Vince Lombardi once said, “If you can accept losing, you can’t win.” That’s exactly why I simply refuse to accept fantasy losses.
Instead, I will whine about them and blame them on someone else. Because that’s what – and I’m sure Mr. Lombardi would agree with me here – true winners do.
Last week, Will Brinson published an angry rant about how horrible his team is, having posted the second-lowest score in our Blogger Fantasy League (sponsored by Procter & Gamble). This week, I one-upped Will by scoring dead last in the league, despite the awesomeness of my team.
Those of us in San Diego saw a whole lot of not this last Sunday.
If you’ve ever played a season of fantasy football, I’m sure you can sympathize with what happened.
My QB, Philip Rivers, owned in the turnover-crazy game against Jacksonville, earning Team Fresh 2 Death 21.36 points. (My fellow San Diegoanites and I actually missed this due to the game being blacked out. &^%$@#*&^*&^%$@#*&^*&^%$@#*&^*.)
Everyone else, though, just happened to turn in uncharacteristically crappy performances...all in the same week. I’m talking to you, Greg Jennings and Ravens defense. What happened – did Week 1 tucker you out? And Randy Moss, while you did okay this week, please keep in mind that I don’t get style points for your unnecessarily-one-handed touchdowns. You drop one of those next week and we’re going to have words.
Meanwhile, my opponent, Josh Zerkle of WithLeather.com, got to watch Sunday night as Peyton and Addai racked up the points for him. When New York did manage to stop them, he was still getting points for his Giants D. It was pure torture watching his score climb, knowing that no matter what happened in the game he was inching closer to victory.
I’ve never been waterboarded, but I’m pretty sure that the feeling is just about the same.
Now, I could go back and agonize over every little thing I might have done wrong in my “loss” to Josh. I mean, maaaaybe I could’ve actually started Knowshon Moreno. It also might’ve been wise to replace Tony Gonzalez with...anybody. (I earned almost as many fantasy points as Gonzalez while eating chips and sipping on a beer this weekend.)
But screw that. I maintain that I didn’t do anything wrong. It’s not like I started a player on the PUP, like Jerod Morris, my opponent last weekend. I am a winner who just happened to lose through absolutely no fault of my own.
When you think about it, it’s perfectly fitting that the P&G product my team represents is Febreze. Sometimes you really have to stink it up before you come back to lift the odor and fill the room with freshness. That’s what I’ve got scheduled for next week. Lots and lots of freshness.
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