It was late Monday night and I went to reload the page, even though I knew what was about to happen, and I wasn't going to like it. Donovan McNabb kneeled down at the end of the Philadelphia Eagles' workmanlike win over the Washington Redskins, losing a yard. Then he did it again on second down and by third down my fantasy football win had become a loss. I'd never seen that before. Then I got a text from a buddy in that league who saw the same fantasy result: Had my joy for seeing the Eagles win been tempered by my fantasy team falling by a mere three-tenths of a point in a silly way? Of course, I would have preferred to win both. Couldn't the Redskins have converted the onside kick no! A real Super Bowl lasts forever I say! (Not that this game gets the Eagles closer to that goal or anything )
I've never really been conflicted when it came to a real result versus a fantasy one, but I have to admit, losing this way, when the Eagles still would've won had McNabb handed the ball off to a running back, was a drag. Couldn't Michael Vick have done the kneeling? He wants to play! I realize I put myself -- well, my team did, since I didn't play -- in this position in the first place of being able to have a win become a loss because my quarterback, who played poorly yet again (156 yards, really?) lost a few yards as the clock ticked away, but it still stinks nevertheless. Each week I receive many e-mails from readers/watchers/listeners sharing their stories of impossible losses. One guy this week lost by a point when Andre Johnson left early. Stuff like that happens all the time. Earlier this season a missed extra point cost a guy a win. That happens, too. Brian Westbrook falling down purposely at the 1-yard line against Dallas in 2007 that had to hurt. Look, it happens. Now I've got such a loss to add to the book. Thou shalt not kneel.
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