The first NFL game of the 2012 season is a week from today. Yes!!!!!!!!!!! I love football more than any other sport. I pay attention to the college game, primarily because of its fast pace and the excitement that comes with being on a college campus. In fact, I am taking my son to the AT&T Nation’s Classic this Saturday. It’s a match up between Howard University and Morehouse College. It should be fun. Pro football (NFL) is my thing, though.
Over the past few years, one thing that has pulled me even deeper into the game is Fantasy Football. I am currently in three different leagues, including one with friends from work (managed outside of the office, of course). Somewhat like poker or golf, there is strategy to playing/participating in fantasy football — strategy that I have yet to master. My teams over the years have been decent, but not strong enough to contend for a title. I am hoping that a little more draft research, and more thoughtful roster management, will lead to better results this year. The one tough thing about fantasy football is the inevitable situation of having a player on your fantasy team playing your real life favorite team. It’s a struggle, because you want your fantasy team to win, but you don’t want your real team to get torched. I’ve always said that I would rather have my Detroit Lions win, no matter what. However, if several hundred dollars are on the line, I may just have to accept a Lions loss for a fantasy win. That’s terrible, I know, but it’s just a game…right?
What about you? Do you play in a fantasy league — in any sport?
If you are new to fantasy football, and need a little help, here are some sites that I’ve found useful.
If you are a fantasy football veteran, please feel free to share some draft and weekly game strategy and tips in the comments. If you have an additional link to a good fantasy football site, please share that as well.
Good luck to everyone playing fantasy football, except anyone playing in my leagues.
Bring on some football, and Go Lions!
Something that has befuddled me for years, but I seldom talk about, is how comparisons of celebrities and athletes are made. Now, we all do–make comparisons; but I’m specifically talking about how commentators, journalists, and people in everyday conversations are locked into only comparing someone of a particular race with someone of the same race.
I don’t watch basketball that much anymore, but it just amazes me that so many white players in the NBA are compared to “Piston Pete” Maravich. I mean…really? Can that many white players have the same style as Maravich? I don’t mean to be harsh, but it’s almost a struggle to find white players to compare to these days. If anyone has seen Jason Williams play basketball, I think Magic Johnson or even Jason Kidd, not Bob Cousy or Jerry West. Similarly, if there is a player who is Jewish, why compare him only to Dolph Schayes? That’s just dumb.
Music is another area where people seemed locked into making comparisons of artists based on race. If Diana Krall vocal style is reminiscent of Ethel Ennis, why not just say that instead saying she’s the modern Rose Clooney? I’m sure many of you can rattle off other singers she sounds like, but personally I think Diana Krall sounds like–Diana Krall. Surely, if I put some thought into it, I could come up with some fabled jazz singers to compare her to. I can’t tell you this, what they look like would not be a factor. Will the next black male country music star automatically be compared to Charlie Pride?
I think you get where I’m going.
Don’t get me wrong. If the comparison fits, no problem. If my photography evokes thoughts of Gordon Parks. Sweet. that’s quite a compliment. However, if I’m taking black and white images of landscapes, it would seem Ansel Adams would be more appropriate. (Granted, I’m taking quite a leap to even suggest my work is anywhere near that of Adams.)
In the end, though, I just wish people would break out of these narrow boxes when reaching for a comparison. That is, to the extent comparisons are even necessary.