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This week, I came out with one win and one loss.  But in both cases, I felt much better about my teams as my players actually had some good performances – the fact that my opponent managed to outscore me is a little bit of a sore point, but I have to blame the fact that I left Houshmandzadeh on the bench this week (who would have believed he would have had 140+ yards receiving and a touchdown against the Giants?)  Otherwise, I would have had two wins under my belt for the week.

Speaking of wins – how crazy was the San Diego / Jets game last night?  I was watching in the hopes that my receiver and running back would clinch the games for me – when the Jets first picked off Rivers and ran it in for a touchdown, I was sure the Chargers were going to end up with their third loss of the season.  But their defense really stepped up and started putting the pressure on the Jets, forcing Favre to return the favor with a couple of interceptions of his own.  It looked like Favre is still a little shaky trying to work out the details of the Jets' offense (even though he rallied back a bit towards the end of the game) – let's hope he gets back in the saddle in the upcoming weeks, as he's my backup quarterback when it looks like Romo is going to have a bad week.

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For every high, there must be a low.  And in keeping with the theory of distribution of luck, my fortuitous wins of last week's games have been canceled out by my horrible, horrible losses this week.  I can't even blame it on my opposition this week – even though they had some amazing performances from some of their players, my roster just didn't do what they needed to do.  I'll just take it as a lesson in humility and hope I bounce back in this upcoming week.  Houshmandzadeh is officially on notice, though – one more crappy performance and he's outta there, for good.

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Hopefully by throwing the words "Fantasy Football" in the title of my posts, I can warn off the folks who aren't interested in my weekly recaps (Kevin).  I'll refrain from doing more than one of these a week, and there won't be any other content besides football or Fantasy Football in them, so feel free to ignore these posts if that's not your cup of tea.

This year, I decided to form a local league with my coworkers in addition to the one my friends in Syracuse play in.  This way I have some folks at work to trash-talk and discuss the games with, which I've been missing since I moved away from Syracuse.  Since I had more experience with fantasy football than my other coworkers, I set up the league and am League Commissioner, which is a fancy way of saying I get to do all the behind-the-scenes organization crap with no extra compensation for it.  But hey!  At least I get a local league to play in!

And I won my local league's first week game against my opponent, the Scorpions!

Although my defense really let me down, my other players made up for it enough to let me squeak by for the win.  I think Maroney's going to be a bust this year now that Brady is out for the season – his replacement likes to throw the ball so the running game looks to be low priority.

Oh yeah, I also won my other league's game, but only because my opponent has the worst 1st-week luck of anyone I've ever seen!

Yes, I won this week primarily because my opponent's quarterback got sidelined for the season early in the first quarter of his game.  Not shown here is his backup receiver (Nate Burleson) who ALSO suffered a season-ending knee injury in his week one game (hence my opponent's new team name).  Talk about crappy luck of the draft!

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Well, week 1 is done, and while I'm busy cursing the atrocious ball-handling abilities of Steve Jackson, at least I can look forward to some of the upcoming weeks, when my fantasy team should do better.

It was a close match up this week, but I ended up losing by a mere 10 points, which, as you'll see, is not that much when you look at some of the performances my team roster brought in.

There are always "woulda-coulda-shoulda" thoughts on who to play when all is said and done.  If I had played Marshawn Lynch instead of Steve Jackson's fumbling ass, I would have had an extra 14 points.  If Chad Johnson had received even a single pass in the 2nd half, he would have hit 100 yards and given me an extra 7 points.  If the Browns had a decent quarterback, Braylon Edwards might have netted me more than 2 points, and remained on my starting roster.  But oh well, chalk it up to a learning experience, and hopefully I'll have a better time of it next week.  My opponent has a really good week lined up, so I'm hoping for some extra good performances from my team to even give me a shot at winning.

*Kevin, I eagerly await your RPG session recap to combat my fantasy football recap post.

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Psst – Before you read any further, please note I'm talking about American football, not the better kind you play primarily with your feet.

It's about that time of year again, where pro-football fans hunker down on their couches and cheer on their teams, reveling in every pass, rush, sack, and touchdown.  The pre-season games have started, the teams get their first chance to really show off their new talent and plays, and the fans get a taste of the game to warm up to before the madness of the official season is upon us.

I'm a football fan.  Not a die-hard, paint-your-face-and-chest and scream-until-you're-hoarse fan (although this might be worth trying out one Sunday at home, to see how the wife and daughter react), but just a typical sports fan who enjoys seeing the competition, the well-crafted plays, and the superb athleticism of the players.  They may be overpaid (that's a topic for another day), but those NFL players sure put on a fun show.

With football season comes Fantasy Football.  I'm part of a league that plays on the fantasy football system hosted by Yahoo, with some friends of mine who are up in New York.  We each pay some money into a pot at the beginning of the season, throw a buck into the pot for each trade made during the season, and winner takes all at the end.  Of course, winner also has to pay for the Superbowl party, but they still make out okay.  And of course, they have bragging rights until the next season starts.  I really enjoy Fantasy Football because it allows me to be interested in games/teams I normally wouldn't care about.  Plus it's fun to talk smack with my friends and hash over what I coulda/shoulda done for my week's roster.  Even if I'm not very good (I usually finish about 4th or 5th place out of 10 teams), it's a fun and entertaining way to pass the season.

My fantasy league's draft will be Wednesday the 5th, the night before the first regular season game (yes, our league's commissioner is a procrastinator).  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get some good picks this year, but I'll be halfway back in the draft order, so I'll most likely get a couple powerhouses, a couple mediocre players, a couple sleepers, and a dud or two.  It'll sort itself out after a few weeks though, so I'm not too worried.

The Panthers Will Win Tonight...Hopefully
The Patriots Will Be Going Down Tonight

Also, a vendor who sells some stuff to our office had an extra pair of tickets to tonight's game of the Panthers vs. the Patriots, and guess who gets to go?  The game's at 8pm, so my wife and I managed to get the sister-in-law to babysit and we'll be heading down to Bank of America stadium to check out the pre-game festivities, enjoy some beer (well, at least I will…the wife is 5 months pregnant and therefore the designated driver), and then take in what should be a pretty fun game.  It probably won't be a nailbiter, given that it's a pre-season game, but it'll be my first actual attendance at a pro-football game, so I'm very excited.

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