I have a semi-secret hobby that I think you should know about.
You may have heard whispers of it. Depending on the crowd you run with, you may have just rolled your eyes, assumed that it was idiotic, and moved on. And that’s okay, because I did the same thing for a few years. But once I was in, I was in, and now I’ve been involved with two of them per year for almost six years.
Two words, ladies and gents: Fantasy football.
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The name makes it sound stupid, I know. Just the connotations of “fantasy” alone send your mind tumbling along some roads you don’t like. However, is the premise kind of ridiculous? Yep. Is it super fun? Yes. Does it make watching games more exciting and fun? Absolutely.
Let me run down how it works. For the purpose of this post, I’ll use fantasy football as an example, both because it’s wildly popular and because it’s way more fun than the other fantasy sports.
You form a league with a group of your friends. You hold a draft, either online or in person. You draft a team of current NFL players, and the “fantasy” season plays out based on the real NFL season. The number of players you draft for your team varies by league, but essentially you’d draft a certain number of players at each position: A quarterback. Three wide receivers. Two runningbacks. A tight end. A kicker. A defense. Then you’re allotted a certain number of bench players, say 6, and you can draft any combinations of positions you want for those bench spots. So you can draft players from any teams in the league, hence the term “fantasy”. Ideally, you’re putting together an all-star roster of some of the best players at each position, no matter what team they play for. And then as those players play each week, you root for them to do well, because when they do well, they earn you points. If your team earns more points than team owned by the person you’re playing each week, you win. And as in all things, winning is everything.
Again, you’re not drafting made-up players from made-up teams. This is not like a video game where you control what the players do and how they do it. You are drafting a team of players who you think will do well in real life. Based on their performance on the field in their real NFL games, your team gets points. Read more »