Fantasy Play Homework

15 11 2006

It occurs to me that our president is a lifelong sports guy.

Maybe then he thinks like one? So this fantasy football analysis might shed light — if not shedding subjunctive grace like the song says— on what’s happening to all sorts of teams and players for whom the Decider has been deciding. (In America, WE are the team owners so we’d be smart to know the grammar of the games being played.)

Public school sudden-death test score competition, foul midterm election playoff strategies, and everything to do with Iraq including Rumsfeld as head coach come to mind of course, then other campaigns both military and electoral, from social security and health care reform to social initiatives for or against private choice.

If you see fields of political play where game strategies play out, feel free to post them here or link Snook readers elsewhere.

I can suggest one connection now while I go sift through other stuff later: Glenn Beck’s CNN special on the end of the world airs tonight, while for weeks on his radio show, he’s been playing fantasy football with high-profile terrorists as the players to trade, whose values rise and fall with the latest international news.

Knowing when to cut your losses

Fantasy owners on the playoff bubble in dynasty (or ”keeper”) leagues are wondering whether it is best to take a last-ditch shot at making the playoffs or to trade present value for the future. These ”dumping” trades occur when teams give up on the season by trading multiple players for one stud or when fantasy players in leagues with salary caps trade for low-valued players.

First, I firmly believe keeper leagues in football are not the way to go since you don’t start as many players as say in a baseball league. I much prefer scratch drafts, which also help avoid unfair balance shifts late in the season when teams trade three top players with expiring contracts (or high-valued players) for one player that will help them in the future. While most leagues play with trade deadlines, decisions are looming.

I would advise to only make a trade for the future if

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Being on the Same Side? Priceless

15 11 2006

It’s the nature of parent power — get on your child’s side because that’s where you want to be anyway, and stay there. As opposed to, well — being opposed, which sets up both parent and child for failure.

Terry Rossio, one of the writers of the “Pirates” trilogy, . . . asked him, ‘How do you get to be Jerry Bruckheimer?’
He replied, ‘Most people don’t understand the nature of power.’
His sentiment was you fight along the lines of what people already want. You put yourself where your agenda and the agenda of the people you are working with are the same.
The reason Jerry rarely has to dig in his heels is because he doesn’t set up a situation where he has to.”

(This even works with animals. I wonder if School will someday master its power?)