Oh, how Sundays are the best days. At least during football season, anyways. No work and a day chock-full of National Football League games. What is not to love? I love both college and professional football, but the added excitement that fantasy football brings gives the slight edge to the professionals.
My Sunday routine often involves church in the morning, then being glued to my TV, refreshing the fantasy football app on my phone every few minutes and relentlessly disagreeing to do anything until the very last minute of the Sunday night game. My girlfriend is usually not impressed with my Sunday routine. With that being said, eating at home is usually a must. While I could certainly whip up a nice meal at home, I sometimes prefer to have food delivered right to my door. While we are on the subject, here are some great options for delivery around southeast Michigan:
Pizza House, 618 Church St., Ann Arbor, is about as close as you can get to Chicago-style pizza in Michigan, and the best part is that delivery goes until 4 a.m. (every day of the week for that matter)! A football game will probably never go that late into the next morning, but is a nice late night option nonetheless. Traditional, thin, super thin, Sicilian deep dish and Chicago Style are all available on the delivery menu. There are also several other options, including sandwiches, pasta, chicken wings, burgers, salads and so much more! Pizza House is one of my personal favorite pizza restaurants and was voted “Best Pizza” by the Michigan Daily.
Bucharest Grill has two locations in Detroit and is a traditional style kitchen with hand-made food. Dishes range from traditional Roman favorites to Middle Eastern cuisine. Luckily, Bucharest delivers around Detroit. You can browse the full menu, but the shawarma comes highly recommended. The menu includes sections for starters, gourmet hot dogs, house specialties, salads and more! If you are yet to try this place, it is probably in your best interest to do so at some point.
Sze-Chuan Restaurant, 45188 Ford Rd., Canton, is the Chinese option on this list, delivering to Canton and parts of Plymouth if you’re in that general vicinity. A ton of house specialty dishes are on the menu, including poultry, beef, seafood, noodle and veggie options. The General Tsou’s Chicken is a great choice if you like a little kick with your meal. If you ever happen to be hosting a Sunday football party and are craving some Chinese food, Sze-Chuan also caters.
Zukin’s Rib Shack, 967 Dix Hwy., Lincoln Park, delivers to Allen Park, Melvindale and of course Lincoln Park. Ribs and combo dinners are probably what Zukin’s is known for most, but it also makes quality chicken, fish and seafood, and subs. Zukin’s only uses the finest and freshest ingredients for its dishes, and don’t forget about the sides!
Now that food is off of your Sunday checklist, let’s continue.
If you’re anything like me, you may be in three fantasy football leagues (and one fantasy basketball league) and you are doing well in all three. Even if you’re just in one league, you take this stuff very seriously! I am not claiming to be a fantasy expert by any stretch of the imagination, but with a 9 win and one loss record in one league and right in prime playoff position in the other two; I’d like to think I at least know what I am talking about.
For those of you who may be fantasy football rookies and are fighting tooth and nail to get into the playoffs with little to go off of, allow me to impart some veteran wisdom. Here are some basic things you should make sure to do to help ensure your fantasy lineup takes you to glory this week:
Read the injury report: Each player will have news and notes by his name. If you leave a player in that is ruled out for the game, you have nobody to blame but yourself!
Check your bye weeks: Again; there is no reason to leave a player in your lineup whose team isn’t even playing this week. You had all week to notice that, buster.
Watch the pre-game shows on your favorite sports network: There are a ton of programs to choose from. Each show will provide you with the latest information leading up to your game, including injuries, suspensions and scratches.
Check the waiver wire: Depending on how your league is set up, there is a brief period of time on Sundays where picking up a player is allowed before games. Wait too long and you have to wait a few days for that player to be on your roster. Never hurts to look.
Pick the best matchup: If you are torn between whom to start at wide receiver this week, make sure to look at who has the better matchup. If you have one receiver going against the worst passing defense in the league, chances are you’ll want to play him.
Don’t be afraid to ask your buddy for advice: A lot of us fantasy football player types have too much pride to ask for assistance, but your buddy will have no problem putting in his or her two cents. If you aren’t playing that person this week, of course.
Another (optional) piece of advice is to have the members of your fantasy league over and talk mad trash when you have the highest scoring team in the league this week. But be prepared to pay the consequences if you are the lowest scoring. I wish I could give you more, but that’s all for now! Good luck this week, and go Lions!