Needless to say, I would enjoy being a GM for my long-time team, Chicago Bears.  The last four years, I have been watching how the Bears have grown versus the other teams. It has been amusing but led me to deep thoughts about how I would run the development of the legendnary franchise through the draft.

First round draft picks are overrated and overpriced.  With the rising ticket prices in the NFL, I would rather be able to sell out every home game than shell out millions of dollars to a potentional first round bust as we have seen happen so many times to each team in the NFL.

So with that in mind, there are 32 teams in the NFL.  By breaking down the picks into three categories, I will try to explain my logic in the draft selection.

  •  16 of these teams usually perform badly enough to wind up with the top picks. 
  • 8 of them had medicore season and often struggle to land the best pick int he draft to help bolster their growing thirst for the championship.
  • 8 of the 32 teams have peformed well enough to wind up with the last 8 picks of the draft meaning they are more suspectible to free agency.

So with this fairly simple and broad breakdown, I will now explain the breakdown of the draft picks.

  • First 16 picks are overrated and often overpriced, usually top offensive college “weapons” with zero NFL experience commanding top dollar who ultimately end up medicore players.
  • Next 8 picks are mid-round picks going to teams often in need of adding “the missing ingredient” to building their championship team.
  • The final 8 picks.  Needless to say, they are the bottom of the 1st round barrel.  Often these teams are loaded with talents from the previous season’s run for the Superbowl.  Based on the contracts these teams have signed with their players, there is almost always a few players who becomes free agents and move on.  This provides room for these teams to “shoot fishes in a barrel” with quality choices but not always a sound opportunity due to the depth presence on their team.

So for the Bears, if we landed in the top 16, I would immediately trade down to the last 8 of the first round picks, and a mid to high 3rd round pick. 

If we landed in the next group of 8 picks, I would hold my posistion to find a good quality pick or trade down to a high 2nd and a high to low third round pick. 

If we landed in the final group of the last 8 picks, immediately trade down to the high 2nd round and a low 3rd or high 4th round pick. 

Not only am I doing the fans a favor by keeping the price of tickets low, I am doing the team a favor by providing a decent cap room for upgrade opportunities down the road.  Often this will not happen till the season begins so foresight is better than hindsight.

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End of April

April 28, 2007

Well, it has been quite a long month, and a long time away from blogging.  I just logged on and took a long hard look at my blog and realized I am not always going to be able to be obsessed staying online and writing about everything.  However, I do enjoy sharing little things about my observations in life.

WIND POWER

April 1, 2007

There is a local wind farm project that is being debated and approved for use to supply power to Cape Cod and the islands.

I highly approve of this project as it will reduce the limited resources we have available to power our planet’s draining electricity needs [ie. coal and oil].

There is a quote in this article about the fears of opponents of such projects,

“But opponents fear the environmental and economic effects on Cape Cod’s tourist and fishing industries. They warn the turbines would pose navigational and radar hazards. They also say the turbines could hurt the views of some multimillion-dollar oceanfront homes.”

Tourism

  1. Tourism is suppose to benefit the environment, not damage it.  Think about all the electricity the tourists use to enjoy their “vacation” lifestyle, from reading a book at night to turning on the bathroom light so they can poop into the ocean.
  2. This is another opportunity to generate eco-tourism dollars by providing tours to interested tourists who want to learn more about how such wind farms can reduce the need for coal/oil. 

Fishing

  1. We are already over-harvesting our fishes from the ocean. Be quiet and go fish elsewhere!
  2. This would actually allow us to promote a santucary for our fishes to reproduce and create more fishes for the opponents to over-harvest from our ocean a little further away from the shore.
  3. By providing a santuary to raise more fishes, we can actually make more money because of more fishes to buy and eat and then poop back into the ocean using the electricty we are saving the planet from our wind farm with.

Multi-million dollar home views???

  1. To the rich people, you already spent millions to rip up precious resources to build your home on natural resources.
  2. You already spent millions to damage our enviroment by spending on oil to supply transportation of materials to your home site for development.
  3. You already spent thousand of dollars to waste electricty with coal/oil to heat your home the 70 percent of the time you are not there. Hence the name “vacation homes”. 

Side note to multi-million dollar homes and democratics

“Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose family’s Hyannis Port compound would have a clear view of the farm, opposes it while Gov. Deval Patrick, who says the state needs to invest in new energy technology, supports it.”

To the Kennedys – get off your high horse!  You throw wasteful parties at your compound where thousand of people have wasted oil boating, driving and flying to your compound.  And not only have all these people wasted our resources, you also have wasted electricity to entertain these guests, therefore driving up the cost of electricity for year-round residents.  Oh, and not to mention all the Kennedy poop that is dumped into the ocean.

march readings

March 31, 2007

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Nice, clean, crisp classic.  I had a Penquin copy that was published in 1961 and the retail value for this book was 50 cents if you can believe that. 

I am curious as to the location used in this story, it sounds like somewhere north of the Great Wall and Mongolia based on the fact the family travelled south and worked in the small city on the north side of the wall.  There was no mentioning of passing through the wall so I am wondering where along the Great Wall this took place.

My final recommendation : Five out of Five

A Man Named Dave Dave Pelzer

Riveting book, I don’t know which one is more tougher to read, April Fool’s Day or the Pelzer three book series, A Child Called It, The Lost Boy, and A Man Named Daved.  Both are true stories written in the first-person so it is written very well. Better than some of the cheap dime novel authors like Grisham for example.

My Final Recommendation – 4 out of 5 stars

Endurance : Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing

This is a fun read, for those who like to read about insane survival in extreme weather conditions with far from modern-day equipments.

My Final Recommendation – 4 out of 5 stars

The Glass Castle

Very nice read written by the author of the story herself.  Quite entertaining despite the hardship the family endured. 

My final recommendation – 3 out of 5 stars

Ban Junk Mail, Free Oil!

March 20, 2007

Ban Junk Mail, Free Oil!

I just got yet another junk mail catalog, one of the countless million junk catalogs that is delivered to millions of households across the country and no doubtly around the world.

In 2000, 5,570,000 tons of junk mail made their way into the waste stream. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 32% of it is recycled. Almost half of all junk mail is never opened.  Click on link for further details.

With the recent approval to raise the U.S. postage stamp once again because it was becoming “cost-prohibitive” for the once grand U.S. Postal Service to deliver a letter at a mere 25 cent a little over a decade ago.

Gee no wonder!  Half of all the mail our postal carriers are sorting and lugging around with manpower and gasoline-powered vehicles are JUNK MAIL! 

Not only would banning JUNK MAIL free up a whole lot of mess including reducing the resources required to manufacture glossy catalogs of weird products or last season’s clearance. Such resources would include the TREE used to create the paper, the COAL used to create electricity for the publishers, the OIL used to deliver the JUNK MAIL to the postal centers and then out on thousand of mail carrier vans all over the country.

Think about it, if we banned junk mail, we would get FREE OIL!!!!  Isn’t that what we have been complaining about all this time, how much oil cost? 

Write to your congressman to put into legislation a ban on JUNK MAIL, tell your product companies to get you off the mailing list to save paper, and best of all, hug your mail carrier for doing an unglorified job.

Oh, another side benefit, less health insurance premium to pay because our nation’s finest mail carriers won’t have so much back problems to deal with in the long run. 

 Comment if you are for banning junk mail and FREE OIL!!

books in the year 2007

March 10, 2007

This will be my posting for books I have read this year.  In bold will be a description about why or when I am reading it such as in progress, completed, or I have the book but have not started it yet.  See my posting, books in my lifetime for a more comphrensive list. 

  1. The Patron Saint of Red Chevys – Kay Sloan  finished in february
  2. Lisey’s Story – Stephen King  finished in february
  3. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S Clason 2nd reading in progress
  4. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck finished in March 
  5. Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship – Jon Meacham  In Progress
  6. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies – Jared Diamond In Progress
  7. Endurancefinished in March
  8. The Glass Castle finished in March
  9. The Bonesetter’s Daugher – finished in April
  10. The Partner – finished in May
  11. A Time of War – finished in May

name this book

February 25, 2007

help! i need to put a name to this book so I can add it to my list. 

I can’t remember the name of this book I read in 9th grade, it was about a pair of friends [boys] who attended a private school.  the plot included a friend suffering a nasty fall by the river, one of the boys going off to war with the winter stormtroopers who skied.  for some reason the private school sounded like it was in CT.  this is a classic book and for the life of me the title escapes me but it seemed to have seasons in the title???

 i am sure one of you out there have read this book.