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I Draft, Therefore I am

Rene Descartes quote was used before its time I think. He was really talking about our fantasy football league this year. His actual quote:

“Accordingly, seeing that our senses sometimes deceive us, I was willing to suppose that there existed nothing really such as they presented to us; and because some men err in reasoning, and fall into paralogisms, even on the simplest matters of geometry, I, convinced that I was as open to error as any other, rejected as false all the reasoning’s I had hitherto taken for demonstrations; and finally, when I considered that the very same thoughts (presentations) which we experience when awake may also be experienced when we are asleep, while there is at that time not one of them true, I supposed that all the objects (presentations) that had ever entered into my mind when awake, had in them no more truth than the illusions of my dreams. But immediately upon this I observed that, whilst I thus wished to think that all was false, it was absolutely necessary that I, who thus thought, should be somewhat; and as I observed that this truth, I think, therefore I am, was so certain and of such evidence that no ground of doubt, however extravagant, could be alleged by the skeptics capable of shaking it, I concluded that I might, without scruple, accept it as the first principle of the philosophy of which I was in search.” -Rene Descartes, Discourse on the Method (1637).

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Now what I think this means in our context is that these teams do not really exist, they are figments of our imaginations. Conjectures of our own personal realities. They are singularly ours. And in this sense, we have attached our thoughts and our projections onto this team. This “sport” of fantasy football is in its own way a philosophy. It totally changes the way we watch, take in, and perceive football and its coverage. It changes from a team sport to a group of disparate individuals. However, each of these individuals have a personal meaning to us. We have built this “team” from the ground up, selecting every single person from a pool of hundreds. Sure, we like some better than others, just like some seasons fare better than others, but that’s representative of people we know and the lives we live.

All this talk of Descartes has me thinking of cart”es”ography (see what I did there?). Now, cartography is the study and practice of making maps, and a big part of that is topography. The topography, or landscape, of football has changed. Out with the old and in with the new. The youngsters have taken the NFL by storm, making it more exciting than ever before.

Enough philosophy, how about a little overview of the draft? After some last minute shuffling, we ended up all getting together in the hotbox that is Shannon’s swank pad. We lost a member, the one of the red pants, so it was only the four of us crowded around a table. We had a new format for the draft this year, which was fun. However, with all of us sitting at the same table and outbidding each other it got a little contentious. It was also funny how after the draft, the men and women settled comfortably into their gender roles: Meg and Shannon gossiping, and Tom and I slaughtering some N00bs in Halo. It was a good time, like always. I have two observations in retrospect about the draft though: 1) I set the kitty too high since we all ended up with way too much money to spare; and 2) with just four of us, we could make the draft soooooo much more fun. We could do offline drafts with big dry erase boards, and even theme each year’s draft.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LbXIEmXnvg

Either way we will prevail as a league for a long time to come.

I’ll talk a bit about my team now. It would be named the Tight End Bonanza, but I like the picture I have just too much. (My stud tight ends are on the block for any interested… and if not, I’ll just start both). We’ll start with QB: Peyton. I’ve never had Peyton before, and I have that foreboding feeling that it will result in his doom. But in the meantime, we can rely on some gems like this during training camp:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mp59nuBwIg

We also have my boy CJ Spiller, who I have on all my teams. He had a breakout year last year and I expect his rise to continue. This will be helped along by the rookie QB (although EJ looked good) and the fact that his offensive coordinator has stated to the press that they are going to give the ball to CJ until he “throws up.” That should be great news for his fantasy numbers.

I also have AJ Green, in fact, I also have another CJ (Chris Johnson)! New team name is Two CJ’s and an AJ..or Triple J. By the way, Chris Johnson was a steal at $1. I didn’t like it at first but as the weeks go by I think he’ll do much better this season. Another steal was the increasingly healthy RGIII off waivers. I’m still hesitant about my team, but things are looking better and better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX5jNnDMfxA

 

[Addendum]

Things are looking dire……

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