The name of this place is Sticks and Stones and it’s really good.
For 3 out of the last 4 years, I’ve come in 2nd place in my fantasy baseball league. Always a bridesmaid, never the bride.
You know, I wasn’t quite sure the best way to let people know I won both of my fantasy baseball leagues (just kidding, the best way is to say nothing because no one cares) but I suppose this will suffice.
That was a hard league, too! 14-teams and only three of them had derelict managers who abandoned their teams early.
But, you know, those guys on my team just knew how to win. They’re winners. Grinders. Guys who come out to play every day. Great clubhouse guys. Guys who know it’s all about the team. Gritty. GRIT TAY. Did I mention they’re grinders?
Okay, enough of that. Onto football now.
San Diego #latergram. Balboa Park and Petco Park, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. http://bit.ly/15PgCyz
San(dy)ego SISU Saturdays http://bit.ly/1b3IH9y
Wish I was still living in Mad Men times so I could pour myself a drink, or spray Budweiser on all my coworkers, but sitting at my desk updating all my social media sites with GO DODGERS OMG DIVISION CHAMPS!!!!111!!! HIGH FIVE I LOVE LA!!!!!!! Is pretty great too.
notmyplaceintheninetofiveworld asked: i have four rbs. i'm set on starting moreno this week and benching jones-drew. but with richardson's move to indy i'm not sure if i should bench him and start martin. should i play both? my wrs i'm playing are v jack, colston and wallace. i'm in a ppr league so i haven't even considered playing both richardson and martin. what would you do?
So you have four RBs for two slots? I’d go with Moreno and Martin, especially considering you’re PPR. I want to be a part of anything tied to the Denver offense right now. Moreno will split touches but should still be able to put up good running and receiving numbers against the Raiders. Martin’s going up against New England and I think they’ll want to play ball control, so I expect a lot of runs and screen passes which means he’ll be busy.
The situation with Richardson is very fluid right now. Coming into a new system mid-week, he’ll only get a practice or two under his belt before Sunday. Reports are saying he’ll “get as much work as he can handle” whatever that means. He’ll play Sunday, but I’m skeptical how effective he’ll be, especially against SF.
razalian asked: In a dilemma on who to play as a Flex. I am in a 12 man money league. Record is 1-1. I am going with D. Hopkins for now. My bench options are Torrey Smith, Jared Cook, Ben Tate, & Josh Gordon (just added him to my team today). Gordon is a for sure sit. I was going to start Tate as my RB2 but I am now going with Lamar Miller since ATL's D is a little banged up right now. I feel like I have "Too" many options to play with...haha
Definitely sit Gordon. First game back and Hoyer at QB = ??? I mean, someone’s going to have to catch Hoyer’s passes, but that’s too much of a gamble. At Flex the matchup dictates the play. Are you a big underdog? Favored? Even?
Hopkins is going up against a porous Ravens D in a game that will probably have a good amount of offense. Andre Johnson, if he plays, will either be less than 100% or draw a lot of coverage, creating opportunities for Hopkins.
I’ve never really bought into Torrey Smith much because he’s too inconsistent, though he has home run ability and can be a multiple TD threat any week. If you just need a good showing, go with Hopkins. If you’re a big underdog, go with Smith. I own Cook and will ride him again this week thinking that the Rams are going to get him more involved in the passing game against the Cowboys, but he’s just not proven to be consistent.
I love Tate this year; he’s been better than Foster thus far, but because he’s only slotted for 10-14 touches, it’s hard to know what his output will be.
As for Miller, the ATL D might be banged up, but the offense is killing it. If the Dolphins fall behind like the Rams did last week, they’ll have to air it out.
I really love playing, talking about and generally obsessing over fantasy football, so if you need help with line ups or advice on players and who to start/sit, let me know.
As for my qualifications, I’ve finished 1/3/2 the past three years in a 12-team money league with some pretty knowledgeable folks, so I haven’t just been lucky.
Millie made me do it.
1. What’s your favorite candle scent?
Vanilla anything, pretty much.
2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?
I don’t know how to answer this because I’m an only child and don’t know what it’s like to have or want a sibling so I’m just going to say at the moment I find myself wishing I was bros with Anna Kendrick.
3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?
Again, I’m just answering this as “someone I want to hang out with” so, uh, Ryan Adams? Mainly just so I could pilfer his wardrobe.
4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?
Great question. Really have to think long and hard on this one. I’ll get back to you.
5. Do you know a hoarder?
Define “hoarder”. I don’t THINK so, but maybe?
6. Can you do a split?
Hahahahahahahahahha. A banana split, maybe.
7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?
No idea. Probably 8-ish. I remember it was a blue Huffy from Toys R Us. I used to ride it all the time and pretend it was a motorcycle. I kept it super clean and really took pride in maintaining it.
8. How many oceans have you swam in?
Just the Pacific. I think the last time I actually swam in the ocean was when I was around 8 and living in Maui. I’d just learned how to swim that summer and didn’t realize that the ocean was a merciless killing machine, so I paddled out on a boogie board and a giant (to me) wave crashed on top of me and dragged me down and I honestly thought I was going to drown. So that was it for me. You won, ocean.
9. How many countries have you been to?
Taiwan, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam
10. Is anyone in your family in the army?
11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?
I used to have an answer for this but I honestly haven’t thought about it in so long that I can’t give a good answer.
12. What would you name your son if you had one?
13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?
Hahhah did a 12 year old make this quiz? (yes obviously). Um, I have no idea. I’m sure I’ve failed something at some time but I couldn’t tell you exactly what my grade was.
14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Unsolved Mysteries. I don’t know why I was watching that shit because it gave me constant nightmares but I really liked it.
15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?
Oh I never went trick-or-treating until I was 10 or so. I borrowed my friends’ older brother’s football stuff and went as a “football player”. Only time I ever trick-or-treated.
16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?
ELLO ELLO ELLO!! YOU GOING STONE’ENGE??
18. Did your mother go to college?
19. Are your grandparents still married?
My mom’s dad passed away a few years ago and her mom is getting pretty senile from what I’ve heard. No idea what’s up with my dad’s folks. (Or my dad for that matter.).
20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?
21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?
Seriously, who created these questions?
22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to?
It was probably Disneyland. When my mom and I were still living in Vegas we’d take pretty frequent road trips to LA and we’d end up at Disneyland and Knott’s.
23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?
I would love to learn how to speak Mandarin at something above a kindergartners level. Which is ironic because growing up I didn’t want anyone to know I was part Asian. I just wanted to assimilate with all the white folks and make sure they liked me and not be labeled some weirdo Asian kid. SOCIETY MAN.
24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?
Absolutely no consistency.
25. Is your father bald?
Your guess is as good as mine. My mom’s dad was bald which probably means I’ll be bald too, so there’s that to look forward to, yay.
26. Do you know triplets?
27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
I can’t believe Millie hasn’t seen Titanic! Geez, I’ve seen both (saw Titanic in theaters, even) but man, this is actually a hard question to answer. Probably the Notebook but only because it’s not six hours long.
28. Have you ever had Indian food?
29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?
Jack in the Box. Just kidding, it’s probably Morton’s because STEAK and because when I was 13 I finished an entire 42 ounce double porterhouse and they were so amazed that they took my picture and hung it up, like Man Vs. Food style. Disclaimer: I barfed it all out like ten minutes later.
30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?
Oh yes. Still have a gift card I’ve been saving for a special occasion, too.
31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?
I have a Costco card, mainly because my eye doc has one of those kiosks inside a Costco and I need the membership to buy contacts. I used to love to buy pallet-sized things of croissants and red vines, but we really don’t use our membership much at all.
32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?
I actually think they did have a name picked out if I were a girl but I don’t remember what it was.
33. If you have a nickname, what is it?
Michael Pop! Growing up it was Mikey.
34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?
My wife, duh.
35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?
I love the ‘burbs. Wide open streets, plenty of parking, yards, trees, but still only like 15 minutes from “the city” is awesome. Best of all worlds.
36. Can you whistle?
37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?
Not since I was little. I remember being very attached to my Barney Rubble nightlight at a child.
38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?
I never used to, and I still don’t really feel hungry in the morning, but I’ve taken to eating half a protein bar or a couple handfuls of trail mix with my morning coffee at my desk, if that counts.
39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?
40. What medical conditions do you have?
Just lactose intolerance, but I’m not sure that qualifies.
41. How many times have you been to the hospital?
A few times. I remember once when I was 6 or 7 and visiting Taiwan that I came down with the worst fever ever and they had to rush me to the hospital ‘cos I was burning up. And then a couple of times when I had to get stitches. The last time was probably when my car was hit by a bus on the freeway. I was fine but I was on the shoulder hyperventilating (because I didn’t have insurance and thought I was going to go to jail) so they took me in “just in case”.
42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?
43. Where do you buy your jeans?
Used to swear by Gap jeans, but lately I’m all about these Levi’s 511 skinny jams.
44. What’s the last compliment you got?
It was probably from Lindsey after I tried twerking for her. Half my compliments from her are butt-related.
45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?
Most of the time, yeah.
46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?
47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
Between dress shoes and stuff I wear the rest of the time, maybe a dozen?
48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?
49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?
50. Why do you have a tumblr?
I thought it was going to be the new LiveJournal but sadly nothing can be the new LiveJournal and wouldn’t it be great if we could all just go back to making LJ our prime hangout? Sigh.
Nev and Max begin their investigation of Jenny. It’s worrying from the beginning. She works at Hooters, she doesn’t have a school listed, and though she’s friends with people from her town/high school, one guy informs Nev that no one in this small town has ever heard of her. She randomly joined Facebook and began friending everyone in town. Also, her Facebook photo (she only has one) is so obviously a fake photo that I can’t believe Artis believed for a second she was the real deal. Sure enough, the photo is lifted from a porn site. Artis reveals that he broke up with his girlfriend; Nev reveals that Jenny is surely fake. Great timing! But that’s not the weird stuff. The weird shit is when they go to finally meet Jenny (after twisting her arm) and instead of a buxom porn star, it’s a shaggy-haired bro that is batshit insane.
No, really, he steps out of the car with a slowclap (who does that??) and immediately picks a fight with Nev, Max, Artis—the whole lot. There’s a lot of macho posturing on his part (well, macho in that “I-wear-gym-shorts-and-listen-to-Dave-Matthews” way) and he refers to Artis as his “chocolate kiss” (??) and starts shit with Nev. It’s all very weird and very uncomfortable. With Artis out of the way and silently freaking out in the car, “Jenny” who is actually Justin explains that basically he’s some sort of psychopath who pretends to be a girl on the internet and starts relationship with men (“Obviously I’m not gay,” he tells Nev). His goal? To expose cheaters. Because that’s what normal people do: they create fake profiles to catch strange men e-cheating on their girlfriends. He says that his girlfriend is okay with this, he claims it’s because his father died and because he used to be homeless. Which is a logical progression, I guess? “My father died and now I pretend to be women on the internet.” Justin often comes off as some sort of drama student really playing it up for the camera. None of this makes any fucking sense and it’s all hard to describe without just yelling THIS IS FUCKING CRAZY over and over again.
THIS GIF IS EVERYTHING.
My favorite part that’s not mentioned in the recap is when Nev and Max are all “oh hi doggie, what a cute dog” when they went to Justin’s house and Justin’s all, “that’s not my dog” and then Nev and Max ask whose dog is it and Justn says “does it matter?” TWICE in the most bone-chilling way possible.
"Listen, if you must know, he belonged to the people who used to live in this house before I murdered them and hacked up their bodies and boiled them down so they were just bones which I then fed to that dog because HE’S THE MASTER NOW MOTHERFUCKERS and I did it ‘cos I didn’t like the way they treated their dog so I made it my business to teach those folks a lesson. Oh, I’m not a murderer though. Okay, well, maybe just a little." - JUSTIN’S INTERNAL MONOLOGUE PROBABLY.
I guess if I’d never seen the Pacific I’d think the Atlantic was pretty cool but I know too much. http://bit.ly/17d0V3X
Day and night in Savannah. http://bit.ly/16SWKfB