Posts Tagged ‘Sky Sports’

Lovin it - forget top 100 I'm top 60.

Yes it’s been longer than Ron Jeremy’s penis since I last posted to this blog, but I have been wrapped up with far too many NFL fantasy teams for just one human being.

I have teams in NFL.com, Yahoo.com and ESPN.com and even a few on Facebook.

Its funny though, my actual favourite fantasy team that I manage is on Sky Sports – where you pick a different team every week – 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 team defense.

For some reason Sky Sports and NFLUK officials (the joint competition hosts) still had their fingers stuck up their butt cheeks so the competition only began in Week 2.

With three NFL weeks in the books in this competition I am very proud to say I am ranked 6oth in the UK. I am pretty happy with that, but I want to crack the top 50 next week.

One thing for sure is that I am enjoying playing this game and there is absolutely no cost.

It does start getting interesting from Week 5 and beyond as the bye weeks start kicking in so its not only picking the best, its making sure my players are actually suiting up at the weekend.

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He may look like the rabbit out of Donnie Darko but you gotta love some Reali

I swore to my wife that I would do some more exercise and spend more time away from a tv screen (unless I was sweating profusely doing some Wii boxing).

 
That all changed a few weeks ago when yet another piece of junk mail from Sky Television landed in my porch. I have to say I normally bin the reams of coloured crap that Sky send, but this one had ESPN on it so being a huge American sports fan (apart from Ice Bore Hockey) I opened the envelope.
 
The offer was £4.50 a month for three months for ESPN (which in the UK is NOT the USA version of ESPN instead it shows round ball football including some exclusive Premier League games and UFC), ESPN Classic (which shows old World Cup videos and some great archive boxing like when Mike Tyson was the best brawling boxer on the planet) and ESPN America (live College Football, live NBA basketball, live NHL bore hockey, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption and other USA ESPN shows).
 
This half-price offer was just perfect. I can justify to my wife that it is £1.50 per ESPN channel per month, and at the same time I get to watch all the USA sports journalists talk crap about the NFL right up until the Superbowl XLIV on Feb 7 2010 in Miami.
 
Yes PTI presenters Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon were battered with the ugly stick at birth, and yes Around the Horn presenter Tony Reali looks the spitting image of the nightmarish rabbit in Donnie Darko but they sure know how to entertain me.
 
Anyone in the UK that is a Sky Sports subscriber and a fan of American sports need to get some ESPN action in their lives.
 
If you don’t have Sky you can still pick up the audio only version of PTI and Around the Horn for FREE through iTunes. This audio file version is splendid for free, but its much more fun to see the expression on people’s faces and what Around the Horn guest Woody Paige has written on his chalk board behind him each day. Woody’s most recent chalkboard was ‘Don’t eat clowns, they taste funny’. Classic Paige.
 
This weekend has three great live College football games on ESPN America here in England РTennessee at Mississippi, Iowa at Ohio State and Notre Dame at Pittsburgh.
 
All three NCAA games will have some great storylines, crazy painted fans in the stands, student bands, wacky mascots and pumped up commentators.
 
Only problem now is trying to get to see any of this Saturday evening – my wife deservedly dominates the remote control tonight and will be watching Strictly Come Dancing, the X Factor (big up Jedward!!!) and Casualty (a drama show based in a hospital).
 
Thank god for Sky+ so I can record me some College football.
 
Gotta love some ESPN (as long as you can afford it).
Proof for at least one week that I am number one in the UK Fantasy competition

Proof for at least one week that I am number one in the UK Fantasy competition

What a shock – I get an email this evening from the NFLUK Fantasy Football team and it transpires that I am top of the entire competition after three full NFL weeks.

For all non UK readers you have to pick 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 Team D on a budget see here.

I did win a weekly prize about 3 or 4 years ago after Chris Cooley went mad and scored three touchdowns against the Cowboys, but I have never actually led the competition overall ever.

This should mean that I get my name up in lights Рwell I should get my name on Sky Sports this Sunday or Monday coming.

I know that this being top of the charts will not last long but its always fun to be top of the tree – shame I do not get any sort of prize.

I do hope that Nick Halling the Sky Sports NFL presenter remembers my name – he made a sarcastic comment about me a few years ago but he may well have forgotten me by now.

For all those UK readers I am not revealing my secrets – all I can say is that this is probably the first and last time that I will be top of the table all season so Ill bask in the temporary September sunshine!