Going Beyond Fantasy Sports and Stats


For or a long while now I have ranted against fantasy sports, mostly because it consumes a person’s life, requiring countless hours of your day to research, assuming that you want to do decently and win some money. But more than anything it makes sports into a mere numbers-crunching excise.

While I don’t  judge if you play a fantasy sport, I think it’s important for people to understand that sports can often be a lot richer when you go beyond the numbers.

Sports Fans all over the Globe are involved in some kind of fantasy sport,/Picture courtesy of www.pixabay.com
Many sports fans all over the Globe get involved in a fantasy sports leagues ,/Picture courtesy of http://www.pixabay.com

 —Jame Wilson—

Instead of simply enjoying the game, we start to abjectly the players, thinking things like “How many yards did Matt Ryan  get for this week? I really need some fantasy points for my fantasy team.” Really people. whatever happened to seeing athletes as human beings?

Not everyone has forgotten the human element of professional sports or sports in general. A while back, I scanned a Sunday edition of a New York Times and saw an article about how Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw went on a mission trip to Africa in January 2011. Stories like this interest me because they display the personal side of athletes.

Don’t get me wrong, I use to love the raw sports statics. When I was in middle school I spent many a Saturday on baseball performance.com reviewing old players’ stats inside and out. This was not a great idea for my social development at the time, but I managed to compensate  for it later on.

Once I even joined a fantasy baseball league, although I never  kept up with it.  In order for me to win the league (weather for a cash reward or something else), I would have I would have needed to sit in front of the computer screen on a daily basis, tracking the likelihood that a given hitter or pitcher was going to get on a hot streak. Even as a middle school student that just seemed like too much time.

But fantasy sports leagues are not completely bad. One benefit I see is the camaraderie they inspirer in groups of people. Families and friends gather around the television on Sunday, eagerly anticipating how the players and teams on their fantasy squads will do. It becomes a fun and intense personal competition. But whatever happened to the days of cheering for athletes for more than just their raw stoical performance?

I once wrote a feature on a high school classmate of mine that failed an art class during our sophomore year and could not play soccer that spring. Devastated  this  soccer player became  the laughingstock of the school. It is pretty puzzling how someone could fail an art class, but it happened. However, he and his teammates won a state championship the year after that (once his grades improvised), and he earned a Division I soccer scholarship.

The last time I checked the athletic site for his college’s soccer team, he was a stoical ghost because he hadn’t played much and hadn’t scored many goals and such. Still, I find his story interesting because it’s a testament to the hard work that goes far beyond simple sports statistics.

While I don’t  judge if you play a fantasy sport, I think it’s important for people to understand that sports can often be a lot richer when you go beyond the numbers.

 

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  7. Andrew Luck will finish as a top 5 fantasy QB. With Hakeem Nicks on a 1 yr contract, Reggie Wayne coming back early, T.Y. Hilton progressing as a deep threat, and a 3 headed monster running back system in Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Vick Ballard.. Don’t forget College friend TE Coby Fleenorer. After some research I have come up with a predictions for fantasy football, and stated it above. which I enjoy playing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on fantasy sports Jame. I enjoyed reading your point of view and enjoy your blog. I love sports and opinion post on any blog that relate to sports!

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    1. Jeff, Thank for taking the time to visit my blog and for leaving a comment on my fantasy football post. Glad you enjoy my blog, hope to see more posted comments from you in the future. Hope you have a Blessed Day.

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  8. what’s up Jame Wilson my MAN! … I love Watkins and Evans … but let’s look at their offensive situations … EJ Manuel – who missed a lot of his rookie campaign with knee injuries – and a lot of pressure on Watkins to perform out of the jump with no Stevie Johnson … whereas the Buccs look to start a veteran in McCown and a lot of attention on Vincent Jackson in the passing game … today Evans is a little higher on my board … targeting middle rounds

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  9. Fantasy Football is retarded. Root for your Favorite NFL team. You don’t own these players you don’t pay these players. Get A LIFE!!!!

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    1. Thanks for expressing your opinion on fantasy football. But we all need to keep in mind that they are many sports fans out there who love to play fantasy sports and for whatever reasons they have the right to love it or hate it and play this fantasy sport. Thanks for reading and commenting on this post, I really appreciate you taking the time to do both. Have a Blessed Day!

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