Hail to the Redskins!

Their strong start seems to be a good omen for my own rookie year.

Man, what an exciting sports weekend in this area! Football kicked off in a huge way with the 'Skins showing what they're bringing to the table this season — and that's a big, heaping plate of RGIII. Between Griffin and a Redskins defense that brought Saints quarterback Brees to his knees, the team took it anything but easy on the Big Easy and gave weary Washington fans a reason to feel hopeful for the first time in ages.

Or so I hear, anyway.

I did not watch one minute of the game because, as I've mentioned before, . This is unfortunate, because it leaves me with a lot less to talk about with my friends and relatives — many of whom are completely rabid sports fans. My sister-in-law is the very definition of a sports buff; my closest girlfriends would not dream of missing a Kentucky, Broncos or Syracuse game; and my cousin is so devoted to the Washington Capitals that her four children all have names beginning with letters that spell out C-A-P-S.

The fact that so many people know and talk about sports, particularly this time of year, means that at some point I will begrudgingly have to learn to enjoy them, too. But I can tell you one thing: It won't be any time soon. Because it is an election year, I already spend enough time yelling at my television set without adding sports into the mix.

So it is a testament to their persistence that my husband and some friends actually convinced me to join a Fantasy Football league this fall. (Although, in my defense, it was presented as a "fantasy league" which I incorrectly assumed was something entirely different. And which may explain my choice of Benjamin Bratt as a first-round draft pick. And the white rocks around my mailbox.)

I did manage to make it through the two-hour drafting process, and based on the results of this week's game I can announce I did so successfully. I beat my opponent thanks to my top points-earners, whom I have listed below, along with the actual reason I gave when drafting them for my team:

  • Julio Jones: 22 points. "Fun name to say, based on the two long 'O' sounds"
  • Tom Brady: 17 points. "Married to Gisele Bundchen. She dated Leonardo DiCaprio, which makes Leo and I practically BFFs."
  • Ahmad Bradshaw: 14 points. "Any offspring of Terry Bradshaw has to be a great player."

True sports fans now hate me, I realize. And I'm OK with that, as it seems to pave the way to sports success.

Just ask Dan Snyder.

dilettante07 September 12, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Umm, this would have made a great Dilettante activity. Sigh.
Trish Strat September 12, 2012 at 02:50 PM
My fantasy picks would be for the guys with the best smiles! :)
Kathleen Canedo September 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Tante07 - It would have been. >sigh< Trish - We're on the same page. You'd probably be winning your league, too.
Nicole Trifone September 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I fill out a bracket for March Madness every year and I know nothing about college basketball. Well, nothing except Syracuse will win it all (I pick them as champions every year) and the schools with fun names deserve to fill out the last three spots in the Final Four. Dream championship: Syracuse vs. Oral Roberts.
lisa miller September 12, 2012 at 06:19 PM
BenJarvus Green-Ellis. 'Nuff said.


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