Feature: The Gridiron Grind

Fantasy Football Conspiracy Theory - Page 2

Author: Sam Keller
Published: October 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

That changed in 1999, when Yahoo began offering a free simplified version of the league software, but it was lackluster at best, and if you wanted the Stat Checker you had to pay extra. In 2009 Yahoo made an even more impressive move by offering their formerly Premium Services for free. ESPN followed suit, and all of a sudden Fantasy Football became available to the masses. In a time of economic downturn, this little gift is akin to trading the injured Clinton Portis for Adrian Peterson.

Another factor driving the venerated game is quite simply camaraderie. Guys enjoy having a common purpose and goal. The heckling at the water cooler, the taunts, the late night trades and the draft party take alienated men who struggle with relational skills and transform them into skilled negotiators.

After approaching my husband about drafting my own team this year, I was surprised at his vacuous response. After some probing, I realized he didn't really want me to join his league or any other for that matter. He associates Fantasy Football as a “guy thing” and subconsciously wanted to protect one of the last bastions of inherent maleness. I respect his stance of inclusiveness, and though I may still draft a team on Yahoo next year, I won't push him to let me join the guys. I will go after his drafting stats though because they are a work of art (a complex algorithm he created on a spreadsheet!)

Then there is the sheer fun of the game. Like any hobby or recreational activity, Fantasy Football is an escape from reality. No mindless waste of time here, drafting a team requires gut instinct, intense preparation, knowledge and yes…mad skill. Managing a team, tracking free agents, monitoring injured players and figuring out what players to start each week is a labor intensive activity.

Is it any surprise that over half the players surveyed admitted they spend at least one hour per day thinking about their fantasy football team. Another study from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association revealed that fantasy sports participants spend about three to four hours on the Internet per week, with nearly 1.2 hours of that time at the office. This too has become a controversial subject.

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Sam Keller is a freelance writer who resides in Southern CA with her husband and three children. She is a technology sales director, and leads the women's ministry at the church her husband helps pastor. …

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