Posted on: September 23, 2008 12:39 pm

In Defense of the Fantasy

A lot of sports radio and writing personalities have been very critical of fantasy sports and the people that play fantasy sports.  Guys like Scott Van Pelt and Colin Cowherd in particular, but not limited to them have gone on record and made @ss fun of f people that play fantasy football.  Here's the problem, they are making fun of people that enjoy playing a game.  It's the equivalent of making fun of someone because they enjoy playing softball or basketball on the weekends or making fun of someone who puts a lot of time and effort into his car or his yard.  One of the major points that these talking heads frequently bring up when they want to bash fantasy players is the following: "if you could run or GM a team, you'd already be doing it, not playing fantasy football"  This statement is patently false.  Many fantasy players are very intelligent, successful people who have chosen different life paths than going into sports management, this has no bearing on whether or not they could actually do it successfully.  Honestly could the average fantasy football player do any worse than Matt Millen, Al Davis, Scot McCloughan or Jay Zygmunt?  Also bear in mind just how smart fantasy sports players can be and the impact they can have on the sport.  I'm thinking specifically of Bill James and the effect he's had on baseball, and he was a guy that started out doing stats analysis for his roto baseball team.  I also thinking that many in the sports media world feel some threat from so called "fantasy geeks".  These fantasy players that take the game seriously tend to be quite bright and very, very well informed and many times seem to know more about the current situation in football better than the average sports radio host.  Besides, how valuable are these "personalities" when really all they do is spend a 3 hour radio show talking about how Brett Favre is still adjusting to the Jets offense or that Tom Brady's injury will affect the Patriots season.  Here's a news flash for these guys, we know all that crap already.  While Tirico and Van Pelt are droning on about what color tie Tony Kornheiser was wearing most fantasy players are looking at the effect that Samari Rolle's sore shoulder could have next week against the Steelers.  I'm getting the impression that more valuable and insightful sports analysis is happening on blogs and fantasy sites by fans and fantasy players than on ESPN, fox sports, CBS or the NFL network.  Hopefully these sports providers will wake up and figure out who's buttering their bread and give credit where credit is due.
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