I Hate Fantasy Football
This may come off as a little bit of a rant, but I’m sure anybody reading this who also plays fantasy sports will be able to understand where I am coming from. For those that don’t quite understand I will try to make it palatable for you, since it may seem a little bit illogical unless someone is close to the matter. If you don’t get, you don’t get it, and that’s probably a good thing. Fantasy football is like an addiction, so maybe this little ran will keep some young, impressionable minds away from the addicting, entertaining but also infuriating world of fantasy sports.
Reason #1 – It’s a Time Sink
When I signed up for my fantasy football league I didn’t expect it would become as big of an obsession as it became. Within the first month I was already checking my phone dozens of times a day. It has literally taken over maybe 20% of my waking life, and my Sundays are completely devoted to it. When I would go to a family gathering on Sundays with my fiancee I would spend the whole time chatting with her cousins about our teams, checking out stats, and all the while we really should just be enjoying some time together with families. Nope, it’s all about the fantasy.
Reason #2 – It’s a Crap Shoot
A lot of noise has been made recently about how fantasy sports is essentially like gambling, and while I don’t bet on it, I have come to completely agree with that statement. I don’t really win or lose money, but it is entirely up to chance. Sports betting itself is hard to beat, but take that and break it down into dozens of different decisions and dynamics (like choosing a team, drafting players, trading players, benching players) and it becomes this giant ball of random that you can’t readily escape. I’d love to take credit for my wins and suffer my losses, but in the end you have to realize that it’s essential just a big crap shoot.
Reason #3 – I Can’t Stop
Just like any other types of addiction, you know it’s bad for you, but you still can’t stop. This is me and fantasy football to a nutshell. The only hope I have is when the season ends, and god forbid I pick up on basketball, baseball or even gold (yes, they have fantasy golf too, it’s getting out of hand).
I heard on the Colin Cowherd show that people who play fantasy football spending 20 hours a week doing it. That’s like a part time job. I wonder if in the coming years there will begin to be support groups for people that have become hopefully fantasy heads. “Hi, My name is Bob, and I Play Fantasy”. I can see it now.
So those are my three reasons why I hate fantasy football (but still play it) and they are probably reasons you should take to not play it either. But if you are reading this, it is probably too late. Hell, who needs Sundays anyway.