Fantasy Football is the biggest advantage the NFL has to ensuring the overall audience that the could ever home to have. It has me watching games that I only have a modest interest to see one of my fantasy players. For instance, last night I watched the game way after I thought it was decided for Green Bay, just because I wanted to see how many fantasy points Julio could pack on to my win.
So last year, I played in some leagues with the NFL’s own version of Fantasy Football. And while I like their platform better than that of Yahoo, playing with some friends is much more fun and so I moved there this year. I will not ever do more than two leagues again, as there are way to many times even in one team you end up rooting against myself.
Clearly it is a geeks game of numbers in origin – I am sure originally played with pencil and paper tracking stats – but with most good geeky things it has become computerized. And with that become very much an everyone’s game. I have no idea how many people participate, but it has to be a lot.
It is just amazing to me, even in regards to myself, how excited I can be for a team to at the last second make our league’s play offs and follow-up with a first round win. Imagine how excited I will be if I should win the whole shooting match. And wow, would I love to find a good fantasy baseball league to get into now…
** – Image from Busted Tees.