The 2012 NFL regular season retrospective
One of the maxims of being a successful fantasy owner in any sport is that you have to watch a lot of games. Traditional local broadcasts have become passé as hardcore fantasy owners turn instead to season packages like NFL Sunday Ticket, NBA League Pass and MLB Extra Innings, and aggregation programs like the incomparable NFL RedZone, ESPN's NBA Full Court and MLB Network's MLB Tonight. With few exceptions, a fan can watch any game they want, at any time they want and anywhere they want (when DVRs and mobile devices are included in the mix). This past season I would approximate that I watched (and live tweeted) either in part or in it's entirety close to 90 percent of the NFL's games, so, needless to say, this article that ranked each of the 256 NFL games in terms of watchability piqued my interest. Coming from a fantasy perspective, I don't necessarily agree with all of the ratings (Drew Brees owners certainly ate up the Saints 41-0 blowout of the Bucs, the 256th-rated game), but it's a great concept and perfect fodder for debate. There's also a list of the most and least watchable teams of the season. Here are my top and bottom five games and teams of the season through my fantasy eyes.
NFL divisional playoff 'Perfect Team'
We're down to the NFL's version of the Elite Eight this weekend. For those of you playing playoff fantasy games, here's whom I see as having the most favorable matchups.
Fantasy basketball clicks
Perhaps Anthony was already riled up after hearing about this at his alma mater.
Fantasy baseball clicks
"5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played."
Well, here's an easy solution: Establish a separate fantasy baseball wing in the Hall and hold an experts draft based solely on stats for enshrinement, thus eliminating the pesky "integrity, sportsmanship, character" subjectivity clause. The first round gets in each year. Just such a set-up would take the guesswork out of the decision. The all-time Home Run King and annual 40-40 threat Bonds? Welcome to Cooperstown. Roger Clemens and your seven Cy Youngs? No brainer. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Rafael Palmeiro. All in, no questions asked.
And it's not only a rogue's gallery we're looking for. Some players who have been tainted by time would also have a great chance when limiting factors are eliminated. The winningest pitcher of the 1980s, Jack Morris, wouldn't have a problem. Nor would Tim Raines. Or Lee Smith (or any other long-time successful closer). Heck, Dale Murphy was a first-round pick in many of fantasy baseball's early years. Ticket likely punched. Who cares that Edgar Martinez didn't play a position? In the Fantasy Wing, he's in. And the Mile High altitude at Coors Field only enhanced Larry Walker's fantasy value, so why should it hinder his Hall chances? Ticket punched.
And while we're at it, let's not forget about him.