Just put this out on Twitter, supporting Susan (Oliver) Arapoff – fellow classmate from Burlington High School Class of 1989!
— BHS Class of 1989 (@BHSClassof1989) July 24, 2014
Just put this out on Twitter, supporting Susan (Oliver) Arapoff – fellow classmate from Burlington High School Class of 1989!
— BHS Class of 1989 (@BHSClassof1989) July 24, 2014
Not going to submit a long and detailed post today, but I just want to get these out there. Feel free to comment and/or pass along your reaction and thoughts.
Pre-Show Kickoff match: Naomi vs Cameron
Umm, I think I’ll still be “tailgating” or helping my boys get ready to enjoy the first hour of the main card (before their bedtime at 9:00 of course). I honestly don’t know anyone that really cares about this match, and I hate to have my Swami Says predictions start off on a missed pick with a match like this. Eeny Meeny Miny Mo. Go with Naomi. Cameron is horrible in the ring.
Jack Swagger vs Rusev – I just read a report that WWE might be dropping the evil Russian storyline due to the tragic events in the Ukraine this past week and everything that’s really going on with Vladimir Putin. If this match does happen tonight, and IF WWE is still giving Rusev the monster push, then Rusev goes over Swagger. I of course could see them going the other way in light of recent events. The crowd chants of “We The People!” are one of the most popular chants going.
The Usos vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family (WWE Tag Team Championship match) – My predicting the Wyatts to win the title at MITB last month was incorrect. They of course continue to beat The Usos on TV in non-title matches. I’ll stick to my guns and go with Harper/Rowan once again. New champs tonight!
AJ Lee vs Paige (WWE Divas Championship match) – Paige respects AJ. AJ respects Paige. WTF! Just get it on! AJ retains tonight.
Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins – Should be one of the best, if not THE best, wrestling match on the card tonight. Rollins cannot lose the Money In The Bank briefcase in this one, or his chance to cash in anytime for the World Heavyweight Championship. I have a feeling they give Ambrose a little bit of revenge tonight and a win in this match, but it won’t be the last time we see them both on the Battleground broadcast.
Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho – Is Y2J back part-time to put over another young up-and-coming Superstar? He did put over Fandango at WMXXIX which was a bit of a surprise. Wyatt has so much more potential than Fandango ever had or ever will have, and the crowd is still pretty much into Bray and his “He’s got the whole world in his hands” mantra. Look for a big win by Wyatt tonight although we could still see Y2J/Bray in some fashion together again at SummerSlam.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder (WWE Intercontinetal Championship battle royal) – I truly believe there are only a handful of guys with any chance of winning this battle royal and claiming the vacant IC Championship. They are Cesaro, Sheamus, Dallas and possibly the recently returned Miz. My gut is telling me they want Sheamus to win and unify the US and IC titles. I’m also thinking they’d like to call Cesaro the “King of Battle Royals” since he won the Inaugural Andre The Giant Memorial battle royal at WMXXX. Former (and currently injured) IC champ Wade “Bad News” Barrett is supposedly going to be there to award the winner the belt. I only include Bo Dallas in this conversation because of his current huge push and his history with Barrett (eliminated him from the Royal Rumble a couple years ago, and then they had a mini feud with a match at the next PPV). Miz could be a sleeper or wild card or whatever you want to call it with his “Moneymaker” being protected all the way to a win. But I’ll stick with my first instinct and that’s Cesaro.
John Cena vs Roman Reigns vs Kane vs Randy Orton (WWE Championship fatal four-way match) – If you’re reading this blog then I’m guessing you may have read some other predictions too or maybe even have listened to some pro wrestling podcasts or radio shows. (like I do when I can – Busted Open Radio on SiriusXM being the absolute best!) Regardless, my expectations for this bout are probably very similar to many diehard fans’ thoughts as well. Super Cena wins and retains the title. The Authority has their Plan B (and possibly Plan C as has been alluded to on Raw this past week) and will not stand for Cena being the face of the WWE. Look out for a probable return of The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar tonight after this match is over and a nice little beatdown on The Champ. Then out comes Mr. MITB Rollins to cash in, with Dean Ambrose on his tail to interfere and thwart Rollins’ chances once again. But it just might happen tonight. Lesnar & The Authority hold off Ambrose allowing Rollins to cash in on Cena. Rollins walks away the new Champ. Cena is left laying as Lesnar stands over him, setting up their SummerSlam main event.
Then we all look forward to Monday Night Raw tomorrow night as is always the case following the par-per-view event.
My WMXXX predictions were not up to my standards, so here goes my shot at redemption. WWE invades TD Garden in Boston tonight for what’s perennially one of the best shows of the year. Here’s what I’m expecting to see tonight…
Pre-Show Kickoff interview with Daniel Bryan: Not exactly sure what to expect, but I don’t think Bryan will be returning to action anytime before SummerSlam, if by then at all. I do think we’ll see some sort of angle with The Authority on the Kickoff Show tonight as they have the perfect opportunity to sell more WWE Network subscriptions and get the most-over face in the company back in the spotlight as he’s been off TV for a while now.
Rusev vs. Big E: No brainer here. Monster push for Rusev. Lana screams “Rusev crush!!” It’ll be over shortly after that. Winner: Rusev
Summer Rae vs. Layla (Fandango as guest ref): Does anyone really care about this? I stopped watching Total Divas too since Legends House blows it away. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fandango turn on his sweet Layla and help Summer Rae so they can hook up again. Plus Layla’s past her prime and Summer Rae is still considered one of the BFFs! Winner: Summer Rae
Goldust/Stardust vs. Rybaxel: I hate Rybaxel. I was actually a big fan of Curtis Axel when he was announced as Heyman’s guy what seems an eternity ago before he won the IC Title. Goldust is actually still entertaining and in great shape for being one of the older guys in the locker room. Ryback is a complete waste of time. I see the push going to the boys in gold here. Winner: Goldust/Stardust
Paige vs. Naomi for Divas Championship: More success for the young blood. Have I mentioned I’m now a big NXT fan since becoming a WWE Network subscriber? Paige should have a bright career ahead of her and I think her title reign is safe and just getting started. Until Charlotte arrives on the main roster, I don’t see the belt changing hands quite yet. Let’s finally do away with this Funcadactyl duo. Maybe Cameron (Arianne) will snap and slap her friend/partner/foe Naomi (Trinity) and cause the loss. Winner: Paige, retains Divas title
Usos vs. Wyatt Family for WWE Tag Team Championship: I’m sick of the Usos. Just being honest here. They’ve had the belts way too long. I wanted them to lose to the Real Americans at Wrestlemania XXX. Harper and Rowan can work for two big guys. The crowd loves the Wyatts, and did you hear their new entrance music – that creepy version of “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands?” Get the smartphone lights ready and dim the lights. One of the Usos will run into Harper’s version of a clothesline from hell. 1-2-3. New Champs! Winners: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, NEW Tag Team Champions
Money In The Bank Contract Ladder Match: Is there any chance that Wade Barrett actually participates in this match with a separated shoulder? If not, is there any chance of a surprise replacement? How awesome would it be to see Brock Lesnar all of a sudden come out and destroy whoever’s still standing and ascend the ladder and grab that briefcase? What a storyline that would be as the champ would always be looking over his shoulder and wondering when Lesnar was coming to cash in. But alas, I don’t see it happening. We’ll see Lesnar sometime before SummerSlam but likely not in a MITB capacity. There may be some good spots in the match by these guys, but there’s absolutely no chance in you know what that Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, or Rob Van Dam win this match. I wish they’d give Dolph Ziggler another big push and potential title run, but I don’t see that happening either. So without Barrett that pretty much leaves the SHIELD remnants of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Rollins is now Authority material and I can’t imagine Ambrose and WWE World Heavyweight Championship being one anytime soon. I love Rollins’ Curb Stomp too much. Winner: Seth Rollins, new Mr. Money In The Bank
Ladder Match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship:
How and why is Alberto Del Rio even in this match. Give me a freakin’ break!
Sheamus – Current US Champion (whatever that’s worth because the title is rarely defended). He’s not getting two more belts to carry around.
The Demon Kane – What happened to The Big Red Monster Kane? I feel he was a worthy championship contender 10 years ago, although he can still work a decent match for his age and size.
Bray Wyatt – Down 2-1 in the Cena feud. Can’t see the company putting the belt(s) around his good sized waist yet. Crowd loves this guy but he still needs another year or so of grooming in the big leagues.
Cesaro – Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. Ever heard that before? Can Heyman’s new sidekick be pushed to the max tonight and grab that yellow hanger that holds the belts. YES he can, but he won’t tonight. Crowd loves him and maybe we’ll get Cena in the Cesaro swing tonight (which the crowd will eat up), but he’s not walking out with the title.
Roman Reigns – Talk about still needing some grooming. I think we can all see the company WANTS Reigns to be the future. Is he ready to run with it? Possibly, but I don’t expect it’s coming tonight. Great Rumble performance. Great reaction when the qualifying Battle Royal came down to him and Rusev. He’ll definitely get some spears tonight, but he might actually get FU’d or RKO’d off the ladder.
That leaves me with Randy Orton and John Cena. Really? What is this – 2011 and 2012 all over again? I don’t want to see it but I’m expecting it so I’m not pissed off at 10:47 or whatever time it is when the PPV goes off the air. One of these guys will be a safe bet to be Champion for the next two months taking us to SummerSlam in August. Regardless if it’s Bryan returning then to challenge for the title, or maybe that’s when Reigns or Cesaro finally get the chance to run as Champ, tonight it’s possibly Orton but more likely the hometown West Newbury native Cena is golden again. Hey, just figured I’d throw this out there. Any chance CHT happens tonight enroute to the Championship? CHT is what those of us waiting for the last several years affectionately call a Cena Heel Turn. How awesome would that be to happen in Boston? Possibly as shocking as the Hogan heel turn when he formed the original NWO. We can dream, but don’t hold your breath.
Winner: John Cena, NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion
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LEGO, makers of everybody’s favorite toy plastic bricks, announced its latest creation Thursday: LEGO Fusion, which combines tablet games with physical bricks to blend kids’ digital and physical worlds.
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Pre-Show Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Two teams belong here – the defending champs The Usos and The Real Amercians. Two teams do not belong here on the grandest stage of them all (albeit the pre-show) – Rybaxel and Los Matadores. The Real Americans will be victorious and win the belts. We may see some more dissension among the ranks of Cesaro and Swagger, teasing a breakup and face turn for Cesaro which could come as early as tomorrow’s Monday Night Raw.
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
This may very well be the toughest match to call ahead of time, especially as there are still 3 unannounced participants. Rumors swirling around The Big Easy point to a potential Hulk Hogan surprise entry, which would in the late, great Gorilla Monsoon’s words “blow the roof off” The Superdome. I don’t think The Big Show wins since they’ve been giving him most of the hype heading in. I don’t see a little guy winning. I’d love to see Dolph Ziggler win and get a big Mania moment. That won’t happen. If there’s a surprise NXT entry with Alexander Rusev (& Lana!) then he’s a potential wildcard. Otherwise I’ll go out on a limb and go with the defending Intercontinental Champion Big E.
Vickie Guerrero Invitational for the Divas Championship
It’s Total Divas plus more. AJ Lee has been champ long enough. It should be every woman for herself. I’m looking forward to seeing some Bella vs. Bella action, at least for a minute. I do see AJ’s sidekick Tamina Snuka pulling some sneaky move and pinning AJ for the win and the Divas belt.
The Shield vs. Corporate Kane & The New Age Outlaws
More like the Old Age Outlaws. Many of us would have preferred a Shield breakup and a three-way-dance among Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose. Or another Shield vs. Wyatt Family match could have been EPIC as were their previous two matches. But WWE has all 3 Wyatts hinged on the Bray vs. Cena match, so The Shield is relegated to a fairly meaningless 6-man tag team match. Probably the easiest match to call ahead of time as there’s no doubt in my mind the recently-turned babyface Shield emerges victorious. Do they go back and tease some dissension in the ranks of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns? Possibly, but not likely tonight.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Cena has carried the company for the last decade. It’s time for some of the new blood to take over. John will do the right thing tonight and put over the younger Wyatt who had a very convincing win over Daniel Bryan in January’s Royal Rumble. Tonight’s the night that “makes” Bray Wyatt after a very good match and performance by both men.
HHH vs. Daniel Bryan
This will be a very physical bout. I fully expect HHH to beat Bryan down. The crowd will definitely be into it and the #YESMovement should be louder than ever – 70,000 strong! Hearing on SiriusXM’s Busted Open radio pre-show today there’s been some talk of a possible added stipulation. Could it be turned into a No Disqualification match? That would be fitting ensuring there’s no screwjob finish. Somehow, someway, Daniel Bryan has to get the nod here and advance to the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bryan has been held back (since he’s only a B+ player according to HHH and Stephanie McMahon) since his win over Cena at SummerSlam last August. Tonight is the culmination. Bryan beats HHH to move on.
Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker
The Beast vs. The Streak. Did Lesnar’s F-5 of Taker on RAW give anyone a hint that Lesnar could win? Maybe a few, but seriously folks. There is NO WAY a part-time Lesnar is going to end one of the greatest streaks of all time and certainly THE greatest streak in sports entertainment history. Get the 22-0 ready on the giant Titan Tron. Undertaker will give us all an A+ effort and eventually bury Lesnar with the tombstone piledriver. Rest In Peace Brock. The bigger question here is does The Icon, Sting make an appearance. My guess is it could happen on RAW tomorrow night, which could start the build to a dream Icon vs. Phenom match at Wrestlemania XXXI.
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. HHH/Daniel Bryan winner for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Orton’s had his time on the top for the last 6 months or so. Batista is Bootista and nobody cares (although he was probably the best and most unusual performance at this past week’s Wrestlemania press conference. HHH has always been what’s best for HHH although now it’s supposedly what’s best for business. That in two words is Daniel Bryan. I said it earlier. Tonight is Bryan’s night. Tonight is the big payoff. 70,000 strong in The Superdome will be chanting “Yes, Yes, Yes!” in unison with Bryan standing tall at the end of the night, hoisting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt over his head.
What’s next? Stay tuned for tomorrow night’s RAW. The night after Wrestlemania is always one of the best, if not the hottest, show’s of the year. Last year’s in The Meadowlands saw Ziggler cash in his Money In The Bank suitcase and take the title from Alberto Del Rio. It also brought “Fandangoing” to the forefront and kicked off the craze. Plus the crowd hijacked the show and had some crazy chants. Look for more of the same with crowd craziness and huge show highlights tomorrow night.
Here are all the details for the pool. My buddy Joe’s been running it for 15 years and it’s very cool. Because most fantasy football leagues are done now, this is a great way to keep your fantasy fix on through the playoffs. There are usually 100+ teams entered so the pot gets up there (only $10 to enter a team), but the more the merrier. Let me know if you have any questions. Email me directly at email@example.com or DM me on Twitter if you want in and I’ll give you Joe’s mailing address. Thanks, Scott
Hello everyone and welcome to the 15th Annual Fantasy Football Playoff Pool. Last year we had a record 178 entries and hope to repeat that.
Please read the below carefully.
Most important items to note:
To enter, I need:
Complete team (each person can enter one or two teams) using the below roster requirements on the attached excel document BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd at 6:00pm
YOU are responsible for submitting a legal team. I will do my best to catch any errors, but if your team is illegal and is caught at ANY TIME, you will be eliminated and refunded your money.
I also want to make everyone aware that I will be submitting my two teams ($20) without payment in return for the 20 hours or so of time that it takes to manage the pool. Please let me know if there are issues with this.
We will score using the fantasy scoring below. There are twelve teams in the playoffs. You need to select one player from each team. For the team you create, you need to fill the following positions:
Each week, you will score points based on your players’ performance. As playoff teams lose, you will lose the player on that team. Each team will always have the same amount of players, as the playoffs go on, you may end up having the same players as someone else. You MUST also provide the total points of the Super Bowl. This will be used as a tiebreaker. If the team(s) are still tied after this tiebreaker, the money will be split
*** Player cannot receive more than one bonus for hitting yardage milestones. i.e if you get 187 yards rushing you receive the 5 point bonus for 150, not the 3 point bonus for 100 and 5 point bonus for 150
*** If a player scores a special teams touchdown (punt return/kick return/etc.) and you have them starting at a different position, you WILL receive points for the TD, but not the yardage. For example, you have Wes Welker as a WR, he has 23 yards rushing, 48 yards receiving and a punt return for a td. You will receive 2 points for rushing yards, 4 points for receiving yards and 6 points for the punt return td for a total of 12 points. On a side note, any team with the Denver Defense/Special Teams would also get the 6 points for that punt return TD.
TEAMS IN THE PLAYOFFS
SAMPLE SUBMITTED TEAM
QB1: Alex Smith KC
QB2: Michael Vick PHI
RB1: LaMichael James SF
RB2: John Kuhn GB
RB3: Tashard Choice IND
WR1: Domenik Hixon CAR
WR2: Seyi Ajirotutu SD
WR3: Jermaine Kearse SEA
TE: Michael Hoomanawanui NE
K1: Mike Nugent CIN
K2: Shayne Graham NO
Super Bowl Points: 95
There is a $10 entry fee for each team for the pool. Team owners can have one or two teams in the pool. I need all payments by January 17th. Please pay on time. I reserve the right to eliminate any team that does not pay by January 17th.
Payouts are as follows:
As always, e-mail with questions.
My latest venture. Mid-life crisis? Not really. Just a passion I have and a little fun I’m doing on the side. I’ll be one of DSE’s Red Sox “insiders” and provide updates on some of the team’s top prospects in Pawtucket (AAA), Portland (AA), Salem (A Advanced), Greenville (Class A Advanced) and Lowell (A Short Season). I’ll also be contributing reaction pieces when there are major trades or free agent signings.
My most recent article looks at most of the trades and free agent signings that happened on Tuesday, December 3rd.
A couple of my previous pieces:
Brian McCann’s signing with New York Yankees – http://dynastysportsempire.com/rapid-reaction-mccann-signs-with-yankees/
LA Angels/St. Louis trade (Freese for Bourjos) – http://dynastysportsempire.com/rapid-reaction-anaheim-stlouis-freese/
If you get a chance to check them out, I’d appreciate any feedback. Always looking to make my writing better!