Sunday State of Mind: July 27th-August 2nd

Photo: Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash

Happy Sunday, dear readers…gently glide into your Sunday evening with this week’s SSM.

Bad news first, in the MLB
COVID is spreading, Miami and St. Louie
The Marlins and Cardinals, positive tests aplenty
Cardinals with six, Marlins with upwards of twenty

The list of NFL opt outs continues to grow
The pandemic drags on, and players won’t show
The Lions previewed, what may be the future of locker rooms
Hopefully this and other precautions work, as football season looms

Some non-pandemic news, from the NFL
Patrick Mahomes roots in KC further fell
The Super Bowl MVP, now part owner of the Royals
Ten year football contract and baseball team ownership, can’t say the man’s not loyal

The NBA is back, and in full swing
Full schedule and no positive testing, a beautiful thing
It seems in the bubble, things are going pretty well
The Association is thriving, while baseball is going to hell

Sunday State of Mind: July 20th-July 26th

Hello friends…please enjoy this week’s SSM on this beautiful, warm Sunday.

We finally made it, baseball is here
Opening week, a reason to cheer
It’s a whole different ballgame, pardon the pun
No fans in the stands, but watching is still fun

We keep adding sports, here comes the NBA
No more scrimmages, real games start Thursday
Jazz vs. Pels and Clippers vs. Lakers
I’m riding with LeBron and AD, any bet takers?

Big Ten football, hit hard with COVID19 this week
Michigan State and Rutgers quarantining, no leaks
The Spartans and Scarlet Knights, have to get it fixed
If team-wide quarantines keep happening, season’s going to get nixed

The offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs
Lost their starting right guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Not only a football player, he’s also a doctor
He’s decided to treat patients, over being a pass & run blocker

Fantasy Sports are Back

Photo: ESPN

Opening Day is here, and baseball is officially back. More importantly, this means that fantasy baseball is back. Apologies to MLS, but I’m not sure how many of us are in fantasy soccer (fútbol) leagues. There’s also daily fantasy sports, FanDuel, DraftKings, etc. But I’m talking legit, season long fantasy sports.

I had my fantasy baseball draft last night and felt like a king. The push notification from the ESPN Fantasy app informing me that the draft room was open was enough to make my week. Getting into the draft room, seeing I was randomly given the seventh overall pick (what up Francisco Lindor), and hopping on a draft Zoom with the boys was a stellar way to spend my Wednesday evening.

For the few of you out there who haven’t yet dipped the proverbial toe into the fantasy sports water, there are some things to know about participating in a league, whether it be football, baseball, basketball, or hockey. Now, I’ve only ever participated in football and baseball, so I’m focusing my experience and thoughts on those two.

Maximum Number of Leagues: Two

This one might be a bit of a hot take. I know plenty of people who regularly throw themselves into three leagues, which to me is still too much. This point is geared towards all of you nut jobs who are in five, six, SEVEN leagues. How the hell do you do it?!

One of the worst things being in TWO leagues is when I check my matchups, and find out I’m going against one of my starters in my other league. If I’m going in depending on a minimum 15 points from Julio Jones in League A, then flip over to my matchup in League B and see he’s going against me, what’s the thought process? Do I just root for a decent game, and not for my guy to go off and get me 30 points? Total mess.

This example is only dealing with two leagues. How tough does that math get when you have Julio in three leagues, but are going against him in two? I get a headache even thinking about it. That’s why holding yourself to two leagues is your best play.

Pay Your Damn League Fees

Don’t be this person. You know who I’m talking about. The person in your league who, despite being asked upwards of 17 times, just keeps forgetting to send in those pesky fees to throw into the pot for the season. No matter how many times you ask or how many reminders are sent, “Oh yeah my bad, I’ll get it over,” always seems to end in a $0 balance in your Venmo account.

If there was a Venn diagram of people who don’t pay their league fees and who finish last every year, it would be a one perfect circle. This is the same person who doesn’t know the difference between “there,” “their,” and “they’re.” The person who doesn’t pay their league fees are the worst. Don’t, just…don’t.

When You Win Your League, Own It

Once the dust settles, and you end up on top of your league (something I’ve only experienced once in however many years I’ve played), you have to let it be known. Throw a picture of your trophy on Instagram, Tweet that bad boy, make a Facebook status…the whole nine yards. Make sure you tag all of your fellow league members as well.

If you’re playing for money, even better. Flaunt that recently acquired windfall and go out and pick yourself up something nice. Don’t be afraid to Snapchat yourself making that big purchase with all of your fellow league member’s hard earned money. This is one area in which public shaming is completely acceptable.

I think we’re all happy to see sports, and by extension, fantasy sports officially back with the start of baseball tonight. I personally cannot wait to see how the 60-game baseball season unfolds. I hope everyone is feeling good about their drafts and have a great fantasy baseball season…besides the nine other dudes in my league.

Sunday State of Mind: July 13th-July 19th

Good evening, friends. Please enjoy this week’s SSM as we drift off into the end of our weekend…

The Washington Football Team
Decided to change their name
Then got hit with the WaPo story
The entire franchise is a shame

The week is finally here
Baseball is officially back
A little slice of normalcy
Slowly getting our lives back on track

The NBA bubble is up and running
Players are fishing and beer chugging
There’s also a snitch line, which is so funny
Slowly getting sports back, absolutely money

Player ratings are out
For Madden 21
Going to put my preorder in now
I gotta run

Sunday State of Mind: July 6th-July 12th

Good evening everyone, namaste. Please enjoy this week’s SSM…

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs quarterback
Finally cashed in, bank account stacked
A contract extension worth half a billion bucks
Twenty-four years old with $500 Million, in a row are his ducks

MLB COVID testing issues, not a good look
Situation unprecedented, they can’t go by the book
Some teams are getting quick test results, some are not
Things keep going this way, the season will be shot

The Ryder and President’s Cup have both been delayed
Whistling Straights and Quail Hollow won’t be displayed
Quite a shame that we’re losing out
On two of golf’s best events, without any doubt

NBA teams have begun bubble migration
The meal plan for players, not exactly a vacation
Games are set to resume at the end of July
We’re so close to real basketball, the season is nigh

Sunday State of Mind (SSM): May 18th-May 24th

Sit back, settle in, and enjoy this week’s SSM…

Tiger, Peyton, Phil, and Tom
“The Match: Champions for Charity”
Phil loves to say he’s “hitting bombs”
Tiger and Peyton cruised to victory

Baseball’s trying to get itself back
Agreement between owners and players, is something we lack
COVID testing, ballpark locations, revenue splits
Need it solved soon so we can start popping mitts

Potentially closer than baseball, the NBA
Woj Bombs dropping, we’re on the way!
The league could resume at the Wild World of Sports
When the league comes back, they better bring Jorts

Ryan Fitzpatrick had a chat
Square hair, square beard, both ends flat
He’s had a great career, and it’s not quite over
But change is coming; Fitzmagic to Tagovailoa