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Fantasy Football in a Nutshell

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Bill Simmons just posted the following analysis of Fantasy Football…

My big epiphany: Really, the fantasy football season isn’t fun. Winning is OK; losing is agonizing. You constantly feel awful about your choices and your bad luck; it’s the only exercise that causes arguments with friends you normally never would argue with; and you spend roughly a kazillion hours managing your team for the 10 percent chance that you might win your league. There’s just not a ton of upside. It’s almost like smoking cigarettes — it started out with good intentions, and it’s something to do, and it can be fun in the right moments, but ultimately, there are an inordinate amount of moments when you find yourself leaning out a window in 20-degree weather to puff out a quick cig as your nose gets frostbitten, or bumming a cig from a group of horrible girls and then feeling obligated to talk to them, or waking up in the morning and coughing up your right lung. Really, it’s more harm than fun. And yet, we continue to do it. And love it. This entire paragraph made me want to smoke. 

I couldn’t agree more.  My Monday mornings over the past few years have been so depressing after a weekend loss that I deemed this year my year of FFL Zen.  I refuse to let bad luck (and I’ve had my fair share) ruin my ability to enjoy the sport.  But doesn’t that say something if it takes a concerted effort to maintain my zen?

Like he said though, I still love it.

Why I Don’t Bet on Sports

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Let’s take a quick look at how my Redskins season prediction is going…

Prediction: 6-10
Through Week 8:  Uh, 6-2!!!!

Never would have predicted this kind of performance.  I like to think of myself as being objective when it comes to the Redskins but it’s possible I’m just pessimistic.

On top of that, not that I have any way of proving this but I mentally predicted Rays in 6 games over the Phillies in the World Series.  That prediction isn’t doing so hot right now either.

Redskins 2008 Season Prediction

Friday, September 19th, 2008

It’s not really fair of me to put out a season prediction two weeks into the regular season but you’ll have to trust me when I say that I’ve had these numbers in my head since before the season started.

As always, my buddy Steve has a much more optimistic view of the Redskins chances.  He’s going with 9-7.  I say 6-10.  They’re young… they’re talented… but I don’t have enough faith in the coaching staff to believe they’ll be able to put it all together on a consistent basis.

Two things stand out to me that indicate, in a sick way, Daniel Snyder has purposefully set the team up to fail a bit this year.  First, the search for a head coach during the offseason was an embarrassment as they passed over several quality choices (e.g. Greg Williams) for a QB coach with no head coaching experience.  And second, they made no splash in the offseason free agent market.  While they have been lauded for this, it goes against everything Snyder seems to believe in.  It’s not his style.

Why sabotage the team?  To make a run at Bill Cowher after this season is over.  It’s easier to dump Zorn after a sub-.500 season than it is if they go deep into the playoffs.

Last year’s prediction:  7-9
2007 Actual Result:  9-7

NCAA Tourney – Surviving the Weekend

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Last Thursday night I was listening to a sports radio talk show on my way back from the gym where the hosts were (of course) discussing their brackets, what had transpired during the day’s games and what they expected to happen on Friday. During their (somewhat uninspired) conversation, one of the hosts made this comment on the tourney and making picks in an office pool…

You can’t win your pool during the first two days of the tournament but you can certainly lose it.

It’s a bit of a cliché but entirely apropos. In fact, I think you could apply that line of reasoning to the first weekend of the tourney rather than just the first two days.

Coming out of this weekend, I sit in 7th place (out of 68) with a legitimate chance to win my own pool. I need the following to happen…

  • Stanford to upset Texas
  • Wisconsin to win the Midwest region
  • UNC & UCLA to make the final
  • UNC to win it all

That may not sound like the easiest road to victory, and anything could happen but I am certainly in better shape than probably 75% of the other participants.

Filling Out Your Brackets

Friday, March 21st, 2008

We now sit one day into the 2008 March Madness tourney. Most people will tell you that when filling out your brackets, you have to pick some upsets. Not picking upsets is a) boring and b) bound to cost you some winners at some point. In fact, the last time I went ultra-conservative with a first round featuring ZERO upsets (again, very boring), I got burned.

I don’t expect people to put George Mason in the Final Four again but when looking at any game between the 8-9 matchup and the 5-12 matchup, you’ve got to pick a few.

So what happens on day one of the tourney? Two upsets.

Boring… and now I’m in 39th place.