Thoughts on Collections

At one point or another on the Couch Podtatoes podcast we recorded an episode about collections, and at that time I was surprised to note that I didn’t really have anything I was actively collecting. I did note that I had a small amount of Green Bay Packers memorabilia, and that I had collected Comic Books and cards when I was a kid. Needless to say, things have changed!

Within the last couple of years I started buying League of Legends merch, whenever it was that they opened up their merch store. I started picking up some of the collectible figures that they were selling, which are comparable to Funko Pop figures, though a little higher quality and a bit more expensive (though some of the Pops out there go for large sums of money).  At that time I was still playing League of Legends regularly, though I haven’t played it in over a year at this point. Regardless, I found the figures to be something I desired, so I started off the collection with those. Later I was gifted a Funko Pop figure, and that started a new obsession with trying to pick up more of them. Lastly, my girlfriend discovered some of these die-cast metal Street Fighter figures and has nearly completed the set for me. All of these are present in this picture:

From left to right, we have Urf, Zed, Nautilus, Braum and my newest addition, Ziggs (these are the League of Legends figures). Then there’s the Power Armor from Fallout, Jace the Planeswalker from MTG, Spider-Man, William Wallace (Braveheart) and Jon Snow (GoT). Above are a set of Poros and a Lucian mini-figure (also from LoL). The Street Fighter characters are on top — Ryu, Dhalsim, Vega, Bison, Ken, Blanka, Chun-Li and Guile. On the shelf below, I have my small Green Bay collection:

I’ve been getting Green Bay related gifts for years from friends and family, and have collated most of it here, with an Aaron Rodgers Pop, and other various figures and items. I do have a Jersey, hats and some wall hangings in the room as well. My girlfriend and I both have nerdy tastes when it comes to decor, so we have melded our interests together in our room and it’s become a home.

I also commissioned something extra for my room when I discovered like items online. My sister happens to be fairly crafty, and I set her to the task of making me some MTG Mana Symbols to hang on the wall. I purchased little wooden discs for her to paint which she did and the result was pretty amazing!

They look great on the wall, and the process didn’t take her too long, though I was pestering her for updates and she sent me pictures along the way:

I also had her make another set for my roommate as he is also a MTG nut like me, and I figured they would look great in the garage where we typically play the game.

For a very long time I didn’t put much stock in finding decor or things that I would want to collect, but now that I’ve started I really enjoy it. These items don’t necessarily get used, but they do add life to a room and it’s cool to be able to show off your nerdy interests with pride. What sorts of things do you find yourself collecting as an adult?

By The Numbers: Season Results 2017

The season officially ended last night and since I had my days off switched for this week (and next) I’m at home and have the opportunity to write about it. So obviously I’m happy that the Patriots didn’t get another ring, and it would be real nice if Brady just went ahead and retired (doubtful), but mainly I was disappointed with my team’s season. The Eagles had no rings though, so congrats to them I guess — but really, it’s time to look forward to the next season already. I figured I’d make this final post for the season, something I haven’t done in past years, and go over my picks for the playoffs that I made recently along with my totals for the year. A season in review, if you will. I know I didn’t review my picks in past years and didn’t at the beginning of this season either, but I did start part way through, so I’m just going to tabulate those figures.

Playoff Picks:

Wildcard Round:

Jaguars 30, Bills 24
Chiefs 24, Titans 17
Rams 35, Falcons 27
Saints 28, Panthers 17

Two correct Picks in the Wildcard round. I was honestly surprised that the Rams didn’t win, though the Chiefs/Titans game could have gone either way.

Divisional Round:

Patriots 27, Chiefs 20
Jags 24, Steelers 20
Rams 30, Eagles 24
Saints 35, Vikings 31

So clearly these picks can’t be 100% accurate due to the fact that the matchups were incorrect. However, I did pick the Pats and Eagles to win in their respective games, so I’m going to award myself a half point each. I did end up correctly predicting the Jags over the Steelers as well for a full point.

Championship:

Jags 21, Patriots 13
Rams 24, Saints 20

No points here. I still think the Jags should have beaten the Patriots though I won’t give myself any credit there.

SuperBowl:

Jags 23, Rams 16

Clearly the board wasn’t even set correctly here, though I still think something is in order – The Patriots didn’t win the Superbowl!

With that said, I earned 4 points from the postseason. Here are my totals for the regular season:

Week 1: 9
Week 2: 13
Week 3: 7
Week 4: 11
Week 5: 7
Week 6: 7
Week 7: 4
Week 8: 10
Week 9: 6
Week 10: 11
Week 11: 6
Week 12: 12
Week 13: 13
Week 14: 7
Week 15: 10
Week 16: 12
Week 17: 0 (didn’t make picks)

There are a total of 256 games played in a single season, and my total points here would be 145. There were 11 games played in the post season, and I earned 4 points there, for a grand total of 149/267. That’s just over half games predicted correctly. I’m sure if I would have made picks for the final week I would have improved that score a bit, but I definitely had some weeks where I didn’t pick the Thursday game either. So we’ll try harder next year and perhaps improve the score.

For those of you not into the sport, you won’t have to see these posts for a while and for those of you who were enjoying it, I’ll see you next season!

By The Numbers: The Playoffs and Beyond

So I totally spaced writing this column last week, mainly because my team was already eliminated from the playoffs, and my apathy for the game has taken over. I was also on vacation, so I couldn’t be bothered with blogging while I unplugged for a spell. The Packers ended up losing that game as well, ending the season 7-9, and that feels bad, man. I had planned on totaling up my ratios on picks throughout the season, but since I only started tallying up my picks a few weeks into the season, I can’t be assed to figure out those weeks that I missed. As such, I’m going to leave you with this, for the year: My picks through the playoffs and Super Bowl. We’ll revisit next season and see how I did.

Before I make said picks, I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t touch on some recent news tidbits surrounding my team. Firstly, Dom Capers, the defensive coordinator for the past 8 years has been terminated. I think this might be a step in the right direction as far as making our defense something better. It’s something we’ve sorely lacked for a number of years, and the sole time while Dom was at the helm that we finished in the top 10 overall, we won the Super bowl. Go figure. Also, Ted Thompson has been shuffled about and is no longer the GM, and that could mean good things coming down the line as well. We still have one of the best QB’s in the league, and we still have a great coach. There are undervalued stars on this team that either need better coaching, or we’ll find better value with our higher draft picks for next season. I look forward to these changes and hope they bring us back around to where we’re supposed to be. Sometimes, change is good. So let’s make these picks and move on, shall we?

Wildcard Round:

Jaguars 30, Bills 24
Chiefs 24, Titans 17
Rams 35, Falcons 27
Saints 28, Panthers 17

Divisional Round:

Patriots 27, Chiefs 20
Jags 24, Steelers 20
Rams 30, Eagles 24
Saints 35, Vikings 31

Championship:

Jags 21, Patriots 13
Rams 24, Saints 20

SuperBowl:

Jags 23, Rams 16

Yeah, fuck the Patriots, time for someone else to win in the AFC.

By The Numbers: Week 16, 2017

Well, the season is over for me. I’ll go ahead and make my picks going into this week and I’ll do it once more for next, but at this point it’s game over. The Packers have been eliminated from the Playoffs as of Monday evening. We still had a very slim margin had some of the games gone a different way, but we all knew that if we didn’t beat the Panthers we weren’t going to make it. Rodgers had a terrible day, throwing 3 picks. We still had the opportunity to win though, as a bullshit reversed call on a Touchdown essentially gave them the win, but it is what it is. 8 years in a row we went to the playoffs, and now it’s just the Patriots who have that kind of a streak. Oh, to play in the AFC where the teams are mostly garbage. Rodgers was placed back on IR and Hundley will get to finish off the season. Rebuild and do it better next year, is all I can think right now. Really wish one of those times in the last few years that we made it to the NFC Championship that we would have succeeded, Rodgers needs ring #2 and the organization needs ring #5 and we need it before he gets too old. Two broken collar bones in like four years is not conducive to a much longer career. Here’s how I did with my picks for last week:

Broncos 24, Colts 14 – Correct
Bears 21, Lions 17
Chargers 28, Chiefs 20
Ravens 30, Browns 20 – Correct
Cardinals 21, Redskins 13
Eagles 27, Giants 10 – Correct
Bills 24, Dolphins 20 – Correct
Packers 30, Panthers 21
Jags 31, Texans 13 – Correct
Vikings 30, Bengals 19 – Correct
Saints 35, Jets 7 – Correct
Rams 27, Seahawks 24 – Correct
Steelers 27, Patriots 26
Titans 31, 49ers 20
Cowboys 23, Raiders 17 – Correct
Falcons 27, Buccs 21 – Correct

A mostly correct week, at least better than last. Here are my picks for week 16:

Ravens 27, Colts 13
Packers 20, Vikings 17
Lions 24, Bengals 10
Chiefs 30, Dolphins 24
Patriots 35, Bills 24
Bears 27, Browns 10
Panthers 28, Buccs 14
Saints 30, Falcons 21
Redskins 21, Broncos 14
Rams 30, Titans 20
Chargers 21, Jets 10
Jaguars 45, 49ers 14
Cowboys 21, Seahawks 20
Cardinals 23, Giants 19
Steelers 34, Texans 16
Eagles 38, Raiders 21

See you next week.

By The Numbers: Week 15, 2017

There are only 3 weeks left in the season, and sitting at 7-6 isn’t the best spot imaginable. The Packers haven’t been eliminated from playoff contention yet though, so there is still hope. A major factor for this hope is that Aaron Rodgers has been medically cleared to return to play, and will be the starter this week against the Panthers. They’ve been doing well for themselves this year so it’s not going to be an easy matchup by any means, and then there’s the Vikings and Lions games to come, the former who has basically locked up the division title, and the latter who is still fighting for a playoff spot the same as us. There was a graphic I saw somewhere that said outside of the Packers winning their final three games to end the season at 10-6, they will also need two (of five) scenarios to happen. These involved the other NFC leaders, the Seahawks, Falcons, Panthers, Vikings and Eagles. Some of those teams need to drop some games, and others need to win. It’s convoluted, but at the end of the day the only thing we can control is winning games, and that starts this weekend. Let’s see how I did last week:

Bills 24, Colts 13 – Correct
Cowboys 27, Giants 14 – Correct
Buccs 21, Lions 10
Raiders 28, Chiefs 21
Texans 30, 49ers 10
Packers 24, Browns 13 – Correct
Bengals 23, Bears 17
Panthers 21, Vikings 20 – Correct
Chargers 20, Redskins 19 – Correct
Jets 21, Broncos 7
Titans 27, Cardinals 14
Rams 30, Eagles 27
Jaguars 26, Seahawks 20 – Correct
Steelers 28, Ravens 23 – Correct
Patriots 31, Dolphins 13

Ouch, I thought I was doing pretty well at making my picks for the last few weeks, but I got all kinds of wrong this time around. Oh well, it’s not like someone is giving me an award for making picks, it’s just for funsies! Let’s make some picks for next week and move along, shall we?

Broncos 24, Colts 14
Bears 21, Lions 17
Chargers 28, Chiefs 20
Ravens 30, Browns 20
Cardinals 21, Redskins 13
Eagles 27, Giants 10
Bills 24, Dolphins 20
Packers 30, Panthers 21
Jags 31, Texans 13
Vikings 30, Bengals 19
Saints 35, Jets 7
Rams 27, Seahawks 24
Steelers 27, Patriots 26
Titans 31, 49ers 20
Cowboys 23, Raiders 17
Falcons 27, Buccs 21

Fingers crossed that some of those scenarios that will help us out occur this weekend and get the ball rolling. It’s another run-the-table type of season, but we’ve needed to do this before and have done so, so I think we’ll make it back for the 9th year in a row. Time will tell!