Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Need more? Here you go...
Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
Is it any wonder that The Beatles' classic "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" was considered a song about LSD?
In case you missed it, the childhood friend of John Lennon's son, who inspired "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds," died today at age 46.
Lucy Vodden was a classmate of Julian Lennon. According to John Lennon's later recounting of the origins of the song, Julian came home from school one day carrying a drawing of a four-year old girl in his class. "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds," Julian told his father.
John took the line and added on to it with phrasing like "newspaper taxis" and "plasticine porters with looking glass eyes." The song's lyrics and the title caused the BBC to ban the tune for its supposed drug reference to LSD. Lennon was resolute in claiming that the title, and the song, were not about acid but about the story of his child's friend at school.
"Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" appeared on the band's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of many albums from The Beatles' catalog which has recently been remastered and re-released.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Head of the class –
Maxwell Onyegbule. Big Max is finally putting it all together in his senior season. He was chosen Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Duke, which included an interception return for a touchdown.
Dezmon Briscoe. Dez is a stud and against
Chris Harris. After a puzzling sophomore season, this kid has turned it around and regained his swagger. He is perhaps the surest tackler on the defense.
Kerry Meier. What else can you say about Meier? He has great hands, runs good routes, and consistently gets open. He’s a threat to throw from his receiver slot and is an accomplished blocker. But, perhaps his play of the non-conference season was chasing down a Duke defender who had blocked and scooped up a blocked PAT.
Todd Reesing. Touchdown Todd passed Vince Young in the Southern Miss game for seventh all-time on the Big 12 total offense list. He is the heart and soul of this team. Nuf sed…
Honor roll –
Toben Opurum. The true frosh has filled in admirably for the injured Jake Sharp. He’s a punishing runner who will only get better as he learns to run lower. For a big man, he also has outstanding hands.
Jake Sharp. Jake had started out with two 100+ yard games before being injured and sitting out most of the Duke game and all of the Southern Miss game. The open week will allow Sharp time to heal in time for October 10 and
Jake Laptad. Leads the team in sacks.
Darrell Stuckey. Stuckey injured his elbow on a late hit in the first game but the defensive captain has a huge motor, and loves to hit. He's the leader of the defense.
Justin Thornton. JT has one pick thus far and, with Stuckey, provides senior leadership to a secondary which is still maturing.
Arist Wright. Wright is smallish for a linebacker but seems to always be all over the field.
Passing grades –
Daymond Patterson. Patterson’s getting better each week in a position he’s still learning. His size is a detriment against tall receivers.
Justin Springer. Springer has been solid at LB after returning from injury.
Jeff Wheeler. Wheeler came off a one-game suspension and promptly had a good game against UTEP.
Alonso Rojas. Rojas has perfected the rugby style kick and is doing a good job of getting the ball inside the 20.
Offensive line. This unit admittedly is still gelling. And, they did not have a good game against
Jonathan Wilson. The receiver of whom much has been expected, after his terrific end to last season and a very solid spring, has disappointed with too many dropped passes. This grade turned into a passing one, though, after his performance against Southern Miss—he didn’t drop a ball and made two catches which kept drives alive.
Rising stars –
Huldan Tharp. Mark Mangino bragged on this kid early and with good reason—he does not miss tackles.
Bradley McDougald. Sure hands, big, and hard to bring down after the catch. He will take over Briscoe’s spot as the “go to guy” next season.
Kale Pick. We haven’t seen Pick pass much, but his running, oh my…
Stay after class –
Jacob Branstetter. Jacob has not had been called upon much for FGs. That’s good—he’s only 1 for 3 beyond 30 yards. His kickoffs are not high enough or deep enough on a consistent basis.
Anthony Davis. Davis was the starting corner in game one but promptly received three pass interference penalties, leading the coaches to move Chris Harris back to corner, Justin Thornton to the nickel back and Phillip Strozier to safety. Davis was also very involved in the drama between the Kansas football and basketball teams last week.
Mark Mangino – A. The Jayhawks are 4-0. They’ve taken care of business thus far and, while not sharp, withstood their toughest test against
Ed Wariner/Offense – A-. It’s hard to argue with the offensive numbers being posted by
Clint Bowen/Defense – C+. Give Bowen credit for making adjustments in the secondary after the week one meltdown at one corner position. And, his defense made the plays at the end of the game, when necessary, against Southern Miss. Yet, the Golden Eagles sliced up
Special Teams – B-. The kick coverage allowed too many yards against Southern Miss but
Sunday, September 27, 2009
My friend worked for Patterson early in his career but it was several months into his stint at Thompson before he found out that Patterson wrote fiction as a side hobby when not writing advertising copy. In visiting with Patterson, he discovered that Jim would come into the office each day at 6:00 a.m. and, from then until 9:00 a.m., would work on his fiction.
Pattterson, it turns out, would parlay that devotion to writing into quite the career. Jim Patterson decided to use his more formal name, James Patterson, as his away-from-the-office, published name. He created a character, Alex Cross, who became the hero of Patterson's first novel, Along Came a Spider. And, with the success of this first novel, Patterson retired from advertising and devoted himself to writing books.
Fifty-two novels later the rest, as they say, is history...
Season to date: 34-14
OK, let's give me props for correctly predicting that Oregon would topple California and that Georgia Tech would take out North Carolina. Yeah, I know--I missed South Florida's upset of Florida State and predicted that Penn State would beat up on Iowa at home but 11-3 for the week's not bad, right?
So, what did we learn after week four and the traditional end of the non-conference season?
- The state of Kansas' teams are pretty much where we thought they would be after four games--Kansas is a solid 4-0, has an explosive offense and a defense which is a work in progress while Kansas State is rebuilding, yet seeming to improve each week at 2-2. Missouri, on the other hand, is better than most expected with its 4-0 record. Yet, the Tigers have shown moments of inexperience, e.g., the Bowling Green game and the second quarter on Friday night versus Nevada, but in both cases found ways to make the needed plays to win. Blaine Gabbert is the real deal.
- The Heisman Trophy race was, from the beginning, set up as a shoot-out between Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy. Yet, after four games, Bradford is injured, McCoy has been anything but stellar (five picks thus far) and Tebow was knocked out of yesterday's game in a scary hit to the head and neck. Jahvid Best might have been in the mix but was held to 55 yards yesterday in Cal's loss to Oregon. So, even though I still believe that one of the big three will ultimately win, let's say that the Heisman contest is wide open right now.
- The Pac 10 was making noise about beng the best conference in the U.S. However, if you're good, then your best team (Cal) doesn't lose 42-3 to an unranked foe and Washington doesn't lay an egg against Stanford. Look for USC to once again win this conference.
- Alabama is distancing itself from the competition in the SEC West. Ole Miss couldn't live up to the hype and LSU struggled to beat Mississippi State.
- The Big Ten is...bad. Penn State (#5 last week) loses at home to Iowa, Michigan has to come back against Indiana and Ohio State once again will show up in the Rose Bowl...and lose again to USC.
- What's it all mean? Florida and Texas, as predicted, are the class of the BCS schools. Look for these two to play for the National Championship in Pasadena on Thursday, January 7.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Southern Mississippi at
Tennessee Tech at
South Florida at
Notre Dame at Purdue: Line – Notre Dame by 7. Prediction – ND by 10.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- The Emmy Awards pulled their highest ratings number in three years. However, it seemed like a re-run of last year's program given the usual suspects winning--Mad Men, 30 Rock, et al.
- By the way, the NBC telecast of the New York Giants versus the Dallas Cowboys beat the Emmys and won the night in the ratings race.
- A guy actually said this to me today. On the fully-packed 767 United flight from O'Hare to San Francisco, I struggled to get my rollerbag in the overhead compartment. A guy across the aisle remarked, "it might fit if you took something out of that outer compartment." I just looked at him but my initial reaction was, "Really!? No kiddin'? And, what do I do with my underwear and toiletries which I take out of that compartment--just carry them under my arm?"
- This season's bizarre star on ABC's Dancing With the Stars is Macy Gray, who replaces Cloris Leachman as this lineup's most eccentric presence.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I was introduced to Dempsey’s in Lawrence, KS after the Kansas-Duke football game on Saturday. And, the self-proclaimed Irish bar did not disappoint—the burger and fries were fantastic. I am a bit hesitant to call any establishment which uses “truffle butter” as a “dive of the week,” but Dempsey’s succeeds because it offers a great variety of beer, including some local micro-brews, has pool plus free foosball and darts, and provides ample televisions for viewing Saturday afternoon football. But, it’s the burgers which shine here. There is the classic burger, cooked medium with prime meat plus greens and cheddar, coupled with your choice of basic or sweet potato fries. Dempsey’s also offers a premium Kobe burger for $2 more. If you’re vegetarian (perish the thought), there is the Falafel burger. A Pancetta burger also dots the menu. These burgers are gourmet in style but are offered up in a place which has a long bar, two pool tables, classic rock music and the atmosphere that one expects in a classic college town, including only urinals in the Men’s restroom.
There was a good post-game crowd but it’s not the crazed scene of The Wheel after a Jayhawk game.
Dempsey’s is located just south of the intersection of Sixth and Vermont, one block west of the main street of Massachusetts. Check it out--Dempsey’s in Lawrence, KS, our dive of the week.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
- The University of Minnesota football team just moved into a new stadium this season. And, in an attempt to curb public drunkenness among its student attendees, those who are kicked out of a game for public intoxication will have to pass an alcohol breath test at the gate when they next try to attend. There was no word out of UM as to how drunken alums might be handled.
- Speaking of student behavior, University of Kansas undergrads are coming out in droves to support thier football team...then leaving at halftime. While the game has typically been well-in-hand by that point of the game, the habit has caused KU officials to offer a special student promo for an XBox 360--to be announced and redeemed during the 4th quarter. Not surprisingly, the winning students must be present to get their prize.
- Have you noticed that Home Depot has enlisted Ed Harris as its voice-over talent for their new ad campaign? Competitor Lowe's uses Gene Hackman, meaning Lowe's leads in the Oscars race--Hackman has won two Academy Awards while Harris has four nominations but no wins.
Season to date: 23-11
What we learned:
- Hmm--is Tennessee better than we thought or is Florida not as good as predicted? I'll go with the former versus the latter. The Vols went into the Swamp and gave Florida a scare early before falling by 10--far less than the betting line of 29 points.
- Colt McCoy didn't do his Heisman hopes any favors last night on national TV. Texas beat Texas Tech 34-24 but McCoy threw two picks and did not look sharp. With Sam Bradford's injury keeping him out of action at Oklahoma, the front-runner position has to go to Florida's Tim Tebow.
- Except...look out for Jahvid Best at California. The Bears are now the best team in the Pac-10 with their 3-0 record and road win at Minnesota. Best ran for 131 yards and five TDs and has to be mentioned in the early-season discussion about the Heisman.
- Kansas' offense still isn't clicking. One sure touchdown pass was dropped by Dezmon Briscoe and Jonathan Wilson also dropped another long-gainer. Jake Sharp scored a touchdown but played sparingly yesterday due to an injury. And, Todd Reesing looks to be trying to do too much, similar to how he started the season last year. The good news is that KU plays its next two at home--next Saturday versus Southern Miss and then on October 10 against Iowa State.
- Missouri joins Kansas as the front-runners in the Big 12 North. The Tigers played well yesterday against an over-manned opponent, scoring on their first four possessions.
- Nebraska somehow found a way to lose late at Virginia Tech. Roy Helu continues to lead the conference in rushing but the offense did not convert on five different opportunities, settling for field goals on each trip. Don't forget that the Huskers have to visit both Kansas and Missouri.
- Kansas State performed better than I expected at UCLA. But, let's face it--the Cats were playing a back-up QB at UCLA and their defense will be sorely tested againt Big 12 foes Kansas, Missouri, at Texas Tech and at Oklahoma. On offense, Kansas State moved the ball but still struggled to score points.
- Reality check: BYU lost big to Florida State at home and Utah's 16-game winning streak ended at Oregon. Put Baylor on this list too--the Bears couldn't handle the hype and lost to UConn at home. The Bears managed only 11 first downs as Connecticut owned time-of-possession. Of course, the biggest reality check of the day came in Seattle where USC once again lost the week after beating Ohio State--this time to Washington on a late FG.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Our third week of college action features two games which would look good in an NCAA basketball round of 16--Duke at Kansas and Louisville at Kentucky. And, there are no inter-sectional battles which rival the two great match-ups of last week--Michigan and Notre Dame and Ohio State and USC.
Let's look at this week's Big 12 and key matchups:
Duke at Kansas: Line - KU by 22.5. Prediction - Kansas by 27. I think the fact that Todd Reesing was disappointed in his play last week means that the offense will come out firing on all cylinders this week. A good sign would be the Jayhawk defense continuing to improve after holding UTEP to one score last week in El Paso.
Furman at Missouri: No line. Prediction - Mizzou by 48. I can't see the Tigers having troubles two weeks in a row and a game against Furman is simply a matter of how many points the Tigers will score.
Kansas State at UCLA: Line - UCLA by 12.5. As we said in week one, this is the game where we will know much more about this year's version of the Wildcats. Bill Snyder's team has had special teams woes and inconsistent play at QB. Prediction - UCLA by 17.
Nebraska at Virginia Tech: Line - Va Tech by 5. This is the most intriguing game in the Big 12 this week. I have to go with the Hokies...by a touchdown.
Iowa State at Kent State: Line - ISU by 3. Prediction - Kent State by 3. The bottom half of the Big 12 North is really bad this year.
Wyoming at Colorado: Line - CU by 7. Speaking of bad, Colorado tries to stop the bleeding against Wyoming in Boulder. The Buffs need to get an early lead--if they fall behind early, look for the fans at Folsom Field to get very restless. Prediction - Colorado by 4.
Connecticut at Baylor: Line - Baylor by 10. Prediction - Baylor by 14.
Tulsa at Oklahoma: Line - OU by 17.5. Prediction - OU by 17.
Rice at Oklahoma State: Line - OSU by 32.5. Prediction - OSU by 35.
Texas Tech at Texas: Line - UT by 17.5. The conference season starts in week three for these two Big 12 South contenders. Tech's offense has looked like, well...Tech's offense. But, this is a special Texas team. Prediction - Longhorns by 21.
Utah State at Texas A&M: Line - A&M by 19. Prediction - A&M by 21.
Georgia at Arkansas: Line - Arkansas by 1. Prediction - Hogs by 3.
Tennessee at Florida: Line - Florida by 29.5. Gee, I wonder if Lane Kiffin is second-guessing all of his pre-season yapping at Florida and Urban Meyer? Meyer has shown a willingness to remember slights. This one could get ugly. Prediction - Gators by 33.
Michigan State at Notre Dame: Line - ND by 10. Prediction - ND by 14...the Irish rebound after last week's big disappointment in Ann Arbor.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
As further proof that the video rental business is undergoing a sea change, Blockbuster announced today that it will be shuttering 40% of its storefronts. The video rental firm has faced mounting pressure due to the success of Netflix and the now booming business of Red Box, the in-store video rental vending machines.
Blockbuster’s announcement means about 1,560 of its stores will be closed over the next two years. In making the announcement, Blockbuster’s management also mentioned the changing habits of consumers as more and more look to alternate forms of entertainment, thus causing a year-over-year decline of 8-10% in the video rental business.
Our tip of the hat for “dive of the week” goes to Walsh’s Corner Cocktails, 85th and Wornall, in
Walsh’s offers a full bar-food menu and is best-known for its cheddar burger and fries. The burgers are made fresh, using
Like all quality joints, Walsh's features darts and shuffleboard and has plentiful TV’s tuned to the action of the
Walsh's Corner Cocktails--our dive of the week.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
You have to wonder if anyone in the Cowboy Nation, in the giddiness of the publicity, thought, "uh oh, bad things happen to those who appear on the cover of SI." Did Boone Pickens call any cronies at Time Inc., when discovering the cover shot, to yell "What are you thinking!"
In true SI jinx fashion, the unthinkable happened--Oklahoma State lost yesterday at home to Houston.
Much has been discussed about the SI jinx, a phenomenon which the editors of the magazine finally noted in 2002 when they placed a black cat on the cover and Alexander Woolf wrote these words:
In investigating virtually all of SI's 2,456 covers, we found 913 "jinxes" -- a demonstrable misfortune or decline in performance following a cover appearance roughly 37.2 percent of the time. One of the most fascinating things we discovered seemed to buttress Loehr's contention that the Jinx is more likely to strike athletes in fine-motor-skill sports like golf and tennis than smashmouth sports like boxing. Golfers were "jinxed" almost 70 percent of the time and tennis players after more than 50 percent of their appearances, while boxers suffered barely 16 percent of the time.
My favorite Jinxstance has to be the fate of University of Washington quarterback Bob Schloredt, an All-America who was pictured taking a snap on a 1960 cover. A week later, the heavily favored Huskies lost to Navy when the Middies scored in the final minutes following Schloredt's fumble of -- you guessed it -- a snap.
The Sports Illustrated cover jinx--alive and well this week...and being cursed in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
What we learned in week two:
- The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is indeed relevant again. In what was truly a game befitting the series between these two schools, Michigan rallied late to gain the win. This was a win that Charlie Weis needed.
- Matt Barkley is the real deal...and Terrell Pryor has a long way to go. Barkley showed poise and Joe McKnight was tremendous on the last series which ended with a Trojan TD...and the win.
- The atmosphere at the Horseshoe in Columbus, OH was electric. You couldn't ask for two better inter-sectional games than Michigan-Notre Dame and USC-Ohio State. This is why mid-September Saturdays are special...
- Kansas offensively didn't play well yet still netted a 34-7 win at UTEP--a game with a line of Kansas +12.5. The Jayhawk defense put consistent pressure on UTEP's QB and totally shut down their running game. The only blemish on the D's performance was the late, long pass play which turned into a UTEP touchdown due to two missed tackles. Kansas should be bowl eligible entering their October 24 game in Lawrence versus Oklahoma--they face Duke, Southern Miss and Iowa State at home and then go on the road at Colorado.
- Speaking of Colorado, how bad is the Big 12 North? The Buffs? Put a fork in Dan Hawkins--he's done. Iowa State? Ugh...big loss today to Iowa, in Ames. And, Kansas State? A loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Losing to schools with locations in their names is never a good thing.
- Missouri, not surprisingly, didn't play as well today as in week one versus Illinois. But, a halftime deficit was probably more than the Tiger Nation was expecting. The Tigers were favored by 20--they won by 7.
- Continuing the Big 12 embarrassment--Oklahoma State, after perhaps their biggest home win ever last week, over Georgia, lost today to Houston. Their defense looked more like the OSU defense of last year--not the unit which held Georgia in check last week.
Friday, September 11, 2009
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Sunday, September 6, 2009
- Blaine Gabbert and Mizzou, who looked like they only reloaded this season after burying Illinois 37-9 in St. Louis.
- Baylor, who went on the road and beat Wake Forest. The Bears and stud QB Robert Griffin look to be for real this year--too bad they play in the Big 12 South.
- Alabama's defense. Yes, Virginia Tech scored 24 points on Bama but the Tide's D looks to be better than last year's version.
- Kansas who, as expected, rolled over Northern Colorado. However, KU has a problem at right corner--four pass interference penalties came from that position last night. Once again, the Jayhawks appear to be weak against the pass.
- We'll put Kansas State in this category for now. The Wildcats only beat Massachusetts by four.
- The Big Ten conference. Ohio State had to hold on against Navy. Iowa had to block two FG attempts in the last seven seconds against Northern Iowa, a school who last beat the Hawkeyes in '98--1898. Illinois got trounced by Missouri. And, Minnesota had to go to overtime to beat Syracuse.
- Oklahoma. OU loses at home to #20 BYU and also loses Heisman winner Sam Bradford for a likely 2-4 weeks. Whether Bradford is back by the October 17 game against Texas remains to be seen--prior to that the Sooners must travel to Miami (FL) and play Baylor at home.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Here are my thoughts on this weekend's slate of games of interest.
Missouri vs. Illinois, St. Louis: Line - Illinois by 3. The post-Chase Daniel/Jeremy Maclin/Chase Coffman offensive era starts at Mizzou with Blaine Gabbert making his debut at QB. The Tigers have owned this series recently but last year Juice Williams, the Illini QB, burned MU for 451 yards passing. Has Missouri improved its defensive issues? Can the MU run game take pressure off of Gabbert in week one? My prediction - Illinois by 4.
Kansas hosting Northern Colorado: No line. The only thing interesting about this game will be the chance to see KU's key reserves including Kale Pick, the back-up to Todd Reesing. We won't know much about Kansas until after next week's game at UTEP. This one will be a blowout. My prediction - Kansas...by a lot.
Kansas State hosting Massachusetts: No line. Bill Snyder returns to the sideline at the stadium which displays his and his family's name. Interest is high in the Wildcat Nation and a win should come relatively easy on Saturday night. It'll be three weeks, when KSU plays at UCLA, before we know much about this team. My prediction - KSU by 14.
Oklahoma vs. BYU, Arlington, TX: Line - OU by 25. The Sooners received bad news this week with the injury to super TE Jermaine Gresham. But, Oklahoma will over-match #20 BYU and win this one easily under the big screen at the new Texas Stadium. My prediction - OU by 30.
Baylor at Wake Forest: Line - Wake by 2. Baylor is quietly being picked by many to be bowl eligible this year. Starting with a win on the road against a quality ACC opponent would help others take notice. My prediction - Wake by 5.
Oklahoma State hosting Georgia: Line - OSU by 6. This is one of the marquee match-ups of weekend #1. OSU comes in with its highest pre-season ranking in school history. Georgia is picked second in the SEC East behind Florida. A key will be how OSU's offensive line plays against the strength of Georgia's defense--the D-line. It'll be a classic battle of a high-powered Big 12 offense against one of the SEC's stout defenses. Home field will be the advantage. My prediction - the Cowboys by 6.
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, Atlanta: Line - Alabama by 6. The Hokies took a hit when star RB Darren Evans injured a knee and was lost for the season. Both teams have tremendous defenses so this will be a low-scoring game. I'm going with the strength of the SEC over the ACC on a neutral field. My prediction - Bama by 10.
Others of interest:
Upset of the week: Nevada over Notre Dame in South Bend.
State rivalries: Colorado over Colorado State in Boulder; Florida State over Miami on Monday night.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
- Whatever happened to making license plates? Inmates in a Tampa, FL jail are growing peppers and then processing them into hot sauce. Bottles of the sauce sell for $7 with the profits going to maintaining the jail's greenhouse and supplies. The sauce from the jailhouse comes in three flavors: Original, Smoke...and "No Escape."
- As promised, here is the NFL Fantasy team I drafted last night--Running backs: Michael Turner, Brandon Jacobs, LenDale White, Cedric Benson and Sammie Morris; Wide receivers: Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, Anthony Gonzalez, Steve Breaston, Hakeem Nicks and Devone Bess; Quarterbacks: Tony Romo and Eli Manning; Kicker: Neil Rackers; and Defense/Special Teams: Philadelphia Eagles. Wish me luck...
- A Florida man has accused his cat of downloading child pornography onto his computer. The man was arrested for downloading over 1,000 illegal images but insists he had nothing to do with it. According to the perp, he downloads songs frequently, leaves the room for a moment, and comes back to find the cat up on the keyboard and his screen "full of strange material." The kitty accuser is being held on $250,000 bail--no word on the whereabouts of the cat or if charges will be filed against the feline.
- Chrysler is putting out feelers to agencies for creative ideas for fourth quarter 2009. Included in the mix is Crispin Porter & Bogusky, who recently lost the Volkswagen business.
- Want a good end-of-summer read? Try South of Broad, the new book from Pat Conroy. I'm not yet finished with the book but, like most Conroy novels, it's sucked me in and makes me once again want to visit Charleston. The book is Conroy's first new fiction work in 14 years.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Each year the number of participants rises dramatically. Some estimates cited 19 million players in 2007 meaning this year's number represents an 84% increase over the past two years. And, Fantasy Football isn't just a male domain--over 15% of the players are female.
I will attend tonight's draft with my copy of The Sporting News Fantasy Football annual, Sports Illustrated's fantasy issue, and print-outs from ESPN.com which ranks the top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and team defenses.
What's my team name, you ask? It's "Myteamgoesto11."
Wish me luck--I'll let you know how it goes.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Unfortunately, I was also struck with how awful the food is...and how expensive. The waits are usually long, the service so-so, and the prices are obscene.
I mean, I'm just sayin'--it shouldn't be that bad.