November 18, 2009

Fantasy Football Update #8 (week 10) with Fantasy B-Ball Update 1.75...and the picks!

The Vatican recently stated that the world should prepare themselves to meet aliens within the next 10 years...I hope to ask them what they think of the Patriots going for it on 4th and 2 on their own 28. Quote of the week-Greed is Good (that's from Wall Street...and yes Wall Street 2 is in the works). The Pats got a little greedy and I'm Ok with that...I like swagger. My only issue is if you are going to go for it there, A-go for more than 2 yards (which they got) and B-throw it to Welker or know, for the Fantasy guys! I went 1-1 this past week and with 3 and 2 weeks to go in my two chronicled leagues time is running short...(sadly just 4-6 in both those leagues, 7-3 in mysterious 3rd league not covered here) Let's Break It Down!!!

Pats (League 1) 10 team, standard scoring (ESPN) Record 4-6 (6th), Points 1007 (3rd), Points Allowed 1039 (um by far the most).
Tom Brady
(33 pts), Frank Gore (20 pts), and my kicker Dan Carpenter (14 pts) lead me to a lackluster 81-56 victory...allowing me to continue barely hanging on to some playoff hopes. Cedric Benson (2 pts), Marques Colston (-1 pts), Zach Miller (0 pts), and Marshawn Lynch (4 pts) all suck for me.
-I pick up LeSean McCoy for the Dolphins D/ST (which filled in nicely for me 9 pts)...and I'm flirting with the idea of starting him.
Week 11 lineup (subject to change)-Tom Brady (NYJ), Frank Gore (@GNB), Kevin Smith (CLE), Calvin Johnson (CLE), Marques Colston (@TAM), Jason Witten (WAS), Dan Carpenter (@CAR), and Patriots D/ST (NYJ)

Dirty Dawgs (League 2) 10 team, non-standard scoring (CBS), record 4-6 (3rd), Points 714 (4th)
Tom Brady (36 pts), Thomas Jones (8 pts), and Tony Gonzalez lead me in a sad 58-70 loss...Cedric Benson (0 pts), M Lynch (0 pts), Eagles D/ST (2 pts) all let me down. Worse off my win was left on the bench for the first time this year as Brandon Marshall who I replaced late for M Lynch scored 24 points. With only 2 weeks to go and a tough matchup this week, I need some luck.
Moves-Still no moves in this league though I tried to get J Forsett but somebody else had a faster waiver claim. Right now I'm conflicted with the status of Cedric Benson, wondering if a angry Patriot team will let Thomas Jones score, and if my instincts that Cadillac Williams does well is for real here.
Week 11 lineup (subject to change)-Tom Brady(NYJ), Thomas Jones (@NWE), Wes Welker (NYJ), Brandon Marshall (SDG), Greg Jennings (SFO), Tony Gonzalez (@NYG), Kris Brown (TEN), and Eagles D/ST

Some advice from the guy who is 4-6 and 4-6-I did get some sh*t about leaving out Julius Jones on my Mia Culpa (I was wrong) list...I'm not sure about him just yet, he still has 600 total yards and 4 TD's...he is injured now and I don't think the advice was that wrong...(I told you to draft him way late because he will start all year if he stays healthy)...but yeah maybe by the end of the year I will have to concede. Ok LeSean McCoy(PHI), J Snelling (ATL), and J Forsett are all great pick ups..go get em, they may save your season...I may start McCoy against a rocky CHI defense. ***Update so since last week I went over some things I was wrong about...let me quickly gloat about the firing of Dick Jauren from Buffalo, because I nailed that...though I will admit after signing T.O. we probably all saw this coming...paging Bill Cowher!***

Fantasy Basketball Update 1.75
10 team, standard scoring (ESPN) 1st place
So I jump into first place because of some savvy moves...picking up C Frye (Suns) and R Hibbert (Pacers) have helped me all around. Wade and Melo still lead the way in scoring for me so that is working out. Russell Westbrook has played better of late and A Bargnani, J Richardson, and C Kaman all continue to defy the odds and are playing great.
Moves-I ditched Beasley for Landry last week, then read a blogger who said that Beasley was great after a 24 point performance and he has I picked him up...then I remembered I was a blogger and WTF do I know so I got Landry back again...that's it. I will break it all down in the full Fantasy Basketball Update #2 toward the end of Football Season.

Bet on this! (just don't get mad at me)
-Ok solid week, got a little ripped off on some potential W's...but that's gambling. I feel pretty good about this week, so for whatever that's worth to you...for me it means make a big raise and try to catch some luck. Like em picks (11/16 on year) we went 2/3 here (NWE +3 and SFO -3...missing on DEN -3.5 to WAS). 3 if you can stomach em picks (5/15 on year) continued to only catch 1/3, but we had a shot at all of them, which might mean we are getting close (CIN ML came through over PIT, SEA ML @ ARI was no good, and PHI ML @ SDG came up short)...(note if you listened to me late Friday I did push the GNB over DAL game...but since I didn't blog it here I won't take credit)...On the 1 Parlay (10/16 on year) we go 2/3 again hitting on the under in Pitt vs CIN game 41.5, and SFO -3 (if you were mad at the SFO game going up on Weds for a Thurs game I gave you NWE +3 which did cover as well), but missed on Orton getting hurt and the Broncos -3.5 losing to the Redskins outright. Ok lets hit a home run.
Like em-NWE -9.5 vs NYJ-the Pats are angry, very angry, PHI -3 @ CHI-yeah the Eagles are slumping but the CHI defense blows and they are going to give the Eagles defense like 3 freebies, and go ahead and take the favored Lions -3 vs CLE-they should be good, watch for K Smith and Megatron to step up.
3 if you can stomach em-Try SFO ML @ GNB-the 49ers look to build on a win and try to score a little bit more, the GNB defense should allow that to happen. STL ML vs ARI-There is no way ARI is this good on the road, and Warner will throw an INT or two. TAM ML vs NOR-Tampa is on fire believe it or not, and the Cadillac should get some room and Kellen Winslow will score...they gotta lose sometime.
1 Parlay-NWE -9.5 vs NYJ and the over 45, Cinn -9.5 @ OAK, and the over in the NOR @ TAM game 50. A four teamer!

Good Luck to all in Fantasy and Reality!

November 17, 2009

Movie Review #24 2012

2012 (2009) John Cusack, Amanda Peet Directed by Roland Emmerich

So Mr. Emmerich tackles his second straight film with a year as a title (10,000 BC and now 2012), his next project is untitled...may I suggest (the year 3000) if your stuck?...maybe you can get Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter to star? So he did The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day, Stargate, and he even did Universal does this guy love blowing Sh*t up!

2012 is the story of a family trying to get to some government sponsored "Arks" before the end of the world catches up with literally they are running from the end of the world...and it is always just a step or two behind them. It does kinda get old seeing the family repeatedly cheat death like seconds before an entire state goes under water or explodes...but what did I expect? John Cusack plays the father here and he doesn't really seem all that affected by the world ending and he is fairly optimistic that he can get his family to these Arks even though he doesn't know where they are half the movie and has no permission to get on them. Cusack actually is not believable as the dad of these kids (more like their creepy Uncle) and is pretty uninteresting throughout the film. Amanda Peet plays mom and she has remarried but it seems like the end of the world favors her old husband to her new one (Spoiler...get over it), and a wasted cameo by Woody Harrleson is worth mentioning because it sucks so bad (he plays crazy tin foil hat guy). Oliver Platt shows up as White House somebody who has way to much authority....and Danny Glover does a reasonably good job as the Prez (he's no Bill Pullman in Independence Day though). Thandie Newton is also in the film, and she is hot...that's pretty much all I have to say about that because I don't want to disparage her. The premise of this film is kinda cool (The Mayans warned of us of a huge event that will cause the Earths poles to shift and thus cause the earths crust to move), so that's good, however the film is 158 minutes, kinda like Transformers 2 earlier this year...if you are going to make a film that long, how about a rewrite or three...I mean did anyone even look at the story beyond the aircraft carrier hitting the White House storyboard (which is pretty cool)? I lost track of how many times a plane takes off just before fire, water, smoke, or buildings hit it...I mean after hour two you kinda root for the lava...but it is entertaining enough to sit through...and there are a few moments that are cool (like the Dali Lama giving a kid his truck), so whatever, go see it, it is mindless fun. I marginally recommend it...but if you want to save a few bucks just go rent Deep Impact (better) and Armageddon (much better) erase all the scenes with Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, and Will Patton (you know the good, well acted ones) and tape a Mayan calender up above the TV and you should pretty much have 2012 there.

(The Shawshank Scale 1-10) So the end is about I don't waste 158 minutes watching a preview of that and go get some Ribeye. Again it is watchable but you can kinda see why John Cusack thought you were "Better Off Dead" at one point. (um it is an old 80's movie that is young-ins need to brush up on your old Cusack films). It gets a 5.0 on the scale.

Food For Thought: I had a couple brownies because they go well with my Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog (for which I have to run many miles now that I drank)...Up next for Cusack is Shanghai which is about a man in Japan months before Pearl Harbor...Amanda Peet has the Jack Black driven Gulliver's Travels ahead.

November 15, 2009

Movie Review #23 The Men Who Stare At Goats

The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009) George Clooney, Jeff Bridges Directed by Grant Heslov

The government's black operations program wastes so much money on goofy things you never end up hearing about, that it should come to no surprise to you at all that this movie is based on real events and accounts. Jon Ronson wrote an awesome book in 2004 of the same title and though the book is better than the film in many ways (it will shock you), it is nowhere near as entertaining.

Grant Heslov, a hollywood guy (works with Clooney frequently, produced and co wrote Good Night and, Good Luck, a great film) does a solid job piecing together a story out of a whistle-blower type book that aims to expose government idiocy. To tell the story we have the excellent Ewan McGregor who plays reporter (Bob Wilton) who is down on his luck and is looking for a story to tell. McGregor's character serves as narrator and paces us along this crazy ride. Bob ends up running into an old spec ops guy named Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) who then goes on to not only spill the beans on the whole "Jedi" First Earth Battalion's exploits, but also works out a little adventure of his own, as we are told he has been reactivated. So while Bob and Lyn go out getting themselves in some pretty odd calamities, we take breaks to flashback to the genesis of the Jedi project. The film, though lead by McGregor and Clooney, is carried by some pretty amazing supporting performances. Kevin Spacey (Larry Hooper), Stephan Lang (Brig. Gen. Dean Hopgood), and the Oscar worthy Jeff Bridges (Bill Django). The movie provides several crazy scenes, and there are lots of laughs. The film gives you the daily doses of drug use, comedy gold, and sweet irony...maybe a weeks worth. There are moments in the story that are lazy and maybe not all that logical, but as a vessel to tell the story of this infamous Black Ops program, what they have come up with is fine. I really had a good time at this film, with strong acting, and some lines that will live on forever (quick ex: (Bob)-We put LSD in the eggs, don't eat the eggs. (Django)-And in the water. (Bob)-But we drank the water. (Django)-We had to, we didn't want to attract suspicion. ) this film will sneak into my top ten of the year. So if you are keeping track still, in this order we have (500) Days of Summer (8.0), Capitalism A Love Story (8.0), The Hurt Locker (8.0), Star Trek (7.5), Inglourious Basterds (7.5), The Soloist (7.0), Where the Wild Things Are (7.0), Coraline (7.0), The Men Who Star At Goats (7.0), and The Informant (7.0)...that's where we are at so far, though it is always subject to change and the fall season usually brings about several Oscar worthy movies.

(The Shawshank Scale 1-10) So "The Dude" (Jeff Bridges) leading a group of drug-taking Jedi warrior spec ops guys through a training yeah, maybe it's not Mick and Rocky, or Pvt. Joker and Gunny Hartman, but it is very strong. I think it warrants a 7.0 on the scale, and I recommend you see it in theaters.

Food For Thought: So I brought in a sandwich with some hard I love that stuff. I am training for a run coming up here soon so no recipes this week, as we build up to Turkey Day, however...I did spoil myself with two great meals: at an event I had a peppercorn encrusted fillet med-rare that was great and at a great Vegas joint called RAKU I had the worlds best Blue Fin Tuna! Up next for Clooney is his Oscar buzz films The Fantastic Mr. Fox (which is a lovely story by Roald Dahl of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame) and Up in the Air. For Bridges there is Crazy Heart about a often divorced country music singer and of course there is Tron Legacy the sequel to the 1982 film Tron, the ATARI game system I think, who asked for that sequel...oh well "The Dude abides".

November 11, 2009

Fantasy Football Update #7 (week 9) with Fantasy Basketball update 1.5

Alright it's fantasy football update time again, and I know the direction I have been going with the quotes lately has been profound (notice the R. W. Emerson from update #6), so let me throw this one at you real quick (In reference to two men who just got in a helicopter and flew away) "Nobody ever saw them again, the official word from the Army was that they crashed in the desert, which would make sense because that's what happens when you try to fly a helicopter F**ked up on acid" a perfect line from a good move The Men Who Stare At Goats...go see this!!! Ok now that we got that out of the way let's go back to profound..."Questions are a burden to others. Answers are prison for oneself." (that line comes from the great 60's TV show The Prisoner, which they have just rebooted on it this Sunday!). You see I get a lot of questions about fantasy sports, not just because I write this blog (which makes sense because nobody reads it why would I get questions?), but because I tend to answer things with confidence. My answers are often wrong (just look at my records...btw I am 7-2 in the mysterious 3rd league I partake in), but when I deliver those answers, I really believe they are the tone is confident. Because I don't want my past answers to be a prison for oneself (follow along here) at the halfway point of the year, I'm going to do something that is hard to do, I'm gonna admit where I was wrong...this may take awhile...

But First let's break down the week briefly...summary style
Pats (League 1) 10 team, standard scoring (ESPN) Record 3-6 (7th), Points 926 (2nd)
Tom Brady (21 pts), Frank Gore (21 pts), and Cedric Benson (19 pts) lead me to a lackluster 96-84 victory...I survive having to start S Slaton (8 pts) who does nothing but convert his goal line carry, M Colston (4 pts), J Witten (4 pts), and the Pats D/ST (6 pts) all let me down. Nobody on my bench does a whole lot.
Moves-I drop Hasselbeck (QB), John Carney (K), and John Carlson (TE) for Dolphins D/ST, Zach Miller (TE), and Dan Carpenter (K)...I didn't need Matty Hasselbeck anymore and it looks like with all those hits he is taking lately, he will be joining his brother in the ESPN studios sooner than later anyway, Carlson is a matchup victim I still like him in certain games, and I think the same for Carney who I doubt kicks too many field goals against St. Louis. I'm not in love with my lineup and if Megatron (Calvin Johnson) has a good week of practice...he's in.
Week 10 lineup-subject to change)-Tom Brady (@IND), Frank Gore (CHI), M Colston (@STL), C Benson (@PIT), M Lynch (@ TEN), Z Miller (KAN), D Carpenter (TAM), Dolphins D/ST (TAM)

Dirty Dawgs (League 2) 10 team, non-standard scoring (CBS), record 4-5 (2nd), Points 656 (2nd)
In this League though Julious Jones (13 pts) did his job, and C Benson (14 pts) rolled on, I fell short in a 72-91 loss. Now my division sucks so I am still alive for even the top spot, (who I play this week) but still my good team really should be piling up more victories. G Jennings (0 pts), W Welker (2 pts), and Eagles D/ST (7 pts) all let me down, Jennings should have got in the endzone but poor clock management and some sloppy late play by the Packers (who seemed to not care that they lost to the worst team in football) really hurt Jennings, Welker did fine but in this league you have to get in the endzone, and K Brown (my kicker) missed a 42 yarder to tie the game!!!! WTF Kris! Houston had it in the grasps but once again played the Colts well and let it slip away. Nobody on my bench would have got me the win, but B Marshall (8 pts) and S Breaston (6 pts) both played well.
Moves-The trade deadline has passed, and G Jennings was my last get, I almost picked up a D/ST for this week but thought better of it. It is hard to play C Benson after watching that PIT Defense tear apart the Broncos...but he has been a reliable "every week" back and his first game against the Steelers: 75 rush yards and a TD...I'll take that again Ced-Ben
Week 10 lineup-subject to change-Brady (@IND), C Benson (@PIT), T Jones (JAC), M Lynch (@TEN), W Welker (@IND), T Gonzalez (@CAR), S Hauschka (@CLE)

Some Advice from the guy who is 3-6 and 4-5 (Mia Culpa Edition) Ok so in my Football 2009 Preview with my Fantasy Rankings (April 9, 2009) there may be a few things I would like to take back...Here are the top five: 5-Ok so maybe ranking T.J. Houshmandzadeh as my #9 overall WR was a little out there...but don't give me crap you thought he was gonna be good in Seattle too. 4-J Witten, he's not in my overall top 25 but when ranking TE's at the beginning of the year I basically said there is this guy, and everyone actually he is currently 15th overall in TE stats and everyone else...well they are better. 3-S Slaton/C Johnson, ranked Slaton 7th on my RB's list, ahead of um...well Chris Johnson...I really didn't think C Johnson would be this good, and I actually thought LenDale White and his Tequilla free ways would steal all his TD's again...actually S Slaton now tri-splits his touches, and C Johnson only gives pity carries to Mr. White from time to time, oh well. 2-Bret Favre-is not in my top 10 QB's and though I drafted him on one team and even tried to get him on the other I really only counted on him having two good games (both against Green Bay) let me tell you how hard it is to sit this guy in fantasy-in 8 games 16 TD's 3 INT's (I know right only 3), and a rating of 106.0-that rating is 2nd to only Drew!1-So Ok in my Overall top 25 he was #2, he was also my #1 RB...and I have to swallow this one as maybe the worst call in my Fantasy Football "advice giving" career (which to be fair started last year), his numbers 441 rush yards in 123 carries, 3 TD's...Mr Matt Forte is behind guys like F Jackson, Ricky Williams, and Rashard Mendenhall...and if you would have told me that would be the case in April, I would let you in my league so I could beat's not too soon to call this a bust year for Matt Forte, no matter what he does the rest of the way (and his schedule ain't great) he is a super dud...and for ranking him ahead of Peterson, Turner, Johnson, and D Williams I have to say I am sorry. Well then, this was good, got all that extra weight off, can't wait until the season is over and I have to admit how wrong my football season predictions are (Texans in the AFC title game...anyone??) My advice this week, write me and tell me what to do...after this segment I feel a little too queasy to give advice...thank god I lost my pride a long time ago :)

Fantasy Basketball Update 1.5
10 team, standard scoring (ESPN) 4th place
It's a little too early to be filling you in but I'll give you the quick rundown. Wade 29.9 PPG, Melo 30.2 PPG, and Shockingly Chris Kaman's 21.7 PPG have me way ahead in total points. Al Harrington, Jason Richardson, Andrea Bargnani are all playing good all around Basketball early, so I'm feeling good about my team. Trading Arenas was tough and Al Jefferson still hasn't gotten going, but I feel good about him in the future. My Young Guns (What a great movie) Roy Hibbert and Channing Frye are playing great as well. Still waiting for Blake Griffen and Devin Harris to get healthy, Russell Westbrook hurt his ankle but it shouldn't be serious...if he goes down I need a PG.
-So Michael Beasley is gone for Carl Landry (just a better all around player). DeJuan Blair is gone for Roy Hibbert (he gets more minutes) and Kevin Love is gone for Channing Frye (just a cool player to watch).
Update-The update returns in full force in a few weeks, until then if you haven't yet, pick up...B Jennings (MIL), C Frye (SUNS), and R Hibbert (IND)...thank me later.

Bet on this! (just don't get mad at me)
-So the mighty fall, after a great week 8, we come back to earth with a crappy week 9. We hit 2/4 of our Like em picks-(9/13 for year). Once again (although we were close to getting all three) we only bring home one of our 3 if you can stomach em picks (upsets), SDG vs NYG-(4/12 for year). On the 1 Parlay we go down in flames hitting only 1/3 on the card...The Packers don't even win let alone cover -9.5, the Pats miss it by a half a point (though some people got it at 10...good for you), and the Falcons manage a -10 cover (8/12 for year).
Like em-SFO -3 vs CHI-Yeah I tried this last week, but the San Fran Defense can handle Cutler and his INT throwing ways. NWE +3 @ IND...well what do you expect, Indy is beat up and although they will get a pass rush from Freeney it won't be enough to stop Brady. Lastly DEN -3.5 @ WAS, Vegas is giving no respect to the Broncos who will bounce back fine here.
3 if you can stomach em-CIN ML @ PIT...they did it once already, why not? SEA ML @ ARI...I don't love it but the Seahawks can stop the run and their defense can get turnovers...we all know after Warner shows us he is a 5 TD guy, he usually reminds us he can also be a 5 INT guy. Lastly take PHI ML @ SDG...Philly defense is capable of getting turnovers and SDG is basically a one dimensional team right now with the carcass of LT still getting the handoffs.
1 Parlay-Yeah so the 3 favorites with the big lines didn't work so let's go back to basics. Take the under in the Pitt vs Cin game 41.5 or the under in the TAM @ MIA game 44, SFO -3 vs CHI, and DEN -3.5 @ WAS...this one should work.

Good Luck to all in Fantasy or Reality!

November 6, 2009

Fantasy Basketball Update #1 (with Draft Special) Plus Fantasy Football Update 6.5

One day I got up and went to my normal (ok I'm up and need noise to further wake me up) channel (ESPNEWS), and while I'm waiting for breaking news, or NFL updates...I'm pestered by this nagging little thing called "NHL scores" that keeps me from finding out the really important stuff in the ticker. Now I'm a fan of the NHL (to the extent that I will watch and root for the Bruins in the playoffs...and I like Sid the Kid over Ovechkin), but this was pretty annoying having to wait for the good stuff while some meaningless early NHL stats fly by...the good news was my brain immediately jogged the memory of "NBA FANTASY DRAFT" this I put in the work and this is how it turned out.

First Ten Picks
1.Chris Paul-no surprise there...a toss up between Lebron and Paul
2.Lebron James-Going #2 is fine
3.Kevin Durant-He is starting slow but I really liked him
4.Dwayne Wade-(MY PICK)Was #1 Fantasy player last year...I'm glad to have him on my team
5.Danny Granger-This pick will end badly
6.Kobe Bryant-A team from my hometown picked from our arch-enemy...for shame!!
7.Deron Williams-He is my favorite non-Celtic...I will miss him this year
8.Kevin Garnett-This was too high, but if he wanted him, then he had to grab him I suppose
9.Dwight Howard-A statistical monster
10.Jason Kidd-Wow an awful, awful, awful pick...and he beats his wife

My Draft
1. (4) D. Wade-MVP like player...blocks, steals, FT% is great, and he's easy to root for
2. (17) C. Anthony-I have always liked him since Syracuse...hopefully he matures this year
3. (24) G. Arenas-I think he is back totally and I really like him this year
4. (37) D. Harris-I thought this was good value here
5. (44) R. Westbrook-3 PG's in a row, a trade is in my future
6. (57) Al Harrington-A very underrated player
7. (64) A Bargnani-I fell for this guy last year even though he is the dork of NBA
8. (77) J. Richardson-My first mistake pick, I really hate A. Bynum (who was available here), but he was just what I needed on this team...I hope J-Rich rebounds and works out
9. (84) C. Kaman-He is playing well, but will slow down when B. Griffen comes back
10. (97) K. Love-He is injured, but another I like rooting for
11. (104) B. Griffin-Love this guy, will be a great NBA player...I can afford to wait
12. (117) M. Beasley-He could be ok...or he could end up with Dr. Drew
13. (124) -J Flynn I like him, but I needed rebounds so I immediately dropped him for my boy DeJuan Blair

League 1 (Celtic Pride) Roto, Start 5, plus a Guard, Forward, and 3 UTIL's
I was overall satisfied with my backcourt of Arenas/Wade is great, and my front court of Melo/Harrington/Bargnani is also fine. My one real weakness is a legit big man...I wanted Boozer but he went I will have to either cede rebounds or make a move. In less of course DeJuan Blair gets the minutes he deserves.

UPDATE-It was early to assume that points wouldn't be a problem for my team, but I made the call and sent Gilbert Arenas packing for a big man (that I was in need of) Al Jefferson. I really think it brought balance to my lineup.

Some Advice from a guy in his 2nd year of Fantasy basketball-Ok I'm not a rocket scientist when it comes to basketball but this kid Brandon Jennings of the Bucks can ball...and look out for the big man shooting three's like it's going out of style Channing Frye of the Suns. Keep an eye on Johnny Flynn(MIN), Ryan Anderson(ORL), and Danilo Gallinari (NYK)as well.

For Now In NBA-There won't be a Bet on this section right now, but in my next update I will include five games I like. Fantasy Basketball updates will not occur weekly like football updates (mostly anyway...on a bye this week you only get a 6.5) however when the football season ends they will appear more frequently.

Fantasy Football Update 6.5 (week 8)
Ok so I couldn't resist talking about SteveSlatongate and how it killed me, along with a John Carney's missed field goal so I lost in League 1 100-102 (Pats 2-6 record) and that folks might be it for my playoff hopes, in League 2 63-71 (Dirty Dawgs 4-4 record) Favre did everything I asked of him when I drafted him for Brady's bye week, but B Marshall and M Lynch did not...oh well 0-2 for the week...fantasy gods are indeed angry with me. Update: on League 2 Just made a deal sending Favre (who I won't use now that Brady is back) for G Jennings (another option) right at the trading deadline...trades in this league have really turned my mediocre draft into a nice well balanced team. Full Updates are back next week. Good Luck...GO GET J CHARLES...and if you got Ryan Moates I hate you!!!!

Bet on this! (just don't at mad at me)
-We had a very solid week 8, where we hit 2/3 of our Like em picks-(7/9 for year). Again we hit one of our 3 if you can stomach em (upsets) CAR @ARI to make us 3/9 on year, and of course the creme de la creme we hit our first legit 1 Parlay HOU (-3) @ BUF, CHI (-13.5) vs CLE, and the over in the MIN @ GNB game 45 (actual 64)...making our total parlay picks 7/9 on year. So not bad, if you listened to this guy and this made some cash. However as a reminder...don't get mad at me, if the tide turns.
Like em-ATL (-10) vs WAS-Atlanta off two losses in a row and I don't think I have to say anything about the Redskins, SFO (-4) vs. TEN-The 49ers have lost a few 3 straight and Coach Mike knows he has to win this week against a very mediocre Titans team, or he may have to drop his pants again...and nobody wants that. Lastly try both or just one of these two overs that I like Chi vs ARI (44.5) and/or NWE vs MIA (46.5)-the Pats may not go over, but man I love rooting for Welker TD's.
3 if you can stomach em-CAR ML @ NOR-Yeah not likely but they will run and try to keep the ball out of Brees hands, HOU ML @ IND-These un-beatens have to fall sometime, and they didn't play all that well against San Fran last week, finally I think it is fair to assume that the streaky Chargers can pull one out, SDG ML @ NYG.
1 Parlay-I don't normally like to go with three favorites with high lines but the NFL this year is forcing me into this one...NWE (-10.5) vs MIA, GNB (-9.5) @ TAM, and ATL (-10) vs WAS. Let's see if we can hit two in a row!

Yes yes I am aware the Evil Empire took down the Rebel Alliance again (Yanks won world series), and yes in due time my Baseball year in review will be up...settle down, I am out with Qui Gon looking for a young Luke to train so balance can be restored in the MLB...Jeremy Hermida anyone???

November 2, 2009

Coming Soon...

I find time to see The Men Who Stare At Goats...and I will break down my Fantasy Basketball draft results...don't worry football guys, I will keep it short. Also Fantasy Update #6.5 (week 8)!!!

DVD Review # 19 (with bonus catch you up rankings)

The Proposal (2009) Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock Directed by Anne Fletcher

Anne Fletcher probably best known for her Step Up movies (she also did 27 Dresses), both cute films, shows up again with a standard romantic comedy about love that is literally right in front us...but don't see it? (Ron Burgundy?) Not sure about you but if Sandra Bullock is in front of me, I think I would notice that I had feelings toward her...pretty much right away...but never mind this is Hollywood so I won't bore you with complaints about the silly plot, or how Ryan Reynolds really looks like he wears eyeliner all the time, instead let's review.

So The Proposal is about a young assistant editor (Reynolds) who is forced into marrying his boss (Bullock) when she is threatened by deportation. Pretty simple, we get to go home and see the family who is obviously shocked by the engagement news (including a very entertaining Betty White). As you can imagine they don't "Really" like each other so they are forced to pretend to keep this charade going. Inevitably (as they always seem to) they figure out that they actually like each other through this ordeal and find a way to make things work. Although it is indeed a recycled plot (see What Happens in Vegas etc..etc..) and although Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, and Malin Akerman are all wasted here, it still is entertaining enough. I think Bullock looks great, and Reynolds is growing on me (now just wipe off that damn know you wear it...jeez). It is better than Couples Retreat, and solid film to grab at the Redbox or Video Store.

(The Shawshank Scale 1-10) Again just a nice film that will keep you entertained. On the scale it gets a modest 6.0. I have liked Bullock since Speed, and she was great in another cheesy little romantic comedy with my boy Hugh Grant Two Weeks Notice...which was better than this.

Ok so I have been saturated with homework, regular work, and fantasy sports/real sports goofyness...let's play catch up on some mentionable films. Remember on the Shawshank Scale there are only two 10's (Field of Dreams, and The Shawshank Redemption of course)...the film has to be a 7.0 or better to be in my "best of the year" talk...and a 6.0 is average (it's like the Atlanta times flashy, but in the end...just so-so...for my sports fans, who only understand that language) Ok then, let's break em down...

State of Play (2009) Directed by Kevin McDonald
Tony Gilroy co-writes a dud in this very average political thriller...Ben Affleck is yet again not believable (got to be those capped teeth) as a Senator, and Russell Crowe mails this one in...makes you want to watch All the Presidents Men...and then send it to Tony Gilroy when your done...a watchable 5.5

Ghost of Girlfriends Past (2009) Directed by Mark Waters
Some nice moments in the Matthew McConaughey standard...nice to see Jenifer Garner again...and the sleazy Michael Douglas makes me anxious for Wall Street 2...ever since I saw Matt Damon do a McConaughey (impression) on Letterman, it's all I can think about when I watch his films, oh well kept the laughs going anyway...a likable 6.0

Adventureland (2009) Directed by Greg Mottola
I probably should have given this film a full review, Mottola does a great job recreating the feel of 1987 and both Jesse Brennan and the fascinating Kristen Stewart are great. Kristen Wig and the always funny Bill Hader (the guy from like every movie...Ok...the non-Seth Rogan cop in it?) really are part of a well-rounded cast. It took me a few days to realize how much I liked it, which is a good sign in my Almost Famous like film set in a time I can easier relate is a very worthy 7.5...and a top ten of the year in my this!! (if you were alive in the 80's)