An old friend posted some photos from our freshman year of college on facebook and the results were shocking. Who are these baby-faced cherubs with Solo cups and permanent smiles? I look at myself, with eyeglasses rounder than a basketball and big enough to light fires, and Eagle One with his over-gelled, spiky hair and want to go back to hang out with those guys one more time. We may look ridiculous, but life was good.
I needed a smile after yet another horrible fantasy football game this weekend. The lying to myself is over. The Stumblin’ Irish stink. Sure I’d come back from an 0-3 start to get to 5-5, but it was done with mirrors. Under our new scoring system my team is abysmal. Sure I still could make the playoffs, but what’s the point? I can’t win it all, and if you’re not first, your last (thank you Ricky Bobby).
It’s really quite simple. My team would have rocked four years ago. But, today, not so much. I drafted Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, both later, but they would need to play from time to time. They both have played like their age.
But forget receiver, my No. 1, unforgiveable, mistake was buying into the hype. I drafted “the next big thing” QB and am I paying dearly. I feel like Steinbrenner when Costanza’s dad was giving him hell about trading Jay Buhner. “My people were telling me Derek Anderson, Derek Anderson.”
I went with Anderson as my starting QB and two things happened. One, the Browns were not even close to as good as advertised. And Anderson played so poorly that he played himself out of the job.
That left me with Jason Campbell. Sure Campbell would have been fine as a backup, playing sparingly, but he’s not the type of guy you want to pin your hopes on. He’s very efficient (just 2 INTs), but you can’t win fantasy football games five yards at a time.
And then there’s my running backs. Ready for this? LaDanian Tomlinson, hurt all season, just finally starting to look a little like himself. Willie Parker, hurt most of the season, great when he’s healthy, which has been about three times. And, lastly, Larry Johnson, suspended for the bulk of the season and huge under-performer. He’s had like one good game.
Honestly the whole season has been about as bad as could be. I have a hard time even rooting for my guys because most of them are so unlikeable, except maybe Parker. I either hate them for who they are, or for how they perform. Usually its both.
I’ve gotten one thing right, picking up Steve Breaston, but even that’s been a mixed bag. I started him against Seattle, figuring the Cards would score plenty of points. Sure they did, but SB caught just two passes.
When does fantasy baseball start and can I interest anyone in Jacoby Ellsbury or Matt Holliday?
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