Monday, September 28, 2009

Adam Lind

I'm looking for the following Adam Lind cards to obtain in trades with someone:

2009 UD Goodwin Champions Adam Lind #173
2009 Icons Autograph Adam Lind

If you have any of these cards for trade let me know ASAP! Thanks!

Chicken Scratch of the Day

Oh Mr. Willis. What a sloppy pen we weave. As for you signature, it is truly an art form in its own special way. I'm not even sure what to make out of that signature with so many lines of artwork. Even though it says, "magic" at the top right corner of the card (Topps magic- the hell it is)... there is nothing magical about that penmanship! For this you get one sharpie!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rest, recharge, and love with family

I have not been posting anything as of lately because I went away on vacation for a week. It was kind of nice to get away from the budget-less state of PA and travel to a nice embracing state like Delaware (Fenwick Island mainly). It was also "biker's week" in Ocean City, Maryland. Nuff said! Back to the grindstone!

Monday, September 14, 2009

My previous NFL picks

Actual =( )

Miami 23 (7) at Atlanta 17 (19)= Fail
Denver 14 (12) at Cincinnati 21 (7)= Fail
Minnesota 31 (34) at Cleveland 12 (20)= WIN
Jacksonville 27 (12) at Indianapolis 31 (14)= Fail
Detroit 7 (27) at New Orleans 35 (45)= WIN
Dallas 14 (34) at Tampa Bay 21 (21)= Fail
Philadelphia 24 (38) at Carolina 17 (10)= WIN
Kansas City 10 (24) at Baltimore 28 (38)= WIN
NY Jets 14 (24) at Houston 24 (7)= Fail
Washington 14 (17) at NY Giants 31 (23)= WIN
San Francisco 20 (20) at Arizona 38 (16)= Fail
St. Louis 21 (0) at Seattle 10 (28)= Fail
Chicago 24 (15) at Green Bay 28 (21)= WIN

This puts me at 6-7 to start with 2 more games to go

Buffalo 18 at New England 28
San Diego 21 at Oakland 7

The Madden curse strikes again

Strong Safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers sprained his MCL in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. Folklore legend has it that when at the end of the NFL season the best player usually ends up being the coverboy for the EA game, "Madden Football". Since then, certain players have experienced a decline in performance, usually due to an injury or just poor play period. For example:

2000 Barry Sanders- Retired suddenly
2001 Eddie George- Missed 1000 yds season and Tennessee missed the playoffs
2002 Daunte Culpepper- Culpepper missed 4 games with injury and worse stats ever
2003 Marshall Faulk- Rushed for 430 less yards and had 4 less TDs compared to 2001
2004 Michael Vick- Vick missed the first 11 games with a broken leg
2006 Donovan Mcnabb- Mcnabb suffered a hernia and was lost for the season
2007 Shaun Alexander- Out for 6 games with a broken foot
2009 Brett Favre- a torn bicep injury which affected the last 5 games of the year
2010 Troy Polamalu- MCL sprain....who knows what will happen.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Let us never forget......

Let us never forget the World Trade Centers and American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175.

Let us never forget United Airlines Flight 93.

Let us never forget the Pentagon and American Airlines Flight 77

Let us never forget the Policeman, the Firemen, and the hundreds of people that helped save lives and gave their own life while saving others.

Let us never forget the innocent lives that were lost that day.

Let us never forget to forgive and let our hearts heal.

"Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too." .... Will Smith


Ahhhhhh yessssssssssssssssssss ("sounds like steam escaping" -gotta love Mel Brooks). The 2009 NFL season has spawned forth the most ugliest of NFL games so far this season. In one corner of the ring is the underdog of the AFC, the meanest of hillbillys, the moonshiners of mayhem, the challengers otherwise known as the Tennessee TITans. In the other corner folks we have the tallest set of metal curtains in the world, the steelworkers of America, The ministry of Ravens nightmares, the defending champions aka the Pittsburgh Steelers. 13-10 in OT - winner= Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 4 times and picked off twice (he was sacked more times than he sacked Andrea McNulty....SUPPOSEDLY). Neither team could gain much rushing yards and thus it turned into an aerial affair. And let us not forget that Troy Polamalu was hurt.
So what I will attempt to do is gaze into the year 2000 (cue Conan's music) and predict for you my picks for this weekend's NFL Games:

Miami 23 at Atlanta 17
Denver 14 at Cincinnati 21
Minnesota 31 at Cleveland 12
Jacksonville 27 at Indianapolis 31
Detroit 7 at New Orleans 35
Dallas 14 at Tampa Bay 21
Philadelphia 24 at Carolina 17
Kansas City 10 at Baltimore 28
NY Jets 14 at Houston 24
Washington 14 at NY Giants 31
San Francisco 20 at Arizona 38
St. Louis 21 at Seattle 10
Chicago 24 at Green Bay 28
Buffalo 18 at New England 28
San Diego 21 at Oakland 7

Don't bet the farm on my advice.

Cool Old Card of the Week

This is Marv's 1959 Topps card #243.

Marvin Edward Grissom (March 31, 1918 - September 18, 2005) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York & San Francisco Giants (1946 and 1953-58), Detroit Tigers (1949), Chicago White Sox (1952), Boston Red Sox (1953) and St. Louis Cardinals (1959). He was born in Los Molinos, California.

He helped the Giants win the 1954 World Series. In that season he was named to the National League All-Star team and finished 24th in voting for NL MVP Award after having a 10-7 win-loss record in 56 games (3 started including 1 complete game, a shutout), 19 saves, 122 ⅓ innings pitched, 64 strikeouts and a 2.35 earned run average.

In 10 seasons he had a 47-45 record, 356 games (52 started), 12 complete games, 3 shutouts, 58 saves, 810 innings pitched, 343 walks, 459 strikeouts and a 3.41 ERA. After his active playing career, Grissom had a 15-year-long tenure as a pitching coach for the Los Angeles/California Angels (1961-66; 1969; 1977-78), White Sox (1967-68), Minnesota Twins (1970-71) and Chicago Cubs (1975-76).

He died in Red Bluff, California, at the age of 87. Grissom's elder brother, Lee, was a left-handed pitcher for four MLB teams between 1934-41.


Forgotten Rookie of the Week

Ronald Isiah Calloway (born September 4, 1976 in San Jose, California) is a former baseball outfielder who played two seasons in Major League Baseball with the Montreal Expos. He batted and threw left-handed.

Calloway was selected in the eighth round of the 1997 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played in the Major Leagues for the Montreal Expos from 2003 to 2004. Calloway spent the 2005 season with the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets and 2006 for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Prior to the 2007 season, he signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Ottawa Lynx. On May 18, 2007, Calloway announced his retirement.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ravishing Relic of the Week

I admit I was a little excited to pull this relic card. I do like Mel Gibson as an actor and "We Were Soldiers" is also one of my top 20 favorite movies. It's not everyday that you get to pull a 2008 UD PIECE OF HISTORY MEL GIBSON MOVIE PANTS Relic card. Just wish they would've used a bigger piece. Still I was happy with it and it's a part of my personal collection.

Cool Old Card of the Week

The card listed is his 1958 Topps baseball card.

Stanley Edward Lopata (born September 12, 1925 in Delray, Michigan) was a former Major League Baseball player. Stan was a graduate of Southwestern High school, Detroit, where his career started under the tutelage of Lyle VanDeventer, baseball coach and Dick Strohmer Athletic Director for the "Prospectors".

Lopata, a catcher was a two-time all-star who played for parts of 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Braves. He made his debut in 1948 and served as a backup to Andy Seminick and Smoky Burgess for many seasons. In 1955 he hit 22 home runs and became the Phillies full time catcher the next season. In 1956, Lopata had his best season as he hit 32 home runs finished second in the league in doubles and was in the top ten in other statistical categories including slugging percentage, runs batted in, OPS, and homers.

After two years of declining performance Lopata was traded to the Braves in 1960 and played in 32 games over two more seasons before retiring.

He finished his career having played in 863 games with a .254 batting average and 116 home runs.

Lopata served in the military during World War II.

He was the first National League catcher to wear glasses.


Chicken Scratch of the Day

In the 2009 Topps Chrome baseball there is a guarantee of 2 auto's per box. This autographed card was in my second box of chrome that I had purchased along with 2 other autographs in the same box. I beat the odds...wahoo! Anyhow Tommy Hanson has hard signed these cards and I was very impressed at how Topps did not use foil sticker autos for this set.
Let us take a look at Mr. Hanson's autograph for a moment. It almost looks like he signed it T J H. For his efforts he receives:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cut.... Cut..... Cut again.... Cut some more.....

It's that dreaded time of the season again where the infamous NFL 53 man team rosters must be made and that will bring the dreaded axe to some NFL careers while others are signed to practice squads or some may even find success in the CFL. Let us not forget the UFL has some available openings as well. Most of the cuts that I noticed were of players that I pulled a lot of auto's from in Topps and Bowman football last year and some from 2007. For example:

RB Thomas Brown, QB D.J. Shockley, WR Marcus Monk, WR Isaiah Stanback, RB Darius Walker, WR Yamon Figurs, QB Brian Brohm, RB Mike Hart, RB Chauncey Washington (pulled 5 of his auto's from a case of Bowman Chrome- No coalition issues there- HAHAHA!), QB John David Booty, WR Adrian Arrington (pulled 4 of his auto's from Topps), RB Allen Patrick, QB Kevin O'Connell, QB Paul Smith, and WR Dexter Jackson.

I hope these guys can find success on another team or perhaps even with another league. Good luck guys!

Friday, September 4, 2009


Thank you Thank you! Welcome to the 2009 Preseason awards ceremony as hosted by Enough Already. We the fine mentally stable person at Enough Already would like to a moment and thank our sponsors: (sounds of crickets)

Now since that is out of the way let us sally fourth onto the presentations.

Our first award of the evening is a pointless award and has nothing to do with the Preseason. It is the "Most likely to not be a Broncos Running Back in 2009". The nominees are as follows:

Anthony Alridge
Alex Haynes
Cory Boyd
J.J. Arrington
Selvin Young
Ryan Torain
Marcus Thigpen

The winner is ....... well unfortunately there is a 7 way tie folks. Some of these folks deserved better treatment than what they did from the Denver Organization. I hope and pray that some can find another team to play on and that their injuries can be quickly healed. Some well known names on the list.

Our next award is the infamous "not likely to sign with the team in time" award. This award category is limited to NFL drafted rookies only and is awarded to the top draft pick that does not sign with the team that drafted him on draft day. Are nominees are as follows:

Josh Freeman
Aaron Curry
Michael Crabtree
Tyson Jackson
Andre Smith
Knowshon Moreno

and the winner is..........
Michael was not available to accept this award because in the best interest of his agent he was going to try to work on winning a better award.

Our next contestant on the price is err.....our next award to be handed out is our "motor mouth" award. This award is earned by whoever does the most trash talking in the preseason. The nominees are as follows:

Ray Lewis
Terrell Suggs
Lawrence Timmons
Antonio Cromartie
Shawne Merriman
Jerry Jones
Terrell Owens

and the winner is..........
Antonio could not be here to accept this award because he is twittering about how much he was toasted more than any Quizno's sub or any other DB.

Our next award is for the "most valuable player in the preseason and then never heard from again in the NFL regular season". The nominees are as follows:

David Clowney
Isaiah Stanback
Jeremy Bloom
Jason Hill
John David Booty
Dwayne Jarrett

and the winner of the MVP is ...............

John could not be here to accept this award because Brett Favre was having a team meeting to discuss the "schism" and how he will create all things equal in Minnesota. He also wants John to clean out his locker so that Favre can put his wranglers on the shelves and have a place for John Madden to be sitting there talking about Brett Favre to everyone while using the teleprompter to show everyone just how good Brett Favre is and how he can play forever!

Thank you and good night! Remember to wipe carefully when using cheap toilet paper.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Not another freakin kid! Someone stitch her shut!

"Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tonitown, Ark., who have 18 children and one grandchild on the way, are expecting a new addition to their household – baby No. 19 will arrive in the spring."

This is just absolutely absurd. The cost and upkeep for 2 kids is hard enough as it is for some people and this lady is doing nothing else but apparently screwing all the time and pops one out every year. She needs to be sterilized. Octo-mom has nothing on this lady.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chicken Scratch of the Day

Mr. Tarkenton signed these beauty's back in the 2000 UD Pros & Prospects football series. I like the fact that no sticker was used in the production of this autograph and that it's hard signed. His auto is rather consistent with his other signatures from other series and his auto is legible and clean. He get's 3 sharpies for his efforts. He gets bonus points for complaining about Favre too!