Saturday, September 26, 2015

NFL Week 3: The Woe Train Just Rolls Along

Welcome back, everybody! This has been a really, really long week. My Chiefs last played over nine days ago and will not take the field again until Monday against the Packers. Now, while I have been waiting to see my boys, any other teams have been struggling. Case in point, the New Orleans Saints. the Saints can't seem to get on track in what may be the last year for Drew Brees as quarterback. Add to that a lost to the up-start Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the loss of Jimmy Graham, and a shoulder injury to Brees, and thing do not bode well in the Bayou. Fantasy fans, Brees is out this Sunday.

Speaking of Jimmy Graham, word is that he is unhappy with his role in the Seattle Seahawks offense, as the NFC Champs find themselves in a 0-2 hole to start the season. the Indianapolis Colts have joined the Seahawks in that hole in what may be coach Chuck Pagano's last season. In Chicago, Jay Cutler is out for two weeks with a hamstring injury.  RGIII is still on the bench, and Cleveland pulled out a win last week even though they aren't completely sold on Johnny Manziel as quarterback. You ever get the feeling that the NFL has turned into an episode of Dallas? Speaking of Dallas, they lost Dez Bryant to a foot injury, and now, they will be without quarterback Tony Romo who broke his clavicle. Whew...y'all know that there are some Tebow fans begging to get him a 5th-6th hot at the NFL.

My Chiefs, who are coming off a devastating lost to Peyton and the donks, are headed to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.  Many have made a big deal over the fact that the Chiefs are on a couple of streaks. The first is that the Chiefs have never lost at Lambeau, and the second is that the Chiefs have almost completed a calendar year since their last touchdown by a wide receiver. About the wide receiver, as long as Travis Kelce continues to play like a young Tony Gonzalez (year three-on Tony Gonzalez, that is. I remember those first two years. Still love him though.), I'm cool with that. The Lambeau thing means absolutely nothing to me. Nothing at all. Zip. Zero. If a team can find a way to break a good streak, the Chiefs can find a way. Bad ones, not so much.

As I lament my Chiefs, I also have to lament my fantasy team which was massacred thanks to Peyton Manning. Yes, I'm still salty. Just Gonzo is in now in the same boat with the Seahawks and the Colts. Bah...I did dump Reggie Bush and picked up Darren Sproles, but Le'veon Bell is returning this week. I hope he is going to be well worth the first round pick my cable company used to draft him. Don't forget next week the bye weeks begin fantasy owners so plan accordingly.

Last week, I week I went 7-9 bringing my record to 17-15 on the season--a couple of games over .500, meh. Let's hope I turn it around this week.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns: Cleveland (Because I still don't like or trust the Raider.)
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys: Atlanta (Even though they are in Dallas, Dallas is missing weapons.)
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans: Indianapolis (I expect them to right the ship this week.)
Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis: Pittsburgh (Come on Bell, I need some points!)
San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings: San Diego
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots: New England (Brady, I need points, man!)
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets: New York (I don't think Philly will lose every game, but they won't win this one.)
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers: Carolina (Saints are without Brees...sooooo.)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore (Where are you, Flacco?)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans: Houston
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals: Arizona
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins: Buffalo (Tony Gonzalez loves them, so there you go.)
Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks: Seattle (No, Cutler, so I expect the Seahawks to bounce back.)
Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions: Denver (no comment)

Monday, September 28, 2015
Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers: Kansas City (Although I would not be surprised if Aaron Rodgers makes me eat my words.)

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh

That's it, y'all. Until next week, "Always save back up copy of your blog post, D, because you do not want to test your speed typing on a Sunday morning."-Diana

Saturday, September 19, 2015

NFL Week 2: Woe, Woe, Woe

I was completely excited everybody. So very excited. My Chiefs were going to be on national television, and for the first time, I was going to be able to participate in a Red day activity. Red days are celebrations before Chiefs home games. I usually don't participate in Red Fridays because my school has football games on Fridays, and I rock the school colors. This year, however, Red Thursday fell during our school's homecoming week, and it was costume day with the Seniors drawing the letter C (They traditionally hand out letters to each class to determine what their costumes.) I teach Seniors, so I was a Chiefs fan.

I was so excited! I had all my Chiefs gear right down to my Tony Gonzalez jersey and a Chiefs parking sign on my classroom door. The evening was so awesome. Will Shields was at the stadium being interviewed by Tony Gonzalez. The fans were out of their minds with excitement as Eric Berry made his return to Arrowhead after a battle with cancer.

The Chiefs took an early lead, and then each subsequent quarter found the Chiefs and Broncos tied. Now, both teams tried their best to give this game away on multiple occasions, but with a late touchdown by Knile Davis, the Chiefs looked like they had a chance to slip out the door with a victory. It was not to be. The Chiefs left too much time on the clock, and the frequent Bane of the Chiefs, Peyton Manning marched the Broncos down the field to tie the game. Then, the unspeakable happened. Instead, I don't know, taking a knee, the Chiefs try a run play with Jamaal Charles. Guys, you know that I love me some Jamaal Charles, but alas, he fumbled the ball, and some dude on the Broncos (I don't really care to say his name.) picked the ball up and ran it in stabbing every Chiefs fan in the stadium and around the world in the heart. We fans deserved better than that. Big ups to Tony Gonzalez though. He is really getting the hang of the reporter gig.

I don't even want to look at my fantasy team, because it was far to Chiefs heavy, and I predict that I will be 0-2 by the end of the week. Including mistakenly picking the Chiefs to win on Thursday night, I end the week with a 10-6 record with my picks. Not bad for week one in total. For those new to page, I pick Thursday night games with the Sunday Games. Fantasy Players, you still have two weeks before the bye weeks begin.

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants:  New York

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears:  Arizona

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings:  Minnesota
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers: Houston
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills: New England
St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins: St. Louis
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals: San Diego
San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints: New Orleans
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns: Tennessee
Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders: Baltimore
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars: Miami
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles:  Dallas
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers: Green Bay
New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts: Indianapolis

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Washington Redskins at New York Giants:  New York

So, those are my picks for the week. Next week my Chiefs take on the Packers. I hope my wounds won't be cut open again witnessing them play on National TV.  Until next week,
"Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday."-Wilma Rudolph

Sunday, September 13, 2015

NFL Week 1: My Very, Very, Very, Bold Prediction

After months of waiting, the 2015 season is here! The season kicked off with the controversial Super Bowl winning New England Patriots defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a show of pomp and pageantry usually saved for the Bowl itself or the Grammy Awards. I’m not going to tarry long today rambling about how long it has been since my Chiefs have been to the Super Bowl or the fact that they were undefeated during the preseason (which means nothing).

Here are my picks (which are sure to fail) for the season.

NFC East-Dallas Cowboys

NFC West-Seattle Seahawks

NFC South-Carolina Panthers

NFC North-Green Bay Packers


AFC East-New England Patriots

AFC West-Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South-Indianapolis Colts

AFC North-Baltimore Ravens



NFC-Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints

AFC-Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers


NFC Champion-Green Bay Packers

AFC Champion-Kansas Chiefs


My bold prediction…I’m picking my Chiefs for Super Bowl 50. Why? Because, just because. It’s a feeling. How awesome would that be a repeat of Super Bowl I, but with the Chiefs taking the title?  Okay seriously, it will probably be New England vs. Seattle Part Two, with Seattle winning, but a girl can dream, right.

Sunday, September 13

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills: Indianapolis
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans: Kansas City
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets: Cleveland
Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins: Miami
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears: Green Bay
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars: Carolina
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams: Seattle
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals: New Orleans
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers: San Diego
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos: Denver
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders:  Cincinnati
Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tennessee
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Dallas

Monday, September 14

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons: Philadelphia
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco

Until next week, "Risk more then others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible." -Cadet Maxim

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Live Fantasy Draft

It is that time of year again!!! Time for the beginning of the NFL Season. I "retired" from fantasy football three years ago during Tony Gonzalez's final years. Superstition is a big reason, because I didn't want to be the reason he would get hurt. I know that it's not real, but you know. He didn't get hurt. Plus, I had school, so there wasn't a lot of time to play. This is my first fantasy team. Nothing special. Free team. I have the second pick. Here it goes.

Round 1-Le'veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (I wanted Jamaal Charles, but my internet decided to hiccup during Round One. I hate you CableOne.)

Round 2-Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Because he was the best available. Still hate him.)

Round 3-Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (Because Jimmy Graham was gone.)

Round 4-Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos (Because I'm petty and all the Wide-receivers I want  are gone.)

Round 5-Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (He's serviceable.)

Round 6-Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts (I don't know, because he was there?)

Round 7-Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (I may regret this one.)

Round 8-Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions (Regretted as soon as I picked. Same bye as Maclin and Fitzgerald.)

Round 9-Kansas City Defense (Because Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, and Tamba Hali, and Texas was gone.)

Round 10-Jason Whitten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (Had to pick between him and Antonio Gates, but Gates is out for four weeks.)

Round 11-Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs (He was an available kicker.)

Round 12-Ryan Succup, K, Tennessee Titans (He use to be a Chief.)

Round 13-Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco 49ers (He was available.)

Round 14-Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons (He was there.)

Round 15-Denver Broncos Defense (Backup.)

Not happy, but I don't completely hate my team. Now, I just have to come up with a catchy name, and pray I can get another WR who does not have a bye week 9.

Update: Team's name is Just Gonzo.