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Before we begin please say a prayer for everyone in the path of Hurricane Laura set to touch down in Louisiana and Texas. Life has been tough enough already and we need this like we need a hole in the head as my parents said to me often.

Hello again. The Virginator is back. Welcome to the greatest Fantasy Football experiment ever. For the 19th time, the Fantasy Football Virgin is back to re-learn everything on this historic and fantastic website about Fantasy Football and apply it directly to my upcoming team. For those who are new, this series of articles is an annual test. A Fantasy Football team is drafted, managed, and maintained in a weekly article. Utilization of FantasySharks.com is paramount and in the end, we either win or lose. Sometimes the journey is all that matters.

Please note that I am well aware of Covid-19. However, all of us need a distraction where it is not hammered on about every day/article/sentence/word of our lives. I will be putting in excerpts from my experiences at the bottom of my articles this year just for the public record. But assure you, this is all Fantasy Football and welcome aboard for a great time and much needed alternative to the chaos that surrounds us.

Before this journey begins, my friends, it is my tradition here at Fantasy Sharks and my Diary of a Fantasy Virgin article to bring to you what my summer was all about. Before that, we have to talk about where we left off.

When We Last Spoke…

Before we get to Summer, let us pick up from where my last article left off. I declared that The San Francisco 49ers were going to win the Super Bowl in my last article. With about 12 minutes to go in the 4th Quarter, Patrick Mahomes threw an interception over the middle and I turned to my wife and said “Jimmy Garoppolo is 80 yards away from a TD and an MVP of the Super Bowl”. I was correct if it happened but for some reason (which I think was the desperation of KC’s defense) there was the erratic play by the 49ers offense and before you knew it the 49ers were losing! They had the ball twice with the lead in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl and the chance to put away the game but it did not happen. An opportunity door that no one could walk through some could say but in the end, the right team won. I enjoyed the game which is saying something for Super Bowls. They can get out of hand quickly making all of us hang out for just the commercials.

Please note what happened next. Our winter weather was awesome in New England. Not once did we have to use the snow thrower in my area. That is a bonus and has only happened a few times so I was very grateful. Blowing snow is a necessary evil. But let us get on to the Non-Summer of 2020.

What I Did The Summer of 2020

The Summer of 2020 was to be a special time for myself and my lovely wife Jill. Last year we made plans to spend 3 weeks in Greece for her birthday. Whoopsie! Greece declared Americans persona-non-grata and yada-yada-yada, I am the proud owner of vouchers for a future flight to Greece and a future stay at a resort in Greece. So like many of you, my vacation plans are on the horizon. That horizon just needs to be reached and it appears to be so far away.

This also is the first article that we did not go to Walt Disney World. Well, we couldn’t because it was closed. It did open in mid-July but traveling to Florida to Connecticut and back requires 14 days of self-quarantining. Just not worth the hassle at this time.

So this was the “Summer of the Non-Summer”.  For many of us, it still feels like March and that is weird.

It is true now that I have been writing a weekly article for this website since opening week in 2002.  And every year I ponder what type of year it will be. I know that there will be terrific highs and magnificent lows. So welcome to Fantasy Football.  We will train you up before the draft sooner than it takes to get delivery from your favorite Pizza joint. Having a local delivery place is a lucky thing to have for the last 6 months.

Speaking of luck, it is draft time. Are you ready? Note that we prepare for the draft every year the same way since 2002. We react to the environment we are in.

About Tim Davoll

Author of the Weekly Series "Diary of a Fantasy Virgin" since opening day of FantasySharks.com. That particular date? It was September 12, 2002 when my first article was published on this site. It has been a great ride ever since.