|EDITOR’S CORNER: Fantasy etiquette: A guide to decency|
|Written by Logan Zimmerman, Daily Vidette News Editor|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:31|
Week 13 of the NFL not only represented yet another mystical win by the rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, but it also wrapped up the regular season of fantasy football for most managers in standard leagues.
Of course, not every manager can lead a team to a truly astonishing regular season record of 11-2 like myself, so I extend my congratulations of others who slipped into their fantasy playoffs.
However, while Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson carry “Arian’s Foster Children” effortlessly en route to my inevitable championship (and hopefully your own), the start of the fantasy football playoffs seems like the best time to address the top three unwritten rules and etiquette of fantasy sports.
Rule number one of fantasy etiquette is simple and best said by former New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards:
“You play to win the game!” There is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t at least put up a fight against your fantasy opponent.
So you just missed out on that last playoff spot and are stuck playing your cousin’s friend who resembles El Cuñado trapped in Dirty Randy’s body. Are you really going to let the same guy who drafted Brett Favre for his amateur photographer skills roll over you in the final matchup of the season?
Greg Jennings did it with a broken leg so you should be able to do it with a broken heart; put the team on your back, doe.
The next rule may seem unnecessary, but there is always one guy who somehow forgets about the Thursday night game and won’t stop talking your ear off about how it cost him a win this week. Get a straw and suck it up because although setting your lineup is one of the easiest tasks, it’s also one of the most important.
Every fantasy league also seems to have what has become known as a “fantasy terrorist,” or the person who refuses to make trades but still sends lowball offers and vetoes every trade he’s not involved in. Acts of fantasy terrorism are sure-fire ways to not receive a league invite next season, as well as the possibility of the Pete Rose Ban.
The rules and etiquette of fantasy sports are simple, but failure to adhere to them can be devastating, even to the toughest squad. Although fantasy football is an unpredictable game as any, the proper etiquette can make the meanest manager decent and help bring home a championship trophy.
A note to the readers:
Unfortunately, this will be my last sports column as a member of the Daily Vidette and as an ISU Redbird. As I prepare to graduate in two very short weeks, it appears as though my time as an ISU student has finally run out.
I’d like to take this opportunity not only to wish Jay-Z a happy (belated) birthday but to also thank everyone who has ever picked up a copy of the Daily Vidette and read my sports columns over the past year and a half, regardless of whether you agreed with my opinions or not (haters gonna hate).
A special thanks also goes out to Daily Vidette Sports Editors Emily Warner for never letting me forget the first of the month and Tawni Ricketts for staying true to her word, as well as allowing me to produce such nonsense and hysterics on a weekly basis.