It's that time of year again. This weekend the league will get together for their annual weekend of nerdery and memory-making. I can't help but re-post. I also can't help but mention that the weekend will be minus a few crucial members this year. They are missed, and in our thoughts.
My husband is a fantasy football nerd. It's very serious. He has been playing since 1991. I have no idea how that is possible, maybe back then they used stone tablets?
His current league, made up of his closest college friends and a few family members, has been around for 19 years. They have named it after some guy who drove a tank through downtown San Francisco. Inspiring, I suppose.
Anyway, they take it very seriously. There is an annual draft weekend that rotates cities and requires air travel by most. There are summit weekends where those who are able - since the league is scattered throughout the US - gather to watch Sunday football together while donning jerseys and clicking "refresh" on their laptops every 30 seconds. And then there are the hours, hours, spent on the phone and on email discussing strategy.
On the surface this looks like a ginormous waste of time, not to mention how un-sexy it is to have your husband involved with anything that includes the word "fantasy." But these friendships are among the most important in The Gorilla's life and I know that the league is a huge part of why they all stay so close. They're great guys, and because of fantasy football they speak multiple times a week. So I keep my mouth shut. Mostly.
They're also jokesters. I know you're surprised that The Gorilla would have funny friends. And after years of awarding the Fantasy Football Super Bowl champion with a little plaque or trophy, a few of them decided to step it up. See, not every guy has won a championship. So the group that has wanted to show off for the group that (still) hasn't. After 19 years, you can see why this is such a hardee-har-har moment for them.
So they had championship rings made. Serious, heavy, custom championship rings. Super Bowl style. Obviously, their jokes get elaborate.
The Gorilla enlisted my help in making a ring box. This would be part of the big reveal.
So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought an inexpensive balsa wood box.
Then I went to Wal-Mart and bought the thinnest foam inserts I could find. These were made for chair cushions and came in a four pack, which was a bit of an overkill, but they were just the right thickness. So then I had to cut one down to fit inside the box.
I didn't take pictures of this next part, but we wrapped the felt around the cut foam and stapled the underside. Then, thanks to The Gorilla's precise measurements, we cut slits through the felt and into the foam (but not all the way through) to hold the rings.
Still, it was a quick and easy project. Amp up the materials and time spent, and you could actually have yourself a nice gift. We kept this one pretty plain, but it would be easy to personalize with a bit of modge podge.
In fact, now that I think about it, I might do one for myself...
Originally posted on September 23, 2009.