I previously wrote that my fantasy football season had ended with a thud, but there's still the NFL playoffs version that runs through the Super Bowl. I submitted a lineup this past Saturday. There are no substitutions, so if a player's team gets knocked out that slot is done for the rest of the playoffs.
Good news: I still have a chance to get some money back, or I might totally humiliate myself.
Bad news: I still have a chance to get some money back, or I might totally humiliate myself.
Bad news: I only went 2-2 in picking the wild card games last weekend. I knew Arizona was weak. I didn't know they were weak enough for Carolina to beat them. Thought for sure the Steelers would be able to handle the Ravens.
Good news: I didn't select any players from the wild card teams.
Bad news: The Cowboys-Lions game was possibly the worst officiated playoff game I've ever seen. As a football fan who was not invested in either team winning, there was a moment when I had to wonder if the fix was in. The NFL really doesn't want fans to seriously start thinking the games are rigged.
Bad news: Noted dirtbag Ndamukong Suh had his suspension for deliberately stomping on Aaron Rodger's leg lifted and he was allowed to play in Sunday's game. Suh's teammate, Dominic Raiola is also a dirtbag player who should have received more than a one game suspension for his deliberate stomp. This is another area where the NFL is losing credibility and infuriating their fans by failing to deliver real punishment for serial cheap shot artists.
Good news: We got to see Suh start crying like a little girl after the game. Cue my favorite South Park clip:
Neither good nor bad, yet: I usually hedge my bets by picking some players from what I think are the four strongest teams in the playoffs. This year I decided on simplicity:
- QB-Aaron Rodgers, GB
- RB1-CJ Anderson, DEN
- RB2-Eddie Lacy, GB
- WR1-Jordy Nelson, GB
- WR2-Randall Cobb, GB
- WR3-D. Thomas, DEN
- K-C. Barth, DEN
- X-player-P. Manning.
Yeah, I'm picking Denver and Green Bay to meet in the Super Bowl. I think that if they play to their potential offensively and if they take care of the ball there's no team in their respective conferences that can hang with them. The Patriots also have that quality to a good extent, but I can't bring myself to hope that Emperor Belpatine wins anything. Besides, even if I do pick a Patriot player it's guaranteed that Billichick will suddenly develop a mysterious antipathy toward that player and sit him on the bench or take him out when they get near the goal line. Seriously, it's uncanny.