I used to think that fantasy baseball was actually rivaling fantasy football in relevance and excitement. Not so fast my friends. Fantasy baseball is fun, but it's so damn long. I'm a bit biased, because all 3 of my teams suck this year. It's more fun when you're winning, as is anything else.
I'm SO excited for the NFL. There's nothing like 12:00 approaching on a Sunday in the fall and having a remote control in your hand, food at your fingertips, beer in the refrigerator, and 12-15 games to watch from noon until 10 p.m. that night. My wife and I have been together 9 years, married for 7 of them, and she knows that on Sunday, I'm not MOVING from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m., so don't bother even asking me. There's nothing better than good football on a Sunday afternoon.
The physicality of the game makes it intense, but how about the beauty of the execution? Players like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Marion Barber, Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Reggie Wayne, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shawne Merriman, Dwight Freeney, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, I mean when these guys are on, would you rather be watching anything else? How about seeing Devin Hester take a punt back 74 yards for a touchdown? The NFL is the greatest theatre in sports.
The finality of the NFL is also what makes it so appealing. There are 16 games, not 82 or 162. Playoffs are single elimination and not the best 4 out of 7. If somebody gets hurt or you don't bring your A game that day and you get beat and go home, it's too bad. Nobody feels sorry for you and nobody is going to listen to you cry. I remember in 2005 when the Steelers won the Super Bowl, they were a 6 seed and they opened up at Cincinnati. The Bengals had their number that year, may have even beaten them both games if I remember correctly. Carson Palmer tore his knee on the first pass of the game and down he went. Enter Jon Kitna and a Steelers victory. If Palmer didn't go down, the Bengals probably win that game and who knows how different history would have been. There wasn't another game or time to change the game plan. You adjust on the fly and win with what you have. It's the ultimate team sport.
Good luck to my fellow fantasy football bretheren out there... I have some sleepers that I'd LOVE to share with you, but I can't for fear that some people in my league may read this blog entry (probably not, but I'm still paranoid). Go Bears!