Aug 23, 2007
I’ve done some expert drafts under less-than-ideal conditions, like with one or two of my 18-month old twins on my lap, but last night was ridiculous.
Since I’ve spent about 9 minutes with my kids this month, I figured I’d step aside for a few hours and catch a Phillies game. It was supposed to be a great matchup, too: Cole Hamels vs. Brad Penny.
I should have know the night was going to be rough when it was announced that Hamels wasn’t going to make the start, and then Penny was moved in the rotation, so we had to settle for Derek Lowe (not bad, I admit).
And then I realized I was schedule to partake in another “Expert Draft” that night. Damn, I just can’t step aside for even 180 minutes. I have my laptop and my wireless broadband card, so I figured I could swing drafting at the game. I did, but it was pretty rough. I got my two older kids with me, I’m fighting traffic on the Walt Whitman bridge to get to the game (and the draft) on time. It’s raining, cold, and I just happen to be sitting in the worse row in the entire stadium. Apparently, everyone in this row had a thyroid problem because I’ve never seen 4-5 guys leave to take a wiz more frequently (BTW, I don’t say “pee” and never will; It’s either a piss, or a wiz. If you’re a man and you say “pee” stop doing that). I’m a pretty big guy, so I’m crammed in my seat to begin with. So I’m drafting, at a baseball game, with my kids punching each other every two minutes, in the rain, and I’m getting up to let someone go by every 11.4 seconds. Oh, and the other people drafting were too busy partaking in their corny ass chit-chat then making their picks, as my freaking battery was losing power by the second and dwindling down to nothing.
All that said, I still kicked ass.
Here are my first 10 picks in this PPR league. I drafted 8th overall. I will review the entire draft for the site, ASAP. I should mention that since my battery was dying, I went on autopilot at the end, which is never good. I also took a few guys in the later rounds simply because they were there and had a pulse.
Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 DT
Steve Smith (the good one)
Adrian Peterson (the good one)
Kevin Curtis (just missed Berrian)
Jeremy Shockey (just missed Cooley)
Vernand Morency (best option in terms of potential value on the board)
This was a great example of implementing the draft plan well, letting the draft come to you and not over-reaching, while also playing to win with picks like Walker and Peterson. I would have been thrilled had I gotten Berrian and Cooley, and I was very close (also almost got Brees in the 5th), but I’m still very pleased with this team. This team will be right at the top, as it’s been the last two years in this league.
Apparently, there were 18 runs scored in the game, I think I saw 2 of them.