October 02, 2006

Which is worse: Going into MNF with a lead or trailing?

I don't know which is worse - going into Monday Night Football with a slight lead or trailing by a few points?

I guess that logically going in with a lead would be better - you've already got the lead.  But nothing is more nerve-wracking or heartbreaking than watching that lead getting eaten up.

This week going into the Monday night game I have a 20 point lead over my opponent and he only has one player in the game - Donovan McNabb. Twenty points is a "slight" lead in this case because McNabb has "only" thrown for 7 touchdowns and over 900 yards in just three games so far this year. In our league that gives him an average of 16.67 per game. That's too close in my book. And to make it even better, Philly is playing Green Bay, the worst passing defense in the league - everyone has thrown all over them so far this year. Arrgggghhhh. I can't even enjoy my 20-point margin.

Last week I went into the MNF game trailing by 2 points, but I had Warrick Dunn who had a 133 yds/game rushing average up to that night. I was sure to pull it out. Of course the Saints just completely overwhelmed the Falcons. Dunn got none.

Don't get me wrong, I've had my MNF joys over the past few years, but for the most part things usually don't fall my way. The heartbreaks completely overwhelm the victories. Makes that continuous nail-biting all day Monday seem worthless.

But tonight's going to be different. I can feel it. The Fantasy Football Gods are smiling on me today! Or so I hope.

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  1.  avatar says:

    Doesn't matter - you lose either way.

    I really hate saying "I told you so." In this case super-size it.

  2.  avatar Joe Brinkman says:

    So... what was the final points?  You can't leave it like that.

  3.  avatar says:

    Oh - sorry about that.  McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdown - thats 4 x 6 = 24.  

    That *** Steve Helton (my arch nemesis) beat me by four stinkin' points.  

    But it could have been worse - another three yards rushing would have given him 50, which would have been worth three points. Another 12 yards passing would have given him 300, which would have been another three points. He would have killed me.

    McNabb had a MONSTER night, 24 points, but it just as easily could have been 30.  No lead is safe when a quarterback threatens to put up 30 points each week!  Used to be only stud backs like Marshall Faulk and Priest Holmes could do that. Am I living in the past?!?!?!

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