02 Sep Why True Packers Fans Can’t Play Fantasy Football
Tell me if this sounds familiar. The Packers are driving the ball with precision on a cold October Monday night late in the 4th Quarter. Rodgers is throwing darts all across the field. Cobb takes a perfect slant pass and gets tackled on the 2 yard-line. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is perfect! You’re only down by a couple of points in your fantasy league and it’s time for your #1 pick, your Green and Gold work horse, Eddie Lacy, to get the rock and plunge into the Ed Zone. Not only will this be the “dagger” moment of the game, it will also be the “dagger” score to catapult you to Week 12 fantasy glory over that dude who has sent you those terrible trade offers twice a week all season long while propelling you into the playoffs! You’re already coming up with the wicked smack talk and dreaming of that $500 prize for 1st Place. “Lacy! Lacy! Lacy!” you chant to yourself. It’s a glorious 40 seconds! And then “it” happens. Rodgers hands the ball to Kuhn and he crosses the goalline to the roar of 70,000 fans inside Lambeau along with millions of Packer fans across the globe screaming “KUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHNNN!” Everyone in the place is going nuts, euphoric at the team’s hard fought win, except for one person.
I’ve been there. Oh how I’ve been there and it sucks. You’re mentally cursing the joyful results of the Packers on the field because of the outcome on your fantasy football gametracker. You’re mad at yourself doing this, but you can’t help yourself. At that moment, and all the moments when this happened throughout the season, you aren’t a true Packers fan. It’s true. When you are upset because of who scored for the Packers, you cannot say you are. When you cheer for another player to do well against the Packers, you cannot say you are. But I have great news for you. There is a remedy for this fantasy football ailment for any fantasy affected fan of the Green and Gold.
Give up fantasy football. That’s it. Four simple words that will change your Packers-loving life for good. Dump the league you’ve been playing in for the past decade with your high school buddies and that random guy no one really knows. Resist the bombardment of the siren’s song to join FanDuel and DraftKings so you can win your “retirement” nest egg. Block every site that has a mock draft, Top 300 list, or Start Em/Sit Em advice from your browsers. Walk away in your prime like Chris Borland and hang up your “I’m not a General Manager, but I play one on the Internet” hat for good. The liberation will free your Green And Gold soul to once again be a true fan.
No more saying “I hope the Bears lose, but Alshon Jeffery goes off for 30 points against the Packers.” Cheering for a Bear?!?! Ray Nitschke is awaiting you in the next life ready to lay you out. Gone is the stress of Cobb only needing 5.5 points to send you to another loss. Sit back and watch in glee as that blaze orange wearing, bearded dude spills beer all over Cobb during his 2nd Quarter Lambeau Leap. Say goodbye to wishing that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t toss 5 touchdowns against you in Week 3. R-E-L-A-X and just enjoy another magical outing by one of the greatest Packers of all-time. What you’ll experience is the feeling of being a true, 100% Packers fan again… and it’s marvelous.
“But I can’t win any money then,” you say? Take all that cash you would use for league fees and put it on the Packers to win the Super Bowl. Green Bay is currently 6-1 to win the Super Bowl which is right around the payout of what a league champion would get. Not only will you be a true fan again, you will be financially invested in the best team in the world instead of some fantasy team that’s dropping games to owners who auto-drafted. Imagine the jubilation of this win-win when the confetti is raining down and the Lombardi trophy comes home in February.
Packers fans are, without a doubt, the best in the NFL and in the entire realm of sports. What makes us great is our unparalleled, undying loyalty to the players, team, and the community that supports them. This doesn’t mean that, to be a true Packers fan, you cannot criticize or question the actions and decisions by the coaching staff and players. That’s part of being a fan, because it’s our passion which drives that frustration. However, when the success of the team and the players cannot be celebrated to its utmost because of a selfishness for a fantasy football squad, you cannot call yourself a true Packers fan.
Unchain yourself from the fantasy football shackles and enjoy the utter awesomeness of being a complete, whole Packers fan once again. And me and the millions of other Packers fans will be right there with you on that fullback dive screaming “KUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHNNN!”