Why I Hate Fantasy Football

Thaddeus YeiserCorrespondent INovember 21, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 15:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars takes a knee at the 1 yard line with a minute left to play in the game against the New York Jets on November 15, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The play resulted in Jacksonville winding down the clock and setting up the game winning field goal with 2 seconds remaining. Jacksonville defeated the Jets 24-22.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

So I'm sitting on my couch one day and I see the SportsCenter highlights, of the now infamous, "Jones-Drew kneel down." The first thing that pops into my head is how intelligent and smart of a football play that was. The next day I applauded Jones-Drew on my sports radio show as someone who is unselfish and exactly what the NFL needs. 

But then that ugly word reared its' head to spoil the fun once again.


You all know what it is I'm sure I don't need to explain. Basically because of a game that means nothing, a great play that should be enjoyed is ruined, scrutinized, and berated.

"He killed my standings in my fantasy league!" I hear people say.

"He should have just run the ball in!"

To bring anyone up to par who hasn't been paying attention I'll fill you in. Basically the Jaguars are down 21-22 with 1:45 to go in the game. Jones-Drew takes a hand off and is ready to break the goal line for an easy touchdown.

Instead, though, he takes a knee, and allows his teammates to run down the clock and kick the game winning field goal (no more than an extra point), Jags win 24-22. He made this controversial play to prevent the Jets from possibly getting the ball and scoring a go-ahead touchdown.

I say great play, heads up play, smart pro-bowl caliber play, but because of Fantasy Football this is torn down to its core.

What's more I can't stand the fact that fantasy leagues have destroyed fandom. Fandom is the most sacred thing in all of sports, but it can make a die hard Bengals fan root for the Steelers because he has Willie Parker on his roster.

It'll make a true blue Pats fan root for the Colts because they have Manning this week.

It'll make a Falcons fan bleed Gold because he picked up Pierre Thomas off waivers.

This makes me sick. Completely, utterly sick, and I know I'm probably the minority on this topic. But this has gone too far. A Computer Game should never be taken even half as seriously as the real game itself.

Too many, great warriors of the gridiron, are bludgeoned and bloodied, every Sunday, in the name of sports to have their hard work be reduced to petty numbers.

Believe me I've tried Fantasy Football and gave it a fair shot, but there will never be a day I miss a Panthers game simply because I need to see how Tony Gonzalez is doing, and never will I mock a brilliant football play because it hurts my league standing.

No I don't need Fantasy Football. I'd much rather enjoy the real thing. Well I guess that's a boneheaded play, too.