September 9, 2004

Football and "Scrambled Eggs"

Not a whole lot to talk about today, with the Twins being off yesterday. I have a new article at The Hardball Times with some Twins-related stuff in it (which I'll link to at the end of this entry) and here are a few other things heading into the weekend ...

  • Those of you who have been around for a while may remember that I participated in the "NFL Expert Picks" over at Seth Speaks last season. I beat some tough competition to finish in first place, picking 69% of the winners over the course of the entire season.

    I'm defending my title this year against an even tougher group of "experts" like John "Twins Geek" Bonnes, Ben Jacobs from The Hardball Times, and several other bloggers, including Seth Stohs, who is running the whole thing. I'm off to a good start thus far, having correctly picked last night's New England-Indianapolis game (although it was a lot closer than I thought it would be).

    For all you ever wanted to know about the competition (and more), click here.

  • Meanwhile, a big part of why the Patriots were able to get me off to a 1-0 start this year is Edgerrin James, who fumbled twice last night, including once on the one-yard line in the fourth quarter. I was rooting for the Patriots, both because I like them and because I wanted to get the pick right, but I wasn't too happy when James coughed up the football.

    You see, I'm in the Baseball Think Factory fantasy football league and James was my first-round pick. My team is absolutely horrendous, mostly because my team was awful last year and it's a keeper league. Still, it's early in the season and I'm naive enough to be optimistic, so those fumbles hurt (the league's scoring gives a -2 for each fumble lost).

    Here's my squad (which has a name that is probably a little too "inside" for anyone outside the league to fully appreciate):

    QB   Jeff Garcia
    QB Jake Plummer
    QB Kurt Warner
    RB Edgerrin James
    RB Brian Westbrook
    RB Curtis Martin
    RB Emmitt Smith
    RB William Green
    WR Laveraneus Coles
    WR Darrell Jackson
    WR Charles Rogers
    WR Roy Williams
    WR Josh Reed
    TE Jeremy Shockey
    K Ryan Longwell
    D Minnesota Vikings

    I told you the team was awful. We start one QB, two RB, two WR, one TE, one K and one D each week. I'll make sure to keep you posted on all my football activities, although if things go like they did last year, you may stop hearing about the fantasy league and constantly be updated on how well my game picks are going. We'll see.

  • Here's a little truth in advertising lesson for all you fellow college students looking for some decent, cheap, microwavable food ...

    Now, to be fair, it actually tasted pretty good. That said, it looked nothing like what was pictured. In fact, it looked like someone ate what was on the box and then threw it up.

  • There's a new Twins blog started by a long-time reader and frequent e-mailer of this blog and it's really good. Go head over to the "Stick and Ball Guy" and tell him I said hello. Also, notice how it is yet another blog that is far more aesthetically pleasing than this one.

And, as promised, here's a link to my newest article at The Hardball Times ...

The Hardball Times: News, Notes and Quotes (September 10, 2004)

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