From: Bryan McGonigal
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 7:02 AM
Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 28, 2006

Good Morning, Bryan…


Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh.  But then I think, what if I was an ant, and she fell on me.  Then it wouldn't seem quite so funny.


Back after a week off…and the next edition will be out next Monday even though it's Labor Day.  That also means it's almost football season, which of course means fantasy football starts!  I've been in leagues for the last eleven years and just had the draft for the league I run this past Saturday.  Honestly, it makes for a good reason to occasionally hang out with friends and a great way to keep up with the sport.  However, I can say that the one listed in the “Weird News” below never crossed my mind.  Enjoy!



1828 - Leo Tolstoy (author)

1946 - David Soul (actor)

1957 - Daniel Stern (actor)

1958 - Scott Hamilton (iceskater)

1965 - Shania Twain (country singer)

1969 - Jason Priestley (actor)

1982 - LeAnn Rimes (country singer)



Truly Odd Fantasies
Not only has professional fishing grown so spectacularly that last year's leading money winner earned $547,000, but popular "fantasy fishing" leagues, resembling fantasy baseball and football, employ elaborate statistical breakdowns of fishing tournaments to help players pick winners, according to a July Wall Street Journal report. "Average weight per fish (caught) over careers," "margin of victory (in pounds)," and other data points are plotted by players, along with weather reports, depth and temperature of tournament lakes, and intangibles such as "home-lake curse." The organization FLW Outdoors estimates 40,000 fantasy players, many of whom have never actually fished.



As a reminder, my reason for sending this is to help keep communication lines open between friends while hopefully adding a bit of levity to the day.  Back issues are available in the Deep Thoughts section of my website.  Have a great week!


Bryan McGonigal


*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd’s “News of the Weird”, available at



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