Crate Diggers: Back on the Map Edition

It's baaaaaaaaaack!

It’s baaaaaaaaaack!

Well, look who it is!

Crate Diggers has returned.. and I have been sleeping!

My bad as it appears that fuse (@fusetv) has taken to posting the full episodes on their own website, with only the teasers being released through their YouTube channel from this point forward.

Given that this development went completely over my head, there are three entries in the series that have dropped since the show went on hiatus.

The unfortunate thing about this is that the free version of WordPress only supports a handful of sites when it comes to video embedding, so from this point forward, I will have to embed the teasers and post a link directing to the episode.

Crate Diggers 2014 gets underway by sitting down with three bona fide underground legends.

Let’s have at it.

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First off, we are privy to a sit down with Chief Xcel (@ChiefXcel), the DJ and producer for the Blackalicious (@blackalicious_) crew.

His collection is so massive, he has now taken to collecting storage units and hiring interns to sort through his crates.

Blackalicious are prepping for the release of their comeback album, Emoni, scheduled to drop very soon.

In my opinion, Nia is one of the best rap albums ever. I would love to hear a return to that sound.

Expectations are high regardless.

To see episode no. 35 in its entirety, click below:
Chief Xcel on Crate Diggers

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In the next episode, Crate Diggers meet up with DJ Qbert (@DJQbert), he of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and the world famous Rock Steady Crew.

This episode is an entertaining one. In particular, I really dug getting to see his comprehensive picture disc collection.

Qbert has always been a fun dude and it really comes across in this episode.

Enjoy it!

To see episode no. 36 in its entirety, click below:
DJ Qbert on Crate Diggers

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And to conclude, we have the most recent episode with Domino (@hierodomino) of Hieroglyphics (@HieroImperium).

Quite a thoughtful episode, as Domino keeps things old school, speaks upon his pride in the 93 ’til Infinity album, and reveals that the infamous Dante Ross (@DanteRoss) was responsible for his introduction to Del the Funky Homosapien (@DelHIERO).

We also get an impassioned speech pertaining to the value and integrity of vinyl as an audio format.

To see episode no. 37 in its entirety, click below:
Domino on Crate Diggers

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Great start to the new year!

Really looking forward to getting back into the groove of catching a new episode every Wednesday.

To check out the full Crate Diggers playlist, go here.
And follow series creator, Jason Newman on Twitter – @Jasonrnewman

Fantasy Premier League: Week 27-28, In Three Parts

Did you catch Arsenal (@Arsenal) last week?

Talk about a class goal.

COYG!

My week 27 fantasy results are just after the jump.

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Overall Points: 1553

Global: 206,514 (Last week: 285,795)
Fans of Arsenal: 9,797 (Last week: 13,587)
Canada: 2,044 (Last week: 2,748)

Private League I: 3 / 17 (165 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (133 points clear)
Private League III: 1 / 7 (25 points clear)
Private League IV: 1 / 5 (35 points clear)

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Total Points: 3104

Global: 1,752 (Last week: 2,695)
Fans of Arsenal: 390 (Last week: 615)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (225 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (114 points clear)
Private League III: 28 / 100 (208 points out of 1st)

How did you make out in Gameweek 27???

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You be the judge of my player picks for week 28:

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And here’s how I did this past weekend:

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Overall Points: 1609

Global: 211,110 (Last week: 206,514)
Fans of Arsenal: 9,886 (Last week: 9,797)
Canada: 2,108 (Last week: 2,044)

Private League I: 3 / 17 (168 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (138 points clear)
Private League III: 1 / 7 (26 points clear)
Private League IV: 1 / 5 (22 points clear)

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Total Points: 3200

Global: 1,992 (Last week: 1,752)
Fans of Arsenal: 426 (Last week: 390)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (215 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (98 points clear)
Private League III: 32 / 100 (244 points out of 1st)

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It was a difficult week but I still managed not to slip too far.

Going to be even tougher next weekend with half of the teams in the league not playing.

Will be especially difficult for me in the official format given that I will have only one gameweek transfer available to me and seven of my current squad players are without fixtures.

Oh yeah, Arsenal sucked in their last match and put a real dent into their title ambitions.

Sigh.

How did you make out in Gameweek 28???

Fantasy Premier League: Week 26 Recap / Week 27 Player Picks

The last week of Premier League (@premierleague) fantasy football was a real bastard.

With a couple postponements, I was left with my third week in a row in Yahoo! where I finished around 50 points.

That means, I am now sitting just within the top 3000 – bad time to start dropping off.

On the other hand, things work out favourably in the official league and I actually scraped my way back into the top 300k in that format.

Meanwhile, Arsenal (@Arsenal) look to get back on track today after their nil-nil draw versus Manchester United (@ManUtd) and 0-2 Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) defeat to Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN).

COYG!

My week 26 fantasy results are just after the jump.

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Overall Points: 1474

Global: 285,795 (Last week: 328,822)
Fans of Arsenal: 13,587 (Last week: 15,850)
Canada: 2,748 (Last week: 3,601)

Private League I: 4 / 17 (169 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (112 points clear)
Private League III: 1 / 7 (10 points clear)
Private League IV: 1 / 5 (13 points clear)

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Total Points: 2963

Global: 2,695 (Last week: 2,040)
Fans of Arsenal: 615 (Last week: 463)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (180 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (42 points clear)
Private League III: 42 / 100 (238 points out of 1st)

How did you make out in Gameweek 26???

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You be the judge of my player picks for week 27:

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What do your XIs look like for Gameweek 27???

Fantasy Premier League: Week 25 Recap / Week 26 Player Picks

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What an absolutely dismal performance from the Gunners over the weekend.

Those of us who thought we had seen the worst of Arsenal‘s (@Arsenal) season when we were lucky enough to escape St. Mary’s with a 2-2 draw could not have been prepared for this.

20 minutes into the match and the score was already 4-0 in favour of Liverpool (@LFC).

Basically, we saw the exact opposite of the Reds who were stymied upon their last visit to the Emirates.

The annoying part is that in one match, all of the Gooners are in complete disarray.

Never mind the fact that we just had a 10-game unbeaten run snapped or that we only sit one point out of first (thanks to Man City [@MCFC] and their scoreless draw against Norwich City [@NorwichCityFC].. huh???)

Nope, once again, we are hearing the incessant calls of #WengerOut!

Unfortunately, this clown seems typical of most Arsenal fans

Unfortunately, this clown seems typical of most Arsenal fans

I have even been hearing digs taken at the “suddenly shaky” central defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker (@mertesacker) and Laurent Koscielny - the duo that hadn’t lost in two years when they completed 90 minutes together. Think about that!

Granted, they were utterly dismantled in this match but I think one bad display out of 32 in total isn’t cause for immediate concern.

Don’t get me wrong, there are things that have frustrated me about the club that were typified on Saturday – why does Arsène Wenger seemingly refuse to use his substitutes prior to the 60th minute? Why can’t the team convert from the corners? Why has he taken to starting Nacho Monreal ahead of Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) at left back? Why did he, once again, allow his personal distaste for the winter window prevent him from properly reinforcing his squad?

All legitimate questions but none that come close to justifying talks of a sacking.

Fickle, fickle, AFC fans.

I do believe the absence of Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) is beginning to take its toll on the rest of the team and had Mathieu Flamini been available, I think it would have painted quite a different picture in midfield.

People (including Wenger himself) like to reference the fact that Flamini played during the 6-3 loss to Manchester City (@MCFC) but I like to think that he was still recovering mentally from the SLEEVEGATE row.

Although he has accepted his role with grace, Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) continues to show that he is not truly built for a holding midfield role.

And Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) continues to play like a spoiled brat, flopping and throwing tantrums like a petulant child.

Having said that, he was the only one on Saturday to display any sort of emotion that would indicate an acknowledgement of the performance being unacceptable on the whole.

After such a humbling and humiliating defeat, I would hope we will see a vastly re-charged and re-focused Arsenal side showing up against United (@ManUtd) tomorrow.

But before we get there, can anyone let me know if they are able to find Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) anywhere?

Would love to see him again soon!

COYG!

My week 25 fantasy results are just after the jump.

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Overall Points: 1419

Global: 328,822 (Last week: 249,055)
Fans of Arsenal: 15,850 (Last week: 12,434)
Canada: 3,061 (Last week: 2,302)

Private League I: 5 / 17 (172 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (89 points clear)
Private League III: 2 / 7 (2 points out of 1st)
Private League IV: 2 / 5 (14 points out of 1st)

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Total Points: 2912

Global: 2,040 (Last week: 1,250)
Fans of Arsenal: 463 (Last week: 298)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (188 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (47 points clear)
Private League III: 38 / 100 (234 points out of 1st)

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That makes two below average weeks back-to-back and it is pretty disheartening.

Just as I felt I was beginning to make up some ground at a crucial point in the season, my picks work out all wrong.

Hoping to scrape back up the standings with these midweek fixtures but can’t say I’m ultra confident this time around, at least not particularly in the FPL picks (handcuffed myself with my wildcard a couple weeks ago).

How did you make out in Gameweek 25???

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You be the judge of my player picks for week 26:

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A little nervous.

I was on pace to have my best fantasy season yet, in either format, and while its looking like I might still maintain the pace in Yahoo!, the official format continues to present the biggest challenge.

How are you doing so far in fantasy this year?

What do your XIs look like for Gameweek 26???

Fantasy Premier League: Week 23-24, In Three Parts

I've fallen and I can't get up!

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

It’s been difficult to get back into the groove of things this year as the calendar has opened with a bit of a hectic start.

I’m still trying to catch up but have no plans of abandoning this blog.

My fantasy football posts are easily my most popular in terms of numbers and geographical appeal so I appreciate your patience and repeat visits.

No excuses really and I will continue to get myself back into the swing of things in the coming weeks.

It has been a lot of fun going through the year with all of you and I don’t think it is a coincidence that these blog posts have coincided with my best fantasy performances (thus far) to date.

It’s been cathartic, yo!

After a brief drop, Arsenal (@Arsenal) reclaimed top spot in the table and sit two points clear after Chelsea (@chelseafc) defeated Man City (@MCFC) yesterday at the Etihad.

But with the Blues taking on a weakened and Cabaye-less Newcastle (@NUFCOfficial) and the Citizens visiting Norwich (@NorwichCityFC) this weekend, the Gunners will need to be at their best when they visit Anfield in order to leave with the three points.

COYG!

A look back at the end of week 23 below!

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Overall Points: 1326

Global: 298,105 (Last week: 329,150)
Fans of Arsenal: 14,806 (Last week: 16,443)
Canada: 2,741 (Last week: 3,022)

Private League I: 5 / 17 (144 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (78 points clear)
Private League III: 2 / 7 (13 points out of 1st)
Private League IV: 2 / 5 (24 points out of 1st)

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Total Points: 2788

Global: 936 (Last week: 1,017)
Fans of Arsenal: 217 (Last week: 242)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (282 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (93 points clear)
Private League III: 20 / 100 (190 points out of 1st)

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I was fairly pleased with myself though I did choose the wrong keeper for the week in each format.

How did you make out in Gameweek 23???

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Here were my picks for week 24:

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And here’s how they made out for me:

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Overall Points: 1385

Global: 249,055 (Last week: 298,105)
Fans of Arsenal: 12,434 (Last week: 14,806)
Canada: 2,302 (Last week: 2,741)

Private League I: 3 / 17 (147 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (92 points clear)
Private League III: 1 / 7 (5 points clear)
Private League IV: 2 / 5 (4 points out of 1st)

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Total Points: 2843

Global: 1,250 (Last week: 936)
Fans of Arsenal: 298 (Last week: 217)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (286 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (87 points clear)
Private League III: 26 / 100 (211 points out of 1st)

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So, pretty good in the official format, although it always stings when you bench big performances like I did this time around with Mannone and Bardsley (11 and 10 points respectively).

It is truly amazing to see what Gus Poyet has managed to do since taking over at Sunderland (@SAFCofficial).

On the other side of things, I had my worst week in Yahoo! this season, having only managed a measly 55 points.

That said, I think just about everyone had a poor week in that format as I didn’t slip too deep in the standings.

How about the rest of you?

How did you make out in Gameweek 24???

Fantasy Premier League: Week 22 Recap / Week 23 Player Picks

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Oh, you thought we was dead when we wasn’t.

Life, death, all kinds of shit to open up the calendar this year.

So I missed a few weeks.

But things have actually been improving on my end.

And Arsenal (@Arsenal) have been maintaining the pace at the top as well.

Quite looking forward to the match versus Southampton (@SouthamptonFC) this afternoon.

Should be the first of several tough fixtures to come up over the course of the next month or so.

3 points!

COYG!

Let’s rewind back to week 22.

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Overall Points: 1260

Global: 329,150
Fans of Arsenal: 16,443
Canada: 3,022

Private League I: 5 / 17 (148 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (78 points clear)
Private League III: 2 / 7 (36 points out of 1st)
Private League IV: 2 / 5 (54 points out of 1st)

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Total Points: 2638

Global: 1,017
Fans of Arsenal: 242

Private League I: 1 / 8 (282 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (75 points clear)
Private League III: 22 / 100 (194 points out of 1st)

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Not bad since the last time I saw you, right?

Back to within the mid 300k’s in the official game and just a shout outside of the top 1000 in Yahoo!

You may have also noticed that I’ve joined a third private league in the latter format.

It is a “pro league” if you will so I’m pleased to be sitting in the top quarter for the moment.

The guy leading the table is in the top 10 overall or something crazy.

How did you make out in Gameweek 22???

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Big changes moving forward.

Here are my picks for week 23:

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The squads likely look quite different from the last time we went through this.

Got some late team news and added van Persie (@Persie_Official) a few minutes prior to today’s Yahoo! deadline.

Originally had Mata (@juanmata8) in for his United (@ManUtd) debut but figured I’d jump on RVP while his price is low and he’s facing a lowly opponent.

In the official game, my squad has been overhauled dramatically as I decided to play my winter wildcard prior to its expiration this coming weekend.

I lost some solid discounts so I hope the decisions I made don’t end up haunting me in the end.

Decided to swap Szczęsny (@13Szczesny13) back in for Mannone at the last minute. Foolish?

Also, a real shame to learn of Cabaye‘s departure from the Premier League (@premierleague).

A terrific and consistent fantasy performer this season and an overall pleasure to watch on the pitch.

What Do Your Week 23 XIs Look Like???