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The Diary of a Fantasy Virgin: Week 2

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We are now into Week 2 and there are some surprises. Just look at those Detroit Lions for the good. Look at Kansas City Chiefs for the bad. And I guess it could be the Indianapolis Colts for the ugly. Will these teams continue to trend that way and end up in that order? I don’t think so, but it works its way through, and by turkey day every team is for the most part where you thought they would be. The mind has the ability to do that to you. Just trying to organize the chaos leads to misdirection and re-invention of the recent past. Speaking of recent past, I get to write my first Sunday win.


Sunday Win

Sometimes the outcome comes early. And this week my opponent, who just happens to be my great friend and college roommate Rob Schare, has no one going on Monday. But the Sunday game runs long into the night so you have to wake up and test the waters. I was down by 36 points heading into the Sunday night game. And on the backs of Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin, who combined for 66 fantasy points, I got by with a victory. The Detroit Lions defense that I picked up on a lark went for 26 points. Things are looking sideways because Vick left the game with a concussion and Steven Jackson is out along with Dez Bryant. But the rest contributed and a 2-0 record is better than 1-1 or 0-2. The NFL is filled with 2-0 franchises that are starting to shake themselves out.


2-0 Who Is a Contender? Who Is a Pretender?

Teams start out 2-0 and miss the playoffs. Teams start out 0-2 and make the playoffs. It is just how that oblong cowhide covered spheroid bounces on those odd fall days. Ever since Miami went perfect in 1972 and the playoffs to win it all, football fans wonder if it will happen again. This year, there are seven teams that are 2-0. Last year there were eight at this time. In the AFC, the New York Jets and New England Patriots appear to be contenders. The Buffalo Bills appear to be a pretender. In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers appear to be a contender. The Washington Redskins appear to be a pretender. Last year I labeled the Green Bay Packers a contender and they went all the way! So sometimes the trend is your friend.

Do not count your chickens until turkey time folks, so this debate will go on ice until that week. It is just so amazing how anyone can think they know anything about the landscape of professional football yet until a proper trend is established. Once established, the wee melon fills in all the blanks like they knew it all along. But don’t evaluate until turkey time. Now I have visions of turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes. It is coming and for some reason it is approaching at terminal velocity this year.


Dear Diary

I have to mention the Boston Red Sox. I always use this article to reflect on the season and either talk about the playoffs to be or the causes related to the Red Sox not making the playoffs. This year it is going to be a little rough.

The Red Sox started September with a nine-game lead in the wild card race. And now the Red Sox have a two-game lead with eight remaining. You cannot make up this kind of collapse. It really does have to be seen to be believed. And believe you me, this season has started off horribly, and by the end of July seen a record for the month of 20-6 and an overall record of 65-40 which was best in the American League and second in baseball.

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Beset by injuries and poor play and a record of 4-12 in their last 16, the last week of the season is going to be exciting for all the wrong reasons. So this diary entry is going to be incomplete. It will end with a sigh of relief or the shocking revelation of a monumental collapse. We weight with bated breath.

Master D.

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

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