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There is nothing that makes watching NFL more interesting than having a Fantasy Team. I had friends who already played in paid leagues. Before I went that direction, I wanted to see if I could compete by playing on a website with strangers. It started out really easy with the computer doing all my drafting for me. The hardest part seemed to be guessing who to play each week. Despite my savvy on players, it was still hit- and-miss if a player had an off week. Also, it would have helped had I discovered the add/drop capability to get rid of players who were on extensive injury or just stunk. I was like a magnet for attracting both. The first year I played I finished a dismal next-to-last in my league, but I was still having fun!
Fast-forward to 2010. My friend Laura, who knew my passion for football, invited me to play on her league. I thrilled to be playing with someone I knew and besides that, the draft was to be an all-you-could-eat Saturday afternoon. When I arrived, Laura’s husband Alek was frying a turkey as Led Zeppelin blared from the radio. The kitchen was loaded with all kinds of food. It was evident none would starve at this draft. I knew their daughter Emily since my Boxer Roxie & I did Pet Therapy at her school. She hugged my knee and asked where Roxie was. She then, along with her younger brother Tyler, escorted me to my assigned seat at a card table adjacent to the main table. I laughed as it reminded me of my many years of sitting at the kids’ table at holiday time. I spread out my Fantasy Football magazines as well handwritten notes and a highlighter leaving just enough room for a small paper plate and my bottled water.
Several in the group were decked out in football jerseys. Although I was a known Steelers fan, I came decked out in a Tom “easy-on-the-eyes” Brady shirt. The first order of business was drafting two rookies. I was the last to pick since it was my first year in the league. On the board I wrote the name of a tight end that caught my eye during pre-season – Aaron Hernandez. My other rookie was Dexter McCluster. (He ended up injured early in the season. My luck with injure-prone players followed me!) Next we drew numbers for the regular draft. I was last to pick and got “5” so I was right in the middle of the choices which snaked up and down the board each round. The four guys in front of me chose the highest rated running backs and receivers. I decided to go against the grain and grab my quarterback. I wrote “Aaron Rodgers, GB QB” on the grease board. A gasp filled the room! Alek shouts, “Dang it woman! You’re wearing a Tom Brady shirt and you draft Aaron Rodgers!?!?!?” The number-one ranked quarterback was off the market!
The regular season that year found me activating the wrong players and dealing with injuries. I was miserable in the cellar. However, come post-season, my luck changed. It began with downsizing my team for the playoffs. I was the only one who had all the positions covered for post-season play. I was solid with Rodgers, Pittsburgh’s Defense and Special Teams, speedster Mike Wallace and Rashad Mendenhall who was churning up yardage each week. All the other league members had to re-draft positions. It was the year Green Bay and Pittsburgh met in the Super Bowl. Talk about an internal conflict!!! With $150 on the line if Aaron Rodgers got points from passing and scoring touchdowns, I found myself quietly rooting against my favorite team! In addition to winning the Super Bowl pot for Fantasy Football that year, I also played the Super Bowl squares with some other friends. My numbers were “1” Green Bay and “5” Steelers — the final score — Packers 31, Steelers 25. It was a feat I have yet to accomplish again in either venue.
Our league still plays and members come and go. We also increased to twelve players instead of ten. I love my team this year with Russell Wilson at the helm and the 49ers Defense and Special Teams. The first week of league play I had the third highest score, but I was playing the top scorer so I lost the week. I lost in both my internet leagues too! Again I am off to a smashing start in the cellar!! I prefer to look at it as good sign — remember 2010!
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This doesn’t happen many times in my life — but this Super Bowl, there is no vested interest in who wins. My Steelers and my 2nd team, Pats, disappointed me yet again.
Ben played injured for a lot of the season and I question Coach Tomlin’s decision to play him in so many critical games. Errant throws were costly in the final games of the season and the Steelers went to the showers early — no post-season play. Tough pill to swallow, but when one has a second team, easier to accomplish.
My Fantasy League team was solid with Brady, Welker & Hernandez. The boys let me down… 😦 The Patriots performance was lackluster in the Championship game. Not to worry…I also have the 49ers Defense & Special Teams. Surprisingly, very few Ravens players (including Joe Flacco and the Defense/Special Teams) were on our league’s playoff roster and because of this, it’s still anyone’s to win.
So… who does this armchair quarterback root for? Pittsburgh is the sole team with 6 Super Bowl wins, making it very hard to root for a team (49ers) to tie the record. Then there’s the flip side of the coin — Rooting for the Ravens is like a Browns fan rooting for the Steelers — it’s just not done! Just ask my husband!
Ideally, I need Kaepernick, Rice, Boldin & Ravens Defense/Special Teams to have a horrible game and the 49ers to hold the Ravens scoreless. I’m not asking for much …right?!?! After all… It’s all about me and winning Fantasy Football!
October — ‘Gotta love it! — ! Every fall, thanks to my stand-by retiree passes, my husband and I make the trek to Williamstown, MA. There is nothing better to my husband than sleeping with the windows open and waking up to temperatures in the 40s. For me, it’s the photo opportunities — the barns, covered bridges, Jersey cows and fall festivals. Evenings are spent glued to the TV watching teams positioning themselves to play in that coveted fall classic – the World Series! The Berkshires are home to Red Sox as well as Yankees fans, so the best places to view the games are at pubs. It’s like seeing a re-run of Cheers. All that is missing are Sam, Norm and Cliff.Everyone loves Halloween — particularly dentists! Mine got to do a root canal on me last fall. I don’t know if it was the seven bowls of candy corn or biting into the red hots. Like us, do you buy your favorite candy so you can binge on the leftovers? I dress up to greet the trick or treaters. One year I wore a Texas Rangers Jersey; another year, I was Tom Brady.
By far, I enjoy football the most. Hubby loves college ball, especially the Big Ten. I love the NFL and stay glued to the set from Thursday to Monday. On Sunday, I watch The Red Zone — a channel created for fans like me. They show every team getting close to a possible score. I am in my element except for one minor detail — it is commercial free. With the help of the pause button, I can cover my “bio” breaks and finish watching the games ten minutes after the rest of the football world.
Every Sunday, I go through my ritual of donning my “uniform” — the team jersey or t-shirt, the underwear and socks in team colors, jeans and ponytail holder. I drink my tea out of my football cup. As the season goes on, I start to become superstitious going through as many as four different shirts in one game when my team is losing or frantically trying to remember what I was wearing the week before when they won.
In 2007, I discovered Fantasy Football. It was free and on the Internet. In the league I started with, the computer drafted the players distributing the best players evenly. The work began as each week I had to decide who to play or who to bench. At the beginning, I struggled with this aspect until I discovered the Internet also provided projections — although they were not always accurate.
The fun really began three years ago when I joined a local league of friends complete with a draft. Amid a smorgasbord of everything but the kitchen sink, we spent hours drafting two rookies and fourteen players. I quickly found that this draft was serious stuff and I was among a very experienced group. There was a guy with a folder marked Top Secret. He even carried it to the bathroom! My biggest frustration was the regrouping after someone right in front of me drafted the player I was prepared to list on the grease board. I suddenly found myself crouching over my computer print-outs and Fantasy Football magazines lined with post-its. During the 2rd round, I upset the apple cart. So far everyone had been drafting running backs and wide receivers. I approached the grease board wearing my Tom Brady game jersey. I started writing QB …….a gasp from the room ….. the new person to the league was changing the venue! I continued to write Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay. Another gasp! How could a rookie to this group (and wearing a Tom Brady jersey no less) trick the group and grab the projected top pick for quarterbacks?!?!?
Yes, I survived the draft but felt the pains of injuries to “my” players and even one who quit playing football! I limped along in last place all through the regular season and was miserable. For the playoffs, we had the option of keeping the players we had or re-drafting. I got to do something no one else in my league did — forego the draft. To my surprise, I went on to win the playoffs. It was bittersweet when the Packers beat my Steelers 31-25 thanks to my Fantasy Football Quarterback.