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DIARY OF A FANTASY VIRGIN: Week 16

We have gotten to the 16th week of the NFL season. This year the way the calendar works its way out, we are talking about Christmas for the NFL. The Santa costumes at the Monday Night Football game were priceless. It looks like Cincinnati allowed fans and even though there seemed to be plenty of Pittsburgh fans, the two teams put on a weird show.

With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having only 7 passing yards, something is amok. I guess this is just a weird year. This means that I can proudly say Christmas being early is the least of my worries as I am actually in the finals of my fantasy football championship. A plan is a plan and let us get to the plan, shall we?

“I Love It When a Plan Comes Together”

There was a show on TV called “A-Team” back in the day and well, my Dad liked it bless his soul. John “Hannibal” Smith who was played by George Peppard would light – I guess it was a thin cigar – and exclaim at the end of the show, “I love it when a plan comes together.” All with a wry smile mind you. Now how does this work out for me?

Last week I exclaimed I would ride the wave that is Tennessee. I played quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Derrick Henry, wide receiver Corey Davis and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Tannehill went for a cool 45 points and the combination of the whole Tennessee player group went for 112 points. My opponent’s whole team went for 119. My prediction of 147 points scored by my team in last week’s article was eerily accurate as my team ended up with 150 points overall. On to the fantasy football championship for The Cromwell Demolition!

And here is where my axiom came true. I say this every year.

The Best Players on The Best Teams at The Right Time

Well, that was a mouthful. But it is true. I had the right team (Tennessee) playing the right opponent (Detroit). Hannibal was right. I do love it when a plan comes together. Week 15 successes means I made it to the finals. What am I going to do? I have to plan out my week with the same fervor as I did last week. Am I going to go all Tennessee again for Tennessee is playing Green Bay … in Green Bay … on Sunday Night Football. There is much to think about but I may just stay with my hot hands. If I lose, I did not over-think it, which I always seem to do in the fantasy football championship. It is that darn Electrical Engineering degree of mine that keeps me grounded in the analytics. My wife says I get all “thinky” but thinking, is how I get to work in the aerospace industry and for some reason, it does not work that well in fantasy football. I guess there must be a balance — so here is to finding that balance. Wish me luck!

My diary entry is about Christmas this year.

Dear Diary

I know it has been a weird year. I really find this Christmas just so surreal. I found myself putting up the tree but not decorating it. Blasphemous I know but do you know how easy it is to stand up an artificial tree and just turn on the lights? Also, how easy it is to take down? I know this is going to sound crass but I just do not have the energy to take 40 boxes of everything Christmas and put it up.

Oh, I will put up some garland and some lights and I will play Christmas songs on the piano but I am making this official. In 2020..

I doth protest.

This is a paraphrase of the line, “The lady doth protest too much methinks” which is from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. There is more I could say about it but I am protesting this Christmas year of 2020.

I doth protest.

Self-quarantining since March has taken a toll on my well-being so I doth protest. I have not seen my sister’s family since March so I doth protest. I could not travel to Greece so I doth protest. Everyone is tired and cranky and I notice but cannot say anything – so I doth protest. Pandemics are real and some people act like they aren’t so I doth protest. It is politically incorrect to say Merry Christmas so I doth protest.

So to all my readers Merry Christmas.

Good luck to everyone in your championship game who are participating.

Master D.

Tim Davoll can now be reached at tdavoll@fantasysharks.com and welcomes your opinions on the “Diary of a Fantasy Virgin” articles.

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.