Entering into the 2013 football season I am excited to enter my second season as the manager of the “Marris Madmen,” my fantasy football team at work. Last year as a rookie I won the league and came out on top finically as well. This year I had a semi-successful draft taking C.J. Spiller as my first overall pick and filling my roster with the likes of Julio Jones, Andre Johnson, Matt Stafford and Mark Ingram.
I have been involved with fantasy sports since 2006…when I got my first public fantasy baseball team. I have played at least in one league and up to six to seven leagues a year ever since. This year I am participating in a soccer league and two football leagues. The difference is this year I have noticed, or should I say experienced, why fantasy sports are so popular – let’s just say I have seen the “guts” of fantasy sports and there is a reason men, and some ladies, get obsessed. I have also realized why football is king when it comes to fantasy sports as well. That explanation is simple, football, out of all the sports is contained. There are 16 games unlike hockey and basketball with 82 games or baseball with 162 games football is easy to manage week in and week out.
The other topic of fantasy sports popularity overall is a little more detailed but before we dive in I have to give my public service announcement. Any of you fantasy sports fanatics out there that have made fun of GenCon type gamers – shame on you – because their fantasy world really isn’t much different than your fantasy world. One is just full of dungeons and dragons and the other is filled with running backs and statistics.
So why are fantasy sports so popular and why is football king when it comes to fantasy sports – well here you go:
1) It’s another excuse to watch every game on television, all season long. Let’s be honest, any diehard sports fan wants sports on 24/7 and another excuse never hurts. With fantasy sports you not only know the players, but you have an excuse to watch the players play – even if it isn’t your team.
2) Competition. Eventually we all get too old to keep playing sports; it’s just a sad fact. Sure we can play intramural sports, but let’s be honest you can only get so competitive in intramural sports before your just look like a jerk. Fantasy sports is different though…the more competitive the better and many live and die by how their team does week in and week out. Be careful what you say on draft night for a fantasy league…smack talk is allowed but there are lines and people take this very seriously.
3) Bro Time, Man Time, Chill Time, Dude Time. Whatever you want to call it fantasy sports allows us men to get together, hang out, talk sports and be men and sometimes the occasionally a lady gets in mix (we honestly don’t care as long as the topic is sports). Check your Facebook timeline each Sunday evening…I promise there will be one update about fantasy football or a player’s performance. Look at the magazine section in your grocery store – fantasy football magazines in the sport section. Go to some local bars and see multiple groups together, wearing jersey’s, with computers, drinking beer and drafting their fantasy football teams.
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