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First FFB Team – NFL.com

I’m not normally a big fan of auto-draft, but with wifi issues this evening and probably downtime for the site itself, I’m okay with my first team of the year. This platform is NFL.com – I’ve got three more drafts over the next week on three different platforms. I’m going to pay for this somewhere down the road this season, I’m sure.

I’ll tweak a bit before opening week, but mainly I’ll watch for what’s up after week one. Feels good to be back into Fall and Football, doesn’t it?

we’re all in this together

I appreciate these mornings. Everyone else is still in bed. I have some time to self downstairs. The coffee smells great. The thoughts and ideas are unimpeded. I’m listening to NPR Weekend Edition, sipping a cup of Tully’s Kona Roast, typing on a laptop, surfing through yesterday’s football scores… life is good.

By the way, Georgia is the only loss so far for the SEC on opening weekend. Way to go, Dawgs.

The lead story has been that the President is planning to “speak to school children” this week, raising the threat level in those who are fearful and untrusting of anyone/anything different. A few weeks ago, I saw a twitter or blogpost from someone that it looked like we were entering a Big Brother kind of society, where government watches and decides and tells us what to think. The “socialist” health care proposals are bringing out the loud squeaky wheels to town halls to shout down the evil.

It looks to me like we’ve lost our sense of being in this thing together. The economy is bad, life is stressed, jobs are hard to find and hard to keep, and we want to know if it’s going to be okay or not. I honestly don’t know if it will, especially if the US vs THEM, or US v ALL OF THEM EVILDOERS, doesn’t give way at some point to real compassion, real discussion, real conversation and dinner and coffee together to just feel better about the people around us.

Liane asked the randomly chosen contestant on the Puzzle, “how are you doing in Fort Bragg?” – “We’re all getting by.”

That’s the truth, about all we can count on at any given point in our lives. “We’re all getting by” means nothing more and nothing less than we are doing the bet we can, that we are all in the middle of it, and that it’s passing into the past somehow, “getting by” as we get along. I just wonder if we as a nation are missing out on the best parts by focusing on the scary parts, by demonizing the disjointed parts, by closing in and away from the together parts of “we’re all getting by”…

thoughts on football

  • Twenty-one  football seasons ago, I met Vicki and we went to SC football games. I’m exceedingly grateful to have found a friend and life-mate who enjoys sports with me, something I do not take for granted. We’ve now known each other longer than we didn’t know each other before, and there are years of tailgating and good/bad games under our belts together.
  • I used to go to our high school football games more, even at least a game or two on the road back in the day. Airport High beat cross-suburb rival B-C the other night. I’m not personally as much into those games these days, and I’m not sure why. Probably just that it’s Friday after what have proved to be long stressful weeks. But I’m going to chang that this season, I hope.
  • In high school, Airport was pretty good. They are on the cusp again most years, but not breaking through to the top quite yet.
  • Then there’s the Gamecocks – would enjoy a really good season this year. There aren’t many bandagon Gamecock fans, mainly because mediocre doesn’t have a bandwagon. But there’s always next year, and with the first game still unplayed, it feels like this can be the one. At least until the day after that first game, right?
  • I remember driving with James and our dates to the Union game in high school. His date shot him in the leg – it was a cap gun, it looked real, he made her freak. That was fun and memorable.
  • We’ve been playing fantasy football for a few seasons. I never really got into the NFL with anything more than a passing interest, but with FFB it’s been easy to make autumn weekends all football all the time. It’s the only sport I can play “fantasy” with – it’s once a week, not every day like NBA or MLB and others, and I’ve got just enough attention span on a weekend to prepare.
  • We’ve seen some great wins, probably more disheartening losses, and had some good times together at ballgames. Looking forward to Thursday night’s opener against NC State. We’re undefeated and don’t take that for granted at any point in the timeline, right?

first fantasy draft

This is my roster from the first fantasy draft of the season. Not bad – hopefully I’ll break into the playoffs with this one. I’ve got spots left in another league drafting next week – leave a comment and let me know if you’re interested.

  • Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles
  • Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins
  • Phillip Rivers, QB, Chargers
  • TJ Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks
  • Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs
  • Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers
  • Kellen Winslow, TE, Bucaneers
  • Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals
  • Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens
  • Tory Holt, WR, Jaguars
  • Troy Williamson, WR, Jaguars
  • Jared Cook, TE, Titans
  • Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings
  • Ryan Succop, K, Chiefs
  • Carolina, DEF