Response to Begel: Fantasy Football is Awesome
In the matter of the real world vs. fantasy football the Bench recognizes the defense.
ME: Thank you your Honor. I realize that Dave Begel made some awfully compelling arguments in his usual fashion.
Bench: Overruled. Proceed Counselor.
ME: Well you see your Honor, Dave Begel likes to present an opinion and then offer no evidence to support it. He simply spews his tripe hoping that he offends enough people to make his employers at OMC forget how offensive of a writer he is and focus on the number of "clicks" they get instead. I however like to do the complete opposite. I may not be an OMC staff writer, but that is probably what makes me do my research. In any event the defense calls Roger Goodell Commissioner of the NFL.
(Balif does the whole bible swearing in thing. Goodell agrees)
(This is text copied from an actual interview done with Roger Goodell by SBNATION)
ME: "Can you talk about the growth of fantasy football and how important it is to the league"? (Actual question posed to Goodell)
Goodell: "I think it's just another way for our fans to engage with football. It's a great thing for us because they do it with groups, they do it with family. It allows them to follow the game in a different way than, maybe, the traditional one. The other great impact that it has is even if you're following your team and your team is out of the playoffs, you can continue to follow football because of the fantasy aspect. So, again, it's another way to engage the fans, which I think is a positive".
ME: No further questions.
(Goodell leaves. Up walks Andrew Siciliano host of the Red Zone Channel)
ME: Andrew tell me about your channell.
ANDREW: Well basically what we do is we show all of the key plays from around the league. All the scoring plays, and all of the turnovers from around the league.
ANDREW: Well because of all the Fantasy nuts out there. No one used to care when Patrick Cobbs would steal a TD from Ronnie Brown, but now, with fantasy football, people have an interest in all scoring plays.
ME: Your Channel has even been shown on Jet Blue?
Andrew: Yes. Fantasy football is extremely popular.
ME: No further questions.
(Up steps By Paul R. La Monica, CNNMoney.com editor at large)
ME: Paul in an article you wrote in 2006 you pointed out some interesting stats about fantasy football. Enlighten me.
Paul: "According to figures from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association - yes, this is big enough of a market to warrant a real trade group - there are currently between 15 million and 18 million fantasy sports players in the U.S. The number of players has grown 7 percent to 10 percent a year for the past three years" (Real quote from 2006 article on CNN). So if you extrapolate that number with a 9% rise each year we estimate there are about 23 million fantasy football players in 2010. That's a lot of dimp.
ME: So companies like Yahoo!, ESPN (Disney), and CBS make real money on this industry?
Andrew: Yes. Online fantasy football is a cash cow. It would be suicide for any online media company to underestimate the juggernaut that is fantasy football, and its fanbase.
ME: No further questions.
(Paul steps down)
ME: I would like to introduce exhibit A. It is a letter I wrote to President Obama urging him to join my fantasy football league since he already spends most of his time golfing, sitting courtside at Wizards game, filling out NCAA brackets and generally attempting to seem like the everyman sports fan.
Dear Mr. President,
I want you to join my fantasy football league. Now that you stopped the oil leak you can go back to doing nothing. Perhaps if you see why I play you might want to play.
Below are 10 reasons I play fantasy football:
1. Like you, I am not athletically gifted enough to be in the NFL. Fantasy football allows me to compete against my friends using my sports knowledge and not my speed or strength.
2. I am a woman, and it is great to beat the boys in something that involves sports.
3. If not for fantasy football I would never remember DeWayne Washington intercepting two passes and returning them both for TDs in a game against Jacksonville, in 1998, as a member of the Steelers. He single handedly won me that week, and gained a life-long fan.
4. It's low stakes low risk gambling, and it gets my blood pumping almost as much as a sale on Marc Jacobs watches.
5. It will give me a reason to watch the Chargers v Broncos on Monday Nov. 22nd. I cant wait to see if Ryan Matthews finds the end-zone.
6. I got my sister to join my league last year, and now she knows every who scored more than 1 TD in a game in 2009. Her husband shows her off like a brand new BMW.
7. It gives me a reason to watch John Clayton in HD which is otherwise unbearable.
8. It allows me to take part in every tuesday conversation at the office lamenting a close fantasy loss.
9. If my fantasy team wins it helps to pull me off the ledge when the Packers lose... although ever so slightly.
10. It is fun. It is harmless. The draft gives friends an excuse to gather, and it helps the casual fan learn more about players in the league, and the game itself.
ME: Your honor, in closing, I want to say that fantasy football is fantastic. It centers around the most popular sports league in the United States, and allows fans to demonstrate their knowledge and love of the game. To belittle an entire fanbase like that is irresponsible. Also, for Dave Begel to imply he is physically fit enough to participate in a pick-up football game is also irresponsible.
(The defense rests. The jury deliberates for one minute. It sides with the defense and punishes Dave Begel for wasting their time. He is forced to complete the Washington Redskins fitness test before he can ever write another article. Needless to say the world is no longer subjected to a Begel OMC article ever again).
I want OMC readers to comment one way or the other on this article. Let each comment be a de-facto petition signing to show that Dave Begel's articles are just flat out useless.