Technology is great. Can you imagine a day without your smartphone, email, Twitter or Facebook?
It’s hard to believe we used to get through our daily lives without those things just 10 years ago.
The rise of technology has given a major boost to the fantasy football industry, as well. Fantasy owners play in more leagues today than ever before because it is so much easier with online drafts and a multitude of league hosting services.
But the live, in-person draft still takes the cake in my opinion. Nothing like getting together with your league-mates to pour over draft picks, suck down a few cold beers and trash talk in person, not in a chat room.
So when you are making plans for your fantasy draft this summer, consider doing it in person. If you do not want to host it at your house, though, there are a few options that are worth looking into:
Last year my work league did its draft at BWW and it worked out well. They gave us free footballs, a large fantasy football draft board and $100 in free food. It is a great atmosphere for a fantasy draft, with tons of TVs, a good beer selection and plenty of fattening, greasy football food.
Just about everything Buffalo Wild Wings has to offer (better wings, though), plus the scenary is better. Unfortunately, we don’t all have Hooters in our home towns.
If you want to go big — and I mean BIG — then it has to be Las Vegas style. The website is for 2010′s SuperDraft, but they claim they are working on the details for 2011 on their Facebook page. I think I will try to get my competitive league to Vegas one year for our draft, it would be an epic experience.
If you do not like, or have, any of the options above, try some of your local restaurants and bars. Give them a ring and see what they can offer for your league. Most local businesses should be more than willing to accommodate your party in exchange for the exposure (and they money you will spend while there). Make sure to reserve the space. It would be a fail to show up and not have room for your live draft.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Lots of love this summer for Cleveland’s rookie wide receiver Greg Little. Sounds a lot like last summer when people started fawning over Montario Hardesty. And the summer before that with James Davis. Fantasy owners know the rest of the story — Davis and Hardesty both got hurt in preseason. The Browns are cursed. [Fantasy Knuckleheads]
- Wide receiver rankings for the 2011 fantasy football season. No surprise to see Andre Johnson on top of the board, but Roddy White at No. 2? The addition of Julio Jones could be damaging to White owners. [The Big Lead]
- More wide receiver talk: Hakeem Nicks had his breakthrough campaign in 2010, and now fantasy owners are expecting him to stay at the elite level. His ascension certainly is good news for quarterback Eli Manning, who has some decent weapons at his disposal (Nicks, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Ahmad Bradshaw). [Fantasy Douche]
- Ready to start working on your cheat sheets? The tiered approach to rankings your players is a popular one, but if you are trying it for the first time it is good to do a little research first. [RazzBall]
If you are a Tweeter, follow The Hazean on Twitter. If it is a good chuckle you desire, check out The Hazean’s Facebook page. Remember to follow (Twitter) and become a fan (Facebook) of The Hazean on both popular social networking sites.
If it is just more solid reading material that you crave, check out The Hazean’s Google Reader Shared Items page.