It happens far too often. You follow a guy through college. Maybe he’s from your alma mater, perhaps your kid went to the same high school with him. It matters not. What is important is … “he’s your guy.”
You watch him excel in college, maybe he is in the running for the Heisman or Outland Trophy, MVP or his bowl game! Or perhaps none of the above. Maybe it’s more like he’s a team captain, a leader, a guy who “gets it” and plays football the way you believe it should be played. He’s … “your guy.”
Then the NFL Draft rolls around and instead of being “your guy” he’s the new rookie of your hated rival and you have his jersey in your closet. Some days football karma can absolutely suck. It’s the post draft blues and they can be deep.
After telling myself I wouldn’t do it again this year … I did it again. I couldn’t help myself. You research, watch a ton of film, help make YouTube a going concern. In the midst of it all guys catch your eye and you begin to envision them in certain situations. On certain teams. On your team, but most certainly NOT on your rivals roster.
I don’t just envision guys on my favorite team, for some reason I find magic-matchups for a multitude of teams. Guys you want to see in a specific situation. Guys you DON’T want to see in situations. Before you know it you have league wide pet cats and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. I have become a writers equivalent of the crazy cat lady.
This season it was feast and famine for me. Let me illustrate:
|Pet Cat||Intended Team||Actual Team|
|RB Ezekiel Elliott||Cowboys||Cowboys|
|LB Jack Myles||Chargers||Jaguars|
|OT Ronnie Stanley||Giants||Ravens|
|WR Josh Doctson||Anywhere but NFC East||Washington|
|QB Paxton Lynch||Dallas||Denver|
|WR Sterling Shepard||Cowboys||Giants|
|OC Nick Martin||Chargers||Texans|
|LB Deion Jones||Cowboys||Falcons|
|LB Su’a Cravens||Anywhere but NFC East||Washington|
|QB Jacoby Brissett||Cowboys||Patriots|
|SS Miles Killebrew||Steelers||Lions|
|OT Willie Beavers||Anywhere||Vikings|
|OG Conner McGovern||Chargers||Broncos|
|CB Anthony Brown||Cowboys||Cowboys|
|WR Kolby Listenbee||Panthers||Bills|
|FB Dan Vitale||Cowboys||Buccaneers|
|LB Dadi Nicolas||Bears||Chiefs|
|QB Jeff Driskel||49ers||49ers|
|TE Rico Gathers||Cowboys||Cowboys|
I actually landed my Pet Cats quite a few times. But I also had more than one go to a division rival. One pet cat to a division rival outweighs getting two on your own team. It’s old math based on having to watch “your guy” possibly eating your team alive twice a season.
Also referred to as sucking squared I am NOT looking forward to seeing Sterling Shepard, Josh Doctson or Su’a Cravens have big games versus the Cowboys twice a year. That’s six times a season I will have cringe-worthy reasons to drink heavily on game day. Ok, ok, insert game day, drinking joke here.
Did I have too many pet cats? Not according to the crazy lady that lives next door. Where did your pet cat(s) end up? Comment below.
What say you Sports Nation?
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