Fantasy sports are the reason I get up in the morning

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Okay, hold on, maybe that’s a little excessive. But for an avid sports fan it can only make your sports fandom more enjoyable, and in more ways than one I might add.

Watching your favourite team play is the best part of being a fan. Obviously, a positive result is what you hope for, but it’s that personal connection and sense of pride you’ve developed in that team that makes it a rewarding experience. You live and die with them through the highs and the lows — you have a rooting interest.

Brendan:

Fantasy sports allows you to span that rooting interest across an entire league by rooting for the players on your fantasy squad. If a player on your team is playing, it sparks intrigue into a game that you may not have been interested in. You learn more about players and teams around a league because, in order to succeed in your fantasy league, you have to. This broader perspective that you’ve taken on makes you a more knowledgeable sports fan.

Izzy:

I’ve got to agree with this point. Sometimes there’s nothing worse than getting into a conversation with someone about sports whose knowledge about their own team is incredibly deep, but their knowledge of the rest of the league is poor. Fantasy sports develops more well-rounded sports fans who can appreciate great players around the leagues, and maybe eliminate a little bit of the craziness about their own team.

Brendan:

On the outside, fantasy sports can easily be seen as a waste of time by those that don’t play. But inside of your league, it’s just the opposite. You get to manage a team by making picks, predictions and negotiating trades based on your knowledge. Everyone is driven to be correct with their decisions and if you have any ounce of competitiveness in your body, it’s easy to be captivated by it all. And that’s the entire idea, it’s a game, it’s a pass-time and it’s fun.

Izzy:

Well, I’ve got some questions. What happens when your life revolves around fantasy leagues 24/7? Ever been in a conversation with someone on a Sunday morning and they tell you they have to check their fantasy football roster? Then, they return to the conversation about a half hour later. Sure, it allows people to be more involved and invested in not just their own team but the entire league, but it also takes up a lot of time. When do people become too invested?

Brendan:

I have a friend that had never known much about the NFL — you could say he was a very ‘casual fan’, but he wanted to be more in the loop. So we made a fantasy league, he joined and now has a reason to be invested in the NFL. Oh, and now he can partake in the chirping that occurs along with friendly competition. Which is probably the best part of fantasy sports – the social aspect.

Izzy:

With investment in anything, there becomes an emotional weight on things, and I think that managing a fantasy football team (or hockey, baseball, etc.) becomes a huge stressor in people’s lives. The stress of picking the right players, the stress of watching you roster throughout the day or week worrying about whether you made the wrong decision of who to sit and who to start. How could something so simple cause so much stress?

Brendan:

Fantasy sports is a game, and with games there are winners. Everybody loves winning. It could be for money or a trophy, but there’s nothing more valuable than bragging rights when you win against your friends. The competition is fun and having a friend that plays fantasy sports provides a year-round conversation topic. Whether it’s advice on a trade, talking about a players performance, or letting them know how terrible their team is, it’s always something you can bond over. It keeps people connected that may not be close by and it gives people an excuse to meet up as a group.

Izzy:

Yes, there can be plenty of enjoyment in the competition involved in a fantasy sports league with your friends, family or even co-workers. But sometimes that competition can go too far. What happens when someone doesn’t speak to someone else for a week because of something that happened in a fantasy league? Is it really that important to people to lose sleep over it, to have arguments over it?

Brendan:

I’m in a fantasy football league that has a draft every summer where every manager meets up for a barbecue. In this same league, we’ll all meet up to go watch an NFL game midway through the season. Maybe that’s more hardcore than most fantasy leagues, but it’s things like that which make it all enjoyable. You can create something that makes it meaningful, and that’s what it’s all about.

In summary: fantasy sports is fun, broadens your knowledge, improves your social life and gives you the chance to become a champion. Any questions?

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