Monday, September 17, 2007

Browns 51 - Bengals 45

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big football fan (see if you needed any proof).

With the NFL season kicking off last week, I made sure I had access to all of the games. Last week, I watched the debacle known as the Cleveland Browns via a Slingbox hooked up to my dad's house. The game was one of the most miserable in the history of the franchise. It led to the starting QB being traded and me vowing not to waste another ounce of energy on the Browns again.

Of course, when this week rolled around, I gave in and turned on the Browns game. This week I decided to use the Yahoo! NFL Game Pass to watch the games. For $20, I had access to all NFL games via my computer. I wanted to test if this was a better option than Slingbox (the answer is that the picture quality is slightly better via Yahoo! but not that much better)

Anyway, I'm glad that I tuned in. The Browns gave one of their finest (offensive) performances in as long as I can remember. Everything they did worked and the game was highly entertaining to watch. It is shocking to compare the difference to last week (when they looked like the absolute worst team in the league) to this week.

I'm sure this week was just an aberration and this Browns team is much closer to being miserable than they are to being good. But, for one week at least, I'm happy to be a Browns fan. I'm also happy to point out that I have the #1 team in my fantasy football league after yesterday's performance. The fact that I had Carson Palmer certainly helped.

On a side note, one of the funniest things about this whole NFL experience is that I actually have more exposure to the NFL games in Europe than I did in the States. In the US, you can only get all of the NFL games if you have DirectTV. This is virtually impossible for anyone living in New York because of the required satellite. But now with the Slingbox and Yahoo! options (Yahoo! only allows access to customers outside of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico) - I can watch all of the games I want.

I'm also happy that the early games start at 7:00 PM in Prague. This allows me to enjoy my whole Sunday outside and then watch football when I come home at night. In the US, I had to sit in a stuffy bar at 1:00 on a Sunday even if the weather was gorgeous outside.

Yesterday was a good day. I just hope it lasts.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Český Krumlov

I haven't written a blog post in awhile because I've been super busy with work and, more accurately, SundayStrategy. But, that has not stopped us from traveling.

Last week R, B and I made a two hour drive south to the town of Český Krumlov.

Český Krumlov is a sleepy little town in the Southern Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. It has a pretty large castle in the middle of town and an extremely windy river that flows through town.

The town was very quiet and relaxing. We didn't do much except walk around during the day, eat a big Czech dinner and get some rest. We tried to go out at night but there wasn't much to do... we were in bed reading by 10:00 each night. But, with all of the work that I have had lately, this was just the kind of vacation I needed.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sunday Strategy launches!

I've been working very hard over the last few months on a new web site - Sunday Strategy - and it is finally ready to launch. The "official" launch will be tomorrow morning.

This is an idea I had about 6 or 7 years ago and I originally created a basic web site. But, after a year of maintaining it with no income, I gave it up and left it for dead. My interest got renewed last year when I realized how easy it was to make money online if you have a compelling site. So... my friend Jarid and I started talking one day and decided to relaunch the site and see what happens.

The site is dedicated to sports enthusiasts who like to have a leg up on the competition when picking games. Right now, we are focusing on the NFL, but we'll soon add College Football, NBA and College Basketball.

Check out the site and make sure you tell all of your friends about it. I need your feedback!