In 2008 I was challenged to start an all female fantasy football league. It was for women who love and women who hate football. They either love the sport and don’t have a clue about Fantasy Football or they hate the entire sport and are trying to learn a bit about it. It’s a fun and easy thing to do. Once the ladies I invited (max 10) joined, I had an automatic draft using the default draft settings yahoo provides. We were all assigned players to the team we created and each week played one another, straight through the fantasy playoffs.
The league winner was given a gift certificate of $30 to the restaurant or grocery store of their choice by me. My goal is to have fun and learn more about the sport. Yahoo does not have a way for me to import the league here, so look for my weekly blog updates, filling you in on the leaders and the progress made each week as I trained my league. I will be welcoming the views of the sport and this league as the season progresses from all of you, not just league members. I would love to hear and publish (with your permission) how this blog has impacted your views on the sport, if at all.
Initially, when I asked women to learn this, I didn’t think of the husband aspect. As I started talking to everyone who joined, I noticed some of them mentioning asking their husbands for advice. My initial reaction was conflicted. I wanted us to empower ourselves to learn this on our own. Then it dawned on me-this was PERFECT! The whole reason I even started this was so we could make Sundays more tolerable for us. Give us a reason to bond with our husbands and turn watching football into a family affair. We’re already getting to the end results and it was barely week one!
I’m happy to hear about the women of this league spending time with their extremely supportive husbands playing this together. I’m also hearing that the husbands love the initiative being taken by us showing a genuine interest in something they care so much about.
I’m not saying all husbands love football, or saying that no women do. I know plenty of women who genuinely love football and some who love football simply because it guarantees them some alone time on the weekend while their husbands watch. I’m merely trying to help the women who WANT to like it so they can spend more time with their spouse, as I did.
I don’t know what will become of this. I just know that I was a hater of this sport and I gave it a chance. So often I talk to other mothers who ask me how I did it. Weekends have been stripped from us as our husbands zone out to cheer for their favorite teams. By learning and involving ourselves, we’re opening ourselves up to new experiences and a way to make those Autumn weekends a family experience to cherish.
I’ll keep everyone posted as their season continued. I’ve asked everyone in the “Momspective Kick Off” Fantasy league to update me on their thoughts and feelings as this progresses, and encouraged them to write posts of their own for me to include in this category. I’ll be posting those in the next few weeks.