Fantasy Football: What’s The Catch?

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Jacob Mitchell, Staff Writer

In 1962, the first Fantasy Football league was created in Oakland, California called the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League. Since then, the game of Fantasy has spread throughout the nation and captivated football lovers young and old, male and female, and of all races. Today, it is estimated that there are now about 33 million people that play Fantasy Football each year. With the popularity of a simple game soaring, we have to ask ourselves; what makes Fantasy Football So Fun?

Fantasy Football is a game where football fans can really interact with the game itself. In each fantasy league, players choose a group of professional football players to be on their team. Each individual football players statistics are counted each game and based on their performance the fantasy player is awarded a certain amount points. After all the points are added up, the team with the most points is the winner.

When a person plays Fantasy Football with their friends, it creates healthy competition between a group of people that can deepen relationships. At the beginning of a season many people scramble to find members of their league. These people might be surface level friends that you say hi to in the hallway. They might be co workers that you see around the workplace. They may even be friends of friends that you’ve never even met. But by the end of the season these people might be your best friends. No matter what they are, Fantasy Football provides the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

Although there are many reasons why Fantasy Football is fun, maybe the best reason is that it simply makes watching football better. When you join a fantasy football league, it gives you a reason to watch football. You are able to root for players you would never root for and watch games that you would never watch. You will find yourself standing up and cheering when one of your players makes a breakout run or a big catch. Watching football is much more intriguing when you play fantasy.

A fun game that makes you new friends and makes watching football better, what’s not to like? So if you like football and having fun, join a Fantasy league next season and try it out!