Monday, 25 May 2015

GW38 Tribute to the FPL Community

It's Saturday night.  FPL managers across the globe are hemming, hawing and second guessing themselves as the most unpredictable gameweek of the year, and ironically the one that will decide many minileagues and whether you will beat your best ever overall annual rank so far, beckons in just a few short hours.  Depending on who you are, you're either optimistically uncertain, super duper scared, so conservative as to essentially be throwing in the towel, or an evenly balanced combination of the three.  Either way, you're staring at that squad, cycling through all of the possible outcomes in your mind, most certainly none of which will actually happen, and you swear that somewhere out there there's a person, or a website, or a random contact "in the know" who will solve all of your problems for you and provide a feeling of artificial certainty that is actually no more certain than the dozens of rumors you've been reading for the past four days.

And this is how we all start GW38; where the FPL powers that be have determined that the deadline for possibly the most influential gameweek of the year will pass a full 3 1/2 hours before kickoff of 10 simultaneous English Premier League football matches; perhaps the most entertaining two hours in sport.  Despite my own personal uncertainty, I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out on Twitter. The 2 1/2 hours between 6:30 a.m. EST and the time that all 20 lineups are revealed will be some of the most nailbiting hours of the year.  Tensions will be high, nerves will be taut; and that's just to see who will play and who will not.  An hour after that the real excitement will begin.

And we will be right here to bring it all to you. A virtual play-by-play through the eyes, ears, and tweets of the #FPL community will fill this space and leave in its wake a historical record of how a couple hundred FPL fanatics experienced the final 2 hours of the 2014-2015 EPL and FPL season. Here we go......

Well there you have it folks...a fitting, all-inclusive end to another fantastic FPL season.  We've all had more highs and lows than a park full of roller coasters, but we made it through the craziness of this game we all love and we made it through stronger and closer together than we've ever been.  FPL keeps growing, our Twitter FPL community keeps growing, the competition gets fiercer every year, and through it all we share a passion that is real, that is strong, and that is unique.  We need some way to identify other FPL addicts in a crowd so we can pass each other on the street and give each other a knowing smile, a quick nod, and some sign of empathy that says, "I'm with you bro.... we'll all get through this together".



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