Every sports geek, at one point or another, dreams of the “Ultimate Team.”
You know, the football team with Joe Montana at quarterback, Joe Namath and Terry Bradshaw as his backups, and the other greats filling out the roster. Now, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the other leagues all do the “All Decade,” “All Century,” and “All Time” teams, which are always debated from when they are released. No one has the exact same squad. Case in point, some people, in lieu of Bradshaw above, would put in Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.
Well, a few fans invented something they dismissed as a “silly little game,” which was the name of an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary on this same topic. What they invented was fantasy baseball; the idea of throwing together fictional teams, using real players and their statistics to determine points and an ultimate winner. (Actually, in the process, they invented the baseball statistic of WHIP, which has since become commonly used to analyze pitchers.)
Now, like a virus in a zombie movie, or a wild fire, whichever analogy floats your boat better, the idea of fantasy sports spread, not only becoming popular amongst millions of sports fans (transcending the idea that is only for “sports geeks”), but also into other sports, like basketball and football.
The fact remains that no matter how hardcore you are about football, assuming that you like it, fantasy football is not as geeky as one may think once one does it. I know, because once I got into it, it was a lot of fun, but it actually does change your perspective on sports, since you (essentially) play the role of general manager, and those decisions can cost you dearly.
And when you lose by two points, it hurts. Badly.
Fantasy sports are for some fans, but not all, but for those who are into it, it is nice addition to your sporting experience. The only downside of it is that you do get sucked into rooting for specific players, which complicates things when they are playing against your preferred team.
As the football season comes, the time for preparation for the fantasy draft is upon us! Onward!