane a few times in Buffalo.

WR - Miles Austin.  Austin showed he can play banged up last week, and with Dez Bryant questionable for Sunday, he should be getting a lot more passes thrown his way against the 49ers.

WR - Mike Williams.  After a slow start, Williams ended up with 50 yards and a touchdown.  He is a must start against a Vikings secondary that gave up 335 passing yards last week.

TE - Brandon Pettigrew.  The Lions showed in week 1 that they will air it out.  Pettigrew should find his way into the end zone this week against a Chiefs team that could’t cover some guy named Scott Chandler, who plays TE for the Bills.

Flex - Tim Hightower.  I was torn between Hightower and Felix Jones, but in the end, Washington is playing the Cardinals, and Arizona’s defense got torched by Carolina.  Done, and done.

K - Neil Rackers.  I only have one, so until he has a bye, he’s my guy.

Defense - Baltimore.  Same as Rackers.  I only have one defense, but even if I had four of them on my roster, I would be starting Baltimore against a Titans team that couldn’t run the ball against Jacksonville.

The Clap

81181365AL014_OAKLAND_RAIDEMaurice Jones Drew.  He is the only player that can hurt the Jets on Sunday.  I think he is a fat tub of loudmouth asshole, but there’s no way Rex Ryan lets one guy beat him.

Chris Johnson.  A selfish, unmotivated player, going against the Ravens D? Gracias, pero no gracias.

Hakeem Nicks.  Banged up, and might not be effective as anything more than a decoy if he plays.

Dallas Clark.  The founding member of the ‘I only have a career because of Peyton Manning’ Club.  There are sure to be better options at TE.

Kevin Kolb.  Washington’s D looked legit last week, and Kolb isn’t likely to repeat the 300yd, 2Td performance he put on in week 1.

Sleepers

New Orleans RBs.  The Bears D gave up a lot of yards on the ground last week.  Ingram/Sproles/Thomas would all be good second RB or Flex options.

Mario Manningham.  With Nicks banged up, Manningham is the Giants only deep threat.

Cadillac Williams.  He looked great against the Eagles last week, and with Steven Jackson nicked up, he could get a lot of carries against a banged up Giants D that couldn’t contain Tim Hightower last week.

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CJ Spiller.  It’s about time he had a breakout game.

Muhammed Massaquoi/Greg Little.  Indianapolis looked bad on both sides of the ball.  Anyone on Cleveland could have a big day.

Ben Roethlisburger.  The Steelers will come out angry, and look to put a beating on Seattle.  Big BendoverandI’llrape you should be able to put up a 300yd, 3TD performance.

——-Corey

We Don’t Have Enough Time!!

// September 16th, 2011 // 6 Comments » // Uncategorized

2009-12-31-jackbauerThe quote, by the immortal Jack Bauer, can easily be applied to both the Red Sox, and Rays, as they play Game 2 of a pivotal four game series tonight.

After keeping pace for the first few months of the season, the Rays dropped back just far enough to stay out of the AL East spotlight.  They seemed destined for one of those 82-80 seasons that you can’t love or hate.  Let’s call it a ‘kissing your sister’ season.

After starting August with a loss to Toronto, the Rays were 56-52.  With sweeps against Seattle and Kansas City, and then taking five out of seven against Toronto, the not so devilish Rays finished August 74-61.  That’s an 18-9 record for the month for those of you that are math-retarded, and it allowed them to climb within a punchers chance of the wild card race.

By all accounts they were too far behind in points to win a decision, but they were still in the fight.  If their opponent gave them an opening, they could still land a knockout punch.  But with only a month left in the regular season, and those opponents being the Yankees, and an uber-talented Red Sox team who were eight and nine games up in the loss column respectively, it seemed like the Rays would run out of time.

Even as the Rays went 9-5 through the first half of September, with five wins against the Red Sox, one could almost see Joe Maddon grabbing Evan Longoria by the collar and screaming “We Don’t Have Enough Time”.

The Red Sox finished August in first place with a 83-52 record.  The struggles from April had long since been forgotten, and the playoffs couldn’t come fast enough.  But injuries started to pile up, with Josh Beckett going down with an ankle injury, and they suddenly looked a lot like the April version that had Red Sox nation creeping toward a ledge.

So far in September, the Sox are 3-11.  More troubling than the abysmal record is how they are losing.  In the 11 losses they’re giving up an average of 7.27 runs per game.  Pitching like that isn’t going to have much success in the playoffs against offenses like Texas or New York.

24e062_bard_01282010Set up man Daniel Bard’s last month and a half are a microcosm of the Sox.  Bard, who is being groomed for the closer’s role once Paplebon leaves, was considered one of the most reliable relievers in baseball.  So far, in September, he has taken five losses and seen his era jump a full run from 2.10 to 3.11.

After losing last night to the Rays, the Sox have seen what appeared to be an insurmountable lead, dwindle to 3 games.

One  may ask how the quote applies to the Bad News Sox, who began the season as many people’s World Series pick, given that they seem determined to gag away the 2011 season.

There are only thirteen games left in the season.  After they play three more against Tampa Bay, if they can manage to win two of the next three, or even just one, they would escape the series with a lead, they play seven of their last ten against the Orioles.  Tampa, on the other hand, plays seven of ten against the Yankees.

So with Josh Beckett returning to right the ship, and a favorable schedule the next few weeks, Francona should be tearing his way through the locker room, red in the face, screaming at his team, “We don’t have enough time to blow this”.

Silently every Red Sox fan is thinking that, while we may not have enough time to blow a shot at the playoffs, we also may not have enough time to right the ship and avoid a sweep once we get there.

2-10 to start the season didn’t worry me.

3-11 in September, with a Devil hiding in a blue jersey hot on their heels, and I’m officially worried.

I apologize for being distracted by football the last few weeks, but you’ve made your point boys.  You now have my undivided, and panicked attention.

——Corey

Dear Mr. Fantasy….Week 1 Recap

// September 13th, 2011 // 5 Comments » // Uncategorized

Oakland Raiders Darren McfaddenGoing into the Monday Night games I was fifteen points behind my brother in our Week 1 matchup. We spent the better part of the night texting back and forth, talking shit as he gave me updates. When I left work, I knew that Ochocinco had failed to earn more than 1.4 points and that McFadden had 13 in the third quarter.

The clock was winding down. I was going to lose.

On the way home I walked by a bar that had the Raiders/Broncos game on TV. It wasn’t over, and there was more points on the board than there had been in my brothers last update.

I still had a chance! Unfortunately I had no internet connection so I was left to speculate until this morning.

The final score was 100.50 to 97.02. McFadden had finished with 16.60 points and I had won.

As my brother said, ‘It was a barn burner.’

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Looking back on Week 1, I made a few mistakes.

ochocinco-patriots-fineI benched Miles Austin in favor of Ochocinco. The rationale had been sound. He was banged up, and likely to face Darell Revis. Plus as we all saw, the Patriots are capable of putting up huge numbers on offense, and it seemed plausible that Ocho would get in on the action. More on that in a minute. But if you were to look at Austin’s numbers, he was aided by a touchdown catch that could have gone either way and to me, looked like it was an interception. So benching him wasn’t as big a mistake as starting Ocho. I should have known that the Patriots would humble their newest WR in their first game.

You don’t come in and run shit on Belichick’s ship. It was a typical Hoodie move. By targeting Ocho three times, he will get to see how the fiery WR responds, whether he is really embracing the whole, ‘team first’ mentality or not. Belichick’s quote after the game proves it,

“It wasn’t a one man band out there. We had lots of contributiuons.”

I’m still glad to have him on my bench, but it may take a few weeks for Ocho to start paying dividends.

The other questionable move, starting RB Tim Hightower over Felix Jones, worked out in my favor. Hightower showed that he has the potential to be a top fantasy RB this year, and Shanahan showed he trusts him enough to give him the chance. Hightower even remained on the field in most goal line situations. Something Skins fans warned might not happen.

So I’m 1-0, and get to brag to my younger brother about something other than being more handsome for a change.

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reggie_wayne-2I had said not to start Reggie Wayne, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Thomas, and Eli Manning.

Wayne had a great game as his team’s only offensive weapon, but Mendenhall had exactly the kind of game I predicted (45 yards, 0 TDs), Mike Thomas managed only 5.5 points, and Eli Manning would have had a sub 10 point day were it not for a 1 yard scramble for a TD in the first quarter.

Whether you listened to Jimmy Dugan, and avoided the clap, or me, and avoided these players…….That’s good advice!

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My sleepers for Week 1 were Ben Tate (who I picked before Foster was officially ruled out), Reggie Bush, Braylon Edwards, and Lance Kendricks.

The Rams are high on Kendricks and I think he will be a solid TE option by Week 10. But right now the guy looks scared of the NFL game, and it’s translating to the drops.

Edwards was also a bust.

However, Bush had nearly a 100 yards and 1 TD, and Tate piled up 116 yards and a TD, so I went 2/4. Chances are however, if you started Edwards or Kendricks it wasn’t the reason you lost, but sticking Tate or Bush in the lineup could have produced a win.

And yes I’m completely aware that I’m rationalizing to make myself look good.

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See you at the end of the week with a look at Week 2.

FWG on ESPN Radio Powered By Ted’s Restaurant: UConn’s Loss to Vanderbilt

// September 13th, 2011 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

UConn football loses to Vanderbilt, this clip powered on TheFatWhiteGuy.com by Ted’s Restaurant and Bar