Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Bonus Day

Good afternoon everyone.  Once every four years we get this day, February 29th.  Just sitting here thinking about it, I cannot recall having known anyone whose birthday is today.  I'm going to give you another ramble today, but I feel less guilty about it looking at the calendar.  In just a few weeks it will be very easy to fuel my Friday entries with sports material for a couple of months, with the random Wednesday sports blog.  Although I like doing this blog on a regular schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday at the moment), I do not want it be a chore, which is why I don't spend hours researching random sports-related topics just so I can have something to write about on Fridays.  Football predictions, the NCAA basketball tournament, etc..., when I am guaranteed to be following what is happening, writing the Friday entries is EASY...  ;)  To recap my gameplan for a couple of entries that I will be making next month, I will be making a multitude of different NCAA Tourney predictions on Wednesday, March 14th, and I will be making my regular season Major League Baseball standings predictions for every ballclub on Friday, March 25th.  'Selection Sunday' (the announcement of brackets) for the NCAA Tourney will be taking place a week from this Sunday, on the 11th of March.  I had a nice surprise waiting for me when I returned home from work last night regarding my fantasy baseball league.  I signed up for my spot a few weeks back (going on 3 weeks maybe), and at that time I was 2nd of the 10 teams needed to make the league go.  If 10 teams don't sign up for a league by the projected draft time, that specific league doesn't 'make', and you have to sign up for another one.  Seeing that my draft was scheduled for Sunday, March 25th, I really wasn't worried about the league not having enough teams, but it's nice to know that your league is 'locked', and also fun and helpful to find out which spot you have in the draft.  Well, when I left for work last night, the league only had 6 teams in it, but when I returned home to find out if anyone else had joined, I couldn't find my league's draft time on the list.  Sure enough, when I checked my e-mail, I had the confirmation that my league is officially 'locked', and the e-mail came at 7:45.  This means that in about 2 hours, 4 people signed up for my league.  Anyway, I found out that I will have the 3rd overall draft pick in my league.  I picked 7th out of 10 teams last year under the same format.  What I obviously like about selecting 3rd is that if someone asks me to list my top 3 prospects for the draft, I am GUARANTEED to get one of them.  This is a 'snake draft' for any of you who have played fantasy football under the same draft format, so picking 3rd means that I will next pick 18th when it comes back around, and then 23rd, and then 38th, etc, etc... for 28 rounds.  Each team owner has 75 seconds to make their selection each time, and 280 players are drafted all together, so the draft takes a little while (I believe that it took 2 1/2 hours last year).  If you have been following the blog regularly, you already know at this point in my life that baseball season and fantasy baseball just get me to the next football season.  I'm still shaking off that 300 dollar bill on my vehicle repair, and doing everything that I can to make a move back to Las Vegas at the end of the summer.  Hopefully I can save enough money and the economy will cooperate enough to allow me to do so.  It will definitely give more punch to the blog if I have action on the predictions that I am giving to you...  I saw something nice on facebook today when one of my former co-workers who I mentioned here a little while back (the milk story) noted that she was glad that she wore her heels to work today.  This notation was accompanied by her posing in a photo with David Robinson...  She recently received a well-deserved job offer from a radio station in San Antonio and is already 'living the dream'...  I ended up being a 'trooper' and watching the whole Daytona 500 on Monday night.  As I watched the race, I realized that auto racing is one sport that I could not compete in.  I am weary of the idiots on our nation's highways when they get too close to me while we're driving 70 miles an hour.  The prospect of racing HOUR AFTER HOUR on an oval track where I would be driving in a 'pack' of cars traveling at 200 miles per hour does not appeal to me.  The world of auto racing is one of the sports arenas where my brother has managed to outdistance me in life.  I have never been to a live NASCAR race, a live fight (boxing or UFC/MMA, etc...), or an NHL game.  Don't get me wrong, I have been to an NFL game, and NUMEROUS Major League Baseball and NBA games (including all of the Western Conference Finals and Finals home games in the Spurs' title runs in 1999 and 2003).  This doesn't mean that my brother isn't a punk however.  :)  I definitely need to make connections if and when I get back to Las Vegas to take advantage of the opportunities to view these sporting events.  I hope that each of you had as good a month as I did (outside of the vehicle repair).  One of my friends brought me a calendar from Las Vegas for 2012, and I received it at the end of January.  Since the February photo was a picture of a statue (outside of the Statue of Liberty, I could not care less about statues), I ripped the statue photo out so I could look at a Strip photo that features that redone Aladdin, which is now the Planet Hollywood Casino.  I can remember doing this like it was yesterday, and now tomorrow is March.  For all of the little sayings that I may have problems with for whatever reason, you better BELIEVE that TIME DOES FLY...  I hope that you have a great day and I will see you again on Friday.


  1. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work.

  2. NCAA prediction, nay guarantee!

    UNLV gets 5 seed and loses to 12 seed. They play so well on the road. Good thing the MWC is rigged so that the conference tournament is on their home court every year ;)

  3. *Editor's Note* The MLB predictions will be coming on Friday, March 23rd (not 25th)...

    I appreciate your comment Hollister. Ironically my wish for the blog would be to see more comments, but I am glad that you enjoyed reading it.

    --S, I totally understand why the tournament is held in Vegas (WOO HOO!!!) every year, and I agree that it's unfair... Way to beat me to the punch on making a prediction - one game that I DID catch the end of recently was the Rebels loss in the 'Land of Disenchantment'... ;) You working on kicking out one of your renters by August, or buying an extra couch? :)