Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOB part 2

The second part of my "Best of Blog" series. Enjoy.

10. Tyler Fischer (R.I.P)


9. Flood series

8. Stephanie Brenden 


7. Jordan Kippen


6. Seth Serhienko


5. Jacks hockey fans


4. Rob Opdahl


3. Kid at Willow City parade


2. Sydnie Nelson


1. Cody Steinhaus and Ethan Kerslake


Thanks for reading/viewing as always, and look for next week as I do July-December of 2011.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOB

This week I decided to do something a little different. I'm going to post photos again (yay). However, they will likely be photos you've already seen, because I'm beginning a new segment I like to call "Best of Blog" or BOB.

In this series of posts I'm going to pick out my favorite photos from past posts, and repost them. This week I chose photos from 2010 or my first sports year in Bottineau.

10. Hunter Braaten
9. Bottineau Stars volleyball from left: Ashleigh Aufforth, Nora Uhrich. Whitney Page and Mikayla Olson.
8. Devon Grenier
7. DCB hockey players
6. Whitney Page celebrates
5. Karlie Hancock
4. Rodeo
3. Logan Millican
2. More DCB hockey players/fans
1. Kate Helgeson (what lucky framing):
Next week I'm going to share the first half of 2011 (Jan.-Jun.). Thanks as always.










Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An update

Since last Tuesday, I have now begun working for the Morrison County Record full-time. Not that I won't help out the Times if Milaca happens to play out here, but I won't be in the Princeton office or roaming  around at Milaca events anymore. Instead you'll see me places like where I was last Thursday, a Little Falls girls soccer game. Or like on Friday, when I was at the USA and Royalton battle of the undefeateds. I will be heading over to Swanville this afternoon for a match between the Bulldogs and the Royalton Royals. On Thursday I will head over to Swanville again to see the Upsala/Swanville rivalry match (both volleyball games). On Friday I'll head out to both the Little Falls and Pierz homecomings in some capacity, I haven't decided how best to do that as of yet, but I'll figure something out.

As for fantasy football, I earned two more victories this week. I'm really doing well, having gone 3-1 in my main league, and 4-0 in the league I won last season. Philip Rivers helped majorly in both leagues, and I had Matt Asiata in another, so skol Vikings.

It was a borderline miracle that I won in either league as in both I had Brandon Marshall, who did little, and in one I also had Megatron, who was used as a decoy. And in both I had Emmanuel Sanders (on bye) and in my main league I also had Michael Floyd, who was also on bye.
I'm just going on the assumption that I'm being repaid for the terrible luck that I received last year back in Bottineau. I'm sure I'd be running all over those fools this year too.

Also a big congratulations to Ethan Kerslake who had a MONSTER game last week with 282 yards and seven touchdowns. Crazy good. Yes, that means I do still follow some ND sports, but don't expect me to wax nostalgic about the UND Flickertails. Go Huskies.

Thanks, and if you want to check out my other blog follow links on twitter @typhoonater467, and if you want to see my work at my new paper visit the website at the bottom of the page :).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Annual NFL Picks

With the impending awesomeness that is the NFL season is finally upon us (Packers vs. Seahawks tonight), it is once again that time of the year for me to make a feeble attempt at predicting the NFL season.

After pouring through each match up and trying to do my best at predicting each game, then tweaking the records to make them fit for the visions of the future that exist in my monkey brain, I finally cranked out my playoffs and final records for the teams.

Some surprises: Both San Francisco and Seattle miss the playoffs with 9-7 records. After strong 2013 seasons, Kansas City and Carolina regress dramatically, finishing 6-10 and 4-12 respectively. Also the NY Giants finish 10-6, but miss the playoffs.

As far as what those playoffs look like, feast your eyes on this:

NFC:
6) Chicago (10-6)
vs. 3) Philadelphia (11-5)

5)Tampa Bay (11-5)
vs. 4) Minnesota (10-6)

1) New Orleans (12-4) bye
2) Arizona (11-5) bye

Second round:
6) Chicago
vs. 1) New Orleans

4) Minnesota
vs. 2) Arizona

NFC Championship:
2) Arizona
vs. 1) New Orleans


AFC: 
6) Tennessee (10-6) 
vs. 3) New England (11-5) 

5) San Diego (11-5) 
vs. 4) Cincinnati (11-5)

1) Indianapolis (13-3) bye
2) Denver (12-4) bye 

Second round: 
5) San Diego 
vs. 1) Indy

3) New England 
vs. 2) Denver

AFC Championship: 
5) San Diego
vs. 2) Denver 

Super Bowl: Denver over New Orleans





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Link to final fantasy football column/Madden 15

My last column on fantasy football came out yesterday too. I have a fantasy football draft on Saturday, one on Sept. 3 and another at some point in the near future.

I also got Madden 15 yesterday, still the same old Madden for the most part. A bit confusing in some of the new and unnecessary stuff, but overall, it's Madden.

My roommate and I did a fantasy draft. As the eighth pick I was thrilled to get Andrew Luck. I also got Adrian Peterson, Eric Decker, Antonio Brown, several good offensive lineman. I was a little weak on defense, but got strong guys in Xavier Rhodes, Chris Long and Sean Lee. However, my right guard Zane Beadles was hurt, as was Sean Lee. They are both out for multiple weeks to start the season. I won my first game 17-14 over Buffalo in overtime. I came from behind, down 14-7 in the first half. Peterson ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and had two grabs for 78 yards, one that set up the game-winning field goal. 

Next week I'll post my predictions for the NFL this season. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A look back at TE and a link to 2014's WR

here's a link to my latest WR column for this year's fantasy season. It's coming up so quick.

2013 prediction No. 1: Jimmy Graham. Actual finish for Graham: First
That was easy.
2013 prediction No. 2: Jason Witten. Actual finish for Witten: Six.
Not terrible, but not really anything special.
2013 prediction No. 3: Tony Gonzalez. Actual finish for Gonzalez: Fourth.
Pretty good here. It's going to be weird without him this year.
2013 prediction No. 4: Rob Gronkowski. Actual finish for Gronk: 16.
Injuries kept him down, but I should have figured that.
2013 prediction No. 5: Jermichael Finley. Actual finish for Finley: 37.
Ouch. Literally. He's done for his career.

Thanks for reading everyone. I'm almost at 40,000 views in 4 years. That's 10,000 a year, more than 830 per month and 27 a day. That's pretty cool. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

A look back at WR plus a link to take a look at RB this year.

Looking back at predictions of WR last season. Also check out my thoughts on running backs this season. 
2013 prediction No. 1: Calvin Johnson. Actual finish for Johnson: Three.
Solid pick. I couldn't go wrong picking him to be No. 1 every year, and that's almost always what I've done.
2013 prediction No. 2: Brandon Marshall. Actual finish for Marshall: Five.
Another strong prediction. Marshall didn't have quite the season I expected, but that was likely due to his soul mate Jay Cutler being injured for a stretch.
2013 prediction No. 3: Dez Bryant. Actual finish for Bryant: Seven.
An OK selection. Bryant didn't score as much as I anticipated last year, but he still did pretty well, and anyone who took him as the third wide receiver off the board is not complaining.
2013 prediction No. 4: A.J. Green. Actual finish for Green: Four.
And boom goes the dynamite.
2013 prediction No. 5: Julio Jones. Actual finish for Jones: 64.
Should have known he would get hurt, but his upside is so high it's hard not to rank him high.
2013 prediction No. 6: Randall Cobb. Actual finish for Cobb: 60.
Another injury, but this one was a lot harder to take and see coming.
2013 prediction No. 7: Roddy White. Actual finish for White: 55.
Wow. Three in a row that were hurt for a big part of the year. Roddy was a weird case.
2013 prediction No. 8: Vincent Jackson. Actual finish for Jackson: 14.
Not a terrible prediction as Jackson had a solid year. Just had him ranked a little too high.
2013 prediction No. 9: Victor  Cruz. Actual finish for Cruz: 29.
Did not see Eli's fall, which really hurt Cruz.
2013 prediction No. 10: Dwayne Bowe. Actual finish for Bowe: 44.
Dumb, dumb idea to think that he would be better. He's done.