We're approaching Week 6 of the 2012 fantasy football season, and unless your team is protected by some sort of magical force field, you're probably dealing with a few key injuries. No fantasy owner would think less of you for shedding some tears over the state of Cedric Benson's foot or Aaron Hernandez's ankle. Still, don't spend too much time in the fetal position—even the most competitive leagues are sure to have a few potential stars on the waiver wire.
This weekend, finally, the real refs will be back on the sidelines, saving us from any further on-field debacles like the ending to last Monday Night's Packers-Seahawks game. For all the phantom pass-interference calls and overlong instant-replay reviews, certain moments are sure to stick out when, in future years, we look back on the first three weeks of the 2012 season and wonder just what the world happened.
Here are eight dubious ways for us all to remember the stand-ins responsible for imprinting the phrase "simultaneous catch" onto every football fan's brain:
As you may have heard, hobos and miscreants are in charge of refereeing NFL games now! Or, rather, the NFL has decided to use high school referees as replacements while it negotiates with the actual referees' union, which has led to the occasional minor controversy. And while Monday's night's disastrous ending to the Packers-Seahawks game is probably the pinnacle (or nadir) of this sad saga, there were already plenty of questionable, puzzling and downright infuriating officiating decisions leading up to it.
Don't let Nick Saban fool you: building a championship college football program is not an easy task. Between recruiting, budget restrictions and the yearly loss of star players to the pros, head coaches face a constant series of challenges. Surprising stat: Out of the 124 active FBS football head coaches, only eight have managed to win a national championship.
That isn't to say that the other 116 gainfully employed men are incompetent. In fact, many of these coaches are frequently on the brink of securing a piece of college football immortality. Let's take a look at some of the best FBS coaches that have yet to win a title:
Okay, so you've weathered the first two weeks of the 2012 fantasy football season and dropped that rookie running back that you knew you shouldn't have drafted. Now that early hiccups are out of the way, take your team to the next level by checking out some story lines and players to watch in Week 3.
On July 18 the New York Yankees held a comfortable lead in the A.L. East and seemed destined for a deep playoff run. Since then, the Bombers have somehow managed to blow a 10-game advantage over the Orioles, leading to a scramble for first place and an extremely rattled New York fan base. Still, this is hardly the first time that a team with a comfortable lead has suffered a late-season collapse.
Let's take a look at some of the worst September meltdowns in baseball history:
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