Tuesday, October 16 – 10:45 AM
Sometimes it really is better to be lucky than to be good. I was very lucky last night. Two weeks after throwing away a win by starting Carson Palmer over Jay Cutler, I narrowly escaped blowing a 58 point lead heading into Monday Night Football. Sure, my opponent still had Antonio Gates and Eric Decker, but seriously, what were the odds that both of them would put up season-best stat lines? I wouldn’t even bother to watch the game. With the Yanks off and no football, I’d enjoy a relaxing evening, maybe watch a few TV shows before catching up on some much-needed sleep. If the Yankees are going to lose, can’t they just lose in nine innings? As if the Division Series wasn’t draining enough, Game 1 of the ALCS was excruciating, overcoming a 4-0 ninth inning deficit only to lose in extras. Come on, guys! But I’m getting way off topic.
Anyway, my plan to ignore the Broncos-Chargers game was going quite smoothly until midway through the third quarter, when I casually glanced at the box score online and noticed that Decker and Gates were both on pace to score season-highs. My lead was down to 20. A few minutes later, it was 15. Forget about catching up on sleep. I turned on ESPN. And when Decker caught a long touchdown pass late in the game, I had lost. But wait, offensive pass interference! No catch, no touchdown. I won by 10. Turns out that Decker missed out on another touchdown earlier in the game when he slipped en route to the endzone.
So, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than to be good.
Thursday, October 18 – 11:52 AM
I picked up Felix Jones about a month ago, figuring that it was only a matter of time before the injury-prone DeMarco Murray missed some time. I was right. A foot injury sidelined Murray for most of the second half of last Sunday’s game against the Ravens, and he’s already been ruled out for this week. And it sounds like he could miss multiple weeks. Great news for me, right? I wish. For some reason, I settled on Jones as the weakest link on my roster when deciding on who to drop to make room for Blair Walsh, my bye-week replacement kicker for Week 5. I’m pretty sure it was because Felix had gained a miniscule 13 yards on three carries through his first four games. It seemed like a logical reason at the time, but it now seems ridiculous. So if Jason Hanson wasn’t on a bye that week, Jones would still be on my roster. Of course, Jones now belongs to the team that had the #1 waiver priority. The running back position isn’t exactly a strength of mine as I’ve been relying on the underwhelming Steven Jackson to fill my RB2 slot. When my RB byes arrive, starting next week (Ray Rice), this could get ugly. Danny Woodhead, anyone? Yep, he’ll be in my starting lineup!
And that concludes the Felix Jones disaster story. Dumb mistake or just plain old bad luck? A little bit of both, I think.