The Great NFL Enhancer

My Thoughts on Fantasy Football

How fantasy football spices up your Sunday afternoons

I want to crush my opponents.

Like General Patton I will show no mercy to my enemies and hope to send them whimpering away come Monday morning. Never mind that I only hope to do so in what has become a favorite time waster around many an office and college dorm. Fantasy Football.

Many football fans say that “fantasy football ruins the way you watch the game!”, and for quite a long time, I didn’t participate in these fantasy “leagues” or office pools that seemed to excite so many of my coworkers. But a few years ago I decided to cave in and give it a try, and boy did I get sucked right in. So bear with me while I disagree with the nay sayers and argue that fantasy football actually enhances the way you watch the game.

First you get a new time waster that gives you the ability to marshal fantasy forces and hope that on Sunday you are as brilliant as General Patton. (when in reality any success is more akin to Scooby Doo-like luck)

Second, I have actually started watching more games than I would have in the past; merely due to the fact that I’m tracking my FF players. Does this mean that I root against “my team” (the Chargers) because my FF running back is Darren McFadden who plays for the Raiders? Nope. It means that I hope that McFadden runs like a panzer tank toward the end zone and that the Chargers go scorched earth on the Raiders’ defense and score 42 fantasy points.

Third, Fantasy Football gives you something talk about on Monday morning at work when you want nothing to do with whatever you get paid for. This can be a great equalizer for the work place (if you and your coworkers don’t get too competitive in some workplace league). Male and female football fan alike can brag about how well their quarterback or wide receiver did on Sunday or lament at how Chris Johnson doesn’t perform now that he got his big paycheck.

So, does being able to brag about your fantasy team actually enhance your Sunday afternoon in front of your TV?

Well if you have a good team it does! And that’s the fun part, if you’re a beginner (like I am) then you can join a beginner league. If you think that you’re the fantasy football equivalent of Admiral Nimitz at the Battle of Midway, then you can compete against others of your superior football intellect. Whomever you are, those games that you never cared about before are all of a sudden more watchable because “you’re running back” is playing. So give Fantasy Football a chance and let’s hear it for football season!

Quotes to Live By – Jim Horning

“Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.”

“Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.”

Jim Horning

Jim Horning actually said that this quote originally came from Mulla Nasrudin, even though he quoted it often. Regardless, the thought this provoked out of me was profound.

In some ways this is saying that in order to be good at anything, first you have to be bad at it. If you can really let that settle in and take root, it can be quite freeing. This belief can give you freedom to just try without fear of judgment, or at least the knowledge that judgment is most often from those who are afraid to try themselves.

I’m not sure that this is a quote I would put up on a sticky on my mirror…but it sure as hell makes me feel better about my future because of the mistakes I know I’ve made in the past.

I won’t let my mistakes haunt me, I will make them help me.

How about you?

Links of the Week (10/07/2019)

What do Netflix hacks, climbing with kids, and Bullet Journaling have in common?…They’re linked here in this week’s good reads.

“It appears to be just plain old theft!” said Chet Wisniewski, principal research scientist at the security firm Sophos. “I don’t really see anything to it other than getting free Netflix Premium.”

​I’ve had my Netflix account hacked before…was always curious why. So was this writer.

Rewinding a Netflix account hack: Why would somebody bother?

Having kids is the most gear-intensive sport there is. Not even kayaking, the most cumbersome and clunkiest of all outdoor activities, can compete with “kids.” The amount of stuff you need—no really, you do—is boggling. Make a human, and fast-and-light minimalism will become a vestige of a past life, one in which you never realized had been filled so much time, sleep, and sends.

​Truer words have never been written.

What You Need to Climb with Kids | Evening Sends

Devotees of the Bullet Journal, a cultish notebook-organization system tagged in more than eight million posts on Instagram, will tell you that there are two kinds of notebook people: those who keep multiple notebooks and those who keep just one.

​I dove down the Bullet Journaling rabbit hole a while back…never thought the New York Times would do a piece on it.

Can Bullet Journaling Save You?

Even if you’ve never heard of University of Michigan psychologist David Dunning, you are no doubt intimately familiar with the concept that bears his name. It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect, and it says that while the competent are often plagued with doubt, the incompetent tend to be blissfully sure of their excellence.

Or to put it more bluntly, stupid or incompetent people are often too stupid or incompetent to understand exactly how stupid and incompetent they are. They think they’re awesome.

​Interesting read…give some tips on how to “reduce” your chances of being or acting like a stupid person.

How Not to Be Stupid, According to a Top Stupidity Researcher

Breaking the Seal on Vlogging Cameras

Broke away from my old camera not meant for video, to a legend in the vlogging world…

This is when I broke the seal on vlogging cameras and bought my Canon 80d. It’s a fantastic camera for the non-pro type like myself and I can see why it’s considered a legendary vlog camera. So solid.

Song for the Weekend (10/03/2019)

Gucci bags, stacks on stacks, diamonds spillin’ out the champagne glass…

I was surprised to see so many negative comments in the comments on this YouTube video of what I think is one hell of a fun song. If you have ever seen Zac Brown Band in concert you would know that these guys can rock out.

The Dismal State of the Digital Media

This article popped into my inbox from Readthisthing.com a while back. It’s a pretty harsh look at the state of digital journalism, why “native advertising” has grown, and why there aren’t more full time gigs out there for talented young writers.

This article popped into my inbox from Readthisthing.com a while back. It’s a pretty harsh look at the state of digital journalism, why “native advertising” has grown, and why there aren’t more full time gigs out there for talented young writers.

In case you haven’t heard, journalism is now in perpetual crisis, and conditions are increasingly surreal.

But for every crisis in every industry, a potential savior emerges. And in journalism, the latest candidate is sponsored content.

Also called native advertising, sponsored content borrows the look, the name recognition, and even the staff of its host publication to push brand messages on unsuspecting viewers. Forget old-fashioned banner ads, those most reviled of early Internet artifacts. This is vertically integrated, barely disclaimed content marketing, and it’s here to solve journalism’s cash flow problem, or so we’re told.

​The idea of native advertising just seems wrong to me. Perhaps it’s because I’m one of those people who exhaustively research a potential purchase, wanting to know all the good and bad aspects of something. Balanced writing seems to be hard to come by and native advertising is only making it harder.

Last spring, the American Society of Magazine Editors relaxed its guidelines for native advertising, changing “Don’t Ask Editors to Write Ads” to something resembling a wink and a nod: “Editors should avoid working with and reporting on the same marketer.” So much for the firewall.

​Another bad sign for the industry.

And so it is that American journalism, in this late decadent phase, has come to mistake its biggest rivals for its dearest sponsors.

​The author paints a pretty dim picture for his chosen profession. He seems to think that big brand publishers, who have money to pay writers, should stop paying “name brand” journalists so much and instead hire a few more writers at lower/reasonable salary. That makes sense but doesn’t seem like a solid long term solution.

​I don’t pretend to know anything about the journalism industry…so what is the answer?

The Rest Is Advertising | Jacob Silverman

Quotes to Live By – Winston Churchill

Let this one simmer for a bit…

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

Let that simmer for a bit.

Perhaps this is my chance at a successful website. It’s probably my 3rd or 4th over the years and I know that I have ways I can contribute to this big blue ball we call earth. Hoping I can start that here with you.