Good afternoon Lookers, I hope Santa was as kind to you as he was to me. I was surrounded by more Lookers than you could shake a stick at in the past few days due to the multiple Christmas celebrations my wife and I were in attendance for. If I had a nickel for every time I thought of this post during the various family functions I was involved in, I could buy the Christmas presents for myself that no one else cared to purchase. Why even ask me for a list?
The talk of many of the parties was the bulldog on bulldog crime witnessed from the tournament Mississippi State was playing in. After the incident where students at MSU got the cell phone number of Demarcus Cousins, the MSU fans who threw water bottles on the court, and my multiple run-ins with MSU fans over the years, there is no doubt that MSU and it’s administration, students, and student-athletes are striving for that level currently held onto by the University of Tennessee. I am not going to grace the thugs MSU has on it’s roster with such a prestigious honor as Looker of the Week.
This week’s winner is a multitude of people. I am willing to bet that more than one of you reading this right now are this week’s Looker and don’t even know it, or maybe you do. This past week, including tonight and tomorrow night’s games due to the rescheduling, was the last week in most fantasy football leagues. Meaning that Week 16 was Super Bowl week for the two teams left in your league. Due to Romo’s injury and LT’s unforeseen surge in his first year in the Jets offense, I was left to watch when it came to the Super Bowl this year. My interest in the NFL is at an all time low due to my fantasy misfortunes, but yesterday I paid attention to a few of the games that had playoff implications. While watching my favorite Sunday channel, NFL Red Zone, I noticed the Indianapolis-Oakland game getting late. The king of fantasy football, Peyton Manning, had a big game as usual with several touchdown passes and a large amount of yards. It was not the touchdowns manning had that made the game interesting, it was the touchdown he didn’t have.
With little time on the clock, the Colts had the ball on the Oakland 30 yard line leading by 5 points. On a 3rd & 2, the colts draw up a very gutsy bootleg play for Peyton Manning and it worked to perfection. In seemingly slow motion, Manning rumbled down the sideline for 27 yards. It was not 30 yards because Peyton decided to slide down at the 3 yard line and not try to get into the end zone for the touchdown. For the real football game on the field, it was a genius move. The Colts were able to kill the clock and win the game without giving Oakland another shot at the ball. On the other hand, for fantasy football owners who had Peyton on their team while playing in the Super Bowl, it was devastating. In most leagues, the additional 3 yards and the rushing touchdown would have been worth 7 fantasy points to the owner.
It is with great pleasure that I present the TGR Looker of the Week award to those fantasy owners of Peyton Manning who lost by 7 points or less yesterday in their fantasy Super Bowl! As Ricky Bobby so poetically once said, second place is just the first loser. I hope this recognition eases your fantasy pain my friends. Again, congrats…