Your weekly update on my travails in the Blogger Football League, sponsored by Procter & Gamble. For background, see this intro post.
Let's be very clear: I brought this on myself.
After destroying the league for weeks -- including my epic 144-133 win over 2nd-ranked Aaron Schatz -- I just HAD to crow a little bit last week.
My triumphalism was rewarded with a spectacular jinx: I was crushed by my Team Old Spice cohort Phil from Gunaxin. It wasn't even close.
To her credit, Steph Stradley -- in this week's league-wide wrap-up post -- called me out: For my hubris. For my trash-talking. For my sorry attempt to pre-empt a jinx.
This week was humbling. There is so much season left, and I can hardly rest on a few weeks' of wins. The lesson: NEVER make assumptions. Kiss of death.
I'm all for Old Spice-style swagger -- thus the team name ("99-Rated Swagger," a play on Old Spice's "Swagger" rating in the 2011 version of Madden) -- but it wouldn't be a bad thing to layer it with a bit of humility.
This week, I will not be taking anything for granted. I'm playing Diana from National Football Post, whose 4-2 "Fresh 2 Death" is ranked No. 3 in the league; I'm sitting at No. 2.
My super-steal, LaDainian Tomlinson, has a bye week. I'll replace him with Willis McGahee and hope for a stolen TD near the goal line. Meanwhile, Kevin Walter sits for the suddenly hot Michael Crabtree. Otherwise, I can only hope for bounce-back games from Tom Brady. And Antonio Gates. And Miles Austin. And Malcom Floyd.
You can now see why I was blown out last week.
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