Flying My Geek Colors Proudly

Alright, first off, I just want to apologize for the last post. I had every intention of keeping it funny and lighthearted, but in the end I am a little afraid of what Iran might do and I let that come out in my writing. I promise from now on, to keep heavy handed, scary political writings on my political blog.

Enough of that.

It's Football Season!

I know, you're thinking to yourself, "Football Season doesn't start until September, and you can't be THAT excited about preseason football." It's not preseason, my friends, that has me giddy. It's Fantasy Football. That's right, the jock equivalent of sweaty geeks hanging out in a basement playing Dungeons and Dragons, is my latest obsession.

For the completely uninitiated here's a quick rundown of how it works:

1. You and ten to twelve of your buddies create an imaginary football team, giving it a cool name like, Your Mom's Favorite Players or (in my case) The Drunken Rogues.

2. You and your buddies then draft real NFL players to play on your imaginary team.

3. Every week you take the stats of these real NFL players and assign them point values. Those points are awarded to whichever imaginary team has that player.

4. Your total points versus the imaginary team you are playing that week's total points decides the winner.

5. Repeat until end of season.

You know, when I type it out it sounds fairly boring and silly, but I promise (and you'll just have to take my word on this) it's lots of fun. I owe my addiction to fantasy football, to my buddy from Alabama, Cliff. Cliff worked with me my second summer in Ohio, at Blue Jacket. Towards the end of the summer, he mentioned to several of us that he was setting up a fantasy football league, so that we could have some fun, and sort of stay in touch during the fall. It sounded like a great idea to me, so knowing nothing at all about Fantasy (and little about actual) Football, I signed up. That year I was mere points away from winning the championship. Since then (three years) I have played in ten leagues total. This year alone I'm in five (and seriously contemplating adding another).

Why would I (a fairly normal, albeit geeky, fellow) get so sucked in to Fantasy Football? One reason mainly. I'm competitive. Also, it makes you enjoy football more. Where as on a normal Sunday you might have two or three games that you are mildly interested in, if you play Fantasy, you need the stats on every game. It makes the entire football season that much more important. So yes, I'm a football geek. But today I will be drafting not one, not two, but three different leagues. It's the best Sunday so far this year!

***Lawyer's Note*** Hookem, Catchem and Skinem, while the legal representation of Joel, and Drunken Rogue Publishing, would like to make it clear that they in no way support or respect Fantasy Football. It's for fat boys that couldn't play themselves and for sad married men wishing to relive there bachelor days by adding a little spice to Football Season. That is all...P.S. Hookem, Catchem, and Skinem meant no disrespect to either Fat boys or sad married men. We did however mean disrespect to Fantasy Football Players. Losers.***End Lawyer's Note***