We’re all about comics here at Panels on Pages, but a geek cannot live on comics alone. Outside the Longbox is our chance to spotlight something outside our typical four-color realm – be it movies, music, TV or whatever.
With Labor Day in the rearview mirror and fall almost upon us many geek minds turn to one thing…Fantasy Football. Maybe not the geeks you had in mind or the geeks in your inner circle but a different kind of geeks. While you may argue who over who would win in a battle to the death Darkseid or Thanos, these geeks are trying to figure out which Quarterback to start on Sunday Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger.
For the uninitiated Fantasy Football consists of a group of players referred to as owners. These owners select players amongst the 1,696 active players in the National Football League (NFL). These players selected earn points for the owner’s team based on their performance in the actual football game. For example, if the Running Back you selected scores a touchdown that translates into points for your team. With head-to-head match ups the team with the most points wins that week’s game.
Most teams are composed of a Quarterback, two Running Backs, two Wide Receivers, one Tight End, one team defense, and one Kicker. After the draft all you are required to do as an owner is to start the best players you have at each position that week. When the games aren’t on you have the ability to drop and add players as well as trade players with other owners. Half the fun is making adjustments to your team as the season progresses. Don’t you wish you could do that with some of the creative teams on comic books?
For football fans Fantasy Football gives you a vested interest in games you would normally not give a crap about. Normally you might not care that the Browns are playing the Raiders but you have Trent Richardson starting and now the game has some meaning to you. It also fosters healthy completion amongst friends and a lot of trash talking! Oh the trash talking!! It makes Sunday a full on couch potato day where the most exercise you may get is from all the times you click “refresh” on your browser to update your leagues scoreboard. If you do leave the house your eyes will make their way over to your smart phone very frequently to check out the latest stats and scores.
You don’t have to be an avid football fan to join a Fantasy Football league. PoP!’s own Jason Knize played Fantasy Football for the first time last year and made it all the way to the championship game. With the abundant information on the internet the playing field is practically leveled. Anyone can go to a sports website and see player rakings and pick their players accordingly. You don’t need to know who won last year’s Super Bowl (Baltimore Ravens) to be competitive in Fantasy Football. Lady Luck plays a big part in how your season turns out and she doesn’t play favorites. The best player on your team can suffer a season ending injury on a simple play and that can ruin any chance you have of winning.
PoP! Fantasy Football is in its second year. I’m the leagues commissioner as well as the reigning League Champion. Our league is constructed of 12 teams each owned by a member of the PoP!ulation. This has made for a fun and new way for us to interact. Now we yell at each other for more than just our horrible choices in comic books.
Be sure to join us for the PoP!-Cast live every Tuesday night and join us in the chat or you can listen on the download. I will be updating everyone on what is going on in the PoP! Fantasy Football League against Lee’s will.
Filed Under: Outside the Longbox