Man – this little guy gets cuter every day.
No, not the real SuperBowl – I’m talking fantasy here! For the first time since ever, my sad little fantasy football team has not only made it into the postseason but won last week’s semifinal (sorry Firf) to contend for the title of the Leroy the Hoard Fantasy Football League. It’s a pretty competitive field – mostly sports writers and current or ex- SI.com folks who tend to know a great deal more about the ins and outs of the NFL than yours truly. But in keeping with the league’s namesake, I have persevered over the years to never really distinguish myself. My opponent, the illustrious Cadaver Dogs (9-5, 4th seed) are off against my JoeBob’s Bombers (9-5, 3rd seed). The Bombers have owned their division rival in the regular season (6-2 in the modern era) including a week 14 win to claim the Rosey Potts division title and relegate the Dogs to the Wild Card play-in game. But the Cadaver Dogs hold the edge where it counts – 1-0 head-to-head in playoffs and 1-0 in league crowns. Hopefully, this year will be different. Here are the lineups:
|JoeBob’s Bombers||Cadaver Dogs|
|QB||Drew Brees – NO v. Car||QB||Tony Romo – Dal v. Det|
|RB||Ladell Betts – Was v. NYG||RB||LaDainian Tomlinson – SD v. Ari|
|RB||Larry Johnson – KC v. Jac||RB||Steven Jackson StL @ Min|
|WR||Marvin Harrison – Ind v. Mia||WR||Jerricho Cotchery – NYJ v. Oak|
|WR||Eddie Kennison – KC v. Jac||WR||Vincent Jackson – SD v. Ari|
|TE||Todd Heap – Bal v. Buf||TE||Tony Scheffler – Den v. SF|
|DST||Jacksonville Jaguars – Jac @ KC||DST||San Diego Chargers – SD v. Ari|
|K||Jay Feely – NYG @ Was||K||Shayne Graham – Cin v. Pit|
…But his dad didn’t so much. I was down with a nasty sinus infection and managed to lose my voice, but did enjoy disconnecting from the grid for a few days as we hung out in Savannah with my mom (who was recovering from a knee replacement, but is doing just fine now), Jerry, a friend of his visiting from out-of-town, as well as the lovable mascot of the clan, the ever-friendly Scarlett. Sam was initially a bit unsure of her, but warmed up to her obvious charms quickly. Click here for the full gallery of pictures from the trip.