Fantasy football has become a favorite past time of football fans everywhere. A time for women (and men) to come together, draft players, eat, drink, create their very own “dream team” and compete with one another. I understand it. I get it, but where is the loyalty?
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Every year I wish for the Philadelphia Eagles players, faculty and staff to have a successful football season with minimal injuries, lots of yardage, an abundance of completions, countless interceptions, tons of sacks and a few Pro Bowl selections. Win, lose or tie (ugh that Bengals game a few years back was ugly wasn’t it?) my loyalty never waivers. Then there are the fantasy football folks. What are you fans of? Players? Because you certainly can’t support a team while hoping an opposing player scores a touchdown. I can’t even imagine hoping for an opposing player to have a stellar game. This past Sunday I listened to an Eagles fan rant and rave about having Ray Lewis on his fantasy team as Philadelphia eeked out a win against the Baltimore Ravens. I could barely contain myself.
The rowdy Eagles fan in me wanted to give this individual a piece of my mind until another voice mentioned, “I am a die hard Cowboys fan, but I have LeSean McCoy on my fantasy team.” It took a solid minute or two for me to catch my breath after hearing that. No one in the city of Philadelphia wants any Dallas Cowboys fan to have a single Eagles player on their fantasy football team! Get your own players for crying out loud. Then in my mind another realization occurred. Somewhere, somehow there is someone who has a New York Giants or Dallas Cowboys or Washington Redskins player, or even worse, all of the above, on their fantasy football team. I can hardly type this without wanting to vomit.
Do you dream about your fantasy players making great plays or Eagles players totally dominating a game? How can you sit at Lincoln Financial Field, wearing Eagles green, singing “Fly, Eagles, Fly,” eating a Philly cheesesteak? How do you cause a raucous over anyone who dares to wear anything to support the opposing team when you, yourself are rooting for one of their players? Adding to the disloyalty, we have the replacement refs making matters worse by speaking to players such as Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy about Fantasy football.
“One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,’ ahhh, what?!” McCoy exclaimed during an interview.
I know players are constantly getting traded, picked up, released, drafted, etc., but until the moment they put on that Philadelphia Eagles hat, helmet, jersey or shirt I cannot and will not ever be able to partake in supporting them. Call me crazy if you’d like, but I just can’t do it.