Archive for December 16, 2009

Another monster fantasy week from Chris Johnson helped me finish 9th in the planet in Week 14

I had a feeling that I had done quite well in picking 7 players and a team defense in the Sky Sports (UK based) weekly NFL fantasy football competition after 6 of my 7 picks had absolute monster games last Sunday.

The likes of Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson, Ray Rice and Drew Brees performed admirably and my few secret picks were doing pretty well too.

In this game you get to change your line up every week (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 team defense) all within a set budget.

Well to cut a long story short any score of 150 or over will see you in the top 100.

I calculated that by the end of Sunday night I had 152 points and still had Vernon Davis yet to play on Monday Night Football against the Cardinals.

To say I slept light was an understatement of epic proportions. Tuesday morning first thing I did was go online on my phone to check the MNF result and discovered that Davis had a poor game yardage wise (37) but a touchdown, making my total score 161.

With that in mind I started dreaming that I had won the weekly contest, which means an NFL football, an NFL shirt and a one in eighteen chance of winning tickets to the Superbowl in a season ends prize draw.

I had won the weekly contest around this time of the season about 4 or 5 years ago and got a huge buzz from seeing my name on tv, as well as having Nick Halling make a sarcastic comment about me (following the many emails I used to pepper the Sky Sports studio with).

I checked the standings around 1pm on Tuesday during my lunchtime on my phone and was absolutely gutted to find out that I finished joint 9th.

Some guy called ‘big shooter’ managed to get 175 points, using many of the same players as I had, except he had DeSean Jackson on his team, and he to me was the so-called ‘x-factor’, unlike Joe McElderry who will in 12 month be the z-factor.

‘big shooter’ certainly hit his target in week 14. All I can do is reload my weapon and fire it a bit more accurately in week 15….and no I wont be revealing my team to anyone until the week is over !

Good luck to all Sky Sports fantasy NFL players and I look forward to seeing more of Britball superstar Mark Cohen in the Sky Sports studio.

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In 1967 The Hammer went from Superbowl I to meeting English boy scouts

I simply can’t help it, after a day at work talking about marketing plans and communications strategies I do like to somehow alter the office conversation to the NFL.

Today I was talking to a chap who is temporarily based in my office to support our communications planning, and inevitably we swapped personal website/blog info.

When I explained to this gent that I liked NFL football he went all retro on me and asked if the Kansas City Chiefs still existed.

I said yes they did but they were not playing good football at the moment.

This chap recalled how, as a teenager in 1967, he went over from England to Missouri as part of a ginormous boy scout camp.

Along with seeing real live native indians he was introduced to some giant people in shoulder pads from a team called the Kansas City Chiefs.

When I asked the chap if he could remember the names of any players he said no, but even though it was 42 years ago he remembered the nickname of one of the players – ‘The Hammer’.

I did a quick Google search on my mobile phone and found that this chap was referring to Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson, a defensive back who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs in the 60s.

It happens that ‘The Hammer’ became an actor and director and has quite a long history on the silver screen, including a number of blaxploitation movies in the 70s. ‘The Hammer’ even posed naked for Playgirl in the 70s (too much information I know).

I’m not sure this chap realised that he met a guy that played in the first ever Superbowl (a Chiefs loss to the Green Bay Packers) in the same year he played in that game.

Once I explained that this colleague seemed genuinely impressed.

It made me think, I’d love to go back to the 1960s and the time when the traditional NFL and the new upstart AFL league were competing for players and supremacy.

For those who want to know why Fred Williamson was called ‘The Hammer’ it was because his imposing forearm actually cracked opposing players helmets.

Williamson actually played himself with an adapted three bar facemask so opposing teams could not snap his neck back – here is a replica of the helmet he wore back in the 60s.

'The Hammer's' unique 3-bar facecage from the 1960s

Fascinating stuff eh! – Boy scout meets Superbowl athlete and 42 years later realises the significance !