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FFL Week 2: Going Easy on the Birthday Boy

I lost 112-80 in fantasy football this week to this guy. No, I'm not joking. Doesn't it boggle the mind that he can even turn on and operate a computer to manage a fantasy football team? The truth is, I let Pete win because Monday was his birthday (he turned 12). Actually, it was Derek Anderson and Jamal Lewis - also known as the captains of the Cleveland Browns JV team - who let him win on Sunday night when they combined for a whopping nine points for me. That's ten points less than my backup kicker (Ryan Longwell) scored with a five field goal performance as he was resting on my bench - but still an impressive nine points more than my tight end (Anthony Fasano) managed with his goose egg. I was hoping that the statisticians would at least throw Fasano a sympathy points for a good block or signing a few autographs on the way out of the stadium. No such luck, though. So, happy birthday and congratulations, Pete. Bring on the Magic Man for week 3; Kurt Warner's going to lead me to the promised land. EDIT: The only thing that got beaten worse this week than my fantasy football team was my retirement account. Ouch.
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FFL Week 1: The Continued Education of Larrabee

Today marks the first installment of my Tuesday Fantasy Football recap. I know this is a strength and conditioning/fitness/nutrition blog, so I’ll do my best to keep it at least loosely related to fitness. No promises in this regard, though. Kevin Larrabee’s learned a lot in his few weeks as a Cressey Performance intern. He understands the importance of glenohumeral internal rotation for baseball players, can teach a good box squat, and has even managed to put a few inches onto his vertical jump. We’re even hoping that Kevin will soon realize that if you get stapled on bench press attempts at 300, 285, and 280 (in that order), that it’s probably better to cut your losses and move on to your assistance work rather than having another Spike and attempting 280 again. But, I digress... This weekend, Kevin learned that you should never, ever, ever, ever, ever mess with EC in the realm of fantasy football. Here was the basic theme of Kevin’s weekend of football: Yes, folks; he got bent over. (and for the record, you shouldn’t rerack weights like this) I mean, Tony Dungy didn’t even think Joseph Addai needed to play the 4th quarter to get me the win. In fact, my defense (Tennessee) outscored Kevin’s two running backs and quarterback combined. It was bittersweet, though, as New England fans (myself included) lost our quarterback (Tom Brady) for the season as Kevin lost his pride and #1 overall draft pick. Unfortunately for Kevin, unlike Brady, he doesn’t have a supermodel at home to console him. I guess those Star Trek reruns and Dungeons and Dragons sets will have to do. Congrats to Jason SChuman for posting the high score of the week. And, yes, that “C” was intentionally capitalized. 1-0. You’re next, Pete.
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Random Friday Thoughts: 9/5/08

I'm actually publishing this at about 11:30PM on a Thursday night, but I guess that's close enough to Friday. It's going to be a busy Friday and then I'm headed to Maine with my girlfriend for a wedding (not ours). 1. Speaking of weddings, congratulations to CP staff member Brian St. Pierre, who got engaged to his girlfriend of 8,726 years over the weekend. At the pace they’re going, they should be married in the spring of 3047. Brian couldn’t out-deadlift or out-bench me – and he surely isn’t going to even come close to me in fantasy football – so he decided to beat me to eternal bliss. Congratulations, buddy. 2. And, on a related note, apparently, 93% of fantasy football participants are white. I’m happy to report that the Cressey Performance Fantasy Football league has, in fact, crossed the double-digit percentile in the quest to end fantasy sports inequality. Our league is actually 10% African-American; Clark is our Jackie Robinson. And, if you really think about it, Larrabee does a mean Terry Tate impersonation, so we’re more like 12%. 3. Speaking of Terry Tate, I'd love for him to track down whoever originally proclaimed that bagels are healthy. Everyone born in the past 40 years knows that white bread is bad for you, and a bagel is just a round piece of white bread with a hole in it. Does the hole make it healthy? No! In fact, it makes it suck more because it’s more deceptive than a regular slice of white bread. 4. I found this article about youth gymnastics really interesting - but probably not for the reason others took interest in it. The quote that caught my attention was: “He added that the coach-to-athlete ratio should be about 6 to 1 in preschool and about 8 to 1 for older athletes.” Amen! I am a firm believer that small groups are an absolute must when dealing with at-risk sports like gymnastics and, specific to my occupation, weight-training. It makes me sick to my stomach when I see one coach supervising 15-20 young, impressionable, untrained athletes. It's the reason why so many cookie cutter facilities just do 30-minute dynamic warm-ups, some agility ladders, and then a little running. They are insufficiently staffed - both in terms of the total number of employees and the knowledge and coaching abilities of those employees. At Cressey Performance, we never go over six athletes per coach - even in our advanced athletes - and generally speaking, it's more along the lines of 3-4 athletes per coach at a time. 5. While on the topic of misdirected training for kids, are these people for real? I seriously hope not, because Brookline isn't far from me, and I'm afraid that I'll get dumber from just being within 50 miles of these quacks. Seriously, treadmills for kids? Why don't you just buy a pet gerbil? You don't have to drop $200K to send them to college, and they won't wake you up in the middle of the night with a diaper full-o-poo. Developmentally, this is flat-out stupid; they shouldn't be on treadmills at all. They should be out playing. If they aren't playing, it's because the parents haven't set them up for success in this regard by integrating them socially. I totally hope that one of these kids meets up with one of the 9-12 year-old beasts that train at CP in our kids' groups; our guys would take their lunch money and then overhead press their dorky treadmills. And ellipticals for kids? Do we really need to show kids how to be too lazy to walk? You know what elite triathletes call the elliptical? The fat girl machine. 6. Last rant, and then I'm done - at least for the weekend: Skateboarder Wanted for Speeding. Instead of trying to arrest/sanction him, shouldn’t authorities be rewarding him for finding an efficient, environmentally friendly transportation alternative in a time of high gas prices and global warming?
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