Columnist looking to join NFL fantasy league—any takers?

This is the time of year when I start to get excited about the return of the NFL. I know we are still a couple of weeks away from the start of training camps and pre-season games. Most fans don’t get terribly excited about the exhibition games. Their real enthusiasm is reserved for opening-day kick-off.

I tend to be a little bit different. I like keeping an eye on players’ progress and injuries during the camps and the pre-season games. The reason for my early interest can be summed up in two words: fantasy football. Now is the time when fantasy team owners across the country begin to formulate their draft strategies.

Fantasy football magazines have been on the shelves for a while already. Last week’s Sports Illustrated had a special section devoted to the subject. I’m ready for the 2006 season to begin. I only have one small problem: I’m a prospective owner without a league.

Here’s my proposal: If you’re looking for one more owner to fill out your league, I’m volunteering. I would like to join an existing league and write about your group during the upcoming season. I’m willing to pay a reasonable entry fee, and I’m able to make it to the draft as long as it isn’t held on a Wednesday or Saturday night. If this sounds like it would work for you, e-mail me and let me know the details of your league. If I receive more than one offer, I’ll do what any respectable fantasy owner would do when faced with making a difficult decision—I’ll flip a coin.

Now it’s up to you. If you would like your league to get some free publicity, and you have room for one more owner, let me know right away! You’re on the clock!

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at

From the July 26-Aug. 1, 2006, issue

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