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The Friday Five: The I-Hate-Losing-In-Fantasy-Football Edition!

Hello one and all and welcome back for the continuing adventures of The Friday Five here at The Farm Club. Last week, yours truly was flying high after a pair of wins in fantasy football, and I was introducing a brand new format to the column, one that I hope allows me to explore strange, new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations…wait, that’s not what I do here, that’s something completely unrelated. You’ll have to ignore that, I am sleep deprived and beginning to fancy myself as a balding captain of a starship. The point of that entire run-on sentence was to inform you that I am heartbroken after being let down by nearly every player on both of my fantasy teams, with the exception of C.J. Spiller, and lost both of my league match-ups. I am not happy about this, but hopefully I can bounce back this week with some much improved play from my entire team.

Let’s get on to the good stuff, shall we?

The Big News: Nothing really major to report on this week, but a few minor news bits that I won’t be covering in the meat of the column this week include the following:

Stanford shocks National Title hopeful USC, downing the Trojans for the 4th year in a row, a first for that rivalry.

The NFL replacement referee nonsense continues to have a negative impact on the players, the league and the game. This needs to end soon before they do some real damage.

And in a bit of personal news, I hate Thursday NFL games. It gives me less time to make some important fantasy decisions. Damn you, NFL!

But now, let’s break it down.

“I AM THE TAG TEAM CHAMPION!” Coach Harbaugh tried explaining to the replacement referees, who got this joke because they are watching WWE instead of studying the rules of the NFL.

Football: Another week in the NFL is down, and the San Francisco 49ers are looking more and more like the team to beat. A shocking 0-2 start for the Saints, and 1-1 starts for a lot of top teams, including the Packers, Giants and Patriots, are leaving the 49ers as the team to beat. The way that they stopped the offense of the Packers, and completely shut down the Lions also potent offense led by Stafford and Johnson is incredible. Their defense is running a great scheme and is loaded with guys who are doing exactly what they need to do. Coupled with the multi-faceted offense led by Alex Smith, and the 49ers look like a team that could do a lot more than just lose in the NFC Championship game again this year. I realize that it’s early in the season, but they have looked damn impressive and coach Harbaugh has done wonders with this group of guys. If you can still pick up any of the offense from this team in a fantasy league you’d be better off for it.

Could this be your 2012 World Series Champion? This writer thinks…maybe.

Baseball: For the second time in franchise history, the Washington Nationals are headed to baseball’s postseason. The team who just two years ago had back to back 100-loss seasons have drafted well and are playing dominating baseball, even with their benching of phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg. They are playing as a team, and while there are some players who jump out at you as great, you cannot just attribute their success to one guy. It remains to be seen how well they will do in the playoffs, as just getting in is usually enough to lead to some improbable run, but if you are looking at the National League, you have got to like the Nationals’ chances to at least make it to the Fall Classic. I don’t think any other National League team will be able to beat this team in a series, and with home-field advantage in the World Series again, it may be enough to give this franchise its first World Series Championship.

Basketball: In a great story from the world of College Basketball, the NCAA has scheduled its first college game in Europe and it will happen this season. On November 9, Connecticut and Michigan State will meet at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. On top of playing the game, the teams will tour the base, visit with members of the armed forces, and generally do some really cool stuff for the troops. This should also be a pretty exciting game, as both teams are always favored to finish with a strong record and high seeding, and it will be Connecticut’s first season without longtime coach, Jim Calhoun.

I’d write a caption, but the picture has already summed up my feelings.

Hockey: The NHL has announced this week the cancellation of the entire preseason, in response to the lack of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are all sorts of excuses and reasons flying around for the lockout happening, and a lot of people looking to place the blame. Some want to blame the players (but how can you, they were expected to lose nearly 10% of the total NHL profits) and others want to blame the owners (they’re the ones who want a bigger share of the NHL profits) but there is one person I must place the blame on, even if other Farm Club writers feel this may be misplaced. Gary Bettman, the current NHL Commissioner, is supposed to be the intermediary between the two, but has repeatedly sided with the owners, and has earned the ire of the players, and more importantly, the fans. There is, after all, a reason why every NHL arena this man steps foot in, he is booed out of the building. Since taking over as NHL Commissioner, Bettman has allowed not 1, not 2, BUT 3 LOCKOUTS! How is this man able to keep his job when the league has gone to complete hell under his watch, a whole bunch of times?! I’m still convinced this was a conspiracy started by David Stern when he suggested Bettman for the job. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Google it. All I know is if I don’t get to go to the Winter Classic this year, I might have to find a new favorite sport.

And one to go out on!

MMA: I wanted to title this section “Injuries” due to the recent catastrophe that was UFC 151, and then the mess of things that have happened to more upcoming events over the next few weeks and months. So we all know the Jon Jones/Dan Henderson mess, there’s no need to rehash this. At UFC 153, there was a scheduled Featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Erik Koch. Koch goes down with an injury and then Frankie Edgar was subbed in. Then Jose Aldo pulls out of the fight with an injury of his own. The upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Superfight between Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir is off as Mir is out with an injury. Light-heavyweights have also seen some names drop, with Rampage Jackson out of his last contracted fight with an injury, as well as “The Janitor” Vladimir Matyushenko out of his fight with Matt Hamill. I realize that this is a sport that breeds injuries in training, but the recent string of bad luck staring down fighters has to be alarming. I realize it is strictly coincidental, but it certainly does seem to be weird. Hopefully GSP will be able to make his date with Carlos Condit, and the Natural Born Killer can finally put a stop to his dull run with the title. Yep. I said it.

That will do it for this week’s edition of the Friday Five. I wish I had more snark to write some sort of a witty conclusion to the column this week, but I used it all up in my weird intro and delusion of turning into Picard. Be sure to check out all of the other awesome, ever expanding content on The Farm Club. We’re growing and expanding and gaining more ground as a place for people to try their hand in the sports media world. So if you want to get in on it, hit the contact page, and let someone know what you’d like to share with the world.

Sadly the hilarious unintentionally dirty comment of the week is going to be absent again this week as my time to sit around and watch a wide variety of sports was impacted this week with real world business, but hopefully I’ll have two for you next week to make up for it, until then…

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About lostcitysaint

I am a 25 year old manager of a chain record store. I am heavily into sports, music and all things geek. I am tattooed, chubby, bearded and awesome. Straight Edge. History major. Hopeful musician.

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