Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I was running some errands this morning and when I got home I turned on the TV. ESPN 2 came up and they were discussing the results of a Bass Fishing Tournament. I paused a few moments before scrolling on and in that time I discovered something I didn't know existed...Fantasy Bass Fishing!!! While I'm familar with fantasy football teams, baseball teams and racing teams I had no idea this was part of the world of competitive fishing, but obviously I was mistaken. My curiosity peaked I went online to Bassmaster to get a little more information. It seems to play you have to do the following...
- Select 5 anglers to complete your roster and to make your team eligible
- Each player has an assigned Market Value which will fluctuate with their real life performance in tournaments. The Market Value at which you select a player to your roster will remain locked until you release them. If an angler's value decreases you can "re-negotiate" and keep them on your team for the lower value. If an angler's value increases you benefit from their good performance without your locked value changing.
- The locked value of your five angler team can not exceed 50 points
- Scoring is based on a multi-day system with each angler scored on catches, heaviest weights etc.
I found this to be very interesting. Having never delved into the world of fantasy sports - perhaps this is how most teams are run, the sport of course being the variable. During my research I discovered several anglers that would add some eye candy to your team in addition to some quality fishing. John Crews has been making a name for himself in recent years fishing in two different professional series and Gerald Swindle was the Bassmaster Angler of the year in 2004. Nothing wrong with looking good on the water. I wouldn't throw either of them out of the boat.
Friday, March 24, 2006
At 26 years old he stands a paltry 5' 8" and tips the scales at a lean 140. I don't know what it is with me and guys that size. Another hottie on the bull riding scene is 25 year old, Aussie Brendon Clark who also stand only 5' 8" and weighs in at 155 pounds. In a discussion with my co-worker we were wondering how these lean guys can take the physical beatings week in and week out. It's like I'm back in college when my girlfriends and I would page through the soccer team program to see how many of the guys weighed less then us. Speaking of college, my roommate Andrea and I talked about going to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo, held every December, to see if we could snag us a cowboy or two. We would have been known as buckle bunnies had that road trip ever come to pass. I hadn't given that much thought in the last ten or so years until watching the "King of the Hill", episode where they have to go to the gay rodeo to find Dale's Dad. Bobbie, who finds he has a penchant for rodeo clowning, saves Joseph from a raging bull and as the episode ends Joseph gives Bobbie one of his buckles and Bobbie says "I guess this makes me your buckle bunny." That totally cracked my shit up.
I am almost breathless with anticipation...one of my favorite TV shows, "The Deadliest Catch", is making it's second season debut starting Tuesday (3/28) at 9:00pm on The Discovery Channel. Talk about reality TV, an episode or two into last season an entire ship and it's crew were lost at sea before the crab-fishing even began. You can't get anymore real then actual death. These guys are a crazy lot, risking life and limb for the possibility of a huge payout.
The rules have changed for this season, it's no longer a balls to the wall derby style event, with crabbers catching as much as they can in a window of a couple of days. Now each vessel is given a set amount of crab they can catch and all the time they want to do it. But having watched these guys in the past we all know the goal is still to catch all the crabs allowed in the shortest amount of time possible to save on fuel and wear and tear on your boat and your crew.
I'm glad to see the Northwestern, captained by Sig Hansen is back along with the Maverick, captained by Rick Quashnick. On the Maverick Rick's wife is the cook and crew "Mom", bucking superstition that it's bad luck to have a woman on board. I'm sure those guys don't care, they're better taken care of then anyone else on the water - I've seen her cook. Plus I know if I fall on the deck and snap my leg like a twig, I might get a bit of sympathy from her.
Monday, March 20, 2006
While waiting for the race to start I searched online to see if Chex was running the "Most Popular Driver" contest again this year and they are. Voting actually just started this weekend so I'm right on time. From now until November 20th my daily mission will be to cast a vote for my favorite Nascar Nextel Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. I want to make sure he wins the title of Most Popular Driver for the fourth year in a row.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
The Outdoor Arts Foundation of Tampa Florida also loves manatee's and they have their own special way of helping them out. New York City had cows, Baltimore had fish and now Tampa has manatee's. Life size fiberglass manatee's painted by local artists and put around town for the public to enjoy. The decorative manatee's will be auctioned off in November of this year with the proceed's going to help save the endangered West Indian Manatee. I wish I had use for such a wonderful thing - because I think it's a great idea. Jacksonville Florida did something similar in 2004 & 2005, only their campaign was called Sea Cows for Kids. The proceeds from those auctioned manatee's went to help kids in that area. I checked the list to see where they ended up and most are at private homes. I bet the home owner's assocation in my community would have something to say about that. Though I'm not sure there is a specific rule against large animal shaped lawn ornaments.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
As I said in an earlier post, this past Sunday was Janet's daughter Rachels baby shower. And boy let me tell you did she make out. I do believe this is the first grandchild for all grandparental parties involved so the gift giving was quite generous. I would have to say my favorite thing that she received was the Fisher Price "Jumperoo" illustrated in the photo at left. I love that it is its own self contained unit. Of course it requires you to have quite a bit of space for baby and his/her stuff to occupy, but I think it's cool. My favorite food related thing was the delicious ice cream cake we had for dessert, followed in close second by the plate of chocolate covered pretzels. I wish Rachel and her husband all the best with their new arrival, which could seriously be any day now. By the time she's 34 she'll have a ten year old. If I got pregnant tomorrow I'd be 44 by the time my child was 10. That's a very scary thought.
Friday, March 03, 2006
My coworker and I went out for lunch with the guys from our manufacturing shop today and while we were waiting for our food to arrive one of the guys said that our 21 year old receptionist told them they can't park by our receiving dock because she needs to be able to park there, especially when it rains, because her purses can't get wet. Once the hilarious laughter died away and we wiped the tears from our eyes, my first words were "I'm sorry. WHAT?" He went on to say she told at least three of them that. We were all just completely blown away by the remark. She is definitely living in a material world and she is a material girl.