Famous quotes are defining of moments intertwined with personalities.
As England endured the blitzkrieg, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
As the Bears endured a rough patch during a season, Coach Mike Ditka said: “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.”
Fantasy football’s week 9 will be defined by the following quotes, even if they are about fantasy teams.
“Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls,” because if it is the Lions Joquie Bell, then it tolls for the Lions. He’s a healthy running back on a team of walking wounded, and a solid roster addition for this week.
“Who wears short shorts?” Fun fact: Cecil Shorts are not those strangely annoying metrosexual men’s culottes that barely cover the knee. Cecil Shorts is actually a much-sought-after Jaguars receiver who has had back-to-back big games against the Raiders and Packers. This week, it’s the Lions, so it could be more of the same. Personally, I’d take blue jeans any day – whether or not they’re endorsed by Brett Favre.
“Nowhere to go but up” is the operable phrase for Michael Vick and all Eagles this week. The embattled quarterback received a vote of confidence and must now produce.
It is a tough task against the Ain’t No Saint, but he may be required to up his game to keep pace with Brees and Co. LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and Brent Celek will all benefit as well.
“Don’t look back,” said baseball legend Satchel Paige. Last week I went on and on about Rashad Jennings being dropped in favor of Malcolm Floyd and how Floyd would do better, etc., ad nausea, and so on. Well both flopped miserably so, to take the statement further, that “something might be gaining on you” is neither Jennings nor Floyd.
“What’s in a name?” DeAngelo Williams became the toast of the waiver wire when he was (a) trade bait and (b) declared to be ready to run rampant against the Redskins defense. There is a middle-aged guy down the street named William DeAngelo who would have just as good a chance.
“Go big or go home.” Going big this week are: Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Matt Forte, Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan and Reggie Wayne. Going home are: Eli Manning, Adrian Peterson, Joe Flacco, Ahmad Bradshaw, any Saints running back, Atlanta’s defense and Fred Jackson.
“Pay your dues.” This is just a bit of courtesy advice to all fantasy players. Now that we’ve crossed the halfway mark, it would be cool to ante up your league dues. The commissioner’s job is unpaid and difficult, so give them a break and just pay up.