Chances are, you’re one of the 3 million-plus losers who played ESPN’s fantasy football this season. Well guess what? The winner, Salem, Mass., native Nathan Harrington, didn’t need a personal computer — or a home, for that matter — to beat you.
According to The Salem News, Harrington, his fiancee and his 3-year-old son have been living out of a motel after they were kicked out of their Beverly, Mass., apartment because of rat infestation. The 33-year-old borrowed neighbors’ computers and would even log on at his father’s nursing home or the library when he wasn’t calling friends to log on for him.
A car accident in 2009 left him with nerve damage, and he was unable to work.
“It was a ton of bad luck and good luck all rolled into one,” Harrington told the Salem News.
His club, the “Boston Beatdown” made 26 transactions this year, including picking up running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe via trades. He won a $3,500 gift certificate to Best Buy, which he is selling to his mother for $2,500.
“My fantasy football was the one thing that kind of seemed to be going right at the time,” Harrington said. “There was a lot to be upset about, but the one thing that was steady and heading in a positive direction was the fantasy football. So I thought I might as well stick with it and ride it out. Thank God I did.”