Fantasy Football

I understand that no one gives a crap about fantasy football except for those involved in the league.  But this is my blog, and I want to blog about fantasy football, so here we are.  Phil and I are in a league together with 10 of our buddies.  This league has been around now for 11 years.  Our draft is Saturday.  The draft date has been set since February.  As has been stated on here a couple times, Phil left for the Camino De Santiago yesterday.  Planning a trip like this, while knowing the date of your fantasy draft?  I can only come to the conclusion that Phil is a big ol’ bag of dicks.  Because now I have to draft for him.  Thanks a lot, jerk.

Our league is a keeper league.  Phil has kept Lesean McCoy and Steven Ridley.  I kept Ray Rice, Percy Harvin and the Seahawks defense.  Yeah, I know Harvin is going to miss at least half the season and probably more.  But I traded for him before then, and was kind of stuck with him.  I couldn’t throw him back.

Phil is the only player in our league to make the playoffs each of the last two seasons.  Which goes to show that fantasy football is a total crapshoot.  Because he is notorious for going .500 every single year.  I however haven’t made the playoffs since 2009.  I couldn’t believe it.  Throughout the season, I will throw up the occasional update on how our teams are doing.  We are in the same division, which means we will play each other twice.  In fact, we play each other week 1 and week 13 (the second to last week of our season).  I will be sure to post the details of how easily I destroy him on the way to my first title.

I am the only one of the original five members of the league who has never won the title.  But I have the 2nd best record in the history of our league.  Which I am told by everyone that means nothing.  This is my year, I know it.  Sucks to be Phil.  I am winning at his expense.

Here We Go

Yes, a pathetic Bud Light marketing slogan was the best thing I could come up with for a post title. I apologize. But ever since Eric wrote his moving piece about my upcoming trek across Spain, I’ve been in a tizzy–frantically trying to tie up all the loose ends in my work and personal life before I leave–and I’m afraid the experience has left my brain in a gelatinous state. I am indeed departing ‘Murica for the European continent, and will be hoofing it over 480 miles across Spain with my wife. The experience is sure to test our feet, our patience, and our perseverance, but that’s kind of the point. As Tom Hanks once said through a mouth full of chew, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”

I know not how this journey will go, but I’m looking forward to where it will take us.

I’ll make an effort to post a blog or two while I’m away, and if I’m lucky, I may even be able to provide some special correspondence from a La Liga soccer match later next month (fingers crossed). Until then, Eric will continue entertaining you all with great posts.

Hasta luego!

Scooby-Doo

My daughter is turning 3 in nine days.  Her favorite cartoons are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Super Why.  She has seen most of the old Disney movies.  Her favorite right now is Peter Pan.  That’s fine by me, because it’s my favorite Disney movie ever.  But she likes Cinderella, and Snow White.  What little girl doesn’t?

I am a huge fan of cartoons.  Well, let me rephrase that.  I am a huge fan of cartoons from when I was growing up, and even into my young adulthood.  I don’t watch cartoons any longer because, well, I think they suck.  I watch cartoons that are designed for me, like Family Guy, Archer, Axe Cop, and even still watch The Simpsons.  But cartoons for children I don’t find enjoyable.  The most recent cartoon that I liked was probably Invader Zim, and even that was more designed for me than young kids.

Recently, I have started showing her cartoons that I loved that I have on DVD like Ducktales, The Gummi Bears and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.  Today, she watched her first real Scooby-Doo movie.  It was the newest one, Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright!  It’s alright.  It has Matthew Lillard (man crush alert), who continues to voice Shaggy.  She fell in love.

Scooby-Doo is very important to me.  Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?  is my second favorite cartoon of all time behind The Simpsons.  I love The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (even though I feel that might be sacrilegious), and yes, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.  Watching today though, I feel like it’s lost something.  And I don’t know what it is.

I have seen the live action movies.  Both the theatrical releases and the direct-to-video prequel.  I didn’t see the direct-to-video…sequel to…the prequel that was still a prequel to the original…I think.  I don’t know, I don’t care about that.  It always has been and always will be about the animated series.

Every now and then, on Cartoon Network I will stop and watch a Mystery Incorporated episode.  Maybe I am just too old.  I’ve decided that I am now to the age where I think everything now is much worse than it was when I was young.  And I’m only 34.  But apparently I’m 34 going on 74.  Music is terrible, cartoons are terrible… get off my damn lawn you rotten kids!!

There have been 11 different series with Scooby and the gang.  All telling the same story.  Some with real supernatural beings, some with people in crazy get ups who would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids and their dog.  The plot is the same!  So why is it so much worse now than it was in the first incarnation?

Mystery Inc. just ended their series earlier this year.  It’s only a matter of time until Warner Brothers comes up with another Scooby-Doo series.  Maybe they should reboot the movies storyline and have guest stars come onto the show.  That was cool.  When they fought bad guys with Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, or Sonny and Cher, even the Harlem Globetrotters made an appearance.  Now this was all before my time, so I don’t know how culturally influential this all was, but these were big stars!  I guess as long as there are children in America, there will be a need for Scooby-Doo and they will love it no matter what.  Even if the best version of the series happened over 40 years ago.

As a fan of the show, I love that new fans are made everyday.  I love that I can turn on the TV and find an episode basically whenever I want.  I also love that I can pop in a DVD and watch an original episode if I want really good Scooby.  I just want to know what happened between Where Are You, and Mystery Inc that changed the series.  Is it dumbed down?  Is it made for a younger audience?  What am I missing?!?!  I really shouldn’t complain.  Any Scooby is good Scooby as far as I am concerned.  Far too many of my favorite shows and cartoons have disappeared from the face of the earth (Two Guys and a Girl, Fantastic Max), so as long as there is Scooby-Doo in the world, and I can teach my daughters the importance of the Doo, I can live happy.