The thinking chair
This is it, folks. As the band Europe wrote more than 22 years ago, it's The Final Countdown. (Hey, admit it, you loved that song.)
One week to go -- less, given next Thursday's kickoff game -- before the NFL is officially on like Donkey Kong.
That means the majority of you are either finishing up your drafts or just about to plunge in. I have two drafts between Labor Day and the Thursday game. Some of this is just pure logistics, but it's an outcome I'm generally happy with. How many owners of
So it goes both ways. But in a world where information is key, and injuries are prevalent, waiting to draft is always a good call.
But if you are knee deep in your prep for fantasy football, that might mean you aren't quite paying attention to your fantasy baseball teams. So, here's a pop quiz:
What National League first baseman, through Thursday's games, had the following line: .267 BA, .348 OBP, 30 HR, 93 RBI, and 74 runs scored? Scratch your head for a minute, because unless you own him, you probably wouldn't know that the answer is
So, who are those kinds of guys in the NFL? Here are some names of solid talent who are dropping far because they had subpar seasons last year, coupled with the decidedly unsexy nature of their ... age. Guys like
Now, I get it. Leaving a draft with the kind of potential that the kids on the second list provide is simply fun; there's a rush to knowing that you may very well have the breakout star of 2008 on your roster. (And like everyone else, me loves me The Megatron.) But let's talk about Stewart and McFadden for a second. Even their biggest fans can't assume they'll be getting starting carries for the first few games. They simply won't.
Then, look at stud wide receivers such as
Hey, speaking of September --
I don't tread too deeply in terms of the NBA, because there are lots of other folks out there with more knowledge than me, but I had a full body sag yesterday when I read that Warriors franchise player
Speaking of terrible franchises, how about those Cincinnati Bungles? That's right, they are officially back to being the Bungles, especially in the way they've "managed" the
Think about how backward that is. You don't talk down folks you are trying to trade; you do the exact opposite. When the Bungles discovered that they'd successfully talked the market price of Johnson down to somewhere around zero, they then suddenly said he was in the mix for the starting RB job again. Hey! Good times! Now, Johnson has been cut from the team before breaking camp.
You wouldn't run your fantasy team this way. How do people get paid actual salaries to run an NFL franchise like this?
Noodle on that, and enjoy the Labor Day weekend.