When re­al­ity fails, there's al­ways fan­tasy

The Covington News - - Nfl football local sports sports - Josh Briggs

The line be­tween re­al­ity and fan­tasy can be fuzzy at best for some peo­ple. I can say I am one of those who bor­ders on rea­son­able, at least when it comes to foot­ball.

With two weeks of foot­ball in the books I’ve come to re­al­ized some­thing. Thank Bill Walsh for the NFL. No, Walsh didn’t in­vent the game. He may have in­vented the West Coast of­fense. OK, so maybe he did rein­vent the game. But what I mean is I am thank­ful for pro foot­ball.

Let me put on my fire suit right quick be­fore I say this. OK all zipped up. I love the NFL and here’s why. Fan­tasy foot­ball. Well, re­ally I’ve been a fan for close to 30 years (even though I’m a salty 35), but be­lieve it or not, this is the first year I’ve played make be­lieve foot­ball and I love it.

I know this is col­lege foot­ball coun­try and that’s cool and all, but I just can’t get into watch­ing your fa­vorite team lose a game then have vir­tu­ally no shot at a cham­pi­onship. Not to men­tion, I en­joy watch­ing quar­ter­backs sling the ball all over the field and that just doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten in col­lege, at least not east of the Rocky Moun­tains. Back in the day when Ge­or­gia had Eric Zeier, Ten­nessee had Pey­ton Man­ning and Florida had, well it didn’t mat­ter when Steve Spurrier was the coach be­cause he’d throw the ball with any­one, you would see some high-pow­ered pass­ing games. But watch­ing Auburn take down Mis­sis­sippi State 3-2 just doesn’t do a whole lot for me.

Fan­tasy foot­ball does won­ders for your Sun­day tele­vi­sion ex­pe­ri­ence. I try and stick around the house as much as pos­si­ble sim­ply be­cause I’m afraid that by just walk­ing out my front door, money will fly out of my pocket and van­ish the way of the dodo bird. I don’t need that. I don’t

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