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          Another year, another slap in the face

          Peter Cooke

          Issue date: 8/27/10 Section: Sports
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          It's that time of year again as everyone starts gearing up for fantasy football. What was once a niche sport for the diehards in the 1990's has since become a right of passage for teenage sports fans. With the apparent golden age upon us, fantasy sports popularity doesn't seem to be nearing a stop - according to private studies fantasy football costs corporate America over $10 million a year.

          That's why I'm here. With mock drafts and trade secrets aplenty to lead your team to the top. While visits to the top of the podium are infrequent, I can boast a winning percentage that will guarantee you safe passage to the playoffs.

          I've been in every kind of league imaginable and I'm continuing to expand my horizons with horrific mistakes that include joining a 20-team league as part of the CWRU Swimming and Diving League. Regardless of the type of league, what will motivate you are the stakes that hold the league together. For some, pride is enough, others, money. I play for the love of the game and the thrill of the win, or the knowledge that you didn't win.

          I'm regaled with a league I joined last year where the weekly ante was a How I Met Your Mother-esque slap bet. While the league was short-lived (who knew concussions were so easy to get), lasting only four weeks, the thrill of a tight Monday night matchup on the tube was unbeatable. While I reached the semi's of the playoffs, I arguably had one of the luckiest and closest streaks in the league.

          Your first step to supremacy is to study not just the players, but the coaches as well. My only loss during that league came during week four when the Packers were at Minnesota, down two possessions while hemorrhaging time. On fourth and one at the Vikings 1-yard line, I've got Ryan Grant itching to get into the end zone and save face, literally. Packers came out with five receivers, at which point I began screaming at the television, luckily Mike McCarthy calls a timeout. I catch my breath, only to see the same five wide receivers come out onto the field after the long commercial break.
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