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May 30 2008

GG Spurs

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I would like to thank the San Antonio Spurs for freeing up my evenings for the remainder of the NBA playoffs. Without their inability to make a clutch shot, stop Kobe Bryant or maintain a lead in a game (I mean seriously 20 and 17 point leads shot to shit???), I don’t think I would have had the luxury of not caring what happens in the rest of the playoffs. Honorable mention, of course, goes to the assjockey refs that didn’t call the foul at the end of Game 4.

I mean, I really hope they enjoy their time off.

Sigh.

At least this lets me concentrate on football again.

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Apr 27 2008

And With the 12th Pick in the 2008 NFL Draft…

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The Denver Broncos chose Ryan Clady. I think it ended up being a good pick. From everything I read leading up to the draft, that was the guy they wanted at that pick, so things worked out for them.

I haven’t posted much on the happening of the Broncos since the end of the season, but I’ve actually been following pretty close this year. Most years in the past, I would occasionally catch a waiver update and read the draft summary until preseason started. The internet has really been a dream for a sports fan though. It’s easy as hell to keep up with every little quiver made by the team. Roll in other fan blogs into the mix, and I’ve got more information than I could ever hope to digest.

Last year, in terms of being a Broncos fan, could be summed up with the term “It sucked ass”. There were lots of weak spots and disappointments in a season that started out with a lot of expectations and anticipation after narrowing missing the playoffs in ’06 and what seemed to be a good plan of action to address what went wrong. What happened? Life was hauled in on a dump truck and dumped on Mile High Stadium Circle. People were injured, people didn’t perform and despite having an extraordinary horseshoe crammed up Shanahan’s ass when it came to anything having to do with a game winning kick, there was just a lot of unlucky moments that happened over the year (I hate both Green Bay and Chicago, BTW).

Now, I don’t need to complain about it. Last year is done and no use bitching about it. The only thing that can be done is learn from it. What did we learn? Denver’s D line sucked and had zero depth. Jevon Walker, while is awesome when he is healthy, isn’t healthy consistently. GL to you Raiders, BTW. Denver does not have a consistent running back, but a lot of people that can just jump in and pretend to have been there all year. Brandon Marshall has the potential to be a beast. And, as a whole, the defence is on the verge of needing geritol. I’ll admit it. At the end of the season when it looked as though Mr. Walker was gonna take his ball and go home, I was more than a bit discouraged. I could see a lot of holes and little in the way of plugging the holes.

3 months later, I have to say, the outlook is a lot better. I have really been impressed with the way they tried to address problem areas. They picked up a whole crap load of receivers. At least one of them will fill the hole left by Walker. There is Keary Colbert, Samie Parker and Darrel Jackson to go along with Brandon “put my arm through a TV” Marshall and Brandon Stokley. Still need a bit of depth, but definitely a good start. They filled up the whole defence with fresh faces although they were reasonable against the path. What disappointed me was that the one glaring hole that they didn’t address (they revamped the LB’s, signed 4 safeties and secured their existing CB’s) was the line. They didn’t have a consistent DT all of last year and I figured it was coming in the draft. Well, I was pleasantly surprised by the trade for the Jets’ Dewayne Robertson leaving few holes to rely on the draft for. Probably a good thing since they only had 2 day one picks this year.

Oh, what was Denver’s other pick today? A small wide receiver that should help shore up special teams as a return guy and bring some depth. Seems to be a good pick. For Sunday, I export more of the same as they have 7 day 2 picks. Depth should be written all over it.

Ok, so I know most of you don’t care. Well, here’s the thing. I’m starting to get pretty pumped about this season and last time I checked, it was my checking account this site was being paid from. So suckit. As long as it interests me, it’s gonna hit the front page. I can’t wait.

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Sep 12 2007

Busy Week

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I haven’t posted in a while, but there has been a lot going on. So Here’s a week in review and some pics too.

Last Thursday the kids had Tae Kwon Do testing again. This time they were going for their Blue belt, which makes them just over half way to their black belt. The kids did pretty well and I took a lot of pics. For once I actually got the lighting, focus and white balance right, so the pics turned out halfway decent.

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This is the kids lined up prior to the start of testing. Mostly I took a crap load of shots trying to get the settings right.

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Both the kids looked good doing their form and did it well.

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TJ all suited up for sparing.

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Even got a few in action.

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During weapons, the only shots I could seem to get that wasn’t of their back, was by bouncing it off the mirror.

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I was surprised how well the came out despite that. I’m glad we got a few good shots.

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I even got a reasonable group shot as well.

They held the testing a bit earlier than they had in the past and other than a few behavior issues with sitting still early on, we were very proud of how well they did. On a plus side, the kids are also being allowed to move up to the juniors class where they will not only be some of the youngest in the class, but also be the lowest rank. Something they haven’t had to deal with for a while and I hope they handle it well. It’s one of those sink or swim deals. I think they will either thrive or go down in a spiral of behavioral issues in class.

The whole weekend was pretty busy as we were supposed to go to a parade that got rained out. My wife and my mom rummage saled their way through the town for most of the morning and then my dad came by later in the afternoon to help us install a new outlet that we needed for the aquarium we acquired a few weeks ago.

While I spend the afternoon running wires, the kids went with mom to a birthday party. Once the tired kids got back, we had to take off directly to the summer picnic for the Tae Kwon Do school. The kids got bracelets to run amuck in the amusement park that was after supper and they had fun running off all the sugar and caffeine driven energy they had been storing up for the last few hours. Zoe even had fun wanting to ride the “horses”, but actually refused to ride any of the horses on the carousel so we ended up sitting on the bench of the ride for well over half a dozen times. I just wish I had remembered to take the camera. There were lots of good opportunities missed. Oh well, next time.

By the time we got home, the kids were dead tired but we needed to get ready for friends we had coming over. Lance is a Bills fan and since I’m a Broncos fan, I envited him and the family over to enjoy the game. I used to work with Lance and we have watched the last couple of meetings between the teams over the last couple of years.

That was one of the best games I had seen in a while, and since it was only the second real game of the year, that stands to figure. But really, it was the best Broncos game I had seen since probably the Giants/Broncos game last year. This one had a better result though with Elam kicking the time expiring game winner in very climactic fashion. Good game, but I don’t think Lance saw it that way.

We got the aquarium setup, and I am currently cycling the tank. We should get fish in it within the week, so expect some more fishy pics.

Last night I spend the evening with #2 (AKA Clay) at the hospital for his sleep study. He is still having issues with breathing due to some combination of enlarged tonsils and year round mold allergies, but the docs want to test him out by poking and proding him to death to avoid “unnecessary surgery”. All the tests and stuff are just as expensive for a us to cover, so sometime I wish they would pick a treatment and run with it. Anyway, so I take him so he can get hooked up to look like some Isaac Asimov character with wires hanging off him everywhere. Now since I have sleep issues myself, I probably shoulda had a bed next to him and tried for a 2 for 1 discount. But no. I struggled with the recliner next to the bed and compile on it the early time to wake up, I was dragging ass today at work. Worst part of it all was trying to get the waxy crap they use to stick the probes to his scalp. At least the shit was water soluble, but it was still a pain to deal with anyway.

The good thing that came from it is that I got a chance to get back to doing some studying for some of the professional growth opportunities that I’ve been promised. Little has come of that other than them giving me a book yet, so that’s still to be seen how well that will be handled. In the vary least that should hopefully get me into a situation where I’m happier or give me a good out opportunity from the company. That tale has yet to be told and I’m trying to bide my time to go through all the motions.

I have been slowing down with a lot of the extra stuff I had been doing so I got a chance to play a bit more poker than I have for a while. Not a lot, but a bit. Poker must feel left out or something, cause lady luck is giving me the cold shoulder. Here’s an example of the type of luck I’ve been receiving:

POKERSTARS GAME #11933409732: HOLD’EM NO LIMIT ($0.50/$1.00) – 2007/09/07 – 23:53:18 (ET)
Table ‘Padua II’ 6-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: MaAnthony ($110.15 in chips)
Seat 3: slighty87 ($18.80 in chips)
Seat 4: xcoopx ($93.10 in chips)
Seat 5: plwby67 ($42 in chips)
Seat 6: takemoney650 ($22.60 in chips)
plwby67: posts small blind $0.50
takemoney650: posts big blind $1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [4♠ 4♥]
MaAnthony: raises $3 to $4
slighty87: folds
xcoopx: folds
plwby67: calls $3.50
takemoney650: folds
*** FLOP *** [K♣ 4♦ 5♦]
plwby67: checks
MaAnthony: bets $6
plwby67: calls $6
*** TURN *** [K♣ 4♦ 5♦] [5♣]
plwby67: checks
MaAnthony: bets $15
plwby67: raises $17 to $32 and is all-in
MaAnthony: calls $17
*** RIVER *** [K♣ 4♦ 5♦ 5♣] [3♣]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
plwby67: shows [3♠ 5♠] (a full house, Fives full of Threes)
MaAnthony: mucks hand
plwby67 collected $83 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $85 | Rake $2
Board [K♣ 4♦ 5♦ 5♣ 3♣]
Seat 2: MaAnthony mucked [4♠ 4♥]
Seat 3: slighty87 folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: xcoopx (button) folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 5: plwby67 (small blind) showed [3♠ 5♠] and won ($83) with a full house, Fives full of Threes
Seat 6: takemoney650 (big blind) folded before Flop

I mean, I was only a 93% favorite on the flop. What do I expect? It’s ok though. Bad streaks will happen and I am looking forward to it turning around for the second half of the month. Look forward to more frequent updates though. I promise. And not one of those “I’ll call you” type promises either.

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Jun 14 2007

Clean Sweep!!!

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The spurs have looked tremendous in the finals this year. That is probably due to the inexperience of the Cavs, but still, it’s a rare thing to sweep a team in the finals. Or it should be at least. This is suppose to represent the best the NBA has to offer, but that didn’t appear to be the case.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the results (I’ve been a spurs fan since starting to watch basketball when David Robinson was drafted), but I am still a fan of the game too. There should be some competition there. To be honest, I think every team the spurs beat (including the Jazz) could have beaten the Cavs.

The Nuggets were not a good representation of what a 6th seed team is. They vastly improved their team with the trade of Iverson. With the team they had at the end of the season, they could have easily been a 2nd or 3rd seed. That Suns series was epic and was by far the best series to watch during the playoffs. That was what the finals should have been.

All in all, I’m happy and congrats to the Spurs. Now I can look forward to football season starting, but even just preseason is a month and a half away.

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Apr 28 2007

Draft Day

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I pretty much gave up on football, which is one of my true loves, once Denver went through a really disappointing loss for the final game of the year to miss the playoffs. They controlled their destiny and couldn’t pull it off. I even missed a lot of the playoff games although the Super Bowl is still http://snow-blind.net/?p=49 at our house.

Recently I had started getting back into it and getting excited. I was sick when I had heard the news of Darrent Williams’ death. Both from the pure incident itself and also for the spot it left Denver in. Denver did recover from that picking up Dre Bly. I have no doubt that this gives the Broncos the best corner combo in the league right now and could arguably be the one of the best combos of all time. Two All-Pro corners is a nice situation to be in.

Denver definitely has not sat back and been content with where they are. They have made just as many significant moves as most any other team in the league. Probably a bit unusual for a team on the brink of making the playoffs last year and finished at 9-7. But as Shannahan said when he benched Plummer for Cutler last year, they are playing for Championships and last years team was not a Championship contender.

So what changes have been made? On the offensive side, they have officially passed the torch to Cutler by trading Plummer. It sounds as though he has decided to retire from football. There is a new RB as they brought in Travis Henry and I hope his injuries are behind him. If he is healthy, he could definitely fill in the hole left from Tatum Bell’s departure. I’m anxious to see if Denver tries to go back to relying on a single back or if time will be shared between Henry and Mike Bell. Rod Smith has been the man in Denver for a long time but he is getting older and it is clear that the #1 receiver is now last year’s big pickup for them with Jevon Walker. They still need help in the WR position though and made moves to try and put them into a spot where they would have some depth there. Again, I think they can put a check mark in the success column. Denver picked up Brondon Stokely who had a slow year being injured much of last year and David Terrell who has had brief stints of success in the nfl, but has never really had a break out. Likewise, Quincy Morgan has been added to the roster and it will be quite possible for Smith to drop to the #3 receiver this year and they should be fun to see how it all shakes out. Additions to the tight end position were also made and they are deep in that position, but I still anticipate Alexander to stay the starter.

On the defensive side of the ball, despite the addition of Bly, I think is Denver’s short coming. They have lost lots of players including Courtney Brown and, the spot that will hurt the most, Al Wilson. I fully expect the needs on the defensive side to be where Denver tries to fill holes in the draft.¬† They have lots of need spots including filling that gaping hole that Al Wilson leaves at LB and depth on the defensive line. I’ve also seen a lot of speculation that a Safety may be a need that Denver addresses as John Lynch gets older.

Today is draft day and I will be tracking it a bit to see just how well Denver comes out at the end of the weekend. I’m actually looking forward to the season and I’m even hoping it will work out that I will be able to make it down to Denver to see another game.

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