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NAX: As a fantasy season went, points were made and lost

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Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:00 am

So I guess no holiday season is complete without a somewhat trivial yet necessary tale of woe. You know, like a Christmas tree disaster or some baking failure.

Well, I don’t have a tree and I’m not planning on doing a lot of cooking. So my complaint will fall into the fantasy football category.

OK, that’s not a big deal — at least in most lives.

But it must be said that I’ve had a good deal of success at this time of year when it comes to this type of competition. I’ve won a couple of FFL Super Bowls and been a fairly frequent visitor to the playoffs through the years. And I’ll be the first to admit that this is due, at least in part, to a wise and lucky decision many years ago to draft a quarterback named Brett Farve.

And, yes, he’s also had less than an impressive season as his remarkable streak of starting consecutive games finally came to an end Monday night.

Anyway, my Naxsters finished well back in the pack with a 5-8-1 record.  And I guess you could call it a changing of the guard since Brian Rosson, whose Mongols also have been a consistent force in the league, also had his problems. His team was 4-10. For this year, anyway, the teams that received first round playoff byes for the best records were the Hosers, headed by first-year owner Jay Sudell, and another fairly new member (and defending champion) Rusty Troutz, who owns the Texas Bass.

I don’t begrudge anyone’s success. So of these guys spent some fairly big bucks in the free agent market to get players that helped them win.

But I have to, at the same time, gripe just a little at some of my bad luck. Remember, this is a tale of woe.

I lost my last game by four points. No big deal, but that’s close enough that just about any kind of odd fluke could have changed the result.

Then I must point out that I also lost a previous game by four points. Then there was the three-point loss. And yes, I lost another game by a mere two points. Plus I should mention the 44-43 loss in yet another contest. Throw in the game that ended in a tie and I believe that’s six of our 14 games that really could have ended differently.

All that said, I shouldn’t be moaning. Considering all the years we’ve had this league, I probably could go back and find all sorts of victories where I lucked out. After all, that’s just how sports, and by extension, fantasy sports tends to work out.

I’m going to wish all the guys in the playoffs the best of luck and remind them that some will end up with tales of woe similar to mine. If ol’ so and so had just caught that pass instead of dropping it in the end zone, there might have been a different result.

So that’s my holiday tale of woe. And, for the record, I’m also ready to finally give up on my old faithful, Brett Farve.

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