So a couple of weeks ago I got a Tweet from the US Figure Skating Association inviting me to join their Figure Skating Fantasy Challenge. For one, I had no idea the USFSA knew I or Barstool even existed. But apparently writing pro-figure skating blogs is not without its privileges. And when you’re doing it for the world’s most popular and influential sports/smut site, well the skating world sits up and takes notice. Now I know what people mean when they win major awards and say how humbled they are. Because this is just such an honor.
But as surprised as I am they know I exist, I’m doubly surprised there’s such a thing as Fantasy Figure Skating. It’s hard to explain how great a moment this is for me. It’s like having my first beer, losing my virginity and watching Michelle Kwan win the 2003 Worlds, all rolled into one. (Which isn’t hard for me to imagine since all those things happened on the same night.) I mean who knew such a wonderous, magical thing could be real? And there’s no way it could without me being all in. So I signed up and voila! “Team Barstool” was formed. My Lovely Irish Rose, who’s forgotten more about the sport than I’ll ever know, has her own team. So it is so on. Think of me as being like Jenny from “The League,” only in reverse.
In the meantime you can form your own team by clicking here. But bear in mind toe picks hit the ice at 10 PM tonight, so get your Week 1 selections in. As the season goes on I’ll keep you posted with Team Barstool’s progress and just to sweeten the pot a little, I’ll offer a “Ball Don’t Lie” shirt to anyone who can beat me. Let the Fantasy Figure Skating Challenge begin! @JerryThornton1
PS. This is the most I’ve used the terms “Figure Skating” and “fantasy” without it involving Rudy Galindo in a sailor suit.