You might think that working at NFL.com means we spend all day in the office talking about nothing but football. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Thanks to Adam Rank, we once spent the better part of a week debating whether or not “Die Hard” qualifies as a Christmas movie. Despite his protestations, it doesn’t.
Even when office chats do turn toward thoughts of pigskin, they aren’t necessarily about breaking down X’s and O’s. Case in point: the esteemed Dave Dameshek opened a discussion earlier this week about who would win in a fight among mascots. This wasn’t a Ragnar versus Steely McBeam conversation. Instead, it was the “Could a Falcon beat an Eagle?” discussion. The consensus was nothing would beat a Titan — they’re immortal! We admittedly had a tough time handicapping the Browns — how do you fight a color?
But every once in awhile, we get down to the nuts and bolts of football and how it affects our fantasy teams. Such a rude interruption to our otherwise esoteric office talk came on Thursday when the league announced a stat correction to Michael Vick’s rushing totals. It was felt acutely by Michael Fabiano, who had a fantasy win changed to a fantasy loss. Rank was outraged, vowing to never play fantasy football again if he were in that situation (we don’t believe him, by the way). Nonetheless, it’s a real fantasy world problem that affects real fantasy owners. Maybe even someone you know and love.
So this week, in the Social (Fantasy) Network, we asked if mid-week stat corrections should apply to fantasy totals. And if so, when is the cut-off for making those changes? Sabrina got right to the point.
— sabrina(@brina621) September 28, 2012
That was the consensus among your faithful fantasy scribes. Even before you get to the games on Thursday, there’s still the issue of waiver claims. A win or a loss could affect the waiver wire priority, which could make a big difference for multiple teams chasing the same free agent. Which is exactly the point Blake made.
— Blake Richardson (@twiztedmetel) September 28, 2012
Not everyone was on board with Blake’s idea, however. Alex offered a retort.
— Alex Samaniego (@alexitofootball) September 28, 2012
An interesting argument. But most laws have a statute of limitations, why shouldn’t fantasy? Anyway, this week’s final word comes from frequent tweeter Graham, who wasn’t worried so much about the result as the process.
— Graham Honeycutt (@JD_Honeycutt) September 28, 2012
Hopefully you weren’t burned by a stat correction last week. And here’s to hoping you’ll be far enough ahead this week that any statistical fixes are of no consequence. In the meantime, keep an eye out for next week’s #SocialFF question. Happy Week 4, everybody!
– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG