Jeff Driggers, AKA “Fantasy Buddha,” has been one of our mainstay football segments over the course of the past decade or so but, unfortunately, that is coming to an end. Why on earth would we stop doing a fantasy football segment not even a month into the NFL season ? Well, because for Buddha, it isn’t fun anymore. No, not the radio segment with us, come on, that’s a blast. It’s the NFL’s off the field circus that has taken the joy out of it for him. Here’s how Buddha explained it to us:
I have tried for months to keep my focus and push through this most recent swell of NFL negativity, but it just kept coming in, wave after wave. The Redskins name controversy, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Dwyer, Adrian Peterson, the mishandling along the way of every single one of these situations by commissioner Roger Goodell and finally the stark realization that Goodell is merely an impotent figurehead who bows down to the real people in charge of the league, big corporations like Budweiser and Nike. Now, I’m afraid I simply can no longer continue to cultivate and maintain an identity that links me so closely to this league which now repulses me.
The past nine years being “Fantasy Buddha” has been a labor of love. Love for what seems like a now bygone NFL and an intense love for the game of fantasy football. Love for the listeners and followers who have ardently supported me via radio, my blog and on Twitter. And most importantly, love for the countless hours I have shared on-air with Kevin McCrarey, Phil Kornblut and former intern/producer Eric Guimaraes. You gave me my first shot and introduced me to sports talk radio back in 2006 and you’ve stuck with me ever since. Words cannot express the pleasure I’ve had working with you all or how much that experience has helped me to elevate my game and the games of our listeners. Now, unfortunately, the passion I once possessed for bringing fantasy football to the masses has been sapped from me. Please forgive me, because I am past my tipping point and no longer want to be linked in any way, shape or form to the National Football League.
It goes without saying we were disappointed to hear the news from Buddha, but we certainly understand. How many times have you heard a coach or player say, “I’ll retire when the game isn’t fun anymore.” Well, for Buddha, right now the game isn’t fun any more. We appreciate all of Buddha’s great insight; we’d put his knowledge on par or above any of the fantasy experts out there. He’s walking away on top of his game.