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Orioles race crabs to determine fantasy football draft order

Aug 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT


To determine the draft order for their fantasy football league Orioles players bought Maryland blue crabs, assigned one to each team, and raced them through a tunnel in Camden Yards.

League commissioner/Orioles closer Jim Johnson and setup man Darren O’Day were in charge, as O’Day explained to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun:

Jim and I were trying to think of something creative because everybody just does the blind draw. And we wanted to do something big. We were going to do snails, but crabs just seemed better to us. It seemed more apropos. It was more exciting than any other draft order.

Chris Davis‘ crab won the race, giving him the first pick in the draft. And then the Orioles turned all 12 racers into crab dip.

As for who Davis is going to select with the No. 1 pick … he’s not sure. Which makes me think he ought to get the Rotoworld online draft guide and do a little research like I did before my draft this week.

  1. elmaquino - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Nice plug there. Very subtle.

  2. cur68 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Aaaron, for bonus marks you should include the names assigned to the Race Crabs. There is no WAY on Dog’s Green Earth that these guys didn’t name their crabs. I further submit that the names assigned to the crabs would be beyond hilarious and a revealing glimpse into the mind of a pro-ball player.

    • cur68 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Oh, and FYI, if I had a crab in that race she would be named “One Night Stand”.

      • nolanwiffle - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Itchy McScratchy.

  3. - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    This story will the best thing you read here today.

    Surely, one of the crabs names was “Big Ben’s Wingman”

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:57 PM



  4. bmorelikeme - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Reason # 67,846 I love this team

  5. Carter Dotson - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    This would be impressive if it was actual orioles not only playing fantasy football but also racing other animals to determine draft order.

  6. dchillin - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Crab-cakes and football because that’s what Maryland does!!!

    P.S. go skins

  7. spudatx - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Were the crabs tested for performance enhancers?

  8. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Crab dip? No way. That’s clown food, bro. :-)

    Steam those puppies up with a heavy dose of old bay, and crack open the Natty Boh.

    • randomdigits - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      You think a dozen blues are going to be enough to go around the locker room?

      I have Chen winning the league title, he won’t get all caught up in knowing anything about football or the players.

  9. kevinbnyc - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I’m waiting for the outcry from PETA. Making crabs race THEN eating them? What were they thinking.

  10. joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    I hope one of those crabs were named “Ron Mexico”

  11. goodellmustgo - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Omar Quintanilla is going to take David Beckham in the first round.

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