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Fantasy Football: Is, With All Due Respect, Stupid

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans warms up prior to playing the  New York Giants at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  Johnson was a game day decision as to whether he would play after suffering a high ankle sprain.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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John BartramCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2010

OK, I'll be the first to admit a couple things about fantasy football, or any fantasy sport for that matter.   I just don't get it.  Not even in the slightest.

Next, I don't' want to.  I have enough hobbies and it appears to be a very time consuming.

Also, I know that I am in the minority with my opinion.  Fantasy sports has become a huge pastime and business.

Though I've never "played" it or never been involved in it, I get the basic idea.  That's where one of my biggest objections stems from.

Let's say I'm a Kansas City Chief fan.  OK, I am.  Let's pretend they're playing the Houston Texans this Sunday.  OK, they are.

If I've "drafted" Andre Johnson, however, I want him to do well Sunday.  Conversely, as a Chief fan, I want him to fail miserably.  Where is my allegiance?  Has my "fantasy" team now become more important than the team I've rooted for all my life?

I've always pictured fantasy football fanatics sitting in their mother's basement, in their underwear with a football helmet on and a pencil stuck in their ear.

That may be an unfair assessment.  Alright, it probably is, but it's just stuck in my brain and I can't help it.

I'm sick of reading sports pages thinking I'm reading an article about something of substance only to realize I'm reading some nimrods assessment of who's a "good pick" this week for "your team".

I'm amazed that it has become a staple on ESPN, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated and all the others. 

Obviously, I must be missing something.  Let me rephrase that.  No, I'm not.  It's a waste of valuable time that could be spent re-caulking my shower.

I cannot and  will not root against the Chiefs for any reason whatsoever, certainly not because of some "pretend" team.

I guess I'm just old, or, fantasy sports are just stupid.  Just one man's opinion.


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