Forget Dec. 26. Today is my least favorite day of the year. This is the day that my husband disappears from our lives — well, not completely, but more on that in a moment — and hunkers down for his annual fantasy draft.
I really shouldn’t complain. I’ve been hearing that the new trend is for guys to head to Vegas for this annual rite of machoism and dreams of gridiron greatness. In fact, all my college buddies are in Vegas (baby) this weekend for their “draft.” Right.
No, my husband stays home. And to be fair, he’s actually not as crazy as he could be. In fact, last year, he even did his draft from a beach chair:
And I can’t even complain about the merits of fantasy football. I love, love, LOVE the NFL (Fly Eagles Fly!) and I’m counting down the days myself ’til the regular season. I compete in a survivor pool every year and this year I’m finally doing my own fantasy team.
No, my biggest complaint about draft day involves the draft software. We’re a Mac family, which I think makes us superior computer users. Hell, I’d say I’m more technically literate than 80 percent of the U.S. population. I blog, I tweet, I Facebook, I even QA bugs for my company.
My husband? Notsomuch. So all the technical support falls to me. So, early this morning, I suited up, put on my geek helmet and got ready to tackle my opponent.
For some reason, the Sandbox Live Draft Day software HATES Macs and every year it’s a cluster-eff as we try to connect my husband with his fantasy league buddies in North Carolina.This year, I tried to launch the draft on Firefox, Safari and Chrome and it failed on all three — even though all the Adobe plugins are properly installed. (Don’t even get me started on how much I hate the animated racecar in the test screen. It’s taunting me).
This year, though, I may have outsmarted the system. I recently installed VirtualBox on my computer to help with QAing some IE6 and IE7 issues for our company’s site (seriously, how do you any of you live with IE? It’s a nightmare). So, as my own Hail Mary, I tried to launch the Live Draft software on IE7 and voila! It works! BOO YA!
Oh, but wait, that means I’m about to lose my computer to CoachJovi for the next 8 hours.
Is the draft over yet?