January 22, 2009

Fantasy Hockey Fail

Honestly, nothing hurts quite like fucking up in fantasy hockey. It haunts you. A small piece of me dies each time I hear the name "Dennis Wideman."

Earlier this season I dropped Wideman, the steady Boston Bruins defenseman, from my fantasy hockey team. 

It gets worse. 

I dropped him for San Jose Sharks d-man Christian Ehrhoff.

I drafted Wideman. I felt like he was going to improve on his 36 point 2007/2008 season, and benefit from playing on a decent Boston team. Well, he certainly has.

I can't say I thought the Bruins would be this good. And while I was high on Wideman, I didn't think he'd be this good, either. But that doesn't make it any easier. He used to be mine. I let him go. Now I'm paying the price; sitting quietly by my window, and thinking about him.

In 45 games this season, Wideman has 31 points (9 goals, 22 assists), and is a whopping +26. Twenty of those points have come on the power play.

To make sure I was reminded how much of an idiot I am, Wideman scored last night against the Toronto Maple Sucks. It was a power play goal, of course.

And Ehrhoff? I dropped his ass. After starting the season with 16 points in twenty games, he's tallied a goal and two assists since November 22nd. Fuck Christian Ehrhoff.

I'm sitting in fourth place in my pool. There's a substantial amount of money to be won. Had I kept Wideman, I'd probably be in second, or close to it. Had I kept Wideman, and had Tomas Plekanec not morphed into a useless piece of Montreal Canadiens shit, I might even be challenging for first.

You live and learn, I guess. At least I now know what John Ferguson Jr. feels like.

Still, I need a drink.

12 comments:

Jaredoflondon said...

I had the luck of drafting Brodeur, Gonchar and Sturm.
I feel your pain

Bhattorious said...

I have Heatley, worse than than an injury....GOD HELP MY TEAM.

Katshockey said...

Dude, send me your roster, and a link to your pool if its hosted on Yahoo, and I promise to vault you from fourth to first .. let's get that bling-bling into your pocket. You're gonna have to pay for your drinks somehow afterall, right?

Gus

katshockey@yahoo.com

The Reverend said...

bruther....I feel your pain. Generally all of my fantasy teams succumb to the "if only I had picked that other guy instead of this clown" symdrome. I might as well forego drafts and have it set to auto pick.

twentyfifthhour said...

At least you are in a money spot. I swear, every damn year I get hit with 3 or 4 injuries. This year Morrow (out for the season), Gomez (perennial 3 weeks), Nash (perennial 2 weeks). That's 3 of my 4 best players.

I must say, I just did get a steal on that Niedermayer trade though.

Ian H. said...

You forgot to mention Toskala, who is single-handedly killing my fantasy team. I should drop him like it's hot, but the second I do, he'll probably go all Raycroft on me.

Q-girl said...

When I do team by team and player by player comparisons I fail. When I choose based on who has a great personality I fail. When I choose based on least douchey hairstyle I fail. This is why I quit fantasy hockey this year. I have enough fail in my life, thank you very much.

showcase29 said...

i want my baby back, baby back, baby backstrom back

:(

Anonymous said...

In my 18-team league (ridiculous, I know), I was as quick to pick up Bobby Ryan as I was to drop him.

The games he spent on the fourth (?) line with Ryan Carter and George Parros scared me, even though he was still producing. Parros even saw the first - and probably last - powerplay time of his career as a result.

Now he's channeling Teemu Selanne on the powerplay. It kills me.

Lori said...

I'm afraid to look at my fantasy hockey. BUT the drinks are on me.

eyebleaf said...

@ Jared: Yikes.

@ Bhattorious: Much like on the pool discussion board, "shutup Bhatti."

@ Katshockey: Those are lofty words, my friend. I'll be emailing you. Bling-bling, indeed.

@ The Rev: If I had a nickel for every time I've said that, I'd be rolling in the bling bling that Gus mentioned. And, yo, your profile pic is bad ass. The ultimate fist pump.

@ 25th: Don't forget that I told you to use one of your keeper slots on Morrow.

@ Ian: Oh Vesa, our slutty, slutty goalie. My brother traded him last night. Fuck Vesa. I'm off him, huge.

@ Q: I think you're full of win.

@ Showcase: Don't forget who told you it was a good trade to make.

@ Anon: Our league is 20 teams deep. It's out of control. The free agency market is shallow as a mother fucker. And, yes, Bobby Ryan. I'm sure you're not the only one kicking your own ass about him.

@ Lori: You're a freshly minted 21. The drinks are definitely on you. And don't forget our 3:5 ratio. That deal sucks for me, but it's even worse for your wallet.

Escaped Lab Rat said...

I'm still bitter that in our lifefime keeper league I have no chance of getting Ovechkin until he's pushing 36.

Showcase, you're still in first by a healthy margin, the only team that can really catch you I think is the team I drafted for that other guy...and he won't fill enough games to make it I don't think.

We need more fantasy sports posts, it's always good to vent.