July 15, 2014

2014 British Open Fantasy Challenge



3rd Major of the year is here. Last year at the The Open Championship, Phil Mickelson finished as the only player under par at -3 (he birdied the last 2 holes of the tourney and shot a tourney low 66 on Sunday.)  Henrik Stenson finished Even and everyone else was over par. Paul won the British Open fantasy challenge last year amongst us friends, basically proving this is nothing but a fun crapshoot.

Although Tiger Woods has largely been forgotten over the past year- he had surgery in March and is just now coming back- it's important to remember that he made a late run last year at The Open and finished T-6.

This year's edition of "The Open" is being held at Royal Liverpool, which last hosted a major (The Open) in 2006. Tiger Woods won that tourney, here was the leaderboard:


So it will be interesting this week to see how well Tiger plays, and where he gets picked in this fantasy draft. The course itself has changed a lot in 8 years, there are less bunkers. The big thing about this course (and this major, pretty much every year) is the wind and other elements. A lot of times you'll see the guys who tee off in the AM with much better or much worse scores. Truly the definition of "luck of the draw."

For the record, here are the winners of the fantasy challenges from the past. STILL haven't had a repeat winner which is pretty wild.

2014 US Open: Jeremy
2014 Masters: Campbell
2013 PGA: Adam
2013 British Open: Paul
2013 US Open : Bill
2013 Masters: Abe

Rules:

The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cume score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+8 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-8 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +8 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)



THE DRAFT
(Draft starts on Wed AM)

Round 1
Campbell- Rory McIlroy
Sean- Jordan Spieth
James- Henrik Stenson
Abe- Ricky Fowler
Dan- Adam Scott
Bill- Tiger Woods
Beck- Matt Kuchar
Paul- Phil Mickelson
Adam- Jason Day
Jeremy- Justin Rose


Round 2
Jeremy- Graeme McDowell
Adam- Martin Kaymer
Paul- Dustin Johnson
Beck- Zach Johnson
Bill- Bubba Watson
Dan- Charl Schwartzel
Abe- Brandt Snedeker
James- Jimmy Walker
Sean- Jim Furyk
Campbell- Ian Poulter

Round 3
Campbell- Lee Westwood
Sean- Thomas Bjorn
James- Hideki Matsuyama
Abe- Jason Dufner
Dan- Hunter Mahan
Bill- Miguel Angel Jimenez
Beck- Luke Donald
Paul- Sergio Garcia
Adam- Ernie Els
Jeremy- Keegan Bradley

Round 4
Jeremy- Paul Casey
Adam- Louis Oosthuizen
Paul- Victor Dubuisson
Beck- Ryan Moore
Bill- Angle Cabrera
Dan- Freddie Jacobson
Abe- Francesco Molinari
James- Billy Horschel
Sean- Brendon Todd
Campbell- Kevin Na




Team Rosters:

Free* not Free- Rose, McDowell, Bradley, Casey

Team Finna- Stenson, Walker, Matsuyama, Horschel

The Godchildren- Fowler, Snedeker, Dufner, Molinari

Team K Cup- Day, Kaymer, Els, Oosthuizen

Team Mosey- Kuchar, Z Johnson, Donald, Moore

Team Zeitgeist- Scott, Schwartzel, Mahan, Jacobson

Team EDM- Spieth, Furyk, Bjorn, Todd

Team Hardo- Mickelson, D Johnson, Garcia, Dubusson

#DeutscheBill- Tiger, Watson, Jimenez, Cabrera

Bunny Team- Rory, Poulter,Westwood, Na

July 11, 2014

The Indecision & The Letter



HAHAHA

I bet you all wish there was a set "Decision" time now!!! I know I do.

The latest on Lebron, which I don't believe, is that he is still hung up on the infamous letter that Cav's Owner Dan Gilbert posted to the teams webpage back in July 2010. It was just taken down last week.

Reportedly, Heat president Pat Riley PRINTED COPIES OF THIS LETTER AND HANDED THEM AROUND THE ROOM TO EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE LEBRON MEETING IN VEGAS 2 DAYS AGO.

What a move. Pat Riley...he'll do anything it takes. Gotta respect that on some level, despite how slimy he is.

 Anyway, here is the letter for everyone to read:


(Click the picture to zoom in if you can't read it)

That's right, an actual NBA team owner wrote this. What an idiot. The definition of burning bridges. Not only that, but he couldn't have been more wrong. What other sport does this happen in???? This whole NBA free agency thing is interesting, but so, so backwards.


Anyway, If Lebron does return to Cleveland, he should be applauded generously for being the bigger man and going back to work for Dan Gilbert after being called a coward. But I'm sure people will twist it around and make him a bad guy.

Anyway.... hopefully the decision comes down today. I'm excited!!!!




July 9, 2014

Lebron back to Cleveland?!?






As a staunch Lebron supporter since Day 1, I have to weigh in on this issue.  In a shocking turn of events, Cleveland seems to be the favorite to sign free agent Lebron James.  

I LOVE IT. So Much. I think it would be awesome for Lebron to go back to Cleveland and start winning championships there, too. Of course people will probably rip him apart, but I think a lot of people will end up hating him a lot less in the long run. That's what he wants- to be loved like MJ. His agent has said in the past he wants Lebron to go back to Cleveland eventually. 






The Cavs and Lebron broke up in a bad way in Summer 2010. Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Owner) was hurt, and angry. He actually guaranteed the Cavs would win a title "before the self proclaimed King." (perfect example of a Jeremy Guarantee.)  The world turned against Lebron.... he became a villain, from the moment "The Decision" aired on ESPN back in July of 2010. Irrational hate from nearly every angle.

In his 4 years in Miami, Lebron won 2 titles and made 4 appearances in The Finals. Multiple MVPs. However, this past year, the Heat got waxed and bad feelings came out of the Finals.

Pat Riley (Heat President) indirectly called out James, Wade, and Bosh a month ago saying something about not taking the easy way out by leaving Miami. Wade opted out and is staring at a massive pay cut, but will likely stay in Miami. Bosh currently has a max offer contract on the table from Houston, but is waiting to make a decision because he wants to play with Lebron (In Miami).  

Lebron is meeting with Riley and a couple other Heat VIP today in Vegas. Over the weekend there were growing rumors that James to Cleveland was a real possibility. Things got very interesting this morning when the Cavs made a trade to clear cap space, apparently to take on a max contract for Lebron. 

And then things got VERY interesting a few minutes ago the most plugged-in NBA news source tweeted this out: 




SO now it looks like everything is coming up CLEVELAND. Lebron. Love. Kyrie Irving. I really hope this happens*!!!!!! 


*because if it doesn't.... and Lebron ends up screwing over Cleveland again...I don't know if I could ever support that- depending on the details that emerge on how deep in talks they are right now.


PS. The current rumor is when Lebron does make his  "decision"  it will be announced on his website. Let the irrational hate start flowing for that too. 


June 30, 2014

MA Golf League- June 2014



June Golf League is in the books. We only got 3 rounds in, a total of 27 holes. June sucked- We had a rain out, and low overall  participation.  Adam and I both scored higher in June than we did in May. We tied June in raw score.




Week 6- 6/6/14- Right Course 
James 44
Adam 46
Beck 48
Dan 55




(This round was so disgusting we forgot to take a picture)
Week 7- 6/20/14- Middle Course 
James 49
Adam 50




Week 8- 6/27/14- Right Course 
Adam 41
James 44
Dan 46



Here are the JUNE stats. Just 3 matches, 27 holes total.







And here are the OVERALL stats for 2014. 8 matches, 72 holes total.










June 25, 2014

Bergeron, Crosby, Avalanche clean up 2014 NHL Awards


NHL Awards show in Vegas last night... here are the 2014 winners




Selke: Patrice Bergeron

Stud City. Bergy's 2nd time winning this award (2012) AND he won by a large margin. 112 out of the 137 first place votes went to Patrice. Anze Kopitar finished a distant second and Jonathan Toews finished 3rd. It's very refreshing to see these results. I'm happy people are recognizing Bergy's value, he doesn't score like those other two but this award, like Barry Melrose and Kevin Weekes alluded to last night, is now given to the best overall forward in the game. (Editors note: After publishing this, I actually noticed that Bergeron led this group in goals this year, which is kind of shocking. Point totals: Bergy (30G, 32A) Kopitar (29G, 41A) Toews (28G, 40A))  The nominees from the past 3 years:

2014: Bergeron, Kopitar, Toews
2013: Toews, Bergeron, Datsyuk
2012: Bergeron, Datsyuk, Backes

Is that good?  Anyway Bergy won again this year for many reasons. He finished with the 3rd best faceoff percentage in the league. Reached the 30 goal/30 assist plateau. He was 2nd in the league with a +38. And according to CORSI he was the #1 forward in the league this year.


Bergeron also beat out PK Subban to be on the Cover of NHL15!!! So awesome. Suck it Montreal.



Lastly, his 3rd win of the night, Bergeron also took home the NHL Foundation Award, which is given to the player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey commitment, perseverance and teamwork to enrich the lives of people in his community."





Vezina: Tuukka Rask

Rask won his first Vezina last night, in a close race with Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov. This award is extra special because it is voted on by the GM's across the NHL.  Tuukka finished with 16 out of a possible 30 first-place votes and 113 voting points. Varlamov had eight first-place votes and 90 points. Rask won this award because he  allowed two or fewer goals in 37 of 58 starts and was first in the NHL in shutouts (seven), second in save percentage (.930), fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and fifth in wins.


MVP: Sidney Crosby

Well deserved, pretty unbelievable that all it takes is a healthy season from Crosby for his 2nd MVP. He had 17 points more than the next player this year (104 for Crosby, 87 for Getzlaf) which means he won another Art Ross trophy.  Crosby also won the Ted Lindsay Award which is the MVP as voted on by the players. He beat out Getzlaf and Giroux for both awards.




ROY: Nathan Mackinnon 
Jack Adams: Patrick Roy
Lady Byng: Ryan O'Reilly

Colorado Avalanche City. Add in the fact that Varlamov almost stole the Vezina and you have one of the night's biggest winners, the Avalanche. PS- O'Reilly played in 80 games and only had one minor penalty called on him all year. It was for playing with a broken stick, not even a real penalty. You would think anyone who never takes penalties isn't that great, whether it's from limited ice time or just playing timid. However, this year O'Reilly led the Avalanche with a career-best 28 goals and was first in the NHL with 83 takeaways. O'Reilly finsihed with 110 of 131 first-place votes and 1,181 voting points crushing annual favorite Martin St. Louis.



Norris: Duncan Keith

Chara came in a distant 2nd in the voting for this, as expected. You know you are good when you have a mediocre year and you're still a Norris candidate.


Other award winners:

King Clancy Memorial: Andrew Ference
Mark Messier Leadership: Dustin Brown
Bill Masterton Trophy: Dominic Moore
GM of the year: Bob Murray from the Ducks
Maurice Richard award: Alex Oveckin
William Jennings Award: Jon Quick


June 20, 2014

June Sports (Jon) Quick Hitters


See what I did there.... Anyway, I've been busy and haven't posted in a while. Last year, June was my best month of the year (blogging wise, both with posts and traffic) largely due to the Bruins Stanley Cup run. So, to make up for all the recent big stories, here are my fire flame hot takes on each one:



Kings Win the Stanley Cup

This came as no surprise to anyone, after the Kings dethroned the Blackhawks they were heavy favorites to beat the Rangers and win the Cup.  It only took 5 games, and I'll always remember this series for:

-the first 2 games going to OT and LA winning both
-Jon Quick's Game 3 shutout which basically clinched the series
-Ms. Nobody Wins on The Blue getting a migraine during Game 5 and causing me to miss the DOUBLE OT CUP WINNING goal. No biggie. 

Also I need to note this is NOT a dynasty. I heard that word being floated last week. No. 

Last thing, Mr Game 7 won the Conn Smythe trophy. Kinda sucks cuz now its cool to like Justin Williams and I've been a big fan for 10+ years. There's no doubt he was NOT the most valuable player for the Kings (Doughty, Quick, Kopitar, Gaborik,) but he WAS the most clutch and reps this resilient team very well. 






World Cup Mania

World Cup has been solid so far, the Americans winning the first game was great, keeping the hype alive. Their red jerseys are straight FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still get annoyed about 100x every Soccer game match I watch, but that doesn't change the excitment surrounding this Global tourney. It's pretty awesome. I mostly hope USA wins because the rest of the world is so insulted that our soccer team is even allowed to play. I heard an English fan swear up and down abot what an insult it was to compare their team to USA. Calm down bro. We don't care about Soccer. If we did, we would easily win. 





Martin Kaymer dominated the US Open 


After the low score in both Round 1 and Round 2, Kaymer played solid on the weekend and never looked back on his way to his 2nd major victory. He was a beast on this course, finishing with the 3rd lowest total (-9) in modern US Open history. The only other players under par were Rickie Fowler and Eric Compton who finished -1. No one was even par.  4th place went to a slew of players tied at  +1.

As for our fantasy challenge, Jeremy ran away with this one. Another first time major winner for our group. Here are the final standings and the reverse draft order for next month's British Open:

1. Jeremy +4
2. Adam +20 
3. Paul +25
4. Beckerman +26
5. Bill +29
6. Dan +29
7. Abe+34
8. James +36
9. Sean +44
10. Campbell +46

AND.... this one is for Dan because he says I don't keep stats for things I'm not good at.... here is the OVERALL LEADER BOARD from the past 4 majors (all the golf fantasy challenges that all 10 people have participated): 

Adam +73
Jeremy +76
Paul +93
Campbell +104
James +116
Beckerman +116
Sean +118
Dan +122
Abe +135
Bill +154


And for the OG Fantasy Golfers, here is the SUPER overall score from all 6 tourneys:

Adam +130
Paul +145
James +171
Abe +171
Dan +174
Bill +215





June 11, 2014

2014 US Open Fantasy Challange




It's Major golf time...The 114th US Open  This year's national championship is held at Pinehurst #2 in North Carolina, a course that has hosted the open before: 2005 when Michael Campbell (Even) held off a charging Tiger Woods (+2) and 1999 when Payne Stewart (-1) outlasted Phil Mickelson (Even) and Woods (+1). The course has had MAJOR renovations between then and now. What do I mean by major? They removed all the rough. That's right, removed all the rough on the course and replaced it with natural "high grass." The course looks much different.






From what I've read, most of the rest of the course remained unchanged. This is another Donald Ross design, who by the way is a very interesting person. Maybe I'll blog about him another day. This course has wider fairways unless the drive is going over 300, where the fairway pinches and becomes narrow. These guy's can easily hit the fairway if they keep the driver in the bag, but that would make for some very hard approach shots to what are some of the toughest greens in America.




As for the players and competitors, Justin Rose is the defending Champ. Tiger Woods is again excluded from the field due to injury, and world #1 Adam Scott is ready to rock. Phil Mickelson will be looking to play well again here, and Bubba Watson will be gunning for Major #2. Young players Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth also look like contenders this week.



BILL won the 2013 US Open fantasy Challenge. This time around we will be using the reverse standings from this year's Masters Challenge for our draft order. The winner will be owed Chipotle from all other 9 people in the Challenge.

For the record, here are the winners of the fantasy challenges from the past. Yet to have a repeat winner.

2014 Masters: Campbell
2013 PGA: Adam
2013 British Open: Paul 
2013 US Open : Bill
2013 Masters: Abe


Rules:

The final score of all the players on each team will be added up and the lowest cume score wins. Each team will have 4 golfers.

+8 will be added to any players score who misses the cut

-8 will be deducted from the score of the team who picks the Champion

If there is a WD, that player will be given a score of the worst round from that day. And then a one time penalty of +8 (the same penalty a player who misses the cut would get.)



THE DRAFT

Round 1
Paul- Adam Scott
James- Rory McIlroy
Bill- Matt Kuchar
Dan- Phil Mickelson
Beck- Jason Day
Jeremy- Bubba Watson
Abe- Luke Donald
Adam- Jordan Spieth
Sean- Jim Furyk
C Bunny- Sergio Garcia


Round 2
C Bunny- Lee Westwood
Sean- Justin Rose
Adam- Henrik Stenson
Abe- Ricky Fowler
Jeremy- Dustin Johnson
Beck- Zach Johnson
Dan- Jason Dufner
Bill- Webb Simpson
James- Graham McDowell
Paul- Ernie Els


Round 3
Paul- Keegan Bradley
James- Hideki Matsuyama
Bill- Charl Schwartzel
Dan- Brandt Snedeker
Beck- Steve Stricker
Jeremy- Martin Kaymer
Abe-Chris Kirk
Adam- Louis Oosthuizen
Sean- Jonas Blixt
C Bunny- Miguel Angel Jimenez


Round 4
C Bunny- Bill Haas
Sean- Graham Delaet
Adam-Thorbjorn Olesen  Francesco Molinari
Abe- Hunter Mahan
Jeremy- Ian Poulter
Beck- Ryan Moore
Dan- Billy Horschel
Bill- Jimmy Walker
James- John Senden
Paul- Angel Cabrera


Team Rosters:

Free* not Free-Bubba, Dusty, Kaymer, Poulter

Team Finna- McIlroy, McDowell, Matsuyama, Senden

The Godchildren- Donald, Fowler, Kirk, Mahan

Team K Cup- Spieth, Stenson, Oost, Molinari

Team Mosey- Day, ZJ, Stricker, Moore

Team Zeitgeist- Mickelson, Dufner, Sneds, Horschel

Team EDM- Furyk, Rose, Blixt, Delaet

Team Hardo- Scott, Els, Bradley, Cabrera

#DeutscheBill- Kooch, Simpson, Schwartzel, Walker

Bunny Team- Garcia, Westwood, Jimenez, Haas