CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER MOMENTS

Both Bill and I play(ed) multiple versions of Championship Manager (or eventually Football Manager – stupid weird brand splits). Bill was smart enough to randomly screen cap things over the years. I was smart enough to finally find the file buried in the deep recesses of the site’s FTP. This is just a sampling of what will turn out to […]

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Thank You Youtube: THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ers “RAP”

THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ers “RAP” (by Phil Rippa) If there was one thing the Chicago Bears were ever good for it was for doing the Super Bowl Shuffle. Because by doing that video – since the NFL has always been a copycat league – it meant EVERY team ended up doing a video at some point. The San Francisco 49ers […]

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Best of “The Week That Was”

THE BEST OF “THE WEEK THAT WAS” One of the former tent pole pieces at VP was The Week That Was. Basically a collection of random thoughts for the sporting events that had transpired the previous week. Mainly it was an outlet for us to get off our joke that only three people would find funny about a topic that […]

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REJECTED CAN’T TEACH SPEED CONTENT

REJECTED CAN’T TEACH SPEED CONTENT (by Phil Rippa) Over the course of the now 11 years of doing Veteran Presence/Can’t Teach Speed, we have kicked around quite a few ideas for content. Anything that would be maybe entertaining. Or at least get someone interested enough to click on a link. These are some of the things that I could remember […]

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NIGHTMARE FUEL: JAPANESE SPORTS MASCOTS

NIGHTMARE FUEL: JAPANESE SPORTS MASCOTS (by PHIL RIPPA) Japan loves mascots. Japan loves some mascots that will make you question your sanity. I love Japan. EHIME FC MASCOTS If you ever wondered what would happen if Otto the Orange was exposed to high doses of radiation and then started a family – here is your answer. The Ehmie Football Club […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – RON DIXON

RON DIXON (by Phil Rippa)   The New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings played a Monday Night Football game that had lots and lots and lots of subplots. Brett Favre returning to play the second team he bailed on with a fake retirement. Favre, also, apparently has a jimmy that matches his jersey number. Randy Moss’ return to the Vikings. […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – QUINCY CARTER

QUINCY CARTER (by PHIL RIPPA) I had an epiphany (I was going to say a little epiphany but I realized that due to the nature of the word there really isn’t any half-assing it. We are in Do or Do Not territory). I have been hacking away at this site for, on and off, over 10 years. This means that […]

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2004 NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST PREVIEW

NL West (Listed in order of 2003 finish) ED: Ed Agner BB: Bill Barnwell PR: Phil Rippa SAN FRANSICO GIANTS 2003 Record: 100-61 (Lost in NDLS) Key Additions: Brett Tomko, A.J. Pierzynski, Dustan Mohr, Michael Tucker Key Losses: Joe Nathan, Sidney Ponson, Rich Aurilia, Jose Cruz, Jr., Eric Young, Benito Santiago ED: Well, they still have Bonds, at least. PR: […]

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2004 NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL PREVIEW

NL CENTRAL (Listed in Order of 2003 Finish) ED: Ed Agner BB: Bill Barnwell PR: Phil Rippa CHICAGO CUBS 2003 Record – 88-74 (Lost in NLCS) Key Additions: Greg Maddux, LaTroy Hawkins, Kent Mercker, Derrek Lee, Michael Barrett, Ryan Dempster, Todd Walker, Paul Bako, Todd Hollandsworth, Andy Pratt Key Losses: Eric Karros, Kenny Lofton, Antonio Alfonseca, Randall Simon, Doug Glanville, […]

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2004 NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST PREVIEW

NL EAST (Listed in Order of 2003 Finish) BB: Bill Barnwell ED: Ed Agner PR: Phil Rippa ATLANTA BRAVES 2003 Record – 101-61 (Lost in ALDS) Key Additions: J.D. Drew, Eli Marrero, Gary Matthews Jr., John Thomson, Eddie Perez, Antonio Alfonseca, Armando Almanza, Russell Branyan, Chris Reitsma Key Losses: Gary Sheffield, Greg Maddux, Vinny Castilla, Javy Lopez, Shane Reynolds, Roberto […]

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