Fantasy football is back!

Hard to believe another year of football has already started. Is anyone else as excited as I am? Honestly though, if I hadn’t won week 1, I probably wouldn’t be writing this post because I’d be too T.O.’d to talk about it. My team is The Billy Oceans and we’re going on our 11th year with the “Caribbean Queen” singer as our namesake.

The best I’ve ever finished was back in 2010 when I came in 2nd. Standouts on my team that year, and these names are really gonna jog your memory: Peyton Hillis, Tony Gonzalez, Mario Manningham, LaDanian Tomlinson, and of course, my quarterback Matt Ryan.

Here’s my problem, though. I usually draft with my heart, not my head. So I end up with players I like, who may not necessarily be the best players at their position. It’s why I’ve had Matt Ryan almost every year since 2010. Fortunately, he’s an elite quarterback but an example of how this can hurt me is drafting Kelvin Benjamin in the first round last year. He had a great rookie season but there was no reason to use my first round pick on him when I could have picked him up in the 3rd of 4th rounds at the earliest.

So now it’s 2017 and I was determined to draft with my head, at least for the first two rounds. Did it pay off? Well, I’m 1-0 so maybe? Here’s who I had on my roster going into the week 1 matches:

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I actually drafted Allen Robinson of the Jax Jaguars but dropped him in favor of Sterling Shepard before the games started Sunday. And after winning week 1, along with a handful of injuries and new players available for week 2 (because of Miami being on a bye), here’s my team going into week 2:

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Not many changes but I was able to pick up Kerwynn Williams who will be the Cardinals #1 RB while David Johnson is out, and Sanu added in place of Sterling Shepard. I’m hoping to get week 1 production out of Ryan, Howard, Gillislee, Bailey, and the Steelers D; added value from Ajayi’s first game of the regular season, Golladay having a good game again; and more production from Kelce and Adams.

Who was your first round pick? Anyone you have your eye on for the upcoming weeks? Feel free to share in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness

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Avoiding a “Talkative Tim” or a “Chatty Cathy”

The other day I ran into a friend of mine, one who could easily be considered a “Talkative Tim,” a “Chatty Cathy,” a “Wordy Wade.” If talking were in the Olympics, this guy would stand triumphant as a gold medalist…and he’d be talking to the silver medal winner next to him about how sturdy the podium is, why Kroger receipts upset him, or what Ryan Seacrest is up to these days, or if there’s time, all three of those topics.

For the sake of anonymity, let’s say I encountered my friend at the gym. The first time was fine. I get it, we’re both at the gym, we haven’t seen each other in a few weeks. OK, let’s talk about stuff. Eventually I was able to escape and get on with my agenda. Same time the next day, there he is again. The conversation somehow begins before I even knew it and there I am again, an introvert struggling to act interested in a story this guy would tell to a pole if it stayed in one place long enough. And poles usually stay in one place a long time, that’s what they do. But I’m not a pole, at this point I want to be in any other place! I know there are courteous ways of ending conversations so I do my best.

Well, that’s great, nice seeing you.

Well, let me know how that goes.

Have a good workout.

What’s that over there? *Run away when he turns to look*

This guy must be a pro because he blows through my “goodbye” signals like a Lambo on a straight road. Day 3 the same thing again. But this time, just like they did in The Cutting Edge, I can only think of one thing that’ll work. A last ditch effort. This is my Pamchenko moment. I slowly move away as we’re talking. Just the right combination of proximity (less of it) and a final thought might do the trick! I’m literally taking steps away from this two-some. Five feet. Ten feet. I’m now 20 feet away and think I’m in the clear. Phew, that was exhausting! Wait, what’s this? I’m a calf awkwardly hopping around because my feet are tied up. This “Conversation Cowboy” somehow roped me back in! I was 20 feet away!!!!!!! Dang, he’s good.

Have you ever had experiences like this? If you have any funny stories or successful exit strategies, tell me about it in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

The woman in Kip Moore’s “Blonde” video

Kip Moore’s latest video features a female lead who starts off like your every day girl-next-door; red plaid shirt, ripped jeans and all. But big-time success soon turns her into a different person; less clothing, new hair, and of course, forgetting where she came from. Take a look…


Now, you might be thinking the woman in this video looks familiar, like you’ve seen her somewhere (besides your dreams) before. Well, can I get a drumroll please? She’s professional model and actress Cassi Colvin.

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Hey, that’s a red plaid shirt! Looks like the Texas native is staying true to her roots. She’s not new to country music, you may have seen her on Kenny Chesney’s tour back in 2011. That’s right, she accompanied Kenny on his Goin’ Coastal Tour, although not exactly in person per se. She was featured in the background video for “Somewhere With You” and this clip was evidently recorded by her father, pretty cool!


She’s also had experience in music videos before this one with Kip. Take a look at her performance in the Jake Owen video “Tell Me,” as well as a seductive performance in the Sterling Angel video “Survive.”


She has experience on television as well. Cassi appeared on the CBS show Big Brother 13 and also another CBS show The Bold and the Beautiful. On the latter, she played a model named Cassi. I bet she nailed it. 😉

Though landing multiple acting gigs, she’s said in the past she doesn’t want to do any acting, so I guess you’ll have a better chance seeing her on a runway or in magazines. Just look for a woman that’s 5 ft 8 in tall, wears a size 8.5 shoe, and has blue eyes. That, according to her bio on Kim Dawson Models website.

Oh, also, she’s a brunette so don’t go around looking for a blonde! 🙂

You can follow her on Twitter here and Instagram here.

-Out of the Wilderness

…and then there’s Barbuda

I get that Hurricane Irma is serious and everything, I really do, but how many times have we heard about Barbuda in the last week? I mean, besides Robert De Niro, has anyone ever even heard of Barbuda?

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Island of Barbuda seen in the eye of Hurricane Irma

Did Barbados and Bermuda have a baby?

So many questions about the tiny island in the Caribbean, home of just over 1,600 people. I guess if the Beach Boys didn’t mention it in “Surfin’ USA,” then I’m lost. That’s on me. I need to brush up on my geography evidently.

-Out of the Wilderness

 

Crawfish to Bridge One, a story about running

Ever since the trip to Missouri where my brother and I ran 5Ks and worked out almost every day, he and I have gotten back into running, me in Nashville and him in Orlando. I can’t really speak for him in regards to how much he’s running but I lace up maybe 3 or 4 times a week now. I have a goal and a secret goal (which means you can’t say a word about it!). The very public goal that you can talk to your co-workers and friends about is defeating my personal 5K record of 19 minutes and 42 seconds, set 11 years ago. The more I run now, it feels like that was way back when dreams were possible. OK, here’s the secret goal that you can only mumble to yourself when you’re alone in the closet… my secret goal is that I want to beat my brother. He’s been more athletic than me forever (again, never ever admit to anyone under any circumstance that I said any of this), so when I can beat him at something, I take the time to relish it like you’d do if you were taking a bath in strawberry jelly. Really enjoy every second of it, and maybe make a sandwich if you have some peanut butter lying around.

Here’s a clip of my bro and I running in Missouri back in July…

I’ve got to train for the day when he runs a 5K under 22, then under 21, then under 20. The only way I know how is to get out there and run!

So I have a few landmarks I’d like to hit. The first, and it’s proving to be difficult, is to break the 22-minute mark on a 3.1-mile run. Just yesterday I had my best time at 22:11. I’m not afraid to admit my disappointment. I was disappointed, there I said it. It felt like biting into a fresh homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich, like, you used the good peanut butter and everything, only to realize there’s no peanut butter on it at all. Total downer.

But something good came out of the run yesterday. I did well with a silly strategy I’ve used in the past: pick two points along the path and between the two, run faster. After the second point, slow back down to a cruise pace. The plan is to widen the gaps in those points the more I train. Yesterday the two points were a sign about crawfish (I was running alongside a creek) and a bridge, so that’s where the title of this blog came from. I conversed with myself, maybe I can’t keep a 6-minute mile pace the whole time, but I can do it from crawfish to bridge one, right?

Right.

I haven’t broken the 22-minute 5K yet but I’ll be sure to post more as I get closer to that landmark moment, and hopefully eventually accomplishing my goal and my secret goal (shhhhhh!)… so here’s to training and running and reaching goals and brothers and pb&J sandwiches!

-Out of the Wilderness

Why dogs curl up when they sleep

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What do you get when you’ve been dog-sitting through Rover.com for almost 2 years? A lot of stories! I’ve had a wide range of big dogs, small dogs, wide dogs, long dogs, young dogs, old dogs, fun dogs, hot dogs… wait, what?


I’ve had all kinds of dogs of all ages but one thing I’ve seen so much of is also a stereotypical trait of dogs. When they decide to lay down, they walk around in a neat, tight circle about a hundred times before plopping down. Why do they do this?

What I’ve found is that it’s an instinctual behavior (like rubbing on dead insects or one dog peeing on another dog’s pee) meant to keep themselves warm and protected.

I have 2 dogs, Piper and Asia, and they do this all the time. I’ve also observed that after they circle around and lay down, maybe 20 or 30 minutes later they sprawl out. I haven’t asked them about it, but my guess is that it’s not very comfortable to sleep in such a tight position and once they feel safe and warm, they loosen up.

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Dogs were domesticated thousands of years ago, but I love when a bit of that wild wolf comes out in them. Even if they’re curling up on a king-sized mattress under a light breeze from a ceiling fan. You go wild dogs, go on with your bad selves!

-Out of the Wilderness