IT IS ONLY A FUCKING GAME

IT IS ONLY A FUCKING GAME

Matt HealeySunday,21 October 2012

DeAngelo Williams takes a handoff from Cam Newton

Shut up and play ball. Or drink beer. Whatevs.



The Snap

Over the past several years Fantasy Football has gained significantly in popularity.  I have been playing for about 10+ years and now we are at the point where I do not have to explain what it is to people. With this rise in popularity comes some good things and some bad things.

The Download

I really like @MatthewBerryTMR. He hosts a show called Fantasy Football now on ESPN and writes several columns for espn.com. What I like best about him is that he understands that this is just a game for us so he has a somewhat non-serious approach to it. I am not saying that he does not put a lot of effort into researching his columns and trying to do his job well, it is just that he understands that in the grand scheme of things, fantasy sports are not life and death.

The problem is that some of the participants do not seem to fucking understand this. This is leading to the athletes justifiably lashing out at fantasy players. The most recent was from DeAngelo Williams on Twitter:

@DeAngeloRB Dear upset fantasy owners with the bad language you are a fantasy owner for a reason because you can’t play or apparently fantasy coach!”

The tweet was not appropriate. It was far too fucking gentle. The reason is there are way too many tweets/FB/other social media posts in which fantasy owners voice any negative thought that comes into their damaged brains, including death threats to players. Come on assholes, fantasy is supposed to be fun. You get together with a few friends, drink beer during the draft, and then spend 16 weeks talking smack with friends. It is never personal or serious. So for all of you who play, let’s cover acceptable use of social media for sports:

Acceptable: “Watching my dad scream at his computer screen because he’s doing bad in fantasy football >>>>>”

Unacceptable: “@DeAngeloRB you fucking suck dick thanks for the -2 points asshole”

So, to conclude, if you are one of these assholes who does not understand that is just a fucking game, then to quote TMR “get the hell out.”

Hat Tips

TMR,Love/Hate, Death Threats, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Take Action!



Subscribe to get updates delivered to your inbox