The Lone Pylon

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

From the Crow's Nest - Week 2



An excellent week for prognostications: 13-3.  If I can do that each week, I better book a flight to Vegas.

I got a little too cute in one of my fantasy leagues this week, but it didn‘t really make much of a difference.


In Frozen Loon, I benched DeSean Jackson (because of Kevin Kolb).  Before I knew it, my eyes were focused on a highlight of Jackson hauling in a 71 yard TD reception.  I knew it was going to be a bad day.  I also decided against starting Darren Sproles (because of the Ravens D).  Sproles immediately broke off an 81 yard TD reception to get the party started in San Diego.  I almost bawled like a school girl.  But here’s the funny part: my opponent, the River Rats, had both Chris Johnson and Andre Johnson in the starting line-up.  Ha-ha.  F**king hilarious, eh?  To tell the truth it wouldn’t have mattered who I started, the Norway Drive Dragons got totally shellacked, 78.6 to 117.4.  I'm 1-1 so far in that league.


In More Beer, things went much better.  I was second guessing myself when I kept Ryan Grant on the bench and played Darren McFadden, looking for McFadden to have a big day, but it didn’t happen.  Luckily, Frank Gore had a ridiculous day -- then I had Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark and Ronnie Brown playing Monday night.  The first play of the game, an 80 yard touchdown strike from Manning to Clark, set my mind at ease.  The Big Brown Beavers ended up absolutely crushing my brother’s team (which is always sweet), 132 to 66… plus it was a division game.  I'm 2-0 going into week 3, plus I'm in second place for total points.  So far, so good.  But there are 11 more weeks of the regular season to go.

Some college football talk…
Guess what? My Golden Gophers did not embarrass themselves against a very good California team, and considering the state of college football in Minnesota over the last three decades, I count that as a moral victory.  In fact, the score was 21-21 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before Adam Weber had his usual mental meltdown and threw a pair of stupid interceptions that cost the Gophers the game.

I was pleased to see the only professional football team in Los Angeles (USC Trojans) fall flat on their facemasks against Washington.  ESPN was making an issue over the fact that USC has lost a Pac-10 road game in six of the last eight seasons.  Oh my God, how will that football program survive?

I’d like to thank the following universities for unbelievable football games over the weekend:  Boise State, Fresno State, Georgia and Arkansas.  Hours of great entertainment. Great stuff!

Now to the pros:

Ron Pitts is the worst play-by-play commentator on any network.  Dare I say he’s even worse than Pam Ward and Cris Collinsworth?

Lions rookie TE Brandon Pettigrew is one huge son-of-a-gun.

Bears WR Johnny Knox has my early nomination for Rookie of the Year consideration.  I had never heard of him prior to week 1 (one of those "obscure" dudes I talked about before), but I do believe he’s legitimate.

Speaking of wide receivers, the New York Giants appear to have a couple pretty good ones.  And neither are named Plaxico.  Who knew?!

Why does Chris Johnson have to explode the week I play him in fantasy football?  Just wondering.

Hey!  Jake Delhomme only threw ONE interception this week!

Cedric Benson piled up 141 rushing yards against the Packers.  Very nice.

The Texans beat the Titans by three points.  And I called it.  Just wanted to mention that one more time.

The Raiders nearly beat the Chargers last week… then nearly lost to the Chiefs this week.  Am I the only one confused?

I’ll give Rex Ryan credit: he put his money where his big mouth is.

I don’t know, maybe Matt Hasselbeck should think about retiring while he’s still bipedal.

The Redskins could not find the end zone against the Rams.  I’m still trying to figure that one out.  Any insight from Fumbled Returns?

I’m starting to think Jack Del Rio will not be the Jaguars head coach at the end of the season.  Too bad.  I’ve always loved Jack.

Frank Gore had 207 yards rushing, two touchdowns (and 39 yards receiving for good measure).  God bless you, Mr. Gore.

Fred Jackson had 163 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving on Sunday.  So how do you keep Jackson on the bench when Marshawn Lynch comes back?  That’s the question.

Why does Jay Cutler always look like he hasn’t slept in 72 hours?

Dear Shawne Merriman: your silly Mohawk is not helping you play better.  Time to grow up and cut your hair.

It’s a bad time to be a Cleveland Browns fan, isn’t it?

Is the Saints offense really that good or is the Eagles defense really that bad?

New to my bucket list: Go see Cowboys Stadium.  The place is almost as spectacular as the Metrodome.

Is there a more inaccurate passer in the NFL than JaMarcus Russell?  I think not.  24 attempts, 7 completions for 109 yards.  Against the Chiefs secondary?  And this guy was a first overall pick?

On the other end of the spectrum, Peyton Manning doesn’t need much time to do a whole lot of damage.  There’s a lot of football savvy in that oversized helmet of his.

Week 3 Crystal Ball Prognostications coming soon…

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