My wife bought me a "Fantasy Football Legend" t-shirt a few years back as a joke. In the almost ten years of league play, I've only won the Championship once. Like a true pro, I should have retired then but every season I get sucked back into the game.
I was talking to my bother last night, he's joining his first league this season. Now, I think it's odd that there's a 34-year-old American male who HASN'T played Fantasy Football yet (even for FREE). He was asking me for beginners advice, which I told him is more important than what your draft position is, who your first pick is… it's your Team Name. I almost dropped the phone when he asked, "you mean, I have to come up with a name?"
Thanks to FX's show, The League, Fantasy Football has broken into mainstream America. We all know that Fantasy Football players cost their companies about $19 billion a year in lost work time, Hey, all of that time checking our rosters, beating a co-worker on the waiver wire, or taking advantage of a another team manager with a bad trade takes time. According to a recent study, more than an hour a week. Thanks to the new apps for smartphones we can conduct this business on our phones in meetings, proving that Fantasy Football owners are in fact premiere multitasks.
Like in The League, the best leagues have the best traditions for the "loser" as ESPN's Matthew Berry reports…
After watching that video, I feel a little better about having to wear the "Bra of Shame" for finishing last in my league.