make much coin as it is so forget all that nonsense. I’m safer at home. But sitting around the house can get tedious. That’s why fantasy football has revitalized my Sunday’s.
I’m not the owner of my fantasy team. That honor goes to my wife. Call me the head coach with some personnel decision-making power. I’m kind of like Dan Reeves minus the losing record (at least so far. I’ll go more into that in a minute). We have started off the year 2-0 and are coming off a 147-114 pasting of one of my wife’s co-workers (Denny, you're all right). But the really cool thing is we have two of the top four quarterbacks right now and our third running back, Matt Forte, is creeping his way into the top-10. I went out on a limb and snagged Aaron Rogers while everyone else was scrambling to pick up guys like Jeremy Shockey and Joey Galloway. So far, Rogers has scored 31 points for us. Last week I sat him and he would have scored 26. We chose to go with our No. 1 quarterback, Jay Cutler, last week and he scored a solid 23. What did Cutler do Sunday? Well, 38 points, but he sat on the bench for us. As you see, we have a quarterback controversy brewing. Who should we start? Who cares if they are both going to give us those kinds of numbers.
I will admit we stole a win in our first game. The team we played last week had Tom Brady as its main guy. He went down in the first quarter and everyone knows the rest. But nobody can deny we laid the wood on our opponent this week (Denny, you got Griffen next. Take out your frustrations on the kid brother).
I’m digging fantasy football. I do have to listen to a bunch of hot air from talking heads like Tiki Barber and Michael Strahan but whatever. I can sift through the bull. But the best thing that has come out of fantasy football for me is my team owner. This is the first time in five years together I have enjoyed watching football again. Fantasy football has given my wife a reason to get into the sport that has flowed through my veins for nearly three decades. Again, if you’re a native of the Atlanta area, you wouldn’t understand. But I’m a Bay Area transplant and the 49ers played as much a role in my childhood as my parents did.
I love my fantasy football team, especially its owner. Maybe college football would be cool if they did something similar. Since that never will happen, I’ll probably only ever be a pro football fan. Sure, I’ll always pull for the Buckeyes despite their last three debacles against big-time opponents. That’s my wife's team and she deserves equal attention (which is why I don’t mind paying for the Big-10 Network even though we had it for free with DirecTV). Ohio State does it the right way. Not to mention, it’s pretty dang hard to compete on the recruiting trail with the likes of USC, Georgia and the Florida schools. Ohio State doesn’t offer Playboy 101 or intro to straw cowboy hat making. But until the NCAA gets a playoff system, the NFL is the ticket for me.
Sundays are a day of rest for us all. Many folks go to church while some spend time with family. For me, it’s a day to watch football with my wife. I can’t imagine anything better. If you haven’t tried it yet, get a fantasy football team. You might just find the line between reality and fantasy may be clearer than you think.