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My new nickname
August 29, 2014 - Nick Hansen
Before the Marshall Independent Fantasy Football draft last weekend, I complimented a certain editor on his Greg Jennings football jersey. He replied with a jovial, "That's high praise coming from the NFL hater."
He was referencing a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago about how I was fed up with the NFL due to its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence situation along with a myriad of other issues. (The NFL has since taken a harder stance on the issue, for which I applaud them.)
At first I wasn't sure how to react to the comment. Was it a compliment? An insult?
I took it as a badge of honor. However, I'm not going to fight the NFL with a letter-to-the-editor sort of fiery passion, I'll fight it with commissioner Roger Goodell's worst nightmare, apathy.
I've since filled my need for competition by watching the English Premier League on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I also started a Fantasy Premier League with my college buds. We used to do Fantasy Football, but we got burned out on it. There have been numerous group texts sent around with trash talk about the Gunners, Spurs, or Toffees since the EPL season started a few weekends ago, (Google those.) Nick Untied (yes, untied) is currently in third place with 124 points.
Soccer is the vegetarianism of the sporting world. It's the subject of many funny looks and derision, but it gets better once you figure out how it works.
So yes, I'll still be setting my fantasy football lineup every week. But I'll be taking a walk, writing, or kicking a round football around on Sunday afternoons for the next five months.
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