Honestly, if it weren't for DFS, I would have no interest in golf. I'm always looking to do something fun and different, and going to the Sony Open surely fit the bill. Luckily for me, Oahu is just a 5o-minute plane ride away and taxis and Uber made it easy to get to and from the Waialae Country Club for the last two rounds of the tournament.
The golf course is nestled in a residential area along the waterfront. Saturday felt like perfect spectator weather; a bit overcast with a light breeze that made for watching golf under the shade pleasurable, to say the least. I wasn't sure what to expect but our time at a live event was perfect because we walked the entire course with Justin Thomas, Hudson Swafford, and Gary Woodland.
Starting at the first hole, there were more putts missed than I had expected, and some of them looked to come within inches! Thomas had a more than exceptional first round on Thursday, so expectations were high. On the fifth hole, it looked like Swafford hit a ball off the tee, which ended up in a creek with very little water, possibly hitting the trees (but I can't say for sure). Both Woodland and Thomas hit balls outside of the fairway during the third round. At the 18th hole, Thomas hit a ball off the tee that was far left into the trees. I assume he was trying to hit it over the trees but it didn't have the distance. He had to hit the ball through the trees to get it to the green and made it, by only hitting a leaf from a coconut tree.
With the year coming to an end and 2017 right around the corner, I'll take this time to discuss joy, disappointment, feelings, hope, you know - all that stuff most fantasy sports players probably aren't interested in reading about, but I'm going to do it anyway.
People keep asking me two things recently:
Life balance is something that I tried to build between work and what's best for myself outside of work. Guess which one always won? There comes a time when you've dug a hole so deep, you can't get out of it. My decision to leave my job is my way of filling the hole so I can find my way out of it and completely start from scratch.
People say, "but you have a good job," and, "you're good at what you do." Let's be honest; just because you're good at something, it doesn't mean you should do it forever. And same goes for being good at your job. Maybe for some, those two reasons are enough. It isn't for me. I'm in my early 30's, and I still have not pursued a passion with any kind of conviction. I was never supported when I wanted to leave home to go to school on the mainland. I wasn't supported when I wanted to go to law school. I wasn't supported when I wanted to show a family member the MLB DFS articles that I had been writing. I can't mention my DFS "investments" with some family because they keep mentioning the word "gambling," because, apparently, the skill I have learned so far means nothing to them.
When you get a chance to play in a fantasy league with some of the best, you jump at the chance. Then the realization sets in that you have a spot in the league that so many others would love it have, and you can't screw it up! I am eternally grateful for the opportunity. Results aren't always a testament to your success. What has made me better over the years is the lessons learned and more so when I'm not near the top. The competitor in me wants another shot at doing this again and putting together a better team.
Congratulations to David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), who won first place! Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) did great too, with his team finishing in third.
The highest-placing listener goes to Brad Altman (@brad_altman) in second place. Very impressive! As mentioned many times on the Fantasy Focus Baseball Podcast, Brad made over 300 moves throughout the season; 337 to be exact, as you can see below.
For a 20-team, weekly league, I was surprised to see all of the adds/drops, and trades. I thought there wouldn't be as many moves to make with the free agent pool being so thin. There were always transactions going on and you really needed to be tuned into what was happening to take advantage of any drops to add to your team.