Do you play fantasy football? If you’re like me, you’re an addict and someone who is used to winning often. This year, things are not looking good. You know it’s probably not you year when you actually have a shot at winning only to see the win fall away with garbage reasons. I made the decision to bench Shon Green in the flex spot because, well, he sucks. In his place I inserted Brian Hartline who put up a solid goose egg. Meanwhile, Green put up a career day and I got nothing for it. Screw you Shon Green, screw you. Still, I had a chance if Jay Feely makes a field goal to win a game in regulation. Instead, he gets fancy, misses and sends it to OT, which allowed C.J. Spiller to pick up another few points in OT. Dude made a 61 yarder to tie the game ad then misses a 38 yarder? Screw you, Jay Feely, screw you.

Alright, on to the news, starting with some Cubs minor league nuggets in fancy bullet format:

  • It’s old, but here is a Q&A with Cubs draft pick, Albert Almora from Fan Graphs
  • John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall posted a review of his top 50 hitters (Part 1 / Part 2)  and top 50 pitchers (Part 1 / Part 2) from the pre-season. As you might imagine, the only one of the four lists we have someone on is part 1 of the hitters list. Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo are in that post.
  • With that previous series in mind, Sickels posted his preliminary list of top 50 hitters and pitchers going into the 2013 season. Four hitters make the top 50 hitters list from the Cubs system, and none from the system make the top 50 pitchers list.
  • I mentioned the other day a few names that elected minor league free agency. I forgot to mention that you can add Randy Wells to that list.

Moving on, it’s been a few days since the college football games took place this past weekend. I’m a big Notre Dame football fan and I caught some heat on the final play of the game that ruled in favor of the Irish. I wanted to get your take on the situation. If you didn’t see the final play, you can watch the video here. My take is this, and it’s my take when it comes to officiating in sports in general. I don’t know if the call that was made on the field initially was correct. I felt like the review decision was the correct one based on the call that was made on the field. There simply was enough doubt to not over turn the call. Some may say that Standford got the shaft. What I say to that is two things. First, when you show no creativity in your play selection when you have 1st and goal from the 4 yard line, you deserve to be stuffed. Why keep doing the same thing when it didn’t work the first three times. Second, and this is my main stance, if you don’t want the referees to be a factor, take them out of the picture by playing better. If Standford is up enough to prevent the game from going to overtime, the refs aren’t a factor. If Stanford would have held the Irish to a field goal on their first OT possession, we’re not having that discussion. If you don’t like the call, next time make it so bad calls can’t affect the outcome.

Joe’s iPod Song of the Day

I want to preface this one by saying that I think Lit, as a band, sucks. I am amused by this song and video. I get a kick out of the first line or two in the song, which is the hook for the chorus. It also makes me laugh to see them playing their instruments on Pam Anderson’s butt. Use that as your way to tell how old this song is. The only thing I can think of is that it distracts from the fact that the lead singer looks like a total tool. Finally, why in the world is she eating the band members? It just doesn’t make sense.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail