oh, you.

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You thought there wasn’t going to be a Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown)? Heh. That’s funny.


teh suck.

The NFL’s season is underway, and that means I’m once again immersed in far too many fantasy football leagues for a rational person to keep track of. Moreover, I’m already not doing so hot, in large part to an injury to one player in particular:


In terms of pro football stuff, I’m not a homer, at least not in the sense that I go out of my way to pick up Browns players. Because that would be stupid.

But I do look for former Buckeyes who can contribute, and this year, Gonzo was going to be the guy. With the departure of Marvin Harrison from Indy, he was moving up to the No. 2 receiver slot and, I thought, was set for a big year.

And then I recall hearing about his injury Sunday, while I was trying to nap on the way back home from Columbus.

In my Plurk league, I lost to Trannyhead by 14 points; I think Gonzo’s presence could have turned that into a win. I get BurghBaby in that league this week; she’s 1-0, but she could manage just 89 points on the first weekend — I had 102, the highest point total of any loser — so I think I’ll be in decent shape there.

In the YinzTeam league, the story was the same. I lost to Justin by around nine points — a healthy Gonzo probably would have made me a winner. Instead, I’m 0-1 and ready to get spanked by the Mean Gene Machine on Sunday.

I don’t have Gonzo in the Greater Bridgewater Area Press Association League. And it didn’t matter. We don’t play head-to-head here, and my 175 points were good for just third place out of four. Yikes.

And how goes The Bet, the annual pick-’em extravaganza between me and Mrs. Crappy? She’s up already, but that has more to do with me being an idiot than Gonzo’s injury. Nothing unusual there.

Sigh. It’s going to be a long season, fantasy-wise.

fantasy-tastic, week six

The word this week? Rough.

Yinz League — Butler Bernies

I knew this loss was coming, from the moment I saw it on the schedule. The Bernies played STBD Gets Sporty, owned by last year’s champion — and we got waxed. That loss drops me to 4-2 — still good for the season, but last among playoffs-bound teams if the postseason were to begin today.

The good news? This week I get Norm’s Keystoners, who play like they’re, well, keystoned. Norm’s team has been scoring just 66 points a game, and I think I should be able to take ’em.

GBAPA League — Butler Braylons

No. I didn’t change in the team name because its namesake has had a lousy season so far.

No. I also didn’t play him in Monday’s game, when he had a freaking career night. Oh well.

I’m still stuck in fourth place here. The gap between the leader and me, however, is growing.

Pick ‘Em

College: Still in third place, 10 points down. Pro: Still in third place, eight points down.

The Bet

I made conservative picks this week. So did The Wife. In fact, our picks were exactly the same. That’s a wash, and I maintain my narrow lead.

fantasy-tastic, week five.

While I had a setback in the league I want to win the most, I’m happy with the season so far. Here’s a look:

Yinz League — Butler Bernies

The inevitable finally happened — the Bernies lost. My team actually came through with a solid day — 106.23 points was outstanding, compared with with my scoring average of 89.35 through the first four week — but TehJim crushed me anyway by scoring 141.97.

Next up is STBD Gets Sporty, the team that sits just behind the Bernies in fifth place. Justin is the defending league champion and his team has been scoring at a 98-points-a-game pace, so my work is cut out for me once again.

GBAPA League — Butler Braylons

Sucking. Absolutely sucking. Actually, that’s not true — I’m still in fourth place here, but it just doesn’t seem like I’m getting any traction. A major lineup juggling session is on the way.

Pick ‘Em

Third in the college pool (meh), third in the pro pool (yay!). Time for a run.

The Bet

The Wife and I split the college and pro games we picked differently, so I’m maintaining my lead. I was brilliant in picking Vandy to upset Auburn; I was clearly stretching when I picked Nebraska to beat Missouri.


This week has been crazy. The next few will be crazier.

  • Father of Uncle Crappy will be having bypass surgery on Friday. In the span of a week, we went from routine check-up to problem with stress test to scheduled heart cath. IN ONE DAY, we went from probable need for angioplasty or installation of a stent to multiple bypasses. We’re all good in the meantime, and we’re actually pretty happy with how this has worked out. I’m sure I have more thoughts about this; I’ll post them when they come together a little bit.
  • I lost my first Yinz League fantasy game this weekend, despite having a pretty good day. My roster of misfits and has-beens put up a hundred-plus, but I still got rolled by TheJim, in what is certainly the highlight of his week.
  • As thrilled as I’m certain Jim is to win this weekend’s fantasy game, he had another pretty good thing happen to him on Thursday — TheAmy successfully gave birth to Jack Thomas Shireman at 12:36 p.m. Congrats to Jim, Amy and Jack — and to Norm, the winner of TehBaby Pool. The Shiremans and Norm will split the $52 pot; Norm also gets a Sportsocracy shirt and a WearPittsburgh shirt of his choosing, thanks to Woy.
  • I told you last week about BBM‘s contest and her wonderful idea for raising money for the fund to build a permanent monument at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville. Here’s how it turned out. BBM got more than 32,000 page views in September, which meant she has a little more than $100 to donate to the fund; an anonymous BurghBaby fan also dontated $1 for each comment/contest entry, and that totaled $390. Pretty cool. Even cooler? I won tickets to the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club’s Brewfest coming up next month, and I’m looking forward to swapping Athens stories with PghRugbyAngel at the festival. And even cooler than that? Gina won the GD and Marley Stanley Theater shows I offered up for the contest. Gina’s visited here a few times, and although I don’t know her I have the sense from reading her blog a bit that those CDs will have a good home.
  • I put in for Phish tickets for all three nights at Hampton next spring. If we get just one night, I’ll be off-the-charts happy. And I’ll still try to pick up the others via Ticketbastard.
  • Terrelle Pryor? There were times he looked like a freshman last night. And then there were times he looked he should be collecting the Heisman at the end of the season.
  • Hey — the Browns didn’t lose this weekend.

fantasy-tastic, week four.

Speaking of gambling, I’ve had a pretty good start to the fantasy football season. We’ll see how long it lasts.

Yinz League — Butler Bernies

I’m not how this happened, but I’m in first place here, undefeated despite being ninth out of 16 in scoring. Besides my tightightight win against Father Spoon in Week One, I’ve taken out PittGirl, the Mean Gene Machine and, last weekend, Death Valley Dawn’s 6 Demon Bag. And I’ve done it with a roster that would have a tough time beating many college teams. Go figure.

This weekend’s opponent? Dudley’s Death Drop, the team coached by our commissioner, tehjim. My only real hope for a win is if Jim is a little preoccupied by the birth of his son and forgets to make some key roster moves.

GBAPA League — Butler Braylons

Things ain’t going so well for me here — I’m fourth out of six, and I’m not really sure what to do about it. A couple of players I’ve been counting on for big points aren’t coming through, including the team’s namesake, who’s been so bad that I’m thinking of renaming the team. How does Butler Gimpy-Ass-Ball-Dropping-Michigan-Losers sound?

Pick ‘Em

Not good, but there’s time to recover. In the college game, I’m third of four — which is UNACCEPTABLE. In the pro game, I’m third of seven. That’s a little better.

The Bet

In The Big One against The Wife, I have an early lead, currently something int he neighborhood of five points. This follows the usual pattern — I’m good early, but then I start making stupid picks because I’m feeling too confident. And then The Wife kicks my ass. We’ll see.