Dynasty-Fantasy Football Offseason Notes + Amazon + Irritations (7/8/2019)
Throughout July and through the preseason, we’ll be dropping Dynasty-Fantasy notes every few days as we have some things of interest, rumors, etc., to talk about.
*For this next 10 days, pre-training camps getting started, I’ll have a special version of ‘daily notes’ – a player/team note or two I have to share, PLUS a special top 10 things I bought off Amazon this year, PLUS one ‘things that irritate me’ note (an ever-popular annual feature).*
…then, it’s time to great ready for (fantasy) football!!
*Writing them on the fly, forgive any errors…
-- Word from a Miami contact…Miami not thrilled with Josh Rosen so far, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is considered their starting QB (at the moment). Fitz is working better with the offense and has assumed a leadership role.
Rosen fell a little in the 2018 draft.
Then Rosen didn’t show any ‘wow’ on the field in the 2018 season (which was a bit unfair due to that disastrous offense he had to play in).
Then Rosen’s draft team traded him the following year (this year)…and couldn’t get half of what they were hoping to.
Now, he’s struggling to get past Fitzpatrick for Miami.
Where are all the bleeding hearts who shed crocodile tears for Rosen not getting a chance at another year in Arizona ‘just because it’s the right thing to do’? The right thing to do is see a mistake and correct it fast…not let it kill you for another year.
Steve Keim has won GM of the Year and we haven’t even started the season yet.
Oh, and now get ready for another comedy from the football media…the narrative you’re already hearing whispers on: “Miami is tanking on purpose.”
No. The Dolphins just suck. In the running for one of the worst run franchises in football.
The media excuses what it wants to for ‘reasons’ and then the football fan herd along behind it like stupid sheep. Watch how Miami fans comfort themselves with the notion they are tanking as they lose miserably all season. Yep…as they hope this is DeVante Parker’s breakout season (again)!
The football establishment was wrong about Arizona trading Rosen in for Kyler. They were wrong about DeVante Parker…for years. Now, please listen to them about Miami tanking.
Here’s one guarantee – if Miami is tanking, they’ll screw that up too and not get a top three pick when they wanted to.
-- Coming up tomorrow on FFM – a quick scouting overview of the five supplemental draft prospects (the draft takes place Wednesday 7/10)
-- Irritation item…
You know what aggravates me…that aggravates no one else…but I’m about to ruin it for you? Having that screen saver or background on your computer that’s the cool beach picture every computer comes with.
Is this tropical paradise view supposed to whisk me away to the beach, in my mind, during the arduous workday? When I worked at a corporate job, I had the company issued computer and there were the default backgrounds and, of course, I chose the neat beach view shot of the white sand and crystal clear waters. Seemed cool, so serene.
But then I’d look at that picture/background every day…every day fighting mass traffic, trudging to my little office at the appointed time and going to lunch at a certain time and only leaving when it was appropriate to…and forced into going to the communal office complex bathroom. Nothing brings joy like going to a bathroom stall…where 3-4-5+ of them are smashed together and enjoying the sights-sounds-smells of it all with 3-4-5 other people in there. So peaceful. Maybe I should bring my laptop in there and look at the beach photo to escape it in my mind?
There was that beach picture/background day after day as I dragged myself to work waiting for my Bill Lundberg-like boss to give a command to set us all scrambling in whatever direction or into the conference room for a super-important (a.k.a. nonsensical) staff meeting. And there was that beach picture…not bringing me peace…now, it was a symbol of my captivity. It became the Tell-Tale Heart…mocking me…ever-showing me a world I would not get to but maybe 3-4 days in the summer, if I was lucky. And my beach vacation did not look like the photo.
Who was I fooling with this picture? I started to feel like this was a mind-control con from Microsoft. A way to distract me like I wasn’t ‘institutionalized’…just a well-paid worker bee. How did I even get into this line of work…I didn’t go to school for this or ever dream of doing this for a living?
You might say, “Well, it’s inspiration to work and save -- and then be on the beach in the future!” Great. I’ll just turn my mind off for a few decades and re-plug in when I’m 65+? I’m sure the 30+ years will just fly by like a gentle breeze. Hopefully, I won’t be dead before I can enjoy this fantasy world.
After aggravating myself with the stock beach photo/computer background, I changed it to just a blank background. Nothing was solved, really. Just was trying to make a desperate statement to myself.
I spent months/years racking my brain of how I was going to escape this 9-to-5 life/rut. I had a great job (on the surface), made great money, and it had its moments and it wasn’t ‘bad’ all things considered…but I wasn’t happy to come into work every day. It was a grind…and I took that grind home with me and let it ruin the non-9-to-5 parts of my life too often.
I remember listening to Colin Cowherd one day, back when he was at the top of his game, saying something profound many years ago. Profound to me anyway. He asked the audience if they were living for the weekend or living for Monday morning? His commentary was on people muddling through a work week to get to the parole of the weekend – and him wondering why we did that…and how he didn’t want to live like that (as we did not realize, at the time, he was going to leave ESPN for that very reason). He was making the case that life was better when you looked forward to your Monday-Friday life and then the weekend was a bonus too.
I was not happy/not satisfied with my job but I didn’t just up and quit my job, leave my family month-to-month insolvent, as I backpacked through Europe finding myself. Instead, I racked my brain for months/years…read books…and eventually made lists and took various profile tests, etc., to find out what I really wanted to do/liked to do and was good at/passionate about (or so I thought) – and then once I boiled down what I thought I wanted…the last litmus test was if I could somehow make a career/money/existence out of it. I wanted to provide bread on a table as much as I wanted career fulfillment. They cannot work independent of each other. Whatever it was that I thought I really wanted to do could not ruin my finances/family. I didn’t have to be a millionaire…just not borderline homeless would be nice in this pursuit.
Thus, the idea for Fantasy Football Metrics was originally being born, but I did not just quit my job and go all-in during the infancy of the idea. I couldn’t do that…I wouldn’t do that. Wouldn’t have been prudent at all. I made a plan. I changed my lifestyle to use time working toward a goal/dream versus giving it to TV or extra sleep or other time wasters…working everything around doing a good job still at my real job, being with my wife and kids, but working on an escape plan for work fulfillment. You’d be amazed how much time you really have when you are passionately chasing something. I even tracked and studied my minute-to-minute time to analyze it and see where I could create time/where I was wasting time.
My ‘real job’ work mindset changed once I saw my boring real job as the fuel that was going to propel my real/new dream. Even if my new pursuit failed to get off the ground – I was still chasing a real thing right now, not a con job beach future in that computer background. I had a purpose…an escape plan – and my real job was the funding mechanism that was going to potentially allow it to become true. I had a newfound respect for the ‘boring’ job. I had a long-term plan that had to have me hit certain markers of achievement/success with the new thing while saving money at the job to help fund/fuel it.
Soon after I started chasing the FFM concept -- I changed my work computer background picture to fit my new pursuit. No longer a beach or mountains or whatever picturesque scene.
I changed it to this: https://www.google.com/search?q=shawshank+bible&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS766US766&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiwmbPJw6XjAhUQa80KHbLLB1kQ_AUIECgB&biw=1536&bih=722#imgrc=kCWCu4zQr50w0M:
If you’ve seen Shawshank Redemption…you know what it means. If you haven’t seen it…what’s wrong with you?
Andy Dufrense spent 19 years creating a tunnel for his escape – a little bit more tunnel dug every day and emptying his debris into the prison yard. No one knew…until he was gone.
I wanted a picture on my computer background that reminded me of what I was doing – a daily grind with end goal escape in mind. Use my free time to work on my idea/concept. Use my real job to fund the effort (and eat). Save money. Be smart. Spring myself free and one day leave everyone behind at the prison.
And I did.
You know what my background photo on my computer is now? That stock beach photo. I want it there to remind me that I don’t want to go back to living life I didn’t like every week, so that 30+ years later…and for one week out of 52 each year I would be on a beach. I wanted to start getting busy living my life, the one I desired, as soon as possible. My daily happiness and sustenance now is better than a big beach vacation once a year…or living on the beach in 30+ years (if it ever happened or if I even wanted to in the end).
So, the next time you see that stupid stock beach photo on your computer screen save or background – think about why you have it there. If you haven’t really thought about it…ask yourself why you haven’t really thought about why it’s there.
Enjoy your workday!
I wrote that for someone out there. Some will wonder what foolhardiness I'm blathering about, but there's someone out there that knows what I'm talking about it and this will resonate. If it can help just one person to pursue something they've shelved/stayed dormant on...then you owe 10% of your company...
-- Amazon Prime Days are on July 15-16th, in anticipation of that…and to promote our Amazon affiliate program that takes you 30-seconds or less to use/set up and changes nothing on your experience but means a lot to us (details below), I am counting down my top 10 purchases off Amazon, so far, in 2019. So many have been asking if I would be doing this again in 2019…here I am to make your life better once again.
I feel like I spend as much time scouting Amazon as I do football players. I’m on a constant quest to save time and money, but mostly to make my life better – and while Amazon taking over the world’s economy is likely the death of us all, it’s good for us now…and that’s all that really matters, right? I’ll let my kids fight The Terminator/SkyNet 20-30 years from now.
Here are my Top 10 items off Amazon, so far this year…
Amazon #8) Brownie Brittle
I’ve seen this in stores a few times, but I was never moved to purchase it ever. Never had anyone recommend it. Never seen it out at a BBQ, etc. The word ‘brittle’ does not make my mouth water. Not a fan of peanut brittle (probably because we had to sell it at school for fundraisers). I always think of brittle bones when I hear/see the word ‘brittle’. And it sounds too much like spittle. Not appetizing.
So, I’m at the store a few months ago looking for a gluten-free treat for one student in my wife’s Kindergarten class for a reward thing she does (I bring in treats and entertain the troops after a good behavior reward is earned). I couldn’t find anything that looked good and then I saw this product called ‘Brownie Brittle’…more importantly one of the options was gluten-free. It looked different than the standard gluten-free cookies, so I took a chance.
Well, that kid had the audacity to miss school that day I come in. Some excuse about the flu. I meant to leave the gluten-free treats there for use later, because my family is all about having the gluten IN our snacks. I didn’t want them at home. Really, we’re just idiots because I really didn’t know what gluten-free really meant or what things without gluten even tasted like. However, I packed up my extra goodies from the event and brought them home. Untouched, unopened Brownie Brittle also came home by accident.
There it sat on our counter like a pack of hazardous waste. No one in my family touched it for 24 hours. I thought, “What the hell? I try it.” So, with the caution of someone playing Russian Roulette, I gingerly took a small nibble of a piece. Not bad. Pretty good actually. You know what, let me take a bigger bite. Damn, that’s good. Maybe I should be gluten-free too because this is wonderful.
When my wife entered the room, I was like “Try this!” She tepidly tried it and she was hooked. I then had my two sons try it – bag gone in moments. Everyone was talking about this product being so good.
If I tried to describe it to you, I wouldn’t do it justice. If you like cookies and/or brownies and/or a red-blooded American not on a low-carb diet currently – you’re going to be delighted. I sent this sampler pack as gifts to people – and they had the same reactions…from “What the hell is this?” to “Wow, that’s awesome!”
I want all my sweets brittled now…and it’s not what you think of brittled food, I bet. You have to try it. Buy a single pack at any store (or Amazon), or here’s the cost-effective sampler of all their flavors that I send as gifts for people (because I know most people never heard of or tried it before).
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