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Good afternoon everyone. I'm watching 'Avatar' (which has quickly become one of my favorite movies - I have to watch it anytime that it comes on) as I type this, which is my main excuse as to why this entry is coming to you a little bit later than usual (and later than I promised Stephanie and Sarah last night)... Who are Stephanie and Sarah you ask? Very good, I want you to be inquisitive... ;) Stephanie and Sarah almost broke my heart last night... Last night was my Friday for the work week, and after arriving at work and getting the downstairs situated, I went upstairs and starting getting things straight there. I was informed by my friend and coworker Raymond that pizza was on its way from Valentino's (which is on one of the other sides of 'The Square' for those of you who are not familiar with downtown San Marcos, America)... The pizza had been ordered a half-hour ago (allegedly) by Stephanie and Sarah, so as I finished organizing things on my end, I said that I would be happy to wait for a slice - Valentino's has really good pizza, and this one was to be a supreme with jalapenos added (and NO anchovies)... :) So it's about 5..., 10..., FIFTEEN minutes later, I'm done with my chores upstairs, there is no pizza in sight, and now I should be getting back downstairs to my duties there. Well, wouldn't you know it..., after I walk almost all the way downstairs, I spy a pizza delivery guy... Isn't that just the way that it ALWAYS works out??? :) Maybe I should have titled this, "Valentino's almost breaks my heart" - it really wasn't Stephanie's or Sarah's fault... Thank you once again for the first slice..., AND the last slice from that pizza - it was very good ladies! :)
At this point let's talk about basketball and my afternoon yesterday since my fantasy baseball teams have taken their much-anticipated dive over the past week... (AHEM)... I set my alarm so that I would wake up at halftime of the Spurs/Lakers series opener yesterday. Yes, it does make more sense to watch the whole game, but I usually sleep during the day before work, and my sleep schedule was COMPLETELY HAYWIRE this week. Anyway, when I wake up, my Spurs are up twelve (their eventual margin of victory), and I see on facebook that one of my former athletes is at Bikini Hill. Although I can't ever remember the last time that I've seen Destiny, I opted to watch the second half of the basketball game before I walked over to river. This was a mistake (because we OBVIOUSLY KNEW that the Spurs were going to win) because when I made it to Bikini Hill after the conclusion of San Antonio's victory, she had already left. I did want to at least give Destiny a shoutout here though, which takes us to my "rough" walk home from the river...
As I passed by Bobcat Nation, I saw my friend George's truck, and I wanted to get his opinion on the upcoming Rockets/Thunder series. George is a Rockets fan, and he predicted that they will take the series in six games. Whether or not that actually happens, I should let you know here that when I visited Las Vegas back in December, George was one of the people who contributed to my gambling pool for the trip. After I notified everyone that I guaranteed to bring at least 50% of their money back toward the end of my trip, George texted me (but too late, as it turned out). George notified me that he wanted me to put the rest of his money on the Ravens to win the Super Bowl (and keep in mind, this was on the Sunday night that Week 16 of the NFL season had come to an end). Unfortunately, the sportsbooks were already closed when I received his text, and they weren't going to be open before I caught my return flight to Texas in the morning (I do like to give credit where credit is due though)... I'm just saying, if the Rockets do take it in six... :) Anyway, four of my other friends were lined up at Bobcat Nation's bar when I arrived, with Scott, Floyd, Ashton, and Adam (from left to right on your computer monitor) enjoying the afternoon. This brings up to the rough part of my walk, where Ashton FORCED ME to take a bite of cheesecake before returning home... Where else can you take a fifteen-minute stroll to your home from a spot like Bikini Hill, and have a..., CHEESECAKE PITSTOP halfway home? Again, God bless San Marcos, America... ;)
Okay, enough stalling. This gets us to our weekly fantasy baseball update. Let me give you the standings, and then I'll say a few words...
League 1 (25 entry fee - 1st place 125, 2nd place 25)
1) Neshanic 74.00
2) DraftDodgers 70.00
3) Rocky Roto 64.50
8) The View From Bikini Hill 48.50
League 2 (50 entry fee (40 w/discount) - 1st place 300, 2nd place 50)
1) Breaking Bats 75.50
2) The Bikini Hill Bobcats 63.50
3) Loons XXIV 59.50
League 3 (50 entry fee (40 w/discount) - 1st place 300, 2nd place 50)
1) Nappy Heads 73.00
2) Fishing For Trout 66.00
3) Pearls Of Pine Tar 58.00
9) The Bikini Hill Nine 47.00
As you can see, I'm still doing very well in one league, and NOT SO HOT in the others... Here's my expert analysis (I KNOW you are interested in this). On offense, my run scorers haven't been crossing home plate, and my base stealers haven't been stealing bases... As for my pitchers..., ha ha... If they're not breaking their collarbones, I have seemingly had one ace each week giving up a HORRENDOUSLY bad inning to kill my ERA. My strikeouts have picked up recently, but I'm not chalking up enough wins. I'm honestly not too worried about my pitching with the staffs that I have, but I did some MAJOR overhauling to my offenses this week, dropping some players that I would normally keep longer to try to plug in some more steals and runs. It's April and there's a long way to go, but congrats to the guys at the top of these three leagues on maintaining their rankings..., SO FAR... ;)
Today's entry has run longer than I thought, but be sure to come back tomorrow, because I have PLENTY of stories from this past weekend at work. It was all I could do one night to keep up in my little memo pad... :) Have an outstanding day and I'll see you again tomorrow!