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Fantasy Football: It’s Just a Game

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As you set your fantasy football roster before tonight’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, please keep one important thing in mind: it’s just a game.

When my beloved Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice went down with a left hip flexor strain in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, fantasy football was the furthest thing from my mind. I was legitimately concerned about his health and safety.

Some other football fans and fantasy team owners, however, were not. And if you count yourselves among the group of people who lambasted Rice for your lost fantasy points, you need to get over yourself.

Full disclosure: Rice is not on my fantasy team. Even though my co-owner/boyfriend and I had the first pick and I suggested we go for Rice, he decided to go for future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. But still…

This is someone’s life and career we’re talking about here.

Granted, professional football players (actually, make that ALL professional athletes, come to think of it) get paid more than they probably deserve. Millions for catching, throwing or bouncing a ball, seriously?!

But, I suppose if someone were throwing six- or seven-figure salaries at me, I wouldn’t exactly say no either; however, that’s another column for another day.

My point is: fantasy football is just that, a fantasy. Whether you’re playing with your family, friends or colleagues, it’s meant to be fun. I understand people may get a little fired up, especially when there is money is on the line. But, at the end of the day, it’s no reason to wish ill upon someone.

To let it consume your life so much that you send hate mail to a player for getting injured through no fault of his own is just sad and pathetic.

So, let’s be mature and reasonable adults here, people. After all, it’s just a game.