Posts Tagged ‘football’

Dallas Cowboys Game

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

People often ask how I became a Cowboys fan, growing up in the D.C. area and going to college in Philly. The short of it is I grew up in a Cowboys household. How? It’s a somewhat entangled story involving my dad switching allegiances when he was younger because of a traumatic trade between the Eagles and Redskins. The result is everyone in my family immediately are Cowboys’ fans… for better or worse. One member of my extended family, my cousin Chris, also became a Cowboys fan for the same reason despite spending his entire life just outside Philly.

I’ve been to several Cowboys games in my life, including two in Dallas (ending up in the ER before one of them) and the career-ending game for Michael Irvin in Philly. I had not been to the new stadium and my cousin had never been to Dallas, so I decided several years ago I wanted to give him a trip to a game for his 40th birthday. We lived three states away growing up, but I always slept on his floor whenever we visited grandparents. We played video games, made crass jokes, and often laughed until our stomachs hurt. I don’t know if I’ve ever told him that he’s the closest thing I had to a brother growing up. So, yeah… we met in the middle for 48 hours of Cowboys fever.

I’d like to say I have a ton of really cool photos, but I don’t. I didn’t take my camera and we didn’t do much else than hang out in sports bars while we weren’t at the game, so there’s not much to see. Heck, neither of us even remembered to take a picture during the game! We didn’t know when we booked that this would be a season to forget, but at least it was a good game. I’m glad we went – we got to see the stadium, hang out with a bunch of Cowboys fans, and catch up on life.

Fantasy Football 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Another year down and I have to say, it was a very strange one. I ended up in the same leagues as last year, although most of them weren’t exactly the same as previous years. The league with my dad was the most similar, but with me living in Seattle and my dad living in South Carolina, this was the first year the whole group didn’t drive to somewhere in Maryland to draft. The family league only had four competitors (Me, Melissa, my cousin and his brother in law) and wasn’t for any money because we never got around to agreeing. The league I commission was the most… different. I wasn’t going to run one but about half the league said they were interested a few weeks before the season. Since this was around the time Melissa left, I hastily set up a new league at ESPN (from CBS) and screwed up a bunch of settings from my lack of due diligence in the process. The end result was a league with mid-season rule votes, changes and non-changes that just left a bad feeling in a lot of peoples’ mouths, including mine. Given the difficulties, I probably should have foregone hosting one – something I will probably do next year.

Big $ w/Dad ex-Everything Family Pick’em
Regular Season Record 9-5 5-8 146 correct
Rank in Points 6th of 10 3rd of 10 1st of 4
Seed 3rd of 10 7th of 10 n/a
Playoff Result 4th of 4 n/a n/a
  • The big money league went very much the same as year. I managed to make the playoffs, despite being pretty low on points and lost both games once making it there. I did manage a five game win streak to put me in first at 9-3 after week 12, but I wouldn’t win another game after that. Dropping the last two games of the season and losing both playoffs games is a crappy way to end a season, but at least I made it to the playoffs (for the third year in a row) and got my money back.
  • I don’t have that much to say about my other fantasy league as I was mediocre all season long. I did pretty well in points, but that about having as many crappy weeks as I had really good ones. My team just couldn’t product consistently and I missed the playoffs by a good margin.
  • I won my family league! Naturally, it would come the year it’s not for any money. There were only three other competitors but I did win or tie 8 of the last 11 weeks of the season. I’m electing to feel good about this one.

Fantasy Football 2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I usually post a mid-season report, but I’ve had a bit going on lately. The good news is, despite the distractions, I’ve had a fairly good year of football. I’m down one league; combining the committed players from the two I commissioned into one league. This league ended up being an interesting conglomeration of ex-coworkers, ex-cohorters and friends/family of both myself and those involved. The league, combined with the long running league I’m in with dad, seem to provide a good balance of gaming and commitment. Now, the stats…

Big $ w/Dad ex-Everything Family Pick’em
Regular Season Record 8-6 11-3 137 correct (155 won)
Rank in Points 5th of 10 1st of 12 3rd of 7
Seed 4th of 10 1st of 12 n/a
Playoff Result 4th of 4 1st of 4 n/a

  • I pulled my single greatest comeback in the league with my dad. My team got off to a very slow start and after six weeks I found myself at 1-5. I really have nothing to blame other than my poor draft, of which I had a bad feeling immediately after it completed. I managed to win the next 7 and climb my way into the playoffs against all odds. Unfortunately I lost the last three of the season, but I felt the season was a success considering my horrible start. Getting to the playoffs ensures you finish in the money, so I really can’t ask for anything more.
  • My other league was more or less gangbusters from start to finish. I felt pretty good about my draft and after a 2-2 start, I went on an incredible 9 game win streak. I finished as the #1 seed with the most points and, despite dropping the last game of the season, won both my playoff games. The money is somewhat inconsequential; putting the Championship trophy on my desk at work will be way sweeter!
  • I had another mediocre year in my family’s pick’em league. I was never really in the running and two of the people stopped playing with a few weeks to go, so I can’t say 3rd is that much of an accomplishment. On the bright side, Melissa crushed my always-wins-everything cousin by 17 points… and I bankrolled her entry. Ahh… glorious, glorious interest. I can’t wait to collect!