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The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin – Week 10

The Virgin is on a roll. A victory tonight is most likely assured and with it will be first place in my division. I am done with my bye weeks a week early. My team performed quite well. I hate to jinx myself, but to quote the musical gypsy … “Everything’s coming up roses!” So let us begin with controversial fantasy football starting lineup change and see where it goes.

What Is Wrong With Mr. Harrison?

No, this is not the next hit on your local cable TV access program. WR Marvin Harrison was available late in my draft, and I thought it too good to be true. I knew all the stories about coming back from a knee injury and thought to myself … ”Who cares? It’s Marvin Harrison!” Well I guess it does matter when the Colts are a razor’s edge from losing every week. The timing between Peyton Manning and Harrison is off just a bit. So what is a guy to do? Well I picked up an up-and-coming WR named Mark Bradley a week ago. Who did you say? Well, Bradley has emerged and he went for 23 fantasy points this week. This almost quadrupled the six points put up by Mr. Harrison. Last time I checked he was available in more than 90% of the leagues out there. A real diamond in the rough and though it is a controversial move on paper, it just may pay off down the stretch. Just like the return of a familiar duo.

A Dynamic Duo Part Deux

Last year I had Terrell Owens and Tony Romo. I coined the term RoMowens to describe the 50-60 points they put up weekly as a combination there for awhile. In fact, if they had not stumbled in Week 13 last year, I would have won the whole fantasy football season. That is the way this gig goes my friends, and that is ok. Now sometimes other duos come back. And I have been waiting all year for this. 

  

Drew Brees and Marques Colston are my new combination. They have not put up RoMowens numbers but Colston’s performance on Sunday may be the extra bonus I need going into the final four weeks. I just hope I am starting to peak and that I have not peaked too soon. You see everything is starting to come up roses and as long as WR Larry Fitzgerald does not go for 57 points tonight, I come away with a victory. Now to the Diary and what I can talk about this week? Oh yeah I can talk about the election.

Dear Diary

The

United States of America overwhelmingly voted a black man into office on Tuesday, November 4th. There were no controversies in the voting areas and for the most part, everything seemed to go smoothly. In my hometown, there were long lines and the anticipation was palpable everywhere we went. All truly historic occasions take a long time and when they arrive, they play out so slowly that it is tantalizing for those looking forward to the moment.

As for myself, I will duly note that you and I are Americans that live currently under the guile of a harsh mistress. This harsh mistress is Lady Liberty. She comes with a lot of freedom right at this moment. These can be described as very low taxation on Capital gains and very low taxes on income. Also it was for a brief time the freedom to get a sub-prime mortgage without any collateral.

  These freedoms cause duress amongst some and quite outlandish prosperity for others. Please note

America, there is no capitalistic system on earth that can satisfy capital freedom and provide for equality in relative terms. These are mutually exclusive systems of economies.

Winston Churchill succinctly noted this in his famous quote … “

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Acrimoniously, during all times, these vices are relayed to us by frequent statements from media lamenting that … “The rich are getting richer.” Please note that if any of the rich were in the stock market during the month of October, they did not get richer. Why do the media not state that the rich are getting poorer after the S&P declines by 40%? I attribute this to the same mindset that leaves out the fact that gasoline prices have now been cut by 50% off their all-time highs this last summer.

The news world is peculiar and it is filtered through a unique prism. You see, storms sweep along the shores of capitalism in the form of a recession quite regularly. We just haven’t had one this bad since 1973-1974 and time does something weird to the memory.

The cruel ironic twist is the current economic storm (in the form of LIBOR rates at one point exceeding 10% caused by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Bros, Bear Stearns, Collateralized Debt Obligations and AIG based derivatives called Credit Default Swaps) which brought down the value of the S&P 500 in October were actually Democratic party creations. This same party has all three branches of government but not quite the 60 seats in the Senate. The truth lies in the relationship between CDOs, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and the enablement of subprime Lending backed by FDR created Fannie Mae as part of the New Deal. Why does it always come back to that crazy cat FDR?

But this requires insight not reported, and who has time for that? I do, and I did because healthy skepticism leads to facts not reported in sound bytes. I just hope that this storm does not result in trade protection acts and a 60% tax on the highest income bracket for the cause of the “common good.” These would kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

The Declaration of Independence created the environment we currently live and most thrive in, and it is noted in the unalienable rights section that we have the right to “Life,

Liberty and the PURSUIT of Happiness.” It is not Life,

Liberty and Happiness. Yet FDR extolled the latter words in fireside chats that he held to bolster

America. It was ironic because it was his protection and taxation policies that elongated the worst capitalistic crisis this country has ever seen. Only WWII would lift that generation from unnecessary widespread state created economic dearth.

Americans, I tell you today, all of us should be weary of words such as the “Second Bill of Rights” or “Another New Deal.” This would tip us toward Fabian Socialism and would cause the future of

America away from liberty. For it is liberty our founding fathers fought so hard for and liberty our prosperity derives from. So on this grand occasion I leave with one more quote from Churchill.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Food for thought no doubt from Mr. Churchill.

Master D.

Tim can now be reached at

tdavoll@fantasysharks.com

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