I honestly do NOT know how the drivers and crews deal with the stress of the chase….because it usually has ME stressed out and I really have NOTHING to do with the outcome…more than just cheering my heart out for Tony (and cursing like a sailor when things like axle caps are loose or broken). Before the chase started mostly I was concerned with my fantasy league drivers and where they were finishing. I messed around with a couple different fantasy leagues last year- you know the “free” ones online- but really didn’t like them. I found they were too high maintenance (especially the ones where you could only pick certain drivers on certain weeks). I was invited to participate in a more private league and this season I have been having a ball. I had even been in the top ten at one point. But the season wore on and I dropped further and further down…in the standings (although half my fantasy team is in the chase). Mostly I was trying to keep track of where the “Davids” were finishing (meaning Reutimann and Ragan). Unfortunately my fantasy team is taking especially hard lately (my drivers are: Stewart, Gordon, Montoya, Labonte/Darnell and the “Davids”). I blame David Ragan. But clearly I am digressing.
During last weekend’s race that completely changed. Instead of even caring about my fantasy league, now I am trying to keep track of where all 12 chase contenders are in relation to Tony, as well as who has led a lap, who hasn’t led a lap, that kind of thing. I might have even got a little vicious towards Ryan Newman’s position compared to Tony, I admit. He might be the teammate of my driver- but during the championship- they are all enemies. I want MY driver to be the Champion. Not my driver’s teammate. It’s all about loyalties.
So anyway here I am trying to keep points somewhat in my head- and I will be completely honest with you right here and tell you I am not the quickest when it comes to doing math in my head- when my mom comes in and starts feeding me football scores. Then my brain exploded right there in the middle the living room. I was just trying of figure out where Tony was in the points…and my brain exploded. I had forgotten football season started along WITH the Chase. I am in a family/friends football elimination pool. Really she was just trying to tell me how my team of the week was fairing but my wee little brain could not handle any more numbers…and kaboom.
This is I think the third year I have been in the football elimination pool. The first year I nearly won. The second year I was nearly the first person knocked out. This year I am hoping to be back with a vengence. You have to know that I am not a big football fan. I save my fandom for NASCAR yet clearly I stink at fantasy NASCAR. However- so far with football I am doing pretty good- yet I only casually watch…maybe if there is nothing else on. I have three teams that are “favorites” (just picked at random) two that are “anti-favorites” and the rest are just men running around after a ball. Don’t even ask why I decided to take part in the elimination football pool….because honestly? I don’t know. But so far I don’t have any dings against me.
Football won’t be taking over my love of NASCAR- ever. There is no danger to that. And I am actually realy enjoying this NASCAR fantasy league much more than those dumb online ones….even though I stink at it. Mostly I guess, I just really need to talk to my mom about not giving me football scores when I am intently watching a NASCAR race. Believe it or not- exploded brains does not clean up easy out of the carpet.