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Published on September 9, 2010 By terpfan1980 In Football

Ah, fall!  The time of year when the MEN OF FALL (some people may note a warping of a song reference there, if you don't see it, check out Kenny Chesney's latest single, the video for it is great and the song is a definite winner) take to the field and attempt to battle over small patches of (primarily) green real estate.

I'm actually somewhat interested this season, as compared to the last few seasons where I knew that my favored professional organization was being run by a group that I might call clowns if I wasn't fearful of insulting the clown profession, as it appears that my favored professional organization might actually be somewhat on the right track.  I say somewhat because they still don't have a running game that I would label as competent, and they've got a quarterback that is probably as fragile as he is talented.  Not to mention that they still have a receiver corps that is suspect.  Uh, yeah, why am I even considering being optimistic about them again?  Ah, lets not get down on the team yet.  The season starts tonite and they might actually be a professional calibre team again.  Might.  Let me try to remain optimistic.

Meanwhile it's also Fantasy Football Season and this year I'm actually somewhat enthusiastic about playing in a league again.  I've played over the last few years but last year I had basically turned my team over to my son.  This year he didn't have the time to prepare for the draft, not that I had much time either, but I did set aside some time and did prepare and was ready when drafting players last night.  It remains a league that I would normally discourage anyone from thinking of joining because of the scoring rules (touchdowns, field goals and extra points only. No points at all for any performance/production otherwise) and because it remains one where there is too much apathy amongst some of the players/owners in the league.  They can't/won't pass any league votes because they can't get the required quorum together on any votes, and even when/if they do get a quorum there are people that just don't want to change anything about the league.  I still stand by my promise to retire from the league if I lose all of my investment or if I were to win the league or finish highly enough to make money from it.  (Not that I would ever admit to "gambling" on fantasy football )  Basically if given a good reason to walk away from this league I would do so.

I'm not sure I'd ever go through the trouble of starting/running my own league again, but I must admit to having had fun back when I did do that.  I had rules that made it fairly easy on the guy running the league (me), and overwhelmingly fair for all that played in the league and I'd love to have enough people interested in playing to do it all again, but over time many of the people that I was playing with have gotten busy with other things in their lives and they've had to move on from "such childish games."  Or, they've moved on to playing in leagues with co-workers in their current jobs while I've moved on to other employment myself, etc.  Understandable really, but basically that's the reason I don't run my own league any more, well that and the whole time element and the idea that I can never find enough of it for all of what I wind up doing in my daily life.

Time to run for now, but I wish everyone the best in their own leagues and for their own preferred teams.  Hopefully we can all enjoy the NFL this year before they go and ruin things with a lockout or some other labor problem next season


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on Sep 09, 2010

Ah!  The time of year when those of us with also-ran baseball teams lovingly look forward with hope and joy to our Football teams!

on Sep 09, 2010

Ah! The time of year when those of us with also-ran baseball teams lovingly look forward with hope and joy to our Football teams!

True that.

I was reading an article in the local news-rag about whether or not the Nationals will actually retain Adam Dunn after this season.  Apparently there's some thought that they might go after one of the other "available" 1B soon-to-be free agents.  While there may be some that are better defensively, I still love Dunn's bat in the middle of the line-up and I think he's a reasonable enough defensive 1B that I really want to see him stay with the Nationals.  The Nationals may figure that a better all-around player (someone with better defensive and "good enough" offense) is an improvement, but I love the electricity of sitting in the stands knowing that the guy coming up to bat could plant one way out in the bleachers.

That's all for the off-season and next year though.  This season is wrapping up and with no where to go but up, well, no reason to be paying that much attention now.

on Sep 09, 2010

Ah, the start of football season.  The time of year when there's actually something interesting to watch on Sundays.    And no, I'm not a big baseball fan, so that doesn't count.

Now, let's see how rough the NFC East is going to be this year.  From what I saw in preseason, it could be anybody's division.    Still, since I'm a diehard fan of the boys in blue, I'm going to just say that the Giants are going to be on top - even if it means I have to stand on my head later in the season to make it happen. 

McNabb's going to have as much trouble in his new home as he did at his old one.  And what on earth were the Eagles thinking trading him within the division?  Sheesh.  Otherwise, the 'skins look rather ... confused.  Not quite as confused as Dallas did during the preseason, but still confused.

Going to be a fun year to watch.  Now, if I can only convince my daughter's cheerleading coach to call practice early tonight so I can make it back home in time for the game to start.

on Sep 09, 2010

Terp - The Nats got a kick in the butt when Strasburg went out for a year!

Both - I kind of Agree that McNabb is not going to help the Skins much.  I do no think it was Shanahan's idea either.  he likes to bring in his own, and this is going to set him back a couple of years.

As for the winner - I do not see the NFC east doing much this year.  They are all about middling, so will have fun beating each other up.  But not advance far beyond the first round of playoffs.

That being said, I have no stake in that division (other than hating the Skins and Boys).  My heart lies out west with the AFC, and right now my team is undefeated!  Thus my early enthusiasm.

on Sep 10, 2010

Yeah, the Raiders are undefeated.  Will that last past Sunday, though?    Though, since they got rid of the bust of a quarterback (as well as a few other key upgrades), they actually stand a chance of going somewhere this year.  Slightly better than a snowball's chance in their stadium, at that. 

on Sep 10, 2010

Chaos Manager
Yeah, the Raiders are undefeated.  Will that last past Sunday, though?    Though, since they got rid of the bust of a quarterback (as well as a few other key upgrades), they actually stand a chance of going somewhere this year.  Slightly better than a snowball's chance in their stadium, at that. 

Hey!  The prognosticators on SI picked them to lose only by 3 points!  We are already making progress!

on Sep 10, 2010

I wish the Raiders all the best, but as a Redskins fan, I must say I have my doubts about their new QB.  He's tough and can take hits, but whether he can deliver the ball to the right place at the right time remains to be seen.

on Sep 10, 2010

terpfan1980
I wish the Raiders all the best, but as a Redskins fan, I must say I have my doubts about their new QB.  He's tough and can take hits, but whether he can deliver the ball to the right place at the right time remains to be seen.

Back in 1980, the Raiders traded the Snake for Pastorini.  I hated that trade!  But Danny boy was injured early on in the season, and the backup had to take the snap.  His name?  jim Plunkett!  he has 2 rings!

The Raiders have a good backup - Gradkowski.  If the redskin reject can't do it, we have seen that Gradkowski can.

Redskin rejects have never done well with the extra 3 hours of sleep.  Witness Norv Turner.  he was a disaster at Oakland, and he took a 14-2 team to 8-8 (San Diego).

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