NFL Rankings

Time for my NFL rankings. My rankings are starting to level out now. Still a couple of surprises in there. But for the most part, they are looking pretty good now. So here they are:

  1. Denver (4-1, 57.199)
  2. Arizona (4-1, 56.849)
  3. San Diego (5-1, 55.883)
  4. Seattle (3-2, 54.954)
  5. Dallas (5-1, 54.614)
  6. San Francisco (4-2, 54.213)
  7. Indianapolis (4-2, 54.178)
  8. Philadelphia (5-1, 54.100)
  9. Baltimore (4-2, 53.028)
  10. Cincinnati (3-1-1, 52.714)
  11. Detroit (4-2, 51.893)
  12. Green Bay (4-2, 51.426)
  13. New England (4-2 51.209)
  14. Buffalo (3-3, 51.069)
  15. Kansas City (2-3, 50.854)
  16. Carolina (3-2-1, 50.648)
  17. Houston (3-3, 50.604)
  18. New York Giants (3-3, 50.502)
  19. Cleveland (3-2, 50.082)
  20. Chicago (3-3, 49.962)
  21. Miami (2-3, 48.271)
  22. Tennessee (2-4, 47.935)
  23. Pittsburgh (3-3, 47.710)
  24. New Orleans (2-3, 46.540)
  25. Washington (1-5, 46.398)
  26. New York Jets (1-5, 45.658)
  27. Atlanta (2-4, 45.635)
  28. Minnesota (2-4, 45.511)
  29. St. Louis (1-4, 44.931)
  30. Tampa Bay (1-5, 42.962)
  31. Oakland (0-5, 42.003)
  32. Jacksonville (0-6, 41.199)

So what about over the last year? Including scores going back to Week 7 of last year, we see some big differences. How about those Arizona Cardinals? Most underrated team in the NFL since last year.

  1. Seattle (14-4, 55.618)
  2. Arizona (11-4, 54.411)
  3. San Francisco (14-5, 54.147)
  4. Denver (13-5, 54.000)
  5. San Diego (12-6, 52.817)
  6. Carolina (13-4-1, 52.782)
  7. Philadelphia (12-5, 52.479)
  8. Cincinnati (10-5-1, 52.472)
  9. New England (12-6, 51.919)
  10. Indianapolis (12-6, 51.578)
  11. Dallas (10-6, 51.409)
  12. New York Giants (10-6, 51.025)
  13. Baltimore (9-7, 50.818)
  14. New Orleans (9-8, 50.798)
  15. Pittsburgh (10-7, 50.054)
  16. Kansas City (7-9, 49.916)
  17. Green Bay (9-8-1, 49.793)
  18. Detroit (7-9, 49.768)
  19. St. Louis (5-10, 49.176)
  20. Chicago (7-9, 48.848)
  21. Miami (7-9, 48.773)
  22. Minnesota (6-10-1, 48.370)
  23. Buffalo (7-9, 48.138)
  24. Tennessee (6-10, 47.693)
  25. Atlanta (5-12, 47.456)
  26. New York Jets (6-10, 47.416)
  27. Tampa Bay (5-12, 47.336)
  28. Cleveland (4-11, 46.789)
  29. Washington (3-14, 46.138)
  30. Jacksonville (4-12, 45.324)
  31. Houston (3-13, 45.320)
  32. Oakland (2-13, 44.466)

College Football Rankings

It’s that time of year again. College football. Greatest sport there is! And my rankings are out. What the heck are they eating in Mississippi this year? My top two teams this week are Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Defending national champions Florida State remain undefeated, but come in at #9 this week. This could change next week as they take on #12 Notre Dame.

How about my local FBS schools? I’m excited about East Carolina’s season this year, but they come in at #41 this week. Their best win is over #42 Virginia Tech. And the other Virginia school, UVA is #43 this week. Old Dominion falls to #109 this week after suffering their third straight defeat. Welcome to FBS!

My complete rankings of all 759 schools are here.

My top 10:

  1. Ole Miss
  2. Mississippi State
  3. Baylor
  4. Auburn
  5. TCU
  6. Alabama
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Florida State
  10. LSU

College Football Division Rankings:

  1. NCAA FBS (69.65)
  2. NCAA FCS (55.46)
  3. NCAA D2 (46.99)
  4. NCAA D3 (41.79)
  5. NAIA (40.11)
  6. USCAA (36.65)

FBS Conference Rankings:

  1. SEC (78.08)
  2. Big 12 (75.48)
  3. Pac-12 (73.19)
  4. ACC (71.91)
  5. Big 10 (71.74)
  6. Mountain West (69.41)
  7. Conference USA (66.69)
  8. All American Conference (65.28)
  9. Mid-America Conference (63.11)
  10. Sun Belt (62.18)

My Olympus OM-D E-M1 has arrived!

Just got my Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera in at work this morning. The Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens was shipped with it as well. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a SD card with me today so I can’t test this out until I get home later.

First Impressions:

This camera is slightly larger than the E-M5, but feels much better in my hand because of the hand grip. And its way smaller than my Canon 7D. I’ll do a comparison of the two this evening.

It's all mine!


It’s been a tough decision, but I’ve finally decided to sell my camera gear. I have to make room for the new stuff. So without further ado, here is my list of gear that is available for sale:

Canon 7D body $900
Canon 7D

Canon BG-E7 Battery Grip $100
Canon BG-E7 Battery Grip

Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch $25
Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3

Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens $800
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT $400
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II lens $300
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II lens

Lexar CF Firewire 800 Card Reader $50
Lexar CF Firewire 800 Card Reader

PRO1 DIGITAL 77mm Circular Polarizer HMC Filter $50
Pro1 Digital 77mm Circular Polarizer Filter

B+W 77mm Graduated Neutral Density Filter $70
B+W 77mm Graduated Neutral Density Filter

Light Craft 77mm Neutral Density Filter $100
Light Craft 77mm Neutral Density Filter

I have the original packaging for everything but the remote switch and card reader. All prices are negotiable.They are going on eBay soon.

Outer Banks Weekend

We took an impromptu weekend trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina last weekend. We were invited to stay at the cottage of some very good friends of ours. So we packed up the minivan with swimwear, boogie boards and beach chairs and headed down on Friday night after my son’s baseball practice.

My wife and I went to the best donut shop in the world on Saturday morning to grab breakfast for everyone. She stood in line while I went to a shop next door to pick up some flip-flops since I left mine at home. I was able to purchase flip-flops and two ball caps and still find that she had not reached the inside of Duck Donuts yet. All in all, it took about an hour to get our donuts. But, oh man, are they worth it!

In the afternoon, we headed over to the beach. The winds were blowing out of the southwest and the water was glassy and smooth. And a chilly 68˚F. But it was in the 90’s so it was very refreshing. The kids had a blast bodysurfing. There were quite a few small but very rideable sets.

Catching waves
Outer Banks Weekend

We decided to pack up and head back to the cottage when we noticed the clouds forming to the north and south of us. By the time we got back to the cottage, the cloud formation was getting pretty spectacular over the Albemarle Sound. I grabbed my camera and jumped on my friend’s bike and rode down to the water and was able to get these shots before the rain came:

Outer Banks Weekend
Outer Banks Weekend

Sunday morning came early. I was able to convince my wife to come out with me and get some sunrise photos by the Avalon Pier. So at 5:30am, I grabbed my camera bag and tripod and my wife and I headed over to the pier. I was really hoping to get some great photos of the sun coming up on the Atlantic, but the clouds wouldn’t allow it. However, the clouds and humidity led to some fog rolling in and I am quite pleased with the shots I captured.

Avalon Pier, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier
Avalon Pier

Hope you enjoy them!

New York City Part 1

My wife and I decided to take the kids to New York City for Spring Break this year. We had a blast! I love New York. My daughter and I could live there. My wife and son don’t feel the same. We drove up Wednesday and took in a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The Yankees are my sons favorite team so I know he was excited. The weather wasn’t too kind to us, however. It was brutally cold. I think the temperature at game time was 40ºF. The Yankees didn’t put on much of a show for us either. Boston won easily.

I was slightly disappointed with Yankee Stadium. It felt very sterile too me. It didn’t seem to have a personality to me. I don’t have a lot to go on, but I’ve been to Camden Yards in Baltimore and Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Both of those parks were more attractive too me.

For our trip to New York, I decided to rent the Olympus OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds camera. I didn’t want to carry around my Canon 7D and my Canon 24-105mm lens. The Olympus did a terrific job. I’m very impressed. The only complaints I have of it are that it’s a little weak in low light conditions and it’s uncomfortable in my hand. I’m sure a battery grip would have alleviated that.

So without further ado, here are a couple pictures I shot at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

New discoveries

Last month, I dropped my son off at the batting cages and I headed over to the Great Bridge Battlefield and Historic Park with my camera by my side. While I was there, I noticed a path into the woods at the back of the park. I decided to take a walk on the path, figuring it was going to loop around and come back out. The path followed along the Intracoastal Waterway and kept going further back. I was able to get a nice shot of the Chesapeake Expressway bridge from here. If you’ve ever been to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and you traveled through southeastern Virginia, you crossed this bridge.

Chesapeake Expressway Bridge

After a while, I realized that the path I was walking was not circling around. Instead, it was going all the way to the bridge. I’ve lived in Great Bridge since they built the bridge back in 1980. I had no idea it was accessible by foot. This was pretty cool! About 10 minutes more of walking, I was there. I discovered that I wasn’t the first person to be here. There was some graffiti and even a few liquor bottles. Lots of raccoon tracks as well. I will definitely be back another time to shoot. Next time I’ll bring the tripod.

Underside of Chesapeake Expressway Bridge