Remembering 9/11: The Year the NFL Stood Still

Official Reporter, Chicago Bears

 

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

*Editorial*

Seventeen years ago today, the unthinkable happened on American soil. The United States became the victim of a horrific crime on humanity when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.

Almost every American can remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember it well. I received a phone call from a friend early that morning asking me to turn on the news. I was shocked to see that a jet airliner had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York City. We discussed several possibilities as to what lead to the crash. Did the pilot have a heart attack? Or did the plane malfunction?

It wasn’t until I was looking at the screen did I see the second plane come around the bend straight for the second building. My reaction was simple, “Whoa, this is bad. Amiee, America has been attacked!”

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Fantasy Football – It’s that time again

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Whether it’s your first year trying something new or you’re a veteran and managing 5 or more teams, this is an exciting time. Football season is around the corner and it’s time to prepare for ‘The Draft’ of your team.

Once again, at Our Turf Football, we are running five leagues. One on NFL.com and four through Yahoo.com. Three of the leagues are female only and two are coed. There is one each, female only and coed, of $20 buy-in leagues. As of this writing, all leagues are full except for 2 spots available in the female only buy-in league. The defending champs are back and ready to take the top spot once again.

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OTFB Fantasy Football 2018

Fantasy is on at Our Turf Football!

Whether you’re an expert or just want to try for your first time, this is the place to be.

 

 

4 Leagues to Choose From:

OTFB Female Free 1 (Beginners start here)

Draft: August 27, 2018 @ 7:30pmET

 

OTFB Coed Free

Draft: August 27, 2018 @ 9:00pmET

 

OTFB Female $20

Draft: August 28, 2018 @ 7:30pmET

(must pay $20 up-front to play)

 

OTFB Coed $20

Draft: August 28, 2018 @ 9:00pmET

(must pay $20 up-front to play)

 

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Email lizpanucci@fastmail.com or contact Liz on twitter for Easy Link

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Bears Must Go Defense No Matter What

Official Chicago Bears Fan Reporter

by Wanda/Wiedman // @WandaW63

In the 2014 movie Draft Day, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. is under pressure as to whom to pick at the number one spot. Throughout the movie, Weaver carries a Post-it note with something written on it. As the drama of his life unfolds, the camera reveals these words, “Vontae Mack no matter what,” linebacker with a chip on his shoulder. Thirty-two teams with thirty-two GMs and head coaches put their jobs on the line for that number one draft pick. The question is who will it be?

For the Chicago Bears, they must go defense no matter what. With the eighth pick in the first-round, they have the option of moving up or trading down, especially if they go defense. The Bears hosted the sought after and elite edge rusher out of North Carolina, Bradley Chubb, just a few weeks ago. They were not disappointed. But what are they willing to trade to get him? Well, with limited picks I don’t see that happening. However, it is the NFL and anything can happen, but Chubb falling to the Bears at eight is a stretch. Continue reading “Bears Must Go Defense No Matter What”

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Fantasy Football 2017 Season Recap

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

I won! I won a championship!

My theory going into the 2017 NFL fantasy football season was to play the numbers. I drafted the highest I could when my turn came, focusing on wide receivers and running backs in the early rounds. Five of our six leagues did not have a kicker on the roster.

Each week, my starters were selected by using the players who had the highest projected stats going into the week’s games. When a player was injured and out for the season, I then replaced said player with the top player available in that position on the league’s list.

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Why Dolphins Football Means Family

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

 

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

How many women can remember those special moments with their mothers growing up? Being able to join your mom shopping, or going to get your hair and nails done. My memories are quite the opposite. Mine consisted of Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, and Mercury Morris. When I was 4 yrs old I could name every starting player for the Miami Dolphins. Sundays were for football. Mom and I would get up, pack the truck, and off to the stadium we would go. We did this every Sunday for over 25 yrs.

Lisa and her Mom

Sadly, bad health caught up with her. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I have to say, she never missed a beat even after the surgeries, chemo, and radiation. She always found ways to talk about the Dolphins, how the game went or the new stadium. Regardless of how hard the treatments were, she always wanted to know the score of the Dolphins game.

I always tell people I was born a Dolphins fan. I have learned about and studied this game since I could remember. I’ve been blessed these last couple years to follow my dream and officially report on the team my mom taught me to love.

After 5 years of battling cancer, my mom is now cancer free. We decided it was time. Time for her to see her favorite team and their beautiful new home. With the help of some very special people, Scott Stone, and Jason Jenkins, my mother had a perfect day.

Lisa’s Mom Watching Warmups

No words will ever be enough to say thank you. The Miami Dolphins organization is lucky to have such loyal and caring people who celebrate and care about the fans. Because of these two gentlemen, my mom was given the opportunity to attend pre-game activities on the field. This is something she has always dreamed of doing.

Every game I attend I think about my mom and those Sundays we spent together. Those are the memories I will forever cherish. But on Sunday, I couldn’t even begin to tell you the emotions I was feeling. Seeing her face as we walked onto that field, there are simply no words. She just stood there taking it all in. I always say “there’s always things bigger than the game” but in reality, this game is like family to me, and there is nothing more important than family!

Welcome home, Mom.

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Fantasy Football Update Week 12

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

The fantasy football league playoffs are looming ever closer. Currently, I stand at 4th place in three leagues and 7th in the other two. I have some work to do. On a high note, at least one of my five teams has been the top point scorer in it’s league most weeks.

As a reminder to new readers, I am going strictly by the projected points each week. If a player has higher stats than the other, in they go to my week’s lineup. The grades after my original draft were all B or higher.

Here are the top point getters for the season, so far, in each position courtesy of fantasypros.com:  At quarterback – Russell Wilson, running back – Todd Gurley, wide receiver – Antonio Brown, tight end – Rob Gronkowski, kicker – Greg Zuerlein, team defense – Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive player – Bobby Wagner.

Alvin Kamara had an outstanding week once again.

Heading in to Week 13 of the NFL, these are the division leaders. Definitely some surprises if you think back to Labor Day weekend and you were doing a division pick ’em for the upcoming 2017 season.

Image courtesy: @NFL

Now, let’s see who was tops in Our Turf Football fantasy leagues.

Original:

  • Week 12 winner – Bongs Over Brussels Sprouts 186.63
  • 1st place in league – Bongs Over Brussels Sprouts 10-2

Female Free #1:

  • Week 12 winner – Liz’s Primo Team 142.06
  • 1st place in league – Gpodawund 10-2 *

Female Free #2:

  • Week 12 winner – BrownLee 153.58
  • 1st place in league – MinKee 10-2

Female BuyIn:

  • Week 12 winner – prissybee’s Team 155.22
  • 1st place in league – WandaC’s Team 9-3 *

Coed Free:

  • Week 12 winner – DavidL’s Team 155.58
  • 1st place in league – Heels n Football 8-4

Coed BuyIn:

  • Week 12 winner – Zacharyan 157.52
  • 1st place in league – Pink Panthers 9-3 *

* = clinched playoff spot

Second Opinion

If you have some time, check out Week 13 Fantasy Takes.  Lots of great info from Wanda and Kate to help you set that perfect lineup. Good luck to you!

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Fantasy Football Update Week 11

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Not much time left to get your fantasy team in playoff contention. The next couple of weeks are crucial.

With NFL players going down each week, the list of quality fantasy point getters is dwindling. Many have picked up WR Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings who proves to be worthy.

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Fantasy Football Update Week 9

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Moving along with my fantasy football theory of playing the projected stats…

Roster drops/adds are limited to injured players out for the season and bye weeks. Tight ends, team defense and defensive players I only keep one so when a bye week happens they are dropped and those players/teams available with the highest points for the season are added.

I have five fantasy teams, one NFL and four Yahoo. Each of those rosters is quite different. This week I had top points in four of those five leagues (see below), thanks to the New York Jets defense, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and running back Todd Gurley II.  If only I could win more weeks. Anyone else have that problem?

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Fantasy Football Update Week 8

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Anybody like theories? I’m taking a unique journey with my fantasy football teams this season – going with the basic stats. My drafting reports mostly were in the higher than average category. Here’s my strategy:

Each week my starters are the players or defense with the highest projected points from my team. If it’s a bye week, I drop the extra position player on my team with the least points for the season. The top player for that position available is added to my team. Same goes for players who are out for the season due to injury. I have 5 teams – 1 NFL, 4 Yahoo.

I’ll be sharing my findings as we progress through the season. Should be interesting.

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