Monday nightmare: Rivers’ woes hurt in fantasy and reality

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There is a special place in sports hell where real-life and fantasy disappointment run concurrently. Please allow me to share one of these stories.

A text came across on Sunday afternoon from my pal, (name redacted), that said the following: “Dude, I’m scared of playing (Aaron) Rodgers tonight; I really want to start Philip Rivers. He owns Peyton Manning.”

It should be noted (name redacted) is a huge, HUGE Chargers fan.

I replied, “I thought I told you to trade one of those quarterbacks already. But don’t do this to yourself, play Rodgers for [expletive] sake.”

But (name redacted) wouldn’t hear (or read) any of it. “Screw it, dude. I’m doing it.”

We know what Aaron Rodgers did on Sunday night against the Texans, as he scored close to 40 points. But it wasn’t too bad for (name redacted), who sent this on Monday afternoon: “Blew it not playing Rodgers. Would have won, but I’m only down 10. I should win as long as Rivers doesn’t throw six picks.”

Well, at least Rivers didn’t throw six picks. But dude, you don’t ever type that. I don’t want to blame (name redacted) for blowing the entire Chargers season for sending such a text, but he kind of did.

And make no mistake, it’s going to be nearly impossible for the Chargers to recover from this one. Of course, it probably won’t matter in the long run because A.J. Smith and Norv Turner will continue to be retained in the name of “continuity.” And why would the Chargers want to part ways with the guy who got rid of Drew Brees, Darren Sproles, Michael Turner and Antonio Cromartie? The Chargers did this to themselves by agreeing to one more season of Turner, who is the NFL’s version of Bobby Valentine. But credit the Boston Red Sox for jettisoning Valentine after one season; they didn’t extend his contract.

But this is a place for fantasy grieving. What are your tales of woe from Monday night? I know (name redacted) isn’t the only one who is suffering here. Consider this one a big fantasy therapy session, and this blog post is your fantasy couch. Let it out right now, you’ll feel better once you do.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 70,000 followers, and Fabiano has 60,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook (oh wait, I told you to stop going to Facebook). Go instead to Google+. Also be sure to catch the latest “Dave Dameshek Football Program.”

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