86-Year-Old Fantasy Football Granny Dies

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2011

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When I die, I want to be remembered as a die hard fantasy football player. My tomb could read “He always dominated the waiver wire, that bastard, maybe now someone else can win.” This is pretty much what happened when Emma Bianchi of Joliet, IL passed away on Dec 11, 2010.

More from Denise M. Baran-Unland For The Herald-News

Eleven years ago, Laureen’s then-sixth grade son started a fantasy football team and asked Emma to join it. At first, Emma didn’t quite understand the logistics and selected her players based on “He’s got such a nice German name,” or “He works so hard for his community.”

Behind her tinted glasses lies the brain of an MIT grad pining to kick your ass in fantasy football.

The following year, Emma went online to study statistics, chart and plot. It paid off. She won first place. Emma was champ again for the 2009-2010 season. “She kept everyone on their toes,” Laureen said. “She knew about players we hadn’t heard of.”

Is it just me or is this LOL Funny? Not that the poor old lady passed away, God rest her soul and may her family be at peace, but that an 86-year-old granny was schooling her grand kids in fantasy football.. classic, just classic. I wish I could have heard the smack talk… $5 dollars off your next purchase of depends if you can guess her team name.