NFL Season is now open

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no I don’t mean Christmas. I’m talking about the beginning of the NFL season. Although the holidays are great, it’s just a feeling that it doesn’t give you compared to the Football season. Every time the season is finished, my friends and I get incredibly amped and anxiety driven for the next one.  This season I’ll be participating in multiple fantasy leagues for the third or fourth consecutive year, and my strategy seems to be developing while the amount of competition involved in my leagues is increasing as well. When it comes to the league, trash talk is intense and infinite (I love it).

I’ve noticed that fantasy leagues have become strikingly popular. People that have never

My boy, starting QB Mark Sanchez, from my hometown.

watched football are starting to become heavily involved and excited about the upcoming year (men and women alike). If you ask me, there’s nothing like a bunch of rookies joining a fantasy league, it’s like free wins (LOL). How many of you have been a league where Randy Moss or Peyton Manning was drafted incredibly early? I love hearing about pick ups like those that just have me laughing hysterically (please don’t be offended if this is you… but still… come on. Hahahaha). Here are some of the busts, amazing sleeper picks, and studs for the week.

Bust(s) of the week: Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Owen Daniels, and LeGarette Blount

Who would’ve thought the Chiefs would be destroyed by the Bills? I was absolutely shocked. Granted, maybe the Bills would be able to compete, but a blowout was unheard of. Not to forget that the Bills were one of worst rush defenses last year, so what happened to Jamaal Charles? It’s not that Charles did THAT bad, but he didn’t produce the 2009 Chris Johnson numbers that the professionals predicted. And if Jamaal Charles couldn’t produce, why did Dwayne Bowe struggle? He did pretty well during preseason. Finally, Tampa Bay was beat by Detroit. Everybody expected Blount to put up some numbers, but Suh shut him out. Is this the new coming of the Detroit Lions? Quite the amazing development if you ask me. Could the ex-Pro Bowler Owen Daniels put up numbers anymore? It seems as though the surgery on his ACL might have thrown off his game, best to hope for some more production in the future otherwise look to pick up Scott Chandler as a TE.

Sleeper(s)/Semi-Sleepers of the week: Cam Newton, Early Doucet, Jordy Nelson, Mike Tolbert, Cedric Benson, and Scott Chandler (???)

Number one sleeper of the week, Cam Newton

Cam Newton was probably the biggest surprise of them all. I personally expected Cam Newton to do well, but not 400 yards well. Newton is the first rookie to ever put up over 400 yards on the season opener. Early Doucet is now a legitimate weapon for Kevin Kolb, even outshining Larry Fitzgerald against Carolina. Jordy Nelson is a solid weapon for Aaron Rodgers, but as I like to tell my friends, the Quarterback often makes the receiver, the receiver doesn’t usually make the QB. Mike Tolbert, the wrecking ball for one of my favorite teams demolished the Vikings. Tolbert utilized Rivers ability creating 93 all-purpose yards, two receiving TD’s, and a rushing TD (incredible). Cedric Benson was a bust last year, but could he be compensating for all his criminal charges and for being a bust last year (Lol).Now the biggest surprise for me is Scott Chandler. Now I’d like to believe I know a lot about football, but I have NO idea who Scott Chandler is. He’s in the TE position and received 5 catches for 68 yards with two touchdowns. I’d say if you’re in need of a TE, pick up Chandler immediately (and hope it wasn’t a fluke).

Studs of the week: Drew Brees, Steve Smith, and Ray Rice.

Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick performed as expected this year, but Drew Brees surpassed the two fantasy studs by throwing over 400 yards, and throwing a three touch downs (still surpassed by Cam Newton in yardage?!). Drew Brees is one of those QB’s I mentioned earlier that makes WR’s. With Marques Colston out for four weeks, expect Brees to continue doing damage on opposing defenses. Steve Smith was a stud. I guess without Delhomme throwing for the Panthers, there is a legitimate threat once again. Steve Smith received 8 catches for 178 yards and 2 TD’s (unbelievable that Newton could produce these kind of numbers as a rookie). If you’re in a PPR league, Ray Rice is back and axe murdering the Pittsburgh defense. With the chemistry flowing in Baltimore the way it is, expect Ray Rice and Boldin to see great numbers this year. As for TE’s, Chandler was the real remarkable TE of the week, everybody else either performed mediocre or up to par.

With the lockout severely affecting the season this year, it should come as a major surprise that some of these teams performed the way they did. Don’t make my mistake last year though. Don’t jump the gun on dropping any of your players just because they didn’t perform in week one, it was only an opener. Anyway, thanks for reading, keep your eye for more posts later this week.
Shan Mahmood

Lets Change it UP! Few Reasons to Sky Dive!

Does it seem insane to you that anybody would ever skydive

That people would intentionally fly way up in the sky and then jump out of an airplane or helicopter or balloon? Does that seem a little wacko?

But what about all those people who do it for fun?

Who make a sport out of jumping from very high places, whether it’s an airplane or a bridge or a high cliff? Can you imagine even one reason a person would skydive? Well, here are five:

Bragging rights and war stories

After all, if you have a skydive or two under your belt, you get bragging rights whenever people are telling war stories about all the scary things they have done. It’s something you can tell your grandchildren to make them proud of their heritage. It gives you a great story to tell when you get together with friends, and as well, you will beable to “one up” just about everybody in the room.

Many people want to reassure themselves that they have what it takes.
Bragging to others is one thing but there is an even greater satisfaction and sense of confidence that comes from knowing that you can face a challenge as difficult as jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

People who skydive talk about the feeling of flying.

They are fascinated with the science and technology of skydiving that allows you to control your movement through the air. Whether you are part of a skydive team and do free fall formations and tricks, or you prefer to do solo skydives and enjoy the sensation of flying, skydiving is more than just falling through the air. You use your body to move the way you want to, and that’s flying.

Some people like to skydive for the thrill, the adrenaline rush.

Some people seem to get addicted to it because it is such a powerful rush.

Some do it to experience the beauty and feeling of freedom.

People who skydive speak rapturously of the beauty and the sense of freedom they experience. They speak of floating through the clouds, and seeing over the horizon, and they love feeling free and unfettered.

Even if going to skydive seems crazy to you, it is a perfectly sane thing to do for a lot of people.

They have good reasons for enjoying skydiving; reasons that make them want to do it over and over and over again.

Need to live a little right?

Tipping is Not Just a City in China

The restaurant scene is a battlefield between the customer and the employee. There are several different ways to serve a customer, efficiency and sociability are the two routes good servers take. Let me ask you a question though, do you only tip at restaurants? What about fast food places (IE Hawaiin fast food, sandwich shops, etc.) where they ask for a tip on the credit/debit receipt, but they didn’t serve you? Are you supposed to tip them? I sometimes don’t know, but what I do know is there is a restaurant I go to near work where I run into this predicament, I usually tip because I feel like they might expect it. Yes, I’m that guy.

Anyway, when it comes to tipping, there are different types of people at every restaurant. I worked at a couple restaurants previously, so I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. You can define yourself, so by all means please don’t let me think I’m trying to analyze you. Allow me to express my perspective on the different types of tippers at restaurants:

The generous tipper – The generous tipper will often be very sympathetic towards servers at restaurants. As a matter of fact, servers are very often generous tippers towards other servers because they understand the ins and outs of the restaurant business. I have personally been a fairly generous tipper – although I was more generous as a server than I am now – but I have an ex-girlfriend who insisted on leaving charitable tips habitually, no matter the service. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but I also believe there’s a line you should draw sometimes. Don’t let me make up your mind for you though, if you’re generous and enjoy being generous, then stay generous.

The tightfisted tipper – The tightfisted tipper is the tipper that can tip well, but makes the server work for their tip. There can be different two different types of tightfisted tippers: the loud customer and the “I’ll take it off their tip” customer. The loud customer will be incredibly expressive of their opinions. These are the types of people that will complain to management for miniscule mistakes (granted, no matter who you are, sometimes you need to speak with management regardless for terrible service). Everybody working at restaurants despise these people.

As somebody with some experience with restaurants, let me explain the usual employee mindset when they encounter somebody like this.

First, the customer complains. The employee responds kindly with a warm smile (unless of course they’re not willing to take your crap, which can happen) or sarcastically. The employee proceeds to the kitchen where they can explain the issue with a lot of adjectives that describes the customer (LOL, I’m not lying about this one either). These adjectives usually range from something about your personality or the way you look. Regardless of how you act or talk to the server, they usually have something to say about you anyway, it’s the way of the server.

Finally, the server (or manager) will come back out to explain the solution they intend on taking, thus finally solving your problem. Contrary to popular belief, it is a rare occurrence for a server to spit in your food – I’ve never seen it anyway.

The evaluator – The next type of tipper is the evaluator. The evaluator often comes on some sort of point system that they created in their minds. Some people will start on a 5 – 10 point scale and dock points for mistakes. I personally do this with haircuts, but not restaurants although I do know a few individuals who are infamous for this type of tipping every time. Some evaluators are stricter than others, but regardless of how the server performs, they’ll find any way to reduce the tip. Other evaluators will start at 0 and add points for good service, some people might do this even if they aren’t aware that they’re doing so. The evaluator often leaves a regular tip between 12 – 15% usually, unless the service is noticeably good or bad.

The cheapskate – Finally, the infamous cheapskate is the last tipper to be examined. The cheapskate could be a cheapskate for one of two reasons: they’re broke or they’re cheap. Sometimes, being cheap has to be understandable, but other times there is no excuse for tipping so poorly.

Feel like ruining a server’s day more than it already is? Tip poorly. I find a one cent tip more offensive than no tip at all. I have received a tip of one penny, and I was insulted (although I understood). What happened was that I actually approached somebody from behind and began the sentence with, “How are you ladies doing tonight?” Turns out one of those “ladies” was a man with long hair and I only saw the back of his head. I can kind of understand why he’d tip me one cent… LOL.

Back to the story, a cheapskate usually comes off as a cheapskate. You can tell because they’ll order things like water with many lemons and sugar packets (their alternative for lemonade). Regardless of how good the server’s service really is, the tip will be poor.

In conclusion, if you ever work at a restaurant, you’ll learn that servers prejudge their customers. They’ll do so by stereotyping based on age, ethnicity, and attitude. Ask any server, and they’ll probably tell you how correct I am. So do you want good service? You can do one of a few things, either hint that you’re a good tipper by expressing it in your attitude, or be one of the few stereotypes that fits the criteria for somebody that tips well (often a middle aged individual on a date).

Anyway, if you’re in the area, try an Ameci’s coupon. They have great fettuccini alfredo, that go incredibly well with their breadsticks.

Thanks for reading,

Shan Mahmood

A Fresh Start: Coupons on Dates

Ladies and gentlemen,

It’s great to step into the blogging world. Somewhere where I can talk about semi controversial issues that frequently emanate in our daily lives. I’m here, not to vent, but rather express an opinion on matters that I come across. Today, my thought process was triggered when I stumbled upon an issue while working — using coupons on a date.

Considering StretchE.com is an online coupon website, I want to begin by reinforcing the credibility of this blog by mentioning that I’m not writing about couponing because I work for a coupon company. Instead, I bring up the topic because I discovered a Yahoo Answers question which happened to be, “Would I look cheap using a 2-for-1 coupon on a date?”

Now, whether you’re a man paying for a woman or vice versa, coupons can become a controversial issue. My question is why? I mentioned this to my coworkers and my boss, and it seems as though it has become considered taboo to use coupons on a date. Now I’ll admit, I would never use a coupon on a first date because I’m trying to create a first impression, but I might use coupons on a healthy, stable relationship. What’s your first thought that comes to mind when you read that? Cheapskate? Well allow me to retort.

You can take this into two perspectives: the male perspective and the female perspective. Allow me to start by talking about the female perspective. Ladies, the reason I would tell you to allow your man to utilize a coupon is because the more money he saves, the more money he has available for your relationship. If I have more money to spend, I have more money to spend on you. In the words of my boss, “tell her that your money will eventually be her money.” She’ll be wooed like you just took her to the moon and back in a hand crafted spaceship made of wood.

Men, I’m going to make this really easy for all of us. If you use coupons on dates, not only will you have more money for your lady, but you’ll have more money for yourself too. That means the money from the 15% off you’ve accrued on multiple date can be spent on Madden 2012 that you’ve been wanting to buy. I’ll give you two situations you don’t use coupons on a date.

1) If you’re Bill Gates. Honestly, if you can afford it, just pay for it! It’s that simple. I’m not making millions of dollars (yet :]), but when I do, I’ll stop using coupons!

2) First date. I MUST repeat myself. DO NOT USE A COUPON ON A FIRST DATE. Using a coupon on a first date would be like jumping in mud, chewing on raw onions and garlic, fumigating yourself with garbage, and then trying to go in for the kiss. You’re there to create a first impression (as I mentioned previously). Make it a good one.

Anyway, please share your opinions (we’ll delete any immature posts containing cussing or insulting). Try a Johnny Rockets coupon from our website next time you decide to go out too.

Thanks for reading and stay up,

Shan Mahmood