As someone with a self-admitted fantasy football problem, there is nothing like that first Sunday. This particular first Sunday will be monumental, because for the first time in years I gave myself a reason to watch my home team, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yes, friends, I drafted a Bucs player.
This is the third year I am writing about fantasy football. This year I am focusing on how Bucs players fit into the game we nerdy, stat-obsessed, non-athletic, competitive freaks love to play. For my introductory column I will regale you with my recent Bucs epic titled, "2012 Draft: The Quest for Doug Martin."
Ok, no I won't. The gist of the story is as my auction draft got underway I was faced with an opportunity to buy Martin at a reasonable price. I have lived in Tampa Bay my whole life, so naturally, I am wary of Bucs players. Yet I felt myself drawn to him as I watched the bidding. There was no denying his talent at Boise State. I had read his NFL draft profile with intrigue. So I went for him.
This year, the fate of my team may lie in the hands of Doug Martin. A team that came so close last year just to have the championship ripped away by my little brother's 20-year-old fraternity brother. My future columns will include statistics, opinions and maybe an infographic or two, but this one just has hope. Welcome to the team Doug Martin. I'll finally be cheering for the Bucs.