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Fantasy Football Fun!

No more alliteration; I promise.

I participated in a fantasy football league this with a group of guys I know through Monica. Her group of close friends at work get together and this group of guys is the husbands. Great bunch.

$20 buy-in; winner receives $100, second place gets $40, and third gets $20. Draft went as expected mostly. I got second pick amazingly, so I assumed I’d get Peyton Manning since everyone would pick LaDainian Tomlinson first, right? Wrong. First pick owner drafted Peyton, so I snapped up LT real quick. I also got Randy Moss, Carson Palmer, Adrian Peterson, and (naturally) the Chicago Bears defense. All in all, a pretty good outcome for me.

Season goes by fairly well.. until Katie Lynn decides to join us. Beginning that weekend, I went on a four game losing streak. Luckily though, the earlier wins in the season kept me going and got me into the winner’s playoff bracket.

In the end, I won. I couldn’t honestly believe it. The last week was a decent week with a key free agent pickup (Anquan Boldin) three days before game day saving my butt.

Oh, do I tell the guys that this was my first fantasy football experience?

Observations, Ramblings, & Utter Randomness

This will be a hodgepodge post containing a random assortment of topics. So clear your mind, start reading, and try to keep up.

Family & Friends
Monica and I have some of the greatest family and friends. Everyone has been exceedingly generous with baby gifts. To everyone that has been kind enough to send us or give us cards and gifts, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Additionally, a huge thank you to my Mom, my sister Kim, Monica’s sister Amanda, and friends Dru, Stephanie, and Mandy for throwing two wonderful baby showers for Monica.

Fuel Costs
Gas costs significantly less in DFW then it does in Lubbock. By significant I mean $.10 – $.20 cheaper. Ridiculous.

I love tollways. Sure you have to pay, but it’s worth the money. Driving from Irving to Frisco took ten minutes. Can’t beat that.

Texas Tech
I hate using this phrase, but once again, it fits. Typical Tech. Come off a great win versus Texas A&M, get cocky, get put in your place by Mizzou. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Mike Leach is not the man to lead Tech to the next level. Until we hire a head coach that realizes a team is only as good as its weakest link, Tech will continue to be the red-headed stepchild of the Big XII South. On a happier note, we received our Red Raider and Lady Raider basketball season tickets in the mail. This is the first year we’ve bought both men’s and women’s season tickets, so we’ll have an abundance of games to attend!

Chicago Cubs
Swept out of the first round. I’m definitely not a fair weather fan, but it’s rather repetitive to have to keep saying “Just wait until next year”. I guess it could be worse..

The Bears are struggling for consistency. It’s too early to assess whether or not they can rebound and turn the season around. The best news is that Grossman was finally benched; he was given far too many chances and failed almost every time. On a happier note, I’m in a fantasy league for the first time, and through yesterday, in first place! Let’s hope I can sustain that for the rest of the season; I could use the $120 prize.

I’ve been at my new job for over a month now and I’m loving it. Like all jobs, there have been some stressful situations – namely a rather large one that still is on my mind. It’s a different kind of stress than my former job, and I am much happier where I am now. It’s what I was born to do.

2007-2008 TV Shows
Lots of great shows this year – new and returning!

  • Damages – GREAT new show on the FX network. If you haven’t been watching this show, wait until they start over and replay it from the beginning. It’s another “serialized” show in that you can’t just pick it up mid-season. It was a summer show that I would imagine will come back next summer. The season finale airs this coming Tuesday.
  • CSI: Las Vegas. We have too many shows we DVR, so we’re only following CSI: Las Vegas this year. We don’t watch the Miami version as David Caruso is a horrible actor. We’ll put CSI:NY in our Netflix queue.
  • Heroes. After a rather slow start in the first episode, it’s gotten far better. I don’t know how long this show will last after last year’s fantastic rookie season.
  • Back To You – A new show on Fox staring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton.
  • Carpoolers – A new show on ABC staring Jerry O’Connell and a bunch of other people I’ve never heard of before.
  • Grey’s Anatomy – This is more Monica’s show than mine, but it’s actually not that bad.
  • Private Practice – As we watch Grey’s Anatomy, of course we’d watch its spin-off..
  • Desperate Housewives – We’ve watched this show since day one, and this season is already far better than last year’s.
  • Jericho – After the widely-covered fan outrage, CBS will be bringing Jericho back as a mid-season show to close up the storylines.
  • Cold Case & Without A Trace – We love these mystery-type shows!
  • The Big Bang Theory – This is definitely Monica’s show.. I’m not really that sold on it.

Hmm.. that list makes it seems like we have no life! Oh well – we enjoy it.

Well, that’s the end of this post.. I’ll be surprised if anyone makes it this far!

Go Bears!

In honor of the Chicago Bears going to Super Bowl XLI, here are forty-one things that have changed from the last time the Chicago Bears played in the Super Bowl (which was Super Bowl XX in 1986):

  1. Brian Urlacher was in 2nd grade. Rex Grossman was in kindergarten.
  2. Peyton Manning was 10 years old. Eli Manning was 5 years old. Their dad, Archie, had just retired from the NFL two years earlier.
  3. Lovie Smith was in his first college coaching job at University of Tulsa.
  4. Ronald Reagan was the President, and Harold Washington was the Mayor. James R. Thompson was the Governor running for re-election and his office was in the new State of Illinois Center, which is now called the James R. Thompson Center.
  5. George W. Bush was 39 years old and still drinking. His father would run for President two years later.
  6. Rod Blagojevich was just out of law school and was a low-level prosecutor working for the Cook County State’s Attorney, Richard M. Daley.
  7. Barack Obama had just moved to Illinois, and Osama bin Laden was fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan.
  8. Red Grange and Sid Luckman were still alive.
  9. The Colts had just moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore and were the doormat of the AFC EAST. The Bears were the champions of the NFC CENTRAL.
  10. Property in Wicker Park and Bucktown was cheap because they were really bad neighborhoods.
  11. CD players, cellular phones and fax machines were expensive, cutting edge technology and only a few people used them.
  12. “Surfing the net” meant a volleyball game at the beach, and virtually no one used the “@” key on their TYPEWRITER.
  13. Sam Walton was still alive and was wealthier than Bill Gates. Windows were panes of glass..not a computer operating system that was a pain in something that rhymes with glass.
  14. The Soviet Union was our main enemy, and Saddam Hussein was our ally.
  15. There were no lights at Wrigley Field, and the oldest park in baseball belonged to the White Sox.
  16. Michael Jordan and Ozzie Guillen had just finished their “Rookie of the Year” seasons. Jordan’s coach was Stan Albeck and Guillen’s manager was Tony LaRussa. (Three out of four of those guys are now wearing championship rings, but what ever happened to Stan Albeck?)
  17. Soldier Field had AstroTurf. The Houston Oilers played in the AstroDome.
  18. The Fox TV Network didn’t exist, and ESPN had yet to air a single live pro football, baseball, or basketball game.
  19. MTV played music and so did some AM radio stations.
  20. Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff weren’t born yet; Jackie Gleason and Richard Nixon were still alive.
  21. Hillary Clinton had dark hair and was the First Lady… of Arkansas!
  22. “The Love Boat” and “Diff’rent Strokes” were still on network TV every week.
  23. Martin Luther King Day was about to be celebrated as a National Holiday for the first time. “9-11” was a phone number many cities were just adopting for emergency calls – not a date of terror.
  24. I-88 was called “Illinois Rt. 5” and I-355 hadn’t been built yet.
  25. What the CTA now calls “The Blue Line” had just been extended to O’Hare, and the Orange Line to Midway hadn’t been built yet.
  26. Q101 played adult contemporary music and most teenagers listened to WLS. Music from the 70s and 80s wasn’t “retro” yet.
  27. Tiger Woods hadn’t won an amateur golf tournament yet.
  28. Most people knew Seattle just as a city in the Northwest U.S. – not the home of grunge or Starbucks.
  29. Only Southerners went to NASCAR races and only Northerners went to NHL games.
  30. The Chicago area had no Wal-Marts, Targets or Home Depots, and Walgreen’s was only in the Midwest.
  31. Depending on your bank, your ATM card was good at only “Cash Station” machines or only at “Money Network” machines, but there were no fees.
  32. “The Phone Company” was Illinois Bell.
  33. They still sold leaded gasoline and you couldn’t pay for your gas at the pump.
  34. Discover Card hadn’t been discovered yet, and Miller Genuine Draft hadn’t been brewed yet.
  35. Stereo TVs were the rage that HDTVs are now. 8-track tapes were still being made.
  36. All of the Blockbuster Video stores that are now closing hadn’t opened yet. Betamax was still competing with VHS.
  37. You paid cash for your groceries and fast food, and you used a travel agent to book airline flights.
  38. Bowl games didn’t have corporate sponsors, and if the #1 ranked team was in a conference that played in one bowl game and the #2 ranked team was in a conference that played in another bowl game, then so be it! They let the sportswriters vote on the national champion. (and no college football games were played after New Year’s Day)
  39. The Baltimore Ravens were the Cleveland Browns. The Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers. The Oakland Raiders were the Los Angeles Raiders that had just left Oakland. The Arizona Cardinals (the former Phoenix Cardinals) were the St. Louis Cardinals, and the St. Louis Rams were the Los Angeles Rams. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, and the Cleveland Browns (not to be confused with the Cleveland Browns that are now the Baltimore Ravens) didn’t exist. The Seattle Seahawks (last year’s NFC Champions) played in the AFC.
  40. Number 9 on the Bears was their Punky QB…not their perky field goal kicker.
  41. There were no iPods – just Sony Walkmen – so if you said something about a “shuffle” on your Walkman, they assumed you were listening to “The Super Bowl Shuffle”

And one thing that will be the same from the Chicago Bears last Super Bowl appearance…


Texas Tech Tuna

So Texas Tech vs. Texas.. DAMN what a game with a piss-poor ending. My take? Classic Texas Tech football. The team played their asses off and still wound up with the loss. Why? No, not the officiating – although that was horrendous. I place “blame” on two things: bad play calling and a lack of discipline.

Bad play calling – Mike Leach calls a timeout in the 4th quarter with (I think) around six minutes remaining. Why? The offense had momentum. They were driving the field with exceptional poise. Maybe Leach saw something he didn’t like in the defense; I don’t know. But let your quarterback, who has played an outstanding game, run the offense. That leads into the actual play selection. Throughout the game, the fade wasn’t working. What WAS working were the 10-15 yard slants, the curls, and the screens. So why in the fourth quarter did we start throwing fades? Doesn’t make sense.

Discipline, or lack thereof, was huge on defense. The four facemask penalties for 50 yards KILLED us. Period. Overall we had twelve penalties for a total of 127 yards. That’s unacceptable.

The fix? In my opinion, Leach’s time is over. While he has taken Tech to the next level from where Spike Dykes left off, he’s not the one to take us to the next higher level of play. I still don’t think he understands that defense wins games. This Texas game definitely impressed me on how all three sides of the ball played. But I don’t think it’s here to stay. We have a problem on our team in that we don’t have a team. We have a group of student athletes playing football together. Too many egos. Playing four square in the locker room won’t make a team. It starts at the top, and I don’t think Leach is the man to lead this team.

My solution? Approach Bill Parcells and persuade him to come back to Tech. After the year the Cowboys have had, and the fact that Jerry Jones is a moron, I don’t think Parcells will take too much more of it. He wants to win and has the drive to make it happen.

We got Bob Knight to come here; why not Bill Parcells?

On a happier note, Tuesday marks the beginning of a new era of Lady Raider basketball. Marsha Sharp retired and Kristy Curry has the reigns of the most storied sports program at Tech. Monica and I will be there again this year with season tickets. Go Lady Raiders!

Chicago Here We Come!

Looking back at my last few blog entries, I can’t believe I overlooked posting this..

Monica and I are traveling to Chicago for New Year’s! Aside from our trip to Arlington, TX this past summer, this is our first true vacation/trip since our honeymoon to Las Vegas two years ago. We’re very excited about heading to the Windy City. Planned activities:

  • Visiting family and showing Monica where I was born. I haven’t seen my Aunt Chris and cousin Kelly in over five years, and Monica has never met either of them. We’ll be able to meet Kelly’s husband and see their kids for the first time too. Plus we’re going to go visit my grandparent’s gravesites.
  • Chicago Bears game! We’re going to see the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers! For those who don’t follow the NFL, the Bears and Packers rivalry is pretty big; probably the Bears’ biggest. Not only that, this game may be Brett Farve’s (quarterback for the Packers; one of the all-time greats) last. I’ve never been to Solider Field, so needless to say I’m VERY excited about this.
  • Blue Man Group. If you’ve never heard of the Blue Man Group, check out their website. It’s amazing what they do. We didn’t get a chance to see the Las Vegas show, so we’re not missing out seeing this one in Chicago.
  • Wicked. This musical is about the witches of Oz. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this, and Monica was eager to see it.

We’re staying at a Radisson in Northbrook; we got an amazing rate through my company’s connections.

I’ll be sure to post an entry and some pictures once we get back.

Is it Decemeber 28th yet?

Are you ready for some football?

I sure as hell am. Tech’s going to kick butt this year (hopefully). With Graham Harrell taking the reins of the nation’s most prolific passing offense for the umteenth year straight, I’m actually quite optimistic of our chances of finally taking the Tech program to the next level.

For those Tech alums and fans who don’t live in Lubbock, Jones Stadium (it’ll always be Jones Stadium – not that Jones SBC/AT&T Stadium crap – but that’s another rant in itself) has had its seven year old astroturf replaced with the ultra-trendy field turf. The sideline has also been “enhanced” with a brick wall as seen in the picture below that I took a couple weeks ago from the top of the West Ramp.

Looking good, isn’t it?

We’ve got season tickets again, but we moved seats. This past year we had the two most annoying guys sitting behind us who complained about everything. Let’s just hope those guys didn’t move too!

Go Tech!