One of the things my wife says she loves most about me is my indifference to watching sports on TV.
I’m not kidding. It almost makes her giddy with joy how little I care about professional sports.
Of course, participating in sports has been a complete “thorn in her side” since before we were married, but I am pretty confident (not really confident at all) she is coming around on this one.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the appeal and will occasionally get sucked in to watching the World Cup or NBA Championships (maybe the Superbowl but the commercials are getting worse each year) but, overall, sitting and watching professional athletes play a game I would rather be participating in myself is not really my idea of a fun time.
What is even more beyond my understanding is the exploding popularity of Fantasy Sports.
I just don’t get it and really need someone to explain it to me.
As I have been able to gather, individuals no longer just watch the games but now have a vested interest as mock owners who are pretending to create their own teams by drafting real players and using their individual stats throughout the season to gain points toward the ultimate goal of “winning”.
(You can’t tell this by reading but I actually fell asleep half-way through that sentence I was so bored.)
Does that about sum it up?
So, instead of watching an amazing player and going out on the field, court, diamond, etc. to physically play and emulate the amazing achievements of these incredible athletes, we are now just pretending to be the rich owners who decide if the player is good for the virtual team?
Also, has the Fantasy Sports World expanded into Nascar, Gymnastics, Beach Volleyball or Alaskan Dog Racing?
If so, I am going to start working on an app that pulls tire changing speed stats of pit crew members and see about making some cash.
And I am seriously not trying to be harsh on Fantasy Sports…players…uh…competitors…er…homo sapiens, but trying to figure out if I am missing out on the greatest non-professional sports bonding activity on the planet or carefully guarding what few “cool” points I have left.
Open to being swayed either way. Let the arguments for and against begin!!
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