You know when you go to McDonalds and order an extra EXTRA large milkshake. That milkshake is awesome. You sit there, all self-satisfied, consuming your zillions of calories thinking “man, I could drink milkshakes the rest of my life – one continuous straw, forever.”
Of course eventually the time will come when that drink is empty. You’ll go home with a sore stomach and spend the next two days swearing off of them altogether.
Milkshakes are kinda my fantasy hockey.
And the last few years I’ve put a lot of time into fantasy hockey writing. You could say TOO MUCH time, and you’d probably be right.
Sadly, I’ve fallen prey to every writers nightmare – burnout. It’s something you don’t really imagine happening when you’re starting out. It seems inconceivable that you’d ever get tired of writing about Yakupov’s shot volume, or Luongo’s even strength save percentage.
But there is a point, at least for me, where it starts to feel like work. And when I got into writing about hockey and fantasy pools in particular, it was about the fun of it all. That’s something I’d like to get back to, and I don’t know if you can do that while writing and tweeting about it for hours each day.
I’m planning to step away altogether – a 100% break. It might last for two weeks, maybe two months, or maybe forever. Time will tell. I’ll still be poking around different blogs as a regular reader. And agonizing over which goalie to start on any given Saturday night. But I won’t be a regular part of the fantasy hockey community.
And that’s something I’ll really miss.
The writers and readers that I’ve met along the way have always been hugely supportive (even when you’re telling me how overrated Letang is!). Getting to write about a sport you love and having people reach out to you to discuss ideas, theories, trades…etc is a special feeling. Helping fellow poolies weigh their options and build championship teams has truly been rewarding.
I sincerely wish the best to everyone in the future (especially those of you with Nichushkin on a roster)