Just finished watching the Packers/Pats game. Matt Flynn, a virtual unknown and backup to Aaron Rodgers played his little heart out. It was a great effort against the juggernaut that is the New England Patriots. But Flynn gets sacked for a loss and then can’t call a play at the line of scrimmage quick enough and game over. One bad sack and the game is over.
And naturally, it makes me think of fantasy football. All season long, I’ve been working my butt off to win this league. I ride the waiver wire every week, stay up till 2am to get first shots at the free agent market. I made a crazy amount of risky trades (many of which paid off). I earned first place in points, but with a disappointing record, almost didn’t make the play-offs. When I did, it was an uphill battle. I had to get through two teams who had beaten me in the regular season. But in the end, something happened. I had bad luck, but so did my opponent. Or maybe it wasn’t luck. Maybe it was something else. Maybe all my hard work was paying off. The experience, is paying off—being a fantasy football veteran.
Tony Dungy said Matt Flynn played 59 good minutes, but it only took one play for inexperience to rear its ugly head. I just took down the top seeded team, her with a total of 31 points going into the Monday night game and just one player left. It may have taken 15 weeks, but maybe inexperience is rearing its head. And maybe something I’ve been trying to build all season, is paying off.
Next up, my best friend Megan, who lives in Maryland. Megan and I have known each other for 15, 16 years now. And she’s a Redskins fan. And she knows her stuff too. I’m actually happy with whatever happens because I think she’s a great person and deserves to be in the play-offs. Obviously, I still want to crush her. But if I don’t, I think I’ll survive. May the best woman win.
R.I.P. to Sarah, who lost to Megan today (and I also would have been ok with playing her in the finals). Sarah, it was a good run. Your Cal Bears alumni did you right. If it wasn’t for Rodgers second concussion, I think you could have had it.