It’s a bit late in the NFL season to first be talking about fantasy sports now, but with the fantasy playoffs (thank you forever, Jim Mora Sr.) coming up in the next couple of weeks, it seemed like this would be as good a time as any to bring them up.
Fantasy sports have made incredible strides from their humble roots in snail mail correspondence and statistics from newspaper box scores, as many of today’s games feature live stat-trackers, message boards and more analysis than any human would ever be able to consume. Fantasy sports games attract millions of players every year, of every age and ethnic background. There are leagues of every kind, including coworkers, family members and college buddies that follow every sort of sport, professional or otherwise. Sports talk shows, regardless of the medium (television, radio, podcasts, internet, etc.) have been forced to add segments that focus on the impact of real-life injuries and trades on fantasy performance.1
There are some negative aspects to fantasy sports, however. My brother, for instance, refuses to participate in fantasy sports because he doesn’t want to end up having to cheer for a player on his team playing against his real life team. For instance, as Bears fans, it would be extremely difficult to have Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on our fantasy team and have to hope that he does well against the Bears twice each year. More importantly, though, the time spent pouring over statistics and projections is time spent away from work or a distraction from family, which can lead to resentment from spouses and significant others if they feel fantasy sports are being prioritized over family matters.
Fantasy sports games are intended to be fun, but can occasionally lead to difficult situations.What attracted you to – or repelled you from – fantasy sports to begin with? Do you feel like you are able to balance between your fantasy teams and your other commitments? What are some techniques you have found effective? This Wednesday, 6pm PST / 9pm EST, let’s chat about fantasy sports — love ’em, hate ’em and everything in between. We typically start chatting informally about 30 minutes before the start time. Use the #DadsRT hashtag to follow along and participate.
1. In case this is somehow the first you’re hearing about fantasy sports, the general premise is as follows: players draft (or buy, in auction leagues) teams of professional players in a given sport to create a “fantasy” roster and then use those players’ statistics in real-life games to compete against other players’ rosters. The winners take home anything from money and physical trophies to simple bragging rights and pride.↩