703-581-8157 aswinjohn@vt.edu

So I have a fantasy football team. Actually I have two.

There has to be research done on why fantasy sports is so addictive. I spend most of my time focusing on the league that has a $50 buy in. Last year, I won second place in this league and won $150. That means that after 20 weeks of football, I netted $100. Now if this was middle school, I would’ve felt like the world’s richest man. But at this point, I sometimes feel like the world’s biggest fool.

Let’s do the math.

20 weeks, $100. That means I was making $5 dollars a week. Split that over the average five-day work week and I was making a dollar a day. I would probably be better off looking for loose change on the ground everyday.

Now I know what you’re thinking: I wasn’t even doing any work.

I wish that was true.

I would say that I invest 2 hours a week reading and researching fantasy information; which doesn’t include the approximately 6 hours on Sunday that I spend watching the games whilst tracking the Yahoo app.

This summer when the commissioner of our league asked me to sign up again, I said I didn’t think I was going to play this year for all the reasons stated above. Alas my ego took over and here I am: week 6, 3-2 record, and probably a little over 30 hours invested.

“But I love it. – The Weeknd” – Aswin John

But I love it.

First of all, every week you are competing for bragging rights among your friends. Your friend will tell you that you are stupid for starting player x, and then player x will have a great week and you can just:

Secondly, fantasy makes you much more invested in the NFL games that happen every week. It is fun to have a reason to watch the 10 or so games that are going on. This is especially useful if your hometown team is bad for the better part of a decade (looking at you Washington Football Club). I know the names and potential of NFL players I would not even be able to recognize if they knocked on my front door.

So here’s to another year of wasted time, congratulating myself for the accomplishments of another human, and hopefully winning enough money to fool me into doing it again.