The Thinking Chair
So, last week I ended by talking about the fact that election season is upon us -- a fact not lost on anyone with access to TV, the radio, or the Internet (and you, dear reader, fall into at least the last group by the very nature of you reading this column). And because of that massive amount of saturation, this is the last place you'll find me talking about who is a better candidate, etc.
But what I do want to say is ...
Soak this in for a second and enjoy. I'm not going to link to Rick Reilly's article directly (use "The Google" and find it easily), but Obama and Reilly worked on a fantasy team (a salary cap format) for one week. Here's what impressed me -- Obama lobbied for (er, argued for) players such as
I love this. And regardless of who wins the election, I think it's worth arguing that this should be a federal requirement. Look, these are hard times -- the economy is in the dumps, we're fighting two wars, and the 49ers are a shell of their former selves. (That last one bothers everyone else as much as me, right? Right?) Wouldn't the country be better if the president used his weekly radio address not just to talk about the challenges the country was facing, but to also inform us that he was going to start the Jets defense against the Chiefs? Or that he, too, feels the pain of
As they say, I'm just sayin'.
In my corner of the country, the week's news was that the 49ers fired
So what Niners should you be targeting? My gut tells me that
Moving elsewhere around the league, do you think
I loathe game-time decisions. Because here's the thing -- I used to be able to just sit with my laptop for hours before kickoff, adjusting my lineup, reading online chats and injury updates (and there's no better place to do all of that than RotoExperts.com, by the way) -- but time is short these days, and I can't always be quite as involved.
But, you know what's worse than a game-time decision? The nonsense that guys like
I'll throw a nod to baseball here and note that apparently all Tampa Bay had to do to be successful was change the franchise name -- from the Devil Rays to, simply, the Rays. It's worth noting that in my longtime fantasy league, one of our owners did just this last season, changing his team name mid-season and going on to his best finish ever, playing in the Super Bowl. I spend way too much time worrying about my fantasy team names, but they are one of the things that make fantasy team ownership amusing. As a native of Philadelphia, I have been rooting for the Phillies, but my true allegiance is for the San Francisco Giants, who I think may want to consider a renaming operation themselves. Sure, there's some strong history -- but why not go with Gigantos, as announcer
I just read that, in order to appease their fan base, the Los Angeles Dodgers have tentatively offered
By the way, if they were remaking that
The fantasy football season is about halfway to the playoffs, and leagues are starting to shape up. My main league just had a flurry of trades by teams trying to fix their problems to position themselves for a playoff berth. If you aren't at least looking at doing the same, you're not paying attention.
So, check out your roster and do yourself the favor of being honest about the talent level. Can you make it to the playoffs with