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Monday, October 30, 2006

Draft Day - Technical Problems, Decent Picks!

Wow! It's 8:15pm PST and have yet to make the 16th pick in our draft. Let me say this a different way, we started our draft at 7:00pm PST - that is right, 15 picks in a hour and fifteen minutes, are you kidding me? We can thank the good folks at CBS Sportsline for all of our troubles tonight in the Cornerstone Conference.

To say the least, these guys had some serious technical difficulties. For instance, I arrived to the draft room 15 minutes early only to experience JAVA console took 10, yes 10 minutes to load! Fortunately, everyone else in our league was having the same sort of difficulties: draft room would not load, chat would not refresh, draft picks would not show. So, after some quick troubleshooting and determining that Sportsline was incompetent, Jay Worth got a serious conference call going and we all were able to get started.

And magically, at 8:30pm PST the problem seemed to disappear. Suddenly we could actually see the room and make the draft picks. Then we were able to actually ahve a draft and by 10:00pm all picks were completed!

As expected I did take Kobe Bryant with #2 pick. The rest of the draft provided plenty of drama, and below is how our picks unfolded......my team is called "BioWaste" and you can see how it went. Let me know what you think - I must say I do like my chances this year!

Round 1
1
Pacer Pride
LeBron James (F CLE)
2
Bio-Waste
Kobe Bryant (G LAL)
3
Honkylips
Kevin Garnett (F MIN)
4
Yojayyojay
Shawn Marion (F PHO)
5
Benchwarmers
Dirk Nowitzki (F DAL)
6
Higa
Elton Brand (F LAC)
7
Lakers Stink
Steve Nash (G PHO)
8
A Whole Mishegass
Dwyane Wade (G MIA)
9
Jason's Bullets
Chris Paul (G NO)
10
Da Bulls*
Allen Iverson (G PHI)
Round 2
11
Da Bulls*
Gilbert Arenas (G WAS)
12
Jason's Bullets
Dwight Howard (F ORL)
13
A Whole Mishegass
Yao Ming (C HOU)
14
Lakers Stink
Shaquille O'Neal (C MIA)
15
Higa
Amare Stoudemire (C PHO)
16
Benchwarmers
Ray Allen (G SEA)
17
Yojayyojay
Chauncey Billups (G DET)
18
Honkylips
Jason Kidd (G NJ)
19
Bio-Waste
Paul Pierce (F BOS)

20
Pacer Pride
Tim Duncan (F SA)
Round 3
21
Pacer Pride
Tracy McGrady (G HOU)
22
Bio-Waste
Chris Bosh (F TOR)
23
Honkylips
Jermaine O'Neal (F IND)
24
Yojayyojay
Gerald Wallace (F CHA)
25
Benchwarmers
Andrei Kirilenko (F UTA)
26
Higa
Vince Carter (G NJ)
27
Lakers Stink
Carmelo Anthony (F DEN)
28
A Whole Mishegass
Lamar Odom (F LAL)
29
Jason's Bullets
Joe Johnson (G ATL)
30
Da Bulls*
Mike Bibby (G SAC)
Round 4
31
Da Bulls*
Baron Davis (G GS)
32
Jason's Bullets
Ben Wallace (C CHI)
33
A Whole Mishegass
Ron Artest (F SAC)
34
Lakers Stink
Michael Redd (G MIL)
35
Higa
Rashard Lewis (F SEA)
36
Benchwarmers
Kirk Hinrich (G CHI)
37
Yojayyojay
Brad Miller (C SAC)
38
Honkylips
Josh Smith (F ATL)
39
Bio-Waste
Mehmet Okur (C UTA)

40
Pacer Pride
Jason Richardson (G GS)
Round 5
41
Pacer Pride
Rasheed Wallace (F DET)
42
Bio-Waste
Andre Miller (G DEN)

43
Honkylips
Richard Jefferson (F NJ)
44
Yojayyojay
Stephon Marbury (G NY)
45
Benchwarmers
Peja Stojakovic (F NO)
46
Higa
Antawn Jamison (F WAS)
47
Lakers Stink
Larry Hughes (G CLE)
48
A Whole Mishegass
Carlos Boozer (F UTA)
49
Jason's Bullets
Chris Webber (F PHI)
50
Da Bulls*
Marcus Camby (C DEN)
Round 6
51
Da Bulls*
Tony Parker (G SA)
52
Jason's Bullets
Raymond Felton (G CHA)
53
A Whole Mishegass
David West (F NO)
54
Lakers Stink
Ricky Davis (F MIN)
55
Higa
Jason Terry (G DAL)
56
Benchwarmers
Andre Iguodala (G PHI)
57
Yojayyojay
Manu Ginobili (G SA)
58
Honkylips
Boris Diaw (G PHO)
59
Bio-Waste
Jameer Nelson (G ORL)
60
Pacer Pride
Emeka Okafor (F CHA)
Round 7
61
Pacer Pride
Chris Kaman (C LAC)
62
Bio-Waste
Mike James (G MIN)
63
Honkylips
Caron Butler (F WAS)
64
Yojayyojay
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C CLE)
65
Benchwarmers
Brandon Roy (G POR)
66
Higa
Troy Murphy (F GS)
67
Lakers Stink
Richard Hamilton (G DET)
68
A Whole Mishegass
Shaun Livingston (G LAC)
69
Jason's Bullets
Zach Randolph (F POR)
70
Da Bulls*
Rafer Alston (G HOU)
Round 8
71
Da Bulls*
Pau Gasol (F MEM)
72
Jason's Bullets
Steve Francis (G NY)
73
A Whole Mishegass
T.J. Ford (G TOR)
74
Lakers Stink
Corey Maggette (F LAC)
75
Higa
Morris Peterson (F TOR)
76
Benchwarmers
Al Harrington (F IND)
77
Yojayyojay
Luke Ridnour (G SEA)
78
Honkylips
Deron Williams (G UTA)
79
Bio-Waste
Charlie Villanueva (F MIL)
80
Pacer Pride
Ben Gordon (G CHI)
Round 9
81
Pacer Pride
Wally Szczerbiak (F BOS)
82
Bio-Waste
Tayshaun Prince (F DET)
83
Honkylips
Mike Miller (F MEM)
84
Yojayyojay
Andres Nocioni (F CHI)
85
Benchwarmers
Josh Howard (F DAL)
86
Higa
Mo Williams (G MIL)
87
Lakers Stink
Sam Cassell (G LAC)
88
A Whole Mishegass
Stephen Jackson (G IND)
89
Jason's Bullets
Mike Dunleavy (F GS)
90
Da Bulls*
Cuttino Mobley (G LAC)
Round 10
91
Da Bulls*
Andrew Bogut (C MIL)
92
Jason's Bullets
Luol Deng (F CHI)
93
A Whole Mishegass
Adam Morrison (F CHA)
94
Lakers Stink
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (F SAC)
95
Higa
Raja Bell (G PHO)
96
Benchwarmers
Nenad Krstic (C NJ)
97
Yojayyojay
Danny Granger (F IND)
98
Honkylips
Brevin Knight (G CHA)
99
Bio-Waste
Channing Frye (C NY)

100
Pacer Pride
Tyson Chandler (C NO)
Round 11
101
Pacer Pride
Jamaal Tinsley (G IND)
102
Bio-Waste
Damon Stoudamire (G MEM)
103
Honkylips
Chris Wilcox (F SEA)
104
Yojayyojay
Speedy Claxton (G ATL)
105
Benchwarmers
Sebastian Telfair (G BOS)
106
Higa
Kevin Martin (G SAC)
107
Lakers Stink
Hedo Turkoglu (F ORL)
108
A Whole Mishegass
Kenyon Martin (F DEN)
109
Jason's Bullets
Kyle Korver (F PHI)
110
Da Bulls*
Jamal Crawford (G NY)
Round 12
111
Da Bulls*
Samuel Dalembert (C PHI)
112
Jason's Bullets
Jarrett Jack (G POR)
113
A Whole Mishegass
Grant Hill (F ORL)
114
Lakers Stink
Kurt Thomas (F PHO)
115
Higa
Shane Battier (G HOU)
116
Benchwarmers
Drew Gooden (F CLE)
117
Yojayyojay
Randy Foye (G MIN)
118
Honkylips
Rudy Gay (F MEM)
119
Bio-Waste
Leandro Barbosa (G PHO)
120
Pacer Pride
Bonzi Wells (G HOU)

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Night Before the Draft

For anyone who knows me, there are two things that I absolutely love - Fantasy NBA Basketball and the Los Angeles Lakers! Once the NBA season begins, both of these "hobbies" consume a good amount of my time. Opening night is 10/31 and I cannot wait. The weeks between the end of the baseball and the beginning of basketball absolutely kill me.

In terms of the Lakers, I currently am on the season ticket waitlist - at some crazy number like 743 - after last year being over 1000! However, even the waitlist has its advantages and I was able to get what I consider to be good tickets for a few games this year.

However, I digress. Tomorrow is draft day for the world famous Cornerstone Conference Fantasy Basketball league. My great team, BioWaste - needs a serious name change, however it will remain BioWaste for the 2006-2007 season. BioWaste won the championship for 2004-2005, however struggled last year with the move to the Head-to-Head style league. It did not help that this league is not a keeper league like our Baseball League (Mid-Coast Conference). The real predictament that I am in right now is that I sit in the #2 draft slot From what I take on the curent state of Basketball, the only clear #1 draft pick is the "King" himself, Lebron James. Beyond that, it seems the #2 pick is pretty much up for grabs between Garnett, Kobe, & Dirk. Given my love for the Lakers, I find little choice in that slot to take Kobe, "bum knee" and all.

The predicament is that in basketball - I would prefer to be a low first round pick like #'s 8-10 so I could pick up a Dwayne Wade and Gilbert Arenas in a quick swoop. However, there are some great 18-22 picks that I can hopefully grab depending on how our draft goes.

I am currently attempting to trade down, does anyone have advice for me?

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Errors & Frustration with Blogging - Blogger.com

Here we go, my first somewhat negative commentary on the world of blogging. Maybe I should be more specific - negative commentary on my experience with Blogger.com. Let me tell you why - for the first time after having my own blog space since 2004, I actually decided to get serious about building a reasonable blog with the intention to keep it up to date. However, while I fiddle with all the settings and start making some first posts to see how they look, I start getting hit with what I am not calling the magical "001 java.net.ConnectException: Connection refusedblog" error. Any changes or publishings I try to make just keep getting rejected. My guess is that there is some infrastructure or new code rollout issue at Blogger.com that is causing the issue. Granted that this is a free service, it is still frustrating none the less. It seems to have been going on for about 18 hours from what I gather searching around here. Let's hope it clears up soon!

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

USC blows the BCS, the Ten Tenors

Not that I am surprised with the team this year, but USC's loss today to OSU 33-31 still brings disappointment. Not quite as bad as watching powerless in the stands as Texas' Vince Young went into the end zone in the Rose Bowl last year, but painful none the less. Nor should I be at all suprised given the last three performances by this squad - barely winning against Washington, Washinton State, and Arizona State.

This team has yet to fill the shoes of being the perennial powerhouse that it has developed into, indicative by the fact that going into the game the team had only had one touchdown play longer than twenty yards, that was on a trickery play. Still, when it came down to it Sunday - USC should have come out victorious against the Beavers from Oregon State. The Trojans darn near pulled it off.

Then again, you simply cannot win when you have four turnovers and the other team has zero. In fact Chauncey Washington just dropped the ball a couple of times with no explainable reasons, and Booty threw an interception in the end zone. The Trojans just handed out points like they were treats on Halloween night. None the less, with 7 seconds left on the clock, USC had a chance to tie up the game on a 2-point conversion to force an overtime. However, with the deflected pass - everything ended:

  1. In the seat for the BCS title
  2. 38 regular-season wins
  3. 27 straight Pac-10 wins
  4. 18 straight road wins
  5. 18 straight wins in October
  6. 13 straight Pac-10 road wins

Well, it did have to end sometime - I was just hoping it they could make it through the PAC-10 to setup a major showdown with Notre Dame again. The good news is that the Ticket Reserve prices for USC in the BCS are somewhat reasonable again. I might grab a couple of FanForwards for only $25 or so. These were over $400 just earlier in day. Not sure what crazies were paying that kind of money, but it was WAY too early in the season with Oregon and Cal coming into town soon. If USC is going to get back into this BCS thing, they are going to have to dominate like it was 2004. To do that, the defense is going to have to make a play which they have not done all year and USC will need to find some sort of running game - 96 yards will not cut it.

However, although the majority of the post is based on the frustrations of the game, all did not end badly today. Ashley and I headed down to the Pantages Theater in Hollywood to see the Ten Tenors in "concert". The reason for the quotes is that we were not sure what to really expect from the show -- comedy, theater, concert, etc. -- on the show that was included in or season ticket package. We walked away very impressed with the performance and were glad we made the trip down to Hollywood rather than selling the tickets on eBay. This group has a lot of talent and has earned all of the accolades they have received. There are still tickets available for the Los Angeles shows. If you have the chance, they are worth checking out!

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