As I mentioned, I recently got married. The weeks leading up to my October wedding were some of the greatest and most stressful weeks of my life. It was an interesting way to spend early fall. See, usually I would spend the week studying fantasy stats, reviewing the spread, then get drunk on Sunday and watch it all play out. However, wedding bells change everything.
I’ll be honest, week one and two I got to participate in my yearly football ritual. I watched all the games, played two strong weeks in all three of my fantasy leagues, covered the spread in my Cover 5 league – it was a great start to the season. Then, just about one month before my big day, everything changed. My wife and I didn’t have a wedding planner to help with the wedding day prep, so we were completely on our own. As week three came around, I cashed in the Bud Lights and Steel City sandwiches for stuffing hotel bags and packaging favors. It wasn’t a choice, it was more a way of life. We lived and breathed wedding and with only four weeks left, we were in full on wedding stealth mode.
So what happens when you are in full on wedding stealth mode? Well – all three of your fantasy teams go to shit. And I mean complete shit. There’s no such thing as drafting a fantasy football team and letting it manage itself. It just doesn’t work that way. So, as you can imagine, after two strong weeks, everything tanked. I had Roethlisberger taking snaps while he was coaching from the sidelines. Le’Von Bell was on the bench! And the most embarrassing of it all – I ignored bye weeks. I was a disgrace. Here I was, a die-hard football fan that couldn’t even keep track of his favorite players. I let myself down and tarnished my fantasy reputation.
So, three weeks ago, with my head held high and my wedding behind me, I officially returned to fantasy football. However, the curse of fantasy neglect continued to haunt me. Now, as we approach week 10, I sit in last place in all three leagues with no playoff hopes in sight. It’s sad. But on a bright note, all of our wedding thank you cards have been sent.
I guess it’s the little things. And a happy wife is a happy life. 170 days until the 2016 draft.