In every season, every fantasy manager has a story to tell. From the highs of picking the right captain to the troughs of selecting a villain who got himself sent off. You name it, you have it. Whilst no story will be as compelling as George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones, this is my season thus far, as retold by quotable quotes from Game of Thrones….
GW -4 >> Summertime and I am just getting warmed up. The latest version of Fantasy Premier League is just available. This year is my year. I am so going to win the league. “Power resides where men believe it resides, it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow”. When I win the league this season, I will rule .. of these bunch of useless minions.
GW-1 >> Just days left to kick off. I cannot wait. I have decided to give it all this season after my own epiphany – “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground” OK, fine, I will not die per se but if I were to do badly again this year a part of me will die. With the season.
GW 2 >> After a typically disastrous first week, I used my wildcard in GW2. I have a plan. “Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you.” I trust myself to know what I am doing.
GW 10 >> The clock in England has shifted, pushing all games an hour later in Asia. The Premier League is now yellow. This can only mean … “Winter is coming”. A spell of four months without international break and a fixture pile-up over the Christmas season. Yums.
GW 17 >> Going into Christmas, bottom of the league and no wildcard until the turn of the year. All hopes are surely lost. So maybe … “Now (my) watch has ended” …
GW 19 >> New Year’s Eve and countdown time in Asia. Friends and family have gathered, asking me to join in. No, I have too much at stake. My Triple captain is playing and I have to fixate on the game. Ahh “The things I do for love” …
GW 21>> “You know nothing, Jon Snow”, I thought as I clicked ‘yes’ to use my second wildcard, 2 Game weeks into the second half.
GW24>> The banter is getting serious. Sentiments are high as words become bullets. Despite a low standing at the bottom of the pile, I stand strong. NO Romelu Lukaku I say. Not against Bournemouth. After all, “A lion does not concern himself with opinions of sheep”; albeit a sleeping lion at the moment.
GW 24 (late night) >> Four goals and 21 FPL pts from Lukaku. Two rivals Triple Captained him. Kill me now, since “What is dead may never die”…..
Present >> Mentally I am back. Where do I go from here? Can I at least not finish bottom (again) this year? Shh … Who’s that? What did I hear? “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention…” Echoes from a far …
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