Fantasy baseball 2019 wrap-up.

Like I said a couple weeks ago, I had five teams competing in ESPN head-to-head points leagues. Three of my teams didn’t do so well. But two of my teams made the playoffs in the winner’s bracket. My Team Action AutoDraft finished 12-9 on the season…

They entered the playoffs as the three seed…

But they ended up losing in the first round. And finished in third…

My other team that made the playoffs in winners bracket was my Team Angry Bears…

Like I said before, I finally beat Yankees Camargo…

And after really sweating out the round 1 win, the championship was a bit easier…

And so I earned myself another fantasy baseball championship

Fantasy baseball is pretty dang fun. 😀⚾️🏆❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Orlando City.

This afternoon was the final home game of FC Cincinnati’s inaugural MLS season…

FC|C was playing host to Orlando City. We’re really happy this soccer season is finally coming to an end. It’s been a ridiculously long season watching an epically bad team struggle mightily in a very mediocre league…

It was fan appreciation night at Nippert Stadium. Everyone in the stadium received a free scratcher card. On our scratchers, we both got $10 off at the FC Cincinnati team shop. We felt so appreciated…

FC Cincinnati took an early 1-0 lead…

But Orlando City came back to tie it up. And the match would end 1-1

Like I said earlier, it was a very long season of FC Cincinnati soccer, and we’re really happy it’s over. This was the fourth summer that we planned around FC Cincinnati. And at the end of each season, we’ve always looked forward to next season. Until the end of this season. I’ve really soured on FC Cincinnati over the course of the summer. I haven’t been able to pinpoint my exact problem or the main source of my frustration with the team. And I’ve thought about it. A LOT. I haven’t been able to put my finger on any single issue or event or happening that took me from a die-hard supporter to a very jaded observer. I still support the club. I’ll still sport FC|C gear on match days next season. But we’re done being season ticket holders. My heart just isn’t in this team anymore. A small part of it has to be that the quality of their play is just so ridiculously bad. It’s no fun watching a team lose over and over again, and not show any signs of getting better. And all the miscues by the leadership have something to do with it. The lack of appreciation for their season ticket holders played a part too. As well as the ongoing saga and bevy of issues surrounding their new soccer-specific stadium in the West End. And then there’s the Bailey and their redundant, tired, uninspired chants. It all just grates on me. But maybe it’s not you FC Cincinnati, maybe it’s just me.

I think my issue is with MLS as a whole. The arrogance of MLS thinking they can charge a premium price for such a terrible product. It’s a small step up from USL at best. The watered-down talent pool of players, the uninspired match play, the mediocrity of the referees, the ridiculous number of teams in the league, the structure of the playoffs, the lack of promotion and relegation. All of it is just so bad. USL had a certain campiness to it that I thought was fun. It was the minor league of professional soccer and with the minor league comes a certain understanding that there will be missed calls, errant passes and shots that go out for throw-ins and other mistakes. MLS takes it’s self so seriously. It presents itself that this is the pinnacle of soccer. And in reality, it’s just so bad. It’s really difficult for me to watch. Most of the time.

But then again over the course of this season, I’ve fallen in love with Minnesota United. So figure that out. Maybe it isn’t MLS. Maybe it is just you, FC Cincinnati. Who knows. But whatever the reason, I’m just glad this season is finally over. And next summer, we’re going back to more Reds games. 😀⚽️❤️

3000 posts.

I just posted my 3000th photo to my Instagram

That’s a lot of photos. I really like my Instagram. 😀📷❤️

Good evening from Northside.

Good evening from Northside. 😀🌄❤️

Dogberry Brewing Company.

After the Liberty Fall Festival, we managed to find Dogberry Brewing Company out in West Chester…

We were drawn in by their Supernova and it’s variants that we saw on Untappd

And they have a Beer It Forward wall, which I think is just the coolest thing…

We tried Dogbeery’s Campfire Story Mildly Smoked Porter, Supernova Chocolate Stout, Supernova Vanilla Nitroand Supernova Raspberry Habanero

And then we each had a full Supernova, Genifer had the Raspberry Habanero and I had the Vanilla Nitro…

Dogberry has some pretty darn good beers. 😀🐶🍓🍺❤️

It’s Skyline time!

It was Skyline time for lunch today. YUM! We love Skyline. 😀🧀🌭❤️

Out and about in OtR.

After the Reds game, we rode the streetcar up into Over-the-Rhine to check out one of OtR’s newer bars called Homemakers

We just stayed for a drink but Homemakers seemed like a pretty relaxed place. Very, very retro. We also walked over to check out Longfellow’s Other Room

Longfellow’s Other Room is a rum bar with hundreds and hundreds of rums…

Longfellow’s Other Room tasted like a tropical vacation to me because I always drink rum when we’re on vacation. I could very easily see it becoming one of my favorite bars in OtR.

It seems like there’s always something new to check out in Over-the-Rhine. 😀🥃❤️

The final Reds home game.

Genifer and I took the day off work to go to the final Reds home game of the season…

Today, Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman was wrapping up his 46-year run as the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds…

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One of my favorite views in the whole world…

The Reds gave away AM-FM Farwell Marty radios so everyone at the ballpark could listen to Marty call his final game for the Reds…

Aristides Aquino…

We went on a bit of a wander around the ballpark…

All was quiet in the Reds bullpen…

And ended up back upstairs just in time to see the Reds get everyone free pizza…

Eugenio Suarez came in to pinch-hit…

And unfortunately for Marty, this one did not belong to the Reds. The Reds lost 5-3.

Someone forgot to pick up their helmet nachos…

It was another great season of Reds baseball in Cincinnati. We made it to five Reds games this season. Next season, we’re already planning on attending many more baseball games. We just enjoy them so much more than the soccer games. 😀⚾️🎙️❤️

468 Timehops in a row.

This morning I tallied my 468th Timehop in a row

Timehop is pretty fun. 😀🦕❤️

302 End of Summer Party.

The building I work in hosted an End of Summer Party this afternoon…

There were carnival games, an open bar, and Graeter’s ice cream…

And the best part was there were baby goats!

   

It was a pretty fun way to wind down a Wednesday. 😀🍦🐐❤️