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When Fantasy Becomes Reality

When you think about the NFL, what comes to mind? While some people picture intense football games with huge athletes, some are unaware of the intensity that comes from fantasy football. Traditionally fantasy football consists of a preseason draft as well as weekly matchups against other teams in the league. These leagues can range anywhere […]

When you think about the NFL, what comes to mind? While some people picture intense football games with huge athletes, some are unaware of the intensity that comes from fantasy football. Traditionally fantasy football consists of a preseason draft as well as weekly matchups against other teams in the league. These leagues can range anywhere from friendly gatherings to cash buy-in games.

My friends and I have been participating in our own league for three years now. It all started back in 2017 when we had our first annual draft with a $10 buy-in. Whether or not you come prepared, draft days are always full of stress and split second decision making. Each person takes turns drafting one player until everyone has a full roster.

Jake Harris (’21) states that he has “learned a lot about football just by participating in the fantasy league” and “is excited to keep learning about the game.”

Jake says that one of his favorite parts about fantasy football is being able to joke with his friends about who has the worst team. Each week, the participants are paired off and set to compete against each other. Jake believes that “winning creates a feeling of accomplishment.”

After researching, drafting, and strategically choosing who to play, the excitement of defeating your appointment is unique. Just like almost everything in 2020, fantasy football has also felt the effects of COVID-19. Due to having no preseason, the players are significantly more injury prone, which has destroyed some fantasy teams by causing star players to get hurt and taken out for the rest of the season. No matter the setbacks, fantasy football has proved to be a binding force in friendships all over the world.

For Greg Stone (’21), participating in fantasy football “creates more of a love for the game of football and helps create a deeper connection with friends.”

To give more perspective I was planning on interviewing Dominic Castillo (’21), but I unfortunately blew his team out of the water in Week 1, so he was not saying much. That just goes to show the intensity and passion for the participants that are involved in this magical pastime.

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