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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Off The Bubble


Please, don't force me to choose between my two favorite days of the year. Technically, you have a couple days to fill out your pool sheet(s), but the Sunday night Selection Show and ensuing bracket madness is the most exciting of those few days. It's what life is all about. Both bracket day and fantasy draft day should be given holiday status. I mean if Arbor Day is a holiday ...

I love everything about this week: the selections, the noon tip-offs on a Thursday, the "which 12-seed will upset the 5-seed" chatter at the water-cooler, the four days when people recognize universities named Stephen F. Austin and Morehead State. I love filling out the bracket, identifying the Cinderella while trying to find some logical way to keep North Carolina out of my Final Four.

But come Thursday, I can't adjust my brackets. I'm completely at the mercy of the teams on television. Come the start of April, the Final Four arrives, the national championship is won and it's onto baseball season.

Fantasy football draft day is different. For many it requires months of wheeling and dealing leading up to that day. It's when friends come together to mark a historic evening, when the future fantasy football league champions are born. The draft day has a major impact on your season. It's when you select the diamonds in the rough, when you try to outsmart your opponents. It leads to months of gloating and trash talk, a form of bonding if you will. The fact is that the football season lasts for much longer than the NCAA Tournament. That gives the fantasy football draft day a longer-lasting significance. It offers individuals a sense of ownership and control over their own destiny. It's more than simply picking the winners. It requires drafting a team that you can nurture and claim your own for an entire season.

This is a painful decision to make. Since I'm forced to choose, I'll side with the fantasy football draft day. But consider this opinion forever changed the year I correctly pick the 15-seed to upset the number two.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  March 16, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football , Zach Leibowitz Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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