AUGUSTA — Good morning and welcome to the first round of the Masters. More importantly: Go Phil Mickelson!
This momentary lapse in journalistic objectivity (work with me) stems from the AJC’s annual pre-Masters fantasy draft and steak fry. (I drew the third pick in the lottery and, with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods gone, chose Mickelson with my first pick of, yes, the winning team.)
This year’s draft had an added celebrity presence. Long time musician and composer Mike Mills, a founding member of R.E.M., joined our disturbed little group. He and I became friends through musician Steve Wynn (”Dream Syndicate”), a pal of mine since high school days in Los Angeles. (I’ve written a few pieces on Wynn. Here’s a blog from when he brought his “Baseball Project” band to Atlanta in 2009. Here’s a longer one from Stomp and Stammer magazine.)
For those who don’t know, Mills is a big sports fan. He’s an even bigger fantasy league player.
“Some people say I have too much time on my hands,” he joked. “But I’m just doing what I’ve always done. I’m always on the Internet, anyway.”
Mills’ current fantasy sports resume:
• He won Mark Bradley’s Final Four contest one year.
• He is about to win an NHL fantasy contest on Yahoo.
• He has drafted baseball teams for four different fantasy leagues. Four. Comment: “I love it. The draft is like Christmas.”
• He was in four different NFL leagues last season.
• He is in one NBA league.
No roller derby.
For all of this experience, you would think Mills would have had a better first pick in our draft than Louis Oosthuizen. Hah!
(In his defense, he was picking seventh. But that didn’t limit the post-pick mocking in the room, even if R.E.M. is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)
And with that, I’ll leave you with, “It’s The End of the World As We Know It,” which it most certainly will be if Mills wins our pool, setting up 12 months of torment.
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By Jeff Schultz