Great book that's been turned into a movie. Been a couple of posts about it already. It's on sale today- the e-book Kindle version - for $2.00. You can download the Kindle app for pretty much any device for free.
Had a buddy tell me about this last year and this year I signed up. Some guy on the east coast runs a HUGE NFL Survivor Fantasy Football league with hundreds of entrants. Buy-in is $100, so the pot is really large. Last year, my buddy split the pot with someone else and walked away with $6,700.
For any of you who don't know what a Survivor League is, you pick one NFL team to win each week. Once you pick that team, you can't pick them again. If your team doesn't win, you're out. So extremely easy and only takes 5 minutes of your time a week.
For anyone who's interested in winning zillions and zillions of dollars, here's the link to get on board:
BoilermakerUte posted this morning about this, but I think it's worth reposting as it got buried pretty quick.
There are tickets galore available for this game for anyone wanting to travel up to Seattle to watch it.
My brother Utenut, his son and his girlfriend are coming up and I just bought us 4 seats on the 25 yard line, 13 rows up on the visitor side of the field behind the Utah bench. Tickets weren't cheap - $115 each with service charges, but you'll pay $80 a ticket from the Utah ticket office to sit in the awful visitors section anyway. If you're going to make the trip all the way to Seattle just to see the game, might as well do it right, pay a little extra and get a great view of the game.
So if you're planning on it, here's the link and do some shopping!
Here's my annual post seeking out anyone who wants to join a college survivor fantasy football league a buddy of mine runs. A couple of posters here have played each year and I think one of them won either last year or the year before.
At any rate, how it works in survivor fantasy football is you pick just one team to win each week. That's it. BUT, you can never pick that team again. The teams to pick from this year are the PAC-12, SEC and Army, Notre Dame, *cough cough* BYU *cough cough* and Michigan. If you make it to the end, then you pick bowl game winners.
Buy-in is $50. We're going to a new website this year where the league fee is $20, but that is taken out of the buy-in. The winner gets the remaining combined pot. But it's a much better deal than what we were doing before. The website shows point spreads and if you get forget to pick, the website will automatically pick the best odds game for you one time only.
Of course Seattle will win the Super Bowl - as long as they give Marshawn the damn ball on the 1 yard line.
But if anyone's been watching the preseason, Philadelphia is absolutely tearing it up. Humiliating Indianapolis last week 36-10 and doing the same against Baltimore this week 40-17.
I know it's preseason and that means nothing. And Chip Kelly took a lot of criticism for his off-season moves. But hard to argue with the results (so far) though, and if this pans out into the regular season - watch out!
Was watching one of the pre-season NFL games on the NFL channel last night.
One thing that's becoming obvious is how much television screen is now being occupied by various graphics.
In the bottom of the screen is an over sized scroll bar. It's about two times the height it needs to be. In the upper, right-hand corner is the NFL TV Channel logo (like I need to see that to know which channel I'm on). And in the upper left-hand corner is the score/play/time/yardage box PLUS an extended ad banner that rotates ads for various sponsors.
Literally 1/4 (or more) of the entire screen is being used up by something other than the game broadcast. ESPN and FOX are doing the same, but not quite as obtrusive. Yet.
Just wondering how much further they're going to push trying to squeeze ads and logos on TV screens. It's getting to the point where it's actually blocking out portions of the play. When they started doing this years ago, it wasn't bad at all - very minimal and only the score/play/time box was showing. Now it's very noticeable and detracting from watching the game.
But now what? Ranger school teaches you very specific combat leadership skills, but by law women can't serve in any of the combined arms combat units - infantry, artillery and armor.
Even though a significant accomplishment for these two ladies, I still put it down as a PR stunt. Neither of these women will ever be put in a situation to use that training, and those precious Ranger School slots - 19 all total for the women in this class - could have been used by soldiers who will need that leadership training.
As a retired Navy UDT and Army Ranger, I really wish politicians would stay out of the business of training combat soldiers.
I've spent the last 3 days moving to a new location (still in the Seattle area). For those of you who haven't moved in a while, I'd like to remind you that moving is some sort of colossal pain in the ass.
At any rate, on one of my move trips from old to new place, I notice a car on the freeway that's all over the place. Break lights on and off, half-in and half-out of lanes, crazy speed changes, the whole nine yards. I think to myself, "Holy smokes, whoever this is, they are some sort of hammered and it's only 8pm."
So I cautiously pull alongside hoping not to get hit and take a peek inside. Wanna know what I see?
......an Asian dude trying to text and drive at the same time.
Vernon Adams reporting to the Ducks. This guy is the real deal. I've seen him a couple of times live against PAC-12 teams nearly beating the UW (59-52), WSU (24-20), and beating OSU (49-46). With the kind of talent Oregon has surrounding him, the sky will be the limit with this kid.
These are really handy if you lose your cable/satellite connection. Plus what I do is after football season, I cut the cable connection (keep the internet and use my Hulu to stream stuff) and use one of these. Saves me about $500 a year.
I think this is a pretty glaring commentary on the state of the QB situation at Utah and how little emphasis is placed on that position.
Of the four QBs ranked below Utah, three are freshmen (two true freshmen) projected to win the starting positions at UCLA, OSU and UW. The fourth is Luke Falk a walk-on from Logan - at WSU. Vernon Adams, an FCS transfer at Oregon is ranked higher. Even Seifu at CU is ranked higher than our SENIOR starting QB.
In the "know your enemy" category, an article from today's Seattle Times on the UW
by SeaTacUte 2015-08-09 12:35:05
They're trying to put a positive spin on this season, but they'll be lucky to win 4-5 games. I don't care if Howdy Doody is the Utah QB - when this game comes around, the Utes should finally get this "we've never beat UW" monkey off their back. I expect a 2TD+ win for the Utes.
Finished reading this book last night. It was a terrific read. Had everything in it - some education, humor, suspense - the whole nine yards. Held a spot on the New York Times Best Seller list for quite a while. There were a few spots where it got a little techie, but you could glance over those parts and still get the gist of what's going on.
Highly recommended and it was good enough they're turning it into a movie:
Just closed down a local pub that had a 60's/70's live band playing. All old (my age) white people dancing - not a minority to be seen. I know a lot of black comedians make fun of white people dancing, but they're right. Holy smokes did I see some horrifically bad "white people" dancing (alcohol clearly involved) tonight. Kinda like this:
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