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If you've spent any time with me this football season (or just about any time), you know how I feel about the NFL schedule maker. Not a fan. Like if Jar-Jar Binks and Dana from "Homeland" had a baby; that kid would grow up to make the NFL schedule.
But what's the schedule maker's beef with the San Diego Chargers? No, this has nothing to do with the Chargers having to play their second 10 a.m. start of the season for absolutely no reason. (And really, West Coast teams shouldn't have to play those 10 a.m. games. I mean, why is that even appropriate? Kick those games to 1 p.m. on the West Coast. This would be probably the easiest fix in a long list of easy fixes for the NFL schedule. But I guess nothing is allowed to go up against the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.)
And this also has nothing to do with the Chargers having to play at Denver on Thursday night like they did for the second consecutive season. I mean, why not give Peyton Manning another advantage by having him and the Broncos play host to the Chargers on Thursday night for the second consecutive year? Because a.) Could you imagine the outrage if this situation was reversed? B.) See the first point. And 4.) If you have to change the point of emphasis in the league for one player, why not double down by having the team's biggest divisional rival travel to them on a short week? I guess that all makes sense.
But this has nothing to do with any of that. My real beef is why in the name of Great Caesar's Ghost do the Chargers not play a home game on the Sunday before Halloween? This is like the 80th consecutive year the Chargers have not been home on Halloween weekend. (Although you might want to check my math on that.)
And it's an outrage.
My absolute favorite tradition as a San Diego Chargers season ticket holder (other than having a couple of belts at Tivoli and then taking the Red Line to Mission Valley) was the Chargers Girls wearing Halloween costumes on the weekend before Halloween. Now it seems like the NFL schedule maker is purposely trolling me by putting the Chargers on the road in back-to-back weeks headed into Halloween just out of spite. I mean (expletive), the NFL should just declare the Chargers must play host on the weekend of Halloween as tradition much like the Cowboys and Lions are mandated to play host on Thanksgiving.
This is an absolute joke.
I understand some other cheerleading squads have admirably filled the void. And I must give a special shout out to Duval County, Florida because the Jaguars' cheerleaders killed it with the sheer number of superhero costumes the ladies adorned. There was even a "Top Gun" cheerleader, too. This is the kind of thing 13-year old Adam would have absolutely loved.
Because I grew up in the last generation before it became socially acceptable to like comic books, superheroes and football. There was a fork in the road when I was a kid where I had to decide between my Mace Windu action figure (not dolls, jerks) and playing football. And I had to make the choice. I mean, had I not blown up my Millennium Falcon with an M-80 (yes, I was raised in the Inland Empire of California), I could have been the next Nerdist. Not that I regret my decision. I just wish I could have worn a blue-and-gold Batman T-shirt back in the day to games and not got (expletive) for it. Because if you would have shown up to the playground wearing a Superman T-shirt for a game of Smear the... uh, nevermind what that game was called. But if you wore a superhero T-shirt for that game, you were going to get the ball thrown at you and tackled a ton. And girls would never look at you. Now the ladies wear Hogwarts uniforms.
And, I'm sorry, I forgot what my point was.
And without further ado ...
Yeah buddy, it's Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning. So this is the week America gathers round and roots for Brady, right? I mean even the most impartial football fan has to root for the good guy in this matchup, right? Nope, that's right. Everybody sides with Manning. Even last week when I pointed out Manning bullied that poor scoreboard operator, I was the *bad guy *for even bringing it up. I hope Brady puts it on him. Again.
Actually, if we could just have a replay of last year's regular-season game, I'd be pretty cool with that.
Russell Wilson is 5-0 at home against the AFC with a 117.6 rating (11 touchdowns and just two picks). He's 19-2 at home including playoffs. He'll run enough to keep it interesting even in a blowout.
I don't feel comfortable with Nick Foles as my quarterback. I (expletive) knew it, too, on draft day. But I'm pot-committed at this point and I'm going to go with him, mostly because I don't trust many other players. This would be a nice time to try to trade him away, if possible.
Colin Kaepernick has won his past three starts against St. Louis with a passer rating of 117.6. He's had six touchdowns with no interceptions over that stretch. He smoked St. Louis earlier this year.
I see a lot of questions about both Ben Roethlisberger and his counterpart on Sunday. I'm leaning towards Ben, but I fear it's me chasing the fantasy points. But dude, Ben blew up Heinz Field like the CGI in "The Dark Knight Rises" amirite (sic)? All right, that was pretty bad. Sorry.
ImageFinally was able to catch up with "Guardians of the Galaxy" and no, I didn't see Peyton Manning there. Wow, easily one of the best Marvel movies I've seen outside of the first Captain America and I actually liked it more than the "Avengers" too. I sincerely hope DC Comics takes a similar approach when the Suicide Squad gets its own movie in the coming years.
ImageFor the record, my man Ahman Green is going to be in "Batman vs. Superman" as one of the thugs. Which is awesome. I've long said the former Green Bay Packers running back would make a pretty good John Stewart if you wanted to extend the Green Lantern Corps past Hal Jordan. And I'm pretty sure he's going to get a reboot, too.
I'm going to be pretty honest with you. There aren't a lot of running backs I don't like with so many teams in a bye this week. So even if you're down on Marshawn Lynch, for instance, there is no way you can keep him on the bench.
I know some of you are pretty bummed on LeSean McCoy right now. Even though positive NFL Media emails we receive each week find it hard to say nice things about McCoy. At least the matchup is good, right?
If you need to play a Tampa Bay running back this week, Bobby Rainey seems like a pretty decent option. He's somebody I would look at in those weekly leagues too if his price is low.
ImageIt's a tough deal to figure out how the Patriots are going to deploy their running backs. Mostly because Bill Belichick is a Decepticon. But if the Pats are going to try to shorten the game by running, that would mean more Jonas Gray, who has emerged as the big back guy. If the team has to throw it a ton, I would expect Shane Vereen to be in there because he's the pass catcher. What you have to ask yourself is, how do you see this game playing out? I believe it will be close enough for both backs to figure prominently.
Jerick McKinnon has 193 rushing yards in his past two games and is the top rookie rusher of 2014. Washington has been tough on running backs this year, but I still stick with him this week.
ImageThere are about as many available receivers as there are members of SAMCRO left. SPOILER. My long belief (like talking years) is "Sons of Anarchy" ends with one of Jax's boys reading his deceased dad's diary as he sits at the table for SAMCRO. His brother is dead. And now the surviving Teller heir is trying to figure out a way to save his club. And there is no reason to believe otherwise after this week's episode.
ImageSPOILER As eluded to by Jury, Jax will end up taking a hero's way out. Probably sacrificing himself to Marks to save the club. Abel will probably survive, it will be Thomas who goes. I thought Bobby having just one eye would have been a nice homage to Otto. But now he doesn't have a hand. Oh man, Juice becomes the new Otto, though. Rat is president. His quick-thinking this week laid the groundwork that he's really the smart one of the current group.
ImageHell in a Cell was a pretty good pay-per-view. You are probably waiting for me to hate on it, but that is not going to happen here. You have to understand, with the WWE Network, the PPVs are really just monthly specials and we can't expect any real resolution. Not until WrestleMania at least. So I really enjoyed the show because Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are just so good.
ImageTo be honest, I do wish Ambrose would have gotten the clean win over Rollins and then had Bray Wyatt appear as a hologram. But it didn't totally kill my evening, either, because I was kind of like, "Oh (expletive) what is going on?" It was a cool moment. Wrestling needs more cool moments, so I was all about it.
ImageThe Bella Twins put on a great match. Honestly. They each kicked out of each other's finishers which is fine, but save that (expletive) for WrestleMania (I blame Cena). Damien Sandow is also the best thing on the show right now. Sometimes you have to just bide your time on a show before your greatness is realized and you're bumped up to the main event.
Jordan Reed has all of the skills. If you've held on to him this long, make sure he's in your lineup.
ImageCongratulations to the Chicago Cubs for getting their man, Joe Maddon. If you can't win with Theo Epstein and Maddon, then baseball might not be for you, Chicago. (And was anybody else morose over the photos of the bleachers being torn down?) But seriously, I'm super happy for Chicago. You deserve a manger like this.
ImageWhat a wrap-up to the World Series, too. Exciting Game 7. And I think we can forever rest this debate because Madison Bumgarner> Clayton Kershaw. And honestly, it's not even a close contest. I get it, Kershaw is dominant during the regular season, but Bumgarner. To come in and pitch like that on three day's rest, after pitching a complete game shutout. Come on, people.
Tony Romo is questionable this week, and he should consider taking the day off. Romo was sacked five times when he faced the blitz on Monday night. (But it seemed like 50.) The Cardinals have 137 blitzes this season, most in the NFL. The Birds' opponents have a passer rating of just 74.5 when up against the team's blitz (third-lowest in the NFL). I would really look for other options this week, both in fantasy and reality.
The Raiders are in a pretty good spot this year. Sure, they are losing every game. But if they grab the first-pick in the draft, they can command a ton in return for the chance to draft Marcus Mariota.
And this is why I wouldn't look for Andy Dalton to be extremely productive this week. A lot of you just see the Jags and think great matchup. But did you know the Jags have allowed the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last month? The Jags D is pretty legit.
The Jags just need Blake Bortles to make some better throws. Maybe we expect a little too much from rookie QBs, but he was wildly inaccurate at times which is more disturbing than rookie mistakes.
And I will admit I got a bit nervous as Ben started to get close to Norm Van Brocklin's single-game passing record he set back in the 1950s. It's one of the few records remaining for the Los Angeles Rams. Well, until the team starts back up again at the Pasadena Rose Bowl next year.
ImageMy idea for the next LA Stadium would be to have a 40,000 seat stadium with the ability to add on about 50,000 seats for Super Bowls. There is no need to have more seating than that. Most of the revenue comes from luxury boxes and TV. Not tickets. So why build so many individual seats? I remember when Staples Center was controversial because it had three stories of suites.
ImageSpeaking of residents of the Staples Center, I'm pretty bummed for the Los Angeles Lakers. I really thought Julius Randle was going to be the truth, too. But I remember when Blake Griffin had a few injuries to start his career. That's right, as a Lakers fan I never thought I would look to the Clippers for inspiration. But here we are just one game into the 2014 and there you go.
Like I could see Martin land some place like San Diego next year to replace Ryan Mathews and become a nice little complimentary running back. I just don't trust the play calling in Tampa.
ImageDid we get a chance to talk about how miserable it was last week when Hillman lost those touchdowns? Hillman still had a great game. And any time you can head into the weekend with double-digit points from your RB2 or flex, you have to feel great. But I fell short in all the leagues I had Hillman. And then I remember how much John Fox let me down in the Super Bowl when I had picked the Panthers to win it all in the beginning of the year and now I've come to the realization Fox is now my top nemesis in the league.
How is it fair Washington played on the road in Dallas on Monday night and has to follow it up with a second road game in as many weeks? Who made this schedule, the New York Giants?
And if you didn't check out the lead-in (which I don't blame you, it's 1K words of pure nothingness) you already know how I feel about the Chargers schedule, too. Seriously, please give me the NFL schedule maker job already.
Have we even talked about how miserable the St. Louis running back situation is? Brian Schottenheimer has no idea how to handle those running backs. Not at all.
ImageSONS OF ANARCHY SPOILERS We all know Gemma is going to end up surviving, right? This is one TV death we would long to see. But there is going to be something where she will have outlived her son, and that would be a fate worse than death. Unless Jax takes her out when he takes his own life. Nah, Gemma has to live to see that her actions not only killed her daughter-in-law (literally) but her boy, too. It's the only way.
ImageSPOILER Although Unser should finally be able to figure out Gemma killed Tera. Juice probably killed Roosevelt and put it all together. I mean, he was a cop at some point on this show, right? And really, none of this bloodshed ever draws media attention? You would figure Charming, Calif. would really make an excellent episode of "Gangland" that you see on MSNBC or one of those stations. That should actually be the epilogue.
Jarvis Landry is a receiver I really do like, but I can't quite move him to the other side of the ledger just yet. But he is certainly somebody to keep an eye on going forward.
I really am tempted to put Cordarrelle Patterson into my lineup as a flex guy this week. I mean, we're leading up to this, right? He had a touchdown a few weeks ago. He had some nice receiving yards last week. This could be the week he puts it all together, right? Or could it be that because a number of us are forced to go with him as a desperation play, he's going to end up doing absolutely nothing. That almost makes the most sense.
Vincent Jackson was dropped in our NFL Fantasy LIVE League. (Formerly known as the "experts" league until I dominated it and a name change was requested.) Now if I had drafted him, I could see myself being upset enough to drop him. But if I see him available on the wire? You bet your butt I'm going to make a claim for him. Probably won't get him, though. This never works out for me.
Andre Johnson is another guy I would be tempted to drop if I had drafted him. But if I saw him available on the wire? I'd certainly grab him. Although, I probably wouldn't have drafted him.
ImageThe WWE has led us to a point where anything other than Dean Ambrose beating Seth Rollins at WrestleMania XXXI will be viewed as a disappointment. But this being the WWE leads me to believe we will see John Cena winning at Mania again. Especially with the promo Triple H had on Monday night. That all but told me Cena was going to end up as the champion again.
ImageI love Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro. They are the best. But how could a "Best of Three Falls" match not take at least an hour of the show? If you look at all the filler and commercials, we could have easily found more time for them. Shoot, you could have chopped about 15 minutes of the Cena/Orton match and there you go.
Was Larry Donnell really just a passing fancy? He's at the end of the TE1 list for me. I'd have to see a case-by-case basis.
We were just talking about guys we find on the waiver wire who we'd hate if we drafted; well what about Vernon Davis? Our state manager Johnny needed a TE and when I saw Davis on the wire, I figured he had to be picked up. I know, it completely makes no sense.
ImageCan we stop freaking out about the NCAA playoff ratings? I mean, it's the middle of the season right now. When Georgia and UCLA area playing for the NCAA title, can we just agree it's too early to start fighting over such things? But my biggest beef is that it's not eight SEC teams ranked up there. In fact, let's just make the SEC the only conference in college football that matters and put them in their own super group.
ImageActually, as much as I dislike the NFLSM (NFL schedule maker), I could make college football super easy: Four conferences of 16 teams. Conference winners make the playoffs. You're welcome.
ImageLife Hack: Worst Halloween treats to give out: 5. Pennies 4. Fruit. 3. Fruit Tootsie Rolls (because some parent is going to freak out because somebody once slipped a full-sized Bic razor into a Tootsie Roll because it is so easy to unwrap 2. Mounds 1. Leaving an empty box on the door step with a sign that says "Take One" when you know (deity) damn well there was never any (expletive) candy in there.
ImageHey look, it's every death in "Star Wars" right here. Wait, why is this in the "dislike" ledger? Well, you can clearly see they used the Greedo shot first scene. And not the (expletive) correct version where Han shot first.
Be good to one another. If you're going to celebrate like Madison Bumgarner, make sure to designate a driver.
For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 270K followers, and Fabiano has 165K. Me? Just four. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. And if you follow him on Sundays, he'll quote "The Wolf" from "Pulp Fiction" and then it's game on! Although, it's tough to catch me on Facebook. Twitter is your go-to." Plus seriously people, I'm not taking your tweets after Midnight. I'm into the #HashtagWars via @Midnight.