And what exactly is the reason for this unsolicited fantasy football trash talk? Well I am pleased to announce that yours truly is hopping on a plane for New York City tomorrow to compete in the Blogger Fantasy Football League 2010, sponsored by P&G and to be hosted on NFL.com’s new fantasy platform.
The competition should be fierce as the stakes are high: a trip to the Super Bowl for the winner plus a $10,000 Play 60 charitable donation. The league is also supporting and promoting P&G’s Take It to the House program that I first mentioned when Jerry Rice joined me for the podcast earlier this month.
The draft takes place Thursday at the NFL headquarters in Manhattan, and whenever I am less than 48 hours away from a fantasy football draft I simply cannot control the unabated flow of useless trash talk that pours out of me.
It rarely proves true, of course, but it always gets me good and psyched up. So let’s get psyched up, shall we?
You may be wondering why I referenced Head & Shoulders in the title. The answer is that each blogger in the league will be representing a particular P&G brand. I, obviously, will be representing Head & Shoulders. Joining me with H&S is Matt Sebek of Joe Sports Fan.
Clearly, Matt and I were chosen to represent Head & Shoulders because we a) have great, McDreamy-esque hair; and, b) are expected to be heads and shoulders above the other blogging fodder being flown to New York as “competition”.
I mean, just look at this motley crew of bloggers, all of whom have *pfft* more experience, more renown, and much, much higher salaries than me:
- Representing Febreze: Diana Klochova (Biz Dev Manager at National Football Post) and Kyle Bunch (co-founder of Blogs with Balls)
- Representing Gillette: Dan Levy (OnTheDL Podcast and SportingNews.com) and Will Brinson (CBSSports.com)
- Representing Old Spice: Philip Van Der Hossen (owner of Gunaxin) and Dan Shanoff (Harvard grad, blogger extraordinaire)
- Representing Vicks: Steph Stradley (FanHouse and greatest Houston Texans blogger of all time) and Josh Zerkle (With Leather, founder of KSK)
- Representing Prilosec OTC: Brian Bassett (The Jets Blog) and Aaron Schatz (creator of Football Outsiders)
Come on, I’m in shoo-in to win this thing! Who is going to stop me?
Aaron Schatz? What, you think I’m intimidated by a guy who the New York Times compared to Bill James? So what if he probably already has a formula to figure out who will win the league based on our site’s pageviews and our posts per day. I’m going after Montario Hardesty late as a sleeper…beat that!
And so what that Dan Shanoff went to Harvard and is one of the most respected sports writers around? You already know he’s going to reach for Tim Tebow, so cross him off the list of possible winners.
As for everyone else, well, all I have to say this: P&G clearly chose their brand reps for a reason.
- Diana, Kyle, and Philip clearly need to freshen up (ostensibly on their fantasy football knowledge, but I’ve never met any of them, so…).
- Levy and Brinson obviously need to shave.
- The Texans Chick and Zerkle are apparently expected to have a cold and need a little Vapo rub to be at full strength come Thursday, which can’t bode well for a good draft.
- And as for Brian, well he must have read this prescient article from last season (or was it this one…but only the small snippet concerning Vernon Davis) and gotten heartburn. It’s a good thing that Prilosec will be there for him.
And then there is Sebek and me; otherwise known as Joe Six Pack (beverages, not abs) and Joe Sports Fans, repping Head & Shoulders for all the right reasons.
I predict it will come down to he and I for the championship. Who will win? Well, it’s fantasy football. Thus, if I were being honest, I would say the winner will be whoever gets luckier, has fewer injuries, and strikes gold with a sleeper running back late in the draft. But I’m not being honest. I’m trying to stoke the flames of intrigue and competition with a little flagrantly facetious trash talk. So there is only one prediction I can make: me.
Better yet: us. The Midwest.
That’s right; you, me, and the rest of MSF nation is flying into heart of East Coast Bias tomorrow and leaving on Thursday with the best team. And then, like the Colts in 2009, we’re going 14-0. Unstoppable until the end like a fantasy football freight train.
Image source: Miralle/Getty via NY Daily News
Err…maybe the Colts were a bad comparison.
Regardless, at season’s end, Team MSF will be Head & Shoulders above 11 worthy, but ultimately vanquished, adversaries.
By the way, I get in around 2:30 tomorrow afternoon and plan to check out the sights and sounds of the Big Apple before dinner. In case you don’t know how to get ahold of me – @JerodMSF on Twitter – just look for the white guy in decidedly non-designer clothing who is humming Empire State of the Mind with occasional spontaneous singing bursts during the Alicia Keys parts.
Yep, that’s how I roll.