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Madness over Fantasy


March Madness has begun. And while Selection Sunday is just a prepackaged look at 65 schools given to us by a man in a suit with "istanalysis" by a host of others in suits, its one of the best days on the sports calendar.

Just cutting to those team rooms and student-filled arenas cheering at the sight of their name making the bracket -- the Big Dance -- is almost as exciting as watching the games themselves.

This is what hundreds of kids dream about when they grow up. Kids who play basketball at American and Western Kentucky and North Dakota State don't grow up with a realistic chance to be an NBA star. But they can be Cinderella. And everyone loves Cinderella.

Maybe it's just my friends, but Fantasy Football Draft day is always a disappointment. It's done online (can't get everyone together on the same day) and invariably someone takes the full allotment of time to make their pick EVERY SINGLE ROUND. Do you really need FIVE FULL MINUTES to pick your backup quarterback, Steve? Let's go, there's something on TV at nine o'clock I want to watch.

Last year I was in four fantasy leagues and each fantasy left me less satisfied than the one before. Sure, I made the playoffs in some. Sure, I may have even won a league. But it was anticlimactic at best. Nobody cares that I got DeAngelo Williams in the ninth round. But everyone cares that I had Maryland as a 10-seed going to the Elite 8 (note: I do not.)

The nation is connected on Selection Sunday. On draft day it's me and nine other guys feverishly text messaging each other. Woo-hooo. This is a slam dunk. Brackets.
Hey, even the force-it-down-your-throat Selection Monday is better than Fantasy Draft day.

By Dan Levy  |  March 16, 2009; 11:13 AM ET  | Category:  Dan Levy , Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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