For many years I had heard the term “fantasy football” and had zero clue what it was. I mostly heard girls complain about it and how their boyfriends were obsessed with it. It wasn’t enough that they watched every game but they also had to be part of some fantasy world? How dare they!? I never really cared much to even find out what it was because I’m not a fan of football and I thought it only applied to football. In my mind it had become this secret society of football. Is it just regular betting on games? Is it a study of team stats? Is it just guys basically fangirling over their favourite teams? A few years ago, I got the answer to all these questions: yes and no. See eventually I learned that it wasn’t just fantasy football, it was fantasy SPORTS! As a basketball fan I thought, maybe I should see what all the hoopla is about, so I joined my first fantasy basketball league. Here began my journey in the world of fantasy sports. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. When I say I had no clue, I mean I had no idea how it worked. Do I pick a new team every week? How do you even win? Is there winning? I eventually figured this all out after doing some extensive research.
Each league goes through a draft in which you pick players to makeup your team. I still remember just how nervous I was before our leagues draft. I had the ESPN fantasy page open 10 minutes early, my notebook sat beside me with a list of all the players I wanted, and I was furiously texting my younger brother in a panic, afraid that I would screw something up. Looking back now I realize how embarrassingly extra I was being, gross! Anyways, every week you verse a different team in your league. Every time a player on your team plays you receive points based on their performance. At the end of the week, the team with the most points wins the matchup. I made it through the draft, with what I thought was a fairly decent team but boy was I wrong. I finished the season with 3 wins out of 19 matchups. Thankfully I tied for last place. That makes it a little less embarrassing right? This year has gone MUCH better and currently I’m 4th in my league. Trust me, that’s something to be proud of in my case. So that’s the world of fantasy sports. However, it doesn’t all end there.
As if fantasy sports wasn’t enough, there now is reality TV fantasy leagues. I guess all those complaining girlfriends decided to fight back with their own fantasy world. The only reason I found out about reality TV fantasy was because a friend of mine was constantly talking about her Bachelor fantasy league, cringe! I once asked her to explain how it worked and she went on an hour long explanation. I tuned her out after the first 10 minutes. While I can give you a pretty decent explanation of fantasy basketball I could not tell you anything about reality TV fantasy. It turns out that sitting back and enjoying a game on TV, or the newest episode of the Bachelor isn’t enough for us and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I feel that fantasy basketball has made me connect with the sport even further. I have become more interested in individual player stats but also follow teams that I never was a big fan of either. I’m not sure what it’s like for fantasy Bachelor, but I assume in one way or another it does the same. Bottom line is, I get what all the hoopla was about.