I have been pondering the question if Fantasy Football is geeky or not. Many people will scoff at this converstation. After all, football has always been a “jock” thing and not a geek thing. But like most geeky things, fantasy football is based outside of reality. The fans of fantasy football are often obsessed like I am for a good Sci Fi show or Spidey comic books. Fantasy Football owners speak their own language and often discuss their success and failures Monday and Tuesday morning similarly to fans of BSG and LOST would do the day after their show.
Fantasy football may be fantasy but it is also based on real stats from real players. Fantasy football is stat based which is accepted for sports fanatics. It is sports related which is hard to reconcile with geekdom.
Fantasy football has become much more acceptable over the last twenty years. I remember when it was only for fringe few. Now, all sorts of people play fantasy football. Some of my friends used to never watch a football game but now that they are playing Fantasy Football, they watch football religiously.
Most of my fantasy football friends, are not jocks but many are geeks. I include myself in this group. We will often weave our conversations from sci fi to comics to fantasy football. Comics and fantasy football are the top two things I discuss with my father.
I really don’t know if fantasy football is really geeky or not. I do know that it lends itself well to many geeks and fits in our geeky nature. I am leaning towards including it in the more socially accepted geek obsessions. What do my readers think?