Can there be a more insidious time bandit than Fantasy Football? It is all that you hear at water coolers, at bars, at bus stops, even at football games!
I am not sure of the statistics, but my guess would be that about 97.6 percent of American males and maybe five percent of American females (A cool way to meet guys?) are seduced each season into this mega-phenomenon.
There are leagues for just about every kind of owner, and the truth is many, many owners are in more than one league.
This has gotten to the point where a writer from a well-respected newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle's Peter Hartlaub, had a recent article discussing a test to measure whether you need to go to Fantasy Football rehab.
Here is a short excerpt from that article:
"Below is a very scientific quiz designed to determine whether you need to go into fantasy football rehab. Most of the following is based on real-life examples. Just answer the questions, add up the points and look at the Fantasy Football Obsession Index table at the end of the quiz. You may need access to a calculator and Google Maps...
1. Did you bring any of the following to your last fantasy football draft:
1. A fantasy football magazine (3 points)
2. A clipboard (15 points)
3. A laptop (30 points)
4. A hooker (150 points)
2. Have you participated in your fantasy football draft on any of the following days:
1. A work day (10 points, 30 if you called in sick)
2. Your child or spouse's birthday (50 points)
3. The funeral or wedding of a close friend/relative (100 points)
4. Your own wedding day (500 points)"
You get the idea.
If you want to read the entire article—and trust me, it is worth it—click here.
So maybe, just maybe, preseason games are here to not only line the pockets of the REAL NFL owners, but to allow FF owners a chance to see their potential (and maybe already drafted) stable of players perform before the start of the real season.