Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wild Card Wednesday #3 - So Tired

School is in full swing, and theres so much to do.  Got a brand new kid today and our first big test is coming up so my caseload kids need prepped.  New kid especially so as he's several grade levels behind.

In-laws will be in town this weekend for a craft show, so I've been psychotically cleaning the house all day.  Today was organizing and dusting, tomorrow the vacuum and floor wax come out.

I played with our newish kitten for a bit so she wont wake us up at 3am.  Now she's asleep in my lap. She's also tired.

Life is good.

But I'm so tired.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Madden '04 Monday #6 - James Wofford

Name: James Wofford

Game Image: 

Example of Banks on Cardboard:
James Wofford has 3 cards to his name, all versions of his 2002 Leaf Rookies and Stars base.  Here's a copy from COMC

Video: No video to be found.  I did find that the most famous James Wofford is a horse jockey.  There's also a James Wofford with dreads who lives in my county and has been arrested a few times - not the same guy though, he's way too young.

Team and Position on Depth Chart in Madden '04: Wofford, 25, is 5th on the Vikings RB depth chart.  Only four guys fit into the depth chart, so it's kind of amazing he even made the team for this game.  Ahead of Wofford are Michael Bennet (86), Moe Williams (74), Onterrio "Whizzanator" Smith (67), and Doug Chapman (65).

Some Notable Ratings: Wofford is a 53 overall, the 2nd lowest ranked RB in the game (worst is Shyrone Stith).  His 80 acceleration and 62 break tackle ratings are okay.  But everything else is bad, from his 80 speed to 35 awareness to 58 carry (basically an instant fumble at that point).

Professional Career: Wofford was undrafted out of UNLV in 2001 by the Vikings, and was one of the team's final cuts to get to 53 players.  He was re-signed in January of 2002 and received high praise from coach Mike Tice, who called Wofford "probably the best pure RB on the roster."  Injuries and competition set Wofford back though, and while he was rostered in 2002 he did not see any meaningful playing time despite being in nine games.  He hung around during the preseason in 2003, but eventually lost the final RB job to Larry Ned, and never saw an NFL roster again.

Here are his preseason stats year by year, which show a decline over time:

2001 - 23 carries for 101 yards, 1 catch for 8 yards

2002 - 26 carries for 57 yards, 1 tackle, 1 fumble recovered (he played a bit with Shaun Hill, aka the opening day starter for the Rams this year - stunned that guy is still around!)

2003 - 10 carries for 14 yards, 1 other carry for 6 yards erased by penalty

Why do I remember him? I loved picking guys with low ratings and guys with dreads - Wofford had both going for him.  He usually was the third down or goal line back for my teams with Shyrone Stith, as he is a little better than Stith in the game (mainly due to his +4 speed).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Seller Recap - something for Night Owl and Dodger fans!

COMC Weekly Stats
Cards Sold in the last week: 82
Total money earned from those sales: 62.47
Profit made on those sales (sale cost-initial cost of purchase): 5.71
Cards bought in the last week: 87
Total price paid for those cards: 85.08
Total net credit for the week (Total money earned - Total price paid): -22.61
Net Credit since I began this blog segment: $49.46
Most Recent Sale: 2013 Chrome Francisco Liriano, bought for 11 cents, sold for 12 cents

A decent net loss this week, but that always happens after a port sale - you then have to spend money to refill the port!  I bought a lot of big ticket items this week and already sold a few, so hopefully when even more sell I'll end up with some nice profits!

Best Sales of the Week
3rd most profit: Bought a bunch of autos for 50 cents recently.  This Olsen was one of them, and it sold this morning for a cool $1.20.  70 cents in profit!

2nd most profit: I took a chance on some pricey cards this week, one of which was a Giancarlo Stanton Auto at $22.28.  I noticed that one guy had like 12 of them all $15 higher, so I messaged him about buying mine and he agreed to for $23.75.  So a $1.47 profit!

Most profit made on a single card: The winner of the week is definitely a Derek Jeter RC I bought though.  I got it for $7.50 in a sale, it sold for $9.21.  All told, a $1.71 profit.

How did last week's focus cards do?
I sold them all except one Soler.  Only about 20 cents in profit, which is okay but no great shakes.  Hopefully the other Soler gets me a little more.

Focus cards for this week
I spent way too much on this Don Sutton auto /10...but I think it's beautiful

And I grabbed a few Andre Ellington Score RCs.  He's banged up this week but in the future I expect big things

COMC Overall Stats
Current Cards for Sale: 109 cards, 100 distinct
Total Asking Price: $144.05
Total SRP (their version of Book Value): $107.00 (72 cards still need to be priced)
September 2014 Sales: 58 cards for $37.49
2014 in general: 3,002 cards for $975.94

Friday, September 5, 2014

GSNHOF Nominee - Co-Eric Riley

I‘m a sucker for names with hyphens in them, so this name should come as no surprise.  Today I bring you - Co-Eric Riley, college football WR

Riley played two seasons for Mississippi State in college where, in 23 games, he notched 19 catches for 177 yards.  He also added one rush and six kick returns in that time.  Now that's not much - ranked him 171 out of 30 WR in 2009 - but a decent pro day led to Co-Eric seeing some training camp time with the Buccaneers.  He didn't end up sticking around, but that's still pretty impressive for such a small college career statswise.

These days Co-Eric is all over Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/etc.  So Mr. Riley, if you read this, I hope you agree that your name is awesome and I wish you the best of luck in entering the Great Sports Name Hall of Fame!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wild Card Wednesday #2 - School, Tom Brady, and Pavement

Being back at work/school has made it tough to consistently post, but unlike past years, this year is all good.  That's because I am

As I think I mentioned before, this past Spring I was hired to teach at a new school, and we Just happen to be the Warriors.  It's a complete 180 from my last school - good systems in places, lots of support, I get two plan bells a day instead of zero plus a half hour lunch instead of eating with the kids - its crazy how different things are.  I have a longer day by an hour and a half AND a ton more kids to teach AND a ton more paperwork to fill out...but it feels like so much less.  So life is good in the mooss household workwise.

As for Tom Brady, his quad card in 2002 Pacific Heads up Quads (the gold version /45) popped up recently.  So that's why I mention him...its crazy hard to find and is already at $35...Im gonna make a run at it and hope I dont fall short.  The best part for me is probably the worst part for most people - it has a dual patch of Patrick Pass on the back
But everyone else‘s bids are likely all about Brady.  

Here's the auction if you fellas care to watch  Wish me luck!

Last but not least, I‘ve really gotten into the band Pavement recently.  Anyone else dig their stuff?  Their one song Cut Your Hair was the inspiration for the PTI theme on ESPN

I think my favorite is Stereo or In the Mouth a Desert though.

This has been another Wild Card Wednesday.  Party on Wayne!