A sweet tight end, a good Reed and Rhythm Roulette

I’m obsessed with tight ends that have great hands.

Amazing ball skills.

Guys that aren’t afraid to go up the middle and take a pounding.

…what the f*%k…?

That is no way to attract the kinda readers i’m looking for with this blog.  What i’m really trying to say is that Jordan Reed is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite Redskins.  He’s an incredible talent that is quite possibly the best receiving tight end in the NFL…if you ask me and many other Redskin fans, they would tell you he’s the best…and we never lie.  Don’t get me wrong, Gronk is great…all-time great really, not to mention an extremely wild and crazy guy, but I love my teams TE, Jordan Reed.  Born in July of 1990…damn…

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His career started out a little patchy with several small nagging injuries and unfortunately concussions…lots of them.  He’s had one or two this season and i believe 6 during his NFL career.  You have to wonder about the length of his career and more importantly his long term health after the game.  Concussions as we are all sadly just now understanding have horrific long term impacts on these guys careers.  That’s one of the reasons why i’m never upset about most of these guys getting the money they can while they can.  Often playing through short careers with a short window of earning opportunity, they are often faced with long term health impacts not to mention addictions associated with those injury treatments…one of the reasons why i tell my son “football is for watching, baseball is for playing” i’m such a downer right now.

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Reed is amazing.  I’ve been building quite a nice stack of his cards for my Redskins collection over the past couple of years.  These nice little additions were from my latest stop at the Sports Room.

Side note, i’v updated my 1960’s Baseball checklist needs…so if you are interested in making a trade or two take a peek at the link above the banner and see if you can help a brother out!  I’m sure i can arrange for a sweet card package in return.

Also, i’ve been posting a few items on eBay in hopes of reloading my PayPal account for future card “investments”.  Most of whats posted on the bay is football cards…hoping to sell off my non Redskins, but if you see something you like, again let me know and i’d be happy to pull the cards and send them your way for a trade.

Thanks again for reading…hoping to get some older stuff scanned soon and get them posted here soon.

Keep reading if you’d like to see how hiphop producers put together music!  Well, sort of.  I’m a huge fan of the Mass Appeal’s YouTube series of Rhythm Roulette.  Basically, what they do is take a producer to a record shop, blindfold him and have them pick out three random selection of vinyl.  Then, the producers take the records back to the “lab” as the cool kids call it and put together various loops along with drum beats…now, some of you may be thinking this is shit…it’s not even music!  I can kinda understand where that’s coming from, but what these guys can do with a tiny snippet of a shitty record is quite amazing to me.  If you have some time, check out the series.  Here is one of my favorites from one of my all time favorite emcee’s/producter…El-P!!!

 

Retail regrets

I made a quick trip in to our local Fred Meyers on Sunday to pick up a couple of things, donuts, chocolate, soda, candy…the diet of a grown ass child.  To make things even more child like i decided to swing by the card section and did my best to avoid the retail fix.  You know that feeling kids, you don’t want to fall down the pit of retail despair, but you can’t help it.  It’s an addiction and I fell off the wagon.  I was doing great too.  Going to all my retail anonymous meetings.  Following the 12 steps to perfection.

It’s time to start over.

I bought two packs and i feel dirty.

Not back street alley dirty or even midnight NYC subway dirty

But just kinda full of regret and out $9.98 that could have gone to a couple of beers at a show.

Here’s what i ended up with, be sure you are still seated.

The first pack was a jumbo pack of Absolute Football from this past season.  Something fun here that i was completely unaware was happening this season was the full pack of die cuts.  All the jigs and jags were really cool but made it a lil difficult to sift through the packs quickly, but i guess that’s just a collector problem issue.  I also thought it was fantastic to pull these two guys back to back.  Almost like panini was trolling the Rams.

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I did pull a Redskin, one Redskin and probably the best offensive player from the 2014 season.  DJax!  Jackson loves Instagram, he’s a huge gram poster and he loves emoticon…or emoji’s?  Not really sure.  One of his favorites is the 100 one, as in, he’s always keeping One Hunid.  That’s cool.  The kids say that a lot, sounds fun.  I’ma keep it One Hunid for the remainder of this post.  One last note, DJax doesn’t ever use a ‘CK’ back to back (bacc to bacc if you are DJax)  mostly because gang members think this means ‘Crip Killer’ and i guess he’s a crip.  I find this amusing because his last name is JaCKson.  Word!

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Next pack.  Panini Contenders.  I’ve always loved this set and have bought boxes in the past but since i’m on a box break…break, i haven’t done that.  The best little nuggets i got in this pack was this kid.

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Russell Wilson.  He’s a pretty fantastic young QB and only getting better.  I had my doubts that he was legit until the comeback vs. Green Bay.  Thought he was a decent QB on a great team with a great defense.  Both seem to be true…

Last card.  Brady and Amendola.  Touchdown Tandem.  I think i would have paired Brady with the Gronk on this one…but i don’t make cards.

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I’m going to have to pull for the Patriots on Sunday even though i’ve never cheered for a Boston team in my life…just don’t really want to see the 12th man tell me how amazing their team is…even though they are pretty amazing and I don’t think the Seahawks will lose.  Just can’t cheer for them is all.

Sick Pickups!

The title is true, but not in the douchey overused term that is used way too much in this hobby today.  My whole family was sick, including me.  The wife and baby had the H1N1, aka swine flu and luckily i avoided it.  There has been a minor breakout of this strand of flu in Portland and SW Washington…but i somehow missed out, I guess I’m just strong like that!

The sick pickup part comes in to play with an evening visit to Target to get a few physical mending supplies like juices, fruits and drugs.  I’ve been avoiding retail packs for a while now because of the unlikeliness of getting anything worthwhile.  I ended up buying a few packs just to see what the cards look like, knowing I wouldn’t be happy with any of them.  I guess I was delirious and more than happy to fill my slightly sick body with new shiny football cards.  Here are some fun scans of what i spent my hard earned loot on.

The first pack was Absolute Football from the fine folks over at Panini.  I pulled two QB’s that I have a lot of respect for, even though i can’t stand either of their teams.  The Cowboys dislike should be obvious…they are the hated rivals.

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The Seahawks one may not be as clear for you.  I find their fans to be a little over the top.  I’ve been to football games in Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans and DC.  The fans in Seattle are hands down the most belligerent and a little too handsy for my liking.  Plus they act as though they’ve won 3 Super Bowls.  They haven’t, but the Redskins have.  Now, that’s not to take anything away from Wilson.  I think he is great.  I actually love the kid.  He’s modest and works really hard and I believe he is going to become one of the leagues great QB’s.  He’s also an underdog which I always love.

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I also managed to pull a serial numbered Phillip Thomas card.

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Next up is Topps Prime.  The base cards of this set are decent.  I feel that the photos are way too tight on the players and would love to see a full photo of the athletes…maybe that sounds weird if you read it out loud, but I think you know what i mean.  Is it me or is Milliner’s smile a little goofy?

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Jordan Reed!  I have the hobby version of this card, now the thinner retail version is in my sole possession.

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Ok, so this next card really caught me off guard.  Is this seriously the best photo Topps could get of Matt Ryan?  I have to believe there are at least 15 other photos that could have been used, but they chose this shot.  He’s even staring in to the camera while giving his center the business!  I’m sure Mrs. Ryan is none too happy about the photo immortalized on card stock…at least it’s not a butt fumble card…Mr. Sanchez…

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The final pack was PRIZM.  YES!  I loved Prizm last year and I think this years cards are equally as nice.  Love the quality of the card, the texture and photography of them as well.  Target has a small rack pack that came with 3 red parallel cards, and here are two of them.  Both are often injured RB’s.  These red cards have a nice sparkle to them, almost like a disco ball or some fancy pop star sequence…very shimmery when viewed in person.

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Spankee, if you like the Wilson…it’s yours.

13 PP David Wilson Red Target Parallel

Here are two more cards.  Michael Vick.  He would look good in the Burgundy and Gold next year as a backup to RGIII and could teach him how to survive in the NFL.  Maybe teach him how to slide too?  Or just run out of bound before being tackled?  #justsayin

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Kenjon Barner.  Showing this one because he’s a Duck and so am I…sort of.

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The last two cards came from the Prizm pack.  I’m guessing they are not part of any Prizm insert or chase set as they have none of the qualities of Prizm.  BUT, they do have a QR code on the back that takes you to an online video.  Unfortunately Kenny Stills doesn’t explain his hair in the interview which I think is a huge missed opportunity.  Terrance Williams broke my heart this afternoon, but that’s nothing new.

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