Not To Exaggerate, But Fantasy Football Completely Changed My Football-Watching Experience

Not To Exaggerate, But Fantasy Football Completely Changed My Football-Watching Experience

Roethlisberger got 39 points, and the Steelers still lost?! Best day ever.


I've been a football fan practically my whole life. However, this year was the first in which I decided to join a fantasy football league with some of my friends.

I never quite understood the appeal of fantasy football, yet I felt like I needed to do it since I enjoyed watching the NFL so much.

Two weeks in, I've survived the draft, I've gotten the hang of figuring out my lineup each week, and miraculously, I am 2-0. You could say that I'm happy with my decision to join a fantasy football league.

What I didn't realize when I started this endeavor was how much it would affect how I watch and interact with football.

Firstly, during the draft, I had to go against my ingrained biases and draft players from teams I despise. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, it hurt my heart when I drafted Ben Roethlisberger, Saquon Barkley, and Zach Ertz onto my team. However, from a fantasy perspective, it was the smart option.

Secondly, I talk to my dad more. Football is already something that we've bonded over for a long time, but now I enlist his help in setting up my lineup each week. As the week progresses, we also keep in touch because he likes to stay informed about how my team is holding up.

Also, game watching is weird. In week one, Dallas played Carolina. I was rooting for Dallas, but I was also rooting for Christian McCaffrey, Carolina's running back, because he's on my fantasy team. Even further, I was also rooting against Dallas' running back, Ezekiel Elliott, because he was on my opponent's fantasy team and didn't want him to get points. Long gone are the days where I can simply root for Dallas only.

Doing fantasy football has also helped me stay up-to-date on what's happening throughout the NFL. In past years, I've only known what was going on with the Cowboys. However, now I have to keep up with how well teams are playing and how good the teams that they play are so I can gauge how many points my players will earn. I have to know who is injured and when bye weeks are so I can have the best lineup possible. Because of fantasy football, I now know players throughout the league and how the league as a whole is playing out.

If you are thinking about joining a fantasy football league next year, I'd definitely recommend it. It's a fun, competitive way to learn more about football, and it gives you an excuse to keep up with the happenings around the league.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.

I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.


The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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