I’ve never been a football fan. I like playing it, and I’ve been to a Rider game or two, but I’ve never watched football on Sundays, or taken much interest in the Superbowl.Last year, Ryan invited me to join his Yahoo fantasy football league. I signed up for fun, forgot to attend the draft, had my team auto-picked for me, and promptly forgot about it. Imagine my surprise when “my team” did pretty well.
Ryan invited me to join again this summer. I considered it, and decided that if I’m going to do it, I should do it right. I should become a fan of NFL football!
So I have. I’ve watched more football this season than I have in my entire life thus far. I’ve learned some new things, like what a tight end actually does, and the difference between a reverse and a double reverse. I’ve read NFL news and commentary on espn.com. I’ve placed small Pro Line wagers on each weekend’s games. And I’ve taken an active role in managing my fantasy football team, the One Trick Yaks.
I’m sinking into NFL fandom, which I never thought I’d do. All in all, I’m enjoying it. Sundays used to be days of relaxation and outdoor activities. Now they are spent indoors with snack foods, HD television, and laptops showing fantasy updates in real time. I now know not to pick 3 wide receivers first in fantasy drafts, and what Gary and Mark are talking about when they discuss Bill Simmons‘ commentary, or Jason’s crazy system of buying hundreds of dollars worth of Pro Line tickets with all of the different permutations of games so that he’ll at least break even. OK, I’m lying. I still don’t understand that 😐
But there’s something missing: I don’t have a favourite team. I’m thinking I should root for a perennially terrible team like Cleveland. But I’m open to suggestions.
Can’t wait until Sunday to see if Michael Vick can shake off his terrible performance in New Orleans last Monday and score me some points. And to see if my early games calls of Dal, Ind, Car, SD, Mia, KC pays off.
You’ll know where to find me.