We do a ton of insightful, thoughtful, and serious features here at Footballguys with smart people thinking deeply for you.
This is not one of those features.
This is Random Shots, and it's a few pages of me downloading my brain that gets stuffed with way too many random items from too many hours watching, reading about, and listening to football every weekend and throughout the week. It's the only way I manage. Here's hoping it has some value for you.
We'll see. Now let's get to it.
With the NFL season kicking off Thursday night, I was feeling like this throwback picture of Jimmy Johnson. It's the same way every year.
Another year. Another draft in my beloved local league, THE LEAGUE. And yes, that's the trophy and my friend Casey in our advertising.
On the Soapbox.
I love the big fantasy football contests. I love the FFPC High Stakes leagues, and I love our Footballguys Players Championship with a $500,000 Grand Prize. Nigel Eccles, co-founder of FanDuel is a good friend and I'm an early investor in Underdog. I love all that.
But the regular local home league has always been and will always be the backbone and foundation of fantasy football for me.
And therefore, it'll be the foundation and focus of Footballguys. The smack talk, community, and camaraderie are the heart and soul of this industry, and it'll always be at the forefront of how I think of Fantasy Football. All the other ways to play are great. But they're all in addition to the local league.
Friends enjoying each other and enjoying football always has been what I love about Fantasy Sports. And yeah, this is what I said last year. My guess is I'll say it next year too. The big stuff is fun. But the local league is where my heart's at. And where Footballguys will be.
Be on the lookout in the Footballguys Merchandise Store for our "Draft Local shirts". It's what I love. And where I'm steering Footballguys.
Off the Soapbox.
If a fantasy football season were 9 seconds like this video, we're about half a second in. But so far, this feels pretty accurate.
Still one of my favorites this year. Make sure to have the sound on.
A fantasy football season in 9 seconds...— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) August 15, 2022
The "Leonard Fournette is so fat he might get benched" talk from this summer seems like a long time ago...
You know it's coming. But it still hits you.
The octobox is so beautiful pic.twitter.com/PTz6jLvHnf— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 11, 2022
Rams were forced to use a silent count at home on opening weekend.
The NFL is back.
As a D'Andre Swift fan, this hurts.
But it's true.
Steelers had fun.
2022 Celebrations off to a strong start.— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 11, 2022
We had a drawing and picked a random Footballguys Premium Subscriber to co-own a team with me in the FFPC Main Event. Grand Prize is a cool 1 million dollars and the winner from the drawing gets to have all of anything we win. I love this.
Had a blast drafting with my new friends Brian and James. Brian was the winner to co-own the â¦@FFPCâ© Main Event team with me. He gets whatever we win. He was an awesome draft partner! pic.twitter.com/oSjZBszxmc— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 11, 2022
Saints brought the pain.
Pain was everywhere. pic.twitter.com/BMafv6iJG6— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 12, 2022
Can't say I saw this coming.
not a single win in the AFC south today and two of the teams played each other— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) September 11, 2022
Music Note of the Week is an old favorite. John Craigie to me is the picture of California Chill. As the weather starts to turn a bit more cool, this song hits me in all the right spots. So good.
Just like we all predicted...
Footballs back pic.twitter.com/qywL81HqFN— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) September 13, 2022
Be careful what you wish for.
"Life moves pretty fast" is a regular line for me. From one of the best movies of all time...
It's especially true of the NFL.
Until it's not.
This was from Monday after the Week 1 opener.
From last year.
It's easy to forget the Packers were blown out in the opening weekend of 2021 and looked awful.
Maybe True Detective is more apt than Ferris Bueller on this one...
Packers Lay An Egg in Week 1? pic.twitter.com/3YyGQ1MAj7— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 14, 2022
Although there's some truth here.
Thanks to Footballguy Clayton Gray for that one.
It's been a rough week for Nebraska. But congratulations to former USC head coach and now Georgia Southern's coach Clay Helton on a big win in Lincoln.
The answer to "Who will Nebraska hire next?" seems obvious.
It's time to bring him home...
There's a clear choice for Nebraska's next coach - someone who knows grain and has brought a championship to the Great Plains.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 14, 2022
It's time to bring him home pic.twitter.com/cbE1VF4s2L
Amidst the screaming about who's an idiot or who should be fired after the Broncos - Seahawks game, this was a sweet moment.
And this might be the line of the week.
For everyone out there who's been overlooked or dismissed or written off, Geno Smith is your guy.
"They wrote me off, I ain't write back though."— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 13, 2022
I can't say I've ever thought, "I'm just not seeing enough of the Mannings on television".
But this kind of brotherly back and forth is good.
Shannon Sharpe was talking about how the fans receive a player returning to play against their former team and asked Peyton how it was going back to Indianapolis.
Eli quickly jumped in, "He was cut."
Smack talk is fun in fantasy football.
It's fun in real football too.
Parsons didn't agree.
Now go watch the tape! And see what happenned when it was me and him one on one!!! You hit someone not looking you straight pus**y !! Stop hyping this weak as* shit it’s football!! ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ https://t.co/ITprQ4ECRg— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) September 12, 2022
Fournette's reply to Parsons...
Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) September 12, 2022
Meanwhile, Tom Brady thinking about the next time Tampa might play Dallas...
People are awesome.
During the construction of an irrigation canal, an upstream contractor reported that a dog had been swept away. A brave unnamed construction worker who rides and successfully rescuesðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ pic.twitter.com/pizrtjdbcc— Tansu YEÄžEN (@TansuYegen) September 12, 2022
Here's a bit more behind-the-scenes video. My favorite part was how calm Reid stayed. He asked his coach for the kickoff, "You want me to send it out of the endzone?" Before the extra point, Reid and holder/punter Tommy Townsend dialed in their celebratory handshake before they went in.
But I'm just going to drop this fact right here from my friend Ryan McDowell...
The Seahawks had three different TEs that scored more fantasy points than Kyle Pitts in Week One.— Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) September 13, 2022
Who says the NFL isn't artsy?
Field looks like a Van Gogh. pic.twitter.com/MTVv3EkeEl— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) September 11, 2022
Thanks to Footballguys Adam Harstad and John Lee for those.
And the video.
This is awesome. ðŸ»â¬‡ï¸ðŸŒ§ï¸ðŸˆ pic.twitter.com/EqgQo1N5Bc— Matt Clapp (@DaBearNecess) September 11, 2022
This is what a compliment looks like from Mike Tomlin.
Mike Tomlin on Jaylen Warren making his NFL debut on Sunday: "he didn't urinate down his leg, that's a great place to begin."— Jenna Harner (@JennaHarner11) September 13, 2022
I love the Old School guys.
Thanks to Footballguy Keith Overton for that one.
Tuesday morning Twitter was mostly, "OMG OMG, you can't pay Russell Wilson $250 Million and kick it on 4th and 5!!!"
That's classic Sunk Cost Fallacy.
There are lots of reasons why Nathaniel Hackett should have let Russell Wilson try to convert on 4th and 5. But Wilson's salary is not one of them. You make the call that gives you the best chance to win. No matter what you're paying them.
Formula 1 Racing has subtitles. I had no idea.
This will forever be the funniest thing I’ve seen pic.twitter.com/72aC3wj0Nh— Muaaz Mia (@MuaazMia) September 13, 2022
Ok, that's funny. But Muaaz Mia needs to get out more if that's the funniest thing they've ever seen.
My sweet 81-year-old Dad is awesome. Still sharp as a tack. Most of what I know about business and service, I learned from him.
He doesn't really do much internet stuff and doesn't fully understand our business. But he's proud of me and what we've built here. He loves it that his friends think Footballguys is cool.
He's not much of a sports fan but will casually watch a game here and there.
Our conversation Friday morning:
Dad: "Dang. That quarterback from Buffalo is something. Man, oh man. You're on that kid, right?".
Me: "Yes, Dad. We're on him".
Chicago cornerback Jalen Johnson said they beat San Francisco and Trey Lance because "We made him play quarterback".
This one will be interesting to watch.
The 49ers, of course, will say resigning Jimmy Garoppolo had nothing to do with their confidence in Lance.
Not buying it.
Sometimes navigating fantasy football is about more than picking good players.
And one more reason to be nice to your significant other.
My best friend just got treated poorly and broke up w her bf and he forgot she’s logged into his espn and now she’s dropping every player on his fantasy teams and picking up free agents— Sydney Fields (@sydney_fields1) September 8, 2022
Not a lot of plays for 3rd and 93.
Alvin Kamara is chill.
I don't think I've ever seen this called before.
"Unsportsmanlike conduct. Chicago, #16. Brought a towel out on the field during the dead-ball period and wiped the field down. By rule that's illegal."— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 11, 2022
This really happened. Penalty took Chicago out of FG range. pic.twitter.com/kjavbZXbMi
There are compliments. And there are compliments.
Mark Stoops walking out of the swamp. pic.twitter.com/Y1O1sWRFzq— Jason. (@J_Hud111) September 11, 2022
I love Justin Herbert clapping and yelling, "Let's go team!" way more than I probably should.
justin herbert yelling "let's go team" all but confirms he's a superhuman robot pic.twitter.com/O6G7Ov2vdX— Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) September 12, 2022
Geno Smith: 17-of-18 for 164 and two touchdowns in the first half. This game of predicting fantasy football will keep you humble.
Also, things usually even out.
Geno in the first half vs the second half pic.twitter.com/WRD6N3IC2i— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 13, 2022
You know some cornerbacks around the league were sharing this tweet Monday morning...
Wrapping with this one.
On a serious note, Andrew Sullivan wrote this after the Queen died.
I'm trying to write a column and I find myself in tears. I fear that everything she exemplified - restraint, duty, grace, reticence, persistence - are disappearing from the world.— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) September 8, 2022
Full disclosure. I've never understood the fascination with the English Monarchy. But that's beside the point. And I know she obviously wasn't the political leader of the country. That's beside the point as well. She was a prominent and powerful public figure and, by most accounts, exemplified the traits Sullivan described: restraint, duty, grace, reticence, and persistence. I won't say they're disappearing from the world as that makes me sound older than I am. But I feel like they're a bit less common than they once were. Especially among people of influence. Let's make those more common. Let's celebrate people who bring those traits to the table. Thank you, Queen.
Thanks to Footballguys Keith Overton, John Lee, Adam Harstad, and Clayton Gray for the help on this one. If you've got a Random Shot of your own, send me an email at email@example.com.
Thanks for playing along, and I hope you make the most of whatever you're doing in your life. Love your neighbor and stick together.
Peace and Grace to you.