DEFEND YOUR MOVES 2022 WEEK 2!!
Good evening, and welcome to Defend Your Moves. For years now the liberal woke mob has been strangling the life out of America's favorite pastime - NFL Football. They have infiltrated every level of the league organization and they are destroying it from within. Football used to be a vital institution in this country. It was the only place our children learned valuable lessons like pain-tolerance and how to channel their violent rage. Now the liberals are giving your children participation trophies for playing FLAG football, and then clutching their pearls when your child shoots up his or her school. Don't be fooled, this is no accident. They want it this way, because they hate you. This week the NFL began its 2022 season and the liberal agenda was on full display. But we we saw this coming - all off-season our greatest football heroes were being emasculated: Aaron Rodgers, the 2-time reigning MVP, was taking psychedelics with Peruvian shamans; Jamaal Williams cried on episode 1 of Hard Knocks - the only episode anybody watches; and Deshawn Watson, the 2020 passing leader and 3x pro-bowl QB, had his private life aired on the national news AND got suspended for it. Then, the players who did get the privilege of practicing in the 100+ degree August heat were forced to wear these ridiculous astronaut helmets. "Godspeed, gentlemen." <salutes the camera sarcastically> After months of degrading, belittling, and weakening our greatest Champions the shadowy schedule-making cabal added insult to injury by placing the biggest game of the season, if not the CAREER for some QBs, on week one. The Revenge Game is dearly held tradition. It is one of the only NFL media narratives that is both embraced by players and beloved by fans. It's the game we all " circle on the calendar" , as they say. Although starting QBs rarely change teams in their prime, there were THREE starting QBs facing their former team for the first time this past week. Baker vs The Browns, Russ vs The Seahawks, and Flacco vs The Ravens were perhaps the three most talked about games of the week. The QBs had to answer interview questions about their former teams all summer. They didn't say anything interesting most of the time, because they're media-trained so they never do -- but how could they? It's week one! They had a new offense to learn and no film on their opponents!! This is an untenable situation. Football is under attack, folks. The NFL wants their players to fail, and they want to destroy the game of football as we know it. The NFL is committed to putting the worst possible product on the field. It's simple: They schedule the game-of-the-year on week 1 so everybody's watching. The players play like shit cause and get hurt because they're under-prepared for the game-of-the-year. Then all us fans have to make 100 fantasy roster moves before week 2. Then we all lock in to the week 2 games to see how our new players look. It's a grotesque and sinister downward spiral. Every single one of us will have started a 49ers rookie by week 18, and Roger Goodell will be laughing and counting his money. It's disgusting. Even the coaches are in on the con this year. Lovie Smith ADMITTED to taking a tie on purpose versus the division rival Colts. Watch this: <Lovie on the video @1:22> " there's a lotta football left to go in the season it's kinda simple as that, and I felt like a tie was better than a potential loss. " Uh, hey Lovie - a tie IS a loss. It's the most spineless and disgraceful way to end a game. No game should ever end in a tie. Teams should be forced to play forever until somebody scores, or if both teams score then they should play forever until one team gets a stop. That's how they do it in Australian Football, and then the loser has to suck the winner off in front of everybody . The way god intended it. Of course some NFL coaches managed their teams to respectably decided end-games. But Lovie wasn't the only one willing to throw away precious wins so he could get home in time for House of the Dragon. Six different coaches this week took their football team off the field at the end of the fourth quarter and put the game in the hands of a kicker - only to have their kicker predictably miss or get blocked: Rodrigo Blanketshit missed a 42 yarder wide left that would have spared us a tie. He was released. Good riddance. Randy Bullock missed from 47 as the Titans fell to the Giants. Both kickers in CIN/PIT missed in the fourth. Brandon McManus spoiled Russ' Revenge Game on Monday night. And even our dear Younghoe Koo had a potential game winner blocked, but he never should have been out there in the first place. Kickers are not football players. Most of them are immigrants who grew up playing soccer . Soccer players don't care how many kicks they miss, THEY MISS ALL THE TIME! Soccer is one of the lowest scoring games ON - THE - PLANET. Just look at last weekend's scores in the so-called "Champions" League: PSG won 3-1, Benfica won 2-1, Salzberg and Chelsea tied 1-1, Donetsk and Celtic tied 1-1, Sevilla and Copenhagen tied 0-0. You heard that right folks, ZERO to ZERO . In fact Copenhagen has only scored ONE goal in four "Champions" League matches this year. Do you think they care? They don't care. Their game was ruined by flopping generations ago. Nowadays in Europe missed kicks and ties run rampant, and all the lowlife fans are dirty and drunk and they throw banana peels at the black players. This is the future they NFL wants for us. If Roger Goodell has his way, almost every game will be a tie, the first kicker that makes a 4th quarter field goal will be the MVP, and there'll be so many bananas on the field you'll think it's a mario kart track. I don't want to live that way. I don't want my children to have to live that way. Maybe if Food Beef is reviewing empanadas we'll call one of these soccer kickers, just keep the kickers away from the football-related content. DUMPSTER DIVER OF THE WEEK!! THE HAMBURGLARS!! PICKUP OF THE WEEK: Josh Fucking Palmer The new guy Hamburglars made a splash before week one, joining the long tradition of Special Ed teams named after us. Last season’s Readers will recall the DYM Staff put together a McDonalds-themed group costume for Halloween, with yours truly as the Hamburglar himself. We’re really looking forward to Kull changing the team name to “ THANOS ” after Halloween this year. The ‘Burglars did not draft a defense or a kicker(🇺🇸) , setting themselves up for some torrid move-making in the first two weeks. They lead the league now with 10 moves, clocking seven moves over the last seven days. GREAT JOB!!!!! The most impressive thing, to us, is that six of those moves came out of only two roster spots. They kicked the tires on Curtis Samuel (later picked up by PHP), Dontrell Hilliard, and TWO Niner RBs before landing on Jaylen Warren and Josh Palmer. There’s nothing wrong with shuffling the deck in this league. It behooves a manager to bring free-agents into the team facility even if just to see if they’re gonna be a good fit with the existing locker room chemistry. The margins are thin in this 10-team wild west league, so you can’t ever be too careful. Their latest move (as of Wednesday night) was maybe their most masterful, and it’s our WEEK TWO PICKUP OF THE WEEK!! We don't care how many moves they made - There's no way we woulda named Hamburglars the DDOTW if they still had Jarvis on the roster. For his entire career, Jarvis Landry has been one of the boringest, lowest-ADOT players and he has only played for the league's very worst teams. He will turn 30 years old this November, which SHOULD now make him completely unrosterable in Special Ed. The pickup is an unheralded second year WR from Brampton, ON, Canada who we like to call Josh Fucking Palmer. This kid needs a nickname BAD. Joshua Palmer is an unfortunately boring name for anybody, but especially a third-string WR from Canada. No surprise he flew under the radar until mid-week 2. He’s gonna start tonight for hamstrung Keenan Allen and we think he might be starting for the Hamburglars too!!! In the past we have strongly recommended benching your Thursday players. DYM Readers are well aware that Thursdays have traditionally sucked for fantasy. But the NFL went out of their way to scuttle that discourse early this year. Four of the top-8 offenses from last year got scheduled in the first two Thursdays. The Bills, Rams, Chiefs, and Chargers all scored over 27 points per game in 2021. This week's game might be pretty high-scoring but don't be fooled, THURSDAYS WILL SUCK AGAIN!!! The further we get into the season the more tired and injured the teams will be. Those short weeks take a greater toll on recovery in November and December than they do in the first two weeks. And because the NFL front-loaded the Thursday slate, the competition level will be dramatically lower on Thursdays late in the season. Special Ed Players should be especially careful to avoid the PLAYOFF THURSDAYS on 12/15, 12/22, and 12/29. YUCK!!! 🤮 Spend some time with the family this holiday season, you guys. Just bench your Thursday players and watch The Grinch (2018 animated version) instead. MISS CLEO'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK!! CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY!! o62.5 ru & o108.5 total Miss Cleo's Prop Ber Record: 1-0 FOOD BEEF 2022 COMING SOON!! EMPANADAS!! In past seasons, FOOD BEEF has tended to focus on traditional American bar food, like pizza, sandwiches, wings, and burgers. This year DYM Nation has been clamoring for some flavor. No more boring white breads and dried meats, the people want THE HEAT!!! As the demographics of our community have changed, so must we. Over the past couple years a number of new Latin restaurants have opened up in the Morris-Union Jointure area, and almost all of them serve EMPANADAS. We think The late Commish is smiling on our selection. DYM Scholars know that The Commish was always a great fan of all things LATINA (but not latin o ): ¿Chris quiere la comida latina? ¡ Sí! ¿Mujeres latinas? - Por supuesto. ¡ Sí ! ¿Musica latina? - Sí , pero NO puede hacer el baile latin o . ¿Y los deportes latinos? - ¡¿Como, el fútbol?! ¡ NO ! Nunca jamas. The empanada is a staple throughout Latin America but each country has their own particular take. They could be soft, hard, flour, corn, a wide variety of meats, veggies, and cheeses - there's breakfast empanadas, dessert empanadas - the possibilities are ENDLESS!!! We believe that diversity of styles could make this the most compelling Food Beef season yet!!! And since the Empanada Tour will coincide with the 2022 WORLD CUP , this year’s Food Beef playoffs will be an international competition. The Empanada Playoffs will pit Nation against Nation, with the pride of every New Jersey expat community at stake. Just like we do every year DYM’s Food Beef Judges will visit one of our top-8 local empanada contenders every week; followed by a 2-week, four-restaurant playoff, and the EMPANADA CHAMPIONSHIP set for week 13 - just before the Special Ed Fantasy League Playoffs kick off. iiiiiiVAMOS!!!!! Week 3: Raul's Empanadas Town (Morristown) Peru 🇵🇪 Week 4: Delikositas (Madison) Colombia 🇨🇴 Week 5: Anitas Baked Wonders (Florham Park) Argentina 🇦🇷 Week 6: Mexican Spice (Chatham) Mexico 🇲🇽 Week 7: Pan Casero Bakery (Morristown) Ecuador 🇪🇨 Week 8: Mi Casita Restaurante (North Plainfield) El Salvador 🇸🇻 Week 9: Patria Station Café (Berkeley Heights) Argentina 🇦🇷* Week 10: Cafe Y. Canela Colombian (Morristown) Colombia 🇪🇨* Week 11-12: PLAYOFFS!!! Week 13: EMPANADA CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!! * - We had bangin' empanadas a few weeks ago at a Dominican restaurant in Vauxhall. The Dominican style ones had pineapple and lots of veggies. It was kinda crazy. If we can find another carribbean-style (Dominican or Puerto Rican) empanada spot closer to the DYM home office then one of these will likely get bumped. AMERICAS GAME OF THE WEEK!! DEFEND YOUR MOVES vs POLK HIGH PANTHERS!! AGOTW Prediction Record: 0-1 A CLASSIC DYM RIVALRY IN WEEK 2!! Polk High Panthers joined the Special Ed League in 2014, the same year that DYM took home their first Special Ed Super Bowl title. Since then PHP has made the playoffs just four times, while DYM collected four SESB championships. One might think that DYM had dominated this matchup, but they'd be wrong. The record stands at 7-6 in favor of DYM after PHP beat us twice last year. Entering 2022, DYM vs PHP is one of the league's most hotly contended rivalries. Keenan Allen will hit the PHP bench this week to make room for Yahoo!'s hottest pickup of the week - Curtis Samuel !!! There used to be a lotta hype around Samuel that he never lived up to, being overshadowed for several years by DJ Moore and Chris McCaffrey. But he's actually a really good player and it looks like the Commies have a scheme drawn up for him. We always look out for WRs who get rushing attempts because those are designed plays. When a WR carries the ball it means the team likes this guy for specific things, and they are gonna try to do some of those things most every week. Most of the time we're taking about one or two carries for guys like Kadarius Toney or Dontrell Mooney, and it's a clue that portends to greater things later in the season. But it looks like Samuel is gonna get the full Deebo treatment in Washington - he got peppered with short targets and handled four carries including at least one we saw in the red zone. This could turn out to have been a VERY smooth pickup, and a drop that the 'Burglars could regret. On the other side, the only WR who got a rushing attempt for DYM in week one just so happens to be DJ Moore himself. We were pretty amped about Carolina WRs this year (12% Terrace Marshall exposure on underDog). After week one it seems we may have had unrealistic expectations for the Baker Mayfield experience. DJ will probably be fine tho, he's found his way to 1,000 yards with worse QBs. He'll have a few splash weeks and DYM's 4xHigh-ADOT-WR lineup can cover up a lotta blemishes early in the season. Plus, the future of this squad is in our stable of rookie RBs we got stashed on the bench. And the FUTURE may be at hand for DYM!!!!! Leonard Fournette caught a flat tire on a fourth quarter run last week and left the game. Not much was made of it on Sunday since the game was out of hand, no one was surprised to see the rookie close it out. Fournette was "limited" wednesday with a hamstring and returned to regular practice today. Still, many Bucs Bloggers are urging caution with the aging veteran, hoping to get an extended look at their new rookie RB this week. The youngster has been saying all offseason that he's gonna be the starting RB for this team. We hope he's right cause we can't keep starting Cowboys much longer. PREDICTION: DEFEND YOUR MOVES - 118.54 POLK HIGH PANTHERS - 117.90 SPECIAL ED MATCHUPS!! BRING IT ON HOME vs FINGERBANG! Coincidentally all the 1-0 teams are playing 0-1 teams this week so there's a chance for this league's top contenders to take an extended lead very early in the season. The defending champs have probaly the best chance to reach 2-0 as they face a battered and humiliated Fingerbang squad. Late last week on the Special Ed group-text we had so much fun laughing at Mike's real-life favorite player (Allen Robinson) we almost forgot to give him shit for starting Cam Akers, who was an even worse disaster for the Rams in week 1. FB will likely be forced to pickup a Niner RB (all of them?) to replace Cam and old brick-foot Najee. It's fucked up that he can't just start Claypool and Hurts at RB cause those guys might lead his team in rushing. BIOH WINS!! TOBIN & THE RIPPERS vs. THE HAMBURLARS In the opening chapter of James Robinson's Achilles the hero was sidelined while his compatriots eeked out a narrow victory, with a little help from the fantasy gods - claiming the win with a mere 93.86 points. All the while, the starting RBs were a glaring weakness. Dalvin Cook will continue to lead the platoon but the heroes are looking for reinforcements now that Kamara has bruised ribs. Last week James Robinson's Achilles could have single handedly outscored the team's starting RBs (Hunt and Carter could have too). The rippers know they'll need more than 100 points this week so they have dispatched messengers to beg James Robinson's Achilles to forgive their disrespect and return to the field. HAMBURGLARS WIN!!! FISTO KIDDS vs RESPEC🍻 Yahoo is projecting a huge blowout for Fisto, and we have to admit Dave's team is pretty stacked with Herbert and that powerhouse WR trio (Kupp, AJ Brown, and Pittman). That's a team that's built to win NOW. Respec looks more like a cold weather team to us tho. They hoarded RBs in the draft, so they've got 4 nice starters and some fire on the bench (like C.Pat). Depth is good to have, but unfortunately for respeto, they're starting the season in a pretty deep hole FISTO KIDDS WINS!! PAULS AWESOME TEAM vs SHARON ERTZ This is a tough one to pick. It's hard to really punch any holes in Paul's roster. they're solid top-to-bottom, even with a TE. But then there's Josh Allen.. on Monday Night.. at home.. vs THE TITANS?!?!?! Brother, Josh might score a million this week. SHARON ERTZ WINS!! ' HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYBODY!!