Hello, fantasy football players. Your friend Floyd Saunders would like to share a nostalgic tale with you, one that has connections that go back over a decade. This is a story of memories, but also one relevant to the world of sports.
However, none of this would have been possible if I hadn’t cleaned out the crawl space yesterday evening. While cleaning, I found some treasure. Not the kind of gold and jewels, or even of copper coins and costume jewelry. Instead, I rediscovered my fantasy sports archives, which I had put there in January of 2012.
Over the coming days and weeks, I hope to spread this find with the online world. But for the moment, let’s focus on the 2001 roster I discovered in my archives.
At a quick glance, this was not one of my greatest teams, nor, might I add, was it my first. Your pal Floyd has been playing fantasy football since he was a buxom lad (that’s a story for another time), sometime around 1997. But enough with the digression, let’s dig in:
QB – Kerry Collins & Rich Gannon
I believe this was the year the Oakland Raiders made the Super Bowl, only to get crushed and go into a downward spiral. The funny thing is that Al Davis can now only watch his team from among the angels in a fluffy cloud–in other words, he’s in heaven. Gannon was good that year, with his memories of the quarterback controversy in Kansas City with Elvis Grbac but a distant memory.
RB – Dorsey Leavens, Garrison Hearst, Antowain Smith, Thomas Jones, & Michael Bennett
Not a bad looking core. Leavens had a few really good years in Green Bay, and this was the year Hearst was coming back from a catastrophic injury (much like America was currently coming back from the 9/11 terrorist attacks). Smith wouldn’t have done very well in the modern NFL, but this was a different era, when he would carry the ball close to 40 times per game. And if I remember correctly, he was a late pick, and one of my best.
WR – Randy Moss & Tim Brown
I’m not sure why I only had two wide receivers on the roster. Might I add this was my roster at the end of the season, so I probably had more for most of the year. Remember when Moss pretended to pull down his pants and moon the audience after scoring? That was cool. And the time he squirted a ref with a water bottle? That was Randy Moss being Randy Moss. And what about the time he sort of drove over a police officer? What a rascal!
This league didn’t require a tight end, and I didn’t have any. By the way, the team was named I Love Will & Grace, which was inspired by a popular television program of the era. And for the record, it was a 12-team league.
K – Martin Gramatica
This guy had some good years. People even called him “Automatica,” which was a reference to his kicking accuracy. His first named is pronounced “Marteen,” though I heard an aged Pat Summerall pronounce it like the comedian Martin Lawrence once. I miss the Summerall and John Madden duo.
Defense – Cleveland Browns
As Drew Carey would say, “Cleveland rocks!” They didn’t rock with Tim Couch, but the defense was adequate, at least from a fantasy perspective.
I know what everyone who has carefully read this entire article is thinking, “Did you win the league, Floyd?” (These people I refer to almost certainly hypothetical). Friends, I’m sad to say I didn’t. But I did make the playoffs, and possibly won the division and made some cash. But that is a fact lost to time.
Thanks for reliving these memories with me. I wouldn’t say they brought me enlightenment, but I am totally at ease. Until next time, this is your buddy Dr. Saunders, wishing you a fine day or evening.