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Quick football thoughts on Fantasy, Torrington, UConn and the Giants

POSTED September 16, 2013
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


 

The last two Sundays have been refreshing for me.

Instead of burying my face in the laptop stressing about fantasy football, I sat back with Scott Hanson and the NFL RedZone channel (God's greatest gift to television) and just enjoyed the games. As you can guess, I have quit seriously and monetarily competing in fantasy sports. It's something I should've done long ago.

Over the last decade, I dealt with injuries, rooting for obscure situations like a quarterback throwing touchdowns to any one but his top receiver and scoring rules that make you go crazy. In other words, it was no fun. Not to mention costly.

Yesterday, as the Chargers came back in Philly, I didn't have to worry about Philip Rivers costing me a fantasy loss with his late-game yardage. Same thing with the EJ Manuel comeback in Buffalo against the Panthers. And the Bears last-second thriller, too. It was a great day of action and it was fun to not have to worry about every little statistic.

Sure, this may sound archaic as fantasy sports is at the peak of its prime today. But I am done with fantasy. And loving every second of it.

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Tim Gaffney touched on it in his column already, but I have to ask the same question: Can the Torrington football team catch a break and not have to face Ansonia on opening day one of these years? Other than the location, Friday night was a carbon copy of the 2012 opener. Arkeel Newsome, some more Arkeel Newsome and a blowout Charger win. Hopefully, 2014 will bring a softer first contest for the Red Raiders.

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A huge crowd is expected at The Rent Saturday night for UConn's game against Michigan, which is going to be televised Nationally on ABC. Between the stands being full of Michigan fans and the Huskies being exposed as a bad team, a young season already full of lows is probably going to get worse in front of the country-wide audience. While a coaching change is all but inevitable, it will be interesting to see if the school goes in that direction in-season.

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Considering I am always pessimistic about the Giants, I thought I'd throw a change-up and take the opposite angle. Currently, with 14 games remaining, they are one game out of first place in the NFC East. That was positive, right?

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