September 28, 2014: A Fantasytic Football Sunday!

After starting the fantasy football season by dropping our first two games (by a combined five points!), my Snow Monkeys have bounced back big time, winning last week and, today, racking up a lofty 136 points to cast to our second consecutive victory, knotting our record at 2-2.  I predict BIG things for this team.…

December 21, 2013: I miss ’em already! Snow Monkeys on the verge of another championship!

As much as the dogs miss us when we're away, I think I miss them even more.  Especially at night.  After a while, you not only get used to sleeping like a contorted magician's assistant in one of those sword-through-the-box tricks, but you come to draw comfort from their pudgy, snoring, encroaching presence.  As crazy…

December 19, 2013: Okay, finally, sweet sweet victory! And one more to go! Braving versus Battening! Mom’s Christmas Brigade!

Well, you'll be pleased - nay, thrilled!  - to hear that the NFL's minimal stats corrections for week 15 of the regular season did NOT impact the score of the semi-final fantasy football match that saw my Snow Monkeys win by the slimmest of margins.  To refresh your memories: Damn, that's tight! So now, with…

December 17, 2013: Snow Monkeys win! Possibly! Top 5 Bitterest Losses of All Time!

Hmmm.  Well that was a little too close for comfort.  My Snow Monkeys won their semi-final fantasy football playoff match-up by a score of 109.30 to 109.10.  Yes, that's right.  They won by a whopping 0.2 points.  Rather than celebrate, however, I'll be on the edge of my seat until Thursday morning when the NFL…

December 15, 2013: Snow Monkeys on the cusp!

It's that time of year!  Yes, time for the Fantasy Football playoffs.  On the back of a fearsome running game, my Snow Monkeys took the second seed in my league, winning themselves a much-needed (last) weekend off with a first-round bye. Today, they were back at it, meeting As Luck Would Have It in semi-final…

November 2, 2013: Porchetta, Snow Monkeys, Brunch, and Presents!

Look at what Akemi made!  Yesterday, she stuffed, seasoned, rolled, and trussed a pork belly.  Then, this morning, she woke up at 6:00 a.m. to slow-roast it for five and a half hours before finishing it off with a 30 minute broil to render the skin extra crispy.  She served it for lunch with her…

October 13, 2013: Turducken! Piecaken! Fantasy Football Misery!

Akemi and I set our alarm for six a.m. this morning so we could get an early start on the turducken.  According to the instructions: 4 1/2 hours at 325 degrees covered, then another 45 minutes at 375 uncovered.  Tent and let sit for half an hour, then serve! While I was setting the oven…

August 20, 2013: Snow Monkeys 2013 League of Apathy Edition!

My string of bad luck has continued unabated and required my setting up appointments with an electrician, a home repairman, a home alarm specialist, and a vet.  The latter is for Lulu who is on antibiotics right now on account of a swollen paw.  My visit to the doctor (to get that solar plexus pull…

August 18, 2013: Fantasy football, gnocchi, and a prospective dog-sitter!

Great.  Now I think I may have pulled my solar plexus!  Is that even possible?  Not sure if it's the result of the heavy weights I've been lifting, stress, or some mysterious bug but it feels as though I've taken a sucker punch to the stomach.  Curiously though, only when I apply pressure to the…

August 15, 2013: So sick!

In preparation for the upcoming fantasy football season, I've been taking part in mock drafts.  They are essentially dry runs that allow you to hone your drafting skills with a bunch of anonymous fellow online fantasy football enthusiasts.  It's very informative and a lot of fun but, every so often, you get saddled with someone…

August 9, 2013: Counting down the days! Bottled vs. tap water revisited! Chef Douglas Keane!

Gross insults.  Name calling.  Petty squabbling.  Perceived slights blown out of proportion.  Yes, it's that time of year again!  Time for... FANTASY FOOTBALL!!! Even though we're 11 days away from draft day, the excitement is palpable.  Adding intrigue to this season are a couple of controversial rule changes (we're going with 3 starting wide receivers…

February 18, 2013: The Supermovie of the Week Club reconvenes! Cookie Monster reviews Hancock!

Monster not professional writer so not in position to offer advice to whoever wrote dis movie, but me can't help but feel it obviously a bad idea to change direktion and tone of a skript one hour into its 90 minute running time.  Which be de case wit Hancock. We introduced to our anti-hero, Hancock.…

December 4, 2012: Me and the NFL are done!

My 35+ year relationship with the NFL is over.  We're done.  Sure, we've had our ups and downs - though, realistically, much more of the latter than the former.  I've suffered through lock-outs, replacement officials, Michael Vick, the tuck rule.  Hell, the Raiders haven't been competitive since Marcus Allen was running the ball.  But still…

December 2, 2012: Well, that’s that!

Following an improbable come from ahead loss in a week in which my Snow Monkeys put up the SECOND most points in the league, eventually losing the the TOP scoring team in the league, my Monkeys were upset this weekend.  The loss, coupled with a win by Steve's Tebow Sucks means my Monkeys are eliminated…

November 27, 2012: My name is Joe and I am a fantasy football addict!

(http://andyyuill.deviantart.com/art/Snow-Monkey-103543204) I had to take a couple of melatonin tablets to fall to sleep last night and ended up dreaming of risky rooftop ball hockey, precariously perched apartments, and Vegas (for some reason, I always dream of Vegas).  Why?  Did I receive some distressing news? Was I upset by a sudden sad turn of events?…