On Dwight Howard, Free Throws, and the Awesome Pants
Yes, my girlfriend is in a fantasy head-to-head league with me. She has come a long way since the time I was watching a Heat game two years ago and we became enmeshed in the is-Shaq-good-at-basketball argument (“Um, he’s one of the top five greatest centers of all time.” “It looks like he’s just shoving people.” “Jesus Christ, look at his footwork. Now consider that he is almost four hundred pounds.” “Yeah, but he shouldn’t be allowed to just jump up and drop the ball in the basket like that”). We co-drafted her team this year, and they went on to defeat my personal team in Week 3, 6-3. Her first pick? At number eight in round one, she chose Dwight Howard. And the complications of that pick make it possible to distract her from her frequent campaigns to replace the Awesome Pants.