Monday Night Observations
I made the mistake of watching the Steelers game first, and it showed the score of the Panthers-Saints in the top left corner. That meant I had to watch the 48-minute (they’ve beefed it up from 40 with unnecessary replays) versions for two games while knowing the result of the really dull one.
(Admittedly I was checking the MLB scores while it was on, and also going down a Twitter Fourth Turning rabbit hole explaining why we’re all doomed and finding it uncomfortably plausible.)
In any event, I resolved the issue with the 48-minute version being unavailable by having a dentist appointment at 9 am and watching after I got back. Apparently when I was trying to watch at 7 am Western European Time (WET), it’s only 2 am ET, and they hadn’t finished the edits yet.
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The big story is obviously Nick Chubb being out for the year with a knee injury. Remarkably Chubb has *never* averaged fewer than 5.0 YPC in his five-plus-year career and was at 6.1 YPC so far this season.
It’s always unfortunate when one of the greats in the league gets hurt, but less so when he’s not on any of your fantasy teams. That might sound cold, but don’t lie to yourself. The amount of teeth gnashing and emotional distress you experience due to Chubb going down varies directly with the number of shares in which you invested (assuming you’re not a die-hard Browns fan.) Had I taken him early second in the Primetime, something for which I studied and prepped and in which invested $1,750, it might ruin my entire day.
That said, I wouldn’t gloat about it even if it obviously helps you. It’s not that it affects him if you gloat, but that it’s a bad habit to get used to enjoying real-life harm solely for competitive edge, financial gain or (the most ignominious) spiteful virtue signaling:
Hopefully Chubb comes back as strong as ever in 2024, that is, assuming the posters in rabbit hole down which I went are off the mark.
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