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Dogs As Football Players – Our Doggy Fantasy Football Line Up

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I won't pretend to totally understand the game of football. I won't even try. So maybe you can help me.

I have a friend that loves football. Every year he has a Fantasy Football Team. It took me almost a whole year just to totally understand the concept. But once I did, it was actually pretty interesting.

But understanding Fantasy Football isn't enough. I soon realized that, as a man, my friend still had the advantage. He's a man. So he watches EVERY football game and has a player on almost every team. Who can keep up with all that football? I soon found myself wishing that he could just be a Steelers fan so we'd be limited to a one team and one game per week. But no - my friend was obsessed.

Which leads to another topic ... obsession. I have to admit I have an obsession, too. I can't help it. I look at people and see them as "dogs". (Are you ready to send me to the loony bin yet?) Let me tell you what I'm talking about.

When I work out at the gym, there is one woman with long red hair that is never pulled back. She has floppy limbs, she is always smiling ... and I can't help it but when I look at her I see a happy Irish Setter. There is another woman at the gym that is older, petite, very grey, thin and quite chic. I see her as a Whippet. I won't even tell you about the Pitt Bull.

When I look at someone, it's a combination of personality, character traits, appearance and the way a person moves that reminds me of a certain dog breed. So one day, when I was watching one of these MANY football games, my obsession kicked in and I found myself thinking about which dog breeds would be best playing certain positions. If dogs played football, who would be on my Doggy Fantasy Football team?

Whether you think I'm crazy or just have too much time on my hands, it really is fun to think about!

So what about you? If your dog played football, what position would he or she play? Take our poll

Here is the doggy football line-up I came up with:

DEFENSE:

Safety – These guys are hard hitters, but they can also run very fast. - Dalmatian, Samoyed

Linebacker – Linebackers are big and fast, like a Mastiff, Bullmastif, Bull Dog, German Shepherd, Doberman, Rottweiler, St. Bernard, Newfoundland, Akita, Alaskan Malamutes, Airdeale Terriers, Weimaraners, Borzois and Giant Schnauzers.

Cornerback – These guys are fast, very athletic and can really jump. (It's their job to try to swat the ball away or intercept it when it's thrown.) – Australian Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog, Siberian Husky, Rodesian Ridgeback,

Defensive End – These tough guys are big and fast because their job is "containment". Their job is to attack the passer or stop the runner. - Pit Bull, Labrador retriever, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Gordon Setter, Dogo Argentino

Tackle – Players at this position have to get by the players that are blocking them and rush the passer. They're big and strong. - Saint Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dog

OFFENSE:

Quarterback – This guy calls all the shots. He's fast. He can scramble. He's smart. He has to read what's going on and react quickly to pass, hand off the ball or run it himself. – Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever (some of them), German Shepherd, Collie,

Wide Receiver – These dogs are speedy and they specialize in catching passes. They need to outrun the guys that are blocking them and get open for a pass. - Greyhound, Standard Poodle, Boxer, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Whippet

Tackle – These big guys block both running and passing plays. - Saint Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dog,

Guard – These big tough guys are also blockers who really get the job done. - Pit Bull, Akita, Shar Pei, Chow-chow

Center – This guy snaps the ball to the quarterback, then blocks. -Komondorok , Old English Sheepdog

Tight End – These guys are a "hybrid" of sorts, kind of a mix between a blocker and a pass receiver. A good tight end has to be big and fast. - Pit Bull, Labrador retriever,

Running Back – fast and sneaky – Border Collie, Jack Russell, , Greyhound,

Fullback – This guy does it all. He's a power runner, a blocker and a short receiver. This is the guy that who creates a path for the running back to break through and really run the ball. – Boxer, Belgian Sheepdog and Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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