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TDH Fantasy Football

By: Mike Finke

“It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.” 

Ahh that line, delivered by “The Voice of God,” John Facenda, in “They Call it Pro Football,” a true masterpiece in sports film by the genius father-son combo of Ed and Steve Sabol at NFL films. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s that time of year again.

That's right, football season is among us and that means one thing…it's Fantasy Football time and, more importantly, it's the eve of our TDH league draft. Time to break out those Top 300 lists from your favorite insider, apply your custom future-stat algorithm and make some bad decisions.

Here at TDH we’ve been battling for fantasy football supremacy since the agency’s birth in 2002 (side note: what a horrible draft year for the NFL by the way, with David Carr and Joey Harrington taken 1 and 3 overall. Sounds like David’s first two picks last year). And this isn’t some fun inter-office league for shits and giggles. We take this seriously. Very seriously. It’s an agenda item during our weekly all-agency status meetings and could probably use its own job number. Hell, the trophy has a more prominent spot than any work-related award we’ve received.

As you can imagine at an creative agency your team name is almost as important as winning and losing. Over the years some we’ve had our share of classics including Happy Sunshine Bunnies, Jaundice, Eleven Jared Fogles, Chico’s Bail Bonds, The Dead Irsay’s and Clown Punchers to name a few.

Looking towards our 2014-15 league it may prove be a milestone season here at TDH. We've revamped the scoring system and added a few new faces at the owners' table. There were also the highly controversial mid-season trades for future draft picks from last year, made by a certain commish, that will really shake up the draft and most likely spark additional rivalries and bad blood among teams. Should make for a interesting season as we all grind toward making the playoffs. Throughout the season we will be posting about the league regularly on our Facebook page, with weekly matchup projections, etc. And of course a “How I Won the Whole Damn Thing” blog post written at the end of the year by our champion. 

So cue up the “Classic Battle” by Sam Spence and good luck to the owners of Team Awesome, the Angry Angry Asians, Pink Power Rangers and Manninghandlers along with the other league owners (you can make your checks payable to my kid’s college fund). 

I’ll leave you with another of Steve Sabol’s works, a poem called “The Autumn Wind.” His personification of fall that I think also speaks to the upcoming fantasy football season:

The Autumn wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
Swaggering boisterously.
His face is weatherbeaten
He wears a hooded sash
With a silver hat about his head
And a bristling black mustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold.
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you 'round and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won.
 

09.03.14   The Biz

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