Fantasy Vs. Real


My latest over on FOX Sports focuses on how during this time a year quite a few fans, if not most, are more into their fantasy teams then their real ones. Here’s a snippet that involves the Chiefs:

My Chiefs were eliminated from postseason contention the second Herm Edwards took the first of 4,892 squinty-eyed glances up at the scoreboard (By the way, why does a coach with a 6-23 record over the past two seasons look at the scoreboard more than any other coach?). I’m so used to the Chiefs sucking that I was comfortably numb by October. I couldn’t let myself get off that easy, so I turned to my A-Trains of the Dirty Dozen. It’s my one league that really matters, you know, the one that has you checking the scoreboard more than Herm. For me, bragging rights in my family and friends league trumps everything else, including dough.

I think it’s true that a lot of fans are more excited about their fantasy teams than their real ones right now. After all, why should Detriot Lions fans be miserable because the Fords and Matt Millen wrecked their favorite team? Fantasy gives us die-hard fans a way to extend our football season without adopting another team Angelina Jolie style. I also truly believe that die-hard fantasy players have that one league that’s the closet thing to the real thing that they’ll ever get. Typically, it’s either the league you’ve been in the longest or have the most family/friends in, or sometimes it’s both.

Anyway, go check it out! There’s a Chiefs zinger — not to mention a Raiders and Rams one as well — that I don’t want to give away. Gotta love cliffhangers…