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Cleaning house

For the first time in my life I rented a storage unit this weekend - somehow I've made it to almost 30 without the need for a 5x5 to house my possessions temporarily. But the time has come - we are putting our condo up on the market in the next few weeks (who needs a 1 bedroom in Boulder?) and our realtor has recommended that we move a dresser and some random clutter out of the apartment to convince the buying public that we are swimming in space. I applaud the effort and will do what it takes to sell this puppy, but it does mean sorting through everything we own and deeming it trash/recycle-worthy; sellable on Craigslist (who needs an old school PlayStation?); storage unit-worthy; or necessary enough for our day-to-day operations that it gets a place of honor in the condo (coffeemaker!).

I find this process probably far more fun than most people - I gleefully clean spaces for the before-and-after effect and for the gigantic sense of relief I feel to have less crap in my home. When a friend stopped by this weekend and I was able to talk him into taking an old board game with him out the door, I felt hugely successful.

My Broncos have oddly gone in the opposite direction of my clean house mentality this offseason. Instead they've stockpiled a bunch of random players that may very well have no significant impact on the team - and of course they got rid of their prized possession, Jay Cutler. To me that makes about as much sense as storing my bed to sleep on a futon; I mean no offense Kyle Orton, but yes, you're the futon of this story.

Anyway, lots of preparations are being done throughout the league in advance of the NFL Draft, which is now 12 days away. So let's get to today's links:
  • If you're not a frequent reader of the Fifth Down, well, you should be and here's yet another reason to read the NY Times' NFL blog: the 2009 Draft Countdown by picks. The latest review of team needs and draft possibilities is for the Redskins and their 13th pick. Scan through the rest of the Fifth Down for other pick summaries.
  • For more team needs, take a look at Rotoworld's latest Team Needs installment with AFC South and West coverage.
  • I haven't really scoped out QB rankings for the 2009 season in detail in awhile so in looking at the CBS Sports 2009 rankings by position, I'm realizing how much ambiguity there is between their QBs ranked between about 16th and 6th; just seems like that bunch of QBs is going to be really hard to predict this year. Maybe Hasselbeck will be back and better than ever; maybe Matt Ryan will perform at a top 5 level; maybe Matt Cassel will be a one-season wonder after all...and does anyone else notice how far Eli Manning has fallen? I'm not a big Eli fan from a fantasy standpoint but I think he's a pretty good steal that far down the list.
  • SportingNews.com has two articles that I really am excited to link to today:
    • Bust or not a bust? A look back at 2006's first round - too often we forget to go back and see just how important those first round picks actually were. SportingNews looks at the Mario over Reggie pick and other key players from the 2006 draft to see which guys were busts and which weren't.
    • 2009 NFL Draft Rankings - this link will take you to the DE (defensive end) rankings but you can can get to any offensive or defensive position that you're interested in viewing from this page. Lots of good info here including Combine stats and if you're feeling really historically nerdy, you can go back as far as 2005.
  • If you happen to already have a subscription to The Huddle (one of the best paid sites in my opinion), take a look at John Tuvey's 2009 NFL Draft - Day Two series with info up on RBs and QBs so far. Good stuff and particularly helpful for those in keeper leagues.
  • Finally if you own Braylon Edwards in a keeper league or you're a Browns fan (are there many of you left?!), take a look at where Pancake Blocks sees Edwards going in a trade this year.

Comments

Unknown said…
Browns fan here! it's funny.. it actually drove me to fantasy football because i never had anything to cheer for! plus the year they didn't exist... so now i sit quietly and don't expect anything from the browns even when it looks good and i'm always right! mangenious will screw any continuity we had there and try to rebuild only to find it inherently flawed and then move on leaving us with another lousy head coach with "great new ideas..."
bigboid said…
Gosh, we used to actually dig the fact that, as members of the Active Duty Air Force, we had to move every 2-3 years. Sometimes, we had to move to a completely different part of the world! Regardless, having to sort out what stuff to keep and what needs to be thrown away is one of the best things about moving to another house! Best of luck to you in selling your condo and with the move!
Jerome said…
It is always important to clean the house regularly in order to ensure safe and cleanliness in the house. Every member of the family should take part in the work to make the thing faster.

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