Sports column: Trade Adrian Peterson? You must be fantasizingWith less than two weeks until the kickoff of the National Football League regular season, football fans across the globe are gathering with friends, family, co-workers and even strangers to create hundreds of thousands of fantasy football leagues.
With less than two weeks until the kickoff of the National Football League regular season, football fans across the globe are gathering with friends, family, co-workers and even strangers to create hundreds of thousands of fantasy football leagues.
Fantasy football's popularity has grown in leaps and bounds with the ability to use modern technology to keep fans in the game, all the time. As stadiums across the country are being built and redesigned, fantasy football lounges are even being added in so fans can keep tabs on all other games while watching their hometown team. Crazy, right?
Yes, I'm not that fantasy football obsessed where I feel the need to have it with me at every second and I wouldn't leave a Vikings game to see how Peyton Manning is doing, but I do enjoy the activity.
I am entering into a fantasy football league for the fifth year in a row with nine guys I know. It's fun being the only girl, as I probably have the least amount of knowledge (or at least they think I do). I watch football and I follow players and teams, but I don't live and breathe football like some.
And that's when the fun begins.
I've gotten lucky. In the past four seasons, I've had good draft picks, outstanding days by players and won games that I shouldn't. I've never been a champion, but I've been a spoiler. I start off almost every season hot, winning four or five games in a row and cool down, but still potentially spoil in the end.
When I am sitting around at home on Sundays with nothing to do, I find myself wanting to watch football all day. I get frustrated when Eli Manning falls apart the final weeks of a season because he's destroying all hopes I had of winning a championship. But I learn more about the game, and this year, for the fourth season in a row, I have the best player in all of professional football.
Minnesota's own Adrian Peterson is part of my squad. A few years back, we started having "keepers" in our league in which we could keep a player and build our team around him. I was lucky enough to have the first pick one year and got Peterson.
He's now been the center of my team since that time. I'm offered trades and I decline. There is nothing that anyone could do to make me get rid of Peterson. Like I said, I'm not that good, but I'm also not that
If you're not a member of a fantasy football league yet, there's still time. ESPN and NFL have websites that are easy to use and free, so why not try it? It'll get you more into the game and actually make you enjoy football a little bit more. I know it did for me.
Duluthian Sarah Packingham writes about sports for the Budgeteer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.