the PDX Fantasy Draft

Hey kids, big draft tonight in the PDX Fantasy League.  Wish me luck.  The wife wants me to go RG3 for the 6th pick.  Not sure i have it in me to do that…but we will see…:)

-HTTR

1st pick (6) – LeSean McCoy RB…I love this pick, this is the guy I wanted but wasn’t sure he would make it to pick 6.

2nd pick (23) – Robert Griffin III QB…ok, this is really the guy i wanted but couldn’t justify taking him in the first round, kind of wished i had waited until the 3rd, but i wasn’t sure he would make it that far.  Might have been a reach in this league at 23.

3rd pick (34) – Jimmy Graham TE…got a top ranked TE and i love the guy.  plus he doesn’t seem like the murdering type.

4th pick (51) – Montee Ball RB…this is a gamble, i don’t know much about the kid and i know the Broncos have a litany of running backs, plus Peyton likes to throw TD’s, not hand them off.

5th pick (62) – Pierre Garcon WR…love getting Garcon in the 5th.  Hope he can stay healthy and have another great year.

6th pick (79) – Anquan Boldin WR…i was thinking with all of the injuries, i couldn’t go wrong with Boldin, not to mention he is a great receiver of balls to the hands.

7th pick (90) – Seahawks DEF/ST…ok, this was a huge reach.  i’ve never taken a defense this high before.  the only reason i went for it was because of the junk that was still out there…that i didn’t want to mess with.  so i decided i would go for the #1 defense and see what happens.

8th pick (107) – Alshon Jeffery WR…lots of upside here, hope it pans out.

9th pick (118) – Kendall Wright WR…lots of upside here, hope it pans out…and that Locker can get him the ball.

10th pick (135) – Roy Helu RB…I’ve loved Helu since his rookie year, hope he can bounce back from the achilles last year.  he’s looked great so far, the only problem is how many touches will he get?

11th pick (146) – Mohamed Sanu WR…ever since he threw a bomb of a touchdown against my Redskins, i’ve kind of been following this kid.

12th pick (163) – Josh Brown K…i always wait until the very end to pick up a kicker and drop them as soon as they have a bye week.  kickers get no love from me.

All in all, i am really happy with my draft and feel pretty confident.  I’m a little thin at RB which i am every season…so we will see!

Top 12 All Time Redskins: Stephen Davis

Trying to get back on track with my Top 12’s.  It’s been a few months since i posted a new player…i guess i just wanted to sit on Santana Moss a little longer than most.  Next up at #7 is Mr. Stephen Davis.  I can’t believe i’m doing this, but i’m gonna post a video of Davis as a Panther.  I apologize for the music…nickelback…i am so so sorry.

This might possibly be the oddest top 12 Redskin on the list.  When most people think of Davis, they probably imagine him running behind Jake Delhomme and not Brad Johnson.  His Redskins career was shorter than it really should have been and if i recall correctly, this was due mostly to a contract dispute.  The Redskins thinking he was another replaceable guy at running back at the end of his career and Davis knowing he had some yards left…well, the Redskins were wrong on this one (and many others, i know) as he made a Super Bowl appearance with the Panthers in his first season with them.

96 SC Stephen Davis

One of the things that i loved about Davis was his powerful running and bulldozing style, very similar to the Diesel, but also a great way to shorten your career.  Davis’ pounding running style was a major force for the 1999 Redskin team that won the NFC East and were a bobbled snap from playing the Rams in the NFC championship game…

96 SB Stephen Davis

Another point of interest for me and Stephen Davis is that he is from Spartanburg, South Carolina!  My pops and all his family are from Spartanburg and with me being born in Myrtle Beach, I’m always drawn to football talent from SC.  Although i’m more of a Tigers fan than an Gamecocks fan, i can respect Clowney.  Good thing Davis went to Auburn.  As a side note, Auburn’s architectural design/build program, the Rural Studio is a fantastic group of young architects doing great things in rural Alabama and Mississippi.  Wish i could have been a part of that program when i was an undergrad.

96 PP Stephen Davis

Not much to add about Davis, other than i just loved the way he played.  Loved the mashers…kind of reminds me of Alfred Morris.  And the beat goes on!

00 UD Stephen Davis

if you are still reading…this music is so so much better.

 

100

So, this is my 100th post!

Not bad considering I started around Christmas of last year and do most of my posts after the fam goes to bed at night.  I was looking back at the earlier posts and was quite amazed at how many little adjustments that have occurred in the past 8 months to get the blog where it is today.  I’ve also noticed that i’ve been lacking in my Top #12 Redskins as well as updating my checklists.  Makes it kind of hard to trade with folks when they have no idea what you’re looking for.  Just like life, everything is a work in progress…including my attempts at getting organized.  Now I have a couple of cards I wanted to share and a couple of fun stories…and great memories.

Like most kids growing up, summer was the best time of the year.  You were out of school, your parents were at work and you could sleep in all day long and be unproductive without being judged…you were just being a kid…and i loved it.  I also loved playing baseball, and this was when i got to play the most baseball.  I had a great group of friends that would get together on a daily basis and ride our bikes to a local park and play some type of made up game that would allow 5 or 6 kids to play a modified version of baseball.  One of the most fun games we played though was home run derby on a tennis court/basketball court just down the street from our homes.  The set up was perfect, a big square roughly 80′ at each side and a 10′ tall fence.  We would always start our mornings out with a few rounds of home run derby and make our way back to the house to cool off with a swim at someone’s pool…it was south Texas…hot and humid as hell!  Swimming was a must.  The games were picked up later in the afternoon…you know…the hottest part of the day.  I didn’t say we were smart.  At some point we realized that playing for bragging rights just wasn’t enough.  We needed to play for something bigger.  Playing for cokes and bags of chips wasn’t going to cut it anymore, we needed a bigger fix.  Being the card collectors we were, we thought it would be great to ante up some of our most prized cards.  The cautious kids we were, we started small.  1987 Mike Greenwells, 1986 Don Mattinglys, 1986 Dwight Goodens.  It was fun and no one really went overboard…until a new group of kids joined the neighborhood.

The Moore brothers.

The Moore brothers were about 2 years apart in age, but acted like twins.  Their father sold gum to the local Stop’n Go’s and 7-11’s, but for some reason these brothers has the most amazing card collection.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why my mom, who worked for the United States Air Force couldn’t buy me a box of 1986 Donruss, but these kids has 5 Darryl Strawberry rookies and Don Mattingly rookies with a father that sold gum!  What the HELL!  Gum costs 25 cents a pack?  What could the profit margin be on a pack of Wrigleys Wintermint?  Bubblelicious?  At some point I just gave it up as i always had some big league chew in my back pocket, you know i had that watermelon flavor all the time!  The Moore’s lined my pockets with some sweet gum packs, i was hooked!  Anyways, back to the story.  The Moore’s were super competitive and wanted to bring some big dogs to the homerun derby.  And they brought the big dogs alright.  Like a Dan Marino Rookie, some Walter Payton cards from the 70’s, that’s right, the 70’s!  Cards that were almost 10 years old people!  They also had this guy, a 1984 John Elway rookie.

84 T John Elway

To this day, I honestly cannot remember the story as to how i won the John Elway rookie card but it is definitely one of my prized collections.  Had I not been such a die hard Redskin fan at the time, my team today would probably have been the Broncos…mostly because of winning this card and mostly because John Elway was a total badass quarterback.

84 T John Elway Back

So, the next card is my second favorite card (Rickey Henderson RC is #1!) in my collection.  A 1963 Hank Aaron card in pretty nice condition.  Getting this card in my collection was filled with some major controversy.  Although it started in the hands of the Moore brothers, it was eventually lost to my arch nemesis, Alex.  Alex was a big mouth who could unfortunately for me, back up most of his junk talk.  We had the most epic homerun derbies.  If we ever kept records, he would have crushed me…but i managed to get a few big wins off of him.  This was without a doubt my biggest win.  If i remember correctly, i won on an extremely controversial foul ball call that resulted in his final out…bringing Hamerin’ Hank to my collection where it has been ever since.  There were rematch requests and threats of physical violence that never came about.  There was no way in hell that I was putting this card up against anything ever!

63 T Hank Aaron

I had a vintage Hank Aaron card that I would never be able to afford…ever!

63 T Hank Aaron Back

Those summer days were the best.  I learned how to gamble, pitch a guy high and tight or just drill him in the back for talking too much shit.  I drank way too much soda, chewed too much gum and ate way too many cool ranch doritos.  I won two great iconic cards and destroyed my elbow for the rest of my life.  But it was worth it.  I beat Alex.

Colbey – the A&G cards are in the mail monday morning.  Enjoy!

Sam – send me your address and the Texans cards are yours.

A&G Hater

Alright, just as a fair warning to anyone reading.  I’m not a fan of Allen & Ginter.  In fact, I don’t like the A&G set…but, i always buy a couple of packs each season with the hopes that my interest will be peaked.  This year i splurged and dropped $12 on 3 packs from Hoopla Sports, another LCS in good ol’ Beaverton.  Twelve dollars bought me a whole lotta nothingness and left an empty place in my soul.

My problem isn’t with the base cards, the photos or the card stock.  I think all three of those things are great! Especially when you can pull a card of Werth’s sweet ass beard AND Hammerin’ Hank in those sweet 70’s Braves unis.  The power of that beard and the flowing locks adjacent to the the iconic humility of the true home run king is priceless, especially as part of a base set.

13 AG Jayson Werth Hank Aaron

You also get some great action photos of superbly talented young shortstops making nice plays going to their left…with a soccer haircut.  You also get a base landscape.  LOVE.

13 AG Troy Tulowitzki

But here is where the wheels fall off for me as i roll down this steep hill to hell.  I get cards like this.  Tommy Lee…seems to me like this should have been a landscape card, eh?

13 AG Tommy Lee

For me though, this is the ultimate reason i hate strongly dislike the A&G set.  Miss Universe and some dude with a paintball gun.  What The F**K!!  A Russian paintballer that has the ability to never forget the amazing people he has met…that’s what the back of the card told me.  Well, that’s great.  I googled him and could only find information on a Matthias Blonski that is an apparently highly motivated and creative graphic designer.  Good for him.  Now, Ms. Olivia Culpo.  Although she is quite stunning and appears to be talented as well as intelligent, i don’t want her rookie card.  To me this is a waste of card stock.  It has no place in my collection.  Maybe one of you kids out there have a Miss Universe PC you’re working on, but i don’t.

13 AG Olivia Culpo Matthias Blonski

My rants are almost over…only three cards left.

The subsets, oh the subsets.  These are just a couple of the subsets i pulled a card from.  Martial Mastery, Knights and Civilizations of Ages Past, Vikings.  Knights and Vikings.  Again, don’t have a place for these guys.  My PC consists of baseball and football players, not nordic pagans or dudes from the Cantebury Tales.  I guess i can start a Chaucer or Marauders PC?  Thoughts?

13 AG Civilization of Ages Martial Mystery

Ok, last card.  Just like any good American, I love a good manmade canal.  Anything to facilitate the trafficking of goods from east to west…and definitely anything to avoid Cape Horn!  I’m being a little sarcastic here if you can’t tell, but i would actually love to visit the Panama Canal at some point in my life…not really sure why, but it’s one of those things I would love to see in action.  Maybe i can take my card with me?

13 AG Panama Canal

So, i vented a little.  I know a lot of you guys love the Allen & Ginter and I think that’s great…it’s just not a set for me.  But hey, I absolutely love Heritage and will continue to collect that set each year.  I will also continue to buy a pack or two of Allen & Ginter and feel empty inside…if any of the card above interest you, please let me know.  Send me your address and they will be yours for free!  I have the remainders of the three packs as well.

At the end of the day, I guess that’s what makes collecting these pieces of card stock so great.  We can have things we love that no one else does, and vice versa.  Good night and good luck with that Gint-a-Cuffs thing everyone is doing.

2013 Topps S2 – Packs 9 and 10

Rounding Home.

So, i was going to post the final two packs from my series two box last night but we had a nice family dinner night with my mother, mother in law and brother in law.  Where did we go you ask, well we went to Pok Pok.  If any of you ever venture up to Portland, it’s not to be missed.  The restaurant has received quite a bit of notoriety the past few years and a place that we love to visit whenever we get a chance.  If you do indeed make it to Pok Pok, you MUST get the wings.  They are unlike any other wings you have ever had, they are BETTER!  Just a little local Portland foodie plug for any foodies out there.  There is also a spot out in Brooklyn, which i’ve heard is not quite the same…guess you need that Southeast Portland flavor to make it great.

Back to cardboard.  I’ve only two packs left to share and there isn’t too much for gloriousness, as i’ve pulled the ‘hits’ already.  As has been the case with the previous posts, i like to show dueling or similar cards.  The two below feature great faces of intense physical exertion.  Joaquin and Jorge are both doing their ultimate lip pursing, almost to the point that their lips have disappeared…but they haven’t because that would be wierd.

13 T Joaquin Benoit Jorge De La Rosa

Next is the contorting Jered Weaver Cut to the Chase.  This photo gives you a great idea as to how much pressure pitching can put on your body…and of course there is more lip pursing.

13 T Jered Weaver Cut to the Chase

Enter Sandman Chasing History.  This is an open mouth lip pursing.  Something only legends can do.  Can you do it properly?

13 T Mariano Rivera Chasing History

Salvador Perez is super happy in this card.  I’m assuming it’s a walk off for the win…but no lip pursing.  Disappointing.

13 T Salvador Perez Black Border

Finally.  Tiny Tim Lincecum.  Look at those long flowing locks, splayed glove and a cream white ANTS jersey.  Does the MLB test for weed?  I know it’s not really a PED, but i can only imagine with this kid.  Inappropriate, i know…

13 T Tim Lincecum Chasing History

2013 Topps S2 – Packs 7 and 8

I feel like a dope writing about 2013 Topps series two, but i will manage to get over it sooner or later…plus i have another post to go!

I’m not really sure where I left off on the Topps post, but these two cards really caught my eye…plus they were in my to be organized scan folder.  So here they are, Trouty and Alvarez.  Both amazing photos and both are landscape cards, which i LOVE in base sets!  Both cards manage to get the player and ball in the shot…great photography to the photographer.

13 T Pedro Alvarez Mike Trout

This sideburn slash sort of neck beard is disturbing…plus he’s a Red Sox guy.  Not much for me to like about this card.

13 T Koji Uehara Gold

Ah jeez.  Jackie and the Babe.  The only problem with Topps pushing out these old school legend cards is the lack of photo variety.  I’ve got 5 other Jackie cards with that same pose…wish they had access to other images, you know, to spice it up a bit?

13 T Jackie Robinson Babe Ruth The Elite

Bryce Harper.  Love this kid.  He is the newest addition to my player personal collection and a reason i started following the Nats a few years ago.  He seems like he can be quite a jerk sometimes, but he’s intense and he goes all out each game.  That is how I would want my son to play.

13 T Bryce Harper Making their Mark

Rizzo – Italien – Cub.

13 T Anthony Rizzo WBC

Joey Belle.  Remember how crazy this guy was.  Dude had a serious temper and would go off over the stupidest crap.  I’ve said too much…

13 T Albert Belle Cut to the Chase

This guy.  Love the Cuban players.  Did you hear, he won the home run derby over the all star break…it’s been that long since i’ve been blogging.

13 T Yoenis Cespedes Making their Mark Jersey

Good night.

1 of 1 Moss

It’s been way too long, I know.

Blogging has become hard for me, almost a chore that needs to get done, but i don’t wanna do it!

It’s not that it’s difficult, it’s just hard to find the time or energy to scan, write and post something on a regular basis.  Something that I would be happy to put out there and hopefully entertain the readers.  It was too much, so I took a little break.  Hopefully the break ends here and I can keep up with my postings and get back some readership that I may have lost.  I know there are so many great blogs in the collecting community and i’m just trying to be a part of the gang and continue to be an active participant in our hobby.

Along with my lack of blogging, i’ve cut down quite a bit on my purchasing of cards as i’m REALLY trying to get organized.  I’ve said that many times, but this time it’s for real!  I hope.  I have a couple of boxes filled with R******s that need to be collated and organized.  We all know how fun that can be, right!

Part of the problem with my organizing conundrum is that i’ve been focusing on commons, which means I come home from a show with 75 ten cent cards…and put them in a white box next to the computer…only to sit there for months on end…BUT, i’ve also managed to pick up some nice autographs and jersey cards of my favorite players on the Washington Football team.

08 TF Santana Moss Cyan 1of1 Printing Plate

Here’s one.  A one of one, Mr. Santana Moss.  I believe this is a genuine 1 of 1 cyan printing plate.  Although it seems  a little fishy to me?  There is nothing on the back of the card that says it’s a 1 of 1 and the printing plate is encased in cardboard.  I own a couple of other plates and never seen them packaged this way.  If i got duped, then i am out $8.  If it didn’t than i’m pretty happy with my first printing plate from the DC football team. -HTTR!

08 TF Santana Moss Cyan PP 1of1 back

 

anyone else overreacting to this Kendrick Lamar verse on the Big Sean track?