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The History of Sports Fantasy Draft

March 31, 2010 4 comments

You’re like me. As your fantasy league draft draws near, an itch that not even Lamisil can cure starts growing inside of you. Fantasy drafts are the BEST. The thrill of anticipation is undeniable. Like going to sleep on Christmas Eve, but hopped up on PEDs and ADHD medication. Really the only problem with fantasy MLB, NBA or NFL drafts is that you pretty much know what you’re getting into with each one.

Unless of course, you create your own draft, unique to you and your buddies. Any theme is a good one. You know, like The History of Sports. Enter the Not in HD writing staff who would exit better men than we were. Read more…

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2010 AL Central Preview

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

With their team’s epic collapse finally secured after a 12-inning 6-5 loss to the Minnesota twins in the AL Central tie-breaker game, Detroit Tigers fans found themselves with mouths full of poison.

Not too different from that which was found in mass quantities in slugger Miguel Cabrera’s blood just a few days prior.

No team in the history of MLB had ever lost a division which they led from May 10th until the final day of the regular season. No team had ever lost a lead of three games with only four to play. No team had ever (presumably) let a player play in a critical night-cap, after one of his own, leading to a Blood Alcohol Level of .26 as late as 5 a.m. on game-day.

The Detroit Tigers accomplished all of those feats. The question the rest of the AL Central is interested in, is whether or not that trave-sham-ockery will carry over into the 2010 season. Are the Tigers still favored to win the crown? Read more…

Go to Your Happy Place: 2010 NL West

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

If you haven’t had the fortune of re-watching Happy Gilmore recently, you really should make it a priority to do so. In fact, if you are a Netflix subscriber, they’ve made it incredibly convenient for you by putting the movie on their Instant Queue. If you have never watched it before? Put this column down and go read this guy instead.

Or, go watch Happy Gilmore. That would also work.

Filling up a column with Gilmore quotes would be the easiest one I could ever write. It would write itself. Happy Gilmore isn’t the greatest sports flick of all time, but it certainly is the most quotable and thus, the most re-watchable. More so than even Bull Durham, The Sandlot and The Big Lebowski. Though the Dude’s the only one who gives Happy a legitimate run for his bull-dancing, flow-feeling money.

“Talk about a hole-in-ONE!”

And thus we’ve discovered our running theme for my 2010 NL West preview. Read more…

Digging Up the AL West

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

When I was younger, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. Just completely enamored with them. Their magnificent sizes (really small to really tall), creepy scales, weaponry tails and tongue-twisting names captivated me. It seemed like I knew everything there was to know about roughly 90 percent of all pre-historic creatures, land and sea. In reality, the percentage was probably a lot closer to three percent.

What fascinated me the most though, was the process of digging up bones. I wanted nothing more than to be a paleontologist or an archeologist. That’s right. I wanted to be a Ross Geller. Over the years that aspiration began to fade, as I figured out how much schooling the job would require and how little I would likely actually dig-up.

Still the dream of discovery and exploration emerges from time to time. So let’s take that theme and run with it, taking an exploratory journey beneath the surface of the AL West.

The objective? Discovering our 2010 AL WEST winner. Read more…

MLB Preview: Twenty Truths for the 2010 Season

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

March is the most underrated month for sports. Sounds brash? Well, it’s true.

Think about it.  Read more…