I’ve been told fantasy sports are geeky. Fuck you.
I play fantasy sports. All year long. Baseball, football, the occasional hockey or basketball league…I’ve played em all. And I fully admit to loving each and every moment, even if some of those moments get me so irate I want to throw my computer into the toilet, and take a dump right on top of it. I know what you are thinking, how can I participate in something that seems A. geeky (it’s not) and B. gets me that angry (on a regular basis, no less).
There are really two main reasons I participate in such nonsense, as some see it. The first is basic – it gets me generally interested in sports across the board. I am an avid Boston supporter, and watch as many Sox/Patriots/Bruins/Celtics games as possible. That comes with the territory. What’s great about fantasy sports is that when the Packers play the Vikings on Monday Night Football, I will most likely have a vested interest in the game because I have Brett Favre as my starting quarterback. Sidenote: please don’t come back Brett, please. Really, put on some Wranglers and relax with your family.
The other reason is a bit more serious – fantasy sports gives me a good way to stay in touch with lots of my friends that I normally don’t talk to. I usually am in three leagues for both football and baseball a year, two of which are with high school and college friends. We talk often about trades, day to day happenings in the sport, and talk shit to each other on the message board.
So essentially, for me anyway, fantasy sports is about following all teams (not just the Boston ones) more intently, and staying in touch with friends. Explain to me, how the fuck is that geeky? I guess I can see how one might say that talking shit to my friends over the internet is a bit geeky, to those I say – you better not have a facebook, myspace or twitter account, because it’s the same fucking thing. In fact, I would submit that people who play fantasy sports are cooler than those who don’t. We follow sports and talk shit to our friends, pretty much the definition of cool.