Monday, April 15, 2013

Zack Greinke, GRRRRRR...

"Sometimes you just feel like beating a person with a stick..." -@LindseyTovar- (via twitter)

"If you're not gonna follow through with something, just tell me no.  Don't say 'yes' then not do it... #Peeve"-@ash_bueno- (via twitter)

"My favorite part about looking like I just crawled out of a dumpster is that, without fail, I see everyone I know..." -@kenlipeterson- (via twitter)

"Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds..." -Albert Einstein- -via @AffirmYourLife- (twitter)

"When something you write puts a smile or a smirk on the face of a total stranger thousands of miles away..."  -@savoirfail- (via twitter)

Good afternoon everyone.  If just one person even THINKS ABOUT smiling..., or smirking..., then my work is done...  I'm sure that after everyone reads about my misfortune with Zack Greinke, the whole bunch of you will just be... rolling in the aisles...  :(

Let's get you caught up on what's been going on this "weekend" for me.  This is my 2nd of 3 days off in a row, but because I work nights, 9:00 p.m. CST tonight will be like 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning for me regarding my weekend (I work again at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night - you do the math)...  ;)  I had a great day off yesterday, enjoying the final round of the Masters golf tournament with Dad, followed by a Chester's bacon cheeseburger (maybe my goal should be to GAIN weight - I would be good at that)...  :)  My brother took a jab at me on facebook for not giving you a prediction on the Masters, and I just responded by saying that Tiger Woods wouldn't win the tournament.  For those of you who are new to the blog, I made a prediction WAY BEFORE I even started Bikini Hill that Tiger Woods would not break the mark set by Jack Nicklaus for wins in major tournaments (this prediction also came well before Woods' marital problems and subsequent divorce).  Nicklaus currently holds 18 majors titles, with Woods sitting at 14.  Nicklaus has said that he thinks that Woods will break his record, but I don't think that Nicklaus has a blog...  :P  I also think that Nicklaus could care less that he doesn't have a blog (if in fact, he doesn't)...  Well, Woods ended up playing through the weekend, even though the prevailing wisdom in the golf world (from what I've heard) is that he should have been disqualified from the tournament regarding an improper drop and a corresponding disparity with his scorecard, but he still didn't win, so.....  For those of you who mock my prediction, remember that I was the one who said that the Lakers would struggle this season when Las Vegas made them 8 to 5 favorites to win the NBA title...  ;)  (More on the NBA shortly)

So back to this weekend, today I'm watching 'Casino Royale' - well, that is until I watch 'The Italian Job' - well, that is until I watch 'Red Dragon' - and of course, I'll be doing chores and not really watching any of these, until the Phillies and Reds (Lee vs. Arroyo) start on ESPN at 6:00 p.m. CST.  Oh, a little side note - I just saw a commercial, and evidently Bill Cowher has taken a coaching job with Time Warner...  Anyway, I have Lee and Arroyo both throwing for one of my fantasy teams, so that game might peak my interest (the way that my luck is going, expect this game to be 10-9..., in the 4th inning...).  YES, let's talk a little bit about fantasy baseball, and then more specifically, about Zack Greinke...  First, the standings in my three fantasy baseball leagues:

League 1 (25 entry fee - 1st place 125, 2nd place 25)

1)  Neshanic                                           73.00
2)  DraftDodgers                                  68.50
3)  Rocky Roto                                     60.00
4)  The View From Bikini Hill        57.00

League 2 (50 entry fee (40 w/discount) - 1st place 300, 2nd place 50)

1)  Muchos Bravos                              74.00
2)  Breaking Bats                                  68.50
3)  The Bikini Hill Bobcats               66.00

League 3 (50 entry fee (40 w/discount) - 1st place 300, 2nd place 50)

1)  Nappy Heads                                    83.50
2)  Fishing For Trout                           65.00
3)  EL VILLANO 4                               62.50
6)  The Bikini Hill Nine                      51.50

OKAY...  I have whined and cried about my fantasy baseball team last year.  The team was so injured and underperforming that I completely gave up on them when I moved to Las Vegas at the end of July.  Fast forward to this year...  Jered Weaver gets hurt, but he's only playing for 1 of my 3 teams...  And then Zack Greinke comes along...  I drafted Greinke with my sixth-round pick for both The View From Bikini Hill (still a catchy name) and The Bikini Hill Bobcats.  I happen to think highly of the Dodgers this season, given all of the talent that they have acquired.  Imagine my surprise after my shift ended at work on Thursday night (early Friday morning) when I read on the ESPN 'ticker' that Greinke had left that night's game with an injury.  THEN I READ that there was a bench-clearing brawl after Greinke hit Carlos Quentin of the Padres (the third time is his career that he's hit Quentin).  AND THEN I SEE the pitch, and the subsequent brawl...  If ANYBODY'S fantasy pitcher is going to sign a 6-year, $147 million-dollar contract, hit an opposing player, SAY SOMETHING to that player after hitting him, and then just stand there and DUCK HIS SHOULDER into his CHARGING, 6 foot 2, 235-pound opponent and BREAK HIS OWN COLLARBONE... (you guessed it), it's going to be MY GUY...  GRRRRRR...  Eight weeks - thank you Zack Greinke...  #awesome

Moving on (AHEM...), the first round of this season's NBA playoffs will begin on Saturday, so you will be seeing predictions of some sort later on in the week.  Due to the length of the NHL lockout, the hockey playoffs will start on April 30th, so you will be seeing those predictions a little bit later...

In other news, I need to get my brakes fixed, so if you live in the San Marcos area, give me your recommendations (good and bad)...  Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow!


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