October 31, 2014
Week 9 is already here but before we dive into this week's power ranks let's take a look at Week 8.
Week 8 was a MONSTER week in the NFL..... The average score in our fantasy league was 136.5 which means all the people who scored a ton of points and feel great about yourself.... check yo self. Virtually everyone scored a ton this week. The Godfather only scored 90 points, which represents just 5.5% of the points scored in the league this week. That's crazy low. This week's point leader, Angry Pirates, captured 11.4% of the points... which is a very high mark.
With last week's high scores, someone was bound to have a "bad loss"... where they score a lot of points but don't win. That team this week was Victorious Secret- the 152 point loss was the highest scoring loss of the season so far. To find a loss this bad, you'd have to go back to Week 13 of last year when Kait scored 161 and lost to A Pinch Better (171-161.)
That same week, Week 13 last year, was the week Campbell put up the league record for points in a single week: 227. He beat Dan, the rental guys, 227-106. Without looking it up I can safely assume that is the league record for margin of victory in a singe week (121).
We've reached a benchmark. The season is half over. The current league standings show you how well the teams have performed the first half of this year, but let's break it down further.
First, here are the updated ALL TIME Standings/Stats. This is 4.5 years of data:
Next let's look at the past full year, so the first half of this year and the second half of last year. Not everyone plays every week at the end of the season, so I just used everyone's last 8 games and added them to this year's first 8 games:
Now, for the most relevant data set, let's see what the standings from the past 3 weeks only would look like:
And this week's version of Power Ranks:
1. Angry Pirates (Last Week: 1)
As I mentioned earlier Campbell had a huge week. Out of all his actual players, LeSean McCoy was the low man at 12 points but every other position player scored over 20. That is unreal. None of it was especially surprising, save for maybe the HUGE game by Ingram, but when ALL your players play well, this is what happens. A boat load of points.
Although this is my #1 team right now, I highly doubt Campbell's team can keep pace with itself for a couple reasons, but mainly because DeMarco Murray CANT be as good in the second half as he was in the first, he cant be. As hard as it may be to do, if I owned Murray, I would trade him. For sure. Because in 3 weeks when he gets hurt EVERY single Murray owner is going to be kicking themselves for not selling high on an injury prone guy when they could have. Fantasy is a "roll the dice" type game, so of course many owners will take the chance that Murray stays on the field, but I certainly would not be one of them.
2. Tahiti Loungers (Last week: 2)
8 wins in a row is the new league record! Yay. The previous winning streak record was KAIT in 2011 when she started 7-0. She tied in week 8 and then lost in week 11, so she still holds the record for the longest UNBEATEN streak- 10 games. (Although technically I finished last year 3-0 so I am 11-0 in my past 11 weeks but that's neither here nor there. )
Anyway I am in full playoff mode. Would it be nice to go undefeated? Of course. There are 3 really good teams this year, so it's not even guaranteed I will get a BYE, so yes I want to win every week. BUT.... I don't really care about any week until week 15 (or 14 if I don't get the bye.) That's why I traded for Calvin Johnson. That's why I've burnt a roster spot on Josh Gordon ALL YEAR. That's also why I am considering not using a D/ST this week.
That's right... I may leave the spot open. I have some bye week issues, including with my D/ST, Detroit. So now I have to make room to carry another D/ST, because there is no chance I drop Detroit. Detroit is the consensus #1 D/ST for the rest of the year, but more specifically they should easily be a top option Week 15 and 16 when they play Minnesota and Chicago. If I want to make room I would need to drop wither Tony Romo or Zach Ertz... Romo I was planning on using next week with Luck on Bye, and Ertz I feel is too good to drop. Too much potential to be a difference maker in Weeks 15-16.
So I may leave the spot open. I'm not sure yet. I am playing the 2nd biggest bunny in the league, so I may be able to do it, but I for sure would be PISSED if my first loss came from the result of not playing a D/ST. We'll see what happens.
3. A Pinch Better (Last Week: 3)
This team is awesome minus the trashy RB situation. Sure, Sean has Marshawn Lynch... but Lynch's past 3 weeks he's scored 7-8-7. I'm concerned. Do I think it's panic time? Not yet. But it may be getting close. It's a near given that Lynch is NOT going to be a Seahawk next year. That causes problems for fantasy owners, because the Seattle staff may look to get their younger backs of the future more involved now. I'm more of the belief that Lynch will be fine... although they have been distributing the ball to other people, Lynch is still the go to guy. The Seahwaks will need him to play well down the stretch, and he has plenty of motivation. He may be more of a back end RB1, but he's still an RB1. This week especially, he may have a nice bounce back game. At home vs Oakland.... maybe this week the Seahawks make extra effort to get him back on track.
The rest of the RBs on this roster is the chief concern. Tre Mason's role just isn't defined enough, Andre Williams will be irrelevant in a week from now, Steven Jackson is awful, and Storm Johnson is not playable.
But despite being weak at an important position.... One HUGE thing for this team has been the resurgence of Gronk. What a MONSTER this guy has been the past couple weeks. We forget sometimes how dominant he is when healthy.
Let's look back at the trade that Sean made with dan to acquire Gronk. It happened on October 2, just before Week 5:
Sean traded away Percy Harvin, Vincent Jackson, and Steven Jackson
Rob Gronkowski and Eric Decker
I'll go into the detial of this further down in Dan's write up, but WOW. This trade is a huge reason this team is a weekly contender for top score and currently has the inside track on the Angry Pirates for the 2nd BYE.
4. Team Ice Cream (Last Week: 5)
Adam has the un-sexiest "good" team of all time. Golden Tate has been a gift from the Gods for Adam... "the best hand in the NFL" has been a top 3 WR in the league for the past month. Demaryius, Hilton, and Golden Tate. HOWEVER.... Adam doesnt have Golden for this week and unfortunately, Tate is one of the biggest "sell highs" at the moment. When Megatron comes back, the targets will go down big time, and G Tate will be relegated to WR2 duties at best.
Adam just traded away Jeremy Hill for Matt Stafford. So, while Golden Tate may be a "sell high" guy, Stafford is certainly a "buy low" person of interest. His numbers should jump back up to top 5 when Megatron returns... which is next week.
And this folks, is EXACTLY why you should stockpile RBs in the draft. Adam selected Hill in the
7th round of the draft as his 4th RB. It's a real-life example of value-based drafting... Adam had multiple holes in his "starting" lineup but the value pick was in the RB stash. A perfect example of a guy that needs to be picked before anyone selects D/STs, etc.
5. Boston Patriots (Last Week: 10)
Tom Brady first four games: 35 points
Tom Brady last four games: 110 points
That right there is reason enough for a big bump up the ranks. Mr. B's team has the bye-week blues this time, but this is a team to watch in the second half of the season. The RB situation is vastly improving....Rashad Jennings healthy soon. Reggie Bush healthy soon. Pierre Thomas healthy soon. Taliaferro arrow is pointing up. Crowell is cooking on the bench.
If one of two of these guys hit, Mr B is going to make noise. His WR duo of Sanders-Cobb is one of the best in the league. Add in Brandon Marshall and Brandin Cooks and you have 3 or 4 WRs that could all be top 20 ROS.
The TE situation is not ideal (Witten) but this year TE has been a disaster. So it's not like Mr. B is at a big disadvantage EVERY week.. but Witten isn't a good TE and Mr. B should be actively looking to upgrade.
Mr. B also get's a little lucky this week drawing the Crossing Guards on the week with no Jordy/Rodgers.
6. the rental guys (Last week: 7)
I mentioned above in Sean's write up that he acquired Gronk and I'd expand on teh trade here.
Since the trade
Gronk- 94 points. Most by far for any TE, 7th highest for any non-QB
Decker- 38 points
Percy- 16 points
V Jax- 36 points
S-Jax- 34 points
Ummm #traderape .... maybe the biggest rape in league history. And this isn't a "hindsight is 50/50" situation... the trade raised plenty of eyebrows when it was made. Again, why would you draft Gronk in the 2nd round if you are going to trade him for dog shit right before he gets healthy? Why are you trading away a difference maker at a thin position for mediocre depth at THE deepest potion?
Dan used V Jax twice (24 points, 2 points). Dan used Percy twice ( 6 points, 3 points) He never used S Jax and dropped him,
Awful strategy here. I don't know if Dan changed his mind on Gronk or what.... but I have a feeling this move will end up being the indirect death of this team.
But of course, Dan is lucky again this year. "If the rental guys had played every team in the league each week, they would be 42-45-1." But instead he has a winning record.
Forte has been the fantasy MVP thus far. Maybe you can make a case for Murray, but Forte was drafted high and has lived up to those high expectations. Dan also made a great pick up a couple weeks ago with the Robinson's for the Jags. Denard looks like a solid play for the rest of the year but especially a great plug in for BYE weeks, like this week with Forte resting, and Allen Robinson has producing consistently all year.... I'm not sure if he has cracked Dan's lineup yet but he should/will soon.
Looking at Dan's schedule- it's brutal. It;s a good thing he has 5 wins and probably only needs 2 more because this is a tough run:
Team Ice Cream
A Pinch Better
That's really hard. With a lower point total, Dan is going to need to find a way to win 2, maybe 3 of these game to make the playoffs. It will be close.
7. Victorious Secret (Last Week: 8)
Scoring 152, losing, and dropping in the power ranks. Life aint fair. This team is 4-4, but currently on a 3 week losing streak. The trade of Peyton Manning is probably going to work out for Kait... a big reason for that is the play of Carson Palmer. He averages 18 points per game... and throws the rock about 40 times a game. The Bruce Arians offense in AZ is producing points for the QB... and although Kait had downgraded from Peyton to Palmer, she easily is making up for that with the other pieces of the trade.
Arian Foster has been a beast. I called him a reach, you called him a reach, everyone thought Kait reached for him. But no, Foster has lived up to the billing. He is a top 3 back in almost every measurable... and although there's a solid chance he may get hurt at some point, it should be fun to ride him while it lasts. Plus Kait has Alfred Blue rostered in case of emergency.
8. A1 Providers (Last week: 4)
If you take out Pauls 134 point loss in Week 6, he is averaging 102 points in October. That's not great at all... but I still like this Roster. How can you not? MOVING FORWARD, for the rest of the season:
Brees is a top 5 QB
Julio is probably going to be a top 5 WR
Lamar Miller is a solid RB2
Frank Gore is a solid RB2 when healthy
Mike Wallace is a solid WR2
Alshon Jeffrey is a solid WR2 with WR1 upside
Delanie Walker is a back end TE1
That lineup right there isnt bad. It's not the best ever, but it's better than the 2-6 record Paul has put up so far. This team will likely miss the playoffs, but set's up as a great "dream crsuher" down the stretch. Paul can put a HUGE dent in Jenna's playoff chances this week. He can end my streak next week when we play (If I beat Beckerman.) He can make it harder for Campbell to get a bye, if he beats him in Week 12.
And the best one of them all... Paul plays Adam in Week 13. That could be huge. Right now, loosley projecting Adam's sched:
Week 9 Godfather
Week 10 Rental Guys
Week 11 Jenna
Week 12 James
Week 13 Paul
Adam probably need to win 3 of these games for the playoffs. You tell me what weeks he may win? Now that Im looking at it, this week is hugely critical for Team Ice Cream. You HAVE to win the matchups you should win.
9. Eat More Chicken (Last Week: 6)
Gio Bernard not playing well/ getting hurt
Julius Thomas falling back to earth
Awful trade she made
have combined to make Jenna one of the weaker teams in the league right now... but she has stayed afloat thanks to great play from Sammy Watkins and Ronnie Hillman.
Hillman might end up being a really good guy to own. He has a lot of upside and may even keep the job for the rest of the season... that's what everyone seems to think.
Despite that, Jenna still got rocked in the trade where she sent Demaryius Thomas to Sean for Welker, Alfred Morris, and Hillman,
Since the trade (3 weeks):
D Thomas- 93 points
W Welker- 17 points
A Morris- 26 points
R Hillman- 54 points
So on the surface I suppose it looks OK because of Hillman... but not really.
Jenna hast started Alfred Morris once. Even this week, with Gio hurt, she opted to trade for Jeremy Hill instead of just playing Alfred Morris..... why? if you dont like the guy, why trade for him? if you do like him, why not play him this week over Jeremy Hill?
Welker is awful and doesn't deserve a roster spot
and as I said Hillman has been solid. But when you trade away DEMARYIUS THOMAS for Ronnie Hillman, you're doing it wrong.
So this team is doomed. Currently 3-5 and still has to play Sean, Campbell, Adam, Mr, B, and Paul . GG.
10. Crossing Guards (Last Week: 9)
This team sucks this week. Why? because Bill is missing the only great part of his team... Rodgers/Jordy connection. Justin Forsett has been good and Jerrick McKinnon remains an intriguing player, but EVERYONE else on this team sucks.
Edelman- Forgot how to catch the ball
Crabtree- His team forgot he was good
F Jax- Hurt and I hate him
Andre Holmes- Plays for the Raiders
Jordan Reed- Meh
Mohamed Sanu- Meh
I'd be shocked if Bill made the playoffs, even though he is currently 3-5.... even with the cake walk schedule the rest of the way. Let's assume a Loss this week, that would put Bill at 3-6 and needing to win at least 3 of 4 of his remaining games vs:
Those last two matchups are a dream.... Can Bill grind out the schedule until he gets to Week 12? Time will tell but I think No.
11. Mosey Machine (Last Week: 11)
Beckerman had a monster week in week 8, scoring his 2nd highest of the season- 112 points!
No seriously, this team and The Godfather are in a dead heat head to head race to last place. Beckerman has the advantage thanks to the mythical 134 point victory he had in Week 1. Take out that week and this year Beck is averaging 91 pathetic points. So far it is one of the worst performances in league history...While Beck is only 2 games out of the last playoff spot he has a terribly low point total, and he is playing both myself and Campbell before the end of the season.
Personnel-wise, when your best player in DeAndre Hopkins, you know you have issues. Shane Vereen might have a nice week vs the Broncos and Ben Tate is usually a solid play... but these guys tend to disappoint. I'm starting both in another league.... it's not the ideal 1-2 RB combo.
12. The Godfather (Last Week: 12)
Woof. Where to start? Michael Floyd's doughnut? The TB RB mess? Jordan Cameron's injury? Bye Week issues?
It seems as if nothing is going right for Abe this year, for the second year in a row. Over his past 25 matchups, Abe is an abysmal 5-20. More specific to this year, Abe's highest output is his 111 points from Week 1.
Abe is sitting at 1-7 and as hard as it is to believe, he isn't eliminated yet. He could win out and finish 6-7. I think a 6-7 team may sneak in this year.... obviously the chances Abe wins out is very. very slim, but it's not impossible... It starts one week at a time and this week Abe is playing Adam. Of course, Abe has major bye week issues, but has managed to scrap together a solid squad vs Team Ice Cream. We'll see if Abe can stay alive this weekend.
I'll do this each week. My current projected playoff bracket:
1. Tahiti Loungers
2. A Pinch Better
3. Angry Pirates
4. Team Ice Cream
5. Boston Patriots
6. the rental guys
October 24, 2014
When I do Power Ranks I generally list all the teams and start building from the outside, in. It's easier to identify the best and worst teams. I'm going to walk though each team and my official ranking list for this week is at the end of the blog.
Let's start at the top today. I see a defined group of 3 teams that are way ahead of everyone else.
Tahiti Loungers 7-0, 924 points
Angry Pirates 5-2, 909 points
A Pinch Better 6-1, 897 points
As all 3 of these teams are assuredly playoff bound, let's examine the playoff starting lineups for each team.
After filling out this chart it's pretty clear to me that myself and Campbell have the edge right now over Sean, not that it's much, but lets look at these teams again now with their rest of season PPR rank on fantasypros.com and you'll see what I mean:
Those ranks should be taken with a grain of salt. For example, while Josh Gordon may be the consensus #50 WR for the rest of the season, he certainly will be much higher ranked come weeks 14-15-16 when I actually play him. Andre Williams and AJ Green are both hurt now as well, so their overall rank is a little low.
Of course, the playoffs are still 6 weeks away. That leaves plenty of time for injuries. Things change quickly in the NFL. These 3 team benches, however, are deep.
Tahiti Lounger bench situation-
I have Kniles Davis and Legarrette Blount backing up my RB studs as injury insurance. Kendall Wright is my 4th WR and Tony Romo, Chris Ivory, and Zach Ertz round out my team.
Not that is means TOO much... but I should note that I also have the highest rated kicker (Ghost) and D/ST (Lions).
A Pinch Better bench situation-
Cam Newton is a great back up QB. He could get hot and be Sean's starter by playoffs. For RBs, Sean has Tre Mason and Storm Johnson... not that great but definitely serviceable. Brian Quick and Eric Decker suck, but Ruben Randle could have a huge 2nd half and end up replacing SSS in the lineup.
Angry Pirates bench situation-
Campbell unloaded his bench depth to get Peyton. He's left with 3 RBs- Bernard Pierce, Joe Randle, and Mark Ingram. Randle is a great handcuff to own, and Ingram is coming back from injury into a good situation. C Bell has no back up WRs (after the 3 starters) and his back up TE is Larry Donnell.
Considering everything, this week's top 3 in Power Ranks are:
1. Angry Pirates
2. Tahiti Loungers
3. A Pinch Better
Even though I have more points than C-Bell and I like my playoff lineup better, over the next few weeks while my squad gets healthy/un-suspended, I think C Bunny's team may be the best.
It's worth noting that I play Campbell in Week 11, could be a big matchup that determines a bye week.
Now lets move to the bottom of the power ranks. There are a few teams that come to mind:
Mosey Machine 2-5, 663 points
The Godfather 1-6, 656 points
Mosey Machine is averaging 85 points per week over the last 5
The Godfather is averaging 90 points per week over the last 5
What can these teams do? Just stay the course I suppose. They need to basically win out (there's a slight chance a 6-7 team sneaks in the playoffs this year, due to the in balance of the league.)
They both suck. Big time, Abe is already down 10 million to 0 this week and staring at a 5 game losing streak, so I have to give him the last spot in the ranks. Beckerman at least has some positive news with Vereen and Tate. Both look to be good RB options the rest of the year. The next 3 weeks will be huge for Doug Martin as he is playing weak rush defenses and if he doesn't produce, he could be donezo in the NFL.
11. Mosey Machine
12. The Godfather
That leaves 7 teams to rank. This is the hard part. Here are those 7 team averages over the past 4 weeks:
Eat More Chicken 135
Team Ice Cream 126
Crossing Guards 123
the rental guys 116
Victorious Secret 116
A1 Providers 113
Boston Patriots 97
First I'll tell you this much, Boston Patriots is getting the #10 rank. PT Loser got hurt last week, Reggie Bush is struggling, these team has MAJOR RB issues. Also, still wondering how long Mr. B will stick with Witten... he is currently the 17th best TE in the league this year. Shouldn't be started.
The A1 Providers made a big move this week, sending away Greg Olsen and Calvin Johnson for Julio Jones and Delanie Walker. A trade that obviously benefits Paul in the short term, it was a crucial move. Paul can afford one maybe 2 more losses for the rest of the year and Megatron looks like he wont play this week and next week is his BYE. Paul still has beast WRs on his team in Mike Wallace and Alshon Jeffrey.... couple that with Drew Brees and Lamar Miller and you have a real solid squad. The record should be better. Top to bottom this starting lineup is great. Paul is getting ROCKED this year... he has the most points against him by a mile. Really a shame because this squad is solid.
Team Ice Cream has slowly been gaining on everyone. Every little move adds up, and Adam is starting to reap the benefits of being an active owner. Golden Tate has been a stud...over the past 4 weeks he has only been outscored at WR by Demaryius Thomas and TY Hilton. Tate-Maclin-Garcon is a lethal WR corps. (It's not an dangerous as mine and Campbell's trios, but it's up there.) I'm still a little worried that Adam won't be able to turn all of his RB depth into something more... the deadline is just 3 weeks away and this team still needs some work if it wants to compete in the playoffs. Also, this week is shaping up nicely for Adam with Jenna and Kait down big, early.
Eat More Chicken is such a hit or miss team it's crazy. She has 3 weeks of scoring 135+ and 4 weeks of scoring 100 or less. So she literally hasn't scored between 100 and 137 once this year. This week her Broncos already played (last night) and produced just 21 points between Julius, Welker, and Hillman. I do love Jenna's lineup, though. Gio Bernard is a top 5 weekly option. Sammy Watkins has emerged as a WR2 with upside. Russell Wilson has been a SUPER beast this year, and she still has Stafford on the bench. However, if things don't get more consistent here, Jenna is in trouble.
the rental guys gave me a scare last week. If you look at the final score, you may think I'm lying, but it's true. Before the Sunday night game it was basically Kaep + SF D/ST vs Leveon Bell plus a few points. BUT Kaep struggled and the SF D/ST predictably got negative points playing in Denver on prime time TV. Just an awful, awful play that luckily didn't cost Dan the week (Leveon Bell exploded so it didn't matter), but could have. Matt Forte has been a BEAST this year, he is on pace to break the receptions record for RBs. Is that good in a ppr league? TY Hilton continues to beast, he's easily the best WR on this team. V Jax is a tough guy to won right now, but if he by chance gets traded in the NFL, he could explode on the right offense.
Victorius Secret also made a MONSTER trade yesterday... She sent away studs Peyton Manning and Jeremy Maclin and in return got Carson Palmer, Nick Foles, Joquie Bell, Kelvin Benjamin, and Brandon Oliver. It was a much needed move for kait after losing Ridley and Spiller for the year. THIS is what happens when you are inactive on the wiaver wire and/or free agency. Kait could have avoided this problem by getting some of the RBs who recently have become relevant, but she didnt. So now she lost Peyton. I think picking correctly between Palmer and Foles should come close to what Peyton puts up every week, so I dont mind the downgrade at QB to help elsewhere. Last week Kait also traded away Martellus Bennett for DeSean Jackson.... Trade city population Kait!
Every time I write about the Crossing Guards team I talk about the LETHAL Rodgers-Nelson connection. Again ast week, 42 points between the 2 of them. But here's the problem... after these guys Bill's team drops off a cliff. Super Gross. The only other player I even like is Jerrick McKinnon. Asiata is awful. Forsett is solid I suppose but I would hate to have to start him every week. Sanu, Edelman... these guys have had their moments but now that the sample set is growing, they are regressing to where they should be. Honestly I would have no problem is Bill dropped half his team. There's no chance he wins the D with this roster so it may be time to look at the trade market for Jordy/Rodgers.
Truth be told after writing out those team outlooks it was much easier to sperate the teams. HERE are this weeks OFFICIAL Power ranks:
1. Angry Pirates
2. Tahiti Loungers
3. A Pinch Better
4. A1 Providers
5. Team Ice Cream
6. Eat More Chicken
7. the rental guys
8. Victorious Secret
9. Crossing Guards
10. Boston Patriots
11. Mosey Machine
12. The Godfather
October 22, 2014
|From L to R: Abe, Campbell, Beck, Me, Paul, Adam, Jeremy, Ryan|
October 16-20, 2014
Legends Golf Resort, Myrtle Beach SC
Me and some friends went to Myrtle Beach for a golf trip this past weekend. Had a GREAT time.
Wednesday after work Campbell, Abe, Adam, Paul and myself headed down to CT to pick up our rented vans from Ryan/Enterprise. We scooped up Bebrin and arrived at Jeremy's in NY around 10pm. After a couple hours we hit the hay and at 6am sharp the next AM we were rolling out of NY.
|Going through Baltimore|
|Abe really wanted to stop at the drive-thru cig store|
The drive down to Myrtle Beach was long, but it was pretty easy. We only hit one spot of traffic in North Carolina, and arrived at about 6:45pm. The vans we drove down in were PIMP. Screen to watch DVDs. Outlets everywhere. Plenty of space. Solid gas mileage.
We arrived at our resort, Legends Golf and immediately went to the lighted driving range. The range, which is all grass, is open and free* from 6a-9p.
|Grass range at night|
After we got our golf fix and stretched our legs out a bit, we headed back to the Condos and watched the Pats-Jets first half.
The condo's we stayed in were awesome. We had 2 units, an upstairs and downstairs. Right behind our mini complex was the 6th? hole of one of the courses (Parkland).
|the hole behind our Condo|
|Standing on the hole looking to the back of our condo where our Patio was|
Each condo had 2 rooms with 2 beds in each. 2 bathrooms. Kitchen, Living room, washer/dryer and Golf memorabilia on all the walls. We had a ton of space which was great .
After the 1st Quarter and a few beers at the condo, we headed down to Alisa's Pub, a 5 minute walk door to door. This place was solid... good menu, good beer, lot's of TVs, lot's of people (90% guys) plus an outdoor drinking area with a bar, tables, pool, hot tub, fireplace, pool table, ping pong table, cornhole boards, etc..
|Alisa's Pub outdoors|
The Patriots and Jets were on Thursday Night Football on most of the TVs , and the Bruins-Canadiens game was on a couple of the others. The Bruins lost (I barely got to watch any of this game, sad) but the Patriots won so it was a solid night.
|Me, Adam, Abe at the Pub|
|Fog on #9 Heathland|
Incredible. Maybe my favorite pic from the trip. I am actually really upset I didnt take more pics of the fog because I assumed it would reappear each morning. That wasn't the case, and unfortunately no one else saw this fog and I have no other pics.
I went to Wegman's grocery store and bought beers. At 7am.
Everything is cheap in the South. Beer especially.
I got back to the condo and started making "The Scoreboard"
The place we stayed has 3 courses on site, so we had to pick one of their other courses to play for one of our rounds. I figured it would be a good idea to go to the course off site on the Friday, the day we were only playing 18 at 1pm. After a 45-ish minute drive, we arrived at Heritage Club
|Entrance. Speeding in this community has been a "hot topic" recently|
|Yup, that's a Gator|
|Damn Alligator BIT MY HAND OFF|
|Looked like Augusta|
|One of the last Holes. Ton of water on this course.|
That's right... we saw gators, turtles, albino squirrels, hawks, eagles, etc. The round for me personally went great. After a somewhat mediocre front 9 (I shot 45) I turned in on down the stretch and ended up firing a 40 on the back for 85. I was able to convert back to back birdie putts on 12 and 13, but I still managed to choke a little bit. I needed a par on the last hole- a par 5- for a 38 on the back. I hit a beast drive (theme of the weekend) but my approach shot I hit thin and into the water behind the green. Double bogey to end, no bueno.
Jeremy was my cart partner and had a tough round... I think he said his worst of the season. Ouch.
Beckerman was in my group- he played well- and Ryan was his riding partner. Ryan struggled off the tee, but was able to grind out a 48-51 for the 99.
|Paul #selfie with Gator|
PAUL had a great afternoon. I wasn't able to witness it myself, but he played well. Maybe the shot of Myrtle Beach (again, I didnt see this) goes to Paul for his Driver on the Par 3 6th hole that he hit to about two feet. And yes, he made the birdie. The first of his career.
Adam had a brutal round, shooting over 100 is somewhat rare for him. Maybe it was his reenactment from Tin Cup out of the bunker that he took 4-5 hacks to get out? Anyway, it's a forgettable round for Adam who, with handicaps, came in 2nd to last place.
Abe and C Bell had a nice battle. With the same handicap, we knew it would be close. Abe eneded up edging out Campbell by 2 strokes.
As you can see the Fore! Horsemen dominated day 1, taking the max amount of points possible. The Putt Pirates got rocked, and morale was low.
Friday night we "took it easy" with the looming 36-hole slate for the next day. We played beer hockey in the condo.
As I mentioned, both courses we were scheduled to play on Saturday were on the resort, meaning we didn't have to drive anywhere all day, which was great.
|Saturday AM going up to the range pre-round|
The first match was Paul/Adam vs James/Beck
Beck and I took an early lead in the first couple holes, and never really looked back. Adam and Paul only won 1 hole, Paul just didn't have the same magic he used on Friday afternoon. Adam was keeping his team in it most of the morning, but the match ended in ugly fashion on the 14th green. Beck and I had to take a shot off the green, while Adam and Paul were putting. We chipped it close and tapped it in, while Adam and Paul actually failed to 2-putt from their spot. The match ended on the 14th green and because of time, we drove in from there to have lunch before the afternoon round.
|I took this from the tee. Sat AM match Abe/Cbell vs Ry/Jeremy|
Abe and Campbell had both played well on Friday, while Ryan and Jeremy (mostly Jeremy) played poorly. So going into this match, the 2 members of the Fore! Horseman were feeling VERY confident.
That feeling did not last long. Ryan and Jeremy SMOKED Abe/Campbell in route... they won 7 & 5. Clinched the match on the 13th green.
Abe and Campbell won the 10th hole, but that was it. Lost or halved every other hole.
The afternoon match on Saturday was the PRIME TIME match. I set it up so that the team who won the 4-man scramble on Saturday afternoon would likely produce the overall winner... placing emphasis on the team aspect of the trip.
After the morning round where Campbell and Abe didn't win a hole, the Putt Pirates were feeling confident. The Fore! Horseman weren't as comfortable. I KNEW it would be a close match and with Jeremy and Paul playing well (plus the strength of Adam/Ryan combo) it was even discussed that the Putt Pirates may be the Vegas favorites for the match.
It's tough to write too much about the other group as I didn't play with them, but here are the things that stick out the most to me about the match.
|Abe teeing off in the afternoon|
The Fore! Horsemen had an excellent front 9. I think it took us a few holes to get warmed up, but we birdied the 5th and 7th holes which felt great. On the 9th hole, all 4 of us hit great drives, with great approaches. These greens were large, and we thought we were close, but ended up being 30+ feet away. We all even said we NEED to make this putt since we played the entire hole so well. After a couple good putts to show me the line, I stepped up and buried the ball for the birdie. It was a huge putt for our team to move to -3 on the front. We knew we HAD to be in control. At lunch, we figured out the Putt Pirates par'd every hole on the front so we made the turn with a 3 stroke lead.
|Random hole at Heathland|
|This was on the front 9|
Then we started the back. Abe started drinking. Our team wasn't getting good birdie chances. We kept hearing ROARS from the Putt Pirates behind us, who seems to be playing better as the day went on. We knew it was getting close. Standing on the 16th tee box waiting to hit, we were peering over at the 15th green. The other tea, had a loooong birdie look far away on the green. Beckerman and Abe hit their drives, but before I had a chance to hit the Putt Pirates started screaming. Ryan sunk that long putt for the bird. That narrowed our lead to one stroke with 3 holes left.
|Another random hole at Heathland|
The 16th hole is interesting, it's short (240 yard par 4), but they guard the fairway with crazy bunkers. AKA if you try to drive over the bunkers and don't make it you are screwed. I stepped up and blasted a drive that made it over, thankfully. Given the circumstances, it was a HUGE drive. Our chips (from maybe 40 yards) were all pretty bad. We wanted to be close and get a birdie. The best one left us with a 25 foot birdie putt. As we are reading the putt, the team behind us had gathered at their chosen drive.. basically watching us putt. At least 2 of Beck, Campbell, and Abe's putts were really close, but none dropped in. I stepped up and luckily made the birdie, for what is probably my best shot from the entire weekend.
We bogeyed the next hole- a long par 3- for our first bogey of the day. We were real salty about it. I wanted a bogey free round. I knew the other team would make up the stroke on 17. And they did.
|Jeremy with an iron shot|
We didnt know what their score was on 17, and even though it was highly doubtful they got a birdie, we really tried to birdie 18 ourselves to make sure we stayed far enough ahead. Didn't happen. We tapped in for Par and a even 36 score for the back, bringing our final score to 68.
|Team pic mid-round|
At this point, darkness is falling fast. I think the Putt Pirates may have been the last group on the course. Their approach shot was left about 30 feet from the hole, the putt was for a birdie which would have squared the match. It was somewhat of a relief knowing we couldn't lose to the Putt Pirates, but if they sunk the putt, all 8 players would have earned 4 points.
I held the flag for the guys. 6 players standing behind watching the putts. Jeremy steps up, hit a beautiful roll. It's breaking toward the hole and all I keep muttering is "stop. stop. stop . STOP STOP STOP FUCKING ROLLING.".... and the putt lipped out! Was a very tense moment all 8 of us got to witness. The Putt Prates ended up shooting a 2 under on the back, and my team won by 1 single stroke... when you win or lose by 1 stroke you think about all the times you just BARELY made or missed something... luckily for our team it was more about the long birdies on 9 and 16 than the bogey on 17 or any other misses.
|Scores after 3 rounds|
Saturday night we decided we needed to eat real food, not Chik Fil A again. So we went to the Outback Steakhouse about 5 minutes away. Nothing too much to note about dinner except Jeremy ordered a half rack of ribs while Campbell and I each deleted a full rack ourselves. After Outback we went home to play more beer hockey.
Sunday morning we woke up with one round left on the trip: Individual stroke play at Parkland which was on site. Because my team had performed so well, the only real contenders were me and Beckerman, and we were playing in different groups. The first group went off with Paul and Campbell riding together, while NYGL rode in the same cart. Paul "had something bad to eat" for breakfast and went all "Ralph Lauren" on his group. His score suffered from his "sickness" and Paul had a tough round, shooting a back nine 85, 157 total. Good for last place both gross and net.
|View of the clubhouse from #18 on Parkland|
Campbell played solid, but got sloshy, as he was the only one crushing beers in his group. Jeremy played better than he had in the individual event on Friday, but still had a bad score of 122.
Beckerman ended the front nine right on pace, by shooting a 49, which is was -1 to his handicap. At this point, Beckerman probably had to like his chances to win his group, meaning at least 4 points. He needed Ryan and Adam (and Abe) to man up and beat me so he could gain the necessary points in the overall standings.
|Adam on Parkland|
Adam rode with Abe and I rode with Ry Guy. The match started out tight- me, Adam, and Ryan were all within a couple strokes of each other through the first 6 or 7 holes. Ryan made a long birdie putt on Hole #7 for the first bird of the day from the group. The next hole gave him problems as he carded a double bogey 7, and hi drive on the 9th hole landed in a bunker about 50 yards from the severely slanted green. His bunker shot ended up being slightlty bladed, but it checked up near the top of the green and rolled wayyyyyyyy back down near the hole. He made the putt for the 2nd birdie in 3 holes.
Our front 9 scores were close: I shot 45, Ryan turned in a 47 and Adam 48. Abe was playing OK but shot above 50, which is usually his 9-hole goal.
|Abe on Parkland|
|Me driving on the 7th or 8th hole at Parkland|
Although I scored the max amount of points possible, this was a close, close battle.
Had the Putt Pirates been able to win on Saturday afternoon- (my team won by 1 stroke) RYAN would have been Myrtle Beach Champion.
The final point totals:
We had some beers and lunch in the clubhouse after the round and watched football. Then went back to the condos to watch, and later on for dinner we went back to Alisa's Pub on site.
We watched football the rest of the night, and ended up leaving at 6:15am yesterday, Monday AM.
Making a few pit stops, the Boston crew guys arrived home at about 9:45pm.
Overall, amazing trip. Here are the rest/other random photos. Most are just people sleeping and getting knocked ot.
|Showing off HDC|
|Abe was drooling while dead dogging|
|One creepy dead dog|
|Feeling It obv.|
|We saw 2 dozen of these stray cats at an Arby's in VA. Jeremy went wild.|
|HDCs in NC|
|"American Drinking team"|
|Bad park job|
|In the Van|
|Abe fell asleep a lot on this trip|
|King of the Cats|
|This is what Adam ate for Dinner on Friday night|
|Basically sums up the whole trip|