5 Possible Alternatives to Playing Fantasy Football

Thomas ChristianContributor IIIDecember 6, 2011

5 Possible Alternatives to Playing Fantasy Football

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    It's Sunday.

    You wake up at 10 a.m. and sit on the couch to watch ESPN, FOX and CBS.

    You're looking to see whether certain players are active or not. You're looking for expert analysis on how certain players will perform against defenses.

    Then, 1 p.m. (EST) hits. The games have begun.

    For the next several hours, you will watch games intently with your laptop in front of you.

    What are you? A fantasy football owner.

    I love fantasy football as much as the next person, but there are certainly several other ways an engulfed fantasy football owner can spend his or her Sundays!

Get That Studying Done

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    Like many readers, I am a college student and usually spend my Sundays in front of the TV watching football with Yahoo! Fantasy Football open on my computer.

    The early games come and go.

    The late afternoon games immediately follow.

    To conclude Sunday, a usually intriguing game is played on NBC at night.

    By the time NFL Sunday is over, it's 10 p.m. Too tired to do any homework, it looks like I'll be pulling an all-nighter on Monday in the library.

    Wait...Monday won't work. ESPN is televising a Monday Night game!

    I suppose most of the studying will have to wait until Tuesday.

    Instead of engulfing the mind with fantasy football, perhaps some stress can be taken away by getting ahead on studying!

Go on a Date

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    How often do we get to see our significant others during the week? With school and work, not as much as we'd like.

    The weekends come and it finally gives us a chance to spend some time with them.

    But...

    "Well, sweetie, can I take you to dinner next weekend? The Cowboys and Eagles game is on, and I have LeSean McCoy and Tony Romo playing in fantasy. I really need to win this week to still have a chance at the playoffs!"

    Yeah, that dinner won't happen next week either.

    Take your eyes off your fantasy lineup, and take your significant other out. It'll be to your benefit.

Hit the Gym

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    School and work take up a lot of time during the week, and you may not have time to get to the gym.

    It's okay, though. The weekend is approaching, and you'll be able to work off all that pizza and beer that you had last Sunday during football.

    The only problem is you won't be able to justify getting to the gym because of your weekend routine, stockpiled full of fantasy football, television and food.

    If you aren't a morning person, close your laptop and go work out during those early games. Chances are, you'll only miss the first half.

Watch The League

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    One of the funniest shows on television is The League. For those of you that don't know, it is a show that follows the lives of a few college friends who have been part of a fantasy football league for who knows how long.

    Anyway, not only does the show follow their fantasy teams, but it also follows situations in their everyday lives.

    With all that goes on in that show, I suspect that you can decipher something to do other than play fantasy football.

Go to an Actual NFL Game

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    If you can afford it, why not just go to a game?

    You'll be away from your laptop, and though you may have a smartphone, I doubt you'll be very inclined to check on your fantasy team while experiencing an NFL game.