Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I forgot I had posted this last year, but I stumbled across the post while clearing out some spam comments. So I decided I'd post another facts column. I did quite well in fantasy sports this year, but will be the first to remind people: it's all a crapshoot.

Apparently I was in a bit of a confident mood at this time last year. I’m sort of pigeonholed into that format now, but I guess I don’t mind it.
I present these facts; if they are interpreted as bragging, so be it:

  • In the eight years I've competed in fantasy football (all the same league), I've been in five championships and won four.
  • The Commish is the only one who has ever beaten me in the finals (hat tip, Taylor).
    • Incidentally, I’ll be taking over for the Big Guy next year as commissioner of the league. He’ll do a pick ‘em league with the crew, but life’s demands have grabbed him by the wrist and politely tugged him from our fantasy community.
  • I'm the only person who has defended a title. 
  • When I won in 2010, my team name was Wet Socks.
  • Fantasy sports are a crapshoot.
  • I finished in last place in 2009.
  • Which means I also pulled off a (possibly unprecedented?) worst-to-first-to-first progression.
  • I’m the first to three-peat in this or any league I’ve been a part of or heard of.

    • (This from last year’s post: “I'll be back with the same group of guys next year, but don't talk about a three-peat yet. I'm just focused on winning next year's draft. (Read: take it one day at a time, etc.”)
    • Seems like I was saying all the right things.
  • I was nearly ready to stop watching NFL football in 2005 when my middle school friends approached me with the idea of starting the league. I was dead set against joining, but with some arm twisting and as a favor to a great group of friends I reluctantly obliged.
  • Two-hundred sixty points is by far and away the most points ever scored in this league. There is a small contingent in what we call the 200-point club. I believe I’m the only repeat jacket-wearer, and this was easily the most “clutch” points explosion in league history.
  • Posted by my opponent following the final whistle: “Fact: setting an ideal lineup with all other players in the league (both owned and [free agents]) against Derek's would have won you the game by 3 points.”
  • Here is my draft (points-per-reception league). Round (overall selection)
 Andy Dalton and CJ Spiller, at first blush, were my best value picks.


  1. For the record, I picked up a second league this year, too, with my former co-workers at the Daily. I won the regular season title and the playoffs championship in that league.

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