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NFL Fantasy Draft

vaughnmaddogsSo this year I’ve decided to enter an NFL Fantasy league with my team the Vaughn Mad Dogs.

The draft took place last night and although I made one or two (big!) mistakes I think my roster turned out alright.

I had the 9th overall pick in the draft – so by then the stud WR and RB were all gone – I took Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning with my first pick. Looking back I should’ve took Denver WR Demaryius Thomas with my first pick and would’ve still been able to pick up Manning or New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees with my 2nd pick (12th overall).

With my first 5 picks I took a QB, 2 WR and 2 RB.

You can see my end of draft depth chart below, surprisingly it doesn’t contain any 49ers players as Crabtree and Davis both went just before the pick I was going to use to select them.

was interested in the niners defense but they have a lot of injuries so decided to go with the highly rated St Louis Rams instead with the Kansas City Chiefs to use during the Rams bye week, or to replace them with if they’re under performing.


NFL Fantasy ranked my draft performance as a B and projects a T6 place finish.



Back on form

Really enjoyed 6-a-side last night. Did a lot more running and got involved a lot more in what was a “physical” match with a lot of meaty tackles.

I think more or less everyone will have woken up with some sort of ache or pain this morning.

Nike T90 Protega Shin PadsIn my case it’s my ankle after being the recipient of a slightly late tackle. Being rapped on the inside of your ankle bone/ achilles  wasn’t nice but it was pretty easily run off.

All I can say is that I’m thankful for the protection given by my shin pads as I could have had more than just a small lump there this morning had I not been wearing them.

My team came out on top again with superior fitness seeming to be the biggest contributing factor to the result.

We had a couple of new lads playing with us tonight, both good players, who I’ll be hoping will be able to play every week as the standard of play was slightly higher.

I think we’re going to have to agree on a colour scheme or set of strips to wear – the team we played were all in Newcastle shirts, except for one person who was wearing the black and white stripes of Juventus.

I have to say, it was nice getting the win over a team in black and white stripes.

On another subject, I’ll hopefully have my car back tonight after the clutch/gearbox is replaced. Can’t believe how much having no transport affects you!

That’s it for this post. Seeya later!

6-a-side – week 4

It’s been a while since I last posted on here. Mainly because of a lack of motivation as well as having had a lot on my plate with work, both cars breaking down and other not very nice things going on but hopefully the cars will be up and running again tomorrow and thing will get back to normal.

Nike Protega T90 Shin pads

Tonight will be the 4th week of 6-a-side which I’m enjoying greatly – though I’ve been disappointed with my performances the last 2 weeks running.

My first touch has all but deserted me but I will, I hope, find it again tonight.

At the very least my fitness is improving. I now last 20 minutes before I get a stitch!

The games so far have been fast paced and fairly physical with some meaty tackles flying in.

My shin pads (with ankle protection) seem to have done the trick in preventing badly bruised ankles – damn that blood thinning medication which makes me bruise like a peach after the slightest contact.

The games seem to be getting faster and more competitive each week, and hopefully that will continue. My team usually comes out on top – the other team always runs out of gas later on in the game allowing us to pick them off.


And now, off the subject of football, are any of you twitter users also getting sick and tired of your timeline being filled up with people asking for retweets?

For example:

“Hi @FamousPerson Please give me a retweet for absolutely no worthwhile reason”.

Talking of Twitter, you can follow me @keeps21 by clicking on the Twitter logo at the top right hand side of the page. As well as adding me to Facebook by clicking on the Facebook logo in the same place

And that’s about it for this entry, cheers for reading!


Still no 6-a-side

We still haven’t managed to play 6-a-side but we have finally managed to get booked up for next thursday so will be making my debut then and can’t wait!

Hopefully we’ll be having a kickabout on Saturday to help with my touch and fitness, I swear I’m better with my knees than with my feet, and then I’ll be at the the Wear-Tyne derby on Sunday – looking forward to it.

This will be the first derby match I’ll have been to – the nerves haven’t kicked in yet, but I’ll be struggling to sleep come saturday night!

Ha’way the lads!

It’ll have to wait and SAFC

We didn’t manage to play 6-a-side last night so I’m still in one piece and just about fully functional.

We couldn’t get enough people at such short notice as well as all the illnesses going around so thought it’d be better to postpone the 6-a-side for a week plus the time slot we want was unavailable.

Must say I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t play but at least it gives me another week to work on my fitness so hopefully I’ll not run out of steam too quickly.

It was a good result on Wednesday night for Sunderland, Villa Park is never an easy place to go to so getting the win and all 3 points seems like a bonus. Unfortunately we picked up a coule of injuries.

Our form man and go to guy of the moment, Danny Welbeck, picked up a hamstring injury which will see him out of action for at least a month and David Meyler, in only his 4th game back after a career threatening knee ligament injury, has injured the same knee although initial reports suggest that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared.

Hopefully we’ll be able to rest a few key players this weekend when we play Notts County in the Cup and come back fighting fit to take on Newcastle in the Wear-Tyne derby on the 16th.


I’ve decided to start playing football!

The last time I played competitively was junior school so no doubt I’ll be very sore the day after!

I’ve always enjoyed a kickabout over at the tennis courts, even if I can barely walk for a few days afterwards – I’m going to be playing 6-a-side with my brother and a few mates and acquaintances at soccarena in Durham, first time will be Thursday this week and I can’t wait!

Been out and got myself some decent trainers and footy kit, as well as some shin pads – think it would be wise to wear some as any trauma, with my condition, means lots of bleeding / bruising, swelling and possibly some sore lumps especially in my lower legs which were the most affected area.

It’ll be nice to get back to playing sports as it’s something that I’ve missed doing since I had to stop playing ice hockey a while back, I have a very competitive personality so this will help to feed my competitiveness, perhaps we might get a decent team together and enter one of the leagues.

It’ll help with my fitness too – I’ve already begun my new fitness scheme. I’m using EA Sports Active 2 for the xbox360 and it really does give you a good workout – though I’m sure anything would since I’ve done pretty much nothing exercise wise in the last  couple of years.

I’ll be sure to log back on and let you know how it went on friday

We all live in a Gary Rowell World

The video below pretty much sums up why I love football; It’s the passion of my fellow Sunderland supporters and the feeling of belonging to something and being among like minded people.

I guarantee any Sunderland supporter who watches the video will have the hairs on the back of their neck stand up and feel a surge of pride.

It’s great to be a part of something like this.

I can’t wait to take up my new seat in the North Stand, having moved from the NW corner, let’s get it rocking this season and bring back the Roker Roar!

World Cup 2010

The World Cup is nearly upon us, kicking off this Friday at 3pm.

I’m looking forward to it, no doubt England will be knocked out in the quarter / semi finals but a month solid of football on TV will be enjoyable – it’s a shame I’m going to have to watch the games on mute… a month of those vuvenzelas (South African horns) blasting through the TV is enough to drive anyone mad.

World Cup 2010I’ve even booked Friday off work so that I can watch the opening ceremony to get the World Cup started properly.

Looks like I’m going to be heading down to Riley’s in the morning for a couple of hours of 9 ball and maybe even some snooker before heading home to get comfy and watch the World Cup unfold.

My pool game’s coming on nicely. I’m now making runs of 4-5 balls fairly often, with a high of 8 balls but that elusive full rack is still proving to be a challenge – it’ll come soon though – that’s for sure.

England 3, Mexico 1

Yet another lack lustre England performance made to look a little more presentable by the 3 goals to 1 scoreline.

I have to give a special mention to the Mexicans – the scoreline could have easily been reversed after the first half an hour but it just wasn’t to be for them.

I’m aware that a lot of players were rested and that the manager was experimenting but it was still a poor performance with the exception of Rob Green, Joe Hart and Glenn Johnson.

England FlagRob green made a couple of fine saves after mistakes by Ledley King – King will have to buy him a few pints for that.

Glenn Johnson looked a threat going forwards and defended well with a fair few defensive headers at the back post.

The other full back, Leighton Baines, just wasn’t up to the job and was found wanting numerous times. Fair enough he’s had a good season for Everton but he looked a liability (defensively) last night although some protection from Mr. Invisible  ‘Stevie G’ would have helped him.

Rio Ferdinand put in a decent performance.

Ledley King was caught out a few times in the first half but he scored so no doubt the press will overlook the glaringly obvious defensive mistakes – much improved upon in the second half.

Theo Walcott put in his usual performance – ie. he ran fast before giving the ball away – with no end product he shouldn’t be there – Aaron Lennon replaced him in the second half and looked much better out on the right wing – Lennon also has an end product.

Steven Gerrard was anonymous, in fact if he didn’t have a bandage around his head I wouldn’t have seen him – same goes for Carrick – he just watched the game pass him by.

Milner worked hard but didn’t manage to stamp his influence on the game.

Rooney didn’t really do much up front.

Crouch scored yet another goal in an England shirt (though he was off side and handballed it).

Adam Johnson came on for Steven Gerrard for a few minutes and looked lively.

Carragher replaced Ferdinand – didn’t do anything wrong and Huddlestone came on in place of Carrick – again nothnig to write home about.

Defoe came on and once again did nothing – let’s hope Darren Bent is fit in time as he’d be much more of a threat than Jermain ‘the biter’ Defoe.

All in all, a poor performance made to look better by the scoreline – it could have been very different had Robert Green not been in good form in the first half.

Though I imagine it will be a completely different story next monday when the likes of Lampard and Cole  are in the team – yes, that’s right – no mention of John Terry – Why? Because he’s overrated (shite).

Hopefully Bent will start against Japan, will have some decent players around him and get some service to prove what he can do. It’s hardly fair to write him off after a poor team performance in an England B team against arguably the best team in the world – Brazil.

Greatest Footballing Moments – MS Paint style

I was browsing the SMB – Sunderland Message Boards – today and stumbled upon a great thread, which is sure to go gold.

The thread is titled ‘Greatest Football Moments in MS Paint’ and can be found here.

Basically, the thread is full of Microsoft Paint drawn recreations of famous footballing moments – I urge everyone to take a look at it as some of the drawings are superb alongside some which are just plain hilarious.

This was my addition to the thread – Stuart McCall falling off of a car roof while celebrating promotion with Bradford City.

Stuart McCall MS Paint style