Of all the NFL-derived contests in which we engage, none is more perverse and torturous than Survivor. Let's set aside that pools often number in the hundreds or even thousands, making your chances to win almost insignificant – at least in fantasy football which is its own form of torture, one owner among 12 or 14 will be happy at the end of the day. Forget the mathematical fact that if you played one hundred-person survivor contest each year for the rest of your life, there's a decent chance you'd go to your grave with zero wins. Let's instead focus on the bloodshed and misery that transpires every week.
I had the Dolphins in one pool (not much drama there), and the Pats in the other. The pool in which I had the Pats would have come down to two of us had the Steelers lost. One of the underrated sources of survivor misery isn't simply sweating out your own team's win in a tough game, e.g. the
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