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I know, I know, as parents we’re not supposed to play favorites. That’s why everyday I tell my daughter she isn’t my favorite. So, what she’s an only child? I want to make sure I’m doing what’s best for her. And let me tell you, all those studies about how kids are able to pick things up at an early age, they’re right. My daughter’s only 3 and a half and she’s already getting it. She’s a sponge.
Actually, the opposite is true. No, not that she’s dense, but what we tell each other. It’s a little game we play. She tells me I’m her favorite dad, and I tell her she’s my favorite daughter. Since neither of us have other options, it’s a pretty safe statement to make. Our other favorite game? You guessed it, dodgewrench. “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” She is so getting an “A” in gym class. Thank you, Chuck Norris.
All of us have favorites. Favorite restaurants, favorite drinks, favorite teams or players, favorite places to hide a pile of toenails so your spouse finds it the next time they’re picking up around the house … the list goes on and on. Actually, I like to switch that last one up, keep the Mrs. guessing. But somewhere on that list, I imagine most of us have a favorite league.
I usually play in a couple leagues each year. I try and limit it to avoid over committing. I’m not an autodraft, set-it-and-forget it type owner. When I’m in a league, I’m in it all the way. But out of all the leagues I’ve played in, my favorite isn’t a big money league, a champions league or some expert league. Nope, none of those. My favorite league is one I’ve been in with a dozen friends for years and years now that has nothing on the line except for bragging rights. But the bragging and trash talk that takes place in it is pretty substantial, and lasts a lot longer than any purse I could win in a money league.
Last week was the final week of the regular season in that league, and I was battling for the wild card, the only remaining playoff spot besides the three division champs. I needed a win and some help to get in. I was able to come through on my end (thanks in part to the defensive shellacking Seattle put on Arizona), but didn’t get the help I needed elsewhere.
In the rest of my leagues, I’m playoff bound. Blah, blah, blah … who cares? It’s all meaningless in comparison. I guess I’ll just have to carry on. Luckily in that league, the owners that don’t make the playoffs compete over the next two weeks for draft position the following year. It’s a good way to keep everyone committed throughout, and a consolation for a disappointing end to the season.
Here’s hoping you still have something to play for this week, and a look at some matchups that could impact your games: some good, some bad, and a little bit of everything else for Week 15.
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