As Christmas nears we all start to get that familiar anxiety known as PFD…Post Football Depression. We start thinking of things as lasts. Last Monday Night Football. Last Philip Rivers tantrum at the ref. Last Redskins cornerback getting burned. Last Dez Bryant annoying TD celebration making you hate him more but making you begrudgingly acknowledge a great play. You know what I mean.
But take heart. While the regular season winds down, the playoff picture heats up. Here are the top games to watch this weekend –
- Kansas City at Pittsburgh – two teams trying to claw their way into the playoffs
- Atlanta at New Orleans – this game will likely decide the NFC South, a hapless division where a team with a losing record could get a home playoff game.
- Seattle at Arizona –again, a likely division decider. Seattle was humbled earlier in the season but thing turn on a dime in football, and they are looking unstoppable as of now. Just don’t way “Legion of Boom” or I will lose it with you and your lame nicknames.
Andrew Luck, you head game-playing nerdy little genius
Ah, my Colts. Always the class of the league. And as a Colts fan, going from one stand-up guy at QB, Peyton, to another, Andrew Luck, was a once-in-a-lifetime football fan gift from God. Now, we find out our brilliant Stanford architect is also the nicest trash talker in football. Or is he? Mind games, I say. And given that we are one of only four teams that have clinched a playoff playoff berth, and three that have clinched a division title, I’d also say it’s working.
Running Quarterbacks are less relevant than a Windows Phone
Can we all just agree now that the whole read option, running quarterback experiment has ended badly? Was it really just two years ago when people were talking about how young guns like Kaepernick and RGIII were the new guard, quick to dismiss our beloved pocket passers like Brees and Manning. Not so fast. What we’ve found is that not only are these quick little field generals more likely to get hurt or but as defenses key in on the read option offense, the new crop of faster defensive ends can stop this nonsense immediately. There’s a reason why the top quarterbacks in the game stay that way year after year. I’m all for change, but in this case the wheels have fallen off the bandwagon.
The Manziel Debut
Some may say I jinxed poor Johnny Football, to which I say – good on me! Fun fact, the last time a rookie QB lost badly was way back in 2000, when that powerhouse Spergon Wynn also repped the Browns on his road to shame.
Fantasy Football Ridiculous Success
I’m thrilled to tell you I’m in the finals of my Fantasy Football league. This is much less based on expertise and more based on pure luck. It is super thrilling to think that I might be winning not only a spa gift card but the bragging rights over many of my male friends.
My keys to success are similar to my keys to success in life, so read and learn, my friend:
- Research, research, research
There is no substitute for hard work in life and spending the time you should be doing real work doing your fantasy football research will get you far.
- Stick with who brung ya
I know they all say don’t pick your favorite players on your fantasy team, but at the end of the day I got to the end with many Colts and few Patriots. The shiny new pony isn’t always the fastest. If your instincts are telling you that TY Hilton is going to have a monster year and Ray Rice may run into some ups and downs (please appreciate all puns there), it’s ok to go for your go-tos.
- Believe in yourself
At the end of the day, no one else but you can decide if Reggie Wayne finally needs to retire, if Robert Woods is ever going to develop or if Aryan Foster is na-ma-stay-ing on the bench this weekend. Trust your gut and you’ll go far, or at lease not feel so douchey about losing but fielding a bunch of jerks.
P.S. Suck it, smart football guys! The Hail Mary Girls Fantasy League was a smash success and we’re coming for you.
Tune in next week as I’ve been working hard to find the perfect gift for each and every team and you will be amazed at my thoughtfulness.