Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This Week in Fantasy Sports: The Final Countdown

Well here we are, no the Maulers aren't here but the Stingers are in an epic battle against the Patriots this week. Here's the stats:


10-5-0 (W3)
Coach Rating: 91 (4th)
Schedule Difficulty: 4th
Passing Rank: 8th
Rushing Rank: 7th
Receiving Rank: 1st
Defense/ST Rank: Tied for 3rd

So as you can see my terrible rushing is definitely a hindrance but is made up for by my wide receivers and defense.


Record: 10-5-0 (W2)
Coach Rating: 91 (5th)
Schedule Difficulty: 12th
Passing Rank: 7th
Rushing Rank: 2nd
Receiving Rank: 7th
Defense/ST Rank: 11th

You can get several things from this, the first is his great rushers but terrible receiving, defense and passing. In fact, he has an over saturation of rushers with 3 good rushers in reserve! The second thing you can tell is how he got in the playoffs. My team had to claw its way into the playoffs with the 4th hardest Schedule, meanwhile he cruised on his rushers with the easiest schedule in the whole league!

Caledonia Stingers by 12

Current Lineup:
QB- Warner
RB- Grant
RB- Moats
WR- Austin
WR- Johnson
WR- Rice
TE- Gates
K- Hartley
DST- Vikings

Possible Wavier Claims:
Morris RB, Bush RB

Monday, December 21, 2009


The Stingers won their game against DogvsDog in an upset 103-85. It was a battle the whole way, here's a breakdown:

Quarter Backs:
S- Warner 17
D- Romo 20

I wish I had played Roethlisberger who got an astounding 38 points. But Warner at least kept it in reach.

Running Backs:
S- Grant 9
Moats 4
D- Jackson 12
Johnson 13

My terrible running back issue from the season follows me into the playoffs. Note to self, next year pick good running backs.

Wide Receivers:
S- Austin 19
Johnson 19
Rice 4
D- Holmes 7
Welker 4
Cribbs 0

What I lack in running back, I make up for in WRs. Both my healthy WRs did amazing and Rice played sick, so I'll cut him some slack. DvDs WRs had bad games.

Tight End:
S- Gates 9
D- Gonzalez 9

Goes to show that if you want to get into the playoffs, you need a decent tight end.

S- Hartley 5
D- Prater 15

Hartley had an okay game, but meanwhile Prater had an amazing game, I was praying "Don't let me lose because of a kicker!"

S- Texans 17
D- Packers 5

In my opinion, this gave me the game. True, I would've won without any points from defense at all, but this just gave me the security that I needed.

So it looks like that unless my division rival J&J can get at least 26 points with Steve Smith tonight, I will be facing Central Division Leader Patriots.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This Week in Fantasy Sports: Stingers in, Maulers out

Good and bad news as you can tell from the title. The Maulers didn't make the playoffs. Looking back it's a very disappointing season, we were on our way to an easy glide into the playoffs but suffered a 4 game losing streak coming into this week (we won our last game though). Unfortunately, my trade for Vincent Jackson didn't help us until this week (and the guy who got Romo is in the playoffs now). My biggest problem was my Running Back draft decisions. In week 1 I started with Jerious Norwood (total of 25 points the WHOLE SEASON!), Darren McFadden (only 41 points), Kevin Faulk (who did okay) and Marshawn Lynch who didn't perform nearly as well as I needed (especially since he started suspended). Another disappointment was Steve Smith who has had a wonky season. My Eagles DST also was a disappointment along with Tom Brady at times. What can I say? That's my whole team!

Most disappointing was that we actually had a good team in the end. Strong WRs, good RBs, great TE and Kicker. We definitely had a shot at the championship had we won.

The Stingers took different approach, having with RBs, Kickers and WRs, and QBs being injured CONSTANTLY. Almost every week seemed to alternate between winning and losing. I don't know how we finished in the first position for the East Division. I'm going up against the extremely tough DogvsDog, who is the overall 1st place in standings, with a SEVEN game winning streak! Currently it's projected to be a tie, but we both know the Stingers are gonna have a steep hill to climb.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Stinger503's Report of Toolbaggery 11/12/09

For those of you who don't know, Australia's game rating system doesn't allow games for people over 18 years of age. To put this in perspective, imagine if we had no 18-A or R rating in North America. How many good movies, that aren't appropriate for children, would we be missing?

Well probably one of the biggest toolbags of the year is Australia's Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, who says "I accept that 98 per cent, 99 per cent of gamers will tell the difference between fantasy and reality, but the 1 per cent to 2 per cent could go on to be motivated by these games to commit horrible acts of violence," he added. Yeah buddy, that's how society works. Only 1 to 2 percent of people flying are terrorists but let's not allow anybody to fly.

To quote Pink Floyd "We don't need your education! We don't need your thought control!"

What a toolbag!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Playoff Run Update

I'll be posting This Week In Sports tomorrow, however today I'm posting the projected standings. Currently both teams are in the playoffs, however the Maulers are in a 5-way tie for 4th, leaving the whole thing wide open, so next week will be key for the Maulers chances.

The Stingers meanwhile are in a 4-way for second. Again it's wide open, but I like our chances here better.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

25 Holy Crap Moments in Gaming

25. Left For Dead: Dead Air
In the finale to Dead Air, you step out onto the tarmac to prep the military plane for flight. When you first come out you see a plane coming in and crash, throwing debris everywhere! Video

24. Halo: 343 Guilty Spark
Just simply iconic Halo level..."I've got a bad feeling about this..." Video

23. Metal Gear Solid 2's Ending
So your playing this game and then suddenly your in a 20 minute cut scene about the new world order. As you just crashed into downtown New York and then battle it out from there. Video

22. Braid's Ending
Although overrated in many cases still a solid mysterious ending to a extremely well made game. Video

21. F22 Lightning II's Big Honkin' Air War
Basically self explanatory, its you and your team vs the other team, with literally dozens of aircraft flying around, its enough to make Maverick from Top Gun crap his pants.

20. Call of Duty 4's 1st Level
Although this isn't what most people remember Call of Duty 4 for, it certainly set the tone. Basically you are a national leader captured by a rebelling force and are being taken to be executed. You can't do anything but look around as your country is being overrun by rebels. Basically Infinity Ward's way of saying: "You ain't seen nothin' yet" Video

19. Call of Duty 4's AC130
The moment you pull the trigger and blow up a house, you simply want more. An amazing level and fun to play. Video

18. Half-Life 2: We don't go there anymore.
Only moments after she told you that Ravenholm is a hell hole, Alyx tell you to go through this festival of haunted nightmares (that's right nightmares that are haunted as well). Video

17. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory's Mexican Standoff
There's was definitely a holy crap moment when your faced with shooting Sam's war friend Douglas. Video

16. Gears of War 2: Riding horseback
Definitely the best moment in the Gears series was riding on the Brumak and blowing the hell out of everything in sight. Video

15. Prey's Opening

Prey was probably the biggest sleeper of 2006. I still remember the feeling I had playing the demo. The first level starts you in a bar where you explore the area, interacting with objects, and then the UFO comes. It's a great opening, and it only gets better too. Also: Killer soundtrack (needs more cowbell though) Video

14. Red Alert's Ending
I giant WTF happened when I played Red Alert to the end of the Soviet campaign as NOD leader Kane comes out of nowhere and shoots the Nadia who just poisoned Stalin. "I AM the future" Damn! You don't screw with Kane. Video

13. Halo: The Pillar of Autumn
The opening level of Halo perfectly sets up the franchise and multi-million dollar money maker. Starting of with some light diagnotics they drop you straight into some fighting. Video

12. Splinter Cell: The CIA
The is just something inherently awesome about breaking into the CIA. Video

11. Call of Duty 4: Ghillies in the Mist
One of the most badass levels of all time, just wonderfully developed. Period. Blowing off a guys arm and then jumping out of a building as it explodes is awesome. The Last Stand, avoiding soldiers, and just the amount of detail put into the old Soviet city is simply amazing. Video

10. Fallout 3's Ending
No I'm not talking about its crappy ending. I'm talking about it's HOLY CRAP THAT ROBOT IS BLOWING THE HELL OUT OF EVERYTHING ending. Video

9. Titanic Adventure Out of Time
One of the best games I've ever played. But the ending takes the cake as you run around the ship as it sinks, trying to figure out how to do everything right while not getting killed. Video

8. Half-Life 2: Meet the Antlions
You're in your little car and getting carried over a ton of giant bugs ala Starship Troopers and over course the DROP YOU! Of course no one tries to help or anything either.

7. SkiFree's Abominable Snowman
You probably don't remember it now, but when you were just skiing around having fun and then all of a sudden a monster comes out of nowhere and eats your skier alive, you likely said holy crap. Video

6. Red Alert 2: Intro Movie
I still say holy crap whenever I watch this. Drive Friendly. The Texas Way.

5. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's Final Battle

One of the best games I've ever played and probably one of the best endings in a game I've ever played. Having beaten Gannondorf, you run out of the crumbling tower and then in the collapsed ruin you fight the monstrous Gannon in an epic ending battle. Video

4. Halo 3's Ending
What more do I need to say. Just the perfect finish to the great series. Video

3. Portal
You knew this game had to be here. One of the most perfect games of all time. Especially the ending where the entire building blows up and then you have GLADOS sing you Still Alive. Video

2. Call of Duty 4: The Nuke
Of course I wouldn't dare not mention this. During the game you thought you'd play as to characters. Instead, your American character gets his as blown up in a huge nuclear explosion and then you get to walk around like its Fallout 3 as ash rains down on your fallen comrades. Video

1. Doom's Ending
No one could ever have expected to be teleported to a pitch black room full of monsters, but that's exactly what happened. The "what the hell is this?" is the icing on the cake. Video

Black Friday Indeed

I'm not going to do a This Week in Sports because I'm annoyed. First the Stingers lost the championship game. It didn't come as a surprise, the death knell was Texas vs Texas AM (I have Texas Defense and AMs QB) and that happened Thursday. It was still rather close so I'm not too disappointed.

Meanwhile NFL was a complete disaster. I have RBs injured everywhere. Both Roethlisberger and Warner were out so Stingers went without a QB. Guess how that went. I made a bunch of good grabs on waivers and have a small chance at Sim-Walker today. In fact, I'll check right now...

Hasn't gone through waivers yet so we'll see.

Surprisingly my best players were the tight ends Shiancoe and Gates. Go figure.

Update: I did get Sims-Walker, hooray!

I read that this is the kind of week that makes people want to quit fantasy all together. I just wish I had a league that allows walk ons dammit!