Choosing a Fantasy Football name can be quite the daunting task. Everyone wants to one-up their league opponents with some sort of silly play on a player’s name or dirty joke gone awry. There have been many doozies this year – Two of my favorites are “Fifty Two Shades of Ray” and “Ed Dickson My Pants.”
However, I chose mine based on my affinity of one of our men in the purple and black who, until recently, has sat in the background of the offense. He is an unsung hero and necessary piece of the puzzle on the field, and a seemingly decent dude off of the field. According to T-Sizzle, he is our American Express: “Everywhere you want to be, don’t leave home without him.”
This guy is Dennis Pitta, the inspiration for “Pitta Party,” the Ravens 3rd year TE from BYU, and also the current receiving yards leader (73).
I think that my unquestionable love of Dennis Pitta came from my love of another Mormon blocking TE, Todd Heeeeeeeeeeeeap. The #86 jersey was the first Ravens jersey that I ever owned, thanks to an early Christmas gift that I got from my mom back in 2004. There was just no reason not to like Todd Heap (minus those darn injuries every couple of years): He was a big target for our rotating QBs, was able to get open more often than not, and he seemed like a genuine, family-oriented man. I actually waited on him and a couple other Ravens and their wives on Valentine’s Day years ago, and he and his wife were without a doubt my favorite couple at the table. When we decided to part ways with Heap, I was upset for a brief moment, but kept the faith in Ozzie that I have had for quite some time, especially because I knew that we had 2 younger TEs waiting in the wings: Ed Dickson and Pitta.
Dennis Pitta was a Ravens 4th round pick in the 2010 draft. We received that pick (and two others) from the Denver Broncos in exchange for our 1st round pick, which they used to take Tim Tebow (#Woof). While only recording one catch for one yard in his rookie year behind Mr. Heap and Ed Dickson, his workload increased in 2001 with 40 receptions for 405 yards, including 3 touchdowns. As the current receiving yards leader for the team after Week One, he was targeted 9 out of 23 times. It’s safe to say that there is a trust that has developed between him and Joe Flacco, and we can expect his workload to increase yet again this year.
Here’s to hoping that Pitta promotes the Partying in 2012: Not only for my fantasy team, but for my Super Bowl fantasies also.