Dynasty-Fantasy Football Offseason Notes + Amazon + Irritations (7/9/2019)
Throughout July and through the preseason, we’ll be dropping Dynasty-Fantasy notes every few days as we have some things of interest, rumors, etc., to talk about.
*For this next 10 days, pre-training camps getting started, I’ll have a special version of ‘daily notes’ – a player/team note or two I have to share, PLUS a special top 10 things I bought off Amazon this year, PLUS one ‘things that irritate me’ note (an ever-popular annual feature).*
…then, it’s time to great ready for (fantasy) football!!
*Writing them on the fly, forgive any errors…
-- I was doing some research on the Tennessee Titans 2018, and the following pieces of info/thoughts/notes hit me…and it’s things I touched on a few days ago, but I need to drive home a little more (as it pertains to Green Bay).
The Packers’ new head coach is former/2018 Titans Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur. And LaFleur is connected with all the right people…moving up the ranks on the staff’s of Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. Breaking away from McVay, on purpose, to work in Tennessee to get experience without the cloud of McVay hanging over him – which is a credit to LaFleur for recognizing it and acting upon it. And it worked, he became a head coach after a year with the Titans.
I’m seeing all these ‘Aaron Rodgers is unhappy’ rumors/stories…unhappy he is being told to run the plays and not to improvise too much, which is bizarre (why would you not want Rodgers being more of Rodgers?) but incredibly normal for the NFL – coaches believe NFL success is about playbooks not players in the ‘chicken or the egg’ debate. Old guard corporations have run American business that way for decades…and, thus, all these new upstart companies coming in and disrupting every old guard business.
When I see these stories from Green Bay, it makes me rethink what of why anyone should trust Matt LaFleur. Then I was doing Tennessee research and noted…
*Marcus Mariota had a bad 2018 season…no improvement at all with the arrival of LaFleur.
*Taywan Taylor, the most dangerous weapon they had at wide receiver…no rushing attempts in 2018 (after 8 of them in 2017…and with Sean McVay reinventing the WR jet sweep usage) and nor was Taylor pushed consistently otherwise in the passing game. Not smart by LaFleur.
*Corey Davis…another dud season. No help from LaFleur.
*Derrick Henry misused/underutilized, not featured until later in the season.
*Jonnu Smith was showing signs – and I recall him having a brilliant catch and run 60+ yard TD early in a critical game against Houston mid/late season. He then saw one target the rest of the game. And Smith was barely used the first half of the season as it was…he ‘broke out’ almost by accident.
*The Titans offense = #29 in passing yards, #28 in passing TDs, #27 in points per game scored, #25 in total yards per game in 2018.
Why was I getting excited about the breath of fresh air in Green Bay with the coachi8ng change? Maybe it works…but I’m getting a bad feeling about this 2019 Green Bay offense underperforming again. Still a good offense and will win games…but not like they should. Not reaching their peak…not to be feared.
-- Coming up…
Tomorrow we will post the 18,000+ word Mock Redraft conducted by myself and Jason Katz. It’s a roller coaster ride. Two very different approaches from us this year.
This will be available to Draft Guide subscribers tomorrow. App alert sent when posted.
-- Irritation of the day…
We went ‘heavy’ with deep thoughts yesterday. Let’s keep it light today…
Why can’t I get a good bath towel? Why is almost everything in my life technologically advanced and better/quicker, but my towel after a shower still sucks?
I either have a super plush towel that doesn’t dry off/take in water well…or I have a thin towel that sops up moisture OK but feels like a soft sandpaper. Can I ever find the right comfort and efficiency in a towel?
I also have all kinds of bath towels -- one that’s the size of a bed sheet, so it’s not easy to maneuver. Several that are too small to wrap around me and tuck/stay in place. It’s hard to find the right size to begin with.
I get a great, new towel…and then four washes later it looks like a wrapped Jolly Rancher – shrinking, twisting up at the ends but still normal sized in the middle. Can someone fix towel ends once and for all? I’ve tried every combo of washing of them – and they all warp about a day to a month later.
You think I need to buy better quality of towels? Maybe I do…but what kind? People can tell you their favorite shoemaker, jeans maker, TV show, restaurant, car, tires, supermarkets, power tools, mattresses, cell phone…but who’s talking about the great bath towel company you gotta try? No one. You know why? They don’t exist. No one’s happy with their bath towels or recalls where they got good ones if they have them…we just put up with them more than enjoy them.
More proof – I was cleaning the garage and went into a bin where we keep ‘bad (bath) towels’…the ones to be used for things we don’t care if it ruins the towel for or not. I have three ‘bad towels’ in stock for every one ‘decent towel’ in circulation in my bathrooms. I’m oversupplied on ‘bad towels’. Even my good towels are more bad towels that haven’t gone into the ‘bad towel’ bin (because there’s no room left to fit more of them).
Hell, even when I get a brand new bath towel…that’s like a new car smell…a nice new towel feel – then you got lint and/or dye from it all over you and all in the dryer after the first wash & dry. The first wash being the wash that starts taking the ‘comfortableness’ out of them systematically. I hate to even wash them…sending them to their rapid demise.
AND when you do finally get that one good bath towel – everyone is fighting for it. Is there anything better than getting ready for a shower, and seeing a load of towels were done, folded, ready to be selected…and that ONE is in there waiting to be selected in your fantasy shower draft! It’s awesome, except my kids are home for the summer from school…and they are millennial-ignorant of most of adult life things and events, but somehow they know to go hunt for ‘the towel’ before I get my hands on it.
I want to make it rain with great towels, to end this vicious cycle. I should have too many good towels. All I have are bad towels in abundance and in every weird color.
I have resolved to start that quest for a great inventory of great bath towels. I just bought some (supposed) high end towels off Amazon…Amazon brand (bought a company) actually, so maybe Amazon has solved this and I was ignorant all along (which is my real irritation thing to discuss here, I fear). I will update Project Perfect Towel for you in the next week or so, because I’m sure you’re dying to know. I hate leaving you on this cliffhanger, but…
-- AMAZON TOP 10…
Amazon Prime Days are on July 15-16th, in anticipation of that…and to promote our Amazon affiliate program that takes you 30-seconds or less to use/set up and changes nothing on your experience but means a lot to us (details below), I am counting down my top 10 purchases off Amazon, so far, in 2019. So many have been asking if I would be doing this again in 2019…here I am to make your life better once again.
I feel like I spend as much time scouting Amazon as I do football players. I’m on a constant quest to save time and money, but mostly to make my life better – and while Amazon taking over the world’s economy is likely the death of us all, it’s good for us now…and that’s all that really matters, right? I’ll let my kids fight The Terminator/SkyNet 20-30 years from now.
Here are my Top 10 items off Amazon, so far this year…
Amazon #7a) Prime Wardrobe
Amazon #7b) No buckle belt
A double item to mention here…
First, Prime Wardrobe. Have you tried this? Pretty amazing, especially if you don’t care for clothes shopping as an ‘event’ going store-to-store. I just used this service for the first-time last month. Picked seven items (a mix of shirts, jeans, and shorts), one of them the same item in two different sizes so I could compare. Amazon sent it all to me in one box, did not charge me anything to do so.
I then had seven days to try the items on and decide what to keep and what to send back. Once I did that, I clicked on each item what I was doing. They charged me for the two items I kept. The box they sent me was reusable and resealable by design to return everything back. Dropped off the box at UPS and done. It was nice trying on some stuff with my existing items I would wear them with.
A week later, I did seven pairs of shoes to try. I kept one, sent the other six back the same as the clothes one I did. Easy peasy.
I liked the experience of trying things on at home…and not being charged for anything til I decided to buy it. The whole experience seems counterintuitive to our norms, so it’s easy to just not bother – but if you’re not a fan of clothes shopping out but need a new whatever – they got good stuff to consider/try…and you don’t have to buy anything. Send it all back if you don’t like it. One item I sent back was just a size too big, so I sent it back but straight ordered the size down from Amazon (with the free return option, just in case).
Speaking of clothes. I also got one of those ‘no buckle belts’ off Amazon. Have you seen those? It’s a (very) simple elastic belt that snaps around your belt loops on your sides/hips. It doesn’t connect at the waist. Your waist is free/unencumbered by the buckle digging into you...if you have that issue. They are only like $7-10 and make wearing jeans or shorts with untucked shirts, etc., much more comfortable.
Actually, my wife tried it first months ago and loved it. Bought a few more for herself. I finally got on the bandwagon and loved it too. It’s not to wear for display/shirts tucked in. I mean, you can, and they have an attachment where you can make it belt-like, but it’s not that stylish/pretty, per se. It’s really for the untucked lifestyle.
I’m not attaching a certain item because if you type in ‘no buckle belt’ you’ll see all of the various options and the different companies selling the same thing at ever competing prices. The best price today will not be so tomorrow, etc. Expect to pay $7-10 per.
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