Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday Night Football: Random Fantasy Chat

DS Style: Don't run!
DS Style: Nice run, haha

: now take a shot
: now take a shot
: play action shot
DS Style
: They will soon
DS Style
: Man, let Bush keep his Heisman

: i kno ehh
: i named one of my fantasy teams Shock and AWWE after the front 4 for Minny D
Tyler: Allen, Williams, Williams, Edwards
DS Style
: Haha

: wow wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy offside
DS Style: I got Green White Army and Tom Yam Noodle as team names

: yes colston
: i need a TD quickly here
Tyler: Corn on the Kolb
: shockey time
: Kibbles and Vicks
DS Style
: Throw it to Colston

: Shockey
: alright sick a TD
: now same from Favre but throw like 6 passes to do it
DS Style: Ah well, just found out I got PT in one of my teams

: lol
: awww hartley makes the PAT
DS Style
: Good! That should get him back to zero

: lol
DS Style: 2 games on monday?

: yup
: 7 and 1 and 4 for u lol
DS Style: Thats new, right?

: wake up early morning and catch the game
: nope
: every year 2 games on monday
DS Style
: Not every monday
Tyler: no just week 1
DS Style
: Ooh, almost picked

: hmm how would i have felt about that
: fuck
: no completions on the drive
DS Style
: No receiver skills, shoulda dragged his feet
Tyler: man no completions in the quarter for favre
: i need him to have 12 the rest of the game...and i need 17 more pointa
: hopefully breees takes a shot and gets like a 70 yard TD
DS Style
: Yea
DS Style
: Well, gotta go
DS Style
: Low battery

: alrgight cya
DS Style
: Later

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Life and Times of …….Style88 goes Fantasy Football!

Football season will finally kickoff tonight and the first fantasy decisions have to made! Currently I got three Dynasty leagues going on, so I’ll focus on that format.

To start things off, CJ Spiller was named the starter week 1 for Buffalo. Does that make him a viable starter in Fantasy Football? If you’re weak at the RB position it’s a fairly easy choice. Should he start over the likes of Ahmad Bradshaw or Cadillac Williams? I will most likely roll the dice on Bradshaw, but I will wait till the last moment to do that.

What to do if you have Vincent Jackson on your roster? If he’s your #1 WR it really sucks! A lot of Fantasy owners are in a hurry to get rid of him, but in a dynasty league that’s not a smart move. What in the world can you get for him at this point? Probably not much, so it’s much better to just stack him on your roster and wait for him to come back. Once it’s announced that he will come back, his value will rise significantly and that could be the time to get rid of him if you like to. Pretty much the same reasoning applies to Sidney Rice.

Many people are high on Mendenhall, but I’m not sold….yet. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a good RB for Fantasy Football, but he hasn’t really been consistent in his career. The Steelers will lean on him a lot in the first 4 weeks with Big Ben out. A great moment for him to proof that he has what it takes to be very good Fantasy Back!

The beast on Revis Island is back! The teams in my dynasty leagues play defensive players, but is Revis a good starter? Teams will most likely shy away from wherever Revis is on the field. That will leave him with little chances to get tackles and less opportunities to make an interception. His buddy on the other side, Antonio Cromartie, will be picked on. That makes Mr Daddy-Has-A-Hard-Time-Remembering-His-Kids-Names a more viable player to start than Revis.

The return of Darrelle Revis does have an impact on Fantasy teams as he will be covering the #1 wide receivers from opposing teams. Studs like Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith (Car), Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco all struggled against Revis. How hard is it to sit one of those players when they face Revis? Very hard if your next best option is Chris Chambers, Braylon Edwards or another unreliable receiver. On the other hand you could check the match-ups of your other receivers and consider benching your #1 option. Me personally wouldn’t do it. I hate to see my top dog suddenly break the rules, ball out and score major points on Revis Island!

Will Reggie Bush finally have a healthy season? Not likely, but he might be out to proof something. They are considering taking his Heisman Trophy from him. It’s true that probably some rules were broken, but stripping his Heisman seems wrong to me. He didn’t do anything to enhance his performances, played at a high level and deserved to get the honors. The fact that he shouldn’t be eligible doesn’t chance what he did on the field. The whole NCAA system is flawed anyway. Back to Fantasy! Like I said, Reggie could come out swinging to show us he deserved his Heisman Trophy and that he’s the great player they projected him to be. That would be great news for Fantasy owners. The downside is that he might try too hard and forces himself which bring him back to his old self as a Fantasy RB – a risk-reward type of player!

That’s it for now, more thoughts on Fantasy Football coming soon!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Euro 2008......finally it started!

Once the Champions League Final was over and done with there was a big void in my world of Football. Of course all the transfer speculations start, but also a slow 3 weeks till Euro2008 will kick off. Those weeks are full of bullshit about possible line-ups, players included or left out of squads and of course the last-minute heart-breaks of injured players. As much as I love to speculate and talk about football, those 3 weeks were starting to slowly take away my enthousiasm. Let the games begin already, I can't wait any longer! Me and my dad made countless of line-ups for the Dutch side and we were sick of it. Another thing I had to make was a fantasy team, which caused me headaches for days. Who to pick? Those bloody Germans are in an easy group, so take one or two of em for sure. Portugal is going to reach the semi's at least and Cristiano Ronaldo is on fire this year. Probably they will square off in the semi's. On the other side of the schedule is just not that easy. Group C is ridiculous: the finalists of World Cup 2006, Italy and France, Romania and of course my own Holland. Who will advance? Everything can happen. I still give France and Italy the best chances and hope for the best. Then there's Spain. Great players as always, but so far they never produce. I still get my hopes up for them. I love the way they can play and with Fernando Torres they have a superstar. Despite him being that, I believe his partner up front David Villa will score more goals. How they manage their midfield is still a big question mark. It's possible to put in Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva and even Marcos Senna. So which four should be picked? This could be one of their big problems. I still see them win their group, but beating one of the teams from group C could be proven too hard. The second team to progress is a coin flip. Nothing seems to amaze me anymore since Greece won Euro2004. I really wonder what tricks Guus Hiddink will pull for Russia and of course Sweden has the quality to advance. They do seem to lack form though.

Two days ago things finally got started and it's easy to fill my schedule now. Every day from 6pm till 11pm: Football!

My predictions (hopes, well ok, then I would put Holland in the final. I just don't see us get far)
Semi-finals: Portugal vs Germany and Spain vs Italy
Final: Portugal vs Spain
Winner: Spain
Topscorer: David Villa

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Florence - 3 - 6 October

Early october I went to Florence for a special occasion. FC Groningen, the club I support, was playing Fiorentina for the Uefa Cup! The home game was 1-1, so we still had a chance of going through to the next stage.
With some friends we rented a 9-person bus to drive to Florence in about 14 hours. We drove all through the wednesday night, but I didn't sleep all that much. There was some terrible music playing at times, but we had a good laugh about it.

On arrival in Florence on thursday morning we had to wait quite some time to get into the hotel. We were all really tired from the trip so a bed would have been nice. Some of us slept a bit, but I stayed awake till we made our way to the city centre. A lot of other Groningen supporters were there singing and drinking and we saw some familiar faces. What I liked most about it was that we, the guys from Groningen seemed to control the centre of Florence. After a while it was time to get to stadium, so about 2000 of us started walking through the streets of Florence. Especially with the singing it was a great atmosphere. One of the best I ever seen around a football match.
The game itself was quite ok, but the stadium sucked big time. The fences blocked the view and the food was terrible. The sheer joy we experienced when FC Groningen striker Erik Nevland scored the 0-1, which meant we were through to the next stage was amazing. Unfortunately it was short-lived, cus 4 minutes later Adrian Mutu scored the equaliser. Still, 1-1 was not bad at all. Eventually it stayed that way and the game would be decided on penalties. I have terrible experience with those bloody spotkicks! Holland lost and broke my heart with them so many times already, but I still had good faith. Yet again, my faith wasn't enough. My team lost once again on penalties. Eventhough we lost I look back at the game as a great effort and we got more than I expected on forehand.
After the match we had to wait for almost an hour in the stadium to get, terrible! My throat was sore, my feet hurt and all I wanted was a drink, food and put my feet up. Boy, was I glad that McDonalds was still open when we got there, but I don't think the workers there were too happy with all the supporters coming in just before closing time.
Finally at about 2.30 am on thursday night I could go to bed after being awake since 8am the wednesday before!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Favourite Football Moments: part 1

From now on I will post 5 great goals or moments every week or so and explain what makes them great to me.

Carlos Alberto: World Cup final 1970 vs Italy
This goal was the icing on the cake for the best team ever in World Cup football. The goal starts at the back and on the left. A genious lay-off by Pelé to set up the right back to score this goal. Absolutely amazing team effort.

Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten: Euro88 final vs USSR
As this was one of my first memories of football I remember it vividly. My favourite player that time, Gullit, scored the most powerful header. Those rasta's flying in the air and the cheers afterwards, unforgettable! If that wasn't enough Van Basten scored what was one of the most incredible goals ever. Best thing about those goals was that they came with a major international trophy. We won the European Championship!!!! Therefor 1988 will always be the year.

Esteban Cambiasso: World Cup 2006 group stage vs Serbia&Montenegro
I was watching this match and afterwards I was convinced this team should win the World Cup. How the are we gonna beat that team? We didn't, ended second in the group with them and were lucky to get to next stage. The Argentina manager is the biggest moron ever! One of his best players, Messi, was left on the bench in the match they lost on penalties vs Germany! What a disgrace.

Faustino Asprilla: 1993 World Cup qualifier vs Argentina (5-0)
Tino the Latino and Colombia performed at their best. A great team with Fredy Rincon, Carlos Valderama, Rene Higuita and the late Andres Escobar were set to do great things. Unfortunately they never really get to this level again afterwards.

Romario: sometime in his Barca days, I believe this is against Mallorca
There are plenty great goals by Romario and some might pop up here in the future. I just love the nonchalance with which he scores this goal. So effortless, yet an amazing goal. Don't forget the great set up by Michael Laudrup.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

"..I smoke on the mic like smokin Joe Frazier.."

There's a whole bunch of rappers that I enjoy listening to and today I would put the main focus on an underrated Clansmen. They call him the Rebel INS, Rollie Fingers, but most people know him as Inspectah Deck from the Wu-tang Clan. I really like his style, the way he uses multies and structures his raps. I will pick 5 tracks that are true highlights to me and that show me the potential Deck got.

1. C.R.E.A.M

It's been twenty-two long hard years of still strugglin
Survival got me buggin, but I'm alive on arrival I peep at the shape of the streets And stay awake to the ways of the world cause shit is deep A man with a dream with plans to make C.R.E.A.M. Which failed; I went to jail at the age of 15 A young buck sellin drugs and such who never had much Trying to get a clutch at what I could not... could not... The court played me short, now I face incarceration Pacin -- going up state's my destination Handcuffed in back of a bus, forty of us Life as a shorty shouldn't be so ruff But as the world turns I learned life is hell Living in the world no different from a cell Everyday I escape from Jakes givin chase, sellin base Smokin bones in the staircase Though I don't know why I chose to smoke sess I guess that's the time when I'm not depressed But I'm still depressed, and I ask what's it worth? Ready to give up so I seek the Old Earth Who explained working hard may help you maintain to learn to overcome the heartaches and pain We got stickup kids, corrupt cops, and crack rocks and stray shots, all on the block that stays hot Leave it up to me while I be living proof To kick the truth to the young black youth But shorty's running wild smokin sess drinkin beer And ain't trying to hear what I'm kickin in his ear Neglected, but now, but yo, it gots to be accepted That what? That life is hectic

2. A Better Tomorrow

Yo, in the housing, thousands seen early graves
Victims of wordly ways, memories stays engraved All my live brothers, is locked down with high numbers The young hunger, blind to these lies, they die younger In this New World the Order slaughter men, women, and children Ten feet gates surround the building keep us sealed in The projects, lifeless like a vietnam vet Constant war, sever threats of enemy conquest Crooked cops comb my building complex that's in the rumble Streets are like a jungle, can't let my cypher crumble Vivid thoughts, Devils resort to trick knowledge They kick garbage, lust for chicks and quick dollars I know the pain the game bring, I did the same thing Spaced out in the staircase, performing a sting It's hard to keep control, I bless those who seek a scroll Trying to reach a whole nation and break the sleeper hold Not a role model, I walk a hard road to follow I sold bottles of sorrow then chose poems and novels The gospel was told, some souls it swallowed whole Mentally they fold, and they eventually sold their life and times, deadly like the virus design but too, minute to dilute, the scientist mind

3. Above the Clouds (Gangstarr)

Yeah; I leave scientists mentally scarred, triple extra large
Wild like rock stars who smash guitars Poison bars from the Gods bust holes in your mirage and catch a charge shake em down like the riot squad Invade your zone, ruin like ancient Rome I span the universe and return to Earth to claim my throne The maker, owner, plus soul controller Ayatollah rest in the sky, the cloud's my sofa Stand like Collossus, regardless to whom or what Numerous attempts at my life, so who to trust Who but us, to supply you with the fire? The burning truth, 150 Absolut proof On the mic like Moses spoke in golden scribe Survivor of the oldest tribe whose soldiers died I notified families, we shed tears and more but our hands are the ammo cause the battle's still on Sound the horn; we come rumblin through the function Precise laser beam technique to touch somethin When we die hard, to build the monument to honor us with Humungous effect in the world - we could have conquered it

4. Triumph

I bomb atomically, Socrates' philosophies and hypothesis can't define how I be droppin these mockeries, lyrically perform armed robbery Flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me Battle-scarred shogun, explosion when my pen hits tremendous, ultra-violet shine blind forensics I inspect you, through the future see millenium Killa B's sold fifty gold sixty platinum Shacklin the masses with drastic rap tactics Graphic displays melt the steel like blacksmiths Black Wu jackets queen B's ease the guns in Rumble with patrolmen, tear gas laced the function Heads by the score take flight incite a war Chicks hit the floor, diehard fans demand more Behold the bold soldier, control the globe slowly Proceeds to blow swingin swords like Shinobi Stomp grounds and pound footprints in solid rock Wu got it locked, performin live on your hottest block

5. Cold World

Yo - no time to freeze, undercovers ease up in Grand Prixs
and seize packages and pocket the currency Clicks control strips full clips are sprayed Yellow tape barricades sidewalks where bodies lay Madness strikes at twelve o'clock midnight Stick up kids on the ground broke the staircase light And I stays harassed, scramblin for petty cash Jakes on my ass young bucks is learnin fast 357's and 44's Bought inside corner stores, their fire sparks the wars Hospital floors surrounded by the law Homicide questioning while the Jakes guard the door My hood stay tense, loyalty puts strength in my team Cause niggaz main concern is CREAM Some niggaz in the jet black Gallant Shot up the Chinese resteraunt, for this kid named Lamont I thought he was dead but instead he missed a kid and hit a twelve year old girl in the head and then fled Tactical narcotic, task force, back off fast Cause the crime boss is passin off cash Extortions, for portions of streets, causes beef Havin followers of Indians trying to play Chief You witness the saga, casualties and drama Life is a script, I'm not a actor but the author of a modern day opera, where the main character is presidential paper, the dominant, factor

Unfortunately Inspectah Deck didn't live up to his potential as a solo artist, but maybe we expect too much. In the group and as a guest Deck always manages to shine and that's probably when he's at his best. Mostly at those time you'll hear his outstanding wordplay and rhyme style, cus it differs so much from others. The Rebel remains one of my favourites and therefor I hope the Clan will make another album on which he can shine.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Food Heaven, Singapore!

My traveling bug is still very much alive and all I want is to get back to it! One of the finest trips I took was to the Lion City. Maybe my views were blurred by my other interest in that city, but I made two great trips down there that I look back to with fond memories. A Fine City, Singapore. To me Singapore has the best of both worlds, it is Asian and looks modernized. Another good things is that I’m not really short there!

As life there is half the prize for me, shopping and going out for dinner were great pastimes. I spend a lot of time walking around town going in and in out shopping malls, one even bigger and fancier than the other. Especially after my first trip I came back with so much more than I came with. Did some of my best music buys from the past years. The College Dropout by Kanye West, Jay Z’s Black Album, picked up some old classics like Illmatic by Nas and Ice Cube’s Amerikka’s Most Wanted. All those albums rank very high on my list. Most of them were bought at HMV down at Orchard Road where I could spend hours skimming trough the albums and DVDs. The Queensway Shopping Centre in Queenstown got plenty of my money as well. The amount of sports gear, shoes and other clothing is great. My love for football had me drooling over the jersey’s they sold there and of course I had to get one from the Singapore national team. Obviously that wasn’t the only one I got, the sleeveless Cameroon jersey was a nice buy too.

Ok, enough about shopping , let’s get to the food! Singapore is FOOD HEAVEN! Everything I want and then some. Like most Asian cities there’s food on every corner and you can get it almost the entire day. The hawker centers are good for a quick bite and a lunch, but I don’t to get my dinner there either. It seems a bit dodgy at times, but the food is usually pretty good. I recommend to take the Indian or Malay food. The Chinese food is my least favorite and at times the hygiene seems not all the good. That said, there’s enough nice Chinese food as well, but it’s just not much for my liking. Curry puffs, satay or popia’s are great snacks and don’t forget the fish balls. I never had a better range of noodles than in Singapore. Fried noodles, tom yam noodle soup and others, the Japanese ones and so much more. Great other dishes are the laksa, rice noodles in a coconut curry gravy with shrimp, egg and chicken. Nasi lemak, coconut rice with omelette, anchovies, cucumber and chili paste. Sometimes it is wrapped in banana leaves, which enhance the flavour. The Malay cuisine is definitely my favourite, but some good Indian food is always welcome. Chicken madras and a nice tandoori can be served to me anytime. I love all the spicy food and that surprised some of the local people I met there. I sweat, turn read, but love eating it. Barbequed stingray is making my mouth water when talking about it. Quite spicy but a welcome change from all the chicken and beef. Ooh shit, how could I forget about all the yummy sushi. However, the best dish I had is not available in stores. The homemade sambal from my ex-mother-in-law (not that I was married) that was all over some big ass prawns is top-notch. Wake me at any time for that dish and I’ll be happy. That alone is worth the trip back there.

Everybody’s hungry now, mission accomplished!

I stayed in the area of Sembawang MRT, near Sun Plaza and the 2nd time I stayed around Yio Chu Kang which are both fine neighbourhoods. I can see myself live down there and enjoy it. Some of the best places to walk around in Singapore are Boat Quay and River Quay. I was absolutely tricked there by a Turkish ice-cream seller. I enjoy walking up and down Orchard Road. I know it’s damn crowded and all, but I love to go up in the masses and observe what’s going down around me. The east coast beach area is extremely nice for a good stroll or just a romantic picnic. A trip down to Sentosa Island is a must. The big Lion in the centre of the island looks amazing, the aquarium should be nice (didn’t go inside, maybe next time) and you obviously have to see Fort Siloso. The great historic value of that place was very interesting. If you’re lazy, tired or just want something different, you can move around in a monorail. Last but not least is the great beach area to swim. It looks absolutely amazing and tropical

I must have forgotten so many other great things about Singapore that I might cover some other time. I have to get back there anyway. I met some really nice people there that made my stay unforgettable and I want to thank all of them. The best thing about my trips there was that I saw all the tourist places and was taken to some less known places by my friends there.

I’ll be back!