In the end, there is always one winner. But in this fantasy football season, there were almost two. With the season ending last week, some were not happy about their place in the standings, while others are very happy about where they stood. If there is one way a championship should end, I want it to be a close one. That’s what happened last week with a match-up that was almost close enough to set a record. Here is what Yahoo had to say about it.
Father_N_TwoBoys got 18.30 points from Demaryius Thomas and 16.00 from the St. Louis Rams Defense, stealing one from BaldHeadSlicks 99.94 – 98.48. The playoff win was notable, with the 1.46-point margin of victory being the third-smallest recorded in the league this season. Father_N_TwoBoys has been coming up strong regularly and has now won four straight. Father_N_TwoBoys wins their second matchup with BaldHeadSlicks in as many games, and their head-to-head record improves to 3-1. BaldHeadSlicks concluded the regular season in second place with a record of 9-5. With a scoring average of 119.62, they also placed second in the league in that metric. This season, BaldHeadSlicks had the league’s best average scoring margin, defeating opponents by 30.81 points per game.
Playing for third place was FluffyKittens and william’s team. That game was not as notable, as FluffyKittens came out on top 152.00 – 125.28.
The fight for fifth place was even less notable, as The Best Team tried to beat Cool Cats. The Best Team celebrated victory when the owner won 137.64 – 83.32.
Congratulations to Father_N_TwoBoys for taking the trophy (P.S. there’s no trophy), and may you have more success in your fantasy football career.
To everyone else, thanks for playing and thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this season.
I appear as an extremely anti-social guy when I’m in the gym. I simply hate for my workout to be interrupted because some dude wants to talk about football or tell me about his life. I usually put my headphones on and keep my head down even avoiding eye-contact with people as I don’t want them to even think that I’m there to socialize.
But every now-and-then, I’m glad I get interrupted, because the real me can come out.
This day, I was interrupted by an older guy named Sam. I’m going to throw a few nuggets of wisdom Sam through at me in about 15 minutes of conversation.
First, Sam got my attention to tell me that he was very impressed with Rack Deadlift weight. I felt really good and appreciated that compliment and after hearing more of Sam’s story, I appreciated that statement even more! Lillpappa and my uncle put in the me desire to always take the time to soak of the knowledge of older people. When they die, that wisdom dies with them. What a pleasure it is when they stop to teach and tell me things and they don’t even know me.
So if I can encourage you today, over the next month, find your “Sam”. Find that older person that plants seeds in your life and then they walk away. They leave it up to you to water it and bear fruit in the future.
This year was one of the roughest Christmas’s financially that we’ve honestly had in quite a while. But then again, does it really matter as I said in my last post here?
My kids didn’t get sheltered this year, and have received the same speech my job gives me every year. My job basically says, “You’ve performed great this year…but do to circumstances beyond our control like the economy, higher insurance costs, customers who aren’t increasing their orders…this is all we can do.”
So as my dad used to say, “Do you think the electric company, gas company, house note people tell me I don’t have to pay this month because it’s Christmas?”
Boy do I understand those words in a whole new way now. Perhaps more-so, because Lillpappa didn’t have Sallie Mae to throw in there as well!
However, Lillpappa would always try to get the three of us one “big” gift, and sometimes I could only imagine the looks on our faces when we unwrapped that gift.
This year I was again remembering one of the craziest gifts ever.
Let me set this one up.
This was around the time the Atari 2600 was jumping off the shelves. Kids in and out the ‘hood were getting this for a couple of Christmas’s and my brother, sister and I were expecting to finally get our family’s first video game system. So this Christmas was it, Black “Lillpappa” Santa was about to hook us up!
I can’t remember who opened it, but I just remember seeing that box and…what…what is THAT?
It was the Bally Astrocade! To this day, I have NEVER met anyone who had one of these systems. Let me repeat that, NEVER!
Now my dad is good for cutting-against-the-grain, but this might have been his best one ever. I’m sure this game system was a lot more powerful than we thought, but because it wasn’t an Atari, it didn’t matter to us too much. Obviously somebody else in this world had one because there’s a website HERE devoted to this great game system. Plus, it even has a wiki page!
“On the front of the unit was a 24-key “hex-pad” keyboard used for selecting games and options. Most cartridges included two games, and when they were inserted the machine would reset and display a menu starting with the programs on the cartridge and then listing the four built-in programs. On the back were a number of ports, including connectors for power, the controllers, and an expansion port. One oddity was that the top rear of the unit was empty, and could be opened to store up to 15 cartridges. The system’s ability to be upgraded from a Videogame console to Personal computer along with its library of nearly 30 games in 1982 are some reasons that made it more versatile than its main competitors, and was listed by Jeff Rovin as one of the seven major video game suppliers.”
Now, if you know Lillpappa, any look of disappointment would have meant that the bad-boy was going back to get returned and all we would have had to play with for Christmas would have been the wrapping paper! But reflecting on it today, he probably knew. The Atari was going for around $200, and that was in the late ’70s, so it would have been an extremely expensive purchase. But my dad still came through with something on that day when he didn’t have to do so. He always reminded us that he gave us Christmas all year long and that was no lie. Whether it was the trips to California, the Hot Wheels, baseball cards, GI Joes and dolls (the dolls were for my sister just so you all understand). We lacked nothing as we lived on his sole income in our household. Sure, I wanted whatever was hot at that time, (later it would be an Intellivision and Colecovision), but lacked nothing.
So, not only am I thankful for my Savior this holiday season, I’m thankful for the sacrifices made by the real Santa Claus, the one that worked 16-hours shifts, drove some beat-up cars, paid for our private school, etc.. He did all of this when the lights, gas, insurance, mortgage company and so on still wanted their money by Christmas.
Thanks Dad. The older I get, the more I appreciate the sacrifices, and days like today amplify it even more for me.
Thank you Lord, for providing him a job, us a house, and plenty of food. I was a fat kid growing up so I certainly never missed a meal.
So as you open presents this morning, I leave you with a couple of jams that played in the background every year and a playlist that I put on every year with my family as well (sorry, no Bing Crosby in our house):
Dad’s do your kids really know what Christmas is about?
It is to remember and give thanks for God the Son, coming to earth in the flesh, and being willing to die a humiliating criminal’s death on a cross for a humanity whose sin condemned us all to eternal punishment.
It’s not about gifts.
It’s not about Santa Claus.
It’s not about money.
It’s about a divine rescue plan that was put in order from Genesis 3:15:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
This is known as the “protoevangelium”. Gotquestions.org says,
“Genesis 3:15 is known as the protoevangelium — the first gospel. The verse introduces two elements previously unknown in the Garden of Eden, elements which are the basis of Christianity—the curse on mankind because of Adam’s sin and God’s provision for a Savior from sin who would take the curse upon Himself.“
This is Christmas! He was born TO die!
Romans 5:7-8 says,
“For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
That’s how we get to John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that He gaveHis only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
The “He gave” is Christmas!
The “He gave” is also Resurrection Sunday that we celebrate in April. So this is just the beginning.
But notice the “whoever believes in Him” portion of the verse? It is those who do not perish, but have everlasting life. The gospel never says everyone will believe in Jesus Christ and enter into eternal life. Revelation 20:11-15 says,
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
If you’re reading this and thinking that your good works will get you into heaven or a better afterlife, this judgements for you! Do you ever think that your sin against a holy God can ever be atoned for by you? Even just the absurdity of that “plan” shows the pride deep in your heart. Let me put it this way, if someone murders your child and they are only 20-years old, should we let them out of prison or even give them probation because before and after, they seemed to be pretty upright people? No, I’m sure you’d say they still need to be punished for what they have done.
Without Jesus Christ as your substitute, you will be punished as well.
He came to earth to die for YOU!
Now what will you do with that gift?
Will you toss it aside like your kids will do with many of their gifts after a couple of weeks?
Or will you repent for offended God with your sins and trust Him to save and deliver you from this day forward?
Remember, Santa’s not the one who’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice.
Hebrews 4:12-13: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Psalms 33: 13-15: 13The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; 14From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, 15He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.…
While Phil Robertson’s comments concerning the LGBT community have been the talk in Christian circles, I have been perplexed at the lack of discussion concerning his remarks about African-Americans.
To me, this is the equivalent as someone walking up to a married couple and saying, “You’re car is piece of junk and your wife is fat and ugly!” Then the husband exclaims, “Don’t you call my car a piece of junk!”
Then the wife looks at him and says, “Wait, is that all you have to say? I thought you love me, but you never defend me when someone insults ME!”
Therefore, I was so glad to read the article below by JEMAR TISBY.
I can’t kick it about my workout, because I was just excited about the song that popped up on my playlist while I was training. I wasn’t expecting Jake The Snake’s theme song to come on as I was getting ready for a set of dips, but boy did that get me hyped for my set!
I was a big wrastlin’ fan in the ’80’s (along with my cousin Heavy T) and Jake’s DDT was one of my favorite finishing moves. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anyone who had a quicker move than he did. The Pile-Driver was fast. The Figure-Four took too long to set up and flying off the rope was risky and took forever as well. But the DDT could be slapped on an opponent immediately.
So yes, I had a quick workout today. You can see that below.
But check out the following vids and go back in time with me! And if you like, let me know your favorite “finishing move” in the comments section.
Anybody remember Saturday Night Main Event? I enjoyed this more than any Monday Night Football game (okay, except for maybe the ’85 Bears vs. Dolphins).
Kory Devon is now building his own quiver, making me a Grandfather.
It is amazing to think that our family now has another generation added to it.
My grandfather was “Pop”.
My father took on the name “Lillpappa”.
Therefore, I will be taking on “Cool Pappa”.
This is also influenced by Negro League baseball player, James “Cool Papa” Bell.
While I’m sure I’ll be blogging about many of my thoughts from the eldership promotion, I’ll say right now that the biggest blessing that remains on my mind is that my father is still alive, I am still alive, my son is still alive and my grandson is now alive. Together, we all now span almost seven decades of life. From WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, Reaganomics, computers, the internet, 9/11, The War on Drugs, The War on Terror and so much more.
God has been so good, so all I can do now is just be so thankful…for life.
After a hectic week in the office, my sleep hasn’t been the best and I thought about skipping today. However, what a way to celebrate the week being over than hitting the gym?
“My” power rack was taken when I arrived as the gym was rather busy. Therefore, I started with the Hammer Hi-Row. Does the strength gained with heavy deadlifts cross-over to other exercises? Well, in every “test”, it certainly seems that way. I had not performed the Hi-Row in quite a while and I blew away my past 1RM.
After that, the dude in the power rack left, so I left high-tailed it on over and grabbed it before someone else did. I was nice and left it after Rack Dead’s because I know another guy wanted to come on over and use it. Therefore, I finished with Smith Machine shoulder presses instead of Military Presses.
So needless-to-say, with hi-rows and rack deads, my lats will be talkin’ to me when I get out of bed tomorrow!
Car issues today had me not in the best of moods. After all, I already hate living in a cold weather place, and that dislike grows even stronger when you’re out in the cold trying to get a car started. So that’s the bad part.
The good part? The car died in the driveway as I was getting ready for work. On Monday it died on me on the way to work, it was two-degrees outside, and I had a suit on for a can’t miss presentation I had to give.
Also, I was able to make it into the gym instead of tomorrow. So, planning ahead like all gym-rats should, I should be able to hit it Wed, Fri. and Sun.
So today was the day to hit legs and my power rack was taken (notice I said, “my”? Because when I enter, I own it) but not today! Some other cats had it locked down and it was all good as they weren’t doing curls or anything.
My eating has been on point over the last week or so. So I’m proud of my 221.5, cause that’s not pizza weight!
Sleep: 6 hours
The order was actually: Leg Press, Dips, then Reverse Curls – 80% Max Day
Wed, Dec 18, 2013
1 Chest Dips (Parallel Bars)Body Weight ⊕
Ttl Weight: 4,460.5
Ttl Reps: 17
Avg Weight: 262.4
2 Reverse Arm Curls (Barbell)
Ttl Weight: 1,910
Ttl Reps: 30
Avg Weight: 63.7
3 Leg Press (45¬∞)
Ttl Weight: 10,660
Ttl Reps: 35
Avg Weight: 304.6
12/18/13 – All exercises (lb)
Other exercised muscles: Triceps, Anterior Deltoids (Front Delts), Biceps, Hip Adductors (Inner Thigh), Calves, Trapezius (Traps), Hamstrings (Rear Thighs)
1) 1RM is not calculated for over 6 reps.
2) ‘% 1RM’ = Weight / 1RM. GymGoal uses ‘Actual 1RM’ if you record it, otherwise it uses the best calculated 1RM for the last 90 days.