When you’re a child, nothing beats Christmas morning. The anticipation starts building in November. Christmas Eve is nearly sleepless. A glimmer of light shines through your bedroom window and BAM! YOU’RE UP AND TEARING DOWN THE STAIRS!!! It’s great being a kid and now that I’m a proud Papa, I get to relive all that joy through my daughters. What’s Christmas to an adult guy? Your fantasy football draft. Every married guy has an all night hall pass. “Good luck and have fun,” is the usual line from the world’s greatest wife. It’s you, your closest friends, beer, pizza and ball busting…for four solid hours.
The ball busting is the greatest. I came from work and had a purple shirt and tie on. Guess how many times I heard “purple tie” that night? Karl’s forehead was a topic of discussion. My best friend, Jay, is so cheap he has looked in to getting his hands removed so he doesn’t have to put them in his pockets ever again. Ray loves his hookers. And Mike still gambles like he’s Leonard Tose. Non-stop comedy. Maybe not to you, but to us? Classic. All of it. I’m sure your draft includes similar jokes that pertain to your guys. That’s the beauty of a fantasy draft. It’s your inner core. The guys you hug when your team wins, the guys you sulk with when they lose. One night a year, you are as close to them as you have ever been.
It’s a rare opportunity to close the door from the rest of the world for us married with children guys. The young cats, more than likely, treat it like another night of drinking. Well, don’t! Some day, you too will cherish that evening. In the words of our great commissioner, Rock, “It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiiime of the year…”
And here are a few thoughts as we wrap up the pre-season and head in to the 2011 NFL regular season…
It’s disgusting that Tampa Bay struggles so much to sell out games. That’s a high income town and they have a strong, young squad. Christ, people, go watch that team.
Everyone talks about how stacked the Eagles are at cornerback and running back, yet I think they’re equally deep at tight end. Love Celek. Clay Harbor could start for 80% of the teams in this league and Donald Lee is the third tight end!
Staying in Philly, big BIG shout out to Steve Addazio and the T for Temple U Owls who put a whoopin’ on the Villanova Wildcats. I love seeing Temple win football games. (In a related note, I will have my hands over my eyes when Penn State plays Alabama next week. That game could be over by the end of the first quarter.)
Jake Locker will win a Superbowl during his NFL career.
Yes, Chris Johnson, you are greedy. Yes, you also deserved the contract you signed.
Despite a first half exhibition beat down by the Detroit Lions last week, the New England Patriots are in mid-season form. I fully expect them to win the AFC.
I’m still struggling with Jacksonville drafting Blaine Gabbert so high. The pro game looks way too fast for him and I didn’t think much of him when he was at Missouri. He’s having such a tough time, it looks like he won’t even nail down the backup position.
The Dallas Cowboys suck. This pleases me to great heights.
Donovan McNabb has caught my attention. He looks sharp and re-invested. Unless Minny meets the Eagles in the post-season, there shouldn’t be a soul in Philadelphia who isn’t rooting for him to do well. If you’re not, shame on you. SHAME!
After a deep discussion with Jeff, I’ve determined that Ben Roethlisberger is the prototypical quarterback. His size and athletic ability are what every team should be looking for. Locker is the closest young guy to fit these spec’s.
Somebody give Aaron Rodgers a razor. And please tell him the Wyatt Earp look is no longer in.
I miss David Akers.
And, finally, here are my picks for division winners:
AFC EAST: New England
AFC WEST: San Diego
AFC SOUTH: Tennessee
AFC NORTH: Pittsburgh
AFC Wildcards: NY Jets and Baltimore (Houston is the trendy pick…I don’t see it.)
NFC EAST: Philadelphia
NFC WEST: St. Louis
NFC SOUTH: New Orleans
NFC NORTH: Green Bay
NFC Wildcards: Detroit and Tampa Bay