Those of you that live for fantasy football, just hit the "back" button on your web browser now.
For the rest of you out there, maybe you can relate to this. A few years ago, there was nothing out there better than the fantasy football draft for which you and your buddies were getting together.
From NFL draft kits to fantasy cheat sheets, guys and girls around the globe gear up for this event every year, and sadly, it has become even more popular than the NFL itself in certain parts of the world.
The fact is, I played fantasy football for roughly three years and really did enjoy it. The obvious reality that nobody wants to face is: there are more negatives than positives as far as this game goes.
Sure, it's fun to get together and have a draft party with your buddies and joke around and see who can come up with the most talented roster, and see who can get "the steal" of the draft. It's fun to play general manager and consider trades and look at who to pick up from the waivers.
Beyond that, there is really nothing else.
Even if you do have a good team, chances are the guy that doesn't have a chance toward the end of the season will end up just giving up, and some won't even bother managing their teams when the playoffs draw near.
Add to that with the possibility of injuries that can occur at any point during the season, and you've got a mess on your hands. The fun can easily be sucked out of the game that quickly.
The days of waking up on Sunday and going to get a nice brunch before the games begin at 1 p.m. are gone. Now it's all about staying up late Saturday night, trying to get the perfect lineup for the day. You don't know if someone is going to play or not, and maybe they will start but you don't know how much they will actually play.
Asking the "experts" out there if you should make this trade, or who should you start at this position? Who really cares?
Nobody cares about anyone else's team or league, and it irritates the hell out of me every time I turn on SportsCenter only to see them waste 10 minutes on some fantasy football garbage.
I want to know what the keys are to the actual football game that is going to be played. I want to see the stars shine and watch the big plays. I want to watch the game and be in the game, not checking the bottom line for all of my players' stats and the players that I am going against this week.
All of the "fun" of the NFL is being sucked out of the real games because of this childish fantasy.
People seem to want to talk more about their fantasy league rather than the National Football League, and that bothers me.
It's about time we start watching the games just to watch the games. The fantasy football junk as well as the over/under bets that are going on are killing the integrity of the game.
I would much rather watch a game by myself and enjoy it, than be with a bunch of guys that are worried about their second running back getting 17 more yards, regardless of the score or outcome of the game.
It's time to set down the laptops, and keep the money in your pockets people. Watch the game, because in the end, that is the only thing that is real.