Your 2006 FFL Champions

The Eagles got an interception just as we got in our car to leave for dinner to put me ahead by one, then iced it on Dallas’ final drive with a sack, giving me a 50-48 victory and my fourth FFL Championship! This is the best Christmas ever.

That’s it for fantasy football talk for awhile, we now return you to your regularly scheduled cross-posted reviews.

Tie Game

This sport is trying to kill me. We’re in the fourth quarter of the Eagles/Cowboys game, and thanks to two sacks and an interception, the score of my championship game is now tied, 48-48. Unfortunately, my opponent holds a half-point lead in the case of a tie, as a result of finishing the regular season with a better record than me. I need one more sack, interception, or forced fumble, and for Terry Glenn to continue to do nothing.

Sadly, it’ll be awhile until I find out how this goes, as we have to head out for Christmas Dinner. Oh fantasy football gods, why doth thou taunt me?

Top 10 TV Episodes of 2006

Hey, I wasn’t kidding when I said I love year-end lists. Thus, I shall leave no stone unturned in my attempt to quantify the year in pop culture. Unlike my Top 10 TV Shows of 2006 list, this list only judges episodes that aired in the calendar year, January-December. So some might be from current seasons, while others will be from previous seasons.

To put the list together, I went through episode listings and summaries from the shows I watch on various web sites like TV.com, IMDb, Wikipedia, and Television Without Pity, picking out episodes that stand out in my memory. Then I worked from that list to make my ten. I didn’t do anything crazy like re-watch every episode or anything, cause if an episode wasn’t memorable enough for me to decide on it now, then it wouldn’t be top ten, now would it? As a result, this list is heavy with event programming, be it season finales or sweeps week episodes that send the show into hiatus. But, hey, they usually save their best stuff for then anyway, so I’m sure this list is solid.

NOTE: Since I’ll be talking about specific episodes, the write-ups will be necessarily spoilerish. For people who want to skim but remain unspoiled, the pictures are fairly unspoilery.
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Going into Monday Night

No more TDs today, so LT let me down for the first time all season. He got me 2 points on yardage, but Vernon Davis did the same for my opponent, so no difference in the point differential, I’m down 48-45 going into a Eagles DST vs Terry Glenn matchup, which I need to win outright (a tie does not help me). I need a Christmas miracle (stupid kickers).

Well, time to spend some of the holiday with my family.

The Oppression of Time

The clock is ticking away, and LT has yet to score. He broke out one big run, which had me yelling at the TV while making myself hot dogs (and keeping Gromit from jumping on the counter… never should’ve given him that piece of cheese), but was run out of bounds before he scored. Then sometime when I was probably taking Gromit outside, he had a 47 yarder called back on a penality, so I’m glad I missed that.

Matt Hasselback has lost 2 points on interceptions, so the score is now 46-43. I have at least 2 more points coming to me on LT yardage, so it remains close. But I don’t want it close, I want LT to get me points!!!

The Morning Games are Over

Going into the afternoon, with all the yardage and DST scores added up, I’m down 48-43. This is a tight game. But now my big weapon takes the field, LaDainian effing Tomlinson, who is having the greatest fantasy season in history. He’s averaging about 25 points a game, and it looks like I’ll need them. So for now, it’s LT vs Matt Hasselback and Vernon Davis, with the Eagles DST for me and Terry Glenn for him going tomorrow night.

Idiot Kickers

I’m down 43-39, largely because Robbie Gould has 14 points for my opponent, and Josh Scobee only has 2 points for me. Had I started John Carney like I have for the past two weeks, he’d have scored 12 points for me. If I lose by ten or less, I will have to shoot myself.

The Slayers pull ahead!

Robbie Gould tacked on another field goal for my opponent to put him at 36, but Deuce finally reached the endzone to put me at 36. Add Marvin Harrison’s 112 yards, and I’m up 38-36. Technically, he’ll probably end up getting at least 4 more points from Jones-Drew for yardage, but I don’t calculate those scores until after the game is final (he could still lose yards, or pick up 50 more). But I’ll get at least 2 from Tom Brady for yardage, so we’re pretty much tied right now.

Sadly, I started the wrong kicker this week. I hope this doesn’t haunt me.

Marvelous MARVIN!!!

Marvin Harrison scores his second TD, putting the game at 34-30! I was high on Harrison going into the draft, while everyone else was looking at other receivers, thinking he was too old. My philosophy is that I’ll wait til Harrison actually has an off season, instead of predicting every year that this will be the season he has one. I was considering drafting him in the first round, until it became apparent that I could get him in the second. Yay me!

After the Half

I started my comeback, the score is now 27-23, putting me down by 4. He’s gotten a couple of sacks by the Bears and another PAT, while things started to look bad for me. Marques Colston dropped a TD pass, Tom Brady came up a yard and a half short on a quarterback sneak, and Deuce McAllister was stopped on the goal line twice in a row, followed by an incomplete pass to Colston.

Luckily, Sean Payton has huge, huge balls and went for it on fourth down for the third time in the first half, and the Saints (the football team for New Orleans, not me and my wife) threw a TD to Colston. Somewhere in there Heath Miller scored a one yard TD, which was awesome because I wasn’t going to start him. When I first posted my starters, I put in Bo Scaife in at tight end, but because he’s injured, I reluctantly switched in Miller against the Ravens, figuring that I wouldn’t get any points either way. So… yay!

Throw in a Tom Brady TD pass, and I was down by three. I was in a position to go up by three, but Josh Scobee missed a 53 yard kick, which puts us where we are now.

Oh, and Gromit is going nuts, running back and forth for no reason. Which… is pretty common for him.