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Draft Diary for 2012

July 23, 2012

7:30 p.m.  We are coming to you live from Fantasy Olympian headquarters here in Chicago, with draft participants joining in from New York, Columbus, and Cincinnati.  Shout-out to AOL Instant Messenger, which we are using for our draft.  It feels like college again!  "Is this for real? Click '1' if yes. OMG!"

This is the official draft of the Fantasy Olympian Commitee, which consists of the four original Fantasy Olympians who started the game in 2006 and their closest friends.  Among the group we have several league and overall champions from past Olympics, so theoretically, we should know what we are doing -- assuming we can remember our AIM passwords to get online.

7:31 p.m.  We just had our first Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno joke.  WAY too soon... and not suitable for publication. Let's just move on...

7:37 p.m.  No surprise... Phelps, Lochte and Franklin are quickly off the board, in that order.  Our Athlete List...

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Draft Tips

July 7, 2012

1.  It's a three-player draft:  Can you win without one of the first three picks in your draft? Yes -- several people won their leagues in 2008 without Michael Phelps.  But it will be a lot easier if you can draft Phelps, Ryan Lochte or Missy "The Missile" Franklin.  Each of them is projected to win 7 medals, making them likely to score at least 10 more points than the fourth pick.  It could be a huge advantage.  It's a no-brainer that these should be the first three picks -- the only question is what the order should be.  The Phelps-Lochte showdown has been well-publicized.  If you have a strong feeling about who is likely to come out on top in London, take him No. 1.  But if you think they might split the golds, you should consider taking Franklin first.

2.  When in doubt, pick a swimmer early:  It's no coincidence that 12 of the top 30 picks on our draft board are swimmers.  The USA Swimming Team is...

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