Let the Games Begin
Gotta love the first week of NFL season and the first skirmishes of fantasy football. You drafted your team, selected your starting lineup, imagined yourself hoisting your league trophy at the end of the year. It’s a delicious sense of anticipation. It reminds Thunder of that sense of the unknown before your first date with a beautiful woman. Given that Thunder has a well deserved reputation with the ladies as a raconteur, my less accomplished friends always come to Thunder with dating advice. Did you know that the principles of formulating a dominant fantasy football squad are the same as success in dating? Let Thunder show you why:
1. Have a deep bench: You know that you need at least two good running backs and two solid wide receivers to form a competitive fantasy football team. The same is true in dating. Unless you are in a committed relationship, isn’t it silly to put all your eggs in one basket? One should casually date a number of women until you find one that is your heart’s desire. Plus, if your date goes down with a hamstring tear, you’ll have a backup ready to go.
2. Minimize Risk: When drafting a team, always concentrate on recent performance. A player who has succeeded the last few years at a reliable pace is worth owning. The same is true in dating. If your woman has a history of bad breakups and boiling bunnies, it’s best to steer clear knowing what you are getting yourself into.
3. You is what you is: Never draft a player who is in steady decline. Comebacks to elite level performance rarely, if ever, happen. In dating, once the relationship has become dysfunctional, or someone calls the cops, cut your losses. Once it’s done, it’s done.
4. Look for quality: Everyone knows a guy who drafts a player way too early, picking up a kicker in the sixth round instead of being patient and letting the player come to you. In doing so, you miss out on an opportunity for a quality producer. It’s the same in dating. Don’t be with someone just to be with someone. Be patient and stick to your high standards.
5. Beware the sexy pick: Every year, so-called fantasy experts tout an unproven young player as the steal of the draft. More often than not, it just doesn’t pan out. In dating, beware the leggy young blonde at the bar with four guys already around her buying her drinks. Be smart and move on.