Fantasy Football 2014-2015
Home –Field Advantage according to the Dreamer.By: Jack Walker, SPORTS EDITORDavid Cantu is no stranger to competition. An eight year veteran of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy; it would be safe to say he pays quite a bit of attention to almost everything. At Westover Senior High School in Mid-Southern, North Carolina: Cantu was named an ‘All-State’ wrestler as a senior while anchoring the WHS Varsity Football team as a middle-linebacker. “I’ve always been compelled to help people,” Cantu recalls. “I feel that the job I have allows me the opportunity to change the community that I serve in a positive way.” Ironically enough, Officer Cantu is also an eight-year veteran who continues to engage in the brain-child of “pseudo- science”, NFL mega-analysts that spawned the phenomenon in which over 1.5 Billion members of the human race register for every 365 days within a 20 minute time frame: Fantasy Football. “I’ve never won the “Big Game” in FF,” Cantu humbly admits. “I finished second two years straight and the competiveness within me keeps bringing me back. Even If I do win it all I won’t stop playing the game. I learn more and get better each season.” Even more ironic is how parallel Cantu’s mission statement he applies to reality is with fantasy . Moreover, Cantu will be one of the first to remind you that it’s all about making the right choices. “Some people don’t take into account what goes into setting up a good roster each week,” the former standout linebacker says. “Weather, injury-reports, how certain defenses respond to the passing game and the running game and home-field advantage.” Home-Field Advantage…? Super Bowl XLIX: Glendale, Arizona… LeSean Mcoy, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Jamal Charles and Marshawn Lynch… Barring injury, the aforementioned ball-carriers –within sense and reason- are projected to top the Fantasy Football final points chart… According to David, a sportswriter in DFW and 89% of faithful YAHOO.com participants captivated by a search engine that gathers it’s predictions as accurately as a Super Nintendo plugged into the Heisman Trophy that the NCAA took away from Reggie Bush, somehow the waivers remain inactive. As far as that goes and regardless of the click-it or ticket metaphor, Cantu continues to polish his badge. “In my profession I can’t fly off the handle in situations like that ,” he said. “I have to remember who is watching and how the situation may be viewed.” Most of America would more than likely stand behind the statement that we’re all watching. Furthermore: the lingering enigma challenges all of us to determine whether or not we’ll believe it if we have yet to see it. Keep in mind we’re discussing Fantasy Football.“My goal is that when I decide to retire from the [Taylor County] Sheriff’s office and obtain my teaching degree; I want to teach Criminal Justice in High Schools,” said Cantu: a recent graduate of the University of Phoenix who earned his Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. “That’s my ultimate dream.”In most cases, the majority argue that a dream is far from reality. Cantu is on a mission to defy such an idea. Perhaps he already has… But then again, keep in mind we’re discussing Fantasy Football.A forum where home-field advantage will always favor: The Dreamer.