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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
A requiem for the genius of Leslie Nielsen


Lots and lots of people are funny. But very few are funny the way Leslie Nielsen was. Nielsen, best known for his roles in movies like "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" series, passed away Sunday at age 84.

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Like many of you, I loved those movies and was a big fan of Leslie's work. When I heard the news of his passing, I reflected on his many great lines and moments. Always with great timing and impeccable deadpan delivery, the way Nielsen was funny was not only unique, it reminded me a lot of a fantasy football owner this season.

Go with me here for a sec. As insanity and ridiculousness swept around Nielsen, he always kept a straight face and stoic demeanor. His matter-of-fact reactions in the face of chaos were not only hilarious, but also exactly what fantasy owners need to do in a year in which Chris Johnson gets a zero in a Week 12 game in which he played the entire time, among a billion other crazy things that have happened.

There's just one week left in the regular season for fantasy football. So, in honor of the memory of the man who played Dr. Rumack in "Airplane!" and Lt. Frank Drebin of "Police Squad!" and "The Naked Gun" series -- plus for all of us who have survived this crazy, up-and-down year -- here's a reflection on both my favorite Nielsen quotes and the fantasy football storylines they invoke.