What kind of Fantasy is this?
You know, I'm sure, back in the Stone Ages waay back when, fantasy sports were in fact a great idea. Get together, wage a little bit of cash with your friends, talk some trash, and get involved with your favorite spectator sport on another level.
But somewhere along the line, it transformed into a soul-devouring, brain-cell-killing exercise that eats your time away like bile and your esopshagus. It really, and truly does, become a dangerous all-consuming addiction. One team becomes three, four, then five. You try your hand at practically every professional sport under the sun, including golf, nascar, and even pro wrestling.You spend your free time contemplating trades, and deciding whether or not otherwise obscure who gives a f-ck players like Stacey Mack and Stacy Roest are worth picking up on the waiver wire.
All this begins with a carpal tunnel inducing "pre-ranking" system, where you have to click and rank every single player that may or may not have the possibility of significant playing time. In the NFL, that's hundreds of potential screwups and saviors. A bad trade can ruin your life for a week, easily. One misplaced click on the drop/add action, even worse. And the whole time, you're up against competition spending even more time and resources on it then you are.
And somehow out of this, football, with its 11 players to a side and complex scoring system, is the most popular fantasy sport. Instead of say, hockey, with it's fairly simple goals, assists, pims, and gaa, we get scored for extra points, return yardage, touchdowns (penalties for interceptions though!) 2 pt conversions, and so forth! And thanks to the "free" services, they make you wait and bite your nails all day til Monday to get your final score in! Good Luck calculating it yourself on Any Given Sunday.
And despite the fact that I know this, despite the fact that I will still be in a completely different country for almost all of the season... I still started up a team, and still talk smack with the
other team owners that I'll never meet, befriend and then alienate, and still stress over the draft. However... it's only one team though, and that's it. I'm on my way to recovery.