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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 11:52 am
It's back. Once again 14 of A2K's greatest minds re the NFL will be matched up against each other over a span of 17 weeks.
It should be exciting. Back with the line up of managers after this break.
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Foxfyre
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:22 pm
@realjohnboy,
Then it's offical. Fourteen teams. Way to go!!

I have it properly favorited and tagged.

Looking forward to having the full team roster and ability to identify all the managers.

Meanwhile, due to all the whining and foot stomping, etc. re the ineptness in general trash talking, I have been boning up. I did find this which is sort of a "trash talking 101" primer:

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September 11, 2006, 1:35 am
The Art of Trash Talking
By John Woods
Trash talk has a place in every competitive endeavor (except baseball; those stirrup-wearers are too busy chewing on their sunflower seeds and their “supplements” to worry about what their opponents are doing).

Fantasy sports is no exception. Any intelligent discussion of the subject
would probably start with a thesis statement or a definition of terms.
Thankfully, this won’t be an intelligent discussion.

Let me just say that I am happy to take a place in this space alongside my talented colleagues,
even our commissioner. (You should see how she bleats like a demented
paper boy about league fees on our fantasy site).

Trash talking, I would argue, is primarily about amusing your friends,
their sheeplike demeanors and sloping foreheads notwithstanding.

Beyond the entertainment factor, though, I would recognize that the
sophomoric ritual has one advantage, when properly applied. It magnifies
your fantasy triumphs and mitigates your fantasy failures by transforming
the eventual point total into an afterthought. Winning makes it seem like
your opponent really is a “truss-owning, lapel-pin-wearing nitwit.” And in
defeat, trash talk can be the air bag to break the fall from your
hyperbolic heights. “The plug-necked yahoos on your team,” you can say,
“will be sacking groceries by the end of the season.”

The best trash talk, in my view, is layered and nuanced. And it doesn’t
focus only on your opponent’s team. It picks apart your opponent. The idea
is to create a shock-and-awe-scale blizzard of nonsense, and the goal is to
make your opponent drop his hands from his keyboard in exasperation.

What team does your opponent root for? Accuse a Giants fan of having a Joe Namath pillowcase. Where’s your opponent from? Give a look of concern no matter his reply, then say, “I’ll try to type slower for you next time.” Is your opponent into politics? Label everyone a tax-and-spend corporate shill.

Cap all that with a liberal application of irrelevance. For instance, don’t just conclude by saying your opponent is a “twerp who drafts like my grandmother.” Say that your opponent is a “sweater-wearing, eyebrow-plucking twerp who drafts his team about as well as Zsa Zsa Gabor gave acceptance speeches at the Oscars.” By the time your foe makes sense of that, his starting running back will have had puppies.

But what about you? Hmm? Recall a memorable slam? Have a tried-and-true technique? Know someone who seems impervious to insult? Take a moment and tells us about it. Put together some (fit-for-publication) thoughts. You won’t be too busy returning phone messages from your friends, I’m sure, to reply.
http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/09/11/the-art-of-trash-talking/


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George
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:25 pm
For further reference see Head, Rock.
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:26 pm
Here are the 14 teams and the managers:
ABQ Hoot Owls led by Fox. One of 3 NM based teams
Chargers kept charged up by Mysteryman;
Skinny Tough Puppies herded by Jespah. One of 3 Boston area teams;
Ticomaniacs directed by the ever modest Tico;
Abq Sandscamps under the master: Osso;
Cycloteam run by west coast Cyclo;
Goin' Deep with JPinMilw calling the shots;
Locanda delle Fate from Mexico City with Fbaezer at the helm;
Rappin Rednecks with the brilliant Johnboy in control;
Small town Saupers - the team Alex is crafting together;
Turf Monkeys piloted by McGentrix;
Jamaican Mecrazy with Rhyss Pieces convinced he can beat his dad;
Newton Scroops with George convinced he can beat his son;
Fighting Gerbils with ElStud convinced he...oh nevermind.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:38 pm
@realjohnboy,
With Saupers and Scamps and Scroops and Skinnies this will sap my ability to deal with words starting with S..
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mysteryman
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:42 pm
I'm in.
I got to busy to keep u with my baseball team Embarrassed , but when it comes to football I WILL be able to.

And since I already have my team set up (if I get all the players I want), all of you are already screwed for the season.
Foxfyre
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:45 pm
@mysteryman,
See Osso? All is not lost. "Screwed" is a really good "S" word. Smile
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:47 pm
@Foxfyre,
You're right! (and I forgot to mention Studs).
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mysteryman
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 12:48 pm
@Foxfyre,
So is "sunk".
slaughtered
slammed
and
sitting duck.
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:07 pm
RJB, you forgot to mention that the Ticomaniacs are the two-time defending A2K Fantasy Football Champeens ... so I'll mention it for you.

Ticomaniacs! ... representing the 480!!!



http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/9449/ticomaniacsxl0.jpg
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:07 pm
@mysteryman,
mysteryman wrote:
And since I already have my team set up (if I get all the players I want), all of you are already screwed for the season.

Damn! ... looks like MM is the team to beat this year.
mysteryman
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:25 pm
@Ticomaya,
Of course I am, at least on paper.
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Foxfyre
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:29 pm
Well my photos of big mean owls aren't back from Walgreens yet, and I don't want to tip my hand on why my team is FAR superior to MM's.....but......

Here is a bit of trivia re owls, as if my Hooters needed any other ammo to strike terror into the heart of opponents:

http://celebrifi.com/mimg/mp/mp_60443_M_1193091162.jpg
Transformers star Tyrese Gibson has a paralysing fear of owls. His phobia is so severe, he has to avoid anything associated with owls - including restaurant chain Hooters, which has an owl as its logo. Gibson explains, "I'm terrified of owls. It started when I was young. I can't even look at the image of an owl. "I've never been to Hooters in my life and I've never seen any of the Harry Potter movies because they have owls throughout."

And I am auditioning for team mascot---something to rival Tico's:

http://chitika.com/crm/search-owl.jpg
mysteryman
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:32 pm
@Foxfyre,
I'm supposed to be scared of a bird?????

Have you ever seen what a lightning bolt can do to a tree or a person?
That is a scary sight.

Be afraid, be very afraid!!!
Foxfyre
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:34 pm
@mysteryman,
Have you ever seen birds sitting calmly with their feet clutched firmly around high voltage power lines?
mysteryman
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:38 pm
@Foxfyre,
Yes, but they arent touching the ground, so they arent grounded.

Football teams ARE touching the ground.
Foxfyre
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:47 pm
@mysteryman,
Well....is there a rule they HAVE to? Owls do have wings for flying. Smile
mysteryman
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 02:58 pm
@Foxfyre,
I have never seen or heard of a bird flying faster then a lightning bolt, have you?
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 03:00 pm
Personally, I do not think we could have enough pictures of various hooters.
jespah
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2009 03:52 pm
@McGentrix,
Thank you for the laugh of the day.

PS The Puppies will, as always, bite all of you in the butt. Failing that, the ankle. The left one.
 

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