Category Archives: Sports

Fantastically Fanatical!

Fantastically Fanatical!
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp 

It dawned on me the other day that sports fans can be wide and varied.  A fellow student and DJ from my college wrote for KSSU about what fandom is to him.  And I concur.  But aside from that, fans as a whole are widely variant.  There are acceptable and not acceptable things to as a fan, and it all depends on where you live.

Living in Northern California, I naturally am a fan of the Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and the San Jose Sharks.  As a fan of local teams, that’s fine.  I can either be a fan that will root for the team on TV, or a fan that attends some games, and that is fine.  Or I can go completely  crazy and only wear black and orange outfits that either have “S.F.” on it or “Giants”, etc. etc., and that is also fine.  Really, being a fan of a local team can be anything and it is cool.  The only thing I have to be careful for, is bandwagoning. Read the rest of this entry

What Went Wrong in America’s Game of the Week 10/16/2011

What Went Wrong in America’s Game of the Week?
The Patriots vs. The Cowboys – A Match-up That Could Have Gone the Other Way

So as always, my morning kicks off in reminiscing and reading some NFL news.  Today’s article that piqued my interest was about the Cowboys vs Patriots.  For those who don’t know what happened, simply go look at NFL.com.  There’s tons of videos showing what happened.  But you should get the gist from this article.

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Quarter of the Way In Recap of my Fantasy Football

These past four weeks have been up and down for me.  I drafted the following:

1. Jamaal Charles (RB from KCC)
2. Matt Schaub (QB from HOU)
3. Miles Austin (WR from DAL)
4. LeGarrette Blount (RB from TBB)
5. Sam Bradford (QB from STL)
6. Tony Gonzalez (TE from ATL)
7. Julio Jones (WR from ATL)
8. Jimmy Graham (TE from NOS)
9. Green Bay Packers Defence
10. James Starks (RB from GBP)
11. Aaron Hernandez (TE from NEP)
12. Mason Crosby (K from GBP)
13. Michael Crabtree (WR from SFO)
14. Ryan Longwell (K from MIN)

Seems like a decent draft now, however I can tell you I hardly have all those on the team right now.  This season was my first season doing fantasy football and I already learned the most important lesson.  That lesson is one of patience.  Because a player didn’t perform I would drop them and hope to find the next big thing, which would flop.

To this moment, I have dropped Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Jimmy Graham, and James Starks – all players I wish I held on to.

I did make some wise acquisitions however.  My favorite acquisition was a waiver wire on a Mr. Darren Sproles.  I also learned a lesson in kickers.  1) Kickers are a dime a dozen – only draft one, not two.  2) Pick a kicker on a team that has redzone completion issues.

Currently I am 2-2 in my league.  I guess things could be worse, but I could be doing better too.  This season of Fantasy Football may be a lost, but we shall see.  Next year I will participate in more leagues.  We will see how things go, but I’m not expecting to win big this season.

But I’ve learned some solid lessons I won’t forget.  But above all else…patience.

It’s Game Time!

It’s Game Time! – My Personal Football Picks for the 2011-2012 Season

By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

So today marks the start of preseason.  Teams will play half-assedly as usual and no one will care as usual.  People prepare their Fantasy Football Leagues, and follow the latest injuries.  Also, sports buffs make their picks as to who they think will go all the way.  I am no sports buff, but I want to make my own personal picks and have it in writing for everyone.  So lets begin: Read the rest of this entry

NFL Free Agency – A brief opinion from July 26th

By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

And the old news of Tuesday is we have an official Football season now.  Also old news (if you have been keeping up) is the possible players who will be shifting around teams to have a job.  What has been bothering is the talks surrounding the veteran QBs. Read the rest of this entry

The Old vs. The New – A Review of the new Buffalo Bills Uniform

A Review of the new Buffalo Bills Uniform
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

 So I am not in on what people say about a teams jerseys and uniforms.  As far as I was aware of, the era of bad jerseys and uniforms in sports ended in the 90’s.  Since the new millennium, all PROFESSIONAL teams have turned to uniforms that I don’t find to be an eye sore.  I emphasize professional because there are some teams in college and other levels of sports who still have some fashion-stating uniforms. Read the rest of this entry

Underrated?

So we are here now, at the close of the NBA Championships. I am not here to bash Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, or the Miami Heat. Nor am I here to praise the Dallas Mavericks. A thought came to my mind however that I wanted to elaborate on. Read the rest of this entry

Too Big To Fail

By Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

And no, I’m not talking about businesses in the United States.

Personally, I can’t quite say I’m completely thrilled by Cameron “Cam” Newton as a player. Can he play? Yes he can. Is he great? I’m not sure. He plays better than me, even in his sleep. Is he deserving of all the hype around him? I am not sure. Read the rest of this entry