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Armchair Ted Thompson

Tuesday, Mar, 11 2014

I like to refer to it as "Madden Syndrome," and this is the time of the year when it consumes most of us.  As NFL free agency opens later today, fans have spent the last couple months compiling their lists of what their teams NEED to do this offseason.

In Green Bay, it HAS to be worse than any other city (probably not, but I like to think so) because Ted Thompson virtually treats free agency like the plague.  Could this year be different?  Maybe?  The sense of urgency seems to be at a recent high by fans as the team has not recaptured the success they had in 2010 when people praised them and their future like the Seahawks are being praised now.

I thought it would be fun do this for the "Fantasy GMs" that are out there.  Monday on my show, I had people call in a make 3-moves for Green Bay; resigning players, trades, and (of course) free agents.  Here is what everyone came up with!

ME (of course I had to play):
1.) Resign Sam Sheilds (I grandfathered this move in becaue I came up with this idea last week, before he was resigned).
2.) Sign ILB Brandon Spikes - bolster a weak position
3.) Sign KR/PR Devin Hester - they want Randall Cobb off the field, he would do that

Rex in Little Chute (email)
1.) Sign a safety (I asked for specific players, didn't get a response)
2.) Resign John Kuhn
3.) Late Free Agency, sign Jared Allen

Cecil (phone)
1.) sign Donte Whitner
2.) Draft well (cop out, didn't want anymore)

Joe in Appleton (phone)
1.) sign Demarcus Ware
2.) sign Jared Allen
3.) sign Chris Clemons

Tony (phone)
1.) sign Lamar Houston (with resigning Pickett)
2.) resign Evan Dietrich-Smith
3.) resign Andrew Quarless

Richie (phone)
1.) resign B.J Raji and move him inside
2.) sign Linval Joesph
3.) sign Chris Clemons
3A.) resign Evan Dietrich-Smith

Scott in Appleton (phone with the assumption Raji resigns)
1.) sign Malcolm Jenkins
2.) resign Mike Neal
3.) sign Garrett Graham

Jim in Neenah (email)
1.) sign Malcom Jenkins or Mike Mitchell
2.) resign Evan Dietrich-Smith
3.) sign Jon Beason
also points to Sheilds move

Kullin in Kimberly (phone)
1.) resign Sam Shields (allowed)
2.) sign T.J Ward
3.) deal for Jimmy Graham

Dennis in Appleton (email)
1.) resign B.J Raji
2.) sign Devin Hester
3.) sign Jared Allen

Chris in Appleton (email)
1.) sign Tyson Jackson
2.) sign Malcom Jenkins
3.) sign Devin Hester

Mark (phone)
1.) resign Sam Sheilds
2.) resign Raji to the one year deal
3.) sign Arthur Jones and Antoine Bethea
So who did well?  We will look back as the season goes on and see who the best "Armchair Ted Thompson" was!

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Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 3 Results

Monday, Mar, 10 2014


Our NASCAR Pick 3 is off and rolling for 2014!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every Thursday (or Friday), on the Home Stretch, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio & Ben Brust of the Badgers join Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Ben, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race.

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener beats 3 of 4 or sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s.

Here are the week 3 results:

1st place: Justin
Jimmie Johnson: 6
Jeff Gordon: 9
Dale Earnhardt JR: 2
Total: 17

2nd place: Alex
Greg Biffle: 22
Joey Logano: 4
Brad Keslowski: -5 (winner)
Total: 21

3rd place: Listener Greg
Tony Stewart: 33
Jeff Gordon: 9
Paul Menard: 3
Total: 45

4th place: Ben
Tony Stewart: 33
Matt Kenseth: 10
Kasey Kahne: 8
Total: 51

5th place: Dad
Kyle Busch: 11
Jeff Gordon: 9
Kevin Harvick: 41
Total: 61

Yearly Rankings (total points):
1st – Alex: 66
2nd – Justin: 76
3rd – Listeners: 93
4th – Justin’s Dad: 117
5th - Brust: 131

Race Winner Picks:
Justin’s Dad – 1 (Race 1)
Alex Hayden - 2 (Race 2, 3)
Justin, Ben, Listeners – 0

Weekly Winner honors:
Dad - 1 (Week 1)
Alex - 1 (Week 2)
Justin - 1 (Week 3)
Ben - 0
Listeners - 0

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 6 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 2 Results

Tuesday, Mar, 4 2014

Our NASCAR Pick 3 is off and rolling for 2014!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every Thursday (or Friday), on the Home Stretch, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio & Ben Brust of the Badgers join Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Ben, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race.

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener beats 3 of 4 or sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s.


Kevin Harvick (Photo espn.go.com)


Here are the week 2 results:

1st place: Alex
Carl Edwards: 8
Jammie McMurray: 10
Kevin Harvick: -5 (winner)
Total Points: 13

2nd place: AL the listener
Matt Kenseth: 12
Jimmie Johnson: 6
Brad Keslowski: 3
Total Points: 21

3rd place: Justin
Brad Keslowski: 3
Kasey Kahne: 11
Greg Biffle: 17
Total Points: 31

4th place: Ben Brust
Denny Hamlin: 19
Jimmie Johnson: 6
Kyle Busch: 9
Total Points: 34

5th place: Dad
Denny Hamlin: 19
Jeff Gordon: 5
Matt Kenseth: 12
Total Points: 36

Yearly Points:
1st – Alex: 45
2nd – Listeners: 48 
3rd – Dad: 56
4th – Justin: 59
5th - Brust: 80 

Winner Picks:
Justin’s Dad – 1 (Race 1)
Alex Hayden - 1 (Race 2)
Justin, Ben, Listeners – 0

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 6 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 1 Results

Monday, Feb, 24 2014

Another NASCAR Season is here which means the Pick 3 is back for 2014!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every Friday, on the Home Stretch, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio joins Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race. 

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s. 

Here are the week 1 results:

1st place: My Dad
Matt Kenseth: 6
Kyle Busch: 19
Dale Jr: -5 (winner)
Total Points: 20

2nd place: Chad the Listener
Matt Kenseth: 6
Kyle Busch: 19
Denny Hamlin: 2
Total Points: 27

3rd place: Justin
Brad Keslowski: 3
Jeff Gordon: 4
Kurt Busch: 21
Total Points: 28

4th place: Alex Hayden
Denny Hamlin: 2
Jeff Gordon: 4
Paul Menard: 32
Total Points: 32

Yearly Rankings:
1st – Justin’s Dad: 20
2nd – Listeners: 27
3rd – Justin: 28
4th – Alex: 32
5th - Ben: 46 (took Ben's average from races 2,3 & 4)

Winner Picks:
Justin’s Dad – 1 (Race 1)
Justin, Alex, Listeners – 0

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 6 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


WIAA Boy's Basketball Regional Semifinals

Tuesday, Feb, 18 2014

The WIAA released its Boy's Basketball pairings Monday.  Over the last 24-hours, I have scoured the brackets to find the match-ups in North East Wisconsin that are the most intriguing.  Here is a look at my top-5 matchups for the Regional Semifinals which will be played Friday, February 28th at the better seeded school.

5.) #6 Wisconsin Rapids @ #3 Oshkosh North (Division 1, Sectional 1)

This is a match-up teams that would have found themselves with higher seeds had they been in different sectionals.  Frank Shade’s Oshkosh North team has a resume that is impressive with wins over Neenah, De Pere, & Wisconsin Lutheran while taking on Germantown early on this season.  Rapids likely pushed down to 6th because of their conference being down and in a meeting with 7 of 9 teams at meeting from FVA. A Late win over Marshfield didn’t help.  What team has more motivation?

4.) #3 Waupaca @ #2 Hortonville (Division 2, Sectional 1)

Both teams put together solid years in what turned out to be top heavy conferences.  Waupaca definitely trending upward as they were the ultimate spoiler in the EVC with wins over Ripon and Little Chute.  Hortonville is very tested playing in the Bay Conference with Seymour, West De Pere and Shawno.  The two teams met on February 14th with Hortonville notching a double-digit win. 

3.) #5 Appleton North @ #4 Appleton West (Division 1, Sectional 1)

There may not be a team that is trending more upward than Appleton North.  There only losses since December 17th were to Neenah (2), Oshkosh North, Kaukauna, & Appleton West.  In that 2-month stretch is a win over Oshkosh North, which shook up the FVA standings in a big way.  Appleton West was steady throughout the year while overcoming a couple key injuries down the stretch to sit at 3rd in the FVA.  West won both regular season meetings.

2.) #6 Xavier @ #3 West De Pere (Division 2, Sectional 2)

If anyone can find an outright Conference Champion with a seed lower than 4, please let me know.  Xavier (will) pick up an outright Conference Championship in the Eastern Valley but because that league is mostly D3-schools and the Hawks non-conference schedule wasn’t the greatest, they slid down as far as they did.  West De Pere has definitely lived up to the hype this year with 2 of their 3 losses coming to Seymour and Ashwaubenon who sit in the same sectional.  The key for the Hawks will behind the arc.

1.) #5 Kaukauna @ #4 Pulaski (Division 2, Sectional 2)

In most years, Kaukauna would have been in the conversation for a FVA title but Neenah and Oshkosh North were so top heavy, the drop off seemed bigger than it probably was.  Pulaski is in the mix in the FRCC with the likes of Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, & De Pere.  If you can only see one game for the rest of February, this is it.

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