DEFEND YOUR MOVES 2019 WEEK 2 - PART 2!!

DUMPSTER DIVER OF THE WEEK: PAULS AWESOME TEAM!!

Moves: 3

Best pickup: Scary Terry McLaurin

Total League moves : 22 (Great Job!!)

CONGRATULATIONS PAUL!!

ITS A NEW SPECIAL ED RECORD!!

198.40 is a new all-time high score in this league. What a week! Paul put together a FLAWLESS lineup with no points left on the bench. Personally we would have probably tried to find a way to get Singletary in the lineup, but we would have been wrong! Paul pulled ALL the right strings and put a devastating ass-whooping on Fox News’ Mike Tobin.

Clearly the “best” pickup of the week was New England D. But everybody knew that would happen. That was a pretty easy move, but we gotta give some kudos to Paul for getting that move done first thing Monday morning.

The SAVVIEST move of the week was Paul dropping the disgraceful Jarvis Landry for DYM’s favorite week 2 rookie: Polo Ralph McLaurin!!

We were actually looking to pick up The Lifestyle Brand like 2 minutes after Paul did. We did get him picked up in the other league (AND started him!!), so that's some consolation.

Already known as one of the most elite athletes in this year's draft, McLaurin is now the clear #1 receiver for a team that’s going to have to throw the ball a lot, and could see garbage time action every single week.

MONDAY MATCHUPS

Paul vs Tobin and Dave vs Andy are all wrapped up. Paul dominated, and Dave survived a James Conner injury to put Andy at 0-2.

Three other match-ups still depend on the Monday night outcome:

Rob has a 17 point lead which is very unlikely to fall, unless the Jets get blown out real early and Lev just sits out like 2 or 3 quarters. PREDICTION: ROB WINS!!

Matt needs 15 from Baker. That seems very doable, but let’s not forget our guy threw 3 picks and he STANKED last week. So Doug’s definitely still got a chance. PREDICTION: DOUG WINS!!

DYM is down by 16 to Saquons Heisman. We’re rolling out Odell and the Browns D against the WORST pickup of the week Jarvis “garbage” Landry. Cleveland D might get the 16 by themselves (against Trevor Simeon), then if Odell can’t outscore that piece of shit Jarvis… I mean… Look, this was BAD pickup for Chris for the same reason Smokey was a good one last week. The Jets are especially bad against WRs who are fast, and Jarvis is not that. COME ON, OH-DALE!!!!!

PREDICTION: DYM WINS!!

DEFEND YOUR MOVES PRESENTS: THE FOOD BEEF 2019 BAGEL TOUR

During the last 3 Special Ed seasons Food Beef has crowned the area’s best pizza (Marcelo’s), best wings (54 Main), and best sandwiches (Pascarella Bros).

This year we embark on our most fraught journey yet. THE BAGEL TOUR.

Bagels are probably the most important staple in our diet. As far back as we can remember we’ve been eating a bagel for breakfast pretty much everyday. These days we usually we go with a whole wheat everything bagel with peanut butter (stay jacked, young g’s), once a week or so we’ll splurge on a bacon and egg bagel sandwich.

Obviously we know our way around a bagel shop, and we’re pretty picky about the quality of bagel we bring into our home. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to find a decent bagel in the goy-heavy Chatham/Madison-metro area. So for the past two years we’ve made the 15min commute to New Providence for Good Bagels every week. Hopefully that comes to an end this year.

Just like last year, we’ve carefully selected the top EIGHT bagel spots within 3.5 miles of the DYM headquarters. We'll visit one each week in order of proximity to the home office. After week 9 we will narrow the field down to the top 4 for the head-to-head Bagel Playoff showdowns, wrapping up before the Special Ed Playoffs.

Here are this year’s competitors (yelp ⭐️):

  1. Madison Bagel Cafe, Madison (⭐️⭐️⭐️) (week 2)

  2. Bagel Chateau, Madison (⭐️⭐️.5) (week 3)

  3. Noah’s Bagels, Chatham (⭐️⭐️⭐️) (week 4)

  4. Chatham Bagel, Chatham ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5) (week 5)

  5. Florham Park Bagel & Deli, Florham Park (⭐️⭐️.5) (week 6)

  6. Morristown Bagel & Deli, Morristown (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5) (week 7)

  7. Jersey Boy Bagels, Morristown (⭐️⭐️.5) (week 8)

  8. Summit Bagel, Summit (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5) (week 9)

Playoffs:

#1 vs #4 in week 10

#2 vs #3 in week 11

Bagel Superbowl in week 12

This Week's Competitor: MADISON BAGEL CAFE, Madison NJ

On Sunday morning we tried Madison’s Hottest new breakfast spot, Madison Bagel. We went there with the boy and our special guest judge Dave Maulbeck, the official non-league-best-friend of DYM.

The place is nice inside which is actually a little unsettling. It looks like a Panera, which is to say it seems very sanitary and corporate. That atmosphere belies the home-town feel one might get from the shop's name.

The good things about this place are product selection. You can get non-dairy schmeres like peanut butter, jelly, and hummus. The coffee is good, and they have nitro taps. And they make doughnuts in-house.

The bagels themselves, though, were not good.

They kept the Panera theme going with a very uniform (possibly machine-rolled) bagel that was both too small and too light. The meat of the bagel was slightly flaky, not spongy and sticky like it ought to be. This problem generally indicates a low-quality flour without the proper protein content.

On a somewhat positive note: The crust was good, not great, and we did like the generous salt on the everything topping.

Most disappointing of all was the decidedly NOT fresh veggies on Cynthia's lox sandwich. They were pretty gross. They’ll be assessed negative bonus points for that.

BAGEL SCORE: 5.5/10

JUDGES’ ORDERS:

DYM: Whole wheat everything with bacon, double egg, salt, pepper, hot sauce: 6/10

Dave: Everything with taylor ham, scrambled egg, cheese, salt, pepper, ketchup: 6/10

MB: Sesame with cream cheese: 7/10

Cynthia: Whole wheat everything with lox, cream cheese, tomatoes, and capers: 4/10. (“Mushy,” "over-ripe" tomatoes. Yuck)

WOKE WEDNESDAYS WITH KYRIE IRVING

(All facts and quotes courtesy of wikipedia.org and defendyourmoves.com)

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