And like that, my magical fantasy clock has struck midnight. The streak, the season and my Cinderella story is over. Michael Fabiano's Elusive Pimpernels crushed my Team Amarica in the semi-finals and all my fanciful dreams of becoming champion of the NFL Desk League dissipated faster than Jaden Smith's chance at a Golden Globe nod.
Despite my Ali-ish boasting and tactical trolling efforts all week, I knew I was in for a raucous rumble. A tough fight made even harder when Eric Decker and Philip Rivers combined for a measly 21 points in Thursday night's game. Coming into Sunday, I had a terrible sense of foreboding that my eight-game winning streak, one that took me from 1-5 to the semis, was on its last leg. I shared my fear with my wife. She just nodded. "You've had a good run, she said. "I didn't think you'd win a single game." She was more worried about the upcoming holiday visit from my parents and brother.
Charles in Charge
One of my favorite movies is "The Hustler" starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. When it came to our fantasy match-up I envisioned myself as up-and-comer "Fast Eddie" Felson challenging the champ "Minnesota Fats" at the pool hall. I was brash, slick and full of moxie and Fabs was the old veteran. But like in the movie, I was in over my head. Fabs put forth a lineup that completely annhilated my roster. By Sunday evening, I was ready to give my concession speech.
Fabs couldn't help but rub in his victory. I tried to hit back.
I will rise again.
I did allow him to have the last word.
Raising league fees on me? Totally unfair.
I also reached out to others to assess my performance such as Dave Dameshek.
His advice has served me well despite his denial of not knowing my name.
He's just bitter. I will go undefeated next year.
The fourth time will be the charm. My flock of followers demands it #putamaronfantasylive
I'm a Loser
This loss stings more than I thought. I could stand losing a close battle, but to be humilated like this is simply embarrasing. Alas, I must win my consolation game this week for third place. Time to start a new winning streak.
*Next Week: A First Year Recap *
Amar Shah is the Digital Features Editor at NFL.com. He writes weekly about his first-time fantasy adventures throughout the season. You can reach him at @amarshahism. If you have trade or marital advice, let him know.
Previous articles in the Series:
Fantasy first-timer: Here's why I decided to play
Fantasy first-timer: My First Draft
Fantasy first-timer: Week 1: My First Week
Fantasy first-timer: Week 2: First loss, marital strife, advice from who?!
Fantasy first-timer: Week 3: Breaking Bradford
Fantasy first-timer: Week 4: Losing Streaks and Sean Connery
Fantasy first-timer: Week 5: Channeling Darth Vader, Thor and The Beatles
Fantasy first-timer: Week 6: The Cam Newton Conspiracy
Fantasy first-timer: Week 7: Fantasy first-timer: Dwight Shrute, "The League" and Aloo Gobi
Fantasy first-timer: Week 8: Fantasy first-timer: Week 8: Epic Upsets and Molly-whopping
Fantasy first-timer: Week 9: Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp and back in the playoff chase
Fantasy first-timer: Week 10: LL Cool J, Percy Harvin and American Pie
Fantasy first-timer: Week 11: Champ Kind advice, trade deadlines and Gandalf
Fantasy first-timer: Week 12: Anquan Boldin, Alison Brie and Playoffs
Fantasy first-timer: Week 13: Home Alone and Playoffs
Fantasy first-timer: Week 14: Grudge Match