One cottage industry that has exploded in the last 10-15 years is fantasy football. It wasn’t that long ago that fantasy football was reasonably obscure. Now, it is everywhere. Talk to most people, they are in a league with coworkers, family or whoever. Hell, my mother who is not a football fan is in a freaking league. It is that common. Let me be clear, I have nothing against fantasy football. Its a fun way to enjoy the NFL. It gives you a rooting interest in a greater number of games. I like fantasy football. Hell, I’m the commissioner for the league with my in-laws. But fantasy football has some unintended consequences that are a real pain in the ass.
First, nobody cares about your team. NOBODY!! Please stop telling me about who you have and the various decisions you are forced to make. I sincerely do not care and I have to assume nobody else does either. It is one thing to talk about the league with those you are involved with. That kind of trash talk makes office and family leagues great. I have nothing against that. But for those of us not within that small circle, please keep it to yourself. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone I just met tell me about their draft, their team, blah blah blah. I would rather hear about your gastro intestinal issues or your taxes from 2008 than who you have as your flex player. I hit the eject button immediately on that conversation. It is great that you are interested in the NFL. It gives us common ground for conversation. But for the love of all that is good and holy keep your thoughts about your back up kicker to yourself.
Also, folks, please remember what flag you fly. I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Loud and proud. I will not, under any circumstances, select a player from the Cowboys or Giants. I just won’t. I would rather lose. It always confuses me when I see a Bears fan with Aaron Rodgers. A Ravens fan with Le’veon Bell. If you hate that player or that team in your everyday life why on earth would you cheer for him for the sake of your fantasy team? I guess it comes down to priorities. Keep your priorities straight. The real team you cheer for is infinitely more important than your fantasy team. If you draft a player you hate you will be cheering for them to some degree. It’s just a big conflict of interest. Why the hell would you ever want to put yourself through that?