9.11.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 2
Game
Rich
Kevin
PIT @ BAL
BAL
PIT
MIA @ BUF
BUF
BUF
JAX @ WAS
WAS
JAX
DAL @ TEN
TEN
TEN
ARZ @ NYG
ARZ
ARZ
NE @ MIN
NE
NE
NO @ CLE
NO
NO
ATL @ CIN
CIN
CIN
DET @ CAR
CAR
DET
STL @ TB
TB
TB
SEA @ SD
SEA
SEA
HOU @ OAK
OAK
HOU
NYJ @ GB
GB
GB
KC @ DEN
DEN
DEN
CHI @ SF
SF
SF
PHI @ IND
IND
IND


Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
9-7
7-9
YTD Record
18-14
18-14

9.10.2014

Compassion

Remember my Young Padawans.  It's not compassion if it doesn't cost you something.  Don't listen to a politician who is saying he is spending money on 'helping the middle class' or 'helping those less fortunate' yet using borrowed funds.

It is only true compassion if he is paying for it out of current funds.  And even then it's not his money anyway.

But either way, putting money toward any program using borrowed funds is not compassion.  It is saddling the next generation with a burden which the politician used to advanced his own position of power.  (See Reid, Harry.)

9.06.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 1
Game
Rich
Kevin
GB @ SEA
SEA
SEA
NO @ ATL
NO
NO
MIN @ STL
STL
MIN
CLE @ PIT
PIT
PIT
JAX @ PHI
PHI
PHI
OAK @ NYJ
NYJ
NYJ
CIN @ BAL
BAL
BAL
BUF @ CHI
CHI
CHI
WAS @ HOU
WAS
HOU
TEN @ KC
KC
KC
NE @ MIA
NE
NE
CAR @ TB
CAR
CAR
SF @ DAL
SF
SF
IND @ DEN
DEN
DEN
NYG @ DET
DET
DET
SD @ ARZ
ARZ
ARZ

Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
8-7
10-5
YTD Record
8-7
10-5



9.05.2014

Finishing Strong in Baseball

So by now it’s you against 2-3 other managers for the league championship.  Well done.  OK, now what?  Which players do you ride to a championship?  Which players do you discard?

Well, my young apprentice.  Here are the answers.
  • Mookie Betts: REAL. Go get him especially if he has SS eligibility in your league.
  • Alex Rios: FAKE. Just a bad year for him. Drop.
  • Desmond Jennings: FAKE. You can’t count potential.
  • Carlos Beltran: FAKE. Hard to hit with one good knee.
  • Aaron Sanchez: REAL. He’ll get you 3 saves this month with great peripherals.
  • Devin Mesoraco: REAL. He’s over his slump. Get him in your lineup.
  • Adam Dunn: REAL. Yes, I’m serious. Fresh start for him in a playoff race.
  • Luis Valbuena: REAL. Take advantage of the middle infielder power.
  • Kennys Vargas: REAL. Take him only if you like power (and a lot of it).
  • Jay Bruce: FAKE. Why did I draft this guy so early?
  • Chris Tillman: REAL. Last couple starts were average but the stuff is there.
  • Steve Pearce: REAL. He's back from a minor injury. Get him in your lineup.
  • Josh Hamilton: FAKE. Good guy. But will not help you.
  • Brock Holt: REAL. Position eligibility allows you to fill lineup every day.
  • Jason Hammel: REAL. Seems to have righted the ship.
  • Miguel Gonz├ílez: REAL. He’s not really this good but you don’t care.
  • Kole Calhoun: REAL. Love this guy.  He cooled off but coming back.
  • J.J. Hardy: REAL. Streaky player. Ride him to your championship.
  • Eric O'Flaherty: REAL. Eventually he’ll get a couple save chances.
  • Mike Trout: FAKE. OK, I did that one just for fun.
  • Corey Dickerson: REAL. Breakout year.
  • Eric Hosmer: FAKE. Not his year. Time to move on.
  • Will Myers: See Hosmer, Eric.
  • Mark Trumbo: FAKE. He left his bat in a hotel somewhere.
  • Billy Butler: FAKE. He and Eric Hosmer having the same year.
  • Brandon Phillips: FAKE. Why is this guy rostered on so many teams?
  • Justin Verlander: FAKE. Should not be rostered in any format.
  • Gio Gonzalez: FAKE. Not as good without the Miami connection.
  • Mat Latos: FAKE. Drop him this year. Draft him next year.

Big name guys who are bad right now but may still help you.

·  Hanley Ramirez
·  David Wright (Why is he drafted so high every year?)
·  Jason Kipnis
·  Dustin Pedroia
·  Adam Wainwright
·  Kenley Jansen
·  Glen Perkins
·  Sonny Gray

The purpose of this exercise is to get you thinking about who can help you NOW.  Reputations, pre-season rankings – none of it matters anymore.  Drop the under-performing ‘name’ players and pick up productive ‘no name’ players.  Your team will be glad you did.

This post also available at rotoprofessor.com.

9.01.2014

On Abe Lincoln

As you've seen elsewhere on the website, sometimes I include stuff simply because I feel like it. What follows is one of the greatest speeches in the history of humanity by one of the two greatest Presidents in the history of our great nation. Lincoln was beset by more problems than any other President - lost a son while President, lost three brother-in-laws who were fighting for the opposition, a wife with her own problems, bitter criticism from all sides, etc., etc., etc.

I recently spent a day at the Lincoln museum in Springfield, Illinois --- something I would heartily recommend for all. I believe there's a biblical text to the effect that 'humility comes before honor'. It certainly was the case for Mr. Lincoln. Enjoy:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


8.29.2014

Beware the Left

Who are the baddest bad guys of the 20th century and from whence did they come?  Let's have a quick review.
  • Joseph Stalin  Murdered somewhere around 30 million of his fellow citizens including many of his own family. How did he come to power? From the left as a member of the Communist Party.
  • Mao Tse Tung  Starved somewhere between 30 million and 50 million of his fellow citizens via his Great Leap Forward. Then killed off opposition via the Cultural Revolution. How did Mao come to power? From the left as the leader of the Communist Revolution.
  • Adolph Hitler  Good old Adolph, what can you say? 50 million dead and another 70 million homeless..... And whence cometh ol' Ado? From the left as the leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (whose English abbreviation became Nazi).
  • Pol Pot  Let's not forget good ol' Pol either. Although he only killed 1.7 million of his fellow citizens, he started with 4.2 million. So give him credit. How many petty leftist dictators can claim that percentage?
Beware the left, my friends. Beware those who promise to cocoon you in ease.  That cocoon may just strangle you.