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Your 9.19.18 Playpen

For of you who were apparently clueless about why last week’s Playpen was posted, before you try to puzzle things out this week, please take a moment to read this post.

If we’re all on the same page now, feel free to dive into the comments.

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Why we’re still here.

I’m not going to go into any details, but I received a message from someone who is a regular reader of the blog that reminded me of a post of mine from a few years ago about the bonds we share as Dawg fans.

Every once in a while, it really hits me why I enjoy this blog so much.  Certainly it’s nice to have a public outlet to express myself and it’s gratifying when I get a public response to my opinions.  It’s no secret that I enjoy the give-and-take of a good debate as much as anybody and I’ve had plenty of those with you guys in the comments.

But the best part of the GTP experience for me, hands down, comes every time I’m reminded what’s at the core of why you and I have a special feeling about college football, which, after all, is just a game.  And that core isn’t statistics or playoff formats or whether this coach or that one is the right man for the job… and it sure as hell isn’t money.

It’s community.  It’s being part of a group of people who bind together, both face to face on a few special Saturdays every fall and by sharing something of themselves in a virtual sense the rest of the year, over a common passion.  You know the pain and pleasure, the highs and lows that everyone feels, even if those sometimes are expressed very differently.

I’ve been lucky in both ways.  I’ve celebrated the fall with a close group of friends for more than thirty years now.  We’ve watched each other get older, seen our kids grow up, had our laughs and our share of tears.  And on the blogging side of things, I’ve been the recipient of a steady stream of e-mails that start with something like “I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and wanted to share this with you”… and then they do.  And I honestly marvel every time I see that how this shared experience matters.

Just a reminder that you guys are the best and I appreciate all of you.  It’s why I keep at it.

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Fabris Pool results, Week 3

Another week without a tiebreaker:

STANDINGS for WEEK 3
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
62-7
1 DC Weez Adj 9-1 9   42-17

Kudos to the Weez!

As far as the season goes, here’s how things look.

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 3
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 StoneColdDawg 22-8 22
1 Dr. Goober 22-8 22
1 revdawg 22-8 22
1 Athens Dog 22-8 22
1 whb209 22-8 22

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Your 9.12.2018 Playpen

I’ve actually been saving this for a few days in anticipation of this week’s Playpen:

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University and a close ally of President Trump, told USA TODAY Sports in a phone conversation Friday that Nike’s ad campaign centered around Colin Kaepernick might cause the school to re-consider its relationship with the apparel company, which signed a contract last year to outfit Liberty’s athletic teams through 2024.

“We’re exploring the situation,” Falwell said. “If Nike really does believe that law enforcement in this country is unfair and biased, I think we will look around. If we have a contract, we’ll honor it, but we strongly support law enforcement and strongly support our military and veterans who died to protect our freedoms and if the company really believes what Colin Kaepernick believes, it’s going to be hard for us to keep doing business with them.

“But if it’s just a publicity stunt to bring attention to Nike or whatever, that’s different. We understand that. We understand how marketing works. But they’re going to have to convince us that they’re not proactively attacking law enforcement officers and our military. If that’s the reason behind using this ad, we’re going to have a hard time staying.”

Says the guy who currently employs the former AD at Baylor.

If I’m parsing this correctly, Falwell appears to be saying he’s totally cool with Nike if it turns out this is nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy, but if he determines there’s a shred of sincerity behind promoting Kaepernick, that’s a bridge too far for him.  Maybe.

Jeez, could he be a bigger wanker if he tried?

The comments are yours, peeps.

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Fabris Pool results, Week 2

This is turning out to be the Year of Animal House Monikers.  This week’s winner didn’t need any stinkin’ tiebreaker, either.

STANDINGS for WEEK 2
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
27-16
1 Otis Day Adj 10-0 10   27-20

Otis, my man!  Congrats.

Season standings:

SEASON STANDINGS through Week 2
Rank
You
Selection Name
W-L
Pts
1 StoneColdDawg 16-4 16
1 3rd and Long Sprint Draw 16-4 16
1 Robert Hoover 16-4 16
1 whb209 16-4 16
1 Athens Dog 16-4 16

 

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Your 9.5.18 Playpen

The Playpen appears to be a successful experiment, judging from the feedback I’ve gotten from readers.  I certainly appreciate the restraint shown by some of you to keep the regular comment threads clean.

I know recent developments have probably made that hard.  So, those of you chomping at the bit to take shots at Nike, here’s your chance.

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Fabris Pool results, Week 1

The first week is in the books, and we finished with a five-way tie at the top.

STANDINGS for WEEK 1
Rank
Selection Name
Standings
Adjustment
W-L
Pts
Tie Breaker Game
24-3
1 Robert Hoover Adj 9-1 9   24-17**
1 CPADawg Adj 9-1 9   27-21
1 DawgDaddy Adj 9-1 9   27-24
1 whb209 Adj 9-1 9   17-10
1 gettinbutternbutter Adj 9-1 9   21-24

Congrats to Robert Hoover — a moniker after my own heart, there — for pulling it out on the tiebreaker.

On to week 2!

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