October 1, 2014

Week 5 Videocast



Getting slightly better at this.... here's our second videocast. Click the link below to watch on YouTube:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agEZIvqCZTw





Some of the topics covered:

Pats/Gronk/Brady
Megatron
Steve Smith Sr/ Torey Smith
LeSean McCoy
Dolphins Rbs
Vikings Rbs
Buccaneers Rbs
Oakland Raiders
Thursday Night Football
Rookie QBs
Me vs Wilson Matchup



September 25, 2014

Dirty D Power Ranks Week 4





1. Tahiti Loungers

Battle of the undefeateds and 87 Main St this week. Bring it. 


2. Angry Pirates

Hello AJ Green. 


3. A Pinch Better

Sean got slapped around last week but even with Lynch on bye, solid lineup 


4. Victorious Secret 

Undefeated for at least one more week. Still brittle. 


5. Boston Patriots 

How long will Mr. B stick with Brady?


6. Crossing Guards 

When the TEs get healthy, watch out. 


7. Team Ice Cream

Starting to look much better. Did he already weather the storm? Uh oh. 


8. A1 Providers

Not sure why this team hasnt put it together yet. Candidate to be a big riser next week. 


9. Eat More Chicken 

JV sqaud this week, but I still think better days ahead


10. the rental guys 

Every wekk someone on Dan's bench blows up. Maddening. 


11. The Godfather 

Needs Charles to be Charles. starting.... now. 


12. Mosey Machine 

WTF???? 2 awful weeks and a trade that saw AJ Green go the other direction. 


Final 2014 MAGL Stats



Well... we did it. We completed the 4th official MAGL season last week, with Adam taking me down on the first playoff hole after I made a long birdie putt on #9 to tie it up. Shockingly, it was the first time we tied for first all year.



Overall, great year. 18 rounds, 6 per track, and a total of 12 different golfers participated. This was the first year we kept stats.

Here they are, from Ponkapoag Golf Course in Canton, MA:
























And the highlights:


Wins

1. James 12
2. Adam 5
3. Bill Poch 1
T-4. Everyone else 0


Avg Score:

1. James 42.78
2. Adam 44.94
3. Andy 46.00
4. Bill Poch  47.40
5. Bill Nehring 48.00
6. Dan 49.44
7. Campbell 52.00
8. Beckerman 53.00
9.  Sean 53.00
10. Abe 55.00
11. #Mike 58.00
12. Paul 61.00



Putting Avg:

1. Andy 16.00
2. Bill Nehring 16.00
3. James 17.22
4. Adam 17.50
5. Abe 18.00
6. Bill Poch 18.22
7. Dan 18.89
8. #Mike 19.00
9. Campbell 19.50
10. Sean 20.00
11. Beck 20.50
12. Paul 21.00



3+ Putt %:

1. Bill Nehring 0
2. Andy 5.56
3. James 14.20
4. Adam 17.28
5. Dan 20.99
6. Bill 22.22
7. Campbell 22.22
8. Abe 22.22
9. #Mike 22.22
10. Paul 33.33
11. Sean 33.33
12. Beck 38.89



GIR %:

1. Adam 32.7
2. James 30.2
3. Dan 13.6
4. Bill Poch 13.3
5. Andy 11.1
6. Campbell 11.1
7. Beck 5.6
T-8. Abe 0
T-8. Beck 0
T-8. #Mike 0
T-8. Paul 0
T-8. Bill Nehring 0



Total Birdies:

1. Adam 7
2. James 6
3. Dan 1
4. Bill Poch 1
T-5 Everyone else with 0



Total Pars:

1. James 53
2. Adam 47
3. Bill Poch 10
4. Dan 6
5. Beck 4
6. Andy 3
7. Abe 1
8. #Mike 1
9. Bill Nehring 1
10. Campbell 1
T-11. Sean 0
T-11 Paul 0




Best round: 38 by  James 7/25

Worst Round: 61 by Paul on 7/11

Best putting round: 14 Putts. twice by James, twice by Adam, once by Andy

Most GIRs one round: Adam and James both had 6 GIRs on 9/5.



All the rounds in order:

James 7/25 38

James 8/1 39

James 7/11 40
James 5/16 40

Adam 9/5         41
Bill P 8/15 41
James 8/8 41
James 7/18 41
Adam 6/27 41
Adam 5/9         41

James 9/5 42
James 8/29 42
Adam 7/18 42
Adam 7/11 42
Adam 5/30 42
James 5/9 42

James 5/23 43

James 8/15 44
James 6/27 44
James 6/6 44
Adam 5/23 44
James 5/2 44

James 8/22 45
Andy 8/22 45
Adam 8/8         45
Adam 8/1   45
Dan 7/25         45
Adam 7/25 45
Adam 5/2         45

James 9/19 46
Adam 9/19 46
Dan 9/5         46
Adam 8/15 46
Adam 6/6         46
James 5/30 46
Dan 5/2         46

Andy 8/29 47
Adam 8/29 48
Bill P 8/29 48
Bill P 8/8   48
Bill N 7/18 48
Beck 6/6         48
Dan 5/9         48

Adam 8/22 49
James 6/20 49

Bill P 9/19 50
Dan 8/8         50
Bill P 8/1   50
Dan 6/27         50
Adam 6/20 50

C-Bell 9/19 51
Dan 7/11         51
Adam 5/16 51

C-Bell 9/5         53
Sean 7/25   53

Dan 8/22         54

Dan 6/6         55
Abe 5/23         55

Beck 8/29 58
#Mike 7/11 58

Paul 7/11   61






Braves fan weighs in on Jeter


My Farewell to the Kid form Kalamazoo
By: Chad DeNardis



First off, I would like to preface this rant by saying that I AM NOT A DEREK JETER HATER. I actually respect and root for Jeter. He is a class act and very good good baseball player (which is saying a lot coming from me because I believe the Yankees are the anti-Christ and my most hated player/team/anything in all of sports. They ruined baseball forever). But more importantly than that, he is maybe the greatest cocksman of my lifetime:




My main reason for my hatred of the DJ ball washing that has gone on all season is strictly statistic based. This type of dick sucking should never happen for any athlete. No athlete is bigger than the team. But if we are going to have to suffer through it, it should be reserved for elitely talented players. And his statistics just aren't elite. At all.  We have seen wayyy better players come and go in our lifetime without this type of worship. Jeter supporters will base their counter arguments on "the it factor" and "intangibles" and say "oh, the captain led the beloved Yankees to 5 World Series". My response: who gives a flying fuck. Baseball isn't a sport about championships. It's a sport based solely on numbers and statistics. It is unlike any other team sport in this way. Fuck, if you look at the list of Sports Illustrated "50 greatest baseball players of all time" 28 of them never won a World Series and 19 of them never even took a swing or threw a pitch in October.  A player can bat 1000 and hit 400 homers in a season and if his pitching staff and supporting cast is a bucket off assholes he can end up with a losing record and just 400 RBI. I know it's next to impossibile, but it can technically be done.

When people debate the best football players, it's based strongly upon Super Bowls.  Brady or Peyton? Peyton has better numbers but chokes in the playoffs...NBA players greatness? Jordan will be the best until Lebron and Kobe have more titles, even though LBJ has better stats. Baseball? No one ever mentions how many World Series Babe Ruth or Willie Mays won, But every baseball fan can tell you the number of home runs Hank Aaron hit, how many games Joe D's hit streak was, who the last player to hit .400 was, and what 300 wins means for a pitcher.

Now back to his statistics.  A .309 career hitter as a shortstop. A solid average, but we have seen so many players with higher batting averages than that. Among them, that are currently playing or have retired in our generation: Manny Ramirez, Edgar Martinez, Mike Piazza, Tony Gwynn, Miguel Cabrera, Nomar Garciaparra, Larry Walker, Todd Helton, Ichiro, Pujols, Vlad Guerrero, and Wade Boggs. Out of this list of 13 players, the only ones with less power than Jeter and his dog shit 259 career home runs are Ichiro, Boggs and Gwynn. Ichiro may be the best contact hitter we have ever seen and Boggs and Gwynn batted .338 and .336 for their careers respectively and both won more good gloves than DJ. Then there's the argument that shortstop isn't traditionally a position measured by offense. Although historically true, during much of Jeter's career it wasn't. We had the era of A-rod, Nomar, and Miggy Tejada in the late 90s/early 2000s. Now we have the era of Tulo and JJ Hardy, short stops who can mash.

Then there the people who will say, oh he's the captain of the greatest franchise in sports.  The shortstop of the New York fucking Yankees. My response to this: who gives a fuck. So what , you played in NY, big fucking deal. No one should be commended for the city they play in or what uniform they put on. Especially when it's a great franchise. If you're going to commend players for playing on a team for decades, then commend Tony Gwynn and Craig Biggio for spending their Hall of Fame careers on dog shit teams that always sucked. They remained loyal to those organizations and those fans even though they rarely sniffed the post season.

Also, let's not forget the people who claim that he played his entire career at shortstop, and didn't move positions like Ripken, ARod, and some others. Well to those people, you are an embarrassment to sports. He sucked at shortstop every year since 2006. Statically, the WORST defensive shortstop in baseball every single year since then. And it's not even close. What he should have done is moved positions to better the team.


For the record, Jeter does neither of these.

In conclusion, I am going to make a list if players that I have seen come and go that have better stats than DJ, and have not received the blowjobs from the fans and media that Jeter has gotten:

ARod
Bonds
Griffey
Chipper
Maddux
Glavine
Clemens
Pedro
Randy Johnson
Gwynn
Ripken
Palmeiro
Manny
Frank Thomas
Helton


Farewell to El Capitan, I hope you ride off gloriously into the sunset and continue to bang chicks that I pound the pud over on a nightly basis.



September 24, 2014

Olbermann's Jeter rant and Yankees fan's response





No one likes Keith Olbermann, but occasionally he makes some sense. Today he absolutely EVISCERATED Derek Jeter with a 6 minute rant on how Jeter is overrated. Here's the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__UJ9VZB508




My take:

Jeter is no doubt overrated, because people compare him to the great Yankees of the past. I personally dont like comparing generations like that, the game is completely different now than it was then.

That being said, he's one of the all time greats, and a LARGE part of that reason cant be quantified in stats. You can't measure in stats what it takes to survive in NY as the face of a franchise, for example. Those are the challenges facing today's athletes... You think Ruth and Gherig had to deal with Social Media lash back? Obv not..... I dont think Jeter is the best Yankee of all time but I certainly think he deserves to be in the conversation. He's the best of this era, no doubt.

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Resident Yankee fan JEREMY had this response to Olbermann:

Hey Keith Olbermann, go fuck yourself.

I can get into all the intagibles Captain Clutch has but instead I'll just throw some fun stats out there. Unless we are all like Keith and only care about WAR.

3,461 hits, 6th most all time, 1st all time among SS
1,922 runs, 1st all time among ss
Over 1,000 multi-hit games
Career OBP of .377, 1st all time among SS

Is that good?

Saying Jeter only led his team to one World Series win because he had Bernie Williams, Paul O'neill, etc in the first 4 is laughable!

Over 200 hits, 20 homers, 61 rbis and a .308 avg in the postseason. Yeah, guess it was his fault they ONLY won 5 World Series.

Not to mention, as of right this second, Jeter has played exactly 1 game where the Yankees were mathematically eliminated from the Playoffs. 1 game in 20 seasons...let that sink in!

Ok fine, intangibles. Jeets just lives for the big moment, for the big game. Class, leadership, clutch. El Capitan.
Derek Jeter just wants to go out there and play every game, that's just the player he has always been. But no Keith, he should just retire after his final home game Thursday.

Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio, Berra, Jeter, Mo, Ford. Not bad company, huh?

Long Live the Jeets.





Fantasy Football Videocast Week 4


Breaking new ground here.... Our first ever video podcast.

If you dont see anything, click here for the link to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2SRbwLAZ3Q&list=UUNu9iJDc7zLp7YeoDmbzFdQ




September 17, 2014

2014 Dirty D Week 3 Power Ranks




1. Angry Pirates 2-0  (Last week: 3)

The rich get richer… Campbell is absolutely LOADED at RB.  McCoy, Murray, Sproles, J Bell, and now Knile Davis. Talk about quality & depth at the weakest/ most frail position. I still don’t love the QB/TE combo here but it’s getting the job done. Most points, undefeated record, biggest blowout of the week…Campbell is at the top right now.







2. Tahiti Loungers 2-0 (Last week: 1)

Mid-week trade (Garcon for Cobb) saved me a loss, and overall is was a slow week for my team. BUT Andrew Luck and Zach Ertz have both been better than expected, and the Lacy-Bell-Julio-Cobb foursome is terrorizing. The Mark Ingram injury gives Pierre Thomas a big boost as well. Josh Gordon won’t be back until after BYE weeks, but remains an A+ stash on my bench for the inevitable playoff appearance  (Only person in the league to make the playoffs every single year.)







3. A Pinch Better 2-0 (Last week: 5)

Another nice week for Sean, mostly due to Jimmy Graham (even though that long Percy Rush TD was actually out of bounds). I struggled ranking this team because the WRs are not great at all, and in a PPR league were you can start 3 of them, you need to be better at WR. BUT… you can’t ignore teams like this. Teams with Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch, and Vincent Jackson. Although these guys are not PPR machines, they can still go off and have done well for Sean thus far. Cam Newton’s upside was a nice addition to this lineup after Week 1.








4. Victorious Secret 2-0 (Last week: 6)

Dan made a prediction that Kait would lose 1 player per week all year due to the age and brittleness of this team. “The Brittle Bunnies” While that prediction may be slightly exaggerated, it’s not THAT crazy. This week’s victim: Vernon Davis. He left the game on crutches and will be riding the pine for a few weeks. It would have been nice to see Kait grab Gates or another TE off the wire, but she does have the black unicorn to fill in for now.  Arian Foster is on pace for like, 500 touches. He’s been productive thus far but he WILL get hurt at this usage rate. One nice spot on this roster is Khiry Robinson… his role is set to expand with Mark Ingram out of the lineup for over a month.







5. Crossing Guards 1-1 (Last week: 7)

Aaaannnndddddddd that’s why I had Bill ranked so high, even after a dismal week 1. The power of the Rodgers-Jordy connection cannot and will not be denied. That one long TD pass on Sunday produced 33 fantasy points by my count… that’s right… one play, 33 points. Julien Edelman has also been a nice surprise (at least to me, I was semi down on him entering the year) and Crabtree looks like a locked in WR starter every week.

However, Bill has lost AP, probably for the year. Sure, it was wise to pick up Asiata, but going from AP to Asiata is still a monster downgrade. Moreno also got hurt this week so Bill is hurting at RB.  Also, Jordan Reed and Jordan Cameron are still hurt. Cameron might return this week, but if he doesn’t, Bill will need to pick and pop a TE.







6. Eat More Chicken 1-1 (Last week: 4)

This is another team I like that had a down week. I want to say I’m getting a little concerned with Demaryiuus Thomas, but I’m not. He’ll get his. Gio Bernard has been a great player (maybe the best RB in the league), and I expect Stafford to play more like he did in Week 1 than Week 2 this year so no worries there. BUT this is another team that’s woefully thin at RB, but very strong elsewhere. Also, just so everyone is aware, the Seahawks defense scored -1 fantasy points this week. Negative One, as in, would have been better if Jenna left the spot empty. Seattle is the 20th best D/ST in our league this year. Jenna picked Seattle in the 7th round. Just a few names Jenna passed on to pick Seattle: Darren Sproles, Terrance West, Zach Ertz, Greg Olsen, Reggie Wayne, Khiry Robinson… I think you get my point. #HUGEwasteofapick.






7. Mosey Machine 1-1 (Last week: 2)


What a GROSS week for Beck. Just awful. AJ Green throws up a donut and is unavailable until week 5. Colston also threw up a donut, but the big concern here is that he WASN’T hurt. What’s up with that? It’s just one game but that still makes me nervous for Colston as he didn’t even register one target. I hate owning players that are just left out of game plans like that.  Also, more WR woes, Victor Cruz isn’t that great. Whether it’s him, his QB, the offense, I don’t know- but Victor Cruz is certainly not performing up to his draft position. Montee Ball and Shane Vereen had quiet weeks and Pitta lost out on 2 TDS to Owen Daniels. I suppose I should say one nice thing about this team… so I’ll touch on Cutler. He’s been an animal, and at this point I would feel pretty comfortable placing him in my top 6 QBs ROS, barring injury.








8. Boston Patriots 0-2  (Last week: 8)


Ho Hum, another solid team with no RB depth whatsoever. I kinda feel bad for Mr. B, but then again I don’t- If he had played Brandon Marshall against me this week, he would have won. BUT he sat him for Brandin Cooks, based on the reports saying that Marshall wouldn’t play on Sunday Night  Football. Cooks ended up with just 7 points and B Marsh had 3 TDs. You simply can’t blame Mr. B for this. Reggie Bush has been very disappointing this year, and Rashad Jennings plays on the anemic Giants offense so who knows how good he can be this year. Brady has been gross, Witten has been gross, and although I think Sanders will be fine, the return of Welker takes a LITTLE shine off of him.







9. A1 Providers  1-1 (Last week: 11)


Paul got a win this week despite no outstanding performances. Mike Wallace and Frank Gore managed to get a TD but outside of that, nothing exciting from Paul this week. Megatron was contained, and Drew Brees only managed 15 points… but rest assured over the next 5 weeks Brees is going to RAKE starting this week in the dome. Lamar Miller is banged up, but the good thing here is Moreno is no longer in the picture. Miller should be a good play when healthy. Gore is slowing down big time… he will continue to get carries but very soon we should see the changing of the guard to Carlos Hyde. Another positive note on Paul’s team is the upbeat play from Greg Olsen. He’s been good.







10. The rental guys 0-2 (Last week: 9)

Want to know who the best player is on this team? Ahmad Bradshaw. Yup. Leads this team in points. Now, to be fair, Bradshaw has been very good. I like him significantly more than TRENT Richardson, who Dan also has. But, when your best player is someone like Bradhsaw, you got issues. One issue: Gronk. I personally wasn’t very high on Gronk this year because I knew it would take a bit of time to get him back up to the elite level he was being drafted at. He has only played about 30% of snaps, that will go up and so will his production, as long as he stays healthy. Also, Zac Stacy. He’s clearly ahead of Cunningham on the Rams, but he has almost no shot at living up to his ADP. Eric Decker getting hurt doesn’t help, and Colin Kaepernick doesn’t look like he’ll be able to take the leap into the next level fantasy-wise. He’s a great QB2/matchup play, but not someone I want to lean on every week.






11. Team Ice Cream 0-2 (Last week: 12)

WOOF. Adam’s first round pick is performing well- Ghostkowski has been the 2nd best kicker so far- but every other draft pick is busting. Big time. The best player on this roster last week was Delanie Walker, who exploded for 32 points. BUT- Locker sucked. Garcon was, unpredictably, awful. Toby Gerhart sucks at football. Ryan Mathews re injured himself and is out for 4-6 weeks. Ellington has been OK, but not even close to what you expect from your 2nd round RB. This team is not great right now. While still fairly deep at RB, it’s a lot harder to cash in that depth in the trade market when nearly everyone is underperforming. Might be a long year for Adam in 2014.








12. The Godfather 0-2 (Last week: 10)


Ummmmm. This team can’t afford that Jamaal Charles injury. Just can’t.  Another bad turn of luck for Abe this week, and high ankle sprains are not the easiest of injuries to come back from. Not to pile on here, but Abe picked both a defense (8th) and kicker (11th) before Knile Davis ended up  being selected in the 13th round by another team… so, this unfortunate position Abe is in is kind of his own fault. Michael Floyd is also somewhat of a question mark while his QB is injured… if Palmer is tossing the rock I want no part of Floyd. Better days are ahead for Keenen Allen and Kyle Rudolph, but this team can’t wait too long, although the only playoff team ever to start 0-3 was led by Abe in 2012.