We’re going a melancholy and a little meta today, quick intro incoming. Go long (real long) — with your scroll wheel to hit the Week 14 rankings. And it wouldn’t be the fantasy football playoffs without a full slate of Game Flowbotics, linked here in enormous green letters:
If you’ll indulge me, consider that business business-ed so we can immerse ourselves in the sounds of missed-playoffs blues together. On Saturday morning, I queued up shuffle on my morning hike with Chelsea. My headphones greeted me immediately with one of those tracks I rarely seek out intentionally, but won’t ever skip. Music is fully subjective, so the song itself is irrelevant.
Whether pumping us up, bringing us down, melting our faces, or tickling our groove bones, music has an amazing way of transporting us away from ourselves and granting perspective. Each emotion has a home in time and space. It’s okay to explore the neighborhood now and then, as long as you remember your own home lies at the center. As I grow up (if we can call it that), the grind of a long week can easily disorient me and cause me to linger too long in unproductive headspaces. On Saturday morning’s canine-led meditation, shuffle’s Track 1 was the cathartic listening experience I needed to brighten my day, and I had no idea it was coming.
If you didn’t make the playoffs this year, whether in one or all of your leagues, you might be mired in the hangover of your fantasy season. Playoff berths are the most common measuring stick for success in our game. General expectations will vary, as will the amount of blame assigned to variance versus poor decisions. This week marks the season’s largest exodus of fantasy owners, and disappointment (justified or not) is prevalent in our community. I’m feeling it too.
Praise be sonic spells, for their ability to break the hexes and help us rediscover joy in the wake of failure. For every sub-.500 roster, I can find equal portions of pride or fascination in other elements of my fantasy football experience. This site’s first year embodies a lot my enjoyment from 2016. It took a lot of hard work from a great group of creators and overwhelming support from you, the readers, to carve out this little corner of the community.
So if your season is sadly finished and you’re taking your leave of fantasy football, thank you a thousand times over for sharing your time and attention to this point. Hopefully you’ll join us again for next season’s rat race. On the other hand, my selfish side hopes you stick around through Week 16, if only for late-season DFS #taeks. Either way, cheers, thanks again for reading, and remember to enjoy life’s soundtrack when you can.