Fantasy Football Makes a Great Hobby

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Published: 20th November 2016
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Just like biking, fishing, boating, collecting stamps, scrapbooking or woodworking; playing fantasy football is a great hobby for all ages. Fantasy football leagues are composed of men and women, grade school kids and adults. It's estimated that nearly 35 million people across the country participate in fantasy football. It's a great way to enjoy the games with friends and family. Some of my best memories as a child growing up were spending Sundays watching football with my family. Mom would cook a big dinner of roast, carrots and potatoes and then we'd all watch Brent Musburger preview the games of the day. He's a classic and still is today. My Dad and I both loved the Dallas Cowboys, who were televised often in the early days due to their popularity. I'd sit on his lap. We'd cheer when they won and I'd cry when they lost. He still talks about it to this day.

It's hard to imagine, but we had just three channels back in those days. Only NBC and CBS broadcast NFL games on Sunday. You were stuck with whatever they aired. There were no stats and few scores to be found. ABC, with Howard Cosell, televised the Monday Night Football game. If I was lucky, my parents would let me stay up until halftime on Monday night to catch the highlights of the Sunday games. Just hearing that soundtrack today gets me excited. If you grew up in the 70s, you know what I'm talking about.

Much has changed since those days, but the enjoyment from watching the games with friends and family still remains. This is probably the reason that I got into fantasy football as a hobby and why I love it so much. It gives me a chance to share memories today with close friends, neighbors and co-workers. In my opinion, there's no better reality drama on TV than fantasy football, based on the NFL.

What is Fantasy Football? Fantasy Football is a form of sports entertainment where a group of people (owners) select a virtual or simulated team of NFL players through an annual draft or auction. Owners/fantasy players compete against one another by earning weekly points based on the actual performance (statistics) of real players. Rosters, transactions, statistics, and standings are managed on a website, hosted by ESPN, Yahoo or MyFantasyLeague, just to mention a few.

Leagues range in size from 8-14 teams with 12 being the most common. Rosters are made up of 16 to 21 players composed of different positions, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, place kicker, and defense/special teams. The season typically consists of 13 head to head matchups. Owners add and remove players throughout the season in an attempt to maximize their points each week. At the end of 13 weeks, the top teams with the best win-loss records qualify for a three week single-elimination playoff. The fantasy champion is the winner of the playoffs, which is the ultimate goal. An entry fee, ranging from $20 to $200, is paid at the beginning of the season into a prize pool. The top teams split the prize money based on their playoff finish.

There are numerous variations in league rules, especially scoring formats.

For those searching for a hobby that combines statistical analysis with strategic roster management and the excitement of dramatic competition; fantasy football just might be for you. Although there are high stakes leagues that can be quite expensive, many leagues can be played for near nothing. That makes it a cheap form of entertainment on Sundays. Spend just $50 for an entry fee in August and enjoy entertainment that lasts four months.

Most importantly, deep friendships can be developed by inviting your buddies over for some drinks during the games. Fire up the bar-b-q and have your fellow fantasy owners bring their spouses and children. You'll make some memories that may last a lifetime.

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Chad Good

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