Thank You, Fantasy Football

Thank You, Fantasy Football

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As we're officially into the NFL post season and fantasy football has come to an end, I figured it was time to reflect. This is only my second year playing in my family's league of six, which includes my younger sister who's watched maybe 60 seconds of football in her 18 years. Last year, I placed second. I only became interested in football following Super Bowl 50, so I picked players whose name I recognized or who the app said was going to get a lot of points. This year, I spent hours combing stats, carefully picking my roster based on past seasons success and what their schedule looked like this year. I spent every week watching my teams, making sure I had the right people playing and the right people benched. Carefully making these decisions based on who they're playing against, how that team is doing. Basically, managing my team became a full time job. I placed fourth. I've decided to reflect on my season Jimmy Fallon thank you notes style to wrap up what has been a wild ride of a season.

Thank you......football gods

For what has truly been an unpredictable season. Every other player getting hurt, bad teams suddenly are good, good teams are suddenly bad. Every Thursday/Monday and especially Sunday was a wild ride of surprises.

Thank you......ESPN Fantasy Football computers

For drafting my moms winning team. She let the computers draft her team, the only change she made the whole season was swapping Manning for Mariota, and she kicked all of our asses.

Thank you......Aaron Rodgers

For being my first overall pick, and then being out the majority of the season. An extra special thank you for getting hurt against the Vikings nonetheless. Thanks for a couple weeks of lots of points.

Thank you......Carson Wentz

For being my backup backup when Rodgers went out and my original backup Cousins wasn't doing good enough. And then getting hurt the second week I had you.

Thank you......Case Keenum

For being the unfortunate soul that had to step into the cursed role of Taylor's quarterback, and not letting me down. You're the man.

Thank you......Justin Tucker

For being my only consistently good player last year and deciding to do a 180 this year. I don't expect my kicker to carry the team as far as points go, but this year was embarrassing compared to last.

Ugh. My dad spent every Sunday texting me bragging about how well his team was doing compared to mine. Here's to a year of getting made fun of for loosing despite my countless hours of work. I'm already looking forward to next years redemption, cheers!

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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