Citizen Kev And Playoff-Bound Bengals

by Kevin Burton    One last night on pins and needles.  Now back to reality.    My 17-week stint as a fantasy football owner has ended. Another week, another nail biter.  This final game a 128-122 win in the third place game of the USA Legends league.     For next weekend’s slate of NFL games, …

Here’s To Socrates And Travis Kelce

by Kevin Burton    “The unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates, the Greek philosopher who was said to have driven people to distraction with his constant questioning.    “There were times where I feel like I was just out there thinking too much instead of just playing instinctual football. It’s definitely something that …

Sometimes A Fantasy Is All You Need

by Kevin Burton    If the NFL season ended at this writing, my Bengals would be included in the playoffs. They would travel to Kansas City for a first-round game.    Blood rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh, though they are having fairly good seasons, would be excluded if the playoffs began today.  How sweet is that? …

“Fantasy Brain” Is Wrecking The USA

by Kevin Burton    Managing a fantasy football team has totally changed the way I watch the NFL. And it may have given me insight into post-national America.    In fantasy sports, you draft and “manage” a handful of players you predict will do well, pitting your team against other teams created in the same …

NFL Week: A Fantasy Win, A Bengals Win

by Kevin Burton    It’s Sunday and the now-hated Cleveland Browns are about to increase their lead over Kansas City.    They call a running play and there is a bit of a scrum near the goal line. My three-word thought: “get in there!”    Why would I do a thing like that, root for …

Hey Yahoo, Ya-hooey, Out Of My Face!

by Kevin Burton    I’ve got Travis Kelce on my fantasy team.    Such a sentence I never thought I would utter. But there you have it.    Tuesday night was draft night for the USA Legends fantasy football league.  The Legends were/are a new beep baseball team made up of older players from all …

Can Fantasy Football Save NFL Sundays?

by Kevin Burton     How starved are you for NFL football?   Did you watch the game last night?    People you’ve never heard of wearing Dallas Cowboys uniforms vs people you’ve never heard of wearing Pittsburgh Steelers uniforms.  Watered-down exhibition junk. Did you watch that?    If I put on the uniform of one of …

Bengals Needed Lineman, Not Receiver

by Kevin Burton    Once again the Cincinnati Bengals failed in Cleveland.    This time it was not on the field but in the NFL draft.  The team failed to address its biggest need, offensive line, by passing on tackle Penei Sewell from Oregon to take Ja’Marr Chase a wide receiver from LSU.     I’m …

We Could Be The Next NFL Analysts

by Kevin Burton     When our TV is on these days it’s usually on football, and we are no mere observers.    We’re not perfect with predictions, but my wife and I both have keen insight as to what might happen in a given game.    A typical pre-game assessment goes something like this:    …

Optimism In Cincinnati Despite 0-2 Start

by Kevin Burton    Joe Burrow showed last night why he was the number one draft pick. The Bengals showed why they were drafting number one.       Cincinnati was last against the run last year and egregiously bad last night. So three touchdowns and 316 yards from their rookie quarterback was not enough.  They …