Added: Fri. Sep 21, 2007 1:56pm
Posted in: Football
I love football. From the pros (I'm a Pats fans) to college ball (go 'Cuse), my world revolves around my favorite teams from late summer to early spring.
I've had quite an education ... my dad took me to Patriots games when I was just a little girl - and this is when NO ONE liked the Pats. When it came time to choose a college, I only looked at schools that had a competitive sports program. And for the last few years, Sundays have been *made for football ... time in front of the tube, with some chips and a beer.
That all changed about a month ago. A friend invited me to join his online fantasy football league. "It's free!," he said. "It's fun!" I decided to accept the challenge, knowing that it really didn't matter how I performed.
And I held true to that feeling ... until the day before the fantasy league draft. That's when it hit me - I didn't know what I was doing!! 3 hours later ... I had surfed the internet for everything "fantasy" and while I knew a little more, I was a LOT more confused. In these leagues, you pick players from real teams, and put them on one "fantasy" team. You get points based on how your players perform. So the more yards your running back rushes - the more points you get. If your quarterback throws 3 touchdowns, it's a great day. 3 interceptions? Not so good. So after some careful research, I jumped right in ... drafting the players that would make or break my year of fantasy football.
I know it seems simple ... but that's how the game tricks you. You see, you can no longer cheer for a favorite team - you have to keep a close eye on *all the games. Is someone hurt? Should I have started another wide receiver? How is my opponent doing?
There's no time for beer and chips! When I'm not staring at the ticker on the screen, looking for statistics that might influence my score, I am checking the injury updates ... I'm looking to see how many points my kicker scored ... and much, much more.
My friend was right ... it *is fun ... but it's not the same old Sunday that I looked forward to for relaxing and kicking back. Fantasy football is a new part-time job. And speaking of - it's time I got back on the clock.