Friday, April 29, 2016

Draft Mode 2016

This year's NFL Draft will kick off shortly after this post is published at 12am BST on Friday morning.

I aim to watch the first part of it then finish it tomorrow morning.

To be fair - I haven't really been following this year's class as well as I have done in previous years. With that said, I have been attempting to follow it as intently as I have done in the past.

For example, I bought three magazines when I usually buy the one..


I always enjoy reading American football magazines. I mainly like purchasing the annuals that come out during the summer as I prepare for the upcoming season. 

The draft mags are a good way to introduce the new and upcoming players to fans. However, there's something that irks me. It isn't anyone's fault, though.

Whenever there's a trade in the weeks leading up to a draft, a fair amount of the content in these magazines immediately become obsolete. 

Still, I'd much rather have a copy (or three!) beside me as I watch the draft to see what the writers think of the players that are selected. It's all part of the fun.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Upgrading Headaches

I am going through the stages of figuring out what to do when it comes to upgrading my desktop PC.

It's actually more stressful this time than ever before. The reason: Windows 10 does not have Windows Media Center.

The PC I have is getting old and slow. I've had it for nine years and - barring one time when the hard drive broke - it has served me well. 

I have had a Virgin Media set top box connected to a TV Tuner in the back of the PC since I bought it and I want to be able to continue doing what I do with it (ie record WWE Raw in the early hours of a Tuesday, stream NFL to the TV in my bedroom during the NFL season and more).

The NFL thing is certainly out the window. I have been using an X-Box 360 as a Media Center Extender. Therefore, as WMC is not on the latest edition of Windows, I have to find another way to get the NFL in my bedroom. That's doable, though. I'm going to purchase a digisender when it's nearer to the season.

It's just the recording that's irking me right now.

I tried a few other Media Center kind of programs over the weekend and I am rubbish at figuring out how to get them to work with the current setup in order to figure out whether I can do the same on the new PC whenever I make the jump.

I'm not going to start buying anything new until I know I can get something that will enable me to record TV onto my PC. Yes, I can go downstairs and do it on the two boxes I have down there. I'm a creature of habit and am so used to spending the Tuesday mornings watching Raw as I am sitting at the desktop.

I've spent days and days trying to figure this all out. I'll get there. 

Eventually.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How I'd Like Leicester To Win The League

Leicester City now need three points to claim the Premier League title.

The team could do it with a win over Manchester United on Sunday, but the devil in me would like to see the team win it another way.

I'd rather the Foxes get at least a draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. Then - on Monday - it would be brilliant if Chelsea pick up three points against Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs are currently seven points behind the leaders and are the only team that could mathematically halt Leicester's incredible season. 

It would be cool to see one Claudio Ranieri's previous clubs, Chelsea, assisting him in some way.

Leicester play Everton at home on May 7th. They might have the title sewn up by then, though. Still, they'll get to celebrate winning the league in front of their own supporters at that point.

What a brilliant story this season has written.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Brady's Ban Reinstated

Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in the Deflategate controversy from the 2014 NFL season was reinstated by the US Appeals Court yesterday.

GOOD.

That's all.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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A team that has never won the Premier League will do so this year.

That's not a premonition. It's fact.

Mathematically, the title can be won by either Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City.

If you've read previous posts, you're probably aware that I'm rooting for Leicester because it will be amazing to see pre-season underdogs walk out of the season as champs.

With that said, pundits wouldn't have given Spurs a chance of winning had they been asked in August about that team's chance of claiming the silverware. 

The nod still goes to Leicester. Of the two, they are the team that entered 2015/16 with the least chance of winning.

I doubt we'll ever see a season like this again. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Avoid Monday Internet

From tomorrow - and for the next ten weeks - it'll be a case of avoid the Internet at all costs on a Monday.

I do it on a Tuesday morning to avoid results from WWE Raw, and on Mondays during the NFL season, but this time the mission is to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers.

Thankfully, I'll get to watch the episodes shortly after getting up and starting the day thanks to Now TV.

Well, I hope so. That's how I managed last year.

The first episode of the new season begins in the early hours of tomorrow morning. I'm not crazy enough to stay up late to watch it.

As noted above, I don't even stay up for Raw, so I'm sure not going to stick around to watch Game of Thrones!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Prince

I had just finished writing about Chyna's passing in preparation for yesterday's post when news came through that Prince had died.

I'm not going to claim to be a fan of Prince.

The only things worth mentioning about my interest in his music is that his soundtrack to Batman was the first and only album I ever owned of his.

I've had a handful of his other songs as well, though.

The main thing I'll remember from him is his performance at half-time of the Super Bowl in early 2007.

The NFL did a fitting tribute to that show this week. I remember it fondly because it was the night Indianapolis won the Super Bowl and Prince sang Purple Rain in the middle of a downpour.

It was quite the appropriate scene.