The Superbowliest Party

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As we all know the Superbowl is upon us and the Arizona Chirp Chirps will be facing off against the Benrapelesberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Oh wait, spacing…this year it’s the Packers who will most likely lose to Polamalu’s hair and give the Steelers their 3rd Superbowl win in 6 years. Needless to say this year has no Manning, or major underdogs to pull for, it should be a good game, but I’m struggling to care…

But what I do care about is the Flapjacks, Puppy Bowl, BBQ, Adolphus, Backyard Games, Me, Gambling and Brotherhood. For the past 6 Superbowls IFS has had a meeting followed by a Super Bowl party, 4 years straight in SB, and last year in LA. The Sunday is brutal after a weekend of boozing and few actually drink enough to be called drunk, but jokes about the commercials and puppies pooping makes it all worthwhile, even when you get hammered and have to cram into the back of a Rabbi’s red truck with a mustachio hipster so you don’t have to take the train the next morning.


The point I’m trying to make is: I know the OC seems like a far drive, and that driving may make it so you can’t get drunk like a monk, or even watch the whole game, but in the long run the game is not what matters, but how much Nova wins by betting that Christina Aguliera’s national anthem song time will go over 1 min. 50 sec.

I encourage all IFS ministers to dig deep and come down for the first IFS OC Superbowl party. Notice is short and Glory may make sad drewings all day as a result, but come on down to Costa Mesa and party at the President house.





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What A&D Sees

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Today is the day boys. Real football starts and all the fantasy dreams of glory become real dreams of monetary gain. After 18 weeks of furious clicking and refreshing, internal bargaining, and hours spent prone on a couch, only one will be crowned champion. Last year’s winner, Health / Trade, will be defending his golden flapjack tiara, as Big Bear Lexicon seeks revenge for his playoffs loss, and all others try to knock down the top dogs, or seek personal glory week to week. Today it begins…

Selection Sunday

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Madness.jpgOk sports fans, here we go.  It’s that time of year again where those of us in America can enjoy the greatest of all college sporting events, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

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Whether you are most excited about the wide open field, the opening day upsets, Dickie V’s new set of vocal chords, or the simple fact that we don’t have to look at Joakim Noah’s fucked-up face this year, we all have a reason to be stoked.

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As minister of competition I’d like to announce the IFS bracket group on espn.com.  To join simply go to the espn site, make an entry for the tournament and select join a group from the groups tab.  Once there the group name is IFS and the password is a familiar eight letters that start with “f” and ends with “k”
Thumbnail image for love.jpgYou gotta be in it to win it and the cost is 10 bucks per bracket.  So get your money in before the big dance kicks off on Thursday of this coming week and we’ll be set.  Call me with questions and good luck.  May the best minister or rabbi win.

Coach Tiger

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Who’s in?

A Sound Investment

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Today I made a first step towards investing in the stock
market.  After asking around the office about good blue chip stocks, I
gathered a list of potential companies I might like to invest in.  I
invested in 2 shares of Budweiser stock.  About 100$.
I’ll add more stocks to diversify the portfolio eventually, but I think investing
in an old American company with a proven track record, quality product, and a
bulletproof marketing strategy seems like good investment sense.
But until I can afford one share of Google stock (about $550), I’ll be rooting
for the Clydesdales to pull home a wagon of profit.
I know that based on the current consumption patterns within our organization,
I can count on Americans to continue drinking Beer.  So tip back a cold
one with me and keep an eye on that ticker. Stock Symbol: BUD

Wow Dad, We Do It Big!

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So this was initially going to be a marathon info update, but as I was perusing through some new photos I dug a little deeper and found some jems that represent some major events that have occurred up until the upcoming 500th post (crossing my fingers). When I look at some of the photos that have been taken, it wets my appetite for the next party, the next meeting, the next trip, the next visit, the next buffet after a party, the first wedding…holy shit, the first wedding.

But first, a little marathon info update:

Most importantly, the date of the marathon is April 29th, from Big Sur to Carmel, 26.2 miles. If you are planning on attending, which I know some of you are, give me a call so that we can talk about the housing situation. About my training: after drinking myself into the flu and tearing a silver dollar sized blister on one foot and a quarter sized blister on the other during the Super Bowl weekend, training was postponed for a week. But I am proud to mention that since then, training has commenced, and is going strong, real strong. My weekdays consist of going to work around 8:30, running an average of 8-10 miles during lunch, back to work till around 6, then to the gym for weights and more cardio on the bike or elliptical. On the weekends I tend to drink too much to run the next day. On Tuesday I ran the farthest I have ever run, 16.7 miles at an average 8:30 minute mile pace. Although I did not adequately prepare for running this great of a distance (it was kind of a spur of moment thing for that days run, thus I did not load up on carbs or liquids the day before or even that morning) I rose above the cramps due to the 80 degree heat and poor preparation, and the muscle and joint aches to finish at a good average mile time, knowing that with better preparation I can shave some time. I leave this update feeling very confident in the way my training is going.

Before the photo collage, Old Kings Road tomorrow night with Jordan if any of you are up for it (note: no harsh words in this post, just a simple invitation, didn’t want to hurt any of our sensitive members).

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2007 San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade I attended, where were you Curtis? I thought I saw you a couple of times but it wasn’t you. All the same. These guys in the yellow body suits where my favorite.

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Curtis and I with seasonal facial hair at Forbe’s Island and Pier 39 during Christmas. Amanda was present, but I felt more like Curtis’ date except for when they started hooking up while I was in the bed. Amanda insisted I sleep on the bed and not on the floor.

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Thanksgiving 2006 at the Mesa House, my stuffed 24 lb. beauties. Josh would have been proud. Just like the pilgrims.

IFS Grapes of Wrath. Just the beginning. They didn’t know what they were getting.

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Through Curtis’ and my eyes.



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Halloween 2006.  

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Finance and I’s stunning win at the inaugural S.L.O.W. boccee ball tournament, with thanks to Simone in the first game.

2006 Solstice Day Parade. This man is getting married in a couple months?

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Me at the grassy knoll. X marks the spot…oh god I’m going to hell.

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Halloween 2005. The greatest Halloween ever.

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Two times. Minister of Athletics, I had to remind you all why.

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Basketball Jam!

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Clippers

Dear Ministers and Friends,
I have recently come across some half-price Los Angeles
Clippers tickets for their game this coming Saturday against the Indiana
Pacers. The game is at the Staples Center at 7:30pm and the tickets are 18
dollars.

I’m doing my best to secure as many tickets as possible. If you are interested in attending let me
know and I’ll reserve a ticket for you. But act fast, I’m not sure how many tickets I can get and I’m going to
try and reserve them today or tomorrow.

What’s the spread on this game? Might be worth a look. Make a bet, and then protect
your investment with beer drinking and loud cheering. Like Brothers. Cheers!

Fricker

Fly Eagles Fly…

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For those of you who are truly manly men that enjoy manly things, you also know that divisional playoff weekend is the manliest football weekend of the year.  Of course, only one of the remaining 8 teams moves on to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy the first weekend of February.  However, the divisional playoffs this year present 4 intriguing games that are worthy of wasting away the day full of nothing but Adolphi and football on your new DLP 1080i HDTV, which according to that cute little girl in the pink dress, "It’s amazing, it’s the meers."   Typically, wild card weekend turns out to be a bust with numerous blowouts, although the N.F.C. games didn’t play out that way this season.  Traditionally, these divisional match-ups separate the men from girly men and the contenders from pretenders. 

Let’s start with what analysts are referring to as the stronger of the two conferences this year, the A.F.C.  Saturday pits "Maybe like Peyton Manning’s team maybe," the Indianapolis Colts against the "I named my N.F.L. organization after a poem written by a former resident of Baltimore," Baltimore Ravens.  For those of you that have been following the season so far, this match-up comes down to whether or not the Baltimore Ravens can stop that 6’3" 230 lbs. quarterback with a LAZER, rocket arm with their secondary play and whether the Colts can contain the run defensively like they did last weekend.  I feel the Colts defense won’t be able to hold up again this weekend and the Ravens will go up early causing Indy to press.  Manning chokes per usual and the Ravens win at home to move on to the A.F.C. Championship game.  I also feel the Ravens cover the spread (-4).

On Sunday, "Mr. Playoff" Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are set to battle NFLMVPLT and the San Diego Super Chargers.  Shawne Merriman decided to give up steroids to play the rest of the football season and is one of the keys of this game.  Will Merriman and the front 7 of the San Diego Bolts be able to disrupt Tom Brady in the pocket?  On the flip-side, the key for New England will be to limit LT’s production.  I believe that if New England can limit LT’s production to 100 yards or less and limit him to 1 touchdown or less, they have a great chance in this game.  I’m sure some of you are Chargers fans and might be a little upset with my prediction.  Vegas has this spread at -5 in favor of the Bolts.  I feel that New England CAN limit LT’s production.  If this is so, then I agree with Dan Patrick and say that if this turns into Belichick vs. Shottenheimer and Brady vs. Rivers which is what it comes down to if you can limit the San Diego running attack, this match-up is ripe for an upset.  I’m taking New England.. If you’re betting, take the points for sure.

Turning to what the media is calling a weak N.F.C., the first match-up is set for Saturday night with the Fox Robot in full effect.  Jeff_garcia_1 I’ll let the comments to you guys on this one as I hate to talk about the team I’m root for and giving you a prediction is pretty much pointless.  I just have one gentleman that needs to grace the our beloved I.F.S. website, and man is he solid..  Just as a side note, if he and Lindsay Lohan were to procreate, that’d be cruel if they named her, Dottie.

Last, but not least, the N.F.C. match-up on Sunday night showcases last year’s M.V.P. Shaun Alexander against that behemoth, Brian Urlacher.  The Bears defense looked suspect the last few weeks of the season and their offense has been anything but consistent all year long.  The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, are dismantled on the defensive side of the ball and with Hasselback only a few games off of injury, his play is slowly starting to improve.  Vegas has the Bears by -8.5 which I think is way too many points for a divisional playoff football game especially considering you never know which Rex Grossman will show up for the Bears.  I’m taking the Bears to win this game, but I believe it will be far closer than what the spreadmakers think.  I’d take the Seahawks with the points, especially after the way they played last weekend in the second half against the Cowgirls.  Thanks Mr. Romo, you made my weekend.

I hope you all get shnockered this weekend watching football and if you take my literal word on these predictions and you lose some money, don’t bet enough to get pissed about.  Wish I could be out there this weekend for the best football weekend of the year.    Comment on what you think will transpire this weekend.  Miss you brothers…  Go Eagles..   Oh yeah, and my Super Bowl prediction..  Pats vs. Eagles in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX.