For years I have laughed as I have seen friends getting involved in fantasy sports leagues. Their constant checking of stats and talking about teams as though they were actual franchise owners was very amusing to me. Due to a lack of quality internet connection and not really having anyone near me that I knew of having a league that I could participate in, I abstained from joining in the fantasy madness. Little did I know this would be the year I would jump in head first.
Now, after years of not participation, I not only joined my first fantasy football league, I actually joined two. One league consisting of guys at my church and another of various guys that have Moody connections. Quickly, I went from laughing about my friends fantasy football addictions and complaining about how ESPN always talks too much football, to looking at stats and injury reports for players that I otherwise would never care about. I added the fantasy football apps to anything I possibly could so that I could be as connected as I possibly could. And after one week of league play I have seem to have done ok so far, winning both of my first week games.
While, I have enjoyed getting into fantasy football, one of the biggest things that I am enjoying so far is just the opportunity to connect with old friends and make some new ones through the competition. Sometimes in the midst of living rurally and being busy in ministry friendships and just times hanging out with the guys seems to be few and far between. So the little bit of friendships and camaraderie that fantasy football provides has been a big encouragement.
Now, if I can only keep winning!