This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
Over the last week, my struggling Yahoo! Friends and Family team went from 28.5 points (I know) to a remarkable 45 points. And from dead last to a tie for ninth. At least for a moment.
I'd do a backflip if I didn't have a busted kneecap.
Fantasy hockey can be tough. Sometimes you compete. Sometimes your squad sucks beyond belief.
I own both this season.
I work hard in both situations. Maybe even a bit more in the latter. It's about pride. And small victories.
Some owners give up when they aren't winning. I could never do that. I don't believe in quitting. I commit to something and I see it through.
There are plenty of reasons to try to compete when you are down the standings. Pride is a big one. Reputation is another.
Respect for the rest of the league might be the biggest of all.
In at least two leagues, my scratching and clawing will affect who makes the playoffs and who doesn't. And whether a team might finish second or third. Or maybe even first. None of them deserve to have the title handed to them. They need to work to succeed.
There are no gifts. Not on my watch. Or yours.
My Friends and Family squad had already dropped back to 10th by the end of Friday night. But 44.5 points is a whole lot better than 28.5.
And that's more than a small victory to me.
Now let's take a look at who