A numberFire Day of Thanks
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I suppose that Thanksgiving isn't all about football and turkey. At the very least, my not-so-national campaign to have it renamed "Turkey-Pigskin Drink and Eat Day" was shut down in the early stages, so I suppose some people still want to stick to the common idea of giving thanks on this day. And you know what? I think they have the right idea. I asked the guys who make numberFire happen exactly what they're thankful for this year, and I encourage you to do the same down in the comments section.
Keith Goldner, Chief Analyst
Over halfway through the NFL season, and there isn't much to be thankful for as an Eagles fan, other than Andy Reid's moustache. The Phillies have currently won more games in October than the Eagles, and the Phillies were god awful. But, I love sportz, so there is plenty to be thankful for:
- I'm thankful that Adrian Peterson is a ridiculously freakish human being. I put a lot of faith in his knees.
- I'm thankful for Peyton Manning’s neck; I’ve had a boyish man crush on the guy for years and nothing makes me happier than seeing him do work on the field.
- I'm thankful Arrested Development is finally filming again. Guys are pros.
- I'm thankful for this.
- I'm thankful we get to see Ed Hochuli and Mike Carey every sunday. You never appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.
- I'm thankful the Northwestern Wildcats did not blow a late fourth quarter lead against Michigan State.
- I'm thankful for Dannon Coffee yogurt.
- I'm thankful for Handball in the olympics -- specifically women’s handball.
- I'm thankful that Kevin Durant is unguardable.
- While I was pretty upset the Thunder lost, I can say that I'm thankful LeBron finally won a title. Tired of people talking about it.
- I'm thankful for Fantasy Football to take my mind off the Eagles misery.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Enjoy the food, family, and especially football!
Michael Worthington, CTO
I'm thankful my first round draft picks across all my fantasy leagues have not bitten the dust and gotten injured, a frequent occurrence in nearly every season prior. My keepers for next year are having stellar seasons and I couldn’t be happier; I'm looking at you Luck and Wayne. Keep up the good work boys.
Watching the Giants struggle midseason as a fan, is something for which I’m oddly thankful. For it’s only when they view themselves as underdogs that they win unwinnable games and Superbowls. As a Rutgers alumnus, I'm thankful for the recently announced joining of the B1G and the possibility of leaving the Big East by winning it this season. I'm thankful the Knicks are off to a stellar season after the way Linsanity concluded and an offseason that was nothing shy of frustrating. Carmelo is playing unselfish ball and Felton got in shape.
As CTO, I'm thankful for all the people checking out numberFire and using the tools I help build; friends, family, new friends, new family, you. The feedback has been nothing short of amazing, and I look forward to producing more utilities so you can dominate your leagues. Due to the long hours it takes to build the site, I'm truly thankful for my wife, her understanding and encouragement, and her love of tailgating.
Last but not least, I'm thankful for the things that make each day a little brighter, like Reddit, StackOverflow, Springsteen, Breaking Bad (on season 3), green tea, Jersey pizza, and my local YMCA, where a young man can work off all the cookies he eats.
Nik Bonaddio, CEO
As a Steelers fan, I’m thankful that Ben has stayed mostly healthy throughout the season as it’s clear that he is the straw that stirs the drink. I’m thankful for the impending return of Troy Polamalu and a Week 12 matchup with the Browns.
As a fantasy owner, I’m thankful that the numberFire draft kit spurred me to take RG3 in the 7th round, Reggie Wayne in the 4th round, and AJ Green in the 3rd round.
As a sports fan, I’m thankful for the brilliance of Usain Bolt, the eventual return of hockey, the start of the college hoops season - go Pitt! - and week after week of the best sports on earth, football. Thanks to Andrew McCutchen for giving me at least some hope in the future, and thanks to my girlfriend for being just as much of a Steelers nutjob as me.
As the CEO, I’m thankful for every user who registers, everyone who asks or answers a question, every person who reads an article of ours, and for everyone who trusts us to help their fantasy teams to victory. Without all of you, I wouldn’t be here writing this paragraph at all, so thank you.
Zach Warren, Editor
It would be easy for me to sit here and wax poetic about my friends, my family, my life, and how fortunate I am seemingly be one of two recent college graduates in America with a dream job in his or her choice field. And I am thankful for every single one of those pieces of my life, every single day. But I write for a sports website, not for Hallmark. (And it's a good thing too, I would only become the master of writing cards with backhanded compliments.) So don't be surprised when I say that I'm thankful for...
... the Cowboys failing BEFORE the playoffs in 2011, because spice is the variety of life.
... Ryan Tannehill being drafted #8 overall, because it gives me inspiration that maybe I'll have the wherewithal to make baseless decisions for a franchise some day too.
... Northwestern basketball failing to beat Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. I now have unlimited inspiration whenever I need to cry on cue.
... my March Madness bracket for knocking me out early this time. Really guys, I think Missouri's the real deal again.
... my Utah Jazz sneaking into the playoffs as an eight seed last season, because the hero always needs to be whacked by the villain at least once (looking at you, Popovich) before claiming ultimate victory.
... Lebron James for winning a ring. I support any and all instances that may result in Dan Gilbert writing a hate-filled letter in Comic Sans.
... PED connections to Melky Cabrera and Ryan Braun, because they're not Jason Heyward. Please don't be Jason Heyward.
... the Cape Cod Baseball League, where I spent the past two summers announcing baseball. It's an odd feeling when the MLB Draft actually means something, I suggest trying it some time.
... Andy Reid. As a Cowboys fan who grew up in Northern Delaware, I'm might even say that I'm most thankful for Andy Reid.
... the Northwestern football team's 2012 season, because living to be past 60 is overrated, anyway.
... Baylor football, because rooting for BCS chaos has become my favorite national pasttime. If you're rooting for the favorites, you're alone.
... numberFire, for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to do exactly what I love on a daily basis
(Wait, how did that get in there? Welp, I failed. Happy Thanksgiving!)
From All of Us
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