"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
I’m going to totally jinx my Fantasy Football season — one of the things you don’t talk about while it’s going, kind of like a pitcher tossing a no-hitter — but I think I’ve got a shot at this one.
If so, it’d be my first win in any fantasy league. I’ve been close a bunch of times, second twice. Getting a little tired of being the bridesmaid. And, as the resident sportswriter here, it’s a little shameful not to have a belt, you know?
I’m in a Yahoo league and we’re through the quarterfinals. I scored a ridiculous 214 points in the quarters to knock off Tom Brady, Wes Welker and their team “Island Bull,” which scored 160 points. That was a good showing, but my lineup of Maurice Jones-Drew (43.3 points), Percy Harvin (22.3), Cam Newton (21.2) and Reggie Bush (17.4) were more than sufficient.
I was worried a bit, what with Mr. Bull’s Brady and Welker, Roddy White and the enigmatic Marshawn Lynch. Well, each of those dudes went off, as did Mr. Bull’s Green Bay defense, but no one else did.
I’m liking my chances even more this week, although my opponent, “Wrecking Crew,” comes in with a 10-4 overall record and some decent players.
Here are the match-ups, minus any late changes:
Player Seadorks (me) Wrecking Crew
QB Drew Brees Eli Manning
WR Vincent Jackson Brandon Lloyd
WR Percy Harvin Deion Branch
WR Demaryius Thomas Eric Decker
RB Maurice J-D Michael Turner
RB Beanie Wells Rashard Mendenhall
TE Dustin Keller Vernon Davis
W/R/T Roy Helu DeAngelo Williams
K Mason Crosby Matt Bryant
DEF Detroit Chicago
D David Hawthorne Derrick Johnson
DL Elvis Dumervil Jason Babin
DL Cory Redding Calais Campbell
LB Von Miller Michael Boley
LB Chad Greenway Daryl Washington
CB Tramon Williams Carlos Rogers
S Bernard Pollard Thomas DeCoud
Me — Newton (QB), Anquan Boldin (WR), Bush (RB), Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR), Thomas Jones (RB), Kevin Boss (TE), Denver (DEF)
Wrecking Crew — Marion Barber (RB), Jeremy Maclin (WR), Robert Meachem (WR), Matthew Stafford (QB), Malcolm Floyd (WR), CJ Spiller (RB), Charles Johnson (DE)
As you can see, Mr. Crew has plenty of talent. I’m a little nervous because Manning can really rack up the fantasy points. The Giants are at home against Washington, so there’s a chance for some big points. Lloyd is a good wideout. Mendenhall scores me. Jones-Drew is my stud but Atlanta can stack up against the run. And Crew’s defense is solid throughout.
It’s basically going to come down to two match-ups: Tonight’s Atlanta vs. Jacksonville (running backs) and Denver wideouts. MJD and Michael Turner played about even last night, with Turner getting an easy score and MJD racking up 120 yards-plus before getting hurt.
If Denver’s defense can stuff Turner, and Thomas gets more play than Decker (as he has recently), I’m good. Although I might go with Boldin at WR and Bush at RB instead of Helu.
Suggestions for the weekend? Anyone?
In other completely random sports news …
Chris Paul is a Clipper, headed to Los Angeles in a trade that lands New Orleans a nice package: Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a draft pick likely to land them in the lottery to go with another likely lottery pick.
So why did the NBA nix the Laker deal? It looked like the original three-team deal was good to go, giving Kobe a superstar teammate in trade for, among other things, Kevin Martin and Lamar Odom. I mean, usually the Association loves to pair superstars together. Maybe they thought the rich-getting-richer was too much…
Then I read a few comments about the deal, that getting Martin and Odom and Luis Scola wasn’t nearly as good as what they wound up with.
So now I’m thinking that David Stern, in his infinite wisdom, managed to get two legit superstar teams — well, probably, as the Clippers usually find ways to ruin just about everything — in the biggest market in the country. Paul and Blake Griffin? And add to that Chauncy Billups and Mo Williams? Nice. The Clippers are finally relevant.
It’s almost enough for me to be interested in the NBA again …
Sequim’s boys basketball team won an easy one Wednesday night (Dec. 14) while the girls lost a heartbreaker.
Corbin Webb had 23 points, Alex Barry added 14 and Jayson Brocklesby had a thunderous dunk as Sequim manhandled Klahowya, 56-31. Key were the Wolves’ second and third quarters, as they outscored the visitors 40-14.
In Silverdale, Sequim went to battle minus their Hs — Haleigh Harrison and Hannah Hudson, who were singing for the SHS choir holiday concert — and fell in overtime, 40-33. Taylor Balkan had 10 points in the loss.
The teams are back in action Friday night; girls at home, boys on the road, both against North Kitsap’s Vikings.
Most importantly, my recreation league volleyball team won Monday night. Our High Energy Metals squad topped Serena’s Spikers in three sets (25-10, 25-12, 25-17). We are slowly climbing out of the cellar. Life is good.