I have a rampant addiction that even my co-bloggers don’t know about. Any time they come up behind me at SM headquarters I quickly switch my computer desktop to make it look like I am writing a post for our blog. In reality however, I am dedicating obscene amounts of time to managing my Fantasy Football team (The Pocket Rockets). Yes. During the regular NFL season I am a Fantasy Football fanatic:
Fantasy Football is a game in which the participants (called “owners”) each assemble a team of real life NFL players and then score points based on those players’ statistical performance on the field. Leagues can be arranged in which the winner is the team with the most total points at the end of the season or in a head-to-head format (which mirrors the actual NFL) in which each team plays against a single opponent each week, and at the end of the year the team with the best win-loss record wins the league. Some leagues even set aside the last weeks of the NFL regular season for their own playoffs. [Link]
I take great pride in my team and in my improvement as a coach. I hate losing at anything. My first year playing I was ridiculed by the other coaches in my league (my supposed friends) for not even knowing the names of some famous players. This year (my third) I am dominating most of the teams in my league and talking smack at every opportunity. Most of the fun of Fantasy Football comes from emasculating your friends and telling them how pathetic they are. Yeah, yeah. If you don’t play fantasy football then you won’t understand the appeal, but I am sure those of you who do, know what I’m talking about. This isn’t just a passive sport. Every week you have to research all the different football match-ups and note the teams and defenses your players are going up against, as well as injuries. It takes A LOT of research. If you aren’t up to speed and able to make the proper adjustments, then your team will lose. Thankfully there are bloggers like Vinnie Iyer that make the jobs of coaches like me easier. It is their full-time job to put in the research hours that will help the rest of us (hat-tip to Sandeep from my league):
This NFL and fantasy football columnist grew up in St. Louis and is a 1998 alumnus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he won a decent year’s salary with his appearance on a popular “answer and question” quiz show. Shortly after graduating as a journalism major, he joined TSN in 1999 and has been covering the NFL full time since 2001. He remains loyal to his roots as a fan of the Cardinals (baseball, of course) and Northwestern’s athletic programs (inexplicably). With TiVo, iPod and HD already in his vocabulary, Iyer is ready to “blog” away on pro football and hot topics of the day.
Look. Let’s get real folks. There is only one desi player in the NFL. That shouldn’t mean that all desis should be shut out of football. I participate by coaching a fantasy team since I am not built like a linebacker. Vinnie (who may have once had the potential to be an offensive lineman) is doing his part by being one of the best at what he does. In Fantasy Football circles Vinnie is a celebrity.